This Sunday, Bloomberg will host the 2017 Data for Good Exchange forum using the theme, “With Great Data comes Great Responsibility.” Experts will examine the use of data science and human capital in solving deeply rooted issues in society. The opportunity gap for boys and young men of color is a major discussion on the table.

There are several organizations dedicated to using data for humanitarian purposes and combating racial inequality. For instance, Equity Intelligence Platform (EIP) is developed by Bloomberg Associates, My Brother’s Keeper AlliancePolicyLink, and the city of Oakland. The purpose of the platform is to apply data to address major disparities for minority boys in certain policies and programs asking pertinent questions to determine where these initiatives fall short. Click here to learn about EIP and its advocates.
— Tyler

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Meet Brenda Darden Wilkerson, ABI President & CEO
Anita Borg Institute
On October 1, the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) will welcome our new President and CEO, Brenda Darden Wilkerson. Before joining ABI, Brenda was Director of Computer Science and IT Education for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). At CPS, Brenda founded the original “Computer Science for All” initiative, building computer science classes into the curriculum for every student.

 

 

 

Microfinance Group Launches Program to Help Low-Income, Minority-Owned Businesses
Jake Holland | The Daily Northwestern
The $300,000 annual program was designed by LEND — a Northwestern student-run microfinance organization — specifically for low-income and minority-owned Evanston businesses. It provides clients with direct capital and services like marketing strategies and legal aid.

 

 

 

Conscious Venture Lab is Set to Launch in West Baltimore
Stephen Babcock | Technical.ly Baltimore
The accelerator, which is focused on purpose-driven companies, is moving to West Baltimore after previously being located in Columbia. The 17-week program for companies focusing on smart cities and urban resilience will launch Oct. 2, said CVL’s Jeff Cherry.

 

 

 

 

Funding Startups, Breaking Stereotypes & Reclaiming Your Seat at the Table w/Anastacia Gordon
Greg E. Hill | Minority Trailblazer Podcast
In 2014 Anastacia took a risk and left her job in consulting to become the first employee of a now venture-funded start-up called Jopwell. She withdrew her admission to Columbia Business School in 2015 when Jopwell went through Y Combinator, the most renowned startup accelerator program in Silicon Valley. By the end of that summer, her work helped the company raise a $3.25M seed round.

XPRIZE Finalists To Test Cutting-Edge Tech In Africa To Solve World’s Education Problems
Toby Shapshak | Forbes
XPRIZE, the equally remarkable organization that funds big ideas to help solve humanity’s big challenges, has announced the five winners in its Global Learning XPRIZE – a $15-mlllion initiative to find smarter ways to educate the world’s children.