NFHA and UrbanGeekz Partner to Raise Awareness about Inaugural Tech Equity Hackathon
WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ — The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) has partnered with UrbanGeekz as it kicks off promotions for its inaugural Tech Equity Hackathon, scheduled for June 16 –18 in Washington, D.C.
The three-day Hackathon, being held at American University, will challenge students, recent college graduates and others to develop innovative solutions to remove algorithmic bias from the housing and lending sectors.
Our Tech Equity Initiative aims to eliminate bias in algorithmic-based systems in the housing and financial sectorsTweet
The Hackathon is open to all residents in the U.S. and its territories. Those interested can access the application here. Individuals with diverse academic backgrounds, ranging from degrees in STEM-based fields to the social sciences, are encouraged to apply.
NFHA will award $40,000 in cash prizes plus giveaways, and the event will also feature interactive workshops and networking opportunities with top industry professionals. Airfare, accommodations, meals, and ground transportation will be provided at no cost to applicants who are selected to attend. “I am so excited to collaborate with UrbanGeekz, which has been intentional in sharing the stories of Black and Latinx individuals in tech,” said Dr. Michael Akinwumi, NFHA’s Chief Tech Equity Officer. “NFHA has been at the forefront of addressing the biases that people of color and women face in the housing and financial services industries.”
“Our Tech Equity Initiative is a multi-faceted effort designed to eliminate bias in algorithmic-based systems used in housing and financial services, increase transparency and explainability for AI tools, outline ethical standards for responsible tech, advance effective policies for regulating AI tools, and increase diversity and inclusion in the tech field. This Hackathon is one way we’re diversifying the pipeline of technologists so that we can achieve these goals,” Dr. Akinwumi added.
During the Hackathon, participants will be divided into teams, and each team will be given one of three problem statements that deal with appraisals, mortgage underwriting, and algorithmic fairness.
“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with NFHA on this initiative to challenge participants to come up with real-time solutions to tackle AI bias in the housing and lending sectors,” said Kunbi Tinuoye, founder and CEO of digital news platform UrbanGeekz and Executive Director of the Geekz Ventures pre-accelerator.
“Racial and gender disparities in these sectors are a huge issue. The Tech Equity Hackathon is a unique opportunity for technologists, tech enthusiasts, problem-solvers, and social entrepreneurs to come up with practical solutions to make a real social impact. I would encourage anyone and everyone who cares about inequity to apply to participate.”
The NFHA and UrbanGeekz partnership is a multifaceted campaign to raise awareness and spread the word about the Tech Equity Hackathon. The hackathon’s tech focus is a perfect fit for UrbanGeekz’s tech-savvy audience and its associated channels.
The panel of expert judges for the Hackathon includes John Merrill, FairPlay AI Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer; Dominique Harrison, Director of Racial Equity Design and Data Initiative (REDDI) at Citi; Emmanuel Ogundimu, Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Durham, United Kingdom; and Patrick Murck, President and Chief Legal Officer of Transparent Systems.
The Hackathon is one of several events NFHA is hosting during 2023 to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the Kerner Commission Report and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.
Interested in participating? Then apply now before the 3 am ET May 16 deadline.
UrbanGeekz is an African-American, Latinx, multicultural digital news platform focused on technology, business, science, and entrepreneurship. The groundbreaking videocentric multimedia platform covers tech, business, science, and startups. Its mission is to make tech ‘cool’ and accessible while highlighting innovative careers and STEM-related fields as exciting and rewarding paths, especially for women and underrepresented groups
About National Fair Housing Alliance
The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is the country’s only national civil rights organization dedicated solely to eliminating all forms of housing and lending discrimination and ensuring equal opportunities for all people. As the trade association for over 170 fair housing and justice-centered organizations and individuals throughout the U.S. and its territories, NFHA works to dismantle longstanding barriers to equity and build diverse, inclusive, well-resourced communities.
Hard Rock International Encourages All to “LOVE OUT LOUD” this Pride Month
Hard Rock Honors Partnership with Multi-Platinum, Genre-Bending Artist Halsey with $250,000 Donation to LGBTQIA+ Causes via the Hard Rock Heals Foundation
with New Limited-Edition Retail and Series of Global Events Throughout June with HALSEY
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Hard Rock International is celebrating its ongoing support of the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month, bringing to life the brand’s core founding mottos, “Love All, Serve All” and “All Is One,” while encouraging allies everywhere to “Love Out Loud.” Throughout the month of June, Hard Rock is releasing limited-edition merchandise and participating in special activations and fundraising efforts in support of Hard Rock Heals Foundation®, the charitable arm of Hard Rock®, along with local charities and nonprofit partners that work tirelessly to serve and elevate LGBTQIA+ communities.
“At Hard Rock, acts of service and authentic inclusion are engrained in our brand DNA and everyday mottos, ensuring that all Team Members and guests at our properties are treated with love and respect,” said Stephanie Piimauna, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Seminole Hard Rock. “As part of our commitment, we will continue to demonstrate allyship and amplify LGBTQIA+ voices in our local communities and around the world.”
Partnership with Halsey
To kick off Pride 2023, Hard Rock has announced a partnership with GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-platinum, genre-bending artist, Halsey – known for pushing creative boundaries, while influencing and impacting beyond music by advocating for important causes such as the LGBTQIA+ community. To celebrate the partnership and Pride Month, Hard Rock has pledged a minimum of $250,000 to the Human Rights Campaign and Outright International, via the Hard Rock Heals Foundation.
As part of the Pride Retail Collection, Halsey, who is a queer artist themself, has designed two co-branded Hard Rock x Halsey Signature Series Pride Edition T-shirts. Additionally, as part of the “Love Out Loud” campaign, Hard Rock will be hosting a private performance at Hard Rock Cafe London Old Park Lane, where the brand was founded. This VIP event will include a panel of notable guest speakers and an intimate performance by Halsey. Halsey will also donate special memorabilia to Hard Rock’s celebrated collection of more than 87,000 pieces, live during the event.
Following the private event at Old Park Lane, a special series of Halsey with String Ensemble Hard Rock Live shows will take place at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood (June 24), Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana (June 30) and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain (July 2).
Limited-Edition Pride Retail Collection
In addition to the exclusive Halsey merchandise, Hard Rock is releasing a specially designed retail collection in honor of Pride Month, paying tribute to the brand’s “Love All, Serve All” and “All Is One” mottos. The uniquely designed, limited-edition merchandise, includes colorful Hard Rock t-shirts, bandanas, socks, cups, keychains and pins, of which a portion of proceeds will benefit LGBTQIA+ charities throughout the globe. The Pride 2023 retail collection is now available through July in stores and online at Rock Shops®.
Pride is a global celebration and declaration of love, which is why participating Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will be hosting a variety of local activations to proudly “Love Out Loud” alongside the LGBTQIA+ community. Activations will range from live performances to local Pride menus, customized playlists and more. Hard Rock Cafe will also participate as a sponsor in several Pride parades across the US and Europe, including those in New York City, London, Copenhagen, and Nice.
Love Out Loud Suites & Hotel Activations
Hard Rock Hotel properties around the world are partnering with notable LGBTQIA+ figures in their local communities to create exclusive experiences including one-of-a-kind curated suites, unique food and beverage offerings, entertainment experiences, Pride playlists, and community fundraising events.
In addition, Hard Rock Hotels is working with street artists known for integrating LGBTQIA+ themes in their art, to create meaningful paintings in select local communities where Hard Rock operates.
More than 70 percent of the 87,000 pieces of authentic music memorabilia on display at Hard Rock properties are dedicated to LGBTQIA+ artists and iconic moments in music history.
For additional information on how Hard Rock supports the LGBTQIA+ community and diversity, please visit www.hardrock.com/dei.aspx. Information on Hard Rock Heals Foundation can be found at www.hardrock.com/heals-foundation.aspx.
About Hard Rock Heals Foundation®:
The Hard Rock Heals Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and oversees all philanthropic outreach for Hard Rock International. Music is energy; it stirs emotion, inspires, connects, and restores. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation exists to improve lives through the power of music. Since its inception in 1971, Hard Rock International has brought people together through the power of music. We have developed partnerships with artists ranging from emerging to iconic in support of charitable efforts around the world. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation provides grants and assistance to individuals whose goal is to heal through the power of music. Partnerships with like-minded, music-centric organizations allow Hard Rock Heals Foundation the opportunity to improve lives and promote wellness.
About Hard Rock®:
Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies with venues in over 70 countries spanning 290 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops®, Live Performance Venues and Cafes. HRI also launched a joint venture named Hard Rock Digital in 2020, an online sportsbook, retail sportsbook and internet gaming platform. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s largest and most valuable collection of authentic music memorabilia at more than 87,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock Hotels has been honored by J.D. Power’s North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study as the number one brand in Outstanding Guest Satisfaction for two consecutive years, and among the top Upper Upscale Hotels for four consecutive years. HRI became the first privately-owned gaming company designated a U.S. Best Managed Company by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal in 2021, and has since been honored threefold. Hard Rock was also honored by Forbes among the World’s Best Employers, as well as Best Employers for Women, Diversity and New Grads and a Top Large Employer in the Travel & Leisure, Gaming, and Entertainment Industry. In the 2022 Global Gaming Awards, Hard Rock was named Land-Based Operator of the Year for the second time in four years. In 2021, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos received first place ranking in the Casino Gaming Executive Satisfaction Survey conducted by Bristol Associates Inc. and Spectrum Gaming Group for six of the last seven years. Hard Rock International currently holds investment grades from primary investment rating agencies: S&P Global Ratings (BBB) and Fitch Ratings (BBB). For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.
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The Spiritual Significance of the Strawberry Moon – June 2023
“Discover the spiritual and astrological significance of the Strawberry Moon, or the Full Moon in June 2023.”
The Strawberry Moon is a name given by Native American tribes to the full Moon in June, and it signifies the beginning of the strawberry harvesting season. It is also called the Rose Moon, Hot Moon, and Mead Moon in different cultures. The name Strawberry Moon is particularly fitting because the reddish-pink color of the Moon during this time of year can resemble the color of a ripe strawberry.
During this time of year, the Moon is at its closest approach to Earth, making it appear larger and brighter than usual. This makes it the perfect time for moon watching and photography. However, due to the brightness of the Moon, it can be challenging to observe other celestial objects such as stars and planets.
The Full Moon in June also has significant spiritual and astrological meanings. In astrology, the Full Moon represents a time of completion and manifestation, where intentions set during the New Moon are coming to fruition. It is a time to reflect on the progress made towards our goals and to celebrate our achievements.
Spiritually, the June Full Moon is a time of heightened intuition and emotional awareness. It is believed to be a time to release negative energy and emotions and to focus on gratitude and positivity. Many people use this time to perform rituals, such as meditating, lighting candles, and setting intentions.
The Full Moon in June, or the Strawberry Moon, is a special event that holds significance in various cultures and beliefs. It is a time to celebrate the bounty of the earth, reflect on our progress, and connect with our spirituality. Whether you choose to stargaze, take photographs, or perform rituals, this Full Moon is an excellent opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the night sky and connect with the universe.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day: Demanding Change and Ending Gun Violence
Join the community in demanding change and ending gun violence on National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Wear orange and take action for a safer future.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day is an annual event that falls on the first Friday in June. This day was created to raise awareness about the devastating impact of gun violence and to honor the lives lost to senseless acts of gun violence. It is a day to come together as a community to demand change and work towards ending gun violence.
The color orange is the official color of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. This color was chosen because it is the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others from accidental shootings. Wearing orange on this day shows solidarity with the victims and survivors of gun violence and sends a powerful message to lawmakers that we demand action.
Gun violence is a serious problem in the United States. Every year, thousands of people are killed or injured by guns. This includes mass shootings, domestic violence, suicide, and accidental shootings. The statistics are staggering, and yet, little has been done to address the issue.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day is a call to action. It is a day to demand change and work towards ending gun violence. There are many things that can be done to reduce gun violence, including stricter gun laws, better background checks, and increased mental health resources.
One of the most effective ways to reduce gun violence is to pass common-sense gun laws. This includes universal background checks, banning assault weapons, and closing loopholes that allow gun sales without background checks. These laws have been proven to be effective in reducing gun violence in other countries, and it is time for the United States to follow suit.
Another important step is to increase funding for mental health resources. Many mass shootings are committed by individuals with mental health issues, and providing access to mental health care can help prevent these tragedies from occurring.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day is also a time to remember those who have been lost to gun violence. It is a time to honor their memory and to work towards a future where gun violence is a thing of the past.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day is an important day to come together as a community to demand change and work towards ending gun violence. By wearing orange, advocating for common-sense gun laws, and increasing access to mental health resources, we can make a difference and create a safer future for all.
Visit this link: https://wearorange.org/
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