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DC daily roundup: Bowie State’s tech transformation; Social data driving change; Ex-Foxtrot workers file suit

Plus, ships are finally exiting the Port of Baltimore.

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Bowie State transforms student programs with tech and gaming

The HBCU launched the new $575k center, which features 12 gaming stations and a virtual racing simulator, to help its esports team prepare for national competitions.

Bowie State has also rolled out a makerspace, robot food delivery service and gamified studying program. Alanah Nichole Davis, Technical.ly’s Baltimore reporter, caught up with the university’s vice president of information technology to get details on the new gaming arena.

➡️ Learn more about esports and tech at BSU in Alanah’s report here.

A seven-point model for thriving communities

At the Delaware Equity Action Summit, government and philanthropic leaders discussed the ways a blueprint of important core social factors can drive real change. Examples of these factors are humane housing and reliable transportation.

One of the speakers, CEO Becky Payne of the Rippel Foundation, labeled states including Delaware, Maryland and Georgia as a “bright spot” when it comes to building vital conditions frameworks.

➡️ Get more of the details in Holly’s report here.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Katie Malone, an experienced tech journalist with stints at Engadget and CIO Dive on her resume, joins Technical.ly’s newsroom team as an editor for the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Delaware markets. [Technical.ly]

• The first cargo ship passed through a new deep-water channel in Baltimore after the Key Bridge collapse left it stuck in the harbor for four weeks. [WTOP]

• Former Foxtrot workers have filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago accusing management of failing to give employees the required notice of layoffs or proper severance pay. [CBS]

• Meta announced it will spend billions more on AI, despite lower revenue than expected. [New York Times]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Capitol Creators and Champions is hosting an entrepreneur meetup on April 30. [Details here]

• The Women in Tech DC conference takes place from May 15 to 16. It will feature more than 70 expert-led sessions, networking and a career advice hub. [Details here]

 

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