DC daily roundup: A women-focused tech conference debuts; join our Builders Conference from Slack; FTX refunds

Plus the National Weather Service partners with Verizon.


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Women in Tech DC debuts this month

This two-day conference between May 15 and 16 will primarily focus on AI and entrepreneurship. Michaela Jeffery-Morrison, the founder and managing director of the conference’s parent series, told that she wanted to create this global collection of convenings to celebrate women in the field and break down barriers.

“When you’re putting on a platform to inspire and connect and foster collaboration, amazing things happen,” she said.

➡️ Read more about the upcoming conference in my latest article.

Join us at Builders, in person or on Slack

Thursday is the Builders Conference, a daylong gathering focused on building better ecosystems, companies and careers. We’re expecting people from our five main markets and 15 other states, plus some other countries, too.

Tickets support our journalism, and we’re excited to see hundreds of you there. But the thousands of you who can’t make it in person can also join the conversation — on our open community Slack. We’ll be posting in the #general channel, with a thread for each of the dozen-plus sessions, and we welcome comments from everyone. Also stay tuned for our reported recaps publishing next week.

➡️ Join the Slack channel here, for Builders updates and more.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• The National Weather Service (NWS), based in Silver Spring, revealed a new partnership with Verizon’s first responder network. Verizon will share its drones with NWS to study hurricanes and tornadoes. [The Verge]

• Backpack Healthcare, a Howard County-based telehealth provider and former Baltimore RealLIST Startup that uses generative AI, raised $14 million. [DC Inno]

•  The founding director of Morgan State University’s esports program is working to diversify gaming, one tournament at a time. []

• The collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX is set to return money owed to its customers. [Associated Press]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• DC Central Kitchen CEO Mike Curtin and others discuss social entrepreneurship in the nation’s capital on May 9. [Details here]

• There’s a planned breakfast on May 16 for recently laid-off tech industry workers. [Details here]

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