Philly daily roundup: What rap and tech have in common; Apple AI takeaways; Business loan applications

Plus, Mayor Cherelle Parker signed a bill yesterday that would allow speed cameras to be installed along Broad Street.


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This technologist started his career in rap

The three big loves of George Llado’s career are music, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. He started out as a rapper in the Bronx as a teenager.

In college, George left music and leaned into computer science. He went on to work for pharmaceutical giant Merck for almost 30 years. Then, George transitioned to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, a company developing therapies for rare diseases, where he used data to help doctors identify affected patients.

➡️ Read about the common threads through all of George’s career moves

9 DEI recommendations from Philly youth

Local tech workforce development program Launchpad involves Black and brown youth in discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion and asks them what they want to see.

Since early April, the students have been working on a project about common DEI best practices and the pros and cons of those policies. They came up with recommendations for companies looking to ensure their workplace maintains its commitment to equity and inclusion for the next generation.

➡️ Read through the recommendations the students came up with

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Fractional AI officer Jason Michael Perry took a trip the Shenandoah National Park and watched Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference. Here are his takeaways.  []

• Its been a rough couple of years for Temple University, per alum and CEO Chris Wink, who says key to the solution is hiring a president who likes Temple, knows Philadelphia and understands Pennsylvania politics — someone like Drexel’s John Fry. [LinkedIn]

• Mayor Cherelle Parker signed a bill yesterday that would allow speed cameras to be installed along Broad Street. This law would expand upon a similar project along Roosevelt Boulevard and is intended to increase safety for vehicles and pedestrians. [CBS News Philadelphia]

• The City of Philadelphia opened up applications again for its Boost Your Business program, which provides loans and other resources to historically disadvantaged businesses. [City of Philadelphia]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Coffee and Code Philly’s next weekly meetup is on June 22. [Details here]

• Iffy Books is hosting Model Internet Club on June 22. [Find out more]

• On June 23, the Permacomputing meetup will take place at Iffy Books. [Learn more]

Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2024 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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