Philly daily roundup: Benefits Data Trust shutting down; Star computer science teacher; ‘A gym membership for AI’

Plus, Pennovation's latest accelerator cohort kicks off six-week program.

Panelists at CIC's second annual pride party on the UCity Lawn (Sarah Huffman/

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Philly teacher wins award for comp sci impact

Anita Romano is a 30-year veteran teacher who helped launch the computer science program at Northeast High School. It’s important, she said, because knowing how to use a computer is important for all careers these days: 92% of jobs require digital skills.

Romano was honored by CS4Philly as the winner of the Sustained Impact Award. Nick Imparato from tech workforce development org Launchpad was also recognized, winning the Early Achievement Award

➡️ Read about how computer science can open doors for students

Become a Master of Artificial Intelligence

While the flexibility of remote work and study remains appealing as ever, some in-person experiences just can’t be beat. This fall, Penn State’s Master of Artificial Intelligence program is going hybrid.

Previously online-only, the degree is now offering in-person courses. The Great Valley campus in Malvern, has state-of-the-art facilities, like an engineering lab, insights lab and access to supercomputing services. The Master of AI program can be taken full- or part-time, or for professionals seeking work/life balance, the course load can be split into stackable certificates.

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News Incubator: What else to know today

• Benefits Data Trust, a national nonprofit that helps people access public benefits, announced it would be shutting down after 60 days — and it’s unclear why. Earlier this year, BDT announced plans to integrate AI into its work and two years ago it received a $20 million grant from Mackenzie Scott .[The Inquirer/]

• Pennovation announced its 2024 accelerator cohort, with 12 startups set to complete a six week program culminating at a pitch day on July 24. [Pennovation]

• DiverseForce is accepting applications for the second cohort of its GameChangers program, described as “a gym membership for AI.” [DiverseForce]

•  The Philadelphia Youth Network announced that 400 young Philadelphians were placed in internships and part-time jobs through its WorkReady BOOST program. This is the first year PYN is working with the esports company Nerd Street, which will have two interns this summer. [PYN]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• This Thursday’s free Venture Cafe gathering in University City will focus on “Scalable Solutions” and creating programs with impact. [Details here]

• WordPress Philly Meetup is back with its first IRL event in a while, held Thursday at Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery in Bella Vista. [Details here]

• Philly Founder Night Out Welcome Wagon networking event is on July 3  [Details here]

• Philly Data Visualization’s July Meetup is on July 11  [Details here]

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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