Philly daily roundup: AWS donates $1M to CHOP; 3D modeling at a boxing gym; Penn prof’s Media Bias Detector

Plus, nominate someone for 2024 RealLIST Engineers.

Pennovation's 2024 accelerator cohort (Courtesy)

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This Philly nonprofit teaches 3D creation

Liz Dailey and Cesium CEO Patrick Cozzi launched CreateAccess to increase exposure to the field of 3D creation. Its website offers a series of free “microcourses,” which provide both written and video materials that break down how to use 3D tools and help introduce people to the concepts, and they’re also giving in-person lessons at places like boxing gyms and arts orgs.

“Our hope is to help beginners get started with 3D creation so that they can see that those opportunities are within their reach,” Dailey told

➡️ Read why 3D creation is such a valuable skill set

Amazon Web Services donates $1M to CHOP

Amazon Web Services donated $1 million to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus in DC and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus Ohio.

The grants are intended to expand technology such as cloud computing and AI in these hospitals. This is part of a larger $10 million initiative including AWS IMAGINE Children’s Health Innovation Award.

➡️ Check out Kaela’s story for more on how AWS is supporting pediatric research

News Incubator: What else to know today

• The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia announced Soledad Alfaro would be taking over as COO from Andrea Allon, who had been with the Chamber for almost 20 years. [LinkedIn]

• A little over a year since it welcomed a new CEO, Chester County cloud integration platform Boomi is part of a collaboration to create a guide about the risks of generative AI for businesses and organizations. [ / Philly Biz Journal]

• Penn Engineering professor Duncan Watts created a Media Bias Detector that uses generative AI to track potential bias in media outlets. [Penn Engineering]

• Nominate a technologist for the 2024 RealLIST Engineers list by July 15! We want to hear about the best and brightest technologists Philly has to offer. [Google Forms]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Join Iffy Books’ workshop “How to Host a Website at Home” on Friday, June 28  [Register here]

• Coffee and Code at Philly is back again with its weekly code session on Saturday, June 29 [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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