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🎂 Celebrating our 100th Newsletter Edition!

Thanks to the efforts of the AUTM team, which includes partners, volunteers, and supporters, we were able to attain and celebrate a huge milestone today!

It seems like it all started yesterday...

Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTM) is excited to send out its 100th newsletter edition! We began with grand ambitions to reach out to people like you, and here we are now, with more than 4K subscribers. Our goal is to get the community involved with AUTM by sharing our mission, goals, and vision. Thanks to the efforts of the AUTM team, which includes partners, volunteers, and supporters, we were able to attain and celebrate a huge milestone today!

Oops!...AUTM did it again.

AUTM hosted another device distribution at the African American Youth Harvest Foundation (AAYFH) headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Our distribution drives allow participants to receive the technology necessary to complete AUTM's many career pathways, earn a credential, and help AUTM accomplish its mission to push more Black and Hispanic individuals into the tech Industry.

AUTMites, were also able to sign up for free internet and meet with our CEO, Michael Ward Jr. to learn more about what it means to be a part of our program. We were able to support more than 10 different families with donated/refurbished computers, internet access, digital literacy, and enrollment into our workforce development training program from underrepresented and low-income communities. Do you need resources to work in tech? Click here and we'll connect with you.

Resume Writing Workshops

Every other Tuesday︱10:30 AM - 12:00 PM CT Putting your work experience on paper can feel daunting, but it doesn't have to be! Whether you want to write your first resume or update an existing one, we can assist you with developing a resume that will best describe your skills and experience to appeal to employers!

Simone Biles Joins Fellow GOAT Athletes With The Launch Of Her First-Ever NFT Collection

In the cryptocurrency world, non-fungible tokens (NFT) are taking the spotlight by attracting the attention of sports enthusiasts around the world and convincing more athletes to follow suit with their collections. On Tuesday, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles will be tapping into the growing industry by launching a collection of her own, according to a press release.

“Like most people, I’ve been hearing more and more about NFTs over the past few months,” Biles told Forbes. “It’s been such an interesting space to learn about, and I’m thrilled to finally participate with my first ever NFT collection.”

HR Roundtable: The IT Workforce - Overcoming Short & Long Term Challenges - September 16

The speed at which our industry is growing has innumerable positive impacts, but also comes with challenges – notably for sourcing and retaining top tech talent. Technical project development can run up against stalls because of the strain on an understaffed team. Challenges come up for technical teams across the board. We want to hear from you, the HR leaders, recruiters, and hiring managers with answers and challenges.

Influencer JaLisa Vaugh-Jefferson went from IT to IG, and it's safe to say she is now living her best life.

Lifestyle influencer and mother JaLisa Vaughn-Jefferson experienced this firsthand from her own family after she left her corporate job to pursue her new passion as a full-time content creator.

“They lost it,” the influencer tells AfroTech after breaking the news of her decision. “It was so funny because they were trying so hard to be supportive. For their generation, [this field] just doesn’t make sense. [At first] I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, so I was prepared to just try out different careers. I knew I wanted to be in technology and I knew I loved social media, but I wasn’t sure what the exact job title would be.”

Tacos n' Tech Talk: Innovation in Brampton

Tech leaders who are weighing their options for expansion, going public, and near shoring should not miss out on this special Tacos n' Tech Talk with economic development leaders from our neighbors to the north, in Brampton, Ontario.

This is a knowledge-sharing event where you will not only learn about what Brampton, Ontario has to offer, but where you can discuss your needs and wants as you scale your company beyond Austin, TX.

New online site launched to help people get child tax credit:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has collaborated on a new internet site to help more Americans apply for and receive the expanded child tax credit, a monthly payment of as much as $300 per child that was part of the coronavirus relief package. was developed by Code for America in partnership with the White House and Treasury Department, according to a statement Wednesday. The goal is to provide a straightforward, online form that can be accessed via mobile phones for people who are not legally obligated to file taxes to apply for the tax credit because they don't earn enough money.

Smart(er) Cities: At the Intersection of People, Data & Devices

The topic of smart cities is characterized by complexity. From a technical perspective, a smart city involves everything from devices to data to digital infrastructure. The urban, human experience adds another layer as we explore how to make smart cities relevant, equitable, and accessible.


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