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✍ Sign up for FREE interview tips from Microsoft!

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Austin Urban Technology Movement invites you to improve your interview skills through Mock Interview sessions with Microsoft leaders.

Hola and Hello,

Please allow me to tell you why Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTM) represents a precious opportunity to me. I am chief operating officer of a values-based transformative tech startup also known as AUTM.

I start my days knowing I can uplift families and communities by providing increased income and unfettered growth opportunities for people marginalized by the status quo. Allow me to focus your attention on the hope represented by each of our AUTMites (our program participants) and other members of our AUTM community. They all have entrusted a piece of their lives with us. They all are willing to step out of their comfort zones to learn, trust, grow, create, achieve, and help themselves build a better future in the tech industry. They are a groundswell of hope for a more inclusive future, despite the industry’s glaring shortcomings.

We have AUTMites spread across the globe united in this movement – from coast to coast and as far away as Indonesia and Nigeria. Also united by AUTM in solidarity are employers, institutions, government entities, and other organizations allied to help our AUTMites advance. AUTM has extended a precious promise to fight for resources – stipends, devices, internet, wrap-around services, jobs – and increased opportunity for underserved groups. I stand ready to use my voice, my sweat, my knowledge to agitate for systemic improvement.

If I do my day-to-day chief operating officer duties properly, I create time for and am immediately rewarded by the fruits of direct service moments to improve communities hungry for advancement. In solidarity, Clifford Dukes Chief Operating Officer

AUTM EVENTS 📆 Register for tomorrow's event to get interview tips from Microsoft volunteers

Join this very cool Mock Interview session on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 11:30 am CDT During this session we'll discuss and practice key ways to complete a successful interview with tips from one of the industry leaders in tech. This workshop is open to beginners and those with experience. Microsoft volunteers will conduct behavioral and technical mock interviews focused on the following areas below: • Cybersecurity • Data Analytics/Science • Project Management • Software Development/Engineering • UX/UI Design

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The jobs start at $18 an hour and include a signing bonus of up to $3,000. Amazon is hiring 150,000 people nationally on a seasonal basis.

PFLUGERVILLE, TX – Just a day after it opened, the Pflugerville fulfillment center will be among the Austin-area locations that will provide more than 3,000 seasonal jobs to workers as part of a massive hiring nationwide hiring effort by the retail giant.

Amazon announced on Monday that it will hire 150,000 new employees for jobs that include up to a $3,000 signing bonus and that pay anywhere from $18-$21 an hour, the company said. Amazon is hiring 15,000 seasonal workers in the coming weeks as the company amps up for the holiday season.

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¡El Token! Snickerdoodle Labs plans new Hispanic-themed NFT sale

“If everything goes as planned, we view companies like Facebook and Google as peers,” said company CEO and co-founder Jonathan Padilla.

A new blockchain technology company will offer a series of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to launch its platform, which will eventually include a new cryptocurrency, the company’s CEO told

Snickerdoodle Labs is launching a series of Latinx and Hispanic-American themed NFTs based on the popular Mexican game of chance, Loteria. The inaugural NFT collection will consist of 54 different digital images, based on popular Hispanic public figures, as well as cultural themes within the Latinx community.

One of the NFTs, titled La Jueza (Spanish for the judge), bears a striking resemblance to US Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayer, the first Hispanic-American appointed the highest court in the US.

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Keep Austin Diverse: Reshaping Austin’s political boundaries

Austin is reshaping its city council boundaries — and the redistricting commission is hosting public forums to get input. Why it matters: Austin’s population is larger and more diverse than it was when districts were first drawn in 2013. Redistricting changes how Austinites are represented in the city council — including their political clout and the makeup of the council itself.

Austin’s population grew by 21% (!) between 2010 and 2020, per new Census data. Yes, but: Even as the city is more diverse, its percentage of Black residents has fallen and grown more diffuse, challenging map makers to create a district with a decisive mass of Black voters. What they're saying: “We’re trying to give the possible opportunity for a person of color to elect a representative of their choice,” Christina Liu Puentes, chair of the redistricting commission, tells Axios.

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Americans Are Optimistic About Intersection of Health and Technology, According to ‘Future of Wellness’ Healthline Media Report

91% of consumers know health innovations can improve connections between health, wellness, body, and mind; strong interest provides opportunities among diverse audiences

NEW YORK, October 18, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A majority of Americans are excited about health and wellness innovations, according to the Future of Wellness Special Report released today by Healthline Media, the #1 digital health and wellness property. The report includes new survey results showing Americans’ excitement about the intersection of technology, health, and well-being, and calls attention to seismic shifts driving consumer demand for a wider definition of wellness for every body and mind. View the full release here.

_________________ This is why we are happy to share AUTM's collaboration with Casey Health. Casey Health is a strategic alliance between Kilroy Blockchain and Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTM) that provides the people and systems needed to fight contagious diseases.

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Quantum Computing: Transformational Capability

November 2, 2021, 6:00 pm CDT | Event Type: Conversation, Hybrid

Computing has become pervasive in our lives, with microprocessors of many types, scales, and characteristics powering everything from home devices to high-performance computing systems, from digital sensors to data centers, from cars to cloud computing services. Persistent exponential advances in microprocessors and semiconductor technologies present more performance at less cost and lower power consumption annually. However, there are important applications in healthcare, energy, environment, security, and more for which the annual increases in microprocessors remain woefully insufficient. Researchers, technology companies, government agencies, and others around the world are eager to discover and develop new methods of computing that can offer orders of magnitude greater performance for these societally important applications--and the leading candidate is now quantum computing. ​Join us in-person or on Zoom for this great conversation!

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BFUTR 2021 Tech Summit - Presented by TD Thursday, October 28, 2021, 11:00 AM CDT – Friday, October 29, 2021, 7:30 PM CDT

The BFUTR Global Tech Summit is where Black professionals come together to celebrate community and build the future of tech! It’s the largest virtual gathering of Black tech professionals in the world. This year, 20,000+ tech and business professionals will come together to grow their skills, expand their network and level up their careers.

BFUTR Global Tech Summit 2021 is a virtual event presented by TD –– the largest virtual gathering of Black tech professionals globally!

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