Community Connection

Robert Johnson is making it his mission to support the development of entrepreneurs of color. He recently started a social impact business incubator called The Collective. Located in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, his organization helps minority entrepreneurs grow, scale, and access resources. Robert sees 5G as a huge opportunity to help bridge the gap among underserved communities. To ensure that happens, he says: “There’s a need to engage the community, bring the community together, and provide opportunities for those who have been left out, disenfranchised, and underinvested in.”… Read More

STEM in Sacramento

As a former engineer, Nicholas Haystings recognizes the importance of a STEM based education for young generations. His organization, Square Root Academy, aims to provide underserved students in the Sacramento area these opportunities. At no cost, scholars participate in a collaborative and creative environment that emphasizes innovation and academic excellence. Scholars can participate in workshops to learn industry skills including 3D modeling and printing, coding, and electronic circuit design and creation. Afterward, they can utilize open lab hours to build their own creations. For Nicholas, 5G means better connectivity and greater opportunity for his scholars to experience the technologies of tomorrow. Currently, a group of students are developing a garden system that is aiming to grow food using 70-90% less water. With 5G connectivity, scholars will be able to monitor in real time how the plants are growing and their PH levels. Check out the latest video from Faces of… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – December 2

Here’s this week’s rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. 5G + AI – How transformative could 5G be? Combine it with the power of AI and find out. The Wall Street Journal’s James Rundle and Angus Loten take a look at how both technologies can reshape factories, hospitals, and even cities. Read more here. Automotive Impact – When it comes to electric and autonomous vehicles, Freeman Shen of WM Motor Technology Group warns, “If you don’t have 5G you just cannot make it.” Read more from his remarks at Fortune’s Global Tech Forum here. Future of Farming – John Deere showcased a new agriculture tool through the “Command Cab.” With 5G connectivity, the cab will be able to monitor crop performance and use AI… Read More

The New Digital Economy

At Outlier Ventures in Chicago, Rumi Morales is focused on the creation of a new digital economy and knows that new and transformative businesses need 5G to succeed. Rumi, who is a Partner at Outlier and Head of Venture, expanded on this at our recent event in Chicago, “5G in the Windy City.” We caught up with her before the event to talk about the impact she expects 5G to have on everything from the Internet of Things to artificial intelligence. Here’s some of what she had to say: “I cannot imagine, for example, many of the things that we’re talking about – whether it’s around bitcoin or whether it’s around AI – for those promises to become real without 5G. It touches so many parts of our future economy. 5G equals opportunity. 5G equals future economic growth. A lot can be missed if we don’t start investing in 5G… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – November 5

Here’s this week’s rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. DC5G – Partnerships among public and private stakeholders will be critical to the successful and timely rollout of 5G. That was one of the topics that was discussed at DC5G earlier this week. Faces of 5G was featured during the opening panel. Read more about the conference here and check out coverage here and here. The Power of Everything – Nokia’s Jai Thattil wrote for Inc. that “traditional network services have been determined by the limits of the technology. With 5G, those technical limitations are no longer a barrier, making it possible to do pretty much anything.” And by pretty much anything he means, enhanced analytics, more immersive experiences, smarter stadiums – the list goes… Read More

New Generation of Entrepreneurs

Britney Robbins’ goal is to change the narrative for underserved and historically marginalized entrepreneurs. Before starting The Gray Matter Experience, she had been working in various venture capital firms and tech incubators in Chicago but was often the only woman of color. As she told Blavity, “For me it was really strange that in my day-to-day work I’m working with all of these minority students to expose them to entrepreneurship and to encourage them to enter these spaces … But, even when I’m in these spaces, I’m not seeing many people that look like me.” Britney launched The Gray Matter Experience in 2016. Her organization offers a 12 week program for high school students to learn how to create, launch, and run start-ups that positively impact their communities, especially the South and West sides of Chicago. Participants hear from local business leaders and have the opportunity to gain access to… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – October 28

Here’s this week’s rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. 5G in the Sky – Gogo is taking a sky-high approach to the next generation of wireless. The company, which sells internet services to airlines, previously announced its plans to skip 4G and go right to 5G. Now it is announcing the partners that will help them get there. Read more here. Industrial Waves – Industry sectors are getting connected in waves. According to Ericsson’s Erik Josefsson, public safety was first, then it was utilities, and oil, gas, and mining will be next. He says that 5G is the big wave behind all those sectors. Read more here.  In the Lead – Ana Tavares, GSMA’s Head of North America, told RCR Wireless that “while Korea… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – October 14

Here’s this week’s rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. Tech Renaissance in Harlem: Silicon Harlem advocates for all citizens to participate in the digital economy, and its CEO, Clayton Banks, was one of our first “Faces of 5G.” Both Banks and the organization he co-founded were recently in the news as PIX11 stopped by to check out Silicon Harlem’s walk-in innovation center. Watch and read more here. The Next Gaming Evolution – The widespread adoption of augmented reality will be the next big evolution in the gaming space, and 5G will be the driver. While expanding on that prediction, Arm Treasure Data’s Tom Treanor throws out a stat that underscores the power of 5G and how transformative it will be: “5G provides for million… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – October 1

Here’s this week’s rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. Country Clever with 5G – We’re used to hearing about smart cities, but what about country clever? Ericsson’s Peter Linder talked to RCR Wireless about the positive impact 5G can have on rural communities as it relates to education, agriculture, green energy production, manufacturing, and outdoor recreation. Read more here. Add NYC, Boise, and Panama City to the List – Verizon turned on 5G in three new cities this week. As someone based in NYC, I was especially happy about this announcement. CNET lays out where to find it. Read more here. Enhanced Sports: “5G seems to be the technology that promises to offer a lot to every industry, and sports production is no exception,”… Read More

Translation through Tech

Imagine going to the hospital for an emergency and not being able to communicate with the doctor because of a language barrier. Metaphrasis, a comprehensive language company based in Chicago, Illinois that believes everyone has a right to be heard, is there to help. Through its communication platform, Metaphrasis provides live interpreters and translators so language barriers can be bridged in healthcare, legal, education, and many other settings. Its staff is equipped to interpret over 35 languages and translate over 100. They can also assist patients with disabilities. Especially in these emergency moments, a strong and reliable connection is critical to allow patients and doctors to properly communicate. As noted by Metaphrasis CEO Edwin Rivera, “5G is going to bring the speed and connectivity that we are in dire need of.” With 5G connectivity, patients and doctors will be better positioned to communicate – allowing them to focus on the… Read More

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