Bird.i | March 04, 2022
Bird.i | Zonda, Scotland-based satellite imagery and artificial intelligence (AI) technology business, has announced plans to spearhead the creation of a technology center in Glasgow. Zonda is the top real estate data intelligence provider for the new home building sector in the United States. Through the use of satellite imagery and the development of new software platforms that offer high resolution, readily available imagery and data that enables competitive decision making, this strategic shift aims to bring practical solutions to the housing industry.
The success of Bird.i and its technological advancements are making way for the development of a tech center in Glasgow. The company strives to bring breakthrough technologies to market, create job opportunities, and encourage the growth of other tech-centric organizations in the area, in addition to providing technology services to help users achieve a competitive edge in the market. This campaign aims to bring together like-minded, forward-thinking people to lead the next wave of data intelligence.
We are excited to lead the growth of a tech-hub in Glasgow as we continue to expand our footprint with numerous career opportunities at Bird.i | Zonda. The Bird.i team of engineers has helped lead the development of our newest platform, Enterprise, and we look forward to the continued success built by this global workforce of talented and inventive tech leaders.”
Jeff Meyers, CEO of Zonda.
Bird.i | Zonda is fuelling the future of the housing industry with a bird’s eye view of real-time, easily accessible, and actionable data to improve informed decision-making by distributing high-resolution satellite photos from world-leading commercial satellite providers. This technology gives builders, developers, contractors, and others valuable insight into the development and changes in the construction and new home building industries.
Codecademy | March 04, 2022
Codecademy, the leading online learning platform for technical skills, is partnering with The Black and Brilliant Advocacy Network to launch an Applied Artificial Intelligence accelerator and mentorship program in Africa. After launching their first accelerator together in 2021, the organizations are teaming up again to bring the program to Africa and empower a new generation of tech talent in the region.
Combining upskilling and mentorship, the Codecademy and Black and Brilliant program will focus on both the hard and soft skills needed to build successful careers in AI. Over the course of 10 weeks, participants will master the fundamentals of data science, data engineering and programming using Codecademy's self-guided, hands-on learning platform. Participants will also work with a group of coaches and mentors from companies like Shopify, Google and Etsy to explore topics like user experience, ethics and bias, and the business of AI.
As AI becomes more powerful, it's imperative that people of all backgrounds, nationalities, races, and genders have the opportunity to leverage that power – so that they can make an impact on their communities and the world at large, Through education and mentorship, our goal is to empower a new generation of global leaders in AI, equipping them with the skills they need to solve problems and incite change through technology."
Zach Sims, co-founder and CEO of Codecademy.
Founded by husband-and wife-team Tony Effik and Perky Noah-Effik, Black and Brilliant is an advocacy group focused on initiatives to diversify workforces and streamline talent pipelines for BIPOC communities. After meeting Codecademy's CEO Zach Sims at an event with the United Nations last year, the two founders immediately saw an opportunity to work together given their organizations' shared mission to democratize career opportunities in technology.
Growing up in the UK and Nigeria, and even now, I continue to meet brilliant Africans with the potential to play a role in the global digital economy, We decided with Codecademy to coalesce around the idea of helping a foundational group leapfrog to the most current technology. Our hope is that this group helps the next cohort, and so on. We are grateful for Codecademy and how its platform democratizes learning and makes this all possible."
Tony Effik, Co-Founder of Black and Brilliant and Managing Director at Google.
As artificial intelligence becomes a more powerful and influential technology, it has the potential to be a transformative force in Africa — helping to reduce inequality, alleviate poverty and improve access to public services like health and education. Limited access to AI education, however, remains a barrier to ensuring the impact of AI is felt throughout African societies. Codecademy and Black and Brilliant's accelerator program aims to equip local technologists with the skills they need to lead careers in AI and continue driving innovation in the region.
About Black and Brilliant
Black and Brilliant is an advocacy group - for people of all backgrounds - united in creating a more diverse workforce. Founded in 2020 with the aim of challenging and eliminating the ideas that far too many corporate leaders hold about the lack of black talent in business. At Black and Brilliant, we are fascinated by the possibilities that digital transformation can bring, ranging from disciplines and technologies like Artificial Intelligence, to Crypto to Cyber Security.
Tailos | March 03, 2022
Inspired by the first robot in history, Maidbot finalized a major rebrand under their new name, Tailos (pronounced Tay-lōs), to best reflect its vision — taking robotics beyond commercial cleaning to provide a complete suite of human-empowering solutions.
Tailos, formerly Maidbot, announced today that it completed a major rebranding as the company looks ahead to a year of tremendous growth and transformation. Inspired by Talos, the Greek mythological robot built by the God of Technology to protect the people of Crete, the new name reflects the company's innovative approach to building human-empowering technologies that leverage robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML).
Tailos' initial product consists of two parts: a robotics platform and a web-based data platform tool. The robotics platform features a mini self-driving car focused on cleaning floors of commercial real estate, from hotels and multi-family dwellings to office space, senior living, airports, stadiums, and more. The data platform provides operators with analytics and notifications that enable proactive actions to enhance experiences for guests and tenants.
We have a monumental vision of building different types of technologies — both physical and digital — that solve the challenges revolving around the ongoing labor crisis, We are extremely excited about bringing this major change as the foundation of the next chapter for the company."
Micah Estis Green, Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Tailos.
The new name "Tailos" will better encompass the entire suite of solutions the company is building for the future while aligning closer to the company's mission of building human-empowering technology.
Tailos revolutionizes the commercial real estate industry by leaving dull, dirty, and dangerous tasks to autonomous solutions, allowing humans to focus on more meaningful and enjoyable work. Founded in a dorm room at Cornell University, Tailos provides safe and cost-efficient automated solutions to the hospitality and industrial cleaning industries. Tailos' team is headquartered in Austin, TX, and is composed of real estate experts, rocket scientists, and robotics engineers who have worked for organizations including NASA, Dell, IBM, Apple, iFly, Flextronics, and the Southwest Research Institute, among others. The Tailos team has also partnered with several top VC firms, hospitality companies, and industrial cleaning companies.