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- Newark Tech Week took place last week with a number of meetings and experiences both online and off.
Women In Tech
- NJTechWeekly.com attended a Newark Tech Week online event called “Women In Tech – The Virtual Experience,” moderated by Kelly Outing of Equal Space.
- The speakers were: Loralyn Mears of STEERus; Judith Sheft of the NJ Commission of Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT); Anum Hussain of Below the Fold News; and Flisadam Pointer of IEMC and ENVERT.
- Mears said she had been humbled “to the core” while starting her company.
- “Until you do it [start a company] you have no idea what’s really involved. You can read about it all day long, but it’s totally not the same.”
- Hussain said that fundraising was her biggest roadblock, as it is for many women in tech.
- “We raised pennies in comparison to what other startups have done and what we need.”
- Sheft recommended that women and minority startup founders who are challenged by skeptics have confidence in their vision, but ask a lot of questions, and keep moving forward.
- Pointer told the audience that they can enter the tech world via non-traditional routes.
- For example, journalists have tapped into the tech space to keep themselves afloat as podcasters.
Closing The Digital Divide In Newark
- Another Newark Tech Week event discussed closing the digital divide in Newark.
- The speakers were: Anthony Avent of the Office of Information Technology, City of Newark; Diane Hill of the Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement at Rutgers-Newark; Liana Summey of the Newark School of Data Science & Information Technology; Gregory Porumbescu of the Transparency and Governance Center at Rutgers-Newark (TGC).
- The panel was moderated by Suzanne Piotrowski of the TGC.
- Panelists agreed that making sure the public has equitable access to broadband and devices is essential.
- However, ensuring that citizens have a support structure is also important.
- Citizens need training on app and computer use, for example, and they require services that can help them with continued troubleshooting, the panelists said.
Autonomous Vehicles In Trenton
- Attention autonomous vehicle (AV) technologists in New Jersey.
- The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the “Trenton Mobility & Opportunity: Vehicles Equity System (MOVES) Project.”
- Trenton MOVES explores the feasibility of providing safe, equitable, affordable, and sustainable high-quality mobility through the deployment of 100 AVs throughout the state capital.
- This on-demand automated transit system will serve 90,000 residents of Trenton.
- More information can be found here. The deadline to respond is Feb. 11.
Innovation+ Robotics Chat
- James Barrood of Innovation+ recently interviewed Jiren Parikh of Ghost Robotics and Brendan Englot of Stevens Institute of Technology about their robotics work.
- Much of Englot’s research at Stevens centers on how to give robots improved situational awareness in very tough environments, such as under water, Englot said.
- Ghost Robotics uses a novel technology to create quadruped robots that can be used in military environments.
- The company is currently selling these robots to the U.S. and its allies, Parikh noted.