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DAC Digital Digest: New Tech to make office work more safe from Covid.

As companies and building owners re-open office doors after the coronavirus pandemic, they are now faced with greater responsibilities in keeping tenants and workers safe.

A core challenge for many companies and property managers is controlling the swathes of people descending on the building. Crowd control will be a test for many companies.

Effective ventilation of office space remains paramount for keeping buildings as safe as possible but it can be stretched further.READ HERE »

2. Aurora autonomous truck tech system ahead of Spac Merger.

The truck is a Peterbilt 579 integrated with Aurora’s autonomous vehicle system and customized in partnership with Paccar. The system, which the company has dubbed the “Aurora Driver,” includes cameras, radar and a combination of long- and medium-range light detection and ranging radar sensors referred to as lidar. The long-range lidar was developed in-house after its acquisition of Blackmore. (Aurora has since acquired a second lidar company, OURS Technology. The medium-range lidar sensors are from an undisclosed. READ MORE »

3. Africa internet provider giant in crisis.

Millions of internet addresses assigned to Africa have been waylaid, some fraudulently, including through insider machinations linked to a former top employee of the nonprofit that assigns the continent’s addresses. Instead of serving Africa’s internet development, many have benefited spammers and scammers, while others satiate Chinese appetites for pornography and gambling.


New leadership at the nonprofit, AFRINIC, is working to reclaim the lost addresses. But a legal challenge by a deep-pocketed Chinese businessman is threatening the body’s very existence. READ MORE »

4. $37,000 EDU Tech Call for Code Challenge

The Education Innovation Case Competition seeks innovative technology solutions that addresses a problem aligned to achieving accessible and equitable quality education. Teams of five students enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education should design solutions that:

Broaden educational opportunity for women, who continue to face steep structural and societal barriers.

Relieve the burden of educational inequality that falls disproportionally on under-served communities.

Democratize access to quality learning for all, in an increasingly digital world.

The ICT4Edu solution should demonstrate how technology can help communities in need around the world. While solution submissions do not need to include working code, applicants will need to describe the technologies required and how those technologies fit into the solution.

Teams will compete for $37,000 in prizes and each student from the winning teams will be invited to apply to IBM job opportunities. READ MORE »

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