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Alicia Keys Announces BlackBerry Scholars Program to Encourage Women in Tech

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A lot of people are asking about Alicia Keys’ role at BlackBerry and at BlackBerry Live 2013, she announced a few projects that she’s working on at the company under Frank Boulben’s leadership. Keys began her keynote talking about how women are central to BlackBerry and she wants to help foster that relationship. She mentioned that women, while they graduate at higher rates then men, have a problem getting into the technology industry at the same rate as men.

The BlackBerry Scholars program is a program to help encourage women to get into the tech industry by providing four year scholarships for women in science and technology programs. She also announced that BlackBerry will be funding creative projects around the world and helping artists to create.

Go to blackberry.com/scholars for more details.

Techu.me Program Seeks to Create Young App Developers and Future Engineers

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According to the Canadian Government, enrollment in mathematics, computer and information sciences accounted for 3.0% of total university enrolment in 2008/2009, the lowest proportion since 1992/1993. In response to this and some pressure from local Universities, TechU.me was created to inspire youth using app development.

Apps is a great place to start kids on the path to a technical future, as the devices are ubiquitous and the applications are largely practical. Gone are the days when computers were thought of as inaccessible, giant, computation machines. Now, everyone has a computer in their pocket and they’re often thinking “I wish I had an app to help me do (blank).”
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Coloring and Math is an Educational Game for the BlackBerry Playbook

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Coloring and Math is a new player on the scene that mixes up the fun of a coloring book with the educational value of deciphering shapes, learning numbers and practicing arithmetic.
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Carleton University and RIM Launch Teaching and Collaborative Research Centre [#Ottawa]

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Ottawa’s Carleton University has partnered with RIM to launch what is being called the Teaching and Collaborative Research Centre. The goal of the centre to provide students an opportunity to “explore new possibilities in wireless communications and application development.” The centre will be used for research, teaching, outreach activities, technology demonstrations, and short courses. The centre will also work to keep engineering and industrial design students “at the forefront of smartphone technology and design.”
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AT&T and DubMeNow Partner on Education App Platform for Students

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Demo of the DubMeNow platform.

AT&T has announced a new cross-platform app platform called Campus Guide, which lets students, faculty, alumni and staff access campus information right on their smartphones. Community members can check out upcoming events, catch up on university sports scores and read course materials as well from within the app. The platform is possible due to a partnership with DubMeNow, a company we’ve covered before on BlackBerryCool. AT&T Campus Guide offers nine different features:
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Startup Showcase: Hoot.me Helps Students Collaborate On Facebook #startupfest

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hoot.me

Hoot.me is a Facebook app that leverages the social network to help students better collaborate on projects, classes, assignments and more. According to the founders: “We switch your Facebook into study mode by connecting you with friends to collaborate on homework and projects.”

Facebook is a great platform for Hoot.me since Facebook began with targeting the student demographic and the company’s target market spends a great deal of time on the site. Also, since a typical student’s network will almost certainly be 100% on Facebook, the social interactions and collaboration potential is huge.
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