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United Athletes Foundation College Hackathon Event

Sponsored by Microsoft Supplier Diversity


Microsoft Supplier Diversity partnered with the United Athletes Foundation (UAF) to launch the BE U Hackathon Event from November 12th thru the 14th at Microsoft’s Redmond, WA campus. This Windows App hackathon event brought together teams of students from twelve colleges/universities around the country, nine of which are Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to compete in the finals for more than $70,000 in scholarship prizes sponsored by Microsoft. 

As a company Microsoft is embarking on new ways to tackle the well-known diversity gap that exist today between the technology sector and the diverse communities we serve. The supplier diversity team helped to tackle that digital divide by investing in our future entrepreneurs and creating a pipeline of future diversity suppliers through the BE U Hackathon.  Through this competition the students not only had an opportunity to compete for scholarship prizes, but they also showcased their ideas in front of industry and community leaders who will assist these students with their dreams of pursuing business ownership in the future.

Microsoft Supplier Diversity and UAF together recognized the power of leveraging the influence of professional athletes and the experience of Microsoft to create an event that changed the lives of young people and help set the foundation for business ownership a new and exciting way.

During the three days on the Microsoft campus students attended a kick-off event that included an address by Taylor Hawes, General Manager - Microsoft Corp Finance, regarding the need for diversity within the technology supplier base, and Yvonne Thomas, Director - Microsoft’s Youth Spark with an overview of the programs available to technology/business students, such as Imagine Cup and BizSpark.  The keynote speaker for this event was Dr. Thomas Mensah – inventor of fiber optics cable, entrepreneur and author.   

Throughout these intense days of coding, students were also presented with opportunities to meet with Microsoft employees from the windows development team who acted as advisors to the students and the Microsoft Careers team who spent a good portion of time talking with the students and getting photos to broadcast the event on the Microsoft twitter feeds.  A big highlight of the event was the participation of Ray Lewis, two-time Super Bowl Champion, ESPN Analyst, and UAF Vice-Chair who attended Q&A session with the students on the 13th and the motivational speech to the students on the morning of the presentations.

The twelve final teams presented their final App Concepts in a ‘shark tank’ like environment to a panel of judges comprised of tech savvy entrepreneurs, community leaders and world-renowned athletes.  Fernando Hernandez from Microsoft’s Supplier Diversity team served as the MC.  The judges were as follows:  Former NFL player and UAF Founder, Reggie Howard; Microsoft’s Garage Hackathon team, Amyr Has; Avis Yates Rivers, President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International; Ron Busby, President, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.; Eliza Hernandez, Director, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation;  and Entrepreneur, Inventor and “Father of the Fiber-Optic Cable”, Dr. Thomas Mensah.

Winners of the hackathon event were announced at a star studded celebration in café 31 on the Microsoft campus during the afternoon of Friday, the 14th where there was a musical performance by singer/songwriter Verse Simmonds (his impressive writing credits include songs made famous by Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Usher, Jay Z and Kanye West) at the celebration.


Here’s a list of the top 5 winners from the Hackathon:

1st Place - New Jersey Technical Institute with the Mobile Gateway App.

2nd Place – Fort Hays State with the UR Here App.

3rd Place – Spelman College with the Bed Explorer App.

4th Place – Howard University with the Bio Eye App.

5th Place – Claflin University with the Live Chair App.


The judges and audience were blown away by some of these concepts. In addition to the scholarship prizes awarded for 1st thru 3rd place winners, some of these teams are already in next level discussions with some of the business leaders participated in this event.  Team concept presentations are being delivered to the windows development team for further feasibility evaluation, and some students are being contacted by Microsoft employees who want to act as mentors to these students for continuous development. 

Overall, the Hackathon event was a huge success, and with the support of our Corporate Communication team and our Corporate Security team, the event was taped by Aspire TV for a :60 broadcast on the UP network and in flight broadcasting, and potentially highlighting the winners during ESPN’s coverage during the Super Bowl 2015. 

Twitter 21.3 Million Impressions Worldwide 


iDiversicons Announces The First Diverse Emoji Short Story Writing Contest, From Cub Club Investment.

iDiversicons, the world’s first DIVERSE emoji was created to satisfy a void that the current emoji lack and what the public has been asking for “more faces of color”. And now, on Sunday, November 23, 2014, iDiversicons has officially launched their First Emoji Short Story Writing Contest.


The one-woman mission to diversify emoji

League City, Texas (PRWEB) November 26, 2014

Cub Club Investment is looking for short stories created exclusively with iDiversicons emoji. Like speaking in symbols? Love telling stories? Like a challenge? Want a chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money? If yes, then enter for a chance to win up to $25,000 in cash prizes. There are over 900 iDiversicons emoji to choose from and they can be used more than once.

This contest is open to Middle School Students (Grades 6 – 8); High School Students (Grades 9 – 12); and College Students & Adults. iDiversicons invites entries from all countries, although written word translations are accepted in English only. Each story must have a title, contain a minimum of 100 iDiversicons emojis (no iDiversicons images that include words are allowed,) and a written word translation.

iDiversicons' First Emoji Short Story Contest officially launched on Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Entries will be accepted by email, beginning Sunday, November 23, 2014. The deadline for receiving registration and short stories is 12 pm (CST) Friday March 20, 2015. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all Terms and Conditions.

The judging will be fair and independent. Criteria will include creativity, cultural sensitivity, composition, and originality. All judges will be appointed by the founder of iDiversicons. The judges’ decisions are final.

For more detailed information, please read iDiversicons Short Story Entry Instructions and Terms & Conditions online at http://www.idiversicons.com.

Here is what the media is saying about iDiversicons:

“The future of emoticons will embrace everyone.” – PCWorld 
“The one-woman mission to diversify emoji.” – The Daily Dot 
“The emojis you’ve been waiting for already exist.” – SEVENTEEN     
“A Houston woman has created a whole new world of emoji for the 21st Century.” – TexasMonthly 
“Former NASA employee launches Diverse Emoji App.” – Black Enterprise 
“LC woman’s company creates emojis for everyone.” – Galveston County Daily News

Wondering exactly what’s in it for participants? Here’s how the iDiversicons Short Story Contest will work:

College Students & Adults 

  • One First Place Winner will receive:
  • $11,000 in cash
  • One Second Place Winner will receive
  • $5,000 in cash 

High School Students 

  • One First Place Winner will receive:
  • $5,000 in cash
  • One Second Place Winner will receive:
  • $2,500 in cash 

Middle School Students 

  • One First Place Winner will receive:
  • $1,000 in cash
  • One Second Place Winner will receive:
  • $500 in cash


How to enter:

Register online at http://www.idiversicons.com under the Contact section; the non-refundable entry fee is $3.00 and download the iDiversicons app in the App Store or Google Play Store. To pay the entry fee just click on our PayPal button at http://www.idiversicons.com. Once the registration is confirmed, just download the iDiversicons App.

Registration Began: Sunday November 23, 2014

Entry Deadline: Friday March 20, 2015 at 12 pm midnight (CST)

The winners and runners up will be notified by phone and will be announced on Friday, May 29, 2015.

About iDiversicons Founders 
For Katrina Parrott, the road to becoming one of the most innovative Native App Developers began in an unlikely place: NASA JSC, where she managed their Logistics Contract. And for Katy Parrott, it began as a pre-med student at The University of Texas in Austin. But when the two of them discovered that there was a huge unmet demand for more diverse emoji, they went on to assemble an experienced programmer, artist, and video team to bring their unique vision for iDiversicons to life.

Katrina is a Washington DC native who lives in Houston, Texas. She majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Procurement Acquisition at American University. And Katy is a Houston native and currently in her final year at UT Austin.

How To Learn More About iDiversicons 
For more information about our First Emoji Short Story Contest or about our iDiversicons App, please send an email to Katrina Parrott at katrina(at)idiversicons(dot)com.

App Name: iDiversicons (The First Diverse Emoji) 
Developer: Cub Club Investment, LLC 
Version 2.0 Launch Date: June 24, 2014 
Cost: $1.99 Version 2.0 
Category: Entertainment 
App type: Mobile App 
Platforms: iOS 6.0 or later

App Name: iDiversicons 1st Diverse Emoji 
Developer: Cub Club Investment, LLC 
Version 1.0 Launch Date: June 25, 2014 
Cost: $1.99 Version 1.0 
Category: Communication 
App type: Mobile App 
Platforms: Android

Media Contact: 
Katrina Parrott 
P.O. Box 3323, 
League City, TX 77574 

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