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Black-Owned Telecommunications Firm Donates Free Phones And Sim Cards To Help Families In Puerto Rico

Fort Lauderdale, FL (BlackNews.com) -- Freddie Figgers, owner of one of the nation’s largest African-American owned cell phone companies and networks, has sent 500 satellite phones with unlimited calls, texts and data to help families affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

"The hurricane destroyed the entire island’s telecommunications' network," said Figgers, 28, founder of Figgers Communication that has designed his own phones and developed his own network. “We’re trying to do all can to help these families communicate with each other, and especially their loved ones.”

Four years ago, Figgers developed the custom-designed phone the "F1" phone that has automatic anti-texting functionality and super-fast charging. Next month, he is releasing the F2 the company, which will be waterproof and shatterproof. Figgers Communication is currently one of the few telecoms in the country that manufactures its own phone and provides its own service.

As Figgers, who grew up to adopted parents in Quincy FL, looked at the devastation in Puerto Rico, he said he had to do something. Figgers said the SIM cards are fully activated for 90 days free of charge. "We all need to do our part to make sure that Puerto Rico gets back on its feet." These SIM cards and phones will be distributed out in San Juan to individual families and at San Juan Airport.

Figgers is a childhood prodigy. At age 9, Freddie Figgers took a part an old IBM personal computer five times that his father bought at a local Goodwill Store. On the sixth time, he got it working. At age 13, he started working for the city of Quincy as a computer technician and network administrator in its NetQuincy department, setting up the city’s network and helping residents. At age 16, Figgers started Figgers Computers, repairing computers and installing wireless area networks. By age 17, he created a cloud-based hosting network that stored data for more than 70 clients - law firms, car dealerships and dozens of other companies.

By age 18, he had created his own computer operating system. Figgers also designed a VOIP - Voice over Internet Protocol network - that transmits voice to and from the USA from more than 80 countries’ landline and mobile connections. He achieved another milestone in 2011, when the FCC approved the company’s application to own spectrum, leading to the construction of the company’s first cellular tower.

Figgers is available for public speaking opportunities and interviews. Contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 214-448-3765

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Michael Jackson/United Negro College Fund Scholarship Now Open For African American Students

-- The deadline is October 21, 2017 and the award amount is up to $5,000 per student. –

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- The Michael Jackson scholarship provides financial assistance to communication arts and social science students attending a United Negro College Fund (UNCF) college/university during the current academic year.

Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship will provide an award up to $5,000 depending on the financial need of the student as verified by the attending University or College.

In order to have a completed application package, candidates must include:

* Completed Application profile

* Essay (prompt and instructions located within the appropriate section of the application)

* Transcript (unofficial accepted)

All application materials must be submitted by the deadline for full consideration. All previous recipients of this award must apply for reconsideration.

For more details and/or to apply, visit:

www.scholarshipsonline.org/2015/05/michael-jackson-uncf-scholarship.html

To see hundreds of other scholarships, visit:

www.ScholarshipsOnline.org

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HBCU Technology Summit To Be Held At Morehouse College

-- Black Higher Ed Tech Leaders, Key HBCU Leaders, Administrators and Alumni will meet in Atlanta to plan HBCU Sustainability; Registration and Call for Speakers is now open. --

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) -- The National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization (NBITLO) is calling together Higher Education Administrators, HBCU Students, Faculty, Alumni, Tech Leaders, Institutional Advancement Practitioners and Enrollment Management professionals for its first annual HBCU Technology Summit. The event will be held October 27th and 28th, 2017 on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia’s Atlanta University Center. The event theme is "Inspiring Innovation, Encouraging Collaboration, and Igniting Entrepreneurship..." Morehouse College, Spelman and Clark Atlanta Universities are proud hosts of this inaugural Tech-Focused sustainability summit.

"The HBCU Technology Summit is a relevant platform that provides HBCU College Presidents, Higher Ed Veterans, along with Technology Professionals, Entrepreneurs, HBCU Alumni and Students an avenue to begin action-driven discussions involving mapping out the next hundred years of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We must actively lead the conversation and ignite action tied to the continuity and sustainability of HBCUs. We will begin with an emphasis on aligning Technology Systems to improve operational efficiencies to optimize the student experience, rethink enrollment management, and also better align programs with industry demand, particularly in the STEM and High-Tech spaces," said NBITLO Founder and HBCU Tech Summit Visionary Andrew West.

The organizers of the HBCU Technology Summit, in conjunction with NBITLO, have issued a "Call for Speakers" to those who work and have worked in the HBCU space in Administration, Enrollment Management, Institutional Advancement, Academic Computing, Technology Systems and those extolling proven practices that will push the leading edge in defining what the new HBCU model for sustainability will look like. They are looking for contributors to the conversation who have respect for the foundations and traditions of HBCUs while also recognizing the amazing potential that can be achieved as we work to reposition our cherished schools for the future while motivating the pursuit of excellence.

Presentation proposals may be submitted under one of the ten thematic tracks that characterize this year's summit. Each track explores a different aspect of HBCU sustainability with an overarching goal of innovative entrepreneurial professions:

 

1. Innovation and Entrepreneurship-Focused Campus

2. E-Learning and Innovative Recruitment Methods

3. Saving the Nation's HBCUs

4. HBCU STEM and High Tech Professions

5. Advancing Enrollment Management through Technology & Digital Methods

6. HBCU Sustainability Modeling

7. Improving Accountability through Systems Thinking

8. Technology Systems and Accreditation

9. Signature Presidents Round Table

10. HBCU Alumni Perspectives Showcase

 

To submit a presentation proposal or to suggest a speaker, please review the requirements on www.nbitlo.org/atlanta. Submissions will be accepted online through October 15, 2017.

In addition to a call for speakers, organizers have also opened registration for the HBCU Technology Summit.

Corporations interested in exhibiting, are invited to share information related to entrepreneurship, careers, innovations or products and services at the Tech Expo and Innovation Showcase.

Attendees will experience two days of dynamic programming, which include:

* Welcoming Reception on Friday Evening

* Dynamic Keynotes and Roundtable discussions

* Thought-Provoking Panel Discussions

* High Tech Expo and Innovation Showcase

* Countless Networking Events & Mentorship Opportunities

* An Opportunity to participate in our National Think Tank and annual report on HBCU sustainability.

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