Tech watch: 3 startups with ties to Birmingham, including MoovMo, a ride-sharing app for those using wheelchairs

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MoovMo founder Daryl Harris started a company that aims to create a ride-sharing platform for wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

In this week’s roundup of Birmingham tech news, we’re all about a startup focused on ride-sharing opportunities, a company that builds startups and an app for businesses that works like an in-house diversity coach.

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For Adamson Ford, giving back to the community includes reaching out to Birmingham’s homeless

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The Adamson Ford family having a little fun while volunteering at Serve Day at Birmingham’s Linn Park. Photo submitted

When they talk about family, they’re talking about community. Adamson Ford is all about Birmingham, especially when it comes to those locals who need some help making it from one day to the next.

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5 things to know about Alabama’s primary election tomorrow, including the crossover voting ban

A voter registration drive in Jefferson County, Alabama. Photo submitted

The polls will be open in less than 24 hours for Alabama’s primary runoffs. Alabama’s Democratic and Republican parties are both holding runoffs tomorrow, to decide the winners from the June 5 primaries. 1. Yes, you can vote, even if you didn’t vote in the primaries.

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La-Z-Boy’s newly remodeled store in Greystone reopens Saturday, July 14, with new inventory and free in-home design services!

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La-Z-Boy Senior Interior Designer Andrea Ford Schultz traveled from La-Z-Boy’s Michigan headquarters to manage the two-day renovation in Birmingham. Photo by J.H. Daniel for Bham Now

Want to know how to rock a room redo? Give yourself 48 hours (or more) with the  La-Z-Boy team, and let the certified design professionals work their magic for FREE.

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Update: Shipt goes all in, announces Birmingham expansion, promises 881 jobs

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Shipt is hiring! The company plans to bring 881 highly-skilled jobs to Birmingham. Photo via Shipt

The City of Birmingham, Jefferson County, the state of Alabama, along with Alabama Power, the Birmingham Business Alliance and Innovate Birmingham contributed to support Shipt’s expansion in Birmingham.

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Downtown Birmingham’s Commerce Center building to be Alabama’s first Hilton Tapestry Collection hotel, with 96 luxury rooms

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A promotional image from Hilton’s marketing campaign for their brand of hotels called the Tapestry Collection. Photo via Hilton Worldwide

There’s a new Hilton hotel planned for the historic downtown Birmingham Commerce Center building, formerly known as the Protective Life headquarters, located at 2027 First Ave. N. It will be the first of its kind in Alabama.

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Here are the 5 speakers for Sloss Tech, including Mayor Randall Woodfin

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Sloss Tech kicks off with Founder and CEO at Influencer Jim Cavale interviewing Mayor Randall Woodfin. Photo submitted

The full lineup for Sloss Tech 2018 includes Silicon Valley celebrities, homegrown startup stars and more. Find out who all is speaking at the Southeast’s biggest tech conference on July 13 at the The Lyric. Get your tickets while they last.

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You can count on world-class athletes and 30 sports at the 2021 World Games in Birmingham

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Brazil’s Valéria Kumizaki is the running champion of the Kumite (sparring karate) -55 kg division. She took the bronze in the 2017 World Games. Photo via World Games/Getty

Sure, we have some time before The World Games hit Birmingham in 2021, but it’s never too soon to celebrate the wide world of international sports.

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3 BIG things to look forward to at Sloss Tech 2018 on July 13, including ‘Up And Vanished’ creator Payne Lindsey

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Sloss Tech speaker Payne Lindsey hosts the podcasts “Up and Vanished” and “Atlanta Monster”.  Photo submitted

Here’s me giving an internal round of applause to the 2018 Sloss Tech lineup. (Wowza!) Get your tickets now for the Southeast’s premiere tech festival at the Lyric Theatre on July 13.

Big names are headed our way, people! Trust me—Sloss Tech will sell out, just like it did last year.

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Here are 3 types of linear parks, as Birmingham considers one underneath I-20/59

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BMX rider @mikebikepsyche executes a whip at Parisite Skate Park, located under the Interstate 610 overpass in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo via Parisite Skate Park

Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) officials say a new public space is possible underneath the rebuilt Interstate 20/59 elevated highway through downtown Birmingham.

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5 winners and losers in the City of Birmingham’s 2019 operating budget, including pot holes

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Your Pie Pizza Birmingham is located in Uptown, walking distance from the Westin Hotel and the BJCC. Photo via Your Pie

The City of Birmingham’s 2019 operating budget comes in at $436 million, with an increase of $8 million. Here’s what’s being funded and what’s being cut:

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