As Birmingham and Homewood kick electric scooters to the curb, Bird introduces 4 tech products to ‘help local governments incorporate and manage e-scooters’

Bham Now staffers Wade Cline and Cody Short take two Bird scooters for a ride in Southside. Photo by Jen Daniel for Bham Now

Bird hopes its new GovTech platform will placate Birmingham, Homewood and all the other municipalities where the company operates in the U.S. Local governments can access it for free. Is this the answer to our scooter woes?

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Tech Startup Watch: Sigao Studios, XpertDox and INFLCR make strides, PLUS 6 Alabama Launchpad competitors

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The team behind Sigao Studios. Photo submitted

It’s a big week for tech startup news in Birmingham. XpertDox and Influencer (INFLCR) announce exciting new developments. Sigao Studios hosts a workshop on Sept. 24 to help other tech startups succeed. And with six Alabama startups, four of them from the Magic City, set compete in the next Alabama Launchpad competition on Sept. 27, the future is bright for our bustling tech scene.

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Bird wants to take over Birmingham with electric scooters, and the $2 billion company doesn’t seem to care about regulations

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Bird scooters parked in front of the Clubhouse on Highland. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Yeah, it’s more of a world-domination thing with Bird electric scooters. Why? To get people out of cars. Electric scooters are a thing, people. They’re everywhere!

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AT&T adds 26 zones of capacity to increase cellular service at Bryant-Denny

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Inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Photo via University of Alabama Athletics

Have you ever been to a large venue like a football game and you’re not able to post that cute selfie you just took? Then you think to yourself … how is it 2018 and your larger than life cell provider is not able to give you proper service while being around a million people? Well, if you’ve been that person before while at Bryant-Denny Stadium then you may have an opportunity to finally post that selfie!

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Birmingham’s Hot Rod Gods: Curtiss Motorcycles’ all-electric, luxury Zeus and Hera models are a force to be reckoned with

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Matt Chambers, chairman and CEO of Curtiss Motorcycles, with a Zeus. Photo for Bham Now

The Magic City is abuzz with news of electric buses and scooters lately. In California, however, the most interesting electric vehicle news from Birmingham is happening on the manufacturing floor of Curtiss Motorcycles.

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Birmingham featured in Barron’s as emerging tech hub. Local leaders respond

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Steve Case, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and J.D. Vance at the Rise of the Rest Tour. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Add Birmingham to Tech’s Growing List of Tech Hubs ~ Barron’s

That is the headline and subsequent story that was published this weekend by Barron’s, one of the nation’s most influential financial publications.

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Area code 205 could change for new phone customers in Birmingham and central Alabama to 659

Area code 205 is a Birmingham identifier. American Idol winner and Grammy-nominated Birmingham singer Ruben Studdard made 205 famous when he wore it emblazoned across his jersey as he performed on the national show as a way of paying homage to his hometown and to get votes. Continue reading “Area code 205 could change for new phone customers in Birmingham and central Alabama to 659”

Birmingham Transit (BJCTA) awarded $1.5 million from US Department of Transportation to buy electric buses

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U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Authority has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit to put low-emission and no-emission electric buses on city streets.

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Forget Shark Tank. Watch Alabama Upstarts, a show promoting entrepreneurs, Sunday, August 19 at 4:30 on ABC 33/40

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The concept of Alabama Upstarts stemmed from programs like Alabama Launchpad. (Image courtesy of Alabama Launchpad’s Facebook)

Forget Shark Tank.  Alabama is launching its own version of entrepreneurs pitching ideas to investors on a new show called Alabama Upstarts, which premieres Sunday, August 19, 4:30pm on ABC 33/40.

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Want ultra-fast internet? AT&T invested $1.2 billion to improve internet speed and connectivity in Alabama, including 32 rural counties.

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Photo courtesy of AT&T

Without the internet many of us couldn’t do our jobs, connect with friends, research astronomy or find out what’s happening this weekend. But some parts of Alabama have lived with spotty internet access which puts them at a technological disadvantage. AT&T has aimed to change that.

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3 things you can learn at the FREE Grow with Google training on August 6 at the Birmingham Public Library

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Google wants to help you use their products for work. Photo via of Grow with Google

Are you needing a little help in using Google for work?  A free training seminar (Yes, we said free.) will be held on Aug. 6 at the Birmingham Public Library. Register now, because classes are filling up fast! Continue reading “3 things you can learn at the FREE Grow with Google training on August 6 at the Birmingham Public Library”

Watch out for these 7 startups honored at EDPA’s imerge event on July 12

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Photo of imerge 2018 EDPA Innovation Award winners courtesy of EDPA

Did you make it to imerge? A signature event of Birmingham’s recent Innovation Week and hosted by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA), imerge recognized movers and shakers in Alabama’s start-up business scene. See who they are. Continue reading “Watch out for these 7 startups honored at EDPA’s imerge event on July 12”

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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Southern Research Institute’s new STEM Education Outreach Lab will host 50 high school students who will use it to conduct physical and life science experiments

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Innovation Week Is Like No Other

Off the heels of the DC BLOX’s economic development announcement on Monday, and then the kick-off of a week that celebrates creatives, risk-takers and innovators, Southern Research Institute cut the ribbon on its new STEM Outreach Lab. It’s part of the nonprofit’s aim to attract more people to work in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Continue reading “Southern Research Institute’s new STEM Education Outreach Lab will host 50 high school students who will use it to conduct physical and life science experiments”