Innovate Birmingham is helping women break into the tech field. Here’s what graduates + candidates have to say.

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An Innovate Birmingham ThinkData Analytics Graduate presenting at Summer 2019 Demo Day. Photo submitted

For women looking to break into the tech field, the prospect of entering such a male-dominated industry can be daunting. Luckily, Innovate Birmingham is providing candidates with the skills and confidence they need to make their mark on the Birmingham tech industry. Here’s what five female graduates & candidates have to say about their experience with Innovate Birmingham.

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Stop the spread of COVID-19 from your phone? Yep, there’s an app for that

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We caught up with one of the first GuideSafe™ users to learn how it all works. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

One of the key tools to fight COVID-19 and slow its spread is right in your pocket. Developed by UAB experts in partnership with the Alabama Department of Health and available for iPhone and Android devices, the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App is a simple way you can help fight COVID-19 in Alabama.

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It’s Manufacturing Month, and we’re celebrating all who make our essential items

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Inside Georgia-Pacific’s plant in Monroe County, Alabama. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

October is National Manufacturing Month, and we all know Birmingham has deep ties to industry. We caught up with one of the world’s leading makers of some of our most essential items. Check out how Georgia-Pacific is supporting our households and our workforce through manufacturing.

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Need a permit in Jefferson County? It’s now easier than ever

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Get a look at the progress on the newest development in Vestavia Hills. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Whether you’re a contractor, a business owner, a homeowner or just an average citizen, permits are a part of life. Gone are the days of cumbersome paperwork and trips to the courthouse—Jefferson County is going digital. Here’s what you need to know.

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$10 million for breast cancer research—and you can be part of it

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Pink up the Pace, Birmingham! Photo via BCRFA

October may be the month we see pink everywhere we go, but this local organization is fighting for a cure 365 days a year. Get to know the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama and learn all the ways you can get involved today.

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AFib treatment could save your life—but you may not know you have it

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A community built on care. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

You don’t hear a ton of scary stories involving AFib. For good reason—it’s quite common, and these days, it’s treatable. That is, if you know how to identify it. We caught up with a Birmingham specialist to get his best health tips for the heart. Check it out!

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Ironworking is alive in Birmingham—here’s how you can try it out

A pretty cool new skill. Photo via MAKEbhm on Facebook

Birmingham’s history has deep roots in iron and steel. At its founding in 1871, two rail lines crossed near one of the world’s richest deposits of minerals—and thus our Magic City was born. Plenty of Birmingham residents are still working with iron and steel today. You can try it for yourself!

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3 new nonprofit initiatives in Birmingham, including Project Empathy

King’s Home recently dedicated this new facility. Photo via King’s Home

Our Birmingham nonprofits are constantly rising to meet the needs of our community, and 2020 has brought more needs than ever. These 3 local organizations are stepping up to the plate, and you can, too. Here’s how.

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Two top NYC chefs have a dinner club in Birmingham—and you’re invited

The coolest dinner party you’ll ever join. Photo via Tasting TBL on Facebook

Chefs Tyler & Jennifer Lyne recently moved to Birmingham from New York City where they worked at Michelin-rated restaurants with some of the best chefs in the world. They’re hosting an intimate dinner party every Saturday in Hoover, and you can join. Here’s how.

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Want to participate in Alabama Launchpad Cycle 4? Applications close Sept. 14

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Calling all Alabama entrepreneurs! The fourth Alabama Launchpad competition of 2020 is almost here. The team at Alabama Launchpad has extended the deadline for applications until September 14th at 5PM, so don’t wait—fill out your application today.

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The YARD reveals first student Dream Space at AAMU

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Think Big Competition. (Before COVID). Photo courtesy of AAMU

Imagine a designated space where you can think creatively and develop new ideas to make your dreams become a reality. Through a partnership with The YARD and Vulcan Materials Company, students at Alabama A&M University are the first of many Historically Black Colleges and Universities to have just that with an all-new Dream Space. Check it out. 

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Meet Taylor Nelson + learn how he climbed the career ladder in Birmingham

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Making career moves and building relationships while you do it. Photo via Alabama EMBA

Hartselle, Alabama native Taylor Nelson wanted to move up in his career—so he made it happen. We learned how he did it, and now we get to share that insight and advice with you. Follow Taylor’s lead and take your career into your own hands with the Alabama EMBA Program.

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7 local startups address 2020’s challenges at Reignite Alabama on August 27

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Reignite Alabama premieres August 27th at 4:30PM. Graphic via Alabama Launchpad

Reignite Alabama, the 3rd Alabama Launchpad competition of 2020, aims to specifically address the new challenges posed by COVID-19 that affect both Alabama and the country. We took a closer look at 7 of the 14 participating startups that will be competing for a portion of $75K in funding at Reignite Alabama.

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Carbon neutrality: Who’s doing it in Birmingham + how you can help

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Let’s see which companies are taking steps towards sustainability. Image courtesy of Picture Birmingham

As concern for our environment continues to grow, many companies are taking important steps towards more sustainable practices. With household names like Apple, Google and Nike at the forefront, we’re taking a look at three Birmingham companies working towards carbon neutrality.

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7 startups compete for $75K at Reignite Alabama on August 27

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Reignite Alabama premieres August 27th at 4:30PM. Graphic via Alabama Launchpad

With our “new normal” of COVID-19, we’ve had to face many new challenges. Reignite Alabama, the 3rd Alabama Launchpad competition of 2020, aims to specifically address these challenges affecting both Alabama and the country. We took a closer look at 7 of the 14 participating startups that will be competing for a portion of $75K in funding at Reignite Alabama.

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