The technology industry is committed to promoting an inclusive workforce and nation.  From supporting Black-owned businesses to empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs, tech is creating equitable opportunities for all Americans.  In this week’s Tech At Work, see how tech is commemorating and celebrating Black History Month.

How Tech is Celebrating Black History Month

Amazon shared ways to celebrate and support Black-owned businesses during Black History Month.

Apple unveiled its 2024 Black Unity Collection and is awarding grants to organizations, like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, that provide economic, educational, and creative opportunities in communities of color.

Cisco shared how its employees are celebrating their Black identity every day.

Comcast is amplifying the work of content creators who are using art and the Internet to create community, honor culture, and spark positive change.

In celebration of Black History Month, Coursera curated a collection of courses taught by Black professionals, with lessons from experts across industries.

Etsy is spotlighting Black-owned shops across its platforms.

Google opened applications for its Tech Equity Collective Impact Fund, the company’s initiative to accelerate Black representation in tech.

Verizon’s “Up to Speed” podcast shared what Black History Month means to its employees.

Visa highlighted how one business owner brought her African heritage to her community after taking part in a program led by Visa’s Black Employee Resource Group.

Wilson Sonsini’s Black History Month series is highlighting employees’ stories and celebrating what this month means to them.


New in Tech

Sora is Creating Video from Text

Open AI launched Sora, its text-to-video model.  Sora can generate videos up to a minute long while maintaining visual quality and adherence to the user’s prompt.  It is currently available to red teamers to assess critical areas for harms or risks.  A number of visual artists, designers, and filmmakers have also been granted access to provide feedback on how to advance Sora, which will be most helpful for creative professionals.


What We’re Saying

Amazon’s David Zapolsky Joins TechNet’s Executive Council

TechNet Submits Comments to the USTR on the Possible Extension of Section 301 Tariffs


Before You Start the Weekend

From musicians and actors to fashion designers and chefs, Uber is celebrating those who are making tomorrow’s Black History today.