AT&T 28 Days: 2017 Black History Month Celebration

A salute to those who dare to be next

African American innovators have been helping AT&T (No. 4 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) connect people since Lewis Howard Latimer first drafted plans for Alexander Graham Bell's telephone in 1876. The annual AT&T 28 Days Black History Month celebration, now in its ninth year, is just one of the ways the company honors that legacy and the continuing role African Americans play in innovations in art, business, community, STEM and entertainment.

This year, in the spirit of pioneers like Latimer, the company is dedicating the Bridge's AT&T 28 Days Black History Month coverage to those who dare to be next. The dreamers who do. The believers who act. The people who show up and change the world in ways big and small—forever.


Here's how you can take part:

  1. Visit the Bridge weekly Feb. 1–Mar. 6 to dive into and share stories of how the legacy of Latimer continues through today's African American artists, entrepreneurs, inventors and entertainers.
  2. Watch a special mini-documentary series, "Those Who Dare …", featuring Artist Dubelyoo Wright, Entrepreneur Christine Souffrant, Health Advocate Dr. Ian Smith, STEM Non-profit STEMLY and Recording Artists St. Beauty.
  3. Check out AT&T's weekly #BlackExcellence visuals albums highlighting how African Americans shaped and are shaping American culture, commerce and communities. And, be sure to take notes! @ATT Twitter followers who take part in our weekly #BlackExcellence trivia questions can win a $50 AT&T gift card!
  4. Keep the celebration going by entering online Feb. 2–Mar. 5 to win a trip for two to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. plus a Samsung VR and tablet package.
  5. And, as you come across stories of African Americans using their talents, passions and skills to create a world where everything and everyone work together, tag us with #TheBridgeATT. The company will spread the word throughout the year.

- See more at: http://thebridge.att.net/ATT28Days/article/att-28-days-2017.html#sthash.NvQsto2u.dpuf

AT&T and U.S. Air Force Academy Collaborate to Explore Advanced Technologies

Formal 5- Year Agreement Aims to Help U.S. Air Force Keep Pace With, Acquire and Use Commercial Technology.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* and the U.S. Air Force Academy are working together on networking services and advanced technology capabilities. They entered a 5-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) aimed at boosting the Air Force's use of modern technology at a pace more like the commercial sector.

"Networking is a platform for innovation and mission support," said Lt. Col. Michael Chiaramonte, director of Air Force CyberWorx at the Air Force Academy. "With access to AT&T's resources, we plan to advance our academic and research objectives. By leveraging public-private partnerships with AT&T and our other industry partners, we improve our understanding and use of technology and, ultimately, improve the Air Force's mission capabilities."

The collaboration aims to:

  • Offer knowledge and commercial best practices of cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and other AT&T-led innovations for the Air Force Academy faculty. Such innovations include Smart Base solutions, software-defined networking and 5G.
  • Provide hands-on demonstrations for Academy cadets.
  • Ensure AT&T has greater insight into the vision and technology needs of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Explore opportunities beyond academic interests.

"Our work with the U.S. Air Force Academy will be much like an action-oriented academic 'think tank.' We're here to help the Air Force keep pace with commercial innovation and pinpoint their current and future technology needs," said Rocky Thurston, Client Executive VP, AT&T Public Sector.

Part of the Air Force's larger mission

Partnerships fuel the Academy research program. There are 19 centers and 2 institutes, as well as cadets, faculty and industry all working together for the benefit of tomorrow's Air Force. CyberWorx was established in 2016 as a public-private design center focused on cyber capability. It combines Air Force, academic and industry expertise with state of the art technology and innovative thinking to solve operational problems.

AT&T: How to Build a Culture of Learning

Instead of only providing employees with classroom and web-based training, we're also supplementing those resources with relevant content from social and digital platforms, like social media channels, podcasts and video platforms.

By Jennifer Robertson

Originally Published by AT&T.

Last year, best-selling author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman visited AT&T. During a conversation with employees, he emphasized the importance of continuous learning for employees and employers to succeed in the age of acceleration.

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