Tag: donates

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Facebook donates $1.3 million to boost WWII code-breaking site

Facebook has made a £1 million ($1.3 million) donation to the museum at Bletchley Park, where British code-breakers decrypted messages sent using Nazi Germany’s Enigma cipher and contributed to an Allied victory in World War II, after the site was forced to cut dozens of jobs as a result of the pandemic.



a person standing in front of a store: UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 23: Colossus was the world's first electronic programmable computer at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire. Bletchley Park was the British forces' intelligence centre during WWII, and is where cryptographers deciphered top-secret military communiques between Hitler and his armed forces. The communiques were encrypted in the Lorenz code which the Germans considered unbreakable, but the codebreakers at Bletchley cracked the code with the help of Colossus, and so aided the Allies' victory. The women seen here belonged to the Women's Royal Naval Service, (WRNS) and were nicknamed �Wrens�. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)


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UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 23: Colossus was the world’s first electronic programmable computer at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire. Bletchley Park was the British forces’ intelligence centre during WWII, and is where cryptographers deciphered top-secret military communiques between Hitler and his armed forces. The communiques were encrypted in the Lorenz code which the Germans considered unbreakable, but the codebreakers at Bletchley cracked the code with the help of Colossus, and so aided the Allies’ victory. The women seen here belonged to the Women’s Royal Naval Service, (WRNS) and were nicknamed �Wrens�. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

During the war, the mansion in Buckinghamshire, southeastern England, was home to the British government’s Code and Cypher School, where the world’s first programmable digital computer was built to decipher the Nazis’ communications.

Facebook said Monday that “the era of the computer was born” at the venue, as it announced its $1.3 million contribution.

“Like too many of our favorite places, it has been hit hard by a drop in visitors and revenue this year, pushing it toward difficult decisions about its future,” Mike Schroepfer, the company’s chief technology officer, said in a blog post. “Facebook is honored to be able to provide £1 million of support to help keep Bletchley Park open to the world.”

The museum that now operates on the site said in August it expected to lose £2 million ($2.6 million) in 2020 as revenues fell, and was planning to dismiss 35 workers —

12
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Dynegy Donates $50,000 to Fund STEAM Programming at the Chicago Urban League

CHICAGO, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dynegy today announced a $50,000 donation to the Chicago Urban League, aimed at ensuring access to quality education. The donation will directly fund the Chicago Urban League’s Youth Services Center (formerly the Center for Student Development), which offers services and programs to help students thrive academically and, ultimately, professionally.

“In this moment, we must acknowledge that fundamental building blocks – like a good education – are out of reach for too many people. As a corporation, Vistra is determined to be part of the solution,” said Curt Morgan, president and CEO of Vistra. “Vistra and our team at Dynegy are fully committed to strengthening the communities we serve. For us, that means driving inclusion, promoting equity, and investing in the organizations that serve as a springboard for the next generation of diverse, American leaders.” 

Dynegy’s donation will advance the Chicago Urban League’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programs, which prepare middle school through college students to compete in a growing global economy.

“Our programming engages youth in hands-on applications of science, technology, engineering and math and helps many of them see themselves on a path to a STEAM career though exposure, equity, and access,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “Dynegy’s generous donation directly contributed to our ability to serve more youth through our virtual STEAM camp this summer and will continue to support our programming over the current academic year.”

Dynegy’s donation is part of a $10 million commitment from Dynegy’s parent company, Vistra, to support organizations that grow minority-owned small businesses, enhance economic development, and provide educational opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds. Serving nearly 5 million residential, commercial, and industrial retail customers with electricity and natural gas, Vistra is the largest

29
Sep
2020
Posted in computer

Amazon funds computer science program, donates $30K in school supplies

Hamilton County Schools’ latest partnership with Amazon will benefit tens of thousands of students, officials said.

The American multinational technology company plans to fund a computer science initiative — influencing more than 21,700 Hamilton County students in 42 elementary schools as part of its Amazon Future Engineer program. Amazon is also working with BootUp , a nonprofit professional development provider helping teachers bridge the equity skill gaps among the students.

The company’s commitment to the school district is part of a $50 million nationwide investment towards STEM education, primarily through the program. The area campuses will join more than 60 high schools and more than 80 elementary schools already participating in the program statewide.

Through a news release, Hamilton County Superintendent Bryan Johnson said the partnership will help the district reach one of its goals of students being prepared for success after graduation. The objective is part of the district’s Future Ready 2023 action plan.

“Computer skills are vital for young people, and the early start in this program for our elementary children will reap benefits while the students are in school and as they move forward in a college or career after they leave high school.”

In the same news release, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said he looks forward to a future conversation with the teachers and students helped by the program.

On Friday the multibillion-dollar company went a step further in its efforts to support the school district with a $30,000 donation in school supplies.

Amazon employees delivered more than 11 pallets of supplies to Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School, located close to the 7200 Discovery Drive site.

The supplies were funded by Chattanooga Amazon Fulfillment Center staffers, who collected $15,000 worth of school supplies. Their donation was matched by a $15,000 monetary donation by Amazon’s Seattle-based