Memorial Day is seen by many as the unofficial start of summer ... and a time to get out and relax.  But it also brings with it certain safety threats.  This holiday weekend, the coronavirus pandemic might be adding some new risks to our safety. 

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Central New York girls as young as eight years old will be gathering Saturday in Syracuse for a first-ever all-girl youth hackathon.  ‘CuseGirlHacks is sponsored by AT&T, and aims to bridge the gender gap in the tech industry.

Time is running out to sign up for a free summer program dedicated to giving young women an opportunity to develop tech skills and to explore STEM career paths.  The Girl’s Coding Program was created in partnership between AT&T and the CNY STEM Hub and is looking for 50 girls in 7th through 12th grade who want to gain hands-on experience with basic coding.  Director of Communications at SRC Lisa Mondello says with baby boomers retiring faster than ever, young women have a chance to break into the male-dominated tech industry.

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Who knew crunching data might result in better ways to keep Syracuse streets clear of snow? The City of Syracuse announced the winners of this year’s Plowing through Data Hackathon Wednesday. The city partnered with AT&T and Syracuse University’s iSchool to call on the community to analyze Syracuse’s snowplow data and create new technologies to better manage the snowfall. Mayor Ben Walsh says they weren’t making the most of the data collected by the plow’s GPS software.

The city of Syracuse is turning to tech-savvy residents for new ways to make snow clearing more efficient with GPS-tracked plows.  Syracuse is partnering with Syracuse University's iSchool and AT&T to launch the “Plowing Through the Data” Hack-A-Thon, an initiative to publicize data on the routes plows take throughout the city.  The city’s Chief Data Officer Sam Edelstein says the data will allow residents to offer new ways to tackle street clearing.

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Siena College Students and  AT&T brought a workshop to East Syracuse Minoa High School Thursday to make students aware of how to deal with Cyberbullying.  One of the most meaningful ways is to intervene by becoming “Upstander Ambassadors," as conveyed in this skit.

“Why do you keep posting pictures of them on Snapchat?" asks a female student.

"Because they're going to the thrift shop.  That's nasty," replied a male student.

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A study of cyber bullying in Central New York finds nearly one third of teens report being bullied online.  That’s a bit higher than the 26 percent of teens surveyed across Upstate New York.  Siena College Research Institute President Dr. Don Levy says the numbers are probably understated.

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  People who create and design phone applications have just about another week to enter the AT&T Central New York Civic App Challenge

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ProLiteracy and LiteracyCNY are teaming up to create a mentoring program for adults wishing to take the high school equivalency exam. Their new program, called “Buddy Up,” seeks to create a corps of highly-trained volunteers to support 225 low-income, underserved youth and young adults studying for the exam.