From a video by Weird Enough Productions, which combats fake news.
AT&T today is announcing the eight winners of its 2018 Aspire Accelerator Class competition, a way the telecommunications giant helps fund companies and groups that help bring social and educational innovations to students. Each winner get $100,000 from AT&T.
The “class” is a snapshot of modern-day technology and communications promises and pitfalls. It includes Unruly Studios from Boston, which combines STEM education with physical play, so kids learn to code and get to exercise at the same time, and Weird Enough Productions, a non-profit 501(c)3 from Lithonia, Ga., that teaches students how to combat fake news and detect media bias and how to create positive content of their own.
“I love getting to meet and learn from innovators from all walks of life,” says Anne Wintroub, AT&T’s director of social innovation, in a blog post. “When people from diverse backgrounds — geographically, culturally, ethnically or professionally — come together to address social challenges, the results are awe-inspiring.”
The Accelerator, started in 2015, is part of AT&T’s larger education-bent philanthropic Aspire program to which the company has pledged $400 million since 2008. Since it started, the Accelerator has supported 19 organizations, 63% of which were female-led companies, and 44% led by minorities.
Most of the organizations and companies chosen this year have a tech component central to their mission.
The Accelerator groups this year are described like this by AT&T: