The alabama collective
The Innovate Alabama, HBCU Innovation Experience, visited Tuskegee University, Miles College, Stillman College, and Talladega College in April of 2023 as part of its HBCU Tour. Students and faculty participated in various digital skills learning labs throughout the Innovation Power Hour. These rotating stations featured the latest Apple equipment and showcased various technologies and concepts, including the Apple SWIFT programming language, coding design principles, and augmented reality with Oculus equipment, to name a few. It was an opportunity for students and faculty to engage with emerging technology that can be incorporated into their curriculum, identify internship opportunities and obtain industry-level certifications for employment. Those who engaged in each session were eligible for prizes at the event’s conclusion; prizes included Apple AirPods, Beats headphones, etc. It was a fun and interactive environment to demonstrate the art of the possible with digital skills. Our goal is to reinvigorate excitement around information technology, computer science, and digital skill development to elevate minority tech talent and entrepreneurs at Alabama HBCUs.