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August 29, 2013 13:00 ET

Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation Grant

COLLEGE STATION, TX--(Marketwired - August 29, 2013) -  Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology (CMD-IT), which develops national-scale programs to ensure that underrepresented groups are fully engaged in computing and information technologies, today announced it has received $30,000 as part of the Innovation Generation grant program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, CMD-IT will utilize the funds to support a Code-a-thon for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate computer science students at the 2014 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference.

Since 2007, the Innovation Generation program has provided $3.4 million in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs, supporting more than 400 school, museum and nonprofit programs across the United States and Canada. The program awards funds to organizations such as CMD-IT that foster and support STEM initiatives for teachers and U.S. preschool through university students -- especially girls and underrepresented minorities.

"We are very honored to be a recipient of an Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation," said Valerie Taylor, executive director, CMD-IT.  "The grant will provide opportunities for diverse groups of undergraduate and graduate students to apply their software skills in a Code-a-thon that will feature multiple themes.  This is a new event for the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference."

The goal of the ACM Tapia Conference is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to:

  • Celebrate the diversity that exists in computing;
  • Connect with others with common backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, and gender so as to create communities that extend beyond the conference;
  • Obtain advice from and make contacts with computing leaders in academia and industry;
  • Be inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders with common backgrounds.

The ACM Richard Tapia Conference is attended by over 550 participants each year and sponsored by organizations such as the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Georgia Tech, Google, Texas A & M University, Virginia Tech, University of California, Berkeley and many others.

"We are so honored to partner with organizations like CMD-IT who are helping to create the world's future innovators and technology professionals," said Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation. "As a company dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter, Motorola Solutions could not be more honored to support programs such as the Code-a-thon at the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference."

Innovation Generation is a part of Motorola Solutions' larger commitment to engaging youth in STEM education.  For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants programs, visit: http://responsibility.motorolasolutions.com/index.php/solutions-for-community/ and for more information on the 2014 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference please visit http://www.tapiaconference.org/.

About CMD-IT

The vision of CMD-IT is to help address the national need for an effective workforce in computing and IT through inclusive programs and initiatives focused on minorities and people with disabilities. CMD-IT's vision is accomplished through its mission to ensure that underrepresented groups are fully engaged in computing and IT and promotes innovation that enriches, enhances and enables underrepresented communities. For more information please visit www.cmd-it.org.

About ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference

The Tapia Conferences are organized by the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC), sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and presented by the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology (CMD-IT). The conferences are in-cooperation with the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS).

About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.

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