This Week in Technology Innovation and Trends

  • Chance the Rapper, CDW, and Intel help Chicago students
  • 3 technologies to help protect schools from COVID-19
  • Using math to fight a global pandemic
  • Mobileye moves from the garage to the streets
  • AeroFarms pushes ag toward a more sustainable future

Intel, CDW, and Chance the Rapper Help Students in Chicago

As part of its Pandemic Response Technology Initiative, Intel partnered with CDW to deploy over 15,000 devices to low-income school districts. Together with Chicago Public Schools and Chance the Rapper’s charity SocialWorks, the team established a remote learning pod for students with diverse learning needs. Check out the video to learn more.

3 Must-Have Technologies to Help Protect Schools From COVID-19

School’s back in session, and this year comes with plenty of added challenges. Across the U.S., school districts are turning to the IoT and other technology solutions to help create safe learning environments. Wachter has identified three critical technologies to help mitigate the transition back to the classroom.

At Swansea University, Mathematicians Fight a Global Pandemic

Researchers at Swansea University are committed to conducting research with real-world benefits—and using the power of math to change the world. For their computationally intensive investigations, COVID-19 researchers tap into the HPC resources of Supercomputing Wales to model how infection spreads, as well as the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions and social restrictions.

Mobileye Moves From the Garage to the Streets

At IAA Mobility 2021 last week, Mobileye and SIXT announced a collaboration to begin offering a driverless robotaxi service in Munich starting next year. Riders will be able to hail one of the SIXT-operated robotaxis using either the Moovit app or the integrated SIXT app for ride hailing, vehicle rental, car sharing, and car subscriptions.

Growing the Best Plants Possible With Technology and Innovation

AeroFarms has developed the world’s largest indoor vertical farm of its kind in Abu Dhabi, which is dedicated to R&D and commercialization of local crops using AeroFarms’ proprietary indoor vertical farming technology. But running the operation at scale requires a lot of supporting technology to help track and monitor products from seed to package. That’s where data-driven operations come in.