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April Joyner

Brooklyn, NY
Freelance Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  social responsibility, entrepreneurship, startups, venture capital, business strategy, management, marketing, social media, technology, diversity, workplace culture
Doesn't Cover: business books, mompreneurs, tech reviews, product launch news

Writer. Contributor to @ozy @technicallyBK. Previously @Inc. Catch me tweeting cool links on business, music, sports & TV/film. Opinions & witticisms mine only.

I'm a writer and editor interested in how business, technology, and culture interact. Currently, I contribute to OZY.com, and I have also written for The New Yorker and Fast Company's websites. Before I began freelancing, I was a senior reporter at Inc. magazine. Outside of work, I like discovering new music, playing the violin, and watching football, tennis, and soapy TV dramas.

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The Department of Defense came to Brooklyn to find hacks that could save lives

technical.ly — (Image via Twitter/@justidme) The federal government doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to technology. (Remember the HealthCare.gov debacle? Or Solyndra?) Yet historically, it has been quite innovative, paving the way for much of the tech we now take for granted, such as GPS.

Coworking Space The Yard is Expanding to DC

dc.citybizlist.com — Well, it's already making good on that promise: it's opening its first location in D.C. next fall. Our sister site Technical.ly DC has the details on how cofounder Morris Levy and his team chose its new space there.

What's up with all these new 'smart cities' programs?

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) When we last spoke with Donnel Baird of BlocPower at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Hub @ Grand Central Tech, we couldn't help but think, Wow, yet another program for startups addressing urban challenges.

Trying to raise funding? Don't be so desperate: advice from 5 New York VCs

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) Will Oremus, a staff writer at Slate, cut right to the chase. "Is there a tech bubble?" he asked. Oremus was moderating the "Show Me the Money" panel at this week's Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Summit. (In case you missed it: Protestors showed up at the summit's pitch competition, which an Indian sauce company won.

Wow, this haunting VR game by NYU Game Center devs and ... Viacom?

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) A virtual-reality game that requires you to solve the mystery of your own death. A practical robot so simple even a four-year-old kid could use it. An alarm clock that shares your annoyance at the G train being delayed ... again.

Here's how Eyebeam is fighting sexism in the arts tech world

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) As we reported yesterday, Industry City-based art and technology nonprofit Eyebeam boasts an all-female class of residents this year. The residents will begin their yearlong terms working on projects such as exploring how artistic colonialism continues in the digital era and examining gaps in data collection.

This retail robot from the founders of Croissant just won big at TechCrunch Disrupt

technical.ly — As anyone who's ever visited the Target at Atlantic Terminal knows, stopping at the store to pick up just a few household items can easily turn into an hourlong ordeal. (Seriously, why are there never enough registers open?) Well, the founders of - the company that offers an all-access pass to coworking spaces around New York City - feel your pain.

This developer is building a list of underrepresented speakers in tech

technical.ly — (Photo by Flickr user William Murphy, used under a Creative Commons license) The lack of racial and gender diversity is a persistent issue in tech. One of its most obvious illustrations: check the speaker lineup for any given conference in the industry, and you're likely to see a whole bunch of white men.

This 'egoless' new game from the NYU Game Center is so romantic

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) There's a brand new game out of the NYU Game Center. Meet , in which players navigate a star through a series of colorful, futuristic tableaux set to music. It was built by Atlas Chen and Nick Zhang, both graduates of NYU's MFA program in game design, in collaboration with graphic designer Kevin Chen, composer Tony Yen and technical artist Zack Zhang.

This hardware-focused accelerator for 'smart cities' is launching in Greenpoint

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) Urban-X , a hardware-focused accelerator program for companies "shaping the future of cities through technology," is moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It'll launch its second cohort this fall at , a design-focused center opening in Greenpoint. It's another notch in Brooklyn's manufacturing belt.
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Oct 26, 2016

My semi-vacation has now commenced. I'll be unplugging, except for a quick check in the AM (max 15 mins, for work). Talk soon!

Oct 26, 2016

@GeeDee215 hats off to you for taking the plunge. I am also wary of writing personal essays!

Oct 26, 2016

Nice interview. Looking forward to seeing this film. Also: boola boola! (Shoutout to the School of Drama.)  https://twitter.com/mozehalperin/status/789535748697522176 

Oct 26, 2016

Scant discussion of hostile, threatening environments for women, POC, LGBTQ = #fail. At least address this, even if your take is "oh, well." https://t.co/R6rqvMsoF0

Oct 25, 2016

Wow, this is powerful. It brings back memories of my own trip to Ghana back in 2005.  https://twitter.com/nprcodeswitch/status/790991319460040706 

Oct 25, 2016

Uncle Sam wants your clever hacks. Cool tech @MD5NET hackathon & more on how the DoD program will shape up:  http://technical.ly/brooklyn/2016/10/25/department-defense-md5-hackathon/ 

Oct 24, 2016

Should the people in question be considered "leading AI people"? I've heard so much about this issue from others in the field. https://t.co/hDQ4CQPaTE

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