View from Fruitvale. Photo by Craig Hickerson

Oakland’s technology scene is in flux. Like other cities, its government, its residents, and its businesses are trying to evolve with new technologies. Schools are trying to incorporate them into their curriculums, the owners of parking lots are figuring out how best to accommodate the fast growing numbers of electric cars. Longtime residents and businesses…

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Visitors discuss their business ideas at the Latinx Tech Conference in Oakland. Photo by Craig Hickerson.

Facing a crowd of over 100 people, Nilton J. Serva, a 19 year-old Latino entrepreneur, pitched his idea for an app that connects career mentors with Latinos and Latinas. An audible “Wow!” was heard from the audience as a teammate showed a mock-up of the simple, elegant app on the screen with sections for career credentials, a profile photo and ratings.

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On Thursday evening, the 6th Annual Oakland Indie Awards honored local business and artists at the Henry J Kaiser Permanente Center in the rooftop garden room. Hundreds of entrepreneurs, craftspeople, and vendors attended the event including honorary hosts Mayor Jean Quan and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. This year, there were over 200 nominees among Oakland’s businesses,…

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On Wednesday evening, the Fox Theater was filled with people excitedly discussing the night’s festivities. Inside, hors d’oeuvres and small burgers provided by local company Prather Ranch Meat were served with complimentary beer and wine. Hip-hop music could be heard playing in the background. However, the night was not about seeing a play or concert; it was dedicated to helping local businesses grow in Oakland.

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