Provides online training for workers in HVAC, plumbing, electrical, solar, and facilities maintenance.
Interplay Learning provides online and virtual reality training for essential skilled trades. This includes simulations for HVAC, plumbing, electrical, solar, and facilities maintenance--all skills that remain in high demand during the pandemic and related economic downturn. The company’s immersive learning platform enables students to ply their trade in weeks, not years—and it has facilitated the continuous, necessary upskilling of thousands of tradespeople throughout the pandemic for companies including Ruud, Carrier, Hunt Military Communities, and Rheem, which plans to train 250,000 workers by 2025 on the platform. In October, the company announced a partnership with Home Builders Institute, a nonprofit that provides job placement for the building industry, to help thousands of at-risk youths, veterans, and displaced workers receive hands-on training.
Builds augmented and virtual reality platforms for businesses.
Spatial offered its full platform of augmented and virtual reality platforms free of charge in May this year, extending a lifeline to numerous businesses that were struggling to adapt to the impacts of working from home. Thanks to its methods of 3-D computing, such as co-worker holograms via AR headsets, Spatial has seen a notable increase in interest from many businesses and industries.
Builds contactless payment technology.
When the coronavirus hit, Zippin had already been working on checkout-free technology to eliminate in-person interactions between shoppers and cashiers. Using this platform, shoppers can enter a store, grab their items, and leave without scanning anything or waiting in line. In October 2019, Zippin announced a partnership to open the first in the world in-arena checkout-free convenience store in the Sacramento King's Golden 1 Center. In 2020, Zippin announced another partnership to bring checkout-free technology to the Denver Broncos' Mile High Stadium.
Runs a crowdsourced security-testing platform to train organizations to become more resistant to cyberattacks.
In the face of increasing cyberattack threats, Synack aims to make the world more secure through its combination of artificial intelligence and ethical hackers, providing clients with both machine speed and human talent. This past year, Synack helped to secure the U.S. presidential election, protecting those on the frontlines and testing election technology to assure a smooth voting process. The company also helped secure the technology behind many Covid-19 relief organizations, ensuring that their work could continue unhindered.
Fills tech roles in the Central Valley region of California.
Bitwise revitalized California's agricultural Central Valley by identifying and training tech talent in underserved communities and advocating for area startups. This year, Bitwise launched TakeCare, an outgrowth of a social media initiative that brings meals to families in need. To date, TakeCare has served more than 250,000 meals to thousands of hard-hit families. The software company’s site, OnwardCA, has connected more than 20,000 people with financial aid, emergency services, and job opportunities during the pandemic. Following its initial success in California, OnwardUS expanded to Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, and D.C.