The YARD, presented by Vulcan Materials, was a featured partner at the Birmingham Business Alliance’s Code the Classic event during the activities associated with the annual Magic City Classic. The annual career and tech expo connects HBCU students from across the state with companies hiring for paid internships and jobs.
During the event, The YARD hosted its THINK BIG NOW innovation pitch competition be-tween Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University to award scholarships and internships to students with big ideas on ways to improve their HBCU campus and communities.
The YARD pitch competition was followed by a leadership roundtable with business and government leaders, including U.S. Senator Doug Jones and Vulcan Materials Company CEO Thomas Hill.
Programming also included a student debate on educational needs for future career needs and immersive networking studio that connect-ed student talent with prospective employers across the state.
Among the AAMU winners were: 1st Place: Jus-tin Lindberg and Christian Henderson – $4,000; 2nd Place: Demarius Lewis and Chris Tony – $2,500; and 3rd Place: Olasubomi Olawepo – $1,500.