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Building a Habitat for All

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Long before Viacom’s Viacommunity Initiative was formalized and began impacting communities and making a difference across the world, the company started small and local. A dedicated group of Viacom executives walked across the street from the organization’s New York City headquarters to paint a homeless shelter. Among them was Lou Converse.

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Ready, Set, Code: Viacom Hosts Girls for a Summer of Learning

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Twenty-five software engineers walk into a room. How many are women?

This sets up like a joke, but the answer is not funny: three.

Or that is the average, anyway, based upon research from Girls Who Code, an organization determined to equip girls with the computing skills necessary to compete in a 21st century job market.

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Gettin Our Comic Con On

The annual San Diego Comic Con is home to diehard fans celebrating their favorite comic books, movies, TV shows, and characters with outlandish costumes, fan activations, and packed panel discussions. With deep stables of iconic properties, Viacom’s MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon helped drive the festival’s excitement, giving hardcore fans a close-up dose of their favorite shows. Viacom booths integrated fans into their worlds while panel events with cast members and producers connected them with beloved characters. And all three brands teased upcoming or current shows, including MTV’s Scream, Comedy Central’s Moonbeam City, and Nick’s Pig Goat Banana Cricket.

Check out what each brand served up to its fans during the event:

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Way Outside the Digital Signage Box

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AV Technology Magazine recently announced the creation of the “Out of the Box Award” to recognize something that “sets a new standard of immersive, customized, interactive digital signage with specific benefits for tech managers and operations managers.” The big winner of the magazine’s inaugural award? The lobby of Viacom’s newly renovated Time Square headquarters.

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Scripting a Future in Technology for Students in Need

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In June, Viacom hosted 70 students from ScriptEd, a start-up nonprofit that aims to equip students in under-resourced schools with the fundamental coding skills and professional experiences that create access to careers in technology. The event was part of a three-day program to prepare ScriptEd students to enter professional environments for a six-week paid summer internship. Viacom employees ran a workplace skills training session with lessons about email etiquette, networking skills and much more.

Maurya Couvares founded ScriptEd based on her experiences working with students in New York City public schools and her interest in technology. “Students love technology,” she said. “They’re surrounded by it in their everyday lives. At the same time, before ScriptEd started almost no schools were offering computer science education. ScriptEd was created to give students an avenue to pursue their technology-related interests and passions.”

ScriptEd has grown expansively since its inception in 2012, with 27 students in two high schools. Now, the program serves 13 schools and 275 students and will grow to 30 schools across New York City next school year. That expansion stems from technology developers taking an interest in ScriptEd and connecting with those working in the industry, like Meghan Knoll, director of Product at Nick Jr. She began volunteering regularly with the organization after encountering some of the students while she was volunteering at a hackathon.

“I was really inspired by the students and how passionate they are about coding and just the mission of the program,” said Knoll. “So I reached out and became a classroom volunteer after that, which means I go into classrooms twice a week to teach HTML, CSS and Javascript to the students.”

ScriptEd has been recognized by numerous organizations for its work in expanding technology education in New York public schools, including the White House, Teach for America, South by Southwest, Huffington Post, American Express, Ashoka and Google.

Viacom Shines at the NYC PRIDE Parade

Viacom employees were out in full force this past Sunday, wearing their pride on their sleeves at the annual New York City Pride March. With our EMERGE LGBT resource group and Logo network, our teams brought their spirit to the walk, dancing down Fifth Avenue to the beat of the Logo float.

From 39th street to the West Village, the air buzzed with energy and excitement. Spectators’ cheers and jubilation filled the air in the wake of Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling. Back in March, Viacom joined 378 companies and organizations in a submission to the Supreme Court arguing in support of marriage equality.

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The Taco Train to Times Square: a Delicious Start to Paying for College

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Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and others ringing the bell at the NASDAQ exchange. Read More

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They call Times Square the Crossroads of the World. It is the hub of media, arts, and business in New York City.  Tens of thousands of New Yorkers work in Times Square and millions of tourists flock to it every year. So what better place to recognize some of America’s greatest high school students.

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Art at Viacom: Crystal Wagner Transforms Viacom Work Spaces

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They unravel from the walls like a dream, tendrils of bright colors streaming along the walls as though they grew from the building itself, at once taking over the room and becoming part of it. This is the art of Crystal Wagner, the latest artist in residence to collaborate with Viacom employees to transform the places where Viacom lives and creates as part of the larger Art at Viacom initiative. A contemporary, interdisciplinary artist, Wagner is passionate about combining two and three dimensional forms, using unconventional materials and printmaking for massive installations.

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