T.I. talks tech, diversity at Georgia Tech

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T.I. became a star by rapping about the gritty west Atlanta neighborhoods near the Georgia Tech campus.

On Monday, the entertainer and entrepreneur visited the institution as part of an effort by Georgia Tech to expose students from those neighborhoods to the university and encourage them to use technology to create innovative projects.

The hour-long visit was organized by Magnus Egerstedt, the Steve W. Chaddick Chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Vernell Woods, who earned a scholarship to attend Tech and is current chief technology officer for Grand Hustle Records, the label founded by T.I.

“If we have an alignment with an entity like Georgia Tech…we have no choice but to advance,” T.I. said.

More than 100 Atlanta Public Schools students from those nearby neighborhoods attended what Georgia Tech described as a “fireside chat” with T.I., Egerstedt and Woods. A similar number of Georgia Tech students also attended.  (read more)

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