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Champions of the Undead is a global competition running from August 10 – September 6. The Grand Final will take place in Las Vegas, with the winner receiving $15,000 USD in cold-blooded cash.

MELBOURNE, Australia, Aug. 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Zero Latency, the global leader in immersive entertainment and creator of the largest free-roam VR network in the world, is celebrating three million global plays by launching its first-ever worldwide VR competition, Champions of the Undead. The competition is being run in partnership with VIVE, that delivers on the promise of VR with game-changing technology and best-in-class content.

Champions of the Undead will be an epic battle across the Zero Latency community, where players will need to shoot zombies and score big in one of its most popular games, Undead Arena. Players can simply go to one of the 70+ Zero Latency venues worldwide, play a round of Undead Arena, and they’ll be able to compete to win. The top player from each region will be flown to Las Vegas for the Grand Final, where the highest-scoring zombie slayer will be crowned, receiving $15,000 USD prize money.

Zero Latency opened its first venue in 2015, in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, the milestone of three million plays has enabled players to explore the vastness of new worlds and destinations in the largest VR spaces available. During that time, Zero Latency has continued to innovate, bringing players new adventures to escape from the pressures of the real world, while players themselves have killed over 200 million zombies, with Champions of the Undead set to increase that tally even further.

“This is the first time in our history that we’re bringing our global community together in this exciting way, and giving back to the players that have supported us,” said Tim Ruse, CEO at Zero Latency. “We’re thrilled that we’ve now seen three million plays across the globe since we started this journey ten years ago, with people continually looking for experiences that allow them to connect with others. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with this competition, on a scale that we’ve never done before. We’re continuing to innovate and grow, and are looking forward to the next 3 million plays from our dedicated, passionate players worldwide.”

The Champions of the Undead competition will run from Thursday 10th August 2023 to Wednesday 6th September 2023. The Grand Final will take place on Thursday 5th October 2023 in Las Vegas. Up to 8 players can play together at a time, and players can try as many times as they want to perfect their skills and reach their best score.

The highest score from each Regional Leaderboard will be flown to Las Vegas for the Grand Final with a more challenging bespoke version of Undead Arena filled with even more zombies. The winner of this epic Grand Final will receive $15,000 USD.

Runners up will score a VIVE XR Elite worth $1,099 USD to continue exploring new possibilities at home. VIVE XR Elite is a powerful, convertible, and lightweight XR headset that conforms to you. Offering both the untethered freedom of all-in-one XR and the power of PC VR through wireless streaming.

For more details on Champions of the Undead, including terms and conditions, visit

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Zero Latency is a global leader in immersive entertainment, working at the cutting edge of VR and location-based experiences. With 70+ venues across 25+ countries, Zero Latency is the largest free-roam VR network in the world. Since opening the world’s first free-roam VR venue in 2015, Zero Latency has thrilled more than 3 million players worldwide.

Eight years ago, Zero Latency introduced the world to free-roam virtual reality – a new form of immersive entertainment that allowed us to explore mind-bending worlds without wires, cables, or other constraints.


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B2Gnow Celebrates 25 Years of Innovation and Growth




PHOENIX, June 25, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — B2Gnow, the leader in business diversity, procurement, and grant management software solutions, celebrates its 25th anniversary. Over the last quarter-century, B2Gnow has grown from a small diversity management and procurement solution provider into a multifaceted, dynamic company with 120 team members and over 400 public and private sector customers nationwide.

B2Gnow was founded in 1999 with a mission to facilitate the procurement processes of large organizations in a seamless digital environment.  The company integrated feedback from buyers and vendors to refine its focus, and by 2022, had enhanced its existing technology to include a dedicated Business Diversity Management System. The system was designed to automate compliance and certification processes, saving both time and money and eliminating the need for paperwork.

In 2020, B2Gnow partnered with Polaris Growth Fund for strategic growth investment, catapulting the company to further expand the reach and impact of its industry-leading solutions to organizations across the country and drive substantial benefits to small and disadvantaged firms. Further, following the acquisition of Panther International in 2021, B2Gnow added a comprehensive suite of grant management software – providing customers with a cloud-based system that simplifies and streamlines the entire grant management process.

Frank Begalke, B2Gnow’s COO, who joined the leadership team in 2006, has played a crucial role in advancing the company’s growth and success. He explains, “Like any enduring business, we’ve navigated numerous challenges, progressing from crawling to walking and eventually running, despite a few stumbles along the way that we learned from. Each strengthened our resolve and sharpened our focus on innovation and product excellence. In addition to mastering security and data protection, we’ve honed our skills in innovation, scalability, and adapting to evolving technologies. Our journey hasn’t been easy, but it’s shaped us into the steadfast, customer-centric organization we are today.”

Over the last year, the company has continued to evolve while remaining laser-focused on its unyielding commitment to customer success. Such developments involve hiring key team members, including the newly appointed President Bryan Proctor, supporting hundreds of customers subject to the new US Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) rule, and launching major new products like B2G FairSource.  B2G FairSource streamlines the sourcing of small and diverse firms for primes and general contractors by simplifying tracking, reporting, and Good Faith Effort (GFE) documentation, providing a straightforward and cost-effective solution to support small and diverse supplier programs and expanding their networks of qualified subcontractors.

B2Gnow CEO and founder Justin Talbot-Stern reflects on the significance of reaching the company’s 25th anniversary, “As we mark B2Gnow’s 25th anniversary, it’s a proud moment for all of us. In an industry where longevity is rare, we’ve focused relentlessly on serving our customers and supporting our team. It hasn’t been about chasing growth for growth’s sake but about earning our customers’ trust, one interaction at a time. We’ve never aimed for overnight success but built it over 25 years of dedication and commitment. This milestone is a testament to our team’s perseverance, our customers’ loyalty, and our unwavering commitment to empowering small and disadvantaged firms.”

Today, the B2Gnow platform continues to drive business opportunities and empower organizations by effortlessly managing compliance in supplier diversity and grant management initiatives. With a database of over 500,000 certified small and disadvantaged businesses, B2Gnow supports federal, state, county, city, airport, prime contractor, and corporate supplier diversity and compliance programs, ensuring transparency and fairness in contracting.

B2Gnow President Bryan Proctor adds, “Looking ahead, I am excited about B2Gnow’s future. We’re dedicated to delivering innovative solutions for equitable and efficient government contracting. Our commitment to excellence will strengthen B2Gnow’s pivotal role in advancing equitable business practices and fostering community growth as we build more solutions to meet evolving needs.”

About B2Gnow:
B2Gnow is a leader in providing business diversity and grant management solutions. With a focus on compliance and equity, B2Gnow’s innovative software streamlines vendor certification, project data collection, compliance, and reporting processes, ensuring transparency and fairness in contracting practices. B2Gnow maintains North America’s largest database of over 500,000 certified, disadvantaged business entities, helping the federal government, more than half of state governments, hundreds of counties, cities, airports, prime contractors, and Fortune 500 companies manage their supplier diversity and compliance programs through technology solutions for 25 years. For more information, visit


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HNTB expands office space in Austin to accommodate firm’s growth




Commitment to local community and economic growth leads to increased presence in downtown Austin

AUSTIN, Texas, June 25, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — HNTB recently celebrated its new Austin office with an open house for employees, clients, partners and local officials. Among the attendees was Mayor Kirk Watson, who took the opportunity to commend HNTB on its impressive 110-year journey, underscoring the firm’s invaluable contributions and lasting impact it has made on the local community. Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion applauded HNTB’s partnership in driving regional growth and advancing generational infrastructure improvements.

“Right now, we are in the midst of an extraordinary moment. We have the privilege to simultaneously engage in career-defining, transformational infrastructure projects, each spanning a different mode of transportation,” said Summer Lawton, HNTB’s South Central Texas office leader and vice president.

Summer B. Lawton, HNTB’s South Central Texas office leader and vice president, also revealed plans for the office’s expansion, stating, “This is an exciting time to be part of HNTB. Our growth and expansion in Austin reflect our commitment to excellence and our dedication to the communities we serve, while providing an environment in which our professionals continue to thrive.”

The firm has seen significant growth in the Austin region by increasing the number of professionals by more than 60% in the last three years. As a result, HNTB will now occupy the entire 24th floor at Indeed Tower, increasing the total lease to 34,400 square feet.

“Right now, we are in the midst of an extraordinary moment. We have the privilege to simultaneously engage in career-defining, transformational infrastructure projects, each spanning a different mode of transportation,” said Lawton. “This presents significant opportunities and pathways for career advancement to both new and experienced professionals.”

HNTB is currently involved with some of the most high-profile projects in the area including the Texas Department of Transportation’s I-35 Capital Express, Austin Transit Partnership’s Project Connect, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s Expansion and Development program and transportation bond programs for Williamson, Hays and Travis counties.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the HNTB career page for more information on job openings and the benefits of working for HNTB.

About HNTB
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With 110 years of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, and program and construction management. For more information, visit, or follow HNTB on LinkedIn, X, Facebook or Instagram.

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QuickStart Learning, Inc. Launches New, Upgraded Bootcamps in 2024




QuickStart Learning, Inc. has upgraded its IT bootcamps in cybersecurity, cloud engineering, software engineering, and data analytics and visualization as part of its commitment to continuous learning and its mission to upskill the IT workforce by training individuals to succeed in essential IT roles.

AUSTIN, Texas, June 25, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — QuickStart Learning, Inc. has upgraded its IT Bootcamps to help students secure their first or next IT position with confidence. With updates to the curriculum, delivery, and structure, QuickStart aims to stay ahead of the rapid advancements in technology and the corresponding changes in IT job requirements.

Staying abreast of the latest trends, QuickStart has made the effort to answer the call to fill the digital skills gap in the current workforce by training learners in actionable IT skills for them to remain competitive in the progressive job market.

QuickStart’s CEO, Bryan Kenna, states, “I am thrilled about the launch of our completely revamped bootcamp programs. We have always been committed to providing an outstanding learning experience that equips our students with the knowledge and skills they need to ensure they are job-ready from day one. These newest programs are a significant step forward in helping students achieve this goal and expanding our leadership role in training the next generation of tech talent.”

Revamped for new and existing IT professionals, each of QuickStart’s bootcamps has been updated to reflect the advancements in the IT landscape:

Cybersecurity – In 10-18 weeks, learners can master cybersecurity fundamentals to launch a dynamic career alongside supportive training in hardware, operating systems, networking, programming, Linux, vulnerability assessments, and cyber threats.Cloud Engineering – In 12-20 weeks, enrollees can learn top-tier training in the latest cloud fundamentals, from operating systems to cloud computing to networking.Software Engineering – In 12-20 weeks, participants will develop the skills modern software engineering employers want, including computer architecture, data structures and algorithms, and website development.Data Analytics and Visualization – In 10-18 weeks, individuals can master the tools required to manipulate and interpret data, including Microsoft Fabrics, Transact-SQL, Excel, Power BI, Python, and data visualization platforms.

As the Director of Product for QuickStart, Ivor Bokun is proud of this latest development. “At QuickStart, we are passionately committed to staying ahead of the technological advancements and evolving job market demands. Through extensive research and collaboration with industry experts, we have designed our revamped programs to ensure that our learners gain industry-relevant skills that translate directly to employability and career advancement. We strive to provide the best possible programs aligned with market needs, which are pivotal in advancing our mission of upskilling the IT workforce.”

Here are the most important enhancements made overall:

Accelerated learning pathways that align with industry standards and student needs.Available cohorts in either a part-time or full-time schedule.Enhanced student support with 24/7 AI student assistance to provide instant responses to student queries, offer timely help for clarification on the course material, and ensure unrestricted access to support resources.Focused specialization to enhance employable skills highly sought after by employers in targeted IT roles.Incorporation of industry-specific certifications and preparation resources to help students validate their skills and prepare to take these exams to boost employability.Increased peer-to-peer collaboration for functional teamwork building.More structured live weekly sessions with scheduled agendas, previous lesson recaps, and dedicated Q&A segments.New interactive learning tools – such as virtual labs and real-world simulations and scenarios – to enhance engagement and retention.Revised course materials and instructional approaches to reinforce student engagement.

Upon enrolling, and for up to 180 days after program completion, online learners will benefit from mentorship opportunities and access to comprehensive career services. Career counselors also provide valuable insights and advice to students in the form of networking, mock interviews, LinkedIn profile updates, resume development, portfolio curation, and more. Additionally, bootcamp participants will gain indefinite access to the alumni community throughout their IT career.

As QuickStart upholds the commitment to continuous learning and supporting learners in their journey toward success in the IT industry, these accelerated IT training programs offer students the opportunity to excel in official industry-recognized exams and bolster professional portfolios. Click Here to learn more about the upgraded bootcamp offerings.

For IT professionals and employers interested in exploring all our IT certification courses, visit the QuickStart program page to learn more.

About QuickStart

QuickStart offers IT training for emerging and established professionals in the field. For 35 years, QuickStart has partnered with IT experts and hiring managers to develop industry-aligned certificate courses and bootcamp training programs. Through online learning tailored to the latest developments in AWS (Amazon Web Services), Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft Azure, and more, QuickStart empowers entry-level and experienced IT professionals with leading-edge skills for the workforce. To best prepare students for professional success, QuickStart offers personalized learning plans and career support services, including resume building, coaching, and job placement. Students emerge ready to add value to their organizations, improve their earning power, and achieve their professional goals.

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