That’s the spirit with which we’re today opening up our lab in Nairobi, Kenya, to more than 200 guests for our colloquium, “Africa in the New Era of Computing.” IBM researchers and business partners will explain the strategy for executing Project Lucy, our 10-year $100 million effort to take on many of Africa’s grand challenges by harnessing IBM Watson and other sophisticated technologies.
To learn more about our approach to doing business in Africa, download Project Lucy: How IBM Research is Engagin in Africa.
6 Dec 2013
As Tech City marks its third year, the government has welcomed a new report (pdf) published today (6 December 2013) which highlights the rapid growth of Tech City, from a local initiative created 3 years ago to establishing itself as the digital capital of Europe. Independently produced figures from the report highlight how London tech companies are contributing to economic growth, inward investment and high value jobs across the country.
In Europe’s biggest ever app challenge the EU is offering €400 000 in prizes to best new applications that help build smarter cities and smarter businesses. Campus Party, the world’s largest geek forum, will manage the contest, judged by specialized engineers from the EU-funded FI-WARE Consortium.
The only condition of the competition is that app entries should build on the building blocks deployed in the EU’s project to build the core platform of tomorrow’s internet.
50 of these existing building blocks already exist – and are freely available through the FI-WARE Open Innovation Lab for developers to experiment with. They provide generic functions that can be used by a wide range of different applications from all kinds of sectors, like cloud hosting, big data analysis, identity management or the Internet of Things. This app challenge seeks to enable services based on those building blocks.
200,000 euros per idea and final 30 projects could get 2 million euros each. Company must be created in France.
Themes: Energy Storage, Recycling, Sea-life protection, Vegetable proteins and chemistry, Personalised medicine and the "silver economy"
A cette occasion, un tchat vidéo Glowbl permettra de donner la parole à
Nelson MACULAN, ancien Secrétaire d’Etat à l’Enseignement supérieur du Président Lula au Brésil. En direct de Rio
Peretz LAVIE, Président de l’Université Technion, Israël. En direct de Haifa
Young SOHN, Directeur général de la stratégie de Samsung, Corée. En direct de Hawaii
Mostapha Bousmina, Président de l’Université euro-méditerranéenne, Maroc. En direct de Fès
Sam Pitroda, Conseiller du Premier ministre indien, Président du Conseil national de l’innovation en Inde. En direct de Chicago
La ciberanestesia podría ser más segura para los pacientes http://t.co/7286yNkdf7— MIT TechReview es (@techreview_es) November 5, 2013
Por tercer año consecutivo, Innovadores menores de 35 España presenta a los 10 jóvenes con los proyectos más punteros en ciencia y tecnología en el país. Estos innovadores son un ejemplo de la capacidad de los jóvenes de generar ideas disruptivas y de la valentía de llevarlas a cabo.
Nuevos medicamentos que actúan sobre el cuerpo humano como un ecosistema.
Guide URJC: Plataforma de guiado accesible y universal para espacios interiores y exteriores.
ADAPTABLE: Mesa de paciente para mejorar la eficacia en la administración de radioterapia.
‘Grafeno fotónico’ para láseres ultraeficientes y almacenamiento de energía solar.
INFANTIUM: Tecnología cognitiva, inteligencia artificial y ‘big data’ para personalizar el aprendizaje infantil.
EYE2021: Gafas que mediante un sistema acústico mejoran la independencia de personas ciegas.
F2TE3: Material superaislante para una mayor sostenibilidad y libertad en el diseño de edificios.
Fabricación de tejidos biológicos (córneas artificiales) que se integren en el cuerpo humano.
PALMIBER y ENLAZA: Vehículo lúdico e interfaz para rehabilitación de niños con parálisis cerebral.
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Kit para un cierre definitivo y menos agresivo de grandes heridas abdominales.
T-Mobile to Make It Cheaper to Make Calls While Abroad. Eliminates international roaming charges! http://t.co/ZZbIBxghJH— Anindya Ghose (@aghose) October 12, 2013
ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN is the largest global conference on technology supported learning and training for the corporate, education and public service sectors. Now in its 19th year, the conference will bring together over 400 speakers and more than 2000 participants from over 100 countries. In this environment which promotes international networking for all sectors ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN is the event for learning professionals to discover innovative solutions, absorb new thinking and bring home ideas in order to take action, implementing change in the field of technology and learning.
Learning is changing. Learning is also changing us. The world seems ever more complex, presenting education with new challenges. New technology can seem complicated too but it offers unparalleled opportunities, changing learning and enabling us to inspire others to learn. How is the world of learning changing? How does technology help us to change the world? With a particular emphasis on how Learning Moves, ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2013 will focus on change and the role of technology in promoting creativity and innovation...
Social science has uncovered many fascinating aspects of human behavior, from how we think as individuals to how we act in groups. We know that humans are loss averse, emotional, habit-forming creatures. We mispredict the future and misremember the past. And yet, what social science is missing is a better understanding of how these phenomena (and others) change over time, in different cultures and regions, across gender and age.
By collecting a heaping amount of data (and increasing the size of our samples), we hope to unravel nuances in behavioral variations; we hope to detect the impact of minor differences that simply wouldn’t appear in smaller samples. The pursuit of this app is to collect an abundance of data from an abundance of locations all over the world, shining light on behavioral similarities and differences, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. To do this, we need your help! Join our team of smartphone scientists and take on small tasks that will be “pushed” to you through the app.
On some occasions, you’ll be asked to give your opinion about various topics; you may be asked to predict the outcome of an experiment or to record your thoughts on anything from wealth distribution to peer influence. On other occasions, you’ll be sent out into the world to collect data; you may be asked to interact with a stranger or observe a scene and record certain details. Prepare to be surprised and delighted by the exciting research you will be a part of.
Participate in a movement that transcends oceans and cultural barriers, gaining access to a wider range of information than ever before. Download the app now, and get started on your first mission!
GIANT, Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies
(it is necessary to book a few weeks in advance to visit -get a tour of- some of the participants installations) (+virtual tour of Grenoble School of Management)
www.giant-grenoble.org/en/industry-sitemap/giant-start-ups..."A decade’s worth of start-ups: 50 in all"...
As a founding member of GIANT, Grenoble Ecole de Management will leverage its long history of academic leadership in technology and innovation to spearhead GIANT's center of excellence in Technology and Innovation Management.
Grenoble Ecole de Management was founded in 1984 at the request of forward -looking companies—Bull, Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Merlin-Gerin— operating in the Grenoble area.
Grenoble Ecole de Management quickly moved beyond the scope of a typical business school, making forays into technology and science...
GIANT members have launched two initiatives to help campus researchers better understand the procedures involved in certain EU research and innovation programs and prepare their applications. These are just two in a growing number of services that the campus now offers to encourage cooperation and leverage expertise. These most recent initiatives focus on European Research Council (ERC) grants and the new Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. In both cases, GIANT is bringing in outside experts to ensure researchers benefit from an effective service and fully understand all the subtleties of these programs.
The ERC is a pan-European organization aimed at improving recognition, creativity, and effectiveness in the field of leading-edge European research. Following a competitive peer review process, the best researchers receive funding to conduct their research activities in Europe. Grants are awarded to projects led by both novice and experienced researchers, of all origins—the sole selection criteria is excellence in science.
To help improve candidate researchers’ chances of obtaining an ERC grant, GIANT sponsors training days given by a consulting firm. Candidates having participated in this training are invited to contact the firm once they have prepared their applications so that they can be proofread before submission. Candidates also benefit from personalized interview preparation in the presence of consultants and previous grant recipients.
In parallel, GIANT has launched a support service to answer any questions candidates may have and help them prepare applications (analysis, proofreading, etc.). The cost of training and assistance in preparing applications is covered by the GIANT Innovation Campus...
Articles about how free online courses, or MOOCs, could disrupt higher education dominated the headlines last year here at the Wired Campus blog, and they were the most popular with readers as well. Several articles about e-textbooks also topped our list of most-read articles of 2012, highlighting what has been a time of change, and anxiety, for colleges and universities.
While much about being a university professor has remained unchanged for centuries, the way today’s academics research, teach and fulfil administrative duties has changed dramatically, as a result of technological change and a cultural shift in what the public expects of academia.
In the United Kingdom, these changes are about to hit home for academics as the government’s Research Excellence Framework for assessing the value of research will now include a new component called ‘impact’, which requires professors to show how their research makes a direct contribution to society beyond academia...
Today we are faced with one of the largest skills gap in history. Take the data analyst for example, the United States will suffer a shortfall of 1.5 million individuals trained in this area by 2018, according to McKinsey & Co.
The gap exists because four revolutionary technologies are emerging at once: business analytics, cloud computing, mobile computing and social business. Each of them is a force to be reckoned with. Together they have the potential to transform businesses, government services and society. I believe that these new technologies could help rekindle economic growth around the world. But only if we close the skills gap—and fast.
This alarming situation is spelled out in a report published today by IBM, Fast Track to the Future: The 2012 IBM Tech Trends Report. Its conclusions are drawn from a global survey of more than 1,200 professionals who make technology decisions for their organizations, 250 academics and 450 students.The results are shocking...
The impact factor assumes that the most cited articles are the most influential, but influence is only one aspect of importance
...With research workflows moving online, shouldn't we be able to follow what's going on in academia better than we did 50 years ago?...
YouTube Soumitra Dutta will become the eleventh dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management effective July 1, 2012. Dutta joins Johnson from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and will succeed Joseph Thomas, who is stepping down after a five-year term as dean.
Johnson's Dean on How Technology Leads to Innovation ... discusses how he sees technology spurring innovation in education and the business world
Our purpose was to take soundings about recent developments in technology as they apply to higher education and to frame the implications for management education and Darden. Without mentioning companies or individuals, let me offer some (10) conclusions I’ve drawn:..
www.redinnova.com/en/, 14/15 June 2012.
is one of "Supporters" (first in list at end of page).
The 20 finalists for the 4th BBVA Open Talent & Red Innova competition have been chosen. 500 projects from Spain and Latin America were submitted for the “Technology and innovation” and “Financial services” categories of this competition. This prestigious international programme for entrepreneurs and start-ups supports development of innovative technology projects.
The projects chosen will be presented to a specialist jury at Red Innova 2012, which will be held at Madrid’s Circo Price on 14 and 15 June. The entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to explain their projects to leading businesspeople and others interested in the digital world.
This year, the 20 finalists have been divided into two categories:
Technology and innovation
- MoveinBlue (Spain)
- Wideoos (Argentina)
- TeDa! GalaxyMovil (Colombia)
- Kalakai (Chile)
- Clic Educa (Chile)
- Buguroo Offensive Security (Spain)
- AgentBot (Argentina)
- OxoBox (Argentina)
- Energywe (Spain)
- Socialare (Argentina)
- Meddoc (Colombia)
- Gamisfaction (Spain)
- StartBull (Colombia)
- MProjects Soluções em Informática Ltda (Brazil)
- Bolsa.com (Spain)
- BULL4ALL (Spain)
- Ventura MatchMakers (Colombia)
- RinPay (Spain)
- Ahorro.net (Spain)
- Mykey Acceso Autorizações Virtuais Ltda (Brazil)
You can find out more about these projects on the BBVA Innovation Centre website.
BBVA will give 100,000 euros to two initiatives, in return for a 10% holding in their share capital. The two winners will be announced at the end of Red Innova. Through this competition, the Bank is demonstrating its commitment to technology-based projects and talent. Through programmes such as Open Talent, BBVA supports internationalisation and the development and visibility of projects and companies committed to new business models for banking, technology and the Internet.
Tel: +34 91 374 01 16
Red Innova is an international meeting place for innovation, the Internet, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit where Latin America meets the world. With presentations on the latest issues, Red Innova is an essential opportunity for finding out about the future of the digital world, developing international networking opportunities and getting to know leaders in technology, innovation and Internet.
Over 2000 visitors from Europe, Latin America and the USA will be able to attend presentations and workshops on the latest tools, new business projects, international investment opportunities and international success stories; there will also be a session dedicated to leading developers.
BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid leadership position in Spain, it is the largest financial institution in Mexico and it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States. Its diversified business is biased to high-growth markets and it relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. BBVA ranks among the leading eurozone banks in terms of ROE and efficiency. Corporate responsibility is inherent to its business model, and it promotes inclusiveness and supports research and culture. BBVA operates with the utmost integrity, long-term vision and best practices, and is included in the main sustainability indexes.
Students learn just as much in a course that’s taught partly online as they would in a traditional classroom, but such courses won’t reach their potential until they are both easier for faculty members to customize and more fun for students, according to a report released today.
The report, “Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence From Randomized Trials,” is based on a study conducted by Ithaka S+R, a consultancy on the use of technology in teaching.
The finding that hybrid courses are no better or worse than traditional ones isn’t, as it might appear, “a bland result,” said one of the co-authors, William G. Bowen, president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“One of the responses most frequently raised in efforts to experiment with this kind of teaching is that it will expose students to risk,” he said in an interview. “The results of this study show that such worries are overblown.”
The results do indicate that such courses, as they exist today, “do no harm,” said Mr. Bowen, who serves as a senior adviser to the Ithaka group. “But surely these courses are going to improve dramatically as they become more customizable and more fun.”...
Daphne Koller is one of the two leaders of Stanford’s online efforts. She’s a professor in the Stanford artificial intelligence lab and wrote about the Stanford experience in her own op-ed in the New York Times last month (excerpt: "A 2010 analysis (PDF, 94 pages) from the (US) Department of Education, based on 45 studies, showed that online learning is as effective as face-to-face learning, and that blended learning is considerably more effective than either").
She’s my guest today, by phone from Palo Alto, California.
Daphne, welcome to the podcast.
Daphne Koller: Thank you, Steven.
Steven Cherry: Maybe first you could just describe the format of the Stanford online courses.
Daphne Koller: So the format we’ve chosen to adopt is a format where the primary content, the primary mechanism for conveying the content to students...
It seems that nearly every week we report on groundbreaking news from TED, the global nonprofit known for its “Ideas Worth Spreading”. Today, it announced its latest efforts in the education space: a dynamic TED-Ed site with new teacher tools for customized learning experiences....
“The new website is all about what teachers and students can do with those videos,” explains TED-Ed catalyst Logan Smalley. “The goal of TED-Ed is for each great lesson to reach and motivate as many learners as possible. The new website goes a step further, allowing any teacher to tailor video content, create unique lesson plans, and monitor students’ progress. By putting this new technology to use, we hope to maximize time in class and give teachers an exciting tool for customizing – and encouraging – learning.”
...One of the platform’s major features is the ability for teachers to “Flip” video content — from YouTube or the TED-Ed platform — and create tailored lesson plans. The term “Flip” is a nod to a method of teaching called Flip Teaching...(The role of the classroom teacher is then to tutor/coach the student when they become stuck, rather than to impart the initial lesson)
Launched in 2007, HHI's Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning examines the use of information communications technologies in conflict and disaster settings. Research focuses on identifying patterns in humanitarian emergencies to improve response. HHI examines the impact of crisis mapping, geospatial and crowd sourcing technologies to prepare, mitigate, and respond to emergencies.
The Satellite Sentinel Project is a game-changing collaboration, combining commercial satellite imagery, academic analysis, and advocacy to promote human rights in Sudan and South Sudan and serve as an early warning system for impending crisis.
(The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative manages the day-to-day operations of SSP, developed SSP's methodology, leads the analysis of all satellite imagery and information from the field, and writes and produces SSP's reports. HHI is a university-wide center with a mission to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide.)
"Breaking the Mold on Blended Learning" (PDF, 29 pages), Marie Eiter and Toby Woll Principal Investigators, Nov., 2011
www.uniconexed.org - UNICON is a global consortium of business‐school‐based executive education
Summary of Survey Responses
In summary, our survey data indicate that blended learning has entered the mainstream of executive education. Our data confirm that schools are offering blended learning programs, and new technologies are supporting this effort. Much of the increased activity in blended learning is driven by client demand. Companies today desire a greater application of concepts to the world of work. In addition, chief learning officers perceive learning as an ongoing activity, not an event. Blended learning allows the learning experience to be extended over a longer period of time and to be integrated into the participants’ work experience. Finally, clients want efficiencies in both time and scale...
2012 Horizon Report, February 3, 2012
New Media Consortium, @NMCorg
Each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years. The areas of emerging technology cited for 2012 are:
Time to adoption: One Year or Less
Time to adoption: Two to Three Years
Time to adoption: Four to Five Years
Strangely, most European top business school don’t include a course related to technology/information management or how to educate business managers in leading technology management to improve their businesses, foster business process improvement, e-commerce, business integration, information quality, customer experience, business synergies, innovation and competitiveness. Most Business managers and companies invest huge amounts of money in ERP systems, CRM, or business intelligence applications and they don’t have a clue about them...
uValue (uValue Mobile, iOS 4.0+, Jan 20, 2012) is a corporate valuation app for the iPad (now also available in its fully functional form for the iPhone and iPod Touch). The app helps you value businesses using conceptually rigorous, yet practical, widely-used tools. You can value firms using the ‘weighted average cost of capital’ (WACC, or 'cost of capital') approach, the ‘adjusted present value’ (APV) approach, the ‘dividend growth model’ (DGM), or real option valuation (ROV) techniques. The app also includes a set of handy calculators to value bonds, annuities and perpetuities, as well as to calculate the cost of capital, to forecast exchange rates, to lever/unlever betas, and so forth.
Aswath Damodaran is a professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business, New York University.
Anant Sundaram is a professor of Finance at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
How are technology leaders helping their organizations adapt to the accelerating change and complexity that mark today’s competitive and economic landscape? To find out, we spoke in person with 3,018 CIOs, spanning 71 countries and 18 industries. Public and private sector CIOs described both the challenges and opportunities from increasing complexity. They shared how they are innovating with technology for organizational success.
Executive summary PDF 2011 Global CIO Study -- The Essential CIO
Delivering courses in cyberclassrooms has gained broad acceptance among top college leaders, but the general public is far less convinced of online education's quality, according to new survey data released this week by the Pew Research Center, in association with The Chronicle...
Article of WSJ, July 18,2011
M.B.A. students from top-ranked schools are increasingly naming technology firms as their most-desired employers, according to a new survey, recalling the fervor of a decade ago, when the dot-com boom attracted plenty of freshly minted business-school graduates...
Article of Businessweek, July 25, 2011.
Tablet technology is beginning to transform case studies from straightforward narratives into complex and changeable plots—a metamorphosis nearly a century in the making
Top-20 Business School Aims to Extend Its Global Reach With Internet M.B.A.
The University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School is taking its brand online.
While online programs are still mostly seen as the purview of for-profit schools, like the University of Phoenix and Capella University, UNC is hoping to change that image.
The business school this Monday launched an online M.B.A. program with 19 students, dubbed MBA@UNC, that will offer the same core curriculum as its regular full-time M.B.A. program. It is the first online program of its kind from a top-20 U.S. business school.
Via NCWIT (www.ncwit.org) is the National Center for Women & Information Technology. We are a coalition of over 250 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase the participation of girls and women in computing and IT.
NCWIT Entrepreneurial Heroes (x60) is a series of magazine-style audio interviews highlighting women entrepreneurs in information technology (IT) careers. NCWIT Heroes are women innovators from small companies, larger corporations, and non-profits, whose ideas and products are changing the way we think, work, play, and communicate. Listen as these successful, creative, and technical women discuss their lives and their work – how they first get involved with technology, why they chose to be entrepreneurs, and what advice they would give to young people interested in IT or entrepreneurship.
Digital technology has not only changed many economic sectors, it has transformed them by lowering costs, increasing access, and delivering the personalized, customized, and interactive experiences that consumers have come to expect. Higher education, however, has yet to experience the kind of disruption and subsequent gains in productivity realized by other knowledge-based industries. While colleges and universities have used technology to streamline back office functions, improve research collaboration, and give teachers new tools to manage their classrooms, they have yet tap the potential of digital technology and embrace private sector-led innovation to transform learning, dramatically lower costs, or improve overall institutional productivity...
Starting today (May 24), you can now download a new $4.99 app from Graduate Management Admission Council to allow you to study for the GMAT exam pretty much anywhere on the fly with your iPhone, iPod Touch or IPad in hand. The app is now available at iTunes.
All in all, it’s an invaluable tool to help prepare for the test..
On 16 June, in the framework of the Digital Agenda Assembly, we will have the opportunity to discuss with Member States’ representatives, experts and stakeholders how to support the mainstreaming of eLearning in national policies as an agent for modernization of education, for all subjects and skills. Mainstreaming eLearning is one of the key actions of the Digital agenda for Europe.
The Digital Agenda Assembly workshop dedicated to the eLearning thematic is a good opportunity to build momentum for change; the times are difficult, budget cuts are present everywhere. The challenge is greater …
The Dartmouth.com, May 2, 2011
Tuck School of Business and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers partnered for the first time to host 40 of the nation’s most esteemed executives in cable technology and operations, according to M. Eric Johnson, a science of administration professor and director of the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies at Tuck. The week-long leadership insitute, which took place between April 26 and April 30, was designed to help participants manage changes in their industry and to reinforce business, leadership and critical thinking skills necessary to remain competitive in an increasingly technological world, according to the Institute’s online brochure...Participants were also exposed to a variety of guest speakers such as Glenn Britt ’71, chairman and chief executive officer of Time Warner Cable Inc.
...“The key thing to understand about the cable industry is that you need to follow the changes in technology,” he said. “The industry is so fiercely competitive that without learning this innovative strategy and financial accounting it’s hard to succeed.”
Tom Blacksell is chief executive of Capgemini Consulting UK
...Business schools that fail to recognise the ubiquity of new technology, or fail to exploit the benefits of online learning, risk lagging behind not only the students they aim to teach but also the recruiters who come to these schools in search of MBAs. They may also find that a lack of familiarity with new technology puts them at a disadvantage when trying to attract corporate clients in the competitive executive education market...
MobileU is a community of educational institutions with a shared interest in mobile development. Please join the iMobileU mailing list to share your school's experiences and learn what others are doing. This website serves as a hub for the mailing list as well as the many open source frameworks created and used by iMobileU's members.
April 12, 2011.
Nordic countries again top the rankings for the tenth anniversary edition of the Global Information Technology Report, created and written by INSEAD and the World Economic Forum. Singapore ranks number two, while the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries show significant improvement in technological readiness. INSEAD Professor Soumitra Dutta discusses the report's findings with Knowledge Editor-in-Chief Shellie Karabell. (Access the report click here (PDF, 435 pages); press release click here)
Rather than delving into many ironies of Microsoft accusing Google of similar anti-competitive practices to the ones that resulted in billions of dollars in fines against the Redmond company over the past decade, let's consider what Microsoft's move means and how Google might respond.
By filing a complaint with the European Commission last Thursday, Microsoft has taken its battle with Google into the 'nonmarket' domain — the social, political, and regulatory space where the rules governing market competition are set and enforced. Better than any other technology company, Microsoft knows — painfully well — that the nonmarket domain forms part of the competitive playing field. It also knows that firms can shape this part of the business environment through deliberate strategies...
In a recent speech to a group of students at TechBoston in Dorchestor, Massachusetts. President Obama had this to say about video games:
I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create ... educational software that is as compelling as the best video game. I want you guys to be stuck on a video game that's teaching you something other (than) just blowing something up.
When I started my career in video games in the early 1990s, the idea of a sitting President saying anything positive about video games was pretty much unthinkable...