When his school s sewers started inadvertently polluting the nearby community s stream, resulting in an uproar amongst locals, Leroy Mwasaru decided to do something about it.The teenager, who lives in Maseno, a small town in Kenya, rallied four friends and set about designing a biogas system during their science classes.They soon built their first prototype - which now powers the school s kitchen, and has solved the problem of sewage leaking into the community s domestic water source.After winning $2,500 in prize money at a science competition, the group decided to build a pilot project, which now powers five households in Mwasaru s home stead.Soon, Greenpact was born - the clean energy startup which hopes to solve the problem more than 6m Kenyan households face: a lack of access to clean energy and proper sanitation.Not only does the model produce environmentally-friendly energy, but it also cuts down on firewood, which young girls walk for hours to collect, and which can often be a fire hazard.
Windows 10 desktop support is feasible, but the final decision is in Microsoft's handsRaspberry Pi was originally aimed at students and hobbyists, and it can now function as a Linux computer.Support for Windows 10 desktop is on founder Eben Upton's wishlist for Raspberry Pi 3, which shipped in February.But that decision is not in Upton's hands.In the meanwhile, Raspberry Pi is taking other steps to make the computer user friendly.Raspberry Pi 3 is widely considered a computer for enthusiasts, but Upton wants to "grandma-proof" it so it's easy for everyone to use.
If you share a bathroom, or worse, share a bathroom with kids, getting ready in the morning can be tough.Consider giving everyone a morning routine kit, with one place for all of their toiletries and one place to store them all.One tote, no cleanup, a more organized bathroom, and an effortless morning.Gather everything you normally use for your morning routine and put it in a basket, bag, or a waterproof tote usually available at department stores—college students use them all the time.If you want, you can create a spot to hang all the kits together, or you can just keep it in the bedroom.The key thing is to have it outside the bathroom so that if family or roommates take too long, you can grab your kit and head to another bathroom if there is one so that their slowness doesn t impact whether you leave the house on time.
The students' report shows how you can fly greener. Now use the comparison site Flygresor.se their measurement to sell air travel based on carbon dioxide emissions. There are engineering students Andreas Schenning and Joel Larsson, who has developed the study. It shows that the more passengers there are on board an aircraft, the less carbon emissions per passenger will be. In one case it was saved about 20 percent carbon dioxide. The study, based on 28,659 air travel, also shows that it is better to choose the right travel and to discard seats with extra leg room.
Skoolbot has been chosen winner of the first-ever international botathon, organized by VentureBeat.The bot, which helps students using Google Classroom monitor grades, homework, and communication, was made by Liam McKinley of Great Falls, Virginia.McKinley was not physically onstage, but did join a crowd of more than 150 in San Francisco through a roving video robot.Other members of Team Skoolbot include family friend Miko Borys and father John.Hugh Cameron of Melbourne, creator of a bot that quickly responds to emails, won the popular vote.Results were announced Wednesday during MobileBeat, a two-day gathering of chatbot and artificial intelligence companies and thought leaders.The way they Google Classroom organize information could definitely be improved upon and with this you don t have to go digging through the various threads for your homework assignment, McKinley said.Impact is also important to McKinley, who believes Skoolbot will help students who have a phone but don t have reliable internet access at home.Skoolbot is due out in the fall.I m very supportive of what he s doing and I think he s come up with a real opportunity, said John McKinley, who has built hardware, software, and battle robots with his son.Competitions were held July 9-10 in San Francisco, New York, Melbourne, and Tel Aviv.
Even though TechCrunch readers can get really busy with their jobs, their side hustles and everything else in their lives, you ll probably still have a few moments of downtime today — maybe when you re driving home from work.A new startup called SpareMin aims to help you fill that time with phone calls.The app, which is available for both iOS and Android, was created by Neil Mody and Oliver Wellington, who previously founded content recommendation company nRelate which was acquired, and eventually shut down, by IAC .There is this opportunity with your phones … to take advantage of the pockets of time that are underutilized to connect with people and have calls — and that s SpareMin, said Mody who s also the company s CEO .Our hope is those calls could be useful not just for that time but for the future, for everyone else to consume.The way it works is that other SpareMin users can send requests to talk to you.
As mentioned in the title, I currently work in the communications and marketing department for a large multinational.Currently, I am solely responsible for all communication coming out of our external research unit, and communicate with members of Academia across the world on a day-to-day basis.Generally speaking, my daily job consists of interacting and reaching out to our target audience via social media and e-mail communication, as well as producing all written and visual material for the research unit's website and publications.Some of you aspiring students might have a few questions about what marketing is like once you put the graduate cap on, and so I thought I would answer some questions to that end.
Here is the front door of a fictitious social networking site that study participants thought was real.All participants, US university students, agreed to terms that included demanding their first born as payment.A study out this month made the point all too clear.Most of the 543 university students involved in the analysis didn't bother to read the terms of service before signing up for a fake social networking site called "NameDrop" that the students believed was real.The terms of service required them to give up their first born, and if they don't yet have one, they get until 2050 to do so.Of the few participants who read those clauses, they signed up for the service anyway.
Blavatnik Awards Phil Baran, a professor of chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute, refers to the work that he does with the students and postdocs at hisWe work on training and educating the very people that end up inventing the society-shaping materials that dictate your life and keep you alive, Baran told Business Insider.Bridging the gap The work that they do bridges the gap between fundamental
Wendover Productions analyzes what makes higher education so expensive in this country, and some of the reasons he cites you can assume: professors cost money and new facilities are expensive.But a surprising reason why college costs so damn much is that there are more people attending it than ever before.You see, having more students go to college means that the federal and state funds used to help schools out are stretched thinner on a per-student level, which then means that it costs more money for each student out of pocket.For example, Wendover Productions says that in 1990, Ohio State was able to pay for 25 percent of its budget with government money.Government money could only pay for seven percent of the budget, and a bigger burden was passed on to the students.
Human locomotion has traditionally been a tough nut for roboticists to crack, but the team at Georgia Institute of Technology looks to be doing so in stride with the DURUS, a humanoid or, rather, three-quarters of a humanoid bot that has taken to the AMBER Lab s treadmill like a robotic fish to water.DURUS replicates human walking in a manner much more accurate than past attempts at robot walking, striking the ground first with its heel and then rolling off and pushing with the toe.The style of walking is new for the robot, who had been jaunting around the lab on flat feet until a week or so back.The team added a pair of arched metallic feet, which helped the robot get the hang of the whole walking thing after about four days of trial and error.The students marked the occasion by outfitting his arched metallic feet with a snazzy pair of size-13 Adidas.Georgia Tech s more efficient walking robot could lead to the creation of new robotic prosthetics and exoskeletons to assist humans who need a little bit of help moving around.
It s out of the frying pan and into the fire when it comes to the battle against teen smoking.According to the latest report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, not only are e-cigarettes growing increasingly popular among teenagers, but they re also pulling adolescents who otherwise would not have used tobacco products under their influence.Teen e-cigarette use is on the rise, halting overall decline in nicotine useWhile Monday s report notes that smoking among young Southern Californians is on the decline overall, the combined use of e-cigarette and cigarette use was substantially greater than before e-cigarettes became available.This, experts say, begs the question as to whether e-cigarettes are providing an alternative to a bad habit, or actually convincing more youths to adopt the practice.This is by no means the first time that e-cigarettes have come under scrutiny for their influence among younger generations.Two years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported e-cigarettes as the most popular tobacco product used by middle and high school students, logging around 2 million users in the demographic.
Fellow British marketing students, should we be concerned about Brexit in relation to the near future UK job market?
Codecademy, an online coding school with 16 million registered users, has built out its footprint without charging its students a penny to use it.Now, as more questions arise about how and when the startup might start monetizing its services, the startup is announcing $30 million in new funding that could be an indication of what might come next.Codecademy is not disclosing its valuation but we are trying to find out.There is no word today on what new services Code Academy might explore in the future, but earlier this year Zach Sims, Codecademy s CEO and co-founder, hinted on what might be coming on the way: There have been a lot of requests from consumers, government bodies and enterprises for additional services, he said in an interview with TechCrunch.Personal coaching and more material is one of the things the startup has been trying out, in separate tier that costs $20 per month.There is a technology skills gap today both in terms of what is being taught in the classroom, and in terms of what the current workforce knows and what kinds of jobs need to be filled or businesses need to be created : technology is everywhere now, and that means we need tech skills in all industries and levels of jobs.
Two Swedish researchers have torn into Google's free school service, accusing the online giant of purposefully misleading users in order to continue profiting from the sale of children's data.Maria Lindh and Jan Nolin from the University of Borås have published a research paper note: paid access that digs into the policies around the Google Apps for Education GAFE service, and concluded that it has gone to some lengths to "conceal" the business model from school administrators.By using a range of rhetorical devices and misleading definitions, the company is able to advertise that GAFE will not include any ads and "your data is yours," while at the same time selling the information it accumulates to advertisers for significant profit, they conclude.It goes on: "The data that companies, schools and students put into our systems is theirs."Several segments of the policy texts state clearly, or so it seems, that the archive is not exploited, ie, we do not sell your data," says the paper."Google's systematic approach of giving one example connected to each claim is therefore misleading in more than one way," the paper notes.
The bird hears talks of a revolution.A city is in disarray as its inhabitants debate who is in the right: The Great Leader or The Rebel Leader.But in spite of the political theme that surges through the game you don t have a say in what is going to happen, because you re a bird whose sole concern is the egg and the nest where it s kept safe.Copoka was developed by a group of students at The University of Skövde in Sweden.Starting off as a course project, the team was enthusiastic about doing something that was realistic during the limited time they had during a three-month course.As they started sketching up ideas they decided they wanted to fly, and from there more ideas were born leading to the concept of having two opposing sides and the neutral perspective of a bird.
We re still a few months away from when he s first set to open his Pixar-inspired eyes to the world, but Anki s already revealing some big plans for its little robot, starting with a wide-scale launch of an SDK targeted at hackers, makers and researchers that will accompany his October launch.That s the first of a three-phase rollout for the software development kit.Phase two will be targeted at specifically at K-12 educators and students and phase three is designed for commercial app developers.The timing isn t concrete for either, but when we sat down with the company s President Hanns Tappeiner earlier today, he mentioned late 2016 and early 2017 as timeframes for phases two and three.It turns out over the last four-and-a-half years when we were developing Cozmo, Tappeiner explained, we were developing one of the most sophisticated consumer robots out there.So the SDK was pretty easy to create.
Digiexams founder Nima Marefat and Johan Hägglund at Stockholm School of Economics. Swedish Digiexams NTL systems for digital school tests has had a major impact since its premiere in the summer of 2014. Today, over 800 schools Digiexam the examination papers, to be about 60 in the United States. Digiexams technology makes it possible for the students to write the test on the computer, which not only allows the teachers do not have to decipher the strange writings, it also saves time by semi-automated correction. The ownership group is also Spotify veteran Sophia Bendz and financier Sven Hagströmer. Investment Round valued throughout Digiexam to 280 million - a remarkably high amount for a company that was founded as recently as 2012.
Last week I helped to kick off Delaware State University s inaugural Android Bootcamp as lead instructor.I welcomed a total of 13 students, with little to no programming experience, with the intent of teaching programming and Android fundamentals.The program, hosted by historically black college Delaware State University DelState , is mostly composed of black men, ranging in age from 18 to 35.Our day one began immediately after the Fourth of July holiday.New and afresh, all of the students are filled with excitement to learn how to code.Some of the students are recent college graduates aiming to get a leg up in the job market by adding coding as a skill set.Others are using this course as a springboard in their journey to become a software developer.
In the next two years, India is slated to have the largest population of software developers in the world, at four million professionals in the industry.To that end, it s important for companies to get in on the ground floor and capture as large a share of that focus as possible.That s why Google has launched its Android Skilling program in the country, with a view to train two million devs in the next three years.The program includes integrating Android development into university curricula through the government s National Skill Development Corporation of India, as well as offering an exam for globally recognized certification – priced at Rs.6,500 $97 that should make it easier for students to land jobs in the software sector.The company also partnered with online learning firm Udacity to offer Android nanodegrees, including a full-fledged one last year and another for beginners last month.
Google launched a program to train 2 million developers in India for its Android platform as its fires up a race with Apple Inc. for the country s developers to create innovative mobile apps.The Android Skilling program will be introduced for free across hundreds of public and private universities and training schools through a specially designed, in-person program this year.The program would also be available through the government s National Skills Development Corporation of India, the company said in a statement.India is expected to have the largest developer population with 4 million people by 2018, overtaking the U.S., but only a quarter are building for mobile, said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management at Google.We believe India is uniquely placed to innovate and shape the internet experience of billions of users who are and will come online on the mobile platform, he said in the statement.Google plans to make the curriculum accessible to millions for free to help make India a global leader in mobile development.We are hoping to get in about 2,000 different universities, training about 4,000 faculty to reach in excess of 250,000 students in these universities every year, Peter Lubbers, head of developer trading at Google, said in New Delhi.While Google s program could be the largest of its kind by sheer numbers, Apple too has been engaging with Indian developers.In May, during Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook s first official visit, Apple announced it would open a development accelerator in the country s technology hub, Bangalore, to provide specialized support to iOS app developers.The new facility would give development access to tools to create innovative apps for customers around the world, he said.
Apple teamed up with the University of Napoli Federico II to create a new iOS Development Center in Naples, Italy.The University is accepting applications to fill 600 student openings that will follow a specialized curriculum.The application process involves an online test and interview.The program is currently open to students that live in Italy and Europe, according to Business Insider.The course lasts nine months, and the first semester will focus on iOS development skills, followed by a semester of app design, startup creation, and development of apps for the App Store.The first class is set to begin in October 2016.
Instructor, Prerna Vij, right, helps Adrianna Burton, 16, work on a coding project during a summer program at Adobe Systems in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, June 28, 2016."They're programming each and every snowflake on the screen and using code to make them fall," says instructor Prerna Vij, a 29-year-old Adobe software engineer helping to bridge the yawning gender gap in today's male-dominated tech world, one high-schooler at a time.Teaching assistant Maggie Chang, 17, standing, helps a group work on their coding projects during a summer program at Adobe Systems in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.Sitting left to right are students, Gaby Quan, 16, Kristen Miller, 17, Edith Gonzalez, 16, and Hannah Leonard, 16.Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group Forget about swimming, boating and archery: Summer in Silicon Valley means it's time for coding camp, and more and more of those campers are girls.
Apple's first iOS App Development Center in Europe will be opening in a few months, and it's been confirmed that the Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy will be hosting the incubator.Originally announced back in January, the center will be a place for aspiring developers to better learn about the iOS app environment, as well as for educators to receive additional support.The Apple-sponsored course will run for nine months, and is open to applications from anywhere in Europe.The first half of the program will see students studying iOS software development, while the second half will go in-depth into app design and startups.In addition to Italian companies and organizations partnering with Apple to help provide content for the course, students will have access to on-campus labs with the newest Apple hardware and software.This first year will see 200 applicants selected to participate in the program, and the best part is that admission is free, with the only entry requirement being a test and interview.
That it was Naples, we already knew, since Apple revealed plans for the academy in January, but now thus both the course starts and the school revealed. The course is held in app development is two semesters from October to June. The first semester is about programming and other technical subjects, while the other deals with entrepreneurship and design. The intake for the autumn course is 200 students, and the education is free for EU citizens. An entrance examination is done online, and is followed by an admissions interview. If you are interested, you can learn more and sign up here.
The combination of Apple hardware and the Italian coast sounds like the ingredients for a luxury vacation.And for 600 aspiring programmers, the idyllic package will become reality thanks to the new "iOS Development Center" that Apple is opening up in Naples, Italy.Apple announced the center in January, after it reached a tax deal with the Italian government.On Friday, Apple and University of Napoli Federico II revealed what the app development center will look like and what its "specialized curriculum" for app developers will offer.It's going to be a nine-month course "supported by Apple," and administered by the University of Napoli Federico II.Classes start in October.From the press release:During the first semester, courses will enhance and improve students software development skills on iOS; during the second semester students will attend courses on the creation of startups and app design, and collaborate among themselves on the creation of apps that could eventually make it onto the App Store.The program is open to students in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, although applicants will be required to apply.The application process consists of an online test and an interview.
To many, Austria can seem like a country of the past, one whose very charm lies in the fact that its best days are behind it.The Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed almost 100 years ago, and, with it, the aspirations this landlocked, Central European nation of 8.5 million had to control the global stage.In 2015 the government devoted €289 million about US$325 million in grants to 3,715 startups, a commitment that has in turn encouraged a number of potential entrepreneurs and students to start new ventures.Participants went their separate ways following the conference, but several leading startup founders later described it as the first time the Austrian scene felt like a real ecosystem.A second milestone came in 2012, when Johann Hansi Hansmann co-founded the Austrian Angels Investor Association AAIA , along with Selma Prodanovic.But many of Austria s most dynamic companies are more recent.
An OpenROV "Trident" sea drone prototype Caption by: Ethan Baron Photo: Courtesy of OpenROV All publication permissions granted Courtesy of OpenROV BERKELEY -- First came a vision, then came a quest.Along the way Eric Stackpole went from engineering degrees at San Jose State and Santa Clara University to designing a nanosatellite de-orbiting device for NASA and piloting an under-ice submarine for the U.S. Antarctic Program.Now, Stackpole and OpenROV co-founder David Lang are about to come out with a new toy and tool for hobbyists, citizen scientists, anglers, students, scuba divers, search and rescue teams, and even doctorate-wielding oceanographers: a sea drone.The ability to remotely explore oceans and other bodies of water to depths exceeding 300 feet -- which previously cost tens of thousands of dollars or more -- is now priced about the same as a decent aerial drone.The Trident remotely operated vehicle will live-stream video, and is intended, with the associated OceanExplorer website, to create the biggest ocean-research platform in the world."Meters below the surface are things that go beyond our wildest dreams," said Stackpole.