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SA students win US prize for fire-alert innovation

first_img13 May 2014 A team of South African students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) has won a People’s Choice Award for their low-cost fire detection device for shack-dwellers at the annual Global Social Venture Competition at the University of California, Berkeley in the US. The project was named one of the top five initiatives worldwide and won the award in the global round in April. They competed against hundreds of entries from around the world, beating 18 finalists in the last round. The competition is one of the world’s pre-eminent social business plan competitions, providing aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure and prize money to transform their business ideas into positive real-world projects. Khusela, which means “protect”, is an integrated alert service designed for shack-dwellers. There is a lack of fire-fighting infrastructure in South African informal settlements, where shack fires are an ongoing problem. “Our proactive early-warning system networks individuals within communities and with the authorities to mitigate the loss of life and property caused by shack fires, a global human tragedy,” said electrical engineer Francois Petousis, co-founder of Khusela, who is currently undertaking a Masters degree in inclusive innovation at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB). “There are a billion shack/slum-dwellers across the globe, and that is set to soar to 1.4-billion by 2020,” Petousis said in a statement issued by the school. Khusela is based on Petousis’s honour’s thesis, and the Khusela team consists of electrical engineering lecturer Samuel Ginsberg, economist and Khusela co-founder David Gluckman, community researcher Emily Vining, industrial designer Max Basler, and electrical engineer Paul Mesarcik. The team entered the international competition through the UCT Student Social Venture Programme, which is hosted by Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the UCT GSB Net Impact Chapter. The UCT programme was created to improve the quality and performance of African universities at global social business plan competitions. The Bertha Centre is the southern African regional outreach partner for the social innovation competition, and hosts the initial round of the competition. The director of the Bertha Centre, Dr François Bonnici, said that African teams had not featured in global competitions in the past because they lacked support and sponsorship. “Our firm belief in setting up the UCT Student Social Venture Programme at the GSB was that student social ventures of global standards were being developed in South Africa, not just at UCT, that deserve our support,” Bonnici said. Khusela is not the first South African team that has passed through the programme. Last year, graduates the Reel Gardening team won both the social innovation prize and the Hult Prize London regional competitions, beating 50 other universities, and was one of six teams globally to compete in the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative. UCT GSB director Walter Baets said social innovation was increasingly gaining focus, not only in business but at business schools. “Especially in our emerging market situation, we need to encourage innovative thinking and the generation of new ideas to meet the unique challenges of our environments.” Petousis said going to Berkeley was extremely exciting for the team. “After all 18 finalist teams presented to the judges on our first day of competition in Berkeley, Khusela was named as one of the six teams to go onto the next stage of the finals, which was a fantastic achievement considering the range of powerful teams who had presented their social enterprises that day.” The next step for the Khusela team will include making use of recent funding received from the Technology Innovation Agency and UCT to fully develop, test and roll out about 2 000 devices in a pilot project in South Africa. “We received excellent feedback from the judges specifically because our numbers were reasonable and justified, we have significant scalability and a strong plan to do so, the social impact scales as the business does, so there is a significant market which we have great opportunity to serve and the value created is significant,” Gluckman said. Petousis said just being a part of the competition was inspiring. “All these people are devoting their lives to discovering how we can create a world where you get paid to do good, where business can function to support that which really matters and makes a difference to humans. The room was far from what traditionally is the mood of a competition. The ethos was of support and collaboration, because at the core, everyone was there to serve a bigger purpose than their own.” Gluckman added that there was lots of scope out there for other aspiring social innovators to get involved. “Get out and engage with the community that you wish to serve. Get off the computer, stop writing the business plan, put down the pen and paper and get into your market and find out. In social impact work, it is critical to know with as close to 100% certainty that there is truly a need. That’s true for any business, but specifically in the social impact space where resources are scarce and challenges are huge.” SAinfo reporter and University of Cape Townlast_img read more

Weekend Reading: 17 Rules by David Russo

first_imgRelated Posts For entrepreneurs trying to form a startup, one of the first challenges they face that persists throughout the businesses life is how to find and keep talented partners and employees. From finding that first co-founder to finding the prolific programmers to fill your ranks later down the line, talent acquisition is always a major step in any business. Just look at some of the deals that have gone down in the Valley; Facebook didn’t buy FriendFeed for their technology, that deal was mostly about getting FriendFeed’s talented employees on the Facebook team.A new book from author David Russo, 17 Rules Successful Companies Use to Attract and Keep Top Talent: Why Engaged Employees Are Your Greatest Sustainable Advantage, seeks to make this process more clear for businesses. Russo is the CEO of Eno River Associates, Inc., which is a consulting service that helps business executives build better team relationships. Their portfolio of clients includes American Express, Johnson & Johnson, and the CIA. With his new book, Russo outlines the key strategies he has learned over the years as a consultant and human resources executive that has helped him and others create winning teams. The book doesn’t waste any time getting into its 17 rules; after a brief introduction the entirety of the book consists of one chapter per rule. The rules cover a broad base of topics, including the more straightforward rule #4, “Provide Ample and Appropriate Resources,” to the more abstract rule #12, “Understand Human Capital.” One of the key rules that sticks out to me is #3, “Cultivate Leadership, Not Management, and Know the Difference!” “Whereas managers administrate, leaders have the power to influence, to motivate, even inspire, and those are distinctly different traits,” writes Russo. “Indeed, true leadership is the ability to display attributes that make people want to follow.”Russo points out that leaders need to have passion, vision, and energy, as well as recognize that each employee has value to the success of the business. He likens this value to a tight end in a football game running “a crisp pattern” and distracting the defense despite knowing before the play that he’s not going to be the ball carrier. Another rule which will likely strike a chord with the startup culture is #10, “Make Room for Fun in the Workplace (Nurture Lightheatedness/Levity).” Anyone who has seen the popular workplace movie “Office Space” knows what a bland work environment can do to employees spirits, but I don’t think we have to worry about startups not having enough fun on the job. Aside from being passionate about the job they’re doing, most startup employees are probably used to everyday being “casual Friday” and taking a brain break in a game room. Granted, not every experience is like this, but we all know that many startups are a very relaxed environment, which Russo says is very important for attracting skilled employees and keeping them happy.Other important rules Russo includes on his list include knowing how and when to “cheerlead,” acknowledging and rewarding efforts and contributions, and the lastly, telling the truth. While this book isn’t aimed directly at startups, young entrepreneurs looking to lead their team to success should certainly take a look at this book. One of reasons I would suggest it is that at times, young entrepreneurs who have little or no workplace experience are suddenly thrust into a CEO role. If your company takes off, you might be in charge of a lot of people very quickly, and this book will certainly help keep them happy.Disclosure: A review copy of 17 Rules was provided to ReadWriteWeb by Pearson Education, Inc.Photo by Flickr user madebytess. chris cameron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups last_img read more

AT&T Buying T-Mobile for $39 Billion

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img AT&T has just announced its intention to buy T-Mobile USA from parent company Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $39 billion. Both boards of directors have approved the deal, which would make AT&T the largest wireless company in the United States, assuming the deal passes regulator approval.The acquisition will allow AT&T to improve network quality for both companies’ customers, says AT&T, while also enabling it to expand its 4G/LTE deployment to 95% of the U.S. population.The rollout of LTE enabled by the deal would reach an additional 46.5 million Americans, AT&T reports, including small towns and rural communities. T-Mobile does not have a clear path for rolling out LTE, the wireless firm said. After the acquisition completes, AT&T would be able to deliver LTE to over 294 million people.Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO, notes the importance of this move, explaining that “mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”AT&T also pointed out via its press release that the LTE rollout would help achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.”Business Insider calculated the customer numbers involved in this deal, noting that at the end of 2010, AT&T had 95.5 million wireless subscribers and T-Mobile had 33.7 million subscribers. Their new combined total would be 129.2 million subscribers. In comparison, Verizon Wireless had 94.1 million wireless customers.But the news isn’t all rosy, cautions Forrester research analyst Charles Golvin.“AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile, if approved, brings good news and bad news. The good news: high-speed mobile broadband service will improve in quality and coverage, including — in the long run — those in rural communities outside the reach of terrestrial broadband today. The bad news: the cost of that service won’t come down nearly as fast as customers would like, since AT&T and Verizon Wireless combined would own nearly three out of every four wireless subscriptions in the US. While clearly troublesome for Sprint and other mobile smaller mobile competitors, It’s also bad news for cable operators, whose incipient mobility products will suffer in comparison to what AT&T and Verizon can offer.”T-Mobile customers, of course, just want to know if this new deal means they can finally get the iPhone, but there’s no word on that just yet. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perezlast_img read more

Champion duo explore South Africa to prepare for Cliff Diving world series in El Nido

first_imgWorld Series Champions Rhiannan Iffland of Australia and Gary Hunt of Great Britain went on a cliff diving adventure in South Africa to prepare themselves for the World Series.Iffland and Hunt have 10 championships between them and the two looked at Drakensberg encampment in eastern Mpumalanga in South Africa and particulary like Bourke’s Luck Potholes as a potential diving spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was just incredible,” said three-time Women’s World Series Champion Iffland. “To come here, to experience the culture, to go on a safari and to dive at this mind-blowing location, it’s something special and it’s really something that I’m going to remember.”The Mpumalanga province is littered with waterfalls and two of those natural resources are the Lisbon and Berlin Falls. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bourke’s Lock Potholes feature jade-colored water basins and cylindrical rock formations that cliff divers like to execute free-falls at in preparation for the season opener in Palawan.“The first high dives of the year are always a little bit nerve-racking,” said seven-time champion Hunt. “My goal is to keep the title. It was a very close race last year and it was a shaky start so I would love to get off to a very strong start and stamp my foot down on this year’s title.”“Each new location is exciting and it makes cliff diving feel brand new, that’s something I really love, to come out into exotic places like this and just explore and really challenge myself as a diver,” added Iffland.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MANILA, Philippines—A couple of the world’s most successful cliffdivers are well on their way in their preparation for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Season 11 to be held in El Nido Palawan.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Luzon bets headed to Go for Gold Go skateboarding national finals Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are a few recent Wilmington Little League game summaries:AAA: Astros survive Royals’ comeback, 7-6, on May 14, 2018 at Boutwell FieldThe Astros played their second straight one-run game, barely matching the Royals’ late comeback with their own in their half of the sixth inning. Everyone reached base at least once, starting with Joe Cavanaugh, Ronnan Scafiddi, and John Roofe who each singled in the second inning leading to their first run. The big hits came in the third as Luke Kitanov blasted a home run and Joe Gronemeyer ripped a double. Evan Cummings lined out on a screaming rope in the first but singled in the fourth and Ethan Afthim had another clutch single batting in Cummings. Roofe singled and scored in the fifth and Jake Cronin singled in the sixth, eventually scoring the game winner. Joe Fennelly, Tim Watson, Kevin Pruslin, Will Poyant, and Kyle McDonald reached base as well and added to the run total. Poyant was dominant again on the mound striking out seven in three innings. Kitanov pitched three strong innings himself and made several great plays in the field while on the mound.. Watson snared a sharp liner in the first setting the tone for a strong defense. Gronemeyer was flawless at first base and Fennelly made several great plays behind the plate. Poyant and McDonald turned in some good plays as well. The Pirates were outstanding in the field, snaring no fewer than four sharp liners. Mikey Ware made several great line drive catches and pitched three innings. Jackson Hegarty pitched the next two and Jack Martinson made his pitching debut in the sixth. Logan Zimmer, Hegarty, and Martinson did a great job behind the plate. Will Biscan lined a double to knock in two runs and also caught a line drive at short. He made a heads-up play tagging out the lead baserunner late in the game. It was a fun, exciting game for all and the fans got more than their money’s worth in the stands!Single A: Braves vs. Astros, May 17, 2018The Astros hosted the Braves in a long awaited rematch . The Braves came out swinging and the Astros were held in check by a fine defensive play at third base by Lex Limoli to keep the run totals down . The Astros rallied in the second with big hits by Joe Mytch, Jackson Cipolle and CJ Morad. Strong catching performance by Dylan Costantiello helped keep the pitchers in check . Pitcher Masen Voner made closed the game out for the Astros . Game Balls were awarded to Joe Mytch for his big hit and Dylan Costantiello for his fine catching performance.Rookie League: Astros vs. Giants, May 19, 2018The Astros hosted the Giants in a battle of unbeatens. The evenly matched teams played to a tie. For the Astros, Anthony Aborn and Noah Drane stood out both in the field and at the plate while for the Giants Evan Jageler and Grady Considine made highlight reel catches in the field (including an incredible diving effort by Evan)! (NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more