There’s a saying that the only things that are certain in life are death and TAXES. For the vast majority of humans, the process of filing your personal or business taxes is something that is feared, dreaded, hated, avoided – you get the picture…
While e-filing has been in place in many countries for some time, here’s a story from BizTech Africa that highlights a less developed part of the ICT globe. While it may not be news where you reside, this change is monumental for Gabon. Technology makes its way across the planet at different paces, and can bring about events with impacts that ripple across continents.
The initiative, named et@x (https://www.etax.dgi.ga/home.seam) is aimed at helping Gabon catch up with other African countries and establishing Gabon’s reputation as providing high quality services for their business sector.
Are YOU part of an electronic revolution that hasn’t reached beyond your university? How will you bring it to market and where? You may be the life-changer that the world is waiting for!
How refreshing to see the success of a start-up when competing in the big leagues against General Electric and Philips. The Kickstarter campaign raised 10 times what was being sought for development of this product – a good indication that the inventor was onto something big!
This is one example of how smart people with great engineering and design skills can succeed in a tough game.
What skills do you have that will set the world alight?
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UC Merced’s Mobile App Challenge will run again this year, supported by Students for a Smarter Planet. Here is a video from last time.
Those of a certain age will fondly remember the recorded messages left for Jim Phelps and his Impossible Missions team which self-destructed after being listened to. And who hasn’t seen a TV episode or movie where a character is forced to eat a hastily scribbled message to keep others from reading it? In the new digital age, pressing the delete key can wipe your thoughts from a screen so they are never actually communicated. Maybe there are certain things that shouldn’t be kept forever…
Whether you think it’s a good thing or not, the printed page will fade over time, but here’s a twist on making the printed page cease to exist in a much shorter period of time! From FOXNews Tech:
The “paper” (actually a film made of glass or plastic, Engadget reports, though a paper version is in the works) comes in red, blue, and green, and the printing process bleaches it where text doesn’t appear, instead of adding ink where it does. Exposure to oxygen eventually “erases” the text by returning the bleached sections to their original color.
American businesses are so entrenched in keeping hardcopy as ‘backup’; this game-changer could eliminate the rows of filing cabinets that people feel are key to their work function. Reducing waste is a key component in becoming a Smarter Planet!
Any other potentially stagnant office materials that spring to mind? Can you bring your scientific knowledge to the party to find a reusable spin for their usage?