Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
December 19th, 2014

If you didn’t hear about this event from one of your siblings – or a co-worker – or just by browsing around on the Internet – here’s what social is really all about!   Learning and growing and changing the world – one click at a time!  All it takes is an



What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

When is the Hour of Code?

Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 8-14, 2014, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Is it one specific hour? No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. (And if you can’t do it during that week, do it the week before or after).
The Hour of Code is organized by, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.

In one week alone last year, 15 million students worldwide learned an Hour of Code.

Take an hour and do something valuable – host an hour of code in your neighborhood – maybe at the library? – for seniors, a scout troop – be creative!  Teaching is powerful and, if you’ve never had a chance to do it before, brings you rewards that you’ll not anticipate – and a sense of accomplishment that you’ve really contributed something amazing towards a Smarter Planet!

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There are so many places to turn for information in our society.  Squiggles of light and pixels and flat screens have taken over the places which used to be occupied by musty, dusty tomes of the ‘archaic’ printed page.  While the storage capacity of a Nook or Kindle is greater than the average bookshelf, the preservation of the material that made up those bound volumes is a passion for scholars and bibliophiles alike.

This very interesting melding of laboriously documented printed texts into a digital format will allow them to be shared with an audience not planning a trip to the mountains of Tibet.  There are many who value these teachings and wish to imbibe of the knowledge regardless of their geographical limitations…

Read about the Tibetan eText Repository by clicking the logo:

TBRC logo


It is fitting that the old and the new come together in harmony…as stated in TBRC’s Mission statement:

To preserve and share the Tibetan literary heritage through the union of technology and scholarship.

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December 11th, 2014

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December 5th, 2014

Well Denmark isn’t the only country that’s showing off its inventiveness when it comes to being illuminating…

Here is a feature story from TUT (Tallinn University of Technology) in Estonia, also involved in the marketing of technology for smarter streetlights.

The technology of a wise street light fitting, developed at TUT,

will be applied to use in Asian cities


The Estonian undertaking Cityntel, developing smart street lighting solutions, concluded a cooperation agreement with the cities of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya in Malaysia.   Adhering to the agreement, novel street lighting lamps and administration systems, using LED technology, will be tested, delivering in full extent smart street illumination systems.

Check out the company’s site here: Cityntel

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December 3rd, 2014

“Turn off the light when you leave the room!”  That phrase has been repeated in every language in every country by just about every mom to the millions of folks who progress from one space in a home to another, leaving a trail of burning lights in their wake.  The litany of concern was mostly based on the electric bill charges for light being ‘wasted’ on empty rooms.  More recently, the concern has become widespread as rising attention is being placed on high carbon emission rates, and the effect they are having on the planet as a whole.

Here’s an experimental answer being tried out to address the issue:

Energy-efficient street lights could be a ‘smart’ way to cut carbon emissions


The experiment is being carried out by a laboratory called the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab, or DOLL. (A partnership with Technical University of Denmark.)

“Some lights are driven by solar energy and wind power, which further reduces their carbon footprints. Sensors tracking air quality, traffic density, noise, weather conditions and UV radiation will also be tested on site.”



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