Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience

If you are familiar with any of the various tellings of the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, you’ll understand what an extraordinary leap forward this invention provides to those who are blind or have visual impairments.   And, what a boon they can be to those who provide care and instruction for those with visual conditions.

“Braille is a very important part of the world for the estimated 39 million blind and visually impaired individuals around the globe.”

Computerized Glove Teaches Braille


This technology is being developed in a partnership between experts behind Google Glass and Georgia Tech‘s revolutionary “Piano Touch

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Much has been written about what skills we will need to be successful in the 2020 workplace (it will be here before we know it!). Not surprisingly, technology is the driving force behind these changes.

According to the Top 10 Online Colleges’ recently published study, the following are the contributing factors for needed adaptation:

  1. Extreme longevity: People are living longer.
  2. The rise of smart machines and systems: Tech will augment and extend our own capabilities.
  3. Computational world: There will be an increase in sensors and processing that will make the world a programmable system.
  4. New media ecology: There will be new communication tools that will require media literacies beyond text.
  5. Superstructured organizations: Social technologies will drive new forms of production and value creation.
  6. Globally connected world: Diversity and adaptability will be at the center of operations.

So what are the skills you should be working on today to ensure you’ll have a job tomorrow?

They include:blog skills 2020


This article was syndicated from Business 2 Community: The Future Of Work: 10 Skills You Will Need To Be Successful [INFOGRAPHIC]

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How sweet it is!  Every once in a while I am awe-struck by GENUINELY positive everyday uses for technology.  This is one such example with potentially life-changing (maybe even life-saving) implications.  Of course, this application extends far beyond the Holy Month of Ramadan and across the borders of Senegal to be a cross-cultural boon.  My mother is a diabetic, so this is particularly close to home for me – now, if I could just teach her how to properly use her cell phone, we’d be in business.

Mobile phones help people with diabetes to manage fasting and feasting during Ramadan

Traditional Ramadan Sweets - SO hard to resist!

Traditional Ramadan Sweets – SO hard to resist!

This is the first phase of “mDiabetes”, a new project that has been launched in Senegal just in time for the month of Ramadan. Members of the country’s diabetic patient association, health professionals and the general public are being encouraged to sign up to receive these free text messages that aim to increase awareness and help people with diabetes to avoid complications triggered by fasting and feasting.  MDiabetes is the first project established for a French-speaking country under “Be He@lthy Be mobile”, a joint global initiative by WHO (World Health Organization) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

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As many college grads are hitting the job-seeking trail, a timely article has just been published by CareerBuilder. They’ve identified what they consider to be both the best words to include and the worst words to avoid when building your resume.

Forbes reports that 68% of hiring managers may read a resume for a full two minutes before moving on to another.  That’s good news for job seekers as we’ve been told over the past few years that these managers spend very little time reading resumes. This makes it all the more critical that what they do read does not turn them off.

How does your resume stack up compared to the best and worst resume words list?

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Can you transform your resume into one that will keep a hiring manager reading for an entire … two … minutes?

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July 6th, 2014

Graduate students craft a plan for the future of Africa’s power grid


UC Berkeley students lead the way on another continent… Solar africa

“In collaboration with researchers at the agency and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Wu and Deshmukh are working with officials from 22 countries in eastern and southern Africa to identify zones that are well-suited for development of electricity production from wind, solar, and geothermal energy.”


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