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September 21st, 2015

Networking has taken on new meanings with the fast-paced changes in technology.  (Networking used to be going to lunch with someone to see if they could help you along in your career.  It DOES still mean that, but social networks have expanded far beyond the old limits of face-to-face interactions.)

If you don’t know about Software-Defined Networking, take a look at the Wikipedia page for some detail.

Software-defined networking (SDN) is an approach to computer networking that allows network administrators to manage network services through abstraction of higher-level functionality. This is done by decoupling the system that makes decisions about where traffic is sent (the control plane) from the underlying systems that forward traffic to the selected destination (the data plane). The inventors and vendors of these systems claim that this simplifies networking. [Source: "Software-Defined Networking: The New Norm for Networks" (PDF). White paper. Open Networking Foundation. April 13, 2012.]


There’s a whole conference dedicated to this growing field, and this year’s event is being held in Dusseldorf Germany in October.  Here is the link to the

SDN & Open Flow


World Congress


If you are a student in Germany or have a desire to visit Germany, this may be the spot for you to check out the sites AND get in on some cool tech talk.  Even if you can’t attend the conference, take a look at the list of speakers and sponsors – they are many and varied (from all over the world…)  and one might just be a future employer for you!!

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September 15th, 2015

Being an athlete takes both mental and physical commitment.  There are professional and amateur levels in most sporting activities.   Read about the approach being taken by a participant preparing for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Smart prep for crack shot


Photo credit: High Performance Sport New Zealand

There’s a degree program at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand if you’re interested in looking at possible career options.  Read about one of their grads here:  Anna Skipper-Assistant Performance Physiologist, High Performance Sport New Zealand

“Body temperature control” may have applications within both the Cognitive and Robotics areas of technology.  Do you see any connections where your own work could make a contribution?  Think it over – and don’t forget to cheer for all the athletes at the games!

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September is traditionally “Back-to-School” month in the United States.  For those who’ve already completed their early years of education, August is the time for heading off to dormitories and beginning the advanced, more focused portion of their academic pursuits.  The education sector is taking on new challenges as it proposes to address new methods for preparing a workforce for the future – which will involve a great deal of technology focused initiatives.  Take a look at this company and their achievements to bring superior skills to the student population…


Young Digital Planet


receives the



New Technology Leader


2015 award


The aim of the New Technology Leader program is to distinguish and promote companies that deliver innovative, high-quality solutions and invest in new technologies to address today’s customers’ needs.

Young Digital Planet is a part of Sanoma Learning – one of Europe’s leading learning companies and providers of print and digital learning solutions for primary, secondary and vocational education with over 1,600 employees. They cover all dimensions of education:

  • educational content – different subjects, curricula and language courses
  • delivery platforms, e-learning and publishing technologies – flexible solutions for everyday use,
  • products that support children and adults with special educational needs at schools and medical institutions.


Visit their full website by clicking the logo  Young Digital Planet

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Are you wondering what to do with your spare time?  Re-runs on TV got you bored to tears?  Played a little too much “Candy Crush” and finding your teeth aching from a sugar overdose?  Make use of your extra hours and CODE!!

There are so many ways to contribute to the technology revolution taking place all around us – if you love the nitty-gritty details that make stuff work, this is a chance for you to be a player…click the logo for more info!!

code for america

They work with a host of governmental agencies in Partnerships!

And check out the details on their Summit to be held in September in Oakland, California -   code for america summit

There’s local Hack Events, too, for all you ‘geeks’ – maybe one in your neighborhood?

Put YOUR smarts to work – and maybe find yourself a job that you’ll love in the process!!!

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Discovery, exploration, challenges and breakthroughs.  All these elements are part of the continuous changes that take place in the technology landscape around us.  To keep pace and bring us into the future, a new generation of curious minds must be engaged.  Governments and educational institutions across the globe are intent on making that happen!

Read about this program in Africa that seeks to tap into the wonderful reserves of ‘imagination’ within their people…

Botswana Ministry introduces e-nnovation

“Botswana’s Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) is developing ways of getting the local youth to chart the technology waters by coming up with programmes that allow them to be innovative for the benefit of the nation”


And here is the link to the detail page for applications and funding:

Botswana e-nnovation Youth

Empowerment Programme (eYEP)

Opportunities for Africans

There are programs of this sort to be found in all corners of the world – seek out similar opportunities in your area…  Your drive and talent are needed!

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