Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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January 17th, 2015
5:15
 

Although heating oil prices have dropped to new lows in the U.S., consider this alternative that’s being tried for home heating – what a great way to reduce, reuse, recycle instead of waste, waste, waste…

Paul Benoit calls what he’s created a “digital heater”. Essentially it’s a bank of computers designed so that the heat they generate is channelled around a room or building that needs heating.  He came up with a simple but devilishly clever idea for a new company, Qarnot Computing.

Read more here:

Heating buildings using computers

Paul Benoit - computer heat

Paul Benoit says that the demand for computer centres will only continue to grow

Do you have an idea for a distribution program that takes otherwise ‘unused’ material and makes it a productive resource?  You might just be onto something!

 

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January 5th, 2015
6:16
 

With the holidays just behind us in the United States, many have resolved to begin 2015 by eating with consciousness of the health effects or harmful consequences of their food choices (and the potential benefits of taking off any extra pounds that accumulated from a surfeit of sugar-plums and figgy pudding…).

For many, ‘cheap’ takes precedence over all other considerations.  There’s a wave sweeping the country to help the less affluent have greater accessibility to better eating and healthier choices – and make an economic impact locally, as well.  Put down that doughnut and check it out!

Learn about Food Tank and their goals for the better use of the planet’s

food resources and the human community.

FoodTankMission: Food Tank is focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. We spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

Here’s an interesting Q&A with Michel Nischan, founder, CEO, and president of Wholesome Wave.  He will be speaking at the 1st Annual Food Tank Summit on January 21-22, 2015.

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December 23rd, 2014
4:17
 

Cooperative Science – that’s what’s at the heart of a Green Tech collaboration in Latvia.  From ideas in their infancy, it is anticipated that the Incubator will grow projects with the potential to become globe changing technologies.

As posted by the EAI (European Alliance for Innovation): “The Latvian Technological Center (LTC) is an innovation and technology-oriented business support structure – business acceleration centre, which stimulates establishment and growth of knowledge-based SMEs by creating relationships between research and industry as well as encouraging SMEs for trans-national cooperation”.

Latvian Tech Ctr logoLearn more here:  Green Technology Incubator launched in Riga, Latvia

 

And check out the Call for Proposal whose deadline is Jan 2015… As a basic rule, your organisation must be registered in one of the beneficiary countries (a listing of which may be found here: http://eeagrants.org.ez.07.no/content/view/full/4991)

While the bulk of their website is in Latvian (not English) it’s worth visiting to see the relationships that they have established – check out their ‘Friends and partners’ page…companies for whom you might want to work?  http://innovation.lv/en/innovation/innovation-in-business/

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December 19th, 2014
5:08
 

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

HOUR OF CODE

 

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 Code.org, 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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December 15th, 2014
6:10
 

If you’re from the British Isles, you take ‘the lift’ when you want to ascend to an upper floor in a building.  There’s now tech that will make your travel in an elevator a bit more unusual -

 “So what exactly makes the design so special? First, it can travel sideways as well as up and down, making it ideal for building designs such as Google’s under-construction “groundscraper” in London, which, as its nickname sort of suggests, is longer than it is tall.”

 

New Magnetic

 

Sideways Elevator

 

Watch the video announcement from the system’s designer:  ThyssenKrupp

 

Otis Elevators, founded by Elisha Otis, is still the world’s largest producers of vertical transport systems. We’re still largely using cable systems to hoist elevator cabs up and down between floors, as we did in the early 1800s. And as urbanization stretches cities taller and wider, this will have to change.”

There’s a batch of articles on the subject – it’s being tested in Germany at present.

Read more:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/german-firm-developing-maglev-elevators-go-sideways/#ixzz3LK235W8y

http://www.cnet.com/news/this-crazy-elevator-concept-is-straight-out-of-willy-wonka/

If they install this on any campuses, wouldn’t this be a cool way to get to that class you’re always late for???

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