Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
November, 24th 2014

Chobani, the American Greek yogurt produced at an old Kraft Foods plant in upstate New York that was purchased by Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish cheese-maker living in New York, in the mid-2000s, is set to open a food incubator in New York City.  The food incubator will provide businesses with test kitchens, office space, and mentorship; along with access to the company’s resources like chefs and businesspeople to help get businesses off the ground and running.
If you’re unsure what a food incubator is exactly, it’s kind of like its tech-world cousin, a Y Combinator but for ambitious food businesses looking to scale. “Good food for all is the new tech,” Ulukaya said in a statement.

Chobani Announces Food Incubator

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University College Cork
(2B)OR!(2B): From the Beehive to the Cloud and Back
Fiona Edwards Murphy, Liam O’Leary, Killian Troy, Lily Pinson and Katie Hetherington
Cloud and Mobile used to monitor honeybees in the hive.




Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Street Bumps and Big Data Analytics:  Crowdsourcing Our Way to Better Roads
Theodora Brisimi, Yue Zhang, Wuyang Dai, Setareh Ariafar, Nicholis Baladis
Analytics to crowd source the path to better roads



Delft University of Technology
Proposal for IEEE/IBM Smarter Planet Challenge
Nicolas Kramer Floyd, Olac Grouwstra
Cloud based analytics platform for health care SMEs


RainbowSwinburne University of Technology, Malaysia
Project Lily
Ting Yang, Kah Hung, Poh Ling Hung
Crowd sourced environmental monitoring



Sun-Yat Sen University and South China University of Technology
Self Medical
Jianghong Zhou, Zixiao Yang, Cindy Chen, Heng Du, Jujie Peng
Mining medical data for improved health care

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

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Go to the website to see the many events leading up to #GivingTuesday.

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On Friday, Oct. 24, students and volunteers at five universities across the country joined together to participate in the first joint Campus Lights Out program.  254 volunteers from the five universities, including the University of Texas at Austin, who organized the event, Penn State University, University of Toledo, the University of Kansas and Bowling Green University.  The purpose of the program is to reduce campus energy use and increase awareness about energy sustainability.  Students and volunteers turn off lights, electronics and other devices that use energy that would otherwise be left on over the weekend.  The results are recorded using a mobile-optimized site to aid in quick recording and tallying of results.

Together the volunteers from the 5 universities combined to turn off 14,628 lights and 737 projectors, computer monitors, computers and other various electronics in 112 total buildings. The total energy savings was 18,869 kWh.  Future joint Campus Lights Out events are in the planning stages for the spring semester and next fall. The hope is to increase the number of universities involved.  Campus Lights Out thanks Students for a Smarter Planet for their support!


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November, 21st 2014

Some believe in a form of external ‘cosmic’ guidance concerning seemingly random events.  Others simply don’t.  Then along comes FATE  (FAll DeTector for the Elderly) which could be a key to assisting the elderly to have more independent lifestyles.  This product is literally putting fate in the hands of those who may feel a keen sense of loss of control of their own destinies!

This is done by implementing an accurate, portable and usable fall detector that runs a complex and specific algorithm to accurately detect falls, and a robust and reliable telecommunications layer based in ZigBee and Bluetooth technologies, capable of sending alarms when the user is both inside and outside the home.

The system is being tested and validated in 3 pilot studies involving real living scenarios, one in each of 3 different EU countries (Spain, Italy and Ireland), in close collaboration with the relevant public authorities (regional authorities in Spain, municipalities in Italy and National authorities in Ireland).

Read about it and watch the videos here:

Fall Detector for the Elderly



(The research is being conducted in partnership with Polytechnic University of Catalonia/Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech.  They are one organization among those forming a consortium for the project.  Job opps for you perhaps?)

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