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Inner City Youth to Compete in Chicago Chess Tournament

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 gennaio 2019

More than 400 of Chicago’s inner city youth will be gathering at the De La Salle Institute, 3434 South Michigan Avenue, on Saturday, January 19, 2019 to compete for seven separate trophies that reflect excellence in chess. The tournament will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the awards will be given.This tournament is being named “The Michael Cardinale Chess Tournament” and is sponsored by the Chicago Chess Foundation (CCF). “It has been underway for the past 19 years with CCF running it for the past four years and I am extremely pleased that this specific tournament has been funded going forward for the next decade,” said Ben Wong, President of CCF. “Through donations, entry in the tournament is free,” he added.“Michael Cardinale, a CCF Board member, has been instrumental in bringing inner city youth to this tournament over the years and has made a real difference,” said Wong.“What could be better than involving young boys and girls in the mind- bending experience of competing in chess,” said Cardinale. “They learn about strategy, thinking ahead, how to win or how to lose gracefully plus the importance of hard work,” he said.“When we started, we were able to attract only a handful of young boys and girls,” said Cardinale. “Now with 8,000 participants throughout the past four years, the number is growing every year and the competition is serving as a model for inner city schools, clubs and other activities,” he added.“Over the next decade our goal is to have inner city high school students participating in the chess program,” said Wong.The competition is “swiss style” and ranges from novice to intermediate and advanced play, said Wong. “We will stack our players up against any other group in the United States,” said Wong and “hope that one day soon inner city youth from Chicago will be competing with players from across the country.Michael Cardinale, member of the CCF Board and a longtime figure in Chicago scholastic chess, will be receiving the Foundation’s highest honor, the “Ted and Susan Oppenheimer Award” at this tournament.Last summer, Cardinale also received the top honor from the Illinois Chess Association, the “Natalie Broughton Award.” “Mike has been a leader and an inspiration to those of us involved in Chicago chess for more than 20 years.”

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MorpheusCup: official launch of Europe’s 1st inter-university digital championship!

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 gennaio 2015

MorpheusCupThe first MorpheusCup will take place on 19 May 2015. Over 750 European universities and grandes écoles have been invited and are registering a team. Each selected team will have to comprise 3 students. The universities will compete in 10 thematic events and will pitch a business project to the panel of judges. The prizes will be awarded in Luxembourg, on the evening of 19 May. Registration is free and there is a prize fund of € 50,000 for winning teams.Major figures from various sectors (technology, marketing, business, funding, media) have already confirmed their participation in the panel: in particular, Julie Demarigny (VP International, Warner Bros Digital), Didier Rappaport (CEO Happn, Co-founder Dailymotion), Ulrich Grabenwarter (Head of Strategic Development-Equity, European Investment Fund), Fabio Gallo (Digital Business Development Manager, FCBarcelona).Connecting students to the digital world of work.The MorpheusCup 2015 is a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate their talents, promote their school or university and foster relationships with several hundred companies that are recruiting, but also to pitch a project to a panel of experienced investors, if they wish to do so.This championship is aimed at students studying subjects or at a school related to the web, to the new information and communication technologies, to business, or to entrepreneurship.The MorpheusCup has been hailed for being in line with the various European initiatives working towards developing digital skills for the 21st century, in order to foster growth, competitiveness and jobs in Europe.It is also an opportunity to meet hundreds of European students and renowned figures in the digital world, to submit ideas to the European Commission, and to pitch a project to several hundred experienced investors and industrial partners. The competition is based on joint modules in the morning and course-related special events in the afternoon. It is rounded off by the oral presentation of a project to the panel of judges.In order to enhance their knowledge of the wider digital world, the team members must consult the specialist press and keep up-to-date with innovations coming out of the world of research, the major players in business and technology, the latest startups, etc. Yet, they must also prepare themselves mentally for a day that will intentionally be “disruptive”.
Participation is open to all students in Europe. Registration is free of charge, and must be validated no later than 27 February 2015.
Each school or university can enter one or several teams, up to a maximum of 5. The teams are made up of three students. If they want, they can be sponsored by a representative from the business world, rather than one from the world of associations and education. A team name must be chosen, along with a tagline in English.
Participants are also requested to propose a public-interest project, which will go before the judges, but will also be presented to the European Commission as well as a selection of 200 European partners. This project must be submitted in the format of a teaser slideshow, containing a maximum of 10 slides.It must be submitted by email, no later than 16 March 2015, and must relate to a simple solution to a complex problem, a disruptive digital approach to achieving a choice of one of the following 10 goals:
Educational: development of digital education in Europe towards even greater excellence
Social: fostering of cultural and language exchanges between Europeans
Sharing: improved support for the poorest and wealth distribution
Environment: defence of nature and resolution of major environmental problems
Business: re-industrialisation and development of a protected and competitive digital ecosystem
Research: approach encouraging competition, co-working labs and entrepreneurship
FinTech: anticipation of major challenges combining finance and technology
Mobility: solutions linked to motor vehicles, multimodality, traffic management
Energy: competition on energy efficiency and the related circular economy
Healthcare: pooling of knowledge, access to treatment and patient care
The MorpheusCup 2015 distinguishes between 3 categories of winner. The prize-giving ceremony will be held on the evening of 19 May 2015, followed by the Morpheus Party.The 3 award categories
MorpheusCup Winner 2015: one team out of the 10 finalists
Best European Students Project: one winning team per category
MorpheusCup performers: the winners of the thematic events
Funds and consequent grants are reserved for the winners: € 20,000 in cash, € 10,000 on training (business, languages, technology, entrepreneurship, etc.), € 10,000 on materials and support (materials, design, legal & finance) and € 10,000 € on leisure (travel, accommodation, culture, etc.).
Every year, ICT Spring welcomes to Luxembourg 4,000 digital leaders from 60 countries. It is a two-day technical summit tackling 3 key challenges: digital strategy, user experience and FinTech. Combining exhibitions, demos, workshops and large-scale talks, ICT Spring has, annually for the last 7 years, been offering the chance to understand the links between these core areas of the digital economy, and delivering the keys to achieving worldwide excellence. Very unusually in the world of digital events, access is completely free; however, the number of passes is limited. The event will be held in Luxembourg, on 19 and 20 May 2015.

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