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OECD Learning Framework Sets a Roadmap for Education Innovation

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 giugno 2019

In the 1970’s, Finland had an economic crisis. The stakeholders concurred that education was the foundation to improve quality of life and build a sustainable society for all its citizens. To achieve education excellence, the Finns looked beyond academic achievement and built a new model that was equitable, accessible and flexible, giving priority to human well-being, quality of life and happiness. Today, Finland is one of the world’s leading models for quality education.Global education publisher, advocate and futurist C.M. Rubin believes the world now faces a similar crisis. Since 2015, Rubin has been a contributor to the OECD’s four-year Future of Education and Skills 2030 study and the just released Learning Compass framework. The OECD’s new framework sets out a shared vision by widespread international stakeholders for what students should learn to be ready for the future. “Our planet faces numerous challenges as identified in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” says Rubin. “I believe that every global challenge we face, whether it be climate change, health and well-being, wealth inequality, gender equality, or peace and prosperity can be conquered if we are willing to pioneer new models of lifelong learning and assessment.” She adds, “Our world has changed. Smart machines have edged their way into virtually every domain. What makes us human now matters more than ever. We need to understand our complex problems and determine what kind of learning models will resolve them.”
CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a celebrated trailblazer in the renaissance of the 21st century, and occupies a special place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has published hundreds of interviews and articles discussing an expansive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done. (By CMRubinWorld David Wine)

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CES Asia 2019 Announces Innovation Awards Honorees

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 4 giugno 2019

CES Asia announced the honorees for the CES Asia 2019 Innovation Awards, recognizing outstanding design and engineering in new-to-market products from CES Asia exhibitors. Now in its fifth year, CES Asia will take place June 11-13, 2019 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in Shanghai, China.“The CES Asia Innovation honorees embody the innovative spirit that fuels our industry, spurs new markets and creates new jobs on a global scale,” said Karen Chupka, executive vice president, CES. “These innovations are good examples of how technology is being integrated into everyday products and shaping the future of our dynamic industry.”The CES Asia Innovation Awards recognize technologies across 20 product categories including artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality, drones, green technologies, Internet of Things, vehicle tech and wearables. An elite panel of judges review product submissions based on five criteria: engineering, aesthetics, function and user value, unique features and level of innovation.See the full list of CES Asia 2019 Innovation Awards Honorees at The Innovation Awards Showcase will be onsite at CES Asia, located in SNIEC, Hall W5, booth 6042. CES Asia is one of the fastest growing tradeshows in Asia, bringing together the entire tech ecosystem to build brands, forge partnerships and celebrate the best in consumer tech. The show will focus on the latest innovation in transportation tech, AI, 5G and startups from around the world, featuring more than 550 exhibiting companies, including more than 115 startups. Visit for more information or to register.

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Open Innovation Summit

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 giugno 2019

Saint-Vincent (Aosta) Venerdì 14 e Sabato 15 giugno 2019. Vi partecipano:Vincenzo Boccia, Presidente di Confindustria; Francesco Profumo, Presidente della Compagnia di San Paolo; Roberta Cocco, Assessore alla Trasformazione Digitale e ai Servizi Civici del Comune di Milano; Paola Pisano, Assessore all’Innovazione del Comune di Torino; gli Onorevoli Luca Carabetta, Mattia Mor, Antonio Palmieri, Membri Intergruppo Parlamentare Innovazione e i vertici di Ansaldo Energia, Cisco Italia, Club degli Investitori, Deloitte, Gruppo SCAI, IBAN, Innogest, Italia Startup, Modis, Nana Bianca, Piccola Industria di Confindustria Lombardia, PoliHub Startup District & Incubator, SMAU, Talent Garden, Tamburi Investment Partners, The Adecco Group, TUC Technology, Twig e Università Telematica Pegaso saranno i protagonisti della due giorni nella splendida cornice del Parc Hotel Billia, Saint-Vincent Resort & Casinò.
L’Open Innovation Summit 2019 è organizzato da Digital Magics, il più importante incubatore di startup digitali “Made in Italy” attivo su tutto il territorio italiano. L’evento si inserisce all’interno della quarta edizione del GIOIN, il primo network in Italia per le aziende che vogliono innovare processi, prodotti e servizi grazie alla collaborazione con le startup.L’obiettivo è analizzare l’impatto dell’Open Innovation nell’economia, approfondendo trend italiani e internazionali – in relazione anche alle competenze e alla formazione 4.0, agli investimenti del venture capital e alle politiche del Governo – insieme ai principali attori dell’ecosistema del digitale: istituzioni, imprese, investitori, incubatori e naturalmente talenti e neoimprenditori digitali che stanno creando e sviluppando startup in Italia.Per il secondo anno consecutivo è partner del GIOIN Officine Innovazione Srl: la startup di Deloitte dedicata all’innovazione e focalizzata sullo sviluppo di soluzioni innovative per le imprese.Sono inoltre partner del GIOIN importanti aziende come Cisco e Modis e i Technical partner Talent Garden e Dol. Media partner del GIOIN 2019 è il Gruppo 24 ORE.Il GIOIN è ideato per approfondire le opportunità dell’innovazione aperta di processi, prodotti e servizi, utilizzando le piattaforme tecnologiche, grazie la collaborazione con le startup innovative. Si focalizza sulla condivisione di esperienze concrete e di “case history”, coinvolgendo imprenditori e startupper che stanno mettendo in pratica il paradigma dell’Open Innovation nei loro settori.

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Philips issues inaugural Green Innovation Bond

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 maggio 2019

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced the successful pricing of its issuance of EUR 750 million 0.500% Green Innovation Bonds due 2026. This inaugural Green Innovation Bond was created by Philips in collaboration with Rabobank as Sustainability Structuring Advisor. The transaction was further supported by the Joint Lead Managers ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ING, Mizuho Securities, MUFG, Rabobank and UBS Investment Bank.As part of Philips’ commitment to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation, the company has a comprehensive sustainability strategy that includes its products, solutions and business models, energy consumption, supply chains and financial instruments.In 2017, Philips was one of the first companies to develop a Revolving Credit Facility with an interest rate linked to its sustainability performance. As a next step, together with Rabobank, the company has now developed the Philips Green & Sustainability Innovation Bond Framework, under which it can issue Green and/or Sustainability Innovation Bonds as a means to finance its sustainability activities. Today’s issuance is the first bond issued under this framework.

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SoCalBio Announces Regional BioGENEius Student Challenge Winner for Bioscience Innovation

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 maggio 2019

The Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio), the trade association for the bioscience and digital health industries in Greater Los Angeles, today announced its selection of Nadia Ansari, a 9th-grade student at Sage High School in Newport Coast (Orange County, CA), as winner of the 2019 Southern California BioGENEius Challenge.
Held in partnership with the Biotechnology Institute, the Challenge enables high school students to compete and be recognized for outstanding research and innovation in the biotechnology field.As the winner of SoCalBio’s 2019 Southern California BioGENEius Challenge, Ms. Ansari will receive a scholarship from SoCalBio to attend the 2019 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia. At the convention, she will have an opportunity to interact with the bioscience industry’s top innovators, as well as compete on a larger scale against students from across the U.S., Canada and Germany in the Biotechnology Institute’s International BioGENEius Challenge.Ms. Ansari’s project focuses on Photobiomodulation (PBM) as a potential therapy for peripheral neuropathy – a painful degenerative disease that affects an estimated 600 million people worldwide. Her research identified a gene (mpv17) that may help PBM regrow and restore function to sensory nerves. During experimentation, she showed that nerve fiber growth increased 536 percent when the mpv17 gene was present.Ms. Ansari’s project was selected at the 2019 California Science Fair by a SoCalBio panel of judges including A. Stephen Dahms, PhD (SoCalBio Workforce and Talent Development Evangelist); Dwain Morris-Irvin, PhD (President, Innovest Global, Biotechnology Division); Andrew Norris, PhD (Founder, BCN Biosciences); and Shahira Badran (Educator, Los Angeles Valley College).

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Jeff Aronin Receives Northern Illinois University’s 2019 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 maggio 2019

Paragon Biosciences, LLC Chairman and CEO Jeff Aronin was recently recognized by the Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Business as the 2019 recipient of their Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award.Jeff Aronin, a graduate of NIU’s College of Business, was honored at their Annual Alumni Luncheon for his venture innovation at Paragon Biosciences. Mr. Aronin is increasing the pace of drug development for severe (and often rare) diseases through Paragon’s contribution of Innovation CapitalTM to its portfolio of bioscience companies.Balaji Rajagopalan, Ph.D., Dean of the NIU College of Business, presented the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award to Jeff Aronin, commenting that Mr. Aronin has “an exemplary track record of building and transforming organizations through innovation.”Mr. Aronin has built Paragon to innovate, invest in, build, and advise bioscience companies. This venture model makes it commercially viable for Paragon Biosciences’ portfolio companies to develop potential medicines for diseases which do not yet have FDA-approved treatments. Over the last 18 months, Paragon Biosciences and its partners have invested and committed almost $500 million to help Paragon’s portfolio companies develop new medicines. Paragon Biosciences anticipates innovating, investing in, and launching additional portfolio companies this year and next.
Philanthropically, Mr. Aronin is also the founder of MATTER Chicago, a health care incubator whose network includes more than 220 health care startups and 70 partnerships with health systems, universities, life science companies, and insurance providers.
In December 2018, the NIU College of Business announced its own partnership with MATTER. This spring, NIU is providing students in the college’s Experiential Learning Center and Executive MBA class the opportunity to work with and consult with MATTER startups. Students and faculty now have direct access to the incubator’s extensive network, meeting space, events, and innovators.Mr. Aronin is also active in the Chicagoland area through his philanthropic support of innovations in health care, education, and community-development. The Aronin Family Foundation is a catalyst for cutting edge approaches to learning, healthcare entrepreneurship, and neighborhood revitalization.Mr. Aronin graduated from the NIU College of Business in 1989. Previously, he was recognized by NIU’s College of Business for receiving a 2016 Medallion for Entrepreneurship from the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society.

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Research and innovation for the global community

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 maggio 2019

For 70 years now, the researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany have been asking the right questions and finding answers – in the form of solutions that improve society and directly benefit the economy. This year marks an anniversary in the U.S., too: the establishment of Fraunhofer USA as a legally independent Fraunhofer affiliate 25 years ago. This non-profit organization was founded in 1994 to conduct applied research and development for customers from industry and from the federal and state governments in the U.S. With a history of more than 15 years now, the collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) is a prime example of the continued success of this transatlantic research alliance.
25 years of Fraunhofer USA – 15 years of cooperation with Michigan State University (f.l.t.r.): Prof. Thomas Schuelke, President Fraunhofer USA, Prof. Leo Kempel, Dean of MSU College of Engineering, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Satish Udpa, President of the MSU, Prof. Endrik Wilhelm, Chairman Fraunhofer USA, Prof. John Papapolymerou, MSU-Chair Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pär Malmhagen member of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
The success of the close collaboration between MSU and the Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies USA CCD is typical of the transatlantic research alliance. This collaboration between the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer USA, MSU and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden dates back more than 15 years and has resulted, for instance, in the development of process and system technologies for manufacturing high-quality diamond materials for applications in power and high-frequency electronics.
Fraunhofer USA CCD conducts research projects focusing particularly on coating technologies, carbon materials and 3D printing technologies, with a total project volume of USD 2.8 million per year. With industrial revenues accounting for 43 per cent of this figure, Fraunhofer USA CCD is thus also a prime example of the success of the Fraunhofer model abroad.
During his visit to the United States to mark the 25-year anniversary of Fraunhofer USA, Prof. Neugebauer was awarded an honorary doctorate from MSU in acknowledgment of his contributions to application-oriented research and to the transatlantic research alliance. Prof. Neugebauer thus joins the ranks of many others who have been awarded this honorary MSU degree for their outstanding work in research or the management of public organizations, including automotive pioneer Henry Ford, Apple co-founder Stephen Wozniak, and former U.S. presidents Harry Truman and Bill Clinton.

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ATLAS Space Operations Awarded Project with Space and Missile Systems Center and Defense Innovation Unit

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

ATLAS Space Operations, Inc., a leading innovator in ground communications for the space industry, today announced an agreement to develop its LINKS platform with the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). The competitively awarded rapid prototyping program will run for 12 months, and will deliver a complete satellite communications platform tailored to the Air Force’s Multi-Band Multi-Mission requirements, as outlined by the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Range and Network Systems Division.The resulting platform will provide several key advantages that have proven challenging for traditional antenna equipment, including the ability to communicate with multiple satellites simultaneously, tracking of resident space objects (RSOs), and providing enhanced telemetry data to ascending launch vehicles. The man-portable LINKS platform will increase capacity, flexibility, interoperability, automation and resiliency of space operations and space lift.Upon completion of the program, ATLAS will hold demonstrations to highlight LINKS’ innovative features, cutting edge design, and multi-mission capabilities to the DIU. The demonstrations will be held at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.“Working directly with the Air Force will ensure LINKS’ capabilities precisely meet their requirements,” ATLAS CEO Sean McDaniel said. “This development process and adherence to the Air Force’s high standards will ultimately lead to a product that will easily meet or exceed the requirements of the commercial sector down the road.” ATLAS Space Operations will be at SATELLITE 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from May 6-9, at booth 2142. There, attendees can learn more about this development partnership. ATLAS industry experts will also be on hand to discuss the latest trends in ground communications, including technology, security and the new space economy. To book interviews, please use the contact information below.

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Emerson and Colorado State University Collaborate on New Brewing Innovation Center

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 aprile 2019

Emerson (NYSE: EMR) today announced a collaboration with Colorado State University (CSU) to build the Emerson Brewing Innovation Center, where students will get hands-on experience using the latest automation technologies. Funded by a joint investment, the center will serve as the main educational hub for the Fermentation Sciences and Technology program and will reinforce advanced competencies for digital transformation as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) era continues to evolve the industry.With the number of U.S. breweries increasing at a rate of 321 percent from 2007 to 2017, there is growing demand for highly skilled workers with expertise in fermentation sciences and proficiency in automation technologies. Emerson’s advanced automation solutions enable brewing companies to optimize operations, detect and address quality issues in real time, reduce downtime and shorten changeovers that occur when one beverage is changed out for another in production.The CSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition attracts diverse, top-notch students to address the industry’s growing technology demand.The Emerson Brewing Innovation Center will open this fall in the Gifford Building on CSU’s main Fort Collins campus and feature two brewing systems that will allow students to gain experience using the latest real-world technologies driving innovation in the industry. Emerson Impact Partner Lakeside will build the systems that feature elements of Emerson’s Plantweb™ portfolio of IIoT technologies used in brewing automation: a DeltaV™ distributed control system, Micro Motion flow meters, Rosemount™ measurement technology and ASCO and Baumann valves.Emerson’s collaboration with CSU is one of more than 350 secondary education partnerships worldwide that support finding solutions to address the skills gap in digital automation technologies.In addition to the center, Emerson is donating $10,000 toward a CSU diversity fellowship to help set up the brewing innovation center and a scholarship for the fermentation program.

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Syngenta: Accelerating Innovation in a Changing World

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 aprile 2019

Syngenta announced today that it will accelerate its innovation to address the increasing challenges faced by farmers around the world and the changing views of society.“Farmers need to manage climate change, soil erosion and biodiversity loss, as well as changing consumer expectations and views on agricultural technology,” said Alexandra Brand, Chief Sustainability Officer of Syngenta. “There is a clear call for innovation and more action to address these challenges in ways where everybody wins – from growers to consumers and the environment.” The announcement follows the completion of more than 150 listening sessions worldwide, engaging a broad cross section of views. The result was a much clearer understanding of what society and farmers expect and what sustainable agriculture means to different groups. Syngenta’s new approach aims to further improve the way crops are grown and protected, and find solutions that address interconnected environmental, societal and economic challenges.

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NTT Communications Opens Nexcenter Lab™ for Open Innovation

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 marzo 2019

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TOKYO:9432), announced today the launch of the Nexcenter Lab™ program to promote open innovation in partnership with participating companies. The program provides PoC environments for the development and testing of new businesses and services focused on digital transformation (DX), utilizing the latest services and next-generation technologies of NTT Com’s IT partners. The program is available at two of NTT Com’s Nexcenter™ data centers in Tokyo.A key purpose of the program is to enable participants to test and verify their latest technologies and services with the aim of taking these offerings to market at an accelerated pace. They will have access to ICT environments where extra-high-heat servers such as GPU can be used, as well as advanced services of NTT Com and partner companies, such as hybrid cloud, AI and IoT, which can be combined to verify technologies such as deep learning and blockchain. NTT Com will provide connection to its public cloud, free use of server racks in data centers, free use of its Enterprise Cloud service, and more.

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Conferenza Innovation Arabia

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 marzo 2019

Dubai. Durante la cerimonia di apertura della Conferenza Innovation Arabia, organizzata a Dubai dalla HBMSU – Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, nasce il primo Consorzio Internazionale finalizzato alla creazione di indicatori specifici in grado di definire scientificamente i criteri di qualità su cui si devono basare strutture e sistemi per la valutazione delle Università a distanza su Internet a livello globale.
Il nuovo Consorzio nasce con il sostegno del Ministero dell’Educazione e dell’Agenzia di valutazione della qualità delle Università degli Emirati Arabi Uniti, tra i membri fondatori: l’Associazione delle Università Arabe (AArU), l’Associazione Europea delle Università a Distanza (EADTU), l’Associazione Asiatica delle Open University, la Rete Araba per l’Assicurazione della Qualità nell’Istruzione Superiore (ANQAHE), il Commonwealth of Learning (CoL), l’Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, la Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University di Dubai e l’Università Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO, rappresentata a Dubai dal Rettore prof. Maria Amata Garito che ha anche rappresentato l’EADTU.
Tra gli obiettivi del Nuovo Consorzio vi è quello di supportare le Agenzie Nazionali di Valutazione nell’individuazione di criteri comuni a livello globale per la valutazione della qualità delle università online. L’Università Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO è stata chiamata fra i soci fondatori sia per il suo modello di Università online riconosciuto dalla comunità scientifica internazionale, sia perché da anni svolge attività di ricerca nel settore della qualità dell’e-learning ed ha già contribuito a definire, grazie ai progetti di ricerca Europei Excellence ed Excellence+ coordinati da EADTU, i criteri di valutazione del modello a distanza e misto a livello Europeo.
UNINETTUNO continua a svolgere attività di ricerca in questo settore e numerose sono le pubblicazioni su prestigiose riviste internazionali, dove vengono presentati gli indicatori per la valutazione della qualità che vengono utilizzati costantemente dal presidio di qualità dell’Ateneo. UNINETTUNO, infatti, oggi è l’unica università telematica italiana ad aver superato con un giudizio molto positivo la valutazione dell’ANVUR – Agenzia Nazionale per la Valutazione del sistema Universitario e della Ricerca.
Con queste parole il Rettore di UNINETTUNO, Professoressa Garito, ha commentato la cerimonia di firma della carta costituente del nuovo Consorzio per la Qualità delle Università Online: “Al pari della lotta alle fake news è tempo di far nascere un movimento
di lotta contro la fake formazione su Internet. Ogni giorno nascono nuove Università online e nuovi corsi di formazione su Internet, spesso mancano informazioni chiare sulle metodologie didattiche, sui modelli psico-pedagogici, sui nomi e sui curricula degli autori dei contenuti. Molte di queste Università non sono accreditate dai loro governi e spesso rilasciano titoli di studio non validi e forniscono competenze non adeguate alle promesse. Ormai la formazione online è diventata un business a livello internazionale e, più che alla qualità, gli imprenditori di questo settore guardano al loro successo economico. Come membri della comunità scientifica e accademica internazionale, abbiamo oggi l’obbligo di tutelare sia gli studenti dalla fake formazione online, che il mondo accademico, che la reputazione delle vere Università Online che ormai stanno sempre di più sviluppandosi a livello globale, e sempre di più si stanno caratterizzando come un modello vincente di Università del XXI secolo”. (fonte:

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Accenture Opens Intelligent Operations Center in Fukuoka To Help Clients Spur Innovation

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 30 gennaio 2019

Accenture (NYSE:ACN) today opened a new Accenture Intelligent Operations Center Fukuoka in Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture, as part of the company’s growth plans to expand in Japan. Positioning Fukuoka as one of two major locations in Kyushu along with the Kumamoto Center for providing business process services (BPS), the new Accenture Intelligent Operations Center Fukuoka focuses on helping enterprise clients drive innovation. At the new Accenture Intelligent Operations Center Fukuoka location, clients can work with Accenture’s professionals with expertise in digital and automation technologies, including robotic process automation (RPA), analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) as well as specific industries and business processes, including accounting, finance, HR, procurement, sales, and marketing, to create intelligent operations. Most notably, Accenture professionals from Kumamoto location has achieved a 90 percent improvement in automating the current business operations for local clients.The new Accenture Intelligent Operations Center Fukuoka is also a location for implementing and providing those intelligent operations services to the clients. It is part of Accenture’s global delivery network of more than 50 locations worldwide, Accenture Intelligent Operations Center Fukuoka is connected to these global centers to seamlessly bring the best of Accenture’s global investments and insights to its clients on the ground in Japan, as well as providing advanced business processes from Fukuoka to the world.
The Accenture Innovation Architecture combines capabilities from across the company and is built around six elements to help organizations at any stage of their digital transformation, Accenture Research, Accenture Ventures, Accenture Labs, Accenture Studios, Accenture Innovation Centers, and Accenture Delivery Centers.Accenture Intelligent Operations Center Fukuoka delivers three of these capabilities: Accenture Studio for rapid development and prototyping of applications and the design and creation of digital services, Accenture Innovation Center for demonstrating and scale industry solutions, and Accenture Delivery Center for industrializing the delivery of Accenture innovations globally, unlocking the power of New IT and transform business processes through an unparalleled network across more than 50 locations. AIO Fukuoka will work closely with Accenture’s innovation-generating network all over the world, incorporate the global cutting-edge technologies and successful cases, and communicate innovative business processes from Japan to the world.

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“PRIMA – Initiative Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 gennaio 2019

Parma L’Università di Parma è tra i partner di due progetti vincitori di “call” all’interno del programma europeo “PRIMA – Initiative Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area”, mirato a sviluppare soluzioni innovative e multidimensionali in materia di agricoltura, industria alimentare e uso dell’acqua e a promuovere la loro concreta applicazione da parte degli utenti finali.
I due progetti “MED4Youth” e “SAFFROMFOOD” sono focalizzati su alimentazione e nutrizione e sono realizzati da partnership internazionali. L’ente finanziatore per i partner italiani è il Ministero dell’Istruzione, Università e Ricerca – MIUR, che per le attività di ricerca di entrambi assegnerà all’Università di Parma circa 640 mila euro. Coordinatore per l’Ateneo è Daniele Del Rio, Professore associato di Nutrizione al Dipartimento di Scienze Medico-Veterinarie e Presidente della Scuola di Studi Superiori in Alimenti e Nutrizione.A far parte di entrambe le cordate europee è, per l’Università di Parma, il gruppo di ricerca di Nutrizione Umana, con i proff. Daniele Del Rio, Francesca Scazzina, Furio Brighenti e Nicoletta Pellegrini. Per il progetto “SAFFROMFOOD” sono coinvolti anche i proff. Erasmo Neviani, Camilla Lazzi e Valentina Bernini del gruppo di Microbiologia degli Alimenti del Dipartimento di Scienze degli Alimenti e del Farmaco. Ai docenti vanno aggiunti anche numerosi giovani ricercatori: i Post-Doc Pedro Mena, Daniela Martini, Donato Angelino, Letizia Bresciani, Margherita Dall’Asta e Alice Rosi e i dottorandi e borsisti di ricerca attivi nei laboratori del gruppo.Per il progetto “MED4Youth” sono poi coinvolti anche il Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche, Fisiche e Informatiche, con il prof. Federico Bergenti dell’Unità di Intelligenza Artificiale, e il Dipartimento di Medicina e Chirurgia, con il prof. Carlo Caffarelli dell’Unità di Clinica Pediatrica.
Lo scopo principale del progetto “MED4Youth – Mediterranean Enriched Diet for tackling Youth Obesity” è rafforzare le conoscenze relative alla relazione esistente tra dieta mediterranea e salute in termini di riduzione dell’obesità infantile, grazie all’identificazione degli effetti positivi riscontrati dopo il consumo di una dieta mediterranea che includa prodotti salutari tipici del bacino del Mediterraneo. A tal fine, una delle attività centrali di “MED4Youth” sarà la conduzione di uno studio multicentrico basato sulla dieta mediterranea e sull’utilizzo di strumenti tecnologici (ICT), su un target di popolazione adolescente obesa di Italia, Spagna e Portogallo. L’Università di Parma costituirà il centro italiano di riferimento per la conduzione di questo studio d’intervento, mirato anche a comprendere, mediante l’utilizzo di tecniche omiche, se e come la dieta mediterranea possa essere coinvolta nella modulazione del microbiota (le comunità batteriche che risiedono nell’intestino) e nella produzione di specifici metaboliti colonici. Questo approccio multidisciplinare permetterà di aumentare le conoscenze relative ai benefici della dieta mediterranea nella prevenzione dell’obesità e di fattori di rischio cardiovascolare nella popolazione giovanile europea. Nel progetto sono coinvolti altri due centri di ricerca europei: Fundació Eurecat (Spagna – ente coordinatore) e Universidade de Coimbra (Portogallo). Nella partnership anche tre piccole e medie imprese: NOVAPAN S.L. (Spagna), Shikma Field Crops (Israele) e Scientific Food Centre (Giordania).
“SAFFROMFOOD – Valorisation of saffron and its floral by-products as sustainable innovative sources for the development of high added-value food products” ha come principale obiettivo quello di ideare e sviluppare prodotti a elevato valore nutrizionale utilizzando materiali di scarto provenienti dalla lavorazione dello zafferano vero (Crocus sativus), ottimizzando un processo produttivo eco-sostenibile. Lo zafferano è una pianta diffusamente coltivata nei paesi del bacino mediterraneo sia per finalità alimentari sia per scopi medicinali e la sua produzione prevede enormi quantità di materiale di scarto contenenti ancora una notevole frazione di composti bioattivi. Scopo del progetto è quello di recuperarli per creare un nuovo mercato fatto di integratori, di aggregati per la cosmetica, di composti per fortificare alimenti e numerose altre applicazioni. Il progetto prevede la sinergia di altri 8 partner: centri di ricerca come il Centre de Recherche Scientifique et Technique sur les Régions Arides (Algeria), il Max Rubner-Institut (Germania), l’INRA-Nutri Neuro (Francia), l’Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (Portogallo), industrie come Activ’Inside (Francia) e atenei come l’Universidad de Murcia (Spagna), l’Université Abderrahmane Mira de Béjaia (Algeria) e l’Universidad Miguel Hernandez (Spagna – ente coordinatore).

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Xylem Partners with Imagine H2O to Champion Water Startups and Help Promote Innovation across the Water Sector

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 18 dicembre 2018

Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, announced plans to partner with Imagine H2O, a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs build and scale solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. Xylem joins Imagine H2O as a Sustaining Core Sponsor to support the organization’s flagship accelerator. Since 2009, over 100 startups have participated in the program, which provides access to customers and investors as well as cash awards, industry insight and capacity building resources. In 2018, Imagine H2O’s accelerator companies and alumni collectively raised over $140 million in venture financing. More than 270 startups from 40 countries applied for the 12 available positions in the organization’s 2019 accelerator, its 10th annual program. The cohort will be announced in January. “With water challenges rapidly escalating around the globe, it’s critically important to drive innovation and advance data-fueled solutions that can exponentially increase water and energy efficiencies to expand water accessibility and protect our environment,” said Jay Iyengar, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at Xylem. “Xylem is committed to leading the digital transformation of water, and we are thrilled to partner with Imagine H2O, which is playing a pivotal role in promoting innovation across the water industry.” Ms. Iyengar continued: “We look forward to working with Imagine H2O, and leveraging the strength of our experts and technologies, to champion the next generation of innovative water start-ups and the courageous entrepreneurs who lead them – and to working together to help convene and amplify the global conversation about solving water.”“This partnership opens our global innovation ecosystem to Xylem’s wealth of water engineers and experts with the common goal of solving water,” said Scott Bryan, President of Imagine H2O. “And we are looking forward to a long future of collaboration.”

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Heilind Asia Wins the 5th China IOT Technology Innovation Award

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 dicembre 2018

The 5th China IOT Summit was held in Shenzhen National Convention Center. Heilind Asia was invited to attend the summit to meet with the world’s leading companies in the field of IOT, jointly discussed and shared the market prospects of the IOT industry, the latest IOT business model, cutting-edge technology programs and other industry topics. In the following Annual Awards Ceremony at night, Heilind Asia was presented with the “IOT Technology Innovation Award 2018” by the IOT summit organizer.The summit was organized by Elecfans which is an electronic platform with China’s largest community of engineers and electronic semiconductor practitioners. The China IOT Summit has been successfully held for four years; it has taken the form of “Summit Forum & Sub-forum” and has gathered over 100 well-known global manufacturers, attracted over 6,000 people to register, impacted 200,000 electronic engineers.After award nomination, online voting and expert review, finally, Molex PEDOT Clear Conductive Sensors introduced by Heilind Asia won “IOT Technology Innovation Award 2018″.
Molex PEDOT-based conductive polymer for capacitive switch design delivers cost-savings to appliance manufacturer – and high efficiency one-touch environmental control to savvy consumers.The theme of the 5th China IOT Summit is “Innovation and Global Vision” which consists with the principle that Heilind Asia follows in its development. As a well-known interconnect and electromechanical distributor in North America market, Heilind Asia bases on the domestic business and looks to the global market from 2012 when first entered APAC, Heilind Asia also received numerous awards from suppliers and official Medias in six years. Today’s “IOT Technology Innovation Award” is a milestone for Heilind Asia in China IOT market.Ken Liu, Branch Manager of Heilind Asia, said, “I’m honored to accept the IOT Technology Innovation Award on behalf of Heilind Asia; it represents our new achievements in China’s IOT field. I would thank the organizer and the IOT industry for presenting this award to us, and give special thanks to our key supplier – Molex; it is Molex’s innovative products and supports that help Heilind Asia to exploit advantages in the field of IOT. Heilind Asia will launch better products and services on the road of IOT to contribute their efforts.” Heilind Asia supports both original equipment and contract manufacturers in all market segments of the electronics industry, stocking products from the industry’s leading manufacturers in 25 component categories, with a particular focus on interconnect, electromechanical, fastener/hardware and sensor products.

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Convegno “EU Research and Innovation in our daily life”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 dicembre 2018

In Europa si registra il 25% del totale dei casi del cancro diagnosticati nel mondo, una percentuale molto elevata se si considera che nel Vecchio continente vive solo il 9% della popolazione mondiale. Ogni anno circa 4 milioni di cittadini europei sono colpiti da tumore. La mortalità per cancro è diminuita nei Paesi occidentali negli ultimi 25 anni (per quasi tutte le forme neoplastiche), soprattutto nelle donne rispetto agli uomini per la diffusione dei programmi di screening e trattamenti più efficaci. La sopravvivenza netta a 5 e 10 anni è costantemente aumentata negli ultimi anni fino all’80-90% nei tumori della tiroide, della prostata, della mammella e nel melanoma, ma è ancora bassa (circa il 10-20%) nei tumori del cervello, del fegato, del polmone, dell’esofago e del pancreas. È questo il quadro descritto oggi dal prof. Francesco Cognetti, Presidente di Fondazione Insieme Contro il Cancro nella relazione sulle “Nuove frontiere nella lotta contro il cancro” al convegno EU Research and Innovation in our daily life presso il Parlamento Europeo a Bruxelles. “I miglioramenti sono costanti nel tempo – spiega il prof. Cognetti -, ma permangono variazioni tra Paesi europei con differenze nelle cure oncologiche legate a diverse ragioni: l’intensità diagnostica e lo screening che portano a una diagnosi più precoce o tardiva, i trattamenti efficaci, lo stato socioeconomico, lo stile di vita e differenze di salute generale nella popolazione, i costi per i tumori e l’organizzazione delle cure. I dati di sopravvivenza sono migliori in Europa del Nord e centrale e in alcuni Paesi del Sud (Italia e Spagna). Sono invece peggiori nel Regno Unito e in Europa orientale”.
“Per aiutare a ridurre le differenze di sopravvivenza e migliorare le cure oncologiche – osserva il prof. Cognetti -, tutti i Paesi europei dovrebbero perseguire la riduzione della frammentazione dei servizi di cura, promuovere centri multidisciplinari comprensivi di cure oncologiche, una migliore organizzazione e finanziamento del sistema sanitario, la promozione e il finanziamento della ricerca e l’alleanza dell’intera comunità contro il cancro. L’intensa collaborazione tra comunità scientifica, medica, tecnologica e farmaceutica è quindi indispensabile”.

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Latest Innovation Designed to Help Companies Engage & Empower Employees When Traveling for Business

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 dicembre 2018

Rocketrip, the leading employee engagement platform for reducing business travel spending, today introduced “Price to Beat” to its enterprise clients. Rocketrip is a leader in the corporate travel category and has significantly invested in improvements to their platform like this one over the last 12 months. Rocketrip has been embraced by modern enterprises seeking to create cultures of empowerment because of the company’s unique ability to incentivize employees to make choices that ultimately save their company money.Rocketrip’s “Price to Beat” encourages employees to earn rewards by making outstanding cost-conscious choices when they travel for business. Rather than emphasizing the company’s budget, this new product positioning focuses on how employees can earn value to invest in what matters most to them by voluntarily choosing to book less expensive flights and hotels when they travel for business. The “Price to Beat” displays inside a client’s existing online booking tool and provides a traveler with a fun and engaging way to book travel. If an employee books travel at a cost below the “Price to Beat”, they are rewarded with up to 50% of the savings.This new positioning comes on the heels of Rocketrip’s $15 million funding round led by GV earlier this year. Rocketrip is already used by hundreds of companies — including ServiceNow, Feld Entertainment, and Twitter — to foster workplace cultures of empowerment and recognition. An average employee using Rocketrip earns rewards in excess of $200 per trip through various changes in behavior including downgrading from business class to coach, staying in lower star class hotels, and staying with friends or family. Companies using Rocketrip save anywhere from 15-30% on their annual travel budgets.
“As our enterprise clients look for new ways to recruit, retain, and motivate their teams, Rocketrip is at the cutting-edge of using innovative technology to empower employees while also reducing costs,” said Rocketrip Founder and CEO Dan Ruch. “Rocketrip engages and rewards employees by allowing them to make their own choices regarding what matters most to them.”

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Public consultation on European Institute of Technology and Knowledge Innovation Communities

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 novembre 2018

The European Institute for Technology (EIT) has made significant contributions to innovation in the EU by integrating research, industry and education through Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs). These Communities support measures such as educational courses in entrepreneurship, acceleration of promising ideas and joint projects between industry and academia. Some of them, such as the InnoEnergy KIC, have been instrumental in bringing new technologies in the blue economy onto the market. More information is available here. EIT has developed a strategy for 2021-2027 including a vision, key objectives, the potential impact and the global challenges it proposes to address. It suggests that a new Community on “Water, Marine and Maritime” could contribute to meeting these objectives. In order to plan its future activities the European Institute of Technology has launched an open public consultation closing on 5 December 2018. Respondents will need to identify themselves with an EU login Your contribution to this reflection process will be much appreciated and can serve to strengthen the attention given to your area of speciality by Horizon Europe.

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EU Research and Innovation in our daily life

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 novembre 2018

Bruxelles i terrà il 27 novembre 2018 a Bruxelles, presso la sede del Parlamento Europeo, la Conferenza congiunta di Parlamento europeo e Commissione europea EU Research and Innovation in our daily life, che riunirà ricercatori, politici, rappresentanti delle istituzioni e dell’industria e vedrà la presenza di personalità come Antonio Tajani, Presidente del Parlamento europeo, Carlos Moedas, Commissario europeo per la Ricerca, la Scienza e l’Innovazione e Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Presidente del Consiglio europeo della Ricerca.
L’incontro intende stimolare gli investimenti nella ricerca, dando uno sguardo ad alcuni tra i maggiori traguardi che l’Unione Europea ha raggiunto in tema di ricerca e innovazione e che sono il risultato di un continuo dialogo tra le istituzioni europee, gli stati membri, le loro università e i centri di ricerca più importanti.A rappresentare la ricerca italiana di eccellenza il professor Luigi Naldini e il professor Alessandro Aiuti, direttore e vice direttore dell’Istituto San Raffaele-Telethon per la Terapia Genica (SR-Tiget), che presenteranno, attraverso il racconto dei genitori, la storia di Margaux, una bambina belga affetta da ADA-SCID, rara malattia genetica che compromette gravemente il sistema immunitario, e curata con successo grazie alla terapia genica sviluppata presso il SR-Tiget di Milano.Margaux oggi ha 5 anni ed è una dei 31 piccoli pazienti affetti da ADA-SCID trattati ad oggi con la terapia genica sviluppata dall’Istituto San Raffaele-Telethon, dal 2016 è divenuta un farmaco e la prima terapia genica con cellule staminali ematopoietiche a essere disponibile sul mercato.

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