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Mark Kramer to Lead Shared Value Training at CSR Asia Summit

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — The Summit is the leading corporate social responsibility conference inAsia where five hundred delegates will be gathered to discuss the latest innovations and most pressing sustainability topics and trends. The Summit provides the opportunity to:

* Explore key topics including impact investment, partnerships for development, shared value, inclusive business, climate change, water, human rights, poverty and supply chain challenges; * Equip managers with the tools and information they need to implement CSR and community investment initiatives in their company; * Meet experts and practitioners from across the world to share unique insights and build lasting partnerships. This year our speaker list includes organisations such as:P&G, Standard Chartered Bank, H&M, Nestle, USAID, GRI, Ford Motor Company, UNICEF, Bloomberg, Oxfam, IBM, BNP, Credit Suisse.

You can view the latest agenda and speaker line up here .

In the lead up to the Summit on the 15th September we will also be hosting 8 half day workshops. These will be filled with best practice, case studies and advice from the best CSR trainers inAsia. Three of these sessions will be led by expert external trainers:

* Mark Kramer, Founder and Managing Director, FSG and the Shared Value Initiative * Ruth Mathews, Executive Director, Water Footprint Network * Anna Crabb, Consultant, Social Ventures Australia Places are limited — so if you’re interested please secure your place now.

Every year, the Summit offers unique opportunities for participants to network with their peers across industries, geographies, and sectors.  Already signed up are representatives fromMacquarie, HP, Deloitte, Hilton Worldwide, Cisco, KPMG, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Save the Children, PETRONAS, H&M, Danone, UNICEF, Swireand many more. Don’t miss out on the chance to build lasting partnerships with your peers.

For the full agenda and to register visit: www.csr-asia.com/summit2014 or email summit@csr-asia.com

For media inquiries email: marketing@csr-asia.com

Vicky ChanPhone Number: +852-3579-8079Email: summit@csr-asia.com

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August 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm

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rogenSi Asia Gains Traction

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ —

The year of the horse is proving successful for rogenSi in Asia. The rise in demand for their training and consultancy solutions is fueled by the need to develop executive talent across the region with a focus on sales and leadership.

Having operated successfully in Singapore from their Asian base in Hong Kong since 2007, rogenSi is now set to strategically expand its business in Asia.

As of this month, David McMurdo, a rogenSi Director and Global Sales Specialist, will be leading the development of an Asia-wide Sales Practice based out of Singapore.

His arrival in the region will add extra weight to the already formidable team of consultants and associates inAsia lead by Gerald Tapper, MD at rogenSi Asia who comments:

“With the ambition that companies in the region have to grow and compete in the global market place and the speed of change that is coming about to meet that ambition, the demand for skilled business managers and leaders exceeds supply. rogenSi’s experience in Asia in recent years has shown us that there is an opportunity for us to really help organisations and their leaders reach their business goals.”

Mark Felix, global CEO at rogenSi says:

“The rogenSi formula based on ‘alignment, capability and mindset’ is a great approach for the Asian market where there is a huge amount of talent and drive to succeed, and which, if harnessed the right way, can lead to exceptional results.”

Click here for a short video introduction from David McMurdo.

For more information, or to contact rogenSi in Asia visit: http://www.rogenSi.com/asia

rogenSi is a well-established training and consultancy firm operating globally from its hubs in London, New York,Hong Kong and Sydney. They focus specifically on leadership and sales execution.

The rogenSi approach is to work with senior leaders to help define and cascade business strategies. They work at all levels of the organisation to align teams with the leadership strategy and to develop the skills and mindset needed to deliver their business outcomes.

Key people at rogenSi:

Mark Felix, Global CEO

Alex Jacobsen, MD, North America

Glenn Price, MD, EMEA

Terry Reynolds, MD APAC

Gerald Tapper, MD Asia

For more information, case studies or thought-leadership articles contact:
Rosemary Hayes: Global Brand Manager
e: rosemary.hayes@rogenSi.com
d: +44-(0)207-065-2205
http://www.rogensi.com

Source: rogenSi

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August 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm

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Battle for the $18 Billion US Smart Home Heats Up as Apple and Google Posture for Position says Strategy Analytics

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DIY Devices Becoming Cool as Over 5 Million Additional Households Adopt Smart Home Systems in 2014

BOSTON, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Spending on smart home systems and services in the US will hit $18 billion in 2014 and more than double to $39 billion by 2019 according to Strategy Analytics’ Smart Home Strategieslatest forecast. Apple, Google and Samsung are among the big consumer brands posturing for position in the market as ADT, Vivint, Comcast and AT&T drive growth in the interactive security market. The competitive dynamics shaping the market are described in “Handicapping the US Smart Home Horserace.”

Percentage of Total Consumer Spending on Smart Home Systems and Services (US Only)
Percentage of Total Consumer Spending on Smart Home Systems and Services (US Only)

Click here for a copy of the report: http://sa-link.cc/C7

Key findings from the report:

  • Security service providers will drive revenue growth in the US market as ADT and Vivint run neck and neck in front with each having more than 800,000 residential subscribers and FrontPoint, the online reseller Alarm.com’s platform, not far behind.
  • Comcast’s Xfinity Home is likely to catch up with the frontrunners in 2014 with AT&T’s Digital Life also in the chase.
  • Lowe’s Iris self-monitoring and control system currently has a big lead on Home Depot for the DIY customer, but Staples, Amazon and Smartlabs, with Microsoft now selling INSTEON devices in its stores, will intensify the battle for DIYers.
  • Apple’s HomeKit caused a stir when introduced in June. It has perked up iOS devotees to smart home applications, but it remains a dark horse in the race.
  • Google’s Nest acquiring Dropcam adds another cool product to their portfolio and another point of “learning” about what goes on in homes for future Google/Nest applications.

Quote: Bill Ablondi, Director, Smart Home Strategies said: “Interactive security will take the revenue lead from professionally installed home control and entertainment systems in the overall US smart home market and Nest’s acquisition of Dropcam signals Google’s desire to become a disruptive force in this market.”

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About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success.www.StrategyAnalytics.com

US Contact: Bill Ablondi, +1 617 614 0700, wablondi@strategyanalytics.com

Source: Strategy Analytics

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August 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm

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Singapore Travellers Fifth Most Technology-Dependent Worldwide

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Global Hotels.com survey reveals Asian nations are most attached to mobile devices

SINGAPORE, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Singapore travellers have been ranked fifth worldwide amongst countries least willing to give up their mobile devices even while holidaying, according to a new global survey released by Hotels.com today. In fact, for over one in five (60%) surveyed, the thought of going on a holiday without their beloved gadgets would actually make them “break into a cold sweat”.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120628/540164 )

The study, which looks into digital holiday habits across 28 different countries across the world, explores the nations that find it most difficult to achieve the ever-important work-life balance and switch off when holidaying. Asian destinations topped the charts, with Thailand coming in first as a huge majority (85%) of travellers admitted to being inseparable from their devices. Korea trailed close behind in second place with 78%, followed by Japan (69%) andChina (67%).

However, the findings also revealed that over one in five (23%) Singapore travellers actually regret spending too much time on their mobile devices once they’ve returned to home soil. No wonder then, as a whopping 77% admitted to checking work e-mails while away, despite eight in 10 (79%) conceding that they try to use their holiday to forget about work.

Nevertheless, being unable to disconnect isn’t just about being overly connected to work. In fact, having access to social media, wherever they are, is also very important to almost half (45%) of all Singaporeans.

Countries least willing to ditch their devices while on holiday

RANK

COUNTRY

% VOTES

RANK

COUNTRY

% VOTES

1

THAILAND

85%

15

GERMANY

36%

2

KOREA

78%

15

UK

36%

3

JAPAN

69%

17

US

35%

4

CHINA

67%

18

COLOMBIA

33%

5

SINGAPORE

60%

19

NEW ZEALAND

30%

6

TAIWAN

53%

20

DENMARK

29%

6

NORWAY

53%

20

AUSTRALIA

29%

8

BRAZIL

52%

20

NETHERLANDS

29%

9

IRELAND

51%

23

MEXICO

28%

10

FINLAND

50%

24

CANADA

27%

11

HONG KONG

46%

25

SWEDEN

23%

12

FRANCE

40%

25

SPAIN

23%

12

RUSSIA

40%

27

ARGENTINA

22%

14

ITALY

39%

28

INDIA

20%

At the same time, the Hotels.com study also revealed Singapore travellers’ top ten most important travel items. With a vast majority admitting to their smartphone addiction, it is no surprise that tech-savvy Singaporeans have also ranked their beloved mobile device in second place, just behind the ever-important passport. While sunscreen and swimwear came in fourth and fifth place respectively, the gym kit was placed tenth, demonstrating Singaporetravellers’ preference to keep their holidays laidback and restful.

Top ten most important travel items for Singaporeans:

RANK

TRAVEL ITEM

1

Passport

2

Smartphone

3

Travel insurance

4

Sunscreen

5

Travel guide

5

Swimwear

7

Sunglasses

8

Deodorant

9

Razor

10

Gym Kit

When it comes to which countries are most likely to exaggerate their holiday experiences, China came top of the pile with 67% of respondents likely to lie to friends and family when returning home. Close behind in second place was Germany with 64%, and Korea in third place with just under half (48%) admitting they would embellish a story to impress others. On the contrary, Singapore travellers came in 11th place, with just a third (35%) admitting to bragging about their adventures.

Countries most likely to exaggerate their holiday experience

RANK

COUNTRY

% VOTES

RANK

COUNTRY

% VOTES

1

CHINA

67%

15

FINLAND

29%

2

GERMANY

64%

15

COLOMBIA

29%

3

KOREA

48%

17

NORWAY

28%

4

SPAIN

47%

18

FRANCE

25%

5

THAILAND

46%

19

US

24%

6

TAIWAN

44%

19

ITALY

24%

7

INDIA

40%

21

NEW ZEALAND

20%

8

RUSSIA

37%

21

CANADA

20%

9

NETHERLANDS

36%

23

AUSTRALIA

19%

9

JAPAN

36%

23

DENMARK

19%

11

SINGAPORE

35%

25

SWEDEN

14%

12

IRELAND

34%

26

ARGENTINA

12%

13

UK

31%

27

HONG KONG

9%

14

BRAZIL

30%

28

MEXICO

8%

Zoe Chan of Hotels.com said, “Going away on holiday should be a time to take stock and unwind, whether you’re lying on a beach in Lombok or snowboarding down a mountain in South Korea. Although smartphones do have their plus points while on leave from work, such as using them to check the weather or view maps, it seems travellers can afford to switch off a little more and really disconnect. Not only does this allow them to truly take a mental break from work, it also enables them to achieve that much needed work-life balance.”

– Ends –

Notes to Editors:

*2,495 respondents surveyed in July 2014 across 28 countries.
Issued on behalf of Hotels.com by LEWIS Public Relations

About Hotels.com

Hotels.com is a leading online accommodation booking website operated by Hotels.com, LP. with nearly 325,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. Regular customer e-newsletters provide exclusive offers and advance warning of up-coming sales. There are more than 11 million reviews on the site from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through its industry-leading loyalty program — Welcome Rewards — customers can earn a free night at more than 100,000 hotels for every 10 nights stayed, subject to the terms and conditions set onwww.hotels.com. Under its Best Price Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will refund the difference, subject to the terms and conditions set out on www.hotels.com. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centres. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at http://www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_sg/ enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals.

Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hotelscomSG and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/HotelsAPAC/.

Hotels.com, LP. is part of Expedia, Inc., one of the world’s largest online travel companies with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world’s best-known brands.

Source: Hotels.com

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August 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm

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Care-Energy Founds Branch in Beirut for the Middle East

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HAMBURG, Germany /CNW/ – “Decentralised environmentally friendly energy supply and the donation of social housing form sustainable humanitarian work”

– Cross reference: Picture is available at epa european pressphoto agency (http://www.epa.eu) andhttp://www.presseportal.de/pm/80959/

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The supply of energy in the Middle East is expensive and even impossible in many places due to the lack of infrastructure. Anything that was working has been destroyed in recent wars and military operations, as happened to the only power plant in Palestine. Setting up an energy supply based on an independent, decentralised system that does not require raw materials would therefore offer significant advantages to the local population. Hamburg energy supplier Care-Energy is now looking to change this situation and bring the people energy independence. After successful international projects in Africa and Asia to supply hospitals, schools and private homes, its Beirut office is now to start operations to supply people in the Middle East with energy.

Care-Energy will deliver its products by sea from Hamburg to the Port of Beirut . The photovoltaic systems with storage and infrastructure facilities – CareCel – are designed to provide an independent energy supply, without a power grid, for households, institutions such as schools and hospitals, and businesses. During shipping, only the new ISO containers and OSB panels will be employed as packaging materials, and these will then remain in the country to build social housing after their one-time use for the transportation.

Martin Richard Kristek , owner and CEO of Care-Energy, says: “In the poorest countries of the world, the absence of a grid infrastructure means that people either spend a huge part of their income on mostly diesel-generated, and therefore toxic and vulnerable, power supplies, or have no energy supply at all. Starting in Lebanon , we will show how this can be changed. Helping Hands are currently planning deliveries of the CareCel energy supply system from Hamburg to areas in Palestine.

Our CareCel systems, which we have developed in-house, have been successfully tested in schools, hospitals and residential buildings, and we are now launching them in countries in the Middle East , starting with Lebanon . For the client, there is the option to buy the CareCel system or to pay off the cost with the energy it delivers. Basically, it is the same procedure we are already familiar with: paying off the cost based on the kWh delivered. Except that here the energy is produced locally by the CareCel system.

We are therefore enabling cheap and environmentally friendly power to be supplied, and we expect a long-term easing of the strain on transmission networks. At the same time we are offering businesses a significant improvement in their potential for growth and development by providing them with a reliable power supply.”

When presenting the plans for expansion in the Middle East , Martin Richard Kristek also emphasised Care-Energy’s strong social commitment on site: “We will take all the containers and OSB panels from the transportation and use them to build social housing. A container house system has been developed for this. The houses built with these containers and OSB panels will be given to the many needy people in these regions via social housing construction projects. And of course we will also supply these social residences with environmentally friendly energy from our own systems. We are explicitly uniting our economic commitment in the Middle East with the goals of environmental protection, sustainability, social commitment and support of the local economy. The more people are supplied with CareCel, the more social residences there will be, because every transported container also represents one more house.”

Care-Energy Lebanon is a non-independent branch office of Care-Energy Holding GmbH; it is managed by branch head Roland Ayoub together with Martin Richard Kristek .

The video documents what the energy supply of tomorrow looks like in Ghana / Africa and how it has already been implemented by Care-Energy today. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T33Anc5af0k

The photos illustrate what Care-Energy container houses can look like when in use. Link:http://www.care-energy.de/index.php/energiesparhaus/care-energy-box.html

SOURCE mk-group Holding GmbH

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Contact:
Press contact: Care-Energy Holding GmbH, Marc März, Dkfm. (Business Graduate), Phone: +49(0)151/42260332, marc.maerz@care-energy.de

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August 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

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All-new XC90 will be the First Volvo Built on the Company’s new Scalable Product Architecture

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden /PRNewswire/ — Volvo’s all-new XC90 — which will be launched in two weeks’ time in Stockholm — will be the first car in its range to be built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular chassis technology developed in-house.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
http://www.multivu.com/mnr/7276252-volvo-XC90-first-scalable-product-architecture

XC90 Front view: Volvo XC90 Front view - Front view of the all-new XC90, including the distinctive new T-shaped running lights.
XC90 Front view: Volvo XC90 Front view – Front view of the all-new XC90, including the distinctive new T-shaped running lights.

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SPA has been under in-house development at Volvo for the past four years and is the cornerstone of the company’s ongoing USD 11bn transformation plan. It will be introduced with the all-new XC90 and then rolled out across the product range in future.

The benefits of SPA are twofold.

First, the flexibility of SPA liberates Volvo’s engineers and designers, allowing them to devise and introduce a wide range of new and alluring design features at the same time as improving driveability, introducing world-first safety features, offering the latest connected car technologies and creating more interior space.

“SPA and the XC90 are firm evidence of our Volvo-by-Volvo strategy. The XC90’s outstanding combination of luxury, space, versatility, efficiency and safety will bring the SUV segment into a new dimension, just as the original XC90 did in 2002,” says Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research and Development of Volvo Car Group.

Secondly, SPA will change the way Volvo builds cars in future by allowing a wide range of cars, powertrains, electrical systems and technologies — all of differing complexity — to be fitted on the same architecture, generating significant economies of scale.

The new SPA chassis technology reduces weight and improves weight distribution, improving driving pleasure without compromising on ride comfort.

“SPA gives us a fresh technological start. Around 90 per cent of the components in the all-new XC90 and upcoming models are new and unique. We are raising the bar to the very top of the premium league when it comes to quality and technology level in every vital area,” says Dr Mertens.

With SPA, previous design limitations in areas such as wheelbase, overhang, vehicle height and the height of the front are removed.

“This has created greater freedom for us to design cars with a confident stance, dynamic proportions and a number of distinctive design signatures. Our three recent concept cars have demonstrated this capability. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly when it is revealed in two weeks,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car Group.

The new face of Volvo: ‘Thor’s Hammer’ running lights

Today, for the first time, Volvo is revealing images of the front end or ‘face’ of the new XC90 SUV, which is distinguished by its T-shaped running lights, christened ‘Thor’s Hammer’ by the design team after the shape of the hammer used by the famous Norse god of thunder Thor.

“Anyone who looks in their rear-view mirror is going to know immediately that there is a new XC90 behind them,” says Mr Ingenlath. “The XC90 is a car that has presence on the road.”

Note to Editors:

A picture accompanying this release is available through the PA Photowire. It can be downloaded fromhttp://www.pa-mediapoint.press.net or viewed at http://www.mediapoint.press.net orhttp://www.prnewswire.co.uk.

Stefan Elfstrom
Media Relations Manager
Corporate Communications
Volvo Car Corporation
Dept. 50250/PVH50
Goteborg
Sweden
Telephone +46-31-3251878

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Source: Volvo Car Corporation

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August 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm

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BBC Selects Mindtree for Digital Testing Services

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BANGALORE, India and LONDON  /PRNewswire/ —

– Multi-year, multi-million contract awarded as part of the BBC digital services framework initiative

Mindtree, a global information technology services company, announced that it has been selected by BBC to test a range of its digital products.

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As part of this non-exclusive engagement, Mindtree will deliver and support testing of digital products and applications. Digital products include applications and websites that run on a wide variety of digital and broadcast platforms. Some of them are desktop computers, mobile devices, cloud, integrated digital TV, internet protocol TV, terrestrial, cable, satellite TV and the web.

Mindtree testing services will include functional, non-functional, test management, exploratory, automation and load testing. BBC selected Mindtree for its testing capabilities, test tools expertise and the ability to effectively deliver the engagement.

Ramesh Menon, Senior Vice President and Head of Technology & Media, Mindtree said, “We are excited to be part of the BBC digital services framework. Millions of citizens globally benefit from BBC and we hope to enrich their experience with our superior digital testing capabilities.”

Richard Smith, Head of Market Engagement, BBC covers the program details on digital services framework at his blog.

About Mindtree

Mindtree [NSE: MINDTREE; CIN: L72200KA1999PLC025564] delivers technology services and accelerates growth for Global 1000 companies by solving complex business challenges with breakthrough technical innovations. Mindtree specializes in e-commerce, mobility, cloud enablement, digital transformation, business intelligence, data analytics, testing, infrastructure, EAI and ERP solutions. We are among the fastest growing technology firms globally with more than 200 clients and offices in 14 countries.

Visit us at http://www.mindtree.com.

For more information, contact:

Sweta Mohanty
Mindtree
+91-98865-20141
Sweta_Mohanty@mindtree.com

Kiran Farooque
PPR Worldwide
+44(0)207-300-6181
Kiran.Farooque@pprww.com

Siddhartha Tanti
Genesis Burson-Marsteller
+91-99863-62435
Siddhartha.Tanti@bm.com

Pamela Fieldhouse
PPR Worldwide
+44(0)207-300-6181
Kiran.Farooque@pprww.com

David Barkoe
Max Borges Agency
+1-305-374-4404 x167
davidbarkoe@maxborgesagency.com

Mindtree Limited, Global Village, RVCE Post, Mysore Road, Bangalore-560059; CIN: L72200KA1999PLC025564; Phone: +91-80-6706-4000; Fax: +91-80-6706-4100; E-mail: info@mindtree.com / investors@mindtree.com; Website: http://www.mindtree.com

Source: Mindtree

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August 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

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Canvas Network Announces Minecraft MOOCs and App in a Suite of 15 MOOCs for K-12 Teachers, Students and Parents

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— App allows teachers to link Minecraft accounts to Canvas to automatically sync in-game actions with grades and assignments in Canvas
— New suite also includes a MOOC with NASA for students and a Maker Movement MOOC for teachers

 

SALT LAKE CITY /PRNewswire/ — Learning technology company Instructure, the creator of the Canvas learning management system for K-12 and higher education, today announced a major new experiment in K-12 learning by unveiling a suite of more than 15 MOOCs for teachers, students and even parents on its Canvas Network platform. The most ambitious collection of K-12 MOOCs to date, the suite includes two Minecraft MOOCs that aim to help teachers leverage gamification best practices in the classroom. Enrollment is free and open for registration for anyone in the world at canvas.net.

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“Even young kids have gotten very adept at Minecraft, so it can be quite intimidating for teachers,” said Jason Schmidt, an instructional technologist for Bennington Public Schools who will teach the four-week MinecraftEdu MOOC. “If I can help get teachers over that hump, imagine how delighted students will be to have a learning environment tailored to their interests for a change.”

Instructure is also releasing a Minecraft app for Canvas, which allows students to link their Minecraft account to Canvas and use in-game actions to submit assignments. For instance, students can tag locations of their creations for teachers to visit and explore. Contents of books students write in Minecraft will automatically be loaded into the Canvas SpeedGrader. Teachers can even use Redstone, Minecraft’s in-game circuitry tool, to create automatically graded assignments.

“MOOCs have the power to tear down walls and bring our brightest contemporaries together,” said Melissa Loble, senior director of Canvas Network at Instructure. “Through Minecraft and other engaging forums, we want to help teachers and students come together to advance education everywhere.”

With courses ranging from a Mars mission simulator as taught by NASA to a DIY-focused course that teaches fabrication and circuitry to budding makers, the free Canvas Network offerings bring the power and versatility of online learning to the classroom as well as the home. To this end, Noblesville School District is teaching Canvas Network’s first-ever MOOC designed for parents, titled, “Parenting in the Digital Age.”

“Parental involvement in K-12 education has one of the biggest impacts on a child’s commitment to learning,” said Jared Stein, vice president of Research and Education at Instructure. “We’re launching the industry’s first-ever MOOC for parents to help them understand education in a digital world.”

Instructure sought partnering institutions that could help demonstrate the full potential of open online learning. It has already seen notable success with creative approaches to education. Last year, it partnered with the University of California, Irvine and AMC to produce a MOOC based on the hit TV show “The Walking Dead.” This course attracted more than 65,000 users around the world.

In total, seven MOOCs for teachers are launching on Canvas Network today, including:

  1. Digital Literacies 1
  2. Digital Literacies 2
  3. Five Habits of Highly Effective Teachers
  4. Getting Started with MinecraftEDU
  5. Minecraft for Educators
  6. Teachers without Borders: Educating Girls
  7. Tinker, Make and Learn

In addition, seven MOOCs for students will launch on Canvas Network, including:

  1. College Foundations: Reading, Writing, and Math
  2. First Peoples to the Early Republic: Born in Colonialism
  3. Google Ninja
  4. NASA Space Center Houston’s “Mars: The Next Frontier”
  5. The Civil War Era
  6. The Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties
  7. The Great Depression to the War on Terror

About Canvas Network

Canvas Network offers open, online courses taught by educators everywhere. Powered by the Canvas learning management system, Canvas Network provides a place and platform where teachers, students and institutions worldwide can connect and chart their own course for personal growth, professional development and academic inquiry. Canvas Network is developed and supported by Instructure, an education technology company that partners with educators, institutions, and technologists to build open educational resources and break down barriers to learning.

To learn more or to enroll in any of the new K-12 MOOCs, visit canvas.net.

About Instructure

Instructure, Inc. developed the Canvas learning management system to make teaching and learning easier for everyone, everywhere. Canvas empowers learning in every context with open, usable SaaS technologies. And through Canvas Network, Instructure provides a cloud platform where teachers, learners and institutions worldwide can connect and chart their own course for personal growth, professional development and academic inquiry. Learn more at www.instructure.com.

Contacts

Devin Knighton, Director of Public Relations at Instructure
(801) 722-8187 | devin@instructure.com
Twitter: @devinknighton | www.instructure.com

Matt Reichman, Method Communications
(801) 461-9778 | matt@methodcommunications.com

Copyright © 2014, Instructure, Inc. All rights reserved. Instructure, Canvas and their respective logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of Instructure, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other brands and names may be claimed as the property of others.

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August 13, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Growing Demand for Online Analyzers with Lower Cost of Ownership

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — High operating and maintenance costs have consistently challenged customers of process analytical instrumentation, resulting in a shift toward implementing solutions with lower cost of ownership. As a result, instrumentation vendors have incorporated cutting-edge technologies to deliver solutions that meet the needs of the market.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Process Analytical Instrumentation Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $2.8 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $3.8 billion by 2020.

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High costs and difficult implementation are two of the biggest challenges for customers. Additionally, lack of skilled technicians with expertise for maintenance and implementation of technology adds to woes of the end user. Going forward, there will be growing emphasis on flexibility and adaptability of process analytical instruments to enable easy installation and detachment from the process for maintenance purposes.

As process analyzers must be removed from the process for frequent maintenance, equipment downtime increases, seriously affecting the profitability of the customer, especially in competitive markets such as oil and gas. Response time is also slow for certain process analytical techniques such as chromatographs which impacts overall measurement time.

To overcome this challenge, manufacturers must develop analyzer technologies that do not require frequent maintenance and have a faster response time. Consequently, process analyzers based on tunable diode laser spectroscopy techniques represent the fastest growing segment in the overall process analytical instrumentation market.

Vendors must simplify the user interface of process analyzers to simplify the instruments’ usability for their customers’ benefit. The instrument should also incorporate automated features such as barcode readers to reduce need for manual intervention. Customers are looking for process analyzers that can deliver powerful performances similar to capabilities of laboratory analytical instrumentation.

Global Process Analytical Instrumentation Market is part of the Measurement & Instrumentation(http://www.testandmeasurement.frost.com ) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Analysis of the Indian Laboratory Analytical Instrumentation Market, Chinese Laboratory Analytical Instrumentation Market, Analysis of the Southeast Asia Process Analytical Instrumentation Market, and Analysis of the United States Water and Wastewater Analytical Instrumentation Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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August 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm

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Aimia forms global strategic partnership with Fractal Analytics, an advanced analytics company

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MONTREAL /PRNewswire/ – Aimia, a global leader in loyalty management, has formed a strategic long-term partnership with Fractal Analytics, a leading provider of advanced analytics. The exclusive commercial agreement will deepen Aimia’s analytics capabilities, extending its unparalleled customer insights to deliver a more comprehensive understanding of consumer behavior and improve marketing return-on-investment. It will also extend Aimia’s loyalty expertise to Fractal’s existing clients. As part of the partnership, Aimia is making a minority equity investment in Fractal.

The partnership expands Aimia’s analytics operations, giving it access to best-in-class analytics to enhance its current core capabilities and the opportunity to rapidly embed some of Fractal’s existing predictive analytics solutions such as Customer Genomics® into Aimia’s loyalty solutions.  It will also allow more rapid development of new offerings leveraging rich customer data across its programs, products and regions.

“This strategic partnership gives Aimia dedicated access to specialized and scarce top talent as our global analytics business continues to grow,” said Eric Monteiro, Chief Strategy and Analytics Officer, Aimia, who will join Fractal’s board of directors as part of the equity investment.  “Fractal brings a mature and experienced team of sophisticated analytics professionals to meet the complex needs of our clients.”

“CMOs across industries increasingly recognize the importance of deeply understanding their customers and hyper-personalizing their experience to inspire their loyalty,” said Srikanth Velamakanni, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fractal Analytics. “Our partnership with Aimia gives companies access to the world’s best loyalty analytics expertise.”

Founded in 2000, Fractal provides advanced analytics to more than 50 Fortune 1,000 global companies. Fractal has 13 offices across the globe and expects to grow its global headcount from 700 to more than 1,000 by the end of 2014.

About Aimia

Aimia Inc. (“Aimia”) is a global leader in loyalty management. Employing more than 4,300 people in 20 countries worldwide, Aimia offers clients, partners and members proven expertise in launching and managing coalition loyalty programs, delivering proprietary loyalty services, creating value through loyalty analytics and driving innovation in the emerging digital, mobile and social communications spaces.

Aimia owns and operates Aeroplan, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, Nectar, the United Kingdom’s largest coalition loyalty program, Nectar Italia, and Smart Button, a leading provider of SaaS loyalty solutions. In addition, Aimia owns stakes in Air Miles Middle East, Travel Club, Spain’s leading coalition loyalty program, Club Premier, Mexico’s leading coalition loyalty program, China Rewards, the first coalition loyalty program in China that enables members to earn and redeem a common currency,  Think Big, the owner and operator of BIG – AirAsia and Tune Group’s loyalty program, Brazil’s Prismah Fidelidade and i2c, a joint venture with Sainsbury’s offering insight and data analytics services in the UK to retailers and suppliers.  Aimia also holds a minority position in Cardlytics, a US-based private company operating in card-linked marketing,  Aimia is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (AIM.TO). For more information, visit us at www.aimia.com.

About Fractal Analytics

Fortune 500 companies recognize analytics is a competitive advantage to understand customers and make better decisions. Fractal Analytics delivers insight, innovation and impact to them through predictive analytics and visual story-telling.

Fractal Analytics’ flagship Customer Genomics® solution helps marketers learn complex customer behavior at an individual level. Its proprietary pattern recognition and machine-learning algorithms learn from every transaction and customer interaction, including social media, to help marketers build a complete view of individual customers across attitudinal and behavioral dimensions. In June of 2013, global private equity firm TA Associates acquired a minority stake in the company for an investment of $25 million, and in May of 2013, information technology and research advisor Gartner named Fractal as one of the top five “Cool Vendors in Analytics.” Learn more atwww.fractalanalytics.com

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