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Six Epstein School students in Sandy Springs placed took home awards March 9 at the 2019 Georgia Student Technology Competition, a statewide competition now in its 18th year. Students Heather Grant and Marion Kogon took home first place in the productivity design category for grades 5 and 6, according to an Epstein press release. Jordan…

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IT&N’s innovation to fast track student allowance payment – Mangosuthu University of Technology

The Department of Information Technology and Networks (IT&N) has collaborated with the University of Zululand (UniZulu) to create a new student allowance payment system. Applications Manager in the IT&N department, Sherwin Mudaly, said “the major benefit of the system was that students are now going to be paid in real time. It was developed to pay student allowance payments directly into the student bank account. It will replace a system that is still dependent upon manual work,” said Sherwin. The new system is expected to be implemented soon.
Other universities are already showing interest in using the new system and have made enquiries to the IT company Adapt IT who built the new system. Adapt IT has recognized the innovative thinking that stemmed between MUT and UniZulu, and has already rewarded MUT with 50 system development hours equivalent R74 000 in monetary terms. Sherwin said IT&N has already started the planning processes to use these hours for new ITS system innovations in to provide improved system work flow processes to the MUT community. Posted in MUT News

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How can we foster better, more empathetic communities? This is the question I brought with me a few weeks ago when I built “Conversation Kitchen” at the annual Civic Digital Fellowship Social Impact Hackathon.
Like many other recent college graduates, I’m daunted by the prospect of finding or creating communities outside of school. Today, more than ever, bonds between people are built online — whether that be through email listservs, Slack, or Facebook meme groups. While this online communication helps us keep in constant contact with faraway friends and coworkers, it’s difficult to build a deeper level of trust, empathy, and understanding through a computer screen. In creating “Conversation Kitchen,” our hackathon team sought to figure out the best way to foster these empathy-building, in-person interactions.
As a Civic Digital Fellow this summer, I’ve had the opportunity to see the benefits of being part of an empathetic community first hand. Living and working together with the other Fellows has given us many opportunities to learn more about each others’ experiences and perspectives both in civic tech, and in a broader context.
As someone who comes to the world of civic tech from the private sector, learning about how other folks have experienced technology through non-profits, startups, and government agencies has greatly broadened my own perspectives. Incorporating these ideas into my own set of beliefs has only been possible because of the trust I have for others in our community.
Fostering this underlying trust is essential in learning from, and empathizing with, other members of the cohort. Whether it be for an activist group, or a neighborhood association, creating stronger bonds between members results in a more empathetic and successful community.
Through our hackathon project “ Conversation Kitchen ,” we sought to apply this principle of trust building to create empathy between groups of people with opposing viewpoints. Our goal was to foster strong communities between folks who would not otherwise come together due to their opposing beliefs. Our application creates groups by ensuring a variety of viewpoints on a given topic, as well as a variety of personality traits that may impact the role individuals have in their groups (e.g. leadership or stubbornness).
We used current debates over DC Transit as a first dividing issue. We asked questions about people’s opinions on funding and accessibility of transit to form groups of people who disagree on these issues and build empathy between them. We imagine our web app being used in the future to connect folks on different sides of more contentious national political issues. Conversation Kitchen would be a useful tool in any situation in which there is a lack of empathy between folks who have differing perspectives.
We focused on blending online conversation with offline communities by organizing and encouraging small-group in-person meetups. We ask folks who join a group to first work on building rapport, then move onto more difficult conversations once trust has been built within the group.
Spending part of a weekend brainstorming and developing a community and empathy-building tool was an exciting and mind-opening experience. Working on this with other members of the Civic Digital Fellowship, each with their own expertise and passions, made that experience even better.
As I finish up the fellowship this summer and move onto my next adventure, I hope to build upon what I’ve learned from this project by helping to foster empathy and trust in whatever community I become part of next.
Alberta Devor is a 2019 Civic Digital Fellow working at the General Services Administration. She is a recent graduate of Brown University with a degree in Computer Science.

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IOTA Links with STMicroelectronics to Accelerate IoT Technology Integration

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BERLIN, GERMANY (July 23, 2019) — The IOTA Foundation , a not-for-profit organization delivering the world’s first scalable, feeless and fully-decentralized distributed ledger technology, is working with STMicroelectronics , a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, to create a new level of powerful, seamless and cost-effective access to Internet of Things (IoT) functionality.
The cornerstone of this cooperation is the integration of the IOTA Tangle, a fee-free, peer-to-peer technology solution, into ST’s STM32Cube expansion software for the industry-leading STM32 32-bit MCU ecosystem, the X-CUBE-IOTA1 .
The relationship will deliver Internet of Things integration capabilities to the ST user community, allowing customers to easily and quickly create and prototype new IoT solutions for single or multiple devices. As important, developers can work while enjoying the ability to develop systems, environments, products and services with IOTA functionality and the power of the Tangle’s distributed, highly scalable peer-to-peer network and feeless structure.
“By enabling IOTA functionalities via the X-CUBE-IOTA1 expansion software for STM32Cube software technology, developers can now easily include IOTA features and capabilities in their IoT devices and create valuable applications using the STM32 Open Development Environment, which combines the STM32 32-bit microcontroller family with other state-of-the-art ST components,” said Alessandro Cremonesi, STMicroelectronics VP System Research and Application.
The IoT-enhanced solution will give key industries such as energy, logistics and others advanced performance capabilities in critical areas, including sensing, power management, connectivity, and audio. Developers using STM32 will have the ability to transmit, buy and sell relevant data through embedded technologies like Bluetooth® LE at low cost, with an easy, robust solution.
“With specialized hardware playing such an integral role in the Internet of Things market adoption, it is exciting to work with such partners as ST to enhance IoT’s role as an innovation facilitator,” said Holger Köther, Director of Partner Management, IOTA Foundation. “The IOTA Foundation welcomes the opportunity to work with enterprise leaders like ST to expand our mission of moving beyond blockchain with the world’s first scalable, feeless and fully-decentralized DLT platform, partnered with the world’s leading technology firms.”
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About IOTA Foundation
IOTA is a global not-for-profit foundation incorporated and headquartered in Germany. The IOTA Foundation’s mission is to support the research and development of new distributed ledger technologies (DLT), including the IOTA Tangle. The Foundation encourages the education and adoption of distributed ledger technologies through the creation of ecosystems and the standardization of these new protocols.
The IOTA Tangle moves beyond blockchain by providing the world’s first scalable, feeless and fully-decentralized distributed ledger technology. The Tangle uses its own unique technology to solve three fundamental problems with blockchain technology: high fees, scaling and centralization. It is an open-source protocol connecting the human economy with the machine economy by facilitating novel Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interactions, including secure data transfer, fee-less micropayments, and secure access control for devices.
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EU-Korea Conference on Science and Technology (EKC2019) | EUREKA

This science and technology conference held annually in different European countries has become the most important scientific and social event, bringing scientists and engineers from Europe and Korea together.

This year, the 12th edition, entitled Science, Technology and Humanity: Advancement and Sustainability will include multilateral programs:

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Participants from industry, government policy makers, as well as academic scholars and researchers will present and discuss related scientific issues.
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EKC 2019 will especially promotes participation of young students to foster the next generation scientists.

The conference is hosted by the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Austria (KOSEAA) together with the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) and eight other Korean Scientists and Engineers Associations in Europe.

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Zomato, Pune Eatery Fined Rs. 55,000 for Serving Chicken Instead of Paneer | Technology News

A consumer court here slapped a Rs. 55,000 fine on food delivery platform Zomato along with a hotel for delivering non-vegetarian food to a lawyer who had ordered a vegetarian dish.

According to media reports, the consumer court directed Zomato to pay the fine within 45 days to city-based lawyer Shanmukh Deshmukh who was delivered non-veg food not just once, but twice.

He had ordered paneer butter masala but was delivered butter chicken instead.

“Since the curries of both dishes look alike, he didn’t realise it was a chicken dish and ate it,” said the reports.

According to Zomato, the lawyer complained against the food delivery platform to defame it as it had refunded his amount.

Zomato told the consumer forum that the error lay with the hotel which supplied the wrong dish, but the forum considered it to be equally guilty.

The hotel, however, admitted its mistake.

Zomato and the hotel were directed to pay Rs. 50,000 for deficiency in service and the remaining amount for mental harassment.

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