Introducing the i-lab

first_imgWhen Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard earlier this month to recruit for Facebook, there was one stop he added to his schedule — and it wasn’t his old Kirkland House dorm.Rather, Zuckerberg made an unexpected detour to visit the new Harvard Innovation Lab, or i-lab.On Friday, the concept that so intrigued America’s most famous social networker drew a crowd of hundreds to the official public opening of the lab, located at 125 Western Ave. Harvard President Drew Faust, along with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria, and a host of University deans and administrators involved with the i-lab’s development, welcomed students, faculty, staff, and members of the Allston community for remarks, a ribbon cutting, and an afternoon of self-guided tours.The event was the first communitywide celebration of the new space, which has been buzzing with entrepreneurial activity since September. (The building, previously empty, once housed WGBH.) The i-lab — which sprouted quickly after Menino’s January 2010 call for building an “innovation agenda” in Boston and its universities — is designed to foster team-based innovation at Harvard and deepen ties among students, faculty, and the Boston business community.Harvard President Drew Faust (left) and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino did the official ribbon cutting at the opening of the Harvard Innovation Lab in Allston.“Before the i-lab, students like Mark connected and collaborated wherever they could find space,” Faust said. “Mentors mentored, and networks networked, and speakers spoke, and each of these things was happening. But now they can happen in one place.“We are gathering great minds under a single roof so that they can become greater together,” she said.The lab includes academic space, such as classrooms and meeting areas for both undergraduate and graduate students. It also provides public areas and meeting rooms designed to foster project work, as well as business development resources for Allston-Brighton and greater Boston — a population full of entrepreneurs that Harvard seeks to both help and tap into.In January 2010, Menino called for “a new era of shared innovation fueled by Boston’s combination of ingenuity and perseverance.” His words seemed to spark unusually quick action. Already, the waterfront innovation district he envisioned has attracted 90 businesses that provide 3,000 jobs, he said.“Boston is a place where big ideas are born, because we have the talent to make those ideas a reality,” Menino said. “Harvard’s new i-lab will play an essential role in fostering those new ideas.”He called on the i-lab to build connections among local businesses and University researchers, students, faculty, and surrounding neighborhoods. The Center for Women & Enterprise, the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, and the Small Business Administration have already agreed to offer one-on-one coaching, workshops, and training sessions through the i-lab, according to Menino.“I think this is a really exciting day for the Allston community, for the University and the entrepreneurs and innovators across the city of Boston,” Menino said. “The guys in Cambridge will need a passport to get here, but we’ll let them in every once in a while.”Menino (from left) talks with Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria and Joseph Lassiter, professor of management practice, during the opening ceremonies.The i-lab represents a promise not just to the rest of Boston, but to would-be innovators and entrepreneurs around Harvard looking to connect with like-minded collaborators, Nohria told the crowd.“President Faust has been steadfast in her belief that Harvard acting as one University can achieve more than any student or faculty or School can achieve individually,” Nohria said. “The i-lab is in some ways the physical and tangible representation of that belief.”He cited recent talks at the i-lab by renowned Spanish chef and entrepreneur Ferran Adrià, “Lean Startup” guru Eric Ries, and Peter Thiel, technology entrepreneur and the founder of PayPal. Hosting those lectures and other workshops and events, the i-lab welcomed more than 4,000 guests in September and October alone.“The i-lab, indeed even the idea of the i-lab, has caused new things to happen within the University,” Nohria said. “More than anything, it represents a wonderful spirit of ‘Why not?’ and ‘How about?’ ”That spirit was on full display in the i-lab’s main workspace, roped off behind a ceremonial red ribbon. After Faust and Menino cut the tape, guests poured in to tour the sunny, free-flowing space (Xbox gaming room and fully stocked snack fridge included) and to talk with student and alumni entrepreneurs who have been using the i-lab to work on their startups.In one area, Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow Laurent Adamowicz and his team of students and recent graduates explained their personalized mobile application for healthy eating, Bon’App.  Around a corner, Lei Guo, a graduate student in statistics, and Vladimir Bok, a College sophomore studying computer science, explained Coco Voice, their iPhone app for sending quick, short voice messages (“like instant voicemail”).“We just met last weekend,” Guo said, referring to the i-lab’s recent Startup Weekend, a 54-hour scramble where 120 students gathered to pitch their ideas and develop business plans. “I presented my concept and we figured out a marketing plan the next day. …We’ve been coming here every day since then, sometimes until 1 a.m.”The i-lab demonstrates Harvard’s potential to bring disparate parts of the University together, said Provost Alan Garber, who arrived at Harvard in September.The Harvard Innovation Lab in Allston held an open house on Friday to mark its official ribbon-cutting ceremony.“My first reaction when I saw the i-lab was ‘I’ve come to the right place,’ ” Garber said as he toured the facilities. “A lot of people are interested in working more collaboratively across the boundaries of the University. … But that is much easier to do around something that’s concrete. What’s easier still is when you can see examples of success.”Gordon Jones, director of the i-lab, and the i-lab’s faculty chair, Joseph Lassiter, MBA Class of 1954 Professor of Management Practice at HBS, milled about answering questions for guests.“Today is a day of celebration,” Jones said. “Tomorrow, we’ll hit the ground running.” [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SJRly9c_qc]last_img read more

3 ways to navigate the coronavirus crisis

first_img continue reading » COVID-19 is changing the way businesses serve customers and protect employees. On recommendation of the federal government, companies are implementing remote service and staffing strategies; people are avoiding public spaces and declining to congregate in groups of 10 or more. All this to slow the spread of a virus with no cure or vaccination and with no assurance the efforts will help.In uncertain times like this, people want to know their money is safe. And, they want to know they can access it when they need it.  Just as they have for the past 100 years, credit unions are taking care of their members. Although the current environment is springing unprecedented challenges on leaders nearly every day, there are lessons from the past that apply to the present. Here are three.Take A Closer Look At Local AidWhen Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle in October 2018, it destroyed houses and power lines and disrupted all sense of normalcy in Bay County. More than six months later, the area was still struggling to recover. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mayor David: Binghamton 2021 budget passes

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Office of Mayor Richard David has announced they have passed the city’s 2021 budget. “As municipalities find themselves in compromised positions, Binghamton is faring better — not only because of the decisions we made in response to the pandemic, but because of years of proactive decisions when the economy was strong,” Mayor David said. Thursday night, Mayor David released a statement saying the City Council passed the Binghamton 2021 budget in a bipartisan fashion. Mayor David said the budget maintains a commitment to public safety and infrastructure, as well as other essential services, while also protecting homeowners and small businesses by holding the line on property taxes. center_img Officials said the budget is a map for delivering essential government services and tackling challenges that residents expect to be taken on by the local government. To see the 2021 City of Binghamton budget, click here.last_img read more

Trump’s legal battles: How six cases may play out

first_imgOne clause requires all federal officials, including the president, to seek the consent of Congress before accepting any benefits from foreign states. What we know: It’s a “political hit job”, a Trump Organization lawyer said of Mr Vance’s inquiry in August 2019. Ms Carroll v Mr Trump seemed straightforward enough until September, when the US Department of Justice weighed in. What might happen next: The White House said Ms Trump’s book was full of “falsehoods”, but Mr Trump is yet to reply to the lawsuit. So what does this have to do with Mr Trump? Cohen’s testimony gave Ms James grounds to seek information about Mr Trump’s property empire. Like Mr Vance, Ms James has had to fight for that information in the courts. media captionTrump describes allegations he avoided taxes as “fake news” What might happen next: Mr Trump is expected to appeal against the demand to hand over his tax returns in the Supreme Court. There, the matter may be settled. Civil investigations like this can result in financial penalties, if evidence of wrongdoing is found. If it is, another criminal inquiry cannot be ruled out. Karen McDougal

Mermaid Beach unit attracts strong interest

first_img8/93 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach.Mr Maguire said the property had originally been listed for sale at $1.2 million.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHe said there had been strong interest in the apartment with three-bedroom beachfront apartments often difficult to find for buyers.“In this case the buyer was from Brisbane and he had lived at the Paloma building during the 1990s, so he knew the benefits of the building’s location,’’ Mr Maguire said.“He drove down to the Gold Coast for the first open house and made an offer on the sameday.” 8/93 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach.A BRISBANE buyer who lived in an apartment building on the Gold Coast in the 1990s has bought back into the same building more than 20 years later.The east-facing apartment in the Paloma building at 8/93 Albatross Ave sold for $1.25 million through Matt Maguire of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach. 8/93 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach.The Paloma development sits on a 2428 sqm site and has 37m of beachfront.The buyer intends to use the apartment as a weekender and as a holiday home.“The apartment is in excellent condition and offered the buyer the epitome of the Mermaid Beach lifestyle,’’ he said.“Mermaid Beach is really one of the Gold Coast’s best locations because it is so close to everything including shopping, night-life and restaurants and yet it still retains a strong beachfront community feel.”center_img 8/93 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach.last_img read more

Rare US woman-to-woman HIV case

first_imgHealthLifestyle Rare US woman-to-woman HIV case by: – March 17, 2014 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share HIV (seen in red) is rarely transmitted between women through sexual contactUS health officials have published details of a rare case of suspected female-to-female HIV infection.A 46-year-old woman “likely acquired” the virus during a six-month monogamous relationship with a HIV-positive woman in Texas, said the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).She was infected with a strain that had a 98% genetic match to her partner’s.The virus can be transmitted when bodily fluids come into contact with cuts, abrasions and mucus membranes.“In this case, the discordant couple [one HIV-infected partner and one uninfected partner] routinely had direct sexual contact – without using barrier methods for protection – that involved the exchange of blood through abrasions received during sexual activity,” the CDC said in summary of ta weekly report.The originally uninfected partner is said to have had a history of heterosexual relationships but none during the past 10 years.She also had none of the other HIV exposure risks, including intravenous drug use.Her partner, a 43-year-old woman, had stopped taking antiretroviral drugs in 2010.BBC Newscenter_img Share Share 43 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Berahino boost for Baggies

first_imgWest Brom striker Saido Berahino is expected to be fit for the start of the new Barclays Premier League season after scans revealed no major damage to his knee. The Baggies’ performance director Dr Mark Gillett told the club’s official website, www.wba.co.uk: “Saido has got a ligamentous tear of his knee which does not require surgery, but careful rehabilitation for up to four weeks. “We are grateful to the England medical staff for putting Saido’s welfare first.” While the news may be positive for manager Tony Pulis, it could also prove encouraging for a series of his Premier League counterparts with Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle among those clubs linked with a move for the highly-rated player this summer. Berahino scored 20 goals last season, 14 of them in the league as West Brom finished in 13th place. Berahino was forced to withdraw from England’s European Under-21 Championship finals squad last week after suffering an injury in training, and returned to his club for a full assessment of the problem. Tests carried out on his right knee since have revealed a tear to one of the ligaments but nothing more serious and the Burundi-born 21-year-old faces weeks, rather than months, of rehabilitation without the need for surgery. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Corporate Nigeria Backs 2019 DOAMF Charity Golf

first_imgHe further affirmed a commitment to deliver better value to every participant and partner of the event.In all, about 190 players will be teeing off at the one day event. About half of the field will be drawn from the Qualifier that took place on March 2, 2019. The other half of the total number of players will be drawn from lady and veteran players, as well as from the list of the Foundation’s corporate and individual partners/sponsors, and guests.PricewaterhouseCoopers, Zenith Bank Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, Providus Bank, ARM Pension Managers, Radial Circle Group, Amni Petroleum, SEPLAT Petroleum, Channels Television, Silverbird Television, Grand OAK, Cappa & D’Alberto, SPAR (Park N’ Shop), Total E&P, Exxon Mobil, First Bank Nigeria PLC, Mixta Africa, Victoria Crown Plaza, Ikoyi Club 1938, Protea Hotel, and many more, have confirmed their sponsorship of the event. This is in addition to a growing list of individuals who continue to affirm their sponsorship support.Over 79,000 lives have been impacted from donations received by the Foundation.The DOAMF Charity Golf Tournament funds have been channeled to support social causes in specific areas of education, healthcare, and emergency intervention in the society.Proceeds from last year’s tournament enabled the Foundation to enrol 14 new children to its Scholarship Programme for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education, in addition to providing free medical screening and treatment for over a thousand children and adults of Wera Community, Ikorodu, and Alamala Community, Abeokuta, amongst other interventions.As is usual, this year’s tournament will be concluded with a prize giving/award Cocktail Party in the evening of the same day during which the Foundation will interact with and show appreciation to all its partners and donors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram More corporate organisations are signing up to support the ninth edition of the Daniel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial (DOAM) Foundation Charity Golf Tournament, the Final of which is set to hold on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos.According to the Coordinator of the DOAMF Charity Golf Tournament, Mr. Pat Bassey, the different levels of support offered by the sponsors will go a long way in helping the foundation reach its objective for 2019 of touching at least 5,000 lives.“The show of support is very much appreciated and we would gladly harness all resources for the benefit of the targeted vulnerable persons, in the areas of healthcare and education, The Foundation remains committed to maintaining the goodwill garnered through passionate consistency and accountability in all its dealings till now”.last_img read more

Men’s tennis star Josef Dodridge breaks into national ranking

first_imgWith so many sports happening during the fall, it can be easy for fans to overlook the University of Wisconsin tennis program, but Josef Dodgridge is trying to make it impossible.Dodridge, who is a senior entering his final season with the UW, has been working toward reaching the top of the collegiate competition ever since stepping onto Wisconsin soil four years ago. Coming from across the pond, the Brit already had been achieving a lot of success during his secondary years of school.Tennis: Wisconsin men’s, women’s teams prep for Big Ten TournamentBoth tennis programs of the University of Wisconsin will see first day action at their respective conference tournaments, set to Read…Before coming to the UW, Dodridge was one of the top players in England, and was ranked number one for his age category at 16 years old. One of the major reasons why former men’s tennis head coach Greg Van Emburgh recruited this young Brit was due to the wealth of talent and knowledge he could bring to the team due to his experiences playing in a more competitive European setting.“[Dodridge] was the number one British player in the 16’s and has always been one of the top players in England,” Emurgh told UW Athletics. “He had tremendous work ethic and is a great competitor with experience in many international tournaments. I am very confident his game will continue to grow and become a difference maker for our program.”During his first season with the Badgers, Dodridge spent much of his time playing in the No.1 singles spot for UW, going 6-6 during his time in that spot. It was during this season that Dodridge was also introduced to his eventual doubles partner Chema Carranza.The two would start the season off well, posting an 8-8 record that season and earning themselves the No.1 position for UW in doubles. By the time their spring season ended, the two would be ranked No.76 nationally, which is really impressive when you consider the fact both people were only in their first season of collegiate hockey.By the time his sophomore season had rolled around, Dodridge was becoming more comfortable with his role on the team and was really starting to make his name known among the American tennis world. During his sophomore year, the unranked Badger would manage to crush the No. 23 Matic Spec of Minnesota, No. 36 Ben Lott of Drake and No. 34 Thomas Colautti from Princeton.Even though he managed to take down some of the best opponents in men’s tennis, it was not enough for Dodridge to earn a ranking himself, and he would end the season with a 10-9 record. He would also spend his first season with a different doubles partner than the one he had before, but he and new partner Lamar Remy would still manage to find a winning grove between the two of them.Men’s tennis: Wisconsin finding success as noisy neighbor of Big TenIn contrast to the usually tame atmosphere of collegiate and professional tennis, the Wisconsin men’s tennis team is set to enter Big Ten play as Read…Dodridge and Remy would spend their first full year together anchoring down the No.1 spot in doubles for Wisconsin and would find relative success with one another. They would end the season with a 14-7 record, which would double the number of wins that Dodridge had earned during his freshman year.Now an upperclassmen and a leader among his team, Dodridge’s junior year would be a crucial one for him as he would not only attempt to replicate the success that he had found during his first two years at Wisconsin, but to also try and go above and beyond that success. It seemed as though Dodridge would find himself in many of the same positions he found himself in during the first two years of his career, entering the season unranked and facing the challenge of having to take on many ranked opponents.Dodridge managed to defeat Konrad Zieba of Northwestern, who was ranked No. 53 during the time of their match. Throughout the season, Dodridge would garner a career high of 24 wins, ending the season with a record of 24-18 overall and spending much of that time as Wisconsins No.1 singles player.Dodridge’s performance would help the team climb to the No. 28 spot overall that season, which would be the the first time that Wisconsin would end their season ranked this highly since 2010, when the Badgers ended their season ranked No. 23 nationally. Dodridge and his former doubles partner Carranza would also be reunited during their junior seasons, earning the No.1 position for men’s doubles at Wisconsin.The duo would start the season off well, but would really begin to impress people during the post season, when they would begin an impressive run in the Big Ten. Eventually the duo would wind up coming in second place in the Big Ten tournament, and would end the season with a final record of 18-11 overall and 7-2 in Big Ten play.Now entering his final season, Dodridge has one more chance to shine while here at UW, and he has managed to do something that he has never done in his career up until this point: Become a ranked player. The Oracle ITA preseason poll ranked the young Brit at the No. 93 spot overall, which is a first in his career.Men’s tennis: No. 36 Badgers gain valuable experience playing against nation’s bestThe match started rowdy, full of energy and exciting, but as quickly as those emotions filled members of the Wisconsin Read…Dodridge had been managing to make waves early this season as he has been winning or placing highly at many of the pre-season invitationals that he has attended. During the Harvard Chowder Fest Invitational, Dodridge not only brought home the gold in singles, but he and partner Carranza also brought home the gold in doubles as well.Because of his international ranking, Dodridge has not played a singles match since the Harvard tournament. He has already earned his spot in the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships, which means he now has time to focus on finding the same success for him and his partner Carranza in their doubles game.The Badgers have three more invitationals left in their fall season before taking some time off to prepare for the regular season come spring. Wisconsin is currently scheduled to head to Michigan next for the ITA Regional, during which Dodridge will finally be able to compete again in singles as well as doubles.Following Michigan, the Badgers will head to Minnesota for the school’s invitational, followed by the Wake Forest Invitational at the beginning of November. Wisconsin men’s tennis will begin their regular season against DePaul in January and there are great odds that Dodridge will be leading the team in the No.1 singles and doubles spot for that meet.last_img read more

H4X.gg becomes the official apparel supplier of ESL and Dreamhack events

first_imgEsports lifestyle brand H4X.gg has partnered with both ESL and DreamHack to become the official apparel supplier of several ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters and DreamHack events through 2018.This will kick off with ESL One in Katowice, Poland on February 24-25th. Moniker, Inc. is the company behind the introduction of H4X.gg (which incidentally is pronounced “hacks”) which’ll deliver ‘high quality performance wear and casual streetwear for esports athletes and fans’. Jon Gurman, MonikerThe H4X.gg line was developed by the team at BITKRAFT Esports Ventures. Moreover, this has been a project led by ESL founder Jens Hilgers, and Jon Wayne Gurman, an apparel and manufacturing professional with over 35 years in the game. With Mr.Hilgers involved, the project has some serious backing and that it has been announced as the official supplier to a number of major ESL and Dreamhack events is testament to this. Jon Gurman, CEO, Moniker commented: “Esports fans and players are warriors and athletes and deserve highly technical and practical gear coupled with the spirit and fashion of the lifestyle.“H4X.gg is inspired by the passion of competitive gamers, and reflects the mindset and aesthetic of esports champions.”Bernhard Mogk, SVP Global Sales & Business Development at ESL added: “We are very happy to partner with the first dedicated esports apparel brand designed specifically for fans and players. We’re incredibly excited to debut the line of performance gear at ESL One Katowice this month and roll out the entire line at future ESL events throughout 2018.”Interested parties and fashion and apparel lovers (we’re fans of the jacket in particular) can check out the first range of gear at H4X.gg. The collection will be available both online and through select ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) and DreamHack circuits through 2018.The esports apparel space is undoubtedly one that’s going to become more competitive in the near future, and Moniker have played it smart by partnering with BITKRAFT Ventures.Esports Insider says: Another project backed by Jens Hilgers and BITKRAFT. This makes it three announcements in as many weeks.  The official supplier status to the likes of select ESL Ones and IEM is a major win for the brand, and we’re excited to see what they come out with and what comes of the partnership at events.last_img read more