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Students Show Off Their Coding Know-How At Samsung Developer Conference

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Winners of Samsung Mobile App Academy join professional developers at the company’s annual conference in San Francisco

Student developers will stand alongside professionals at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco today. The students, chosen from the five winners of the 2015 Samsung Mobile App Academy, made apps to address issues in their local communities. Winning apps include an interactive pill chart to incentivize children with serious illness to take their medication, a system for diagnosing pulmonary illnesses and a game to teach kids coding.

A summer program held at universities across the country, Samsung Mobile App Academy offers students in grades 11 and 12 the opportunity to learn coding from actual developers and create a marketable app of their own. The goal is to help the students develop the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills critical to careers in the digital age. Participants are asked to focus their apps in one of four categories: health, education, environment and community investment/sustainability.

The five winners of the 2015 Samsung Mobile App Academy will be announced at the conference. They are:

  1. Emily Waite, a senior at Franklin High School in Franklin, Mass., won the Grand Prize, including a $20,000 scholarship, for her app Med Kid, which helps children who are seriously ill take their medications accurately.
  2. Maya Varma, a senior at Presentation High School in San Jose, Calif., won Second Prize, including a $10,000 scholarship, for her app iBreathe, which helps diagnose early five prevalent pulmonary illnesses.
  3. Quymbee Chen, a senior at Bronx High School of Science in Bronx, NY, won Third Prize, including a $5,000 scholarship, for her app Code Clash, a game for kids to learn code.
  4. Gayathri Sridhar, senior at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, Calif., won Fourth Prize, including a $1,000 scholarship, for her app Forte, which helps teens cope with depression.
  5. Noa Schwartz, a senior at Brookline High School in Brookline, Mass., won Fifth Prize, including a $500 scholarship, for her app Connexercise, designed to reinvent the workout experience.

In the Zone at the Conference

Grand Prize winner Emily Waite and Third Prize winner Quymbee Chen will present their apps to attendees at the third annual Samsung Developer Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on April 27 and 28. This year’s conference focuses on the Internet of Things, the interoperability between devices and applications, and virtual reality. Samsung Mobile App Academy winners will be stationed in the Innovator Zone on the showroom floor, with other talented students who participated in similar Samsung programs in regions around the world. The students also will meet Samsung professionals who develop software for a living, giving them the opportunity to meet leaders in STEM fields and likeminded innovators.

Waite got the idea for her digital pill chart from watching her cousin and friend, both with serious illnesses, have to take a lot of medication at the one time. “For my app, I wanted to create a fun way to incentivize children to take their medications,” said Waite. App users receive icon gifts when they take their medicine as well as complete doctor visits. Waite recently decided she will attend Cornell University in the fall and major in mechanical engineering.

Chen chose to make education the focus for her app, as she enjoys tutoring middle school students in computer science. She said: “I wanted to design an app that teaches kids how to code, but I wanted it to be fun, so I modeled it after a popular cartoon. The app trainer pushes the users to improve, while teaching them about computer science topics in ways kids can relate to.”

All five winners participated in the 2015 Samsung Mobile App Academy, attended by a total of 350 students nationwide. The program, which is free and attended by students who are required to go through an application process, lasted five days and focused on a custom coding curriculum. Last summer, Samsung Mobile App Academy programs were held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts; University of California Berkeley in Berkeley, California; Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey; Rice University in Houston, Texas; University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland; and University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

“These students are well on their way to mastering the art of app creation. They have shown their forward-thinking and creativity through their projects. We are excited to have them at our annual Samsung Developer Conference in recognition of their enthusiasm for STEM and for making a difference in the lives of people around them,” said Ann Woo, senior director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America.

For more than a decade, Samsung’s Hope for Children initiative has been focused on helping youth in underserved communities across the United States gain access to quality healthcare, technology resources and STEM education. In addition to Samsung Mobile App Academy, which started in 2011, the company also supports STEM education through other national programs, including the Solve for Tomorrow contest.

Learn more about the Samsung Developers Conference at www.sdc2016.com.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA delivers a broad range of digital consumer electronics, IT and home appliance products. Samsung is the market leader for HDTVs in the U.S and America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more of the award-winning products you love with Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com and for the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow on Twitter @SamsungNewsUS.

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies that redefine the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space with the open platform SmartThings, our broad range of smart devices, and through proactive cross-industry collaboration. We employ 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, and for the latest news, feature articles and press material, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at news.samsung.com

 

FIRST® LEGO® League Arabia Challenges Kids to Solve the World’s Waste Problem

The 2016 FIRST® LEGO® League Arabia Open will be held this weekend at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon and in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton. More than 50 teams of children from eight Arab countries compete in this year’s ‘TRASH TREK Challenge’, working to find solutions to the world’s waste problem.

This year’s challenge is especially compelling for teams based in Lebanon, where for more than eight months, the capital city of Beirut has been congested with numerous unsanctioned public garbage mounds.

Ramez Shehadi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Booz Allen Hamilton MENA said, “Young people throughout our region must come to understand the critical importance of sustainability and be inspired and encouraged to make an impact. Studies in science, technology, engineering, health, and environment are just a few among many longer term directions they can take in pursuit of helping to create a better community.”

He continued, “This is not just the case in Lebanon or the region, but  across the world – we are all faced with profound sustainability challenges that are impacting our access to clean water and renewable energy and which are only further complicated by the issue of efficient waste management. We must continue to identify ways to create meaningful engagement with our youth – empowering them and enabling the progress they deserve. The FIRST® LEGO® League is a tremendous example of an  inclusive, challenging and exciting initiative that rallies young minds around a real world problem they are all intimately aware of.  I look forward to understanding more about the solutions brought forward.”

The FIRST® LEGO® League Arabia Open is the biggest regional robotics competition in the MENA region, organized annually under supervision of the Arab Robotics Association, an organization formed of FLL Operational Partners in the Arab World to help share their experiences and organize regional tournaments.

This year’s event represents Booz Allen Hamilton’s second successive year of close collaboration with the initiative in the region. Participants of all ages will benefit from direct interaction with senior Booz Allen consultants who will share knowledge and expertise as part of their commitment to developing the next generation of innovators.

Booz Allen employees around the globe regularly donate their free time in support of a broad range of STEM programs and mentorships like FIRST. Earlier this year, the firm joined the ranks as a designated FIRST® Strategic Partner—one of only 18 organizations to achieve such recognition.

Read more about FIRST.

Read more about Booz Allen Hamilton’s commitment to STEM.

Online Retailer EveryGirlClub Launches “SOB” Cause Rings to Help End Teen Bullying and Cyberbullying for Good

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Every year, over 3.2 million young students are subjected to bullying either in person or through Social Media. The very sad fact is that these young children are taking their lives only because they are taunted regarding their sexual preferences, weight, color, religion, class or creed.

EveryGirlClub has a very big problem with this and they want to stop the hurting – permanently.

“This is an honest testimonial, not a plug for our business. It is so sad to read almost every day that a child took their own life because of constant peer harassment. It is something that is very close to my heart and I felt I had to make an effort to help, in some way, to stop teen bullying,” said EveryGirlClub co-founder A’Leigh Rey. “These kids should feel free to be how they we born.”

EveryGirlClub has created a “Married to the Cause Ring” to benefit, 100% of net profits, to the STOMP Out Bullying campaign primarily. Charity wristbands have been historically popular to raise awareness to one’s cause, but EveryGirlClub decided to change things up.

“I think the rings are cool. The wristbands are great but a little ‘been there, done that’ we wanted to do something a bit different,” said Rey.

EveryGirlClub is an online subscription box company that provides monthly products for girls going through that tough transition of puberty, delivering discreet supplies of feminine hygiene/sanitary kits, disposable razors, acne kits and body odor solutions.

“Our cause rings come in a pack of three – small, medium and large, so people can share with their friends, to spread the word. Teen bullying needs to stop, and if there is anything we can do to help, we will. We need to stomp out bullying!” said Rey.

Please visit http://www.stompoutbullying.org and http://www.dosomething.org to support our mission. Thank you.

EveryGirlClub, LLC. offers one time and recurring monthly subscription orders of personal feminine sanitary and hygiene products. We ship worldwide. For more information please visit our website at: http://www.everygirlclub.comor email us at: everygirlclub@gmail.com

Employees Extend Holiday Cheer to More Than 37,200 K-12 Students

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As the holidays come to a close and students are returning to school, teachers across the country will have a special announcement for more than 37,200 students.  Their classroom project has been funded!

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of AT&T employees during the company’s holiday giving campaign; more than $200,000 was donated through employee’s gifts and the company’s match to fund projects on DonorsChoose.org. Through DonorsChoose.org, teachers post classroom projects that they need help funding. Once that project is funded, the resources are shipped directly to the school. AT&T’s support of DonorsChoose.org is part of the company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, which drives innovation in education to help students succeed in school and beyond.

Through this funding, students will be able to participate in classroom projects such as:

  • Learning the scientific process and collaboration by building and testing simple machines using LEGOs with a lab partner in Chicago.
  • Building a model home powered by the sun and wind with state-of-the-art data wireless sensors and a built-in graphing analysis application in Brown Deer, Wisconsin.
  • Partnering with a local artist who airbrushes and sells fishing tackle, to teach students the trade with their new airbrushes and glass fusion kiln in Kalkaska, Michigan.
  • Creating book clubs where dance students will be able to learn more about their craft by reading Michaela DePrince’s “Talking Flight” in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I am so proud of my fellow employees for supporting students and teachers this holiday season. I cannot wait to see what they accomplish during their second semester!

 

HP Inc. Transforms the Classroom with Technology Solutions to Personalize Instruction and Create Next-Generation Learning Experiences

 

 

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, January 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ – HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) today unveiled new PCs and software solutions designed for education that help support meaningful outcomes for students, teacher and communities. The new solutions and programs include:

HP Education Edition notebooks
HP School Pack Software 2.0
HP Sprout Pro by HP
HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom Program

HP photo“At HP, we believe that every student should be given the opportunity to be an inventive individual rather than a standardized product of a system,” said Gus Schmedlen, vice president, Education, Printing and Personal Systems, HP Inc. “HP is on a mission to enable teachers and students with tools that ‘un-standardize’ learning — making education a more unique experience for students that is more flexible, collaborative and dynamic.”

HP Education Edition Notebooks: Built for Schools. Designed for Learning
HP Education Edition Notebooks are built tough to withstand the rigors of daily academic use and designed for learning with Windows 10 and innovative tools to enhance instruction, engagement and active educational use.

HP Education Edition Notebooks features include:
Battery life designed for the classroom
Premium wireless for cloud-based LMS, assessments and online curricula1
Rugged construction to survive the classroom
Tools for active, educational use to enable teaching and learning out of the box

The HP ProBook 11 G2 Education Edition notebook is constructed using industrial co-molded rubber to protect against the rigors of the classroom and has up to 18 hours of battery life2 — this notebook is built to last. The powerful and versatile HP ProBook 11 EE is powered by Windows 10 and offers up to Intel® Core™ performance with an optional touchscreen, empowering breakthrough experiences miles beyond netbooks.

The HP Pro 310 x360 Convertible PC Education Edition with Windows 103 is blended learning ready with a rotational hinge allowing for four modes to suit any learning style: stand, tent, notebook and tablet. The Pro 310 x360 features an Intel® Celeron® or Pentium®processor4, and solid state storage up to 256 GB5.

HP School Pack 2.0 is an out-of-the box solution of digital tools and content exclusively for Windows devices designed for collaborative, standards-aligned, and personalized learning. School Pack 2.0 includes a host of instructional, management and supplemental tools. It is anchored by HP Classroom Manager Student Edition6 that allows teachers to manage classroom PCs and communicate seamlessly with students. Other software in HP School Pack 2.0 include: HP Adaptive Learning created by Fishtree, HP Prime Graphing Calculator App, Classlink Single Sign On, Codecademy for Learning How to Program, Corinth Classroom, Curriculum Matrix, the Oxford® Advanced Learners Dictionary, and PASCO® SPARKVue™7.

New to HP School Pack is HP Touchpoint Manager for Education8, a cloud-based app that simplifies IT management for schools with minimal IT resources to easily manage and secure data, devices and users. With HP Touchpoint Manager, school IT administrators can quickly troubleshoot issues in real-time and use point-and-click security policies across different devices, brands and operating systems.

All HP Education Edition tablets and notebooks include or offer premium 2×2 AC WLAN9, HP School Pack 2.0 and one year of HP Touchpoint Manager for Education.

Sprout Pro by HP: Designed for Education and Business 
Today, HP is also announcing Sprout Pro by HP designed for education and businesses. Sprout Pro features Windows 10 Professional, Intel® Core™ i7 processor with DDR4 memory, customizable software image, trusted platform module and a three-year limited warranty.

By leveraging Sprout’s blend of tactile, visual and audio engagement, educators are offered powerful means of differentiating instruction and personalizing learning in a way no other computer can support. Sprout transforms the classroom into an immersive educational experience that revolutionizes the way teachers and students learn, create, collaborate and share.

Sprout helps:
Accelerate engagement and inspire learning at every level with an immersive and intuitive computing experience.
Maximize classroom IT budgets and close the technology gap by consolidating classroom equipment like document cameras, interactive surfaces and school PCs.
Enable advanced, multi-screen collaboration, 1-to-1 or 1-to-many.
Changes the classroom desk space into a true digital and physical workspace.

For more information on Sprout in the classroom: http://bit.ly/LearningWithSprout.

HP and Microsoft Reinvent the Classroom
HP and Microsoft also unveiled a joint program called Reinvent the Classroom, a worldwide effort to inspire instructional innovation and next-generation learning experiences, powered by Windows 10 and HP solutions. Reinvent the Classroom will place state-of-the-art Learning Studios in more than 60 school locations across the world to support advanced blended learning, international collaboration and the maker movement in education. With tools like Microsoft Office 365, Skype and HP Adaptive Learning, these schools will shape the future of learning.

“With Microsoft, we are delivering exciting new devices and solutions that help schools and students rethink the possibilities around learning, creating a vision for the Classroom of the Future,” said Alex Cho, vice president of Commercial PCs, Personal Systems, HP Inc. “This vision is manifested through HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom program, showcasing how innovation can create more immersive learning environments.”

HP Life e-Learning 2.0
HP also launched HP LIFE e-Learning 2.0, a new social knowledge sharing version of the free, online HP learning initiative for entrepreneurs used by more than 580,000 learners in over 200 countries and territories. HP LIFE 2.0 is now powered by EdCast, a global social knowledge network built to enhance peer to peer collaboration and online learning. As a result, HP LIFE users have access to new and extensive learning opportunities from across the EdCast network, including new topics and access to additional quality content from global thought-leaders. Learners and educators may sign up and learn more at www.life-global.org.

About HP Inc.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.