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Through Code Conference Lens: How Tech is Breaking the Barriers to Addressing Societal Challenges

by Lara Birkes, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Individuals and communities have never been more empowered to address societal challenges than they are today. Equally, they have never been more equipped to tackle them thanks to the innovation and technological developments at our fingertips.

Multiplying the Impact of Tech Entrepreneurs

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Technology innovation is the fuel that moves our business forward. We also believe it has unsurpassed power to solve complex social issues and improve communities.

“Local tech innovators know — usually better than we do — what’s needed in their communities and what solutions are going to work,” says Jessica Clancy, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at NBCUniversal. “We recognize that we can make the greatest difference in these communities by helping tech entrepreneurs reach a larger audience and attract more support through our platforms.”

Jay Leno’s Garage Features Arrow Electronics SAM Car

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The semi-autonomous vehicle that Arrow Electronics developed for quadriplegic former Indy Racing League driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner Sam Schmidt was featured Wednesday on the U.S. television program “Jay Leno’s Garage.”

Watch the SAM Car segment on Jay Leno’s Garage: https://www.youtube.com/user/JayLenosGarage

IoT, Maker Movement Add "Cool" Factor to Industrial Sector

by Alex Iuorio, Avnet Senior Vice President of Supplier Development
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In the early days of my career, when I would tell people I worked for an electronics distributor, their eyes would light up with fascination. The era of personal electronics was just dawning and the public was mesmerized. Once I clarified that I worked primarily with industrial manufacturers, their eyes would instantly glaze over. While consumer electronics was considered sexy, the industrial sector was more utilitarian. Critical of course, but hardly fodder for cocktail party chitchat.

Avnet Helps Inspire Future Women in Technology with STEM Camp

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This week, July 10-14, Avnet and Chandler, AZ-based youth organization ICAN are hosting a week-long camp to introduce elementary and junior high school-aged girls in the community to the benefits of pursuing education and careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Innovation Lab Inspires PayPal to Think Big

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Mike Todasco tossed a bunch of cardboard VR headset kits onto a table, welcoming the roomful of PayPal employees with a smile and sharing the lone rule for the next hour.
 
“You don’t get to keep your reader unless you give me at least one idea,” joked Todasco, PayPal’s Director of Innovation, as the group eagerly ripped the boxes open and prepped their headsets. “This is exciting stuff so let’s think about new ways to use virtual reality.”
 

Globally Crowdsourced Innovation: 3 Steps to Accelerating Impact and Success

by Christopher Wellise, Senior Director, Sustainability & Social Innovation
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Businesses must adapt and innovate now more than ever – and in order to truly be successful, it cannot be done in a vacuum. As we all know, business can be immensely successful when it listens to its audience and has the ability to quickly turn ideas into action. It’s these ideas that in turn can change lives.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2017 International Society of Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Conference in Vienna, hosting the world’s largest gathering of innovation management professionals.

Habitat for Humanity’s MicroBuild Fund Wins Classy Award for Innovation in Social Good

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ATLANTA, July 14, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Selected from 100 finalists to become one of 10 winners, Habitat for Humanity recently received a Classy Award, which recognizes the most innovative solutions to the world’s toughest social issues. The winning program, Habitat’s MicroBuild Fund, was recognized for creating social, scalable and sustainable impact by partnering with microfinance institutions across the globe on housing finance solutions.

Transforming Borders with Smart Technologies

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At 10:00 am PDT on July 26th, Meeting of the Minds will host a live webinar featuring Steph Stoppenhagen from Black & Veatch, Jim O’Gara from Deloitte Advisory, and Marisa Walker from Arizona Commerce Authority.

Register for the Webinar: Transforming Borders with Smart Technologies

Invigorated by Change

Written by: Gerald L. Hassell | Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BNY Mellon
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Organizations today face a stiff sustainability test. In virtually every industry, constituents’ attitudes and beliefs are changing rapidly, technology is redefining what is possible and companies are being forced to reimagine their business models for the future.

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