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Amazon Donation Brings New Robotics Program and Computer Science Courses to 24 Metro Nashville Public Schools and More Than 65 Schools Across Tennessee, Benefiting Over 1,000 Local Students From Underrepresented Communities

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New Amazon funding covers FIRST program for 21 Metro Nashville Public Schools to start robotics teams; $10,000 for each school to provide computer science education field trips, hardware, and technology upgrades; and a tour of an Amazon robotics fulfillment center

Amazon to fund computer science courses in Tennessee high schools – with classes to start in 3 Metro Nashville schools and more than 45 across the state

Donation is part of Amazon Future Engineer, a four-part, childhood-to-career program that works to inspire and educate millions of children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities to try computer science

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Metro Nashville Public Schools today announced a new partnership to bring computer science courses and robotics to 24 schools supporting students from underserved or underrepresented communities, as part of the Amazon Future Engineer program. Amazon is providing 21 elementary, middle and high schools with robotics programming, which includes funding to launch FIRST robotics clubs along with teacher professional development, $10,000 to expand access to computer science education at each school, which could include field trips, hardware, and technology upgrades, and access to a tour of an Amazon robotics fulfillment center. In addition, Amazon also plans to fund Intro and AP computer science courses in three Metro Nashville high schools and more than 45 total high schools across the state of Tennessee, benefitting more than 1,000 local students.

“We are excited to team with Metro Nashville Public Schools to help more local students, especially those from underserved and underrepresented communities, develop the skills they need to build their best future,” said Dave Clark, Amazon SVP, Worldwide Operations. “Amazon Future Engineer will help students have positive, early, and frequent interactions with computer science so that they can become the innovators of tomorrow at Amazon or beyond – and continue to strengthen the economy and community of Nashville.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Computer science is the fastest-growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. Students from underprivileged backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.

“We are always looking for new ways to teach our students, and we are elated that Amazon is bringing some of its brightest minds and most innovative resources to our MNPS classrooms,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, interim Director of Schools.

The FIRST robotics programs will be brought to Metro Nashville Public Schools Magnet STEAM schools. These schools focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math, linking those disciplines to life skills that reach far beyond the classroom. The Magnet Schools focus on diversity, innovative curriculums, professional development, academic excellence, and partnerships – such as this new partnership with Amazon.

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills to students in grades K-12. Data from a 5-year longitudinal study of FIRST by Brandeis University shows competitive FIRST robotics programs works for all youth. Across all demographic groups (gender, race, economic status and geography), FIRST students show significant gains in STEM knowledge, STEM interest, STEM career interest, STEM identity, and STEM activity compared to their peers who don’t participate. FIRST students are more likely to major in tech-focused science fields in college; by their second year of college, over 50 percent declare majors in engineering or technology. The impact on young women in FIRST is particularly profound. By their first year of college, female alumnae of FIRST are 3.6 times more likely to take an engineering course, and 1.9 times more likely to take a computer science course than female comparison students.

The Amazon Future Engineer high schools will receive funding from Amazon to offer Intro & AP computer science courses. Amazon’s funding also provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students. All students participating in this program will receive a free membership to AWS Educate, which provides them with free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing.

Launched in November 2018, Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and prepare children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science. Each year, Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire millions of kids to explore computer science; provides over 100,000 young people in over 2,000 high schools access to Intro or AP Computer Science courses; awards 100 students with four-year $10,000 scholarships, as well as offers guaranteed and paid Amazon internships to gain work experience. Amazon Future Engineer is part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in computer science/STEM education. In addition, Amazon Future Engineer has donated more than $10 million to organizations that promote computer science/STEM education across the country.

Amazon is already working with Middle Tennesseans to bring 5,000 new jobs in downtown Nashville over the coming months and years. Amazon Nashville will serve as the eastern U.S. hub for Amazon’s retail operations business, and will include tech and management teams working on customer fulfillment, customer service, transportation, supply chain management, and similar activities. Tennessee, Davidson County and the city of Nashville will benefit from $1 billion in new tax revenues over the next 10 years as a result of Amazon’s investment and job creation. Since announcing its move to Nashville, Amazon has donated $800,000 to Tennessee State University to endow a professorship in computer science, $106,000 to Communities in Schools to support local public schools, $100,000 to Project Return, an organization dedicated to the successful new beginnings of people who are returning to the community after incarceration, and $500,000 to The Store, a year-round free grocery store allowing people to shop for their basic needs.

The schools participating in Amazon Future Engineer within MNPS include:

Robotics Elementary Schools

Inglewood

Rosebank

Whitsitt

Robotics Middle Schools

Antioch MS

Bellevue

Croft

DuPont Hadley

Haynes

Head

JT Moore

Litton

Madison

McKissack

McMurray

Rose Park

Stratford

Robotics High Schools

Stratford

Whites Creek

McGavock

Hunters Lane

Maplewood

Computer Science High Schools

Overton

MLK Magnet

Hillsboro

Schools, teachers, students, and parents can visit www.AmazonFutureEngineer.com to apply or to learn more information about the program.

About Amazon in the Community

Amazon is committed to helping more children and young adults, especially those from underrepresented and underserved communities, have the resources and skills they need to build their best future. Amazon focuses on building long-term, innovative, and high impact programs that leverage Amazon’s unique assets and culture. Initiatives include Amazon Future Engineer, designed to inspire and excite 10 million children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities each year to pursue an education in computer science, as well as programs that support immediate needs, including addressing family homelessness through donations and housing a homeless shelter in its Seattle headquarters, as well as global relief efforts for people in need following natural disasters.

About Metro Nashville Public Schools

Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing more than 85,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.

About FIRST

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $80 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST LEGO League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST LEGO League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Chinese Blockchain Market, 2019: Size & Spending Across 11 Sectors, 75+ Application Segments, Type of Blockchain, and Technology, 2016-2025 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “China Blockchain Business Opportunities and Outlook Databook Series (2016-2025) – Blockchain Market Size / Spending Across 11 Sectors, 75+ Application Segments, Type of Blockchain, and Technology (Applications, Services, Hardware)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Blockchain spend in China has increased at 101.7% during 2018 to reach US$ 877.2 million. Over the forecast period (2019-2025), spend on blockchain is expected to record a CAGR of 45.7%, increasing from US$ 1,622.1 million in 2019 to reach US$ 22,594.1 million by 2025.

This business intelligence report aims to analyze market opportunities and risks in blockchain technology and its applications in over 75 areas across 11 industries in China. This is a data centric report, consisting of 185 charts and 150 tables, providing detailed understanding of market dynamics. This report covers country level market size / spending forecast (2016-2025) by blockchain applications, type of blockchain, and technology domain.

Report Scope

China Market Size & Spending by Industry, 2016-2025

  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance
  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Automotive
  • Defense & Aerospace
  • Construction
  • Public Sector
  • Professional Services
  • Agriculture
  • Energy and Utilities

China Market Size / Spending by Type of Blockchain, 2016-2025 (for each industry)

  • Public
  • Private
  • Hybrid

China Market Size / Spending by Technology Domain, 2016-2025 (for each industry)

  • Application and Platform
  • Service
  • Hardware

China Market Size & Spending by Blockchain Application, 2016-2025

1. Banking & Finance – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • KYC Data and Due Diligence
  • Trade Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Initial Coin Offerings
  • Fraud Detection
  • Cross Border Payments
  • Risk Management and Compliance
  • Loan Management

2. Insurance – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Product Development and Distribution
  • Policy Administration and Operations
  • Claims Processing
  • Pricing / Underwriting
  • Risk Capital and Investment Management
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Payment and Collections

3. Healthcare & Pharmaceutical – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Drug Traceability
  • Clinical Trials
  • Drug Development
  • Data Management – Monitoring and IOT Devices
  • Health Records & Data Security
  • Claims Billing and Payment
  • Supply Chain Management

4. Retail – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Product Tracing and Counterfeit Goods
  • Billing and Payment
  • Claims and Settlements
  • Virtual Warranty Management
  • Contract Management
  • Supply Chain Management

5. Automotive & Transport – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Automotive Spare Parts and Warranty
  • Identity Management
  • Ride Sharing
  • V2X Communication
  • Auto Financing
  • Billing and Payment
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Automotive Asset Transfer

6. Defense & Aerospace – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Contract Management
  • Manufacturing Process and Part Identification
  • Document Management and Secure Communication
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Secure Platform and Application Development
  • Asset Transfer
  • Cybersecurity

7. Construction – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Asset Transfer
  • Contract Management
  • IOT
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Payment and Settlement

8. Public Sector – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Identity and Access Management
  • Voting Systems
  • Regulatory Compliance and Audit
  • Asset Management and Registration
  • Health Records
  • Processing Tax Payments
  • Government Payments and Citizen Services
  • Other

9. Professional Services – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Identity and Access Management
  • Regulatory Compliance and Audit
  • Payment and Settlement
  • Contract Management
  • Secure Platform and Application Development
  • Document Management and Secure Communication
  • Other

10. Agriculture – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Produce Tracking and Authentication
  • Payment and Settlement
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Contract Management
  • Other

11. Energy and Utilities – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Smart Metering and Billing
  • Contract Management
  • Energy Credits / Certificates
  • Trading and Smart Grids
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Reason to Buy

  • How big is the opportunity for blockchain technology based products and services in China?
  • How much are leading players in China investing in blockchain based initiatives?
  • Which application areas across industries and should be targeted to maximize ROI?

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/kv64d6

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C5 Accelerate Launches its Latest Network Accelerator Program in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–C5 Accelerate (C5A), a global business accelerator based in Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce its 5th Network Accelerator in Washington to help early stage growth driven companies gain access to education, mentorship, investors and business development support.

C5 is excited to add space technology to its Accelerator as industry and government seek to leverage this domain to create new solutions at the intersection of cyber and space.

Six innovative companies have been chosen to participate in this cohort:

  • ArQit, a groundbreaking security and blockchain-focused space start-up leveraging laser technology to revolutionize the transfer of secure data;
  • Keyless Technologies, a decentralized biometric authentication and identity management platform;
  • ANOVA Intelligence, a cyber intelligence provider for critical infrastructure and U.S. national security agencies;
  • metaMe, a digital privacy data and anonymity company that enables users to control their own information the way they want;
  • YetiCloud, a b2b IT automation software company focused on solving problems in the cloud; and roves the ongoing IT experience for its customers by reducing
  • Think Cyber Security, a cyber education and security awareness training that enables the company to ensure people, who are the last line of defense, are trained and ready for any cyber threat.

These companies will benefit from C5A’s Network Accelerator Program’s proven track record and ability to bring together global leaders, experts, mentors and venture investors as well as its in depth and focused business development agenda for founders and their top leadership team.

The program will launch on September 30th and end with a “panel and pitch day” on October 18th where cohort members will be given the opportunity to present to C5A’s extensive network as well as hear from leading figures within that network and from the cyber and space industries.

About C5 Accelerate

C5 Accelerate is part of the C5 Enterprise, which includes C5 Capital and C5 Philanthropy. C5 Accelerate has been designing and leading startup acceleration programs since 2016. More than 75 startups from 44 countries have graduated from our world-class acceleration program. Our focus is finding world class leaders and technologies in cybersecurity, space, AI and cloud-based technologies.

The investment team is led by seasoned executives, and their work is enhanced by a unique network of strategic partners who are leaders in commerce, technology, industry, geopolitics, academia and government.

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Global HPC and DaaS Market Analysis, 2019-2024 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “High Performance Computing and Data as a Service Market by Technology, Computing Type, Deployment Model, Use Case, Application, Sector (Consumer, Enterprise, Industrial, Government), Industry Vertical, and Region 2019-2024” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This research evaluates the HPC market including companies, solutions, use cases, and applications. The analysis includes HPC by organizational size, software and system type, server type, and price band, and industry verticals. It also assesses the market for integration of various artificial intelligence technologies in HPC. It also evaluates the exascale-level HPC market including analysis by component, hardware type, service type, and industry vertical. It also provides HPC market sizing by component, hardware type, service type, and industry vertical from 2019 to 2024.

This research also evaluates the technologies, companies, strategies, and solutions for DaaS. It assesses business opportunities for enterprise use of own data, others data, and combination of both. It analyzes opportunities for enterprise to monetize their own data through various third-party DaaS offerings. It evaluates opportunities for DaaS in major industry verticals as well as the future outlook for emerging data monetization. Forecasts include global and regional projections by Sector, Data Collection, Source, and Structure from 2019 to 2024.

Market Summary & Insights

No longer solely the realm of supercomputers, the high-performance computing market is increasingly provided via cluster computing. By way of example, Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides a computational clustering solution in conjunction with Intel that represents HPC Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This particular HPC IaaS offering environment provides customized tenant clusters tailored to client and application requirements. Key to this particular solution is the intelligent use of APIs, which enable a high degree of flexibility and what HPE refers to as Dynamic Fabric Configuration.

These type of solutions, provided within a cloud-computing based as a Service model, allow HPC market offerings to be extended via HPC-as-a-Service (HPCaaS) to a much wider range of industry verticals and companies, thereby providing computational services to solve a much broader array of problems. Industry use cases are increasingly emerging that benefit from HPC-level computing, many of which benefit from split processing between localized device/platform and HPCaaS.

HPC currently suffers from an accessibility problem as well as inefficiencies and supercomputer skill gaps. Stated differently, the market for HPCaaS (e.g. access to high-performance computing services) currently suffers from problems related to the utilization, scheduling, and set-up time to run jobs on supercomputers. Some companies are leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to improve HPC scheduling. As supercomputing resources are typically scarce and expensive, scheduling is important to ensure optimal computational workload scheduling. One company, Microsurgeonbot, Inc. (doing business as MSB.ai), which is developing a tool for setting up computing jobs for supercomputers. There is clearly a very long tail opportunity in HPC through Use of AI tools. HPCaaS will reach scale only through greater supercomputer accessibility.

Data produced by HPC is often difficult to use or even useless at times. Data needs to be managed and presented in a manner that is useful as information. Data as a Service (DaaS) represents a service model in which data is transformed into useful information. DaaS is one part of the larger Everything as a Service (XaaS) cloud computing based services model, including the traditional three horizontals of SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). It intersects with all three and derives value from a number of different horizontals and verticals.

Vendor managed DaaS systems provide necessary scalability and security for sustainable services execution. DaaS is expected to grow significantly in the near future due to a few dominant themes including cloud-based infrastructure/services, enterprise data syndication, and the consumer services trend towards XaaS. In addition to leveraging big data analytics, another approach to transform data into useful information is through the use of AI. One of the important growth areas for the DaaS market is to leverage AI to offer value-added data in a Decisions as a Service model.

Companies Mentioned

  • Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • Amazon Web Services Inc.
  • Atos SE
  • Cisco Systems
  • DELL Technologies Inc.
  • Fujitsu Ltd.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • IBM Corporation
  • Intel Corporation
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • NEC Corporation
  • NVIDIA
  • Rackspace Inc.

Key Topics Covered

High-Performance Computing (HPC) Market by Component, Infrastructure, Services, Price Band, HPC Applications, Deployment Type, and Region 2019-2024

1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction

3. High-Performance Computing Market Analysis and Forecast

4. High-Performance Computing Company Analysis

5. Conclusions and Recommendations

6. Appendix: Future of Computing

Data as a Service (DaaS) Market: Enterprise, Industrial, Public, and Government DaaS 2019-2024

1. Executive Summary

2. Data as a Service Technologies

3. Data as a Service Market

4. Data as a Service Strategies

5. Data as a Service Applications

6. Market Outlook and Future of Data as a Service

7. Data as a Service Market Analysis and Forecasts 2019-2024

8. Regional DaaS Market Analysis and Forecasts 2019-2024

9. Conclusions and Recommendations

10. Appendix

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/2vec7s

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