In the digital economy where almost every company is a software company, coding is the new language of technology every child should master. Harris Chan, a former Microsoft Engineer, is committed to make a difference with his Hong Kong based education start-up — Cobo Academy.
Digital transformation is upon the world and Cobo Academy, a Hong Kong-based education start-up focusing on coding education, is on a mission to transform and improve traditional education. As a former Microsoft engineer and a tech veteran, Harris Chan has a vision and passion to empower young innovators through early exposure to coding and robotics, which led to his founding of Cobo Academy.
Harris’ career began as a Software Engineer at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. He also held senior leadership positions at Yahoo! Hong Kong as Head of Business Development and Director of eCommerce. Prior to founding Cobo Academy, Harris was the Director of Central Marketing Organization at Microsoft Hong Kong, in charge of commercial and consumer marketing. Harris was awarded Microsoft Circle of Excellence Gold Award in 2009.
Designed for tech enthusiasts ages 4-16 at all skill levels, Cobo Academy’s highly structured curriculum has been created to augment formal education and is the collective brainchild of experienced coders and educators — many of whom happen to be parents. Through problem-based and project-based learning, children will work on fun and exciting projects that challenge them to unleash their full potential, creativity and inner curiosity.
“Inspired by an incident where he saw a visually impaired person bumping into a wall, 10-year-old Joseph designed and programmed an obstacle detector using a micro:bit connected to a speaker and a pair of ultrasonic sensors. We challenge our students to use technology to make an impact and are always blown away by what they can do,” said Harris.
Cobo runs weekly coding courses, private sessions, and holiday camps covering trending topics including Scratch, Minecraft, micro:bit, AppInventor, mBot and Python. Student-to-teacher ratio is kept low at 4:1 – 8:1 to optimize student learning to their individual pace. “Cobo Academy goes beyond just a coding school to develop children’s critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills,”said Harris.
Electrolux Makes Global 100 Ranking on Sustainability and CDP’s Climate List
Electrolux has today been recognized by two prestigious organizations as a global leader in corporate sustainability. The accolades include being on the Global 100 ranking of the world’s most sustainable companies and, for the third year in a row, the CDP Climate Change A List.
Announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos today, the Global 100 companies represent the top 1.3% companies in the world for sustainability performance. Over 7,500 companies were analyzed to develop the ranking made by Corporate Knights.
In addition, Electrolux has today been awarded a place on the 2018 Climate Change A List, by international non-profit CDP, for its efforts to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.
“We take our commitment to shape living for the better seriously, and are focused on our ambitious climate targets for 2025. We’re especially honored that in our 100th year the work that Electrolux does to shape living for the better and help consumers live more sustainably is being highlighted by two prestigious organizations”, said Henrik Sundström, Vice President for Sustainability Affairs at Electrolux.
Last year, Electrolux stepped up its commitment to climate action by setting two new ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 in support of the Paris climate agreement. Both are approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).
Corporate Knights Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World
The annual Global 100 is a badge of honor for sustainability excellence. To determine the ranking for 2019, the financial information company and magazine Corporate Knights rated 7,536 companies against global industry peers on a suite of up to 21 key measures covering resource management, employee management, financial management, clean revenue and supplier performance. The full ranking is published in the annual Global 100 issue of Corporate Knights magazine and on its website.
CDP Climate Change A List
CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Thousands of companies submit their annual climate disclosures to CDP for independent assessment against its scoring methodology. Read more about the A List here.
Motivational Speaker, School Trivia to Feature at Houghton Academy Pep Rally for School Choice
A school choice pep rally featuring motivational speeches, class cheers, school trivia, and the National School Choice Week dance will take place at Houghton Academy 9:45 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The high-energy rally will feature a keynote address by Pastor James Giles, president of the Buffalo Peacemakers Violence and Gang Intervention Program, which advocates violence prevention for at-risk youth.
More than 150 students, staff, and community members are expected to attend.
This event is planned to coincide with the history-making celebration of National School Choice Week 2019, which will feature more than 40,000 school choice events across all 50 states.
“We celebrate school choice by recognizing all that Houghton Academy has to offer its students,” said Elaine Vardi-Kirkland, principal of Houghton Academy. “We are thrilled to participate in National School Choice Week and to advocate parents having the information they need to make the best decisions for their children’s education.”
Houghton Academy is a Buffalo public school serving students in grades Pre-K-8.
As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for students, families, and communities around the country. From January 20 through 26, 2019, more than 40,000 independently-planned events will be held in celebration of the Week. For more information, visit:
Spa and Salon Combine for Southern Mega Show
For beauty professionals in the southeast who typically attend one tradeshow for salon and a different one for spa, your life just got a whole lot easier. Bronner Bros., Inc. and Skin Inc.’s Face & Body are excited to announce that they have partnered to co-host their Atlanta-based events – the Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show and Face & Body Southeast – together under one roof in 2020.
At the 2020 event, attendees will be able to find the latest trends, technologies and products in hair styling, hair color, hair tools, makeup, skin care, hair removal, device technologies and wellness in one place by having access to both shows. Bring your entire spa and salon team and check off everyone’s beauty to-dos.
As both Skin Inc.’s Face & Body and Bronner Bros. are known for their robust education platforms, both shows will continue these classes at the 2020 event, with attendees being able to sit in their choice of classes from spa menu development to the latest trends in hair design. Many of these classes will be free for all registered guests with professional level arm bands, and attendees will kick-start their day with a keynote designed to fuel their beauty success.
Whether you specialize in hair color and waxing, or cuts and makeup, Face & Body and Bronner Bros. will have the latest in beauty for you in 2020. Get ready for an event sure to bring attendees the latest in education, networking, trends, demonstrations, shopping and of course, fun.
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