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50th Anniversary of Sophia Antipolis, The First Science and Technology Hub in Europe

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Jean LEONETTI, Mayor of Antibes Juan les Pins, President of the Sophia Antipolis Metropolitan Council and of the Sophia Antipolis Joint Association (SYMISA), unveiled this morning the timeline of events scheduled in 2019 as part of the 50th anniversary of Europe’s first science and technology hub.

This series of events aim not only to celebrate the progress made by the trailblazers who followed one another at Sophia Antipolis, but also to explore the challenges of tomorrow and set the course for the years to come, with a special emphasis on artificial intelligence.

1 March 2019:An event involving Sophia Antipolis’s stakeholders

Today, nearly 40,000 people work at the science and technology hub. On Friday 1st March 2019, hundreds of women and men from Sophia Antipolis (residents, students, employees, etc.) will gather to form together a human logo as a sign of the hub’s vitality.

April 2019:The 3IA label formalizing the excellence of the science & technology hub in the field of AI

The 3IA Côte d’Azur project, focusing on the issues of “Digital Health and Biology” and the “Smart City”, will be formally labelled in April 2019 by the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

13 June 2019:Celebration of the 50th anniversary

  • In the morning, inauguration of the exhibition #BeSophia, an open-air, marked course embarking visitors on a journey throughout the science and technology hub and shining a light on its history, strengths and values.

– In the afternoon, a forward-looking round-table session on the topic of “new technologies and their role in tomorrow’s society” will take place in the facilities of Skema Business School. Several top-notch speakers will be on stage to share their perspectives.

November 2019: Second edition of the SophI.A Summit

  • After the success of the first edition of November 2018, with 1,300 participants to the conferences on the various applications of AI hosted by 50 French and international experts, a second edition of the SophI.A Summit is underway.

December 2019: Laying of the first foundation stone of the ‘Ecotone’ project and burying of a time capsule sealed until 2069!

– A new gateway to the science and technology hub, this 40,000 sq. m development project will be carried out by Compagnie de Phalsbourg, with the support of architects Jean Nouvel and Manal Rachdi. Ecological and definitely innovative, the complex will house, among other things, office and coworking spaces, including a replica of Xavier Niel’s brainchild, the Paris-based Station F incubator – all of this on premises stretching over 27,000 sq. m of green space.

– To mark the end of this extraordinary year, a time capsule will be buried under the ground of the future ‘Ecotone’ site, and left there for the next generations to discover.

A series of items representative of people’s everyday life, of innovations, testimonies, messages and visions of the future will be placed inside the capsule before it is sealed, and eventually opened 50 years from now, in 2069.

In the late 1960s, one could legitimately doubt the success of the creation of a center for innovation and high-technology located in the middle of nowhere, in a region more closely associated with tourism than with industrial development. Yet, it all worked out. With nearly 5,000 researchers and 2,500 companies that employ 38,000 workers within a science and technology hub featuring 90% of green space, what looked like a challenge at first proved to be an undeniable success, boasting today €5.6 Bn in turnover. The science and technology hub also succeeded in attracting beyond our borders, as reflected by its 188 foreign companies employing nearly 10,000 people of 67 nationalities.

Today, Sophia Antipolis is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Half a century during which the idea of cross-fertilization has kept enduring. The fact that SophiaTech, the new University, chose to settle here, that the “Business Pôle” business incubator and its many startups are expanding everywhere and, more importantly, that the first European science and technology hub has just been awarded the 3IA label is proof that the very idea of Sophia Antipolis, at the crossroads between innovation and excellence, is more relevant than ever,” says Jean Leonetti.

SOURCE Symisa

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Lead5 Exposes Hidden Executive Jobs, Opening New Doors for Talented Executives

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Lead5, a leading provider of hidden executive jobs and intel, today announced enhancements to its platform that will give job-seeking executives unprecedented confidential access to the hidden and often secretive executive search world. The company believes that this latest round of enhancements will provide even more targeted opportunities to top candidates who are looking for a competitive edge in their executive job search.

“Our latest enhancements serve to empower Lead5 members by offering them the earliest and most personalized access to the hidden executive job market which has remained veiled for decades,” said Co-Founder and CEO Josh Wimberley.  “I get excited when Lead5 members reach out to me and credit Lead5 with helping them land their latest opportunity.”

CEO Josh Wimberley went on to express enthusiasm about Lead5’s new ‘Private Equity Deals’ feature, “I spent nearly two decades as a Senior Partner and Practice Leader at a leading executive search firm, and I’ve helped hundreds of CFOs successfully transition into their next role. My CFO contacts have expressed to me a desire to stay continually apprised of the dynamic private equity world. I’m excited to deliver a 1-stop shop experience where CFO’s can learn all the salient details of the latest PE-backed deals in near real-time filtered by industry and region.”

Specific highlights of Lead5’s latest platform enhancements include:

More Hidden (Unlisted) Executive Jobs.  150%+ increase in hidden executive opportunities achieved through Lead5’s proprietary AI and algorithms. Executive job seekers can pursue these openings without posting their CV publicly or listing their job-seeking status, thereby ensuring confidentiality.

Private equity jobs and intel.  70%+ of private equity deals result in executive leadership changes at the portfolio company. Lead5 now reports these deals and the resulting job opportunities in near real-time.

Hyper-targeted hidden job opportunity notifications.  Members will receive email notifications based on job criteria that they set with Lead5’s proprietary My5 filters to find the perfect fit.

Personalized dashboard and advice.  Lead5 now offers a personalized summary view of opportunities and news to allow members to quickly hone in on important intel. Lead5 added suggestions for contacts to know, and actions to take to guide prospects into their next prominent role.

The company says a primary aim of this release is to provide unparalleled specificity and personalization that respects its members’ busy lives and makes their executive job search more efficient and successful.

 

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NetCents Technology Eliminates Blockchain Transaction Delays With Zero Confirmation and Risk Analysis

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NetCents Technology Inc. (“NetCents” or the “Company“) (CSE: NC) (Frankfurt: 26N), is pleased to announce that it has released its Zero Confirmation and Risk Analysis technology that guarantees cryptocurrency transactions before they are confirmed on the blockchain.

“The delay in transaction approval is the biggest hurdle for card present, retail merchant and partner adoption. As it is right now, there is a delay for all cryptocurrency transactions, opening a window for transactions to timeout, fraud, and double spending,” stated Clayton Moore, CEO of NetCents Technology. “The launch of this technology lines up with our POS and terminal integration and rollout. Being integrated with companies like Oracle and PAX, who alone has over 26 million terminals, the delay at the point of sale was something that we knew we needed to eliminate to instill confidence for retail merchants to begin accepting cryptocurrency and avoid transaction delays for the consumer.”

In addition, the Company will be licensing this technology to cryptocurrency payment processors, retailers, and any business that is looking to validate a transaction before the transaction is confirmed on the blockchain. There are currently over 287,000 blockchain transactions per day that this technology can be applied to. With the wait time currently being the biggest hurdle for retail adoption, this technology eliminates that hurdle which the Company anticipates will further drive merchant and transaction growth.

The NetCents Zero Confirmation and Risk Analysis technology facilitates near-instant, risk-mitigated commerce, guaranteeing the cryptocurrency transaction before it is confirmed by miners on the blockchain. The technology provides a score for each transaction, guaranteeing the transaction against double spend, expiration, and other fraud. If the transaction passes the NetCents scoring algorithm, the transaction is approved with 0 confirmations. At launch, the Company will be using this technology for all Bitcoin transactions and will be rolling out for Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash transactions within the next 6-weeks.

This platform enhancement reduces the wait time at point of sale transactions which the Company has seen take up to 30 minutes. With Zero Confirmation and Risk Analysis, NetCents is now able to deliver near real-time confirmation for 98% of all Bitcoin transactions.

 

SOURCE NetCents Technology Inc.

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Brazilian Enterprises See Digital Transformation as a Way to Better Engage with Customers

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Enterprises in Brazil want digital business transformation providers to help them create better customer experiences and transform the customer journey, according to a new report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.

The ISG Provider Lens™ Digital Business Transformation Report for Brazil sees the country’s digital business transformation market transforming all aspects of traditional business. Enterprises are looking to vendors to help them improve their sales processes, product design, supply chains, human resource management and other core functions. Often that means becoming more agile and moving more workloads to the cloud, the report said.

The customer journey is a major focus in the Brazil market, with most providers using design thinking to address customer needs and expectations, according to the report. “In the digital era, customers buy experiences, feelings, well-being, comfort and convenience, and many companies see digital transformation as a way to meet those expectations,” said Esteban Herrera, partner and global leader of ISG Research.

Other important pieces of the digital transformation journey in Brazil include robotic process automation and artificial intelligence, the report said. But RPA and AI are not reducing employee numbers; instead the technologies are taking over repetitive tasks for workers.

Agility is another major goal of digital transformation. Many enterprises want vendors to help them become more agile in several ways, Herrera said. “Enterprise agility goes far beyond software development. Companies need to efficiently and rapidly address individual customer expectations and requirements, with minimal unplanned cost, effort or disruption to the enterprise. They need continuous delivery to remain competitive.”

The report highlights the emergence of ecosystems, which it calls “one-level-up partnerships.” Previously used to expand sales channels, these partnerships now are aimed at creating new offerings, developing new markets and enhancing customer experience. Co-creation and collaboration define the modern ecosystem.

The ISG Provider Lens™ Digital Business Transformation Report for Brazil evaluates the capabilities of 29 providers across seven quadrants: Enabling the Customer Journey, Digital Enterprise Operations, Digital Transformational Platforms (PaaS), Digital Transformational Services (XaaS), Digital Product Creation and Customization, Digital Continuous Delivery and Blockchain as a Service.

The report names IBM as a leader in all seven quadrants, while Accenture is a leader in six. Cognizant and Stefanini are named a leader in four quadrants, Wipro in three, and CI&T and ilegra in two. Atos, DXC Technology, Publicis Sapient AG2, Sofftek, Tech Mahindra and TIVIT were all cited as a leader in one quadrant.

Custom versions of the report are available from Cognizant and Stefanini.

The ISG Provider Lens™ Digital Business Transformation Report for Brazil is available to ISG Insights™ subscribers or for immediate, one-time purchase on this webpage.

 

SOURCE Information Services Group, Inc.

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