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World Robot Olympiad: SMART Cities Theme to Drive Global Robotics Tournament in 2019

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The 16th World Robot Olympiad is coming to Hungary
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World Robot Olympiad is a challenging and fun way to interest young people in robotics. Now, a new season of global competitions is being announced with the support of premium sponsors LEGO® Education and Juniper Networks, an industry leader in scalable and secure networking technology.

The competition consists of a range of different categories aimed at young people and university students. Robots in each category must complete a series of challenges in line with a topical theme that changes each year. The overall mission is to promote STEM subjects – science, technology engineering and math – and to inspire the innovators of tomorrow.

Visit: wro2019.org to know more about the event in Hungary.

There will be more than 27,000 teams taking part in the 2019 competition and the national winners will compete in the International Final in November, to be held this year in Hungary for the first time. The theme will be SMART Cities, where data can improve transport, street lighting and deliver a host of other solutions to make the environment more liveable. The Hungarian government has selected Győr as host city.

When teams qualify for the Final they join 400 other elite teams from more than 65 countries who are competing in four main categories. The competitions have different age groups, ensuring that competitors tackle appropriate challenges that are designed to test their skills and stimulate their creativity.

Key takeaways

  • More than 27,000 teams will participate in 2019.
  • The international Final attracts 400 teams from 65 countries.
  • There are several special awards made at each International Final. These include the Juniper Networks Engineering Simplicity Award and the LEGO Education Creativity Award.
  • The competition initially became popular in South East Asia, but has now gone worldwide.
  • Previous finals have visited New Delhi in India, San Jose in Costa Rica and Chiang Mai in Thailand.
  • Recent countries that have joined World Robot Olympiad include the UK, Cambodia, the Netherlands and Pakistan.
  • Each International attracts around 3,000 international visitors.
  • Teams consist of two to three young people supervised by a coach.
  • World Robot Olympiad held its first International Final in 2004 in Singapore.

 

Claus Ditlev Christensen, Secretary General of the World Robot Olympiad Association Limited stated:

“From small beginnings, World Robot Olympiad has become a way to get young people interested in robotics, no matter where they live in the world. For example, children from Costa Rica, Palestine and from townships in South Africa have successfully taken part in past International finals and brought their unique perspective to the common challenges being addressed . This is a way to promote robotics to diverse audiences, while building an interest in the STEM subjects and in working together to solve a problem. We all learn together and  create an experience to remember.”

 

“At LEGO Education, we strongly believe in the power of playful, hands-on learning. We deliver amazing learning experiences that will prepare today’s children for the world and careers of tomorrow. We deliver STEM based learning that encourages children to get hands on with the learning experience, engaging both hands and minds. Through WRO, students get a learning experience they will remember for the rest of their lives, and we are proud to be part of enabling this. Participating in WRO really helps students develop confidence in STEM, as well as many of the 21st century skills that are so important for the workforce of the future, such as collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and creativity. The rules of the WRO categories encourage students to create unique approaches, and the idea that there is not one single “right” answer or solution to a problem really fits our learning philosophy. The same can be said of the international aspect of WRO, enabling students to connect across boarders through STEM and Innovation.”

–  Camilla Bottke, Head of Afterschool and Competition, LEGO Education

“Juniper Networks is focused on engineering simplicity to solve some of the world’s most challenging networking issues at a time when automation and digital transformation are revolutionizing many aspects of our daily lives. In World Robot Olympiad, we see teams of young people using technology to simplify, problem-solve and innovate in a similar fashion. Juniper is therefore convinced that the young people who take part in these competitions, at every level, are being given a unique opportunity to nurture key skills that will help transform the world of tomorrow.”

–  said Mike Marcellin, Chief Marketing Officer, Juniper Networks

“As the reindustrialization of Hungary has reached a new level with turning the focus of investments towards high tech industries, a new level of need for highly trained human capital has also been reached, recognized by the Digital Success Program of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology. Sectors of the economy related to Industry 4.0 are seeking employees with new sets of skills and knowledge. Problem solving, cooperation and creativity are in the highest demand, but first of all, coding, algorithmic thinking and engineering have become general requirements in most of the economic sectors, not only in IT. World Robot Olympiad has them all. The WRO competition simultaneously develops these skills in an engaging way. WRO can show purpose and opportunity for children and can prove that robotics, engineering and coding can not only be fun, but at the same time a fantastic career option. I am proud that our government supports this incredible competition which paves the way for the future.”

–  stated Dr. László Palkovics, Ministrer of Innovation and Technology, HUNGARY

 

SOURCE: World Robot Olympiad Association

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Kountable CEO Talks with UNOPS Head of Global Innovation and Technology about Its Vital Role in Improving Supply Chain Access at BootstrapLabs AI Conference

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BootstrapLabs Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference featured entrepreneurs and innovators who shared the newest developments in the field of AI from research and business development to investing and business transformation.

One of several distinguished speakers was Chris Hale, CEO and Co-founder of Kountable, a managed marketplace for global trade, which focuses on collaboration in the supply chain, bringing together SMEs, multinational suppliers and end customers onto a single platform.

In a conversation with Jonas Svensson, Head of Global Innovation and Technology, Hale demonstrated the role Kountable can play in accelerating progress of the world’s biggest organizations towards equipping people for success in underserved markets.

Kountable focuses on aggregating the demand side in trade by partnering with high quality entrepreneur owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), bringing access to world class goods to underserved markets and accelerating progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

“The Global South is home to some of the fastest growing economies on the planet, despite being challenged by a general lack of traditional infrastructure, scarcity of information, trade frictions, political and currency risks or even corruption,” said Hale.

“Nevertheless, the benefits to bringing the next billion people into the global trade economy outweigh the risks and massive investments are being made in infrastructure, healthcare, IT, and transportation by governments, and other global organizations like the UN, Red Cross, World Bank, The Gates Foundation, or Buffet Foundation.”

Kountable is making this possible by building a data acquisition, normalization, and scoring platform that measures the behaviors of the best trades and their traders in these emerging markets. With unique data describing the last mile of the supply chain and unique data on the traders in these developing markets, Kountable is building behavioral analysis for historical and live-updating trader behaviors, NLP to analyze the type of goods being requested/provided, matching algorithms to identify best-fit for traders and trade opportunities, time-series analysis on historic FX rates and fluctuation patterns, image recognition to automatically recognize and categorize key documentation, as well as SNA to assess reliability and competency of traders and buyers without traditional “scoring” mechanisms.

“We’re leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to help us find, resource, train, grow and promote these traders who are generally small and medium enterprises (SMEs),” said Danielle Russell, Head of Product at Kountable. “These traders are the engines of growth in these rapidly growing economies and connect the largest buyers in these economies to the top suppliers and brands in the world and are literally the point of access to global commerce for their respective countries.”

 

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BMC Named A Strong Performer in Intelligent Application and Service Monitoring by Independent Research Firm

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BMC, a global leader in IT solutions for the digital enterprise, today announced that Forrester Research Inc. recognized the company as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Intelligent Application And Service Monitoring, Q2 2019. BMC received the highest score possible in the product innovation road map criterion.

According to the Forrester Wave, “BMC Software has continually advanced its product portfolio over time through organic innovation and acquisitions. Recent releases have introduced AI/ML-driven monitoring for data center and multicloud environments and rebuilt the solution from the ground up in a modern, portable, and scalable architecture leveraging containers. This allows the product to deploy into a number of environments (e.g., hybrid cloud or on-premises) to meet the needs of a large cross-section of customers.”

“We believe that the TrueSight platform’s position as a strong performer in this Forrester Wave reflects the capability of the solution to deliver robust, enterprise-class service and application-aware monitoring,” said David Cramer, President, Digital Service Operations, BMC. “In addition, earning the highest score possible in the product innovation road map criterion validates, in our opinion, our ongoing strategy to both deliver more advanced analytics and intelligent automation capabilities into the TrueSight platform, as well as continuously modernize our solutions to make them faster to deploy, easier to manage, and provide more rapid time to value for our customers.”

The BMC solution evaluated in this report, TrueSight Operations Management, offers a holistic monitoring and event management solution that ingests data, events, logs, and metrics from many sources. It applies machine learning and advanced analytics combined with application and service aware context to help IT Ops teams predictively find and fix problems faster to reduce risk, increase efficiency, and drive down costs across IT Ops processes.

“BMC Software’s TrueSight suite will assuredly benefit enterprises that are starting their journey into modernizing their applications yet also have a large number of legacy and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems to support,” stated the Forrester Wave.

In this report, Forrester also recommended that customers should look for IASM solutions that offer ‘intelligent root cause analysis and remediation’. The TrueSight platform helps customers significantly reduce time to identify root cause and remediate issues faster with advanced correlation of millions of operational data points and log analytics deployed across complex infrastructure and application environments.

Digital transformation is forcing IT organizations to reconsider how to ensure infrastructure and application performance. Growth in complexity of IT environments and data volume that IT Ops teams need to manage makes maintaining the health and performance of infrastructure and applications very difficult. Intelligent monitoring tools are needed as part of a holistic IT Operations Management (ITOM) strategy to minimize costs without compromising the health and performance of increasingly complex, diverse infrastructure and applications.

“The artificial intelligence is really going to help us move from the reactive service model to proactive, and ultimately to predictive, where we’ll be able to see signs that there’s an impending failure and maybe remediate it before it happens, really saving our customer a lot of downtime. Without the TrueSight solution, we have no way of getting there,” said Chris Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Park Place Technologies.

Forrester Research employed a rigorous process to create the Forrester Wave. Its evaluation of this report included a review of the 13 most significant vendors in the IASM market across 29 criteria.

To read the Forrester Wave™: Intelligent Application And Service Monitoring, Q2 2019 report, visit here. The report is available to Forrester subscribers or for purchase.

 

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Kavout Releases K Score for United Kingdom and Germany Stock Markets

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Kavout announced today the launch of K Score for the United Kingdom and Germany stock markets. Used by buyside firms, K Score is a Quantamental stock rating score of 1 to 9 that generates predictive analytics using AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning. K Score serve as buy/sell signals, or as an effective input to investment firms’ privately developed models.

K Score are now available for publicly traded companies included on UK’s FTSE 350 and FTSE 100, and Germany’s HDAX and MCSI small-cap ETF. This is an expansion on the K Score current availability for stocks traded on the US exchanges, and A-share stocks on the China market.

“K Score has been well received by forward-looking quantitative and fundamental investors,” said Kavout’s Chief Commercial Officer, Isabell Sheang. “Our mission is to enable more investors globally to take advantage of AI solutions, and to find an edge. The decision to make K Score available for the UK and European markets aligns well with our expansion roadmap.”

K Score are ratings built by the Kavout Intelligence (KAI) engine. By taking in fundamental data, pricing signals, technical indicators, and alternative data, our machine learning models and algorithms rate and rank stocks between 1 to 9. A higher K Score assigned to a stock indicates a higher probability of outperformance over the next 1-3 months, whereas a lower K Score indicates a lower probability of outperformance.

Those interested in finding out more about K Score for markets in US, ChinaGermany and United Kingdom, please contact marketing@kavout.co.

 

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