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

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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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Florida Realtors® 2019 Convention & Trade Expo Offers Success Strategies, Tips to Boost Business

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Success strategies from top industry leaders, the latest in high-tech devices and a chance to network with other real estate professionals: That’s what the Florida Realtors® 2019 Convention & Trade Expo offers – opportunities to boost business and the bottom line.

This year’s Convention & Trade Expo takes place Aug. 21-22, 2019, at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, with the popular REBarCamp slated to kick off the event on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Then Realtor members will get down to the business of the state association and wrap up the week with governance meetings, Aug. 23-25, 2019.

“Florida Realtors 2019 Convention and Trade Expo is the one business event this year that every Realtor should attend,” says 2019 Florida Realtors President Eric Sain, a Realtor and district sales manager with Illustrated Properties in Palm Beach. “Over the course of just two days, Realtors have the chance to learn successful business strategies from top industry leaders, get new marketing tips, hear inspirational speakers offer advice from the trenches, network with colleagues and enjoy exciting entertainment. Florida Realtors’ annual convention provides outstanding value to anyone interested in the latest trends, technology and best practices. I’ll be there – will you?”

The 2019 convention features more than 40 education sessions from top industry speakers on various topics such as new trends in real estate, disaster recovery planning, Florida’s water crisis, how to make the most of the home-share trend, video marketing, Florida’s evolving cannabis laws, best practices for brokers and much more.

Convention highlights

  • REBarCamp: Aug. 209:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; registration sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m.
    This year marks the 10th year for the event’s peer-to-peer learning and sharing. However, industry powerhouses are on tap to facilitate sessions, including: Sean CarpenterJay ThompsonNick Baldwin and Tristan Ahumada with Lab Coat Agents to name a few. More than 500 Realtors attended last year’s REBarCamp. Cost for day, which includes lunch and the After Party, is $15Register through Eventbrite to guarantee a ticket.
  • General Session Keynote: Aug. 211:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Songwriter and Grammy-nominated Top 40 singer John Ondrasik, also known as Five for Fighting, brings home his message of “Harnessing Inspiration and Creativity to Design the World You Want” on piano and guitar. One complimentary ticket is included with full convention registration. One additional ticket can be purchased by full convention attendees for $30.
  • Dance Party with “Party on the Moon”: Aug. 218 – 11 p.m.
    Returning for the 5th year in a row, American’s No. 1 Party Band, Party on the Moon delivers a high-energy evening of the latest dance music, ’80s classic rock, Latin, disco/funk, R&B and Motown. This 13-piece band – with singers, musicians and dancers – has performed worldwide. One complimentary ticket for the party is included with full convention registration. Additional tickets can be purchased by any attendee for $30.
  • Awards Luncheon, featuring entertainment by the Funkywunks: Aug. 22noon – 1:30 p.m. 
    Florida Realtors honors Realtor excellence and service at this ticketed event, including recognizing the Humanitarian of the Year and Realtor of the Year and other award winners. Orlando dance troupe the Funkywunks was a contender on the World of Dance TV show in 2018, making it to the third week of the duels. Judges praised their high-energy, funky and entertaining routines, specifically noting the group’s commitment and innovative choreography. Tickets for the Awards Luncheon are $50 and will be sold until noon on Aug. 22, or as long as they’re available.
  • Closing Session Keynote with Ryan SerhantAug. 224 – 5p.m. 
    Learn Serhant’s professional secrets, as the super sales broker and Bravo TV star tells his rags-to-riches story: “The Four W’s: How identifying Your Way, Work, Wall & Win Leads to Success.” One complimentary ticket is included with full convention registration. One additional ticket can be purchased by full convention attendees for $30.
  • The Trade Expo, Aug. 219 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Aug. 228:30 a.m. – 4 pm.
    The expo features more than 200 industry experts and exhibitors showcasing the latest marketing and technology products. Attendance to the Trade Expo (Expo only admittance) is free!

Some of the sponsors for the 2019 convention include: Title Sponsor, BoomTown!; Titanium Association Sponsors, RAPB +GFLR, (Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors) and Miami Realtors; Titanium Sponsors, Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, RealtyWEB.net, Metro Market Trends and Stellar MLS; Diamond Association Partner, Orlando Regional Realtor Association; Ruby Association Partner Sponsor, Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association; Gold Partners, Century 21 and realtor.com; Sapphire Association Partner Sponsor, Naples Area Board of Realtors; Vehicle Sponsor, FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Emerald Association Partner, Greater Tampa Realtors and Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee; Popcorn Sponsor, Form Simplicity; Registration Bag Sponsor, Florida Realtors PAC; Notepad Sponsor, Find a Mortgage Broker.com; Interactive Wall Sponsor, wizehire; General Sponsors, American Home Shield, America’s Title Corp., gte financial, Realtors Association of Citrus CountyDot Loop, HomeSnap, HomeTeam Inspection Service, Freedomtax International, Loan Genuis, NARPM, Supreme Title and Escrow and Tenantreports.com.

Register online through Aug. 12 for the Florida Realtors convention or by calling 1-800-669-4327. The full event registration fee for members is $150 through July 19 and $160 from July 20 – Aug. 12, 2019. The cost is $175 for non-members through July 19 and $185 from July 20 – Aug. 12. After Aug. 12, registration will be handled at the convention site. For more info, check out http://convention.floridarealtors.org/.

Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its more than 187,000 members in 52 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.

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Are we there yet? Widespread use of Cryptocurrency with Maria (Masha) Prusakova (Crypto PR Lab) at TCE2019 Prague

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Cryptocurrencies are changing the world and most of the intelligent e-commerce/m-commerce startups and SMEs are quickly jumping on board. Whenever this is a long-lasting evolution period towards reaching a decentralized banking system, we will just have to wait and find out. However, the recent move by Facebook with the launch of Lybra is certainly stirring things up.

By now, the European Commission and European Union are knees deep into regulating the cryptocurrency market and conversations are always sparked around money laundering and so on.

Bitcoin has been certainly on a roll, but now all eyes are on the exchanges and the licenses that are granted for brokerage and exchange companies.

Cryptocurrency taxation is also a subject that concerns a growing number of users, traders, and investors. An area that creates a lot of confusion among taxpayers is the application of VAT, or the value-added tax most countries levy on the sales of goods and services.

Generally, purchases and sales of cryptocurrency are not subject to VAT taxation in Europe, which is the birthplace of the value-added tax. Financial regulators and revenue services in most countries often refer to a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) which ruled in 2015 that services for the exchange of bitcoin with any traditional fiat currency are exempt from VAT.

The widespread use of cryptocurrencies and the outcomes of a cryptocurrency driven society will be discussed at the inaugural PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019) by experts of the field.

Among these experts is also Maria (Masha) Prusakova, Co-Founder at Crypto PR Lab, who will join the speakers’ list at TCE2019.

About Maria (Masha) Prusakova

Maria (Masha) Prusakova is a French attorney and a PR specialist working with blockchain startups and crypto conferences. Masha started her journey in crypto in 2014 working on an early bitcoin algorithm trader ExGate with a former Lehman Brothers financier. In 2017, Masha joined M&A PR Studio, consulting ICOs and blockchain startups on public relations. In 2018, she co-founded Crypto PR Lab. Before her entrepreneurial career, she worked as an attorney in M&A for Clifford Chance LLP and Gowling WLG. As a private banker for Ultra High Net Worth individuals, Masha gained experience at UBS, LGT and HSBC private banks in Switzerland and Monaco.

The former right hand of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan at the World Economic Forum, Masha together with Sasha facilitates the participation of individuals and startups at the elite Davos Conference Week.

Masha is also an accomplished snowboarder. As a professional athlete, she represented Russia in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games as the youngest participant in the snowboarding halfpipe event.

Masha holds three Master’s degrees (Sorbonne, UC Berkeley) and speaks 4 languages: Russian, French, German and English.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

REGISTER HERE or BROWSE THE AGENDA/PROGRAM!

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to Speak at National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) 2019 Hemp Business Summit

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The NIHC is pleased to announce Lowell Schiller as a keynote speaker at the National Industrial Hemp Council’s 2019 Business Summit. The meeting will be held August 12-13, in Portland, Oregon. It will be FDA’s first major public presentation since the agency’s hearing on cannabis and hemp on May 31st.

Schiller serves as the FDA’s principal associate commissioner for policy. In this role, Mr. Schiller is responsible for overall leadership of FDA’s Office of Policy, manages agency-wide processes for the development of regulations and guidance, and provides leadership and support on a broad range of policy issues including hemp.

NEW NIHC SPEAKERS:

  • Lowell Schiller, principal associate commissioner, FDA
  • Edwin “Ed” Elfmann, senior vice president, agricultural and rural banking policy at American Bankers Association (ABA).
  • Lucy Infeld, associate, and Chris Strunk, counsel, Beveridge and Diamond

The summit features several sessions and presentations, including a unique in-depth discussion from ABA’s Ed Elfmannon “Banking and You – Understanding the current banking situation around industrial hemp, credit, loans, transactions and regulations.”

The rift between federal and state law has left banks trapped between their mission to serve the financial needs of their local communities and the threat of federal enforcement action. Attend to hear more from the ABA’s perspective.

Lucy Infeld, associate, and Christopher Strunk, counsel for Beveridge & Diamond, will speak about “The Current Legal Regulatory Framework on Industrial Hemp”. Their presentation will discuss the road to success and profitability, while considering how to manage the minefield of legal and regulatory information overload in this ever-changing industry.

Whether you are currently in or soon to be entering the industrial hemp industry, the 2019 Hemp Business Summit will provide you with the tools for success in this rapidly growing field. Registration is $395. The special room block rate of $189 ends July 19, 2019https://hempindustrial.com/events/

 

SOURCE National Industrial Hemp Council

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