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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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First Steps into a Parallel Virtual Reality Universe powered by Blockchain with Artur Sychov (Somnium Space) at TCE2019 Prague

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Founder and CEO of Somnium Space will have a keynote presentation about a bold and visionary concept at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

Earlier this year, Somnium Space announced that they are super excited and busy building a bold vision of turning virtual into reality as we create an open, social Virtual Reality world.

The team is excited because ever since the beginning, their true vision is to create a world which will fulfill even the wildest dreams of everyone who decides to join (as well as their childhood dreams) and fully immerse its citizens into parallel reality.

In order to achieve their mission, there are several important parts of puzzle which have to be gradually implemented in order to create a true alternative reality world which come under the forms of:

  1. Stunningly looking, constantly changing persistent Virtual Reality environment (world) which can be explored by thousands of people at the same time.
  2. Ability to create, build and express yourself and, share and explore creations of others.
  3. Fully own and monetize your creations. Be a true and the only owner of your creations. Make money by selling your items in the open and independent marketplaces. Be a part of fully working economy.

All those steps mentioned above are crucial for a world which will exist for hundreds of years from now. The team at Somnium Space has already implemented Step 1 where people are currently enjoying themselves inside their persistent and beautiful VR World. The amazing team has already developed a fully functioning world full of events, gatherings and fun places to explore. People are enjoying live concerts, educational talks and sports competitions or simply sitting in the park and watching birds flying by…

This may sound like one of the recent movies that has shaken up the VR industry, but you need to experience it yourself to believe it.

The project doesn’t stop here as the two other steps need to be implemented and there are also some incredible ideas that involve the use of blockchain and a decentralized economy.

But, in order to hear more about this bold vision is being converted into reality, you need to attend Artur Sychov’s keynote presentation which will take place during PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019).

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PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019) will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague.

About Artur Sychov

Artur is a Founder and CEO of Somnium Space. He has worked as an investment trader for many years before becoming a serial entrepreneur. Previously he has founded several startups and holds patents for hardware inventions which he has implemented into the market. Artur strongly believes in the ultimate future of Virtual Worlds which will bring society to the next evolutionary level.

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.

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Learn more about Voice Authentication, Speaker Verification and Fraud Detection with Paul Morris (Phonexia) at TCE2019 Prague

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A representative of cutting edge Czech company from Brno to present voice biometrics and speech analytics technologies at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

Wondering what voice biometrics is? Well, we have a short answer to it. Voice biometrics works by digitizing a profile of a person’s speech to produce a stored model voice print or template.

The tones collectively identify the speaker’s unique voiceprint. Voice prints are stored in databases in a manner similar to the storing of fingerprints or other biometric data.

Speech analytics is the process of analyzing voice recordings or live customer calls to contact centers with speech recognition software to find useful information and provide quality assurance. Speech analytics software identifies words and analyzes audio patterns to detect emotions and stress in a speaker’s voice.

At PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague, Paul Morris, Business Development Manager at Phonexia, will explain more about how Phonexia’s technology works during a keynote presentation.

Paul will present how a brand new generation of Voice Biometrics technology from Phonexia allows users such as banking, insurance, and telco call and contact centers to be able to quicken and streamline customer interaction, improve overall the customer and employee experience, reduce unnecessary costs, heighten efficiency, increase security and detect fraud.

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About Paul Morris

Paul is Business Development Manager for Phonexia, a cutting edge Czech company from Brno that has many years of experience in developing voice biometrics and speech analytics technologies. Having grown up in the UK and studied European Studies and German at Manchester University, he moved to Central Europe, specifically to Poland then his mother’s birthplace of the Czech Republic where he has lived and worked for the last 18 years in the Construction and IT software industries. He has consistently worked for Czech companies who have been best of the breed in their fields on a global level.

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.

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Kin Ecosystem confirmed as General Sponsor at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019 Prague

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Digital ecosystem of apps provider becomes General Sponsor at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019) takes place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague and is designed to bring both delegates and knowledge together by creating the excellent environment for 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.

We are honored to announce that the team at Kin has decided to support the event as General Sponsor.

By joining the conference, you can network and learn more about how you can increase app acquisition, retention, and monetization by leveraging blockchain technology with Ariel Shahar (Business development at Kin Ecosystem).

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Here are a few details about the Kin and Ariel Shakar:

About Ariel Shahar – Business development at Kin Ecosystem

Ariel is a corporate entrepreneur, business developer with 10 years of experience working for top ad-tech companies. Generated business activities who reached $100M+ year.

Active investor, mentor, and advisor for blockchain companies since 2013.

 

About Kin Ecosystem

The Kin blockchain is built to scale for mass usage and supports an Ecosystem-wide digital economy where app developers and mainstream consumers make millions of micro-transactions.

App developers anywhere can seamlessly integrate the Kin SDK into their platform and become active partners in the Ecosystem’s growth. When developers join the Kin Ecosystem, they benefit from the Kin Rewards Engine (KRE). The KRE incentivizes app developers to create engaging user experiences and pays them when users spend Kin within their apps.

Kin gives app developers, content creators, and users a new way to earn real value from their contributions to the shared digital space. With Kin, people earn and spend by being active in the Ecosystem. Everyone in the Ecosystem contributes to building a fairer digital world where people work together to succeed together.

The Kin Ecosystem isn’t just a new, digital economy. It’s a digital community. App developers and their users tie the Kin Ecosystem together by earning and spending the Kin cryptocurrency in exchange for digital experiences, products, and services.

You can learn more about Kin on their official website, kin.org

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