Ideatrotter: Disruptive 2.0 Intelligence

Farmers Turn to Data Harvests

U.S. farmers are getting help from a new kind of farmhand: iPads and other gadgets that help them plant seeds in ways that maximize harvests.

#video #agriculture #iPad #technology #USA

Assistant Energy Secretary on Pittsburgh’s Role in Fossil Fuel Research

Charles “Chuck” McConnell is the U.S. Department of Energy’s assistant secretary for fossil energy. As such, he oversees the activities of National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), which conducts more than $1 billion in annual research from its offices in South Park and Morgantown. McConnell recently spoke with Bill Flanagan of WPXI’s “Our Region’s Business” and the Allegheny Conference about the enduring need for fossil-based fuels.

#video #fossil fuels #energy #oil #USA

The Future of America’s Coal Industry

On May 15, 2012, San Antonio Mayor, Julian Castro, convened with regional energy leaders, hosting U.S. Department of Energy’s Charles McConnell, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy. In this discussion, U.S. Department of Energy’s Charles McConnell, addresses how technology will help drive innovation in the coal industry and how coal is part of America’s future.

#energy #fossil fuels #USA #technology #future #video
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Immigrant-Run Startup Companies | Robert Litan

Robert Litan, vice president for Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, talks about the potential impact of immigrant startup company entrepreneurs on the U.S. labor market.

#startups #entrepreneur #video #economics #USA #employment

Solar-Powered Vessel Completed Its Journey Around The World

After 584 days of traveling around the world, the solar-powered vessel Turanor PlanetSolar finally docked in Monaco. The vessel along with its 5-member crew is the first ship to travel using zero fuel. Instead, it relied on solar energy for power. This solar-powered vessel was first conceptualized by Rapheal Domian in 2004. After 2 years of design and development, the vessel was created with a solar photovoltaic surface area of more than 530 square meters and a capacity of 93.5 kilowatts. 

Also covered in the video is Jersey winning an award for top 10 destinations with the most installed solar panels and San Diego Gas Electric recognizing 13 masters of energy conservation, also called energy champions.

#energy #solar #power #video #global #USA
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Tuition vs Wages: Bittersweet Reality

College costs are rising and, with that, so is the cost of college loans. Currently, loan interest rates are 3.4% and may rise to 6.8%, if Congress does not act by July 1st, 2012. College tuition is rising by 8.3% on a YoY basis. Should the interest rates rise,

- 7.4 million students will see their college costs go up— about one out of every three college students in the country.

- The increase will cost the average college student about $1,000 more per year of school.

- As a result, the cost of college for the average borrower taking out full Subsidized Stafford Loans will increase by 20 percent next year.

Both sides agree that better financial aid mechanisms and loan provisions will make the economy stronger. Median weekly earnings for 25-34 year olds has fallen by 5% on a YoY basis since 2001. Based on the numbers, if the current situation continues, people will start questioning the value of higher education. We need a solution fast, not only for the 7.4 million students currently affected, but also for the 20 million overall student population. 

#education #students #study #growth #USA

The Next Generation Of Scientists

The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students of today are tomorrow’s scientists. They’re the future disease curers, bridge builders, space explorers, and in many STEM fields, they’re nearly half women.

In the past decade, the number of degrees that women earned at all levels has steadily increased, which will help close the STEM gap in US’s workforce. Women still have fields where they make up a small minority, but supporting women in these fields is one way to insure a steady pipeline of bright scientists to lead the future of American competitiveness and innovation. 

#USA #technology #innovation #disruption #gamechanger #science #engineering
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Unleashing the Power of Open Data and Innovation | Todd Park

Todd Park has served as HHS’s Chief Technology Officer since August 2009. In this role, his mission is to be a change agent and “entrepreneur-in-residence,” helping HHS harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health of the nation.

Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth and co-led its development into one of the most innovative health IT companies in the industry. He also cofounded Castlight, a web-based health care shopping service for consumers. Mr. Park has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy, and as senior health care advisor to Ashoka, a leading global incubator of social entrepreneurs, where he helped start Healthpoint Services, a venture to bring affordable telehealth, drugs, diagnostics, and clean water to rural India. Mr. Park graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics.

#innovation #technology #data #USA #future #video
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Rod Ebrahimi's startup venture, ReadyForZero, was recently accepted into Y Combinator’s incubator, for its value proposition on offering individuals a portal to manage debt. Rod Ebrahimi and his girlfriend were struggling to manage his girlfriend’s student debt. As he dug deeper into the issue, he realized that more individuals face the same financial dilemmas and web 2.0 could be a way to help people through their problems.

The total US consumer debt in 2011 was $11.4 trillion. The total student loan debt passed $1 trillion in 2011. With national unemployment still in the process of being fixed, debt management and debt escalation mitigation measures are key. Polaris Ventures recognized this when they decided to invest in ReadyForZero, leading a $4.5 million Series A round. Cognizant of its strong management team, solid market and active user engagement level, Polaris believes its investment will not only be able to generate solid revenues, but also deliver a public service. 

#venture capital #startups #entrepreneur #gamechanger #debt #USA #students #education

COMMON and MiKE are on the hunt for eight promising startups working hard to redefine business in America.The best candidates will represent products or services that improve on (or completely reinvent) an existing American industry, helping to make it more sustainable, more profitable, more community oriented, more ethical - and maybe even more fun.

Selected applicants will have five minutes onstage to pitch their American Dream to a panel of celebrity judges and a live and digital crowd of thousands, competing for cash, prizes and a suite of services to help accelerate their startups. They’ll also receive mentoring, preparatory support, media love and the incredible experience of COMMON Pitch, joining an international community of event Alumni whose lives and careers have been made better through participation.

#startups #idea #entrepreneur #gamechanger #USA #video
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