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Learning Unlocked from OpenSesame showcases unique perspectives on learning and leading

businesswire | November 10, 2020

Open to anyone and convenient for everyone, Learning Unlocked the first-ever public learning and development conference from elearning innovator OpenSesame connects attendees with authors, athletes and other thought leaders in an entirely digital and uniquely digestible format. Unlike other online conferences that take attendees away from their work for hours at a time with back-to-back sessions, Learning Unlocked brings inspiration to participants in a series of one-hour sessions broadcast live every Tuesday and Thursday over six weeks.

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Most schools understand that they need to make their website WCAG 2.0 compliant to help students who are blind, deaf, and have other disabilities. However, campuses must go further to accommodate all students with disabilities. For example, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires schools to provide video captioning – along with audio transcripts – for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Any institution that receives federal funding must comply with Section 504.


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Altium, IPC Education Foundation, and Arduino Announce Student Electronics Design Competition

Altium. | August 19, 2022

Altium LLC, the leading printed circuit board (PCB) design software company, is partnering with the IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) and Arduino to launch the second annual student electronics design challenge. This competition aims to engage, educate, and enhance PCB design capabilities while developing STEM solutions to environmental challenges. The electronics design challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their talents and gain real-world experience. The Innovation for Environmental Change 2022 International Student Design Competition (#PCBeTheChange) engages student teams to help address common environmental concerns using Altium’s educational tools with Arduino hardware. Over 17 countries submitted entries to last year's competition, which addressed various local environmental issues, including city traffic, shoreline erosion, bushfire detection, honey bee endangerment, and more. Teams will use Altium Upverter Modular PCB design software and the Arduino Portenta H7 to create prototype designs that will improve the environment in each team's respective local area. The teams will be challenged to tackle one or more environmental concerns, such as air pollution, water quality, and solar energy capture. As Yu Hu, head of Arduino Education, elaborates, “At Arduino, we believe that it is very crucial to empower the scientists and engineers of the future to address the common challenges of our time by using technology for the benefit of many. Last year’s entries showed an amazing combination of ingenuity, curiosity, and technical skills in their designs, and we’re excited to see what new and innovative STEM solutions the teams will submit this year.” Participating teams will enter the design challenge while harnessing Altium Upverter Education and the Upverter Modular tool. Altium features multiple educational initiatives designed to support high school STEM teachers and students, along with programs to support college students and industry professionals. “It was fascinating to see 87 teams from around the world participate, leveraging the printed circuit board design knowledge they had learned from Altium’s Upverter Education, to address important environmental issues. We are excited to see more unique designs from this year’s contestants and are honored to again have the opportunity to provide the curriculum and tools students need for the contest. Rea Callender, vice president of education at Altium. Winning teams will be eligible to win cash prizes for each category: high school and college: $1500 (1st prize), $750 (2nd prize) and $500 (3rd prize), free access to IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, California from January 24-26, 2023. Designs will be displayed at the IPC Design Booth; awards will be presented at the IPC APEX EXPO STEM Outreach Event. Charlene Gunter, senior director of IPCEF shares, “We believe that opportunities and experiences like this will allow students to gain awareness and access to the electronics manufacturing industry and in turn help them reach their career goals. This collaboration with Altium, Upverter Education, and Arduino showcases our mutual goals of engaging and educating students in PCB design, and we look forward to seeing the creativity and solutions the teams will create this year.”Open registration for the design challenge is available now via Upverter Education and runs through Monday, October 3. Teams must submit their designs online by Friday, November 18. Competition winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 14, followed by virtual presentations for the first place and runner-up entrants. About Altium Altium, LLC (ASX:ALU) is a global software company headquartered in San Diego, California, accelerating the pace of innovation through electronics. For over 30 years, Altium has been delivering software that maximizes the productivity of PCB designers and electrical engineers. From individual inventors to multinational corporations, more PCB designers and engineers choose Altium software to design and realize electronics-based products. About Upverter Education Upverter Education, launched by Altium in September 2020, is addressing an important societal need by empowering STEM educators teaching engineering, electronics design, and robotics with free essential tools and classroom resources. The program has been honored with multiple awards, including the EdTech Breakthrough Award, for Best Engineering Learning Solution and the Gold STEVIE® American Business Award, further validating Altium’s innovative approach to supporting STEM education. About IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) The IPC Education Foundation creates awareness of the careers the electronics manufacturing industry has to offer students in high school and college by providing them with opportunities to access people, courses, and knowledge through key programs: 1) The IPC Student Chapter program provides scholarships, industry-standard education, industry connections, and access to hands-on competitions, especially with the support of industry experts and professionals; 2) IPC Video Subscription Libraries provide access to industry-relevant content to students in high school and college, and 3) a variety of engagement initiatives like in-person/virtual events, webinars, and classroom activities. About Arduino Arduino is the leading open-source hardware and software company in the world. Born to provide an easy-to-use platform for anyone making interactive projects, Arduino has reached a growing community and adapted to new needs and challenges, branching out into products for IoT, wearables, 3D printing, and embedded environments. As of today, the Arduino community included approximately 30 million active users.

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Picnic Works™ and Chartwells Higher Education Expand Effort to Revolutionize Campus Dining Experiences

Picnic Works | June 15, 2022

Picnic Works, Seattle-based innovator of food automation technology, today announces an expanded university partnership with leading contract food service management company Chartwells Higher Education. Following a successful pilot program at Texas A&M and the University of Chicago, Chartwells continues to revolutionize the campus dining experience, with cutting-edge kitchen equipment from Picnic. "Our team realized an unexpected benefit during the pilot, Due to the speed in which we were able to produce pizzas, we reduced waste at the end of the day by moving to a "just in time" production model." -Christopher Burr, VP of Digital Strategy for Chartwells Higher Education. Efficiencies realized from the pilot program are leading Chartwells to deploy the Picnic Pizza Station to more campuses across the U.S. Beginning at the start of the upcoming school year, the Picnic Pizza Station will be implemented across an initial five university campuses to streamline dining operations and promote timely service and consistent food quality for students and guests. The first five universities will include Texas A&M, the University of Chicago, Missouri State University, Carroll University, and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. "The success we saw in Texas and Chicago proves that great things are bound to happen when two innovative organizations collaborate, Picnic is thrilled to continue partnering with Chartwells to improve the business of university kitchens around the country. We're also exceeding diner expectations, with 80% of A&M students surveyed saying they believe robotic technology helps make tastier, more consistent pizzas." -Clayton Wood, Picnic CEO. The Picnic Pizza Station provides kitchens an immediate return on investment through automation, helping restaurants reduce labor by 66%. The station also aids in reducing food waste to around 2%, a significant reduction from the average 10% most kitchens experience today. The Picnic Pizza Station will be on display next at The Chartwells 2022 Joy Fest, June 23-24, in Chicago, Illinois and The College & University Food Services National Conference, July 13-16, in Spokane, Washington. As Picnic continues growing to meet customer demand, the Picnic Pizza Station will continue advancing automation in the food service industry. Customers can visit hellopicnic.com to get more information, see demo videos, and reserve a system, as well as input their own numbers into a cost savings estimator. To read more about how Chartwells is bringing innovative dining options to millions of students nationwide, visit chartwellshighered.com About Picnic: Founded in 2016, Picnic Works (hellopicnic.com) has collected an experienced team of food and technology industry veterans to develop and provide specialized intelligent technology and exclusive solutions for the food service and hospitality industries. Restaurants, convenient and grocery stores, university and corporate campuses, casinos, hotels, cruise lines, sports venues, catering groups, healthcare cafeterias, small kiosks, ghost kitchen operators, mobile food operations, food trucks, delivery, and military sites are among the many segments poised to benefit from the company's automated food assembly platform integrating RaaS, software, cloud, and deep learning technology.

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Deloitte Teams With Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee to Build the Next Generation AI Talent

Deloitte | May 31, 2022

Deloitte today announced a strategic collaboration with IIT Roorkee to deliver rigorous, immersive programs in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) that are designed to build the next generation workforce. This relationship aims to revolutionize how organizations and academia work together to bridge the AI talent gap and develop future leaders with a higher level of AI proficiency. This collaboration can impart industry-relevant skills to Indian talent in new-age tools and create a roadmap for the future of AI. Deloitte's collaboration with IIT Roorkee aligns with the "Digital India" vision of the Government of India aiming for a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Given India's scale of tech savvy talent, the robust technology ecosystem, the proliferating opportunities requiring digital skills in all fields, and the growing innovation-led entrepreneurships, AI proficiency will be pivotal in addressing current, emergent and future employment opportunities and in helping make the workforce market-ready. The collaboration between Deloitte and IIT Roorkee will focus on a prioritized set of initiatives in the AI space. The two organizations will: Design and deliver AI and machine learning certification courses to educate Deloitte practitioners via the Deloitte AI Academy. Offer a work-study program for IIT Roorkee scholars and students to work on AI projects with Deloitte. Also, Deloitte will provide fellowships for doctoral research on AI and advanced analytics Promote AI fluency for aspiring students and the community at large with online learning courses thus enabling digital empowerment of citizens and talent pools. "We at Deloitte are committed to developing new talent with the right skill sets to deliver on the benefits of AI for business and all of society," said Jason Girzadas, managing principal, businesses, global and strategic services, Deloitte Consulting LLP. "As we look to facilitate our clients' journeys to becoming AI-fueled organizations, our collaboration with IIT Roorkee will educate future business leaders, instilling AI proficiency designed to broaden the pool of business-ready, AI talent." While highlighting the importance of the collaboration with Deloitte, Professor Ajit K. Chaturvedi, director, IIT Roorkee, said, "The coming together of IIT Roorkee and Deloitte will create new opportunities for both of us. In fact, this partnership has the potential to strengthen the AI roadmap of India." "The Deloitte AI Academy's collaboration with IIT Roorkee brings together in-depth business knowledge, mastery of technology and the rigor of academics to provide practitioners with an immersive learning experience that will accelerate their careers and help them thrive in the increasingly dynamic AI market," said Nitin Mittal, principal, U.S. AI leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Vishal Sharma, president and national managing director, Deloitte Consulting US India. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee is among the foremost of institutes in higher technological education, engineering and applied research. Celebrating the 175th year of its founding, the Institute has played a pivotal role in providing technical know-how and the pursuit of research. The Institute ranks amongst the best technological institutions in the world and has contributed to all sectors of technological development. It is considered a trend-setter in education and research in the fields of science, technology, and engineering. To cater to the growing needs in the areas of AI and ML, IIT Roorkee has established Mehta Family School for Data Science and Machine Learning which offers MTech in data science, MTech in artificial intelligence and a Ph.D. program and will soon offer a full-fledged BTech in data science and artificial intelligence from the autumn 2022 semester. The Institute also supports and seeds AI and digital start-ups with resource centers. Deloitte is a leader in AI aimed at becoming the No. 1 talent destination for those looking to help companies transform into AI-Fueled™ organizations. The Deloitte AI Academy provides a comprehensive learning experience and brings together an education ecosystem from academia, technology companies, corporate learning providers and Deloitte AI specialists. Launched in September 2021, the Deloitte AI Academy plans to train up to 10,000 professionals across the United States, India and other geographies in the next four years. About Deloitte Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to the world's leading brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people come together for the greater good and work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today's marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthier society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Building on more than 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories.

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Raptor Technologies and Alertus Technologies Partner to Provide Comprehensive Solution for Keeping K-12 Schools Safe

Raptor Technologies and Alertus Technologies | August 10, 2022

Raptor Technologies, the leading provider of school safety software, and Alertus Technologies, a leader in emergency mass notification solutions, today announced they will integrate their best-in-class safety and security offerings to enhance security for K-12 schools and districts. The partnership combines Alertus' notification solutions with Raptor's robust emergency management and reunification tools, setting new, high standards for critical communication and response during emergencies. Alertus' integrated, modular mass notification offerings – including Alertus Desktop™, IP Text-to-Speech Interface for PA systems, and a range of hardwired and pocket-sized activation devices – are designed to help K-12 schools automate widespread, instant alerting in an emergency. Now, any K-12 school utilizing Raptor Technologies can automatically send emergency notifications to all alerting modalities unified by the Alertus Mass Notification System via Raptor® Connect™. Alertus will also offer Raptor Alert customers free Alertus Desktop™ and Alertus Desktop™ for Chrome, powerful desktop and browser-based alerting software that instantly overrides computer displays with customizable notifications. The promotion is made possible through Alertus' Safe in Seconds Initiative, a philanthropic effort to equip schools and nonprofits with mass notification technology they might not otherwise be able to afford. "School districts across the country are recognizing the value of being able to quickly initiate an alert and notify staff and teachers in the event of a school emergency, By integrating with Alertus, we're expanding the ways users can rapidly access Raptor Alert to trigger an alert and increasing the ways a campus can be notified of an emergency." -Chris Noell, chief product officer, Raptor Technologies Raptor Alert is currently used by more than 7,500 schools nationwide to help school districts respond to emergencies. Many states, including Texas, Florida, New Jersey and New York, have earmarked funding or created mandates to make mobile panic alerts available to schools. Additionally, in 2021, Raptor Alert was chosen by 25% of Florida schools to achieve compliance with Alyssa's Law, which mandates panic buttons that directly connect to law enforcement. Every second counts in an emergency and our top priority is ensuring that schools have every possible way to get urgent, life-saving information to their students, teachers and staff – both during and after a critical event, Our integration with Raptor enables schools to alert, respond, and recover more effectively by reducing response times, reinforcing stakeholder responsibilities and mitigating risk to their communities,said Patrick Dennin, director of education, Alertus. Alertus works with hundreds of K-12 schools and districts across North America, equipping them with unified, multilayered mass notification solutions – software, hardware and integrations with legacy alerting systems – to communicate effectively and protect their communities from potential threats, including active shooters, severe weather, health outbreaks, and more. Through its partnership with Raptor, Alertus' customized, layered approach to mass notification helps ensure that no one is missed in the event of an emergency. About Raptor Technologies Founded in 2002, Raptor has partnered with over 50,000 schools globally, including over 5,000 K-12 US school districts, to provide integrated visitor, volunteer, emergency management, and safeguarding software and services that cover the complete spectrum of school and student safety. About Alertus Technologies Alertus Technologies is a pioneer and market leader in emergency mass notification systems for large-area, high occupancy facilities. Since 2002, Alertus has engineered innovative solutions for emergency mass notification that unify and simplify the notification process for immediate, comprehensive coverage. Alertus provides solutions for in-building notification, outdoor notification, and personal notification. Thousands of institutions and enterprise organizations worldwide trust and rely on Alertus to protect millions of people.

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