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Mobile Makers Academy is Putting Coding on the Curriculum in These Chicago High Schools

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Back in 2012, Mobile Makers Academy launched in Chicago to offer people the opportunity to become iOS developers through its initial ten-week program offering. Since then, they’ve condensed their iOS Bootcamp to eight weeks, teach students to code in both Objective-C and Apple’s new Swift programming language,  and have even launched a program that enables… Read more »



Apply by August 18 to Win Mobile Future’s $20,000 Prize

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This is a sponsored post by Mobile Future, and we want to thank them for all of their support! Earlier in June, Mobile Future announced that they would be hosting a national innovation competition, The Mobileys, for the second consecutive year. The competition seeks to highlight wireless and mobile apps, services, and products with an… Read more »


Charitable Agents Helps Regular People Make Huge Donations

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Most Americans’ biggest purchase is their home. Imagine the positive impact of applying a percentage of your largest purchase to your favorite charity. That’s what the company Charitable Agents helps homebuyers do. Brothers David and Avi Tal were fascinated by this idea, and decided to make it a reality. David Tal shared the Charitable Agents… Read more »


Shanghai’s Startups Invest in High Tech and Education in Africa

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With globalization and restructuring occurring rapidly throughout the world’s political and economic systems, emerging countries have an urgent need for educational improvement at all levels, especially the post-secondary level. Today, many Chinese projects, companies, and entrepreneurs aim to contribute to this development in emerging countries, and especially in Africa, through high-technology innovations. We recently spoke… Read more »



Reduce Your Utility Use with Sol Vista  

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How much would you pay to reduce your utility use by 1420% per year? That astronomical reduction is exactly what The Bernstein Companies have realized since they became Sol Vista’s first client in 2010. Sol Vista enabled The Bernstein Companies to leverage a $25,000 investment in efficiency measures into annual savings of $300,000 and a… Read more »



Jason Aramburu Is Priming Edyn For A Big Future

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The New York Times recently reported about Edyn, a smart garden system that monitors and tracks environmental conditions. But it goes well beyond that as Edyn’s founder, Jason Aramburu, is trying to tackle the problems of drought and the global food shortage. The soil sensor and water valve devices are topped by solar panels, and… Read more »


Medyear’s Documentary on HIV/AIDS in Africa Highlights Software’s Ability to Affect Social Change

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On Monday, NYC-based startup Medyear released a short documentary on the social stigmatization of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and how mere access to privacy tools can significantly improve the treatment of those dealing with the virus. Aside from highlighting the social impact that startups can continue to make on a global scale, the documentary is also revealing… Read more »


WattB Wins Top Prize at Dept of Energy’s Apps for Energy Contest

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On Wednesday, Alexandria, VA-based energy startup, WattB, took home first prize at the Dept. of Energy’s Apps for Energy contest, a competition aimed at discovering the most innovative apps to help individuals, organizations, and communities make informed decisions about their energy use. The company placed first-place overall for their entry of WattBuddy, an app that gives people the… Read more »



Train Hard and Raise Funds for Charity with Frundraise

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Charity – you can either contribute money or take some of your precious time and donate it. But how many people can support charity events regularly? Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to back the charity events for your favorite causes while doing what you do regularly? Frundraise is a Colorado-based website that allows runners, cyclists,… Read more »


“Entrepreneurs Will Look at Silicon Valley And See Sell-outs” Says Investor Chamath Palihapitiya

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Venture capitalist and former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya took the Collision Conference main stage and quickly shared a major concern that Silicon Valley is becoming predictable.  The founder of the investment company, The Social+Capital Partnership, said today that investors “need to be passionate.” During his interview on stage, Palihapitiya was adamant about investors losing passion, and especially the… Read more »


Gabe Klien, Nathan Daschle, Adrian Fenty Join Phone2Action’s Advisory Board

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Phone2Action yesterday announced that former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Senior VP of Political Communications for Clear Channel Communications and cofounder of Ruck.us Nathan Daschle, and senior visiting fellow at the Urban Land Institute Gabe Klein, have joined the company’s board of advisors. “These leaders have led some of the country’s most innovative businesses, governments, and… Read more »