Feb 6, 2014 10:31 ET
"Future of Kids TV Summit" Announced For MIPTV 2014
80 SENIOR PROGRAMMING EXECS TO MAP OUT DIGITAL STRATEGIES FOR KIDS ENTERTAINMENT
7 – 10 April 2014 – Cannes, France
PARIS, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Reed MIDEM, organisers of global kids programming conference MIPJunior, will host the first Future of Kids TV Summit during MIPTV 2014, bringing together in Cannes 80 creative strategists from the children's entertainment sector to address key issues surrounding the digital disruption in creation and distribution.
The Summit will take place on Tuesday 8 April, in the Carlton Hotel in Cannes, as part of the 'Junior at MIPTV' special focus on children's and youth programming. The event is sponsored by Shaw Rocket Fund, a Canadian investment fund dedicated to youth-oriented production.
In the context of an ever more competitive kids' TV market facing changing viewing habits & new format trends , the Future of Kids' TV Summit will bring together 80 creative strategists from the children's entertainment sector, who will address the key issues facing the industry and attempt to map out its future direction. This high-level think-tank will feature influential visionaries who will share their experiences and insights in a series of fast-paced presentations. Participants will then be invited to brainstorm in small groups, guided by moderators.
The first confirmed Summit keynote speaker is Yoni Bloch, CEO and Co-Founder of Interlude, a digital media company that designs, develops, markets and enables the creation of interactive videos. The company has already built a rich history of interactive video storytelling and helped some of the world's leading entertainment and corporate brands leverage interactive video, including Shell, MAC, Subaru, Disney Music Group, Intel and Sony Music Nashville. Interlude also collaborates with major music artists and created Bob Dylan's internationally acclaimed interactive music video for "Like A Rolling Stone."
"I'm thrilled to be present at the Future of Kids' TV Summit to discuss how content creators can create a digital playground for children," said Bloch. "Interactive videos invite kids to continually engage and shape the story differently each time. I look forward to exploring new ways for the entertainment industry to help kids become active participants instead of passive viewers."
The Future of Kids' TV Summit is the latest in MIPTV's established line-up of forward-looking events, following on the heels of the International Drama Coproduction Summit and the Digital Minds Summit. These forums are now recognized by key industry executives as must-attend events in their business agenda.
"Given MIPTV's track record of organising thought-leadership events, it was an obvious move to kids' TV. The sector has to be really forward-thinking to keep up with the tastes and habits of children, who are natural early adopters. The Summit will be a valuable complement to MIPTV which attracts over 2,500 kids' entertainment executives from over 100 countries," said Laurine Garaude, Reed MIDEM's Television Director.
Confirmed participants at the Summit include the main broadcasters in the sector: Cartoon Network, Disney, Nickelodeon, Toon Goggles, ABC TV, De Agostini Editore, Super RTL, KI.KA ARD/ZDF, NRK Super, TVO, Teletoon, DR TV, and TV2 Norway, along with online giants Google/YouTube.
Other key kids-oriented events during MIPTV 2014 include the Co-production Marketplace: Kids' TV Co-production with Asia, on Tuesday 8 April. This targeted matchmaking session offers a unique opportunity for buyers to discover new kids' content currently in development, and to meet producers from across Asia(China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, etc.).
Elsewhere at MIPTV 2014, on Wednesday 9 April, MIP Digital Fronts features new international screenings for original online video, with a special emphasis on kids' content. Aimed at digital entertainment executives, MIP Digital Fronts will be the first international digital content marketplace for the production, distribution and acquisition of high-quality original content produced exclusively for online audiences. The first Founding Partner to be announced is YouTube.
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About MIPTV – Founded in 1963, MIPTV is the annual international market and creative forum for content on every screen. It brings professionals from the global TV and online content industry to Cannes, France, for four days of exhibition, conferences, screenings and networking. It is a key market for buying and selling content and early-stage content development. MIPCube constitutes a special programme exploring tech and creative approaches with the community re-inventing the content experience within MIPTV. The weekend prior to MIPTV, MIPDoc and MIPFormats constitute a two-day showcase for non-fiction and unscripted programming. In 2013, MIPTV celebrated its 50th anniversary. www.miptv.com
About Reed MIDEM – Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is a leading organiser of professional, international tradeshows. Reed MIDEM events have established themselves as key dates in professional diaries. The company hosts MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, LeWeb Paris and London for internet forward-thinkers, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, MIPIM UK and MAPIC for the property and retail real estate sectors.www.reedmidem.com
About Reed Exhibitions - Reed Exhibitions is the world's leading events organizer, with over 500 events in 41 countries. In 2012 Reed brought together seven million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas,Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 34 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 44 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group, a world leading provider of professional information solutions. www.reedexpo.com
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Jan 8, 2014 09:00 ET
Million Women Mentors Launches National Movement to Mobilize One Million Mentors of Girls & Young Women in STEM Education and Careers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Million Women Mentors (MWM), a ground-breaking collaborative effort designed to engage one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors, launches today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The initiative aims to educate and empower girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. In conjunction with National Mentoring Month, MWM has constructed a vast network of 13 corporate sponsors, and more than 40 partner organizations that are dedicated to cultivating multiple pathways of mentoring to bolster girls' confidence and increase access to professionals working in the STEM field. Collectively, these public-private entities represent more than 18 million women and girls.
Inasmuch, young girls and women are less likely than their male counterparts to work in STEM fields. In fact, just 24 percent of women work in STEM fields. The good news is that women in STEM careers earn92 cents for every dollar male-STEM counterparts earn versus 75 cents in other fields. What's more, 80 percent of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills.
MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector®, the national organization that works closely with corporations and thousands of entities to assist in STEM best practices and smart STEM investments.
"We have the responsibility as a country to move the needle on girls and young women in STEM careers from 24 percent of our current workforce to 50 percent," said Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector® and Co-Founder of Million Women Mentors.
Today's launch includes the debut of the website (www.millionwomenmentors.org) that will be developed in phases with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The first phase will include a nationwide call to action to capture and pledge commitments from individuals, organizations and companies that have an interest in mentoring. In the second and third phases, the website will be enhanced with matching capabilities to pair mentors with mentees in STEM fields. Additionally, the site will recognize those with model mentoring programs and learning resources.
"STEM careers offer women and girls the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of innovation. TCS believes we collectively need an all hands on deck approach, clearing hurdles as women navigate careers in STEM, and paving the way towards realizing greater equality and economic success,"said Surya Kant, Tata Consultancy Services' President for North America, UK & Europe. "We are proud to be a Founding Partner of MWM and pledge our commitment to make mentoring accessible to girls and women across the nation, especially those from underrepresented minorities."
Founding Sponsors include: Accenture, Cisco, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in addition to Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, Microsoft Research, Walmart and ADP. Silver sponsors include: Adecco Group North America, General Motors, Intellectual Ventures and UST Global.
"As a proud founding partner of MWM, nothing is more important than mentoring and supporting girls and women into STEM careers, especially in the underserved communities. We are thrilled to work in more than 1,400 communities with more than eight million girls," said Karen Peterson, President and CEO of National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) and one of the initiative's founding partners.
"For Accenture, the combination of STEM and women is a natural fit," said Jorge Benitez, Accenture's Chief Executive of the United States and senior managing director of North America. "Technology-led innovation is at the heart of our business, and our women are key to our ability to deliver high performance to our clients. Pairing girls and young women with successful role models is a key step to encouraging them to bring their intelligence, talent and ability to STEM careers, and we are pleased to be part of this important initiative."
"It's incongruent that in 2013 women accounted for 57 percent of bachelor's degrees awarded in the U.S., but STEM accounted for less than 10 percent of all degrees," said Michael Norris, Chief Operating Officer & Market President, Sodexo North America. "Given that by 2020, 81 percent of new workforce entrants will be women or minorities, at Sodexo we hear a call to action today to mentor and prepare girls and young women for unbridled success in tomorrow's demanding global marketplace, and are excited to support this critical STEM careers imperative."
"We need to do more than just tell young girls that they can be engineers, rocket scientists, or computer programmers. Mentors can inspire girls and give them an insider's view of what it's like to work in STEM. That's why AAUW fully supports this new initiative, which complements our ongoing efforts to empower women and girls as innovators and leaders in science and math. Career options in STEM disciplines are endless, but we won't reach our full potential as a nation until women and underrepresented groups are fully included," said Linda D. Hallman, CAE, AAUW Executive Director and CEO.
MWM is the collective action of 42 national partners (as of January 8, 2014). The four founding partners are STEMconnector®, National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), MentorNet, and NPower. Lead partners include The National 4-H Council, Girls Inc., The Manufacturing Institute, MENTOR, Teach for America, AAUW, Great Minds in STEM, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), Business and Professional Women's Foundation (BPW), National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), YWCA, Junior Achievement, Sally Ride Science, SkillsUSA, Girl Scouts of the USA, Lean In, US News & World Report, Diversity Woman, Diplomatic Courier, Enterprising Women, Discovery Communications, National Utilities Diversity Council (NUDC), National Women's Political Caucus, eWomen Network, Girlstart, Global WIN, Innovate+Educate, My College Options, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), US 2020, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), Computer Clubhouse Network, LATINAstyle, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Success in the City, Arizona State University, and Nepris.
The launch includes several VIP speakers, partners, and an original song by GRAMMY award winner Tena Clark. Television star and author Hill Harper will also attend the launch event. To further elevate the importance of mentoring girls and young women in STEM, all MWM partners and sponsors will highlight part of their organizational efforts related to girls and young women, mentoring and STEM during January, in conjunction with National Mentoring Month. In addition to events and partner efforts from these entities, MWM will also engage support from women Senators through mentor/mentee luncheon and reception to be held March 5. For the most updated calendar of events, please go to www.MillionWomenMentors.org.
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Nov 8, 2013 08:30 ET
Buckle Up! Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills celebrates 4th anniversary in INNOVENTIONS Attraction at Epcot
Experience showcases science, technology, engineering and math in action as guests design and experience their own virtual thrill ride
WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Dips, dives, loops and barrel rolls await guests as Raytheon's (NYSE: RTN) Sum of all Thrills™ celebrates its fourth anniversary in INNOVENTIONS atEpcot ® at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
(Sum of all Thrills™ is a one-of-a-kind experience that lets children of all ages custom-design their own virtual thrill ride using math fundamentals to calculate variables such as acceleration and velocity. Once the design is complete, participants can immediately experience their creation in a 3-D robotic simulator. Park guests can join the conversation anytime on Twitter at #SumofAllThrills.
Since its debut in October 2009, guests visiting INNOVENTIONS Attraction at Epcot have enjoyed the thrill of virtual roller coaster rides, jet-fighter planes or bobsled runs. Riders dip and dive through loops, turns and barrel rolls while learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Raytheon's online Sum of all Thrills game invites students, especially middle school students, to create and enjoy the excitement of the experience via their home and school computers.
Raytheon is committed to improving science, technology, engineering and math education. These skills are increasingly important for tomorrow's workforce as they fuel the fields that form the foundation of the global economy. As part of Raytheon's MathMovesU® program, Sum of all Thrills supports this commitment to secure talent for the future.
Raytheon's MathMovesU® program is an initiative committed to increasing middle and elementary school students' interest in math and science education by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities. The innovative programs of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!®; Raytheon'sSum of all Thrills™ experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® , which showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill ride using math fundamentals; the "In the Numbers" game, a partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon; the company's ongoing sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS® National Competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program. Follow MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on Twitter @MathMovesU.
About INNOVENTIONS Attraction at Epcot
INNOVENTIONS is located in the heart of Epcot ® at the Walt Disney World ® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Creativity and imagination abound as guests celebrate the inspiration and the innovations that improve their lives and expand their horizons. Hands-on interactive exhibits allow children and adults to be immersed into ideas that inform, entertain and inspire. For more information about INNOVENTIONS, visitwww.innoventions.disney.com.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered inWaltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter@Raytheon.
K12 Inc. Announces First Ever Build a Mobile App Contest
K12 Mobile App Contest
National Contest Open to All Students Ages 13 to 18; Top Three Finalist to Win iPad®
Herndon, VA (PRWEB) November 08, 2013
Young entrepreneurs get ready. K12 Inc. is hosting their first ever Build a Mobile App Contest for all participants ages 13 to 18 to develop mobile applications to be made available to the public. The contest comes on the heels of the company’s mobile app portfolio expansion and renewed commitment to provide innovative educational content to consumers.
The K12 App Contest is currently open to the public and will end 5:00 PM EST on January 31, 2014. The theme of the contest is “The World of Science” and participants are invited to create a mobile app in one of three categories:
- Earth and the Environment
- Space and the Solar System
Entrants must develop an app on the Android® or IOS® platform only and upload the app to either iTunes®, Google Play®, or Amazon®. A panel of judges selected by K12 will review apps received and will pick winners within two months following the end of the contest. The top three app developers can win an iPad® Mini tablet and every student who submits an app will receive a certificate of participation.
“We are excited to offer the mobile app contest for the first time to students who have the desire to develop innovative content and showcase their 21st century skills,” said Abha DasGupta, Vice President of Mobile and Gaming. “There’s a greater focus today in STEM education and we want to do our part to encourage students early on to develop and sustain an interest in computer science. Our hope is that this contest provides the challenge and incentive for students to harness their technology skills to create engaging and educational apps for the general public. ”
K12 Inc. currently has a portfolio of over 15 unique mobile applications for Apple and Android users through the iTunes Store, Amazon Appstore, and Google Play and continues to grow.
For K12’s Build a Mobile App Contest guidelines and how to enter, please visit the Contest Main Page.
About K12 Inc.
K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is leading the transformation to individualized learning as the nation's foremost provider of technology-powered online solutions for students in pre-kindergarten through high school. K12 has worked with more than 2,000 school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 provides curricula, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and families. The K12 Program is offered through K12 partner public schools in more than two-thirds of the states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 110 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.
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