2017/04/28

«Mobile Apps in the North American Trucking Industry 2017: Trucking Apps Evolving Rapidly to Offer $2 Billion Investment Opportunities by 2020 - Research and Markets»



Business Wire @BusinessWire



«Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Mobile Apps in the North American Trucking Industry, 2016-2017" report to their offering.

»The North American trucking apps ecosystem has the potential to become a $35.4 billion market by 2025. New participants backed by blue-chip companies and OEMs with large purses are likely to be major disrupters, having the advantage of learning from the mistakes/best practices of the incumbents.

»Smartphones are not only a gateway for information, they are also increasingly becoming business enablers for the trucking industry. They are driving up efficiency and opening up new opportunities in the trucking ecosystem with a spurt in the growth of dedicated mobile apps for trucking. While only a few drivers attached to large fleets get access to telematics services, owner operators and drivers of small fleets are likely to gain from a slew of mobile-based services due to over 80% smartphone penetration.

»The North American trucking apps market is becoming an increasingly crowded space, with more than 70 major dedicated trucking apps and a host of new apps being launched every day. Stakeholders across the supply chain-including manufacturers, warehouses, 3PLs, shippers, brokers, carriers, drivers, owner operators, truck stops, fuel stations, repair shops, and end customers-are set to benefit profoundly due to these dedicated services at their fingertips.

»While on-demand freight matching apps are likely to disrupt the on-road logistics industry, the innovation of fleet optimization apps and driver utility apps are expected to bring in efficiency, convenience, and visibility at various levels for all stakeholders like never before-helping trucking become more nimble and dynamic in response to present day real-time and just-in-time transportation management needs.



Smartphones are not only a gateway for information, they are also increasingly becoming business enablers for the trucking industry. They are driving up efficiency and opening up new opportunities in the trucking ecosystem with a spurt in the growth of dedicated mobile apps for trucking.

»Companies Mentioned

»Blue Bloodhound

»Cargo Chief

»Convoy

»Drivewyze

»Gorilla Safety

»GreenRoad

»KeepTruckin

»Loadsmart

»MineFleetLite (To be released under Vyncs brand)

»My ONE20

»MyLumper

»myPilot

»Next Trucking

»Overhaul

»PedalCoach

»Transfix

»Trucker Path

»TruckerLine

»Truckloads

»Truckstop Mobile



»Key Topics Covered:

»1. Executive Summary

»2. Research Scope, Objectives, Background, and Methodology

»3. Definitions and Segmentation

»4. Opportunities in Mobile Apps

»5. Freight Mobility Apps

»6. Fleet Optimization Apps

»7. Driver Utility Apps

»8. Trucking Apps Evaluation Radar

»9. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action

»10. Conclusions

»11. Top Freight Mobility App Profiles

»12. Top Driver Utility App Profiles

»13. Top Fleet Optimization App Profiles

»14. Appendix


»For more information about this report visit
http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/xkcmlr/mobile_apps_in»





Innovation and resources

2017/04/27

«Fintech Apps Bring Stability to Stressed Families»



David Wessel @davidmwessel via The Wall Street Journal @WSJ



«At a time of volatile household incomes and widespread economic insecurity, the latest innovations in financial technology may help bring some peace of mind and a little stability to financially stressed American families.

»The past few years have seen a proliferation of apps designed to help families—not rich people looking to allocate 401(k) retirement accounts, but the larger number struggling to make it from paycheck to paycheck, coping with the uncertainty of everyday life and trying to keep the promises they made to themselves to save.

»“In the U.S. we don’t really have an access-to-banking problem,” says Jennifer Tescher, president of the Center for Financial Services Innovation, a nonprofit that aims to help the industry better serve low- and moderate-income consumers. After all, 93% of U.S. households have bank accounts, according to the latest Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data. “The bigger issue is: Can we use technology to help people better manage their financial lives?”

»The financial strains that afflict many American households are well documented. About 12% of respondents to a 2015 Federal Reserve survey said their income varied “quite a bit” from one month to the next during the past year; an additional 20% said they occasionally had some unusually high or low months.

»The JPMorgan Chase Institute, sifting through data on one million Chase customers from 2012 to 2015, found that more than half experienced greater than 30% month-to-month changes in income; for Chase’s lowest-income customers, it was three-quarters.

»And scrutiny of 235 low- and moderate-income families in four communities, detailed in a new book, “The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty,” found that the households typically experienced five months a year in which spending was either 25% above or below the monthly average.

»So now come the apps, a slice of what has come to be known as fintech—technology that is changing the financial industry.

»A three-year-old app called Even, for instance, is a response to the volatility of some people’s income. Based on past paychecks, Even estimates the amount a person makes on average, advancing money on bad weeks that the user pays back on a good week. The cost of the credit extended is covered by a subscription fee—$3 a week for individuals, though for many users employers subscribe and offer Even as an employee benefit. The company has raised $12 million in venture capital.

»Another app, Digit, from Hello Digit Inc., attempts to make saving easier. A user gives the app access to his or her checking account. It analyzes income and spending patterns, decides how much one can afford to save at any given time and automatically moves that sum into a Digit savings account, often just a few dollars every couple of days. “We believe so strongly in our math and our ability to safely identify money you can afford to save that if we overdraft your account, we’ll cover the fee, up to two times per customer,” Digit says. The two-year-old company effectively pays interest at a 1% annual rate on the $500 million it has accumulated in user savings, and makes its money by investing at a higher rate. It has raised $36 million in venture funding.

The bigger issue is: Can we use technology to help people better manage their financial lives? The financial strains that afflict many American households are well documented. About 12% of respondents to a 2015 Federal Reserve survey said their income varied “quite a bit” from one month to the next during the past year; an additional 20% said they occasionally had some unusually high or low months.

»The Prism app, from Prism Money, began by simply putting all of a user’s bills in one app to cut down on the hassle of keeping track of them all. But the founders realized that managing the payment of bills was a huge source of stress to many people and shifted their focus to helping users with that, says Tyler Griffin, until recently Prism’s CEO and now entrepreneur in residence at the Center for Financial Services Innovation. Users connect the app to their bank accounts and monthly bills. The app reminds users when a bill is due and allows them to pay it with one click. It alerts users if a bill payment will trigger an overdraft, and it helps them avoid late fees by prioritizing their bills so they pay the ones due sooner first. Prism raised $3 million in venture capital before selling last year to PayNearMe, a firm that allows people to pay all sorts of bills in cash at 28,000 retail outlets.

»Other fintech companies help people borrow at lower costs than they can find elsewhere. Ascend Consumer Finance makes three-year loans averaging $6,000 at annual interest rates as high as 36%, which sounds steep but is well below the annual rates of 350% or more often charged by the payday lenders many people use. Also, Ascend cuts the interest rate—halving it in some cases—in any month in which a borrower reduces his or her debt by $50 or more, saves $50 or more, or spends less than $600 on a credit card. The two-year-old company has raised $60 million in equity and debt.

»This proliferation of fintech apps in the past few years is the result of a convergence of forces.

»Several are technological. There is the ubiquity of smartphones among Americans of all incomes and the evolution of app stores with user-generated ratings that can quickly propel startups to popularity. There are the falling barriers to entry as more, and cheaper, software platforms and third-party services emerge on which startups rely. And there is the capacity and (sometimes grudging) willingness of big banks to let customers give fintech apps access to customers’ financial data.

»At the same time, investors are pouring billions into fintech startups as a cadre of entrepreneurs—some motivated by their own frustrations with conventional banking, others looking for ways to make money by doing good—emerge. Some are deploying the lessons of behavioral economics, fashioning smartphone-based nudges to get people to do what they intend to do but often don’t.

»Quinten Farmer, a co-founder of Even, emphasizes the need for app designers to talk to their customers. “The very first hire we made at Even was a user researcher,” he said at a recent forum. “It was not a popular choice with our investors; they wanted us to hire an engineer. But she has ended up being an incredibly foundational part of how our product has come together.” Every day on their morning commute, the Even team is “listening to a podcast that she put together which is interviews with the people we serve talking about the features that we’re working on building that day,” he said.

»Few, if any, of these young fintech services have gone viral. Indeed, several are available only in some states, because state-by-state regulatory approvals are costly and time-consuming. Ascend, for instance, is doing business in just eight states.

»Whether the startups can prove profitable while serving low- and moderate-income customers remains to be seen. “I think fintech has significant potential if policy makers and firms are intentional about wanting to serve the low-income community by lowering costs, increasing speed and improving control over one’s financial life,” says Michael Barr, a University of Michigan law professor and former Treasury Department official with a longstanding interest in consumer finance. But, he adds, “The low-hanging fruit for making a lot of money is not in poor people. It may be a very long time before the bottom of the [income] pyramid is reached. It may be that there need to be special incentives for that—regulatory relief, tax credits.”

»Jonathan Morduch, a New York University professor of public policy and an economist and co-author of “The Financial Diaries,” has plenty of praise for fintech apps, but doubts they will be the ultimate solution to financial stress for many. “The apps make life easier for a bunch of folks, but you have to be in the mode of needing or recognizing them,” he says. “I’m a whole lot more excited about having a responsive credit union near you than an app.” Sometimes, he says, one needs a human to talk to.

»Mr. Wessel is a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution and director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. Email reports@wsj.com.



»Corrections & Amplifications

»Even, an app that helps people manage volatile income, charges individual users $3 a week and is available only to those with conventional paycheck jobs. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the charge was $3 a month and used Lyft drivers, who don’t get conventional paychecks, as an example of those would benefit from it. (April 25, 2017) Also, the Digit savings app effectively pays users interest of 1% a year on their savings. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the interest rate was 0.2% a year. (April 26, 2017).»





Innovation and inventions

2017/04/26

«Iowa AgriTech Accelerator To Drive Startup Innovation»



Business Record @BusinessRecord. With information from Iowa AgriTech Accelerator





«Agriculture technology companies may apply to work with the new Iowa AgriTech Accelerator starting today. The mentor-led, in-residence accelerator focuses on startups with innovations in that area. The accelerator wants to find six early-stage companies that have an idea, intellectual property or prototype for agricultural innovation and would like to be in the 2017 class.

»"An accelerator's core purpose is to find innovative companies that are just starting out and to find a way to accelerate their business far beyond what they could do themselves," Tej Dhawan, accelerator interim director, said in a statement.

»"The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator brings together mentors and investors from a diverse group of companies and backgrounds who are willing to help a startup's AgTech idea take shape, grow and become commercially viable."

»The chosen startups will receive mentoring, $40,000 in seed funding and visits to area companies. Participants must commit to spending at least 80 percent of their time at the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator in the East Village, from July 10 through Oct. 20, and present their results during World Food Prize Week. Apply by May 12 online.

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator brings together mentors and investors from a diverse group of companies and backgrounds who are willing to help a startup's AgTech idea take shape, grow and become commercially viable.

»Iowa AgriTech Accelerator - About

»The Accelerator is mentor-led, vertically focused, and funded by AgTech innovators.

»We are seeking early-stage companies with an idea, intellectual property or prototype for agricultural innovation. We provide $40,000 in seed funding, purposeful networking with our mentors, office space in our beautiful office in Des Moines, residency at a local extended-stay facility for 100 days and graduation during the World Food Prize with hundreds of global industry and academic thought leaders in attendance.

»We are not your typical Accelerator. Our investors and mentors hail from the AgTech industry. Startups participating in our program will have opportunities to collaborate with industry leaders onsite at their companies, present their solutions to refine product-market fit, perform customer discovery within the industry and build strategic partnerships.

»The details of the 2017 program are:

»_ $40,000 seed funding for a 6% equity position in the startup

»_ Graduation during the World Food Prize

»_ Startup-friendly termsheet with common stock, no liquidation preferences, no board seat and limited preemptive provisions

»_ Program runs July 10 through October 20, 2017

»_ Housed in Historic East Village, Des Moines, Iowa

»_ Subsidized housing provided at a nearby extended-stay facility

»_ Field trips to investor and mentor companies will complement office time for holistic education, outreach, networking and presentation opportunities.»





Innovation and ideas

2017/04/25

«Australian start-ups must be about more than new apps and marketplaces»



Petra Andrén via The Australian Financial Review Magazine @FinancialReview. Petra Andrén is the chief executive of "super incubator", Cicada Innovations, home to 70+ deep-technology start-ups and scale-ups.



«The start-up and innovation "ecosystem", as it's often (regrettably) termed, can be a funny place.

»In Australia, we're not quite sure what it all means, but we know we want a part of it. Every second day, a new app or marketplace is churned out of one of the emerging accelerators and co-working spaces that also seem to be popping up out of the ether.

»We can now do our banking, skip the coffee queue, or even hire a puppy on demand from our smartphones. We can organise for Bob from Richmond to fix our fence, or Susie from Manly to drive us to the airport.

»But in our rush to find "an app for that", are we losing sight of what true innovation looks like?

»Skipping the coffee queue may save us a happy few minutes each morning, but the impact isn't necessarily life-changing, or brimming with long-term impact. And this is where the ecosystem in Australia seems to be facing its greatest challenge.


»Regular versus "deep" technology

»As the use of technology becomes so ubiquitous, there is a growing need to distinguish between two categories of "tech" start-ups. On the one hand, there are those who use regularly available technology or simply implement new business models. On the other hand, there are those who create unique, hard-to-reproduce technology based on scientific discovery and meaningful engineering innovation.

»The latter technologies – "deep technologies" – are more often created in areas of enormous impact, such as medicine, agtech, clean tech, advanced manufacturing, big data or AI, and robotics.

»They are the businesses and technologies that will create the industries and jobs of our future, and which have the potential to put Australia on the map.

»More, not less, government funding and support needs to be allocated towards these types of deep technologies, and yet our dollars don't seem to be dedicated accordingly.


»A conceptual challenge

»For some reason, deep-technology companies are often not considered a part of the "start-up and innovation ecosystem" targeted by the federal government's Innovation and Science agenda.

»It's almost as if the seriousness of what is being produced by deep-technology start-ups renders them outside of the start-up category.

»And yet, these deep-tech start-ups face the same funding and growth challenges faced by any other start-up that may be creating something more tangible to consumers.

»In fact, they may face more challenges, if you factor in the additional dedicated (and expensive) infrastructure needs, and complicated intellectual property requirements.

»Some help has been forthcoming.

»Certain state and federal initiatives have been instrumental in assisting our ecosystem to grow, including the deep-tech start-up ecosystem.

»In 2015, the federal government revised the tax treatment of employee share options. Instead of being taxed at the point of issuance, the government allowed the option of tax being paid at a much later date.

»This enabled cash-strapped start-ups to entice highly-skilled, STEM-educated teams through the provision of company equity, as opposed to salaries that have the potential to cripple growth. This helped start-ups select and retain valuably skilled workers here in Australia.

»In 2016, the Victorian government developed a policy of funding start-ups based in incubators, given the risk-reduced, vetted profile of incubated start-ups. The result for us here at Cicada Innovations alone was that more than 60 per cent of our start-ups received minimum viable product (MVP) grants following the policy move.

»Current scrutiny of the R&D Tax Incentive will also hopefully help to further improve conditions for regular and deep-tech startups.


In the end, a first step is to change the dialogue, and recognise that start-ups exist in all industry verticals, not just in the "fast and dirty" apps space. Secondly, recognition of the dichotomy between regular and "deep" technology start-ups can help governments tackle the very different challenges faced by these two very different categories. Because only with this greater understanding of the multiple "minisystems" housed within our greater ecosystem can we truly begin to help both categories to flourish, not just the easy one.

»Funding gaps

»But, if we look in particular at our deep-technology start-ups, there are still some gaps in terms of connecting these start-ups with the research institutions needed to feed their IP.

»We have some truly world-class research institutions here in Australia, and yet we somehow still rank last in the OECD for collaboration between researchers and business.

»Finding ways to place PhDs into industry, and educating industry on the processes and needs of research institutes, will be crucial to addressing this. Start-ups and SMEs (not just large global players) need to be able to tap into research from our publicly-funded research institutes.

»We also now seem to have more money than ever for quick-and-easy seed and even series A rounds. However, intelligent and more patient capital that appreciates over the longer-term is more appropriate for deep technologies that often have an incubation period of upwards of six or seven years.

»Finding investors willing to put in these hard yards can be challenging, and requires education, assistance, and possibly incentives.

»The bottom line is recognition.


»Change the dialogue

»In the end, a first step is to change the dialogue, and recognise that start-ups exist in all industry verticals, not just in the "fast and dirty" apps space.

»Secondly, recognition of the dichotomy between regular and "deep" technology start-ups can help governments tackle the very different challenges faced by these two very different categories.

»Because only with this greater understanding of the multiple "minisystems" housed within our greater ecosystem can we truly begin to help both categories to flourish, not just the easy one.»





Innovation and discourses

2017/04/24

Newsletter L&I, n.º 145 (2017-04-24)




n.º 145 (2017-04-24)

TAG: # aplicativos # aplicaciones # applications # applis # apps
L&I Media
L&I Scholar
L&I Blog



Index


TAG: # aplicativos # aplicaciones # applications # applis # apps


Liderar Inovando BR
Discursos e inovação | Ideias e inovação | Invenções e inovação | Recursos e inovação

«Roça hi-tech: conheça as inovações que estão revolucionando a agricultura» [link]

«Aplicativo de música alerta para velocidade no trânsito: O Speed-o-Track» [link]

«Como funciona uma fábrica de apps» [link]

W. Gabriel: «Sindicatos e empresas tradicionais fazem o sucesso dos apps inovadores» [link]



Liderar Inovando PT
Discursos e inovação | Ideias e inovação | Invenções e inovação | Recursos e inovação

«Big Smart Cities. Cascais é a primeira “cidade experimental” para startups» [link]

«Portugueses criam a "app mais segura" para guardar fotos» [link]

«Android mostrou todo o seu potencial de inovação em Lisboa» [link]

«Android. As 10 apps que marcaram o ano 2016» [link]



Liderar Innovando ES
Discursos e innovación | Ideas e innovación | Inventos e innovación | Recursos e innovación

«'Apps' versus negocios tradicionales, un debate que apenas está por empezar» [link]

«Innovador sistema que captura el dióxido de carbono mediante grafeno» [link]

Smartfuel, una nueva forma de pagar el repostaje [link]

«Una aplicación para detectar el bullying, la innovación más social. El proyecto "I-Sen" gana el "Gijón Socialweekend", evento que desarrolla ideas con la premisa del beneficio común» [link]



Mener avec Innovation FR
Discourses et innovation | Idées et innovation | Inventions et innovation | Ressources et innovation

«Innovation: une application pour aider les personnes atteintes de troubles auditifs» [link]

«RTE mise sur l’innovation avec l’application éCO2mix» [link]

«Près de Toulouse, une entreprise vient de créer le premier vélo hybride de France» [link]

«L'appli conçue à Limoges CaraMaps part à la conquête de l’Europe» [link]



Leadership & Innovation EN
Discourses and innovation | Ideas and innovation | Inventions and innovation | Resources and innovation

«Amazon Web Services (AWS) is looking for Canadian applications for its Cloud Innovation Challenge» [link]

«Sapho raises $14M to turn old enterprise software into modern apps» [link]

«New app Perspecs News challenges readers' belief systems - by offering THREE sides to every story» [link]

«Kony Promotes Digital Innovation With the Launch of Its New App Playground Event Series» [link]




Liderar Inovando BR Liderar Inovando PT Liderar Innovando ES
Mener avec Innovation FR Leadership & Innovation EN


L&I Media


ABB adquire B&R e consolida sua liderança em automação industrial [link]

FC Porto transforma experiência do público na área empresarial do Estádio do Dragão [link]

Agencia Judía lanza el Programa de Liderazgo Adaptable [link]

La société bordelaise eDevice remporte le Frost & Sullivan Award 2017 [link]

AARP, in collaboration with MedCity News, presents the inaugural 50+ Innovation Leaders [link]



L&I Scholar


Fundação Clinton lança concurso para desenvolvimento de soluções frente aos desafios globais [link]

José Leitão e Tiago Fernandes: Partido Socialista: o que falta fazer [link]

Las empresas buscan cursos cortos, a medida y aplicables [link]

L’AUB partenaire du gouvernement [link]

As enrollment falls, Innovative Arts Academy restructures leadership [link]



L&I Blog


Venâncio Velloso: Que líder você precisa para comandar a transformação digital do seu negócio? [link]

Um em cada dois adultos utiliza a banca digital [link]

Seis claves para que las pymes no dejen escapar el talento digital [link]

Espace audiovisuel: ‘Business Day’, l’opération de charme de la Rti [link]

Rajesh Aggarwal: The spirit of Innovation [link]





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Resonant Achieves 125 Patent Milestone; Advances Leadership in RF Innovation | @BusinessWire via @YahooFinance








2017/04/21

«Kony Promotes Digital Innovation With the Launch of Its New App Playground Event Series»



Business Wire @BusinessWire





«Kony, Inc., the leading enterprise mobility and applications company, today introduced Kony App Playground, a new program featuring a series of events, workshops, competition and incubators where designers, developers and their business partners come together to design and create new innovative apps that can drive business impact. Participants can build app prototypes, and no coding or developer skills is required. Kony and its partners will host virtual and onsite events across the globe to promote digital innovation and experience firsthand the power of apps to drive business impact.


»Kony will kick-off the App Playground series with virtual and in-person global events. The free virtual events are open to the public.

»European Virtual App Playground Event – Friday, April 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CET

»Americas Virtual App Playground Event – Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST

»African App Playground Event – Hosted by Mpilo Technologies – Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. SAST

»German App Playground Event – Hosted by QuinScape – Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm CET


Kony and its partners will host virtual and onsite events across the globe to promote digital innovation and experience firsthand the power of apps to drive business impact.

»Kony App Playground participation options:

»_ Virtual: Free online events, tools and contests to help anyone create an app in a day.

»_ In-Person: Fun, competitive in-person events for teams or individuals; participants can come with an app idea in mind or have Kony provide one.

»_ Participants receive free, unlimited access to Visualizer Starter Edition – Kony’s award-winning visual design and development tool – plus ongoing resources and support through the global Kony Community. The free version of the Starter Edition can be downloaded from here: http://www.kony.com/products/visualizer.

»_ App Gallery: Participants can submit their app ideas to Kony’s global App Gallery.

»_ Strategy Workshops: To make the most out of an in-person event, Kony offers an optional session to define and create a business use case.

»_ Training: Free, interactive training is provided before, during and after each event.

»_ Incubation: Kony can help organizations take the output from the App Playground and redefine it for publication to an app store.


»“With Kony App Playground, we’re able to help people create an app in a short amount of time, even with no experience at all. Participants will get an opportunity to get hands-on experience with Kony’s mobile app development platform with active mentoring,” said Dave Shirk, president of Products, Strategy and Marketing, Kony, Inc. “Kony is proud to be hosting virtual and onsite events in conjunction with our partners to empower people who want to build innovative app prototypes and solutions that their organizations can utilize. The App Playground is a fun, competitive environment that will allow the creative process to flow and enable people to see their app ideas come to life.”

»For more information about the Kony App Playground Series, and a full list of events, go to: https://www.playground.kony.com/events



»About Kony Inc.

»Kony is the fastest growing, cloud-based enterprise mobility and application solutions company and an industry leader among mobile application development platform (MADP) providers. Kony empowers organizations to compete in mobile time by rapidly delivering, ready-to-run, multi-edge mobile apps across the broadest array of devices and systems, today and in the future, with a lower total cost of ownership. Kony’s cross-platform solution helps organizations design, build, configure and manage mobile apps to empower and better engage with customers, partners and employees. Kony was named the first place winner in CTIA’s MobITs Awards in the Mobile Applications, Development & Platforms category and included on the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America.

»For more information, please visit www.kony.com. Connect with Kony on Twitter (@Kony), Facebook, and LinkedIn.»





Innovation and resources

2017/04/20

«New app Perspecs News challenges readers' belief systems - by offering THREE sides to every story»



Daily Mirror @DailyMirror





«A new free app from Trinity Mirror is exposing fake news while encouraging users to challenge their belief systems on vital issues.

»Perspecs News is an app with a supporting website - that gives its audience a side-by-side, real-time view of global news by offering three sides to every story.

»Whether it be the conversations happening among the world’s political parties or a debate surrounding the issue of homosexuality in Dr Who, Perspecs looks at it three-dimensionally. It’s up to readers to examine the angles and decide for themselves.

»Launched in beta last year, Perspecs – now available as both an Apple and Android app - has had a major upgrade over the last few months and provides a far richer experience than the original prototype. It puts out a seven-day news service and employs three journalists, who write and collate.»





Innovation and inventions

2017/04/19

«Sapho raises $14M to turn old enterprise software into modern apps»



Silicon Angle @SiliconANGLE, Maria Deutscher. And informations from Sapho @sapho



«While most other application development startups focus on streamlining greenfield software projects, Sapho Inc. is working to help companies make better use of their existing investments.

»The three-year-old firm entered the industry spotlight today after securing a $14 million investment led by a low-key San Francisco fund called Caffeinated Capital. Sapho will spend the money on hiring more salespeople and developing new features for its Modern Portal Experience platform. The offering enables technology professionals to make their companies’ aging internal software accessible through apps with a modern user interface.

»Sapho claims that its approach provides several major benefits. First, apps created in MXP can run on almost everything from mobile devices to messaging services, which removes the need for workers to stay glued to their office workstations. And second, the platform enables companies to customize each client based for the intended users.

»An insurer, for instance, could create a mobile client for its customer relationship management software that notifies salespeople when a new enterprise customer buys a plan. It would also be possible to create a separate app for the accounting team to let them easily access the information they need to handle the administrative aspect of deals.

»Sapho’s platform is proving useful in numerous other areas as well. The startup claims to have doubled its customer base last year while seeing a more than 320 percent increase in revenue. TechCrunch cited anonymous sources as saying Sapho’s rapid growth peaked the interest of Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp. along the way, leading them both to bring up the possibility of a buyout.

»Today’s funding round seems to suggest the startup will continue to operate independently for a while longer. Besides Caffeinated Capital, the investment included contributions from Bloomberg Beta, Felicis Ventures, Alsop Louie Partners, SoftTech VC, Morado Ventures and AME Cloud. The investment should help Sapho maintain its momentum amid competition from the likes of Capriza Inc., which raised a $23 million round led by Andreessen Horowitz last year to drive demand for its competing application platform.


Today, Sapho officially unveiled the Sapho Micro App Platform, which allows organizations to transform existing business systems into secure micro apps that connect people with important data and critical workflows. Dozens of organizations are already using Sapho’s Micro App Platform, including CBS Interactive, Kubernetes, RPX Corporation and Turner.

»Sapho introduces industry’s first micro app platform, ushers in new generation of enterprise workflows

»Today, Sapho officially unveiled the Sapho Micro App Platform, which allows organizations to transform existing business systems into secure micro apps that connect people with important data and critical workflows. Dozens of organizations are already using Sapho’s Micro App Platform, including CBS Interactive, Kubernetes, RPX Corporation and Turner.

»“We have multiple teams who all work in different silos, which means information is spread across hundreds of systems,” said Wolfgang Hammer, CEO of Super Deluxe, a Turner Broadcasting Company. “This information sprawl makes it difficult to keep teams on top of critical production timelines. We used tracking apps and software, but they were clunky, slow, and often left out key data. By adopting Sapho, we were able to quickly unify data across all of our systems and deliver actionable updates to our team via simple, single-purpose apps. Now we have a complete 360 view of every project from production schedule to finance to marketing execution. The technology has made such a difference that we are already evaluating how we can use it across other parts of the Turner family.”

»Consumer apps like Facebook and Google have shifted the traditional pull computing paradigm that required users to purposefully seek out information to a new push computing era that brings together custom feeds, actionable push notifications, and real-time information to deliver value to a user before they know they need something. Enterprise software, including SaaS applications, hasn’t kept up as today’s workflows require an employee to fish for disparate data spread across an ever-increasing collection of systems. This has become even more pronounced as we move into the mobile era where users demand simplicity.

»Sapho changes this process with simple, single-purpose micro apps that monitor for changes and events across SaaS applications, on-premises systems, databases, and data warehouses, and then delivers personalized information, actionable push notifications, and one-click tasks to employees on their mobile device, web browser, or messaging client such as Slack.

»“I’ve seen first-hand how difficult it can be to get employees to use enterprise software as most of it is simply unusable,” said Fouad ElNaggar, CEO and co-founder of Sapho. “Companies have spent trillions of dollars on enterprise software over the last few decades, yet employees are still plagued with feature-bloated apps and siloed systems that leave data fragmented or inaccessible. Push computing is the future of enterprise software, which is why we introduced the Sapho Micro App Platform, so enterprises can adapt to this reality and keep their employees informed, engaged, and productive.”

»Sapho completed its $9.5 million Series A round, led by Alsop Louie Partners, to expand its sales and marketing team while continuing to scale its technology and meet increasing customer demand.

»“We invested in Sapho because the company can truly change how work is done,” said Bill Coleman, CEO of Veritas and former Partner at Alsop Louie Partners. “By combining smart machines, bots, workflows, and micro apps to fundamentally change how people accomplish tasks and get information, we believe Sapho represents a massive leap forward in enterprise software.”

»The future of work. Delivered today.

»The Sapho Micro App Platform allows organizations to build micro apps that are based on existing systems, monitor for important changes and events, and then surface actionable information through simple one-click tasks and custom feeds to each employee. Sapho’s platform introduces features including:

»Rapid micro app development — IT professionals, business analysts, and process experts can leverage Sapho’s pre-built micro app templates or create new micro apps in minutes with a simple to use, drag-and-drop micro app builder. Micro apps are instantly delivered to employees on any device through a downloadable app, a web browser, or a messaging client.

»Out of the box integration — To reduce development time, Sapho includes pre-built, customizable connectors to systems of record, such as SaaS apps, databases, data warehouses, and internal web services. These connectors are designed to extract, transform, and prepare data for employee notification (ETN).

»Event-based notifications — Once integrated, Sapho sits across these systems of record and monitors for system events – changes that occurred or should have occurred. Based on micro app rules, Sapho determines which events are important and notifies the right employees at the right time.

»Custom workflows — The Sapho connectors also integrate data from the systems of record. This allows IT to build micro apps for both simple one-click tasks to complex workflows that involves multiple systems and multiple constituencies for completion. These micro apps push information to employees’ devices, allowing them to complete a task from their feed or secure micro app, without any secondary system logins.

»Secure and flexible deployment — Sapho’s Micro App Platform runs on existing infrastructure, either in your data center or in your virtual private cloud, and integrates with existing identity and access control solutions to maintain security.»





Innovation and ideas

2017/04/18

«Amazon Web Services (AWS) is looking for Canadian applications for its Cloud Innovation Challenge»



IT World Canada @itworldca. Mandy Kovacs @mandyvkovacs.



«Amazon Web Services (AWS) wants to shine a light on cities and educational organizations that are using technology to innovate, disrupt and modernize services for its citizens and students.

»The company is looking for applicants for its City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, which recognizes local and regional governments, as well as private and public schools and districts, who are making advancements within the areas of sanitation, city planning, street maintenance, disaster preparedness, voting, and more.

»The entry period began on Mar. 1 and will go until midnight on May 12. Winning applicants will receive up to $50,000 in promotional credits from AWS to support their projects. The first round of judging begins on May 15.

»With three awards categories – Best Practices, Partners in Innovation, and Dream Big – the challenge is open to cities and educational organizations, both large and small, around the world, including in Canada, AWS tells IT World Canada.

»The Best Practices category targets groups who have deployed an innovative solution to solve a government challenge, and will be judged on how services have been expanded based on implementation of the solution, use of AWS Services, and the significance of the solution to the local community, measured by cost savings and benefits to citizens.

The company is looking for applicants for its City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, which recognizes local and regional governments, as well as private and public schools and districts, who are making advancements within the areas of sanitation, city planning, street maintenance, disaster preparedness, voting, and more.

»The Partners in Innovation award will be granted to a technology partner “who has deployed an innovative solution to solve a government or teaching and learning challenge,” AWS says.

»Entries will be considered based on the uniqueness of the application, the number and type of users of the application, its applicability and availability to governments of different sizes, scopes and regions, and its availability on the AWS Marketplace in 2017.

»And finally, the Dream Big award is for an organization with a great idea it wants to implement. The soundness of the solution, plan for implementation, and likely impact on the surrounding community are the only judging criteria.

»Some previous winners include BodyWorn, a police-worn body camera “that helps keep officers safe by reporting their location and automatically uploading video evidence to the AWS cloud;” OpenGrid Chicago, which helps citizens with real-time weather, road closures, and transit data; as well as the NYC Department of Transportation, which used AWS to track and record damage after superstorm Sandy.

»Entrants must have an AWS account to be considered. More information on how to apply, as well as rules and restrictions, are available on the AWS website.»





Innovation and discourses

2017/04/17

Newsletter L&I, n.º 144 (2017-04-17)




n.º 144 (2017-04-17)

TAG: # inovação social # innovación social # innovation sociale # social innovation
L&I Media
L&I Scholar
L&I Blog



Index


TAG: # inovação social # innovación social # innovation sociale # social innovation


Liderar Inovando BR
Discursos e inovação | Ideias e inovação | Invenções e inovação | Recursos e inovação

«Mao3D – O programa colaborativo que reúne inovação, tecnologia e inclusão» [link]

«Brasileiros podem escolher diretrizes para plano sobre internet das coisas» [link]

«MIT irá premiar os desobedientes. O Media Lab criou um prêmio de 250.000 dólares para aqueles que romperem com as normas, pois “não se pode mudar o mundo sendo obediente”» [link]

Jamila Venturini e Caroline Burle: «Do acesso à informação à proteção de dados. Um caminho para a participação e cidadania» [link]



Liderar Inovando PT
Discursos e inovação | Ideias e inovação | Invenções e inovação | Recursos e inovação

«Portugal vai acolher conferência europeia sobre inovação social» [link]

«Câmara Municipal de Vila Real de Santo António defende inovação social no combate ao desemprego» [link]

«Braga: Gabinete para a igualdade abre em Abril» [link]

«Implementação do Repositório de Materiais» [link]



Liderar Innovando ES
Discursos e innovación | Ideas e innovación | Inventos e innovación | Recursos e innovación

«El Ministerio de la Juventud (MJ) de la República Dominicana enviará jóvenes a España a programa de emprendimiento e innovación social» [link]

«Zaragoza Activa y la Universidad de Zaragoza reflexionan sobre creatividad e innovación social» [link]

«La innovación social como imperativo para resolver algunos de los desafíos del siglo XXI» [link]

«Ilunion destaca su singularidad en innovación social corporativa basada en “la diversidad y la inclusión”» [link]



Mener avec Innovation FR
Discourses et innovation | Idées et innovation | Inventions et innovation | Ressources et innovation

Maartje De Vries et Janneke Ronse: « Semaine de 30 heures : après la Suède, la Belgique fera-t-elle aussi preuve d'innovation sociale ? » [link]

«Impact, une nouvelle fondation au service de l'innovation sociale» [link]

«Rebondir apres une épreuve: Chacun d’entre nous peut connaître des épreuves de vie que ce soit dans le domaine de l’emploi, la famille, la santé. Nous sommes tous démunis dans ces périodes de chocs» [link]

Jacky Lesueur: «Propositions pour améliorer le financement de l’ESS» [link]



Leadership & Innovation EN
Discourses and innovation | Ideas and innovation | Inventions and innovation | Resources and innovation

«Babson Intensity Track For MBA Students educates to build economic and social value simultaneously» [link]

«Sector and Government Cooperation Key to Social Innovation Success» [link]

«Building a safer, more sustainable society through digital social innovation» [link]

«Al Smith Named Toyota's New Social Innovation Group Vice President» [link]




Liderar Inovando BR Liderar Inovando PT Liderar Innovando ES
Mener avec Innovation FR Leadership & Innovation EN


L&I Media


«Google é a marca mais influente entre os brasileiros, aponta pesquisa do Ipsos», @adnews_com_br [link]

«Ford aposta no futuro com investimento de mais de 345 milhões no Canadá», @automonitorpt [link]

«Lexmark logra numerosos premios internacionales gracias a su permanente innovación», @MadBoxpc [link]

«Kouroussa : 26 acteurs électoraux à l’école du leadership et de la prévention des conflits», @Guineenews [link]

Virginia L. Mason: «@UnitedWay: Young leaders help to strengthen organization’s work», @NorwichBulletin [link]



L&I Scholar


«Congresso de Estratégia Criativa discutirá inovação e liderança em diferentes áreas» @zerohora, Bruna Vargas [link]

«Mensagem de Mohammed VI na cerimónia de arranque do "Fim de Semana da Governação @Mo_IbrahimFdn"», @noticiaaominuto [link]

«La Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) @UPCedu busca reconocer y potenciar el liderazgo y espíritu innovador de jóvenes», @larepublica_pe [link]

«Cérémonie officielle de clôture de la 5ème Session Du Centre Régional de Leadership YALI Afrique de L’ouest Dakar», @dakaractu [link]

Ian Powell (@ASMSNZ): «Clinical Leadership & Medical Workforce in DHBs», @ScoopNZ [link]



L&I Blog


José Aníbal: «A inspiração da liderança e os grilhões do passado», @JornalOGlobo [link]

«Audi e Porsche em paz. Menos no veículo eléctrico», @observadorpt [link]

.@GabyTeasdale: «Estimular la innovación» vía @LaNacionPy [link]

.@valtech_: «On veut que 30% de nos sources de revenus dans trois ans soient nouvelles», @Infopresse [link]

.@peteralkema: «New imperatives for leadership and innovation», @Bizcommunity [link]





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AARP, in collaboration with MedCity News, presents the inaugural 50+ Innovation Leaders








2017/04/14

«Al Smith Named Toyota's New Social Innovation Group Vice President»



PR Newswire (@PRNewswire) via Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance). View the original version on PR Newswire.



«Albert (Al) Smith, Jr. has been named group vice president, Social Innovation for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). He is responsible for Toyota's diversity and inclusion, shared impact, and environmental sustainability functions across North America.

»“I'm thrilled Al has joined Toyota's Social Innovation team, bringing with him a deep understanding of the principles and behaviors that underlie the Toyota Way, including respect for people,” said Chris Reynolds, executive vice president, corporate resources and chief diversity officer, TMNA.

»“Al's experience in financial services, sales, operations, and customer service lay the foundation we need in Social Innovation to better serve our stakeholders – from team members, dealers, investors, local communities and customers.” Smith has previously served as group vice president, Service Operations and Corporate Planning for Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and Lexus Financial Services (LFS). Since beginning his career at Toyota in 1990, he has held various leadership positions including TFS eBusiness champion, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) corporate manger, Office of the Web, corporate manager of Sales Strategy and Fleet department.

»“Social innovation and diversity is a vital part of Toyota's promise to give back to the communities in which we operate and respect all people,” said Smith. “I am honored to take on this role, and look forward to leading key Social Innovation programs, such as in STEAM-focused education, Buckle up for Life, and TeenDrive365.”

»Smith serves as executive advisor of Toyota's African American Collaborative, chaired the Boy Scouts of America's Thunderbird District, and served as a sponsor board member of FFA Foundation. Smith received a Bachelor degree in business administration and computer science from California State University in Long Beach.


Social innovation and diversity is a vital part of Toyota's promise to give back to the communities in which we operate and respect all people.

»About Toyota

»Toyota (TM), creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 60 years, we've produced more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.

»Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society's most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit Toyota Media Web site





Innovation and resources

2017/04/13

«Building a safer, more sustainable society through digital social innovation»



Swinburne University @Swinburne



«New institute uses design-driven thinking and technology to solve complex social issues. Professor Jane Farmer is the inaugural Director of the Social Innovation Research Institute at Swinburne.

»Swinburne today launched the Social Innovation Research Institute (SII), the first in Australia to focus digital technologies on social innovation challenges.

»The new institute builds on Swinburne’s dedication to impactful and innovative research, employing design-driven thinking and technology to solve complex social issues such as:

»Growing pressure on public services from an ageing population and health system costsPolarisation in wealth distributionLabour market disruptions like automation, the sharing economy and casualisationFamily violence, stalking, arson, internet offending, terrorism and cybercrimeGrowing populations in the correction system requiring new approaches to justice

»The keynote speaker at the launch is world-renowned social innovation policy leader, Ms Yvonne Strachan, who is Scottish Government Deputy Director, and Head of Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector.

»“It takes many moving parts to come together to optimise the impact of social innovation – governments, communities, organisations and citizens,” Ms Strachan says.

»“By working together we can create social enterprises that engage, value and employ many people. Through being more socially cohesive, we help strengthen communities and make them more resilient to economic and social shocks.”

By working together we can create social enterprises that engage, value and employ many people. Through being more socially cohesive, we help strengthen communities and make them more resilient to economic and social shocks.

»The SII merges Swinburne’s world-class expertise in social economy, justice and public wellbeing, with leading-edge research and development in digital technology, prototyping and design to work with partner organisations on challenges that are emerging or resistant to being resolved.

»“Modern society faces many challenges. These challenges need significant input and intervention from social sciences as much as they do from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths disciplines,” says Swinburne Deputy Vic-Chancellor Research and Development, Professor Aleksandar Subic.

»“The role of the Social Innovation Research Institute is to work at the interface between humanity and technology, to tackle significant societal issues through interdisciplinary research, and to work with partners on key projects that support social value; participation and inclusion; wellbeing in the community; justice and public safety.” Current projects include an ARC Discovery project using a geographic information system (GIS) and other spatial technologies to provide a digital dashboard to measure wellbeing generated by social enterprises. Another initiative with Telstra addresses uneven digital inclusion and participation in Australia due to remoteness, isolation and an ageing population.

»“A key differentiator of SII is to apply digital technology approaches to social challenges to shape a more equitable, safer and sustainable society,” says Institute Director Professor Jane Farmer.»





Innovation and inventions

2017/04/12

«Sector and Government Cooperation Key to Social Innovation Success»



Article published in Pro Bono News @ProBonoNews, by Lina Caneva



«A strong working relationship between the not-for-profit sector and governments is the key to growing the developing social enterprise space and social innovation generally in Australia, according to a visiting expert.

»Yvonne Strachan is a deputy director in the Scottish government and the head of the equality, human rights and third sector divisions.

»Strachan is in Australia for the launch of Swinburne University of Technology’s Social Innovation Research Institute. Her visit also coincides with the Victorian government’s release of what has been described as Australia’s first-ever strategy to boost innovation in the social enterprise sector.

»The Social Innovation Research Institute collaborates with partners for citizen and consumer-engaged social solutions to complex social problems. The aim is to increase inclusion, raise wellbeing, use technology to disrupt entrenched practices and co-design useful services and products.

»Currently, Scotland is said to be a world leader in social innovation policy.

»Strachan, who has policy responsibility for equality human rights and the third sector, which includes charities and the wider grouping and also social enterprise, told Pro Bono News she was in Australia to discuss the social enterprise model.

»“Historically, Scotland has had a range of experience with mutuals and cooperatives for hundreds of years and the idea of that kind of organisation with the economy wasn’t new but it had kind of lost its prominence,” Strachan said.

»“So in the 1990s when there was modelling for community businesses there was a growing recognition that with the social economy came the growth of social enterprise… So that you had a good business model but it had a social purpose and it was becoming much more attractive and social entrepreneurs, individuals who wanted to create business and at the same time make a difference in their community, were becoming more prominent.”

»She said the climate for change in Scotland helped develop a holistic package that meant that social enterprise was in the mix.

»“We put a lot of store in the methods by which we get the decision making,” Strachan said.

»“Co-production which is very, very much the relationship with the [NFP] sector. None of the policies or decisions have been developed in isolation from them so that was a help.

»“Their strong network has been helpful; but we have also worked to help them build on their strengths in the sector.

»“It is a holistic framework, it’s a support and it has an emphasis on engagement and working in co-production and having a strong relationship with the sector.”

»She said one of the things they found “really useful” was having “that positive relationship with the sector.”

»“By that I don’t mean that you do everything that they want. It’s proper relationship and partnership where there’s challenges and discussion,” she said.

»“The view of government is to ask ‘what’s our skillset?’ We have knowledge and understanding and we have always argued that the experience of those who have had a lived experience or who have insight into [an issue] then the combination of that knowledge plus your academic work plus what government can bring is what can make for really good policy making and really effective interventions because it avoids the pitfalls of choosing and thinking something is good but doesn’t really work on the ground.

»“So having that collaboration from the outset and having a recognition that it’s a positive thing it’s not a weakness, it’s a strength… and you have to put in time and energy and be prepared to be open in that partnership but it reaps its rewards down the track.”

Strachan is deputy director in the Scottish government and the head of the equality, human rights and third sector divisions, and has policy responsibility for equality human rights and the third sector, which includes charities and the wider grouping and also social enterprise, told Pro Bono News she was in Australia to discuss the social enterprise model..

»Strachan said another aspect of their success had been with the Scottish government seeing itself as an enabler rather than a director.

»“When we are thinking about the provisions we have made because we have done it in consultation and discussions, we have tried to structure those so that they are enabling the sector to grow and be sustainable and not necessarily to increase its dependency on the state … because the effect subsequently is you look at the whole rationale to be a better business and to be sustainable,” she said.

»“We need to make sure that we create the right kinds of models and we have put in an enormous amount of money, effort and resourcing but we have tried to do so in an enabling environment ensuring that our intervention doesn’t distort where the movement and social enterprise needs to go.”

»Strachan said that by the mid-2000s Scotland had already had the beginnings of a strategy and an action plan and the things it needed to put in place.

»“And then we had a government coming in in 2007 who really took this forward with passion and enthusiasm and for the last 10 years we have developed what we call an eco system which is a fairly holistic program of support,” she said.

»“This is probably where we distinguish ourselves.

»“It’s not because of the scale and size… we can’t compare with much bigger countries like Australia… but [what] we have managed to do is combine all the elements that we think are necessary. So it’s not just direct investment, not just a legislative framework, not just the networks, not just leadership and development, it’s not just procurement law it’s the whole thing together so that bringing all the different elements that are necessary into a coherent package if you like I think has given the environment to be created for social enterprise to flourish.

»“As well the other thing that coincides with the way the Scottish government has been thinking about how it organises itself. So there was a big shift in the light of a lack of sustainability in the economic climate that has been since the middle of the 2000s… the demographic of an aging population, the demand on public services, globalisation and all of those challenges and technological shifts.

»“The Scottish government recognised that just doing nothing was not sustainable so you really needed to have a different way of looking at the world and organising if possible.

»“So they took a fairly strong view of shifting government focus from how much money you put in or what your activities were to trying to focus on outcomes. So they developed this National Performance Framework which has about 16 national outcomes… but the thinking behind it is having a different way of organising and talking about how to build on people’s assets rather than just directing things against the deficits.So trying to utilise the potential of communities and people and then thinking how you deal with prevention.”

»Strachan said she believes Australia and Victoria in particular have a strong commitment to growing the social innovation sector.

»“It is great to see the [Victorian] strategy emerge and in fact there are references to Scotland in it so we are pleased. That is reflective of the fact that there is a strong connection between Scotland and Australia,” she said.

»“Social Traders, the social enterprise intermediary, has been very active in that engagement and being open to the discussions that are going on elsewhere so that has been beneficial.

»“Swinburne has done a lot of work too. There’s mapping of social enterprise in Australia so there has been investment on thinking about the issues.

»“Australia is definitely on the right track.”

»Yvonne Strachan will be participating in a Public Panel Discussion: ‘Creating an enduring social innovation ecosystem: people, policy, and technology’ on Friday 31 March at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.»





Innovation and ideas