College of Community Innovation and Education Student Wins UCF 3MT Research Competition

Presentations on interrupting the achievement gap of students, technology for cooling devices, and understanding near-earth asteroids received the top prizes this year at UCF’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

The international event challenges doctoral students to present their research in three minutes using only one slide as a prompt. Judging of the students is based on research, their presentation skills and how they communicate their work to a general audience. The judges are non-scientists. This year was even more challenging because of the pandemic; students had to present via Zoom.

Hosted by the College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research, ten finalists came from a wide range of disciplines, including criminal justice, engineering, sciences, nursing, sociology, and education.

Lauren Thomas from curriculum and instruction took first place with her presentation on Interrupting the Achievement Gap Ideology ; Khan Mohammad Rabbi from mechanical engineering took second with his

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PYA Announces the Ballard Innovation Award Competition, Seeking Emerging Entrepreneurs to Compete for $50,000 Investment

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — PYA, one of the largest certified public accounting and professional services firms in East Tennessee, is pleased to announce the Annual Ballard Innovation Award Competition in honor of Chief Alliance Officer Tom Ballard.  

The Ballard Innovation Award Competition is open to any early-stage company in the East Tennessee area that has established a “proof of concept” with accompanying revenue. Applicants must be able to present a business plan to optimize existing business operations by reducing costs, increasing revenues, and/or gaining new efficiencies, while demonstrating clear innovations to improve the business and empower the consumer.

The award is named in honor of Tom Ballard, PYA’s Chief Alliance Officer and well-respected member of the East Tennessee entrepreneurial community. Ballard spent more than four decades building relationships for the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory throughout the region, state, and

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Google, Facebook will be subject to competition code from new UK unit

  • The UK on Friday introduced a new “pro-competition” watchdog to regulate Google, Facebook, and others.
  • The Digital Markets Unit will enforce a new code, adding data-transparency requirements and helping small businesses promote themselves online, according to the announcement.
  • Ronan Harris, vice president of Google UK & Ireland, said the search giant looks forward to “working constructively” with the new unit.
  • From April 2021, the unit “could be given powers to suspend, block and reverse decisions of tech giants,” the government said. 
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The UK on Friday announced a government unit to enforce a new competition code on Google, Facebook, and other tech giants, beginning in April 2021.

The business secretary, Alok Sharma, said in a statement that companies like Google and Facebook make a “significant contribution” to the UK economy, but “the dominance of just a few big tech companies is leading to less

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Britain to curb Google and Facebook with tougher competition rules

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will impose a new competition regime next year to prevent Google and Facebook using their dominance to push out smaller firms and disadvantage consumers.

The code will be enforced by a dedicated unit within the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which this year said it needed new laws to keep the tech giants in check.

Google and Facebook dominate digital advertising, accounting for around 80% of 14 billion pounds spent in 2019, Britain’s competition regulator the CMA said.

The two U.S. companies have said they are committed to working with the British government and regulator on digital advertising, including giving users greater control over their data and the ads they are served.

While “unashamedly pro-tech”, Britain’s Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said there was a growing consensus that the concentration of power in a small number of companies was curtailing growth, reducing innovation and having negative impacts

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Google under review for possible British competition enquiry

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s competition regulator said on Monday it was assessing whether a complaint about Google related to digital advertising warranted a formal competition law investigation.

FILE PHOTO: The Google name is displayed outside the company’s office in London, Britain November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

The complaint from Marketers for an Open Web (MOW), a coalition of technology and publishing companies, said it wanted the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to delay the launch of Google’s Privacy Sandbox technology.

MOW said the technology would remove features such as login and advertising from the open web and put them under Google’s control.

“We take the matters raised in the complaint very seriously, and will assess them carefully with a view to deciding whether to open a formal investigation under the Competition Act,” the CMA said.

“If the urgency of the concerns requires us to intervene swiftly, we will also

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Celebrating 2020 She Loves Tech’s Global Startup Competition, Conference and the 25th Anniversary of World Women Conference | News

SINGAPORE, Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The 6th annual She Loves Tech Global Startup Competition and Conference successfully concluded this November 21st & 22nd. As the world’s largest startup competition for women and technology, this year, She Loves Tech held competitions in 30+ countries and 6 continents around the world, and completely virtual for the first time. CogniCor, an artificial intelligence platform representing North America, won the first place, and a $15,000 cash prize from Teja Ventures, the first gender lens VC fund for emerging Asia, focusing on early stage technology companies for the She-Economy.

SukiPlus, a supply-chain finance platform from the Philippines, also received a $10,000 award from Asian Development Bank Ventures. “This year, we have seen women playing leading roles in technological innovation – including agritech, fintech, healthcare, edtech, smart cities, cleantech, consumption & retail, and women’s issues – innovations

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‘Nakamoto Terminal’ selected prize winner of CFTC’s first science competition

A blockchain data platform has been selected the winner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s first science competition, offering yet another compelling sign that distributed ledger technology has burst onto the mainstream.

Nakamoto Terminal, a digital-asset analytics platform built by open-source intelligence company Inca Digital, has won the CFTC’s “Project Streetlamp” competition. Nakamoto Terminal was also named “Innovator of the Year” by the CFTC for its successful submission.

The Project Streetlamp competition challenged innovators to come up with an artificial intelligence solution that could help the CFTC “automate the process of identifying and adding unregistered foreign entities” to its Registration Deficient List. The RED List was created in 2015 to help consumers make informed decisions about whether to invest through such entities.

Since 2015, hundreds of companies have been placed on the RED List.

In an official statement, LabCFTC director and chief innovation officer Melissa Netram said:

“The CFTC is

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Airport of the Future Global Student Design Competition 2020 Winners Announced

Winning projects reimagine airport mobility in the year 2100 for one of the 20 busiest airports in the world.

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First-Place Winner: BANIYA, The Green Gateway, designed by Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
First-Place Winner: BANIYA, The Green Gateway, designed by Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
First-Place Winner: BANIYA, The Green Gateway, designed by Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

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First-Place Winner: BANIYA, The Green Gateway, designed by Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
First-Place Winner: BANIYA, The Green Gateway, designed by Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
First-Place Winner: BANIYA, The Green Gateway, designed by Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

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Second-Place Winner: Sejkul, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Drive-In Airport by Dušan Sekulic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Second-Place Winner: Sejkul, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Drive-In Airport by Dušan Sekulic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Second-Place Winner: Sejkul, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Drive-In Airport by Dušan Sekulic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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Autonomous pods move passengers throughout the futuristic terminal. Sejkul, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Drive-In Airport by Dušan Sekulic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Autonomous pods
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Report Launch and Press Conference: A New American Strategy for Technology Competition

Is China or the U.S. ahead in artificial intelligence? What is the best way to counter security threats in 5G technology? How do we best maintain American leadership positions in fundamental research and biotechnology?

These and other questions about a new strategy for U.S.-China competition in science and technology will be addressed in the press conference as we launch a policy report on “Meeting the China Challenge: A New American Strategy for Technology Competition.”

The report is the culmination of over a full year’s deliberation and study by the Working Group on Science and Technology in U.S.-China Relations. It sets forth broad policy objectives as well as specific recommendations for the new U.S. administration in four domains of science and technology: fundamental research, 5G digital communications, artificial intelligence and biotechnology.

Learn more about the report here.


Moderator:

Susan Shirk, Chair, 21st Century China Center, UC San Diego School of

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REPORT LAUNCH & PRESS CONFERENCE: A New American Strategy for Technology Competition

Is China or the U.S. ahead in artificial intelligence? What is the best way to counter security threats in 5G technology? How do we best maintain American leadership positions in fundamental research and biotechnology?

These and other questions about a new strategy for U.S.-China competition in science and technology will be addressed in the press conference as we launch a policy report on “Meeting the China Challenge: A New American Strategy for Technology Competition.”

The report is the culmination of over a full year’s deliberation and study by the Working Group on Science and Technology in U.S.-China Relations. It sets forth broad policy objectives as well as specific recommendations for the new U.S. administration in four domains of science and technology: fundamental research, 5G digital communications, artificial intelligence and biotechnology.

Learn more about the report here.


Moderator:

Susan Shirk, Chair, 21st Century China Center, UC San Diego School of

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