Global data challenge winners investigating county-level COVID-19 impact of in-person college classes; social determinants of health

( NewMediaWire ) – December 03, 2020 – DALLAS – Researchers from University of Michigan and University of Alabama studying the impact of in-person college classes on community COVID-19 cases and the affect social determinants of health play in virus outbreaks and deaths won the top awards in the American Heart Association’s first ever COVID-19 data challenge. The challenge focused on understanding the relationships between COVID-19 and other risk factors, health conditions, health disparities and social determinants of health that may bring a higher burden of illness or mortality.

After rigorous peer review by a panel of 26 U.S.-based data science and public health experts, these teams have been selected as winners:

  • Grand Prize ($15,000): Brahmajee Nallamothu, M.D., and Ji Zhu, Ph.D., University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, led the project “Population-based Features and Their Association with Coronavirus Disease 2019 Infection in the United States.” The team analyzed national data
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Winners and losers: Will big firms benefit from the Covid-19 crunch?

ANALYSIS: As the prospect of a widely distributed vaccine draws nearer – AstraZeneca and Oxford University announced results for their jab last week, bosses and investors are turning one eye away from the immediate struggle of coping with the pandemic and looking instead at the longer-term competitive picture. Who has won and who has lost?

Like viruses, recessions usually come for the weakest first. Companies with sickly balance-sheets or frail margins quickly succumb. As promising startups become crushed closedowns, it is often the incumbents that have the resources to wait it out.

Yet the Covid-19 recession has been sharper than normal, and more complicated. The world economy is expected to shrink by over 4 per cent this year, the deepest downturn since the second world war, and there is still a risk of a double-dip recession

Bail-outs, central-bank stimulus and forbearance by banks and landlords have slowed the process of

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Microsoft Reveals 2020 New Zealand Partner Awards Winners

Winners were recognised for their outstanding efforts to transform customers

New Zealand, 10pm, 27 November 2020 – Microsoft is thrilled to announce the winners for its 13th annual Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards. These winners represent the best of Microsoft’s local Partner network and were celebrated tonight at a glamorous ceremony held at the Auckland Town Hall.

Judges spoke highly of each of the 10 winners for the outstanding ways they are continuing to empower customers through clever use of Microsoft technology.

“The last 12 months have seen the Partner network face some really challenging circumstances. What is most exciting to see is that the calibre of this year’s winners shows Partners have really stepped up to the plate and done some incredible work. Their exceptional efforts to go above and beyond for customers is admirable and it makes us so proud to be partnered with them,” says Matt Bostwick,

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Jeff Bezos announces first winners of $10 billion climate-change pledge

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who earlier this year pledged to donate $10 billion of his own money to help fight climate change, on Monday announced initial grants totaling $791 million for 16 different environmental groups.

The recipients includes a number of prominent groups that deal with global warming, including ClimateWorks Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund.

“I’ve spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world. I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale,” Bezos said in a post on Instagram.

Some of the funds will be used for specific projects. The Environmental Defense Fund, which received $100 million, said it would use the money to launch a satellite that

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Women in Technology (WIT) Announces Winners of the 2020 Women of the Year Awards in STEAM

ATLANTA, Nov. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Women in Technology (WIT) announced the winners of its’  WIT Awards Virtual Gala held last night, Thursday, November 12th.

WIT Awards celebrate women in STEAM who live in the state of Georgia for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries, and women who make a difference in their communities. Additionally, one special middle or high school girl is recognized as the Girl of the Year and for the first time, WIT awarded a college woman with the Campus Student of the Year Award.

One winner from each of the following categories was selected and announced at this virtual event:

WIT Woman of the Year in Science Winner:
Gladys Delancey-Bolding
Scientist, Biologue Laboratorium

WIT Woman of the Year in Technology Winner:
Venessa Harrison
President of AT&T Georgia

WIT Woman of the Year in Engineering Winner:
Paula Garcia Todd
Global Strategic Manager, DuPont

WIT

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Hopin Scores Series B, Snap Buys Voca.ai, VR Award Winners

If you follow tech, this was relatively slow news week, dominated by political news, which the denizens of VR Chat gleefully ridiculed with a digital twin of “Total Landscape.” In real tech news, virtual conference platform Hopin announced a big raie, while across the pond, the VR Awards recognized the work of well known companies like Oculus.

Hopin raises $125 M series B. The round was led by IVP with existing investors Accel and DFJ Growth, and Tiger Global joining in. The online events platform’s valuation is over two billion dollars. 

Snap Acquires Voca.ai. The Israeli company created virtual voice agents with AI which enables better

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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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Winners and Losers of the Third Wave of Tax Technology

As the data digitization of tax now moves into its third phase, we are seeing clear gaps emerge related to the massive assets counted under the header of Tax Credits & Incentives (C&I.) So many organizations fail to appropriately prioritize C&I that an estimated $200B fails to monetize in the US annually with at least twice that amount failing to monetize globally.

The question is why. Why would such a considerable sum of financial impact be essentially left to die on the vine? I believe the answer is revealed through an understanding of this third wave of tax data digitization.

The Third Wave

First, a definition of data digitization for anyone unfamiliar (and even if you’ve never heard the phrase, I’m sure you’ll know the concept.) Data digitization is the process of converting all documents, images, videos, blueprints, and any other item of import into bits and bytes. The vital

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All the winners at the MTN Business App of the Year Awards

The annual MTN Business App of the Year Awards took a bit of a different format this year.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading around the world, this year’s awards took place virtually.

“Since its inception, the MTN Business App of the Year Awards has remained a highlight on the annual ICT calendar. It has unleashed apps that are now household names and provide services to millions of South Africans. They have impacted positively on virtually all aspects of life from financial services, to healthcare and education,” said head of marketing at MTN SA Business, Kholo Magagane.

The overall winner of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards was EasyEquities. EasyEquities makes investing easier and more accessible through its app.

The app also won out in the Best Consumer Solution category and walks away with a grand prize of a trip to a tech-related destination worth R200 000.

The

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IOP Publishing’s International Quantum Technology Award Winners Announced

Oct. 26, 2020 — The winners of the Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing’s International Quantum Technology ‘young scientist’ and ‘emerging researcher’ awards have been announced.

The awards, which received nearly 50 nominations, were introduced to recognise and support scientific excellence and development of quantum technology researchers at the early stages of their career. The judging panel selected the winners based upon their significant achievements and exceptional promise for future contributions in the field.

The winners were announced at a live-streamed ceremony which marked the closing of the Quantum 2020 conference, hosted by IOP Publishing and the Institute of Physics (IOP) in partnership with the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and the Chinese Physical Society (CPS). The conference brought together nearly 4500 researchers from across the globe from industry, academia and government to discuss some of the most cutting-edge directions in quantum science and technology.

Nicole Yunger Halpern,
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