20 March 2014

Smart Tech News | Smart Fabrics Conference Discount Code

Are you interested in Wearable Technologies? Smart Tech News has a Partner Discount for the upcoming San Francisco Smart Fabrics Conference. Use SFMV14 , and this code will give you $200 off the registration.

17 January 2014

1st Annual Stanford Student Water Efficiency & Innovation Film Competition

Image Credit: Stanford
The Stanford Sustainability and Energy Management Department has announced the 1st Annual Stanford Student Water Efficiency & Innovation Film CompetitionAll Stanford students are invited to create a film on water efficiency and how it relates to the Stanford community and to campus life. Winning film trailers will be shown at Stanford Athletic events. 

(Note: if you are not a Stanford Student perhaps you can implement a similar competition at your University!) :)

04 January 2014

Smart Tech News ChargeKey CES Giveaway

Smart Tech News is giving away 2 ChargeKeys to celebrate International CES next week!

The ChargeKey founders made ChargeKey out of necessity. They were tired of their phones dying on them on a daily basis so they designed a mobile cable to be as mobile as they were. With ChargeKey you can charge anywhere there's a USB, so you no longer need to be concerned when your battery is running low. It works with: iPhone 5/5S/5C and fits on your keychain.

Pre-Orders ship February 15, but as a Smart Tech News Fan, just comment on this blog post about why you want to win one and 2 winners will randomly be chosen at the close of CES next week. The ChargeKey will be mailed to the winners. United States addresses only. Good Luck!!

17 December 2013

Gaming Trends: Kunal Malik, SF 49ers CTO Creating a Green and Software-Driven Stadium

Kunal Malik
Kunal Malik, San Francisco 49ers CTO, keynoted at the December 5 2013 SV Forum Technology Meets Sports Conference and shared how he's creating a Green and Software-Driven Stadium.

Check out my Gaming Trends Article for further details.

02 December 2013

Carbon markets reached a value of $216 million in 2012 according to State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2013

Source: Ecosystem Marketplace
Carbon markets reached a value of $216 million in 2012, according to "State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2013" published by Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace.

The Executive Summary key findings are:

• Over time, this report series has tracked 513 forest and land-use carbon projects. Developers representing 162 projects responded in 2013, including 62 projects never before reported.

• The global markets for offsets from agriculture, forestry, and other land-use projects transacted 28 MtCO2e, a 9% increase from 2011. Market value reached $216 million in 2012, 8% shy of 2011’s record $237 million. Forestry offsets’ average price fell slightly to $7.8/tonne (tCO2e).

• Voluntary offset buyers drove 95% of all market activity (27 MtCO2e) and 92% of value ($198 million), as corporate buyers renewed or pursued new climate targets, while buyers in California and Australia sought forestry offsets to prepare for compliance carbon markets.

• This report series has tracked a cumulative 134 MtCO2e of offsets transacted from forest carbon projects, valued at an estimated $0.9 billion over time from the carbon management of 26.5 million hectares.

• The private sector remained the largest source of demand, responsible for 19.7 MtCO2e or 70% of market activity. Two out of every three offsets were sold to multinational corporations. Businesses were motivated by offset-inclusive corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, or to “demonstrate climate leadership” in their industry or to send signals to regulators.

• Demand for offsets from A/R projects remained high (8.6 MtCO2e) but fell from the prior year, while REDD offset demand grew for the fi rst time since the project type’s all-time high in 2010.

• The forest carbon markets extended project development to 58 countries, up from 54 locations in 2011. North American projects generated one quarter of all offsets transacted, while project developers in the Global South transacted half of overall market share.

• Projects seeking or achieving certifi cation to the Verifi ed Carbon Standard (VCS) transacted 15.7 MtCO2e, or 57% of all market activity. Around 12.2 MtCO2e of these sales were from projects seeking dual certification to VCS and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB Standards).

17 November 2013

Al Gore Chicago Climate Leadership Training and Next Steps

Al Gore & Chicago Climate Leaders
Mary Vincent & Al Gore
I'm very grateful to have attended Al Gore's Chicago July 2013 Climate Reality Leadership Training. I highly recommend you try to apply for a future training, and the next one is in South Africa March 2014.

A video clip from his closing presentation is below. A few quotes include: "This is our home; it is in danger. You are the key to making that change! We have everything we need; we need to inspire political will and political will is a renewable resource".

As many of you know I've been applying my knowledge in tech to the climate challenge since May 2008 by starting out in Green IT/Data Center Energy Efficiency, co-creating a Facebook app called Green Facts, experimenting with a variety of online green stores, leveraging Blogs such as Smart Tech News and other digital media platforms to feature inspiring business, technology and entrepreneurial use cases, and creating Gratitude Gourmet to address Food, Climate and Health Issues.

Due to my global mobile health application work, I was recently asked to co-lecture at the Stanford School of Medicine to Global Health for Residents & Physicians For Social Responsibility classes, and in addition to talking about mobile health application development, I introduced 2 slides on Health & Climate Change, inspired by New Brunswick, Canada's Public Health Nurse, Marg Milburn's Health & Climate Change presentation at the Chicago Climate Reality Training. Examples include increased asthma, and heat, cold, and flood related mortality cases.

Here's the Closing Video Clip from Al Gore. How are you addressing climate change?

15 November 2013

Video: Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook Product Development at Mobile Dev Day

Photo Credit: Mary Vincent
As a creator and co-creator of a variety of software products and services, I find great value in listening and learning from many people making creative, evolutionary and revolutionary products and services.

I attended Mobile Dev Day at Facebook this week, and Mark Zuckerberg gave us great insight on his Product Development Process in the video and steps below.

1. Listen to folks' qualitative and quantitative feedback and figure out what people want and want from us and what we're in a position to provide

2. Take that external and top-down perspective and try to couple that with bottom-up culture. Number one success criteria Mark predicts whether a project is going to work is whether there is someone at Facebook that's excited about doing it; I can't just decide we're going to do something and get feedback from the market that we should do something and pull a group of people together and alright now you're going to do that; without inspiration stuff just doesn't work very well.

3. Try to match up what people internally are very passionate about doing with what the market needs seem to be from whoever the segments of customers are, whether they're people using our services, developers, or advertisers

4. Prioritize what we think will have the biggest impact based on how well we think we can execute those things. It's a very fluid process.