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True Blood Star Janina Gavankar On Being A Geek Girl In Hollywood

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) —

You may recognize actress Janina Gavankar from her role on the popular HBO series True Blood, whose fifth season premiere happens this Sunday. But she’s also recognizable for her activities online, using Twitter and other social media and apps to interact with her friends and fans and promote her…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on June 8, 2012 at 7:44am — No Comments

“Games 4 Health” Webinar Juxtaposes Gamification With Healthly Lifestyles

Arundhati Parmar (Minneapolis, MN) —

Video games conjure up images of couch potatoes shooting up aliens. But “gaming” has advanced far beyond that, often pushing the limits of how technology interfaces with the human body and mind. The recent Games 4 Health webinar discussed the many ways in which gaming is influencing people’s health and well-being.…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on June 6, 2012 at 7:41am — No Comments

TEALS Initiative To Create Adjunct Computer Science Teachers In The District Of Columbia

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) —

TEALS, or Technology Education and Literacy in Schools, is a grassroots initiative in the private sector high-tech workforce that recruits skilled computer science professionals to be part-time adjunct high school teachers. After a successful launch in the Seattle area, TEALS is coming to the Washington, DC region in Fall 2012.…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on June 4, 2012 at 7:41am — No Comments

Mobile America: Evolving Technology For Increasingly Mobile Citizens

Nandita Pinisetti (Chicago, IL) –

Microsoft’s public sector developer evangelism group launched a U.S.-focused mobile app development campaign called MOBILE AMERICA in May, 2012. The concept is to bring patriotic citizens together with technological developers in order to create new and innovative software for civic good and fundamentally change how government interacts with its constituents.…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on June 1, 2012 at 7:40am — No Comments

Dr. Oz Has A Health IT Startup: Enforcer eCoaching

Brandon Glenn (Cleveland, OH) —

A health coaching startup founded by Cleveland Clinic wellness chief Dr. Michael Roizen and TV star Dr. Mehmet Oz has…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on May 25, 2012 at 8:15am — No Comments

I Can Haz Cold One? DC Agency Trades Beer for Beta-Testing

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) —

A few years ago, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, a bar called The Taj opened. What was unusual about it was not so much the fact that it was the only bar in the eastern part of Afghanistan, but the method of payment: data. In brief, if Taj…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on May 24, 2012 at 7:43am — 3 Comments

College Students: How To Innovate Like Mark Zuckerberg In 10 Easy Steps

Josh Axelrod (College Park, MD) —

Thanks to The Social Network, the world knows that Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg isn’t an a**hole…he just tried so hard to be. But when you strip away the personalities, the parts that may or may not have actually happened and the whole Winklevii thing, you have the story of a brilliant Harvard student who started a…
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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on May 23, 2012 at 8:13am — No Comments

Homefront Heroes Takes Compelling Wounded Warrior Stories To The GI Film Festival

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) —

For those not directly connected with an active-duty military person or a veteran, you often only hear their stories vaguely, or in passing. Now, two very different people have created Homefront Heroes to…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on May 16, 2012 at 7:41am — No Comments

MakeYourJob.org Is A New Interactive Community Helping Teens Launch Startups

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) —

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, or NFTE, an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people from low-income communities to stay in school and recognize business opportunities, just launched…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on May 15, 2012 at 8:10am — 2 Comments

Microsoft’s Geek 2 Chic: LA Makes Silicon Beach The Center Of the Geeky Fundraiser Universe

Mark Drapeau (Los Angeles, CA) —

On Thursday, May 10th, Microsoft and Bloomingdale’s brought their popular “Geek 2 Chic” charity fashion show series to the west coast’s Silicon Beach. A mix of local entrepreneurs and tech-savvy professionals served as models, and between ticket sales and 10% of Bloomingdale’s purchases, thousands of dollars were raised for the Network…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on May 14, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments

Six Ways Evangelists Can Promote Like Sports Illustrated Supermodel Kate Upton

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) –

Recently, I wrote an essay about how the open government movement could do a better job of engaging mainstream media, and more specifically how the simultanous Transparency Camp and White House…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on May 10, 2012 at 7:40am — No Comments

Seven Considerations For Biomed Company Social Media Policies

Stephanie Baum (Philadelphia, PA) —

Pharmaceutical and medical device companies seem to view social media with the alternating fascination and horror of watching American Idol. But even if they have no wish to participate – unlike Bayer, which for example…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on May 9, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments

White House Correspondents Dinner: Why Do Geeks Hate Nerdprom?

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) —

Recently, the White House Correspondents Dinner (AKA “Nerd Prom”) and its bevy of pre-parties, after-parties, and brunches hit Washington, DC by storm as it does…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on May 8, 2012 at 7:59am — 3 Comments

Injured In Space: NASA Needs Cheap, Light, Simple Medical Devices

Brandon Glenn (Cleveland, OH) –

Astronauts can encounter lots of potential health risks during long space flights.

And those risks are exacerbated by a lack of access to physicians, limited medical supplies and a small amount of storage on spacecrafts.

Add to that high costs – it takes $10,000 to launch one pound of anything to…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on April 27, 2012 at 7:55am — No Comments

Free Microsoft Cloud Computing For University Scientists

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) –

Microsoft and Internet2 have announced a new agreement enabling member universities to take advantage of Windows Azure to open up collaborative, instructional and research opportunities in the cloud. The announcement…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on April 26, 2012 at 7:55am — No Comments

Three Hot New Social Apps For Election 2012

Stan Freck (Park City, UT) —

Everyone knows that the 2008 Obama/Biden campaign for President of the United States made sophisticated use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, not to mention creatively tapping into America’s young voters in other innovative ways. But if you thought technology in the 2008 presidential race was a…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on April 24, 2012 at 7:25am — 1 Comment

Bayer Launches Pinterest Boards About Healthcare, Nutrition, High-tech Materials

Stephanie Baum (Philadelphia, PA) –

Social photo-sharing platform Pinterest has skyrocketed in popularity due to users passionate about topics like fashion and food. But now, “Big Pharma” companies are also beginning to use Pinterest to speak to their audiences.

Bayer Corporation…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on April 19, 2012 at 7:51am — No Comments

Chicago-Based CrowdSpring Powers Free Creative Work For Nonprofits

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) —

Even when a successful nonprofit takes in a lot of money, much of it is earmarked for carrying out their main mission. Things like advertising, design work, and other activities, while valuable, are expendable if funds are limited. Now, a creative services company is helping them, pro bono.…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on April 18, 2012 at 7:21am — No Comments

Lonely Planet: NASA Needs Your Best Ideas About Exploring Mars

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) —

Due to severe budget cutbacks, NASA’s Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. has instructed a number of his senior administrators to “lead a reformulation of the Mars Exploration Program” in order to continue space exploration on a budget. To do that, NASA is sponsoring a…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on April 17, 2012 at 7:20am — 1 Comment

Real-World Civic Innovation Through Online Gaming

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) —

When you think of “games,” you might think of Gears of War for Xbox, or Angry Birds for iPhone, or perhaps Zynga games for Facebook. But increasingly, people working in the public and civic sectors see value in leveraging games and…

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Added by Mark D. Drapeau on April 12, 2012 at 8:47am — 2 Comments

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