Posts By Mark D. Drapeau

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 professionalRead… Read more »

“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 andRead… Read more »

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.Read… Read more »

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.Read… Read more »

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 raised $1.6 million, according to a regulatory document. MedCity News reported in March that Enforcer eCoaching was aiming to raise $3 million in investment funding. A subsequent regulatory filing revealedRead… Read more »

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 deliver veterans’ stories to you in a very compelling, human way. Mike Allen, a Microsoft executive inRead… Read more » 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, an new interactive web community that gives teens the tools and knowledge needed to help turn their interests and hobbiesRead… Read more »

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 forRead… Read more »