Posts By Mark D. Drapeau

UK University Investigating How Kinect Can Help Stroke Victims

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) — While the Kinect device debuted by Microsoft back in Nov. 2010 is most widely known for revolutionizing how people can play games in their living rooms, the blog EuroGamer is reporting that UK researchers are now studying its relevance to understanding facial expressions of stroke victims. Image from EuroGamer. NottinghamRead… Read more »

Microsoft Disaster Response App “HelpBridge” Launches for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

Microsoft (Redmond, WA) — “I need help.” “I want to know whether my friends and family are OK.” “I want to help.” Those tend to be the three main reactions after natural disasters strike, said Tony Surma, chief technology officer for Microsoft’s Disaster Response team. HelpBridge, a free new mobile app from Microsoft, aims toRead… Read more »

Online Education Startup Minerva Launches Non-profit to Reimagine 21st-Century Research Universities

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) — The Minerva Project, an education startup self-described as “the first elite American university launched in a century,” has $25 million in venture funding and advisors including former Harvard president Larry Summers. From their website: Minerva is assembling an exceptional team dedicated to providing a uniquely rigorous and challenging education toRead… Read more »

Microsoft Hosts an EduTech Family Summit in Boston on January 26

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) — I wanted to let Publicyte readers know that Microsoft’s YouthSpark program is hosting a series of EduTech Family Summits across the country in 2013. The next one will be in Boston, MA on Sat., January 26th, 2013. Beginning at 7:30am at the UMASS-Boston campus (just off the red line onRead… Read more »

The Most Enlightening Five Articles, Three Quotes, and One Photo About the Late Digital Activist Aaron Swartz

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) — Aaron Swartz, a digital activist described as a wizardly computer programmer and prodigy by friends and colleagues, committed suicide recently; here is his well-written New York Times obituary. Much has been written about him, his career, his struggles with depression, and his tangles with the law in his quest forRead… Read more »

Breaking Down MeriTalk’s sCIOal (Social) Circle Study

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) — How good are Federal government Chief Information Officers (CIOs) at social media? That was the question posed by media company MeriTalk in their recent study, named sCIOal Circle (get it?). According to the study (registration required), this is the first of an annual series of analyses. Thus, before the nextRead… Read more »

Army, Air Force and DISA Expand Access to Microsoft Technologies Through Cost-Saving Modernization Agreement

Microsoft Corp. (Washington, DC) — In an effort to modernize technology infrastructure, reduce costs and foster new levels of cross-agency collaboration, the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) are expanding access to Microsoft solutions by entering into a transformative three-year Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreement for enterprise licenses and software assurance.Read… Read more »

Political Convention Innovation: An Interview With Microsoft’s Director Of Campaigns & Elections

Earlier this month the 2012 Presidential Election went into high gear with the Republican and Democratic National Conventions taking place in Tampa, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina, respectively. Though not a delegate or party member, Microsoft was a major force at both conventions, providing critical technologies and services that support and enhance the democratic process.Read… Read more »