Author: Steve S.
AT&T is sponsoring a pretty cool competition in which entrants can win $10,000 cash in scholarship money for creating a mobile device application. Teams of up to four people can enter a custom-built application for the purpose of e-learning. The rules state that the “innovating e-learning mobile app” should be functional across multiple platforms. Submissions are due by September 15, 2010 and so far there are only ten teams signed up. So my question for you is:
If you could develop a mobile device application, what would it do?
If you’re interested in how terrorists are making use of technology to carry out their illicit activities, you’re in luck.
On Wednesday, April 7th at 8:00 pm the Security & Risk Analysis Club will host its bi-yearly Counter-Terrorism Panel. The event, held in IST’s Cybertorium (113 IST), will bring together experts in terrorism from across the University.
This semester’s Counter-Terrorism Panel will shift its focus to “Technology Enabled Terrorism”; more on what your can expect at the event after the jump!
Let’s face it. The College of Information Sciences and Technology lacks a significant female population. Thankfully, the College recognizes that fact and is continuing its highly successful technology summer camp for middle school girls.
This year’s camp, from June 21 to June 25, is titled “Tech Savvy Girls Summer Camp”. It’s a free camp and features two programs for attendees. The first section is all about making a 3D animations with readily available (read: free) software. The second program teaches attendees how to make video games by serving as programmers, artists, designers, and producers.
Read on for details on how to sign up.
If you are reading this, chances are that you’re one of 80 million people of Generation Y. More specifically, Generation Y describes the group of people born between 1980 and 1995. Some of us Gen Y’ers remember a world without widespread internet use, but we really grew up as digital natives. And as digital natives, we’re clamoring for the new cool way to communicate or to get our hands on the next raddest hottest piece of technology.
Studies confirm what we already know. We don’t want to use Facebook to interact with professors or with possible employers. Social networks like LinkedIn are chunky and, in my opinion, not versatile enough for our generation. Among the hordes of social networking services, one service carefully toes the line between your personal and working world.
The Brazen Careerist, started in part by Penn State grad Ryan Paugh (a member of Sigma Alpha Mu here at Penn State and a former THON dancer), sets out to fill the gap left by major social networks. It represents a new way for Generation Y’ers to share ideas, share advice and network with their peers. Paugh says that the Brazen Careerist is targeted primarily towards college and graduate students with a particular focus in mind:
We built the network to help you guys avoid the mistakes that we made during our transition into “the real world.” Brazen Careerist is a place to build a professional network before you find yourself in a situation that you don’t want to be in. Example: Getting stuck in a job that you really hate. Even worse, getting stuck in your parent’s basement without a job.
Read the rest of this piece after the break.
Last night, leadership of Onward State met with senior Google Executives Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt to close a deal many months in the making.
Google approached Onward State in December with an offer of $1.2 million in cash and an additional $3.7 million in shares of the technology giant. After much wheeling and dealing, Onward State staff convinced Google to also implement their new 1GB high speed internet project in State College.
Dorm residents will unfortunately continue to face slower-than-molasses internet speeds and the same download/upload limits as you did before. Only residents of State College will benefit from incredible internet speeds.
Read statements from Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Onward State Publisher Davis Shaver after the jump.
Keeping track of 5.4 million books, some 46,000 online journals and 100,000 e-books is no easy task. Luckily, the Penn State University Libraries website exists to deliver that mind-boggling volume of content to Penn Staters on demand. There’s just one problem: the current website isn’t exactly the most user friendly. It gives me the same feeling of information overload in my junior year as it did when I was a freshman.
Enter the redesigned, beta test version of the University Libraries website. Declaring it a mere improvement over the previous version would be a serious understatement.
Yup, you read the title right. You can get free Penn State Creamery Ice Cream on Friday March 19, 2010 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Now, this sweet deal can be had by simply using social media outlets like Facebook and Foursquare. Here’s the rundown:
- Visit the College of Ag Science’s Facebook Fan Page and become a fan.
- Follow the College of Ag Sci on Twitter.
- Get an account on the location-based social media service Foursquare.
- Head to the Berkey Creamery on Friday, March 19th between 11 and 1.
- “Check-in” your location on Foursquare.
Don’t have a mobile device that is compatible with Foursquare? Don’t worry, The College of Agriculture Sciences has got you covered– it’ll have a computer set up so you can check in.
Get to the Creamery close to 11 to make sure you’re one of the first twenty-five. Free ice cream will only be awarded to those first twenty-five.
This is a pretty cool use of social media. Props to the College of Ag Sciences for offering an incentive for people to follow their social media assets on Facebook and Twitter. Free Creamery ice cream is a whole lot better than the classic “hey you guys, can you please follow us?” line that other Colleges and Universities generally offer.