This SXSW is Different for Dell

first_imgThere are so many issues we could discuss to affect positive change in today’s world. At Dell, we want to use SXSW, where so many people intersect, to get people to the table. We want pressing public policy issues to be discussed. We want the conversation to be a starting point. That’s why when we laid out the plan for 2017’s upcoming SXSW in Austin, TX, we mapped out a different agenda. We are going to do more with this weekend than throw cocktail parties, network, or highlight our products (which are cutting-edge and consumer-driven – still had to be said!).How are we going to do this? Over the course of the next three days, we have taken some of the most relevant stakeholders, members of Congress, and honed experts to discuss a wide-range of public policy issues that are challenging society.Entrepreneurship is part of our DNA at Dell and we know that entrepreneurs and innovators are the engine that drives the world economy.  We want to create a better climate for entrepreneurs to thrive – not just by bringing the best technologies to empower entrepreneurs in the new world of digital transformation – but also by working with leaders, policymakers and the public and private sectors on improving entrepreneurs’ access to four key elements of success: talent, capital, markets and technology.Instead of bringing entrepreneurs and innovators to D.C. to meet with policymakers, we think it’s best to bring the policymakers to SXSW to meet with the entrepreneurs and innovators.  Rather than having discussions in suits in the halls of Congress, we are having discussions in jeans in Austin.We’re excited to be hosting a wide variety of events to tackle some of these issues – everything from panel discussions on how government, entrepreneurs and the tech industry can work together to solve policy challenges; a math competition with seventh and eighth grade student and members of Congress; an interactive policy hackathon (think American Idol meets Shark Tank); a “fishbowl” discussion on diversity and inclusion; and conversations with veterans who are innovating and starting companies.Our agenda is bold, diverse, and we hope inspiring.  Topics we’re going to discuss include:How tech companies are fostering a culture of inclusion, and how government can further incentivize.What should government be doing to encourage women entrepreneurs? What should they stop doing to discourage women entrepreneurs?Advances in technology have radically impacted almost every aspect of our lives—except how we vote. What are the policy implications of using various forms of available technology to simultaneously increase voter turnout and the security of our voting system?The government has data on everything from which sewer lines are in use most to which restaurants violated the health code this year. Entrepreneurs everywhere could use this data to build their businesses and help the government accomplish its goals, so how can we put this data to collective use?What are the policies we need in place to support a digital economy? It accounts for one-third of the U.S. Economy or roughly $5.9 trillion.Why are younger generations less active in government and how can we change that? Two of the youngest members of Congress will talk about how to approach civic engagement for maximum result.What are the next steps in the transportation revolutions and how will policy adapt?What are some of the policy challenges that a home sharing world presents and how should Congress address these legislative issues?We must roll out broadband to rural areas in order to bring the benefits of tech to every person and sector of the economy.  How can we create more public-private partnerships to address rural broadband access?  Last year at SXSW this topic was raised during the government track – we listened and will report back.Diversity in tech, diversity in government and the policy implications of each.What role can and should the government play in preventing, responding to and mitigating cyber-attacks, and what level of cyber-attack constitutes and act or war?We are going to cover a lot of ground on a lot of issues with the right people at the table. We hope we elevate public policy discussion to a new level and we hope to see you there.  If you can’t make it to Austin, you can follow us on social media at #GovEvolve, #DellExperience and #PolicyHack.yylast_img read more

Ancient eye-popping martial art gains popularity in modern Vietnam

first_imgIn a sunny temple courtyard in Vietnam, Le Van Thang pushes an iron rod hard against his eye socket and tries to make it bend — his dizzying strength honed through years of practicing centuries-old martial art Thien Mon Dao.Thang, 28, is one of an increasing number of Vietnamese to find refuge in a sport that grew out of a need to protect the country from invaders, but now offers a route to mental wellbeing in the rapidly changing Communist nation.Practitioners of Thien Mon Dao have long taken pride in the incredible shows of strength that form part of their routines. The eye-popping feats include bending metal against their bodies, carrying heavy objects using their throats and lying under the path of motorbikes.Now many say they also take pleasure from how the sport — which includes elements of self-defense, kung fu and weapons training — has steered them on a new course.Thang, a furniture seller who first began practicing eight years ago, said he used to get into fights in high school and was also a gambler. “Once I stole money from my family but after that, I was brought to Thien Mon Dao by my family and I changed,” he told AFP. “There are so many benefits: I learned how to express my ideas, how to walk properly and behave.”Thien Mon Dao was first developed in the 10th century, according to master Nguyen Khac Phan, whose school trains in the complex of an ornate temple on the outskirts of Hanoi.In recent years it’s seen a surge in popularity, he says, with up to three new clubs set up in the capital each year. Vietnam currently has around 30,000 Thien Mon Dao practitioners across the country, with occasional public performances helping boost the sport’s appeal.”People come for different purposes but mostly they want to improve their health and mental health,” added Phan, who has been teaching the sport since the early 1990s.”Learning martial arts can help people see life in a better way, improve their strength… give up their mistakes to aim for better things,” he said.From tiny children who have barely started school to people in their eighties, Thien Mon Dao embraces anyone who wants to kick their way up through 18 different levels and seven belts.Sixteen-year-old Vu Thi Ngoc Diep, one of around 10 women training at the temple compound, said the sport had also given her a way to fight gender stereotypes.”Southeast Asian people think that girls should be gentle and not suitable for learning martial arts,” she said. “But I see it differently.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Lack of offensive chances demoralizes Syracuse in 7-1 loss to No. 3 North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon bent his knees and hovered over a backpedaling Georgia Allen. Allen traced the ball with her eyes as a defender tracked her. “Win the first ball, Georgia,” Wheddon screamed toward Allen. She didn’t. “OK, win the second ball then,” he said. Again, she didn’t. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs the Orange’s deficit got deeper, Wheddon ran out of advice for his players. The Tar Heels controlled the game. All he could do was watch. “They’re taking a national team player off the field and replacing them with another national team player,” Wheddon said. “Unfortunately, a lot of our players don’t, and that’s the difference.” No. 3 North Carolina’s (11-2-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast) overload of talent exposed Syracuse (3-11, 0-6) when they tried to mount an early first-half comeback. SU couldn’t get past midfield as the Tar Heels’ backline clobbered Syracuse forwards trying to change direction. The Orange put one shot on goal all game in a 7-1 loss. During its eight-game losing streak coming into Sunday, Syracuse was outshot in all but it’s Sept. 9 matchup with Colgate. Against three ranked teams during that span, the Orange mustered an average of 4 shots per game to its opponents 20. When SU opened the game with possession to start, it played forward. Allen slipped the ball to Shannon Aviza, who ran up the field. A UNC defender closed in on her space, Aviza pivoted and the Tar Heel ripped the ball from Aviza’s foot. North Carolina booted the ball near its box and camped out on that side of the field. UNC held onto the ball, scoring five minutes into the game, and kept the ball near SU’s net. The Tar Heels piled onto its lead, making it 2-0 until SU broke through. Mishandled by North Carolina’s Julia Ashley, Meghan Root snuck past Bridgette Andrzejewski in the 27th minute to score on its second shot of the night. “They’re always talking about getting in on that second ball,” Root said. “It worked there.” But UNC gathered at midfield after the score and held onto the ball for all but two possessions for the rest of the first half. Every missed shot and errant corner kick spilled out to Allen, SU’s deepest player on offense. Allen was met by two, sometimes three Tar Heels who circled around the junior, stealing the ball from her grasp. Following a misplay before the end of the half, Wheddon, who usually follows his players into the locker room, gathered the coaches for a four-minute meeting. With his hands atop his head, he looked distressed. He said he discussed how to slow the Tar Heels down. But it couldn’t help. The ball was on UNC’s side of the field for the first four minutes of the half. SU got it back briefly but then lost it again. When SU players coughed up the ball, North Carolina held possession and turned it into goals. “(There’s) a couple moments where we’ve got to get a foot on it,” Root said. “We’ve got to be tighter to our players.” Even as UNC added to its lead, SU couldn’t find the ball. Every Orange turnover was coupled with a long Tar Heels possession that usually led to a shot on goal. After the game, Wheddon listed off a multitude of reasons why Syracuse couldn’t contain the ball: pass selection, misread crosses and not enough pace. Wheddon said he challenged his players before the game to fight with UNC. He didn’t think they were hesitant. They were just outplayed. “Against a team of this caliber,” Wheddon said, “you’re not going to get any breaks.”center_img Published on October 7, 2018 at 6:18 pm Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more