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"Americans always do the right thing once they've exhausted every other possibility."
TED Video: Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "A Place at the Table" - One Nation. Underfed http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
GigaPOP in Missoula
- New Community Owned Network Map
It tracks dark fiber networks, publicly owned stimulus funded networks, and which networks are already advertising and/or delivering gigabit services.
- Community Broadband Networks
At MuniNetworks.org, we provide resources for those joining the movement to build broadband networks that are directly accountable to the communities they serve. Case studies, fact sheets, and video are some of the media we offer to help leaders make decisions about community owned networks.
- You Don't Want Super-High-Speed Internet, Says Time Warner Cable
Experts believe that this reluctance has less to do with a lack of customer demand and more to do with protecting high margin broadband businesses.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Agile Development With Scrum Workshop, 03/25, Helena
This 2-day course assures students understand what adopting Scrum will mean for their organization and themselves.
- Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology (MBRCT) Program Benefits Report
Since it began operations in 2000, the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology (MBRCT) has played an important role in the development and support of technology-based Montana companies.
- NorthWestern Energy Issues Scam Alert
Customers should be suspicious of any telephone or Internet solicitation offers particularly if they ask for personal information including credit card or bank account information.
Great Falls Development Authority
- PrintingForLess.com - Come Back and Save 20% Off Your Next Order
Come back to PrintingForLess.com and let our expert printing consultants provide affordable solutions to your marketing needs.
- Great Falls Development Authority President Brett Doney: Industry forecasts and economic data for northcentral Montana
Listen to Great Falls Development Authority President Brett Doney's views about why now is a great time to bring business to Great Falls.
Come Home Montana
- 6 Innovations That Will Change Healthcare - Data is key!
#1. Reality Mining: Using Data to Influence Healthy Behavior
- Survey: External Business Intelligence Boosts Innovation and Profits
"Businesses get used to operating and thinking in a certain way and data gets filtered through the patterns of how we always do things," Mr. Eager said. "When you always use the same channels for business intelligence, like internal sales figures, you are limited in what you can come up with."
- Early Results: International Open Data Day 2013 - Government Data Hackers Rule!
In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, hackers worked on showing how citizens' tax money is spent. The participants worked in conjunction with "Where Does My Money Go," a site was that first developed in 2007 to "promote transparency and citizen engagement through the analysis and visualization of information about UK public spending."
- Missing Wood for Trees, Why Big Data Isn't About the Big Data
Instead of focusing on Big Data per se, how about starting with business problems that we are trying to solve, for example reducing customer defection/churn or improving cross-sell/upsell rates or reducing inventory carrying costs.
- Top Trends in Insurance Analytics
Developing capacities to deal with big data, predictive analytics, and predictive modeling is the singular current focus for strategic insurance companies today.
- Montana Career Opportunity - GIS Technician - Geodata Services, Inc.
Responsible for GIS and database development for projects related to management and planning in both natural and urban environments.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Software Developer / Programmer / Engineer Position - AXIOM IT Solutions, Inc.
Skillfully design, develop, and deploy custom software solutions on time and within budget, as a single resource or in a project team.
- 2013 Montana Ambassador Conference Summary - view photos and files
If you couldn't attend the Montana Ambassador Annual Conference, you missed out on great networking and great presentations.
- Developing Emotional Intelligence
You may have heard that we're born with a huge amount of brain cells, and then we lose them steadily until we die. Now, the good news: that's neuromythology.
- The danger of email
There is a sort of optical illusion in the mind where you assume that all of your emotional signals that go with whatever you say or do face to face, are going along with your email, but they're not.
- Rural Development program recommendations could hurt small communities
A new federal definition of rural that would include much larger towns could put small communities at a disadvantage when it comes to competing for federal grants and programs.
Regional Economic Development
- America's Growth Corridors: The Key to a National Revival - A New Report
The corridors' growing success is a testament to the resiliency and adaptability of the American economy. It also challenges the established coastal states and cities to reconsider their current high-tax, high-regulation climates if they would like to join the growth party.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- How does your state rank for well-being?
A look at how state rankings have shifted from 2011 to 2012 in the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The survey is based on residents' responses about physical health, job satisfaction and other factors that affect quality of life.
- Who Really Creates the Jobs?
Can you see the gazelles?
- Rocky Mountain mayors urge working together to succeed in global economy
"We will do best if we start working together on how we can leverage all of our resources in the region."
- Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey promote computer coding in new video - "What most schools don't teach"
Does your school teach coding?
- How Data Can Improve Afterschool Programs for At-Risk Youth
It starts with collecting the right kind of data. Much like regular schools, which are often trapped by focusing solely on test scores, afterschool programs also can't measure themselves by one metric.
- What's Haunting Rural High Schools?
Chains of low-expectation rattle in too many rural high schools, holding young people and their communities down. Timothy Collins delivers a Gothic editorial on education.
- Medicaid-funded Children's Autism Waiver program deemed 'incredibly successful'
The Medicaid-funded Montana Children's Autism Waiver, started in 2009, provides early intervention to children ages 15 months to 5 years old.
- TED Video: Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud
Educational researcher Sugata Mitra is the winner of the 2013 TED Prize. His wish: Build a School in the Cloud, where children can explore and learn from one another.
Montana Education Excellence
- Only Half of First-Time College Students Graduate in 6 Years
The United States is doing a terrible job of helping enrolled college students complete their educations.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- All Abroad: University of Montana Study Abroad Program Looks to Send More Students Overseas
The University of Montana Study Abroad program is renewing its efforts to inform and reach out to elementary, high school and college students.
- University of Montana faces revenue loss from dorms
The number of students living on campus dropped by 200 from fall 2012 to spring 2013, and Sandy Schoonover, director of the Residence Life Office, said major changes could be on the way.
- Human Powered Vehicles: Missoula College students create bicycle of the future
Come one, come all, the future of transportation is upon us, and it isn't a hovercraft. It's a bio-fuel machine capable of running on Doritos, Taco Bell, and french fries. It's called the bicycle.
- Montana Campus Compact Newsletter - Winter 2013
MTCC programs mobilize higher education's resources to serve communities across Montana.
- Raising Your Hand as Due Diligence Lead for Angel Groups
Due diligence clearly makes a big difference for angel investors.
Funding and Building your Business
- "A Place at the Table" - One Nation. Underfed
Fifty million people in the U.S.--one in four children--don't know where their next meal is coming from.
Energy and Climate Change
- Common misconceptions about wrongful termination
"You can be dismissed for being left-handed, or blue-eyed, or too short, or too tall, or just because the boss doesn't like you."
- Making Small Business a Cause - "Brewing the American Dream"
Speed coaching is one element of "Brewing the American Dream," a program Boston Beer established with a microlender, Accion, to help small businesses.
- A Revolutionary Marketing Strategy: Answer Customers' Questions
Marcus Sheridan, an owner of River Pools, overhauled the company's marketing to focus on generating sales through informational blog posts and videos.
- 9 Entrepreneur Skills Which Drive Team Leadership
I believe that leaders have to make the overt decision to acquire these skills, and don't have to be born or trained into them.
- Website Translation: 14 Steps to an effective worldwide website!
When we think of website translation (also known as "website localization" or "website globalization") we can summarize the goal of translating a website by the 7C's.
- Great Entrepreneurs - Less Thinking and More Action
The future of everything for startups on any day is unpredictable.
Connectivity & Communications
- A carbon market takes root in California
California's carbon market remains in its infancy, but the success of the most recent state auction is widely seen as an indication that the a market-based approach to reduce greenhouse gases is here to stay.
- TED Talk: Jennifer Granholm: A clean energy proposal -- race to the top!
A former two-term governor of Michigan, Jennifer M. Granholm makes the case for empowering states to create jobs through a Clean Energy Jobs Race to the Top.
- First Annual Accessibility Camp Conference, March 9, Missoula
It will be a great opportunity for members of the usability, accessibility, other IT, education and disability communities to interact and learn from each other.
- What is the Internet of Everything?
The Internet of Everything refers to the fact that someday, everything and everyone will be connected to a common backbone, which is the Internet we know today.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Invitation to all non-profits in Western MT to join the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
The CFC is a program that gives federal employees the opportunity to support eligible non-profit organizations that are listed in our annual charity listing. Last year participants in Western Montana pledged more than $137,000.
- 3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production
When the funding comes in, the head engineer is planning to take the latest prototype from San Francisco to New York on 10 gallons of gas, preferably pure ethanol. The hope is that the drive will draw even more interest.
- New App Turns Your iPhone Into a Mobile Urine Lab
"The idea is to get people closer to their own information. I want people to better understand what is going on with their bodies."
- MIT's New Self-Assembly Lab Is Building A Paradigm Shift To 4-D Manufacturing
What if your Ikea desk could assemble itself? If Skylar Tibbits has his way, parts will someday put themselves together, better than you ever could.
- Wearable technology could be next big thing
Internet-connected glasses, wristwatches in development
- This Electronic Temporary Tattoo Will Soon Be Tracking Your Health
Such a technology has many potential uses, from continual electrocardiogram readings, to precise measurements of temperature and hydration, to many other health and wellness readings.
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