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"You can be a rooster one day and a feather duster the next, mate." Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill
How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Code.org: Mark Zuckerberg, other icons lead effort to teach computer science in every school http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Startup Weekend, 10/18, Bozeman, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4759
Montana Economic Development Summit - 9-16/17, Butte, Montana
Montana Office of Tourism
- Computational Thinking For all
Students will need to learn and practice new skills--computational thinking (CT) skills--to take full advantage of revolutionary changes brought about by rapid changes in technology.
- Code.org: Mark Zuckerberg, other icons lead effort to teach computer science in every school
As a kick-start to the ambitious effort, Partovi issued a challenge for every school student to spend an hour coding during a week in December. He said he would donate enough laptops for an entire classroom to 50 participating schools. Another 50 classrooms will win a video conference call with a tech luminary, including the likes of Gates, Dorsey and Wojcicki.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Looking Up - Business & Opportunity In The Crown Of The Continent - 10/17-18 - Whitefish, Montana
The National Parks Conservation Association out of Whitefish is hosting an economic forum that focuses on the intersection of economic development and conservation on Oct. 17 and 18. I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the forum. Please feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone you think would be interested.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana Office of Tourism Partners with Warren Miller Entertainment
"Montana is known for spectacular unspoiled nature and breathtaking experiences," said Katy Peterson, Chief of Marketing, Montana Office of Tourism. "Our partnership with Warren Miller Entertainment pairs the state with an iconic name in the ski industry and puts the spotlight on Montana as a premier winter destination.
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 17 for week of 10-13-13
Exports from the Great Falls metro area from 2005-2012 grew by 258%, ranking us 35th out of 357 U.S. metro areas, according to the U.S. International Trade Administration.
Come Home Montana
- Why Big Data Is Your Key to Beefing Up Customer Engagement Duane Edwards
Big data is different because it enables you to consider and act upon everything you know about your customers. It leverages the rich, transactional data that today is aggregated and then discarded.
- Don't Be Blinded By Big Data
Even in the age of big data analytics, getting the right answers is tough. In some cases, in fact, big data makes decision-making more difficult, and not for the reason you may think.
- Big Data Planning: Start Slow, Let It Grow
"It's the start that stops most people."
- The Promise & Practicality of Big Data for Education
Technology- infused education is becoming more heavily reliant upon big data and data delivery systems. m aking instruction and learning experiences relevant requires two things: f irst, we must enable student access to real-world issues and applications; second, we must provide content and instructional methodologies that are as personalized for each student as possible. t his requires a meld-lock between back-office systems and the classroom.
- Business Office Space Needed in Missoula
Do any of you fine folks know of a Regus-like facility in or near Missoula that could accommodate about a dozen folks?
- Montana tops the list of best states for young adults
The treasure state is a hot commodity, ranked fourth nationally as one of the best states for young adults.
Montana Economic Development
- Diversifying Montana's Energy Profile
When it comes to Montana's energy landscape, development and resources are as diverse as the state's physical landscape, with coal, natural gas, hydroelectric and wind power plants dotting the map.
- Bozeman, Montana entrepreneurs turning to Kickstarter to help fund creative endeavors
Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding platform, and since February 2011, 44 local projects have raised more than $545,000. The money has gone toward anything from documentaries to books.
- Town Pump sets $3M fundraising goal for Montana food banks
The money is used to purchase perishable food items such as milk, bread, fruit and vegetables. Also, the funds are becoming more crucial in helping many food bank organizations simply stay open through payment of rent, utilities, and space for storage, refrigeration and freezing.
- "Looking Up: Business Opportunity in the Crown of the Continent," - Kalispell forum to examine relationship between region's natural beauty, economy 10/17-18
With a firm belief that the natural splendors of northwest Montana are the area's biggest economic driver, the National Parks Conservation Association is joining with several local groups to sponsor a day-long forum here Friday exploring community and economic development, job creation and entrepreneurial marketing.
- Scott Adams' Secret of Success: Failure
What's the best way to climb to the top? Be a failure.
- When Women Mentor Too Much
Some top managers, especially women, risk slowing their upward climb because they mentor downward too much.
- Four Executives on Succeeding in Business as a Woman
A second conversation with four women I had interviewed for Corner Office, to ask them to share stories about headwinds they have navigated over the years, and advice they would offer other women about succeeding at work.
- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on the most important traits of innovators
A willingness to fail. A willingness to be misunderstood. And maintaining a childlike wonder in the world.
- Analysis: Do Business-Friendly Tax Climates Yield The Most Jobs?
In highlighting its rankings, the Tax Foundation calls on lawmakers to improve business tax climates to make their states more competitive. But do states with higher business tax climate scores actually boast stronger job markets?
- Physician of Year Keith Davis, M.D. of Shoshone, Idaho: Creating Healthcare Access
"There are people out there who can benefit so much from really basic medical services that are available, but not available to them."
Regional Economic Development
- Film: "More than Honey" - "If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have 4 years left to live." Albert Einstein
"If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have 4 years left to live." Albert Einstein
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Biobusiness innovation in a cluster
Jane Osborne advises young bio entrepreneurs and start-ups to be flexible, open-minded and prepared to take risks to raise the profile, build trust and gain respect.
- Lowering the Droput Rate - Massachusetts Debates Raising School Dropout Age to 18
Eighteen other states and the District of Columbia already set the minimum dropout age at 18, according to the Education Commission of the States.
- How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses
These students in Matamoros, Mexico, didn't have reliable Internet access, steady electricity, or much hope--until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- 10 University Classes For Business I Really Needed
Here is my list of useful courses that we wish existed, but as far as I know, still aren't generally available:
An interactive map to apps and websites to help college-bound students navigate the admissions process and beyond.
Montana Education Excellence
- MAPS Develops New PSA for the Montana Hope Project
If you have a couple of $ and care to make a tax deductible contribution to help out these kids, they are as worthy a cause as can be.
- DevFestMT, 11/2-3, Missoula, Montana
Help bring two days of new technology to the area and increase Missoula's visibility as an up and coming hotbed for mobile and technology startups.
- Montana enacts performance-based Higher Education funding
The Montana University System is putting nearly $8 million into an effort to graduate more college students with a new performance-based funding program.
Funding and Building your Business
- 100 Ideas For Cities, From A Department Of Listening To Pay-Per-Honk Cars
How often do even these experts actually ask regular people who actually live in cities what they envision for the future?
- TED Talk: Jeff Speck: The walkable city
How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car -- which he calls "a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device" -- by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.
Energy and Climate Change
- "Startup CEO - A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business"
As the fifth book in the StartUp Revolution series, this reliable resource is based on Matt Blumberg's experience as a startup CEO and covers a number of issues he's faced over the dozen years he's been a CEO.
Connectivity & Communications
- Bricks made from CO2
Australia's Mineral Carbonation startup hopes to put sequestered carbon to use by turning it into materials for building.
- Montana Public Media Partners Explore Climate Change
In a variety of local and nationally produced radio and television programs, Montana Public Radio, MontanaPBS and students from the University of Montana School of Journalism will use Climate Change Week to explore the science, the social and economic impacts and the skepticism that can cause friction between friends.
- The Dark Web, explained
What exactly is the dark web, and how does Tor, or the onion router, work?
- Roadkill permits? There will be an app for that... NO there won't!!
The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to approve regulations Thursday that allow people to go online for permits to salvage for food the animals they hit and kill within 24 hours of the fender-bender.
- $70 million Montana Medicaid computer project with Xerox behind schedule
State officials -- based on experience with software problems -- negotiated a contract stating they don't have to pay Xerox until the $70 million program is finished and working.
- University of Montana Students to Award $10,000 to Local Nonprofits
Local nonprofits that fit the criteria are welcome to apply by Nov. 5.
- Study: Nonprofit hospital CEOs earn $600,000 a year
Higher CEO compensation did not guarantee better medical care at these facilities.
- 5 most incredible discoveries of the week
Feeling the effects of climate change, but not worrying too much yet? Mark this year: 2047. That's when, for most of the world, the coldest year in the future will be hotter than any in recorded history, according to a new study.
- Upworthy.com goes viral
Only 19 months old, the site has experienced explosive growth
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