Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced the launch of BeOnline programme in collaboration with Classera, the leader in learning management systems, and Mirai, a learning innovations group focusing on learning strategy and digital pedagogy.
In line with the most accurate regional governments’ directives for distance learning, the programme aims to support schools and universities in establishing a fully-fledged virtual learning environment, by providing expertise and tools at no cost.
BeOnline programme gives schools access to the full ecosystem needed for a comprehensive remote learning environment, promotes pedagogical consultancy for online education provided by Mirai; a robust learning management solution from Classera, and HP’s information technology (IT) consultancy on the required infrastructure. These services will be provided to schools until the end of the academic year at no cost. Classera and Mirai will help education providers by curating online learning pathways including the creation of a complete virtual school set-up that includes digital lesson plans, virtual assignments, e-attendance, e-assessment among other support functions. Besides IT consultancy, HP will provide schools with the HP LIFE program – a set of 32 modules on business and technical skills for youngsters. The trio said in a statement that the modules would be available online and students could self-pace the courses and receive certificates on completion.
BeOnline is part of HP’s commitment to improving the learning outcomes for 100 million people globally by 2025 and run focused pedagogy-oriented programs to deliver on its education and sustainability goals – Classroom of the Future, HP Learning Studios, Digital School Awards, HP LIFE and HP Teaching Fellows.
Commenting on the launch of BeOnline in the region, Vice President and Managing Director of HP Inc.
Africa said: “Access to means of technology is now a key part of daily life for many people living in Africa. The world has changed and the way we work, study and interact has altered forever. This program is designed to help schools to quickly adopt distance learning, even in times where various countries are faced with uncertainties for the near future. Today, technology can support new styles of learning. PCs and tools designed for education can offer students flexibility of time, place, and pace of learning, whether in or out of the classroom, or in a blend of environments. Technology can not only engage students and Improve learning outcomes, but also help to equip them with the skills they need for the future.”
Recently, HP published its 21st annual Sustainable Impact Report (SIR) which highlights the company’s progress across the core pillars of its Sustainable Impact strategy. It is part of HP’s commitment to sustainability and priority to provide transparency for its progressive efforts to combat climate change, advance human rights and accelerate digital equity.
The 2021 HP Sustainable Impact Report shows that consumers increasingly make buying decisions based on the social responsibility of brands. In 2021 alone, HP attributed $3.5 billion in new sales to their sustainability practices, a three-fold increase over 2020. Sustainability has become a growing business imperative and more than just the right thing to do to help the planet and the people.
“HP is driving some of the industry’s most aggressive and comprehensive climate action goals, in our quest to become the most sustainable and just tech company by 2030. Through our Sustainable Impact strategy, we are committed to helping solve the enormous global challenges before us. We take part in the global initiative of launching products with eco-conscious designs, made from ocean-bound plastics. We will also continue these efforts to strengthen the communities we operate in while driving innovation and growth in our business, creating a better future for all,” said Christian Reyes, Managing Director of HP Philippines.
As a key highlight of SIR 2021, HP recorded a significant reduction in single-use plastics. The company has successfully reduced single use plastic packaging by 44% in 2021 vs. 2018. On its quest to enable better learning outcomes, HP reported an increase to 74.3 million toward its goal of 100 million students and adult learners that have benefited from the brand’s education programs and solutions.
Furthermore, the report identifies areas where HP seeks to improve, with the intention to move its sustainability efforts quicker, especially on climate action, considering the high stakes of climate change. Below are the highlights of HP’s 2021 Sustainable Impact report.
Accelerating Digital Equity
Addressing Climate Crisis
Advancing Human Rights
Sustainable Impact is at the heart of HP’s business strategy, and we aim to be the world’s most sustainable and just technology company by 2030. In 2021, HP announced our most comprehensive and ambitious Sustainable Impact agenda yet. It connects us to the most defining and urgent issues of our time and those where we can have the greatest impact.
HP has reported yearly on its social and environmental progress since 2001 through our annual HP Sustainable Impact Report. We provide in-depth information to stakeholders, including customers, industry analysts, socially, responsible investors, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), employees, sustainability.
Sixty years after Hewlett-Packard Co. employees first began moving into Building A on the company’s new Loveland campus in October 1962, the company that once grew to employ more than 9,000 workers in Loveland, Fort Collins and Greeley does not have the presence that it once did.
Today, HP’s successor companies — Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co. (NYSE: HPE) and HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) — occupy 580,000 square feet in Fort Collins, with HPE employing 800 people. (HP Inc. did not respond to requests for information.)
But HP’s legacy extends far beyond that footprint, from spinoff companies that continue to employ thousands of workers to the real estate that HP left behind.
Much of the Fort Collins campus is now owned by Broadcom, which essentially is a spinoff of a spinoff, i.e. HP’s spinoff of Agilent Technologies Inc., which then sold its Semiconductor Products Group to an investment group, creating Avago Technologies Inc., which acquired Broadcom in 2015.
No HP employees remain at the Loveland site, where it all started, but another spinoff of a spinoff — Keysight Technologies Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), which grew out of Agilent in 2014 — maintains an operation there.
In Greeley, nothing remains of an HP operation that was once the center of the city’s nascent tech sector.
HP’s three Northern Colorado campuses have witnessed far different fates since the company began divesting local operations, and selling local properties, with tech remaining the driving force in Fort Collins, and tech and manufacturing enjoying a resurgence at what was the Loveland campus. Greeley, however, has seen demolition of the long-vacant HP building, with the bulk of the acreage transformed for residential, retail and other uses.
Hewlett-Packard Co.’s history in Northern Colorado began in Loveland, but it almost didn’t start that way. Loveland had to compete with Boulder for an HP expansion, but problems with potential Boulder sites — and a strong pitch from Loveland civic and business leaders — prompted Colorado native David Packard and other HP executives to select Loveland instead, according to an HP Computer Museum post on the history of the Loveland plant.
The plant — with a temporary building opening in 1960 and the first permanent building in 1962 — initially produced power supplies but eventually began producing desktop computers and calculators. HP’s Loveland operation also produced a variety of computer peripherals, including printers and instruments, such as voltmeters.
The campus — on the northeast corner of South Taft Avenue and 14th Street Southwest — remained a bastion for HP’s global operations for decades, but change began in the late 1990s.
HP spun off Agilent in 1998, and by 2005 only 500 people remained at the Loveland site, according to the HP Computer Museum.
The Thompson School District acquired one building on the former HP/Agilent campus in 2004, an 88,000-square-foot building at 800 S. Taft Ave. that was formerly home to Colorado Memory Systems Inc., which built the structure in 1984. Colorado Memory Systems was founded by former HP employee Bill Bierwaltes. The company manufactured computer tape backup systems and was acquired by HP in 1992.
The school district purchased the building for $4.7 million and now uses it for its headquarters.
Just to the east is Keysight Technologies, at 900 S. Taft Ave. Keysight spun off from Agilent in 2014, developing test and measurement equipment.
Keysight’s Loveland building encompasses more than 139,000 square feet.
Kari Fauber, vice president of Keysight’s global partner sales and ecommerce, told BizWest in an email that the Loveland facility is “primarily a research and development site, but also hosts teams from legal, sales, marketing, finance, logistics and services.
“Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world,” she said. “Keysight’s dedication to speed and precision extends to software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow’s technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimization and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments.”
Keysight’s customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets, Fauber said.
Keysight also maintains operations in Colorado Springs and Boulder. It acquired Eggplant Software Inc., with U.S. headquarters in Boulder, in 2020 for $330 million.
Keysight employs 14,300 worldwide and employed about 300 people in Loveland at the time of the spinoff from Agilent. The company recorded revenue of $4.94 billion in 2021.
With Agilent’s retrenchment in Loveland, the company negotiated a deal in May 2011 to sell the bulk of the Loveland campus to the city for $5.8 million.
Plans to revitalize the campus were ambitious, with the Colorado Association of Manufacturing and Technology eventually selecting the site in June 2011 for an Aerospace and Clean Energy Manufacturing and Innovation Park, known as ACE. The project was touted as creating up to 10,000 jobs.
But the proposal faltered early on, with developer United Properties withdrawing from the project in August 2011, citing unattainable timelines.
Loveland then selected Bowling Green, Kentucky-based developer Cumberland and Western to develop the property, with the city selling the property to the company for $5 million.
Plans for the ACE park formally ended in March, when CAMT withdrew from the project.
Even before that, Cumberland and Western had rebranded the site as the Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology.
Cumberland and Western invested in upgrades to the property, including some tenant finishes, and successfully lured Lightning eMotors Inc. (NYSE: ZEV) as a tenant. In April 2016, Cumberland and Western announced that EWI, a Columbus, Ohio-based organization that promotes manufacturing technologies, would open an applied research center at RMCIT.
But it all wasn’t enough, and Cumberland and Western opted through commercial brokerage CBRE to put the property on the market for $22.8 million in October 2020.
Loveland site sells, rebrands
Cumberland and Western eventually found its buyer, although not for the full asking price. In late October 2020, a group of local business owners, led by Jay Dokter and Dan Kamrath, purchased the 811,000-square-foot property for $15.5 million under the entity RMCIT LLC.
Dokter, CEO of Loveland-based Vergent Products Inc., and his partners began working to increase occupancy from an anemic 16%.
The new owners quickly got to work, rebranding the property as the Forge Campus in March 2021.
“We just observed all of the potential that didn’t happen and thought, ‘We could do that,’” Dokter said. “What we saw was 40 to 50 companies in here, collocated, creating an innovative tech environment. And the price was right, too. So we knew that it wasn’t as risky. We also saw building prices were going up for a lot of commercial.”
Cumberland and Western’s initial approach to the property was to secure a single, large occupant, Dokter said.
“I think there was a fair amount of activity. They seemed to be going more for the grand slam, one occupant, and that market is extremely limited,” he said, adding that Cumberland did refocus to allow smaller companies in.
The vision of Dokter and his partners was clear from the beginning: Create an environment in which occupants would build an innovation ecosystem, interacting and feeding off of one another.
The owners moved one of their own companies into the Forge — Bongo, which provides video-assessment solutions for experiential learning. The investors also plan to relocate another of their companies, Vergent Products, a contract design and manufacturing company, into the facility within a couple of years.
Dokter said one of the key advantages of the Loveland property was the maintenance that Cumberland and Western provided for almost a decade.
Often, vacant properties are allowed to decay, with damage by weather, vandalism and neglect. Not so with the Loveland site. Cumberland and Western continued to employ a team of one part-time worker and three full-time workers to maintain the property and conduct real estate tours.
“The cool thing with Cumberland and Western is that they spent a lot of money maintaining the property,” Dokter said. “I never forget, the first time I came here to get a tour … there was a nice man waxing the floor over here in an empty building — one of those machines that go back and forth in an empty building. That impressed me that it was quite preserved.”
“Big buildings like this, you don’t just shut the lights off and walk away,” said Rob Blauvelt, property manager for the Forge and one of the full-time workers who maintained the property during the Cumberland and Western years.
Cumberland and Western maintained a contract for upkeep of the 22 acres of roof. Landscaping was maintained, although at a lower level than when the property was occupied. Cracks in parking lots were filled. HVAC systems were maintained.
“It was three and a half people watching an empty building for 11 years,” Dokter said.
The property’s 16% occupancy at the time of purchase included 12 tenants, but that number has doubled to 24. Another five tenants are housed on-site in The Warehouse accelerator, a nonprofit organization that occupies 48,000 square feet of donated space.
Allison Seabeck, executive director of The Warehouse, said the organization has three alumni members and three off-site members, along with the five onsite members.
A capital campaign has raised $1.1 million out of a $4.8 million capital raise, allowing the organization to add a staff member and proceed through Phase I of its construction plan, creating space for nine companies.
Phase II of the capital campaign entails raising another $1.25 millon, including $750,000 to create space for 15 more companies, including installation of a series of “garage pods” in the accelerator space, providing turnkey manufacturing space for startups that need access to manufacturing floor space, equipment, ample power, compressed air and other features.
Future expansions will include further buildout, including community space, a training room, additional equipment, a share marketing studio and other amenities.
Including The Warehouse, occupancy at the Forge stands at 54%, Dokter said, with other leases pending.
One accurate addition is Veloce Energy Inc., a Los Angeles-based company that produces modular devices to make electrification easier.
Veloce moved its Colorado location from north Fort Collins into the Forge campus in May. The company employs 12 people locally.
Additionally, E.I. Medical Imaging, a trade name for OrcaWest Holdings Inc., will move into the Forge. E.I. Medical Imaging develops real-time ultrasound devices for use by veterinarians and livestock producers.
Lightning eMotors, which Cumberland and Western first brought to the site, has expanded rapidly, growing from 142,386 square feet when Dokter and his team acquired the property to 250,000 square feet and 260 employees. The company provides commercial electric vehicles for fleets and went public in 2021.
The Forge thus far has a mix of large clean-tech and other manufacturing companies.
“They’re more complimentary than you would think,” Dokter said of the tenant mix. “That is the whole idea. We want to do more and more mixing and explaining who does what.”
With Vergent Products, Dokter already has two clients within the Forge, with another three potential clients. That cross-pollination can be seen among other tenants as well, he said.
One additional amenity will foster even more interaction: The Forge soon will reopen the old HP cafeteria, bringing a variety of local restaurant and catering companies in to provide a mix of dining options.
Blauvelt stressed the quality of the construction that is attractive for potential manufacturers.
“What you have here are structurally sound buildings with solid floors, with a massive amount of power, a massive amount of heating and cooling water, a good amount of compressed air, infrastructure for process vacuum … and you have a campus that’s just inviting as a workplace,” Blauvelt said.
“This thing has awesome bones,” he added, “and it’s really easy to fit a business into here. It’s not very challenging to fit a complex operation into this space.”
And that 22 acres of roofs? Future plans call for installation of solar panels, further emphasizing the site’s focus on clean technologies.
Stability characterizes Fort Collins site
No city in Northern Colorado has maintained as much of HP’s legacy operations as has Fort Collins, a site that opened in 1978 and employed as many as 3,200 HP workers at its peak.
In fact, HP — both Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. — remain prominent employers on the campus, located on the northeast corner of East Harmony and Ziegler roads — with HP Inc. leasing space within Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s two buildings on 71.5 acres.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operations there employ 800 workers and are varied.
“The Fort Collins site houses a range of business units and functions — from servers to R&D to marketing. It’s a multi-use facility and not dedicated to any specific part of the company,” Adam Bauer, a spokesman for HPE, said in an email to BizWest.
The Fort Collins campus sits on the East Harmony Road corridor, the focal point of a cluster of high-tech companies that includes Broadcom, Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices and others. “Certainly, having other tech players with whom we partner and do business in close proximity helps create an ecosystem that is mutually beneficial,” he said. “That’s true in Fort Collins, Silicon Valley, Houston — everywhere we have a large presence.”
Bauer said that Fort Collins “is an important location for HPE, and again, is host to a range of business units and functions that span the company. It remains one of our biggest employment hubs in the U.S. and is an important part of our history. We do not anticipate any change to Fort Collins’ role in the company at this time. We actually are in the process of renovating the site to accommodate our hybrid, Edge-to-Office working model that arose out of the pandemic.”
HPE leases space to HP Inc., which did not respond to BizWest requests for comment. The city of Fort Collins estimates that HP Inc. employs 1,100 local workers, but that number could not be verified.
HPE in April 2019 sold a building on the Fort Collins campus — at 3420 E. Harmony Road — to an entity owned by McWhinney Real Estate Services Inc. of Loveland for $21 million. Bauer declined to speculate on any plans to sell additional properties.
“We continuously evaluate our real estate portfolio based on a variety of criteria including usage, opportunities for cost optimization, and other factors,” he said. “I can’t speculate on future real estate transactions.”
The McWhinney building is largely vacant, although fully leased. Madwire formerly occupied the third floor and a first-floor gym space, but the company has put the space on the sublease market, although it continues to pay rent.
Additionally, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA) has vacated 80,000 square feet within the building. The company had opened a call center in 2016, with plans to house up to 600 employees.
But those plans changed in September 2019, when the company announced closure of the operation. Comcast’s lease expires in 2027, with the space put up for sublease.
A federal contractor based in Maryland, ASRC, or Arctic Slope Regional Corp., leased 31,000 square feet of the Comcast space in August 2020. The company operates as a contractor to federal intelligence, aerospace and health-care information-technology agencies.
Micro Focus, a spinoff of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, occupies about 16,000 square feet in the building.
Peter Kast, a broker with CBRE who is listing space in the building for sublease, said the campus and other corners of East Harmony and Ziegler roads benefit from infrastructure put in place to serve HP.
“If you look at it from an infrastructure point of view, it’s one of the few places in town that has redundant fiber and redundant fiber, so people like this that have needs for those kinds of things, there’s not that many choices, so in terms of an infrastructure location, it’s great,” he said.
He noted that HPE, HP, Broadcom, Intel, AMD and other high-tech companies in the area capitalize on a concentration of skilled workers.
“The thing that’s so attractive about Fort Collins for these guys is the intellectual capital, the people who do this kind of work, who are trained to handle, whether it’s software or hardware design,” he said. “We’ve got a ton of people who do chip design in this town.”
The biggest player in that space locally is Broadcom, which has continued to invest in its Fort Collins operation. Although the city of Fort Collins estimates that Broadcom employs 1,150 workers locally, the company told BizWest in 2019 that it employed 1,747, including 1,313 employees and 434 contingent workers.
Broadcom owns a large swathe of the former HP campus, with its predecessor, Avago, completing several major expansions.
The company, in its most-recent quarterly report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, cited ongoing supply-chain disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted the importance of the Fort Collins operation.
“We have been, and expect to continue, experiencing some disruption to parts of our global semiconductor supply chain, including procuring necessary components and inputs, such as wafers and substrates, in a timely fashion, with suppliers increasing lead times or placing products on allocation and raising prices,” the company reported, noting shutdowns at key suppliers and service providers around the world.
“Any similar disruption at our Fort Collins, Colorado manufacturing facility would severely impact our ability to manufacture our film bulk acoustic resonator (“FBAR”) products and adversely affect our wireless business,” the company said.
Despite those challenges, Broadcom, HP and related companies remain key components of the Fort Collins economy.
SeonAh Kendall, senior economic manager for the city of Fort Collins, said Hewlett Packard, Broadcom and other companies in the East Harmony Road corridor are “going strong.”
“We are seeing that they’re kind of staying in the area and growing with spinoffs in there as well,” she said. “I do think that it is a critical piece for us in terms of the employment as well as the contributions that the companies as well as employees have in our community.
“There are opportunities for additional growth in those locations,” she added, “and opportunities for a lot of collaboration. I think one of the greatest strengths is that we’re able to retain the talent here. Sometimes, we have seen folks leave AMD and go to Intel, or leave Intel and go to HP and vice versa.”
She noted that companies in the area work closely with Colorado State University, Front Range Community College and the Poudre School District on issues such as talent and retention.
Greeley facility sees different fate
Greeley’s Hewlett-Packard facility was the last to be built, the first to close and the only one to be torn down — at least most of it.
The facility, opened in 1984, focused on scanners, tape drives and other devices, but HP closed the operation in 2003, shifting what was then 800 workers to other locations. About 640 workers were transferred to Fort Collins, with another 165 shifting to Flextronics International Ltd. Flextronics purchased DII Group Inc., which was buying HP’s tape-storage manufacturing business.
HP put the property on the market and seemed to attract widespread interest at first, including for a potential expansion of Aims Community College. But that and other deals fell through, prompting HP to sell the building to a group of local investors. HP sold the 355,000-square-foot property on 157 acres in August 2004 to Boomerang Properties LLC, headed by local investors Bruce Deifik and Jeff Bedingfield, a Greeley attorney. The purchase price was $8 million, far lower than HP’s $14 million asking price.
“Up to this point, HP has not been willing to divide the property or divide the facility,” Bedingfield told the Northern Colorado Business Report, a predecessor to BizWest, in August 2004. “Their desire is to sell everything and let the buyer determine how best to use it.”
Boomerang intended to subdivide the HP building to support perhaps four smaller tenants.
“There’s been a lot of talk that you can’t get big blocks leased, that the best thing is to bulldoze the facility,” Bedingfield said in 2004. “It’s too fine of a facility to begin talking about any kind of changes to that place, other than demising it into large blocks.”
But the new owners also envisioned that surrounding acreage would be transformed into residential neighborhoods, retail centers and office uses.
The project soon was taken over by City Center West LP, a Denver development company affiliated with Westside Investment Partners Inc., which acquired the building and adjacent acreage for $8.36 million in 2007. Some holdings were owned and developed under the umbrella of BV Retail Land Holdings LLP.
City Center West began selling acreage for retail, residential and other uses:
City Center West continues to own residential land on the former HP campus but sold the remaining vacant building and some acreage to LaSalle Investors LLC, a unit of Waltel Cos. Inc. LaSalle demolished the remaining HP building, preparing the site for future development.
But the company faces opposition to plans to rezone the property from Industrial – Low Intensity to Residential – High Density. About 10 neighboring residents voiced opposition to the rezoning request at a June 7 Greeley City Council meeting.
Residents voiced fears that LaSalle planned to build a large apartment complex on the property, which they said could exacerbate existing traffic problems.
Several City Council members also voiced opposition to the R-H zoning, preferring a less-intensive Residential – Medium Density zoning.
“It’s just too intense right now,” Councilman Dale Hall said. “I’m uncomfortable making this R-H. I’m OK with Residential Medium Intensity.”
In the end, LaSalle’s attorney asked that the council continue the discussion to the July 19 City Council meeting.
Greeley’s westward expansion
Why Greeley’s HP facility faced such a different outcome than campuses in Fort Collins and Loveland can be attributed to a variety of factors.
First, the technology sector in Greeley has never developed to the scale of Fort Collins’ or Loveland, which enjoy closer proximity to Colorado State University. Even before HP’s closure, Greeley had seen the departure of home-grown printed-circuit-board manufacturer EFTC Corp., founded in Greeley as Electronic Fab Technology Corp., which left for the north Denver suburbs.
But the greatest factor seems to be the pattern of Greeley’s residential and commercial growth, which has pushed inexorably westward for several decades.
Ben Snow, director of economic health and housing for the city of Greeley, said the area around “the core of the apple,” meaning the HP building, has transformed.
HP’s Greeley facility was once on the city’s outskirts, with little nearby retail and far less residential development.
“When you look at what’s happened over the last 10 years out there, it has sort of defaulted to what I would describe as typical suburban growth,” Snow said, pointing to the King Soopers and other retail development across 10th Street, as well as retail and residential projects on former HP land surrounding the building.
He noted that for years, he and his predecessors in the economic-development community sought to preserve the industrial zoning for the building as a way to balance the city’s housing stock with a solid employment center.
“It just never took,” he said. “We never could get a secondary use in there … At some point, you have to listen to the market signals.”
Although many potential users toured the facility, one obstacle, he said, was that the building had fallen into disrepair.
“Once people went in, because that building essentially had been neglected and abandoned for so long … it was kind of a magnet for that kind of vandalism. There was evidence that people were inside the building at different times.”
“Greeley has tried for 20 years to get some industrial users to reinhabit, to reanimate that building, to no avail,” he said.
Additional reading: “HP in Colorado,” Measure (HP’s inhouse publication), November-December, 1982.
The effect of COVID-19 on global education has compelled technology solution providers to develop products that will equip learners with the right tools to succeed tomorrow, writers Emma Okonji
When the pandemic rocked African economies and society at large, the biggest challenge was finding ways to adjust. Schools across the continent had to close, and as a result, they had to quickly take steps to educate pupils using distance-learning techniques. While those that were equipped to adjust have started online or hybrid-learning modules, others, particularly those in rural areas, face massive challenges such as lack of access to digital tools.
Efforts are being made to give young people access to better learning equipment, as many learners on the continent currently rely on cell phones or smart phones to continue learning during this digital age. It is however crucial for learners and parents to be aware of the available and affordable options to help learners prepare for the classroom of the future.
Commenting, HP Nigeria’s Country Head, Emmanuel Asika stated that the technology manufacturing company has recognised the need to equip learners, who are tomorrow’s leaders; with the tools they require in the new normal.
“Buying a laptop for your child today will not only help them succeed at school, but itwill also empower them by preparing them for future challenges and helping them to acquire critical skills necessary to thrive in the digital era, ”Asika said.
According to a report by UNESCO 73 per cent of African countries used some online strategies by September 2020. However, access to devices and connectivity wasn’t widespread, and even in places where technology was available, learners often felt unprepared to participate in classes digitally. The 4th industrial revolution – sped up by the pandemic – means that digital skills are no longer a luxury, or a nice-to-have. They are essential, not only for immediate access to basic rights such as education, but to future-proof a generation of young people who will live in a world with jobs not yet imagined. Whilst efforts continue to ensure the digital divide is minimised, the ability for learners to operate in a digital world is paramount.
HP recently announced new additions to its Personal Systems portfolio called the HP Learning Companions, the HP 14 notebook & HP 15 notebook, powered by the 10th and 11th Generation Intel Core i3 processors offer many benefits in a learning environment, including:
Shape-up ideas faster – fast processing speeds powered by a 10th or 11th Generation Intel Core™ i3 processor toenable your child to bring their ideas to life through quick research, collaboration and execution. They can multitask, toggle between multiple windows and handle demanding applications with utmost ease.
Experience lifelike remote learning – Remote learning is the new normal. It provides learning continuity and expands learning opportunities. Your child can experience lifelike remote learning with a TrueVision HD Camera. It’s improved low-light video performance captures high-quality footage even in dim light that makes remote interactions more engaging. By integrating a digital microphone into the camera, they will be able to get their point across clearly.
Study without interruption – A long battery life is critical so your child can keep working, even during power cuts. It also helps them to move freely and study from wherever they want to, reducing the need to carry the charger, or always have a charging point nearby. Fast charge technology is a must these days, so look for a battery that can recharge 50% of its battery in just 45 minutes, allowing your child to study and create all day.
Learn from anywhere – On or off campus, a thin, light notebook makes for easier studying on the go. The right laptop should enable seamless viewing on a micro-edge display with an ultra-narrow bezel, giving your child enough screen on a portable 14″ notebook to see clearly and complete tasks easily.
Mass personalization and customization could be the catalysts for industrial change and the adoption of 3D printing for production.
The story of product development has long been the idea of prototyping until a product was ready for production. And production meant making as many pieces as possible while spending as little as possible to provide your business or invention with a healthy margin.
In the world of manufacturing, this is known as low-mix, high-volume. The older methods of manufacturing were about finding the middle ground between achieving mass production and retaining quality. As technology changes and manufacturing methods adapt, so does the market.
It’s definitely the chicken or the egg scenario when exploring which came first, market demand or product innovation, but it can’t be denied that production has to adapt regardless. Currently, market demand has trended toward the opposite of the low-mix, high-volume production of the past. Mass personalization, or high-mix, low-volume production, is slowly overtaking traditional methods of production and will continue to do so thanks to automation and additive manufacturing.
Additive manufacturing technology was first developed over 30 years ago. Since then, the technology has found its way into many industries and niche markets, but it has never really been a force of change for real manufacturing or production—until recently.
Several roadblocks have slowed the adoption of 3D printing for production. Much of the challenge has been part quality, precision, or time for production. The additive manufacturing industry is slowly changing the way industries think about this method of manufacturing.
While a few early adopters and enthusiasts have recognized the value of additive manufacturing, the accurate COVID-19 pandemic set the wheels in motion for a number of companies. Supply chain disruption and a changing workforce helped mobilize the digital manufacturing community, and many companies were forced to recognize what 3D printing could do.
Wayne Davey, HP’s global head of 3D Printing Solutions Go-to-Market, says, “The past two years the traditional supply chain has left many industries frustrated when they were unable to move goods quickly.”
Developing new supply chain strategies using advanced 3D printing solutions is one way to accelerate the transformation, making the traditional supply chain more efficient and flexible. Davey used Nissan as an example because the company is using HP’s technology to produce 3D-printed replacement parts for older cars. Leveraging what it is learning by creating parts for older cars will help inform future design and development with additive technologies.
As products become easier to make, personalization or customization can begin to take off. With tools like production-capable 3D printers, we are no longer relegated to fitting into a box that is restrained by manufacturing techniques. Organic shapes are the bane of any machinist and/or require machine tools that get exponentially expensive as you add more degrees of movement. Additive has been the answer to fill that gap, but only recently has it emerged as a viable production tool.
Davey says, “3D printing is about more than simply competing for cost and speed optimizations of the same product. The true potential of 3D is realized when engineers can develop products which cannot be manufactured today, by taking advantage of rapid prototyping and translating them into full scale production of final parts using data-driven insights.”
Because 3D printing excels at high-mix, low-volume production, the data-driven design can be truly harnessed. With 3D printing, unique geometries and nested structures can be created with ease, meaning parts can be truly unique to their function.
We’ve all experienced the frustration of trying to find a nut to fit an odd-sized bolt. Maybe you’ve had to special order components to fit that take ages to arrive. Combine those frustrations with the supply chain challenges experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic and you have a recipe for a burned-out engineer, a terrible product, or both.
In this sense, additive can provide customization opportunities. In the past, those opportunities often resulted in frustrations again when moving from prototyping to production. Now that the capabilities of 3D printing are becoming more realistic for real manufacturing, it opens the door to product development that we’ve never seen.
Davey adds, “A great example of this is HP’s partnership with Cobra Golf and Parmatech, where a first of its kind, limited edition, 3D-printed putter is being manufactured commercially using HP Metal Jet. The KING Supersport-35 putter features a thin exoskeleton braced by lattice beams—entirely different from traditional putters made with solid chunks of metal.”
Cobra Golf is, in fact, using 3D printing for three oversized models in a product line called the King 3D Printed Series. The additive technology allows the company to create a nylon lattice cartridge to optimize weight distribution for high “moment of inertia” and stability.
HP is working to leverage data to create a better understanding of design and market needs, which the company believes will lead to technology that makes it easier to apply machine learning. This concept will allow designers and manufacturers to gain a greater understanding of the part lifecycle as well as the end user, which will lead to better parts with improved design. “The entire end-to-end lifecycle, from supply chain to the useful life of a part, will be streamlined with the ability to analyze and leverage insights in a manageable, automated way,” Davey says.
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Dr. Ali Tinazli is the CEO of lifespin.health and has 15+ years in Fortune 100 corporate strategy and entrepreneurship (SONY, HP).
Society has benefited from remarkable scientific advances in the 21st century; perhaps few are more profound than the extraordinary achievements in human health, thanks to the convergence of biology, medical science and information technology. It is now possible, for instance, to sequence an individual's entire genome rapidly and inexpensively.
At the same time, developments in wireless technologies and big data make it easier to collect and store large amounts of health-related information. The convergence of these two trends and others is revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of disease and ushering in a new era of deeply precise, individualized medicine that may forever alter healthcare delivery to millions of people.
One of these significant advances is in using bioinformatics, specifically the identification and utilization of human "biomarkers" to accelerate the development of improved and innovative diagnostics. An offshoot of this field is called "metabolomics," a relatively new branch of medical science that holds great promise in making precision medicine affordable and more accessible.
Metabolomics, from a health standpoint, is the study of how disease impacts a person's normal metabolism, representing the biochemical process involved in virtually everything human beings do—from moving and growing to thinking. Diseases are believed to cause a disturbance of healthy metabolism, which leaves biochemical patterns in the human body, e.g., in blood.
Physician-scientists have long believed and found, through research, that these changes in a person's biomarkers, i.e., their metabolism, can provide valuable and early indicators for disease states and other health-related conditions. For example, if two patients come to their physician with identical symptoms, a blood test would differentiate their illnesses and accurately diagnose them. But only until relatively recently, because of advances in the convergence of various technologies, has this promise become a reality.
Today, these metabolic signatures are not only traceable but are also beginning to be very accurately correlated to specific disease states, utilizing powerful digital platforms that use deep learning, advanced software solutions and artificial intelligence, all cost-efficiently scalable via the cloud. Powered by metabolomics as a new and near-universal health diagnostics modality, early and rapid identification and treatment of diseases—as well as general wellness information—may, for the first time, become far more accessible and cost-effective, not just for those living in industrialized nations with well-developed health care systems, but for the global population as well.
Here is a brief explanation of how technology will contribute to the innovative digitization of diagnostics.
Deep learning algorithms map out disease progression based on quantitatively "scanned" patient samples.
Deep learning algorithms have the potential to Improve diagnostic accuracy by providing a more comprehensive analysis of a patient's medical history, lab results and symptoms. Doctors can then use a more accurate picture of their condition to identify any early warning signs of illness.
In addition, deep learning algorithms can enable healthcare providers to monitor a patient's condition over time, making it possible to detect changes that might indicate the need for further testing or treatment. As a result, deep learning algorithms have the potential to vastly Improve the accuracy of diagnosis and Improve outcomes in the treatment of complex illnesses.
At my company, our focus is on using proprietary deep learning algorithms to identify significant deviations in metabolic networks of different health conditions. These deviations are captured quantitatively by "scanning" blood samples for metabolites with a physical method called nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). This interface between the classical diagnostics world with patient samples in a wet lab combined with information technology elevates the technology convergence in healthcare to the next level.
We use these algorithms to map out how diseases progress, which is crucial for diagnosing and developing more effective treatments. For example, our algorithms might identify that a particular illness progresses by causing a build-up of toxins in cells. We can then use this information to develop a treatment that targets the build-up of toxins rather than the disease itself.
AI elevates the analysis of metabolic data.
Understanding how different parts of the human body interact is essential for developing new diagnostics and effective treatments for various medical conditions. However, this information is often scattered across multiple databases, making it difficult to access and use—AI keeps all the data in one place.
AI is beneficial in clinical research because it can differentiate and diagnose chronic diseases through patterns in human metabolism. Doctors can now diagnose and treat chronic diseases more accurately by using AI to analyze these patterns. Analyzing metabolomic data, AI can help identify new drugs that could effectively treat diseases.
Cloud-based platforms are improving access to human health technologies.
Standard diagnostics are typically slow, cumbersome and tedious, making them costly and difficult to access. New technologies sought after for deeper clinical insights are associated with the same attributes, making it challenging to get accepted into the standard of care. These technologies at the interface of biology and IT typically require a lot of computational power but can now be handled cost-effectively in the cloud. A new diagnostics platform that can scale cost-efficiently as a cloud-based solution will lower the barriers to entry. It will be intrinsically more accessible to providers and patients.
Complex diseases are often challenging to diagnose and treat. Cloud-based digital platforms provide new opportunities for providers to offer precise diagnostics tools to their patients and facilitate tailored treatments for these conditions. These platforms can help identify patterns and trends useful in differential diagnosis by analyzing large amounts of data. Therefore, cloud-based digital platforms will be essential in supporting better treatments for chronic diseases.
The future of human health is now.
Human health has been monitored and managed for centuries using crude tools and methods. With the advent of technology, we can now digitize every aspect of our health for accelerated and improved healthcare services. Most importantly, these next-generation cloud-based tools for precision medicine will be more accessible and affordable, enabling adoption on a broad population level. Imagine the impact for millions worldwide as expedited diagnoses and disease prevention becomes an everyday reality.
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Branch president Russell Huntington said the U3A Melbourne City’s 1100 members attend classes in 13 venues across the CBD, Carlton and South Yarra.
But despite repeated appeals made for years, the City of Melbourne hasn’t found them a home base.
Huntington said 80 per cent of the branch’s income — from members’ annual fees of $95 — is spent on rent, sometimes for spaces owned by the City of Melbourne.
He said other councils provide local U3A branches with premises, including classrooms, an office and social space.
Huntington said his members felt “aggrieved” and the City of Melbourne’s lack of action meant it went against its own slogan that Melbourne was “a great place to age”.
That phrase was the title of a council report, released in 2020, that said the City of Melbourne was home to about 14,000 people aged 60 and over.
“These residents are an important part of our community, making up 10 per cent of the population,” the report said, adding that over the next 20 years, the number of people aged 60 and over living in the municipality would more than triple to 53,000.
“One of the big attractions for people to join us is that social factor – the opportunity to mix with other people and meet new people,” Huntington said. “So it’s very important for us to have a venue where people can interact.”
Harris said her philosophy class alone has met at many venues, such as the Men’s Shed at Federation Square, the multicultural hub near Queen Victoria Market and the Greek centre in Lonsdale Street.
A City of Melbourne spokesperson said its community and city services team had been investigating accommodation options for U3A over many months, “working directly with them to understand their needs and provide options”.
“Unfortunately, these alternative options have not met U3A requirements.”
However, Huntington said: “we have not rejected anything because we have not been offered anything.”
The council spokesperson said the City of Melbourne had invited U3A to apply for the expressions of interest to lease level four of council’s Munro development, at the Queen Victoria Market.
But Huntington said the council had asked U3A to manage other community groups leasing the space, which it did not want to take on.
The council said U3A had very specific requirements which were “difficult to accommodate” including permanent weekday access, a dedicated community centre, an office, one to two meeting rooms and at least three classrooms.
“We’re acutely aware of the challenges faced by many organisations in accessing affordable and permanent operating spaces, and we’re continuously looking for solutions and accommodation options for community organisations across our municipality,” the council spokesperson said.
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When it comes to saving and investing, many teens don’t know where to begin, and their parents don’t always have the answers.
That general truth gave two Morgan Stanley advisors in Boston an idea. They’re tackling the growing problem of teen financial illiteracy by offering free multi-week teaching sessions to anyone in this age group several times a year.
“Parents want to give this education at home, but it’s almost like talking about with sex with kids. They don’t know where to start, how much to tell them, and what is age-appropriate,” says Danene Cronin, a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley’s Armstrong Group, who spearheads the program.
When it comes to teens and financial literacy, the numbers are dismal. A notable 74% of teens said they don’t feel confident in their personal finance knowledge, according to a study last year from Greenlight, a fintech company that offers debit cards and investment tools to children. Around the same percentage of teens—73%—said they wanted to learn more.
Many young people are learning about financial Topics through apps designed for this purpose or sometimes from online sources that may not always provide reliable advice.
Cronin and her business partner, Christine Armstrong, took a different approach. They began offering an in-person, free program in 2020 for teens who want to learn about money matters. It came about after Cronin was thinking of ways to impart financial knowledge to her own daughter and was repeatedly being asked by friends and clients how to best approach the difficult task of helping teens make smart financial decisions.
The program is designed for teens between the ages of 12 and 18 and consists of seven lessons on Topics such as introduction to the markets, the importance of saving, philanthropy, and keeping personal information safe. Each session runs 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how many questions she fields. At the end of every session, there’s a worksheet containing a practical application of the day’s lesson. So, for example, the teens might be asked to calculate savings rates under different scenarios, or they might be guided to create a philanthropic mission statement.
To fill the first cohort, Cronin and Armstrong sent emails to clients inviting them to spread the word among their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and others who might want to participate. Since then, Cronin has run the program about 10 times with 10 to 20 participants each. Ahead of each new cohort, they market to about 200 families. Cronin also teaches financial literacy to a group of 10 to 15 home-schooled pre-teens and teens, an initiative that came about at a client’s request.
While the sessions have moved online due to Covid, the program continues to work well, Cronin says, because of the ability to have interactive discussions. “I feel like they are even more comfortable behind a screen and we get lots of questions,” she says. “There’s lots of interaction.”
Based on the program’s success, Cronin says there are plans in the works to offer a similar cohort for young professionals. It will also be free and will include sessions on entrepreneurship and taxes.
Armstrong says the duo plans to continue these types of programs free of charge. “This is something we want to do. It helps educate, provides a service and we all learn,” she says.
Their work could be especially consequential given that about $60 trillion in assets is slated to transfer from primary clients to their heirs within the next two decades. Meanwhile, a mere 13% of heirs retain their parents’ advisor after receiving their inheritance, according to Cerulli Associates.
“Next-gen planning is very important. We work with the kids, the parents, the grandparents, the great-grandparents. This allows us to get to know the next generation even earlier to establish a really strong relationship,” Cronin says.
The program has also helped the team solidify good relationships, and Armstrong said she expects the efforts will result in a “modest uptick” in new clients over the next few years. “Our primary purpose today is in providing education and support,” she says.