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Forbes Technology Council Members Launch New Products and Receive Industry Recognitions
In this news roundup, see which Forbes Technology Council members are making big contributions to the tech industry.
The rapid pace of technological innovation knows no bounds — the steady release of new and improved technology that continuously serves to better our lives is proof of that. In the past two months, numerous Forbes Technology Council members launched new products or were recognized for their contributions to their industries. Below, we highlight six members and their big news.
Robert Napoli named a 2017 Premier 100 Technology Leader
On February 28, Robert Napoli, senior vice president and chief information officer of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, was named one of Computerworld’s 2017 Premier 100 Technology Leaders. This award honors individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. “Within my primary industry, there are several technologies that have great potential, such as mobile health, the internet of medical things and blockchain, among others,” said Napoli to Computerworld. “However, it is my belief that the triumvirate of artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data have the greatest potential to improve patient outcomes and truly be transformative.
LegalShield released new product, Launch
On March 14, LegalShield, led by CEO Jeff Bell, released Launch, a smarter, faster, better way to establish a business for entrepreneurs. It offers founders three options: Limited Liability Company (LLC), Doing Business As (DBA) registration and Corporation, as well as a three-month membership to LegalShield. “Every year, founders set up more than 700,000 small businesses, yet the process of getting established the right way can be daunting—and take attention away from other crucial tasks such as product development,” said Bell to BusinessWire. “Too many entrepreneurs are unprepared for the unexpected legal challenges that can arise in starting a company.” Launch helps new founders choose the right business formation and file the paperwork, all while being available to answer business and legal questions.
LabRoots launched scholarship for STEM students
LabRoots recently launched a scholarship for young scientists seeking a degree in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. LabRoots, led by CEO Greg Cruikshank, is the leading provider of educational and interactive virtual events for tech innovators, engineers and scientists across the globe. The merit-based scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in a STEM field. The scholarship will award $3,000 to one student to fund research projects, travel, training and other academic pursuits for one year. Applications are being accepted until April 30, and the winner will be notified no later than June 1. LabRoots is excited to offer this support to the next generation of innovators.
Redefy Real Estate launched Alexa skill for home valuation
“Alexa, ask Redefy Real Estate how much my home is worth.” Leading real estate platform Redefy, led by president and CTO Chris Rediger, launched the first national Alexa skill for home evaluation. This free skill can be activated on any compatible device, including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Fire TV. After posing this question to Alexa, it will ask for your address and provide a valuation based on public data and a proprietary algorithm. Users can also ask Alexa to contact Redefy for more information. “We’re excited about the response from Alexa users because we spent zero dollars marketing this new skill,” said Rediger. “It’s clear that homeowners who use IoT voice-activated devices are interested in getting an accurate home valuation from the comfort of their own home.”
Kaseya released Kaseya IT Complete for Higher Education solution
On March 1, Kaseya launched the new Kaseya IT Complete for Higher Education to help college campuses and administrations succeed in the highly competitive education market. Led by CEO Fred Voccola, Kaseya is a market leader in IT management software. The new solution will address the unique needs of educational institutions, including optimizing overburdened and limited IT resources, scalability to support highly distributed and expanding environments, and security and regulatory compliance protection. The comprehensive toolkit will cut IT costs and maximize resources, all while delivering a supportive user experience for students, faculty and administrators.
Tellart designed the “Climate Change Reimagined” exhibit
From February 12-14, the Museum of the Future exhibition at the World Government Summit in Dubai was showcased. International experience design consultancy Tellart, led by technology director Mikhail Mansion, designed the exhibition in partnership with the Dubai Future Foundation for the UAE Prime Minister’s Office for the fourth year in a row. This year’s exhibition was titled “Climate Change Reimagined.” Summit attendees were transported to the year 2050 when mankind came very close to the “Extinction Threshold,” and not only survived but thrived. In this future scenario, Dubai became a leader in resilience and sustainability because of leading design innovations surrounding the three human needs of water, food and shelter. The Tellart design team showcased these advancements with three separate sections of the exhibit. In the first section, attendees viewed an offshore bio-desalination plant in Dubai. Attendees were then led to the “AutoFarm,” an automated food production factory. The final space invited guests to experience the “City Kit,” a self-building infrastructure solution using biotechnology and robotics to grow self-sufficient cities.
These are just a handful of Forbes Councils members’ recent exciting achievements. Read about what other members are working on here.