Why Technology Matters to Social Enterprises

first_imgSocial enterprises and entrepreneurs are close to my heart. Dell has continuously embraced the principles of innovation and entrepreneurship since its inception and Michael Dell, our chairman and founder, is a strong advocate as the United Nation Foundation’s first Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship. Technology is a driving force for society as well as business and, by enabling entrepreneurs using the power of technology, we’re contributing positively to human progress.Sixteen finalists from across the region at the DBS-NUS SVC Asia awards ceremonyBut technology’s power isn’t only in taking ideas and turning them into reality, enabling innovation or creating new solutions. It also helps create ecosystems – it can facilitate new connections, accelerate working relationships and help organizations discover best practices. It can democratize access to resources, people and technology – for social entrepreneurs, these connections are invaluable and necessary. It can be used to better understand and quantify the problem to be addressed – proving why there is a need for a solution and investment. It can also help organizations move quickly from proof of concept, to proof of application.This year, Dell became the first official Digital Partner for the 2017 DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge (SVC) Asia. Organized by DBS Foundation and National University of Singapore (NUS) Enterprise, SVC Asia is an annual APJ-wide competition, creating a platform to identify and support new ideas and existing social ventures that have the potential to generate positive, scalable, and sustainable social impact.Taking our commitment further to supporting social entrepreneurs, earlier this month Dell’s judging panel chose two inspirational social businesses among the 16 finalists at SVC Asia, that stood to benefit the most from digital technologies, and presented them the inaugural Dell Digital Award:Pang Yee Beng (right), Senior Vice President – Commercial, South Asia & Korea, Dell EMC, with Nguyen Thi Van, co-founder of Imagtor (left)Imagtor in Vietnam helps People with Disabilities (PwDs) have a successful career by equipping them with employable skill sets and providing an empowering work environment. It employs and trains PwDs to provide competitively priced high-quality digital services for international clients, such as video and photography editing. Imagtor aims to expand its connected workplace (home office and partner network) with an upgraded IT infrastructure and software.Pang Yee Beng (left), Senior Vice President – Commercial, South Asia & Korea, Dell EMC, with Maral Dipodiputro, co-founder of TEMU (right)TEMU in Indonesia aims to break the cycle of poverty in urban slums through providing low-skilled workers with access to job opportunities. Their mobile and web application collects data from job providers and job seekers, and synthesizes the data to match individuals with the right job opportunities. TEMU aims to further improve its application in areas such as security and automation.I am deeply inspired by these entrepreneurs and their mission to help the underserved by transforming mindsets and business. I have been fortunate to help social enterprises such as Imagtor in setting up their computer center to train PwDs earlier this year. Meeting the co-founder, Nguyen Thi Van, in Vietnam, I had the privilege to observe the extent to which Van has gone to ensuring a sustainable means of income for PwDs and changing perception of the handicapped – something that is difficult to achieve in many parts of the world even through government initiatives.Over the next six months, Dell executives and our team members will be investing their time in mentoring these businesses to help them realize their social and business ambitions. By providing its expertise, support, resources, and access to a network, we’re hoping to encourage other budding social entrepreneurs in the region to start their journey’s and use technology to their advantage.In short, the power of technology is immense, and can help address society’s challenges from beginning to end and enable more businesses to do good and be successful. These awards are just one example of how this can be put into action. If you feel you have knowledge and skills that would be useful to social entrepreneurs across the region, including our winners, I’d love to hear from you. Together, let’s build a network for good.Learn more about the SVC Asia awards here.last_img read more

Ørsted signs biggest-ever corporate deal for offshore windpower

first_imgØrsted signs biggest-ever corporate deal for offshore windpower FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:German high-tech materials specialist Covestro has signed a long-term deal to buy production from Ørsted’s planned Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind project in the North Sea, in what is set to be the largest corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) to date in the fast-growing sector. Through the deal, Covestro will offtake 100MW of the wind farm’s total 900MW capacity at indexed fixed price over ten years, starting in 2025.Martin Neubert, CEO of Ørsted Offshore, said: “Our agreement with Covestro is the first tangible step to secure stable revenues for part of the power generated by Borkum Riffgrund 3 which will be built and operated without subsidies. At the same time, this corporate PPA shows that offshore wind can be a reliable source of green power delivering the large volumes required by energy-intensive industrial players. With this agreement, Ørsted and Covestro support the German energy transition and the continued build-out of renewable energy which is urgently needed to reduce carbon emissions in the German industrial sector.”Borkum Riffgrund 3, which is still awaiting a final investment decision, will be located next to the developer’s operational Borkum Riffgrund 1 and Borkum Riffgrund 2 projects.The wind farm, which will be built and operated without subsidies, is made up three offshore wind projects originally awarded in auctions in 2017 and 2018 under the names of Borkum Riffgrund West 1 (420MW), Borkum Riffgrund West 2 (240MW), and OWP West (240MW).Though corporate PPAs are common in onshore wind, the trend is only beginning to take off in the offshore sector, with Ørsted pioneering the concept in February via a ten-year deal with UK utility Northumbrian Water to offtake power from the 573MW Race Bank project off England.Web giant Google bought its first offshore wind power in September, adding 92MW-worth of output from the under-construction 370MW Norther wind farm in the Belgian North Sea under a deal with Engie. [Darius Snieckus]More: Biggest-ever offshore wind corporate power deal inked in Germanylast_img read more

Indiana begins final B1G stretch for Wisconsin

first_imgMany would have predicted before the season began that the next few weeks for the Wisconsin football team (7-2, 4-1) against Indiana and Minnesota would be smooth sailing for the Badgers.But the football season can be unpredictable, and this one is no different. Suddenly, with most of the season behind them, Indiana (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) is averaging 43.1 points per game on offense, and Minnesota boasts an 8-2 record and is receiving votes in the polls. More importantly, neither game looks quite like the guaranteed win that it once appeared to be — something head coach Gary Andersen doesn’t mind.“Moving on to this week, Indiana has a very potent offense that’s proven itself week in and week out,” Andersen said.“Football is year-by-year, and Indiana’s done some really nice things this year. … They score at least 28 points each week. If that doesn’t make you stand up and grab your attention as a defender, then nothing will.”While at first it might seem silly to think that Indiana would be anything other than Wisconsin’s punching bag this year when they come to town Saturday — UW has averaged 52 points per game on its way to an eight-game winning streak over Indiana — a quick look at Indiana’s offensive statistics suggest a different story.On the year, Indiana has the second-most successful offense in the conference behind only Ohio State. They average 43.1 points per game and 527 yards per game — an interesting change of pace for an offense that only managed an average 16 points per game against Wisconsin over their last eight meetings.Responsible for a large chunk of Indiana’s scoring, the passing game has become one of the Hoosiers most potent weapons this season. While sophomore Tre Roberson was named the starting quarterback on day one, sophomore Nate Sudfeld has taken over much of the role and now averages just more than 240 passing yards per game, in addition to the 19 touchdowns he has thrown.Even more dangerous for the Wisconsin defense is Indiana’s receiving corps, which is almost the exact opposite of Wisconsin’s.Many of Wisconsin’s opponents, including Indiana, know that redshirt senior wide reciever Jared Abbrederis is the main focus of Wisconsin’s passing playbook — particularly on deep balls. But Indiana has a number of options when it comes to moving the ball down the field.For redshirt sophomore cornerback Darius Hillary and the rest of the secondary, this has meant a return to the basics this week as they look to shut down one of the better offenses in the conference and minimize potentially costly mistakes.“We just have to stay with our guys. They thrive off the deep ball and so when the ball is in the air, just like our coaches said, we have to be the ones to go up and get it,” Hillary said. “They’ve got a very talented core, and I’m excited to see how that battle goes Saturday.”Four of Indiana’s receivers have caught at least five touchdowns a piece, with 6-foot-3 junior Cody Latimer leading the pack with eight so far this season. Latimer is also averaging nearly 100 receiving yards per game.Usually, Indiana also boasts a nice complementary run game with sophomore Tevin Coleman, who is averaging 106.4 yards per game and more than 7 yards per carry, but Coleman is doubtful after suffering a sprained ankle in last week’s win over Illinois.Instead, Indiana will look to senior Stephen Houston to take over for Coleman, a player that has tallied 12 touchdowns for the Hoosiers over the course of the season. Still, while the Wisconsin defense might be anticipating an Indiana offense that depends a bit more than usual on its passing game, the Wisconsin defense won’t be overlooking Houston either, who — despite having nearly half as many carries — averages nearly 60 yards per game on the ground.“We came to that conclusion [that they might pass more] a little bit,” Hillary said. “But they have another great running back. He’s a downhill runner, who’s pretty big, and he can do some big things. We have to contain him too.”Getting into poll positionIf Wisconsin can keep Indiana’s offense contained Saturday, it’s own offense may be capable of doing some serious damage of its own against Indiana’s defense, which has allowed an average of 37.4 points per game.Currently sitting at No. 22 in the BCS rankings at the start of the week, running up the score against teams like Indiana could become a way for Wisconsin to climb those polls faster — former head coach Bret Bielema has been guilty of doing so against Indiana during his career at Wisconsin — but redshirt senior linebacker Conor O’Neill says that won’t be on their minds as they take the field Saturday.Instead the goal remains to win out and let the cards fall where they may.“We’ve lost two games to two good teams by two points and then a touchdown, so if the BCS wants to take away the chance at a bowl game for that, then so be it,” O’Neill said.  “We are just going to take care of our business on the field Saturday.”last_img read more

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw encouraged by MRI, but his immediate future holds few certainties

first_img Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Kershaw at least seemed encouraged that his injury was isolated. He said that his back, a source of great worry in years past, has felt fine all season. Having no history of biceps injuries, Kershaw had little basis for a prediction, but he offered hope that he would begin playing catch “pretty soon.” Manager Dave Roberts ventured so far as to predict that might happen by the end of this week.If faith is the substance of things hoped for, it is the rare source of substance in Kershaw’s prognosis.“Ultimately, I try to do the best I can to prevent injuries, to stay healthy, but sometimes it’s unavoidable,” Kershaw said. “I have some ideas going forward with (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt), and different things to try and figure some things out.”This is not a new idea. Roberts revealed that Kershaw and Honeycutt have been working on Kershaw’s mechanics “over the last few weeks.” Whatever their reason, whatever their goal, that work did yield the desired results.Kershaw’s four-seam fastball has averaged 91-92 mph this season, the lowest of any period in his major-league career. He’s phased the pitch in and out over the course of seven starts. By start No. 7, last week in Phoenix, the four-seamer accounted for 39 of Kershaw’s 101 pitches. Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Feeding opponents a steady diet of curveballs and sliders, Kershaw was more effective than not. His earned-run average is a solid 2.86, and he’s struck out 26.5 percent of opponents. Could an increase in breaking balls lead to more wear and tear on the biceps?“I don’t think so,” Kershaw said.Count a biceps injury among the many new obstacles Kershaw has faced in 2018. The pile is big. It includes a declining fastball, a mechanical mystery, and a team that is presently desperate for a No. 1 starter in what appears to be a World Series hangover. All at the not-quite-tender age of 30.“I’ve joked about being old, but I don’t think it has anything to do with deterioration,” Kershaw said. “There’s some things I can do to get better. … I’m not worried about deteriorating.”TURNER TURNS A CORNERThird baseman Justin Turner will get his first look at live pitching each of the next two days, he said.The club will stage simulated games at Dodger Stadium that will allow Turner to get at-bats against minor league pitchers, run the bases, and take grounders at third.“It’s like a super fast-forward rehab game,” he said. “You get everything done at once. Sometimes you go on a rehab game, you get one ground ball hit to you, you get out three times and don’t get to run the bases. This way you get to do everything.”By the end of the week, Turner could be out on a minor league rehab assignment. Roberts said Turner is in line to rejoin the Dodgers during next week’s trip to Miami and Washington, D.C.ALSOOutfielder Yasiel Puig went 0 for 4 in his first rehab game with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. He played eight innings in right field. Puig is on the 10-day disabled list with injuries to his hip and ankle. … Infielder Logan Forsythe (shoulder) is also in line to join the Dodgers on next week’s trip, Roberts said. … The Cincinnati Reds made a change to their weekend rotation plans, trading catcher Devin Mesoraco to the New York Mets for right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey. According to the team, Harvey will join the Reds in Los Angeles for the four-game series beginning Thursday.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Alex Wood, 0-3, 3.83 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks (LHP Patrick Corbin, 4-0, 2.15), Wednesday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury LOS ANGELES — The translucent wax paper covering Clayton Kershaw Injury Watch was replaced with a sheer burqa on Tuesday, when the Dodgers pitcher offered the first details about the tendinitis in his left biceps.The symptoms, which Kershaw described as “pretty generic,” first cropped up toward the end of his most recent start May 1 in Phoenix. When he tried playing catch over the weekend in Monterrey, Mexico, the three-time Cy Young Award winner said he was still in pain.“I was able to throw a little bit,” he said. “(Throwing off the mound in the) bullpen was going to be pretty difficult. That’s why I pulled the plug.”Kershaw was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday. He returned to Los Angeles, where an MRI revealed no structural damage. The Dodgers did not offer a timetable for Kershaw’s return at first, and even the MRI results couldn’t coax any more of a prediction from anyone at the ballpark Tuesday. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more