George C. Dimitriou

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Archive for the ‘Innovation’

Reports about Nanotechnology.

June 12, 2008 By: George Category: Innovation, Trends No Comments →

Two new reports from the U.S. Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News, from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy, that have not been made readily available to the public:
“Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer”.
“Nanotechnology and U.S. Competitiveness: Issues and Options”.

$5.5 Million for Ideas on the Future of News.

May 15, 2008 By: George Category: Digital World, Innovation No Comments →

Timothy Berners-Lee the inventor of the Web, along 15 other grant applicants, has won grants from the Knight Foundation totalling $5.5 million altogether.

 From the project description:

“With the copious amounts of information – and misinformation – on the Internet, the public needs more help finding fair, accurate and contextual news. This project will create a system to do just that. The plan: to design a way for content creators to add information on their sources to their reports, as a form of “source tagging.” For instance, a reporter could note that an article was based on personal observations, interviews with eyewitnesses or specific, original documents. Filters would then use this data – the “story behind the story” – to help find high-quality articles. A reader searching the phrase “Pakistan riots” for example, might find 9,000 articles. But filtering by “eyewitness accounts” would yield a more selective list.

Berners-Lee, Moore and the Web Science Research Initiative are working with the BBC and Reuters on how to best integrate the tagging into journalists’ normal workflow.


Google Hands Out $1.25 Million To 50 Android App Winners.

May 15, 2008 By: George Category: Digital World, Innovation, Trends No Comments →

Google has announced the first 50 winners of the Android Developers Challenge, a contest to create apps for Google’s Android mobile operating system.

Each of the 50 finalists (one of them Wikitude I found very interesting) will receive $25,000. Another 10 of them will get $100,000 and 10 will get $275,000, for a total of $5 million.

Venture Capital: Bridge between idea and innovation?

May 12, 2008 By: George Category: Innovation No Comments →

DB Research just issued the following very interesting publication “E-conomics”.

“The role that innovation plays in a modern economy’s performance efficiency is undisputed. Europe has ideas in abundance, but what it lacks is innovative entrepreneurs – especially in Germany. In our study, which was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the author examines whether a connection exists between endowment with venture capital and the transmission of ideas into innovation. He also discusses whether the supply of venture capital by VC funds or demand for capital by innovative entrepreneurs is the crucial factor.”