Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab holds inaugural J-WEL Week

Members of J-WEL convene on MIT campus to explore new developments in brain science, pedagogy, and digital learning practices.

Today, the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) kicks off its first J-WEL Week, a semiannual meeting of members to explore new developments in brain science, pedagogy, and digital learning practices. The theme of the meeting is “The Power of Problem Solving.” During the four-day meeting, participants will use presentations on MIT educational research and teaching approaches as a jumping off point for articulating goals and action plans for their own organizations.

Sanjay Sarma, MIT vice president for open learning, describes the J-WEL approach: “Through J-WEL, we will forge new and long-lasting collaborations as we learn, share, and train together, using the assets developed at MIT as well as by leveraging the community convened by J-WEL.”

J-WEL Week is structured in three parallel, interwoven programs, one for each of the lab’s three collaboratives — pK-12, Higher Ed, and Workplace Learning. The program has been designed by J-WEL faculty directors professors Angela Becher, Eric Klopfer, Hazel Sive, and George Westerman, with the strategic leadership of J-WEL Executive Director Vijay M.S. Kumar, who each bring to the program decades of experience and passion across pre-K-12, higher education, and workplace learning.

Attendees at the first J-WEL Week come from 27 countries, including Australia, China, Colombia, Jordan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Spain. The participants include university senior administrators, industry leaders, educators, government officials, and heads of leading foundations.

The event is being held at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and features some of the top educational innovators from the MIT community. The week will begin with a welcome from Vice President of Open Learning Sanjay Sarma and J-WEL Executive Director Vijay Kumar, followed by presentations highlighting unique aspects of the MIT educational approach. The next two days will include deeper dives for each membership collaborative: pK-12, Higher Education, and Workplace Learning, with attendees participating in modular breakout sessions that address their specific interest areas. Speakers throughout the week include MIT professors Martin Culpepper, Robert Langer, Mitchel Resnick, Laura Schulz, Emma Teng, and Karen Willcox.

J-WEL will work with educators, universities, governments, and companies to revolutionize the effectiveness and reach of education, and aims to prepare people everywhere for a labor market radically altered by technological progress, globalization, and the pursuit of higher living standards around the world. A guiding focus of J-WEL is populations underserved by education both globally and domestically, such as women and girls, a growing displaced population that includes refugees, and those underrepresented in STEM fields.

J-WEL was launched in May by Community Jameel, the social enterprise organization, and MIT. The chairman of Community Jameel is MIT alumnus Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel ’78, a life member of the MIT Corporation and 2016 recipient of the MIT Alumni Association’s highest honor for his history of service and philanthropy. J-WEL is named in honor of his father, the late Abdul Latif Jameel, founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel business, whose work to help the lives of tens of thousands of people is continued today by Community Jameel.

“Education and learning are fundamental to a strong society and economy,” says Fady Mohammed Jameel, president of Community Jameel International, “they promote employment and create increased opportunity for all.”


Tomorrow Creative Lab Wins Creative Duties Of Ashiana Housing Ltd.

Tomorrow Creative Lab wins creative duties of Ashiana Housing Ltd.

Ashiana Housing Ltd. has chosen Tomorrow Creative Lab as its Creative agency. Tomorrow roped in InterTwined as their Strategy and Account Management partner for the pitch in Delhi, under their collaborative model called ‘Friends of Tomorrow.’ In a multi-agency pitch that involved Strategy and Creatives including digital, BTL and ATL, Team Tomorrow and InterTwined emerged as the winners.
Apart from the mandate for the first project which is the Ashiana Town in Bhiwadi, Tomorrow and InterTwined will deliver brand solutions across film, print, radio, outdoor and activation besides providing strategic recommendations and creative ideas for the digital and social space. They will also provide inputs on appropriate brand messaging and focus on the consumer journey cycle from consideration, site visit to actual purchase of the property.
Commenting on the appointment, Ankur Gupta, Joint Marketing Director, Ashiana Housing Ltd. said, “It was a pleasure to see the pitch of Tomorrow and Intertwined. The understanding of the target consumer was spot on and the creative was not just aesthetically superb but also conveyed the message for the targeted consumer. Overall I was delighted to see that kind of detailing and effort.”
The win marks Mumbai based Tomorrow’s serious foray into the Delhi market. Launched about 10 months ago, this Brand Strategy, Design and
Communication agency has been having a decent run in the city, first with a branding exercise for NDTV (Mojarto,) followed by an ongoing project for Vivaana Hospitality (#TheHaveliProject) and more recently a project for Oyo Rooms.
Speaking about the win, Malvika Mehra, Founder and Creative Director, Tomorrow Creative Lab, said, “It’s probably odd to say this in a business context but the first thing that struck Divya and I about the Ashiana Housing Ltd. brand is their deeply grounded value system and humility, stemming clearly from the owners themselves. Here is a brand that has been quietly creating category redefining work whether it is their Senior Living offerings or mid-income housing options with world-class amenities. It was high time that this respected brand took centre-stage. This is where Tomorrow comes in as their brand partners. And we couldn’t be more excited or humbled by this great opportunity.”


Tencent Steps Up AI Push With Research Lab in Seattle

Tencent Steps Up AI Push With Research Lab in Seattle

Chinese social media and gaming giant Tencent Holdings said on Tuesday it will open an artificial intelligence (AI) research facility in Seattle in the United States, to be led by former Microsoft scientist Yu Dong.

Yu, who has been appointed as deputy head of Tencent’s AI Lab division, will run the new lab as well as spearhead research in speech recognition and natural language understanding, the company said.

Tencent, which owns the popular WeChat messaging app, is Asia’s most valuable company with a market capitalisation of nearly $300 billion (roughly Rs. 19,25,936 crores).

Shenzhen-headquartered Tencent is one of a number of Chinese technology juggernauts that are stepping up efforts in AI research. Tencent’s WeChat has more than 889 million monthly active users.

Tencent has more than 50 researchers and more than 200 engineers at its AI Lab in Shenzhen, which was established in April 2016, according to the company.
China’s “Big Three” tech firms – Tencent, Baidu Inc and Alibaba – have been competing to attract top-notch talent.

Yu, a speech recognition and deep learning expert, was the principal researcher at Microsoft Research Institute’s Speech and Dialog Group before joining Tencent.

Baidu suffered a setback to its AI ambitions after its chief scientist Andrew Ng resigned in March, shortly before Tencent announced it has poached Baidu’s former big data director Zhang Tong to head up its AI Lab.

Yu is looking to build a team of around 20 for the Seattle lab, according to Tencent.




Alphabet’s X Lab leader Sees internet achieving Billions

Alphabet's X Lab Chief Sees Internet Reaching Billions

The “captain of moonshots” at Google determine agency Alphabet sees sizable, globalconvertingwireless net at the horizon.

Astro Teller, head of the boundary-pushing X studies crew, shared his vision of the future at some stage ina communicate on the TED convention here past due Monday.

Teller shared insights into the X crew‘s balloon-powered highvelocity net carrier referred to astask Loon,” which aims to get billions greater humans on line by way of attaining far off or rural areas that are notbut connected.

“There is lots of different technology available, rolling them out could be complicated,” Teller said.

however, someplace between 5 and ten years, it’ll alternate the sector in approaches we cannot likelyimagine.”

venture Loon commenced its first exams in Sri Lanka on Monday in advance of a planned joint task with the government there, the united states of america‘s pinnacle IT reputable instructed AFP.

It guarantees to increase coverage and cheaper charges for records services.

carrier companies can be able to get right of entry to better speeds and enhance the exceptional of their current carrier as soon as the balloon mission is up and strolling.

as soon as in the stratosphere, the balloons could be twice as excessive as business airliners and barelyvisible to the bare eye.

Teller instructed the TED target audience that he expected venture Loon balloons to be tested over Indonesia this yr.

Craziest concept to this point
The assignment, he quipped, is probably the craziest so far at the X lab, which changed into once part of Google but have become a separate unit with a restructuring that created figure employer Alphabet.

The name of the task changed into meant to remind the group how bizarre it to begin with regarded.

as with all their tasks, participants of the X team first tackled the hardest technical demanding situationsdealing with Loon with a watch toward quick scuttling the venture if the goal became now not practical,in line with Teller.

“We had round silvery balloons; massive pillow-fashioned balloons, balloons the scale of a blue whale,” Teller stated.

“We busted a whole lot of balloons.”

every doubtlessly terminal era project for Loon has been surmounted well enough to retain the task.

The modern design is a balloon within a balloon, one containing helium to keep it aloft and the other with air that can be released or introduced to regulate the burden and, as a result, pass up or all the way down to ride the wind.

The balloons can navigate pretty nicely, and send net signals to each other if you want to growth theirreach into far off areas.

As a Loon balloon floats out of a place, it arms the connection off to some other floating into that equalarea.

And, Teller stated, the bandwidth is ideal enough to stream unfastened on line TED talks for which theconvention is famend.

final year, one of the balloon stayed up for 187 days, he stated, circling the sector more than a dozentimes.

“Our balloons these days do the entirety we need,” Teller said. “So we’re going to preserve going.”

Kudos for failure
Teller stated his team refers to their base as “The Moonshot manufacturing unitbecause their goal is tomixture audacious ideas with the realities of getting them to market.

humans at the X crew get kudos, bonuses or even promotions for finding fatal flaws that kill tasks and thereby allow sources shift to more promising goals.

“We use the phrase ‘moonshot’ to remind us to hold our imaginative and prescient big, and the phrasemanufacturing facility‘ to remind ourselves that we want concrete plans to make them actual,” Teller said.

“We spend maximum of our time attempting to interrupt things and show we’re wrong.”

X lab’s paintings on an automatic machine for vertical farming was killed remaining year when the crewcouldn’t get it to develop staple plants consisting of grains or rice.

An extremelymild air-ship for hauling shipment changed into deserted after the crew found out thecharges to construct the primary prototype would be astronomical.

“We cannot spend $two hundred million (more or less Rs. 1,364 crores) to get the primary informationpoint approximately whether we’re on the right song,” Teller stated. “So we killed it.”

The lab’s self-driving vehicle become a herbal moonshot, and is buzzing along, consistent with Teller.

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