Thursday, October 30, 2008

AFI Digital Content Lab

AFI Digital Content Lab

The AFI Digital Content Lab is the premiere R&D incubator for new forms of digital entertainment. Launched 10 years ago, the Lab has generated more than 80 prototypes that consistently set a standard for innovation, excellence, and real-world viability. These prototypes are conceived and built by teams of working professionals who volunteer for new media productions that run three to six months.

For more information on the Lab, see www.afi.com/dcl

For a list of Lab projects, see www.afi.com/education/dcl/roster

John Daly Interview While Playing Golf -- No Shirt Or Shoes

PGA golfer John Daly is interviewed while he plays a round of golf at Murder Rock Golf Club in Branson, Missouri. Shirtless and shoeless, with a cigarette in his mouth, of course. Classic Big John.

Appearance with John's playing partner for the day, country singer Johnny Lee, at the end of the video.

Definitely one person I did not want to see topless.


Amy Ziff Editor at Large for Travelocity

Amy Ziff Editor at Large for Travelocity

OriginOil to Speak at the Latino Caucus Foundation Economic Development Forum

OriginOil to Speak at the Latino Caucus Foundation Economic Development Forum
- CEO Riggs Eckelberry is the Featured Presenter On Economic Building Blocks Panel at EconDev -
Los Angeles, CA–October 30, 2008–OriginOil, Inc. (OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, announced that OriginOil CEO, Riggs Eckelberry, will represent OriginOil at EconDev, the Latino Caucus Foundation Economic Development Forum, to be held on November 6 and 7 in San Francisco.

Mr. Eckelberry will serve on the first panel of the Forum, entitled “Economic Building Blocks: Water, Transportation, Energy”. The panel is scheduled for 8:30-9:45 AM, Friday morning, November 7 and Mr. Eckelberry’s focus will be oil and energy – seen through futurist eyes.
CEO Riggs Eckelberry commented, “I’m honored and keenly looking forward to serving on this panel. The Latino Caucus is at the forefront of efforts to reorient the California economy toward industries and technologies of the future. I expect to take back plenty of guidance on OriginOil’s road to market.”
The theme of the forum is “Turning Crisis into Opportunity: Reinvigorating California’s Economic Climate”. The Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation states, “In this summit we will bring together Members of the Legislature and key economic development leaders from around the state to engage in serious dialogue and come away with significant public policy initiatives for our state and its people.” Attendees will include members of the California Legislature, legislative staff, representatives of California administrative departments, leaders of the business community, academics, elected officials, and interested public.

Assemblymember Joe Coto chairs the California State Latino Legislative Caucus. The vice chairman is Senator Gil Cedillo. Caucus members include Senators Ron S. Calderon, Lou Correa, Denise Moreno Ducheny, Dean Florez, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Jenny Oropeza, Alex Padilla and Gloria Romero; and Assemblymembers Juan Arambula, Anna Caballero, Charles, Calderson, Hector De La Torre, Kevin De León, Felipe Fuentes, Ed Hernandez, Tony Mendoza, Pedro Nava, Fabian Núñez, Nicole Parra, Mary Salas, Lori Saldaña, Jose Solorio, Nell Soto and Alberto Torrico.

About OriginOil, Inc.

OriginOil, Inc. is developing a breakthrough technology that will transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum. Much of the world's oil and gas is made up of ancient algae deposits. Today, our technology will produce "new oil" from algae, through a cost-effective, high-speed manufacturing process. This endless supply of new oil can be used for many products such as diesel, gasoline, jet fuel, plastics and solvents without the global warming effects of petroleum. Other oil producing feedstock such as corn and sugarcane often destroy vital farmlands and rainforests, disrupt global food supplies and create new environmental problems. Our unique technology, based on algae, is targeted at fundamentally changing our source of oil without disrupting the environment or food supplies. To learn more about OriginOil™, please visit our website at www.originoil.com.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

CNET reports Courtney Holt to MySpace Music

MySpace has offered MTV Networks’ EVP Digital Music and Media Courtney Holt the CEO job at the newly launched MySpace Music, CNET reports.

More details to follow.

Here's the link to CNET:

TechCrunch is also reported the news

Palin effigy sparks controversy






Palin effigy sparks controversy

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Steve Bass's Weekly Newsletter

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October 29, 2008

Steve BassSteve Bass's Weekly Newsletter


TechBite's columnist Steve Bass
writes weekly commentary on the technology products he loves, the strategies for getting the most out of them, and the gotchas that can cause computing misery.

The Bass Backstory

Hey, I'm Back!

Man, this feels good -- really really good. I've got my own newsletter now, and it's absolutely, 100 percent mine. I can say what I want, how I want, and I don't have to look over my shoulder. Well, almost. I still have an editor.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

In case you were wondering, this isn't my technology newsletter. I'll send that later today. I wanted to start by giving you -- folks who have known me since the late 80s, readers following me in PC World, and those of you just discovering me -- a little background.

I also want to forewarn you about all the things that might not go well with the first few newsletters -- like looking weird in your inbox and how it might be blocked by your ISP, and what you can do about it. Because, despite it all, you know how things don't always go well in computing...

I'd better warn you, too, that this "Hello, I'm Steve Bass" newsletter is longer than long; I appreciate your reading it.

Hello! My Name Is Steve Bass

I started with computers in 1982 when I bought an IBM from the now-defunct Computerland. When I asked them for support; they said “Don't use it in the shower.” Great advice, so the following day I founded the Pasadena IBM Users Group. It started with 12 people, and over the years grew into a 2400-member organization; I ran it, czar-style, for over 24 years. I also cofounded the Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG), a nationwide organization serving user groups.

At the same time, I was a licensed psychotherapist, had a small clinic, and started PCG Seminars, a training company for mental health professionals. In 1988, I wrote a guest piece for PC World. I didn't think about it again until an editor called and asked if I'd write a monthly column. So for almost 20 years I wrote Hassle-Free PC (first it was Taking It Home, then Home Office), the Tips & Tweaks newsletter, and a blog, as well as loads of feature articles. Along the line I had two newspaper columns, plus stories in Forbes, Family Circle, Working Woman, and a handful of other pubs.

A few years ago I wrote PC Annoyances, a popular O'Reilly book that to date has solved over 900,678,411 computing problems. (No, really--I found that stat somewhere on the Internet.) The book is still in print. To save you asking, it doesn't cover Vista (ha!), or Vista for Macs (double ha!), and I'm not doing a new book.

What I'll Cover in the Newsletter

I write about technology, including computers, software and hardware; avoiding computing annoyances and preventing hassles; troubleshooting problems and talking about work-arounds.

My attitude is straightforward: I believe that most computing troubles you encounter aren't your fault. They're caused by dopey marketing people who promise too much and off-the-mark product managers who don't have the user in mind. My job is to kvetch and then tell you how to avoid their dopiness--or if it's too late, deal with it.

Don't be surprised, though, when you see a piece about consumer stuff -- like secrets that car salesmen don't want you know about, an insider's expose about buying a mattress, or why it's easier to change the transmission in your car than to stop receiving junk faxes.

What the Newsletter Will Look Like

As I created the newsletter, I realized there were dozens of small things that made a difference in what it would look like. For instance, I prefer narrow columns; I think they're easier to read. So we centered and narrowed the text in the HTML version. (We also have a preferences page if you want to switch to plan text.)

I struggled with how to handle hyperlinks. If a newsletter comes from someone I trust, I'm okay having the links embedded, like this: Watch this squirrel video or this one of a spinning squirrel getting nailed. On the other hand, some people prefer seeing the URLs only.

http://www.pibmug.com/files/watchthemfly.mpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydLiasdJeoo

Showing the URLs, though, means exposing you to long links that break in odd places. My plan is to embed links and also embed YouTube videos. You can watch them right from the newsletter, saving you a trip to your browser. Like this:

Of course the length of the newsletter is a hairy problem. If it's too long, you may not finish it--or worse, you'll do what I do and stop reading the newsletter. (My friend Brian's newsletters have terrific information, but they're just too long for my taste; they stack up in my e-mail's newsletter folder and most never get opened.)

If the newsletter's too short, though, I won't be able to say everything I need to, including those essential time wasters, and you might feel like you're not getting your money's worth. (Wait, this is a freebie, right? Okay, never mind.)

You may find some newsletter topics to be way over your head. No sweat, just ignore it and wait for my next missive. (What, you don't find spending a day tweaking your Registry fun?) At the same time, advanced users may roll their eyes when I spend time describing what the "AnyKey" is. Hang in there and have fun with the time wasters until I get to issues that focus on your needs.

Critically important AnyKey

My plan is to keep each issue somewhere between 750 and 1000 words, depending on the topic. If after a while you're in your Goldilocks mode, drop me a note and tell me what feels just right. My inbox is always available to you.

Tech Edits And My Copy Editor

I have people standing alongside me as I do this newsletter, experts who've agreed to make sure I get everything right.

Carey Holzman, author of The Healthy PC and co-host of Computer America is making sure I'm technically correct. My friend Rod Ream, a trouble-shooting genius, also agreed to keep me on technical track.

My copy editor will make sure I don't say "pubic," when I mean "public." (It really happened; everyone, except me and the copyeditor caught it.) We don't see eye-to-eye on everything, and while most of her questions and editing requests are reasonable, some are so dizzying, I can only laugh out loud. No doubt you'll hear about some of them.

One other thing: As you can see, this entire newsletter is in your inbox. I was very unhappy when PC World decided to send an e-mail with an online link. It was a squirrelly bean-counter decision and was supposed to increase page views. It might have, but I lost an intimate connection to readers.


Bouncing Newsletters: The Bane of the Business

Your ISP -- the company you get your Internet and e-mail service from -- may think this newsletter's spam. (LOL -- maybe you do, too...)

It's no surprise that every ISP wants to guard its customers from spam. Sometimes ISPs are overly zealous, and that's probably a good thing. It happened to me: Every time someone subscribed to the newsletter and left a comment, I received an e-mail from TechBite's servers. After 400 of these e-mails, EarthLink got its knickers in a twist, decided TechBite was a spammer, and added it to a blacklist--sort of protecting me from myself.

I know, you're reading this newsletter, so you weren't blocked. This time, yes, but the next newsletter may face the dreaded black list.

The proactive solution: Take a second, find your ISP in our handy How To Whitelist TechBite in your Spam Filter ditty, and white list yourself.

Problems or questions? Don't hesitate -- drop me a line.

Okay, now for the juicy gossip you've all been waiting for...

PC World? It Was Nice Knowing Ya

Many of you learned about me from my PC World columns and the Tips & Tweaks newsletter. Just as many are curious and want to hear the inside skinny, and maybe something scandalous.

So I'll give you the short story -- and then I'll put it to rest. (If you've heard this before, hit your handy Page Down key.)

In mid-August, PC World laid off its three highest-paid writers, those of us with print columns. That meant me, Steve Manes, and the very funny Dan Tynan. There were other staff layoffs, too, and those weren't the first round of cuts.

As an independent guy, almost always self-employed, I can't complain. I knew what I was in for.

After some back and forth about PCW's proposal to take my blog and use it again in print -- in magazine parlance, repurposing -- without extra pay, I said enough. Of course, they said that they said enough first. I thought I was taken advantage of and they thought I was making too much of a fuss.

Either way, it was enough for both of us and at noon on September 12, my formal relationship with PC World ended.

I wasn't happy with the way they handled it; nor was I pleased not to be able to write a good-bye note in the print column. I mean, 20 years... really.

But wait, there's news: At press time (I love that phrase), I got a call from PC World's new editorial director, Steve Fox, a friend and vet of PC World's methodology (or should I say shenanigans). He said he received hundreds of angry e-mails [wink] and asked if I'd stay on the masthead as contributing editor and write an occasional feature. I agreed. As they say, sometimes you do what you have to do.

Spread the Word

You know what you can do? Forward this whole newsletter to your friends, neighbors, and a long-lost cousin or two. (Hey, I know you already sent them those squirrel links, so c'mon, quid pro quo.) Now for extra points, send this TechBite link so your buddies can sign up for their own newsletter.

Steve Bass is, surprisingly, still a contributing editor for PC World and now is publisher and the self-appointed Chief Content Officer at TechBite.com. He's also the author of "PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Personal Computer," available on Amazon.

In the meantime, Steve is busy experiencing the cool feeling having of his own newsletter. Send him your feedback at TechBite. To sign up for TechBite's free Steve Bass Technology newsletter, head for our signup page

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Solutions Stars Video Conference

Udpate: As of 10:05am PST the conference has not started.

http://www.solutionsstarsvideo.com/

From Affiliate Tip:

Network Solutions is running an online conference on October, 29, 2008 from 1 p.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m. EST called the “Solutions Stars Video Conference.”

It is going to be a series of videos and live discussions featuring 32 of the world’s leading business and marketing experts.

The live video conference will coach small business owners and entrepreneurs on how the Internet can benefit their business.

Nine content areas featuring vignettes of the Solutions Stars will run during the conference:

  • Building Web Presence
  • The Social Opportunity
  • Start with Listening
  • Strategy Drives Outreach
  • You Need Social Networks
  • To Blog or Not to Blog
  • Visibility Through Search
  • Rising Above the Noise
  • Time Demands

Attendees will be able to watch individual videos based on their content area preference or view the entire conference.

While the videos are streaming, viewers will be able to chat online with the Network Solutions team (Social Media Swami Shashi Bellamkonda and Now Is Gone Author Geoff Livingston), or participate in a live public chat.

Use this hashtag in Twitter to follow the Solutions Stars Video Conference discussion: #solutionsstars

No registration necessary - just go to http://www.solutionsstarsvideo.com/ to attend.


Here's more info from the blog at Network Solutions:


We were as impatient as you about the Solutions Stars Video Conference and could not help but pre-release at least one video of the Solutions Stars Video Conference . The video is session 2, the Social Opportunity. Featured in this session are

  • Tim Ferriss, Best Selling Author of Four Hour Work Week
  • Darren Rowse, Author, ProBlogger
  • Rohit Bhargava, Author of Personality Not Included
  • Brian Solis, Author of PR 2.0, CEO of FutureWorks
  • Steve Hall, Publisher and Editor of Ad Rants
  • Liz Strauss, Social Web Strategist, Successful Blog
  • Toby Bloomberg, CEO, Bloomberg Marketing
  • David Alston, Vice President of Marketing, Radian6
  • Mari Smith, Relationship Marketing Specialist
  • Ryan Anderson, Community Relations, Overlay.TV
  • Paul Chaney, President of International Blogging and New Media Association

    The Solutions Stars Video Conference is at 1 p.m on October 29th The nine videos in whole are 45 minutes in length, and with chat, etc. we anticipate the event will run until 2:30 or so.

    The nine sessions for the Solutions Stars Video Conference are:

  • Building Web Presence
  • The Social Opportunity
  • Start with Listening
  • Strategy Drives Outreach
  • You Need Social Networks
  • To Blog or Not to Blog
  • Visibility Through Search
  • Rising Above the Noise
  • Time Demands
  • Hope to see you at http://www.solutionsstarsvideo.com/ at 1 p.m on 29th October.

    We are excited with the help we received from experts to talk about how Small Business can use new media and tools. the commitment as Network Solutions Social Media Swami is to earn Karma points for Network Solutions by enabling a conversation between the experts and small business. Help us spread the word by embedding this preview video on your web site or blog. Thanks!

    Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora, at the Apple Store

    Hi, Tim here,

    I wanted to invite you down to the Apple Store in Santa Monica on Thursday, November 13th for a get together to talk about Pandora on the iPhone — including the newest updates to the application. I’ll share a little about the history of Pandora, how the Music Genome Project works and answer any questions you might have about the service and the company. Should be a fun evening.


    Feel free to bring as many guests as you like--the more the merrier! Full details below:

    What: Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora, at the Apple Store

    Where:Apple Store in Santa Monica --1248 3rd Street Promenade


    When: Thursday, November 13th, 2008 at 7 PM

    No need to RSVP - hope to see you there!

    --Tim (founder)


    Twiistup Five will be on 2.12.09 - Tickets available now

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    HANGAR:8 is a 15,000 square foot clearspan structure often used for events and filming. This huge open space has been used for feature, television, music video and commercial productions, major events, product launches, film premieres and private parties. This will be the first major technology event held in this massive structure.


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    3100 Donald Douglas Loop N
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    Twiistup 5 tickets on sale now

    Twiistup 5 - Hangar:8
    Thursday 2.12.09
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    Monday, October 27, 2008

    NanoVibronix Receives FDA Clearance for its PainShield™ MD Device

    NanoVibronix Receives FDA Clearance for its PainShield™ MD Device

    22 October, 2008

    NanoVibronix announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510K clearance to market PainShield™ MD, a diathermy device used to treat pain. PainShield is the first hands-free, patch-based device, thus allowing for an entirely new dimension in ultrasound treatment of pain and soft tissue healing.



    About the Company

    NanoVibronix, located in Nesher Israel, develops products that implement its proprietary therapeutic ultrasound technology. The company has also developed a unique line of catheter based disposable ultrasound devices designed to treat catheter associated injury including pain, discomfort and biofilm formation. The first two products in this category are the UroShield™ for in-dwelling urinary catheters and NG-Shield™ for in-dwelling Nasogastric tubes.

    info@nanovibronix.com


    Shoeboxed

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    Shoeboxed is the best online platform for organizing receipts and business cards. Customers mail us receipts and business cards, which we scan and upload into a secure online account on www.shoeboxed.com.

    Receipts are automatically tagged into 15 common tax categories, and may also be grouped by store name, date, or total. Users can also define custom categories like "Trip to Affiliate Summit" and fill them with whatever receipts they want. Receipts can be exported to Excel, Quicken, CSV and PDF formats.

    After we scan a user's business cards, the contact information as well as the scanned card are available on www.shoeboxed.com. Users can easily import contacts to Outlook, Salesforce, Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, LinkedIn and other sites and applications.

    Most of our customers are business people:
    • Small business owners use Shoeboxed to simplify their bookkeeping and accounting. Shoeboxed meets Internal Revenue Service requirements for electronic storage of receipts.
    • People working for larger companies, especially frequent business travelers, use Shoeboxed to save time producing expense reports.
    • Some companies use the service simply for archival purposes, as an alternative to paper warehousing. Shoeboxed provides a secure digital backup that is easier and safer than holding paper originals, and Shoeboxed scanned receipts are accepted by the IRS.
    • Business Card scanning and contact export helps anyone in business keep track of relationships without spending hours at the keyboard entering names and numbers.

    Shoeboxed is a competitor to NeatReceipts, CardScan, Fujitsu, and similar companies. You will find the most success advertising Shoeboxed receipt and business card services on sites that discuss finance, taxes, accounting, business, entrepreneurship, organization, office technology, professional networking, and related topics.

    Innovation at USC

    Innovation at USC

    Special Events Edition!

    USC Stevens Institute has a ton of great events coming up – and we wanted to make sure you had the scoop!

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    *EVENTS*

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    Social Innovation Fast Pitch and Showcase

    October 29, 2008 from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    In an effort to build awareness and visibility for local nonprofits tackling some of this city’s toughest problems, and to contribute to the innovative, vibrant culture in the Los Angeles area, Los Angeles Social Venture Partners (LASVP), the Social Enterprise Institute (SEI), and the University of Southern California have partnered to host the first-ever “Social Innovation ‘Fast Pitch’ and Showcase.”

    Taking place on October 29, 2008 at the University of Southern California, the goal of the Social Innovation Fast Pitch is to identify, reward, and celebrate innovative nonprofits in the Greater Los Angeles area that demonstrate significant potential for impact and social problem-solving. The participating local nonprofits, selected because of their innovative approaches to creating social change and their ability to powerfully communicate their vision, will compete for a total of $20,000 in funding.

    Entrepreneur of the Year – Marshall School of Business

    October 30, 2008 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Richard Rosenblatt, Demand Media, shares his journey with a time for Q&A. Free for all interested students, but you MUST RSVP to attend. Please RSVP for the Forum via email claudia.morataya@marshall.usc.edu, fax (213)740-2976 or bring it to the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Program office at Bridge Hall One. For questions, call (213)740-2659.

    Meet the Innovator: Mr. Shibulal, Co-Founder and COO of Infosys

    November 7, 2008 from 2:30pm-3:30pm

    HNB 100 Auditorium

    SD Shibulal is the Chief Operating Officer and one of the seven co-founders of Infosys Technologies, Ltd. - a global consulting and software services powerhouse. Shibu has over 25 years of leadership experience in the area of IT Outsourcing, spanning across sales, delivery, operations, technology and management. He has played a pivotal role in the Infosys journey and a signal role in the evolution of the Global Delivery Model, which is now the de facto industry standard for delivery for outsourced IT services. Shibu will discuss the journey of a student from being an engineer to a leader and the aspects of personal excellence required to make this transition. Refreshments will be served.

    “First Look LA” UCLA – Caltech – USC Investor Event

    November 12, 2008 from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

    A collaboration between USC Caltech and UCLA, LA’s three major reseach universities join forces to present the second annual “First Look LA,” a unique, invitation-only sneak peek at some of the most promising research and emerging startup opportunities from the partner universities. Hosted at UCLA on November 12, 2008, this event is sure to support, nurture and stimulate our unique culture in Southern California, while furthering LA’s position as a center for start-ups and emerging technology. Visit the website for more info and to register:

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    USC LAUNCHES “MATCHYARD” ON FACEBOOK

    Are you student looking for a team for a class project? Or an entrepreneur who needs to find a computer programmer? Perhaps you are an animator looking for a new project to work on, or you are starting a non-profit and need a team. In an effort to serve the team-building needs of students, faculty, and staff, the University of Southern California has launched MatchYard, a first-of-its-kind web-based Facebook application that allows students, faculty and staff to connect with other interesting people, ideas, and projects.

    As part of the launch of MatchYard, the highest rated project on the site will win $1000 and an all-expense paid, in-person meeting with legendary venture capitalist (and USC trustee) Mark Stevens at Sequoia Capital. The contest will run through November 14, 2008 and winners will be announced the week of November 17, 2008.

    Project:Possbility Takes First Place at 2008 Student Innovator Showcase!

    What do an open-source collective focused on designing free software for disabled persons, a videogame that can help you learn Korean, and do-it-yourself computer generated imagery all have in common? For one thing, they have the potential to dramatically change the way we live, work, and play. And for another, they are just some of the cutting-edge ideas USC students presented during the 2008 USC Student Innovator Showcase and Competition on Friday, Oct. 10 during Trojan Parents Weekend 2008.

    This year’s first place team, Project:Possibility, presented for the first time during last year’s showcase. Project:Possibility makes a positive impact on the lives of many by creating free software for the disabled community. Stanley Lam, Undergraduate, USC Marshall School of Business and Prateek Tandon, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, accepted the award for Project:Possibility’s unique model to creating a more accessible world. Since last year, Project:Possibility has become more than a project, it is a movement -- reaching it mission and vision across town to UCLA and other universities across the country.

    Learn to be an Innovator - Check out USC’s “Innovatorship” Program

    The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation is piloting a new program in Spring 2009 that will place USC students in internships with local innovative start-ups companies who are looking for high level talent to help them achieve their goals. Innovatorships aren’t your run-of-the-mill internship. They are specially designed professional experiences for student innovators seeking to make an impact in the world with new ideas. To learn more about the program and participation requirements please visit the USC Stevens Institute site at http://stevens.usc.edu.

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    ***CONTESTS AND COMPETITIONS***

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    Race to BE.

    The Race to BE. is the centerpiece event for Global Entrepreneurship Week USA and is cosponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The Race is a nationwide competition that encourages young creative artists in the fields of film, music and fashion to become entrepreneurs. The competition targets 18 to 29 year olds interested in film, music and fashion who want to become young entrepreneurs. From Oct. 2 through Oct. 31, applicants may apply online at www.racetobeusa.com and submit a sample of an existing creative work to compete. Five finalists from each category will be selected from the online submissions and will bring their portfolio of completed creative work to the event where they will compete in an onsite challenge. Each genre’s competition will be held in its respective artistic center.