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Europe's virtual reality sector has grown to nearly 300 companies Europe’s booming virtual reality ecosystem now consists of nearly 300 companies, according to the first European Virtual Reality landscape released by The Venture Reality Fund and France’s LucidWeb. Silicon Valley-based venture firm The Venture Reality Fund tracks investments in the augmented reality and VR markets, but most of the action in the past has focused on U.S. companies. But now the VR Fund has created its first graphic showing the region’s growth in the VR ecosystem, its increased investment, and its growing international impact. World of CEOs Jobs, Opportunities and Talent Getting the top job How to give yourself the best possible shot As a former CEO headhunter and CEO confidant, Steve Tappin, our founder, is accustomed to helping CEOs get the top job. Here are his top tips: Go direct yourself The rising trend of going direct and bypassing the search firms and recruiters works both ways.

La vérité sur MOOC MOOC by Sean Michael Morris The truth is there have been other MOOCs about MOOCs. Almost all the early connectivist MOOCs pioneered by folks like George Siemens and Stephen Downes were, whether explicitly or implicitly, exploring the form, the pedagogy, and the process of MOOCs. The information about MOOC-style learning those courses generated is substantial. And you'll definitely find the fruits of that work peppered throughout MOOC MOOC. Similarly, the newer MOOCs -- such as those offered by Udacity, edX, Coursera, and others -- provide new information about what is possible in MOOCs, what happens when they aim to be corporatized (and, down the line, monetized), and what students and other participants both look for and prefer in a massive open online course.

MakeTank MakeTank is a multi-vendor marketplace where people who combine design and artisanship with digital fabrication and open hardware techniques can list and sell their work. A complimentary blog is used to explore the related world of product design and technological innovation, reinforced by social media. Makers, designers, artisans and creatives use MakeTank to list and sell hundreds of products. These are appreciated by clients who want original pieces that have stories behind them, be it for their home or office, as a gift or to enhance their look. These clients understand that they are also supporting independent designers and makers. If you are a Maker, artisan or independent designer, MakeTank is your marketplace.

Crowdfunding Success Tips Create a Crowdfunding Platform With These 19 Sites Since the world has seen the success of popular crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, crowdfunding is all the rage! Niche websites have popped up dedicated to gaming, music, nonprofits, and more. Before becoming a blogger, I was a part of a web development company that created two crowdfunding platforms for clients. I know what it’s like on the coding side and have a good amount of experience helping creators. From my research, I’ve complied a list of websites, tools, and open source frameworks below that can help you create a crowdfunding platform.

How Digital Nomads Went From Niche to Normal – Backchannel When GitHub launched in 2008 as a digital repository of code for programmers, its handful of employees communicated mostly through instant messenger. There was no office. “Chat was our office,” GitHub founder and former CEO Tom Preston-Werner said in a 2013 interview with PandoDaily. In the beginning, GitHub’s team of remote employees was a cost-cutting strategy. Over time, however, Preston-Werner began to see the setup as a tactical advantage.

25 Top UK Startups The London startup scene is well-documented. But the UK innovation ecosystem is not confined to the city. All types of companies are emerging from surrounding places, in Cambridge, Edinburgh, Brighton, Manchester, Birmingham, small Welsh villages, an island in the English Channel. Here is a list of the top 25, although we could've easily named 125. REC: tout projet - REC: tous Overview of the project More and more universities across Europe are recording their live lectures and then putting them online ('weblectures') as a way to support both on and off campus students. Video is an increasingly a core feature of the virtual campus with significant sector investment in lecture capture systems, podcasts, multimedia lecture theatres, i-Tunes and streaming services. Lecture capture technology itself is rapidly evolving conceptually from a passive recording method to a focus of 'social video' linked to participative and student-centred models. Integration with the social networking tools of institutional learning environments and the easy creation of video-based podcasts can allow previously ephemeral events to be analysed, shared and discussed.

Play-Doh 3D Printer Brings Designs You Create on Your iPad To Life Play-Doh has created a 3D printer that would even impress Dr. Seuss, the king of quirky curiosities. The printer works in tandem with the iPlay-Doh 3D app that you download to your iPad to create any design you can dream up. Then you can “print up to three colors at once — blending them like soft serve ice cream.”

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