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The Next Big Step: HP Catalyst Academy to Accelerate STEMx Professional Development

Teaching and learning the STEMx subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and complementing 21st-century skills) got a much-needed boost on April 15th, when the HP Catalyst Initiative took its next big step to launch the new HP Catalyst Academy. The Initiative has revealed that, although countries are prioritizing better quality STEMx education, traditional models of professional development are failing to keep pace with the demand.
The new HP Catalyst Academy provides a fresh approach to accelerate STEMx professional development. It is a source of free and powerful learning experiences that inspire and transform teaching practices, accessible online to educators everywhere. And the call has gone out for HP Catalyst Academy Fellows – STEMx trailblazers prepared to support this global transformation. Proposals are due by July 8th; visit for grant application details.
The launch was announced to more than 120 leading educators, education experts, and policy leaders at the 2013 HP Catalyst Summit in São Paulo, Brazil, a country that’s currently demonstrating powerful activism in education. This, the third annual Catalyst Summit, coincided with Brazil’s SINTED education technology exhibition, HP Brazil’s announcement of a comprehensive IT education solutions portfolio and the HP Institute professional certification program, and the recent publication of the OECD Catalyst report – the first-ever independent review of Catalyst achievements to date.
Maintaining momentum that can change STEMx teaching and learning around the world, HP also announced its sponsorship of the first global massively open online conference for STEMx educators: the Global STEMx EdCon (July 2013). Click to follow the 'Teaching, Learning, and Technology' blog for future event information.
Follow the action at the HP Catalyst Summit (April 15th - 18th, 2013) via Twitter hashtag #hpcatalyst  


Making It Matter: HP Critical Facilities Services

For HP, making it matter means great innovation that touches lives in a positive manner. That's why we pursue initiatives that drive sustainability, efficiency and environmental progress. 
With the help of HP Critical Facilities Services, the University of Iowa designed and built a LEED platinum-certified data center that combines business and environmental performance.
Check out the video below to get the full story. Also, learn how HP is making a positive impact:

IT Skills - The Never-Ending Challenge

This post was written by Nina Buik, CMO of Connect. 


Technology never stops innovating. Every few months there seems to be a new hot IT trend. As a result, IT professionals are struggling to “stay current” in their field and many companies are unable to source the expertise necessary to capitalize on new technology.


The challenges of today’s IT-skills shortage come as no secret to those of us in the field. However, I think it’s time to revisit this ever-relevant issue. As a long-time member of HP’s user community, Connect’s, leadership team and an HP technology user, I have had an interesting lens through which I see technology trends.

My conversations with engineers, business executives, IT users and developers alike show that there are several parallel shifts in technology that make finding and keeping good IT talent very challenging. In this article from Inc. magazine on “The 5 Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2013,” all positions relate to up and coming technology like mobile, big data and cloud.


We make it our priority at Connect to help members stay abreast of the latest technology and grow their careers through special interest groups and educational opportunities.


Our partnership with HP ExpertONE has strengthened deeply in the last few years.  In fact, I recently spoke with Susan Underhill, HP ExpertOne Vice President, who shared with me compelling new IDC research on IT skills. In their January 2013 paper, Benefits of Training and Certification, IDCshows that IT teams with certified skills spend less time on routine operations and “break/fix” activities – nearly 30% less time in key areas such as data backup and recovery. That leaves more time for innovation and learning in emerging areas such as mobile, big data and cloud. You can learn more here, or download the report from My ExpertOne.


In addition to working with ExpertOne, Connect is also working closely with HP Networking to offer educational resources and networking opportunities to meet the need for talent in the field, particularly Bring your own Device (BYOD). Connect and HP Networking recently launched the Bring It On Tour 2013 in Austin, Texas and will be heading to Tampa, Miami and Seattle.  The Bring It On Tour presents a complete, unified BYOD solution that is simplified, scalable and secure.  “These events are small and interactive to give Connect Users information that is new and innovative as well as educational” said Mike Banic, Vice President of Global Marketing at HP Networking. 


We hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities that HP and Connect offer to help advance your career. We would love to hear your thoughts on how you’ve benefitted from our efforts or how you’d like to see us grow in the future.

HP Leads Workstation Industry with Solutions for Creative Professionals

This week at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, Hewlett Packard is demonstrating its leadership and market expansion in the media and entertainment industry. How you ask? We are deliverying new solutions that drive innovation and performance for some of the world’s most demanding customers.
HP Workstations deliver top performance to creatives in deadline-driven segments of media and entertainment. This includes everything from creating visual effects for the next epic blockbuster film to assisting the Oscar-winning editor who works from his basement.
This week's announcement that HP is working with Fusion-io to integrate the Fusion ioFX memory tier into the award-winning line of HP Z Workstations is the latest example of HP’s commitment to developing innovative solutions and performance improvements specifically for the media and entertainment segment.
“I consider HP one of the best engineering companies in the world, so I’m thrilled to see HP and Fusion-io working together to advance workstation computing architectures,” said Steve Wozniak, chief scientist, Fusion-io. “The Fusion ioFX brings the intelligence of the Fusion-io approach to HP’s incredible workstations, adding even more powerful application performance to the precision engineering HP is known for around the world.”
HP also recently expanded its reach in media and entertainment by collaborating with industry-leading  reseller ALT Systems to develop two high-performance game development packages—the ALT Systems Game Developer Edition for Autodesk Users  and the ALT Systems Game Developer Edition for Unreal Engine Users.
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