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China HP stays connected with social media

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(above: Beijing news stand, June 2011)

 

If you read Monday's China Daily business section, you probably noticed three bold headlines:


“Micro blogs and macro payments”
“Economist uses Weibo.com to tout local produce for a poor Hebei village”
“Group buying on the rise”

 

Swap out “Weibo” for “Twitter”, and these might be stories you’d see on any given day in Western publications like the Wall Street Journal, AllThingsD, or the Financial Times.  Still, there’s a particular significance to these stories because of the global importance of the Chinese economy, the staggering number of Internet users in China, and the unique online culture here.

 

HP underscored its commitment to China this week with a series of investments in cloud computing, R&D, and social media, including the launch of the China HP Official blog, a blog on Sina.com, and a new Sina Weibo microblog.

 

After three days of traveling through China and meeting with customers, media, and government officials, HP held a press conference in Beijing with our senior leadership team, where CEO Léo Apotheker announced this new program to the media and made clear HP's intentions to drive more effective two-way communication with the Chinese market.

 

After months of hard work from a team spread across three continents, we’re happy to be live to the public, engaging with commenters, and sharing stories about China HP and the great people who work there.

 

We’re thrilled to use these new channels to communicate -- in Chinese, of course -- more directly to more people, but it’s the opportunity to engage on a personal level that is most exciting.  This holds true for us all across the world, but there is something unique about the energy of Chinese Internet users that makes it special.


Most people in the U.S. have already experienced two “waves” of innovation in Internet technologies: the initial thrill of dial up connections, web browsing, and email during the 1990’s, and then the transition to the so-called “social web” over the last 8-10 years.  As of June 2010, the overwhelming majority of Americans are Internet users (about 77%, or 239 million people out of a total population of 310 million).

 

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In contrast, Internet penetration in China is relatively low (31.8% of the total population is online as of June 2010, an increase of 2.9% from 2009 [PDF]) but in absolute numbers, that’s 420 million people – over 100 million more than the entire population of the United States.  There’s also a seemingly insatiable appetite for social networking and self-publishing; Weibo alone reports over 140 million users as of May.

 

Combined, these two trends have driven explosive growth – not only in the diversity of content being shared online, but in opportunities for Chinese social media users to apply these technologies to build a healthier society and more prosperous economy.

 

Look no further than the above-referenced China Daily article for evidence (the story documents how a university professor used her microblog to crowdsource financing for a rural road-building project).

 

The lesson learned: it's not the tools or technology that matters, it's what you do with them. As always, let us know what you think of what we're doing, and please do drop by our new China HP pages and take a look around.  Even if you don't speak the language, it's worth checking out.

 

For more information

If you’d like to learn a bit more about Internet usage in China, take a look at the China Internet Network Information Center website, particularly their yearly statistical reports.

 

China HP Official Blog: www.hp.com/go/chinahpblog

HP Sina blog: blog.sina.com.cn/hpchina

HP Sina Weibo: www.weibo.com/hpchina

HP Chief Privacy Officer Testifies Before U.S. Senate Commerce Committee

HP Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer Scott Taylor joined members of Congress and regulatory and industry representatives this week to discuss global privacy issues.

 
Today, Taylor testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in support of federal privacy legislation. 


“HP recognizes that consumer trust is a precious commodity that must be protected through good stewardship and robust privacy programs,” said Taylor. “Federal legislation can establish a uniform national standard for organizational accountability and improved consumer protection. It’s a win for consumers and the industry as a whole.”


Specifically, Taylor shared details of HP’s Privacy Advisor tool, an internal program to better educate and guide employees about privacy requirements, risks and considerations.


Taylor’s full testimony is available here [PDF]

 

Yesterday, Taylor participated in a public forum with the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau in consultation with Federal Trade Commission staff. Taylor’s panel, Company-Based Approaches to Protect Privacy, focused on industry best practices to protect consumer privacy and included representatives from industry, think tanks and academia. 

 

HP is at the forefront of corporate efforts to strengthen privacy protections around the world. Read more about our global government engagement [PDF]. 

 

Watch a portion of the hearing here:

 

HP Expands Catalyst to 56 Members

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In April, the HP Catalyst Initiative issued a call for submission for 20 new organizations to join our network to explore new approaches to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The chosen education institutions would receive more than $150,000 (USD) in technology, cash, and professional services.

 

We received an overwhelming number of thought-provoking proposals, and today at the ISTE conference, the premier conference for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology in PK-12 and teacher education, we are announcing a sixth consortium and 21 additional organizations from 12 countries that are joining the network of leading institutions transforming STEM teaching and learning worldwide. The HP Catalyst  research themes are  The Multi-Versity, Pedagogy 3.0, Global Collaboratory, The New Learner, Measuring Learning, and the new STEM-preneur.

 

The STEM-preneur consortium will explore novel ways to combine STEM education with the skills and passion of entrepreneurship. A team of distinguished faculty from Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management (SEM) Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will be leading the HP Catalyst STEM-preneur consortium.

 

In addition, students from University of the People, the world’s first tuition-free, online academic institution, will work with the Catalyst network, through internships within the consortia on various projects across a number of education technology areas.

 

Together, the HP Catalyst consortia are focused on a range of issues, from teacher preparation and student-driven learning models to student assessment. Each group is tasked with investigating how emerging technologies can fuel learning experiences that inspire students and promote creative thinking, open-ended problem-solving and cross-cultural collaboration.  Since its launch in 2010, HP has invested more than $10M across 15 countries through HP Catalyst initiative.

 

The consortia are expected to share the preliminary results of their research in September 2011. In the meantime, HP Catalyst insights are being made available in real-time via a new HP Catalyst “Hub” (catalyst.nmc.org) and via Twitter (#hpcatalyst).

 

We’d like to thank all HP Catalyst Initiative applicants for their proposals and commitment to enhancing STEM education. We look forward to sharing the exciting developments from this year’s participants.

 

HP continues to explore other opportunities to participate in education innovation. See our activities at the ISTE 2011 Conference and subscribe to our blog, “Teaching, Learning, and Technology” (www.hp.com/go/edublog).

 

For more information about the HP Catalyst initiative, please visit www.hp.com/go/hpcatalyst.

HP Supports the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act

HP today joined members of Congress in supporting the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2011, U.S. legislation that will prohibit the export of e-waste from the United States to developing nations.

 

Ashley Watson, vice president and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for HP, joined sponsors Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) in urging passage of the legislation.

 

“As an industry leader in product lifecycle improvements, HP does not allow the export of e-waste from developed countries to developing countries. We support the work of Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) to pass the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, and we encourage other companies to join the effort and promote responsible recycling,” said Watson.  

 

“Each year, millions of tons of electronics equipment are discarded in the U.S. and shipped to developing nations for unsafe salvage and recovery,” said Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), one of the bill’s sponsors. “By carefully regulating the export of e-waste, this bipartisan legislation takes concrete steps to address a growing environmental and health crisis while creating good-paying recycling jobs here in the U.S.”

 

Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) not only highlighted the bill’s accomplishments, he also recognized HP for its recycling practices.

 

“This bill accomplishes two things: first, it prevents hazardous material from being shipped where it will be mishandled and cause health and environmental damage; and second, it is a green jobs bill and will create work here in the U.S., processing these used products in safe ways. I applaud HP for leading on this issue and its responsible recycling,” Green said.

 

Barbara Kyle, National Coordinator of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, also advocated for the legislation’s passage.

 

“This is the most important step our federal government can take to solve the e-waste problem – to close the door on e-waste dumping on developing countries,” she said.

 

HP has a long-standing commitment to responsibly manage end-of-life products and our ban on the export of e-waste materials has been in place since 2004. 

 

Read about HP's e-waste export policy.

HP LIFE creates powerful learning experiences, helping pioneering minds shape a better world

Xiao Shengzhang previously managed an animal breeding center but lost his job and was unemployed for over a year. Mr. Xiao decided to start his own herbal medicine business but realized he lacked basic knowledge in marketing and financial management. He also never thought of marketing his products through the internet.

 

HP Life.jpgAfter participating in the HELP* training offered at the China Association for Employment Promotion, (CAEP), Yingshan Training Center in Hubei, China, he began processing data electronically to manage his finances, browsed market information through the internet and created a new website for his company.

 

Within two years, total production value increased 30%. The increased demand allowed Mr. Xiao to enlarge the herbal plantation. His business now provides employment for 2120 families in 20 villages.

 

Earlier this week, HP LIFE (Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs) announced that the program was adding 40 new training centers worldwide. More information on this initiative, including the countries in which the centers are located, may be found here.

 

*= HELP was a previous name for the HP LIFE program

HP LIFE Adds 40 New Global Training Centers

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Today, in collaboration with an announcement about expanded SMB support, HP and its partners are also announcing the HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs, (HP LIFE) 2011 grant recipients. These new recipients, 40 training centers worldwide, will become part of the existing 300 HP LIFE centers network in 47 countries, helping equip entrepreneurs with the IT and business skills they need to turn their visions into reality.

 

Organizations from 12 countries will each receive a grant of state-of-the art HP technology, financial contribution and professional support valued at approximately $60,000. The grant includes a professional train-the-trainer course and access to the HP LIFE network as well as innovative online and offline training tools.

 

This year’s grants went to organizations in the following countries: Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the United States. For a complete list of organizations, please visit the website for the Office of Global Social Innovation.

 

HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global training program that trains entrepreneurs and small businesses owners to develop essential IT and business skills to grow their businesses.  Approximately 500,000 people worldwide have thus far benefited from HP LIFE’s training. Since 2007, HP has invested more than $20 million in the program, resulting in the creation of an estimated 20,000 jobs and more than 6,500 new businesses.  The program is committed to enabling microenterprises, small and mid-size businesses, (SMBs) to create new revenue streams, promoting growth and opportunities in their local communities.  In January, 2011, HP LIFE was recognized as a leading initiative for entrepreneurs in the Startup America Partnership

 

HP works with leading education organizations around the world to develop and deliver HP LIFE:

     •    MEA-I  (Micro-Enterprise Acceleration Institute)
     •    EDC    (Education Development Center)
     •    ORT     (Russia)
     •    UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)

 

Learn more about HP LIFE, discover a training center, try one of our award-winning online business games or become part of the LIFE Community:

     •    HP LIFE global website
     •    Europe, Middle East & Africa
     •    Asia Pacific
     •    Americas (USA, Brazil)

Vertica Accelerates Big Data Analytics with 5.0 Release

Today, Vertica, an HP Company, launched the newest version of its platform, Vertica 5.0, delivering real-time performance to customers demanding rapid and flexible business intelligence.


Customers turn to the Vertica Analytics Platform to get real-time analysis of their user and subscriber-generated data, helping them to grow their businesses. For example, Vertica works with Zynga, the developer of popular social media games like Farmville, to identify the impact of social graphing analysis on its business growth.

“With this latest release of the Vertica Analytics Platform, we’ve focused on performance, manageability, and extensibility for our customers,” said Shilpa Lawande, vice president, Engineering, Vertica. “Our new Software Development Kit (SDK) empowers users, developers, and partners to create custom analytics that can be called via a standard SQL query, taking full advantage of the performance and scalability of the Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) columnar Vertica Analytics Platform.”

Doug Porter, senior vice president and Chief Information Officer of BlueCross BlueShield Association
recently discussed how the company is using the Vertica Analytics Platform with Léo Apotheker, president and CEO of HP.

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