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The Guardian live chat: HP discusses how technology can advance social innovation

Paul Ellingstad, director of global health for HP’s Office of Social Innovation, recently joined a live blogging debate on how companies can apply their technological advances to enable positive social and environmental change, which was hosted by The Guardian newspaper.


With a panel of futurists, corporate social responsibility executives and media, Ellingstad discussed how emerging markets are innovating through technology and the role that technology plays in social innovation and global health initiatives, such as HP’s collaboration with the Clinton Health Access Initiative to improve the process for diagnosing and treating infants with HIV. He also emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships with NGOs in developing countries and the need for efficient governance and processes to ensure that social innovation programs are effectively executed.


The full transcript of the discussion is available on The Guardian UK website in the comments section of the article “How can technology effect social and environmental change?”

HP’s Gabi Zedlmayer discusses innovation and international development at Washington, D.C. panel

On Friday September 23, Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of Global and Social Innovation at HP, and Dr. Alex Dehgan, Science and Technology Adviser to the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), participated in a panel on technology and innovation hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Daniel Runde, Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development at CSIS, moderated the discussion regarding technology and how it can be used to empower societies around the world and enhance international development. Listen to audio from the event here.

 

Zedlmayer and Dehgan opened the panel discussion by outlining three key operating principles and how they are manifested in their respective private and public sector roles.

 

Science and technology are key to prosperity. While most Americans enjoy unprecedented access to information, many in the global community lack access to basic necessities like health care. “We must look at this challenge as an opportunity,” urged Dehgan.

 

Zedlmayer explained how HP has “seized the opportunity” to apply innovation in a way that enriches communities, and she referenced HP’s work with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to significantly reduce the turnaround time from 2-3 months to just under 21 days for infant HIV test results in Kenya as a key example of HP’s work in this area.  

The turnaround time for test results is especially critical, as infants diagnosed with HIV must begin anti-retroviral treatment as quickly as possible to ensure survival. Without immediate treatment, half of HIV-positive infants are unlikely to survive past age two.

 

Take a look at some of HP's other social initiatives in Africa

Social development transcends politics and ideology. It’s global. Zedlmayer mentioned HP’s innovation work, with mPedigree in Ghana and Nigeria, that provides people in the developing world with a way to ensure their medication is authentic by using an application on their mobile phone, thus saving innocent lives from potentially hazardous counterfeit drugs. “This technology only works when the ecosystem works,” Zedlmayer said. “And we are all part of the ecosystem.” Zedlmayer encouraged that those in the “ecosystem,” which consists of government agencies, private corporations, NGO’s and individuals, work together to improve global social issues.

 

The two panelists addressed the importance of leveraging partnerships among the public and private sector, as well as within the global community. “The threat we face is bigger than any one agency or even country,” warned Dr. Dehgan.

 

Further emphasizing the importance of cross-sector alliances, Dr. Dehgan spoke of USAID’s existing partnerships with HP and expressed an interest “to do many more.”

 

Talent and creative ability are everywhere. We must unleash it. As part of enhancing HP’s impact on the global community, Zedlmayer has reached out to HP’s community of more than 320,000 employees worldwide to harness their many skills and talents. For example, HP’s entrepreneurship program, which according to Zedlmayer has placed thousands of jobs, operates in 47 countries and is offered in 20 different languages.

 

Both Zedlmayer and Dehgan expressed the need to expand the partnership between the private and public sector in order to make a visible impact in the developing world, but acknowledged that regulatory hurdles remain.

 

That’s not to say significant progress hasn’t been made, Zedlmayer explained. At the time of HP’s founding 70 years ago, it stood out as a unique model of a company that sought not only to enhance shareholder value, but to also cultivate social value. Today, Zedlmayer is happy to report, this model is far more prevalent among large private sector corporations.

 

Hear more from the panelists: 


Swayed by friends or the crowd? New insight into how social media changes decisions

Imagine you’re planning to book a hotel room at the Hotel Canal Grande in Venice, Italy.  Before you make a reservation, you’ll probably visit an online ratings site like Trip Advisor to see how many stars previous guests give the hotel.  You might also ask your Facebook friends to see if they have an opinion, too.

 

Which source is more likely to influence your decision, the user-generated ratings site or your friends?

 

HP Labs today published a new study answering this very question, following up other recent research on how social influence influences decision-making.  In their new experiment “Swayed by Friends or by the Crowd?”, HP researchers discovered:

 

- For a user deciding between two choices, an additional rating star has a much larger effect than an additional friend’s recommendation on the probability of selecting an item.

- Negative opinions from friends are more influential than positive opinions.

- People exhibit more random behavior in their choices when the decision involves less cost and risk.

 

The study validates the intuition that negative reviews from customers are more powerful than positive ones, adding a new dimension to the adage that “satisfied customers tell three friends, angry customers tell 3,000.”

 

It also suggests that enabling positive and negative feedback to flow equally through online social networks is a potentially powerful feature for users communicating the value of goods and services to each other.

 

Read the full research report here [PDF] or below.

Swayed by Friends or by the Crowd?

HP and Employees Contribute more than $300,000 to Support Famine Relief Operations in Somalia

The United Nations announced this month that the famine in Somalia, which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people over the last four months, has spread to a sixth area within the country. Officials warn that unless aid efforts are increased, up to 750,000 people could die. To compound matters, the famine is giving rise to diseases such as measles, putting millions of Somalian children at risk.

Somalia relief small.jpgTo aid famine relief efforts in the hardest hit regions of Southern Somalia, HP has contributed $150,000 to Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children. This contribution will help the relief efforts of both organizations, who are working in close coordination with each other, local and international NGOs as well as local governments in Southern Somalia and East Africa to meet the health, medical, nutritional, and safety needs of the people.

HP employees also pledged more than $75,260 to East African famine relief operations through the company’s giving campaign, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the HP Company Foundation.

This contribution is another example of HP’s long-standing history of helping people in need in communities around the world, and a testament to the company’s commitment to supporting the extraordinary work of the relief organizations on the African continent  helping during the worst drought in decades.

Photo by Brendan Bannon, Doctors Without Borders.

Innovation and Policy: An Interview with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)

Elected in 2010, Senator Rob Portman is a widely respected voice in the U.S. Senate on trade and budget issues. The Cincinnati native was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1993 and represented the second Congressional district of Ohio until 2005, when he was appointed United States Trade Representative. In that role, he oversaw global trade negotiations and successfully advocated for reducing barriers to U.S. exports. He later served as the director of the Office of Management and Budget for President George W. Bush.

 

 

He serves on the Senate Committees on the Budget; Armed Services; Energy and Natural Resources; and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

HP interviewed Sen. Portman to seek his views on the technology sector’s role in the economy and the importance of global free trade.

 

HP: What role do you see the tech sector playing in driving innovation and speeding the nation’s recovery?

Sen. Portman: The U.S. has an innovative, entrepreneurial economy and technology is one of our key strengths. In Ohio, for example, while we are predominantly an agricultural and industrial state, our farmers and manufacturers are increasing efficiency by integrating technology into their farming and manufacturing practices. With the use of technology and automation, farmers are able to enhance their harvest. Technology helps to make this possible.

 

Technology and efficiencies help to drive competitiveness, leading to growth, which brings with it high-skilled, high-paying jobs. This has always been a key strength in the U.S., and it always will be. Regarding trade, we have a competitive, comparative advantage in technology and innovation. We want to open up markets, to provide a level playing field, allowing our companies to grow.

 

HP: How do you think we should go about strengthening young people’s interest in getting into science, technology and math-related fields and pursuing careers in the high-tech sector?

Sen. Portman: The private sector has an essential role in getting young people interested in math and science. It’s important that the private sector stays involved, supporting internships, schools, science fairs and other educational initiatives. I’ve seen many positive examples of this from private companies, like Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related stipends for teachers. It’s also important to continue to encourage women to join math and science fields.

 

We are competing with many countries in the STEM area including China and India; however, the U.S. educational system has a unique approach to encouraging and fostering combination of science and math-related core skills with analytical thinking and entrepreneurial “outside of the box” thinking. We can build on that.

 

HP: What are the greatest challenges facing the technology sector in Washington today?

Sen. Portman: Frankly, I’d say there are three. First, increased exports, because we have a competitive advantage with our technology sector, and through free trade we can open markets for our technology and IT services. America has been falling behind in terms of trade. We need to export more. 

 

Second is creating a business climate for technology companies to succeed. Right now our corporate tax rate is among the highest for industrialized countries. We have a real problem when it comes to our tax policy, and I think it ought to be reformed entirely in a way that creates more economic activity and therefore more revenue for America. By making the tax code more business friendly and more jobs friendly, we can encourage investment in America.

 

And finally the topic of the day in Washington – the debt limit. Right now our debt and deficit are at historic levels. Companies across the spectrum, not just technology companies, are not investing as they should be in jobs in part because of the great uncertainty created by Washington not getting its act together. We’re going have to deal with this growing imbalance between our spending and revenues. These are just some of the issues we need to address.

 

Hear more from Senator Portman on free trade: 

 

Innovation and Policy: An Interview with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Senator Michael Bennet was appointed to the U.S. Senate in January 2009, then re-elected in 2010, where he’s been a strong proponent of alternative energy, economic growth, educational incentives and agricultural prosperity.

 

Bennet was previously the superintendent of the Denver public school system, and he helped advise President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign on educational issues. In 2011, Time magazine listed him among the nation’s 11 leading educational activists. He believes school reform is necessary for our nation to remain economically strong.

 

Bennet supports comprehensive immigration reform as a way to attract foreign-born entrepreneurs to the U.S., enhancing the nation’s economic growth. He promotes reforms to benefit small businesses and investment in our domestic energy economy with a focus on wind, solar power and natural gas. Bennet has also taken a leading role in seeking a bipartisan and comprehensive approach to deficit reduction that includes changes to entitlements, tax reform and discretionary spending cuts.

 

He is the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources. He also serves on the Senate Committees on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Health Education, Labor and Pensions; and the Special Committee on Aging.

 

HP interviewed Sen. Bennet to discuss the technology industry’s role in economic recovery, as well as critical priorities facing the industry going forward.

 

HP: How does innovation help drive America’s economy?

Sen. Bennet: The middle class is under a great deal of pressure. The cost of higher education continues to rise, while there’s more pressure than ever to have and utilize higher education degrees to compete for high-paying jobs. Healthcare costs are skyrocketing, putting daily basic necessities at risk. At the same time, structural unemployment remains epidemic, even as businesses have become more efficient.

 

In Colorado, the technology sector is vital. The presence of technology opportunities helps inspire job and economic growth, which fuel the innovation economy. Technology is where America can lead in the 21st century.

 

Comprehensive tax reform is one key to promoting tech growth. We need to be forward-looking, ensuring we have the right platform to create 21st century jobs while supporting entrepreneurs, small-businesses and start-ups. The innovation economy, fueled by companies large and small, will increase America’s competitiveness, helping to get our unemployed back to work.

 

HP: What do you see as the nation’s critical priorities from a technology standpoint?

Sen. Bennet: Education is a critical priority. When you look at the graduation rates, we’re faced with a dire situation. Let’s put it this way: out of 100 students, only 9 can be reasonably expected to graduate. More than 1.2 million children drop out of high school every year, and 70 percent of our 8th graders can’t read at grade level. This is a big problem, and we need to study every available option to improve the quality of our education, especially as high-paying jobs require more technical expertise.

 

Regarding immigration, I believe we need to reduce red tape to ensure we can attract foreign-born talent as part of the innovation economy. The high-tech sector has some good ideas to smooth this process and benefit our nation’s growth, and we have the opportunity to align with one another on this issue.

 

Hear more from Sen. Bennet on education and economic issues here:

Following @MegWhitman, the new CEO of HP

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Yesterday afternoon, HP named Meg Whitman as its CEO and president.  “Excited and honored to lead HP,” she tweeted a few hours after the announcement.  “I’m a true believer in the future of this Silicon Valley icon.”

 

Be sure to follow Meg and @hpnews on Twitter for future updates.  In the meantime, get caught up on the news here:

 

HP news release, 9/22/11: “HP Names Meg Whitman President and Chief Executive Officer”

Analysis from IDC Chief Research Officer Crawford Del Prete [pdf]

Audio replay and transcript of investor conference call, 9/22/11

All HP SEC filings

 

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High schoolers and future entrepreneurs share what they learned from the Social Innovation Relay

Today, HP announced the global winners of the HP/Junior Achievement Social Innovation Relay (SIR), a global competition that challenges high school students around the world to develop projects and business ideas that could result in significant positive social impacts for their communities. Coached by HP mentors along the way, the students learned to think like innovators and developed skills to become future entrepreneurs.

 

After two rounds of competition, with students from 11 countries, a team of students from Nzhnekamsk, Russia, won the global title.   

 

The team developed a sustainable business concept, called Fortuna. The initiative is designed to encourage citizens to manufacture and sell products created from recyclable waste materials, potentially driving profit while reducing waste.

 




While leading a team of students to a country-level victory in the U.S., student Deepti Bansal from Carlmont High School in Belmont, California also gained valuable skills from her participation in SIR.

 

Deepti’s team developed the concept for FindTime.org, a website that would help people identify the areas they’d like to volunteer in and match these potential volunteers with applicable organizations that need their help. Passionate about volunteering themselves, the team believed this venture could help the world socially, economically and environmentally.

 

“We knew that non-profits and charities always need additional hands but often don’t have adequate resources to reach volunteers,” she said. “We also learned that 63.8 million people worldwide volunteered between 2009 and 2010, so by making the right connections with our website, we could enable a massive amount of people to help out where they want, when they want.”

 

The team also benefited from collaborating with their mentor, Ganesh Sharma Tyagali, a software architect at HP.

 

“We would give him ideas and then he would respond with questions that got us thinking about potential problems with our idea,” Deepti said. “This made us think more analytically and ended up strengthening the project. He didn’t just give us the answers; he made us think for ourselves.”

 

Ganesh noticed an improvement in the team’s thought-process throughout the competition.


“I tried to get the team to think about what they wanted to do, to develop their own ideas that would address social issues,” Ganesh said. “The goal was not to be technically exact. Rather, we wanted them to understand what was unique about the product they were conceiving and the structured processes required to bring it to fruition.”

 

“Although some of the kids started off skeptical, I could actually see them becoming more socially conscious as the project progressed,” he said.

 

While the competition focused on inventing solutions, Deepti is confident that the team could implement their concept as well.

 

“There is always a way to solve a problem, you just need to come up with an innovative solution,” she said. “No matter what you do, if you work hard you can change the world.”



Innovation’s Impact: How HP, our partners and the power of information are changing lives in Africa

At HP, we believe that corporate success and social welfare are interdependent. We aim to enrich society and drive sustainable economic growth by giving people and businesses innovative ways to be more creative, productive, and successful through the power of information.

 

Driven by this belief, our social innovation efforts have already supported significant work in Africa, including programs you’ve read about here such as our work with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to improve infant HIV testing in Kenya and with mothers2mothers (m2m) in support of their mission of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

 

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This week at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting and in conjunction with the company’s expansion in Africa, HP is extending relationships with CHAI, m2m and several other non-governmental organizations to use cloud-based and mobile solutions to provide better access to information in countries across Africa. Why information? Quite often, it has the power not only to improve lives but also to save them.  Read on to see how…


  • At the CGI Annual Meeting in New York, HP and mothers2mothers announced a commitment to extend their work together to reach 20,000 HIV positive women and their newborns. HP is helping m2m move from paper-based patient records to digital ones, which will allow m2m’s Mentor Mothers to share information and provide better follow-up with the moms and babies they serve.
  • HP and Senegal-based Tostan are deploying a technology platform to help bring education to adults and adolescents who are without access to formal schooling in more than 1,300 villages across eight countries in Africa. We are supporting a commitment Tostan is making at CGI this week to expand its work.
  • HP, CHAI and Positive Innovation for the Next Generation are expanding a pilot program initially introduced in June 2011. We’re working together to let health workers use a mobile and cloud system to track not only malaria outbreaks, but also other infectious diseases as designated by the Ministry of Health.
  • HP is also working with CHAI to extend the successful work speeding up diagnosis and treatment of HIV for infants beyond the borders of Kenya to Uganda. Like the partnership with m2m, this collaboration involves nixing an old paper-based system in favor of a digital one, which lets doctors get infants’ test results back more quickly so they can start treatment if needed.
  • In Tanzania, HP is partnering with SafePoint Trust to limit the spread of diseases like HIV and Hepatitis B, which are all-too-often passed along when syringes are re-used. Every 24 seconds a person dies as a result of receiving an injection from an unclean syringe, and the World Health Organization estimates that unsafe injections alone kill 1.3 million people each year. Using technology from the HP Global Authentication Service, people will be able to report the usage of Auto-Disabled syringes, giving the government better information as they seek to make injections safer.              
  • In addition, HP and Mozambique Development in Motion are establishing a computer lab in a rural secondary school. The facility will also be open to the wider community during evenings and weekends, giving a skills boost to the whole area.

For updates on HP’s social innovation work, you can follow @HPglobalcitizen on Twitter. Also, check out the interactive map here to learn more about our initiatives in Africa and around the world.

 

Photo credit: mothers2mothers



HP Supports Bill for Increased, Permanent R&D Tax Credit

HP today commended Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) for their efforts to increase and permanently extend the research and development (R&D) tax credit.

 

“As a global leader in technology, HP strongly supports making the research and development tax credit permanent,” said Gregg Melinson, vice president of Global Government Affairs. “The R&D tax credit is a cornerstone of U.S. investment in innovation, and we applaud Senator Baucus and Senator Hatch for introducing this crucial bill.”

Changing minds through social media: HP study shows it happens, but not how you might think

New research from HP Labs shows that our choices can be reversed when we’re exposed to the recommendations of others.  In a surprising twist, though, we’re more likely to change our minds when fewer, not more, people disagree with us.

 

The research has practical applications for businesses, especially in marketing, suggests co-author Bernardo Huberman,  Senior HP Fellow and director of HP’s Social Computing Research Group

 

“What this implies,” he says, “is that rather than overwhelming consumers with strident messages about an alternative product or service, in social media, gentle reporting of a few people having chosen that product or service can be more persuasive.”

 

The experiment – devised by Huberman along with Haiyi Zhu, an HP labs summer intern from Carnegie Mellon University, and Yarun Luon of HP Labs – reveals several other factors that determine whether choices can be reversed though social influence, too. It’s the latest product of HP Lab’s pioneering program in social computing, which is dedicated to creating software and algorithms that provide meaningful context to huge sets of unstructured data.

 

Study results: the power of opinion

Opinions and product ratings are everywhere online. But when do they actually influence our own choices? 

 

To find out, the HP team asked several hundred people to make a series of choices between two different pieces of furniture.  After varying amounts of time, they were asked to choose again between the same items, but this time they were told that a certain number of other people had preferred the opposite item.  (Separately, the experiment also asked subjects to choose between two different baby pictures, to control for variance in subject matter).


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(above: an example comparison used in the experiment)

 

Analysis of the resulting choices showed that receiving a small amount of social pressure to reverse one’s opinion (by being told that a just few people had chosen differently) was more likely to produce a reversed vote than when the pressure felt was much greater (i.e. where an overwhelming number of people were shown as having made a different choice).

 

The team also discovered:

 

- People were more likely to be influenced if they weren’t prompted to change their mind immediately after they had expressed their original preference.

- The more time that people spent on their choice, the more likely they were to reverse that choice and conform to the opinion of others later on.

 

Attention marketers: Implications in theory and practice

The experiment pits two theories of social influence against each other.

 

Psychological reactance theory suggests that when we face opposition to our beliefs, our need for self-preservation drives us to stick to them strongly.  On the other hand, social influence and conformity theory argues that we like to feel socially connected with others and as a result will reverse our opinion if we feel it will restore that sense of belonging and self-esteem.

 

The research team’s results suggest that the first theory is more powerful when we’re presented with the opinions of many others, while the second has more power when we’re imagining ourselves as members of a smaller group.  It also supports earlier Labs work showing that our votes on rankings are influenced by our own desire to impact the choices of others.

 

These are all insights that online marketers can use to alter the design of their recommendation systems and thereby influence their customers’ behavior, Huberman suggests.

 

Tackling the problem of ‘big data’

To conduct the experiment the HP team used Rankr, a new mobile, cloud-based polling application created by the Social Computing Group.

 

As well as polling people on simple preferences, Rankr can be used to sort much larger lists of relative preferences, such as desired product features, or crowdsourced concert playlists.

 

Given the vast number of choices that companies and individuals now face when dealing with information, efficient mechanisms for filtering and ranking sets of possibilities are of increasing value.  Similarly, understanding how product rankings work, and how to best exploit them, will grow in importance as ever more such ‘unstructured’ data is created online every day.

 

“Customers see tremendous value in the ability to make sense of this data,” remarked HP CEO Léo Apotheker last week.  “HP has an opportunity to lead in this area, transform unstructured information into meaningful insights and deliver it to customers better than anyone else.”

 

Next up: the power of friends

Huberman and his team next plan to focus on whether specific quantities of recommendations or the source of those recommendations (their perceived ‘quality,’ in a sense) carry more influence.  

 

When presented with the fact that 1,000 people recommend a specific item but that 4 close friends like the alternate, for example, which would most of us choose?

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Democratizing higher ed: HP offers virtual internships to under-resourced students

Earlier this year, in the UK, wealthy parents bid thousands of pounds at a fundraiser for their children to have “the golden chance” of a summer holiday internship with leading financial firms*. Temporary placements such as these provide precious work experience and privileged networking opportunities, raising the intern’s job prospects way above those of equally talented but under-resourced students.

 

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In contrast, HP has announced a free-of-charge research internship program for students who are currently studying at the University of the People (UoPeople). “We strongly believe in the work UoPeople is doing to democratize higher education,” says Jeannette Weisschuh, director of education and entrepreneurship, office of global social innovation, HP.

Students of this tuition-free online university can apply to become virtual interns as part of the HP Catalyst initiative, an expanding global consortium of 56 organizations, mostly universities, that focus on projects related to improving STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. HP Catalyst is all about accessing, collaborating, engaging, and motivating learning, inside and outside the classroom, in innovative and transformative ways. UoPeople students will be able to work within the Catalyst community across a number of areas  in educationgaining experience “to launch successful careers and truly contribute to their countries and to the world,” said Shai Reshef, founder and president, UoPeople.


What else can be done to democratize higher education? Join the discussion on Facebook.
http://www.facebook.com/UoPeople

 

The HP Catalyst initiative is growing fast – find out more:

http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Data-Central/HP-Expands-Catalyst-to-56-Members/ba-p/94501



Collaboration on a Global Scale: HP Labs Announces Fourth Annual Innovation Research Program awards

At HP, we embrace a philosophy of open innovation - engaging with our customers, partners, universities and governments to deepen insight and amplify impact.

 

HP Labs demonstrated its commitment to that philosophy this week by announcing that 51 universities from around the world will receive research funding as part of the fourth annual HP Labs Innovation Research Program (IRP).

 

This program creates opportunities for faculty and students at leading colleges, universities and research institutes around the world to conduct breakthrough collaborative research with HP.

 

“With the goal of inspiring some of the brightest minds from around the world, the HP Labs Innovation Research Program has seen researchers submit projects that firmly tie into areas that reflect our strategic focus, such as cloud, information analytics and sustainability. The strength of the entries this year demonstrates the value of our investment in the ongoing partnerships we have with participating universities and also our commitment to driving forward the next generation of technologists and scientists,” said Prith Banerjee, senior vice president, Research, HP, and director, HP Labs.

 

Here are a few examples of research projects that were awarded as part of the program. The full list of 2011 awards can be found here.

 

  • Professor Paul Anderson of the University of Edinburgh will conduct research into ‘Automated Planning of Changes to Cloud Services’. This research is aimed at applying artificial intelligence techniques to automatically flex and reconfigure cloud services.

 

  • At the University of Konstanz, Germany, Professor Daniel Keim is working in collaboration with the HP research team to create a live visualizations of massive data streams to help spot anomalies in business, data center, healthcare, or energy operations and better identify other kinds of patterns and trends in those fields of work.

 

  • Professor Gerard Medioni of the University of Southern California is working with his team to explore real-time face tracking and expression inference from a video. They are investigating how to build 3-D models of faces from 2-D video images, while also trying to infer who the person is and where in space that person is focusing their attention.

 

  • In terms of sustainability research, Professor Trevor Mudge of the University of Michigan has researched how data centers can be more effective in conserving energy and reducing operating costs.

In just three years, the IRP has supported 131 projects, which have resulted in 200+ publications and more than 35 patents and patent applications. At the same time, it has helped provide funding, support and learning experiences for more than 200 post-graduate students across the globe.

 

For more information about the IRP and the collaborations underway, please check out the feature article on the HP Labs site.



Innovating today for the network demands of tomorrow

After a lack of major progress in networks for 10 years, HP is bringing innovation back to the networking industry.  It’s a critical time given that most legacy networks are on the brink, overburdened by the explosion of data, communication and technology services.

The research underway in the Networking and Communications Lab of HP Labs aims to solve these problems.  By delivering technology that is an order of magnitude faster but only a tenth of the cost of today’s networking gear, HP intends to help customers reach the goal of a fully and rapidly customized network fabric that can be re-programmed to meet their evolving, and perhaps yet unknown, requirements.

In pursuit of this goal, two areas HP Labs is exploring include flexible programmable networks and optical backplanes.

With flexible programmable networks using OpenFlow technology, network administrators are able to connect users to applications in a more direct way. OpenFlow enables networks to be flexible and evolve by giving a remote software “controller” the power to change features or performances of devices on a network through certain established programmed “rules”. These “rules” help to control the flow of data within the network and also across multiple network devices, improving the overall data traffic flow and easing the introduction and deployment of new applications and features.

HP Labs Distinguished Technologist Charles Clark provides a great explanation of OpenFlow in this video:

 



For the hardware infrastructure, HP is conducting research around optical backplanes to replace the electrical backplane used to route traffic in network switches today. Existing networks currently run 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s speed network devices. If transmissions are to go faster than this, which they will need to do based on trends in current usage, there needs to be a different way to pass data, and optical backplanes is the solution for that challenge.

HP Labs Distinguished Technologist Mike Tan demos HP's innovative optical backplane technology in this video:

 

 

Transforming today’s networks is not something that can happen overnight; companies have legacy applications and infrastructure that will take time to migrate and systems to rebuild. The good news is that this is the first time in a decade that network technologies are evolving with the demands of the network. HP is at the forefront of this evolution with a migration plan and roadmap for customers.

To learn more about how HP Labs and the technical leads in HP’s Networking group are working together to help HP customers handle the network demands of the years to come, watch this video of Networking and Communications Lab Director David Lee from the recent HP Networking Innovation Day.

Government leaders talk cloud, cost savings with HP

This August, Jeff Bergeron, HP's Chief Technology Officer for U.S. Public Sector, moderated a discussion on cloud computing with Martha Dorris and Bajinder Paul from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Dorris and Paul shared their insights on key issues of using IT to reduce public sector costs and the challenges of cloud computing innovations for both industry and government. The event was a part of FedScoop's Fedtalks 2011 series in Washington, D.C.  

 

Hear more from Bergeron on the conversation:

 

HP Joins AVX in “Solutions for Hope” Conflict-Free DRC Tantalum Ore Project

In keeping with our history of supply chain social and environmental responsibility, HP continues to work to ensure that our products do not contain metals that may be sourced from mineral trade associated with armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

 

As part of an ongoing multi-stakeholder process to address the issue, HP has joined AVX Corporation in its "Solutions for Hope Project," which delivers verified conflict-free DRC tantalum ore through a secure “closed pipe” supply line. The project was established in July 2011 to demonstrate a process for delivering conflict-free tantalum material from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) due diligence guidance. On August 30, 2011, the project received the first shipment of ore.

 

“The ‘Solutions for Hope Project’ provides the transparency, traceability and verifications needed to ensure a responsible mineral supply chain and is a model for other suppliers,” said Tony Prophet, senior vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. “HP commends AVX for their leadership on this issue and we look forward to delivering HP products with capacitors from AVX's 'closed pipe' supply line in the near future.”

 

AVX is a leading international supplier of electronic passive components and interconnect solutions and will process the conflict-free tantalum ore into capacitors for shipment to HP and other project participants for incorporation into end market products. The initial delivery of conflict-free tantalum ore is a small but crucial first step to fulfilling the project’s goal of establishing a secure “closed pipe” supply line from the DRC region. This will both help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral or metal purchasing decisions and practices, while providing income to artisanal miners and communities in the DRC region.

 

HP continues to help work alongside other industries to drive the creation of a certification mechanism, which can provide assurances that the metals used in our products are not sourced from mineral trade associated with conflict in the DRC. While we continue to contribute to a workable certification mechanism, we have not waited to take action in our own supply chain. We believe that it is our responsibility to create awareness and encourage accountability in our supply chain and we will continue to do so, while cross industry processes or standards are established.

HP Announces Private Beta Program of HP Cloud Services

(This entry was cross-posted from the HP Scaling the Cloud blog and was authored by Emil Sayegh, VP, Cloud Services)

 

Today, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the HP Cloud Services private beta program. We are making this early access available so you can test, experience and provide input on our two initial cloud services: HP Cloud Compute and HP Cloud Object Storage. Both offerings are based on HP’s world class hardware and software with key elements of HP Converged Infrastructure and HP Software combined with a developer friendly, integration of OpenStack™ through our easy to use, web-based User Interface (UI) along with open, RESTful APIs.

 

At HP Cloud Services, our goal is to provide the next generation of cloud infrastructure, platform services and cloud solutions for developers, ISVs, and businesses of all sizes. We recognize that public cloud services should be open and transparent from end-to-end across APIs, infrastructure and software stack.  

 

We believe that by working closely with the developer community and combining the best open source technologies with HP’s hardware and software portfolio, we can create the right mix of capabilities that deliver best customer experience.  

 

Last month we announced that we joined OpenStack, an infrastructure cloud open source project.  HP developers are already active and many of our ideas will be shared at the upcoming OpenStack Design Summit and Conference, of which we are a sponsor.

 

The first two offerings in our private beta are compute and storage infrastructure-as-a-service offered as pay-as-you-go services that can be up and running within minutes. 

 

  • HP Cloud Compute allows you to deploy compute instances on-demand.  It lets you customize your instances to handle your unique workloads and add new instances to quickly scale. 

 

  • HP Cloud Object Storage provides you with scalable online storage capacity on-demand.  Object storage is ideal for archiving and backing up data, serving static content for web applications, and storing large public or private data sets, such as online files and media. 

 

We already collected some great feedback during our first development stage, which strongly influenced our private beta offerings.  Now we would like to hear from more of you and get your input on features, functionality and the overall experience, in order to ensure that we continue to create an offering that matches your needs.


HP intends to extend its full spectrum of cloud offerings spanning private, hybrid, and public architectures. You can have confidence that HP Cloud Services will have the same commitment to leadership that HP has with our existing cloud portfolio including HP CloudSystem and HP Enterprise Cloud Services.

 

If you want to find out what happens when the cloud meets one of the most recognized names in technology, we invite you to sign up for the HP Cloud Services free private beta to develop, test and run your applications. To register, simply visit www.hpcloud.com. We are accepting only a limited number of private beta applicants—so please register early.

 

Please stay tuned to this blog and our website at www.hpcloud.com for further details on our offerings. Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter (@hpcloud) or on our blog for feedback or questions.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

The HP Cloud Services Team



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