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Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Make games with us! Register now at: http://gamelab.mit.edu/event/global-game-jam-2019-at-mit/

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

We open our doors on Friday, January 25th at 5pm and run until 11:30pm that day. Our site is open Saturday, January 26st from 9am until 11:30pm, and Sunday, January 27th from 9am until 6pm.

Participants are welcome from MIT, local universities & colleges, and the general public – including local professional game developers. All participants must register to attend:


We have 30 free slots open for the MIT Community (must have an @mit.edu email address to register). Registration for Non-MIT community members costs $22 + fees.

Contact: Richard Eberhardt, E15-329, 617 324-2173, REBERHAR@MIT.EDU

Digital Learning Day 2018

CLoud4Kids участваме в Digital Learning Day 2018  – за втора поредна година! Станете чст от „облачните“ деца…digital learning day

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Hi I’m Robbie. I love nature and think kids are the best voice to stand up for parks. I am going across the country to visit national parks and speak up to protect them.


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Contributing to open source for the first time

open source community

can be scary and a little overwhelming. Perhaps you’re a Code Newbie or maybe you’ve been coding for a while but haven’t found a project you felt comfortable contributing to.
You can do it! Here’s how.

If you have never contributed to an open source project before and you’re just getting started, consider exploring these resources.

First contributions is a hands-on tutorial that walks you through contributions workflow on github. When you complete the turorial, you’d have made a contribution to the same project.
http://up-for-grabs.net is a site that aggregates (rolls up and makes easy to explore) projects that actively want help. They label those projects with things like “up-for-grabs”, “jump-in” or “help wanted.”
Read blog posts and guides on how to contribute to an open source project, then pick one!
If you’re just getting started with tech and are considering being a social developer, we’ve made a documentary training movie for you! Get Involved in Tech walks you through setting up your GitHub account, exploring StackOverflow, setting up a blog and starting to tweet!
Wondering what someone else’s first contribution was? You can easily find out any GitHub username’s “First Pull Request” here! (I think you’ll find that most people’s first PRs were relatively small like Kent’s).
We think that open source projects should value civility and kindness and be patient with new developers and we encourage you to explore projects that have a published Code of Conduct and we hope you do too!

If you are an OSS project owner, then consider marking a few open issues with the label first-timers-only. The first-timers-only label explicitly announces:

I’m willing to hold your hand so you can make your first PR. This issue is rather a bit easier than normal. And anyone who’s already contributed to open source isn’t allowed to touch this one!

First timer contributions are normally very small and easy (One recent first-timers-only issue was literally three lines of simple changes! And the changes were described in great detail and tested by the project maintainer). But this makes it easier for the contributor to get the hang of the contribution process rather than the contribution itself. Remember, this isn’t as much about getting your project features implemented quickly as it is about helping first timers.

Why is YAL (yet another label) like first-timers-only important? Because it makes a statement that first timers are welcome, that they are valued, and that they can start on your project! Often the hard part of getting into open source for the first time isn’t the implementation of a feature, but figuring out how to actually contribute code such that the pull request is accepted! But, oh the feeling of accomplishment when your first PR is merged!

Go label an issue or two with first-timers-only and advertise that those issues exist! Walk a newbie a week (or a month) through the process! Document the process, blog and tweet about it and encourage those first timers to do the same! And add this badge to your repo’s README:


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Kent C. Dodds proposed First Timers Only to get new people to make their first contribution. Scott Hanselman blogged about Bringing Kindness Back to Open Source, so it was obvious that we team up and promote these ideas and get more folks involved in open source.

Charlotte Spencer created a great twitter account called @yourfirstpr that exists to showcase great issues that a newbie can solve in order to create “Your First PullRequest!” We recommend you follow @yourfirstpr and let them know if your OSS project has a first-timers-only tag and you have open issues that you’ll reserve for a new contributor!

Utkarsh Upadhyay created a bot called @first_tmrs_only which tweets when a new first-timers-only issue is posted on GitHub. Follow it to stay abreast with latest first-timers-only issues!

Angie Gonzalez and Arlene Perez created a GitHub app called First Timers that automates most of the process of creating first-timers-only issues. Install it the app on your repositories and commit simple changes to branches with names starting with first-timers- – the First Timers App will turn it into a fully fledged issue with all information a first-time Open Source contributor will need to make their first pull request.

Swarm Intelligence

When it comes to predicting the future, Google’s top engineer Ray Kurzweil is the futurist who holds the high score. The so-called “future teller” has an estimated 86 percent accuracy rate for his predictions. When it comes to making predictions, though, as the old saying goes, two heads are better than one — and a whole slew of thinkers may be infinitely better than two.

That’s the simplest way to explain the concept behind what Unanimous AI refers to as “artificial swarm intelligence:” instead of just having one Kurzweil making predictions, the brains of hundreds of thousands of people are put to work to make sense of the future together.


Microsoft Connect Live

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hub.Berlin 2017

Europe’s interactive business festival for digital movers and makers


Bulgaria is the latest country…

Digibytes | 13 October 2017

Bulgaria is the latest country to sign the European declaration on high-performance computing

The European declaration on high-performance computing (HPC) has been signed today in Sofia by Bulgarian Minister of Education and Science, Krasimir Valchev, in the presence of Commissioner Gabriel. Bulgaria is the tenth Member State who is joining the European effort to build the next generation of computing and data infrastructures.

Map of Europe showing which countries joined #EuroHPC when

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society said:

I am very pleased to welcome Bulgaria in this bold European initiative. High-performance computing is pervasive in our daily lives: from personalised medicine to weather forecast, cybersecurity and to cars and planes simulation and design. Access to HPC resources is essential for public and private users. As no Member State has the capacity to develop such computing power quickly and on their own, strong cooperation and support at European level is a must.

Krasimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science, added:

According to the Bulgarian National Strategy for Research Development 2017-2030, Bulgaria should in a short term modernize its research system to ensure that the needs of the Bulgarian scientific community, the Bulgarian industry and the Bulgarian citizens are met.  By signing this Declaration, Bulgaria joins the club of the Member States engaged in digitizing Europe with the help of high-performance computing power. This is a step in the right direction for our country, which will help us to further develop our research, innovation and industrial potential.

The EuroHPC declaration was launched and signed by seven Member States in Rome in March 2017 (see the press statementspeech and blog post by Vice-President Ansip). Two other countries signed it in June and July 2017. The objective of this declaration is the establishment of a joint cooperation framework between the signatories countries to acquire and deploy an integrated supercomputing infrastructure capable of at least 1018 calculations per second (so-called exascale computers). The countries have agreed to work together to develop a world-class HPC ecosystem based on European technology and relying on energy-efficient computing via low-power chips. The aim is to have EU exascale supercomputers in the global top three by 2022.

Top class HPC infrastructure and services will then be available to support a wide range of users: scientific communities, large industry and SMEs, as well as the public sector. The HPC initiative will also support the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and will allow millions of our researchers to share and analyse data in a trusted environment across technologies, disciplines and borders. Ultimately, such European world-class HPC infrastructure will boost scientific leadership, industry competitiveness and EU’s innovation capacity to meet societal and scientific challenges.

Next steps

The European Commission, together with countries who have signed the declaration are preparing, by the end of 2017, a roadmap with implementation milestones to deploy the European exascale supercomputing infrastructure.

Switzerland is expected to be the next country to join the European effort on 20 October 2017. All other Member States are encouraged to join EuroHPC and work together, and with the European Commission, in this initiative.

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Pioneer означава да бъдеш първи!

Програма Pioneers на raspberry pi

Pioneers is a programme for 11- to 16-year-olds, in which you are challenged to make something awesome using technology. We call this ‘digital making’. Taking part in Pioneers is your chance to create something amazing, learn cool new skills along the way, and maybe even win a whole lot of awesome prizes.

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IFA in Berlin

IFA in Berlin presents the latest products and innovations in the heart of Europe‘s most important regional market. Only IFA offers such a comprehensive overview of the international market and attracts the attention of trade visitors each year from more than 100 countries.

IFA is the main meeting place for key retailers, buyers, and experts from the industry and the media.

IFA 2017 will take place at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds from 1 – 6 September. In addition, IFA Global Markets, taking place from 3 – 6 September at STATION-Berlin, will enhance the information and exhibitions on offer for professionals and experts.

More at http://b2b.ifa-berlin.com/en/#