Facebook to open its very first Community Hub space on the continent, in addition to a series of long-term impact training programmes for 50,000 Nigerians
LAGOS, Nigeria, November 22, 2017/ — Today, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) announced a new nationwide initiative in Nigeria (http://APO.af/2y13ue) to further cement its commitment and investment in the country, and across the continent. Incorporating a series of high profile partnerships, training programmes and a physical space that will serve as a center for learning and skills development, this set of initiatives is aimed at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small businesses, the tech and start-up ecosystem, youths and creatives.
“In Nigeria, more than 22 million people use Facebook every month and 87% of SMEs say that when they hire, digital skills are more important than where an applicant went to school. This demonstrates that the power of digital skills to aid economic growth and development has never been more important”, commented Ebele Okobi, Facebook Public Policy Director, Africa. “At Facebook, our mission is clear: To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Our investments and commitments announced in Lagos today further reflect our intent to partner with Nigeria’s policy makers and its vibrant tech and entrepreneurial eco-system to create economic opportunity and independence in Nigeria and across Africa.’’
NG_HUB from Facebook
In partnership with CC Hub, Facebook will be opening the doors to its first community Hub space in the heart of Lagos, scheduled to open early next year. ‘NG_HUB from Facebook’ will be a multi-faceted creative space, which will connect and bring together developers, start-ups and the wider community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas. The NG_HUB will also host a start-up incubator programme, as well as bespoke trainings, guest speakers and a dedicated event space, all aimed at attracting the best talent and driving innovation in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem.
Additionally, across Nigeria, Facebook will be supporting a number of existing tech Hubs to serve the communities outside Lagos. The hubs will function as learning centres for local communities, providing multiple opportunities for training and access.
Commenting on the announcement of NG_HUB in partnership with CC Hub, and Facebook’s further support of local hubs across Nigeria, Emeka Afigbo, Head of Platform Partnerships, Middle East & Africa said “Nigeria is producing a new generation of exciting start-ups that have incredible potential. We understand the important role Facebook plays here in Nigeria with developers and start-ups and are invested in helping these communities build for the next billion. One of our key passions at Facebook is nurturing and helping to develop the tech and start-up community, and I’m excited to announce our partnership with the Nigerian tech hub ecosystem especially the NG_HUB space, here in Lagos.”
Facebook Nigeria Skills Programmes
Facebook is committed to working with Nigerian small businesses, tech entrepreneurs and the next generation of leaders to better understand and utilise the power of digital tools for economic growth. Launching a series of learning-based programmes facilitated by local training partners, these have been designed to provide skills that lead to employment and to support the growth of small businesses. The goal is to train and support over 50,000 students, small businesses and creative entrepreneurs across the country through a series of scaled digital skills trainings, as well as long-term impact programmes. The training programmes will include:
- Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Digital (in partnership with the Fate Foundation) – a four-week intensive programme for entrepreneurs across Nigeria. This will be offered throughout the year in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Ibadan, Kaduna and Enugu
- Jobs for Youth: Coding for Employment – a training programme to develop Nigeria’s next generation of coders – designed to upskill developers and prepare them for employment
- Boost your Business – designed for small, medium sized businesses owners, teaching the fundamentals of digital marketing for business growth, with the goal to help business owners better understand their brand, audience and how to best reach and service them online
- Creative Entrepreneurship Training – specialised training designed specifically for creatives, including photographers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, bloggers and other creative content creators
- Online Safety + Digital Literacy Training in Schools and Universities – featuring a series of online safety and digital literacy courses for secondary school and university students
Ahead of the programme launch, Facebook undertook a detailed ‘Economic Impact Study’ (http://APO.af/rzdya4) to further understand how communities like small businesses and consumers in Nigeria use the platform, and the effectiveness of social media as a growth tool. Nearly 1 in 2 small businesses on Facebook say they built their business on the platform, and 62% stated they have been able to use Facebook to help find employees for their business, whilst over half (58%) of small businesses on the platform say they have been able to hire more employees’ due to growth since joining Facebook.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Facebook.
Idea Engineers – PR agency for Facebook
50 Women Recognized for Their Leadership in Marketing Technology
Austin, TX — (ReleaseWire) — 12/21/2017 –MarTechExec, a rapidly growing online community for marketing technology professionals, has recognized 50 Women You Need to Know in Martech – 2018. The women will be featured in a series of articles that speak to the changing martech workplace, career advice, the biggest challenges ahead and how to increase the presence of women in the industry.
“We didn’t want this list to be comprised of the usual suspects,” Lana K. Moore, CEO and Executive Editor for MarTechExec, explained. “Instead, we wanted to expand our search to identify women who rendered a true passion for marketing and marketing technology — and who exhibited a desire to develop a community of strong, intelligent marketing executives.”
This inaugural distinction hopes to amplify the collective voice of brilliant, deserving women and reinforce support for women, in all workplaces, across all industries around the world.
Beginning in January, the Women in Martech Series will offer resources and programs intended to help anyone, woman or man, succeed in martech.
The series will feature advice, thoughts and opinions from our 50 Women You Need to Know in Martech, including:
Adele Sweetwood, Senior Vice President Global Marketing at SAS
Agata Celmerowski, Vice President Marketing at Klaviyo
Agatha Rymanowska, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Operations at Conversant
Alayne Wilinsky, Senior Product Manager at Zvelo
Aleksandra Injac, Managing Director, Programmatic Buying at Mindshare North America
Amy Fox, Head of Product at Blis
Andrea Lechner-Becker, Chief Strategy Officer at LeadMD, Six Bricks
Angela Wells, Senior Director at Oracle
Anita Brearton, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at CabinetM
Annie Eaton, Chief Executive Officer at Futurus, LLC
Asmita Singh, Vice President, Marketing and Demand Analytics at Travel Leaders Group
Brandi Starr, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Consulting at Tegrita Consulting Group
Brooke Willcox, Director of Digital Business Development at MNI Targeted Media
Cathy McPhillips, VP of Marketing at Content Marketing Institute
Daina Middelton, Chief Executive Officer (Chief Executive Officer) at Ansira
Dasha Moore, Chief Operating Officer at Solodev
Deborah Ermiger, Director, IT Employee Experience at DXC Technology
Emily Kolvitz, Consultant at Bynder
Holly Gage, Marketing Consultant at Rowland Gage
Inbal Lavi, Webpals Group Chief Executive Officer at Webpals
Inecke Snyder-Lourens, Director of Professional Services at Cognifide
Jennifer Kyriakakis, Founder and Vice President of Marketing at MATRIXX
Jennifer Renaud, Global Marketing Lead & Chief Marketing Officer for Oracle Marketing Cloud at Oracle
Jennifer Shambroom, Chief Marketing Officer at YouAppi
Jessica Bicknell, Senior Vice President Business Development at Semcasting
Julie Fleischer, Vice President, Product Marketing, Marketing Solutions at Neustar
Kate O’Loughlin, Chief Operating Officer, North America at SuperAwesome
Kellie Sakey, Vice President of Advertising at Unified
Kelly Jo Sands, Executive Vice President of Marketing Technology and Data Services at Ansira
Kerry Bianchi, President & Chief Executive Officer at Visto
Kim Howard, Marketing Manager at SuiteRetail
Lana K. Moore, Chief Executive Officer and Founder at MarTechExec
Larissa Murillo, Head of Marketing at MarketGoo
Laura Patterson, President at VisionEdge Marketing, Inc.
Leah Pope, Chief Marketing Officer at Datorama
Lisa Henderson, Chief Client Officer, Technology Practice, Epsilon at Epsilon
Lou Donnelly-Davey, Chief Marketing Officer at TracPlus
Maribeth Ross, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Monetate
Mary Ellen Dugan, Chief Marketing Officer at WP Engine
Meg Ryan, Vice President, Marketing Strategy at Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena
Megan Lueders, Vice President of Marketing at Zenoss
Michel Feaster, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Usermind
Michele Eggers, Senior Director, Customer Intelligence Product Management at SAS
Michelle Brammer, Director of Marketing at eZanga
Michelle Kim, Vice President, Marketing at Amplitude
Molly Schweickert, Head of Digital at Cambridge Analytica
Nadjya Ghausi, Vice President of Marketing at Prezi
Seeta Hariharan, General Manager and Group Head at Tata Consultancy Services Digital Software & Solutions Group
Sheryl Schultz, Founder & President, COO at CabinetM
Stacy Taylor, Director of Digital Marketing at Carousel Industries
Stefanie Grieser, Head of Partnerships, Events & Global Markets at Unbounce
Valerie Vallancourt, Vice President of Marketing at Outsell
To see what the Women You Need to Know in Martech have to say, check out 50 Women You Need to Know in Martech: 2018.
Make sure to also subscribe to the series to receive updates on resources and programs to help you succeed in martech.
MarTechExec is an Angie’s-List-meets-Reddit online community where marketing professionals rate and review vendors, upvote member-fueled discussions, and learn about the latest strategies, tools, and tactics from their peers. With over 5,000 solutions in the marketing technology landscape, the mission for this Austin-based, bootstrapped startup is to help marketing executives, and their teams, stay on top of their martech game.
For more information, please visit us at martechexec.com and find us on:
NXP and Baidu Partner on Apollo Open Autonomous Driving Platform
- NXP joins Baidu’s Apollo, a leading open autonomous driving platform
- NXP to provide millimeter wave radar, V2X, security and smart connectivity
- Partners to leverage NXP BlueBox development platform for low-power, high performance and functional safety benefits
SHANGHAI, China, Dec. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI), the world’s largest automotive semiconductor supplier and Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU), the leading Chinese language search provider today announced a cooperation in autonomous driving. Under the terms of the agreement, NXP will join Baidu’s open autonomous driving platform, Apollo, and provide semiconductor products and solutions including millimeter wave radar, V2X, security, smart connectivity and in-vehicle experience technologies.
First announced in April 2017, Apollo is Baidu’s open autonomous driving platform which provides a comprehensive, secure and reliable all-in-one solution supporting all major features and functions of an autonomous vehicle. Baidu refers to Apollo as the Android of the autonomous driving industry, but more open and more powerful, allowing partners to go from zero to one and quickly assemble their own autonomous vehicles and start their product R&D. Apollo has now attracted over 70 global partners.
Details of the collaboration include:
- NXP will provide semiconductor products and solutions for autonomous driving, millimeter wave radar, V2X, security, smart connectivity and in-vehicle experiences
- Companies will leverage the NXP BlueBox development platform’s low energy consumption, high-performance and functional safety benefits
- NXP and Baidu will collaborate on sensor integration and high-performance processors for deep learning networks
- Baidu’s conversational in-car system, DuerOS for Apollo, will incorporate NXP infotainment solutions for faster time to market and enhanced performance
“The automobile industry in China continues to advance at an amazing pace,” noted Kurt Sievers, executive vice president and general manager of NXP’s automotive business. “NXP is proud to collaborate with Baidu on the success of Apollo platform. We believe that NXP and Baidu have incalculable synergies to bring to the new automotive revolution.”
Li Zhenyu, general manager of Baidu’s Intelligent Driving Group, said, “The collaboration with NXP is a significant step toward the application of Baidu’s autonomous driving and connected car technologies. NXP’s entry into the Apollo platform will inject momentum into our intelligent and autonomous vehicle ecosystem, creating benefits for the intelligent vehicle industry in China and the world.”
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 31,000 employees in more than 33 countries and posted revenue of $9.5 billion in 2016. Find out more at www.nxp.com
For more information, please contact:
|NXP China PR||Ogilvy PR China|
|Ming Yue||Sharon Tang|
|Tel: +86-21-2205 2690||Phone: +86-10-85206565|
|Fax: +86-21-2205 2518||Fax: +86-10-85206600|
Europe / U.S.
WhereverTV Latino Launches on Google Chromecast
FORT MYERS, Fla., Dec. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WhereverTV Broadcasting Corp. (OTCQB:TVTV), which delivers Over the Top (OTT) subscription television services to a variety of devices including smartphones, TabletPCs, streaming media players, computers and connected TVs and announced today that WhereverTV Latino, a wholly-owned division of WhereverTV and Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) announced their alliance through Google’s Chromecast Division. WhereverTV Latino launches their OTT platform with Google being our first live-linear streaming partner in Latin America.
Google Chromecast Latin America and WhereverTV Latinos’ new marketing alliance starts on December 21, 2017 with distribution in Mexico and will be offered nationwide through 200 retail stores that include Best Buy, Coppel, Liverpool, Radio Shack & Sears.
“WhereverTV Latino is the future in today’s Latin American television markets. We can offer outstanding entertainment options and provide a variety of content and ground-breaking reality-based programming for WhereverTV Latino subscribers,” says Edward D. Ciofani, CEO WhereverTV. Ciofani continues, “I’m incredibly excited to be launching our OTT platform throughout Latin America with Google Chromecast and this marketing alliance. WhereverTV Latino is proud to have this relationship with an organization that is so unique and forward-thinking.”
Jack Feldman, Director of Latin American Affairs, WhereverTV Latino said, “I am very excited with this alliance between Google Chromecast and WhereverTV Latino. Our goal is to give Google users an enriched viewing experience with the best content available in Latin America as well as the unique opportunity of choosing only the content they want to see.”
Rodrigo Castuera, Director of Strategic Alliances, Google Chromecast division for Latin America, said, “The Alliance between Chromecast and WhereverTV Latino will allow the users to enjoy and experience a variety of content on their TV with their Chromecast devices.”
Ph: (239) 319-2692
About WhereverTV Broadcasting Corporation (Symbol: TVTV)
Founded in 2007, WhereverTV is the next generation subscription television service providing consumers with live-streaming, genre-specific, and in-language viewing choices from around the world, delivered to anywhere in the world, and through any internet enabled device. Programming is identical to existing broadcast and distribution providers with the only differences being that the broadcast signals are accessed through the internet via an over the top (OTT) platform, and channel management is handled by company’s patented Interactive Program Guide (IPG) technology. WhereverTV provides an economically beneficial and completely versatile alternative to traditional cable and satellite services, with the added benefits of personalization and portability. Also known as Internet TV, WhereverTV delivers these same channels, shows and events to SmartTVs and digital media receivers including: GoogleTV, AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Droid Smartphone, and TabletPCs. The WhereverTV platform enables subscribers to access licensed and free-to-air content across these devices with the IPG across unlimited geographies, and wherever there is internet connectivity. The customer viewing experiences are based on customer location (geo-targeting) and content-rights management (subscriptions). Current in-language subscription offerings include Arabic TV, French TV, Italian TV, and Moroccan TV. Current genre specific subscriptions include NEWS channels, faith based channels and more. Apps are presently available for free in App Stores for iOS (Apple), Android and Amazon Fire TV devices. DVR functionality to record your shows and view later is presently in the works. Licensed US TV content subscriptions will be available in 2017. Please visit: www.wherever.tv, for more info.
WhereverTV Latino founded in 2016, a Mexican Register company, is a family entertainment Over the Top (OTT) platform in which you can enjoy live-streaming TV channels wherever you are and on any device. For further information visit: whereverlatino.tv
This news release contains forward-looking statements, which may not be based on historical facts. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results events or developments to be materially different from any future results, events or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors should be considered carefully and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future results, events or developments.
SOURCE WhereverTV Broadcasting Corp.