Connect with us

Top Stories

THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP OF UNIVERSITIES AND MAJOR SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES THE THIRD MORPHEUS CUP ON 28 APRIL 2017.

Published

on

THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP OF UNIVERSITIES AND MAJOR SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES THE THIRD MORPHEUS CUP ON 28 APRIL 2017

Already adopted by hundreds of campuses from 20 different countries in 2015 and 2016, the event is now Europe’s largest competition for talent, projects, ideas and startups int went y disciplines.

Supported from its launch by the European Commission, the Morpheus Cup offers two great opportunities for European students to compete remotely and/or on-site.

Morpheus Prize: 500 ideas, projects and startups competing

Students invited to submit a summary in one of 20 Morpheus Prize categories, such as FinTechArtifical Intelligence,Healthcare,Retail,Coding,Design,Space,Telecom,Mobility and many others.

What is on offer is the Morpheus Prize for best student project by category, but a place in the final to pitch to world-class jury and the winners in other categories.

An endowment of 25,000 euros in cash,connections with employers and investors as well as equipment are up for grabs.The Morpheus Prize is extremely easy to take part in: simply register individually or in teams and submit the draft electronically on the website morpheuscup.com before 1 March 2017.

Morpheus Cup: a day of disruptive challenges and experiences

Welcomed and challenged by the most innovative companies in Europe, students from universities or colleges wanting to combine for the Cup must this time for ma team of 2 to 3 competitors, and be present on-site, in the House of Knowledge (Luxembourg) on 28 April.

In the morning, all students without distinction will gather for generic tests in the round: culture, creativity and speed. Bonuses, fun and experiential events are offered on stands or in the lecture hall by local and international brands. WarnerBros, MarsOne,ING,Deloitte,FCBarcelona and Vogue, for example,have taken part in the competitions in 2015 and 2016.

In the afternoon, students are grouped by area of expertise and choose a specific course: Business Games,Coding Games,Architecture Games,Marketing Games,Finance Games,Engineering Game set caccording to their choice.

Specific prizes are available for the best”performers”on each course,kept secret right up to D-Day.

Warsaw School of Economics best in show in 2015, HEC in 2016, who in 2017?

In 2016, it was the Home life team from HEC Paris that won the favour of a jury composed of international personalities such as Jelena Djokovic (Novak Djokovic Foundation), Chanda Gonzales (Google Lunar XPrize), Olivier Schaack (Canal+)… and brought the trophy to France.

Two events that showcase the MBA, but in which students from other courses could go home with special awards, those for Best Performers in each category (Engineering,Fintech,Design..) in the afternoon, and end upon the podium.

Will 2017 be the year of coders, designers or engineers? Which countries or campuses will dominate the rankings for the third year of the prize?One thing is certain; the enthusiasm felt today is greater than the 750 places available: it is recommended to register as soon as possible.

A unique competition in the world, involving European students as well as employers, personalities individuals and leading investors, the Morpheus Cup will once again be an unforgettable experience for young talents and companies resolutely oriented to the future.

How to submit a project, an idea or a start-up?

Participation is simple and free and involves no other effort than submitting an application online through the website in the section RegistrationfortheMorpheusPrize

How to get in to teams to compete for the Cup?

Make sure that you are at least two from the same campus, and enter your details in an online folder on the website in the section RegistrationfortheMorpheusCup

How to take part for campuses?

The directors of the campus or faculty can contact us to encourage their students and get them involved-for the project support as well as the competition. In some cases, it could be integrated in the marking system. Contact for this: [email protected]

How to take part for employers?

There are three options for employers. On the one hand,book or create a project category for Morpheus Prize,organise the jury and provide the specific price, thus encouraging innovation to bond with the most entrepreneurial and imaginative talents in the industry. On the other hand, it is possible within Morpheus to create a generic(morning) or specific(coding,design,FinTech…) afternoon event. A final option is to offer an experiential booth towel come and challenge potential candidates for an internship or a job. Here too,our team is at your disposal.

Top Stories

Australia says no further Facebook, Google amendments as final vote nears

Published

on

Australia says no further Facebook, Google amendments as final vote nears 1

By Colin Packham

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia will not alter legislation that would make Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google pay news outlets for content, a senior lawmaker said on Monday, as Canberra neared a final vote on whether to pass the bill into law.

Australia and the tech giants have been in a stand-off over the legislation widely seen as setting a global precedent.

Other countries including Canada and Britain have already expressed interest in taking some sort of similar action.

Facebook has protested the laws. Last week it blocked all news content and several state government and emergency department accounts, in a jolt to the global news industry, which has already seen its business model upended by the titans of the technological revolution.

Talks between Australia and Facebook over the weekend yielded no breakthrough.

As Australia’s senate began debating the legislation, the country’s most senior lawmaker in the upper house said there would be no further amendments.

“The bill as it stands … meets the right balance,” Simon Birmingham, Australia’s Minister for Finance, told Australian Broadcasting Corp Radio.

The bill in its present form ensures “Australian-generated news content by Australian-generated news organisations can and should be paid for and done so in a fair and legitimate way”.

The laws would give the government the right to appoint an arbitrator to set content licencing fees if private negotiations fail.

While both Google and Facebook have campaigned against the laws, Google last week inked deals with top Australian outlets, including a global deal with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

“There’s no reason Facebook can’t do and achieve what Google already has,” Birmingham added.

A Facebook representative declined to comment on Monday on the legislation, which passed the lower house last week and has majority support in the Senate.

A final vote after the so-called third reading of the bill is expected on Tuesday.

Lobby group DIGI, which represents Facebook, Google and other online platforms like Twitter Inc, meanwhile said on Monday that its members had agreed to adopt an industry-wide code of practice to reduce the spread of misinformation online.

Under the voluntary code, they commit to identifying and stopping unidentified accounts, or “bots”, disseminating content; informing users of the origins of content; and publishing an annual transparency report, among other measures.

(Reporting by Byron Kaye and Colin Packham; Editing by Sam Holmes and Hugh Lawson)

Continue Reading

Top Stories

GSK and Sanofi start with new COVID-19 vaccine study after setback

Published

on

GSK and Sanofi start with new COVID-19 vaccine study after setback 2

By Pushkala Aripaka and Matthias Blamont

(Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi on Monday said they had started a new clinical trial of their protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate, reviving their efforts against the pandemic after a setback in December delayed the shot’s launch.

The British and French drugmakers aim to reach final testing in the second quarter, and if the results are conclusive, hope to see the vaccine approved by the fourth quarter after having initially targeted the first half of this year.

In December, the two groups stunned investors when they said their vaccine would be delayed towards the end of 2021 after clinical trials showed an insufficient immune response in older people.

Disappointing results were probably caused by an inadequate concentration of the antigen used in the vaccine, Sanofi and GSK said, adding that Sanofi has also started work against new coronavirus variants to help plan their next steps.

Global coronavirus infections have exceeded 110 million as highly transmissible variants of the virus are prompting vaccine developers and governments to tweak their testing and immunisation strategies.

GSK and Sanofi’s vaccine candidate uses the same recombinant protein-based technology as one of Sanofi’s seasonal influenza vaccines. It will be coupled with an adjuvant, a substance that acts as a booster to the shot, made by GSK.

“Over the past few weeks, our teams have worked to refine the antigen formulation of our recombinant-protein vaccine,” Thomas Triomphe, executive vice president and head of Sanofi Pasteur, said in a statement.

The new mid-stage trial will evaluate the safety, tolerability and immune response of the vaccine in 720 healthy adults across the United States, Honduras and Panama and test two injections given 21 days apart.

Sanofi and GSK have secured deals to supply their vaccine to the European Union, Britain, Canada and the United States. It also plans to provide shots to the World Health Organization’s COVAX programme.

To appease critics after the delay, Sanofi said earlier this year it had agreed to fill and pack millions of doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine from July.

Sanofi is also working with Translate Bio on another COVID-19 vaccine candidate based on mRNA technology.

(Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru and Matthias Blamont in Paris; editing by Jason Neely and Barbara Lewis)

Continue Reading

Top Stories

Don’t ignore “lockdown fatigue”, UK watchdog tells finance bosses

Published

on

Don't ignore "lockdown fatigue", UK watchdog tells finance bosses 3

By Huw Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – Staff at financial firms in Britain are suffering from “lockdown fatigue” and their bosses are not always making sure all employees can speak up freely about their problems, the Financial Conduct Authority said on Monday.

Many staff at financial companies have been working from home since Britain went into its first lockdown in March last year to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

One year on, the challenges have evolved from adapting to working remotely to dealing with mental health issues, said David Blunt, the FCA’s head of conduct specialists.

“During this third lockdown, there has been a greater impact on mental well-being, with many people struggling with job security, caring responsibilities, home schooling, bereavements and lockdown fatigue.”

Bosses should continually revisit how they lead remote teams, he said.

“The impact of COVID-19 is creating a huge workload for those considered to be high performers, while the remote environment potentially makes it much more challenging for those who were previously considered low performers to change that perception,” Blunt told a City & Financial online event.

Companies should consider “psychological safety” or ensuring that all employees feel confident about speaking out and challenging opinions.

“We’ve heard varying reports of how successful this has been,” Blunt said.

Pressures in the financial sector were highlighted this month when accountants KPMG said its UK chairman Bill Michael had stepped aside during a probe into comments he made to staff.

The Financial Times said Michael, who later apologised for his comments, had told staff to “stop moaning” about the impact of the pandemic on their work lives.

Blunt was speaking as the FCA next month completes the full rollout of rules that force senior managers at financial firms to be personally accountable for their decisions to improve conduct standards.

There have only been a “modest” number of breaches reported to regulators so far as firms worry about being “tainted” but more cases will become public as sanctions are revealed, Blunt said.

“Regulators won’t be impressed by lowballing the figures.”

(Reporting by Huw Jones; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

Continue Reading
Editorial & Advertiser disclosureOur website provides you with information, news, press releases, Opinion and advertorials on various financial products and services. This is not to be considered as financial advice and should be considered only for information purposes. We cannot guarantee the accuracy or applicability of any information provided with respect to your individual or personal circumstances. Please seek Professional advice from a qualified professional before making any financial decisions. We link to various third party websites, affiliate sales networks, and may link to our advertising partners websites. Though we are tied up with various advertising and affiliate networks, this does not affect our analysis or opinion. When you view or click on certain links available on our articles, our partners may compensate us for displaying the content to you, or make a purchase or fill a form. This will not incur any additional charges to you. To make things simpler for you to identity or distinguish sponsored articles or links, you may consider all articles or links hosted on our site as a partner endorsed link.

Call For Entries

Global Banking and Finance Review Awards Nominations 2021
2021 Awards now open. Click Here to Nominate

Latest Articles

Retailers need to deliver better rewards to ensure customer loyalty 4 Retailers need to deliver better rewards to ensure customer loyalty 5
Business1 hour ago

Retailers need to deliver better rewards to ensure customer loyalty

62% feel retailers need to improve the ways they reward consumers for shopping with them 55% believe that loyalty programmes...

Australia says no further Facebook, Google amendments as final vote nears 6 Australia says no further Facebook, Google amendments as final vote nears 7
Top Stories7 hours ago

Australia says no further Facebook, Google amendments as final vote nears

By Colin Packham CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia will not alter legislation that would make Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google pay...

GSK and Sanofi start with new COVID-19 vaccine study after setback 8 GSK and Sanofi start with new COVID-19 vaccine study after setback 9
Top Stories7 hours ago

GSK and Sanofi start with new COVID-19 vaccine study after setback

By Pushkala Aripaka and Matthias Blamont (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi on Monday said they had started a new clinical...

Optimising and Securing Device Management in a Corporate Environment 10 Optimising and Securing Device Management in a Corporate Environment 11
Technology7 hours ago

Optimising and Securing Device Management in a Corporate Environment

By Nadav Avni, Marketing Director at Radix Technologies The proliferation of digital devices used in every organisation has only grown...

Don't ignore "lockdown fatigue", UK watchdog tells finance bosses 12 Don't ignore "lockdown fatigue", UK watchdog tells finance bosses 13
Top Stories7 hours ago

Don’t ignore “lockdown fatigue”, UK watchdog tells finance bosses

By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) – Staff at financial firms in Britain are suffering from “lockdown fatigue” and their bosses...

The pandemic has changed consumer behaviour and retailers need to adapt 14 The pandemic has changed consumer behaviour and retailers need to adapt 15
Business7 hours ago

The pandemic has changed consumer behaviour and retailers need to adapt

By Mary Keane-Dawson, Group CEO of TAKUMI It’s no secret that the retail industry has been badly hit by the pandemic,...

2021: A year of digital enablement 16 2021: A year of digital enablement 17
Technology7 hours ago

2021: A year of digital enablement

By Peter O’Halloran, Vice President, Global Digital Commerce, Fiserv In 2021, digital innovation will continue to accelerate, allowing businesses to...

5 Trends Driving the Future of Customer Service in 2021 and Beyond 18 5 Trends Driving the Future of Customer Service in 2021 and Beyond 19
Business8 hours ago

5 Trends Driving the Future of Customer Service in 2021 and Beyond

By Matt McConnell, CEO of Intradiem 2020 ignited radical shifts for contact centre operations with the move to a remote...

World shares sink as bond yields, commodities surge 20 World shares sink as bond yields, commodities surge 21
Trading8 hours ago

World shares sink as bond yields, commodities surge

By Ritvik Carvalho LONDON (Reuters) – World shares sank on Monday as expectations for faster economic growth and inflation battered...

UK regulators need global 'competitiveness' remit, says UK Finance body 22 UK regulators need global 'competitiveness' remit, says UK Finance body 23
Top Stories8 hours ago

UK regulators need global ‘competitiveness’ remit, says UK Finance body

By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) – Keeping the City of London competitive should be an “across the board” objective for...

Newsletters with Secrets & Analysis. Subscribe Now