Veterans Changing Business Forever, Influential Wearables & More Reading List Highlights

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1. Poverty is Sexist: Why Educating Every Girl is Good for Everyone


Digest: Education

Curators: Aurelio Jimenez Romero, Deborah Chang, Hrvoje Morić, Jennifer Chin, Jessica Falkenthal

“We won’t end extreme poverty without prioritizing education, particularly for girls.”

This policy paper is chock-full of thought-provoking numbers:
– Educating a girl for a day costs less than a loaf of bread.

Examples of edtech:
– The number of children in rural Papua New Guinea who couldn’t read was halved due in part to a program that sends daily text and teaching tips to teachers via SMS.

And recommendations:
– Provide access to separate toilet and washing facilities and access to sanitary products for girls to decrease absences.

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2. Silicon Valley Startup Aims to Disrupt Distribution

By Chris Furnari – BrewBound

Digest: BevTech

Curator: Vincent PÉTRÉ

A new Silicon Valley-based alcohol distribution company is hoping to disrupt the three-tier system by offering small-batch beer, wine and spirits producers a more cost-effective route to market and contracts void of strict franchise provisions. Read More

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3. People in wheelchairs couldn’t see Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirrors.’ The museum found an innovative fix.

By Steven Overly – Washington Post

Digest: Virtual & Augmented Reality

Curators: Ginny Fahs, Lindsay Saunders, Martin Ahe, Kelly Vicars

The “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit marks the first time the Smithsonian has used virtual reality to make an exhibit accessible to those with disabilities. Seeing the exhibit through VR goggles doesn’t quite capture the immersive experience of standing in the actual mirrored rooms, but it has its own infinite charm. Read More

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4. These 12 Remarkable Veterans Changed Business Forever

By Ian Faison – Entrepreneur

Digest: Angel Investor

Curator: Berg Moe

Since World War II, military veterans have continuously innovated and created enduring businesses like no other group in America. Read More

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5. 10 Most Influential Wearable Devices

By The Guardian

Digest: Wearables

Curators: Aashay Mody, Ashish Aggarwal

From the Abacus Ring of the 17th century, to the Exoskeleton in 1965 to Snap’s Spectacles today, here’s a rundown of some of the most iconic wearables developed by humans. Not all wearables are created equal, but this is a great way to see how the technology has evolved over time. Read More

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