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Who Says Kids Don’t Get Science?

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We all talk about how schools are failing our kids when it comes to science and technology. Yet here are ten kids who prove us wrong. In a partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corporation and CE Week NY, the ten New York City students highlighted here won the first 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch award. Their winning projects include everything from robots to apps, from security devices to microtubes, and cover areas as diverse as home automation, health, special needs and social networking. Judges included some of the most active educators and innovators in New York City.

“Cultivating an environment that encourages young innovators is vital to the creation of a diverse and equitable urban economy and tech ecosystem,” says NYCEDC Executive Vice President Eric Gertler.
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Diamonds Are Forever, Technology A Few Minutes — Can They Get Along?

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Jewelry has been around since the birth of civilization. Technology, not so long. But a few prescient jewelry manufacturers like Dennis Ulrich, CEO of Richline, are hell-bent on melding the two. Ulrich told me that he was inspired to start exploring the possibilities of high-tech jewelry after seeing the glut of ugly plastic fitness bands on the market.
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Crowdfunding: It’s Not Just for StartUps Anymore

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Has anyone noticed that crowdfunding is not just about a bunch of young aspirationals looking for cash? What started out as a way to democratize innovation and access to capital, is now a sweet way for well-established companies to play at being a “startup.”

Why would you want to play at being a startup when you’re not? “There are so many good reasons,” said Bruce Bornstein, President and CEO of Aftershokz, makers of well regarded open-­ear bone conduction headsets. “Expand our visibility, get consumer feedback in product development, raise money without dilution, offer a pre­sale of new product, the list goes on.”
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Turn RadioShack into MakerShack

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RadioShack is a 94-year-old electronics chain that once spawned a generation of tinkerers and do-it-yourselfers. These proto-geeks knew they could travel a few miles to find a treasure trove of electronics parts and tools that they could fashion into their own creations.

Now that RadioShack has been rescued from bankruptcy by Standard General, a hedge fund, the plan calls for it to operate as a sort of high-tech 7-Eleven, selling chargers, batteries and other immediate gratification gizmos in a much smaller number of stores. Sprint will be a part of the store’s offering.
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