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Resource Spotlight: Academic Video Online

Looking for streaming video?  Academic Video Online,  a recent addition to SU Libraries’ collections, offers over 63,000  streaming videos from  1889-2017 in a wide range of disciplines and subject areas, including  art and design, business, education, fashion, health sciences, history, politics as well as other  humanities, social sciences, and sciences areas.  Some videos are short and some full-length; genres include documentaries, news stories, television programs, interviews, animations, archival footage, instructional resources, and more.  Content is from a number of providers, including the BBC, Bloomberg, Microtraining, PBS, and Universal Pictures, to name a few.

Academic Video Online includes transcripts and options for creating clips and playlists.

This resource is one of several Alexander Street Press products to which SU libraries subscribes. Additional information, and tutorials, are available on the Alexander Street Press Academic Video Online (AVON) guide and the Alexander Street Press product site.

SU Libraries continues to develop video collections, and we welcome feedback regarding video content that will be useful to SU researchers.  Please send suggestions for the collection and comments to Tasha Cooper, Collection Development and Analysis Librarian, Syracuse University Libraries.

Review:

Griffin, D. (2014). Alexander Street Press: Academic video databases. Information Today, 31, 28. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1535262982?accountid=14214.

Syracuse University Hult Prize winners announced

Student startups Farm to Flame Energy and Drop Top won first and second place respectively in the Syracuse campus qualifier for the prestigious Hult Prize, hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Bird Library this week. Farm to Flame will now advance to one of 15 regional finals in March 2018, and first alternate, Drop Top, will move on to an open national competition, with another opportunity for a spot at the regionals.

A winning team from each of the 15 regional finals will be selected to participate in an eight-week summer residency at the Hult Castle accelerator in the United Kingdom, and a chance to pitch at the United Nations in September 2018, with the winning team receiving the $1,000,000 grand prize.

Farm to Flame Energy was founded by William Lee Mendes McKnight ’18, Arts and Sciences.  The venture partners with entrepreneurially-minded community members in developing countries to collaboratively design and develop micro-grid solutions, leveraging locally grown crops, to harness the power of energy and build more sustainable rural economies.

Farm to Flame Energy’s patented, smokeless, odorless, efficient bio-mass combustion system can be used for micro-grids and integrated with a cloud-based sensor system and data analysis for real-time monitoring. The team proposed a franchise model to achieve scalability, empowering community entrepreneurs and farmers in developing countries to become business partners. The model includes a strong agricultural education component, teaching local farmers how to plant high yield energy crops that are best suited for their climate and soils, which can be used as local biomass sources.

The model created by Farm to Flame Energy has the power to address Hult’s goal of impacting 10 million people by the year 2025, since it is estimated that 960 million people live in energy poverty in rural areas around the globe. “I am thrilled that our venture is gaining recognition, so that we can start bringing electricity to those who need it,” said McKnight, who is majoring in history and minoring in chemistry.  He is the son of Lee McKnight, associate professor in the iSchool.

Farm to Flame Energy team members include Kwaku Jyamfi ’18, a chemical engineering major in Engineering and Computer Science, and Sayje Lasenberry ’19, who is majoring in sustainable energy management at SUNY ESF.

Second place winner is Drop Top, with a concept to conserve water and enhance drip irrigation using REVLAR, a waterproof, tear-proof, durable, and impervious paper-thin material specifically designed to withstand high/low temperature fluctuations.  Drop Top’s ingenious design, made entirely of REVLAR, increases agricultural output while conserving water.  The venture also utilizes a franchise model to create scalability and help local farmers become entrepreneurs through education and empowerment.

Drop Top team members include Jason Kuperberg ’18, a biotechnology major in Arts and Sciences,  Serena DeSeta ’18, a dual major in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises and advertising and business communication in Whitman, and Matthew Goodman ’19, a design major in Visual and Performing Arts (VPA).

Hult Prize Syracuse campus judges included:  Alejandro S Amezcua, Assistant Professor, Whitman School of Management; Karen Livingston, energy entrepreneur and senior business advisor, New York State Small Business Development Center; Joshua Aviv, founder, SparkCharge, and entrepreneur in residence, Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship; David Eihlers, innovation consultant, and former co-founder of Blue Highway, as well as adjunct faculty, MBA@SU; and Amanda Chou ’18, founding member and chief marketing officer of Thrive Projects. Thrive Projects was last year’s Syracuse campus Hult Prize winner, and went on to the regionals in Boston.

Ten teams pitched in the campus qualifier, receiving consistently high scores from the judges in a very tight competition.  The other eight teams included:  ComEnergy, led by Tyler Vartabedian (Engineering and Computer Science); Flow, led by Michael McCormack (Whitman); Flux, led by Nate Banks (Architecture); GiraTech, led by Teodoro DeLellis (Engineering and Computer Science); Inspire, led by Kayla Simon (Engineering and Computer Science) and Kutokea, led by Aaron Mwewa (Maxwell).

The Hult Prize, known as “The Nobel Prize for student startups,” seeks out game-changing student social enterprises that compete to solve the world’s toughest challenges.  This year’s theme, “Harnessing the Power of Energy,” issued a challenge to conceive a scalable solution to transform the lives of 10 million people by 2025.  Swedish billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Bertil Hult established the competition in 2009. The Hult family donates $1,000,000 in seed capital annually to the winning social enterprise. Rutgers Business School students won last year’s grand prize for their solar-powered rickshaw, Roshni Rides, to reduce energy and encourage sustainable transportation in developing countries with large refugee populations.

Learn more at:  http://www.hultprize.org/

 

“Film Tasting” celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of SU creatives

Celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Syracuse University student filmmakers at a “Film Tasting” event to sample some of this season’s best student films and animations – from shorts to featurettes. The pop-up student film and animation showcase will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13 in Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building, and will feature works by VPA Transmedia students, with help from Newhouse and other program areas.

This fun “food and flicks” event is a stress break from finals, and is also an opportunity to sample work by innovative transmedia students who are on the path to becoming professional filmmakers and entrepreneurs.  Films selected for the screening are the work of advanced film and animation students who raised funds, assembled production crews, put out casting calls, and hired professional actors, managed all aspects of production and post-production, and created professional quality final products worthy of film festival submissions. Admission is free, but RSVPs are requested to launchpad@syr.edu

The “Film Tasting” is being produced by Broad Brothers, a Blackstone LaunchPad student venture. Broad Brothers Productions was founded by twin brothers, Aja and Kaelan Selbach-Broad, who are juniors in the VPA film program.  Broad Brothers launched at Syracuse University as a student venture, and also produced the recent Blackstone LaunchPad promo film.

Broad Brothers was recently profiled in Study Break for their filmmaking, including client corporate videos, concerts and festivals, music videos, and shorts.  They have shot such artists as The Chainsmokers and Marshmello.  Their work has been featured in a number of film events, and they intend to fully launch their production company upon graduation.

Blackstone LaunchPad hosts Syracuse qualifier for the Hult Prize competition, “The Nobel Prize” for student startups

The Blackstone LaunchPad at Bird Library will host a December 11 campus qualifier for the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for the creation of new social businesses. Known as “The Nobel Prize for student startups,” the Hult Prize awards $1,000,000 in start-up funding to the team of students that develops the most innovative idea to solve one of the world’s toughest challenges.

In partnership with the United Nations, the Hult Prize hosts campus events around the world in search of the next game-changing start-up. The Hult Prize focuses on one grand challenge, inviting applicants to respond to that theme. This year’s challenge is “Harnessing the Power of Energy.”

The registration deadline for the December 11 qualifier, open to Syracuse University and SUNY ESF students, is December 4. The winner of the campus competition will advance to compete in 15 regional finals in March 2018.  One winning team from each host city will then move into an eight-week summer residency at the Hult Castle accelerator in the United Kingdom, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business.  A final round of competition will be hosted in September 2018 at the United Nations, where the winning team will be awarded the $1,000,000 prize.

Read more about the Syracuse competition and apply on-line here by December 4 »

Applicant teams will pitch their ideas on Monday, December 11 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Bird Library. They will be judged by a panel of distinguished civic entrepreneurs on their innovative approach to building a scalable, sustainable social enterprise that harnesses the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people by 2025. This year’s challenge includes six core areas ripe for transformation through energy-powered innovation, including:

  • Connectivity
  • Mobility
  • Farming, food, and agriculture
  • Water collection, storage, and transport
  • Health and the human experience
  • Education

“Energy is the lifeline of humanity. When you harness the power of energy creatively, you can change the world,” notes the Hult Prize committee. “The world has enough latent capacity for energy-powered innovation to shift the trajectory of global development. This year’s six dimensions of energy affect all of humanity.”

“Solving the world’s most pressing challenges is not just the right thing to do, it is also good business,” said Ahmad Ashkar, CEO of Hult Prize, who conceived of the competition in 2009 as an enterprising MBA student at the Hult International Business School. Ashkar’s idea — to leverage the crowd to generate startup ideas from young people that will sustainably solve the world’s most critical social challenges, has grown the Hult Prize into the world’s biggest engine for the launch of for-good, for-profit student startups.

Funded by Bertil Hult, a Swedish billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, the Hult family donates $1,000,000 in seed capital to help the winning team launch its social enterprise. The Hult Prize Foundation has been featured in a TIME Magazine Cover Story highlighting the “Top 5 Ideas Changing the World.”

This year’s challenge, coordinated by Kennedy Patlan, Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar, is described in greater detail here. Applicants are strongly advised to download and read the complete challenge package to understand the parameters of the competition.

To sign-up for more information about the Hult campus competition and other upcoming opportunities, please e-mail LaunchPad@syr.edu. To learn more about the Hult Foundation and the Hult Prize Competition, visit www.hultprize.org.