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Next generation of education calls for a new style of innovation

New Style of IT fuels innovation in education industry

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich demonstrates a baby in a Mimo onesie sleeping peacefully. When a Mimo Turtle is attached to the onesie, coffee cups a few feet away light up with colorful indicators that represent the baby's motion, breathing, pulse rate, temperature etc. Krzanich is delivering the keynote at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, emphasizing the need for partners, such as REST Devices, to build solutions with the latest Intel processor – Edison. This is Intel innovation in play, at the beginning phase of life, for the new generation of innovators that must be groomed through their growing years; transforming into educated adults of the future. Let’s see how the next generation of innovation continues to make the education infrastructure more effective around the globe.

With a vision to arm the students of today with 21st century skills, the government of United Arab Emirates is changing the lives of children through enhanced education and innovation. The Smart Learning program is designed to help shape the future of education by deploying 190,000 student tablets to 123 primary schools across the region. HP helped build multiple datacenters, installed wireless networks and digital classroom equipment at more than 100 schools, and trained 1,350 teachers and more than 12,000 students to use state-of-the-art infrastructure, including new laptops. This solution puts them only a click away from their teachers and another click away from their classmates. The benefits of this infrastructure include; personalization of each student's data, easy assessments of overall class performance, and parental supervision of their child's progress.

Education can be constrained, however, by the availability of essential resources, such as power, in different parts of the world. Take, for example, East Africa, where there is little-to-no access to normal power sources. To circumvent this, HP implemented solutions that did not require massive power sources, introducing solar power, batteries, and a small ProLiant ML server. Aided by 40 virtual machines, a small 48-port switch and 40 Ethernet cables, the infrastructure required no more than 2.5 kW of power, serving as the launch pad for educating the future workforce.

The New Style of IT opens up opportunities to innovate solutions today for application in real life. However, innovation is not a short-term project. Innovation must be sustained in the blood stream of the enterprise; looking forward to the future. So it’s not just about the next generation of innovation, but also laying the path for the next generation of innovators. Towards the end of his keynote, Krzanich brought on stage bright young minds of tomorrow who have already shown their innovating capability today – including a sprightly 13-year-old. HP has successfully implemented infrastructure, which can be effectively leveraged to educate the innovators of tomorrow. Partnerships like those between HP and Intel are vital to innovate on a sustained basis at key intersections, like those at the crossroads of academia and industry.

How about you? What are other steps you would suggest to continuously groom the next generation of innovators? Please let me know.

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