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About Melissa Jun Rowley

Melissa Jun Rowley is an award-winning journalist, on-air host, and content strategist with a passion for all things tied to social innovation. She is currently the founder and editor-in-chief of Incentivize, a digital media company focused on the convergence of capitalism and activism. Used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com/.

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Imagine enjoying a tranquil morning by the sea, while you’re sitting in your urban jungle apartment. With guided virtual reality meditation programs, you can. For decades, technology has been viewed as something that distracts people from self-awareness and ultimately, the ability to be present. But as VR begins to penetrate multiple industries, such as travel, […]

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In the digital media landscape, there is oh so much chatter and so little time. That is unless you’re receiving and processing data in real-time like a growing number of brands are getting better at doing, thanks to the advent of the digital command center—an in-house resource that allows companies to track digital conversations, trends […]

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According to the UAV Drones Market report by Type, the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) drones market will be worth $5.59 billion by 2020. Once upon a time, the military was the sole beneficiary of the UAVs that took the place of officers when flight was considered too dangerous. Now fields including disaster relief, air quality, agriculture, film […]

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More than half the world’s population resides in urban areas, and more than 80 percent of global GDP is produced in cities. Thanks to the advent of IoT generated data, cities can predict crimes, prevent traffic accidents, build health solutions informed by real-time information, and create better communication systems between governments and citizens. It’s no wonder the […]

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Israel is home to more startups per capita than any other country, and attracts more venture capital per person than anywhere on the planet. In Q2 of 2016, Tech EU reported that Israel took the number one spot in total funding—$1.1 billion dollars. With a population of only 7.9 million people, it seems unlikely that Israel would grow such […]

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Our supply chains are in drastic need of a makeover from the inside out. According to the British Standard Institute’s 2016 study on supply chain risk, global supply chains have incurred $56 billion in extra costs related to catastrophic events ranging from weather disasters, to power outages, to theft, to a myriad of other issues. […]

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Do you hear what I hear? If you’re anywhere near me and if I’m not wearing headphones connected to a device, then the answer is probably yes. But by harnessing today’s advanced sound technology, new audio systems are bringing laser-focused sound to consumers. This development could lead to the end of headphones among other products. […]

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Today, the world of recruiting is close to going 100 percent digital. Beyond conducting video interviews and accessing data on social profiles, businesses can now use platforms built exclusively to level the playing field and wrangle top-notch talent. Taking LinkedIn and online job applications a few steps further, new sites and software services are expanding […]

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The days of holding cold hard cash in our hands may soon be coming to an end. Paper bills are tangible and reliable. They’re also analog and rapidly becoming antiquated, due to the penetration of IoT enabled devices in the payments industry. Entrepreneurs have been anticipating a societal shift to digital currency and mobile payments […]

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If the benefits of digitizing and automating any business landscape are efficiency and a decrease in the ominous carbon footprint, what better sector to reap this harvest than the energy industry? Industry shaping technologies such as big data, sensors, and machines talking to machines provide oil and gas companies with methods for automating dangerous undertakings […]

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It’s easy to forget that once upon a time books were the world’s original information technology. Before the advent of the Internet, all librarians needed to be knowledgeable about primarily was authors, titles and subject matter. Now that libraries are becoming increasingly digitized and more community-based, they’re calling for modern librarians to add tech and […]

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Holiday shopping is in full effect, and consumers, as well as retailers, are taking advantage of the benefits of the Internet. U.S. online shopping has steadily increased over the years. On Cyber Monday in 2013, eCommerce sales came to $1.74 billion, a rise from $1.47 billion the previous year. In 2014, online consumer spending on Cyber […]

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When you drive a car, do you think about how to drive it? Unless you’ve just received your driver’s permit, odds are driving is an intuitive process for you. Plastic surgeon and entrepreneur, Jean Nehme, wants to help other doctors have the same kind of ease when performing operations. He’s doing this through Touch Surgery, […]

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With football season beginning, athletes and fans are ready for full-throttle action. Amid the excitement, safety concerns over the effects of concussions caused by the high impact sport are rampant. The CDC estimates that 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions happen each year and that five to 10 percent of athletes will experience concussions, while 78 […]

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For people in developing countries, mobile phone ownership can mean the difference between illiteracy and having an education, which can ultimately mean life or death. In sub-Saharan Africa 10 million kids drop out of school every year. However, educational resources available via mobile connectivity are helping people in the developing world overcome obstacles to learning, […]

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