[Marketing] SIIA Innov. Inc Prog: Uploading Your Materials/Submitting Your $50 Application Fee

Caroline Meeks cmeeks at sugarlabs.org
Tue Oct 6 10:15:50 EDT 2009

This is the text Walter wrote for it.

The Sugar Learning Platform promotes collaborative learning through
 Sugar Activities that encourage critical thinking, the heart of a
 quality education. Designed from the ground up especially for
 children, Sugar offers an alternative to traditional “office-desktop”
 software. Grounded in over 30 years of research in technology and
 learning, the Sugar Learning Platform increases the likelihood that
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 computer as a tool of instruction.

Originally developed for the One Laptop per Child  XO-1 netbook,
 Sugar now runs on most computers. Sugar is free and open-source
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 every child with equal opportunity for a quality education. Sugar’s
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 more than forty countries.

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 Sharing: Collaboration is a first-order experience. The interface
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 collaboration. Sugar users dialog with each other, support each other,
 critique each other, and share ideas. (2) Reflecting: A “Journal”
 records each learner's activity. It is a place for reflection and
 assessment of progress. (3) Discovering: Sugar accommodates a wide
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 and language and different levels of experience with computing.

 is easy to approach, yet it does not put an upper bound on personal
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The Sugar software is maintained by a
 community of volunteers working with the non-profit Sugar Labs
 foundation, a member project of the Software Freedom Conservancy.


On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 10:11 AM, Caroline Meeks <cmeeks at sugarlabs.org>wrote:

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Tasiyiwa Mapondera <tmapondera at siia.net>
> Date: Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 6:42 PM
> Subject: SIIA Innov. Inc Prog: Uploading Your Materials/Submitting Your $50
> Application Fee
> To: Tasiyiwa Mapondera <tmapondera at siia.net>
> Cc: Karen Billings <kbillings at siia.net>, Stephanie Fisher <
> sfisher at siia.net>
>  Dear SIIA Innovation Incubator Program Applicant.
> Thank you for being patient as we finalized the virtual innovation showcase
> where you will post the requested materials for our judges. The online
> platform is now ready for use and it is time to move forward with the
> uploading process. Please complete the following two steps to complete your
> application to the program:
> 1. Scroll down to the link and instructions provided below to create your
> user login for the virtual showcase and begin uploading your materials. The
> deadline to upload all materials has been moved to* October 10th*.
> 2. You must submit your $50.00 Innovation Incubator Program Application fee
> by end of day Thursday* October 8th* at *
> https://www.siia.net/events/prereg.asp?eventid=1233*<https://www.siia.net/events/prereg.asp?eventid=1233>to be considered. This fee helps to defray costs associated with processing
> your submission and other related activities.
> I have attached my recent communications for your reference but do contact
> me with questions about completing these steps via email or at the telephone
> number provided below.
> Best,
> *Tasiyiwa Mapondera*
> Education Division Manager, SIIA
> Tel: 202.289.7442 ext. 1335
> Fax: 202.289.7097
>  <<SIIA Innovation Incubator Program Application Process>> <<SIIA
> Innovation Incubator Program: Preparing Files for Upload>>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> The SIIA Incubator Showcase is ready to receive your materials.
> To begin go to:
> *http://home.learningtimes.net/siia?invitation_key=994-124257273B4*<http://home.learningtimes.net/siia?invitation_key=994-124257273B4>
> Next, press the "Join" button to set up your user login. Once you have
> joined, you will be permitted to login and upload your materials.
> If the link provided cannot be clicked, simply cut and paste it into the
> address bar of your browser (include all parts if
> the address is split over multiple lines).
> You will need:
> a. Innovation Name
> b. Company / Entity Name
> c. Primary Contact Name
> d. 500 character (i.e. 80 to 100 words) innovation summary description –as provided in your initial application
> e. Information about the innovation (user, uses, etc)
> f. Graphic/logo
> g. Entity URL
> h. One PowerPoint presentation of no more than 10 slides
> i. One (1) PDF. or Word document – detailed description of no more than
> two pages in length.
> Once you are logged in, click on the link to the Innovation Showcase.
> Select "Add Record" at the top of the page.
> Follow the instructions to build your entry.
> Submit your audio introduction by calling 1-800-609-9006 x8055 and
> recording your message.
> To save your changes click the 'Done' button located at the top and bottom
> of your record editing page.
> SIIA has included a 'test' record as an example listing.
> Should your require technical support, click on "Feedback" in the left
> navigation menu, select "Request technical support" and then "Send
> Feedback". Your inquiry will be answered within 24 hours.
> For non-technical questions related to the uploading process contact
> Tasiyiwa Mapondera at tmapondera at siia.net or 202-789-4467.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Tasiyiwa Mapondera" <tmapondera at SIIA.net>
> To: "Tasiyiwa Mapondera" <tmapondera at SIIA.net>
> Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 18:01:46 -0400
> Subject: SIIA Innovation Incubator Program Application Process
> Thank you for applying to SIIA’s third annual Ed Tech Business Forum
> Innovation Incubator Program. This email serves to confirm that we have
> received your submission and will be in touch with you on Monday with next
> steps, in preparation for the innovation judging process.
> We are finalizing the Virtual Platform on which you will post more detailed
> information about your innovation for our judges to review and decide which
> 10 innovators will be selected to the program. To provide some sense of what
> to expect, the following is a general overview of the process (with*tentative
> *** dates), now through the selection of our 10 finalists and two
> alternates:
>    1)      Monday, September 28: Applicants Receive Detailed Instructions
>    for Uploading Selected Documents to the Virtual Innovation Showcase for SIIA
>    Judging. Uploading Period Opens.
>    2)      October 6th: Uploading Period Closes.
>    3)  October 8th: SIIA Judging Process Begins.
>    4)      October 21: Judging Process Ends.
>    5)      October 28: 10 Innovation Incubator Program Finalists and Two
>    Alternates are Notified. Finalists Selected to the Program Must:
> ·       Confirm their intention to participate and register for the Forum
>    1.      Post Additional Information to the Virtual Innovation Showcase
>          Which Will be Opened to Conference Attendees and the Public.
>          2.      Receive a Mentor to Provide Guidance and Make Business
>          Introductions During the Forum
>          3.      Sign-Up for One-to-One Business Connections Meetings
>          4.      Prepare for the In-Person Presentation and  Reception
>          Showcase at the Forum
>    6)      All Approved Applicants Receive a Discount Code for Attendance
>    to the Forum.
> I will be your primary contact for any questions related to the Innovation
> Incubator Program so please reach out to me at any time at the number below.
> Until Monday!
> *Tasiyiwa Mapondera*
> Education Division Manager
> Software & Information Industry Association
> 1090 Vermont Avenue NW, Sixth Floor
> Washington, DC 20005
> Tel: 202.289.7442 ext. 1335
> Fax: 202.289.7097
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> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Tasiyiwa Mapondera" <tmapondera at SIIA.net>
> To: "Tasiyiwa Mapondera" <tmapondera at SIIA.net>
> Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 22:49:42 -0400
> Subject: SIIA Innovation Incubator Program: Preparing Files for Upload
> Dear Innovation Incubator Applicant:
> As summarized in my previous note, you will soon be directed to upload the
> following items to our virtual innovation showcase to offer judges a
> comprehensive understanding of your innovation during the selection process.
> While we work to finalize the virtual platform, please take the next three
> days to prepare these items according to the specifications provided:
> 1. Image/Graphic – e.g. logo (if available) – Please ensure that it is
> high-resolution of at least 300dpi (350dpi preferred), color graphic file in
> .EPS format
> 2. A one-minute voice recording  (you will be provided with call-in
> instructions to complete the recording process – please prepare a script for
> a one-minute oral description of your innovation).
> 3.One PowerPoint presentation of no more than 10 slides describing your
> innovation. (You may include full color graphics and text, however, you may
> not embed video or audio files).
> 4. One (1) PDF. or Word document offering a detailed description of your
> innovation, no more than two pages in length.
> We anticipate that the upload process will be swift and easy once you have
> created and finalized your files - allowing us to meet our October 6th
> target completion date.
> Note that the Innovation Incubator Virtual Showcase will have two levels:
> 1.) A landing page listing all applicants, alpha by entity name – to
> include:
> a.      Innovation Name (linked to your entity page)
> b.     Company/ Entity Name
> 2.)  A detail page for each innovator. It will to include
> a. Innovation Name
> b. Company / Entity Name
> c. Primary Contact Name
> d. 500 character innovation summary description – as provided in your
> initial application
> e. Information about the innovation (user, uses, etc)
> f. Graphic/photo – e.g. for logo
> g. Entity URL
> h. One (1) one-minute voice recording
> i. One PowerPoint presentation of no more than 10 slides
> j. One (1) PDF. or Word document – detailed description of no more than two
> pages in length.
> Please contact me if you have any questions about the preparation of the
> documents listed above.
> All the best,
> Tasiyiwa Mapondera
> Education Division Manager, SIIA
> +202.789.4467
> tmapondera at siia.net
> --
> Caroline Meeks
> Solution Grove
> Caroline at SolutionGrove.com
> 617-500-3488 - Office
> 505-213-3268 - Fax

Caroline Meeks
Solution Grove
Caroline at SolutionGrove.com

617-500-3488 - Office
505-213-3268 - Fax
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