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Friends of Haiti Documentary

Doing Good Feels Good! NetApp, like many corporations, affords its employees an opportunity to take paid time off to volunteer their services in a charity of their choosing. It’s a great way to do good and, in turn, feel good about making a difference in the world. Recently, I had the pleasure of working with one of their employees on a very moving video project. Dave Botterill, Account Manager in NetApp’s Calgary office, is the founder of Friends of Haiti - Canada, which delivers everything from laptops and cell phones to soccer uniforms and medicine to the impoverished country. It was a 10-day endeavor that took me from Calgary, where I captured Dave packing up 28 bags of equipment that was donated by generous community members, to Jacmel, Haiti, which was devastated during the 2010 earthquake, leaving nearly 70 percent of the homes damaged, mostly in the poorer neighborhoods.   This is a story that practically tells itself. A caring human being looks to make a difference in the world, to help those less fortunate, and, in the process, is rewarded with a sense of purpose along with newfound relationships that have enhanced his already blessed life. The keyword here is “practically.” Telling a good story is more than just showing up with a camera and hitting the record button. It takes years of experience to know how to put together a narrative that could easily spill over into the maudlin category and keep it focused on its simple message—we all [...]

PAMF linkAges Soup

  linkAgesTM creates a social support network for all ages and across generations using the resources already in place in communities to improve the health and well-being of older adults and family caregivers. linkAges overcomes social isolation and loneliness by rebuilding community connections, which has a direct impact on quality of life for older adults and their families.   linkAges TimeBank is a neighborhood service-exchange network that matches you with the unique skills, talents, and needs of those who live nearby. Members contribute services in exchange for hours and use those hours to receive services in return. linkAges TimeBank members develop meaningful social connections through giving and receiving help, learning new skills and sharing hobbies and interests.   linkAges Connect uses signals in the home, such as patterns of utility usage, to provide family caregivers with updates on the wellbeing of older family members. Since variations in established routines of seniors are often an indicator of shifts in health, this can be an easy way to detect potential threats to the well-being of loved ones.   linkAges List linkAges List™ is a compilation of resources and services that are specifically of value to seniors and family caregivers. The list provides personalized recommendations for specific categories based on interests identified by the user.   The linkAges Profile captures the needs and interests of the user to enhance their well-being and personalize their interaction with linkAges. Information from the Profile can be voluntarily linked to health records to enhance a patient’s experience.

PAMF LinkAges Numbers

Give & receive help. Learn new skills. Share hobbies & interests. linkAges creates a social support network for all ages and across generations using the resources already in place in communities to improve the health and well-being of older adults and family caregivers. linkAges overcomes social isolation and loneliness by rebuilding community connections, which has a direct impact on quality of life for older adults and their families. linkAges TimeBank is a neighborhood service-exchange network that matches you with the unique skills, talents, and needs of those who live nearby. Members contribute services in exchange for hours and use those hours to receive services in return. linkAges TimeBank members develop meaningful social connections through giving and receiving help, learning new skills and sharing hobbies and interests. See how it works here.

WAVES Kickstarter Video

Introducing WAVES.  The modern day lava lamp Waves visualizes music streams, makes light and sound shows from your social life everyday, shares your fun with friends and family, and brings calm to your life with guided hypnosis with light. Waves naturally float on the walls of your home. Sit perfectly on your desk.   What would you build with a technology small enough to strap to your wrist and powerful enough to help you find meaning in your life? Votsh makes commercial and open-source technology. It is a well designed kit of software and hardware that anyone can use to express themselves, present a gift to another, and share the truths of living to their community. A community of designers, engineers, fanatics, and business people is forming in support of Votsh. This site is a meeting place. We hope you will participate by following the activity on this site. Even though this project is about making Votsh products for sale, the underlying spirit is to build machines that illuminate meaning in your life. Your Votsh becomes much more than a collection of lights and sounds. It becomes instructive of where you have been and where you are going. WAVES Image Gallery WAVES Production Time Lapse

SmartyPans Kickstarter Video

What Makes It Smart? SmartyPans is a smart cooking pan that monitors weight of ingredients, temperature and humidity and transfers it to a smartphone app in real time. The app uses this information to give you tailored step-by-step cooking instructions based on your cooking environment. The motivation behind SmartyPans was to reduce guesswork from cooking and make recipe apps more intuitive. We did this by putting 3 sensors on the pan that act as user input for the recipe apps, helping them make smarter decisions!   How Does It Work? You start by selecting a recipe (yes, the app comes with 1000s of recipes!). Once, you do, SmartyPans will break it into instructions and display only one instruction at a time. You can start adding your ingredients directly in the pan. As you do, a progressbar on the app will tell you if the ingredients added are enough and notify you, when you hit the mark. During this time, the app continuously monitors the heat and adjusts the cooking time, based on your cooking env! Don't need cooking instructions? SmartyPans operates in a metric mode as well! In this mode, the app will only display temperature, weight and humidity readings in real time. You're in charge the whole time and you can switch between modes with just a swipe! SmartyPans Photo Gallery