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Devin D. Thorpe

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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Teen Feeds Families, Unites Community

This is a guest post from Tiana Ramos, 17 year old owner and visionary with a plan to change the lives of others, one donut at a time.

Tiana Ramos

Tiana Ramos

Would like to invite you to participate in an upcoming event dedicated to feeding the hunger in our community. The “DAY OF UNITY” Food Giveaway celebrates the citizens and businesses of Front Royal Virginia in joining forces and using our collective energy in an effort to feed the hungry in our community. Recently making national news , Front Royal, also being called “The Footloose Town” has been in a spotlight of both criticism and support regarding individual belief systems.

Tiana Ramos in particular is leading this campaign after receiving a landslide of national coverage after opening her flagship location in her donut chain and receiving scrutiny from her home town and community for the moniker on her business “Naughty Girl Donuts” With worldwide exposure came an abundance of support for the local teenager who employs entrepreneurial driven teens to work in her shop. Tiana who initially felt like her dream of having her own business that started on a dream board and eventually found its way to capitalized investors was suddenly caught in the middle of a religious and political turmoil stemming from conservative belief systems. All Tiana really wanted to do was make donuts, give to her community and inspire other young people to work towards their dreams. A Noble cause.

Tiana Ramos would like to bring her community back together again doing something she loves to do, “feed people.” With the help of other local businesses Tiana would like to invite you to join her cause by donating in kind , with a monetary donation for an event taking place November 23rd from 1-6pm at American Legion Front Royal Virginia 22 West 8th Street, Front Royal VA. Each family will receive a box containing a choice of turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes,cranberry sauce , gravy , dinner rolls, cake mix and donuts.

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Change the World: Noise4Good Empowers Musicians and their Fans to Make an Impact

Robust New Charitable Crowd-Funding Platform Launches to Drive Awareness, Support and Action

Connection. It’s at the core of Noise4Good, the first crowd-sourcing platform to fuse two very active audiences—musical artists and their fan base—in support of the causes they are most passionate about. Noise4Good takes the power of music to move people and harnesses it to a technology that provides a solution for charities and non-profits in raising funds, engaging with donors and turning caring into action. The system, which began Phase One of its launch by registering artists and charities/non-profits on September 27, provides cross-marketing and cross-publishing capability for both groups across social media and mobile devices.

With some 1.7 million non-profits in the US, choosing the right ones is a critical part of any philanthropic endeavor. Noise4Good—unlike other crowd-sourced fundraisers—is working with Charity Navigator to ensure each organization is carefully vetted. “We are going to re-publish Charity Navigator’s evaluations of each non-profit on our site so artists and fans can check out each one,” says Noise4Good Co-Founder and CEO Kevin Patrick. “Noise4Good has a list of 3000 pre-approved, qualified charities that have been analyzed based on how they use their funds for impact.”

Noise4Good knows about choosing projects for social impact. It was one of the partner/sponsors for the Global Citizen’s Festival, a call-to-action to end poverty. The free concert in Central Park on September 27, 2014 featured artists including Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood and The Roots with surprise appearances by Sting, Alicia Keys and Beyonce. It also provided financial support for the pivotal documentary “Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Injustice and Forgiveness,” a sponsor of the Social Good Summit held at the UN September 21 and 22, 2014.

The new Noise4Good technology is equipped with features such as campaign development, cross-publishing of artists’ content—songs, media, video—and the ability to integrate and reach millennial music fans across any social network. As a transactional platform, Noise4Good offers lower per donation fees than other crowd-sourced funders and the ability to transfer those funds more quickly and efficiently. It’s part of their commitment to not just donating to charity, but to change.

Acting as advocates, musicians can align with up to five charities at a time through Noise4Good, work on their projects and post messages about the importance and impact of those initiatives. The causes they support will be published on both the artists’ and non-profits’ pages. The charities can also observe which artists have a deep interest in their work. To answer questions and provide customer support, Noise4Good will also be featuring a call center on its website, a first for crowd-sourcing.

“The goal is to spur interaction on many levels,” says Patrick. “The millennial generation in particular wants content that connects with them on an emotional level but also fits with their values. So we’re promoting the concept of “from one to many,” because one artist who has 10,000 followers on Facebook inspires loyalty just as non-profits do with their supporters. Via Noise4Good, we can bring those forces together, donors/volunteers and music fans on one platform. The intent is to channel the efforts of musical influencers into a network for positive change.”

Patrick is no stranger to the intersection of music, social impact and technology. He brings to Noise4Good more than 20 years of successful experience as an entrepreneur in technology, investment, advertising, media, music and humanitarian enterprises in the public and private sectors. In 2009, he co-founded the cross-cultural outreach program ShareTheMic (STM), drawing on his background in technology and as a producer, keyboardist, composer and performer, he shared the stage with artists, such as Blondie. His passion for music and human rights has fueled several remarkable STM projects, including Sing Egyptian Women, a gender equality/human rights program where talented Egyptian women inspired self-expression across the Middle East. Working with the education and cultural affairs offices of the US State Department, Patrick brought gospel singers to a Sufi Festival in Cairo.

He is also the Founding Partner of ADI, an online streaming events company that delivered on over 2000 contracts for Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, Miramax Films, Comedy Central, Fox Sports, VIACOM, CBS, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, FIFA, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AT&T, Delta Airlines, Sony Electronics and Red Bull, among others. Patrick is also the Founder of Impakt Holdings LLC (ICH), which structures investments into companies, organizations and funds that can generate both measurable social and and financial returns. Prior to ICH, Patrick established ShareCause Inc., developing a large portfolio of socially-minded businesses.

Following the Phase One launch of Noise4Good, the platform will introduce a second level of connectivity with merchandising, extensive data search and messaging capabilities. By tracking results, Noise4Good will gain a deeper understanding of millennial behavior, as it focuses on critical global objectives.

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Snoop Dogg Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for ICUD Youth Football League in Des Moines, Iowa

Entertainment Icon partners with popular crowdfunding site, Tilt, to raise funds for essential equipment

October 2, 2014 – Today, Snoop Dogg launches a crowdfunding campaign on Tilt to raise funds for the Inner City Urban Development (ICUD) youth football league based in Des Moines, Iowa. Snoop is committed to giving back to youth football programs throughout the country. Over 10 years ago, Snoop started the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) in Los Angeles, which has provided thousands of young boys and girls a positive environment to learn skills for life – championing kids to be better citizens on and off the field. His leadership and commitment to the SYFL and passion to help ICUD stems from a desire to create a positive environment in local communities through sports.

“I’m happy to be supporting the ICUD in our Tilt campaign,” said Snoop Dogg. “I’ve seen and experienced firsthand the conditions that kids are facing and I want to help do my part. Every child has a right to a safe learning environment and I look forward to helping them receive the equipment and tools they need to succeed.”

Snoop Dogg became aware of the ICUD when Former Iowa State Representative Wayne Ford, Founder and Executive Director of Urban Dreams – an inner-city resource in Des Moines, IA –contacted the recording artist and philanthropist to express the needs of the Des Moines based league that provides inner city youth a safe, inclusive community to play football. Rep. Ford has an existing relationship with Snoop Dogg and has had ongoing conversations about bringing the SYFL to Iowa.

Rep. Ford said, “The support that Snoop is giving this football league is fantastic and will help many youth in Des Moines stay out of trouble and become positive role models.”

ICUD was initially funded by an NFL AAU grant, providing 200 helmets and gear. The equipment has been well maintained and well used, but in order for the league to continue, they desperately require new helmets and gear.The program caters to kids from 3rd Grade through 7th Grade. Current University of Northern Iowa Sophomore Wide Receiver Xavier James is a former ICUD graduate, his brother, Jaylen James, is a senior at East High School and one of five varsity players who played in the ICUD league.

“Inner City Urban Development Football League is proud to announce that we have the privilege of support of Snoop Dogg and Snoop Youth Football League to help our needs for new equipment,” said DJ Roland, Inner City Urban Development. Sports League (ICUD). “The purchase of current USA football approved equipment will assist in the continued success and safety of our program. ICUD has had 9 successful seasons in the Des Moines Community, and look forward to continued growth of Strong Youth with Bright Futures in our states capital city.”

Through the 20-day campaign, Snoop will raise awareness of the positive impact of ICUD – funds raised will go directly to funding jersey and equipment for the league. Snoop has a long-standing commitment for youth development not only as football players, but also as individuals learning the value of dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship. Snoop is currently the Director of Development for adidas Football, leading the initiative to help youth and high school football programs around the country. Adidas has also committed to supporting the ICUD league.

Snoop has partnered with Tilt (tilt.com), a turn-key solution for crowdfunding. He has previously used the platform to release exclusive merchandise directly to his fans.

For more information and to support the campaign, please visit: https://www.tilt.com/campaigns/help-raise-funds-for-icud-youth-football-league

About Snoop Dogg:

An entertainment icon and with more than 20 years in the business, Snoop continues to pave the way in the hip-hop industry, serving as a mentor to many new and established artists. Being the trendsetter he is, Snoop stands at the forefront of popular culture with award-winning and multi-platinum albums and songs, critically acclaimed films and television shows, lifestyle products, philanthropic efforts and digital ventures, including his YouTube original series “GGN News.” Snoop defines hip-hop history.

About the SYFL:

The Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by entertainment icon Snoop Dogg. Since 2005, the SYFL has provided opportunities to over 3,500 low-income youth in South Los Angeles to participate in organized youth football. The SYFL serves children between the ages of 5 and 13, teaching them the values of teamwork, discipline, and self-respect, while also stressing the importance of academic achievement through a variety of programs. In addition to a superb football league, the SYFL also offers a phenomenal cheer and dance program for girls. With a passion to see under-served kids succeed, Coach Snoop founded the SYFL with a significant personal investment. Since its inception in 2005, Snoop has been involved in every aspect of the League from hosting fundraisers to coaching teams. His endless dedication to youth has made the SYFL what it is today.

About Tilt:

Tilt is a crowd-funding site invested in the expanding relationship between artists and fans. It is the fastest and easiest way to collect money for shared experiences. As artists are seeing less money from big labels, crowd-funding is becoming the new way to go to raise funds. Instead of relying on these label resources, artist can now engage directly with fans to create new music, products, and experiences. The artist can collaborate with fans to choose between new merch items, art work designs, and much more.

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Voiceitt, Creators of Talkitt, Announce launch of Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign

Have you ever wondered what it is like to not be able to communicate your thoughts and needs? Perhaps you know someone with Autism who has invented their own language or have had a loved one after a stroke or CP unable to utter understandable sentences. Maybe you have witnessed someone with a degenerative disease like Lou Gehrig’s or Parkinson’s struggle to order a pizza, buy a bus ticket, or simply ask for directions from a stranger?

Having trouble expressing yourself is an everyday reality for millions of people around the world (1.5% of the world’s population). Currently there is no solution on the market which enables a person with a speech impairment to speak and be understood using their own voice. This is the gap that Voiceitt is trying to fill. Voiceitt is developing TalkItt, an innovative speech technology which is able to recognize unintelligible language and translate it into understandable speech.

“This isn’t standard speech recognition. We are using pattern recognition which is personalized for the speaker. For example, a person with Cerebral Palsy might say ‘sho-ko-la’ when he really means to say ‘chocolate. The app will recognize that based on the user’s own personalized, pre-recorded dictionary.” says Danny Weissberg, the cofounder and CEO of Voiceitt.

Essentially, Talkitt is giving people with speech impairments their voice back. Talkitt’s slogan is “This is my voice.”

“To get started, the person speaks a word, and that person or the caregiver associates it with a word on the app in any language they choose. The app recalls this translation from the calibrated dictionary and the system is ready to use immediately.” Weissberg explains. The app will be on a monthly subscription basis ready downloaded to an Android device, with an iOS version planned for the future.

“Existing products for people with speech impairments rely on boards or pictures, or use eye tracking to help them select words they wish to say, “To my surprise no one has a solution like ours, which is much more simple and intuitive to use, mobile and encourages the person to speak” Weissberg notes.

Voiceitt just announced that it will be launching a seed round funding campaign using the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo effective August 4, 2014. The company is targeting to raise US$ 50,000 to launch its innovative application as it is in the development phase with a working demo. This campaign will enable Voiceittto release Talkitt in six months depending on how much they exceed their goal.

“Usually there is a parent, spouse or caregiver who understands what the person is saying. But out in the real world, that person is alone. For millions of people it is very frustrating to order a cup of coffee. We are trying to help them integrate into society using their own personal translator. Our vision is to have our technology be smarter than the person who has been by their side and understands every word they say. It’s wonderful and unbelievably rewarding to be able to change someone’s life like that.”

As for the future, Weissberg says the company’s innovative speech technology can change the way the mass market uses speech-to-text, helping people with heavy accents, the speech of small children, and incorporating emotional recognition, just to name a few.As wearable devices are the future, he can visualize the app one day inside a device like Google Glass and smart watches.

“There are so many possibilities to incorporate our model. We also plan to expand our technology into sophisticated gaming for the disabled as well as the mass market, allowing people to use their voice to operate a computer game or other application.” explains Weissberg who previously founded the Open University Entrepreneur Club and worked for 15 years as a team leader at Check Point and then RAD Vision, two major Israeli high-tech players.

Voiceitt was founded in 2012. The five person team has won three development grants from Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist, will present their solution in TedMED this fall in Washington D.C. has won various competitions including the Special Recognition Award in the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Contest, and has partnered with over 20 European entities including hospitals, universities, NGO’s and technological companies.

Eco-friendly Firm Launches Kickstarter For New Line

Wabi Sabi Eco Fashion Concept is launching via Kickstarter to offer it’s new organic fabrics and styles.We recently connected with founder Michele Helene Cohen to learn more; here is what she told us:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

Wabi Sabi Eco Fashion Concept uses only the best organic materials. That means we help to protect not only the environment but also the health and wellbeing of consumer as well as textile industry workers through the globe.  We only work with skilled artisan craftsmen who create luxury quality products but work in a safe environment where they are paid fair wages.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We are hoping to raise $15,ooo dollars in order to go into production of our first signature collection called “sustainable City Style”. We also have stretch goals. If we reach $35,000 We can offer three more color options for the woven styles. If we reach $70,000 we can offer extended sizes.Our current sizes run from US 0 to 8.  If we reach our stretch goal of $70,000 we will be able to expand the size offering including petites.

To date we have already raised 20% of our funding goal and we still have 24 days of the campaign left to go!

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

Fashion is one of the most contaminating industries. By helping to reduce this we are creating a better, safer and healthier planet for all.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

First of all we offer a selection of of dresses from this collection at a reduced price. We also have a t-shirt for just $25, a handmade gold jelwery set and then some fun rewards su ch a private photo shoot, a private trunk show partym or backers can even help us to design a product.

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