2020-11-12
PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE TO LEVERAGE IBM TECHNOLOGIES TO INNOVATE NEXT-GEN PROPRIETARY SMARTCAGE
PFL Teams with Flagship Group Solutions to Deliver Transformative Experiences Using IBM Cloud and Watson TechnologiesThe Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league in the world, today announced it will be leveraging Flagship’s capabilities to deliver IBM’s suite of advanced cloud and AI products to enhance the league’s delivery of next-gen SmartCage data and analytics, both live in-broadcast and via the league’s OTT platform, Fight Central.Flagship Solutions Group, an IBM Gold Business Partner and recognized provider of IBM solutions, managed services, and cloud solutions worldwide, will partner with the PFL to manage, design, and deliver the experience leveraging IBM’s technology solutions. PFL and Flagship Solutions Group will also work closely with the IBM Garage’s unique framework for enabling innovation at speed and scale through a team of leading technologies and multidisciplinary experts, to turn big ideas into tangible results.PFL’s proprietary SmartCage measures real-time MMA fighter performance analytics along with biometric and positional data providing fans with an elevated viewing experience. Moving forward, SmartCage fight data, called Cagenomics, will be enhanced with Watson machine learning to scour data points and uncover new insights for MMA fans, bringing them inside the cage like never before."Every day we strive to push the sport of MMA forward and drive deeper engagement with fans by being at the forefront of technology and innovation, and this infusion of IBM’s solutions into our product through the support of Flagship Solutions Group helps take our efforts to the next level,” said Peter Murray, CEO of the Professional Fighters League. “With the implementation of IBM’s cutting-edge technology, we look forward to creating transformative experiences for fans before, during, and after PFL events across platforms, further strengthening our position as the most innovative MMA organization in the world.”"We're thrilled to deliver Flagship’s InfralyticsTM on IBM’s leading Cloud and AI platforms to the Professional Fighters League, an organization committed to reimagining the sport of MMA through technology and innovation,” said Mark Wyllie, CEO of Flagship Solution Group. “The solutions we are partnering to create will provide fans with a deeper, more immersive and engaging experience; one not seen in combat sports before.”Professional Fighters League has quickly established itself as the No. 2 MMA company in the world with distribution on ESPN in the U.S. and to more than 160 countries via premium sports networks and platforms. The league has experienced tremendous YoY growth across digital channels* - 68% follower increase on Instagram, 30% total audience growth across digital and a 200% social engagement spike.PFL’s portfolio of leading brand partners includes Anheuser-Busch InBev, GEICO, Acronis, Air Force Reserve, and Rich Energy. The U.S. Marines are the presenting partner of Inside the Season on ESPNews and ESPN+, leveraging the national platform and compelling content to engage with qualified youth considering a military career.Organizations:Professional Fighters LeagueIBM...
2020-11-11
BMC Expands BreakLine Technology Education Sponsorship
BMC named founding sponsor focused on helping veterans, women, and people of color, pivot into compelling careers in the tech industryBMC, a global leader celebrating 40 years of delivering software solutions for the Autonomous Digital Enterprise, today announced an expansion of its current sponsorship of the BreakLine Technology Education program, which recruits and prepares high-performing candidates of diverse backgrounds and experiences for successful careers in the tech industry.BMC's expanded sponsorship includes acting as a founding sponsor of BreakLine Apex. BreakLine Apex is a new education program that focuses on the recruitment, coaching, and mentorship of talented people of color, with an initial focus on Black and Latinx candidates, for various technical and business roles in top technology companies worldwide."BMC and BreakLine have successfully partnered together since 2017 to create pathways to opportunity for people from all backgrounds and experiences, and to increase diversity in tech," says Bethany Coates, CEO of BreakLine. "Over the course of our collaboration, BMC has hired many veterans from BreakLine, across a range of roles, from sales to communications, and they've already hired a BreakLine Apex participant just six days after the first Apex program kicked off!"Although most BreakLine candidates have had the experience of service-minded roles as military veterans, BMC is also focused on filling the hiring funnel with BreakLine Mavens, a program that provides education and coaching for women seeking roles and career development in the technology industry."Today's business landscape requires innovative and agile leaders. We are thrilled to be able to support the expanded BreakLine programming," says Eric Olmo, Senior Vice President of People and Spaces at BMC. "As a trusted ally, BreakLine has continuously worked with BMC to bring diverse and outstanding talent into the organization. I'm thrilled with our team's initiative to collaborate with BreakLine and honored that BMC can be a founding sponsor of this esteemed program."BreakLine allows BMC and fellow sponsors to lead sessions on organizational design, talent management, culture, and expected future trends in the technology industry to help candidates in their career pursuits in today's digital era.BMC's next program with BreakLine's three verticals - Apex, Mavens, and Veterans - will take place on December 16, 2020 and feature Jason Andrew, Chief Revenue Officer at BMC, as a guest speaker sharing his insights and expertise on the tech industry. As a part of this sponsorship, BMC employees are also invited to attend BreakLine's exclusive fireside chats with prominent thought leaders from the tech industry, academia, and military."BreakLine is honored to continue to provide BMC with a new pipeline of outstanding talent who are ready and able to drive exponential value at the company," says Coates.Additional Facts:BreakLine has facilitated the education and mentorship of over 1,000 candidates into the tech industryBMC hires from BreakLine have comprised of 32% people of color, 21% women, and 94% veteransBMC has supported nine BreakLine cohorts' educations programs since 2017From Business Development Manager to Director levels, BreakLine alumni have been hired for BMC roles in consulting, customer success, marketing and public relations, project or program management, sales, sales operations, and value engineeringTo discover more about BreakLine, visit hereOrganizations:BreaklineBMC...
2020-11-10
Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and Generac Power Systems Announce Partnership
Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and Generac Power Systems today announced a new long-term partnership, which includes title sponsorship of a major stage at Henry Maier Festival Park. Generac will also sponsor the festival's annual Military Appreciation Day admission promotion and will become the Official Power Technology Sponsor of Summerfest.The Generac Power Stage will replace the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse with major improvements to the stage design and operations, prominently featuring state-of-the-art video screens and performance production capabilities that will significantly enhance the fan experience. Cutting-edge, theatrical lighting will also be added to the stage, making it a first-class live music venue on the lakefront."We are thrilled to welcome Generac to the dedicated group of corporate sponsors who ensure Summerfest continues to offer world-class entertainment to our community and throughout the globe," said Don Smiley, President and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.  "Upgrades at the Generac Power Stage will enhance the festival experience for fans and artists alike, and we are grateful to Generac for their leadership, generosity and vision. This management team understands our community, are great communicators, and possesses a big picture view of Summerfest.""Generac is one of the largest-and fastest growing-employers in Wisconsin, and we could not be more excited to become a major sponsor of Summerfest," said Aaron Jagdfeld, Chairman and CEO of Generac. "The Generac Power Stage, which will be reimagined and improved, will be a magnet for Milwaukee festival goers and is one more way for us to give back to the city and to the region."The new stage design will incorporate video into the new expanded building footprint and will feature four video screens to view headlining performances.  Beyond the enhanced video experience, other new stage improvements will include an improved ADA seating configuration; enhanced security and hospitality operation infrastructure and access; additional stage theatrical rigging capacity and production technology infrastructure; and a new pylon sign with high definition digital displays showcasing artist schedule and information.  All upgrades are scheduled to be completed for Summerfest 2021.The agreement also includes an annual admission promotion, Military Appreciation Day powered by Generac, which allows all active-duty military personnel and veterans, along with up to four family members, free admission to Summerfest during the promotion. Generac will also be a key part of Summerfest Tech, an annual convention of tech professionals to exchange ideas and enhance Milwaukee's emergence as a hub for high-tech expertise.Generac is a global leader in energy technology, founded in Waukesha 61 years ago, and is now one of Fortune's 100-fastest growing companies. The organization employs approximately 7,000 associates worldwide--4,000 in Wisconsin-- and six operational locations across the state.As provided in the lease between the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc., this capital project is subject to the review and approval of the Board of Harbor Commissioners on behalf of the City of Milwaukee.Organizations: Milwaukee World Festival, Generac...
2020-11-09
Centerra Gold joins CEEC as a sponsor to accelerate energy and water efficiencies
Canadian-based gold miner Centerra Gold has joined the Coalition of Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC) as a new sponsor.In announcing the sponsorship, Alison Keogh, CEEC CEO welcomed Centerra to a global network of visionary miners, mining supply companies and researchers working toward more sustainable practices.“We are thrilled with Centerra’s decision to become a CEEC sponsor. Our sponsors work collaboratively to accelerate energy-efficient, productive mining processes. That’s vital for our industry and communities as we reduce impact, tackle costs and improve shareholder value,” Keogh said in a release. “As a CEEC sponsor Centerra helps CEEC provide industry with information and tools from experts and grow the network of committed professionals working to accelerate eco-efficient comminution and maximize the potential of their mineral resources and assets.”Daniel Desjardins, Centerra’s VP and COO, praised CEEC for its contributions towards ESG actions in the field and welcomed the opportunity to share information to advance business goals.“Centerra’s financial and operational objectives are underpinned by a fundamental commitment to ethical and sustainable practices,” Desjardins added. “Our values are strongly aligned to CEEC’s mission for eco-efficient comminution; environmental, social and governance factors are our foremost priorities as we strive to continually improve the management of our operations. CEEC offers a pathway to share best practice and innovation in the international mining sector.”Keogh also added that with social licence and productivity key priorities for the mining sector, Centerra’s sponsorship and actions towards more sustainable approaches were commendable.“As a lean, virtual not-for-profit, we thank all our sponsors for their continued support and involvement in driving lower footprint mining. Their ongoing commitment helps CEEC and industry to invest in positive change.”Centerra holds assets in Canada, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkey. It is one of the largest Western-based gold producers in central Asia, and its Mount Milligan mine is the first, large new operation in British Columbia in a generation. The company’s assets also include the Kumtor Mine in the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Oksut gold mine in Turkey.CEEC is a global not-for-profit registered charity, funded wholly by valued sponsorship from the minerals industry.Click here to view CEEC's profile.Click here to view Centerra Gold's profile....
2020-11-09
Cheers! Canadian brewers to sponsor South African Currie Cup
Canadian brewers Carling Black Label announced Tuesday they will sponsor the Currie Cup for three years, giving South African rugby a desperately-needed cash boost.SA Rugby had to slash 1.2 billion rand ($75 million/65 million euros) off the budget for this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.No rugby was played in the home of the reigning world champions from mid March to late September, forcing the Springboks to withdraw from the Rugby Championship and losing a quarter of the anticipated profits.One report said SA Rugby stood to pocket 300 million rand if they had taken part, but a lack of competitive game-time meant the risks to the players were too great."What makes this sponsorship even more significant is that Carling Black Label has partnered with us during one of the toughest economic climates in sport and business," said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux."This is their first rugby sponsorship, and we are thrilled to have such a well-established and successful brand associated with the Currie Cup, a competition that prides itself on its rich heritage."No financial details were disclosed at the announcement in Johannesburg, but an official said the sponsorship will greatly reduce the competition costs incurred by SA Rugby.The Currie Cup will run from November 27 to January 23 between the Bulls, Cheetahs, Griquas, Lions, Pumas, Sharks and Stormers with up to 14 World Cup-winning Springboks on view, including captain Siya Kolisi.Each team will carry forward the points earned in the ongoing Super Rugby Unlocked competition, play their six rivals once, and the top four in the final standings qualify for the semi-finals.Judged by Super Rugby Unlocked form, a Bulls team captained by Springbok back-row forward Duane Vermeulen and guided by 2007 World Cup-winning coach Jake White will be the favourites.The Pretoria outfit are overdue success having last lifted the Currie Cup in 2009, when they defeated current title-holders the Cheetahs.The first Currie Cup matches were played in 1989 with four South African regions competing, three of whom will take part this season.Click here to view SA Rugby's profile.Click here to view Anheuser Busch's profile....
2020-11-05
Will Arnett, Howie Mandel and Serena Ryder part of all-Canadian lineup at Michael Garron Hospital's virtual Laughter is the Best Medicine: At Home event
One of North America's leading community teaching hospitals — Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) — is once again writing the city its funniest prescription with a live-streamed virtual edition of its comedy event, Laughter is the Best Medicine: at Home, presented by BMO Financial Group, on Saturday, November 14. Former east-ender Will Arnett will return as host, joined by Toronto native Howie Mandel as headliner, musical guest Serena Ryder and opening acts Gerry Dee and Patrick Haye. MasterChef judge and restaurateur Michael Bonacini will be overseeing an elegant meal with wine pairings to be delivered to over 900 attendees' homes, and will walk them through its preparation on video. WHAT: Laughter is the Best Medicine: At Home in support of Michael Garron Hospital WHO: Canadian comedy icons Will Arnett and Howie Mandel, plus musical guest Serena Ryder WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 8:00 PM The event - which sold out in presale - offers the rare opportunity to watch high-caliber, live-streamed entertainment from the comfort of home. 50 frontline healthcare workers will also be in attendance thanks to the generosity of donors. MGH gratefully welcomes back BMO Financial Group as Presenting Sponsor for the fifth time. Proceeds will support the hospital's renewal and expansion and ensure the hospital can provide excellent healthcare for the East Toronto community. "Saturday nights haven't been the same since the spring," says Mitze Mourinho, President, Michael Garron Hospital Foundation. "We're thrilled to be able to offer an escape from the reality of pandemic life with great entertainment and fine dining delivered straight to the comfort and security of people's living rooms, while supporting the hospital at a critical time." Click here to view Michael Garron Hospital Foundation's profile.Click here to view BMO's profileClick here to view Yamana Gold's profile....
2020-11-04
Hundreds of Thousands of Lights Will Illuminate the Country and Our Homes in 2020!
Canadians across the country are encouraged to celebrate the holiday season and their shared traditions and values As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christmas Lights Across Canada has revamped its 2020 program to follow public health guidelines and help Canadians feel pride as the holiday season approaches. This year, the program is expanding to reach across the country. Christmas Lights Across Canada is presented by exclusive sponsor Manulife. Let's show off the lights that illuminate our country! This year more than ever, all Canadians are encouraged to show off the lights that illuminate their communities! Capital cities, municipalities and towns across Canada will be invited to help light up the country. This year's program will also be an opportunity to explore Canada's most beautiful lights online. Check out the new program for 2020 From November 30, 2020, to January 7, 2021, Canadians will be treated to thousands of magical lights that will illuminate Confederation Boulevard, the country's ceremonial route in the heart of Canada's Capital Region. The artistic light installation Entre les rangs will be featured on Parliament Hill from November 30 to January 7. This feast for the senses will have the capital looking festive. Due to public health guidelines, the lighting ceremony traditionally held on Parliament Hill will be replaced by a nationwide virtual show in December. You can join in no matter where you are. More information will be released shortly. The multimedia projection show will not be presented this year due to public health guidelines. A proud and unifying tradition since 1985 Christmas Lights Across Canada, now in its 36th year, takes place during the holiday season in Canada's Capital Region and is a perfect opportunity for all Canadians to get into the holiday spirit. Thousands of multicoloured lights will adorn national museums, embassies and other important sites. Follow us on social media! Be the first to receive the latest news about Christmas Lights Across Canada and share your favourite displays with your community using the hashtag #ChristmasLightsAcrossCanada. Facebook: @CdnHeritage @capitalexperience Twitter: @CdnHeritage @capital_exp Instagram: @o_canadiana @canada_cap YouTube: @CdnHeritage Quotes "We are all going through an unprecedented period, and the need to get together with loved ones will be stronger than ever as the holidays approach. Christmas Lights Across Canada is a proud tradition that symbolically unites us across the country. This year, Canadians are invited to celebrate in a whole new way and show off the lights that illuminate their communities." —The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage Quick Facts Christmas Lights Across Canada is in its 36th year. The lighting route illuminates Confederation Boulevard in Canada's Capital Region. You can enjoy it and the various sites each night from November 30, 2020, to January 7, 2021. Due to public health guidelines, the illumination ceremony traditionally held on Parliament Hill will be replaced by a nationwide virtual show in December. More information will be released shortly. The multimedia projection show will not be presented this year due to public health guidelines. This year, Canadians from all across the country are invited to show off the lights that illuminate their communities and participate in the nationwide virtual programming. Manulife is the exclusive sponsor of Christmas Lights Across Canada. Click here to view Capital Experience's profile.Click here to view Manulife's profile....
2020-11-02
Strengthening the Digital Literacy of Canadians during COVID-19
Canadian Bankers Association sponsors ABC Internet Matters program In recognition of Financial Literacy Month in November, the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) today announced a year-long sponsorship of ABC Life Literacy Canada (ABC)'s program ABC Internet Matters. The program provides introductory digital literacy education for Canadian seniors who are not using the internet and adult learners who have a gap on the digital curve, some of whom may feel digitally disconnected due to the coronavirus pandemic. "The CBA is proud to sponsor the ABC Internet Matters program, which is directly aimed at improving seniors' capacity to stay safe, informed and connected in an increasingly networked world," says Neil Parmenter, President and CEO, Canadian Bankers Association. "The impact of COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of digital services in all facets of life, including banking services, and this program helps bridge the digital divide among senior Canadians." ABC Internet Matters empowers Canadians who are not comfortable using the internet with the knowledge they need to get started. Through the program, seniors and adult learners across Canada develop a deeper understanding of what the internet is, how they can access it affordably and securely, and how it can help them do the things that are important to them, their families and community. Drawing from Adult Learning Theory, the program material is delivered through a comprehensive bilingual workbook made available at no cost by ABC partner organizations and service providers across Canada. The learning continuum extends online through a complementary web portal at abcinternetmatters.ca featuring additional modules and an electronic version of the workbook available for download. The tangible workbook and web portal help build the confidence and foundational skills of seniors and adult learners to start using the internet and engage in further online learning opportunities. "The number of adult learners and seniors with access to the internet is growing significantly, but many of them don't have the appropriate digital literacy skills to use the internet safely," says Mack Rogers, Executive Director, ABC Life Literacy Canada. "We're grateful for the support of the Canadian Bankers Association to develop and share ABC Internet Matters resources, helping this vulnerable population gain vital skills during a time when technology has proven to be more important than ever." Canada's population is ageing and, as life increasingly moves online during the pandemic, a generation unfamiliar with some technology faces a digital divide. Nearly 7 million Canadians are aged 65 years and above, accounting for 18 per cent of Canada's population, and that number is expected to increase to more than 9.5 million by 2030. While internet access has reached near-saturation levels among Canadians aged 15 to 64, its diffusion into the senior population is far less extensive, as roughly 30 per cent of seniors do not use the internet. This "digital ageism" could lead to informational disadvantages for Canadian seniors, particularly for immigrant seniors with language barriers. Click here to view ABC Life Literacy Canada's profile.Click here to view Canadian Bankers Association's profile....
2020-11-02
Calgary Blockchain and AI company to sponsor five(5) $1500 scholarships
Digital Transformation has been on the minds of all leaders since companies have been forced to work from home in March. Though some companies are making great strides forward, most are still wondering how "Digital" applies to their business. "There are so many buzzwords being thrown around these days: AI, blockchain. extended reality, IoT, machine learning, RPA" it's tough for companies and leaders to make sense of it all" says Jon Trask, CEO and Chief Guru of Blockchain Guru and scholarship sponsor.  "Leaders have been faced with so many challenges in the last few months from navigating office closures, financial constraints and managing a remote workforce. Thinking about how to apply emerging tech is not at the top of everyone's minds." From the Minister of Innovation, Doug Schweitzer announcing how Alberta will lead through Technology, to the new funds and programs encouraging technology and barrage of posts on LinkedIn, leaders understand embracing technology is no longer an option. "Navigating all the options and more importantly, how they will affect your business is the difficult part. We often tell our clients, it's not about the technology as much as understanding which challenges your business needs to solve." It's not a one size fits all. "We've been able to help companies in ways as simple as writing a macro. Others, we are digitizing the entire value chain" Jon and his team partnered with the new SAIT School for Advanced Digital Technology to co-create a number of new programs for Continuing Education. These courses are designed for professionals who want to gain clarity what these new technologies are, how they will impact their industries and how to apply specific applications to their business. "What SAIT is doing is really special. They aren't just training a new generation of programmers. They are teaching leaders how to embrace the future by teaching them the to look to the "art of the possible". More times than not, the greatest hurdle to progress is mindset. SAIT is leading the way in micro-credentials and applied learning. We are proud to work with them on practical, applicable programming" Applications and nominations are open until November 4, 2020. CEO's and leaders are being encouraged to nominate members of their teams as well. "We've seen so many examples of innovation from teams "managing up" Sometimes change comes from the top and many times, it's driven by an inspired team" To apply for the $1500 scholarship, email info@blockchainguru.ca and provide your name (or the name of your nominee), your organization. Job title and contact details.  Please Visit the SAIT School for Advanced Digital Technology - DIGI 003 for more information. Course starts Nov 10, 2020https://coned.sait.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=1308380 Click here to view SAIT's profile.Click here to view Blockchain Guru's profile....
2020-10-29
Nike Extends Sponsorship Of University Of New Mexico
 Nike signed a new three-year contract to continue as the uniform and team gear provider to the University of New Mexico (UNM). Nike has worked to partner with the University since reaching an all-department contract in 2008. The new agreement is valued at up to $3 million per year and up to $9 million over the life of the contract. UNM may receive up to $2 million in product from Nike with UNM purchasing up to $1 million per contract year. Previously, UNM received $1,050,000 of product for each year of the contract. The agreement also includes possible bonuses for national excellence in the sports of Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, and New Mexico’s Track & Field and Cross-Country programs. “We are excited to continue our long partnership with Nike,” said Director of Athletics Eddie Nuñez. “Nike is an industry leader in team product, equipment and apparel. Nike as a brand resonates with our coaches, student-athletes and fans, and we are proud to be under the Nike umbrella for three more years.” Photo courtesy UNM Source: https://sgbonline.com/nike-extends-sponsorship-of-university-of-new-mexico/Click here to view University of New Mexico's profile.Click here to view Nike's profile....