1,000 Dreams Fund and HARMAN Unite to Award ‘New Face of Tech’ Scholarships

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The goal of the scholarship program is to foster the passions of the next generation of female tech leaders by opening doors to their future career goals and aspirations. This year, 40 aspiring changemakers in tech will be selected to receive a $1,500 grant each and a JBL product, obtain career coaching from a HARMAN executive, build resume skills, and have an opportunity to interview for an employment opportunity at HARMAN, a global leader in consumer electronics and connected technologies for the home, office, and car.

In light of the unprecedented challenges many college women are facing due to COVID-19, HARMAN has expanded its commitment to 1,000 Dreams Fund to help even more young women fund their dreams. The two organizations make a powerful team, and since the program’s launch in 2017, over $50,000 has been granted to inspiring young women in tech throughout the country. Additionally, 1DF is a major partner of HARMAN’s global cause movement, HARMAN Inspired, which is preparing the next generation of technology leaders through experiences in music, technology and community service.

“The unique times we currently face simply accentuate the already critical need to grow the pipeline of women entering the STEM fields. The mission of 1,000 Dreams Fund aligns with the Harman Inspired vision of empowering the next generation through access to education,” said Annette DiBenedetto, Global Lead, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Engagement at HARMAN. “HARMAN, through our HARMAN Inspired platform, has a deep and abiding commitment to make a difference, and our continued support to The New Face of Tech Scholarship Program will afford access to those who likely did not have it, increasing the likelihood that career opportunities will be generated for these promising young people.”

The New Face of Tech Scholarship Program aims to help build gender equality in tech

Tech Students Conquer All Odds To Fulfil Their Dreams

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Three remarkable young women beat the challenges and distractions of lockdown to achieve success

Three young women have risen above difficult circumstances exacerbated by the Covid-19 lockdowns to keep up with demanding study schedules and remain an inspiring force for their families and friends. Glory Matshete (28) from Brits in the North West, Sibaxolise Mningiswa (20) from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and Maishibe Thobela (20) from Pretoria in Gauteng are united in one thing: a thirst to make their dreams come true, no matter what.

Now in their second year of a three-year Bachelor of Information Technology degree at South African ITversity Belgium Campus, sponsored by the Datatec Education and Technology Foundation, the three women are aiming to carve out IT careers for themselves in the fields of science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM), in all of which there are massive skills gaps in South Africa’s economy.

“I grew up in a little village called Rivala in Limpopo,” says Glory. “I was very shy and didn’t really know how to interact with people, so I always felt very alone. School activities like drama became heaven for me, because they allowed me to step out of my shell and show my classmates what I was really made of.” That determined spirit became a golden thread throughout Glory’s schoolgoing days and is still there now that she’s at varsity. “My folks struggled financially but somehow we made a plan as a family.”

Like Glory, Sibaxolise struggled with self-confidence, and although she attended good schools, she felt her career choices were limited: “It was doctor, teacher, nurse or lawyer, and none of those interested me.” Then, in Grade 9, Sibaxolise began computer lessons and developed a curiosity to know what was going on in the box behind the screen. “I was

New gadget lets scientists ‘plant ideas’ in people’s dreams as they sleep

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People were prompted to dream about trees... and they did (Getty)
People were prompted to dream about trees… and they did (Getty)

It sounds like something out of science fiction films such as Inception, but a new gadget has allowed MIT scientists to plant ideas in people’s dreams. 

Researchers used an app combined with a sleep tracking device to “plant” ideas in people’s minds as they slept. 

The monitor waits for people to enter a suggestible stage of sleep, then the app plays a message telling them to think about trees.

Two-thirds of volunteers who heard the prompt, went on to dream about trees. 

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The researchers describe the technique as “targeted dream incubation”, LiveScience reported. 

The research relies on the sleep-tracking device (called Dormio) detecting an early sleep stage known as “hypnagogia”.

Hypnagogia (the earliest sleep stage) is similar to the REM stage, but people can still hear audio during hypnagogia while they dream. 

Lead researcher Haar Horowitz said, “This state of mind is trippy, loose, flexible, and divergent.

“It’s like turning the notch up high on mind-wandering and making it immersive – being pushed and pulled with new sensations like your body floating and falling, with your thoughts quickly snapping in and out of control.”

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The researchers write, “targeted information is repeatedly presented during the hypnagogic period, enabling direct incorporation of this information into dream content, a process we call targeted dream incubation (TDI).”

The researchers conducted dream experiments by repeatedly waking up sleepers as they napped during the day. 

The volunteers recorded audio prompts in the app, such as, “Remember to think of a tree.”

The Dormio monitored the volunteers heart rate and electrical changes in the skin to monitor when they entered “hypnagogia”.

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The Mystery Behind Mental Disorders And Dreams

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Today we learn many things about humanity and the world from the beginning of our lives. We became more intelligent thanks to the transmission of information to the entire world.

Everything was totally different in the past, when time passed slowly and everything was complicated and difficult. However, people had time to talk and sing together because there was no television.

We believe that our historical time is very advanced because we have many alternatives that our ancestors couldn't have thanks to our scientific and technological progress, but the truth is that the world became more than commercial, and everyone is forced to become a marketer in our cruel and greedy system.

The truth is that falsity characterizes every person because we have a satanic nature and marketing is a theater based on manipulation.

Since everyone here is forced to be a marketer (directly or indirectly), everyone is greedy, even if this is not visible. The intention to make money is a necessity for everyone, but it became a true obsession for most people because they were controlled by their absurd anti-conscience and they became extremely materialistic.

In this aspect we can visibly verify the degradation of the human spirit. We started doing everything we can in order to make money, abandoning philosophy, religion, and art. Only science and technology seem to be important for the modern civilization.

In parallel with the terror that characterizes the life of the poor and the weak, the world became a theater where everyone is busy trying to make money, since everyone here is selling either goods or services.

Science is part of the marketing game, exactly like our hypocritical justice.

We abandoned our religion, considering it a stupidity that couldn't be scientifically explained, and therefore, had no value.

We abandoned the introspections of …