|By Marketwired .||
|May 5, 2014 04:41 PM EDT||
SANTA ANA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/05/14 -- Goodwill of Orange County, a social-enterprise organization that helps people facing barriers secure purpose-fulfilling jobs, is happy to announce the public debut of its revamped, tech-enabled custom "Smiley Box" donation bins. The sleekly designed bins represent the first major technology upgrade in the history of the traditional donation box and will serve as a model for the rest of the county to emulate. Each Smiley Box features high-tech capabilities that create an experiential connection with users, making donation giving an exciting event.
From the Addy Award-winning custom song "Find the Good" by kid-favorite, and Orange County natives The Aquabats! (of Yo Gabba Gabba! fame), that plays whenever a donation is made, to the QR code-enabled ability to quickly obtain a receipt, and sensors that detect when the bin is full and ready for Goodwill pick-up which saves unnecessary trips to pick up donations -- Smiley Boxes make donation giving an elevated experience for everyone involved.
The 230-cubic feet bins emblazoned with the iconic Goodwill logo were created, designed and manufactured in Orange County. Innovated by Joe Burke, Goodwill of Orange County's VP of marketing and community development -- and named by his six-year-old daughter Judith; CAD design by a local company -- Form, Feel & Function of Westminster, Calif.; and custom built by Precision Metal of Placentia, Calif., Smiley Boxes instill a sense of community pride for those living in Orange County -- also serving as a form of public art.
"We wanted to express our gratitude and deliver a smile with every donation," said Burke. "The more donations we receive, the more jobs we can create for people who truly deserve good jobs."
Goodwill of Orange County is pursuing the IP rights on the design and pieces of the functionality, they continue to be an innovator in the industry by providing new models and setting new standards for other Goodwill locations nationwide to follow. "We priced these out overseas, but really wanted to keep the project close to home, especially if we could impact jobs and companies in Orange County," Burke added. Albertsons collaborated with Goodwill to have the first two Smiley Boxes installed at its stores in Orange and Rancho Santa Margarita. The organization hopes to roll out 20 bins of various sizes across Orange County before the end of the year, and is considering adding gamification or augmented reality to the experience.
"We are proud to be the first recipients of Goodwill of Orange County's Smiley Boxes," said Rick Crandall, environmental manager of Albertsons. "They are cool, fun, and getting a lot of attention -- and best of all they truly support the good work Goodwill of Orange County does in the community."
For 90 years, Goodwill of Orange County has supported individuals facing barriers; helping them secure and keep jobs that provide purpose, pride and dignity. Goodwill of Orange County places more than 300 individuals in permanent employment at local companies like Cox Communications and California Pizza Kitchen every year. The organization operates 22 thrift stores and 42 donation centers in Orange County -- and more than 90 cents of every dollar that comes into Goodwill directly funds its various programs including job training and education, veterans' services and the Goodwill Fitness Center. To learn more, visit ocgoodwill.org.
About Goodwill of Orange County: Since 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has been in the business of helping people who are facing barriers to enter the workforce in a meaningful, fulfilling manner. Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve the independence that work provides, Goodwill is most recognized for being the conduit where donated goods are sold in America's favorite thrift stores to generate the revenue that provides the services to those who face employment challenges. Celebrating its 90th year in 2014, Goodwill of Orange County has supported thousands of Orange County residents since its inception by creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower its program participants to be productive and independent. The nonprofit organization has dozens of programs that support this effort, including the Goodwill Fitness Center, Orange County's only facility specially designed for people suffering from chronic illnesses and physical disabilities; its veterans' advocacy program, Enduring Independence, which helps veterans and their families transition to civilian life through the power of work; and its Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), which provides access to more than 1,000 state-of-the-art technology devices for children and adults with disabilities. These are just a few of Goodwill of Orange County's innovative programs that have served those facing barriers in Orange County for the past nine decades. In 2012, Goodwill was named one of Orange County's Most Trusted Brands. To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County, visit ocgoodwill.org.
Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2584217
Beyond Fifteen Communications, Inc.
So I guess we’ve officially entered a new era of lean and mean. I say this with the announcement of Ubuntu Snappy Core, “designed for lightweight cloud container hosts running Docker and for smart devices,” according to Canonical. “Snappy Ubuntu Core is the smallest Ubuntu available, designed for security and efficiency in devices or on the cloud.” This first version of Snappy Ubuntu Core features secure app containment and Docker 1.6 (1.5 in main release), is available on public clouds, ...
Apr. 28, 2015 10:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,446
How do you securely enable access to your applications in AWS without exposing any attack surfaces? The answer is usually very complicated because application environments morph over time in response to growing requirements from your employee base, your partners and your customers. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Haseeb Budhani, CEO and Co-founder of Soha, will share five common approaches that DevOps teams follow to secure access to applications deployed in AWS, Azure, etc., and the frict...
Apr. 28, 2015 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,707
Apr. 28, 2015 10:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,107
Apr. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,074
Internet of Things (IoT) will be a hybrid ecosystem of diverse devices and sensors collaborating with operational and enterprise systems to create the next big application. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Bramh Gupta, founder and CEO of robomq.io, and Fred Yatzeck, principal architect leading product development at robomq.io, will discuss how choosing the right middleware and integration strategy from the get-go will enable IoT solution developers to adapt and grow with the industry, while at...
Apr. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,013
The only place to be June 9-11 is Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo 2015 East at the Javits Center in New York City. Join us there as delegates from all over the world come to listen to and engage with speakers & sponsors from the leading Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data companies. Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo are the leading events covering the booming market of Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data for the enterprise. Speakers from all over the world will be hand-picked for their ability to explore the economic...
Apr. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,235
SYS-CON Events announced today that Column Technologies, a global technology solutions company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Established in 1998, Column Technologies is a leader in application performance and infrastructure management for commercial and federal markets. The company is headquartered in the United States, with a diverse and talented team of more than 350 employees around th...
Apr. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,830
Deploying and operating cloud technology is difficult and falls outside the core competencies of most organizations. As a result, many on-premises private cloud installations falter, casting doubt on private cloud as a solution in general. Yet private clouds come with a unique set of benefits that continue to drive widespread interest. There must be a better way. This session will give participants a clear roadmap of private cloud implementation challenges and offer actionable ideas for...
Apr. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,262
Database apps on mobile devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, a Developer Advocate for IBM Cloudant, will discuss how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again), whenever an Internet connection is available. He will demonstrate techniques for replicating cloud databases with mobile devices in order to build offline-enabled mobile apps that can provide a better,...
Apr. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EDT
SYS-CON Events announced today that the DevOps Institute has been named “Association Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The DevOps Institute provides enterprise level training and certification. Working with thought leaders from the DevOps community, the IT Service Management field and the IT training market, the DevOps Institute is setting the standard in quality for DevOps education and training.
Apr. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,220
Buzzword alert: Microservices and IoT at a DevOps conference? What could possibly go wrong? Join this panel of experts as they peel away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you’ll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards.
Apr. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,265
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, discussed the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services. He also discussed how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space. Other topics discussed were barriers to success, what is new, what is old, and what th...
Apr. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 6,253
SYS-CON Events announced today that CodeFutures, a leading supplier of database performance tools, has been named a “Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. CodeFutures is an independent software vendor focused on providing tools that deliver database performance tools that increase productivity during database development and increase database performance and scalability during production.
Apr. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,307
Docker, Inc., has been included in the list of "Cool Vendors" in the April 21, 2015 report by Gartner, Inc, Cool Vendors in DevOps, 2015. In the report, Gartner notes, “As virtualization and cloud applications grow beyond being single images run on premise to being comprised of multiple tiers that can be run and scaled in a hybrid cloud, new approaches are needed to reduce complexity.” “Docker has gained great traction within the developer community for how efficient it makes the individual de...
Apr. 28, 2015 09:27 AM EDT
SOA Software has changed its name to Akana. With roots in Web Services and SOA Governance, Akana has established itself as a leader in API Management and is expanding into cloud integration as an alternative to the traditional heavyweight enterprise service bus (ESB). The company recently announced that it achieved more than 90% year-over-year growth. As Akana, the company now addresses the evolution and diversification of SOA, unifying security, management, and DevOps across SOA, APIs, microser...
Apr. 28, 2015 09:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,459