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Abu Dhabi-based business incubator Hub71 has announced the 16 tech startups chosen for its Incentive Program, an initiative designed to alleviate the cost of setting up and growing a tech company.

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In addition to UAE-grown startups, the selected list also includes tech startups from USA, UK, Italy, as well as Hub71’s first participant from Luxembourg- with their solutions targeted at a plethora of industries such as fintech, healthtech, cleantech, edtech, foodtech and logistics. The cohort, which comprises pre-seed, seed, and Series-A startups, has collectively already raised over US$67 million.

“Our value-driven programs are continuing to attract high-tech startups to Abu Dhabi that are driving transformation within key sectors of the economy,” said Badr Al-Olama, Acting CEO of Hub71. “As a partner to over 170 startups in our community, we always strive to connect founders to our global network of blue-chip corporations, government bodies and investors. With our ability to unlock real growth opportunities for founders, we expect this new cohort to gain tremendous traction over the next few months within the vibrant tech ecosystem that Abu Dhabi has to offer.”

Over the next couple of years, the 16 startups will be able to avail benefits such as equity-free incentives worth up to AED 500,000 as well as gain access to a network of investors, corporate, government, and academia partners.

Backed by Mubadala Investment Company, and with a mission to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation in Abu Dhabi, Hub71 has already accepted over 170 startups into its ecosystem and enabled the creation of over 1,000 jobs since its launch in 2019. Notably, in the first half of 2022, Hub71 startups raised $436 million from global investors and generated nearly $700 million in revenue. With plans to enable greater access to the UAE market for overseas startup founders, Hub71 is now also working towards cross-border programs.

Here’s the full list of the 16 startups selected to be a part of Hub71’s latest cohort:

Abhi– Pakistan’s first financial wellness platform that enables salaried employees to draw down a percentage of their accrued salary before the next payroll.

Amwal– a fintech company that is building an identity-powered payment that allows individuals to authenticate and pay, send, or remit money based on their phone numbers.

archiREEF– a Hong Kong-based cleantech startup that offers climate solutions with eco-engineering approaches for ocean ecosystem restoration.

Cubex Global– an online marketplace for buying, bidding and selling space on sea freight containers in real time.

DoBrain– an AI-based application that offers an accessible and affordable digital cognitive learning program for young children.

Gigaaa– an AI-powered personal assistant that is designed to reduce complexity of growing connections with people, systems and services by process automation and autonomous decision making.

GlycanAge– a healthtech company designed to determine the state of one’s immune system and risk of chronic inflammation through multiple scientific methods.

GrubTech– a B2B software as a service (SaaS) foodtech company that provides end to end solutions for cloud kitchens and modern restaurants.

Maalexi– a US-based trade and finance digital ecosystem that facilitates both cross-border trade, as well as financing of food and agricultural products.

iHealthScreen – a platform that utilizes AI to scalably screen for retinal diseases and heart diseases.

Islamic Finance Guru– a one stop shop for all Muslims globally to get their finances and investments in order with its flagship product IFG Wealth.

Lune– a unified financial data platform that provides solutions across financial management, data enrichment and analysis, which also provides personalized customer experiences.

OnEx– a one-stop shop for medical manufactures worldwide to export and manage their businesses overseas.

Yoello– a payments platform building infrastructure that connects banks and payment networks to merchants and consumers.

Perceptiviti– a deep technology company focused on fraud and risk management.

Green Future Project– a firm that simplifies access to effective climate solutions and empowers individuals to have an active role in reversing climate change.

Related: Virtuzone Partners With Binance To Enable Cryptocurrency Payments For Business Setup In The UAE

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Aditya Swamy, Google Play partnership’s director, on Thursday, said that India will play a critical role in the evolution of the global app ecosystem in the coming decade and Google Play will continue to invest in India to encourage budding innovations.

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“India is today uniquely positioned to become a leading hub for global app innovation and there is tremendous potential for India startups across the country, regardless of size and geography, to thrive in the global app ecosystem. From leading in-app adoptions to emerging as a large global developer hub, India will play a critical role in the evolution of the global app ecosystem in the coming decade,” said Swamy.

According to Swamy’s blog post, “Indian apps and games saw a 200 per cent increase in active monthly users and an 80 per cent increase in consumers spend in 2021 compared to 2019 on Google play. The local developers are finding global audiences with Indian apps and games, seeing a 150 per cent increase in time spent by users outside India in 2021 compared to 2019.”

“We will continue to invest in initiatives that enable a diverse range of developers to build helpful apps and successful businesses on Play. We want to help every developer with an idea capitalize on the potential to reach 2.5 billion monthly active users and 190 countries with Google Play,” he added.

According to reports, “India had the second-highest app downloads in the world, with more than 27 billion downloads in 2021. The report also says that, the Indian app market is expected to reach $2.3 billion in revenue by 2026, growing at a CAGR 9.22 per cent.”

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Sustainability is a buzzword which has stormed the fashion industry. The growing awareness around sustainable fashion is not only restricted to apparel but has made its way into footwear as well.

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The vogue is such that the concept has forayed into one of India’s newest airline’s uniforms. Recently, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Akasa Air unveiled its crew’s sustainable uniform which won accolades from netizens.

The innovation in the sustainable footwear industry has undergone a lot of changes over these years and the current trends speak for casual sneakers and canvas shoes. These are made with recycled rubber soles, upcycled products and sustainable or eco-friendly materials which are aligned with the consumers’ philosophy.

Urgent intervention

About 300 million pairs of shoes are thrown out each year, which may take hundreds of years to completely decompose in a landfill. According to reports, Ethylene-vinyl acetate, found in most sneakers as the shock-absorbing component, is believed to take more than 1,000 years to break down. Moreover, by virtue of the way it is assembled, shoes are fairly difficult to recycle.

Many factors influence the environmental impact of a product. Virgin plastic, rubber and petroleum were the main constituents of shoes for most companies until recently. These materials have high carbon footprints and hence companies started exploring alternatives.

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PUMA, a German multinational corporation manufacturing athletic and casual footwear, is trying to find new ways to reduce environmental footprint as part of its Forever Better sustainability strategy.

In 2021, the company announced a project, which finds solutions for the afterlife of products. The RE: SUEDE category is the company’s experimental version of the iconic suede sneaker which was created using better sustainable materials. “As many as 500 participants have been selected to wear the shoes for half-a-year before sending them back to PUMA. Together with Dutch waste management specialist Ortessa, we will test if the shoes can biodegrade in a controlled setting to create compost,” said Stefan Seidel, senior head of corporate sustainability, PUMA.

“We want to make sure that by 2025, 90 per cent of our products contain more sustainable materials and components. For footwear that means at least one main component will be made from more sustainable sources, such as leather from tanneries that have received a Leather Working Group medal rating or recycled sources such as recycled polyester, leather or rubber,” Seidel added.

The RE:SUEDE range is made with materials such as zeology tanned suede, biodegradable TPE and hemp fibers. Compared to other biodegradable materials that were evaluated by PUMA, these materials ensure better comfort.

The biodegradable footwear line should be produced with an eye on creating the least possible damage to the environment. Nike, the American multinational corporation engaged in the manufacturing of footwear and apparel, is a major believer in sustainable practices.

“Since 2008, all Nike air soles are composed of at least 50 per cent recycled manufacturing waste. As of 2020, all of Nike’s AirMI facilities in North America are powered by 100 per cent renewable wind energy. We reuse more than 90 per cent of the waste from materials used for our air soles to make new, innovative cushioning systems. Shoes labeled ‘sustainable materials’ are made from at least 20 per cent recycled content by weight,” quoted the official Nike website.

In 2015, Adidas partnered with the environmental organization Parley for the Oceans. They teamed up to help end plastic waste through the power of sport. “Through our collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, we want to inspire and mobilize an entire generation to help shape the future of our planet. We are rethinking the standard materials we use and expanding our portfolio to include recycled and natural materials as well as exploring new more sustainable material innovations,” quoted Adidas in its website.

Shaping the future

By 2024, Adidas aims to replace virgin polyester with recycled polyester, wherever possible. “We are redesigning how we work to bring innovations and services to keep products in play for longer, such as Made to be Remade. Through this, products will be remade and not thrown away. You wear it down and return it.”

Reebok has raised the bar to take the idea of sustainability ahead. The brand believes that it is in the business to inspire positive changes with a trailblazing innovation of its plant-based performance running shoe.

The Forever Floatride GROW is an update of Reebok’s award-winning Forever Floatride Energy shoe. The shoe is composed of four key ingredients: an upper made primarily of eucalyptus, algae sockliner and natural rubber outsole and the hero of the plant-based mission, a midsole composed of castor beans.

“The earth is a runner’s arena, and we have a responsibility to help detox the world for the athletes who run in it,” said Matt O’Toole, Reebok Brand president in a report. Reebok plans to ensure that every single one of their products are sustainable by 2030.

The younger consumers are more aware about the environmental impact of their choices. Sustainability has been an important topic for PUMA ever since it first introduced a code of conduct for suppliers in 1993. “In the past five years, consumers have become more aware about sustainability, especially the younger generation,” added Seidel of PUMA.

According to a report by Startview Research, the sustainable footwear market is likely to witness a CAGR of 5.8 per cent from 2020 to 2025. In terms of regions, Asia-Pacific is estimated to be the largest as well as the fastest-growing sustainable footwear market during the forecast period, with China and India being the major growth propellers of the region.

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The majority of EdTech startups think that the way to succeed is to digitize traditional learning methods and amass as much content as possible. But nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, the whole approach to learning in the digital era should be reimagined from scratch. 

With the advent of the PC and then smartphones in the last few decades, the world has changed dramatically, and we are now living in the age of distraction. We are always online, receiving hundreds of emails, messages, and social media notifications every day. Technology has cut the hours of the day into smaller and smaller pieces placing deeper learning out of reach. As a result, many people are at risk of missing life-improving opportunities.

Using our three years of experience in developing an EdTech product that fits the lives of busy adults, we have compiled a list of the top emerging trends for the EdTech industry that will shape the future of education. 

1. Bite-sized learning will replace traditional courses

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have found that the dropout rate of online courses has increased to 96%. It means that current digitized studying methods — let’s call it EdTech 1.0 — don’t work anymore. They require time and focus, which are nowadays becoming a luxury. So, we need an EdTech 2.0 solution. 

EdTech companies focus on creating bite-sized content to address users’ needs. There is no need to set aside hours for studying — you can take just 5 to 15 minutes a day to keep your knowledge updated and your mind in good shape. For instance, reading or listening to one book summary a day on the Headway app will give you crucial insights into 365 nonfiction bestsellers by the end of the year. But a short format does not mean superficial learning; you will be profoundly immersed into a wealth of genuinely relevant and helpful content.

2. Gamification is the way to motivation

It’s no secret traditional learning methods are dull and require a considerable attention span and constant striving. But with goal setting, gaining points, moving to the next level and challenges, games can make learning exciting and enjoyable to the modern clip-thinking user.

The combination of studying and game mechanics is called edutainment, first introduced by geographer Robert Heyman in 1973 as his genre of interactive films about animals. Initially, edutainment was used for children’s learning but later, adult audiences picked it up. As a result, the global edutainment market is increasing and is expected to reach $10 billion by 2025.

Gamification engages attention, encourages motivation and instills a willingness to learn. In addition, it transforms the studying process from a tedious obligation into something you would want to do with a cup of coffee instead of watching TV. 

Creating gamifying elements on the Headway app has partially met the need to study with excitement, not boredom. After introducing rewards for finishing the first summary and saving the initial insight, we have noticed a steady increase in user engagement; first-day retention has increased by 5.2%, and the number of new users who completed their first summary has risen by 3.6%. 

Related: Gamification, A Rising Business Model In Edtech

3. Knowledge is readily at hand 

Over 80% of the world’s population uses smartphones, and that number is constantly growing; it is expected to climb to 7.5 billion users by 2024. Most of the time, a smartphone is at hand. Do you remember the last time you went out without your smartphone? You probably went back right away to retrieve it. Our smartphones hold our plans, thoughts, work, social connections and entertainment, and they are with us at business meetings, important events, bed and even showers. Therefore, have a smartphone if you want to get closer to a user.

EdTech 2.0 products are accessible anywhere and anytime. For instance, if you are on your way to work on the subway or have five spare minutes waiting for a friend — just open your learning app. Nearly half of Americans spend five to six hours a day on their phone every single day, not including work-related use. So rather than scroll a boring feed, they could choose to have fun and learn.

Smartphones are becoming the main instruments in the self-education industry as they help make the learning process more efficient by interaction. It is no longer enough for the user to just read, watch or listen; they want to discuss the received information, share it and create notes.

4. Get to know your customer and personalize

YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, Instagram and TikTok require users to choose what to interact with. Dozens of digital products compete for customer attention each second, so remember, you will have strong rivals if you are in EdTech.

You should offer something relevant to attract and retain users, and personalization is key. With the growth of Big Data and AI, personalization of educational content is becoming the “new norm,” making this trend applicable to EdTech services.

For example, Coursera asks users about their interests between lessons, analyzes their responses and offers courses that align with their interests. The Headway app also makes it personal. For instance, we create a unique selection of book summaries for each user based on their preferences and allow them to set their own reading daily goal.

Related: Here’s How EdTech Companies Are Creatively Revolutionizing Special Education

5. It is time for digital-native consumer brands in education 

The post-war consumer economy boom of the 1940s and1950s and the rise of new mass markets created consumer goods powerhouses. From the 2000s, the digital economy has been giving rise to digital native consumer services powerhouses such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple and Netflix. 

Today, the demand for accessible and entertaining self-learning content is apparent, especially during a pandemic that has emphasized online studying. According to HolonIQ, the global EdTech market will reach $404 billion by 2025, and the education apps market will increase 26% by 2024. Our growth is similar; at Headway, we develop EdTech 2.0, focusing on gamification, personalization, technology and short-form content. Our team has tripled using these principles and implementing new formats during the past year, and our revenue has grown sixfold. So, the numbers confirm it is time for digital-native consumer brands in bite-sized educational content.

Related: The Rise and Continuing Evolution of the Digitally Native Vertical Brand

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As we know, the pandemic moves slow. And so it has gone for young children and their parents amid a nearly year-long Covid-vaccine rollout. But yesterday, an independent panel of experts advising the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended emergency use authorization (EUA) of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid vaccine for children ages 5-11. The panel included medical professionals from agencies and institutions including the National Institutes of Health, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Harvard Medical School. The final vote was 17-0 in favor, citing benefits that outweighed any risks. (One panel member abstained from the vote.)

So, if you have been hopeful for this moment, what does it mean, exactly? Well, think about it as comparable to how legislation moves through Congress. A bill that originates in the House of Representatives gets put up for a vote. If it passes, it then moves on to the Senate for its approval, before being signed into law by the President.

In this instance, think of the FDA as the House. Now that the FDA’s advisors gave their thumbs-up — the equivalent of putting it up for an official vote — the FDA itself has to second their consensus and officially issue an EUA for the vaccine. (Expectations are this could happen before the weekend.) Once the EUA is issued, a vaccine-advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), functioning as a kind of Senate body, weighs the EUA’s merits. This is scheduled to take place on November 2. Assuming they concur with the FDA’s determination, the committe then advises CDC Director Rochelle Walensky — whose role here is a la the President for our purposes — who would ultimately choose to formally recommend (or not) the vaccine for children ages 5-11. 

Assuming Walensky gives her go-ahead, at that precise moment (which could reasonably arrive as soon as early next week), the actual Commander-in-Chief, President Biden, will execute his plan for distributing the Pfizer children’s vaccine to tens of thousands of pharmacies, pediatric offices, hospitals and health and community centers around the country.

Related: Pfizer and BioNTech SE Submit Data on Covid Vaccine for Kids 5-11 to FDA; Emergency Use Authorization Could Come By Halloween

The upshot? Most kids in that cohort will be able to get their first dose — if their parents so choose — potentially by late next week. (The children’s dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be a third the amount of an adult dose, and delivered via a smaller needle. The second dose will be administered three weeks later.)

To date, Covid-19 has led to the deaths of more than 736,000 Americans, including nearly 700 children.

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Millions of anxious parents are one formality closer to having the option of vaccinating their kids against Covid-19. This morning, Pfizer and BioNTech SE announced that they have submitted data from comprehensive trial results of their mRNA vaccine on children ages 5-11 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The statement referred to last week’s disclosure that “the safety profile and immunogenicity data in children aged 5 to 11 years vaccinated at a lower dose are consistent with those we have observed with our vaccine in other older populations at a higher dose.” 

In other words, after a three-phase trial conducted with thousands of participants from diverse backgrounds, the companies are confident that a modified dosage of their product is safe and efficacious for kids in kindergarten and up.

An important note is that, although the FDA intends to immediately start poring over the data, Pfizer and BioNTech have not yet applied for Emergency Use Authorization from the agency, the final procedural step before vaccines can be administered those in question. But per their newest statement, that “is expected to follow in the coming weeks.” 

And as Dr. Anthony Fauci has mentioned in recent days, that could mean parents who choose to vaccinate their elementary-aged children might be able to do just that by late October.

As of this writing, nearly 687,000 Americans have died from Covid-19 infection. Between June 16 and August 14, child hospitalizations due to Covid infections rose nearly tenfold over the prior six-week period.

Related: Pfizer Says its COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe and Likely to Work In Younger Children, and it’s Planning to Ask for Permission to Use it In Kids as Young as 5

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Kenny Herzog is currently Digital Content Director at Entrepreneur Media. Previously, he has served as Editor in Chief or Managing Editor for several online and print publications, and contributed his byline to outlets including Rolling Stone, New York Magazine/Vulture, Esquire, The Ringer, Men’s Health, TimeOut New York, A.V. Club, Men’s Journal, Mic, Mel, Nylon and many more.

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The UK-based pharmaceutical maker’s two-shot solution appears to be even more efficacious against symptomatic infection than Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose injection.

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Every major vaccine developed in the race to ward off Covid-19 has experienced a similar narrative arc: initial optimism over its potential; momentary wariness over its efficacy and/or side effects; and eventual acceptance and desirability. AstraZeneca‘s two-shot offering — already in widespread use around the world, though not without intermittent hesitancy — appears headed toward its ultimate destiny in the U.S.

This morning, the UK-based, British-Swedish pharmaceutical company released partial results from late-stage testing on more than 32,000 adult U.S. participants. Of those, only 141 developed symptomatic Covid-19, according to AstraZeneca’s press release, which summarized its findings. That amounts to a 79% efficacy rate against symptomatic cases (80% for participants 65 and older). The test results yielded a 100% success rate in shielding against hospitalizations and deaths related to Covid. The studies were conducted under a randomized, 2:1 distributions vaccine versus placebo. 

Related: FDA Says Johnson & Johnson’s One-Dose Vaccine Is Safe and Effective

As AP reports, AstraZeneca will apply for authorized FDA use of the vaccine in early April and, if approved, be prepared to deliver 30 million doses right away and another 20 million by the end of that month. As of this writing, the CDC tabulates that more than 13 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated. Roughly half of those have been 65 or older.

Recent fears over a possible link between administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine and subsequent blood clots have been largely allayed by the global scientific community. 

Related: AstraZeneca Claims to Have the ‘Winning Formula’ for Its Vaccine

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This reusable rocket needs a little more work.

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Yesterday, SpaceX almost successfully completed a high-altitude flight test of a Starship rocket. We say “almost,” as the prototype test was going well and completed an almost perfect landing, but then it exploded.

Like siblings SN8 and SN9 that came before, SN10 was powered by three engines, each shutting down in sequence prior to reaching apogee — about six miles in altitude. The vehicle performed as expected, reorienting itself for reentry and descending into a precise landing at the intended location.

“Starship SN10 landed in one piece,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday—almost willing something to go wrong. SpaceX’s livestream video ended before the eruption, giving the appearance of victory. Ten minutes later, the reusable rocket was reusable no more. NASASpaceflight continued to record and captured the explosion. You can watch what happened in the video here at about the 10:39 mark. 

“As if the flight test was not exciting enough, SN10 experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly shortly after landing,” according to SpaceX, which left out the gory details. Various reports suggest a massive fire at the vehicle’s base sent it on an impromptu second trip into the sky.

“All in all a great day for the Starship teams,” the company website said. “These test flights are all about improving our understanding and development of a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo on long-duration interplanetary flights, and help humanity return to the Moon, and travel to Mars and beyond.”

“SpaceX team is doing great work,” Musk added in a tweet. “One day, the true measure of success will be that Starship flights are commonplace.”

Related: Elon Musk Is Creating a City in Texas. It Will Be Called Starbase and It Will Be Ruled by ‘The Doge.’

This isn’t the aerospace manufacturer’s first explosion. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month concluded investigations into a pair of recent SpaceX Starship trials, including the botched touchdowns of two high-altitude test flights.

In early December, SpaceX successfully launched its Starship rocket — which crash-landed back on Earth. Two months later, the firm sent the SN9 soaring miles above the company’s Texas facilities, completing another successful flight demonstration — which, once again, ended in a fiery explosion of prototype pieces.

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New features and tools are rolling out over the next year.

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Google Classroom continues to cater to at-home schooling needs with a series of updates, including better student controls and a simplified workflow for teachers.

When Classroom launched six years ago in an effort to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students, it didn’t expect to become the bedrock of education during a global pandemic. Alas, Covid-19 has forced many to adapt to unexpected challenges, and Google is no exception.

“We’ll continue to put the people who use our products first and listen to your feedback to address your top priorities,” program manager Melanie Lazare wrote in a blog announcement. “And we’ll always make sure Classroom retains the simplicity and ease-of-use that’s made it so helpful to teachers, students, and school leaders around the world.”

Classroom integration

Starting later this year, teachers using Google Workplace for Education Plus or Teaching and Learning Upgrade can use their favorite EdTech tools and content directly inside Classroom — no extra logins required. Simply choose from the content directory and send assignments to students without leaving the virtual school room.

Educators can also expect options to set up classes in advance with Student Information System (SIS) roster syncing and streamline grade entry, as well as gain deeper insights into audit and activity logs.

Hybrid learning

School can be difficult enough when the teacher is standing directly in front of you. Introduce unreliable Zoom meetings, at-home distractions and social isolation, and kids can easily start falling behind. Google wants to help by launching student engagement tracking, allowing educators to see relevant stats like who submitted an assignment or commented on a post on a particular day. It’s also updating the Android app to work offline or with intermittent connections.

“We’ve seen an increase in the number of images uploaded to Classroom — especially from students taking photos of paper assignments,” Lazare said. “We’re making it easier to attach and submit photos in the Classroom Android app and for teachers to review. Students will be able to combine photos into a single document, crop or rotate images and adjust lighting.”

Related: Google’s Big Move to Disrupt and Upend Higher Education

Simplified workflow

Keep an eye out for Android improvements, including the ability to switch between student submissions, grade while viewing an assignment and share feedback. iOS and web users will also soon be able to customize assignments and posts using rich text formatting — bold, italics, underline, bullets, etc.

Originality reports, meanwhile, will be available in 15 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Finnish, German, Korean, Danish, Malay, Hindi), making it easier for instructors to detect potential plagiarism.

“Many of these features were based on your feedback,” according to Lazare. “We hope these features improve your experience as they become available.”

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The 15-year-old wunderkind was interviewed by Angelina Jolie about her efforts to combat everything from contaminated water to cyberbullying.

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One year ago, Time magazine anointed then-16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg its “Person of the Year.” Twelve months later, the publication has doubled down on elevating accomplished youths by partnering with its sister platform, Time for Kids, and Nickelodeon to designate its first-ever Kid of the Year.

The honor goes to 15-year-old scientist and inventor (what have you done lately?) Gitanjali Rao, who aims to harness tech and innovation to confront crises including contaminated drinking water, opiod addiction, cyberbullying and persistent gender and racial inequality. In fact, she’s been actively applying her skills toward those goals since pre-adolescence, having won 3M and Discovery Education’s Young Scientist Challenge when she was just 11. 

Related: This 17-Year-Old Recovered From Coronavirus, and Then Started COVID Candies to Help Fight It

Actress/activist Angelina Jolie snagged the cover byline, interviewing Rao about her preternatural accomplishments and lofty ambitions. As Rao tells Jolie, “Our generation is facing so many problems that we’ve never seen before. But then at the same time we’re facing old problems that still exist. Like, we’re sitting here in the middle of a new global pandemic, and we’re also like still facing human-rights issues. There are problems that we did not create but that we now have to solve.” 

As Rao, Thunberg and the rest of their teenage cohort continue to demonstrate, they might just be the ones to do it.

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