The Lab experiment

first_img“It’s a particle accelerator … for people.” That is how Michael John Gorman, founding director of Dublin’s Science Gallery, described his efforts to create a public forum for innovation.Gorman, part of a panel discussion that included a particle physicist who co-wrote an opera, helped to set the mood for Sunday night’s (Nov. 8) opening exhibition of The Laboratory (The Lab) at Harvard, held in the Northwest Science Building at 52 Oxford St.The Lab, a three-year experiment orchestrated by David Edwards, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering, offers a “forum to help catalyze ideas” across many fields. Stemming from his course “Idea Translation” (ES 147), the exhibition of student-based experiments is designed to morph into an ongoing series of events and “idea nights” open to anyone at Harvard with something to show or say.He said that the program’s “heart is about students” and insisted that “art and science is not an outcome” there, but rather a chaotic and often uncomfortable process that needs to be on display and fully engaged with, rather than trapped inside a studio, lab, or classroom.About 500-600 people streamed into the cavernous, dimly lit, ground-floor space to encounter a mix of prototypes and ideas in evolution, and to get a whiff of inhalable chocolate, one of the recent commercial “successes” (called LeWhif) cooked up by faculty and student innovators. Visitors dove into the nonculinary offerings, from urban agriculture to biorhythmic rhythms, with zest, engaging the student inventors with questions and compliments.Elizabeth “Ellie” Nowak ’10 called her experience of developing Vertigrow, a modular planter designed for crowded urban spaces, “the greatest thing I have ever done at Harvard.” What began as an assignment turned into a “class that kept going,” occupying Nowak up to 20 hours per week and eventually taking her to Africa.Joseph Shivers ’10, an economics concentrator and team member of Life Cell, creators of an easy-to-roll water container and purifier, said he is “still not comfortable” with much of the science and engineering behind the invention. Giving a quick tug on the concept model — a deflated yoga ball with a mesh of wooden dowel rods and rubber bands — he said the project meant you had to “trust yourself to find the solution” and trust others to share their collaborative expertise.With Soccket, a project that uses the kinetics from kicking a soccer ball to charge a battery hidden within, Jessica Matthews ’10 rekindled her inner science geek. After abandoning the field in high school, since “girls were not really encouraged,” her knowledge of physics and math suddenly came back to her in the process.Calling their idea “a music-social performance generated from human bio-data,” the inventors of GIGUE entertained a group of onlookers as they made a mad dash to hook up their homemade wires and circuits to a soundboard and sensors. Yi Wei ’10, a music and social sciences concentrator, beamed as she told the crowd that her goal was to make a performer out of everyone and to engage “participants in the creative process of music.”The Lab is supported by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the American Repertory Theater, the Harvard Office of the Provost, the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and Le Laboratoire in Paris.last_img read more

In the pre-season, Sunčani Hvar generated more income than in the heart of last year’s season

first_imgOn the wave of new investment projects, a record number of weddings and business events, and an increased number of arrivals from all key markets, Sunčani Hvar achieves the most intensive business period and record results in the company’s history.In the pre-season, there were 25% more overnight stays with a simultaneous increase in average prices, while total revenues grew by a high 20%. With an average hotel occupancy rate of almost 90% in May and June, this year’s preseason was as active as the very heart of the season.”For many years now, Sunny Hvar has been developing direct sales channels in the markets of higher purchasing power, for which Hvar has become an unavoidable destination and these channels have been at the forefront in generating income and overnight stays in the last few years. But at the same time, significant efforts have been made to develop and improve traditional sales channels and tourism experiences, and key partners are segmented who have the strength to jointly open new markets and intensify tourism trends outside the high season. expires Gordana Tomičić, President of the Management Board of Sunčani Hvar.After intensive market processing and cooperation with Croatian intermediary agencies, in the first six months we recorded growth from all emitting countries – from Brazil, Australia, Scandinavia to Taiwan, while the US and UK markets are growing by an incredible 30 and 40%, respectively. We achieved the greatest growth in the newly opened market of India, from which we had a 90 percent increase in overnight stays, and it is an indicator of well-chosen sales tactics, said Tomičić.The company points out that a successful human resources strategy, recognized by the labor market, is an indispensable part of success, and that Sunčani Hvar entered the season with all jobs filled and the recruitment process successfully completed, employing more than 500 seasonal workers. “Given the situation on the labor market in Croatia, our priority was primarily to quantitatively ensure a sufficient number of candidates, who will further through the selection process and qualitatively fill vacancies, so we started the recruitment process with the end of last season. On the other hand, for many years our goal has been to keep motivated employees and enable them further growth and development within the company through education and training programs, and to guide their specializations through a career development plan and the assignment of mentors. Through the year-round campaign “Are you looking for a job? Find a career! ” carried by the stories of our permanent employees who started their careers within Sunny Hvar as seasonal workers, we are extremely encouraged to develop young forces, ie our young leaders who over time take on key functions within the hotel. Almost all hotel management, from food and beverage managers and head chefs to hotel directors, came from our own staff and regular seasonal workers.”Said Blaženka Tomičić, Human Resources Director of Sunny Hvar.In order to accommodate employees, this year a new facility by the sea was renovated, which was placed outside the commercial function next to the existing Hotel Bodul, in order to make the stay on Hvar as pleasant as possible for the employees. As part of the care for the quality of life and working conditions and employee satisfaction, employees are provided with three meals a day and free coffee and soft drinks, and outside working hours they have terraces with board games and special offers in restaurants and bars in Hvar.48 working hours are planned for six days a week, and by agreement and in accordance with the needs of the work, employees can work a maximum of 60 hours. Salaries in Hvar are extremely competitive and higher than the average in Croatian hotels, but in addition, employees are paid monthly bonuses that amount to more than 1000 kn per season.An additional motive are certainly the guests of Sunny Hvar, who mostly come from countries with higher purchasing power, such as America, the UK, Scandinavia, Brazil and Australia, and are used to rewarding quality and good service. Given the new investments that are in preparation for next season, and labor-intensive periods outside the high season, an increasing number of seasonal workforce to provide more than six months of uninterrupted employment, and the most successful individuals and year-round contracts – said from Sunny Hvar.last_img read more