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Voodoo organizes contest for young entrepreneurs and students

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New Delhi: Mobile app digital assistant for smartphone users Voodoo has launched a contest for students and start-up entrepreneurs, allowing the winners to bag paid internship and a chance to meet their doyens.

The ‘VooDOo or Die’ contest – dubbed “India’s biggest growth challenge” – aims to stimulate enterprising ideas among students from colleges all over India, including the likes of IITs, NITs and other top-rung colleges across all disciplines, as well as start-up enthusiasts, a company statement said.

“We have launched the ‘VooDOo or Die’ contest to challenge the intellects of the Indian youth to the very limit and encourage the best and the brightest talent with not just rewards, but rewarding experiences,” Voodoo co-founder and CEO Mohit Mittal said at the
launch here on Thursday.

“This is why we have brought the industry pioneers together on one platform to nurture and guide the next wave of entrepreneurs. We are confident that this unique and engaging contest will be highly successful, and are excited to see the youth’s response to our challenge”, he added.

The contestants will be judged and awarded points by an expert panel, which would evaluate the performance on novelty, impact and their caliber to grow a start-up from scratch.

The top-ranked contestant will be awarded Rs.50,000 while up to 81 places will be awarded cash prizes. Moreover, the three best performers will be awarded a paid internship at Voodoo, a SAIF Partners-backed venture, with a monthly stipend of Rs.25,000 each.

Select winners will also come face-to-face with eminent CEOs and venture capitalists, including the likes of Rahul Yadav, co-founder and former CEO, Housing.com; Kunal Shah, co-founder and CEO of Freecharge; Alok Goel, managing director, SAIF Partners; Dharamveer Singh Chouhan, co-founder and CEO, Zostel and ZO Rooms; Ashish Goel, CEO, Urban Ladder; and Shradha Sharma, founder and chief editor, YourStory.

With the registrations having started on Thursday, the contest will begin on December 10.

Voodoo is a digital assistant that integrates with all the apps on a smartphone device, helping the user get the best deals, compare prices, get coupons and recommendations for online shopping.

(IANS)

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UAE-Based Indians expatriates Start Free Online Coaching For Kids

2 Dubai based best friends have started the '#PandemicCamp' to provide free online education for CBSE students

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2 UAE based expats have started taking free online classes of children who can't afford private tutors during the pandemic. Pixabay

Two United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Indian expats started free online coaching for children who have dropped out of after-school private tuition because of the coronavirus pandemic, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news reported.

Simran Kanal and Mehak Lalchandani, who have been best-friends from their Dubai school days, were running their newly-founded ‘#PandemicCamp’ to provide free online coaching for CBSE students whose parents can no longer afford private tutors, reports Gulf News.

Pandemic Camp is offering free Zoom lessons in English, Maths and Hindi for grades one to five, taught by the two former CBSE students Kanal and Lalchandani, both 2014 alumni of The Millennium School in Dubai.

“We’re both very compassionate, both as students and as teachers. We came across parents who have had to withdraw their children from private tuition, so this camp is a way we wanted to give back to society,” said Kanal, a freelance journalist and writer who works for an online marketplace platform.

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Pandemic Camp is offering free Zoom lessons in English, Maths and Hindi for grades one to five. (Representative Image). Pixabay

Lalchandani, a finance degree holder, said: “Since we’re very familiar with the CBSE curriculum, that is why we chose CBSE and are catering to primary school grades.”

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She said the sudden switch to distance learning has not been easy for students, teachers and parents.

“In a classroom, you have 30 students and you have to personally go to a student and see what they’re doing in their book. But when you have 30 students online, then it’s very difficult for that one-on-one help,” Gulf news quoted Lalchandani as saying.

Kanal said compared to her school days, students today in grade four or five have “tremendous assignments” that often need close help by parents, who themselves have to learn new digital skills. (IANS)

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Understand Your Kids’ Perspective to Make Them Exercise

Parents need to put themselves in children's shoes to make their kids take time off the screen and exercise

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Being strict parents will not help, you need to understand your kid's perspective. Pixabay

Strict parenting may not always yield the best results, especially when it comes to making your kids take time off the screen and do some exercise, suggests new research Lifestyle news.

Rather, parents who know a child’s preferences and participate in the activities become more successful in keeping him/her motivated to do exercise, showed the findings published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Parental control, meaning varying degrees of coercion and disregarding the child’s role in exercise-related decision-making, was perceived as undesirable and reduced enthusiasm for exercise.

“For example, strong, public and overt encouragement in tournaments and games was perceived in some cases as embarrassing and even shameful,” explained postdoctoral researcher Arto Laukkanen from University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.

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“For example, strong, public and overt encouragement in tournaments and games was perceived in some cases as embarrassing and even shameful,” explained postdoctoral researcher Arto Laukkanen. Pixabay

“In addition, underestimating and ignoring the temporary cessation of exercise motivation, for example, was perceived as controlling and reducing enthusiasm for exercise.”

The study involved interviews with 79 first-, second-, and third-grade students.

The researchers found that children aged 7 to 10 years had a clear distinction between parenting that increases and reduces exercise motivation.

A very typical unpleasant exercise experience for children was related to limiting screen time and the associated command that the child should go out to exercise.

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Parents want to limit the screen time of their kids and want them to exercise. Pixabay

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“This is very contradictory, as parents try to take care of the children’s screen time and adequate level of exercise, but at the same time they may be contributing to alienation from exercise,” Laukkanen said.

“Perhaps exercise should not be set in opposition to screen time, but one should strive to organize independent space for both of them in everyday life.”

However, the researchers said that further research on this topic was urgently needed from the perspectives of both children and parents. (IANS)

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Pearson India Launches ‘MyPedia’ skill on Amazon Alexa for English Learners

You can now learn English with MyPedia on Amazon Alexa

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MyPedia ia an interactive skill launched on Amazon Alexa to help people learn english language. Pixabay

Digital learning company Pearson India on Tuesday introduced an interactive skill called MyPedia on Amazon Alexa for students and learners of all age groups to learn English.

The Pearson MyPedia skill offers a collection of engaging stories coupled with fun facts, trivia, quizzes and rewards.

“We have worked with Amazon Alexa team to build Pearson MyPedia skill that will help learners improve their English language abilities through storytelling. The skill can supplement reading and writing of the English language in a new, e?ective and fun way,” Ramesh Subbarao, Vice President Portfolio, South Asia, Pearson, said in a statement.

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The new skill can be accessed on all Amazon Echo smart speakers. Wikimedia Commons

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The interactive format of the skill can help improve English vocabulary, listening, speaking, comprehension, and storytelling. To get started say “Alexa, open MyPedia”, or simply “Alexa, I want to learn English”.

It is designed to enhance the interest of students in the English language. The stories used in the skill can inspire them to be authors and be imaginative while writing in English.

The new skill can be accessed on all Amazon Echo smart speakers, Echo Show smart displays, as well as the Alexa app for smartphones. (IANS)