Twitter Roundup – August 13: Health tips from Sesame Street, mentorship from i/o ventures, and street parking solutions from San Francisco
Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week:
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind the PBS television show “Sesame Street” (@sesamestreet), is teaming up with AmeriChoice-UnitedHealthcare, a healthcare company that serves low-income households. This December, they will release a DVD starring Sesame Street’s beloved characters, aimed at helping families find budget-friendly healthy food options.
Paul Bragiel (@bragiel), a partner at early-stage startup incubator i/o ventures, announced a great new program today in conjunction with the WIE (Woman, Inspiration, Enterprise) Network. After i/o noticed that few women were applying to their startup mentoring program, they decided to offer a special prize for a “trailblazing female tech entrepreneur.” The prize involves four months of comprehensive mentoring in San Francisco from tech-industry luminaries and $25,000 to cover expenses. Arianna Huffington will announce the winner in September at the WIE Symposium.
The premise of this Fast Company profile of perennial favorite TED is that watching videos from TED events is equivalent to a comprehensive education, in many ways, and it creates a network for “the idea-hungry elite.” There are already articles rebutting the notion that this series of speeches can supplant an education. Whichever side of the fence you’re on, it’s worth a read.
Leave it to tech-shrewd San Francisco to come up with an algorithmic answer to the longtime problem of parking in urban spaces. Starting this month, the city’s transit authority will install parking meters and sensors that automatically adjust prices based on how popular a parking space is. Each month, computers will calculate which spaces are occupied most, and raise the prices until they work out to a level where there’s usually a space free. Less-popular parking spaces can drop to as little as $0.25 per hour. This video on their website explains why and how it all works.
Did you come across any other noteworthy #socent tweets this week? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @dowserDOTorg.