Christian Boniforti has been appointed Lynn University’s first chief strategy and technology officer (CSTO). Boniforti served as Lynn’s chief information officer for the past 12 years. As CSTO, he will focus on organizational strategy to unlock value for students and identify large-scale business and technology solutions.
Simulation is one of Florida’s most-robust industries, with the state annually hosting one of the largest trade shows in the world.
The National Center for Simulation has elected a new board of directors, adding a 20-year tech industry veteran and a longtime simulation expert who specializes in human performance technology.
Aptima Vice President of Products Janet Sprull and Technology Associates and Products Dan Ketchen will join the board for a three-year term. Re-elected to three-year terms were Brian Holmes of Quantum 3D Government Systems, Mary Trier of Capital Communications & Consulting, Angela Alban of Simetri, Marni Spence of CliftonLarsonAllen and Bill Reuter of R-Squared Solutions.
The group joins representatives from UCF, Bohemia Interactive Simulations, Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Lockheed Martin, Walt Disney World, Orange County and other private companies on the board.
Disney is preparing another live-action Star Wars spinoff as it attract viewers to a new video streaming site. The company has reported a record financial year, boosted by box office hits such as the Incredibles 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Disney earned record annual results this year, making profits of nearly $12.6bn on $59.4bn in revenue.
As well as its film studios, Disney's holdings include cruise ships and theme parks, a TV division that includes ESPN and broadcast networks such as ABC.
It is now intent on expanding its digital reach. The company already owns a stake in the general television streaming site Hulu. This year, it added ESPN Plus, a sports-focused online streaming site.
The company also plans to launch Disney Plus, a family oriented site that will feature a mix of new shows and films from the firm's rich back catalogue, in late 2019.
Former Olive Garden president Brad Blum is moving the headquarters for the parent company of Brio Tuscan Grille and Bravo Cucina Italiana to Florida. According to Mr Blum, Brio and Bravo will be the flagship restaurants of a new company called FoodFirst Global Restaurants, which will look to acquire and develop more brands. The move will mean new jobs in Orlando as the company shifts its corporate headquarters out of Columbus, Ohio.
Generation Z students, classified as being between the ages of 14 and 23, believe that YouTube is a bigger contributor to their education than textbooks, according to a study by Pearson Education. YouTube was the preferred education method for Gen. Z students (59%), but was less prevalent among Millennials (55%). YouTube launched in 2005 — meaning most of Gen Z grew up with it. According to Pew research, 85% of teenagers say they use YouTube more than any other social platform, with some school districts even having their own YouTube channels accessible for both teachers and students.
The so-called Camp Fire in California has been fueled by strong winds and dry forest across 20,000 acres. Thousands have been evacuated from the region, including from schools and hospitals. A second wildfire is said to have scorched 10,000 acres - a few miles from the scene of a mass shooting in Thousands Oaks that claimed 12 lives on Wednesday.
If wild fires and wild shooting were not enough, thousands of Californians are also without power.
According to the Brookings Institution, there has been a resurgence of manufacturing growth in the United States.
Thanks in part to its pro-business policies, strong workforce and trade infrastructure, Florida ranks among the nation’s top ten states for manufacturing. The state is home to more than 19,000 manufacturers employing more than 331,000 workers. Florida’s manufacturers produce a wide variety of goods including aerospace products, batteries, communications equipment, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, boats and more.
The BBC has reported some of HSBC's US customers' bank accounts were hacked between 4th and 15th October 2018. HSBC said that the perpetrators may have accessed information including account numbers and balances, statement and transaction histories and payee details in addition to other data.
Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey is quoted as saying, "The information made public so far by HSBC is quite limited. "There's a lot more information we've yet to see, which I hope HSBC makes public when it has it."
Selected start-up companies in the financial technology space are to vie for cash and visibility at a competition set for Feb. 6-7, 2019 in Florida.
The event being called the Global FinTech Innovation Challenge is the work of Global Accelerated Ventures of Miami, which said Jacksonville-based Fidelity National Information Services Inc., known as FIS, will serve as title sponsor.
Plans for the event were announced Oct. 26, 2018 in London by Global Accelerated Ventures Managing Partner Christopher Malter, who appeared as part of part of a program alongside Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who was there advocating Florida as a fintech hub.
Florida Atlantic University has made millions of dollars in strategic investments to attract world-class scientists, develop new STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs and grow its research enterprise.