Category Archives: Innovation In The News

The Top 10 Companies Millennials Want to Work For

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 9.55.41 PMWhen we talk about trends for Millennials, it’s because these are the folks who’ve been handed our baton of leadership, technology and innovation.  So what drives them and what shapes them?

Inc. Magazine reports the top brands that are attracting and influencing the millennial workforce:

Lists of Millennials’ top workplacestop apps, and top athletes offer plenty of insights into the preferences and expectations of today’s largest generation, insights that can influence how you shift your leadership, branding, or communication to better recruit, retain, or engage the future leaders of your organization.

YouGov, a daily brand consumer perception research service, recently measured over 1,400 brands asking 18- to 34-year-old Millennial respondents: “Would you be proud or embarrassed to work for this brand?” Not surprising, the Millennial list is dominated by tech companies.

Top 10 brands Millennials say they’d be proudest to work for.

  1. Google
  2. Amazon
  3. Netflix
  4. YouTube
  5. Microsoft
  6. Samsung
  7. Nike
  8. Disneyland / Disney World
  9. Johnson & Johnson
  10. Apple

YouGov also surveyed adults 35 and over, where a medical preference emerged with Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Band Aid making the top 10. Other notable brands that made the list were John Deere, Craftsman, Bose, and History Channel. The 35 and over list shared just three names with Millennials: Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, and Google.

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3-D printing constructs actual homes

Would you live in a home made completely out of paper? It’s not flimsy by any means, when you consider the technology of 3-D printing that can make the architecture sturdy and even beautiful.

Machine Design reports that several companies are building livable homes like these from the inside out using 3-D printing:

Courtesy of MachineDesign.com

The idea of a 3D-printed house began with a simple concept, using a programmable Cartesian coordinate system to extrude cement into layers creating a small, single-story living space. In another approach, some designers made 3D-printed parts that could then be assembled into a building. This technique can be done on-site and can offer supply-chain benefits, as well as solve some problems when printing cement, such as trying to print a second floor, overhangs, or balconies.

WinSun is one of the companies producing the modular cement designs and in the last year used 3D-printing techniques to print a five-story building, mansions, and other houses in China. While some companies are working on designs to print on-site, others will print parts and then transport them. Transporting prints can have some of the same problems a traditional supply chain must deal with, including the possibility of parts and trusses breaking. However, WinSun says by using this technique it improved process efficiency by 10 times, shortened production time up to 70%, and decreased labor cost by up to 80%.

An Italian company named World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) is working on a more mobile design. Allowing on-site printing could generate an entire building rather than the modular design. This approach limits the building’s size, but other techniques could increase the build space. Engineers have presented ideas of tracks or wheels to move the whole printer to construct larger buildings.

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The World’s Most Innovative Universities

Reuters has released its Reuters Top 100 list of most innovative universities in the world. Based on academic papers and patent filings, and compiled by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters,  you may be pleasantly surprised by some on the list. Not surprisingly is the leader of the Top 100: Stanford University, which has built a reputation as a leader in innovating computer hardware and software.

The most innovative university in Europe, Imperial College London, ranked at No. 11 overall. Switzerland has three schools on the list and a population of just over 8 million people,  which means it has more top 100 innovative universities per capita than any other country in the world.

Reuters says this:

Whether they’re in the top five or near the end of the list, all 100 universities in this ranking are among the best in the world. Thomson Reuters reviewed hundreds of universities to produce this ranking, and the ones that appear here are the most elite. Absence from this list does not indicate an institution is failing to innovate, however.

Check out the list here:

The World’s Most Innovative Universities

Reuters has released its Reuters Top 100 list of most innovative universities in the world. Based on academic papers and patent filings, and compiled by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters,  you may be pleasantly surprised by some on the list. Not surprisingly is the leader of the Top 100: Stanford University, which has built a reputation as a leader in innovating computer hardware and software.

The most innovative university in Europe, Imperial College London, ranked at No. 11 overall. Switzerland has three schools on the list and a population of just over 8 million people,  which means it has more top 100 innovative universities per capita than any other country in the world.

Reuters says this:

Whether they’re in the top five or near the end of the list, all 100 universities in this ranking are among the best in the world. Thomson Reuters reviewed hundreds of universities to produce this ranking, and the ones that appear here are the most elite. Absence from this list does not indicate an institution is failing to innovate, however.

Check out the list here:

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