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UNLV’s Solar Decathlon Group Wins First Place in Innovation Contest, Second Place in Architecture

UNLV’s Team Las Vegas has taken top prizes in two essential contests at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 competition with their Sinatra Living house design. In Development, the student team got 98 from 100 points, ranking first place and beating the second-place group by 5 points. In Architecture, they connected with Washington University in St. Louis for second location with a total of 94 points.

Development and Architecture are two of six juried contests consisted of in the 10-event competitors which runs through October 15, and is occurring in Denver. The additional four contests– Health and Comfort, Appliances, House Life and Energy– are determined contests with final results being calculated on a daily basis and into each team’s final score.

4 of the 10 contest awards have actually been announced so far. The grand reward award winner will be announced Saturday morning. Currently, Team Las Vegas remains in 4th location overall.

For the Innovation contest, new for the competition this year, teams were judged on aspects such as how they included research to pick style solutions, how well the group integrated passive strategies and materials into their design to make the most of sustainability, and the extent to which their design utilized ingenious approaches to please an existing market requirement. Complete criteria for the contest can be discovered at https://www.solardecathlon.gov/2017/competition-contests-innovation.html.”We set out to build a home that was ingenious, yet simple, a

house appropriate to our Las Vegas community both in regards to environment and group,”stated Nasko Balaktchiev, student task supervisor.”The team certainly thought that we performed our principle well, and we’re elated and proud that the judges concurred.”For the Architecture contest, judges examined teams on the principle and style of their house, and how well their

houses integrated solar and energy performance innovations into that style. Complete criteria for the contest can be discovered at: https://www.solardecathlon.gov/2017/competition-contests-architecture.html In addition to a house that mixes design quality with ideal energy efficiency, Sinatra Living was created to fulfill a growing social requirement– aging-in-place. The house combines ease of access and interior convenience with smart home and health-monitoring technologies to assist older adults move safely in their environment, interact with care providers and social services, and ultimately remain in their homes longer. The general public can still reveal support for Group Las Vegas by voting in the Solar Decathlon’s Individuals’s Choice Award. Voting takes place on Facebook at https://poll.fbapp.io/pca.

Online votes are being accepted through Saturday, October 14, 2017. Outcomes will be relayed on Facebook on October 15. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a college competition comprised of 10 contests that challengetrainee teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered homes. Competing students get hands-on experience and distinct training while consumers experience the current innovations and materials in ingenious energy technologies, wise house solutions, water conservation and sustainable structures. Sinatra Living’s multi-disciplinary team consists of faculty and students from the School of Architecture, the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, the School of Allied Health Sciences, and the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. The job is sponsored

by Change and NV Energy Structure. For additional information on the job, follow the group on Facebook at Team Las Vegas Solar Decathlon 2017 (@UNLVSD17 ), on Twitter @UNLVSD17, and on Instagram @UNLVSD17, or visit the Website at www.unlvsd.com.

No contest plea in coconut pie attack on California mayor

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017|3:45 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.– A man implicated of hitting Sacramento, California, mayor Kevin Johnson in the confront with a coconut cream pie has actually pleaded no contest to misdemeanor disrupting the peace.

The Sacramento Bee report that local activist Sean Thompson was sentenced Thursday two days’ time currently served in prison after prosecutors accepted the lesser charge. He had been accuseded of misdemeanor assault and battery.

Sacramento County district attorneys at first charged Thompson with felony attack after the pie attack at a charity event a year earlier. Johnson responded by punching Thompson.

A judge stated a mistrial on the felony charge after jurors could not reach a verdict.

Thompson’s lawyers had subpoenaed Johnson and threatened to bring up old allegations versus Johnson, who is no longer mayor.

Fox to counter ABC'' s ' American Idol ' with new contest

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017|9:25 p.m.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.– A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer season meeting, at which TELEVISION networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.

FOX’S ‘4’

Fox will counter its one-time powerhouse “American Idol” with a brand-new singing contest, “The 4.”

The network canceled its long-running “American Idol” last year due to the fact that of dwindling ratings and increasing expenses, only to see it got by ABC for an early 2018 debut.

Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden, revealing the brand-new series Tuesday, stated there’s space for a “fresh” handle the contest format as she safeguarded the axing of “American Idol.”

While other shows are “more about celeb panels and less about star-making,” Walden informed a TV critics’ meeting, “The Four” will be the opposite.

The show’s reward: a profession assisted by the show’s panel, which Fox suggested is likely to be drawn from music manufacturers, songwriters and possibly a pop star-mentor.

Specifics on the air date, panelists and host for “The 4” will be coming later on, Fox stated.



Seth MacFarlane is seeking escape from the existing wave of dystopian science fiction, and his vehicle is “The Orville.”

MacFarlane stated Tuesday that he wishes to regain a positive view of the future in his brand-new space adventure for Fox, one that echoes past “Star Trek” series.

He informed a TV critics’ meeting he likewise wishes to buck the trend of serialized dramas, with each one-hour episode of “The Orville” a self-contained story.

He stated continuity is provided by the characters, consisting of the Orville captain that MacFarlane plays in the show he produced.

The show set 400 years in the future will consist of comic elements, MacFarlane stated, but isn’t really a satire in the style of area motion pictures “Galaxy Quest” or Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs.”

“The Orville” debuts Sept. 10 on Fox.



Queen Latifah states she easily imagined a “Star” crossover episode with “Empire” even if the executive manufacturer for the programs didn’t.

Latifah said both dramas handle the music industry and their characters share resemblances. For instance, she stated, her character, Carlotta Brown, and Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie Lyon on “Empire” are strong, effective females.

Producer Lee Daniels said the crossover set for their season debuts was Fox’s concept, not his, however seemed logical.

On Sept. 27, “Star” and “Empire” will return and air back-to-back. A musical number in “Star” will include choreography motivated by a Daniels’ favorite, Bob Fosse of Broadway and film popularity.

“Empire” will concentrate on Terrence Howard’s hurt Lucious Lyon.

Safe-driving app wins Cox business startup contest


Cox Communications

Individuals attend Cox Communications’ second yearly Get Started Las Vegas contest at the Palms on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015|4:07 p.m.

. A Las Vegas mobile application startup that produces devices to prevent individuals from texting while driving positioned initially in a business-pitch competitors Thursday night.

The contest was imitated the hit ABC show “Shark Tank.”

After judges grilled 6 regional business owners at Cox Communications’ second yearly Get going Las Vegas contest at the Palms, they granted $15,000 in reward cash to Text Safe Teenagers. The company also will be showcased in a story on the website of Inc. publication, a sponsor of the occasion. VEGAS INC was also a sponsor.

Text Safe Teenagers, which also won a regional startup competitors in July, is next turning its attention to obtaining outside investment and looking for to establish relationships with organizations that it sees as natural partners: schools, insurance coverage business and companies that manage motorists.

“It makes me feel excellent that we’re going to have the ability to help more individuals with this,” Leon Wilde, the business’s CEO, said after the event.

The finalists, picked from about 60 entrants, had about two minutes to make their pitches to five panelists. The judges consisted of a senior editor from Inc., a partner at VegasTechFund, an executive from Cox, and in 2014’s contest winner, a Las Vegas-based entrepreneur.

The panel likewise included Daymond John, a host from “Shark Tank” and the CEO of apparel business FUBU.

The panel chosen Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which hosts food trips on The Strip and downtown, as runner-up. Judges graded the companies on three criteria: creativity, the pitch and the prospective advantage to the neighborhood.

Tech start-ups go go to head in Las Vegas contest


Daniel Rothberg/ Las Vegas Sun

An employee for Text Safe Teenagers talks to guests at Tech.Co’s regional start-up competitors Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the Gold Spike in downtown Las Vegas.

Friday, July 24, 2015|1:53 p.m.

Two teens are sitting in an automobile. They are smiling, chuckling and the driver is looking down at her smartphone when, out of no place, a truck knocks into the side of their vehicle.

The windows ruin. An airbag deploys. A pink shoe flies into the back seat.

The drama is posted on the site for DriveSafe Mode, an app that alerts parents when teens utilize their smartphones while driving.

Text Safe Teenagers, the Las Vegas-based startup that developed the app, does not shy away from making an emotional plea. And it appears to work.

The business positioned initially in a start-up contest hosted by local blog site Tech.Co on Thursday night at the Gold Spike in downtown Las Vegas.

IndiCard, a Denver-based mobile app that targets discount rates to service industry employees, won a readers’ survey.

The 2 apps will compete at a regional competition at Tech.Co’s Celebrate 2015, a three-day conference in downtown Las Vegas Oct. 4-6.

Right here’s are startups that presented at Thursday’s contest:

IndiCard (Denver): The app lets service market staff members register to receive discounts from getting involved businesses. The company remains in the procedure of broadening into Las Vegas.

LegalQ (Henderson): “Recommendation Sites Suck.” “Telephone directory Suck.” “Types Draw.” That’s the fundamental pitch from LegalQ, which sets up an industry to compare reviews and rates for attorneys.

PrayerSpark (Las Vegas): Targeting millions of Americans who determine as spiritual but not religious, the site lets users send interfaith prayers online. It contributes 82 percent of its income from welcoming cards and products to support charities operated by spiritual leaders.

Reaction (Las Vegas): The app assists remote customer care representatives picture issues by allowing users to illustrate their problem. Instead of describing a problem to a customer service agent on the phone, Response lets users to send out photos, short videos and little files.

SMTP-IO (Las Vegas): This startup provides tools to enhance workplace interaction with an email platform, archiving on the cloud and clever message processing. They assure to provide “easy yet superior” mail options with an eye towards huge companies that manage numerous accounts.

telePING (Las Vegas): The app consists of 15 activity choices– such as getting coffee– and assures to bring users together to mingle only when they have actually made the very same demands. TelePING’s pitch guaranteed to alleviate self-doubt and fear of rejection in being familiar with someone.

Text Safe Teens (Las Vegas): With much of its technology patented, Text Safe Teenagers intends to give parents a way to prevent their teenagers from texting and driving. The app likewise can be utilized by managers accuseded of overseeing fleets and business motorists.