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HP is teaming up with the Global Povert Project! The basic premise is simple - the belief that "every person can play a role in realizing the end of extreme poverty." Gabi Zedlmayer, our VP of Sustainability and Social Innovation, explains in her blog:


Giving people access to education gives them control of their lives. I’ve seen it many times with my own eyes—once someone receives a good quality education, they can lift themselves up and determine their own destiny.

Beyond school qualifications, however, many people still need to acquire computing and business skills. As we often witness in deprived or developing communities all around the world, people are not short on entrepreneurial ambition and ideas, but many lack access to the necessary skills and the opportunity to turn their ideas into a better life.
With this in mind, HP has recently joined with The Global Poverty Project to extend the reach and impact of the HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE )... 



To help raise visibililty for efforts around the world that are actually changing lives, the Global Poverty Project is inviting us all to vote for our favorite project/example. It's easy - and it's inspiring to read the stories. Learn about their stories, vote for your favorite entrepreneur, and earn points by sharing their stories with others. Share four stories and earn enough points to enter the drawing to win tickets to the Global Citizen Festival. The winning entrepreneur will be announced onstage and awarded prizes to help further grow their business.


Of course, being a photographer myself, I had to vote for Sinethemba Mafukula, a photographer in Cape Town, South Africa. He is one of the star micro-entrepreneurs who learned how to take his passion (photography) and turn it into a thriving business, with the help of the HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE)


If he gets enough votes, he'll be recognized at the Global Citizen festival September 28th in New York! Want to join me in recognizing Sinethemba? Learn more and vote for him (or others!) at:















Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Global Education Program Manager
Sustainability & Social Innovation

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  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
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