Level 11 unveils Network Wall at Global Innovation Exchange Opening Celebration


Level 11 unveils Network Wall at Global Innovation Exchange Opening Celebration

The Network Wall is a multi-screen, interactive, large-scale video platform housed at the state-of-the-art GIX educational facility focused on developing leaders in innovation.

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SEATTLE, Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Level 11 was pleased to participate in the opening celebration at the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) on September 14 as contributors to the new state-of-the-art educational facility. GIX opened the doors to its Bellevue facility—the newly named “Steve Ballmer Building” in honor of the former Microsoft CEO—with a ceremony that included speeches and endorsements from Washington Governor Jay Inslee; University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce; Tsinghua University President Qiu Yong; Microsoft President Brad Smith; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, China Consul General Luo Linquan; and Vikram Jandhyala, co-executive director of GIX and vice president for innovation strategy at the UW.

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Level 11 contributed to the institute by creating the Network Wall with custom-built software, functionality, content curation in collaboration with Bora Architects and GIX leadership. Bora Architects of Portland, Oregon initially imagined the Network Wall in their design of the GIX facility; Level 11 brought it to life.

“From the very beginning we conceived of the project as an intersection between very high-level aspirations—including design and academic goals—with very real-world constraints,” Amy Donohue of Bora Architects said of the project.

Level 11 is known for their groundbreaking work in the areas of smart spaces and connected devices across multiple clients and platforms.

“GIX, in collaboration with Bora, is the first of many smart space projects that Level 11 is developing with architecture firms around the world to create digitally experiential spaces that complement the built space that houses them,” Mark Hadland, CEO of Level 11, said.

The Network Wall is an interactive, multi-screen installation displayed prominently on the first floor of the new GIX facility. The Network Wall plays large-scale video, cycles through announcements and recognition of partners, and is multi-touch enabled. Anyone can approach the Wall to learn more about partners, events, stories and projects at GIX through the custom content management system designed and created by Level 11. This type of fully customizable software is powered by the proprietary communication platform, comunik8, from Level 11.

The opening celebration also included introduction of the first two student cohorts to begin classes at GIX this fall and the announcement of new academic and corporate memberships both national and international.

About Level 11
Level 11 is a Seattle-based experience design and engineering consultancy that invents new technologies for customers to fundamentally transform how they engage, experience, interact with and remember brands. Its team of designers and engineers invent new technologies and follow a proprietary Experience Design Engineering™ methodology. This XDE™ approach addresses every touchpoint in a client’s connected ecosystem—physical, digital, in-store, online, mobile, wearable, Internet of Things—across the lifecycle of users, guests, and customers. For more information, visit www.level11.com.


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Even with the cancellation of the Oasis Montreal Marathon, 23 teenagers will still meet the challenge of a lifetime: participating in a marathon

Even with the cancellation of the Oasis Montreal Marathon, 23 teenagers will still meet the challenge of a lifetime: participating in a marathon

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Three of the future marathon runners are young Syrian immigrants

MONTREAL, Sept. 22, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – After participating in 172 training sessions over eleven months and running 1,181 kilometers – more than the distance between Montreal and Gaspe, – a group of 23 young people living in high-risk environments of neighbourhoods like Côte-des-Neiges, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montréal-Nord and St-Henri, as well as from the Centre jeunesse de Montréal, will undertake the mythical 42.2 km run along the Richelieu River instead of the streets of Montreal as originally intended. This Sunday, they will still participate in the big Montreal running fiesta in the half-marathon event. They will then continue their training a few weeks until the Chambly marathon, on October 15.

The Students in the running program is dedicated to students from disadvantaged communities in Montreal who want to achieve a bold goal: crossing the finish line at a marathon. Supported by volunteer mentors and trainers dedicated to the perseverance and well-being of the teenagers, the selected students undergo ten months of rigorous training. (CNW Group/Students in the running)

Following the decision of the organizers of the Oasis Montreal Marathon to cancel the full marathon, the Students in the running team quickly assessed its options to enable the 2016-2017 cohort to live the full experience of the program. Even if the departure from Jacques-Cartier Bridge and the arrival at La Fontaine Park will undoubtedly be outstanding experiences, the participants would have been disappointed to end the adventure without having reached their original goal  – running a marathon.

Students in the running does welcome the decision of the organizers to cancel the full marathon and will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of students and mentors during the half-marathon they will be running this Sunday. This has been a core value of Students in the running since the onset and this weekend will be no exception.

This change in venue does not tarnish the feat of our future marathonians. For the first time in its history, Students in the running will have three young Syrian immigrants in its group: Kais Fallouh, Fadi Haddad and Jamil Abdulahad will take part in the Marathon, acting as strong models of determination and perseverance, key values of the Students in the running program.

The youth enrolled in the Students in the running program are 15 to18 years old and attend a Montreal high school. On October 15, nearly a year of hard work will come to fruition, as they run their first marathon. This year, the 159th marathon runner since the program’s inception should cross the finish line.

Through a gradual but rigorous training program, with the support of inspiring mentors and the motivating dynamics of a tight-knit group, these teenagers learned the value of physical activity, healthy eating and discipline; they gained a greater self-esteem and will be able to apply this success to other goals they set for themselves.

In order to motivate and support them in their future development, Students in the running will award a scholarship to each student who successfully completes the program. The scholarships will be awarded by Dentons at a gala event held at Montreal City Hall, later this fall.

Another “first”
this year

For the very first time since the beginning of the program, eight years ago, a young participant succeded in attending all of the training sessions and pre-event runs, showing an unprecedented level of determination and motivation. Kais Fallouh, 17, is one of the young Syrian immigrants who joined the program in October last year. He attends Sophie-Barat school in the Montreal neighbourhood of Ahuntsic.


“These youth have come a long way, and not just while running. This marathon is the culmination of nearly a year of sustained efforts, discipline and determination. While the ultimate goal is the 42.2 km trek, the path leading to this event is even more important; it shows these teenagers that with a lot of determination, challenges that initially seem insurmountable can be met.”

Éric Leclerc
Spokesperson, Students in the running

“The program made my integration to Quebec easier this year. I discovered the social codes of my new home, I got used to the Québécois accent, I made friends with other participants and mentors, and I even learned to enjoy running in winter conditions! I am also very proud of having improved my physical condition to the point where I can run a marathon!”

Kais Fallouh, 17 years old
Participant, Students in the running, 2016-2017 group

About Students in the running (Étudiants dans la course)
The Students in the running program is dedicated to students from disadvantaged communities in Montreal who want to achieve a bold goal: crossing the finish line at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon. Supported by volunteer mentors and trainers dedicated to the perseverance and well-being of the teenagers, the selected students undergo ten months of rigorous training.

Generous sponsors and partners provide critical support by financing activities related to the program, including equipment, student-support initiatives and other specialized resources. These precious partners include Asics, Blakes, Boutique Courir, Deloitte, Dentons, Club d’athlétisme les Vainqueurs, Info-Crime, Provigo and Maxi, as well as the City of Montréal. As of the 2017-2018 season, Sports Experts will also join Students in the running as an equipment partner. For more details, please visit www.etudiantsdanslacourse.org.

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Professor Michael A. Franklin, Chair of Naropa’s MA Transpersonal Art Therapy Program, Releases New Book

Professor Michael A. Franklin, Chair of Naropa’s MA Transpersonal Art Therapy Program, Releases New Book

“Art as Contemplative Practice: Expressive Pathways to the Self” to be released September 2017

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BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Naropa University is pleased to announce that esteemed professor and chair of the MA Transpersonal Art Therapy Program, Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, has published a new book to be released in September 2017. Art as Contemplative Practice: Expressive Pathways to the Self represents 25 years of work. In this rich, thought-provoking guide to art as a contemplative practice, Franklin suggests that we treat art as a form of yoga and meditation, using it as a practice to potentially discover deeper insights to the fundamental nature of the self.

Recipient of the American Art Therapy Association’s 2016 Distinguished Educator Award, Professor Franklin draws upon his own experiences as a contemplative practitioner and researcher, an accomplished visual artist, director of the Naropa Community Art Studio (NCAS), and a cancer survivor to discuss art as a practice to examine and evolve the self. To explore his suggestion, he consults various contemplative traditions, including yoga, imaginal intelligence, rasa and darshan experiences, and contemplative instincts and works of many early twentieth-century artists.

“For me, engaging in creative behavior uniquely available through the arts is a way to join with the creator,” said Michael Franklin. “To create is to sit with creator and art is a way to answer creation back with creation. I find it very meaningful to pray this way and to explore ineffable, wordless questions. Spirituality is often a wordless, silent subject and art is a trustworthy passport to this still place. Art then becomes a methodology for working from the subtle back to the physical or tangible. And from the physical back towards the subtle emptiness of silence.”

In addition to a large collection of original, beautifully reproduced artwork, the book includes many exercises and rubrics to encourage accessible instruction for artists, meditation or yoga practitioners, art educators, or art therapists.

A defining contribution to the field of transpersonal/contemplative art therapy, Art as Contemplative Practice is being published by SUNY Press, the Center for Scholarly Communication for the State University of New York. Copies can be purchased in September on the publisher’s website, as well as at many online and local booksellers.

About Naropa University (www.naropa.edu): Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom traditions and traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

CONTACT: Billy Thieme, 303-245-4857, bthieme@naropa.edu


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