Onsite: Crash Big. Bright. Minds. The future is now

first_imgDoubling your event attendance in a year is a difficult feat… unless you’re Filene and the event is Big. Bright. Minds. They made filling this conference room with top-notch talent look like a piece of cake. Today’s event is focused on the future and taking the research that we have and implementing it (remember the DO portion I talked about yesterday?). Filene has an amazing group of i3ers presenting innovative ideas that could have incredible long-term benefits for members, the community and the industry as a whole.But before I delve into the awesomeness of their projects; one important thing for you! Filene and D+H have partnered to create a new app that they released today and if app creation is something that you are considering doing, I strongly suggest you look at some of the elements they’ve included (calendar integration for one). One of the things that I love most about the app is that you now easily have access to the information and research that Filene is encouraging us all to pay close attention to.Now onto the projects! I’ve been astounded this week at the amount and quality of the ideas that I’ve been hearing about the past day and half, and these presentations are no exception! Eight innovative ideas were presented today and each speaks to a need that credit unions can address. So as you read through a quick recap of these projects, think about what actions and steps you can take in your community to address a need and then put together a plan to make that reality.High Five: an online system to enhance employee engagement and offer rewards for a job well done. It allows employees to interact and congratulate and motivate each other.CU-Toot: a social media platform integrated into your credit unions site that allows members to make referrals. It offers rewards to members for each referral and makes the process of tracking referrals much for efficient for credit unions.Wellness Makes Cents: a program focused on rewarding and encouraging members to focus on their physical well being and seeing the correlation between money and fitness. Health expenses are the number one cause of bankruptcy so the goal is to help members avoid unnecessary expenses.My Dime: is an online loan application process that gives members instant approval and provides them with a variety of options they qualify for and allows them to choose what works best for them, all from their phone. This also takes care of all the underwriting for the credit union making them more efficient.ZeroHour: enhances member experience through mobile devices. Capitalizes on the fact that people looking at their phones on average 150 times per day. It helps provide reward offers, lobby management, indirect lending, measure member satisfaction. CU Dime Drop: Is piggybacking the recent success of flash and cash mobs, in a way that helps the community (which includes members and potential members). Dime drop uses social media to create #flashvolunteer situations where the credit union can support local organizations or events.The Sustainable COOP Fund:  93% of people don’t know the difference between banks and credit unions. GenY is focused on causes and personal buy in to a brand – a perfect match for credit unions. This project is about creating awareness for the future generation of the credit union movement.The future of i3: This one is pretty self explanatory but this group was asked to look at what might be coming and changing for the i3 program. 3 solutions they came up with are:Summer Camp: (a way to build a stronger base for innovation – think of it as i3 101).Extreme Brainfood: Keeping former i3ers involved and growing.The Outsiders: Open the base of people who can qualify – the outsiders can help make and drive solutions           into the credit unions.If the potential of these projects doesn’t excite you and inspire you to start a Think.Do.Change. movement in your community, then you clearly haven’t had enough coffee yet! 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Reed Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

A Directive that you will not be able to put down

first_img Jonathan Goldsmith is secretary general of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, which represents about one million European lawyers through its member bars and law societies. He blogs weekly for the Gazette on European affairs Don’t surprise me by saying that Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications is not on your bedside-table, to be consulted when you need to be entertained in the middle of the night. It is right up there with Stephen King and JK Rowling, a masterpiece in horror and wizardry. And now the European Commission is bringing out a new edition, with exciting additions. The proposed new section which will keep you looking at your curtains as the wind blows through them – is that a claw poking through? A gun aimed at your heart? – relates to partial access to the profession. This notion derives from the European Court of Justice case (C-330/03C-330/03) Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, in which Giuliano Mauro Imo qualified as a hydraulics engineer in Italy and the Court held that he should be entitled in principle to be entitled to perform similar work in Spain, even if hydraulics was included in Spain under a wider and more general qualification of civil engineering. The Commission will now make it a duty to allow partial access if (a) differences between the professional activity in the home and the host member state are so large that in reality the applicant would have to requalify; and (b) the professional activity in question can objectively be separated from other activities falling under the regulated profession in the host member state. Partial access may be rejected by an overriding reason of general interest, such as public health. It is too early to know the extent to which partial access could apply to the legal profession, but listen out for the screams and footsteps running past your room. (If I may be allowed a small diversion here, to explain my approach to explaining the Directive to you, I want to say how difficult it is to translate European legislation into meaningful developments for practitioners on the ground. Selling Europe has rarely been undertaken successfully. Older readers may remember a newspaper called The European, launched by Robert Maxwell in 1990 as Europe’s first national newspaper, which turned eventually into a business newspaper, and then folded in 1998. Because Europe covers so many people, countries, languages, and systems, its language – to be universal – is alienating and complex, and nobody ends up feeling as if it applies to them. Sceptics say that it is because it has become too large, and drifted too far from its original market origins. Enthusiasts just have to accept the challenge of trying to sell it in fresh ways. We find that our own press releases from the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) rarely penetrate beyond the specialist press, because the mainstream does not know how to accommodate European concerns. Our big successes have been when we issued releases linked to large world issues such as the trial procedures for Saddam Hussein, or more recently the activities of the Troika in the bailed-out countries.) To return to the compelling pages of the Professional Qualifications Directive, the Commission has introduced a chilling section set in a graveyard where the corpses rise up and demand European professional cards. This is particularly likely to make UK readers shudder. Effectively, the Commission wants to introduce professional cards for all European professions, but, recognising the difficulties, proposes a voluntary system. In other words, each profession has to request inclusion in the system before an individual member of the profession can benefit. Once in the system, the cards will be issued through what is called the Internal Market Information System, which is a government-run electronic system linking up competent authorities in each member state. But – thrilling anti-climax – you can be pretty certain that lawyers are not covered by this section. We lawyers already have our own professional identity card issued by the CCBE, and the Commission believes that our card acquires its authority through the lawyers’ directives and not through the Professional Qualifications Directive. The final new part of interest to lawyers in the proposed changes to the Directive is the codification of the Morgenbesser (C-313/01C-313/01) judgment. Morgenbesser is the decision which allows trainees to move freely around the EU and have their qualifications and experience acquired to date recognised outside the home member state. There is some question as to whether the new wording succeeds in doing that, or does something else altogether – but that is for discussion during the legislative process. There are rumours that Stieg Larsson has not died. He fled from Sweden and is moonlighting for the European Commission, churning out thrilling amendments to the Professional Qualifications Directive.last_img read more

1900 Watt LDMOS Power Transistor for Broadcast, Industrial and Medical Applications

first_imgAmpleon has added a new LDMOS power transistor to its family of extremely rugged power transistors designed specifically for use in high power amplifiers operating in the 10 to 500 MHz. Suiting use in a wide variety of broadcast and industrial applications, and capable of operating with a VSWR up to 65:1, the device is rated to deliver 1,700 Watt CW or 1,900 Watt pulsed.The BLF189XR will be available in two variants. The BLF189XRB delivers 40% more output power than the BLF188XR (1900 Watts pulsed) and is aimed at applications working at frequencies up to 150 MHz. The second product will be the BLF189XRA, can deliver 20% more output power compared to the current BLF188XR (1700 Watts pulsed), and is optimized to operate across the entire band up to 500 MHz.The rugged BLF189XR provides excellent efficiency in a small package with a very low cost per watt. It enables customers to deliver high power by reducing the number of transistors required to build a high power system. This transistor has been developed using Ampleon’s industry respected ‘XR’ extremely rugged Gen6HV LDMOS 50 V process technology.In addition to FM broadcast applications, the this transistor can be used for industrial, scientific and medical equipment include plasma generators, medical scanners and particle accelerators. Industrial RF heating, drying and thawing are other possible uses.The BLF189XR is constructed in an SOT539A package. An optional earless flanged SOT539B package device, the BLF189XRS, is also available. It will be available in sampling quantities toward the end of this year with general availability approximately four months later. Its sister device, BLF189XRA, will sample by January 2017, with release during 2nd quarter of 2017.last_img read more