ElectionMall CEO Ravi Singh Travels to Cairo to Promote Egypt Votes, A Website Enabling Egyptians to Share Voting Experiences, View Election Results

Cairo, Egypt (PRWEB) December 09, 2011

One week after the Egyptian people voted in the first full democratic elections since Januarys revolution, CEO Ravi Singh is traveling to Cairo to promote a joint website Microsoft Egypt and ElectionMall have launched. Egypt Votes was launched to deliver insight into the experience of voters and publish the election results as they are announced. Egypt Votes was launched in conjunction with ElectionMall, a non-partisan political technology company, Egyptian news portal Masrawy and MSN Arabia.

Ravi Singh, CEO of ElectionMall, said, “We believe we can make a difference and share our resources with local teams to provide a voice on the election results. We are in historical times and we built this company to promote democracy world-wide. To walk on Tahrir Square and view people on their mobile phones posting comments and sharing their voice: this is why ElectionMall was created, as technology can increase political participation via technology.

Engineered with transparency as a top priority and hosted on Microsoft Azure Platform, Egypt Votes displays an interactive map of all governorates across the country, and provides a platform for Egyptians to share their experiences after posting their ballots. The website is also showing the election outcomes governorate by governorate as the results are published by Egyptian authorities by clicking on custom pins on the Bing Maps application. Users will also be able to view comments by governorate and share their comments via social networks.

Ayman Abdellatif, General Manager for Microsoft Egypt, said, Social networks have provided a critical outlet for people sentiment and information exchange throughout the Arab Spring and technology plays a pivotal role in monitoring these elections. Our website built with our strategic partners gives Egyptian voters the opportunity to share and discuss their personal experiences of this historical election online.

The site gives Egyptians the opportunity to share their experiences after theyve voted and leading up to their presidential election. Examples include, Ahmad Rizq from the city of Damietta who wrote, I have a bed-ridden mother who can only get around in a wheelchair. She told me she wanted to go vote. When the military officers saw her at the polling station, four of them came over to carry her up to the third floor and then bring her down. Im very proud to be Egyptian.

Mahmoud Sibaq of Alexandria commented, It doesnt matter who wins. It doesnt matter who boycotted the election and who took part. Whats important is that weve proved that were civilized democrats. Regardless of whether were at the voting booths or at the sit-in in Tahrir Square, were all Egyptians.

Egypt Votes was designed in collaboration with ElectionMall, a Microsoft partner with experience in developing online solutions for electoral platforms, including recent presidential campaigns in Colombia and Ireland. In order to increase visibility and encourage voters to share their experiences, Egypt Votes can also be accessed via Masrawy, the first and largest Egyptian portal, and currently one of the biggest Arabic news websites. Additionally, voters can access the site via MSN Arabia, Microsoft’s portal providing access to Arabic-language news and other online solutions.

To visit the website and participate: http://arabic.arabia.msn.com/elections/egyptvotes.aspx or http://www.masrawy.com/elections/egyptvotes/

About Election Mall Technologies

Established in 1999, ElectionMall.com is a non-partisan world leader in providing on demand cloud-based solutions for campaigns and elections worldwide, effectively utilizing technology and business know how to enable candidates, advocacy groups, and nonprofits to generate enhanced gains in awareness, funds, & votes. ElectionMall launched a new product, Campaign Cloud powered by Microsoft, last year and it has been used in campaigns across the United States and recently in presidential campaigns in Colombia, Brazil and Ireland. ElectionMall.com is the exclusive partner for Microsoft in the campaigns and elections market. ElectionMall is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with international offices in Brussels, Bogota and Dublin. For more information, visit http://www.ElectionMall.com or follow on Twitter @CampaignGuru, join us on Facebook, and watch our latest videos on YouTube.


Microsoft Bing Maps’ datacenter

Microsoft Bing Maps’ datacenter

Image by Robert Scoble
It’s actually a shipping container packed with computers and about 5 petabytes of storage. The Bing Map team processes its maps and redestributes them to other datacenters using this datacenter.

AeroMetric’s BP Oil Cloud Computing Project Wins Grand Award in 5th Annual MAPPS Geospatial Excellence Awards

Herndon, Virginia (PRWEB) November 17, 2011

A project providing a cloud computing solution to geospatial data for BP Deep Water Horizon event has been selected as the Grand Award winner in the 5th Annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards.

AeroMetric, Inc. of Sheboygan, WI was selected for “Geospatial Cloud Solution for Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration” at the presentation ceremony on November 15.

The project was selected for AeroMetric’s ability to provide BP a dynamic process to develop and manage remote sensing, aerial surveillance acquisition programs and geospatial intelligence products and dissemination in response to the Deep Water Horizon accident.

“AeroMetric developed a workable cloud solution before ‘the cloud’ became an accepted and mainstream idea,” said Professor Robert Burtch PS, CP, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan chairman of the judges’ panel. “This solution provides for user-centric access and web services through a secure Web Portal and allows for Open Geospatial Consortium standard web services. AeroMetric is very deserving of this year’s Grand Award.”

MAPPS awarded winners in seven technical categories. AeroMetric’s geospatial cloud project won in the GIS/IT category. Microsoft’s Bing Imagery Technologies (BIT) project, “Bing Maps Global Ortho Aerial Data Acquisition Program” won for Airborne and Satellite Data Acquisition. BAE System’s won for “PAMAP: The Keystone to Intelligent Decision” won for Photogrammetry/Elevation Data Generation and BAE’s project “Estuary Enhancement in the Garden State” won in the Remote Sensing category. Woolpert, Inc. won for “Aeronautical Surveys for FAA WAAS Program” in the Surveying/Field Data Collection category. Kappa Mapping won the Small Projects category for “Danbury, CT Airport”. And Optech Incorporated won the award in the Technology Innovation for its “ALTM Aquarius” shallow-water mapping sensor.

“In this, the fifth year of the Excellence Awards Program, I believe MAPPS member firms have once again demonstrated the professionalism, innovation and societal benefit that the private geospatial community provides to enhance our quality of life,” said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello. “These awards highlight ongoing challenges that geospatial solutions address and solve. The projects demonstrate ingenuity and professionalism MAPPS members strive to provide on a daily basis.”

A panel of independent judges evaluated projects submitted by MAPPS members for the awards program. Joining Mr. Burtch on the panel was Christine Grahl, editor for POB Magazine, Troy, Michigan; Leonard Gilroy, AICP, director of government reform at Reason Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Donn Dears, president of TSAugust.org, a nonprofit think tank conducting research on energy and economic issues, in Geneva, Illinois; and Thomas Palmerlee, associate director, Technical Activities Division at the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, DC.

The awards presentation took place at the MAPPS Fall Policy Conference, held in conjunction with the ASPRS/Pecora Remote Sensing Symposium. The reception was sponsored by T3 Global Strategies, a MAPPS member firm, at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, VA.


Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.

MAPPS provides its 160+ member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement.

For more information on MAPPS, please visit http://www.MAPPS.org.

About AeroMetric

AeroMetric, Inc., is a full-service geospatial solutions company built on over eight decades of consistent, quality service and enduring client relationships. The firm offers a comprehensive range of on-target geospatial solutions including the latest in photogrammetric, LiDAR, satellite and airborne imaging technology and has earned a reputation for technical excellence, superior service, and on-time, on-budget delivery. For more information please call 1-800-558-6707 or visit http://www.aerometric.com.


Windows Hackathon at Princeton University

Windows Hackathon at Princeton University
Event on 2013-02-15 19:00:00

TL;DR: Windows Hackathon02/15-02/17 in Sherrerd. Build apps for the fastest growing apps platform in the world and win tabletsXbox bundlesphones and gift cards

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/555659574446436/

With over 60 million licenses sold and over 35,000 apps debuting in just over a month, Windows 8 is the fastest growing platform in the world today. In Windows Phone 8, you have a serious player in the world of smartphones with over 100,000 apps available for download. Are you excited about the immense opportunities available to you courtesy these platforms and their explosive growth? Do you get excited about building apps for mobile or tablet devices and win exciting prizes? Then you're at the right place!

Microsoft is proud to host it's second annual hackathon on campus at Princeton University this Spring. Build apps for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 and win awesome prizes such as tablets, phones and Xbox bundles (see details below). Onsite expertise will be available to get you started and help demo the apps! There will be snacks and food going during the entire weekend! Every app that demos automatically wins and you are eligible to submit your app to the Windows Store immediately! 

Come join us and RSVP now!


Best Windows 8 App: Win8 Tablet(s) (Microsoft Surface RT, Samsung Ativ 500t)*

Best Windows Phone 8 AppWin Phone 8 device(s) (ex. Nokia Lumia 820/920)*

Best Princeton-specific App: Xbox 360 Bundle(s) (Console + Kinect)* and Student Design Agency credit for 200 posters to advertise your app on-campus

Best Designed App: Xbox 360

Honorable Mention: Office Suite, Windows 8 license, XBox games

All Apps that demo: gift-card

*maximum of 2 to be given away for teams of 2 or more.



7pm – Event starts, do introductions

8pm – Platforms for Building Windows Store apps

8:30pm – Overview of Windows Phone 8

9pm – Idea pitch & feedback – optional for those who might already have ideas in mind and want to find teammates interested in joining them

9:30pm – Brainstorm ideas & form teams

12am – Snacks!



9:30am – Breakfast bagels & talks:

10am – Building Windows Store Apps with HTML & JavaScript

11am – Building Windows Phone 8 Applications

6pm – Dinner

12am – Snacks!


Lightning talks: These will be short 10-15 minute talks that will occur approximately every 2 hours throughout Saturday starting at noon. Topics may feature things like Azure Mobile Services, Bing Maps API, and Window 8: Charms and Contracts, but will be adjusted dynamically depending on the interests and needs of the teams.



3-5pm – DEMOS! Beginning with a keynote by Dan'l Lewin '76


Dan'l has spent more than 30 years in Silicon Valley as an executive leader for companies including Apple Computer Inc., GO Corp and NeXT Inc. He is currently the Corporate Vice President for Strategic and Emerging Business development at Microsoft and heads the company's operations in Silicon Valley.


Dan'l will talk about his move from Princeton to the Valley and helping to grow some of the most iconic companies of our time, including NeXT Inc., which he co-founded with Steve Jobs.


5pm – Dinner & prizes!

Development Environment

In order to develop apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, you will need the following:

For those looking to install Windows 8, we have the following options:

  1. Friend 016:
    We have reserved 16 machines in Friend 016 for the duration of the hackathon. Friend 016 machines will have Windows 8 VMs and Visual Studio Express 2012 for you to use to develop apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Please let us know before or at the start of the event if you would like to use this option.

  2. Windows machines:
    You can get a Windows 8 license (for free!) using the DreamSpark program hosted by the CS Department at Princeton. The software is available to CS Undergraduates (BSE, AB, and PAC), CS Graduate students, students currently enrolled in CS courses, and faculty in the department. OIT does offer Microsoft software to all students at a discount and you can find out more information at this link:


    Windows 8 is available for download for free from our Microsoft DreamSpark site:


  3. OS X machines:
    For those using OS X on Mac devices, we recommend the installing Windows 8 with BootCamp. To get a Windows 8 DVD and license, please follow steps outlined in Option (2) above.

It is recommended that you set up your development environment before the event begins to utitlize the weekend to hack away. However, we will have experts at the event who can help you through the process should there be any difficulties.

Helpful Guides:

Windows 8 for Developers

Windows Phone 8 for Developers

at Sherrerd Hall (Third Floor)
98 Charlton Street
Princeton, United States

Prophesy Announces version 4.2 of Prophesy Transport

Bloomfield, CT (PRWEB) July 20, 2011

Prophesy Transportation Solutions, (an Accellos division), provider of trucking and logistics software solutions to the transportation industry, has announced the release of version 4.2 of Prophesy Transport TMS software.

The new release of Prophesy Transport features a number of enhancements and additions to the already robust product, including: