Articles by Tony Xie

10/01/12 11:42pm

Coursera makes Penn courses more accessible

An online education startup from Stanford, Coursera offers free online classes taught by top university professors across the nation. A Coursera course grants students instant access to several hours of lecture videos and quizzes put together by the course professor.
05/10/12 12:39pm

Testing continues for SAS Gmail accounts

The School of Arts and Sciences Computing Department announced in February that email accounts will switch to Gmail from Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail.
04/23/12 10:22pm

Coursekit changes name and logo

It is not always bad to be the square peg in the round hole. Coursekit, an education management startup founded by three Penn students, changed its name to Lore in light of changing company directions. The new logo consists of the product name arranged in a square formation within a red circle.
04/22/12 8:50pm

Philly Tech Week begins celebration of technology

Philly Tech Week, which begins Monday, April 23, is a string of workshops, panels and hackathons. The week is a celebration of the technology scene in Philadelphia and aims to showcase what tech-savvy people and organizations in Philadelphia have been working on for the past year.
04/18/12 11:27pm

Startup utilizes Philadelphia roots, taps into Penn network

The online platform allows users to ask questions to certified professionals and receive reliable answers.
04/16/12 12:31am

Entrepreneurs look to mass funding after passage of Jumpstart Our Businesses Act

Earlier this month, Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Businesses Act to stimulate the job market. One of the provisions will allow for startups to raise funding through crowd-funding, or by receiving funding from multiple smaller sources, instead of only a few large investors.
04/06/12 12:07am

Penn gets more social media-savvy

The University was ranked second in social media use among American and European universities in a recent study done by social media consulting firm Sociagility.
04/03/12 11:25pm

Joke Issue: Engineering School to switch to AOL email

Over the next year, all engineering students will be required to switch to AOL from their current SEAS emails as the Engineering school shuts down its own email servers.
04/02/12 10:41pm

For Wesley Zhao, a startup dream fulfilled

Welcome to the life of 19-year-old Zhao — college dropout and successful self-made entrepreneur. Zhao taught himself how to code in his spare time as a student and a Division I athlete for Penn’s sprint football and track and field teams.
04/01/12 11:41pm

Penn Course Review beta version a success during advance registration

The Penn Course Review site, which has been in beta testing since advanced registration last semester, has been positively received by students searching for classes during the advanced registration period.
03/28/12 7:55pm

Blackboard rival continues with pilot

Last semester, the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment, an education management software, implemented a successful pilot in 25 courses across multiple schools, serving 500 students.
03/26/12 10:44pm
The M&T students who decide to take up the offer will not live in one single hall, but rather throughout the college house.
03/21/12 11:39pm
A Daily Pennsylvanian reporter checks out multi-company workspace Independents Hall — or IndyHall, as it’s also known — in this reporter’s notebook.
03/19/12 12:23am

Mobile app winner to enhance experience for prospective students

The Student Technology Advisory Board chose a winner for their application contest. Nicholas Boccardi submitted the winning idea of a mobile application that would help campus visitors find their way around.
03/01/12 1:19am
The coding and startup community at Penn has been steadily growing in recent years.
02/23/12 10:50pm

SAS email service switches to Gmail

Current undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, graduates and LPS students will be able to switch their University email account from Penn Live to Google@SAS during the summer if no problems arise. VIDEO: Word on the Walk
02/23/12 12:15am

Wharton and NFL to co-host summer business program for high school athletes

The National Football League recently contacted the Wharton School to partner for a new program which aims to teach 36 promising high school athletes the basics of business leadership.
02/08/12 8:34pm

Penn ranks high in technology transfers

According to a survey by the Association of University Technology Managers, which Penn is part of, the University has made numerous gains over the past years in multiple areas of technology transfers.
02/06/12 10:01pm

Privacy concerns spread amidst UA approval of Open Data Initiative

The initiative, proposed by the Student Technology Advisory Board, aims to increase the amount of publicly accessible data. Open data would allow benefit developers and promote transparency, but also raises concerns about privacy.
02/01/12 10:15pm

Students rally for access to Penn data

Through the Open Data Initiative, students are requesting access to the University’s data to be able to use it to create applications that would benefit the community.
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