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The GREAT Tech Awards Google Hangout On Air
LIVE via Google Hangout on Air
Monday 14 July, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Join the British Consulate General New York and UK Trade & Investment to learn more about The GREAT Tech Awards 2014, which will take the best tech companies from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania to London for a bespoke business development trip.
- British Consul General in New York, Danny Lopez
- Tech City UK CEO Gerard Grech
GREAT Tech Awards Judges
- Yinka Adegoke, Deputy Editor at Billboard
- Doug Atkin, FinTech Fund Portfolio Manager at Guggenheim Partners
- Margaret Molloy, Global CMO of Siegel+Gale
GREAT Tech Awards Advisors
- Ziv Navoth, Co-founder and CEO of Paragraph
- Bob Schukai, Head of Advanced Product Innovation, Thomson Reuters
2013 GREAT Tech Awards winners
- Josh Warrum of ADstruc
- Peter Stein of TeachBoost
Riflemen conquer world’s coldest mountain
Five members of 1st Battalion The Rifles have reached the summit of the highest mountain in North America, Mt McKinley, the pinnacle of an expedition called Exercise Alaskan Bugle, which included the real-life rescue of another team.
At 6194m above sea level and deemed the coldest mountain on the planet, reaching Mt McKinley’s peak proved a challenge that required the Riflemen, as part of a 12-man team, to embrace their regimental ethos Swift and Bold to reach the summit.
The team spent 25 days on the mountain, severely hampered in their efforts by the worst weather the mountain has seen in 30 years. Despite persistent snow and temperatures dropping as low as -30 degrees Celsius, two teams reached the summit on the afternoon of the 16 June 2014.
Read more on their story: www.army.mod.uk/news/26373.aspx
A set of podcasts being aired between 28 June and 4 August. Recorded with Foreign Secretary William Hague and former British ambassadors to the key European countries involved in the First World War
Fútbol brings the UK and Hispanic America closer
By Deisy Verdinez, Communications Officer, British Consulate General Houston
I will start off by saying that I am obsessed with the World Cup. OBSESSED. Every four years, nothing matters more than making sure I am able to watch important World Cup matches. I grew up watching the tournament back when most Americans had no clue that it existed. My family emigrated from Mexico to the US many years ago and brought with them a passion for football (or fútbol, as we call it) and the World Cup.
I was fortunate enough to take some time off from my job at the British Consulate in Houston and head down to Brazil for the start of the 2014 World Cup. Needless to say, it was an experience of a lifetime. I met people from around the world who shared in my passion for the game. And thanks to a Brazilian World Cup commercial where Brazilian fans thanked English fans for inventing the sport, I was reminded of the origins of football.
British expats introduced football to numerous Latin American countries, including Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, where the sport has become a religion. Here in the US, the popularity of “soccer” is far from reaching the levels of these countries, but the sport is gaining more momentum with every World Cup. Take the USA vs. Germany match—many Americans actually stopped working to watch the game. This increase in popularity can be attributed to numerous factors, but without a doubt, as the Hispanic population in the US continues to grow, so does the popularity of football.
A sneak peek behind the scenes as Premier Skills, the British Council’s global soccer partnership with the Premier League, launches in Chicago.
Buckingham Palace has just announced that Angelina Jolie is to be made an honorary Dame (the female equivalent of a Knight). But did you know that these famous American faces have also been honoured by Her Majesty? Click through!