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first_imgPARKRUN LK: Letterkenny parkrun enjoyed a very successful launch day on Saturday February 6th.113 runners and walkers plus 4 babies in buggies set off on the 3 lap route around Bernard McGlinchey Town Park and the grounds of St. Conal’s. Welcoming the latest group to join the parkrun global family Matt Shiels emphasised the parkrun values of participation, fun and open to all regardless of ability.Representing the HSE (the main sponsor of parkrun in Ireland) Anne McAteer highlighted the contribution of parkrun to the goals of Healthy Ireland.Graduates of local Couchto5K groups; families on an early morning outing; parents running with buggies; Operation Transformation participants; groups of running buddies – all lined up on completing the course to have their personal barcodes scanned with their place tokens and were later able to view their own personal times on the parkrun website.As the different groups finished the verdict was that the course was a challenging one but really enjoyable. Visiting “parkrun tourists” from Belfast, Derry and Dublin promised to return to enjoy the beautiful park in summer. Niall was there from Callaghans XL and people were able to enjoy a post-run coffee – and the rain stayed off!The large team of volunteers was led by Run Director Margaret O’Donnell with the marshals ensuring the route was followed by all while the timekeepers and barcode scanners “played a blinder” with no errors and amazingly all tokens returned at the finish!! Well done everyone.We are looking forward to seeing our local walkers and runners returning next week and welcoming new participants. Don’t forget to register and print off your barcode. www.parkrun.ie/letterkennyThe Letterkenny parkrun is supported by Donegal County Council, Donegal Sports partnership and the HSE.  The route is a 5 k walk / run and will take place every Saturday morning at 9.30am and it is free!  parkrun is a family friendly event (Children must be accompanied by an adult).Running, taking part in the parkrun is free.  To register visit www.parkrun.ie/letterkenny/   You will receive a unique barcode to print off and bring to the local parkrun.  You only need ever register once and you can use your barcode at parkrun events anywhere in the world.  (So pack those running shoes when jetting off and meet fellow parkrunners in your holiday spot!)  On the parkrun website you can track your progress week-to-week.Remember IT’S NOT A RACE – parkrun is for everyone; fit, unfit; young, old; able bodied or not, ALL are welcome. Looking forward to event No. 2 on February 13th. We are also looking forward to hosting any Operation Transformation groups who want to participate in the National parkrun OT day on Saturday February 20th.PARKRUN LETTERKENNY IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: February 8th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsPARKRUNSportlast_img read more

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Onestop shop for all human knowledge

first_imgLiving in a world of technology makes our lives convenient. However, technology is also making us increasingly disconnected from what we call the real world. Konversai aims to change that. An eBay of knowledge, Konversai is the world’s one-stop shop for any and all human knowledge. It connects people on a one-on-one basis and enables video conversations between them for the exchange of knowledge. There are millions of people who have knowledge and skills, have time, and need income but don’t have a way to offer it and earn from it. There are also millions of people who need face-to-face interactions to learn something or get trustworthy information but are limited by geography, time and money. Konversai offers the solution to both of these problems. It is the platform that allows everyone to be part of the gig economy. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainKonversai is the brainchild of Sushma Sharma, a corporate lawyer and a professor based in New York, with Law degrees from Delhi University, the University of Oxford and Columbia Law School. She originally comes from Patna in India and has lived in more than 6 cities in 4 different countries. She had no plans to be an entrepreneur but when her daughter, who was 7 years old upon moving to California from Hong Kong in 2014, developed an illness, a new journey began. It took months to figure out what was wrong, and that was a trying time to say the least. Only after her daughter recovered did Sharma find someone who had been through a similar experience with her son, and all she could think of was, “Why didn’t I meet her earlier?” Despite her extensive network, all she needed was a person who had experienced something similar and that wasn’t available. That was the beginning of Konversai – a place to find someone when you need him or her for any conversation or knowledge you seek. The idea grew rapidly to become a place where we can share all or some of our skills, experiences, and knowledge that we acquire during our lifetime. “Information is everywhere, but not knowledge,” Sharma says. “Right now you can Google anything, but when you speak with someone whom you can see and you learn from that person, there is a sense of trust that is lacking in anonymous online encounters.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWith the proliferation of online video sharing, another video-based platform may seem redundant. But Konversai provides the kind of personal connection that does not exist in other social media platforms. In Sharma’s own words, “I felt so strongly that there had to be a place where you didn’t have to pretend to be someone, a place where you could talk to someone at a real level.” The platform can be used for any subject of interest – the only limit is your imagination. Whether it’s Hindi language, cooking, Bollywood dance, traveling, calculus, computer science, yoga, or something else entirely different, any and all knowledge, skills, and experiences have value on Konversai. You can use the platform as you wish (minor exceptions do apply). For a non-tech person to create a website, create a team, find users, and find funding has not been an easy journey. But with time, help of her team, initial investors, and many very good friends, she has still managed to grow Konversai from 6000 users just two years ago (at the time of tragedy) to over 150,000 + users. Konversai is continuing to grow at an exponential rate now, which shows that there is an intrinsic need in the world for it.last_img read more

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