AT&T Aspire Accelerator

AT&T Aspire launches EdTech Accelerator Program

As part of its $350 million commitment to education, AT&T announced the opening of the AT&T Aspire Accelerator program. The program aims to support edtech startups with social impact with a special focus on solutions for at-risk students.

For-profit participants in the AT&T Aspire Accelerator will receive $50,000 in return for 5% equity, non-profits will receive a general contribution and need to submit impact measurements. AT&T will also cover travel expenses and other costs associated with the program for up to $25,000 as participants don’t need to relocate for the accelerator.

Other perks of the accelerator include the usual mentorship from industry experts and national promotion through the AT&T Aspire Initiative.

The application is open to any organization in the United States that uses technology to support students’ educational and workforce success including but not limited to

  • mobile applications that drive education outcomes
  • platforms for teachers, students and/or parents
  • learning and curriculum management tools
  • assessment and outcome tracking platforms
  • education distribution (online instruction, courses, etc.)
  • increased access for existing best practices

Applications can be submitted via the Aspire Accelerator website until February 20th 2015. The program will kick off in May and end in October with a demo day.

Further Reading

  • AT&T Aspire Launches Ed-Tech Accelerator Focused On Social Impact | PR Newswire

Links

about.att.com/csr/aspireaccelerator

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  • Peter Cao

    From AT&T website: “AT&T today launched the AT&T Aspire Accelerator” with Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun on board; So it seems AT&T is a royal ally to Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun; But who wants to be ally with personnel associated with fascism crimes?

    Back on 12/24/2014, in the comments part of an article http://t.cn/RZTdHjv, I had informed AT&T people, along with AT&T Chief Mr. Randall Stephenson, about the fascism crimes Sebastian Thrun had involved into; Not sure if it had caught attention by then;

    I believe people from AT&T would have the sense of righteousness to help us push forward this decade long criminal case, and clarify this case and find justice to those fascists along with Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun, is that right?

  • Peter Cao

    I admire the name of AT&T and I respect AT&T CEO Mr. Randall Stephenson; However, would Mr. Randall Stephenson help us deal with these problems in case of AT&T Aspire Accelerator board advisor Sebastian Thrun?

    Here is the statement of how miscarriage of justice is carrying on in Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s case, written in Chinese characters; save them for later use, please;

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    Sebastian Thrun 一方法西斯在美国司法系统中极具势力,使得这个本来是非分明,证据明确,并经警察严肃调查过的校园暴力案 — [斯坦福警察档案号: IR 04-111-0335;受害人: Peter Cao; 犯罪嫌疑人: Gabriele Scheler] — 后来在美国司法系统中颠倒黑白,制造冤案以掩盖 Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler 一方所犯法西斯罪行;而至今那些后来制造冤案的司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV)对受害人隐匿他们真实身份黑心办案,并对当事人掩盖案件材料,侵犯隐私,威胁恐吓,阴谋陷害,以阻止澄清案情,从而达到袒护 Sebastian Thrun 与 Gabriele Scheler一方法西斯犯罪的目的;

    — 有人能让大家知道那些后来处理本案司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County, including people living in Stanford Society) 的真实身份么?我有严肃的问题要问他们;

    — Again, ZZZ/YYY/VVV are judicial officers, but not mafia, or are they? their practices as judicial officers have to withstand the scrutiny from the public; By law, they have to show us their real identities; they can’t hide their real identities from us for ever;

  • Peter Cao

    Miscarriage of justice is one horrible horrible thing that could ever happen to human society; it could result in the victims being further victimized; it could produce retaliatory fascism crimes directly from the judicial system;

    That day, a man named JayJones argued in comments part of an article titled “Get schools out of the 1890s” by Mr. Newt Gingrich on cnn dot com, that — “Apparently they are tolerated in human society, since neither of them have been arrested or imprisoned. What is your definition of fascist?” —

    ======== My Answer =======

    Dear Mr. JayJones,

    — Miscarriage of justice is going on, and that’s why neither Sebastian Thrun nor Gabriele Scheler have been arrested or imprisoned so far, while I as a victim am further victimized by their retaliatory fascism crimes; the case remain mystified and incomplete so far; and at this stage, the real problems are coming from the judicial system; Justice has not been done;

    — The fact that Gabriele Scheler or Sebastian Thrun have not been arrested or imprisoned so far does not mean they are tolerated in human society; at least I know San Francisco State University fired Gabriele Scheler and Stanford partially fired Sebastian Thrun due to their involvement into such fascism crimes; and I am pretty sure both of them would be universally rejected as more and more people learn the fascism nature in their crimes;

    — As I said before: “We are all made of human beings; you have your judgement, and we all have our own; Anybody with normal intelligence could easily figure out that there is something seriously wrong going on in this case;” I wonder who’s the officer handling Gabriele Scheler and Sebastian Thrun’s case? How would they explain the brutality from Gabriele Scheler on my body as evidenced in those 7 photos, in the first place? —http://t.cn/R7F1yQ0 —

    — What are the real identities of judicial officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County, including everyone living in Stanford University) handling Sebastian Thrun’s case and Gabriele Scheler’s recanted testimony? How can I see their materials to accuse/curse me and to mess up the case? Can you or anybody let us know? I have serious questions to ask them;

  • Peter Cao

    — The point is, though I am a victim while Gabriele Scheler a criminal suspect, my life has been underhandedly cursed and systematically retaliated by fascism powers behind Sebastian Thrun for over 10 years without an end ever since Gabriele Scheler recanted her testimony and falsely accused me at somewhere unknown to me in the judicial system; Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s follow up retaliatory crimes had been collateralled by some officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County) who’s handling Scheler’s recanted testimony in the judicial system, and who hided their identities from me during these many years till today; Neither did I ever see their materials to accuse me, nor did I get a chance to defend myself; i.e. their underhanded retaliatory fascism crimes are coming from the judicial system, as well; — Miscarriage of justice is going on;

  • Peter Cao

    I admire the name of AT&T and I respect AT&T CEO Mr. Randall Stephenson; However,
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    — Would anyone or any organization like to associate himself/herslef/itself with fascism crimes?
    Would anyone like to be educated by someone who’s misbehavior has brought into our lives anti-humanity crimes which are fascism by nature and which had endangered human lives? Would anyone like to be living in a society under the jurisdiction of some malicious and cowardice officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara county) who hided their identities from us while colluding with those fascists to cover up their fascism crimes and at the same time retaliate on victims?
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    Sebastian Thrun cofounder of Udacity, who is sponored by AT&T, had involved into a decade long criminal case which is fascism by natureand which had endangered human lives, starting from a simple campus atrocity case with clear evidence and serious police investigation — [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] —http://t.cn/R7F1yQ0 —; but how could a simple campus atrocity case turned into a series of fascism crimes for over a decade long which got more and more innocent people involved? — Fascism prevails and miscarriage of justice is going on; — not all by my capability could handle; — here is the link to this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler’s website — http://t.cn/RPbiq5G

    For more info about Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler and such of their fascism crimes, please reference my comments under the name ‘Peter Cao’ in the comments part in an article as linked here: —http://t.cn/Rza7Kg4 —

    — Such fascism crimes have to be disciplined by laws and such fascists like Gabriele Scheler and Sebastian Thrun and the likes have to be brought to justice; they can’t escape from it;

  • Peter Cao

    — Sebastian Thrun had purposefully conspired me in collateral with this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler when I cautiously tried to approach him even though he clearly knew I was encouraged to contact him with valid reference from his bosses of Stanford Computer Science department; In March 2010, one day before I tried to file an important complaint at judicial authorities against an officer who’s miscarriage of justice biased on Thrun, Thrun’s student Mr. David Stavens (also an Udacity cofounder) had gone to Stanford police and lied to police and falsely accused me in collateral with Thrun; — So what kind of education had Mr. David Stavens received from Sebastian Thrun in Stanford Computer Science Department, other than computer science?
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    It is a universal common sense to us all that protecting human lives and their basic rights of living supersedes teaching, doing business or doing research;

    I believe people from AT&T would have the sense of righteousness to help us push forward this decade long criminal case, and clarify this case and find justice to those fascists along with Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun, is that right?

  • Peter Cao

    Here is a quote about the moral issue in Sebastian Thrun’s career, according to an insider’s(not me) revelation that:
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    Thrun is shamelessly taking credit for work done by others. In Germany, his native country, prof. Dickmanns already had fully autonomous, fast, self-driving cars (160km/h) in traffic in 1995, long before anybody else, and 10 years before Thrun’s team joined the fray by participating in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge for self-driving cars. And the DARPA objectives were not that hard to achieve, as quite a few teams were able to reach the goal. One of them was a financial services company that had never dabbled in robotics before. All of this is easy to verify. Or take the online courses of Udacity. In Germany, prof. Loviscach started online university lectures back in 2009, and got millions of clicks long before Thrun jumped on the train 3 years later. The award-winning prof. Vornberger published his popular videos already in 2002, even before the Khan Academy, currently the most visible mass education outfit. (Germany has a long tradition of distance teaching – Univ. Hagen with over 80,000 remote students has specialized on this for decades.) Even at Stanford, Thrun was not the first. His colleague prof. Andrew Ng, co-founder of Coursera, got hundreds of thousands of viewers for his youtube machine learning course, long before Thrun followed suit and put his own lecture online. Or take Google Glass. No wonder that prof. Babak Parviz, its creator, got miffed when Thrun started taking credit for that as well. More examples from Academia could be listed. If there is one recurring theme in Thrun’s carreer, it’s his (more or less subtle) attempts at festooning himself with achievements of others.
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    Also, according to an article on ieee dot org “The Unknown Start-up That Built Google’s First Self-Driving Car” Posted 19 Nov 2014, the real power behind google’s self-driving car project is a group of students from 510 System from Berkeley, but not the self-claimed ‘godfather of self-driving car’, Mr. Sebastian Thrun;
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    — Would such a personnel really be up to the moral standard as a role model in the world of education or innovation, according to AT&T standard?

  • Peter Cao

    It’s a kindly reminder to people of AT&T which regards to the spiritual integrity as well as to the working ethics of this world renowned company; and those issues in my public challenges are not only intented for eyes of AT&T Chief Mr. Randall Stephenson, but also for eyes of everyone who’s reading this article; simply deleting my comments would not make the case go away and that would be unfair to those who deserve to know;
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    — Isn’t it a basic instinct that embedded into the spirits of us all to spontaneously fight against such anti-humanity crimes?
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    I bet such of their fascism crimes associated with Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun (patnered by AT&T, i.e. AT&T relevant now:( ) would not be tolerated anywhere in human society; If anyone disagree, especially those in my public challenge, please give us a candid answer right here on this board, which part in my statements is not base upon facts? — What’s going on here?

    — equal opportunity and freedom of speech, please 🙂

  • Peter Cao

    And, at this stage, the most confusing part of this case is: — What are the real identities of judicial officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, who must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County) handling Sebastian Thrun’s case and this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler’s recanted testimony? How can I see their materials to accuse/curse me and to mess up this case?

    Can anyone here, e.g. Mr. Randall Stephenson of AT&T Chief, help us know? I have serious questions to ask them;

    ………………… P.S. …………………

    — ZZZ/YYY/VVV are judicial officers, but not mafia, or are they? their practices as judicial officers have to withstand the scrutiny from the public; By law, they have to show us their real identities; they can’t hide their real identities from us for ever;

  • Peter Cao

    Would AT&T Chief Mr. Randall Stephenson help us deal with these problems as presented through this comments section, in case of AT&T Aspire Accelerator board advisor Mr. Sebastian Thrun? Cause it’s AT&T relevant now 🙁
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    Wouldn’t anyone from AT&T deserve to know the truth of this decade long fascism criminal case coming along with AT&T Aspire Accelerator board advisor Mr. Sebastian Thrun?