Impacting society with digital ingenuity – World Summit Award proclaiming the top 8 worldwide

Sponsored content SINGAPORE, 7/1/2016. UN based award WSA wraps up successful edition of world’s top digital content for changing society in Singapore. Awarding 8 top products from 40 WSA winners at the Grand Gala concluded a 3 days Congress of digital innovation. The UN based World Summit Award has selected the world’s best solutions for […]

Access to health in the developped and developing world

Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Aluko Oluzabusayo Daniel, student of medicine and surgery at Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. Mr Aluko is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). The idea that complete access to optimum health care is reserved only for the financially stable in the society or that […]

Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson: who forced the two ‘brave’ Brexiteers to quit?

There is hardly anyone who has something between the ears that can deny the unecessary trouble Britain has put itself into following the Brexit vote of June 23rd. A couple of weeks following the apocalyptic referendum the world has witnessed anything from a historic plunge of the pound to panic in the world markets and Brussels […]

A reflection of health inequity in recent epidemics

Exclusively written for the Sting by Miss Charlene Chau, student and global health enthusiast, eager to exchange solutions on global health issues and health policies. Miss Chau is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). Ebola, the cause of human and primate hemorrhages; polio, the root of flaccid paralysis; Zika, the hypothesised culprit of microcephaly in […]

10 things Europe does better than the rest of the world

This is a guest article written by one of our passionate readers, Mrs Rachael Everly.  European nations may be well known for their stunning landscapes, high fashion, romantic languages, nude beaches, and delicious cuisine, but there is more to European life and living than meets the eye. Here are 10 things that Europe is doing […]

Brexit: when the hubris of one man can set the UK, the EU and the entire world on fire

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Panos Katsampanis, PhD candidate in European Studies at King’s College London University who focuses his political psychology research on voting behaviour at EU referendums.  What started as a long shot promise back in 2013, when David Cameron committed to an EU Referendum sometime before 2017, if elected at May […]

A Sting Exclusive: the EU referendum is about fighting for an outward-looking Britain

Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Keith Taylor, UK MEP for the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. I don’t want to take my country back; I want to take it forward. Moving forward means working together with our closest neighbours to build a fairer, safer, and greener future. Climate change, the pollution of […]

New skills agenda for Europe needs real investment

The European Youth Forum welcomes the European Commission’s New Skills Agenda for Europe and calls on member states to invest in young people’s skills in order to help tackle youth unemployment and social exclusion and ensure that no one, including young migrants, is left behind. In a fast-paced, changing society, young people today require a […]

GSMA head urges regulators to help Europe regain leadership

LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE 360 EUROPE: Europe has the opportunity to regain its digital leadership, although the different national regulatory and legal environments across the continent present challenges for participants, Mats Granryd, director general of GSMA, stated this morning. “We have a unique opportunity to regain the industry leadership. With 5G and IoT around the […]

A Sting Exclusive: EU Commissioner Mimica looks at how the private sector can better deliver for international development

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development. There’s never been a more relevant time to look at what role the private sector has to play in development. What are the challenges, and what can it help to deliver? The current world situation leaves us […]

World Summit Awards 2016: Sustainable impact through digital innovation

Sponsored content SINGAPORE IS HOSTING THE UN-BASED WORLD SUMMIT AWARD SOCIAL INNOVATION CONGRESS, SINGAPORE, JUNE 29- JULY 1, 2016  Digital technologies are one of the main drivers for the United Nations agenda towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The World Summit Award Congress Singapore 2016 presents the global top 40 of digital innovations creating sustainable social […]

Crowdfunding: what it is and what it may become

Exclusively written for the Sting by Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder and CFA at Indiegogo Growing up I watched my parents struggle time and time again to get loans for their small business. I had a very similar experience while I was trying to raise money for a theatre production – even though all of the potential investors […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Doing ourselves a favour”, Vice President Dombrovskis underscores that this time growth has to come from within the EU

This article was exclusively written for the European Sting by Mr Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Euro and Social Dialogue. Last month, the European Commission presented the spring economic package related to the European Semester. It included the annual country-specific policy recommendations to individual member states and the Commission’s latest assessment […]

A Sting Exclusive: EU Commission’s Vice President Šefčovič accentuates the importance of innovation to EU’s Energy Union

This article was exclusively written for the European Sting by Mr Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union. The role of energy in our day-to-day lives is undoubtedly crucial for the functioning of any modern society. From powering homes, our vehicles, and our industries, energy is one of the most important commodities in the […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the new Sustainable Development Agenda”, Ulf Björnholm underscores from UNEP Brussels

Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Ulf Björnholm, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Liaison Office to the EU institutions. 2015 marked a turning point for global cooperation on sustainable development, with world leaders agreeing on a new UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. These agreements represent a […]

GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Europe – 14 June 2016

Sponsored Content Event Name: GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Europe Date: 14 June 2016                            Location:The Egg Website: http://www.mobile360series.com/europe/ After a very successful event in 2014, the Mobile 360 Series – Europe will, again, convene the key mobile industry and European policy leaders to continue the progress made to date. This year’s focus will be on […]

Lithuania finds the ways to maintain its energy security

Guest article written by Adomas Abromaitis, adomas333@inbox.lt The last political events once again highlighted the political relevance of energy security issue for Lithuania. We must pay tribute to the government that struggle for reducing Lithuania’s dependence on Russian energy supplies and for receiving financial support from its EU and NATO partners by all possible means. It finds […]

Kellen Europe Hosts EuroConference 2016

Sponsored Content Over 90 association and corporate executives gathered at EuroConference 2016 today in Brussels, to discuss best practices for associations. The event, which took place for the 16th time in a row this year, was hosted by the Brussels office of Kellen, the premier association management company on a global level. EuroConference is the […]

The EU risks trade relations with China over the Tata hype about steel

  It is indisputable that we are running a very important period regarding the trade relations between China and the EU. On the one hand, it is only today that the Commission’s online public consultation on future measures to prevent dumped imports from China is closing; a consultation which had earlier opened on 10 February. The EU is conducting […]

EU Youth Conference in Amsterdam: enabling young people to engage in a diverse, connected and inclusive Europe

Sponsored Content Amsterdam, 7 April 2016 // The Dutch Presidency of the Council, together with the Dutch National Youth Council, the European Commission and the European Youth Forum hosted the EU Youth Conference in Amsterdam on 4-7 April, bringing youth delegates and policy makers to the same table to discuss youth issues. This EU Youth […]

Nuclear weapons in Lithuania: defence against Russia or target for terrorists?

Guest article written by Adomas Abromaitis, adomas333@inbox.lt A complex geopolitical situation in the region forces the Baltic States and their NATO allies to take unprecedented efforts to increase defence capabilities to counter potential aggressors. A new Lithuanian military strategy approved in March describes Russia actions along with terrorism as the main threats for the security of Lithuania, […]

Lithuania should find its own way in the EU

Guest article written by Adomas Abromaitis, adomas333@inbox.lt Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on March 17 attended a European Council meeting which focused on the EU’s Annual Growth Survey and the progress of member states in implementing the European Commission’s economic and social recommendations for 2015. One can not deny that the problems a number of EU countries caused […]

World Retail Congress announces Dubai 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

Sponsored Content The 10th World Retail Congress, which is being held in Dubai for the first time from 12-14 April, is proud to announce the 2016 inductees into the World Retail Hall of Fame and this year includes some of the greatest names in fashion and fragrance. Over the past decade, the World Retail Hall […]

Stability in Europe has no chances because of Ukraine

Guest article written by Adomas Abromaitis, adomas333@inbox.lt Everyone wants to help Ukraine but no one knows exactly how. Time is passing, nothing is changing. All tested methods of international aid suffered a defeat. Consultative, financial and military assistance was tried more than once. Ukraine as a bottomless pit absorbs aid without any substantial effect. According to The […]

Lithuania needs to get rid of the victim mentality

Guest article written by Adomas Abromaitis, adomas333@inbox.lt There is an urgent need to change the political image of Lithuania. A disastrously untrue stereotype of the country has been formed today due both to objective and subjective reasons. Let see what foreigners may think about the country reading news about Lithuania. First of all it may seem […]

MWC 2016: IoT experts fret over fragmentation

Market fragmentation, perhaps inevitably, was a dominant theme in an MWC session titled Unleashing the Value of IoT platforms. Beecham principle analyst, Saverio Romeo, who moderated the session, reckoned there were around 300 IoT platforms in operation today. “There are so many standards and no clear winners,” remarked Angelo Corsaro, CTO of PrismTech, which focuses […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: Freemium MVNO model a success, claims FreedomPop head

The UK launch of its free MVNO service was a success, said FreedomPop president Nicholas Constantinopoulos. “It has been a showcase for the company and demonstrates we can break into markets other than the US. We’re in talks with other operators in Latin America, Asia and Africa to do the same.” He confirmed that the […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: Gamelab founder talks Apple TV, VR and monetisation

Apple TV’s “ambition is defining the standard of the next-gen home entertainment centre” in which gaming apps will play a crucial role, according to Ivan Fernandez Lobo, founder and chairman of Gamelab Conference. Developers are only just starting to understand the power of the platform, said Fernandez Lobo, who believes that thanks to “new capabilities […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: Under Armour learns from “robust community of data”

In light of the controversy over the accuracy of Fitbit’s heart rate monitor, Under Armour’s (UA) chief digital officer, Robin Thurston, said his company “doesn’t claim to be more or less accurate than others on the market”. However, with more than a decade of workout tracking and food logging, he believes Under Armour has “years […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: Getty chief says one in four new images from phones

Dawn Airey may be the CEO of image library Getty Images, but she’s also a fan of the odd sneaky smartphone snap and argues there are moments when images from our phones have the edge over those from a professional’s camera. Speaking during the Mobile is Commerce session, Airey revealed that a surprisingly large amount […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: Xiaomi looks to revive growth with flagships

Chinese smartphone player Xiaomi this morning unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the Mi5 and Mi5 Pro, as it attempts to turnaround its fortunes after missing its handset target last year. The once fast-rising firm missed its 2015 handset target of 80 million by 12 per cent and also reportedly failed to reach its $1 billion […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: 5G to embrace unlicensed bands and Wi-Fi

The 5G technology roadmap will include Wi-Fi and the use of unlicensed spectrum bands, said Nokia’s head of e2e mobile network solutions, Peter Merz. “Wi-Fi has become a de-facto service and needs to be integrated into 5G,” claimed Merz at a panel session on 5G technology, timelines and applications. “While the use of unlicensed spectrum […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: BlackBerry acquires Encription, talks Microsoft and health

BlackBerry acquired UK security firm Encription, bolstering a move into cybersecurity consulting that was announced here at MWC. The company has created a Professional CyberSecurity Services practice which will offer organisations consulting services, tools and best practice. BlackBerry was tight-lipped on the detail of the Encription deal, which closed late last week (19 February). Talking […]