Concord crowdfunding company helps Bay Area school sports teams raise cash

San Francisco Bay Area high school and college sports team use eTeam Sponsor automated crowdfunding to raise cash for teams

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Dozens of San Francisco Bay Area high school and college sports programs have partnered with eTeamSponsor’s automated crowdfunding platform to turbocharge their sports fundraising efforts to raise much-needed cash quickly and efficiently.

automated crowdfunding for school sports fundraisingChocolate bar sales and car washes to drive sports fundraising have given way to automated crowdfunding platforms like eTeamsponsor. Financially strapped programs can now access powerful Internet and social media tools to raise cash for uniforms, camps, transportation, and the equipment they need to compete.

The sports fundraising success Bay Area schools have generated using eTeamSponsor include:

  • California High School (San Ramon, CA); Over $108,000 net funds raised
  • College of San Mateo (San Mateo, CA); Over $96,000 net funds raised
  • De La Salle High School (Concord, CA); Over $263,000 net funds raised
  • Dominican University of California (San Rafael, CA); Over $80,000 net funds raised
  • Diablo Valley Community College (Pleasant Hill, CA); Over $159,000 net funds raised
  • Saratoga High School (Saratoga, CA); Over $81,000 net funds raised
  • Willow Glen High School (San Jose, CA); Over $60,000 net funds raised

And it’s not just Bay Area teams that are getting a competitive edge with eTeamSponsor. With more than $15 million raised for 2,000+ teams, schools, and organizations across the U.S., eTeamSponsor is the exclusive crowdfunding platform for leading athletic programs in the U.S. including the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA).

Pho. (Bob Larson / Mandalay Pictures ) 2014
Pho. (Bob Larson / Mandalay Pictures ) 2014

Using Twitter, Facebook and other social media connections of students and parents, the eTeamSponsor sports fundraising solution engages more donors more quickly and efficiently without upfront fees. From these contacts, eTeamSponsor implements an automated crowdfunding outreach program that includes email, text messaging, social media, and an online, hosted team video page that highlights the team’s fundraising goals, progress, incentives, and how funds will be spent.

eTeamSponsor expands the reach and effectiveness of every campaign as friends and family contacts also become advocates for the fundraising campaign to their own friends and contacts on Facebook and Twitter.

Additionally, eTeamSponsor has designed a system for coaches to have administrative access with full transparency and real-time updates to track their campaign progress. Coaches also receive an automatic monthly remittance, never receive a bill or invoice, nor handle money.

About eTeamSponsor
Founded in 2010 and based in Concord, CA, eTeamSponsor delivers a leading SaaS-based automated crowdfunding sports fundraising platform that enables schools, teams, foundations, and non-profits to raise funds quickly and efficiently. Visit eTeamSponsor for a personalized demo at http://www.eteamsponsor.com.

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Robotic assisted surgery at John Muir Health’s Concord medical center

Robotic assisted surgery for thoracoscopic procedures are safe and effective in various settings by delivering outcomes better than open thoracotomy and equal to video-assisted thoracic surgery, according to recent studies

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The thoracic surgery team at John Muir Health’s Concord medical center recently became the first in the East Bay to use robotic assisted surgery for a lobectomy procedure, and currently have successfully completed more than a dozen of these procedures.

da Vinci Systems offer doctors high-definition 3D vision, a magnified view, and robotic and computer assistance.
da Vinci Systems offer doctors high-definition 3D vision, a magnified view, and robotic and computer assistance.
In a traditional chest cavity surgery, surgeons must cut between the ribs, or even spread the ribs, in order to access the lung, leaving patients with a large incision on the side of the chest. This results in longer, more painful post-operative recovery. Conversely, with a minimally invasive approach using the da Vinci® surgical system from Intuitive Surgical, incisions are only 0.5 to 1 centimeter in length resulting in decreased pain levels and a shorter recovery time for patients.

“Our achievement is a significant development in expanding the role of robotic surgical platforms for minimally-invasive surgeries,” Dr. Wilson Tsai, Co-Medical Director of the thoracic program at John Muir Health. “Surgical applications with advanced robotics expand treatment options and offer outcomes comparable to other minimally invasive approaches, especially for patients with more complex cases.”

The da Vinci® Surgical System features a 3D HD vision system for a clear and magnified view inside the patient’s body. da Vinci’s EndoWrist® instruments bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. The surgeon controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. da Vinci technology allows surgeons to perform complex and routine procedures through a few small openings, similar to traditional laparoscopy.

The da vinci platform for robotic assisted surgery
The da vinci platform for robotic assisted surgery

Recent studies show that robotic assisted surgery like lobectomies can deliver equal or better results compared to open chest cavity surgery. One study, Adams, et al, published in the April edition of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, concluded that robotic assisted surgery for thoracoscopic procedures was safe and effective in various settings by delivering outcomes better than open thoracotomy and equal to video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). The results included two to four less days spent in the hospital, fewer blood transfusions, shorter usage of a chest tube by at least one day, and fewer air leaks lasting more than five days.

“We’re committed to providing state-of-the-art treatment options for our patients,” says Tsai. “Patients appreciate the shorter recovery time offered by this procedure that allows them to go home and get back to their normal lives quicker.”

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Apple driverless cars may be tested at Concord Naval Station

Apple driverless cars may soon be tested at the GoMentum Station research and testing facility located at the former Naval Weapons Station located in Concord, California

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A report from the U.K.’s Guardian claims that Apple driverless cars may soon be tested at the GoMentum Station research and testing facility located at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS).

apple driverless carFollowing big hints from Apple executives in February, the Financial Times and other tech media have reported that Apple has been recruiting experts in automotive technology.

Dozens of Apple employees, led by experienced managers from its iPhone unit, are researching automotive products, including driverless cars at a Silicon Valley location away from the company’s Cupertino campus, the people said.

Apple Driverless car technology

It is not known how far the car project has progressed. Experiments may need to be conducted in a large space with open roads very early on in the development of the vehicle. It is also not clear if Apple is working on a self-driving car, like those being developed by Google and Uber, or a technology-filled, potentially electric car, like Tesla.

The Contra Costa Bee has reported previously that Mercedes Benz also plans to test driverless car technology at the GoMentum facility operated by the Contra Costa County Transportation Authority in cooperation with the City of Concord.

The 5,000 acre,  paved, city-like roadway grids at CNWS is an ideal site for testing self-driving vehicles and related applications in an urban-like environment. Testing will include transportation technology including traffic signals that ‘communicate’ with cars, and connected and self driving vehicles.

self-driving-vehiclesLocal leaders are optimistic about the research taking place at the CNWS.

“The City of Concord is hopeful that use of the Concord Naval Weapons Station as a test bed hub in the region will attract hi-tech jobs to our community and allow new technologies to be tested and researched,” stated Tim Grayson, Mayor of the City of Concord. CNWS was officially closed in 2007 and is currently in the process of being transferred to the City of Concord.

“This partnership is indication that we’re moving forward in the 21st Century economy,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “I’m confident that this is the first of many partnerships that will spark transportation innovation and smart growth in Contra Costa and hopeful that the City of Concord can one day be viewed as a transportation technology hub where hi-tech jobs for residents are plentiful.” The use of the site as a test bed for innovative transportation technology will not impact the transfer, or the community’s long range plans for reuse of the base.

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3D printing comes to Concord

Dasbotics sells 3D printing machines, provides 3D printing classes, and will help deploy 3D printing labs and stations in schools and corporate facilities. Dasbotics also offers 3D printing machine rental time on both small and large scale machines.

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Dasbotics 3d printing a 3D Printing company located at Cowell and Treat in Concord California was the guest speaker at the inaugural Concord Tech Tuesday Meetup May 12.

3D_Scan_Model_large3D printing is finally available to the masses for a low cost and Dasbotics demonstrated the process of 3D printing from design to completed object.

Dasbotics sells 3D printing machines, provides classes, and will help deploy 3D printing labs and stations in schools and corporate training facilities.

The Advanced 3D Printing teaches In-depth settings and troubleshooting, how to print using heated bed and to use variety of filaments: PLA, ABS, flexible

Upon success of the Advanced 3D Printing Class students receive a certificate of completion that you can operate work with advanced software design, troubleshoot, and accessorize a basic 3D Printer.

In addition to basic and advanced classes, Dasbotics offers machine rental time on both small and large scale machines. it also offers low priced 3D printers produced by a local company called Printrbot. Accessories are sold on premise so you can avoid shipping costs and wait time.

3d printing classes
Dasbotics offers classes for beginner thru advanced levels

Dasbotics was founded in 2014 by a group of maker enthusiasts with a love for 3D printing. They aim to bring 3D printing to the education community and the general public, while continuing to innovate in the field of 3D printing through education and exciting new product design and features (3D chocolate printing anyone?).

Dasbotics is located at 4180 Treat Blvd., Suite G4 Concord, CA 94518. They are open 10am to 4pm Tuesday thru Friday. For pricing or more information call Dasbotics at 925-332-5073 or email info@dasbotics.com

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Redpark ships industry first Ethernet Cable for iPad and iPhone

Redpark’s industry first Ethernet Cable for iPad and iPhone enables field technicians to use Ethernet to connect an iPad or iPhone to equipment in the field in order to configure or troubleshoot the equipment.

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Redpark Product Development announced today that it is now shipping the industry’s first Ethernet Cable for iPad and iPhone.

Ethernet Cable for iPad and iPhone
Ethernet Cable for iPad and iPhone

The Redpark Ethernet Cable is a specialty version of USB to Ethernet adapter. It provides a general purpose ethernet connection — however, throughput is limited to 5 Mbps and only apps which use Redpark’s RedSocket SDK are able to communicate with the cable.

“We’ve designed the Ethernet Cable for use in field service applications,” noted Redpark president Mike Ridenhour. “It enables field technicians to use Ethernet to connect an iPad or iPhone to equipment in the field in order to configure or troubleshoot the equipment.”“iPad and iPhone are rapidly replacing laptops for use in field service applications,” explained Ridenhour. “Our serial cables for iPad and iPhone have been very well received in this market. The new Ethernet Cable allows enterprises to make further use of iPad and iPhone for field service work.”

An Ethernet Cable FAQ provides more details about cable functionality and app compatibility.

The Ethernet Cable has an MSRP of $89 and is available today.

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Google launches Mobilegeddon: Is your website mobile responsive?

If you have a website for your business, or non-profit, and it is not mobile responsive, then you can count on less traffic to your site in the coming months

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Mobilegeddon has arrived. Mobile Responsive websites are now required. to avoid search traffic penalties. Announced in February and launched today, the Google page rank algorithm will now take into account how useable your website is for mobile users. How does this effect you?

mobile responsiveIf you have a website for your business, political, or non-profit, and it is not mobile responsive, then you can count on less traffic to your site in the coming months until you make your site mobile responsive.

Until then, Google will give better search ranking to web sites like this one, instead of a website that when viewed my a smart phone or iPad device, must be zoomed to be read and access links.

Check the Google mobile responsive page to see if your website passes the test.

See result for one of my clients, Redpark.

Here’s an example of a non mobile responsive site.

Mobile Responsive views

Check here to see an example of how websites should look on difffer mobile devices. Just enter a URL, like this one.

Halfway To Concord, is another example of the mobile responsive sites I’ve been building for clients for years. Don’t lose traffic! Contact Bill Gram-Reefer, if you want help making your website working for your business.

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