Zoom Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2024

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 19, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM), has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2024.

This year’s list shines a spotlight on businesses that are shaping industry and culture through their innovations. These organizations are setting new standards and achieving remarkable milestones in all sectors of the economy. Alongside the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company recognizes 606 organizations across 58 sectors and regions.

“At Zoom, we continue to innovate rapidly and are doubling down on our commitment to offering an AI-powered collaboration platform that delivers limitless human connection, reimagines teamwork, and strengthens customer connections,” said Smita Hashim, chief product officer at Zoom. “Fast Company’s recognition further validates our mission and dedication to providing our customers with choice and a high-quality, open collaboration platform powered by AI that just works.”

Zoom AI Companion drives impact in the workplace
In 2023, Zoom launched AI Companion, an AI-powered assistant that is designed to empower collaboration and unlock users’ potential across the Zoom platform by delivering critical information, automating routine tasks, and helping users stay informed. AI Companion utilizes Zoom’s unique federated approach to AI, which is designed to deliver high-quality results by dynamically incorporating Zoom’s artificial intelligence model as well as third-party artificial intelligence models. With this approach, Zoom can offer AI Companion across the Zoom platform and at no additional cost*, helping to democratize AI by making it accessible to all employees within an organization.

AI Companion delivers on Zoom’s commitment to helping businesses drive more effective collaboration and productivity through its platform, including Meetings, Team Chat, Notes, Docs, Whiteboard, Mail and Calendar, and Clips. Users can stay within one platform to help make work, less work.

Users can benefit from the multitude of AI Companion capabilities that can assist with repetitive tasks, helping to save users time and increase efficiency, including:

  • Receive an automated meeting summary after the meeting to share with attendees and those who were unable to attend.
  • Catch up quickly in a meeting without disrupting the meeting flow by discreetly submitting questions via the in-meeting AI Companion side panel.
  • Watch recordings through highlights and smart chapters, and review summaries and next steps, to quickly catch up on a missed meeting.
  • Receive help to quickly draft messages based on the context of a Team Chat thread, and ask AI Companion to adjust tone and length.
  • Catch up on long chat threads through generative AI summarization.
  • Get help generating ideas on a digital whiteboard and organizing them into categories.
  • Receive AI-generated draft email suggestions based on the context of an email thread.

Additional capabilities are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The World’s Most Innovative Companies stands as Fast Company‘s hallmark franchise and one of its most anticipated editorial efforts of the year.

Fast Company‘s editors and writers identified the companies driving progress around the world and across industries, evaluating thousands of submissions through a competitive application process. The result is a globe-spanning guide to innovation today, from early-stage startups to some of the most valuable companies in the world. Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies package is available online, as well as in-app form via iTunes, and on newsstands beginning March 26. The hashtag is #FCMostInnovative.

“Our list of the Most Innovative Companies is both a comprehensive look at the innovation economy and a snapshot of the business trends that defined the year,” said Fast Company editor-in-chief Brendan Vaughan. “We saw extraordinary innovation across the board in 2023, but we also saw a handful of clear patterns: the growing footprint and impact of AI, the triumphant return of live events, and great leaps forward in climate tech. We face daunting challenges on many fronts, but the solutions we celebrate in MIC give me plenty of hope about the future.”

Fast Company will host the Most Innovative Companies Summit and Gala on May 16. The summit features a morning and afternoon of inspiring content, followed by a creative black-tie gala including networking, a seated dinner, and an honoree presentation. This event celebrates the Most Innovative Companies honorees and provides an inside look at cutting-edge business trends and what it takes to innovate in 2024.

About Zoom
Zoom is an all-in-one intelligent collaboration platform that makes connecting easier, more immersive, and more dynamic for businesses and individuals. Zoom technology puts people at the center, enabling meaningful connections, facilitating modern collaboration, and driving human innovation through solutions like team chat, phone, meetings, omnichannel cloud contact center, smart recordings, whiteboard, and more, in one offering. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Get more info at zoom.com.

ABOUT FAST COMPANY
Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at www.fastcompany.com.

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Cover the Latest Developments in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the EAACI Congress 2024 in Valencia, Spain

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VALENCIA, Spain, March 19, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), with a membership of over 16,000 from 125 countries, annually orchestrates its congress to unveil the latest research and innovative advancements in allergy and clinical immunology. We are thrilled to extend a warm invitation to you for the upcoming EAACI Congress 2024, scheduled to take place in Valencia from May 31st to June 3rd, 2024.
In a bid to provide you with an immersive experience, we will offer you a dedicated press area where you can schedule interviews with leading physicians and researchers in the field.

Register for free

LOCATION:
Our venue, Feria de Valencia, is a prestigious convention and exhibition centre known for its modernity and versatility. Moreover, the event will take place at the vibrant city of Valencia, which is celebrated for its harmonious coexistence of tradition and modernity.

PROGRAMME:
The Scientific Programme will encompass the entire spectrum of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Under the overarching theme of “Revolutionizing Patient Care Through the Power of Data Science” our congress promises to be an extraordinary intellectual journey. We are delighted to present a diverse and dynamic program featuring over 150 scientific sessions meticulously crafted to inform and inspire.

CONGRESS TOPICS:

  • Environmental Science: Join the conversation to understand how environmental issues have significantly increased allergic diseases such as bronchial asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, and atopic dermatitis in industrialized countries in recent years.
  • Food Allergy: A major public health issue with rising prevalence in metropolitan areas and a significant impact on the lives of patients with allergies. We will discuss about cutting-edge approaches to managing food allergies.
  • Innovations in Immunotherapy: Discover revolutionary developments in allergen immunotherapy, an area transforming the landscape of allergy treatment. Learn about the latest advances in the application of immunotherapy.
  • Pediatric Allergies: Explore the increasing incidence of allergies among children worldwide and the factors contributing to this phenomenon. Gain insights into global initiatives addressing pediatric allergies and collaborative efforts to enhance the well-being of young individuals affected by allergies.

KOLs of EAACI
In this link, you’ll find our dedicated committee, comprised of renowned doctors and scientists from various nationalities, available for interviews and reports.

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Couvrez les derniers développements en matière d’allergie et d’immunologie clinique lors du Congrès 2024 de l’EAACI à Valence en Espagne

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VALENCE, Espagne, 19 mars 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — L’European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), qui compte plus de 16 000 membres venant de 125 pays, organise chaque année son congrès autour des dernières avancées en matière de recherche et d’innovation dans le domaine de l’allergie et de l’immunologie clinique. C’est avec grand plaisir que nous vous invitons à participer au prochain congrès 2024 de l’EAACI, qui aura lieu à Valence en Espagne du 31 mai au 3 juin 2024.
Afin que vous puissiez profiter d’une expérience immersive, nous vous proposerons un espace presse dédié où vous pourrez organiser des entretiens avec des médecins et des chercheurs de premier plan dans ce domaine.

S’inscrire gratuitement

LIEU :
Notre site, la Foire de Valence, est un centre de congrès et d’expositions prestigieux, reconnu pour sa modernité et sa versatilité. De plus, l’événement se déroulera à Valence, une ville espagnole dynamique, réputée pour son harmonieuse coexistence entre tradition et modernité.

PROGRAMME :
Le programme scientifique portera sur l’ensemble des domaines de l’allergie et de l’immunologie clinique. Avec pour thème général « Révolutionner les soins aux patients grâce à la puissance de la science des données », notre congrès promet d’être un événement de réflexion exceptionnel. Nous nous réjouissons de présenter un programme varié et dynamique, comprenant plus de 150 séances scientifiques, soigneusement élaborées pour informer et inspirer les participants.

SUJETS DU CONGRÈS :

  • Sciences de l’environnement : joignez-vous à la conversation pour comprendre le lien entre les problèmes environnementaux et la hausse considérable des maladies allergiques telles que l’asthme, la rhinoconjonctivite allergique et la dermatite atopique dans les pays industrialisés au cours des dernières années.
  • Allergies alimentaires : un problème majeur de santé publique, dont la fréquence augmente dans les zones métropolitaines et qui a un impact significatif sur la vie des patients souffrant d’allergies. Nous discuterons des approches de pointe en matière de gestion des allergies alimentaires.
  • Innovations en immunothérapie : découvrez des développements révolutionnaires en matière d’immunothérapie allergénique, un domaine voué à transformer le traitement des allergies. En savoir plus sur les dernières avancées dans l’application de l’immunothérapie.
  • Allergies pédiatriques : examinez l’incidence croissante des allergies chez les enfants dans le monde entier et les facteurs qui contribuent à ce phénomène. Découvrez les initiatives mondiales concernant les allergies pédiatriques et les efforts de collaboration visant à améliorer le bien-être des enfants qui en souffrent.

Les principaux leaders d’opinion de l’EAACI
Sous ce lien, vous trouverez notre comité dédié, composé de médecins et de scientifiques renommés de différentes nationalités, disponibles pour des interviews et des rapports.

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Fique a par dos últimos desenvolvimentos nas áreas da Alergologia e Imunologia Clínica no Congresso da EAACI de 2024 em Valência, Espanha

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VALÊNCIA, Espanha, March 19, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Academia Europeia de Alergia e Imunologia Clínica (EAACI), com mais de 16 mil associados de 125 países, organiza anualmente o seu congresso para revelar a mais recente investigação e avanços inovadores no âmbito das alergias e imunologia clínica. Temos o prazer de lhe fazer o convite para participar no próximo Congresso da EAACI de 2024, que decorrerá em Valência, de 31 de maio a 3 de junho de 2024.

Na tentativa de oferecermos uma experiência imersiva, oferecemos uma área dedicada à comunicação social, na qual poderá agendar entrevistas com os mais destacados médicos e investigadores do setor.

Registe-se gratuitamente

LOCAL:
O nosso recinto, a Feria de Valencia, é um prestigiado centro de convenções e exposições conhecido pela sua modernidade e versatilidade. Além disso, o evento terá lugar na vibrante cidade de Valência, que é reconhecida pela coexistência harmoniosa de tradição e modernidade.

PROGRAMA:
O Programa Científico irá englobar todo o espetro da Alergologia e Imunologia Clínica. Sob o tema abrangente “Revolucionar os cuidados dos pacientes através do poder da ciência de dados”, o nosso congresso promete ser uma jornada intelectual extraordinária. Temos o prazer de apresentar um programa diversificado e dinâmico, com mais de 150 sessões científicas meticulosamente concebidas para informar e inspirar.

TÓPICOS DO CONGRESSO:

  • Ciência ambiental: Junte-se ao debate para compreender como as questões ambientais aumentaram significativamente as doenças alérgicas, tais como a asma, a rinoconjuntivite alérgica e a dermatite atópica nos países industrializados nos últimos anos.
  • Alergias alimentares: Um importante problema de saúde pública com uma crescente prevalência em áreas metropolitanas e um impacto significativo nas vidas dos pacientes com alergias. Iremos debater abordagens de vanguarda que visam o tratamento das alergias alimentares.
  • Inovações na imunoterapia: Descubra os desenvolvimentos revolucionários na imunoterapia com alergénios, uma área que está a transformar o panorama do tratamento das alergias. Descubra os mais recentes avanços na aplicação de imunoterapia.
  • Alergias pediátricas: Explore a crescente incidência de alergias entre as crianças em todo o mundo e os fatores que contribuem para este fenómeno. Obtenha perspetivas no que respeita a iniciativas globais que visam as alergias pediátricas e esforços colaborativos para aumentar o bem-estar dos jovens afetados por alergias.

Líderes de opinião da EAACI
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Lead consultant in Independence Stadium renovations to be announced soon


WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service will next week announce the lead consultant for the renovation of the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.

This was revealed by the ministry’s Executive Director (ED), Erastus Haitengela, during an interview with Nampa on Monday.

Haitengela said football fans are frustrated by the fact that the Independence Stadium was declared unfit to host international football matches by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).

‘We are finalising the appointment of a consultant. By next week the successful bidder will be announced from the 10 we received. Of the 10 who showed interest, two were international bidders. Two consultants out of these top 10 have been shortlisted and the winner will be announced next week,’ he said.

The ED added that their target is to see the stadium fully operational by the end of May 2025, ahead of the Region Five Games, scheduled for December next year in Namibia.

‘We are not going to aim for category five when doing renovations, we will at least target category three which is still a required standard by CAF and FIFA,’ he said.

Haitegela stated despite receiving the N.dollars 143 million to renovate the stadium the ministry does not know what the costs involved are and will only have a clear understanding of the cost implications once the lead consultant is appointed.

He also said that for the ministry to realise its goals and targets with the project, it will not only be using one contractor, but will make use of different contractors for the renovation to be completed within the stipulated time frame.

‘Our first target is to get the tartan track in place as we are preparing to host the Region Five Games,’ he noted.

Haitengela emphasised that their goal is to complete the project so that Namibians are once again be able to use their facilities with ease.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Lighting strike claims three lives in Oshikoto Region


A 43-year-old woman and her two children, a girl and a boy, have been found dead in the ashes of a burnt hut suspected to have been struck by lightning in the Oshikoto Region.

The Namibian Police Force crime investigations coordinator for the Oshikoto Region, Deputy Commissioner Titus Ekandjo, on Tuesday said the incident occurred between Friday and Monday at Omeyantalala village in the Okankolo Constituency.

‘It is alleged that the bodies of a woman and her two children were found in the ashes of a burnt hut suspected to have been struck by lightning. They were discovered by school children who passed by on Monday around 17h00 while on their way home from school,’ Ekandjo said.

The remains of the deceased were taken to the Okankolo Clinic mortuary and police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Earth Hour commemorated in capital


WINDHOEK: In a bid for environmental stewardship and community engagement, the Hage Geingob Stadium on Tuesday played host to the ‘Give an Hour for Earth’ tree planting event, marking Earth Hour Namibia 2024.

This year’s event was celebrated under the theme ‘Give an Hour for Earth’ and honoured Namibia’s late President, Dr Hage Geingob.

Speaking during the event, Martha Kautanevalli, Miss Earth Namibia 2023, urged participants to embrace personal responsibility in fostering a healthier planet.

‘From opting for more sustainable transportation to energy-efficient habits, the transformative power of small daily actions amount to a massive change for our environment,’ she said.

Members of the public, learners, government officials and representatives from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) witnessed the planting of a Cyphostemma Juttae tree, a hardy species native to Namibia’s arid regions and known for its capacity to survive harsh conditions.

The Cyphostemma Juttae tree was chosen as a symbolic monument
to the late president, showing his enduring commitment to the country’s progress in the face of adversity.

Windhoek’s deputy mayor, Joseph Uapingene, lauded the presence of youth participants and called for continued dedication to environmental preservation and education.

‘It is high time that we are taught about our indigenous trees because they serve a great purpose in our day-to-day life.’

Johnson Ndokosho, Director of Forestry at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, affirmed his ministry’s support for the initiative while stressing collective responsibility for environmental conservation.

‘It’s great planting a tree but we all need to plant trees and care for them to ensure that they grow to serve their intended purpose,’ said Ndokosho.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Otjiwarongo taxi operators demand improved municipal services


More than 300 taxi operators at Otjiwarongo on Tuesday staged a peaceful demonstration against the municipality’s alleged poor services, particularly concerning road maintenance and the lack of designated taxi ranks.

The group marched from the Orwetoveni residential area to the municipality office complex where they handed over a petition to Mayor Gottlieb Shivute.

In their petition, the taxi drivers expressed concern over the potholes in nearly every street around town on both tar and gravel roads.

They demanded that local authority councillors take their duty of serving the community seriously, especially with regards to road maintenance.

‘We have heard enough of that saying that the budget is not enough, yet the conditions of our roads remain in a bad state. We would like to be involved in this matter as taxi drivers since we are the ones who are affected,’ they said.

The group also wanted to know when designated taxi ranks will be established.

‘Also explain to us the use of these taxi numbers you ar
e charging N.dollars 350 for annually. We do not understand the meaning and how that money is being used to benefit the town at large,’ they said.

The group then gave the municipality until 17 April 2024 to respond to their concerns.

In his response, Mayor Shivute informed the group to expect answers to their concerns by next week.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Decent work not just a moral imperative: Nujoma


WINDHOEK: When workers are treated fairly, paid a decent wage, and provided with safe working conditions, they are more productive and contribute to economic growth, Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creations (MLIREC), Utoni Nujoma has said.

Nujoma said this on Tuesday during the launch of the National Coordination Mechanism (NCM) on decent work in the Namibian fisheries sector and the business forum on advancing decent work in the Namibian fisheries at Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region.

The event aims to create awareness, discuss issues that pave the way for improvement in the sector and promote opportunities in the Namibian fisheries supply chain.

‘The status of employment relations in the fishing sector remains unabated as the forum also aims to present an opportunity for Namibian businesses to explore the existing local and international markets and enhance business sustainability and diversification,’ he said.

To foster, deliver and ensure harmonious labour relations, Nujoma high
lighted key milestones achieved by his ministry.

‘The finalisation and gazetting of the second variation in the fishing sector, whereby certain conditions of the service/employment have been varied in certain provision of chapter 3 of the Labour Act, 2007 (Act No. 11 of 2007) for the fishing sector,’ said Nujoma, adding that this variation does not intend to disadvantage workers or employers, but rather aims to promote decent work in the fishing sector and promote sustainability.

Some of the main functions of the NCM as highlighted by Nujoma include the support and coordination of the full implementation and enforcement of convention No. 188, through constant, effective and robust social dialogue, acting as the coordination mechanism to be established under Article 7 of the same convention; consult and make recommendations to the minister responsible for labour and other relevant ministries and to promote decent work in the Namibian fisheries sector.

Nujoma urged all stakeholders in the fisheries sector to
support the initiative and to work together to promote decent work for all.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Water scarcity is the song of the day: Ya Ndakolo


Oshikoto Governor, Penda Ya Ndakolo, has urged contractors who are constructing roads in the region to drill boreholes and rehabilitate burrow pits into earth dams for their construction work.

Ya Ndakolo said this during a courtesy visit from a representative of the Roads Authority (RA), Harley Simasiku, to the governor’s office about the labour-based construction of the gravel district road (DR3654) of Omuthiya to Elambo in the Oshikoto Region on Tuesday in Omuthiya.

Ya Ndakolo said that water scarcity is still an issue in the region, as a result contractors that are constructing roads and any other developmental infrastructure in the region should come up with their main water points.

‘Water scarcity is the song of the day in some areas of the region so we encourage contractors not to use local water points as their main source of water but should drill their boreholes,’ said Ya Ndakolo.

He further said that when these contractors complete the road, they at least help solve the water problem by rehabili
tating burrow pits into earth dams and drilling more boreholes in the region.

Ya Ndakolo said this referring to the Eengodi Constituency which is mostly affected by water scarcity in the region compared to Okankolo and Nehale Lyampingana constituencies.

The RA’s Simasiku said the construction of the Omuthiya-Elambo district road will cost a total of N.dollars 178 million and it has a length of 58 kilometres and is expected to be completed within 24 months.

Simasiku said the road will be expected to be constructed within the next few months – the tender is awarded.

He said the proclaimed road will start at the junction with the B1 road in Omuthiya and follow the easterly direction to Elambo.

‘A total 1.4 kilometres of the road till the railway will be constructed with bitumen while the rest of the earth track will be gravel,’ said Simasiku.

Simasiku also said that the affected land will be compensated and they will construct access points to Alweendo Combined School, Amweelo Primary School, and Onamishu
Combined School.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Vries calls on school HoDs to step up


WINDHOEK: A head of department that does not teach is an irrelevant head of department, Deputy Executive Director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), Gerard Vries has remarked.

Speaking at the Khomas Region Heads of Department (HoD) Conference here on Tuesday, Vries said it is essential that HoDs play their part in ensuring they are managing progressing departments. The two-day conference is running under the theme, ‘Towards acceleration in the monitoring of teaching and learning.’

Vries in his keynote address said: ‘It is critical that you carry the load allocated in line with the policies and procedures that prescribe as law for you as HoD to teach and positively impact your learners and department.’

The deputy ED remarked that the conference is aimed at equipping HODs in the Khomas Region with the necessary skills and competencies to transcend their specialisation boundaries, and embrace other relevant skills essential for managing and leading progressive departments in their respect
ive schools.

The conference will amongst others focus on enhancing communication within Khomas Region schools, encouraging beneficial interactions and exchanging ideas amongst staff members, championing and optimising staff wellness, and promoting the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Vries stated that the MoEAC expects every school to implement the mentioned objectives and principles for fostering achievement of success regardless of grade, school, cluster, circuit or rank of department.

The deputy ED further noted that if all HoDs present at the conference effectively drive and operationalise these objectives, ‘We will be assured of thriving schools in Khomas in which staff members openly communicate, exchange ideas and share in their best practices.’

Vries called on HoDs to be outspoken voices for the voiceless in their departments and in their schools, adding that they should not just be salary collectors waiting for the 20th of each month.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Over 500 child abuse cases reported in Oshikoto


A total of 557 cases of child abuse have been reported in the Oshikoto Region between 01 January to 18 March 2024.

This was confirmed by the Head of the Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Division at the Oshikoto Regional Council, Petrus Kuutondokwa, on Tuesday during the Child Care Protection Forum meeting held at Omuthiya.

He said the reported abuse include sexual, physical, emotional abuse and neglect.

The Oshikoto Regional Council chairperson, Samuel Shivute has encouraged residents of Oshikoto to start reporting violence against children and other pressing issues committed against them to relevant authorities.

He said that children should be protected against any forms of harm, exploitation and discrimination.

‘We also have alcohol and drug abuse by children and a high rate of children committing crimes in the region,’ said Shivute, further lamenting a high prevalence of teenage pregnancies in the region.

The Namibian Police Force representative at the meeting, Melchizedek Hang
o, urged the nation to go to the police station or the hospital to formalise and tackle the issue of child abuse.

‘The members of the public should call any member of the gender-based violence police to meet in person because police intervention can be your priority because it is a lifesaving measure,’ said Hango.

Hango further added that they can help the survivors to get connected to other resources such as legal services, psychologists and shelters, among others.

The objective of the forum was to strengthen coordination amongst the stakeholders regarding child care and protection issues, as well as raise awareness regarding child welfare services.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency