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Peter Diamandis

Looking for modern-day heroes: XPRIZE’s Peter Diamandis calls on the next generation

Peter Diamandis, the founder of the XPRIZE, announced a new challenge this week — and the Next Generation Initiative is working with him to find a few Greek American heroes willing to accept his latest challenge through HeroX. “Innovation is as Greek as democracy or philosophy, says Diamandis. “Which is why I am particularly proud to challenge you — my fellow Greek Americans, and especially young Greek Americans — to uphold that tradition, make your own breakthroughs, and become the next generation of heroes.”
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Why internships are crucial to launching a career: Part I

Internships are increasingly the only way for new applicants to get their foot in the door at some companies, writes Jeff Selingo, author of “There Is Life After College.” Today’s employers are hiring nearly 50 percent of the interns who had worked for them before they graduated. In large companies, that number is closer to 75 percent. This represents a massive shift in how college graduates launch their careers.
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Helen Maroulis

How world champion Helen Maroulis meets challenges — and inspires the next generation of women

“Greek by birth. Wrestler by heart. Passionate about life. 3x World Team member. 2016 Olympic Hopeful.” These brief words are how 24 year-old Helen Maroulis describes herself. On Sunday, the 2015 World Champion and three-time World medalist moved one step closer to booking a trip to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics after winning at the U.S. Olympic Trials. This young Greek American’s journey, overcoming one obstacle — and heartbreak — after another, is proving to be an inspiration for a whole generation of young women.
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John Aristotle Phillips and Dean Phillips

Aristotle’s PredictIt Project: Greek American brothers John Aristotle Phillips and Dean Phillips bet on predicting a winner

It’s Tuesday, and another day for a new group of primary voters in America to cast their ballots in the the 2016 presidential nominating contest. While polls and pundits alike have been struggling to predict outcomes this campaign year, an online prediction market created by Greek American brothers John Aristotle Phillips and Dean Phillips is proving to be more reliable — and accurate. How will Aristotle Inc.’s PredictIt do this go-round? More results will come in tonight.
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I've got Greek!

Our own Independence Day — and why that’s important

Today is March 25th, the Next Generation Initiative’s 10th anniversary. For us, it means that we’ve spent the past ten years working to connect young Greek Americans with career advisors and mentors, and career-advancing opportunities like internships and scholarships. We chose to launch our programs on Greek Independence Day in order to send an important message: we only have one agenda — helping our students.
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Google DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis

Meet Google DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis, the Greek behind the artificial intelligence program that defeated a Go master

In January 2014, his three-year-old start-up was acquired by Google for $625 million. This week, more than 100 million people watched as a computer program using his company’s technology prevailed in a match against a human master of Go, an ancient Asian game renowned for its complexity — a feat considered greater than the victory of IBM’s Deep Blue over world chess champion Gary Kasparov. According to DeepMind co-founder Demis Hassabis, the research behind this technology will drive huge developments in the areas of medicine, robotics and even climate change. Who is Demis Hassabis? And how did this London-born Greek...
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Demetri Maxim reacts after finaling in 2015 Intel science competition

Demetri Maxim, teenaged inventor, scientist and CEO: how the next generation can give you faith in the future

This altar boy from St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Peabody, MA, has created a method to bioengineer kidney tissue from a patient’s own cells, work that he hopes eventually will mean that scientists will be able to grow new kidneys for people suffering from chronic kidney disease. Demetri Maxim, 18, is in Washington, DC this week, one of 40 U.S. teenagers who have been named finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search, which recognizes rising stars who have done notable original research, competing for $1 million in scholarship awards, including three top prizes of $150,000 each.
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Chris Poulos

Christopher Poulos: from homeless teenager to law student of the year

Today, Christopher Poulos looks like a successful Hill staffer, with closely cropped auburn hair and a set of crisp suits. He’s just finished a White House internship, and is set to finish law school this spring. But back on election night in 2008, he was a troubled teenager, watching the returns from behind bars. Far from running from his past, though, young Poulos is dedicated to helping others overcome or avoid similar challenges. Indeed, despite the stigma attached to it, this young Greek American has found that sharing his remarkable story is actually helping inspire others.
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