How Walmart Fuels Student Startup Ecosystems

On the morning of the McGinnis Venture Competition at Carnegie Mellon, students begin filtering into the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship to practice their pitches, eager to compete for $60,000 investments in front of investors and corporations. Dave Mawhinney, the executive director for the Swartz Center, is eager to speak about the competition. “We are very…

Walmart Wows Tech VIPs with VR Shopping during SXSW

For 30 years, the South by Southwest festival has been a melting pot of innovative media and disruptive technology. For a week-and-a-half in March, artists, entrepreneurs and organizations from around the world descend on Austin, Texas, to learn, be entertained, and get inspired. This year, Walmart teamed up with the Capital Factory, Austin’s premier entrepreneurship…

Capture the Flag Exercises Make Cybersecurity Fun

Games as simple as tic-tac-toe can help technologists learn how to fight cyber attacks, and that’s just what “Capture the Flag” events aim to do: teach critical skills in everything from network sniffing and reverse engineering to cryptoanalysis. Companies and universities around the world hold “CTF” competitions for people to gain experience solving cybersecurity problems.…

The Meaning of Innovation at Walmart: A Q&A With Jeff Gorman

From its pioneering work with open source platforms like Kubernetes and OpenStack to the disruptive technology that enables its industry-leading brick-and-mortar customer experience, innovation is at the core of the Walmart brand. It’s also at the heart of Jeff Gorman’s day-to-day responsibilities. Gorman is vice president of innovations for Walmart’s central operations, a role that…

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