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Avast at IFA+ Summit: The humanity of AI | Avast

Avast Security Ambassador and Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov will be making the first splash into next month’s thought leadership pool at IFA+ Summit in Berlin. Garry is kicking off the “Intelligence” cluster of presentations with an opening speech titled “Timeless Values in the Digital World — Where AI Decisions Meet Human Responsibility.” The conference, a gathering of the greatest cybersecurity minds focused on “Next Level of Thinking,” will occur September 2 & 3.

Field Notes: WooCommerce Workshop for Women

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community.

Members of Automattic’s Happiness team have traveled to Southeast Asia three times since last September to meet people in communities across the region. Our goal? To encourage people based in South Asia to apply to join us in supporting WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Jetpack users.

In January 2018, the Happiness Engineer Hiring team, our Events Team, and Mahangu Weerasinghe, a Happiness team lead, collaborated to take a slightly different approach to recruitment in the region. Automattic is a company that aims to build a diverse and inclusive work environment, yet we’d been seeing significantly lower numbers of women applying from South and Southeast Asia. There are a few efforts in the WordPress community to encourage and empower women to get more involved, and we decided the add our voice by organizing a workshop for women. Our plan was straightforward: a free, one-day workshop to inspire participants to set up an online store for themselves or put their newfound skills to use for clients. We talked about the Membership and Subscription extensions for WooCommerce and the Sensei plugin — invaluable tools for enhancing an online store, setting up recurring payments, and managing memberships.

The first workshop took place in January. We chose Udaipur, India, thanks to its strong WordPress community. We attended WordCamp Udaipur, which was organized by an all-female team, and took the opportunity to staff a booth there while our colleague, Rahul Gupta, gave a presentation about how WordPress helped him put food on the table. The next day, we welcomed 40 women to the workshop, exceeding our expectations and requiring us to bring in extra seats!

After the workshop, we invited the community to join us for networking over tea and chatted again with some of the folks we’d met the day before. While the main focus of our trip was outreach to women, we also wanted to do something for the larger community.

One of the attendees was Digication’s Surbhi Jain, who works on digital literacy and skills in India and runs WordPress workshops for students — including in remote areas — increasing awareness and teaching WordPress hands-on. Surbhi attended our workshop to level up her skills and to network, and she’s been helping us spread the word about our hiring efforts since the event.

From Udaipur we traveled to Mumbai, where we taught an abbreviated version of the workshop to women of the local WordPress meetup community. We invited them to learn about options they could use to turn their online store into a membership site and to create and manage products with recurring payments.

We had such a positive response in India that we decided to try the workshop model in Singapore, a city with a strong technology community. The Happiness Engineer Hiring team, affectionately known as Athena, met up with Leviosa, another Happiness team, to co-host the workshop. Two team members, Kruti Dugade and Rose Pajaroja, led the sessions. Kruti had recently joined Automattic — after attending our visit to the Mumbai WordPress user group in September! Again, we drew from the local WordPress community to find attendees and also reached out to other women-in-tech groups. Just like in India, we had a very positive response.

One of my favorite moments during this trip happened at the networking event directly following the workshop. I was standing in a circle of six women — three young women who worked at a web-design firm together, one woman in her 50s who was running a successful family-powered marketing business, an expat from the US, and me. We chatted for quite a while as they shared the struggles and joys of tech in Singapore. It was fascinating to get a glimpse of their work and lives, and learn about the commonalities and differences in our experiences of navigating both.

Since this series of events, we’ve seen an increase of applicants from the region, both male and female. We’ve already hired two new Automatticians from among the people we met during our trip and hope to welcome more in the months to come.

As we strive to provide world-class support to our customers in South and Southeast Asia, we want our team to reflect as many of the diverse communities across this vast region. If you or someone you know is interested, we’re hiring.

Meeting new WordPress friends in India in Singapore was a wonderful experience. While we don’t currently have plans for similar workshops, we hope to have more opportunities in the future to connect with people from other regions.

F8 2018: Open AI Frameworks, New AR/VR Advancements, and Other Highlights from Day 2

The second day of F8 focused on the long-term technology investments we are making in three areas: connectivity, AI, and AR/VR. Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer kicked off the keynote, followed by Engineering Director Srinivas Narayanan, Research Scientist Isabel Kloumann, and Head of Core Tech Product Management Maria Fernandez Guajardo.

From advances in bringing connectivity to more people throughout the world to state-of-the-art research breakthroughs in AI to the development of entirely new experiences in AR/VR, Facebook continues to build new technologies that will bring people closer together and help keep them safe.

Artificial Intelligence 

We view AI as a foundational technology, and we’ve made deep investments in advancing the state of the art through scientist-directed research. Today at F8, our artificial intelligence research and engineering teams shared a recent breakthrough: the teams successfully trained an image recognition system on a data set of 3.5 billion publicly available photos, using the hashtags on those photos in place of human annotations. This new technique will allow our researchers to scale their work much more quickly, and they’ve already used it to score a record-high 85.4% accuracy on the widely used ImageNet benchmark. We’ve already been able to leverage this work in production to improve our ability to identify content that violates our policies.

Mike Schroepfer discusses our image recognition work at F8 2018

This image recognition work is powered by our AI research and production tools: PyTorch, Caffe2, and ONNX. Today, we announced the next version of our open source AI framework, PyTorch 1.0, which combines the capabilities of all these tools to provide everyone in the AI research community with a fast, seamless path for building a broad range of AI projects. The technology in PyTorch 1.0 is already being used at scale, including performing nearly 6 billion text translations per day for the 48 most commonly used languages on Facebook. In VR, these tools have helped in deploying new research into production to make avatars move more realistically.

The PyTorch 1.0 toolkit will be available in beta within the next few months, making Facebook’s state-of-the-art AI research tools available to everyone. With it, developers can take advantage of computer vision advances like DensePose, which can put a full polygonal mesh overlay on people as they move through a scene — something that will help make AR camera applications more compelling.

For a deeper dive on all of today’s AI updates and advancements, including our open source work on ELF OpenGo, check out the posts on our Engineering Blog or visit facebook.ai/developers, where you can get tools and code to build your own applications.

AR/VR 

Facebook’s advancements in AR and VR draw from an array of research areas to help us create better shared experiences, regardless of physical distance. From capturing realistic-looking surroundings to producing next-generation avatars, we’re closer to making AR/VR experiences feel like reality.

Our research scientists have created a prototype system that can generate 3D reconstructions of physical spaces with surprisingly convincing results. The video below shows a side-by-side comparison between normal footage and a 3D reconstruction. It’s hard to tell the difference. (Hint: Look for the camera operator’s foot, which appears only in the regular video.)

Realistic surroundings are important for creating more immersive AR/VR, but so are realistic avatars. Our teams have been working on state-of-the-art research to help computers generate photorealistic avatars, seen below.

Connectivity  

These advances in AI and AR/VR are relevant only if you have access to a strong internet connection — and there are currently 3.8 billion people around the world who don’t have internet access. To increase connectivity around the world, we’re focused on developing next-generation technologies that can help bring the cost of connectivity down to reach the unconnected and increase capacity and performance for everyone else. In Uganda, we partnered with local operators to bring new fiber to the region that, when completed, will provide backhaul connectivity covering more than 3 million people and enable future cross-border connectivity to neighboring countries. Meanwhile, Facebook and City of San Jose employees have begun testing an advanced Wi-Fi network supported by Terragraph. Trials of Terragraph are also planned for Hungary and Malaysia. We are also working with hundreds of partners in the Telecom Infra Project to build and launch a variety of innovative, efficient network infrastructure solutions. And, as with our work in AI and other areas, we are sharing what we learn about connectivity so that others can benefit from it.

Watch the full keynote here.

To read more about yesterday’s announcements, read our Day 1 Roundup. For more details on today’s news, see our Developer BlogEngineering BlogOculus BlogMessenger BlogInstagram Press Center and Newsroom. You can also watch all F8 keynotes on the Facebook for Developers Page.

 

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F8 2018: Using Technology to Remove the Bad Stuff Before It’s Even Reported

By Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management

There are two ways to get bad content, like terrorist videos, hate speech, porn or violence off Facebook: take it down when someone flags it, or proactively find it using technology. Both are important. But advances in technology, including in artificial intelligence, machine learning and computer vision, mean that we can now:

  • Remove bad content faster because we don’t always have to wait for it to be reported. In the case of suicide this can mean the difference between life and death. Because as soon as our technology has identified that someone has expressed thoughts of suicide, we can reach out to offer help or work with first responders, which we’ve now done in over a thousand cases.
  • Get to more content, again because we don’t have to wait for someone else to find it. As we announced two weeks ago, in the first quarter of 2018, for example, we proactively removed almost two million pieces of ISIS and al-Qaeda content — 99% of which was taken down before anyone reported it to Facebook.
  • Increase the capacity of our review team to work on cases where human expertise is needed to understand the context or nuance of a particular situation. For instance, is someone talking about their own drug addiction, or encouraging others to take drugs?

It’s taken time to develop this software – and we’re constantly pushing to improve it. We do this by analyzing specific examples of bad content that have been reported and removed to identify patterns of behavior. These patterns can then be used to teach our software to proactively find other, similar problems.

  • Nudity and graphic violence: These are two very different types of content but we’re using improvements in computer vision to proactively remove both.
  • Hate speech: Understanding the context of speech often requires human eyes – is something hateful, or is it being shared to condemn hate speech or raise awareness about it? We’ve started using technology to proactively detect something that might violate our policies, starting with certain languages such as English and Portuguese. Our teams then review the content so what’s OK stays up, for example someone describing hate they encountered to raise awareness of the problem.
  • Fake accounts: We block millions of fake accounts every day when they are created and before they can do any harm. This is incredibly important in fighting spam, fake news, misinformation and bad ads. Recently, we started using artificial intelligence to detect accounts linked to financial scams.
  • Spam: The vast majority of our work fighting spam is done automatically using recognizable patterns of problematic behavior. For example, if an account is posting over and over in quick succession that’s a strong sign something is wrong.
  • Terrorist propaganda: The vast majority of this content is removed automatically, without the need for someone to report it first.
  • Suicide prevention: As explained above, we proactively identify posts which might show that people are at risk so that they can get help.

When I talk about technology like artificial intelligence, computer vision or machine learning people often ask why we’re not making progress more quickly. And it’s a good question. Artificial intelligence, for example, is very promising but we are still years away from it being effective for all kinds of bad content because context is so important. That’s why we have people still reviewing reports.

And more generally, the technology needs large amounts of training data to recognize meaningful patterns of behavior, which we often lack in less widely used languages or for cases that are not often reported. It’s why we can typically do more in English as it is the biggest data set we have on Facebook.

But we are investing in technology to increase our accuracy across new languages. For example, Facebook AI Research (FAIR) is working on an area called multi-lingual embeddings as a potential way to address the language challenge. And it’s why we sometimes may ask people for feedback if posts contain certain types of content, to encourage people to flag it for review. And it’s why reports that come from people who use Facebook are so important – so please keep them coming. Because by working together we can help make Facebook safer for everyone.

F8 2018: Oculus Go Available Now for $199

Today, we’re excited to announce that Oculus Go, the company’s first standalone headset, is now available at oculus.com in 23 countries. Starting at $199 USD, Oculus Go is the most affordable way to get into VR. The comfortable, lightweight device is launching with 1,000+ apps, games, and experiences.

VR has the ability to let us see things from new angles, expand our horizons, and improve our understanding of the world around us. From new social apps that let you attend live events from the best seat in the house to more intimate experiences that explore pressing social issues, Oculus Go will change the way you watch, play, and hang out with friends while offering you new perspectives.

Oculus Go was designed to provide a high-quality fit and feel. By combining the best lenses of any Oculus headset to date with built-in spatial audio and an optimized software stack, Oculus Go provides a compelling all-in-one immersive experience where content shines. Learn more on the Oculus blog or visit oculus.com/go.

A New Investment in Community Leaders

By Jennifer Dulski, Head of Groups and Community, and Ime Archibong, Vice President, Product Partnerships

Today at the Facebook Communities Summit Europe, we announced the Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities. Facebook will commit tens of millions of dollars to the program, including up to $10 million in grants that will go directly to people creating and leading communities.

In addition, we introduced new tools for group admins and the expansion of our London-based engineering team that builds technology to help keep people safe on Facebook.

More than 300 community leaders from across Europe came together today in London including Blind Veterans UK, an advocacy organization that provides practical and emotional support to blind veterans and their families; Donna Mamma, a support group for mothers in France to share advice and information; Girl Skate UK, which celebrates and brings together the female skateboarding community; High Society PL, a group of sneaker enthusiasts who bond over their shared passion; and Berlin Bruisers, Germany’s first gay and inclusive rugby club.

Facebook Community Leadership Program

Community leaders often tell us that with additional support they could have more impact. The Facebook Community Leadership Program is designed to empower leaders from around the world who are building communities through the Facebook family of apps and services. It includes:

  • Residency and Fellowship opportunities offer training, support and funding for community leaders from around the world.
    • Up to five leaders will be selected to be community leaders in residence and awarded up to $1,000,000* each to fund their proposals.
    • Up to 100 leaders will be selected for our fellowship program and will receive up to $50,000* each to be used for a specific community initiative.
  • Community Leadership Circles bring local community leaders together to meet up in person to connect, learn and collaborate. We piloted three circles in the US in 2017 and will be expanding globally this year.
  • Groups for Facebook Power Admins, which we currently run with more than 10,000 group admins in the US and UK, are expanding to more members to help them share advice with one another and connect with our team to test new features and share feedback.

Applications are now open for the residency and fellowship. To learn more and apply, visit communities.fb.com.

New Tools for Group Admins and Members

Group admins want to keep their communities safe, organized and engaged. Today we added four new features to support them.

  • Admin tools: Admins can now find member requests, Group Insights and more together in one place, making it easier to manage groups and freeing up more time for admins to connect with members.
  • Group announcements: Group admins want to be able to more easily share updates, so we’re introducing group announcements to let admins post up to 10 announcements that appear at the top of their group.
  • Group rules: Keeping communities safe is important. Now admins can create a dedicated rules section to help them effectively communicate the rules of the group to their members.
  • Personalization: Each community has its own identity — now admins can add a personalized color that is displayed throughout their group.

Expanding London Engineering Team for Community Safety

A team of engineers across the globe builds technologies that help keep our community safe and secure. London is home to Facebook’s largest engineering hub outside of the US, and by the end of 2018, we will double the number of people working in London on these issues.

Our engineering work on community safety includes the following:

  • Detecting and stopping fake accounts: Working to make sure Facebook is a community of people who can connect authentically with real people.
  • Protecting people from harm: Reducing things like harassment and scams that can happen in the real world and on Facebook, by building better tools to spot these issues and remove them.
  • Improving ways to report content: Making it easier for people to give us feedback about things that shouldn’t be on our platform, which works in conjunction with our automated detection.

People find meaning and support in community, online and in person. The programs and tools we announced today are designed to help the admins who lead these communities to grow and strengthen bonds among members. We are inspired by these leaders and look forward to continuing our efforts to support them.

*The final payment amount in USD may vary due to potential exchange rate fluctuation at the time of payment. At the time of announcement, $1,000,000 USD equates to approximately €810,000 Euros or £718,000 GBP; $50,000 USD equates to €40,500 Euros or £35,900 GBP.

 

How to Design for Your Next Event

Events are a great way for your organization to let the world know who you are and what you do. From panel discussions and networking parties to open mic nites, events can help you get discovered, promote your capabilities, and build community.

“Today’s world is about experiences and face-to-face connection,” says Cathie Royer, Senior Marketing Programs Manager, CustomerMining at Adobe. “Because there’s no better way to connect with current customers and meet new customers, the return on the investment you make in planning and promoting an event can be returned many times over.”

To publicize your event and communicate with attendees (and everyone else), you’ll need to create assets — an event brand identity and digital and print marketing materials — that you post, e-mail, and/or snail mail before, during, and after the event. Here’s what experts recommend:      

Establish Your Event Identity

Before you post your first invite or flyer, it’s smart to develop and line up all the elements you’ll need to create everything related to the event:

An effective event identity is simple, eye-catching, and flexible. You can use it large or small and adapt it to horizontal and vertical formats, to digital media and print. Then, every time you need to product or print something new you won’t have to start from scratch; your elements, such as a stock photo background or illustration, a typographic logo, and the color palette, can be saved in an Adobe CC Library that you can access easily when it’s time to create the next post or collateral piece.

KOI Creative Space in White Plains, NY, is a small business that’s been doing this well. A co-working space by day, in the evening they’ve hosted coding workshops, startup pitch sessions, cocktail-mixing demos, and yoga classes. “We focus a large part of our marketing efforts on organizing and hosting events,” says graphic designer Jon Manierre, KOI’s managing partner. “Events get people through the doors and allow us to really get to know the community. We’ve learned that even the best events can be poorly attended if we don’t design a compelling identity and get the word out.”

For inspiration, visit Behance and scroll through the best of what designers all over the world have been doing. You can search by projects>branding>most recent.

When you’ve figured out the look and feel you’re after, Adobe offers images, videos, and tutorials that will help you create the assets for your event. You can browse thousands of images in Adobe Stock. And if you’d like to take an illustrative approach to the visual or the logo, this instructive video shows you how to create a colorful event logo using simple vector shapes and type.

Before the Event

Getting your unique event concept out into the world often begins with creating a flyer, a Facebook event page, sending email invites to the folks on your mailing list, and taking registrations on a site like Eventbrite. You also may want have a presence on Instagram, Twitter, and other sites where potential attendees might be hanging out.

Flyers

A common format for flyers is an 8 ½ x 11 portrait. After you set up your page, try putting your attention-grabber headline at the top, your eye-catching photo or illustration underneath it, and your company name or logo at the bottom right. That’s a formula that always works. Or dare to mix it up a little bit. But don’t forget to tell people why they should come! Give them at least three reasons why to attend, and always include the date, place, time, cost, and how to RSVP. Learn more tips for creating a flyer that really stands out here.

Social Media Posts

Now it’s time to apply your elements to social media posts. Every platform has its own requirements. The Facebook event cover photo is 784 x 295 pixels in dimensions, and the size on the Instagram feed is 440 x 220 pixels. There are sites that list all the image sizes for social media, but Adobe Spark lets you create and share social media posts instantly with super-easy sizing for every platform and device, and post frequent updates on your business and personal pages. Be sure to create an event-specific hashtag so attendees can post their own photos and reactions before, during, and after the event.  

During the Event

When the day of your event finally arrives, the materials you produce and share can enhance the experience of everyone who attends — and bring your message to those who couldn’t make it. This is the time to interact with attendees and build positive personal connections.

Live Videos

Some people who’d love to attend your event might not be able to be there. Bring it to them. You don’t need a fancy setup. Phone videos are fine (a tripod helps). You can choose between posting two- or three-minute segments, or if you have an amazing speaker, panel, or product demo, you may want to share live video of the whole event and let people everywhere “like” and comment. Consider placing sequential photos and videos in a social media story.

“Pan across the audience. Capture their interactions and conversations with the speaker and each other,” advises Ryan Doran, co-managing partner at KOI Creative Space. “We want to make people feel like they’re part of something special. When they see and like pictures of themselves online, they’ll share, which is good for them, good for you, and good for their friends who view their posts — who just might want to come to your next event.”

Brochures

Brochures can be an effective guide for event attendees as they navigate activities. They can give summaries of speakers, breakout sessions, or entertainment. They can also share more in-depth information about your business that readers can consume at their own pace. The last 15 minutes or so of your event is the perfect time to hand out brochures that give your guests details about a specific product or service, or perhaps an introduction to your organization’s total capabilities.

By Attila Hadnagy

You can get started using a brochure template, which takes the mystery out of elements like page set-up, folds, bleed, and trim—and let you focus on choosing the right images and writing the right words to tell your story. These days, brochures are often printed on digital presses, which allow for frequent updates and even personalization with each attendee’s name. So instead of putting in a big supply, think about updating often with your most current info.

Business Cards

Don’t forget to have an ample supply of business cards available at the door and on the refreshment table. And why not have a fishbowl where attendees can pop in their own business cards — and maybe win the door prize? It’s a tried-and-true way to make friends and build your mailing list.  

By Danilo De Marco

After the Event

After the the last hand is shaken, it’s essential to build on the event’s momentum and deepen connections with assets that capture highlights of the event and inspire attendees to post their own photos, reviews, and kudos.

Thank You Note

Doran says that he and Manierre always follow up with email thank-you’s. “We make sure to continue the event branding, mention a few key moments or ideas that were expressed, and include a little calendar with the topics and dates of our next three events,” he says. “Once you host a successful event, people look forward to the next one. There’s a ripple effect.”

Your thank-you note could also come in the form of a social media post, call-out in your digital newsletter, or a banner on your website. Tools like Adobe Spark can help you remix your designs easily for different platforms.

By Dalibor Momcilovic

Direct Mail Piece

Depending on the type of business you’re in or service you offer, it could also be time to think about another direct mail piece or flyer. And because thumbnail images of the project pop up when you open CC programs, you can just open a copy of your last file, make updates and changes, and get it ready to print and mail or email as a PDF to your newly-expanded list.

Facebook Social Good Forum: Announcing New Tools and Initiatives for Communities to Help Each Other

By Naomi Gleit, VP Social Good

Today at the second annual Social Good Forum, we announced new tools and initiatives to help people keep each other safe and supported on Facebook.

  • Mentorship and Support, a new product where mentees and mentors come together to connect and interact directly with each other and progress through a guided program developed by nonprofit organizations
  • Eliminating nonprofit fees, 100% of donations made through Facebook payments to nonprofits will now go directly to those organizations
  • Facebook Donations Fund, $50 million annual fund for 2018 to help communities recover from disaster by direct contributions and matching dollars, to increase the impact of our community’s support during crises like a major natural disaster. The fund will also help more people support causes that they care about, as well as help nonprofits increase the amount raised by their supporters for campaigns like Giving Tuesday
  • Charitable giving tools expansion, people can now create fundraisers in places like Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand
  • Fundraisers API, the ability for people to sync their off-Facebook fundraising to their Facebook fundraisers
  • Community Help API, a new tool that will give disaster response organizations access to Community Help data, offering important information about the needs of people affected by crises so that they can respond
  • Blood donations feature, more than 4 million donors in India have signed up, expanding to connect blood banks and hospitals to donors through blood donation events, and introducing the feature in Bangladesh in early 2018

Introducing Mentorship and Support
Mentorship and Support is a new product that connects people who may need support and advice to achieve their goals with people who have the expertise and experience to help. The mentee and mentor are matched by a nonprofit partner organization and work through a step-by-step program on Facebook developed by the nonprofit organization and tailored to the needs of the mentee.

We are starting as a pilot with iMentor (for education) and The International Rescue Committee (for crisis recovery.) Our goal is to expand these tools to help connect people around a variety of causes like addiction recovery, career advancement, and other areas where having someone you can count on for support can make all the difference.

We take privacy and security very seriously, and this product is being built with both in mind. It is only available to people 18 years and older. Mentors are vetted by the partner organizations before they are matched with mentees, and people can also report issues to Facebook if they encounter problems.
Mentorship & Support

Expanding our charitable giving tools globally
Nonprofit fundraising tools (including donate buttons and nonprofit fundraisers) allow people to raise money for nonprofit organizations, and are now available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Finland and Luxembourg.

Personal fundraisers allow people to raise money for themselves, a friend or something or someone not on Facebook, and are now available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark and New Zealand.

Fundraisers

New Fundraisers API
People will be able to sync their off-Facebook fundraising efforts to Facebook fundraisers, making it easier to tell friends and family about the causes they support on and off Facebook. When people connect their off-Facebook fundraising campaign with Facebook, it creates a Facebook fundraiser that syncs with their campaign page.

Connecting to Facebook can help participants meet their goal faster by allowing them to easily reach all of their Facebook friends. Friends can share the fundraiser with others, spreading the word and reaching new donors. And donors can give in just a few taps without ever leaving Facebook. We are starting with Susan G. Komen, JDRF, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Movember, and will be rolling this out to 500 additional nonprofits by the end of spring 2018.

New Community Help API
Earlier this year we announced Community Help, a crisis response tool where people can ask for and give the help they need to recover following a crisis. We are now introducing a Community Help API, which will give disaster response organizations access to data from public Community Help posts that can offer important information about the needs of people affected by a particular crisis. We are piloting the Community Help API with NetHope and the American Red Cross. Our hope is that this data will help organizations coordinate information and response resources as fast as possible. We plan to announce more partnerships soon.

Expanding Blood Donations Feature
In October, we launched a new blood donations feature, starting in India, to make it easier for people to donate blood. There are now more than 4 million blood donors signed up on Facebook in India. In addition to enabling people in need to connect to blood donors, our tools also allow organizations to connect to donors more efficiently. Hospitals, blood banks and non-profits can create voluntary blood donation events on Facebook, and nearby donors are notified of the opportunities to donate blood. In early 2018, we will expand blood donations to Bangladesh, where, like India, there are thousands of posts from people looking for blood donors every week.

Blood Donations Camp Event

We are constantly inspired by all the good that people do on Facebook and are committed to continuing to build tools that help communities do more good together.

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Announcing Facebook Communities Summit Europe

By Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice President, Facebook Europe, Middle East and Africa

Today, we are announcing that the Facebook Communities Summit (FCS) is coming to Europe. The event will celebrate community leaders who are using Facebook in Europe to bring people together.

We will host group admins, event organizers and page admins from across the region in London on February 8 and 9, 2018. Whether through a group that connects new mums, a business whose Page promotes healthy lifestyles and supports a neighborhood running group, or an event to raise money for a local cause, what these communities share is a passionate leader.

At FCS Europe, community leaders attending will have the opportunity to join workshops and panels dedicated to learning new skills, applying new tools and getting advice on managing a community. Attendees will connect, learn from, and share experiences with other community leaders, as well as hear from Facebook about the products we’re building to help support safe and supportive communities. We’ll have opportunities for community builders to share their feedback and experiences with us so that we can better support them. Since hosting FCS in Chicago earlier this year, we worked to apply the feedback we heard from attendees, and recently announced some new groups features as a result.

Every time I travel, I try to meet with someone building community on our platform and I’m reminded of the impact community leaders have on the people they serve. Just last month, I met a community leader, Radim Hasalik in Prague, who is the admin of a group called Podnikatelé a živnostníci – výměna zkušeností (translated: The Exchange of Experiences). It is the Czech Republic’s most active Facebook group for entrepreneurs, business owners and self-employed people. And after meeting Radim, it’s clear how members in his Group are able to network with each other, share advice on hiring, inquire about best practices across different industries and support each other in the moment and longer term.

Group admins, event organizers and page admins from Europe are invited to apply here for an invitation to the Facebook Communities Summit. More event details will be shared in the coming months.

Design Entrepreneurship

As design breaks out of its role as an aesthetic amenity, so too will the role of designers in business evolve and change, especially given the strategic and competitive advantage that design-led thinking provides. Half a decade into the first wave of high-profile design entrepreneurs such as Airbnb, Kickstarter and Pinterest, this panel brings together trailblazers in the design world responsible for inspiring, establishing, and leading today’s most exciting designer-led businesses. With an emphasis on smaller and early stage businesses, as well as the importance of diversity within the design discipline, this dynamic group will tackle the question of if it’s a better or worse climate for designers to be entrepreneurs today compared to 5 years ago and share their insights on what it takes to be successful in this space.

Tune into the live stream from MAX at http://be.net/live on Wednesday, 10/18 @5pm PDT to learn from and be inspired by these thought leaders.

Moderated by Adobe Principal Designer Khoi Vinh (@khoi), this panel of industry leaders will feature:
• Joey Cofone, (@joeycofone ‏)Designer, CEO and co-founder Baron Fig
• Tiffany Chu, (@tchu88) Designer and Co-founder of Remix
• Tricia Choi, Designer (@choijoy) and Co-founder of Movewith
• Enrique Allen, (@EnriqueAllen ‏)Co-Founder of DesignerFund

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