Stanbic takes over Uganda cup naming rights as round of 32 matches are revealed

first_imgKCCA won the Uganda cup last year after defeating Paidah Black Angels 2-0 in the finals.The Uganda cup this week received a major boost in terms of revenue as banking giants Stanbic Bank and FUFA struck a Shs300 million deal.The oldest tournament will now be called the Stanbic Uganda Cup.This will see the winner of the tournament walk away with Sh30m, the runner up will get Shs20m, the semifinalists with Shs10m each, while the quarter finalists will each receive Shs5m.The Uganda Cup is played annually with teams coming from the league and the non-league across the country.In other news, record league champions SC Villa will play host to Brigh Stars in the round of 32 as the fixtures where announced.Meanwhile 2015 champions Vipers Sc host fellow Premier league side in arguably the biggest fixture of the round.The defending champions KCCA will have a date with Simba of the Big League as Mike Mutebi and his KCCA boys bid to retain the trophy this own last season.Troubled giants Express will travel to Hoima to tussle it out with Kitara FC, the same team that eliminated the Red Eagles from the 2015/16 edition.The 2017/2018 Uganda Cup began in October with preliminary rounds across the eight regions of Kampala, Buganda, Eastern, North Eastern, Northern, West Nile, Kitara and Western.This year’s final will be held in June in Kumi District. Winners of the Uganda Cup represent the country in the CAF Confederation CupThe Stanbic Uganda Cup DrawsRound of 32.Synergy v MasavuSoana v OnduparakaBusula v Amuka Bright LightVipers’ v PoliceKira United v Lira UnitedUPDF v Rushere FCNdejje University v Ntinda UnitedSC Villa v Bright StarsMbarara City v Nabitende UnitedWater v Seeta United FCKansai Plascon v Doves All StarsSimba v KCCAProline v Luweero UnitedBUL v NyamityoboraKJT v Arua TigersKitara v Express. Tags: KCCA FCsports topstanbic bank uganda cup Comments last_img read more

“Fly the Flag for Football”

first_imgUnder the banner, “Fly the Flag for Football!”, thousands of South African flags, together with information leaflets, will be distributed to travellers and holiday makers over the Easter Weekend, from Thursday 9th March to Monday 13th March. The Easter Weekend was chosen to launch the campaign as it is traditionally one of the busiest holiday periods in South Africa, with thousands of South Africans travelling across the country.The 2010 National Communication Partnership (NCP) was formed to co-ordinate and drive relevant marketing and communications messages for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 and 2010 FIFA World Cup. The role of the NCP is to inform the public about the events, to market South Africa and to inspire a sense of pride and unity in the South African public. Members include custodians of Brand South Africa, the International Marketing Council (IMC), South African Tourism, the FIFA Local Organising Committee, the Department of Arts and Culture, South African Airways, Proudly South African, and several other private sector and civil society groups.The NCP hopes to distribute over 47 million South African flags through various campaigns leading up to the start of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM in June 2010.“Our national flag is a powerful symbol of unity and pride, and we would like to play our part by encouraging South Africans to proudly fly the flag as the eyes of the world are upon us,” says Margaret Dingalo, Stakeholder Relations Manager for the IMC. ‘The FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 is starting in less than 100 days and excitement is building. We need to help drive enthusiasm and patriotism, garnering support amongst South Africans for Bafana Bafana and the event as a whole.”South African football legend Mark Fish is the official spokesperson and will garner support and spread the message to the public for the duration of the campaign. He says, “the South Africa national flag is a proud symbol of unity. The eyes of the world will soon be upon us as we fly our flag and fill the land with the vibrancy, spirit and colour of South Africa. These events are more about football – it’s the opportunity of a lifetime, for South Africa and Africa as a whole. Let us raise our flags in unity, joining together to make the Fifa Confederations Cup 2009 and 2010 Fifa World Cup joyful, unforgettable events. Fly your flag and show the world the warmth and spirit of South Africa.”Zakumi, the 2010 FIFA World Cup mascot, is also participating and will be spotted throughout the country interacting with the public and encouraging support.Colourful face-painted figures wearing South African flag t-shirts and Makarapas, the traditional football fan hat that is unique to South Africa, will be handing out free flags at various tollgates, garages and airports across the country. State of the art digital shoot-outs will also feature at various locations where members of the public will have a chance to win prizes after taking shots at a virtual goal.The “Fly the Flag for Football” campaign will include an interactive mobile website where members of the public can find further information and enter a competition to win sets of tickets to various FIFA Confederation Cup 2009 matches.Played in the host country a year before the FIFA World Cup, the Confederations Cup is traditionally seen as an appetizer for what has become the world’s biggest football event. The teams taking part comprise of the current World Cup champion, and the winners of each of the six FIFA Confederation championships. This year the teams are South American winners Brazil, Africa winners Egypt, Concacaf winners USA, Asian winners Iraq, European winners Spain, Oceania winners New Zealand, the World Cup 2006 winners Italy, and as host of 2010, South Africa.Confederations Cup matches will be played in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg from 14 to 28 June 2009. A critical success factor will be the attendance of South Africans. Tickets cost just R70 for the Confederations Cup matches.“We hope to play a role in inspiring South Africans to fly the flag high and to actively contribute to the success of the Confederations Cup through this campaign,” says Dingalo. “It is important to unify as a nation in support of these events as we make world history once again.”Issued on behalf of the 2010 National Communications Partnership by Kaelo PR Notes to the editor:Please note Mark Fish is the official spokesperson of the campaign and as such is available for comment, interviews and photos.Please find below the summery schedule of activations happening for the duration of the “Fly the flag for football” campaign as detailed above taking place over the Easter weekend. SUMMARY SCHEDULE:Flag ActivationsTollgate handouts and in some cases digital shoot-outs at nearby garages will take place during the Easter Week-end (9th to 13th April) in the following places: Carousel PlazaMiddelberg PlazaMooi PlazaNkomzai PlazaTongaat PlazaBrits PlazaVaal PlazaAirport flag hand-outs:O R Tambo International AirportDurban International AirportPort Elizabeth AirportBloemfontein AirportCape Town International AirportDigital Shoot-out activations:9 April:Carousel Plaza garage, Middelberg Plaza garage10 April:OR Tambo International11 April:OR Tambo International, Tongaat Plaza garage12 April:Tongaat Plaza garage13 April:Vaal Plaza garage, Durban International AirportDigital shoot-out activations will also be active at the Department of Sports and Recreation stand at the Rand Easter Show for the entire period.For more information, please contact:Jane LewisKaelo PR Brand and Cause CommunicationsTel: +27 (0) 11 536 4900Cell: + 27 (0) 76 538 3243jane@kaelowm.comFor more Details Download pdf:Nkwenkwe Nkomo speech [2.16mb]Media launch programme [1.20mb]Campaign brief [2.26mb]Press release [1.28mb]Media Messages [1.25mb]Pamphlet Final [763kb]Related ArticlesNews: Fly the flag for footballLinks: Fly the flag for footballlast_img read more

SriLankan inaugurates flights from Colombo to Australia

first_imgOneworld member SriLankan Airlines will become the only airline offering direct flights from Colombo to Australia when it starts a daily service to Melbourne from October 29 using Airbus A330s.The airline said airline it was attracted by the fact Australia was home to one of Sri Lanka’s biggest expat communities, with about 50 per cent living in and around Victoria.It also saw a “tremendous potential’’ for business travel and as well as opportunities involving Victoria’s growing student population.“We recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our nations, and the addition of Melbourne signifies our strategy of optimizing the Airline’s network in line with our restructuring,’’ SriLankan chief executive Suren Ratwatte said in a statement. “ This also means that we have connected another continent to our global route map. On the other hand, given the number of Sri Lankans residing in and around Victoria, we fulfill a long felt need for a direct service. ‘’SriLankan will offer connections to Australia from the Middle East and South Asia.Chief commercial officer Siva Ramachandran saying there had been a steady increase in passengers travelling between Colombo and Australia via Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, where Srilankan offers double daily services in conjunction with codeshare partners Qantas and Malaysia Airlines.“’ Our direct services will give us a definite advantage as SriLankan is the only carrier that is able to offer connectivity of this nature at this time,’’ he said. “We also offer seamless onward connections beyond Colombo to a range of destinations in the Indian Sub-Continent.’’As of the end of its 2016-17 financial year, Sri Lankan was serving 36 international destinations from its hub in Colombo, with an operating fleet of 24 aircraft.The airline’s Colombo hub offers 10 Indian destinations with more than 100 flights a week. It will be expanding its presence in India in July by adding Visakhapatnam, Coimbatore and Hyderabad to its route network.It offers 50 weekly flights to and from nine   Middle Eastern destinations  —  including daily services from of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and  Doha, Riyadh — as well as to holiday destinations such as the Seychelles and Maldives.The Sri Lankan government is searching for a private partner to help run the airline, which has been losing money since 2009.  It made an unaudited loss before finance and one-off charges of $US15.12m in 2016-17, up from $US3.15 million the previous year, despite a record year for passenger numbers and an increase in revenue.The airline said the depreciation of the Sri Lanka rupee against the US dollar had a significant negative impact on the airline along with the relatively high cost of jet fuel in Colombo and the cancellation of more than 600 flights due to runway repairs at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport.last_img read more

Bieber, LeBron, other stars descend on LA for NBA showcase

first_imgRead Next MOST READ BIEBS IS BACK: Bieber will return to play in the celebrity game on Friday night after winning MVP honors in the 2011 game. He will play on Team Lakers, co-coached by actor Michael B. Jordan. They will play against Team Clippers, who feature Academy Award winner Jaime Foxx.ALL-STAR SINGERS: Fergie will sing the U.S. national anthem and Barenaked Ladies will perform the Canadian national anthem. Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D will take the stage at halftime. Kendrick Lamar also is set to perform Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the weekend festivities. LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Arellano stuns Perpetual, nears NCAA men‘s volleyball crown NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammate Jordan Clarkson during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The stars will be out in Los Angeles, on the basketball court and all around it.The NBA’s All-Star festivities are back at Staples Center, with the usual events on All-Star Saturday night and a new format for the game Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted players from the pool of All-Stars and the winning team gets a $350,000 donation from the NBA to the charity it chose. The league is hoping the new format that replaced the traditional East-West matchup will make it more competitive after a couple of lackluster games the previous two years.Perhaps the players can heed the words of Kobe Bryant, who won the MVP award on his home floor when the All-Star Game was last in Los Angeles in 2011.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel like we have a sense of responsibility and we are voted in for what we do during the season, which is play hard,” Bryant said following that game. “And we come here, that’s what the fans want to see. They want to see us go at it and see us compete and that’s what I try to do and that’s what I try to tell my teammates to do.”Bryant is gone now but Beyonce and Jay-Z, Jack Nicholson and Justin Bieber are among the celebrities who attended that game and are scheduled to be back for at least some of this weekend. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Some things to watch as Los Angeles hosts the All-Star Game for a record sixth time:LEBRON IN L.A.: James refuses to discuss his free agency during the season, but figure on it coming up in Los Angeles since there’s been such speculation about him signing with the Lakers. The Lakers, after a trade with James’ Cavaliers last week, would have enough salary cap space to offer a maximum contract to James and another star if he opts to become a free agent and leave Cleveland this summer.HOMECOMING KINGS: The Los Angeles area is home to a number of All-Stars, including 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and runner-up James Harden, along with Oklahoma City’s Paul George and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan.SIDELINED STARS: James’ team will look much different than the one he drafted after a number of injuries. DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love, John Wall and Kristaps Porzingis all were forced to pull out. George, Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker were added as injury replacements by Commissioner Adam Silver.DUNK LIKE DAD: Larry Nance Jr., one of the players who went from Los Angeles to Cleveland in the four-player trade at the deadline, will be back in his former home arena to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest. He’ll try to follow in the footsteps — or flight path — of his father, who won the NBA’s first slam dunk title in 1984. Rookies Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Dennis Smith Jr., and Indiana All-Star Victor Oladipo round out the field.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View commentslast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 The internet reacts to the absolute madness

first_img TV and Movies Everyone in kings landing. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/pnf4uB8Ua4— Danish Khurshid (@ShahDanish_) May 13, 2019 The Mad Queen? HBO It’s been an up and down season for Game of Thrones. A dragon was killed in ways that frustrated and annoyed everyone, everyone got extremely angry when Jon Snow didn’t pet Ghost and then the internet found a coffee cup on set and went buck wild.This episode was all about the insane carnage.OK, goes without saying but…It started early with the burning of Varys. And the burning just didn’t stop.The question going in was simple: Was Dany about to become the Mad Queen, or was it all just a big swerve?Yeah, they answered that pretty definitively. Daenerys Targaryen basically set all of King’s Landing on fire. The Bells rang out for surrender but Dany wasn’t trying to hear that noise. Me, The entire episode #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/Ss3l6yx4cT— 𝑨𝒓𝒊 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐤 (@solangev_a) May 13, 2019 Bran chilling in Winterfell while Daenerys kills everyone: #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/KQKBLoAGL1— MWV Highlights (@MWV_Highlights) May 13, 2019 Waiting all these years for main character deaths and we see stone crushing them. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/Vh76HcdKBG— Shay (@shayycs) May 13, 2019 6:20 I’ve been working very very hard not to do any spoilers but I will say this: I look forward to reading the book and seeing how #GameofThrones really ended.Because this isn’t it.— Steve Spohn (@stevenspohn) May 13, 2019 Drogon after that episode #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/hUQtS8Btya— church (@COFFINBORNEGOD) May 13, 2019 See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Jon Snow halfway through the episode#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/eSVnbqEADW— T (@I_Gas247) May 13, 2019 All the haters should just go to sleep. That episode was phenomenal. I’m sick of people’s negativity. Get outta here. #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/XBDqjDBJWi— Seth Nelson (@RealSethNelson) May 13, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Soldiers: The bells are ringing! Danny: Are they though? #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/8ieNiW10BM— Ron Snow (@RonMorrisse) May 13, 2019 It’s a nice little throwback to this: #gameofthrones me: dany won’t murder all these innocent people they rang the bells we’re all good!!!dany: (: dracarys me: pic.twitter.com/OVGjw8wT8S— madz🦋✨💫 (@maddyackerburg) May 13, 2019 Dany after this episode#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/3u935UflEp— Jonas Ryan (@jonasryan_) May 13, 2019 Us spending the last 10 years of our lives emotionally attached to a TV show only for the writers to just give us the worst ending possible. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/CNcmVm4H0S— Caleb (@CalebKesler) May 13, 2019 Tags This was from a Season 4 promo. We all thought it was snow.. little did we know it was ash. #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/ieVUaaQPV8— Chris Brown (@chriscbrown) May 13, 2019 36 #GameofThrones #GoTAll the parents who named their daughter khaleesi or dany: pic.twitter.com/qf9EwTp6Ha— Ali (@Ali_Givenchy) May 13, 2019 The writers destroying the entire show in the final season #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/vXtJgAyDTs— Valentina ☕️ (@ValsCappuccino) May 13, 2019 Comments Share your voice Jon, Sansa and Tyrion plotting to kill Danny next week: #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/lCBVvJ9EDF— Ebony Barzilay (@o_hon_ey) May 13, 2019 187 Photos That game of thrones episode was wild— timthetatman (@timthetatman) May 13, 2019 Thoughts? Well, Mad Queen Dany is bad and everyone should feel bad. Very disappointed we spent a decade watching a really great female leader emerge, with a very cool and consistent “break the wheel” message only to have it completely turned around at the last, crucial minute. Not sure it entirely made sense, but I sure had a lot of fun watching it all unfold.I do get the sense that a backlash to the backlash is imminent. I can’t believe I had to watch that bullshit of an episode with my own two eyes #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/ue4hf0J18t— jedi in training (@totallyxtaylor) May 13, 2019 “I probably should’ve told someone the dragon lady was crazy.” #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/YK3d6j5N27— Diane N. Sevenay (@Diane_7A) May 13, 2019 The carnage was insane and dramatic and very Game of Thrones, but did it make sense? Hmmmmm….. Even if Dany was pissed and wanted to destroy Cersei why wouldn’t she just go straight to the Red Keep instead of zig zagging destruction through the city IT MAKES NO SENSE #GameofThrones— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) May 13, 2019 missandei, in heaven looking at kings landing. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/mjBFEdbM0z— Justin Jay, Conclave Liasion 💚💙💛 (@_DubzyWubzy_) May 13, 2019 Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts Yep, Dany basically burned everything down and killed thousands of people. Not sure if King’s Landing as we knew it even exists any more. Next week is going to be extremely interesting. Meanwhile… So you all just going to act like you didn’t see this coming? Danys been whack from the start and you’re all fools if you didn’t think this was going to happen #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/GMQdOKXPWf— clara maxwell (@claramaxwell99) May 13, 2019 Me trynna figure out did I really watch all them seasons for this #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/XpZCTA0TuS— tingz (@_Inez__) May 13, 2019 HBO & the 3 fans that are actually enjoying this season of #GoT pic.twitter.com/VgxQbvNdcQ— VS (@valon_sej) May 13, 2019 everyone say THANK YOU LENA HEADEY for her phenomenal perfomance as cersei lannister, one of my favorites ever.power is power. you will be missed.#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/ycwauGBjFh— lucca (@davnerys) May 13, 2019 meanwhile tormund and ghost #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/x9WQH2tLDH— 💌 (@hugehoops) May 13, 2019 Game of Throneslast_img read more

Ultrasound handheld device to make cleaning easy

first_imgBritish scientists have developed a hand-held device that infuses a gentle stream of regular cold water with ultrasound to turn it into a highly effective cleaning tool. They believe the tool could reduce dependence on traditional detergents and help combat anti-microbial resistance.The device, known as “Starstream”, passes a gentle stream of water through a nozzle that generates ultrasound and bubbles. The oscillating effect of the sound field on the bubbles turns them into micro-scrubbers that can remove dirt and germs from most surfaces. These tiny micro-scrubbers are particularly effective at cleaning inside cracks and crevices, which are difficult for conventional cleaning technologies, according to co-inventor Professor Tim Leighton.From his lab at the University of Southampton’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Leighton said that he and his team found the gas bubbles because they wanted to build a form of micro-scrubber, which can clean without bleach and detergents, and penetrate inside the crevices and the cracks.”So these gas bubbles underwater; these balls of gas, normally just sit there spherically under water. But if you hit them with a sound field you can make their surfaces ripple. And you get such high sheer and rubbing along the surfaces of these ripples that it can clean very effectively,” he added.The patented technology earned Leighton and co-inventor Dr Peter Birkin, the Royal Society’s Brian Mercer Award for Innovation in 2011. This gave them the opportunity to develop their prototype model into the current hairdryer-type design for manual cleaning.However, Leighton said the technology could easily be fixed on to other devices of varying shapes and sizes. He further said that Starstream’s effectiveness without the need for heating or additives has the potential to transform the cleaning sector.In laboratory-based tests, “Starstream” was able to effectively remove biological contamination from medical instruments and bacterial biofilms that typically cause dental disease. Leighton believes if the technology could be incorporated into the public’s hand washing routine then it could prove to be a valuable tool in the fight against antibiotic and anti-microbial resistance.”Despite all our efforts we haven’t been able to change the behavior of people to wash their hands properly. So if we can’t change the behavior, we change the water. And our aspiration would be to make that six seconds of washing in cold water without soap – using Starstream- as effective as 20 seconds of warm soapy water. It’s an aspiration, we hope to realize it.” Leighton said.The device is in limited commercial production by company Ultrawave Ltd., but Leighton is seeking further investment to miniaturize the current design and make it a viable new tool for health providers and the general public.last_img read more

Want a Piece of the 33BandGrowing InternetofThings Market

first_img 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 17, 2014 The Internet is set for another revolution, much like the smartphone explosion of the 2000s. This revolution, the “Internet of Things” (IoT), will connect physical devices, such as air conditioners, appliances and lights to the Internet.The IoT is generating particularly widespread interest due to its projected growth from $33 billion in 2013 to $71 billion in 2018. Like technology revolutions of the past, much of the market will be captured by new companies with innovative products.Related: The 7 Most Useful Smart Home DevicesWe see connected-living startups pop up almost daily, but there are a few things that truly set successful IoT startups apart. So, how can you position your business for IoT success? Here are our top five tips:1. Ensure your device tells a “story.”Your product needs to tell a clear story that can both stand alone and also work well with other services. Consumers need to understand what specific need this product will serve, in their language.The “connected lifestyle” is really a grouping of these individual stories — a novel — that work better together. However, average consumers rarely walk into Best Buy intending to purchase a full suite of connected products all at once. Instead, they focus on one need at a time.The best way to handle this? Make sure that your product’s initial value proposition is crystal clear.The Zen thermostat is a good example. Its initial use case was clear from the beginning: a simple thermostat that connects to the Internet. This clear value proposition coupled with the fact that setup was easy and the product already had an established team behind it (fact: Indiegogo campaigns run by two or more people raise 94 percent more money than campaigns by single individuals), made it a desirable and well-designed campaign from the gate — attracting both consumers and press.2. Plan your compatibility roadmap from day one. Customers don’t want to invest in dead-end technology. They may not even fully understand the concept of the IoT when they purchase a connected device, but consumers have begun learning the value of combining several IoT devices together to increase their overall usefulness.What many don’t know, though, is that multiple standards exist and that not all devices speak the same “language.” Thus, it’s critical that your product plays nicely with other devices and services.3. Mentorship is even more important than you think.Every connected product requires expertise in many different domains: hardware layout, standards interoperability, industrial design, distribution strategy and many more. Leveraging industry mentors will help you make the best product possible.Related: Why U.S. Innovation Needs China to Achieve the Next Technology Mega-TrendMentorships can come in many forms: guidance through a crowdsourcing campaign, assistance with radio frequency design, navigation through complex certifications, and advice on distribution channel selection. Look to companies such as platform providers, chip manufacturers and business partners for this mentorship.For example, you should know the difference between Zigbee and Z-Wave, and what each standard can offer in terms of distribution channels and strategic partnerships. Rather than relying solely on technical issues, startups should think through these types of implications to guide their connectivity decision. Mentors can help you navigate these multi-faceted issues.4. Have a plan for handling privacy, security and data from the beginning.Life is made better by sharing information, but as we share more and more data, you need to know how you’re going to protect it. Even technology goliaths have made privacy missteps, causing reduced consumer confidence and lower sales volumes.This is certainly another area where mentorship can lend a hand. Partners can also accelerate your time to market by providing robust, safe, proven infrastructures that your devices can leverage.5. Assume the person setting up your product knows little about technology.The average consumer will not take the time to learn about technology in order to use a new device. Customers purchase IoT devices to make their lives easier, not more complex, so it’s important to ensure you are catering to novices, not early adopters. One of the most critical things to simplify and streamline: the set up of your connected device.While it is most important to cater to the average consumer, technology enthusiasts are often early adopters. Since they fuel the early phases of your growth, it is also important to provide them with access to advanced configuration, customization and other features. Just don’t let those tech-focused features take center stage.The future awaits.Historically, upstart companies have had huge opportunities during similar technological upheavals such as the industrial revolution, the introduction of the Internet and the propagation of smartphones.Consider the histories of John Deere, Oracle and Google. All of these companies grew exponentially due to technological shifts like the one we’re seeing with the Internet of Things. Give your company the best opportunity to take advantage of this huge market expansion by keeping these tips in mind.Related: 5 Steps the ‘Smart’ Home Industry Must Take to Develop a Consumer Market Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more