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Published: December 06, 2017

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eSports is the latest phenomenon engaging the next generation of students. The rise of eSports has been meteoric with revenues expected in the $100B range globally this year alone. In fact, more millennial males watch eSports than traditional spectator sports like baseball or hockey, according to a survey conducted by Newzoo, an eSports market research firm, and it is expected that the global fan base of eSports will exceed 500 million by 2020. This is a white-hot arena, and higher education has taken notice.

Today in Pennsylvania, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology announced an all-new arena to support its first and only varsity sport: eSports. Powered by OMEN Gaming PCs and accessories, this state-of-the art arena will support its three varsity teams competing in Overwatch®, League of Legends™ and Hearthstone™, as well as more casual gamers from the university and local communities. Harrisburg University president Eric Darr announced that the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts would become the official arena for the institution’s varsity eSports team.

 

“The growing phenomenon of eSports has captured the hearts and minds of avid gamers and spectators around the globe," said Darr. “We are enthusiastic about our chances of becoming a major player in the world of collegiate eSports with the unveiling of this new arena.”

Like the new Harrisburg University arena, campuses all over the world have created intercollegiate eSports teams. This is why HP created the OMEN Gaming Arena for Higher Education reference designs, offering campuses a variety of arena configurations from 20 seats to over 100, all pre-configured to create an exceptional fast, but level playing field for pro-level competitive eSports. These collegiate arenas complement HP’s relationship with the Overwatch League and all of our industry-leading OMEN gaming gear.

Gaming is quickly becoming a keystone for the Campus of the Future

In higher education, the office of student affairs has become a crucial driver of improved student success. eSports arenas – whether casual or professional-level – provide campuses with a modern facility to engage gamers of all abilities, while keeping students engaged in the campus community. Moreover, many campus eSports arenas are also open to public use, increasing community engagement, especially with local youth. Community engagement is what drove Harrisburg University to choose the Whitaker Center as the marquis venue for the new arena.

 

“Whitaker Center is the “crown jewel” of downtown Harrisburg, the bustling state capitol of Pennsylvania, and is an ideal location for showcasing eSports events and HP’s state-of-the-art gaming technology,” said Ted Black, President and CEO of the Whitaker Center. “Our collaboration with HP and Harrisburg University will be a beacon to attract fans and players from every corner of the eSports world. This one-of-a-kind venue represents a seismic change for collegiate eSports!”

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Gaming innovation delivered through strategic collaborations with D&H and Intel®

One critical lynchpin of the project’s planning and success to date has been the expertise of D&H Distributing, a leading international technology distributor. HP and D&H have collaborated to bring more innovation to campus eSports through unique programs which help institutions design, configure, deploy and manage eSports arenas throughout the United States and Canada.

 

“D&H is proud to be aligned with great local names such as Harrisburg University and the Whitaker Center, plus global technology brands HP and Intel®,” said Dan Schwab, Co-CEO at D&H Distribution. “We are excited to be a part of this incredible eSports explosion, and what better way to do so than by helping accelerate adoption and visibility less than two miles from our corporate offices.”

Another essential partner has been Intel® – a leader in eSports and PC gaming performance. From the high performance Intel® Core™ i7 processors to the Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P Series acceleration technology, Intel® has been an indispensable partner in engineering next-generation gaming and eSports experiences. Their support of the OMEN Collegiate eSports Arenas has fueled even more innovation, as their experienced team helps optimize loadouts, networks, graphics and synchronization to ensure the best gaming experiences possible.

The new eSports arena at Harrisburg University signals a new direction in higher education. We look forward to partnering with many more institutions in the coming year to bring eSports to campuses all over the world.

To learn more about HP’s commitment to higher education and gaming, visit hp.com/hied, and follow @OMENbyHP and the hashtag #DominateTheGame

 

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Published: January 08, 2018

At CES 2018, HP is ushering in the next generation of personal computing and enabling a wide range of exciting PC experiences.

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The six new HP products range from the world’s most powerful convertible PC  and its newest Always-Connected PC 2-in-1 to a groundbreaking 3D camera and cutting-edge gaming technology.

 

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 From intensive workloads to editing huge video files, the  HP Spectre x360 15 offers fast performance and powerful discrete graphics to effortlessly create, edit and stream 4K and 3D content. Gorgeously designed, the Spectre x360 is offered in Dark Ash Silver with Copper Luxe accents including sleek geared hinges for seamless transitions between laptop, tablet and entertainment modes, and a durable, brilliant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 4K UHD display. Speakers now sit above the keyboard for an improved audio experience while allowing the keyboard to offer numeric keypad ideal for Adobe short-cut keys.

 

Techradar declares, “With the latest HP Spectre x360 15, HP has managed to straddle the line between modernity and legacy, not to mention power and panache.”

 

Starting at $1,369.99, the HP Spectre x360 15-inch is planned to be available via HP.com and Best Buy on March 18.

 

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Thin, light, and durable, HP ENVY x2, features Intel® CoreTM processors and a brilliant 12.3-inch diagonal touch WUXGA+ display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4. The leather-like textured Oxford Blue case integrates an adjustable stand to transform from laptop to tablet mode. Built for productivity anywhere, it offers a backlit keyboard with a 1.3 mm key travel for a smooth typing experience in any lighting condition, Windows Ink pen for a natural drawing and writing experience, and up to 17 hours of battery life. 7th Gen Intel® CoreTM Y-Series processors are optimized for maximum performance gains, equipped with up to 256 GB PCIe SSD Storage to store presentations and multi-task with up to 8GB LPDDR3 memory.

 

Engadget says, “It's more of a traditional Surface competitor for people who aren't yet ready to adopt a Snapdragon chip for their computing needs. And based on what we've seen, it'll offer up some worthy competition to Microsoft's machines.”

 

The HP ENVY x2 is planned to be available in Spring 2018.

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Next-Gen Designing: HP Z 3D Camera

Created for CG artists, 3D designers, game developers and digital fine artists, the HP Z 3D Camera reinvents creative workflows by bringing the Sprout by HP experience to the PC. The new camera allows for richer, more immediate remote live sharing by putting the desk, hands, and more into view. With easy-to-download tracking and scanning software, it constructs 3D models in real time. Workflows are enhanced by scanning objects with computer-graphics-friendly resolutions that maintain separate texture maps for physical-based rendering and AR, VR and mixed reality content creation. 

 

“The demand for 3D content has skyrocketed, and 3D pros are constantly looking for new hardware and software innovations,” said HP’s Louis Kim, global head of Immersive Computing, Personal Systems to Tom’s Hardware. “The HP Z 3D Camera helps speed up modeling, reinvent the creative palette and protect the artistic point of view. . .”

 

The HP Z 3D Camera is planned to be available in the US only in March 2018 for $599.

 

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HP Pavilion Wave brings the Amazon Alexa for Windows 10 experience to the powerful and beautiful compact desktop. A unique desktop built around a fully integrated, advanced audio system to play music, listen to movies, and web chats, the Pavilion Wave is the perfect device to take productivity and multitasking to the next level with Amazon Alexa to help. Customers can control music, timers, alarms, smart home devices and more simply by asking Alexa while web browsing, working, or streaming content. HP Pavilion Wave is planned to ship with Amazon Alexa in Spring 2018 with a starting price at $549.99.

 

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Gamers can now take their OMEN gaming experience with them on-the-go: Using any Windows 10 device, they can connect to their OMEN PC and play games that are well beyond the hardware specifications of the connecting device for an incredible cloud gaming experience.  

 

 “HP offers the latest in a growing number of options intended to solve the problem of playing power-hungry games on increasingly lightweight hardware,” Cnet explains, saying the OMEN Game Stream “lets you play on another Windows system without a discrete GPU (or a lame one) streaming off a more powerful OMEN gaming system over the internet.” 

 

OMEN Game Stream is planned to ship on OMEN systems in Spring 2018.

 

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“HP has peeled the covers off some more cool gear at CES 2018 and one of the coolest things in the mix is the OMEN X 65 Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD). This is a gigantic 65-inch 4K UHD HDR-10 monitor for you to get your game on in the living room, or your man/woman cave,” crows Hothardware.  

OMEN X 65 Big Format Gaming Display with NVIDIA G-Sync™ is a next-generation big format gaming display for the home featuring a cutting edge 4K UHD 65-inch diagonal display. The display runs a 120 Hz refresh rate with ultra-low sub latency and HDR-10 for gamers to enjoy gorgeous color, brightness and contrast with the performance they crave to beat the competition. NVIDIAG-Sync™ and NVIDIA® SHIELD™ TV integration provide incredible fluidity to the screen for gaming, streaming movies, TV shows and music.

 

OMEN X 65 Big Format Gaming Display with NVIDIA G-SYNC™ is planned to be available in Fall 2018.

 

For more information on all the cool HP products announced at CES, visit the CES Online Press Kit.

 

Published: December 07, 2017

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Driving systemic change to increase the number of women and people of color working in the technology industry – especially in leadership roles – has long been a part of HP’s Silicon Valley legacy. Diversity and inclusion propel dynamic ingenuity at the highest levels of the company, helping HP win in the marketplace while creating lasting impact in the industry and beyond.

With diversity at our core, HP aligns our words with real actions – including embracing new, creative ways to become the employer of choice for women and underrepresented groups in technology. The HP HBCU Business Challenge is a perfect example of this. Launched earlier this year to reflect the messages in our first ad spot in the “Reinvent Mindsets” series, this new business-case competition embodies our commitment to investing in our future workforce by engaging university students capable of reinventing the landscape.

Cultivating new and diverse talent pipelines

First place team for PC Services Innovation track:  Xavier University of LouisianaFirst place team for PC Services Innovation track: Xavier University of LouisianaHP partnered with the National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable to provide over 80 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with a chance to participate in the competition, which challenged participating teams to submit a written business plan and qualified them for a chance to present to HP senior leaders. 17 HCBU campuses submitted plans across two tracks – PC Services Innovation and Office Print Relevance. Throughout the challenge, student teams showcased their talent to HP executives, including the business challenge executive sponsors Bill Avey, General Manager & Global Head of Personal Systems Services, Tom Saathoff, Head of Strategy & Portfolio Management for Managed Print Services, and Darren Needham-Walker, Head of Worldwide Office Printing Solutions Marketing. Student team members also learned about internships and full-time career opportunities with HP.

What, exactly, were these students competing for? The winning teams scored visits to three HP campuses – including Boise, Vancouver and HP headquarters in Palo Alto. In addition, they will meet and present their projects to Chief Diversity Officer Lesley Slaton Brown, members of HP’s Executive Leadership team, hiring managers, and others. Teams will tour HP Labs, visit the original offices of HP Founders and the HP Garage where the company’s legacy began.

Fields Jackson, Executive Director of the National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable and CEO of Racing Toward Diversity magazine, helped bring the competition to life. He partnered with HP to enable the National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable further its primary goal: to better prepare students for the workforce while equipping them with opportunities to participate in real-world business initiatives.

“The National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable works to cultivate strategic partnerships with corporate companies like HP, providing essential tools and resources to prepare students during their university and post-graduation careers,” said Jackson. “With HP’s pioneering history in technology and passion for diversity and inclusion, it was an easy decision for the National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable to put its resounding support behind this new program.”

Honoring the HP HBCU Business Challenge winners

At the end of November, HP announced the winners from each of the challenge tracks. Each winning team displayed new knowledge in their business plans, along with out-of-the box thinking and disruptive recommendations that could help HP drive Office Print Relevance and PC Services forward.

And the winners are:

  1. First place team for PC Services Innovation track:  Xavier University of Louisiana

Team members: Janelle Jones, Aaliyah Young, Cydney Stevenson, Alaina McClue

Business Plan Submission: These students created a Device as a Service (DaaS) solution for the education vertical market, including new features that would bring more customizable technology to classrooms for teachers and students alike.

 

  1. First place team for Office Print Relevance track: Delaware State University

Team members: Kyron Bonner, Nyla Obey, Emma Pollock, Justin Thompson, Nicholas Henry

Business Plan Submission: This team developed a plan for an HP Smart Printer to make printing relevant for millennial decision makers, including enhancements to make it dynamic, intelligent, simple and secure. 

 

At the end of the three month challenge, participants emphasized the importance of this growth opportunity. HP executives provided mentorship throughout the process, and were impressed with how the teams performed.

“As an executive sponsor of the HP HBCU Business Challenge, the journey was transformative for the students as well as the HP employees who participated,” said Bill Avey. “We can’t wait to continue with this challenge in the years to come – not only because it allows us to connect with university talent, but because it helps HP cultivate our hiring pipeline on our reinvention journey.”

HP constantly looks for new, creative ways to build diverse talent pipelines across industries. We want everyone, everywhere to know that HP is hiring – and that talent is our only criteria. The HP HBCU Business Challenge demonstrated progress toward accomplishing this goal, inspiring tomorrow’s leaders along the way.

Published: November 02, 2017

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In anticipation of an action-packed BlizzCon 2017, HP is excited to announce a multiyear sponsorship of Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch League. This means that OMEN by HP PCs and displays will be used exclusively for Overwatch League games, and the OMEN PCs being used will all be powered by Intel, the official CPU sponsor of the Overwatch League, who will equip all competition PCs with Intel® Core™ i7 processors. You’ll be able to check out the world’s best players battling on OMEN hardware when preseason play begins on December 6th, and again when regular-season play begins on January 10th, 2018. The Overwatch League will be the first major global city-based esports league, with 12 inaugural-season teams across Asia, Europe, and North America.

 

Working with Blizzard Entertainment as a global technology partner of the Overwatch League is the perfect way to celebrate esports talent and showcase our hardware within the competitive gaming arena,” said Alex Craddock, global head of marketing, personal systems at HP. “OMEN hardware has been widely adopted by many of the world’s top esports professionals, and we’re thrilled to help power the gameplay for the Overwatch League.”

 

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This sentiment was echoed in a statement by Pete Vlastelica, president & CEO of Blizzard Entertainment’s Major League Gaming division, who said, “We’re thrilled to be joining forces with HP and Intel to ensure that the teams competing professionally in Overwatch are equipped with top-end technology. Multiyear collaborations such as this illustrate the momentum behind the Overwatch League as well as a long-term commitment by us and our partners in what we see as the future of esports.”

 

Back in June we also teamed up with Blizzard Entertainment to become the official PC of the Overwatch World Cup. This latest partnership further affirms our support of this stellar game, esports, and gaming enthusiasts around the world.

 

It was during this partnership that Pete Vlastelica said, “In addition to being a showcase for some of the top players in the world, the Overwatch World Cup represents the global spirit at the heart of Overwatch. We’re pleased to have HP’s help in supporting this friendly—and fierce—international competition.

 

With BlizzCon starting tomorrow, the OMEN by HP team would like to invite everyone to stop by the OMEN Arcade and sign up to participate in wild 3v3 action as attendees team up with their friends for a chance to win a real-life loot box stuffed with OMEN hardware and Overwatch surprises. To top it off, matches will be shoutcasted by Dogman and Seamoose, to give all our competitors the full esports athlete experience.

 

While at our booth, visitors can also strike an Overwatch victory pose at a green screen that places them on the front of the Overwatch World Cup steps. After, the photo can be immortalized in physical form courtesy of our HP Inkjet printers. To take it a step further, we’ll also have cosplayers Kara Corvus and Spoon Makes touring the show floor with HP Sprockets for some on-the-spot printed photos and social-media ops.

 

OMEN Arcade.jpgIn addition to the features above, the Arcade will contain a showcase packed with OMEN by HP products and accessories for gamers’ viewing and testing pleasure—some of which will be discounted for those looking to upgrade their hardware via handouts and social activations.

 

As if sponsorships, arcades, a loot box, and cosplay weren’t enough, OMEN by HP will also be participating in the NVIDIA Emissary Quest, a scavenger hunt themed after Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. Attendees are invited to stop by NVIDIA-powered booths to complete certain objectives, and those who participate in the Emissary Quest are invited to come experience demos of our OMEN X 35 NVIDIA G-sync display.

 

BlizzCon is the deciding arena for the aforementioned Overwatch World Cup finals, where OMEN by HP will be powering every minute of gameplay during the live competitions all weekend long. Eight nations remain, but only one will be crowned victorious!

Find out more and follow the action unfold live at BlizzCon 2017 with @OMENbyHP and the hashtag #DominateTheGame

Published: November 01, 2017

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HP was born on a university campus. Our founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard met while attending the Stanford University School of Engineering where Bill’s graduate project, a resistance-capacitance oscillator, became the company’s first product. Even today, HP’s headquarters sits on Stanford University-owned land. Since our founding, HP has been committed to scientific inquiry and a research mindset first formed at Stanford. Higher education is an important part of our DNA. 

 

From community colleges to research universities, the purpose of higher education is to provide knowledge and skills to students, while producing research and scholarship. While these institutions differ in scale, resources, curricula and mission, they share a common set of challenges: student success, academic reputation, operational efficiency, and security and risk management.

 

Today at the EDUCAUSE 2017 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, HP announced our Campus of the Future framework to meet the growing challenges of higher education and break through the frontiers of instructional innovation and research. The strategic framework was created to improve student success, mitigate risk, increase accessibility and enhance teaching, learning and research for institutions across the world.

 

The framework migrates from the device-based approach first used with Gen Xers. Based on learnings from those earlier implementations, the Campus of the Future framework is designed for today’s millennials to encompass maker spaces, virtual reality and design labs, and fabrication facilities. Our goal is to help build a future of next-generation experiences for students while equipping them with technology to pursue their passions – whether it be in particle physics or drama.edu 2.jpg

 

As part of this initiative, I’m pleased to introduce immersive computing applied research at elite universities, and new solutions and procurement technologies specifically suited for higher education institutions.

  

Announcing the HP Applied Research Network: Insights for the Campus of the Future

As part of our applied research with university partners, HP and Yale University released a research report, “A Year in the Blender,” which chronicles the research findings from an interdisciplinary research project at the university. Building on the success of the Yale University Blended Reality research, HP also announced the expansion of applied research on campuses to explore the most effective and impactful use cases in virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D printing. From holographic teleportation to accessibility, elite colleges and universities including Dartmouth College, FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios, Gallaudet University, Hamilton College, Harrisburg University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Lehigh University, Syracuse University, University of San Diego, and Yale University will provide direct input into HP’s Campus of the Future architecture.

 

Announcing HP Campus Foundry

EDUCAUSE lists innovative learning spaces as a Top Strategic Technology for 2017 and we absolutely agree. Now, universities can create amazing, immersive and engaging learning spaces powered by HP. Newly announced HP Campus Foundry epitomizes creativity and innovation, combining HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printers, HP Indigo digital presses and HP DesignJet large format printers. These technologies enable campuses to fabricate 3D molecules, building prototypes, GIS maps of campus or print custom runs of student dissertations.

 

Announcing HP OMEN eSports Arenas for Higher Education

 

Student Affairs (SA) is an essential function of campus leadership and is focused on helping students develop necessary skill sets, while keeping them engaged in the campus community. eSports is the latest phenomenon engaging the next generation of students. Online gaming is now a televised sport, and campuses all over the world now have intercollegiate eSports teams. HP announced the advanced HP OMEN eSports Arenas to bring gaming to the next level on campus. Whetedu 3.jpgher students are a sponsored gaming pro or a first-year student taking a break from homework, HP OMEN delivers the goods. Universities can give their students pro-level eSports experiences using OMEN PCs and HP designed arenas, and take on rival schools in Overwatch™ or League of Legends™ using state of the art gaming tech designed for universities.

 

Announcing HP2B for Higher Education: an all-new shopping and purchasing experience

HP announced HP2B for Higher Education, an all-new B2B platform developed to minimize purchasing frustration, while enabling the smooth management of campus purchasing. Universities can enjoy a fully-customized online campus purchasing portal, available with punch-out capability, which they manage in the cloud. Custom catalogs, campus standards and purchaser profiles enable an improved experience from procurement to end users. With HP2B’s configurator, faculty and staff can create their own custom models and submit them for approval to their divisional business manager, so that they can discover their next molecule or write their next masterpiece.

 

To learn more about the Campus of the Future framework and HP’s commitment to higher education, visit hp.com/hied.