Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium 2021 Focuses on “Game Changers” Who Are Making a Difference in the Energy and Utilities Industry

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SmartEnergy IPTM, a division of SmartMark Communications, announced today that it will hold its 2021 Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium virtually on June 8-9, 2021. The Symposium has been the premier event focused on the role of customers in grid modernization for more than a decade, and this year will focus on outstanding accomplishments of individuals and organizations that put customers at the center of their grid modernization plans.

Topics to be addressed at the event include:

  • Impact of Customer Education on Carbon Reduction
  • Community Engagement and Market Segmentation
  • Latest Advancements in Customer Education and Engagement
  • Optimizing AMI Investments
  • Renewable Energy and the Role of Education in Advancing DER
  • Special Considerations for Low Income Customers
  • Small Business Strategies
  • Smart Homes and Buildings
  • Smart Cities and Connected Communities
  • The Role of AI in Customer Experience
  • Latest Advancements in IoT for Connected Customers and Communities
  • Transportation Electrification
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Strategy game Survival Z unleashes the undead on Apple Arcade


Take on zombies as you try to find other survivors during the apocalypse.


Apple Arcade on Friday added Survival Z from Ember Entertainment to its continuously growing catalog of games. In a world crippled by a zombie outbreak, you must survive using all the resources available to you. You can try your hand at Survival Z this weekend across iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod Touch and Apple TV. 

Survival Z is a tower-defense type of game, with 50 levels. Its map offers multiple routes for a more replayable game. You play as Megan, a loner mechanic who’s savvy with a crossbow. When she meets Marcus, another survivor with intel on a diner potentially stocked with supplies, the pair head off on a journey, salvaging and upgrading equipment and battling waves of zombies along the way. 


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Child protection nonprofit alleges ‘manipulative’ upselling with math game Prodigy

The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, a nonprofit advocacy group, on Friday accused a popular math game used in thousands of elementary schools of using “deceptive marketing and manipulative tactics” in a letter of complaint to the Federal Trade Commission.

Prodigy is a role-playing game aimed at first through eighth graders where players create customized wizard characters that enter “battles” to earn stars and prizes for solving curriculum-aligned math problems. The game has been downloaded more than 7.3 million times in North America since the start of 2019, according to the app researcher App Annie. Prodigy said that more than 90,000 schools globally — two thirds of them in the United States and the rest mostly in Canada, Australia and India — have used it to assign math homework.

While the game is given to schools free for students to play in a restricted mode with only their classmates,

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DICE LA Is Working On A New Battlefield Game

DICE LA is working on a new Battlefield game, according to the studio’s Senior Design Director Justin Wiebe.As spotted by VG247, Wiebe asked his Twitter followers on Monday to guess which “EA owned franchise” he was excited to be working on. After shooting down Plants vs Zombies, Skate and Apex, Wiebe added that “It’s Battlefield,” confirming that DICE LA is working on a new game in EA’s Battlefield shooter series. In one of his replies, Wiebe said that it wasn’t Peggle, but that it would be “cool to turn into a class-based shooter.” Sign us up for that one.

DICE LA has previously supported the development of the Battlefield series, but back in January of 2020, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella took over Dice LA. At that point there were reportedly plans to change the studio’s name and release an “original, as-yet-unrevealed game,” but it looks like the team

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