Shanghai supports charity concert

musicAllen Zhao, Marketing Communications Manager, CSR Shanghai reports:

On the afternoon of November 23, CSR Shanghai volunteers attended a special charity concert at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Besides famous musicians in China, some mentally challenged people also performed music on the stage. These special performers spent lots of time and effort on practicing before having the courage to stand on the stage. There was warm applause during their performances.

And at the end of the concert, the children of our CSR volunteers went on stage to present flowers to these great and admirable performers. The volunteers who attended the charity concert were Melissa Zhou, Rubin Zhou, Shan Li, Jane Liu, Wei Wang, Ender Zhao, Jackie Chen, Yafei Li, Xiu e Fang. Here’s the letter of thanks – thank you letter-CSR

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CE Hall of Fame inductee: Levy Gerzberg

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Dr. Levy Gerzberg was formally inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame at a celebratory dinner in New York City on the 10th of November, 2014. Dr. Gerzberg [pictured at the awards] joined the Board of CSR as non-executive director on the 31st of August, 2011 following the acquisition by CSR of Zoran Corporation which he co-founded and was its President, CEO and Director…

To recognize the contributions of the pioneers of the consumer electronics industry, CEA announced the first 50 inductees into its Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame at the 2000 International CES. Each year a new group of inventors, engineers, business leaders, retailers and journalists are inducted into the CE Hall of Fame. The CE Hall of Fame is an opportunity to honor the visionaries who have paved the way for the products and services that are changing the way we live. Individually, and in some cases together, these leaders have made significant contributions to the industry. Without them, the world would be a very different place.

Dr. Levy Gerzberg – Co-Founder, Zoran Corporation

For most executives, retirement enables a dwindling dedication to high-maintenance activities. But in his semi-“retirement,” Dr. Levy Gerzberg swims from 60 to 90 minutes in open water several times a week, illustrating the passion and dedication he brought to the founding and building of Zoran, which became the pioneer and leading supplier of system on a chip (SoC) devices for digital cameras, DVD players, Dolby Digital sound processors, HDTV sets, HDTV converter set-top boxes, color printers and printer imaging software.

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Manchester funds music therapy

ElmsCSR’s Manchester office elected Elms Bank Specialist Art College as its 2014 “Charity of the Year”. Elms Bank Specialist Art College – located in Whitefield, Manchester – is a secondary special school accommodating pupils in the 11 – 19 age range who have complex learning difficulties, physical disabilities and those on the Autistic Spectrum Continuum (ASC).

Elms Bank is committed to providing all its students with high quality learning opportunities which help to develop a sense of confidence and high aspiration. As part of this endeavour CSR donated £1000 towards the funding of new interactive music room incorporating an OmniMusic technology suite located within the school’s new IT unit. OmniMusic makes it possible for disabled pupils and students to be fully involved in writing, producing and performing music.

In addition to this, CSR also donated a batch of sport bags for the school which are proudly used by the students.

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Wearable tech wows student community

Back in October, and for the third year in a row, CSR Japan took an active part in the annual campus festival of Akita Prefectural University, a “town-meets-gown” type community outreach event. This time, CSR demonstrated a variety of exciting new Bluetooth® Smart enabled wearables and “appcessories” to students and people from the local community at large. “This is a valuable opportunity to get closer to leading-edge tech” commented one visitor. Visitor numbers were twice that of last year. To further engage festival visitors, CSR handed out some cool prizes (Beats Studio Wireless headphones, Apple iPad mini, Nike+ Fuelband, etc.) to 14 lucky people chosen at random from those who answered a feedback questionnaire.

The range of Bluetooth Smart products on show included: OFFGRID™ SMART Battery, LG Lifeband Touch Activity Tracker, Nokia Treasure Tag WS-2, +plug +ruler & +weather, and CASIO G-Shock watch. Additionally, group of students from the university demonstrated how a CSR Bluetooth Smart starter development kit can be configured to monitor blood pressure (BP) and predict the risk of stroke.

Advances in digital audio technology were also demonstrated. Staff from CSR’s Tokyo office – Seiji Ishikawa, Hitomi Sakamoto, Tom Oshima, Kyohei Niino, Mifuyu Yoshida – enthralled listeners when demonstrating the high-quality wireless sound of aptX® streaming technology with the help of a powerful 100W reference amplifier incorporating CSR’s DDFA technology. The benefits of CSR’s True Wireless Stereo were also demonstrated.

CSR would like to express its sincere gratitude to Associate Professor Masahito Shimazaki, his students, and the university for the opportunity to participate in the campus festival again. CSR Japan plans to return to Akita and introduce more new product technologies, like indoor location.

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Interview Hints and Tips: CSR Graduates

An interview for any job can be daunting, even for the brave. You’ll probably find hints and tips online – but really, advice about graduate interviews is best from those that have experienced it first-hand. So here is a summary of the best pieces of advice from us graduates at CSR.

 

Your CV and Covering Letter

  1. Be Personal – Make it unique to CSR. Take the time to research CSR and adapt your CV so that it is individual to the role you are applying for.
  2. Check Spelling and Grammar –Capital letters, full stops, and spelling mistakes. Use spell check. Get someone to proof read it. The main offenders for this are the under 25’s. Make sure you’re not in this bracket!
  3. Be Concise – Highlight your qualities. Too much waffle will bore the reader so keep it short enough to maintain interest.
  4. Professional Format – If you were thinking about writing in different colours and including pretty pictures, please stop yourself now. A professional job requires a professional person.

 

The Interview

  1. Research the Company – Know the company you’re interviewing for and show you’re passionate about joining the team. At the bare minimum, you should know the basics which include the history of CSR and what CSR does.
  2. Research your Role – You should understand what this job requires of you. You should have a think about where you would like to be/see yourself in a few years time and what you hope to have learnt.
  3. Look Presentable – Smart wear for both men and women is a must. It gives your interviewer an instant summary of your character. Smart attire portrays an organised and professional manner whereas casual wear may represent a lack of organisation in their work and a lack of respect.
  4. Act Presentable – Everything from body language to the way you communicate. Your interviewer won’t (often) bite, but this doesn’t make them one of your mates. Respect and manners are equally as important as your attire and it will allow the interviewer to have an indication of the kind of person you may be at CSR.
  5. Sell Yourself – You will probably being going for this role against several others, so it’s important you sell yourself in the interviewer. What is it that makes you stand out from the other applicants? What skills can you bring to CSR?
  6. Have a Positive Attitude – Similar to above, a positive attitude in the interview can give the indication that you have a positive attitude to your work.
  7. Ask Questions – Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It shows an interviewer that you can engage in the conversation and are really interested in the company.
  8. Be Yourself – As a graduate starter, no-one is expecting you to know everything so you don’t need to lie to make yourself look better. We’re not only interested in those with a great skills set, but also those who are willing to learn and develop.
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Living in Cambridge: A Graduate’s Guide

If you have got this far looking around the CSR Graduate website you will have noticed that all the graduate vacancies advertised are based in Cambridge, in one of four office locations. For those of you who went to the University of Cambridge, or have other family or friend ties with the city, you will be familiar with what Cambridge has to offer. However for those of you who do not know the city well, (and I am speaking from personal experience) it can be a brave step to move somewhere entirely new purely in the interests of your early career.

Cambridge has a reputation for being a small but beautiful city, with plenty to do both indoors and out. (See TripAdvisor for things to do: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186225-Activities-Cambridge_Cambridgeshire_England.html) As part of working at CSR, employees are entitled to complimentary punting vouchers and entry into the University of Cambridge Botanical Gardens, which is a great summer’s day out. Joining the CSR Sports & Social Club also entitles the member to discounts at other popular attractions including the Cambridge Beer Festival, and Folk Festival. Entry into the Fitzwilliam Museum is free and well worth a visit – the museum holds some esteemed paintings by famous artists and also most excitingly an exhibition on mummification in Ancient Egypt (complete with real mummy’s!).

There are a great variety of restaurants (493 to be precise) around the city catering for all tastes and price ranges. These include all the usual national chains (Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Giraffe and Wagamamas etc) but also plenty of independent eateries offering many different types of cuisine including Turkish, Vietnamese and Greek foods. (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g186225-Cambridge_Cambridgeshire_England.html)

Living in Cambridge is a great way to make the jump between ‘student’ and ‘young professional’ living. Bars in Cambridge are plentiful with many in and around market square the city centre (Baroosh and Tabouche are CSR Graduate socials usual haunts). As the city centre is quite small it is simple to navigate around and an easy stumbling distance to clubs including the always popular Lola Lo’s (a classic option on a Saturday night) and Fez, a Moroccan themed nightclub which often hosts good old Propaganda on a Friday! There are two cinemas in the city: Vue and Cineworld, as well as the Arts Picture House, Corn Exchange and ACD Theatre which attract well-known plays, comedians and musical acts. Picturesque country pubs are also plentiful in the area with favourites including The Plough at Fenn Ditton and the Lion & Lamb at Milton. To cut it short, there is not a lack of things to do around here!

Shopping in Cambridge is more than sufficient, with the Grafton Centre, Grand Arcade and Lions Yard holding most of the usual high street shops including Zara, Next and Hollister. There are all the standard department stores, including a very large John Lewis, and sports shops as well as some independent boutique shops.

For the sporty amongst you, CSR often arrange various sporting events including group football and badminton. There is a small gym on site in Churchill House, and we are also privy to discounted memberships at several gyms around Cambridge (including the Trinity Health Club on the Science Park, with the current fee at £32 a month – http://www.thetrinitycentre.com/health-club ). Cambridge also has many local good sports teams including Cambridge United, Cambridge Rugby Club and Cambridge Cricket Club.

The city in general is easy to get around both by bike and public transport, and taxis unlike in other South East cities are reasonably priced. Biking is one of the most popular modes of transport in Cambridge as the city is mostly flat, there are plenty of bike parking spaces around the city and many companies including CSR offer the Cycle to Work Scheme. (more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycle_to_Work_scheme)

For those looking for accommodation in Cambridge, there are plenty of reasonably priced house shares available for young professionals both in the city centre but also in other housing estates within walking distance of our Cambridge offices – including Kings Hedges and Orchard Park. A room in a house is likely to cost you somewhere between £500-£600 a month – including bills. (If looking for a house share, try www.spareroom.co.uk or www.gumtree.com where you may be able to liaise with a private landlord and avoid agency fees!) There are also plenty of nice villages and towns on the outskirts of Cambridge which have their own high-streets and things to do, where you may like to look for accommodation, including Newmarket and Ely, both within a close commutable distance by car.

On a serious note, Cambridge is a great area to be based in for those seeking careers in the technology industry, with many of the world’s biggest companies including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Cambridge Consultants and (obviously) the University of Cambridge based there. It is in a great location near to both the coast, Greater London and the Midlands and is within 30 minutes drive of Stansted Airport. With two new train stations currently being proposed on both the Business and Science Parks, it is also an ideal place to invest in property if you are looking to buy in the near future.

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Athellina mentors for TechWomen

The year 2014 marks the forth year CSR’s Athellina Athsani has been participating in the STEM program known as TechWomen. TechWomen empowers, connects, and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa and the Middle East by pairing them with Silicon Valley female technologists and entrepreneurs. Athellina, Director of Strategic Planning, who is based in the San Jose office, is matched with Sherin Abdel Hamid [pictured left] from Egypt as a cultural mentor. Sherin is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada with a research focus on intelligent transportation systems (ITS); she’s also an Assistant Lecturer at Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. The role of the cultural mentor is to facilitate activities showcasing American work, lifestyle and culture. During the 5-week program, Athellina and Sherin spent time discussing career paths and wireless technology advances, while also finding time to enjoy sightseeing and the sampling the diversity of local cuisine.

Figure1TechWomen is an initiative of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Launched in 2011 by Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, TechWomen supports America’s commitment toward advancing the rights and participation of women and girls around the world by enabling them to reach their full potential in the tech industry. Through mentorship and exchange, TechWomen strengthens participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key networks of professionals, and expands girls’ interest in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models.

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CSR and STEMNET – Inspiring the next generation of engineers

There has been much talk of the ‘skill shortage’ that is going to face companies that require graduates with skills in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. CSR is working with STEMNET, which is a UK organisation that creates links between employers and educators with the aim of tackling the STEM skills shortage. STEMNET believe that by enthusing young people about STEM, employers can help to develop the creativity, problem-solving and employability skills of young people and widen the understanding and awareness of STEM careers with the next generation of UK employees.

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CSR Cambridge is planning to attend a large STEM Fair organised by STEM Team East at Duxford in 2015 to run a workshop which will involve writing Python code on a Raspberry Pi to interact with CSR’s SiRF Star V GNSS chip. Work has started to build the hardware required to run this workshop and a first draft of the workshop has been completed. CSR used some of the current crop of graduates as guinea pigs to road test the workshop and hardware.

The conclusion of the workshop saw students outside the Cambridge CSR HQ with the battery powered Raspberry Pi’s using the GPS to measure the distance between known points.stem3

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Rosh Hashanah fund-raiser

Rosh Hashanah 2To celebrate the Jewish new year holiday season (Rosh Hashanah), CSR Haifa held a fund-raiser for the purchase of food packages for families in need. On Thursday, 18th of September, CSR employees transported food parcels to the homes of those families. In addition, CSR Haifa held an on-site blood donation session during which some 70 units of blood were collected.

On Sunday morning (21st of September) a holiday toast was held in a packed “CSR Haifa Café” – the on-site dining room was transformed into a coffee house, breakfast was served, and Zeev, the office leader, greeted employees and their families, wishing them a successful new year, personal and businesswise.Rosh Hashanah 4Rosh Hashanah 3

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Frank walks 5th Komen for cancer research

Komen-day-1-cityThe unstoppable Frank McSorley (CSR Burlington) joined this year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Philadelphia event (12-14 September 2014), one of a number of 60-mile sponsored walks around the USA. (The Philly event has so far raised $3 million). Frank also walked 40 miles in Boston back in May in aid of the same breast cancer research charity. (Only four members of Frank’s “Men with Heart” team could make the trip to Philadelphia, so the team joined Pennsylvannian “Team Breast Friends” who graciously allowed the men to wear their distinctive yellow shirts). Frank raised $4860 over both these walks; CSR donated $1000 towards his endeavours. Thanks to sponsors, more people are getting tested earlier, but more importantly, more are surviving. Further donations can be made here: http://info.avonfoundation.org/goto/frankmcs

Komen-day-2-group Komen-day-3-finishingHere’s Frank’s recap of his 60-mile journey:

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