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AHEC exists to foster closer business ties among Americans of Hungarian ethnicity, through programs to bring them into contact with each other, and with other Hungarians and business executives everywhere. AHEC seeks to mutually advance and strengthen American-Hungarian business relationships.

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INVITATION - The Harvard Club of Hungary,The American-Hungarian Executive Circle as well as
KÜRT Co.!


Dear AHEC members,

Cordially invite You, as precious Member of the Harvard Club Hungary to an
Exclusive Site Visit & Personal Discussion with Sándor KürtiFounder and President of KÜRT Information Management Company
Date: October 13 (Monday), 2014 – 18:00-20:00
From bringing crashed servers back to life for banks, to finding evidence of criminal activity on smashed hard drives for the police, KÜRT has built an international reputation for working magic on damaged computer systems and has become one of the world's top three companies in the niche business of data recovery. Today the company serves more Fortune 500 companies - "at least 100"- than it has employees.
KÜRT has offered its data recovery capacity for free for victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the East-Asian tsunami of 26 December 2004, the New Orleans Hurricane of August 2005 and for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
On October 13, 2014 You will be offered a unique insight behind the scenes of data recovery on site of KÜRT. During the guided visit you will be able to see the clean room laboratory where the engineers of the company recover data from physically injured software data sources.
The Evening will be closed by an
Informal Reception with Snacks & Fingerfood

Venue: KÜRT Rendezvényközpont
2040 Budaörs, Szabadság út 301., 2nd floor
access and parking info: http://www.kurt-akademia.hu/hu/kapcsolat

We have limited number of places, therefore please send your registration latest by October 8, 2014 to hchungary@post.harvard.edu

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February 4, 2014 - Budapest from the sky

Beautiful aerial video with quad copter from Budapest

October 18, 2013 - Budapest, Hungary - PLEASE ATTEND!

Dear AHEC members,

Our last meeting was:
Friday, October 18, 2013.
17-18:30
ZiZi Bar (Design by AHEC member Manna Habenczius)
1051 Budapest, Hercegprímás u 12
https://hu-hu.facebook.com/ZIZIbar.hu
Presenter: Aniko Jeges (author) discussing her new book.

Team Puli’s Bid for hosting the 2014 Google Lunar XPrize Team Summit

Hungary's Team Puli is one of 22 teams around the world competing for the Google Lunar XPrize. The Google Lunar XPrize is a $30 million competition, the grand prize for which is awarded to the first privately funded team registered with the competition, to send a robot to the Moon.

There is an annual summit at which all the active teams meet and network with each other and with their sponsors, vendors and other interested parties. The 2012 Summit was held in Washington, DC, and the 2013 Summit in Santiago de Chile. The next GLXP Team Summit is expected to be held in April or May 2014, and Hungary's Team Puli is trying to have it held in Budapest. Team Puli plans to conduct a full scale simulation and test of its Lunar Surface Mission at or around the time of this Summit.

Team Puli estimates that it needs to raise US$60,000 to cover the cost of the event. 

Please support Team Puli – Visit its website at www.pulispace.com to learn more about its activities or see the details below:
USD:

HUF:

Bank transfer to CIB Bank Zrt.
(http://www.cib.hu/index?defaultLanguage=english)
- Please supply an e-mail address where we can send our thanks &
certification and the name You would like to see in our supporter's list
(http://www.pulispace.com/en/get-involved/small-step-club) in the bank transer details
SWIFT Code:CIBHHUHB
USD Account Nr: 10702404 65661455 50000005
(IBAN: HU31 1070 2404 6566 1455 5000 0005)
HUF Account Nr.: 10702404 65661455 51100005
(IBAN: HU73 1070 2404 6566 1455 5110 0005)
Beneficiary: Puli Space Technologies Ltd.

August 10, 2013 - Forty words of love in Hungarian
Charlotte Mendelson
The Guardian, Saturday 10, August 2013.

As a child, Charlotte Mendelson thought her grandparents' native Hungarian sounded ridiculous. But now her tiny vocabulary keeps their memory alive.
My grandmother was fearless. Yet if I asked her about the past, she would start crying. What kind of monster would have questioned her? So I resisted and now it is too late. She and her husband, my maternal grandparents, were Hungarians. Or so I thought. They spoke Hungarian, impenetrably, to each other. Even after 50 years in Britain, their accents remained so strong that kindly strangers would direct them to tourist attractions.

Read the whole article in The Guardian

AHEC MEETING: ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, JULY 30 - PLEASE ATTEND!

Dear AHEC members,

Our next meeting is:
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
7 pm PST
3161 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612-4412
(you may park in building garage)

Please RSVP by Friday, July 26 via email to mgeroe@gmail.com
The building is secure and you will not be admitted absent timely RSVP.

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At the Smithsonian Folklife Festival National Mall: June 26-30 & July 3-7


There are approximately thirteen million Hungarians in Central Europe some ten million of them living in Hungary, a thousand-year-old country that is slightly smaller than Indiana. Calling themselves Magyars, these people speak a unique language and maintain highly distinctive traditions in music, dance, costume, crafts, gastronomy, and more.

The Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will highlight the vitality of Hungary's cultural heritage in these areas. It will bring to the National Mall in Washington highly skilled masters and apprentices from rural Central Europe who maintain the traditional knowledge acquired in their native environments. The Festival program will also bring musicians, dancers, and artisans from more urban settings who have revived many of these older traditions to make them part of their daily lives.

Please visit Smithsonian Institution's website for more info >>>>

April 9, 2013 - Space Puli barks in the Bay Area

The Hungarian Puli Space initiative, an official contestant of the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), started to build its presence in the US. Tibor Pacher, Founder and CEO of Puli Space Technologies Ltd, introduced the most exciting race of our days, and Team Puli's participation therein to California folks.

Tibor gave a presentations at the Spring Networking Lunch of The Hungarian American Chamber of Commerce in the US in Redwood City, at Twitter in San Francisco, and discussed extensively with  Laszlo,  Puli's plans to be part of the bright future of space industry.

Bundling Hungarian talents and their innovation capabilities Puli will be at the forefront of the Moon 2.0 race and the utilization of the Moon's and space resources.

For more info go to http://www.pulispace.com/ and follow the Puli on Google+ , Twitter , Facebook and YouTube .

April 9, 2013 - AHEC meeting in Silicon Valley to welcome member Tibor Pacher, leader of our main project sponsored by AHEC in 2013

Please join the members and friends of the HUNGARIAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN THE US, SPRING NETWORKING LUNCH
To welcome and hear a presentation by Dr. Tibor Pacher, Founder and CEO of the Hungarian PULI Space Initiative

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, noon-2pm
Oracle Plaza Restaurant, at Oracle Corporation, 10 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, California , (corner of Twin Dolphin Dr., & Oracle Parkway). Parking entrance on Twin Dolphin Drive @ Lagoon Drive

It is cafeteria style, but please RSVP Eva E. Voisin evoisin@ix.netcom.com. Tel: 650.341.0167

Dr. Tibor Pacher was born in Hungary. He now shares his time mainly between Hungary and Germany. Trained as a physicist (PhD., Heidelberg 1991 s.c.l.), during his academic career, he worked on different topics of General Relativity, Cosmology (Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) and Quantum Chemistry (University of Heidelberg) as well as on ESA's Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) mission (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg).

In 2006, he initiated the organization  Peregrinus Interstellar,  dedicated to the topic of interstellar travel:  The PI   Club . Dr. Parcher also runs the project  Faces from Earth , which focuses on creating interstellar message artifacts to be carried on future deep space missions, and  MiniSpaceWorld , which aims at the creation of a big, lively scale-model layout for Spaceflight and Astronomy.

May 9, 2013 Susan Polgar Foundation Dinner  and  Silent Auction

The  Susan Polgar Foundation Cordially Invites you to a Fundraiser  Dinner  &  Silent Auction

Special Guests: Dr. Ken Rogoff
Where: Hungarian Consulate in New York City
Address: 223 East 52nd Street
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Please RSVP by May 1, to the PolgarFoundation@live.com
Cost: $100/person or $1000 for a Sponsor table (seats 8) Please send checks to the:
Susan Polgar Foundation
11939 Manchester Road #129
Des Peres, MO 63131
Tel: 806-281-7424

The  Susan Polgar Foundation , Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation supported by charitable donations that was established by GM Susan Polgar , Winner of 4 Women's World Chess Championships and the first woman in history to break the gender barrier in chess. The  Foundation  is the proud sponsor of the National Invitational for Girls, National Open Championship for Girls , World Open Championship for Girls, All-Star Girl's Chess Team, NY City Mayor's Cup Invitational, and Tri-State Scholastic Chess Challenge. Further information at   www.susanpolgarfoundation.org

March 9 , 2013 - Invitation for the Commemoration of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution and War of Liberation

Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 3PM
Chapel, Wesley Theological Seminary
4500 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C. 

More info: http://www.americanhungarianfederation.org/news_kossuth_1848.htm

January 24, 2013 - The X PRIZE Foundation and LEGO Announce Winners of 2012 MoonBots Challenge | X PRIZE Foundation - Student group from Hungary takes top prize in global competition designed to simulate Google Lunar X PRIZE missions using LEGO robots

PLAYA VISTA, CA (December 13, 2012) - The X PRIZE Foundation and LEGO Group announced today the winners of MoonBots 2012: A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge. This third annual competition challenged teams of students ages 9 to 17 to design, program and build robots that simulate lunar missions similar to those required to win the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, a global incentivized competition to further the commercial exploration of space.

The Grand Prize winner, Team HungaroBots from Hungary, earned a VIP trip to test their creations at the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems in Hilo, Hawaii. The team, comprised of 16- and 17-year-olds from the town of Sopron, Hungary, was introduced to the competition by the Google Lunar X PRIZE team, Puli Space.

The runners-up were Team Incredibots from Ohio, Team Apollo 19 from California, and Team Titanium Springboks from South Africa, all of whom will receive complimentary registrations into the FIRST® robotics league.
[ read more ]

January 2 , 2013 - AHEC Member Julie Kantor wrote it for Huffington Post

Pause Before Buying That iPhone 5
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-kantor/buying-that-iphone5_b_2386147.html
By Julie Kantor

Lena just bought the latest iPhone 5 last week and had eleven more gifts to unwrap. She luckily was up to date on her mortgage payment but her husband Samuel was just laid off from his job and they had a big private school bill payment due in two weeks.Putting pen to paper she calculated her mortgage, Pepco bill for electricity, Comcast internet and cable, three trips to Safeway for monthly groceries, life insurance, two cell phones, two payments on leased cars, water bill, gas bill, you get the picture... Lena was out of cash from her bi-weekly pay stub before she even got to the private school bill, date nights and paying the housekeeper."I saved a fair amount of money in my 401(k) plan, but that is suppose to be for retirement," she told me, tears falling on the wooden breakfast table. "And besides, if I withdraw any amount before the age of 59, I will be taxed around 20 percent or more. That's too expensive. I can't do this by myself," she said.
I could relate to Lena, I had been in a similar situation years before where I was living paycheck to paycheck and not saving enough for a rainy day. Today was Lena and Samuel's rainy day and they were both feeling naturally upset. "Samuel is looking for a job and asking his parents for a loan. I am confident he will get a good job but it could take a few months in this job market," said Lena. We both lamented that we chose shopping and professional optimism over creating a three month reserve for these tough moments in life. I vowed at that moment to keep enjoying my iPhone 4 and not upgrade to the coveted "5" as Lena had until I built another two month reserve.
I had just returned the night before from seeing my father overseas (in Hawaii) and my talk with Lena really made me reflect on how my parents have managed their resources and retired well in a time that so many people are financially challenged.
My father escaped to America in 1956 from Hungary and he came here with no money but a big desire to be free and make a life for himself and the family he would eventually have. His childhood was filled with real-life nightmares and survival, but he has persevered and has become one of my great heroes and mentors. To me he exemplifies the American Dream.
Walking through his home in upcountry Maui I was overcome with memories every turn I made and every cabinet I opened. "That was the blue mug Dad made espresso in when I was in elementary school"; "This is the paper mache candy chicken Dad brought home from a business trip in Peru. We would walk down Wisconsin Avenue and fill it with carefully selected candy from the Coffee, Tea and Spice shop in Georgetown," I shared with my husband Marc.
I walked my 10-year-old daughter through the house and we pulled out holiday decorations that had seen better years, but were carefully preserved since the '70s. My dad put some Mozart on and I had to pull out my camera to take a picture of him showing our daughter what a record actually looks like. It was the first record that she has ever seen and I recognize the record player and stereo equipment from at least 1980.
My dad no longer lives in Virginia but the furniture, the paintings, the dishes all take me back to that period in time when he was working and thoughtful with his investments. I only get to see my dad once a year as he lives so far away and I am a bit obsessed with a start-up in D.C.
I co-founded:   Barrel of Jobs .
Friends tease me that I have parents who have great, amazing real estate overseas but little do they know I don't take advantage of it nearly as much as I would like. This trip we talked a lot about managing money and the steps he took to retired to a dream life in Maui. He doesn't shop a lot and when he does, its usually for high-quality food at Costco, travel to Europe, or a new tech gadget that he will keep for years. He proudly bought the iPhone 5 with a two-year plan but then proactively sold the "4" on Craigslist in an impressive break-even deal. My stepmother is amazing at recycling and re-purposing everything. We delighted every day in eating guava, mango and passion fruit jams she made from her own garden.
I used to wonder why Dad would wear the same Lacoste shirt for a decade or two when he was in a position to buy four new ones, but now I know. He buys high quality and does not look at purchases as disposable like Lena and I do. For the first time it really dawned on me that my dad's sensibilities and plan works and that if I put away money and stopped coming home with C-Wonder, Apple and Chicos' Bags, maybe I could retire someday well too.
I wanted to share all this with Lena but decided it best to wait until things got better. Maybe not buying the latest Samsung 50-inch flat screen is the answer. Maybe ongoing retail therapy is really a recipe for working hard until you're 82.
I sent Samuel three job listings from our site with some great tech companies in the DC area that I admire, WeddingWire, Venga and Clarabridge to see if they might perk his interest. I also sent him good ones at   SmartCEO   magazine and the DC Chamber of Commerce.
That night I kissed Justine goodnight and noticed in her arms she was snuggling with a well-worn Putsy, a Siberian husky dog that my father bought me when I was nine years old at FAO Schwartz in New York City. I begged for an hour and finally my Dad gave in. Putsy was one of three stuffed animals at my dad's home and by far my favorite. He gave it to Justine when we visited and I noticed that over the past few days all her other four dozen animals have been relegated to her bookshelves: 34-year-old Putsy won the coveted spot as 'first animal' with his head next to hers on her Scooby-Doo pillowcase.
Julie Kantor blogs weekly for The Huffington Post. Her full author archives can be found at   www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-kantor .

December 6 , 2012 - AHEC Meeting Washington D.C.
Dear AHEC members, 

Our meeting was held:
Thursday, December 6, 2012
7-8:30 am EST
Morrison & Foerster
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Suite 6000 Washington, DC 20006-1888

Agenda:
1. Introductions
2. Remarks by Arpad Toth:
“Next Generation Broadband WirelessEnabled Homeland Security Solutions”
3. Other Business

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July 14, 2012 - AHEC Meeting Budapest
Dear AHEC members, 

On behalf of American Hungarian Executive Circle, it is my greatest pleasure to invite you to the Budapest general meeting to be held in Szatyor Bár, Budapest (Bartok Bela ut 36) on 14th of July, 2012 Saturday at 5 pm.

The meeting will cover various issues and initiatives like the introduction and familiarization with the members' backgrounds and professional works, and possible methods to develop linkages and potentially beneficial connections. 
Presentation of Martin Retai about pocketguide smartphone city guide application product will also be exhibited. 

AHEC will make its best efforts to make the meeting an open and interesting forum for sharing experiences and developing mutual cooperation. Therefore we highly appreciate your presence and your active participation, so the meeting will be a worthy one. 

We look forward to welcoming you in Szatyor Bár. 

Warmest regards: 
Viktor Nagy
AHEC

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AHEC member Stephen O' Connor gave a speech at an annual conference in Brussels prior to the 3rd annual Capitalist Ball. The Ball was co-hosted by The Stockholm Network and the Center for New Europe (CNE).  The Stockholm network is a London based umbrella organization for all free-market think tanks from Ireland to Russia. (theres quite a few actually maybe as high as 75+. The MD is Ms Helen Disney. A sharp woman and former Economist journalist. Tim Evans is the MD of CNE, Brussels’s first Conservative think tank founded only about 7 years ago?! Tim describes himself as a Narco - Capitalist! This year we honored Ayn Rand and her portrait was all over the place. About 400+ people attended this invitation only event. More>>

 

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