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Panel 1: March 30, 15:30-17:00 pm

Title: Ordering Glasses from FramesDirect.com with the help of a coupon 

I recently became aware of the possibility we now have to buy glasses from the internet. I first heard from a business friend that he bought his glasses from FramesDirect.com. At first I was skeptical and I had no confidence in the company. Then I took a search on the web for the site and advised the opinions of the people and their review of the site and how they bought it from the site with ease with some minor problems.
Then I went to my friend work to tell me his experience about how to buy On the site and what the requirements and difficulties encountered he say to me that:
if you qualify for lenses and frames under your VSP plan, you can use your benefit with Frames Direct. You would first order and pay for your glasses from Frames Direct, and then you will submit a copy of your itemized receipt to VSP for reimbursement. Your plan will have a specific out of network reimbursement schedule that will pay up to a fixed dollar amount for frames and lenses. For instance, a plan might have a $110 allowance for frames, and a $30 allowance for bifocal lenses. When you send in the receipt, VSP will review the amount you paid towards the frames and the lenses, and first deduct the "materials co-pay" on your plan. Then they will reimburse up to the aforementioned allowance. If the total cost of your glasses were $150 (highly unlikely) and your copay was $20, the plan would reimburse $130. (However, in most cases the total cost of your lenses and frames will almost certainly exceed the allowance on the plan plus the copay.) The remainder of the cost of the glases, including tinting, progressive, anti scratch, etc will all be unreimbursed.

In any case, you can use a frames direct coupon and save up to 50% of the cost. Search online for a framesdirect promo code and you will find plenty of sites like this which offer valid coupons.
What you should consider, is that you are likely to have a better in network allowance for frames, and if you exceed that allowance, there is usually a discount applied to the overage. The lenses will be covered in full, and all the extras I mentioned are subject to a fixed menu price from VSP providers, so you know what a premium progressive add-on will cost, ahead of time. You may be using Frames Direct for a better selection of frames than a VSP network provider, but if you are shopping for price, and have a VSP plan, you are probably going to spend more on your glasses (if the same frames you want are available both places) by going Frames Direct, than making the purchase through an in-network VSP provider, because of the discounts and in-network reimbursements.
I like to change the lenses of my glasses each year as a result of scratching, which replaces my old but expensive and I have a lot of problems in the process of change and installation new lenses and whether they fit my face and the size of glasses.
But after my friend told me about the site and how I bought it from myself, I decided to buy it from the company's website.
At first I entered the site and it is easy to use and I searched for glasses that fit my face and the eyeglass, the size of the frame and another copy of my prescription and then I asked for glasses and I paid by Flex / HSA dollars to pay (or get reimbursed by your vision insurance)
He gave me many options, tires, colors, and varieties of glasses and sizes and gave me many electronic payment goods
I was a little intimidated by the breadth of offerings, to tell you the truth. I didn’t want to make buying a pair of glasses my life’s work. That’s when I found the Framesdirect.com Face Shape Guide. I answered a few simple questions about the shape of my face and the FramesDirect.com website showed me just which frames would look most flattering on me – and why! I was able to scroll through a selection of frames that were custom-picked for my exact face shape. It felt like I had a fashion consultant on standby to recommend the frames that suited me best.
You have provided 70% of the price you purchased before.
You need to know your PD (pupillary distance). They can measure the PD where you got your prescription, but some places give you a hard time when you tell them (or they surmise) that you're going to try mail order. I think once the woman at my eye doctor gave me intentionally bogus numbers.
It can be measured for each side of your face (say 31 and 30) or together as a total (eg 61.) PD for distance and PD for reading is slightly different. Some people suggest if you only have a distance measurement you can subtract 1 from each side as an estimate for reading glasses.
If saving money is most important for you, I say go for it. The cost at zenni is so low, most people can afford to experiment. Even if you choose a bad fit, or they break in 6 months, you're still way ahead.

Moderator: Praveen Paritosh, Google


  • Matt Cooper, oDesk
  • Panos Ipeirotis, NYU
  • Sid Suri, Yahoo! Research

There is increased participation by the developing world in the global manufacturing marketplace: the sewing machine in Bangladesh can be a means to support an entire family.

Crowdsourcing for cognitive tasks consists of asking humans for questions that are otherwise impossible to answer by algorithms, e.g., is this image pornographic?, are these two addresses the same?, what is the translation for this text in French?. In the last five years, there has been an exponential growth in the size of the global cognitive marketplace: Amazon.com's Mechanical Turk has an estimated 500,000 active workers in over 100 countries, and there are dozens of other companies in this space.

This turns the computer into a modern-day sewing machine, where cognitive work of various levels of difficulty will pay anywhere from 5 to 50 dollars a day. Unlike outsourcing, which usually requires college education, competence at these tasks might be a month or even less of training. At its best, this could be a powerful bootstrap
for a billion people. At its worst, this can lead to unprecedented exploitation.

In this panel, we discuss the technical, social and economic questions and implications that a global cognitive marketplace raises.

Panel 2: March 31, 15:30-17:00 pm

Title: Social Media: Source of Information or Bunch of Noise

Moderator: Amr El Abaddi, UC Santa Barbara


  • Lars Backstrom, Facebook
  • Soumen Chakrabarti, IIT Bombay
  • Alejandros Jaimes, Yahoo! Research Barcelona
  • Jure Leskovec, Stanford
  • Andrew Tomkins, Google


Social media has witnessed an explosive growth in the past few years. Wikipedia has over 3.5 million pages with descriptions of entities. Flickr members have uploaded over 5 billion photos,You Tube has 35 hours of videos uploaded to the site each minute, and Twitter users generate 65 million tweets a day.  

While some forms of social media like Wikipedia clearly have valuable information embedded in them, the jury is still out on other forms like tweets, comments, and social network (e.g., Facebook) updates. Some of the key questions that the panel will debate include:

  • Is there useful information in social media like tweets?
  • How to extract structured records from unstructured user-generated content like reviews?
  • How to sift through the vast amounts of social media and filter out the spam/offensive content?
  • How to rank social media like blogs and comments based on relevance or importance?
  • How can social media be leveraged to achieve tasks like entity disambiguation, question answering, improved search, etc.? What are the novel Web applications  where social media can be leveraged?

Panel 3: April 1, 15:30-17:00 pm

Title: Connecting the Next Billion Web Users

Moderator: Rajeev Rastogi, Yahoo! Labs Bangalore


  • Ed Cutrell, Microsoft Research India
  • Arun Kumar, IBM Research India
  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala, IIT Madras
  • Rajeev Sangal, IIIT Hyderabad
  • Paritosh Malaviya, Yahoo! Bangalore


With 2 billion users, the World Wide Web has indeed come a long way. However, of the 4.8 billion people living in Asia and Africa, only 1 in 5 has access to the Web. For instance, in India, the 100 million Web users constitute less than 10% of the total population of 1.2 billion. So it is universally accepted that the next billion users will come from emerging markets like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Russia.

Emerging markets have a number of unique characteristics:

  • Large dense populations with low incomes
  • Lack of infrastructure in terms of broadband, electricity, etc. 
  • Poor PC penetration due to limited affordability
  • High illiteracy rates and inability to read/write
  • Plethora of local languages and dialects
  • General paucity of local content, especially in local languages
  • Explosive growth in the number of mobile phones

The panel will debate the various technical challenges in overcoming the digital divide, and potential approaches to bring the Web to the underserved populations of the developing world.


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