Cryptonomics – Creating the future of business and finance utilizing blockchain technology

Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, blockchain, many know of these terms but what do they really mean for the traditional worlds of business, finance and investment? 

Please join us for a panel discussion on how this emerging technology is fundamentally changing things in economies around the world. 

We’ll explore: 

Running a business and paying employees in crypto 

Investing and trading crypto 

Decentralizing our financial systems

Regulatory issues

Holding and protecting your digital assets

AGENDA

5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks

6:30: Program

7:30: Audience Q & A

8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

PANEL

Chris Behar (moderator)
CEO / BlueBear Consulting

Chris Behar is an independent cybersecurity consultant with over 20 years engineering experience in the tech field. He has worked with many different clients from startups to enterprises, governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions to develop, build and secure networks and systems at scale.

He currently is working on his newest project, Blue Square Development whose purpose is to focus on blockchain and smart contracts to build and secure next generation networks and decentralized applications.

 

Tim Enneking
Managing Director, Digital Capital Management

Tim is the founder and the primary Principal of Digital Capital Management, LLC (“DCM”).  Prior to founding DCM, Tim was the founder and investment manager for the Crypto Currency Fund (“CCF”), one of the world’s first private funds focused on cryptocurrencies. In addition to his crypto-related activities, Tim is also the asset manager of Mana Companies Asset Management, which manages a medium-sized, multi-generational family office and trust based in San Diego. (MCAM does not invest in crypto assets of any type.) 

Prior to operating CCF, Tim founded and managed Tera Capital Fund, a fund of funds focused on Eastern Europe (established in 2004). Simultaneously, in 2013, he was engaged to manage the world’s first Bitcoin fund.

Tim also has extensive M&A experience, having completed more than 70 transactions with an aggregate transaction value of over US$12 billion. He speaks near-native French and Russian, as well as German.  He has five university degrees, all in international business and law.

Tim is a member of DCM’s Trading Team.

 

Paul Puey
CEO / Co-founder at Edge

Paul is a proud Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley with a wide range of technical skills from low-level 3D graphics engineering to development of custom web CMS systems, even before people knew what a CMS was. He held lead engineering positions with Nvidia and Chromatic Research, but most recently owned and operated several non-technical small businesses throughout California. There he learned the importance of the intersection of people, business, and technology.

Today, Paul aims to bring Bitcoin mainstream with software and products aimed at simplifying Bitcoin and making it insanely easy to send and secure this revolutionary currency while maintaining the highest level of privacy.

When not converting people to bitcoin you’ll likely find him climbing a rock in Joshua Tree or at a local climbing gym.

 

Craig Braun
Head of Business Development at Totle

Craig is a global business development and marketing executive focused on emerging technology markets. His background combines top-tier consulting and start-up experience to lead fast-paced growth companies.

Craig brings over 10 years leadership in securing high-value strategic partnerships and in core company building efforts, including: fundraising, operations, marketing, branding and identity, market-validation, strategic positioning, go-to-market, user acquisition, quantitative analysis, IP strategy, negotiations, and more.

Today, Craig leads global business development for Totle, a blockchain company providing critical liquidity infrastructure for the decentralized exchange of assets. 

Craig was a Dean’s Fellow at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego and earned a B.S. with Distinction in Management Science from UC San Diego.

A Bold New Regional Vision in 5 Big Moves

SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata will discuss the bold new vision being developed for San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan. This vision for the future of our region’s transportation system will be delivered through 5 Big Moves – key strategies that will enhance connectivity, increase safety and sustainability, and improve quality of life. The 5 Big Moves outline a path forward that builds upon existing infrastructure, with Complete Corridors, Flexible Fleets, Transit Leap, Mobility Hubs, the Next Operating System (Next OS) aiming to provide travelers with transportation choices that are competitive with the car for every trip in the region.

Transportation technology is evolving and changing how we travel daily. Embracing these innovations, are key strategies that will enhance connectivity, increase safety and sustainability, and improve quality of life.  SANDAG is leading a broad-based community effort to develop San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan.  It will combine a big picture vision for how our region will grow to 2050 and beyond with an implementation program to help make that vision a reality. Ultimately, the plan will reflect a strategy for a more sustainable future which includes investing in a transportation network that will provide people more travel choices, protect the environment, create healthy communities, and stimulate economic growth to benefit all San Diegans.

Join us as we discuss this bold vision and how your business can benefit.

  Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, SANDAG
Considered one of the preeminent transportation planning experts in the nation, Hasan Ikhrata is the Executive Director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). SANDAG is the leading research, planning, and transportation agency for the San Diego region. The agency builds consensus; makes strategic plans; obtains and allocates resources; plans, engineers, and builds public transportation, and provides information on a broad range of topics pertinent to the region’s quality of life. Agency policymakers are elected officials from each of the area’s 18 cities and the county. Mr. Ikhrata leads a staff of about 350 professionals who develop public policy initiatives for elected officials on numerous issues encompassing population growth, transportation, environmental management, economic development, municipal finance, binational coordination, and public safety.

Mr. Ikhrata has more than 30 years of public and private sector transportation planning experience. As Executive Director of SANDAG, he directs day‐to‐day operations of the agency and implements policies set by its Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Ikhrata is the Chief Executive Officer of the SANDAG Service Bureau, the nonprofit public benefit corporation chartered by SANDAG.

Mr. Ikhrata has received several awards and honors from various organizations and agencies including the American Society of Public Administration, Southern California Leadership Council, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange County Business Council, League of California Cities, City of Los Angeles, State of California, Association of the San Bernardino County Special Districts, the Building Industry Association, regional chapters of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, and numerous others.

Mr. Ikhrata holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University in the former Soviet Union, a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA, and a PhD Candidacy in Urban Planning and Transportation from the University of Southern California.

Prior to joining SANDAG in 2018, Mr. Ikhrata worked for Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

Mr. Ikhrata is an adjunct professor in the business school at California State University, Northridge.

To be interviewed by:


Chris Jennewein, Editor and Publisher
Times of San Diego

Chris Jennewein is editor and publisher of Times of San Diego, an online news site with over 300,000 monthly readers. Jennewein has 30 years experience in online media. Prior to starting Times of San Diego, he was associate editorial director for Patch.com in Southern California and president of San Diego News Network. From 2001 to 2008 Jennewein led The San Diego Union-Tribune’s SignOnSanDiego.com, one of the most popular and profitable newspaper websites. Previously he was vice president of operations for Knight Ridder Digital in San Jose. Under Jennewein’s leadership, Knight Ridder introduced the nation’s first complete online newspaper at the San Jose Mercury News in 1993. Jennewein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics.

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AGENDA
5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

REGISTRATION & COST
MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  NO REFUNDS after June 17, 2019

PAYPAL is our payment processor and accepts ALL MAJOR Credit Cards.

The next wave of technology entrepreneurs: The rise of women’s startups

Women are founding startups now more than ever before.  There was a 68% increase in women launching businesses in the US between 1997 and 2014.  That is two-times the rate of business owned by men.  Further, the likelihood of startups with women executives to receive venture funding is three-times what is was just 15 years ago.  In fact, if all 10 million women business owners in the US formed a country, it’s GDP would rank fifth globally.
San Diego is one of America’s best cities for startups.  In fact, it’s rated fourth according to the 2017 Kaufmann Index of Startup Activity.  But what makes it a great place for Women’s Start-ups?  Learn about San Diego’s rich ecosystem from the women at the heart of our entrepreneurial movement:
Panel

Allison Long Petine,  Founding Partner, Ad Astra Ventures

Dina Moskowitz, CEO & Founder, SaaSMAX Corp.

Arlene Harris, President & Co-Founder of Dyna LLC

Cathy Pucher, Executive Director, SDSU’s Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad

Jean Center, Founder & CEO, Center Group Consulting

Kara Bortone, Head of JLABS @ San Diego

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Dina Moskowitz, CEO & Founder, SaaSMAX Corp.

Moskowitz is recognized as one of the IT Channel’s top influencers and innovators.  Dina Moskowitz has been leading and/or consulting to cloud-based, SaaS and other technology companies throughout her career.  As Founder and CEO of SaaSMAX (including SaaSMAX Marketplace & the PartnerOptimizer business intelligence solution), she has received many awards and recognition: she was recently ranked #20 out of more than 2800 Channel Executives; awarded the 2017 Cloud Girls Rising Trailblazer Award; is regularly recognized annually by UBM Tech Channel’s CRN as one of the Top Women in the Channel; and more.  Dina also serves on the Cloud Software Assocation’s board of directors, the SaaS industry’s trade association for partnership success.   Prior to SaaSMAX, Moskowitz was CEO and founder of Critical Digital Data Solutions Inc., which developed cloud-based data storage solutions.  Dina is a big advocate of women in SaaS and the IT Channel: she’s a member of CloudGirls; CompTIA’s Association of Women in Tech (AWIT); Alliance of Women in the Channel; a regular judge and/or mentor for San Diego Women’s Hackathon and CodeGirls and other San Diego start-up organizations; and a member of HeraHub since their inception.  Dina highly recommends the 2019-released book “How to be a Woman in Technology (While Focusing on What Matters Most) by Cheryl O’Donogue, MS.

Arlene Harris, President & Co-Founder of Dyna LLC

Arlene Harris has more than 4 decades of experience as an innovator, entrepreneur, board member, and investor in a number of successful companies in wireless related businesses. Most recently, through her incubator Dyna, Harris has fired up Wrethink, a new broadband solution for families launching later this year and Wrethinking, the Foundation, to support privacy through the Me2B Alliance and help fund female technology founders.

In her previous work, she founded GreatCall and launched its Jitterbug offering in 2006 in partnership with Samsung to create a simple and personalized cell phone experience. With almost a million customers, GreatCall was sold to a private equity company in 2017 and is now the foundation of retailer Best Buy’s consumer health offering.

In 1994, Harris founded SOS Wireless Communication that became GreatCall in 2006. In 1986, she started Subscriber Computing (now Verisign) and invented the first management systems to support prepaid cellular service and the first niche cellular offering founding Cellular Pay Phone, Inc. In 1983, Harris joined partners and founded billing and CRM market leader Cellular Business Systems, Inc. (now Netcracker).  Before CBSI, Harris helped lead her family’s Los Angeles-based wireless business, ICS (now USA Mobility). In addition to providing early mobile telephone service and becoming the world’s largest paging system, ICS was developer of LifePage, the world’s first health related application of wireless technology for consumers.

Harris holds several issued patents. She received the PCIA Foundation’s Year 2000 distinguished Chairman’s award and is a Fellow in the Radio Club of America. She has served on several committees of the FCC, TIA, and PCIA. In 2007, Harris became the first female inductee into the Wireless Hall of Fame, has since been inducted into the Consumer Technology Hall of Fame, honored with a Stevie, Athena, and Girl Scouts Cool Woman awards and recently received the UCSD Gordon Engineering Leadership Award. Harris lives with her husband and business partner, renowned wireless pioneer Marty Cooper, in Del Mar, Ca.

Allison Long Petine,  Founding Partner, Ad Astra Ventures

Allison Long Pettine is a Founding Partner of Ad Astra Ventures, an early-stage venture fund and accelerator that helps founders change the way they see themselves and the world in order to successfully fund, grow, and scale companies. Allison is also President of Crescent Ridge Partners, a venture fund that provides seed capital to early stage startups. She actively invests in entrepreneurs developing disruptive technologies across all multiple to build successful and sustainable companies. Prior to founding Crescent Ridge Partners, Allison was Vice President at Viscogliosi Brothers, a New-York based venture capital company focused on cutting-edge orthopedic medical device technologies. She was previously part of the founding team and Director of Corporate Finance and Strategic Planning at Paradigm Spine, a startup that developed non-fusion spinal implants to treat degenerative and deformity spinal disorders. Allison holds a B.S; B.A, Management Science; Psychology from UC San Diego and an M.B.A from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Cathy Pucher, Executive Director, SDSU’s Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad

Cathy works with aspiring entrepreneurs at SDSU’s Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad. Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad helps SDSU students, faculty and staff launch a start-up from their early stage ideas. Up to Forty teams and over 100 students from all across the campus work concurrently to bring their idea to life while  receiving mentoring, pro bono legal guidance, prototyping services, business acumen, and access to early stage funding in 24/7 co-working space on campus. Since opening its doors eight years ago, one in ten or 25 student led teams have launched their business and collectively raised $15M in early stage funding. She recently launched the Aztec Cooperative Fund, ZIP Launchpad initiative, committed to building an ecosystem on campus by providing funding for ZIP Launchpad teams to contract paid help from other SDSU students while providing the contracted students with paid experience and a “bite” of entrepreneurship.

She helped create EvoNexus and served as their first Executive Director. EvoNexus is an incubator dedicated to simulating the growth of new high technology companies in San Diego. EvoNexus has raised over $1.6 B since opening in Oct 2009. She brings 20+ years of experience in the high tech industry and has worked for
established and start up technology companies.

Kara Bortone PhD., Head of JLABS @ San Diego

As Head of JLABS in San Diego, Kara is responsible for external engagement, innovation sourcing, company onboarding, portfolio management, operational excellence, educational programming and P&L. She catalyzes and supports the translation of science and technology into valuable solutions for patients and consumers across the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer healthcare sectors.

Kara joined Janssen R&D through Prescience International, where she was Director of Corporate Ventures, primarily focusing on the JLABS project. She has over ten years of experience in the European and the U.S. biotech sector. Before joining Prescience, Kara led the scientific communications and marketing for Belgian-based Galapagos NV at a period when the company grew from 60 to over 800 employees and completed its initial public offering on Euronext.

Kara holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Texas.

MODERATOR:  Jean Center, Founder & CEO, Center Group Consulting

Jean Center established the Center Group in 1998 with a mission to bring innovative approaches to the field of human capital management. From organizational development to individual performance programs, the Center Group has led the way for scores of successful initiatives.  An accomplished management consultant with over 25 years of distinguished experience, Jean maintains a hands-on involvement in every engagement to ensure the best results for our clients’ talent management programs. She also draws upon a team of highly respected associates for their specialized expertise.

 

Special thanks to WITI San Diego for their support with this program.

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AGENDA
5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

REGISTRATION & COST
MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  NO REFUNDS after June 17, 2019

PAYPAL is our payment processor and accepts ALL MAJOR Credit Cards.

Energy Storage: Key to ending our dependence on fossil fuels and getting to 100% renewable energy.

As California pursues its goal of 60% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045, capturing and storing renewable energy resources will be critical in ending the state’s dependence on fossil fuels and meeting ambitious climate change goals.  In the San Diego region, cities are adopting climate action plans calling for 100% renewable energy by as soon as 2035.  Rapidly accelerating progress in energy storage is bringing us closer than ever to achieving a cleaner, more resilient grid and pollution-free transportation.  Join us as we explore a variety of the most innovative storage developments and deployments including:

  • Materials science research in the lab
  • Spin-off startup companies
  • SDG&E utility deployments
  • Large commercial and industrial customer deployments
  • Major investors and developers

We’ve partnered with Cleantech San Diego to provide an overview on energy innovation and storage, and to moderate the panel.

SPEAKERS:

  1. Stephen T. Johnston, Growth Development Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric
  2. Mike Ferry, Director of Energy Storage and Systems, Center for Energy Research, UC, San Diego
  3. Josh Gerber, Founder & Principal, 33 North Energy
  4. Russell Vare, Director, Business Development, Nuvve Corporation
  5. Cyrus Rustomji, CEO & Founder, South 8 Technologies

MODERATOR:  Marty Turock, Strategic Projects Consultant, Cleantech San Diego

Upon graduation from Princeton University with a BSE in chemical engineering, Marty joined a General Electric, Management Training Program and over his 20+ year career at GE rose to become one of the top Global Operating Managers in the Engineered Materials Businesses including P&L leadership roles in Canada and Hong Kong.

In San Diego, Marty Turock has established a sustainability consulting practice including Cleantech San Diego, SDG&E, and a number of high tech and cleantech startup companies as his primary clients.  Marty currently leads the CEC EPIC-funded Southern California Energy Innovation Network in helping entrepreneurs accelerate commercial traction for their breakthrough energy innovations.

Stephen T. Johnston is the Growth Development Manager at SDG&E.  He creates and develops new revenue opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional utility activities, connecting the dots between market opportunities and the engineering, regulatory, operations, and strategy.  Prior to SDG&E, Stephen worked at multiple high-tech and semiconductor companies creating new product lines and revenue streams.  He has a Master’s degree in Physics, an MBA from London Business School, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He lives in Ocean Beach with his wife and three sons.

 Cyrus Rustomji obtained his Ph.D. in Material Science in 2015 from UC San Diego and his B.S. in Physics from UC Los Angeles in 2007. He is currently founder and CTO of South 8 Technologies, working to commercialize next-generation battery devices using novel electrolyte materials. He has over 12 years experience in research, development and commercialization of energy storage and conversion materials and devices. He has also held development and technical positions in the battery, aerospace, and semiconductor industries. He has 14 issued and pending patents and several publications in peer reviewed journals.

 Mike Ferry is the Director of Energy Storage & Systems at the UC San Diego Center for Energy Research (https://cer.ucsd.edu/), overseeing campus research on the development and deployment of advanced energy storage technologies and the integration of renewable generation, including technical and commercial demonstration projects to improve the performance of renewable energy systems and microgrid operations, cost-benefit and market analysis, and the promotion of multi-disciplinary frameworks to enable large-scale storage and renewable energy adoption. Mike holds a Master of Science degree from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.

 Josh Gerber is the Founder and Principal at 33 North Energy LLC, an energy storage & DER consulting firm. He is an expert on cutting-edge energy policy, business and technology issues, and works with companies to grow California’s electric transportation and energy storage sectors.

Prior to founding 33 North Energy, Josh spent 15 years at San Diego Gas & Electric, working on smart grid, energy storage, and other advanced technologies. While at SDG&E, he led the commercial and regulatory efforts for 430 megawatt hours (MWh) of utility-scale energy storage projects, and the installation of 150 MWh in 2016-17 – including the largest lithium-ion battery project in North America in Escondido, CA.

 Russell Vare is Director of U.S. Business Development for Nuvve and is leading vehicle to grid (V2G) business opportunities in North America.  He has over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, including Nissan and Mercedes-Benz. He’s led strategy, sales and marketing for the cross-over between EV and energy storage and has been successful in bringing new technologies to market

 

AGENDA
5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

REGISTRATION & COST
MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  You may register at the door for $75, the on-site price. NO REFUNDS after March 18.

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XCOM and 5G applications: Learn from San Diego’s most promising startup

As 5G networks emerge, speculation is growing about what use cases are possible. In its peak hype cycle, 5G promises to be everything for everyone.  In reality, it offers three distinct capabilities: 1.) ultra-high speeds for enhanced broadband, 2.) ultra-low latency for mission-critical applications and 3.) massive internet of things (IoT) for billions of devices.

In the early phases of 5G, when it gets off the ground this year, cost-effective broadband data capacity will be its best use case. As the technology continues to evolve watch for vertical industries — healthcare, smart cities, automotive, entertainment, computing and manufacturing — to experience revolutionary changes.

At the forefront of this revolution is San Diego-based XCOM, a new idea from some of the brightest minds formerly at Qualcomm.  And make no mistake, their new company could be just as big as the one they left.

Hear directly from Anton Monk, responsible for Technology Strategy and Business Development at XCOM. Joining Dr Monk is one of XCOM’s use cases from David Pinn, VP Strategy, Brain Corp. We’ll also hear about Smart Cities applications from CUBIC’s head of Global Product Management, Erik Vlugt.

  Dr. Anton Monk – Technology Strategy & Business Development, XCOM

Dr. Monk is currently responsible for technology strategy, business development and partnerships at XCOM Labs, which is developing innovative wireless technologies for 5G and beyond. Previously, he was VP of Strategic Alliances and Standards at Cohere Technologies, which developed a groundbreaking wireless modulation technique for next generation 5G cellular communications. He was a co-founder & held the roles of VP & CTO of Entropic Communications, a publicly traded semiconductor company that invented the MoCA home networking solution used by Pay TV service providers for multi-room DVR throughout the U.S. He holds more than 25 granted patents and has been an invited keynote speaker at global technology conferences. Prior to co-founding Entropic he was involved in the development of cable, satellite and wireless integrated circuits at Conexant and ComStream Corporation and was a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He sits on various industry, advisory and academic boards. Dr. Monk earned a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and B.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

  David Pinn — Vice President, Strategy, Brain Corp

David Pinn is a technology executive with a focus on finance, strategy, and corporate development. As Brain Corp’s Vice President of Strategy, David is responsible for building and implementing growth plans and partnerships for San Diego’s premier robotics company.

Before his time with Brain Corp, David was head of finance for Antenna79, a technology startup backed by L Catterton, the world’s largest consumer-focused private equity group.  He was a founder of Snaptracs, Qualcomm’s consumer electronics subsidiary, and he led a number of acquisitions and divestitures within Qualcomm’s Strategic Finance group. Prior to his career in finance, David was an electrical engineer designing test systems for cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth applications.

David received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and completed an MBA at UC Berkeley where he was a Mayfield Fellow.

  Erik Vlugt — Vice President, Global Product Management, Cubic Transportation Systems

Erik has responsibility for the company’s product strategy, including formulating product and technology outlooks, defining and executing existing customer technology roadmaps, and oversight of the CTS research and development portfolio. Under his leadership, CTS is building out team development, product vision, execution and product culture.

He has over 20 years in senior product management leadership roles within the payment and electronics industries and has a track record of building global teams, running multi-million-dollar product portfolios, and driving new growth and profitability.

In his former role, Erik was vice president, global product management for Verifone, where he led product management for a wide variety of payment solutions and emerging technologies.

Erik speaks regularly on payment related topics, including mobile, EMV, and NFC, at industry events, and in 2012, addressed the Congressional Financial Services Committee on the topic of emerging payment technologies. In 2014, Erik was appointed to the Smart Card Alliance’s EMV Migration Forum Steering Committee.

Previously, Erik also held consumer electronics product management and technical marketing positions at TDK Corporation and ShareWave, which was later acquired by Cirrus Logic.  He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and business from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

  MODERATOR: Seth Newberry, Executive Director, Open Mobile Alliance

Seth Newberry has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry in Operations, Technical and Business Development roles. Presently, Mr. Newberry is the Executive Director of the Open Mobile Alliance, where he directs the operations of one of themost recognized worldwide specification setting bodies for mobile data applications and IOT.  OMA is comprised of companies from Europe, Asia, and the Americas and has developed a portfolio of over 200 software specificationsthat support a broad range of standardized mobile data applications.

Prior to his role at OMA, Seth was Vice President of Research for RHK, Inc. (now OVUM) a market research firm that developed telecoms industry research. Mr. Newberry holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Arizona.

AGENDA
5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

REGISTRATION & COST
MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  If you register online after 11AM, you will be charged $75, the on-site price. NO REFUNDS after April 15.

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MIT EmTech Digital 2019

Artificial intelligence is here.

Own what happens next.

March 25-26, 2019
St. Regis Hotel
San Francisco, CA

It’s not another lecture … it’s an invitation to join the conversation. A 15% discount offered to MIT Enterprise Forum community based on current ticket pricing. MITEF community members can register at www.emtechdigital.com with promo code MITEFD19

Registration includes two full days of conference sessions, a networking reception on March 25, and a closing toast on March 26. Paying EmTech Digital attendees will receive a one-year Insider Basic subscription to MIT Technology Review. Your registration includes The Download email newsletter with the top emerging tech stories delivered daily to your inbox.

Why San Diego is the Capital of Craft Beer

Unlimited Tastings; Food from The French Gourmet, extended Networking

The San Diego beer scene is one of the best known in the country, with over 150 breweries pouring over $1 billion into the local economy. Some trace it’s origins after homebrewing was legalized in 1978, and California allowed brewpubs to operate as early as 1982. Then in 1989, Karl Strauss opened it’s Brewery & Grill, creating the catalyst for San Diego’s craft beer rise. From Karl Strauss, you can trace the San Diego beer scene, with several of it’s the original employees opening well-known breweries, including Pizza Port Brewery (which spawned Port Brewing and Lost Abbey, among others) and the Home Brew Mart, which gave rise to Ballast Point Brewing Company. Then in 1994, Chris White, opened White Labs, one of the world’s preeminent yeast labs creating “unprecedented access to world class yeast” and “custom yeast strains.” Learn important business lessons from leading brewers at our panel discussion.  Plus, we’ll have an extended networking period for beer tastings.

Questions for the panel:

  1. How do craft breweries differentiate themselves in this crowded market?
  2. What are their short-, medium-, long-term goals?
  3. How is the market segmented ?
  4. How do they develop their market?
  5. Intellectual Property? How can they protect their competitive advantages? How innovative is the brewing technology?
  6. If you had to do it all over again, would you do it? Do it now? What would you do different?
  7. Is the San Diego market saturated? Market consolidation/mergers?
  8. Are you planning on diversifying (wine, spirits…..)?
  9. How important is packaging?

Moderator:  Tom Nickel from Nickel Brewing and O’Brien’s Brewery

Panel:

1.       Paul Segura- Head Brewmaster, Karl Strauss

2.       Bill Warnke — Co-Founder, Bitter Brothers Brewing

AGENDA
5:30 – 7PM: Registration, Networking, Beer tastings
7:00 – 8PM: Panel Program inside; Beer tasting continues outside
8:00:  Program Concludes

 

REGISTRATION & COST
MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  NO REFUNDS after May 13, 2019

PAYPAL is our payment processor and accepts ALL MAJOR Credit Cards.

How Election Hacking is changing America’s Privacy and Security

  • What really happened in the 2016 and 2018 elections?
  • What’s the real reason Google and FaceBook CEO’s are testifying before Congress?
  • Understanding the new rules of Privacy and Security
  • Debunking the myths
  • What does this all mean for the San Diego Tech business?
  • Questions to ask your IT and Legal team
  • Social Media protections that your Marketing team needs to know

Join us for an important discussion about the future of American security and privacy with these speakers:

With over two decades of professional experience in Information Technology and Business Management, Ford Winslow has been a thought leader in the related fields of cybersecurity, cloud and IT Services since their inception.

ICE Cybersecurity, the San Diego-based firm he founded in 2016, specializes in anti-malware, anomaly detection and advanced cyber protection programs.

Mr. Winslow has held technology leadership positions in the Cybersecurity, Cloud, Information Technology, Risk Management, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Healthcare, Non-Profit and Retail Industries, where he has consistently delivered value through the latest break-throughs in technology.

Mark Page, Co-Founder and CTO, Voterfied

Page is an accomplished software developer and technologist with over 25 years experience building and managing platforms and development teams. He specializes in the architecture and development of enterprise web, mobile, and blockchain platforms for government, business and broadcast.

He is the founder/co-founder of several successful tech startups including DigitalRadio, Totle and CrowdCorps, the blockchain accelerator company. CrowdCorps and DigitalRadio provide development, outsourcing, and consulting services to accelerate tech companies and incubate startups. Page is now the Co-Founder/CTO of Voterfied, Participatory Democracy powered by Blockchain Voting.

Chris Behar, Founder and CEO, Bluebear Consulting

Chris Behar is an independent cybersecurity consultant with over 20 years engineering experience in the tech field. His has worked with many different clients from startups to enterprises in a multitude of different sectors such as nonprofits, schools and governments to develop, build and secure networks and systems at scale.
He currently is working on his newest project, Blue Square Development whose purpose is to focus on blockchain and smart contracts to build and secure next generation networks and decentralized applications.

 

AGENDA
5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

REGISTRATION & COST
MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  If you register online after 11AM, you will be charged $75, the on-site price. NO REFUNDS after January 14.

PAYPAL is our payment processor and accepts ALL MAJOR Credit Cards.

Hope for Millions: BioFluidica revolutionizes cancer diagnostics

True Liquid Biopsy for Cancer from BioFluidica

BioFluidica’s next generation diagnostic platform, provides a non-invasive procedure that can be applied to many diseases where there is a need for improved diagnostics. The platform has been validated for six different cancer types, stroke, and infectious diseases. In the cancer field alone, there is a tremendous need to improve diagnostic capabilities. Globally, there are more than 14 million reported cancer cases per year. Each case being not just a number, but associated with a story of confusion, financial challenges, despair and loss. In the year 2030 it is projected that globally 11 million people will die of cancer. In the U.S. alone, there were more than 500,000 deaths and 1.66 million new cases reported in 2014. Direct cancer care costs in the U.S. have been estimated at $125 billion in 2010 and expected to grow to $200 billion by 2020.

Better cancer detection, and subsequent personalized treatment, precision medicine, are keys to improve patient treatment and outcomes. Detection of novel biomarkers, such as Circulating Tumor Cells, CTCs, are leading the way to improved diagnostics. The global market for CTC based diagnostics alone is estimated to reach almost $9 billion by 2018, with a compounded annual growth rate of 18.9% for 2013 – 2018*) . In order to improve the survival rate for many cancer diseases, the field of oncology needs better therapies and optimized personalized patient treatment. This will require the evolution of better technologies. BioFluidica is now delivering these new and improved technologies for the analysis of circulating markers, fullfilling the promise of a true liquid biopsy.

BioFluidica CEO Rolf Muller, Ph.D.

Rolf Muller is a biotechnology leader combining science and business knowledge to build and grow successful technology companies that further healthcare and the field of personalized medicine. He has structured and guided highly efficient multi-disciplinary research and commercial teams through funding, to product development, and successful product launch into global markets. Prior to joining BioFluidica he was the Founder and President of Biomatrica, which he developed from an idea to a global leader in biopreservation technologies for diagnostic and healthcare companies. Over the last 16 years he has been involved in analyzing markets and developing strategies to position biotechnologies to maximize value. He has interacted with most of the major pharma and biotechnology companies to obtain funded development contracts, joint projects, and partnerships. He obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Pasteur Institute in Paris France.

Kim Kamdar, Ph.D., Partner, Domain Associates

Kim joined Domain in 2005 and became a partner in 2011. With a background in small molecule drug discovery, Kim has been involved in cutting-edge therapeutic start-ups and has been a major part of identifying companies with promising molecular and companion diagnostics to support personalized medicine.

Present board memberships include Epic Sciences, Neothetics, Obalon Therapeutics, Omniome, ROX Medical, Sera Prognostics, and Tragara Pharmaceuticals.  She was formerly a board member of Syndax Pharmaceuticals.  Kim was also involved with Ariosa Diagnostics until the company was sold to Roche in January 2015, Corthera until the company was sold to Novartis in February 2010 and BiPar Sciences until that company was sold to sanofi-aventis in April 2009.

Prior to Domain, Kim was a Kauffman Fellow with MPM Capital. Prior to joining MPM, she was a research director at Novartis, where she built and led a research team that focused on the biology, genetics and genomics of model organisms to uncover small molecules that modulated signaling pathway networks. Kim is a founder of Aryzun Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company utilizing protein-protein interaction mapping for small molecule discovery with an initial focus on anti-infectives and oncology. Kim is the author of ten papers as well as the inventor on seven patents. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and genetics from Emory University.

Kim serves as an advisory board member of Eric Topol’s NIH-supported Clinical and Translational Science Award for Scripps Medicine and of Evolvence India Life Sciences Fund, a private equity fund providing growth capital to Indian pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. She is also a board member of San Diego’s CONNECT Foundation.

 

AGENDA
5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

REGISTRATION & COST
MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  If you register online after 11AM, you will be charged $75, the on-site price. No refunds after February 18.

PAYPAL is our payment processor and accepts ALL MAJOR Credit Cards.