HAPPY HOUR: Water Technology and the Environment Crisis

Water Technology and the Environment Crisis in San Diego.  Featuring Steve Chapple, Founder, Intellectual Capital Media, Author, and Journalist.

We’ll start off with 30 minutes of networking over beer, wine and snacks.  Then watch a short TEDx video on ways to avoid catastrophic drought.  Then we’ll open up for audience questions and have discussion with Steve as the resident expert.

 

Steve Chapple is co-author of the new book, BREAKPOINT: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crises (Yale Univ. Press.)   He writes the Intellectual Capital columns in newspapers and is a Visiting Scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, as well as Executive Director of the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series, and a fellow at the Samuel Lawrence Foundation. Mr Chapple will be signing copies of his book after the event.

Thank you BDO for being our gracious and convenient event host.

More on BREAKPOINT:

Eminent ecologist Jeremy B. C. Jackson and award-winning journalist Steve Chapple traveled the length of the Mississippi River interviewing farmers, fishermen, scientists, and policymakers to better understand the mounting environmental problems ravaging the United States. Along their journey, which quickly expands to California, Florida, and New York, the pair uncovered surprising and profound connections between ecological systems and environmental crises across the country. Artfully weaving together independent research and engaging storytelling, Jackson and Chapple examine the looming threats from recent hurricanes and fires, industrial agriculture, river mismanagement, extreme weather events, drought, and rising sea levels that are pushing the country toward the breaking point of ecological and economic collapse, in their new book Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crises.

Yet, despite these challenges, the authors provide optimistic and practical solutions for addressing these multidimensional issues to achieve greater environmental stability, human well-being, and future economic prosperity. With a passionate call to action, they look hopefully toward emerging and achievable solutions to preserve the country’s future.

 

MEMBERS ARE FREE!   Non-Members: $20

LOCATION:  BDO USA (Carmel Valley)  3570 Carmel Mountain Rd,  4th floor, San Diego, CA 92130

FREE PARKING in lot next to building.

AGENDA

5:30pm: Networking
6:00pm: Introductions
6:05pm: Presentation
6:30pm: Round table discussion with audience
7:00pm: Conclusion, Networking resumes

Drones over San Diego

UBER, Amazon, Dominos and more.  Every day we hear news of another application for UAVs — commonly known as Drones.  We will cover real applications, from the Commercial,  Military, and Technical viewpoints.   And, especially what is happening here in San Diego.  

MODERATOR   David Place, CDR (Ret.) USN

PANELISTS

  1. Amir Emadi, President and CEO, SKYLIFT GLOBAL
  2. Dave Twining, Co-Founder, COO, PLANCK AEROSYSTEMS
  3. Chris Williams, COO, DRONE CITADEL
  4. Chad Amon, CEO and Co-Founder, INOVA DRONE

 

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.

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

15th Annual WINE Social

   

Eat, Drink and Network for a good cause! 

Join us for the 15th Annual Wine Social and Fundraiser for #Stem. It’s a relaxing evening of fun, wine, great food, and an opportunity to give back to #STEM Programs.

Located at the beautiful Waterfalls at Knobbe Martens in Del Mar you’ll enjoy unlimited tastings of California’s finest wines, along with a tasteful dinner prepared by the French Gourmet, and network with the who’s who of the #Tech and #Biotech industry.

A portion of the ticket sales are donated to the MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers, (SEPT). This program enables the MIT Club of San Diego to send one High School teacher to MIT in Cambridge, MA for special training that they bring back to their classrooms in San Diego.

Just added:  Stand-up comedy from MIT Alum Simon Blackthorn.  Known for being “clean, clever, and really funny”, Blackthorn has performed all over Southern California.  A true veteran of the stage, he’s played every San Diego Comedy Club– even Humphrey’s by the bay.  Recently, Blackthorn opened for Dat Phan (first winner of Last Comic Standing on TV) at the Comedy Store and Lestat’s.  We welcome him to our stage for a lively 20 minute set.

MORE INFORMATION AND PHOTOS CLICK HERE.

Technology Showcase: Alzheimer’s therapeutics with Cenna Biosciences

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an irreversible, progressive neurological disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. AD affects people in all parts of the world, with age being the biggest risk factor. The incidence of AD is one in ten over the age of 65, one in two by age 90.

  • Disease-modifying therapies for Alzheimer’s disease are urgently needed. There is a huge and growing market and patient population worldwide for Alzheimer’s disease and there is no disease-modifying drug No existing technologies under development have been shown to delay disease progression or provide significant patient benefit
  • CENNA has a novel and different proprietary  patented  technology  that  arrests  the  underlying cause of the disease and that addresses previous failures by others

Cenna Biosciences is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel drugs to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. There is close to twenty years of academic research at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) into this disease-modifying drug. Their target is A-Beta, which is the primary toxic insult in Alzheimer’s disease. It is now generally regarded as the first thing that goes wrong. Cenna is able to inhibit the production of A-Beta using a novel technology that addresses some of the problems encountered with previous attempts by others.J oin us as we explore the new discoveries on this important topic.

Featuring: Dr. Nazneen Dewji, President & Founder, Cenna Biosciences

Dr. Nazneen Dewji is the President and CEO of Cenna Biosciences Inc. and of Cura Therapeutics LLC, in La Jolla, CA and an Associate Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Nazneen was born in Tanzania and raised in England.  She was educated at the University of London, where she earned her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Biochemistry and Ph.D. in Protein Chemistry and Enzymology. In 1986 she accepted a faculty position in the department of Medicine at UCSD. Since then she has worked on the molecular and cellular mechanisms in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The discoveries made in her laboratory at UCSD support the development of new disease-modifying drug candidates for the treatment of AD. These are currently being developed at Cenna Biosciences Inc, a start-up company that she, along with her late colleague Dr. S. J. Singer, founded in 2006 and at Cura Therapeutics LLC that Nazneen founded in 2017.  Cenna’s and Cura’s proprietary technologies address the underlying cause of the disease, the inappropriate deposition of the toxic species, ß-amyloid (Aß), in the brains of patients with AD. The Companies have developed novel targets and are developing several lead peptide and small molecule compounds as disease-modifying drug candidates for the treatment of AD. The work so far has been funded by non-diluting NIH and other grants. The Intellectual Property that forms the basis of Cenna’s and Cura’s approaches is covered by U.S. and foreign Patents.

 

AGENDA
5:30: Registration, Appetizers and Networking
6:30: Presentation
7:45: 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 midnight, the day prior to the event.  If you register online the day of the event, you will be charged $75, the on-site price.

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

CASE STUDY: Chilldyne — “If you build it will they come?”

Many of the issues encountered by start-ups are quite similar.  Learn new solutions for your business through our case study program. The company will present an Executive Overview and their key challenges.  Then an assembled “Board of Directors” takes over and suggests possible solutions. But you can too — the audience often sees even better solutions.

Our program spotlights Chilldyne and their unique challenges.  Chilldyne makes cooling systems for data centers. One of the biggest costs for data centers is cooling.  Their goal is to vastly improve how electronics are cooled, and help reduce energy consumption, with cost-effective alternatives for air cooling.  The Chilldyne Cool-Flo® System is a direct-to-chip liquid cooling system that delivers coolant under negative pressure. Chilldyne’s technologies were designed specifically to eliminate the risks associated with liquid cooling while keeping deployment
and operating costs low. The Chilldyne system mitigates risk with its patented leak-proof design.  See video below.

Top challenges are:

1. How to overcome our small size to get into large vendors

2. How to build the business model for recurring revenue

3. How to attract investment dollars

Robert Spears, CHILLDYNE, President and CEO

Mr. Spears is an accomplished Senior Operations Executive with over 30 years’ experience in diverse industries including biohazards/homeland security, financial services, personal computers and robotics. He has American and international leadership experiences center on operations, finance and general management of organizations ranging in size from a dozen to 6000+ employees. Mr. Spears has a proven track record of successfully funding and growing small emerging technology companies, expanding market share and profitability.

Dr. Steve Harrington, CHILLDYNE, Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Harrington has over 27 years of commercial experience in the fields of fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and electronics cooling. His unique experience runs the gamut from consumer product development to science. He has been responsible for numerous successful product development projects and IP generations. He holds a dozen U.S. patents and is named on many more. Dr. Harrington also teaches the Senior Aerospace Design class at UCSD.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD and MODERATOR:

Chris Orlando, Co-Founder & Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, ScaleMatrix

Mr. Orlando leads the ScaleMatrix commercial and strategic efforts around sales, marketing, client engagement, and products. Prior to ScaleMatrix, Chris served as president of the Complex Drive Data Center Group for four years, and held a number of key leadership positions within the hosting and colocation industry. His favorite achievement: Launching highly disruptive and innovative technology (Dynamic Density Control™) into new markets.

 

 “BOARD OF DIRECTORS”

Ron Hawkins, Director, Industry Relations, SAN DIEGO SUPERCOMPUTER CENTER

Ron Hawkins is the director of industry relations at the University of California’s San Diego Supercomputer Center, where he is responsible for developing industry partnerships and research collaborations in high performance computing and big data. Mr. Hawkins is a technology industry veteran, having held VP-level management, engineering, and product development positions at companies such as SONY, SAIC, and Titan. Mr. Hawkins’ technology background and interests include high performance and cloud computing, data-intensive systems, big data analytics, microelectronics, and embedded and real-time systems. Mr. Hawkins volunteers as a mentor for the NSF I-Corps program at UC San Diego, is a consultant or advisor to early stage technology companies, and is active on several HPC and big data committees. He received the Master of Information Systems degree from Virginia Tech and the BSEE degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.

John Beane, Founder & CEO, MemComputing

John Beane is a San Diego based serial entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience building startups from conception to scale. Together these firms raised just shy of $200 million in venture capital, and have resulted in 1 IPO and 4 acquisitions returning in excess of $1.5 Billion. Mr. Beane holds 14 (and counting) US and Foreign patents for the complex hardware-software products and solutions that his companies have been based upon. He considers the mentoring and motivating of the teams that build these systems with him among his competencies and certainly among his pleasures.

John is the cofounder and CEO of MemComputing, Inc. The MemComputing technology brings supercomputer performance to standard server based environments when computing today’s most complex mathematical problems. In particular, MemComputing performs especially well in dramatically improving the speed and accuracy of training neural networks and making quick work of the most difficult optimization problems faced in machine learning. MemComputing also has wide application in the computations associated with autonomous vehicles, electronic design automation, drug discovery, delivery logistics and targeted clinical therapies among many others.

John M. Reese, Chief Financial Officer, Neotech Aqua Solutions

John Reese is an accomplished financial executive with significant experience in strategic planning, raising capital, M&A, business analysis, forecasting and reporting, legal compliance and contract administration.  Mr. Reese has raised multiple rounds of capital and has orchestrated successful exits. He has broad experience in start-up, small, and large companies in the Semiconductor, Software and DOD industries.  His diverse background also includes responsibility for Risk Management, HR, and IT.  John volunteers as a mentor with the Springboard program at Connect and is a consultant to small and early stage companies.

 

AGENDA
5:30: Registration, Appetizers and Networking
6:30: Presentation
7:45: 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 midnight, the day prior to the event.  If you register online the day of the event, you will be charged $75, the on-site price.

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

CASE STUDY: LeadCrunch — Find new customers with Artificial Intelligence

LeadCrunch empowers small and medium size business to find new customers using cutting edge artificial intelligence. Think of LeadCrunch as “David’s slingshot” for outbound sales teams to beat Goliath incumbents. Their customers get 3x to 6x improvement in lead quality. That is why they grew by more than 90% in every month of 2017 (so far).  Data is growing and changing at an unprecedented rate. LeadCrunch gives businesses the power of artificial intelligence to find patterns that describe companies most likely to buy from you. Unlike lead brokers, trade shows, and other lead sources, LeadCrunch scans all data in real time so you can target sales efforts with laser precision.

LeadCrunch would like the MIT Enterprise Forum Case Study panel to help address these challenges:

    • Maintaining alignment as strategy and tactics evolve during hyper-growth (> 20% per month) 
    • Managing the competing demands of building SaaS subscriptions into a SaaS on-demand model. 
    • Attracting top-tier specialized SaaS business talent 

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Olin Hyde, Founder & CEO, LeadCrunch. AI  Olin started LeadCrunch with the intent of democratizing the power of artificial intelligence to the masses. He wrote his first line of code at age twelve on a home built computer and sold encyclopedias door-to-door to make money for college. He is a serial entrepreneur with two exits: National Facilities Group (acquired by Accruent) and Auto-Semantics (acquired by ai-one). Olin holds a Masters of Advanced Studies in Systems Engineering from UCSD and a Bachelors of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University where he wrote a thesis on “Mathematical Modelling of Organizational Buying Behavior.” He is a frequent speaker on how artificial intelligence can help people make better decisions.

 

“BOARD OF DIRECTORS”

Andrew Gazdecki, Founder & CEO, Bizness Apps

2014 – Inc. 500 #58 Fastest Growing Company
2015 – Inc. 500 #91 Fastest Growing Company
2017 – Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30

Andrew is the founder and CEO of Bizness Apps — making mobile apps affordable and simple for small businesses. They’re a do-it-yourself iPhone, iPad, Android & HTML5 app platform that allows any small business to simultaneously create, edit, and manage mobile apps without any programming knowledge needed.

A graduate from CSU Chico, Gazdecki has been an entrepreneur for as long as he can remember. At the age of 10, he was selling baseball cards to neighborhood friends, and at the age 15, Andrew created his first for-profit website. In 2009, Andrew founded and bootstrapped Bizness Apps into a global enterprise all while he was a senior in college. Since then, he has gone on to help more than 500,000 small businesses engage with their customers on mobile devices.

Today, Gazdecki is the authority on mobile marketing for small and medium sized businesses. He has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Inc.com, and Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as prominent industry blogs such as Mashable, TechCrunch and VentureBeat.

Jason Knapp, Founder, Strategic Data Corp and Former Chief Product Officer, Viant Technology

Jason Knapp is a B2B & B2C product & operations executive and entrepreneur. He co-founded Strategic Data Corp, now part of the Rubicon Project (RUBI), where he helped create the first sophisticated online advertising monetization platform. There he invented Real-Time-Bidding, which now powers more than $40 billion in annual digital ad spend across platforms such as Google and Oath/Verizon, and negotiated Strategic Data Corp’s successful acquisition by News Corp to monetize Myspace at it’s peak.

Jason then lead product, technology, data science and operations as Chief Product Officer at Viant Technology. There he helped acquire and relaunch Myspace with Justin Timberlake in 2012, regrowing it three-fold to over 50 million monthly unique users, and played a key role in the acquisition of Viant by Time Inc in 2016.

Along the way, Jason has conducted major, successful marketing technology strategy and implementation projects with HP, Intel, Microsoft, Citibank, Bank of America, and Comcast.

Jason is currently involved in several startups working on sourcing & insurance automation, consumer data platforms, visual processing, and peer-to-peer marketplaces. He co-chairs the selection committee of the EvoNexus incubator and is active in Tech Coast Angels.

Yukon Palmer, Founder & CEO, FieldLogix

Yukon Palmer founded FieldLogix in 2002 based on a plan he wrote at SDSU business school. The FieldLogix telematics solution was the first “green” GPS fleet management product in the US.  Today, it has become an award-winning IoT platform that offers extensive GPS fleet management services along with mobile workforce management features.  Simply put, FieldLogix delivers unparalleled driving intelligence for fleet operators. Their proprietary GPS fleet tracking and workforce management system helps organizations dramatically improve operating efficiencies.  Their clients save millions of dollars annually by reducing labor and fuel costs.  Clients also improve customer loyalty by providing an improved experience with their services.

FieldLogix is an anomaly in tech because it has accomplished many feats in its 14 years of existence without equity financing.  This includes gaining reputable customers such as Coca Cola and Trane as well as winning numerous awards.  It was recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies by the San Diego Business Journal in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 it won the TechAmerica High Tech Awards for Outstanding Emerging Growth Company. Most recently, they were recognized as one of the most Admired San Diego Companies by SD Metro magazine for 2011 and 2015.  Its mobile application Goose was a finalist for the Most Innovative new Product awards in 2015.

Kathleen Glass, Founder, Oinkodomeo

Kathleen Glass has more than 25 years of experience in building processes for sales and marketing in innovative technology and managed services companies, with a focus on mobile telecom, analytics, IoT, and cyber security.

Previously, Kathleen worked with San Diego success stories such as telecom and mobility expense management leader ProfitLine (acquired by Tangoe), driver risk management leader Lytx (formerly DriveCam), analytics powerhouse HNC Software (now FICO), and Pacific Communication Sciences, a pioneer in digital voice technology/wireless chipsets. A graduate of UCSD in Economics, Kathleen currently serves as a CONNECT Springboard Marketing Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), chairs the CyberTECH Startup Table Breakfast, is President of the San Diego Chapter of AA-ISP Inside Sales Professionals, and is a member of San Diego Sales and Marketing Leadership Alliance.

MODERATOR:  Seth Newberry, General Manager, Open Mobile Alliance

 

AGENDA
5:30: Registration, Appetizers and Networking
6:30: Presentation
7:45: 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

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

TEDx San Diego: The Age of Magic

 

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MIT Enterprise Forum members receive a special discount.  Use this code for $15 off:  MITEF

The Age of Magic

This year’s theme celebrates those aspects of life that fill us with a sense of awe and wonder. We will explore the future of personalized genomics, see the impact of innovation beyond our borders, reveal the power of art to make peace, discover the mysteries of our microbiome, understand how the brain sees/remembers, design the future with the future of design, and redefine community redevelopment.

11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Innovation Alley

1:00 pm to 2:10 pm – Session 1

2:10 pm to 3:00 pm – Break

3:00 pm to 4:10 pm – Session 2

4:10 pm to 5:00 pm – Break

5:00 pm to 6:15 pm – Session 3

6:15 pm to 6:30 pm – Closing

Each session consists of 4 speakers and 1 performance. Innovation Alley will feature 20 local startup companies displaying their cool technology outside on B Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, in front of Symphony Towers.

 

The Business of AI in Healthcare: Keynote by Philip Low, CEO, NeuroVigil followed by high profile Panel

PROGRAM:  The business of Artificial Intelligence —  solving the grand challenges in Health Care

DESCRIPTION:   How can  (AI) be applied to bend the $ 3.2 trillion a year healthcare cost curve, yet allow life science companies to create capital efficient business models that attract investors?  Learn from the most prominent tech and life science leaders about challenges and opportunities with AI and Healthcare. 

There is little doubt that transformational change is coming (AI/Machine Learning), and tech companies ranging in size from small startups to corporate titans like IBM and GE are scrambling to gain a foothold in this emerging field. The sector represents a lucrative-but-daunting target for investors—complicated by regulatory issues, a healthcare system that separates the interests of patients, providers, and payers, and an investment timeline that can take 10 years or more to realize.

CureMatch is taking a direct-to-consumer approach, in which cancer patients pay CureMatch to recommend the top three combinations of chemotherapy drugs for each patient’s cancer. The recommendations, based on information in a patient’s own medical record, is intended to help cancer specialists choose a treatment regimen. CureMatch says it uses supercomputer processing to sort through millions of possible three-drug combinations, assessing each combination for factors like unwanted drug-drug interactions, and correlating genomic data to rank the best drug combinations for a specific patient.

KEYNOTE:  Philip Low, PhD, Founder, Chairman & C.E.O., NeuroVigil, Inc.

SPECIAL INTRODUCTION:  Eugene Izhikevich, Ph.D, Founder & CEO, Brain Corp.

PANEL DISCUSSION  

  1. Stephane Richard,  Ph.D., President & COO, CureMatch
  2. Colin Lawlor, CEO, SleepScore Labs
  3. Kim Kamdar, Ph.D., Partner, Domain Associates
  4. Navid Alipour, Managing Partner, Analytics Ventures
  5. Joshua Windmiller, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CTO, BioLinq

MODERATOR:  Christopher Rowan, NewCap Partners; Managing Partner, Arscientia

 

Dr. Philip Steven Low made his first scientific discovery at Harvard Medical School, as a teenager. While inventing new brain monitoring techniques at the University of Chicago, he was referred to the Salk Institute by Francis Crick, Nobel Laureate of DNA fame, where he authored a 1 page PhD thesis on dynamic brain activity mapping, which led to his creation of NeuroVigil, the neurotechnology company responsible for iBrain, a portable brain activity monitor, with first and second round valuations two and two-and-a-half times Google’s and Facebook’s combined, respectively, as well as to the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, the first formal document by Neuroscientists recognizing consciousness in non-humans.

He was appointed to dual positions at the Stanford School of Medicine and the MIT Media Lab in his twenties. His partners include Roche and Novartis, his collaborators include Stephen Hawking and NASA, his advisors include Stephen Wolfram and Nobel Laureates Sydney Brenner and Roger Guillemin and his backers include IdeaLab’s Howard Morgan, Qualcomm’s Irwin Jacobs & Andrew Viterbi, DFJ’s Tim Draper and SpaceX’s and Tesla’s Elon Musk. He chaired the 1st Intl. Congress on Alzheimer’s & Advanced Neurotech as well as the Francis Crick Memorial Conference. He advises the White House, Congress, the US Armed Forces and the Israeli Government on Neurotech.

Dr. Low’s honors include the MIT TR-35 Top Young Innovator Award, the DFJ Venture Challenge and the Jacobs-Rady Pioneer Award for Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship. His inventions and discoveries have been profiled in scientific and popular media including Science, PNAS, CNN, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, the Economist, the Washington Post which lists NeuroVigil as one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health Care”, The Scientist which singled out Dr. Low as “A Scientist to Watch” and the New York Times which has recognized iBrain as “an innovation that will change your tomorrow.”

AGENDA

5:30: Registration, Appetizers and Networking
6:30: Announcements

6:40: Keynote
7:45: Panel Discussion

8:30: Audience Q & A
8:45: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert

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

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at noon the day of the event.  After that time, you may register on-site for $75

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

How Blockchain Technology will transform your business

Blockchain isn’t only about bitcoin. The technology best known as the record-keeping system behind cryptocurrencies seems poised to play a broader role in business. Today, companies see an opportunity to use blockchain to track the movement of assets throughout their supply chains; overhaul back office systems; or electronically initiate and enforce contracts. Learn applications for your business from our industry experts.

Keynote Speaker:  Chris Groshong, President, CoinStructive

As President of CoinStructive, a Bitcoin & Blockchain consulting firm located in San Diego, Chris has developed a nation-wide team that is furthering the development of cryptocurrency and blockchain adoption. With a focus on clarity, CoinStructive provides an obstacle-free transition for businesses and individuals who are interested in using cryptocurrencies or blockchain tech as part of their business strategy. They are solutions architects, problem solvers and help fill the gaps in your business model. CoinStructive’s fundamental goal is not only to help organizations reach theirs, but to do so in a way that empowers Founders, Boards and Entrepreneurs to make educated, well informed and confident business decisions.

PANELISTS

  • Thomas Carter, Dealbox
  • Jerry Gross, MintHealth
  • Dawn Barry, Luna DNA
  • Paul Puey, Edge

MODERATOR:  Andrew Berkhausen, Executive Committee, MIT Enterprise Forum

Here’s how some companies are applying blockchain technology:

  • Walmart Inc. is beginning to use the online ledger technology to manage supply-chain data for mangoes, berries and a couple of dozen other products. The system, built with IBM, will help Walmart figure out where bad food came from during product recalls
  • British Airways last year tested blockchain to maintain data on flights between London, Geneva and Miami. The idea was to stop conflicting flight information from appearing at gates, on airport monitors, at airline websites and in customer apps.
  • Cargill Inc. tested blockchain in turkey distribution this Thanksgiving, with some family farms that provide turkeys to Cargill uploading data so that shoppers could learn about the provenance of the birds they bought from supermarkets. The company in the past has tried various technologies to improve traceability in its food supply chain, including RFID, but sees more promise in blockchain,
  • L.L. Bean Inc. wants to test the combination of blockchain and Internet of Things technology to understand how people use its outdoor gear. In a test due to begin this year, L.L. Bean plans to ship a line of coats and boots with sewn-in sensors that send data to the public Ethereum blockchain platform.
  • Over 40 top financial institutions and a growing number of firms across industries are experimenting with distributed ledger technology as a secure and transparent way to digitally track the ownership of assets, a move that could speed up transactions and cut costs while lowering the risk of fraud.
  • The Music industry is testing blockchain as a means to manage the micro-transactional nature of streaming music, turning pennies into dollars.

Corporate spending on blockchain software is expected to reach $2.1 billion this year, up from $945 million in 2017, according to researcher International Data Corp. Distribution. Retail and Manufacturing are among the industries due to ramp up blockchain spending in 2018

Last December, we held a discussion on Blockchain and the program sold out.  Now we expand this topic and offer more viewpoints.  Join us as our expert panel explores this transformational topic.

 

AGENDA
5:30: Registration, Networking, Pasta bar 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 midnight, the day prior to the event.  If you register online the day of the event, you will be charged $75, the on-site price.

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

Investor Dating Game

The Investor Dating Game

Just like dating, investing is a lot about the relationship. Investors have to be comfortable with the management team that they invest in. That’s because investors have numerous values to offer, well beyond financial capital. Investors can offer sage advice and important connections. Connections to other investors, talent, resources and customers. And, they determine how they can most effectively assist a company by the pitch. That’s why the Dating Game works!

INVESTORS: Bill Unrue, Founder of GTD Acquisitions   AND   Eric Gasser, Founding Partner of Seed San Diego

MODERATOR:  Mike Krenn, President of SDVG

The Founder Institute, the world’s premier start-up launch program, presents three companies to see who’s the best match with our investor’s money. You’ll learn how investors think as they ask questions in a fun and entertaining way.

 

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Involve is software as a service based enterprise platform for companies to streamline corporate giving and manage employee engagement to increase employee retention and customer involvement.

HOHM is a custom engineered, soundproofed sleeping unit, designed to provide workers that need a quick nap with comfort, privacy, and an escape from the hectic work environment. Our goal with HOHM is to create a network of sleeping pods and rooms across the US, that are, wherever you are, and is bookable via our mobile app.

Victorise uses augmented reality, sensors, data storing, and geo-locators to maximize the potential that every athlete has. Our users can select the data that matters to create custom Heads Up Displays while our algorithms transform raw data from GPS, sensors, and devices, into user friendly notifications while competing.

 

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Many Thanks to Jeanine Jacobson, Executive Director of the Southern California Founder Institute.  The Founder Institute is the world’s premier start up launch program for talented entrepreneurs. If you are up to the challenge, their comprehensive four month, step-by-step program will give you the structure, mentor support, and network of entrepreneurs you need to start an enduring company. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 60 countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and build sustainable startup ecosystems worldwide.

AGENDA

5:30: Registration, Appetizers and Networking
6:30: Presentation
7:45: 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 midnight, the day prior to the event.  If you register online the day of the event, you will be charged $75, the on-site price.

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