Good Bugs vs Bad Bugs: new breakthroughs in microbiome technology

Dr. Robert Knight, UCSD, Professor, Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering, Knight Lab.

Dr. Richard Gallo, MD, Ph.D., UCSD, School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, Gallo Lab.

Mark Wilson, co-founder and CEO of MatriSys Bioscience, Inc. A clinical stage company focused on commercializing therapeutics at the interface of the innate immune system and the human skin microbiome.

Recent scientific advances have highlighted the importance of the MICROBIOME to human health and disease. The MICROBIOME is the collection of micro-organisms on your skin and in your body. Good Bugs against Bad Bugs – Skin Diseases like Eczema arrive when the BALANCE goes awry. This natural rebalance of the skin is a dramatic improvement over antibacterial therapy that kill not only pathogenic bacteria, but also destroys the normal skin flora by friendly fire.

The program will start with the broader subject of the Microbiome (and AI) with Dr. Rob Knight, a world leader in the study of the Microbiome. Dr. Knight is a professor at the University of California, San Diego and the co-founder of the American Gut Project. He is also a co-founder of the Earth Microbiome Project. His lab’s research involves the development of laboratory and computational techniques to characterize the microbiomes of humans, animals, and the environment.

The discussion continues to the specific Skin Microbiome with Dr. Richard Gallo who studies how humans interact with the environment and protect themselves from infection. Dr. Gallo M.D., Ph.D. is Professor and founding Chairman of Dermatology at the University of California, San Diego and Chief of Dermatology at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. His research accomplishments as a physician-scientist include discovery of antimicrobial peptides in mammalian skin and establishing new links between innate immunity and skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis and rosacea.

Finally, Mark Wilson, Co-founder and CEO of MatriSys Bioscience, Inc. will speak to how he obtained an exclusive license from UCSD for a microbiome-based therapy for the world’s top five skin diseases and uses the technology to open up opportunities to the $12.9B dermatology pharmaceutical market and the $121B cosmetics/skin care market.

 

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.

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Cerf’s up in San Diego

 ‘Cerf’s Up in San Diego’ is a 3-day series of roundtables to showcase San Diego’s Innovative Research and Technology. For complete information go to cerfsupinsd.com

A summary of the reseach roundtables will be presented in a Public keynote by Dr. Vint Cerf,

“Discovering San Diego Innovation”

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Dr. Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at  Google  will deliver a public keynote to provide a summary of his San Diego Roundtables and a future Internet forecast. Learn about the role San Diego plays in future discoveries and who are the key players. Discover opportunities and initiatives to help connect the three billion people who don’t yet have access to the Internet. Learn about infrastructure development and the future of IoT. Worry about the threat of a Digital Dark Age as bits, media and software become dysfunctional.

A  speaker at world-wide forums from TED Talks, SXSW, to IEEE, Dr. Cerf is known as one of the “Founding Fathers of the Internet,” because he co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations such as the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, and the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. President Obama appointed him to the National Science Board in In 1994, People magazine identified him as one of the world’s “25 Most Intriguing People.”

LOCATION:  Qualcomm Pacific Campus, Building AZ Auditorium, 10155 Pacific Heights Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121

PARKING:  Qualcomm Parking Structure, 10250 Pacific Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121
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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: $75
MIT Alums:  $55
​​On-Site: $85

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.

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Moon Shots – A Technology Showcase

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Join us for our inaugural program of Moon Shots – A Technology Showcase. These programs are designed to highlight true breakthrough/visionary technology.
Envision a world where natural treatment systems are at the heart of our industries and cities.  Imagine a technological shift away from dependency on energy intensive, heavily engineered systems to a more carbon neutral, green and ecological future. Enter a new way to remediate water.

Conserving precious resources – Decontaminate water using Microbiological systems

For every barrel of oil produced, an oil well generates about 10 barrels of salt water. H2Organix takes a completely different approach to decontaminating industrial wastewater by leveraging the power of natural systems biology. Their technology addresses the extremely high costs of disposing water in the oil and mining industries. They produce water suitable for agriculture use and also achieve surface discharge standards.

On March 15th, learn how H2Organix tapped the genius of nature to find a new way to clean the waste water from oil drilling.  Rick Wilson, founder and CEO of H2Organix will explore proven solutions to remediate contaminated water from oil & gas drilling and mining by deploying ecologically designed lagoons.  Joining Rick is John Todd, Founder and President of John Todd Ecological Design, who has designed and constructed 18 large-scale ecological wastewater solutions around the globe.

This should be a fascinating discussion on water and our planet.

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Rick Wilson, PhD, Founder & CEO, H2Organix

Rick has 25-years experience developing and commercializing materials and energy technologies. Recently, Rick led the team at Cool Planet Energy Systems developing and commercializing CoolTerra™ soil health additive, winning the 2015 Edison Gold Award for contribution to Agriculture. As CEO of Cobalt Technologies, a Silicon Valley venture-backed biotech startup, he developed low-cost renewable chemical technology and partnered with the Solvay group to deploy production capacity in South America. At the executive level of British Petroleum, he led the turn around of the $3.5 BN Global Derivatives chemicals business sold to Ineos. While at BP he also ran the Australasian fuel supply business, and led clean fuels R&D early in his career. He currently serves on the Bioenergy Technical Review Panel for the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado. Rick holds an MBA (Honors) from the University of Chicago, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, and a BA in Chemistry from UC San Diego.

Jonathan Todd

Jonathan Todd, PhD, Chief Design Officer, H2Organix

Jonathan brings robust large-scale ecological wastewater solutions to the market having designed and constructed 18 projects across the globe.  Dr. Todd led the design, construction and implementation of the Omega Center for Sustainable Learning — a “Living Bulding Challenge” and LEED platinum award winning project.  Dr. Todd, working alongside his father, John Todd PhD, are recognized as the pioneers in ecologically designed wastewater treatment systems.  They collaborate with the top sustainable architects and landscape architects in the world.

Paul Hullar

Paul Hullar, SVP Engineering, H2Organix

Paul has 25+ years expereince as a Procter and Gamble executive, executing conservation projects across the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, England and Poland.  He is also the author of “Winning with AB32” – Generating Revenue with California’s Cap and Trade.

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.

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CASE STUDY: Fuel Rod — Power ready to go

Join us as we address the challenges facing this new business.  A panel of experts will advise on solutions that may spark ideas for your growing business.
FuelRods are the first reusable, portable charging system that allows you to fuel (charge) your mobile device on the go, and then recharge or swap for a fresh one.

With the simple swipe of a credit card you will get a portable charging unit capable of delivering up to 8 hours of additional talk time on the average smart phone, or nearly 4 additional hours of usage on the most demanding of tablets.

The FuelRod is the latest technology in portable charging technology with the highest energy density on the market. Recharge it yourself, swap it for a fully fueled unit at low to no cost, or simply return it. FuelRod is the ideal energy solution for today’s mobile lifestyle.

Ready to Use FuelRod™ with your smart phone or tablet. For just $20, get a portable charging unit capable of delivering up to 8 hours of talk time on your smart phone or nearly 4 hours of usage on your tablet. Android or Apple… The adapters are in the kit and they are yours to keep.

Unlimited Swaps FREE for a fresh FuelRod™ as often as you need. It’s simple! Find a FuelRod SwapBox. Insert your empty FuelRod. Out pops afresh, fully charged FuelRod and you can go on about your business. It is that easy. And best of all no empty FuelRods in a landfill.

Rechargeable with any USB adapter. Simply plug the USB adapter into the FuelRod™, and plug into the wall to recharge it. The LED light will change from red to green when your FuelRod™ is fully charged.

Each FuelRod Includes:

  • Adapters for both Android and Apple devices that are yours to keep, at no additional charge.
  • The ability to be refueled (recharged) in any standard wall outlet.
  • The ability to be swapped (traded) for a fully fueled unit at little to no additional cost at any FuelRod SwapBox.
Chi Yau and Joe Yeagley are the developers behind FuelRod, a rechargeable mobile battery charger which is changing the travel experience. With backgrounds in innovative energy storage technology, Yau and Yeagley recognized the need for added battery power on-the-go and saw an opportunity in the rechargeable battery market for the introduction of charger swaps.

What makes this product unique from other rechargeable power packs is the concept of swap boxes. Strategically placed in airports and other key locations around the country, FuelRod swap boxes allow consumers to purchase a fully charged battery pack. Consumers then have the option of either swapping out the depleted FuelRod for a free fully charged product, or recharging their own. For $20, the FuelRod comes with a USB port and cable attachments for Apple and Android products.

After launching the first swap box at the San Diego airport in October 2014, the FuelRod is now available in 19 airports and growing, in addition to convention centers, shopping malls, and amusement parks across the country.

Chi Yau will present his executive overview and their top two challenges.

  • Challenge #1: Fastest Go To Market Speed (land grab)
  • Challenge #2: Free-to-Pay (Freemium) Transition Planning

If you’re looking for new ways to expand your business, you won’t want to miss this program!

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Chi Yau, CEO and Co-Founder
Chi Yau has held senior leadership positions in a number of companies ranging from start-ups to major corporations with global presence in the U.S., Asia and Europe.He has spent the last thirteen years in the battery industry, currently as CEO/co-founder of Tricopian, Inc., and prior to that as VP of Operations at PowerGenix. Both companies are based in San Diego, CA with Supply Chain and Product Design/Manufacturing sites in China/AP.Chi started his career in AT&T Bell Laboratories in Princeton, NJ, and over a span of the next 20 years held various managerial and leadership positions including R&D Manager, Engineering Director, General Manager, and VP of Operations at AT&T/Lucent Technologies, managing global entities (e.g. in US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India) with 150-1000 employees and revenues in multi-billion dollars.Chi earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
PANEL TO DATE
MODERATOR–Marco Thompson, Entrepreneur @ EvoNexus, Solekai, Express Ventures, Wake2Wave, SDSI, KC Watersports…
  1. Tom Tullie, Executive Chairman of Everyone Counts, Inc.
  2. David Glazier, Director of UX Strategy, DD STUDIO
  3. Steve Topper, Founder & Managing Partner, Jumpstart PartnersTom Tullie,
  4. Steve Hanson, Business Broker, Transworld Business Advisors
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.

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Mining for Gold – What local Universities and Corporations are doing to accelerate, incubate and fund entrepreneurs

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PROGRAM:  Mining for Gold – What local Universities and Corporations are doing to accelerate, incubate and fund entrepreneurs

DESCRIPTION:  San Diego is home to one of the most vibrant innovation eco-systems in the US.  This is fueled by the research coming from UCSD, SDSU and many local research institutions. Traditionally, the tech-transfer process enabled the commercialization of research by various industry players, including entrepreneurs. The game has changed. The new gold standard is a combination of incubation, acceleration and funding, first developed by organizations like TechStars. Now universities and corporations have adopted that strategy to accelerate commercialization and innovation. At our January 18th program, we will investigate this model from the perspectives of entrepreneurs, investors, universities and corporate players.

AREAS OF FOCUS:

  • What corporations are doing to stay on top of the technology innovation game
  • What universities are doing to promote entrepreneurship (motive and mission of the universities, public benefit versus access to grants, etc.)
  • Entrepreneurs perspective on what works and what could work better
  • Investor’s perspective on university or corporate spin-outs and their investment readiness

MODERATOR:  Dr. Gail Naughton, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Histogen, Inc.

PANEL

  • Jon S. Wilensky, MD, Founder & CEO, Braykion (Digital Health) startup
  • Bradley Messmer, CEO, Abreos Biosciences
  • Quinn Li, Vice President & Global Head, Qualcomm Ventures
  • Cathy Pucher, Executive Director, SDSU- Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad
  • Rubén D. Flores-Saaib, Ph.D., Director of Commercialization, University of California, San Diego

 

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 noon the day of the event.  After that time, you may register on-site for $75

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How to convert your business from a legacy system to the mobile “on demand” marketplace

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Do you order grocery or meal delivery?  How about in home healthcare or dog walking?  Companies eager to help their drivers be as efficient as possible translates to more profitability. Can FieldLogix translate its solution successfully to the “on demand” market?  Join us to help them figure it out.

Yukon Palmer founded FieldLogix in 2002 based on a plan he wrote at SDSU business school, and $3,500. 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 customers have a desire to do much more than track their vehicles.  This has led to a focus on the development of its advanced mobile workforce management solution – Goose.  With Goose, fleet operators can create optimal routes for their delivery drivers and dispatch them to the Goose mobile application.  The application guides the drivers throughout their workday and sends ETA alerts to waiting customers.  This solution has gained traction with several high growth “on-demand” companies.

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, it was 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.

Learn more about the issues facing this company today as Mr Palmer presents his key challenges:

  1. Do we pursue emerging on-demand providers or help incumbents become more like on-demand companies?
  2. How do we scale our sales / marketing efforts?
  3. How can we leverage partnerships to scale?

We will assemble a mock “Board of Directors” to facilitate this lively discussion.  Learn solutions for your company by listening to the Board advise this CEO.

“Board of Directors” panel

Dr. Gene Ray, CEO, GMT Ventures 

Dr. Gene W. Ray, a founder of The Titan Corporation, served as its Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors from the Company’s inception in May, 1981 until it was sold in August 2005. He was elected Chairman of the Board in 1999 and also served in that capacity until 2005.

Prior to launching Titan, Dr. Ray was Executive Vice President, General Manager and a member of the Board of Directors of Science Applications International  Corporation, Inc. (SAIC)  for  eleven  years.  Dr.  Ray  served  for two years as Chief, Strategic Division, U.S. Air Force (AFGOAS). He held the position  of Senior Appointee  (Public Law 313)  on the  staff of the Chief of  Staff of the U.S. Air Force, where he led a team of military  and civilian   analysts. Earlier in his career, Dr. Ray was with the Aerospace Corporation where he contributed to weapon system analysis programs and specialized in the  area  of  nuclear survivability.

Dr. Ray received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of Tennessee in 1965; an M.S. in physics at the University of Tennessee in 1962; and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry from Murray State University in 1960.

Founded in 1981 and headquartered in San Diego, California, Titan was a technology based company and a leading provider of comprehensive information and communications products, solutions, and services for the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies. Titan also created, built and launched several commercial technology based companies including an information technology business, a global telecommunications services business providing wireless services to under-developed countries, and a business that pasteurized food using electron beams. When Titan was sold in 2005, it had more than  15,000 employees and annualized sales of approximately $2.5 billion. From 1985 to 2005, Titan was listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TTN.

Presently, he serves on the Murray State University Foundation Board, as well as on several advisory boards for  early stage technology   companies.

 

Michael McMillan, Founder & CEO, BizSprints  

Michael’s over 20 years of diverse experience in the call center outsourcing and mobile software industry provides a large breath of experience to help lead teams to create disruptive systems to instigate action with their clients.  In addition to his unique work experience Michael has a large passion for endurance sports which has led him to complete over 15 triathlons, one full marathon, one half marathon, two century bike rides, and plans to train for his first full Ironman.

 

Jon M. Van Winkle,  VP Product Management, Omnitracs

Jon has more than 20 years of experience in the enterprise software and technology space. He has held leadership positions in product development with Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett Packard, Intel and Qualcomm. Jon has also been involved in entrepreneurial and growth stage businesses such as Convera Technologies, XRS Technologies and Omnitracs LLC., which acquired XRS in 2014.

Jon is passionate about the challenges of identifying meaningful market opportunities for emerging technologies, developing successful products and monetization strategies and converting them into profitable revenue streams. Jon has successfully led teams responsible for all aspects of market and product strategy, product definition, development and delivery. Jon had P&L responsibility for leading solution platforms from in the transportation and logistics space generating more than $100M in annual revenue.

Jon’s community involvement has included working with CONNECT’s Springboard program as an Entrepreneur in Residence and more recently acting as an advisor and mentor to EvoNexus portfolio companies.

 

MODERATOR Kathleen Glass

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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, an early pioneer in digital voice technology and 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.

AGENDA

5:00: Registration, Drinks and Appetizers, Networking
6:00: Welcome
6:10: Presentation
7:15: Audience Q & A
7:30: 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: Liquid Grids. Applying precision marketing thru social listening

Chief Marketing Officers will spend almost $200 Billion on digital advertising this year with one troubling question —  how to quantify the ROI.  There is a nagging sense that digital advertising, with all of its promise over traditional advertising, has real pitfalls and risks.

Delivering True Social ROI

When healthcare consumers took to social media to find, share and discuss health experiences and opportunities—some in the industry may have been surprised. But not Malcolm Bohm—he saw it coming. And he knew eventually healthcare companies would love to be the fly on the wall during these social media conversations.

In late 2010, Malcolm started Swarmology, now Liquid Grids, because he wanted to be ready when companies came calling for his insights and skills. By early 2011, he developed a prototype that proved his hypothesis—social media was a hotbed of relevant, publicly available, health-related dialogue. And Malcolm quickly learned that healthcare consumers essentially see their peers as the experts—85% of patients feel that social media plays a role in decisions they make about healthcare. But at the time, that “expert” data was spread across the web, and Malcolm wanted to get it all into a single place—one that would allow healthcare companies to better engage with patients.

To do that, Malcolm took data mining to a new level. Instead of using one piece of information to target a large, general group of people with one symptom, he developed a proprietary technology that houses, aggregates, organizes and analyzes a multitude of proprietary disease indexes, culled from the perspectives of one billion posts by more than 125 million unique users. Taking that further, he could divide the data into disease-specific Grids, which can be used as actionable insights to develop and launch highly contextual, credible, compliant and precisely targeted digital marketing campaigns—directed only at the healthcare consumers who are most likely to take action.

But now, nearly five years later, Malcolm is still innovating. Today, in addition to licensing his Grid technology to advertising agencies and pharmaceutical companies, his company also offers a lead generation service and develops cross-platform digital healthcare surveys, which offer instant results. One client, for example, wanted 100 completed surveys, with 50 opted-in users. Six days later, they received 519 unique clicks to the survey, with 233 surveys completed and 183 total opt-ins.

Learn more about how Liquid Grids is offering precision marketing for the healthcare industry.  President and CEO Malcolm Bohm will present the challenges to a vetted panel of experts.

(1)    Liquid Grids has developed 2 fundamental text data processing breakthroughs that are vertically agnostic. Is there serious value here and how can we unlock it as a Tech Company?

(2)    Liquid Grids has developed a repeatable business model that is differentiated in healthcare Direct to Consumer marketing & advertising. Should we become a community building Agency?

PANEL OF EXPERTS

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Rick Valencia, President, Qualcomm Life

For the past 25 years Rick has founded, built, and run technology enabled service businesses.  Rick is considered a pioneer in telecommunications services and his past company ProfitLine, helped launch what eventually became a multi-billion dollar communications lifecycle management industry.

In addition to managing Qualcomm Life, Rick oversees all other health and fitness device and applications efforts at Qualcomm including Lifecomm where he is the Qualcomm business owner and Board Member of the Qualcomm joint venture with Hughes Telematics and American Medical Alert Corp. which is developing products and services in the Personal Emergency Response Services (PERS) industry.  Rick is also on the Advisory Board of Telcare, Inc. an early stage health care device manufacturer that plans to launch the world’s first cellular enabled blood glucose meter.

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Alex Benjamin, Managing Director, Mirum Agency

For over 10 years, Alex Benjamin has been at the center of technology, marketing and communications and as Managing Director of Mirum San Diego, he’s responsible for ensuring the success of the business by working in close collaboration with the team and clients to ensure we are delivering the quality work we expect. Prior to Mirum, Alex worked at Accenture where he specialized in strategy and technology consulting within the Communications and High Tech practice, gaining deep experience implementing large scale technology platforms for companies such as Bank One and Vivendi/Universal. Since then, he has spent the majority of his career in the agency world developing strategies for clients like Johnson & Johnson, General Motors, DTS, Qualcomm, Inc., Rogers Communications, DirecTV, Sempra Energy, Shire, Hospira and Obagi among others. 

Mirum is a global digital agency that creates experiences that people want and businesses need.  Named a Visionary in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant, Mirum helps guide brands in business transformation, experience development, and commerce activation. The agency operates in 20 countries, with more than 46 offices and 2,200 professionals. Mirum is part of the J. Walter Thompson Company and WPP Network. For more information, visit mirumagency.com.

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John Faris, VP Digital Marketing Strategy, Red Door Interactive

As Vice President of Cross Channel Marketing, John leads the team of subject matter experts who manage SEO, paid media, email, social, content, CRO, and analytics for Red Door’s clients. He focuses on facilitating integration across marketing channels, and continually evolving the practice areas under his influence. As a member of RDI’s Executive team, John helps guide the overall business strategy and operations for the agency. Prior to his 10 years at Red Door, John was Business Development Manager at Inquest, Inc., where he oversaw all of the company’s sales and marketing efforts. John is an alumni of San Diego State University, where he studied Management and received his MBA in 2003.   For more information, visit Reddoor.biz

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Moderator:  David Oates, President, Stalwart Communications

David Oates is a 20-year marketing and public relations veteran who holds extensive experience in developing as well as executing successful and measurable programs for a wide range of agency, corporate and government organizations.Prior to founding Stalwart Communications in 2006, David was Marketing Director for Financial Profiles, a 35-year old financial planning software company based in Carlsbad, Calif., where he directed all marketing-related strategies and programs, including lead generation, partner/reseller, customer/sales support, brand enhancement, public relations, competitive analysis and market strategy/situation analysis programs. He also draws great strength from his days as a U.S. Navy combat and public affairs officer, where he honed his skills in leadership and corporate communications in various forward deployed operations, including Haiti, Hong Kong and the Middle East.

Gain insights for your business as the experts address and offer solutions to Liquid Grid’s challenges.

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Liquid Grids is being used by companies across the healthcare spectrum, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, health insurance providers and healthcare product companies. They partner directly with brands or their marketing agencies to deliver the most effective contribution to their digital and inbound marketing campaigns.
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AGENDA

5:00: Registration, Drinks and Appetizers, Networking
6:00: Welcome
6:10: Presentation
7:15: Audience Q & A
7:30: 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.

The Automobile of the Future. Keynote by Paul Jacobs, Chairman, QUALCOMM

 Presenting a collaborative event on September 21, 2016

   
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Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm Inc.
Topic: “The Automobile of the Future: The Connected Car,  Autonomous Vehicles and Shared Mobility”
Followed by:
Dr. Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor, UCSD leading a panel of industry experts on
“Disruption in the Automotive Value Chain: What the Future Holds”

Panelists:

Brandon Nixon, Chairman & CEO, Lytx.Inc.
Patrick Little, SVP and GM, Qualcomm Automotive Solutions
John Wall, CEO, QNX Software Systems
                        Come early to see Qualcomm’s automotive demonstrations!  
Plus two cars onsite:  Cadillac with Infotainment and BMW M8 Electric with Halo
Event Overview:
Our mobility and transportation is poised for more change in the next five to ten years than it’s seen in the past 100 years.  The most basic paradigm of “Will you be driving the car?” or “Will the car be driving you?” is going to change.  We are on the verge of realizing Hollywood’s imagination of the cars from Total Recall or Back to the Future movies.
The vehicles and its ecosystems of the future will be smarter. They will be increasingly intelligent, inter-connected and instrumented. They will ultimately communicate, socialize and collaborate with each other, including other vehicles, traffic lights, parking bays and retailers, thereby becoming an entirely new platform to change the paradigm of how we transport ourselves and everything else.
This new platform will bring forth an array of digital services created out of the vast amounts of data this connectivity will unleash, just as smartphones changed the world in the last 10 years.  They will reinvent existing business models, create new models, change the entire ecosystem and redesign customer engagement and expectations.
Please join us and find out where the future is going with a keynote from Dr. Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm Corporation, and a renowned panel of industry experts from the automotive industry led by Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor, UCSD.
 4:30 pm – Qualcomm Automotive Demonstrations; Cash Bar, light appetizers
 5:30 pm – Welcome note by Naresh Soni, TiE Southcoast President & Nakul Duggal, VP Product Management – Automotive, Qualcomm
 5:45 pm – Keynote: Dr. Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm Inc.
 6:15 pmChancellor Pradeep Khosla, UCSD, leads an industry experts panel
 7:30 pm – Networking; Cash Bar
 8:00 pm – Event ends
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Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is executive chairman and chairman of the board of Qualcomm Incorporated, where he is responsible for helping guide the development of new technologies and Qualcomm’s long-term opportunities.  A leader in the field of mobile communications for more than 25 years and a key architect of Qualcomm’s strategic vision, Dr. Jacobs spearheaded Qualcomm’s efforts to develop and commercialize mobile technology breakthroughs that have significantly contributed to the growth of both the Company and the industry. Important developments which began under Dr. Jacobs include: the first smartphone based on Palm OS®; inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones (which led to the acquisition of SnapTrack™ GPS and Qualcomm’s development of gpsOne™ position-location technology); the Brew® platform, which enables over-the-air downloading of applications; QChat™ platform, a Voice over IP, push-to-talk system; Qualcomm® Mirasol™ display technology, a novel reflective display technology; and the Qualcomm® Toq™ smartwatch.   Click here for full bio.

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Pradeep K. Khosla, an internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer, is the eighth Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, and a Distinguished Professor.  At UC San Diego, he initiated and led a comprehensive, all-inclusive strategic planning process to unify the campus and define UC San Diego’s future.  The initiative resulted in a Strategic Plan that outlines five overarching goals, four grand research themes, and 13 strategies to fulfill our sharpened mission and vision as a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university.
Before his current appointment, Khosla served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. There, he set the strategic direction for undergraduate and graduate education and research, and initiated undergraduate curriculum reform, successful diversity efforts, multidisciplinary research centers and graduate offerings, and international programs. Khosla spent the majority of his career at Carnegie Mellon, rising through the ranks from his first position as Assistant Professor in 1986 to his appointment as Dean in 2004. From 1994 to 1996, he also served as a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Program Manager in the Software and Intelligent Systems Technology Office, Defense Sciences Office and Tactical Technology Office, where he managed advanced research and development programs.  Click here for full bio.

REGISTRATION & COST
MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free

Students with valid ID:  $5
Non-members: $45
​​On-Site: $50

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 $50, the on-site price.

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May 11 The Investor Dating Game

The Investor Dating Game

Tired of traditional Pitch Fests? Bored with the Shark Tank? Join us for the Investor Dating Game!

Yes, just like the original TV Show, we’ll have an investor behind a partition asking questions of three tech companies all looking for funding. Each of the three companies will be asked questions in a fun and entertaining way to “win” the investor. And just like the TV Show, the winning company gets a date with the investor.

Moderator: Mike Krenn, President at San Diego Venture Group

Meet the Investors:

Eric Gasser, V.P. Hi-Tech Screening; a Tech Coast Angels Board Member; and co-founder of Seed San Diego.

Jay Kunin, Strategic Consulting, Health Technologies. Angel Investor. Entrepreneurship Educator. University Lecturer

A special thanks to our Community Partner, Jeanine Jacobson at The Founder Institute who vetted these companies.

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LooperLink is a mobile platform for caddie programs, both big and small. The mobile app allows caddies to act as independent contractors or employees. Golfers have access to a definable and flexible marketplace tailored to their individual type of caddie services, at any course. And, golf course operators are provided with an add value service and management tool at no additional cost. LooperLink was founded in January of 2014 through the leadership of the Founder Institute. Not only will LooperLink increase the efficiency of the existing caddie industry, our goal is to ultimately grow the game of golf by facilitating the development of youth caddie programs around the world.

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DonationMatch.com is an online platform helping nonprofits and companies promote supporter engagement and social impact with seamless handling of in-kind donations to events. Our unique, two-sided solution and built-in time-saving tools simplify how companies maximize the visibility and impact of their corporate philanthropy with minimal effort.

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Catalyst CTMS is a platform that integrates with other systems to help researchers accelerate the study process.  Using our platform, researchers can select and deploy modules they need to manage their trials. Catalyst modules are platform plugins that allow researchers to run their trials with the tools they need for success. Our goal is to create an ecosystem where researchers can find the best tools to meet the demands of their ever expanding clinical trial needs.

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AGENDA
5:00: Registration, Drinks and Appetizers, Networking
6:00: Welcome
6:10: Presentation
7:15: Audience Q & A
7:30: 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.

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Cross Border Playbook: How innovative companies succeed in the ecosystem.

More than 565 companies from 20+ countries are integrated with and comprise the Tijuana Ecosystem. From global leaders to small companies, they access the world’s major markets by seaports, land and airports; recruit the best bicultural talent in the country; represent a workforce of over 185 000 people; enjoy of world-class industrial infrastructure, besides, they save between 19%-40% total cost to market.

Is your company considering the huge opportunities that the Mega region offers?  Wondering where to start? What resources are available?  What are the ins and outs?  Learn how your business can tap into the talent pool and manufacturing economies by hearing from companies who’ve actually made it happen.

Ask our experts!  Submit a question to our panel to be answered at the program.  Email questions to:Anita.Rusch@gmail.com

MODERATOR:  Paola Avila, Vice President, International Affairs, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Opening Remarks by Kenn Morris President/CEO  of Crossborder Group.

Panel:

  1. Bryan Bear, Director of Finance, Taylor Guitars
  2. Adriana Eguia, Director,  Endeavor Tijuana and Cali Baja
  3. Derek Footer, CEO and Managing Partner, HardTech Labs

Community Partners and Exhibitors:

  1. San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation/World Trade Center San Diego
  2. San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  3. Tijuana Economic Development Council
  4. Mind Hub  –  business incubator
  5. Tuteli  — founded by former President of the EDC in Tijuana and is a digital health company.
  6. The Aerospace manufacturing cluster
  7. U.S. Department of Commerce/San Diego U.S. Export Assistance Center
  8. Export-Import Bank of the U.S.  | Western Region

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AGENDA
5:00: Registration, Drinks and Appetizers, Networking
6:00: Welcome
6:10: Presentation
7:15: Audience Q & A
7:30: 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.