Election Results 2020: What could go wrong, and how do we know if it did?

Election Results 2020: What could go wrong, and how do we know if it did?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 @ 5:30pm PST (1.5 hours)

Meeting details will be provided upon registration. Program is complimentary.



An election like no other: social media, “fake news,” Russian meddling, cyber hacking, defunding the Post Office, unprecedented vote by mail, outdated election equipment, a global pandemic, growing civil unrest and a divided country with 50 unique sets of election law.

Will technology solve the challenges this election faces, or will it exacerbate the risk and uncertainty? On October 13th, tune in to hear from Thomas Hicks, US Elections Assistance Commissioner, Lori Contorer, election security expert and founder of leading election innovation company Everyone Counts, and Shannon Bond, Tech Correspondent at NPR, as they share their insights, analysis and what to look for when polls open and the results begin to come in…


Commissioner Thomas Hicks

Thomas Hicks was nominated by President Barack H. Obama and confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on December 16, 2014 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). He has served as chairman of the commission for two terms.

Commissioner Hicks has focused his efforts on voter access. Under his leadership, the EAC developed a pocket-sized voter card that serves as a guide on voting rights for voters with disabilities. The card is provided in both Braille and large print. The EAC has worked with advocacy groups and election officials to distribute the card.

In addition, Mr. Hicks has addressed the difficulties overseas voters have when requesting and returning their ballots, such as dealing with foreign IP addresses and issues with timely ballot delivery. He worked with key states to set up a help desk. Now, overseas voters receive an email response directing them to the help desk to obtain their ballots.

He serves as the designated federal officer for the Board of Advisors.

Mr. Hicks is a frequent speaker at conferences in the United States and overseas on issues such as voter access and cybersecurity.

Prior to his appointment with EAC, Commissioner Hicks served as a senior elections counsel and minority elections counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, a position he held from 2003 to 2014. In this role, Mr. Hicks was responsible for issues relating to campaign finance, election reform, contested elections and oversight of both the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the Federal Election Commission. His primary responsibility was advising and providing guidance to the committee members and caucus on election issues. Mr. Hicks has talked with Americans in every state about their voting experiences. In addition, he has worked with state and local election officials across America to address critical election concerns.

Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Hicks served as a senior lobbyist and policy analyst from 2001 to 2003 for Common Cause, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Mr. Hicks has enjoyed working with state and local election officials, civil rights organizations and all other stakeholders to improve the voting process.

Mr. Hicks served from 1993 to 2001 in the Clinton administration as a special assistant and legislative assistant in the Office of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management. He served as agency liaison to the United State Congress and the president’s administration on matters regarding federal personnel policies and regulations.

Mr. Hicks received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and his B.A. in Government from Clark University (Worcester, MA). He also studied at the University of London (London, England) and law at the University of Adelaide (Adelaide, Australia).




Lori Contorer is an accomplished global technology company founder, CEO, board Chair, and nonprofit leader; and a finance, digital transformation and leadership expert. As founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Everyone Counts, Inc. for more than a decade, Lori Steele Contorer pioneered the use of modern technology in government and private elections globally, bringing state of the art security and accessibility to voting for states in the US, countries around the globe and private organizations including the Oscars and the Emmys. Her visionary leadership in business, innovation and elections has been recognized with myriad awards, including Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.

CEO of Thriving Blue Dot, Lori inspires and helps drive effective organizational growth and industry transformation through board leadership and governance, consultancy and public speaking.

A cancer survivor and enthusiastic outdoor adventurer, Lori is a certified sailboat pilot and former heli-skier who recently completed the Tour de Mont Blanc, a three-country, 170 km mountain hike including 30 km of ascent. An Ohio native and long-time San Diegan, she travels internationally frequently, but treasures every moment at home in La Jolla cooking with her husband, laughing with family and friends, singing, and thinking hard about the best ways to help solve some of the enormous challenges facing humanity today.


Shannon Bond, Tech Correspondent, NPR

Shannon Bond is a business correspondent at NPR, covering technology and how Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are transforming how we live, work and communicate.

Bond joined NPR in September 2019. She previously spent 11 years as a reporter and editor at the Financial Times in New York and San Francisco. At the FT, she covered subjects ranging from the media, beverage and tobacco industries to the Occupy Wall Street protests, student debt, New York City politics and emerging markets. She also co-hosted the FT’s award-winning podcast, Alphachat, about business and economics.

Bond has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and religion from Columbia University. She grew up in Washington, D.C., but is enjoying life as a transplant to the West Coast.


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The Future of Rapid Disinfection, Pandemic & Beyond


The Future of Rapid Disinfection, Pandemic & Beyond

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 @ 5:30pm PST (1.5 hours)



The majority of the discussion about “a new normal” from the pandemic has been dominated by the race for a vaccine and the availability of cost-effective, high volume, rapid testing.  A less discussed dimension is the development of novel technologies for disinfection, both of static object and surface cleansing, but also about commercial air purification applications.

Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego as we host an exciting virtual discussion on September 30th with RESONŌ’s founder and CEO, Hao Hu, and COO, Kaha Aznaurashvili. RESONŌ is a start-up tackling this challenge working at the convergence of virology and physics.

In initial studies, RESONŌ’s foundational technology has been shown superior to ultra-violet light purification methods and others presently used and can be applied not only to the COVID-19 and future pandemic challenges, but seasonal viruses as well.

Topics certain to be discussed:

  • How the technology uniquely attacks and neutralizes viral pathogens
  • How broad are the company’s Intellectual Property claims and its IP protection strategy
  • Regulatory approvals necessary and challenges encountered
  • Various product strategies evaluated and the ultimate business model chosen

And, if we are fortunate, RESONŌ may share some of its latest experimental data (for those who are into that) that help bolster their claim to deliver the most effective, safest, and fastest methods to disinfect air and surfaces.

The MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego is excited to host this timely, powerful, and intriguing discussion.  Please join us on September 30th at 5:30pm PST. Meeting info provided upon registration.



Hao Hu, Founder and CEO of RESONŌ

Hao Hu is the founder and CEO of RESONŌ with 15+ years of experience in technology development and operations. Previously, he was the Head of Operations at Jersey Microwave SATCOM, consultant with Boston Consulting Group and engineer at the Boeing Company. He has lead team across multiple disciplines including product development, manufacturing/ops and business development. As a member of the executive team at Jersey Microwave, Hao helped the company achieve market leading position in satellite communication market and led the company through a period of sustained high growth.

Hao holds a BS in Material Science and a ME in Supply Chain Management from MIT.


Kaha Aznaurashvili, COO of RESONŌ

Kaha is the co-founder and COO of RESONŌ. He brings to the team 10+ years of experience in starting, scaling up and expanding technology businesses in both B2B and B2C segment. He is currently focused on developing a scalable solution that meets customer needs utilizing RESONŌ’s patent pending technology.

Kaha’s previous roles include principle at The Boston Consulting Group, and a co-founder of two successfully exited companies (in supply-chain services and e-commerce fields). Most recently, Kaha worked on the expansion of Bolt OU, a European ride-haling and food-delivery company. Kaha holds BA in business administration and MBA from Kellogg School of Management.



Ben Anger, Partner at Knobbe Martens

Chapter Executive Committee, MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego

Ben Anger is a partner at the law firm Knobbe Martens where he has been practicing intellectual property law since joining the firm in 2009. His law practice focuses primarily on IP litigation, including patent disputes involving medical device technologies, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Ben has been named a “San Diego Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and has been named to San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list.

In 2019, Ben joined the Chapter Executive Committee for the MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego. He earned his law degree from the College of William and Mary and his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah.  Ben and his wife Denise live in the San Diego neighborhood of Rancho Bernardo with their four children. *They are hopeful that RESONŌ’s technology can help get their kids back to school very soon.



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Virtual Happy Hour!

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 @ 5:30pm PST (1 hour)

Join us for a virtual happy hour to meet the Chapter Executive Committee, hear about our exciting Fall program lineup, and review the new format for delivering this timely and relevant content. Unfortunately, the drinks are virtual as well, at least for now.

Registration is complimentary. Be sure to complete this registration form to receive meeting details along with a surprise from The French Gourmet. You won’t want to miss it!

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MIT Enterprise Forum-San Diego Chapter

Digital Health

The New Age of Digital Health

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 @ 5:30pm PST (1.5 hours)


The MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego is excited to host this relevant and timely discussion.  Please join us on January 27th at 5:30pm PST.

Meeting info provided upon registration.

Discussion to focus around the increasing importance of digital therapeutics in clinical care, the role of the patient, patient monitoring and the impact on reducing the costs of healthcare.  A focus on Diabetes makes a useful use-case, as an example of the earliest and most advanced self-managed conditions.

Possible questions to consider:

  • Take the audience on a journey of the past, (self-managed) current, (digital engagement) and future, (AI?) of diabetes patient management
  • What changes in the healthcare landscape have made digital therapeutics more valuable/accessible?
  • What kinds of impacts, on patient care as well as on health systems, can be identified by increased availability and deployment of digital therapeutic tools?
  • Other than Diabetes, what other chronic conditions are benefitting by increased use of digital therapeutics? Why is this important?
  • What do we anticipate seeing in the next 5-10 years?


Elizabeth Gasser, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Tandem Diabetes

Elizabeth Gasser joined Tandem Diabetes Care as Executive Vice President Strategy and Corporate Development in January 2020. She previously worked as an independent advisor providing strategic and corporate development solutions to boards and executive teams. Prior to this, Ms. Gasser was VP of Corporate Strategy at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. where she worked from July 2006 to June 2017. Ms. Gasser has over 20 years of strategy and transaction experience, with an emphasis on developing and leading market entry and growth strategies for connected ecosystems and data-driven businesses. Ms. Gasser holds a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Cambridge.



Arnold Saperstein, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Cecelia Health

Arnold Saperstein MD, FACP, began his career in managed care in 1992 and joined MetroPlus Health Plan in 1995 initially as Chief Medical Officer and then as President and CEO from 2006 until 2019. MetroPlus Health Plan, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York City Health + Hospitals is a managed care organization that, under Saperstein’s leadership grew from 40,000 members to over 500,000 members with an estimated 32,000 participating providers.

Dr. Saperstein has spent the majority of his career developing programs that ensure the highest quality of care. During his tenure at MetroPlus, it ranked as one of the highest scoring plans for quality of care as measured by the New York State Department of Health Medicaid Incentive Program and by the Medicaid Consumer Guide for New York City. Under his leadership, MetroPlus rose to the forefront of Value Based Purchasing. Programs he developed included groundbreaking quality incentive pay for performance programs across the entire MetroPlus network.

Dr. Saperstein is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Endocrinology at the New York University programs.

Dr. Saperstein joined Cecelia Health in July 2019 as the Chief Medical Officer. Cecelia Health is an innovative Diabetes care management organization combining the latest technology with personalized human touch.

At Cecelia Health, Dr. Saperstein built a fully virtual Diabetes practice functional in all 50 states. The practice includes Endocrinologists licensed in every state as well as a team of expert Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists

Dr. Saperstein also oversees all of the clinical care delivered by the Cecelia Health staff and ensures the highest quality of care and outcomes


Linda Travis Macomber RN BSN MBA, Program Director and Faculty, Master of Science in Health Informatics, College of Professional Studies, National University

Linda Travis Macomber, RN BSN MBA, is Program Director and faculty at National University based in La Jolla, CA. Professor Macomber founded the MS Health Informatics program in 2010 and currently leads faculty, develops curriculum, runs the Virtual Health Tech Discovery Lab, facilities partnerships, and teaches/advises students in emerging health IT practices. Since first launching her health IT career in 1984, she has led pioneering and comprehensive digital health and tech-enabled initiatives with hospitals, clinics, consulting firms, biotech, tech developers, and startups. Professor Macomber earned her BSN from the University of Michigan and her MBA from Northeastern University. She has published and presented extensively on health tech innovations as her life and career have taken her to all 50 states and five continents. Presentation highlights included invitations to speak in South Africa, Finland, and at many national HIMSS meetings.

Career highlights include launching many health tech initiatives decades before they became mainstream.

  • In the 1980s, she pioneered the development and deployment of Mumps-based health applications in Boston area hospitals and beyond. She joined the team to develop/launch the 1987 pilot and win the 1.01 billion-dollar DOD Composite Health Care System (CHCS) award. This solution included eprescribing, CPOE, decision support, and person-centered system integration creating a global legacy that has lasted the test of time.
  • In the 1990s, she led a requirements design team for Kaiser Permanente’s HealthConnect predecessor, contributed to what is now Cancer.gov, and launched the firm Healthcare Technology Consulting. Clients have included IBM, SAIC (Leidos), Healthlink, Genentech, Anvita Health (Humana), the University of California, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and startups.
  • In the 2000s, she founded and chaired a national HIMSS Davies Award, led community clinic EHR grants/initiatives, and designed tech-enabled patient care for clinics, including the White House and Executive Health Clinic at Walter Reed.
  • She began her career with the University of Michigan Alumni Association and then as a pediatric RN and ICU nurse at the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Boston Children’s Hospital. She joined HIMSS in 1989 as part of founding clinical systems participation and ANIA in1993 as the organization was starting up.
  • Professor Macomber lives in San Diego and has one daughter who is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Current interests include virtual care/ telehealth, personal health technologies, ed-tech innovations, decision support, writing, innovative health technology adoption, and developing the next generation of health tech leaders.






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The Science of Comedy Happy Hour

Happy Hour

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 @ 5:30pm PST 

Complimentary to All!


The MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego is excited to kick-off the New Year with this fun, interactive happy hour.  Please join us on January 6th, 2021 at 5pm PST.

Networking @ 5pm PST

Program @ 5:30pm PST

Meeting info provided upon registration. 





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