• Explainable AI: A peek into the brains behind AI

    MakeOffices DC at the Wharf

    AI today helps us solve complex problems except with one challenge. AI solution is usually a “Black Box” that makes intelligent decisions. These decisions can sometimes be at the expense of human health and safety. There is a need for AI systems to be transparent about the reasoning it uses in order to increase trust, clarity and understanding of these applications. Explainable AI provides insights into the data, variables and decision points used to make a recommendation. For the launch event for Women in AI in DC, we'll look at how regulated industries like financial institutions and healthcare can use explainable AI to reduce risk of automated decision-making. Speaker Profiles: Gwynn Sturdevant - Data Scientist at Volanno. Dr. Gwynn Sturdevant specializes in algorithmic development of methods used for improving transportation efficiencies. Dr. Sturdevant currently works at Volanno, a company that specializes in providing consulting services to the transportation industry. During her tenure at Volanno, she has worked on analytical projects in the rail and the aviation sectors including: improving Terminal Arrival Efficiency Rate estimation, developing an algorithm to predict train arrival times in a multi-agency rail operating environment, and developing methods to produce unbiased algorithmic results. Dr. Sturdevant developed an extensive Shiny application to assist in balancing trials as a post-doctoral fellow with Ken Kleinman (University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Harvard University). Dr. Sturdevant has a PhD in Statistics from the University of Auckland, the birthplace of R, where she studied under Thomas Lumley (University of Auckland and University of Washington) and Ross Ihaka. She focused on finding long-term effects, after cessation of treatments, when noisy measurements cross a threshold in biometric data. Mallesh Murugesan Mallesh Murugesan is the Founder and CEO of Abeyon, a boutique technology firm that is focused on Artificial Intelligence specifically in the Natural Language Processing space. Under his leadership, Abeyon has been working on several advanced AI technologies including Text Analysis, Category Management, Information extraction and more. Abeyon was recently recognized as a 2018 Government Innovations Award winner among defense projects for implementing a “Best in Class” machine learning tool for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). Mallesh has a Masters in Information Systems from George Mason and an MBA from University of Maryland, College Park" Chris Petrakis Chris Petrakis is the COO and Co-founder of Cura AI, a Data Science company at the intersection of patient care and the 3rd wave of Artificial Intelligence focused on precision medicine. Cura AI's mission is to help 1 BILLION chronic pain and mental health patients through precision based treatments. Chris is a husband, a father of three, an award-winning entrepreneurial business leader, visionary and a serial entrepreneur (Cura AI, Solebrity, Chelfie) Prior to being an entrepreneur, he spent his energy in the Federal IT and Cloud Computing arenas while patenting and developing a consumer products company with regional retailers. His current focus at Cura AI is on building precision treatment solutions; leveraging data analytics, genomics, clinical testing, and patient focus to quickly innovate, disrupt, and penetrate the precision medicine market. Sponsors: TechNotch Solutions TechNotch Solutions is a boutique machine learning/data science consulting company with a focus on healthcare and financial services. J6 Labs J6 Labs is a boutique advisory/idea incubation firm based out of Washington DC that helps companies around the globe use digital to accelerate their audience reach and revenue growth. Program Agenda: 5:30-6:00 pm - Check-in/Networking 6:00-6:15 pm - Women in AI presentation 6:15 - 7:15pm - Discuss, Debate, Duel about Explainable AI 7:15 - End of event - Eat, Drink and Network.

  • Gender Bias in AI: From Conflict to Compromise

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    Artificial intelligence is increasingly influencing our society and our behavior. One of the challenges with the machine learning algorithms (used in AI applications) is the over-representation of biased data -, especially around gender. Since machine intelligence learns primarily from observing data that it is presented with, it is important that gender balance in machine learning is crucial to prevent algorithms from perpetuating gender ideologies that disadvantage women and other genders. This International Women's month let us come together to discuss this challenge and how can we currently address it. What are some things to think about when designing your machine learning project? List of Speakers: Dalila Benachenhou - Chief Data Scientist, TechNotch Solutions Dalila Benachenhou has over ten years of experience in developing state-of-art artificial intelligence applications in her vast 20+ years of experience in the world of data. She started her career working on AI models long before it became popular. She has deployed profitable US Treasury Bonds trading AI applications as early as 1990. More recently she is helping countries through the World Bank detect customs fraud using Machine Learning. She is well known for her book “Spot Financial Shenanigans” about fraud detection in the equity market. She also teaches at George Washington University. Ashley Bryant-Baker, Lead Data Science Analyst,Amtrak Ashley Bryant-Baker is the Lead Data Science Analyst at Amtrak, using data to drive business decisions and forecast potential outcomes for strategic initiatives. After working in consumer behavior for nearly a decade, she uses her knowledge to build predictive modeling, statistical analyses and software consulting to improve business in all areas: from predicting purchase behavior to customer life-cycle to pricing and operations. Ashley has worked with brands and organizations across the world including Coca-Cola, the United Nations, T-Mobile, and DIRECTV. However, the work she is most proud of is the commitment she has made to advocate for diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and her work with organizations that strive to increase the exposure of minorities, women and other marginalized groups to these fields. Ashley holds a Masters in Business Administration with a focus in International Economics from American Graduate School in Paris and a Certificate in Data Science from Georgetown University. Ashish Jaiman is the Director Of Technology Operations from Microsoft where he helps build cybersecurity solutions using ML, Transfer Learning, Deep Learning, and other AI innovations. More recently he has developed a cross-company collaborative effort to bring cybersecurity solutions to democratic institutions (election campaigns, public officials, contributors to democracy) in an effort to advance democracy, reduce security risk, build security offerings and productize solutions. Agenda: 5:30 - 6pm - Registration/Networking 6 - 6:20pm - Use Cases of Biased applications 6:20 - 7pm - Panel discussion on biased data in Machine Learning applications and ways of mitigation 7pm - 7:30 - Refreshments and Networking

  • Demos, Demos, Demos - Cool AI/IoT product demos (Partner Event)

    Join us for an evening of emerging technology demos, demonstrating key benefits of many cutting-edge concepts like AI/Machine learning, IoT, machine vision, 3D modeling/printing, and cloud computing. Each demo will be 5 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. This is followed by networking and cool refreshments. Demos: Title: Alexa-Based trivia game Abstract: A game trivia on Alexa. Key takeaways: Alexa IoT exploration, Alexa AI, User Experience Title: 3D Design with TINKERCAD Abstract: 3D printing has gone mainstream. What used to cost thousands just a couple of years ago is now available for anyone to start prototyping and print models immediately for product validation. www.thingyverse.com provides a trove of 3D models for the aspiring designer, however sooner or later there’s a need for modifying a model or creating a new one. Commercial 3D modeling packages offer rich features but come at the cost of complexity and steep learning curves. Enter TINKERCAD, a free, web-based modeling environment that can help you bootstrap your 3D printing career. Key takeaways: Introduction to TINKERCAD and its capabilities. Design a simple object. Design a complex object. Learn about boolean operations. Import STL models and make modifications. Export models into STL file for 3D printing. Title: Hacking with Amazon Dash Buttons Abstract: Amazon’s Dash buttons are probably one of the most inexpensive and easy ways to get into the world of IOT. It requires a very little setup to get started and can solve for a variety of use cases. This demo will go into a brief step-by-step process for how to set it up and showcase a few quick projects that can be done. Key takeaways: IOT, Amazon Dash Title: My First AWS linked IOT Device Abstract: Getting started in the IOT field can be quite intimidating for people with limited hardware and AWS experience, but it is actually an easy and fun process! This demo will show a step-by-step process to setting up a Raspberry Pi with an infrared sensor and incorporating it with AWS IOT. Key takeaways: IOT, Raspberry Pi, AWS Title: Unity: 3D Development Abstract: A quick demo to show how to create a simple “game” in Unity, starting with importing 3D Blender objects, and then using keyboard keys to control the movement of the objects. Then I will show users how to attach a camera to follow the object as it moves. Key takeaways: Unity is a free tool that anyone can use! Introduction to the Unity interface, importing assets and writing simple configurations to interact with 3D objects. Title: Automated Visitor Check-In Abstract: Through the use of BLE beacons we have the ability to automate the customer check-ins in retail spaces Key takeaways: BLE, iOS Title: Streaming ML systems with IOT input/output Abstract: Build a streaming pipeline, which takes in data from an IoT device, feeds it to an ML system, takes the output and pushes that into an IoT device which will act based on the results. We will use a Kafka Pipeline, feed it images from any device, process it using TensorFlow and publish the results so that any device can consume it. Key takeaways: Streaming, ML, Raspberry Pi Title: TensorFlow.JS Pose tracking Abstract: Human skeleton/pose tracking using pre-trained TensorFlow.JS models built for mobile and browser-based applications Key takeaways: Lightweight easy to use open-source AI for mobile, IoT and browser-based applications.

  • Applied AI: Use cases of AI in business and government. 

    There are only a few organizations that understand how to utilize AI in their business. This session offers practical business insights, trends organizations need to look out for and approaches and challenges of AI application implementation both in the government as well as commercial sectors. Agenda: 6:00 - 6:30 pm - Networking 6:30 - 7:00 pm - Presentations by speakers 7:00 - 7:40pm - Panel discussion 7:40 - 8:00 pm - Audience questions Speakers Bio: Melonie Richey is an analytic methodologist by training and a technical program manager by trade. She currently manages a portfolio of AI/ML-focused programs for NT Concepts, a woman-owned National Security solutions company. Her portfolio spans deep learning and other machine learning approaches to computer vision, natural language processing, sensor data processing, and automation for federal agency clients. Ms. Richey earned a BA in Linguistics in 2011, an MS in Intelligence Studies and Information Science in 2014, a PMP in 2015, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate within George Mason University’s College of Science. Technical areas of expertise include network science, social network analysis, computational social science, and geospatial modeling. In her spare time, Ms. Richey enjoys international travel, video gaming, and the culinary arts. LinkedIn. Frank La Vigne works at Microsoft as an AI Technology Solutions Professional where he helps companies achieve more by getting the most out of their data with analytics and AI. He also co-hosts the DataDriven podcast. He blogs regularly at FranksWorld.com and you can watch him on his YouTube channel, “Frank’s World TV” (FranksWorld.TV). Frank has extensive experience as a software engineer. You can find him on Twitter at @tableteer.

  • The essential checklist for a Blockchain startup!

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    The hype of Bitcoin is all around us. But the underlying technology of Blockchain is the enabler of the cryptocurrencies. The blockchain is a digital disruptor not just for crypto but has far-reaching applications across various industries. A decentralized distributed ledger that guarantees authentication combined with un-hackable anonymity makes Blockchain powerful for a variety of use cases. Guided by various experts, you will get the following takeaways from this session: * Profitable business models for your Blockchain startup * How to ensure that your Blockchain IP (Intellectual Property) is protected * Overview of an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) and how to build a Blockchain MVP (Minimal Viable Product) * Q&A with Blockchain VCs (Venture Capitalists) Presented by: Dr. D'vorah Graeser will be presenting about IP for Blockchain. D'vorah is the founder and CEO of KISSPatent. D'vorah is a US patent agent with 21 years of experience. She is helping startups and innovators to realize their dreams, protect their ideas, raise more funding and increase their valuation with patents. Portia Burton will be presenting on ICO and how to build a Blockchain MVP. She is the founder and executive director of Blockchain Explainer. She is a technologist with a mission to spread accurate and accessible information about distributed ledger technologies. Portia started her career as machine learning engineer at Trapit and then she worked as a software developer at The Atlantic Magazine. These days Portia creates webinars, and courses designed to make professionals feel confident and knowledgeable about blockchain and cryptocurrencies. When Portia is not lecturing on blockchain fundamentals, she spends her days helping ICOs craft viable B2B marketing strategies. Swathi Young will be presenting on the Blockchain business models. Swathi is the founder of TechNotch Solutions. She has over 20 years of experience leading technology product development and product management. She is currently helping enterprises and startups to identify and capitalize on new business models in emerging technologies like IoT, machine learning, and Blockchain. David Hong will answer questions about venture capital funding. David is the co-founder and director of business development at Heyi Blockchain, a consulting company that supports blockchain and cryptocurrency companies. He has a background in international law.

  • The evolution and the future of Blockchain

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    Blockchain is known as the platform of "truth and trust" and is predicted to change the world and how we do business. Simplistically, it is an open-source distributed database using sophisticated cryptography and helps in collaboration and tracking of all kinds of transactions and interactions. In this event, we will have a focused panel discussion of how Blockchain evolved and what is the future of it? We will also cover various inter-related topics like cryptocurrencies, what is the underlying technology and how it can disrupt financial institutions. Come, learn, participate and network! Speakers Bio: Dr.Cara LaPointe : Dr. Cara LaPointe is a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University where she conducts research at the intersection of technology, policy and ethics within the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation. Cara came to Georgetown University from the White House where she served as the Interim Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, a non-partisan leadership development program. During a career in the United States Navy which spanned over two decades, she held numerous roles in the areas of autonomous systems, acquisitions, ship design and production, naval force architecture, power and energy systems, and unmanned vehicle technology integration, and she most recently served as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems. Cara is a patented engineer, having co-designed a passive diver thermal protection system for deep-sea divers. At the Deep Submergence Lab of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), she conducted research in deep-ocean autonomous underwater vehicle navigation and sensor-fusion algorithms. Cara also served in the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama, developing public-private partnerships in support of veterans and military families. Cara holds a Ph.D. jointly from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and WHOI, M.S. and Nav. Eng. degrees from MIT, an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy. Portia Burton: Portia Burton is the founder and executive director of Blockchain Explainer. She is a technologist with a mission to spread accurate and accessible information about distributed ledger technologies. Portia started her career as machine learning engineer at Trapit and then she worked as a software developer at The Atlantic Magazine. These days Portia creates webinars, and courses designed to make professionals feel confident and knowledgeable about blockchain and cryptocurrencies. When Portia is not lecturing on blockchain fundamentals, she spends her days helping ICOs craft viable B2B marketing strategies. Dr.Victoria Adams Dr. Victoria Adams is one of the world’s leading experts on blockchain in the public sector and how governments can leverage blockchain and other R4 technologies to transform service delivery and increase efficacy and accountability. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the consulting and technology industry and has supported the US Federal government, non-US governments, and Fortune 500 companies. She currently leads ConsenSys, the largest blockchain firm in the world, US government practice specializing in the area of public finance, regulation, and tokenization of assets.

  • How to use IoT (Internet of Things) to build profitable products!

    Did you know that Internet of Things (IoT) solutions are becoming the driving force behind improving efficiencies, driving revenue opportunities and solving business problems across multiple industries? To remain competitive, technologists need knowledge, training and state-of-the-art information in the world of IoT to improve productivity, shorten product development cycles and gain competitive advantage. You will find all of this and much more at this event. Comprising of an insightful presentation, a hands-on experience and plenty of networking opportunities, this event is not to be missed. Agenda: 5:30- 6pm - Sign-in 6:00 - 6:15 - Meeting organizer's introduction 6:15 - 7: 15 - Presentation and Hands-on experience by Dr.Julien Stamatakis, CTO of Senseware 7:15 - 8:00 - Presentation and Hands-on experience by Calum McClelland, Director of Projects, Leverege Speaker Bio: 1. Our first speaker for the event will be Julien Stamatakis, CTO & Co Founder of Senseware,Inc/ Dr. Julien Stamatakis is the co-founder and CTO of a DC Company, Senseware, Inc. At Senseware, he designed and developed the first Sensors as a Service system making data from any sensor instantly available in real time from anywhere on the web using a unique plug-n-play wireless mesh network technology. Julien has over 10 years of experience in developing wireless sensor-based systems for variety of applications including healthcare and smart buildings and cities. Julien is a winner of multiple awards including the Belgian Robotic Cup and the European Space Agency (ESA) Zero G challenge. Julien has a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and has published many articles on wireless sensor-based systems and their application in treating Parkinson’s disease patients. 2.Our second speaker for the night would be Calum McClelland , Director of Projects at Leverege where he has driven the planning and execution of several enterprise IoT solutions as a lead project manager, including what will be the largest LPWAN deployment in US history with over 600K sensors. Calum is also the Managing Editor of IoT For All (https://iotforall.com), a leading resource for enterprise IoT. Calum will be presenting on "How to Succeed with Enterprise-Scale IoT Solutions"

  • The bridge between emerging technologies and Federal Government - Funding! 

    We often wonder how our ideas using Machine learning, Artificial intelligence,VR/AR or Internet of things (IoT) can be used by the federal government. I bet you did not know that there is a $100+ Billion market waiting for you. Right here in the DMV area! - The Federal Government. This session would share the unknown secrets to accelerate your startup with several Federal Innovation Accelerators. Awaken your inner entrepreneur and utilize these resources to bring your ideas to market. Agenda: 6:00 - 6:15 - Swathi Young to present use cases of emerging technologies in Federal Government and introduction to the speaker. 6:30 - 7:20 - Tim Greeff presents how innovative technologies are used for our national security through NSTXL (http://nstxl.org/) (National Security Technology Acceleration). He would also cover successful emerging technology startup use cases that delivered these technologies to the warfighter in a quick, efficient and cost-effective manner. About the speakers: Swathi Young (http://linkedin.com/in/swathi-sambhani-young-7040842) is a jill-of-all-trades.Half-technologist and half-product person, she has led over 50+ high-tech projects which produced a combined revenue of $200 million for organizations like Oracle, GE,SunGard and most recently as Senior Director at Amtrak, leading their web and mobile eCommerce teams. Her Lean Value Launch framework ( based on Lean, Design Thinking and Agile) is widely used by startups and enterprises to accelerate the new product development process. Tim Greeff (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-greeff-4b06391/) is the Co-Founder and CEO of NSTXL (http://nstxl.org/) (National Security Technology Accelerator).Tim has over 18 years of experience working on energy policy, clean energy and advanced energy economy. At NSTXL he oversees the interaction and deal-flow between universities, small and large organizations and the military.