• UGLY ROBOTS, IMPERFECT AI & SMART MACHINES: The Good, The Bad & The Naïve

    PRESENTED BY MCCARTER & ENGLISH UGLY ROBOTS, IMPERFECT AI & SMART MACHINES: The Good, The Bad & The Naive #MCSFReactor #NYCReactor Artificial Intelligence is here, but are we all being wildly optimistic? Are trucks really going to be driverless in 5 years? Can AI really get me the toppings I requested on my pizza (not necessarily, you don't always get what you thought you wanted!). The public has no idea what they are getting themselves into -- the benefits, the horrors and the "meh". Our four amazing expert panelists will delve into the nonsense, the reality, the timing and the $$ in a think-tank type discussion, followed by a fireside chat in an even deeper dive with our resident AI Content Expert.& Innovation Leader. Our Expert Panelists: 1. Luke Schantz, IBM Global Entrepreneur Proram & Technical Manager & Evangelist (ask him about his work with the Blue Man Group!) 2. Gale Brewer , Manhattan Borough President, specializing in government efficiency and accountability in technology. 3. Sep DiMeglio, developer audiences marketing manager & AI Advocate, Microsoft 4. Bjorn Austraat, IBM Global Cognitive Leader and Senior Applied AI & Machine Learning Executive Moderator: Oliver Christie,AI Strategist & Founder, Foxy Machine, an artificial Intelligence consulting, strategy & research company for companies seeking to leverage new and future technologies. Bruce Epstein, Knowledge Wizard, Aebis, a knowledge management company: leverage critical knowledge. Master of Ceremonies: Jim Williams, Physics & Chemistry B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) Interactive Videographer: Jeff Paul and Steve from VisioTag - they will be stationed in the middle, back of the conference room -- see them about how their video table of contents works! Plus Pizza, Soda & Brownies from Microsoft Reactor, Essence Water from Hint, Gourmet Sandwiches from McCarter & English & Wine from Dana!! 🍷 **EXTRA Special Thanks to our Disruptive Technologists® Think Tank Council & Events Sponsor-Partner: McCarter & English and David Sorin, Partner & Chair - Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Company Practices.

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  • Disruptive Technologists: AI & Ethics? The Big Questions

    RSVP’s close at 6:15pm today, Friday the 7th. If you still need a last minute ticket you will need to go to Eventbrite to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disruptive-technologists-ai-ethics-the-big-questions-tickets-50576192754?ref=eios&aff=eios PRESENTED BY MCCARTER & ENGLISH Developments in robotics engineering have resulted in several weird and wonderful advancements across many fields including military, manufacturing, service, and entertainment. We will discuss the new applied ethics in Robo-morality: Machine Learning & Roboethics is concerned with what rules should be created for machines and robots to guarantee -their design for ethical behavior. Should we ensure that machines with artificial intelligence behave in ways that prioritize human safety as well as their own safety, above their assigned tasks? And can we do this in accordance with the accepted precepts of human morality? Other questions: • Why do we need to care about ethics in AI? • What made you focus on this emerging subject in techno-ethics? • How can we regulate robo-morality? • Are there any progress in terms of programming machines to act with human beings in an ethical way? • In your opinion what is the major challenge to develop robot and machine learning ethics for the following decade? ***SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Symon Perriman leads business development for Express, the world’s most secure communications network and productivity tools. He is an internationally recognized business leader, industry expert, author, presenter, technology influencer and multi-patent holder. He spent eight years at Microsoft in a variety of technical and strategic roles before running several technology startups in the security and sports industries. 1. Tameka Vasquez, Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University & Marketing Director at Eigen Technologies, an international artificial intelligence company. She is also a Strategic Advisor to Opus AI, a startup that is focused on using AI to simplify the diversity process at large companies. 2. Manojit Nandi, Senior Data Scientist, Rocketrip Manojit builds machine learning models in Python for automating expense approval and deploys these models into production using AWS Lambda. Rocketrip helps businesses reduce travel spend by incentivizing employees to save when they travel for business. 3. Claudia Perlich, Senior Data Scientist, Two Sigma & NYU Adjunct Professor started her career at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, concentrating on research in data analytics and machine learning for complex real-world domains. She received her Ph.D. in Information Systems from Stern School of Business, NYU. 4. Imran Anwar, Disruptive Technologist in Customer Success Unit at Microsoft & Introduced the Internet and E-mail for Pakistan (among early providers of their internet). Earlier he was Enterprise Architect for the US Department of Defense & for General Electric. 5. Hugh Seaton Founder of the Nationwide Practical AI Community & Founder & CEO of Aquinas Learning, a software company that provides an AI learning coach to corporate learners. As for Practical AI in NYC, Cambridge, Toronto & Silicon Valley; he is also Founder of the NYVR Expo, the largest East coast VR/AR event on East coast and is fluent in Mandarin; MBA: Columbia Business School & London Business. Moderator: Oliver Christie, Founder, Foxy Machine, an artificial Intelligence consulting, strategy & research company for companies seeking to leverage new and future technologies. They implement a data-driven approach to decision-making. Master of Ceremonies: Jim Williams, Physics & Chemistry B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) Interactive Videographer: Jeff Paul and Steve from VisioTag - they will be stationed in the middle, back of the conference room -- see them about how their video table of contents works! Plus Pizza, Soda & Brownies from Microsoft, Essence Water from Hint, Gourmet Sandwiches from McCarter & English and Wine from Dana!! 🍷 Special Sponsor for Disruptive Technologists® Students: Founded by Givi Topchishvili, The 9.8 Group has clients ranging from innovative startups & category leaders -- governmental agencies & Fortune 500 companies. www.98group.com **Special thanks to our Disruptive Technologists® Think Tank Council & Events Sponsor-Partner: McCarter & English and David Sorin, Partner & Chair - Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Company Practices.

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  • Disruptive Tech: Digital Preservation, Privacy, Protocols (ie Blockchain)

    This Meetup is now closed for RSVPs. If you need to, you can email us at [masked] What is Digital Preservation? In-library and archival science, digital preservation means ensuring that digital information of continuing value remains accessible and usable. What is Digital Privacy? There are many dimensions to our digital worlds. We buy everything online. We entertain ourselves with endless piles of digital content. We communicate and socialize with friends and colleagues. We’re all digital, all the time. But what we do, what we buy, who we visit and what we think is now on sale. And can Blockchain solve either of these challenges? Our next Disruptive Technologists event, brought to you by McCarter & English, is on “Digital Preservation, Privacy & Protocols (ie Blockchain)” on July 30th. We hold our free events quarterly at Microsoft in Times Square. Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet, will open our fun, casual free-flowing interactive panel discussion via audio/video from D.C. and special panelists: 1. Yorke Rhodes, Co-founder | Blockchain @ Microsoft & is currently down the blockchain rabbit hole with identity on his mind... 2. David Solomonoff, Developing and supporting open technologies for social good at the intersection of the virtual and real. Former President of The Internet Society of NY. 3. Nina Knox, Co-founder of Top Ledger Consulting, a boutique advisory firm that provides innovative and emerging businesses in Crypto and Blockchain global ecosystems. 4. Alan Brody, Founder of Blockchain Breakthroughs -- roadshow for blockchain & crypto startups, the author of Are You Fundable? – book for Entrepreneurs, and Founder of Angel Week Startupalooza pitching forum and the Capital Raising Workshop. Including special Fireside Chat with wine and cheese moderated by Bruce Epstein, Knowledge Transfer Wizard of Aebis for a deep dive discussion into privacy & blockchain. Moderator: David Sorin, Startups & Emerging Companies, McCarter & English Pizza from Microsoft, Wine from Dana, Essence Water from Hint — plus gourmet sandwiches and giveaways of Lauren Keyson’s new book, “The Origins of Disruptive Technologists and Their Entrepreneurial Culture in NYC”. https://www.meetup.com/Disruptive-Technologists-in-NYC Here is the link to our previous meetup video: http://www.viziotag.com/sales/Default.aspx?mg=0719c7b0-a07b-4ddb-9a64-01a582e4d6d6&ti

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  • Disruptive Technologists: Is Blockchain & Bitcoin Our New Banking?

    Presented By McCARTER & ENGLISH ATTORNEYS AT LAW: AmericanScientific.com Study: Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies. Smart Contracts -- many people have now heard of the rapidly changing ecosystem of financial technology, but few have wrapped their heads around it. Hundreds of central banks and corporations are incubating a game-changing technology called blockchain—and investors are betting billions on it. Yet only 24 percent of global financial services professionals surveyed in 2017 by PwC described themselves as “extremely” or “very” familiar with it. Much of the public is unsure if any of this is legal if they understand it at all. Evangelists say it has the power to upend entire economic systems. Emin Gün Sirer, Cornell's blockchain researcher warns '"a lot of hokum out there.” "Cryptocurrencies could possibly be the single most disruptive technology to global financial and economic systems. If cryptocurrencies became the global norm for transactions, long-standing systems for trade would need to be completely reformed to deal with this type of competition, by virtue of the fact that current financial and legal structures were designed with a completely different mindset and purpose." -- Peter DeVries, International Journal of Business Management & Commerce, 9/2016. Our events are fun and freewheeling -- 5 expert panelists share their expertise -- bit edgier and a bit more wild than other tech events -- our attendees can ask questions throughout the panel discussion, there is wine, beer, gourmet sandwiches and cookies, pizza and Hint water. Fireside Chat: Directly following we have a smaller hosted fireside chat with wine, cheese & crackers. This special 30-minute session is for attendees who really want to get into a high-level deep discussion without being videotaped. Be sure to RSVP with your full name for security reasons (and if you are bringing guests please email us at [masked] with their full names too!). We can't wait to see you! 1st Panelist: Yorke Rhodes, Global Business Strategist, Microsoft In addition to his Blockchain & Identity work at Microsoft, he is also an Adjunct Professor Digital & Ecommerce Marketing at NYU. 2nd Panelist: Ali Hasan, CEO & Co-Founder, Crescent Crypto An investor & advocate for passive investing looking to fill the demand for an institutional quality vehicle in the cryptocurrency asset class. Was investment analyst at Goldman Sachs executing syndicate sales for the bank’s IPO and follow-on offerings, managing a book of $4.5B in private assets. 3rd Panelist: Lauren Stephanian, Blockchain Consultant Experience: National Science Foundation, Blockchain Working Group Advisor; Blockx2, Blockchain/Crypto Consultant; Flat World Partners; Mosaic. 4th Panelist: Chris Matta, Co-Founder, Crescent Crypto He is an investor, entrepreneur & philanthropist who is looking to bring cryptocurrencies to mainstream investors through passive vehicle. Experience: VP at Goldman Sachs. 5th Panelist: Graham Mosley, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft In addition to his work on Azure Engineering and Blockchain at Microsoft, he is also a Co-Founder and Shareholder at NY Interactive Advertising Exchange (NYIAX). Moderator: David Sorin, Managing Partner & Co-Chair Venture Capital & Emerging Growth, McCarter & English He focuses primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled & life sciences. Master of Ceremonies: David Franklin, CTO of B&L Management David is our Funny Technologist, Tech Geek, and Entrepreneur! Fireside Chat: Our deep dive into Blockchain starts at 8:30pm -- there will be wine and cheese and crackers. Our sponsor is intimate.io, the cryptocurrency revolutionizing the future of adult. Check out the Video from our January 2018 Event “AI Upends IoT” : http://www.viziotag.com/viziotag/Default.aspx?mg=8d69065d-b711-45bb-83c8-3b6b147a3ec3&textcolor=white

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  • Disruptive Technologists Upends IoT Using AI: Smart Homes, Cities & Governments

    Presented By McCARTER & ENGLISH ATTORNEYS AT LAW: From smart homes to smart cities to smart government, artificial intelligence is upending the definition of the Internet of Things. The grandiose long-term vision of smart places is of course full-on interconnectivity. Vehicles will not only talk to each other, but they will also be connected to traffic lights, parking meters, police and parking lots. The link between IoT and AI is about letting computers be smarter — which in turn will improve the quality of life, by making life frictionless and fun. Our events are fun and freewheeling -- 5 expert panelists share their expertise -- bit edgier and a bit more wild than other tech events -- our attendees can ask questions throughout the panel discussion, there is wine, beer, gourmet sandwiches and cookies, pizza and Hint water. Fireside Chat: Directly following we have a smaller fireside chat moderated by Aebis (AI experts) and hosted with wine, cheese & crackers by The Triana Group. This special 30-minute session is for attendees who really want to get into a high-level deep discussion without being videotaped. Be sure to RSVP with your full name for security reasons (and if you are bringing guests please email us at [masked] with their full names too!). We can't wait to see you! 1st Panelist: Nick Adams: Co-founder and managing partner, Differential Ventures I get to live every aspect of our business. Basically there are three things that any fund does: 1) Fundraise. Yes, we are always fundraising too. Just like startups… 2). Explore the most exciting new market opportunities, invest in them and influence the trajectory of those companies and 3). Navigate a massive financial obligation to our LPs to return their capital with appropriate returns for the risk they take with an illiquid asset. 2nd Panelist: John Edgar, Co-Founder & Managing Director, stae.co Just a dude who loves the full stack and startups and business and people and cloud and stuff. Created a company that has revolutionary ideas to improve city governments. Value: people, collaboration, leadership, vision, context, strategy and execution. There is a place for "smart" "ambitious" "hustler" and a place for "wise" "empathetic" "measured" -- oh yeah: go cloud. 3rd Panelist: Mark Clifton, co-founder & CEO, Princeton Identity Mark has experience in biometrics, security and surveillance, resulting in deep understanding of authentication technologies for businesses, borders and global organizations for improved safety. Princeton Identity’s proprietary technology enables smart camera technology to capture the image of the iris of the eye to identify the person and can be used in a myriad of applications, including security for financial transactions of all kinds, physical security, and digital security. 4th Panelist: Bruce Weed, IBM Bruce is an expert in AI, IoT and is a Developer & Developer Advocate. He is the City Leader/Developer Advocate (New York) for IBM’s Digital Business Group. Bruce covers the Eastern part of the U.S. with a main focus in NYC. Bruce engages directly around latest technologies with partners and customers alike, his expertise is around Watson/AI, IoT, Blockchain, Cloud and Bots, Digital Assistants and Big Data. 5th Panelist: Aaron Price, Council Member & Founder of NJ Tech Meetup CEO, Propelify Aaron is on technology and innovation transition team for governor-elect Phil Murphy. He is also the CEO & founder for Propelify; and founder of NJ Tech Meetup. Founder of companies. Organizer of innovators. Learner of information. Combater of closed-mindedness. Moderator: Ed Maguire Host: David Franklin, CTO of B&L Management David is our Funny Technologist, Tech Geek, and Entrepreneur!

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  • Disruptive Technologists Goes Artificial -- in Intelligence!

    Don't forget to peel the bananas... Automation / Artificial Intelligence are becoming omnipresent in business and our daily lives. Technology now allows us to talk to our devices, detect trends in huge data sets, and let our cars drive for us. https://disruptivetechnologists.com/artificial-intelligence-not-that-intelligent-just-yet/ At the same time, we are increasingly aware that the slightest human assumption or foible remains beyond the reach of even the most advanced AI system. The example cited in the title, which will also be presented at the event, comes from Chef Watson, an expert system for culinary arts that has been able to “create” innovative recipes. But when the users noticed that recipes including bananas didn’t turn out properly, the developers were surprised to discover that they had neglected to inform the system that bananas are usually used without the peel. Hence the need to focus on AI content in addition to technology. The unexpected trap for successful AI implementation is that most “banana peels” (assumptions, conventions, even biases) are not obvious. (Our event sponsor, Aebis Inc, has proven methods to uncover this “tacit knowledge”.) By focusing on content, your AI implementation can avoid slipping on hidden banana peels! (Sorry :) ) www.aebis.com Our next Disruptive event is all about Artificial Intelligence. The scheduled date is at Microsoft at 5:45pm -- there will be food, wine, pizza, Hint Water, gourmet sandwiches and cookies. Panelists will include experts from IBM, Microsoft, Loup Ventures, Chef Watson and more. Please check back as we add more details. The event is free but fills up rather fast – – if you RSVP now, but find out you can't make it later, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you! 1. Bruce Weed | Developer Advocate for the East Coast, IBM Bruce Weed is the City Leader/Developer Advocate (New York) for IBM’s Digital Business Group. Bruce covers the Eastern part of the U.S. with a main focus in NYC. Bruce engages directly around latest technologies with partners and customers alike, his expertise is around Watson/AI, IoT, Blockchain, Cloud and Bots, Digital Assistants and Big Data. He runs LinkedIn groups with over 50K+ members on IBM Watson & IoT, IBM Big Data and Analytics, and Blockchain for Business; these groups look at both use cases and technology trends. Bruce also runs the IBM Watson - Cognitive Business & IoT Meetup in NYC with over 1600 members. He is a Watson/IoT, Blockchain and Big Data evangelist. 2. Heather Shapiro, Microsoft AI Expert Heather Shapiro is a Technical Evangelist in Microsoft's Developer Experience group, where she educates developers on Microsoft's new technologies. In this role, she works closely with students and developer communities across the North East to understand the newest technologies and architectures. Prior to becoming a Technical Evangelist, she received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and completed an Honors Thesis about employing Bayesian Approaches to Understanding Music Popularity. Heather blogs at http://microheather.com. 3. Doug Clinton, Managing Partner, Loup Ventures, is an early stage venture fund investing in AI, robotics, augmented reality and virtual reality. 4. Oliver Christie, Artificial Intelligence Strategist Artificial Intelligence consultant who helps companies envision their future and leverage this technology to stay ahead of the competition.Google Moonshot Winner,IBM Watson Prize Winner and named 1 of 10 Influencers Driving AI in Business by CBR.Currently designing an AI powered Bank, Airline and Medical Research facility. Co-founder of two AI startups for insurance and recruitment. 5. James Wang, Research Analyst, ARK Web X.0 ETF James is an internet analyst at ARK Invest where he specializes in artificial intelligence and microprocessors. He is the author of the 2017 white paper “Deep Learning — An Artificial Intelligence Revolution” and numerous think pieces on AI and GPUs. James spent nine years at NVIDIA where he led GPU technical marketing. He has written about the technology and gaming industry since 2000 and was an early proponent of using GPUs for general computing. Moderator: Kevin Pianko Partner of BDO USA, LLP performs audits of public and private companies and assists them with the financial and operational aspects of their business. Kevin has industry expertise in life sciences, private equity activities, SEC/public companies, tech, manufacturing, professional services, and financial services. He is also a regular on Bloomberg Radio and NBC. Host: David Franklin, CTO of B&L Management David is our Sexy Technologist, Tech Geek and Entrepreneur! 5-Minutes of Stand-up Comedy by Shaun Eli, Comedian & Executive Director of The Ivy League of Comedy (http://www.ivystandup.com/)! Chris Mahon, Outer Places "Outer Places Will Be Live Streaming on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OuterPlaces/) Throughout the Event" EVENT DETAILS - Keep Scrolling Down! ____________________________________________ We need your full name and those of your guests for security reasons. For guests, RSVP for them separately or email their full names to: [masked] WHEN: October 2, 6:15 PM to 9:00PM WHERE: Microsoft, 11 Times Square, 8th Avenue AGENDA: 6:15 pm to 6:45 pm: Networking (Funding Post supplied gourmet sandwiches, Dana supplied wine and Microsoft supplied pizza & soda (Come as early as 5:45 PM if you want to network more!) 6:45 to 8:30: Panel and Group Discussion. 8:30 to 9:00: Special fireside chat with Aebis AI experts in Content & Tacit Intelligence Some ideas we will discuss on the AI trend: Toward a new generation of digital assistants Automation / Artificial Intelligence are on the verge of pervading all aspects of business and our daily lives. At the moment, most efforts seem to be focused on digital assistants and the “low hanging fruit” such as replacing cumbersome text interfaces with Natural Language Processing interaction, performing pattern recognition in huge data sets, or automating repetitive or highly regulated processes requiring low human intelligence (even driverless cars fall into this category). 1) Clarifying and narrowing the scope of the domain of a digital assistant: What makes a human expert so powerful are the “distinctions” that they apply in complex situations, often subconsciously. By eliciting and capturing these distinctions in a usable form forothers, including those who will be programming the automation algorithms, we provide explicit knowledge boundaries and related human points of view. In addition, certain traps need to be avoided when automating, including two extremes: 1. Cognitive biases / prejudices that can creep into the algorithms: a. These are “false distinctions”, i.e. divisions /categorizations being made where none actually (or no longer) exist; 2. Lack of sophistication in automated rules: a. When an underlying distinction goes undetected and therefore is not implemented when it ought to be. Aebis promotes the functional exception handling, consistency and completeness techniques within algorithms for verifying on the spot the knowledge domain boundaries. Lauren Keyson, Founder & Publisher [masked]

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  • Disruptive Technologists: Humans, Digital Assistants and Bots -- Oh My!

    This Event is Sponsored by: Our next theme is "bots" – – and everything around bots including, why do they always seem to have female voices? The future of computing revolves around these three actors: humans, digital assistants, and bots. Chatbots will work as go-betweens between systems and people. Microsoft wants to help everyone build smart bots with its own digital assistant Cortana. Microsoft isn't alone in exploring this territory, consider Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri. They are introducing people to the idea that it's quicker to talk with your computer than use your mouse, keyboard or touch interface. Even Facebook is getting into the game with M, it's own digital assistant that lives in messenger. This event is not going to be about people versus machines, it's going to be about people WITH machines. We will have five expert panelists including Bruce Weed, developer advocate for the East Coast for IBM, David Sorin, Venture Capital, McCarter & English and Heather Shapiro, Microsoft Bots Expert, Tom Eck, CTO of Industry Platforms at IBM and Howie Schwartz, CEO of Crowded.com 1. Bruce Weed | Developer Advocate for the East Coast, IBM Bruce Weed is the City Leader/Developer Advocate (New York) for IBM’s Digital Business Group. Bruce covers the Eastern part of the U.S. with a main focus in NYC. Bruce engages directly around latest technologies with partners and customers alike, his expertise is around Watson/AI, IoT, Blockchain, Cloud and Bots, Digital Assistants and Big Data. Bruce also has industry knowledge in Retail, Finance, Healthcare, and Automotive and has extensive experience in technology, sales, business development and marketing. Additional skills and experience lie in software development, product and brand management. He runs LinkedIn groups with over 50K+ members on IBM Watson & IoT, IBM Big Data and Analytics, and Blockchain for Business; these groups look at both use cases and technology trends. Bruce also runs the IBM Watson - Cognitive Business & IoT Meetup in NYC with over 1600 members. He is a Watson/IoT, Blockchain and Big Data evangelist who keynotes many major conferences around the world. 2. David J. Sorin | Partner, Co-Chair - Venture Capital McCarter & English, LLP Dave Sorin is an office managing partner of McCarter & English and Co-Chair of the Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies practice. He focuses primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled and life science enterprises, and is up to date on the bots revolution, where it's going, and where it stands financially; as well as the investors, executives, and boards of directors who support and lead them. He has been recognized as one of New Jersey’s top 100 business people, categorizing him within an “elite group” of executives who “are the voices of their industries.” He was later identified by another industry publication as one of the region’s “top deal makers” Chambers USA, an international guide to lawyers and law firms, called Dave the State’s top corporate lawyer. Most recently, SmartCEO Magazine named McCarter the large law firm of the year in the tech and tech-enabled industry sector and named Dave the leading lawyer in the industry. In addition, Dave Sorin received the Star Influencer Award at SmartCEO’s Centers of Influence Event. 3. Heather Shapiro, Microsoft Bots Expert Heather Shapiro is a Technical Evangelist in Microsoft's Developer Experience group, where she educates developers on Microsoft's new technologies. In this role, Heather works closely with students and developer communities across the North East to understand the newest technologies and architectures. Prior to becoming a Technical Evangelist, Heather completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University and graduated in the Class of 2015. She received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Statistical Science, and completed an Honors Thesis about employing Bayesian Approaches to Understanding Music Popularity. Heather blogs at http://microheather.com (http://microheather.com) and tweets at http://twitter.com/microheather . (http://twitter.com/microheather.) 4. Tom Eck, CTO of Industry Platforms at IBM He joined IBM in December 2016. His current industry focus is digital payments and fintech. Prior to joining IBM, Tom served as the Head of Emerging Technologies at First Data Corporation. He holds an MS in BioTechnology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics from Rutgers University. 5. Howie Schwartz, CEO of Crowded.com CEO and Co-founder of Crowded.com - "Building Bots for Recruitment Marketing"​. Howie Schwartz is also a serial entrepreneur and an active Angel Investor and Venture Capital Fund investor in early stage technology companies. Previously, Howie founded and was the CEO of VC backed Human Demand (Mobile DSP / DMP) acquired by IgnitionOne in August 2014. Co-founded FundingPost (largest network of early stage investors) and Offermobi (acquired by Moko Media), as well as product & marketing training companies with over 120,000 customers worldwide. Moderator: Kevin Pianko Partner of BDO USA, LLP performs audits of public and private companies and assists them with the financial and operational aspects of their business. Kevin has industry expertise in life sciences, private equity activities, SEC/public companies, tech, manufacturing, professional services, and financial services. He is also a regular on Bloomberg Radio and NBC. Host: David Carlos, CTO of B&L Management David is our Sexy Technologist, Tech Geek and Entrepreneur! 5-Minutes of Stand-up Comedy by Shaun Eli, Comedian & Executive Director of The Ivy League of Comedy (http://www.ivystandup.com/)! Chris Mahon, Outer Places "Outer Places Will Be Live Streaming on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OuterPlaces/) Throughout the Event" EVENT DETAILS - Keep Scrolling Down! ____________________________________________ We need your full name and those of your guests for security reasons. For guests, RSVP for them separately or email their full names to: [masked] WHEN: June 5th,[masked]:15 PM to 8:30 PM WHERE: Microsoft, 11 Times Square, 8th Avenue AGENDA: 6:15 pm to 6:45 pm: Networking (Funding Post supplied gourmet sandwiches, Dana supplied wine and Microsoft supplied pizza) (Come as early as 5:45 PM if you want to network more!) Additionally, Interactive chatbot workshop: ROKO Labs will be building chatbots on the fly. The workshop is open to all attendees, and if you bring your laptop, you can build and launch a chatbot yourself. Brought to you by the Peloso-Barnes Group at Morgan Stanley. 6:45 to 8:30: Panel and Group Discussion. 8:30 to 9:00: Extra Networking, more food and drink! If you want to have updates and reminders about the event, you can join as a Member at: http://www.meetup.com/Disruptive-Technologists-in-NYC/ (http://www.meetup.com/Disruptive-Technologists-in-NYC/). To watch our previous event videos, visit our Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM_O5CfqovGxjCQ8CPIAt5w (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM_O5CfqovGxjCQ8CPIAt5w) About: Disruptive Technologists is an organization dedicated to finding out what makes Disrupters tick – what they are thinking, how they do what they do and then inspire, promote, support, mentor and advise in order to future Disruption in NYC through tech. We do this through the monthly publication DisruptiveTechnologists.com, monthly panels through our organization Digital Technologists in NYC and through our monthly newsletter. We also report on and cover new Disrupters and attend the hottest events in order to spread their Disruptive words. We offer an intimate look at this new breed of tech entrepreneurs and their innovative products and services. Join us for the event to hear from some of the most qualified, dedicated, and passionate Disrupters in the business. Subscribe to Disruptive Technologists bi-monthly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/UEgl1

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  • Disruptive Technologists: The Augmented Reality Experience

    Augmented Reality (AR) is the technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view — it’s the integration of digital information with the user's environment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it. RoboRaid: In this mixed reality first-person shooter, use natural movements to target enemies coming at you from every possible direction. Today, Google Glass and heads-up displays in car windshields are some of the well-known consumer AR products, but the technology is used in many industries including healthcare, public safety, gas and oil, tourism and marketing. The newest and most cutting edge AR now comes from Microsoft: HoloLens, the first fully self-contained, head-mounted, holographic computer, developed and manufactured by Microsoft. HoloLens gained popularity for being one of the first computers running the Windows Holographic (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Holographic) platform under the Windows 10 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_10) operating system. Developer Nick Landry will present the latest along with four other AR experts. 1. Nick Landry, Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Nick Landry (@ActiveNick) is a mobility pioneer, former entrepreneur and Microsoft Technical Evangelist specializing in cross-platform mobile app development. Known for his dynamic and engaging style, he is a frequent speaker at major software development conferences worldwide and was a 10-year Microsoft MVP awarded on Mobile Development. With 24+ years of professional experience, Nick is a certified developer and software architect by trade and specializes in Cross-Platform Mobility, Computer Speech & Bots, IoT, Cloud, HoloLens and Mobile Game Development. He is an active blogger, occasional author, avid gamer, loving husband and proud father. 2. Lynn Rogoff, Founder, CEO at Green Kids Media Lynn Rogoff is in the forefront of groundbreaking multimedia content. Rogoff works as a game producer, director, writer and professor. Rogoff, founder of, AMERIKIDS USA is launching our VR 3D Endanger! game series for Samsung VR, Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR)/Google Cardboard/Mobile/ PC. Now you can take action by playing our Endanger! game to end Endangered Species from extinction. Endanger! is the first 3D VR/mobile/PC game to virtually and socially find & save endangered species and their habitats. Experience their habitat loss and poachers traps from the animal’s point of view, immersing in forests and jungles, around the planet. Presently, they are developing Save Edu the Elephant in VR; http://www.amerikids.com/about-vr-news.html. 3. Oleksandra Rohachova, CEO and co-founder of INKHUNTER The company develops Computer Vision and Augmented Reality technologies for Mobile. The app, based on the advanced AR technology, let people try on tattoos in real-time. It got more than 4M users in the first half of a year after launch. Oleksandra co-founded the company in 2015 on the last year of her Master's Degree in Computer Science. 4. Lindsay Boyajian, Chief marketing officer at Augment (http://www.augment.com/) Augment, backed by Salesforce Ventures, is the leading augmented reality enterprise solution. Lindsay is passionate about disruptive technologies with a recent focus on AR. She is the author of Content Engine: The Growth Hacker’s Guide to Content Marketing (http://amzn.to/2dicW44), and she was a 2016 finalist for Everstring’s Discovery Awards for Emerging Marketers in Tech. 5. Alper Guler, Business Analyst | Software Engineer at Pandora Reality Currently Alper lives in New York and enthusiastic about Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies. With his companies Pandora Reality & KabaQ, he is trying to disturb food, architecture, real estate and fashion markets. Moderator: Kevin Pianko Partner of BDO USA, LLP performs audits of public and private companies and assists them with the financial and operational aspects of their business. Kevin has industry expertise in life sciences, private equity activities, SEC/public companies, tech, manufacturing, professional services, and financial services. He is also a regular on Bloomberg Radio and NBC. Host: David Carlos, CTO of B&L Management David is our Sexy Technologist, Tech Geek and Entrepreneur! EVENT DETAILS - Keep Scrolling Down! ____________________________________________ Please pay $15 via PayPal as you RSVP. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=H5GPF4QMNCRHA We need your full name and those of your guests for security reasons. For guests, RSVP for them separately or email their full names to: [masked] WHEN: Jan 30th,[masked]:15 PM to 8:30 PM WHERE: Microsoft, 11 Times Square, 8th Avenue AGENDA: 6:15 pm to 6:45 pm: Networking: ( FundingPost supplied gourmet sandwiches, Hopscotch supplied cookies, Dana supplied wine, and Microsoft supplied pizza!!) 6:45 to 8:30: Panel and Group Discussion 8:30 to 10:30 Special Disruptive Happy Hour If you want to have updates and reminders about the event, you can join as a Member at: http://www.meetup.com/Disruptive-Technologists-in-NYC/ . Links to the videos of our last 2 events: MLBAM: The Tech Company You’ve Never Heard Of! Tech and Women - It's Time for Disruption To watch more event videos visit our Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM_O5CfqovGxjCQ8CPIAt5w About: Disruptive Technologists is an organization dedicated to finding out what makes Disrupters tick – what they are thinking, how they do what they do and then inspire, promote, support, mentor and advise in order to future Disruption in NYC through tech. We do this through the monthly publication DisruptiveTechnologists.com, monthly panels through our organization Digital Technologists in NYC and through our monthly newsletter. We also report on and cover new Disrupters and attend the hottest events in order to spread their Disruptive words. We offer an intimate look at this new breed of tech entrepreneurs and their innovative products and services. Join us for the event to hear from some of the most qualified, dedicated, and passionate Disrupters in the business.

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  • MLBAM: The Tech Company You’ve Never Heard Of!

    Microsoft

    $15.00

    MLBAM powers more live events on the Internet than any other property in the world. Established in June 2000, MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) is the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. MLBAM manages the official league site, MLB.com, and each of the 30 individual Club sites. MLBAM also develops, deploys and distributes the highest-grossing sports app, At Bat, as well as manages live video content for dozens of sports, news and entertainment partners. It captures, encodes and distributes thousands of live video events annually and millions of streams consumed daily across hundreds of platforms. Included: Cracker Jacks and Mini Hot Dogs from FundingPost, Marley Coffee, Hint Essence Water, Wine from Dana and MLB T-Shirts and Ball Game Tickets!! 1. Jeremy Braff, Software Architect Jeremy Braff is a software architect for MLB Advanced Media. In this role, he has spearheaded the design and creation of a central API of sports data used by both internal teams and external partners. On top of that, he has worked on an analytics engine called StatCast which is used to evaluate the movement of athletes in real time during a game. The engine's output provides fans and professional baseball teams with a novel way to assess a player's abilities and skills that was previously impossible. As both a sports fan and a data nerd, Jeremy's overarching goal is to make sports data easily accessible to all fans. 2. James Boehmer, Director of Search and Personalization James is responsible for delivering scalable and automated Search & Personalization products for each of MLBAM's sports and entertainment partners. Formerly at The New York Times, he built the company's search, archives, and semantic platforms and won 3 Publisher's awards. There he focused on building distributed systems, machine learning for continuous improvement of search relevance quality, and automation and testing for Continuous Delivery. He brought his publishing industry experience to MLBAM to build the next generation search and analytics engine, personalized recommendations platform, and technical SEO infrastructure. 3. Alex Corrigan, Senior Director iOS and Android Engineering Alex’s team is responsible for building and maintaining dozens of applications across all iOS and Android platforms. Since joining MLBAM almost 6 years ago as a mobile engineer, he has helped grow the iOS and Android engineering team from a small 7-person group in NY, working on a single app, to almost 70 people across the country, working on dozens of the media industry's top apps. He continues to drive his team along the bleeding edge of technological evolution, with a strong focus on delivering their user's profoundly new, yet incredibly organic experiences, that change the way they consume data both at home, and on the go. 4. Michael Lenner, Senior Director Software Engineering Michael is responsible for the backend services that power MLBAM’s mobile apps as well as live video streaming across mobile, web, and connected devices. Prior to MLBAM, Michaelworked at Amazon.com in the payments organization and at Lockheed Martin in Washington,DC on proprietary projects. When he’s not looking for good beer, he’s living and dying with his beloved New York Mets. 5. Roger Williams, Senior Vice President, Media Operations Roger leads the team responsible for the fulfillment of all media on a 24/7 basis. This includes all live and delivered VOD content for all contracted and requested platforms, properties, and partners. Roger has been an employee at MLB Advanced Media for over 10 years. He has a BBA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. When not delivering media content to the teeming masses, he enjoys consuming media like a regular civilian with a tasty brown whiskey. Moderator: Kevin Pianko Partner of WeiserMazars, performs audits of public and private companies and assists them with the financial and operational aspects of their business. Kevin has industry expertise in life sciences, private equity activities, SEC/public companies, tech, manufacturing, professional services, and financial services. He is also a regular on Bloomberg Radio and NBC. Host: David Carlos, Founder & CTO of Myhomepayge.com David is the Sexy Technologist, a Tech Geek and Entrepreneur! EVENT DETAILS - Keep Scrolling Down! ____________________________________________ Please pay PayPal as you RSVP. We need your full name and those of your guests for security reasons. For guests, RSVP for them separately or email their full names to : [masked] WHEN: May 16, 201 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM WHERE: Microsoft, 11 Times Square, 8th Avenue AGENDA: 6:15 pm to 6:45 pm: Networking: (Mini Hot Dogs & Cracker Jacks thanks to FundingPost, plus Hint Essence Water, Marley Coffee, Snapped.us on-the-spot photos, T-Shirts for everyone and more....) 6:45 to 8:30 : Panel and Group Discussion 8:30 to 10:30 Special Disruptive Happy Hour If you want to have updates and reminders about the event, you can join as a Member at: http://www.meetup.com/Disruptive-Technologists-in-NYC/. Links to the videos of our last 4 events: Tech and Women - Its Time for Disruption https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZyjNMU3W2M The Ten Commandments of Startup Profits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqhFwVXGqG4 Balancing a Cool Idea with Profitability https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgFqsE2SeGw&feature=youtu.be NYC Social Infrastructure & Tech Ecosystem: Are We At An Inflection Point?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbBT9-ZzDJw About: Disruptive Technologists is an organization dedicated to finding out what makes Disrupters tick – what they are thinking, how they do what they do and then inspire, promote, support, mentor and advise in order to future Disruption in NYC through tech. We do this through the weekly publication DisruptiveTechnologists.com, monthly panels through our organization Digital Technologists in NYC and through our monthly newsletter. We also report on and cover new Disrupters and attend the hottest events in order to spread their Disruptive words. We offer an intimate look at this new breed of tech entrepreneurs and their innovative products and services. Join us for the event to hear from some of the most qualified, dedicated, and passionate Disrupters in the business.

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  • Tech and Women - It’s Time for DISRUPTION!

    Microsoft

    $15.00

    Since technology communities these days are dominated by men, women encounter different challenges that often lead them to leave the tech space. This disruptive event will discuss women in tech and how they dealt with such things as company tech culture, motherhood, gender, sexuality, age, discrimination, pay and flex time. We will get inside their minds as they share their stories. Come learn more about what it takes to be successful not only as women, but also as entrepreneurs. Find out what route these powerful individuals took to get to their current destination--be it through investment, information technology or their own startups. The object of this conference is to give aspiring founders and other techies the general tools and confidence that will help them pursue their dreams. Included: Gourmet Sandwiches from Funding Post, Marley Coffee, Hint Essence Water, and Wine! Our Founding Partner: WWW.Bavaria.org - The High-Tech Center of Europe Panelists: Lori Hoberman, HOBERMAN LAW GROUP Well-known "go-to" advisor in the New York City venture community. As a lawyer and mentor, Lori advises entrepreneurs and their investors on how to build successful businesses and strategically guide them through the emerging, later stages and exits of their companies. Lori works with clients in a range of industries, including mobile, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, enterprise solutions and ad tech. Lori also counsels angel and institutional investors in their investments and in the formation of investment funds. Lori is a Mentor to 37 Angels and chair of the NYC Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum. NYC startup news blog, AlleyWatch, recently named me one of “20 Awesome People in the New York Tech Scene You Need to Know About.” Robert Delman, GOLDEN SEEDS Rob is Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel investor organization targeting women-led ventures with the potential to grow into multi-million dollar business, and a Limited Partner in the Golden Seeds Fund 1 and Fund 2, ARC Angel Fund, Canrock Ventures and BluePrint Health Fund III and Fund IV, all of which invest in seed and early-stage companies with high growth potential. Rob was previously Vice President, NY for Astia, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. He currently serves on Astia’s NYC Advisory Board. Rob is a member of the World President’s Organization New York City Metro chapter; Caitlin Thompson, Acast AB Caitlin is the Director of Content for Acast (http://www.acast.com/), a Swedish company that offers end-to-end podcasting services — providing everything from a hosting platform and content managing system, to an embeddable player that integrates rich media and links, to dynamic ad-insertion technology, to a sharing and discovery app for consumers. Caitlin Won a Knight Prototype Fund grant to create Talkbox, a hacked payphone that becomes a field recording device aimed at developing new audiences. She also developed podcast pilots - including the shows Duplicast, Empire Recap Podcast, Mad Men Pre-Game Show, How to be a Grown A$$ Woman, It's A Free Country. Aria Finger, DoSomething.org Aria is the CEO and Chief Old Person of DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change in the world, Aria Finger uses her expertise on all things young people and tech to lead a diverse, impact-driven team. She has been an instrumental part of scaling DoSomething.org from less than 100,000 members to over 4.6 million members in 125 countries today. Starting at DoSomething.org as an associate 10 years ago, Aria created their Teens for Jeans campaign which has clothed over 5 million homeless teenagers to date. With her cause-related marketing experience, Finger has spearheaded partnerships with top brands including Johnson & Johnson, H&M, Sprint and American Express. Leslie ran Google, IKEA and TELSTRA. Leslie Ali Walker, Need/Done Leslie is the CEO and Co-Founder of Need/Done. The first app that helps working parents get the help they need from the people they trust. This is the app 42M women in America have been waiting for. Need/Done provides instant help from sitters & home-helpers your friends use and trust. Leslie then joined WCRS as an ECD where she ran BMW, Mini,[masked], and 3 Mobile before deciding to direct commercials full-time with Partizan. Showcase: Susan Danziger, Ziggeo Susan Danziger, the Founder/CEO of Ziggeo, seeks to humanize communication through its patent-pending video capture API/SDK technology. She also seeks to improve how we are all educated, beginning with her own teenagers, who are pursuing individual passions and interests independent of the existing school system. Maria Seidman, Yapp Maria is the Co-Founder of Yapp. It makes creating mobile app simple and affordable. She is an entrepreneur, mom, and recovering big company executive. She is obsessed with mobile applications and democratizing software for the masses. She was listed as Entrepreneur Magazine's 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Moderator: Kevin Pianko Partner of WeiserMazars, performs audits of public and private companies and assists them with the financial and operational aspects of their business. He helps clients obtain alternative sources of capital and provides merger and acquisitions, and strategic alliance analysis. Kevin has industry expertise in life sciences, private equity activities, SEC/public companies, technology, manufacturing, professional services, and financial services. He is also a regular on Bloomberg Radio and NBC. Host: David Carlos, Founder & CTO of Myhomepayge.com David is the Sexy Technologist, a Tech Geek and Entrepreneur! Founding Partner is the Bavarian Government = Invest in Bavaria; and Founding Sponsor is Skip Mclaughlin = The Purpose Is Profit. EVENT DETAILS - Keep Scrolling Down! ____________________________________________ Please pay PayPal as you RSVP. We need your full name and those of your guests for security reasons. For guests, rsvp for them separately or email their full names to: [masked] WHEN: January 25,[masked] PM to 8.15 PM WHERE: Microsoft, 11 Times Square, 8th Avenue AGENDA: 6:15 to 6:45: Gourmet Sandwiches thanks to FundingPost, plus Hint Essence Water, Marley Coffee, Snapped.us on-the-spot photos and more.... 6:45 to 8:15: Announcements, Panel and Group Discussion 8:15 to 8:30: Q&A 8:30 to 10:30 Special Disruptive Happy Hour If you want to have updates and reminders about the event, you can join as a Member at: http://www.meetup.com/Disruptive-Technologists-in-NYC/. Links to the videos of our last 4 events: The Ten Commandments of Startup Profits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqhFwVXGqG4 Balancing a Cool Idea with Profitability https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgFqsE2SeGw&feature=youtu.be NYC Social Infrastructure & Tech Ecosystem: Are We At An Inflection Point?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbBT9-ZzDJw Disruptive Technologists in NYC - Internet of Things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0f5ochN3LM About: Disruptive Technologists is an organization dedicated to finding out what makes Disrupters tick – what they are thinking, how they do what they do and then inspire, promote, support, mentor and advise in order to future Disruption in NYC through tech. We do this through the weekly publication DisruptiveTechnologists.com, monthly panels through our organization Digital Technologists in NYC and through our monthly newsletter. We also report on and cover new Disrupters and attend the hottest events in order to spread their Disruptive words. We offer an intimate look at this new breed of tech entrepreneurs and their innovative products and services. Join us for the event to hear from some of the most qualified, dedicated, and passionate Disrupters in the business.

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