Past Meetup

Solve for X: Stevens Institute of Technology

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Babbio Center at Stevens Institute Of Technology

Babbio Center 513 River Street · Hoboken, NJ

How to find us

There's free parking in Babbio Garage on a first come, first serve basis. On Google it's Babbio Garage, 6th St. Hoboken, NJ. You'll enter from near 5th & Hudson, you'll end up directly under the Babbio Center.

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(If you don't get one of the free parking spots (it's limited), we recommend: Garage B 28 2nd Street Hoboken, NJ 07030)

What is Solve for X?

This is the 4th and final qualifying event of GDG North Jersey's Solve for X ( (SFX) campaign. What is Solve for X you may ask? SFX is a global initiative from Google [x] ( which aims to find pioneers in science and technology who are working on huge game changing “moonshots” and accelerating their progress to impact the world in positive ways.

How are we involved?

GDG North Jersey was selected as 1 of 12 sites in the world and 1 of only 2 in the USA to host an SFX as part of Google's first ever series of partner led events. At this event we will hear from some of the brightest minds in the region as they present their breakthrough solutions to huge problems in the world.

This event is open to anyone who would like to attend. Applications to present a moonshot at this event are open until Jan 7th. Follow the link below and click on "Submit Your Moonshot" to submit your concept and be considered for inclusion in the lineup.


5:45 - 6:15: Register

5:45 - 6:15: Networking, What's your [x]?, Android Wear & GA Hub booths

6:20 - 6:40: Welcome / Opening Remarks

6:40+: Moonshot pioneer pitches along with feedback from an esteemed panel. Details below.

8:30: Closing remarks

"After the party, there's the after party."

Moonshot Pioneers:

Gedi Mainelis (Rutgers University): Gedi will present "A novel device to substantially improve our ability to capture particle pollutants from diesel exhaust. This technology offers great advantages over existing methods to capture diesel exhaust particles. Preliminary testing shows ability to capture more than 95% of diesel exhaust particles."

Karlin Yeh (Cooper Union): "The standard method to counter beach erosion is to dredge sand from an offshore site and transport it to the eroding beach, often costing upwards of $8 million for a mere 1,500 linear feet of beach. This method destroys marine ecosystems and is extremely inefficient because it must be repeated every few years. Instead, we propose to use wave pumps, similar to the CETO wave pump, which would constantly pump a slurry mix back to the beach that would then be deposited by the incoming tide. Compared to the dredging method, the wave pumps would, in theory, be able to replenish the beach more effectively and be less disruptive compared to the current dredging method."

Mark Punyanitya (MagnePath): MagnePath is a company that joins us all the way from Australia. They are developing "body mapping applications to provide the ultimate 'quantified self'. Our mission is to improve quality of life, by making personalized health information more accessible, actionable, and meaningful. Our Moonshot is to create an individualized picture of health, by measuring all of the organs and tissues in a person's body, for presentation as a platform for biometric signals, laboratory data, and medical information."

Steven Saldana (XLabsCorp): "At the core of our revolutionary data compression technology is Artificial Intelligence. Synapse, our living artificial consciousness, created the world's most sophisticated data compression algorithm. We are producing a 99.92% lossless compression rate. There is no one even close."

Marianna Zaslavsky (FlexTraPower): "Our Moonshot is to create a low-cost version of the sensing component that can be integrated onto a small bandaid-like product and distributed to entire populations by global health organizations (WHO, Red Cross) and governments during times of epidemics and outbreaks. An entire population’s temperature can be transmitted wirelessly to the cloud in real-time at incredibly accurate and fast rates, allowing for these global health organizations and governments to understand both real-time and historical body temperature data for better monitoring, faster prevention and faster treatment."

James Finkle (NJ Transit Board): "A dedicated 'fast lane' on major highways which surrenders the control of the car to the highway via ECM. Once entered into the 'fast lane' the cars controls would be surrendered to the highway controls via the ECM. The driver would need to provide feedback in order to exit the fast lane and could preprogram a departure spot."


Werner Kuhr is the Director of Technology Commercialization and Industry Professor of Chemistry at Stevens Institute. There, he leads the continuing development of the university's intellectual property portfolio and plays a significant role in implementing the innovation and entrepreneurship components of the university’s strategic plan.

Aaron Price is the founder of NJ Tech Meetup, New Jersey's largest technology and entrepreneurship focused Meetup group. He's also the cofounder and CEO of livecube, whose flagship product is an app that amplifies audience engagement at events by applying game mechanics to every attendee interaction.

Dr. Poonam Alaigh is CEO and President of Alaigh Care Associates LLC, a national healthcare consulting company leading in the implementation of healthcare reform and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Common Sense Institute of New Jersey - a nonpartisan think tank that conducts scholarly research and analysis of New Jersey public policy.

Dr. Poonam served on Gov. Chris Christie's cabinet as Commissioner of Health and Senior Services for New Jersey where she was had responsibility for direct operational oversight and management of the Department of Health and Senior Services with a budget of $3.8B, and 1700 employees.

David J. Shulkin, M.D. is President at Morristown Medical Center, President of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Vice President of Atlantic Health System. Dr. Shulkin has been named as one of the Top 100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems by Becker’s Hospital Review and one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the Country” by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician. He has also been named, “One Hundred Most Influential People in American Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare.

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