See Into the Future of Tech: Artificial Intelligence

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See into the future of tech.

Explore big ideas, discuss the impact and rise of emerging technologies. Get involved, connect, and expand your digital horizon to see what’s around the bend.

On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary. This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

Access a network of visionaries paving the future of Artificial Intelligence. Open seats for this event are limited. Secure yours today.

 

Artificial intelligence: An Investor’s Overview

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On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary. This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

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We recently had a chance to sit down with our friend Dipto Chakravarty to get his perspective on investment trends in artificial intelligence and the vertical markets that are attracting funding. His thoughts are below:

“A specific investment trend for Artificial intelligence in the investment market through my lens is twofold.

1. Venture Capitalists are going after Artificial Intelligence applications in vertical markets
2. Private Equity Firms are pivoting their portfolio companies to Artificial Intelligence as an extender.

Generally, Venture Capitalists’ favorite vertical markets for Artificial Intelligence consists of healthcare, cybersecurity and finance. This investment appetite resulted in over 200 startups using Artificial Intelligence as the backbone of their product or service, and they raised $1.5B in funding last year.

The Year-over-year trend has followed the unreal hockey stick spike growing from $3 billion in 2015 to $5 billion in 2016 to almost $10 billion before ending this year.

The Artificial Intelligence sub-segments include two categories:

1. pure-play platforms – machine learning, deep learning, virtual assistants, and recommendation engines.
2. applications – gesture control, computer vision, smart robots, content recognition and natural language processing.

The most popular buzzwords every startup touts, and every investor listens to, are Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Both parties use them interchangeably.

Simply stated, Artificial Intelligence is the science of machine carrying out tasks as prosthesis of the human brain. Machine Learning is an application of Artificial Intelligence giving machines access to data, training machines on models and letting them learn for themselves.

The second most popular buzzword startups and investors both tout are Deep Learning and Machine Learning. Just as Machine Learning takes the core ideas of broader Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning takes the broader ideas of Machine Learning and applies it to solve any problem that requires “thought” – artificial or human.

As of 2017, Deep Learning is eating machine learning. Deep Learning may look fuzzy today, but it will be taught like chemistry tomorrow.”

About Dipto Chakravarty

Dipto Chakravarty is the author of three best-selling books on computer architecture and cybersecurity from McGraw-Hill and Wiley that have been translated in five languages. He has 11 patents to his credit in Artificial Intelligence, security and cloud, holds a B.S and M.S in Computer Science and Elec Engineering from U. of Maryland, GMP from Harvard Business School and EMBA from Wharton School, U. Penn.

Currently, he is the CTO at Exostar. In this role, Dipto leads the R&D and product development while focusing on building a differentiated technology portfolio to help customers solve their most difficult problems around secure collaboration in their hybrid IT infrastructure with mobility and IoT.

He previously served at the SVP/GM at CA Technologies, and EVP of Products at ThreatTrack, and earlier as the general manager for SaaS Cloud Security at Novell. Dipto has been an executive at four public companies (CA, IBM, NOVL, TRI) and four entrepreneurial startups to date with successful exits.

 

 

 

Artificial Intelligence: Meet Our Speakers

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On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary. This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

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It’s nearly impossible to tune into the business news without hearing about Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Companies that are increasingly reducing costs, reaching more customers, and replacing employees with algorithms and robots.

Businesses are scrambling to take advantage of the opportunities that will come from the increased efficiencies, capabilities, and opportunities occasioned by artificial intelligence. (AI) From healthcare to social welfare; from education to advertising; and from manufacturing to financial services, AI is poised to change the world as we stand at the brink of what is being referred to as The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Experts like Dr. David Bray, and Dr. JT Kostman will discuss real-world applications and implications of AI, the current gaps in technology AND where are the likely exploitable opportunities for innovation, investment and business development.

Dr. JT Kostman

JT Kostman has been recognized by his peers and the press as one of the world’s leading Data Strategists. Over the past 20+ years, he has led international teams of 100+ professionals while serving as a senior advisor to CEOs and CMOs of Fortune 500 companies, Senior Executives in U.S. Intelligence, Security and Defense Agencies, and President Barack Obama.

Dr. Kostman is a pioneer in the field of Behavioral Data Science; a new discipline focused on understanding, predicting and influencing individual and group behaviors through the mathematical analysis of Big Data. His work incorporates cutting-edge capabilities from Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Social Network Analysis.

Dr. David Bray

Dr. Bray was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2016-2021. He also accepted a role of Co-Chair for an IEEE Committee focused on Artificial Intelligence, automated systems, and innovative policies globally for 2016-2017 and has been serving as a Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University since 2015 and was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow to Australia and Taiwan that same year.

He has led a team of positive ChangeAgents and received multiple leadership awards as the CIO for the Federal Communications Commission since August 2013. Dr. Bray holds a PhD from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and two post-doctoral associateships at MIT and Harvard in 2008.

 

 

Exploring Artificial Intelligence

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On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development,

Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present:

Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary

  • We’ve assembled a panel of leading AI Practitioners and Investors to better understand how AI will impact our lives;
  • Our panel will discuss real-world applications and implications of AI, the current gaps in technology AND where are the likely exploitable opportunities for innovation, investment and business development;
  • We have recruited the area’s foremost Venture Capitalists to discuss the most promising AI Technologies that are attracting investors;
    Members and guests will have the opportunity to network with the area’s experts in this emerging market;
  • Regulators and scientists will discuss the Government’s interest in AI, how it will shape policy, and the impact these world-changing technologies will have on all of us.

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This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

Agenda

5:30 – 6:15PM Registration and Networking
6:30 – 7:15PM Dr. JT Kostman What Is Reality With AI?
7:15 – 8:00PM Dr. David Bray How Can Government Benefit From AI
8:00 – 8:50PM Panel Discussion What are the Most Promising AI Technologies Attracting Investors?
8:50 – 9:15PM Post Event Networking

 

 

Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary

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Listen to experts like Dr. JT Kostman, Dr. David Bray, Dr. Ash Rofail and technology investors discuss the present opportunities in the Artificial Intelligence space, the government’s role, and which Artificial Intelligence technologies are attracting investors.

Volunteer for the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore

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Greetings Friends of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore,

We’re planning for our 2017/2018 programming schedule with topics such as Biotech, The Internet of Things, Driverless Cars and many more high impact programs and events.

We’re searching for interested volunteers to help plan our schedule and let others in the DC community know about the great things that are happening with the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore.

Specifically, we are searching for people with the following skills:

  • Managing events
  • Developing Program Content
  • Content Writer or aspiring Digital Journalists
  • Graphic Designers
  • Digital Marketer with the knowledge of current marketing tools
  • Digital Publisher or highly motivated and organized individual with technical skills to schedule, track, and manage hi-impact marketing campaigns

If you have these skills, or are interested in learning, please message me here or email me at MITEFdc@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest, and making the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore a thought leader in the DC – Baltimore region.

Matt

Matthew Falls
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MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore
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Video of Our Blockchain Event is up!

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On October 18, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are created a Blockchain technology program featuring experts from industry, government and the legal community

Since the development of Bitcoin, Blockchain’s usage has expanded rapidly, encompassing the development of cryptocurrencies, ledger-based technologies, and smart contracts.

An expert panel discussed the implications of, and opportunities for innovation in the Blockchain space from industry, investor and regulatory perspectives.

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Get Industry, Investor and Regulatory Perspectives on Blockchain, Cyber Security and Fintech

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On October 18, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are creating a special Blockchain technology program featuring experts from industry, government and the legal community.

Our experts will offer a program for both novices and experts in the Blockchain space, discussing the legal and regulatory landscape, as well as reviewing financial opportunities for FinTech, cyber security and software solutions providers. Our speakers will bring industry, investor and regulatory perspectives to Blockchain, Cyber Security and Fintech Spaces

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Meeta Yadav

meetaMeeta is the Chief Data Officer, Blockchain Technologies at IBM
where she leads analytics of global blockchain data that deliver
actionable business insights for top-line revenue growth and operational efficiencies. In the past Meeta was the CTO for Innovation in the middleware group at IBM and led the Emerging Technology Institute Labs.

Meeta is a computer chip designer by training and has worked on chip design of mobile processors, space mission circuits and security processors and continues to teach advanced graduate courses as an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University. Meeta is passionate about inclusive finance, human identity and early education.

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Kyle is the Director of Operations of Consumers’ Research, America’s oldest consumer organization, where she is responsible for strategic initiatives and outreach. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization works at the intersection of policy and emerging consumer trends such as Bitcoin.

Since 2003, Kyle has worked with a range of private, public, volunteer, non-profit, and multi-national organizations, including the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. House of Representatives. She is the co-founder of two social enterprises, holds a Master’s in economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins University, and is working on her MBA at Georgetown University.

img_0004Alex Acree

Alex brings to Fenway Summer Ventures significant experience advising financial institutions and investment funds and holding senior leadership positions in early-stage companies.

Immediately prior to joining the company, Alex was an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he advised financial institutions on a wide range of legal and regulatory matters in connection with business combinations, reorganizations and capital markets transactions, Dodd-Frank Act implementation, corporate governance and compliance issues. Alex also regularly advised sponsors in connection with the formation and management of private investment funds.

Earlier in his career, Alex held a series of senior positions at early-stage companies, with responsibilities including financial modeling, budgeting, business development, strategy, and operations.

Alex is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College and holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an MBA from Yale School of Management, where he focused on corporate finance and operations. While at Yale, Alex was a director of a student clinic that helped to launch a denovo bank to serve financially underserved communities around New Haven, CT.

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Derek Tiffany is a Technical Manager at 3Pillar Global. He holds technical responsibility for the implementation and delivery of a blockchain-based solution called GX-COIN. GX-COIN is a cryptocurrency and market (http://gx-coin.com) which currently has over 15,000 registered traders.

In addition to implementation, Derek also assists 3Pillar clients in validating and defining their blockchain strategies prior to execution. He has also contributed to ongoing open source blockchain-based projects. Derek has spent over 20 years as a developer in the Washington, DC area at both professional services and product companies.

Brian Hoffman, CEO, Open Bazaar, Darrell Duane, Jason Dispenza , E2F2 and Soles.io and Allen Pulsifer, CEO, CredaCash Software Solutions bring an industry perspective to the discussion and talk about opportunities for companies and entrepreneurs in the Blockchain space.

Blockchain, Cybersecurity and FinTech – Meet our Experts

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On October 18, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are creating a special Blockchain technology program featuring cyber security, legal and regulatory experts Carol Van Cleef, Samantha J. Pelosi, Jonathan Levin, and Tone Vays.

 Our experts will offer a program for both novices and experts in the Blockchain space, discussing the legal and regulatory landscape, as well as reviewing financial opportunities for FinTech, cyber security and software solutions providers.

If you’re interested in cryptocurrencies, blockchain, ledger-based technologies, and smart contracts, what side chains are, why multi-signature and key recovery service (KRS) are important, and the newest generation of cryptocurrencies, this is the program for you!

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Panelists

samantha-pelosiSamantha J. Pelosi is a Senior Vice President of Payments and Innovation at Bankers Association for Finance and Trade.   She drives the association’s activities in payments, innovation, financial crime, and cybersecurity.   Samantha is an attorney with nearly 20 years of legal and regulatory experience in payments, compliance, and international business transactions.

Previously, Ms. Pelosi held several positions at The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She was Manager of the Retail Payments Section and Senior Attorney of the Regulation Section.  Prior to the Fed, Ms. Pelosi was the Global Head of Compliance for Travelex Global Business Payments (now Western Union Business Solutions).

Ms. Pelosi also held the position of Senior Counsel at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster. Pelosi obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her bachelor of arts degree in political science, magna cum laude, from Duke University.

jonathan-levin-headshotJonathan Levin is a co-founder of Chainalysis, the leading provider of anti-money laundering solutions to Bitcoin companies, banks and government agencies. He was previously CEO at Coinometrics, where he lead a team of data scientists to measure the activity and health of the Bitcoin network. Jonathan was a postgraduate economist at the University of Oxford where his research focused on Virtual Currencies, creating one of the first statistical models of Bitcoin transaction fees. He consults regularly to governments, top tier banks and payment companies on the future of digital currencies.

Chainalysis is building the compliance layer for the future of value transfer. Providing investigation tools to identify the source of Bitcoin funds and counterparties, Chainalysis forms part of an effective AML program for Bitcoin businesses and Banks. They specialize on detection of suspicious activity and real-time analysis. They currently have customers among banks, fintech companies active in the bitcoin and blockchain space, the cyber intelligence community and government agencies.

tone-vaysTone Vays is a blockchain researcher at LibertyLifeTrail where you can find his latest research on Bitcoin, Blockchain, sound economics and privacy. Tone has been working on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a Risk Analyst at Bear Stearns and later becoming a VP at JP Morgan Chase in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.   His expertise is in Economic Trends, Trading and Risk Analysis. Ever since getting involved in the Cryptcurrency ecosystem in early 2013, he has been very active in spreading the relevance and importance of this technology as it helps promote economic freedom.

He was formerly Head of Research at BraveNewCoin after previously writing about trading and economics at CoinTelegraph.  Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics and Geology.

Speaker: Carol Van Cleef

carol-van-cleef-pictureA respected author and speaker, Carol Van Cleef advises all types of money services businesses (MSBs), including domestic and foreign money remitters, digital currency and Blockchain technology companies, mobile apps, third‐party payment processors, and stored value and prepaid access programs.   She is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.   Publicly traded companies, private equity funds and other entities seek Carol’s advice on matters involving emerging and alternative payments companies. Carol helps clients address legal and regulatory challenges, structure investments and transactions, undertake changes in control, and conduct due diligence. In addition, she develops solutions for troubled organizations.

A certified anti‐money laundering (AML) specialist, Carol created a series of AML compliance training programs sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, and attended by regulators from 45 states and representatives of domestic and foreign banks, securities firms, MSBs, and other entities. She also developed and leads an AML Compliance Bootcamp for Digital Currencies, which has been attended by miners, exchangers, processors, software developers, ATM operators and bankers.

Investors, Entrepreneurs and Technologists: Why Blockchain Is Important to You

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The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are partnering to offer their respective members and guests a special Blockchain technology program on October 18.

Whether you are a novice or you have been immersed in the technology for several years or even just several months, this 3-hour evening program will provide a unique opportunity to:

  • Explore the basics of the technology.
  • Gain a better understanding of its disruptive potential across multiple industries and various government offices.
  • Understand the prospects and challenges of adopting Blockchain technology within both the US government and the private sector.
  • Learn more about specific projects underway inside the beltway and beyond and how they may ultimately impact the local job market.

Carol Van Cleef

Carol Van Cleef, Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Founder of Comptegrity, Inc., will explain Blockchain from the ground up.  A respected author and speaker, Carol provides legal and strategic advice to depository institutions, financial services companies and FinTech businesses on federal and state regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters, including Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), AML and OFAC compliance; consumer protection issues; privacy, data and cyber security; and state money transmitter licensing.

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Panel I – What is Blockchain?

Regardless of your Blockchain IQ, your technological capabilities or where you are on the learning curve, this session is the equalizer. For the novice, learn the difference between cryptocurrencies, the blockchain, ledger-based technologies, and smart contracts, what side chains are, why multi-signature and key recovery service (KRS) are important.

For the more experienced attendees, review the latest technological developments, the newest generation of cryptocurrencies and much more. CoinCenter (invited)

 

Panel II – Deploying Blockchain Technology: the Private Sector Experience.

Bitcoin was the first – but certainly not the last – use case for Blockchain technology.

  • How is this ledger based technology being put to work in the financial services, health care and other industries?
  • Which ones will be most significantly disrupted? And how fast?
  • What are the challenges in developing, executing and bringing these projects to market?
  • Hear from industry representatives and venture capitalists funding these projects.

 

Panel III – Deploying Blockchain Technology: The Government Experience.

The Federal Government has its hands full, working hard to understand whether and to what extent laws and regulations must be adapted to the technology. Agencies have to understand how the technology impacts entities they regulate. And many agencies are considering how the technology may affect their own operations.

What will this mean for government employees and contractors?  Regulators from the government and industry representatives will address these issues (invited).

 

Preliminary Agenda

  • 5:30-6:30 Networking and registration
  • 6:30-8:00 Program
  • 8:00-9:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A
  • 9:00-9:30 Post-event networking

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