25 June 2018

Internet of Things World 2018 Case Study: Creating "The Edge", The World's Smartest Building

At Internet of Things World 2018, Erik Ubels Chief Technology Officer, OVG Real Estate presented a Case Study: Creating "The Edge", The World's Smartest Building.

As Chief Technology Officer, Erik is driving innovation and application of technology in real estate technology. This includes building process, building material, HVAC installation, Internet of Things, energy, including solar. At OVG their goal is not only for buildings to be smart as in energy efficienct, but intelligent, to learn from the building and to make it a better place to work, improving users’ comfort and wellbeing.

The Synopsis:
"It knows where you live. It knows what car you drive. It knows who you’re meeting with today and how much sugar you take in your coffee. (At least it will, after the next software update.) This is the Edge, and it’s quite possibly the smartest office space ever constructed" Bloomberg

This talk examines The Edge, in Amsterdam, as a case study in creating with world' smartest and greenest building, presented by the CTO of the developer of the building.

Pictures from his presentation are here:

07 June 2018

AWE USA 2018 9th Annual Auggie Award Winners

Credit: AWE
AWE USA 2018 announced their Auggie Award Winners recognizing excellence in augmented, virtual and mixed reality innovation and leadership.
The Winners of the 2018 AWE Auggie Awards are below along with video submissions.

Best Consumer App sponsored AugmentedReality.org – IKEA Place by IKEA

Best Art or Film sponsored by IEEE-SA – “Karim & Noor” by Blink Studios

Best Creator & Authoring Tool sponsored by Microsoft – Gravity Sketch

Best Campaign sponsored by PTC Vuforia – Acura AR Race by Current Studios
Best Developer Tool sponsored by DAQRI – Unity

Best Enterprise Solution sponsored by Kopin – Holoroom Test Drive by Lowe’s Innovation Labs
Best Game & Toy sponsored AugmentedReality.org – Star Wars: Jedi Challenge by Lenovo

Best Headworn Device sponsored by Qualcomm – Vive Pro by HTC

Best Input or Output Hardware sponsored by Bosch – Holo-Stylus by Holo-Light

Best Interaction Software Tool sponsored HTC – ManoMotion
About the Judges
Winners of the AWE 2018 Auggie Award were determined by the public and an expert panel of impartial judges, including: 
  • Abby Albright – Co-Founder, WXR Fund
  • David Beard – Product Management, DAQRI
  • Hiren Bhinde – Director Product Management (VR/AR)
  • Qualcomm; Mark Billinghurst – Director, HIT Lab
  • Brandon Bray – Principal GRoup Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Pearly Chen – Chief of Staff, HTC
  • Dr. Hong Choi – Chief Technology Officer, Kopin
  • Tom Emrich – Board Member, AugmentedReality.org
  • Duffy Fallon – Associate Product Manager, PTC Vuforia
  • Tom Furness – Founder, Virtual World Society
  • Jay Iorio – Director of Innovation, IEEE Standards Association
  • Ori Inbar – Board Member, AugmentedReality.org
  • Linda Jacobson – Board of Directors, Virtual World Society
  • Phil Keslin – CTO, Niantic; Dave Lorenzini – Board Member, AugmentedReality.org
  • Juergen Lumera – Director of Global Product Management, Bosch
  • Brian Mullins – Board Member, AugmentedReality.org
  • Justin Quimby – Senior Product Manager, Google AR/VR
  • Mark Sage – Executive Director, AR for Enterprise Association (The AREA)
  • Tish Shute – Director AR/VR, Corporate Technology Strategy, Huawei
    Brad Weiers – Product Manager, Unity

09 May 2018

Global Capital Summit ReCap

Global Capital Summit last Thursday May 3rd at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club had over 500 attendees and 60 Speakers, and it was a great opportunity to meet other Investors and Entrepreneurs, learn about Trends and Best Bets. 1-1 Entrepreneur-Investor discussions and Investor Panels were my favorites.

Advice from Investors on what to look out for in Entrepreneurs included:
. Growth engine
. Habitual behavior pattern 
. Solid founders recruit the best people
. Don’t raise too much money .. be efficient with raising capital 
. First time Founders are afraid to make a mistake .. have courage .. have fast iterations .. the faster you make those mistakes the better you will be.

Photos from GE Ventures and Comcast Ventures Presentations are below.

20 April 2018

NEW Book: Fascism: A Warning - By Madeleine Albright

Credit: Harper Collins
-- A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State --
A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, “is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.” 
The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.
Fascism, as she shows, not only endured through the twentieth century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II.  The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse.  The United States, which historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates division and heaps scorn on democratic institutions.  In many countries, economic, technological, and cultural factors are weakening the political center and empowering the extremes of right and left.  Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and 30s.
Fascism: A Warning is a book for our times that is relevant to all times.  Written  by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.
Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright served as America's sixty-fourth Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career also includes positions on Capitol Hill, the National Security Council, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is a resident of Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

14 March 2018

Applied Artificial Intelligence Coming Up April 2018

Industry leaders from organizations like Softbank, Rigetti Computing, CapitalOne, Google, Lyft, Samsung, GE, Bayer, World Economic Forum, Accenture and many more will be presenting at Applied Artificial Intelligence by Bootstrap Labs April 2018. Use the code AAIBSLcom18 to register for a 30% discount.