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2015 EVENTS:








November 2015:










November 18-19, 2015:

STRUCTURE 2015



 
Structure conference was about future of cloud, the state of multi-cloud world, public and private cloud, cloud based applications and the future of the data-driven data center. Olson talked about the convergence of tech and science in treating cancer patients. He talked about connection of private clouds in collaborative cancer cloud. He mentioned that he himself suffered from cancer and it was a personal experience for him. Collison talked about bridging the IT innovation gap. He explained how businesses and technologies have evolved around cloud computing and why the hybrid cloud makes so much sense, why containers are complex, and at the same time the least important and how the next innovation in development might be faster than the 10-year path from virtual machines to containers. He said there is a bubble and mentioned that for six years he worked in Google from 2003 to 2009. He explained the process of testing of the productions in Google. "The power is in data, not in technology. Google and Facebook own the data." The next speaker talked about the future of cloud. He mentioned that Google and Facebook had made their own architecture and had focused on the innovations. "90% of innovation comes from the startups." He talked about Verizon selling the consumers data and selling off the cloud infrastructure. He talked about new applications by startups and mentioned the growth was there. Then the panel talked about the future of containers, clustering and distributed system. Brewer from Google mentioned that containers enabled more magic. He talked about packaging , distribution, and performance management. He mentioned that Google insisted on open source. Polvi talked about the importance of consistency in building infrastructure. The next speaker from Microsoft, machine learning, talked about future of analytics. He explained how predictive analytics impact businesses and operations. He talked about building the services and machine learning in cloud. " there are two types of analytics." He talked about value based monetization. King talked about open sourcing in cloud. He mentioned that WalmartLabs had been developing and using a powerful cloud technology, OneOps that "enables it to accelerate code development and enabling it to switch entire cloud environments to new providers at will." VP, global engineering from Facebook talked about global cloud strategy. He explained how Facebook keeps tackling new geographies and audacious projects. "Facebook crossing serving 1 billion people." He talked about OCP and telecom industry. He revealed Facebook's first full-scale drone, which plans to provide internet access in remote parts of the world. "Our mission is to connect everybody in the world. This is going to be a great opportunity for us to motivate the industry to move faster on this technology.” It is named “Aquila”, the solar-powered drone that is able to fly without landing for three months at a time, using a laser to beam data to a base station on the ground. He talked about Parse, building powerful mobile apps faster. Then the panel talked about trust. They discussed why trust is crucial. Hoffman said it is not about control, but governance. He talked about quality and security. For accomplishing the purpose of cloud it should be easy to use. Trust in platform and Policy driven system were discussed. "When organization changes, the behaviors change too." They talked about Linux containers that it's focus is system containers, the containers which offer an environment as close to possible as the one you'd get from a VM but without the overhead that comes with running a separate kernel and simulating all the hardware." Then Ittycheria talked about future of data driven enterprises. "Open source business model has become too good these days." He explained how the enterprises increasingly turning to NoSQL, and how MongoDB can keep chipping away at a multi-billion-dollar market. He mentioned that smartphone has more than fifty sensors nowadays, but in the past there was just a couple of sensors. Shmunis talked about the situation of connected business in the cloud. He explained what can be done for a better acceptance of cloud in the businesses. The next panel talked about how Silicon Valley investors regarding the technologies, trends, and betting on in the cloud. They focused on innovation and building skills. They talked about the startups in the cloud infrastructure. They analyzed the impact of cloud. They mentioned they were looking for opportunities for investing and seized them. Herrod said: "Success can be very dangerous if it comes early in startups." Shuttleworth focused on the phase change of modern software. He discussed how next-gen cloud management tools like Juju Charms, which encapsulate service orchestration best practices; LXD, a hypervisor for containers; and Docker as a key to the "future of defining and deploying infrastructure and applications." He talked about model-driven approach. The panel on new technologies talked about Amazon and Google and called Amazon as an unbeatable in cloud. They mentioned that in cloud computing, the first is Amazon web services and then there are other companies. "Without data these days you cannot make any proper business decision."  SVP of Product and Engineering, Yahoo mentioned that internet companies using data to predict the companies revenues. The next panel discussed the cloud usage trends and pricing. Flores from Accenture talked about reliability of cloud that was much more important than cost. The Cloud refers to the availability of various services through a network like the internet, as opposed to locally on a computer, so reliability is very important. Tessel from Barcelona talked about container strategy and how to implement containers in the work environment. In the exhibition areas, many companies such as Intel, Cisco, Apcera, Ring Central, PubNub and Formation were present.







November 13-15, 2015:

Green Festival Expo 2015



 
Green festival was an inspiring event introducing the latest green products and services in the market. It promoted sustainability in life choices and actions and it aimed to a zero waste market place. It's focus was on organic, non-GMO and local foods for achieving a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. There was a variety of topics discussed by different speakers. How to use renewable energy and solar generation and the major infrastructure projects to undergo climate change impact were discussed. There was much emphasis on buying locally, and the challenges of local agriculture and how to promote sustainable agriculture were explained. There was a special focus on green filmmaking and how to make the film makers attentions to the environmental issues. On the subject of green businesses, there was emphasis on the necessity of growing green startups. "Free- range", organic and non genetically modified foods and how to involve the local communities in the process were discussed. Challenges and solutions for protecting our lives from synthetic chemicals was another topic of discussion. The issue of hydro fracking, gas storage, pipelines and the role of the federal politics and justice system were discussed by the speaker. On the subject "organic fashion", the speaker mentioned that manufacturers globally use chemicals on textiles that are hazardous to health, especially health of children whose development and growth being affected by these hazardous materials. On the vegetarian magazine booth, there was a lively discussion among the visitors. They all agreed on avoiding genetically modified foods, but some believed that vegetarian diet is not healthy enough and our brain and body needs meats proteins to function properly. There were some publishing companies exhibiting; companies such as PM press and Haymarket books. Slow money representatives were advocating alternative ways of investment. Many speakers encouraged the attendees to grow their own food in their backyard year-round. They mentioned that by growing food, hundreds of dollars would be saved and also a clean, safe, pesticide-free and highly nutritious self made food would be a health guarantee for the families. There were 30 mentors and business expertise at the event to discuss the attendees ideas for launching a green business and how to make their dream a reality and make the world a better place to live.
 







November 12-13, 2015:

FUTURESTACK 2015




FutureStack 15 was an interesting event organized by New Relic, a Software Analytics company that makes sense of billions of metrics across millions of apps. It helps companies that build modern software understand the stories of their data. The conference was about the Vision of the future software. In the session about Open cloud platform, Underwood mentioned that Stack creates communication platform that shortens distance. Engates talked about Data in action in the home and the sensors of the drones. He said that Data is everywhere and there are 4.9 billion connected device in the world and it will increase sharply in the near future. He talked about Automation of the process. "100,000 alerts, 90% are resolved automatically." Lawson mentioned: "If it touches production, it is production." She talked about the Software maturity and self healing systems. "We have changed our oral culture to written culture." She explained strong foundation of knowledge and documentation. She said that 20 years ago,1995, was very different and there had been lots of changes; now 4 billion people are online. "22% of downtime incidents are caused by human error." "following the mantra of "automate everything" all tasks, tools and processes are treated the same way that we do our products, with a well defined lifecycle." She emphasized on the necessity of finding a solution that is effective. Rochwerger talked about the different tools that engineers use. He explained the story of tools and process that the company has done to improve quality code—both automated and cultural changes. He said:"Culture eats strategy for breakfast."He explained many testing and communication cases. He emphasized that Testing for code is usable if you run it continuously. Wassenaar showed a video about saving the world. O'Brien mentioned that Kiva's motto is loans that Chang lives and said that Kivas operates in 82 countries. He mentioned that the administrators monitor the loans to reach to the farmers with no waste. Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. CEO Cirne mentioned that all employees have two days off as service days. Then the next speaker explained the process that they had fixed Healthcare.gov website.He explained what went wrong. He mentioned that the culture of war room was more important. And he explained SOPs and pre-approved changes and problem management on a 12 hour cycle.The changes: the past was using private clouds but in the future will be public and hybrid clouds; limited visibility. "Are public clouds secure? Securing applications of public clouds is the top priority." Then he explained a case study App2.0. And mentioned that the new service is the US digital service. The highlight of conference was the keynote speaker Steve Wozniak, a co founder of Apple. He was a natural and energetic speaker. The ambiance in the conference hall was exceptional and the audience response was highly positive. He talked about being a Geek, a Technology geek. He mentioned that the things that you do on your own will be the most important thing in life. He said that in high school they did not have computers. He mentioned that he is a self taught person and explained how he designed computer on papers. He talked about his first impression of Steve Jobs and how his (Steve) personality was changed from outgoing character. He said that Steve Jobs movie is about his personal life -and some negative aspect. He mentioned: "People don't have the voice that I have." He said that he had never ever used illicit substances and added he had lots of other ways for fun. He said: "I like to be independent. I am in favor of open source thinking." He talked about his personal experiences and mentioned: "Happiness= smile - frown", "3Fs: Food, Fun and Friends is happiness." He said that Schools defeat creativity and emphasized: "Don't push your values on others." He mentioned he values Honesty and freedom the most. He explained the school system faults and conformity issues. He said that the most interesting technology is the third party App." Asking Siri five largest lakes in California and I received the correct answer". He emphasized on the importance of freethinking and how he is against forces of conformity and against drug use that leaves the youngster not master of their own. Wozniak first met Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1971. He was in college and Jobs was at high school. Squeo talked about the subject: From Howard's Head To Dashboards and mentioned that a simple change in the user experience can have huge impact on the revenue. Karon talked about the customer experience and said that we have to spend development time wisely and Interactions define customer experience."Measurement gives us the data we need for taking right decisions." Billy talked about User expectation. "Application performance is crucial part of the online experience." She mentioned that Online mobile sales has doubled last year and  $30 billion spent on marketing. Worral talked abou accelerating innovation." APM is an assumption." He said that Profiling your app in dev=time saved." Develop with the agent installed locally." He mentioned to use the API to add the additional data into the capture request. Gordon mentioned that One area, third party, is the area that we don't have control of security. He talked about SaaS security:how New Relic’s security program operates and what they look for when evaluating services for use by our business. He discussed how effective is the security program and mentioned that Checklist only deals with the expected problems, not with unexpected ones. He talked about Compliance, monitoring and transparency."Is your employees understand that data security is important?" In the panel discussion Butt talked about differences in data set and metrics. Rabinovitch talked about infrastructure data. And Serebryany talked about making tools very easy to use. Build, run and monitoring the service. How to create alerts. They discussed the trends in infrastructure and application monitoring. And Serabryany shared his experiences and views on the critical considerations of cloud monitoring.
 







November 6, 2015:


"China Doll"





 
 
 
China Doll : David  Mamet/ Al Pacino
 
China Doll was an interesting play written by Pulitzer Prize Winner, David Mamet who wrote the play especially for Al Pacino. It was a two casts play or better to say it could be considered as a one cast play because Al Pacino were always present on the stage and did the most of the talks. Pacino played the role of Mickey Ross, a very rich retired businessman who recently had bought an airplane to travel with his much younger girlfriend. He was a very well connected and powerful person who had a very firm and confident tone of speech in his various phone conversation with top people in corporations and government. Most of the time he was on the phone and the audience came to know the details of his life through his lengthy conversation on the phone such as his plan to fly on his newly purchased airplane to London with his British girlfriend. His conversations on the phone was with the variety of people: his lawyer, a Governor of the state, the plane manufacturer and especially his girlfriend.
 
Al Pacino had a strong presence on the stage and he reproved his exceptional talent. David Mamet's play was strong but he did the right thing to write the role exclusively for Pacino to play, because Pacino's powerful talent of acting and his charisma made the play successful. The lengthy conversations on the phone by a player who was always present and talking could be boring for some audience if it was played by a less strong player. Pacino skillfully used his facial expressions to convey lots of hidden messages of the play. Pacino on the casting decision once said: "For me over the years the relationship and the collaboration with David Mamet has been one of the richest and most rewarding. We've done four projects together and the opportunity to create a new character in the David Mamet canon was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."
 
China Doll was commercially very successful. The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York was packed with the enthusiastic audience who paid up to $400 for watching the play. The reviews by the critics were mixed and some were unhappy about lengthy conversations, but the nature of "China Doll" play had the intensity of Harold Pinter's plays and the purpose was to be intellectually stimulating and maybe not for the average audience. The presence of Al Pacino made it possible for all to enjoy the play. There were many comments by different audiences after the show and almost all were happy. An Italian couple who were Pacino fans travelled the continent to see the play. Another couple travelled from the West coast and I heard them on the cell phone talking; the wife said: "She is asking did it worth the travel and money?" The husband replied: "Tell her, definitely Yes."
 








November 2-4, 2015:

MIT Media Lab Conference, Cambridge, MA





 
 
MIT Media Lab conference was an interesting and inspiring event organized by MIT Technology Review.  The focus was discovering the future trends and understanding the latest technologies that drive the new global economy; it was an event for discussing tech, business, and culture  and how they converge. AI , robotics, data-driven health care, future cities, and the latest technologies were discussed  and it celebrated the 2015 Innovators Under 35. The session Robots among us examined the advances in AI, robotics, and automation  that lead to more natural interactions between humans and machines. It was explained that the goal is to establish an era of reliable robots assisting workers across numerous industries. The Gene editing technology and what happens if Machine being able to understands us and live among us were explained. Wood from Harvard university mentioned that Robotics has two sides: automation side and mechanical side. He pointed out that everyone will be impacted by robots. He also explained the Bio inspired robots and its manufacturing options, the RoboBee Project and RoboBee flight control. This bio-inspired insect-sized aircraft dubbed RoboBee can push flight-worthy craft into their smallest wings.These robots don’t have their own brains and cellphone-sized microchips are too big for them. They lack their own power source. The tiny bugs had to be tethered with tiny power cords that lasts about 10 to 15 minutes. He showed pictures and demos on Running robots and advanced manufacturing techniques. He explained how to make the robots with twenty legs and highly dynamic locomotion. He talked about the robots that are Programmable by folding: printable robots, Self folding machine and Soft bodied robots. The speaker discussed the robotic surgical devices and their functions, their application in health care, customizable system devices and Biological manufacturing: control insects. Then Lipson from Columbia university talked about Creative machines. He mentioned that AI taking lots of data from stock market and predicting the future. He explained how lots of data converge and Converging AI. He said that AI focus is on analysis rather than synthesis; synthesis is much more difficult than analysis. He talked about Human creativity: how human innovates. "Soft robots is very difficult for engineers to design." He talked about the robots that are programmed to paint. " Can robot paint?" "Robots are going to take away the manual jobs as well as highly skilled jobs such as a lawyer job." He talked about the future of robots and how robot technologies destroy jobs. "What happens if the robots can be creative and do jobs better than people?!" He also explained about the process of restructuring the economy. Another speaker, Soghoian, a chief technologist, privacy researcher and activist talked about Privacy and security and Surveillance technology. He explained the relationship between telephone companies and governments and how they breach the privacy. He talked about the different approaches by two giant companies: Apple and Google on privacy issue. He explained how Apple rejected the request to disclose their customers information to the government. He explained the Encryption of data on iPhone and mentioned that Apple customers data is protected but the Android: operating system by Google do not use encryption. So Google customers data is not protected. He mentioned that those who can afford to buy expensive iPhone can enjoy the privacy of their data, but those cheap android devices are not secure. He mentioned the giant company, Apple has a powerful presence in the market and its stance on privacy has positive impact. He mentioned the easiest way to protect your computer against the hacker is to put a sticker on your webcam. He insisted on the necessity of providing encrypted phones for all, not just for the rich who can afford iPhones. Grenier talked about drones at work, Irobot, recreational drones and commercial drones. She explained about what type of data the drones are collecting and Data collection eco system. She showed the pictures of some Pocket flyers that were very small, pocket size. She mentioned that there would be a great market place for drones. She also talked about Delivery drones. Sacchi, the Federmacchine board member, and Forte from  Italian Trade agency talked about advanced manufacturing and mentioned that Italy is among the largest player in machinery after Germany. Sacchi said that China focus is on manufacturing and Russia is a source for oil and gas. "The first product that Italy exports is machinery." He talked about the Customization of Ferrari and human touch on some part of design and how to adjust the system and the whole process. He mentioned that education for labor force and the solution for the problem of pollution will be the focus of new innovations in five years time. Then Nano architecture was discussed by the next speaker, Greer. She talked about Micro lattices and nano lattices and how to create the ultra light,strong and tolerant materials. She showed pictures and demos of two dimensional nano and 3D architecture. She mentioned that Metallic glass can be extended in nanoscale. Then the innovators under 35 had presentations. On the subject of 3D printing Tibbits from MIT talked about 3D printing, food printing, bio printing , printed pharmaceuticals and printed electronics. He emphasized on the Mass customized products: "Those things that can't be printed is because of the scale, they are too big to be printed." He mentioned that software tools needs to catch up with advances in the hardware. "Real world products with the real world materials." Also he talked about the idea of 4D printing: printing materials that works like robots. Next speakers: Rosenberg and Rosenkrantz talked about the Digital fabrication, expanding 2D structure to 3D. They mentioned that changing the objects would be more meaningful if we customize them, for example making wedding rings that the couple have designed for each other. They introduced a project in kinematics and kinematic clothes and showed some videos. In the panel discussion DuBravac mentioned that in 1981 computing power was very limited, but that scarcity has turned into surplus in 2015. "Shift from technologically possible to technologically meaningful." "Today 2 dimensional education has shifted to 3 dimensional." The presenter showed a demo of a dress made by robotic fabrication that the cost is $5000 and the weight is 5 pounds. Then there were different tours of Media Lab including CSAIL that the focus was on AI and the project about the robots that can make decisions. Later there was a discussion among some attendees about ethical issues raised by rapidly advancing robotics technology and the presence of robots in the workplace.
 
 
 
 






October 2015:





October 25-29, 2015:

Oracle OpenWorld Conference 2015 & JavaOne 2015






 
Oracle OpenWorld conference was about integrated cloud applications and platform services: four days of technology sessions, labs, industry keynote speech, demos, showcases, exhibition and networking. It was the annual Oracle convention for business decision-makers, IT management, and line-of-business end. Executive Chairman, Ellison talked about the competition in the cloud market and the state of information security. He mentioned that the transition to the cloud has been underway for over 15 years, and the first cloud companies such as Salesforce were SaaS (software as a service) companies before the word “cloud” had even been invented. He said that automation has accomplished two things: it dramatically lowered the cost in the technology and implementing these fault-tolerant systems and second, it eliminated the human error. He added that we need much better security: “We need a next generation of security, because we are not winning a lot of these cyber battles. We’re losing a lot of these cyber battles. We haven’t lost the war, but we’re losing a lot of battles. And it is a technology confrontation between sometimes nation against nation, company against company, hacker agains ethical technologist." He mentioned that Oracle has more cloud application, platform, and infrastructure services than any other cloud provider, it has the only truly integrated cloud stack. He announced a broad set of new products and highlighted why integrated cloud delivers the most innovative and cost-effective benefits to customers. His emphasis was on the security that he pointed out is our biggest concern. This cloud technology is a big thing. He explained how to change the application. He mentioned the transition from EC2 when the majority of computing is done in cloud and after the fusion project was launched. "Everything is different in 2015 especially providing infrastructure." He said that we do not see the worlds largest companies in the cloud. Most cloud players are small and there is a new competitive technology. He emphasized on pushing security low in the stack; the security features should always be on; encryption must be always on; we cannot compromise the security. What happens when the credit cards, 20 million credit cards information is lost; in Russia you can buy active credit cards. He also mentioned that there is a plan to get rid of the signatures. He said:" in Oracle nobody can read customers data in the cloud; your SaaS service provider should be asked who can see your data."
All your data should be encrypted.There was a variety of sessions discussing different topics such as: software in silicon services, security for On-premise and private Cloud deployments, Solaris server running SAP with the new compliance tool and the discussion about NAND based devices that have reached a cost per GB that, coupled with new larger capacity points, allows for infrastructure consolidation. The speaker explained about HDD solution and SSD solution and TCA example. Another speaker mentioned that application performance equals business performance. He pointed out that applications are complex and we must act in environments that span the cloud, middleware, third-party services and diverse networks. In JavaOne session, the speaker talked about the operational in memory computing platform that would help the companies manage their data and distribute processing by using in memory storage and parallel execution for application speed and scale.In the exhibition area, the marker zone there was a humanoid robot that attracted the attention of the visitors, and there were some discussions about robots. Some visitors did not hide their dislike of robots. In HCM central, the speaker mentioned here we don't like the robots, we fear them and they seem scary to us, they threaten our jobs in the future. All the jobs are affected by automations. He mentioned the case Japan, a very closed society that is very open to robots! Another speaker talked about the digital transformation and mentioned that in the 90s we lacked the technology for automation, but now in 2015 we have the technology. Then he discussed the future of work and different workers: mobile worker, at home worker and how different work force interact globally considering different time zones. He mentioned that we have lots of data and lots of people but what we need is the skill to gather them together at the right time.
 






October 22-25, 2015:

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show 2015





This year Antiques Show was focused on the lasting quality of beautiful pieces, the time that goes into creating a work of art and the timespan the works of art and antiques in the show encompass. It demonstrated the evolution, design and beauty of timepieces from across time. And all the proceeds from the show benefited Enterprise for Students that helps high school students to develop skills for their future job and career exploration. Also there was different lectures on antiques, jewelry, interior design, historical castles in France, architecture and refined design and craftsmanship from 18th century to the present. The lecture Time Travel through the castles of France was about a journey from Leondardo da Vinci to Marquis de la Fayette and through cultural heritage of French Royalty. Another lecture was about designing with antiques in the contemporary world. The speaker emphasized on the use of antiques that brings the personality of the owner to the attention. He was involved in a four year design project in Mexico and explained the differences in style. He mentioned that historical knowledge and lots of traveling experience by the designers make a huge difference on the interior design process. Ike on the lecture on Shingle style house mentioned that he had coined the word Shinglish because this type of the  house has roots in the colonial architecture in 1880s and the style is from English cottage style. But his colleague Kligerman disagreed with him and mentioned that it uniquely American style. Then the speakers talked about the difference of American and European style. They discussed different classic, gothic and minimal style and showing different slides for each style. Different exhibitors in the exhibition area presenting different antiques and the most notable ones were the beautiful antique rugs hanging on the walls. There was a Persian Kashan rug from 1880s with a unique design and beautiful natural colors that attracted the attention of the most visitors. Nearby building, there was a painting and photo exhibition, San Francisco Open Studios. There were interesting works by Keenan. She mentioned that she uses art to honor the bond between the divine in humanity and the diversity in nature, and share her net proceeds with organizations working for peace, parity and eco-sustainability. The Photos by Boyko were according to the artist, the nonverbal means to explore the unconscious and the conscious in our lives. His focus was on their communication through non verbal means that is life changing.
 
 






October 21-22, 2015:

Collaborative Economy Conference 2015





 
Collaborative Economy conference was about discovering the economic advantages, new markets and opportunities that have been born out of the collaborative economy and why they matter to the future of business and understanding of the collaborative economy and how the private sector has adapted it in such a way that it has empowered the local communities. Gray talked about the new era of economic abundance and mentioned that she is introducing the term Copianomics: the economics of abundance. She mentioned that Airbnb is masterminding the ultimate game of monopoly. She compared revenues of Airbnb and hotels, she mentioned that for each hotel there are 1000 listing in Airbnb.Then she explained sharing economy versus on demand economy. She mentioned that sharing economy and corporate assets shares are under utilized. She asked the audience : are you ready for the new era of economic abundance? She said that abundance economy can pose a threat to your  company, if it isn't managed properly. The next speaker talked about building collaborative infrastructure: assessing ongoing legal concerns of the sharing economy. He mentioned that it is important to fit new ideas into old rules. " Innovators want freedom to innovate at lower costs. And regulators want consumer protection." Then he explained the areas of law implicated by the sharing economy. He mentioned the legal aspect of the employment and two touchstones to classify workers. He asked how bossy is your boss? It affects the duration of relationship between worker and hiring party. He explained the reputation system and worker classification. He talked about O'Connor V. Uber trial starting 2013 to present. Davis talked about privacy and data security law. He mentioned in the US we have a general FTC Act. He explained who enforces privacy rules and how FCC is involved and How does the FTC regulate privacy. He talked about the Privacy policies of Prozac website and revealing personal information of the users and violating another company's privacy policies. "Retroactively changing your privacy policy." He also talked about secretly tracking or monitoring users without their consents. Then Jeff Dema by introducing Machinery Link Sharing talked about sharing solution in a transformative agricultural economy. He explained how technology can accelerate the pace of innovation in agriculture. To feed a growing population, modern agriculture must continue to transform. He mentioned that farmers are struggling to make a profit. He explained the seasonality of farming and the equipment the farmers in different regions need. He said that there is $244 billion in idle or not frequently used machinery. He explained that machinery link sharing can be a solution. He showed a video about sharing machinery by farmers. It was interesting and smart way for the farmers to increase productivity and decrease the costs.  He mentioned that time is right for these types of innovations and sharing models. He said that everyone benefits from this model. He also mentioned that 65% of farmers are over 55 years old. " Technology and business models can make farming more attractive for the younger generations." He emphasized on the importance of the connected farms. A member of the audience asked the speaker how do they solve the location problem? He answered that they have the experience of redefining the neighborhood and it is their job to facilitate the process.
 







October 21, 2015:

Graph Connect 2015


Graph Connect was an event for all the graph database enthusiasts, the developers to CIOs to explore new ideas, share innovations in graph technology, and make connections with researchers and developers. Needham talked about Stack Exchange API, how to import data quickly and easily, the Initial model in Converting JSON, Converting questions to CSV and Introducing Cypher: how to create new patterns in the graph. Then another speaker, Hunger talked about Loading CSV with headers and how to use neo4j shell to load script and then he showed the demo. Williamson, data scientist at Monsanto talked about how they leveraged a polyglot environment, with a graph database implemented in Neo4j at the core, to enable the required shift in agricultural product development. He said that six years ago he joined Monsanto and left his work at the university. He talked about NASA project about California drought. Then he talked about food and improved genetic corn."How to isolate DNA of particular crop?" He talked about how genetic gain is created through breeding cycles.  He explained the data lab and data field and explained how the transformation of the genetic ancestry dataset into a graph has replaced months of computational effort.  He was wearing a T shirt with graph roots design on it. He mentioned every breeding cycle extends a tree of genetic ancestry. " In Monsanto we give a starting population and return all ancestors." He mentioned that genetic ancestry is a naturally occurring graph. "The job is finding the roots. We want to analyze the ancestry of all the plants.  The aim is to build a grammar for ancestral milestones.  Real time reads requires real time data." Boland, the online Editor of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists talked about the Secrecy for Sale: Unraveling the Shady World of Offshore Finance. He explained how ICIJ used Neo4j to restructure and re-visualize the complex data sets to reveal the vast networks that allow some of the world’s most powerful people and companies to hide their money. Neo4j is an open source graph database implemented in Java.The developers describe Neo4j as "embedded, disk-based, fully transactional Java persistence engine that stores data structured in graph rather than in tables". He talked about the project, Secrecy for Sale and how their website is blocked in China. He talked about the Big data leak of HSBC in Swiss." Managers do not know the name of the clients and use the codes. " He talked about the Collaborative method of publishing and Exploring full potential of graph. He mentioned the story of 36-year-old Falciani, a systems specialist they suspected of stealing data from HSBC Private Bank. Falciani’s HSBC data trove ended up first in the hands of authorities in France, which then indicted London-based HSBC for illegal direct marketing to French nationals, money laundering and facilitating tax fraud. He mentioned that Secret documents reveal that HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in Africa, bag men for Third World dictators, traffickers in blood diamonds."They provide a rare glimpse inside the super-secret Swiss banking system — one the public has never seen before. " The next speaker Feingold talked about gaining insight with graph visualization. He explained different graph layouts with clean labeling that each can be customized such as circular, hierarchical and symmetric. In Lightning Talk session, Willemsen talked about mining Github activity in Neo4j. The next speaker Mazerolle talked about tracking the world's food from source to table. He talked about full visibility of the recipes and how recipes are changing on daily basis.




October 14, 2015:

Rich Data Summit 2015


 
The Rich Data Summit was an interesting conference that featured some engaging presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, as well as a lively data solutions expo and its focus was on turning big data into rich, meaningful data. Silver talked about how rich data is taking the place of big data. He talked about the analysis of data for business, politics and science. He emphasized on change of methodology and more qualitative approach. He mentioned that prediction for foreign policy is not easy, but for education data we have done successful prediction. The next speaker Weigend who was chief data scientist in Amazon and is an expert on the future of big data, social-mobile technologies, and consumer behavior was wearing the google glass and started his speech by showing a document from the official state security service of the former East Germany, Stasi. He mentioned that the year 1985 was about connecting computers; 1995, connecting pages; 2005, connecting people and 2015 is about refining data. He said that when the United Nations General Assembly was briefed on the progress of Global Pulse, an innovation initiative of the Secretary-General, he had an introductory speech and mentioned that the data is the new oil. He emphasized that the Data has become a product. "Social media change what we feel about others and ourselves. Data has become something that we breathe like the air." Later he added that soon there will be the time we don't need people anymore, we have Google! Then he mentioned that from business perspective the value of the data based on the impact on people. He discussed the question of identity and said you are what you are with. He concluded his speech with four points: 1. Start with a question not with the data. 2.Focus on decisions and actions. 3.Base your function on metrics that matter to your customers. 4. Let people do what they are good at and computer does what it is good at. Stokvis talked about the result of the study on the mental effect of doing physical job on experimental groups. He mentioned when you change the perspective of people you have changed their body too. He mentioned that simply by thinking differently about the problem you have already tried to solve it. Another speaker, Lightner talked about the ways to leverage the crowd to create efficiencies and optimize the process of extracting insights from online conversation, social buzz and media coverage. He discussed some case studies and concluded how media reports have the biggest impact. Stancil talked about how to tell a compelling story with data. He mentioned that understanding your audience is essential and he talked about the context from which the data originates. He also emphasized that data analysts and data scientists embedded in organizations should learn from journalism about telling better stories with data and he explained how. He mentioned that data scientists spend 80% of time to gather data and the left 20% spend on analyzing it. Also he talked about the job of data journalists that skillfully do the both preparing and analyzing the data. He mentioned that they have the right type of narrative and walk you through the process. They highlight what is important and they have the specific methodology. Paterson talked about the possibilities that exist to monetize data and how to get started. He explained the second type of monetization of data. "30% of businesses will monetize their information assets by 2016." He mentioned that Verizon use their customer data in marketing insight processes. He emphasized on target marketing campaigns that are based on data and information. Braga talked about the privacy issues in crowdsourcing process. She mentioned that the users are often not aware that their data may be analyzed. She talked about law and regulations on data privacy and compared the US and Europe. She mentioned that when people buy a new iPhone or mobile device they agree on the terms and conditions on collecting their data but they are not really aware of the content. Stanford talked about how Stanford university uses data enrichment to track its reputation, perform sentiment analysis, and test messaging on social networking. He mentioned that they analyze all the posts about Stanford on Twitter. "We look at the specific adjectives to find out about the negativity and the positivity of the posts."
 





September 2015:







September 28-30, 2015:

GMIC Silicon Valley 2015




GMIC Silicon Valley brought the global mobile ecosystem to Silicon Valley for three days of interesting presentations on the industry’s most discussed topics. GMIC Silicon Valley is considered one of the Silicon Valley’s largest mobile conferences, drawing thousands of mobile leaders from over 60 countries. Mobile executives, entrepreneurs, developers, and investors from around the globe and across platforms attend GMIC each year. On the Marketing and Growth Track there were various discussions around mobile user/customer acquisition, ad spend optimization, user retention, maximizing revenue, data tracking and a variety of other topics. The panel who discussed monitization in 2016 explained advertising and different forms of revenue generation. Levanon talked about how to keep the users, lots of them leave after 30 days. She emphasized on not just tracking by click or impression but analyzing the actions and behavior of the users; and it is not enough just to have great idea. Manning mentioned that Engagement factor is very important; know who the people are who buy from you and why they are buying. He emphasized on the Market personalization, one to one. The Disrupting Diversity in Tech Summit discussed and brought to light the disparity gaps amongst groups from both a qualitative and quantitative perspectives; the panel on Silicon Valley Women in Technology talked about how to include more women in Tech. Whitney mentioned that the culture that they think they are not welcome should be changed. "Feeling isolation is the reason for women leaving the work." She discussed the Data index of companies performance and mentioned that eBay is diversified. Data about women in executive, senior, middle and entry level should be fully analyzed. A software engineer in the panel explained how her mother in India opposed her to study engineering because she thought no Indian man would marry her because it takes a long time to graduate. Myrow, the female reporter from Silicon Valley mentioned that What you measure you can change, what about the things that is not measured. Marketing is female dominated and at the same time in the workplace the women who are too bossy are rejected and are not included in the projects.The Thought Leader sessions included discussions by visionaries and executives representing the world’s leading companies that are redefining the future of mobile and internet. Ng from Baidu asked the audience "Can US companies compete Chinese?" He said that the US and China companies and markets are very different and if you don't know the local context ecosystem and user behavior that is so different in China, you can't succeed. He mentioned that all the apps in China use text messages but it is rare in the USA. He said that cheap labor and type of market in China have made ordering food in China takes 20 seconds! He supported O2O services in China and India. But according to consultancy firm McKinsey, the Chinese search engine Baidu's deepening investment in so-called online to offline commerce or O2O, left a chill on its stock price and it has been unsuccessful. One imporant question about these companies is whether they can keep the high-margin online profits to themselves while shuffling off the more prosaic “offline” aspects of the job to others. In the US, this is under threat due to legal questions about whether the independent contractors that on-demand companies use to keep their costs low should be reclassified as employees. Another speaker who was advocating India was questioned by a member of the audience about fake medicines and products from India that is more than one in five products. The speaker from Samsung talked about the way AR and VR could hit $150 billion by 2020. He mentioned that comparing Augmented reality and virtual reality, AR is more flexible because you can see.
VR is entertainment focused, but AR has more functions. He explained the 
Mobility, vision, immersion, in AR and VR. Hulet from Ancestry mentioned that Ancestry has two million subscribers; he talked about Building systems and building 70 million family trees, Hypothesis Testing. He mentioned the rule is: Think it, test it, build it. Period. Then he explained the human genome and mentioned: "Your genes are your family history." He talked about Genetic Testing and Clustering the data by testing genomes. He said all these are highly valuable to pharmaceutical companies.



September 24, 2015:

Recent market trends in the Development of Healthcare Facilities event


The interactive discussion regarding recent market trends in the development of healthcare facilities was organized by Hanson Bridgett, 
a US-based, full service law firm with more than 150 attorneys in offices throughout in Northern California. The panel of experts discussed their experiences and lessons learned based upon actual projects. Topics included how concepts and techniques as well as sustainability influence construction processes, the effect of legislative changes on healthcare facility design and construction and migration from inpatient centric model of care to distributed network. The panel started the discussion with talking about their career path. Cardella mentioned that she has been working in the healthcare market in Northern California for more than 20 years. She pointed out that she is responsible for healthcare business development in San Francisco. She talked about the problems in the hospital buildings and she discussed what should be done about the old building of the old hospitals. She mentioned that Kaiser recently bought empty offices and repurposed them into medical offices. Then she talked about telemedicine and connecting patients to the specialists. She talked about Google medical center and healthcare facilities complex and its patients that suffer from depression, anxiety and sleep disorder. Another speaker, Kraiss, regional director of CBRE, mentioned his experience in stock exchange and how he is responsible for protecting Healthcare real estate and facilities solutions. He discussed the way the healthcare providers react when the 
expenses are rising. He mentioned for each $9, one dollar is spent in facilities. Also he discussed the following topics: Different types of partnerships, Integrative healthcare environment and Third party capital in healthcare and he mentioned that we should make standardized patient cares and be more efficient. Vegas talked about Consulting the project frog. She mentioned that she is director of facilities development at El Camino hospital, but she had a very bad experience in the hospital when her four year old son had an accident and she said: "if I did not work there I would give it a one star in Yelp!" She also mentioned that one of the building design is not suitable for the community hospital. Also she discussed the increasing Demand for spending more and charging less and the different problems in hospital building. "There are so many hospitals in competition in the Bay Area so the prices for the customers should go down, but we don't see it." Then she talked about the Prefabricated hospitals in California. Wagner talked about Upgrading the facilities and mentioned that sometimes building new hospitals is more economical than upgrading that is very expensive. She emphasized on the necessity of changin the culture of designing and building. One member of audience compared the US healthcare costs to the Eurpean countries healthcare costs especially in Sweden and concluded that the US costs is double, the panel mentioned that there's a better service, but she disagreed. The moderator talked about Hanson Bridgett's construction practice focusing on complex infrastructure projects.









September 9-10, 2015:

Converged IT summit 2015


The Converged IT Summit that was organized by Cambridge Healthtech Institue covered a broad range of topics that framed the issues behind creating computational solutions for modern research methodologies. There were a variety of topics such as technologies currently in use, how organizations are using them to accelerate discovery, efforts that have worked and those that have failed, organizational challenges and policies for research computing, and the art of converged infrastructure as a research tool. Data scientist from Intel talked about how computing on new large data sets will be done. He mentioned that some major initiatives are underway that will expand the datasets to cohorts of millions of patients. He also explained about how health care works, using electronic data,Improving health care, Internet of things and how data captured. He asked the question: What does a patient look like to a data scientist? And explained analyzing data that comes from multiple sources. The audience were mainly biologists, data scientists and IT professionals. "Data accuracy is a challenge: more than 63% of the key data that a physician should know about the patient is missing. Where is the missing data?" He explained that solution can be building an open source analytics platform. It costs a lot to generate the data. Dart talked about bringing science and IT together. He mentioned that the science DMZ model describes a performance oriented approach to network architecture, network design and performance engineering. "The Science DMZ is designed to handle high volume data transfers, typical with scientific and high performance computing by creating a special DMZ to accommodate those transfers." He explained TCP performance. "A small amount of packet loss makes a huge difference in TCP performance." Then he explained  working with TCP in practice. He showed science DMZ design pattern in picture and mentioned a picture worths thousands of words. Then he explained HCP center data path. Director of TACC talked about opportunities and perils of science as a service. He mentioned that TACC is an internationally known research center specializing in advanced computing technology. He said that Data and software sharing is still too hard. He also talked about storing, organizing and sharing primary data and Adopting efficient analytics "The resources can be the laptops, mobiles, local computers with storage." Jamison talked about integrating 100G capable firewalls into science DMZs. He explained the current project for NASA, USDA and Stanford university. Then he explained science DMZ security controls. Science DMZs are spreading far beyond their original target audience. The Science DMZ is designed to handle high volume data transfers, typical with scientific and high performance computing by creating a special DMZ to accommodate those transfers. Then Dwan talked about collaboration and mentioned that future belongs to institutions that can collaborate seamlessly as member of fast moving community. He said that the institute transforms medicine by using systematic approach. He was very optimistic about curing cancer in the near future, but some of the audience didn't share this optimism. Also he emphasized that moving the data is the machine job. Then he explained the cloud backed file storage and emphasized on agility, scalability and consistency.


August 2015:





August 19-21, 2015:

Open Collaboration Symposium 2015



OpenSym 2015 was the premiere research and practitioner conference on open collaboration. Open collaboration is collaboration that is egalitarian, meritocratic and self organizing. The main places to find open collaboration are wikis, Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects, open source projects, open data and open government initiatives, and the open educational resources. Gabriel talked about using machine to manage public sentiment on social media. He explained the Artificial sentiment. And he mentioned that people are using more social media and still are more isolated than before. He talked about advertising that uses machines to understand people and offer them product to buy as the target advertising. He explained Personality analysis based on two hypothesis, Linguistic analysis,Values, needs and Sentiment analysis. He talked about Big five personality sentiment analysis. "In some cases behavior can be predicted." He talked about the analysis of words by machine in order to describe the personality. "Emotions are not the same with personality." Then he explained the VAD emotion model, How words display various emotions, Emotional analysis & VAD scores, and Tone analysis that includes social and writing tones. He asked this question: "Can a program manipulate language like a poet?" Then he explained the Research goal and assist creativity, Word net and Algorithmic rhyming.
 Then he read some poems and analyzed them. Then he compared the  Twitter written by people and the Twitter written by machine. He demonstrated the Control of language by machine. Then Krabina talked about the Vienna history Wiki that is a collaborative knowledge platform for the city of Vienna.  He explained the results of the Users survey: 50% were the first time visitors. Majority of the visitors were old and male. "Everything done through configuration. Audience was asked about controversy and users editing ability and possible education. Main Editors should approve the editing process by the public." He also talked about the License issues with the publishing house. The next speaker talked about Wikidata and mentioned that Wikidata is a free linked database that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. Aitamurto talked about participants motivation factors and profile in crowd sourced law reform.




 

August 11-13, 2015:

Casual Connect Conference 2015


Casual Connect Conference gathered some of the brightest in the video games industry for 3 days of in-depth, cutting-edge lectures . It provided the critical skills, innovative game design, comprehensive marketing and emerging technology. There were more than 300 speakers representing the leaders in the next-generation of games. Manchado talked about game monetization with google analytics. He explained how AdMob bringing innovation of its solutions to help game developers figure out the right monetization strategy. He mentioned that there are more than 200billion apps requested each year and more than $620 billion paid by advertisers in order their apps to be shown by 2017. He pointed out that app advertising is bigger than app purchase in U.S. and UK. He mentioned that always target the users who purchase. "How can you monetize better?" Better apps are those that put the users first. He explained the Smart monetization & Different types of users. He said that Google have developed solutions and Knowing the users. He mentioned that only 21% of developers use analytics and it must increase. He explained: "How to treat different users differently? Custom audience targeting." He emphasized on distinguishing between casual users and highly engaged users. "AdMob can determine which users can become regular purchasers." He emphasized that the profit is the goal. He explained Maximizing ad yield across networks and Certified mediation adapters for 40 networks. There was a panel that discussed the future of VR and virtual reality possibilities. Callewaert who was very excited about VR mentioned that he started VR in 90s and he noticed that there are differences in experiencing VR between kids and adults."Kids look around, but grown up looks ahead in the VR experience". He talked about experiencing AR and VR and how different they are. He mentioned that Augmented reality is the blending of virtual reality and real life, as developers can create images within applications that blend in with contents in the real world. With AR, users are able to interact with virtual contents in the real world, and are able to distinguish between the two. But Virtual reality is all about the creation of a virtual world that users can interact with. This virtual world should be designed in such a way that users would find it difficult to tell the difference from what is real and what is not. One attendee mentioned it is scary that virtual reality ruins someone’s connection with the real world and real people. Falstein from Google mentioned his first VR project was in 1984 when he started his first VR demonstration. He mentioned: "We are constantly working on renovation. Many VR does not have realistic features." He talked about their Neuroscience experiment in the university and how they were seeking FDA approval. He also talked about the Degrees of control. Another speaker talked about four different ways of devising truly novel games and how these methods can improve game design. In the exhibition area there was a variety of exhibitors and companies such as Google; Tapjoy, Appboy that offers five optimization features, Growmobile that provides simplified solutions for companies mobile advertising, YellowHead, Adjust that it's head of communication, Kendall talked about the data tracking battle; from PHL Collective, a game studio in Philadelphia, Bren King explained that the company is less than two years old and created ClusterPuck 99, Noodle Arm and more; Appsflyer and Valuepotion representatives also were explaining their products to the visitors. In the exhibition area some overenthusiastic visitors were playing the games and one of them mentioned that he is addicted to it! The panel who talked about $18 billion industry mentioned that you have to consider which parts of your game are going to make money, whether you're nudging consumers in the right direction, whether you're balancing the money-grabbing with enough fun to keep the player onboard and that's before your game is even on sale. Then in VR/AR gaming speed pitch session each of five developers from emerging game companies such as Jahan and otherworld showed demos and got the investors panel feedback.






August 4-7, 2015:

Inman Connect Conference 2015


Inman Connect conference was a real estate technology event for everyone who cares about the real estate industry and where it is going. Thousands of real estate leaders gathered at Real Estate Connect to network, make deals, explore current trends and technology, and to learn how to embrace and leverage the change that surrounds the industry. Real estate industry professionals from around the world gathered together for accurate, innovative and timely information about the business. It was a forward-thinking event by Inman that is considered as the industry’s leading source of real estate information.There were 77 sessions and 198 speakers. COO from Zillow group, a $4.5 billion company mentioned that her focus is on the consumers and 90% of the time she spends at work is focused on the consumers issues. She said that consumer database helps us to increase the revenue and there is an eight percent margin error in the data that they use to connect customers and agents. One attendee who was working in the real estate business in a small company expressed her unhappiness about the behavior of the giant companies.Then Altschul with 28 years of experience in the Player Development and Casino Marketing management mentioned: "Having the ability to maintain and develop relationships and new markets of business in an extremely competitive market place is the key to success." He talked about his experience in Las Vegas and London and mentioned that some people win and some people loose. He said that gambling is regarded differently in the different cultures and he mentioned that gambling is part of Chinese culture and they cherish it. A professor of Psychology in Duke university talked about honesty and decision making. He said: "Despite our best intentions, why do we so often fail to act in our own best interest?What are the forces that influence our behavior?" He talked about his own personal experience while he was hospitalized for 70% burn and how he started to study after he left the hospital. He engaged the audience by asking them several questions. He talked about the Psychology of money and mentioned that we don't think just about the outcome but efforts. He asked the audience how they feel if they are asked to pay by bite in the restaurant! He mentioned his experiment involving his students to pay for the pizza by bite, 25 pence per bite and how they made the biggest portion they could. His final remark was : "If you think your customers less intelligent you will be better to serve them!" Then the panel talked about the secrets of the working with the luxurious real estate and clients. And each mentioned that how they anticipate the future of the real estate market. Grey talked about Life expectancy, Genetics, diets, better medicines and the relationship between quality and quantity of life. He mentioned that he is an advocate of Regenerative medicine against aging that includes the possibility of growing tissues and organs in the laboratory and implanting them when the body cannot heal itself. Inman who was interviewing him asked the audience: "who wants to live forever?" Just five people raised their  hands. Lawson from Google Marketing mentioned that we usually check our phone 150 times per day and it can be used for a better purpose too. He talked about the Micro moments: the new battleground for marketers and explained how Google talks about the data. The next speaker mentioned that according to the National Association of Realtors, sales of U.S. residential real estate to overseas buyers between April 2014 and March 2015 reached a record $104 billion, or about 8 percent of total existing home sales. Chinese were far and away the top foreign buyers of real estate last year, one third of the International buyers were from China and they mainly favored homes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and New York.





July 2015:








July 30-31, 2015:

Datacenter Dynamics Internet Conference 2015


DCD Internet Conference was a premier event for Tech Companies to collaborate on emerging trends and showcase the technology. The professionals from IT, Networks, Facilities, Finance, Line of Business Executive, Corporate Policy and Governance gathered together with data center executives, managers and technical professionals who plan, design, build, provision and operate data center and cloud infrastructures. Driven by all-things 3rd Platform and Web 3.0 – IoT, cloud, mobile, and big data/analytics – DCD Internet focuse was on the movement toward the full-stack – physical and logical. Industry experts uncovered the impact of the next-generation IT foundation technologies and the role of the application optimized software defined infrastructure of SDDC, SDN, cloud, open-source, and hyperconvergence. Villa talked about the industrialization of the data center and setting new standards. He explained the New cooling technology and mentioned that the results is not typical it is variable. As the Solution he mentioned that  all the components should work together and the environment is not static, it is dynamic. He pointed out that the needs of company A may be vary from company B and Decision should be based on real time data. "Intelligent decisions should be made by the right people." He mentioned that in Germany they insisted on the use of the word guaranteed but we say word improved for the power usage. Ryan from Google talked about scaling. He explained the history and the first cluster from 1998. He mentioned that Machines still belong to groups and Today's number is over 3 billions searches a day. "Fundamental changes needed to handle this growth in Data center levels Storage." About Networking inside data center he mentioned that we control everything in the networks. "We launch over 2 billion containers per week." He explained the ways that Google can help businesses in the open source and also he mentioned that they have access to the stuffs that Google doesn't want them to touch. Limbuwala talked about data center management evolution. He explained age of instrumentation and Explosions of data and mentioned that Data center has become dynamic. "Meters should be calibrated and What does data alone reveal? Predictive modeling can be wrong or sth is wrong in the data center." He mentioned that 40% of all metered data is junk. Sensors need to be calibrated and don't stay that way. T J Kniveton talked about exploring the true virtual data center. He explained the most trusted cloud for the businesses, Focus on trust, best security and B2B activity on cloud. Rallo talked about massive waste in the data center. He mentioned that a data center that is not used properly is like an Airplane sitting on the ground and not flying. He emphasized on the necessity of High level awareness and mentioned that Data centers shouldn't be the most expensive sections. Taylor also mentioned that paying attention to the management issues and considering the possibility of some solutions can avoid considerable loss in the technical structure. He emphasized on the importance of improving relations between the Facility group and IT group.







July 27-29, 2015:

Employee Engagement Conference 2015


Employee engagement conference was organized by Human Capital Institude. HCI aggregates open-source human capital best practices from prominent companies, thought leaders, and academic research. Their network includes expert practitioners, Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 corporations, government agencies, global consultants, and business schools — all sharing their new ways to manage talent. Efron talked about how to think big and act fast. He introduced all the latest cars productions such as Tesla Powerwall and Model x. He mentioned that the competition is fierce and talked about Spacecraft center. He said that in the sustainable transportation: What =mission, Where= vision and Why =purpose. "Purpose+ talent +hard Working= result, but Purpose +talent +engagement =accelerated results." He emphasized on the measured engagement and exceptional leaders and engaged customers. "The goal is to change the world. Employee engagement = customer engagement." He mentioned when there is customer engagement as the result of employees engagement people will spend more. Bednarski mentioned that Engaged team of employees results in more profit and more productivity. "Attract and keep the best talent." She mentioned 3 modes of engagement: Drive is engaged,Neutral is not engaged and Reverse is actively disengaged. She talked about action planning process: Step 1 survey and Step 2 after the survey: how to use data. She explained How to understand and read your scorecards. She emphasized on the necessity of achieving very positive responses, action planning session focus for a data driven company. She described Data driven engagement and Strength and weakness in the analysts. Allen talked about the managers responsibility and accountability for employees engagement. He himself actively engaged the audience during his speech by asking several interesting questions from the attendees. He mentioned that managers are responsible to keep talented people engaged in the company. "Boredom is the enemy number one." Managers have the responsibility to manage people and engage them. He mentioned: "Hiring managers that cannot manage is the worst thing to do and the most valuable asset of the companies are people." He explained how the disengaged people leave the company. He asked the audience Why we hire someone that is not competent to manage people. How do you measure engagement? He also talked about the engagement surveys and said:"The means of the engagement should not be the end." He asked the audience to raise their hands if they knew an incompetent manager in their companies. Almost all the hands were up. He explained how the managers are accountable for the engagement and what are the appropriate metrics and how HR are responsible to help the managers to be more successful in engaging the employees.






July 24-26, 2015:

World Future 2015


With the theme of Making the Future! Futurists and those who were curious about the future gathered together in the conference. Futurists don't just report on the future; they try to create it by shaping how individuals, communities, firms and nations see the world and its potential. This year they tried to link the dynamism of foresight to the energy of makers and other entrepreneurs creating the future today. The event was organized by World Future Society. It has 5800 members worldwide,77% of the members are male and 23% female. There were variety of pre conference master classes on the subject of future and how to make it happen. In one of the master classes, the speaker emphasized on seeing the future in the non threatening way. He explained the process of the Brainstorming, Empathetic interviewing and Persona construction. He asked the attendees to create a persona and build a scenario that is consistent and a challenge, then connect with potential client and create a persona and his needs: it could be a cartoon or just the descriptions. The weekend speeches were on the variety of issues such as the global issues, tech and innovation, business of foresight and books. The panel from around the world talked about different issues such as crimes, energy, tech, science and economy. They talked about the unemployment in Mexico and Venezuela; how to be prepared for the new technology in the future. Some attendees expressed their concerns about the artificial intelligence advancements and how robots replace humans. One speaker from Silicon Valley said: "Coding is new literacy". He talked about involving in the technology projects. The speaker from Spain talked about the unemployment rate and guarantee income system and he mentioned that the gap between rich and poor in some parts of Spain is like Norway. Speaker from Turkey talked about the gender equality in commerce, empowering women project and she complained that it was stopped by the government. She insisted on creating the future lesson beside history lesson in the schools! The speaker from Israel mentioned that they use the phrase "the free time" instead of unemployment. Some members of the audience mentioned the dangers of future joblessness as the result of artificial intelligence. One attendee mentioned for a great life we need happiness, hope and peace and we do not need the technology. The attendees were very diverse in the opinions. Some were very optimistic about the future and some had the pessimistic views. One speaker in the response to a question about the possibility of robots taking over the world and destroying human beings mentioned that new human beings with the new principles will emerge! The speaker who talked about the future of the courts and artificial intelligence mentioned that Convicted by a robot will not happen, but taking the paper and building out of court system and Create a 100% digital and global court and alternative dispute resolution system and save Thousands of hours to write decision. He mentioned today Court=building but in the Future: Court= Globe. There were some debates among the attendees about the future of the human and artificial intelligence, one attendee mentioned a quote from Musk that describes the creation of artificial intelligence as "summoning the demon." The speaker from Singularity mentioned that in the east Asia especially Japan, robots are considered better than human and are loved more than human!



July 22-23, 2015:

MDM & Data Governance Summit 2015



MDM & Data Governance conference provided the broad and deep practical advice on both Master Data Management (MDM) and Data Governance initiatives. A conference for data management professionals, it offered  an extensive agenda for the organizations to understand the tools and technologies needed to start or grow master data initiatives and programs. The analyst Keynote, Goetz talked about the importance of data. She said Data matters, what the customer needs determine the success of the company. She asked the attendees "how many mobile devices do you have?" The answers were different, mostly between three to five; but she mentioned that she had seven. She explained how the available data should be used. What does data quality most impact your business? Customer experience is the first. She mentioned that 78% of businesses love data but only 14% use it for strategic decision making. What causes data distrust? She emphasized data quality is important. She emphasized on solving the problems using Data Trust Trinity. "It is all about network. How do you get your customer information?What is your top priority of 2016? What data do? Does it change the opinion?" She mentioned that data trust begins with the consumption experience and explained the Business Intelligence from analytic perspective. She asked: "Why data scientists are unique? Analytic approach; Can you trust data or not? Measure data. Where to go, get that data." The speaker several times emphasized on the importance of the Business strategy. She mentioned the word No is not in the business vocabulary. Job must be done. Drive outcome with planning. Finally she mentioned Data only matters if it gives you money.period; data is just for the business. She warned the businesses:" If you do not start building your business strategy on your data, with this advancement of machine, artificial intelligence, you will loose." Rund asked the audience this question: what the companies such as Uber, Facebook and Alibaba have in common and the answer was that they don't own anything. He emphasized that 90% of the critical information is out of your company. He talked about the necessity of having contacts in the business and the importance of data governance in the business. Smith talked about MDM program and asked "What is wrong with our data quality?" He talked about data in the health care company. He mentioned that patients being tracked, all the electronic records use of Social security numbers, there is a Challenge of identity resolution. He said that millions of social security numbers are associated with more than one person. Jackson too talked about managing data in the Health care company. She emphasized that Money is the aim. We should avoid any waste by looking for quality data. "Lack of mastering the data, data management and data integration will result in the loss of money." She talked about Data governance oversight, prioritizing data governance projects and avoiding duplicate patients to improve patient identity data quality. She explained the three elements: Patients, providers and the Payers. "We never want two patients with one account that will be dangerous. Legally we cannot ask about social security number, so we have other means to gain it!" She emphasized on the necessity of accurate data and then explained the process of Tracking patients for the payment, Patients identity scorecard & patients identity dashboard.





July 22 ,2015:

IDEAS: art, literature and science festival 2015



An intellectual festival with a variety of presentations in art, literature, neuroscience, cooking and film. A professor of philosophy, Óscar de la Borbolla read some pages from his book in Spanish. It was a conversation between a psychiatrist and his patient. All the words were containing a vowel followed by a consonant and so on. It was so interesting and sounded so pleasant even for the attendees who did not know Spanish language. A professor of Neurosurgery, Buylla talked about mechanisms of adult neurogenesis and neuronal replacement.  He mentioned that contrary to the dogma held for over a century, some populations of neurons continue to be produced in juvenile and adult brains.  Basic mechanisms of neural development can be studied in a fully assembled brain, providing key insights into the nature of neural stem cells, mechanisms of neuronal migration, and neural maturation. He mentioned that they're studying the V-SVZ in the human brain and found that in infants the V-SVZ contains many migrating young neurons.  Interestingly, in addition to the migration to the olfactory bulb (OB) in young children, new neurons derived from the V-SVZ migrate towards cortex. Then an award winner chef, Reygadas talked about her passion for breads and mentioned that she always loved to cook, and always loved to eat, since she was really young. And then she got really into the nutritional side because her father had a stroke, so in her house, suddenly what they ate totally changed. So she always was conscious about what was good for you, what was not good for you. " I never thought of cooking as a profession. I never thought to study cooking, to me that was really strange. I studied English literature, actually. I chose literature because I like to read, but I never wanted to be a writer or anything like that. I didn't know what I wanted to be. Then suddenly I started to realize that cooking was the thing I enjoyed the most." Then documentary director, Almada talked about her films and explained that her film addresses violence without depicting it. Mateos, with a Ph D in physics talked about small-world networks that are transforming our lives. He mentioned that coals and diamonds are made of carbon and the difference is the structure and architecture that makes one so precious. He compared it to the human brains that are made of neurons and what makes a person smart is the structure of neurons.



July 20-21, 2015:

Data Science Summit 2015


The Data Science Summit brought together researchers and data scientists from academia as well as industry to discuss state of the art data science, applied machine learning and predictive applications. Data Science is the extraction of knowledge from large volumes of data that are structured or unstructured which is a continuation of the field data mining and predictive analytics , also known as (KDD). "Unstructured data" can include emails, videos, photos, social media, and other user-generated content. Data science often requires sorting through a great amount of information and writing algorithms to extract insights from this data. Although use of the term "data science" has exploded in business environments, many academics and journalists see no distinction between data science and statistics. Gil Press argues that data science is a buzzword without a clear definition and has simply replaced business analytics in contexts such as graduate degree programs. In the  presentation on the subject machine learning innovations, Heer from University of Washington talked about Bacteria species and respond of bacteria to drugs research and Visualized data that tell us Which antibiotics should be used?He emphasized on showing the data variation not design variation. He mentioned that always there are some errors in data on the Wide variety of bacteria. He talked about Data transformation, Visual encoding design and thousands of possible charts and Data voyagers. Data analysis: What to optimize? How to evaluate? Ré from Stanford University talked about DeepDive: a data system for macroscopic science. He talked about Dark data system, Interference problems and Thinking about features not algorithms. He mentioned that the world scientific knowledge is accessible but not readable. Macroscopic knowledge need for dealing with the problems."Could we build a machine to read for us?" How to stitch data together and how to bring them together. He compared human and machine in extracting data and concluded that machines are much more exact and precise. Then he mentioned data analysis in the human trafficking and how data produced by DeepDive helps to fight human trafficking. He expressed his views against the  publishers and then apologized in case there was any publisher present among the audience. Tibshirani talked about post selection inference for the lasso and forward stepwise regression. Then Jordan talked about Splash and how to resolve conflicts, different ways:pros and cons. He mentioned that Splash is a programming interface for parallelizing stochastic and he explained its functions. In the break and networking time, there was a discussion between two participants: how data science and statistics are different? Other people involved in the discussion and the result was that data science makes predictions.
 





July 14-16, 2015:

Semicon West and inter Solar 2015


SEMICON West is a trade and technology event for the global micro- and nano-electronics industries. Held annually since 1970, SEMICON West showcases the latest products, process, and technology developments for the design and manufacture of semiconductors, LEDs, MEMS, plastic/organic electronics, PV/solar, and other related and adjacent technology industries. It featured the Silicone Innovation Forum, a unique forum for strategic investors and key decision makers meeting new and emerging early stage companies developing the future of microelectronics. There were variety of companies exhibiting such as U.S. based company Pike Kinetics IQ system; Viasys, video analytics based security systems that integrates best practice CCTV infrastructure with video content analysis; NY nanotechnology, New York's Tech Corridor as a global leader in R&D; Sierra Components, Inc specialized in quick turn dicing; Gold Tech industries specialized in precision plating applications to the aerospace, electronics, communications and defense industry. In the Solar exhibition, the examples of passive solar design was exhibited. Passive solar home design applies the principles of heat transfer to keep building comfortable all year long with little fuel besides sunlight. Solar inventor Mouchot built the precursor to the modern solar oven in 1877 for the French Foreign Legion. Using his portable solar oven, he baked a pound of bread in 45 minutes. The U.S. solar industry employed 174,000 people in 2014, according to a report from the Solar Foundation, a growth of more than 20 percent compared to the previous year. Nearly one-third of the jobs were located in California, with the rooftop solar sector creating the majority of new jobs. Intersolar North America is an important educational and networking platform for installers, contractors, project developers and others.The workshops at Intersolar North America 2015 were designed for both seasoned industry veterans and those new to solar to gain insight into the newest technologies and trends impacting the downstream market. Within the panel titled “Future Paths for the East Coast Electricity Business”, speakers focused on the need for the solar and utility industries to get along, given the fact that electricity is inherently tied to utilities. Certain forward-thinking utilities have invested heavily in solar, from solar farms to installing panels on utility poles. With the integration of distributed energy with the electricity grid, the nation will move away from a centralized utility system to adopt “the sharing utility,” which features collaborative consumption and introduces a middle ground between ownership and shared resources, the panelists predicted.





July 9-10, 2015:

Wearable Technologies Conference 2015


Wearable  Technologies  is  the  pioneer  and  world  leading  innovation  and  market  development  platform  for technologies worn close to the body or on the body. Since 2006 the platform has established an ecosystem of more than 30,000 companies comprising market leaders and highly innovative companies. There were various presentations on different wearables and various technologies and functions. Hanna from Richline group talked about the elegant empowered woman and the function needs fashion. He explained about the process from fine jewelry business to technology business. He mentioned that fine jewelry lasts a long time and the jewelry industry knows the place of technology. He emphasized on the "connection" element in every piece of jewelry that has a memory, emotional aspect, special meaning and individually. Lahtela from Oura started his speech by the Steve Jobs quote: "Simple can be harder than complex." He introduced the world's first wellness ring and mentioned that it especially designed to be worn and ultimately improve the sleep quality. Also he talked about turning the raw data to knowledge. Jean François Rubon,innovation and strategy director at Gemalto, talked about digital security. Gemalto is an international company with 14000 employees worldwide and more than €2.5 billion in revenue. It develops solutions based on secure elements and customized software platforms. He talked about security and privacy: secure email and data protection. As 2015 initiatives, he mentioned wearables and automotive and how using a wearable bring the improvement of the users experience, less likely to be forgotten and faster to detect. He emphasized on the company's unique position in the ecosystem and how it brings security and simpler cellular connectivity to the wearable device market. Shaun Rahimi talked about a wearable for chronic pain. He talked from personal experience. As a result of congenital defects in his spine, he has suffered nerve pain from his neck to his feet since he was in his teens. After college, where he studied biomedical engineering, his situation grew worse when he developed carpal tunnel syndrome so severe he was forced to go on worker's comp.So he set out to make something people with chronic pain would be able to wear without shame or inconvenience. He teamed up with a product engineer to create a discreet wireless patch that can be used to deliver TENS continuously and almost invisibly. Not much bigger than a nicotine patch or a Band-Aid, CUR, as the product is called, can be worn under clothing, but in appearance it looks more like a fashionable wearable device than a medical aid. Larson from Leaf Healthcare talked about expanding applications in the hospital environment. As a doctor he also mentioned his experience in the hospital. He mentioned that there are more than one million patients suffering the pressure ulcer in the U.S. and about its causes he pointed out the Pressure on hospitalized patients because of the lack of movement.How to prevent?  He mentioned Florence Nightingale example who started turning movement initiatives in the hospitals. Wearable makes difference and he mentioned some examples of the wireless patient monitoring devices and the growing application of monitoring the patients. Ruane talked about reinventing quitting with a wearable. He mentioned that many diseases are the result of smoking. He explained different ways of stopping smoking using technology. He introduced a patch that one can take shower with it. He explained the optimized nicotine delivery and how peaks are preprogrammed to the real time compliance sensing to track adherence and engagement. He explained the Personalized digital coaching as a service provided with the device. Interesting conference talks, but one subject was almost forgotten: the side effects and the risk of radiation exposure in wearables for our health. Wearable technology is raising health concerns worldwide too. In the New York Times, Nick Bilton brought up important and unanswered questions about the safety of wearable tech, according to the non-profit research group, Environmental Health Trust (EHT), which educates individuals, health professionals and communities about controllable environmental health risks and policy changes needed to reduce those risks. 
 


July 8,2015:

INmarket Conference 2015


INmarket conference was organized by 6sense company that is specialized in uncovering net-new, in-market prospects based on data science and billions of time-sensitive intent interactions. INmarket as a forum that unites executive-level marketing strategists, data and technology visionaries and digital practitioners for an exploration of the complex B2B universe of customer intelligence and data. There were discussions by diverse group of thought leaders in predictive intelligence, marketing and sales. The panelists who discussed the subject "winning the in-market prospect: the sales leader's perspective" explained the best ways of finding buyers and different marketing strategies. They emphasized on finding buyers earlier in the sales cycle. Frank from LinkedIn, global sales operations, emphasized on the necessity of building trust. He mentioned that gaining the trust is a long journey and marketing initiatives must be honest. " The nature of marketing is a challenge". He explained the segmentation and "social selling". He emphasized on getting as much as information you can about the people before starting any conversation. Enabling the sales people and marketing people was another topic of discussion. Vertical marketing strategies and prioritzation were discussed too. Ballard from Lenovo mentioned that marketers are responsible for contributing more to the sales pipeline than ever before. He mentioned his company cooperation with 6sense. He explained "profile score" and mentioned "we track everything you do!" He explained about the audience manager and email campaigning. He mentioned that as a creative guy he did not want data. Adams from the documentary group "Girl Rising" mentioned that all the registration fees collected for INmarket, $75,000, has been donated to Girl Rising. Amanda, CEO, 6sense as a sign of respect made a Buddhist bowing before her. Adams mentioned that educating girls is the smartest investment of our time and it is the greatest solution to solving hunger, poverty and disease. Audience watched a documentary about lifetime of servitude featuring a girl called Amina. One young audience was in tears. Adams explained the future projects in India. The panelists who discussed the future of B2B marketing technology explained the aspirations for the companies they founded and the challenges they were trying to solve. Miller explained about the lessons they learned from 2008 market crash. He mentioned the core strategy and big factors such as culture and focus. He emphasized the importance of focusing on the vision. Raab discussed the new frontiers of data driven marketing. He mentioned Martech+Adtech=Madtech. He explained about business strategy and marketing strategy. He emphasized on the personalization in the marketing and the issue of marketing to machines. Kushner talked about the big data and the little data. She explained that the big data is unstructured such as behavior, but the little data is structured such as the profile data. She emphasized on understanding the buying patterns and mining signals that indicate decision making.









June 2015:






June 23-24, 2015:

The TV of Tomorrow Show 2015


The TV of Tomorrow Show is held every spring in San Francisco and is the leading global conference for the interactive multi platform TV industry. The conference talks and discussions are about the special topics that concern TV industry decision makers. Its focus is exclusively on the delivery of interactive TV on multiple platforms and it selects the speakers and panelists for their expertise. The panelists on the subject "technology leaders on the innovations that will shape the TV of tomorrow" discussed the technologies that will have the largest impact on the television and video spaces going forward and the precise nature of the impact.Haberman talked about 25 years in technology innovations and he mentioned that interaction changes the nature of the content and what makes narrative so powerful is the lack of control, but in interactivity you have the control. He talked about the book "the paradox of choice" and how eliminating consumer choices can greatly reduce anxiety for shoppers; he emphasized that too much choice makes it less interesting. Lauder also mentioned that more choices don't make us happier, but in the capitalist society we always have more choices. He talked about the color TV and how expensive it was at the beginning. He mentioned that fragmentation is a big problem for the cable industry. The global TV industry is technically and commercially fragmented. Another speaker pointed out that after two decades of robust growth, the industry is facing significant challenges to future growth. With more than 300 existing programming channels resulting in increased audience fragmentation, the prospects for creating additional revenues by launching new channels are very limited. Reynolds mentioned that DVD players were sold 27 million in the first 18 months because the price was right at the time, but the price of color TV was wrong. Also he talked about the targeted advertising. Other topics discussed: live social broadcasting, a new kind of television, connected TV and powering a new television user experience. The panelists discussed the new kinds of content offerings and user experiences that are made possible by smart and connected TV. Also they discussed the prospect for the services that enhance programming on the smart TV. The panelists on the subject "social TV: more than idle chatter " discussed the recent and ongoing programming project and emerging technology platforms and the increasingly close ties between television and social sphere. They mentioned that TV has always been a social device and content creation targeted the fan community. There will be no successful show without fans. Social TV as a new form of story telling. Mazzara mentioned that if the audience miss an episode they leave and do not come back and TV is about life and the production chain should be changed. Tankersley answered the question, How do we define success? What measures? He mentioned Revenues, how much money it generates and building the social audience. Toeman mentioned that it is Not always the money, it should be authentic. Data is important. Low audience but high social activities VS high audience,but low social activities. And the necessity to build audience. Mazzara mentioned there are no music in YouTube in Germany and how it affects the engagement of younger viewers. Also there were some master classes by Adobe and Experian. The panelists on intelligent technologies that enable new viewing experience discussed viewers and traditional pay-TV, OTT that refers to delivery of audio, video, and other media over the Internet without the involvement of a multiple system operator in the control or distribution of the content and made-for-web content across a range of devices.




June 18-19,2015:

Quantified Self Conference 2015:



The Quantified Self is an international collaboration of users and makers of self-tracking tools. And the Quantified Self conference was a gathering of the global community of self-trackers and tool makers. It was an interesting and inspiring event. There was a variety of talks, face to face interactive discussions on different topics such as mood, data visualization, sleep, ethics, different technologies and culture of self-tracking. Lanyard talked about her experience in breaking the TV habit. She explained how she quit watching TV and presented her data about the activities that replaced her viewing habit. She mentioned that she had successfully replaced the habit that she "felt locked into" with reading fictions. Troia talked about his indoor environment. He mentioned that he had tracked the air quality and electromagnetic radiation in his home and he shared his interesting findings: simple hacks can have a huge impact, the need to take consistent readings over time, we can never completely eliminate the environmental issues, we can only minimize their effects. He also emphasized the need to understand the hazards of radiations on immune system, our moods and sleep. The next speaker, Wilson, talked about three years of logging his inbox count; he mentioned that after passively tracking it for three years he found out the direct correlation between the number of emails in the mailbox and stress level. Another speaker, both an artist and a scientist, talked about microbiome, the human microbiome that is the population of more than 100 trillion microorganisms that live in our gut, mouth, skin and elsewhere in our bodies. He mentioned we cannot change our genome, but our microbiome is changed by each touch, even by a simple hand shake; the more intimate with others, the more similar we will become. Some other speakers mentioned in their speech that there are too many wearables and asked: "where's the ceiling?" Smolicki talked about self-tracking as an artistic practice: he mentioned that since 2009, he has done several artistic practices to document his presence, taking different initiatives from one minute soundscapes to photographing the objects he has observed during the daily walks. It includes facing: drawing faces in the public transports, traversing, minuting: recording a sound every day, street sampling, passing and scribbling the new ideas. Many speakers in the conference had done something that last beyond their life.
In the exhibition area there were various companies such as beddit that does medical sleep monitoring which involves wearing multiple electro physiological sensors for a single night, a sleep laboratory at home. Another company, brain stimulator that manufactures the basic and advanced kits with pins for self adhesive electrodes. The companies representatives mentioned that their products have passed the quality control stages, but at the same time they said that there had been some cases of side effects such as headache and the redness of the skin. In the Office Hours sections different companies representatives introduced their products and answered the visitors' questions.


 


June 15-18, 2015:

Visual Studio Live 2015


Visual Studio Live was a premier educational resource with a variety of sessions and workshops about the technology solutions both current and upcoming. The subjects discussed in the workshops were: big data, analytics and NoSQL, App development for iOS, Android and windows using C and ALM with Microsoft Stack. Educational sessions had different topics such as cloud computing, database and analytics, mobile client, visual studio, web development and windows client.
 Some highlights from the educational sessions:
Remillard talked about managing Dev/Test environment in Azure. He fully explained how to create Dev/Test environment on Azure. Kurata talked about Angular JS forms and validation. She explained about the ways of building web-based data entry form using HTML and AngularJS, the client-side validation and how to implement server side validation. Tuliper from Microsoft talked about Bower; he explained about "What is Bower?" and What is Grunt and how they fit into the development ecosystem, where they overlap and how they differ. Also he explained about how to utilize them and how to implement them into the workflow and also the Package manager optimized for front-end way and its usage via visual studio. Also he elaborated on What is required? Files and folders and the settings go in bower.json. He said about the Bower components and showed the examples. He talked about the common mistakes with the Bower. He explained about development dependency and package registry. He also explained about Grunt: JavaScript task runner; it can run tasks on the files. He mentioned the reasons to use the task runner. Finally he explained Gulp and installing it. He showed Gulp demo. He mentioned that it can be installed globally and locally.
Hundhausen discussed Scrum development using visual studio 2015. He teaches scrum and explained about setting up a scrum team project. He quoted Poppendiek saying: "we need to figure out a way to deliver software so fast that our customers have not any time to change their mind."
He mentioned that by Agile he means Scrum! He explained Scrum in 60 seconds. He talked about the way to plan and track a Scrum software development project using visual studio and the way to create, manage a product backlog and finally how to plan a sprint. He mentioned that the hardest part is the finishing the sprint in the right time.He explained the acronym HARD is honest, appropriate, respectful and direct. Also he discussed the different ways to create a new product successfully.







June 7-11, 2015:

Design Automation Conference 2015


The Design Automation Conference (DAC) was the premier conference for design and automation of electronic systems.  DAC offered training, education, exhibits and networking opportunities for designers, researchers, tool developers and vendors. The exhibitors were companies in the following areas: Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Intellectual Property (IP), Embedded Systems and Software, Automotive Systems and Software and Design Services. About 200 technical presentations and sessions offered information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. Some highlights from workshops and tutorials: system-to-silicon performance modeling and analysis: the workshop addressed cross-domain aspects related to the design and verification framework covering methodology, interoperable tools, flows, interfaces and standards that enable formalization, specification, annotation and refinement of functional and extra-functional properties of a system. Design automation for HPC, clouds and SoCs: the workshop explained that traditionally SoC design methods have focused on low-power consumer electronics or high performance embedded applications.  But now SoC design methods are moving into high-end computing due to the emergence of embedded IP offering capable double-precision floating point, 64-bit address capability, and options for high performance I/O and memory interfaces.  

Keynote speaker from Google discussed Google smart lense design. He mentioned that we have amazingly sparse access to information about our own bodies, the healthier we are, the less data we collect. Technologies that monitor critical biomarkers are still in their infancy, but continuing advances in chip design and biocompatible system integration help the next generation of these devices. He explained about the Google Smart Contact Lens platform, and the scarcity of power, extreme miniaturization, and end-to-end connected systems that span the design space from transistors to the cloud.  In the exhibition area, the exhibitors competed to attract more visitors to their booths: they included "lucky draw", in their schedules to reward the visitors; even some exhibitors included acrobatics and magicians performances to attract the attention of the visitors. Exhibiting companies were so diverse, both in size and function. The companies such as Smic, Cadence, Library Technologies Inc, Chip Estimate, and Silicon analytics, Inc exhibited. Highlights of the tutorials were the discussion about 3D memory and logic integration: the speaker mentioned the fundamental knowledge, individual skill sets and the most recent state of the art technologies used for 2.5D/3D integration. In particular they discussed the low cost silicon interposer, low power logic design techniques and EDA tools and methodologies to perform system co-design.







June 1 & 2, 2015:

EmTech DIGITAL 2015



EmTech Digital conference, organized by MIT Technology Review, was an interesting and productive event about innovations and ideas for the future and the role of artificial intelligence and virtual reality in forming the future.

Day one: it started by the editor in chief and publisher's remark on the way we interact with our world and with each other in our connected world and the necessity of providing the Internet access to those countries that are not connected to the Internet. Then Cheyer, co founder of Viv Labs talked about redefining our digital experience with AI. He mentioned that by 2020 it will be 300 million watches and the Revolution is happening under the hood on how the computer is programmed; Who writes the code is changing.Google translation did English into Chinese translation without anyone talking Chinese. He mentioned that human and machine working together in a way that neither could do it alone. In response to the question: What about danger to people livelihood by developing robots? He replied: "human will adapt."

Cassidy, Vice President of Google was another speaker who emphasized on the wider connectivity. He mentioned that three quarters of the world population are not connected to the Internet. He talked about the Project Loon and Launching balloons in Brazil rural areas that are difficult to get signals. Anyone with smartphone can get internet access anywhere. He mentioned that the goal is :"Internet everywhere".The first 60 balloons launched burst because of outside pressure and the Balloons were named after the birds. He pointed out that there are some Negotiations over landing zones with different governments and the Balloons last 100 days and it is tricky how to make connections between the balloons.

There was a panel discussion about the future of money. Whiteaker mentioned that cash and check goes away, everything will become digital. Gorelov, CEO, Kasisto talked about the world without physical money, virtual banking and digital. He mentioned that the global population still do cash transactions. He also discussed the future of financial industry and how mobile devices impact banking and what would be the Consumer experience.

Picard, MIT Media Lab discussed Mapping between Brain and Body and better living through data. Then Ausiello, chairman of the center for assessment technology and continuous health, Massachusetts General Hospital talked about genome project with Apple and mentioned: "The patient is an enormous repository of information that needs to be harvested as a partnership not only in clinical care but in discovery. It is the only way we will define wellness and its progression to disease, rather than traditional medicine that defines disease and its progression to death. The ability to stratify the phenotypic expression of wellness and disease will ultimately lead to better validation of human therapeutic targets for drug discovery."
Day Two: Dixon, SVP, Business and Legal affairs,Mozilla emphasized on building and Designing for trust. She mentioned that in the past it was the cookies following you around the web, now there are lots of things can follow you around the web. She explained about What is trust in data. Users do not understand it, we make it complicated. She pointed out that users should be involved in the exchange. She said that Mobile operating system have access to our data and about Putting the apps in the device she mentioned that apps collect information from you and can have access to the data, camera, etc. she mentioned: "Give users opportunity to see what happens to their data."
There was some sort of secrecy about the speakers from the Magic Leap. They did not elaborate on what they are doing. They mentioned that they are building technology which makes it possible to see virtual 3D objects as if they were part of the real world, but the audience were in the dark and as they discussed in the break and networking time, they were expecting to see some slides about what the Magic Leap really does.
The conference talks were dynamic and interesting, but there was a gap, a subject that was nearly forgotten to be discussed: " the moral and ethical issues on artificial intelligence research."






May 2015:







May 12& 13,2015:

Apps World North America 2015


 Apps world events were 2 day developer events with marketing application conferences and app exhibitions. The shows represented the entire app ecosystem. It was run by Apps World part of Informa Telecoms and Media. There were more than 350 exhibitors and 6 developer workshop tracks. Developer World, Droid World, Gaming World, Enterprise World, CIO leadership Summit and connected cars. There were so many visitors and participants and it was difficult to concentrate on speakers words.
In mobile strategy and marketing workshop, one speaker mentioned his experience of marketing for NY times. He emphasized on the Keywords: type of keywords is important,
Company name is important, Description part is how people find about the company. He talked about iOS device vs computer/ android device vs computer and Marketing budgets. He also mentioned that Google predicts 85.9B mobile search in 2015. He
recommended the following for the description of your company App:
Use bullet point,
The image,
Going after niche market,
Include promo graphics and
Ratings and reviews..
And he suggested that for getting more reviews, the company should use Support email,Native prompt and Do not buy reviews, just responding to the reviews.
The following were some of the interesting exhibitors that were eager to introduce their company to the visitors and explain their products: Globalstep, a large and fast growing game testing company that is dedicated exclusively to the video games market.Nexaweb introduced the nexacro platform, a mobile and web application development platform designed to produce application for a wide variety of devices from a single code base. Qwikword invited the visitors to its official Launch Party. Branch.io encouraged the visitors to check out their blog to find out about their case studies on mobile growth. Another company, +1, that is based in Lima, Perú, masuno.pe, and provides project solutions on multi-platforms was among many foreign companies with the sales branch in the U.S. that exhibited at the event. Red hat company based in the U.S. with 70 offices around the globe is provider of open source solutions, and offers consulting services too.
An exhibitor company that provides website and app translation, charges its client, from 10 to 25 cents per word but pays its translators something between 2 to 4 cents per word; in response to the question about the ethics, the representative just mentioned other expenses, but he didn't explain that.
Some highlights from the topics discussed were:
what's the best strategy on how to engage with developers?
Is your app secure?
Getting to number one on both Android and iOS.

 





April 2015:





April 29&30, 2015:

Marketing Innovation Summit For B2B


An interesting and inspiring conference. It was an opportunity for the B2B community to gather together and discuss the ways of empowering B2B marketers with the technology that is custom-built and sharing their own experiences.

Day One: there were different workshops on Full Funnel ABM and ABM Optimization. The fundamentals of Account-Based Marketing and the real tactics and strategies were discussed. Some introductions to Marketing tech, Adobe analytics, google analytics
Geography, Industry and Testing assumptions against best customers were discussed. Prioritizing by putting the money where the list is and Creating segments from the list, Marketing need: horizontal,upswell, renewal? And Maintaining the ownership of process were fully explained.

Day Two: it started with the speeches by founder, CEO and CMO, Demandbase. Then Siroker, co-founder, Optimizely, explained the possible Opportunities to expand businesses. He explained how the opportunities look like, the Challenges, the Highest paid opinion and the Job goal. He mentioned that the goal should be creating the new experience and happy customers.Innovation through optimization and the simple data can be turned into action. Then CEO of Stop Hunger Now invited the audience to participate in packaging meals that will be distributed in the developing countries.

Blitzer from Pardot talked about sales and marketing. He mentioned that the buyers are more connected than ever; people buy from other people in the buying cycle. He explained about the cost of being disconnected; he mentioned that sales talk about revenue, but marketing talks about leads. He also discussed the following:
Get to a single Funnel,
Most contents sit on the shelf, and
Different buyers consume contacts differently.

Then there was the panel discussion about marketing tech stack. Aman and Hersant discussed the challenges of building an integrated marketing tech stack. They shared their own experiences  on implementing methods for creating successful B2B companies. They discussed the modern marketing technology. They emphasized the need for the constant tracking what your competitors do in the market and making familiar with the latest innovations in the field.





April 24, 2015:

Hustle Con 2015


Hustle con was about how to be a successful startup. And many experienced entrepreneurs shared their ideas and gave some tips: how to be a successful startup, to the enthusiastic audience that paid considerable amount of money to attend the event and learn something.

Smith,26 years old, an Advertising Hustler, mentioned that the goal should be finding out the rules of the game and learning how to break it. It is the key strategy to the success in the business start-up process. He started from a tiny office in London and then moved to San Francisco with his business partner.  At the start their objectives were to get to AngelPad. He mentioned the main part of the process is to select your weapon of choice: he mentioned LinkedIn as an example:
1. Ad-Unit
2.Targeting, see number of people reading your ad...
3.payment
4.review the process
His talk was amusing to the audience and there were lots of laughter especially when he mentioned how he used the fake means to reach his goal.

Another speaker was Walker Williams, founder of Tee Spring. He mentioned that the main platform is converting  idea to the planned product and he explained that he did whatever it took and also told about the Disadvantages and Advantages . He pointed out that the advantage is that you can do things that don't scale by recruiting the early users. The goal should be to turn users into champions. He encouraged the business starters do so many calls for developing the users and he mentioned : "Don't focus on ROI...focus on growth."..." For selling T shirts, focus on the users..white glove service brings the champions. Go where your competitors cannot go, talk to users constantly and as much as you can. Read all the comments on the social media." He also talked about Customer Service handling by experiencing the pain of the users of the faulty products. He emphasized on reaching out to the people and seeking feedbacks through Social media.

Another speaker was Warner from Mixergy. He did not share any idea and to the surprise of the audience, he distributed beads among the audience and asked them to perform some rituals with it. Some people did and some found it very unpleasant. It was the least popular talk of the day.
 
Arram Sabeti  from Zero Cater, honestly shared the process of starting his business and explained how he was obsessed with the  startups. He also pointed out that there is always the possibility that a start up process to fail when the co founder have different ideas and can't cooperate and as the result departs.





THE LONDON I NTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR 2015

Rights round-up, Fair highlights: April 14,15&16:

The London Book Fair 2015 celebrated a wealth of publishing rights deals, launches and announcements made over the three days. Over 220 seminars gave insights across the world of publishing and audiences heard from top authors including David Nicholls, Valeria Luiselli and Anthony Browne.

Hall from HarperCollins said: "the talks at the Fair have been excellent this year. The skills and development talks about the future skills necessary for publishing have been really useful". Tuckwell, Cambridge University Press commented: "a new venue is always going to present challenges, but the Fair has felt fresh, buzzing and full of people passionate about publishing".

The third edition of What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies welcomed an international line up of top level policy makers and publishers as well as speakers from major universities and international organisations to discuss the use of technology, policy and content in education.

The Book Fair Mexico Market Focus has welcomed representatives of Caniem, Conaculta, FCE, Planeta and Sexto Piso to shine the spotlight on Mexico's publishing industry. The handover ceremony took place at the Market Focus Pavilion on Thursday afternoon, with Mexico handing the baton to the IPA Congress for 2016.

The Literary Translation Center was one of the highlights of the Book Fair:

The Literary Translation Centre, sponsored by Amazon Crossing provided a hub for learning, debate and networking for all those passionate about the art and business of literary translation.

Emerging Spanish-to-English translators Ollie Brock and Sophie Hughes tested their linguistic mettle in a light-hearted duel of words.





March 2015:





March26 & 27, 2015:

Erlang user Conference 2015- Erlang Factory


An interesting, productive and dynamic conference.

The sequential subset of Erlang is a functional language with eager evolution, Single assignment and dynamic typing.

The first version was developed by Joe Armstrong and Robert Virding in 1986. Erlang's main strength is support for concurrency. It has a small but powerful set of primitives to create processes and communicate among them. Processes are the primary means to structure an Erlang application. Erlang's concurrency implementation is the Actor model. They are neither operating system processes nor operating system threads,but lightweight processes. Like operating system processes (but unlike operating system threads), they share no state with each other. The estimated minimal overhead for each is 300 words.Thus, many processes can be created without degrading performance. A benchmark with 20 million processes has been successfully performed.

Day one: the highlight of the day: Jose Valim talked about Elixir:

He was a very good speaker indeed; he talked passionately and energetically about Elixir and made great impressions on the audience.

Elixir is a dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications.

Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain. He explained  about data types, modules and processes. He mentioned that for running codes everything is interconnected.

" Laziness in Collections", goals+ extensibility, Enumerable protocol and compatibility were discussed by him. He explained about Opt & Elixir and mentioned that Genserver introduced two new structures and agents. He elaborated on the Task for any developer, agent lattices and parallelism. During the coffee break, Jose Valim was one of the subjects of the discussions by the participants and they praised his talent and wished him the best.


Day two: the highlight of the day: Joe Armstrong talked about Erlang:


Joe Armstrong is the principal inventor of Erlang and coined the term "Concurrency Oriented Programming". At Ericsson he developed Erlang and was chief architect of the Erlang/OTP system. In 1998 he formed Bluetail, which developed all its products in Erlang. In 2003 he obtain his PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He is author of the book "Software for a concurrent world".

Joe mentioned that changes in softwares follow changes in hardwares. Big changes to the hardware is equal to big changes to software. He explained about the new problems in 50 billion connected devices. He talked about future: self managing, self repairing and energy awareness. Also he discussed  about "where is Erlang today?" He concluded with a sentence from Alan Kay, the best way to predict the future is to invent it. His lecture was very interesting and he highly impressed the audience.  He proved that he is a very knowledgable man who is dedicated to the subject of his research. Very interesting that such a great professor in computer science is not a member of social media such as facebook. Joe has an impressive character and he was one of the best speakers in the conference.





February 2015:







February 26, 2015:

A tour of Legion of Honor


High on the headlands above the Golden Gate—where the Pacific Ocean spills into San Francisco Bay—stands the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to the city of San Francisco. Located in Lincoln Park, this unique art museum is one of the great treasures in a city that boasts many riches. The museum’s spectacular setting is made even more dramatic by the imposing French neoclassical building.

The Legion’s rich collection of over 800 European paintings includes masterworks from the 14th into the early the 20th centuries. Approximately 250 paintings on view present a survey of pre-twentieth century artistic accomplishments by Europe’s leading masters, from Fra Angelico to Picasso.

Ancient Art has been an integral part of the Legion of Honor and the de Young since they were founded. Antiquities were considered essential to any museum in the early twentieth century, and both M.H. de Young, founder of the de Young, and Alma Spreckels, founder of the Legion of Honor, furnished their institutions with a variety of ancient objects. The works they brought to the Museums, and those that have been added over the years cover a broad geographical and chronological range across the ancient Mediterranean basin—primarily Egypt, the Near East, Greece, the Aegean Islands, Etruria and Rome.

The Legion of Honor also amassed historical photographs prior to merging with the de Young Museum. The Legion’s most important acquisition was its purchase in 1943 of negatives and prints by Arnold Genthe representing San Francisco in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake of 1906. After the two institutions were combined to form the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 1972, the photography holdings were united at the Legion of Honor within the Museums’ department of works on paper, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts.





January 2015:





January 29, 2015:

2015 Tech Superwomen Summit

An interesting event.

 Milstein talked about the bias and creating a new system of finding and recruiting people and the focus on equal opportunities involving more women and people of color. She said:"we value people that other people do not value."

Other speakers such as Pamela Rice mainly talked on the women in power and how the picture of power is changing and she emphasized that in the 90% male dominated, women must speak up. She said:"I could see the internal vice of people who say I am too bold, bossy and loud." Ekaterina Walter also talked very emotionally about women in power, but the audience who were 99% female did not seem impressed. Raina Kumra emphasized that she is from India! And she repeated that she felt that she was smarter than her boss; the audience did not give her the approval that she expected.

Harper Reed and Richard changed the atmosphere by appearing on the stage with a very long beard and speaking honestly about their mistakes. The audience responded positively and it was a breath of fresh air.

Then Cheryle Contee arrived on the stage dancing Samba and mentioned that she has just returned from Brazil and she is still in the mood and the audience liked it. She was interviewing Del Harvey fromTwitter;  Harvey seemed stiff and uncomfortable in contrast to the relaxing manner of Contee. Some people in the audience asked her about abuse and threats in Twitter and mentioning their personal experiences. They thought that joining Twitter is a must and they were seeking for a solution for the problems they were facing and they expressed their concern. May be the best solution for their problem was leaving Twitter.

The summit continued with more speakers discussing the role of women and the stereotypes and what can be done.





NOVEMBER 2014: EVENTS ARCHIVE





October 28,2014:

A tour of the greenest building in North America:

New headquarter of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission 

    One of the first buildings in the nation with onsite treatment of gray and black water.
    The building’s 25,000 gallon rainwater harvesting system provides water for irrigation uses around the building.
    Maximizing daylight harvesting saves electricity and minimizes artificial lighting.
    A state-of-the-art raised flooring system incorporates the building’s data and ventilation infrastructure and reduces heating, cooling and ventilation energy costs by 51%.
    Not only is 525 Golden Gate immediately available for occupancy after an earthquake, but because of the unique concrete shear walls running vertically through the building, any damage should be negligible.
    Individual air comfort controls at workstations that creates a very pleasant atmosphere for those who work there.


November 4,2014:


A Tour of Conservatory of Flower:

The Potted Plants Gallery:
It holds an ever abundant assortment of Hibiscus, Begonicas, Bromeliads, Cymbidium  orchids and unusual vines.

The Lowland Tropics:
It is a steamy jungle of plants that are native to the low-lying tropical forests of countries such as Mexico,Brazil and I ndonesia, in regions below 3000 feet.

The Highland Tropics:
This gallery provides an intimate glimpse of life in the cloud forests of the tropics.

The Aquatic Plants:
From Amazon River to Mekong, the waterways of the tropics are filled with water lilies and lotus.

The conservatory visit is a pleasant and unforgettable journey.


November 5,2014:

A tour of the de Young Museum:

Founded in 1895 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the city and a cherished destination for millions of residents and visitors to the region for over 100 years.

The de Young's American Art Department is home to one of the finest survey collections of American paintings in the United States. Strengthened by the acquisition of the Rockefeller Collection of American Art, the de Young's holdings include more than 1000 paintings ranging from 1670 to the present day.

The aesthetics of African art—its bold forms, intense expressionistic aesthetic, and strong sculptural qualities—shook the art world and changed it forever, though few Westerners at that time recognized the complexity of African cultures or knew much about what these objects meant to the peoples who made them.

The de Young has exhibited Oceanic art since it opened in 1895. M.H. de Young and museum supporters purchased works from the California International Midwinter Exposition that still form the core of the Oceanic collection. The strength of this charter collection lay in small groups of objects, including important New Zealand Maori woodcarvings from meetinghouses of that period, as well as in singular works of importance, such as a rare Micronesian figurative weather charm.

The de young showcases American Art from 17th to 21th centuries, international modern and contemporary art, photography and international textiles and costumes.

Also de Young Café, with its inviting view of the Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden, offers soups, salads, sandwiches, and hot entrees available for dining in the café or to take away for an alfresco lunch in the beautiful environs of Golden Gate Park.




November 7,2014:

A tour of San Francisco Botanical Garden:


San Francisco Botanical Garden is a living museum of plants located within Golden Gate Park. The mild mediterranean climate provides the right conditions to grow and conserve plants from all over the world, including some no longer found in their native habitats. Fifty-five acres of sanctuary – featuring both landscaped gardens and open spaces – showcase over 8,000 types of plants from around the world.

A conservator of cloud forest plants from both Mesoamerica and the Andes in South America, the Garden has also been developing the first Southeast Asian cloud forest collection of its kind. Many of these flowering shrubs, trees and impressive plants are rare and endangered, and SFBG is one of the only botanical gardens in the world where these plants can grow outdoors successfully, conserving many plant species. The best times to visit the Mesoamerican collection is November-December; the Andean is September-October; the Southeast Asian is year-round, but note that it is still in development.

A protector of California's native flora, the Garden features a serene, century-old towering Redwood Grove right in the heart of San Francisco, with understory trees, shrubs and groundcovers, as well as a four-acre, award-winning designed open California landscape, featuring an array of plants thriving in the Mediterranean climate. This popular aspect of the Garden may be enjoyed year-round.

As an important representative of mediterranean habitats worldwide, the Garden displays many rare and unusual plants that flourish in the Bay Area climate, including collections from Australia, California, Chile, the Mediterranean, and South Africa. 

Also the Garden is host to the most comprehensive collection of high elevation palm species in any botanical garden, including some that grow up to an elevation of 11,000 feet in their native habitats. Visitors may enjoy the palms year round, and expect to see many of them flower in the next 5-10 years.San Francisco Botanical Garden's magnolia collection includes 51 species and 33 cultivars, including many prized examples from Asia. 


November 13,2014:

A tour of  2014 Cleantech Open Global Forum:

Cleantech is any product or services that improves operational performance,productivity or efficiency while reducing costs, inputs, Energy consumption, waste or environmental pollution. Its origin is the increased consumer, regulatory, and industry interest in clean forms of energy generation—specifically, perhaps, the rise in awareness of global warming, climate change and the impact on the natural environment from the burning of fossil fuels Cleantech is often associated with venture capital funds and land use organizations.

The first keynote speaker was Cathy Zoi, as she mentioned in her speech, "she is a policy person", a consulting fellow at Stanford Universityand 30 years of experience in the energy sector. Another speaker was an environmentalist and actress, Alexandra Paul. She has been driving electric car since 1990. In her speech, she raised her concern about the pollution by cars that is not taken seriously. She also mentioned that she is an advocate of the smaller family. 

There was interesting Tech Demos by a variety of small companies in different categories such as agriculture waste, energy distribution and storage, energy efficiency, energy generation and green building:

Ohio-based Ag-bioscience venture developing a pipeline of biological inoculants, bio-fertilizers, and bio-pesticides designed to help growers of all types of crops improve plant health, yield, and safety while reducing chemical inputs in both conventional and organic systems. Another was enabling small industrial wastewater generators to treat on-site, with a very simple system to install and operate, that requires no chemicals and very little power. Another company developed an air conditioner that controls all aspects of indoor air quality: temperature (up or down), humidity (high or low), cleanliness (to micron level) and bacteriostatic (kills all known bacteria and viruses including SARS). And a company  innovating the Residential and commercial buildings built with the materials that consume up to 70% less energy for heating and cooling needs, be highly resistant to earthquakes and strong winds and be mold, mildew and termite proof.

November 14,2014:

A tour of Green Festival:

    The largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event in the United States. It was a three-day event. At the festival you could not find the usual plastic and Styrofoam service items. Every exhibitor and vendor was mandated to use only biodegradable service items, or Bio-ware, for all food service and sampling. What this means is that every cup, plate, fork, spoon, bowl, napkin, toothpick, sample cup and food item is 100% compostable. They guaranteed that every last item is composted and returned to the Earth as a safe and fertile soil amendment. If a vendor was using anything but Bio-ware, they could be shut down until they secure the serving materials.

    The exhibitors were mostly those with green, natural and organic products and the overall ambiance was in line with the main policy of the Green Festival. But there were also some cases that were merely present for commercial purpose. There were some exhibitors that presented unnatural, low quality products from India. Some visitors who had been interviewed were unhappy about that and raised their concerns. Overall the majority of the visitors were happy with their visit.

    Some visitors enjoyed more than 60 organic food and beverage exhibitors and were especially impressed bysome Organic Fruit and Nut Bar flavors. And in one day alone, lots of attendees did test drives of newest electronic vehicles in the Fort Mason parking lot.  

   


   November 17, 2014:

    A tour of 2014 Topcoder Open:

    In fact, it is a day of competitions, discussions, demos and fun! The ambiance is very relaxing and educative. It will be a live report: now waiting for the next speaker. Matt Thompson, manager of Microsoft's Developer and Startup Efforts to begin his Speech: he demonstrated some of his pictures as a photographer and he continued his speech about the Hacker Ethic and he explained about sharing, Openness, decentralization, free access to information and the desire to make things better. Then he discussed that coding is becoming the basic form of learning. He emphasized on coding initiative for students and younger kids.He mentioned that students should be active creators in the global economy, not the passive participants. It was a very interesting lecture, but later he began to emphasize the role of the company that he works for it and even making some exaggerated remarks about his company.
There were some competitions:
    Algorithms (competition length about two hours): Competitors are given a set (usually three) of algorithmic problems and have 75 minutes to correctly solve as many as they can.Design (competition length one week): Competitors are given a set of user requirements and attempt to convert them into a usable software design specification. Their efforts are judged on a variety of "real-world" criteria on how correct and practical their design is.Development (competition length one week): Competitors are given a set of design specification and attempt to write software components that match this specification. These components are judged on their functionality and coding style.Marathon Matches (competition length one or two weeks): Contestants are given a particularly difficult algorithmic problem. The scoring is done by computer based on criteria specifically suited to theproblem.


    November 23,2014:
    A tour of 2014 Fabric & Trim Show:

    At the exhibition, the visitors found fabric and trim suppliers with low minimums and flexible ordering options. Also there were some business development seminars. The manufacturing trade association were encouraging the visitors to join by paying annual membership fees and attend in the networking events and sell industry- related items 
    in the classified section of their website.
    There were a variety of colorful fabrics on display by variety of exhibitors. The Premier Prints, Inc exhibited the variety of beautiful and colorful fabrics and attracted the attentions of the visitors; their fabric were all made in USA that ranged from traditional to modern. Also there was 100 percent wool fabrics in beautiful color exhibited by B Black & sons ; their fabrics were Eco-friendly and organic, all made in the US. Also the Hemp Traders with natural coton and 100% hemp fabric exhibited the colorful fabrics.



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Archives 2014



October 28,2014:

A tour of the greenest building in North America 

New headquarter of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission


    One of the first buildings in the nation with onsite treatment of gray and black water.The building’s 25,000 gallon rainwater harvesting system provides water for irrigation uses around the building.Maximizing daylight harvesting saves electricity and minimizes artificial lighting.
    A state-of-the-art raised flooring system incorporates the building’s data and ventilation infrastructure and reduces heating, cooling and ventilation energy costs by 51%.Not only is 525 Golden Gate immediately available for occupancy after an earthquake, but because of the unique concrete shear walls running vertically through the building, any damage should be negligible.Individual air comfort controls at workstations that creates a very pleasant atmosphere for those who work there.


November 4,2014:


A Tour of Conservatory of Flower:


The Potted Plants Gallery:
It holds an ever abundant assortment of Hibiscus, Begonicas, Bromeliads, Cymbidium  orchids and unusual vines.

The Lowland Tropics:
It is a steamy jungle of plants that are native to the low-lying tropical forests of countries such as Mexico,Brazil and I ndonesia, in regions below 3000 feet.

The Highland Tropics:
This gallery provides an intimate glimpse of life in the cloud forests of the tropics.

The Aquatic Plants:
From Amazon River to Mekong, the waterways of the tropics are filled with water lilies and lotus.

The conservatory visit is a pleasant and unforgettable journey.


November 5,2014:

A tour of the de Young Museum:


Founded in 1895 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the city and a cherished destination for millions of residents and visitors to the region for over 100 years.

The de Young's American Art Department is home to one of the finest survey collections of American paintings in the United States. Strengthened by the acquisition of the Rockefeller Collection of American Art, the de Young's holdings include more than 1000 paintings ranging from 1670 to the present day.

The aesthetics of African art—its bold forms, intense expressionistic aesthetic, and strong sculptural qualities—shook the art world and changed it forever, though few Westerners at that time recognized the complexity of African cultures or knew much about what these objects meant to the peoples who made them.

The de Young has exhibited Oceanic art since it opened in 1895. M.H. de Young and museum supporters purchased works from the California International Midwinter Exposition that still form the core of the Oceanic collection. The strength of this charter collection lay in small groups of objects, including important New Zealand Maori woodcarvings from meetinghouses of that period, as well as in singular works of importance, such as a rare Micronesian figurative weather charm.

The de young showcases American Art from 17th to 21th centuries, international modern and contemporary art, photography and international textiles and costumes.

Also de Young Café, with its inviting view of the Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden, offers soups, salads, sandwiches, and hot entrees available for dining in the café or to take away for an alfresco lunch in the beautiful environs of Golden Gate Park.




November 7,2014:

A tour of San Francisco Botanical Garden:



San Francisco Botanical Garden is a living museum of plants located within Golden Gate Park. The mild mediterranean climate provides the right conditions to grow and conserve plants from all over the world, including some no longer found in their native habitats. Fifty-five acres of sanctuary – featuring both landscaped gardens and open spaces – showcase over 8,000 types of plants from around the world.

A conservator of cloud forest plants from both Mesoamerica and the Andes in South America, the Garden has also been developing the first Southeast Asian cloud forest collection of its kind. Many of these flowering shrubs, trees and impressive plants are rare and endangered, and SFBG is one of the only botanical gardens in the world where these plants can grow outdoors successfully, conserving many plant species. The best times to visit the Mesoamerican collection is November-December; the Andean is September-October; the Southeast Asian is year-round, but note that it is still in development.

A protector of California's native flora, the Garden features a serene, century-old towering Redwood Grove right in the heart of San Francisco, with understory trees, shrubs and groundcovers, as well as a four-acre, award-winning designed open California landscape, featuring an array of plants thriving in the Mediterranean climate. This popular aspect of the Garden may be enjoyed year-round.

As an important representative of mediterranean habitats worldwide, the Garden displays many rare and unusual plants that flourish in the Bay Area climate, including collections from Australia, California, Chile, the Mediterranean, and South Africa. 

Also the Garden is host to the most comprehensive collection of high elevation palm species in any botanical garden, including some that grow up to an elevation of 11,000 feet in their native habitats. Visitors may enjoy the palms year round, and expect to see many of them flower in the next 5-10 years.San Francisco Botanical Garden's magnolia collection includes 51 species and 33 cultivars, including many prized examples from Asia. 


November 13,2014:

A tour of  2014 Cleantech Open Global Forum:


Cleantech is any product or services that improves operational performance,productivity or efficiency while reducing costs, inputs, Energy consumption, waste or environmental pollution. Its origin is the increased consumer, regulatory, and industry interest in clean forms of energy generation—specifically, perhaps, the rise in awareness of global warming, climate change and the impact on the natural environment from the burning of fossil fuels Cleantech is often associated with venture capital funds and land use organizations.

The first keynote speaker was Cathy Zoi, as she mentioned in her speech, "she is a policy person", a consulting fellow at Stanford Universityand 30 years of experience in the energy sector. Another speaker was an environmentalist and actress, Alexandra Paul. She has been driving electric car since 1990. In her speech, she raised her concern about the pollution by cars that is not taken seriously. She also mentioned that she is an advocate of the smaller family. 

There was interesting Tech Demos by a variety of small companies in different categories such as agriculture waste, energy distribution and storage, energy efficiency, energy generation and green building:

Ohio-based Ag-bioscience venture developing a pipeline of biological inoculants, bio-fertilizers, and bio-pesticides designed to help growers of all types of crops improve plant health, yield, and safety while reducing chemical inputs in both conventional and organic systems. Another was enabling small industrial wastewater generators to treat on-site, with a very simple system to install and operate, that requires no chemicals and very little power. Another company developed an air conditioner that controls all aspects of indoor air quality: temperature (up or down), humidity (high or low), cleanliness (to micron level) and bacteriostatic (kills all known bacteria and viruses including SARS). And a company  innovating the Residential and commercial buildings built with the materials that consume up to 70% less energy for heating and cooling needs, be highly resistant to earthquakes and strong winds and be mold, mildew and termite proof.

November 14,2014:

A tour of Green Festival:

    The largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event in the United States. It was a three-day event. At the festival you could not find the usual plastic and Styrofoam service items. Every exhibitor and vendor was mandated to use only biodegradable service items, or Bio-ware, for all food service and sampling. What this means is that every cup, plate, fork, spoon, bowl, napkin, toothpick, sample cup and food item is 100% compostable. They guaranteed that every last item is composted and returned to the Earth as a safe and fertile soil amendment. If a vendor was using anything but Bio-ware, they could be shut down until they secure the serving materials.

    The exhibitors were mostly those with green, natural and organic products and the overall ambiance was in line with the main policy of the Green Festival. But there were also some cases that were merely present for commercial purpose. There were some exhibitors that presented unnatural, low quality products from India. Some visitors who had been interviewed were unhappy about that and raised their concerns. Overall the majority of the visitors were happy with their visit.

    Some visitors enjoyed more than 60 organic food and beverage exhibitors and were especially impressed bysome Organic Fruit and Nut Bar flavors. And in one day alone, lots of attendees did test drives of newest electronic vehicles in the Fort Mason parking lot.  

    November 17, 2014:

    A tour of 2014 Topcoder Open

    In fact, it is a day of competitions, discussions, demos and fun! The ambiance is very relaxing and educative. It will be a live report: now waiting for the next speaker. Matt Thompson, manager of Microsoft's Developer and Startup Efforts to begin his Speech: he demonstrated some of his pictures as a photographer and he continued his speech about the Hacker Ethic and he explained about sharing, Openness, decentralization, free access to information and the desire to make things better. Then he discussed that coding is becoming the basic form of learning. He emphasized on coding initiative for students and younger kids.He mentioned that students should be active creators in the global economy, not the passive participants. It was a very interesting lecture, but later he began to emphasize the role of the company that he works for it and even making some exaggerated remarks about his company.

    There were some competitions:
    Algorithms (competition length about two hours): Competitors are given a set (usually three) of algorithmic problems and have 75 minutes to correctly solve as many as they can.Design (competition length one week): Competitors are given a set of user requirements and attempt to convert them into a usable software design specification. Their efforts are judged on a variety of "real-world" criteria on how correct and practical their design is.Development (competition length one week): Competitors are given a set of design specification and attempt to write software components that match this specification. These components are judged on their functionality and coding style.Marathon Matches (competition length one or two weeks): Contestants are given a particularly difficult algorithmic problem. 
    The scoring is done by computer based on criteria specifically suited to the 
    problem.


    November 23,2014:
    A tour of 2014 Fabric & Trim Show

    At the exhibition, the visitors found fabric and trim suppliers with low minimums and flexible ordering options. Also there were some business development seminars. The manufacturing trade association were encouraging the visitors to join by paying annual membership fees and attend in the networking events and sell industry- related items 
in the classified section of their website.
    There were a variety of colorful fabrics on display by variety of exhibitors. The Premier Prints, Inc exhibited the variety of beautiful and colorful fabrics and attracted the attentions of the visitors; their fabric were all made in USA that ranged from traditional to modern.
    Also there was 100 percent wool fabrics in beautiful color exhibited by B Black & sons; their fabrics were Eco-friendly and organic, all made in the US. Also the Hemp Traders with natural coton and 100% hemp fabric exhibited the colorful fabrics.



 

 



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