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    Racism, Why Must We Solve It In Technology

    What a fantastic panel discussion!! Harvard in Tech Seattle presents a webinar on "Racism, Why We Must Solve It In Technology" with Rachael Splaine RollinsAngela K. Antony Kevin L. Nichols Stacy Kirk Jon Scott Roger Hackett Mahenoor Yusuf


    Key Takeaways:

    1. With technology, we have a choice. We can use technology to make the system fair, enrich society, unite the world and share the benefits that the world and technology has to offer in a loving and humanizing way

    2. By 2042, the majority of the US population will be people of color. By closing the racial wealth gap, the US GDP could be projected 4% to 6% higher by 2028. No action will cost the US economy $1 to $1.5 trillion between 2019 and 2028. It is high time we reduce Systemic Racism on a targeted timeline and establish accountability at all levels of the society that triggers Systemic Racism. It is time to work together.

    3. Need to reform the Criminal Justice System to minimize racial bias. i.e. A centralized, nationwide Data System for Criminal Justice system (including Police personnel record), policy reform - reevaluate qualified immunity for police, the ability of employers, landlords, and others to disqualify people for misdemeanors and other minor crimes etc.

    4. Fair representation in politics is needed so that the policymakers can make justified policy reform. Technology can be leveraged to have a grass root level initiative to make the change.

    5. In order to leverage a high tech education system, initial funding is required to ensure basic needs are addressed . I.e. Laptop for all students, high speed Internet access for underprivileged communities.

    6. Soft skill (scientifically measured personality and cognitive aptitude) based technology driven hiring process is unbiased.

    Racism, Why We Must Solve It In Technology

    Please join Harvard in Tech: Seattle for a special panel webinar June 25 (Thursday) @ 9am PST/12pm EST on "Racism, Why We Must Solve It In Technology" We will be exploring how can technology improve the treatment of racial groups and their interactions with the Police, and criminal justice system, improve equity in education, improve financial opportunities and more.

    Webinar Registration RSVP: https://lnkd.in/egVeVZX

    COVID-19 Vaccine & Treatment

    Humankind has never had a more urgent task than creating broad immunity for COVID 19. Harvard in Tech Seattle presents COVID-19 Vaccine & Treatment with Sebastian Sorsaburu, MD Lorence Kim Aysu Uygur, PhD Dr Tarun GuptaLibby Page Rhiju Das Roger Hackett Mahenoor Yusuf


    Key Takeaways:

    1. “Operation Warp Speed” an US based program funding 5 vaccine producers - Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Merck to expedite the production of vaccines. The program is committed to deliver a vaccine by Jan 2021 and they are on target

    2. The Melinda & Gates Foundation has funded 7 factories of leading COVID 19 vaccine providers. This funding allows the exploration of vaccines along parallel paths, and avoids a bottleneck on the critical path of vaccine availability

    3. More than one vaccine is necessary in order to allow distribution to reach global scale (15 Billion). Innovation in transportation is necessary for some types of vaccines, such as mRNA to maintain stability. i.e OpenVaccine project

    4. The vaccines must be provided to high risk groups and communities, independent of price

    5. More collaboration is needed across borders and across companies for timely vaccine production


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    COVID 19: Vaccine & Treatment

    Please join June 12 (Friday) @ 2pm PST/5pm EST/10pm UK Harvard in Tech: Seattle for a special panel webinar on COVID 19: Vaccine & Treatment

    Webinar Registration RSVP: https://forms.gle/4pKAa65XgUGyi6Va9

    COVID 19: Maintaining Mental Health

    Please join us a video discussion with Dr. Amy Mezulis, a Harvard Alum, Co-Founder & Chief Psychologist at UpLift, Prof. & Dept. Chair of Clinical Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. We explored how to maintain mental health during COVID 19 pandemic.

    Key Takeaways:

    1. Do not be afraid to seek help

    2. Take initiative to connect, physically distancing but socially engaging. Find ways to meaningfully engaged with family and friends.

    3. Stick to a normal routine. Set activities to a normal schedule - work, family time, meal, sports, friends, sleep and Include time off.

    4. Take a problem solving approach when faced with different socio economic triggers caused by COVID 19. (i.e resource constraint, unemployment). Take a deep breath, manage your anxiety and take steps to move forward.

    5. When parents are burdened with so much pressure of working from home, teaching at home, taking care of household stuff, taking care of children, entertaining or keeping them engaged, it is ok to lower expectations and re-prioritize.

    COVID 19: Is Telemedicine the Future of Health Care?

    The unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 across the globe has resulted in increased demand for telemedicine solutions. Social distancing and lockdown implementation by several countries as a preventive measure to curb the pandemic. The impact of COVID 19 led us to explore with six distinguished panelists - Is Telemedicine is the future of Healthcare?



    Prof. Myra White, Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Greg Jarzabek, Co-Founder, CEO at Trustedoctor

    Hassaan Ebrahim, Co-Founder, CEO at Hikma Health

    Debbi Gillotti, COO at nVoq, Inc., Board Director at UP

    Chad Hiner, RN, VP, Customer Experience at nVoq, Inc

    Michael Hatzakis Jr, MD, Owner at HatzakisMD


    Roger Hackett, Founder Ryan and Robbie LLC

    Mahenoor Yusuf, Co-Chair Harvard in Tech Seattle


    Key Takeaways:

    1. Telemedicine Technology combines hardware diagnostics, software platforms, and Medical Practice guidance & services. The menu of services possible is expansive, and COVID 19 demonstrates the need to expedite availability.

    2. Telemedicine has global reach that can restructure the supply and demand for healthcare.

    3. The Rural Urban Divide, and the low income vs. high income divide can be addressed through hybrid offerings via extended reach in the USA and overseas. Regulation and policy across states, and across borders needs to be streamlined and optimized for shared value.

    4. Telemedicine can provide a cost effective alternative to cover many existing gaps in the current medical system. These include follow up medical treatment, clarification, diagnostics, and maintenance of care e.g. remedial exercises, and medication adherence.

    5. Telemedicine is powerful, and the privacy, governance, and innovation mindset are important to establish Social acceptance.

    6. Telemedicine is the future of medicine, and it is critical that all stakeholders are at the table to make sure it is the right future.

    COVID 19: Is Telemedicine the Future of Health Care?

    Please join Thursday, May 21 @9am PST/12pm EST/5pm GMT Harvard in Tech: Seattle for a special panel webinar on COVID 19: Is Telemedicine the Future of Health Care?


    Webinar Registration RSVP: https://lnkd.in/dEb_NQq




    COVID 19 and Reopening the Economy


    Harvard in Tech Seattle presents a video discussion with Mayor Kate Gallego of Phoenix, a fellow Harvard Alum on reopening the economy during COVID 19 pandemic. We will explore what are the precautions needed to re-open the economy, what kind of support needed in city, state and fed. level, and also with the changes how do we prepare ahead for technology infrastructure and services needed.


    Key Takeaways:

    1. By practicing Social Distancing we are saving lives.

    2. It is safer to reopen the Economy when COVID 19 is in 14 consecutive days downward trend (CDC recommended)

    3. Testing is critical in controlling the COVID 19 pandemic. However, we are not yet conducting enough testing.

    4. We are all in this together.

    EduTech solutions to COVID 19

    Role of EduTech managing COVID 19 pandemic

    Join the video discussion with Harvard Prof. Mark Esposito on EduTech solutions to COVID 19. Educational Technology can inform, influence public behavior, improve social networking to reduce isolation, and support overall health.


    Key Takeaways:

    1. Tools for collaboration can help us cope with Social Distancing - Microsoft Teams, Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout and other social media and communications tools.

    2. Physical & mental health are equally important. Activities can help bring a sense of normalcy to the crisis, Virtual birthday parties: Evite, Garage Band, XBOX Kinect, virtual personal fitness: Flight.

    3. Lack of effective global emergency broadcast system that is clear, consistent and unified to manage pandemic.

    4. Leadership matters. We are a Global Society and need to behave in a way to benefit the global community. Global governance and collaboration required across countries.

    5. Stay safe, keep learning and be part of discussion.

  • Harvard in Tech Seattle Team

    Meet the Co-Chairs

    Mahenoor Yusuf

    HBS PLDA 2016

    Stephen Harper

    ALB 2012

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