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    Harvard in Tech Seattle Events

    Technology Showcase: AR/VR

    Please join Harvard in Tech Seattle for a special webinar November 12 (Thursday) @ 9am PST/12pm EST on "Technology Showcase: AR/VR”. The Harvard in Tech Seattle Technology Showcase goal is to demo the latest in AR/VR, we welcome technology experts & academicians to share their latest and greatest work and invite the Harvard community and beyond. The speakers will discuss Haptic, BendShape - Precision Shape Sensor technologies, Lowe’s Innovation Labs AR/VR journey, EduTech and more.




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    Technology Innovation in US Defense

    Great discussion with a brilliant group of panelists on "Technology Innovation in US Defense" !

    Special Thanks to -
    Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos, Strategy & Innovation Advisor, US Special Operations Command
    Arjun Bisen, Product Policy Advisor, Google
    Dr. Sarah Kreps, Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University
    Jake Sotiriadis, Ph.D., Chief, Strategic Foresight and Futures Branch, US Air Force
    LTG. Russel Honore (Retired) US Army



    Key Takeaways:

    1. There are a plethora of emerging technologies with NatSec implications and DOD has made great strides in building cross sector partnerships, up-skilling, and forecasting, to help it take advantage of several tech revolutions, including digital, bio and quantum. Still more needs to be done to allow emerging tech to be integrated and adopted at a DOD scale and with older hardware while developing norms and humanitarian law to ensure new tech is deployed responsibility.

    2. Quantum Computing is a long horizon platform that will vastly reshape war and peace, from Quantum security, to Quantum Clocks, and Quantum Communications to synchronize All Domain Warfare. These same technologies have the potential to transform economies, supply chains, and data security, and privacy for corporations and individuals.

    3. The tradeoff between security, role based access, and ease of use in Military Technology on the battlefield needs to evolve to match the civilian experience.

    4. Military and University partnerships need to be broader to include social sciences to address global culture to go beyond winning wars, and win the Peace. Universities need to offer, and Military roles and leadership needs to embrace PhD and advanced Graduate programs for Military personnel as part of a core leadership progression.

    5. Culture matters and needs to be considered on the front end of Military Action. Once we win the war, we need to win the peace. The seamless transition to a PeaceTime governance happens best when there is a comprehensive understanding of the end goal, and the means to achieve this goal through leadership in the countries where the war takes place. Like South Korea, Germany, and Japan, part of achieving a successful peace and thriving economic partnerships may involve long term military base installations to safeguard alliance countries and regions.

    6. The world population growth from 7B to 10B will strain Global security, putting pressure on Food, Water, and Energy. The overlap between national security, and civilian economic activity will be expansive and requires holistic thinking and planning. DOD efforts need to seamlessly implement strategies and technologies to eliminate threats, increase sustainability of DOD activities, and to support compatible leadership regimes that resonate with the authentic cultures of the diverse regions of the world.


    Watch the video to learn about Defense Technology Policy, All-Domain Operations, Quantum Computing, DOD partnership in R&D, National defense & economic competition and more.

    #Innovation #TechnologySolutions #USDefence #QuantumComputing#BiologicalWarfare #DOD #cybersecurity #NationalDefense #HarvardinTech#HarvardinTechSeattle #Harvard #HBS #PLD #intelligence #defense#quantum #biowarfare #education #nationalsecurity #disinformation #army#navy #marines #geopolitics #defenseindustry #airforce #strategicforesight#pentagon #ai #research

    Technology Innovation in US Defense

    Please join Harvard in Tech Seattle for a special panel webinar September 24 (Thursday) @ 9am PST/12pm EST on "Technology Innovation in US Defense”. We will explore Defense Technology Policy, DOD partnership in R&D, Biological war tech, Quantum Computing, National defense & economic competition, Cyber Security and more.



    Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos, Strategy & Innovation Advisor, US Special Operations Command

    Arjun Bisen, Product Policy Advisor, Google

    Dr. Sarah Kreps, Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University

    Jake Sotiriadis, Chief, Strategic Foresight and Futures Branch, US Air Force

    LTG. Russel L. Honore, Retired, US Army


    Webinar Registration RSVP: https://forms.gle/BRzaJ78jcGeHNNT18

    Technology Influence on Politics​

    A brilliant discussion with an amazing group of panelists on "Technology Influence on Politics”. With Sonal Shah, Allen Collinsworth, Jennifer Hollett, Dipayan Ghosh, Roger Hackett & Mahenoor Yusuf



    Key Takeaways:

    1.) Technology, and more specifically social media platforms, and algorithms influence citizens. This can be positive, or negative depending on the platform policies, and the actors on the platform.

    2.). Technology policy alone cannot be expected to effectively secure free and fair elections. The U.S. government for example must set its public policy, laws, and regulations to drive incentives, including cyber tech to ensure proper engagement of Campaign support from foreign powers and interests.

    3.). Policies that Social Media firms, and search engine firms set represent the interests of the firm's stakeholders. There is an overlap between the Firm's Stakeholders and Country's stakeholders, however the emphasis differs, and on a Global level foreign powers can take advantage of the differences between incentives that a firm has and the rights of citizens and interests of the nation to achieve their own foreign policy agenda.

    4.). Social Media platforms offer a potential power equalizer with traditional lobbyists and special interest groups in that these platforms allow voters to combine their numbers to vote for candidates who represent the changes they seek. This can be seen both in the presidential election of Barack Obama, the election of the Squad, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Globally it can be seen through the Arab Spring toppling the government by organizing and coordinating demands for change in an overwhelming fashion.

    5.) Civic Tech, and the role that government plays can be updated and modernized to match government services to citizens needs through software, and platforms that leverage algorithms, machine learning, and AI. The government's role reimagined as a technology provider or purchaser of technology systems in the Civic domain can transform the quality of services that citizens receive. It also may reduce conflicts of interests between Firm interests i.e. special interest groups, and the rights and interests of the country. A good example of this is the Public Library system, or Military Hospitals. Defining the right level of capability and role for the public vs. private sector is a balance between efficiency, and price vs. national security. There is a lot of room for improvement, and a lot of potential for powerful change.

    Technology Influence on Politics

    Please join Harvard in Tech Seattle for a special panel webinar August 27 (Thursday) @ 9am PST/12pm EST on "Technology Influence on Politics”. At the panel discussion we will explore technology influence, Social Media influence, foreign influence into US election, policy making, campaigning, voters influence, special interest group and more.


    Webinar Registration RSVP: https://forms.gle/FrHF7D1FTb42PnKr8


    With: Sonal Shah, Allen Collinsworth, Jennifer Hollett, Dipayan Ghosh, Roger Hackett & Mahenoor Yusuf


    #USElection #Policymaking #VotersInfluence #Innovation #TechnologySolutions #DataDrivenSolutions #Politics #SocialMediaInfluence #HarvardinTech #HarvardinTechSeattle #Harvard #HBS #PLD

    Smart City, The Future Of The Economy​

    Great Discussion with such a brilliant group of Panelists! Harvard in Tech Seattle presents a special panel webinar on "Smart City, The Future Of The Economy"

    With: Alex `Sandy' Pentland, Jaana Remes, Christian Vogt, Peter Jackson, Dale Killinger, Shih Hor Lau, Roger Hackett, Mahenoor Yusuf

    Key Takeaways:
    1. Smart City can improve the quality of life 10% - 30%
    2. The most effective way to get the public to buy in to implement a Smart City is to find a specific pain point, and integrate a Smart City approach to show the value of Data Driven real time Intelligence integrated into city life. This will increase adoption of future Smart City projects, and overall appreciation for the importance of a Smart City.
    3. Designing a Smart City should not be a Technology looking for a problem to solve, it should start with the needs of the City’s citizens.
    4. Smart City alone cannot transform our economy. Economic Transformation requires that Smart City gains diffuse across all communities and current barriers due to race, and economic wealth hinders the diffusion of benefits.
    5. Smart Cities adoption is increased if the City passes a law requiring Smart City compliance.
    6. Data Security is much stronger if the Data Stores are distributed rather than Centralized.


    #SmartCity #Innovation #TechnologySolutions #DataDrivenSolutions #HumanCenteredDesign #SocialSustainability #Pandemic #HarvardinTech #HarvardinTechSeattle #Harvard #HBS #PLD

    Smart City, The Future Of The Economy​

    Please join Harvard in Tech Seattle for a special panel webinar August 13 (Thursday) @ 9am PST/12pm EST on "Smart City, The Future Of The Economy”. At the panel discussion we will explore Smart City technology solutions, socio-economic impact, human centered design, social sustainability, data privacy, safety, ethics and more.

    With: Alex `Sandy' Pentland, Jaana Remes, Dr. Christian Vogt, Peter Jackson, Dale Killinger, Shih Hor Lau, Roger Hackett, Mahenoor Yusuf

    Webinar Registration RSVP: https://lnkd.in/gGB6b-b


    Racism, Why Must We Solve It In Technology

    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


    #HBS #PLD #COVID19 #Harvard #HarvardinTech #HarvardinTechSeattle #Vaccine #Treatment #pharmaceuticals #pandemic #SavingLives #Cure #GlobalCommunity #RaceAgainstTime

    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


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    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.

  • Podcast Series

    Harvard Spotlight

    Steven Maheshwary (HC '12)

    Director of Economic Development - IT, Washington State

    Steven Maheshwary is a tech industry veteran who is passionate about the nexus of the tech and positive social impact through fostering entrepreneurship, building partnerships and empowering communities. He currently serves as Governor Inslee’s sector lead for the information and communication technology sector in Washington state, leading the state’s economic development strategies to grow and strengthen the tech industry and workforce. Steven got interested in tech at a young age. Harvard opened him up to a wide variety of experiences. His current work as Director for Washington State is new, impactful and challenging. Key lessons: Take risks and experiment in your career when you can and contribute your skills and time to your community.

    My Le Goel (HU ‘04)

    Founder and CEO, Flight Live, Inc

    My Le is the CEO of FlightLive, a mobile wellness technology platform for live, interactive, virtual personal fitness training that matches clients with a curated list of certified personal trainers and yoga instructors. She was not in tech before her startup and has had to learn each aspect from scratch. Her advice and lessons are based on personal experience from her business. One of the many important lessons she tells is to surround yourself with an experienced board.

  • Harvard in Tech Seattle Team

    Meet the Team

    Mahenoor Yusuf


    Harvard in Tech Seattle

    HBS PLDA 2016



    Roger Hackett

    Program Director - Webinar

    Harvard in Tech Seattle

    HES 2018


    Stephen Harper

    Program Director - Podcast

    Harvard in Tech Seattle

    HU 2012


    Monica Cisneros


    Harvard in Tech Seattle

    HU 2017


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