Join CED, TiE Carolinas and RTP Foundation for a discussion on entrepreneurs ecosystem development with IBM.
Learn what other entrepreneurs in the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program have done in leveraging IBM Watson cloud platform to build their solutions for a smarter planet.
5:30 - 6:00PM Registration and Dinner Networking
6:00 - 6:10PM Welcome Remark
6:10 - 6:40PM Keynote: Satin Mirchandani, MD Buyline CEO
6:40 - 7:30PM 1st Panel: Watson Cognitive Technology and Ecosystem
7:30 - 7:50PM Q&A
7:50 - 8:00PM Break
8:00 - 8:40PM 2nd Panel: The Next Ender’s Game: using games to solve problems
8:40 - 9:00PM Q&A
1st Panel Discussion:
Topic: Watson Cognitive Systems and Ecosystem
Watson is IBM’s first-generation cognitive system – containing massive statistical algorithms running massively in parallel. It combines natural language processing, machine learning, and hypothesis generation and evaluation to give you direct, confidence-based responses. Cognitive systems like IBM Watson, transform how organizations think, act, and operate in the future with technologies which leverage natural language, hypothesis generation and evidence-based learning.
This panel will discuss the Watson Cognitive Computing technology and share their perspective on emergent business opportunities for entrepreneurs around Watson and like technologies.
Moderator: Chris (Spence) Spencer, Manager, Future Technology Strategist and Manager of Blue Mix at IBM Corporation
Bobby Bahram, General Partner, Excelerate Health Ventures
Satin Mirchandani, CEO and President, MD Buyline
Abhi Muthiyan, Founder and CTO, Patagonia Health
David Sink, Director, Client Solutions and Delivery, IBM Watson Solutions
2nd Panel Discussion:
Topic: The Next Ender’s Game: using games to solve problems
Games can be incredibly adept at explaining complex systems. Learn how businesses effectively use gaming to make important business decisions. This session provides insight into how the combination of cloud computing, sophisticated game design and applications can produce Serious Games, that process data to drive business improvements. The session will show how Serious Games can stretch beyond skills training and actively engage participants to effect real change.
Moderator: Porter Stowell
Serious Games, Social Business Center of Competency, IBM
1. Hunter Moore, CEO, Athena's Compass
2. Chris Hazard, Founder and CEO of Hazardous Software
3. Phaedra Boinodiris, Serious Gaming/Gamification Global Leader, IBM
IBM Recreation Center, Building 400 room 110
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Serious Games, Social Business Center of Competency
Global Business Services, IBM
For the past 5 years, Porter has worked with clients in retail, finance, education, sustainability, and healthcare to innovate their business model's through the adoption of game mechanics. Currently, Porter is responsible for IBM's broader serious games strategy, leading their global effort on how companies can leverage serious games and gamification to provide greater agility in an increasingly complex business environment.
Prior to joining IBM, Porter was a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton supporting business model redesign and gamification efforts for NASA Education. Porter was also an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University in Business Communications, specializing in personal branding. Porter received his MBA at KFBS(08) and a BS from Lehigh University. If you want to find Porter outside of the office, check the mountains of Utah or wherever there is surf.
Serious Gaming/Gamification Global Leader, Social Business Center of Competence, IBM. As producer of IBM's award-winning INNOV8 series of serious games, today Phaedra Boinodiris is responsible for IBM's broader global serious games and gamification strategy, leading their global effort of leveraging games to provide greater agility for businesses and organizations industry-wide.
In 2010, Boinodiris was made responsible for IBM’s serious games strategy for the US Public Sector mainly focusing on US Defense. Her strategies for evolving serious games have been championed by 4-Star generals and she has presented her ideas for advanced process optimization games to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and to the head of DARPA. She has keynoted two NATO Summits and continues to co-chair serious games summits internationally.
Boinodiris' earlier work in serious games are being used in over 1000 schools worldwide to teach students the fundamentals of business optimization. Upon first joining IBM, she incubated IBM’s first games for marketing program creating the top leading generating assets on the Internet for IBM. Boinodiris was honored by Women in Games International as one of the top 100 women in the games industry. Prior to working at IBM, she was a serial entrepreneur for 14 years where she co-founded WomenGamers.Com, a popular women’s gaming portal. There she subsequently started the first scholarship for women to pursue degrees in game design and development in the US.
Boinodiris happily mentors business school students at her alma-mater UNC-Chapel Hill.
Founder and CEO of Hazardous Software
Dr. Chris Hazard is the founder and CEO of Hazardous Software, a growing
studio that makes innovative strategy-level gaming engine technologies,
serious games for government organizations and the private sector, as well
as games for the consumer market. He holds a PhD in computer science from
NC State on artificial intelligence for trust and reputation. He has done
work in a variety of fields from psychology to network infrastructure to
robotics. Dr. Hazard is most publicly known for his 2011 game Achron,
which won him GameSpot's Best Original Game Mechanic award. Dr. Hazard is
CEO, Athena's Compass
Mr. Moore obtained a Bachelor and Master of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Having worked for such renowned companies as IBM, Boeing, Sandia National Laboratories, and Idea Fund Partners, his experience ranges from engineering, information technology, scientific research, product design & development, business development, business consulting, and venture capital. Moore’s experience in these areas supports his current role as visionary and Chief Executive Officer of Athena’s Compass: a next generation robotics video game which seeks to more effectively educate youth on STEM content and bridge classroom learning with real-world application.
Manager IBM Blue Mix and Emerging Technology Strategist
Chris “Spence” Spencer is an Emerging Technology Strategist for IBM’s jStart Team, which is IBM’s client engagement team for emerging technologies. In his role, Spence is responsible for understanding emerging technologies, trends, and markets, and determining how IBM Research R&D can be applied to opportunities within those markets.
Prior to working at IBM Spence has started two companies. His first was Xcelerant Consultants, a small consulting firm specializing in rapid application design and prototyping of web-based applications. The second company he started was Sentrisystems, Inc., a security infrastructure software startup which produced revolutionary technology for the security industry.
Spence received his Bachelor and MBA degrees from NCSU.
General Partner, Excelerate Health Ventures
Bobby Bahram is a General Partner at Excelerate Health Ventures - a professionally managed healthcare angel/VC fund that is comprised of individuals and entities that represent healthcare providers, payers, entrepreneurs, and healthcare investors. The main focus of the fund is to invest in seed and early stage healthcare technology software/services start-ups.
Mr. Bahram has over 15 years of operational experience building start-ups, having held founding and executive level positions with various technology based ventures. He is an early stage investor; serves as a director on private and public companies; involved in spin-offs and mergers and acquisitions; and has expertise in growing companies in the software, hardware, and services environments. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and an MBA.
Satin Mirchandani is a serial entrepreneur and technology executive who has called Texas home since 1998. He currently serves as President and CEO of MD Buyline, a Dallas-based healthcare analytics company that is helping the nation’s hospitals and health systems better manage their financial performance while improving patient outcomes in the new healthcare environment.
Before MD Buyline, Satin co-founded MessageOne in 2002, and served as CEO until its acquisition by Dell Inc. in 2008, after which he served as Corporate Vice President & General Manager of Dell’s SaaS businesses. MessageOne was the global leader in integrated SaaS-based email continuity, security and archiving services. Previously, as a partner at Impact Venture Partners, Satin focused on e-business services and next-generation enterprise applications investments. Other professional experiences include stints at pcOrder.com, McKinsey & Company and Microsoft, where he started his career as a software engineer.
Satin received a B.A. in Computer Science and Economics from Dartmouth College, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. with Honors from the Harvard Business School. He was honored with the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) award for Central Texas.
Founder and CTO, Patagonia Health System
Abhi is a co-founder and CTO of Patagonia Health, a health care IT start-up Abhi designed the first apps based Electronic Health Record system for the small-medium sized physician practice market. Prior to Patagonia Health, Abhi worked to identify markets gaps and revenue streams to develop products and features at Symantec. He designed enterprise reporting and data center management tools. As an architect and innovator, he holds patents in Storage Area Networking space.
Abhi is active in the local entrepreneurial community. He is the President of TiE Carolinas. He was the founding program manager of the TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TyE) Carolinas initiative, where he mentored several high school student teams to compete in TyE global business competition.
Abhi holds an MBA in New Product Development from NC State University and a BS in Computer Engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune India.
Follow Abhi @abhivm
More about TiE Carolinas at: https://carolinas.tie.org/
More about Patagonia Health at: http://www.patagoniahealth.com/
Director, Client Solutions and Delivery
Watson Solutions Division, IBM Software Group
David leads the Watson Client Solutions and Delivery team responsible for implementing customized Watson Solutions with client partners. The team of over 100 information technology specialists and domain experts are currently focused on developing cognitive computing solutions in the Healthcare and Financial Services industries.Prior to joining the Watson Solutions division David led the IBM jStart Emerging Technologies team. The team is missioned to jumpstart innovative and emerging technologies that deliver business value to our customers. The team was instrumental in driving the adoption of a number of technologies that are key elements of today's IBM Software portfolio including Java, SOA, & Big Data.
He has over 20 years industry experience in assisting customers to embrace and employ emerging information technologies.
David received his BS in Business Administration from the Kenan Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill