What Is All The Fuss About Blockchain? - Blockchain use cases and benefits

Time:  09/12/2018  6:30 PM (Wed)
Venue: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite 140 (free parking) San Jose, CA 95134
Registration: https://ciesf2018bc.eventbrite.com

Abstract: As BlockCypher has enabled companies to launch blockchain projects for almost 5 years, Karen will share examples of projects and insights into what has worked and not worked. In this session, she'll share demonstrations and examples:

- Healthcare

- IoT

- Energy

- Financial services

- Loyalty/Rewards management

Speaker: Karen Hsu, Chief Revenue Officer at BlockCypher

Bio: Karen Hsu is Chief Revenue Officer at BlockCypher. With over 20 years of experience in technology companies, Karen is co-inventor of 5 patents and has worked in a variety of engineering, marketing and sales roles to bring new products to market. She has worked on Data Integration, Business Intelligence, and CRM solutions at companies including IBM, Siebel Systems, Informatica, and SugarCRM. She has also worked closely with standards organizations such as SWIFT, NACHA and ACORD. As an undergraduate at Stanford University, Karen co-founded BASES, one of largest student run organizations at Stanford today dedicated to entrepreneurship. Karen has a Bachelors of Science degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

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Soft Skill VIII, Presentation ROI

Time: Tuesday 8/14, 6:30 pm  networking, 7:00 pm present
Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA
Registration: https://ciesf2018sk8.eventbrite.com


About this workshop:

Each speaking opportunity can generate money, support, and reputation for your organization. The key is always being prepared to present to key audiences such as investors, sponsors, and the press, just to name a few examples.

What are the specific skills we can borrow from successful presenters?  They deliver their pitches with precision, emotion, and connection. Precision allows the the presenter to effectively educate the audience.  Emotion allows the presenter to demonstrate their commitment and passion. Connection allows the presenter to earn the support of their audience.

In this interactive workshop, you will develop these three presentation skills so that you can deliver your pitches with precision, emotion and connection.  These skills will help you consistently deliver pitches that generate more money, support, and positive reputation from your audiences.

You’ll Learn How To:

  • Clearly identify the outcomes (ROI) from your presentations

  • Deliver presentations with precision to optimize learning

  • Deliver presentations with emotion to ignite audience interest

  • Establish and maintain a solid connection with your audience

  • Create a connection between your audience and your vision

  • Answer your audience’s 3 most important questions

  • Create a solid foundation for your message to support every high stakes presentation


Speaker: Ruth Uribes

Speaker Bio:
Ruth Uribes is an Executive Communications Coach with Heroic Voice Academy. She has helped train and coach a variety of CEO’s, leaders, and entrepreneurs speak heart into their messages by empowering them to use their heroic voice, and deliver powerful messages to their audiences.
Initially studying to become a doctor, she now uses her unique background of over 15 years in leadership development, cultural relations, and event production consulting as part of her expertise in developing clients to connect with their audiences.
Ruth also utilizes her experience from sports, modeling, and marketing to also give her clients a unique advantage. Combining tactics from her background and experience, she is calculated and intentional in the success of her clients.
Ruth is based in San Jose, enjoys creating music playlists, art, and connecting to nature.

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Design Driven Innovations: Introduction to Design Thinking

Have you heard about Design Thinking? Do you know that top-tier business schools such as Stanford and Harvard are offering Design Thinking classes? Join us on Aug 16th to find out why Design Thinking has become such a trendy topic. Stanford University Design Thinker and the former Director of SAP's Design and Co-Innovation Center, Tina Tuan will share her knowledge and actual projects involving Design Thinking to demonstrate how “good thinking” can bring “good business.”

This event is hosted by CIE-SF (http://cie-sf.org/) and co-organized by NTUAA (National Taiwan University Alumni Association) of Northern California (https://www.ntuaa-norcal.org/). It’s a free event. Please register at https://ciesf2018design.eventbrite.com or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

您聽過史丹佛和哈佛商學院的熱門課程「設計思考」Design Thinking 嗎?設計思考是一種「創新」的思維模式,成功結合人們的需求、科技的發展,與有效的商業模式。講者段岱佳是史丹佛出身的 Design Thinker、SAP (2016富士比排行世界第三大軟體公司) 矽谷設計創新中心總監,曾帶領團隊為全球多家知名企業推動創新專案。設計思考已廣泛並成功地應用在各領域,8/16 (四)晚上,段岱佳將以包含科技、工程、醫療等創新領域的應用實例分享「好設計就是好生意」! 熱愛創新熱愛思考的朋友們千萬不要錯過。

本活動由中國工程師學會 (http://cie-sf.org/) 主辦,北加州台灣大學校友會(https://www.ntuaa-norcal.org/)協辦。活動不收費,請先上網註冊,連結如下 https://ciesf2018design.eventbrite.com 或email至This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstract: Good design is good business. Design thinking is a creative methodology that brings together: technology, business, and human desirability. Design thinking is behind many successful innovations, from consumer products to organizational transformations.  In this talk, Tina will give an introduction to design thinking, and share her real-world experiences in leading innovation projects in the global enterprise to create design-driven innovations.

Time:  08/16/2018  6:30 PM (Thurs)

Venue: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite 140 (free parking) San Jose, CA 95134

Speaker: Tina Tuan, Co-Founder, Design Thinking Foundry

Bio: Tina is a Stanford-trained engineer, design thinker, and educator. She has served leadership positions in product management and design management, at prominent Silicon Valley tech companies. On her role as the Director of SAP's Design and Co-Innovation Center, she led a global team using design thinking to drive innovations at 500 global enterprises. Tina and her team have received international acclaims, including Red Dot Awards, Interaction Awards, UX Awards, and several design patents. In 2017, Tina co-founded Design Thinking Foundry, focusing on innovation consulting and design thinking training. With offices in Silicon Valley and Greater China, Tina works with global clients to reimagine their digital transformation journey through the power of design thinking.

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AI and Robot

Time: 6/6/2018 6:30PM-9:00PM


ITRI International Inc.

2870 Zanker Rd. Suite 140, · San Jose, CA


Topic I: Status of AI Development

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is getting hot in many fields such as engineering and investment. IBM has been researching, developing and investing in AI technology for more than 50 years. The public became aware of a major advance in 2011, when IBM Watson won the historic Jeopardy! Exhibition on prime time television. Since that time, the company has advanced and scaled the Watson platform, and applied it to various industries, including healthcare, finance, commerce, education, security, and the Internet of Things. IBM has been deeply committed to this technology, and believe strongly in its potential to benefit society, as well as transform our personal and professional lives.
In this talk, IBM’s vision on AI and Cognitive Computing, along with the cognitive system of IBM Watson, will be introduced and discussed, as well as IBM’s responses to the White House Query about future AI policies.
. AI history and contents
. IBM Actions AI development
. Future trends
Speaker: LING Zong, Ph.D., Senior Software Engineer / Scientist in IBM Almaden Research Center located in San Francisco Bay Area (the Silicon Valley) of Northern California, USA.
Dr. Ling has been working for IBM over 20 years, with primary focus on performance evaluation of data storage products. Dr. Ling engages in customer services through troubleshooting data storage configurations, providing technical training classes, and publishing IBM whitepapers. Dr. Ling's current interests are in the areas of Cognitive Business and AI Applications, FinTech/Blockchain Deployment, Big Data Storage and Analytics, Cloud Computing Architecture, Service Science, Internet of Things, and Information Technology Service Management.
Dr. Ling, an IBM University ambassador specializes in information technology engineering and services of many years, has been providing academic lectures locally at Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and San Jose State University, as well as teaching credited courses globally in more than 30 top universities in China. Dr. Ling has also hosted numerous seminars/lectures, advocating IBM corporate culture and innovative management system, for onsite-visiting MBA/EMBA audience. In recognition of his contributions to the global community, Dr. Ling has been a recipient of United States President's Volunteer Service Award each year for the past 10 years.

Topic II: Visual Positioning System (VPS) and its Applications in Robots, Autonomous Cars, and VR/AR

MYNT AI (Slightech) is a solution provider of Visual Positioning System (VPS). It was founded by serial entrepreneur, computer vision scientist, Stanford alumni Dr. Leo Pang in Silicon Valley in 2014, and also has teams in Beijing and Wuxi. MYNT has developed its depth camera: MYNTeye™ stereo camera with IMU, and the corresponding VSLAM solutions, and applied it to applications in service robots, cleaning robots, security robots, autonomous cars, and ADAS. In this talk Dr. Pang will present MYNT’s VPS technologies and products, and showcase its market and applications.

Speaker: Dr. Linyong (Leo) Pang is the founder and CEO of Slightech (Brand MYNT), a Silicon Valley / China startup focusing on Virtual Positioning System (VPS) technologies and applications for robot, autonomous car, and VR/AR. Dr. Pang has 14 years entrepreneur and executive management experience in Silicon Valley and China: he was the founder and co-founder of 4 companies, involved one IPO on NASDAQ and three acquisitions. He led the last company from the startup all the way to the final acquisition. Dr. Pang held 31 patents, 25 more pending, and is an author of 65 publications. He is a committee member of SPIE conference and symposium chair of CSTIC.

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