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The Teachers of the Juniata Transhumanism Conference

Juniate TranshumanismTeachers. I want to offer my single most important take away from the Juniata Transhumanism Conference 2015. Teachers are amazing creatures. I’ll post much more after my mind comes down from way too much time in my car, but for now I want to tell a story that finally, and completely, etched into me the lasting value of teachers.

Don Braxton, the someone or other Professor of Religious Studies at Juniata College, hosted this conference on the future of the technological human. Very interesting to spend 5 days among religion teachers, athethiests, geeks, brilliant kids too and assorted retired, 80 year old engineers. The fact that they listened to and valued my “uneducated” streams of consciousness speaks worlds. But back to Don and Alison.

Alison Earnhart graduated in 07, I think. She was and is a student of Don. She basically teaches geek studies in Austin. Hacking, making and exploring with tech kids. She is one of those brilliant leaders changing engineering education from the lecture halls and memorization of the past to a journey of exploration, failures and learning from those failures. I have no doubt that one or more of her students will change the world.

Alison and Don, her former teacher, met at a conference a few years back and had the germ of an idea for this Transhumanism, H+, conference. They planned it and pulled together the finest meeting of minds which I have ever had the honor to attend. A simple teacher and the product of his life’s work now working together to facilitate more inquiry, more learning, a better future. We often hear of teachers impact on the future but rarely is it so perfectly laid in front of our eyes.

Teachers. They may not be the doers. They may not make the great discoveries. They may not create jobs, directly. They DO the hard work of nurturing, creating the future.

This conference featured many talks on preservation of the mind. Uploading ourselves if you will. Talks on immortality via technological means and of course the moral implications. But my one takeaway.

Teachers are amazing creatures that are already immortal.

NH Innovation Night – Feb 2015

Design Sprint for Health is Approaching

As we pass the one month point leading up to the DC Wearable Devices Design Sprint for Health, I want to try to convey what your day may be like, should you choose to join us on this journey into the future of Healthcare.

We’ll be gathering at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health at 8am on Friday October 17, 2014. Come bright and early with your laptop! This is after all  the Center for Total Health and we will provide healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks.

This will be a jammed packed day for sharing and working on our visions for wearable devices in Health and Healthcare. The prime purpose, the goal, the take home from the day, is to meet other visionaries like yourself to share aha moments and leave with plans to continue the collaborations which have just begun. We will be designing and coding some, but we expect no finished anything.We do want to pass on the Design Sprint methodology that may, we hope, guide your future product design processes.


Order out of Chaos

Design Sprint, what is that? Google Ventures uses a 5 day design sprint to help startups accelerate or get unstuck during the new product design phase. You can read about it here. We, and most notably Antonio Zugaldia, have participated in or led many one day sprints focused on Google Glass use cases. The one day is a synthesis and has led to actual products such as the NYC City Ride for Glass which helps riders find available bikes and parking locations.

Your day, the short version*.

After the intros and some very cool technology demos, we’ll form teams. Antonio Zugaldia and others will then guide us through a team thought process during which your team will use SCRUM techniques to prioritize and order solutions to a use case scenario which you have put forward during discussions. Picture many post it pads and easels. We’ll conclude with presentations and discussions of the day’s progress.

That’s it. Just a fun day of collaboration and learning.

Who is attending: Med Students, Doctors, Nurses, Developers, Health Care industry business development folks, Engineers and those who want to learn. Won’t you join us?

More information and registration on our event site.



Weighing ideas

Weighing ideas

* More details to follow in the coming days/weeks.

What to bring and prepare?

Android Studio installed if you don’t want to install at the event.

Read about coding for Android Wear and Google Glass

The Future of Medicine through Google Glass

Google Cambridge, MA on April 23, 2014 witnessed an overflow crowd as brilliant minds focused on applications for Google Glass in the medical fields.  Over 200 turned out from Physicians, Developers, Hospital Administrators and members of the press.  Some even flew in from California for the opportunity to meet with the top minds working on advancing patient care and safety via the wearable heads-up, hands-free tool that is Google Glass.

Attendees photo

Over 200 professionals discussing applications for Google Glass in Medicine

Florence Doo photo

This is the future face of medicine

A highlight of the evening was the finalist presentations in the Google Glass Challenge for Medicine and one young woman stood out as a knowledge leader to be listened to. Florence Doo is a first year medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Florence is committed to reducing distractions that can effect patient care. Her vision will impact all of our lives so be sure to keep Florence on your radar.


The evening was a joint effort of the Google Glass New England Meetup group, organized by Don Schwartz of VectorSpect, MedTech Boston and Google Cambridge, MA.


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These are but a few of the featured speakers and panelists.
Rafael Grossmann, MD
General, trauma, advanced laparoscopic, and robotic surgeon
Rafael Grossmannn, MD, FACS, is a general, trauma, advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgeon. As a FutureMed/ Singularity University graduate, his passion is about the intersection of Innovation Technology and Healthcare. He is an avid blogger ( and healthcare social media user (@ZGJR). He was the FIRST Person to ever use Google Glass during live surgery. Rafael was also a TEDx speaker at TEDx Dirigo 2011, TEDx Bermuda 2013, and TEDx Dirigo 2013, as well as TEDx Youth 2014. He has also participated in the prestigious MedicineX conference in Stanford, CA 2013. He is convinced that Innovation in Healthcare Technology along with the current developments in mobile and wearable platforms will exponentially improve healthcare connectivity, communication and data management, and result in a more efficient, intuitive, less expensive and ultimately better patient care.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency and Informatics Physician

Dr. Steven Horng is the ED lead for the Google Glass Project at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He and his team were the first to fully integrate Google Glass with their electronic medical record (EMR) and deploy live for clinical use in the emergency department. Their team consists of clinician-programmers who are the principal developers and architects of their EMR. Because of this, their ED can be very agile and serve as a live clinical test-bed of innovative technologies. Their team was also the first to deploy iPads live for clinical use. Dr. Horng is a practicing emergency physician at BIDMC, Assistant Director of Emergency Informatics, and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He holds dual board-certifications in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics, as well as degrees in computer science, biomedical informatics, and medicine. His research focuses on translational clinical informatics by accelerating the development and application of advanced machine learning methods to clinical care, specifically to clinical decision support. The challenge of decision support has always been getting the right information to the right person at the right time. He sees Glass and other types of wearable technology as the ideal platform to meet this challenge and deliver real-time, context-aware decision support.(Photo credit: Danielle Duffey/BIDMC)

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Nayan Jain
Presidential Innovation Fellow
Nayan Jain is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the Department of Health and Human Services helping patients get access to their health data. This mission, also known as, Blue Button is a part of the President’s 2nd Term Management Agenda, specifically under the MyData Initiative. MyData complements the strong Open Data movement and aims to provide citizens access to their education, energy and health information. He was selected to be an Explorer during Google’s #ifihadglass campaign for his submission around disaster response and recovery. Nayan is thinking about leveraging Blue Button to making health data actionable and available on Glass.

Christopher M. Coburn

Christopher M. Coburn
Vice President, Innovation at Partners HealthCare
Chris Coburn has responsibility for the commercial application of the unique assets and capabilities of the $10 billion, Boston based Partners HealthCare system. Representing Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and McLean Hospital, Partners HealthCare is the largest academic research enterprise in the US with nearly $1.5 billion in sponsored research. Mr. Coburn leads a team of more than 70 staff professionals. Prior to joining Partners in 2013, Coburn was the founding Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations. During his thirteen year leadership, Cleveland Clinic spun off 57 companies — before Coburn’s arrival Cleveland Clinic had none. He also led the establishment of the Clinic’s national Innovation Alliance which provides onsite innovation management for healthcare systems throughout the U.S.
The Expert Panelists

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Associate Director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Maulik Majmudar is a clinical cardiologist and Associate Director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is an active member of the healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship community, with a specific interest in technology-enabled healthcare innovation. He currently serves as a medical advisor to two venture-backed startups. Dr. Majmudar was recently invited to be a Faculty Mentor for the 2014 MIT-IIT-B HealthTech Workshop in Mumbai, India. Dr. Majmudar attended Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and then completed residency training in Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Cardiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also holds a patent and has had several publications in high-impact journals, such as Nature, Circulation, and Circulation Research.

Ozanan R. Meireles, MD
General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Digestive Healthcare Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Meireles belongs to the Weight Center and Swallowing and Heartburn Center within the Digestive Healthcare Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical interests include Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, POEM – Endoscopic Esophageal Myotomy (Achalasia), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Paraesophageal herniasLaparoscopic / Minimally invasive surgery, Upper GI endoscopy and endoluminal procedures and Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery

Nephrology Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital, Software Developer, Informatician
Dr. Singh is the developer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s electronic health record prototype for Google Glass. He is studying the way wearable technologies can be used to improve patient care. He was a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at UCLA Medical Center before becoming a Nephrology and Informatics Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Clinical Fellow in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Hashimoto is general surgery resident at MGH with an interest in surgical education and simulation. His primary research interest is on the acquisition of surgical expertise. His publications focus on methods to improve the assessment of technical skills and increase the efficiency of surgical education with the aim of shortening learning curves.With the advent of wearable technology, he has been focusing on gesture analytics and telementoring applications that can provide new ways of delivering quality education. He recently spoke at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons on the use of Google Glass as a potential telementoring device for resident education.

MD Candidate, Massahusetts General Hospital / Harvard University and Contributing Writer at in-Training
Nabeel Ali is a Medical Student and Engineer focused on improving healthcare through disruptive research, technology and venture. He is an award-winning and published researcher who has received national attention for his medical technology innovations. Outside of medical school, Nabeel serves as a Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Reviewer for the Journal of Digital Imaging, Contributing Writer for in-Training Magazine, and advises a number of technology start-ups.

Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, MGH/Harvard Medical School and Leadership Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D., is a Leadership Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a resident child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Vahabzadeh is also a trained family physician.Dr. Vahabzadeh is deeply interested in neurodevelopmental disorders. He has published and presented over 50 papers, articles, posters, and book chapters, including in the NEJM, AJP, and JAMA. Dr. Vahabzadeh is also a strong proponent of mental health education, he has written numerous editorials for Boston Magazine, PsychologyToday, the Huffington Post, APA HealthyMinds, and CNN. Dr. Vahabzadeh is also the current Editor-In-Chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry’s Residents Journal.

Ophthalmic Pathology Fellow at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School
Alia Rashidis a clinician and researcher in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary / Harvard Medical School. She is particularly interested in the molecular and pathological basis of eye diseases, and has written several book chapters on ophthalmic malignancies and other conditions, as well as numerous journal articles. Dr Rashid has presented her research both nationally and internationally, winning an award from the Research to Prevent Blindness foundation. She has participated as an investigator on several ophthalmology pharmaceutical trials, and maintains an avid interest in the application of medicine in business and technology.

Gajen Sunthara
Principal Software Architect for Boston Children’s Hospital’s Innovation Acceleration Program and Google Glass Explorer
Gajen Sunthara has over 15 years’ experience in Healthcare Information Technology and continues to be passionate about transforming and improving healthcare through novel uses of technology. Gajen’s technical leadership in R&D and software architecture, combined with laboratory medicine expertise and in-depth understanding of clinical and patient workflow enables him to cultivate and successfully implement innovative technologies in healthcare. Gajen specializes in Cerner & EPIC Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems, enterprise Java, Web 2.0 technologies, robotic & device programming and iOS & Android mobile development. Gajen has a B.Sc in Computer Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Information Technology from Harvard University. Gajen’s master thesis focused on using Google Glass to build a novel application: “GlassSurgeon”. GlassSurgeon enhances the surgeon’s workflow and improves patient safety by leveraging natural language processing using the hands-free features of Google Glass to access real-time clinical information though systems integration.

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Medtech Boston covers the nexus of medicine, innovation and technology in the Boston area. We aim to highlight exciting innovation work happening in and around the city, and to create starting points for discussion about it.

Google Glass in Medicine

Our Wednesday event in Cambridge, MA has surpassed registration hopes and is now in waiting list mode.  200 Physicians,  Hosp Admins, Developers and Googlers.

I plan to live Tweet and G+ #throughglass and we may be Live OnAir but that is undecided at this time.  Hastag is #GGMED14 or you can follow me @GraniteView on Twitter.

The registration page 

World’s most sustainable building can now be found in Dubai


Dubai: If Dubai is home to the tallest, the largest, and everything else worthy of the record books, it can also have the “most sustainable” commercial building in the world — The Change Initiative (TCI) — on Shaikh Zayed Road.
TCI is a 4,000-square-metre shop that provides sustainable solutions in Dubai. It has secured the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council (GBC), a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable buildings worldwide.
TCI achieved 107 points out of 110, making it the most sustainable commercial building in the world. The record was previously held by Pixel, a four-level building in Australia, with 105 points.
“Congratulations on setting a new record with your LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum project. The store is a great prototype for sustainable real estate applicable worldwide,” S. Richard Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chairman of the US GBC and Chairman of the World GBC, said in his letter to Gundeep Singh, TCI Founder and CEO.