Photos by: Mike Cashion @mcashion03
Photos by: Mike Cashion @mcashion03
Teachers. 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.
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.
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.
* 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.
Last month we hosted a Meetup at Google Cambridge where over 200 Physicians, Hospital Administrators, Students and Developers gathered in Boston to present and explore opportunities for Glass in Medicine. Watch the presentations and demos here.
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.
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.
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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/google-glass-challenge-finalist-presentations-expert-panel-tickets-11157350937
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.
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