May 2018 - October 2018
Exploration of Blockchain through collaborative problem-solving.
Blockchain technology, which underlies Bitcoin and most cryptocurrencies, holds the promise of transforming a broad range of use cases. Through it, third-party trust is replaced by code and mathematical proof, making it possible to reach consensus about data without a central authority.
With blockchain, as with every technological innovation, we are given an opportunity to improve our lives and create a new narrative. In this Live Well program, we seek to educate as well as bring together vibrant minds to identify key challenges, form relationships for success and construct open-source solutions. The entire life cycle of ideas is supported as we engage at the forum, invent at the design-thinking all-in hackathon, and develop during the incubation period. Healthcare and the environment are key themes of the Live Well Challenges but all topic areas that relate to living well would be pertinent.
All are invited to the activities under this program. We hope to assemble students, technologists, entrepreneurs, educators, creatives, business minds and strategist, lovers of r+d, designers, policy makers, investors, and other interested members of the San Diego community.
ABOUT THE HOSTS
UC San Diego Office of Innovation & Commercialization provides campus-wide innovation and entrepreneurism support, building a dynamic entrepreneurial community and promoting a vibrant regional ecosystem.
The Basement provides creative innovation space, mentorship, entrepreneurship programming and resources in support of UC San Diego's innovation, entrepreneurial and change maker focus.
The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur at UC San Diego encompasses a series of programs, centers and initiatives all working toward a common goal: preparing engineers to become change makers and technical leaders who drive innovation within organizations both large and small.
A day-and-a-half workshop by UC San Diego with IEEE San Diego Chapter and IEEE Standards Association, featuring lectures, use cases, applied skill learning and panel discussions from leading experts focused on key healthcare verticals including genomics, the health supply chain, clinical trials, and medical devices. Related Event, separate registration required. A limited number of spaces available to qualifying incubated teams.
LIVE WELL CHALLENGES
The Live Well Challenges represent ideas that promote “living well” by using blockchain technology to
address problems in healthcare, the environment and other areas impacting the quality of life for the
individual, community, enterprise or planet. Such ideas can be implemented by building blockchain
applications on Ethereum, a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts. Smart contracts that execute upon location confirmation can access real-world information by using the ecosystem of devices and decentralized location oracle of XYO Network.
Example: Improving medical care efficiency by incorporating the XYO Network into the operational framework of a hospital to reduce failures in communication and record keeping that result in patient injury and death. See ”XYO Network in Hospitals” use case brief.
"FirstNet is poised to transform the future of public safety communications for first responders -- including firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel in all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories, and Washington D.C. Through a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, AT&T will build, deploy, operate, and provide services on the nationwide public safety broadband network."
San Diego cohort
VeriCrypt is an integrated solution for tracking coins in personal wallets and cryptocurrency exchanges, that curates a verified news feed based on your crypto-purchases and advise you about risky investments. We will create a visual display of user holdings, equipt with quantitative data analysis and graph analysis. By using machine learning to analyze text in news articles, and classifying them on a scale from objective to non-objective, we can find the most objective news sources and present them first, saving unnecessary frustrations or overexcitement resulting from sensationalist language in many news sources today. The curated news feed will give users an objective glance at their current holdings, and help inform their future investments. We use the utility technology of blockchain in order to store the user data we collect in a secure, decentralized way, and to incentivize return users.. Finally, in order to keep this service available on the web, users consent to sharing some of their personal data with us, and we then use machine learning to process the data, and sell this aggregate, not individual, data to other companies in the space. As such, VeriCrypt is beneficial for the entire crypto-ecosystem.
Grant Nelson, CTO
Grant recently graduated UCSD with a BS in Cognitive Science, specializing in Computation, and minoring in Business, from The Rady School, and Studio Art. He works to better the internet space through pursuit of decentralization technologies and projects that give a tangible non-zero sum gain to users, makers, and backers. With a particular interest in user security and data transparency, he wants to reward people for sharing opinions and personal data with information on their investment landscape. It is unsafe to browse freely because there are too many scams and threats online, specifically in the crypto space. Grant wants to use machine learning in order to label and filter out misleading articles, fake hype, and biased news. He hopes to create a platform where people can feel safer about their cryptocurrency and token holdings, with easy access to beneficial news relating to their holdings, and warnings about higher-risk investment. Grant is a believer in blockchain technology, but acknowledges that data violations, media misinformation, and outright scams are problems developers cannot ignore in the space. Grant is building VeriCrypt because it will start to solve these problems by perpetuating better information and by increasing our awareness of these risk inducing factors.
Tamara Zubatiy, CEO
Tamara recently graduated UCSD with a BS in Cognitive Science with emphasis on Machine Learning and Human Computer Interaction with High Distinction. With VeriCrypt, she hopes to create a service that uses machine learning to curate news based on users’ crypto holdings, and rate the news available according to how biased, sensationalist and/or objective it is. She is using machine learning to rate news articles based on certain criteria identified as being “objective”. After she trains a model to classify an initial training set of articles as objective or not, the model will be able to predict whether any new article is objective. She also strives to design intuitive interfaces that people want to use, and encourages the team to talk to and share with users throughout the process in A/B testing and focus groups. She is interested in this project because by identifying and thoughtfully displaying “false” or non-objective news in the cryptocurrency space, VeriCrypt can save many real users time and money, while giving them more trust in the crypto-ecosystem. She is devoted to user privacy, and by using machine learning to analyze user data, can ensure data privacy, because no single user’s data will ever be revealed. Finally, Tamara is interested in this as a blockchain application because of blockchain-based incentives, which allow VeriCrypt to get more data, making its models smarter. In the wild space of cryptocurrency, Tamara want VeriCrypt to be the trusted source of verified news for any personal investor or company.
Chief Research Advisor
Robert graduated with PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M. He specializes in numerical analysis, optimization and mathematical programming. As a researcher, he has published a paper that was cited by Nature and Science. As a lifelong learner of cutting-edge technologies, he has an intrinsic sense of business. He believes the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem have huge potential to solve various technological challenges such as AI, IoT and autonomous driving. He has a passion for creating a decentralized crypto platform where every participant can be incentivized. Researcher, developer, programmer, crypto investor, and advisor
San Diego cohort
Malama Me is a web application that will connect people from opposite sides of the fence, to help one another meet their basic needs. There will be three types of users. The first user, Covert Leader, self identifies as in need to meet their basic needs. The second user, Overt Leader, would like to be a mentor to the Covert Leader in helping them create and achieve goals. It is my hypothesis that the Covert Leader will fortuitously end up helping the Overt Leader in ways yet to be discovered. After being interviewed by Malama Me organizers, the Covert and the Overt will be manually matched up to be a mentor-mentee pair. After the initial meeting, the pair will create a shared profile where they create goals. For instance, a Covert Leader may create a goal of wanting to move into an apartment in Pacific Beach. The project goal's milestones could be find temporary shelter, apply for jobs, etc. Each week, the two will be in contact with each other and indicate their progress towards the goals. These indications and summaries will be publicly posted. The third type of user, the Observer, will reward and encourage the pair's progress or story by allocating points, tokens, or money.
Kelly Chess, CEO
Kelly Chess grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and studied Hospitality Business Administration at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Her first serious gig was as an Account Manager for Booking.com, a Dutch travel metasearch engine. Working for a site with millions of viewers worldwide, she marveled at the web’s power to connect people and disseminate information. Curious to understand what was happening behind the scenes, she started dabbling with Python. After programming further at LEARN Academy, she went on to gain professional software development experience at a healthcare technology company for two years. Kelly has been a dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga for almost 10 years and is addicted to self improvement and experimenting with the limits of her body, mind, and spirit.
SPEAKERS + MENTORS
ÐArchitect at ConsenSys
Engineering complex adaptive (decentralized) systems. Assembling a highly decentralized society with a focus on security (creation of ConsenSys Diligence), protocol and privacy advancements (creation of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance ConsenSys technical team) and organization structures as adaptive systems.
COO ICTE, A leading Fintech executive and market expert. I have specialized in building distributed electronic financial trading systems, research and analytics, hosted many smart algorithmic strategies on US and foreign electronic exchanges, and have been active in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space from it’s infancy.
Exploring the sum of our efforts
Our mission is to bring individuals who have the ability to implement solutions into the conversation early, building relationships with local and future partners from the days of problem identification and ideation.
We explore our absolute sum, by engaging communities in creative problem solving while embracing emerging technologies such as blockchain.
Absolute solutions are conceptualized during a weekend hackathon and develop with the support of an incubator, teams have access to an ongoing community, mentorship, resources, pathways to funding, and access to relationships with accelerators.
Absolute Sum is experimentation, exploration and unfolding story documenting the shift in the narrative of possibility.