Upcoming Event: Disruptive Technologists: Humans, Digital Assistants and Bots — Oh My!

  • Monday, June 5, 2017

    6:15 PM to 8:15 PM

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    Our next theme is “bots” – – and everything around bots including, why do they always seem to have female voices? The future of computing revolves around these three actors: humans, digital assistants, and bots. Chatbots will work as go-betweens between systems and people.


    Microsoft wants to help everyone build smart bots with its own digital assistant Cortana. Microsoft isn’t alone in exploring this territory, consider Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. They are introducing people to the idea that it’s quicker to talk with your computer than use your mouse, keyboard or touch interface. Even Facebook is getting into the game with M, it’s own digital assistant that lives in messenger.

    This event is not going to be about people versus machines, it’s going to be about people WITH machines. We will have five expert panelists including Bruce Weed, developer advocate for the East Coast for IBM, David Sorin, Venture Capital, McCarter & English and Heather Shapiro, Microsoft Bots Expert, Tom Eck, CTO of Industry Platforms at IBM and Howie Schwartz, CEO of Crowded.com

    1. Bruce Weed | Developer Advocate for the East Coast, IBM

    Bruce Weed is the City Leader/Developer Advocate (New York) for IBM’s Digital Business Group. Bruce covers the Eastern part of the U.S. with a main focus in NYC. Bruce engages directly around latest technologies with partners and customers alike, his expertise is around Watson/AI, IoT, Blockchain, Cloud and Bots, Digital Assistants and Big Data. Bruce also has industry knowledge in Retail, Finance, Healthcare, and Automotive and has extensive experience in technology, sales, business development and marketing.

    Additional skills and experience lie in software development, product and brand management. He runs LinkedIn groups with over 50K+ members on IBM Watson & IoT, IBM Big Data and Analytics, and Blockchain for Business; these groups look at both use cases and technology trends. Bruce also runs the IBM Watson – Cognitive Business & IoT Meetup in NYC with over 1600 members. He is a Watson/IoT, Blockchain and Big Data evangelist who keynotes many major conferences around the world.

    2. David J. Sorin | Partner, Co-Chair – Venture Capital McCarter & English, LLP

    Dave Sorin is an office managing partner of McCarter & English and Co-Chair of the Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies practice. He focuses primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled and life science enterprises, and is up to date on the bots revolution, where it’s going, and where it stands financially; as well as the investors, executives, and boards of directors who support and lead them. He has been recognized as one of New Jersey’s top 100 business people, categorizing him within an “elite group” of executives who “are the voices of their industries.” He was later identified by another industry publication as one of the region’s “top deal makers” Chambers USA, an international guide to lawyers and law firms, called Dave the State’s top corporate lawyer. Most recently, SmartCEO Magazine named McCarter the large law firm of the year in the tech and tech-enabled industry sector and named Dave the leading lawyer in the industry. In addition, Dave Sorin received the Star Influencer Award at SmartCEO’s Centers of Influence Event.

    3. Heather Shapiro, Microsoft Bots Expert

    Heather Shapiro is a Technical Evangelist in Microsoft’s Developer Experience group, where she educates developers on Microsoft’s new technologies. In this role, Heather works closely with students and developer communities across the North East to understand the newest technologies and architectures. Prior to becoming a Technical Evangelist, Heather completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University and graduated in the Class of 2015. She received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Statistical Science, and completed an Honors Thesis about employing Bayesian Approaches to Understanding Music Popularity. Heather blogs at http://microheather.com (http://microheather.com) and tweets at http://twitter.com/microheather . (http://twitter.com/microheather.)

    4. Tom Eck, CTO of Industry Platforms at IBM

    He joined IBM in December 2016. His current industry focus is digital payments and fintech. Prior to joining IBM, Tom served as the Head of Emerging Technologies at First Data Corporation. He holds an MS in BioTechnology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics from Rutgers University.

    5. Howie Schwartz, CEO of Crowded.com

    CEO and Co-founder of Crowded.com – “Building Bots for Recruitment Marketing”​. Howie Schwartz is also a serial entrepreneur and an active Angel Investor and Venture Capital Fund investor in early stage technology companies. Previously, Howie founded and was the CEO of VC backed Human Demand (Mobile DSP / DMP) acquired by IgnitionOne in August 2014. Co-founded FundingPost (largest network of early stage investors) and Offermobi (acquired by Moko Media), as well as product & marketing training companies with over 120,000 customers worldwide.

    Moderator: Kevin Pianko

    Partner of BDO USA, LLP performs audits of public and private companies and assists them with the financial and operational aspects of their business. Kevin has industry expertise in life sciences, private equity activities, SEC/public companies, tech, manufacturing, professional services, and financial services. He is also a regular on Bloomberg Radio and NBC.

    Host: David Carlos, CTO of B&L Management

    David is our Sexy Technologist, Tech Geek and Entrepreneur!

    5-Minute Comedy Jam by Shaun Eli Breidbart, Comedian & Executive Director of The Ivy League of Comedy!

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    We need your full name and those of your guests for security reasons. For guests, RSVP for them separately or email their full names to: LKeyson@DisruptiveTechnologists.com

    WHEN: June 5th, 2017 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM
    WHERE: Microsoft, 11 Times Square, 8th Avenue


    6:15 pm to 6:45 pm: Networking: ( FundingPost supplied gourmet sandwiches, Hopscotch supplied cookies, Dana supplied wine, and Microsoft supplied pizza!!)

    6:45 to 8:30: Panel and Group Discussion

    8:30 to 10:30 Special Disruptive Happy Hour


    If you want to have updates and reminders about the event, you can join as a Member at: http://www.meetup.com/Disruptive-Technologists-in-NYC/ (http://www.meetup.com/Disruptive-Technologists-in-NYC/).

    To watch our previous event videos, visit our Youtube Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM_O5CfqovGxjCQ8CPIAt5w(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM_O5CfqovGxjCQ8CPIAt5w)

    About: Disruptive Technologists is an organization dedicated to finding out what makes Disrupters tick – what they are thinking, how they do what they do and then inspire, promote, support, mentor and advise in order to future Disruption in NYC through tech. We do this through the monthly publication DisruptiveTechnologists.com, monthly panels through our organization Digital Technologists in NYC and through our monthly newsletter. We also report on and cover new Disrupters and attend the hottest events in order to spread their Disruptive words. We offer an intimate look at this new breed of tech entrepreneurs and their innovative products and services.
    Join us for the event to hear from some of the most qualified, dedicated, and passionate Disrupters in the business.

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