Consumer Technology, Philanthropy and Independence

29 05 2016

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Learn about the Consumer Technology Association Foundation including some of the projects they support to use technology to empower older adults and people with disabilities. We will also learn about their recent study on the active aging market. Additionally hear about some of the hot trends in technology and how they will impact our ability to live longer, healthier, more independent lives.

Steve Ewell is the executive director of the Consumer Technology Association Foundation, a charitable foundation with the mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology that can enhance their lives. Prior to joining the CTA Foundation he served in other nonprofit leadership roles. He was managing director of the InfraGard National Members Alliance, a public private partnership with the FBI focused on promoting and developing critical infrastructure protection.Steve graduated cum laude from Drew University with a Bachelors of Arts and earned his MBA and Masters in information and telecommunications systems from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School.

Week In Review

  1. Incredible translating earpiece allows people who speak different languages to understand each other
  2. New NYC buses have Wi-Fi but no tech to avoid those on foot
  3. MTA Looks to Replace MetroCard With System Using ‘Contactless Media’
  4. Salesforce Chooses Amazon For Cloud Services In $400 Million Deal
  5. Google targets HTML5 default for Chrome instead of Flash in Q4 2016

Evolution of Telehealth Technology – A Software Revolution

15 05 2016

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Consulting veteran Mike Meikle navigates the turbulent and murky world of management and information technology consulting. As an entrepreneur who has run two consulting firms, Corporate Consigliere Mike Meikle provides strategic, technological and management solutions for his clients.

Mr. Meikle has over fifteen years of experience within the public and private sector across multiple industries. He has significant education and practical experience in strategic planning, risk, security, compliance and operations methodologies. Certifications he holds include Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Six Sigma Green Belt and a host of others.

Mr. Meikle can be reached via his website at

Week In Review

  1. City launches website to help waterfront builders navigate byzantine permit process
  2. Amazon rival just started selling fresh groceries like milk and eggs
  3. Uber is now offering flat fee $5 carpool rides in Manhattan during peak hours
  4. Emojis Would Show Women Doing More Than Painting Their Nails
  5. Instagram’s big redesign goes live with a colorful new icon, black-and-white app and more

Making Wearable Tech More Wearable

8 05 2016

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Keith McMillen is the CEO of BeBop Sensors in Berkeley, California. The company provides sensor solutions for Original Equipment Manufacturers, ranging from complete wireless solutions to custom apps. The company evolved from McMillen’s company, Keith McMillen Instruments, which builds electronic musical instruments and stage equipment, which includes the smart fabric. In 2015, BeBop Sensors was named as one of the best pieces of technology to come out of the IDTechEX Show, and received Frost & Sullivan’s 2015 Technology Innovation Award.

Week In Review

  1. This site helped New Yorkers raid their closets for a 2 million dollar payday
  2. The first-ever IMAX cycling studio is opening in Brooklyn
  3. You can now tinker with IBM’s quantum computer over the web
  4. Netflix now lets you control how much data it uses when streaming from your smartphone
  5. Your Periscope broadcasts can now live on forever

The Past, Present and Future Virtual Reality

1 05 2016

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Virtual Reality is finally here and analysts predict the industry will see its first billion-dollar year in 2016 – that’s approximately $700 million in hardware sales and $300 million in content. VR will appeal to both consumer and enterprise – and with this much attention, businesses should be asking themselves how their offerings and experiences could translate to this emerging medium. In this episode, we take a look at whether virtual reality will sizzle or fizzle for businesses and brands, as well as what’s on the horizon, featuring an interview with Jeff Piazza, Co-Founder and UX Director at Behavior Design, an award winning design studio.

Jeff Piazza is Co-Founder and UX Director at Behavior Design where he drives creative and design strategy for clients. Jeff began his career at i/o 360 Digital Design as a Lead Designer before the company was acquired by Rare Medium, a full-service solutions Web firm. Jeff has previously completed projects for Amalgamated Bank, HBO, Thomson Reuters, the American Museum of Natural History, Businessweek, the National Geographic Channel, and the Museum of Modern Art. Jeff graduated with a BFA, Design from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Week In Review

  1. Uber’s NYC fare cuts haven’t helped drivers
  2. U.S. approves Charter’s Time Warner Cable buy with conditions
  3. AT&T offering $5 internet to low-income families
  4. In Internet age, pirate radio arises as surprising challenge
  5. Waze vulnerability allows hackers to track you