“Innovation that Matters”

Meet 2 IBM Master inventors on November 9th 2017, 11 AM ET @ Ustream to learn about cool things that help us during critical needs. The situations may be during natural disasters or CyberSecurity events. David will share his personal work experience at his home town Police department and IBM that contributed to his project “The Networked Solar School from Space”.Mike will showcase “Project Havyn” that resulted from a collaboration with his 11 year old son.

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Speakers :

  • The Networked Solar School from Space, David Kumhyr, Senior Engineer and IBM Master Inventor
  • Project Havyn, Mike Spisak, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Master Inventor

Topic 1 : The Networked Solar School from Space

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This is a school data link, web server, library and 2 TB file server in a small portable box. Designed for quick setup in places where natural disaster or strife has destroyed power and communications infrastructure. We use inexpensive portable solar panels and thermo (biomass) electric generators coupled with small batteries to store and provide power for IoT devices to download satellite and 2G cellular data to update an open source web server, file server with and create a local wifi network to support education computers.

Project Collaborators : David Kumhyr, Janani Janikiramen, Leucir Marin and Rhonda Childress.

Speaker : David Kumhyr, Senior Engineer and IBM Master Inventor

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“I went to North Carolina State University, from 1973-1986 on the “13 year plan” at night while working full time. I mixed history, political science, computer science and statistics. In IBM I’ve worked as a programmer on many different projects, internationalization of code, technical intelligence and now I help IBM developers and product groups get started using open source, using open source in IBM products and services, and contributing to external open source projects.

I initially dropped out of college to become a police officer, after a few years I ended up as Chief of Police in Holly Springs North Carolina. I started developing PC based solutions to some of the data management and statistical analysis questions that I had for managing the policing in Holly Springs. That work lead me into working with the District Attorney for Wake County NC and his problems in court case management. I ended up creating a felony case management system for the NC Conference of District Attorneys and then I figured I’d better go back to school to learn more! After that I never really stopped trying to learn more. Along the way I’ve picked up the title of IBM Master Inventor for 146 issued US patents, learned a bit of Spanish and built an airplane and learned to become a machinist.”

Topic 2 : Project Havyn

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Havyn is a really cool cyber security voice interface to IBM’s Watson system, developed by an IBMer and his 11 year old son. During this talk we will touch on the back-story of it’s origin, creation, and demonstrate it’s many uses.
Havyn is also hoping to help shape the young cyber-security professionals of tomorrow! Havyn can not only tell you about cyber-security, but it can be used to educate by engaging in an interactive Q&A dialog, cyber-security focused lessons, and gamification.  Come see how the future of cyber-security can be experienced using the power of your voice!

Speaker : Mike Spisak , Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Master Inventor

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Mike Spisak is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member, Master Inventor, Author, and Techie in IBM’s Security Services organization. Currently Mike is responsible for working on a variety of initiatives with customers leveraging IBM technology for security, patch, software distribution, and automation solutions. In his fabled spare time he enjoys blurring the lines between physical and digital worlds.

Mike’s first exposure to a computer was when he was 8 years old and his father rescued a Commodore PET (Personal Entertainment Terminal) from the trash. Ever since then, Mike has been fascinated with technology and how it grows and evolves into our daily lives.

When he’s not working, hacking, or speaking about how to dominate technology, you can find him playing soccer, serial eating chips and salsa, or brewing the perfect cup of coffee. Mike is also extremely passionate about promoting science, technology, engineering and math to future technologists everywhere!

These are the opinions of the author and while a distinguished member of our Academy and IBM, all thoughts expressed are solely his/her own.

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