Academy of Technology and AAAS-Lemelson Webcast: Invention and Innovation for Global Good

 

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The AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors are partnering with the IBM Academy of Technology and the IBM Global Technology Community to provide a human face to some of the inventions that have contributed to a safe planet. Invention and innovation for global good through vehicles such as sustainable technologies, human social programs and global health awareness is critical for the progression of humanity. The inventor stories inspire a broad audience to engage in creative impact thinking.

The first session on Dec 14, 2017, featured three world-renowned inventors along with an executive from AAAS. A subsequent session on Jan 10, 2018, showcased another four ambassadors’ accomplishments.

Calls to Action: 

Host:
Susan Schreitmueller
President, IBM Academy of Technology

 

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Disaster Management using Blockchain and IoT

In the past few months, the world has witnessed increasing devastation caused by natural disasters, where victims are often forced to move to make-shift shelters, such as churches and auditoriums. But how can displaced residents find the nearest shelter; how can they know if space is still available? Additionally, residents often need to know which shelters are equipped to deal with certain medical conditions.  A recent Academy of Technology initiative explored use cases for disaster management using Blockchain and IoT.

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Interviews with two such displaced families reveal a dire need for a mobile application that could have helped them get more up-to-date information. Following was their experience during the crisis:

  • They were registered with a National Weather station which gave them alerts on the status of the hurricane.
  • They visited a local government website for details about shelters, but they did not have up-to-date information regarding which shelters were closed and ones that were newly opened.
  • They visited multiple websites for updates on a specific location. Often, informal updates were posted by residents, rather than government officials.
  • Many volunteers delivered food. All communications were via intermittent, ad hoc social media or word of mouth.

Solution using Blockchain and IoT:

A Blockchain solution enables the key players/organizations during a disaster management to communicate effectively and act on time. It allows the organizations to use their existing eco system to facilitate a service and publish on this network. All transactions are recorded on the network.

  • Key stakeholders in this network are government, telecom companies, shelters, food suppliers, transporters, medical suppliers, medical service providers and residents.
  • Blockchain provides a secure environment with its immutability feature, where a record cannot be tampered once created. This creates a trusted environment which supports accountability and governance thus addressing the above-mentioned user stories and conflicts.
  • Blockchain uses a shared distributed ledger which ensures transactions and data reach all concerned parties as soon as they are created. This leads to early settlements.

Internet of Things plays a key role in tracking and tracing residents and the supplies.

  • Mobile or satellite phones can be used to track residents and transportation vehicles.
  • RFID tags on cartons carrying food and medical supplies can help record receipt of supplies at shelters.
  • Latest weather and traffic data information can be used to provide best routes to the nearest shelters or suppliers.

A mobile / web application enables users to access services offered by multiple providers. For example, they can use mobile wallets provided by their telecom operator to make payments. To support this solution, critical features include:

  • Automatically record location of registered users
  • Provide live weather updates – satellite pictures, level of danger
  • Provide an integration point for existing Emergency Management systems
  • Analytics to help early detection of missing people.
  • Maps that…
    • Show the count of users gathered in locations (mainly shelters). Also, support in plotting a specific registered user
    • Show location of services such as shelter, food, medical
    • Recommend best routes to shelters and service providers
    • Provide geo-fencing to protect citizens from crossing borders

More details are published here.

Call to Action:

  • Share your comments on the use case and the proposed solution.

Author: Preethi C Mohan (This blog is posted by AoT on behalf of the author)

Contributors / Reviewers: Timothy Paydos, John Cohn, Siddharth Purohit, Amarjeet Mundi, Ramesh Srinivasan

Note: 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.

 

Our Academy Badge Program

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Our IBM Academy of Technology (AoT) Badge Program has two types:

  • Awards: Lifetime Achievement, President, Honorary
  • Membership:  Member, Leadership Team

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Badges are awarded based on contributions to our AoT mission that result in outcomes with impact for our stakeholders and IBM clients:

  • AoT initiatives that advance IBM technical and business solutions to address and solve real world challenges.
  • Providing leadership and direction to IBM’s technical community.
  • Sharing technical thought-leadership in and outside of IBM on new technologies and emerging trends.

Recipients of AoT badges can share them with social networks (i.e., LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or through email, and web embeds).

Visit the IBM Open Badge Program for more information.

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Romelia Flores

Humans of IBMAoT

A series on our inspiring and inclusive academy of eminent technology thought leaders who have an enduring impact in making the world better.

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Romelia Flores is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, an IBM Master Inventor, and a member of our IBM Academy of Technology’s Core Management Team.

Over the past couple of months, Romelia has received numerous awards and honors that showcase her technical eminence both inside and outside of IBM.  The impact that her client projects have had over the years is reflected in her intellectual capital.  She serves as a technical role model for students, Latinos and IBMers around the world.

We asked Romelia a few rapid fire questions to get to know this powerhouse of a technical leader better:

rapid fireWhat’s your favorite:

Mac or PC:  PC for my desktop, Apple iPad and mobile device.

Movie: Beauty & The Beast

New technology: Cognitive Business

Author/Book:  Harper Lee’s – To Kill a Mockingbird

Vacation: Anywhere with my family

Food:  Meat lover

Animal: Birds

Are you right or left-handed?  Right

Now, let’s review Romelia’s impressive awards and honors – all of which happened this year, and demonstrate why she is a “great mind” of our generation.

 

 

 

 

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2016 Great Minds in STEM Lifetime Achievement Award – This award is for individuals who are upper level technical executives with over 20 years of experience in STEM.  These individuals have contributed significantly to their organization and to society through their work.  Romelia was afforded this honor due to her significant Intellectual Capital contributions of twenty-five patents and another thirty patents pending.  These patents reflect the innovation resulting from the solutions she created with several of IBM’s leading clients. 

2016 AoT Lifetime Achievement Award – Romelia received this award for driving our Academy’s Affiliate Program Manager for the past four years.  This role is key to the IBM Academy of Technology’s (AoT) Core Operations team.  In this capacity, Romelia led a vibrant community of forty-five AoT Affiliates around the world and two Emerging Affiliates.  She created new initiatives for the Affiliates such as the Exemplary Affiliate initiative, the Affiliate Insights Best Practice Sharing and the foundation for the Affiliate Social Eminence initiative.  

 

Dallas Business Journal’s 2016 Women in Technology [more…] – The Women in Technology Award honors tech-focused women who drive innovation, lead technology companies and shape the local community.  Romelia’s Patent Portfolio, Chief Architect Role in the IBM Global Solution Center and role on various boards in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex and the Dallas Innovation Alliance were the basis for this honor.

IEEE MetroCon 2016 Keynote Speaker – MetroCon is an annual engineering conference hosted by the IEEE-Fort Worth.  Metrocon 2016 focused on enabling attendees to rapidly grasp the technical and societal implications of some of the most promising and innovative new developments and ideas.  In October 2016, Romelia was the first ever female keynote speaker for this conference.  Her keynote was entitled “Engineering Through Discovery” and focused on Cloud Based Watson Cognitive Services and the Quantum Experience. 

SWE’16 Plenary Speaker – Romelia Flores is a plenary speaker at the Society of Women Engineer’s Conference in 2016 on the topic of “Beyond Robots and Jetpacks:  The Next Decade of Engineering.”  The panelists will explore what the future holds for engineering beyond today’s 3D printing, virtual reality and self-driving cars.  They will discuss how the role of “engineer” will be increasingly central to reshaping the world we live in and the envisioned future for the practice of engineering, the engineering workforce, new trends in technology and disruptive technologies.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Romelia Flores

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Romelia Flores

IBM Academy of Technology’s Affiliate & Geography Leader

For inspirational leadership in transforming our Academy Affiliate Program 

On September 20, 2016, it was my pleasure to bestow our Academy’s first Lifetime Achievement Award to Romelia Flores with my deepest respect and admiration for her invaluable contributions.

 

Romelia is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and an exemplary role model of our Academy’s mission and goals.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Brilliant creator of the Exemplary Affiliate status
  • Ignited the spirit of affiliate leaders to transform their impact to address client needs
  • Devoted to increasing the eminence of our technical leaders in the local marketplace
  • Drove automation of affiliate quarterly reporting

Please join me in congratulating Romelia on this well-deserved honor on her  LinkedIn profile!

Thank you,

Susan Schreitmueller

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Susan Schreitmueller

President, IBM Academy of Technology
IBM Distinguished Engineer. Master Cloud Advisor
http://www.ibm.com/ibm/academy
http://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-schreitmueller-a9a9347,  Twitter: @RovrAllOvr