Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Technolink Snapshot October 2019

Thank you for joining us for another insightful forum! All of the presentations on Abundance and Optimism in Society were an enriching way to mark the 25th year of Technolink. 

As we shared during our meeting, many wonderful links have taken place. Most recently, our rich Technolink conversations have spawned a new Apprenticeship/Internship program between Irvine Valley College and Alvaka Networks. Guy Ronen, CEO of Reasonings LTD reflects on data security and Doug Finke, Publisher of the Quantum Computing Report shares news of an important Quantum Computing event with Dr. Barbara Jones of IBM.

We share below the forum presentations of Lt. General Larry James, Brian Keith and Lee Krevat.

With heartfelt appreciation, 

Ssusan Forte O'Neill
Editor and Co-founder,
 Technolink Association

Members Shaping the Future

Answering the Call for Action
During the spring 2019 Technolink forum, honest conversations about the state of education in the United States took place.  Kevin McDonald of Alvaka Networks expressed skepticism about working with College Intern Programs which immediately sparked a challenge for the executives from Irvine Valley College (IVC) in attendance.
Given industry cries and expression of concerns over the “lack of qualified workers,” why are community colleges so slow to respond?  Knowing that the most successful employees had good mentors and work experience in the form of internships/apprenticeships as part of their college experience, why are there so few opportunities for on-the-job training?  Lastly, why does our society struggle to develop public-private partnerships that benefit students, colleges, and our industry partners?
The representatives from IVC, part of the Southern Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) expressed their genuine desire to understand Alvaka’s needs and, thanks to thoughtful collaboration over the months to follow, a new partnership structure has been developed for compensating student workers and sharing liability.  As part of the internship program, students will enroll in a Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) course, which will allow for collaboration between IVC faculty and Alvaka personnel.  IVC faculty will provide support and guidance to students during their internship placement and Alvaka personnel will provide feedback on the students’ performance and make suggestions for curriculum development and improvement.
“The SOCCD and IVC representatives were a genuine pleasure to work with and we are thrilled to have been a part of developing such an elegant solution," says Kevin McDonald. “We hope that thousands of students and the companies that help propel them forward benefit immensely from this exciting new vision for college internship programs.”   To succeed, kids need a plan for lifelong learning and continued skill development. IVC’s partnership with Alvaka will serve as the model for future collaborations between the college and other industry partners.
To learn more about Irvine Valley College,  click here.
To learn more about Alvaka Networks, click here.
Guy Ronen, CEO of Reasonings LTD writes in this month with a thought piece about our vast amount of data and the protection of privacy. "Many communities across the western world are now at a crossroads: The growing spread of technologies, including AI, Big Data, IoT, and Machine Learning, changes many “old school” rules and responsibilities. The spread of these technologies – most of which are civilian, could create data breaches and lead to backdoor threats for different communities."
Read the full article here
For those of you interested in learning more about what’s in store for quantum computing, Doug Finke, Technolink member and publisher of the Quantum Computing Report,  informs us that the Southern California Quantum Computing Meetup group along with the Innovate Pasadena organization and others will be hosting a session on October 15th from 6-8 PM in Pasadena.  The guest speakers will be Dr. Barbara Jones from the IBM Almaden Research Center and Dr. Mark Jackson from Cambridge Quantum Computing, a leading quantum computing software startup.  For more information and to register, please view the event website. Click here

Fall Forum Presentation Slides 

Lt. General Larry James
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
"JPL - Enhancing Our Lives at the Frontiers of Science"


Brian Keith
United States Department of
Homeland Security
"The Convergence of Cyber, Drone and Physical Security Threats: Insights to a Culture of Resilient


Lee Krevat
Krevat Energy Innovations
"The Utility of the Future: Your city, your community, your garage or your car?"


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Remembering September 11

Dear Technolink Community Member,

In remembrance of 9/11, we give thanks to our nation of first responders for their service -- today and every day. We are grateful for the recent health care changes and the signing of the “The Never Forget the Heroes” law on July 29, 2019, that extends the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Observe a moment of silence on September 11 to thank our fallen heroes, our military, and first responders for their sacrifice and service. 

I am so thankful for our community.
With warm regards, 

Ssusan Forte O'Neill
Editor and Co-founder,
 Technolink Association

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Technolink Snapshot September 2019

Dear Technolink Community Member,

September represents the abundance that comes from the richness of the American community. It is especially significant due to the heroic events of our first responders on September 11th and the outpouring of love and support in every community in the days and weeks that followed.
We are very fortunate to have a preview of insights from two of our distinguished speakers at this year's fall forum: Dr. Tony Beliz of Beliz & Associates presents the subject of awareness and safety;  and Doug Finke of the Quantum Computing Report presents the underpinnings of quantum computing and why it is so important to everyone. In addition, Jim Watson of CMTC reminds us to mark our calendars for National Manufacturing Day on October 4th!

Thank you for your continued support of our Technolink community. 

Ssusan Forte O'Neill
Editor and Co-founder,
 Technolink Association

Members Shaping the Future

Technolink member, Dr. Tony Beliz, is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist who consults to private and public educational institutions, security firms, and global corporations on risk assessment, risk management, and special circumstances. Dr. Beliz is also an Instructor at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, Safe Communities Initiative. In advance of our October forum, Dr. Tony Beliz shares his insights with his article, "Isonection: A 21st Century Virus."
Click here to read the article.
For those trying to understand what quantum computing is all about, Technolink member Doug Finke, Publisher and Managing Editor of Quantum Computing Report, has written an article titled “How to Explain Quantum to Your Classical Friends”. It provides ten key concepts that will help you better understand some of the fundamental "hows" and "whys" of quantum.
Click here to read the article.

Manufacturing Day is October 4!

Technolink member Jim Watson, CEO and President of CMTC, is proud to share their active participation in, and promotion of, Manufacturing Day since its inception in 2012.   On Friday, October 4, 2019, manufacturers across California and the nation will open their doors to participate in Manufacturing Day events, kicking off a series of activities throughout the month of October.
This year, CMTC and its California’s Manufacturing Network are sponsoring, organizing and coordi
nating events statewide. This annual celebration gives small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) the chance to showcase their facilities and career opportunities to students, educators, elected officials and the media. Throughout the state, visitors will learn about real job opportunities, career paths, training and available industry resources.
CMTC is committed to pairing up schools wishing to attend Manufacturing Day events with manufacturers and other organizations hosting open houses, career fairs, and expos.
For further information, please visit www.cmtc.com.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Technolink Snapshot August 2019

Dear Technolink Community Member,

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer season. This is an exciting time to ponder space exploration -- past, present and future.  We are pleased to announce the distinguished award of Fellow for Lt. General Larry James, Deputy Director of JPL, from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  We also highlight this month JPL's exciting new investigations into space with quantum physics and the Cold Atom Laboratory. 

The stunning photo (above) was taken on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 on July 20 by Technolink member, Susan Sanders, Esquire. It perfectly captures that unstoppable blend of the mind and technology with teamwork and creativity -- something we honor and  foster at Technolink.

Thank you for your continued support, engagement and inspiration that make our Technolink community so unique. If you haven't done so, please be sure to register for our Fall Forum on Tuesday, October 8th at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles, as seating is limited. 

We look forward to welcoming you on the 8th and to continuing our conversations, 

Ssusan Forte O'Neill
Editor and Co-founder,
 Technolink Association

Members Shaping the Future

We are pleased to announce that the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected Technolink member Lt. Gen (Ret) Larry James, Deputy Director of JPL, as a Fellow in the Class of 2019. AIAA Fellows are "persons of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics, who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology thereof."  The AIAA honored the recipients recently at its Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala in Washington and at a ceremony in Crystal City, Virginia.
The plaque presented to Larry James cites his "extraordinary contributions in military, intelligence, and civil space acquisition and operations fields across 40 years, including GPS, signals intelligence, and NASA missions." His recognition honors his military career, and his work for NASA/JPL. "The joy is in doing what you love and being part of something bigger than yourself," he said. "I'm very fortunate that I spent 35 years with the Department of Defense to help develop the nation's military space capabilities.  And since joining JPL in 2014, James is proud to be in a leadership position at a world-renowned facility where "we expand the frontiers of human knowledge by tackling the hard science questions every day." He noted the wide variety of projects--"ranging from building rovers for Mars to conducting quantum physics on the International Space Station with the Cold Atom Lab." 
JPL is probing the edges of fundamental physics with its Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) now operating on the International Space Station.  CAL will create ultra-cold quantum gases called Bose-Einstein Condensates where novel quantum phenomena can be examined.  The list of principal investigators includes three Nobel Prize winners.  To read more, click here

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Technolink Snapshot July 2019

Dear Technolink Community Member,

With the 4th of July on the horizon, we are reminded that this year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Please take a moment to give thanks to our military and public safety heroes for their honor and courage in defending our freedoms and democracy.

This month, we are thrilled to share that Feyzi Fatehi, CEO of Corent Technology, is a recipient of a CODiE Lifetime Achievement Award. And, Kevin McDonald, COO and CISO of Alvaka Networks, reports on the new cyberattacks that have crippled the city of Baltimore. 

Thank you for your continued support, engagement and inspiration that make our Technolink community so unique.


Members Shaping the Future

Our sincere congratulations to Technolink member and CEO of Corent Technology, Feyzi Fatehi, for receiving the 2019 CODiE Lifetime Achievement Award.  Mr. Fatehi joins the ranks of fellow recipients such as Steve Wozniak, Jim Clark, Paul Allen, Steve Jobs, Alan Kay, Bill Gates and more.  SIIA, who hosts the CODiE awards, is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. Corent is a global leader in cloud migration and SaaSification technologies. #DemocratizingSaaS

To learn more about Corent Technology, click here.
Kevin McDonald, Technolink member and COO and CISO of Alvaka Networks, writes in with an important reminder about the realities of cyber threats and the danger of unsecured systems, using the recent Baltimore Cyberattack as a warning to us all.

"News coverage about hackers infiltrating the city computer network in Baltimore Maryland has been plentiful. The attack halted normal business operations and critical services, cost the city millions and inconvenienced 10s of thousands of residents. Baltimore has fallen victim to a very serious threat to global commerce and individuals’ computers known as Ransomware. While there are many variations, in general, Ransomware makes victims’ data unrecoverable through strong encryption enabled by cyber criminals who then demand payment for the keys to unencrypt the data. The reality is that if Baltimore like 80% of breach victims had patched its computers, the attack would have failed.
"Baltimore is not entirely atypical of many Ransomware attacks against government and business entities. It is however atypical in some ways. The city is publicly claiming the attack was facilitated through the use of Eternal Blue, a cyber-weapon developed in secret by the American National Intelligence agency (NSA). The capability behind Eternal Blue was stolen from or leaked by an employee of the NSA and later released in April of 2017 by a group calling themselves Shadow Brokers. I wrote about these tools being released in 2017 and what we saw coming is here and not going anywhere soon. Please take the time to understand the impact of not securing your systems and help us push to get government and business to take this very real threat seriously. This is not credit card theft, or stolen pictures, it impacts the very systems we rely on to run our lives."

To learn more about Alvaka Networks, click here