2/20 Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies

Talk Title: “ Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies”  

Date: February 20, 2018 (Tuesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA

Registrationhttps://ciesf2018blockchain.eventbrite.com

 

Talk Title: “Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies”  by Dr. William Kao

 

Talk Abstract:  Few commodities are hotter right now than bitcoin, the world’s most popular digital currency, which has rocketed up to around $19,000 last week (Dec 18, 2017) from less than $1,000 since Jan. 1, 2017.

Bitcoin is a crypto currency and worldwide payment system.  It is the first decentralized digital currency, as the system works without a central bank or single administrator. The network is peer-to-peer and transactions take place between users directly through the use of cryptography, without an intermediary. These transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain.

Currently, over 100,000 merchants and vendors accepted bitcoin as payment. Starting Dec 2017 , Coinucopia, a Sacramento-based startup, offers instant access to bitcoin at automated teller machines in northern California, in locations as varied as the South Bay’s Westfield Valley Fair mall, a Berkeley gas station and an Oakland liquor store.

 September 2017 was rocky for bitcoin in which the digital currency briefly plunged more than $2,000 as China cracked down on crypto currencies and J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called bitcoin a "fraud" that "won't end well."

Crypto currency is a medium of exchange like normal currencies such as USD, but designed for the purpose of exchanging digital information through a process made possible by certain principles of cryptography. Cryptography is used to secure the transactions and to control the creation of new coins. The first crypto currency to be created was Bitcoin back in 2009. Today there are hundreds of other crypto currencies, often referred to as Altcoins.

In this two hour presentation, the speaker will present the history, the technology, and the market of Bitcoin, Blockchain and crypto currencies in general.

 

 

Speaker Bio: Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence Design Systems.

Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter, where he was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Kao currently teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.  

Dr. Kao current interests include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.

He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented Reality, Robotics, AI and 3D Printing.

 

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1/17 Technology Predictions and Forecast

Talk Title: “2018 Technology Predictions and Forecast”  

Date: Jan 17, 2018 (Wednesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA

Come and learn more about some of the “Technology Predictions and Trends” for  this new year 2018!

 

Talk Title: “2018 Technology Predictions”  by Dr. William Kao

 

Talk Abstract:  It is the beginning of the year 2018.

What are the technology trends that will dominate, and what are some of the technology predictions for 2018?

In this two hour seminar talk, Dr. William Kao will report on what the tech industry is predicting for 2018. He will cover what major firms and institutions such as Gartner, Forbes, Forrester Research, Computer World, Time Magazine are saying about this year: trends, facts and figures,  some predictions, projections and prognostications.

Focus will continue on IoT, AI and Machine Learning. Other technologies covered include: AR/VR, Big Data, Blockchain, etc.

 

 

Speaker Bio: Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence Design Systems.

Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter, where he was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Kao currently teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.  

Dr. Kao current interests include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.

He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented Reality, Robotics, AI and 3D Printing.

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CIE/SF High School Student Scholarship Award 2018

美洲中國工程師學會高中生獎學金

Chinese Institute of Engineers, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (CIE/USA-SF) is now accepting applications for the Scholarship Award. The scholarship award winners will be awarded US $200 dollars and a granted CIE scholarship certificate, presented at the CIE/USA-SF Annual Conference in Santa Clara Convention Center on 3/24, 2018.

 

Being the oldest Chinese engineering and science society in North America, and following a long-standing tradition of pursuing excellence, CIE/USA-SF has established this award program to recognize and encourage the outstanding high school students of its members. The selection criteria will be based on an overall accomplishment of applicants' academic performance, extracurricular activities achievement and the participation in community services. Each award winner will receive a Certificate of Merit and a check of two hundred dollars and shall need to attend the CIE/SF Annual Conference to receive it.

 

All applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  1. A CIE/USA-SF member's children
  2. Currently a Junior or Senior (11th or 12th grade) in high school 
  3. Has never received the award from the CIE/SF Chapter before

All applicants must submit the following documents in soft copies:

  1. A completed application form (download template).
  2. A passport type personal photo (to be published in the CIE/USA-SF 2018 annual conference proceedings) 
  3. A high school Transcript
  4. A personal essay (no more than 250 words) which includes information such as: honors and awards received, offices of student organizations held, extracurricular activities, community service involved, volunteer work experiences, etc.
  5. An information page (use the template on next page)
  6. (For Non-CIE/SF members only) Join membership online from HERE.     

The deadline for the application is February 1st, 2018. 

 

For 12th grade student, please send in your application ASAP for possible early decision. 

Contact Person: T.C. Yang

Application material please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2/10 Soft-Skill VI: Speak up for Yourself & Become a Master Presenter

Time: Sat., Feb. 10, 13:30pm - 16:00pm
Venue: Northeastern University Silicon Valley Campus,  6024 Silver Creek Valley Rd, San Jose, CA ​
Registrationhttps://ciesf2018sk6.eventbrite.com​

CIE-SF, Lingo Live, and Northeastern University will co-host this Soft-skill training course. 

Learn valuable communication skills from Lingo Live that you can use on the job right away. They’ll be part of our workshops on February 10th at Northeastern University Silicon Valley Campus.

 

Self-Advocacy: Learn How to Speak up for Yourself

Speaking up for yourself is hard, especially at work. Lingo Live’s Self-Advocacy seminar will empower you with the confidence and skills to effectively articulate your needs and ideas. Join our workshops on February 10th at Northeastern University Silicon Valley Campus.

Speaker: Kristin Vincenzo, Communication Coach, Lingo Live

 

Become a Master Presenter
Speech is power. With it, you can motivate your team to act. In Lingo Live’s seminar, we will examine ways to deliver engaging and inspiring presentations. Join our workshops on February 10th at Northeastern University Silicon Valley Campus.

Speaker: Tracey Gordon, Communication Coach, Lingo Live

                                         

 

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