Why do we still have to fill out paperwork when we go to the hospital or clinic? Why can't there be a shared profile or even a device that stores all of my important data. I just scan a barcode and all my info is sent to whoever needs it.
So submit your problems and if we choose one of yours, we’ll give you a $20 gift card. And if you think you are capable of competing against teams from Dallas’ strongest universities and winning the cash prize, use the button below to apply for a spot on one of three “open” teams.
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The best ideas for businesses come from identifying problems with the status quo. Despite the tremendous amount of technological progress that we have lauded ourselves for in the 21st century, many things are the same as they were in the 20th. It is our goal to identify a list of the top 20 elements of the human experience that are the ripest for disruptive change – and we would like your help!
The 20 over 20 is a crowd-sourced attempt to identify these innovative laggards. Once we have compiled our list, we will publish it on this site and then hold a hack-a-thon with major cash and in-kind prizes for those who are brave enough to try to address one of the 20.
We will be announcing the 20over20 on the evening of Wednesday September 18th. Pre-selected teams will then have 18 hours to decide which problem they intend to tackle. The hackathon will begin in earnest at 12pm on September 19th and last until 4pm on September 22nd. Teams will be expected to give a 20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of Q&A on their projects in front of the judges. The winner will be announced after judges have had time to deliberate.
We will be announcing the 20 over 20 on the evening of Wednesday September 18th. Pre-selected teams will then have 18 hours to decide which problem they intend to tackle. The hackathon will begin in earnest at 12pm on September 19th and last until 2pm on September 22nd. Teams will be expected to give a 20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of Q+A on their projects in front of the judges. The winner will be announced after judges have had time to deliberate.
Mark started his first technology company at age 17 while working on his computer engineering degree from Beirut Arab University in Lebanon. By the age of 21, Mark had architected, designed and developed the first fully integrated web-based university management system in Lebanon, the first 3D game engine built locally in the Middle East, the first wireless application protocol based internet-to-home remote control system in Lebanon and won a People’s Choice Award for best web product in the Middle East for transforming municipality records from paper to digital.
In 2006, Mark moved to the USA and led the development of a state of the art research and development project for the US Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center (TARDEC). He was able to successfully research, design, develop, and validate an original service-oriented intra and inter-vehicle communication system for transportation, robotic, and military systems that enhanced each vehicle's situation assessment and awareness in military combats and have the potential to help create safer and more efficient highway systems.
After completing the TARDEC project, Mark was responsible for a turnaround of a large medical practice in which he automated processes and implemented a new web-based electronic medical record system reducing operating costs from 65% to 45%. He also developed a software-as-a-service enterprise mobile software platform for field service and logistics applications as Chief Technology Officer of 2GO Software. With very limited resources, he was able to turnaround 2GO’s product lines from fragile to enterprise grade.
With a huge demand for innovative and scalable technology solutions, Mark and Scott Harper formed Dialexa, a global product-focused technology development company and consultancy. At Dialexa, Scott and Mark jointly spearhead operations, local and international sales, product development and engineering for clients and Dialexa Labs.
Mark speaks English, French and Arabic and holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from Beirut Arab University and a Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy. He has three patents pending and has published several academic papers including, Service-Oriented Architecture for Wireless Vehicular Communication, Service-Oriented Architecture: On the Suitability for Mobile Robots and presented Introduction to Common Network Security Threats and Counter Measures at the 2011 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing conference and is a frequent academic lecturer.
Derek Chapin currently is collaborating with a team of co-founders on a new stealth venture, with plans to reveal more details in September. Previously, Derek was CFO of daily-deal pioneer Woot, where he formulated growth strategy and managed many financial, legal, HR, and operational aspects during Woot’s high-growth phase, culminating in his management of due diligence and subsequent integration of the successful acquisition by Amazon. You can find Derek at linkedin.com/in/derekchapin or @chapinderek, where he recently started tweeting in preparation for the new venture launch.
David Bettner is currently co-founder of Curious Science, focused on inventing new world-changing mobile applications. Prior to Curious, David served as Director and Co-Founder of Newtoy Inc., where he developed Words With Friends, the With Friends franchise, and We Rule. He started the company with his brother, Paul, in September 2008 after having worked on Halo Wars and the Age of Empires games for Microsoft-Ensemble Studios. He has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida.
Lea Ellermeier Nesbit is the CEO of Natural Dental Implants, Inc. (NDI), the U.S. subsidiary of a Berlin Germany based dental technology company Natural Dental Implants AG. Prior to joining NDI, Lea co-founded Lingualcare, Inc., a dental technology company that developed mass customized invisible, orthodontic braces. Lingualcare was purchased by 3M Company in November, 2007. Lea served as Lingualcare’s CEO from the company’s inception in January, 2003 until the sale. Post-acquisition, she was president of 3M’s Lingualcare subsidiary. Prior to Lingualcare, Lea served in executive roles at OraMetrix and AutoTester. She started her career as a product manager at Geoworks in Berkeley, CA and Micrografx in Richardson, TX. Lea holds a B.A. in Political Science (Cum Laude) from the University of Texas El Paso and an M.B.A. from Thunderbird, School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ.
Daniel Nelson is one of the original founders of Datical, as well as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Datical, Daniel was founder and VP of Products at Phurnace Software, a maker of cutting edge application deployment and configuration software for large enterprises. Phurnace was acquired by BMC Software in December of 2009. After the acquisition, Daniel served BMC as Director of Product Management, focused on Business Automation. Daniel has spent the past 16 years in the software business, and has both a BA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2010, Daniel was honored with the Rising Star Award from the McCombs School of Business.
There will be a total of 8 teams – 5 selected from Academic institutions and three teams from anywhere – the “Open Teams”. Teams must have a minimum of 3 members and no more than 5 members. Open Teams will each have a pre-selected Advisor who will choose his or her team members. Advisors will be chosen by DVP and Dialexa and announced two months prior to the event. Once the Advisors are announced, applications for the Open Teams will begin. Those interested in joining an Open Team will need to submit an application no later than 6 weeks prior to the event’s start date. The final teams will be announced two weeks in advance.
Alexander is a serial entrepreneur with more than a decade of startup experience. Most recently he co-founded HAUL, a video focused e-commerce startup with offices in Los Angeles and Dallas. Earlier this year he transitioned from CEO to Chairman of ShopSavvy, the world's largest mobile shopping application with more than 100 million downloads. During his career Alexander co-founded four venture backed startups with successful exits.
Lauren Hasson is an iOS software engineer at a leading mobile app development agency and is co-founder of Women in Wireless Dallas. As an active member of the national software development community, Hasson participates year-round in hackathons and startup competitions where she has served as a technical mentor. She has a strong passion for software development and is motivated by knowledge-sharing challenges in which she can contribute to innovation and further perfect her craft.
Jason Lochhead joined VMware in 2012, and is responsible for the architecture team that designed vCloud Hybrid Service. Bringing more than 20 years of technology experience to his role, most recently Lochhead worked at Terremark for 4 years where he served as Chief Technology Officer. At Terremark, he was responsible for the overall technology strategy of the cloud business unit, including the selection of software and hardware technologies, as well as the internal development of supporting software. He also spent 11 years at Data Return, where he was a founder and CTO. At Data Return he provided overall technology direction for the company.
Greg is the Director of the Innovation Gymnasium at the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He has extensive experience in running large scale engineering projects, applying a creative design process through the use critical decision making and innovative brainstorming.
Greg is a mechanical engineer who earned his degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and has built a career in that field, but his enthusiasm for building and tinkering can hardly be captured by that discipline alone. Professionally, Greg has focused on product development and has designed products for globally recognized brands such as DeWALT, Delta Machinery and HEXBUG. He has been awarded 20 patents for his designs and has numerous patents pending.
Outside of work, he spends much of his free time building and creating, and is an active member of the Dallas Maker Space. Designing and building robots are of particular interest and he has built personal projects and machines for competitions such as Battlebots, the DARPA Grand Challenge and Redbull Creation. Greg dedicates much of his time to working on promoting STEM education to high school students through participation FIRST robotics competition.”
Dr. Jey Veerasamy works as Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at UTDallas. He has worked in wireless telecom industry for 16 years (3 years in Nortel & 13 years in Samsung) and joined UTDallas in Fall 2010 to focus more on teaching which is his passion. He worked in wireless switch software in Nortel and focused on CDMA wireless air-interface in Samsung. Specifically, he worked on software development & optimization of CDMA based infrastructure equipment for wireless network for voice and high speed data (DO). He is UTD Alumini as well - he came to UTD for graduate studies in 1991, got MS Computer Science in 1993 and completed Ph.D. (part time) in Computer Science in 1999. He has 12 publications in conferences/journals and 5 patents in telecom area.
He teaches programming courses in Java & C++ to undergraduate students. He believes in interactive classrooms and also in appropriate use of technology to augment the classroom experience. As the Director of UTDesign project program, Dr. Jey is responsible for working with local industry to bring industry projects to final year undergraduate CS students so that they can gain some industry experience before they graduate. He is also passionate about K12 Outreach activities. He started and led the effort to offer FREE programming workshops for school children all the school breaks in 2012 and he has a grand plan of offering 11 Summer camps during Summer of 2013. You can see the details facebook.com/CSK12OutreachUTD/events. He regularly visits the schools in DFW metroplex & beyond to give lectures on career days and to show that it is possible to learn programming in enjoyable way.
Nancy J. Hong is the Executive Director of the Innovation Greenhouse @ UNT. Her primary role is helping to create a campus-wide environment of innovation for our students. Her work will enhance the opportunities for students to apply what they learned in the classrooms, think innovatively, work together on teams, and be better prepared for life outside of the classroom.
Squirrel (Brian) Eiserloh is a veteran game designer / programmer seeking to find ways to help games discover their full potential as a medium. His interests lie in the curious intersections among games, math, design, programming, music, physics, and education. Squirrel's path through game development has spanned a number of genres from early online MUDs to action/adventure/role-playing videogames, casual games, puzzle games, experimental games, and shooters. A strong advocate of math education and creative collaboration initiatives, he is currently teaching video game programming as a faculty lecturer at The Guildhall at SMU. In his spare time he organizes a group of area developers who conduct 48-hour experimental "game jam" sessions and serves on the board of his local IGDA chapter.