We're excited to announce our speakers for 2019 TechFest.
Konrad Konarski is a successful entrepreneur, engineer, business professional, and thought leader possessing a unique holistic perspective on delivering AI solutions that bring tangible value to customers for close to two decades. Konrad’s professional career has included working for Fortune 500 companies to lead and support their digital transformations. Most recently Konrad led the IBM Watson Center in Eastern Europe. Currently, he is the Practice Head for AI & IoT at V-Soft Consulting where his cumulative expertise helps commercialize and deliver industry changing solutions for various vertical markets.
Kyle Culver is a thought leader in the application of Blockchain Technologies to the healthcare industry. For the past 15 years, he has demonstrated his passion for software engineering across a wide variety of IT roles concentrating on development, integration, architecture and quality assurance. In his current role as Principal Blockchain Architect at Humana Inc., Mr. Culver is a key member of the firm’s Technology Advancement team and a winner in the Blockchain challenge hosted by the HHS' ONC. Mr. Culver holds Bachelor of Science and Masters of Engineering degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science, as well as an MBA in Entrepreneurship, all from the University of Louisville.
Smart Sustainable Cities: The Green Heart Project
Green Heart Louisville is a unique, first of its kind study to rigorously and scientifically assess the impact of green space on air quality and health in urban communities. Green Heart Louisville will examine, for the first time, if increasing greenness in an urban community will reduce the levels of air pollution in the neighborhood, decrease the risk of heart disease, and increase outdoor activity and relationships between neighbors. Green Heart will help us to discover: How to plant trees in urban communities to maximize the removal of air pollution; if increasing green space affects the risk of developing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease; if increasing urban green space reduces mental stress, enhances social cohesion, increases physical activity; and if urban green space affects crime rates, property values, storm water runoff, and energy use. The project employs a wide array of stationary and mobile environmental sensors and a community data portal.
As a former administrator at Yale New Haven Hospital, Kat needed the platform she now sells but could not find it, so she built SimplyVital Health. This platform quickly validated the hypothesis that adoption of their visionary blockchain applications requires a "healthcare-grade" blockchain protocol - so they are building it. This protocol, Health Nexus, is a blockchain protocol safely adoptable by healthcare with many applications and new revenue streams for healthcare companies and providers. Kat is combining her experience with Teach For America, Masters in Public Health, and clinical strategic and analytic work to grow and scale SimplyVital Health. In April 2017, 2 months after incorporating SimplyVital, Kat was identified by Fortune Magazine among 34 Leaders Changing Health Care with the likes of Kaiser's CEO and Bill and Melinda Gates.