SAN FRANCISCO, California—October 23, 2014—In two weeks, T4A.org will host its ninth Online TechTable in partnership with Reinventors Network, entitled, “Reinvent Technology to Stop Ebola.” The TechTable will stream live on Google Hangouts on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. PST.
Peter Leyden, Founder & CEO of Reinventors Network, will host the TechTable, which will seek to answer the question, “How could the federal government more quickly leverage new technologies to stop Ebola?” Leyden will be joined in the discussion by:
- Garrett Gruener, Executive Chairman at Nanōmix, Inc., Co-Founder of Alta Partners, and Founder of Ask Jeeves (now Ask.Com)
- Steven VanRoekel, Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Kevin Montgomery, Senior Researcher at the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University
- Sam Bozzette, VP, Medical Affairs at bioMerieux
- Michael Kleeman, Senior Fellow at the University of California, San Diego
In a blog post released today, Leyden wrote, “We now have an array of new tools and technologies that could allow America and the world to rapidly respond in unprecedented ways,” but pointed out that “[o]ne key problem is getting the new tools and techniques approved and adopted by the federal government and other responsible international agencies so they can quickly be used in the field.”
“By bringing this fantastic and diverse group together, we hope that we can come away with a real focus on next steps to accelerate the process of getting important drugs, diagnostics, or other medical tools into the field in times of crisis, in order to more effectively fight Ebola [in Western Africa] or other infectious diseases wherever they may emerge,” said Autumn Sample, Executive Director of T4A.org.
Those interested in viewing the TechTable can RSVP at http://s.t4a.org/1Ee3Rg7 (click “Yes” under “Are you going to watch?”). The video will be archived and made available in its entirety on T4A.org’s website immediately following the TechTable, and edited versions (2-minute, 10-minute) will be made available within the following week.
T4A.org is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization, which is creating a network of entrepreneurs, citizens, and public officials who are committed to redefining the relationship between the public and private sectors. At its TechTables, T4A.org brings together its Board members with a “Convening Guest” from the public sector (e.g. member of Congress, U.S. Senator, governor, mayor, thought leader, etc.). It is an educational experience for both sides as the private sector learns about the specific challenges the public sector faces, while the public sector is provided a flow of innovative ideas and solutions from entrepreneurial leaders. Each TechTable ends with a discussion of potential areas of continued partnership and collaboration between our Board and the Convening Guest. T4A.org believes that as it develops world-class public/private partnerships, it will help spur creative and collaborative solutions to benefit all Americans.
About Reinventors Network
Reinventors gathers top innovators in virtual roundtables to work on how to fundamentally reinvent America and the world across many different fields and issues. We use the new medium of interactive group video to connect up experts, entrepreneurs and out-of-the-box thinkers from around the country and across the planet for in-depth conversations about how to solve the many challenges of our time. Each roundtable is anchored by a remarkable innovator who poses a critical question or lays out a nascent idea about how to reinvent a field or solve a difficult problem. Then a diverse mix of other participants help answer the question, build on the idea, and solve the challenge. The entire 90-minute session is streamed live to an engaged audience who can ask questions and add their own ideas as well. We then edit the video into a short overview like a movie trailer, and other individual pieces that can easily move through social media and reach those who want or need to know.
Director of Operations, T4A.org