Fix California Challenge IdeaHack

Innovate Your State will be hosting an IdeaHack to encourage collaboration and generation of ideas for the Fix California Challenge.

Special guest speaker Brian Purchia will be joining to give insight into his efforts to renew and transform government. Brian is a communications and policy strategist who has served as a new media advisor for Fortune 500 companies and as a spokesman for, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Protect Our Defenders. 

Brian was the driving force behind the City of San Francisco and Porto Alegre, Brazil’s open data programs. He also organized the first mayoral debate on open government and helped Newsom write, “Citizenville” a book that explores civic participation in the digital age. He is the co-founder of CivicMakers and recently helped launch, a searchable, sharable video engine for California government.

Please join us for conversation, brainstorming and idea generation on ways to improve California. Snacks will be provided.

June 09, 2015 at 6pm - 8pm
Hero City
55 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
United States
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    Please RSVP, so I can share why “Taking Tesla Batteries To A New Dimension” will make Calif. more Drought Resilient while driving down the Cost per kWh aggressively and get the solar-power energy economy all into your vehicle.


    Apr 1, 2015 – Calif. Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

    #17. Invest in New Technologies – for making Calif. more Drought Resilient

    “The California Energy Commission, jointly with the Department and Water Board, shall implement a Water Energy Technology (WET) program to deploy innovative water management technologies for business, residents, industries, and agriculture. The program will achieve water and energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions by accelerating use of cutting-edge technologies such as renewable energy-powered desalination, integrated on-site reuse systems, water-usage monitoring software, irrigation system timing, and precision technology, and on-farm precision technology.”—Gov. Brown

    Overall, it’s “A Tragedy of the Commons” – “Like the frogs in the hot water parable” – if we cannot sustain the environment, we cannot sustain ourselves evolving together; reinforcing, rather than de-evolving each other because the growth of one system cannot continue to come at the other’s expense. Therefore, businesses and governments must tackle energy and water use in tandem or risk major disruption.

    Like the computer and telecom industries of the 1960s, the water industry is also still stuck on the old ideas of big, central processing, massive corporations, engineers to manage the processes, regulations to define water quality for everyone, and dumb systems with few sensors or adaptive intelligence. This is all changing as we speak. Decentralized, intelligent water purification systems is the future, and they will be integrated into our lives as much as our cell phones and laptops are today. The government has kept us safe through regulations for a hundred years or more, but there are too many contaminants, they cannot keep up. Individuals will increasingly provide their own water purification systems to protect themselves from contaminants that didn’t exist 50 years ago.

    The parallel between toilets and PCs is something worth pursuing:

    Kohler – CALTECH Prof. Robert Hoffmann – Development of a Self-Contained, PV-Powered Domestic Toilet and Electrochemical Wastewater Treatment System Suitable for the Developing World (Patent #20140209479). Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    The goal is to create an e-Toilet in China and India (5 min.)
    • Removes pathogens from human waste and recovers valuable resources such as energy, clean water, and nutrients.
    • Operates “off the grid” without connections to water, sewer, or electrical lines.
    • Costs less than 5 cents per user per day: the anticipated capital and operational cost for the final products (commercial units) is expected to be less than $0.05/user/day, both for the family and neighborhood solutions.

    The flush toilet that so many millions of us use is deceptively complex. To make it work, we need a huge infrastructure of power stations, distributed water supplies, pumping stations, sewage works, and treatment facilities. When we flush the poo, we are calling on the coordinated efforts of thousands of people and millions of pounds of infrastructure investments. Those kinds of resources are just not available in many parts of the world.

    For example: Tesla Gigafactory

    Apr 10, 2015 – ELON MUSK: This is the biggest problem we need to solve on Earth in this century

    “From a terrestrial standpoint, the biggest problem we need to solve on Earth this century is sustainable production and consumption of energy,” Musk said during the show. “This really is quite a serious problem. People really should take this quite seriously.”—Elon Musk

    For instance:

    Dec. 8, 2014 – Reno Gazette-Journal reports concerns were raised over the sewage issue as officials argued that its largest waste water treatment facility is already overloaded (Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility).

    “The city has two options of either building a $35 million pipeline to transfer industrial-use water to Storey County or installing $40 million in new nitrogen treatment technology. The sewage treatment plant in Stead also needs $71 million worth of improvements in the near future.”

    Also, imagine portable self-contained systems recycling wastewater for augmenting airports, emergency disaster medical clinics, public restrooms at rest stops, beaches and parks, portable toilets (“port potties”), recreational vehicles (RVs), airplanes, sailing ships, and other mobile conveyances so as to promote human health, and make it possible to sanitize human waste and industrial waste in these self-sustaining systems. Alternative applications include electrochemically enhanced septic tanks.

    Including, RO Brine Wastewater (converting biorefractory organics to CO2 and NO3 – to N2):

    It makes a perfect fit to treat the brine concentrate from reverse osmosis facilities for desalination or polishing effluents from wastewater or drinking water treatment plants. The brine water generated in reverse osmosis of wastewater effluent contains biorefractory organics, chloride ion, and nitrate ion (as a byproduct of biological nitrification process). Although a reductive removal of nitrate was not investigated in this study, bimetallic cathodes (e.g., Cu/Zn10) have been reported to show a strong activity for the reduction of nitrate ion to ammonium ion, which can be degraded to N2.

    The effluent from the treatment of the concentrates can be recycled back to the reverse osmosis unit, if potential chlorinated byproducts are of significant concern. Based on the compatibility of this technology with the reverse osmosis (or other filtration unit process such as nano-filtration), one can further imagine a compact and advanced wastewater treatment processes, which consists of an aerated bioreactor (converting organics to CO2 and NH4 + to NO3 – ), a reverse osmosis for producing purified water, and to reduce the pollutant loadings of concentrated brine (converting biorefractory organics to CO2 and NO3 – to N2).

    Therefore, I’d like to lead a discussion with the intentions of getting a strong intro to Tesla decision-makers,, including more great insights from my friend Adam Cheyer, cofounder of, Genetic Finance (now, Siri,com sold to Apple, and now concerning Fix Calif. Challenge IdeaHack:

    (A) (B) © Framework for Bootstrapping Engaging Innovators & Customers (*), especially by applying and scaling Internet and web services
    • Bootstrapping Innovation – provides a structure for empowering people to solve complex problems together — leveraging the untapped potential of people, knowledge, and tools — to help us make smarter choices, achieve more brilliant outcomes, and increase innovation capacity and overall effectiveness.

    (A) Aug. 8, 2014 – Siri Co-founder Cheyer on How Amplifies Voices (1:29 min.)

    “Voice-recognition technology helps users interact with their computing devices. But Siri co-founder Adam Cheyer believes that if you recognize people’s voices in another sense—when they advocate for change in society—you can help them do something even more important. Cheyer is a software engineer, artificial intelligence expert, and entrepreneur. He’s also a founding member of the social campaign platform “Our Society is based on freedom of speech and education and discussion,” Cheyer said at a recent Techonomy dinner in San Francisco., he explained, is “giving a voice to people and amplifying the power of their voice to people all over the world.” The platform has 70 million active users who create or sign petitions that result, according to Cheyer, in “victories every day.” By recognizing problems and proposing solutions, users can advocate for change across a broad range of social, economic, and ecological issues.

    (One of the most famous campaigns, started by a 22-year-old Molly Katchpole, led Bank of America to drop some of its banking fees.)"

    (B) Aug. 14, 2014 – Move Over Siri: Make Way for

    Infographic shown below outlines the steps Viv takes to understand complex queries and derive desired results.

    Perhaps most intriguing is the infographic that Viv Labs released to Wired detailing how “The Global Brain” “do engine” parses speech and turns it into actions. Viv Labs has already demoed the technology to Google, whom it is a licensing target. Reportedly current and former Google Now staffers are impressed at the engine’s current level of sophistication. Microsoft is another likely licensing target. Given all the buzz it will be hard to resist the temptation of another acquisition, but there’s reason to believe that Viv Labs will stay independent and true to its principles of openness and a licensed business model. After all, Siri was a learning experience for the Viv Labs cofounders. This time around they want to make sure no one gets in the way of their ambitious vision, an effort that’s been two decades in the making, since Adam Cheyer first started his OAA campaign at SRI. Apple is surely a little irked after paying so much for Siri only to have it pillaged and cannibalized by poaching from the firm’s former CEO. But that’s the risk you run when you try to constrain and cage the vision of such tireless, ambitious visionaries. Sooner or later they’re going to break free.

    “If you want to read a webpage get a search engine, but if you want to get something done go to a “do engine”. Siri started out as “Do Engine”; that was our first domain name.” — Adam Cheyer * Labs (Viv – a latin verb for “Life” in 18 languages – “The Global Brain”) is capable of bootstrapping (A)-Tasks to Improve Core Business Activity; (B)-Tasks Improve (A) Capabilities; ©-Tasks Improve (B) to Improve (A) Core Business Activity via a Smartphone Human Engagement Interface (HEI) + “Improvement-Do Engines” – a Grand Challenge for Citizen Science and Human Engagement Interface (HEI): towards a “Global Innovation Economy”

    Note: The differences illustrate the interplay and interdependencies of (A)-level, (B)-level and ©-level Activities, along with the Bootstrapping Effects (improved-improvement). In all three, improvement to Bootstrapping itself depends on a recursive application of (B)-level Activities and ©-level Activities that evolve together; reinforcing, rather than de-evolving each other because the growth of one system cannot continue to come at the other’s expense.

    And augmented by a virtual Cognitive Assistant That Learns and Organizes (CALO) of web APIs which self-improves “in the wild” (with no code changes) along with reach-back and cybersecurity support by SRI International “bRight” Adaptive User Experience and Emergent Collaboration System inspired by Apple’s vision of “The Knowledge Navigator” (CIRCA 1987)

    © Nov 24, 2014 – Genetic Finance rebrands as Sentient Technologies ( and Raises $103M

    In 2007, Adam co-founded Genetic Finance to investigate Distributed AI at massive scale. Today, GF announced their new name, Sentient Technologies, and announced a $103M Series C round of funding.

    “I believe that Sentient’s unique machine learning approach, deployed at nearly unprecedented scale, will provide solutions to complex, urgent problems in a wide range of fields,” said Adam Cheyer, co-founder & VP of Engineering at Viv Labs and advisor to Sentient. “In artificial intelligence, we are beginning to see that it’s not only about ‘big data,’ but also about ‘big compute,’ which gives the ability to search deeper and at a higher complexity to find the patterns and answers hidden within.”


    Sentient’s working model brings its distributed artificial intelligence technologies together with partner expertise, datasets and modeling challenges to solve complex, mission critical, high value problems. The company is seeking partners to explore solutions in the fields of healthcare, medical research, fraud detection, public safety, e-commerce, and other areas. Sentient is currently building APIs for faster and more independent partner development.

    “Payoff will come when we make better use of computers and smartphones to bring communities of people together and to augment the very human skills that people bring to bear on difficult problems.”—the late Doug Engelbart (Founder Emeritus at, Cognitive Human-computer Network interaction engineer)

    Below are my notes that highlights things that I think you may fine interesting to discuss about evaluating and monitoring social media collective consciousness for illuminating and recognizing new and effective paradigm shifts (e.g., and “bRight” Cybersecurity System and “Siri: Back to the Future”—Adam Cheyer, co-founder of Labs)?

    Bottlenose StreamOS

    I think that better collective intelligence really comes down to enabling better collective consciousness. The more conscious we can be of who we are collectively, and what we think, and what we are doing, the smarter we can actually be together, of our own free will, as individuals. This is a bottom-up approach to collective consciousness.

    To provide a better form of collective consciousness, you need a measurement system that can measure and reflect what people are REALLY thinking about and paying attention to in real-time. StreamOS:

    “Bottlenose measures what the crowd is thinking, reading, looking at, feeling and doing in real-time, and coalesces what’s happening across social networks into a living map of the collective consciousness that anyone can understand. It’s a living map of the global brain.

    By giving the world a better self-representation of what it is paying attention to right now, we are trying to increase the clock rate and resolution of collective consciousness.

    By making this reflection more accurate, richer, and faster, and then making it available to everyone, we may help catalyze the evolution of higher levels of collective intelligence."
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