Election Results 2020: What could go wrong, and how do we know if it did?

Election Results 2020: What could go wrong, and how do we know if it did?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 @ 5:30pm PST (1.5 hours)

Meeting details will be provided upon registration. Program is complimentary.



An election like no other: social media, “fake news,” Russian meddling, cyber hacking, defunding the Post Office, unprecedented vote by mail, outdated election equipment, a global pandemic, growing civil unrest and a divided country with 50 unique sets of election law.

Will technology solve the challenges this election faces, or will it exacerbate the risk and uncertainty? On October 13th, tune in to hear from Thomas Hicks, US Elections Assistance Commissioner, Lori Contorer, election security expert and founder of leading election innovation company Everyone Counts, and Shannon Bond, Tech Correspondent at NPR, as they share their insights, analysis and what to look for when polls open and the results begin to come in…


Commissioner Thomas Hicks

Thomas Hicks was nominated by President Barack H. Obama and confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on December 16, 2014 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). He has served as chairman of the commission for two terms.

Commissioner Hicks has focused his efforts on voter access. Under his leadership, the EAC developed a pocket-sized voter card that serves as a guide on voting rights for voters with disabilities. The card is provided in both Braille and large print. The EAC has worked with advocacy groups and election officials to distribute the card.

In addition, Mr. Hicks has addressed the difficulties overseas voters have when requesting and returning their ballots, such as dealing with foreign IP addresses and issues with timely ballot delivery. He worked with key states to set up a help desk. Now, overseas voters receive an email response directing them to the help desk to obtain their ballots.

He serves as the designated federal officer for the Board of Advisors.

Mr. Hicks is a frequent speaker at conferences in the United States and overseas on issues such as voter access and cybersecurity.

Prior to his appointment with EAC, Commissioner Hicks served as a senior elections counsel and minority elections counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, a position he held from 2003 to 2014. In this role, Mr. Hicks was responsible for issues relating to campaign finance, election reform, contested elections and oversight of both the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the Federal Election Commission. His primary responsibility was advising and providing guidance to the committee members and caucus on election issues. Mr. Hicks has talked with Americans in every state about their voting experiences. In addition, he has worked with state and local election officials across America to address critical election concerns.

Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Hicks served as a senior lobbyist and policy analyst from 2001 to 2003 for Common Cause, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Mr. Hicks has enjoyed working with state and local election officials, civil rights organizations and all other stakeholders to improve the voting process.

Mr. Hicks served from 1993 to 2001 in the Clinton administration as a special assistant and legislative assistant in the Office of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management. He served as agency liaison to the United State Congress and the president’s administration on matters regarding federal personnel policies and regulations.

Mr. Hicks received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and his B.A. in Government from Clark University (Worcester, MA). He also studied at the University of London (London, England) and law at the University of Adelaide (Adelaide, Australia).




Lori Contorer is an accomplished global technology company founder, CEO, board Chair, and nonprofit leader; and a finance, digital transformation and leadership expert. As founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Everyone Counts, Inc. for more than a decade, Lori Steele Contorer pioneered the use of modern technology in government and private elections globally, bringing state of the art security and accessibility to voting for states in the US, countries around the globe and private organizations including the Oscars and the Emmys. Her visionary leadership in business, innovation and elections has been recognized with myriad awards, including Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.

CEO of Thriving Blue Dot, Lori inspires and helps drive effective organizational growth and industry transformation through board leadership and governance, consultancy and public speaking.

A cancer survivor and enthusiastic outdoor adventurer, Lori is a certified sailboat pilot and former heli-skier who recently completed the Tour de Mont Blanc, a three-country, 170 km mountain hike including 30 km of ascent. An Ohio native and long-time San Diegan, she travels internationally frequently, but treasures every moment at home in La Jolla cooking with her husband, laughing with family and friends, singing, and thinking hard about the best ways to help solve some of the enormous challenges facing humanity today.


Shannon Bond, Tech Correspondent, NPR

Shannon Bond is a business correspondent at NPR, covering technology and how Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are transforming how we live, work and communicate.

Bond joined NPR in September 2019. She previously spent 11 years as a reporter and editor at the Financial Times in New York and San Francisco. At the FT, she covered subjects ranging from the media, beverage and tobacco industries to the Occupy Wall Street protests, student debt, New York City politics and emerging markets. She also co-hosted the FT’s award-winning podcast, Alphachat, about business and economics.

Bond has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and religion from Columbia University. She grew up in Washington, D.C., but is enjoying life as a transplant to the West Coast.


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The Future of Rapid Disinfection, Pandemic & Beyond


The Future of Rapid Disinfection, Pandemic & Beyond

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 @ 5:30pm?PST (1.5 hours)



The majority of the discussion about “a new normal” from the pandemic has been dominated by the race for a vaccine and the availability of cost-effective, high volume, rapid testing.? A less discussed dimension is the development of novel technologies for disinfection, both of static object and surface cleansing, but also about commercial air purification applications.

Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego as we host an exciting virtual discussion on September 30th with RESONō’s founder and CEO, Hao Hu, and COO, Kaha Aznaurashvili. RESONō is a start-up tackling this challenge working at the convergence of virology and physics.

In initial studies, RESONō’s foundational technology has been shown superior to ultra-violet light purification methods and others presently used and can be applied not only to the COVID-19 and future pandemic challenges, but seasonal viruses as well.

Topics certain to be discussed:

  • How the technology uniquely attacks and neutralizes viral pathogens
  • How broad are the company’s Intellectual Property claims and its IP protection strategy
  • Regulatory approvals necessary and challenges encountered
  • Various product strategies evaluated and the ultimate business model chosen

And, if we are fortunate,?RESONō may share some of its latest experimental data (for those who are into that) that help bolster their?claim to deliver the most effective, safest, and fastest methods to disinfect air and surfaces.

The MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego is excited to host this timely, powerful, and intriguing discussion.? Please join us on September 30th at 5:30pm PST. Meeting info provided upon registration.



Hao Hu, Founder and CEO of RESONō

Hao Hu is the founder and CEO of RESONō with 15+ years of experience in technology development and operations. Previously, he was the Head of Operations at Jersey Microwave SATCOM, consultant with Boston Consulting Group and engineer at the Boeing Company. He has lead team across multiple disciplines including product development, manufacturing/ops and business development. As a member of the executive team at Jersey Microwave, Hao helped the company achieve market leading position in satellite communication market and led the company through a period of sustained high growth.

Hao holds a BS in Material Science and a ME in Supply Chain Management from MIT.


Kaha Aznaurashvili, COO of RESONō

Kaha is the co-founder and COO of RESONō. He brings to the team 10+ years of experience in starting, scaling up and expanding technology businesses in both B2B and B2C segment. He is currently focused on developing a scalable solution that meets customer needs utilizing RESONō’s patent pending technology.

Kaha’s previous roles include principle at The Boston Consulting Group, and a co-founder of two successfully exited companies (in supply-chain services and e-commerce fields). Most recently, Kaha worked on the expansion of Bolt OU, a European ride-haling and food-delivery company. Kaha holds BA in business administration and MBA from Kellogg School of Management.



Ben Anger, Partner at Knobbe Martens

Chapter Executive Committee, MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego

Ben Anger is a partner at the law firm Knobbe Martens where he has been practicing intellectual property law since joining the firm in 2009. His law practice focuses primarily on IP litigation, including patent disputes involving medical device technologies, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Ben has been named a “San Diego Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and has been named to San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list.

In 2019, Ben joined the Chapter Executive Committee for the MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego. He earned his law degree from the College of William and Mary and his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah.? Ben and his wife Denise live in the San Diego neighborhood of Rancho Bernardo with their four children. *They are hopeful that RESONō’s technology can help get their kids back to school very soon.



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Virtual Happy Hour!

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 @ 5:30pm?PST (1 hour)

Join us for a virtual happy hour to meet the Chapter Executive Committee, hear about our exciting Fall program lineup, and review the new format?for delivering this timely and relevant content. Unfortunately, the drinks are virtual as well, at least for now.

Registration is?complimentary.?Be sure to complete this?registration?form?to receive meeting details along with?a surprise from The French Gourmet. You won’t want to miss it!

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2020 Virtual Event Replays

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The Future of Rapid Disinfection, Pandemic & Beyond

Election Results 2020: What could go wrong, and how do you know if it did?

The E-Sports Series: Introduction to the Industry

Innovations in Impact Investing

Cannabis Industry Report

The Science of Comedy Happy Hour


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  • Free registration to any virtual event (non-member admission will be $10 per event. With at least 10 events projected, a $100 value)
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  • Discounted membership for the next 2022 calendar year

Membership in the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego has always been open to everyone, but now you have the opportunity to fully participate at a significantly discounted rate.



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Spotlight on Cleantech San Diego: Accelerating the Region as a Center for Renewable Energy Innovation

Spotlight on Cleantech San Diego:

Accelerating the Region as a Center for Renewable Energy Innovation

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 @ 5:30pm PST (1.5 hours)


Meeting info provided upon registration.

The San Diego Innovation Ecosystem is well known for its contribution to the Biotechnology and Wireless Industries, but you may be surprised at its recent emergence as a Clean Tech and Renewable Energy Innovation Center. Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego as it spotlights San Diego’s recent Clean Tech entrepreneurial growth and celebrates the success of a local incubator in the space.? One of the more prominent San Diego success stories will be presented, detailing its journey from a University Research Lab toward commercializing Vehicle To Grid (V2G) technologies and business models worldwide to doing its part to subdue the infamous California Duck Curve.? All contribute toward attaining the state’s aggressive Renewable Energy Standards and Reduction in Carbon Emissions. Whether you are into Decarbonization, Electric Vehicles as a Distributed Energy Resource, or simply an intriguing New Venture Case Study, there should be something interesting to learn and discuss.

The MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego is excited to host this timely and relevant program.? Please join us on February 17th at 5:30pm PST.


Joseph Carangelo, President and Chapter Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego

Joe Carangelo is the current President and Chapter Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego. His 30-year career has spanned across Management Consulting, Molecular Diagnostics, mobile Health, and most recently Renewable Energy, holding influential roles in Corporate Strategy, Strategic Marketing, and Innovation Business Development at San Diego flagship companies such as Hybritech, Gen-Probe, Great Call, and Baker Home Energy during their high growth and transformative years. He is on the Technology Assessment Committee of the Southern California Energy Innovation Network, where he advises and mentors start-ups through the Program, as well as contributing to Advisory Boards for both private companies and non-profits. Joe has an MBA in Strategy and Innovation from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a Master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from THE Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Jason Anderson, President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego

Jason is President and CEO of Cleantech San Diego, a nonprofit member organization that positions the greater San Diego region as a global leader in the cleantech and smart cities economy. Cleantech San Diego’s membership includes more than 100 local businesses, universities, governments, and nonprofits committed to advancing sustainable solutions for the benefit of the economy and the environment.

Before joining Cleantech San Diego in 2010, Jason was Vice President of Business Development for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Prior to joining EDC in 2006, Jason lived in Austin, Texas, where he worked in the State Capitol as Legislative Director for Texas State Senator Frank Madla.

Jason holds a degree in Corporate Communications from the University of Texas in Austin and is a 2008 graduate of LEAD San Diego.

He is a member of the City of San Diego’s Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, the County of San Diego’s Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan Technical Advisory Committee, and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Advisory Board. Jason is also a board member of Connect / SD Venture Group, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, and Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization.


Marc Trahand, Executive Vice President, Marketing for Nuvve

Marc Trahand is Executive Vice President of Marketing for Nuvve and oversees all aspects of marketing, branding and external communications for the company and previously oversaw Nuvve’s European V2G operations.

Marc is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur, previously serving as Co-Founder and COO of luxury smartphone company Savelli-Genève. He also served as President of Topyko Mobility SAS, Director of Product Management at Modelabs and at Kyocera Communications, Inc. Marc has also worked at Nokia, Ford Motor Company and GE Medical Systems in marketing and product management roles.

Marc holds an MBA from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Supelec, France, an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College of London and a Bachelor of Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.



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