A TALK Briefing | Sept. 7, 2020
TALK COVID-19 Updates
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Upcoming Virtual Events
Local Entrepreneur Spotlight...
A Free TALK Event Online–Sept. 9 at 5 PM: Expanding Mobile Dental Care in the Age of COVID-19 with Kwane Watson of KARE.Mobi
Date: Sept. 9th
Time: 5 PM on Zoom with Networking after the presentation; also Facebook Live
Cost: FREE
Register: On Eventbrite
Speaker: Kwane Watson, Founder of KARE.Mobi

In this virtual and free TALK networking event on Sept. 9 at 5 PM, Speaker and Founder Kwane Watson will highlight some of the steps forward during COVID-19 that have occurred in mobile dental care. More people during COVID-19 have requested special in-person dental visits via van than ever before. KARE.Mobi is a startup growing clientele as well as owners in its system.

Learn how the model was started and where Founder Kwane Watson will take investors, clientele, and mobile dentists from here. In the United States today, the following statistics highlight the problem with access and compliance with oral health care:
• 128 million people are under-insured or uninsured
• 19% of adults forego dental Treatment due to convenience
• 59% of adults forego dental treatment due to cost.
• Dental anxiety and phobia are extremely common. It has been estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That’s about 30 million to 40 million people.

Bio of Speaker:
Kare founder, CEO and President Kwane Watson is a University of Kentucky College of Dentistry graduate with the degree of Doctor of Medical Dentistry. He also serves as the industry leader for a national organization dedicated to mobile dentistry throughout the US.

After graduation, Kwane purchased his first practice a year after graduation. The practice tripled in revenue in less than 5 years and was the largest dental practice in West Louisville. In 2007 he started a high end de novo practice in Norton Commons, but soon realized his passion was serving the working class and underserved population.

He sold both practices and in 2016 took a role as State Dental Director for Community Dental of Kentucky. In this position, he travelled the state training doctors and providing care to those with limited oral health care options. With 20 years of dental experience, Kwane has identified and created a business model that will revolutionize oral health care.
Kare founder, CEO and President Kwane Watson
TALK Offers Inputs to City's Build Back Better Committees Continues
The Build Better Back Committees of Metro Louisville have begun convening for COVID-19 recovery and to address protest issues. TALK Executive Director Dawn serves on two committees—one on tech and talent development via KentuckianaWorks coordination and the other on health and safety equity. If anyone would like to join, you must contact the administrator of the group directly. For health and safety equity—the lead is michael.meeks@louisvilleky.gov. For talent development,contact: tobin.williamson@kentuckianaworks.org
More TechGirlz Programming Ahead
Kudos to TALK Board

CompTIA and TechGirlz acknowledged summer support on coordinating TechGirlz sessions in their recent blog on our Louisville efforts.

TALK will continue virtual TechGirlz sessions for all middle-school age girls, here and across the country, through Feb. 2021. See Eventbrite and the TALK page for details and registration. All sessions are at no cost.
Sept. 24th Online & FREE TALK Event at 4 PM ET: “AI & Digital Twins” with CTO Sunny Dronawat of Plutoshift
Sunny Dronawat, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Plutoshift

Yes, it’s another virtual TALK event complete with networking!
DATE: Sept. 24th
Time: 4 PM ET
Cost: FREE
Location: Online in Zoom & Facebook Live
TOPIC: “AI & Digital Twins”
Speaker: Sunny Dronawat, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Plutoshift

REGISTER NOW: In Eventbrite
This is a virtual TALK event, so invite a friend that lives out of town, and make sure you settle in with your favorite snacks. We will do some networking at the end of this event. The topic of “AI & Digital Twins” has risen to a “hot” topic for Fall 2020 in IT and business circles.
Digital Twins is the art of simulating plans or building what-if scenarios for the products, facilities, and processes you wished to change before you actually put real-world resources behind real-world implementation. Many businesses and industries are taking advantage of Digital Twins.  As an exact digital replica of something in the physical world, digital twins are made possible thanks to Internet of Things (IoT) sensors that gather data from the physical world and send it to machines to reconstruct. While the concept of a digital twin has been around since 2002 when Michael Grieves at the University of Michigan first used the terminology, it was IoT technology that made it affordable and accessible to many more businesses.
By creating a digital twin, insights about how to improve operations, increase efficiency or discover an issue are all possible before it happens to whatever it’s duplicating in the real world. The lessons learned from the digital twin can then be applied to the original system with much less risk and a lot more return on investment. The Talk will be on: 1. Digital Twins and Examples 2. Challenges of building Digital Twins 3. AI and use of Digital Twins
Speaker: Sunny Dronawat is an experienced CTO with a demonstrated history of working in the Enterprise Software, AI, Financial Services, Healthcare and Payment industries. Skilled in Technology, AI/ML, Management, Marketing, IT-HR and Business Development. He has joined Plutoshift, based in Palo Alto, CA. Plutoshift is an IT leader in operational intelligence. Plutoshift’s GROUNDED AI platform is empowering teams with automated performance monitoring for any industrial workflow. They are transforming industrial work, one process at a time.
Dronawat is also a strong entrepreneurship professional with a PhD in Chemical Engineering and an MBA focused in Business Administration from University of Louisville, and looks forward to networking with you!