Community and Technology Update February 2019

Cowork Oasis at CES 2019

Members of the Cowork Oasis community kicked off the year scouting out the latest technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We take our geekiness seriously, and in this newsletter, we showcase some of the most notable technologies. Wifi enabled toilets, anyone?

Interested in joining the innovation community and being part of an ecosystem movement? Visit Cowork Oasis and become a member today.

Expo Greeter Robot

First up is the FURo-D robot from Advanced Robot Solutions. This robot is used to help guests and event attendees get information via its 32” screen it carries around. It is capable of speaking to people in 30 different languages and is used in trade shows, airports, hospitals, and other settings. Robots such as these show the innovative ways which we can use technology in social settings.

We found this robot in the Amazon exhibit at the show. The robot runs on Amazon AWS RoboMaker platform which makes it easy for people to build robot solutions with the resources that Amazon provides for further complexity and application.

Bell Nexus Helicopter

Bell Nexus Helicopter

As you can tell by the picture, this was one of the most crowded exhibits simply from its awe-factor. This Bell helicopter aims to be the next aerial taxi method of transportation in direct partnership with mobility giant Uber. Their vehicle is completely electric and takes off vertically like a drone/helicopter hybrid. Solutions such as these show our transportation system getting more and more convenient in the future. As car sales decline and vehicles become electrified, we see these on-demand solutions become more widely available to handle efficient transportation.

Schneider Electric IoT Circuit Breaker

This next product might seem like the most boring to most of you, but it was actually my favorite thing at CES. This is a IoT enabled Circuit breaker from Schneider Electric in collaboration with automation company Somfy. This product takes the traditionally unchanged infrastructure technology of circuit breakers into the era of IoT by adding the smart capabilities of monitoring and adjusting from anywhere with your phone.

If you are a building owner/manager this can be very beneficial to you. Imagine you are able to get full analytics of your energy usage throughout the day or notifications when something goes wrong. I sure would find it useful to find that a large portion of my energy consumption is coming from 2AM hoverboard & electric scooter charging by the neighborhood cool kids.

SnapMaker 3-In-1 3D Printer

This is actually something that we saw last year at CES, but it was so cool we had to see it again. The SnapMaker 3D printer is a CNC machine, a 3D Printer, and a Laser Engraver all in one unit. To use each one, all you have to do is take off the attachment currently installed and put on the one you are going to use. Each of these machines separately can cost you hundreds of dollars and take up too much space. This solution is much cheaper and more space efficient, especially if you are just a hobbyist or have lower scale needs.

Member Lands Job at Startup

We are excited to announce that our member Luis Salazar has landed a job at Brands of! BrandsOfAmericas.com offers Latin American entrepreneurs the digital tools needed to export their products and expand their businesses. Luis secured the job while working independently out of Cowork after joining a few months ago. We are very excited that we were able to make these connections within our community.

Best of luck over there Luis!

Ivan Huerta becomes Startup Grind Director in El Paso

Our member, and founder of Parabeac, Ivan Huerta has recently become the Chapter Director for Startup Grind in El Paso. Startup Grind is an educational event series for founders hosted in 300 cities, across 115 countries, it is also powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.

Startup Grind El Paso will have their kickoff event soon with Andy Krafsur, one of the most well known entrepreneurs form the borderplex area. Ivan attended the startup grind global conference in the bay area to attend talks from some of the best entrepreneurs & venture capitalists in Silicon Valley as well as exclusive chapter director training.

Look out for future Startup Grind events hosted here!

Newest Addition to the STTE Team

CoWork Oasis would like to welcome Lauren Byrd to the STTE Foundation team. Lauren is interning and will help take the tenth year of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM)X to the next level. Lauren participated in the STTE sponsored summer augmented reality camp at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). After voicing concern about not having a local F1 competition, Lauren committed to designing and managing a unique competition. Lauren worked on weekends alongside El Paso Community College, UTEP and Western Tech. Her dedication led to the first-ever 4x4 Unity 3D competition being implemented in STTE’s STEAMX initiative. The competition is the highest registered to date. Lauren is applying for Stanford University. She is well on her way to achieving success.

Past Events

Financial Modeling Workshop

On January 30 CoWork Oasis hosted Isabel Briones who presented on how financial modeling could help with making more relevant and informed business decisions through insight for business. The topics included financial modeling at a glance, standardization, maintaining data integrity, raising capital, productivity and performance measurements, and growing the business organically. Isabel will now be a resident at CoWork Oasis.

Reverse Engineering Fireside Chat

On January 24 CoWork Oasis welcomed Phillip Tennen from Data Theorem to host a Fireside chat on Reverse Engineering, iOS Tweaking, & working for a Silicon Valley startup.

Phillip showcased some of his past projects including his custom built operating system. Through the development process, Phillip stated that more than anything he learned so much by building an operating system from scratch. Even thou he will never use system the amount of learning that he gained, allowed him to excel in reverse engineering.

Data Theorem is a leading provider of modern application security. Its core mission is to analyze and secure any modern application anytime, anywhere. The Data Theorem Analyzer Engine continuously scans APIs and mobile applications in search of security flaws and data privacy gaps. Data Theorem products help organizations build safer applications that maximize data security and brand protection. The company has detected more than 300 million application eavesdropping incidents and currently secures more than 4,000 modern applications for its Enterprise customers around the world.

Upcoming Workshops

Blockchain Fireside Chat

With Blockchain Expert Dr. Badreddin, Hosted By Cowork Oasis on FEB 28, 2019 12PM to 1PM

This chat is relevant, not only to computer science and software engineering practitioners and researchers but also to scientists and investigators who use or develop specialized software for their research objectives.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Badreddin completed his PhD from the University of Ottawa in 2012. After completing a Mitacs postdoc, he joined Northern Arizona University and later the University of Texas as an Assistant Professor. He is also a Senior Research Scientists at Fraunhofer Institute in Washington DC. Dr. Badreddin is a panelist for the National Science Foundation Software Hardware Foundation Program and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Program.


Demo/Talk: Machine learning to identify hotel renovations

Local data scientist Gustavo Arriaga will be giving a talk about NLP and machine learning applied to the problem of identifying hotel renovations through online reviews. He will cover NLP techniques (phrase modeling, topic modeling) and classification methods in machine learning (random forests, neural networks, etc.).

Food/Refreshments will be served!


Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation Releases 2018 Annual Report

The STTE Foundation just released its 2018 Annual Report. The report highlights leadership, key activities & impact, engagement, financial support & spending as well as success stories from three El Paso Silicon Kids. Please feel free to share with anyone you think might be interested in wanting to know how this transformative foundation is making a difference in the community. View Annual Report at https://sttefoundation.org/reports/

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