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NECINA 2018 Annual Conference

Digitalization is a phenomenon we see virtually in every area of the business. It is rapidly changing the way how people connect and communicate with each other; moreover, the IoT has also introduced a whole new world in which people can interact with technology more closely than ever. Fueling with exponentially accumulated data and the continuous breakthroughs in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other related technologies. The future of digitalization could come beyond everyone’s imagination.

On the upcoming June 16th, NECINA will host the 2018 Annual Conference, with the theme of “Digital Future”. We will offer a cutting-edge technology feast to all the guests, discuss topics such as AI, healthcare, IoT, and blockchain. We have invited nearly ten industrial experts and academic leaders, who come from the top scientific research institutions, the most innovative entrepreneurial teams, and the most influential global companies. We hope the one-day conference could be both insightful and beneficial, that you could find new friends, new thoughts, and new opportunities.

The Annual Conference is also a traditional moment for NECINA new president to officially start to lead the team, to continue the remarkable work that previous officials had put their efforts in for the past twenty-two years. Many founding members, as well as volunteers who have made the outstanding contribution to the organization, will come on that day. It is the best time to know more in-depth about NECINA, which is one of the largest professional organization focusing in new technology in New England areas, to understand our mission, and to get some hinds of our future events.

Date & Time: 6/16/2018, Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Radisson Hotel, 10 Independence Dr, Chelmsford, MA 01824

Registration: free for member, $10 for student,  $25 for non-member

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Javier Hernandez

Research Scientist, Media Lab at MIT

Javier is a Research Scientist in the Media Lab at the MIT, and his research is mainly focused on the automatic analysis and recognition of affective states of people such as daily life stress. His work leverages techniques from Human-Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Psychology, and Psychophysiology.

Mitchell Dong

Bitcoin Trader. Cryptocurrency Investor. Hedge Fund Manager. Entrepreneur.

Mitchell is a Bitcoin trader and cryptocurrency investor. He manages Dong family office which has a portfolio of stocks and bonds, hedge funds, private equity funds and real estate. He is a private investor in emerging Asian and African markets as well ICOs, bitcoin and blockchain companies. 

Andrew Zhang

Watson and Cloud Architect at IBM

Andrew is Watson and Cloud Architect with IBM, he has extensive experience with Machine Learning, Big Data and Cloud. Before IBM, he had many years of experiences working in Financial, Telecom and Life Science industries.

John Hargrave

CEO at Media Shower

John is the CEO of Media Shower, a media platform for ICOs, crypto, and blockchain projects. He is also the publisher of Bitcoin Market Journal, a website for New Finance investors, author, speaker, and truth teller.

Yan Liu

CEO and Co-Founder of TVision

Yan is CEO and Co-founder of TVision Insights, a television attention measurement company pioneering the way brands, their agencies, TV networks and OTT platforms determine the true value of their video content and advertising. Yan founded TVision while earning his MBA at MIT. Prior to TVision, Yan started and managed Yo-ren, a leading digital marketing agency in China. Before that, Yan worked at McKinsey in Tokyo. He was born in China and grew up in both Japan and China, and currently resides in New York.

Li Zhou

MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at HMS

Dr. Li Zhou is the Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a senior clinical informatics expert affiliated at US Partners HealthCare Systems. Dr. Zhou is engaged in Biometric and artificial intelligence transformation at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on the algorithm development and clinical application of NPL in clinical big data. This field has significant research and application value for useful diagnostic and therapeutic information in clinical data and is also a hot topic in current medical artificial intelligence research. Dr. Zhou graduated from Shanghai Medical University and received a doctorate degree from the Department of Biomedical Information at Columbia University. She has abundant great experiences in medical informatics and electronic health record systems at Harvard medical school.

Bicheng Han

Founder and CEO of BrainCo and BrainRobotics

Founder and CEO of BrainCo, the world leading brain-machine interface startup with a valuation of 200 Million dollars. He is also a co-founder of several biomedical industry related startups. He holds a variety of patents of biomedical devices and has developed multiple medical devices including needle-free insulin syringe, wearable defibrillator, and wearable ECG monitoring device.

George Clernon

Director of Product Management at CIMCON Lighting

George is the director of product management in IoT and Smart Cities at CIMCON Lighting. CIMCON Lighting is the world’s leading provider of software-powered lighting controllers and Internet of Things (IoT) enabled Smart City lighting management solution. The company helps cities run smarter while reducing energy and maintenance costs. The company's solution has been implemented in over 50 cities in 16 countries. Before that, he was an engineer at Analog Devices focusing on IoT strategy.

Eric Bai


Eric Bai has been in the legal industry since 2012 when he was an associate a leading law firm in Shanghai, China, where he gained diverse practice experience including corporate, compliance, and dispute resolution. He also has the experience in working at DLA Piper LLP (US), a leading law firm in the U.S. He has been involved in the cryptocurrency legal practice since August 2017, and he is a co-founder and co-chair of Meeting of the Tangents: The Business, Regulation, and Technology of Blockchain at Harvard Business School.

He is an active advocator for social entrepreneurship and impact investment by frequently providing Pro Bono services to startups aiming to promote the welfare of people in and from Asia and Africa. He also serves the community as a Weinfeld fellow at New York University(“NYU”) School of Law, a mentor at Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association of NYU School of Law, and the co-founder of Young Alumni Committee of East China University of Political Science and Law U.S. Alumni Association.

Albert Ma

Chief Innovation Officer at Insigma Hengtian

Mr. Albert Ma is the Chief Innovation Officer of Insigma Hengtian Software, Ltd. He has over 25 years of IT management and software development experience. Before joining Hengtian, Mr. Ma was the Chief Information Officer of the State Street Technology Center for several years in Hangzhou, China. He was the core team member in setting up the IT operation locally and migration of strategic applications to the Hangzhou office.

Mr. Ma graduated from the University of Queensland with a Masters Degree in Technology Management and an MBA from the University of Hull. He is a certified Project Management Professional and Certified IT Professional. As the company’s Chief Innovation Officer, Mr. Ma manages the R&D and innovation activities of the company. He makes leading research efforts in technical solutions in Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Mobile, Machine Learning and Software Engineering Automation.

Marie Leaf

Blockchain Technologist at Kadena

Marie leads Product at Kadena. Kadena is building the leading blockchain platform for enterprises by solving scalability and security concerns that impede widespread blockchain adoption. Founded by the same lead engineers who founded JP Morgan’s blockchain capabilities, and with a number of projects underway with Fortune 500 clients, Kadena is taking our next generation solution into the marketplace.

Marie bridges the divide between private and public blockchain development. She vetted leading enterprise platforms for the Chief Architect of Cognizant’s Blockchain Practice and during the past three years grew her own independent consulting practice as a dedicated member of the public blockchain community.

Jiayi Serena Yuan

Miss China at 2016 Miss eco Universe

CMO at Wewards, Partner at FL group UK

Serena has earned her Bachelor degree at Peking University. Since moving to the US, she graduated from Columbia University and was a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Serena holds outstanding achievements in Public Relations research and practice. She involved blockchain technology and become an early buyer of bitcoins since 2013, She focuses on the relationship between blockchain and the future entertainment. Her blockchain gaming company is a unique, Blockchain based, game platform that combines entertainment, rewards and financial success.

As an image spokeswoman, Serena possesses considerable influence over the cultural communities of both China and America. She has also helped several famous American enterprises successfully develop the market.


 9:00 AM  - 10:00 AM

Registration - Networking

 9:15 AM  -   3:00 PM

Business Showcase

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Opening Remarks - Introduction of NECINA by Andy Li, President of NECINA


10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

Javier Hernandez, Research Scientist, Media Lab at MIT

Topic: Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM

Li Zhou, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at HMS

Topic: Big Data & Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Bicheng Han, Founder & CEO of BrainCo and Brain Robotics

Topic: Brain-Machine Interface – The Bridge to a Digital Future

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM

Yan Liu, CEO & Co-Founder of TVision

Topic: Attention: The Key to Driving Impact Across Screens

12:20 PM  -  1:50 PM

Lunch Break - Networking

12:20 PM  -  1:50 PMBlockchain Group Show Case -  Arthur Xu

  1:50 PM  -  2:20 PM

Mitchell Dong, Bitcoin Trader, Cryptocurrency Investor, Hedge Fund Manager, Entrepreneur.

Topic: How and Why I Got into Cryptocurrencies

  2:20 PM  -  2:50 PM

Andrew Zhang, Watson and Cloud Architect at IBM

Topic: “Blockchain - Transforming Supply Chain and Logistics 


  2:50 PM  -  3:20 PM

John HargraveCEO at Media Shower

Topic: How the U.S. and China Can Work Together on Blockchain

  3:20 PM  -  3:50 PM

George ClernonDirector of Product Management at CIMCON Lighting

Topic: The Internet of Things, a Smart Cities Perspective

  3:50 PM  -  4:20 PM

Blockchain Panel Discussion

Topic: Innovation in the blockchain

Moderator – Mitchell Dong

Panelists: Albert Ma, Eric Bai, Marie Leaf, Kwon Park, 

Serena Jiayi Yuan

  4:20 PM  -  4:40 PM

Officer Award, “YES” Program Award

  6:00 PM  -  9:00 PMCocktail Reception - Sponsor/Supporters/Officers, By invitation only

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NECINA, short for New England Chinese Information and Network Association, is the most established and influential high-tech professional organization in New England of the United States. Founded in 1996 as a non-profit organization, NECINA set its mission to facilitate professional career development, nourish entrepreneurship, and bridge the business and culture gap between U.S. and China. NECINAhosts conferences, workshops, job fair, and various special programs every year, serving more than 4,000 members from diverse industries such as software, telecommunications, networking, bioinformatics, FinTech, robotics, investment, and law. Also, NECINA has partnered with local professional associations, research institutions and universities for events promotion, co-hosting and resource sharing. For more information on NECINA, please visit our website at http://necina.org/ or follow us through wechat NECINA, interested in being a member, please register at http://necina.eventdove.com/

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