Upcoming Events

JUL

19

Thursday
11:30AM - 2:00PM

Monthly Alumni Luncheon

Location: TBA

Description:

This month, Jim Ostrowski will discuss, “Big Machines Caring for Little Plants: How Robotics is Changing Agriculture.”

Advances in computer vision and machine learning have opened up new possibilities in a number of exciting areas, including very traditional fields such as agriculture. This talk describes work being done to use sensors and real-time action to transform agricultural practices from a one-size-fits-all approach, where whole fields are treated uniformly, to a plant-by-plant approach, where every plant is treated and cared for individually. In addition, highly precise GPS and advances in data processing and storage enable new ways of utilizing information across many of the operations found in farming. All of this leads to an exciting area of rapid expansion, where cutting-edge tools and technology from robotics are being incorporated into products that impact the very food we eat.

Jim is VP of Engineering for Blue River Technology, a Sunnyvale-based company working to bring tools from computer vision and robotics to bear in agriculture. Blue River Technology, recently acquired by John Deere in September 2017, is focused on developing See & Spray technology that provides real-time weed detection and spraying to reduce herbicide usage by 90%. Before that, Jim worked for Evolution Robotics, which later became Evolution Robotics Retail, before being acquired by Datalogic. Jim’s field of expertise includes mobile robotics, nonlinear dynamics, and vision-based recognition and control. Before joining the start-up world, Jim was at the U Penn, where he was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a member of the General Robotics, Sensing, Automation and Perception (GRASP) Lab. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Caltech. He is a former Associate Editor for the journal IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, was the recipient of the NSF CAREER Young Investigator Award for his work in robotics, and received a Datalogic VIP award for his technical work on the LaneHawk product.


Fee: $20.00, including lunch, tax, and gratuity
$5.00 for those not eating the buffet (Please state “not eating” after your name when you register)

AUG

2

Thursday
6:30PM - 9:30PM

Welcome back Cutter Coryell (BS '15)

Location: Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real,
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Directions

Description:

We welcome back Cutter to learn about the road to product launch since his time pitching to our panelists in October 2017, their successful Kickstarter campaign, and manufacturing negotiations.

About Our Speaker
Cutter Coryell (BS '15), CTO and Co-Founder of Opterlife. Cutter has a BS in Physics from Caltech. He has worked with LIGO, Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes, and UCLA's Center for Cognition, Vision, and Learning.

About Opter
We're not just building a tech company - we're building a lifestyle.

The Basics - We believe that habits should get more attention, that getting healthier should be simple, and that technology can be unobtrusive.

Mindfulness - We won't sacrifice ethics for a slightly larger profit margin. We believe in doing our part to make the world a better place - whether it's through eco-friendliness or human rights.

Privacy - You don't have to choose between getting use out of your data and revealing it to the world. We use techniques such as strong encryption whenever we handle your data.

Transparency - Companies should work towards their users' best interests. We're committed to setting an example.


Fee: Free Event

AUG

9

Thursday
4:00PM - 6:00PM

Caltech at Stanford

Location: Stanford, The Treehouse
459 Lagunita Dr,
Stanford, CA 94305
Directions

Description:

Join fellow Caltech alumni as we toast our memories of Pasadena and celebrate our time at Stanford. Head to the Treehouse, where fun is on tap during Happy Hour. Craft ideas, brew curiosity through conversation, and enjoy a beer with fellow Techers at Stanford!

Appetizers provided by the Caltech Alumni Association.


Fee: Free Event

AUG

29

Wednesday
12:00PM - 1:00PM PDT

Deceiving the Superorganism: Infiltration of Ant Societies by Stealth Beetles

Location: Online

Description:

What allows a freeloading outsider to don a disguise and infiltrate a tight-knit society? Extreme evolution. By means of rapid and dramatic behavioral, anatomical, and chemical adaptations, rove beetles can assimilate into ant colonies — normally fiercely xenophobic — and exploit their social hosts undetected. This remarkable group of parasites, the most species-rich family in the animal kingdom, provides a paradigm for studying other complex symbioses.


Fee: Free Event

OCT

4

Thursday
6:30PM - 9:00PM

4th Annual Pitch Event

Location: Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real,
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Directions

Description:

The Caltech alumni panelists comprising VC, corporate VC, and angel funding will hear and review your Pitch. (And, if the pitch resonates with their funding strategies ... you might get a callback!)

6:30-7:30 pm: Networking
7:30-8:45 pm: Program
9:00pm+: Crowne Plaza bar

Pitch Panel Event Application
Applications to Pitch at the Pitch Panel Event 2 must be received by September 7, 2018.

If you need help or want early feedback on your Pitch, please contact Gordon. We’ll try to connect you with a coach or mentor to help refine your pitch.

We will select and notify by Sept 21st no more than eight inventors to pitch to a stellar group of Caltech alumni funders at our October 5th meeting.

Should I attend?
Yes! Even if you don't have a pitch or intend to pitch, you can watch (and learn from) the misery effort of others.

Plus, if you want to connect with a mentor or a mentee, this event will be a great opportunity!

Finally, this will be an opportunity to introduce yourself to any panelist or special investor attendee one-on-one in case you may want to contact them in the future about investing in your startup.

The success of our network is based upon the strength of its members.

Pitch Coaches and Mentors
If you want to be a Pitch Coach or a Mentor please contact Gordon Mitchard (gmitchard@sandhillangels.com).


Fee: Free Event