Ventura County Health Care Agency Stands with technology for Startup Weekend Ventura County

Ventura County“Every day many people in our community face obstacles to accessing health care,” says Barry Fisher, Health Care Agency Director. “Imagine the benefits that remote monitoring and diagnostics can bring. By allowing a patient to use a mobile medical device to perform routine tests and send the data to a healthcare professional in real time, we can significantly increase access to care and decrease healthcare delivery costs.”

Engaging patients while meeting their complex needs for chronic disease management and preventive care is a daunting task for the healthcare industry. The Internet of Things emerges as a solution for some of healthcare’s most challenging patients, including those with diabetes, heart failure, and other long-term conditions that require everyday lifestyle changes, constant management, and frequent attention from physicians.

“I call on all the entrepreneurial physicians and healthcare professionals to participate,” adds Tim Patten, Health Care Agency Chief Deputy Director. “In your daily practice of health care, I am sure you have come across ideas that you believe could improve patient care, decrease response time and maximize efficiency. Take these ideas to Startup Weekend Ventura County and team up with engineers, programmers and system analysts. They are like-minded entrepreneurs and they can help you turn your ideas into reality.”




Internet of Things, Agriculture

LimoneiraWe all know we have a water shortage problem in California.

We can water our plants by hand with a hose (no one in his right mind does that) or more likely than not, we use a sprinkler system on a timer to do the job. The problem is, a timer is dumb. It turns on and off according to a predetermined program whether the plants need to be watered or not.

If we put a senor on the ground where the plants are grown and use it to check the ground’s moisture content and turn the sprinkler on or off according to need, that would make more sense. Wouldn’t it?

But that’s still not the optimum solution. Plant’s need for water varies depending on a host of factors such as where it is in its life cycle, the fertilizer used, how strong is the sun light, the air humidity, the wind factor etc. Just imagine a plant irrigation system that takes all that into account and more. Wouldn’t that make the use of water in farming a lot more efficient?

That’s the power of big data in farming ….




Internet of Things, Healthcare

Dignity Health St JohnApproximately 30% of hospital patient falls result in physical injury, with 4-6% resulting in serious injury. Falls occurring in hospital settings can cause severe emotional and physical injury to patients as well as increase healthcare costs for the hospitals. The common method currently being used to minimize patient falls is to install a pressure sensitive pad on patient’s bed. The idea is to send an alarm to the nurse station as soon as the patient has lifted himself up. More often than not, this is too late. By the time a nurse gets to the patient’s room, the patient is already down.

Internet of Things can potentially be the solution. Just imagine each patient has a 3-axis accelerometer attached to his body that sends data about his body’s movements to a monitoring computer on a real time basis. The same computer also has access to the patient’s demographics, health records, medication, fall risk profile and other relevant meta data. A sophisticated algorithm (the intellectual property of the inventor) processes the available data and predicts the patient’s physical needs including the need to go the bathroom. This information is then used to prompt nurses on duty to act accordingly.

This is what ‘big data’ can do to change the ball game ….




myDevices announces sponsorship of Startup Weekend Ventura County

myDevicesmyDevices, the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company that “simplifies the connected  world,” today announced that it will sponsor Startup Weekend Ventura County, March 11-13, 2016. The County of Ventura is working with the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce and organizations from across the county to give entrepreneurs tools they need to start businesses in the area.

“I am excited to collaborate with participants and bring their IoT projects to life,” said Bromber. “Our goal is to accelerate time-to-market for developers who invest their energy and creativity in IoT projects. We have developed Cayenne, the world’s first drag-and-drop IoT project builder, and look forward to seeing how this out-of-the-box solution will allow attendees to build IoT projects in hours instead of months.”

For more: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160301005728/en/myDevices-Announces-Sponsorship-Startup-Weekend




Startup Weekend Ventura County Offers Seed Funds to IoT Healthcare and IoT Agriculture Winners

Startup Weekend Ventura County announces today that it will provide $10,000 in seed fund to the winner of IoT (Internet of Things) Healthcare and $10,000 in seed fund to the winner of IoT Agriculture at its March 11, 12 and 13, 2016 event. The winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up primarily of CEOs of local corporations. The award will carry no interest or repayment obligations. The winner must incorporate to receive the money.

“Ventura County is home to a number of top-rated hospitals in America.  Dignity Health and Hospital Corporation of America both have significant presence here,” says Gary Cushing, CEO of Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. “Ventura County also has its roots in farming. Thanks to its temperate climate, crops are grown year round. There remains an acre of irrigated farmland in Ventura County to every acre of city. It makes sense for us to promote innovation in both healthcare and agriculture.”

“We believe a no-strings attached seed fund could help an emerging startup get going sooner,” adds Martin Shum, organizer of Startup Weekend Ventura County. “It takes money to raise venture capital. This funding is made possible by our generous sponsors. The City of Camarillo is the sole contributor of the IoT Agriculture seed fund. Significant contributors of the IoT Healthcare seed fund include Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH) and St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) , Semtech Corporation, Zebra Technologies, Meissner Filtration Products, myDevices, Ojai Oil Company, Ventura County Government and Limoneira Company.”

“Providing high quality, compassionate, affordable health care is what we do. And we do it well,” says Darren Lee, President  & CEO of the two Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals. “But we know there are other people, organizations, and corporations that do other things well – and better than we do. Together, we can do so much more than we can do on our own. We invite you to link your areas of expertise with ours and help us to improve the quality of life for others.”

Startup Weekend Ventura County (http://startupweekendvc.com),  organized by Dignity Health’s SJPVH and SJRMC and the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, will be held on March 11, 12 and 13, 2016 at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, California. This 54-hour event invites entrepreneurial agriculturalists, farmers, physicians, healthcare professionals, engineers, programmers and system developers to address healthcare and agricultural needs with innovative IoT solutions.City of CamarilloCamarillo Chamber Dignity Health St John




Startup Weekend Ventura County Winners to Receive $5,000 Each in In-kind Awards

Camarillo ChamberCamarillo Chamber of Commerce announced today that winners of Startup Weekend Ventura County will each receive in-kind awards worth in excess of $5,000. These awards, in the form of redeemable certificates, are donated by Ventura County businesses residing primarily in Camarillo. Most of them are geared to help
entrepreneurs create and organize their startup businesses. They include free articles of incorporation, free company registration, free provisional patent application, free co-work space, free chart of accounts, free employee handbook, and free trademark registration.

“We want to help Ventura County, and in particular the City of Camarillo, become a hot hub for technology startups,” said Gary Cushing, CEO of Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. “Startup Weekend Ventura County, collaboratively put together by Ventura County’s private and public sectors, is the platform to help entrepreneurs launch their startups. It offers a startup ecosystem as comprehensive and as valuable as they
come. That is not all. We want entrepreneurs to know that if they launch their startups in Camarillo, we will stay with them and help them be successful. The award book we have assembled for each of the Startup Weekend Ventura County winner is designed not only to ease the pain in launching a business but also to introduce the startup to the exceptional business support infrastructure in Camarillo and its neighboring cities.”

A total of three awards will be given at Startup Weekend Ventura County, one for IoT (Internet of Things) Healthcare, one for IoT Agriculture and one for People’s Choice.

Startup Weekend Ventura County (http://startupweekendvc.com), organized by Dignity Health’s St. John Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John Regional Medical Center and the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, will be held on March 11, 12 and 13, 2016 at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, California. This 54-hour event invites entrepreneurial agriculturalists, farmers, physicians, healthcare professionals, engineers, programmers and system developers to address healthcare and agricultural needs with innovative IoT solutions.




Startup Weekend Ventura County Expands IoT Innovation with Zebra Technologies

Zebra TechnologiesStartup Weekend Ventura County announced that Zebra Technologies (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in solutions and services that provide real-time visibility into organizations’ assets, people and transactions, has signed on to be the event’s product sponsor. Organized by Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), and Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, Startup Weekend Ventura County will be held at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, California on March 11-13.
Startup Weekend Ventura County invites physicians, healthcare professionals, agriculturalists, farmers, programmers, system architects, application designers and entrepreneurs to address healthcare and agriculture needs with innovative Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and to develop proof of concepts in less than 54 hours.
Zebra tracking and visibility solutions transform the physical to digital, creating the data streams enterprises need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses, and empower their mobile workforces. Zebra is also a leading provider of patient identity, clinical mobility and Real-time location system (RTLS) solutions.

“We live in a connected world and technology is embedded in everything we do,” said Chris Sullivan, global healthcare practice lead, Zebra Technologies. “Converting the physical world to the digital allows organizations to know the location, motion and state of their assets, people and transactions. By harnessing greater operational visibility, organizations can make more informed decisions and reach higher levels of growth, efficiency and service.”
“Zebra Technologies offers a wide range of IoT-ready products such as mobile computers, tablets, laser and thermal printers, barcode scanners, wireless networks, RFID wristbands and location solutions,” says Martin Shum, organizer of Startup Weekend Ventura County. “With its sponsorship, participants of our event will be able to innovate system-level solutions in healthcare and in agriculture by using Zebra products as their building blocks. This elevates our Startup Weekend to a whole new level. We are truly excited about Zebra’s participation which will make this an exceptional event.”
To transfer product knowledge to parties interested in building system solutions, Zebra will host a product boot camp in March at its facility in Agoura Hills, CA. Participants of Startup Weekend Ventura County are invited. To registered, visit Http://startupweekendvc.com.




Semtech Announces Technology Sponsorship of Startup Weekend Ventura County

SemtechSemtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced its participation as the technology sponsor of Startup Weekend Ventura County at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, Calif. on March 11-13.

Organized by Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals and Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, Startup Weekend Ventura County invites programmers, system architects, application designers and entrepreneurs to address healthcare and agriculture needs by creating working Internet of Things (IoT) or connected solutions in less than 54 hours.

Participants will use a LoRa®-enabled low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) to collect valuable data and to design an
innovative IoT solution for a healthcare or agriculture need of their choice. Semtech’s LoRa wireless RF technology is a widely used solution for LPWANs that allows long-range connectivity, extended battery life and standardized protocol for streamlined network/application integration. Leading telecom operators have launched public, LoRa-based networks in various countries throughout the world, including France (Orange and Bouygues Telecom), Switzerland (Swisscom), Luxembourg and Belgium (Proximus), Russia (The Lace Company), South Africa (FastNet), The Netherlands (KPN), South Korea (SK Telecom), and
more. Senet, a leading network as a service (NaaS) provider in North America, has launched an LPWAN in Ventura County for participants to connect to with their IoT devices.

“Semtech’s LoRa RF technology is ideal for long range, low-power connectivity to remote devices,” said Mohan Maheswaran, Semtech’s President and CEO. “We are excited to participate in this entrepreneurial event and delighted to introduce our IoTenabling technology to the brightest developers and entrepreneurs in Southern California.”

“Internet of Things holds the promise of being the biggest market we have ever seen,” said Gary Cushing, CEO of Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. “We are glad that Camarillo is home to Semtech, the owner of LoRa technology. Participants will use a LoRa-enabled low-power wide-area network to collect valuable data and to design innovative analytics for a healthcare or agriculture need of their choice.”

Startup Weekend Ventura County is endorsed by the Ventura County Medical Association, Monsanto, the Ventura County
Agricultural Commissioner and State Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin. Local business leaders will speak at the event, serve as
mentors throughout the weekend and judge the final projects.
Semtech’s LoRa team has participated in several other IoT workshops and hackathons worldwide to introduce and disseminate its LoRaWAN™ solution. Beyond healthcare and agriculture, LoRa technology is being used worldwide in key applications such as detecting gas leaks in Korea, monitoring volcano and earthquakes in Japan, and a variety of Smart city applications that help cities control streetlights, traffic signals, and natural resources such as water, gas and electricity. For more information about LoRa wireless RF technology and the LoRaWAN protocol, visit www.semtech.com/wireless-rf/lora.html.




Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner Endorses Startup Weekend Ventura County

Ventura CountyCamarillo, CA (Business Wire) December 16, 2015 – Ventura County’s Agricultural Commissioner, Henry Gonzales, announced today his full endorsement of Startup Weekend Ventura County’s mission to bring innovative Internet of Things solutions for agriculture to Ventura County.
“Thanks to the temperate climate, Ventura County produces crops year-round. Our county has over 190,434 acres of farm land and generates in excess of $2.1 billion in revenue,” said Henry Gonzales, Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner. “Ventura County also has great universities and junior colleges. We are the ideal place to develop innovative agricultural technologies, solutions, and applications. Startup Weekend Ventura County has put together a comprehensive infrastructure to support entrepreneurs’ launch of scalable, technology-driven agricultural businesses. I call on all entrepreneurial scientists, engineers, operators, and administrators in agriculture to participate in this exciting startup event. Bring your ideas, form teams, and turn them into reality. Collectively, let’s make Ventura County the Internet of Things (IoT) startup hub for agriculture.”
Startup Weekend Ventura County, organized by Dignity Health, St. John’s Hospitals, and the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, will be held on March 11, 12, and 13, 2016 at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, California. This 54-hour event will invite entrepreneurial programmers, system architects, application engineers, medical professionals, and agriculture experts to address healthcare and agricultural needs with innovative IoT solutions.
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About the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s office
The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s office is the leader in promoting and protecting agriculture in Ventura County. Working together with all Ventura County stakeholders, the Agricultural Commissioner builds the necessary structures for long term success into the future. The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s office identifies challenges as they are forming and quickly develops appropriate actions to reach a positive outcome. Excellence in service and continued improvement are key parts of the very structure and operation of the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner.




Ventura County Medical Association Endorses Startup Weekend Ventura County

VCMA logoCamarillo, CA (Business Wire) January 25, 2016 – The Ventura County Medical Association (VCMA) announced today its full endorsement of Startup Weekend Ventura County’s mission to bring innovative “Internet of Things” solutions for healthcare to Ventura County.
“The Internet of Things (IoT) is thought by many to be the next revolution in healthcare and the practice of medicine: a world in which just about everything has an Internet address and can generate data for tracking, analysis, and action,” said Dr. Jeffery Davies, President of the VCMA. “This data has the potential to change healthcare as we know it. We can go from guessing, to knowing, about how best to improve health care, patient outcomes, cost-effectiveness, and much more. IoT technologies enable devices and applications to potentially deliver improved security and privacy, greater medical device interoperability, more rapid scalability and dissemination of best practices, and ultimately better treatment decision making via analytics. For individual patients, the growth of applications such as telemedicine and remote monitoring can give physicians better and more complete information on their condition and treatment.”
Dr. Davies hopes that physicians will play an active role in Startup Weekend. “We are calling on all entrepreneurial physicians, other providers, scientists, engineers, managers, and administrators in healthcare to participate in this exciting startup event. Bring your ideas and listen to new ones, form teams, and help turn them into reality. Together, we can make Ventura County the Internet of Things startup hub for healthcare.”
Startup Weekend Ventura County, organized by Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals and the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, will be held on March 11, 12 and 13, 2016 at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, California. This 54-hour event will gather entrepreneurial programmers, system architects, application engineers, medical professionals and agriculture experts to address healthcare and agricultural needs with innovative IoT solutions. For more information or to register, go to: http://startupweekendVC.com.VCMA logo




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