Here's our liveblog of the #GSE15 demos, presented in San Jose on August 20.

The challenge of the program was to come up with a project that will impact a billion people in the next 10 years. The main criteria: can you positively impact 1B people over 10 years?

Out of all the projects, they selected the best 5 to present live. All projects are summarized below:

AI Poly

Giving the blind a way to see using computer vision. 285 million people are visually impaired, and 39 million people are blind.

They're actually demoing. The first version is in the hands of users with 740 beta signups since launching and partnering with 18 organizations for the visually impaired.

As a demo, they took a picture of someone in the first row, and the software described it correctly.

Impact Vision

For example, you can analyze Lake Geneva, you can take a hyperspectral image of lake that shows major water contamination.

It's based on the insight that the human eye only sees a fraction of electromagnetic spectrum vs a specialized camera that can see over 200 bands. Their main tech is in the format of an app. You shop, take picture of food, then the camera analyzes it to determine a freshness index so you can plan better and waste less.

Basically, "vision as a service." You send them an image and the analyze it for you.


This startup is focused on Dengue fever, which 2.5 billion people are at risk globally. WE don't know when and where an outbreak happens.

So AIME uses big data, machine learning, and trains these models to learn how dengue behaves. They've gotten to 88.6 percent accuracy and a partnership with IBM -- they claim they can predict breakouts 3 months in advance.

Oliver - Red Olive 

It's a smart helmet with an app called Oliver. It constantly scans the environment around the motorcycle driver to warn him or her of obstacles. It can let you know if you're riding too fast, it can send SOS alerts, and it's got an air quality sensor.

They hope to sell the whole package for $100. After all, every year 1.2 million people die in motorcycle accidents and more people are riding motorcycles around the world. This market could be big and the tech could eventually integrate somewhere in the self-driving car world.

anticip8 analytics

The problem is renewable energy prices are higher because we can’t always predict variability in the weather. You need a supercomputer to run through all the weather data.

This startup has built a prototype that does weather analytics. Does most computation on devices and then sends back to data center to update imaging in real time. Ultimately they want to build a full sky imaging platform to monitor the world from the ground up to the sky. They believe they can prevent 400 million tons of carbon dioxide from entering atmosphere.


Decentralized and network food supply


Using blockchain and IOT to create smart markets.

Nolixtine (?)

Using data science and machine learning to locate corruption.


Aging causes increased risk of health conditions. Specifically dementia. Nurl measures cognition using speech and data analysis


Passion Leap







This team wants to develop a trust platform together with stakeholders to help government consolidate and create transparent initiatives using blockchain technology.



This idea tries to solve the problem: Depression will be most common disease in world by 2030. They want to interrupt negative thinking at an early stage. This startup uses AI and machine learning to offer personalized advice and empowerment in the moment. It learns from you so it can get smarter and more effective in engaging you. It analyzes voice, writing, micro facial expression. You can give access to text, email, phone, and more to analyze your help.

It’s essentially a virtual therapist that learns based on all your personal data.


This idea revolves around a device. You place a saliva sample on a chip, and it will scan and look for chronic disease markers. It's non-invasive, affordable, and accurate. They want everyone to be able to measure and track their health status via a single saliva status.


The idea is to get tools to small farmers so they can better analyze their crop to minimize food waste. They want to make the power of precision agriculture accessible to all farmers.


I have no idea what that project really did. Something about a way to help people get access to the right people at the right time.


"Because better parents raise better children," this project uses advanced computer vision techniques to use your smartphone to analyze baby health issues, by monitoring temperature, etc.

Virtuvian Medical

Most people have tons of access to wearables, but no idea what the data means. This startup idea is to develop medical grade algos to analyze your data sets. They provide visualizations of body, both current and future and they will send timely reminders to take meds and make doctors appointments. "It’s like having your own virtual health advisor in your pocket."


The problem: we don’t feel connected to space. Interloken's goal is to connect humanity and space by providing a fully immersive experience for space exploration. They're developing a smart wearable device that provides compressed air.



7:27: The lights are dimming, and CEO Rob Nail has taken the stage. About half the people in the audience are from either the Graduate Program or the Executive Studies program.

6:00 (PDT): Starting soon!

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