Alex Hwang, PhD, a researcher at Schepens Eye Research Institute at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, has by far the most “futuristic” of the submissions in the Challenge. Imagine wearing a virtual reality headset like the Oculus Prime, being immersed in a full virtual reality simulation designed to induce motion sickness, while a headband measures your brain activity. That’s exactly what Dr. Hwang imagined, and it has earned him a trip to Google on April 23. It has also earned him four “Muse” brain-sensing headbands as winner of the Muse Award.
Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.
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