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We are living in unprecedented times, and I hope you and your loved ones remain healthy and stay rejuvenated during this time of uncertainly and change. xLab is finding new ways to provide the learning and support you need to continue on your digital transformation journey in our current virtual world. We are also using our knowledge and relationships to be a part of the solution to our global crisis. In this issue, we highlight our efforts to build a collective smart response to the present, and future, global pandemic with our new partners at HAT-LAB. I hope you will join us as a participant, mentor or sponsor in this fight. ~ Professor Youngjin Yoo

xLab Partners on Global Hackathon
to Build Technology Solutions
Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

xLab is proud to partner with HAT-LAB, Cleveland Clinic’s Hwang Lab, Ethical Tech Alliance and NHxS in a hackathon sponsored by Dataswift. More than 34 countries are participating in Hack from Home, a global hackathon that aims to find technology solutions by empowering everyone to contribute to the struggle against COVID-19 by building technologies and leveraging their personal data in an ethical way. 

The hackathon, which will be held remotely April 3 - 5 (EDT), is calling all technologists, designers, activists, scholars, scientists, medical professionals, students and others to work together to combat some of the greatest challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The damage from this virus is not just about our health. It is also about our economy, our social lives and our community,” said Youngjin Yoo, xLab Founder and Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Entrepreneurship. “The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating in real time why society desperately needs a scalable ethical technology infrastructure.” 

“What is truly impressive about this hackathon is that we are seeing a multidisciplinary group of people joining in from around the world on the efforts,” said Yoo. “Furthermore, the market failure for the ethical use of personal data is one of the challenges that we must overcome as a society in order to continue to enjoy the benefit of digital innovations.”
 
Please share this opportunity and join in Hack from Home to be a part of the solution. Read more about it here.

xLab Announces MOU with HAT-LAB

Prof. Youngjin Yoo and Irene Ng shaking hands at the quarterly roundtable meeting.
At xLab’s quarterly roundtable on March 4, Professor Youngjin Yoo, Founder of xLab and Irene Ng, HAT-LAB director, announced a memo of understanding (MOU). The MOU establishes the HAT Community Foundation (HCF) intentions to create a program to bring ethical innovation in the use of personal data to North America by exploring the establishment of a HAT-LAB North America at xLab at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

This partnership brings together xLab’s Digital First framework and HCF’s world-leading ethical technology architecture. xLab and its members will be able to research, design, and implement digital solutions with ethically sourced personal data, by leveraging HCF’s technology and its global network of resources.

xLab will conduct various research, development and education programs on ethical innovation with personal data with its partner companies. HCF and xLab’s shared vision extends to the benefit of citizens, civil authorities, businesses and other organizations by empowering individual ownership of personal data.

The HAT (the Hub-of-All-Things) is an economic ecosystem of personal data accounts and exchange platforms. HAT Community Foundation, a not for profit enterprise, regulates the ecosystem on behalf of HAT owners and innovates the open source technology on which HAT is built. 

Learn more about the exciting new opportunity in the full news article.

Call for Actions: Building Ethical Civic Tech Infrastructure for “Smart” Collective Actions
Against Global Pandemic

Graphic that says COVID-19 over a map of the world with red highlights on many countries
In a Medium article, Professor Youngjin Yoo places a call for action and discusses the unprecedented global crisis sweeping the world, and how the decisions being made may have possible enduring consequences. In efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, two different approaches have shown success in limiting the spread of the virus. One is the physical lockdown of entire societies. The second is aggressive proactive testing and public information sharing, combined with targeted confinement. Both approaches have significant economic and societal consequences, but in the latter approach laws were passed to collect private information from those who are infected.  It is not hard to see some of the unintended negative consequences of this approach.
 
Alternative socio-technical solutions should allow individuals, healthcare providers, and governments to make smart decisions based on data without compromising individuals’ privacy. In short, we seek to build an ethical civic technology infrastructure that enables the public to build collective smart responses to the present, and future, global pandemic. 

Read Professor Youngjin Yoo’s article in The Medium on fighting the pandemic with technology.

Lab Quarterly Roundtable Meetings

Headshot of Nitin Manoharan
Friday, June 5
Mark Your Calendar!

We hope to hold this event “live” on campus. Details and registration will be provided closer to the date.


Creating Economic and Enterprise Value through Blockchain

Nitin Manoharan, director of global head enterprise architecture & technology innovation at Philip Morris International, will discuss blockchain and its enormous potential to unlock economic and enterprise value, and address the uncertainties and challenges that remain with its application.

xLab Members:

Thursday, June 4  – Digital First Framework Training

We have scheduled training for xLab members on June 4. Please contact Shirley Reynolds at sar139@case.edu with questions or to register your team.

Weatherhead Executive Education
digital innovation offerings and more

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