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Jason Bellet: Using AI to Fight Heart and Lung Disease

Jason Bellet: Using AI to Fight Heart and Lung Disease
Jason: Glad to be here, Spiffy! Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the US and around the world. By detecting heart disease early, healthcare providers can help patients live longer and healthier lives. At Eko, we build smart stethoscopes that use AI to analyze heart and lung sounds, enabling life-threatening cardiac conditions to be detected earlier and with better accuracy.

Farah Al Chammas: Finding Home and Community At the Dinner Table

Farah Al Chammas: Finding Home and Community At the Dinner Table
Farah: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! A pre-pandemic Harvard study reports that 61% of young adults are lonely frequently to almost all of the time. Unfortunately, COVID didn’t exactly cause this issue, but further amplified it. Loneliness has been a brewing epidemic plaguing society, not only in the US, but around the world, and specifically in countries with growingly industrial societies. It’s an issue that costs the US alone $7 billion extra every year. Loneliness is caused by people not knowing who to hang out with, when to hang out, and what to do/where to go. Okel solves this by facilitating the curation, scheduling, and reservations of more meaningful meals at local restaurants for new and old friends, for individuals and communities.

Kevin Celisca: Innovating the Education Process

Kevin Celisca: Innovating the Education Process
Kevin: Hello, Spiffy! The challenge we are addressing is instructional inequity. Did you know that systemic inequity in instructional programs prevents students from receiving a comparable education from class to class or school to school? This inequity is most clearly evident in the quality of a school’s lesson plans, which may be misaligned, inconsistent, and riddled with instructional bias. A contributing factor is the fact that most schools use email and Google Docs to manage this process. The result often is overworked teachers and underserved students.