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Right Up Einstein’s Alley ~ June 2019

Celebrating over a decade of helping make NJ the place for high tech business success.


NJ and Electric Vehicles- Perfect Together?
KMM presented the Inaugural
Electric Vehicle Award to Franklin Township
Franklin Township becomes an Early Adopter
of Electric Vehicles

When asked to choose between a new car and a smart phone, college students choose the smart phone. That says it is time to start thinking in new ways about mobility in our society.

At the recent Central Jersey Transportation Forum held at Princeton University, Vinn White, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Murphy talked about CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric) Vehicles. NJ is interested in moving forward on these vehicles, as a climate positive effort. The state goal is 330,000 electric vehicles by 2025 vs 20,000 today. To move that goal ahead the state has created “Partnership to Plug In” bringing together efforts of the EDA, DEP, and BPU to look at Mapping, Rebates, Infrastructure, and Permitting.

At the Keep Middlesex Moving Annual Meeting, Rashaad Bajwa, CEO of Domain Computer, talked about Domain’s commitment to electric vehicles in their company fleet. There are not only positive environmental impacts but cost savings as well. Many drivers fear the unknown of a new power source.  But, once they have them, electric car drivers find that they don’t waste time at gas stations or pollute as much while driving. They don’t have to do oil changes nor do they have as much wear and tear on their engines.  And the cost is comparable to paying 60 cents a gallon! To highlight these benefits, KMM inaugurated an Electric Vehicle Award won this year by Franklin Township. 

According to Saffie Kallon, Franklin Special Projects Manager, Franklin created a Drive Electric Earth Day. Franklin had planned on featuring an anticipated 20 cars. Amazingly, Franklin had double that number, as well as, two dealerships featuring luxury electric cars, three vehicles from Franklin’s own electric fleet, and several clean energy vendors!

The Township of Franklin has erected a new ChargePoint Level 2 charging station for electric vehicles (EV) right within the Franklin Township Municipal Complex. A Sustainable Jersey recipient, Franklin focused on being green-friendly so the Township has also added five Chevy Bolt electric vehicles to its overall fleet with plans to add more. The Township partnered with the Environmental Commission to host its first Drive Electrical Earth Day (DEED).

State’s Fastest Growing Population Often Isn’t Represented

They’re the fastest-growing racial group in New Jersey, accounting for about 10 percent of the population.

In fact, only two other states in the U.S. – Hawaii and California – have larger percentage of Asian-American residents.

But Asian-Americans continue to be “the least understood and least studied community” among residents and policymakers in the Garden State, according to a new report by Jersey Promise.

By Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Immigrants, an important lifeline for places left behind.
Help Wanted Ads go begging in many smaller cities and towns.
There are more jobs than workers.
Luring Refugees: N.Y. Cities Desperate for People Try a New Strategy

Call for Nominations for 7th Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards
The 7th Annual New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards will honor immigrant business leaders helping New Jersey communities thrive. The awards were created to highlight the social and economic contributions of New Jersey’s immigrants to communities throughout the state and celebrate the important role of immigrants to today’s economy.
The awards are sponsored by a broad-based coalition of New Jersey chambers, associations and organizations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce, Diversity Dynamics, Einstein’s Alley, Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Morris County Chamber of Commerce, NJBIA, the New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce, Princeton-Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.

The Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) invites applications for the allocation of computing resources on Caliburn

New Deadline of June 17th!
The Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) invites applications for the allocation of computing resources on Caliburn. Caliburn, New Jersey’s largest academic supercomputing facility, provides high-performance computing capabilities to academic researchers across the state to accelerate research programs that use or develop highly scalable computing applications.
The call for proposals for Caliburn allocations can be found here.
In addition to applications for awarded allocations, startup allocations are also welcome. Startup applications are provided as means to have full access with a limited time usage allocation; they can be converted into awarded allocations during the next call for proposal cycle. Applications from any academic/research institution in New Jersey are welcome.
The dates are provided below:
  • Proposals must be received no later than Monday, June 17th, 2019
  • Notification of awards will be on Friday, June 21st, 2019
  • Awarded allocations will run from July 1st – December 31st, 2019
Feel free to send us an email at aci-help@rdi2.rutgers.edu for more information so we can work with you on preparing the documentation.
Forough Ghahramani, EdD, MBA, MS
Associate Director, Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2)
Rutgers U, 96 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019

Vonage inks new president for its API Platform Group
Vonage, a Holmdel-based business cloud communications provider, announced Monday that Omar Javaid has been named president of the company’s API Platform Group.
Javaid will be responsible for developing Vonage’s communications APIs via Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform, and will continue to provide oversight of the company’s product portfolio.
By Emily Bader – Holmdel | May 13, 2019

Liberty Science Center honors Martine Rothblatt, Chris Messina,
Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, and Karlie Kloss at Genius Gala 8

In May, the Liberty Science Center honored its 2019 honorees at its annual “Genius Gala,” including the product designer who first proposed using the hashtag symbol on Twitter.
The Jersey City-based institution’s gala honored four Geniuses:
  • Chris Messina, who came up with the idea of marking groups on the social media platform more than a decade ago
  • Martine Rothblatt, founder, chairwoman and CEO of United Therapeutics, creator of five FDA-approved drugs, and a pioneer in pig cloning, as well as co-founder of Sirius XM
  • Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, co-founders and co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, who have conducted groundbreaking research on the learning disorder.
  • “Project Runway” host Karlie Kloss with its first-ever Strides in STEM Award, recognizing her work with her nonprofit, Kode with Klossy, which she founded in 2015 to help young women pursue their technology passions.

Can Princeton Be the Austin of the East?

We had the NYTimes thinking on Austin a while back. Now here is local entrepreneur Jayson White’s take from US1.

Both are top-class innovation communities built around world-renowned research universities. State capitols and city governments are actively supporting startups and tech industry growth.

Keep Middlesex Moving Podcast & Radio Show on Workforce Development

Katherine Kish , Executive Director of Einstein’s Alley, was interviewed on the Keep Middlesex Moving Radio Show and Podcast on Workforce Development issues along with with Robert Asaro-Angelo, the NJ Commissioner of Labor & Workforce and Kevin Kurdziel, Director of Workforce Development for Middlesex County. The program was hosted by

EA Advisory Council member, Bill Neary, CEO of Keep Middlesex Moving.

Future of Work – The Automation Agenda
Are we kidding ourselves about Human Centered AI ?

In public, many executives wring their hands over the negative consequences that artificial intelligence and automation could have for workers. They take part in panel discussions about building “human-centered A.I.” for the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” – Davos-speak for the corporate adoption of machine learning and other advanced technology – and talk about the need to provide a safety net for people who lose their jobs as a result of automation.

But in private settings, including meetings with the leaders of the many consulting and technology firms whose pop-up storefronts line the Davos Promenade, these executives tell a different story: They are racing to automate their own work forces to stay ahead of the competition, with little regard for the impact on workers.

By Kevin Roose NYTimes


Commerce, Cocktails & Canada
Join the Princeton-Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce and their Global Opportunities Program as they connect and facilitate commerce over cocktails! Meet Canadian representatives who can help shed light on expanding your business with our closest trading partner!
Meet experts who can help you do business!
– Meet & Greet Canadian business expansion experts
– Mix and mingle at this multi-Chamber event
– Interact with global experts from Japan and India as well
– Learn how to do business with multiple countries
– Tickets include networking, meet & greet, light appetizers, beer and wine.

Women in Stem Empowerment Summit

Take your STEM career to the next level and experience the power of helping women.

Join Fox Rothschild LLP and Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs for a day of inspiration, education and networking. Attendees will develop new connections and leave with valuable takeaways, including best practices, tools and strategies for career advancement.

What: Women in Stem Empowerment Summit
When: June 19, 2019 9:30 AM – 4:30 AM (ET)
Where: Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs, 303 College Road East, Suite A, Princeton, NJ 08540
Click here to register for this event.

TIE New Jersey – ITServe Joint Pitch Event

TIE New Jersey invites you to an exciting event on June 19th, with startup pitches as well as a Panel discussion with Industry experts including two Charter Members of TIE New Jersey: Dennis Mehta and Sanjay Vatsa.

Topic: Key Steps to Get Investment

Date: Wednesday, June 19th, 2019, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Venue: Sheraton, 125 Raritan Center Pkwy, Edison, NJ – 08837

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