The Wintrust Business Lunch: Andrea Hanis, Beste Yuksel, Ian Sherr, and Jennifer Matsuzawa

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Steve Bertrand

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.

– William Edward Hickson

Welcome back folks! Hope you had a great weekend. We’ll get you back into the swing of things with this packed episode of the Wintrust Business Lunch!

We’re getting things started with Andrea Hanis of Blue Sky Innovation. She’ll take a look at new CPS initiative that requires students to take computer-science classes. Andrea also talks about a new startup that uses crowdfunding to prevent food waste. Here at the Wintrust Business Lunch, we welcome your leftover donuts (preferably glazed or jelly-filled).

Then, we’ve got Beste Yuksel – a Ph. D Candidate at Tufts University in Massachusetts – to talk about BACh. No, not the musician, although we’ll be talking music later. BACh stands for Brain Automated Chorales. It’s a tool that can ‘read’ your brain and teach you a new skill in a very short amount of time. Beste came up with the idea, and she’ll explain how it works.

CNET’s Ian Sherr picks it up from there, and he joins us with an update on the legal battle between Apple and the United States government. Ian looks at how this conflict could potentially create long-term consequences for the tech industry.

Remember when we said that we’d have more on music? Well, that’s why we’re wrapping this one up with Jennifer Matsuzawa of The People’s Music School. The school is free and serves at-risk children across the city. Recently, The People’s Music School partnered with five tech startups to increase the efficiency of music education. Jennifer talks about how this combination of technology, music, and education can simultaneously benefit city youth and the music industry.

We’ll have all that and more on this episode of the Wintrust Business Lunch!