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Finals Judges

Visionaries in business, sports and technology will decide the outcome of the Make it Wearable Challenge.

  • Uri

    Uri

    Minkoff

    Rebecca Minkoff

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    Uri

    Minkoff

    Rebecca Minkoff

    Uri Minkoff, a 17-year entrepreneur, is a Founder and CEO of REBECCA MINKOFF, a leading independent fashion and accessories brand. Founded in 2005 with his sister, Rebecca, they have built one of the fastest growing brands in fashion. Uri also helped create, lead, curate and provide artistic direction for the Ben Minkoff brand, which debuted in 2011. As a serial entrepreneur, Uri’s forward-thinking expertise in marketing and business growth has provided big wins in technology, healthcare and lifestyle products used daily by millions of consumers.

  • Pauline

    Pauline

    Brown

    LVMH Inc.

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    Pauline

    Brown

    LVMH Inc.

    For more than 25 years Pauline Brown has helped to acquire, grow and lead premium global brands. She currently serves as the Chairman of LVMH Inc., the North American arm of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leader in luxury goods. At LVMH, Pauline provides regional leadership to more than 60 brands in 5 sectors, including fashion & leather goods, perfumes & cosmetics, watches & jewelry, wines & spirits, and selective retailing.

  • Hubert

    Hubert

    Joly

    Best Buy

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    Hubert

    Joly

    Best Buy

    Mr. Joly has a strong reputation as a turnaround and transformation expert, having begun his corporate career leading the struggling French division of Electronic Data Systems. In his three years with EDS, the company reversed its revenue slide, going from 1.3 billion French Francs to 2.1 billion, while significantly increasing profit margin. At Vivendi Universal, he helped lead the restructuring and growth of the company’s video game business, followed by the restructuring of the company itself.

  • Stefan

    Stefan

    Olander

    Nike+

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    Stefan

    Olander

    Nike+

    Stefan Olander is one of the industry’s leading digital marketers. Over the past decade Stefan has held a number of key marketing leadership positions with Nike. Blending his passion for the digital world with traditional communications skills, Stefan has led many of Nike’s most innovative and cutting edge initiatives, from launching EMEA's new digital platform in 2000, to overseeing all communications for one of Nike’s most comprehensive global football initiatives; The Secret Tournament in 2002.

  • Brian

    Brian

    Krzanich

    Intel

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    Brian

    Krzanich

    Intel

    Brian Krzanich was appointed CEO of Intel Corporation in May 2013. Krzanich has progressed through a series of technical and leadership roles at Intel, most recently serving as the chief operating officer (COO) since January 2012. As COO, his responsibilities included leading an organization of more than 50,000 employees spanning Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Custom Foundry, supply chain operations, the NAND Solutions group, human resources, information technology and Intel's China strategy.

  • Venus

    Venus

    Williams

    EleVen

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    Venus

    Williams

    EleVen

    Not only is Venus a force in the tennis world, the fashion community has taken notice of her grace and elegance. Venus has become a certified decorator and owner of V Starr Interiors. In 2007, Venus launched her clothing line “EleVen,” the largest clothing ever launched by a female athlete. With all her design interests, Venus devotes considerable energy to hands-on involvement in the design process, creating clothing that is youthful, but decidedly non-trendy.

  • Nohe

    Brian

    Nohe

    SMS Audio

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    Brian

    Nohe

    SMS Audio

    Brian Nohe, President of SMS Audio, possesses 33 years management experience and consistent record of success in both North America and Europe. A long term employee within The Gillette Company, he is now partnered with world-renowned entertainment icon, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, leading a team to build SMS Audio into a world-class, performance-driven brand within the consumer electronics industry. Nohe holds an advanced management degree from Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration.

Industry Luminaries

Industry thought leaders in entrepreneurship, technology and design will share key learnings with DEVELOPMENT track finalists.

  • Guykawasaki

    Guy

    Kawasaki

    Canva

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    Guy

    Kawasaki

    Canva

    Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

  • Steveblank

    Steve

    Blank

    UC Berkeley

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    Steve

    Blank

    UC Berkeley

    Steve Blank has had a 35-year career as a successful businessman, conservationist and teacher. As a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he was part of eight venture-backed companies and currently teaches entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia and UCSD. Steve is also the author of Four Steps to the Epiphany and The Startup Owners Manual and his Lean Launchpad framework is the basis for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps, which trains hundreds of early-stage teams each year and his online Udacity course has had over 200,000 students.

  • Ralph

    Ralph

    Guggenheim

    Alligator Planet

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    Ralph

    Guggenheim

    Alligator Planet

    As founding member of Pixar, the pioneering computer animation company, Ralph was Vice President of Feature Animation, managing the growth and development of its studio. He also produced Toy Story for Pixar and Disney, and earlier in the studio’s history, he produced the Oscar-winning short film, Tin Toy. As CEO at Alligator Planet, Ralph supervises the production of projects and builds relationships with offshore production studios and creative contributors in varied locations around the world.

Faculty

Members of UC Berkeley faculty and experts from the industry will coach DEVELOPMENT track semifinalists and finalists in the lean start up methodology and mentor teams through business and technology development.

  • Andremarquis

    Andre

    Marquis

    UC Berkeley

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    Andre

    Marquis

    UC Berkeley

    Andre Marquis is the Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley as well as the Manager of the US National Science Foundation Innovation Corps San Francisco Bay Area Node. He is a serial entrepreneur with a long record of starting successful biotechnology and information technology ventures. He holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and has received the Richard H. Holton Teaching Fellow award.

  • Kennethsinger

    Ken

    Singer

    UC Berkeley

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    Ken

    Singer

    UC Berkeley

    Ken Singer is the Managing Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. He is a serial entrepreneur, technology executive, university lecturer, and director/advisor to numerous startups in the US and Europe. A 14-year veteran of the mobile industry (enterprise software and digital advertising), Ken has been creating mobile solutions since cellphones first connected to the Internet and has founded or co-founded five companies in the mobility space.

  • Marksearle

    Mark

    Searle

    UC Berkeley

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    Mark

    Searle

    UC Berkeley

    Mark Searle is a Senior Fellow at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and an award-winning international serial entrepreneur in domains from rapid prototyping to cloud computing to consumer Internet. He brings 19 years of experience as co-founder, CEO and COO of a number of early-stage and growth-stage technology startup companies.

  • Johndanner

    John

    Danner

    UC Berkeley

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    John

    Danner

    UC Berkeley

    John has extensive experience advising and managing both large, complex organizations and emerging startup ventures. As a management consultant, he has worked in a diverse array of industry settings, from energy and healthcare to consumer products and multimedia. John teaches courses on innovation and entrepreneurship at both the Haas Business School and School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley; and recently launched an MBA course nicknamed “The Other ‘F’ Word” on failure and its significance.

  • Gigigoldman

    Gigi

    Goldman

    GII

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    Gigi

    Goldman

    GII

    After a decade of working in marketing and general management for classic consumer goods at General Mills, Inc. and Minnetonka Corp on cereal brands and fragrance products, Gigi launched her own SBA-backed consumer products company, Gianna International Inc. (GII). Focused on international trading and sourcing custom designed products directly from producers in Asia, and Central and South America, Gigi built a giftware company with 150 sales representatives supplying top department stores including Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dillards, Bendels and Lifetouch.

  • Nickcronan

    Nick

    Cronan

    Branch

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    Nick

    Cronan

    Branch

    Nick is a designer, entrepreneur, Founder and Creative Director of the San Francisco design studio Branch. Prior to co-founding Branch in 2013, Cronan was the Design Director for Dr. Dre’s Beats at Ammunition. Before that he was at Fuseproject directing creative for clients such as Herman Miller, Samsung, OLPC, CocaCola, Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble, and Puma.

  • Markcoopersmith

    Mark

    Coopersmith

    UC Berkeley

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    Mark

    Coopersmith

    UC Berkeley

    An educator, advisor and entrepreneur, Mark has spent his career at the nexus of technology, media and consumer products brands launching, building and guiding high growth companies and helping shape the next generation of business leaders. At Haas, Mark teaches the Workshop for Startups course from which a broad range of innovative new ventures are regularly launched.

  • Clarkkellogg

    Clark

    Kellogg

    UC Berkeley

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    Clark

    Kellogg

    UC Berkeley

    Clark’s work focuses on using design thinking and innovation process to create human-centered insights and solutions. He teaches at Berkeley-Haas School of Business, School of Information and College of Environmental Design. Past and current clients include SSgA, CDF, IBM, American Express, Master Card, MTV, Nabisco and Carnegie Hall.

  • Manavsubodh

    Manav

    Subodh

    Intel

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    Manav

    Subodh

    Intel

    Manav Subodh is the Global Manager, Corporate Affairs group at Intel, playing a pivotal role in accelerating innovation and facilitating startups. He has supported and funded commercial initiatives for early stage startups in around 30 countries. Manav is passionate about empowering people to activate their ideas and get them to market, a topic on which he also gave a talk at TED at Intel.

  • Ingobrack

    Ingo

    Brack

    ESMOD International

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    Ingo

    Brack

    ESMOD International

    Ingo Brack is the Art Director at ESMOD International. He has 17 years of international experience in fashion design, product development, material concepts, PR and art direction. He earned a Bachelor of Science as well as the international ESMOD Diploma and has worked with industry leaders like BMW-Mini, Lacoste Asia, Swarovski, Marc Jacobs and Red Bull.

  • Sarabeckman

    Sara

    Beckman

    Paul and Stacy Jacobs Institute & UC Berkeley

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    Sara

    Beckman

    Paul and Stacy Jacobs Institute & UC Berkeley

    Sara Beckman is the Chief Learning Officer of the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley College of Engineering and teaches new product development, manufacturing, operations management at the UC Haas School of Business. While at the Haas School, she has developed, institutionalized and directed the school’s Management of Technology Program, initiated new courses on design, entrepreneurship in biotechnology, and new product development, and won four awards for excellence in teaching.

  • Whitneyhischier

    Whitney

    Hischier

    Larke Business Solutions

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    Whitney

    Hischier

    Larke Business Solutions

    Whitney has spent her career both growing and advising startups. She runs a venture development course called Startup Lab at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and also works with companies and governments to design customized innovation programs. She has worked with dozens of entrepreneurial teams working in markets across the globe. Prior to Haas, Whitney was a management consultant for large technology implementations in the US and Europe.

  • Ericdishman

    Eric

    Dishman

    Intel

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    Eric

    Dishman

    Intel

    Eric Dishman is an Intel Fellow and General Manager of the Health & Life Sciences Group, responsible for driving Intel's strategy, R&D, new product and policy initiatives for health and life science solutions. He is known for pioneering techniques that incorporate anthropology, ethnography, and other social science methods into the design and development of new technologies. Eric’s organization focuses on growth opportunities for Intel in health IT, genomics & personalized medicine, consumer wellness, and care coordination technologies.

  • Sandralopez

    Sandra

    Lopez

    Intel

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    Sandra

    Lopez

    Intel

    Sandra Lopez joined Intel in 2005 as B2B Integrated Marketing Manager. Leveraging her vast and proven marketing experience within the technology sector, she quickly began to transform B2B Marketing within Intel. She was then chartered to drive Intel’s Consumer Marketing Strategy group in which she led Intel’s focus on the Masterbrand, Intel, and the launch of the award winning campaign “Sponsors of Tomorrow”. Recently, she was focused on launching Intel’s first smartphone and Android-based tablets.

  • Tonysalvador

    Tony

    Salvador

    Intel

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    Tony

    Salvador

    Intel

    Dr. Tony Salvador, Senior Principal Engineer, currently directs research in the Experience Insights Lab within Intel Corporation. His team's role is to identify new, strategic opportunities for technology based on an understanding of fluctuating, global socio-cultural values. Tony leads a team of social scientists and business analysts to look for, find and develop viable opportunities to create local, sustainable value with new high tech products, services and infrastructures. His ongoing research interests concern disruptive innovation practice, development and new market creation with an ethnographic perspective.

  • Benbateman

    Ben

    Bateman

    Indiegogo

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    Ben

    Bateman

    Indiegogo

    Ben Bateman is the Community Manager for Hardware, Design, and Technology at Indiegogo, where he focuses on developing strategies and tactics to help campaigns more effectively raise funds, and has worked with some of Indiegogo's largest campaigns including the Ubuntu Edge, Canary, Scanadu Scout, and many more.

  • Bell

    Mike

    Bell

    Intel

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    Mike

    Bell

    Intel

    Michael A. Bell is corporate vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group for Intel Corporation. In his role, Bell leads a global team chartered with developing products and technologies that will enhance and extend Intel's product portfolio into new areas of computing, including wearable technology. Previously, Bell co-lead the Mobile and Communications Group with Hermann Eul, a worldwide organization focused on the development of hardware, software and connectivity ingredients for phones, tablets, Ultrabook™ and other mobile devices, and complete system solutions.

  • Hans

    Hans

    Mortiz

    Intel

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    Hans

    Mortiz

    Intel

    Hans Moritz is vice president of the New Devices Group and general manager of Industrial Design at Intel Corporation. Moritz and his team are chartered with developing products and technologies that will enhance and extend Intel's product portfolio into new areas of computing, and to position the company to compete and lead new growth markets.

mentors

Top creatives, strategists and technologists will help DEVELOPMENT track finalists refine and advance their wearable technology concepts.

  • Erkanduysal

    Erkan

    Duysal

    Arçelik

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    Erkan

    Duysal

    Arçelik

    Erkan Duysal is the chief innovation officer of Arçelik, one of Europe’s largest household appliance and consumer electronics company. Erkan leads a global team delivering broad range of innovative, cutting edge products that enhance consumers’ life through smart technologies. Formerly, Erkan lead product development teams at STMicroelectronics and Dolby Laboratories. Erkan is passionate about creation of global technical innovation centers and exciting engineering opportunities in Turkey and the Middle East.

  • Nickhunn

    Nick

    Hunn

    WiFore Consulting

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    Nick

    Hunn

    WiFore Consulting

    Nick Hunn is the founder and CTO of WiFore Consulting. For the past twenty years he has been involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products in the areas of telematics, M2M, smart energy, wearables and mobile health. He has also started two high-tech companies, which were acquired by multi-national corporations. Currently he is working on appcessories and hearable devices and chairs the Bluetooth Hearing Aid Working Group.

  • Laurenteymard

    Laurent

    Eymard

    RED-DOLPHIN

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    Laurent

    Eymard

    RED-DOLPHIN

    Laurent Eymard is the CEO and co-founder of RED-DOLPHIN, a Wearable Technology specialist platform who’s mission is to accelerate adoption of Wearable Technology in everyday life. His extensive experience of new product launches, channel engagement and leading new projects in multinational environments spans over 20 years. With a Bachelor in Business, Laurent has worked for established high tech companies such as HP, Iomega, worldwide distribution leader Tech Data and also start-ups.

  • Uygardoyuran

    Uygar

    Doyuran

    Intel

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    Uygar

    Doyuran

    Intel

    Uygar Doyuran is the Regional Sales Manager of Intelligent Systems in Intel covering Middle East, Turkey and Africa. With over 20 years of management and engineering experience in Embedded Systems, Telecommunications, Healthcare and Enterprise, he has a successful track record of building the strategy and business models in large-scale solutions and executing projects in various countries. Uygar holds BS and MS in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara.

  • Guheshramanathan

    Guhesh

    Ramanathan

    Excubator

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    Guhesh

    Ramanathan

    Excubator

    Guhesh is the co-founder of Excubator, an organization that assists entrepreneurs build world-class businesses. An IIT-IIM alumnus, his areas of specialisation are product positioning and strategy, business modeling and managing operational risk. He is a certified scuba diver and the author of the Scuba Sutras: Ten business lessons from under the sea. Guhesh lives in Bangalore, India and serves on the advisory board of many global start-up organizations.

  • Johnsanthosh

    John

    Santhosh

    GIEOM

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    John

    Santhosh

    GIEOM

    John Santhosh is CEO at GIEOM, a software product chosen by ‘SWIFT Innotribe’ as top 6 banking technology innovations of 2013. He was a key member of the team that gave shape to Oracle Financial Services Software (OFSS) unit’s Emerging Market Strategy and also served as the COO of ERP Research Centre at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore for few years before setting up GIEOM.

  • Jorgerestrepo

    Jorge

    Restrepo

    Mediamatics

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    Jorge

    Restrepo

    Mediamatics

    Jorge Restrepo is the Director of Appropriation of Communication Technology of the CIT Minister of Colombia. Professionally, he is dedicated to digital and creative entrepreneurship, focusing on the creative industries based on technology. He has a PhD in Interactive Design and Creation from the University of Caldas, worked in the software and digital content sector in Proexport, worked as Director of the Business Development, and Manager of the MinCIT program.

  • Luisflorez

    Luis

    Florez

    Badillo Ventures

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    Luis

    Florez

    Badillo Ventures

    Luis Florez is a pioneer in the tech industry in Colombia, in the VC industry and in the acceleration programs for life science new ventures. Previously, he ran the High Impact Entrepreneurship area for the government agency Innpulsa Colombia and held positions as representative for Colombia at the Startup Nations Summit group, former growth and strategy executive in the Telecommunications industry in Colombia, mentor to high growth startups and angel investor.

  • Markcavender

    Mark

    Cavender

    Chasm Institute LLC

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    Mark

    Cavender

    Chasm Institute LLC

    Mark Cavender is Founder and Managing Director at Chasm Institute LLC. With over 15 years of experience in enterprise software, Mark has a unique blend of strategic and tactical marketing skills coupled with a strong background in software sales. He has personally consulted with over 350 high-tech companies and is the primary author and designer of Chasm Institute's online course "Foundations of High-Tech Marketing" and Chasm Institute's Salesforce.com AppExchange business application "ChasmPlaybook."

  • Sambellamy

    Sam

    Bellamy

    Intel

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    Sam

    Bellamy

    Intel

    Sam is the Channel Sales Director in EMEA. He sits on the EMEA board of director leadership team in the Sales & Marketing Group. His team’s primary function managing the Reseller & Distribution community of customers, numbered in the thousands that sell & advocate Intel based technology. Sam has been at Intel since 1993, in a wide variety of roles in EMEA & Worldwide. His passion at work is technology sales leadership, getting the very latest Intel products out to as wide possible end user community through scalable channels.

  • Sebastianuchitel

    Sebastian

    Uchitel

    La Red Innova

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    Sebastian

    Uchitel

    La Red Innova

    Sebastian is the COO (Managing Director) at La Red Innova, the hub for Digital and Tech Industry of Latin America. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded and led start-up phases at Eventdoo.com and Idea.Me. Previously served as Business Development Manager at Cognizant Technology Solutions (NASDAQ: CTSH) where he actively participated in the regional roll-out of the firm across Latin America. Sebastian is also a Professor at Torcuato Di Tella University and a graduate of its Executive MBA Program.

  • Gary

    Gary

    Richman

    Intel

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    Gary

    Richman

    Intel

    Gary has 20+ years of industry experience, including extensive product management and marketing leadership experience at Intel - from software and hardware product management to channel marketing, brand strategy, advertising and promotions. Prior to Intel, he led marketing for two start-ups. Recently he has led the systems innovation effort at Intel, driving the product management and go to market activities for innovative form factors and usages that Intel designs and builds, and gets OEM customers to adopt.

  • Torsten

    Torsten

    Kolind

    YouNoodle

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    Torsten

    Kolind

    YouNoodle

    Torsten Kolind is CEO and co-founder of San Francisco-based YouNoodle, a global platform for startup competitions. Torsten is a guest mentor for The Accelerators Blog at The Wall Street Journal, and have judged and mentored for a dozen of organizations, including Stanford, MIT, Startup Weekend, Creative Business Cup, and Rockstart Accelerator. An engineer by training, Torsten specializes in company operations, scaling, and strategy.

  • Nick lee

    Nick

    Lee

    Xamarin

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    Nick

    Lee

    Xamarin

    Nick is currently a Customer Success Engineer at Xamarin, where he helps companies solve problems related to cross-platform mobile app development. He co-founded two companies while studying at UC Berkeley: Mobile World Software (a mobile app development company), and Flowbit (a social venture that developed low-cost remote monitoring hardware for use in Developing World water projects). He earned an MS and BS from the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley. Nick loves working with smart, motivated people to bring new technology to the world.

  • Grace

    Grace

    Hsia

    Warmilu

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    Grace

    Hsia

    Warmilu

    Grace is a go-getting technology entrepreneur and Michigan Wolverine! She loves using her materials science engineering and business background to help others solve problems. She is CEO of Warmilu, a phase change materials startup that provides therapeutic warmth to hypothermic infants and arthritic baby boomers. She’s also project manager of the First Customer Program and has assisted 150+ startups (biotech, medical device, information, manufacturing, advanced materials) with identifying gaps in tech/customer validation, marketing, and sales.

  • Stephen

    Stephen

    Pieraldi

    Sideband Networks

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    Stephen

    Pieraldi

    Sideband Networks

    Gary has 20+ years of industry experience, including extensive product management and marketing leadership experience at Intel - from software and hardware product management to channel marketing, brand strategy, advertising and promotions. Prior to Intel, he led marketing for two start-ups. Recently he has led the systems innovation effort at Intel, driving the product management and go to market activities for innovative form factors and usages that Intel designs and builds, and gets OEM customers to adopt.

  • Pradeep

    Pradeep

    Tagare

    Intel Capital

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    Pradeep

    Tagare

    Intel Capital

    Gary has 20+ years of industry experience, including extensive product management and marketing leadership experience at Intel - from software and hardware product management to channel marketing, brand strategy, advertising and promotions. Prior to Intel, he led marketing for two start-ups. Recently he has led the systems innovation effort at Intel, driving the product management and go to market activities for innovative form factors and usages that Intel designs and builds, and gets OEM customers to adopt.

  • Lisa

    Lisa

    de Linde

     

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    Lisa

    de Linde

     

    Lisa is a digital entrepreneur in media and the creative industries. She has spent the past 10 years designing and implementing digital strategy within media, fashion, film, games, and advertising, both for large corporations and small start-ups. Originally from Denmark, Lisa is currently based in London and has professional experience from the Nordics, Spain, Germany, Mexico, and Argentina. Lisa holds a Masters degree in Innovation Management from Copenhagen Business School and Universidad Torcuato di Tella.

  • Henrik

    Henrik

    Ralf Nielsen

    Danish Fashion Institute

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    Henrik

    Ralf Nielsen

    Danish Fashion Institute

    Henrik is Head of Business Development in Danish Fashion Institute, an organisation serving the Danish fashion industry. Currently, he is working on developing a strategic business and management tool for small and medium-sized enterprises. Henrik holds an master degree in intercultural management from Copenhagen Business School and has spent the last 10 years involved in the creative industries both as an entrepreneur, as a consultant and as a corporate business developer.

  • Phillipkdossing

    Phillip

    K. Døssing

    Lego

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    Phillip

    K. Døssing

    Lego

    Philip K. Døssing is Design Lead at LEGO Future Lab. LEGO Future Lab is tasked to invent the future of play, spotting trends yet invent the future now. A group of business drivers, experience designers, project managers they are looking for new target groups, new markets, new technologies, new business models. They have to inspire the core business, validate new business opportunities, and create new standalone and sustainable businesses.

  • Lonaduncan

    Lona

    Duncan

    Style Lend

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    Lona

    Duncan

    Style Lend

    Lona Duncan is a fashion and technology entrepreneur. For the past 3 years she has spent her time building and prototyping various fashion startups in Silicon Valley and most recently she has been working on StyleLend.com which is a peer to peer fashion rental marketplace. Her curious nature has taken Lona to 60 countries, and learned to speak 7 languages. She is most passionate about building things that people want and solving problems that women have.

  • Lael

    Lael

    Sturm

    YouNoodle

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    Lael

    Sturm

    YouNoodle

    Lael Sturm is a serial entrepreneur who has worked with, advised, started and invested in dozens of startups. His startup career began at CNET in the mid-90's and later took him to NY where he ran online promotions for several record labels and ultimately MTV. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and currently runs business development for YouNoodle.

  • Strasser

    Harry

    Strasser

    Wearable Technologies Group

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    Harry

    Strasser

    Wearable Technologies Group

    Harry Strasser is Managing Partner of Wearable Technologies Group and holds additional roles as executive partner, board member and mentor at trendsetting companies. With more than 15 years’ experience he is a senior expert in mobile communications, wearable technologies, Internet of Things and digital convergence, and is deeply involved in worldwide innovation programs. Based in Munich, Germany, Harry holds an MBA from City University and attended executive courses at Stanford University, Harvard University and INSEAD.

  • Santiago

    Santiago

    Ceria

    Fundación Sadosky

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    Santiago

    Ceria

    Fundación Sadosky

    Santiago is Executive Director of Fundación Sadosky, an institution created by Argentina's Ministry of Science and Technology to promote academia-industry collaboration. He is also assistant director and professor of software engineering at the School of Computer Science - University of Buenos Aires. Santiago worked more than 20 years in industry both in corporations and startups. He holds a BS in systems analysis from UBA and a masters degree in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Ekaterina

    Ekaterina

    Khramkova

    Lumiknows

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    Ekaterina

    Khramkova

    Lumiknows

    Ekaterina is CEO and founder of Lumiknows, the first-in-Russia design research consultancy, specializing on developing appropriate design strategies and new products/brand offerings for the Russian market. Ekaterina is also a columnist on design thinking at Harvard Business Review–Russia, and member of the editorial board, The International Journal of Business Anthropology. She holds a Masters in Design and Branding Strategy from Brunel University, and PhD in Ethnography and Cultural Anthropology from Russian Academy of Sciences.

  • Ivan

    Ivan

    Abreu

     

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    Ivan

    Abreu

     

    Iván Abreu is an artist and designer focused on electronic media, programming and academics. His awards include The Prix Ars Electronica, the CINTAS Foundation Award in Visual Arts, and the National System of Art Creators of FONCA grant. He founded and directed the first International Festiva of Electronic Arts Transitio MX and leads a laboratory for research and developing ideas at the intersection of art, design, science and technology and their impact on society and culture.

  • Eisenhardt

    Dan

    Eisenhardt

    Recon Instruments

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    Dan

    Eisenhardt

    Recon Instruments

    Dan co-founded Recon Instruments in 2008 and has been the CEO from day one. Prior to Recon, Dan was a management consultant for IBM and PwC. He also served in senior roles at Bavarian Nordic. Dan swam competitively at an international level, both in his native Denmark and in the United States. His athletic background was a key inspiration for the founding of Recon Instruments and he remains a passionate swimmer, cyclist and snowboarder to this day.

  • Chuang

    Richard

    Chuang

    Intel

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    Richard

    Chuang

    Intel

    Dr. Richard Chuang is an Applied Research Scientist in Intel. His research interests include wireless communications, IoT/M2M and wearable solutions, cloud infrastructure and computational intelligence. Prior to joining Intel, he led researches that focused on delivering solutions for smart grids, industrial automation and remote sensing services. Richard holds 6 patents and published more than 80 journal/proceeding papers. His research results have been featured and reported by BBC News, Discovery Channel, EE Times and New Scientists.

  • Bravman

    Richard

    Bravman

    Coastal Ventures

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    Richard

    Bravman

    Coastal Ventures

    Bravman

  • Chris

    Chris

    Petescia

    Carrot Creative

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    Chris

    Petescia

    Carrot Creative

    Chris Petescia, Chief Experience Officer, is co-founder of Carrot Creative - A VICE Company. Chris oversees the creative, design and development departments ensuring the quality of final digital experiences produced for leading brands, including Rolex, Target, Disney, and Jaguar. Named amongst Complex Magazine’s 50 Designers to Watch, Chris branded and designed the HUE HD Webcam - a TIME "Invention of the Year." Chris provides mentorship to various startups, as well as to members of NYC SeedStart Enterprise Accelerator's entrepreneur class.

  • Jim

    Jim

    Chase

    Intel

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    Jim

    Chase

    Intel

    Jim Chase is the product manager for Edison and Galileo platform ecosystems. Jim brings wide-ranging industry experience spanning over 27 years in IoT, mobile, semiconductor, power and data telecommunications. Jim has held several business, sales and marketing, and R&D positions in his career and have participated as a principal in five startups in M2M/IoT, EDA software development and training, engineering services, computer system integration and network design and management.

  • Guillermo

    Guillermo

    Gomez

    Intel

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    Guillermo

    Gomez

    Intel

    Guillermo is a System Validation Engineer in the System Validation Engineering group for micro-Servers segment based in Guadalajara's Intel site. He has an experience of 2 years on this validation area at Intel and more than 15 years' experience in the area of Software Development at IBM for the iSeries server system. He also held the role of Product Manager for IBM Storage-Archiving solution "Information Archive". Guillermo holds BS in Computer Science from University of Guadalajara.

  • Carlos

    Carlos

    Montesinos

    Intel

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    Carlos

    Montesinos

    Intel

    Carlos is a Researcher and Technology Leader focusing on rapid prototyping tools for product development. He has more than 10 years of experience in Robotics, including Self-Driving cars, and other embedded platforms. Carlos currently works in a multi-disciplinary team combining: design, user-experience, and technology. His goal is to enable entrepreneurs to develop the next-big-thing with embedded platforms. Carlos received his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Duncan

    Duncan

    Wilson

    Intel

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    Duncan

    Wilson

    Intel

    Duncan is Intel Director at ICRI Cities in London and is responsible for driving the research agenda of the institute. He is currently working on large-scale deployments of sensor networks in London and is leading a national "Internet of School Things" project with schools across the UK. He has a background in foresight and innovation in cities, co-created the Drivers of Change concept and has a personal research focus on ubiquitous computing in the built environment.

  • Oliver

    D. John

    Oliver

    Intel

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    D. John

    Oliver

    Intel

    John is currently a Senior System Architect and manages the Chandler Embedded Innovation Center. John’s current emphasis is on sensors, robotics, and wearable computers. John has been an employee at Intel cumulatively for over 15 years and has held multiple positions in engineering, market development, strategic technology development, marketing, and program management. John works his gold mine in his spare time, develops personal robotics, and is currently engrossed with the open source 3-D printer movement.

Semifinal Judges

Industry leaders in technology and design will evaluate DEVELOPMENT track semifinalists.

  • Ericpan

    Hao (Eric)

    Pan

    Seeed Studio

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    Hao (Eric)

    Pan

    Seeed Studio

    Eric Pan is founder and CEO of Seeed Studio, life long maker and biker. Since 2008, Seeed provides open hardware modules and service to help makers turn ideas into products. He also created ChaiHuo hackerspace in Shenzhen, co-founded the hardware accelerator HAXLR8R, and introduced the first Mini Maker Faire to China. With all his work to accelerate small-scale hardware innovators, he was selected by Forbes China for the cover page as 30 young entrepreneurs under 30.

  • Theoforbath

    Theo

    Forbath

    Frog Design

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    Theo

    Forbath

    Frog Design

    Theo Forbath is the Global Vice President of Innovation Strategy. An expert in managing product innovation, business strategy and global collaboration, he has worked with executive leadership teams to drive top-line impact across a broad set of industries. Theo’s writing, speaking and thought leadership has focused on how organizations can develop a culture of innovation, on creating new business models within a data-rich world, and on understanding the impact of global collaboration on product innovation.

  • Christianstammel

    Christian

    Stammel

    Wearable Technologies

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    Christian

    Stammel

    Wearable Technologies

    Christian Stammel is founder and CEO of Wearable Technologies, the leading innovation and market development platform for wearable technologies. A visionary entrepreneur with broad technology know-how and more than 20 years of experience, he has supported the business development of more than 100 companies. His companies service customers like Texas Instruments, Bluetooth, Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Vodafone, European Space Agency, CeBIT, ISPO and Medica, and established the world’s leading innovation competition series “Innovation World Cup”.

  • Jesussavage

    Jesus

    Savage

    National Autonomous University of Mexico

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    Jesus

    Savage

    National Autonomous University of Mexico

    Jesus Savage is a full time professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at National Autonomous University of Mexico. In the last 20 years he has taught Intelligent Agents and Mobile Robots, Digital Signal Processing using DSP microprocessors, Pattern Recognition and Computer Architectures. He is the Founder of the Bio-Robotics Laboratory, in which research on Human Machine Interfaces and Mobile Robots is performed. He was President of the Robotics Mexican Federation from 2008 to 2012 and Chair of RoboCup 2012 in Mexico City.

  • Yixinzhao

    Yixin

    Zhao

    New Reach Technologies

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    Yixin

    Zhao

    New Reach Technologies

    Yixin Zhao, CEO of New Reach Technologies, a high tech start-up focusing on smart health management platform powered by wearable devices and data service. Yixin got his Ph.D. degree in 2002 from CS Dept., Tsinghua University. During 2002~2005, Yixin worked at Intel on network processor, 802.11 and 802.16. 2005~2011, worked at IBM on Unified Communication, Cloud and IOT, got IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award. 2011~2014, CTO of Shinehealth Technologies. Yixin is also an active volunteer.

  • Gary

    Gary

    Richman

    Intel

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    Gary

    Richman

    Intel

    Gary has 20+ years of industry experience, including extensive product management and marketing leadership experience at Intel - from software and hardware product management to channel marketing, brand strategy, advertising and promotions. Prior to Intel, he led marketing for two start-ups. Recently he has led the systems innovation effort at Intel, driving the product management and go to market activities for innovative form factors and usages that Intel designs and builds, and gets OEM customers to adopt.

  • Caleb

    Caleb

    Kraft

    Make Magazine

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    Caleb

    Kraft

    Make Magazine

    Caleb Kraft is the Community Editor for Make Magazine. A professional tinkerer who gets incredibly excited seeing other people make things.

  • Nagesh

    Nagesh

    Singh

    Foundation for Innovation and Collaborative Education

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    Nagesh

    Singh

    Foundation for Innovation and Collaborative Education

    Nagesh Singh has worked in a variety of capacities with transnational companies. He is the founder of several interactive learning businesses that cater to diverse audiences in China, India and the Middle East. Nagesh currently serves as the Executive Director and Trustee at Foundation for Innovation and Collaborative Education and as a Partner with University Central, LLC a learning solutions company based in Cambridge, MA.