Startup Weekend Bay Area: AR/VR/AI

    Friday, January 13 - 15, 2017


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend Bay Area: AR/VR/AI

Friday, January 13 - 15, 2017



Friday, January 13 - 15, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Kapor Center for Social Impact
2148 Broadway
Oakland, California 94612

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Come Innovate Around the Top Tech Verticals in Silicon Valley!

We're doing it big this time with the sexiest tech verticals including augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. Come by and network with some incredibly smart folks, team up, and be the change you want to see in the world through Startup Weekend AR/VR/AI!

"The best way to predict your future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln

What is Startup Weekend?


Startup Weekend is a three-day startup accelerator event that encourages a fun and engaging environment for startup enthusiasts of all backgrounds. It creates a forum for creators and idealists to gain insight and relevant, real-time experience for growing a business while expanding their resumes, portfolios, and networks. Weekend activities begin with rapid-fire startup pitches, prototype building, mentor feedback from experts in the field, keynote speakers, and conclude with a Shark Tank-style judging session. Prizes are also awarded to the best new startups!

Startup Weekend SF: AR/VR/AI Details!  (We Go Big...)

There will be 3 distinct events as part of Startup Weekend:

  • Opening Night Open Mic Pitch Party where attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team.
  • The Working Sessions focused on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies, and building minimum viable products
  • The Closing Event where teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of investors.

If you are participating in the weekend as a Hustler, Hacker, Designer, or Maker, then your ticket gets you in to all 3 events and locations.  

Startup Weekend AR/VR/AI and the Kapor Center for Social Impact have also partnered up to make this event more diverse, inclusive, and impactful by removing barriers to attending. We are offering students a 50% discount code: "STUDENT". We will be checking student IDs at check-in so be sure to bring yours. To ensure that this event is not cost prohibitive for anyone, Oculus VR is sponsoring diversity scholarships to give up to 80% off for the weekend. If you identify as a woman, person of color, lgbtq, or person with disability, please fill out an application here: bit.ly/SWdiversityscholarship. (Application Deadline is end of day on Dec. 23) Please reach out to us at sf@startupweekend.org if you have any questions about these.


Startup Weekend FAQ's

If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ or email us at sf@startupweekend.org.


Attend and Support!

If you would like to attend the opening and closing nights only, please purchase the event night tickets!  Everyone in attendance Friday night will get a vote on the ideas that continue through the weekend! 

Yes!  There will be an after party on Sunday!  


Interested in volunteering or sponsoring?

Send us an email at sf@startupweekend.org! We'd love to hear from you.

Sponsor tiers: https://startupweekend.org/sponsors

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday January 13th


5:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat complimentary food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday January 14th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


10:00 am
Optional Workshop
"Intro to VR Product Design" hosted by Austin McCasland, VR instructor at Udacity's VR Nanodegree


11:00 am
Optional Workshop
"A Friendly Introduction to Deep Learning and Neural Networks" hosted by Luis Serrano, Machine Learning Nanodegree Lead at Udacity


12:00 pm
Lunch
Complimentary food


12:00 pm
Optional Workshop
"Unity 101 for VR" hosted by the David E. Glover Foundation


1:00 pm
Mentor Check-In
Coaches arrive! Teams update coaches what they have been working on and coaches offer support


2:00 pm
Optional Workshop
"Using Lean" hosted by Nick Norena, Innovation Coach at TriKro LLC


3:00 pm
Optional Workshop
"Protecting Your Intellectual Property" hosted by Pete Tormey, Managing Partner


4:00 pm
Optional Workshop
"Computer Vision/Robotics 101" hosted by Carlos Uranga, CoFounder/CEO at LUSH Robotics


6:00 pm
Dinner
Complimentary food


9:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday January 15th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


12:00 pm
Lunch
Complimentary food


3:00 pm
Practice Presentations & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


5:00 pm
Dinner
Complimentary food


5:30 pm
Final Presentations
The moment you've all been stressing about and waiting for! Leave it all out on the floor here.


8:00 pm
Judging & Awards
Judges review the presentation and choose the winners that receive the prizes.


8:45 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
After Party!
Location To Be Announced



Speakers


G Wu
Co-Founder at Maluuba

G Wu was a co-founder of Maluuba. There, he helped rolling out Maluuba’s voice assistant to hardware manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Blackberry and many more.  Later, he helped create Maluuba’s research lab in Montreal – a Deepmind for NLP.  Nowadays, G is toying with ways to scale NLP to more users, more developers and more verticals.


Jodi Schiller
Founder @ New Reality ARts

Jodi has been running creative businesses for almost two decades. She's passionate about creating ARVR and about making ARVR a gender balanced diverse industry. Jodi runs her own company New Reality Arts, a vr studio and VR digital asset management business, and ARVR Women, a non profit devoted to developing and advocating for diverse workforces. 


Barry Pousman
CEO and Co-Founder, Variable Labs

Barry is co-founder and CEO of Variable Labs, an immersive media company focused on fostering empathy for positive behavior change. His clients include Google, XPRIZE, the UN and other top-tier organizations and companies where he creates Virtual Reality content, platforms and activations around the globe.

Prior to starting Variable Labs, Barry was a Chief Digital Strategist at the U.N. helping to implement new media initiatives around the promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals. His work with the U.N. has taken him to Sub Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and South East Asia to create content that ranges from Virtual Reality films to viral videos. His work has screened at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the White House, Sundance, won the Interactive Award at Sheffield Doc Fest and been written about in The New York Times, Vice, the BBC, and more.

Formerly the Director of Programming at Discovery Digital Networks and a founding member of Discovery VR, his focus was on science, education and global awareness. He oversaw multiple production teams and four digital networks garnering millions of views each week.

Barry is a graduate of Emerson College where he studied Visual Media and he served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal, receiving two Fulbright Hays grants from the U.S. Embassy for his documentary work.


Michael Ludden
Program Director and Senior Product Manager @ IBM Watson

Michael Ludden is currently Program Director and Senior Product Manager at IBM Watson working on developer facing offerings in the emerging field of Artificial IntelligenceA thought leader in the Virtual Reality space, Michael is working on emerging Watson use cases for Virtual Reality, including conversational interfaces and computer vision trainability among others. Previously, Michael was Developer Marketing Manager Lead at Google, Head of Developer Marketing at Samsung, a Developer Evangelist at HTC, Global Director of Developer Relations at startups Quixey & Nexmo, and was involved at various times in development, product marketing, co-founding startups, tech show hosting, and even cruise-ship singing (don’t ask). Michael has a degree from UCLA and is thrilled to share more about AI, Machine Learning and Cognitive Computing. 

A one-time developer, Michael has for the last decade been a frequent speaker, panelist and keynote giver at conferences such as Mobile World Conference Barcelona, IFA in Berlin, CES, multiple Droidcons, Appsworld, GDC, Google IO, Linux Foundation Apache Big Data, AnDevCon, OSCON, Samsung Developer Conference, Appnation, SXSW, EvansData Developer Relations Conference, TechCrunch Disrupt, as well as developer meetups such as Google Developer Groups, MoDev, SVAndroid, Mobile Monday and more.


Lili Gangas
Chief Tech Community Officer Kapor Center for Social Impact

Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer. In this role, Lili helps catalyze Oakland’s emergence as a social impact hub of tech done right – where tech, diverse talent, and action driven partnerships can tackle pressing social and economic inequities of our communities head-on. Before coming to the Kapor Center, Lili was an Associate Principal at Accenture Technology Lab’s Open Innovation team, building bridges between startups and Global 2000 commercial clients through cross sector collaboration. She was also a founding member of the Innovation Services team at Booz Allen specializing in crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and open data solutions for the public sector. Before that, Lili could be found in the lab working on firmware solutions for the aerospace industry as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Software Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Lili holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and Systems Engineering Certification from UCLA Extension. In addition to her day jobs, Lili was an active TechStars Startup Weekend DC organizer, a judge of the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Startup in a Day Challenge, an open data innovation panelist at the White House Council of Women and Girls session, an Oculus Launchpad alumni, and advisor to Dreamwakers.org and OpenDataNation.com. Outside of work, Lili enjoys getting to know cities via distance races – she’ a 5-time half marathoner and last year completed her first full marathon. Contact Lili Gangs at lili [at] kaporcenter.org

Event Judges


Manny Padda
Managing Director at New Avenue Capital

Manny Padda is an entrepreneur, educator, angel investor, and philanthropist based in Vancouver, B.C. He is the founder of New Avenue Capital, a global firm focusing on four fundamental pillars: venture capital, recruitment, private lending and real estate, and social venture and philanthropy. He has contributed to the growth and development of angel investing in Canada through mentorship, investment and leadership across the nation.

Manny is also the co-founder of GradusOne, an organization that connects students and new graduates with mentors and provides them with the resources they need to achieve future success. He believes in providing students with the right knowledge and support to help them move one step forward in their career


Ulili Onovakpuri
Principal at Kapor Capital

Uriridiakoghene Onovakpuri returned to the Kapor Capital team in 2016. She is focused on sourcing investment opportunities, conducting diligence and supporting Kapor Capital’s portfolio companies particularly those in the digital health and medical technology industries.

Previously, Uriridiakoghene served as Director of Global Programs at Village Capital, a global accelerator program and venture capital firm which supports healthcare, education, agriculture, energy and FinTech businesses. At Village Capital she worked side by side with entrepreneurs from around the world helping them grow their ideas into marketable businesses.

Uriridiakoghene received her MBA with a concentration in Health Sector Management from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is a native San Franciscan and a proud UC Berkeley Alum.

In her free time, you will likely find Uriridiakoghene watching Bollywood movies or playing with her niece Maya.


Pedro Sorrentino
Venture Associate at Funders Club

Pedro Sorrentino is a Venture Associate at FundersClub, focused on early stage and series-A technology investments. FundersClub is a shareholder in Coinbase, Slack, Instacart, Shippo, Flexport, RapidAPI, Pipefy, Rappi and 200+ other companies. Previously, he held multiple roles at SendGrid, a cloud-based email platform, that delivers billions of customer engagement emails each month for companies like Uber, Spotify, Tumblr and Airbnb. While there, Pedro was their first hire responsible for all partnership-reseller channels with companies like Heroku, Microsoft, Softlayer and Rackspace. Additionally, he led the company expansion to Latin America.

Prior to SendGrid, Pedro co-founded two companies, including Recomind.net, which was acquired by Buscapé Company, the largest e-commerce conglomerate in Latin America.  

In a past life, Pedro had a classic rock band and was a music journalist. Today, he enjoys Formula 1, meditation and believes that everyone can improve by one percent, every day.  


Amy LaMeyer
Consultant

Amy LaMeyer is a corporate development and operations professional with over 15 years of experience in a high growth technology industry.  She has worked with larger organizations and start-ups, including managing a cybersecurity start-up accelerator in Tel Aviv in partnership with Microsoft Ventures.  Her specific experience includes M&A, strategic partnerships, divestitures, international expansion, profitability modeling, financial and product operations and engineering scale.  To enable others to learn about VR/AR, Amy has recently launched http://www.enteringvr.net/, which contains key news sites, social media, conferences, podcasts and developer tools.  She is excited about the opportunities in VR/AR to enable learning, communication, productivity and is determined to help the content and technology grow. 


Chris Nunes
Managing Partner - Heavy Projects

Chris Nunes is an award-winning product manager and entrepreneur, with a deep background in startup operations, product launches, strategic communications, and negotiating & papering strategic partnerships.  Chris has himself been a finalist in multiple hackathons, was a Grand Prize Winner in GE's Hospital Quest application competition, and was a judge at the Breaking Glass: Google Glass hackathon.  He is the managing partner at Heavy Projects, an award-winning advanced technology consultancy specializing in unique mind-bending deployments of augmented reality in public spaces. At Heavy Projects, he runs business development and oversees the definition of in-house and client products, which have included Toshiba, Qualcomm, HG TV, & Miami-Dade County's Art in Public Places, among many others.  Heavy Projects is constantly looking to advance the field of user experience and user interface in augmented reality, and has recently begun experimenting with IBM Watson services to bring AI to AR.  


Kathryn Susoeff
User Research Program Manager at Oculus VR

Katie Susoeff has been playing video games since she was 5 years old. She worked in game development as a narrative designer for seven lucky years, most recently leading an international team of designers in Germany.

At Oculus, she teaches people how to optimize their use of virtual reality: everything from safety best practices, to highlighting the highest-quality and most unique content, to teaching others to safely demonstrate virtual reality to total beginners. 

She can’t wait to combine three of her favorite pastimes – virtual reality, augmented reality, and judging.


Coaches and Mentors


Logan Dwight
Co-Founder and Creative Director at The Soap Collective

Logan is an avid storyteller, VR content creator, and interaction design specialist. From a young age, he always knew he wanted to use technology to tell stories. His earliest memory is playing 'Wing Commander' on his father's lap. At age 9, he was coding and designing simple PC games in Flash. In high school & college, Logan studied interaction design, game theory, and animation. He worked in the video game industry for a number of years before leaving to found The Soap Collective, a next-generation interactive content agency.

Now, as co-founder and creative director at Soap, Logan's attention is focused squarely on VR. He believes VR is a "convergence medium," a new form of expression that incorporates the best elements of games, film, theater, and experience design. He wants to use this medium to pioneer a new frontier of storytelling: a world where the lines between fiction and reality are increasingly blurred.


Mario de la Vega
Head of Product & Experience, Variable Labs

Mario de la Vega is the Co-Founder and Head of Product and Experience at Variable Labs, a company that creates immersive tools to foster empathy, educate, and change behavior. Variable Labs' clients include Google, the United Nations, and the XPRIZE Foundation.

Mario has been an innovator in the digital space for the past ten years where he as taken a data driven and creative approach to successfully lead teams which experiment, deconstruct, and build content for a variety of platforms and distribution points. He has worked with large brands such as MSN, Yahoo, and Starbucks, and recently ran programming and development for Discovery Communications’ original digital content arm. While at Discovery, Mario was also a member of the team responsible for shaping and creating the company's Virtual Reality offerings, creating VR content focused on science, education, and world exploration.

Mario came to digital programming from independent film. His first feature, Robbing Peter, received four IFP/Independent Spirit Award nominations, including nominations for the John Cassavetes Award (for best feature under $500,000) and Best First Screenplay. His script, The Undeniable Charm of Sloppy Unruh, won the screenplay section of the Tribeca All Access program. In 2004, de la Vega was named in Filmmaker magazine as one of the 25 Faces to Watch in Independent Film.


Barry Pousman
CEO and Co-Founder, Variable Labs

Barry is co-founder and CEO of Variable Labs, an immersive media company focused on fostering empathy for positive behavior change. His clients include Google, XPRIZE, the UN and other top-tier organizations and companies where he creates Virtual Reality content, platforms and activations around the globe.

Prior to starting Variable Labs, Barry was a Chief Digital Strategist at the U.N. helping to implement new media initiatives around the promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals. His work with the U.N. has taken him to Sub Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and South East Asia to create content that ranges from Virtual Reality films to viral videos. His work has screened at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the White House, Sundance, won the Interactive Award at Sheffield Doc Fest and been written about in The New York Times, Vice, the BBC, and more.

Formerly the Director of Programming at Discovery Digital Networks and a founding member of Discovery VR, his focus was on science, education and global awareness. He oversaw multiple production teams and four digital networks garnering millions of views each week.

Barry is a graduate of Emerson College where he studied Visual Media and he served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal, receiving two Fulbright Hays grants from the U.S. Embassy for his documentary work.


Luis Serrano
Machine Learning Nanodegree Lead at Udacity

Luis was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He did a bachelors and masters in mathematics at the University of Waterloo, in Canada, and got a PhD in mathematics at the University of Michigan. After spending 4 years as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Quebec at Montreal, he decided to jump into silicon valley. He spent two years at Google, working on machine learning algorithms and data analysis at the recommendations team at YouTube. He now works in tech education, leading the Machine Learning Nanodegree team at Udacity.


Barney Govan
Director of Personalization at Boomtrain

Barney is an engineering leader, data scientist, and software developer with many years of experience building large-scale systems in the fields of online advertising and marketing.  He has worked at many different companies, including large companies like Sony and Yahoo and most recently at startups like Advertising.com (now AOL advertising), Quantcast, and Boomtrain.  His prime focus is on recommendation systems and Bayesian statistical methods.


Omoju Miller
Data Scientist

Omoju Miller is a Data Scientist with over a decade of experience in computational intelligence. While finishing her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, she co-led the non-profit investment in Computer Science Education for Google. During her time in grad school, apart from conducting her research, she founded TEDxEuclidAve and advised the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows. She is one of the folks to watch, as part of Bloomberg’s Beta Future Founders program.


Joe Gerber
Managing Director, IDEO CoLab

Joe is a Managing Director of the IDEO CoLab, a research and design network that brings together like-minded organizations to understand and shape how emerging technologies will affect our world. 


Matt Schoen
Senior Software Engineer at Unity Labs

Matt has been using computers for as long as he can remember. It wasn't until a high school programming class that he learned how to write code and create software, but he has always been an avid gamer and tech junkie. After earning a BS in Computer Engineering at BU in 2010, he founded Defective Studios with Jono Forbes with the goal of creating unique and experimental indie games. He currently works at Unity after spending over half a decade using their software to create games and interactive software, both for Defective and as an independent contractor. He helped create an award-winning augmented reality advertising experience called Track My Macca's for McDonald's Australia, and worked with HitPoint Studios on Dragon Adventures, a mobile game attached to Dreamworks' How To Train Your Dragon universe. These days he works at Unity Labs here in San Francisco on Editor VR, an open-source project which extends Unity's editor to work with consumer desktop VR devices like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. He is also working with a company called V (just the letter) on their software which provides a universal VR overlay that can be injected into any VR experience. Currently in open beta, V supports the Oculus Rift and in its first version, provides access to a web browser that users can use to watch YouTube videos, control a Spotify player, or track their Twitch chat without having to remove the headset, and without game developers having to integrate a plugin. He is passionate about the projects he is working on and has lived through the foundation of a handful of software start-ups. Feel free to pick his brain about Unity, the latest in consumer VR, or lessons learned trying to start a company.


Rumman Chowdhury
Senior Data Scientist and Instructor at Metis

Rumman comes to data science from a quantitative social science background. Prior to joining Metis, she was a data scientist at Quotient Technology, where she used retailer transaction data to build an award-winning media targeting model. Her industry experience ranges from public policy, to economics, and consulting. Her prior clients include the World Bank, the Vera Institute of Justice, and the Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts. She holds two undergraduate degrees from MIT, a Masters in Quantitative Methods of the Social Sciences from Columbia, and she is currently finishing her Political Science PhD from the University of California, San Diego.  

She is an active thought leader, with speaking engagements and tutorial sessions at: PyBay, Open Data Science Conference, Machine Learning Conference, Strata/Hadoop San Jose, Women Catalysts, Demystifying AI Conference, and the Global Big Data Conference, among others.


Cliff Warren
VR Product Designer at Facebook

Cliff Warren is a multidisciplinary designer who has contributed to a variety futuristic projects.  He has prototyped lunar rovers with NASA, productized advance computer vision technology at SET Media, contributed to the VR video game Adr1ft, explored the potential of augmented reality at Samsung, and currently works on social VR and immersive content at Facebook. 


Pete Tormey
Managing Partner

Mr. Tormey has over 25 years of experience in product development, marketing and intellectual property protection.  As a company startup veteran, Mr. Tormey brings a unique perspective on the value of intellectual property to a small and growing business. As such, he has also delivered lectures to entrepreneurs and business executives on how to protect and leverage IP assets.

Mr. Tormey is the author of the 
Startup Guide to Intellectual Property.

As a patent attorney, Mr. Tormey has drafted over 100 patent applications covering software, electronics, wireless, radio, mobile applications, encryption and automation controls. His legal experience include corporate formation, dissolutions, and international transactions.


Michael Petrin
Intellectual Property Attorney at Antero,Tormey & Petrin, PC

Michael has nearly 30 years of experience with a Fortune 500 consumer products company, starting as a research scientist with a Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of California at Davis. He has developed and patented novel bleaching, cleaning and disinfecting technologies, conducted research into biomimetic systems, enzymatic and activator chemistry, polymers and nanotechnology that was successfully launched in consumer and professional products by The Clorox Company, Kingsford and ArmorAll.

Michael has been a Patent Agent for over 15 years, working extensively with fellow scientists on inventions and ideation, broadening inventive scope and application breadth of technologies, developing strategies to maximize intellectual property protection as well as drafting and prosecution of patents, licensing and litigation matters. 

Michael is now a practicing Patent Attorney specializing in Intellectual Property protection for small businesses and startups and practices in the State of California.

At Antero, Tormey & Petrin, counsel is provided based on your needs and business model, which may or may not require a patent when other forms of intellectual property may suffice to protect your brand, product or marketing strategy. We also offer support for small businesses and startups, including incorporation, franchising and licensing, as well as contractual support around business activities to protect your interests and manage liability as your company grows.


Carlos Uranga
CoFounder/ CEO - LUSH Robotics, Inc.

Carlos' most recent endeavors is exploring the use of Deep Learning (A.I.) in two of his startups (Biofabs, LUSH Robotics) - coupling algorithms and massively parallel computing to mimic the very neural networks that govern the behavior of what our brains do best - pattern recognition. Carlos is a serial entrepreneur, leading and advising startups as founder/ developer/ product manager/ instructor. His passion is one of leveraging converging disciplines, harnessing the power of distributed innovation & digital fabrication, and putting them to work in robotics. He started his career in genomics, where he spent ~12 years, developing and promoting preventative medicine based on whole and partial genome/ exome analytics. Most recently he was the Director of the Innovation Lab (iLab) at Singularity University (SU) where he served the mission to educate and empower present and future leaders towards leveraging exponential technologies.

Carlos has always prescribed to having a moon-shot- thinking mindset, in that everyone should aspire to ‘think big’ as an entrepreneur, especially when subscribing to make things that will help a billion people within 10 years. Carlos has traveled the world on motorcycle with his father, is an avid bicyclist, surfer, and has always been insatiably curious about exploring the harmony sought between humans, their environment, and technology. Carlos holds a Masters in Bioengineering from UCSD and the equivalent of a Masters in Computer Vision, and Robotics from INPG/ INRIA in Grenoble, France.


Darryl Star
Instructor, The David E. Glover Education and Technology Center(a project of OCCUR)

Darryl Starr is a lead instructor/curriculum developer for David E. Glover Education Technology Center.  Long time video game industry veteran developer having developed titles for leading publishers worldwide including EA, Activision, Disney, Sony BMG, Square-Enix et al.  Darryl is also co-founder of Hardcore3D Wireless and DollarWolf development companies.


Nick Noreña
Innovation Coach, TriKro LLC

Nick Noreña is a lean entrepreneur and coach with experience building a venture-backed company, driving and executing customer driven product development, and coaching groups of individuals to create real value as teams. He has worked on projects ranging from ecosystem development where he trained startup mentors and accelerator managers, to coaching product teams to experiment faster and build validated businesses.


Rosanna Garcia
CEO & Co-founder of Vijilent

Dr. Rosanna Garcia is CEO and co-founder of Vijilent, a company that uses machine learning and natural language processing to provide social media analytics to the legal voir dire process (kind of like they do in the TV show Bull).  Driven by an unfortunate case of vandalism by an Airbnb guest and fueled by her work in predictive analytics, Rosanna launched Vijilent.  She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering, a MBA from the University of Rochester and a PhD in Marketing Science from Michigan State University. In order to focus on her company, Dr. Garcia is on leave of absence from her position as Associate Professor of Marketing at North Carolina where she is a Chancellor's Faculty of Excellence in Innovation+ Design.  Her role within the Innovation+Design Cluster is to develop curriculum and student-focused programs that help develop and launch technologies germinating from student ideas and faculty research, especially those around environmental sustainability.  Her recent research and teaching centers on sustainable innovations and the role of trust (or lack of!) in collaborative consumption communities.  Dr. Garcia’s teaching focuses on entrepreneurial marketing and new product launch.  Rosanna also is the Faculty Director of the NC State Business Sustainability Collaborative where she works with B Corps and researches how they benefit from focusing on the triple-bottom line of people, planet & profit. She is author of the textbook, Creating and Marketing New Products & Services. She frequently speaks on what it is like to be a woman-minority in a high tech world.


Masha Kubyshina Salvado
Founder/CEO at Bluewordai Inc.

Founder & CEO @Bluewordai.com; Products fiveperfive.com and arithebot.com; Writer @BotList.co; 

Masha is currently building an English language assistant chatbot ARi; she is working with word2vec, NLP and ML. She also runs bot building workshops and writes about chatbots and chatbot building platforms. Previously Masha worked in marketing, BD and operations in eCommerce. She used to run startup meet-ups in Barcelona (2012-2014). Feel free to reach out, Masha is happy to grab a coffee and talk about bots, tech and startups. 


Ron Lai
Product Manager @ Square

Techstars Founder. Adviser. Product @ Storefront, Invoice2go, Square. U-Mich, Harvard, U-Chicago, Berkeley. Excited to give back to the community. Feel free to talk to me about fundraising, product, or business.


Paul Williams
Director, The David E. Glover Education and Technology Center (a project of OCCUR)

Paul Williams is Director at David. E. Glover Education and Technology Center.  Currently holds a Masters Degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics, specializing in Computer Programming from the University of California, Los Angeles and has more than 10 years of working knowledge of effective user analysis in design and technology.  Paul is skilled at developing and implementing educational technologies to drive increase engagement in learning; inside and outside the classroom.  Pedagogical principles stem from learning “where a story starts” to create additional meaning and understanding to design programs for adult and youth via web applications and innovative learning programs.


Asier Rios
Global Program Manager at Google

When Asier was 5 years old everything he wanted in the world was a Super Nintendo. But his parents never got him one, instead his dad came home with an Intel 486, and he became in love with technology. He soon got access to the internet and built his first webpage at age 10, and four years later developed the first social network for his school. Before his 20s he launched and managed a video and a search music engine.

Asier has spent the last 6 years at Google, leading projects and teams, and he is currently also working on a 20% VR project.

He is a Startup Weekend organizer and facilitator, and he is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, VR, drones and photography.


Jodi Schiller
Founder @ New Reality ARts

Jodi has been running creative businesses for almost two decades. She's passionate about creating ARVR and about making ARVR a gender balanced diverse industry. Jodi runs her own company New Reality Arts, a vr studio and VR digital asset management business, and ARVR Women, a non profit devoted to developing and advocating for diverse workforces. 


Michael Ludden
Program Director and Senior Product Manager @ IBM Watson

Michael Ludden is currently Program Director and Senior Product Manager at IBM Watson working on developer facing offerings in the emerging field of Artificial IntelligenceA thought leader in the Virtual Reality space, Michael is working on emerging Watson use cases for Virtual Reality, including conversational interfaces and computer vision trainability among others. Previously, Michael was Developer Marketing Manager Lead at Google, Head of Developer Marketing at Samsung, a Developer Evangelist at HTC, Global Director of Developer Relations at startups Quixey & Nexmo, and was involved at various times in development, product marketing, co-founding startups, tech show hosting, and even cruise-ship singing (don’t ask). Michael has a degree from UCLA and is thrilled to share more about AI, Machine Learning and Cognitive Computing. 

A one-time developer, Michael has for the last decade been a frequent speaker, panelist and keynote giver at conferences such as Mobile World Conference Barcelona, IFA in Berlin, CES, multiple Droidcons, Appsworld, GDC, Google IO, Linux Foundation Apache Big Data, AnDevCon, OSCON, Samsung Developer Conference, Appnation, SXSW, EvansData Developer Relations Conference, TechCrunch Disrupt, as well as developer meetups such as Google Developer Groups, MoDev, SVAndroid, Mobile Monday and more.


Hersey Liu
Data scientist at LinkedIn; VR Evangelist; Organizer of SF VR/AR Mixer

Hersey Liu is a Data Scientist at LinkedIn, entrepreneur, and a VR evangelist who organize VR/AR mixer in SF. 

At LinkedIn, she conducts extensive research of user behavior on LinkedIn Learning. With a master’s degree from Northwestern, her expertise lies in data analysis, visualization and machine learning. 

With strong curiosity for virtual reality, she’s also a VR evangelist and organizer of San Francisco VR/AR mixer, a networking event bringing VR/AR talents to share new products and ideas. 

Prior to LinkedIn, she was an entrepreneur and co-founded a venture-backed mobile app company in social event sharing space. 

She’s very passionated about the intersection of VR, AI and education. Feel free to reach out to her and grab coffee—Hersey is happy to chat with you about startups, VR, AI and EdTech. 


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  • Navjot
    Brar
  • Laura
    Montoya
  • Miranda
    Koenig
  • Nicole
    Rosecrans
  • Aashay
    Mody
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Sydney Lai
Product Marketing Lead @ Audacy

Sydney Lai is a gregarious community leader passionate about helping people pursue entrepreneurship. Sydney works domestically and internationally building startup ecosystems, leading accelerators, venture funds and community events. As a technical marketer and designer with an award winning background in sales and business development, Sydney grows products and services users want. Her work spans across industries and startups including finance, virtual reality, enterprise, and aerospace.


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