2015 Speakers Include

 

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Felix Barrett

Tracy Chou

Engineering Lead, Pinterest

Tracy Chou is a software engineer and tech lead at Pinterest, and she works actively to promote diversity in the tech industry. She has led workplace and community initiatives that push for greater transparency and discussion, including a Github project that tracks industry-wide data on women in software engineering. Prior to her role at Pinterest, Chou was an early engineer at Quora. She graduated from Stanford with an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. At Stanford, Chou was a Terman Scholar and Mayfield Fellow, and she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.

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John Boiler

Helen Greiner

Founder & CEO, CyPhy Works

Helen Greiner's fascination with Star Wars led her to be a serial entrepreneur founding companies with the mission of making robots a reality. She is the founder and CEO of CyPhy Works, which develops aerial vehicles for imaging, surveying, mapping, and monitoring applications. Prior to launching CyPhy Works, Greiner co-founded and served as president at iRobot. The Obama administration named her a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, and Greiner is an inductee of the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame. She holds degrees in mechanical engineering and computer science from MIT, as well as an honorary Ph.D. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Catherine Hoke

Catherine Hoke

Founder & CEO, Defy Ventures

Catherine Hoke knows about being a long shot. As the first female wrestler on her high school boys' team, she got pinned repeatedly... and quickly. Hoke’s underdog spirit led her to launch Defy Ventures in 2010, a nonprofit that equips formerly incarcerated drug dealers and gang members start legal businesses. The program works: Defy has incubated and funded 100 of its graduates’ startups. Defy has scaled nationally, achieved a 95% employment rate, and a recidivism rate of less than 5%. Prior to Defy Ventures, Hoke founded the Prison Entrepreneurship Program in Texas, which posted similar success rates. She also improved at wrestling, becoming the 1994 California Women’s Freestyle Wrestling State Champion, and still fights big boys in Brazilian jiu-jitsu to this very day.

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Bjarke Ingles

Bjarke Ingels

Founding Partner & Creative Director, BIG

 

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Brendan Kennedy

Brendan Kennedy

CEO, Privateer Holdings

As CEO of Privateer Holdings, Brendan Kennedy and his team have raised more than $80 million to launch a portfolio of responsible, mainstream brands. Those brands just happen to sell marijuana, as Privateer Holdings is the world’s first private equity firm investing exclusively in legal cannabis. Prior to co-founding Privateer, Kennedy was COO at SVB Analytics and CEO and President of Mindability. He earned a BA in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley;  an MS in engineering from the University of Washington; and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter and has finished six Ironman triathlons.

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Mike Krieger

Mike Krieger

Cofounder & Head of Engineering, Instagram

Mike Krieger co-founded the photo-sharing social network Instagram, where he is the head of engineering. In 2010, Krieger joined forces with Kevin Systrom to transform a location-based social network named Burbn into the world’s most popular photo-editing and -sharing app. Within hours of launch, 25,000 people had downloaded Instagram. Within months, it had a million users. Over the past five years, Krieger has steered Instagram’s infrastructure through rapid and massive growth. Today, the service has more than 300 million active users. Krieger studied Symbolic Systems at Stanford University, a mix of computer science, design, and cognitive science.

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Allen Lau

Allen Lau

Cofounder & CEO, Wattpad

Allen Lau wants to transform the way people experience reading and writing, no matter what kind of device they use. Lau is co-founder and CEO of Wattpad, a free app that's let's people read and share stories with each other. Prior to Wattpad, Lau was the co-founder of FeedM8, a mobile advertising company. In 2001, he co-founded Tira Wireless, where he helped leading brands optimize content for mobile delivery. Allen received his Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Toronto’s Electrical Engineering program.

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Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen

Skateboarder

Rodney Mullen is a skateboarding legend - the inventor of the flatground ollie, kickflip, 360 flip, and countless other tricks that became the building blocks of modern street skating. Mullen is a 34-time freestyle champion, and he co-founded skateboard company World Industries in 1988. In 2012, he was invited by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation to discuss his influence in the sport, and he was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2013. Mullen studied engineering at the University of Florida and has been a featured speaker at TEDx, O'Reilly Conferences, Foo Camp, and PopTech.

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Adam Nash

Adam Nash

President & CEO, Wealthfront

Adam Nash is CEO of Wealthfront, the largest automated-investment service that manages more than $2.25 billion in client assets. Before joining Wealthfront as COO in 2013, Nash was an executive in residence at Greylock Partners, and his prior roles include VP of Product Management at LinkedIn and director of eBay Express. Nash began his career as a software engineer at Steve Jobs-founded NeXT, which became a job at Apple when Apple acquired NeXT in 1996. Nash holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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Dan Neely

Dan Neely

Chief Executive Officer, Networked Insights

Dan Neely has more than a decade's experience leading high-growth companies in different industries. He’s considered a thought leader on a wide range of topics, including entrepreneurship, big data, and marketing. Neely is the founder and CEO of Networked Insights, where he helps brands overcome challenges in gathering useful and timely insights about their customers. Prior to Networked Insights, Neely helped turn a piece of software developed at Brightstar into a standalone business called Vidus, which was later acquired by @Road. He was a founding member of online insurance company Esurance, as well as the Director of Strategy at Scient. Neely is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

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Marco Tempest

Marco Tempest

Director’s Fellow at MIT Media Lab and Cyber Illusionist

How do you become a cyber illusionist? Marco Tempest combines tech and trickery to create amazing deceptions, a feat that has earned him the title. He began his career as a stage magician and manipulator, but his interest in computer-generated imagery led him to incorporate video and digital technology in his work. The result is a new form of contemporary illusion. Tempest is a keen advocate of the open source community, working with artists, writers, and technologists to create new experiences and research the practical uses of illusionary tech. He is a Director’s Fellow at MIT Media, and he continues to perform around the world.

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Anna Todd

Anna Todd

Author, After

Anna Todd is the author of After, a book that garnered more than a billion reads on Wattpad. Published in chapter-by-chapter installments, After propelled the 25-year-old Todd to social-media superstardom. She wrote the book on her smartphone in less than a year, and the runaway success landed Todd a lucrative book deal with Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster---and a spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Paramount Pictures recently bought the movie rights to the book. Todd attributes her success to “completely removing the barrier between writer and reader” on Wattpad. Her follower count is approaching a quarter-million users on Twitter.

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Ashish Toshniwal

Ashish Toshniwal

CEO, Y Media Labs

As CEO at Y Media Labs, Ashish Toshniwal has helped drive the success of hundreds of mobile apps through smart user experiences and a deep understanding of human-machine interaction. Since Y Media Labs started in 2009, the company has grown to more than 150 employees, and its apps are regularly featured in the iOS App Store. The agency and its work have won Webby Awards and places on many “Top iPhone App” lists. Y Media Labs' work includes apps for PayPal, EMC, BBC, Sesame Street, Montessorium and Loreal. Prior to Y Media Labs, Toshniwal worked at Like.com and Shopping.com.

Moderators

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Robert Capps

Robert Capps

Head of Editorial, WIRED

Robert Capps is head of editorial at WIRED, where he oversees editorial content on all platforms, including the magazine, WIRED.com, and live events.In his 11-year career at WIRED he earned 12 National Magazine Award nominations, spearheaded the programing for Business, Health, and Design live events, run large multimedia projects, edited award-winning magazine features, and run every part of the print publication. His 2009 article “Why Things Fail,” won the Gerald Loab award for outstanding business writing, and his article “The Good Enough Revolution,” was noted by the New York Times as one of the best big ideas of the year, and was discussed in publications from the Economist to the New Yorker.

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Jessi Hempel

Jessi Hempel

Senior Staff Writer, WIRED

Jessi Hempel is a senior writer at WIRED covering the business of technology. Before joining WIRED last year, she served as a senior writer for Fortune, where she penned cover stories on Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, as well as IBM and RIM. In the past, she has written in-depth articles on the structural problems that threatened to hinder Twitter’s growth as well as on the emerging competition between Facebook and Google over the social web. Hempel also wrote about design and technology for Businessweek. She currently lives in New York City.

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Issie Lapowsky

Staff Writer, WIRED

Issie Lapowsky writes for WIRED.com’s business section, covering tech companies. Prior to joining WIRED, Lapowsky covered startups and small business as a staff writer for Inc. magazine, and before that she worked for the New York Daily News. Lapowsky received a bachelor’s degree from New York University. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

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Cade Metz

Senior Editor, WIRED

Cade Metz writes covers the length and breadth of the tech world, covering everything from Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to bitcoin, artificial intelligence, and programming languages. Prior to WIRED, he oversaw US coverage for the London-based The Register, one of the world’s largest science and technology news sites.

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Jason Tanz

Editor at Large, WIRED

Jason Tanz is editor at large at WIRED, where he writes frequently for the web and print and helps set the brand’s editorial strategy. He has been at WIRED since 2007; previously he worked at Fortune Small BusinessFortune, and SmartMoney magazines. His work has also appeared in The New York TimesEsquire, and Spin, among many other publications, and he is the author of Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America. Tanz received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.

Other

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Miles S. Nadal

Founder, Chairman & CEO, MDC Partners

Miles S. Nadal is an international entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 1980, he founded MDC Partners to help champion innovative entrepreneurial talent within a progressive marketing and communications network. Today, MDC is one of the world’s leading business-transformation organizations. Nadal has been named Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year,” MEDIA’s “Executive of the Year,” one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40,” and in 2012, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends. Nadal holds an honorary doctorate degree from Tel Aviv University, and he is an active member of the Marketing 50, Global 50, and G100 organizations.

 

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