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Wearable Tech & IoT San Francisco, curated by industry experts come to the Bay area this fall. With a full day of 20 dynamic keynotes, cutting-edge technologies, investment opportunities, wearable tech and IoT startups, top speakers (experts, entrepreneurs, researchers, athletes, Wearable Tech and IoT San Francisco is the event of the year in the Bay area.
Pioneers, thinkers, athletes and investors from entertainment, health, sports, fashion and IoT will join us to discuss how wearables are evolving and becoming an integral part of our life
Kim Du, VP of Corporate Development, Emotiv
Kim Du, Vice President of Corporate Development at Emotiv, a bioinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain using electroencephalography (EEG). Emotiv creates wearables for your brain so you can achieve peak mental performance and control virtual and physical objects by just thinking. Emotiv's mission is to empower individuals to understand their own brain and accelerate brain research globally. Kim has represented Emotiv and worked with BCI technology for over 6 years and comes from a background of Newspaper and Fine Art.
Brett Wingeier, CTO and co-founder, Halo Neuroscience
Brett Wingeier is CTO and co-founder of Halo Neuroscience, a company devoted to unlocking the brain's potential with safe, effective, non-invasive neuromodulation. His role at Halo builds on twenty years of experience at the intersection between neuroscience, data, and embedded systems. Prior to founding Halo, Brett was principal engineer and clinical scientist at NeuroPace, bringing to market the world's first fully-implantable responsive neurostimulator for epilepsy. Previously, he was instrumental in creating Autonomic Technologies' Pulsante, the world's first minimally-invasive, implanted stimulator for headache. With a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Tulane, focusing on electric fields in the brain, Brett has published extensively in the areas of EEG, electrophysiology, and the electrode-tissue interface. He is also a US registered patent agent and holds twenty issued US patents. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.
Rich Mahoney, PhD, Head of the Robotics Lab, SRI International
Rich Mahoney, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Center for Robotics and Medical Systems at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. He also serves as the founding President of Silicon Valley Robotics, the early stage robotics cluster for the Greater San Francisco Bay area. At SRI, he manages a team of scientists and engineers who conduct leading edge R&D for DARPA, other government agencies, and Fortune 50 commercial clients, and an active portfolio of ventures and licenses. Rich served on the board of Redwood Robotics, a joint venture with Meka and Willow Garage, until it was acquired by Google, and spun out Grabit, Inc. with a successful Series A round in 2013. Before joining SRI, Rich was the General Manager for Motorika USA, Inc., an early stage medical device company commercializing robotic therapy solutions. Rich earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, while attending on a Fulbright Scholarship, and a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Shaun Rahimi, Founder and CEO, CUR
Shaun Rahimi is founder and CEO of CUR, a company that develops products that help you reduce pain and stay active without drugs. Shaun was involved with the design of neurostimulator and cardiovascular implants at Abbot Labs, Neuropace and Sadra Medical. He started CUR after living with back pain for two years and using electrical stimulation (TENS) to recover from pain.
Cival Van Der Lubbe, CEO, KANOA
Growing up in the Caribbean, Cival Van Der Lubbe developed a strong passion for music, actions sports and design. Guided by these he has started a couple brands that have turned into flourishing e-commece companies and are sold in stores globally. His new company, KANOA, focusses on improving people’s health and fitness through the power of music, technology and design. Their first product are a set of the most versatile and completely wireless smart earphones that play music in response to your body vitals
Adnan Shennib, President & Founder, iHear Medical, Inc.
Shennib is a medical device entrepreneur who founded several Silicon Valley firms based on novel technology he invented, developed and successfully launched to market. He began his career developing pacemakers and subsequently developed innovative hearing devices with disruptive business models at several startups including ReSound and InSound Medical (acquired by Sonova-Phonak in 2010). His innovations include the Lyric® hearing device, the world's smallest and only invisible extended-wear hearing product on the market. His latest venture is iHear Medical, a venture-backed firm dedicated to addressing the global demand for affordable and accessible hearing solutions. The company’s new products and business models are intended to break through persisting barriers that prevent people with hearing loss from acquiring and using hearing aids. These barriers include high cost, complex dispensing procedures, and the stigma of traditional hearing aids worn visibly behind the ear. Mr. Shennib is the co-inventor of predictive text messaging (cell phone shorthand) used today by mobile phones worldwide. Mr. Shennib holds over 100 US and international patents. Innovations developed by Mr. Shennib were featured on CNN, Good Morning America, the Dr. Oz Show, Popular Science and Inc. Magazines. Shennib holds a B.S. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Southwest Medical School/University of Texas.
Mylea Charvat, PhD, CEO & founder, Savonix
Dr. Mylea Charvat founded Savonix following her fellowship at Stanford School of Medicine. A veteran of the tech industry, she served as director of staff development for Travelocity.com in the 1990s, helping to grow the company to over 1,000 employees in 2 years. Dr. Charvat grew up in an entreprenurial household, learning the real-world application of her math homework by working on employee payroll and P&L documents with her mom from age twelve. Examples of her vision can be found in myriad past projects including her leadership of a pioneering team that established evidence-based community alternative care programs in PTSD for Veterans in direct response to her observations of systems and access failures in the Veterans Healthcare Administration. As a graduate student she trained extensively with the National Center for PTSD in Menlo Park where she developed psycho-educational content for web-based delivery for Veterans and co-founded the Early Intervention Trauma Clinic, which still operates in Palo Alto providing low cost evidence-based intervention following trauma. She served for three years as the PTSD assessment and treatment coordinator for the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center with the Veterans Healthcare Administration where she earned special contribution awards for her work in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Dr. Charvat also contributes as a subject matter expert for multiple media outlets including Kaiser News, Participant Media, and KRON 4 in San Francisco. Dr. Charvat completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Kansas, her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical health psychology at Palo Alto University, and her Fellowship in clinical neuroscience at Stanford University School of Medicine. She currently sits on the advisory board for the Military Health Project and the Army Surgeon General’s Brain Health Taskforce. She has served in the past as a director and officer on multiple boards including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and Conard House in San Francisco.
Dan Henderson, Manager, Sports Technical Services Operations, Zebra Technologies
Dan Henderson is an operations and logistics professional with 17+ years in the sports and entertainment field, particularly within the NFL. Currently serving as Zebra Technologies’ Manager of Sports Technical Services Operations, Dan oversees the Zebra Sports Command Center where he and his team provide remote support and monitoring of Sports Vertical field operations, primarily within their partnership with the NFL’s NextGenStats Project, using RFID technology to track elite athlete performance metrics. Prior to joining Zebra, Dan was with the San Francisco 49ers Stadium Operations Department.
Yoon Choi, Investment director, SAIC capital
Yoon is an investment director at SAIC capital, focused on investments in the automotive space. Prior to joining SAIC, she led the Corporate Venture Group at Maxim Integrated, a leader in the semiconductor industry, where she led multiple strategic technology acquisitions and venture investments. Earlier in her career, Yoon was one of the founding members at Samsung Ventures Americas, where she was involved in business development, sourcing of strategic investment opportunities and the financial and business analysis of venture transactions.
Daniela Busse (Ph.D), Director of Experience Research + Innovation, Citi Ventures – Global Innovation Network
Daniela Busse (Ph.D), Director at Citi Ventures’ Global Innovation Network, focuses on research for breakthrough innovation. Throughout her career, she has been researching and defining ground-breaking new uses and designs for technologies and devices that put the human experience front and center. Previously a director-level Design Futurist for Samsung Research America, where she won an Outstanding Inventor award, UX Innovation Director in SAP’s Office of the CEO, and Design Researcher at Microsoft’s Office Design Group. She received her Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction/Complex Systems Analysis & Design from Glasgow University’s Department of Computing Science (Scotland, UK), and holds multiple patents, awards, and publications in the field of Experience Design, Research, and Innovation.
Paul Robbins, Director of Elite Performance, STATS LLC
Paul Robbins is one of the country’s leading experts on cardiovascular programming and metabolic assessments. Robbins has worked with some of the world’s largest metabolic companies on product design and programming. He then developed the cardio programs and VO2 assessment programs for Athletes’ Performance and their new corporate division, Core Performance. Athletes’ Performance clients include thousands of professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, and MLS, while Core Performance worked clients such as Intel and Google. Paul has worked with and has developed his programs with professional and national teams around the world and brought this knowledge to Adidas to help in the first phases of MiCoach®. Through STATS, he now works with a variety of tracking and monitoring systems in the NBA, NFL and university market.
Sugath Warnakulasuriya, entrepreneur, strategic advisor and investor
Sugath Warnakulasuriya is passionate about transforming the way people live, work, and play by combining breakthrough technology with world-class design. He is an entrepreneur, strategic advisor and investor currently working with Enterprises as well as startups across a broad range of industries. He previously built and served as the CEO of 10EQS ('Ten X'), and was co-founder and CTO of eLink Commerce. As a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Co and independently, he has helped Fortune 500 companies pursue new ventures, design and launch major products, and develop and execute high-profile market initiatives. As a part of Sand Hill and Pasadena Angels, he currently invests in game-changing startup teams and concepts. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and MS/BS in Computer Science from USC.
William Groebe, Animation Supervisor, Tippett Studio
William Groebe is an Animation Supervisor at Tippett Studio. Will has contributed animation, storyboards, and concept art to a variety of film and commercial projects. His credits include Hellboy, Ted, The Twilight Saga, Smurfs, Immortals, Cats and Dogs II, Enchanted, Charlotte’s Web, Cloverfield, The Golden Compass, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and more.
Alex Hessler, CG Supervisor, Tippett Studio
Alex Hessler is a CG Supervisor at Tippett Studio. He has worked on such films as Pixar's Inside Out, Avatar and the Chronicles of Narnia. He is currently working on a number of projects that involve the exploration of VR as a medium for telling stories.
Gary Brotman, Director, Product Management, Qualcomm
Gary Brotman drives strategic product, business and marketing efforts for the Qualcomm Connected Experiences AllPlay Smart Media Platform. He is a digital media veteran with more than 15 years of experience designing and marketing media software, hardware and services that push the boundaries of technology to enrich culture. The majority of Brotman’s career has been dedicated to helping consumers, artists and businesses discover, experience, promote and distribute digital media. Prior to his work at Qualcomm, he held leadership positions at Topspin Media, Yahoo! Music and MusicMatch and has designed campaigns and online businesses for many major-label and indie artists including Eminem, David Byrne, Peter Gabriel, Adam Freeland and Van Hunt.
Norman Winarsky, President of SRI Ventures, SRI International
Norman Winarsky is President of SRI Ventures at SRI International, a world leading research institute founded by Stanford University in 1946. He has been the originator and leader of SRI’s venture strategy and process, resulting in over 70 ventures worth over $20B, including companies such as Nuance, Intuitive Surgical, and Siri. Norman personally helped found over 30 ventures, and has been a board member or board advisor to many of these companies. He was co-founder and board member of Siri, which was spun out from SRI in January 2008, and acquired by Apple in April 2010. Siri has become a world-wide phenomenon, and established the breakthrough market category of virtual personal assistant. Norman was a Division Vice President of Mathematics and Computer Science at RCA Laboratories and Sarnoff Laboratories before joining SRI. He was also a visiting scholar at Stanford, an invited member of the mathematics department of the Institute for Advanced Study, and a mathematics professor at SUNY at Albany. In 2000, he and his team received an EMMY Award for outstanding achievement in technological advancement. In addition, he has received RCA’s highest honor, the Sarnoff Award. Norman graduated with a B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, with highest honors. Norman’s passion is to work with research institutes, major companies, and startups on the framework and practice of creating breakthrough ventures. He has been an invited speaker and consultant to hundreds of corporations, institutes, and universities in more than a dozen countries.
Nadeem Kassam CEO, BioBeats (Founder of Basis now an Intel company)
Nadeem is a serial entrepreneur and a passionate, savvy angel investor. Over the last decade he has led Zynik Capital into new industries like Healthcare, Entertainment and Social Media. . Nadeem has acted as a Director of Zynik Capital Corp. and managed turnarounds, liquidations and financings ranging from 1mil to 130mil+ in deal transactions. As Founder / Chief Alliance Officer of Basis, Nadeem was a tireless champion for making wellness more engaging for many years. . Basis Science was recently acquired by Intel Corp. for over $100 Million, a great strategic acquisition for the tech giant. As an early believer in the future of connected sensors. As a wellness champion, Nadeem is the visionary behind BioBeats, Inc. and their concentration on heart data. He was recently inducted into StartupHealth's inaugural class of Healthcare Transformers
Terry Beaubois, Terry Beaubois & Associates, and Teaching at Stanford Architecture Program, Fall 2014
Throughout his career as an architect, Terry Beaubois has been engaged in research and the application of advancing technology to architecture. Since graduating from U of Michigan with a Master of Architecture degree, Terry has consulted with NASA, Apple, Adobe and many other Silicon Valley companies. He has designed many single-family homes; and has been involved in the architecture of hotel/resort buildings, medical, and high-tech facilities in Silicon Valley and nationally. Terry is involved in applying advanced technology to architecture through his firm Terry Beaubois & Associates, in Palo Alto, CA. He is a partner in an internet-based company, since the 1990’s, working extensively with building product manufacturers and partnering with publishers, Terry created some of the first websites, configurators, and virtual reality projects in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) and pioneered the transition of Building Industry product information to digital formats. In 2006, Terry founded and directed the Creative Research Lab at Montana State University, College of Arts & Architecture, and was MSU Project Director of the award-winning REHAU-Montana ecoSMART House Project. Terry returned to the SF Bay Area in 2013, and has been involved in the planning of the 2013 and 2014 AEC Hackathon events held at Facebook HQ and is currently a lecturer in the Architecture Design Program at Stanford University. Terry is the head of the Smart Homes Chapter at the SmartWorld Alliance (SMWA); and a “Architecture and the Internet of Things” mentor, for a Silicon Valley Investment Accelerator. Terry presented on “Architecture and the Internet of Things” at the June 2014 iED Conference in Los Angeles; Presented to a delegation of Chinese CEOs on technology development and transfer in Silicon Valley; was a speaker at the European iED Conference in Vienna, Austria in November 2014; and is a scheduled speaker for the September 2015 European iED Conference IMMERSION, in Paris.
Lior Susan, GP, Formation 8
As a child, Lior Susan could be found tinkering and building electronics. What started out as a curiosity and passion grew into a career when the Israeli Special Forces used his expertise to create materials from drones to wearables. The team he managed for seven years produced some of the most innovative designs that are still used by the Israeli Special Forces today. In 2008 he and his brother co-created their first company Intucell, a startup which allows carriers to handle mobile traffic at modern speeds. Cisco purchased Intucell for $475M, which brought Lior to Silicon Valley to build an incubator Lab IX with Flextronics. In his two years as Founder and General Partner he invested in and helped create 30 startups with two successful exits through 2014. He led investments in companies such as MC10, Powermat, Mantis Vision, Velo3D, Matternet, Thync, Knightscope, GrabiT, Omsignal, Atheer Labs, NextInput, Edyn, and ImprintEnergy. Lior believes that Hardware is a special market that is underrepresented in the world of Venture Capital. After successful collaborations, Formation 8 and Lab IX decided that it was time to become the first VC to put a stake in the ground for Hardware. In 2015, Lior joined Formation 8 as the head of their Hardware Strategy. Formation 8 recently raised a $100M fund focusing on wearables, smart homes, etc..Lior co-founded Farm 2050 with Innovation Endeavors and Eric Schmidt, an AgTech Collective to address the global food challenge. He currently serves on the boards of VantagePoint Analytics, Boardwalk and Lumobody. At the time of this writing, the Formation 8 Hardware Fund will be the first in the world.
Rob Mies, Executive Director Organization, Bat Conservation
Rob Mies is a scientist who has focused his passion for bats on educating, entertaining, and motivating people to protect one of the most unique and misunderstood animals in the world. His energy and enthusiasm is engaging and captivating. Rob is able to take complex scientific information and explain it in an easy, understandable way. His charismatic on-screen appearances have garnered his non-profit organization great success over the last decade. Rob founded the Organization for Bat Conservation to help protect these important animals. Over the past 20 years, he has written books, appeared on national television shows and traveled the world studying and conserving bats. His latest mission is to educate and inspire millions of people in North America to actively participate in the Save the Bats Campaign – a fun and simple solution to protecting bats and ensuring a healthy environment for all living creatures.
Dr. Sonia Sousa, CEO and Co-‐founder, Kenzen inc
Sonia Sousa, before founding Kenzen Inc., served as GM for the Bio-‐Product division at Solazyme, where she contributed to the firm’s successful IPO and orchestrated the 8X expansion of the bio-‐products business from one to multiple product lines, increasing revenue from $20M to $160M. She introduced the Algenist skincare line that generated $8.5M in revenue in its first year. At Agilent Technologies, Sonia was responsible for a new business unit that extended product lines into mobile wireless devices, smart sensors, lab-‐on-‐a-‐chip, and data analytics and predictive models. She was part of the team that recommended the acquisition of Varian Inc. for $1.5B as a strategy to leapfrog into Molecular Spectroscopy. At DuPont, Sonia grew the business from $30 to $100MM. She also held strategic marketing and product development roles at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Sonia has extensive experience in technology; she was DuPont’s Global R&D director responsible for business innovation, expanding current business into adjacent markets. Sonia created new business models for the R&D division that increased division capability while reducing the budget by 42 percent; these changes yielded returns of $4 for each $1 spent, with an NPV of $127M Sonia has over 15 issued and pending patents in photonics, predictive models, lasers, spectroscopy, CCD sensors, and renewable performance polymers, in the United States and worldwide. She has an MBA from Pepperdine University, a PhD in Photonics and Neural Networks from Utah State University, and a BS in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Chris Davies, Editor, SlashGear
Originally from the UK and now based in San Francisco and London, Chris heads the editorial team at SlashGear.com, a leading consumer technology site. Focusing particularly on smartphones, mobile computing, wearable technology, and the digital home, Chris brings his background in psychology to concentrate on the role of context in mobility and digital lifestyle.
Daniel Brusilovsky, Digital Initiatives Lead, Golden State Warriors (NBA)
Daniel Brusilovsky leads Digital Initiatives for the Golden State Warriors (#1 NBA team in 2015) working on emerging technology, innovation, analytics, special initiatives and more. Prior to joining the Warriors, Daniel was the Head of Business Development & Growth at Ribbon, the simplest way to send and receive money from anyone. Daniel also founded Teens in Tech Labs, a community, conference and incubator for young entrepreneurs. He has spent time as a Summer Associate at Highland Capital Partners, a 25-year old $3B+ venture capital firm that focuses on investments in seed, early, and growth stage companies. Prior to joining Highland Capital Partners, Daniel was on the founding team of Qik (acquired by Skype) and also worked at TechCrunch.
Bharat Vasan, COO, August
Bharat Vasan is the Chief Operating Officer for August. His focus at August includes scaling the company, manufacturing and launching new products to channels, and accelerating August's already-strong momentum as it begins shipping the August Smart Lock. Bharat brings highly-relevant leadership to August from the consumer and connected devices space. As co-founder and COO of Basis, Bharat was instrumental in growing Basis from pre-product to post-revenue. At Basis, he led teams across product management, engineering, marketing and sales to ship the most advanced fitness and sleep tracker on the market. In March 2014, having raised over $30 million from investors like the Mayfield Fund, DCM and Intel Capital, Basis was acquired by Intel. Prior to Basis, Bharat was an 8 year veteran of the consumer entertainment space spanning operational and corporate development roles at Electronic Arts. Prior to leaving EA, Bharat acted as COO & CFO for EA Online, responsible for the digital platform underlying EA's direct-to-consumer model transition. Bharat began his career in investment banking at Credit Suisse and DLJ in New York. He holds graduate degree from Columbia University and counts Middlebury College as his undergraduate alma mater. His wife and he reside in San Francisco with their friendly yellow Lab, Homer.
Sky Christopherson, World’s record holder in Cycling, Olympic athlete, entrepreneur, documentary filmmaker, public speaker
Called a 'Wunderkind' by The New York Times, and recently voted 5th nationwide in 'Top 40 under 40 in Healthcare Innovation', Sky is a current world record holder and was a member of the U.S. Cycling Team's 'Project 96' prior to the 1996 Olympics. Frustrated by the rampant doping culture in cycling, Sky retired after the 2000 Olympics and dedicated his career in search for a better solution. In 2011, Sky broke a world record using a digital health approach inspired by Dr. Eric Topol, with the previous holder of the record receiving a lifetime ban for drugs. This experiment was the genesis of OAthlete's first project that helped athletes win medals at the 2012 London Olympics, receiving international media and featured in the documentary film 'Personal Gold (2015)'. Sky has been a featured speaker at health and technology conferences ranging from The New York Digital Health Conference with Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, Verizon Healthcare & Life Science Summit, TEDx, Quantified Self, Consumer Electronics Show, and others. Sky will be speaking at selectevents in 2015.
Myriam Joire, VP Developer Relations at CleverTap, Tech Advisor, Tech Journalist, Former Chief Evangelist at Pebble, and Former Senior Mobile Editor at Engadget
Myriam Joire (tnkgrl) was born wearing combat boots and holding a keyboard; moments later she picked up a soldering iron. She's been stomping, typing and hacking ever since. After spending years being a code-monkey in the video game industry, she joined Engadget as Senior Mobile Editor and later Pebble as Chief Evangelist. Today she is VP of Developer Relations at CleverTap, and sometimes freelances as a product/media strategy consultant, and as a tech journalist for TWiT and other major publications. She's based in San Francisco.
Mounir Zok, Senior Sports Technologist, United States Olympic Committee
Stanley Yang CEO, NeuroSky
As Chief Executive Officer of NeuroSky, Stanley Yang leads the strategic vision and management of the company. NeuroSky is at the forefront of body and mind monitoring analysis and its technologies are at the core of innovative, wearable health and wellness consumer products. NeuroSky makes it possible for millions of consumers to capture and quantify critical health and wellness data so that they can effectively manage their mind and body health. NeuroSky delivers uniquely adaptable chips and algorithms that offer ECG multi-function cardio monitoring, and quantitative and interpretive algorithms in a powerful integrated, adaptable and extensible solution.
Bill Sautter, Chairman, Investor, Galaxy Ventures
Bill Sautter is a Silicon Valley-based private investor & entrepreneur. He manages Galaxy Ventures, a venture investment bank. He has co-founded, managed and been an investor/advisor with successful firms resulting in sizable IPO, VC, M&A, private equity and other financing & liquidity events. He founded & managed North America for BusinessObjects, the first European-based, VC-funded start-up to go public in the U.S [acquired by SAP for nearly $7 billion]. Previously, he held worldwide marketing & national sales positions with ORACLE Corp. [NASDAQ: ORCL]. He was an executive with Trillian Corp., a VC-funded firm maker of multimedia & workstations and co-developed the technology that became Flash [following its acquisition by ISI, Macromedia and ultimately Adobe Systems]. Previously, he was in product marketing for Informix [acquired by IBM] and began his career as a software developer & systems engineer. He earned a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business/AEA Executive Institute. A Silicon Valley native, he supports various charities & the arts, and is a Board Member of the Bob Moog Foundation (music/math/STEM education focus).
Christoph Kohstall, CEO and Founder, Nixie Labs
Christoph is an experimental quantum physicist, tinkerer, and entrepreneur. He is the inventor of Nixie, the first wearable quadcopter camera, winner of the Grand Prize in Intel’s global Make it Wearable competition. As a postdoctoral researcher in physics at Stanford, he worked on a quantum electron microscope. He is a graduate of Stanford Ignite Business School program. His dissertation work was published in Nature, following his discovery of a novel quantum many-body state. He has designed and built a smart mountain bike that coaches the rider and a quadcopter that dives under water and flies in the air.
Hap Klopp, Founder of The North Face; Executive Chairman of Osbcura Digital
Among his many exploits, Mr. Klopp was the founder of The North Face, where he served as President and CEO for 20 years. During that time The North Face was honored with many awards for being the best managed company in its industry, including being lauded by Business Week Magazine for providing one of the highest quality products of any company in the United States. Mr. Klopp led The North Face to its position as the largest and most technically advanced company in its industry and one of the largest privately held companies in the San Francisco East Bay. Adventurer and executive, Hap Klopp has run numerous companies and spoken around the world on adventuring, leadership, entrepreneurship and the human side of management. Among other achievements, he established the mountaineering and backpacking industry through the development of his own company, The North Face, and along the way was highlighted on national television and in such publications as BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Success, and San Francisco Focus Magazine. After selling his highly successful company, he began an international management consulting firm, HK Consulting, with offices in Berkeley, CA and Tokyo, Japan. He presently is Executive Chairman of two entrepreneurial companies: Obscura Digital, a data visualization and digital marketing company located in San Francisco, and Cocona Inc., a nano-scale particles company that creates fabrics for the sport apparel and textile industries. He has simultaneously invested in and participated in the development of a number of entrepreneurial ventures. Concurrently he has written the highly acclaimed book on leadership called: “Conquering The North Face, an Adventure in Leadership” available in e-book, hard cover and paperback formats. And, he is the process of publishing a second business book called “ALMOST—12 electric months chasing the Silicon Valley dream.” He combines all of this with his ongoing sporting and adventuring activities.
David Fattal, Founder and CEO, LEIA Inc
David is the founder and CEO of LEIA Inc, a Silicon Valley startup developing a new holographic display technology for mobile devices. He previously worked for 9 years at HP Labs doing R&D in the fields of nano-optics and quantum information. David holds a PhD in Quantum Physics from Stanford University and a BS/MS in Mathematical Physics from Ecole Polytechnique. He was featured on the MIT Tech Review global list of 35 Innovators under 35 in 2013 for his work on mobile holographic displays and was recently awarded the French National Order of Merit.
Dustin Wish, Sr. Product Engineer, Samsung’s Milk VR services platform
Dustin Wish’s experience crosses the global in product development related to video and entertainment. He is the founder of Craven Media, an immersive entertainment company and also Sr. Product Engineer for Samsung’s Milk services platform. He worked for Comcast on the Excalibur project now Infinity X-1 platform and as part of the Video Architecture team for Frontier Communications. He was a past president of the non-profit Open Source Speech Recognition Initiative (OSSRI).
Monisha Perkash, CEO & Co-founder at Lumo BodyTech
Monisha Perkash is CEO & Co-founder at Lumo BodyTech, makers of the Lumo Lift and Lumo Back posture and activity trackers. She and her team are shaking up the wearable tech space with stylish designs to help people look and feel great. Closing the gap where technology meets fashion, they have achieved mass appeal and received broad media coverage, including TIME’s 25 Best Inventions of 2014. Lumo is backed by Madrona Ventures, Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors, and Jerry Yang's AME Cloud Ventures. Monisha previously served as CEO and Co-Founder of TuitionCoach (acquired by SimpleTuition in 2009), where she oversaw the financing, launch, and general management of the start-up. After the acquisition, she stayed on with SimpleTuition as VP Products. Monisha has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Yale.
Takuro Yoshida, CEO of Logbar Inc
Takuro Yoshida is CEO of Logbar Inc, making a wearable input device Ring. Born in 1985 in Hokkaido, he took a leap of faith and attended high school in Chicago. The next two years he decided to spend in Silicon Valley, learning the tricks of the technology trade. In 2006, he helped erect an apartment hotel infrastructure in New York. Upon returning to Japan, he constructed and operated several EC websites, and began developing applications for the iPhone / Android platforms, as well as producing various web-based services. In 2013, he opened Logbar, or, “A Social Bar to Connect Others Casually with your iPad” in Shibuya, and set his eyes on London for the 2nd branch. Currently, he is researching analytical programs for leap motion, and developing a revolutionary wearable device he likes to call the “Ring”.
Pierre Delaigue – Project Manager – Renault Innovation Silicon Valley Center
Pierre Delaigue is a Project Manager for Renault Innovation Silicon Valley Center located in Sunnyvale, CA. A mechanical engineer by training, Pierre has 13 years combined experience in the automotive field both for the public research and private sectors including a mix of technical and management positions both in Europe and in the US. He currently manages collaborations between Renault and innovative companies of the Silicon Valley to bring new technologies and services into Renault’s future generations of vehicles. His research aims at integrating sensors inside vehicles to identify the driver and evaluate his/her overall condition in real-time. Leveraging connectivity inside the vehicle several applications can then be provided based on the driver’s state, ranging from safety applications like drowsiness detection or vital signs detection during a crash, to stress and road rage management, to ergonomic features like posture improvement, and other in-vehicle connected services to enhance and customize the driving experience to individual preferences and driver’s real-time condition.
Brian Sturdivant, VP of Marketing, Breathometer
Brian brings to Breathometer, more than15 years of experience of brand development and channel marketing of consumer electronics start-ups, established companies and Fortune 100 organizations. Brian has a proven ability to define, merchandise and grow new product categories: Notebook Accessories (Kensington), Shoot & Share Video (Flip Video/Cisco), Technology Toys and Games (Sifteo). Brian is best known for being a founding member of the Flip Video channel marketing team that drove adoption of the Flip product line across U.S. retail, including Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Target, Circuit City and Wal-Mart. He led all online and retail channel marketing initiatives for the Flip Video brand, including promotional plans, merchandising, site placements, search and online creative strategy. Brian contributed to Flip's 100%+ YOY growth in 2008-09 and $560M acquisition by Cisco in May 2009.
Yobie Benjamin, founder of Avegant and currently an angel investor, mentor and advisor to multiple startups
Yobie Benjamin’s experience has spanned startups to mega enterprise companies. From Global Chief Technology Officer of Citibank’s Global Transaction Services, Partner and Chief of Global Strategy at Ernst and Young to currently being co-founder of Avegant – a cutting edge virtual retinal device. He has founded a web-based social enterprise – GoodStorm (acquired by Zazzle) and led volunteer projects to track hurricanes, disaster response and the Gulf Coast oil spill. Yobie has always been ahead of the curve seeking to push the boundaries of design, technology, human interface and experience. Always tinkering with code, his personal projects include a globally compliant Bitcoin, payments, games indigenous to Asia, Africa and Latin America and re-inventing the search paradigm to meet the challenges of monetization and the creation of beautiful human interface and experience. Yobie is invested and advises several startups and is a unabashed evangelist for wearable computing and ocular/visual compute devices. Yobie sits on both Intel Capital and Sierra Ventures’ enterprise technology boards. Avegant, Follow on Twitter: @yobie
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Julien Blin, Managing director, Gizworld & IOT startup advisor
Julien worked in the mobile space for 10 years. Currently advising several wearable computing startups such as Kenzen Wear, LENS, Optinvent, Craven Media, he previously worked for Samsung where he shaped the strategy and built contextual experiences as well as services such as Samsung Hub, an iTunes type service and Samsung WatchON, a video aggregation engine, two services currently available on the Samsung Galaxy S4. He is the founder of Gizworld (www.gizworld.com), a global wearable computing consultancy. Julien is also the co-founder of Wearable Tech LA (www.wearabletechla.com) and Wearable Tech Israel (www.wearabletechisrael.com), Israel's first major wearable computing event. Julien has been quoted in leading publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Dow Jones, and BusinessWeek. Gizeworld, Smart World Alliance
|9:25 am - 9:30 am||
Julien Blin, Managing Director, Gizworld and IOT startup advisor
|9:30 am - 10:00 am||
Keynote: The future of Drones, by Nixie CEO and co-founder Christoph Kohstall
|10:00 am - 10:30 am||
Panel: Augmenting the human body
- Brett M. Wingeier, PhD, CTO & co-founder, Halo Neuroscienc
- Rich Mahoney, Head of the Robotics Lab, SRI International
- Mylea Charvat, PhD, CEO & founder, Savonix
- Kim Du, VP, corporate development, Emotiv
Moderator: Daniela Busse, Director (Global Innovation Network), Citi Ventures
|10:30 am - 11:00 am||
Panel: How wearables and IoT devices will help make our environment greener, safer, and even save lives
- Monisha Perkash, CEO; Co-founder, Lumo BodyTech
- Charles Michael Yim, CEO, Breathometer
- Stanley Yang CEO, NeuroSky
- Bharat Vasan, COO, August
- Adnan Shennib, President & Founder, iHear Medical, Inc.
Moderator: Scott Ledterman, C.O.O, Head of Sales and Marketing, Myfox Inc
|11:00 am - 11:30 am||
Panel: Successful business models for wearables and IOT
- Sugath Warnakulasuriya, entrepreneur, strategic advisor and investor
- Michael Henry, CIO, Digital Realty
- Josh Bradshaw, WorkTechWork
Moderator: Kevin Smithen, Managing Director, Telecom Services and Infrastructure, Macquarie Research
|11:30 am - 1:30 pm||
Lunch + Please visit the big expo area
|1:30 pm - 2:30 pm||
Doping in sport: How wearables can help athletes train using “Data not Drugs”
- Hap Klopp, Founder of The North Face
- Dr. Sonia Sousa, CEO and Cofounder, Kenzen Inc
- Brian Sturdivant, VP of Marketing, Breathometer
- Paul Robbins, Director of Elite Performance, STATS LLC
- Shaun Rahimi, founder and CEO, CUR
Moderator: Julien Blin, Gizworld and IOT startup advisor
|2:30 pm - 3:00 pm||
Panel: How wearables will help change the game of sports and create new live sports experiences and engage fans in a new way
Dan Henderson, Manager, Sports Technical Services Operations, Zebra Technologies
James J. Kovach, MD, JD, SVP Business Development, CrowdOptic
Cival Van Der Lubbe, CEO, Kanoa
Moderator: Kym McNicholas, Host, CBS Tech2 & Exec Dir, Extreme Tech Challenge, Host of KDOW Radio's NewFocus On Innovation
|3:00 pm - 3:45 pm||
Panel: The future of motorcycles and connected cars from self driving cars, HUD, solar energy, integration with wearables/biosensors, etc..
- Pierre Delaigue – Project Manager – Renault Innovation Silicon Valley Center
- Myriam Joire, Tech Advisor, Former Chief Evangelist at Pebble, and Former Senior Mobile Editor at Engadget
- Yoon Choi, Investment director, SAIC capital
Moderator: Jean-Baptiste Su, Technology Columnist, Forbes
|3:50 pm - 4:30 pm||
Panel: How VR/AR and 3D holographic content will impact industries like education, retail, tourism, entertainment, space exploration..
- Yobie Benjamin, founder of Avegant & angel investor, mentor and advisor to multiple startups
- David Fattal, Founder and CEO, LEIA Inc
- Dustin Wish, Sr. Product Engineer, Samsung’s Milk VR services platform
- Matthew F. Reyes, Manager, Developer Relations & Space Programs, GoPro
Moderator: Terry Beaubois, Terry Beaubois & Associates, and Teaching at Stanford Architecture Program
|4:30 pm - 4:35 pm||
Julien Blin, Managing Director, Gizworld and SMWA President
|4:35 pm - 6:00 pm||
Networking & After party
|9:00 am - 9:30 am||
Fireside chat: The future of smart cities
|9:30 am - 10:00 am||
The future of smart cities: Where we are and where we are going
|10:00 am - 10:30 am||
Firechat with a major IOT company in the Silicon Valley
|11:00 am - 11:15 am||
Please visit the big exhibit area with domestic and IOT startups, and major IOT companies.
|11:15 am - 11:45 am||
Panel: How IOT will impact the telcos and infrastructure vendors business
|11:45 am - 12:15 pm||
Energy Management: The Wearable & IoT Bottleneck
|12:15 pm - 1:15 pm||
|1:15 pm - 1:45 pm||
Firechat with Oliver Starr, professional wolf trainer, featuring Aquataq and Bixby
|1:45 pm - 2:15 pm||
Technology & Animals: IoT for Pets and the Wild
Oliver Starr, professional wolf trainer
William Groebe, Animation Supervisor, Tippett Studio
|2:15 pm - 2:30 pm||
|2:30 pm - 3:00 pm||
Panel: The intersection between wearables, music and entertainment
CEO, BioBeats (Founder of Basis now an Intel company)
Gary Brotman, Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc.
|3:00 pm - 3:30 pm||
Panel: How AI will be at the epicenter of IOT
Norman Winarsky, President of SRI Ventures, SRI International
|3:30 pm - 4:00 pm||
Panel: The intersection between hollywood and the AR/VR industry
Alex Hessler, CG Supervisor, Tippett Studio
|4:00 pm - 5:00 pm||
AR/VR startup competition
|4:20 pm - 5:30 pm||
Networking and visit the expo area
Julien worked in the mobile space for 10 years. Currently advising several wearable computing startups such as Kenzen Wear, LENS, Optinvent, Craven Media, he previously worked for Samsung where he shaped the strategy and built contextual experiences as well as services such as Samsung Hub, an iTunes type service and Samsung WatchON, a video aggregation engine, two services currently available on the Samsung Galaxy S4. He is the founder of Gizworld (www.gizworld.com), a global wearable computing consultancy. Julien is also the co-founder of Wearable Tech LA (www.wearabletechla.com) and Wearable Tech Israel (www.wearabletechisrael.com), Israel's first major wearable computing event. Julien has been quoted in leading publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Dow Jones, and BusinessWeek. Gizeworld, Smart World AllianceJulien Blin, Managing director, Gizworld & IOT startup advisor