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Jean Gehring, President Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations
A recognized technology leader and President of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO), Jean is known as a coalition builder and proven leader in identifying and implementing innovative technology solutions. A Senior Director at Smart 360, she oversees the company's global product stream. Her 25-year career in technology incorporates both board experience and leading enterprise architecture, governance, application and IT portfolio management organizations. During this time there, she led teams responsible for architecture, software product development, web technologies and IT operations. The capsule summary of her role is to develop and provide technology tools and services for Enterprise Architecture to better manage the technology used to power corporate and supply chain solutions.
Dr Chaesub Lee, Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
Dr Chaesub Lee is the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, following his election at the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea. He took office on 1 January 2015. Dr Lee has been involved in the telecommunication and ICT standardization field for 27 years, specializing in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing. He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country's Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), where he stayed for the next eight years. Most recently he worked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP). Within ITU Dr Lee served as Chairman of the ITU Next-Generation Networks (NGN) Focus Group to address the growing need for global standards for NGN, including service requirements, functional architecture and mobility, security and Quality of Service (QoS). He was also Vice-Chairman of the ITU IPTV Focus Group which works to coordinate and promote the development of IPTV standards. He acted as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 13 'Future Networks and Cloud' from 2001 until 2008, becoming Chairman of that group in 2009. Study Group 13 works to develop standardization solutions for NGNs, future networks and cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile telecommunications, to ensure their smooth international deployment in the coming years.
Interview with Amir Banifatemi, Leon Strous, and Mike Hinchey - Globally Renowned Technologists Supporting the XPRIZE in Artificial Intelligence
joins XPRIZE with more than 25 years of experience in development and growth of emerging and transformative technologies. At XPRIZE he is the Prize Lead of the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE. Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Banifatemi began his career at the European Space Agency and then held executive positions at Airbus, AP-HP and the European Commission division for information society and media. He managed two venture capital funds and contributed to the formation of more than 10 startups with emphasis on Predictive Technologies, IoT, and Healthcare. Mr. Banifatemi is a guest lecturer and an adjunct MBA professor at UC Berkeley, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, UC Irvine and HEC Paris.
is qualified as a registered EDP-Auditor (RE) in the Dutch Association of Registered EDP-Auditors (NOREA), and also as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) in the international Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He is a member of a number of professional societies and has been active in many different positions in the Dutch Computer Society (NGI) since 1988, including vice-chair in the Board for five years, and in the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) since 1994. In IFIP he has chaired Technical Committee 11 on security and protection in information processing from 2001-2007, he was Vice-President from 2007-2009 and in August 2009, he was elected as President for the 2010-2013 term with a re-election in 2012 for the 2013-2016 term. Leon has co-authored and co-edited publications in the area of information security and chaired/organized several international security conferences. His professional career started in metal and plastics processing and then went on to eight years with Philips Electronics in the Netherlands. His focus areas were administrative organisation, internal control and information security. Since 1993, Leon has been with De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), which is the central or reserve bank of the Netherlands, as IT auditor in the internal audit department and as overseer in the oversight department of the cash and payments division, focusing on the security of payment systems. He also participated in committees of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB). Currently his main jobs are advancing business continuity and crisis management arrangements with the key players in the payments and securities clearing and settlement processes in the Netherlands, and liaising between the financial sector and the government concerning critical infrastructure protection programs.
Mike Hinchey is Director of Lero-the Irish Software Research Centre, a multi-location national research centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland and with a footprint in all of Ireland's universities. He is also Professor of Software Engineering at University of Limerick. Hinchey holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Limerick, a M.Sc. in Computation (Mathematics) from University of Oxford, UK and PhD in Computer Science from University of Cambridge, UK. He is a Member of Academia Europaea, Fellow of the British Computer Society, Irish Computer Society, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Institute of Engineering Technology and Engineers Australia and Engineers Ireland. Hinchey is the author/editor of more than 20 books (including two to appear in 2017), and over 200 papers on various aspects of Software Engineering and Computer Science. He holds 26 US Patents on various aspects of autonomous systems, code generation and computer hardware. In 2009 he was awarded NASA's Kerley Award as Innovator of the Year. Prior to leading Lero, Hinchey was Director of the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Greenbelt, MD. Hinchey has been previously full professor or visiting professor in UK, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, USA, Japan and Australia. He is President Elect of IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing), becoming President on 17 September 2016, Vice President of the Irish Computer Society and Vice Chair of IEEE UK and Ireland Section.
Judy Wajcman, Globally Renowned Professor London School of Economics, Best-selling Author
Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was previously Professor of Sociology in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. She has held posts in Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Sydney, Tokyo, Vienna, Warwick and Zurich. She was President of the Society for the Social Studies of Science and is a recipient of the CITASA William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award of the American Sociological Association. Her books include:
The Politics of Working Life
Managing Like a Man: Women and Men in Corporate Management
Feminism Confronts Technology
The Social Shaping of Technology
. Her work has been translated into French, German, Greek, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. Her latest book is
Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism
(University of Chicago Press, 2015).
Could technical standards for Artificial Intelligence help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
United Nations ituBlog article regarding Artificial Intelligence.
Martin Ford, Globally Renowned Writer, Best-selling Author, Keynote, Futurist
Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of two books: The New York Times Bestselling, "
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
", (winner of the 2015 Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and translated into 19 languages) and "
The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future
". He has over 25 years experience in the fields of computer design and software development. He holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a graduate business degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written for publications including
The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, and The Financial Times
. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including NPR and CNBC. Martin is a frequent keynote speaker on the subject of accelerating progress in robotics and artificial intelligence — and what these advances mean for the economy, job market and society of the future.
Chat with Juergen Schmidhuber: Artificial Intelligence & Deep Learning - Now & Future
The Deep Learning Neural Networks developed since the early 1990s in Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber's group at TU Munich and the Swiss AI Lab IDSIA (USI and SUPSI) have revolutionized machine learning and AI, and are now available to billions of users through Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Baidu, and many other companies. His research group also established the field of mathematically rigorous universal AI and optimal universal problem solvers. His formal theory of creativity and curiosity and fun explains art, science, music, and humor. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award, and is president of NNAISENSE, which aims at building the first practical general purpose AI.
Dr. Simon Moser, CEO, Top ICT Authority
Dr. Simon Moser is Senior Consultant, CEO and Partner, SolutionBoxX Ltd. (former name until 2010, The SEE Group) Bern/Kirchberg BE, which does business analysis, project and test management for SAP Systems, custom reference data, billing and encashment systems in the domains of Telco-operators, energy-utilities, stock exchange, social security/superannuation and financial information systems and also consulting for Business/ICT documentation and engineering method using the 12Documents™ Method (™ der SolutionBoxX GmbH) for various customers in the Telco and finance domains. Prior to that, for 8 years he was Project manager, Lead Quality Manager, Software Development Manager at Bedag Informatik in Berne. Swiss National Research Foundation, Berne Research Fellow in Melbourne (Australia) in 1997. Simon Moser is also a founding member and President of the Association ICTSCOPE.ch, a special interest group of the Swiss Informatics Society.
Ken Salaets, Director Global Policy Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
As Director of a portfolio of Information and Communications Technology Policy and Advocacy Initiatives, Ken has been instrumental in positioning ITI, which is celebrating its 100
anniversary, as the leading global industry voice on a wide range of issues, including ICT accessibility, standardization policy and sustainable development. His advocacy work has taken him to capitals around the globe, with an increasing emphasis on the Global South. Prior to joining ITI, Ken served on the professional staff of a U.S. House of Representatives oversight committee, managing investigations and congressional hearings on an array of topics, including international aviation security, federal housing and surplus property programs, and small and disadvantaged business subcontracting. When not promoting industry perspectives, Ken spends quality time with his family and a burgeoning collection of electric and acoustic guitars and folk instruments.
Herb Morreale, Top Innovating Chairman and CEO Shares Best Practices
Herb is CEO and founder of 6kites, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in custom software development and social media. 6kites clients range from emerging start-ups to established market leaders in the US, Canada and UK. Prior to 6kites, he held various executive roles at XOR, Loon Lake Investments, Kalos Strategy Group, Gold Systems, Adeptive Software and Me.dium. Herb is a semi-active angel investor and mentor to other business leaders. Herb is the founder and chairman of Topplers, a non-profit organization which seeks to impact the world by inspiring, educating and motivating people to "Set Big Things in Motion". One of Topplers initiatives is the Domino Award. The Domino Award encourages students to "think big" by seeing how the work of computer scientists have significantly impacted modern society. The goal of the program is to honor the past, and in doing so inspire students to see the potential they have to make a difference through their future work. The Domino Award is open to over 40,000 undergraduate computer science students at 300+ universities and colleges across America.
Caroline New, International Authority in Coaching, Training, Communications, Writing, Public Relations and Marketing
Caroline New is an experienced trainer and business consultant who spent 25+ years consulting to companies in the area of business communications, writing, public relations and marketing. She worked as a broadcast journalist and newsreader (4BK and 2WS) before moving into in-house corporate communications. Although more focused today on her training and coaching business, she continues to provide writing services to a small group of long-term clients, including delivering a ghost-written column for The Australian. Caroline began coaching and training in 2004 and is highly regarded as a trainer and presenter on all topics of business communications, professional and personal development, integrity in business and values-based leadership. She is an expert at engaging individuals and groups in meaningful conversations that cut to the core issues of behaviour and performance. Caroline is one of a small group of trainers accredited to deliver the Integrity and Values Leadership Program and holds Master Practitioner certifications in NLP, Time Line and Temporal Dynamics. She is also an experienced executive assessor and has participated in scores of assessment centres for senior government and business executives. She has completed dozens of training programs in business and personal leadership, coaching techniques, advanced communication and presentation skills, marketing, social media and more.
Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google Inc.
Peter Norvig is a Director of Research at Google Inc. Previously he was head of Google's core search algorithms group, and of NASA Ames's Computational Sciences Division, making him NASA's senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He has taught at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Berkeley, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1986 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. He was co-teacher of an Artificial Intelligence class that signed up 160,000 students, helping to kick off the current round of massive open online classes. His publications include the books:
Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
(the leading textbook in the field),
Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp
Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog
Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX
. He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and the world's longest palindromic sentence. He is a fellow of the AAAI, ACM, California Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Anand Sanwal, Top Innovator, CEO Co-founder of CB Insights Sharing Deep Entrepreneur Lesson
Anand Sanwal is the CEO and Co-Founder of CB Insights, a National Science Foundation-backed data platform that provides predictive intelligence into the health of private companies, their investors and the emerging industries they compete in. Customers include Cisco, NEA, Gartner, Marketo, Redhat and Castrol to name a few. Prior to founding CB Insights, Anand managed the $50 million Chairman's Innovation Fund at American Express. And prior to that he worked at Kozmo.com; one of NYC's most infamous dot com flameouts. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and in finance and accounting from the Wharton School of Business.
Mike Hinchey, Globally Renowned Researcher and IFIP President
Mike Hinchey is Director of Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre, a multi-location national research centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland and with a footprint in all of Ireland's universities. He is also Professor of Software Engineering at University of Limerick. Hinchey holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Limerick, a M.Sc. in Computation (Mathematics) from University of Oxford, UK and a PhD in Computer Science from University of Cambridge, UK. He is a Member of Academia Europaea, Fellow of the British Computer Society, Irish Computer Society, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Institute of Engineering Technology and Engineers Australia and Engineers Ireland. Prior to leading Lero, Hinchey was Director of the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Greenbelt, MD. Hinchey has been previously full professor or visiting professor in UK, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, USA, Japan and Australia. He is President Elect of IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing), Vice President of the Irish Computer Society and Vice Chair of IEEE UK and Ireland.
Chris Howard, Top Global Engineer Entrepreneur Passionate About Transforming the World
Christopher Howard is an entrepreneur passionate about transforming how people interact with distributed systems. He is the CEO and co-founder of Kersplody, a start-up that solves many of the integration challenges involved with cyber security and big data deployments. At his previous position at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Howard developed software and solutions for numerous intelligence, civil, and defense projects including those involving big data, MULTI-INT sensor data fusion, Cyber Security, and Net Centric Warfare.
Gisèle Yasmeen, Globally Engaged Researcher, Speaker, Executive and Senior Fellow UBC Institute of Asian Research
Gisèle Yasmeen is currently Senior Fellow at the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian Research and incoming Director of Social Protection for WIEGO. She is the former Vice-President, Research at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council – a Canadian Federal Government research-granting agency. Gisèle has worked in research and higher education for more than 20 years and has undertaken and managed research and related activities across the public, academic and not-for-profit sectors. She has published widely and her work has taken her all over Canada and around the world. Gisèle has a PhD from UBC, an MA from McGill and a BA Honours from the University of Ottawa and is the recipient of a number of awards. She is fluent in English and French and has studied a number of other languages.
Thomas A. Limoncelli, Internationally Recognized Author, Speaker and System Administrator
Thomas A. Limoncelli is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and system administrator. He is best known for his books Practice of System and Network Administration, Time Management for System Administrators, and The Practice of Cloud System Administration. His first book is cited as inspiring a generation of system administrators. In 2005 he received the Usenix LISA Outstanding Achievement Award. He holds a BA in CS from Drew University and has worked at companies such as Bell Labs, Google and Stack Overflow.
David Cheng and Elim Kay sharing their entrepreneur innovation success
can be described as a chronic entrepreneur and an angel investor passionate about helping technology startups. He is currently the CEO of Zaka, a mobile and social CRM for SME. David is an angel investor in several startups and an active board member for Social Rewards and Jio Health. David is also a venture partner with K5 Venture, which runs K5Launch, OC's own startup accelerator that David helped found. David also has a passion for helping the community. He is currently on the leadership council for the Dean at UC Irvine's Brent School of Computer Science. He was also on the executive committee for the board of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce for several years. David holds a B.S. in Computer Science from UC Irvine.
is Co-Founder and COO of Zaka Inc., a consumer/business technology and analytics company. He has been involved with technology startup ventures since 2002. Through a private partnership, he acquired the then-small online community, ClubLexus.com in 2002 and served as Managing Director until its acquisition by Internet Brands, Inc. in 2007. In addition, he is president of the Kay Family Foundation, Board Director of a private consortium of operating and holding companies, Venture Partner of K5 Ventures, and Managing Partner of a number of private opportunistic investment funds.Elim serves on the Board of Governors of Chapman University and on the Board of Trustees of the Academy Charter High School. He is a strong proponent of information age innovation, especially in education and healthcare. He enjoys partnering with leaders of all generations on meaningful collaborations that yield positive impacts for the world.
Moira de Roche, Outstanding Multi-awarded Serial Social Entrepreneur and Senior Global Executive
Moira de Roche is an independent consultant with a focus on helping business and educational organizations design and develop learning programs, and measure the impact and return of these programs. She is currently working with a large university, as technical lead for a small team who are designing and developing E-Learning modules for a diploma course. Moira also works with small companies, especially non-profit companies, to develop strategies and measure the achievement of strategic goals and objectives. Moira has spent the last two decades in the E-Learning industry and has a keen interest in the impact of emergent learning landscapes, especially Social Media and the use of new technologies in learning. She has worked with corporates, as well as Education Institutions. Moira is a Director of IITPSA (formerly CSSA), and a Past President. She is a Professional Member (PMIITPSA) and a Fellow of the Society and a proud recipient of the "EngineerIT/CSSA Distinguished Service in ICT" award in 2009. She currently serves as the Honorary Treasurer. She is also a member of ACM. She is a trustee of the South African Computer Olympiad Trust, whose function is to run the Computer Programming and Applications Awards in South Africa. Moira is also Deputy Chair and a Director, responsible for Marketing, of IFIP IP3. She is also a Vice-Chair and Director of IFIP IP3 Global Industry Council.
Bryan Johnson Sharing Entrepreneur Innovation Success
Bryan is the founder of the OS Fund. He invests in and advises entrepreneurs who are developing quantum-leap discoveries that promise to rewrite the operating systems of life. He currently serves on the boards of Human Longevity, Inc. and Planetary Resources. Prior to founding the OS Fund, Bryan founded Braintree, an online and mobile payments provider. He and his team worked tirelessly to build an exceptional company – one that they loved, and one that was worthy of frequent love letters from its customers. Under Bryan's leadership as CEO, Braintree acquired thousands of the most discerning and disruptive companies in the world as customers (including Uber, Airbnb, OpenTable, GitHub and HotelTonight) and created the critical infrastructure that powered the industry-wide shift to mobile commerce. Bryan profitably bootstrapped the company for its first five years of operations and Inc. magazine named Braintree one of the fastest growing companies in America two years in a row. The company raised two rounds of venture capital from top-tier firms and was acquired by eBay in 2013 for $800 million in cash. Bryan is also an avid adventurer. He has climbed some of the highest peaks in the world, raced in the African desert, explored an active volcano and built a snow cave in the Arctic. He is a pilot, the father of three and a children's book author.
Ingemar Flores, co-founder Lockheed Martin Shark Tank® Organization, Top International Software Engineer and Innovator
Ingemar Flores is an intrapreneur at Lockheed Martin. He worked in cyber, software engineering and management, network architecture, satellite design and space hardware testing. His experience and education span mechanical, aerospace, software, and network engineering. His constant goal has been on launching initiatives for creative, talented engineers in the spirit of the Skunk Works®. He enjoys working in the military and intelligence domains and strives to make them as innovative and forward-thinking as they were in generations past.
Raghu Rai, Top Young Entrepreneur Sharing Success
Raghu Rai is an entrepreneur passionate about transforming healthcare. He founded his start-up, Jio Health, while studying as an undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Jio Health is creating a platform that empowers individuals to manage their health, connect with their providers in meaningful ways and care for the ones they love. In addition to Jio Health, Raghu also advises a few start-ups in Southeast Asia focused on secure messaging and machine learning for the beauty and cosmetics industry.
Robin Pimentel: International Engineer, Tech Executive, Entrepreneur, Investor
Robin is a Venture Partner with K5 Ventures and a member of the UCLA Venture Fund. Robin has been advising startups since 2007. Through a blended portfolio of funds, he has access to over 50 active startups. With experience in semiconductors, Internet scale networks and large scale global clouds, Robin can provide direction for technology scaling, product/market fit, funding, organizational and corporate development.
Anne Miroux, Director, Division on Technology and Trade Logistics, Head of the CSTD Secretariat UNCTAD
Anne Miroux began her career in the United Nations in 1979 at the UN Centre on Transnational Corporations in New York where she was involved in the negotiations on the UN Code of Conduct on Transnational Corporations. Over the years she has worked on issues related to international debt, investment and enterprise development, technology and innovation, and trade logistics. She is at present the Director of the Technology and Trade Logistics Division in UNCTAD. In this capacity, she leads UNCTAD's work on science, technology and innovation for development. Ms. Miroux is also the Head of the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD); she is in charge of the work of the Secretariat related to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the 10 year Review of WSIS. Throughout her career, Ms. Miroux has led many research and technical assistance projects. She was for several years responsible for UNCTAD's flagship report, the World Investment Report, and editor of the UN Transnational Corporations Journal. She is at present leading the Technology and Innovation Reports prepared by the UNCTAD Secretariat. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Technology and Management Center of the Department of International Development at Oxford University, and of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Logistics and Supply Chain.
Richard Allan Kelley, International IT Expert and Chairman NPA
Richard Allan Kelley joined the Network Professional Association (NPA) in 2004. Since then, he has worked with fellow members to create the Orange County and Los Angeles local chapters. He was elected to the Board of Directors, and currently sits as Chairman of the Board, and Chair for the Awards for Professionalism program. He is an Information Technology professional, promotes professionalism in the work area by mentoring others in the various industry certifications, and expands his own portfolio by learning about the numerous technologies with a focus on security. He served in the California Army National Guard from 1990-1996, where he was part of the 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Band. He currently works for Harris IT Services, part of Harris Corporation as a systems administrator. Prior to this, he worked as a systems administrator for Cablofil, Legrand, and PW Industries, Inc (2001 – 2009), and a network system administrator for AsiaDemand, Inc (2000-2001).
Mike Uesugi, Top International Entrepreneur, Software Developer
CTO & Co-Founder, Mike Uesugi is the technology behind Social Rewards, a social media based loyalty marketing program that awards brand consumers for engaging in social media activity such as brand mentions via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook likes and fan activity.
Mei Tsang, Top IP Authority, Managing Partner and Lawyer
Mei Tsang is the managing partner at Fish & Tsang LLP. Mei helped form Fish & Associates, PC with Robert "Bob" Fish in 2007, which became Fish & Tsang when she became the firm's managing partner in 2014. Fish & Tsang was awarded Daily Journal's "Top Boutiques" and Orange County Business Journal's "Fastest-Growing Private Companies" and "Best Places to Work" in 2014. Mei pioneered the firm's three-step strategy for IP: Identify, Procure and Shepherd. The process helps clients approach, manage and monetize their intellectual property. She is a zealous advocate for her clients in advising and coaching them through prosecution, litigation and enforcement of their rights in the US and worldwide. Her specialty is in strategizing with her clients to think the impossible and to achieve their ultimate business goals. Mei has counseled her clients to achieve their goals by being resilient and caring. As a result, Mei earned the nickname of "Chinathreat" as she is unflappable in the face of adversity. Mei's domestic and international clients range from start-ups to small and medium-sized companies and large Fortune 500 companies with various intellectual property needs. She has litigated many federal and state court actions involving various intellectual property disputes such as patent and trademark infringement. She also has helped clients navigate through the world of combating counterfeit goods with the assistance of the United States Custom and Border Patrol, the FBI and the LAPD. Mei is creative too as well. She launched the Rainbow Book™, which translates common IP terms into seven (7) different languages as a convenient client reference.
Pedro Domingos, Globally Renowned Top Ranking Data Science, AI Researcher leads team to top AI prize
Pedro Domingos is a professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a winner of the SIGKDD Innovation Award, the highest honor in data science. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a Sloan Fellowship, the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, and numerous best paper awards. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine and is the author or co-author of over 200 technical publications. He has held visiting positions at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT. He co-founded the International Machine Learning Society in 2001. His research spans a wide variety of topics in machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science, including scaling learning algorithms to big data, maximizing word of mouth in social networks, unifying logic and probability, and deep learning.
Josh Hong, Multi-Awarded Global Executive Chairman, Investor, Serial Entrepreneur
Joshua Hong is an Internet-media entrepreneur. He worked at Arthur Andersen Worldwide as a Technology and Corporate Strategy Consultant and at Deutsche Bank in its Global Investment Banking and M&A Group prior to starting North America's first free-to-play MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) publisher, K2 Network, which became one of the largest free-to-play MMORPG publishers in the Western Hemisphere with offices in U.S, India, Brazil and Turkey. He also started a virtual game asset trading platform, Item*Star, in China while helping to build Playspan, the largest virtual currency payment platform for gamers in North America as its early backer, shareholder and a board member, and it was acquired by Visa International. He won the Orange County Business Journal's Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award in 2010, and was chosen as one of the OC Metro's 40 under 40 in 2011. He is an active member of YPO in the California Coast Chapter since 2009, and completed the Singularity University Executive Program in 2012 and FutureMed in 2013. He is currently Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Curely, a telehealth mobile marketplace for board certified medical doctors and consumers and Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Kuddly, a telehealth mobile marketplace for licensed veterinarians and pet owners. He is also Founder and Managing Partner of Exponential Partners, an early-stage venture capital group based in Orange County, California.
Dr. Maria Klawe: Pioneering World-Renowned Computer Scientist and Executive Leader
Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College's fifth president in 2006. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, President Klawe is the first woman to lead the College since its founding in 1955. Klawe has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science, including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, gender issues in information technology and interactive-multimedia for mathematics education. Her current research focuses on discrete mathematics. Klawe is a renowned lecturer and has given talks at international conferences, national symposia and colleges across the U.S. and Canada about diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and industries, gender and gaming, and lessons from her own career in STEM industry and education. She has devoted particular attention in recent years to improving K-12 science and mathematics education. Klawe is one of the ten members of the board of Microsoft Corporation, a board member of Broadcom Corporation and the nonprofit Math for America, the chair of the board of the nonprofit EdReports.org, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and a member of the Advisory Council for the Computer Science Teachers Association, and the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Selection Board. She is co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Simons Institute at UC Berkeley. She is the recipient of the 2014 Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership and was ranked 17 on Fortune's 2014 list of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders.
Mattias Ulbrich Top International Leader and Innovator, CIO Audi, Winner 2015 EU CIO of the Year
After studying Electrical Engineering at Braunschweig Technical University, Mattias Ulbrich began his career in the Sales division of American IT company Hewlett Packard in 1993. Ulbrich joined AUDI AG in 1998. Until 2003, he worked at the Neckarsulm site, where he was latterly in charge of the Information Systems – Product Manufacturing Department. Ulbrich was subsequently appointed Chief Information Officer at SEAT in Barcelona where he was responsible for IT, Organization and Systems over a period of three years. After joining Volkswagen in Wolfsburg in 2006, Ulbrich held several managerial roles in IT, ultimately heading up the ITP Customer Order Process department. Mattias Ulbrich has been Head of IT and Organization at AUDI AG since February 1, 2012.
Speaking at United Nations General Assembly WSIS+10 High-Level Meeting
Thursday July 2 was a historical unprecedented UNITED NATIONS event—the first time external non-governmental stakeholders were given this extended ability to inform the United Nations through three panels (speakers are assigned as speakers or respondents) and unique with live streaming and Twitter for questions. Areas of discussion included WSIS+10 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Microsoft Shares Insights at United Nations July 2
Carolyn Nguyen, Microsoft Director Telecom and Internet Governance, provided compelling insights in support of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) action lines and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations Thursday July 2nd. She gave several examples where Microsoft was bridging the digital divide, supporting capacity building through education, implementing youth and diversity engagement.
Success lessons, Brendan Bank, CIO, Booking.com, Finalist CIO of the Year Award
Success lessons, Brendan Bank, CIO, Booking.com, Finalist CIO of the Year Award
Roy Taylor, VP AMD, International Top-Ranking Serial Entrepreneur and Executive
Roy Taylor is Corporate Vice President and Head of Alliances at AMD. He is responsible for a global team managing all aspects of the AMD ecosystem and external relations. Taylor reports to AMD Senior Vice President and General Manager of CG, Jim Anderson. An avid gamer and IT enthusiast, Taylor started his career in the component distribution business and was a founder of Addtron, a firm representing sales and marketing for semiconductor leaders such as IBM Microelectronics, NEC Electronics, Cyrix, and others in Europe.
Tomasz Janowski, Top International Governance Authority and Founding Head of the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance
Tomasz Janowski is the founding Head of the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), a newly established research, policy and leadership education organization focusing on the intersection of technology, governance and development, and located in Guimarães, Portugal. Over his 20 year career in the UN system, he lectured and organized activities in over 50 countries. He founded and coordinates the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV), a leading conference in the area, and serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Government Information Quarterly (Elsevier), a leading journal in the area. His research, policy and education work focuses on the analysis, design and performance of technology-enabled governance in different national, local and sectorial contexts, and the transfer of governance mechanisms between contexts. His projects were funded by Macao Foundation, World Bank, Microsoft, UNDP, European Commission, Commonwealth Secretariat and several national governments.
George Neville-Neil Engineer, Author and Head of ACM's Practitioner Board
George V. Neville-Neil works on networking and operating system code for fun and profit. He also teaches courses on various subjects related to programming. His areas of interest are code spelunking, operating systems, networking and time protocols. He is the co-author with Marshall Kirk McKusick and Robert N. M. Watson of "The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System". For over ten years he has been the columnist better known as Kode Vicious. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and is a member of the ACM, the Usenix Association and IEEE. He is an avid bicyclist and traveler who currently lives in New York City.
Success lessons, Mattias Ulbrich, CIO, Audi AG, winner of the 2015 European CIO of the Year Award
Success lessons from Mattias Ulbrich, CIO, Audi AG,, winner of the 2015 European CIO of the Year, Category: Large Enterprise
Success lessons, Piera Fasoli, CIO Gruppo HERA, winner of the 2015 European CIO of the Year Award
Success lessons, Piera Fasoli, CIO Gruppo HERA, winner of the 2015 European CIO of the Year Award, Category: Public Sector
Success lessons, Jean-Luc Martino, CIO, Raiffeisen Banque, winner of the 2015 European CIO of the Year Award
Success lessons, Jean-Luc Martino, CIO, Raiffeisen Banque, winner of the 2015 European CIO of the Year Award, Category: Medium Enterprise
Success lessons, Paul Danneels, CIO, VDAB, winner of the 2015 European CIO of the Year Award
Success lessons, Paul Danneels, CIO, VDAB, winner of the 2015 European CIO of the Year Award, Category: Public Sector
Journal: NYC, Pennsylvania, Geneva, Brussels - CIO CITY, Amsterdam, Paris
I have spent the last several weeks between Vancouver and cities in the US and the European Union including: LA, New York, Pennsylvania, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris. I have a lot to share from my experiences and insights.
Eve Andersson Top International Academic, Executive, Author, Software Engineer, Accessibility Expert, Entrepreneur, ACM Practitioner Board Professional Development Committee Member
Eve Andersson leads Accessibility Engineering at Google. Prior to joining Google, Eve was Senior Vice President of Academics at Neumont University. She also co-founded ArsDigita Corporation, an open-source software company that was acquired by Red Hat, and she was Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Universidad Galileo in Guatemala City. Eve has co-authored two books:
"Software Engineering for Internet Applications
" (MIT Press, 2006) and "
Early Adopter VoiceXML
" (Wrox Press, 2001). She serves on the Professional Development Committee of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). She has Engineering degrees from Caltech and U.C. Berkeley and an MBA in Finance from Wharton.
Top Reasons CIO's and Manager's Need to Experience Windows 10
In the article you will be exposed to compelling Windows 10 benefits including this short sampling of what managers will experience by using Windows 10.
Windows 10 Preview Top 5 Resources
There's an additional one million Windows Insiders who have joined the Windows 10 Insiders program which spotlights the high interest for enterprises, SMBs, and consumers. The compelling message is the diverse platforms supported where you work with one environment across tablets, PCs, phones, augmented reality, gaming.
Top Five Resources for IT Executives, IT Pros and Developers
With so much noise on the internet, what are the top five curated quality resources and events for IT executives to direct their teams?
Vint Cerf, Polymath Icon Continuing to be a Catalyst for Global Innovation and Change
Vinton G. Cerf is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University. Vint Cerf served as Chairman of the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007 and has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. Cerf served as Founding President of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995. Cerf is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the British Computer Society, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He currently serves as Past President of the Association for Computing Machinery, Chairman of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), Chairman of StopBadWare, and recently completed his term as Chairman of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. President Obama appointed him to the National Science Board in 2012.
2015 Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference
The MVP Virtual Conference will showcase 95 sessions of content for IT Pros, Developers and Consumer experts designed to help you navigate life in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform, Steve Guggenheimer, will be on hand to deliver the opening Keynote Address. Come learn from the best and brightest in the tech world today. All of the sessions will all be delivered by the Americas' Region Microsoft MVPs. These MVPs are experts who present at premiere conferences, independent community events and local user groups all over the globe. This is a technical conference focused on helping attendees to learn and develop skills for everything from everyday technical work to wackier weekend projects. Whether it is on the IT Pro, Dev or Consumer side of things, you can bet that the content of MVP V-Conf will be cutting edge, exciting and relevant.
Janet Kennedy, President Microsoft Canada, Internationally Recognized Top-Ranking Executive
Janet Kennedy is the President of Microsoft Canada. With over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing of business solutions, she is focused on Microsoft's mission of helping people and businesses realize their full potential. Janet joined Microsoft in 2002 with a concentration on helping shape the organization's Industry approach, specializing in Retail & Hospitality. She spent time in the West and Central regions of the US as the Vice President for Enterprise Customers. During her tenure, the business was able to grow from more than $1 billion to over $3 billion and has been instrumental in leading the transformation to the cloud with some of the largest and earliest customers on Office 365. Originally from Chicago, Janet and her family now live in Toronto. When she isn't working, the self-proclaimed "device geek" enjoys playing with apps, trying the latest exercise trend, and enjoying movies – both box office and obscure!
MS Board Director Maria Klawe, 17th on Fortune's World's 50 Greatest Leaders, Computer Science Association Canada Lifetime Achievement Awardee, shares success tips for #YouthSpark Live
Famed scientist, entrepreneur, CIPS founding fellow, past ACM president and fellow Maria Klawe ranked 17th on the World's 50 Greatest Leaders shares her tips for success.
Molly Burke, Internationally Celebrated Youth Leader and Keynote YouthSpark Live in Vancouver
When she was just four years old, Molly Burke's world began to darken: she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a retinal disease causing loss of vision. But despite this and the ensuing obstacles and hardships she faced, it wasn't long before she began bringing light into the lives of others. Molly began public speaking at the age of five. Since then, she has inspired thousands with her story. Over the years, as Molly's vision deteriorated, her confidence and optimism only strengthened; but not without trying times or adversity along the way. As a student, Molly was tormented by bullies who mocked her for being blind. She became depressed and struggled with mental illness until she found the strength to face her challenges, the courage to reach out to others, and most importantly, hope. As a motivational speaker with Me to We, Molly has travelled across Canada and the US sharing her story with youth, families and corporate organizations including RBC, KPMG, Coca Cola, PotashCorp and Green Giant. She has also travelled to Free The Children communities in India and Kenya. Molly has shared the We Day stage with Larry King, Demi Lovato, Macklemore, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Hadfield, Magic Johnson, Martin Luther King III, Martin Sheen and Mia Farrow. She was also a correspondent on the Orange Carpet for the 2013 Halo Awards. She believes that we gain strength from sharing our stories and that we can learn from the struggles of others. That's why she lives by the motto....live, learn and pass it on.
Genevieve L'Esperance, Internationally Recognized Innovator, Developer, Entrepreneur, and YouthSpark Advisor and Ambassador at YouthSpark Live in Vancouver
Genevieve L'Esperance is a Microsoft YouthSpark advisor. She is a joint major Computer Science and Molecular Biology student at McGill University with 6 years of tech industry experience. She has spoken at the United Nations, interned with Microsoft Research and Tuque Games and taught a college-credit Java course, as well as taught over a thousand young girls to program with Teaching Kids Programming. She learned to code at a young age and quickly recognized that she was a minority in the male-dominated field. Her goal is to break down the perception barrier so that girls look at the computer science profession more objectively as a career choice. She went on to get Microsoft certifications in various technologies and skills, became a Windows 8 Ambassador for her college campus, and has devoted countless hours to teaching programming to girls. She hopes to show them the doors that computer science has opened for her, and that it's a field not just for boys.
Sage Franch, Top Developer Evangelist, Blogger, Computer Science Guru Innovator, and YouthSpark Advisor and Ambassador at YouthSpark Live in Vancouver
Sage Franch is a Developer Evangelist and student with a passion for equality in technology. Through her work with YouthSpark and her blog Trendy Techie, Sage works to be a positive role model for women and girls and anyone interested in a career in technology. Sage is a Computer Science major at Dalhousie University in Halifax, works as a Technical Evangelist intern at Microsoft Canada, and writes and operates Trendy Techie, a blog about technology, fashion, and life as a young woman in tech. In the six years that she has been coding she has learned more than six programming languages and used those languages to make dozens of apps, games and websites. What she loves about coding is how versatile it is - once you learn to program you can work on projects across all industries. When Sage first started working in tech, a lot of people told her that she didn't look like a coder. Those people were thinking about old-school stereotypes about "geeks" and "nerds", but nowadays those stereotypes simply don't apply. Anyone can code, and your ability to do so is not determined by your looks, gender, race, or age - it is only determined by your interest and initiative to take the first step.
Dominic Holt, Co-Founder and Leader of Lockheed Martin Shark Tank® Organization, Top International Software Engineer and Innovator, Entrepreneur, ACM Practitioner Board Professional Development Committee Member
Dominic Holt is Co-Founder and CEO of Divine Intervention Software and Senior Software Manager at Lockheed Martin. Dominic has a zeal for bringing together amazing technologists in pursuit of building world-class software and inventing revolutionary technology that changes the world for the better. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and designing, architecting and conceptualizing software that makes an impact in the lives of its users. In 2008 he co-wrote an Xbox game that won the PAX10 Top 10 Indie Games of the Year and demoed the game at the PAX festival with 70,000 attendees. From 2009 to 2012 he wrote mobile and web geospatial intelligence applications for the US Military. Since then he has moved on to leading an elite skunk works group of Software Engineers in emerging technologies at Lockheed Martin. He also serves on ACM's Practitioner Board Professional Development Committee.
Mark Bialic, President of Eurocom Corporation, Award-winning Top Innovation Executive
Mark Bialic is President of Eurocom Corporation, a leading developer of high performance fully upgradeable laptops, notebooks, mobile workstations and mobile servers. He is responsible for the development and continuous innovation of Eurocom products, solutions and corporate vision. Prior to leading Eurocom, Mark was the Microcomputer Coordinator for the City of Ottawa. He carefully outlined the division of responsibility between the User Department and the MIS Department and he excelled by taking a business-oriented, enterprise approach to LANs. Mark came to the City of Ottawa with a business orientation. Using his life experience, Mark Bialic excelled at pushing the boundaries and bringing an innovative mindset to Eurocom. Bialic led Eurocom through many innovations, technologies and ground breaking new products, most recently winning the Intel Form Factor Solutions Innovation Award for the EUROCOM Panther 5SE Mobile Server, for packing the performance capabilities of a data center server in a portable form factor, complete with workstation tools such as keyboard and monitor.
Scott Palmer, International Consortia Founder, Business Standards Curator, Top Business Transformation Entrepreneur
Scott Palmer is Founder of Standards for your Enterprise (S4E), a consortium for academics, business operations and IT professionals chartered to gather and share unbiased information about business class standards. He has been involved in business process standards development since 1998 where he was Associate Director of the Supply Chain Council. While there, he contributed to the success of the globally recognized Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model standard; SCC grew to nearly 1000 corporate members who participated in SCC programs worldwide to learn how to use and support SCOR and to improve the standard through technical development. Scott spent most of this past decade working with companies seeking to adopt the Value Chain Group's (VCG) Business Process Transformation Framework (BPTF), and its Value Reference Model (VRM) where he is also participating in standards activities organized by other associations. His private sector partnerships involve business transformation methodologies and process data repository tools.
Roy Taylor, VP AMD, International Top-Ranking Serial Entrepreneur and Executive
Roy Taylor is Corporate Vice President for Alliances. In this role, Taylor is responsible for AMD alliances working with such companies as Microsoft, Google, UL, Electronic Arts and with consortiums including Khronos and others. A 25-year industry veteran, Taylor has had a multi-faceted career as a technology evangelist, content strategist and entrepreneur in both start-ups and established companies. He joins AMD from Rightware, a Finland-based software start-up where he was Chief Sales Officer. Prior to Rightware, Taylor spent a decade at NVIDIA where he held a number of leadership roles including Vice President Telco Relations, Vice President Content Relations and CTO for PCGA (PC Gaming Alliance), Vice President for GPU Sales and Vice President of EMEA Sales. An avid gamer and IT enthusiast, Taylor started his career in the component distribution business and was a founder of Addtron, a firm representing sales and marketing for semiconductor leaders such as Aureal, IBM Microelectronics, NEC, Nexgen and others in Europe.
Ian Hamilton, CTO Signiant, Emmy Award Winning International Top-Ranking Serial Entrepreneur for Technical Innovation
Ian Hamilton has been an innovator and entrepreneur in Internetworking infrastructure and applications for more than 25 years. As a founding member of Signiant, he led the development of innovative software solutions to address the challenges of fast, secure content distribution over the public Internet and private intranets for many of the media and entertainment industry's largest companies. In 2015 Signiant was awarded a technology and engineering Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for pioneering work on "Secure Accelerated File Transfer over IP Networks Including the Internet." Prior to Signiant, Ian was Chairman and Vice President of Product Development at ISOTRO Network Management. He was responsible for launching ISOTRO's software business unit and created the NetID product suite that led to the company's successful acquisition by Bay Networks. Ian held senior management positions at Bay Networks and subsequently Nortel Networks, from which Signiant emerged. Previously Ian was a Member of Scientific Staff at Bell Northern Research, performing applied research and development in the areas of Internetworking and security. Ian is a well-respected subject matter expert who has been published in industry journals and spoken at industry events around the globe.
Nicole Washington, Renowned Serial Entrepreneur, Innovator, Executive, Management Consultants
Nicole Washington, owner of Micro Biz Coach® and Nicole's Naturals®, is an entrepreneur in the technology and food & beverage industries. Micro Biz Coach® works with micro and small business owners to identify strategies that ensure a successful business start-up or boost a veteran business's bottom line. Micro Biz Coach® also focuses on educating the micro and small business owner to leverage internet technology in order to compete with larger businesses. Nicole has a wealth of experience from her previous career with Ernst & Young, Whittman Hart and MarchFirst consulting firms. As a management consultant, she worked with several Fortune 500 clients including Sprint and Nationwide Insurance. Nicole is a member of the Ohio TechAngel Fund, the 2nd largest Angel Investor Network in the United States. Nicole is also active in giving back to the community, serving as a Trustee on the Board of The Academy, a STEM high school that services a large population of underserved youth. She also serves as Chair of their Business Advisory Council. Nicole enjoys the outdoors and has a passion for increasing the number of Women and Girls in the STEM disciplines.
Maarten Hillenaar, Internationally Renowned ICT Executive, past CIO Central Dutch Government; Director, Central Government IT Policy Department Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
From 2009 until 2014 M.W.I. (Maarten) Hillenaar was CIO of the Central Government at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. In this position he directed the way in which ICT is used, developed a cloud strategy, implemented the common IT-workspace and improved and standardized the rules for information security. Furthermore, he developed a governance model together with the CIOs of the 11 Dutch ministries which made it possible to govern the ICT of Central Government based on one, single strategy. Within the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the ICT Policy Department is responsible for standard policy relating to information security and information affairs for the Central Government. Since this spring he is the principal consultant at PBLQ, the ICT consultancy company for administration in the public sector. He was nominated to be European CIO of the Year 2014.
Houlin Zhao, 2015 Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), World-leading ICT Executive Authority
Mr. Houlin Zhao has served as Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU since 2006 and was re-elected for a second four-year term in October 2010. He served as Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau from 1999-2006. A graduate of China's Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications with an MSc from the UK's University of Essex, Mr. Zhao has spent most of his career working in the international arena. His leadership is characterized by a tireless commitment to further streamlining ITU's efficiency, strengthening its membership base and enhancing strategic partnership between Member States and Sector Members. He has helped ITU enhance its level of international cooperation with other international organizations and is dedicated to harnessing technology to bridge the gap between developing and developed countries.
Stephen Downes, World Renowned Research Officer, Human Computer Interaction, Information and Communication Technologies, National Research Council of Canada
Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Researcher, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy. Downes is perhaps best known for his daily newsletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world, and as the originator of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). He is a popular speaker, appearing at hundreds of events around the world over the last fifteen years. He has published hundreds of articles both online and in print through two decades of research and development into learning networks and related technologies. Prior to joining the NRC, Downes worked for the University of Alberta as an information architect, and prior to that, as a distance education and new media design specialist for Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba. This followed a decade of teaching experience both in person and by distance with Athabasca University, the University of Alberta, and Grande Prairie Regional College.
David Cheng, Top–Ranking Pioneering Chairman, Software Developer, and World Innovation Technology Leader and Entrepreneur
David Cheng can be described as a chronic entrepreneur and an angel investor passionate about helping technology startups. He is currently the CEO of Zaka, a mobile and social CRM for SME. David is an angel investor in several startups and an active board member for Social Rewards and Jio Health. David is also a venture partner with K5 Venture, which runs K5Launch, OC's own startup accelerator that David helped found. David was formerly the CEO of Accenx Technologies, a healthcare software company which he founded in 1997. At Accenx, David grew the company organically for several years and then raised a Series A investment along with two follow-up bridge rounds. He was the CEO and Chairman until 2009 when the company was merged into Initiate Systems and then together, they were immediately sold to IBM in an all cash transaction for an undisclosed amount. Prior to Accenx, David was with another startup for four years called Seebeyond, where he held several positions ranging from software developer to Director of Marketing. David also has a passion for helping the community. He is currently on the leadership council for the Dean at UC Irvine's Brent School of Computer Science. He was also on the executive committee for the board of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce for several years.
Elim Kay, Top Pioneering Innovator, Young Entrepreneur, International Board Director, Notable C-level Executive
Elim Kay is Co-Founder and COO of Zaka Inc., a consumer/business technology and analytics company. He has been involved with technology startup ventures since 2002. Through a private partnership, he acquired the then-small online community, ClubLexus.com in 2002 and served as Managing Director until its acquisition by Internet Brands, Inc. in 2007. In addition, he is president of the Kay Family Foundation, Board Director of a private consortium of operating and holding companies, Venture Partner of K5 Ventures, and Managing Partner of a number of private opportunistic investment funds. Elim serves on the Board of Governors of Chapman University and on the Board of Trustees of the Academy Charter High School.
Carlos Juiz, Professor University of the Balearic Islands Spain and Top Authority in IT Governance and ICT
Before joining the Department of Computer Science at UIB, Carlos Juiz had several positions related to the computer systems industry. From 1990 he was a Systems Analyst for Xerox, leaving this position as Senior Analyst in 1999. He was a visiting researcher at the Department for Computer Science and Business Informatics, University of Vienna, in 2003 and Visiting Associate Professor at Biomedical Informatics Research, in 2011 at Stanford University. Carlos Juiz is heading the ACSIC research group and his research interests mainly focus on web performance engineering, semantic web and IT governance. He has been involved in several regional, national, European and international research projects, including cooperation projects mainly with Universities of Paraguay. He has participated in more than 300 international conferences, workshops and congresses as reviewer, session chair, programme committee member or scientific committee member and president of the program committee. He is co-author of more than 150 international papers. Carlos Juiz is a senior member of the IEEE and also a senior member of the ACM. He is an invited expert of the International Communication Union (ITU) and Academic Advocate of ISACA. Recently, Carlos Juiz has been appointed as member of the Domain Committee on Cloud Computing from IFIP.
Wladimiro Bedin: Renowned National Innovation Awarded Executive and Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO Bedin Shop Systems, Co-founder EuroCloud Italy, Best 5 Cloud Azure Services
Wladimiro Bedin, after a degree in Electronics Engineering from Padova University (Italy), a research experience at KDD labs in Tokyo (Japan), an MBA at CUOA (Vicenza, Italy) and some years experience in retail business, founded in 1989 BEDIN Shop Systems, a company specialized in software design for retail stores. After several innovative steps, his company released aKite, the first POS and in-store SaaS designed from the ground to leverage the power of a modern Cloud PaaS, already adopted by a wide range of chains. Among several recognitions, at the 2010 Microsoft Partner Conference in Washington D.C., aKite was defined one of the best 5 Cloud services based on Azure and in 2011 received the “National Innovation Award” from the Italian Republic President. In 2009 he co-founded EuroCloud Italy, a non-profit organization part of EuroCloud Europe.
Chat with John Davies, Vice-President Intel World Ahead Program
John Davies shared his deep insights in this interview.
Adrian Schofield, International Leader in ICT, Accreditation, Certification and Research
Adrian emigrated to Southern Africa in 1981 (acquiring South African citizenship in the new democracy), where he worked in casino management, financial computer systems, payroll processing and software development and sales before moving into recruitment and contracting of IT skills. He then moved on to management of technical training before joining CompTIA in January 2000 as the regional International Sales & Marketing Director. From 2003 to 2005 he carried out various consulting contracts. He joined ForgeAhead in 2005, where he was Head of Consulting (specialising in the use of ICT in Government) until moving to his current post at the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering at Wits University in 2008 as Manager: Applied Research Unit.He occasionally lectures about the Management of Technology and Systems Thinking and is a regular speaker at conferences. Adrian has spent more than 25 years being involved in activities to promote standards and growth in the ICT sector. He received the 2012 Distinguished Service in ICT Award from Computer Society South Africa (now Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa). He currently serves in these voluntary capacities: Vice President and Board member of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), Vice Chairman of the Africa ICT Alliance, Vice Chairman (Standards & Accreditation) of IP3, Member of the Regional Academic Network for IT Policy. He is a Fellow and Professional grade member of IITPSA.
Hendrik Deckers, Managing Director and Founder of CIONET; World-Renowned Top-ranking Executive and ICT Authority
Hendrik Deckers is the Managing Director and founder of CIONET, the biggest community of IT executives in Europe. In this role he is responsible, together with his team, for expanding CIONET into new markets and for the development of new and existing services. Bringing together over 4400 CIOs, CTO's and IT directors from wide ranging sectors, cultures, academic backgrounds and generations, CIONET's membership represents an impressive body of expertise in IT management. CIONET's mission is to feed and develop that expertise by providing top-level IT executives with the resources they need to realise their full potential. Represented countries include the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Luxembourg, Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium. From 2000 till 2005 Hendrik was Vice President at ExpertEyes and Managing Director at Close Partners; in these roles he developed and delivered sales and marketing programmes that focused on helping IT vendors to launch and expand their commercial activities in Europe. Hendrik worked at SAS Institute from 1990 till 1999, where he was responsible for the Belux company & product strategy, held positions as head of business development and worked in product management and pre-sales.
Gilad Meiri, CEO Neura; Wireless Serial Entrepreneur; Top-Ranking Executive, Authority in IoT and Innovation
An Internet of Things expert, Gilad Meiri has acted as the CEO of Neura since he founded the company in January 2013 with co-founder and life-long friend Ori Shaashua. Meiri's past experience as a serial entrepreneur in wireless helped him frame the technology and concept behind Neura's products. In addition to Neura, Gilad is also the co-founder and CEO of Spicebox, which has created numerous successful products for mobile devices. Meiri received a Master of Business Administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he co-founded the Social Venture Fund. He received dual Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Education from Tel-Aviv University.
Markus Kummer, Senior Vice-President, The Internet Society; Top-Ranking Internet, Governance and Policy Authority
Markus Kummer is the Internet Society's Senior Vice-President, a role completing in 2014. In 2013, he was asked by the United Nations to chair the preparatory process for the annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in Bali, Indonesia. He joined the Internet Society in 2011 to assume the position of Vice-President in charge of public policy. Previously, he worked for the United Nations as Executive Coordinator of the Working Group on Internet Governance and subsequently of the Secretariat supporting the Internet Governance Forum. Markus joined the United Nations in 2004, after holding the positions as eEnvoy of the Swiss Foreign Ministry, during the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). He served as a career diplomat in several functions in the Swiss Foreign Ministry and was posted in Lisbon, Vienna, Oslo, Geneva and Ankara.
Chris Labrador, Director Concierge Service NRC-IRAP; World-Renowned Top-Ranking Executive in Business Innovation, Entrepreneurship and ICT
Christopher Labrador is Director of the Government of Canada's new Concierge Service program delivered by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). He has over 30 years of R&D and general management experience across voice/data, wired/wireless, as well as with telecom operators, SME, and Large Enterprises. He has led activities in the areas of research, systems engineering, systems/software architecture, software development, product management and marketing. He has published papers and articles in the areas of HMI, VoIP, mobile sensor networking, and has inventions in the areas of collaboration & convergence, security & authentication, distributed service & call processing, content delivery, and CASE. In addition to leading the Concierge Service program, his research interest areas include mobile health, sensor networking, coding, encryption, pattern recognition, data mining, augmented reality HMI, and free-space optical communications.
Professor Tetsuro Kakeshita, International Leader in Computer Science Education, Accreditation and Certification
Tetsuro Kakeshita received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Kyushu University in 1989. Currently he is an associate professor at Saga University, Japan. His major research interests include quantitative analysis of ICT education and ICT certification, and complexity analysis of database and software systems. He developed a systematic education program in computer science in his department in 2002. The program was accredited by JABEE (Japan Accreditation Board in Engineering Education), in 2003, which is the second accredited computing program in Japan. He then collaborated with JABEE from 2004 as a chair/member of several accreditation teams, a criterion committee member, and a member of an accreditation committee in charge of the computing and IT-related domain. He established the Forum for high level human resource development at IPSJ (Information Processing Society of Japan), in 2007. The discussion at the forum led to the creation of the certified IT professional (CITP) system which IPSJ is just starting. He also developed an accreditation organization for IT professional graduate schools with JABEE and IPSJ in 2010. He received an excellent educator award from IPSJ in 2013. He also joined ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7/WG20 from 2013 and currently is a co-editor of the revision project of ISO/IEC 24773 Software and Systems Engineering: Schemes for the Certification of Software and Systems Engineering Professionals. He is a member of IPSJ, IEEE Computer Society and ACM.
Paul Lee, CEO Qurely, Top Distinguished Doctor, Entrepreneur and Innovator
Lieutenant Doctor for the ROKA; Founder of OXEC, an educational consulting service; B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at University of Oxford; M.D. at College of Medicine at The Catholic University of Korea; Singularity University FutureMed 2013
Josh Hong, Top Executive Chairman, Successful Serial Entrepreneur and Innovator
Joshua is an Internet-media entrepreneur. He worked at Arthur Andersen Worldwide as a technology and corporate strategy consultant and Deutsche Bank in its global investment banking and M&A group prior to starting North America's first free-to-play MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) publisher, K2 Network, which became one of the largest free-to-play MMORPG publishers in the Western Hemisphere with offices in U.S, India, Brazil and Turkey. He also started a virtual game asset trading platform in China, Item*Star, while helping to build Playspan, the largest virtual currency payment platform for gamers in North America, as its early backer, shareholder and a board member, and it was acquired by Visa International. He won the Orange County Business Journal's Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award in 2010 and was chosen as one of the OC Metro's 40 under 40 in 2011. He is an active member of YPO in the California Coast Chapter since 2009 and completed the Singularity University Executive Program in 2012 and FutureMed in 2013. He is currently Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Qurely, a telehealth mobile marketplace, and Chairman and Founder of Crystal Cove Network, a core-gamer focused mobile game publisher based in Orange County.
Christian Assad-Kottner, CMO Qurely, Internationally Award-winning Doctor, Entrepreneur and Innovator
Dr. Assad is an interventional cardiologist with a deep interest in the incorporation of exponential technologies to improve healthcare. Early in his career he was granted the young investigator award by The Mexican Society of Cardiology for his research on genetic markers in acute coronary syndromes. Shortly after graduating from medical school he initiated a year of heart failure research at The Methodist DeBakey Heart Center. Here he became the first to demonstrate the presence of anti-cardiac antibodies in the failing myocardium. His findings have been the foundation of several award-winning projects and ongoing research in the heart failure and transplant laboratory. Recently was awarded 1st place for the Best International Research Project Award at TCT/CADECI 2012. Dr. Assad has a unique understanding on how technology can be incorporated into medicine to improve patient outcomes as well as medical education. He was named in the Top 20 HealthcareIT list (#HIT100) in 2013. His insight on the subject allowed him to become the first interventional cardiologist to experiment with Google Glass and quickly developed CPRGLASS, an augmented reality application that guides the user to give prompt CPR in an efficient manner. He recently was part of a team of interventional cardiologists that showed for the first time proof of concept of how Google GLASS can help doctors in the cathlab or operating room.
Daniel Cooper vice admiral USN (ret.), Former Under Secretary for Veterans Benefits — Military, Government, Business, and Policy Top Authority
Dan Cooper retired the first time in 1991 after 37 years in the Navy, having worked primarily with submarines and when ashore in financial, budgeting or planning billets. His primary positions in the Navy (at sea) included: Commanding Officer, USS Puffer (SSN 652); Commander, Submarine Squadron Ten; Commander, Submarine Force, US Atlantic Fleet and ashore: Comptroller, Naval Sea Systems Command; Director, Navy Budgets and Reports; Director, Navy Program Planning; and Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Undersea Warfare. In 2001, after completing a lengthy study into the Veterans Benefits Compensation Program, he was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate in 2002 to become Undersecretary for Benefits (USB) at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. There he was in charge of the VA's Disability Compensation program as well as the Education, Insurance, Pension, Home Loan Guaranty and Vocational Rehabilitation programs for all veterans. He served for six years until 2008; then he retired a second time. During the years between his Navy career and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, he was employed in the Nuclear Industry and served on several corporate boards including Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU), United Services Automobile Association (USAA), Philadelphia Electric Co (PECO), and Excelon Corporation. Additionally, he was a member of the submarine advisory groups at Penn State and Johns Hopkins Universities.
David Blei, ACM Infosys Foundation Award recipient in 2014, World-renowned Top-ranking Distinguished Researcher
David Blei is a Professor of Statistics and Computer Science at Columbia University. His research is in statistical machine learning, involving probabilistic topic models, Bayesian nonparametric methods, and approximate posterior inference. He works on a variety of applications including text, images, music, social networks, user behavior, and scientific data. David earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Brown University (1997) and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley (2004). Before arriving to Columbia, he was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University (2006-2014). He has received several awards for his research, including a Sloan Fellowship (2010), Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2011), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2011), Blavatnik Faculty Award (2013), and ACM-Infosys Foundation Award (2013).
Andrew Ng, Co-Founder, Coursera; Director, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab; World-renowned top-ranking distinguished researcher, innovator and entrepreneur
Quoting extensively from his Stanford profile, ACM and Wikipedia, Andrew Ng is a co-founder of Coursera, the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and a Computer Science faculty member where he is a distinguished researcher in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning with over 100 publishing credits. In 2011 he led the development of Stanford University's main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform, and also taught an online Machine Learning class that was offered to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera with his partners. Today their platform partners with top universities to offer high-quality, free, online courses. With over 100 partners, over 500 courses, and 7 million students, theirs is the largest MOOC platform in the world. Outside of online education, Ng's research work is in machine learning. Ng's Stanford research group focuses on deep learning, which builds very large neural networks to learn from labeled and unlabeled data. Ng's recent awards include being named to the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world; to the CNN 10: Thinkers list; Fortune 40 under 40; and being named by Business Insider as one of the top 10 professors across Stanford University. In 2008, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. In 2007, Ng was awarded a Sloan Fellowship. For his work in Artificial Intelligence, he is also a recipient of the Computers and Thought Award.
Chat with Leslie Lamport ACM Turing Award Recipient in 2014 (Nobel Prize of Computing); World-Renowned Distinguished Researcher
Leslie Lamport first started working with computers using vacuum tubes to build digital circuits while attending the Bronx High School of Science in New York. He went on to get his BS from MIT, MA and PhD from Brandeis, all in Mathematics. In addition, Lamport has been bestowed with honorary doctorates from France's Université de Rennes in 2003, Germany's Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel in 2003, Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 2004, the Università della Svizzera Italiana in 2006, and France's Université Henri Poincaré in 2007. Leslie is a legend in computing circles as evidenced in his significant body of published work. His foundational work in the theory of distributed computing is acknowledged by computing luminaries worldwide. One of the most cited papers in computing history is his 1978 paper
Time, Clocks, and the Ordering of Events in a Distributed System
. From the IT World
, "the Turing Award citation notes that Lamport originated causality and logical clocks, replicated state machines and sequential consistency. Along with others, he invented the notion of Byzantine failure and algorithms for reaching agreement despite such failures; he contributed to the development and understanding of proof methods for concurrent systems, notably by introducing the notions of safety and liveness as the proper generalizations of partial correctness and termination to the concurrent setting."
Ambassador Thomas Pickering Founding Co-Chair of IEA — International Relations, Government, Innovation, Business, Investment, and Policy Top Authority
Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Ambassador Retired, joined Boeing in 2001 upon his retirement as US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, a position he held since May 1997. He served as Senior Vice President of International Relations as a member of the Executive Council of The Boeing Company until July 1st 2006, where he oversaw the company's international affairs, including those with foreign governments. He has been a Senior Advisor for the company since. In December 2006, he became Vice Chair of Hills & Company, which provides advice and counsel to a number of major US corporations. Ambassador Pickering was briefly President of the Eurasia Foundation, a Washington-based organization that makes small grants and loans in the states of the former Soviet Union. Pickering holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the US Foreign Service, and has served as US ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan in a diplomatic career spanning five decades.
Yasas Abeywickrama Global Top Young Business, IT Professional, Entrepreneur and Author
Yasas V. Abeywickrama has enjoyed a distinguished career thus far, working in the UK, USA, Sri Lanka and Australia in project management, business analysis, consulting and training, and later emerged as an entrepreneur. He has also been trained in the USA, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. He started his career at Virtusa in 2003, a US-based global provider of software development and ICT services in Sri Lanka. Yasas began in Software Engineering and later moved into Business Analysis roles, which saw him travelling around the world with postings in the USA and UK. During this period, Yasas had the opportunity to work on projects for high profile companies like British Telecom & Siemens. Later Yasas worked for Accenture, the world's biggest ICT consulting company. At Accenture he had the opportunity of serving major clients such as Telstra (the leading telecommunications provider in Australia), and his area of responsibility was around consulting and project management. In 2010, Yasas returned to Sri Lanka permanently to serve his motherland. After his return, he co-founded Lanka BPO Academy, which is Sri Lanka's largest and pioneering organisation for training people for the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. He held the highly influential role within the ICT sector as the Director of Young IT Professionals Board of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) in 2009 and 2010. He also played a consulting role for South East Asian Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC) in 2011. Since 2012 he has been an active member of the Computer Society of Sri Lanka, which is the apex body for IT professionals in Sri Lanka. Yasas has served the Executive Council for many years and is currently the Secretary.
Helge Seetzen, Pioneering Chairman, CEO and World Innovation Technology Leader
Helge Seetzen is a successful multi-media technology entrepreneur with deep experience in the university tech transfer space. As the CEO of TandemLaunch Technologies, he provides university inventors with the funding, staff resources, infrastructure and industry connections necessary to bring their ideas to market. Prior to TandemLaunch, he co-founded Sunnybrook Technologies and later BrightSide Technologies to commercialize display technologies developed at the University of British Columbia. BrightSide was successfully sold to Dolby Laboratories for US$28M at high return to shareholders. At Dolby he led all cross-functional development activities for Dolby's first two consumer video products. He serves as the General Chair for DisplayWeek, the largest technical conference on displays, and Publication Chair of the Society for Information Display. He has published over 20 articles and holds 30 patents with an additional 30 pending US applications.
David Lloyd, Industry Leading Chief Executive and Top Technology Innovation Authority
As CEO of IntelliResponse, David is responsible for setting the company's strategic direction, overseeing operations and driving new growth. Before assuming this role, David was CTO & VP Client Services for IntelliResponse where he led the expansion of the product into analytics, social and mobile markets, as well as the transformation of their analytics towards customer intelligence. David was CTO/CIO with Dexit Inc, brought on to transform the current solution from proprietary technologies while making it available as a set of open services. Prior to Dexit, David worked with Carlson Marketing Group (CMG), as Senior Director, Technology Services in the US where he was responsible for overall technology strategy for the services and product assets that enable their many client gift card, loyalty and channel solutions. Mr. Lloyd joined CMG in 2001, after the successful acquisition of SalesDriver where he was VP Technology, leading this organization's development and support of their SaaS based solution that supported thousands of client programs in a single configurable white-label solution model.
Mark Walters, President and Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance, International Technology, Standards and Policy Authority
Currently Mark serves as the President and Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of over 200 leading manufacturers and service providers worldwide that are dedicated to interoperable wireless home control products based on the Z-Wave open standard. The Alliance serves as the standards body for Z-Wave and provides its members both technical and marketing support. Mark has over 20 years experience in all aspects of electronic product solutions. He has held senior management roles in Engineering and Product Development for companies with products as diverse as high-end sound reinforcement, vehicular sensing and controls, premise wiring solutions and automated building controls. His specialties are RF Mesh Networks and Home Automation and Security. His passion is using technology to improve the lives of those that need assistance to make it through the day with comfort, safety and dignity.
Gary Shapiro, Award Winning Global Top Innovating Thought Leader, Author and Executive, CEO Consumer Electronics Association
Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, and owning and producing the world's largest annual innovation tradeshow, the International CES
. Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers' battle to preserve the legality of recording technology, consumer fair use rights, and opposing legislation like PIPA and SOPA, harmful to a robust Internet. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Economic Club of Washington. He sits on the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy. He has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. Shapiro authored CEA's
New York Times
"Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses"
(Harper Collins, 2013) and
"The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream"
(Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a regular contributor to the
and other publications, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy.
Richard Longworth, Disruptive Thinker, Educator, Community Advocate, Website Developer, Writer & Blogger
Throughout Richard Longworth's career as College Professor, Capilano University Vancouver; Programmer & Systems Analyst, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Montreal; Database Designer, Federal Business Development Bank Montreal lessons learned have been numerous, but the most significant is in believing that creative ideas can only be realized through determination, hard work and passion. In his retirement he is still journeying on to new adventures. Richard is currently an Independent Website Developer for community based organizations, published two self-help books, an IT Community Developer working with var