Ye Jin is Director of Global Customer Strategy & Experience at Rebecca Minkoff. Before entering the retail industry, she worked for Google as an industry analyst, and for Point Nine, an early-seed VC, as an investment associate.
She currently focuses on customer journey optimization – transforming every interaction into a positive engagement and opportunity.
Her diverse industry experience is paired with in-depth international market knowledge (South East Asia, the EU, and the UK). She is native in English, German and Mandarin.
Ye graduated from King’s College London, and has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Todd Graves is senior vice president, engineering and technology for Allegion. With more than 25 brands sold in almost 130 countries across the globe, Allegion specializes in security around the doorway and beyond: everything from residential and commercial locks, door closer and exit devices, steel doors and frames to access control and workforce productivity systems. Todd is responsible for driving both product and process innovation across Allegion’s global business.
Prior to Allegion spinning off from Ingersoll Rand, Todd was vice president, engineering and technology of Ingersoll Rand’s Security Technologies business since February 2012.
Before joining Ingersoll Rand, Todd served as vice president of engineering for ClearEdge Power, a cutting-edge manufacturer of fuel cells for stationary applications. Prior to that, he was division vice president of Unmanned Aircraft Systems engineering at AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron.
Earlier, Todd held a variety of positions at the General Electric Company in an engineering leadership capacity. He started at GE as a design engineer in the company’s Appliances business where he worked on the microwave oven and air conditioning product lines. In this role, Todd developed the Advantium oven, later becoming a six sigma master black belt and the technology manager of the global products engineering team. Subsequently, at GE’s Global Research Center, Todd managed a research and development portfolio for three GE businesses. In his final role at GE, Todd led engineering for the video surveillance, intrusion detection, and real estate products at GE Security.
Todd began his career as a U.S. Air Force officer working on turbine engine technologies and the global positioning system (GPS).
He received bachelors and masters degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Sai is Director of Global Strategy at Ford Motor Company where he leads strategy development, execution and investment thesis for future of automotive services ranging telematics, autonomous, urban mobility and digital services. He is passionate about intersection of key technologies like AI, Machine learning, Digital assistants, IoT and wireless that enable this transformation.
Previously, Sai was a Director of Corporate Strategy at Verizon. He executed strategies and led acquisitions to the tune of $10B between 2012 and 2016. These include Hughes Telematics, AoL, Edgecast, Yahoo to name a few. His vision led to creation of Media and Telematics Business Units at Verizon. Across acquisitions, Sai specializes in business model innovation, business structure set-up and integration planning that is crucial for M&A success.
His 11+ years wireless product management & strategy experience spans Wireless & IoT technologies where he filed for a patent, digital services spanning M&E, Ad-tech, commerce, healthcare and fintech where he filed another patent. He helped create Centers of excellence & R&D units covering key technologies like AI, Blockchain, NLP, IoT platforms etc.
ecobee created the world’s first Wi-Fi enabled thermostat. Since the beginning Mark has been focused on creating a reusable IoT platform to create smart services and devices to improve user comfort and reduce energy consumption. Mark has played a key role in creating intelligent learning algorithms that features that reduce barriers to entry, such as installation time, user control and configuration complexity without sacrificing energy savings. Mark is really excited about the future innovations for the Smart Home and is thrilled to be a part of it.
Cesare Garlati is an internationally renowned leader in information security. Former Vice President of mobile security at Trend Micro, Cesare currently serves as Chief Security Strategist at prpl Foundation – a technology nonprofit dedicated to enabling security and interoperability of embedded systems. Prior to Trend Micro, Mr. Garlati held leadership positions within leading mobility companies such as iPass, Smith Micro Software and WaveMarket. Prior to this, he was an engineering manager at Oracle, where he led the development of Oracle’s first cloud application and many other modules of the Oracle E-Business Suite.
Cesare has been frequently quoted in the press, including such media outlets as The Economist, Financial Times, The Register, The Guardian, ZD Net, SC Magazine, Computing and CBS News. An accomplished public speaker, Cesare also has delivered presentations and highlighted speeches at many events, including Embedded World, Mobile World Congress, Gartner Security Summits, IDC CIO Forums, CTIA Applications, CSA Congress and many editions of the RSA Conferences.
Cesare holds a Master in Business Administration from U.C Berkeley, a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco and Sun, and he is a Fellow of the Cloud Security Alliance.
David has spent his 20+ year career driving the adoption of open source software to increase security and reliability in a range of industries. In the 1990’s he helped define and implement the first interactive web applications and was a leader in open source server-side business logic development. He then spent years in the entertainment software industry focusing on performance, reliability and security as well as building teams of engineers focused on security best practices. Most recently, as a senior platform security engineer at Mozilla, he led an effort to harden Firefox Web Browser with the anti-surveillance and security advancements found in the Tor Browser. He brings to the project, years of experience and a great passion for user privacy and improving the security and trust in open source software through transparent and secure software development and deployment best practices.
Jose graduated from Sacramento State University in 2000 with a degree in Computer Science. Since then he has worked as an ERP (PeopleSoft) developer.
Jose worked for three years at Intel, about 9 years at SureWest (now Consolidated) and currently for the City of Sacramento.
He has done web and mobile as hobby.
Jose started looking into IOT within the last year.
Eric Vazquez is a native Chicagoan. He studied English at the University of Illinois and proceeded to work in the fast-paced, bubble-bursting Web 1.0 startup ecosystem. Passionate about content and technology, a networking website was a natural fit. In a life-altering decision between business school and law school, Eric decided to attend Saint Thomas University Law School to learn how to win arguments. After a brief flirtation with the law, Eric returned to the startup community as an early-stage employee at Enova Financial, now a publicly-traded company! After a successful exit, Eric focused on product development for a company whose clients include the Merchandise Mart, Caesars Entertainment and the Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Grateful for an opportunity to serve the people of Chicago, Eric is the Chief Technology Officer at the Office of the City Clerk, where he is responsible for leveraging technology across departments, identifying and exploiting new technologies and driving overall Office strategy through technology.
Wessam is a veteran C-suite professional with a particular focus on innovation disruption and Ecosystem design. Her name shaped as internationally-recognized thought leader and trusted advisor in developing technology modern progressive strategies and breaking through innovation marketspace. Her passion with strategy and innovation enabled her to develop a strong track record as an innovation catalyst for Fintech and Mobile money within MNOs and banks as France telecom, Etisalat Holding.
She is a founder and CEO of Addengreens international corporate which developed the first Innovation Disruptors Academy attached with a specialized innovation center for the new digital age of innovative financial services and technological sphere.
Michael Phillippi is Vice President of Software Engineering and Operations at Lytx, the largest video telematics provider in the world. Lytx has approximately 450,000 vehicles connected world-wide that provide location, maneuver, safety events, speed, artificial intelligence, engine control information documented by video clips, dynamic video retrieval, and live-streaming. In the last year, Michael’s team has increased the number of vehicles 2.5 times, deployed data centers in 3 new regions, and increased service levels 4X. Michael’s team accomplished these milestones by integrating data analytics, data science, web applications, and production operation into a seamless executing team. Michael has over 25 years of experience in enterprise software in a variety of industries. Michael is a passionate advocate for the software profession and helps support youth (The League of Amazing Programmers), university (UCSD, National University) and adult (Django Girls, Dev Boot Camp) activities.
Noah is a Founder and Partner in Two Bulls, a Director of the EdgeX Foundry, and was President of the former AllSeen Alliance. Two Bulls is a leading provider of digital product strategy, consulting, and custom development services to both leading international companies and emerging startups. Two Bulls has a practice focused on connected devices, spanning consumer & industrial IoT as well as smart cities. Two Bulls’ clients include Qualcomm, Verizon, Vodafone, LIFX, Microsoft, Disney, Groupon, and GE. Noah has a degree in Computer Science from Williams College and has served in a range of leadership and advisory roles throughout the tech industry including as a Director and President of the AllSeen Alliance, an advisor to the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, a member of the Innovation Committee For the Made in NY Media Center, and an advisor to US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) through Business Executives for National Security.
Scott Day is an experienced executive who has accepted transformative roles throughout his career evidenced by strong P&L successes. Scott has managed both large and small P&Ls with leadership roles in sales, engineering, operations, IT, and strategy. As a transformative leader, Scott has succeeded in a wide variety of roles that make him a natural fit to grow a company profitably with a keen eye for technology.
In Scott’s most recent role as Executive Vice President of Strategy at thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation for 14 countries in the Americas’ business unit, he focused on digital transformation. With this initiative, initially centered in the U.S., Scott leveraged his past engineering experiences to overcome the challenges of setting up an Internet of Things (IoT) platform with more than 60,000 assets deployed.
Scott is a member of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Division Leadership council and serves on the Worldwide Business Research’s (WBR) Service Advisory Board. Scott has continued to develop professionally by attending courses in leadership and shaping complex businesses at the International Management Development (IMD) School in Switzerland and through the European School of Management Training (ESMT) in Germany.
Sinclair, a Colorado native, has nearly 20 years of technology and software development experience. He has managed IT departments and software development teams in a number of industries including finance, energy, and mobile applications development. Bill’s domain expertise in the oil and gas industry guided his previous venture, Agelio Networks and the development of MineralFile, a patented SaaS platform for revenue tracking and land management in the oil and gas industry. He successfully sold MineralFile in the fall of 2014. Bill joined the Cartasite team in April of 2015 as Chief Technology Officer. He manages Cartasite strategic initiatives and leads the product and engineering departments. He is passionate about the customer experience and solving real world problems with technology.
Eric Bauer has worked to design and deliver software solutions for the rail transportation industry for over 20 years. In that time, he’s experienced (and helped to foster) disruption in a sector that has traditionally exhibited a more conservative, insular attitude towards digital innovation.
At GE Transportation, Eric is part of the Digital Solutions Office of the CTO, supporting the evolution of a century-old industrial powerhouse into one of the leaders of the new Digital Industrial age. Based at GE Digital’s headquarters and global innovation hub in San Ramon, CA, Eric uses his understanding of GE Transportation, its customers, and the rail industry to ensure strategic alignment with Predix, GE’s Industrial Internet platform, and to deliver meaningful, outcome-based results on all GET digital solutions.
Eric’s most recent focus within GE Transportation Digital Solutions has been working with a North American Class I freight railroad to design and implement a commercial solution that provides asset condition management, configuration management, and edge analytics in support of their enterprise Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation.
Prior to joining GE in 2013, Eric was Software Product Manager for Trapeze EAM – a commercial off-the-shelf enterprise asset management software platform used by public transit operators to optimize life cycle costs of transportation assets (rolling stock, track and wayside infrastructure, platforms and facilities), improve asset availability, plan and execute maintenance and inspection schedules, and provide visibility into capital improvement/State of Good Repair planning cycles. In this role, Eric worked collaboratively with customers including MBTA, CTA, MARTA, NJT, Denver RTD, and Metrolink to drive innovation and support for changing federal requirements within the product line, and within Trapeze to create integrated asset management / operations solutions across the Trapeze product portfolio.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from California State University, San Luis Obispo. He lives in Danville, CA with his wife and two young children.
Amir Haleem is the CEO and Co-Founder of Helium, an IoT development platform designed to make it easier to connect and make sense of the physical world. He founded the company because he recognized a gap between the advancements in software development and the ability to apply these technologies to the physical world of hardware and machinery. By applying the same techniques that enabled the explosion of web and mobile applications to IoT, Amir is driving the Helium Team to help industries and manufacturers quickly and easily bring the physical world online.
Amir is a technology veteran having founded companies across both consumer and business applications. He’s a problem solver at heart and applies his entrepreneurial DNA to large scale industry problems.
Ted L. Robertson is the Engineering Manager of the Maintainability Engineering and Human Factors Engineering teams at GE Aviation. He worked previously as an Adjunct Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Consultant with Booz | Allen | Hamilton at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, a Maintainability Engineer at Belcan Engineering, and served six years in the United States Air Force as an F-16 Crew Chief. He earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration at Miami University, a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science and Bachelors in Aeronautics both at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and an Associates degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology at the Community College of the Air Force. He holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification with GE Aviation, a Project Management Professional certification with the Project Management Institute, and an Associate Systems Engineering Professional certification with the International Council on Systems Engineering.
Rick is a Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners in the Advisory business and is located in San Francisco. He is a leading authority in the computer software industry. He is driving the Firm’s coverage of software clients, as well as developing a broader technology franchise with his Advisory Partners to assist clients across all industries as digital transformation redefines their businesses.
His background includes 25 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Partner Managing Director, Head of the Technology Research Group and a leading software industry analyst – ranked as the #1 software industry analyst by Institutional Investor for 17 consecutive years. He was involved in the initial public offerings of many of the industry’s leading companies and has long been a strategic adviser to companies positioning themselves for upcoming new platforms of computing. As Chairman of Software Investment Banking at Barclays, Rick focused on the digital transformation of enterprises, IoT and machine learning and the upcoming platform shift from systems of record and systems of engagement to a new generation he characterizes as systems of prediction.
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