Beth Blecherman is the Managing Editor Cool Mom Tech, the intersection between tech, parenting and style. She left her position as a Senior Manager at Deloitte for Family Management then decided to blog as a career 2.0. Her personal blog is TechMamas.com (@TechMama ), a platform to discuss technology, social media and her obsession with consumer electronics. In 2009 she was chosen as one of the Nielson Power Mom 50 influencers. In 2010 a Parents Magazine Power Mom, Forbes 100 Best Websites for Women and @ForbesWoman Best Branded Women on Twitter. Beth is a host of MommytoMommy.tv and speaks at MommyTechSummit at CES. Beth is one of the Co-Founders of Silicon Valley Moms Group, that was recently acquired by Technorati. Beth Blecherman (TechMama) has been covered in Wall Street Journal, Laptop Magazine,MSNBC, Parents.com, BBC, PBS, Forbes.com, Advertising Age and written articles for Real Simple and Scholastastic.com.
Robert Bole is vice president of Digital Media Strategy at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He leads the development and execution of CPB’s strategy to maximize the potential of technology across multiple platforms in service of public broadcasting’s mission. Working closely with major public media broadcasting entities – PBS, NPR, WGBH, WETA – he leads the implementation of investments into digital media content creation and distribution, multi-platform infrastructure and provide board and senior staff with strategic guidance and investment evaluation. Previously, Rob served as the senior vice president of Media for One Economy Corporation, a global nonprofit organization that uses technology and online content to help low-income people improve their lives and enter the economic mainstream. Rob has over seventeen years of experience in managing nonprofit programs, including work for The Enterprise Foundation, the city of Portland, and the city of Philadelphia.
Andrew Buckband has been the National Sales Manager for Mobi Technologies for the past 5 years. Mr. Buckband has over 20 year of experience in sales and account management for the healthcare industry as well as small consumer goods.
Warren Buckleitner is an expert on children and interactive media. In 2003, he started writing for the New York Times and is currently a contributor to the Gadgetwise blog. From 1997-2002, he coordinated the Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s New Media Prize. He’s been an advisor to Consumer Reports WebWatch, provided testimony to the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Congress and he has taught at NYU and Rutgers. Besides the New York Times, he contributes to Scholastic Parent & Child, Parents, Kidscreen and his own publication, Children’s Technology Review. He holds a bachelors degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University (Cum Laude), a masters in early childhood education (Pacific Oaks College) and a doctorate in educational psychology from Michigan State University.
Daren Carstens is an award-winning graphic artist and software designer, with expertise in puzzles and math pedagogy. Daren founded Carstens Studios Inc., where he authors, designs, programs and develops educational products for children. He has worked in K-12 educational publishing for 20 years, and his work has received many awards including the prestigious international Bologna Children’s Book Fair New Media Prize in the Best Educational Software category. Daren’s educational title “Math Arena” was chosen from over 900 entries from 15 countries for the Bologna New Media Prize because it “breaks new ground in the way that it makes complex and abstract concepts easier to understand.” Daren recently authored Sums Stacker for the iPhone and Symmetry Shuffle for the iPad. He is currently working on www.mathdoodles.com , a place where anyone can discover the joy, wonder, and fun of mathematics.
BlogHer COO Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005, along with BlogHer’s CEO Lisa Stone and President of Strategic Alliances Jory Des Jardins. BlogHer is now the largest community of women who blog and the leading new media company delivering participatory women’s lifestyle programming, from parenting to politics and everything in between. Elisa manages BlogHer’s events business, while also leading marketing, public relations and research. BlogHer’s events have grown from a single event for 300 attendees in 2005, to multiple events hosting thousands of bloggers each year. Elisa takes pride in the fact that the company is helping to make sure the world knows about the stories behind the bloggers, as well as what women are doing online. Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Elisa ran a marketing consultancy, Worker Bees, and was among the first companies to integrate corporate marketing strategies into the social media environment. Worker Bees followed a successful career as in the cable broadband sector. Her most recent corporate position was Senior Director of Product Marketing at Terayon Communication Systems. Elisa is a frequent public speaker, bringing research data about women and online communities to life She serves on.the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Moon Theatre in San Francisco, the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive and the Board of Advisors of the Anita Borg Institute.
Joseph Cerquone has led the Listen To Your Buds public education campaign of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since it began in 2006. The campaign encourages parents and teachers to teach young children how to use personal audio technology safely so that their hearing is protected. The campaign has received extensive and sustained global media coverage; won plaudits from educators for its outreach to schools; earned numerous awards; and, continues to enjoy partnerships with the likes of the Consumer Electronics Association, the National Institutes of Health, and Parents’ Choice Foundation. It also features a coalition of more than 60 prominent artists in the field of children’s music who spread the safe listening messages of the Buds campaign through in-school performances and other avenues. Mr. Cerquone has been with ASHA since 2005 as Director of Public Relations. Over a thirty year career in communications in Washington, DC, he has held senior positions with several leading national organizations. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.
In her position as VP & Publisher of KidScreen, Jocelyn Christie leverages her extensive knowledge of and relationships within the international kids entertainment business to help build the brand’s global leadership position and profitably expand its product offering. She has been in the role since June 2010 and in that time has launched the KidScreen Connect online screening platform, KidScreen’s Transmedia Bootcamp workshop series, and the KidScreen Awards, celebrating children’s programming excellence. Her next project is iKids, a one-day event focused on the apps space for children and families that will take place in New York on February 15. Jocelyn has been with KidScreen for 12 years and has played an integral role in growing the brand beyond its magazine roots. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ryerson Polytechnic University, she joined the editorial team in 1998 as an Editorial Assistant and proceeded to move up quickly through the ranks to become Editor in 2001. In 2007, she took on responsibility for KidScreen Summit, the world’s largest annual event for international kids entertainment professionals, which attracts 1,500-plus delegates to New York each February.
Liz Cutting is The NPD Group’s senior imaging analyst. Cutting has more than sixteen years of marketing and analysis experience and has been a featured speaker at many conferences, including Photo Marketing Association, Consumer Electronics Show, Photoimaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association, Photokina, and the Photo Imaging Exposition in Tokyo. Cutting works with NPD clients and the media to offer expert insight and commentary on sales, feature, and distribution channel trends for digital cameras and accessories, and demographic profiles and purchase motivators for consumers of image capture and output devices. Prior to joining NPD, Cutting managed the development of the corporate web site for Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. Cutting has an MBA from New York University and a B.A. in Japanese Studies from Hamilton College.
Brad Davis is senior vice president and West Coast multimedia lead for the media advertising sales and marketing group at Disney Online, a division of the Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG). In this position, Davis oversees media sales efforts for all Disney branded and non-branded Internet Web sites, including the flagship site, Disney.com, Disney Family.com, Disney FamilyFun.com, Kaboose.com, BabyZone.com and iParenting.com. Additionally he is responsible for all cross-media sales (cable, online, print and radio) for clients based on the West Coast. Davis first joined DIMG in August 2005 as vice president of ad sales and has more than 20 years of experience in advertising sales. Before joining Disney, Davis served as director of sales at Comcast Spotlight, Washington, D.C., the advertising sales division of Comcast. Prior to that, he spent nearly a decade in online advertising with AOL, holding numerous management positions including vice president of sales and product training and vice president of local sales and marketing development. There he supported key units such as Digital City, AOL Local, including Mapquest and Moviefone, and AOL’s Interactive Marketing. Davis also held positions at National Cable Communications and several local broadcast affiliates.
DeWitt oversees day-to-day development of PBS’ Internet sites for kids, parents, and families, including the Webby-award winning pbskids.org. She joined PBS Interactive in 1999 and has worked with producers on a variety of award-winning television program sites, such as Cyberchase, Dragon Tales, and ZOOM. During her tenure at PBS, Ms. DeWitt has helped develop and expand PBS KIDS content on the Internet and served on the team that developed PBS KIDS GO!, a television and Internet block for kids between the ages of 6 and 9. In addition to television companion sites, Ms. DeWitt has overseen production of nationally-recognized Internet-original projects on PBS KIDS GO!, such as It’s My Life and EekoWorld. Before coming to PBS KIDS, Ms. DeWitt worked as a field researcher studying leadership opportunities and media habits of children in rural United States for the Stanford University Spencer Project for Youth and Families. She also co-authored with Dr. Shirley Brice Heath a study for the Poynter Institute on Youth and Newspapers. She holds both a BA and an MA in English from Stanford University, and a certificate from Stanford’s Children, Society, and Public Policy program.
Mandeep Singh Dhillon has been prepping for the position as co-founder and CEO ofTogetherville since he played his first game of PONG in North Carolina at age 6 and then became the proud owner of an Apple computer at 8. Now, as the father of three children – ages three, six and eight – he has a deep, personal interest in creating a safe online place for younger children to learn and play, with parental control and supervision. Prior to founding Togetherville, Mandeep was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Before that, he was an associate at Latham & Watkins, an international law firm. Mandeep graduated from Duke University and received his MBA and JD from the University of Virginia.
Torrie officially joined T-Mobile USA this summer and heads up the team responsible for bringing to life compelling products and services focused on enriching family communication. Recognizing that today’s families are busier than ever, Torrie’s team is focused on opportunities to unite families — helping them feel more together, more often with innovative new products and services. Torrie is a proven talent with a strong record of developing exciting new consumer products in the online entertainment, video game, film and music industries. She was most recently with Sony Online Entertainment in San Diego where she served as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. There, she led Sony’s expansion into new genres and business models, including the development of Free Realms, a virtual world game for kids launched in 2009. Prior to Sony, Torrie held positions with NBC Universal’s Vivendi Universal Games, Veon Inc., PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Warner Music Group and the Walt Disney Co. Torrie is committed to and actively involved in efforts to advance the participation of women and girls in the fields of science, mathematics and technology. She is the founder of G.I.R.L. (Gamers In Real Life), which helps educate and recruit women into the field of video game production and design. Torrie currently lives in Seattle with her very own busy family.
John Drengenberg is director of Consumer Safety at Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent, not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization. In 2007, John conducted more than 300 interviews. He was also named the PR News 2007 Spokesperson of the Year and recognized as runner-up in 2005. He has conducted numerous print and broadcast interviews including on-camera appearances on Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, Ask This Old House, AP Radio, CNN Radio, Consumer Reports and various radio and TV programs in major markets across the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and more. John has long been involved in issues affecting consumers, representing the United States as the technical advisor at International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) meetings related to the safety of household appliances. He also represents UL at the American National Standards Institute’s Consumer Interest Council and at the International Consumer Products Health and Safety Organization. Other responsibilities include chairing UL’s Consumer Advisory Council and co-chairing the Chicago Consumer Sounding Board. A 40-year veteran of UL, John began his career as an assistant engineer. His extensive engineering background in the area of consumer products, combined with years of media training, has given Drengenberg the opportunity of serving as a corporate spokesman in matters regarding the safe use of consumer products.
Betsy Emery is CEO of Tellus LLC (an 8-year web development company) and Yipi! LLC. With her new endeavor Yipi!, a new Health, Wellness, Sustainability web marketplace, Betsy will be able to realize her dream of bringing together two of her passions; eCommerce and Wellness. Additionally, Yipi!’s goal is to increase awareness to the very important topics of healthy people, healthy planet, and to help the world to have more YIPI moments!
Phil joined NVIDIA to develop the ecosystem and products for 3D Vision, which is the leading stereoscopic 3D solution for the PC. NVIDIA is the world’s leading manufacturer of Graphics Processor Units (GPUs), which provide the best 3D gaming and video experience on a computer. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Phil worked in leadership positions at Advanced Micro Devices and ATI Technologies for 14 years in graphics processor, digital TV and chipset divisions. Phil holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Diana Eng is a fashion designer who works with math, science, and technology. Diana is author of the book Fashion Geek: Clothes, Accessories, Tech and was a designer on Bravo’s Project Runway, Season 2. Diana has worked in the NYC fashion industry in positions that range from a traditional design role to research and development at Victoria’s Secret. She has worked on projects in the tech industry with companies including Yahoo and Sony Ericson. Her work has been featured in publications ranging from Women’s Wear Daily and ID magazine, to Wired and Popular Science and exhibited around the world. Diana is currently developing her own line at DianaEng.com.
Danny Fesler, Au.D., CCC-A, a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is a staff audiologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Las Vegas, Nevada, practicing diagnostic and forensic audiology. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Fesler served as an adjunct professor at the Nevada State College teaching undergraduate audiology and speech-language pathology students. Dr. Fesler holds a B.S. from Purdue University, a M.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi and an Au.D. from A.T.Still University. This is his second year working with ASHA on its Listen To Your Buds safe listening campaign at CES.
Christine Frietchen joined ConsumerSearch shortly after its launch in 1999, and is the “voice” of the website. As Editor-in-Chief, Christine oversees more than 5,000 content pages in more than 400 subject areas from mattresses to LCD televisions. She leads a staff of editors and a network of 50 freelance writers and researchers. Prior to joining ConsumerSearch, Christine was a tailor in a Broadway costume shop for seven years. She holds a BFA from the University of Kansas.
Todd Gabel is perennial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of Toddy Gear. He started Toddy Gear last year after successfully selling his last company, Nexum, which made the Inc. 500 in 2008. Todd is a “gadget junkie,” and got the inspiration for The Toddy seeing a host of smudgy, dirty iPads at a conference last spring. From concept to development to launch, he brought The Toddy to market in less than 10 months. For more information on The Toddy and its debut of its new men’s, women’s and tween lines at CES go to Booth#3332 or www.toddygear.com
Caitlyn Gatrell is the “KidsTech” correspondent for “Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline”, the international radio network show that has been covering Consumer Electronics & Technology for over 15 years. She was born “Into Tomorrow” ten years ago and, as Dave’s granddaughter, has enjoyed checking out new technology ever since. Caitlyn has been officially reviewing, reporting and sharing information on the coolest technology for all kids and teens since early 2010 and can’t wait to keep providing her peers, their siblings and parents with information on the latest in “KidsTech”. Caitlyn is an awesome big sister and enjoys checking out what’s new in technology for her baby sister and then teaching her how to use it. You can see Caitlyn’s latest reports at www.Kidstech.tv and be sure to let her know what you think! You can also visit www.IntoTomorrow.com for more.
Michael Guillory manages Worldwide Brand and Communications for TI DLP Products at Texas Instruments. With over 20 years of comprehensive marketing experience in the technology sector including consumer electronics, entertainment, software and the Audio Visual industry, Mr. Guillory brings a wide range of expertise in high tech markets, channels and products. He holds a BBS in Marketing from Oklahoma State University and has led marketing efforts at Philips Electronics, Sage Software and TI.
Marsali Hancock is the President of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition where she works to “see generations of the world’s children grow up safely using technology and the Internet.” She brings 20 years of public service to this office. Over the last six years, she developed and implemented Coalition strategic plans and partnerships, overseen development of the Faux Paw the Techno Cat Internet Safety Series and support curriculum, consulted with policy leaders in the US and internationally, and gathered funding for all Coalition initiatives, with a reach of more than 50 million people. Lately, Ms. Hancock received the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Award for Outstanding Achievement and was a panelist and moderator at FOSI’s 2009 conference. She also served as a member of the US Attorneys General Internet Safety Technical Task Force and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Online Safety and Technology Working Group. Ms. Hancock speaks nationally and internationally on Internet safety and security issues. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, and enjoys violin performance, gardening, and traveling with her children.
Jef Holove is Eye-Fi’s CEO. He joined Eye-Fi in September 2007 with more than 15 years of consumer technology marketing and business management experience. Previously, Holove was VP and GM at Logitech, Inc. where he led the audio and interactive entertainment business units. In this role, he managed business strategy, marketing and engineering for multiple product portfolios. He also developed new categories and bolstered market positions in the gaming, digital music, and PC audio markets.
After joining Inventel as product manager where he managed the launch of residential wireless gateways, he held at Thomson in the position of marketing director of domestic products in charge of developing residential offers. Engineer at the Ecole Centrale of Paris and holder of a Masters from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
It may be said that, thanks to her daughters, Cheryl Johonnot found a new career path. Having worked as a paralegal for over 20 years, Cheryl left that position in order to be home with her girls who were then in middle school. In order to maintain the double goal of earning an income, while at the same time being at home for her daughters, Cheryl turned her hobby of sewing and embroidery into her own rewarding and enjoyable business. Cheryl’s work-from-home business, “Truly Yours Embroidery,” has enabled her to create great projects for people, and she has gone far in her accomplishments. A major contributor to Cheryl’s success has been the Brother Entrepreneur PR-650 (a 6-needle embroidery machine). With this machine, she creates items for three different schools (including their sports teams), restaurants, and other business people. She enjoys the business and the flexibility it gives her and her family. It is her hope that in the near future she will purchase the new 10-needle embroidery machine from Brother so that she can expand her business and accomplish her custom embroidery jobs quicker by having two machines going at once.
Suzanne is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Techlicious.com, a consumer technology web site that provides friendly, helpful advice for making informed buying decisions and getting the most out of the products we already own. She also writes a monthly column for Better Homes and Gardens and contributes to Martha Stewart Living Radio and the Huffington Post. Prior to launching Techlicious.com in June 2009, Suzanne was the technology editor for Popular Science and Martha Stewart Living and host of “Living with Technology” on Sirius Radio. She is featured frequently on TV, including CNN, CNBC, FOX News, and The Rachel Ray Show, as well as many radio shows across the country.
Janine Kutliroff , CEO and co-founder is a visionary leader in the area of advanced technologies. Prior to co-founding Omek, Ms. Kutliroff served as CEO of IDT Global Israel, growing the company to annual revenues of $20M and a staff of over 900. Previously, launched IDT’s first public offering, and created Net2Phone, Inc. a subsidiary of IDT sold to AT&T for $1.4 billion. She has a degree in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University.
Michael Levine is the founding director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, an action research and innovation lab devoted to harnessing the potential of digital media to advance young children’s learning and healthy development. Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Levine served as Vice President of New Media and Executive Director of Education for Asia Society, managing the global nonprofit’s interactive media and educational initiatives to promote understanding of Asia and other world regions, languages and cultures. Previously, Dr. Levine oversaw Carnegie Corporation of New York’s groundbreaking work in early childhood development, educational media and primary grades reform, and was a senior advisor to the New York City Schools Chancellor, where he directed dropout prevention, afterschool, and early childhood initiatives. Dr. Levine serves as an informal adviser to the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and writes for policy-oriented groups such as the National Governors Association, Democracy Journal and Education Week. He was named by Working Mother magazine as one of America’s most influential leaders in shaping family and children’s policy and serves on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory councils, including the Forum for Youth Investment, Teach For America, the US Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Apps Challenge, and Talaris Institute.
Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A is a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry and is in private practice in Harwood Heights, Il. He serves as the editor of Optometry & Vision Development and has authored 200 books, chapters, and articles. Dr. Maino has given more than 100 presentations worldwide and is a co-author of the ASCOTech column for Optometric Education. He is the spokesperson for the American Optometric Association on the topic of 3D Vision Syndrome which is a binocular vision dysfunction that is induced when viewing 3D content.Individuals with this disorder complain of headaches, blurred vision, eyestrain, and double vision, as well as dizziness/nausea and vision induced motion sickness when watching a 3D movie, 3D television or playing a 3D video games. Since 18 million or more individuals in the United States will have difficulty viewing 3D content, this offers those who produce media in 3D an opportunity to develop a large scale public health initiative to screen for those children (and adults) with vision problems that seriously affects ones quality of life.
David Merrill is a user interface expert, having designed and built a number of award-winning user interface technologies. His background is in Cognitive Science and Computer Science, and his pioneering work explores how our interactions with computation can leave the limitations of the desktop interface behind. David and his ideas have been featured at TED, the Discovery Channel and Wired. David holds a BS in Symbolic Systems and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an MS and PhD from M.I.T.
Anton Mikhailov is a Senior Software Engineer for Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Research & Development group. Since joining the company in 2007, Mikhailov has played integral roles in the physics simulation group, special projects group, and the user interface group responsible for the PlayStation Move, EyeToy and PlayStation Eye. On the PlayStation Move project, Mikhailov was responsible for the computer vision algorithm that tracks the glowing sphere on the controller. Prior to Move, Mikhailov created the Sketch and Scan project, which allowed users to import pen drawings as game assets using the PlayStation Eye. Currently, Mikhailov continues to play a role in the user interface group, focusing on support and further research on the PlayStation Move project. Mikhailov received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.
David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column, an online video and a popular daily blog, “Pogue’s Posts.” David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News, and he appears each week on CNBC with his trademark comic tech videos. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He lives with his wife and three young children in Connecticut. His web site is www.davidpogue.com.
Rebecca Rachmany has two decades of high-tech management and marketing experience. Prior to joining Omek, Rachmany served as Senior Marketing Director at Promisec, and as Marketing Director of Ads-Vantage, a startup in the broadcast industry. As a Senior Consultant at Marketecht, Rachmany worked with companies that included Scopus Networks, Cisco, Sofaware, Flash Networks, CashU, and Alvarion. Rebecca holds a BA from Rutgers University and an MBA from Kellogg (Northwestern).
Robin Raskin is the Founder of Living in Digital Times, an events/conferences company that puts technology in the context of lifestyle. An author, editor, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, and consultant, Raskin says she’s never met a media she doesn’t like.Raskin is the former editor of PC Magazine and Editor in Chief of FamilyPC. She’s been a columnist for USA Today Online and has authored 6 books about parenting in the digital age. Her latest book is The Parents’ Guide to College Life. (Random House 2006). She helped launch Yahoo! Tech! In 2007, Raskin partnered with the Consumer Electronics Association. Today she produces Kids@Play, Higher Ed Tech, MommyTech, Silvers Summit, Digital Health to Sports and Fitness. She also created and produced The Last Gadget Standing (now in its 10th year) and The Mobile Apps Showdown, both wildly popular events at CES. Raskin lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, with her husband, her three drop in now and then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.
Lori Fraijo Raygoza is more than the powerhouse behind ChicaLogic, she’s an international superstar. With more than 13 years of comprehensive management and hands-on experience in online sales and marketing, operations, business development, and website architecture, Lori has been a leading eCommerce consultant around the world and has worked with some of the most respected companies in the business, such as Buy.com, Digital River, and SPAMfighter. Lori graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Health Science Administration. Her enthusiasm for creating within the global corporate culture is tempered only by her love, admiration, and devotion to her two lovely daughters. Lori isn’t just a forward-thinking 21st-century woman; she created the concept.
Max Safai’s vision is to create robots that are smart enough to perform household chores as intelligently and efficiently as a human. After leading engineering teams focused on breakthrough products at companies such as Logitech and Visioneer, Max was recruited to lead one of the only U.S. companies focused on developing and marketing consumer service robots and pioneering new robotics technologies for consumer use. Since he joined Neato Robotics in October 2007, Max has focused on leading the team in developing cutting-edge technologies and the company’s first product, the Neato XV-11. Under Max’s leadership, the team of Neato engineers has squeezed innovation from commodity computing products – creating a smarter and more powerful robot vacuum cleaner than any previously seen on the market. Before joining Neato Robotics, Max was a senior design engineer and U.S. director of engineering at Logitech, where he focused on imaging devices, cameras and scanners. While at Logitech he helped develop the ScanMan line of scanners and PhotoMan, one of the first digital cameras for consumers. More recently, Max was the vice president of R&D and general manager at ESS Technology, Inc., where he led global sales and manufacturing of CMOS sensors and cameras for the mobile phone market. Max earned his Master’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the New York Institute of Technology. He lives in Menlo Park, California with his wife and two children.
Sara Schaer is a Director of Product at online photo and video service Snapfish by HP, where she manages the Digital Asset Management group. Prior to Snapfish, Sara worked at online insurance site Insweb.com, as well as Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), in their European offices. A graduate of Stanford University, she lives in San Francisco with her husband Nicolas and their 2 sons, Julien (8) and Gabriel (6).
Cindy Sisson Hensley serves as President of HOPSports, Inc., where she integrates her efforts with schools and youth community sites to deliver sport-specific training, nutrition, wellness, and messaging in partnership with professional teams, athletes and Hollywood celebrities. Cindy has served as Logistics Manager for the 1984 Olympics. While Director of Promotions for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) she created the LPGA Tour Fitness Van in partnership with Dr. James Andrews and developed the LPGA’s Solheim Cup.
Andrea is an award-winning news and technology producer for ABC News Radio. Her daily network broadcast, Cybershake, has been heard on radio stations across the country for more than 10 years. She has appeared repeatedly as a guest expert in technology segments on Good Morning America Now, WABC-TV, World News Now, and ABC affiliated Radio and TV stations across the U.S. She has been writing about families and technology since 1995, when she started a monthly column focusing on children’s software. She lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey with her husband and communicates via every tech means available (Facebook, text, IM, Twitter, Skype), with her son in college.
Monica has been with Whirlpool Corporation for the past four years. From 2006 to 2008, Monica was the manager of corporate media relations. In early 2009, Monica took on the role of PR & Brand Experience senior manager. In this capacity she leads strategy and execution for the company’s mass brand portfolio including Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, and Gladiator GarageWorks as well as water filtration and Affresh products. She also acts as the communications liaison for the entire portfolio of brands which also includes KitchenAid and Jenn-Air. Prior to that, Monica served as the communications director for a gubernatorial candidate in the state of Illinois and previously spent 17 years working in broadcast news including producing shows for The Oprah Winfrey Show. Monica resides in St. Joe, Michigan after spending 17 years living and working in Chicago.
Scott Traylor defines the vision behind the Boston-based digital development and consulting firm 360KID. He works with companies large and small, helping them discover how best to engage kids through a variety of digital media platforms. Scott is actively involved in research, writing, and speaking about child engagement through new technologies, social media, and various consumer-based delivery systems. When Scott started his business over 20 years ago, he also doubled as a computer science teacher for 12 years, working with graduate students to develop digital experiences for children. He is involved with many consumer and education events related to kids and technology. Scott is a Board of Director and Trustee member to two youth-focused organizations and advises a small number of venture backed online startups and virtual worlds for kids.
Monica’s career spans two decades of 3-dimensional consumer marketing that has allowed hundreds of clients to create strong brand connections with key demographics. For the last 15 years she has focused on consumer technology and is passionate about creating tech savvy communities – empowering families to make good decisions about their use of technology. Monica was previously PTA President at her daughter’s elementary school and is an active advocate of parents embracing technology by understanding both its benefits and risks.
As vice president of product marketing, Stacey Vrolyk is responsible for the strategy and execution of Hitachi GST’s Branded products, including the company’s LifeStudio and G-Technology brands of external hard drives. This includes directing product mix, leading strategy across multiple retail and distribution channels and regions, determining future technologies, and defining product and launch plans. Vrolyk brings more than 25 years of marketing experience to Hitachi GST. Prior to her role at Hitachi GST, Vrolyk worked as a consultant for Fabrik, and held several senior management positions at Maxtor, Vitesse Semiconductor (formerly APT Technologies Inc.), 3ware Inc. and Seagate Technology. Vrolyk holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and English from U.C. Davis, where she graduated with the highest honors. She also holds a master’s in counseling from San Jose State University.
Ilana Westerman is a Principal with Create with Context, Inc., a digital innovation firm focused on strategic research and design. For the past 15 years, she has championed the role of people plus context as a key driver behind the design of innovative technology solutions, helping ensure that digital products and services align with human needs, goals, and desires. At Create with Context, Inc., she is responsible for corporate development as well as hands-on client work including research, innovation, and design. Ilana began working on digital innovation in the mid-1990s, including award-winning work on the IBM Nagano Olympics web presence. Then, as one of the early members of Yahoo!, she helped build the Yahoo! User Experience team, leading R&D teams for the Yahoo! Front Page, My Yahoo!, Yahoo! Mobile, Living Room, and Community, and directly influencing increases in page views and ad revenues for these properties. More recently, Ilana shared her passion for research-driven design as an adjunct faculty member at San José State University, where she taught graduate-level courses in the Industrial Systems Engineering/HFES program.
Lisa Worthington is a senior manager in the Windows business group at Microsoft and is the Windows mommy blogger-in-chief for the Windows Experience Blog. In addition, she leads strategic direction for customer story development within Windows and for several years led the Windows analyst relations team, working closely with top industry influencers on product and business group development. Lisa has worked at Microsoft for four years and has over 15 years of experience in analyst relations, public relations, marketing and brand development with high tech companies. As a mom to two young girls, Lisa incorporates Microsoft technology into her life and writes about all things Windows from a mom’s perspective. As a mobile mom herself, Lisa’s editorial focus is on the benefits of a modern Windows experience which brings together the PC, phone and cloud and she covers important topics such as online family safety and tools to help moms be more efficient. Lisa has two BAs from the University of Washington. She lives in Duvall, Washington with her husband and two young girls.
Dr. Dan D. Yang is the founder and CEO of Rullingnet Corporation, creator of the VINCI learning platform. A serial entrepreneur in fiber-optic networking, Dr. Yang earned her Ph.D in Optoelectronics from University Paris-Orsay, France. An inventor with 11 patents, her products are used by telecom operators around the world to transport voice and data. Dan is the proud mother of 2 daughters, one an award winning student at Pomfret School CT; the other, at 22 months old, is the inspiration for developing safe yet technologically advanced products to inspire the genius in young children.
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