Judges

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Camila Achutti

Founder and CEO of Mastertech

Camila is an Activist Tech Entrepreneur. Founder of the blog Women in Computing, she has spoken for TEDx in a soccer stadium and traveled throughout Brazil teaching more than 15,000 young people to create software applications from the Amazon Jungle to communities in Rio de Janeiro. She is CTO and Founder of Mastertech, an educational platform for 21st century skills. She did BOTH her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science. Both degrees from IME - USP. She has worked with large companies such as Google, Intel, Accenture, Itaú, Leroy Merlin, Renault, TIM and IBM. Camila is guided by the dream of transforming the world THROUGH technology. Maybe that's why she was listed as one of the top 30 BY Forbes "Under 30"youth and named as one of the 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by St. Gallen.

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Aarti Borkar

Vice President, Watson Talent , IBM

Aarti is the Vice President of Product Management and Design for IBM's Watson Talent and Collaboration businesses. She leads a worldwide team that is responsible for vision, strategy and execution for the businesses. She has a background in leading products in Cloud, Analytics and Security solutions at IBM. She has a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Bombay Univ., Masters in Computer Science from University of Southern California and a Masters in Tech Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Chase Nicholl

Founding Engineer at Carmera

Chase has more then a decade long background in music and software engineering. He was the founder and CTO of Spindio Music, a live music discovery platform. After that he lead engineering teams at MakerBot a 3D printer company and most recently is helping to build and define the future of Autonomous Vehicles as the Founding Engineer and Engineering Manager at CARMERA.

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Daniel Marcus

Founder of SeatSwap

Having been raised on live events and mediocre football courtesy of his father, Michael, a long-time and long-suffering New York Jets season ticket holder, Dan set out to build something that would enable fellow season ticket holders and live event junkies to get to another event they want to see with the tickets they already have and paid for. He started SeatSwap with a couple of nickels and no technical know-how from his NYU dorm room and then bootstrapping it while attending law school on a full scholarship. Dan was able to leverage his sports business degree, sports media experience as a credentialed media member covering the Jets and Yankees as well as hosting and producing his own FM radio show in New York, and his legal background to position SeatSwap as an acquisition target for larger secondary market companies and as a powerful tool for stakeholders such as the LA Dodgers, Adidas, Brooklyn Bowl, Carnegie Hall, and the Florida Panthers. Dan has been featured in publications such as Yahoo Finance and SportTechie and is an adjunct professor in his alma mater program at NYU and has lectured at Universities across the globe, most recently at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland. Over the past year, Dan also started a new media production company called Brashful which is developing several high-profile podcasts with major figures from the world of sports.

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Sowmiya Narayanan

Co-founder and CTO at Lily

Sowmiya is the co-founder/CTO of Lily AI, an emotional intelligence powered shopping experience that helps women discover clothes that make them look & feel their best. At Lily, she is focussed on decoding user behavior and building deep product understanding by applying machine learning techniques. Prior to Lily, she worked at different levels of the tech stack at Box leading initiatives in - building SDKs, applications for industry verticals & MDM solutions. She was also an early engineer at Pocket Gems where she worked on the core game engine and built acquisition and retention strategies for #1 & #4 top grossing gaming apps. Sowmiya is a UT Austin grad with Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Rebecca Biswas

Sr. Manager Mechanical Engineering

Rebecca is a Senior Manager, Mechanical Engineering at Juniper Networks. After completing her undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), India, she came to US in 1996. She did her Masters in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Electronics Cooling from San Jose State University. Over 20 years of Mechanical / Thermal design and development including setting up Mechanical design and engineering division (global), Vendor management with leading contract manufacturer and leading corporations. Successfully deployed products from concept through production while working closely with clients during specification, design and prototype phases. Experienced in developing mechanical systems architectures that are practical, efficient, manufacturable and will meet all product requirements. For the last few years, she has been focusing on rapid prototyping using 3D printing and automation. She also focuses on developing security products that are the integrated part of IoT solutions in all sectors. She found her passion towards product development and always looking forward to develop processes that will help design better to build a world class product. Rebecca is Professional Mentor to TechWomen Program, an initiative from US Department of State affairs to empower emerging women leaders from 3rd world countries.

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Dr. Dmitry Efimov

Director of Machine Learning and Data Science, American Express

Dmitry Efimov received his PhD in Mathematics from Moscow State University, Russia in 2007. In 2008 he joined the Department of Mathematical Analysis, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Moscow State University, as an Assistant Professor. His research interests included several important topics in functional and complex analysis (such as structural properties of spaces of holomorphic functions in the upper half-plane). In 2012 he joined Department of Mathematics and Statistics in American University of Sharjah as an Assistant Professor. During his work in UAE Dmitry became interested in Applied Machine Learning and started participating in Data Science competitions on Kaggle platform. During that time he solved more than 40 different problems and became winner or took prizes in 11 machine learning competitions. Simultaneously, Dmitry has started a research work in Applied Machine Learning: his main research interest included feature selection and sensitivity analysis. He has created University course in Machine Learning as a part of Mathematics Master's program. In 2017 Dmitry has been invited to join American Express as a Director - Machine Learning and Data Science in London, in 2018 he relocated to the American Express headquarters in New York. He continues applying his Machine Learning knowledge to solve business problems and leads a team of Machine Learning and Data Science professionals in American Express. Dmitry and his team conduct machine learning research on different company’s use cases and work in such state-of-the-art areas as generative models, recommender systems, deep learning and transfer learning models.

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Lilia Abaibourova

Director of Product Management at GoDaddy, AnitaB.Org Seattle Program Chair

Lilia Abaibourova is an experienced technical leader who enjoys building platforms and teams. As Director of Product Management with GoDaddy, she leads a team that defines the future of UX and Personalization Platform for the company's web and native app presence.
In her previous role, Lilia was an Engineering Manager with HBO, leading their Streaming Services Platform team. Lilia started her career at Microsoft, where she honed her engineering and leadership skills while working on both, established products like SharePoint as well as cutting-edge incubations as part of Live Labs and Office Labs teams.

Lilia is passionate about diversity, having been a founding member of Women of HBO and Women of Office communities. She served as the General Co-Chair at the Grace Hopper Conference in 2014 and 2015. She is on the leadership team for the Hopper X1 Seattle event. Lilia also moderated and spoke on multiple panels at Grace Hopper and other events.
Lilia holds a Master's in Computer Science from Colorado School of Mines. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family on local hiking trails, traveling and competing in triathlons.

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Yewande Alade

Engineering Program Manager at Google AI

Yewande Alade is an Engineering Program Manager at Google AI where she manages product operations and catalyzes tech transfer between research and product teams. She is also a Product Excellence advisor at Alphabet's Interoperability and Prototyping lab. She is an active member of the Google for Entrepreneurs community and enjoys providing consult to a global network of early stage startups. Outside of work she serves as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper for the Palo Alto hub.

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Kristy Card

Sr. Facilitator at Intuit

Kristy Card is Senior Learning and Development Facilitator with Intuit. She serves as an Innovation Catalyst leader and coach, speaker, trainer and consultant to external groups. A proud Texas Aggie and mother of three fantastic young women (20, 18 and 15), Kristy has previously led hundreds of initiatives as an independent consultant, including training, leadership development and process improvements over 25 years' time. Her talent development and facilitation efforts have ranged broadly in scope and audience, reaching thousands globally, including all levels of leadership. Her clients have included Fortune 100 companies, U.S. military, non-profits, educational institutions and associations. Kristy is regularly requested as a return-speaker and trainer, and she is often seen brainstorming with teams, managing projects, or feverishly taking notes – thus sparking more innovative ideas. She is fascinated by the relationship of time and space, blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. Kristy’s “Why" is to affect positive change in the world by influencing leaders and organizations to challenge the status quo and disrupt the "norm,” while teaching and encouraging others to do the same.