Speakers

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Karina Edmonds

University Relations Lead at Google Cloud

Karina Montilla Edmonds is a nationally recognized expert in the field of innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization. During her service for the Obama Administration, as the first full-time Technology Transfer Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy, she was one of the architects of Startup America. She has been a strong advocate for entrepreneurs commercializing government funded research at DOE, NASA and Caltech. She is a registered patent agent and has held positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, Northrop Grumman and Google. Karina has been a long-standing champion of STEM careers, especially for underrepresented students and women. She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of RI and her PhD in Aeronautics the California Institute of Technology, She currently serves as an Ambassador for C3E and on the Board for IPAM at UCLA.

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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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Cadran Cowansage

Founder of Leap and Tech Lead at Y Combinator

Cadran is an Engineering Lead at Y Combinator and the founder of Leap, a private community for women in tech. Before joining Y Combinator, Cadran was a Senior Software Engineer at MongoDB, Inc. Prior to that she worked in healthcare, intermodal transportation and finance. Cadran holds a Masters in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University and a BA in Computer Science and Biology from Colby College.

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Danielle Kayembe

CEO at GreyFire Impact

Danielle is a female futurist and serial entrepreneur who works on projects at the intersection of women, tech and social impact. Through her company GreyFire, she advises female founders on scaling their businesses and raising capital, and connects companies to ecosystems of underrepresented founders. Danielle was a founding partner in Tour of Tech: Lagos, an initiative to bring investors from Silicon Valley (TechStars, 500 Startups, Wingpact) to tour growing tech hubs in Africa. Danielle is an advisor to social impact startups and a mentor to Columbia University’s business accelerator, she has lectured at Yale School of Management and Barnard College's Athena Program. Danielle is an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow for 2019, awarded to 20 Global Social Impact Entrepreneurs each year. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to women, social impact, technology and Africa on CNBC, at the United Nations, TEDx, Google, General Assembly and other events, and has been featured in Forbes and Refinery29. She is also the author of "The Silent Rise of the Female-Driven Economy" a white paper on women and the future of business and innovation.

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Prof. YY Zhou

Qualcomm Chair Professor, UCSD; CEO and Co-founder at Whova

Yuanyuan Zhou is a Qualcomm Chair Professor in Mobile Computing at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) since 2009. Prior to UCSD, she was a tenured professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Her area of expertise include data centers, computer systems, data analytics and mobile systems.She obtained her BS in computer science from Peking University, and her MS and Ph.D from Princeton University. She is an ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow, Sloan Research Fellow (2007) and the winner of ACM Mark Weiser award (2015). In parallel to her academic career, she has also co-founded three companies, with the first two successfully exited to public companies. As the President in her second startup, Pattern Insight, she led the company to become profitable since 2010 and was acquired by VmWare in July 2012. Currently she is busy with her third startup, Whova. It has gained substantial customer traction worldwide and has helped more than 5000 conferences/events in 83 countries.

Jacob Lee

Jacob Lee

Co-founder of StdLib

Jacob is the co-founder of Standard Library, a platform enabling everyone to create and connect APIs that has raised $4M in funding to date, including investment from Stripe and Slack. He graduated from Princeton in 2015 with a degree in computer science, and has been involved in many iterations of HackPrinceton, both as a participant and a mentor. He's passionate about helping students create awesome projects, and enjoys playing squash and eating Hoagie Haven in his spare time.