Judges

  1. Connie Yowell

    Director of Education Grantmaking, MacArthur Foundation

    Connie Yowell is the Director of Education Grantmaking at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The primary architect of a nearly $100 million program on Digital Media and Learning, Dr. Yowell oversees the first philanthropic effort in the United States to systematically explore the impact of digital media on young people, and to establish new approaches to pedagogy and learning, as well as 21st century models for schools and libraries. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Yowell had a distinguished career bridging research, policy and practice. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, publishing scholarly work that examined the complex interplay among young people’s emerging identity, their social context and achievement motivation. Equally committed to developing educational and social policies for young people, Dr. Yowell served for a short time as a Policy Analyst in the Department of Education during the Clinton Administration. At the school and district level, in collaboration with the Chicago Public Schools, Dr. Yowell has worked closely with teachers and administrators to develop and implement literacy curricula for Latino youth. She has also served as evaluator and program coordinated for youth development programs in New York City. Most recently, Dr. Yowell received the Distinguished Fellows Award from the William T. Grant Foundation. An award to support distinguished scholars seeking to integrate research with practice, Dr. Yowell is working closely with the National Writing Project (the largest professional development organization in the United States) to develop approaches that integrate web 2.0 technologies into the social practices of teachers.

  2. John Lilly

    Partner, Greylock

    John joined Greylock as a partner in 2011. Prior to Greylock, John was CEO of Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, an open source Web browser used by more than 450 million people. John also co-founded Reactivity, an enterprise security infrastructure company acquired by Cisco in 2007, where he served as founding CEO and later CTO. Earlier in his career, John held positions on the executive team at Trilogy Software and as a Senior Scientist in Apple's research labs. John is currently on the Board of Directors of Citrus Lane, Clearslide, Code for America, Mozilla Corporation, and the Participatory Culture Foundation. He is a board observer at Tumblr, and led Greylock's investment in Dropbox and Instagram. John previously served on the boards of directors of TripIt (acquired by Concur in 2011), CenterRun (acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2003), and Reactivity (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007). John holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and an MS in Computer Science with a focus on Human Computer Interaction, both from Stanford University. He is currently a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford's d.school, and an adviser to the Stanford Technology Ventures Program as well as SSE Labs, an incubator at the University. He is a co-inventor on seven United States patents.

  3. Michael Abbott

    Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

    Michael was previously Twitter’s Vice President of Engineering. Before that he lead the application platform and services development for Palm’s next-generation Palm webOS platform. He has extensive experience in building technically challenging web-based applications and services. Before joining Palm, Michael was the general manager of .NET Online Services at Microsoft, where he led efforts to deliver a services platform that enabled the development of large-scale Internet-based services. Prior to Microsoft, he co-founded Passenger Inc., where he served as chairman and led the development of the company's consumer marketing SAAS platform. Michael also founded Composite Software, creator of industry-leading enterprise information integration software, where he served as the CEO/CTO. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. at the University of Washington.

  4. Joaquin Alvarado

    SVP, Digital Innovation

    Before joining the Center for Investigative Reporting, Joaquin Alvarado served as senior vice president for digital innovation at American Public Media and founding senior vice president for diversity and innovation at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He is the founder of CoCo Studios, which promotes media collaboration and game development for fiber and mobile networks. Joaquin was the founding director of the Institute for Next Generation Internet, which launched in 2005 from San Francisco State University. In 2004, Joaquin began the National Public Lightpath, advocating high-speed, fiber-optic network as the next generation of the Internet. Alvarado holds a bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. He serves on the boards of TechSoup Global and DEI - the public broadcasting development association. He is the co-author of “Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art.” He lives with his wife and two children in Oakland.

  5. Andrew McLaughlin

    Andrew McLaughlin is at betaworks, based in New York City. He is chairman of the board of Access, and a member of the board of directors at Code for America, the Sunlight Foundation, and Public Knowledge. From 2011-2012, Andrew was Vice President of Tumblr, responsible for the international, community, outreach, editorial, marketing, and support teams. In 2011, Andrew served as the start-up executive director of Civic Commons, a new Code for America initiative that helps governments build, share, and implement open-source technologies. From 2009-2011, Andrew McLaughlin was a member of President Obama's senior White House staff, serving as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. In that role, Andrew was responsible for advising the President on Internet, technology, and innovation policy, including open government, cybersecurity, online privacy and free speech, spectrum policy, federal R&D priorities, entrepreneurship, and the creation of open technology standards and platforms for health care, energy efficiency, and education. From 2004-2009, Andrew was Director of Global Public Policy at Google, leading the company's work on issues like freedom of expression and censorship, surveillance and law enforcement, privacy, copyrights and trademarks, regulation of Internet and telecommunications networks, wireless radio spectrum, national security, trade policy, patent reform, and online child protection.From 1999-2003, Andrew helped launch and manage ICANN, the Internet's technical coordinating organization, serving as Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. Andrew holds a B.A. from Yale University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

  6. Gina Trapani

    Gina Trapani is the award-winning author, blogger, and programmer whose work translates cutting-edge technology into insights that boost personal productivity. Currently located in San Diego, CA, Gina leads development on ThinkUp, an open source social media insights engine the White House uses. She created Todo.txt apps, a text-based personal task manager, and Narrow the Gapp, a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data-driven web site about the gender pay gap. Gina was the founding editor of Lifehacker, the seminal productivity blog which garnered nominations for Blog of the Decade and yielded the best-selling book, Lifehacker, which is now in its third edition. Her writing has appeared in The Harvard Business Review, Wired, CNN.com, PC World, Fast Company, Maximum PC, and Macworld magazines. Profiles of Gina's work have appeared in venues ranging from The Wall Street Journal to The New York Times. Fast Company named her one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2009 and 2010, and Wired magazine awarded her its prestigious Rave Award in 2006.

  7. Guido Jouret

    VP and GM Emerging Technologies Group, Cisco

    Cisco’s Emerging Technologies Group (ETG) is responsible for incubating Cisco’s future billion-dollar businesses. In his role as Vice President and General Manager, Dr. Guido Jouret drives Cisco’s innovation incubation efforts and ensures architectural integration between Cisco’s core products and solutions and Cisco’s emerging technologies; Connected Energy Networks, Media Experience & Analytics, Digital Media and Physical Security. Prior to ETG, Dr. Jouret was VP/GM in the Video & Collaboration Group (VCG) where he developed Cisco’s video strategy, and was the global head of the Innovation Team for Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). His team was responsible for developing new methods, architectures, and business cases to enable Cisco’s customers to successfully leverage Internet-based technologies. Prior to IBSG, Dr. Jouret developed the IT strategy for Cisco in EMEA (Europe Middle-East and Africa), driving a large execution team with a budget exceeding $100 million. Prior to Cisco, Dr. Jouret was responsible for IT in the R&D division of Beaufour-Ipsen Pharmaceutical Group. Before that, he worked as a software coordinator at the London Parallel Applications Centre where he developed the company’s software strategy. He started his career as a research associate at the Imperial College for Science, Technology and Medicine, London. Dr. Jouret is a pioneering strategist and his thought leadership on new and emerging technologies is known and respected globally. His passion, creativity, technical depth and broad business understanding makes him a high effective leader and dynamic speaker who is consistently rated among the top five in the Company. Dr. Jouret has a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA, USA), a DIC (Diploma of Imperial College) a PhD in Computing from Imperial College (UK) and speaks seven languages fluently.

  8. Susan Crawford

    Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School

    Susan Crawford is the (Visiting) Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and a columnist for Bloomberg View and Wired. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She is a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation. Ms. Crawford was formerly a professor at the University of Michigan Law School (2008-2010). As an academic, she teaches Internet law and communications law. In 2012, Yale University Press will publish her book, “The Squeeze: The Crisis in American Communications.” She was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008 and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22. One of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2009); IP3 Awardee (2010); one of Prospect Magazine’s Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (2011). She is a member of the boards of Public Knowledge and TPRC as well as a co-director of the Berkman Center. Ms. Crawford received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to enter the legal academy. Susan, a violist, lives in New York City and Cambridge, MA.

  9. Brian Behlendorf

    Managing Director and CTO, World Economic Forum

    Studies at University of California, Berkeley. 1993-98, Chief Engineer, Wired Magazine and HotWired; 1998-2003, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Organic Online; 1997-2007, co-founded and Director, Apache Software Foundation, a non-profit creating free, open source software for building Web; 1999, founded CollabNet, to bring open source development tools and methodologies to organizations; with Open Government Initiative, Obama Administration; 2009-10, with US Department of Health and Human Services, led implementation of open source platform and standards for exchange of electronic healthcare records. Since November 2010, current position. Expertise: finding great Asian food in Geneva. Interests: music, travel, iconoclasm.

  10. Werner Vogels

    CTO, Amazon.com

    Dr. Vogels is Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com where he is responsible for driving the company's technology vision, which is to continuously enhance the innovation on behalf of Amazon's customers at a global scale. Prior to joining Amazon, he worked as a researcher at Cornell University where he was a principal investigator in several research projects that target the scalability and robustness of mission-critical enterprise computing systems. He has held positions of VP of Technology and CTO in companies that handled the transition of academic technology into industry. Vogels holds a Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles for journals and conferences, most of them on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing. He was named the 2008 CTO of the Year by Information Week for his contributions to making Cloud Computing a reality. For his unique style in engaging customers, media and the general public, Dr. Vogels received the 2009 Media Momentum Personality of Year Award.

  11. Aneesh Chopra

    Former US CTO

    Aneesh Paul Chopra was the first American Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States (CTO). Chopra previously served as Virginia’s fourth Secretary of Technology. Prior to his government service, Chopra was Managing Director for the Advisory Board Company, a health care think tank for hospitals and health systems. While there, he led the firm’s Financial Leadership Council and the Working Council for Health Plan Executives.

  12. Tim O'Reilly

    Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media Inc.

    Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, the Web 2.0 Summit, Strata: The Business of Data, and many others. O'Reilly's Make: magazine and Maker Faire has been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is also a partner at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O'Reilly's early stage venture firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online.

  13. Jonathan Heiliger

    General Partner, North Bridge

    Jonathan joins North Bridge from Facebook, where he was VP of Technical Operations from 2007 until 2011, as Facebook grew from 35 million users to over 800 million. Heiliger brings to North Bridge his passion for creating and scaling solution-focused technology companies as an active advisor, investor or executive. Jonathan will focus on identifying companies that are attempting to solve problems of significant scale and scope and is based in California. At Facebook, Jonathan oversaw global infrastructure, site architecture and internal systems. Prior to Facebook, Jonathan held executive technical operations roles at Walmart and Danger (acquired by Microsoft). He also spent several years as Chief Operating Officer for Loudcloud (which became Opsware and was later acquired by HP). Earlier in his career, Jonathan co-founded and was the CTO of Frontier GlobalCenter, and later founded Global Crossing’s corporate venture capital group. Jonathan’s investment portfolio encompasses more than 30 companies, including Cotendo, Last.fm (acquired by CBS), Sonus Networks, SpringTide (acquired by Lucent), Talaria, Tango and Qumranet (acquired by RedHat). Jonathan currently serves on the board of directors of DuPont Fabros, Jive Software and Webmonsters, and advises a select group of early-stage technology companies that include Box.net, Cloudera, Redwood Systems and Square.

  14. Juliana Rotich

    Juliana Rotich is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi Inc, a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, interactive mapping and data curation.  Ushahidi builds tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. Through Crowdmap.com, Swiftly.org and accompanying mobile applications, Ushahidi is expanding its global footprint and making crowdsourcing tools available and useful, and catalyzing entrepreneurial initiatives like iHub in Kenya. Juliana has worked in the telecommunications and data warehousing industry for over ten years.  She has a Computer Science degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She is a Technologist, MIT Fellow, TED Senior Fellow and currently serves as Vice Chair of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development.