Sonali Giovino, 2018
Crypto Fundamentals and Closing Keynote
Sonali Giovino has been working in the Blockchain and Crypto space since the beginning of 2017. She is an active speaker, investors and a passionate advocate of educating and showcasing innovative technologies such as Blockchain, AI, and VR that provide solutions to real-world problems and changing the way we engage with each other. Her expertise is in Marketing, Business Development, and Event Production. She is the producers of events such as the Blockchain Yacht Cruise and many educational crypto events. She now leads as Head of BizDev for Veme which is a social media platform powered by the blockchain, also using state of the art technologies such as AI, ML, and AR to enhance the user experience and introduce new features not currently available in the social media space.
Ghislaine Chan, 2017
Ghislaine is a business technology leader from Vancouver with over 17 years of industry experience in Financial Technology (FinTech). Currently the Director of Development, she leads the Wealth Management technology teams at Broadridge. She specializes in business development and technologyintensive projects in either a start-up environment or an established global corporation. She is involved in developing new financial products, on-boarding new clients, and implementing operational excellence. Ghislaine graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor in Computer Science. She is most passionate about people leadership and talent development.
Ray Hsu, 2017
Virtual Reality Speaker
Dr. Ray Hsu is founder and director of the Immersive Technology Lab, a VR creators' program for high school students, and is a professor at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Ray leads a research project on Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) and Brain Computer Interface (BCI) at UBC's Emerging Media Lab and was recently profiled in Trek Magazine on VR and the future of education. Photo Credit: Joey Armstrong
Angel Tian, 2017
Software Engineer Speaker
SheIs: Daughter, [email protected], [email protected], TechnologyEvangelist Angel is a software engineer at Microsoft and a Syster since 2014. She holds a B.A.Sc in Computer Engineering from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada. Currently, Angel is one of the managers for Google Summer of Code and Code-In with Systers, an Anita Borg Community. During her free time Angel has organized various technical workshops for over 3000 high school and university students. Angel is also an international speaker that you can find at various conferences. Twitter: @TheAngelTian
Hussein Hallak, 2018, 2017
Hussein Hallak lives to inspire entrepreneurship and unleash breakthrough growth. He is the General Manager and Head Mentor at Launch Academy, Western Canada’s leading tech startup hub with more than 500 startups incubated, $100+ million raised, and 1000+ entrepreneurs mentored and trained. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, education, tech, and on a mission to change the world through connection, communication and community.
Maryam Sadeghi, 2016
Dr. Maryam Sadeghi, CEO at MetaOptima Technology Inc, and the former Director and Founder of Digital Health Hub at SFU, completed her PhD in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University in the Medical Image Analysis lab working closely with BC Cancer Agency and Skin Care Center at UBC Dermatology. Her main interest is in e-Health, m-Health applications, and innovative patient-centric digital health solutions. Maryam received Wendy McDonald Awards (Women of Promise 2016) from Women's Leadership Circle, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and she was the 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards nominee in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Patrick Neal, 2016
Patrick has been involved in the justice and public safety field since 1982. He started his career in the Canadian Forces, later worked as a prison librarian, after which he went into corporate security. From 2002 to 2004 he completed his Master Arts (Royal Roads University) degree during which he studied the information seeking behavior of police officers. Starting in 2005 Patrick, working with provincial and federal justice and public safety agencies, focused on information sharing, and developing evidence based policies and procedures. The common thread throughout Patrick’s career has been to develop a deeper understanding of the safety and security dynamics of the
information society we live in. He is currently completing his Doctor of Social Sciences at Royal Roads University. His doctoral research is examining the changing relationships between corporations, governments, and citizens and their evolving roles in protecting the information society. In particular, he is exploring how corporate personnel make sense and respond to the threats and risks associated with the blurring of the lines between cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and cyberwar.
Wolfgang Hamann, 2016
Pres./CEO/Executive Producer and Founder: Award winning Koolhaus Interactive & Games, established in 2005, is Vancouver, Canada's longest established mobile app and video game development studio. 17 consecutive releases with 8/10+ critical reviews. 7 Top 10 Charted Apps and Games with 3 of those at number 1 including most recently the Number 1 iTunes (USA) game MyNBA2K17. Koolhaus' R & D division has developed several cutting edge technology solutions including: KoolAR, KoolAi, KoolPlan and KoolTrans. Wolfgang has also presented at: Develop Brighton, Develop Liverpool, Game Developers Conference (GDC) San Francisco, Korean Game Developer's Conference, GDC Europe, DIG London Ontario, University of Liverpool, University of Edinburgh, University of Windsor and others.
Christin Wiedemann, 2016
Christin have always been curious and eager to learn, and from an early age, her main interests have been the natural sciences and technology. She believes that our continuously improved understanding of how nature works is what drives our evolution as a species, and she strongly believe that the STEM fields hold the key to unlocking a better, and brighter, future for everyone. Christin’s training is in particle physics, and she has received her Master of Science at Stockholm University in 2001. She continued her graduate studies at Stockholm University, working on the IceCube experiment; a high-energy neutron telescope located at South Pole, Antarctica. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2007 and started working as a developer.