Founder/Director, TriNet Group
Leading multiple initiatives to build a startup ecosystem across the Upstate New York region. Active angel investor and LP/advisor in several venture funds. Founded TriNet Group, Inc., serving as CEO 1988-2008 and Chairman till 2010; remain active as a significant shareholder and TriNet Director.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, ScriptEd
Maurya Couvares is the Co-founder and Executive Director of ScriptEd, a NYC based nonprofit that equips students in under-resourced schools with the fundamental coding skills and professional experiences that together create access to careers in technology.
For her work with ScriptEd, Maurya has been honored as an IgniteGood/Huffington Post Millennial Impact Fellow, an Ashoka Emerging Innovator, a NY Business Journal Woman of Influence and was named as one of seven millennials “too busy changing the world to take selfies.”
Maurya is also a nationally ranked triathlete.
Dennis Crowley is the co-founder of Foursquare, a service that combines social networks, location awareness and game mechanics to encourage people to explore the world around them. Previously, Dennis founded Dodgeball, one of the first mobile social services in the US, which was acquired by Google in 2005. Dennis holds a Master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a Bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He was named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40” in 2010 and 2011.
Erica Dorn is Managing Director of etsy.org, whose mission is to reimagine business education so that all entrepreneurs are able to develop the skills, wisdom and connections to build and run businesses in ways that regenerate their communities and the earth. Erica has been dedicated to a mission-driven career working in U.S. microfinance, community economic development, and small business education. Erica served as the first U.S. Kiva Fellow launching the peer-to-peer U.S. lending program for Kiva.org. She then ran business development and lending for Accion New York, the leading microlender in the United States. Erica established a consulting practice – Consulting for the New Economy, providing services to mission-driven food and farm businesses in New York and San Francisco. In these positions and her own consulting practice, Erica has provided hundreds of small businesses with access to capital and business growth strategy. She’s also applied her expertise in business development, sales and marketing to projects with community economic development organizations like the Small Business Solutions Center in NYC and the Queens Public Library. Erica is an adjunct lecturer at Baruch College in Business Management and Community Economic Development, a Slow Money NY board member, and is on the entrepreneur selection committee for the farm incubator at Glynwood. She is a Coro alumni for the Leadership NY Program in 2013. Erica is fluent in Spanish and has lived and worked in Latin America and Asia. By supporting and working alongside local businesses, Erica believes we can all contribute in building strong local living economies that improve our collective future. “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all.” (Jane Addams)
Wearable Technology Artist - OCAD University
Kate Hartman is an artist, technologist, and educator whose work spans the fields of physical computing, wearable electronics, and conceptual art. She is the co-creator of Botanicalls, a system that lets thirsty plants place phone calls for human help, and the Lilypad XBee, a sewable radio transceiver that allows your clothing to communicate. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured by the New York Times, BBC, CBC, NPR, in books such as “Fashionable Technology” and “Art Science Now”. She was a speaker at TED 2011 and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Hartman is based in Toronto at OCAD University where she is the Associate Professor of Wearable & Mobile Technology and Director of the Social Body Lab. She is also the director of ITP Camp, a summer program at ITP/NYU. Hartman enjoys bicycles, rock climbing, and someday hopes to work in Antarctica.
Founder & CEO, Goodnik
Nate Heasley, the founder of Goodnik, is an entrepreneur and inveterate do-gooder. Prior to 2005 he spent most of his career in the nonprofit sector, transitioning after that to work in the technology sector. He has been a cofounder at two other startups, LocalVox and Teem’d. Nate Heasley has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Mathematics from St. John’s College in Annapolis, M.D. and a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Crowley Fellow and Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and Ethics.
James Hoff is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His work encompasses painting, sound, writing, performance, and publishing among other media. He has maintained a strong focus on distributed forms and experiments with language, including cross-disciplinary investigations that address orally-transmitted syndromes, computer viruses, and ear worms. Hoff is a co-founder of Primary Information, a non-profit arts organization devoted to publishing artists’ books and art historical documents. Recent exhibitions include Skywiper at Callicoon Fine Arts (NYC) and The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog at Supportico Lopez (Berlin). PAN released his latest record BLASTER in 2014.
Senior Research at Microsoft
Kati London works at the intersection of social networks, real world games, and the internet of things to produce products and experiences that drive engagement, change, and participation. She is currently a Senior Researcher at Microsoft’s Future of Social Lab in NYC. She has held prior positions as VP and Executive Producer at Area/Code Games, and as Director of Product for Zynga’s high beta studio in NYC. Her work has been covered by the New York Times, Wired, National Geographic, and Glamour Magazine, among others, and has been named one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine and “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company Magazine.
General Manager, Open Source Initiative
Currently: GM & Director at the Open Source Initiative (OSI); sharing lessons learned on open source principles & practices at UAlbany. Loudonville, NY.
Formerly: Programmer Analyst through CTO/CIO in higher ed; Scientific Illustration/visualization. Santa Monica, CA.
Founder, Google Developers Group Hudson Valley
Nitya is a software professional with 15+ years of R&D experience developing advanced concepts for mobile, web and television platforms. She currently leads Engineering at a social good startup.
Nitya is passionate about education, diversity and growing the technology footprint in her local Hudson Valley community. She founded the Google Developer Group (GDG) and Meteor chapters in Hudson Valley and regularly runs hack nights and study jams where members learn about emerging technologies and acquire new skills through hands-on development.
Developer at Khan Academy and the creator of jQuery
Stuyvesant High School / CSTUY
Walk into any major tech company and ask one simple question: who has had Mike Zamansky as a teacher? Then ask the follow-up — who knows someone who had Mike Zamansky? Watch the hands pop up like the moles in whack-a-mole. Then go to the start-ups and try again — Mike’s former students have gone on to found numerous tech companies including SumAll, Digital Ocean, TimeHop, Tinfoil Security and others. Over the last 25 years Mike has taught computer science to high school students in populations ranging from high-risk to ultra-gifted. He has developed individual courses and multi year sequences. His approach to CS education is informed by his desire to teach students not to code, but to think like a computer scientist. To learn how to learn what they need to accomplish their goals. That is the basis of the computer science program that Mike developed and implemented at Stuyvesant High School. This program is considered by many to be the finest in the country. In addition to teaching high school students, Mike has trained and mentored numerous teachers over the course of his career and was one of the original developers of Google’s CAPE program. More recently, Mike founded CSTUY a non profit dedicated to bringing quality computer science education to underserved communities in and around New York City. Mike has both a Bachelors and Masters degree in computer science awarded by the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University