I have been instrumental in connecting some of the world’s largest brands with the innovative technology they need to succeed and stand out from the pack. I have a unique knack for recognizing a great opportunity or void and fulfilling that space with a solid commercial proposition – delivering not only marketing achievements but also commercial success. This acumen, when combined with my charismatic personality, make me an excellent representative for any organization wishing to succeed in any marketplace.
My career responsibilities have included complete end to end ownership of marketing strategy including global marketing campaigns, ATL, BTL, Digital Marketing, Event Management, Sponsorship, Global Agencies, Staff and Multi Million dollar budgets.
I have also launched some of the first services on mobile in Europe and have also acted as a consultant for brand names such as Sony Music, Coca Cola and HMV .
Senior Brand Manager - Whirlpool Brand, North America
Tanu Grewal is currently the North America Brand Marketing leader for Whirlpool brand. In this role, she is responsible for driving brand equity and new product launch success through marketing communications across all traditional, digital & social media channels. She also leads the execution of brand architecture into product roadmaps and the innovation pipeline.
Prior to this, Tanu spent time in Comerio, Italy where she was leading Whirlpool Brand’s strategy and marketing for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Tanu has over 13 years of experience working in mature and emerging markets like India, US and EMEA with companies in the hospitality, consumer packaged and consumer durables sectors.
Tanu started her career with Whirlpool North America in 2005, holding a variety of marketing and product development positions of increasing responsibility in the US and Europe. She holds a MBA degree from Rice University in Houston.
One Laptop per Children Association
Robert H. Hacker has been the CFO of One Laptop per Child Association since 2009. He is an Adjunct Professor at FIU in Miami and has taught courses in social entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to returning to the U.S. in 1999 he provided strategy consulting to Japanese Fortune 500 companies for ten years and built a publicly traded billion dollar retail company in Indonesia. He is the author of “Billion Dollar Company: An entrepreneur’s guide to business models for high growth companies” and is currently co-authoring a book on social entrepreneurship for Oxford University Press.
Senior Vice President of Marketing
Judith Bitterli is senior vice president marketing at AVG Technologies. AVG supports more than 140 million active users, making their digital worlds simpler to navigate and easier to secure. A recent addition to the AVG executive team, Judith is responsible for branding, communications and database marketing.
She has more than 25 years of executive level sales and marketing experience in the technology arena spanning computer hardware, software, on-line learning and web based applications. The companies she has worked for or consulted with include: Softbank, Logitech, Micron, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Sony, HP and many more. Judith is an Army veteran and was the first woman awarded master parachutist wings.
Judith is an aunt to 14 nieces and nephews and mom to two Portuguese water dogs, Dizzy and Etta.
Director of Business Development - Mainstream
Kendra Novick leads Mainstream Business Development for Standard Innovation® Corporation, makers of the We-Vibe® family of products. She is responsible for establishing new partnerships and channels in the North American mainstream retail market.
Kendra holds 20 years of experience in the retail industry. In addition to a number of management positions in retail and sales, she is also an accomplished entrepreneur: In 2001, Kendra founded Wicking J. Sleepwear, which was the first moisture-wicking sleepwear company in the US. As the President and Owner of Wicking J. Sleepwear, Kendra researched, launched and managed this very successful retail venture that capitalized on a market gap.
Kendra has appeared on national and local media outlets, including “Good Morning America” and “The View,” and is a veteran to the event and conference speaking circuit.
Kendra holds a BA in History from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Dr. Oren Boiman
CEO & Founder
Dr. Oren Boiman is a Co-Founder of Magisto LLC (alternately SightEra Technologies, Ltd.) and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Magisto, Dr. Boiman led teams to solve “impossible” problems in elite R&D organizations and at Applied Materials. He is a Ph.D. expert in computer vision and video analysis. Dr Boiman is a husband and father of four. He has a passion for the intersection of technology, creativity and communication.
Dynamics Inc. was founded and seeded in 2007 by Jeff Mullen, its CEO. Jeff is an inventor of over 150 pending/issued patents and holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon, as well as a JD from New York Law School. Prior to starting Dynamics, Jeff was a patent attorney at the Fish & Neave Intellectual Property Group of Ropes & Gray LLP. His complete bio can be found at the following link: https://www.dynamicsinc.com/Corporate/jdm.php
Richard North is a British serial entrepreneur. In April 2006, he formed Wow! Stuff, an innovative company committed to developing toys with “Wow-Factor” and known for delivering signature retail theatre. Since then, the business has been named a Sunday Times FAST TRACK 100, one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. Wow! Stuff now supplies most of the UK’s largest retailers and increasingly some of the world’s largest. Named HSBC’s Business Thinker of the Year, North appeared on hit UK TV show Secret Millionaire and has been approached regarding further productions on business and toys. He also founded and wholly owned Simmons (Europe) Limited, a brand leading sporting goods business; an award-winning eCommerce business and search engine technology; and was CEO of a diversified consumer leisure group. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and has served on several UK retail PLC teams with a remit to drive innovation.
Techno Source, a division of LF Products
Eric Levin served as president of Techno Source prior to its acquisition by Li & Fung. He helped build the company from a startup to one of the most respected companies in the toy industry. Today, he runs the company as a division of LF Products, also serving in an executive role for LF Products. An expert at growing and running businesses in both the consumer and B2B markets, Levin began his career at a market-leading consumer electronics retailer. He was part of the management team that grew The Learning Company from $60 million to nearly $1 billion in sales in just six years. Following Mattel’s acquisition (nearly $3.6 billion), he was promoted to SVP and general manager for two divisions of Mattel Interactive. Levin also served as Frictionless Commerce CMO, and founded a consulting firm for the videogame and toy industries. He’s been involved in 30+ mergers and acquisitions.
Passionate about technology and a Catalyst when it comes to using it as an enabler to deliver on the idea, create new and engaging solutions or just to solve problems.
Greg has been involved in technology and marketing all of his career and held some amazing positions such as 7 years as the Global CIO of McCann Worldgroup, WW CIO of Universal McCann, CIO of ZenithOptimedia, CIO of Initiative Media NA, and Global CIO of Ipsos. His career began running Adserve where he learned the marketing technology business from the inside out.
All of these roles put him on the forefront of technology and have fed his passion for creativity and leadership. He loves to bring to life amazing solutions using technology as the core enabler.
Dr. J. Alison Bryant
President & Founder
Dr. J. Alison Bryant founded PlayScience in 2010 to fulfill an industry need for a firm that could help companies and organizations create better, more innovative, and more positively impactful media and technology. She also runs PlayLab, a physical and virtual research space designed for innovative product development, especially for kids and families. She was formerly the Senior Research Director of Digital Research & Strategy for the Nickelodeon/MTV Networks Kids & Family Group, where she led Nick’s efforts to understand the digital lives of consumers, conducting research on a variety of platforms: online, console and handheld gaming, interactive television, and mobile among them. Prior to Nickelodeon, she was an assistant professor of communication at Indiana University. Dr. Bryant has published three edited books – The Children’s Television Community, Television and the American Family (2nd Ed), and Service-Learning in the University Classroom – and over 30 research articles and chapters.
Tom Axtell has been General Manager of Vegas PBS in Las Vegas, Nevada, since 1994. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he has worked at broadcast stations in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Fargo/Morehead, Spokane, and Milwaukee. Tom has also served as a College Vice President for Advancement, legislative aid to a state senator, political campaign manager, and swimming coach.
Tom is a member of the national PBS Board of Directors, and is on the board of RealityWorks, a designer and marketer of technology-based health and education products. Tom currently serves on several Nevada boards and councils including the Nevada Atomic Testing Museum, Green Chips and United Way of Southern Nevada.
Technology Transfer Program Executive
National Aeronautics and Space Agency
Daniel Lockney is the Technology Transfer Program Executive at NASA Headquarters, responsible for facilitating the use of NASA technology to benefit the national economy and the U.S. public. NASA has had a long history of finding new, innovative uses for its space and aeronautics technologies, and Lockney is the agency’s leading authority on these technologies and their applications. Lockney is adept at highlighting the more than 1,800 documented NASA spinoffs, demonstrating how they reach throughout the economy and around the globe, helping businesses to create jobs, generate revenue, and save money; while also saving and improving lives, making us safer, and providing better qualities of life to people around the world. Lockney studied American Literature at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to working for NASA, Lockney taught journalism and technical writing in Baltimore, where he resides.
Daren Carstens founded Carstens Studios Inc., where he authors, designs, programs and develops educational products for children. He has worked in K-12 educational publishing for 20 years, and his work has received many awards including the prestigious international Bologna Children’s Book Fair New Media Prize in the Best Educational Software category, 2010 & 2011 Parents’ Choice Gold Awards – Parents’ Choice Foundation, and 2010 & 2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Children’s Technology Review. Daren combines the rare talent of a thorough understanding of learning processes with the ability to bring creativity and innovation to sound instructional products. In addition to creating and developing its own products Carstens Studios has partnered with other companies including PBS, The Jim Henson Company, and Money Savvy Generation.
Chief Digital Marketing Officer for Scholastic Book Clubs and E-Commerce.
Dani Nadel, Chief Digital Marketing Officer for Scholastic Book Clubs and E-Commerce, joined Scholastic in October 2011. She supports the company-wide strategic initiative to transition to technology-enabled reading. Dani is developing the experience of the company’s e-bookstore that is evolving from the existing e-commerce platform. She is also the driving force behind the branding and marketing of Storia, the teacher-recommended eReading app for kids, which has been recognized by Warren Buckleitner with the Editor’s Choice Award for children’s ebook apps in Children’s Technology Review, awarded 2012 Best Toy of the Year award by Dr. Toy and received glowing reviews in The New York Times and School Library Journal. Over the course of her 20-year career in agency services, Dani has led the integrated marketing and digital brand strategy for a wealth of consumer and B to B Fortune 500 companies including American Express, General Mills, AT&T Wireless and LG Electronics.
Marta Thoma Hall
Marta Thoma Hall has been in the role of President of Velodyne for the past year. She brings a passion for art and design, honed over the years through her many celebrated public art installations, solo fine art exhibitions, and awards. As a nationally recognized public artist, her sculptures have been built in locations from coast to coast. Hall has managed her own art business for thirty years, travelling to New York, London, South America, and Asia. In her role at Velodyne, Hall oversees the design and development of new products as the company expands into new markets. She looks forward to bringing her aesthetic and love of fine art to Velodyne’s celebrated and legendary audio technology. Hall graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in fine arts. She learned extensively about economics from her father, who was a Professor of Economics at the University of Tehran.
Nolan Bushnell – KEYNOTE
Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater
Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and scientist. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. Over the past four decades, Bushnell has been a prolific entrepreneur, founding numerous companies, including: Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; Etak, the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today; Androbot, a personal robotics company; and ByVideo, the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks. Additionally, he has consulted for numerous corporations, including IBM, Cisco Systems and US Digital Communications. Currently, Mr. Bushnell is devoting his talents to fixing education with his new company, Brainrush. His beta software is teaching academic subjects at over 10 times the speed in classrooms with over 90% retention. He uses video game metrics to addict learners to academic subjects.
Over the years, Bushnell has garnered many accolades and distinctions. He was named ASI 1997 Man of the Year, inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame, inducted into the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame and named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men That Changed America.” He is also highlighted as one of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial icons in “The Revolutionaries” display at the renowned Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. In March of 2009, Bushnell was honored with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship Award (BAFTA) and LARA award from the German Academy of Entertainment. Currently a biopic about Bushnell, tentatively titled Atari, is in pre-production. The story was acquired by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company and is set to star DiCaprio as Mr. Bushnell.
President and CEO
Abe Reichental is the President and Chief Executive Officer of 3D Systems NYSE:DDD. Since September 2003, Under Abe’s leadership, 3D Systems’ emerged as a global 3D content-to-print leader that is redefining and shaping how we design, produce, consume and live our lives. Through his passion to democratize the ideation-to-production process, the company has evolved and expanded its business model from a supplier of 3D printers to a provider of end-to-end solutions that are transforming entire industries by empowering professionals and consumers to create and make. Prior to 3D Systems, Abe served in various senior executive positions with Sealed Air Corporation NYSE:SEE a global manufacturer of protective, specialty and food packaging. Abe is the recipient of the regional 2011 E&Y entrepreneur of the year award, two Innovator Awards and holds 25 U.S. patents. His activities include non-profit board memberships and frequent speaking engagements, including Singularity University where hes a faculty member.
Founder Women in CE; Publisher CustomRetailer and CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles
Women in CE
For more than 20 years Carol Campbell has been a driving force in the consumer electronics industry. A well recognized and respected expert in advancing the art of home theater interiors and marketing technical products and luxury goods to women, Ms. Campbell utilizes her considerable experience and industry expertise as the publisher of CustomRetailer and CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles. She is also the co-founder of the Elf Foundation that builds “Rooms of Magic” in Children’s Hospitals and the founder of Women in Consumer Electronics.
Mandeep S. Dhillon
I am passionate about influencing how kids will use the technology they were born with to improve the quality of their lives and the world they live in.
Former VP Strategy/Togetherville at Disney Interactive; CEO/Co-Founder of Togetherville (Disney); former consultant (McKinsey), lawyer (Latham & Watkins), non-profit leader (Lohgarh), JD/MBA (UVA) and die-hard college basketball fan (Duke). Duke University Alumni Board member & Woodland School Board Member.
Amy Millman is a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs building Big Businesses Starting Small. In 2000, she co-founded Springboard, a non-profit venture catalyst which has helped hundreds of women entrepreneurs raise billions in investments and strategically connect with expert resources. The successes of Springboard entrepreneurs include 10 IPOs, high value M&As and access to a global expert network. Amy served as a representative for corporate and industry groups and was appointed by President Clinton as Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon and The George Washington University.
Dusenberry Entertainment, Inc.
Tom Dusenberry is the Founder of Dusenberry Entertainment. He has been involved in the games industry for the past 30 years. A former CEO of Hasbro Interactive, Games.com and Atari, Mr. Dusenberry is closely associated with great games such as Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Frogger, Star Wars, NASCAR, Roller Coaster Tycoon and hundreds of other fun games. He is a creative strategic thinker who can expand existing markets and develop new markets. His career focus in consumer electronics and media content applications includes electronic games, video console games, video hand-held games, CD-ROM/DVD, internet games, wireless entertainment, FLASH animation, social networking, consumer robots, Movie Games, interactive toys and emotion based entertainment. To learn more check out www.dusenberryentertainment.com.
Chief Kid and Founder
Scott graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with degrees in Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Photographic Illustration. As president of 360KID, Scott is known for his ability to bring extraordinary design and engineering talent to each project the company undertakes, and for his deep knowledge of the education and entertainment industries. He speaks at national conferences and was an instructor at Harvard University’s Extension School for twelve years.
Lori H. Schwartz
Principal and Tech Cat
World of Schwartz
Lori works with top creative and strategic executives of multiple brands, agencies and content companies to ensure understanding of new and evolving technology as well as emerging business models. With a focus on the habits of the consumer and the evolving marketer’s goals, Lori provides the latest solution recommendations. Previously, Lori was Chief Technology Catalyst for McCann Worldgroup, NA where she was responsible for driving technology innovation. Lori was also one of the key principals to launch the highly regarded Interpublic Media Lab. Lori is a frequent speaker at major industry events and Chair of the Women’s Track for Entertainment and Technology at Digital Hollywood. She has been profiled as one of the “30 Executives Shaping the Evolution of Media and Technology” by Variety and “100 People to Have Lunch with” by MediaPost Publications. Lori sits on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
KidsTech & Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline
12-year old Caitlyn Gatrell – Granddaughter of Dave Graveline, Host of “Into Tomorrow” – is the Host of KidsTech at www.KidsTech.tv and will once again be participating this year with Kids@Play at the 2013 International CES. She will also be doing interviews for her KidsTech TV reports as well as segments for the various “Into Tomorrow” broadcasts from CES. (This is the 18th year of broadcasting for “Into Tomorrow” from CES). In addition Caitlyn will be posting many Facebook www.facebook.com/kidstech and Twitter www.twitter.com/itradioshow updates from the show. Caitlyn loves to check out tech of all kind and let kids, teens and parents know what she thinks. She’s also an awesome big sister looking into new tech for her toddler sister and peers to learn and play with as well. Stop by and let us know what new kids and teen tech you are showing or interested in.
VP of Marketing
Fred Howard serves as Vice President of Marketing for KingsIsle Entertainment and oversees marketing initiatives for the hit online game Wizard101. Over the last three years, Wizard101 has become one of the leading online games for families. Today, the game serves a multigenerational audience of more than 20 million registered players.
Prior to joining KingsIsle, Fred served as Vice President of Marketing for Hoover’s, Inc., D&B’s online business division. In his leadership role he and his team were responsible for all marketing initiatives including customer acquisition and retention, traffic generation, product marketing, pricing, and on and offline merchandising. From 2001 until 2005, Fred worked in Dell’s consumer marketing organization and held positions driving customer retention, as well as managing the P&L for Dell’s consumer services business and its 6 billion dollar consumer desktop business. Prior to joining Dell, Fred spent five years in the financial services business.
CEO & Co-Founder
Björn Jeffery is the CEO and co-founder of Toca Boca, a play studio that makes digital toys for touchscreen devices. Since 2011, they have released fifteen products that was sold in over 130 countries worldwide, and downloads of 19 million in November 2012. Toca Boca is a part of The Bonnier Group, one of Europe’s largest media groups with interests in books, newspapers, magazines, television, internet and film. In 2011, Bonnier had net sales of over 3 billion euro.
Previously, he was Director of Future Media & Technology at Bonnier Research & Development, where he was responsible for global research and analysis regarding consumer behavior and strategic shifts in technology. Previous employers include being CEO of the strategic web agency Good Old, founding Manolo.se, and working with online journalism for kids and young adults at the Swedish daily Göteborgs-Posten and SVT – Swedish National Television.
Alexandra “Zan” O’Leary
Alexandra “Zan” O’Leary is currently the Chief Operating Officer at GeoPalz, LLC, creator of the first decorative pedometer and online game where physical activity is converted to points that can be redeemed for free prizes online. In addition to GeoPalz, Zan is currently in charge of operations for Limit 3, investing in disruptive technologies with an emphasis on consumer products. Prior to GeoPalz, Zan was Vice President of Operations at Jibbitz for Crocs, and held a variety of executive marketing positions at Modya, Inc., ipArchive, and Worldprints/Excite@Home.
CEO and Founder
Greg Duffy is the Founder and CEO of Dropcam, Inc. and has nearly a decade of experience in software engineering. Prior to founding Dropcam in early 2009, Greg was the Principal Software Engineer at Xobni, where he created Xobni search, the fastest email search for Microsoft Outlook. Greg has been working on startups since he was 16, and has a passion for networked devices, digital signal processing, and machine learning. Greg is quickly becoming an industry veteran whose experience also includes project work at Microsoft and IBM. Greg has a B.S. in Mathematics from University of Texas at Arlington.
Lifestyle Channel Editor
Andrea Smith is Mashable‘s Digital Lifestyle Editor. She is a media industry veteran who has been reporting on technology since Reader Rabbit was cutting edge. Andrea was an award-winning news and technology producer for ABC News Radio for over a decade, where she was also an on-air reporter and expert covering all things digital. She has appeared repeatedly as a guest expert in technology segments on Good Morning America Now, WABC-TV, World News Now, and ABC affiliated Radio and TV stations across the U.S. A proud born-and-raised Manhattan girl, Andrea has a deep knowledge of and passion for digital lifestyle issues.
Nancy is CEO & Co-Founder of Fingerprint Digital, the first mobile learning and play network for kids and their grown-ups. A veteran of the kids business, she previously was EVP of Product Innovation and Marketing at LeapFrog, where she led the charge around connected learning with the launch of the Learning Path Online, Tag Reader and Leapster Gaming Systems. Before LeapFrog, she held senior marketing roles at LucasArts as VP Global Sales & Marketing and Hasbro Interactive as VP Marketing. With over 100 products launched, 11 #1 titles, and $2 billion in revenue, Nancy knows kids at play.
Founder and CEO
As the mom of four boys and CEO of her household, Joanne Lang was organized; she just wanted to spend less time getting that way. As an SAP executive specializing in cloud computing, Joanne saw how this technology allowed businesses to gain new levels of efficiency and she began considering how families could realize these same benefits. Then, one of her boys had a medical emergency and stopped breathing on the way to the hospital. She had her phone but was unable to answer the paramedic’s questions because all the information was at home and no one was there to get it for her. This experience prompted her to develop AboutOne – an online family management system that not only replaces the file cabinets, notebooks, and various tools that people use to store household information, but also saves time by automatically organizing that information so it’s useful and readily available.
Beth Blecherman is the Chief Technologist at CoolMomTech.com, the intersection between tech, parenting and style and consults with companies to beta test tech products. She left her position as a Senior Manager at Deloitte for Family Management then decided to blog as a career 2.0. Her personal blog is TechMamas.com (@TechMama ), a platform to discuss technology, social media and her obsession with consumer electronics. Beth has been named a Parents Magazine “Power Mom”, Forbes 100 Best Websites for Women for 2010 & 2011 and @ForbesWoman Best Branded Women on Twitter. In 2011 she was included in the PC Mag Top 100 on Twitter and the Time 140 Best Twitter Feeds. Beth was one of the Co-Founders of Silicon Valley Moms Group, that was acquired by Technorati. Beth Blecherman (TechMama) has been covered in The Wall Street Journal, Laptop Magazine, MSNBC, Parents.com, BBC, PBS, Forbes.com, Advertising Age and she has written articles for Real Simple and Scholastastic.com. Beth Blecherman is on the Board of Advisors for MommyTech summit at CES.
President and Founder
Living in Digital Times
Robin Raskin has spent longer than she cares to remember exploring what it means to be living in digital times. An author, editor, events and conferences creator, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, and consultant, Raskin says she’s never met a media she doesn’t like, and is happiest when she’s writing about technology’s second citizens: kids, seniors and women.
Raskin is the former editor of PC Magazine and Editor in Chief of FamilyPC. She’s been a columnist for USA Today Online and Yahoo! and has authored 6 books about parenting in the digital age and one book as the parent of college graduates called The Parents’ Guide to College Life. For the past five years, Raskin partnered with the Consumer Electronics Association, where she produces a number of different lifestyle events including Living in Digital Times, HigherEd Tech, KidsatPlay, MommyTech, Silvers Summit, Digital Health, Sports and Fitness Tech, Last Gadget Standing, Mobile Apps Showdown, and FashionWare. Each mixes entertainment, education and great technologies to create some of the most popular forums at CES. Raskin lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, with her husband, her three drop in now and then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.
Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D.
Children’s Technology Review
Warren Buckleitner is an expert on children and interactive media. In 2003, he started writing for the New York Times and is currently a contributor to the Gadgetwise blog. From 1997-2002, he coordinated the Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s New Media Prize. He’s been an advisor to Consumer Reports WebWatch, provided testimony t the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Congress and he has taught at NyU and Rutgers. Besides the New York Times, he contributes the Scholastic Parent & Child, Parents, Kidscreen and his own publication, Children’s Technology Review. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University (Cum Laude), a masters in early childhood education (Pacific Oaks College) and a doctorate in education psychology from Michigan State University.
The New York Times
David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column, an online video and a popular daily blog, “Pogue’s Posts”. David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News, and he appears each on CNBC with his trademark comic tech videos. Avid graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. His web site is www.davidpogue.com
An accomplished senior sales executive with an impressive background and track record of building and managing highly-successful sales organizations, Brad Davis is Photobucket’s executive vice president of sales. As EVP, Davis is responsible for leading all sales efforts to improve and diversify revenue generation and to meet the marketing needs of key brand partners. Most recently, Davis led the national online sales team for all web and digital properties of Disney Online, plus affiliated Disney brands focused on moms, kids and tweens. He was also responsible for sales product development, marketing, sales operations and research in support of online and cross-platform initiatives. Previously, Brad has held senior sales management positions at Digital City and AOL.
Danielle Wiley has been successfully driving brands forward since 1995. Her intimate knowledge of social media strategy, trend watching, and influencer outreach stem from years of working with some of the nation’s top corporations and brands. Recognizing a market for connecting brands with the bloggers who directly influence their consumers, she created Sway Group in June of 2011. Prior to forming Sway, Danielle was SVP, Director of Strategy at Edelman Digital in Chicago. There she worked on the campaigns and day-to-day social strategy of a variety of large brands, including Johnson & Johnson, Quaker, Bush’s Beans, SC Johnson, Kraft Foods, Con Agra, True Value and Kimberly Clark, impacting campaign programs from conception to execution. Danielle is a graduate of Vassar College and currently lives in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago with her husband and two children.
Rebecca Levey is the Co-Founder of KidzVuz.com, a community site of user-generated videos, by and for tweens, where they create and share video reviews about the products and media they love in a safe, moderated environment. She is a monthly contributor to Mashable.com as a parenting, and technology writer. Her personal blog, Beccarama.com, is where she writes about parenting, travel, technology, education, and all things NYC, and has earned a spot in numerous Top Mom Blog lists. A nationally syndicated blogger, she has appeared on ABC News, featured on Parenting.com and The New York Daily News, and spoken at the #140 EduConference, CEA Week, CES, and numerous brand panels about how companies can and should work with mom bloggers. An education advocate, Rebecca was the 2011 New York State delegate to the Parenting Magazine Mom Congress on Education and Learning and is a White House Champion of Change for Education.
Mr. Mickey Mantle
CEO and Founder
Wanderful CEO/Founder Mickey W. Mantle has more than 40 years of success in the software industry, beginning as a computer science graduate of the University of Utah (contemporary with the founders of Word Perfect, Silicon Graphics, Netscape, Adobe Systems and Pixar). He joined Pixar shortly after Steve Jobs purchased it in 1986.
In 1991, Mickey became VP of Engineering/Chief Technical Officer at Brøderbund Software and managed the vast development organization that produced numerous award-winning PC and Mac games such as Kid Pix, Myst and Living Books. In 1997, Mickey joined Gracenote as Senior VP of Development, managing all development, operations and professional services associated with the pioneering web-based music information service. He retired from Gracenote in 2011 to launch Wanderful and co-author Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams with Ron Lichty, distilling their combined 70+ years of experience developing software and managing programmers.
Kimberley Clayton Blaine, MA, MFT, is the executive producer of the TheGoToMom.TV series and of the branded entertainment show MommytoMommy.TV. Kimberley is a founding partner of MomPulse, one of the fastest growing Youtube networks for moms. She is the author of The Internet Mommy & The Go-To Mom’s Parents’ Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children. Kimberley has been named one of the most powerful moms in social media by Working Mother Magazine. Her spokesperson work includes: Lego Duplo, Disney Consumer Products, Schick Intuition, and Sony Electronics digital imaging.
President & Co-founder
Dave is an expert in cutting-edge human-computer interaction and has developed multiple award-winning technologies, including Sifteo Cubes, a new hands-on game system for Intelligent Play. A frequent speaker in the domains of user interface innovation, the future of play, and entrepreneurship, Dave and his work have been featured at TED, MoMA, the Discovery Channel, and Wired.
Dave holds a BS in Symbolic Systems and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an MS and PhD from the MIT Media Lab.
Institute for the Future
Devin Fidler is a Research Director with the Institute for the Future (IFTF). Devin’s interests center on the application of foresight to organizational strategy and strategic planning. He is particularly interested in organizations as systems designed to activate “know how” in the right places and at the right times. From this perspective, he argues that in a post-globalization world “all management is knowledge management.” Additional focus areas include new business models, future supply chains, innovation economics and emerging disruptions of the higher education space. Prior to joining IFTF, he was involved with a number of projects in the areas of technology assessment and the future of business, including work in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Research and Analysis Center and as an Analyst for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh. He has lived and worked in several countries throughout his career and approaches projects from a strongly international perspective.
Brand Relations Director
LEGO Systems, Inc.
As Brand Relations Director, Michael McNally has spent the last 13 years overseeing North American communications and brand building for The LEGO Group, makers of the world’s leading construction toys for children. Daily he tackles the question of how a classic toy stays relevant in a high-tech world…and why the iconic building brand is capable of bridging physical and virtual play worlds so well. His success in keeping “low-tech” LEGO bricks in the headlines and top of mind with today’s parents and nostalgics is testament to his unconventional approach to communications. He has directed launches and PR programs that include: BIONICLE, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Board Games, LEGO Friends and CL!CK– an award-winning digital celebration of the LEGO brand. He serves as a member of the Toy Industry Association communications committee, and is on the Board of Directors for the LEGO Children’s Fund.
Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech
Brooklyn based Liz Gumbinner is an ad agency Creative Director but online, she’s best known as the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the popular website Cool Mom Picks, which Parents Magazine deemed “the online arbiter of cool for the swingset crowd.” In late 2010 Cool Mom Tech was born, and quickly became the go-to resource for moms (and dads!) on the intersection of technology, design, parenting and practicality.
Liz has been named a top digital influencer by Nielsen, Forbes, Babble and The NY Post, and received the prestigious Advertising Women of NY Game Changers Award. She is a frequent media guest with appearances including NBC’s TODAY Show, CBS The Early Show, NPR and Martha Stewart, where she discusses technology, gear, gifts, and parenting culture; and she is an in-demand public speaker on the intersection of brands and blogs.
You can follow her on twitter at @Mom101, or at @coolmompicks and @coolmomtech.
Senior Director, Product Management
Sandra is well respected in the CE industry for her creativity, leadership and keen ability to articulate customer needs into successful product features. With a strong background in business and technology, she is expert at facilitating communications between all stakeholders in the product development process to consistently bring innovative products to market.
Prior to THX Ltd., she worked for Pioneer Electronics USA Inc., The Voyager Company and Bergen County Technical Institute.
Sandra has a graduate degree in Communications and Technology from New York University. She attended the Electrical Engineering program at New Jersey Institute of Technology. And she holds a technical certification from the Institute of Audio Research, and an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Ramapo College.
Dr. James Bower
Dr. James M. Bower is the founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO for Numedeon Inc., which in 1999 launched Whyville.net as one of the first virtual worlds for tweens. Whyville,net currently has more than 7.5 million registered users, and remains one of the few learning-based virtual worlds. Dr. Bower is also a computational neurobiologists who has published more than 100 scientific articles, several books, and has served on scientific and educational advisory committees for numerous national organizations including the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Society for Neuroscience