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Brock Kolls

Brock Kolls

H. Brock Kolls is a visionary entrepreneur who develops market-changing technology by identifying and capturing intellectual property around breakthrough innovation. He is also a US Patent Agent with 16 years of patent drafting and prosecution experience and is an inventor on more than 60 patents in diverse technology fields including machine-to-machine systems, communication systems, vehicle telematics, cashless mobile payment systems, vending and cold drink equipment technologies, and cloud based solutions.

In the late 90’s he took a startup to successful exit onto NASDAQ in which he invented wireless cashless payment technology and a turnkey banking system that opened cashless micropayments to the vending and other traditionally coin-operate industries. His company was ahead of it’s time. Today we would say his company was into the internet-of-things, mobile commerce, and cloud solutions but back then none of these terms had been coined yet.

He joined Coca-Cola R&D in 2007 and led a team of controls engineers on the design of the Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser. Today the transformational beverage dispenser based on novel micro-dosing technology refreshes consumers in restaurants with more than 120 drink choices. After Freestyle design, he successfully grew Coca-Cola’s global open innovation program scouting technologies worldwide to meet business needs. In this role he worked extensively with getting novel startup technologies commercialized and into Coke’s bottling system.

Having experienced, from both the startup and the big company perspective, how challenging it is to get breakthrough innovations out of the lab and into the marketplace at meaningful scale quickly, Brock founded Gr8 Big Ideas. The company focuses on creation of patent portfolios using a proprietary process modeled around a horse race handicapping methodology he and his father developed. The process connects strategic initiatives with trends, insights, big ideas, and other factors to

Company: Gr8 Big Ideas/CN2 Technology http://www.CN2tech.com
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Simon Heinen

Simon Heinen

Simon studied Computer Science at the RWTH Aachen and specialized in the areas of software engineering, computer vision and machine learning. He is a passionate open source developer who has managed several software projects and created DroidAR, an Augmented Reality framework used by over 8000 developers worldwide. He is a well seen speaker on conferences like the Droidcon and in 2010 cofounded the Google Developer Group Aachen. 2012 he started together with Mostafa Akbari his company bitstars which has Augmented and Virtual Reality content creation as its focus.

Company: bitstars http://bitstars.com/
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Martin Neumann

Martin Neumann

Martin received his Ph.D. in quantum chemistry in 1994 and worked 12 years for the global company Bayer as research systems developer, chief software architect and innovation manager. In 2007 he founded the smart home company tecolo (sold in 2011). In 2009 he founded innospiring. Together with partners from Fraunhofer, academia and business innospiring develops new ideas (e.g. virtual bathroom mirror) with a special focus on human-machine-interaction and consults his customers. Martin holds several patents and is author, blogger and teacher at the University of applied science in Sankt Augustin / Germany.

Company: innospiring GmbH http://innospiring.de
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Stefan Alexander

Stefan Alexander

Stefan, VP Advanced R&D, has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is passionate about developing new technologies and using them to create never-before-seen products. Stefan was the first employee at IGNIS Innovation in 2001, directing their Engineering department and leading the creation of state-of-the-art AMOLED display prototypes. He has 7 patents and 16 technical publications.

Company: Thalmic Labs https://www.thalmic.com/en/myo/
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Rudi Schubert

Rudi Schubert

Rudi Schubert is the Director, New Initiatives for the IEEE Standards Association, with leadership responsibilities for the IEEE Industry Connections program, the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program and a number of new technology standards initiatives. Prior to joining the IEEE-SA, he was a Principal Engineer with EnerNex Corporation, and a program manager for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) with a focus on its interoperability and testing initiatives for emerging grid technologies. Rudi has a 20+ year record of leading, developing and implementing industry standards and testing programs associated with the communications and energy industries, assuring expectations for functional performance, compatibility, product robustness and safety are achieved. He is recognized as a technical expert and industry thought leader on conformance and interoperability programs.

Srikanth Chandrasekaran, Standards Senior Manager, IEEE Standards Association
Sri (as he is popularly known) is associated with the IEEE India office for the past 3 years with specific focus on standards engagements in India. In this strategic role, Sri drives standards related initiatives & programs in India across technology sectors which include amongst others Smart Grid, Communications, VLSI, to engage Indian engineering community to global IEEE standards development efforts. Apart from India focused programs, Sri is involved in driving some of the key emerging technologies for the IEEE Standards Association globally which include programs in IoT, Smart Cities, AR, eHealth etc. Prior to joining IEEE, Sri was associated with Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (formerly Motorola Inc.) for 18 years, managing a global R&D team focused on technology development in the area of Electronic Design Automation and also led key standards working groups for behavioral modeling of mixed signal systems.

Company: IEEE Standards Association http://standards.ieee.org/
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Ken Lee

Ken Lee

Ken Lee is the founder and CEO of VanGogh Imaging. Ken founded VanGogh to provide advanced 3D computer vision technology to allow applications to easily interact with the real-world. Prior to founding VanGogh, Ken was CEO and founder of Anka Systems, which developed the medical industry’s first web-based image management systems specifically for ophthalmology. Anka Systems was acquired by an ophthalmic instrument company named Topcon (division of Toshiba) in 2006. Before Anka Systems, Ken was CEO and founder of IgT, a successful venture-backed networking company which was acquired by PMC-Sierra in 1998. In its lifetime, IgT was funded by NEA, Point Venture Partners, Altera, and Samsung Electronics. During his six years at IgT, it achieved strong revenue growth due primarily to the company’s introduction of the networking industry’s first voice-over-IP switching technology. Altogether, Ken has over 30 years of industry experience as an entrepreneur, technologist, and manager. Ken has a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering/computer science from Johns Hopkins University.

Company: VanGogh Imaging http://vangoghimaging.com
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Chris Nunes

Chris Nunes

Chris is an award-winning product manager, entertainment attorney, and entrepreneur, with a deep background in product management, corporate strategy & strategic communications, and business development & strategic partnerships. Chris runs Holofy, which is a technology consultancy in numerous ventures in industries ranging from augmented reality (AR) to film & television to outdoor advertising. At Holofy, Chris works side-by-side with entertainment & technology entrepreneurs looking to dramatically improve their core businesses through product feature & line innovation, new monetization strategies, and new customer acquisition. Chris developed the app “StarPop” which is an augmented reality experience on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he consults on a handful of other location-based and celebrity branded mobile apps. In the AR vertical, Chris consults with companies on the UX of augmented reality, and currently chairs the IEEE’s “Augmented Reality Industry Connections” working group that is exploring avenues to broader adoption of AR technologies through cooperative marketing and technology development strategies.

Company: Holofy http://www.holofy.com
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Chelsey Gobeli

Chelsey Gobeli

Chelsey Gobeli is a graduate student of the Masters in Visualization program at Texas A&M University. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Visualization from Texas A&M in 2013. Her research interests are in 3D immersive environments, particularly how the use of 2D UI elements can impact presence and cognitive load when interacting with immersive 3D environments. Her thesis work will focus on modifications to existing games.

Company: Texas A&M University http://viz.arch.tamu.edu
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Mostafa Akbari

Mostafa Akbari

Mo is CEO of bitstars a German startup. bitstars’ goal is to provide everybody a space to create and present 3D experience without writing any code. No matter it is for web or AR or the Oculus Rift.
Mostafa has a diploma in CS with minor in psychology. He finished his studies with honor at the RWTH Aachen University. He worked as a researcher and gained startup experience as CTO at the Interpad Project (E-Noa gmbH). Besides he consulted some startups and enterprises from 2008 until now in topics of mobile, software product development. In 2006 he ran his first AR project at RWTH Aachen. He has been working on AR with Simon Heinen till 2009. In 2012 they started bitstars. bitstars GmbH is one of the leading Augmented Reality and wearable solution builder for Smart Factories.

Company: bitstars GmbH http://bitstars.com
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Hernán Martínez

Hernán Martínez

Hernán Diego Martínez, is an Information System´s Engineer who is finishing a Master course and actually works for the Dirección Provincial de Gestión de Proyectos, a Project Management Office in the goverment of the state of Santa Fe, Argentina.
Is Specialist In Project Management, and actually volunteer in PMI Buenos Aires Chapter.
Worked in several companies in Argentina such as Motorola, Companías Cerveceras Unidas, Azertia, Software Santa Fe and FyB Sistemas developing software and as project manager. Now is also working in is own startup.
Born in Santa Fe (Argentina) in 1976, married but with no chilren yet, is entusiastic of sports, music and books.
In the work with Augmented Reality Projects had the idea to use this technologies in the voiting process to have a mayor impact into the journalist for the work of the STG.

Company: Secretaría De Tecnologías para la Gestión http://www.santafe.gov.ar
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