Anne Aaron is Director of Encoding Technologies at Netflix. The team is responsible for generating media assets that deliver a compelling A/V experience to millions of Netflix members worldwide, no matter where, how and what they watch. In her previous role at Netflix as lead of Video Algorithms, Anne helped drive innovation in the space (per-title encoding, video quality assessment and perceptual metrics, shot-based encoding, HDR, next-generation codecs) and grow a team of experts in cloud-based video coding and processing. Prior to Netflix, Anne had technical lead roles at Cisco, working on the software deployed with millions of Flip Video cameras, Dyyno, an early stage startup which developed a real-time peer-to-peer video distribution system, and Modulus Video, a broadcast video encoder company.
During her Ph.D. studies at Stanford University, she was a member of the Image, Video and Multimedia Systems Laboratory, led by Prof. Bernd Girod. Her research was one of the pioneering work in the sub-field of Distributed Video Coding.
Anne is originally from Manila, Philippines and now lives in California with her husband and two children. She holds B.S. degrees in Physics and Computer Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Anne was recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Top 50 Women In Tech in 2018.
When she is not running after her two kids, she tries to catch up on the latest Netflix originals. Anne’s recent favorites are Bodyguard, Bojack Horseman, The Crown and Always Be My Maybe.
A pioneer in Emotion AI, Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, and author of the forthcoming book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. A passionate advocate for humanizing technology, ethics in AI and diversity, Rana has been recognized on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and as one of Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech. Rana is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a newly minted Young Presidents' Organization member, and co-hosted a PBS NOVA series on AI. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a Post Doctorate from MIT.
CS in College
CS and Art & Design
Jen Lewin is an internationally renowned new media and interactive sculptor currently based in New York. Over her 20-year career, Lewin has honed her architectural background and a highly technical medium to fabricate large-scale interactive, public sculpture that encourages community interaction and play. At once organic and electronic, Lewin thinks beyond traditional art exhibitions to create an experience that brings vibrancy to public spaces. Lewin’s playful sculptures exist where art, technology, and communities meet, leaving viewers enchanted while encouraging delight through engagement with the work. She creates connected human experiences where participants not only interact and enjoy the playfulness of the sculpture but more importantly, also interact and connect with each other.
Lewin’s technically complex works have been featured at events including the Istanbul Light Festival, Vivid Sydney 2014 and 2018, iLight Marina Bay, Signal Fest and Burning Man, art Biennales in Denver, Colorado and Gwangju, South Korea and solo exhibitions across the United States and in Mexico, Portugal, and England. Jen Lewin has designed and installed permanent public interactive sculptures worldwide including the Side Walk Harp in Minneapolis, Magical Harp in Palo Alto, Promenade in Denver Colorado, Ascent in Coral Springs Florida and has worked in collaboration as a dynamic lighting designer for permanent, public installations with Claes Oldenburg in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Lawrence Argent in Vail, Colorado.
Danielle is a researcher and designer focused on digital products. Danielle is passionate about using design to solve big-picture problems. She worked for five years as a freelance UX Design consultant helping start-ups and entrepreneurs launch their products and create scalable designs. She is currently a Senior UX Researcher helping financial services clients answer questions about their customers' evolving needs. She has also had the pleasure of working with fellow designers at Fjord and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Danielle received her MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design and participated in the Product Studio at Cornell Tech.
A multi-disciplinary designer, Oxman founded The Mediated Matter Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 where she pioneered the field of Material Ecology, fusing technology and biology to deliver designs that align with principles of ecological sustainability. Oxman became a tenured professor at MIT in 2017.
Oxman received her PhD in Design Computation at MIT in 2010. Prior to that, she earned a diploma (ARB/RIBA Part 2) from the Architectural Association in London, complementing her studies at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and training at the Department of Medical Sciences at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Oxman was an architect, research consultant, and Parametric Design Workshop Instructor at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in London from 2004-05, during which she also served as Visiting Associate and Evaluator for SmartGeometry Group.
In addition to over 150 scientific publications and inventions, Oxman’s work is included in the permanent collections of leading museums around the world including MoMA, SFMOMA, Centre Pompidou, MAK Museum of Applied Arts, FRAC Collection for Art and Architecture, and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, among others. Her innovations have received recognition at the World Economic Forum, where she was named a Cultural Leader in 2016 and is a member of the Expert Network. In 2018, Oxman was honored with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and the London Design Innovation Medal. Most recently in 2019, Oxman received an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Contemporary Vision Award by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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Priscilla Wang leads a multi-faceted life as a software developer, educator, and pageant girl. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion in high-tech, and has focused her efforts on educational initiatives for women and underrepresented minorities. Priscilla’s most recent project is Girls Talk Tech: a YouTube series which aims to inspire a new generation of engineers by showcasing amazing women who work in technology. She has also volunteered her time at the National Science Foundation, corporate community outreach initiatives, and university hackathons, where she has mentored aspiring engineers and scientists on how to build the technologies of tomorrow.
Priscilla is a proud graduate of Columbia University and Scripps College. She is currently working at JP Morgan on digital markets technologies and has previously worked at high-tech startups in Silicon Valley and Taiwan.
Aimee is a data engineer and leads the Earth Data Infrastructure team at Development Seed. As a part of Development Seed, Aimee works with organizations such as NASA and ESA to make vast collections of Earth Observation data cloud-friendly to end-users such as researchers and decision makers. Previously Aimee worked as an engineer at Nava PBC developing Healthcare.gov and Medicare's Quality Payments Program (QPP). Aimee cares deeply about using data, data science and machine learning to drive positive social change. She’s a chapter leader of DataKind DC, where she volunteers on projects ranging from a program referral portal for DC’s Child and Family Services Agency to analytics tools for open-air quality.
Anna Gomez is the U.S. and Latin America program manager of Force for Good, a social innovation program that leverages JPMorgan Chase's experts and resources to develop technology solutions for socially-focused organizations. In her previous role at JPMorgan Chase, she managed the firm's university hackathons sponsorships, encouraging students to use their problem solving and coding skills for social good. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion in STEM and the empowerment of communities through social enterprise, education, and technology. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard University.
CS and Entrepreneurship
Ali Kriegsman is the co-founder and COO of Bulletin, a venture-backed retail technology startup on the rise. Named a Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient and one of "The Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company, Ali has spent the last four years building a brand and platform that democratizes access to physical retail space for digitally native brands. Since launching in 2015, Bulletin has helped hundreds of brands access physical retail space for the very first time, unlocking one of the most powerful commerce channels at their disposal. In addition to helping emerging brands grow their physical footprint, Bulletin's marketplace helps retailers access vetted, fool-proof products for their stores. Check us out at www.bulletin.co, and follow Ali at @alikriegs on Instagram. Ali will be publishing her first book, How to Build a Goddamn Empire, with Abrams Books on September 15, 2020.
Jordana Kier is the co-founder of LOLA, the first lifelong brand for her body. Created for women, by women, LOLA aims to address every reproductive life stage with a commitment to product transparency and a community built on candid dialogue about all of the things we don’t openly talk about. Before co-founding LOLA, Jordana received her MBA from Columbia Business School, during which she worked at Rent the Runway and Quidsi. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2008 and was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016 and Crain’s 40 Under 40 in 2019. Jordana also serves on the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network Advisory Board.