WEAR Speakers A - J

Meet the Speakers for WEAR Conference 2016

Last names A - J are listed below.  For last names K - Z, click here.

  • Rajesh Anandan

    SVP UNICEF Ventures

    Rajesh Anandan is an intrapreneur, entrepreneur and growth architect. Rajesh began his career at Microsoft as a program manager, and then joined Bain & Company where he focused on business incubation and growth strategy for technology, media, financial services, healthcare and retail clients. For the past decade,

    Rajesh has worked in the social sector, most recently as SVP UNICEF Ventures, focused on scaling social innovations.

    Rajesh is the co-creator of Kid Power, the world’s first wearable-for-good, and co-founder of ULTRA Testing, a high quality software testing company employing individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

    Rajesh has a BSc and MEng in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT with concentrations in Artificial Intelligence, Systems Dynamics and Economics.

  • Jesse Asjes

    Educator Rhode Island School of Design

    Jesse Asjes is a developer of wearable, innovative and technical knitwear products. Using professional techniques and machines for maximizing the potential of her materials, she pursues high aesthetic quality in everything she produces, both in her solo work and in collaboration with research companies, designers and fashion labels.

    Asjes educates design and knitting methodologies at Rhode Island School of Design, Assistant Professor in Textiles. She is an expert in the use of industrial, computer-controlled Stoll knitting machines, and uses her knowledge of product design to forge connections between industry and designers by providing tailored guidance.

    Working with the discipline of ‘beta textiles’ Asjes explores how solid materials become flexible by integrating them within wearable products. Using an open-source approach, she aims to make knitwear technology more accessible for designers and to create awareness among consumers. Her ambitions are international, and she has a strong interest in both global product-development and local production. www.jsssjs.com

  • David Austin

    VP PCH Access

    David Austin is VP of PCH Access, a program at PCH that provides hardware startups with premium design, engineering, manufacturing and fulfillment services, as well as startup friendly finance and credit terms.  David brings 30 years of engineering, development and investment experience to this role.  An expert in identifying emerging technologies and launching successful ventures, David is responsible for helping reduce barriers to market entry for startup companies.

    Prior to joining PCH Access, David was program director for Media Camp at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.  There, David defined, launched and executed a new accelerator program targeting early stage technology companies in the media industry. 

    David spent 17 years at Apple, first in senior business development roles, and later rejoined as a senior director focused consumer product development. David has also held executive and investment related roles in venture capital firms, and is co-founder of Andiamo Ventures and founder of Sunair Ventures.

    A graduate of Eastern Washington University, David has a bachelors of science degree in math and computer science. David holds several patents in storage and data structure management.  A long time Bay Area resident, David lives in San Francisco and is raising two amazing children.  He is also a private pilot.

  • Eric Braddom

    VP, Product Management Flex

    Mr. Braddom is the Vice President of Product Management for the Consumer Technologies Group at Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX). Flex is a leading sketch-to-scale™ solutions company that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. With more than 200,000 professionals across 30 countries and a promise to help make the world Live Smarter™, the company provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets.

    In his current role, Mr. Braddom is responsible for wearables.  Flex is already one of the leading manufacturers of wearables, and he is putting in place the strategy, platforms, capabilities and partnerships to enable the wearable products of the future. 

    Mr. Braddom has a long history of starting new businesses within large companies and has held several leadership roles including the VP of Strategy for the Consumer Solutions division at TE Connectivity where he was responsible for strategy and marketing.  Mr. Braddom also held leadership roles at Freescale Semiconductor and Texas Instruments (TI), Inc. and was a consultant with Accenture.

    Mr. Braddom has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, a BA with a concentration in Philosophy from DePauw University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Dr. Bruce Bradtmiller

    President and Owner ANTHROTECH

    Dr. Bruce Bradtmiller, a physical anthropologist, is the owner and president of ANTHROTECH, a business engaged in the collection, analysis, and application of human body size data to ergonomics, design, and sizing problems. Since joining the firm in 1983 Dr. Bradtmiller has designed, conducted, and directed a number of military and civilian body size surveys and other anthropometric research projects. He currently directs the US Navy Sizing and Correlation Study, measuring 4000 sailors.  His team recently conducted a major anthropometric survey of more than 14,000 US Marines Corps and Army personnel; reporting is just completed.  Dr. Bradtmiller also designed and directed several three-dimensional head-and-face surveys, using laser scanning techniques. He directed anthropometric training of measurers for the SizeChina project, which produced standard head forms for Chinese adults.  He is most recently Division Chair (Technical Standards Division) for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and an appointed expert to the ISO Technical Committee 159 on Ergonomics, Subcommittee 3 on Anthropometry and Biomechanics.  He is the liaison expert to ISO TC133 Clothing Sizing Systems.  The author of many articles and technical reports, Dr. Bradtmiller received his Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from Northwestern University and his B.A. in anthropology from Indiana University.

  • Travis Busbee

    Materials Lead Voxel8

    Travis Busbee is a Co-founder and the Materials Lead of Voxel8. He is also a PhD student (on leave) in Jennifer Lewis’ lab at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for biologically inspired engineering. Travis leads the materials development team at Voxel8 and specializes in the R&D and scale-up of conductive inks and advanced matrix materials for the 3D printing of electronics.

    Before Voxel8, his PhD work focused on materials development and micron scale 3D-printing of multi-material flexible electronic devices and sensors for biomedical applications. 

  • Henry Chang

    STSM, Connected Healthcare IBM Research

    Henry Chang leads the healthcare research IOT strategy area and client enablement using wearables and environmental sensors with close collaboration of IBM Watson Health. His research interests include fitness analytics and chronic disease management analytics for patient engagement, behavior modeling, coaching, and health literacy assessment. He works with clients on data curation for personalized insight services for Wellville health communities with a goal of reducing cost, facilitating better program decisions and improving community health outcome.

    He was the director of the intelligent living research collaboratory in Taiwan 2010-2013, leading a multi-year research program on cloud-enabled personalized healthcare wellness ecosystem. The team has conducted health system pilots addressing patient engagement innovations in Diabetes disease management, mountain area medical resource allocation using co-morbidity prediction, and personal food and exercise management pilots.

    He was a senior technical staff member and a research manager in Business Informatics leading the research effort in business performance monitoring and management with technical responsibility to provide innovation leadership to IBM Websphere BPM suits and IBM internal supply chain visibility initiatives. He received an IBM Innovate Awards for his works on model-based business transformation and B2B collaboration solution.  Before joining IBM at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center, he received Ph.D. and MS. in Computer Sciences from U. Wisconsin-Madison at 1987 and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University.  He is a long time member of ACM and IEEE

  • Michael Corbett

    General Manager WEEL Technologies

    Michael has been working in the design and manufacturing of Wearable Electronics for the past 14 years. First as President of FITRIGHT Industrial and now as Co-Founder and General Manager of WEEL Technologies, Michael and his team in Taiwan, The Philippines and China have become leaders in the design and manufacturing of Wearable Electronics products for the Outdoor, Sports and Health/Fitness markets.

    Michael graduated from Wichita State University with two BA degrees and was awarded a MA degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He currently splits his time between his home in Greensboro, North Carolina and the WEEL factory in Shenzhen, China.

  • Christian Dalsgaard

    Founder Ohmatex

    Christian Dalsgaard, CTO, founded Ohmatex in 2004.  He has considerable expertise in the field of commercializing smart textile development. His knowledge of the field spans over a decade from the very early stages of smart textile research and development. He has degrees in electrical engineering, physics and computer science from the Danish Engineering Academy and the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He has a developed a strong international network of companies who partner with Ohmatex in new products and developments.

  • Gary Davis

    Chief Consumer Security Evangelist Intel Security

    Gary Davis is Chief Consumer Security Evangelist. Through a consumer lens, he works closely with internal teams to drive strategic alignment of products with the needs of the security space. Gary also oversees Intel Security’s online safety education to educate businesses and consumers by distilling complex security topics into easily understandable and actionable advice. During his 5+ years at the company, he has held leadership roles in the consumer and enterprise divisions where he has helped shape various product portfolios and strategic direction along with advocating for cybersecurity education. Gary has appeared on several business, security and consumer lifestyle media outlets, including CNBC, NBC, FOX, and CBS Bay Area stations; and quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes, TIME Magazine, MSNBC, PC Magazine, CNET, CSO Magazine, and PC World. Prior to joining McAfee, he held senior management positions for more than 15 years in technology companies. Gary serves on the board of directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). 

  • Paul Dillinger

    Vice President of Global Product Innovation Levi Strauss & Co.

    Paul Dillinger is the Vice President of Global Product Innovation at LS&Co. Following his passion for sustainability, Dillinger has been an integral partner with the company’s Social and Environmental Sustainability group to develop front-end methods for applied sustainability in the design process. Dillinger also led the design team that created the Dockers® Wellthread collection, a result of a fellowship with the Aspen Institute. He is the first fashion designer to earn a First Movers Fellowship with the renowned organization.

    Before joining LS&Co., Dillinger worked as a fashion designer and brand development specialist for 16 years at a variety of fashion houses in New York, including Calvin Klein and DKNY.  He has held faculty appointments at California College of the Arts and Washington University in St. Louis, and has also served as a designer-in-residence at the Rhode Island School of Design through a program sponsored by Levi Strauss & Co.  

    Dillinger received his BFA in fashion design from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation, he moved to Milan as the first Fulbright Scholar in field of fashion design, researching the influence of emerging luxury markets on high-fashion design direction and commercialization strategies. Concurrent with this research, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Domus Academy in 1995.

  • Bradley Feinstein

    Founder Dropel Fabrics

    Bradley is a non-stop innovator with a passion for building businesses that offer new solutions. He began his career in corporate consulting focusing on strategy and transformation. After roles in London and Hong Kong, he felt an overwhelming desire to create and transitioned his strengths to the startup industry. He previously founded Petstablished, a provider of management software to animal rescue groups. He is now fostering a new generation of sustainable, innovative textiles that integrate into everyday clothing. His company, Dropel Fabrics is a creator of hydrophobic natural textiles.

  • Yvonne Felix

    Accessibility Advocate eSight

    Yvonne Felix is an international award winning artist, mother and accessibility advocate.

    Yvonne is eSight's second longest tenured user. As an advocate for accessibility, her work in philanthropy has being dedicated to fundraising and access to technology that will level the playing field for people with low vision.

  • Theo Forbath

    Global VP, Digital Transformation Cognizant

    •Theo is the global leader for experience strategy and design in Cognizant Digital Works.
    •During his 30+ years of experience, he has led business strategy development and technology design/ delivery programs focusing on the digital shift.
    •He partners with our clients by bringing strategy, design, data science and technology into a cohesive team.

  • Joel Furey

    Chief Commercial Officer Noble Biomaterials

    Mr. Furey has 20 years of experience in commercial and operational management of high growth start-up and early stage companies. These companies include Pathways International, an export management company; Toy Vision, a start-up toy manufacturing company; and Pelican Bay Ltd., a gift food manufacturing company. Joel co-founded Noble Fiber in 1997. 

    Joel attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in Economics.

  • Ryan Genz


    Internationally-known fashion house, CuteCircuit, has been pushing the boundaries of wearable technology since its launch in 2004. A global leader in interactive fashion, CuteCircuit has introduced many ground-breaking ideas to the fashion world by integrating new beauty and functionality through the use of smart textiles and micro-electronics.

    CuteCircuit is headquartered in Shoreditch, artistic heart of London, where the Creative Director Francesca Rosella, and CEO Ryan Genz are the design duo behind all of CuteCircuit’s amazing creations.

    CuteCircuit come with a host of internationally fashionable and fabulous celebrity fans. Most recently, Nicole Scherzinger debuted the world’s first haute couture dress to feature Tweets, designed and created by CuteCircuit. CuteCircuit is also the high end fashion designer of choice for Katy Perry, who has worn their creations for her stage shows and red carpet appearances.

  • Amer Grozdanic

    VP of Marketing Digerati Group / Luimia Marketing Agency

    Amer specializes integrated marketing strategies, with focus in revenue growth and conversion optimization. He co-founded and exited couple of marketing start ups. He is currently VP of Marketing at Digerati Group / Lumia Marketing Agency. Amer assisted entrepreneurs/startups in raising over $5M through crowdfunding campaigns. He also held leadership positions with companies such as Target and JCPenney.

  • Sheetal Guttigoli

    Director of Product Management VoiceBox Technologies

    Sheetal Guttigoli is Director of Product Management and Partnerships at VoiceBox Technologies. VoiceBox provides speech recognition based personal assistant technologies to the Automotive, Home and IoT markets. Sheetal’s career experiences include Product & Program management and software development positions at HTC, OpenMarket and Microsoft. Products shipped include Toyota Entune in-car speech recognition system, HTC Hub, Messaging and Payment systems, Windows Mobile (Phone), MSN, Windows, among others.

    Sheetal holds 6 patents and is the co-author of Managing Software Development, a book about creating software processes in start-ups and small companies. 

  • Hugh Herr

    Associate Professor MIT Media Lab

    Hugh Herr is Associate Professor within MIT's Program of Media Arts and Sciences, and The Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.  His primary research objective is to apply principles of limb neuromechanics to the design of bionic limbs for human rehabilitation and physical augmentation. 

    In the area of human augmentation, Professor Herr has employed cross bridge models of skeletal muscle to the design and optimization of a new class of human-powered mechanisms that amplify endurance for cyclic anaerobic activities.  He has also built elastic shoes that increase metabolic economy for running, and leg exoskeletons for walking load-carrying augmentation. 

    In the area of assistive technology, Professor Herr’s group has developed powered orthotic and prosthetic mechanisms for use as assistive interventions in the treatment of leg disabilities caused by amputation, stroke, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis.

    Herr is the author and co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and patents within the emerging field of biomechatronics.  His many innovations have been covered in episodes and articles featured in CNN, The Economist, Discover and Nature.  

  • Kenji Higashi

    Director and Executive Officer Spiber

    Kenji Higashi has a single purpose; to help build a sustainable future that is filled with love and hope for all of mankind.  Before joining Spiber, Kenji started his career as a business consultant at Accenture after earning his BS and MS in bioinformatics at Keio University in Yamagata, Japan. 

    His current work as an executive at Spiber is focussed mainly on business development, but he is also actively involved in a wide range of the company’s activities including scientific research, recruiting, financing, etc.

  • Rick Hoobler

    UX Design Director Mobile, Wearables & Web Motorola

    I've been leading teams of UX, visual and interaction designers for 13+ years as part of Motorola's Consumer Experience Design group. Prior to that I was a Senior Interaction Designer working on mobile apps. My teams have created new platforms for touch phones and nav devices, platforms for wearables, audible and touch UIs for hearables, BT carkits and speakers, and a variety of mobile phone apps. My team was integral to the design and launch of Android Wear on Moto 360, focusing on customizable watchfaces and our health and wellness app Moto Body. My recent focus has been deep integration between UI and sensors, hardware and software.

  • Aaron Horowitz

    Co-Founder and CEO Sproutel

    Aaron is a maker; from sculptures to business, he is fascinated with the process of taking an idea from concept to reality. He is passionate about creating interfaces that drive a shift towards ubiquitous computing.

    He is currently Co-founder and CEO of Sproutel, the creator of Jerry the Bear – a platform for pediatric health and wellness education. Aaron has shared his expertise in robotics and entrepreneurship through speaking at numerous conferences including TED@IBM, Hardware Innovation Workshop, Big Ideas Fest, MakerCon, TEDxUnisinos, CUSP, and Stanford MedX. Aaron has also been recognized as one of 50 honored makers by the White House in 2014.

    He holds a degree in Mechatronics and User Interaction Design from Northwestern University and sits on the national advisory board of Design for America. When unplugged Aaron is likely either carving stone or surfing.