WEAR Speakers K - Z

Meet the Speakers for WEAR Conference 2016

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

  • Sam Kellett

    Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder United Sciences LLC

    Sam Kellett, Jr. is the Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder of United Sciences, LLC. Sam is responsible for establishing and executing the overall strategic direction of United Sciences and is very involved in driving precision 3D hole scanning solutions. Before United Sciences Sam was a successful entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience in the technology, logistics and healthcare sectors. Sam was founder and CEO of a technology company that he sold to Reed Elsevier. Sam is also an advisory board member at the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and was also appointed by the Governor of Georgia to the Jekyll Island Port Authority Board and Public Schools Retirement Pension Board. Sam is also a managing member of Arcadia Capital Partners, and American Medical Supply Company. Sam holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and holds an MBA from the University of Georgia.

  • Andrew Kindfuller

    CEO ScentAir

    Andrew Kindfuller, ScentAir’s Chief Executive Officer, is a seasoned business executive with over 25 years of sales, marketing and executive management experience.  Andy spent 10 years with International Flavors & Fragrances, a global fragrance market leader, in a variety of domestic and international business development and executive management positions. 

    Subsequently, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Guthy-Renker International, the makers of Proactiv and other cosmetic direct sales continuity products.  Prior to joining ScentAir, he was CEO of a national sales and service company. 

    In his career Andy has had two overseas posting – in France and Japan – and he has done business on the ground in 90 countries.  Andy received an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a JD from Georgetown University.  

  • Liza Kindred

    Founder Third Wave Fashion

    Liza Kindred is the founder of Third Wave Fashion, a think tank and strategic consulting agency specializing in fashion tech and wearables. She's the editor of Third Wave Magazine–the world's first print magazine dedicated to fashion tech and wearables; and is the author of two books–The Third Wave of Commerce: How We Buy Now (O'Reilly, 2016) and the co-author of a book about designing for wearable tech and connected devices, out in fall 2016. She speaks globally about how we can design wearable tech that makes us better, more connected humans. Clients and partners include technology companies like Cisco and Vodafone, and fashion brands like Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman. She lives in Brooklyn and can be found on Twitter @LizaK. 

  • Scott Klein

    Sr. Global Marketing Director Medtronic

    Scott Klein has worked at Medtronic for 14 years and currently serves as Sr. Global Marketing Director for the Cardiac Diagnostics & Monitoring division in Minneapolis.  In this role, he leads multiple teams responsible for Upstream Marketing, Downstream Marketing, Market Development, and Education for what is currently the fastest-growing division of Medtronic.  Previously, he held multiple marketing leadership roles within Medtronic’s CRDM and Cardiac Surgery divisions.  Prior to joining Medtronic, Scott was an engineer at a medical device firm also in the Minneapolis area.

    He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.  Outside of the office, he enjoys golf, running, travel, and spending time with his growing family.

  • Roy Kornbluh

    Principal Research Engineer SRI International Robotics Lab

    Roy Kornbluh, is a Principal Research Engineer in SRI International’s Robotics Laboratory. He is leading SRI's effort to create wearables for personal thermal regulation. Throughout his 25+ years at SRI, Mr. Kornbluh has led a wide variety of projects that utilize technologies at the intersection between mechanical engineering and material science. He is one of the principal inventors of the dielectric elastomer type of electroactive polymer artificial muscle transducer technology that was pioneered by SRI and commercialized by Artificial Muscle Inc.. Mr. Kornbluh is also a principal inventor of the electrolaminate type of mechanical metamaterial that is being applied to a variety of applications in robotics, aerospace and biomechanics. He is the author or coauthor of more than 50 publications in the areas of polymer actuators and robotics, and holds more than 30 patents in these areas. He served on the IPC of the SPIE Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices Conference and is an associate editor for the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. Mr. Kornbluh has an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. In the early 90s, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador where he helped improve rural water and sanitation systems.

  • Mikko Malmivaara

    Marketing Operations Clothing+

    As one of the founding experts of Clothing+, Mikko Malmivaara has been an active member in the wearables community since 1998. With a background in concept design, product design and marketing & sales, Mikko is well versed in the technical requirements of textile electronics but also has a decade and a half worth of experience in the business side of wearables.

    In between wearable tech, Mikko has had time to be a sponsored snowboarder, guide safaris in the wilderness of the Finnish Lapland and build and launch a line of barefoot shoes. 

    Today Mikko runs the marketing operations at Clothing+ and travels the world spreading the word on textile-integrated biometrics sensors.

  • Stéphane Marceau

    Co-Founder and CEO OM Signal

    Stéphane Marceau is co-founder and CEO of OMsignal, a VC backed, world leading smart apparel innovation company.

    He has been building technology and communication businesses for more than 15 years. He was co-founder and CEO of Theralive; a small firm specialized in mobile health applications and services, and was co-founder and CEO of Mobivox, a global mobile VoIP platform.

    In addition to being a repeat entrepreneur, he served as Bell Canada’s Vice President where he built and grew new lines of business including the company’s e-commerce group.

    He was also Chief Marketing Officer of Yellow Media, where he led the development and marketing of digital and mobile products for platforms such as RedFlagDeals.com, LesPAC, YellowAPI, AutoTRADER and Mediative.

    Stéphane holds a master’s degree in Management of Technology from the University of Waterloo and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Université du Québec à Montréal.


  • Fotini Markopoulou

    Co-founder doppel

    Fotini Markopoulou is a hardware tech designer and theoretical physicist. She is co-founder of doppel, a wearable tech company that uses cutting-edge research in psychophysiology, the study of how the mind and body affect one-another, to create technology that changes how we perceive, feel, and behave.

    Prior to doppel, Fotini was a founding member and faculty at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada, one of the premier institutes on the frontiers of theoretical physics. She has been a visiting professor at MIT and the Santa Fe Institute, as well as Humboldt fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Berlin.

    Her work in physics focuses on quantum cosmology, complex systems and networks.  Her design work is on the interface between systems design and personal experience.

  • Brian Mech, PhD, MBA

    President and CEO eSight

    Dr. Mech joined eSight in April of 2015 after a 16 year career at Second Sight Medical Products, makers of the artificial retinal, Argus II. At eSight, Dr. Mech is charged with overseeing the commercial roll out of their life changing electronic eye wear that allows the blind to see again, as well as other aspects of this rapidly growing business. Dr. Mech received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Toronto (1997) and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (2003). Brian is currently named on over thirty patents in the ophthalmology space.

  • Yasmine Mustafa

    CEO ROAR for Good

    Yasmine Mustafa is an entrepreneur and community leader who’s passionate about utilizing technology for good. She is the CEO of ROAR for Good, a wearable tech startup aimed at diminishing attacks against women using fashionable safety jewelry and education. She’s also the co-leader of Girl Develop It Philly, a nonprofit aimed at lessening the gender gap in development.

  • Dr. Amanda J. Parkes

    Chief of Technology and Research Manufacture NY

    Dr. Amanda Parkes is a fashion technologist with over 10 years of experience in wearable technology, interaction design, and fashion innovation. She is the Chief of Technology and Research at Manufacture NY, a hybrid fashion incubator/factory/research facility in Brooklyn NY where she is leading the development of a high tech fashion & textiles R&D space with joint research around advanced digital fabrication, wearable electronics, and material science, She is currently a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab and an adjunct professor in the Columbia University Department of Architecture. She received a PhD & M.S. in Tangible Media from the MIT Media Lab and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Product Design) and a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University. She is an international speaker & lecturer including TED, DLD, PSFK, WEF and the New York Times International Luxury Conference and her design work has been awarded in forums including the ID Magazine Annual Design Review, the Prix Ars Electronica, and the D&AD Awards. She was named to the 2014 Business of Fashion 500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry. Outside the lab she likes to sew, surf and amass exquisite shoes. 

  • Monisha Perkash

    Co-Founder and CEO Lumo Bodytech

    Monisha is CEO and Co-founder at Lumo Bodytech and is inspired by the vision to unlock the body’s full potential and improve human movement.  Lumo uses smart sensors + software to provide people with actionable feedback to improve their health and performance. The Lumo Run smart shorts combine the powerful data of a running lab with the motivation of a coach to help you run faster and farther and reduce the risk of injuries. The Lumo Lift and Lumo Back posture trackers encourage people to stand tall and move more. Because their differentiated offerings solve real problems experienced by everyday people, Lumo has achieved mass appeal and continues to receive broad media coverage, including TIME’s 25 Best Inventions, CNN Money’s Coolest Gadgets, WSJ, and Oprah Magazine.

    Monisha previously served as CEO and Co-Founder of TuitionCoach (acquired by SimpleTuition in 2009), where she oversaw the financing, launch, and general management of the start-up. After the acquisition, she stayed on with SimpleTuition as VP Products. Monisha has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Yale. Information on Lumo Bodytech and their products is available at www.lumobodytech.com. @Mperkash @lumobodytech

  • Rosalind Picard

    Founder and Director Affective Computing Research Group, MIT Media Lab

    Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D., is founder and director of the
    Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of
    Technology (MIT) Media Lab, and co-founder and chief scientist of 
    Empatica, Inc, creating wearable sensors and analytics to improve health.
    Picard is also co-founder of Affectiva, Inc. delivering software to provide
    emotion communication on mobile and cloud platforms.  Picard has
    authored or co-authored over 200 scientific articles, and is author of
    the book Affective Computing, which was instrumental in giving rise to the
    field by that name.  She was a founding member of the IEEE Technical
    Committee on Wearable Systems and has been named a fellow of the IEEE.
    Picard has given dozens of distinguished and named lectureships and over 100
    invited keynote talks.  She is an active inventor and her team's inventions
    have been twice named to "top ten" lists, including The New York Times
    Magazine's Best Ideas of 2006 for their Social Cue Reader, used in autism,
    and 2011's Popular Science Top Ten Inventions for a Mirror that Monitors
    Vital Signs. In 2014 she received Sigma Xi's Walston Chubb Award for
    Innovation.  In 2015 CNN named her one of seven "Tech SuperHeros to

  • Jules Pieri

    Co-Founder and CEO The Grommet

    Jules Pieri is Co-Founder and CEO of the product launch platform, The Grommet. The company’s Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how consumer products are discovered, shared, and bought. Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies and then served as a senior executive for large brands, such as Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Design Continuum and President of Ziggs.com. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and people tell her she is the first designer to graduate from Harvard Business School, where she is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence. Jules was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 and one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Interesting Entrepreneurs in 2014. In June, 2014, Jules was invited to the White House Maker Faire to launch The Grommet Wholesale Platform, connecting Makers with Main Street Retailers. She writes a personal blog at jules.thegrommet.com and posts as @julespieri on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Dr. Ivan Poupyrev

    Technical Program Lead Google ATAP

    Dr. Ivan Poupyrev is an award-winning scientist, inventor and designer working at the cutting edge of interaction design and technologies blending the digital and physical realities. Ivan is currently a Technical Program Lead at the Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division where he directs efforts focused on interaction technologies and design for future digital lifestyle. Prior to Google he was Principal Research Scientist at the Walt Disney Imagineering research division and at Sony Corporate Research laboratories in Tokyo before that. He also did stints at the University of Washington as a visiting scientist, while working on his dissertation at Hiroshima University, Japan and at Princeton University School of Architecture as a Visiting Lecturer.

    Ivan's research focuses on inventing new technologies and interaction paradigms that seamlessly blend digital and physical interactivity in devices, everyday objects, and living environments on a very large scale. It span a broad range of topics including virtual and augmented reality, haptics, sensing and actuators, interactive biological matter, energy harvesting, 3D printing and additive manufacturing and much more.

    The results of his work were presented at major international scientific conferences, such as ACM SIGGRAPH, CHI and UIST to name a few and were broadly reported in international media including BBC, CNN, Fast Company, Wired, New York Times, New Scientist, Financial Times, The Washington Post, NIKKEI, Forbes, Time, MIT Technology review and many others. His research and design was released on the market in a variety of products worldwide and recognized with numerous awards including Nokia Ubimedia Award, an Honorable Mention at ARS Prix Electronica and multiple award for his research papers at top international scientific conferences. His work was nominated for National Design Award by Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Forrester Media featured him as one of the leading Digital Disruptors and Bloomberg Business Week run a profile about him as one of the Innovators of 2012. In 2013, Fast Company Magazine recognized him as one of the World’s 100 Most Creative People calling him “one of the best interaction designers in the world”.

  • Todd Reily

    Robot Experience Architect Jibo

    Todd Reily has spent the last five years on the absolute edge of Human-Machine Interaction. He led the design of APX Labs' Skylight - the leading enterprise software platform for wearable devices, was the Lead Designer for Nuviz - an early heads-up display for motorcycles, and now designs for Jibo, creators of the first social robot for the home.

    He has consulted for leading US consumer companies, financial firms, and government organizations, such as Procter & Gamble, Fidelity, Ernst & Young, Smith Barney, the United States Air Force, and the US Food & Drug Administration.

    Todd holds a BS in Engineering Psychology from Tufts University and an MS in System Design & Management from MIT.    

  • Francesca Rosella

    Creative Director CUTECIRCUIT

    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.

  • Andrew Rosenthal

    Group Manager, Wellness and Platform Jawbone

    Andrew J. Rosenthal is the Group Manager, Wellness and Platform at Jawbone, focusing on the Developer Platform and the UP For Groups offering for wellness and corporate engagement. Andrew joined the company through the acquisition of Massive Health, where he served as Chief Strategy Officer.  Previously, he co-founded happier.com, an online consumer wellness platform. 

    He has both industry and academic experience in behavior change interventions, with a long-term focus on using design and technology to help people live better.  Andrew studied health policy and healthcare systems at the University of Pennsylvania and focused on healthcare and entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School where he was recognized with the Dean’s Award.  He is an Adviser to the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center and a founding member of MIT Hacking Medicine.  He is on twitter @rosenthal.

  • Andrew Schall

    Principal Researcher and Director Key Lime Interactive

    Andrew Schall is a user experience researcher, designer, and strategist. He has been a pioneering leader in user experience research for over 10 years and has developed many new methods for gaining deeper insights into the minds of our users. He is co-author of Eye Tracking in User Experience Design, a book that covers the gamut of how eye tracking is currently being applied in the field of user experience.

    Andrew has worked with numerous public and private organizations to use eye tracking as part of their user-centered design process including organizations such as Aflac, Citibank, Fossil, NASA, PBS, and Rovio. His eye tracking projects have ranged from observing how children interact with new forms of online multimedia to conducting a mobile eye tracking study with users in Singapore. 

    Andrew was formerly the eye tracking guru and trainer at Human Factors International and has conducted his Eye Tracking Bootcamp with several organizations including Comcast and GlaxoSmithKline. He is currently a principal researcher and director at Key Lime Interactive, a UX research firm located in Miami, FL.


  • Rachel Schiff

    Director of Behavior Change and Product Management Virgin Pulse

    Rachel Schiff is Director of Behavior Change and Product Management at Virgin Pulse, where she oversees the company’s wearable Max activity tracker.  

    Her background is in software product management, with previous experience at Microsoft (Xbox) and MathWorks.  

    She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan.

  • Sabine Seymour

    Founder Moonlab

    Dr. Sabine Seymour is a serial entrepreneur and conceptual researcher focusing on the next generation of wearables and the intertwining of aesthetics and function in our "second skin". SoftSpot by Moonlab is newest brainchild of Dr. Seymour, author of three books on the topic of fashion, technology, and science, Director of the Fashionable Technology Lab at Parsons School for Design, and speaker, advisor, and chair for conferences and institutions like TEDx, Ars Electronica, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center.

    Dr. Seymour was awarded the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design Fellowship, was recently featured as an innovator of the future at Cool Hunting, and appeared on the NBC Today Show, Intel’s Wearable Challenge, and PBS NOVA.

  • Angela Sheehan

    E-Textile Specialist SparkFun Electronics

    Angela Sheehan is the E-Textile Education Specialist at SparkFun Electronics where she focuses on teaching and developing content around wearable and craft technologies. Angela has been working with e-textiles, also known as soft circuits, since 2005. In 2009 she launched the blog Soft Circuit Saturdays which documented her continuing work in e-textiles and her teaching throughout New England and Maker Faires before her move to Boulder in 2013 to join the SparkFun Education team.

  • Dr. Hong Tan

    Faculty Purdue University

    Born in Shanghai, China, Hong studied Biomedical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and later earned her Master and Doctorate degrees, both in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She became fascinated with haptics research after meeting a deaf and blind person who “reads” speech by placing his hand on the speaker’s talking face. This led to her doctoral research that demonstrated the feasibility of transmitting information through the haptic channel at a high rate of 12 bits per second. Hong has been on the faculty at Purdue University since 1998, and spent the past four years at Microsoft Research Asia developing new haptics technologies and managing the human computer interaction group. For more than twenty years, Hong has taken a perception-based approach to developing haptic interfaces that match human’s sensory and motor capabilities. She is passionate about improving our lives with haptics technologies.


  • Ruth Thomson

    Consumer Business Leader Cambridge Consultants

    Ruth Thomson leads the Consumer business at Cambridge Consultants.  She has >13 years’ experience of working with consumer brands, using technology to deliver innovative consumer experiences across a wide range of consumer products & services.
    Over the last ~6 years she has focused on the sports & fitness market and the development of novel connected systems that monitor performance/technique to provide actionable information to the athlete.
    With many of the technical building blocks now available at an accessible cost, it is exciting to be working on the next generation of products and services that can support people in their fitness goals.    
    Key to her work is bringing together technical teams of the right engineering, scientific & UX skills with the system architecture experience to ensure the balance of the requirements of a connected system.   CC have all these skills under one roof which enables them to rapidly develop low power, low cost, small footprint solutions making best use of the data to deliver significant commercial benefit to the clients.  
    CC is a world-leading technology innovation and product development company. We have ~500 engineers, scientists, designers and consultants who work with clients to develop breakthrough products and solve technology-critical issues across a range of industries from consumer and medical to enterprise and defense.


  • Duncan Turner

    Managing Director HAX Accelerator

    Duncan is Investment Partner at SOSV and Managing Director of HAX Accelerator, the world's first and most prolific accelerator for hardware. He is responsible for strategic direction of the program, operations and investments. 

    Prior to joining SOSV & HAX, he led design and consumer engagement strategy projects for Fortune 500 companies as Design Lead of Product Design & Engineering at global design and innovation firm IDEO.

    Duncan has a strong entrepreneurial background and deep experience of growing businesses in China, having taken numerous hardware products to market from first concepts through research, funding, design, development, manufacturing and assembly to final sales. 

    He obtained his Master's from Royal College of Art & Imperial College in Industrial Design Engineering. His design work has won multiple awards and is included in the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art.

  • John Vaskis

    Senior Director of Outreach, Tech and Hardware Indiegogo

    John Vaskis is the Senior Director of Hardware, Technology and Design for Indiegogo. He leads Indiegogo's work in entrepreneurship, building partnerships with and empowering innovators, makers and corporations.  He has worked with campaigns in all verticals that have raised over $50 million including record breaking campaigns including Indivisible, Lazer Team, Stone Brewery and Microdrone 3.0.Prior to joining Indiegogo, he spent four years leading Oberon Media’s digital distribution network, bringing content to sites including MSN, Yahoo, AT&T, EA and AOL. John holds a B.S. in communications from the State University of New York Albany.

  • Davide Vigano

    Co-Founder and CEO Sensoria Inc

    Davide Vigano is cofounder and CEO of Sensoria Inc. Sensoria designs, develops and produces bio-sensing wearable garments. The vision of the company is that the Garment itself will become the next ultra-personal, mobile computer.

    Davide is a former Microsoft partner level executive with over 25 years of sales, marketing and extensive product management experience. As an intern he started the international localization group for MacWorks and MacOffice in 1987. More recently, he served as General Manager of the Health Solutions Group where he was in charge of marketing and product strategy for both HealthVault and the Amalga product line. He acted as Vice President of the Worldwide SMSP Medium Business division which he grew 18% YOY to over $14B.

    Davide also managed the Italian Marketing, Business and Enterprise operations for five years and brought it to number one in the world for contribution margin, 6th largest Microsoft subsidiary in the world by revenues.

  • Jon Werner

    Innovation Explorer, Sr. Director adidas

    Jon works at the intersection of digital and sport to identify opportunities for innovation, to connect with external partners to develop new technologies and to bridge the gap from emerging technology into simple, meaningful consumer benefits and experiences. He previously was the founder of a mobile fitness company, Bones in Motion, which adidas acquired in 2009. Prior to that, Jon has been a key member of 4 start-ups and served time at IBM as a software architect. He has 3 beautiful daughters and just celebrated his 29th wedding anniversary to his lovely wife and resides in Austin, TX.

  • Dr. Adam Whiton

    Co-Founder Betazip

    Adam M. Whiton, Ph.D. is a roboticist and entrepreneur, he received his doctorate from MIT at the Media Lab in the Personal Robots research group where his research focused on soft-architecture robotics and wearable computing systems. A significant portion of his research is in flexible and conformal robotic systems and the engineering and integration of sensing, actuation and computation into fibers and textiles.

    Dr. Whiton has pioneered research in the field of human-robot interaction with applications for actuated clothing and wearable robotics. His research on the intersection of robotics and wearable systems lead to the development of Sartorial Robotics, a method of merging fashion theory and robotics through the design and development of robotic systems that facilitate human-robot interaction by mimicking the materiality, aesthetics, and construction techniques of textiles, apparel and fashion.

    Dr. Whiton was a visiting researcher at the Honda Research Institute where he worked with their humanoid robot platform, developing a force sensitive skin for the robot in order to test and evaluate touch gestures for human-robot interfaces.

    Dr. Whiton’s work has been published and presented at the International Symposium of Wearable Computing (ISWC), Computer Human Interaction conference (CHI) and the Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo (IFAI). His research has been featured in New Scientist, Wired, The Wall Street Journal and selected as one of Time Magazines inventions of the year.

    Dr. Whiton has recently been working on research and development efforts applying wearable technologies into personal protective equipment with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) ONR (Office of Naval Research).

  • Tony Zarola

    Director, Healthcare Business Unit Analog Devices

    Tony Zarola is a Director in the Healthcare Business Unit at Analog Devices focusing on Vital Signs Monitoring for Clinical and Non-Clinical applications. A 27 year veteran of the company, Tony has spent the past 5 years driving the health monitoring business at ADI and as such has been at the heart (excuse the pun) of the explosion in wearable health monitors. Tony is located at ADI’s design facility in Wilmington MA.

  • Chris Zenthoefer

    CEO ICEdot

    Chris Zenthoefer is the CEO of ICEdot, an emergency identification and notification service sharing medical and geo-location information in case of emergency. In 2014 ICEdot received global product accolades for its wearable head trauma sensor for action sports athletes and was selected by Wired, Men’s Journal, VeloNews and Outside Magazine as a product of the year.

    Chris received an SBA Entrepreneurial Award and a University of Tulsa Collins College of Business Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Chris is a founder and Chairman of Tulsa Tough, a world-class cycling event, and is an active member of Bike Club, promoting public school bike education. 

  • Mounir Zok

    Senior Sports Technologist U.S. Olympic Committee

    Mounir Zok joined the U.S. Olympic Committee as a Senior Sports Technologist in 2012. He is responsible for championing, setting up and running high-performance technology programs that increase the medaling chances of Team USA athletes at the future Olympic and Paralympic Games; such programs usually lie at the intersection of emerging technology and human-centered design to deliver the next generation of data-driven tools that Olympic and Paralympic programs can utilize. In this role, he leads and manages a group of internal and external individuals (technologists, engineers, data scientists, hardware/software developers, designers, business partners) as well as work very closely with the US Olympic Committee's leadership to ensure alignment with organization policies and strategies.

    Given the innovative topics that he deals with on a daily basis, he is very firm in adopting lean & agile approaches that allow for iterating small-scale tests to validate all concepts at every point of development.

    Prior to joining the USOC, Zok helped grow a sports technology start-up company in Italy into an internationally renowned firm in technology development. Specifically, he led and coordinated staff and assisted in developing businesses in foreign countries. Through innovative thinking and scientific knowledge, he managed the team behind developing various sports technology applications that are currently being used at a number of sports organizations in Italy.

    Zok holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, speaks at major national and international conferences and meetings on technology and innovation, and is fluent in 4 languages. He currently lives with his wife and 2 children in Colorado Springs, USA.