Industry Experts Who Spoke in 2019

Meet the confirmed speakers who will be at WEAR 2019.  

  • Dr. Newton Agrawal

    Physician-Scientist, CTO Med-Line, LLC and Swurly Clothing

    Dr. Newton Agrawal, MD, PhD, EE/CS obtained a bioelectrical engineering degree at MIT, in conjunction with the Harvard Medical-MIT Health Sciences and Technologies (HST) program. He holds a Ph.D. in neurophysiology from the Montreal Neurological Institute, Complex Neural Systems Group, McGill University, Canada. After post-doctoral training with pioneers in Neurosurgical Monitoring, Neurostimulation, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, Deep Brain Stimulation, and Psychostimulation at Rush University, The University of Chicago, and Harvard Medical School, he trained in clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at ETSU/Quillen College of Medicine. He worked as a systems design electrical engineer and software developer with several Venture Capital-funded Semiconductor and Internet startup companies in California, during the peaks of the Silicon Valley and Dot Com booms and was active in leadership positions with the MIT Alumni Association (MIT Club of Southern California) and participated with the MIT Enterprise Forum of California. He is involved in scientific academic research, clinical medical practice, and design, development, and marketing of wearables at Med-Line, LLC (www.med-line.com) and Swurly Clothing Company (www.swurlywurly.com, www.swurlyclothing.com). He is interested in joint venture opportunities to develop breakthroughs with wearable technologies in the field of medicine.

  • Portia Blunt

    Director of Apparel Operations New Balance Athletics, Inc.

    Portia Blunt, Director of Apparel Operations at New Balance Athletic, is the head of Design Operations, Materials Development and Innovation within the Apparel division.  She is responsible for leading the design execution strategy for new products.  Her leadership of the Apparel Innovation team enables the brand to develop on North Star concepts in advance of commercialization. Portia started her career as a clothing designer and product manager for the United States Marine Corps in 2001. Since joining New Balance in 2008, Portia has held various roles within product development, digital technology & Innovation. These experiences included heading Apparel Innovation, digital product development in the wearable space for the brand and leading all military product development.  She is passionate about technology, sports, and bringing innovative solutions to life. Portia holds a B.S. in Clothing & Textiles from the Virginia Tech.

  • Irene Brinker

    CEO/Founder Devali Inc

    Soviet born, Irene Brinker came to the US as a refugee and had the privilege of an early childhood in Chicago’s multicultural Rogers Park neighborhood. A serial entrepreneur and 20+ year veteran revenue hacker whose adventures have led her across the globe, she currently lives in Austin, TX and is the CEO and Founder of Devali Inc, a textile based health and safety innovation startup developing products for the senior, sports, military and medical markets. 

  • John Cabeca

    Director West Coast United States Patent and Trademark Office in Silicon Valley

    As the Regional Director of the West Coast United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), John Cabeca carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for establishing and leading the USPTO's west coast regional office located in Silicon Valley. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Cabeca ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

    A veteran of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for over 28 years, Mr. Cabeca previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, he worked closely across the Agency's leadership to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. He began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from Widener University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Cabeca became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1997 and joined the Senior Executive Service in 2008 serving as a Patent Technology Center Director over the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies.

    Mr. Cabeca has dedicated much of his career to the USPTO's outreach and education programs focusing on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. Over the years, he served in the Office of Petitions, the Office of Patent Legal Administration, the Office of Governmental Affairs and the Office of the Under Secretary. In 2006, Mr. Cabeca was appointed a Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow and served on special assignment to the Executive Office of the President in the United States Trade Representative's Office.  At USTR, he worked with multiple agencies on a variety of international intellectual property rights issues and played an integral role in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the Republic of Korea.

  • Virginia L. Carron

    Partner Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

    Virginia Carron is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Atlanta office. She practices patent and trademark litigation and counseling. Her broad client base includes a large food and beverage company; a company involved in refining, chemicals and biofuels, forest and consumer products, fertilizers, polymers and fibers, pollution control and glass; an international manufacturer of hand-made cigars; and numerous international clients in various fields. She has been recognized as an IP Star, Top 250 Women in IP, and as a patent and trademark IP Star in Georgia by Managing Intellectual Property, as well as a leader in Georgia by Intellectual Asset Management. Virginia’s litigation experience includes numerous U.S. district court trials, trials before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Virginia counsels clients on intellectual property licensing and related transactional matters in both trademarks and patents for several Fortune 500 companies.  She holds a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

  • Dr. Chris Castel

    Founder CareWear

    J. Chris Castel PhD received his PhD at Showa University in Tokyo, Japan in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research. His expertise is in the development, regulatory approval and commercialization of therapeutic medical devices for physical medicine, rehabilitation, and wound healing. Dr. Castel has and continues to manage numerous clinical trials for energy delivery medical devices in the fields of PBM, Ultrasonics, Electrotherapy, and PEMF. His previous company’s products and services were deployed in over 6,000 post-acute care facilities nationwide and provided advanced technologies for pain management, stroke recovery, wound care, and incontinence management. He has extensive experience in the medical device regulatory approval process with the FDA, national and international regulatory agencies and oversaw the process and obtained positive national coverage determinations from CMS for Electrotherapy devices in wound healing and incontinence management, along with a team of professional associations and industry leaders.

    Having founded and sold three medical device companies successfully to major strategic partners, he became interested in, and established a new venture, CareWear, to develop patient oriented therapeutic wearables which use breakthrough technologies such as printed light and ultrasonic substrates. CareWear was a 2018 SPIE Startup Challenge winner. Dr. Castel is a NAALT Board member and is active in the association. Dr. Castel holds numerous patents and has published extensively. As an international lecturer he has taught and presented at a post-graduate global level in such areas as neurorehabilitation, pain management, LLLT - PBM, Magnetic Field Therapy and Ultrasonics. He was one of the first researchers during the 1980s to publish the effects of infrared and red light on collagen synthesis and has spent his career developing new technologies to treat pain and accelerate healing. He looks forward to bringing PBM to mainstream medicine.

  • Alexandra Emly

    Managing Engineer Exponent

    Dr. Emly is a materials scientist focused on solving battery-related problems

  • Dan English

    CEO And Founder VOORMI

    With over 30 years of senior management experience in worldwide sales, brand marketing, and technology licensing, Dan brings a seasoned and multi-faceted perspective to his role as the CEO of VOORMI.  After a long career in the fast paced world of technology at Microsoft, Dan set his sights on the apparel industry, with the ambitious goal of bringing ‘tech industry thinking & pace’ to the historically slow moving world of textiles and clothing.  As a direct-to-consumer brand now distributed in over 55 countries around the world, VOORMI’s unique tech-forward approach to market has not only set precedent for innovation in Outdoor apparel, but captured the attention of a wide range of industry leaders for its unique technology portfolio.    

     

  • Elizabeth Gazda

    CEO Embr Labs

    Liz is the CEO of Embr Labs, a Boston-based company that produces the Embr Wave – a wrist-worn, temperature-based wellness device. At Embr Labs, Liz has played a pivotal role in shifting the company’s focus from comfort toward wellness by leveraging Embr’s deep understanding of temperature’s effect on psychophysiology and collaborating with J&J to examine the Embr Wave’s effect on sleep and hot flash relief for women.

    Prior to Embr Labs, Liz was a co-founder of several companies, including Doni, a fintech company, and Noteflight, a music technology company, and she has worked at a number of Boston’s technology “unicorns.” Liz began her career with Philips in the Netherlands, where she was responsible for driving innovation across multiple business units.

    Liz received her BA in Anthropology and International Relations from UC Berkeley. She also holds an International MBA from Nijenrode University in the Netherlands. Liz serves as an advisor and board member to several startups in iOT, software, and hardware.

  • Lavion Gibson

    Senior Design Manager Rothy’s

    Lavion Gibson is a Senior Design Manager at Rothy’s, the company creating chic, timeless,  and endlessly wearable products with as little environmental impact as possible. At Rothy’s, Lavion works to develop stylish, sustainable footwear from recycled plastic water bottles - leveraging 3D knitting and material technology to build a shoe beloved by millions of women around the world.

    Lavion’s penchant for design was sparked at an early age as he became fascinated by how product profoundly impacts our daily lives. Curiosity shaped his education and career path, pursuing a degree in Industrial Design from Arizona State University before serving as a Senior Footwear Designer for Teva, a Deckers Brand, for eight years. At Teva, Lavion oversaw Design for both Men’s and Women’s footwear, ranging from performance to active lifestyle. His passion for problem-solving and material innovation eventually led him to Rothy’s, which he joined in April 2018.

    Lavion lives in San Francisco, California with his fiancé, Alivia.

  • Mary Begovic Johnson

    Principal Scientist P&G Fabric & Air Care

    Ms. Mary Begovic Johnson is a biologist and a twenty-year veteran of Procter & Gamble (P&G) with expertise in the effect of global trends on the development and testing of Fabric Care, Air Care and Skin Care consumer products.  Ms. Johnson works with journalists, health care professionals, professional and trade associations, and other scientists to study and report on the benefits of P&G’s Tide, Downy and Bounce products, including the Free & Gentle line of Fabric Care products designed for people with skin sensitivities.  Ms. Johnson is also responsible for communicating the science behind the safety and benefits of P&G’s Febreze line of odor cleaning Air Care products. 

    Prior to joining P&G Fabric & Air Care, Ms. Johnson worked in P&G Beauty for 8 years on Olay where she was actively involved in the development of innovative anti-aging technologies and advanced skin care products. 

    Ms. Johnson has extensive technical expertise both inside and outside the laboratory, with a total eighteen years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical industry in new drug discovery, within P&G and elsewhere.  She has a deep understanding of health issues, having worked on diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and, more recently, on women’s sexual health issues.   

     

    Ms. Johnson has been extensively quoted in media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.  She has peer-reviewed publications in the fields of fabric, air, and skin care and diabetes research.  She has co-edited two supplements in the British Journal of Dermatology on the Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics and Cellular Bioenergetics Revolutions and their practical applications to skin aging.  Ms. Johnson is also the co-author of a book chapter on cosmetic anti-aging ingredients in the Textbook of Aging Skin.

    Ms. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Dayton, USA where she received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Biology.

    Ms. Johnson lives near Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two daughters.  She enjoys reading, gardening, hiking and travelling with her family, especially to visit relatives in Croatia and Ireland.

  • Chris Jorgensen

    Director Technology Transfer IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries

    Chris Jorgensen is Director Technology Transfer with IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries, a worldwide trade association for the electronics interconnect industry. As a member of IPC’s technical department, Chris’s primary responsibility is staff liaison to standards development committees. These committees are responsible for standards such as those for e-textiles and printed electronics.

    Chris is secretary of the United States Technical Advisory Group – TAG – of the International Electrical Commission’s Technical Committee 91 Electronics Assembly Technology and is a participating member of its technical working groups. He is also a member of the US TAG for IEC TC 119 Printed Electronics and is a participating member of its working groups.

    Chris also represents IPC as a member of NextFlex–America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute for which he is a colead of its Standards, Reliability and Test Technical Working Group.

    Chris has nearly 20 years of experience in standards development, nonprofit management and marketing. He received his degree in communications from Columbia College in Chicago

  • Chris Lane

    CEO 3dMD

    With more than 40 years of experience in the IT industry, Lane has held senior technical and chief executive positions in globally-recognized high-tech and services companies, as well as serving as a board member for both privately and publicly held companies in the US and Europe. Following an early career in software engineering and as a consultant with a U.K. government agency focused on the promotion of IT, Lane joined Oracle, the world’s largest business-to-business software company. During his six years with the company, he held VP positions in Europe and the U.S., including head of Consulting Operations. Lane then joined the IT team at EM Warburg, Pincus & Co., one of the world’s leading venture capital investors. In 1994, Lane was appointed as CEO and president of TSW International, which he shaped to be the acknowledged market leader and visionary company in the Enterprise Asset Management market. Just prior to joining 3dMD, Lane held the position of COO at ECSoft, a European IT services provider.

     

    Lane co-founded 3dMD in 2000 with the goal of establishing a highly-reliable, non-invasive 3D technology platform for efficiently imaging people in 3D to a level of anatomical shape precision required to fuel growth in applications such as medical, biometrics, human factors, high-end fit apparel, and anthropometrics. For the past 17 years, Lane has personally spearheaded an R&D strategy that has resulted in 3dMD becoming the benchmark supplier of high-precision 3D and temporal-3D(4D) surface image capture solutions. To maintain the company’s global benchmark status, Lane is actively involved with spearheading industry initiatives and 3dMD customer community to better understand real-world requirements and ever-changing environments.

  • Dan Ledger

    Founder Path Collaborative

    Dan Ledger is founder and principal at Path Collaborative, an advisory and research firm working at the broader intersection of wearable technology, connected health, IoT and machine intelligence.  Path Collaborative is a network of industry experts who help OEMs and service providers in the wearable technology space with product strategy, partnerships, go-to-market planning, and technology differentiation. 

    Prior to forming Path Collaborative, Dan was a principal at Endeavour Partners where he led a great deal of work and research on wearable technology. He has advised numerous startups, larger service providers, and OEMs on product definition, service design, ecosystem strategy, and go- to-market planning within this space. Dan has appeared on NPR, Bloomberg and CNN talking about the future of wearable technology. His research in wearable technology has been covered by GigaOm, The Guardian, Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, TechRepublic, and CBS. Dan has multiple engineering degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters degree from MIT.

  • Aliaksandr Leuchanka

    Senior Applied Innovation Researcher VF Corporation

    Aliaksandr Leuchanka, Senior Applied Innovation Researcher at VF Corporation, leads field based research in physiology and biomechanics within the VF Innovation team. He is responsible for driving quantitative insights into the product design and development process for brands such as The North Face, Timberland, and Vans. He utilizes various wearable technology in a field-based research with professional athletes ranging from ultra-trail running, mountaineering, and skateboarding. Aliaksandr began his career as one of the founding members of the VF Innovation team in 2015. His initial role his with concentrated on standardized benchtop testing methods that taught him the technical aspects of product design and development before moving into his current role an applied researcher. He is passionate about utilizing wearable technology to push the boundaries of standard field-based research in order to maximize product efficiency. Aliaksandr received a B.S. in Human Biology from University at Albany and an M.S. in Kinesiology from University of New Hampshire.

  • Maria Marecki

    Senior Regulatory Consultant Compliance & Risks

    Senior Regulatory Consultant, Compliance & Risks

  • Madison Maxey

    Founder & Technical Lead LOOMIA

    Madison Maxey is passionate about materials and creative technology. She focuses on bringing flexible, robust circuitry (e-textiles) to scale as Founder and Technical Lead at LOOMIA (previously The Crated). Throughout the course of her work at LOOMIA, she has developed e-textiles prototypes and workshops for companies like North Face, Google, PVH, Flextronics, Adidas and Corning.

  • Jon Melnick

    Research Director Lux Research

    As a Research Director at Lux Research, Jon leads the Digital Transformation of Physical Industries research program, helping clients make informed decisions on a range of emerging technology areas such as IoT, sensors, autonomous vehicles, communication protocols, smart cities and buildings, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and connected devices.

     

    Prior to taking on this role, Jon worked in a range of Lux Research groups ranging from Food, Health, and Wellness to Electronic User Interfaces. Before joining Lux Research, Jon was a National Institute of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at MIT where he studied electrochemical processes. Jon holds a Ph.D. with distinction, M.Phil and M.A. in chemistry from Columbia University and a B.S. with honors in chemistry from Syracuse University. He has authored 17 peer-reviewed scientific articles on a wide range of technology areas including solar energy storage and mercury remediation.

  • Scott N. Miller

    Chief Executive Officer Dragon Innovation

    Scott is a mechanical engineer by training, with extensive hands-on and executive leadership experience designing and manufacturing complex software controlled electro-mechanical systems.  He began his career building robots, including a biomimetic robotic tuna fish at MIT, an undersea remotely operated vehicle at Deep Sea Systems, and a full-size walking dinosaur at Walt Disney Imagineering R&D.

    Scott joined iRobot as an early employee and over 10 years grew from a Senior Mechanical Engineer into Vice President roles.  Initially, he was responsible for leading the technology team that partnered with Hasbro to create the next generation of interactive toys.  Based on the manufacturing skills and network he developed during this process, he was selected by the CEO to set up manufacturing capabilities for multiple new consumer robotic product lines.  As a result, Scott moved to China for four years and built the teams that manufactured the first four generations of Roomba and Scooba.  These products were instrumental in enabling a successful IPO.  After repatriating as the Vice President of Engineering, Scott led a team of 75 people who were responsible for all phases of the Consumer Robotic Division’s technology, including factory selection, supply chain strategy, costing and sourcing, DFMA and manufacturing.  

    Seeing the potential of the hardware revolution, Scott founded Dragon Innovation in 2009 to help hardware companies safely scale from a prototype through high volume production.  Leveraging his manufacturing and engineering knowledge, leadership, tools and network, Scott has grown Dragon into the premier brand and trusted partner for emerging hardware companies of all sizes.  Dragon’s team is 30 people strong with experts in software development, manufacturing, sales and marketing.  Dragon has a track record of engaging very early with high growth companies and has enabled hundreds of customers ranging from Pebble to Bose.  Participating in conferences and events around the globe, Scott is a sought-after speaker and globally recognized thought leader.

    Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Ocean Engineering from MIT.  

  • Linda K. Molnar

    Program Director, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, Engineering Directorate National Science Foundation (NSF)

    Linda K. Molnar has more than 20 years of experience in the life science and chemical industries, integrating her scientific research and engineering background with commercialization for startups, and international, government, and business environments.  She joined NSF as an SBIR/STTR Program Director in 2017.  Previously, she was co-founder and CEO of Simpatica Medicine, Inc., an artificial intelligence precision medicine company based in San Francisco, California.  Linda founded and worked with life science startup companies from many universities.  She has also provided strategic consultancy to venture capital firms, public companies, non-profit institutes, and the federal government.  Her background includes positions as Managing Director in the Life Sciences Merchant Banking group and Venture Group at Burrill & Company, Executive in Residence at Momentum Biosciences, Program Officer for the National Cancer Institute in the Office of the Director (Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives), and research and business development roles at Caliper Life Sciences, NASA Ames Research Center, and Rohm & Haas Co.  Linda completed the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Executive Management Program and holds a Ph.D. from the Program in Polymer Science and Technology (Materials Science and Chemical Engineering) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemistry (Biology) from the University of Pittsburgh. 

  • Samhitha Muralidhar Medatia

    Attorney Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

    Samhitha Muralidhar Medatia is an attorney in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Atlanta office. She focuses on patent litigation and client counseling across a wide spectrum of technologies, including pharmaceutical, textiles, chemical, and electrical arts. Drawing on her experience at the trial level and on insight gained serving as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, she represents innovative companies in complex high-stakes litigation at all phases. Before law school, Samhitha worked as a chemical process engineer for the Dow Corning Corporation. Her research included developing innovative production methods for high-purity silica materials for use in a wide variety of products. Samhitha holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

  • Syuzi Pakhchyan

    Design Director BCG Digital Ventures

    Syuzi Pakhchyan is a Design Director at BCG Digital Ventures where she builds new ventures with cross-disciplinary teams that sit at the intersection of consumer and healthcare.

     

    She is also a leading expert in wearable technology with over ten years of experience in the field. In 2008, Syuzi authored "Fashioning Technology," the first DIY book on interactive fashion. She has also founded a design and innovation consulting studio and worked with startups such as Misfit Wearables. Syuzi is a recognized thought leader in wearable technologies and has spoken at leading industry conferences, including CES, SXSW, Wearable Tech Expo and the Augmented World Expo.

  • Stephanie Rodgers

    Director of Advanced Product Development Apex Mills

    Stephanie Rodgers has been at the forefront of textile and component product development for luxury and flagship automotive interiors for General Motors, Magna International, Fisker Automotive and newly emerging electric vehicle companies for 25 years.  Then, in a bizarre career turn, became the first textile engineer at Microsoft Corporation where she collaborated with XBOX and SURFACE researchers and engineers to design and develop with textiles. Receiving a Microsoft applied US Patent in integrated electronic textile and for developing a user attachment for handicapped XBOX players.She has been putting her Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Engineering from Philadelphia University to work for 30 years. In addition to traveling the global textile community, she has lectured about textiles to design and engineering students of all disciplines.  She currently works as the Director of Advanced Product Development for Apex Mills using yarn as a vehicle for innovation.  Additionally, she is an advisory panel member of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Institute and is the Chairperson of IPC D-70 E-Textiles Committee and co-chairs the IPC D-72 materials subcommittee.

  • Remington Scott

    Technical Associate The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)

    Remington Scott, is a Technical Associate for The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) as well as a graduate student at North Carolina State University. My research involves the study of electronic textiles and how different fabrication techniques affect their performance and durability after exposing them to standard and accelerated laundering and drying procedures. As a Technical Associate, I have been involved with AATCC’s e-textile research committee to develop test methods for evaluating the resistance of e-textiles and developing new methods for e-textile products.  

  • EJ Shin

    Head of the Strategic planning Jenax Inc.

    EJ Shin is the head of the strategic planning team at Jenax Inc., a company that pioneered the next-generation flexible and fast-charging rechargeable battery cell that can be bent and rolled in any direction. She has been with Jenax since the company initiated its battery development and led a successful launch of its flexible battery in the US and Japan in 2015. In her role, she helps device and wearable companies leverage Jenax’s customized, cutting-edge battery solution for their innovative products. Her previous work experiences include communications consulting at Fleishman Hillard and G20 Summit in Korea. EJ holds an MBA from Yonsei University, South Korea, and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, U.S.

  • Timm Smith

    Chief Marketing and Technology Officer VOORMI

    A Chemical Engineer by degree, Timm brings a wealth of global experience in technology, product development, marketing, and business leadership to his role at VOORMI.  During his 17+ years in Outdoor Industry, first as a respected technologist and business leader at W.L. Gore and Associates, and now as the CTO/CMO of VOORMI, Timm has had the opportunity to work with the industry’s most prominent and respected brands, developing a wide breadth of expertise in technology, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and new business development along the way. 

  • Steve Statler

    Senior VP Wiliot

    Steve Statler is the author of Beacon Technologies, the presenter of the Mister Beacon podcast and a Senior VP at Wiliot where he is responsible for consulting, marketing and business development.  Wiliot is a fabless semiconductor company connecting people and products with battery-free Bluetooth tags powered by harvesting energy from radio waves. 
    Prior to Wiliot his consulting company specialized in Bluetooth beacon technology, training and advising manufacturers, venue owners, VCs, as well as makers of beacon software and hardware.  Previously he was the Senior Director for Strategy and Solutions Management at Qualcomm’s Retail Solutions Division, helping to incubate Gimbal, one of the leading Bluetooth beacons in the market

  • Ezgi Ucar

    Chief Product Officer LOOMIA

    Ezgi Ucar is the Chief Product Officer at LOOMIA, a leading smart textiles and technology company based in New York City, where she oversees the refinement of innovative ideas into scalable manufacturing processes.

    Born and raised in Turkey, Ezgi studied Industrial Engineering at Middle East Technical University and earned her MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design. Her work in multi-sensory explorations and materials research has been featured around the world at exhibits such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Circuit Bridges Concert Series, SXSW, and Numa Paris. We invite you to learn more about Ezgi and her work at ezgiucar.com and loomia.com.

  • Davide Vigano

    Co-Founder and CEO 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.