Speakers & Partners

Jack McCauley

Co-founder of Oculus VR
UC Berkeley


Jack McCauley an Innovator in Residence at Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley, Professor at UC Berkeley, Co-Founder of Oculus, an American engineer, hardware designer, inventor, video game developer and philanthropist.
Jack is best known for designing the guitars and drums for the Guitar Hero video game series, and as a co-founder and former chief engineer at Oculus VR. At Oculus, Jack designed and built the Oculus DK1 and DK2 virtual reality headsets. Oculus was acquired by Facebook for $2 Billion. McCauley holds numerous U.S. patents for inventions in software, audio effects, virtual reality, motion control, computer peripherals, and video game hardware and controllers.
Jack was awarded a full scholarship to attend University of California, Berkeley where he earned a BSc., EECS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1986. Jack has authored numerous research papers in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and mathematical modeling of AI-based systems and is currently pursuing new projects at his private R&D facility and hardware incubator in Pleasanton, California.

Philippe Cailloux

Designer & Productist


Seasoned software application designer and entrepreneur. 30+ years experience developing global products using cutting edge digital technologies. Former head of product design at Adobe, serial co-founder, currently exploring the productization opportunities offered by AI technologies.

Atal Agarwal

Product Manager


Join Atal Agarwal, a product manager and Ironman athlete, for a talk on applications of Generative AI in Healthcare. Atal has 5+ years of experience with Businessolver, eHealth & Castlight Health. His product, COVID-19 Test Finder, helped 10 million+ people by powering Google & Apple Maps search results.

Brennan Woodruff

Cofounder, COO


Meelis Lootus

Dir. AI Engineering
ML Technologies LTD


13 years in AI: Oxford PhD computer science spinal MRI AI + 8 years building ai product solutions (text, audio, image, video). Mainly focused on healthcare. 5 startups and 2 larger companies acquired by public companies.

Michael Hwang

Co-Founder / CSO


South Korean entrepreneur passionate about AI & data-centric tech.
Founder of successful startups, angel investor, speaker.
Co-founder of Datumo, serving Samsung, LG and many others.
A member of South Korea’s AI Ethics Forum, advocating ethical AI use.
Influential in Korean tech, AI/data-centric focus.

Steven S Hoffman

Founders Space


Steve Hoffman (Captain Hoff) is the Chairman & CEO of Founders Space, a global venture builder for entrepreneurs, corporations, and investors, with over 50 partners in 22 countries.

Hoffman is also a venture investor, founder of three venture-backed and two bootstrapped startups, and author of several award-winning books. These include “Make Elephants Fly” (published by Hachette), “Surviving a Startup” (published by HarperCollins), and “The Five Forces” (published by BenBella).

Tomer Stavitsky

Corp Dev & M&A
MedTech / Life Sciences


Tomer is a Corporate Development Executive with specialization in MedTech, Life Sciences, and Digital Health. With a focus on digital, data, and AI deals, he has broad strategy and execution experience. He has worked in corporate development roles at Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, ConvaTec, Intuitive Surgical, and Ginkgo Bioworks.

Dev Kennedy

AWE, MIT Reality Hack


Both HW+SW Engineer in Stereoscopic/Spatial Computing devices since 2016. Excited to share XR knowledge now that Apple has finally launched Vision Pro.

Fedor Datnov

Aquired / Alferov Educational Institute


CEO & Co-Founder at Revolutionizing fundraising with data & AI. AI Agnostic.

Jodie Lail

Revenue Marketing Leader
GE Healthcare


Jodie Lail is a seasoned Revenue Marketing Leader with over 12 years of experience in demand generation and revenue marketing. She is passionate about AI and innovative marketing technologies that allow marketers to amplify their voice and efforts, and currently leads a cross functional team at GE Healthcare implementing cutting edge AI technology. The goal is to increase AI adoption and efficiency across the marketing organization.

Jonathan Yue



Jonathan Yue is interested in distributed systems and distributed databases. He founded the opensource project JaguarDB with the aim of revolutionizing the way distributed databases are scaled. Recognizing the challenges associated with traditional data migration methods, he pioneered the concept of zero data migration, enabling seamless horizontal scaling without the need for costly and time-consuming migrations. He holds PhD degree in computer science of EECS. He worked as a software engineer at technology companies such as Yahoo and VMWare, where he tackled big data challenges and delivered cutting-edge cloud

Ben Holfeld

SF AI Studio Lead


Eric Forst

Pangea Social AI


Eric Forst is a marketing technology leader and a pioneer of social media sentiment analysis and influencer identification while at Visible Technologies and Tracx. Forst has helped organizations ranging from the Obama for America campaign to Walmart with social media sentiment analysis.

Ryan Baird

Pied Parker


Steven Echtman



Steven is an entrepreneur and startup strategist currently focussed on AI & Web3. He has vast experience in enterprise and consumer spaces, including applications leveraging AI, geospatial, IoT, Media, Blockchain, etc. He excels at distilling complex ideas into clearly communicated actionable plans that help people and teams achieve their visions.

Elijah Spina

Cannabis Genome DAO


Philip Kang

Partner Technology Innovation Lead


AI | Process Automation | RPA | Low-Code
Partner Tech Innovation Leader, Appian

Raymond Peck III

VP of Engineering


I am an experienced engineering leader currently focused on the ML/AI space who loves to drive high-performing teams to build innovative products that blow the minds of our customers. I’ve been fortunate enough to play key roles in helping startups in many different domains to achieve that, both as a technical and organizational leader and as a core implementor.

My deep experience at all levels of the tech stack, from CPU design through scalable server platform engineering to Machine Learning, and even QA and some front-end/UI/UX work, allow me to lead effectively across entire engineering organizations.

Vince Lane

Polygraf AI


Vince is an experienced investor and entrepreneur with many years of cross border experience in founding and investing in multiple companies, strategic planning, venture capital, technology, digital entertainment and investment management. His current focus is on new Deep and Frontier technologies including Artificial intelligence(AI), Web3 and GameFi.

Andrew Roberts

Cofounder, Advisor
Tiny (acquired by Tiugo)


Andrew is a startup founder, advisor and investor. He was previously the co-founder and CEO of Tiny, a developer platform for embedding rich text editing capabilities in applications. Tiny grew to over 2,000 customers, including Salesforce, Atlassian, Microsoft, and PagerDuty, before being acquired in 2022.

John Smithers

Director, North American Sales


At the core of my approach is a commitment to understanding each client’s unique needs, allowing me to craft tailored solutions that deliver tangible results and foster enduring relationships. As a leader, I bring a wealth of experience in guiding high-performing sales teams to new heights and inspiring team members to reach their full potential.

Dario De Santis

CEO and Cofounder
Tweelin Inc.


Dario is the CEO and Cofounder of Tweelin Inc., a B2B SaaS startup offering Digital Serendipity solutions. The portfolio of Tweelin apps helps hybrid workers achieve better focus and work-life balance by transforming 1:1 scheduled meetings into impromptu conversations, presented at the right time for both parties involved.

Rene A Turcios



Rene Turcios, versatile technologist and former CEO of VerseXR, excels in various industries from game design to music production. Harnessing AI and Cloud infrastructure expertise, he creates innovative solutions, driving tech evolution.

Gianni Maxemin

CEO and Founder
Pied Parker


Gianni Maxemin is an inventor, growth hacker and entrepreneur with 15+ years of management and leadership experience that gives him a deep understanding of exponential impact for business strategy and growth. He helped develop marketing technology buyouts as well as marketing strategy for sales teams at the Hearst Corporation, and he’s founded multiple online marketing companies and almost a dozen mobile apps. He is currently the founder and CEO of Pied, an AI computer vision company focused on the future of smart cities – specifically parking. Gianni also holds the largest parking technology patent portfolio with 54 patents.

James Murdza



James Murdza is the founder of GitWit, an AI assistant for full-stack developers. After working in software engineering for over 15 years, he is now building a startup around his passion—to make software development a beautiful and widely accessible experience.

Sagar Golla

Founder, CEO


Worked on conversational AI and language models for the last 5 years. Taught AI @ bootcamps since 2018, built products that lead Google Assistant App Market. Launched products at selective conferences like Demo, Venturebeat and won AlwaysOn best mobile startup contest.

David Brown

Executive Director / Investor
Sentia AI enabled CRM


David is an investor and executive director at Sentia, a next generation AI sales enablement technology company and Salesforce partner. Dave’s passion for helping people with their AI, sales, marketing, business strategy, startup growth and strategic planning has taken him across the globe and spans numerous industries. You can follow him on Twitter @intlmktentry LinkedIn or on Sentia Says.

Cassius Cuvée

Poppin Crypto


Cassius Cuvée is a recording artist from Oakland, CA. He is the host of the show ‘Poppin Crypto with Cassius Cuvée’ and he is the first artist to ever make a music video NFT. His vast understanding of Web 3.0 has led him to invest in several projects, as well as write custom theme songs for them.
It is his mission to educate and bring awareness to Web 3.0 by way of entertainment and community building.

Gregory Kennedy



Gregory Kennedy in a Fractional CMO and consultant with over 20 years of high-tech marketing experience, having held leadership roles at three highly regarded startups AdRoll, InMobi, and Sojern. A two-time head of marketing, and his expertise is in helping take startups from zero to scale. A sought after thought leader, speaker and author whose writing has been featured on The BBC, VentureBeat, YahooFinance,,, and Marketing Profs. He is a dedicated cyclist and spends his weekends racing or riding bicycles.

Segah Mir

Founder & CEO
Stealth AI Start-up (Atad.ML)


Former Data Scientist and early team member at Looker (acquired by Google for $2.6Billion in December of 2019). Alum of MiT. Has 15+ years in data-related roles. Runs MirData.Report, a video blog & newsletter read by thousands of executives and VCs in the data space.