Phoenix Mobile & Emerging Tech Festival

September 23rd at ASU Memorial Union 
Sponsored by HERE


Mayor Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell is a third-generation Arizonan with deep roots in the Tempe community. Before being elected Mayor in May, 2012, Mitchell was elected to the City Council in March of 2000 and served three four-year terms.

Mayor Mitchell is a native of Tempe, attending elementary and middle school in the community before graduating from McClintock High School. He also earned a Political Science degree from Arizona State University. Mayor Mitchell is currently an Account Manager for DataBank, a Kyocera Group Company, that focuses on Business Process Improvement and Management.



Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan

Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise Development
Chief Research and Innovation Officer

Director, Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC)
Foundation Chair in Computing and Informatics

Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan leads the knowledge enterprise development at Arizona State University, which advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, global and economic development at ASU.

Panchanathan is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is also the Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE). He is currently serving as the Chair of the Council on Research (CoR) within the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and also co-chairs the US Council on Competitiveness Extreme Innovation Task Force.

In 2014, Panchanathan was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. National Science Board (NSB) and is Chair of the Committee on Strategy. He was appointed by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).

His research interests are in the areas of human-centered multimedia computing, haptic user interfaces, person-centered tools and ubiquitous computing technologies for enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, machine learning for multimedia applications, medical image processing, and media processor designs. Panchanathan has published over 400 papers in premier refereed journals and conferences and has mentored over 100 graduate students, post-docs, research engineers and research scientists who occupy leading positions in academia and industry.

Panchanathan was the founding director of the School of Computing and Informatics and was instrumental in founding the Biomedical Informatics Department at ASU. He also served as the chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department. He founded the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) at ASU. CUbiC’s flagship project iCARE, for individuals who are blind and visually impaired, won the Governor’s Innovator of the Year-Academia Award.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sethuraman-panchanathan-1292531



J. Michael Palermo IV

Michael is an international speaker/trainer and has been evangelizing innovative technologies for nearly two decades. Michael’s current passion is empowering developers to understand and integrate location services. Michael is a published author of technical books as well as online courses with Pluralsight. Prior to HERE, Michael evangelized “smart home” at Amazon on the Alexa team. Prior to Amazon, Michael evangelized web technologies at Microsoft.



Jonathan Cottrell

Jonathan is the Director of Marketing at IntraEdge. As an executive at GoDaddy, he was able to prove how Design Thinking and UX can create a huge impact to the product development cycle. After GoDaddy, Jonathan has mentored many startup companies and has shown them the proven path of success around how to quickly take products to market.



Jordan Lawver

Based in Denver, Colorado, Jordan has worked a variety of roles at Trimble since 2013, holding positions in the Geospatial, Civil Engineering & Construction, Mining, and Mixed Reality divisions. Jordan currently works as the Market Manager for Trimble’s Mixed Reality Program, a cross-company collaborative initiative to integrate augmented and virtual reality solutions into Trimble’s longstanding domains of expertise. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering and a Master of Science in Photogrammetry and Computer Vision from The Ohio State University.



Shekhar Vemuri

Shekhar is a passionate technologist, with a drive to solve large scale and complex problems. He has the ability to get into minute details helping solve and implement solutions. At the same time Shekhar has a holistic approach to architecting large scale systems and product lines. With years of experience in big data, he has the expertise to design and implement an ecosystem around big data.



Jen Tong

Jen is a Developer Advocate on Cloud at Google. In this role she helps developers build cool stuff on all sorts of platforms. Previously she worked in a wide variety of software roles from robotics at NASA, to developer advocacy for Google Glass. She is passionate about education, especially on the subjects of technology and science. If she’s away from her laptop, she’s probably skating around a roller derby track, or hanging from aerial silk.



DJ Rausch

DJ is an Android Engineer at Mokriya. He has been working at Mokriya for almost 2 years working with big name clients. In his free time, he likes to learn new languages, play video games, and cook or bake. He is Mokriya’s Self Appointed Disneyland expert, and visits Disneyland a handful of times a year. DJ and his wife live in Tucson with their two cats.


American Express

Hari Gottipati

Hari Gottipati is a software professional, distinguished architect, thought leader, consultant, speaker and freelance writer who specializes in Open Systems, Java, internet scale computing/apps, architecture, Big Data, NoSQL, mobile, LBS, AI/ML, AR and Internet Of Things. Expert in analyzing market landscape for startup ideas and molding them into successful products with the technical/competitive advantage. Regularly writes about bleeding edge technologies and his quotes can be often found in various technology news/magazines such as Gigaom, CNN Money, WSJ, Bloomberg Businessweek etc. A well known blogger and his blogs can be found at on java.com and xml.com. Speaks at various events on the latest technologies, including iBeacons, Big Data, NoSQL, AI, AR, architecture and of course Java. Worked for many mobile startups, as well as big companies including Yahoo, Travelocity, and Motorola. Passionate about technologies and spends most of his time exploring bleeding edge software technologies.



Jerry Nixon

A Developer Evangelist for Microsoft in Colorado, Jerry teaches and speaks on Mobility and Enterprise development. He started his career delivering data-centric solutions while “database developer” was still a novel term. He received a civilian Naval Commendation for his security work, preceding similar work for the startup that became Microsoft CRM. For two decades, Jerry has built solutions and taught design patterns and UX best practices to thousands of inspired developers around the world. Jerry spends the bulk of his free time teaching his three daughters Star Trek character backstories and episode plots.



Chris Richardson

Chris Richardson is the Assistant Vice President of IT Development at Arizona State University (www.asu.edu), recently recognized as #1 in the US for Innovation for the second year ahead of MIT and Stanford by US News & World Report. Mr. Richardson and his team are responsible for aligning with key stakeholders to lead the strategy, upgrade cycle, new functionality enhancements, and maintenance of a number of Enterprise applications across the diverse landscape of ASU. Much of this portfolio’s evolution through digital transformation is radically changing the relationship and experience with our various end users in the University ecosystem: prospective learners, parents, students, alumni, staff, faculty, commercial business partners, fans of athletics, and the community as a whole which is rapidly becoming a global definition due to our unique vision as the New American University (newamericanuniversity.asu.edu/).

For perspective, some key applications to note within the portfolio of 100’s of applications include Salesforce (world’s largest not-for-profit education deployment), Peoplesoft, myASU portal, and eAdvisor (suite of solutions to run ASU-specific workflow). Mr. Richardson’s team is also advancing the landscape and vision of Internet of Things, mobile applications and standards, web standards, identity management and authentication solutions, and a User Experience Center of Excellence at ASU. His team’s efforts have been recognized in publications or awards such as Forbes, Tech Republic, CIO Magazine, Tech AZ, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (inaugural winner of Best Game Day Technology Experience for all Division 1 schools), and Salesforce Higher Ed Summit (Excellence Award for Student Success).

Chris Richardson joined ASU from Honeywell where he held a number of positions over an 11- year career. His most recent role was Senior Director of IT Service Delivery for the Performance Materials and Technologies business group, global accountability of all application and infrastructure operations for a $12B organization. As Director Service Operations Support of the centralized infrastructure organization, his team supported more than 120,000 employees globally for their Service Desk and desktop support experiences, the identity and access management for their systems, the monitoring of critical infrastructure, and all ITIL process ownership for incident, problem, knowledge, access and event management. He has also held responsibility as Director for Desktop Services, Senior Program Manager (global telecom referesh and data center rationalization), IT Audit Manager (data privacy), European Manager Co-Sourcing, and Senior Business Analyst (supply chain and finance support) in the Transportation Systems business group.

Mr. Richardson has also been responsible for business strategy, product and web development at his own companies, Tru Realty and ASPACT Schools (no longer in existence), as well as at Talisma Corporation and License Online.
Chris holds a double Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Fisheries from the University of Washington, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Puget Sound, and a Master of Business Administration (MIS, Finance, and Entrepreneurship emphases) from the University of Arizona. During Chris’ working career he has obtained PMP, CIPP, and ITIL Expert Lifecycle certifications; he was also a part of Honeywell’s Pathways, IT Leadership Development, and HITS Leadership IT Functional training programs.



Brandon Mah

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Brandon is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in visual communication. He is creative, mindful, and loves food. Seriously, this man does not stop eating. When he’s not at work, he can be seen in the kitchen burning his chicken or pumping iron at the gym. He is a valuable member to the team and is always up for a good challenge (especially in a game of table tennis). Oh, and did I mention he’s a Senior UX Designer?



Giang Le

Giang has worked in many channels of design, including software, interior, packaging, mobile and big data. Many of his clients say his work is awesome, plain and simple. Giang is a creative by heart, ASU Graduate, and an avid video gamer. When not at work, Giang enjoys tinkering with technology, doing free lancing work, or having or learning new songs on his electric guitar. He’s an integral part of Prism Studios and a Senior UX Designer.



Adam Tuliper

Adam is a Principal Software Engineer for Microsoft’s Commercial Software Engineering division (CSE). Adam lives in Southern California and helps others realize their technical vision across the web, gaming, cloud, phone, console, and desktop platforms. He is heavily addicted to his HoloLens, .NET Core, bots, Unity, and most .NET based technologies. He co-runs the Orange County Unity meetup and the LA HoloLens meetup.


Atlas Innovations

Crystal Taggart

Crystal Taggart is the author of the book The AI Revolution: The Future of Profit. She has worked in technology for over 20 years and is an expert in Robotic Process Automation integrated with AI technologies.



Alex Logvin

Alex is a Senior Sales Engineer for T-Mobile US, working with Business Customers across Arizona for 7 years. With 10+ years of experience in the wireless space, Alex’s focus is to help companies and organizations make the most of their wireless technology.


Iced Development

Luis Montes

Luis Montes is the founder and CEO of Iced Development with 18 years of medical, manufacturing, and financial enterprise software experience. Iced Development is a Phoenix based web and IoT company focused on providing services around the latest innovations. It was founded on a desire to advance the open web, and driven by continual excitement for ever-evolving technologies.



Suhang Wang

Suhang Wang is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, AZ. He also works as a research assistant at the Data Mining and Machine Learning Lab (DMML) of the Computer Science and Engineering at ASU under the supervision of Dr. Huan Liu. His research interests are in recommender systems, feature selection and representation learning. He has published innovative works in top conference proceedings and journals such as KDD, WWW, AAAI, IJCAI, CIKM, SDM, ICDM, CVPR, TKDE and TIST. He also worked as a research intern at IBM Research in 2016 and a data science intern at Clari in 2017.



Justin Sampson

Justin Sampson is a graduate student at Arizona State University under the direction of Dr. Huan Liu. He is an expert in social media tracking, data visualization and data mining. Mr. Sampson has three years of experience in tracking anti-NATO information campaigns using bots. In 2016, he worked with NATO public affairs providing technical inputs for the NATO exercise Brilliant Jump 16. In March 2017, he taught social media tracking in Riga, Latvia, at the NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence’s four day course on social media. He works with teams from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Arkansas to develop new tools, methods and techniques for understanding bot-enhanced information campaigns.



Tahora H. Nazer

Tahora H. Nazer is a PhD student in Computer Science at Arizona State University. She joined Data Mining and Machine Learning Lab in 2014 and has been a graduate research assistant since 2015. Her research interests are Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing. Her current focus is on bot detection and disaster relief using social media. She has publications in prestigious venues such as SDM, ASONAM, and SIG-KDD Explorations. She has also been sub-reviewer of several leading journals and major conferences. She worked as a Machine Learning intern at Spotify in Summer 2017.


State Farm

Srinivas Raju

Srinivas is currently working in State Farm (IT R&D) in Phoenix, Arizona. Srinivas published four books in Spring, Web services, MyBatis and Android technologies. He is an active member in various Java user forums and he is a regular speaker in Java user groups. Srinivas is a technology evangelist and he teaches Spring, Web Services, and Java EE-related technologies during his free time. Srinivas earned his master’s degree in Machine Design Engineering from Roorkee-IIT, India. He is a Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP), Sun Certified Java Developer (SCJD), Sun Certified Enterprise Architect (SCEA), Sun Certified Business Component Developer (SCBCD), Sun Certified Developer for Java Web Services (SCDJWS), Bea Weblogic Certified Enterprise Developer and an Open Group Certified TOGAF-9 Practitioner. Srinivas has been working with Java related technologies since its very early days. He has over 19 years of experience in developing the enterprise applications using Spring, Android, IoT, Big Data, and Java EE-related technologies.



Chris Matthieu

Chris Matthieu was the co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, a revolutionary real-time IoT platform recently acquired by Citrix. Octoblu connects things, systems, people and clouds to a global mesh network allowing users to automate and control design flows, processes and sensor data, and analyze/react to real-time events and messages as well as big data trends and anomalies. Prior to co-founding Octoblu, Chris was the founder of Nodester, an open-source Node.JS PaaS which was acquired by AppFog and the founder of Teleku, a communications-as-a-service cloud platform which was acquired by Voxeo. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisMatthieu



Michael Kral

Michael is an iOS Developer at Mokriya which builds cutting edge mobile and IoT software for big name clients. He has been apart of the Mokriya’s machine learning initiative and is always looking for ways to apply ML into mobile applications. With the announcement of iOS 11 and CoreML he’s very excited to see what the future of mobile applications holds.



Al Wold

Al is currently an iOS Developer at KUBRA, where he develops custom apps for power companies. He has a background in various different technology stacks, and has spent time working with mobile apps since J2ME and flip phones were the cutting edge.



Xidong Wang

My name is Xidong Wang, I’m a software engineer from KUBRA, graduated from ASU. I have been working on iOS development for more than 3 years. Beside that, I also did some Android, web service and other integration development.



Dan Clarke

Dan Clarke, presenter, has been a CEO for many mid-sized companies for over 2 decades. His experience as a technology & marketing leader and his exposure to international markets gives him a deep understanding of how technology plays a major role in Global Industry trends.



Pete Mueller

Pete Mueller, co-presenter, has over 20 years of experience as a Software Architect for Internet-based and High-volume Enterprise Software. Pete has a strong background in hardware-software solutions and how it relates to government regulations.



Mark Tucker

Mark is an Alexa Champion and has developed software in the Phoenix area for over 20 years. He is the Principal Engineer at VoiceXP where he helps businesses, organizations, or brands be successful in the voice-first world. He is also organizer of two meetups: Phoenix Alexa Meetup & the Phoenix Chapter of The Ubiquitous Voice Society.



Joe Mayberry

Joe is currently the Business Line Manager for AI Video Analytics at Intel Corporation, in the Internet of Things (IoT) business group. His prior roles include partnerships & acquisitions, product management, and business development. Before joining Intel, Joe served in the United States Air Force as a counterintelligence Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Joe holds an M.B.A from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and a B.S. in Systems Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy.



Kiran Mudiam

Kiran works at Trimble Navigation Ltd. He is passionate about all things Mobile and Startups. Prior to Trimble, he was at Amex, Motorola. He was a founding member of Aligo, that was started while he was pursuing his Ph.D at Arizona State University.


Trill Cards

Anjali Nennelli

Anjali Nennelli is a mobile technologist and is entrepreneurial by choice. With her passion for mobile & IoT, she is keen to adapt when it comes to the capricious nature of the tech industry. With over 14 years in tech industry, Nennelli has worked in software solutions from startups to large-scale enterprise architecture.

The developer of many apps on multiple platforms, including her current product Trill, Nennelli, who has her masters in engineering, has always harbored an interest in women’s role within the technology industry. She’s had hands on experience and expertise with mobile devices and their ecosystems since the early days of its platform emergence. She has a keen product eye which has helped her win multiple Product awards.She’s now on a mission to disrupt the business card industry with technology using Trill.


Mokriya Nagarro

Pranil Kanderi

Pranil is the CTO & CoFounder of Mokriya and VP of Technology at Nagarro Inc (acquired Mokriya).

Pranil has been working on mobile since 2004, long before iPhone and Android devices became an extension of us. He has worked on a range of mobile/IoT products from one of the first mobile turn-by-turn navigation solutions for Motorola, to innovative products for AT&T, Google, and other trailblazing enterprises.

Pranil is passionate about making an impact and enhancing people’s lives with technology. He is particularly focused on using the intersection of mobile, IoT, machine learning and hopefully autonomous driving to build products for the future.

Machine Learning is eating the Software



Zach Ferres

Zach Ferres is the CEO of Coplex, a Startup Accelerator that works with non-coding subject matter expert founding teams to start software companies. He is also a Founding Partner at Coplex Ventures, the VC arm of Coplex and a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine.



Drena Kusari

Drena Kusari connects transportation with technology to improve the lives of millions in the Phoenix metro. As the first female General Manager for Lyft, Drena oversees growth strategy, marketing and operations. Under her leadership, in the last year, Lyft has added over $40 million in economic value in Phoenix, and expects that number to more than double this year.

Drena is a dedicated leader and mentor in the community, volunteers on multiple boards and serves as a mentor for Social Venture Partners. For two years in a row, Drena has also served as a judge in the March Venture Madness competition. Drena serves as a mentor to young girls interested in STEM and technology careers and has recently become involved with Phoenix’s Girls in Tech chapter. Drena is also a powerful champion in the advancement of children and women and has made that clear through her support of Junior Achievement, Fresh Start and Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE) organizations. As she is originally from Kosovo, Drena is also a mentor and advisor at GjirafaLabs, one of the leading technology incubators in the Balkans.

Drena graduated with dual honors and a double major (BA in Economics and BA in Diplomacy) from Occidental College and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston.



Steve Thompson

Steve is currently General Manager for Uber’s Southwest operations. Based in Phoenix, Steve has held this position since February 2013, overseeing operations in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

Previously, Steve was Director of Venture Services at Tallwave, assisting in business planning, strategic marketing and product management efforts, providing strategy and execution to take new ventures to market. Steve also held product development management positions at Global Crossing and co-founded his own mobile communications company Textfinity when he was in college. Steve graduated from Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College and the W. P. Carey School of Business with a B.S. in Marketing.

Steve is a former board member for one n ten – an Arizona non-profit that profits housing, education and empowerment services for LGBT youth. Steve was a board member for Local First Arizona, a local non-profit working to strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona.