Meet ALL the Speakers Coming to Innovate Celebrate 2017

October 6, 2017

1:30 pm

Speakers are the life blood of a conference: They allow attendees to rest their legs while revving up their minds, and give the subject experts who are on stage a chance to pour out their ideas and experiences into an easily crystallized and actionable talk.

At San Francisco’s Innovate Celebrate 2017, the speaker roster is packed with unique subjects and fascinating personalities — you’ll hear from rockstar tech companies like GoPro and Intel, learn about sports tech from a former NFL star and an Olympian, and get insight from a New York Times bestselling author. Here’s the full rundown on the speakers appearing at the 3-day global event.

Former NFL Star Isaiah Kacyvenski

While his 8 years in the NFL were well spent, his bachelor degree in Pre-Medicine and his MBA from Harvard Business School showed the world that Kacyvenski was destined for greater plains than the gridiron. He’s been awarded the Sports and Fitness Industry Leaders Scholar, as well as the PETA Compassionate Action Award for his work in medicine in regards to football.

Justin Fishkin

Local Motors’ Justin Fishkin

As Chief Strategy Officer Local Motors, Justin helps guide the technology company as it decentralizes the development and production of vehicles. Innovations that they’re working on include local micro-manufacturing projects like a project making the world’s first 3D-printed cars. Prior to Local Motors, Justin was the Senior Portfolio Manager at Carbon War Room, which was founded by Sir Richard Branson to develop and scale functional solutions to climate change.

Ice Hockey Olympian Angela Ruggiero

Four-time Olympic ice hockey player Angela Ruggiero serves as Managing Director at Sports Innovation Lab, which she cofounded to serve as the leading independent market research and advisory firm delivering insights on the intersection of sports and technology.

Homeland Security’s Michael Hermus

As CTO for the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Hermus integrates the President’s national security, innovation, and emerging technologies priorities with the DHS mission. In addition to that, he’s responsible for following future trends in the security realm of technology, preparing and protecting the department from any emergent security threats or weaknesses.

GoPro COO CJ Prober

Business at GoPro has been booming under COO CJ Prober. Prior to the camera company, CJ served in various management roles at Electronic Arts (EA) including as its Senior Vice President of Digital Publishing, its Vice President of Publishing and Product Management for Social Games, and its Vice President and Head of Corporate Development.

New Balance’s Portia Blunt

As Senior Digital Sport Innovation Manager at New Balance Athletic, Portia is responsible for managing the digital performance strategy for embedded tech in new products. She also aids in developing partnerships within the sport performance technology industry, making her the expert to talk to for those hoping to learn more about the industry and understand its network.

San Francisco 49ers’ CIO Brano Perkovich

Brano Perkovich is the chief investment officer for the storied NFL team and a managing partner at Aurum Partners LLC, the family office fund affiliated with the owners of the San Francisco 49ers. In this role, Perkovich primarily focuses on early stage and growth equity investment opportunities in sports, technology, and strategically adjacent consumer markets. This allows portfolio companies to leverage the 49ers’ access and network to help drive product adoption and accelerate growth. And if there’s one thing that can help a startup grow, it’s support from an NFL team.

Mayfield Robotics CTO Kaijen Hsiao

As the CTO of Mayfield Robotics — the maker of Kuri, afun friend and helpful assistant with serious technology inside — Hsiao has drastically expanded the limits of the robotics field. In her storied career, she’s been innovating new ways of interacting with shared autonomous teleoperation, enhanced imitation learning, tactile grasp adjustment, human-aware navigation and, most recently, robot mapping and localization.

Intel’s Josh Walden

As the senior vice president and general manager of the New Technology Group at Intel, Walden oversees the company’s global research efforts in computing and communications. Additionally, he oversees a forward-looking portfolio of technology solutions, chartered with incubating and establishing new growth engines for the next decade.

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New York Times Bestseller Amy Jo Martin

Amy Jo is the New York Times bestselling author of Renegades Write the Rules, a guide book to how top celebrities, brands, and sports icons interact with social media, growing their audiences to nearly mythical numbers. As the founder of Digital Royalty, a social media agency dedicated to impacting your online presence, she’s able to put her bestselling book practices to good use, innovating new ways for her clients to get traction online.

Register Now to Attend Innovate Celebrate 2017

Make sure to join us at the Innovate Celebrate conference in San Francisco, CA. The event will take place October 9-11, and it is held in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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