We are extremely lucky to have so many talented and accomplished individuals who have volunteered their time to further our discussions. As part of our Women Speak Tech community, we are encouraged that men & women continue to come together to create more equitable workplaces and invest in others.
Travis Dirks, is a CTO at XLabs, a moonshot factory for AI. Prior to XLabs, he was Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of Seldn, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup predicting global socio-economic disruptions (“black swans”). His superpower is in connecting complex science/math to impactful business problems and building software around the solutions. Seldn was a new type of AI leveraging custom machine learning algorithms specifically tailored to deal with complex, nonlinear human-generated data. Specifically, Seldn pioneered the application of breakthroughs in Complexity Physics along with in-house advances in validation to tackle the prediction of rare socio-economic human disasters.
Prior to Seldn, Travis co-founded and led Rotary Gallop – a Big Data Finance firm that applies game theory to impact investments and strategy for corporate control (m&a, hostile takeover, and activist situations). Travis’s analysis on popular contested situations has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Travis received his Ph.D. in physics from the world’s leading institution for condensed matter, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Anne Cocquyt’s journey across four continents is driven by her passion for transforming ideas into reality and leading cross-functional teams to implementation. Anne has successfully founded and led a broad range of projects, startups, and non-profits in multiple industries ranging from IT outsourcing to hardware consumer products, social networking communities, cancer prevention, digital health, and biotech.
In her current venture, Anne puts her MBA and her experience as a serial female founder to work: with her expertise in computer and data science and her passion for building communities around causes paired with her ability to inspire she founded the GUILD – a novel networking solution for female entrepreneurs and women in business to build stronger networks.
Anne keeps active in the digital health world by advising a patient education startup specialized in stroke prevention, mentoring HealthTech and medical device startups at the Singularity University Accelerator, supporting the due diligence process for MedTech track of 500 Startups, mentoring USF Design Thinking class and assisting a data insights startup as COO.
Jess Roeder has a PPh.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and is a Director of Product for Insight Data Science, where she advises companies on building data teams and oversees a team focused on helping scientists and engineers transition to careers in data.
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Mars Hall merges creativity & engineering through his work as a research & development engineer at Salesforce / Heroku. Tasked with wildly varying problems, he runs strategic experiments pushing the Salesforce platform where customers want to go, including machine learning apps with PredictionIO and cross-cloud architecture with Terraform.
Over 30 intimate sessions across ten venues in San Francisco were literally buzzing with experts and attendees discussing topics from Augmented Reality to Social Responsibility to Leadership and Investing. In addition, skill-building workshops focused on everything from the written word to understanding resonance and pitch when one speaks.
On Friday (10/26) Women Speak Tech’s Robin Parisse had the honor of moderating the Emerging Tech House. A big thank you goes to Autodesk for hosting the venue, STYLEBEE (YCS15) for giving us some extra glamour and to our amazing experts who not only presented but engaged session attendees in a dialogue to explore the impacts and opportunities of technology solutions, human behavior, privacy, security, and ethics.
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Our Emerging Tech Speakers included:
- Anastasia Miron, — Explore the brain via virtual reality to teach us how to be better parents? What triggers are there? How can we adapt behavior, provide modeling and tools for a better outcome?
- Lisa Mae Brunson, — Explore how the art of ‘fearless asking’ can help you magically manifest your vision into reality.
- Anuradha Gali, — Learn how Uber is leveraging AI to automate their predictive models and dynamically adjust utilizing market insights.
- Dr. Amrita Ray, — How are Network Effects and Shaping Influences used in machine learning models to retain, engage and improve products? Why are these model important when we look at automation and scale?
- Annie Rogaski — How does augmented reality fit into our lives? How should we engage with technology to reign in the right balance of ethics, privacy and security?
- Radhika Iyengar-Emens— Why should we care about blockchain? How blockchain can solve real-world problems like food safety, e-identity, and more.
- Liza Lichtinger — How do we ethically align emerging technologies with the footprint of humanity? Why is it important to educate corporations and governments on the use of technology in collaboration with human behavior?
Did you know you have to exercise your networking muscles! Well, you do. And, practice is progress. Our workshop leaders put us to the test! Emily and Jacqueline taught us how to create a networking mindset while Lady Badass, Joanna made us re-evaluate how to answer the question, ‘what do you do?’
Stay connected and keep the conversation going about leadership, women’s health, social responsibility, coaching, storytelling, investing and mindfulness. Join The Guild using the partner discount code WST20.
The GUILD presents SERENDIPITY, the first women’s conference of its kind where attendees engage with experts in intimate sessions across San Francisco, October 26 & 27th. Similar to the Paris salons of the early 18th century where intellectual discourse was commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements, Serendipity gives attendees the option to spend time in multiple houses including StoryPower, Founders Meet Funders, Social Responsibility, Investing, Leadership, and more. Like the Paris salons, these small gatherings foster an environment to increase collective knowledge, collaborate and make connections.
Women Speak Tech is excited to partner with the Guild, and to moderate the Emerging Tech House.
This salon focuses on the latest and greatest developments in the emerging tech landscape including blockchain, artificial intelligence, and VR advances. Moreover, the salon will dive further into the ins and outs of building and prototyping new technology. Also joining in, is Unboxd, the new ‘Vogue’ for Stem Women
Join us at Serendipity, get your ticket today with a Women’s Speak Tech 20% off promo code PARTNER>>
When you register, Serendipity will query your interests, desired areas of growth, and what you want to get out of the conference. Next, you will receive a proposed schedule based on your responses. Keep the recommendation or make changes. The goal is to create a two-day experience on what you’d like to learn and who you’d like to connect with.