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Tech & Music Summit Speakers

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Steve Wozniak

Co-Founder, Apple Inc.

Steve Wozniak

Co-Founder, Apple Inc.

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A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.

Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students.  Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory.  In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

Michael Litt

Michael Litt

Co-Founder and CEO, Vidyard

Michael Litt

Michael Litt

Co-Founder and CEO, Vidyard

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Michael is the co-founder and CEO of the leading Video Marketing platform, Vidyard. While he's not bringing leading video based technologies to market, he serves as general partner of Garage Capital, a seed stage fund focused on Super-Cluster companies looking to expand their networks into Silicon Valley. He also sits on the Communitech Board of Directors; a KW based organization designed to help companies start, grow and succeed.

Alexis OHanian

Alexis Ohanian

Co-Founder, Reddit

Alexis OHanian

Alexis Ohanian

Co-Founder, Reddit

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Alexis Ohanian, born April 24, 1983, is an entrepreneur and investor best known as the co-founder of Reddit, a platform for online communities to share links and have discussions. While he learned his earliest lessons in leadership and web design from his high school Quake 2 clan and Everquest guild, Alexis continued his official studies at the University of Virginia, where he met his future co-founder Steve Huffman during freshman year move-in day. At UVA, Alexis majored in business and history with a minor in German. Though he had originally planned to become an immigration lawyer, he experienced an epiphany in his junior year (while sitting in a Waffle House) that led him to the realization that he didn't want to practice law. Instead he convinced his best friend Steve to start a company with him.

The pair traveled to Cambridge, MA during their senior year spring break to hear Paul Graham give a talk titled "How to Start a Startup." After the lecture, Alexis invited Graham out for a drink so he and Steve could pitch Graham on their business idea. Graham agreed, loved the idea, and a suggested they apply to a new seed stage venture firm he'd launched called Y Combinator. Alexis and Steve's original plan was to build an infrastructure that would allow people to order food from their cell phones. Though the idea was rejected, Alexis and Steve were invited to join the first class of Y Combinator, on the condition that they'd come up with a new concept. The next idea they pitched to Graham would become reddit.com.

Sixteen months after he graduated, Reddit was acquired by Condé Nast. Alexis continued to manage product and business at Reddit until leaving in 2010 to volunteer in Armenia for Kiva.org. He returned to Reddit in 2014 as Executive Chair, and in 2015, moved to San Francisco to work at Reddit full time alongside his co-founder Steve Huffman. Since their return, Reddit’s numbers continue to rise - with over 200 million unique visitors a month - it is one the 10th biggest US websites.

After working as a Kiva Fellow in Yerevan for three months, Alexis returned to the US to focus on a social enterprise he'd started called Breadpig. Described as a "sidekick-for-hire," Breadpig publishes books featuring some of the most popular webcomics in the world, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, and produces other geeky novelties like Awesomesauce and LOLmagnetz. It also provides services for people who want to make something nice, or take a risk on something crazy. The non-sustainable profits are donated to worthy causes. Upon returning to the States, Alexis also accepted a position as Y Combinator's Ambassador to the East; in 2014, he became a Partner at YC.

In August 2010, just weeks before the launch, Alexis joined the team at hipmunk, Steve Huffman's second Y Combinator startup. Alexis helped create the company's brand identity and managed their marketing and PR. After a little over a year, Alexis moved to an advisory role and accepted an offer from Grand Central Publishing for his first book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made not Managed, which debuted as a national bestseller.

In early November 2011, Alexis joined the fight against SOPA and PIPA, becoming one of the public faces for the movement, which ultimately thwarted both bills in a display of citizen power never seen before by lawmakers. He continues to fight for internet freedom working on projects like the Declaration of Internet Freedom, Internet Defense League, and the Internet 2012 Campaign Bus Tour, which toured the heartland of America with Erik Martin to campaign for the open internet and produced a documentary ALEXIS OHANIAN.

about the adventure, Silicon Prairie. He also sat on the NYC Mayor's Council on Tech and Innovation under the Bloomberg Administration.

In 2013, he launched a show on The Verge called Small Empires about NY tech startups -- the founders who create and the people who use these digital platforms. An active investor with over eighty tech startups now in his portfolio, Alexis is now one of the most prominent investors in tech. He designed the logos and brands for Reddit, Breadpig, and hipmunk, and he has proven the model for making something people love online & offline, building brands that are both community-driven (Reddit) and not (Hipmunk). He uses these experiences to mentor and advise the young startups in his portfolio and recent YC graduates. Today he's a part-partner at Y Combinator and is back at Reddit as Executive Chair.

Along the way, Alexis has spoken at TED (a talk viewed over a million times), been rendered in CGI on NMA.TV, was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" in Technology two years in a row (and then turned 30), and included in Inc. Magazine's "30 under 30" for his work at hipmunk. He's a regular contributor on Bloomberg TV and is especially proud of unlocking his bucket-list achievement - appearing on The Colbert Report.

Alexis has spoken at universities including MIT, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, UPenn, NYU, Columbia, UCLA, the University of Michigan, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Virginia to name a few, has lectured at conferences like TED, the Clinton Global Initiative, SXSW and ROFLCON, has spoken to companies such as Google, BBDO, and Betaworks, and has been hired for talks at Johnson & Johnson, Hyatt, Kraft, and Palantir. He even keynoted an entrepreneurship summit in Cairo organized by the U.S. State Department just months after the Egyptian Revolution.

Alexis has appeared in countless publications in print and online: New York Times, WSJ, Washington Post, The Economist,WIRED, NY Post, Gawker, TechCrunch, Mashable, Paper Magazine, Nylon guys, Forbes, Fast Company, and Inc. He's also appeared in television programs on networks including CNN, MSNBC, Fox, CNBC, Al-jazeera English, NPR, and G4.

He loves hummus, the Washington Redskins, the Brooklyn Nets, and his cat. His mother always told him he was special.

A-Trak

A-TRAK

Legendary Turntablist

A-Trak

A-TRAK

Legendary Turntablist

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At a time when the DJ sits firmly at the center of popular culture, A-TRAK stands out as MVP, the key participant who holds together all facets of the craft. Very few share his mastery of turntablism while also sitting at the forefront of musical innovation, looking keenly to the future with history tucked in his back pocket. A true connector, Trizzy hops effortlessly from colossal festival stages to sold-out concert venues and sweaty underground clubs, building links between hip hop and electronic music while watching genre barriers crumble. After spending years as Kanye West’s tour DJ and consigliore, he founded the celebrated record label Fool’s Gold in 2007 and developed the careers of artists such as Kid Cudi, Danny Brown and Flosstradamus. With its string of releases and parties, Fool’s Gold broke down bygone rules of the record industry, paving the way for a new wave of independents and helping to make North American electro a dominating force. As a Grammy-nominated producer, A-TRAK’s seminal mix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll” marked an entire generation’s introduction to dance music. Duck Sauce, his irreverent collaboration with Armand Van Helden, flipped the bird to chart-topping formulas and reached #1 in 12 countries with the ubiquitous “Barbra Streisand”, electronic music’s first true viral music video. A-TRAK easily segues from working with EDM’s elite to revitalizing rap superheroes, launching Federal Reserve with Cam’ron and Low Pros with Lex Luger. He casually picked up 3 VMA nominations along the way. Not bad for a kid from Montreal who was once known as a 90’s turntable prodigy. As a teenager, he brought home every DJ title known to man, starting with the 1997 DMC World Championships and holding a record-breaking 5 titles by the time he was 18. Meanwhile, as his older brother Dave morphed into the lead-singing lothario in the acclaimed electro-pop sensation Chromeo, Alain grew from a nerdy teen who created an elaborate scratch notation system to a bona fide style icon and one of the most recognizable figures in the DJ scene. He has appeared in campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose and Cadillac and graced the covers of Billboard and Complex. Through Fool’s Gold, he cemented his reputation as a cultural curator: the label’s legendary events – most notably the Day Off series – are like a knighting ceremony for new talent; FG has its own clothing line and a Brooklyn storefront which doubles as an art gallery. It’s the accumulation of these projects that defines who A-TRAK is. With this sort of breadth to his resumé, it’s no surprise that Rolling Stone named him one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM. A-TRAK continues to push his own sound and the electronic landscape forward, tapping alternative darlings Phantogram for his latest single, “Parallel Lines”, their first ever feature on a producer’s original song, out May 20th on Fool’s Gold. A-TRAK’s previous single “We All Fall Down” propelled him to a new level of pop production and songwriting, earning over 10 millions streams, Top 20 Dance radio placement and a Juno Award nomination for Best Dance Recording of the Year. The ever-young Trizzy continues to write new chapters in his storied career. chart-topping formulas and reached #1 in 12 countries with the ubiquitous “Barbra Streisand”, electronic music’s first true viral music video. A-TRAK easily segues from working with EDM’s elite to revitalizing rap superheroes, launching Federal Reserve with Cam’ron and Low Pros with Lex Luger. He casually picked up 3 VMA nominations along the way.

Not bad for a kid from Montreal who was once known as a 90’s turntable prodigy. As a teenager, he brought home every DJ title known to man, starting with the 1997 DMC World Championships and holding a record-breaking 5 titles by the time he was 18. Meanwhile, as his older brother Dave morphed into the lead-singing lothario in the acclaimed electro-pop sensation Chromeo, Alain grew from a nerdy teen who created an elaborate scratch notation system to a bona fide style icon and one of the most recognizable figures in the DJ scene. He recently appeared in campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose and Cadillac and graced the covers of Billboard and Complex. Based in New York for close to 10 years now, A-TRAK’s interest in the lifestyle of his generation has certainly made its mark. As one of the first blogging DJs, he now regularly contributes to the Huffington Post and owns the travel website Infinite Legroom.

Through Fool’s Gold, he cemented his reputation as a cultural curator: the label’s legendary events – most notably the Day Off series – are like a knighting ceremony for new talent; FG has its own clothing line and a Brooklyn storefront which doubles as an art gallery. It’s the accumulation of these projects that defines who A-TRAK is. With this sort of breadth to his resumé, it’s no surprise that Rolling Stone named him one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM. Currently focusing on more solo recordings, the ever-young Trizzy continues to write new chapters in his storied career.

Biz-Stone-FUZE

Biz Stone

Co-Founder Twitter, Co-Founder & CEO Jelly

Biz-Stone-FUZE

Biz Stone

Co-Founder Twitter, Co-Founder & CEO Jelly

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Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur—Co-founder of Twitter, Medium, and Jelly. A progenitor of social media, Stone has been developing large scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for more than fifteen years. Today, Biz serves as Co-Founder and CEO of Jelly, a complete reimagining of Search.

Biz has been honored with the International Center for Journalism Innovation Award, INC Magazine named him “Entrepreneur of the Decade,” TIME listed him as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and GQ named him “Nerd of the Year.” In 2014, The Economist recognized Stone with their annual Innovation Award. In 2015, Stone’s Twitter won an Emmy and Biz received CIPR’s most prestigious accolade for his leadership at the forefront of developing new forms of media.

In addition to being a technologist, Biz is a Visiting Fellow at The University of Oxford, an Executive Fellow at Berkeley, a filmmaker, and an author. Stone’s recent book is titled, Things A Little Bird Told Me. It’s a humorous memoir in the business category. Having started out as an artist, Biz stresses creativity, learning from mistakes, and celebrating the triumph of humanity with a little help from technology. Stone lives near San Francisco with his wife Livia and son Jacob.

Steven Woods

Steven Woods

Director of Engineering for Google Canada

Steven Woods

Steven Woods

Director of Engineering for Google Canada

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Steven Woods is Senior Engineering Director for Google in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada.  Since 2008 Steven has applied his entrepreneurial talents to building Google’s engineering and product efforts and leadership in KW across a wide array of consumer and business products.  A serial entrepreneur before Google, Steven built companies in software services and infrastructure, in-game advertising, and consumers services - including Quack.com - the world’s first interactive voice assistant which was sold to America/Online Time Warner in 2000.   Steven serves as Chairman of the board of Communitech - Canada’s most impactful business and startup accelerator and on the board of several Canadian companies -  from startups to FYI Doctors - a global leader in eyecare products and services.  Steven has worked in software development and research areas for nearly 30 years,  holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters and PhD in Computer Science (Mathematics) from the University of Waterloo.  Steven received the JW Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation from U of W in 2010.

John Stix

John Stix

President, KidsWifi

John Stix

John Stix

President, KidsWifi

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As a sought-after professional speaker and highly successful business owner, John Stix sums up his guiding principle in two words – Chain Reaction. John firmly believes that those who are aligned with their mission in life create a series of events that affect everyone they encounter which personally lead him to speak on behalf of the White House. 

John has personally witnessed it happen in his own business where he gained a wealth of experience taking start-ups to enterprise level organizations and figuring out innovative ways to keep all employees highly engaged and onboard. 

He firmly believes the foundation of great companies is great culture. He had the vision to not only realize a new culture was needed at Fibernetics he also constructed and implemented a radically new plan. John is completely committed to doing what it takes to make a great company incredible. As a professional speaker, he shares the secrets of his beliefs and strategies with other organizations that are ready and willing for transformation. 

Bruce Croxon

Bruce Croxon

Managing Partner, Round 13 Capital & TV Co-host, The Disruptors

Bruce Croxon

Bruce Croxon

Managing Partner, Round 13 Capital & TV Co-host, The Disruptors

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Long before “social networking” became a buzzword, Bruce Croxon made his mark as a digital pioneer by co-founding Lavalife in 1987 and revolutionizing how people connect. Under his direction, he grew this early tech start-up into the marquee brand in online dating with over two million users. Partner, chairman and CEO, Croxon helped lead the company’s growth from four to 600 employees, and achieving revenue of just under $100 million. After its spectacular rise, he led the sale of the company for a stunning $180 million dollars. Since that time, Bruce has been active as both an investor and advisor in early stage companies in the technology and hospitality sectors, continuing to expand the reach of his entrepreneurial successes. As an ex Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, he adds a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tap into his passion for digital media. Croxon currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth stage digital Canadian companies. He is co host of the new BNN program “The Disruptors” focusing on High Tech start-ups in Canada.

Calvin Chu

Calvin Chu

Founder, Palette

Calvin Chu

Calvin Chu

Founder, Palette

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Calvin is the CEO and founder of Palette. He and his team are developing a modular computer interface to solve the problems of how people interact with their digital world. In the past 6 years Calvin has lived and worked in 5 different countries including New Zealand, Sweden, China, and the US. This work experience led him to various product engineering roles at Apple, Toyota, Spartan Bioscience and Trimble Navigation. He studied Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where he took special interest in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. When he's not working on that, you’ll find him snowboarding, hiking, travelling and collecting maps.

Derek Jouppi

Derek Jouppi

Co-Founder & COO, Suncayr

Derek Jouppi

Derek Jouppi

Co-Founder & COO, Suncayr

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Derek is a founding member and COO of Suncayr. Suncayr makes Spot, which is a wearable sticker that will change colour when your sunscreen is no longer protecting your skin. After applying more sunscreen, the colour change reverses to let you know you’re protected again! It’s safe to assume that he definitely enjoys long walks on the beach. In the community, he mentors AVRO Life Science, VivaSpire, and a third startup currently in stealth, all started by past co-op students who have worked at Suncayr!

Sarah Landstreet

Sarah Landstreet

Founder & CEO, Georgette Packaging

Sarah Landstreet

Sarah Landstreet

Founder & CEO, Georgette Packaging

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Sarah Landstreet is the founder and CEO of Georgette Packaging, a Y Combinator-funded company that makes it easy for small businesses to buy branded packaging.  Previously, she owned a cupcake bakery in Northern Ireland, was sustainability lead for the new British Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, and worked as a mechanical engineer at Caltech’s radio telescope in Hawaii.
 
Sarah graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, and an MBA from the Ivey Business School.  She is also a certified sheep shearer, and her favourite colour is Pantone 116U.

Alexa Roeper

Alexa Roeper

CEO & Founder, Penta Medical

Alexa Roeper

Alexa Roeper

CEO & Founder, Penta Medical

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Alexa is the founder of Penta Medical. Penta is a medical device startup that's designing wearable therapy solutions that will help people recover from injuries. The startup is based out of the Velocity program at the University of Waterloo, where she studied Biomedical Sciences. Passionate about human rights and diversity, she spends her free time working with Ladies Learning Code. This is a non-profit working to advance access to basic software and coding skills to all members of the public, with Shopify and Google among the corporate sponsors. Fluent in 3 languages, she also trains and competes nationally in dressage under her coach, Canadian Olympian Tom Dvorak.

Liza Fromer

Liza Fromer

Broadcaster

Liza Fromer

Liza Fromer

Broadcaster

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Previously, Liza spent five years as the popular co-host of City TV’s Breakfast Television before being offered her own series as host of the “The List”, for the SLICE network. She also reported for CBS Newspath Los Angeles.

Liza made a life changing journey when she traveled to Tanzania in East Africa to document the plight of orphaned and abandoned children for the international charity SOS Children’s Villages. She co-hosted the program with the charities spokesperson Mike Holmes. Liza is also a published children’s author, co-writing The Bodyworks Series, a range of 6 books that explains to kids how their bodies work by incorporating facts and fun. Liza lives in Toronto with her 2 children.

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