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Adam Bain

President, Global Revenue & Partnerships, Twitter

Adam Bain, President of Global Revenue and Partnerships. Adam leads Twitter’s worldwide monetization efforts, business development and platform relations teams as the company’s top business executive who oversees 1,000+ employees in 40 countries across the world.

Jordan Bitterman

Chief Strategy Officer, Mindshare

Jordan is the Chief Strategy Officer at Mindshare. He oversees key parts of the company including: Communications Planning, Digital Strategy, Social, Mobile and Commerce. He is also responsible for the positioning of the agency.

He is the architect of Mindshare’s global operating system called The Loop where teams gather on a daily basis to generate insights – driven by data feeds – to be reinvested into actions in media, creative and content.

Jordan was the co-founder/creator of the ad industry’s annual NewFront event, an important milestone on the advertising industry calendar competing with the broadcast upfronts to drive the marketplace for digital video.

Jordan comments on the industry in publications such as Adweek, Forbes & The Wall Street Journal and he has provided insight on Bloomberg TV. He presented at the prestigious Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity in 2014.

Prior to Mindshare, Jordan held roles at Digitas, Foote Cone & Belding, Modem Media and Ammirati Puris Lintas. Jordan began his professional career at The White House in The Office of Presidential Press Advance.

Jordan holds a B.A. degree in Marketing from The George Washington University in Washington DC.

Mike Brown Jr.

General Partner, Bowery Capital

Mike is the General Partner at Bowery Capital based in New York. Prior to Bowery Capital, Brown co-founded AOL Ventures and led investments in over 30 companies primarily focused around the next generation of CMO and CTO spend. Before AOL Ventures, Mike worked for the investment arm of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, helping to invest capital in early stage internet startups on behalf of the British entrepreneur. He began his career at Morgan Stanley. Outside of his professional life Brown serves on the Board of Directors of the National Forest Foundation and co-chairs the Columbia College Young Leaders Council. Mike holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

Noshir Contractor

Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University

Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA. He is the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University.

He is investigating factors that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks in communities. Specifically, his research team is developing and testing theories and methods of network science to map, understand and enable more effective networks in a wide variety of contexts including communities of practice in business, science and engineering communities, disaster response teams, public health networks, digital media and learning networks, and in virtual worlds, such as Second Life. His research program has been funded continuously for over a decade by major grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation with additional funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),the Rockefeller Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.

Omri Duek

Social Platform Strategy, Analytics and Media Insights, The Coca-Cola Company

Omri Duek led the vision, launch and expansion of Coca-Cola's social analytics solution – Hub Analytics - which monitors for real-time social media opportunities across 11 languages globally. As part of Coca-Cola’s Hub Network ‘central nervous system’ for social, Omri developed global social standards and models; including benchmarking, early-warning, and predictive social algorithms that connect this data to media action and business results. He has worked across multiple marketing initiatives at Coca-Cola, including acting as the social analytics SME for global campaigns such as FIFA World Cup and pioneering emerging brand image-recognition technologies for real-time marketing around visual social media.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Omri led a team of social media analysts as Director of Insight Services at WPP’s Visible Technologies and as Insight Practice Leader at TNS Cymfony.

Evan Hanlon

Vice President, Strategy & Investment, Americas, Xaxis

Evan Hanlon joined Xaxis in December 2011 to help develop a strategic planning discipline. He now leads strategy & investment for North America in engaging with the broader data ecosystem and creating innovative new approaches to audience buying across all GroupM clients. He is a graduate of Harvard College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Environmental Studies. Prior to Xaxis, he started his career on the creative side as a copywriter and creative director, focusing on the development of brand identities.

Taylor Hanson

Co-Founder / CEO, HANSON/3CG Records

Taylor Hanson is a multi Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur. He has worked in the music industry for over twenty years, and sold more than sixteen million albums as a member of the pop-rock trio HANSON. He is CEO and co-founder of 3CG Records and Hanson Brothers Beer Company.

Don Heider

Founding Dean and Professor, Loyola University Chicago

Don Heider is the Founding Dean and Professor at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. He is the Founder of the Center for Digital Ethics & Policy. He is editor of A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism Ethics, Digital Ethics: Research & Practice and Living Virtually. Heider is a multiple Emmy-award winning producer and reporter who spent ten years in news before entering the academy.

Anna Lauren Hoffman

Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor, University of California, Berkeley

Anna Lauren Hoffmann is a trans woman and scholar working at the intersections of information, technology, culture, and ethics. Her research considers the ways in which the design and use of information technology can promote or hinder the pursuit of social justice. In particular, she is interested in how the standards and categories imposed on the world by data structures and technological systems can serve the development of self-respect for some individuals and identities while hindering its development for others. In addition to her work on justice and self-respect, her other research employs critical discourse analysis to explore the values and biases that underwrite understandings of technology, privacy, and ethics as promoted by various stakeholders.

Jalak Jobanputra

Managing Partner, FuturePerfect Ventures

Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of FuturePerfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in NYC. Before founding Future\Perfect Ventures, Jobanputra was the Director of Mobile Investments at Omidyar Network, a philanthrocapitalist fund started by Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of eBay. She has 20 years experience in venture capital, impact investing, media and technology. She was previously Senior Vice President at the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF), a private economic development fund, where she managed the fund’s technology and digital media venture investments. Prior to NYCIF, she was a Principal at New Venture Partners, a $300 million early stage venture fund that commercialized technology out of corporate labs. From 1999-2003, Jobanputra was at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, where she invested in enterprise software, internet and digital media startups, including Demantra (sold to Oracle), Extricity (sold to Peregrine), Viacore (sold to IBM), R Systems (IPO), Financial Engines (IPO), Yodlee and Zinio. In 1997 in NYC, in the early days of Silicon Alley, she launched and managed product development for online financial information startup Horsesmouth. She began her career in media, telecom and tech investment banking at Lehman Brothers and Broadview in NYC and London.

Jobanputra is also active in supporting education reform and social entrepreneurship and served as a Trustee of Achievement First Bushwick Charter Schools (Brooklyn) and sits on the Executive Committee of the Social Investment Council of Echoing Green. She is on the Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future, Advisory Board of Loreal’s Women in Digital Initiative, and Access to Capital Subcommittee member of the US Secretary of State Women’s Leadership Council.

In 2013, Jobanputra was selected as a “40 Woman to Watch Over 40”. Jobanputra was selected as an Outstanding 50 Asian American in Business in 2010 by the Asian American Development Center. Jobanputra is a Techstars NYC Mentor, Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and Advisory Board Member of Astia NYC, and is a frequent speaker and judge at entrepreneur and venture conferences, including Mobile World Congress, CTIA, TechCrunch Disrupt, Bloomberg, Internet Week and Social Media Week. She is a regular contributor on BloombergTV and has been interviewed by MarketPlace Radio, Forbes, SeekingAlpha and other national publications. She can be found at @jalak or on her blog (recently named a top 10 investor blog.)

Sean Kegelman

EVP, Programmatic Solutions & Strategy, VivaKi

As Executive Vice President of Programmatic Solutions & Strategy, Sean is in charge of setting the vision for Publicis Groupe’s programmatic offerings and delivering on these solutions to help the Internet live up to its addressable and interactive marketing promise. Sean has been with VivaKi since the beginning in 2008, having been a jack-of-all trades for a decade at Digitas in the (relatively) early days of digital marketing. Having spent large portions of his career alternating hats from management consultant to creative advertising exec to software developer to media expert, Sean is continually energized seeing these worlds keep converging.

Laura Noren

Moore-Sloan Postdoctoral Associate, New York University

Laura Norén is a Moore-Sloan Postdoctoral Associate at New York University's Center for Data Science where she is an ethnographer. Her research investigates the way organizations incorporate data science methodologies and knowledge discovery practices with a focus on large research universities, sports organizations, and financial firms.

Judy Selby

Partner, BakerHostetler

Judy co-chairs BakerHostetler’s Information Governance Team, founded the eDiscovery & Technology Management Team and counsel clients on ways to avoid information-related liability. She handles privacy, data breach, information governance, cyber insurance and insurance coverage matters.

Judy frequently speaks and writes about information-related strategies and best practices. She has completed a course on Big Data management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-chairs the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Cyber Liability Committee. Jusy is a member of the ABA Big Data Committee and the Sedona Conference Data Security and Privacy Liability Working Group.

Jusy also has over 20 years of experience in large scale first- and third-party complex insurance coverage matters, providing a full range of services from opinion work to coverage litigation and international arbitration.

Judy is a member of the Law360 Insurance and Legal Technology News editorial boards and a contributor to She also was honored as LawCrossing's Law Job Star in July 2014, featured in Law Technology News as a leading woman in technology, and was a 2015 finalist for CLM's outside counsel of the year. Judy has been quoted in Forbes, Reuters, Law360 and Law Technology News regarding information-related issues.

Shawn Walker

PhD Candidate, University of Washington

Shawn Walker is a PhD Candidate and founding member of the Social Media (SoMe) Lab at the University of Washington Information School. My research focuses on methodologies and research designs for the collection, curation, and analysis of social media data in social science research, within the context of social media usage by social movements. I look at this process through the lens of archive theory. My work pays particular attention to the ethics of collecting social media data including the process of consent and possible risks to those whose data we are collecting.

Jim Thatcher

Assistant Professor, University of Washington - Tacoma

Jim Thatcher is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington - Tacoma in the Urban Studies Program where here here teaches in the Master's of Science in Geospatial Technologies program. His research is part of a nascent field termedCritical Data Studies that examines the intersection between design and experience of code and data in the world. His current work focuses on the provenance of ‘big data’ and the recursive socio-cultural processes that constitute it. His work has been featured in The Atlantic and on NPR’s On The Media, and he was recently awarded an NSF Fellowship in CyberGIS with his collaborator Britta Ricker. He received his Ph.D. from Clark University in Geography, and his Master’s from the University of Chicago.

Wei Wang

Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Wei Wang is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of California at Los Angeles and the director of the Scalable Analytics Institute (ScAI). She received a MS degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1995 and a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1999. She was a professor in Computer Science and a member of the Carolina Center for Genomic Sciences and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2002 to 2012, and was a research staff member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center between 1999 and 2002. Dr. Wang's research interests include big data, data mining, bioinformatics and computational biology, and databases. She has filed seven patents, and has published one monograph and more than one hundred research papers in international journals and major peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

Dr. Wang received the IBM Invention Achievement Awards in 2000 and 2001. She was the recipient of a UNC Junior Faculty Development Award in 2003 and an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2005. She was named a Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellow in 2005. She was honored with the 2007 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement at UNC. She was recognized with an IEEE ICDM Outstanding Service Award in 2012 and an Okawa Foundation Research Award in 2013. Dr. Wang has been an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery in Data, Journal of Knowledge and Information Systems, International Journal of Knowledge Discovery in Bioinformatics, and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics and the Open Artificial Intelligence Journal. She serves on the organization and program committees of international conferences including ACM SIGMOD, ACM SIGKDD, ACM BCB, VLDB, ICDE, EDBT, ACM CIKM, IEEE ICDM, SIAM DM, SSDBM, BIBM.

Alex White

CEO and Co-Founder, Next Big Sound, Inc.

Alex White co-founded Next Big Sound in 2008, while in his last semester at Northwestern University. The analytics service measures daily music consumption and purchase decisions around the globe. From social to streaming to sales, Next Big Sound combines artist activity with context to help the modern music industry make decisions.

White and his co-founders have been featured in Billboard (10 best music companies) New York Times, CNN, Forbes (30 under 30), Techcrunch, BusinessWeek (25 under 25) and more.

Next Big Sound works with thousands of customers, from individual artists to major labels, and licenses two charts to Billboard magazine and just announced their foray into book publishing with Macmillan as their anchor “Big 5” customer. In 2012 the start-up announced a $6.5 million dollar series A financing from IA Ventures, Foundry Group, SofttechVC and other notable angel investors.

Kimberly Yarnell

Vice President, Digital Media, Macy's Inc.

Kimberly Yarnell is the Vice President of digital media at Macy’s. In this role, she leads Macy’s digital and social media strategy, with a focus on engaging customers, fostering brand loyalty, and driving sales. Yarnell and her team manage the brand’s social media presence, mobile media strategy, and display advertising campaigns. Additionally, she oversees the development of digital video content and influencer marketing strategies, to support Macy’s objective of growing market share with millennial consumers. Prior to this role, Yarnell led marketing strategy for women’s apparel, accessories, and millennial businesses at

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