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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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