Travis Laurendine // Founder and CEO of CODEMKRS
Travis Laurendine is the founder and CEO of CODEMKRS, the founder of Airpnp, a cofounder and producer for Bloody Sunday Sessions, a cofounder of Skrapps, and the creator of Hackathons for the Super Bowl, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and the first celebrity hackathon (at Sundance). Prior to this Travis was a promoter and digital producer for New Orleans top artists including Trombone Shorty, Big Freedia, Juvenile, and Mannie Fresh. Travishas been honored by the POTUS twice most recently in 2013 as the White House Champion of Change for Civic Hacking and in 2002 as the Presidential Scholar from Louisiana. Prior to this Travis was a comedian, comedy promoter, and writer.
Young Guru // Audio Engineer and Artist in Residence
Young Guru is an audio engineer, record producer, and DJ. He has worked with Jay-Z and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011. In April 2015 the Wall Street Journal called him “the most famous and successful engineer in the history of hip-hop.” He has also worked with Eminem, 50 Cent, Beyoncé, Drake, Rick Ross, Rihanna, and Snoop Dogg. Recently he has been working in Silicon Valley where he is an artist-in-residence at USC. He teaches students about music technology and music history.
Ina Yosun Chang // mShakespeare, Founder and Artistic Director
Ina Yosun Chang has prototyped thousands of 3D AR/VR apps at hackathons - and for agencies, companies, VCs and startups - as a massively-parallel (and serial) freelancer. To build even more stuff, she made her own framework called RealityScript, which powers entire platforms for 3D AR+VR startups. A creative technologist at heart, she likes to use technology in ways that may make the hack seem like magic.
In her dark past, when she was known as Ina Centaur, she tried a social experiment locking herself in a room for two years to do nothing but create stuff in the virtual world of Second Life. She founded and became the artistic director of the SL Shakespeare Company (renamed mShakespeare) - where she got to do everything form designing the actor's faces to costumes to theatres - as well as theatrical knickknacks in VR. (She also built a Flash creation platform during high school and created GREPhysics.net about a decade ago before leaving physics grad school.)
Kiarash Adl // Google Engineer
Kiarash graduated from MIT with an EECS degree and a minor is Arts in 2014. In the same year he joined Google as a software engineer to work on Search. Kiarash's past experiences include working with Twitter Ads team as well as starting and interning at multiple small start-ups.
Erdin Beshimov // MITx Experimental Productions
Erdin is a Teaching Fellow at MITx and the producer and host of MIT's MOOCs (massive online open courses) "User Innovation: A Path to Entrepreneurship", "Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?", and "Entrepreneurship 102: What can you do for your customer?".
At MIT, Erdin leads a group that brings together scholars, filmmakers, graphic artists, and entrepreneurs. Their mission is to craft novel educational experiences. These experiences impart valuable skills, instill confidence, and build community. Born in a country that no longer exists, the Soviet Union, Erdin has lived and studied in four different countries – Kyrgyzstan, India, UK, and US. He hopes, of course, there will be more.
Sedef Buyukataman // Human Resource and Talent Marketing Expert
Sedef is a disruptive professional with 20+ years experience in the development and delivery of innovative Human Resource and Talent Marketing Programs globally: Employment Brand Strategy, Talent Acquisition (University & Experienced Professional), Performance Management, Training (development and delivery) with ongoing program enhancement. She changes how HR is positioned and put People Strategy to the forefront of business success. Her background includes experience in leading and developing global teams and programs with geographic experience in North & South America, Europe, Middle East, Russia and Asia (India, China, Japan and Australia) in business sectors such as Management Consulting, Hi-Tech, Communications, Telecoms, Automotive and Banking. She has been on both sides of the HR table: a leader for internal process reinvention as well as well as an external consultant to business decision makers.
Jack Colley // Lightwave, Creative Director
Jack Colley is Lightwave’s Creative Director. Jack is a rare breed of creative technologist - bringing together a unique background in both marketing and audio technologies. An award-winning creative director, Jack has worked with blue-chip brands all across the world, such as Google, HSBC, Nespresso, BMW, Audi, Nike and Volvo. As an artist, Jack has had his music licensed to television and film properties around the world and his artwork exhibited in Sydney’s biggest galleries. Jack has a degree in sound and music design from University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.
Trish Cotter // Martin Trust Center at MIT, Entrepreneur in Residence
Trish is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence and Director of the Global Founders Skill Accelerator at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Trish has a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in Education with a focus on work based learning. Her research focuses on the development of higher education business analytics programs designed to meet growing industry demands and close the twenty-first century skills gap. Trish is an experienced leader and entrepreneur, having brought two companies public (Netezza in 2007 and Visual Networks in 1998). Trish was a member of the executive team that integrated Netezza into IBM following IBM’s acquisition of Netezza for $1.8B in 2010 and was appointed President of Netezza LLC. Trish joined the Trust Center after she left IBM in 2015. Trish also holds a masters from Penn, AMP from Harvard Business School, MBA from Northeastern University and a Bachelors from Boston College.
Michael Downing // Sonos, Network/Systems Administrator
Michael is an experienced technical support and network/systems administrator with over 10 years of experience in various industries. He has a heavy focus on Windows server administration along with Exchange, Domino and Cisco proficiencies. Before working at Sonos he has worked at OnQue Technologies, centaurIT Consulting, Belcorp, and PowerSteering Software. He received his BS in Management Information Systems from Northeastern University.
Bruno Faviero // Kensho, Software Engineer
Bruno Faviero is a software engineer at Kensho and a recent graduate of MIT. Bruno previously served as the founding Managing Partner of Dorm Room Fund Boston and co-founded HackMIT. Prior to joining Kensho, he was an iOS Developer intern at Blade.
Eric Huynh // Lightwave, CTO
As CTO of Lightwave, Eric Huynh brings over 20 years of experience leading world-class teams in some of the most dynamic gaming and mobile companies in the world. Previously, he was CTO of Worldwide Studios for Vivendi Games Mobile, now Activision/Blizzard.Before his time at Vivendi, Huynh was also the founding CTO of Gameloft and CTO of Ubisoft. While at Ubisoft, Huynh headed up approximately 300 developers across nine Ubisoft subsidiaries. While at Riot Games, Eric guided the company’s mobile and emerging platform strategy. Additionally, he was responsible for bringing Pac-Man onto the iPhone and Android platforms.
Rana June // Lightwave, CEO
Rana June works at the intersection of data, art, and analysis as the founder and CEO of Lightwave. As a technologist, she bridged the divide between wearable technology and next generation sentiment analytics by building Lightwave, an interactive biometric data platform. As an artist, she defined the space for iPad music production and performance as “the iPad DJ.” She has performed more than 200 concerts for nearly100,000 attendees and has been the headlining artist at events such as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, TED, and the X Prize Foundation. Rana is also the author of the book Mobilize, which examines the first 500 days of the App Store and Apple's mobile success.
Nash Reilly // Sonos, Digital Design Engineer
Nash's roles include, but are not limited to: electrical engineer, bluegrass musican, Python/Perl/C/C++ enthusiast, voracious science fiction reader, electronics hobbyist, novice gardener, fierce Punch Brothers fan, amateur foodie. His experience includes consumer audio products, custom VHDL prototypes, DRAM module performance software, bluegrass albums, student run street concerts.
Sandra Rodriguez // Filmmaker and Scholar
Sandra Rodriguez (PhD), is a documentary maker as well as a sociologist of new media technologies. As a filmmaker, she has directed, shot and produced independent medium and feature length films, broadcasted and exhibited internationally (including We Were There, 2013; Rapayan, 2008; The Enemy Within, 2006). Recently, she has authored and co-directed the 5th episode of the Do Not Track webseries (2015), a personalized exploration of privacy and the new web economy (created by Brett Gaylor, co-produced by Upian, ARTE, BR and the NFB).
As a scholar, her research focuses on understanding our relationship to new media developments and how these are/can be used for social change. A lecturer and a writer, she has published a book and articles on social engagement and mobilization in network cultures, and occasionally collaborates as consultant, public speaker and columnist (Radio-Canada) on new media trends and technology. She is currently a fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab.
Tom Sheen // Sonos, Analog/Audio Engineer
Tim is an analog/audio engineer at Sonos. Before Sonos he worked as a senior engineer at Bose Corporation and as an engineer at Teradyne. He graduated from MIT for Electrical Engineering.
Ephraim Tekle // Pandora Media, Engineering Lead
Ephraim is a lead engineer at Pandora. He graduated from MIT in 2001 with a BS in Mathematics and Physics, and in 2003 with a MS in Mathematics and Computer Science/Information Technology. Prior to Pandora, he worked at Lawrence Livermore National Lab from 2003 to 2012 and joined Pandora afterwards.
He is a senior software engineer with a wide-array of expertise in mobile apps development, user interface design, web development,and software development and management. He has three children and lives in Livermore, CA.