John Armstrong is a Lecturer and Fellow in the Stanford Design Program, where he teaches courses that help students navigate their educational, vocational, and personal paths. John is a meditation guide for the number #1 app for meditation and sleep, consults with companies as a Design Coach, and has led courses and workshops at universities in the Middle East, South America, and Asia.
Starting from 2014 Yaroslav tought the robotics for students in Almaty. The author of the library for BP development which were bought by UNITY in 2017. Currently working for Singularity Lab, the leading company in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Certified YouTube Specialist. Head of the Central Asian region YouTube official partner company AIR. Teaches a copyright course at the First YouTube Blogging Academy in Central Asia.
- bloggers to develop their YouTube channels,
- musical performers to promote their songs,
- film companies to protect their films from piracy,
- and business to turn the channel into a sales tool.
The father of three daughters.
He is a DJ and multi-genre musical producer with many releases on international labels. Currently he is involved in Salem Social Media project as Creative Producer.
John Smock is a photographer, educator and story experimenter. Smock is the Director of Photography at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a freelance photographer based in New York City. Previously Smock worked for the Associated Press and SIPA Press, a photo agency with offices in New York and in Paris. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Paris Match, Der Spiegel and many other publications. Smock has also worked as a visual journalism trainer in several former Soviet Republics, Cambodia and most recently Afghanistan. In 2005 he received a Knight International Press Fellowship to the Middle East, where I assisted regional publication in developing the visual components of their publications. He is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, where he also worked as an instructor.
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Founder, CEO at Green Business Innovation. Technovation ambassador in Uzbekistan. Sustainable development specialist with an emphasis on sustainable energy, green technology and innovations. Extensive experience in working with international organisations (UNDP, ILO, IREX), research, project development/management, cooperation with Government partners.
Dr. Timour Paltashev works in Silicon Valley over 20 years. He is holds PhD (1987) and Doctor of Technical Sciences (1994) degrees in computer engineering. He works in visual/graphics, perceptual and deep learning high performance computing architectures professional field and has 28+ US patents and over 10 pending patent applications. At present time he works in AMD Radeon Technology Group, previously he worked in Vivante/Verisilicon Corporation, S3 Graphics Inc. and S3 Inc. respectively. Academic activity includes long term experience in PhD candidates advising and graduate level courses teaching in computer graphics, high performance computer architecture and system-on-chip design in leading universities of the USA and Russian Federation.
Musician and DJ known as 'Broxxz' and 'Oscillah'. He participated in many workshops such as ‘Playing Together’ (Kyrgyzstan 2014), Reimagining New Man (Tajikistan, 2010), 2010 Triangle Arts: Britto Art Trust (Bangladesh); curated Unsound Dislocation; and Bishkek 2016 festival. He has participated in art exhibitions and festivals in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Russia and participated in 52 Venetian Biennale in 2007.
Jeffrey Donenfeld is an international business strategy advisor, investment manager, and startup venture mentor with experience in tech ideation, investment analysis and market positioning. He has been instrumental in raising and managing multi-millions in private equity, seasoned working with sector-leading technology and lifestyle brands, and successful in guiding teams and companies to profitable growth. Jeffrey is currently the Investment Director of Boomtown Accelerators, and Director of Four North Ventures. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. He’s also worked globally as a photojournalist, public speaker, and Antarctic expedition technician. He blogs at http://JeffreyDonenfeld.com and @Jeffzilla.
Seasoned entrepreneur, thinker, leader, mentor, advisor and investor. Key Speaking 2018: - AI in Healthcare Conference, Harvard - AI, Chatbots, Big Data in Healthcare, HIMSS NorCal Innovations Conference, Silicon Valley- Blockchain in Healthcare, DC - AI, BIg Data Analytics in Healthcare, World Health Congress, DC - Blockchain in Healthcare, Healthcare Innovation Talk Show - Innovations in Healthcare, Alzheimer's Global Conference, Chicago.
Director and partner of Namba Food Kyrgyzstan. Worked for Megaline, the leading telecommunication operator. Starting 2015, Aziza joined Namba team. She is co-founder of "Ozelenim" project - ecological way of doing business and living.
Amirkhan Omarov is CEO of BeInTech and BeInTech Ventures, innovations & VC arms of BI Group, the #1 real estate developer and owner in Central Asia. In past, he is a founder of SmArt.Point, 12 000 sqm space for tech & art communities & activities. His expertise is in strategy, business development & managerial efficiency, with respective experience in Ernst & Young, Alageum Electric and Mercury Properties.
Head of IT Department of the Group of Companies «55 Group», Tajikistan. IT Consultant, more than 12 years of experience in the IT sector, a member of the Board of the Startupstan Cup. Co-founder of ITN Academy
Bauyrzhan is the CEO of Relog, tech entrepreneur, software architect, and full-stack developer. Relog is the cloud-based platform for optimization of transport services. It is one of the successful cases on Kazakhstani market since the company raised 2 round of investments in amount of $500K. Also Bauyrzhan has 6 years of experience in designing software architecture (web applications, web services, databases), integration methods, and project management.
A coding school “Method” is a place where children and adults can receive high-quality IT education during a short period of time. The vision of the school - Kazakhstan will be in the leading positions of the global technology market. The mission of school is to facilitate implementation of this vision by training and raising competitive IT specialists from an early age.
Samaruddin Stewart is an independent journalist and media technologist based in California. He also serves as a program manager for the SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Google News Initiative which has trained over 20,000 US journalists in the past two years across 48 US states. Prior, he was awarded a Knight Foundation Prototype Grant for his innovative work in verification of visual content for journalism and was also selected as a Stanford University John S. Knight Journalism Fellow where his research focused on countering misinformation through technology. His prior work includes senior managing and editing roles at Aol News, Agence France-Presse, The Arizona Republic, and he was also selected as the US Department of State’s 189th Franklin Fellow, serving as a media expert providing strategic advising on media outreach and audience engagement. He holds an MBA from Central European University and both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism. In his work he has traveled to over 80 countries on 6 continents but more so cherishes his time at home with his wife and young daughter.
Rolf Potts is truly a man of the world. He has reported from more than 60 countries for the likes of National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Slate.com, Outside, the New York Times Magazine, The Believer, The Guardian (U.K.), Sports Illustrated, National Public Radio, and the Travel Channel. Rolf is perhaps best known for promoting the ethic of independent travel, and his book on the subject, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Random House, 2003), has been through thirty-one printings and translated into several foreign languages. His collection of literary travel essays, Marco Polo Didn’t Go There, won a 2009 Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, and became the first American-authored book to win Italy’s prestigious Chatwin Prize for travel writing. He has taught nonfiction writing courses at University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and the Paris American Academy.
Geniyat Issin is the Country Manager for MasterCard Kazakhstan. Payment industry professional having the practical business understanding of all range of card products, money transfers, innovative payment solutions including mobile and contactless payments and e-wallets. Freelance journalist - marketing, finance, banking, investments.
Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. Scales’ mesmerizing compositions have captivated listeners and elevated him to the status of a true composer, forging new territory in the medium of instrumental music. Although Scales’ writing produces songs that are ultimately accessible and danceable, the compositions can be remarkably complex and difficult to perform. As a result, the power trio whimsically named Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has always had a fluid lineup top-notch musicians, and even included an “all-star” version with bassist MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost Note), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Snoop Dogg) and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, Nth Power), as well as a number of other talented marquee value players.
Ainur was born in Kokshetay and moved to Almaty at her 10. She graduated Turan University in 2002 and Saint Louis University, Missouri in 2012, both as a lawyer. She works in Fond Soros-Kazakhstan providing opportunities of education and rights for disability persons. Ainur started writer career after getting education. In 2015 she was writing for Look.tm trying herself as a blogger. In 2016 she entered online workshop by Alexandr Molchanov where she has studied 3 courses of screenplay writing. In 2017 she was helping in writing dialogues for Mother’s Heart (Habar channel) series screenplay. In 2018 she won the competition (with her play What’s Up 5th B) and entered the final of Drama.kz where she was studying dramaturgy in workshop managed by Olzhas Zhanaidarov.