Olga Yurkova is a journalist and cofounder pf StopFake, an independent Ukrainian organization that trains an international cohort of fact-checkers in an effort to curb propaganda and disinformation in the media. She teaches different audiences how propaganda works and how to identify fake news, consulting a range of organizations and public structures.
She has 15 years in journalism. Yurkova has been working as a media trainer since 2012. For fighting propaganda, she was included in the list of New Europe 100 and was named a TED Fellow in 2018. Her TED Talk was watched more than 1 million times.
Anna Polonyi is an American, French and Hungarian writer and journalist. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, an M.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University. She is a recipient of a Fulbright for Young American Journalists, the Richard E.
Guthrie Fellowship and Sylvia Beach Short Fiction Prize.
She has worked as a reporter for Foreign Policy, The International New York Times, Agence France Press, Radio France Internationale and others. She serves as the creative writing program director at the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking and hosts the writing prompt podcast The Quarantine Quill.
Former photojournalist and web-documentary maker, now product manager specializing in editorial innovation, Gerald studies the impact of synthetic media (deepfakes) on the making of digital visual culture.
After 10 years of regular interventions with different journalism schools (EMI, CFJ/CFPJ, INA, Sciences Po Grenoble), Gerald Holubowicz teaches at the School of Journalism and the Media Center of Sciences Po Paris.
Aigerim is a Product Designer at Yandex. Before she worked at UNICEF Innovation Lab, took master's degree in Engineering Management at NU and won Anita Borg Scholarship.
Also, she mentored team of girls for Technovation challenge, where they developed mobile application and took first place in Silicon Valley.
Of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn is an artist whose work redistributes power, “exemplifying the possibilities of art as social practice” (ArtForum). With the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Jahn created CareForce, a project that amplifies the voices of America’s fastest growing workforce, caregivers. CareForce includes two mobile studios (NannyVan, CareForce One), an app that CNN named as “one of 5 apps to change the world,” and a PBS/Sundance-supported film produced with Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmaker Yael Melamede.
A Creative Capital awardee, Jahn’s work reaches wide audiences at Obama’s White House, the United Nations, New Museum, Creative Time, Tribeca Film Festival, The New York Times, BBC, Univision, etc. Jahn is the founder of Studio REV- which codesigns public art and creative media with low-wage workers, immigrants, youth, and women. She is a collaborating artist on the “Open Collectives” station at the 17th Venice Biennale of Architecture led by MIT Associate Professors Rafi Segal (architecture) and Sarah Williams (civic data design) with Greg Lindsay. She has taught at MIT’s Art, Culture, and Technology; Columbia University; and The New School.
Kathy Giori is an EdTech and IoT Entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. She volunteers her time to support and evangelize MicroBlocks, Web Things, PlatformIO, and other favorite open source tools and projects. She wants to bring better STEM education to students around the world, and better privacy to consumers of smart home products and services.
She is a passionate advocate for open source software, hardware, and STEM learning that is accessible to all.Kathy most recently worked at Mozilla, and before that held senior product and engineering positions at Arduino, Qualcomm, a few startups, and began her career in research at SRI International. She holds a bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters in EE from Stanford.
Independent filmmaker Frank Popper's feature documentary debut CAN MR.SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANYMORE? (2006) won the AFI Docs(Silverdocs) Audience Award; was an International Documentary AssociationFinalist, Best Feature; made the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesShort – list for documentary feature;
Won a Special Jury Prize at the InternationalHuman Rights Film Festival of Paris and aired on PBS Independent Lens.Popper filmed the feature documentary EROICA! which also aired onIndependent Lens.
GENTLEMEN OF VISION is his third documentary feature. Popper is currently Filmmaker-in-Residence at KETC-TV (PBS) in St. Louis.
Brandon Andrews is a senior consultant at Values Partnerships. He leads the company's work on technology and entrepreneurship including leading a nationwide casting tour focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to ABC’s Shark Tank. Brandon also advises and invests in entrepreneurs. He is a consulting producer on Steve Harvey's Funderdome; a new seed-capital show on ABC.
In addition to working with entrepreneurs Brandon has helped lead nationwide engagement campaigns including Fences (2016), ROOTS (2016), and Concussion (2015).
In 2015, he worked with A+E Networks, iHeartMedia, and the United Way to develop the Shining A Light Concert for Progress on Race in America, Shining a Light Fund, and Conversations on Race in America documentary.
Previously, Brandon worked as a consultant assisting disruptive and social impact organizations with digital strategy, online advocacy, and navigating the federal system. He spent 5 years in the United States Senate where he handled technology, small business, and defense policy.
Brandon currently serves as a Director of IMPACT. He was appointed to the D.C. Commission on National and Community Service by the Mayor of Washington, D.C., where he is Vice-Chair. He is also a Commissioner on the DC Commission on Fashion, Arts, and Events. Brandon serves on the Board of Advisors of the OpenGov Foundation; an organization that builds tech tools to bridge the gap between citizens and government.
He provides commentary on policy, politics, and technology on TV, radio, and the web. A former Division-1 track athlete, Brandon is a graduate of Oral Roberts University.
English teacher at IQanat High School of Burabay, teacher blogger, author of the online course "Teacher Survival Kit: Everything About Effective Teaching".
Co-founder of the Teachers Lab marketplace for teachers. Researcher of educational trends. Кuns the telegram channel called Proactive Educator.
DevOps Engineer at Relativity LLC. Co-founder and CEO of MurasClub.
Contributing to grow IT awareness in Central Asia. Motivated to help others to succeed!
• Women in Tech project speaker
• Chicago Kyrgyz IT forum organizer
• Winner of 2020 – Women of the Workplace (WoW) project
• Ambassador of American Cancer Society (cancer.org)
• Mentor and volunteer at We All Code (weallcode.org)
• Member of General Assembly panel speakers (generalassemb.ly)
Aidana has started her IT career in 2015 and joined Relativity's DevOps team in 2017. She manages internal technology applications that employees use throughout the company. In her work here, Aidana values the support she receives from her manager and the ability to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Priyanka Gariba heads Technical Program Management for the Artificial Intelligence organization at LinkedIn. Her team leads to high impact, cross-functional technical programs focused on building products powered by AI.
She is a seasoned professional who has experience working in both, enterprise and consumer space. At LinkedIn, she has led several company-wide data sciences and artificial intelligence initiatives, most recently leading one of the top 5 initiatives for the LinkedIn Engineering organization (Artificial Intelligence Productivity & Productive Machine Learning Program).
She is an active member of the Women in Tech community and always finding opportunities to advance women’s careers in tech, particularly focused in Technical Program and Product Management domain. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of Technical Program Management and Mentoring via external talks and panel discussions.
Markus J. Buehler is the McAfee Professor of Engineering at MIT, a material scientist, and a composer of experimental, classical, and electronic music, with an interest in sonification. Using an approach termed "materiomusic" (https://soundcloud.com/user-275864738), his work explores the creation of new forms of musical expressions - such as those derived from the innate vibrations of biological materials and living systems - as a means to better understand the underlying science and mathematics.
In recent work, he has developed a new framework to compose music based on proteins – the basic molecules of all life, as well as other physical phenomena such as fracture singularities, to explore similarities and differences across species, scales, and between philosophical and physical models. One of his goals is to use musical and sound design, aided by AI, as an abstract way to model, optimize and create new forms of matter from the bottom up – across scales (e.g., from nano to macro) and species (e.g., from humans to spiders). For example, he is researching whether J.S. Bach - one of the most influential composers - has inadvertently discovered fundamental physical and chemical principles of protein folding, through the use of counterpoint.