Zubin Wadia is a parallel technology entrepreneur with a passion for Open Data, Gov 2.0 and positive social impact. He is the founder of CiviGuard Technologies, RedRock IT Solutions and a partner at ImageWork Technologies. Over the last 10 years he has deployed complex process automation and content management systems for Government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.
He is especially familiar with the City of New York’s agencies such as FDNY, NYPD, Department of Health and the Department of Design and Construction. Over his career he has remained fiercely independent when it comes to technology platform choices – having implemented solutions on Java, Open Source, .NET and mobile platforms.
He enjoys programming whenever possible – with Scala, Erlang, Haskell being current favorites. Zubin was one of 40 students selected to attend the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University, a institution sponsored by NASA and Google for the development of future technology leaders. He is the author of three books on software development and architecture in addition to being on the Java Content Repository 2.0 expert group.
Harshit works on perfecting the CiviGuard's distributed backend, adding more intelligence to social media analysis and event detection components. A software generalist with an eye for aesthetics, he also influences CiviGuard's mobile and command user experience.
Previously, Harshit conducted research and published in machine learning, natural language processing and crowdsourcing at Carnegie Mellon, where he graduated with a MS from the School of Computer Science.
Shawna Pandya, CMO of CiviGuard, Inc., comes from a long line of technological innovation and public service, having worked on the neuroArm robotic arm for neurosurgery, served as VP Research for an inner-city free clinic for high-risk youth and published works on telemedicine for the developing world.
In 2009, she was named as an ASTech "Leader of Tomorrow" finalist for leadership in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Timothy Coleman served as Deputy Political Director on a successful U.S. Senate Campaign and he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Legislative Assistant. Mr. Coleman also worked as an Account Executive for a full-service marketing communications firm for leading business-to-business and business-to-government IT & T clients. Currently, Mr. Coleman is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a Master of Public and International Affairs with a Major in Security and Intelligence Studies.
Alexis is an active member of the open-source software community with a track record of successful software libraries, including LESS and Vows. His experience ranges from systems programming to interaction design, with projects such as SecretSocial and Thingler under his belt.
Kevin Hansan is founder and CEO of ImageWork Technologies, a management consulting and systems integration firm focused on Replacing the Paper in PaperWork®. ImageWork transforms traditional businesses with paperwork intensive operations and long-term business record retention into effective eBusinesses and eGovernments.
In addition, Mr. Hansan served as a founding member of the Digital Possibilities Group, an e-commerce internet firm; the Hansan Group, parent company to Capitol Advantage, LLC, the leading company in the provision of congressional and government information on the Internet; the Westchester Information Technology Cluster, an organization formed to promote the products and services of IT firms in Westchester County, New York; and eDocNY, a document conversion company that promotes the employment of developmental disabled individuals in information technology jobs. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Mr. Hansan lives with his family in Pound Ridge, New York.
Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Auerbach is a founder and past president of the Wilderness Medical Society, editor of the definitive medical reference text Wilderness Medicine, 5th Edition, and author of Medicine for the Outdoors, which is the leading book on outdoor health for laypersons. He serves on the National Medical Committee for the National Ski Patrol System and is a recipient of the DAN America Award from the Divers Alert Network, Outstanding Contribution in Education Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, a NOGI Award in 2006 from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, Diver of the Year for Science in 2008 from Beneath the Sea, and DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year in 2009. Dr. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine. He practices emergency medicine, teaches, performs research, and advises numerous agencies and organizations, including serving as an advisory board member to the AARP Fat 2 Fit Community Challenge. Dr. Auerbach has been hailed as a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Cecilia G. Bikkal offers a unique combination of law, management, information technology, and records management consulting experience. She served as legal advisor and deputy to the Westchester County Clerk; she served as technical advisor in the government acquisition of a state of the art imaging system. Since leaving government in 1993, Ms. Bikkal has established herself in New York State as a leading authority for government records management consulting. As a project manager and analyst, Ms. Bikkal develops recommendations for improvements to government business processes, develops cost benefits models, and assist agencies understand the legal implications of government information management. Ms. Bikkal serves on boards of many civic organizations and is the Chair of the White Plains Zoning Board of Appeals.
Robert Dolci is the Protective Services Division Chief for NASA-Ames Research Center at Moffett Field. As Chief of Protective Services, he is responsible for law enforcement, security, counter intelligence, counter terrorism, emergency services, and fire protection and prevention. In addition to being the Chief of Protective Services, he holds the position as Chief of NASA’s Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART).
In 1986, Chief Dolci formed the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), a hundred person urban search, rescue and emergency response team. DART is composed of search, rescue, structural assessment, logistics, emergency communications, damage and utility control, emergency medical and emergency operations elements. Although DART’s primary responsibility is to NASA Ames, the team is available to support local, state and other federal agencies as requested.
Under Mr. Dolci’s lead, NASA Ames’ Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team supports California Task Force Three. CATF-3 is one of the eight Urban Search and Rescue Teams (US&R) in the State of California. There are 28 US&R teams in the country. Bob, and other members of DART, have deployed with CATF-3 to disasters such as Hurricanes Iniki, Katrina and Rita, the Northridge Earthquake, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the World Trade Center. DART members have also responded to the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the Oakland Fire Storm and the California floods of 1992, 1995/96, and 1997/98, as well as the Columbia Shuttle Recovery effort.
Marta González, Assistant Professor at MIT, integrates methods of complex systems with statistical physics approaches, computational sciences, geographic information systems and network theory to characterize and model human dynamics. Her current research explores human mobility patterns using mobile phone communication, propagation of mobile phone viruses and urban transportation models. Her work also addresses the analysis of networks' organization in relation to their attributes in social systems and spreading dynamics.
Dr. Daniel Kraft is a Stanford-based physician/scientist with broad clinical experience and a record of innovation across several medical fields, including stem cell research, medical devices and internet-based medical tools. Daniel is consulting CMO to CiviGuard Technologies, a spinout from this summer’s inaugural Singularity University, where Dr. Kraft served as core faculty and chair of the Medicine/Neuroscience track. Daniel was previously founder and CEO of one of the 1st medical marketplaces (acquired in 1999), and is founder of StemCor Systems (developing tools for enabling regenerative medicine).
Dr. Kraft received an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry cum laude from Brown University, an MD from Stanford, completed the Harvard combined residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, and fellowships in hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford, where he also participated in the first year of the Stanford BioInnovation program. He has advised multiple medical technology companies, including WellSphere, CollabRx, Cepheid and InSTEDD, and was a speaker at the 2009 TED and the upcoming TEDMED conferences.
Dr. Kraft has extensive Emergency Medicine and disaster/triage experience working in emergency departments at the MGH/Boston Children's, Stanford, and Tripler Army hospitals, as a former EMT and ambulance crew chief at Brown University, and in his role as a flight surgeon in the Air National Guard, participating in several mass casualty and field medicine exercises. Kraft is inventor of the RapiFuse system, a novel device enabling very rapid intra-osseous access and accelerated vascular infusion for use in emergency settings.
Simon Daniel is founder of Moixa, an innovations and design group that rethinks axioms across multiple domains and creates IP/licenses and spins out new ventures. A major focus is next generation human interfaces in the Moixa Design company (e.g. folding keyboards, advanced human interfaces, multitouch 3D spheres), and in new ventures such as Moixa Energy – which pioneers renewable energy solutions for homes and portable devices (e.g. invented and launched USBCELL re-usable batteries).
Mr. Daniel is a natural scientist (Cambridge University 90-93; theoretical physics, including computing and cell biology) and holistic innovator, operating in the spirit of Buckminster Fullers ‘Comprehensive anticipatory Design Scientist’, with short-term deliverables being sustainable everyday consumer products and longer term being insights and actions on intractable challenges facing physics/energy, climate and humanity (e.g. technology co-dependence, environmental disaster mitigation).
Dr. Yitzhack Schwartz was the youngest graduated MD in Israel. He is a non-conformist thinker, prolific inventor and original scientist. By virtue of training, education, profession, publication and experience, he is an expert in Structural Heart Disease, Cardiac Imaging and Guided Therapeutics.
Dr. Schwartz has vast experience in almost every field of Medical Device development and marketing. Moreover, he has developed and implemented a unique systematic approach to forecasting future technological development based on Intellectual Property assessment.
Dr. Justyna Zander is a postdoctoral research scientist at Harvard University (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative) and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems in Germany. She was a visiting scholar at the University of California in San Diego, CA, USA in 2007, and a visiting researcher at The MathWorks in Natick, MA, USA in 2008.
She is traveling a lot all over the world launching new projects in an interdicsciplinary context. Researcher, designer, book and articles author, programmer, futurist, and manager in R & D.
Laurence Hayes has spent the past twelve years working in Corporate Finance and Investment Management, having trained as a lawyer and chartered accountant. In 2005, he received a MSc in Neuroscience from Imperial College London. His scientifc work is focused on the creation of biologically inspired neural networks and artficial general intelligence.
Alexander Bobrovnikov is an avid futurist with degrees in Economics and Business Informatics from Russia. A humanist, with a deep understanding of psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and IT - he offers CiviGuard key cross-sectional insights as a mentor.
Christian Tom graduated from Stanford University with a degree in US History and a minor in Science, Technology and Society. He has extensive experience in media and news reporting, having worked at ABC News and CNN as well as serving on the senior staff at The Stanford Daily and as co-president of The Unofficial Stanford Blog. A native of New York, he has lived and studied in Beijing, China as well as visited over 20 countries. In September 2009, he joined Google, Inc. to work on a media sales team based out of New York City.