Conference Schedule

Morning Session

Time Description
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Registration Desk Open
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM Opening Remarks by SVCTBA President Helen Wang
9:05 AM - 9:20 AM VIP Smart City opening speeches
9:05 AM – 9:10 AM Vice Mayor of San Jose, Chappie Jones (Optional)
Mayor of Fremont, Lily Mei
9:10 AM – 9:15 AM Porter Wong, US Department of Commerce, MBDA San Jose, Asian Inc.
9:15 AM – 9:20 AM Dennis King, Small Business Develop Center Executive Director
9:20 AM - 9:40 AM Secure City – Jon Walton, San Mateo County CIO
9:40 AM - 10:00 AM 5G Opportunities and Challenges – David Witkowski, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM Break
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM Smart IoT for Smart Cities, Shivakumar Mathapathi,
Guest Lecturer, Industry Advisor, Santa Clara University
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM Keynote: Beena Ammanath - Global Vice President, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mayor Panel Discussion (Moderator, Madison Nguyen)

Afternoon Session

Time Description
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Panel discussion #1 : IoT / Artificial Intelligence for Smart Cities,
Moderator: Ming Lee
Dr. Oliver Yu (Founder & CEO, The STARS Group)
Porter Wong (US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency)
Jun Zou (CTO, Sunsea AIoT Technology Co.)
Shivakumar Mathapathi (Co-Founder and CTO, Dew Mobility)
Kirk Oatman (CEO, I’m in Control)
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Panel discussion #2 : Smart Cities = Secure Cities. Dream or Possibility?
Moderator: Lan Jansen (CEO, Adaptable Security)
Benny Lee (Public WiFi Program Director, San Mateo County)
Marcelo Peredo (Chief Information Security Officer, City of San Jose)
Jimmy Sanders (President, SFBay ISSA)
Richard Chang (IT Security Manager, California Water Service)
Maitjian Welke (CMIT Solutions of Silicon Valley)
2:00 PM - 2:10 PM Break
2:10 PM - 2:40 PM Panel Discussion #3 : Smart Transportation,
Moderator: Jia Hao Wu
Terence Chen, Chief Engineering Officer, CityLift: New Parking Technologies and Applications
Jaime O. Rodriguez, President, Traffic Wireless Traffic Control Developments
2:40 PM - 3:10 PM Panel Discussion #4 : Investment Strategies and Opportunities for 2019 and Beyond,
Moderator: Teresa Grobecker (Partner, US Capital Global)
Panel: Cady Yu (Founding Partner of Acadya Management and Chairman Acadya Capital Group)
Lu Zhang(Founder and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund),
Dr. Sanjit Singh Dang (Co-Founder and Chairman, U First Capital),
Ted Hou, PhD (Founder and Managing Partner, Berkeley Catalyst Fund),
Porter Wong (US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency)
3:10 PM - 3:20 PM Break
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM Startup Pitch Sessions – 10 startups ( 8 minutes per, 5 min presentation, 3 min Q&A)
BoxNearby – CEO Jenny Zhang
Olimp Inc – CEO Vlad Gasnikov
VTRY – CEO Eugene Liu
VHealth – CTO Chin Sun
KxDrive – CEO Will Wang PhD
Paltorc Inc – Founder Johnny Wang
Pix Moving – Sean Zhu
Kafali – Obdalhalim
Avia – Pedro Nunez & Allen Temunovic
Metahobby – Mason Young & Wyatt Lutt
Forcz - Alice lai

Moderator: Teresa Grobecker
Lu Zhang(Founder and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund),
Porter Wong, US Dept of Commerce – MBDA San Jose, UC VLAB Mentor.
Dr. Sanjit Singh Dang (Co-Founder and Chairman, U First Capital),
Ted Hou, PhD (Founder and Managing Partner, Berkeley Catalyst Fund)
Cady Yu (Chairwoman Acadya Capital Group)
Paul Chen (Partner, Mayer Brown, LLP)
Safa Raschtchy (Advisor and Board Observer at Cluster One)
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Wrap Up and Networking

Speaker Profiles

Chappie Jones

Chappie Jones

San Jose Vice Mayor, District 1

Vice Mayor Charles “Chappie” Jones was elected to the San José City Council in November of 2014 with close to 60% of the popular vote. He represents City Council District 1, the region of West San José (west of Hwy. 17 & 880) that borders the cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara and Saratoga.

Chappie was born in Sacramento and moved to San José in the 1990’s. His upbringing instilled a strong sense of civic responsibility and made him into tenacious advocate of civil service, fiscal culpability and community engagement.

Chappie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Business Administration degree from the prestigious Haas School of Business at University California, Berkeley. Chappie has been married for over 20 years to Kelli Jones, a high tech sales and marketing consultant. Together they have two children and live in the Murdock neighborhood of District 1.

Johnny Khamis

San Jose City Council, District 10

Johnny was first elected to the San Jose City Council in November 2012 and took office January 1, 2013. Councilmember Khamis represents the Almaden Valley and Blossom Hill areas of South San Jose. He has a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility and has been actively engaged in improving public safety, making it easier for individuals and companies to do business in San Jose, growing the San Jose economy, and keeping San Jose a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

After graduating from high school, Johnny went on to San Jose State University to earn his degree in Business Management and Communication. He used his education, knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to start his own company, Western Benefit Solutions, where he formerly was the CEO. Johnny was also a financial advisor and personally managed over 200 individual and business accounts. In 2017, Johnny was recognized by the Silicon Valley Organization as San Jose's Business Advocate of the Year.

Johnny has been dedicated to attending all of the neighborhood and community associations meetings in the District, as well as volunteering his time with organizations like Almaden Cares, Almaden Kiwanis, his sons' Boy Scout troop and the Martin Fontana Parks Association. Johnny is also the former chair of the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission and the San Jose Small Business Development Commission.

Johnny Khamis
Madison Nguyen

Madison Nguyen

Executive Vice President, The Silicon Valley Organization
Former San Jose Vice Mayor

Madison Nguyen, former San Jose Vice Mayor, is now the Executive Vice President of The Silicon Valley Organization, formerly the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. She is responsible for driving the organization’s public policy, advocacy, political action, economic and community development strategies.

Madison obtained both undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and the University of Chicago. She published her first book, Vietnam to America: My Journey of Dreams in 2012.

In 2005, Madison was elected to the San Jose City Council, and made history as the city’s first Vietnamese American councilmember. Madison served as Vice Mayor of San Jose from 2011 to 2014.

Lily Mei

Mayor of Fremont

Mayor Lily Mei was sworn in December 2016 as Fremont’s first woman and minority mayor in Fremont’s 63 year history. She first was elected to the Fremont City Council in 2014.

Mayor Mei actively represents Fremont’s interest on critical infrastructure issues including transportation and housing. Currently, she serves on the Alameda County Transportation Commission as Chair for the I-680 Sunol Express Lane Joint Powers Authority, Vice Chair for the Goods Movement Planning Committee, and as a Member of the Planning, Policy and Legislation Committee.

In 2019, Mayor Mei was nominated to serve on the National League of Cities policy committees of Transportation & Infrastructure Services. Most recently she was appointed as Co-Chair of the NLC Transportation Technology subcommittee. She also serves on the League of California Cities’ Housing, Community and Economic Development policy committee as an East Bay representative.

Mayor Mei grew up in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Drexel University. Her professional experience includes over 20 years in competitive analysis, product and channel management, supply chain practices and serving as a worldwide sales operations controller. Most recently she led a global high-technology trade association representing industry leaders to develop best practices to advance intellectual property protection.

Lily Mei
David Haubert

David Haubert

Mayor of Dublin

In 2012, David Haubert was elected to the Dublin City Council, receiving the top number of votes in a crowded field of six candidates. While on the Council, David has pioneered efforts to reduce residential density, invest in the city’s aging parks, and attract new businesses to the region. David has quickly become known as an innovative thinker, effective communicator, and a fierce advocate of fiscal responsibility.

No stranger to burning the candle at both ends, David has possessed a strong work ethic since childhood. After earning his Eagle Scout award in high school, David worked his way through college while attending Cal State Northridge. He graduated in 1991 with a B.A. in Business Finance and proceeded to earn his MBA from UCLA in 1997.

Recognized for his leadership skills and ability to implement forward-thinking solutions, David has been appointed to a number of community boards, including the Alameda County Mayor’s Association, League of California Cities, Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC), Livermore Amador Valley Transportation Authority (LAVTA), Alameda County Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO), Anka Behavioral Health Inc. Board of Directors, Dublin United Soccer League Board of Directors, Hope Hospice Advisory Board, and Easter Seals Bay Area Finance Committee. A firm believer in the value of giving back to the community, David is also a member of Dublin Rotary.

John Marchand

Mayor of Livermore

In a professional capacity, John Marchand has spent his career as a scientist specializing in Water Quality. He started his career teaching marine biology and estuarine ecology. Later, he worked for over thirty years as a drinking water quality chemist, specializing in microbiology, organic chemistry and distribution system trouble-shooting. He has since served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Marine Science Institute and was a founding member of the Small Systems Inter-Agency Outreach Committee.

This professional experience, working with state and local agencies helped prepare Mayor Marchand for his first public service position within the City of Livermore, where he served 6 years on the Livermore City Council before being elected Mayor in 2011. Livermore citizens, enthusiastic about the cities much touted progress, was re-elected in 2014 and 2016; having run unopposed.

As a chemist, he is proud in saying that the highlight of his career was when he was invited to speak to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the International Colloquium in Moscow in 2012, where periodic element 116, Livermorium, was named for our city. An honor that only six cities in the world share.

John Marchand
Newell Arnerich

Newell Arnerich

Vice Mayor, Danville

Councilmember Arnerich's community involvement started thirty years ago on Danville’s Architectural Design Review Board and Planning Commission. He serves on a variety of local and statewide committees keeping Danville at the forefront of engagement. Councilmember Arnerich is an advocate for public education serving on Measure D School Facilities Bond Committee and Co-Chair, Valley Wide Committee on Youth Safety and Development.

Danville’s financial health has been guided by Arnerich's “pay as you go” fiscal policies keeping Danville fiscally strong. As Mayor, Arnerich presided over “hometown hero” celebrations of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and Olympic Gold Medalists Jessica and Maggie Steffens.

Councilmember Arnerich earned Bachelors/Masters degrees in Architecture/Urban Design, UC Berkeley and President/CEO of awarding winning architectural firm in Bay Area and Los Angeles for past 40 years.

Steven Scharf

Mayor of Cupertino

Steven advocates for schools, affordable housing, sensible growth, Smart Cities, transportation, open space and the environment.

Steven Scharf
Michelle Wu

Michelle Wu

Los Altos Hills Vice Mayor

Michelle Wu is a Silicon Valley high-tech veteran. Having two master’s degrees and a bachelor degree in computer engineering, she worked at Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystem. In 2003, Ms. Wu co-founded Voicent, a communication software company. Her extensive business experience and customer oriented approach help Michelle to understand complex issues and to make the right strategic decisions.

Jon Walton

CIO, San Mateo County

Jon Walton’s passion is to look beyond the basics of traditional technology support. His vision of IT not only serves County employees, but also residents, visitors, and regional partners. Jon seeks to help bridge San Mateo County’s digital divide by bringing internet access to all its communities, regardless of geography or socio-economics.

Jon has over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors and has won numerous accolades for technology excellence and visionary leadership. Working at a County in the heart of Silicon Valley, Jon understands the importance of collaboration with innovative businesses, governments, non-profits, and other community stakeholders. He rejects the idea of government as a dinosaur and strives to help the County utilize the newest technology to operate at peak efficiency.

Aside from being a self-described geek, Jon is passionate about spending more time at the beach with his kids and racing cars at local tracks.

Jon Walton
Helen Wang

Helen Wang

SVCTBA President

Helen Wang has worked in the medical field as a business owner for over 30 years, with experience as an RN, Midwifery, administrator and developer. She has traveled, lived and worked in four continents, and has been through a few wars in the Middle East.

She is currently serving as on the Small Business Task Force for City of San Jose, President of the Silicon Valley Chinese Technology & Business Association and President of Sunnyoaks Estate Home Owner Association.

She served as members for the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee on West Valley-Mission College 2014-2015, Small Business Development Commission Commissioner for the City of San Jose 2006-2012, Chair Sub-Committee for Public Awareness 2008-2010 and Transition team in Small Business Committee for Mayor Reed City of San Jose 2006.

David Witkowski

Executive Director, Civic Technology Initiatives
Joint Venture Silicon Valley

David Witkowski is a wireless and telecommunications industry veteran. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and earning his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Davis, he held managerial and leadership roles for companies ranging from Fortune 500 multi-nationals to early-stage startups. David is the Founder & CEO of Oku Solutions LLC and serves as the Executive Director of the Wireless Communication Initiative at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. He also serves as Chair of the 5G Deployment Working Group at IEEE, Co-Chair of the GCTC Wireless SuperCluster at NIST, on the Board of Expert Advisors for the California Emerging Technology Fund, and is a Senior Member in both the IEEE and the Radio Club of America.

David is the author of "Bridging the Gap : 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications" (Joint Venture Silicon Valley - 2016), co-editor of "Public Wi-Fi Blueprint" (GCTC/NIST 2017), lead co-author of "Evaluation of RF Network Testing" (Anritsu, Bird Technologies, CommScope, & Motorola - 2013), co-author of "Carrier & Public Wi-Fi" (Mobile Experts LLC - 2015), and co-author of "The HayWired Scenario - Telecommunications and Information Communication Technology" (U.S. Geological Survey, planned release early 2019). He has written feature articles for CIO Review, EETimes, IEEE Microwaves Magazine, Make:Magazine, MissionCritical Communications, QST, RCR Wireless, and Urgent Communications. David has presented and moderated panels at Alberta Wireless Connections, APCO, Broadband Live, CDX Global Forum, CTIA, DAS & Small Cells Congress, IEEE International Microwave Symposium, IEEE 5G World Forum, IWCE, League of California Cities Conference, GSMA Mobile World Congress - Americas, RAN USA, RCA Technical Symposium, SCWS Americas, State Of The Valley, TC3, and Wireless West.

David Witkowski
Lan Jenson

Lan Jenson

CEO, Adaptable Security

As the CEO of Adaptable Security Corp (ADA for short), Ms. Lan Jenson aims to change the landscape of cybersecurity and privacy by energizing the underserved majority of the society with innovative easy-to-adopt methodologies and professional volunteers. She has been a strong voice and leader in NIST and DHS-sponsored Smart Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (SC3). SC3 has 200+ participating cities worldwide. She serves as the Co-Chair of SC3 Cybersecurity and Privacy Advisory Committee.

Under Ms. Jenson and DHS Co-Chair's leadership, the Committee is scheduled to publish a guidebook in July 2019 for all aspiring smart cities to build in cybersecurity and privacy by design. ADA has served governments, school districts, smaller businesses, and nonprofits with great successes. ADA’s partners include cities/counties, state departments, federal agencies, professional and civic organizations such as ISC2/ ISACA/ ISSA chapters, OWASP, People Centered Internet, Global Cyber Alliance, NCSA, SCORE and Small Business Development Centers.

Jia Hao Wu

President, W & S Solutions LLC

Dr. Jia Hao Wu is Technical Program Chair of San Francisco Bay Area Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and organizer of Connected Vehicle Technologies and Automated Driving: 2017-2019 SF Bay Area ITE/ITS CA Joint Transportation Workshop at San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency.

He is President of W & S Solutions. He served as an appointed Professor of several universities in China and was the project manager of the Guangzhou Intelligent Transportation Systems feasibility study project and pilot implementation sponsored by USTDA and Guangzhou City. Currently, He is a project consultant to the San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Dynamic Traffic Assignment Design Program, MTC Traffic Signal Control Program and Caltrans District 3 Engineering and Planning Services. He has performed many traffic data analysis and evaluated alternatives for the transportation improvement programs.

He served as President of San Francisco Bay Area Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and Past President in 2013-2015. He has received a Certificate of System Engineering for Signal Systems including Adaptive Control from US Federal National Highway Institute and has earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Montreal in Computer Science and Transportation Modeling.

Wu Jia Hao
Cady Yu

Cady Yu

Chairwoman, Acadya​ ​Capital​ ​Group​

Cady Yu is the Chairman of ACG. She is also the founding partner of Acadya Management, a FOF Hedge Fund. Started as an Angel investor, Ms. Yu has built a very solid portfolio covering the semiconductor, new materials, cybersecurity (both in the government and enterprise sectors), environmental protection, social media, and financial software industries. With her keen business sense and the passion to solve severe environment pollution issues in China, Ms. Yu and her team introduced Starlight Technology Inc., an air pollution reduction company that she invested to China in 2005. Upon launching in China, Starlight obtained reached its annual sales of $50 million and was acquired by Capital Group in year 2014. At the same year, Ms. Yu also contributed the joint-venture formation between Transfilm Inc., an original U.S. startup company specializing in Reverse Osmosis membrane technology and China Electronic Environmental Group. The new company has already passed the mass production stage and is in the process of filing its initial public offering on the Chinese stock exchange market.

With nearly two decades of extensive fund management experiences, including capital raising, due diligence conducting, investment, and post-investment management for Silicon Valley innovative technology startups, Ms. Yu has accumulated in-depth knowledge of the Silicon Valley startup needs. Ms. Yu’s passion of utilizing technology innovation to change people’s everyday lives and her deep understanding of the diverse Chinese cultures and Market needs make Cady Yu and her team the best candidates to bring cutting edge technologies and localize them in China. Meanwhile, Ms. Yu is also committed to promoting the equal rights and improving the political status of Asian Americans by serving as a board member for APAPA (the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association) and AAGG (Asian Americans for Good Government). Ms. Yu was also elected as Executive Vice President to both the Northern California Association of Shandong Province and Northern California Shandong Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Yu was also appointed as the Advisor for the United States and Northern California Hunan Association respectively.

Ming Hwa Lee

Integrated Greenergy Technology LLC

Ming Lee is an industry veteran with extensive experience and knowledge in products technology, systems integration and business management. He is also an entrepreneur with his career span over 35 years in microcomputer, data communication, telecommunication, video cameras and various emerging high-tech fields such as IoT, AI, Manufacturing, Transportation and Green Energy.

Ming was a aggressive technical marketing consultant for China business development in the years of 1995 – 2005. The global companies Ming has served, consulted and partnered with are AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Air Radio Inc, and L3 Communications. The IoT partners for events Ming has teamed in recent years are IoT, Inc., IBM, Intel and Cisco.

Since 2006, Ming has also become an independent angel investor and a mentor with the passion and mission for assisting innovative startups for innovations and funding.

Ming Lee
Maitjian Welke

Maitjian Welke

CMIT Solutions of Silicon Valley

Maitjian Welke is the founder and co-owner of CMIT Solutions of Silicon Valley that is a full service IT Managed Service Provider specializes in managing IT infrastructure, Cyber Security, Disaster Recovery and Cloud Solutions. Maitjian Welke has Computer Science degree and extensive Technology and Software Engineering experience for over 20 years working in fortune 500 corporations, such as IBM, SUN, CISCO, NCR, AMEX and GOOD, prior to starting CMIT Solutions in Silicon Valley with her husband Todd Welke.

Maitjian has been serving on the Board of Director for Industry Council for Small Business Development (ICSBD) as Chief Information Officer since 2014. As an active VAR Channel Partner for big name computer products, Maitjian has been recognized in the list of Women of the Channel for four years in a row (2015-2018) by the Channel Reseller News (CRN) Magazine. Her article on Email Security was published in CIO Story Magazine 2015 edition of Cyber Security and CISCO edition. Maitjian is honored to be invited to be part of SVCTBA committee for Smart City Conference 2019.

Ted Hou

Founder and Managing Partner, Berkeley Catalyst Fund

Ted Hou started his career in the fiber optic communications industry. For over ten years he managed product marketing and product development and later served as the general manager of the passive component business unit for JDS Uniphase. In 2010, Ted joined the solar energy industry and served as VP of Marketing at Hanwha SolarOne and VP of Product Strategy at NRG Residential Solar. During this time, Ted gained experience in solar panel manufacturing, solar farm project financing, and residential solar financing.

Ted grew up in China, is fluent in Mandarin, and received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1989. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1995, under the guidance of Nobel laureate Professor Yuan T. Lee. He was engaged for four years at the IBM Almaden Research Center as a postdoctoral research fellow.

Ted Hou
Lu Zhang

Lu Zhang

Founder and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund

Lu Zhang is the Founder and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund. Fusion Fund supports early-stage entrepreneurs who are looking to build globally disruptive companies using innovative technologies to drive systemic change. Lu leads the management team consisting of seasonal investors, distinguished entrepreneurs and top tier scientists. Recently, Lu is selected as 2018 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos). Before this, she also got selected as Silicon Valley Women of Influence 2018 and Top 10 all America Chinese Youth. In 2017, she was awarded as the Forbes US 30 under 30 & Featured Honoree of VC category and also awarded as the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 of Finance category. In the same year, Lu was selected as the Town & Country 50 Modern Swans Influencer, representing top female entrepreneurs and influencers in the U.S.

Prior to starting Fusion Fund, Lu was a Venture Partner at Fenox Venture Capital. She was also the Founder and CEO of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acquired in 2012). Lu is active in the entrepreneur and investor communities providing mentorship and serves as an advisor to programs like Microsoft AC, Singularity University, StartX at Stanford, and Youth Council of Future Forum. Lu received her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and holds several patents.

Sanjit Singh Dang

Co-Founder and Chairman, U First Capital

Dr. Sanjit Singh Dang has been a successful Venture Capitalist, Corporate Executive, Board Member, Speaker and Writer in Silicon Valley for almost two decades. He is currently the Co-Founder and Chairman of U First Capital. They provide Venture Capital as a Service to Corporations by bringing Startups, University IP, etc in the Corporate's specific areas of interest (dedicated model). Prior to that, he was at Intel Capital where he had an excellent track record of driving 1 Exit every year: DocuSign (IPO 2018), Body Labs (AI startup, Acquired by Amazon in 2017 within 2 years of leading Series A investment), Voke (Acquired by Intel in 2016 within 7 months of leading Series A investment), Maginatics (Acquired by EMC in 2015 within 1 year of leading investment) and Basis Science (Acquired by Intel in 2014 within 1 year of investment). He has been an Investor and on the Board of several companies, including True Fit (AI for eCommerce, Raised $100M), Reflektion (AI recommendation for eCommerce, Raised $42M), Helpshift (AI-driven Customer Service, Raised $38M) and Enlighted (Smart Lighting, Acquired by Siemens in 2018). He is also an investor in Mirantis (Cloud Computing, raised >$100M), GoodData (SaaS Business Intelligence, raised over $100M) and Arcadia Data (Big Data 2.0, Raised $26M).

Sanjit has been on Hillary Clinton's Tech/Innovation Policy Advisory team. He is on Advisory Council of UN’s World Artificial Intelligence Organization. He has also been on University of California President's Innovation Council. Sanjit has the fastest Eng PhD from University of Illinois (2yrs 9mo after undergrad), which he received in 2000 with top research awards. He also attended the VC Executive program at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He’s an invited Speaker at several top conferences, eg SURGE/WebSummit, TiECon, ShopTalk, McKinsey Leadership Summit, Silicon Valley Open Doors, Global AI conference. He’s a mentor at Stanford and Berkeley’s Entrepreneurship programs.

Sanjit has over a decade of Exec leadership experience in Product Design, Business Development and Strategy across several domains: Big Data, Natural Language Processing, 3D Camera/Apps, Supply-Chain Analytics and Flash Memory. He has managed $2Bill/year accounts and executed >30 partnership deals in $100M-$2Bill range. Always striving to be ahead of the curve, Sanjit worked on Big Data Analytics before industry created the term 'Big Data'. Similarly, he launched 2 online courses during graduate school in 1999 and published iconic papers on learnings, way before the MOOC revolution started.

Sanjit Singh Dang
Teresa Grobecker

Teresa Grobecker

Partner, US Capital Global

Teresa Grobecker is a Partner at US Capital Global. Coming to the firm with a wealth of financial and real estate expertise, Ms. Grobecker has brokered hundreds of transactions for her clients and agents, which have included traditional, probate, bankruptcy, short sales, and foreclosure situations. Deeply interested in real estate, FinTech, investments, and leadership in every form, Ms. Grobecker skillfully navigates the challenges of the industry to support both her clients and her team in achieving successful transactions and the fulfillment of personal goals.

Ms. Grobecker launched her career in financial services, and aside from her extensive work with the non-profit futurist think tank DaVinci Institute, Ms. Grobecker is the Founder and CEO of Grobecker Holland International, the first escrow company in California to seamlessly convert Bitcoin into real estate. Ms. Grobecker runs her company and all her client relationships on a foundation of trust, ethics, and a firm belief that putting the client’s needs first will yield the best possible results for all parties involved. Ms. Grobecker is also the CEO of her second FinTech company, Real Estate Consortia.

Ms. Grobecker graduated from Dominican University of California with a B.A. in Politics, International Studies and Pre-Law. She went on to complete her M.B.A. in Global Strategic Management, graduating cum laude after only one year, while serving as a board member and founder of several student, governing, and non-profit bodies. Ms. Grobecker also supports the non-profit organization Rebuilding Together San Francisco, which mobilizes civic engagement in the renovation and rejuvenation of low-income homes and communities.

Beena Ammanath

Global Vice President for Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Innovation
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Beena is an award winning senior executive with extensive global experience in Artificial Intelligence and digital transformation. Her knowledge spans across e-commerce, financial, marketing, telecom, retail, software products, services and industrial domains with companies such as HPE, GE, Thomson Reuters, British Telecom, Bank of America, e*trade and a number of Silicon Valley startups. Beena is the Founder and CEO of, Humans For AI Inc. She is also currently the Global Vice President for Artificial Intelligence and Innovation at HPE. Prior to that she was the Vice President of Innovation and Data Sciences at GE. She has co-authored the book AI Transforming Business​.

A well-recognised thought leader and keynote speaker in the industry, she also serves on the Board of Flerish Inc., on the Industrial Advisory Board at Cal Poly College of Engineering and is a Board Advisor to several startups including ​Predii​, iguazio​, ​CliniVantage​ and ​ProjectileX​.

Beena has been honored several times for her contribution to tech and her philanthropic efforts, including UC Berkeley 2018 ​Woman of the Year in Business Analytics​, San Francisco Business Times’ ​2017 ​Most Influential Women in Bay Area​, WITI’s ​Women in Technology Hall of Fame​, National Diversity Council’s ​Top 50 Multicultural Leaders in Tech,​ and Drexel University's ​Analytics 50 innovator​, Forbes ​Top ​8 Female Analytics Experts and ​Women Super Achiever Award from World Women’s Leadership Congress. Beena thrives on envisioning and architecting how data, artificial intelligence and technology in general, can make our world a better, easier place to live.

Beena Ammanath
Thomas Nimmo

Thomas Nimmo

Co Founder and CEO, Cyberfense

After witnessing countless companies struggle with everything 'cyber,' Thomas envisioned a better way. He founded Cyberfense to operate an incentive based and collaborative platform. The mission: Aid the defense of all companies, of all sizes so no one is left behind.

Thomas served as a distinguished leader in Special Operations and the U.S. Army's elite Ranger Regiment (1/75). His achievements and experience includes a degree in Classics (Latin & Greek) and 12 years in Syndicate Finance and Risk Consulting.

Porter Wong

US Department of Commerce
Minority Business Development Agency, San Jose Business Center, Asian Inc.

Mr. Wong is consultant for US Department of Commerce MBDA (Minority Business Development Agency) Northern California Business Centers. He is mentor of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Accelerator and Venture Lab of University of California, Merced. Mr. Wong is also a member of Ontario, Canada PV Caucus. Ontario, Canada PV Caucus is a working body that provides influential inputs to the government to shape solar photovoltaic governmental industry wide regulation and policy.

Mr. Wong served as Chairman of IEEE Computer Society Santa Clara Valley Chapter. Prior to actively working with startups, he held senior management positions with four successful technology startups, two went IPO and two were acquired.

Porter Wong
Jun Zou

Jun Zou

CTO, Sunsea AIoT Technology Co.

Dr. JUN Zou is an experienced product and engineering executive. He has served as VP and CTO of a public AIoT company in China, technology leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies in USA and editor and chair roles at IEEE journal and conferences.

Marcelo Peredo

Chief Information Security Officer, City of San Jose

Dr. Peredo has over 28 years of experience as a C level executive as well as in the areas of information security, software engineering, and IT program management. Currently support the City of San Jose as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Prior roles include supporting the County of San Diego 1.2 billion dollar account as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Program Manager. Also worked at the United States Secret Service (USSS) as the Project Manager for the Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) team under the CISO where won the ISSO of the year award. Served as DHS FISMA Inventory Management System team lead at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). Other organizations include TSA, HUD, and the DC Government.

Marcelo Peredo
Benny Lee

Benny Lee

Public WiFi Program Director, San Mateo County
Councilmember, San Leandro

Benny Lee has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry covering technology systems architecture, process design and business intelligence before moving into local government several years ago. Currently, he is the Director of SMC Public Wi-Fi Program for the County of San Mateo covering civic innovation projects. He works for the County of San Mateo on Federal Advocacy and the NIST Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) for Wireless Superclusters. He also serves as an advisor for the NIST GCTC Cybersecurity Privacy Advisory Committee and the NIST GCTC Smart Buildings Supercluster.

Benny was elected to San Leandro City Council in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He’s focused on fiscal management and solving social challenges with a drive towards smart civic technologies innovation and usage. He serves and advises on multiple boards and organizations focused on civic engagement in political affairs.

Keith Koo

Managing Partner, Guardian Insight Group
Host “Silicon Valley Insider” Radio Show and Podcast

Keith is a Founder and Managing Partner of Guardian Insight Group (GIG), a Technology Risk advisory firm dedicated to identifying, assessing, controlling, and mitigating risks associated with doing business with technology companies and vendors such as: third party, financial, blockchain, pricing/cost, cyber, information security, business resiliency, disaster recovery, regulatory and compliance.

Before founding GIG, Keith was the Managing Director/Head of Third-Party Risk Management for the Mitsubishi Financial Group (MUFG) and was responsible for ensuring that the Bank had the proper framework, policies and controls to meet regulatory standards for effective oversight of third parties/vendors.

Keith is also the creator and Host of the “Silicon Valley Insider” Radio show and Podcast on 1220AM KDOW San Francisco. Keith has interviewed C-Level executives from Fortune 100, government officials as well as "unicorns" all in the context of innovation, disruption and the risks associated with doing business to achieve optimal business outcomes.

Keith Koo
Kirk Oatman

Kirk Oatman

CEO, I’m in Control

Kirk Oatman is the co-founder and CEO of I’m in Control. The company provides energy saving and AI-based building management systems focused on the unique requirements of buildings and leased spaces under 100,000 square feet.

Previously, Oatman founded YY Technologies whose AI software provided automated response to customer emails with 99% accuracy. Other positions included international contracting for the mainframe business of Hitachi Data Systems and founding the European and Asia-Pacific divisions of the pioneering CAD/CAM provider Computervision. He has a EE degree and has worked on hot commercial electric panels.

Jimmy Sanders

President, SFBay ISSA

Jimmy Sanders is President of SFBay ISSA. He is a security advocate and practitioner with experience providing dynamic security solutions and managing teams. In addition to securing various enterprise environments, he works with executive management and the various audit bodies to ensure compliance and understanding of ISO 27001, PCI, SSAE 16, SOX, and the other regulations. In essence, he architects, implements, and operationalizes security infrastructures.

Within the security community, he works to inform, educate, and facilitate growth and networking skills for new and experienced professionals alike.

Jimmy Sanders
Oliver Yu

Oliver S. Yu

Founder & CEO, The STARS Group

Dr. Oliver Yu, Founder & CEO of the STARS Group, a premier technology and resource strategy consulting firm spun off from SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) in year 2000, is an internationally recognized expert on technology strategy and innovation management. He is also a Consulting Associate Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, and an Executive in Residence at the College of Business of San Jose State University, where he has organized over 15 international executive short courses on innovation management and developed several exchange programs with business schools in East Asia, in addition to teaching as an Adjunct Full Professor on Technology Portfolio Planning & Management for the MBA-MS Engineering Program. In 2017, he co-founded with a former CEO of SRI, the current President of IEEE Technology & Engineer-ing Management Society (TEMS), and others, and serves as the Board Chairman of Global Alliance for Innovators and Entrepreneurs (, which, in addition to organiz-ing a successful international innovation and entrepreneurship conference, was awarded a US$5 million contract to develop and operate an international innovation center in China.

Dr. Yu holds a BSEE from National Taiwan University, an MSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MS in statistics and a PhD in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University. He is a board member of the IEEE TEMS and chair of its Innovation & Entrepreneurship Committee, a Fellow of Portland International Center of Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), and a Co-Founder and Secretary of the International Society of Innovation Methods. He was a Fulbright Fellow, and has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 2003. He has published over 70 technical papers and authored and co-authored 7 books on technology strategy planning, including Technology Portfolio Plan-ning and Management by Springer, and Technology Management and Forecasting by Tsinghua University Press in China.

Richard Chang

IT Security Manager, California Water Service

Richard is a highly motivated CISSP certified and result oriented security professional experienced in implementing PCI DSS, NIST, and ISO2700x compliant security solutions and controls to protect critical infrastructure. He has extensive security management background developing security strategies, policies, and standards. Richard has worked at eBay, PayPal, Apple, Cisco, Rambus, Quinstreet. Currently, work in California Water Services as Manager of IT Security & Compliance.

Richard Chang
Shivakumar Mathapathi

Shivakumar Mathapathi

Co-Founder and CTO, Dew Mobility

Shivakumar Mathapathi is the Co-Founder and CTO of Dew Mobility. He is the Team Lead for Global City team challenge hosted by National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST USA). Shivakumar has over 25 years of experience in product development, design and faculty. Mathapathi is a seasoned technologist, entrepreneur, instructor and practitioner on the Internet of Things (IoT) with extensive experience as lead faculty, lab-practice and mentorship in executing smart city, smart agriculture, assisted living and other IoT related projects. He has designed study programs and academic syllabus for The IoT course, a Masters curriculum (4 units) taught at Santa Clara University and California Polytechnic State University. He led capstone design project at Cal Poly (part of California State University) to design and develop IoT cloud platform needed for smart city.

Mr. Mathapathi has contributed to build the ecosystem and establish innovation pathways for the OpenIoT project, a blueprint and awarded Open Source project in the Internet of Things for smart Cities sponsored by the European commission. He is focused on academic research and Innovation and he is involved in architecture design and development of smart city projects such as smart trash monitoring, Flood monitoring and smart trail traffic monitoring – designed for the City of San Luis Obispo, California.

Dennis King

Director, SBDC Center

Dennis King serves as the Director for the SBDC Hispanic Satellite/ Silicon Valley and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley and was educated at San Jose State University and Foothill College. Under his leadership a first of its kind pilot “SBDC Hispanic Satellite” center was founded in the Nation and earned Top Economic Impact awards in the Northern California Region. He has been active in U.S. politics on local, state and national levels. Dennis has worked in sales, marketing and communications for a number of startup companies in Silicon Valley. He was a general contractor and president of an energy conservation services company, and editor of a local regional magazine, a former marketing director and high tech editor of another local magazine, and contributing writer to other publications.

Dennis King
Ben Bartlett

Ben Bartlett

City Councilmember, Berkeley

Berkeley City Councilmember and Fmr. Vice Mayor Ben Bartlett is a nationally recognized policy leader. Ben has authored and passed more than 60 measures focused on innovation, opportunity, and inclusion, including: prefabricated housing for the homeless, health innovation zone, electric vehicle infrastructure, telemedical adoption, and unionized jobs in robotics and automation

Ben is currently working to integrate government and Blockchain through public finance, currencies, and data markets. Ben authored Berkeley’s Tokenized Debt Offering (Berkeley ICO) using blockchain technology to issue bonds. He is author of the Smart Path Blockchain investment and policy thesis. Professionally, Ben is a partner in Tackett Bartlett LLP where he provides counsel for Blockchain entrepreneurs, governments, and businesses.

Anthony Phan

City Councilmember, Milpitas

Anthony "Ngọc Trí" Phan is an American politician currently serving as a member of the Milpitas City Council. Elected at the age of 22, he is one of the youngest elected officials in the US. In 2013, Phan was unanimously appointed by the San Jose City Council to oversee the city's public library system as a member of the Library and Early Education Commission.

Anthony Phan