• Conference: Game Changing Technology Thursday, May 09, 2013 - 08:00AM to 03:30PM
    Microsoft Conference Center
    1065 La Avenida Street, Building 1
    Mountain View, CA 94043
    Game Changing Conference

Conference: Game Changing Technology



  • Updates from the event: 


    Game changing technologies pervade all industries - Michal Lenchner, Examiner.com


    Keynote: The Impact of New Technologies on the Enterprise - Dr. Jeffrey Welser, IBM

    Panel Discussion: 3D Printing - The 3rd Industrial Revolution!

    Fireside Chat: Building an Enterprise Software Company that Doesn't Suck - How Startups are Disrupting Enterprises Software Incumbents

    Keynote: Game On - NASA's Space Technology Program - Dr. Harry Partridge, Ames Research Center, NASA 

    Panel Discussion: Investment Landscape - How to Invest in an Accelerating Environment

    Panel Discussion: The Future of Human Interface 

    Keynote: Foresight For Innovators - Inflection-Spotting in the Face of Rapid Change - Paul Saffo, Futurist



    Attendee feedback:

    " My colleagues and I highly enjoyed your excellent, thought provoking event. Thank you so much for organizing and bringing this great line-up of speakers and panelists together!" - John van den Heuvel, Netherlands Consulate General, SF


    Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins are permitted. $40 more at the door.

    Regardless of what industry you’re in, your company cannot exist without technology. Mere desktop computers and networks are not enough anymore. From smart phones and tablets to mobile apps and cloud-based technology, there’s a flood of technical advancements to not only manage, but also to profit from. To stay competitive, your company needs to anticipate the most significant technology trends and develop innovative ways to use them. Over the next few years game changing technologies will change how we market, sell, communicate, analyze, manufacture and much more. Come listen to and meet experts in the field.


    8:00am - 8:45am Registration/Continental Breakfast & Networking
    8:45am - 9:00am Welcome and Introductions
    9:00am - 9:30am
    Keynote: The Impact of New Technologies on the Enterprise
    Dr. Jeffrey Welser, IBM
    9:30am - 10:15am Panel Discussion: 3D Printing - The 3rd Industrial Revolution!
       Brock Hinzmann, Business Futures Network
       Andrew Rutter, Type A Machines
       Chris Yonge, StudioCruz
       Moderated by: Geoffrey Doyle, GrowShapes & US Partner Percipient Capital
    10:15am - 10:45am Fireside Chat: Building an Enterprise Software Company that Doesn't Suck - How Startups are Disrupting Enterprises Software Incumbents
    Dan Levin, Box
    Moderated by Chris Gill, SVForum
    10:45am - 11:30am Morning Break
    11:30am - 12:00pm Keynote: Game On - NASA's Space Technology Program
    Dr. Harry Partridge, Ames Research Center, NASA  
    12:00pm - 12:45pm Panel Discussion: Investment Landscape - How to Invest in an Accelerating Environment
       Stacey Bishop, Scale Venture Partners
       Byron Deeter, Bessemer Venture Partners
       Howard Hartenbaum, August Capital
       Moderated by: Bernard Golden, enStratus
    12:45pm - 1:30pm Demo Table Showcase & Lunch Break
    1:30pm - 2:15pm Panel Discussion: The Future of Human Interface
       Grit Denker, SRI International
       James Leftwich, Orbit Interaction
       Steve Whittaker, UC Santa Cruz
       Moderated by: John Murray, SRI International
    2:15pm - 2:45pm
    Keynote: Foresight For Innovators - Inflection-Spotting in the Face of Rapid Change
    Paul Saffo, Futurist
    2:45pm - 3:30pm  Networking
    3:30pm  Event Concludes

    Geoffrey Doyle, Percipient Capital
    Bernard Golden, enStratus
    John Murray, SRI International


    Stacey Bishop, Partner, Scale Venture Partners
    Stacey focuses on Software as a Service (SaaS) and consumer Internet. Currently serving on the board of  NComputing, Stacey also works closely with several of ScaleVP’s other portfolio companies, including Box, HubSpot, and DocuSign. Stacey was on the board of Vitrue, acquired by Oracle in 2012.  She also originated investments in ExactTarget (IPO March 2012) and Omniture, acquired by Adobe in 2009. Prior to joining ScaleVP in 1999, Stacey specialized in M&A within Bank of America’s Corporate Development Group. Stacey worked in equity research at Morgan Stanley and began her career as an account manager at Syntel, an IT services firm. Stacey holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from University of Michigan.

    Byron Deeter, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
    Byron Deeter, a partner in Bessemer’s Menlo Park, Calif. office, joined the firm in 2005. At Bessemer, he focuses on investments in the cloud-computing and Internet sectors. Prior to joining Bessemer, Byron was a successful entrepreneur, investor and consultant. He most recently worked as an executive at IBM after the company’s 2004 acquisition of Trigo Technologies. Byron served as founding president & CEO of Trigo, which grew to profitability, ammassed 150 employees and logged a $40+ million revenue run-rate. Bessemer worked closely with Byron and the executive team after Trigo's founding and invested in all institutional financing rounds. Prior to Trigo, Byron worked in private equity with TA Associates, where he focused on the software sector. He came to TA from McKinsey & Co., where he was involved with Fortune 500 clients in the media and technology industries, and was active in McKinsey's innovation and technology-management practice. Byron holds a B.A. degree with honors from U.C. Berkeley in political economy. He was named a California Emerging Leader Scholar and an Alumni Scholar, and was a varsity member of Cal's national championship rugby team. Byron is the author of "Bessemer's 10 Laws of Cloud Computing and SaaS" and author of the cloudscape. Byron was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2012 and was also named one of the "power players" of venture capital by AlwaysOn in 2011 and to the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's 40 under 40 in 2012.

    Dr. Grit Denker, Senior Computer Scientist, Computer Science Laboratory, SRI International
    Dr. Denker is co-lead of SRI’s bRIGHT program. bRIGHT is a new human-machine interaction paradigm. Leveraging state-of-the-art computing power and sensor systems, bRIGHT overcomes the bottleneck between a human and a machine—"the last meter bandwidth." bRIGHT will increase efficiency and effectiveness for users that are cognitively loaded and heavily tasked, and has the potential for reducing critical errors and learning curves associated with complex systems. SRI has filed 12 patent applications for bRIGHT since its inception in 2010. Dr. Denker's expertise includes cognitive and policy-based systems;  semantic web and ontologies; and specification and verification of communication, security, and network policies in distributed systems. Dr. Denker joined SRI in 1997.  Prior to joining SRI, she was an assistant professor of the database group in the Computer Science Department of the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany from 1995-1997. Denker holds a Ph.D. in computer science and a diploma in mathematics from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.

    Geoffrey Doyle, GrowShapes & US Partner, Percipient Capital
    SIG Chairman - Geoffrey Doyle, MBA, RE. Inst, B.Eng (Hons)- Geoffrey is Founder & CEO of GrowShapes, a firm dedicated to providing investment insight into the 3D Printing market. He has been a venture capitalist for over a decade for UK venture firm Percipient Capital and has invested in a number of 3D and CAD related technologies and is an active angel investor. Before becoming a venture capitalist Geoffrey held a commission in the Royal Engineer, British Army, and moved to Silicon Valley from London at the beginning of 2012.

    Bernard Golden, VP of Enterprise Solutions, enStratus
    Bernard Golden has vast experience working with CIOs to incorporate new IT technologies and meet their business goals. Prior to joining enStratus, Bernard was CEO of HyperStratus, a Silicon Valley cloud computing consultancy that focuses on application security, system architecture and design, TCO analysis, and project implementation. Bernard is also the Cloud Computing Advisor for CIO Magazine and was named a "Top 50 Cloud Computing Blog" by Sys-Con Media. Bernard's writings on cloud computing have been published by The New York Times and the Harvard Business Review and he is the author of Virtualization for Dummies and co-author of Creating the Infrastructure for Cloud Computing. Bernard has an MBA in Business and Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Howard Hartenbaum, August Capital
    Howard Hartenbaum joined August Capital in 2008. Prior to joining, he served as a General Partner at Draper Richards LP where he was the founding investor in Skype and a former member of the board of directors where his achievement resulted in his joining the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists. Before entering the venture capital field, Howard was at Hughes Electronics, where he was responsible for supporting business development, marketing and sales of satellite, information security and automotive technologies developed by HRL Laboratories. He also worked in engineering positions in ergonomics and user experience at Honda Motor Company and manufacturing at Teledyne Relays. Howard has worked overseas for a total of ten years in Luxembourg and Japan. He is a graduate of M.I.T.

    Brock Hinzmann, Technology Navigator, Business Futures Network
    Brock Hinzmann has spent 35 years as a foresight analyst and futures research at SRI International and SRI spinoff consulting companies in a wide range of technology and business areas, including advanced materials, energy, manufacturing technologies, nanotechnology, sensors, and robotics. He has helped a wide range of industrial companies and government agencies in scanning and foresight, the creation of futures scenarios, opportunity discovery, and technology roadmapping. His analysis of additive manufacturing began in the late 1980s and he was one of the co-founders of the SME Rapid Prototyping Association. In 1996, he wrote “The Personal Factory” as a description of how additive manufacturing could evolve into a cottage industry for custom manufacturing, which has inspired the creation of new companies. In recent years, he has led projects to help government agencies understand the impacts additive manufacturing could have on the economy and on security. Brock Hinzmann is currently a consultant to Business Futures Network (a UK-based foresight consulting company), is co-chairman of the Silicon Valley Node of the Millennium Project (a global network of futures researchers), and is an executive committee member and past Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of ASM International (the advanced materials society).

    James Leftwich, IDSA
    James Leftwich has a proven track record in developing successful products, services, systems, and brands. Trained as an industrial designer, he has over 29 years of broad design experience in the area of human interface, products, software development, branding and identity. His work has won several awards in User Experience Architecture & Design including the IDSA / Business Week IDEA Award and the Medical Design Excellence Award. He is currently a stealth phase co-founder of a health-related startup. He has extensive experience developing innovative human interfaces, spanning software, web, wearable, mobile, palmtops, slates, equipment, and gyroscope-based remote controls in the fields of consumer, industrial, military, and medical devices and systems. His clients have included the Bosch Healthcare, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Clever Sense (Google), Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Apple, Thomson, Macromedia, Starsight Telecast (Gemstar), Polaroid, Natus, Kensington, Gyration, Acuson, Coherent, Pinnacle Systems, and Avica. James is also the co-developer of the popular iPhone and iPad game app "DodgeDot®", which has been on Apple's 'What's Hot' list. He holds eighteen utility patents in device, human interface, and information system methodologies and has numerous patents pending. A native of Missouri, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design at the Kansas City Art Institute.

    Dan Levin, COO, Box
    Dan Levin is the Chief Operating Officer of Box. Prior to his engagement with Box, Dan spent 6+ years at Intuit in a variety of roles including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Small Business Group, Vice President and General Manager of the Quicken Health Group, and Vice President of Product Management. Previously, Dan spent thirteen years in venture-backed startups, including senior executive roles at ReplayTV which was acquired by Sonic Blue (SVP and CTO), GuestConnect which was acquired by 4th Network (founder and CEO) and Books That Work which was acquired by Sierra On-Line (co-founder and President). Dan received a bachelor's degree in applications of computer graphics to statistical data analysis from Princeton University.

    Dr. John Murray, Program Director,  Computer Science Laboratory, SRI International
    His research interests encompass interactive collaborative systems, computer gaming, cognitive ergonomics, and human-machine systems. He has led many innovative interdisciplinary research and development projects both in academia and in industry, and has held technical leadership and executive management positions at several international corporations.  His technical experience includes data fusion and diagnostic modeling in complex networked environments, distributed software architecture, smart product design, and mobile wearable computer systems. The primary applications of his work have been in mobile communications, medical equipment, transportation infrastructure, and digital media.  Prior to joining SRI, Dr. Murray was VP of New Ventures at Pemstar Pacific, an innovative Silicon Valley engineering design firm.  He is a Fellow of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology, holds several patents, and has authored numerous journal publications and papers. Dr. Murray has received advanced degrees from Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland; Stanford University, and the U. of Michigan, where he was also an adjunct faculty member. He is also a Visiting Scientist at San Jose State University.

    Dr. Harry Partridge, Center Chief Technologist, Ames Research Center
    Dr. Harry Partridge was appointed to serve as Ames Center Chief Technologist (CCT) in January 2013. Dr. Partridge will identify, define, develop and integrate new and emerging technologies for application to agency and national goals through the NASA Space Technology Program (STP). Partridge will report to Center management and serve as the principal advisor to the Center leadership on matters concerning Center-wide technology development and leverage. His duties will include representation on the Agency-wide Center Chief Technologist's Council (CTC) and management of the Center Innovation Fund (CIF). While he has taken on the CCT role, Dr. Partridge continues to serve as the Senior Technology Officer for the Space Technology Program (STP) within OCT. In this role he serves as the chief technologist for the 10 programs within STP, and is a member of the OCT senior leadership team. Previously, Partridge served as the Deputy Director of the Game Changing Technology Division at NASA Headquarters. Prior to that role and While at Ames, he was the Deputy Director of the Entry Systems and Technology Division and was responsible for managing the entire range of entry system technology developments from foundational research on thermal protection materials development, to TPS design, development, testing and evaluation for flight systems such as MSL and Orion. In addition, he served as the Branch Chief of the Nanotechnology Branch at Ames and the program manager for the Bio-nano project within the Computing, Information and Communications Technology CICT program. Partridge received his PhD from Indiana University in Chemical Physics and has published approximately 190 papers in computational chemistry.

    Andrew Rutter, Type A Machines
    A compulsive engineer and designer who spent 10 years in the entertainment industry, Andrew built a kit 3D printer back in 2009 and decided he could do better. Honing his skills as a machinist and inventor, working from Noisebridge and Techshop, he founded Type A Machines and designed the award winning Series 1 3D printer.

    Paul Saffo, Futurist
    Paul is a forecaster with over two decades experience exploring the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He is Managing Director of Foresight at Discern Analytics, and teaches at Stanford University where he is also a Visiting Scholar in the Stanford Media X research network. Paul serves on a variety of not-for-profit boards including the Long Now Foundation, and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. Paul’s essays have appeared in a wide range of publications including The Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. Paul holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University and Stanford University.

    Dr. Jeffrey Welser, Director of Strategy & Program Development, IBM
    Dr. Jeffrey Welser is currently the Director of Strategy and Program Development for the IBM Research Accelerated Discovery Lab, a plug-and-play analytics lab environment for accelerating the extraction of business and scientific value from Big Data, and the Director of IBM Almaden Services Research department, managing a portfolio of research into improved business processes, software, and technology to enable IBM's Global Business and Technology Services divisions. Dr. Welser received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1995, and joined IBM's Research Division at the T.J. Watson Research Center.  His original work at IBM was on a variety of novel semiconductor devices, while also working at the time as an adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching semiconductor device physics.  In 2000, he took an assignment in IBM Technology group headquarters, and then joined the Microelectronics division in 2001, as project manager for the high-performance CMOS device design groups.  In May 2003, he was named Director of high-performance SOI and BEOL technology development, in addition to his continuing work as the IBM Management Committee Leader for the Sony, Toshiba, and AMD development alliances.  In late 2003, Dr. Welser returned to the Research division as the Director of Next Generation Technology Components, looking at technology, hardware, and software components for future IT systems.  Starting in 2006, he served as the Director of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), a consortium of leading U.S. Semiconductor firms which partners with NIST, NSF, and state governments to support university-based research on future nanoscale logic devices to replace the CMOS transistor in the 2020 timeframe.  Dr. Welser is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the American Physical Society, and has served on numerous Federal agency and Congressional panels on advanced technology. He started his current role in mid-2012, and is based at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA.

    Steve Whittaker, Human Computer Interaction, UC Santa Cruz
    Technology is transforming our everyday lives, how we think and interact. I work at the intersection of Psychology and Computation. I use insights from Cognitive and Social Science to design new digital tools to support effective multitasking, memory, collaboration and socialising. My past research has been funded by the EU, NSF, EPSRC (UK) and Microsoft. I currently have a Google grant to look at online collaboration. I will soon be taking over as Editor of Human Computer Interaction 1 of 2 top HCI journals.

    Chris Yonge, Principal, StudioCruz
    Yonge is principal of StudioCruz, a 3D design and communication group based in Santa Cruz and serving the central California region. He teaches digital modeling and animation to classes of 170+ students four times a year in the School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. An experienced public speaker, Yonge received a standing ovation at the 2012 TEDx Santa Cruz for his presentation about the impact of open source hardware and software upon product design. He spoke at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's 3D Additive Manufacturing conference in March 2013 and at Stanford University's FabLearn conference in October 2012. He is co-founder and 3D Printing evangelist for MakersFactory in Santa Cruz and writes regularly on 3D software technology in specialist and popular publications.Yonge also acts as expert witness on 3D visualization for CA eminent domain and construction law firms. Qualified as an architect and product designer, with experience in both professions as well as technical animation and college level teaching, he brings a unique and powerful set of skills to the management of design and visualization projects. StudioCruz' clients are creative professionals with the challenge and opportunity of communicating 3D structures, products, situations, and processes. Yonge is a communicator for 3D printing's potential in both its technological and social aspects. His goal - achieved with humor and often surprising examples - is to make an audience examine their assumptions about this technology before leading them to appreciate its unexpected effects.