Judges

Jordan French

Founder and Executive Editor

Jordan French is the Founder and Executive Editor at Grit Daily. An award-winning journalist and a champion of live journalism, he’s recruited a team at Grit Daily from ABC, CBS, CNN, Fast Company, Forbes, The Wall Street journal, Vice, and Vox. Based in New York, Grit Daily is the “voice of challenger brands” and covers news that matters for generations Y and Z through its local language of sarcasm.
Jordan French is formerly a biomedical engineer who worked on NASA program Mars Gravity Biosatellite. Also an intellectual property attorney and former enforcement attorney at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, he is a cofounder in 3D food-printing robotics company, BeeHex.

Dawn Pratt

CEO

Global Training & Events Group

Dawn Pratt is CEO of Global Training & Events Group (GTEG) and Founder of Tech Up For Women. Tech Up For Women is an annual Conference & Trade Show created specifically to introduce and advance women in the field of Technology. Tech Up encompasses all areas of technology, encouraging women in all job functions, to learn, understand and take advantage of the multitude of career opportunities in technology. The annual event was named by Forbes as one of “the top five most inspiring conferences of 2018”. Adding to the power of the Tech Up brand, in early 2019 Tech Up For Women launched a community website built to provide an engagement platform for women in technology to interact. The site offers access to tech trends, career resources including recruiting, collaboration and networking, innovation ideas and inspiration to advance women in tech.

At GTEG Dawn oversees the development, sales and marketing of customized training programs to a variety of global corporate clients. Areas of expertise include negotiation, sales, communication skills, procurement and more. In partnership with her Corporate Training Faculty Members, from across the globe, Dawn is preparing to launch a game-based learning program for use in a business training environment. Leveraging leading edge technology to create a game, which incorporates learning skills such as negotiation, unconscious bias, sales, procurement and more, into a fun, interactive transactional training game. This program is pioneering advancement in the field of corporate training. The pilot will launch in early 2020.

Dawn’s career spans decades and her background includes corporate training, conferences, trade shows, webinars and podcasts. She has worked in key management and operational roles at Negotiation Institute, Reed International, and Advanstar.

Rob Pegoraro

Rob Pegoraro writes about computers, gadgets, telecom, social media, apps, and other things that beep or blink. He covers tech-policy issues at Yahoo Finance, answers consumer questions at USA Today, offers telecom guidance at the Wirecutter, writes for other online and print clients and holds forth about tech topics on radio, TV, podcasts and at the occasional conference. He has met most of the founders of the Internet and once received a single-word e-mail reply from Steve Jobs.

Mike Feibus

President and Principal Analyst

FeibusTech

Industry influencer Mike Feibus (pronounced FY-bus) is President and Principal Analyst at FeibusTech. He is a well-recognized and oft-quoted expert on connected health and fitness, smart home, connected car, augmented reality/virtual reality, privacy and security. Feibus is also a regular technology columnist for USA TODAY and CIO Magazine.

FeibusTech has been providing an unparalleled blend of technical depth, market insight and business savvy to the IoT, wearables and mobile client markets and technologies for more than 15 years.

Feibus earned a MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Stanford, CA, and a BA in Economics from Tufts University, Medford, MA.

Michael J. Miller

Chief Information Officer

Ziff Brothers Investments

Michael J. Miller is CIO at Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment firm. Since 2006, he has run the firm’s Technology Strategy department, while continuing to blog for PC Magazine at forwardthinking.pcmag.com. Until late 2006, Michael was the chief content officer for Ziff Davis Media, responsible for overseeing the editorial positions of Ziff Davis’s magazines, websites, and events. As editorial director for Ziff Davis Publishing since 1997, he took an active role in helping to identify new editorial needs and in shaping the editorial positioning of every Ziff Davis title. From 1991 to 2005, Michael was editor-in-chief of PC Magazine, responsible for the editorial direction, quality, and presentation of the world’s largest computer publication. Under Miller’s supervision, PC Magazine grew to have the largest readership of any technology publication in the world. In addition, it evolved its pioneering online presence from its successful PC MagNet service on CompuServe to www.pcmag.com, one of the earliest and most successful Web sites. He continues to contribute the popular Forward Thinking blog at forwardthinking.pcmag.com. Prior to joining PC Magazine, Michael was editor-in-chief of InfoWorld, which he joined as the executive editor in 1985. He has participated as a speaker and panelist at industry conferences and has appeared on numerous business television and radio programs discussing technology issues.

Marc Saltzman

Freelance Journalist & Broadcast, Technology Expert

Marc Saltzman is one of North America’s leading tech experts, specializing in consumer electronics, small business technology, interactive entertainment, mobile apps and Internet trends. Marc has authored 16 books since 1996 (including “Apple Watch For Dummies” from Wiley Publishing), and currently contributes to nearly 40 high-profile publications, including USA Today/Gannett, Costco Connection, AARP, MSN, Toronto Star, Metro, and Common Sense Media. Marc hosts various video segments, including “Gear Guide” (seen at Cineplex movie theaters across Canada) and is a regular guest on CNN, Headline News, and FOX. Marc also hosts “Tech It Out,” a syndicated radio show across the U.S., via Radio America, as well as three radio shows in Canada. Finally, Marc is an active public speaker who delivers keynotes, panel moderation, and “lunch & learns” on a wide variety of tech topics.

Ken Blakeslee

Chairman

WebMobility Ventures

Ken’s involvement over the past few years has been specifically in the area of private equity investing in the mobile sector, and his previous experience in developing telecoms, IT and web commerce business strategies spans 25+ years. His focus has been on the emerging new media content, applications and commerce methodologies, and the merging of these with the ubiquitous, personal access of mobile. Recent emphasis has been placed on the Contextual Technologies and Internet of Me – wearable technologies, sensors, digital medicine, Fitness/Wellness, mHealth, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Mobile TV, 3D and personal viewing scenarios for rich media and innovations in technologies enabling multiscreen convergence. Alternate energy and additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies and applications are also a recent focus.

Avram Piltch

Editor In Chief

Tom's Hardware

Avram Piltch serves as the Editorial Director for Laptop Mag and Tom’s Guide. When he’s not playing with the latest gadgets at work or putting on VR helmets at trade shows, you’ll find him rooting his phone, taking apart his PC or coding plugins. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram has also developed a number of custom benchmarks.

Alfred Poor, PhD

Editor

Health Tech Insider

Alfred Poor is a professional speaker and writer, and is Editor of Health Tech Insider where he writes about wearable technology for health and medical applications. He wrote for PC Magazine for more than 22 years, where he was a Contributing Editor and the magazine’s first Lead Analyst for Business Displays. Over the past 30 years, he has also written for Computer Shopper, Extreme Tech, PC Sources, Windows Sources, Family PC, and other Ziff Davis titles. He has also had a gadgets column for Fox News Online’s Science and Technology section, as well as online columns for other sites including HP’s Input Output. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, and is a Senior Member of the Society for Information Display. And he continues to be amazed by shiny sparkly things.

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