Judges

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.

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.

Barry Myers

founder

getgeeked Media

Barry Myers has spent the last 15 years helping consumer-facing technology brands address the difficult and evolving PR and marketing challenges they face. His passion is helping companies build lasting relationships with today’s empowered and influential consumers. As the founder of getgeeked Media, he is building a community of tech enthusiasts that companies can engage throughout the year to get feedback on their products. At getgeeked Media’s unique annual New York and San Francisco events, companies can meet with the press and influencers at one event and generate the buzz and content it takes to succeed today. Prior to founding getgeeked Media, Barry was the creator of the extremely successful gdgt Live event series for gdgt.com, a tech review and community website founded by Engadget co-founders Peter Rojas and Ryan Block. From 2004 – 2008, Barry served as the Director of DigitalLife, the massive pre-holiday event he helped create. DigitalLife was produced by Ziff Davis Media and held annually at the Javits Convention Center. In its final year, over 250 companies exhibited at DigitalLife and the event was attended by almost 60,000 people. Barry has worked with virtually every major consumer technology brand in the world at one point or another. Barry is a graduate of American University and received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. For more background, visit Barry’s profile on LinkedIn and check out the getgeeked Media website.

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.

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.

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.

Judie Stanford

Editor in Chief and Founder

Gear Diary

Judie Lipsett Stanford is a rancher, a blogger, a technology expert, and a gadget lover. Long before the current smartphone and tablet fever began, Judie saw a growing rift between the complexity of available technology and the ability for most people to understand, much less use it. She set out to help explain current trends and devices in language non-techies could understand, and she surrounded herself with other writers who could do the same. As the founder, Editor-In-Chief, and co-owner of Gear Diary, Judie helps introduce new technology, software, and gear to thousands of people every day. As a consumer electronics expert, Judie has been invited to consult with a number of major tech companies who value her insights and experience. As a contributing writer, she has been featured in several international publications and sites, and as an early adopter she can always be found with the newest gear.

Helena Stone

Editor-in-Chief

GEEKSPIN

Helena is the Editor-in-Chief at GEEKSPIN. She is also the founder of Chip Chick and was formerly their Editor-in-Chief. A native New Yorker, Helena holds a Masters in Digital Imaging and Design from NYU and she has a background in digital marketing. She has been featured on MSNBC, Wired, ABC and other major news outlets. When she is not busy testing out new gear, she can be found trotting the globe, looking for the next hot gadget.

Rob Stott

Editorial Director

CT Lab Global Media

Rob is the Editorial Director for CT Lab Global Media, a publisher of B2B media for the consumer technology retail industry. When he’s not writing commentary or reviewing the latest gadgets, this Philadelphia native can be found in some cheesesteak shop in Northeast Philly tuned in to whatever local game happens to be on TV, still wearing his Carson Wentz jersey that he hasn’t taken off since February. #FlyEaglesFly

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