Hi there. It’s your Disrupt Hackmasters, Reshma and Jeffery, and we’re here with the details on this year’s hackathon judges. If you’re in it to win it, you’ll want to do your homework on these industry veterans before the event to see what makes them tick.
Product Executive, Angel Investor and Board Member
Frederique Dame is a product executive and angel investor with 15 years of experience building consumer and enterprise products for both public companies and startups in Silicon Valley. Most recently, she spent four years leading product and engineering at Uber, where she helped scale the company from 80 employees to more than 7,000, and from 14 cities in 4 countries, to 400+ cities in 68 countries. During her time at Uber, she spearheaded two strategic programs that focused on building tools to onboard and manage the global driver force and to support employee growth and productivity worldwide, both critical to getting the company off the ground. Frederique serves on the Board of Directors of both Ubisoft and Les Mills International, bringing expertise in digital customer experience and big data. She holds a Master of Science in Spacecraft Technology and Satellite Communications from University College London and a Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering from Télécom SudParis. You can find Frederique on Twitter at @fffabulous.
Dr. Marily Nika
Engineering Program Manager and EdTech App Founder, Google
Marily works for Google’s Assistant team while also being an entrepreneur, developing her own AI EdTech app. In the past, she worked at Facebook and previously as a Product Manager for a London-based startup. Marily completed a PhD in CS in London where she explored to what degree epidemiological models can give us insights about videos going viral. Marily loves creating technology and working on fresh ideas, has attended 30 hackathons up to date, MC’ed London’s TechCrunch Disrupt Hack 2016, has given 3 TEDx talks and won the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Influence Award 2015. You can find Marily on Twitter @marilynika.
Chief Data & Strategy Officer, HotelTonight
Amanda is Chief Data & Strategy Officer at HotelTonight, the leading mobile app for last-minute hotel bookings. She leads data analytics, corporate strategy and data engineering to create and execute data-driven strategies. Prior to this role, Amanda was VP of Product, responsible for product management, design and user testing. Amanda has several years of senior leadership experience in product management in companies, including Snagajob and Eclipsys. Prior to joining HotelTonight, Amanda served as Head of Product at Prezi where she upgraded Prezi’s workflow and user interface and led mobile efforts to create a truly multi-platform product suite. Amanda holds a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford University. You can find her on Twitter @amandarich01.
Parul Vora Weber
Parul Vora Weber is a product researcher and designer who faces a lifelong challenge of autocorrect changing her name to Paul. She works in a small but mighty overlap of technology and the social sector at Wikipedia, IDEO.org, Farmers Business Network and Abl Schools. Her formal education began at BH Montessori, ended at the MIT Media Lab and continues in the shop, on her bike, in the kitchen and in the woods. She loves telling people that she is the mother of two boys and wife of a handsome roboticist so she can judge them for defining her by the men in her life. You can find Parul on Twitter @parutron.
As chief technology officer, Maria Zhang leads development efforts at Tinder, working with a team of world-class engineers to build and scale the app for its global user base. Prior to joining Tinder, Maria served as Vice President of Engineering at Yahoo Mobile, garnering the highly coveted Apple Design Award and shipping major product releases, including: Yahoo, Yahoo News Digest, Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Fantasy Sports. Prior to Yahoo, Maria founded Alike, a mobile local recommendation app later acquired by Yahoo. Maria’s previous positions include principal software development manager at Microsoft, product team lead at Zillow.com and senior software engineer at NetIQ Corp. Maria received a Masters in Computer Science and a B.A. in Computer Science, Mathematics and Economics from Eastern Michigan University after transferring from Tsinghua University in Beijing. She currently resides in Palo Alto, California.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
12:30pm – Registration opens (come fed or bring a brown bag lunch, beverages served)
1:30pm – Hacking Kickoff and Opening Announcements
2:00pm – API Workshop: Amazon Alexa
7:00pm – Dinner
Midnight – Tamales and beer
Sunday, September 17, 2017
7:00am – Breakfast served
9:30am – Hacking concludes and hacks submitted to wiki
10:00am – General public welcome to enter to attend hackathon presentations
11:00am – Hackathon presentations begin
2:00pm* – TechCrunch and Sponsor awards presented
*Final awards may be held earlier or later depending on the duration of hack presentations.
Please note, times are subject to change.