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Growth Fest Speakers Series


Global Leader Presentations: 

#OITF2018 is proud to be supported by global influential tech leaders in the industry, who are advocates of entrepreneurship and innovation, working to help shape the future.

9:45 am:  Keynote Speaker - Jennifer Preston, VP Global Digital Technology - Hasbro, Inc.

10:30 am:  Walking Among the Stars: Impacts of Emerging Tech on How Visualize and Understand Our Universe - By Kimberly Kowal Arcand

11:30 pm:  How Blockchain will change our Future - By Navroop Sahdev

10:30 am - 1:00 pm:  Drone-1 Racing Zone - Warm-ups & Preliminaries

11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Top Tech Sport Competition - Main field

11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Tech Fest Concert

11:30 am - 4:30 pm:  Lunch Time @ Food Truck Zone

1:00 pm - 5:30 PM:  Panel Discussions & Workshops Continued

1:00 am - 5:30 pm:  Growth Fest Speaker series Continued

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm:  Launch Fest Pitch/Demo Presentations

2:30 am - 5:30 pm:  Drone-1 Racing Zone Continues - Semi-Finals & Finals

2:30 am - 5:30 pm:  Virtual Reality Zone Continues - See Map for VR Tent Locations

3:30 am - 5:30 pm:  Happy Hour Mixer NETWorking Fest - Recruit & Build your network

4:00 am - 5:30 pm:  Tech Fest Concert

5:30 am - 6:00 pm:  Final announcement by OITF2018Cheif Creative Officer

6:00 am - 8:30 pm:  VIP Founder Fest Party - Awards Presentation & Top Tech Leaders Celebration to Culminate OITF2018!



Growth Fest Ambassador Speakers:


Kimberly Kowal Arcand - Visualisation Lead - NASA



Kimberly Kowal Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Arcand is an award-winning producer and director. She is a leading expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum. As a science data “story teller” she combines her background in molecular biology and computer science with her current work in the fields of astronomy and physics.  


Instagram: @kimberlykowal



Navroop Sahdev - Economic Futurist - MIT FELLOW



Navroop Sahdev is an economist by training, Navroop is currently building a FinTech company that seeks to leverage blockchain technology. She is a Research Associate at the Center for Blockchain Technologies (CBT) at University College London and Centre d’économie de l’Université Paris Nord (CEPN) and holds three masters in IP Management, Economics of Innovation and Applied Economics. A United Nations Youth Delegate for 2017, Navroop has co-authored Hyperledger’s Blockchain for Business online course.


Instagram: @navroopsahdev


LinkedIn: @NavroopSahdev



Kathleen Malin - VP Technology & Operations - RI Foundation



Kathleen Malin is an experienced Vice President Technology Operations with a demonstrated history of working in the philanthropy industry. Skilled in Event Planning, Organizational Development, Higher Education, Community Outreach, and Editing. Strong operations professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Strategic Leadership from New England College.



Christopher Mellon - Director, IT Risk & Assurance Services - Marcum, LLP.



Christopher Mellen is currently a Director in IT Risk and Assurance Services with Marcum LLP. He is a former U.S. Marine and White House cyber executive having more than 20 years of public-and-private-sector Information technology experience. Christopher has significant experience advising organizations on the alignment of IT strategy, information security and data protection in the government, financial services, natural resources, healthcare and technology sectors. 

Chris’ background includes leading and managing IT and security teams to include security operations, threat intelligence, insider threat, Identity Access Management, mainframe security administration, active directory administration, vulnerability management, system hardening, and applied cryptography. He was also a computer crimes specialist at the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) providing cyber security training both nationally and internationally.


Twitter: @MarcumLLP


Facebook: @MarcumLLP



Mark Huang - Co-Founder Managing Director - SeaAhead



Mark Huang leads SeaAhead, an organization whose mission is to Catalyze the Intersection of Sustainability + Oceans + Innovation.  SeaAhead collaborates with ocean clusters around the world with initial plans to launch incubation, corporation facilitation and programming.  A venture investment vehicle would soon follow.

Over 15 year of experience in making financial and strategic cleantech venture investments. Co-founded, raised and closed Novus Energy Partners: a 2008 vintage first time cross-Atlantic cleantech VC fund.  Senior Vice-President at GE Energy Financial Services - Naval Architect and Marine Engineer - Econ Dev: Former Econ Dev Officer for Providence and Former US Army Reserves officer primarily function focused on civil affairs/ nation-building.  Experience in the developing worlds to include SE Asia and a year in Baghdad, Iraq working on basic nation-building at the neighborhood level. Later transferred to the Green Zone to focus on the economic restructuring of Iraq's moribund State-Owned Enterprises and to develop programs to help stimulate the private sector.


Twitter: @SeaAhead


LinkedIn: Mark Huang



AJ Perez - General Manager - Cincinnati Inc.



AJ (Alfonso) Perez is the General Manager of Cincinnati Incorporated’s NVBOTS business unit. AJ was previously the Chairman, CEO, and Founder of New Valence Robotics Corporation (NVBOTS), an MIT 3D printing spin-off that invented automated 3D printing, cloud 3D printing, and ultra-high speed multi-metal 3D printing (spun off to form Digital Alloys). AJ holds a BS '13 in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing '14 from MIT. His academic interests, lectures, and research focus on mechanical design, manufacturing processes automation, robotics, and entrepreneurship. AJ has developed and taught several classes during his career. Most recently, he co-developed the first graduate level 3D printing / Additive Manufacturing class for the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

AJ is the final Lemelson-MIT Inventor Fellow, was selected as one of Boston Globe’s 25 under 25, and won the prestigious Lemelson-MIT “use it” student prize.  AJ is the primary inventor on 30+ inventions in the fields of additive manufacturing, mobile manufacturing, industrial IoT, and surgical devices. AJ chases opportunities that leverage his MIT engineering background, expertise in intellectual property, management experience, and international network of investors.


Twitter: @AJPerezMIT


LinkedIn: AJ Perez


Instagram: @cincinnati_inc