The Slush 2017 program calls for solvers – a wide range of them. The first speaker batch includes eBay’s first Chief Diversity Officer, an entrepreneur extracting energy from waves, the first woman to run a major U.S. exchange, and Co-founder of Leap Motion.
Damien Hooper-Campbell – Bringing the Human Factor to Diversity
Hooper-Campbell is eBay’s first Chief Diversity Officer with the responsibility to lead the design and implementation of eBay’s strategy for embedding diversity and inclusion across its global workforce, workplace and marketplace. He emphasizes the importance of bringing the “human element” into the discussion: “It’s supposed to be about people and something good. In many ways it’s become a bastardized, sticky conversation to have,” he says.
Damien has an extensive experience in his field. Prior to moving to eBay, he served as Uber’s first Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion where he helped to set the company’s foundational Diversity and Inclusion strategy and led the community engagement efforts with the City of Oakland, CA. Before Uber, he advised Google’s senior leaders and built partnerships within the Black community as a Diversity Strategist on the company’s Diversity team. Yes, Damien is definitely the right person to lead the Slush audience into the discussion of diversity and inclusion in tech.
Inna Braverman – Clean Energy from Waves
At the age of 24, Inna Braverman founded Eco Wave Power, which is the sole global inventor, owner, and developer of the unique EWP wave energy devices. According to Eco Wave Power, their convertors draw energy from wave power throughout floaters that rise and fall with the up and down motion, lifting force, change of water level, hydraulic air lock, and incident flux of waves. Braverman has explained wave power to create energy more efficiently than solar or the wind as the density of water is greater than air and thus, you can produce much more electricity with smaller, cheaper devices.
EWP has already taken giant leaps in the field of renewable energy harvested from the sea and they operate power plants in China, India, Chile, Mexico, Israel, and Gibraltar. According to Braverman’s recent interview, the company’s latest accomplishment is opening up a large plant in Gibraltar that produces 15 percent of the country’s electricity. The solutions of Braverman and EWP have gained notice and she was recently named as one of the world’s “100 Makers and Mavericks” by Medium. To warm up for November, check Inna’s Ted Talk “Changing the world one wave at a time.”
Adena Friedman – Making Capital Accessible for Entrepreneurs Around the Globe
Adena Friedman is President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors at Nasdaq. She was appointed as CEO in January, before which she served as the company’s COO, making her the first woman to run a major U.S. exchange. Friedman has walked a long path in finance, beginning already in 1993 as an intern at Nasdaq. She has explained her career choice with the idea of having capital accessible to entrepreneurial companies and allowing capital to function as a platform to grow the economy and drive social change. “At Nasdaq, our focus has always centered on the creation of an ecosystem whereby entrepreneurs and up-and-coming companies can access capital efficiently from investors worldwide,” writes Friedman.
Moreover, Friedman strongly emphasizes the role of technology in capital markets: “There is an amazing amount of activity in the technology space – new technology we can bring to bear in transforming the market. Machine intelligence, blockchain, the cloud are all major technological advancements we can and will leverage.” We are thrilled to welcome her to Slush in November!
Michael Buckwald – Mastering the Technology to Reach into VR With Your Bare Hands
Michael Buckwald is CEO and Co-founder of Leap Motion, a software and hardware company developing 3D motion-control technology for VR and additional computing platforms. Buckwald has shared his vision of making interaction with a computer to be as similar to interaction with the real-world as possible. Founded in 2010, the company is currently collaborating with leading manufacturers of headsets to make Leap Motion technology adaptable in mobile VR and AR products around the world. Since its founding, the company has raised tens of millions in funding from funds such as Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, and Highland Capital Partners.
Prior to co-founding Leap Motion, Michael was CEO of Zazuba.com, a business appointment service later acquired by a major national yellow pages company. Additionally, he ran the first deployment of computers to Madagascar with the One Laptop per Child program. Can’t wait to know what we are going to hear from him at Slush 2017.