Check out our show schedule, speakers and keynotes!
Join us at 7:30AM at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center!
Theresa Marsenburg – NEWS 8 Evening Anchor – Emcee
Born in the Midwest, educated in the Northeast, and “schooled” in the South, Theresa has covered hurricanes, controversial elections, mass shootings, other tragedies and triumphs in small towns and big cities too. After graduating from St. John’s University, she worked at TV stations in Dayton, Ohio, Atlanta, Georgia, and Tallahassee, Florida. As a result of her work at the PBS affiliate in Tallahassee, she travelled the state from Key West to Jacksonville producing Emmy, NABJ, and Telly award-winning documentaries. Theresa loves connecting with viewers daily and discovering new reasons to smile.
While the main perception is that the “user problem” is due to a malicious party trying to trick well intentioned users, users who are unaware, apathetic, careless, etc., are more likely to be the cause of loss. Either way, the cybersecurity industry realizes this and develops tactics such as awareness, MFA, DLP, etc. to mitigate the problem. Despite all of these tactics, 90%+ of all losses result from attacks targeting users. This presentation is a comprehensive strategy to address the insider threat, whether it results from malicious or well-meaning insiders.
Ira Winkler, CISSP is Chief Security Architect for Walmart and author of You Can Stop Stupid. He is considered one of the world’s most influential security professionals, and has been named a “Modern Day James Bond” by the media. He did this by performing espionage simulations, where he physically and technically “broke into” some of the largest companies in the World and investigating crimes against them, and telling them how to cost effectively protect their information and computer infrastructure. He continues to perform these espionage simulations, as well as assisting organizations in developing cost effective security programs. Ira also won the Hall of Fame award from the Information Systems Security Association, as well as several other prestigious industry awards. CSO Magazine named Ira a CSO Compass Award winner as The Awareness Crusader. Most recently, Ira was named 2021 Top Cybersecurity Leader by Security Magazine.
Co-presented by Mike Colyer and Rob Shavell
Blockchain Technology Infrastructure and Its Impact on Institutions
This session will give a high-level overview of blockchain technology infrastructure, why it’s a growing importance to institutions, and how Foundry is building those offerings through our Proof of Work and Proof of Stake services. Headquartered here in Rochester, NY, Foundry is building the infrastructure to further empower a decentralized world. Foundry has seen astounding growth since their start in 2019 (from 2 to 100+ employees!). CEO and Rochester native Mike Colyer will discuss what this means for Western NY and how those interested may be able to get involved.
Mike joined Foundry as its founding CEO in October 2019. Previously, Mike led business development at Core Scientific, which, during his tenure, grew into North America’s largest cryptocurrency hosting company. He was the President and COO of Savage IO, a small, Western NY-based 3MW mining company, where he continues to serve as a Board member. Mike has spent the last 4 years navigating the large-scale mining space, building strong relationships with key industry participants. Before his pivot into the crypto industry, Mike was an operational and commercial executive for manufacturing and distribution firms for more than two decades, often serving at the behest of private-equity backers. Mike started his career at GE. In 2007, Mike and his wife, Lisa, co-founded the Clairebear Foundation, a non-profit that supports families with sick children. Mike graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and an MBA in Corporate Finance.
Building SaaS companies, Privacy, & Crypto
This session will provide attendees a free-ranging discussion starting out with tips on how to build repeatable subscription software businesses and then veering down the rabbit-hole of privacy and crypto/blockchain. We’ll address opportunities and gotcha’s for existing and prospective-stage entrepreneurs exploring any of these areas.
Rob Shavell is a co-founder and CEO of Abine, a leading online privacy company offering the popular DeleteMe service). Rob has been quoted as a privacy expert in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, ABC, NBC, Fox News, and many more. Rob is also an investor with Accomplice Blockchain, a $300M early-stage fund and earlier was an associate at SOFTBANK VC in Silicon Valley.
Rob has a BA from Cornell where he began his studies in the school of Architecture. A former volunteer teacher for inner-city youth in New York and California, Rob now contributes time to outcomes-focused philanthropy efforts such as www.givewell.net, www.rocainc.org and skis, reads, and plays records as time permits.
A Fireside Chat with Sasha Hoffman and Austin McChord
Learn about how your physical world is quickly evolving thanks to technology innovation around everyday items. From robots that follow your every move to toilet seats that detect health conditions before your doctors can diagnose you, our panelists are serial entrepreneurs who have thought deeply on the impact robotics and electronics will have for our next generation. Their innovations are changing how both businesses and consumers traverse the world. Learn what makes a successful venture in this new world and how you can get involved in this next evolution.
Sasha Hoffman started her career as an investment banker in the technology groups of Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers where she worked on transactions worth more than $100 billion across the software, semiconductor, fintech and social media sectors for such companies as Facebook, Yelp, and SanDisk. Inspired by the game-changing problems the companies she led IPOs and M&A transactions for were solving, she transitioned to being an operator. She joined an early stage venture-backed fintech company, Plastiq, as the Head of Business Development where she brokered deals with the largest credit card issuers in the country. She then spearheaded a new innovation division for Piaggio Group (makers of Vespa) called Piaggio Fast Forward. As Chief Operating Officer, she was tasked with creating new forms of transportation that utilized semi-autonomous functionality to better move people and goods around 21st century cities. She helped launch the world's first consumer robot that follows a human carrying their cargo. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she took on responsibility to lead global consumer engagement at Uber, where she drove the company’s subscriptions business, Uber Rewards program, and third-party loyalty partnerships globally including deals with Marriott, managing programs that had more than 50 million users and the company’s most valuable customers. Sasha is currently an active investor working with several funds and consulting and advising for early stage consumer companies.
Austin McChord is the founder and former CEO of Datto, an innovative provider of comprehensive backup, recovery, and business continuity solutions. McChord founded Datto as a college student in his parents' basement, growing it to become Connecticut’s first “unicorn". McChord led the company through its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners in 2017, and subsequent IPO in 2020.
A graduate, trustee, and 2017 commencement speaker of the Rochester Institute of Technology, McChord is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions. He was named to Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 list in 2015, was named Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016, and earned recognition as one of the nation's top 50 philanthropists in 2017 by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. McChord holds several patents and has been a featured keynote speaker at technology conferences including Collision, Techonomy, and more.
A Silicon Valley icon, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist for more than forty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II. He also influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. He is listed as the sole inventor on four Apple patents.
In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. To date, Wozniak has received ten Honorary Doctor of Engineering degrees. In May 1982 and 1983, Wozniak, founded the company Unuson, an abbreviation of "unite us in song”, which sponsored two US Festivals. Initially intended to celebrate evolving technologies, the festivals ended up as a technology exposition and a rock festival as a combination of music, computers, television, and people.
For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Ronald Reagan in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.
Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on, experiential learning that encouraged creativity and innovation by students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment.
He also founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame. In 2015, Wozniak received the Legacy for Children Award from the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. The Legacy for Children Award honors individuals whose legacy has significantly benefited the learning and lives of children. The Cal Alumni Association (UC Berkeley's Alumni Association) presented Wozniak with the 2015 Alumnus of the Year Award.
Wozniak is the author of iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon (Norton Publishing), his New York Times best-selling autobiography. His television appearances include: ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, The Big Bang Theory, My Life on the D List, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Celebrity Watch Party.
Wozniak continues to pursue his entrepreneurial and philanthropic interests to this day. In October 2017, Steve co-founded Woz U — a postsecondary education and training platform focused on software engineering and technology development. He has also recently co-founded Efforce — which leverages disparate applications of blockchain technology.
When Woz and his wife, Janet, are not traveling the world trying to inspire the next generation or building sustainable businesses, they live a happy life in Los Gatos, California with their four Bichon Friese dogs Ziggy, Zelda, Jewel and Wozzie.