Laura Montoya, Founder & Chair
Laura has been described as a natural and versatile leader with a passion for Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Research, and Psychology. She has a B.S. in Biology, Physical Science, and Human Development from Eastern Michigan University. Her personal interests include growth & empowerment, diversity, and community outreach.
She is a Director with Women Who Code, a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. She also founded and maintains a monthly reading group, TechLore, which focuses on literature that addresses empowerment, entrepreneurship, culture, social justice, and inclusion through the lens of technology.
bethany garcia, senior engineer & Mentor
Bethany graduated from the Johnston Center at the University of Redlands with a concentration in International Relations and Economics. She worked in diverse areas from Education Reform to Investment Banking before joining her first startup in 2000 as a Quality Assurance Engineer. She evaluated a wide variety software until 2015, when she attended Hackbright Academy and renewed her passion for programming, data visualization, and Machine Learning.
rachel ralston, creative director & engineer
Rachel has a BFA in Oil Painting and Art Theory from Western State Colorado University.
She describes herself as an Artist turned Entrepreneur - Designer turned Engineer. The thread that runs through it all is she has a passion for making the things in her imagination real.
Candida Haynes, AI Consultant
My full-stack technology experience includes creating public affairs application prototypes to 1) facilitate efficiency before, during, and after emergencies and other unique events, 2) educate individuals and businesses about protecting data on line, 3) engage and protect vulnerable populations that have limited access to technology, and 4) drive cross-platform developer experiences that accelerate the adoption of technical solutions to enhance security and protect commerce.
Current Obsession: Independently designing architectures for safe data storage, exploration, and collaboration. Evaluating clouds and hardware-based options. Sharing my findings at conferences.
tim mcmacken, cultural Researcher & evangelist
Tim is a University of Michigan Alum with a Bachelor's of Arts focusing on early modern world history which emphasized the events that lead to our current geo-political situation and issues including colonialism, trade, the rise of the major world faiths, regional and world war, and the effects of superpower politics.
Susana Craig, Partnerships
Ms. Craig’s is a relationship builder that has fostered Silicon Valley business relationships for over 20 years’ in the tech, non profit, and startup world. Be it sales, business development, or channel management, Ms. Craig used her diverse skill set to drive companies to financial, P.R., and social success. She has nurtured business collaborations at companies such as Apple, Adobe, CapGemini, Microsoft, PacBell, and Epicentric. Ms. Craig’s passion is to help those in need and used her talents to start companies focused on wireless technology, with a goal of cultivating a workforce from underprivileged communities. Ms. Craig is devoted to women's workplace and minority social issues which she has integrated into every position held. Social justice is everyone's responsibility.
abhishek sharma, Technical Program Advisor & AI Mentor
Abhishek has a Master’s in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His interests include Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing and large-scale Machine Learning.
He is also recipient of the Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence Award – 2014, awarded by the Computer Science Department, UIUC.
Sujit pal, Technical program advisor & AI mentor
Sujit builds intelligent systems around research content. His primary interests are IR, NLP, ML, DL, ontologies and distributed processing. Prior to this, he built ontology backed semantic search, contextual advertising and EMR analytics for consumer healthcare.
carlos uranga, Technical Program Advisor & AI Mentor
Carlos is founder, developer, and mentor for startups - leveraging robotics to quantify and elucidate patterns in living systems. Most recently Carlos had the privilege of serving as the Director of the Innovation Lab (iLab) at Singularity University (SU) - empowering leaders and startups to leverage exponential technologies and solve global grand challenges. Carlos has ~ 4 years experience in molecular biology R&D, bioprocess engineering, and over 10 years industry experience in Bioinformatics, Pharmacogenomics, clinical and genomics lab automation. As an early proponent of preventative medicine using Genomics (and other -omic sciences), he assisted in some of the early designs of novel genetic analysis/ molecular diagnostic tools finding propensity and concurrence of hereditary disease. Carlos has a Masters in Bioengineering from UCSD and the equivalent of a Masters in Computer Vision and Robotics from INPG/ INRIA in Grenoble, France. Carlos likes to spend time adventure motorcycle and bicycle riding, and loves to hack 2D & 3D robots for fun - this all while listening to a great audiobook or some rad EDM.
Jennafer Shae, Personal Development mentor
Jen has a passion for social change and wants to see a world that works for everyone. She has a BS in alternative medicine and an MA in anthropology and social change. Jen sees the value in self care, as well as the importance of values and ethics of care in the world of technology. She is here to keep the beauty and complexity of humanity in AI.
jose lopez, advisor
Jose has over 20 years experience in the East Bay Startup and Tech community. As the Cofounder of Devlabs, he works with start-up teams in the US, Chile, Colombia, and Jamaica which focus on Edtech, Agtech, Fintech, or Real Estate tech verticals.
Avary Kent, advisor
Bringing new companies from idea to reality is Avary Kent's passion. Avary blends scientific analysis with business acumen and operational expertise to help bring new companies and products to market. Avary excels in early stage companies that are focused on creating new holistic systems to manage growth and scale to create high impact products and services.