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Keynotes and panelists — Bios & pics

Keynote Speaker – Louie Psihoyos, director/producer/photographer; Executive Director of Oceanic Preservation Society

Psihoyos’ first documentary film, “The Cove,” has won over 70 awards globally from festivals and critics, including the Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature in 2009. “The Cove” touches many with its unflinching examination of a dark subject and its ability to reveal the humanity and compassion in each of us. Its underlying themes transcend the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji to address the larger picture of the threat our entire world faces due to human impacts. [Bio courtesy Oceanic Preservation Society website]

Louie Psihoyos is widely regarded as one of the world’s most prominent still photographers. He has circled the globe dozens of times for National Geographic and has shot hundreds of covers for other magazines including Fortune Magazine, Smithsonian, Discover, GEO, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Rock and Ice. His work has also been seen on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Television and the History Channel. His imagination, wit, and iconic imagery have helped illustrate a wide array of complex subjects and are carried over to his filmmaking.


Keynote Speaker – Blaise Aguera y Arcas, software architect and futurist with Microsoft

Blaise Agüera y Arcas is a software architect, designer, futurist, and imagery expert. He is the architect of Bing Maps and Bing Mobile at Microsoft where he leads a team of researchers and engineers with strengths in social media, computer vision and graphics. In 2011 he was named a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft.

Blaise is the co-creator of Photosynth, software that assembles static photos into a synergy of zoomable, navigable spaces making it possible to capture and view the world in 3D. Blaise also created Seadragon (acquired by Microsoft in 2006), the visualization technology that gives Photosynth its amazingly smooth digital rendering and zoom capabilities. His TEDTalk on Seadragon and Photosynth in 2007 is rated one of TED’s “most jaw-dropping.” He returned to the TED stage in 2010 to present Bing Maps.

Blaise has a broad background in computer science and applied math, and has worked in a variety of fields, including computational neuroscience, computational drug design, and data compression.

In 2008–2009, he was a recipient of MIT Technology Review’s TR35 award (35 top innovators under 35) and Fast Company’s MCP100 (“100 most creative people in business”); in 2010, he’s on Advertising Age’s Creativity 50 (“annual list of the most influential and inspiring creative personalities of the last year”).

Moderator – Dave Taylor

Tech guru, writer, consultant, and lecturer Dave Taylor sports a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego, a Master’s in Education from Purdue University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business. He created and launched four Internet-related startups. He has served on the board of a number of different small companies (and continues to do so today) and has worked with various investment and venture capital firms as a due diligence analyst and entrepreneur-in-residence. He has written 20 books, and thousands of magazine and newspaper articles. He currently splits his time between free tech support on AskDaveTaylor.comfilm reviews on his popularDaveOnFilm.com site, parenting discussions on The Attachment Parenting Blog and business, marketing and industry analysis at The Business Blog @ Intuitive.com.


Jennifer Beaupre


Jennifer Beaupre is the vice president of marketing at BlogFrog and is responsible for directing strategy and execution of marketing campaigns, social media, public relations, content and lead generation, and branding. Prior to BlogFrog, she was vice president of global marketing at Acrolinx, where she oversaw all global marketing activities, from campaign creation to sale. She is a yoga enthusiast, snowboarder and loves to travel. An industry thought leader, Beaupre is an active blogger, content contributor and speaker at industry events and conferences, having presented at the Inbound Marketing Summit, PlanetPTC, and the Intelligent Content Conference.

Jeff Chow


TOPIC: ‘Exploring the New Human/Computer Interface’

I create — this is where it has taken me. Founder of Red Bird Rising LLC and inventor of CTRL+Console. I work in the space of Lighting Director and Projectionist for Space Farmer Productions. GPS Specialist for BACKPACKER Magazine, and freelance Photographer, Cinematographer, and Writer. I began in the world of science (physics being my favorite class), studied engineering in college, had an Apple IIc and the first Mac (still do, actually) and have spent my adult life marrying my love of tech to my love of art. It’s my passion. It’s what I do. And I may never stop.

Preston Padden

University of Colorado School of Law

TOPIC: ‘Old Media, New Tricks’

Preston Padden had a 38-year career in the media business holding the following positions: Assistant General Counsel, Metromedia; President, The Association of Independent Television Stations; President, Network Distribution, Fox Broadcasting Company; Chairman and CEO, American Sky Broadcasting (merged into Dish Network); President, ABC Television Network; and Executive Vice-President, Government Relations, The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Padden served on the Boards of The National Association of Broadcasters and The Motion Picture Association of America. Mr. Padden is an Adjunct Professor at the University Of Colorado School Of Law and University’s Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (a joint venture of the Law School and the Graduate School of Engineering). Mr. Padden also serves as a Senior Fellow and Board Member at the University’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship.

Adrian Bishop

Bloom Animation

TOPIC: ‘We’ve Entered the Matrix’

Adrian has been developing and producing media for more than 20 years. He was a graphics expert at Quark Inc. then a 3D modeler and animator for a number of design firms and video production shops. He founded the first Colorado Maya Users group, for 3D animators, which eventually grew to hundreds of members.

He developed and produced a New Media Envision Award-winning interactive training. While a lead developer for Capella University he co-wrote a masters-level course on interface design and produced interactive training for the USDA. He was new media guru for Genesis, Inc., a preeminent design firm, responsible for motion and interactive projects.

He has directed award-winning motion graphics for Vail and created online games for NASA. He has produced media for Frontier Airlines, Pepsi Americas, the Chicago Bears, and many others.

Jonas Wills

Phobic Studios

TOPIC: ‘If You Don’t Have a Mobile App, Do You Exist?’

Jonas Wills is the co-founder of Phobic Studios, a game development company located in Boulder, Colorado. As director of the studio, Jonas has established a strong background in both business management and game design. He attends industry conferences nationwide, promoting

Phobic Studios’ creations and networking with some of the biggest names in the industry. Some of Jonas’ more notable titles include Bounce On, GravBot, and more recently DragonVale, which was nominated at the GDC Online Awards for Best Online Game Design and Best New Online Game.

John Levisay


Prior to co-founding Sympoz and Craftsy in 2010, John held executive roles at eBay and servicemagic.com. He joined eBay in 1999, as head of Strategy & BD, and helped launch eBay Motors, growing it into a $14 billion a year global business. John later ran the Business, Photo, and Music categories on eBay and served as CEO of Kruse International, a 100-employee subsidiary of eBay Motors. At ServiceMagic (IAC), John was VP of Strategy and BD, closing numerous large transactions and launching a major marketplace initiative.

Prior to eBay, John spent 6 years at General Electric, graduating from GE’s Financial Management program and Corporate Audit Staff. John received his MBA from The University of Michigan and his BA from Colgate University.

Scott Hendrickson


TOPIC: ‘The Wide, Wild Ecosystem of Social Networks’

Dr. Hendrickson is the Principal Data Scientist at Gnip, the world’s largest and most trusted provider of social data. At Gnip, he is responsible for data science projects that help Gnip and Gnip’s customers understand and more effectively use social media data from publishers including Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, Disqus, StockTwits.

He is interested in discovering patterns, creating useful models and sharing a deeper understanding of how and why people use social media publishers, how information travels and why and what people choose to share.

Before joining Gnip, Scott worked with startups and established software companies on data analysis, machine learning, data visualization and data-centric strategy projects. Dr. Hendrickson has a PhD in Physics from the University of Colorado, where he simulated beam particle-field interactions.

Erika Trautman


Before founding FlixMaster, Erika founded an Emmy-winning production company (Outlier Films), worked as an award-winning documentary filmmaker, television producer and editor. Her work has aired on major networks, cable and PBS, and has shown at various film festivals. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University where she studied theater and biology and a Master’s degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley.

John Burris

Silver Chalice

As President of Silver Chalice in Boulder, John is responsible for building a next generation media company with a portfolio of sports media assets running on Silver Chalice’s Advanced Media Platform (AMP). After four years of operation, Silver Chalice is working with many of the nation’s sports rights holders, media heavy-weights and top teams/leagues to build digital networks, distribute content across all connected devices, and sell media to top brands/agencies.

Prior to starting Silver Chalice, John was responsible for Sprint’s market-leading $5 Billion Wireless Data business. A broad based business that covered the wireless internet, mobile TV, music, social networking, games, mobile marketing, service programming and much more.

Before joining Sprint, John was a co-founder of Orbit Commerce, an eBusiness platform venture that was sold to a public company (DRIV) in 2001. John also spent several years in high-tech development out of the Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto and as an Executive in Residence with Trinity Ventures.

John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.


Brad Bernthal

CU/Silicon Flatirons Center

TOPIC: ‘Boulder Start-Ups 101’


Brad Bernthal is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado and the Entrepreneurship Initiative Director at Silicon Flatirons Center. Professor Bernthal leads the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic. In addition to his clinical instruction, Professor Bernthal teaches doctrinal courses in the areas of telecom policy, spectrum management, and entrepreneurial finance. Prior to joining Colorado Law as an Associate Clinical Professor, Professor Bernthal served as the Silicon Flatirons Fellow for 2005-2007, a research associate appointment associated with the Silicon Flatirons Center. His current research involves telecommunications policy issues with a focus on spectrum management, public safety, and so-called ‘smart’ radios (i.e., cognitive and software defined radios). Professor Bernthal also teaches in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (“ITP”).