Sara Chipps

CEO of Jewelbots

Sara Chipps is a JavaScript developer based in NYC. She has been working on Software and the Open Source Community since 2001. She’s been obsessed with hardware and part of Node Bots since 2012.

She is the CEO of Jewel Bots, a company dedicated towards drastically changing the number of girls entering STEM fields using hardware.

She was formerly the CTO of the Flatiron School, a school dedicated to teaching people of all ages how to build software and launch careers as software developers.

In 2010 she cofounded Girl Develop It, a non-profit focused on helping more women become software developers. Girl Develop It is in 45 cities, and has taught over 17,000 women how to build software.


Dennis Crowley

Co-founder of Foursquare, Founder of Stockade FC

Dennis Crowley is the co-founder of Foursquare, a service that combines social networks, location awareness and game mechanics to encourage people to explore the world around them. Previously, Dennis founded Dodgeball, one of the first mobile social services in the US, which was acquired by Google in 2005. Dennis holds a Master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a Bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He was named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40” in 2010 and 2011.


Teresa Garrett

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Vassar College

Teresa A. Garrett earned a B.S. degree in biochemistry from Florida State University and a Ph. D. in biochemistry from Duke University. Following graduation, she took a five-year hiatus from full-time research to stay at home with her two daughters. During that time at home, Teresa was an adjunct instructor in the Duke University School of Nursing in the summers. In 2003 she took a post-doctoral position at Duke University where she continued teaching in the School of Nursing but also took on research and teaching responsibilities in the School of Medicine and the Duke Summer School. This time doing research and teaching focused her interests on undergraduate education. She joined the Vassar College faculty in 2007 and is now an Associate Professor of Chemistry. Teresa has served the College in numerous roles including, as director of the Biochemistry Program, and member of the College Regulations Panel, Pre-medical Advising Committee, and the Faculty Athletic Support Team. Several undergraduates each year get the opportunity to engage in original research via her National Science Foundation-funded research program. She is actively engaged in Vassar’s nationally recognized push to increase access of students from diverse social and economic backgrounds to higher education, in part, through her roles as Chair of the Assessment Committee, co-director of the Diving into Research Program, and faculty mentor to Vassar’s fourth cohort of veterans in collaboration with the Posse Foundation. Teresa enjoys swimming, biking, and running and lives in Pleasant Valley with her husband Chris, daughters Madeline and Ariane and their dog Daisy.

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Allison Kopf

CEO, Agrilyst

Allison Kopf is the founder and CEO of Agrilyst, a management and analytics platform for indoor farms. Agrilyst won the highly coveted Disrupt Cup at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco last fall and was featured by FastCompany as one of 2016’s Most Innovative Companies. Before founding Agrilyst, she helped BrightFarms become one of the leading indoor agriculture companies in the US. She has a BS in Physics from Santa Clara University.


Chris Muscarella

Founder of Field Company

Chris lives in between the technology world and the hospitality world. Prior to the Field Company, Chris started Kitchensurfing and Mobile Commons (acquired by Upland Software). He’s also been fortunate to have been involved in some excellent Brooklyn restaurants as a partner, including: Rucola, Threes Brewing, and Delaney BBQ. Chris has a BA from St. John’s College, Annapolis in Classics and the History of Mathematics. When Chris isn’t cooking in cast iron, he can be found sailing the Maine coast.


Pamela Pavliscak

Co-Founder of SoundingBox

Pamela Pavliscak (pav-li-check) is a design researcher specializing in emotional intelligence, the science of happiness, and positive design. She founded SoundingBox, an emotional research platform. Pamela is writing Designing for Happiness (O’Reilly, 2017) and has spoken at SXSW, Collision, and other popular tech conferences. She currently serves on the IEEE Standards Association for ethics and artificial intelligence and teaches at Pratt Institute.


Matt Stinchcomb

Executive Director at Etsy.org / Good Work Institute

Matt Stinchcomb is Executive Director at Etsy.org – a nonprofit organization building entrepreneurial education programs that foster the human capacity, wisdom, insights, and community needed to create regenerative businesses. This is an extension of Etsy.com’s mission to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.

Prior to founding Etsy.org, Matt was the longest-serving Etsy employee with titles that include VP of Community; VP of Communications; VP of Marketing; European Director; VP of Values & Impact; and the CEO of Etsy Ireland. From the earliest days of Etsy, Matt’s focus has been to give people the means and desire to minimize harm and maximize benefit for people and the planet. He firmly believes that business can be a powerful and positive force for personal, ecological, and cultural transformation.


Mike Zamansky

Hunter College / CSTUY

Walk into any major tech company and ask one simple question: who has had Mike Zamansky as a teacher? Then ask the follow-up — who knows someone who had Mike Zamansky? Watch the hands pop up like the moles in whack-a-mole. Then go to the start-ups and try again — Mike’s former students have gone on to found numerous tech companies including SumAll, Digital Ocean, TimeHop, Tinfoil Security and others. Over the last 25 years Mike has taught computer science to high school students in populations ranging from high-risk to ultra-gifted. He has developed individual courses and multi year sequences. His approach to CS education is informed by his desire to teach students not to code, but to think like a computer scientist. To learn how to learn what they need to accomplish their goals. That is the basis of the computer science program that Mike developed and implemented at Stuyvesant High School. This program is considered by many to be the finest in the country. In addition to teaching high school students, Mike has trained and mentored numerous teachers over the course of his career and was one of the original developers of Google’s CAPE program. More recently, Mike founded CSTUY a non profit dedicated to bringing quality computer science education to underserved communities in and around New York City. Mike has both a Bachelors and Masters degree in computer science awarded by the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.