Friday, Jan 23
Saturday, Jan 24

Opening Keynote - 9am
Friday Evening Keynote - 5:30pm
Closing Keynote - 5:30pm


Opening Keynote

Friday January 23, 9am

Katie Harbath

Global Politics and Outreach Manager, Facebook

Katie Harbath is the global lead for politics and government engagement at Facebook, where she focuses on political outreach. Prior to Facebook, Katie was the Chief Digital Strategist at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She previously led digital strategy in positions at DCI Group, the Rudy Giuliani for President campaign and the Republican National Committee. Katie holds a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Public Affairs Counselor, Australian Embassy

Helen Seidel has been the Australian Embassy’s Public Affairs Counselor in Washington DC since April 2012.  Before being posted to Washington DC, Helen was the Director of the Counter-Terrorism Cooperation Section with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra.  She also served previously as the Director of DFAT’s Afghanistan International and Special Envoy Section.  In addition to having been the Executive Officer to DFAT’s CEO, Helen has worked in Canberra on President Obama’s 2011 visit to Australia, the Australia-US Ministerial Meeting, Burma/Myanmar and APEC.  She has completed postings in Kuala Lumpur and Berlin.  

Before joining DFAT, Helen worked as a journalist and public affairs consultant.  She has a BA (Hons) degree from the Australian National University and a Masters in Foreign Affairs and Trade.



Lunch Keynote 

Friday January 23, 12:30pm

(for All Access Ticket Holders Only)

Dr. Robert Griffin

Deputy Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology
Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Robert Griffin assumed the role of Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Technology (S&T) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on May 12, 2014. He was appointed the Deputy Under Secretary on Oct 5, 2014. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Griffin served as the Director of the First Responders Group (FRG) and led efforts to strengthen the first response community's ability to protect the homeland and respond to disasters. He is a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service. 

Dr. Griffin came to DHS after a 20-year career in local government as a senior leader and first responder. Dr. Griffin was appointed the first Director of the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management, where he developed a cross-functional department consisting of emergency management, law enforcement, fire/rescue, public health, and emergency communications personnel. As the Director of Emergency Management, he managed the integration of the County’s emergency management functions and emergency communications functions into a single department. 

Evening Keynote

Friday January 23, 5:30pm

Tom Chi

Chief Product Officer, Factory
Co-Founder, Google X

Tom Chi has worked in a wide range of roles from astrophysical researcher to Fortune 500 consultant to corporate executive developing new hardware/software products and services. He's played a significant role in established projects with global reach (Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Search), and scaled new projects from conception to significance (Yahoo Answers from 0 to 90 million users).

Tom has pioneered and practiced a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning, and leadership that can jumpstart innovative new ideas as well as move large organizations at unprecedented speeds. These approaches have benefitted over a dozen industry-leading companies. He most recently served as head of product experience at Google X developing technology such as Google Glass and Google's self-driving cars.

His current focus is delving into human development issues with social entrepreneurs around the globe, rebooting the fundamental frameworks of entrepreneurship itself, and teaching a limited number of workshops to select organizations.

Lunch Keynote 

Saturday January 24, 12:30pm

(for All Access Ticket Holders Only)

David Barrett

CEO, Expensify

David Barrett is the founder of Expensify, former lead engineer of Red Swoosh (acquired by Akamai, from which he was dramatically fired), and all around alpha geek. He started programming when he was 6 and it has been his primary activity ever since, with a brief hiatus for world travel, technical writing, and project management.

David hated expense reports so much he decided to do something about it, and created the first expense report that "doesn't suck." That initial spark grew into Expensify, a complete online expense management service that does everything from import expenses and receipts from credit cards and mobile phones, to process expense reports online, and reimburse electronically with direct deposit, PayPal or even Bitcoin.

David loves third world travel and first class wine. He is married to an opera singer, and has without question the cutest beagle known to man.

Ken Nguyen

General Counsel & Venture Hacker, AngelList

Kendrick Nguyen is General Counsel/Venture Hacker at AngelList, where he leads legal, new syndicate products and North America expansion.  Kendrick previously was Managing Director of CounselWorks LLC (a national consulting firm), Chief Operating Officer of MK Enterprises, Inc. (a large private investment holding company), founder of Ssetra LLC (a caviar distribution company), and a securities litigator at Goodwin Procter LLP.  During the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis, Kendrick headed the U.S. legal department of Permal Asset Management, a leading international investment firm with over $40 billion in assets under management at the time.  

Kendrick was formerly a Fellow at Stanford Law School and the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University.   He studied law at Boston University and Oxford, practiced law in Boston, New York City and San Francisco, and lectured widely in the U.S. and Asia.  He also holds a degree in Molecular Cell Biology and Neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley.

Closing Keynote

Saturday January 24, 5:15pm


Chief Technology Officer of the United States of America

In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Smith focuses on how technology policy and innovation can advance the future of our nation.

Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist, most recently serving as a Vice President at Google[x], where she worked on a range of projects and co-created the company's SolveForX innovation community project as well as its WomenTechmakers tech-diversity initiative.

She was the VP of New Business Development at Google, where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing across Google's global engineering and product teams for nine years prior. She also led the company's acquisitions of major platforms such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Picasa and served as GM of during its engineering transition. Megan previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender online community, and helped design early smartphone technologies at General Magic. She also worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan.

Over the years, Megan has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cookstoves. She was a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car 2000 miles across the Australian outback.

She has served on the boards of MIT, MIT Media Lab, MIT Technology Review, and Vital Voices; as a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid; and as an advisor to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded. She holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.

Alex Macgillivray

Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States of America

Alex Macgillivray is Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is an internationally recognized expert in technology law and policy, most recently serving as General Counsel and Head of Public Policy at Twitter from 2009–2013. He is an actively practicing developer and coder, contributing to his ability to formulate creative and sensible technology policy and understand its ramifications. Macgillivray holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Ryan Panchadsaram

Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States of America

Ryan Panchadsaram currently serves as United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer working to tackle government-wide issues facing digital service teams. He was featured on the cover of Time Magazine for his work on the rescue team. Ryan was part of the inaugural class of Presidential Innovation Fellows, where he worked with the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT and the Department of Veterans Affairs on Blue Button. This initiative is designed to enable millions of Americans to easily and securely download their own health information. Prior to serving as a Fellow, he was the head of Customer & Product at, a spin-off from MIT Media Lab, using big data to transform health. He has been a Fellow at Rock Health, where his company Pipette was incubated and ultimately acquired by He previously worked at Microsoft and He graduated from University of California-Berkeley with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.