Rachel Kalmar Data scientist at Misfit Wearables
Rachel wrangles noisy data and tries to quantify anything and everything she can. A Stanford neuroscience PhD, she’s spent over a decade using data to explain, predict and influence behavior. She is active in the Bay Area hardware community and runs Sensored, a 1000+ person meetup group for people working on sensor devices and applications (meetup.com/Sensored). Rachel is an alum of the d.school, Singularity University, and Rock Health, and her favorite hashtag is #geekparadise.
Sean Ness Business Development Director at IFTF
A self-described nerd growing up, Sean read all he could about science as a kid and immersed himself in maps for hours at a time. He also set his chemistry set on fire a few times, took junior high computer classes on a TRS-80, and was on his high school ecology team. After earning a BS in polymer science with a minor in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University, Sean ping-ponged between research organizations including Forrester Research and scrappy software start-ups like ComputerWire before joining IFTF in 2004. In 2006, Sean co-founded the STIRR Network, a group that helped catalyze early-stage entrepreneurial activity in Silicon Valley and beyond, through 2009.
Mike Liebhold Distinguished Fellow at IFTF
Mike brings to his role as principal technologist at IFTF a wealth of experience gained in a series of top jobs at high-profile tech companies. He has been a visiting researcher at Intel Labs, a senior consulting architect at Netscape Communications, vice president and chief technology officer at Times Mirror Publishing, a senior scientist at Apple Computer, and administrative director for the Systems Research Group at the Atari Sunnyvale Research Laboratory. Mike was principal technology policy adviser to Apple’s chairman and was Apple’s principal contributor to the national dialog on the National Information Infrastructure, including cable TV, video dial tone, digital advanced television, and HDTV.
Kristin Neidlinger SENSOREE founder, future concepts designer
Kristin crafts phenomenal technology to enhance and expand physical embodiment. She has a background in dance, kinetic costume design, and in physical therapies as a Dance Medicine Specialist. With her MFA in Interaction Design from California College of the Arts, 2010, she became curious as to how wearable computers could be therapeutic, emotive, and enhance our sensory experience. This is wear she began SENSOREE therapeutic bio.media. Kristin is honored to have her work presented by tech conferences, galleries, and fashion shows — on the runway at CES, presented at NASA, and currently on exhibit with Futurotextiles 3.