Speaker Spotlight: Christina Bechhold

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Announcing a 2016 panelist: Christina Bechhold

Dream it. Code it. Win it. is excited to announce that Christina Bechhold will be a panelist for the 2016 competition.

Bechhold is an investor at Samsung’s Global Innovation Center, based in New York, focused on early stage investments in software and services. She is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, a member-led angel group of young professionals investing in technology start ups with a focus on supporting young entrepreneurs. Bechold is a Regular Contributor for The Wall Street Journal on startups and small business, a columnist for Inc.com, a mentor at The Brandery and Venture for America and a member of VFA’s Rise Committee focused on increasing diversity in entrepreneurship. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at events in the U.S., Europe and Asia and was recognized by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of Influence.

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Speaker Spotlight: Ayah Bdeir

ayah bdeir.pngAnnouncing a 2016 panelist: Ayah Bdeir

Dream it. Code it. Win it. is excited to announce that Ayah Bdeir will be a panelist for the 2016 competition.

Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning platform of easy-to use electronic building blocks that is empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small. Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. Bdeir’s career and education have centered on advancing open source hardware to make education and innovation more accessible to people around the world.

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Speaker Spotlight: Kevin Mayer

mayerAnnouncing a 2016 panelist: Kevin Mayer

Dream it. Code it. Win it. is excited to announce that Kevin Mayer will be a panelist for the 2016 competition.

Kevin Mayer is the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of The Walt Disney Company and oversees Corporate Strategy, Business Development, Acquisitions, Enterprise Information Technology, Innovation, Brand and Franchise Management, and Global Corporate Alliances. He was named to the position in June 2015.

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Speaker Spotlight: Minerva Tantoco

MinervaAnnouncing a 2016 panelist: Minerva Tantoco

Dream it. Code it. Win it. is elated to announce that Minerva Tantoco, NYC’s first ever CTO, will be a panelist for the 2016 competition.

Minerva is New York City’s first ever Chief Technology Officer, CTO. Raised in Flushing, Queens, Tantoco is a product of New York City public schools. She attended Bronx Science High School and while still in college, moved to Silicon Valley where she co-founded technology startup, Manageware Inc, which was successfully sold five years later.

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Speaker Spotlight: John Underkoffler

john headshotAnnouncing a 2016 panelist: John Underkoffler

Dream it. Code it. Win it. is proud to announce that John Underkoffler, a tech adviser to Hollywood, will be a panelist for the 2016 competition.

John is the CEO and co-founder of Oblong Industries and leads its UI-centered design, technology, and commercial vision. Oblong’s products bring a radically more capable human-machine interface to creative, analytic, communications, and decision making workflows.

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Speaker Spotlight: Vanessa Yurkevich

Vanessa YurkevichAnnouncing the 2016 emcee: Vanessa Yurkevich

Dream it. Code it. Win it. is thrilled to announce that Vanessa Yurkevich, a correspondent for CNNMoney, is officially going to be this year’s emcee!

Yurkevich is a digital correspondent for CNNMoney who covers luxury, travel, and real estate. Yurkevich established this new beat and creates original video content for all of CNN’s platforms with a focus on the business of luxury.

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