Keynote Speakers

'', given by Soraya Darabi, Co-Founder at Zady.com, Zady.com

Soraya Darabi, Co-Founder at Zady.com, Zady.com

Soraya Darabi is a trailblazing entrepreneur and authority on digital consumerism and new technologies. At the age of 23, she became the The New York Times first-ever Manager of Digital Partnerships and Social Media, designing and implementing the company’s first-ever digital and social media strategies, which are still in place today. She is recognized globally as a game changer in a complex and rapidly evolving digital world, one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.” After leaving the Times, Darabi co-founded Foodspotting, (later acquired by Open Table), and most recently Zady.com, one of the first online retailers to seamlessly integrate e-commerce, rich content and social media for a truly dynamic shopping experience in sustainable, ethical fashion. In 2015 Darabi stepped down from Zady, remaining as a senior adviser.  As a speaker and consultant, her expertise helps business leap past the unknown with cutting-edge digital business strategies that successfully scale with growth. Friendly and enthusiastic, Darabi speaks in easily understandable terms, offering insight into how brands and organizations can get noticed in all the right ways. Those who seek her knowledge become able to effortlessly understand and embrace the changing face of industry, as well as build sustainable growth in the digital world.

'', given by Brian Solis, Principal Analyst, Altimeter Group, a Prophet company

Brian Solis, Principal Analyst, Altimeter Group, a Prophet company

Brian Solis is a best-selling author, a leading digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, and a Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group, a Prophet company. He studies disruptive technology and its impact on business and society. Through his reports, articles and books, he humanizes technology’s short and long-term effect to help see people and markets differently and understand what to do about it. Brian’s work covers topics including digital transformation, customer experience digital marketing, culture 2.0 and “the future of” industries, trends and behavior. His site, briansolis.com, is recognized as one of the top destinations for business leaders around the world. He actively contributes to AdAge, Wired and Forbes. And, he’s followed by over 500,000 people on Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook.

He has authored several best-selling books, including What’s the Future of Business (WTF), The End of Business as Usual and Engage!. His new book, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design, explores the importance of experiences and how to design them for customers, employees and human beings everywhere. Solis also designed the book to be an experience as a physical example of what’s possible when you take a step back to rethink products, services and models in a new economy (and world).

Session Speakers

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'', given by John W. Boger, , Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.

John W. Boger, , Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.

John W. Boger is a partner with Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. where he specializes in intellectual property work. Previous to his current position, Boger was Senior Counsel at Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc. Prior to attending law school, he worked for 8 years at DePuy, Inc. as a product development engineer and product manager specializing in orthopaedic implant design. He also worked for DePuy–DuPont Orthopaedics, Inc. as the venture project manager, focusing on the development of advanced implantable biomaterials. Boger graduated cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law. He also received cum laude, a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Syracuse University and an M.S.in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah.

Boger is admitted to practice in New York and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He serves on the board of MedTech and has written a number of publications related to intellectual property.

'', given by William Bond, Director, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office, Rochester Institute of Technology

William Bond, Director, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office, Rochester Institute of Technology

William E. Bond is Director of RIT's Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office. Previously he worked with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he was Director of Business Development and Licensing and then later Vice President of Technology Commercialization. Bond formed and ran his own company for 7.5 years where he provided technology commercialization, product development and market development consulting services to such companies as SAIC, Xerox, Telcordia (formerly Bellcore), and LunchByte Systems. His career includes positions with Griffin Technology, Sybron/Taylor Instruments, Bausch & Lomb and Eastman Kodak.

Bond has an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Simon School at the University of Rochester, a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University, and has received executive education in “Marketing Innovative Technologies” from the Harvard Business School.

'Big Data in Action', given by Mark Bowyer, Director, Wireless Businesst Manager, Anaren

Mark Bowyer, Director, Wireless Businesst Manager, Anaren

Mark is the director of business development for Anaren’s wireless business unit where he leads and deploys the company’s strategy for connectivity and The Internet of Things. Bowyer brings more than 25 years of technical leadership and business development experience to his role. He previously managed European and worldwide sales and marketing for Anaren.

Prior to joining Anaren, Bowyer held various sales positions with BFI Ibexsa Ltd (now ACAL) and Walmore Electronics Ltd, and was a contract engineer a variety of companies including: Roke Manor Research, Marconi Space Systems, Plessey Defense Electronics Ltd all in the UK.

Mark holds various educational accolades from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and earned his EE accreditation from Fareham Institute of Technology in Fareham, Hampshire in the United Kingdom.

Sean Branagan, , Newhouse School at Syracuse University

'', given by Robert J. DelZoppo, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Technology Programs , SRC, Inc.

Robert J. DelZoppo, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Technology Programs , SRC, Inc.

Robert J. DelZoppo is the Assistant Vice President of Strategic Technology Programs at SRC, Inc., a nationally recognized research and development company. He has over 35 years of experience in academic, industry and government sectors. He reviews investments the company is making in technology and is responsible for building and nurturing strategic relationships with academia and government to identify and communicate challenge problems and emerging technologies that align with the company’s mission, strategic goals, and business units. DelZoppo also serves as Chairman of SRC’s Technology Committee and its Intellectual Property Steering Committee.

He received a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from SUNY Fredonia and completed the Executive Certificate Program in Strategy and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

'', given by Shubha Ghosh, Director of the Technology Law Program and Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law

Shubha Ghosh, Director of the Technology Law Program and Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law

Shubha Ghosh is Director of the Technology Law Program and Crandall Melvin Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law. He has nearly twenty years of law school teaching experience. His focus is on the development and commercialization of technology as a means of promoting economic and social development.

He holds a Ph.D. in economics from University of Michigan and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Ghosh is a member of the California bar and the US Supreme Court bar. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2012 and is currently a member of the advisory board on the Restatement of Copyright.

'', given by George R. McGuire, Registered Patent Attorney, Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice , Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

George R. McGuire, Registered Patent Attorney, Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice , Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

George McGuire is a registered patent attorney and Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC. His practice focuses in the area of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, computer law and technology transfers. McGuire is an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University Law School where he currently teaches Internet Law and has previously taught and/or lectured on patent, trademark and technology licensing law, Entertainment Law, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, and Computer Law. He has an Aerospace Engineering degree from Syracuse University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. McGuire is licensed to practice law in the federal and state courts of New York, before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

'', given by Seth Mulligan, Operations Manager, TCG Player

Seth Mulligan, Operations Manager, TCG Player

'', given by Mike Nash, Principal, KS&R

Mike Nash, Principal, KS&R

KS&R is a market research consulting firm, based in Syracuse NY.  Mike is focused on recommendations and action plans to inform clients' "big ideas". His international experience and consultative background apply to both qualitative and quantitative engagements - such as customer journey mapping, user experience testing, and telemetry based research insights.  Mike is passionate about the technology sector and focused on clients such as IBM, Microsoft, and AT&T (and how to support those brands with their own internal 'big data' initiatives).  As Principal, Mike serves on KS&R’s Board of Directors and is also a member of the firm’s Senior Management Team, as well as Secretary of the Corporation.

Mike holds a BA in Economics from Hobart College and a Masters' degree in Public Administration from SUNY Albany.

'', given by Simon Perez, Assistant Professor, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Broadcast and Digital Journalism Department, Syracuse University

Simon Perez, Assistant Professor, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Broadcast and Digital Journalism Department, Syracuse University

Simon Perez teaches Broadcast and Digital Journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Before coming to Newhouse, he worked for more than two decades as a newspaper, magazine and television journalist. Currently, he hosts SciTech Now, WCNY’s weekly program that highlights science, technology and innovation here in Central New York and across the country.

'', given by M. Jack Rudnick, Director and Professor of Practice, Syracuse University College of Law

M. Jack Rudnick, Director and Professor of Practice, Syracuse University College of Law

M. Jack Rudnick is Director of the New York State Science & Technology Law Center and Professor of Practice at Syracuse University College of Law. He is an experienced corporate and intellectual property attorney who has been providing legal counsel for 40 years.

Rudnick began his career as in-house counsel, first at Oneida Ltd. and then at medical device manufacturer Welch Allyn, Inc. He co-founded Blue Highway, Inc. while at Welch Allyn to locate and accelerate the development of technologies with medical applications. He is currently Of Counsel with Barclay Damon, LLP’s Emerging Technology Team, where he provides business and legal consultation to technology-based companies. He has a B.A. from Middlebury College and received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. 

'', given by Renato L. Smith, , Barclay Damon

Renato L. Smith, , Barclay Damon

Renato Smith is a registered patent attorney and Counsel at Barclay Damon, LLP, specializing in intellectual property. He has 15 years of experience in the areas of patents and commercial transactions. As a registered patent attorney, he has in-depth experience in applying patent experience in the strategic management, growth and commercialization of worldwide patent portfolios. He has represented universities and Fortune 500, mid-sized and startup companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer product fields, serving as the lead attorney for IP strategy and due diligence, agreement drafting, and international negotiations. Smith has a B.S. and J.D. from the University of Illinois.

'', given by Steven Wood, Assistant Director for Innovation Services, SUNY Research Foundation

Steven Wood, Assistant Director for Innovation Services, SUNY Research Foundation

Steven Wood is Assistant Director for Innovation Services with The Research Foundation for SUNY, where he provides technology commercialization services to the 23 SUNY campuses with centralized tech transfer. His role involves building strategic relationships with industry partners around SUNY research and innovation and coordinating other system-wide innovation and partnership initiatives. Prior to joining The Research Foundation for SUNY, he worked for several startup companies including XCOR Aerospace, a commercial space tourism company, trakkies International BV, a Dutch Internet of Things company, and Wedjat LLC, a telemark ski binding company.

Wood received a B.S. in geology from Hamilton College, a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Syracuse University, and a an Advanced LL.M. from Leiden University Law School in the Netherlands. He is licensed to practice in New York State and Washington D.C. and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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