2018 Speakers


Chris Kelly
Former Chief Privacy Officer - Facebook

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly is a Silicon Valley investor with a long track record of building innovative companies and making the Internet a safer place for kids and adults alike. As the first Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Head of Global Public Policy for Facebook, Chris helped the company grow from its college roots to the ubiquitous communications medium that it is today. Chris’ development of the site’s safety and security policies around real world identity and deployment of a highly-trained staff for rule and law enforcement are credited as critical elements in the company’s success.

Chris is an active investor in companies seeking transformational improvements in technology, media, and finance. Currently, he serves as Chairman of Fandor, a San Francisco-based streaming media company focused on independent film and visual expression, and Chairman of MoviePass, a subscription-based movie ticketing service with headquarters in New York City. Chris is a co-owner or  the NBA Team Sacramento Kings. As a member of the group’s executive board, Chris contributes his expertise in technology and management to basketball operations and the Golden1 Center. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco 49ers Academy, an alternative public middle school in East Palo Alto, and as Chair of the New Leaders Council, a nationwide leadership training program for young progressives. Chris received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from Yale University, and his law degree from Harvard University.

Learn more about Chris here.

Rob Shepherd
Organic Robotics Lab - Cornell University

Rob Shepherd

Rob Shepherd heads Cornell University’s Organic Robotics Lab (ORL). The lab focuses on cutting-edge bioinspired robotic design, creating synthetic adaptations of natural physiology to improve both the function and autonomy of machines. His work addresses four primary research areas: bioinspired robotics, haptic interfaces, soft sensors and displays, and advanced manufacturing. Professor Shepherd uses soft materials, mechanical design, and novel fabrication methods to replicate sensory organs, like dermal papillae (the ridges in fingerprints); to replicate organs that rely on actuation, such as the heart; and to power soft actuators and robots. He is the recent recipient of an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. Professor Shepherd’s work has been featured in popular media outlets such as the BBC, Discovery Channel, and PBS’s NOVA science documentary series.


  • Date

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

  • Location

    Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool
    Liverpool, NY - Get Directions!

  • Speakers

    Keynotes: Chris Kelly & Rob Shepherd

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