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2017 MIT Startup Showcase Chicago

Smart Home | Future Living Spaces | Artificial intelligence
October 2, 2017
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Federico Casalegno
Associate Professor of the Practice
Director, MIT Mobile Experience Lab
MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Federico Casalegno, Associate Professor of the Practice, is the Founder and Director of the MIT Mobile Experience Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SHASS, program in Comparative Media Studies.

He has been awarded honorary professorships by the Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow and the Jiangnan University School of Design in Wuxi, China.

A social scientist with an interest in the impact of networked digital technologies on human behavior and society, Prof. Casalegno both teaches and leads advanced research at MIT, and designs interactive media to foster connections between people, information and physical places using cutting-edge information technology.

Between 2004 and 2011, he had a position as Lecturer at the MIT Media Lab Smart Cities group and from 2006 until 2011 co-directed the MIT Design Lab with Prof. William J. Mitchell.

From 2004 to 2007, he worked at Motorola, Inc. as a Technology and Product Innovation Analyst, designing pioneering products, experiences and services for mobile devices. Previously, from 1994 to 2000, he worked at Philips Design on connected communities and new media environments to inform design and product experience planning.

Dr. Casalegno holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Communication from the Sorbonne University, Paris V, with a focus on mediated communication and social interaction in networked communities and wired cities.

He has published several scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, books and articles. For the Living Memory connected community project he was awarded the Best Concept prize by the American Leading Industrial Designers I.D. Magazine, and the Silver Prize Design Concept by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
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Dean DeBiase
Startup Mentor and Co-Founding Board Member, 1871Chicago
Chairman, Reboot Partners
A Silicon Valley veteran with a track record of scaling and rebooting organizations, Dean has led public and private companies and Fortune 500 subsidiaries, in Chairman, CEO, board and advisor roles. Dean’s been chief executive of over a dozen firms, leading them through expansion, turnaround, roll-up, spin-out, M&A and IPO phases. He has been a frequent media guest on CNBC, NBC, FOX, CNN and ABC, a CEO guest host on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, a co-author of the best-selling book The Big Moo, and a co-founding board member and entrepreneurial mentor at 1871 in Chicago. Dean is a faculty member at Kellogg School of Management, an Educational Technology Fellow at Northwestern University, a Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors, and a Senior Fellow at the Kellogg Innovation Network.
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Brett Dibkey
Vice President, Brand & Strategy
Whirlpool Corporation
Brett Dibkey was recently named Vice President, Brand & Strategy in June, 2017. Brett’s accountabilities include leading our brand and digital marketing efforts, IoT strategy, consumer and shopper marketing/insights, and our consumer products and licensing businesses.

He was appointed to lead our Integrated Business Units, in May, 2012. Previously, he was General Manager for the North American Dishwashing Category at Whirlpool.

Prior to joining Whirlpool, Brett spent seven years at Pfizer where he worked in various strategy and business development functions.

Before assuming this role, Brett spent six years at a national consulting firm where he lead a variety of strategic growth engagements for large, multi-national clients, primarily in the manufacturing and financial services sectors.

Brett earned his MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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Jana Eggers
Nara Logics
Jana is CEO of Nara Logics (naralogics.com), a neuroscience-based artificial intelligence company focused on turning big data into smart actions. Whether starting and growing companies, or leading large organizations within big companies, Jana focuses on understanding the customer needs and creating technology products that customers love and drive business growth. Her software and technology experience comes from technology and executive positions at Intuit (NASDAQ INTU), Blackbaud (NASDAQ BLKB), Lycos, American Airline’s Sabre, and as CEO of Spreadshirt. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science at Hendrix College, followed by graduate school at RPI and supercomputing research at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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Christian Gianni
Senior Vice President for Global Technology
Whirlpool Corporation
Mr. Christian Gianni has been Senior Vice President of Technology at Whirlpool Corp since 2015. Mr. Gianni served as Senior Vice President of Product Development at Whirlpool Corp. since April 2010 until April 2015. Mr. Gianni has 22 years of experience in the home appliance industry. He served as Chief Technical Officer of Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings Ltd. since 2004 and also served as its Vice President of Engineering He served as Vice President of Engineering at Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Inc. He began his career at Fisher & Paykel, where he started in 1988 as a design engineer. He was named General Manager of Engineering in 2000 and was responsible for product design across all global platforms.
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Sean Grundy
CEO & Co-founder, Bevi
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Catherine Havasi
Co-Founder & CEO
Luminoso Technologies
Dr. Catherine Havasi Co-Founded Luminoso Technologies, Inc. in 2010 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Havasi has been researching language and learning for nearly fifteen years. She is a research scientist in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics at the MIT Media Lab. She co-founded the Open Mind Common Sense project, which uses information about the world to understand natural language text and make computers easier to use.
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Simon Hong
CEO & Co-founder, Robilis
Simon invented the StandX and founded Robilis. His strong background in mechanical dynamics (BS in physics) and the understanding of the nervous system (PhD in neuroscience; MIT neuroscientist) made it possible to create a machine that meets the needs of the body.

His passion is to make intelligent robots for people. This made him go through a long way to figure out how the brain works. In neuroscience community he is best known for his work on the circuit of motivation and learning. With this knowledge he is hoping to make robots like humans someday.
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Yann Kulp
Vice President, SmartSpace
Schneider Electric
Yann Kulp is VP SmartSpace USA at Schneider Electric, a $30 Billion global leader in energy management solutions. His US-based team develops & markets energy management solutions for homes & small buildings in North America, with offers such as Smart StruXure Lite, Building Insights & www.wiserair.com . Prior to this role, Yann was based in Paris as Director Communications – Residential & Commercial controls for Schneider Electric EMEAS, and also held sales, marketing & strategy roles at Legrand & Schneider Electric in US & Europe. Yann studied business in France, followed by an MBA at Syracuse University. Since 2012 he is based in Chicago with his wife & their 3 children, serves of the board of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and of CABA.org where he also chairs the Connected Home Committee, and is active in the Chicago clean-tech community. His next big goal ? Owning & driving year-round Model A Ford. And – after jumping into Lake Michigan for the Polar Plunge in 2016 – doing it again in 2017.
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Subho Moulik
Global Head of Innovation, Whirlpool Corporation
Subho Moulik is head of innovation for Whirlpool Corp., where he is responsible for driving innovation across the company globally. Moulik has more than 15 years of experience working with consumer products and with companies doing business in the consumer-durables sector. Prior to joining Whirlpool in 2015, he worked with McKinsey & Co. in their London, Delhi, and Chicago offices in areas of innovation, marketing, strategy, and margin improvement. At McKinsey & Co., he was a leader within the consumer-sector-growth service line, and he established and led the global consumer-growth analytics team. Moulik currently serves on the advisory boards for Samhita Social Ventures and the Krasl Art Center.
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Ariel Noyman
Research Scientist
MIT Media Lab
Ariel Noyman is a researcher and a project leader at the MIT Media Lab's Changing Places group. He oversees the integration of the group's diverse research topics (city simulation, urban mobility, innovation districts and smart housing) to provide comprehensive solutions for large scale urban questions.

Noyman is an architect and an urban designer with more than a decade of experience in large-scale urban design, institutional and public projects, urban data visualization and graphic design. He practiced at leading architectural and design firms in the US, Europe and Israel. His work was featured in Domus, Archdaily, Dezeen and the Guardian to name a few.

Noyman taught architecture, urbanism and city science at MIT, Northeastern University and Bezalel Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture (Cum Laude, ‘08) from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design program from MIT where he held a research assistant position at the Center For Advanced Urbanism.
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Iris Sherman
President & co-founder, Kitchology
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Trond Undheim
Lead, Startup Exchange
MIT Industrial Liaison Program
Trond heads up the Startup Initiative at MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), facilitating productive relationships between industry and MIT’s startup ecosystem. He is a former Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Trond is a serial entrepreneur with Scandinavian roots, and is currently the Founder of Yegii, Inc., the insight network, and Managing Director of Tautec Consulting.

Trond is a leading expert on technology development across industries such as IT, Energy, and Healthcare. His knowledge spans entrepreneurship, strategy frameworks, policy making, action learning, virtual teamwork, knowledge management, standardization, and e-government. He wrote the book Leadership From Below (2008). Trond speaks six languages and is a frequent public speaker on business, technology, and wine.

Trond was a Strategy/business development executive at Oracle Corp. (2008-12), and a policy maker in the EU (2004-8) where he built the ePractice.eu web platform with 120,000 members. He has worked with multinational companies, with mid-caps and startups in Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Norway, the UK, and the US. He has a PhD in Multidisciplinary Technology Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
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Gabi Zijderveld
Chief Marketing Officer
At Affectiva Gabi is responsible for all marketing, leading the strategic direction of its products and solutions, driving expansion into new markets, and growing industry adoption of Emotion AI. In the past twenty years Gabi has held a variety of marketing, product management, channel and international positions at ON Technology, Dragon Systems, Be Free, Centra and Segue Software. Prior to joining Affectiva, Gabi was at IBM where she first led a product management team and then worldwide marketing for Linux and Open Virtualization. Gabi has a graduate degree in Art History and Archeology from Utrecht University in The Netherlands.
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