Guests of Advance Tech Podcast

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Animesh Singh

Animesh Singh

Animesh Singh is a STSM and Program Director leading IBM Watson and AI Open Platform efforts. He leads machine learning and deep learning initiatives in open for IBM Watson and works with communities and customers to design and implement deep learning, machine learning, and cloud computing frameworks. He has a proven track record of driving design and implementation of private and public cloud solutions from concept to production.

In his decade-plus at IBM, Animesh has worked on cutting-edge projects for IBM enterprise customers in the telco, banking, and healthcare Industries, particularly focusing on cloud and virtualization technologies, and led the design and development first IBM public cloud offering.

A highly sought after global speaker, Animesh has been invited to speak at conferences worldwide on IBM strategy and technology in the USA, Canada, France, Japan, Germany and Spain. His talks have garnered more than 105K views on Slideshare and 51K+ views on YouTube.

John Walicki

John Walicki

John Walicki is a Watson IoT Developer Advocate and inspires developers to build solutions with the powerful Watson IoT capabilities, Watson Cognitive APIs and IBM Bluemix. He helps developers create custom IoT and embedded Linux solutions for their industrial and educational use cases.

He previously held roles as the IBM I/T Workplace of the Future Strategist, where he led the internal IBM Open Computing strategy, and as the IBM I/T Client Platform Architect, where he was responsible for the IBM internal strategy for Windows, Linux, and Mac. He established the Bring Your Own Device strategy at IBM and is an expert on mobile devices, desktop virtualization, and open standards. He led the open-standards-based Browser Independence deployment of Firefox within IBM.

John was also a manager in the Watson Information Services Department at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. In addition to over 27 years of IBM experience, John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Trevor Riggen

Trevor Riggen

Trevor Riggen has been with the Red Cross for more than nine years. He most recently served as the Vice President of Disaster Operations and Logistics for the national organization where he was responsible for planning, implementing and managing scalable relief operations to meet the direct needs of disaster clients for all domestic events. In this role he was directly accountable for leading successful response and recovery efforts to major disasters, including Superstorm Sandy and the 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes.

Trevor oversees the Red Cross services in the Northern California Coastal Region, which is comprised of the Bay Area, California Northwest, Central Coast and Silicon Valley Chapters. He leads a team of more than 6,000 volunteers and 70 employees, who respond to nearly 800 local disasters each year and serve the more than eight million residents in the 16-county region with lifesaving programs.

Prior to coming to Red Cross, Trevor has held a number of leadership positions with community-based organizations in both Illinois and the Washington, DC metro area focused on literacy, crime prevention, poverty reduction, education and emergency planning for public school districts. He served in the Peace Corps in Morocco where he developed local agricultural cooperatives. He earned his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Public Policy and Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.

Jameson Lopp

Jameson Lopp

Jameson Lopp is a Professional Cypherpunk, Infrastructure Engineer at Casa and Bitcoin Philosopher. Jameson enjoys building technology that empowers individuals and is interested in opportunities within the Bitcoin and crypto asset ecosystem. Graduating from the University of North Carolina with a degree in computer science, Jameson is passionate about sharing his expertise and technical knowledge of crypto assets, his philosophical approach to understanding the systems, and his opinion on the consensus of their participants.

Jameson is an application infrastructure engineer and early investor in Bitcoin in addition to being founder and creator of Statoshi.info and Bitcoin SIG. Formerly at BitGo, Jameson has been involved in Bitcoin since 2012.

Dr. Richard M. Stallman

Dr. Richard M. Stallman

Dr. Richard Matthew Stallman is a software developer and software freedom activist. Born in 1953, he attended Harvard starting in 1970 and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in physics. From September 1974 to June 1975 he was a graduate student in physics at MIT.

He worked at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT from 1971 to 1984, learning operating system development by doing it, except for the year he was a graduate student. He wrote the first extensible Emacs text editor there in 1976, and developed the AI technique of dependency-directed backtracking, also known as truth maintenance.

In 1983 Stallman announced the project to develop the GNU operating system, a Unix-like operating system meant to be entirely free software, and has been the project’s leader ever since. With that announcement he also launched the Free Software Movement.

Stallman began working on this project on January 5, 1984, resigning from MIT employment in order to do so. In October 1985 he started the Free Software Foundation, of which he is president as a full-time volunteer. Stallman developed a number of widely used software components of the GNU system: the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU symbolic debugger (gdb), GNU Emacs, and various others.

The GNU/Linux system, which is a variant of GNU that also contains the kernel Linux developed by Linus Torvalds, are used in tens or hundreds of millions of computers, and are now preinstalled in computers available in retail stores. However, the distributors of these systems often disregard the ideas of freedom which make free software important, and even include nonfree software in those systems.

That is why, since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, and spreading the ethical ideas of the movement, as well as campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws.

Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, and is the main author of the GNU General Public License, the most widely used free software license, which implements copyleft.

Stallman gives speeches frequently about free software and related topics. Common speech titles include “The GNU Operating System and the Free Software movement”, “The Dangers of Software Patents”, and “Copyright and Community in the Age of the Computer Networks”. A fourth common topic consists of explaining the changes in version 3 of the GNU General Public License, which was released in June 2007. Another topic is “A Free Digital Society”, which treats several different threats to the freedom of computer users today.

In 1999, Stallman called for development of a free on-line encyclopedia through the means of inviting the public to contribute articles.

Stallman is officially a Visiting Scientist at MIT.

Free Software, Free Society is Stallman’s book of essays. His semiautobiography, Free as in Freedom, provides further biographical information.

For a list of awards Dr. Stallman has received please see the show notes section on his episode page.

Yurii Rashkovskii

Yurii Rashkovskii

Yurii Rashkovskii is a Software Developer, Entrepreneur and Blockchain expert. He’s passionate about edge computing (aka true serverless) and creating free and open solutions that liberate us from vendor lock-ins. He’s recently released SIT: Serverless Information Tracker.

Yurii has been around Bitcoin and Blockchain since 2012 and has previously co-founded two startups in the space, and is looking forward to participating in thoughtful initiatives and projects in the future.

He has contributed to a number of open source projects such as Elixir, erlzmq2, NixOS, GraphQL Java and a number of smaller libraries for Rust, Java, JavaScript, Erlang, Elixir and Ruby. He has a bunch of interesting ideas in the pipeline and is committing his time and resources to furthering the exploration of new and old but forgotten ideas at Etcetera Labs.

Cale Moodie

Cale Moodie

Cale Moodie is CEO and Director of Neptune DASH. Mr. Moodie’s career in public market finance spans well over a decade in roles as founder, CFO, director and audit committee chair for numerous publicly traded companies on the TSX-V. He has been involved in over $100M in financings and instrumental in numerous transactions including the sale of Underworld Resources (as CFO) to Kinross Gold for $140M in 2010. Prior to working in industry, Mr. Moodie worked for KPMG LLP in Vancouver. Mr. Moodie has been an avid follower and investor in the digital currency and blockchain space since 2013.

Mr. Moodie holds a Bachelor of Science from UBC (1999) and was accepted into the Association of Chartered Professional Accountants in 2006.

Claire Gallant

Claire Gallant

Claire Gallant is a talented cryptoasset and blockchain technologies researcher, token designer and educator. She is a payment advisor for Payfirma, and a well-known community organizer and advocate for technology innovation as opportunities to establish new forms of value creation and social transformation.

Claire is the Organizer of Women in Blockchain Vancouver, Organizer of the Gender Dynamics Speakers Series 2018 through Co[i]nfluence, and Organizer of the BC Blockchain Forum and the Spotlight on Women in Blockchain Roundtable.

MaRi Eagar

MaRi Eagar

MaRi Eagar is a cryptoasset and blockchain consultant working in this industry since 2013. MaRi is a Chartered Accountant and Business Strategist with an international career at Deloitte, HSBC and Standard Bank. MaRi is an instigator of networks for strategic change, she is passionate about economic inclusion and financial wellbeing as cornerstones for future sustainable societies.

MaRi is Founder and Chair of DigitalFutures B.U.I.L.D. (Blockchain User-Centric Innovation and Leadership Development. She is passionate about the cryptocurrency and blockchain space and is a leader and core contributor in multiple areas including:

  • Medium Author of “The Crypto and Blockchain Generation: Distributed Leadership and Organizational Development in the Crypto and Token Economy: Principles, Pathways and Practices.”

  • Creator of the World’s First Crypto and Blockchain Leadership Development Book and Program - a Project of the Invisible College (published on GitBook).

  • Founder of the BC Blockchain Forum, partner of Blockchain@UBC and advisor to the Lifeboat Foundation New Money Systems Board and Human Trajectories Board.

A distinguished leader, MaRi was nominated for finalist Innovator Idol 2012 (Ontario Centres of Excellence) and was listed on Thomson Reuters Top 40 Social Influencers in Finance, Innovation and Risk, 2017.

Peter-Paul Van Hoeken

Peter-Paul Van Hoeken

Peter-Paul Van Hoeken has over 15 years of experience in finance, investment management, and business consultancy. He’s held multiple senior management positions with global banks including ABN AMRO Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland in the areas of corporate strategy, commercial and investment banking.

Upon relocating with his family to Canada in 2010, Peter-Paul worked as a consultant for several early stage companies and experienced the challenges that they face in attracting capital. He realized that venture financing was not leveraging technology and in 2013, Peter-Paul founded FrontFundr to address this challenge and take on the opportunity to create the New Capital Market, online and accessible to everyone. Peter-Paul also serves as a Director on the National Board of the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA) and an Advisor of the National CrowdFunding Association Canada (NCFA). Peter-Paul holds a Master of Science in business economics and finance from Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.