Onstage Jury

Martin Bryant is Editor-at-Large at The Next Web. He has a particular interest in the European startup ecosystem and gets out to meet as many entrepreneurs and industry players as he can. He writes about apps, media and entrepreneurship.

Stephanie Peterson is the VP of Marketing & Strategic Communications at Runtastic, an innovative health and fitness company offering mobile apps, supporting hardware, a helpful premium membership & an ever-growing online community to fitness enthusiasts and reformed couch potatoes worldwide.

Cristina Segal is EMEA Director in Intel Corporation. Prior to this Cristina had a prolific business and academic experience including co-founding COMSYS, a Romanian company specialized in embedded software for Automotive, Mobile, Networking and Industrial. The company was subsequently acquired by Wind River. Cristina spent almost seven years with Wind River in the capacity as General Manager of Linux and Android Validation Tools, Director of Worldwide Android Solutions and Strategy Director of Automotive Solutions. For more than 20 years she was also Professor at University of Galati, Romania and also to other European Universities, teaching programing languages, software engineering and artificial intelligence. She has published more than 40 research papers, 3 books in Romanian Language and multiple research reports. Cristina has a PHD in Computer Science and an engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunication (Bucharest Polytechnic University).

Jesse Gillette is the Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships at Pandora. As Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Jesse is charged with leading partnership strategy and development while advancing Pandora’s leadership in the mobile and technology space. Jesse works with numerous key partners in the mobile platform industry.
Prior to building out her current team, Jesse ran the Advertising Business Development group at Pandora for 5 years. Before joining Pandora, Jesse was Sr. Manager of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at AdReady. Jesse holds a BA from University of California Santa Barbara. Her favorite Pandora stations include Pearl Jam, Tool and FKA Twigs.

Ali Parr is Head of Platform Partnerships International for Twitter, based out of London. Ali is focused on building and fostering strategic partnerships between Twitter and developers across the world through direct contact, public speaking, mentoring, first-line support and scaled outreach. Areas of interest include Fabric, GNIP, Twitter syndication and ads engineering.
Prior to Twitter, Ali was Head of Mobile Platform Partnerships, EMEA at Facebook. This role involved head EMEA partner consultation and management, developer advocacy and everything in between for Facebook’s development platform.

Alberto León is responsible for negotiating and managing strategic partnerships at Telefónica, serving as a bridge to the areas of Innovation and Open Future, with the purpose of having an integrated portfolio of digital products and services. He has extensive experience in positions related to identify and develop new business opportunities across the Telefonica Group business units at international level especially in Latin America, Europe and the United States.

Mark Ghermezian is the Co-founder and CEO of Appboy, an intelligent CRM for mobile marketers, and the Managing Partner of T5 Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on early stage technologies across verticals. Mark is a New York City based entrepreneur and investor and he regularly speaks, writes, and presents about the future of mobile, investment strategy, and the startup landscape.

Scott Arpajian joined Softonic as CEO, in February 2015. With more than 20 years of experience in the technology area, Scott has been a leader at some of the most iconic and recognizable companies in the world.

Prior to Softonic, he was Vice President of Business Development and International Strategy at Disney Interactive’s Social and Mobile Games division, served as Vice President of Products at the online gaming portal iWin, and founded his own startup, Dizzywood.

Online Jury

Andy Abramson is the founder of Comunicano, Inc., a full-service value creation communications agency, servicing start-ups, companies in transition and established brands with regard to marketing, advertising, public relations, promotion, events and reputation management. A veteran of the marketing and public relations industry with over 39 years of experience in all facets of marketing and corporate communications, Andy started his career in the marketing department of a professional sports team at age 14 and has been at it ever since. Since then he has held a series of front line marketing and communications managerial roles with three professional teams including the Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Denver Nuggets, followed by roles in senior account management within the Foote, Cone and Belding/Impact and guiding the public relations and sports marketing for The Upper Deck Company, before founding Comunicano in 1992.

Eduardo de la Hoz is the CEO-Founder of myWorkUp, and online agency for contracting personnel for events. Eduardo got his Engineer degree on 1996 and holds an MBA from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid, a Master in Marketing from ESIC and a CPA-HEC from the School of Management of Paris. He has developed his professional activity in the last 15 years mainly in the Advertisement sector and with a special focus in TradeMarketing, as a consultant and founding partner in various projects and business initiatives.
As a key differentiation point in all the entrepreneurship projects was the particularity of integrating the constant search of a systemization and application of web and mobile technologies in order to optimize the processes in the advertisement sector.

Dominic Papa is currently the Council Aide for Councilman Bill Gates of the City of Phoenix, the 6th largest city in the United States. A former professional soccer player with a technology background, Dominic has a unique passion for how technology (particularly mobile technology) and local governments can interact in order to create better, more sustainable and more resilient cities. He has delivered numerous talks on how mobile technology is transforming, and will continue to transform, the way local governments deliver its services and why the promotion of urban entrepreneurship and citizen co-creation will be an important competitive advantage for cities in the future. Dominic has been a key driver for the adoption and implementation of Smart City initiatives within the City of Phoenix, including being responsible for Phoenix’s involvement in the Smart City App Hack (SCAH) in 2015. The SCAH competition actively challenged Phoenix residents to create apps and startup companies that would make for a better city. The SCAH program brought Phoenix into a global network of smart cities (including Barcelona, Helsinki, Dubai, and Hong Kong), which the city can use and leverage for collaboration and best practice sharing in the future. Dominic has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Management from Arizona State University.

Vanessa Estorach is the founder of the mobile marketing agency e-growing. She is an entrepreneur and tech lover, always looking on the marketing side of IT. With a large experience in marketing and digital strategy, Vanessa is now specialized in mobile acquisition, mobile retention and app Growth Hacking. She co-founded Women in Mobile which goal is to create a networking space where the best and brightest international Women in Mobile can meet and exchange on how to shape the future of mobile apps. A restless person that continuously learns from the world and from technology.

Hernán Alijo is community and Marketing Manager at Intel Corporation. Hernán is part of the Developer Relations Division and works organizing online and offline activities, trainings, tutorials, and events to collaborate with developers that are interested in improving their apps, especially on Intel Architecture.

Raj Singh is the Founder and CEO of Tempo AI focused on developing a smart calendar. Tempo AI was spun-out of SRI (Stanford Research Institute) where Raj served as an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence). Previously, Raj was the founding Vice President of Business Development for Skyfire (now part of Opera Software), a mobile browser that supports full Flash rendering. Prior to Skyfire, Raj co-founded venture-funded Veeker, NBC’s mobile video citizen journalism service and ToneThis, CNET’s top downloaded ringtone creation product.

Benoit Loeillet is part of the fonder team of TUBÀ and operates the link between the startup, the large companies and the academic ecosystem. He also in charge of the projects lead by TUBA. Very curious and interested by fostering innovation and gathering people around projects, Benoit has worked for different organizations in technology, scientific mediation and human right fields.

Elia Méndez Bravo is the Managing Director of Spain in Mobile Marketing Association. Marketing and Communication professional with broad experience on different industries. Having provided consultancy support on project management, crisis communication management, international advertising; digital marketing strategy; organization and assessment projects for multinationals on different fields such as laboratories, tourism and technology.
Experience on management, planning and project management and strategy methods, media planning, creativity, team building, off and online (digital media – internet, mobile and DMO) communication from briefing to implementation and evaluation and event management.
Jointly with company activities, provides training on communication skills, public speaking phobias, Neurolinguistic Programming and coaching.