2015 Keynotes

Wednesday – Thursday, April 29 – 30, 2015


Interop brings IT practitioners, industry leading companies, and inspiring individuals to the keynote stage. This year’s keynote speakers will include:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015



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Urs Hölzle

Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure, and Google Fellow

Google

Urs Hölzle is Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure at Google. In this capacity Urs oversees the design, installation, and operation of the servers, networks, and datacenters that power Google's services. Through efficiency innovations, Urs and his team have reduced the energy used by Google data centers to less than 50% of the industry average. Urs is renowned for both his red socks and his free-range Leonberger, Yoshka (Google's top dog).

Urs grew up in Switzerland and received a master's degree in computer science from ETH Zurich and, as a Fulbright scholar, a Ph.D. from Stanford. While at Stanford (and then a small start-up that was later acquired by Sun Microsystems) he invented fundamental techniques used in most of today's leading Java compilers. Before joining Google he was a professor of computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Fellow of the ACM and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences.


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Kurt Opsahl

Deputy General Counsel

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Kurt Opsahl is the Deputy General Counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In addition to representing clients on civil liberties, free speech and privacy law, Opsahl counsels on EFF projects and initiatives. Opsahl is the lead attorney on the Coders' Rights Project. Before joining EFF, Opsahl worked at Perkins Coie, where he represented technology clients with respect to intellectual property, privacy, defamation, and other online liability matters, including working on Kelly v. Arribasoft, MGM v. Grokster and CoStar v. LoopNet. For his work responding to government subpoenas, Opsahl is proud to have been called a "rabid dog" by the Department of Justice. Prior to Perkins, Opsahl was a research fellow to Professor Pamela Samuelson at the U.C. Berkeley School of Information Management & Systems. Opsahl received his law degree from Boalt Hall, and undergraduate degree from U.C. Santa Cruz. Opsahl co-authored "Electronic Media and Privacy Law Handbook." In 2007, Opsahl was named as one of the "Attorneys of the Year" by California Lawyer magazine for his work on the O'Grady v. Superior Court appeal. In 2014, Opsahl was elected to the USENIX Board of Directors.

NSA Surveillance Vs. Internet Freedom:
What You Need To Know

From Stellar Wind to PRISM, Boundless Informant to EvilOlive, the NSA spying programs are shrouded in secrecy and rubber-stamped by secret opinions from a court that meets in a faraday cage. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Kurt Opsahl explains the known facts about how the NSA is spying on you.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization, has been litigating against the NSA surveillance program for the better part of a decade. EFF has collected and reviewed dozens of documents, from the original NY Times stories in 2005 and the first AT&T whistleblower in 2006, through the latest documents released in the Guardian or obtained through EFF's Freedom of Information (government transparency) litigation.

Kurt will give an overview of how the NSA spying program works, the underlying technologies, the targeting procedures (how they decide who to focus on), the minimization procedures (how they decide which information to discard), and help you makes sense of the many code names and acronyms in the news.


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Gerri Martin-Flickinger

SVP AND CIO

Adobe

As senior vice president and chief information officer, Gerri Martin-Flickinger oversees Adobe's global Information Technology team, providing strategic direction and management for the company's IT infrastructure worldwide, including its hosted services. In partnership with the business, Martin-Flickinger also has responsibility for developing innovative enterprise solutions built with Adobe products and technologies that solve business issues and reduce IT costs.

Martin-Flickinger has more than 20 years of experience leading large-scale global IT organizations for companies experiencing explosive growth through acquisition, global expansion and/or implementing new business models. Her expertise includes leading organizations through transformational change, connecting IT to the needs of the business and aligning IT costs.

Before joining Adobe, Martin-Flickinger was CIO of VeriSign, where she oversaw corporate information technology services for the company's 60 offices worldwide. Prior to VeriSign, she served as CIO for Network Associates, Inc. and McAfee Associates, Inc. Before joining McAfee, Martin-Flickinger held several senior systems roles at Chevron Corporation, including serving as process consultant to Chevron's executive staff.

Martin-Flickinger holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Washington State University.

Panel: Smartphones? You’re Way Behind

If your mobility strategy is pinned to smartphones, you’re thinking too small. New platforms like cars, watches, and fitness trackers hint at a boundless horizon of wireless, pervasively connected, and exponentially increasing devices that will move with us, monitor us, entertain us, diagnose us, sell to us, and more.

This emerging mobile fabric is woven from computers and sensors, data collection and analysis, and algorithms crunching on location, identity, and deep context. Smartphones are a significant weave in this fabric, but they aren’t the only one. A slick smartphone app makes a nice mobile front end, but organizations that aren’t designing a robust backend with threads in multiple platforms will see their future unravel. This keynote panel will offer insights into how to prepare for the mobile future and offer actionable advice for weaving together a strong mobile fabric.


Thursday, April 30, 2015



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Wim Elfrink

EVP, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalisation Officer

Cisco

Wim Elfrink is Cisco's Executive Vice President for Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer. In this role he is responsible for three global functions at Cisco: the Industry Solutions Group, the Emerging Countries Initiatives, and the company's globalisation strategy. Elfrink is an Executive Officer and sits on Cisco's Operating Committee.

Elfrink joined Cisco in 1997 assuming global responsibility for Cisco Services Europe. In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Cisco Services and under his leadership the business grew from $3.3 billion to more than $7.6 billion in 2010.

Elfrink was appointed Chief Globalisation Officer in 2006 and was named Executive Vice President in 2007. He went on to establish Cisco's Globalisation Centre East (GCE) in Bangalore, India. Over four years, Elfrink grew the GCE into Cisco's second world headquarters, an innovation hub and the company's smartest and most sustainable campus with more than 10,000 employees. Before joining Cisco, Elfrink held management positions at Olivetti, Xerox, HP, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and Philips.

Elfrink is recognised as Cisco's Corporate Entrepreneur in residence and is responsible for leading Cisco's company-wide efforts in support of the "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) and "The Internet of Things" (IoT). A core focus of Elfrink's global charter is identify significant technology opportunities for city, country and business transformation in emerging countries that are experiencing significant economic, social and environmental change.

Elfrink is an active board member of the US India Business Council, the Silatech Board in Qatar, the New Cities Foundation, and the Chongqing Mayor's International Economic Advisory Group. In 2009 Daily News & Analysis, a leading Indian newspaper, named Elfrink one of Bangalore's 50 Most Influential People, one of 12 from the corporate world and the only non-Indian to be featured. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award from the Netherlands-America Foundation.

Elfrink holds a Bachelors of Engineering from the Institute of Technology in Rotterdam, NL, and he was born on April12, 1952 in Rotterdam, NL.


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Harper Reed

CEO

Modest Inc.

Harper Reed is a US-based technology engineer, innovator and entrepreneur. He has been called a “tech pioneer”, a “digital wizard” and “hard to miss in a room”. He is fascinated by how technology continues to shape, transform and empower human behavior. He is currently the CEO of a funded mobile commerce company in Chicago called Modest, Inc.

In 2012, Harper was responsible for delivering Barack Obama’s online campaign and get-out-the-vote program. As Chief Technology Officer at Obama’s campaign HQ in Chicago, Harper was the man who was responsible for engineering perhaps the most sophisticated political campaign of all time.

From 2005 to 2009, Harper was the CTO of Chicago-based clothing company Threadless, one of the first successful crowdsourcing companies, and helped increase revenue tenfold during that period. From 2009 to 2012 he consulted for companies like Rackspace, an innovative cloud-based website host, and Sandbox Industries, a forward-thinking venture capital company which funds hundreds of tech projects in their early stages and then launches the best few. Harper has also developed a number of community-based apps in Chicago.


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Brian Shield

VP, IT

Boston Red Sox

Brian Shield is responsible for technology for the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management. He leads the technology team on all phases of the Red Sox strategy from creating a compelling fan experience at Fenway Park to enabling an effective front office and baseball operations environment.

Shield was named ‘Georgia CIO of the Year’ in 2005, his work in television was recognized with a Technology ‘Emmy’ Award in 2006, and his leadership and commitment to Georgia’s business-technology community was recognized in 2012 when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA).

Prior to joining the Red Sox, Shield was CEO of Shield Consulting Group, LLC, where he assisted companies with their strategic decisions regarding technology direction, digital media and IT strategy and leadership. Prior to starting his own company, Shield served as the EVP and CIO of The Weather Channel where for 14 years he oversaw all technology, including weather.com, mobility, weather systems, broadcast television and IT. Prior to joining The Weather Channel, Shield served as CIO of FTD, Inc. in Chicago, where he was responsible for all IT including their global network reaching more than 125 countries. Preceding his tenure at FTD, he was CTO at the investment firm of Scudder, Stevens & Clark and formerly with Wang Laboratories.

Shield completed his education at Bentley College in Waltham, MA where he majored in Computer Information Systems while minoring in Management and Accounting. He resides in Milton, GA with his wife and four children.

Panel: SDN First Steps

While SDN promises to transform the network through increased automation, operational flexibility, and new applications, the transformation won’t take place all at once. The most likely step is to start with one or two use cases built around an SDN island (whether logically segmented or designed as a standalone system) that will reside within the traditional enterprise data center. This approach minimizes capital investment, lets IT get comfortable with new processes and tools, and serves as a beachhead from which to expand further into the enterprise.

Our keynote panel assembles SDN experts who will identity likely use cases for initial deployments. We’ll also discuss the skill sets organizations should prioritize as they move forward with SDN projects, and share advice on how to manage the disruption—and exploit the opportunities—SDN brings to traditional operations and engineering disciplines.

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