Keynote Speakers

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Wednesday, October 2 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM


Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers will discuss the future of networking and the opportunity created by the Internet of Everything. He will describe how the Internet of Everything (IoE) creates unprecedented opportunities for organizations, individuals, communities and countries to realize dramatically greater value from networked connections between people, processes, data and things. Chambers will outline major network and infrastructure innovations that will empower IT to deliver on the opportunities ahead.

John Chambers

John Chambers

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco

John Chambers is Chairman and CEO of Cisco. He has helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to record revenues of $48.6 billion in FY13. In 2006, Chambers was named Chairman of the Board, in addition to his CEO role.

Chambers has received numerous awards for his leadership over his past 18 years at the helm of Cisco, including the 2012 Bower Award for Business Leadership from the Franklin Institute, Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” one of Barron’s’ “World’s Best CEOs,” the “Best Boss in America” by 20/20, one of BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Executives Worldwide,” “CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive Magazine, the Business Council’s “Award for Corporate Leadership,” and “Best Investor Relations by a CEO” from Investor Relations Magazine three times. During his tenure as CEO, Cisco has been named to Fortune’s “America’s Most Admired Company” list since 1999 ranking number one in the Network Communications category eight times, BusinessWeek’s “Top 50 Performers” list six times, Forbes’ “Leading Companies in the World,” and is one of the top 10 places to work in the United States, China, Germany, France, India, UK, Australia, Singapore, and several other countries.

In addition, Chambers has been widely recognized for his and Cisco’s philanthropic leadership, including receiving the U.S. State Department’s top corporate social responsibility award (ACE) twice, from both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010 and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2005. He also received the first-ever Clinton Global Citizen Award from former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, and the prestigious Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award, an award given by CEOs to their CEO peers.

Chambers takes an active role in corporate social responsibility initiatives worldwide. Recent partnerships include working with the Palestinian ICT sector growing ICT from .8% to over 5% of GDP in 2 years; Connecting Sichuan, an effort to help rebuild healthcare and education models in the Sichuan, China region impacted by the May 2008 earthquake. Chambers also cosponsored the Jordan Education Initiative, which Cisco has worked on in partnership with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and the World Economic Forum. Additionally, in late 2006, Chambers co-led a delegation of U.S. business leaders, in partnership with the U.S. State Department, to form the Partnership for Lebanon, helping provide critically needed resources for ongoing reconstruction in Lebanon. Chambers has also spearheaded several other education initiatives, including the 21st Century Schools initiative, to improve education and opportunity for children in the Gulf Coast Region affected by Hurricane Katrina.

He has served two American presidents, most recently as Vice Chairman of the President George W. Bush National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), where he provided industry experience and leadership to help protect the United States’ critical infrastructure. He also served on President George W. Bush's Transition Team and Education Committee, and on President Bill Clinton's Trade Policy Committee.

Chambers joined Cisco in 1991 as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Operations. He assumed the role of President and CEO in 1995. Prior to joining Cisco, he spent eight years at Wang Laboratories (1982-1990) and six years with IBM (1976-1982). He holds a bachelor of science / bachelor of arts degree in business and a law degree from West Virginia University and a master of business administration degree in finance and management from Indiana University.


Is IT Irrelevant?

The brand of IT has been bruised and battered and is difficult to overcome perceptions of the past. It is up to us to realize as an industry we have a problem and work to change the perceptions before it is truly irrelevant.


William Murphy

Chief Technology Officer | Head of Blackstone Innovations and Infrastructure, The Blackstone Group

William (Bill) Murphy is the Chief Technology Officer at Blackstone, leading the Blackstone Innovations and Infrastructure team. Mr. Murphy is responsible for the firm's technology efforts.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Murphy was founding Chief Technology Officer for Capital IQ. Mr. Murphy was responsible for overseeing all product design, development, infrastructure and technology support and was involved with all operations of the business.

Before Capital IQ, Mr. Murphy led teams at Sapient, delivering solutions for large clients primarily in financial services.

Mr. Murphy received a BSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.




Dr. Angel Luis Diaz

Vice President of Software Standards, Cloud Labs & HiPODS for IBM Software Group

Dr. Angel Luis Diaz is Vice President for IBM's Software Standards and Cloud Labs. Since 2009, Dr. Diaz has led his team in transforming how work is done by software, driving new value through interoperability and portability, based on standards and open source. In 2013, IBM's Cloud Labs joined Dr. Diaz's organization. Under his direction, the labs continue to bring direct value to customers by optimizing their cloud environments and by providing expert solutions that address their most complex challenges. When not innovating in customer environments, the Cloud Labs are working to extend IBM's capabilities across the breadth of its cloud offerings, using technologies that bring interoperability and efficiency to the cloud.

Prior to this role, Dr. Diaz was Vice President of WebSphere Business Process Management and Connectivity, where he expanded IBM's middleware footprint by cultivating consistent growth of the business segment. In previous leadership roles, Dr. Diaz was the Director for WebSphere Business Process development and the Web Services Product Manager, where he was responsible for a range of IBM Software product offerings.

Before joining the IBM Software Group, Dr. Diaz was a member of IBM's Research staff and Senior Manager, where he led a range of projects that included technologies such as XML and web services. In 1998 Dr. Diaz was co-chair and co-author of the first XML standard, the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Mathematical Markup Language (MathML). Dr. Diaz subsequently served on a variety of other W3C activities. In 2002, Dr. Diaz collaborated with the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) to initiate the first two web services standards: the Web Services For Remote Portals (WSRP) and OASIS Web Services For Interactive Applications (WSIA). As a result, Dr. Diaz was nominated to the OASIS Technical Advisory Board, which set the technical direction for future OASIS work.

Dr. Diaz received his Ph.D. in Computer Science (distributed computing, programming languages, and computer algebra) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.




Stephen B. Alexander

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ciena

With more than 20 years of telecom experience, Mr. Alexander is currently serving as Ciena's Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He has held a number of positions since joining the company in 1994, including General Manager of Ciena's Transport & Switching and Data Networking business units, Vice President of Transport Products, and Director of Lightwave Systems. From 1982 until joining Ciena, he was employed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he last held the position of Assistant Leader of the Optical Communications Technology Group. Mr. Alexander is an IEEE Fellow and was the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award in 2012. He is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE / OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking. He has served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technological Advisory Council, as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Lightwave Technology, as a member of the IEEE / LEOS Board of Governors, and was a General Chair of the conference on Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) in 1997. Mr. Alexander received both his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been granted 18 patents and has authored a text on optical communication receiver design as well as numerous conference and journal articles.

Thursday, October 3 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Defaults Matter: How Open Data Can Foster Innovation & Create Value

This presentation will explore specific examples of how open data and open collaboration techniques can foster innovation and create value for the organizations that embrace principle of "open by default." Drawing on case studies of the speakers' work at the City of Philadelphia, Google, Code for America, and Textizen, it will highlight how developing an open data strategy — both internally and as a foundation for external engagement with customers, constituents and stakeholders — can better position any organization to capitalize on innovation opportunities when they arise. It will close with specific recommendations for IT executives implementing their own open data and open collaboration strategies.


Mark Headd

Chief Data Officer, City of Philadelphia

Mark Headd is a writer, speaker, teacher and thought leader on communication technologies, web development and open government. Self taught in programming, he has been developing telephone, mobile, speech recognition and messaging applications for almost 10 years.

In August, 2012, Mayor Michael Nutter selected Mark to become the City of Philadelphia's first Chief Data Officer, to lead the city's open data and government transparency initiatives.

Mark previously worked as Director of Government Relations at Code for America, culminating a period of almost 2 years of collaboration with the organization on open government and civic hacking projects across the country and in Philadelphia.

Mark has worked for technology companies from the Delaware Valley to Silicon Valley. He previously served in government, working for three years as the chief policy and budget advisor for the State of Delaware's Department of Technology and Information. He has also served as Director of the Delaware Government Information Center, as Technology Adviser to former Delaware Governor Thomas R. Carper, and in the New York State Senate as a budget and finance analyst.

Mark has built open government software applications for the District of Columbia, the Sunlight Foundation, the New York State Senate, and the cities of New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Baltimore and Philadelphia. He is an organizer and participant in civic hacking events across the country, including Philadelphia and Baltimore.

He holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and is a former adjunct instructor at the University of Delaware teaching a course in electronic government.


Michelle Lee

Co-Founder & CEO, Textizen & 2012 Code for America Fellow

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Creative Leadership

Without creativity, our leaders are faced solving tomorrow's problems with yesterday's solutions…and that just won't work. Creative Leaders understand their role in driving innovation and change to successfully produce continued growth and profitability. This keynote offers the perfect mix of introducing clear competencies and providing real world examples that will inspire leaders at all levels to identify ways to become more creative. Participants will identify strategies to challenge norms, stay open to new ideas, and take risks while taking ownership of their role and influence toward their organization's creative climate.


Rob Cordova

Master Leadership Trainer

As a leading expert in the field of learning and development, Mr. Cordova has improved creativity and innovation capabilities for thousands of people in over 20 countries. He is known for transforming corporate learning into a dynamic and impactful experience while utilizing breakthrough techniques in active learning and adult business education. Often ranked as the top educator in client programs, his activity-based approach empowers managers and executives to think differently and drive change every day.

Mr. Cordova's passion for innovation and expertise in course design has led him to create award-winning innovation exercises and countless courses designed to make innovation real, accessible, and practical. With in-depth experience in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, he is also fluent in the cultural nuances of learning and adapts his content, activities, and approaches accordingly for maximum results.

In addition to his contract work as the Director of Training with Futurethink, Rob has extensive global experience at American Express. In collaboration with an executive leadership team, he established a program to ensure training consistency across dozens of Asian countries. He also works closely with OPEN on partnership-training design which has been utilized at Lowe's and Costco stores across the United States.

Rob's career includes immersion in such heavily regulated industries as pharmaceuticals, energy, and financial services, as well as expertise in operations, customer service, and quality. In addition to achieving his Master's in Business Education from New York University and publishing research on the transfer of learning in the Journal for Business Education, Rob is currently an adjunct professor for the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University in Manhattan.


SDN Panel


Najam Ahmad

Director, Network Engineering, Facebook

A director of engineering at Facebook, Najam Ahmad oversees all aspects of the development and operation of a global network infrastructure that serves more than a billion people around the world.

Prior to joining Facebook, Najam was the general manager of global networking services at Microsoft. In that role, he was responsible for the overall architecture, implementation, and operations of Microsoft's global online network. Najam's other experience includes management and engineering roles at MCI/UUNET and Netrix Corporation.

Najam holds an MS in telecommunication protocols and computer science from The George Washington University and a BE in Electrical Engineering from the NED University of Engineering and Technology.


Frank D'Agostino

Sr. Director, Marketing & Solutions
Insieme Networks

Over 30 years of experience building and leading teams in the web, cloud, and information technology industries with direct experience in healthcare, financial, energy, technology resellers, professional services, hardware and software manufacturing, cloud, and Software Defined Networking. Frank is a global executive leading teams and doing business directly in these various countries: USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, China, India, Russia, Spain, UK, France, Germany, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. Frank has a strategic focus on results, where timing what is relevant with the market demand, has resulted in revenues in the billions.


Kevin Hooper

Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation of America

Kevin Hooper is Senior Vice President of NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, networking, communications and biometric solutions for the enterprise, government and carrier market. In his role, Mr. Hooper is responsible for NEC's Enterprise Platform Solutions business, which includes the direct sale, delivery and support operations for the company's extensive IT and network solutions to a broad base of enterprise customers and vertical industries.

Mr. Hooper is a proven leader with more than 20 years of business development and sales leadership experience, including previous executive positions with Hewlett Packard and IBM. At Hewlett Packard (HP) he served as VP of Networking Sales and prior to that as VP of HP Growth Accounts, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking. In this capacity he was responsible for a $3.2 billion revenue base and drove significant growth.

Mr. Hooper has a B.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Sussex, England, and an M.S. in Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts.


Dave Larson

VP and CTO, HP Networking

Dave Larson is vice president of HP’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG) and chief technical officer for HP Networking. In this role, he is responsible for creating the long-term technology vision and strategy for HP Networking across multiple product divisions and geographies.

Larson is a network security professional and entrepreneur with more than 18 years of experience and a proven track record in demonstrating thought-leadership in the fields of data communication, data center infrastructure and network security. He brings a proven track record of successfully creating technology and market differentiation in both small-scale startup ventures as well as established public technology companies.

Prior to this role, Larson was chief technologist for security and routing and a senior member of the ATG within HP Networking. Larson joined HP via the acquisition of 3Com Corporation where he was most recently vice president of global product line management, security products and was responsible for driving product line strategies and integration initiatives between 3Com and their award-winning TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) product division.

Prior to 3Com, Dave held senior marketing and product/technology roles with a number of successful technology startups, including: Tizor Systems, Sandburst Corporation, and Xedia Corporation.

Larson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Gordon College in Wenham, MA.


Eric Hanselman

Chief Analyst, 451 Research

Eric Hanselman is the Chief Analyst at 451 Research. He has an extensive hands-on understanding of a broad range of IT subject areas, having direct experience in the areas of networks, virtualization, security and semiconductors. Eric helps 451 Research's clients understand how market and technology trends may impact them, and how they can best capitalize on them.

For more than 20 years, Eric has worked with segment leaders in a spectrum of technologies, most recently as CTO of Leostream Corporation, a virtualization management provider. Prior to that, Eric delivered networking security solutions for IBM and Internet Security Systems. At Wellfleet/Bay Networks, Sitara Networks and NEC, he was involved in the introduction of many new technologies ranging from high-performance image analysis to rollouts for IPv6.

Eric is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and he is a frequent speaker at leading industry events.




John Considine

Chief Technology Officer, Verizon Terremark

As Terremark's chief technology officer, John Considine is responsible for the alignment of technology vision with the organizational strategies and the integration of the processes with their appropriate technologies. John also leads the research and development efforts that ensure the execution of the company's long-term vision. Formerly the cofounder of CloudSwitch, a leading enablement software company acquired by Verizon in August 2011, John has spent the last three years developing and delivering technologies that enable enterprises to seamlessly and securely integrate public cloud resources into their existing IT infrastructure without re-architecting the applications or changing their management tools and policies.

John has more than two decades of technology vision and proven experience in complex enterprise system development, integration and product delivery. Before founding CloudSwitch, he was Director of the Platform Products Group at Sun Microsystems, where he was responsible for the 69xx virtualized block storage system, 53xx NAS products, the 5800 Object Archive system, as well as the next generation NAS portfolio. John came to Sun through the acquisition of Pirus Networks, where he was part of the early engineering team responsible for the development and release of the Pirus NAS product, including advanced development of parallel NAS functions and the Segmented File System. He has started and boot-strapped a number of start-ups with breakthrough technology in high-performance distributed systems and image processing. John has been granted patents for RAID and distributed file system technology.

John began his career as an engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems, and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.