2016 Judges

Stephen Ibaraki

2016SStephenIbarakWith over 100 significant contributions, awards and recognitions, Stephen Ibaraki is a IDG IT World (Canada)  writer/blogger, past multiple award winning educator/ professor / program research head, multiple award winning serial entrepreneur and executive chairman.

He is the founding chairman of the Global Industry Council (GIC), part of the UNESCO (United Nations) founded International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) IP3, board vice-chairman of the IFIP International Professional Practice Partnership (IFIP IP3), vice-chairman international steering committee and advisory board IFIP CIE/CCIO World CIO Forum. He holds many other board and leadership positions in global technology organizations.

Stephen is the first board chairman for The Vine Group, an investment company; founding chairman and managing partner of SIDO Capital (an investment company); founding board chairman of iGEN Knowledge Solutions (a mobile and web development company); founding partner of ColdNose (hardware and app health monitoring/alerting system); a founder of (Canada) IT Manager Connection, the largest management blog hosted by Microsoft; a founding advisor/investor/board member for ChinaValue (the world’s first largest business social media in China), ValueCap (first social media integrated equity crowd funding platform in China) and Pay100 (first online payment company in China); founder of SIMCO (a simulation, web mobile development group, working to commercialize university research); advisory board member of Zaka (mobile social-based CRM platform and app); and past chief ACM special awards judge for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

In addition Stephen advises start-ups, global fortune companies, and governments on strategy and technology; has received numerous awards, accolades from high-tech organizations and companies; written articles, papers, and reports on technology distributed worldwide; and, authored 11 books distributed by Xephon.

Nithin Jilla

Nithin JillaNithin’s journey as a social entrepreneur started when he entered high school in 2006. He co-led Kenya Dream, an organization that aims to support students in Kenya with scholarships and enhance the quality of education, and went on to start the first college branch at UC Irvine. He became very involved in entrepreneurship at UC Irvine – helping to pioneer new collaborative initiatives, launch two small ventures and received his B.S. in Computer Science in three years in 2013.

Currently, he is the Director of Programs at the Kay Family Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation and the Co-Project Manager of AppJam+, a STEM education program that is recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative and teaches underserved and low-income middle school kids how to make mobile apps while exposing them to STEM careers. He serves as a Leadership Council Member on the Chancellor’s Club at UC Irvine and on the Board of Directors for Child S.H.A.R.E, the largest independent foster parent recruitment organization in the U.S., finding “forever” homes for abused and neglected foster youth.  Nithin has interests in technology and education and enjoys working collaboratively with leaders to bring about positive impacts. He also aspires to empower the next generation of youth. 

Elim Kay

kayElim Kay is the president of the Kay Family Foundation, sponsor of the Appreneur Scholar competition. As an entrepreneur and active angel investor, Elim is also currently serving as Co-Founder and COO of Zaka, Inc., a mobile software early-stage venture, and Managing Member of Insepin, LLC, a private holding company for technology investments.  He has been involved in startup ventures since 2002.  He received his BA from Chapman University.  He currently serves on a number of non-profit boards and is a strong supporter of information age innovation, particularly in education and healthcare.

Robin Raskin

President and Founder

Robin RaskinRobin Raskin has spent the past 30 years exploring what it means to be living in digital times. An author, editor, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, and founder of Living in Digital Times, Raskin says she’s never met a media she doesn’t like, and is happiest when she’s looking in awe at the role that technology plays in all of our lives.

An early champion of the digital lifestyle, Robin has brought her unique perspective on technology to audiences around the world. Robin is the former editor of PC Magazine and editor in chief of FamilyPC. She served as Vice President at Ziff Davis Publishing, and she was one of the founding advisors at Yahoo! Tech. She has been a columnist for USA Today Online and has authored 6 books about parenting in the digital age. Robin was a regular contributor to CBS News and appeared regularly on CNBC, MSNBC, Lifetime and other networks. She’s served at the National Academy of Science and has testified numerous times in Washington to protect children in the digital age. Today she writes for Mashable and Huffington Post, and serves as the voice of Living in Digital Times as a frequently quoted expert.

In 2007, Robin entered into a partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) to produce conferences and events focusing on lifestyle applications for emerging technologies. From its toe-tipping beginning, Living in Digital Times has grown to encompass six different lifestyle-meets-technology events at the International CES: [email protected], MommyTech, HigherEd Tech, Silvers Summit, Digital Health, and FashionWare, She also created and produced The Last Gadget Standing (now in its 14th year) and The Mobile Apps Showdown, both wildly popular events at CES. Robin serves on numerous Boards of Advisors including the CEA Foundation and the Cyclic Vomiting Association.

Robin lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, with her husband, her three drop-in-now-and-then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.

Jay Rosner

Jay RosnerJay, the Executive Director of The Princeton Review Foundation, is an admissions test expert based in the San Francisco bay area. He specializes in providing underrepresented high school and college students with SAT/ACT/GRE, etc. prep information, materials and courses in collaboration with schools and access organizations.

Jay engages in advocacy on both high-stakes testing fairness issues and affirmative action.   He has a B.A. from Penn and a J.D. from Widener Law.