2015 Judges


Stephen Ibaraki

With over 100 significant contributions, awards and recognitions, Stephen Ibaraki is an IDG IT World (Canada) http://www.itworldcanada.com/author/sibaraki 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 SIDO Capital (an investment company); founding board chairman of iGEN Knowledge Solutions (a mobile and web development company); founding partner 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 Zaka (mobile social-based CRM platform and app); and past chief ACM special awards judge 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.

Brian S. Cohen

As an angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs, Brian serves as Chairman of the New York Angels, the #1 most active angel group in the country, with more than $95M invested into more than 100 early stage companies. Brian was the first investor in Pinterest, and numerous other industry leading startups.

As a new author, Brian‘s book entitled “What Every Angel Investor Wants You To Know: An Insider Reveals How To Get Smart Funding For Your Billion Dollar Idea” was published and released by McGraw Hill in April 2013.

As a social entrepreneur, Brian is the founding Board member of Center4, NYC’s first technology accelerator devoted to serving the non-profit community; as a disruptive media entrepreneur Brian co-founded Launch.it, with his son Trace, in May 2012, the first direct-to-customer, event news and social engagement platform currently being used by the world’s largest events to create a central location for all exhibitor news; as a social media specialist, Brian created iFluence PR in 2009, a strategic behavioral-based communications consultancy; as a technology media strategist, Brian co-founded Technology Solutions, Inc. in 1983, and sold the company to The McCann Erickson World Group in 1997; as an educator, Brian created the Advanced Internet Media Studies Program, a college semester program where students will be trained to use the Internet smartly and professionally. He also advises entrepreneur students at NYU and Columbia University.

Brian is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award; holds a Masters Degree in Science Communications from Boston University.

Kyle Jaster

Kyle is Chief Product Officer of Noodle.com, a leading education search site providing learners with everything they need to find the right fit for them from early childhood to graduate school and anything in between. Kyle has been a major contributor to the open source cdm project CiviCRM, and prior to Noodle served for four years as production director for rayogram.com where he helped conceive and develop innovative websites for non-profits and Fortune 500 companies, including the New York State Senate’s constituent management system and Standard & Poor’s MarketScope Advisor.

Kyle has a B.S. in computer science from Bard College, and in his spare time he raises chickens, rock climbs, and designs and builds backyard aquaponics systems.

Nithin Jilla

Nithin’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 2 small ventures and received his B.S. in Computer Science in 3 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 an interest in technology, education and enjoys working collectively with leaders to bring about positive impact. He also aspires to empower the next generation of Youth. 

Elim Kay

Elim 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

Robin 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, the Executive Director of The Princeton Review Foundation, is an admission 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.