Ayori Z. Selassie, Salesforce & Author/Inventor/Creator of Life Model Canvas
The author of the forthcoming book, The Selfpreneur’s Field Guide, Ayori is a passionate speaker and advocate for using technology to address social problems such as poverty, illness, and intolerance.
She serves as an advisor to Startups & Enterprise tech companies on engaging the power of diversity of thought, research & experiences by leveraging her huge network of influential women and
underrepresented ethnic groups on the convergence of culture, technology and startups. She is a self taught software developer since age 11 and first founder at age 16 and has worked in
the Silicon Valley tech sector for over 16 years, including the last 8 years at Salesforce. Read more about Ayori at lifemodelcanvas.org.
Maggi Kelly, faculty director of the UC Berkeley Geospatial Innovation Facility
Maggi Kelly is Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist based at UC Berkeley. Her lab's motto is "mapping for a changing California," and she uses a range of techniques — remote sensing,
object-based image analysis, geospatial modeling, LIDAR analysis, participatory webGIS and field methods - to answer applied questions about how and why California landscapes are changing,
and what that change means for those who live on and manage our lands. She primarily works in California: on wetland, forest, and urban landscapes. She is Faculty Director of the UCB Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) and Director of UC's ANR Statewide Program in Informatics and Geographic Information Systems (IGIS).
Rachel Inman, Google Maps/Earth Outreach
Rachel Inman leads UX design for Google Project Sunroof and Global Fishing Watch. As part of the Google Earth Outreach team, Rachel looks for opportunities to elevate high-impact datasets atop maps, putting beautifully visualized aggregated information in the hands of scientists, policy makers, advocates, educators, and community members. Google Earth Outreach is dedicated to leveraging Google’s infrastructure to address global environmental, health & humanitarian issues through partnerships with nonprofits, educational institutions, and research groups. Google Project Sunroof maps the solar potential of individual roofs and lets users see the financial impact of going solar, in addition to showing the overall solar potential of geographic areas. Global Fishing Watch was created by Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google and allows anyone to see fishing activity anywhere in the ocean in near real-time, for free. Millions of people depend on the ocean for their livelihoods, but the world's oceans are threatened by global overfishing, illegal fishing, and habitat destruction. Ocean sustainability depends on action by governments, fishery management organizations, citizens, and the fishing industry itself. Using the public beta version of Global Fishing Watch, anyone with an internet connection can monitor when and where commercial fishing is occurring around the world.
Gregor MacLennan, Digital Democracy
Gregor MacLennan, Digital Democracy’s Program Director, has worked with indigenous communities throughout the Amazon Basin on land rights issues, the impacts of extractive industries, and supporting indigenous peoples’ right to self determination. He worked in Peru for 7 years as founder and director of Shinai, a grass-roots non-profit organization, helping communities map their territory and resource use, and set up a community-run environmental monitoring system for Achuar communities affected by contamination from oil drilling. Prior to Digital Democracy he worked for 4 years as Peru Program Coordinator for Amazon Watch, leading a campaign to successfully stop Talisman from drilling for oil in Achuar territory in a remote and biodiverse area of Amazon rainforest in Peru.
Matt Merrifield, The Nature Conservancy
Matt Merrifield is Chief Technology Officer for The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest environmental organizations. He is a technology professional with almost 20 years of experience in geospatial systems and mapping. A California native, he’s devoted the last 15 years to helping conserve some incredible landscapes and seascapes in California and around the world. Matt leads a team that works on creative applications of geospatial technology to nature conservation across a large portfolio of projects in California and internationally.