2019 Collaborative Technology Conference

November 07, 2019  
National Geographic Encounter
226 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
9:00AM - 4:00PM
The Intersection of Government, Technology and Industry in New York
Event Description
Working with others brings in new ideas, drives innovation and creates space for better ways of working. Collaboration can act as a force multiplier, where the parties are greater than the sum of their parts. It can also help organizations tackle significant challenges. The Collaborative Technology Conference will showcase how public and private sectors working closely together can innovate at speed and bring technological and business ideas that will truly help transform the government.
John Paul Farmer
Chief Technology Officer, City of New York
John Paul Farmer is the Chief Technology Officer of the City of New York. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Previously, John was a Managing Director of Microsoft Cities, where he led a team to build partnerships and design technology products that make urban communities more livable, more productive, and more sustainable. He served as the Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Obama White House, where he co-founded and led the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. John holds degrees with honors from Harvard University and the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.
Clyde Vanel
Chairman, Assembly Subcommittee on Internet and New Technologies
Assembly member Clyde Vanel serves the 33rd Assembly district of Queens, New York, encompassing the neighborhoods of Cambria Heights, St. Albans, Hollis, Queens Village, Bellerose and parts of Floral Park. Clyde Vanel is an attorney, entrepreneur, private pilot and community advocate for Cambria Heights, New York. Clyde is also chair of Subcommittee on Internet and New Technologies. He is the owner and operator of Vanel Law Firm, P.C. where he focuses on intellectual property law, business law and wills and estate planning. Clyde is also an Internet entrepreneur. He is the owner and operator of TrademarkReady.com which provides trademark filing and protection services. Additionally, Clyde is the founder of the New York Metro chapter of the Black Pilots of America, Inc. The organization trains and exposes the community and youth to the field of aviation. Through the organization, many youth and community members have been trained in pre-flight of an aircraft and aviation-related trainings. He holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science and Technology Law. Clyde Vanel was raised in Cambria Heights, New York, with nine siblings. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Ron Kim
New York State Assemblyman
Assemblymember Ron Kim represents the 40th district of the New York State Assembly. Elected in 2012, Kim's public policy solutions have gained national attention and garnered him a reputation as a key thought-leader in the economic development policy space. Most notably, Assemblymember Kim was the first public official to lead the opposition against Amazon HQ2. His policy stance lead to a larger discussion around corporate subsidies, economic development, and the rate of return for such investments. Since then, Assemblymember Kim has worked to marshal a nationwide inter-state compact, with nearly 20 state representatives who have agreed legislatively to end the "race to the bottom" competition designed to lure mega-corporations into their states. His latest legislative initiative, the Inclusive Value Ledger (IVL), is a transformational new savings and payments platform that will massively accelerate value creation, reward undervalued work - care work - and steadily advance the health and wealth of New York State citizens, businesses, and communities. The digital technology that undergirds the IVL will enable New Yorkers to generate, capture, and exchange value that has gone untapped for centuries.
Cordell Schachter
Chief Technology Officer, New York City Department of Transportation
Cordell Schachter serves as the Chief Technology Officer/CIO for the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). He leads IT & Telecom and agency innovations that match cutting edge information technology to 21st century urban design principles for safer and more livable streets. Under Cordell’s leadership teams create, enhance, and maintain systems that increase safety and mobility; create smart, accessible, and sustainable infrastructure; create and follow best practices in software development, mapping, communications, public data, and customer service. Cordell tames high-risk, high-value projects and leads service management to deliver high customer satisfaction. He was named among the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers for 2018 by Government Technology magazine. He received the 2017 Transportation Advancement Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Metropolitan Section of New York and New Jersey. IT & Telecom has been recognized for outstanding performance over many years by the Center for Digital Government, ACT-IAC American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council, Amazon Web Services, and InformationWeek Magazine. He is a certified project manager by the Project Management Institute and IBM. He serves on the board of directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and is a member of its autonomous vehicle and cybersecurity task forces. Cordell speaks and writes about the need for regulation to protect personal information, data security for digital systems, and the need for more transparent risk management of autonomous vehicle use on public streets. He teaches "Technology for Civic Innovation" as an adjunct Associate Professor at NYU’s Center for Urban Science + Progress and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and was a lecturer at Saint Peter’s University Master of Public Administration program in Jersey City, NJ.
Deanne Criswell
Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Emergency Management
Deanne Criswell was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department in 2019. She is responsible for oversight of the City’s efforts to plan and prepare for emergencies, educate the public about preparedness, coordinate emergency response and recovery, and disseminate emergency information. As NYC Emergency Management Commissioner, Deanne has managed the City’s response to emergencies including extreme summer heat, power outages, and large fires. She has also coordinated the City’s readiness for planned events including the 2019 Ticker Tape Parade honoring the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. Prior to joining NYC Emergency Management, Deanne served as the leader of one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) National Incident Management Assistance Teams (N-IMAT) and as a federal coordinating officer. In this role, Deanne was the primary Federal representative responsible for leading the agency’s response to and recovery from emergencies and major disasters, from severe flooding in North Dakota to hurricanes in South Carolina to fires in Colorado. She also served as the head of the Office of Emergency Management for the City of Aurora, Colorado, where she led strategic change in the city’s emergency and disaster planning. During her tenure there, Deanne coordinated transitional housing and family reunification efforts in response to receiving 2000 evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. As an executive in the homeland security sector of the Cadmus Group LLC, Deanne served as a principal for clients at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as the private sector, providing exceptional technical expertise and the experience necessary to help her clients achieve their critical missions. As a member of the Colorado Air National Guard, Deanne served 21 years as a firefighter and Deputy Fire Chief. In 2001, she deployed to Kuwait to serve as a fire officer in crash fire rescue efforts, and in 2010, she deployed to Qatar, Afghanistan and Iraq to advise senior leadership on fire protection requirements for new and existing military bases. Deanne is a graduate of Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Education and Training and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver and a Master of Science in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Matthew Homer
Executive Deputy Superintendent of Research and Innovation, New York State Department of Financial Services
Matthew Homer is currently the Executive Deputy Superintendent of Research and Innovation Division at the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS). Prior to this role, he was Head of Policy and Research at Quovo, a New York fintech company providing open banking functionality for the financial services ecosystem, leading up to the company’s acquisition by fintech company Plaid. Mr. Homer is a former U.S. Government civil servant with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, he designed, launched, and oversaw two new innovation programs: Cashless Catalyst, a partnership between the U.S. Government and the Government of India to promote payments innovations and greater financial inclusion; and the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator, a first-of-its-kind program designed to help financial regulators improve their supervision of digital firms through new technologies. As a member of the Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection at the FDIC he focused on emerging technology and financial inclusion. Earlier in his career, he worked for Deloitte Consulting, where he focused on financial regulatory reform.
Mikko Baylosis
Project Manager, Healthcare Initiatives, NYC Economic Development Corp.
Mikko Baylosis is a Project Manager of the Healthcare Initiatives portfolio at the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). In his role, he is responsible for managing the EDC's investments in the healthcare technology ecosystem and community health centers, with the end goal of growing good jobs and creating strong neighborhoods. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Mikko worked in multiple roles, primarily business development, in launching a health and life sciences start-up. In 2016, he graduated with a biomedical engineering degree from the City College of New York.
John Katt
Director of Technology, Development & Data, Office of the NYC Public Advocate
John is an experienced technologist, specializing in projects spanning software/hardware and information technology infrastructure. As the Director of Technology, Development & Data, John Katt oversees the technology operations at the Office of the Public Advocate. John believes in the power of working alongside those facing today's problems and empowering them to innovate powerful and meaningful solutions. The power of building solutions with, and not for stakeholders has given John the opportunity to create impactful and real solutions. John has worked with government agencies, small businesses, and young startups to discover how technology and innovation can further their mission. Projects such as the New York City Public Advocate's Worst Landlord Watchlist, which uses data to identify the worst acting landlords in NYC, exemplify this approach. With his expertise, he creates community-centered solutions to critical issues in the areas of finance, education, and immigration. John holds a Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology from New York Institute of Technology.
Tamara Greenfield
Deputy Executive Director, Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety
Tamara was hired in 2015 to direct Building Healthy Communities, the Mayor's place-based, interagency initiative to improve community health and wellness through access to fresh food, opportunities for physical activity, and safe and vibrant public spaces. She helped oversee its integration with the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety to connect community-based safety and wellness efforts in a variety of NYC neighborhoods. Through both roles, she has helped leverage public investments to engage strategic private partnerships to meet gaps, test new ideas for scalability, facilitate coordination between 11+ City agencies, and engage more local residents in design and leadership. During her eight years as Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block (FABNYC), Tamara worked closely with 28 cultural groups on the Lower East Side, helped leverage over $25 million in capital funds for arts facilities, and led innovative programs focused on neighborhood sustainability and resource sharing. She also founded and co-directed Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY), a citywide coalition of arts and community organizations. Prior to FABNYC, Tamara led Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst Program, combining community engagement, public investment, and programming to revitalize 16 parks in four neighborhoods . She received her Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College and B.A. in Art History and International Development from Washington University in St. Louis. Tamara is a proud resident of Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Rob Douglas
CEO, Skopenow
Rob Douglas is the CEO and founder of a Skopenow, a search engine that provides social media based threat analytics. Rob is an Open Source Intel expert and has turned Skopenow into a leading investigative product amongst government agencies and law enforcement officials.
Aziz Ahmad
CEO, UTC Associates
Aziz Ahmad is a rising thought-leader on the evolving next global economy based not on geography or class, but on equal opportunity for all based on digital access, shared values, intelligent quality control and raw desire. As a seasoned technology Entrepreneur Mr. Ahmad has founded multiple ventures of global impact. His most recent as co-founder is CodersTrust, a firm supported by the Danish Government that was funded with the vision to democratize global access to education and opportunity via the use of a Internet platform that delivers the intelligent support of human mentors. For the last two decades Aziz has also served as Founder, President and CEO of UTC Associates, Inc., a leading Business, systems and network integration company he founded in 2001. During late 1990’s Aziz was the lead architect for AT&T’s 21st century networks. He also directed AT&T’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) Team/Consortium, which was created to research, develop and demonstrate next generation broadband access based on IP and Multi-wavelength optical technology. Mr. Ahmad participates in numerous speaking engagements, keynotes and panels across the areas of technology, social venture initiatives and where they synergize. Panel participation includes: Davos World Economic Forum in 2017 and 2018, in Guatemala high impact Technology event and most recently in Vatican. Mr. Ahmad was a keynote panel speaker for Future of Works, hosted by Pope Francis, where he discussed the framework architecture of workforce transformation in our emerging 4th Industrial Revolution era. Mr. Ahmad holds B.E. and M.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from The City College of New York (CUNY), and an Executive Management Program from Tuck School of Business of Dartmouth College.
Keyona Forbes
Communities that Care Facilitator, The New York Foundling
Keyona Forbes is the Communities that Care Facilitator at the New York Foundling. In her role, Keyona implements the Communities that Care system in East Harlem by bringing together key leaders and community members together to form a coalition committed to creating positive outcomes and healthy development for youth using a preventative science model. Prior to joining New York Foundling, Keyona worked as an analyst at the Institute of International Education’s Fulbright U.S. Student program. She has also worked as a consultant at UNICEF in the Polio, Child Protection and Human Rights’ teams. Her passion for child-welfare and education led her to serve as a youth representative of OMEP (World Organization for Early Childhood Education) to the UN and UNICEF as well as a member on the NGO Committee on Education. Keyona received a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs at The New School, concentrating in social and economic development and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Agnes Scott College. During her studies, Keyona followed her passion for child rights while studying in India’s northwestern state of Rajasthan, where she conducted independent research on special education and integration for children with disabilities.
Eugene Shvartsman
AVP, Head of Government Affairs, Cross River
Eugene Shvartsman, AVP, Head of Government Affairs, leads the public policy and advocacy efforts within the Office of Public Affairs at Cross River. In this capacity, Eugene represents the bank on the local, state and federal levels of government. Eugene obtained his degree from SUNY where he majored in Business Management and minored in Legal Studies. Eugene started his career in government in the office of Assemblyman Goldfeder as a community liaison, ultimately becoming Chief of Staff and has vast experience in the public sector, having managed a number of campaigns in New York, ranging from the City Council to the State Senate and Assembly. In 2016, Eugene joined Cross River, as Chief of Staff to the CEO before starting the bank’s rapidly growing government affairs office. In his current role, Eugene is the driving force behind Cross River’s strategic partnerships and government advocacy efforts as he leads the charge by engaging policy makers on all levels of government to provide thought-leadership in the fintech industry.
Morgan Hitzig
Senior Director of Global Operations, Datamnir
Morgan Hitzig is Senior Director of Global Operations at Dataminr, a leading AI business that provides real-time information alerts, 24/7, to hundreds of clients in over 70 countries. She leads a multi-disciplinary, cross-functional team responsible for machine learning training set development and algorithm improvement. Morgan works closely with the Engineering and AI teams to develop and lead project plans for new product features and internal implementation. She is also responsible for key expansion projects as the company continues its rapid growth trajectory. A native New Yorker, Morgan was an advisor in the New York Police Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau, where she worked on a broad range of terrorism related issues. Morgan advised the Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism & Intelligence, the Chief of Counterterrorism, and the Chief of Intelligence. Prior to working for the NYPD, Morgan held positions across a variety of industries, including in finance at Bank of America, in journalism at CNN, and in consulting at the Scowcroft Group, a strategic consulting firm run by former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft. While at CNN, she wrote and produced print and broadcast content for the National Security Unit. Morgan received both a B.A. in international studies and an M.A. in strategic studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins University and from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Morgan volunteers her time with the Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) and as a member of George Washington University’s Data Science Board. She is on the Board of Councilors at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank focused on international affairs. Morgan is also an Officer in the United States Navy Reserve.
Cale Teeter-Gregg
Director of Public Safety, goTenna
Cale has over 20 years of experience in homeland security and public safety. As the Director of Public Safety at goTenna, he is driving the adoption of the company’s innovative, military-grade mesh networking capabilities at federal civilian as well as state and local agencies. Prior to goTenna, Cale served as the Senior Strategic Homeland Security Planner for the Brazos Valley Region in Texas, where he wrote regional emergency communications, mitigation, and response plans and supported six federally declared disasters. Cale holds two master’s degrees; one in Homeland Security with an emphasis on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection from the Naval Postgraduate School, and another in Biology with an emphasis on Bio-Warfare from Texas Tech University. He is also a graduate of the Department of Homeland Security National Emergency Management Advanced Leaders Academy.

Registration & Networking Breakfast


Keynote Speaker John Paul Farmer, Chief Technology Officer, New York City


Presentation:  Automating OSINT (Open Source/Social Media) Investigations with Skopenow by Rob Douglas, CEO of Skopenow

Rob Douglas, CEO of Skopenow, will demonstrate how Skopenow is used to automate OSINT investigations for threat and security professionals. He will also walk attendees through a handful of new OSINT techniques growing in popularity amongst the law enforcement and government communities


How Partnerships Impact Healthy Neighborhoods

Thanks to advancements in technology, healthy living is rapidly evolving to create efficiencies, solve challenges, and ultimately provide better care to all New Yorkers. Our panelists will discuss various ways NY’s government and tech leaders are working with our communities to advance affordable housing, greener and healthier living, achieve better health, improving household conditions and more.
Shannon Young, Health Care Reporter, POLITICO New York (moderator)
Mikko Baylosis, Project Manager, Initiatives, New York City Economic Development Corp.
Tamara Greenfield, Deputy Executive Director, Mayor's Action Plan For Neighborhood Safety
Keyona Forbes, Communities That Care Facilitator, The New York Foundling

FinTech in New York

As the financial center of the world and one of the largest tech innovation hubs, New York City is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the boom in the financial technology sector, also known as fintech. How can different New York players work together on this opportunity to drive further growth? Our panel will feature representatives from financial institutions and governments to discuss potential partnerships, new and innovative ways to assist small business, and how fintech makes everyday life better and easier for New Yorkers. We will also hear about fintech startups, alternative lending, financial platforms, and many more ways fintech is helping New Yorkers and our government.
Reza Chowdhury, CEO & Founder, AlleyWatch (moderator)
Matthew Homer, Executive Deputy Superintendent, NYS Department of Financial Services
Assemblyman Ron Kim, Sponsor of FinTech Legislation
Eugene Shvartsman, AVP, Head of Government Affairs, Cross River



Technology Partnerships for Public Safety and Security

Partnerships between law enforcement agencies/emergency services and technology are nothing new - notable collaborations include the NYPD's ShotSpotter system, NotifyNYC, and Cyber NYC. How successful are these partnerships, and what - in some - causes a partnership to fail? What challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the next generation of public safety technology? How have private companies helped government to get up-to-speed in protecting their digital systems? What else can New York do to bolster its cybersecurity and innovation efforts to keep up with the rest of the world?
Nasir Memon, Vice Dean for Academics and Student Affairs, Professor, NYU Tandon School of Engineering (moderator)
Jessica Tisch, Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology, New York City Police Department
Deanne Criswell, Commissioner, New York City Emergency Management Department
Morgan Hitzig, Senior Director of Global Operations, Dataminr
Cale Teeter-Gregg, Director of Public Safety, goTenna

New York Government: Challenges & Solutions for Keeping Up with Evolving Technology

Governments at all levels have been notoriously criticized for moving at a sluggish pace. At the same time, technology is getting faster and stronger every day. How can city and state agencies ensure that they're working with the best and most up-to-date systems? Should government be creating more roles within its departments and agencies for tech-minded people? How do these agencies continue to recruit the best tech talent in a city known for high-paying tech jobs offered right out of college? We discuss ways private companies can assist in bridging the technology gap and assist in making these agencies stronger.
Annie McDonough, Tech Reporter, City & State (moderator)
Assemblyman Clyde Vanel, Chairman, Internet and Technology Committee
Cordell Schachter, Chief Technology Officer, New York City Department of Transportation
John Katt, Director of Technology, Development & Data at Office of the New York City Public Advocate
Michael O’Boyle, Executive Vice President, Capalino+Company
Aziz Ahmad, CEO, UTC Associates

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