Philip Larrey, Ph.D., is a Catholic priest who holds the Chair of Logic and Epistemology at the Pontifical Lateran University in the Vatican. His publications deal with the philosophy of knowledge and critical thinking and his most recent work, in Italian, Futuro ignoto, focused on the impact of the new digital era on society. For years he has been following the philosophical implications of the rapid development of artificial intelligence. His new book, Connected World, represents some of the fruits of those dialogues. In Connected World, he explores the consequences of the new digital age in conversation with leaders including Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP and Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet.
Fr. Eric Salobir is a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans). As part of the General curia (government) of this religious order, he is in charge of media and technology. He is also the founder the OPTIC network aimed to promote researches and innovation in the field of digital humanities. Fr. Salobir is a member of the board of the Fondazione per l’evangelizzazione attraverso i media and of the Aleteia media company (a company of the Media Participation group). He is a consultor for the Pontifical Council for communication, as well as an expert for the delegation of the Holy See at UNESCO. He teaches digital communication at the Catholic University of Paris.
While pursuing an MBA at HBS, Jakub won awards in hackathons at Harvard Innovation Lab, at MIT Media Lab and at a startup competition in the Silicon Valley. He worked at the Holy See (Vatican), Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of State Treasury and Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland. He was also a senior consultant at McKinsey & Company, supported a technology transfer program at European Space Agency and co-founded two start-ups. During his career, he authored over 30 articles for The Economist, Forbes and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. He is a graduate of Warsaw School of Economics (BA, MA in Finance), Rotterdam School of Management (CEMS MSc in Management) and University of Warsaw (MA in Law). In Poland, he was awarded a Student Nobel Prize.
Shirley is a junior at Harvard College studying Neurobiology. On campus, she serves as a director for the Harvard Summit for Young Leaders in China conference run by the Harvard Association of U.S.-China Relations impacting over 1300 students every August, and the founder and director of the inaugural Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament at Harvard College, bringing 500 students to complete in S.T.E.M. topics on Harvard campus in January. When not speedily walking from classes to meetings, Shirley enjoys drinking tea, watching Friends for the 10th time, and playing piano.
Anna Bartoletti is a Harvard MBA and a former McKinsey consultant. Additionally, she has rich management experience, working for Private Equity’s Portfolio companies. During her career, Anna worked across geographies (e.g. Latin America, Europe) and served as financial advisor to numerous start-ups and projects. She holds a BA in Economics from INSPER.
Vasilis Karkantzos is a Harvard MBA and former McKinsey consultant. He is a member of the Venture Incubator Program of the Harvard Innovation Lab, has cofounded a start-up and has experience in prominent startups and VC in San Francisco and London. Prior to HBS and Mckinsey he was a corporal in the Greek Navy, where he managed multiple soldiers, and a civil engineer in Greece and the United Arab Emirates.
Cameron is a senior at Harvard College studying electrical engineering with a background in both computer science and mechanical engineering. For the past three years, Cameron has served as Lead Director of the HackHarvard hackathon, the largest hackathon at Harvard University with over 600 participants. Cameron attended his first hackathon in 2011 - CodeDay MEGA in Redmond, Washington - and has attended nearly 20 hackathons in the past 7 years. Cameron has also worked at both Apple and Formlabs, in roles ranging from engineering project management to hardware design.
Lynn is currently a second year student at Harvard Business School. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Lynn worked for The Walt Disney Company in Franchise Management, creating global growth strategies for Marvel brands (Spider-Man, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc.). Lynn also has digital media and content acquisition experience from working as an MBA intern at Hulu this summer. Before Disney, Lynn was an Equity Capital Markets analyst for Morgan Stanley, raising equity capital for top financial clients such as ING, AIG, and the US Treasury Department. Lynn graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College.
From Los Angeles, California, Mohib Jafri is a Computer Science concentrator at Harvard. On campus, he mixes the art of public speaking and the art of technology in the Harvard National Model United Nations team. Additionally, he serves as a board member of HackHarvard, a three-day-long Hackathon hosting over 700 of the nation’s brightest minds. When not coding, you can find him exploring Boston through the lens of a camera.x
Vahid is a master’s student at MIT studying computer science. He is interested in opportunities that bring technology to new use cases, and has experience organizing people around tech events as part of TechX at MIT. He has work experience at tech companies like Google and Stripe, and will be joining a startup after graduation.
Nari is a Computer Science student at Harvard who is passionate about the intersection of data analytics and human development. As an advocate for diversity in technology, Nari enjoys creating opportunities for communities to connect through the Executive Boards of Harvard’s Women Engineers Code conference and HackHarvard.
Raphael is a student at Harvard University, where he studies computer science and helps organize HackHarvard. A veteran of nearly two dozen hackathons, he loves creative uses of technology and its applications in bringing people together. He was previously a KPCB Fellow and software engineering intern at DoorDash, a student at Ewha University in Seoul, South Korea, and is helping make the world a smaller, happier place with his work at Summer Playbook.
Originally from California, Anita Mehrotra is second-year MBA candidate at HBS. Previously, she was a data scientist at Accenture's Tech Labs in San Jose, and BuzzFeed in NYC, where she built large-scale recommendation engines and time-series models, studied graph theory, and built real-time machine learning tools. Anita has a Master's in Computational Science & Engineering from Harvard (2014) and a Bachelor's in Pure Mathematics & Economics from UC Berkeley (2011). She has a soft spot for fiction books, SoulCycle, fierce fashion, food and memes.
Haig is an Electrical Engineering student at Harvard. On campus, he shares his love for science and learning by helping plan the Harvard College Science Olympiad for high school students and planning outreach events as a board member for the Harvard College Engineering Society. When he’s not busy at classes or meetings, you can find him writing for the Harvard International Review and exploring Middle Eastern restaurants in Boston.
Benjamin is a 2019 MDiv candidate at Harvard Divinity School studying Vatican history and virtual reality. Prior to HDS, he studied theater at the Moscow Art Theater and the American Repertory Theater. This past summer he helped develop EWTN’s virtual reality operations in Rome. Through this hackathon at the Vatican he hopes to help connect technological innovation with the deep spiritual and moral resources of the Vatican.
Sophie is a 2018 MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, She worked for four years as a chemical engineer and a marketing specialist in the chemical industry, providing B2B marketing strategies in Asia. At Sloan, she has served as the marketing director of Sloan Energy Club and the communication director of the Clean Energy Prize. Sophie received a B.S in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University and a M.S in Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion from Erasmus Mundus Program. This summer, she was working in Tesla Palo Alto Office as a global supply chain intern.
Nick Skytland works at the intersection of code creators, change makers and passionate explorers to use technology to address significant social and community issues while advancing the Gospel. His work is aimed at helping others find and focus their passion, purpose, and creativity by creating opportunities to apply their time, talents and treasure to serving one another. He has extensive experience leading collaborative initiatives, including #Hack, Hack4Missions, Code for the Kingdom, International Space Apps Challenge and the National Day of Civic Hacking, some of the largest mass collaborations in history. He is cofounder of Quite Uncommon, a technology and innovation agency that partners helps convene communities to build, test and launch ideas into the world.
Ali Llewellyn works on expanding the scale and scope of public-private mass collaborations that improve governance and engage communities in impact. Her background in education, cross-cultural communication and theology provides the passion and articulation necessary to help communities take their mission to the next level. She was a co-founder of the International Space Apps Challenge, National Day of Civic Hacking, #Hack and Hack4Missions, some of the largest mass collaborations in history, and has traveled widely to help catalyze church planting movements in the nations. She is cofounder of Quite Uncommon, a technology and innovation agency that partners helps convene communities to build, test and launch ideas into the world.
Nathan Schneider is a scholar-in-residence of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. His articles have appeared in publications including Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Catholic Worker, Vice, and others. In 2015, he co-organized “Platform Cooperativism,” a pioneering conference on democratic online platforms at The New School, and co-edited the subsequent book, Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet. Subsequently, he co-created the Internet of Ownership directory and the widely discussed #BuyTwitter campaign. His two books, God in Proof and Thank You, Anarchy, were published by University of California Press. Follow his work on social media at @ntnsndr or at his website, nathanschneider.info .
Nathan, who completed a PhD at the MIT Media Lab and Center for Civic Media, researches factors that contribute to flourishing participation online, developing tested ideas for safe, fair, creative, and effective societies. Starting in September 2017, Nathan will be a post-doctoral researcher at the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy, as well as the Paluck Lab in psychology and the sociology department. Nathan's current projects (C.V.) include large scale experiments on reducing discrimination and harassment online, as well as observational studies on social movements, civic participation, and social change.
Okendo Lewis-Gayle is founder and chairman of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance (HEA) and author of Harambeans, a collection of stories of young African entrepreneurial leaders. HEA is a network of highly educated young African entrepreneurs, who are spearheading social and business ventures across Africa – efforts which have been recognized by the Economist, Forbes, Vanity Fair, China Daily and the Queen of England among others.
Natalie Gil is a Sloan Fellow at MIT. Her current work focuses on FinTech for financial inclusion. She previously worked at Microsoft, held Senior Technical Leadership Roles for the Office of the CTO, and led worldwide technical and diversity development programs. Prior to MSFT, she delivered critical services’ projects at Goldman Sachs in New York and Sao Paulo, as well as for other financial institutions among Latin America, leading large teams to deliver strategic IT initiatives. Natalie is holds a Master from Carnegie Mellon University, industry certifications such as ITIL and PMP and serves in advisory and leading boards for women in STEM organizations, including the Latin American Women in Technology Conference. She is a lifetime member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, New York Chapter.