CEO, Silicon Sisters Interactive Inc.
Board Member, DIGIBC
Advisory Board Member, Women in Games International
Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch is Co-Founder and CEO of Silicon Sisters Interactive, a female focused studio building top quality games for women and girls. Launched in May 2010, the studio has successfully introduced a tween series called School26 to iO/S, Android, PC and Mac. The studio is currently working on a Romance series of Casual Games called "Everlove" and an unannounced collaboration with the National Film Board. Her second start up in six years, Bailey Gershkovitch thrives on bringing innovative business ideas to fruition. The female games market has long been underserved, despite emerging as a key driver in the industry. Who better to deliver quality product to this market than seasoned industry veterans who get "what women want"?
Bailey Gershkovitch frequently speaks at Conferences on a wide range of issues including: women in technology, entrepreneurship, change management, and emerging video game markets.
PhD Candidate, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
Nicki Dell is a PhD Candidate in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research interests lie in human-computer interaction and mobile computing with a focus on designing and evaluating systems that improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions. In particular, her PhD thesis focuses on the technical, user interaction and deployment challenges of integrating mobile, camera-based systems into resource-constrained environments. Nicki obtained a BS in Computer Science from the University of East Anglia (UK) in 2004 and an MS in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2011. Nicki has won several awards and fellowships, including a Graduate Facebook Fellowship and a Google Anita Borg Scholarship. She has completed several internships at Microsoft Research in Redmond, USA and in Bangalore, India and has helped to organize the Change group at the University of Washington since 2011.
President, Harvey Mudd College
Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College's first female president in 2006. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served in various roles from 1988 to 2002. Prior to UBC, Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California and two years at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. (1977) and B.Sc. (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta. Klawe is a member of the board of Microsoft Corporation, Broadcom Corporation and the nonprofit Math for America, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and a member of both the Stanford Engineering Advisory Council and the Advisory Council for the Computer Science Teachers Association.