Nilay Patel - The Verge
When Nilay Patel was four years old, he drove a Chrysler into a small pond because he was trying to learn how the gearshift worked. Years later, he became a technology journalist. He has thus far remained dry.
Before serving as Managing Editor of The Verge, Nilay spent four years as Managing Editor of Engadget, where he drew upon his background as a lawyer to report and explain complex legal situations in everyday terminology — a niche that led to SAY Media naming Nilay one of 10 "voices that matter" in technology journalism.
Nilay has appeared on CNN, CNN International, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, Sky News, NHK, G4TV, TWiT, and others. He also co-hosts The Vergecast with fellow editors Joshua Topolsky and Paul Miller.
Barry Wacksman - R/GA
Barry Wacksman is the Chief Growth Officer of R/GA, including business development, corporate strategy and industry thought leadership. Barry’s articles have been published in a wide variety of industry publications, and he has presented on topics pertaining to the digital age at conferences and events around the world.
Since joining R/GA in 1999, the company has grown organically from an agency of under 50 employees to one employing over 1,300 staff in 13 offices. Barry led the charge to acquire many of the world-class brands that make up R/GA’s client roster, from Nike to Verizon to L’Oreal to MasterCard.
Barry serves on the board of directors of the Advertising Educational Foundation, the Miami Ad School and Pilobolus Dance Theatre. He graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in philosophy and was a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Syracuse University.
John Devanney - Moment
Creating products that are both delightful to use and successful for business has driven John throughout his 15+ year career as a product designer, from innovative industrial design to digital product design.
In addition to his management responsibilities at Moment, John has brought his distinctive enthusiasm, design expertise, and leadership to clients such as ESPN, Viacom, Tiffany & Co., and Walt Disney. Prior to joining Moment, John was a Director of User Experience at Sapient where he led products for clients in North America and Europe including Vodafone, AT&T, and General Motors.
Moment is a digital product design firm whose goal is to create lasting value for clients and customers through great digital products.
Matthew Doherty - Ogilvy & Mather
Matt currently reports directly to the Worldwide Chief Digital Officer at Ogilvy & Mather, overseeing global digital creative and strategic development for all client types. He ideates and creatively consults with global teams across all of Ogilvy’s core disciplines and outside partners to integrate digital at the time of creative conception through execution.
Prior to his latest role at Ogilvy, Matt spent time as a Transmedia Architect and Creative Producer where he began building and experimenting with branded content platforms rooted in transmedia strategy and creative thinking. While at Ogilvy, Matt conceptualized, developed and produced creative for branded entertainment, original entertainment programs and experiential event design. Matt spent his first year at Ogilvy in a multi-disciplinary rotational program upon graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Daniel Leslie - Reflexions Data
Daniel is a founder and principal at Reflexions Data, a digital strategy and development firm. Daniel’s areas of expertise include application development, systems architecture, and building digital platforms with lasting value. He's worked closely with clients including PwC, Johnson & Johnson, DDB Worldwide, and ESPN.
Daniel was named one of the Forty Under Forty by the Business Council of Westchester in 2011. He graduated with honors from Vassar College with a B.A. in philosophy and computer science.
When & Where
Reflexions Data is a digital strategy and development firm with offices in New York and White Plains. We work with clients and agencies to help bring advanced interactive projects to life.