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Mick Ebeling

Mick Ebeling

CEO & Founder, Not Impossible Labs

Tracy Edwards

Tracy Edwards

Author, Adventurer, British Sailor

Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice

Pro Football Hall of Famer

Duncan Wardle

Duncan Wardle

Founder of iD8 & innov8 and former Head of Innovation and Creativity, Walt Disney Resorts

Stephen Young

Stephen Young

Senior Partner, Insight Education Systems

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Mick Ebeling

Mick Ebeling

CEO & Founder, Not Impossible Labs

A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker and now founder and CEO of Not Impossible, Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.

Ebeling founded Not Impossible, a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company, on the premise that nothing is impossible. His mantra of “commit, then figure it out” allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. This unconventional approach brought to life highly acclaimed initiatives-the EyeWriter, Project Daniel, Don’s Voice and most recently Music Not Impossible—that brought the ability to draw back to a paraplegic street artist, 3D-printed arms to Sudanese amputees and "voice" to an ALS patient who hadn’t spoken in 15 years.

Andrew Mendelsohn

Andrew Mendelsohn

Executive Vice President, Oracle Database Server Technologies, Oracle

Andrew Mendelsohn is executive vice president for database server technologies at Oracle. He is responsible for the development and product management of Oracle’s family of database products, including Oracle Database, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, Oracle Berkeley DB, and Oracle NoSQL Database. In addition, Mendelsohn is also responsible for Oracle Database Cloud services including Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud and Oracle Autonomous OLTP Database Cloud, and for engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, and Oracle Big Data Appliance.

Mendelsohn has been at Oracle since 1984. He began his career at Oracle as a developer on Release 5.1 of Oracle Database. Prior to joining Oracle, he worked at HP and ESVEL.

Mendelsohn holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University and performed graduate work in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Steve Miranda

Steve Miranda

Executive Vice President, Applications Product Development, Oracle

Steve Miranda is executive vice president of Oracle Applications product development. He is responsible for leading all aspects of product strategy, product development, and product delivery for the entire portfolio of Oracle Applications and related services. Miranda’s primary focus is on delivering the industry’s most complete, proven, and innovative set of cloud solutions encompassing enterprise resource planning; supply chain, human capital, and enterprise performance management; customer experience; and Oracle Data Cloud applications.

Miranda joined Oracle in 1992 and has held a variety of leadership positions within the development organization. In 2007 he was asked to lead the engineering of Oracle’s next-generation suite of software applications, Oracle Fusion Applications. Under his leadership, Oracle has delivered on its promise to help applications customers innovate and remain competitive while leveraging their existing IT investments and increasing the value of those investments with new Oracle products and services.

Prior to Oracle, Miranda worked at GE Aerospace. He holds degrees in mathematics and computational sciences from Stanford University.

Rob Tarkoff

Rob Tarkoff

Executive Vice President and General Manager, CX Cloud, Oracle

Rob joined Oracle in 2018 as EVP, leading CX Cloud product and strategy across marketing, sales, commerce, and service. His goal is to build products that help companies succeed in the Experience Economy. In this new paradigm, the customer experience is paramount; inseparable from the value of the good or services a company provides. And at its helm are today's consumers, driving innovation and pushing the boundaries.

Rob spent the last 15 years focused on the customer experience, developing products for both large and early-stage companies. Most recently, as President and CEO of Lithium Technologies, Rob created the leading software in online communities. Prior to that, he ran the Digital Enterprise business for Adobe. Rob brings an outside-in perspective to Oracle and to each project, realizing that the way we and our customers work is rapidly changing, pushing us to adapt and transform in ways we never even imagined.

Stephen Young

Stephen Young

Senior Partner, Insight Education Systems

Stephen Young is the Senior Partner of Insight Education Systems, a management consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational development services. As a recognized leader and foremost expert in this field, Mr. Young frequently consults with senior executives and management teams of Fortune 500 companies.

Tracy Edwards

Tracy Edwards

Author, Adventurer, British Sailor

Tracy was expelled from school at the age of 15 and with no exams or qualifications she left to travel the world. She began working on charter yachts in Greece at the age of 17 and learned how to sail. Tracy took part in her first Whitbread Round the World Race as cook aboard ‘Atlantic Privateer’ in 1985/86 becoming the first woman to race around the world on a Maxi.

Upon completion she decided to enter the first all-female crew in the 1989/90 Whitbread and ‘Maiden’ crossed the start line on 2nd Sept 1989 and sailed into the history books. ‘Maiden’ went on to win two of the legs and came second in class overall. The best result for a British boat since 1977 and the best result for an all-female crew ever. Tracy was awarded the MBE and became the first woman in its 34 year history to be awarded the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy.

Duncan Wardle

Duncan Wardle

Founder of iD8 & innov8 and former Head of Innovation and Creativity, Walt Disney Resorts

As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan Wardle and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Parks innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe.

As founder of iD8 and innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience to audiences around the world using a unique approach to design thinking that not only places the end user at the core of the creative thinking process but also looks in new and usual places to uncover insights for innovation, helping people capture unlikely connections and leading to fresh thinking and disruptive ideas.

Delivering a series of keynotes, workshops, and ideation forums, his unique design thinking process helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA.

Wardle is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company magazine. He teaches master classes at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and the University of Florida. In 2008 he received the American Citizen of Choice Award at the White House. In 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh University in Scotland. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice

Pro Football Hall of Famer

Hall of Fame wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion Jerry Rice is widely regarded as the best wide receiver to ever play in the National Football League, and arguably the greatest player of all time. During his 15-year career with the San Francisco 49ers, Rice won three Super Bowls (Super Bowl XXIII (’88), Super Bowl XXIV (’89) and SB XXIX (’94)) and one Super Bowl MVP. He enjoyed three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, including a Super Bowl appearance and one season with the Seattle Seahawks before retiring in 2005. Rice was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in January 2010, his first year of eligibility.

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