Industry Innovation Day Speakers


Plenary Speaker
Martin O'Malley 61st Governor of Maryland, MetroLab Network Senior Fellow

Martin O’Malley served as the 61st governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015 and the 47th Mayor of the city of Baltimore from 1999 until 2007.

His time in office was marked by a steadfast commitment to data-driven decision-making. As Mayor, he introduced CitiStat, a performance-based management system that produced dramatic improvements in city services and efficiency, and today, serves as a model for cities across the world.

As Governor, he continued to demonstrate results-driven leadership with the introduction of StateStat and BayStat, a system which has since inspired other systems, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s ChesapeakeStat program. Called "the best manager in government today," Governor O'Malley has been recognized for his skillful leadership of Maryland and his success in implementing critical progressive priorities such as raising the minimum wage, signing marriage equality into law, abolishing the death penalty, and passing the DREAM Act to provide in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. During his two terms, he recovered 100% of the jobs lost during the recession by investing in education and infrastructure. Under his leadership, for the first time, Maryland's public schools were ranked #1 nationally for an unprecedented five years in a row and the state was ranked #1 in median family income. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also named Maryland #1 in entrepreneurship and innovation for three years in a row.

He was awarded the Innovations in Government Award from the Harvard Kennedy School and in 2009, Governing Magazine named O’Malley Public Official of the Year for his ability to “improve performance by measuring what [states] do and relentlessly monitoring their progress.” He and his wife, Judge Katie Curran O'Malley live in Baltimore and have four children.

Panel - Innovation & Transformation

Rapid development in analytics, Internet of Things, and digital technology are moving many industries to the edge of disruption. Technology is increasingly driving companies to create a unique and seamless experiences across digital and physical channels and to look at how they engage with each other and the consumer. We will have a conversation with industry leaders regarding the technologies and changes that are transforming their industry. We’ll discuss how they approach innovation and what they are doing to be the source of their own disruption and transformation.

Greg King VP for Economic Development, Georgia Tech (moderator)

Greg King is Georgia Tech’s Associate Vice President for Economic Development where he provides leadership in communicating and deploying campus resources in support of corporate investment and economic development with local and state partners. He also works as follow-on with these new companies to establish comprehensive campus wide partnerships. Greg leads Georgia Tech’s engagement with industry involving the creation and operation of innovation or technology centers on or near campus. He provides stewardship of these corporate innovation labs and centers, developing linkages and focusing university resources to grow communities of innovation. With over 18 years of technology based economic development experience working with regional partners and local communities, he also holds a joint appointment with the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia, serving as an Assistant Vice Chancellor.

Michael Britt Vice President of the Energy Innovation Center, Southern Company

Michael Britt is V.P. of the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center, located in Atlanta's Tech Square. Under Britt’s direction, the center focuses on developing and commercializing products and services that benefit customers as Southern Company extends its long-standing commitment to inventing the future of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy. The Energy Innovation Center is one aspect of Southern Company’s enterprise-wide approach to innovation, which includes the advancement of new nuclear in Georgia, a first-of-its-kind clean coal facility in Mississippi and an industry-leading commitment to robust, proprietary research and development.

Matt Jones Senior Director of Digital Strategy & Mobile, The Home Depot

Matt Jones is Senior Director, Digital Strategy & Mobile for The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer with over 2,200 stores and $94 billion in annual revenue. He oversees award-winning digital and mobile products core to the company’s interconnected retail strategy including Home Depot native apps for iOS and Android. Prior to joining The Home Depot in 2011, Jones was Vice President, Mobile Strategy and Operations at USA TODAY where he managed the company mobile program since 2000. He has also worked in a variety of online product management, marketing and business development roles. Jones received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Hartwick College. He is active in several industry associations including The Mobile Marketing Association, CTIA-The Wireless Association and the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

Amit Jain VP of Strategy, Market Intelligence & Business Development, Verizon Telematics

An industry-recognized domain expert; since 2011, Amit has been responsible for providing thought leadership and developing strategies which inform Verizon’s position and actions in “Internet of Things.” In his current role, Amit is responsible for leading strategy, market intelligence and business development functions at Verizon Telematics. Prior to joining Verizon, Amit was a Product Leader at General Electric where his team developed an award winning technology solution. He also led the M2M/IoT practice at AberdeenGroup, a technology analyst firm. Additionally, as a management consultant, Amit also provided strategic guidance to companies in the transportation and financial services sector. Amit has served on the leadership circles of Intelligent Transportation Society of America and University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center. Amit was also nominated to FCC’s Technological Advisory Committee on “Internet of Things.”

Joe Kleinwaechter Innovation and Design Team Lead, Worldpay

Joe Kleinwaechter is the head of the Innovation and Design team at Worldpay, where he leads a team of developers, designers and business analysts in creating the next generation of integrated payment experiences. Joe has been an integral part of teams that have delivered the industry’s first electronic receptionist, first power line communications system for energy management, most commercially successful intrusion detection system, and the best groupware product that never sold. Along with these firsts, Joe is proud to count many failures as some of his greatest successes.

Panel - Transformation of Cities

Smart and resilient communities have recently generated much expert, practitioner, and public interest in their push to transform and improve how we as a society live, work, and play. It aims to utilize data and technology to improve city operations and accountability, strengthen urban resilience, better engage with citizens, and drive economic development. But what does it actually look like at the local, practical level? Meet the leaders who are on the forefront of this urban transformation, providing experiences from Atlanta, Savannah, Charlotte, nationally and internationally.

Debra Lam Managing Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, IPaT Georgia Tech (moderator)

Debra Lam is managing director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation at Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology. She has over a decade of experience in urban innovation and resilience, strategy and management, and previously served as Chief Innovation and Performance Officer for the City of Pittsburgh. Lam is a founding leader of the MetroLab Network and serves on their executive steering committee. She’s also a World Cities Summit Young Leader, a Leadership Pittsburgh alumni, and has spoken nationally and internationally on inclusive innovation, performance management, data-driven decision-making, and cultural change. Management Today named Lam to its “35 Women Under 35” list, and she was also a finalist for Women of the Future, Science and Technology.

Russ Clark Senior Research Scientist, Georgia Tech School of Computer Science

Russ Clark is a senior research scientist in Georgia Tech's School of Computer Science, who engages hundreds of students each semester in mobile development, networking and the Internet of Things research. He emphasizes innovation, entrepreneurship and industry involvement in student projects and application development. He is the co-director of the Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center (GT-RNOC), which supports research efforts across campus, and principal leader of the Convergence Innovation Competition, which pairs students and industry sponsors on novel projects. He has played a leadership role in the NSF GENI project, leading both the Georgia Tech campus trials as well as the GENI@SoX regional deployment and the Software Defined Exchange (SDX). He is active in the startup community, including roles with the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program and as a principle with Empire Technologies during its acquisition by Concord Communications.

CarriAyne Jones Head of Science and Innovation, British Consulate-General Atlanta

CarriAyne is the Head of Science and Innovation at the British Consulate-General in Atlanta. As part of a network of over 90 scientific attaches based in 30 countries, her role involves developing research and innovation partnerships and collaborations between US organizations in the southeast (Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, North and South Carolina and the Caribbean) and the UK. She also works with the local science and innovation community in support of UK policy overseas, in order to share best practice and align strategies, leading to mutual benefits to the UK and the US. Prior to becoming a science diplomat, CarriAyne worked as a research scientist at University of British Columbia in biogeochemistry and molecular biology. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in biogeochemistry from the University of Southern Denmark and a B.S. in Geology from the University of Georgia.

Stephanie Stuckey Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta

Stephanie Stuckey received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Georgia. She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1992. After law school, she served as a public defender and then went into private practice before being elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1999. Stephanie served as a State Representative from the Decatur area for 14 years, during which time she was a member of the Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees. She then went on to serve as Executive Director of GreenLaw, an Atlanta-based public interest law firm dedicated to giving Georgia's environment its day in court. In May 2015, she was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed to be Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta. In November 2016, Stephanie was named the Chief Resilience Officer for Atlanta, working in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities.”

Stephanie’s legal expertise was recognized in 2011 when she was given the Outstanding Lawyer in Public Service Award by the Atlanta Bar Association. Stephanie serves on the Boards for the Green Chamber of the South, EarthShare of Georgia, and the Olmsted Linear Parks Association. She is a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership Class of 2013.

Emily Yates Deputy Director, Envision Charlotte

As Deputy Director for Envision Charlotte, Emily Yates is responsible for leading and implementing implement local programming and create a smarter, more sustainable Charlotte. Prior to joining Envision Charlotte, Emily was a senior program officer with the German Marshall Fund of the United States where she developed and led programming dedicated to making cities in Europe and the US smarter and more resilient economically and environmentally. Emily’s career work has focused on the intersection of economic development, smart and sustainable cities, and civic engagement. She has held a variety of positions in Europe and North America, including urban planning positions with both the District of Columbia and the City of Cleveland planning offices. Emily was a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor/ Bundeskanzler Fellowship, which funded a year of research focused on German approaches to the implementation of sustainability policy and climate change adaptation in brownfield development. Emily holds a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University. She is a member of the Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy (ELEEP) Network.

Panel - Transformation of Healthcare

Moderated by Edward Han-Burgess from UCB, a partner of Georgia Tech, this panel will have a robust discussion about what’s on the horizon in health analytics transformation. Why do technical developments such as interoperability, visualization, NLP, platforms and APIs matter to patients, providers and payers? How do they improve healthcare delivery?

Edward Han-Burgess Epilepsy Portfolio Strategy & Intelligence, UCB (moderator)

Edward Han-Burgess works in epilepsy portfolio strategy & intelligence at UCB. After 15 years in healthcare investments and pharmaceuticals corporate strategy, Eddy joined UCB in 2015 to build a portfolio of non-drug assets in the epilepsy space by marrying big data, clinical expertise, cognitive computing and interoperable technologies. As a self-professed nerd, Eddy is fluent in American English, passive-aggressive English, Spanish, Korean and strategy consultant speak. He is a non-linear thinker and linear speaker, an ENTJ, a PhD dropout, a Chartered Financial Analyst and a mediocre cook.

Rahul Basole Associate Professor, Georgia Tech School of Computer Science

Rahul C. Basole is an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, the Associate Director for Enterprise Transformation in the Tennenbaum Institute/IPaT, and a member of the GVU Center at Georgia Tech. He is also a Visiting Scholar in the HSTAR Institute at Stanford University. His research and teaching focuses on system science and engineering, information visualization, and modeling/simulation approaches to design, manage, and improve the transformation of complex enterprise systems. Rahul is an NIH mHealth fellow (2011) and an award nominee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Serious Games of Health initiative (2008). He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation and INFORMS Service Science. His work has received numerous best paper awards and he has extensively published in leading computer science, management, and engineering journals. He received a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jon Duke Director of Health Analytics and Informatics, Georgia Tech

Jon Duke is director of Health Analytics and Informatics at Georgia Tech Research Institute and professor of the practice at the Georgia Tech College of Computing. His ongoing focus is advancing techniques for identifying patients of interest from health care data (structured, unstructured, and patient-generated) with applications spanning research, quality, and clinical domains. He oversaw the Merck-Regenstrief Partnership in Healthcare Innovation and helped found OHDSI, an open-source international health data analytics collaborative with data on over 650 million patients in 14 countries. As a Harvard-trained physician and researcher, Duke’s goal is to bring together scientists from both clinical and technical realms as well as health systems, industry, and government to improve human health through better understanding and applications of data. In addition to dozens of peer-reviewed publications, his work has been featured in the lay media including the New York Times, NPR, Consumer Reports, Slate, and MSNBC.

Steve Rushing Senior Strategic Advisor of Health Extension Services, Georgia Tech

Steve Rushing is senior strategic adviser in Georgia Tech’s Health Extension Services and director of health@ei2 at Georgia Tech. Steve is an experienced healthcare management and information systems consultant with 40 years of experience, including 25 years with Accenture, serving healthcare providers, payers and suppliers of services and products. For providers, Steve’s experience includes clinical, patient management and financial information systems strategic planning, evaluation, selection and implementation assistance. For payers and suppliers, he has used his extensive understanding of the provider segment to assist clients with formulating product strategy and improve product and services delivery. In July 2010, Steve was named the director of health@ei2 and is now Senior Strategic Advisor for HIT and Interoperability, including the Interoperability and Integration Innovation Lab (I3L). health@ei2 is the program office within Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute responsible for health information technology translational research and deployment initiatives. Steve recently led a public-private collaboration that built a working proof-of-concept Digital Health Platform for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Steve is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Management.