Professor and Co-Founder, MIT Media Laboratory/Chairman and Founder, One Laptop per Child Foundation
Nicholas Negroponte is a world-renowned technology visionary with the keenest understanding of technology and its impact on business and society. An exceptional speaker, his broad range of experience and thorough understanding of digitization and its impact on industry make him the foremost authority on transformations that define our future. He is a pioneer of visionary technology, and the driving force behind One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a non-profit that seeks to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves via computers.
After earning two Professional degrees in Architecture from MIT, Negroponte joined its faculty in 1966. Based on his extensive research in computer graphics, computer aided design and human computer interface; he founded MIT’s Architecture Machine Group, a combination lab and think tank, which studied new approaches to human-computer interaction. He later also founded MIT’s legendary Media Lab (1985), one of the world’s leading interdisciplinary research centers that applies an unorthodox research approach to envision the impact of emerging technologies on everyday life.
Negroponte continued to demonstrate his big-picture thinking by becoming the first investor for Wired Magazine, for which he also contributed a monthly article. Combining and expanding upon those ideas, he wrote the bestselling book Being Digital, which solidified his status as an expert on how the worlds of interaction, entertainment and information would eventually merge. Being Digital has since been translated into 40 languages. He was the first speaker at TED and spoke over ten times thereafter.
Perhaps his most notable and controversial achievement is his current non-profit program, OLPC, a project to bring durable, affordable and innovative computers to children worldwide. Believing that a nation’s most precious resource is its children, Negroponte aimed to put low cost, robust, connected laptop technology into the hands that need it most – the nearly two billion children in developing countries. This revolutionary way to promote learning started with Negroponte building five schools in rural Cambodian villages that do not have electricity, telephone or television – but now have broadband wireless.
In 2005, Negroponte unveiled his latest creation, a $100 laptop computer, designed for children ages 6-12-years-old in developing nations. To date, the OLPC program has two million laptops committed and one million already in the hands of children in 19 languages, 31 nations, including Haiti, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Palestine.
In addition to his academic and philanthropic contributions, Negroponte also serves the private sector on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc. (1995-2009) and as general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has also provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies including, Zagats, Ambient Devices, Skype and Velti.
Managing Director/Amazon Web Services(AWS)
Shane Owenby is Managing Director of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Asia Pacific.
Shane leads the team that helps businesses of all sizes across Asia Pacific learn about AWS and implement the cloud computing platform, allowing them to save money, accelerate their time to market, and focus on their core business.
Shane has over 14 years of experience in sales, channel development, software engineering, international technical operations and general management in the United States and Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining Amazon Web Services, Shane held senior management positions in Oracle and Red Hat in Sydney and Singapore over the last six years.
Shane graduated with a Bachelor of Science for Computer Science from Appalachian State University. Shane is currently based in Singapore.
Chairman/Board of Directors, Kakao
He worked for Samsung SDS, and developed PC communications ‘Unitel’ during his term of company.
After resigning the Samsung, he established the game portal Hangame in 1998.
In 2000 to fight only the merger with Naver Com, and was a co-founder of NHN.
The company has grown to become Korea's biggest portal, more than 1 trillion won in sales.
However, he resigned from the company in 2007, In order to realize a new business idea that make ‘100 venture warriors’. It’s a his new dream.
Currently he is chairman of the global mobile service kakao Talk’, with 20 million members.
Seoul National University, Ba and MA Industrial Engineering
Chairman. Kakao corp.
CEO/Bonangels Venture Partners Inc
Majored Computer Science in KAIST
Master´s degree in Computer Science in KAIST
1996 - 2006 Co-founder & member of board of directors in Neowiz Inc.
- Head of Business Department in Sayclub
2005 - 2007 Co-founder & CEO of 1noon Inc.
- Director of search engine development and service
2007.01 - CEO of Bonangels Venture Partners Inc.
2007 - CSO of Bluehole Studio Inc
Information Technology’s expert in e-Government and business development, developed 120 Government Portal System in Korea, founder of POSDAQ which is called the first Korean e-Democracy web, and set up 8 Start-Ups(2 Fails, 1 IPO, 5 Ongoing in all IT industry), performed functions in business development to service marketing. Extensive experience with innovative mind, and performing special project to build 1,000 Schools, Libraries and Hospitals in the world. Believe in “Life Innovation through IT”
KAIST(Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology)
M.S. in Innovation & Technology Management
Concentration: National Innovation & Entrepreneurship
B.S. in Political Science (Pending)
Concentration: e-Democracy & e-Government
CEO, POSDAQ Corp.
President of Board, ‘Pulschool’ Institution
Korea Internet Award, Grand Prize by Dong-A Ilbo & Yahoo Korea
TRUST Award, by UNESCO Korea
Head of the IT Development Division/SHINHAN BANK
1976~1979.2 Duksoo Commercial High School
2011.2~8 KAIST ATM(Advanced IT, Media & Contents Program)
79.03~84.10 Cho Hung Bank
84.11~01.06 Senior Vice President, Information & Technology Dept
01.06~04.01 Deputy General Manager, Personal Banking Dept.
04.01~09.02 General Manager, IT Development Dept.
09.02~11.01 General Manager, IT General Management Dept
11.01~ IT Head of the IT Division, Development Division
Senior Vice President/SK Telecom
Executive Director of OLPC Asia
CSO & Vice President, KakaoTalk Corp.
Founder and President, BICON Company Inc.
Head of Future Convergence Group, Samsung
A Graduate of MIT Media Laboratory
Vice President/EMS Business Team, Samsung SDS
Ph.D in computer science, University of Paris 6
1996 Joined Samsung SDS
1996 Involved in Samsung Internet T/F for developing new internet business
1997－1998 Manager, Development of system package for information retrieval &
1998－2001 Director, Internet Businesses promotion
2001－2004 Director, IT service development based on new technology
2005－2009 Vice president, Incubation Center
2009－Vice president, EMS Business Team
Convergence Policy Officer/Broadcasting and Communications Convergence Policy Office
Mr. Park is currently Director General of the Broadcasting and Communications Convergence Policy Office at the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) and is in charge of promoting convergence between broadcasting and communications industries. Since the establishment of the KCC in 2008, he had served as Spokesperson of the KCC and then was seconded to the National Cyber Security Center. Previous to his roles at the KCC, he worked at the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) as Director General of the Software Industry Promotion Office, Director of the Knowledge Information Industry Division, Director of the Informatization Promotion Division, etc. Major achievements of Mr. Park include promotion IPTV and other converged digital media services, introduction of the Framework Act on Broadcasting and Communications Development, and establishment of the Broadcasting and Communications Development Fund.
He earned his LL.B from Seoul National University, M.A. in Public Administration from Seoul National University and LL.M from Tulane University Law School.
Vice President/DMC R&D Center, Samsung Electronics
WonJoo Park is a vice president in DMC R&D Center of Samsung Electronics. He is currently in charge of research and development of convergence solution for DTV, smartphones, tablet, and other various consumer electronics devices. Prior to this position, his focus was for developing SW platform for those devices, which includes the development of Browser/Java solution, DSC camera platform, tablet application framework, and etc.
Before joining Samsung Electronics, he worked for Microsoft in USA as a development manager. He was engaged in the various product development projects, including Windows OS, Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, and Windows Update. He shortly worked for LG Electronics as a SW engineer before joining Microsoft. He has a Bachelor degree of Electronics Engineering from Inha University.