Keynote Speaker Friday October 20, 2017
Bio: Dr. Larry Alder currently is the VP of Product Definition at OneWeb developing low latency satellite based broadband globally. He is also currently Co-Chair of NTIA’s Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee and has been a member of the committee since 2011. Alder was previously at Google as Director of Access Strategy from 2005-2016 where was responsible for a number of product, policy, and strategic investment activities promoting Internet access. Alder led Google’s Project Link to bring a shared fiber infrastructure network to multiple countries Africa. He also was leader in Google’s project to bring Wi-Fi to the India rail stations. Alder also served on the board of O3b Networks, a global satellite service provider. Prior to joining Google, Alder spent 10 years at ArrayComm, where he served as vice president of technology development. He has a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University in the specialty of Control Theory and Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from UCLA.
Keynote Speaker Saturday October 21, 2017
Bio: Darelle Van Greunen is a Professor in the School of ICT and the Director of the Center for Community Technologies at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The social activist and award-winning researcher has a multidisciplinary background, combining computer science, information systems, African languages, education, media studies and psychology. She holds a number of degrees with her PhD being in Computer Science. Her research focuses on using technology as an enabler in society but with a strong focus on how humans interact with technology. Her research is combined with real-life interventions in different communities of Africa. She is best known for her passion to transform low-income communities through the use of technology as an enabler and catalyst to respond to social issues.