David Usher is an artist, best selling author, entrepreneur and keynote speaker. As a musician he has sold more than 1.4 million albums and has had #1 singles singing in English, French and Thai. When David is not making music, he is equally passionate about his other life, as a Geek. David is the founding director of the Human Impact Lab at Concordia University. The Lab works at the intersection of Art Technology and Data engaging artists, designers and game developers to work on big data social impact issues such as climate change, artificial intelligence and the Second
Machine Age. David has a degree in political science from Simon Fraser University and his book on creativity and the creative process, Let the Elephants Run • Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything is out now.
Audra Renyi is the executive director of the non-profit World Wide Hearing as well as the founder of earAccess Inc. In the private sector, Audra has worked as an investment banker on Wall Street. On the non-profit side, Audra has worked with Doctors Without Borders running the finances and human resources for a refugee hospital in Chad, served as the CFO of One Acre Fund in Rwanda, a non-profit agricultural organization, acted as Business Consultant for a microfinance organization in Kenya and worked as Director of Development at Canada World Youth. Ms. Renyi holds bachelor’s degrees in economics (Wharton School) and international studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and has completed an executive leadership program at Harvard Business School. She was named Wharton Top 40 under 40, recognized as the Young International Leader of Quebec by ARISTA, and named a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum.
Jean-Noé is a leading Canadian open data and international democratic development expert with more than 15 years of experience opening-up government and political institutions and movement building. Beginning his working in more than a dozen countries, including Russia, Tunisia, Kenya and Ukraine, Jean-Noé specialized in applied research, civic technology, and government accountability and transparency. In 2009, Jean-Noé co-founded Montreal Ouvert and Québec Ouvert, citizen led initiatives that successfully galvanized government leaders to adopt open data policies and and programs. As Executive Director of Open North, Canada’s foremost non-profit specialized in open data standards, data user engagement, and open data strategies, Jean-Noé has scaled Open North’s activities and partnerships nationally and globally. Open North’s online Citizen Budget simulator is used by more than 75 cities across North America. Jean-Noé is passionate about open, resilient, and data smart communities.
Evelyne Drouin is the un-categorizable artist, who’s style and approach to sound have earned her an international reputation under the brand of DJ Mini. With an extensive knowledge of music crafting and media arts, and having dabbled in circuit bending and advanced audio technology, Evelyne sculpts textural sonic environments, soundscapes and hybrids, scalable installations that actively respond to the participant. GenieMob emerged from her desire to bring digital tools and new technologies into the hands of kids and teens, along with curious minds of all ages. She joined the Matrioshka project and commissioned Axon Art to explore new use cases for the local market as a satellite to quatorze.cc collective’s vision, an ongoing international OPEN collaboration.
Cassie L. Rhéaume is an example of an atypical profile that makes things happen! After studying and a career in marketing, her passion for the web ultimately took over. It then decided to reorient itself and plunge into the universe of the code. Working in an environment that is predominantly composed of men, she has at heart the feminist issues associated with her industry. A true evangelist of technologies, Cassie Rhéaume is at the helm of the Francophone section of the Ladies Learning Code in Montreal, which organizes digital literacy workshops for women and teens.