Adam Cheyer (UCLA MS '93)
Co-Founder & VP Engineering, Viv Labs
Co-Founder, Siri Inc. (previous)
Previously, Adam was co-founder and VP Engineering of Siri, a virtual personal assistant for your phone. As a startup, Siri won the Innovative Web Technologies award at SXSW, and was chosen a Top Ten Emerging Technology by MIT’s Technology Review. After Apple purchased Siri in 2010 to power the iPhone’s voice interface, Siri was presented “Best Technical Achievement” at the 2011 Crunchies Awards.
Adam is also a founding member, advisor, and first developer of Change.org. Using Change.org, an international community of 200 million members fights for what’s right locally, nationally, and globally. “Victories” are won every day by shining a spotlight on issues relating to the environment, human rights, food, education, poverty, and justice.
Adam also co-founded Sentient (formerly Genetic Finance), which distributes machine learning algorithms across many CPUs/GPUs to discover novel solutions to complex problems. Previously, Adam was VP Engineering at Verticalnet (enterprise software) and Dejima (mobile software).
As a researcher in Artificial Intelligence at SRI International, Adam authored more than 60 publications and 26 issued patents. He was Chief Architect of CALO, the largest AI project in US history. Adam graduated with highest honors from Brandeis University and received the “Outstanding Masters Student” award from UCLA’s School of Engineering.
Head of Digital Strategy & Emerging Experiences, Bank of America
Nikki Katz is responsible for leading the ongoing enhancement of Bank of America’s digital services and channels, transforming the online and digital customer experience, and delivering a suite of leading-edge capabilities that will enable the bank to continue their leadership position in digital.
Prior to joining the bank in August 2018, Katz was vice president of Technology at Disney’s Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products segment, where she managed organizational responsibilities ranging across design, development, e-commerce, and the technology platforms that power Disney’s games and websites. Katz launched her corporate career as a software engineer at Yahoo, and progressed through multiple technology roles across engineering, operations, product, and management.
Katz holds a holds a Bachelor of Science in Symbolic Systems: HCI from Stanford University. She resides in Los Angeles with her wife and two children.