TechOlympics 2018 Keynote Speakers
Rebekah Michael works in the School of Information Technology to educate and promote IT to students of all ages and improve diversity in IT. She utilizes her 14 years of experience in aerospace and defense manufacturing software engineering to teach innovative classes on database management and coordinate the graduate programs.
Tarek is the Founder of Cerkl – the solution for driving engagement through personalization. As a serial entrepreneur, Tarek saw the need for a solution to the increasing amount of data directed at individuals. Cerkl solves that problem by automatically curating content based on each person’s interests.
Tarek has a long history of using big data to solve big problems. He started writing software at the age of 12 and sold his first tech company before the age of 30. He has been a featured speaker at MIT, the Data Science Summit, P&G and TED among others. Today he’s passionately building Cerkl which is aimed at answering the question “Why can’t every organization personalize my experience like Netflix, Amazon, etc.?”
Catherine is an industry-leading technology executive with extensive experience in roles spanning the commercial and industrial software business, from strategy through delivery. Her experience includes both large and small enterprises in both the commercial and non-profit sectors, and she has led both technology and business operations. She has additional expertise in contract and intellectual property law, and has served as liaison with counsel in several leadership positions.
In her current role, Catherine serves as Global Chief Information Officer at Veeva Systems, a fast-growing enterprise cloud software provider headquartered in Silicon Valley with 2,000 employees and offices around the world (NYSE: VEEV). Catherine also serves as General Manager of Veeva’s second U.S. hub office in Columbus, OH.