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WHO WE ARE

The Smart World Alliance (SMWA) is the world’s leading global alliance focusing on the wearable computing and IoT space. Our members are comprised of every fraction of the wearable computing and IoT ecosystem including entrepreneurs, startups, VCs, operators, OEMs, brand marketers, brand agencies, law firms.

The SMWA’s mission is to

  • Gather the key players in the wearable computing space.
  • Set the standard, guidelines, and best practices.
  • Solve issues (privacy, OS/API fragmentation, etc..).
  • Drive innovation in the space.
  • Rank vendors in the space based on principles.
  • Bring a higher purposes in the wearable computing and IoT space: Help fight global warming and make our society safer, and more balanced though the use of wearables.

Wearable computing and IoT include areas such as wearable health and fitness, AR (Augmented Reality)/VR (Virtual Reality), smart clothing and footwear, connected glasses, smartwatches, connected cars, smart building, smart homes, robotics, and contextual experiences.

The SMWA’s global headquarter is located in San Jose, CA.

Our executive team

Julien worked in the mobile space for 10 years. Currently CEO of Henosis (www.henosis.co), a leading wearable computing software startup focusing on sports teams (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, MLB, etc.), and advising several wearable computing startups such as Plantiga, he previously worked for Samsung where he shaped the strategy and built contextual experiences as well as services such as Samsung Hub, an iTunes type service and Samsung WatchON, a video aggregation engine, two services currently available on the Samsung Galaxy S4. He is also the founder of Gizworld, a global wearable computing consultancy, and co-founder of a series of Tech conference across the world such as Wearable Tech Israel, Israel’s first major wearable computing event (May 2014) and Wearable Tech LA (July 17, 2014). Julien has been quoted in leading publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Dow Jones, and BusinessWeek.

Julien Blin

President of the SMWA

Since graduating from U of Michigan with a Master of Architecture degree in 1973, Terry’s career has always engaged the application of advancing technology with Architecture. Terry has consulted with NASA, Apple, Adobe; was architect of record of the San Francisco Ballet Association Building; has designed many homes; and has been involved in over 1 million square feet of buildings in Silicon Valley. He founded and directed the Creative Research Lab at Montana State University, College of Arts & Architecture (2006-2013), and directed the award-winning REHAU-Montana ecoSMART House Project. Terry has returned to the SF Bay Area, was involved in the planning of the 2013 and 2014 AEC Hackathon events held at Facebook HQ and will be teaching at the Stanford University Architecture Program in Fall 2014.

Terry Beaubois

Head of the smart homes chapter at the SMWA

Has built his career in the US and France. Well versed in international activities having managed “Asia-Centric” B to B businesses. He has worked for Invensys, HP, and Thomson. Previously he directed component businesses for Technicolor where he successfully set up and ran an optical component business from scratch. Preceding the optical activity, he ran an RF component business two R&D centers (Singapore and Germany), manufacturing in Indonesia (20mpcs/yr), a worldwide sales force and agent network. He holds a BSEE degree from University of Illinois and has studied Operations Management at the ESCP the oldest business school in Europe. OPTINVENT is the leading maker of the cutting edge see-through ORA smart glasses with patented technologies and extensive know-how in the field of retinal projection display products. The ORA is a true optical see-through digital eyewear platform that integrates Optinvent’s patented retinal display engine capable of supporting a multitude of hands free mobile computing applications with record setting performance, design, and form factor. The patented “Flip-Vu” feature is the world’s first dual position see-through display allowing a multitude of use modes for both industrial and consumer applications. ORA-S®, Clear-Vu®, and Flip-Vu® are registered trademarks of Optinvent SA, for more information please visit: www.optinvent.com

Kayvan Mirza, CEO, Optinvent.

Head of the connected glasses chapter at the SMWA.

Team of Experts

Robert Scoble

Robert Scoble

Startup Liaison Officer, Rackspace

Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works forRackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43 promoting breakthrough technology and startups. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger.

Sonny Vu

Sonny Vu

Founder, Misfit Wearables

Sonny is the founder of Misfit Wearables, makers of highly wearable computing products, including Shine, an elegant activity monitor (Red Dot, GOOD, A’ Design Awards). He is also founder of AgaMatrix; made world’s 1st iPhone-connected hardware med device (Red Dot, GOOD). Sonny did machine learning at Microsoft Research and linguistics at MIT (PhD) under Noam Chomsky.

Yobie Benjamin

Yobie Benjamin

CSO/COO and co-founder, Avegan

Yobie Benjamin’s experience has spanned startups to mega enterprise companies. From Global Chief Technology Officer of Citibank’s Global Transaction Services, Partner and Chief of Global Strategy at Ernst and Young to currently being COO and Chief Software Officer of Avegant – a cutting edge virtual retinal device. He has founded a web-based social enterprise – GoodStorm (acquired by Zazzle) and led volunteer projects to track hurricanes, disaster response and the Gulf Coast oil spill. Yobie has always been ahead of the curve seeking to push the boundaries of design, technology, human interface and experience. Always tinkering with code, his personal projects include a globally compliant Bitcoin, payments, games indigenous to Asia, Africa and Latin America and re-inventing the search paradigm to meet the challenges of monetization and the creation of beautiful human interface and experience. Yobie is invested and advises several startups and is a unabashed evangelist for wearable computing and ocular/visual compute devices. Yobie sits on both Intel Capital and Sierra Ventures’ enterprise technology boards.

Andy Grignon

Andy Grignon

CEO, Quake Labs

Andy Grignon  CEO of Quake Labs, has made a career out of creating and shipping highly visible consumer products. He started out at Apple in the Advanced Technology Group developing QuickTime Conferencing and QuickTime Streaming technologies. At Apple, he built iChat AV and the iSight camera, as well as Dashboard for MacOS. He went on to join the small, ragtag group charged with creating the iPhone, then left for Palm to co-invent webOS as VP of Applications and Platforms. He is currently a founder and CEO of Quake Labs, which is building a new platform called Eightly which enables regular people to create and publish an entirely new kind of content for mobile devices.

Charles Michael Yim

Charles Michael Yim

CEO, Breathometer

Charles Michael Yim is a serial and visionary entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, that is passionate about inventing and building innovative products that consistently delight customers. He is a young veteran in the startup world with a proven track record of success. Charles is best known for his appearance on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank where he convinced all 5 Sharks to invest $1M together in Breathometer. Being the Founder and CEO of Breathometer, Charles is responsible for overall direction and product strategy. Most recently, Charles was Founder and CEO of Chatterfly from inception, to acquisition by Plum District, a Kleiner Perkins company. Under Charles’ leadership and vision, Chatterfly was able to become one of the most influential neighborhood reward platforms in the mobile space starting from the ground floor. Prior to Chatterfly, Charles was the Founder of ProBuddy, where he teamed up with a senior engineer at Facebook to develop a local service provider recommendation engine. Prior to that, Charles played an integral role in business development at Fortify Software, later acquired by HP. Before entering the software industry, Charles was heavily involved in a leadership role at Cintas Corporation as a Regional Six Sigma, where he was responsible for stream-lining business processes, business analytics, M&A and QA for the entire West Coast Operation within the Emerging Businesses Sector. Charles has appeared on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank and has been interviewed by TechCrunch Live, USA Today, MSNBC, Fox Business News, Wall Street Journal and prolific blogger Robert Scoble. Charles is the Managing Director of cMy Ventures, serves on the Board of Directors for FADD and Advisory Board of Survcast and K Hotels. Charles has authored multiple patents in embedded systems and is currently writing his first book.

Stephane Marceau

Stephane Marceau

CEO, OMsignal

Stéphane is the CEO of OMsignal (www.omsignal.com), a leading smart clothing company based in Montreal. has been building technology and communication businesses for more than 15 years. He was co-founder and CEO of Theralive, a small firm specialized in mobile health applications and services, and was co-founder and CEO of Mobivox, a global mobile VoIP platform.

In addition to being a repeat entrepreneur, he served as Bell Canada’s Vice President where he built and grew new lines of business including the company’s e-commerce group. He was also Chief Marketing Officer of Yellow Media, where he led the development and marketing of digital and mobile products for platforms such as RedFlagDeals.com, LesPAC, YellowAPI, AutoTRADER and Mediative.

Stéphane holds a master’s degree in Management of Technology from the University of Waterloo and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Scott Jordan

Scott Jordan

CEO & Founder, Scottevest

Scott E. Jordan is the co-founder and CEO of SCOTTeVEST, Inc. and its licensing subsidiary TEC-Technology Enabled Clothing, Inc. As CEO of SCOTTeVEST, Scott is involved in every aspect of the business, from engineering the perfect pocket to maintaining media relationships to the “big picture” stuff, like determining the future of the company. He started SCOTTeVEST in 2000 with his wife Laura, and has built the business from a start-up run from his guest bedroom into one of Inc.com’s fastest growing companies.

Scott is no stranger to media attention. He appeared on Season Three of ABC’s Shark Tank in March 2012. He has received a multitude of press in the past for his successful entrepreneurship, including write-ups in Entrepreneur magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and even several college textbooks. Before founding SCOTTeVEST, Scott practiced corporate law at DLA Piper in Chicago and acted as Vice President and General Counsel at a Next50.com, an internet start-up.

Monisha Perkash

Monisha Perkash

CEO & Co-founder at Lumo BodyTech

Monisha Perkash is CEO & Co-founder at Lumo BodyTech, makers of the Lumo Lift and Lumo Back posture and activity trackers. She and her team are shaking up the wearable tech space with fashion-forward designs to help people look and feel great. They have recently received notable coverage in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, and ABC News.  LUMO is backed by Madrona Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures. Monisha previously served as CEO and Co-Founder of TuitionCoach (acquired by SimpleTuition in 2009), where she oversaw the financing, launch, and general management of the start-up. After the acquisition, she stayed on with SimpleTuition as VP Products. Monisha has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Yale.

Hap Klopp

Hap Klopp

Executive Chairman at Obscura Digital and founder  of the The North Face

Among his many exploits, Mr. Klopp was the founder of The North Face, where he served as President and CEO for 20 years. During that time The North Face was honored with many awards for being the best managed company in its industry, including being lauded by Business Week Magazine for providing one of the highest quality products of any company in the United States. Mr. Klopp led The North Face to its position as the largest and most technically advanced company in its Bay. Adventurer and executive, Hap Klopp has run numerous companies and spoken around the world on adventuring, leadership, entrepreneurship and the human side of management. Among other achievements, he established the mountaineering and backpacking industry through the development of his own company, The North Face, and along the way was highlighted on national television and in such publications as BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Success, and San Francisco Focus Magazine. After selling his highly successful company, he began an international management consulting firm, HK Consulting, with offices in Berkeley, CA and Tokyo, Japan. He presently is Executive Chairman of two entrepreneurial companies: Obscura Digital, a data visualization and digital marketing company located in San Francisco, and Cocona Inc., a nano-scale particles company that creates fabrics for the sport apparel and textile industries. He has simultaneously invested in and participated in the development of a number of entrepreneurial ventures. Concurrently he has written the highly acclaimed book on leadership called: “Conquering The North Face, an Adventure in Leadership” available in e-book, hard cover and paperback formats. And, he is the process of publishing a second business book called “ALMOST—12 electric months chasing the Silicon Valley dream.” He combines all of this with his ongoing sporting and adventuring activities.

Quin Sandler

Quin Sandler

CEO, Plantiga

Quin Sandler is the CEO of Plantiga, an innovative smart shoe company Quin has been a serial entrepreneur for most of his life. While attending Capilano University in Vancouver, Canada, Quin started Keystone Learning, a tutoring and teaching company focused on a proprietary set of teaching techniques developed by Mr. Sandler. The company grew to 5 employees, and operated throughout the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, Canada. Later he founded the Principle Design Group (PDG), a successful branding and identity company, focused on businesses in arts and entertainment, amongst others. Quin has demonstrated experience in project management, business and product development, operations, marketing and sales, as well as web development.

Terry Beaubois

Terry Beaubois

Architect, a Researcher, and an Educator

Since graduating from U of Michigan with a Master of Architecture degree in 1973, Terry’s career has always engaged the application of advancing technology with Architecture. Terry has consulted with NASA, Apple, Adobe; was architect of record of the San Francisco Ballet Association Building; has designed many homes; and has been involved in over 1 million square feet of buildings in Silicon Valley. He founded and directed the Creative Research Lab at Montana State University, College of Arts & Architecture (2006-2013), and directed the award-winning REHAU-Montana ecoSMART House Project. Terry has returned to the SF Bay Area, was involved in the planning of the 2013 and 2014 AEC Hackathon events held at Facebook HQ and will be teaching at the Stanford University Architecture Program in Fall 2014.

Kayvan Mirza

Kayvan Mirza

CEO, Optinvent

Has built his career in the US and France. Well versed in international activities having managed “Asia-Centric” B to B businesses. He has worked for Invensys, HP, and Thomson. Previously he directed component businesses for Technicolor where he successfully set up and ran an optical component business from scratch. Preceding the optical activity, he ran an RF component business two R&D centers (Singapore and Germany), manufacturing in Indonesia (20mpcs/yr), a worldwide sales force and agent network. He holds a BSEE degree from University of Illinois and has studied Operations Management at the ESCP the oldest business school in Europe. OPTINVENT is the leading maker of the cutting edge see-through ORA smart glasses with patented technologies and extensive know-how in the field of retinal projection display products. The ORA is a true optical see-through digital eyewear platform that integrates Optinvent’s patented retinal display engine capable of supporting a multitude of hands free mobile computing applications with record setting performance, design, and form factor. The patented “Flip-Vu” feature is the world’s first dual position see-through display allowing a multitude of use modes for both industrial and consumer applications. ORA-S®, Clear-Vu®, and Flip-Vu® are registered trademarks of Optinvent SA, for more information please visit: www.optinvent.com

Mary Vincent

Mary Vincent

Mary Vincent, co-founder and head of product engineering at Sensilk

Mary is Co-Founder and Head of Product Engineering at Sensilk, a company creating smart clothing to help people stay fit and improve performance. 
Mary has experience in Mobile Health Application development with governments and clinicians, Data Center Energy Efficiency, and Java Technology and Systems development in the Java J2ME Mobile Engineering organization at Sun Microsystems. Twitter @MaryVincent ( https://twitter.com/maryvincent )