Dee Kanejiya

Dee is the founder and CEO of Cognii. He started Cognii out of his passion for developing innovative technologies with a real social impact. He has over 19 years of experience in technology and business development in the areas of artificial intelligence, speech recognition, natural language processing, cognitive science, and educational technologies. Prior to starting Cognii, he was part of the core technology teams at Nuance Communications, and Vlingo Corporation that pioneered the virtual personal assistant technology for smartphones.


Dee studied Master's and PhD in Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi and conducted research at Carnegie Mellon University, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. He is passionate about improving the quality and affordability of education for all. As an innovation leader, he is frequently invited to speak at conferences on the topic of AI in Education. Dee enjoys metaphotography, cooking, ballroom dancing and learning new languages.

Brian Eberman

Brian is a technology and product professional with more than 26 years of experience creating and bringing new products to market. He is currently the COO at Pillo Health, an AI healthcare companion provider. More recently, he was the CEO at Jibo, the personalized social robot company. Prior to that he was the President and COO of EnglishCentral, a leader in online English language learning for international users.


Previously he was CEO of Avenue100 Media Solutions which operated multiple web properties in the education and career space. Prior to that, he led product management for Nuance Communication's speech recognition division, where he was responsible for driving the product roadmap, strategy and marketing efforts including during the merger of Nuance Communications and ScanSoft. He has also held positions at Digital Equipment Corporation's research labs and at the MIT Artificial Intelligence lab.


Brian has Ph.D., S.M., and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and holds a number of patents in speech technology, internet search, robotics, and virtual reality.

Gerry Hanley

Gerry Hanley is the Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) and SkillsCommons which are free and open education resource libraries for academic and workforce development supported by the U.S. Department of Labor. He is also the Director of the Center for Usability in Design and Accessibility, and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the California State University Long Beach campus where he teaches, conducts research, and leads projects for industry, education, and government agencies. He also serves as the Vice President of Learning and Instruction at Gooru, an educational technology non-profit organization.


More recently, Gerry was the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services at the California State University's Office of the Chancellor where he oversaw the management of systemwide academic technology initiatives including digital library services, course redesign with technology, affordable learning solutions, accessible technology, and Cal State Online, serving CSU's 23 campuses and 484,000 students. He has also served as the director of faculty development, and director of strategy planning at the CSU Long Beach campus.


Gerry received his BA, MA, and PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Experimental/Cognitive Psychology.

Dave Grannan

Dave is an entrepreneurial leader in the technology industry. He is currently the Co-founder and CEO of Light, an innovative computational imaging technology company. Prior to that he was the President & CEO of Vlingo which was acquired by Nuance in 2012. He joined Vlingo in 2007 from Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, where he was a General Manager and responsible for leading Nokia's entry into the mobile email market.


Grannan has extensive experience in the mobile and software industries and a proven track record for launching and growing new businesses. Prior to Nokia, Grannan held various executive positions in the wireless and software industries. Early in his career Grannan was part of the communications industry group at Accenture, where he advised new entrants in the PCS market on market entry strategies, and from there he joined Sprint PCS as a General Manager to help launch what became the fastest growing US wireless carrier. Later, Grannan served as President and CEO of Geoworks, a global wireless data software company. Prior to joining Nokia, he was vice president of partners at Openwave.


Grannan started his career in the US Marine Corps where he led a unit responsible for the deployment of spread spectrum wireless position location systems in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Kuwait and Iraq. Dave holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

John Nguyen

John was the Co-Founder and VP of Product and Business Development of Vlingo which was acquired by Nuance in 2012. Prior to Vlingo, he was at Groove Mobile, a leading mobile music platform provider, where he was VP of Engineering. At Groove Mobile, he recruited the technical team and managed all research, development and operations of the critically-acclaimed music application for many mobile operators, including services with Sprint, Bell Canada, Orange, and 3. In addition, he initiated Groove Mobile's key innovations in mobile content search, superdistribution, and recommendations.


Prior to Groove Mobile, Nguyen was Senior Director of Network Speech Products at ScanSoft (now Nuance) where he joined as a result of the SpeechWorks acquisition. At ScanSoft, he managed research and development on all network speech recognition products, including the core speech-recognition engine and application modules for enterprise, auto-attendant, and directory assistance. Prior to ScanSoft, he was Director of Speech Products for SpeechWorks where he managed research and development on the speech recognition engine and platform.


Nguyen holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from MIT and B.S. degrees in Math and Computer Science from MIT.