Jeff began his young adult life as an attorney. After passing the bar exam, he went to work for a private law firm, then co-founded Chang & Yoo LLP, a boutique law firm located in Boston. Jeff’s practice area encompasses business and commercial law, which got him involved in various manufacturing and startup related transactions. Over the course of his 11 years practicing law, he has noticed that there is a great opportunity to bring more resources to the startup community, especially in hardware. He believes that there is more to founding and running a successful startup than just the technology, and that those resources should be accessible. That is the impetus behind G-Tek Labs.
Kristine is an educator and administrator at Northeastern University (NU), where she serves as the Senior Assistant Director of the Asian American Center. Her work primarily focuses on justice, equity, and community engagement within NU but also beyond Boston and across the nation. Prior to her role at NU, she worked at the University of Connecticut (UConn) and the University of Vermont (UVM) in the departments of Residential Life. She also holds degrees from both institutions. Kristine graduated with a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology and Sociology from UConn and earned an M.Ed. degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from UVM. Additionally, she is also currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Diego is a hands on technologist and super-connector of amazing people. As the founder of Timber & Hatchet he helps startups and Fortune 500 companies develop and launch cutting edge products. Previously he worked in-house at Backupify, Wayfair, Amazon, and a military R&D shop. As a frontend-leaning, fullstack software architect he's passionate about best practices, teaching, and learning. In his free time he enjoys kiteboarding, hip hop dancing, and meeting people.
Christian St. Cyr
Christian St. Cyr has been part of the collaborative maker and hardware community since 2008 including dorkbot Boston, Maker Faire, the MIT Media Lab and OSHWA. He has taught classes on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and IoT, given panel discussions on makerspaces and 3D printing and was co-founder and community manager of MakeIt Labs, New Hampshire’s first hackerspace.
Jeff Chen, PhD
Jeff Chen is the founder and CEO of NetVirta, Inc.. NetVirta’s Verifyt 3D scanning mobile app and end-to-end platform streamlines the entire process of offering custom-fit merchandise and providing flawless-fit style & size recommendations to any customer with a smartphone: a 2.1B market-growing daily. Jeff graduated from Peking University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
Patrick Gallagher, MBA
Patrick Gallagher is a Sr. Manager at Deloitte Consulting and is an active member of the Supply Chain & Manufacturing Operations (SC&MO) service line. Patrick has over eleven years of experience, working across many key components of the value chain in several different industries with a focus on serving Chemical, Process and Industrial Products and Wholesale/Retail clients. He has experience in large, complex global supply chain transformations, inventory planning and product portfolio rationalization, process improvements, sourcing and vendor compliance program design, cost-to-serve profitability assessments and end to end supply chain network optimization analyses. Patrick graduated from Boston College with Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Accounting, and has his Masters of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business with a focus on Operations Research and Global Supply Chain Management.
David Chang, MD, PhD
Dr. Chang is a practicing clinician/surgeon scientist passionate about healthcare innovation and biotechnology. He is board certified in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He graduated from University of Michigan with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He subsequently received his MD and PhD in Biomedical Engineering, specializing in Biomaterials, at Case Western Reserve University. He completed residency training at Stanford University and a fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, of Harvard University. His research has included work on biomaterials, regeneration in hearing loss, and development of novel imaging technology for ear surgery.