LDV Vision Summit 2018: Agenda

 

Visual Technologies leveraging computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing how humans communicate and do business.  

New innovations are emerging every month and our visual technology market is poised for exponential growth. As a result, companies are struggling to leverage the right solutions to help them adapt and thrive in the new world.

Join us for an interactive two-day summit to discuss trends and technologies. Meet the world’s brightest technology innovators – and learn firsthand how their visions will transform visual communication and boost or disrupt your businesses.

 

Who should attend?

» Technology executives evaluating imaging and video companies for partnerships & acquisitions
» Media and brand executives interested in boosting revenue by leveraging new imaging and video products and technologies
» Investors: Visual technologies & businesses deliver tremendous upside - don't miss the next Instagram, Youtube, Oculus, Snapchat...  
» Imaging and video startups interested in meeting investors, customers, recruiting and potential partners
» Creatives: Photographers, Videographers and anyone creating content
» Computer Vision & Artificial Intelligence experts and professionals

 

Day 1:  May 23, 2018 (8am-7pm)

Technology Deep Dive

Location: SVA Theatre, NYC

8:00 - 8:50am
Registration and Coffee


9:00 AM
Keynote: Edge Computing, Video Computation and Synthetic Data Will Transform Visual Technologies & Impact Society
- Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital, General Partner

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9:10 AM
Keynote: Scaling GIPHY - the Legos of Visual Communication  
Anthony Johnson is the CTO of Giphy and he will share technical insights into how they scale to handle exponential growth. Every startup that scales goes through roller coaster-like challenges. What have they learned, what are future challenges and opportunities?
- Anthony Johnson, Giphy, CTO

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9:15 AM
Keynote: Enabling Persistent Augmented Reality Experiences on Mobile Devices
Persistent Augmented Reality experiences are connected to, and persist, relative to places or things in the real world. Enabling these AR experiences across the spectrum of mobile devices is one of Krishnan’s missions at Facebook. There are tremendous challenges in delivering high-fidelity AR experiences to the widest array of mobile devices that understand the geometry of a scene, are able to overlay and animate 3D objects, and enable users to explore.  He will share how they are solving this and giving creators the ability to author these experiences on their platform. He will showcase specific examples from movie partnerships and also highlight future challenges and opportunities for mobile augmented reality to succeed.
- Matt Uyttendaele, Facebook,  Director, Core AI, Facebook Camera

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9:20 AM
Keynote: Camera Media May Be Bigger than TV
Camera media such as filters, lenses and other augmented reality effects will power augmented reality experiences around the world. Marketers and brands are exploring how to reach their audiences in this new medium. Allison will share her insights on how camera marketing programs have evolved over the years, where brands are showing up in the camera today and where they aim to be tomorrow.
-Allison Wood, CameraIQ, CEO & Founder

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9:25 AM
Panel: Delivering Augmented Reality Beyond Dancing Hot Dogs
The digital and physical world will converge in order to deliver the future of augmented reality. The technology stack needed to deliver augmented and mixed reality will need several new layers of different technologies to work well together. From spatial computing with hyper-precision accuracy in multiple dimensions to filtering contextually relevant data to be displayed to the user based on location, activity, or time of day.  What are the technical challenges and opportunities in delivering the AR Cloud.
Moderator: Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg Businessweek, Correspondent
Panel: 
- Serge Belongie, Cornell Tech Professor, Computer Vision
- Ryan Measel, Fantasmo, CTO
- Mandy Mandelstein, Luxloop, Creative Director of Technology & Co-Founder
- Jeff McConathy, 6D.ai, VP of Engineering

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10:00 AM
Keynote: Measuring Audience Attention via Computer Vision & Deep Learning
The currency of advertising is based on 30 year old technology. Inderbir will share how they are collecting and annotating video for training its deep learning based computer vision models for detecting, tracking, recognizing viewers and measuring their attention levels. He will talk about the challenges and approach for applying the latest computer vision technologies for answering real world business questions today and how technology will impact the future advertising industry.
- Inderbir Sidhu, TVision Insights, CTO

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10:05 AM
Keynote: Converting Hand-Drawn Wireframes to Prototypes with Deep Learning
Artificial Intelligence is impacting all domains including the creative industry. Tony will share how Uizard is leveraging Computer Vision and Machine Learning to instantly transform any wireframe into code and revolutionize the way people build websites and apps. Tony specialized in Machine Learning during his graduate studies at the IT University of Copenhagen and ETH Zurich.
- Tony Beltramelli, Uizard, CEO & Co-Founder

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10:10 AM
Break: Networking & Coffee


11:00 AM
Fireside Chat: The Evolution, Present & Future of Image Sensors
Eric Fossum is the inventor of the CMOS image sensor “camera-on-a-chip” used in billions of cameras, from smart phones to web cameras to pill cameras and many other applications.  He is a solid-state image sensor device physicist and engineer, and his career has includes academic and government research, and entrepreneurial leadership. He is currently a Professor with the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire where he teaches, performs research on the Quanta Image Sensor (QIS), and directs the School’s PhD Innovation Program. Eric and Evan will discuss the evolution of image sensor, challenges and future opportunities.
- Eric Fossum, Dartmouth, Professor & CMOS Image Sensor Inventor
- Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital, General Partner

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11:35 AM
Keynote: Retail Brain Using All Synthetic Data & Going After Amazon Go
Acquiring high quality data with accurate labels is both time consuming and expensive, and often not possible. Ying will share how they leverage synthetic data to create checkout-free solutions at massive scale. They create large-scale store simulations and render high quality images with pixel-perfect labels, and use them to successfully train deep learning models for camera calibration, multi-camera multi-people tracking, re-identification, and product recognition.
- Ying Zheng, AiFi, Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder

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11:45 AM
Keynote:  Synthetic Data Will Help Computer Vision Make the Jump to the Real World
Modern deep learning and artificial intelligence is data-hungry. Josh will share how computer vision will bridge the gap in applications where data collection is expensive. He will make the case for synthetic data and describe how OpenAI uses synthetic data to learn perception models for real-world robotic control. Josh is a PhD student in computer science at University of California, Berkeley and has a BA in Mathematics from Columbia University.
- Josh Tobin, OpenAI, Research Scientist

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11:50 AM
Keynote: Racing to Build Safe, Reliable and Scaleable LiDAR Technology for Autonomous Vehicles & Beyond
Autonomous vehicles are able to "see" by leveraging a number of vision technologies to create an accurate, real-time, 3D representation of their environment. Jason will enlighten how Luminar has developed a scalable, long-range LiDAR system powerful enough to enable safe and ubiquitous autonomous driving.  He will share behind-the-scenes stories of building Luminar, their unique sensor design and the future challenges for the industry. Jason is serial entrepreneur and a pioneer in laser, optics and photonics product development and commercialization. 
- Jason Eichenholz, Luminar Technologies, CTO & Co-Founder

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12:00 PM
Panel: Advancements of Deep Learning & Edge Computing Will Power the Internet of Eyes
Quantizing and shrinking deep learning models down to run on-device and exciting new optical chip technology will empower the next generation of high-performance computing tasks on the edge. The Internet of Eyes empowers all inanimate objects to see. Devices such as smartphones, wearables and other devices will leverage these new advances to process locally without sending data to the cloud. These chips will need need to be fast, have low latency and have low power consumption not possible on traditional electronics. Where are the challenges, opportunities and real life use cases for these technological advances?
Moderator: Jackie Snow, MIT Technology Review,  Journalist & Associate Editor, Artificial Intelligence
Panel: 
- Yichen Shen, Lightelligence, CEO & Co-Founder
- Raghu Krishnamoorthi, Google, Software Engineer, Tensorflow for Mobile

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12:35 PM
Lunch



2:10 PM
Fireside Chat: Rebecca Kaden of Union Square Ventures and Evan Nisselson of LDV Capital
Rebecca and Evan will discuss present and future investment opportunities leveraging visual technologies.
- Rebecca Kaden, Union Square Ventures, Partner
- Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital, General Partner

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3:30 PM
Break: Networking & Open Bar


4:05 PM
Keynote: Quantitative 3D Tissue Imaging Accelerates Drug Discovery
Since the introduction of the microscope, researchers and clinicians have characterized tissues using ultra-thin slices that are placed on glass microscope slides and selectively stained. Michael will share how, at Visikol, they leverage quantitative histopathology and 3D tissue imaging so researchers can easily and quickly acquire 3D information from their tissues. How will this impact healthcare today and into the future?
- Michael Johnson, Visikol, CEO & Co-Founder

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4:10 PM
Keynote: Can Brain Imaging with MRI Transform the Diagnosis of Mental Illness?
Psychiatric and neurological conditions are accompanied by changes to the wiring of the brain, i.e. the intricate network of fiber pathways that facilitate the exchange of information between brain regions. Until recently, these pathways could only be studied post mortem by anatomists, but advances in MRI technology over the last couple of decades are now enabling us to map the wiring of the brain in living human beings. Anastasia will discuss her work on developing image analysis algorithms to map brain pathways based on MRI scans, as well as the open problems and exciting opportunities in this area. She will also share the promise that these techniques hold for characterizing mental illness based on a rich set of brain measures, with the hope of achieving earlier and more accurate diagnosis.
- Anastasia Yendiki, Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor of Radiology

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4:25 PM
Keynote: Massively Parallel Video Nets Power Robotic Sight
Robotics, autonomous vehicles and many other domains need to process exponential amounts of video with strict power and latency bottlenecks. This is critical for this types of use cases which need to make decisions in real-time on limited hardware. Viorica will enlighten us with her recent work on massively parallel video nets and how it’s especially relevant for real world low-latency/low-power applications. Previously she worked on 3D shapes processing in the Machine Intelligence group of the Engineering Department in Cambridge, after completing a PhD in image processing at ENSEEIHT–INP Toulouse. Irrespective of the modality - image, 3D shape, or video - her goal has always been the same: design a system that comes closer to human perception capabilities.   
- Viorica Patraucean, Google DeepMind, Research Scientist

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4:35 PM
Keynote: Teaching Machines to Perceive the World Like Humans
Twenty Billion Neurons's mission is to instill common sense into computers through video and to turn inanimate devices into human eyes that can understand the world around them, assist us, and ensure a safe and healthy lifestyle. Roland will share technical details, challenges and opportunities of building a large and diverse video dataset to train computers to see like humans. He will give examples of applications that leverage their technology today and how their technology will impact society in 10 years. Roland is also a Professor at University of Montreal and received his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Toronto.
- Roland Memisevic, Twenty Billion Neurons, CEO, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder

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4:40 PM
Keynote: Automatically Isolating Individual Voices in Noisy Videos
Videos frequently have people speaking simultaneously over each other or speaking in noisy rooms, which makes it difficult to hear individual speakers. Michael will inspire with his latest work leveraging both audio and video for isolating a single speech signal from a mixture of sounds in noisy environments. Valuable use cases for this solution range from enhancing videos, speech recognition, captioning, video conferencing, and solutions across the Internet of Eyes such as smart assistants. Michael is a Senior Research Scientist at Google, received his PhD from MIT under the supervision of Bill Freeman and spent a year as a postdoc at Microsoft Research New England.
- Michael Rubinstein, Google, Research Scientist

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4:50 PM
Closing: Congratulate Entrepreneur Computer Vision Challenge Winner & Thanks


5:00 PM
Drinks & Networking

 

Day 2: May 24, 2018 (8am-7pm)

Business and Products

Location: SVA Theatre, NYC

8:00 - 8:50am
Registration and Coffee


9:00 AM
Keynote: Content Is Still King - Capturing & Analyzing It Empowers Businesses
- Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital, General Partner

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9:10 AM
Keynote: The Rebirth of Medical Imaging
Your next MRI scan will be less like a snapshot and more like a symphony. After more than 20 years in the field of biomedical imaging research, Dan still finds himself marveling at this marriage of physics and medicine. He will share how, with the help of artificial intelligence as well as cheap sensors, not merely medical imaging data but medical imaging devices themselves will be transformed, moving from emulating the eye to emulating the brain, and opening up new worlds of information with which to understand ourselves and rid ourselves of disease.    
- Daniel Sodickson, NYU School of Medicine, Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Radiology

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9:20 AM
Keynote: Advancing Precision Medicine Through Artificial Intelligence and Facial Analysis
With a growing database of over 10,000 diseases, FDNA's phenotyping technologies capture, structure, and interpret complex physiological information—including facial analysis— in one platform. They partner with global network of clinicians, labs, and researchers to significantly shorten the diagnostic process and advance precision medicine for patients. Jeff will enlighten us on how facial recognition technologies have evolved over the past 10 years, how FDNA is leveraging facial recognition today and how he foresees the future of precision medicine around the world.
- Jeffrey Daniels, FDNA, Senior Director, Marketing

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9:25 AM
Keynote: Nanochemistry Delivers UV Sensors for Precision Medicine
The goal of precision medicine is to drive care and advice through a combination of individual genetic risk with actual environmental and behavioral data. Today, the rapidly expanding genomic dataset is not being matched by behavioral and environmental data. Emmanuel will share how their nanochemistry technology can uniquely analyze UV exposure. Their first product, Shade, is the first clinical-grade UV monitor designed to be a personal wearable device. With clinical trials underway and nearly 2 million UV measurements logged through all its users, the company's mission is to bring the first wearable measurement to be clinically-validated and clinically-helpful. Emmanuel has a PhD in Biophysics from Columbia University and a BS in Mathematics and Physics from Mines ParisTech.
- Emmanuel Dumont, Shade, CEO & Founder

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9:30 AM
Keynote: Using Sleep Science & Computer Vision Technologies to Improve Your Child's Sleep
Sleep is a major part of our lives but historically technology has not been a part of this activity. Assaf will share how Nanit's unique technology and product vision helps children and their parents sleep better. Merging advanced computer vision with proven sleep science technologies, Nanit provides in-depth data available for helping babies, and parents, sleep well in those crucial early months and years of a baby’s development. This technology is expandable to the greater population as well, as tracking and understanding sleep patterns and anomalies can lead to early detection of other disease states like sleep apnea, seizures, autism and more. He will share the state of the art today and how he envisions sleep tech helping society in 10 and 20 years.
- Assaf Glazer, Nanit, CEO

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9:35 AM
Panel: How Will Technology Impact Our Trust in Visual Content?
Fake news, fake images and fake videos are exponentially increasing.  Technology is making it easier and easier to manipulate and distribute visual content. We read and experience visual content across many different sources from Google News, to Twitter, Wired, Facebook, The Washington Post and The New York Times. How is technology impacting our trust in visual content today, tomorrow and in 20 years? 
Moderator: Jessi Hempel, Wired, Senior Writer
Panelists:
- Karen Wickre, KVOX Media, Founder
- Nick Rockwell, New York Times, CTO

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10:10 AM
Break: Networking & Coffee


10:55 AM
Panel: How Are Brands Benefiting from Artificial Intelligence & Computer Vision?
Artificial intelligence is already an integral part of the digital marketing ecosystem as it exists today.  Whether you’re an advertiser buying ads programmatically or a marketer using computer vision to assess the media value of your sponsorship, artificial intelligence has become a fact of life. Our panelists will share the challenges and opportunities of these technologies impacting advertising and marketing today and what's on the horizon and in 5 years from now.
Moderator: Dave Gershgorn, Quartz, Artificial Intelligence Reporter
Panelists:  
- Ophir Tanz, GumGum, CEO
- Erin Rech, Initiative, Head of Digital
- Jessica Criscione, Ogilvy & Mather, Director of Technology,  
- Beth Rolfs, Publicis, Associate Director, Data Science

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11:30 AM
Keynote: “The Future of Work” Delivered Via Visual Data & Artificial Intelligence
Machine learning and other forms of AI have driven massive changes in the types of insights that can augment human talents. What happens when work changes but the people won't? B2B has lagged behind consumer innovation but that gap is about to be filled by intelligent applications that use consumer like interfaces and visualizations as a means to nudge users to think and work different.
- Heidi Messer, Collective[i], Chairman & Co-Founder

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11:35 AM
Keynote: Opportunities & Challenges with Commercial Facial Recognition Adoption
Facial recognition technology has been around for years and adoption across businesses continues to increase. One recent and significant tipping point to adoption was when Apple added facial recognition to their phones as a biometric password. Some countries are adopting this technology faster because of different privacy laws and others are slower to adopt. Brian will share his expert views on the state of the art, competition trends, commoditization challenges and the long term opportunities of leveraging facial recognition across business verticals and society. He will also share why and how they raised funding via a security token ICO.
- Brian Brackeen, Kairos, CEO & Founder

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11:40 AM
Keynote:  Analyzing the World From Space with Geospatial Imagery
The world changes every moment and geospatial imagery can help businesses track trends from space such as oil storage, agriculture health, importing/exporting, economic growth and poverty. Adam will share how their platform analyzes satellite radar imagery with terrestrial data to paint a meaningful and impactful picture of our world. He will also share his vision on the challenges, trends and opportunities with geospatial imagery today and in 10 years.
- Adam Maher, Ursa Space Systems, CEO & Founder

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11:45 AM
Keynote: Synthetic Data & a Token-Based Marketplace for AI Model Development
Neuromation aims to democratize artificial intelligence through the use of synthetic data and distributed computing to dramatically reduce the cost of development. Through its token-based global marketplace, Neuromation connects AI talent, data providers, and customers to enable the development of novel AI solutions. Yashar will share how their marketplace and token functions, and how synthetic data will impact our industry today and in the future.
- Yashar Behzadi, Neuromation, CEO

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11:50 AM
Keynote: Emotionally Intelligent AI Powered Apparel Shopping Experience
Personalization in fashion has been primarily done on segments, but women buy clothes based on their emotions & self-perception about their body. So Lily AI has built an emotionally intelligent, AI powered personalization platform that uses computer vision and deep learning to understand 15000+ clothing attributes and also decode a woman's self-perception to match her emotions, preferences & body perceptions to clothes from her favorite brands. Purva is on a personal mission to help women discover clothes that make them look and feel their best and will talk about Lily AI's bold vision to be the experience layer of retail.
- Purva Gupta, LilyAI, Co-Founder & CEO

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11:55 AM
Fireside Chat: The Roller Coaster Ride of Building Startups is Challenging & Invigorating
Amol co-founded several startups including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience, Knotable, and Knotel. He studied cognitive science for his PhD at Stanford with undergraduate degree from Columbia. He teaches at Columbia. He is an investor, advisor, and mentor at 50+ companies. We will dig into how to manage the roller coast ride of building valuable startups and reaching goals.
- Amol Sarva, Knotel, CEO & Co-Founder
- Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital, General Partner

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12:30 PM
Lunch




3:10 PM
Break: Networking & Open Bar


3:55 PM
Panel: Virtual Reality Programming Is Here to Stay - Where & How Is It Working?
Not just for gamers, and not a scene from Ready Player One, the latest VR initiatives have even impressed William Gibson, the sci-fi-as-reality visionary himself. NBC, with Intel True VR, offered more than 50 hours of Winter Olympic coverage from PyeongChang. But aside from the thrill of channeling your inner speed skater or bob sledder, how is VR impacting our media landscape? It’s popular, it’s expensive, and it’s becoming prevalent – but can it be sustained?
Moderator: Rebecca Paoletti, CakeWorks, CEO & Co-Founder
Panelists:
- Russell Quy, B Live, Founder & CEO
- Rori Duboff, Accenture Interactive, Managing Director, Content Innovation - Extended Reality
- Alissa Crevier, Inception VR, VP of Biz Dev

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4:30 PM
Keynote: Searching for 3D Immersive Content in Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
How do consumers search for immersive 3D content in the new camera dominated world? Sophia will share how SVRF indexes, rates, and delivers immersive content from: 360 to 3D experiences across the web and into camera applications. She will share her views on the state of search for this new paradigm and future trends of finding, publishing, and monetizing immersive content. 
- Sophia Dominguez, SVRF, CEO & Co-Founder

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4:35 PM
Keynote: Goal Alert! Your Daughter Just Scored a Goal & You Want to See the Highlight
Sports generates a ton of visual content yet club teams struggle to capture, edit and share highlights efficiently. Kavodel will share how their FieldVision camera and software platform is capturing, distributing and personalizing video content club sports players. He will also share how coaches and parents will experience visual content of their kids in 10 and 20 years.
- Kavodel Ohiomoba, FieldVision, CEO & Co-Founder

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4:40 PM
Panel: From Traditional Broadcasters to Amazon, the OTT Game Is Heating Up
Will Consumers Pay, for How Long, and Who Will Win? In a dynamic world of cord-cutters and cord-neverers, and with the shifting of TV ad spend to digital, (and the duopoly of Google and Facebook owning the bulk of these digital ad dollars), a new media model has emerged: direct-to-consumer. How hard is it to “go OTT” these days, from platforms to programming to measurement? What does it mean for traditional TV models and viewing habits? And does the consumer, with limitless choice (and without a steep cable bill), ultimately win?
Moderator: Rebecca Paoletti, CakeWorks, CEO & Co-Founder
Panelists:
- Chris Bassolino, Zype, COO & Co-Founder
- Chris Kurdziel, Vimeo, Director of Product

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5:15 PM
Closing: Congratulate Startup Competition Winner & Thanks


5:20 PM
Drinks & Networking