SWTO Teams: Meet the judges!
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Wanna know who you're presenting to tomorrow, teams? Here's our fancy Internet of Things Edition Judge's panel! Natasha Baker is the founder of SnapEDA, a platform that accelerates the design and manufacturing of electronics. She is also a technology contributor to several publications including Reuters and Forbes. Natasha has a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and has held technical and marketing roles within the electronics industry since 2006, working with companies such as National Instruments and Analog Devices. SnapEDA is democratizing the development of electronics and fuelling the innovation of new gadgets, including wearable technology and Internet of Things devices, by providing the building blocks electronic designers need to design and manufacture products faster. Karl Martin is the founder and CEO of Bionym, makers of the Nymi wristband which authenticates identity using the wearers cardiac rhythm. He has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, with expertise in biometrics, cryptography, and privacy. A builder at heart, he's happiest when creating things (especially with blinky blinky lights). Matthew Leibowitz joined Plaza Ventures as Partner in 2012. Throughout his career, Matthew has been involved in all aspects of the investment cycle having completed dozens of transactions of early stage technology companies. Matthew was formerly a Principal with an institutional investment firm in Toronto. Matthew focuses on origination, vetting, due diligence, negotiation and deal structuring of investments and private equity financing agreements across technology sectors, as well as the refining of business concepts, selecting appropriate business plans for investment and monitoring and enhancing the performance of portfolio companies. Ian Collins is the founder and CEO of the Crowdcare Corporation, building the next-generation of app based tech support platform that will enable regular people to quickly and easily solve their everyday problems with their smart devices. Ian is an entrepreneur and investor who has founded 6 tech companies in the last 18 years, while raising over $100 million in venture capital.