IranCubator’s Advisory Board will serve as judges for the contest. The Advisory Board consists of individuals who are already building apps and other technologies for use inside Iran, mobile technology and security experts, social entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists with extensive experience in technology incubators.
Christopher Allen is a startup advisor and an executive coach. He founded a multiplayer online game company, and consults for Fortune 500 companies on social web strategy. Christopher helped develop SSL with Netscape, and is co-author of the IETF TLS internet-draft that is now at the heart of all secure commerce on the World Wide Web. He is the co-founder of iOSDevCamp, the largest Hackathon Contest.
Emily Jacobi is passionate about leveraging technology to empower marginalized communities. Beginning her career as a youth journalist at the age of 13, she has led technology, media and research projects in Latin America, West Africa, Southeast Asia and the US. Prior to founding Digital Democracy, she worked for Internews Network, AllAfrica.com and as Assistant Bureau Director for Y-Press. Emily has presented on the intersection of technology, civic engagement and human rights to US Congress, the State Department, the United Nations, and numerous universities and technology conferences. Devoted to protecting the environment and democratizing the design process, at Digital Democracy Emily works with the staff and board, oversees strategic planning and development and works directly with grassroots partners to design programs and tools that empower marginalized communities to defend their rights.
Andre Carothers is a consultant on leadership and management, a Managing Partner at the Batchery, a Berkeley-based start-up accelerator, Director of the New Place Fund and a Board member of Mother Jones and the Rainforest Action Network.
Vahid Online is pseudonym of an Iranian blogger, netizen, Internet activist and Internet celebrity who is one of the most followed Iranians on almost any social network. He is a news geek and is considered by many of his followers as the source for daily news and information. He was awarded The BOBs citizen journalism people’s choice award in 2016, and best person to follow Persian in 2013.
Mahmood Enayat is the founder of Small Media Foundation, former Director of the Iran Media Program at University of Pennsylvania and Project Director of BBC World Service Trust.
Director of Aspiration Tech, Gunner works to help NGOs, activists, foundations and software developers make more effective use of technology for social change. He is a contributor to open projects: Mozilla, the Tor Project, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Peer 2 Peer University, Joomla!, CiviCRM, and Creative Commons.
Danny Kennedy is Managing Partner at CalCEF, the California Clean Energy Fund. He is founder and former CEO of Sungevity, one of the nation’s largest residential solar companies, and founder of the Powerhouse, California’s only solar energy startup accelerator.
Parker Mitchell co-founded Engineers Without Borders Canada in 2000, mobilizing engineers in taking actions leading to: 2 million volunteer-hours, 600 volunteers in 25 countries, and $20 million. EWB has won a dozen national and international awards. Mitchell was the entrepreneur in Residence at the Blue Ridge Foundation, and later co-founded Significance Labs to enable the 25 million American families living on less than $25,000 a year benefit as much from technology as the well off. He is currently Senior Management Associate at Bridgewater Associates.
Fereidoon Bashar is Co-Director of ASL19 (Farsi for Article 19), a technology lab working on online access to information solutions for Iran. Fereidoon has a background in Political Science and works with ASL19’s development and outreach team to improve access to online information, monitor information controls and build technologies with civil society.
Collin Anderson is a researcher focused on measurement and control of the Internet, network ownership and access restrictions, with an emphasis on countries that restrict the free flow of information. He monitors the international sale of surveillance equipment, and applies big data to shed new light on increasingly sophisticated restrictions by repressive governments.
Dale Zak is a software developer with over 14 years of experience developing mobile apps. Over the past 8 years he has focussed his efforts on supporting social good initiatives, contributing to numerous open source projects and coordinating several of his own community initiatives including organizing several hackathons. He has worked with international groups such as Ushahidi, FrontlineSMS, RTI, UNOCHA, ReliefWeb and the WorldBank. The mission of United4Iran aligns closely with his own belief that technology can help empower citizens and create social change.
Firuzeh Mahmoudi is the Director of United for Iran, a Bay Area NGO working to improve civil liberties in Iran. After witnessing the 2009 uprising in Iran, Firuzeh organized a global rally in 110 cities. The day turned to be the largest day of global support for Iran in history. Shortly after, she started United for Iran.Years later, United for Iran works to improve human rights, support civil society, and increases civic engagement through technology.
Reza Ghazinouri is a former Iranian student activist who was kicked out of his master’s program the week before his graduation. After leaving Iran, Reza joined United for Iran to continue his activism and led the development of the Iran Prison Atlas. He is currently the Program Director at United for Iran, overseeing U4I’s programs and app development. Reza’s experience as an activist led him to create IranCubator to provide safe and accessible civic engagement tools for Iranians.