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Ashley Crowder is the co-founder and CEO of VNTANA, an industry leading platform that automates the conversion of physical products into 3D Web, AR, VR & hologram e-commerce experiences. She has worked in the mixed-reality space for over 7 years helping Fortune 1000 brands including Adidas, Lexus, AT&T and more launch mixed reality applications to increase conversions. Prior to co-founding VNTANA she graduated from USC with a bachelors and masters in engineering and gained valuable engineering experience at Gulfstream, Northrop Grumman and BP. She leverages her engineering background to guide VNTANA’s overall direction and technology development to shape the future of e-commerce by making it easy to create a 3D version of every product in the world. Ashley was featured as one of USC’s leading engineering CEOs of 2016 and is a part of the Microsoft Early Developer Program.
Ashley has given talks on the future of mixed reality and how to incorporate it in enterprises today at SXSW, Digital Summit, Internet Summit, Augmented World Expo, TEDx Venice, the World Economic Forum’s Global Growth Companies & Technology Pioneers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, The Montgomery Summit, Siemer Summit, Digital LA, and others.
Co-founder/CEO of VNTANA. Over 7 years experience in Mixed Reality helping the Fortune 1000 launch mixed reality applications to increase conversions. Bachelors and masters in engineering.
Dr. Rajiv Maheswaran is CEO and Co-Founder of Second Spectrum, a cutting-edge technology startup that teaches machines to understand sports and creates software for coaches, players, leagues and media spanning products from data analytics and video query to augmented reality video streaming and interactive apps. Second Spectrum clients span the top leagues in sports including the NBA and EPL and top media partners such as ESPN, FOX and Turner.
Prior to Second Spec trum, Rajiv was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California’s Department of Computer Science where he and Second Spectrum COO/Co-Founder Yu-Han Chang co-directed the Computational Behavior Group. Rajiv has received numerous academic awards and written over 100 publications in artificial intelligence, control theory, data analytics, data visualization, decision theory, game theory and spatiotemporal pattern recognition. For their work in sports, Rajiv and Yu-Han received the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Use-Inspired Research Award, and they are the only two-time winners of the Alpha Award for Best Research Paper at the renowned MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
Rajiv received a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics, Engineering and Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.