D2BD2013-sold-out-auditoriumConference Agenda – Saturday, February 27, 2016


Get ready to innovate! Our 2016 Dare 2B Digital Silicon Valley conference is packed with hands-on learning opportunities to help you gear-up on the hottest topics in S.T.E.A.M. Since 2009, our highly-rated events have excited, engaged and educated young innovators ages 11-17 (middle school and early high school).



9:00 – 9:30am Check-in and Continental Breakfast



9:00am – 3:30pm Table Top Exhibits – All Day

Exhibitors: PayPal/Venmo, MetroED-Xilinx Summer STEAM Academy, Deloitte Consulting, Oracle Academy, UL



9:30 – 10:30am Welcome & Opening Keynote Session  


ruthWelcome to Dare 2B Digital – Ruth Stergiou, CEO, Invent Your Future




Sri Shivananda150 Sri Shivananda, SVP and CTO Designee, PayPal




Photo CDP-250Candice Philbrick, Principal, Deloitte Consulting




StaciLyons_speaker2016 Innovation Challenge Launch: How Technology Solves Real World ProblemsStaci Lyons, President, Invent Your Future

Introducing the 1st Place Winning Team in the 2015 Dare 2B Digital Innovation ChallengeClaire Duvillier, Los Altos High School; Meghna Phalke, The Harker School; Ananya Venkatraman, Los Altos High School



Design Thinking: Finding an OpportunityMona Thompson, Karrah Phillips and Austin Meyer, Co-Founders & Facilitators, Collective Capital – There are so many problems in the world that need to be solved. How do you narrow it down to just one? Start your day with 15 minutes of human-centered design thinking skills with Collective Capital. You’ll learn how to gather information, empathize with others around you, and define a clear problem to tackle.



Keynote Presentations


Environment – Plastic Pollution: From Science to Public Policy – Environmental attorney Lisa Kaas Boyle, Consultant and Founding Director of P*U*R*E (Progressive Understanding and Respect for the Environment), will share how she built a career blending her love of science and the law



RobinJackThe Future of Health & WellnessRobin Farmanfarmaian, COO of Arc Fusion Programs, and Vice President, Business Development, INVICTA Medical; and award-winning inventor and Stanford student Jack Andraka, author, Breakthrough: How One Teen Inventor is Changing the World




IMG_288010:45 – 11:45am Student Workshops Session I 


Students may choose to attend one of these individual Student workshops during the morning. All Student workshops repeat at 1:30 during Workshop Session II below. Read about workshops here.

Mobile Phones Aren’t Smart… – Volunteers: Nagaraju Chayapathi, Ramesh Mandava and Nikhil Mandava with PayPal

Getting Started with Java Using Alice with Oracle Academy

Using Arduino to Develop Your Own IoT Project with Accenture

Improvisation Skills for Innovation with Mona Thompson, Karrah Phillips and Austin Meyer, Co-Founders & Facilitators, Collective Capital

Demystifying Making “Stuff”! with TechShopTM Inside – powered by Fujitsu

The Magic Behind Networks – with Brocade

Protecting the World from Cyber Crime – with Deloitte



556339_517370544982085_789664299_n10:45 – 11:45am Parent Track 

Parent track host: Nehal Mehta, Director, Global Partner Sales, Veritas Technologies

Presentations for Parents run consecutively in this track.

10:45 – 11:15 The Changing Job LandscapeCandice Philbrook, Deloitte Consulting, and Sri Shivananda, VP, Global Platform and Infrastructure, PayPal


sasha williams11:15 – 11:30 Engaging Students in STEAM – a Student’s PerspectiveSasha Williams, Carondelet High School, Concord




11:30 – 11:45 The Power of Engagement and MentorshipAlan Zack, Leader in Youth Engagement Programs



12:00 – 1:15pm Lunch & Keynote Session


Alyssa Lynch150WelcomeAlyssa Lynch, Superintendent, MetroED





Design Thinking: Group Brainstorming Mona Thompson, Karrah Phillips and Austin Meyer, Co-Founders & Facilitators, Collective Capital – Have you ever felt like you weren’t creative enough? Or couldn’t come up with innovative ideas on your own? Revisit design thinking with Collective Capital and learn how we can use group brainstorming to unlock breakthrough ideas!


Keynote Presentations


Tarun WadhwaKeynote – Cyber Crime Fighting: We’re Going to Need You to Fix ThisTarun Wadhwa, Author and Cybersecurity Expert – As everything becomes digital, the work of cybersecurity goes beyond just securing computers. Now, cyber security is about enabling innovation by creating trust and safety. Learn about the challenges the industry faces and many areas where, as the most connected, and technology-savvy generation, you can help solve big problems.


steve jurvestsonKeynote – The Future of Transportation Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director, DFJ; Board Member, SpaceX and Tesla




1:30 – 2:30pm Student Workshop Session II

Workshops repeat from Session I at 10:45. For workshops and descriptions click here.



1:30 – 2:30pm Parent Track

Parent track host: Nehal Mehta, Director, Global Partner Sales, Veritas Technologies

Presentations for Parents run consecutively in this track.


Beatrice Schultz1:30 – 2:00 How to Survive Paying for College – Truths, Myths and Winning StrategiesBeatrice Schultz, CFP, College Funding Specialist



jodiedwardswright-pattynation2:00 – 2:30 STEAM Success: Corporate and Community Partnerships – Showcase of MetroED-Xilinx Summer STEAM AcademyJodi Edwards-Wright, Director of Instruction & Accountability, MetroED-Xilinx Summer STEAM Program Academy; Patty Nation, Director of Global Corporate and Community Engagement, Xilinx. Learn about best practices in corporate community partnerships.



2:45 – 3:30pm Closing Session

Evaluations, t-shirts & private rock concert

Innovation Challenge: Next StepsStaci Lyons, President, Invent Your Future


Live Entertainment – WJM – The Band

WJM is no ordinary band. William, Jeremy, and Max are three California seventh graders that have turned their love of music into an instrument for change. The boys support charities that benefit children in different ways, and choose to donate their compensation directly to different organizations such as UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and San Francisco, The Bridge School and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.