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Ed Damiano, PhD
Founder & Executive Chair, Beta Bionics
Ed Damiano, PhD, is a co-founder of Beta Bionics. Ever since his son developed Type 1 diabetes at 11 months of age, Damiano has been committed to building a bihormonal bionic pancreas. He has been a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University since 2004. He was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois prior to that. Damiano received a PhD in Applied Mechanics and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. (Photo Credit: PBS)
The Present and Future of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Co-founder and CEO of Hidden Door, Founder of Fast Forward Labs
Hilary Mason's career is defined by pushing the limits of what big data and machine learning can achieve. She is the co-founder and CEO of Hidden Door, a gameplay platform that uses generative artificial intelligence (AI) and large language models (LLMs) to allow users to play in the world of their favorite book, movie or TV show. She is also the founder of Fast Forward Labs, a machine intelligence research company.
In her former role as the Data Scientist in Residence at Accel, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm, she advised companies large and small on their data strategy. In her four-year tenure as Chief Scientist for bitly, the popular link-shortening service, she led a team that studied attention on the internet in real time, doing a mix of research, exploration and engineering.
Mason is the co-founder of hackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students find their way into the startup community of creative technologists in New York City; co-host of DataGotham, an annual event for professionals involved in data science; and member of NYCResistor. She advises a number of companies, including Mortar, collective[i], DataKind, Betaspring, and TechStars New York City. She also served on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Council.
Mason was one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013 and 1000 Most Creative People in Business 2014. Other honors include the TechFellows Engineering Leadership award, the Fortune 40 under 40 Ones to Watch list and the Crain’s New York Business 40 under 40.