Judges

Ahlem Bedoui

Ahlem is Android Developer / Teacher at Higher Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology of Sousse from 2013. She is IEEE Student Member, Co-founder of Google Developers Group Monastir and Lead of Women Techmakers Monastir. Ahlem began her PhD in the field of Management in the Department of Computing at ENSMA France and ISG Tunisia. She is a big fun of Japanese Manga and passionate about events that empower Women in Technology. Her favorite quote is: “La vie n'est pas un restaurant mais un buffet. Levez-vous pour vous servir.”

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Alex Watila

Alex Watila has over eighteen years of experience as an Information Systems Professional. He is currently on assignment with Centre for Health Solutions – Kenya. Alex has also worked for eHealth Systems Africa – Liberia, Kenya School of Law, Education Development Centre and International Organization for Migration. Alex has also taught on a part-time basis at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology and South Eastern Kenya University. Alex completed an MSc in Computer Based Information Systems from Sunderland University in April 2007 and graduated with a Distinction. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Physics from University of Nairobi and has attended various Courses as part of his continued professional development.

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Deji Balogun

Deji Balogun, the Developer Extraordinaire, is the Chief Technology Officer of Terragon Group and is responsible for the Engineering Organization (Technology & Products). He is a self-taught programmer who has a rich wealth of product development experience, and competence in various web and mobile technologies. With over a decade of programming experience, he has worked on a myriad of projects and has led critical initiatives and development of proprietary platforms across various sides of the Terragon Group business. Part of his resume includes being one of the pioneering developers at Jobberman.com, Nigeria’s foremost jobs directory. He helped create the platform on which the portal runs today. He has also severally worked with FASYL Technology Group, whereas an intern, he was a cardinal part of implementation teams. His software engineering expertise is legendary, having designed and deployed scores of applications on both web and mobile. He’s an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.t.

Ezabo Baron

Ezabo Baron is a professional innovation specialist with vast experience in technology management, intellectual property and professional mentoring, a well-known web developer with much interest in implementation of effective web practices like governance, accessibility, user-centered design, visual experience, and secure designing and a member of IEEE, Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), IEEE Photonics Society, Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S). He is also the Coordinator for Processing Programming Language Community Day in Uganda. He served as member of Judges at the Uganda National Robotics Challenge Cup 2015, and Judged Freshman Innovation Challenge Cup all by Makerere University. He led a team to the East Africa Robotics Challenge Cup 2017, Nairobi, Kenya an initiative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Faisal Abid

Faisal is a Google Developer Expert, Entrepreneur, and Engineer. He is a programming language enthusiast and loves solving software engineering challenges across the stack. Currently, Faisal is the CTO @ Zoom.ai where he works on Artificial Intelligence. You can also find Faisal working on mobile applications in Flutter, writing Smart Contracts for DApps, and writing backends in Dart or Node.js.

Jeremy Blum

Jeremy is an associate professor of Computer Science at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, PA, USA. His research interests include computer networks, computer security, and transportation networks. Dr. Blum is actively involved in increasing student interest in IEEE-affiliated fields. He has organized programming contests for college students in the region, which were held at Dickinson College in 2013 and 2014. For the past three years, he has been an organizer for the South Central Pennsylvania Robotics Competition.

Oduntan Odubanjo

Oduntan is co-founder of Twinpine, a mobile marketing platform founded in 2011 to take advantage of the African mobile revolution. He was featured on Forbes in 2012 for his work in making Twinpine a success. He holds a first class BSc degree in Computer Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and an MSc in Web Science & Big Data Analytics from University College London. He is a technology professional and entrepreneur with over six years’ experience covering marketing, sales and finance with leadership roles in product development, technology and operations. He has worked at leading technology companies including MTech Communications and Google.

Priscilla Amalraj

Priscilla currently leads the Digital Center of Excellence in the IT department at IEEE, reporting to the CIO. Her responsibilities primarily include: IEEE’s Digital Solutions & Enterprise Web Applications, Enterprise Web Services, Customer Relationship Management, Mobile Center of Excellence, Business Analytics Center of Excellence, Innovation Lab, Global IT and Cloud based application. Priscilla has over twenty-eight plus years of experience in Application Architecture, Software Development, Design and IT Project management specializing in the not-for-profit and media industries. In her tenure at IEEE, Priscilla led several large initiatives including the most successful IEEE Business Platform project ($40 million budget, over 150 staff participation) to introduce a new e-Commerce system with significant improvements to the member and customer user experience, which was launched on schedule and under budget. Priscilla was instrumental in leading a successful roll-out of the IEEE App which is the flagship mobile app for IEEE. Most recently Priscilla led the GDPR program at IEEE. Priscilla is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of ASAE.

Ricardo Queirós

Ricardo Queirós holds a PhD on Computer Science and is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto where he teaches mainly Web programming with JavaScript and Vue.js and Mobile development through Android SDK. He is also a researcher in the field of e-learning interoperability and programming languages learning at the Center for Research in Advanced Computing Systems (CRACS) research group of INESC TEC Porto. He is currently working in a gamified learning environment to foster the teaching-learning process in JavaScript. He is also the author of 9 books regarding Web/Mobile development and more than 100 scientific publications focused on computer science education.

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Samed Ozdemir

Samed has had a passion for software development since middle school, where it all begins as creating MySpace layouts in 2006. He is a graduate of Rowan University with a Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Now, Samed is the Lead Mobile Developer and Co-Founder at Tediferous LLC, where he serves as the main developer for Android apps, works in UI/UX design, and maintained websites. Most notably he works on the development of CultureCloud, an app that allows users to instantly connect with locals, fellow travellers, and professionals who share similar interests across events around the world. He is also involved in decision making regarding analytics, marketing, and business strategy. Samed also works at Comcast in Philadelphia, PA as a Software Engineer on the Emmy-winning X1 Platform, implementing new features every day. His technology interests include mobile development, cloud architecture, and large-scale automated deployment. In his spare time, you can find Samed tinkering with electronics, automating his house, playing soccer, or skiing.

Tittu Varghese

Tittu Varghese is a Computer Science Engineer by profession and passionate about programming. As a full-stack developer, he has hands-on experience in most of the modern technology stacks and concepts. He is running a technology startup since 2014 and has worked for many startups as development team member and lead from his early college days. Being a technological enthusiast he loves to do open-source contributions(github.com/tittuvarghese). He founded Servntire Global which is acquired by netObjex, Inc. Currently, he is part of netObjex as Director of Technology. netObjex is concentrated on building applications and solutions on the Blockchain domain and IoT space. He has immense experience in different aspects of project development from ideation to execution and developing a highly scalable APIs and backend systems for applications and products.

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