Demo Day Judges Spring 2015

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Our Judges:


Nick Bell
Head of Discover, Snapchat

Nick has been working in a senior role at Snapchat since April of 2014. Formerly, he was Senior Vice President of Digital Products at News Corp. Nick also holds a Non-Executive position at Flock Associates the Integrated Marketing Agency based in London, UK.  He developed a passion for business at an early age and sold his first company at the age of 16. Nick subsequently built and successfully exited a number of start-ups in the B2B and B2C space. 




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R.B. Brenner
Director, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin

R.B. Brenner is the director of the School of Journalism and the G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he was the deputy director of Stanford University’s journalism program. He joined the faculty at Stanford in September 2010 after leaving The Washington Post, where his roles included metropolitan editor, Sunday editor and deputy universal news editor. He was one of the primary editors of the newspaper’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008, and played a leadership role in merging the digital and print newsrooms.





Keith Casey
Director of Product,

Keith Casey currently serves as Director of Product for Clarify working to make APIs easier, more consistent, and help solve real world problems. Previously, as a developer evangelist at Twilio, he worked to get good technology into the hands of good people to do great things. In his spare time, he works to build and support the Austin technology community, blogs occasionally at and is completely fascinated by monkeys. Keith is also the author of “A Practical Approach to API Design” from Leanpub.




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Wanda Garner Cash
Associate Director, UT School of Journalism

Wanda Garner Cash is associate director of the School of Journalism, a clinical professor at the University of Texas and the first Fellow to the S. Griffin Singer Professorship. A community newspaper veteran with more than 25 years’ experience, Cash is a past president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, Texas Press Association, and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, Cash has devoted her career to mentoring young journalists and advocating for open government and public access. That work included her leadership of a media coalition in 2005 to push for a Texas shield law.


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Olivia Hayes
Senior Product Manager, Crimson – The Advisory Board

Olivia Hayes is a Senior Product Manager at Crimson – The Advisory Board, which specializes in building technology products for the healthcare sector. Prior to that, she helped build personal finance management tools, as well as social media products for a variety of platforms. She started her career as a copywriter and content strategist before eventually transitioning into UX as a user experience designer. After experiencing the benefits of a strong UX background in product development, she is passionate about ensuring that everyone understands the importance of a well-designed technology experience.



Debbie Hiott
Executive editor of the Austin American-Statesman

Debbie Hiott is editor of the Austin American-Statesman, and oversees content for the daily newspaper, seven weeklies, and their affiliated websites and other digital products. She started at the Statesman as a reporting intern in 1990 and later covered city hall and transportation as a reporter before becoming an editor in 1999.  She became the executive editor in November 2011 of the Statesman, which has been honored as Texas Newspaper of the Year in 2013 and 2014 by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.  Debbie has served as a Pulitzer Prize jury member and is currently on the board of the Texas Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.  She is a 1992 graduate of Southwest Texas State University and lives in Northwest Austin with her husband, a software engineer, and their two children.



Karl Weinmeister

Karl Weinmeister
Senior Manager, IBM Mobile Innovation Lab

Karl Weinmeister is the head of application development for the IBM Mobile Innovation Lab.  The lab creates exceptional experiences on iOS, Android, wearables, and other mobile technologies, leveraging IBM’s portfolio of products, research resources, and partnerships. Karl has previously managed teams in the business process management (BPM) and data management product lines. Karl is a McCombs MBA graduate and proud Longhorn, and has a computer science degree from the national basketball champion Duke University. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, jazz music, and the outdoors.