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About Our 2021 Keynote Speakers

We all know it’s important to keep up with the day-to-day management of the data center, but it’s also critical to stay informed about what lies over the horizon that might seriously impact your data center’s performance. Data Center World 2021 had five keynotes to help data center professionals prepare for the data center of tomorrow. Quantum computing? Virtual reality? EMBODIED DATA!? That’s right, the future of the data center was front and center at Data Center World 2021. 

Dr. Celia Merzbacher of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium explained how your entire computing ecosystem may change; Toshi Hoo, director of the Emerging Media Lab at the Institute for the Future dazzled our audience with a demo of virtual reality that made YOU the computer! And Christina Chase, head of the Sports Lab at MIT, took real-world sports data and showed how you can improve your data center’s performance like an elite athlete.

Big Data and Teamwork: What Businesses Can Learn from Sports Analytics

Christina Chase
Co-Founder and Managing Director, 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sports Lab

Christina is Managing Director and co-founder of the MIT Sports Lab which works with professional teams, global brands, and elite sports organizations to tackle key questions at the intersection of data, sport and engineering.

She holds two appointments in MIT’s School of Engineering where she teaches Sports Technology and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Before this she was the first Entrepreneur in Residence at MIT where she helped hundreds of founders go from concept to company. Christina is a Techstars mentor and has judged for the SXSW Accelerator Competition where she was a member of the Advisory Board.

Christina is a former cyclist, selected by the US Cycling Federation to train at the US Olympic Training Center. She has taught downhill skiing in Colorado, summited six of Colorado’s 14-ers across seasons, and her latest sport is kiteboarding. 

The Future of Embodied Computing

Toshi Anders Hoo
Director of the Emerging Media Lab
Institute for the Future

Toshi Anders Hoo is an industry leading Creative Media Technologist, Experience Designer, Consultant and Strategist. Hoo is a pioneer in both the development and application of emerging technologies. He has produced cutting edge interactive and immersive media experiences for clients including The United Nations, NASA, The National Constitution Center, and The California Academy of Sciences.

Hoo is also an award winning filmmaker. He co-directed the feature length documentary, The Singularity is Near, with Ray Kurzweil. Hoo provides industry research/analysis, product and UX consulting, and speculative design production services to help predict, analyze and imagine the future.

Hoo has advised top tier companies on emerging technology design, products and applications including: Google, Intel, HP, Bank of New York Mellon, The Government of Dubai, and served as Media Technology Advisor and Producer to famed futurist, Ray Kurzweil. Hoo is dedicated to development of technology that empowers human creativity and collaboration.

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Quantum Computing: Preparing for the Data Center of the Future

Dr. Celia Merzbacher
Executive Director
Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C)

Dr. Celia Merzbacher is the Executive Director of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), a consortium that aims to enable and grow the U.S. quantum industry. QED-C is supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and more than 150 industry, academic and other members and is managed by SRI International. Previously, Dr. Merzbacher was Vice President for Innovative Partnerships at the Semiconductor Research Corporation, a consortium of the semiconductor industry.  In 2003-2008, she was Assistant Director for Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).  Dr. Merzbacher began her career as a materials scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C., where her research led to six patents and more than 50 technical publications.  She has served as Chair of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, on the Board of Directors of ANSI, and on advisory boards of several university research centers.

Data Center Responsibility and Sustainability

Kevin Kent
Founder & CEO 
Critical Facilities Efficiency Solutions

Kevin Kent, Founder & CEO of Critical Facilities Efficiency Solutions continues to be recognized throughout the United States and internationally as a leader in data center optimization, sustainability, and energy efficiency. He has an affiliation with several United States environmental foundations and is a Climate Reality Leader. For his commitment to improve global data center energy efficiency, decrease carbon footprint, and protect our environment, both nationally and internationally Kevin was selected to serve on the international Data Center Institute Board of Directors where he continues his focus on improving data center energy efficiency. Kevin is a global trainer for DCPro providing critical training and certification for the data center industry. Kevin has also earned countless certifications including CDCP and DCT facilities management. In 2021 Kevin has been recognized and awarded as global Top 100 Tech Innovator and Influencer as well as the London Edge Conference Innovator of The Year. He has been featured in several tech magazines, blogs, webinars, and live podcasts throughout the year.

Kevin Kent

Ensuring Security, Data Protection & Customer Trust In Today's Complex Cloud & Data Center Environment

Timothy Rohrbaugh
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Tim Rohrbaugh is a senior technology leader who integrated cyber security and privacy/data governance objectives since the time both professions came into existence. The range of his prior work is extremely technical but also broad within commercial entities, including being a CIO,  Head of Product and Customer Experience. He is the current CISO of Jetblue Airways. Prior to this role, he was the CISO for a public financial services firm for 12 years. His cybersecurity experience includes military, DoD and federal, and commercial consulting. He is a CISSP and holds two joint patents on Identity Verification.