Jaison has been recognized by the BBC as “the world’s expert” in designing prizes to drive innovative breakthroughs. He helped establish a lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study how targeted rewards can be used to induce new approaches to engineering challenges. As the former head of prize development for the X PRIZE Foundation, he led teams to deliver multiple cash bounties of $10 million or more for solutions to common causes. He has served as an Advisor to the Office of the First Minister of Scotland, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the government of the United Arab Emirates to counsel their use of challenge competitions for solving large scale public problems. Jaison completed graduate studies at the University of Chicago and is a frequent lecturer on the subject of Incentive Engineering.
Shane is a 20-year veteran of the Information Technology industry, with experience across a diverse group of employers and clients. He has managed and mentored developers for 14 years, but has stayed rooted in the latest technologies by keeping a portion of his schedule devoted to building software. He has a passion for developing great products and believes it is important in one's life to find something you love to do and turn that into a career. His drive comes from making software useful to people while at the same time teaching and learning from others who feel the same way.
Lynn has worked in the private and public sectors, both leading education reform and community engagement projects for Seattle Public Schools, as well as twenty years as a program manager and senior manager in the software and data management industry. She has delivered multi-million dollar projects on time and within budget. Most recently, she has led project management and research services across a wide range of prize competitions. Lynn oversees the service and support teams and heads operations for the firm. Lynn earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa.
With over a decade of experience in the creative world, Naph’s excitement for the digital industry only continues to grow. He is a very motivated and driven individual with a creative eye. He brings an excitement to each project with the determination to do it right. His goal is never to just “make something look good,” but rather to build brands, develop relationships, and create usable and intuitive designs that inspire. In addition to his award-winning creative work, Naph brings to the table an extensive background in print media, web design and development while specializing in user interface and experience. He has worked in both the B2C and B2B markets nationally. His client background ranges from National Geographic, GE Healthcare, Hefty, Milwaukee Tool, Chicago Tribune, Northwestern University, and Samsung.
Jordan is one of our technical and administrative support staffers for competitions, and he is responsible for producing informative promotional videos to guide participants in understanding the registration, submission, and judging process. Jordan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Production from Pensacola Christian College, and he is currently pursuing his MBA, with a concentration in Marketing, from Southern Columbia University.