Cory Ondrejka, Facebook

March 13, 2014 · Posted in Keynote · Comments Off on Cory Ondrejka, Facebook 

Ondrejka_CoryCory Ondrejka
Vice President, Engineering

Cory Ondrejka is VP Engineering in the Core Experience group at Facebook, working to improve the Facebook experience for over a billion people. Before Facebook, Cory was the co-founder of Walletin, a stealth startup focused on high-performance JavaScript and hybrid web rendering acquired by Facebook in 2010.

He was the Chief Technology Officer of Linden Lab, where he co-created the award winning virtual world Second Life. He served as Executive Vice President for Global Digital Marketing at EMI Music, and was a visiting professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California where he taught on online communities.

Cory began his career in game development startups, shipping arcade and console video game titles. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Weapons and Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and was an officer in the US Navy. Cory also advises several early-state technology companies.


Prof. Jonathan Taplin, USC

July 30, 2013 · Posted in Keynote · Comments Off on Prof. Jonathan Taplin, USC 

Jonathan TaplinProf. Jonathan Taplin
Director, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

Jonathan Taplin’s areas of specialization are in International Communication Management and the field of digital media entertainment. He is director of the¬†Annenberg Innovation Lab¬†based at USC. Taplin began his entertainment career in 1969 as Tour Manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973 he produced Martin Scorsese’s first feature film,¬†Mean Streets, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between 1974 and 1996, Taplin produced 26 hours of television documentaries (including¬†The Prize¬†and¬†Cadillac Desert¬†for PBS) and 12 feature films includingThe Last Waltz,¬†Until The End of the World,¬†Under Fire¬†and¬†To Die For. His films were nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe awards and chosen for The Cannes Film Festival seven times.

In 1984 Taplin acted as the investment advisor to the Bass Brothers in their successful attempt to save Walt Disney Studios from a corporate raid. This experience brought him to Merrill Lynch, where he served as vice president of media mergers and acquisitions. In this role, he helped re-engineer the media landscape on transactions such as the leveraged buyout of Viacom. Taplin was a founder of Intertainer and has served as its Chairman and CEO since June 1996. Intertainer was the pioneer video-on-demand company for both cable and broadband Internet markets. Taplin holds two patents for video-on-demand technologies.

Taplin was appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in December 2006 to the California Broadband Taskforce.

Mr. Taplin graduated from Princeton University. He is a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the advisory board of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland. To find out more about Jonathan Taplin, visit

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