Harris, an ER doctor from the Philly suburbs, turned his appreciation for Star Trek technology into a real revolutionary healthcare device—and a $2.6 million prize. As part of the global Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize competition, Harris and a team of friends and family developed a tricorder-like diagnostic device; powered by an AI engine, the gadget can recognize up to 34 health conditions.
Category: Technologist of the Year
Technologist of the Year celebrates the person who has developed a high-profile reputation for excellence in teaching and contributing to the technical community here and beyond.
Dr. Basil Harris
Data scientist Ancona is no stranger to civic hacking. Previously, she’s used public data to create interactive public maps of PPA parking zones and area restrictions for the 2014 Papal visit. This spring with Code for Philly, she co-led a crowdsourcing project that captured the influential hand-outs given to voters as they approached polling places.
Lloyd Emelle is a Brigade captain emeritus for Code for Philly, the city’s popular civic hacking affiliate of Code for America. He is a frequent contributor to open data projects, including CyclePhilly, and civic technology efforts, including supporting the redesign of the Philadelphia Police website. In 2016, he competed for $1 million in the “America’s Greatest Maker” televised competition on TBS.
A tech entrepreneur and community leader driven by the desire to leverage technology for social good, Yasmine is the CEO of Roar for Good, a self-defense wearable technology company aimed at protecting women and addressing the underlying causes of violence. Yasmine also started the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop It, a nonprofit focused on providing affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software and web development and is a board member for Coded by Kids, a nonprofit that helps underserved youth learn how to code.
A well-known international speaker and figure in the global Android community, Corey is a Google Developer Expert who has spoken domestically and internationally, and is a published book and video author who has created numerous Android courses for the community. Most recently she led a coup to get more women speakers at DroidCon NYC. She has dedicated significant time to volunteering to expanding access to technology in the developed/developing world through her work with the Android meetup, Kids on Computers, TechGirlz, and Girl Develop It.
Cofounder of Webjunto, a community and user experience focused web and mobile development company based in Northern Liberties, Liz has worked on a wide range of projects ranging from web and app development to research regarding motivation, cognitive learning, and design theory. Liz worked as an Urban Planner who assisted communities in making human-centered design decisions for neighborhood revitalization projects in both Western New York and Philadelphia, which fueled her passion for user experience. She was a featured speaker during the April 2016 Philly Tech Week Dev Conferencet, among many other events in Philadelphia and around the country.