2017 Judges

Marc Saltzman

Marc Salztman

Marc Saltzman is one of North America’s leading tech experts, specializing in consumer electronics, small business technology, interactive entertainment, mobile apps and Internet trends. Marc has authored 16 books since 1996 (including “Apple Watch For Dummies” from Wiley Publishing), and currently contributes to nearly 50 high-profile publications, including USA Today, Yahoo, MSN, Costco Connection, AARP – The Magazine/AARP.org, Toronto Star, Metro, Common Sense Media, and others.

Marc hosts various video segments, including “Gear Guide” (seen at Cineplex movie theaters and sister chains across Canada) and is a regular guest on CNN, CNN International and CTV’s Canada AM. Marc also hosts “Tech Talk,” a radio show on Toronto’s NewsTalk 1010 and Montreal’s CJAD 800, and “Tech It Out” on Winnipeg’s 680 CJOB. Finally, Marc is an active public speaker who delivers keynotes, panel moderation and “lunch & learns” on a wide variety of topics.

Ken Blakeslee

Ken Blakeslee

Ken Blakeslee Chairman,
WebMobility Ventures

Ken’s involvement over the past few years has been specifically in the area of private equity investing in the mobile sector, and his previous experience in developing telecoms, IT and web commerce business strategies spans 25+ years. His focus has been on the emerging new media content, applications and commerce methodologies, and the merging of these with the ubiquitous, personal access of mobile. Recent emphasis has been placed on the Contextual Technologies and Internet of Me – wearable technologies, sensors, digital medicine, Fitness/Wellness, mHealth, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Mobile TV, 3D and personal viewing scenarios for rich media and innovations in technologies enabling multiscreen convergence. Alternate energy and additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies and applications are also a recent focus.

Avram Piltch

Avram Pilch

As the online editorial director and self-proclaimed “geek-in-chief” for both Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, Avram Piltch covers a wide variety of gadgets, from notebooks and smartphones to augmented reality goggles. His goal is to share not only his knowledge but also his passion for the most innovative new technologies.

Gary Kaye

 Gary KayeGary M. Kaye is an award-winning journalist who has been covering hi-tech since IBM launched its first PC in 1981 when he worked for NBC News. He later became the technology producer for “ABC News Business World,” and “ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.” At CNN and CNN/fn he covered technology for programs including: CNN/Fortune, CNN Newsstand, American Morning, New Economy Watch, and Digital Jam. More recently he was the lead producer for technology at the Fox Business Network. Currently he focuses on the nexus of Baby Boomers, Seniors and Technology. He created “Tech50+” and “In The Boombox,” the first websites to focus exclusively on technology with a 50+ perspective. He has been a contributor to the AARP website, AARP radio, Huffington Post, and a half dozen other websites. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cornell University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Ross Rubin

Ross Rubin

Ross Rubin is senior director of industry analysis at App Annie, a leading research and analytics firm tracking the app economy. A veteran industry analyst of 20 years, he has pioneered technology research services at four different firms. Ross is also the founder, publisher, and editor of Backerjack, the first editorial website devoted to crowdfunded product innovation.

Previously, Ross was executive director and principal analyst at The NPD Group, where he spent eight years developing and delivering insights to the world’s largest consumer technology brands and U.S. retailers.  He has contributed to over a dozen books on computing and communications and written over 500 columns at outlets such as ABCNews.com, CNET, Fast Company, and Inc.. You can follow him on Twitter at @rossrubin.


Marc Perton

Marc PertonMarc Perton is the Editorial Director, Tech, for IBT Media, the publishers of International Business Times, Newsweek, and iDigitalTimes. In a career lasting more than two decades, Marc has worked with some of the leading technology and media brands, including Engadget, IBM and Consumer Reports. As Engadget’s editor, he led the site’s debut as the host of the official Best of CES awards, and oversaw its commemoration of its 10th anniversary. At Big Think, he worked with notable thought leaders including Michio Kaku and Bill Nye. Marc began his career covering Asian business in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong, where, among other things, he reported on the business of manga, Japanese baseball, and the rise of Chinese technology companies.


Andrea Smith

Andrea SmithAndrea Smith is an award-winning news and technology journalist. She was most recently Lifestyle Channel Editor at Mashable. Prior to that, Andrea spent more than a decade as Technology Producer at ABC News as an on-air, on-radio reporter and expert covering all things digital. Andrea is able to break down the latest technology trends, turning tech talk into easy-to-understand concepts. Andrea has been writing about families and technology since 1995. She and her husband live in New Jersey where she can sometimes be found in her garden without a tech gadget in sight.

Michael J. Miller

Michael MillerMichael J. Miller is CIO at Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment firm, and writes the popular Forward Thinking blog for PCMag at forwardthinking.pcmag.com. From 1991 to 2005, Miller was editor-in-chief of PC Magazine, the world’s largest computer publication, and for many years he was the editorial director and chief content officer for Ziff Davis Media.

Alfred Poor

Alfred PoorAlfred Poor is a professional speaker and writer, and is Editor of Health Tech Insider where he writes about wearable technology for health and medical applications. He wrote for PC Magazine for more than 22 years, where he was a Contributing Editor and the magazine’s first Lead Analyst for Business Displays. Over the past 30 years, he has also written for Computer Shopper, Extreme Tech, PC Sources, Windows Sources, Family PC, and other Ziff Davis titles. He has also had a gadgets column for Fox News Online’s Science and Technology section, as well as online columns for other sites including HP’s Input Output. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, and is a Senior Member of the Society for Information Display. And he continues to be amazed by shiny sparkly things.