The new Director of eGovernment Business Development at Microsoft, was most recently the Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, is an in-house civic idea incubator that pilots experimental projects in the civic space. Previously, Jeff was the Manager of Civic Innovation & Participation in the Mayor’s Office. Jeff has led various initiatives to make City government (and urban governance generally) more open, participatory, transparent, entrepreneurial and innovative. He co-founded the OpenAccessPhilly, a movement of people working at the intersection of civic participation, technology, entrepreneurialism and innovation. Previously, Jeff was Chief of Staff to the Chief Technology Officer in the Division of Technology, and Deputy Director of Performance Management and Implementation Manager for Philly311 for the Managing Director’s Office. Prior to joining City government, Jeff consulted to state, local and county governments across the nation. Jeff earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia with his 10 year old son Sam.
Tiffanie Stanard is an entrepreneur, speaker, and technology influencer. For over seven years, Stanard has been the Founder and CEO of Prestige Concepts (PC). PC is a brand enhancement firm, specializing in marketing strategies and com-munity outreach campaigns for clients within the technology, non-profit, lifestyle, entertainment, political, and corporate sectors.
Stanard is the Founder and CEO of We are MENT™, a wearable technology company that connects females through a global network to learn, grow, and inspire. We are MENT™ believes Media connects us and Entertainment creates experiences. Our mission is to create a network and wearable technology that fit lifestyles; keeping you educated, healthy, safe, and entertained.
In 2015, Stanard became the Keynote Speaker for Microsoft’s program, STEM Student Day, a national event organized in over 10 cities. Stanard’s keynote speech, “Find Your Voice with Technology”, explores a non-traditional view on technology and provides five steps for all ages to become builders of innovation.
Stanard’s motto to entrepreneurs: “Accomplish Forgotten Dreams”.
Paul is the Director, Vendor Management for Hardware-as-a-Service provider, LiftForward. Prior to LiftForward, Paul served as the Director, Local Media Development team at Comcast / NBC Universal, where he, as part of this award-winning department, managed EveryBlock and supported several other products that benefit local communities and multicultural groups through web, mobile and television outlets across the country.
Paul has a 15 year track record of creating successful organizations based on civic engagement, interactive technology and strategic analytics . Paul seeks to serve as a catalyst to tangible, positive impact within communities through innovative applications of technology, media, data and civic relationships.
He is the co-founder of 2 media-focused business intelligence companies, both of which were ultimately acquired and, through investment banking at Bear, Stearns, corporate development at Imax Corporation and strategic development at both Mediaguide and Fuzebox LLC, has completed over $2 billion in merger, acquisition, public & private transactions; and launched dozens of interactive media products that have generated millions of users across web, mobile and television outlets.
Paul is a co-founder of Open Access Philly and OpenDataPhilly, the first public/private open data repository in the country. Currently, along with Tiffanie, Paul is helping lead the launch and growth of Stimulus, a platform dedicated to providing resources to under-served communities. He was also named to the Smart Cities Steering Committee by the Office of Innovation and Technology of the City of Philadelphia.