A results-oriented and driven leader, Marlayne has contributed to the success of a diverse cross-section of organizations in the private, government, and not-for-profit sectors. As a certified Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP), she brings both experience and recognized expertise to organizational leadership, strategic marketing communications, community relations, and program management. She embraces new challenges, adapts quickly to changing circumstances, and is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Marlayne loves the ocean and is grateful to live in Newfoundland and Labrador.
I have always had an interest in computers! Through my 30-year career in the Information Technology field, I have enjoyed many roles! My early experience in programming helped me along the way! I started my IT career in 1990 graduating from the Newfoundland Career Academy as a Micro-Computer Specialist. My first programming experience was working as DB III plus database programmer with the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland (ARNN) in St. John’s, where I had to share one computer with a co-worker! Over the years though various IT roles I have had experience with batch files and some PowerShell scripting. However, my focus was more on architecting server and storage systems - performing installations, configuration, and administration.
Hi, Im Daniel! I work as a software developer for Verafin. I graduated from Memorial University in Computer Science and Business and am a Hack Frost Alumni! I am very passionate about data-driven solutions and martial arts.
Hey there! I'm a software developer with a passion for web development. For just over a year now, I've had the pleasure of working at enaimco, an exciting startup in the oil and energy industry.
Ed currently serves as the Director of the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship (MCE) at Memorial University. MCE seeks to inspire and enable existing and aspiring student entrepreneurs at Memorial University. Prior to his role at MCE, Ed was the CEO of Clockwork Fox Studios, an edtech startup that developed Zorbit's Math Adventure, a digital learning platform that is used by hundreds of thousands of teachers and students across North America. In 2021, Ed led Clockwork Fox's successful acquisition by Carnegie Learning. Ed was also the President of Best Boy Entertainment, where he produced multiple kids' and documentary series, as well as the award-winning film Closet Monster.
I manage, design, and build products for the web. I'm passionate about making the technology sector more diverse and leveraging technology to create positive impact. Using design methodologies, I believe we can build human capacity and allow for more time spent where it matters most.
Liam Flanagan has been a committed supporter of Newfoundland and Labrador's tech sector since 2015. Currently, he leads the Ready Talent team at techNL, connecting job seekers and tech employers with resources, opportunities, and education in our province. In 2022, the Ready Talent team helped more than 20 job seekers find careers in tech and hopes to improve that number in 2023. Liam's experience supporting early-stage start-ups while leading Genesis' Evolution Program and rapidly growing scale-ups while working with Invest Ottawa have given him ample opportunity to see what helps tech ideas succeed at all levels. Liam is excited to jump into this hackathon and provide lean start-up methodology, pitching, and customer interview advice!
Clark has always been fascinated by technology and its potential to shape the future. After working as an Engineering Technologist in the Oil and Gas industry for several years, he decided to pursue his passion for technology by transitioning into Web Development with a MedTech company. In his new role, Clark discovered a new passion for helping people realize their potential to shape the future through technology. He believes that everyone has the ability to make a difference and that technology can be a powerful tool for positive change. With his unique background in both engineering and web development, Clark brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to his work. He is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in tech and is always looking for new ways to apply his knowledge to help others achieve their goals.
I am a life long learner with a focus on new business ideas and technology. As for my history I have extensive experience in the Silicon Valley North information tech sector for companies like Nortel and Avaya as well as being a founder of start-up Cortex Networks. Throughout my career I have been very fortunate to have senior leadership roles within emerging products and technologies relating to data, IT, Communications, cloud based collaboration products, machine learning, and geospatial analytics.
I'm an experienced engineering professional who has with worked with tech start-ups as well as in higher education and manufacturing I've had the opportunity to develop skills in strategic management, product management, innovation, data analysis and project planning. I'm an advocate for "lean" approaches to everything from product development, to manufacturing and product testing. I love challenges and I love to make sure that we're working on the issues that really matter to our end-users.
I am in my last year of mechanical engineering at Memorial, with a focus on biomedical engineering. I have a huge interest in additive manufacturing, healthcare, and technology, and how they interact with each other. At PolyUnity, I have developed medical simulation models for teaching procedures, designed various novel products, as well as created replacement parts to help supply staff with the parts they need to avoid supply chain issues.
I believe people are THE resource that drives organizational success. For over two decades, I have translated that belief into action, leading human resource teams who deliver meaningful HR and employee relations programs to deliver desired organizational outcomes. My approach starts with understanding how the business operates (and let's be honest, how it really works is not necessarily as described in the company manual). I then engage leaders and team members at all levels and link human resource and employee relations service delivery to the business needs. From developing the people strategy for new markets and redesigning organizational structures to support service delivery that integrates acquisitions across multiple geographies, implementing new pan-organizational technologies to negotiating agreements that enable operational efficiencies, my approach has proven success – demonstrated in relevant, measurable business results.
Steph McIntyre sat at their computer, staring blankly at the screen. They had been asked to provide a bio for Hackfrost 2023, but they were struggling to come up with anything interesting to say. As a Full-time Instructional Assistant and Per-Course Instructor in the Computer Science department at Memorial University, Steph was used to explaining complex ideas to their students, but when it came to writing about themselves, they were at a loss.
After several hours of staring at the same blank page, Steph decided to try something different. They turned to a chatbot that promised to help generate content for their bio. Skeptical at first, Steph was surprised to find that the chatbot was actually quite helpful. It asked them a series of questions about their areas of interest, such as logic, databases, and photography, and used the answers to craft a unique and compelling bio.
Feeling relieved and grateful for the chatbot's assistance, Steph submitted the bio to the organizers of Hackfrost 2023. Although they couldn't take all the credit for the final product, Steph was proud to have found a solution to their problem and excited to see how their bio would be received by the community at the upcoming event.
My unique ability is to lead teams with complex problems, quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues, then identify breakthrough strategies and innovative solutions. I have worked in tech for over 30 years and have been a serial entrepreneur since I was a kid. infomatix is celebrating 20 years of success: we've helped countless entrepreneurs across the country double their business in three years or less and make them profitable from day one. We provide clarity on people, processes, technology and profitability. Our team is also part of the original cohort of Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) advisors; we are helping clients access a $15,000 CDAP grant, up to $100,000 interest‑free from the BDC, plus a $7,300 hiring grant to hire a student or recent grad! Head over to www.infomatix.ca to find out more.
I'm also the co-founder of an exciting fintech startup that is a graduate of the Genesis Centre Evo programs and about to start Evo+; we've got an incredible group of advisers (know any other big fintechs in St. John's?) and we're currently looking for help with our proof of concept and MVP. Reach out on LinkedIn if you're a full-stack, batteries-included, team player with great design and code chops and you want to make a big impact.
Angela Gill has a long career in the product space including local and international experience in medical device, high-tech manufacturing, information technology and primary industries. As a Product Manager at a leading 3D modelling company, Angela is known for her expertise in technology development, translating customer requirements, process improvement, and scaling of operations. With an engineering degree from Memorial University, she is passionate about leading and driving solutions within the tech sector.
Rahaf HajAhmad is very passionate about everything that has to do with the tech ecosystem here in our province. In her current role as Special Projects Lead with techNL, Rahaf manages the techNL Student Membership Hub. Through that she aspires to support post-secondary students in finding a future in tech. She also spends part of her time managing the events and marketing team at Bounce Health innovation, and working with exciting medtech startups. Rahaf has also taken on several different roles with the Hack Frost team, working on bridging the gap between education and industry for students. She looks forward to judging in this hackathon and seeing all the different ideas that will come out of it!
I have recently completed my PhD in computer science with the Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) research lab at the university of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. My research under the supervision of Professor Stinson was focused on the applications of particular combinatorial and algebraic structures, i.e., All-or-Nothing Transforms (AONTs), in designing information-theoretically secure schemes for efficient and secure file dispersal on distributed storage systems.