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ITEXPO - January 29 - February 1, 2019


Celebrate Innovation, Disruption, Evolution and Acceleration at IDEA Showcase ITEXPO

The Startup & ICO Pitch Event

Hear how one of the hottest groups of startups and ICOs are shaking up their industries. IDEA Showcase is focused on bringing exciting companies transforming markets to a select audience looking to catch the next wave of technology innovation.

Companies will have five minutes to present their unique value proposition and the audience and panel of judges will determine who is the most disruptive. IDEA Showcase @ ITEXPO will be an evening full of next generation innovation, powerful networking and high energy!

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Joseph Harding

EVP & CMO, Windstream


Joseph Harding is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Windstream, since his appointment in 2015. Harding is responsible for all aspects of marketing for Windstream's Enterprise, SMB, and Wholesale business units, including the go-to-market strategy, product management, product development, channel marketing, field marketing, and brand management.Joseph has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Windstream he served as chief marketing officer for Integra Telecom, a facilities-based telecom services provider, from 2011 until joining Windstream. Previously Joseph was with Level3 Communications as Vice President of Product Development responsible for Transport, IP, Data and Voice product development globally.After acquiring his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Joseph began his career at MCI Communications in 1993 in the business markets division where he held a number of marketing leadership positions.


Shidan Gouran (Judge)

President, Global Blockchain

Global Blockchain

Shidan Gouran is a cofounder and president of Global Blockchain Technologies Corp., the largest listed private equity firm in the Blockchain sector. He is a serial entrepreneur who founded Nuovotel Corp., one of the first and largest wholesale VoIP service providers of its time, Jazinga Inc., developers of an award winning unified communications system and Home Jinni Inc., developers of the first Android based Smart TV platform. Shidan is a seed investor and advisor to a number of the leading financial technology and blockchain startups. He mined his first Bitcoin in early 2010 and has been involved with Cryptocurrencies ever since.Shidan studied Pure Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Western Ontario.


Evan Kirstel (Judge)

, Digital Social Influencer and Business Strategist

With 25+ years of sales, alliances and biz dev experience in Telecom and IT, I bring a unique perspective on opportunities in the Unified Communications & Collaboration landscape, including deep knowledge of social, mobile, and the voice/video/web collaboration market and cloud technology.I am a member of Influencer Marketing programs at Huawei, IBM and Dell EMC. My clients include CenturyLink, GENBAND, Ericsson, West Corp, Broadsoft, Xactly, 128 Technology, Qualcomm, Panasonic and many others.


Deborah Hoffman (Judge)

CEO, Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.

Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.

Debbie Hoffman is Co-Founder of Symmetry Blockchain Advisors where she works with clients in their blockchain development and initial coin offerings utilizing her expertise in law, finance, blockchain, cryptocurrency and technology innovation. Debbie serves as the 2017-18 Chairperson of the Association of Corporate Counsel Financial Services Committee. Debbie was previously the Chief Legal Officer of Digital Risk, LLC, where she was responsible for the regulatory compliance and legal functions of the company. She spent a decade of her career as a real estate finance attorney at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood in New York. Debbie has also been a professor at the Florida A&M University College of Law and the University of Central Florida. In 2017, Debbie was named as a Top General Counsel by the First Chair Awards, received an Honorable Mention as a Leading Lady in the Mreport's Women in Housing issue and was named as a 2017 "Hot 100" in Mortgage Professional America. She was selected as a 2016 and 2014 Woman of Influence by Housingwire Magazine and was awarded a 2015 Stevie® Award, Woman of the Year and a 2014 Stevie® Award, Female Executive. She is a frequent author in industry periodicals, a speaker at conferences and events, as well as a guest lecturer at universities of higher education.