• What we'll do
Agenda: 4:00-4:30 Arrival and Networking
4:30-5:30 Keynote: Rob Dravenstott- SVP & CIO DISH Networks
5:30-5:50 Startup Pitch: Mina Mitry - CEO Kepler Communications
5:50- 6:00 Wrap up
About Rob Dravenstott: Rob Dravenstott, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, is responsible for DISH’s enterprise information technology strategy and operations. He leads a Denver-based team of IT professionals supporting the company’s data and core applications across DISH and Sling TV.
Prior to his current role, Rob served as DISH’s Vice President of Application Development and Testing, where he delivered company-wide initiatives including the rapid deployment of mobile devices to assist DISH’s nationwide network of field technicians. The DISH IT department was recognized by CIO Magazine's 25th annual CIO 100 for this accomplishment.
Rob has led the company’s big data and analytics efforts, supported the implementation of DISH Media Sales’ programmatic TV advertising platform, and helped launch the Sling TV platform. Recently, he led the implementation of a new supply chain platform and is driving the company’s agile transformation efforts to increase collaborative delivery and productivity.
Before joining DISH, Rob served as Vice President of Technology for global payment technology firm First Data, overseeing large-scale applications development. Prior to his ten years with First Data, he led technology delivery at an online payments startup based in San Francisco and drove technology architecture and strategy at Accenture.
Rob earned a degree in computer and electrical engineering from Purdue University. He enjoys climbing Colorado fourteeners and traveling with his wife, Laura, and their three children.
About Kepler Communications: Kepler Communications is a satellite communications company that is working towards establishing an in-space telecommunications network for space-borne assets. Put simply, we are building cell phone towers in space. This infrastructure will resolve the problem of intermittent connectivity for non-geostationary satellites, will open new business opportunities that necessitate real-time connectivity to satellites, and will reduce reliance on costly and difficult to deploy ground infrastructure.
An infrastructure venture is no simple feat, particularly true for space-based infrastructure. To reach this long-term objective, tangible shorter-term milestones are planned in order to incrementally develop the technologies and deploy the infrastructure necessary to execute on this vision. Each milestone towards this vision represents a viable business opportunity, enabling Kepler to sustainably realize this vision