Meet the Judges!

We are delighted to present our talented panel of judges for this year’s competition! Our esteemed judges will be reviewing the top submissions and selecting the BigApps winners at the Finalist Expo & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Learn more about our judges and their backgrounds below!

Miguel GaminoMiguel Gamiño, Chief Technology Officer, City of New York
Miguel A Gamiño Jr. serves the City of New York as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In this role, he is working with City agencies to develop a Smart City and “Internet of Things” (IoT) strategy that ensures coordination, collaboration and innovation across the City. He also leads the City’s Broadband program, partnering with agencies, private industry and academia to further the Mayor’s goal to ensure every resident and business will have access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband service everywhere by 2025.

Mr. Gamiño ha s unique experience in government, blended with a deep knowledge of technology, the industry that fuels it, and the culture it inspires. Most recently he served the City and County of San Francisco as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Executive Director of the Department of Technology. In that role, he represented the Mayor as a designee on the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC).  Mr. Gamiño also co-founded, along with the Washington, D.C. CTO, the Council of Global City CIOs. New York City is a founding member and will benefit from the organization’s focus on a robust and secure rollout of Smart City and IoT technologies.

As a technology entrepreneur, Gamiño founded two technology companies, managed them through the start-up phase and into successful operations. Mr. Gamiño has been recognized in GovTech Magazine as a Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver of 2016. StateScoop, a leading government technology magazine recognized Mr. Gamiño for his work leading San Francisco’s technology strategy and services with the 2016 Golden Gov: State Executive of the Year award.

Miguel is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso with a dual major Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and Computer Information Systems.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. He also attended the CIO Institute at Heinz College of Public Policy and Information Systems Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Washington D.C.

John Paul FarmerJohn Paul Farmer, Director of Technology & Civic Innovation, Microsoft
John Paul Farmer is the Director of Technology & Civic Innovation at Microsoft, based in New York City. He also leads the Innovation Project, a non-profit organization with the mission of spreading innovation best practices, as Founder & CEO. Previously, John served as the Senior Advisor for Innovation at the White House under President Barack Obama, where he co-founded and led the Presidential Innovation Fellows program to attract top private sector technologists and entrepreneurs for focused tours of duty in government. The program has since been enshrined in law and grew into a movement of civically engaged technologists, data scientists, and entrepreneurs using their skills in the public interest through 18F and the U.S. Digital Service. Prior to the U.S. government, John envisioned and built new business units in the private sector. He has experience in the technology, finance and healthcare sectors, in particular, and played baseball professionally in the minor league systems of the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. John holds an M.B.A. with honors from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and an A.B. with honors from Harvard University.

Jen HensleyJen Hensley, General Manager, LinkNYC, Intersection
As General Manager of LinkNYC, Jen Hensley oversees all aspects of the Link product in New York City, including deployment, operation and service delivery for the most comprehensive free public Wi-Fi network in the world. Jen brings more than 15 years of experience working with government, civic, and business communities to Intersection, where she directs franchise management, technology and user experience, deployment, marketing, and sales for LinkNYC.


Andy Saldaña, Director of Operations, NY Tech Alliance
Andy Saldana
Andy is the Director of Operations for the NY Tech Alliance, a non-profit organization that runs the largest Meetup group in the world with over 53,000 members with a mission to build a more sustainable and diverse technology industry for all New Yorkers. He is also Director of Operations at Livecube, a software development company that provides an event engagement and networking app with gamification; he organizes the Queer Tech Meetup NYC and advocates for diversity and inclusion in tech. He’s a lover of coffee, food, spirits and the connections that happen over them.

Stephen RookeStephen Rooke, Director of Campaign Operations, Robin Hood Foundation
Stephen Rooke is the Director of Campaign Operations at the Robin Hood Foundation where he focuses on using big data and technology to expand access to public benefits across NYC. Stephen is on leave from McKinsey & Co. where he is a member of the Telecom, Media and Technology practice. He has advised several Fortune 500 companies and governments on technology strategy and M&A. Stephen has a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and an LL.M. in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law from the University of Nebraska.

Lori McGlincheyLori McGlinchey, Senior Program Officer, Internet Freedom, Ford Foundation
Lori McGlinchey is a member of the Internet Freedom team. Her grant making has supported a dynamic field of organizations that promote universal access, open systems, and clear protections for the public within the Internet environment. Before joining the foundation in 2014, Lori oversaw the Open Society Foundations’ Internet, media policy, journalism, and government accountability grant making in the US. She also served as assistant director of OSF’s US programs and created a new initiative to strengthen civil society organizations’ technology, governance, communications, and leadership capacity. In addition, Lori developed portfolios and strategies to address the politicization of science-based US policy making and its impact on access to information, whistle-blower protections, science education, and reproductive rights.

Stay tuned for more details about the Finalist Expo & Awards Ceremony. We’ll be opening registration for the event in the coming weeks. In the meantime, keep those submission coming for an opportunity to win $30,000 in cash and prizes, including admission to Civic Hall Labs’ civic accelerator program, pro bono legal services, discounts to General Assembly courses and workshops, and dedicated mentorship. The NYC BigApps competition is accepting submissions until 11:59pm ET on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Edit: Stephen Rooke shall replace Steven Lee as the judge from Robin Hood Foundation. Lori McGlinchey has also been added as a judge from Ford Foundation.