Cyant is led by Barbara Hanna, Ph.D., (@bh_tweets) a Technologist and Entrepreneur passionate about fostering technology that educates, empowers and/or connects individuals. She was recently CEO of a NY-based neurotechnology startup and previously, a Program Manager for a Brain-Computer Interface research program performed at Columbia University. Prior to that, she was a Member of Technical Staff at SRI’s Center for Vision Technologies (formerly under Sarnoff Corp.), where she was Technical Lead for Medical Initiatives, and worked on real-time video exploitation algorithms and products. She has developed relationships and worked with leading Universities and Institutions and has been an Invited Guest Critic and Presenter at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and at the Environmental Health Clinic xDesign Studio, NYU Steinhardt. She holds a BEng. and MEng. from the University of Cambridge UK, and a Ph.D. in Computer Vision from the University of Surrey, UK.
A woman owned and led company working towards B-Corp status, Cyant is particularly committed to help empowering women and girls. Cyant is also committed to continuously developing novel tools and experiences for the benefit of its customers and community, and is proud to contribute to women-led tech innovation.
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FEATURED CONSULTANTS AND COLLABORATORS
Cyant is thrilled to work with a diverse community of educators, artists, designers, and industry experts who all share our desire to bring innovative and great new products and experiences fostering learning and creativity, at the intersection of arts and technology, and make technology accessible and inclusive:
Katie McClung is an Oakland based artist and teacher from Birmingham, Alabama. She studied printmaking and painting at Savannah College of Art and Design and now works on sculptural installations. She has 11 years of experience teaching a variety of subjects including Art, Yoga, French, and English. Katie has also worked for several non-profits in the United States as a teacher and programs director.
Umar Shareef is a Berkeley-based graphic artist. Heavily influenced by graffiti, anime and manga growing up, Umar likes to create characters, write short stories and has dreams of one day making comics and writing children's books. Umar is mostly self-taught and is a great inspiration for young aspiring artists.
Kajal Gala is the founder of Design Rocket. She started her career as an Interaction Designer after receiving her degree in Human Computer Interaction and Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University. After which she joined established design firms and start-ups including Studio Dror, Pollen Design, R/GA and Knewton. Kajal Gala has enjoyed recognition for her work, including the Silver Lion Cannes Awards (2007 and 2011) and the Silver International London Award (2007) for her work with Verizon, Converse & HBO. Kajal has designed wearable technology that was exhibited at the Siggraph Cyber Exhibition (2005). Additionally she launched digital products for several clients including, HBO, Nike and Walmart. Kajal and her team have already worked with many startups to help them launch products with superior user interface and experience.
Ellen Wang is a Global Go-to-Market consultant, providing consulting services at any stage of the Go-to-Market process. She has over 20 years experience leading teams and achieving results for start-ups and multinationals in the US and abroad, working on ideation, execution and evaluation, and connecting and building long-term relationships with customers to deliver bottom line results. Ellen grew up in Melbourne, Australia and graduated from The University of Melbourne, Australia’s leading university, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Marketing. She is a native English and Mandarin speaker with multi-cultural roots and global reach.
Paula Rosine ("Zine") is a New York based fashion designer and artist. She earned degrees from Duke University, the University Of Cambridge, and Parsons The New School For Design before honing her fashion expertise at Chris Benz and Tommy Hilfiger. After discovering her love for 3D modeling while creating a line of silicone jewelry for designer Geoffrey Mac, she has incorporated 3D design techniques into both her accessories design and fine art practices. Zine's designs have been featured by Kate Spade, FEED, Baublebar, Talbots, Anthropologie, and others, and she is especially passionate about designing for social enterprises and wearable tech.
Julien Hanna is Cyant's Chief Kid Adviser.