Team

Organizing Team

The Creating Reality Hackathon is organized by a dynamic team of industry experts, developers, executives, and students, reaching many facets of the VR|AR community.

STEVEN MAX PATTERSON

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND LEAD ORGANIZER

Steven is a project manager and journalist contributing to Ars Technica, Quartz, Fast Company and IDG. He is the president of non-profit Grassroots Developer Education, Inc. that provides free education in new technology to designers, developers and engineers. He has worked to bring AR and VR to the developer community since Google I/O 2014.

ALICIA HONG

QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE LEAD

Alicia is a data analyst at Amazon Alexa. She co-founded Boston University's first AR/VR club. Data nerd, VR enthusiast. She enjoys day-to-day observation of how data embodies and enables interactions. Her long-term vision in life is to explore and define a spiritual language in social interactions, in VR.

ARPIT GUPTA

OPERATIONS CO-LEAD

Arpit has worked over a decade leading products within the banking, healthcare, advertising, and e-commerce industries. He specializes in mobile, growth and Augmented Reality (AR). He currently works as Senior Vice President, Product Innovation at Bank of America, where he is responsible for bringing digital innovation to the physical bank locations. Before moving to the west coast, he ran the iOS mobile product team at Wayfair. Arpit is also a co-organizer of the annual MIT Media Lab AR/VR Hackathon.

SARAH PILLAI

OPERATIONS CO-LEAD, JUDGING / RULES

As a fashion editor by trade, Sarah knows the power of choosing the right word, the right format, the right connections, or the right outfit can make or break the future and develop a brighter path. Using her skills as a former cheerleader, as an alumna of Harvard and Boston University, and working as Teen Vogue’s fashion editor, Sarah’s mission is bridging, cheering, and evolving the fashion and technology industries by building empowering and fun systems for the overall betterment of the communities.

DIANE WILLIAMS

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION LEAD

Diane is a Computer Scientist and serial Edtech entrepreneur, and STEM education advocate. She has been a mentor and/or judge for HackMIT, HackHarvard, Simmons Shark Hack, MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack, the Harvard WECode Hackathon, Harvard Astropreneurship and Space Medicine, and the MIT Mobile VR Development Challenge. She is an alumna of MIT and Harvard.

DIVYANSHU VARSHNEY

INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH

Divyanshu Varshney is the founder and CEO of Spiro Studios, a young company on a mission to provide physical rehabilitation services to the doorsteps inorder to help people get better in a fast, easy and fun way. He is also the founder and president of VR | AR | MR, India's first and now largest Virtual and Augmented Reality Community. Divyanshu holds a Bachelors in Information Technology from Manav Rachna College of Engineering.

MARIA RICE

OUTREACH LEAD

Maria is a Grammy-nominated sound engineer at Peerless Mastering in Boston, having mastered records of many genres and restored many acclaimed historical recordings. She excited to bring a new technology medium to the fore by attracting multi-disciplined creative talents. Outside of work, she re-watches episodes of Star Trek DS9 and studies classical piano at New England Conservatory. She earned her BA from Boston University.

MAX MCCLASKIE

DIGITAL OPERATIONS CO-LEAD

Max joins the team as a hack-a-thon veteran and wearer of many hats when it comes to world of digital marketing. As a Creative Technologist at Hill Holliday, he is responsible for leading projects of all types including websites, mobile apps, chat bots, API integrations and more. On the side, Max is a freelance content creator with a focus on photography and social content for brands of all sizes.

PRAVEEN ARAVAMUDHAM

JUDGING, RULES, DIGITAL OPERATIONS CO-LEAD

Praveen has over 15 years software engineering industry experience in designing and implementing high-performance distributed software systems in various programming languages. Praveen is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Berkshire Hathaway Shoe Holdings Inc. Praveen is a hackathon “geek” ready to join a team, and frequently a contributor to a winning team. He mentors young developers and enjoys conversation about technology past/present/future. Praveen holds Masters in Information Technology and Computer Science from Syracuse University.

PABLO KROPILNICKI

DIGITAL OPERATIONS CO-LEAD

A digital Swiss army knife and new to the Cambridge scene, Pablo is involved with many aspects of emerging technology. A software engineer at Coresecure Inc. by day, he primarily deals with international enterprise level system operations. By night, he is a developing electronic house music producer and an active maker. With interests in ethical hacking, blockchain development, self powered biomedicine and nanotechnology, he's always looking for a way to learn and give back to the community.

ANDREAS DIAS

OUTREACH & DIGITAL OPERATIONS

Andreas is a graduate of Princeton University 2017. He has helped organize hackathons in the past and currently is working on a companion app for Hackathons, Professional Conferences, and Networking Events that allows attendees to exchange contact information using Computer Vision and Augmented Reality and event organizers to easily communicate with attendees. Currently he is between Pensacola, FL and San Francisco, CA.

SEHA GULNAR DALAY

DIGITAL OPERATIONS

Seha is a former commercial banker who changed her career by following her passion to build new things. She completed intense engineering immersive program and continues to learn and improve herself as a front end web developer. Seha holds an MBA from Radford University and BA in Economics from Bilkent University.

JENNA OLANDER

DESIGN LEAD

Jenna is a graphic design major completing her bachelors degree at UMass Lowell in May of 2019. As a design lead, she helps the Reality Virtually Hackathon with it’s cohesive look and feel throughout all platforms including website, advertisements, and print. She attended and won the Circular Navigation Hackathon in the summer of 2018. Additionally, she’s an alumni to the NCAA Division 1 Track & Field program at UMass Lowell. Jenna also prides herself on being a service member for the Air National Guard.

ZACH PERLMAN

LEAD FRONT END DEVELOPER

Zach is a “Zach of All Trades”. You can find this rugby playing, tall nerd, conquering front end development in the heart of sunny Miami Florida. As a Lead Front End Developer, Zach is able to create almost anything he wants in the digital world, with the web as his “playground”. Interested in Blockchain, IoT, VR, AR, and almost anything technology related, he is always looking to learn new and modern ways of building technologies to help build a better tomorrow.