With over 30 years in innovation, founder of two startups, and pioneer in mobile technology, Ms. Minerva Tantoco also served as Senior Product Manager at Palm, Chief Technology Officer at Merrill Lynch and UBS, and holds four US patents on intelligent workflow. Minerva Tantoco most recently served as New York City’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Appointed in 2014, Tantoco directed the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation. As CTO, Tantoco launched groundbreaking initiatives in smart city policy and government tech, such as LinkNYC, CSforAll, Neighborhoods.NYC, the first-ever IoT Guidelines for New York City, and NYC’s Smart+Equitable City Strategy. Based on her efforts, New York City was named “2016 Best Smart City” at the Global Smart City Awards.  Tantoco was named 2016 Distinguished Fellow, Bard College, Athena Center for Leadership Studies. Tantoco serves on the Board of the New York Hall of Science (nysci.org), and as Board Member, New York Tech Alliance (nytm.org). Ms. Tantoco is currently an entrepreneur and investor, and is a frequent speaker on AI, blockchain, and IoT.