GS1 Connect 2017 Keynote Speakers

Jim McKelvey

Square Co-Founder, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Author
Wednesday, June 21
Keynote Presentation: “Unlearning”

Jim McKelvey is an inventor, entrepreneur, artist, author and licensed pilot. He is best known for co-founding Square, Inc., one of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups which has revolutionized the payments industry. A serial entrepreneur, his latest venture, LaunchCode, works with hundreds of companies to set up paid apprenticeships in technology for talented people who lack the traditional credentials.

Jim McKelvey

Additionally, McKelvey oversees a diverse portfolio of businesses, advising and serving as a board member to such innovative companies as Kabbage and MoneyOnMobile, respectively. He also co-founded Mira Digital Publishing, which in the 1990s helped launch the careers of technology visionaries and corporate leaders. McKelvey is an innovator and is often sourced to share his vast career expertise founding successful companies in payments, education, scientific publishing and software.


Katie Linendoll

Technology Expert, Emmy Award-Winning Producer, Known as the "Chic Geek”
Thursday, June 22
Keynote Presentation: “Becoming Future Proof”

Katie Linendoll is an Emmy Award-winning TV personality, writer, technology expert and consultant. A writer and contributor for the TODAY Show, Linendoll also regularly contributes to CNN, Fox News, HLN and Popular Science, and recently completed filming a series on innovation for Huffington Post.

Katie Linendoll Photo

In her business, Katie Linendoll Productions, she produces content for top-level retail clients as well as news outlets. She recently launched one of the top technology podcasts, Katie Show, and every week she shares first looks in technology and science and interviews the most notable minds in the industry.

Some of the highlights in her tech journalist career include diving underwater with NASA astronauts, witnessing the ways that mobile technology is rebuilding the Philippines economy in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan and first looks, where she showcases the newest iPhones on the TODAY Show.