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Max Whitney

VP, ENGINEERING

Max manages all aspects of the company’s software development, including the development of our Mercury platform and DERMS. She is a renowned expert in solving the fiendish challenges of building large-scale data services, while keeping them secure. She’s built and led teams that developed critical global systems for institutions huge and small -- from New York University to the wellness startup Noom, cutting their costs while boosting reliability (including piloting backend hardware through Hurricane Sandy). Max is also an open-source pioneer: She designed the Sakai learning-management software for universities, and wrote the book on it for O’Reilly. She’s brought her deep expertise in cybersecurity and threat modeling to firms worldwide, and is a sought-after speaker on the subject at venues including HOPE, the Harvard Kennedy School and O’Reilly Security. Whitney has also blazed trails in opening up tech to the next generation: She was among the earliest members of NYCResistor -- which kicked off the modern US hackerspace movement -- and has mentored countless young developers, including volunteering as a technical assistant with Black Girls Code. She holds her M.S. in Computer Science from NYU’s Courant Institute.