Linda Bernardi is an active entrepreneur, disruptor and innovator. She started her career after graduate school at BBN, one of the leading think tanks in Cambridge Mass. After a decade of innovating at BBN, she started her own startup, ConnecTerra Inc., to replace barcodes with RFID. Highly disruptive, RFID has been termed as the genesis of IoT and Big Data analytics as we know it today.
She then started her consulting company helping fortune 100 companies meaningfully disrupt to innovate. This venture brought her to IBM a few years ago where until last month, she was the global Chief Innovation Officer for IoT, Cloud and Analytics. In the last decade Linda has started a number of high tech startups, authored her book, Provoke, been an active advocate for disruptive innovation, and a columnist for the Washington Post. Linda is also the founding member of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, and emeritus board member at the SETI Institute for astrophysics and astrobiology.