Our Speakers

Jaylen D. Bledsoe
Chief Executive Officer, President & Founder of Bledsoe Technologies, LLC

Jaylen BledsoeAt only 16 years of age, Jaylen D. Bledsoe is the Chief Executive Officer, President, & Founder of Bledsoe Technologies, LLC in Missouri. He has expertise in start-up businesses, entrepreneurship, Venture Capital Funding, & directing marketing platforms targeted towards small and mid-sized businesses. In the past 3 years, he has focused on expanding Bledsoe Technologies, LLC and growing the number of youth involved in start-up businesses. Under Jaylen’s leadership, Bledsoe Technologies, LLC has achieved consistent revenue & client growth, quarter over quarter, and has built a substantial roster of customers worldwide. In 2014, Bledsoe added Business Development consulting to his portfolio of services for Bledsoe Technologies. Typical clients include Hazelwood School District, Jordin Sparks’ Charity: The M.A.D. Girls Inc., Living Sweet & many other private clients. He is a frequent speaker on youth entrepreneurship, youth rights and start-up financing.

Jaylen has an EDU Certification from Google for the Google Apps Platform, and received certified reseller designation for many Microsoft & Lenovo Products.

Jaylen has been recognized for his Academic Excellence, leadership & accomplishments, winning a “Presidential Academic Excellence Award” from President Barack Obama in 2009. In addition, he has also received the “Gateway Young Achiever of the Year” and selected as the 2nd place winner for the Missouri Parent Teachers Association “Diversity” contest as Producer and Writer for his video short. He has either participated or is an active member of Wyman Teen Leadership Program, MICDS’ Young Republicans Club. Bledsoe sits on the board as President at the National Youth Rights Association, Jr. Board Member of Independent Youth, Inc. and board member at Multitasking Hearts Corp. In 2014, Bledsoe joined Jordin Sparks’ Charity, The M.A.D. Girls, as a consultant to serve as the Director of Business Development.

Jaylen currently attends Hazelwood West Senior High in Saint Louis, Mo. He plans to attend either Harvard, Stanford, or Vanderbilt University, majoring in International Business and Business Management.


Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton
World-renowned recording & mixing engineer

Gimel Legendary mix engineer, Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton is the man behind the iconic sound of world-renowned artist Jay-Z. Over the course of the last 20 years Guru has become one of the most influential minds in audio engineering. Initially known for his award-winning audio mixes on some of the most successful commercial releases in the history of modern music he is also highly regarded for his unique ability to communicate complex technical terms, to not only students but creatives and business professionals alike. This strength has led to invitations to speak at multiple corporations, including Google’s HQ, Pandora HQ, Bittorent HQ and Ogilvy & Mather’s HQ in Hong Kong. In addition, Young Guru has spoken at numerous universities such as NYU- Poly, Cornell University, Emory University and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music a New York University. In 2013 Young Guru accepted an invitation to serve as Artist-in-Residence at The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Fall 2014 serves as his second consecutive year as a part of the faculty. He is also involved with several National Science Foundation projects via a long-standing relationship with Georgia Tech, one of the top technical institutions in the world.

In 2013, Google recognized Guru’s unique position as an early adopter at the cross roads of music and tech and offered him the opportunity to create a commercial showcasing how musicians could benefit from using their Google Glass technology. This content piece went on to have over 900,000 views on YouTube and was featured by The New York Times, Wired.com and Vice Magazine just to name a few. The October 2014 issue of Vogue Italia includes a piece highlighting Guru and his thoughts pertaining to sound philosophy and emerging technologies. Guru also partnered with Hewlett-Packard and The Recording Academy’s Grammy University Program to create the first tour of its kind called, the Era of the Engineer tour, in 2013. Through this initiative he traveled to thirteen college campuses to speak on what he likes to call “creative engineering” which recognizes the cross disciplinary nature in which most Millennials approach the creative process.

Guru’s love for music stems from his upbringing. He began his music career as a 7th grader in the late 1980s in Wilmington, Delaware deejaying block parties. “I was a young kid and the culture started to take over. It was about the expression of it: the dancing, graffiti and MCing; but it was the music part of it that really captured me,” says Young Guru in an interview with CNN. This passion for deejaying and his close relationship to Jay Z’s sound allowed him to take his turntables from small parties in Delaware to arenas worldwide. He continues to make deejaying a priority, spending his down time playing nightclubs and private brand events in cities around the globe.

Young Guru remains one of the most sought after audio engineers in music today. Most recently he’s completed mixes for budding newcomers, Jhene Aiko and A$AP Mob as swell as veteran artist, Common’s Nobody’s Smiling which debuted #1 on Billboard charts upon its release. In addition to his work behind the boards and in the classroom he has announced his highly anticipated, Era of the Engineer Vol. 1; a “how to” book for engineers, producers and artists alike.


David R. Schneider, Cornell
David SchneiderDavid R. Schneider graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Chemical Engineering in 1999, attended Columbia University Film M.F.A. Program in 2001, and earned his Master’s and Ph.D. from Cornell University in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Controls & Dynamics in 2007.

David has taught at both Cornell and Columbia University. His most prominent research is his creation of the G*TA (G-Star-T-A) task allocation algorithm and his work as Program Manager of the Cornell RoboFlag program, with notable applications including AFRL UAV controls and NASA/NOAA unmanned boat designs.

With a strong focus on education, David's endeavors have included the creation of the Intel-Cornell Cup, Innovative Embedded Design National Competition; leading Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD); and the broader impacts video game creation for the NSF Expeditions in Computing Grant on Computational Sustainability. David has led the efforts to make Cornell the first university to officially partner with Make: and is a leader in the Higher Education Maker Alliance working with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He has also led with Make: the re-creation of the national entrepreneurial competition “Pitch Your Prototype” and is a leading faculty member behind the American Society of Engineering Education, Community Engaged Division Film Festival national competition. David was also a screenwriter for Walt Disney Attractions Television Production.