Our Judges

The panel of judges for this competition comprises an international group of embedded systems experts, each with decades of experience in the software industry.


Bill Wong

Technical Editor, Penton Media

Bill Wong has been a Technology Editor for Electronic Design magazine for over sixteen years. He has a BEE from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS in Computer Science from Rutgers University. He developed and sold a Fortran development environment in BASIC in high school and was a coop engineering with Burroughs Corporation. His first full time position was at RCA’s Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, NJ. He has worked at numerous hardware and software development positions in addition to being the first PC Labs Director for PC Magazine.

Jack Ganssle

Jack Ganssle

Principal Consultant, The Ganssle Group

Jack Ganssle has written over 1000 articles and six books about embedded systems, as well as one about his sailing fiascos. He started developing embedded systems in the early 70s using the 8008. He’s started and sold three electronics companies, including one of the bigger embedded tool businesses. Jack now gives seminars to companies world-wide about better ways to develop embedded systems.

Cyrille Comar

Cyrille Comar

Co-founder and President of AdaCore

After receiving a PhD Degree in Computer Sciences in 1986, he began his career in academia as a Software Engineering Professor at Sup'Aero (Aeronautics Engineering School) in Toulouse, France. He joined the GNAT Project at New York University in 1993, and participated in the creation of the AdaCore offices first in the US and then in Europe. His scientific interests include safe and secure programming and software certification standards. He was involved with the development of the DO-178C standard for airborne software, and continues to contribute to FAA initiatives on other means of compliance. Dr. Comar's interests include monitoring the evolution of the various safety standards in industries such as automotive, industrial automation, railway and space.

Rich Nass

Richard Nass

Executive Vice-President, Brand Director, Embedded and IoT Franchises, OpenSystems Media

Richard Nass’ key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities, including the IoT Design web site. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Nass helped OSM launch its highly acclaimed live events, including Industrial IoT University and MEDSec. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Stephanne Carrez

Stephane Carrez

Software Engineer, Bouygues Telecom

After graduating from the Institut Supérieur d'Electronique de Paris (ISEP) in 1990, Stéphane joined Chorus Systèmes to work on real-time embedded systems. Since 2011, he has worked on the architecture and development on Bouygues Telecom gateways. Since 2000, Stéphane has also remained active in the Open Source community where he participated to the gcc, gdb and binutils development on the 68HC11 toolchain. Since 2009, he has created several Ada Open Source projects showcasing his Java J2EE expertise in the Ada community. His interests include systems architecture, software design, performance and... coding.