OPEN Silicon Valley is proud to present the OPEN Forum 2012 to be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA on June 2th 2012. OPEN Forum, the flagship conference of OPEN Silicon Valley, annually attracts hundreds of Professionals and Entrepreneurs from top technology companies, exciting start-ups, global service providers and leading venture firms. This one day conference will give you the unique opportunity to network with and learn from seasoned CEOs, Venture Capitalists, Financial Market Experts, Government Policy Makers and Professionals from the Silicon Valley.



Speaker List

OPEN FORUM 2012   
 9:00AM Opening Remarks  
   Track 1 Track II   Gen Y Track
10:00AM Investment climate in Pakistan – Do the returns offset the perceived risks? Corporate Social Responsibility: Is the Triple Bottom Line More Than a Trend? Panel: Gen Y Entrepreneurs
11:00AM  Tea Break  
11:30AM Game Changers Tell All: “Work? Play? There’s an App for that”  Workshop: Success With Presentation And Persuasion Skills  Workshop: Planning Your Future 101 (An Insiders Guide)
12:30 PM  Lunch Break  
 1:45PM  Afternoon Keynote: Salman Khan, Founder The Khan Academy  
 2:30 PM  Workshop: New Rules for Lean Startups  Big Data: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly  Workshop: Career Through Community Building

Workshop: Does Public Speaking Intimidate You?
 3:30 PM  Workshop: How To Land Your Next Dream Job  ENTREPRENEURIAL IDOL  
 4:30 PM  BoF Sessions: NED, UET, LUMS, FAST with Author Aquila Ismail                  Tea Break  
 4:30 PM  BoF Sessions: NED, UET, LUMS, FAST with Author Aquila Ismail    
5:00 PM  Fireside Chat: Aaron Levie Co-Founder & CEO of Box, Al Lieb, Co-Founder Evite and Co-Founder & CEO Clearslide, Moderator: Aaref Hilaly, Partner Sequoia Capital  
 5:45 PM  Closing Remarks  


Keynote Speakers


Salman Khan: Educator & CEO Khan Academy

Moderated by: Thuy Vu, Co-Host CBS Eye on the Bay (Three-time Emmy award winner)



In 2004, Salman Khan, a hedge fund analyst, began posting math tutorials on YouTube. Six years later, he has posted more than 2.000 tutorials, which are viewed nearly 100,000 times around the world each day.

Salman Khan is the founder and faculty of the Khan Academy (– a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere. It now consists of self-paced software and, with over 1 million unique students per month, the most-used educational video repository on the Internet (over 30 million lessons delivered to-date). All 2000+ video tutorials, covering everything from basic addition to advanced calculus, physics, chemistry and biology, have been made by Salman.


Prior to the Khan Academy, Salman was a senior analyst at a hedge fund and had also worked in technology and venture capital. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an M.Eng and B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and a B.S. in mathematics from MIT.


Aaron Levie – CEO & Co-Founder Box



Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of, which he originally created as a college business project with the goal of helping people easily access their information from any location. was launched from Aaron’s dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind Box’s product and platform strategy, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social business software. He has spoken about content and collaboration tools at events such as Accenture Global Summit, South by Southwest, and Svase. Other than spending most of his free time passionately debating the next step for Box with his CFO, Aaron enjoys pretending he can play the piano. He studied business at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before taking a leave of absence.


Al Lieb Co-Founder Evite and Co-Founder & CEO Clearslide



Al Lieb is passionate about leveraging technology to help people connect in the real world. His unique ability to merge technology, product design, strategy and marketing has contributed to a long track record of creating and growing successful companies. In 1998, he co-founded Evite, which soon became the leading event invitation service helping tens of millions of people organize events. Al has helped to develop and launch a number of other businesses, many of which have gone on to become market leaders, including Expedia, OpenTable and (IAC). He has also advised over 20 startups. As CEO of ClearSlide, Al sets the vision for the company and its products, and drives relentless execution across all fronts.


Sharon Vosmek – CEO of Astia


Sharon Vosmek has been CEO of Astia since 2007, previously joining as COO in 2004. As CEO of Astia, Sharon has an unwavering passion and a uniquely well-suited background to drive forward the organization’s mission of propelling women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic. Under her guidance, the Astia community of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders has grown ten-fold and now spans North America, Europe and India.Previously, Sharon founded SJ Vosmek & Associates and held management positions at American Express and in the office of U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini. Ms. Vosmek currently serves as founder and lead of the We Own It Collaboration, an effort of over 65 organizations globally committed to exploring women’s participation in high growth businesses and identifying solutions to move us forward. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Cherie Blair Foundation, the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Experts Advisor Group, Illuminate Ventures Advisory Board, and the City of San Francisco Mayor’s Commission on Biotech (MayBAC). Sharon has a master’s in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a bachelor’s in political science from Arizona State University.


Ammar Hanafi – Partner Alloy Ventures


Ammar is a partner at Alloy Ventures focusing on investments in cloud computing infrastructure and services. Ammar previously served as Vice President of New Business Ventures at Cisco Systems and Vice President of Corporate Business Development prior to that, where he was responsible for Cisco’s acquisitions, acquisition integration, investment, and joint venture activity on a global basis. He joined Cisco in 1997 as a member of the Corporate Business Development Group. During Ammar’s tenure at Cisco, he helped the company complete over 100 investment and M&A transactions, including 50 acquisitions and over $750 million in venture capital investments. Ammar
received a BS in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University (1988) and an MBA from Stanford University (1995