Youth Forum 2014


OPEN SV Youth Board invites youth ages 6 and above to the 2nd Annual Youth Forum on Saturday, November 8th, 2014.


Keynote and panels with leaders in the tech industry inspiring youth to seek academic pathways via STEM programs, meet young entrepreneurs, try an acting lesson by an actor and meet people in the media, learn latest in sports wearable apps, play new games on our demo floor, learn budgeting skills from financial experts and so much more!

Please contact us here for volunteering opportunities and to join the OPEN SV Youth Board for 2014-2015!

Event tickets are at:

For facebook event go to the event page







Geetanjali Sampemane

Geetanjali Sampemane works in the Infrastructure Security and Privacy group at Google. She started her career working on Project ERNET in Bombay, which brought the Internet to India. She then worked for the United Nations Development Programme, helping developing countries connect to the Internet. After getting a Phd in Computer Science at the University of Illinois, she has worked for Google in California and London. 


Reena Jadhav 

Harvard MBA, Wharton Bachelor of Science where she graduated Summa Cum Laude

Entrepreneur with a passion for game changing ideas that level the playing field and build value for stakeholders. Founded and worked at five startups in mobile messaging, voice recruiting, marketing platform, community platform and loyalty rewards. Currently Venture Advisor at an Incubator to various start-ups. Host of StartupDen show on revealing investor funding tips and entrepreneur success secrets.

Dreamer, Rules breaker, bootstrapper extraordinaire, idea generator, fundraising pitch coach, marketing DNA, judge at various startup events, keynote speaker, author. Deep experience in identifying fundable game changing ideas, prototyping, team building, fundraising, market launching award winning products, business model innovation and revenue generation. 


Safeer Mohiuddin



Safeer Mohiuddin is a 22 year old Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He started his first business when he was 16 years old and ended up selling $100,000 worth of iPhones.
He recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in Computer Science and currently works at Amazon Web Services.
Currently, he is the founder of Cordoba Labs - a boutique iOS/Android consulting firm specialized in building MVP's and its own in-house products. He is also the founder of Underage Investor - a resource for young people to educate themselves about personal finance from credit cards to investing in the stock market that has helped serve over 20,000 people.

Ausaf Masud


Ausaf Masud is a Product BI Analyst at Symantec Corp, commonly knows as Norton. He is a computer engineer from Pakistan and posses an MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University, along with an MBA in finance/marketing. He has a passion about building/designing/improving products and its features, be it a Hi-Tech product or presenting yourself as a brand in the right market. Apart from the regular day to day job, he is a trained actor and director and for the last 6 years he has worked with the American/Indian/Pakistani media in the Bay area, acting/directing/producing/writing/performing for numerous TV Shows, TV/print commercials, Short movies, Theater and Live Events. One of his gigs as a lead character in a short movie called 'Verma Ji' was selected and played at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France in 2013 and gave him alot of visibility in the wider media community. He will be sharing his experience with us at the YLF to guide and mentor young actors/animators/public speakers and directors.


Shayyan Ahmad


Shayyan Ahmad is an artist who loves to create but with a purpose. Now 20, his affair with the arts began in high school when he enrolled in the media arts program. After graduating from high school, he founded Rose Water, a brand that "expresses itself through numerous outlets" and is more of a metaphor for conscious living than it is a brand. Ahmad found his inspiration in visionaries like Malcolm X and Miles Davis and aspires to become an inspiration himself for others through his art. He currently resides in the Bay Area and is working toward a Bachelor's degree while running Rose Water.

 Sonya Sohail, Lawyer



Sonya is bay area based attorney who started law practice after passing the California Bar Examination this year. Raised in the bay area, Sonya attended high school in Pleasanton and moved to Santa Barbara to attend college at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sonya received a dual degree in Political Science, emphasizing in International Relations, and German Studies in 2009. She spent one semester during college doing an immersion program in a German university. In 2010, Sonya moved to San Francisco to begin law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. During law school she served as the president of the South Asian law student's association and was an editor of the academic journal on International and Comparative Law. Sonya also spent one summer during law school working for an international law firm in Dubai, UAE.

Since passing the bar, Sonya has been working with a non-profit organization in San Francisco that provides direct legal services to low-income and under-served immigrant communities. Her work there focuses on senior law, elder abuse prevention, and violence against women/ family law. She also currently works for JadooTV doing content licensing agreements. Ideally Sonya would like to work advising digital media and tech companies in the Bay Area, while staying committed to the social justice issues she is passionate about.

Ali Rehan 


Ali Rehan is the founder behind Eyedeus Labs which launched its breakthrough product Groopic last year. Groopic is a smartphone app that allows you to take a group picture and insert yourself in it. Since the launch Ali and his team have been selected to attend an incubator in Silicon Valley, and were in the first batch of incubatees at Plan9, Pakistan’s first incubator.

Umaimah Mendhro



Umaimah Mendhro is the founder and CEO of VIDA, a global ecommerce platform that brings together designers and producers from around the world to create original, inspiring apparel and accessories that create beauty every step of the way. VIDA will be launched on November 12, 2104.

Much of Umaimah’s professional background is in building new products and launching and scaling successful global businesses. Prior to founding VIDA, Umaimah was Director at West, a multi-disciplinary creative collective founded by Jack Dorsey that worked with some of the most promising and desirable companies in the SF Bay Area. Umaimah was also Director of Product in Microsoft’s Startup Business Group where she led Xbox Kinect innovation. She has managed P&L for a $60M global business, which she increased sales for by over 2x within 6 months and has launched two marketplace businesses, leading growth from zero to millions of users. She holds 13 Patent Awards in the space of media engagement.

Umaimah founded, a global initiative connecting communities in conflict around common causes. The organization currently operates in 5 countries touching over 5,000 lives.

Umaimah has spoken at two TEDx events and written several Op-Ed pieces and Harvard Business School case studies. She is also the author of the opening chapter for the hardcover, Passion & Purpose.

Umaimah has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and a BSc from Cornell University in Human Development with coursework in Computer Science. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children aged four and one!

 Wealth Managers:

Free Financial Planning for young grads and parents of college bound kids. A unique wealth session for recently employed young grads(college grads trying to pay off education loans) and parents of youth (trying to save for college and seeking professional advice on various tools). Our three professional wealth managers and our moderator from the Financial services background have an informative session worth hundreds of dollars free to parents of registered youth and all event attendees.

Palash Islam














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Areeba Yasin is a freshman student at Miramonte High School. She has been volunteering with OPEN from the age of 11 and hopes to continue being an active part of the youth track. Aside from OPEN SV, Areeba also volunteers at HDF, and at her local mosque. Wanting to help younger people, she took part in a leadership program at her middle school called WEB (Welcome Every Body) that helps sixth graders get through their first year of middle school. She participates in public speaking at her school and recently won 3rd place for best congressional debate speaker and best presiding officer.


Shanzeh Shunaid moved from Pakistan to the Bay area in 2012 and is currently a senior at Los Altos High School. She has been on the OPEN Youth Board ever since and enjoys it tremendously. She has a twin brother who is literally and otherwise her other half. She enjoys spending her free time either with friends or swimming and is part of her varsity school swim team. She participates in national and in state competitions throughout the year. Along with OPEN, she also volunteers at DIL and FIF Foundation. Shanzeh hopes to major in International Relations.


Ashab Siddiqui is a 10th Grade Honors student at Washington High in Fremont. Some of his awards and clubs include Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, Green Club, Quiz Bowl, Math Club, and Coding Clubs at his school. He is also a star scout in Boy Scout Troop 111, Finance Chairman and founding member of the West Coast Chapter of Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA). Ashab enjoys running and has won multiple races in Cross Country and Track and Field as a Junior Varsity runner. He has over 340 service hours ranging from environmental work to leading various leadership activities. He has experience with various coding languages including Objective C, Java, HTML, and C. He was an campfire program organizer for Annual Muslim Camporee and has been in multiple OPEN and OPEN Youth forum conferences for several years.

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Sami Imran is a senior at Pioneer High. She has been a part of OPEN since 8th grade along with her younger sisters. She also volunteers at DIL, Sehr Garage School, and through her school’s Service Learning Leadership class. She is a very active student and is on the board of several clubs. Her favorite extracurricular activities include Mock Trial and Badminton. She has been accepted into the National Honor Society and received the California Scholarship Federation award.



Shahrbano Syed is a freshman at SHP Atherton. She has played volleyball for four years and has also participated in leadership opportunities at her middle school. She was on student council, completed various service projects, and took part in one semester of Model UN, which involved traveling to New York City to debate. Shahrbano has been active on OPEN’s Youth Board for one year now and has enjoyed her time on it. She hopes to continue to help plan great OPEN events!



Shehzil is a senior at John F. Kennedy High School. She has been an Open Youth Board Member for a year. She is also the secretary of the Fremont/Newark Youth and Government delegation, the co-president of her school's 540 Recycling Club, and a Girl Scout. In 2012 she interned at Aahung, an non government organization based in Karachi, Pakistan. Shehzil is also currently a fellow for Ro Khanna's campaign for Congress. Shehzil hopes to receive a degree in Public Health or International Studies.

Shanzay Kazmi recently moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend Wellesley College. Previous to moving, she lived in the Bay Area and has served as an Open Youth Board Advisor for a year. She attended Notre Dame High School where she started the organization Powerful Women ( as a high school senior. Her organization Powerful Women discusses women's’ empowerment and the concept of gender inequality in the US. Shanzay graduated Notre Dame in 2014 with recognition from the California Scholarship Federation and the National Honors Society. She has also been involved with Sehr Garage, an organization that aims to sponsor children’s education in Karachi, Pakistan. Through her work with her organization, Sehr Garage, and various other groups, she has shown her passion for advocating various social justice issues like gender equality and education. She hopes to pursue a career in business and own her own business one day.


Omar Raza is currently a senior at Averroes High School and a freshman at Mission College specializing in Applied computational Mathematics. He is the president of the student body and is a public speaker for American Muslim Voice and New American Media. Omar also tutors at mission college, helping students with Biology, Chemistry, Physics,engineering and high level mathematics. Specializing in Comparative theology and religion-science topics, Omar Raza has spoken at Peace conventions, Synagogues, Churches, and has guest lectured at San Jose State University. He has also volunteered at organizations from Muslim Community Center to interning at Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski’s office and even as a Service Ambassador and Patient services specialist at Kaiser Permanente. Omar is hoping to pursue a career in Computer science and marketing related pursuits.      

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Laila Talpur is currently a junior at the University of California, Davis. She is pursuing a degree in Economics. Talpur has had previous experience as a finance intern and hopes to own her own business in the future. In the past, she has volunteered for DIL, Open, and at organizations through the various school clubs she has been involved in. When Talpur isn’t studying for an economics exam, one can find her taking photographs. Talpur has been taking photographs of all sorts of special occasions since high school, and has turned this passion into a side business. Talpur has also made it her goal to incorporate raising awareness about human rights violations that occur globally in her life. In the past she has given speeches about human rights violations as well as direct and film videos that promote awareness of human rights violations.