Gioia Messinger has an extensive background in connected devices, digital health, and video technologies. She is founder and CEO of LinkedObjects, a technology and business strategy firm specializing in “the Internet of Things.” Prior to that, she was founder and CEO of Avaak Inc. (acquired by Netgear), a venture-funded company that created VueZone, the award-winning video and cloud service that redefined the home-monitoring sector. She is also the Chief Judge for the Qualcomm Tricorder Xprize, a $10-million competition to bring healthcare to handheld devices, and the Nokia Sensing Xchallenge, a competition to transform medical sensors. She is a Global 100 Mentor; a visiting lecturer and mentor at the Rady School of Management; an advisor at the Von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center; and serves on the screening committee of the Triton Technology Fund. She earned a master’s in business administration at UC Irvine, and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering at UC San Diego.