Jeff is a software engineer born and raised in Anchorage. He started programming in high school and attended UAA as a UA scholar, eventually graduating with a BBS in MIS. He ran networks for non-profits and national Alaska Native Corporations before starting his own consulting firm, Levinology Labs building databases and web applications. After looking to participate in a community after college, he only found a small group of developers in Fairbanks. The put their heads together and formed the Alaska Developers Alliance. In 2019 he formed the eDiscovery company, Legalverse.
Isaac is Managing Director at Launch Alaska and is the fund manager for Launch Alaska Fund II — a $3m fund that invests directly in the accelerators’ cohort companies. Isaac has worked with hundreds of early stage companies and entrepreneurs responding to Alaska’s food, water, transportation and energy challenges. Isaac’s previous roles include State Director at the Alaska Small Business Development Center and Operations Director for Chispa Group (now Afina Holdings) an import-export firm in Philadelphia that specializes in trade between the Delaware Valley and Chile.
Melanie Bladow is a management consultant specializing in technology and business transformation strategy. She is passionate
about driving change, believes that strategy and people skills will differentiate the technology leaders of the future, and she’s ready
to show you how!
Her 20 year global career has spanned both IT and Business Leadership, leading teams in the UK, Algeria, Moscow, Mumbai, Tripoli
and the US. Melanie has led initiatives for Software Development, Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, Oilfield Digitization, as
well as setting technology and cyber security strategy as CIO for BP’s Global Exploration Division. A highlight of her career was
leading the crisis management team keeping communications with Libya online during the Arab Spring.
Melanie holds a BA in Politics from Whitman College and a CIO of the Future graduate certificate from Boston University and UC
Berkeley. Melanie is now Principal at Tern Consulting and resides in Anchorage, Alaska, where she leverages her global leadership
experience to help organizations achieve strategic digital transformation.
Treasurer / Sponsorship / Outreach
Adam Link, CEH, CHFI, CISSP has experience in both the technology and finance industries. He has expertise building systems at scale, handling millions of API calls per day. He leads the cybersecurity effort at Fluidity, which produces the #1 most secure DEX in the world, AirSwap. Adam holds 6 AWS Certifications, including DevOps Professional and Solutions Architect Professional. He has a B.S. in Finance and a M.S. in Cybersecurity.
Social Media / Outreach
Erik is assisting startups at Center ICE, UAF’s Center for Innovation Commercialization and Entrepreneurship. He has a history of building companies in Alaska, most recently with Attently.io. He also received an M.S. in C.S. He currently is trying to improve his skills with the three Rs: Refactoring, Rust, and React.
Fairbanks Representative / UAF
Arsh is a Masters Computer Science student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He is passionate about computer security and has participated in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition finals for 4 years (leading the UAF team for 2). He has worked on telepresence and autonomous robots with experience in various technologies from C++ to Frontend and back-end web development. His current Job as a Systems Engineering Intern with UAF’s Office of Information Technology’s Systems Engineering team has working with full-stack web development, cloud deployments, configuration management and Infrastructure as Code. His free time is spent playing FPS’s, RPG’s and other random games along with working on fun projects. You may contact him via https://www.linkedin.com/in/arshchauhan/ or check out his info at https://github.com/arsh25
Vincent is a software engineer based in Fairbanks, Alaska working full time as an entreprenaure and at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Starting in the web and software development field in 2005 focusing on building custom content management systems and download management software, now focusing on blockchain, machine learning and mobile development. He has been with the AK Dev Alliance from the beginning. He hopes the organization fosters more tech interest by Alaskans to jump into theses new fields. His dream is for Alaska to be the the silicon valley of the north. In his spare time he enjoys gaming and playing music
UAA CS Representative
Link Larsen is a lifelong Alaskan and Navy Veteran. He spent 4 years as a submarine electronics technician specializing in communications. As a life-longer learner, he enrolled in UAA’s computer science program and an active organizing member of the computer science club. In his free time, he enjoys building things with 3d printer and CNC machine and teaching his kids new skills.
UAF CS Representative
Matt is a junior at UAF in the computer science program. His interests include web app development, security, and robotics. He loves the Alaska summers and spends them flyfishing and practicing archery.
“I think there is always more to learn and I’m excited to learn from others.”