March 17, 2016

“Rockstars of the Internet” and “Engineering For Tomorrow” Join SVCC’s Lineup of Must-See Panels


Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), Steve Wozniak’s pop culture and technology expo taking place March 18-20 in San Jose, has revealed two new panels that bring together some of today’s most powerful social media stars and trailblazing engineers and leaders from top companies fueling your love of technology. The first of these inspirational sessions features pop culture figures “MayBaby,” “Brizzy Voices,” “Alx James,” and “Mamrie Hart” discussing the road to becoming web sensations and how to build a brand beyond digital platforms. The second session brings together engineers, scientists and developers from Adobe, Intel, Pinterest, Riot Games and local organization, Black Girls CODE and will delve into how they are paving the way for the future of technology and entertainment and encouraging the advancement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education.




WHEN: Saturday, March 19 @ 11:00am PT in Room 3


Every day, fans are watching hundreds of millions of hours of videos and other forms of content across digital platforms. Celebrities are no longer restricted to the actors you see on the big or small screens, but are being discovered every day right on your device of choice. Come listen to some of the biggest stars of the internet discuss how they got their start, the trials and tribulations they endured along the way to becoming web sensations and how they are branching off into becoming multifaceted brands.

SPEAKERS: Alex James (Alx James) Meg DeAngelis (MayBaby) Anna Brisbin (Brizzy Voices), Mamrie Hart (Mamrie Hart)

MODERATOR: Rae Votta, The Daily Dot


WHEN: Sunday, March 20 @ 12:00pm PT in Room 3


Important conversations are on the rise and movements are in place to advance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and encourage a new generation of STEM professionals. Careers in these fields are attainable regardless of where you are in your career from fresh out of college to well into a variety of other career paths. Join engineers, scientists, tech leaders and developers behind some of today’s greatest software and internet technologies as they discuss their beginnings, roadblocks along the way, how they are pushing the boundaries and what’s in store for the future of tech and engineering.

SPEAKERS: Stefano Corazza, Sr. Principal Scientist, Digital Imaging, Adobe Inc., Kimberly Bryant, Founder and Executive Director, Black Girls CODE, Delia Grenville, PhD Senior Research Scientist, Platform Engineering Group, Intel, Tilde Pier, Software Engineer, Pinterest, Peyton Maynard-Koran, Technical Director, Riot Games

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MODERATOR: Harry McCracken, Fast Company with special guest appearance by Steve Wozniak ‘Woz’


The full schedule of Silicon Valley Comic Con panels is now live and provides detailed  summaries of sessions, events and more. Please visit:


For the latest news and updates on additional panels, celebrity guests, exhibitors and events, follow @SVComicCon on Twitter. To purchase tickets, visit



Silicon Valley Comic Con celebrates the Age of the Geek by bringing together America’s two greatest superheroes: pop culture and technology. Featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video game creators, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and our electronic worlds intersect. The inaugural Silicon Valley Comic Con will be hosted at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA the weekend of March 18-20, 2016.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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