Meet the 2017 HackVT judges


David Bradbury

David Bradbury is President of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) which offers expert business mentoring, venture capital, three coworking and accelerator facilities, and substantive networking to the region’s entrepreneurs and next generation employers. In 2013, VCET was ranked #11 globally and #5 in the US by the UBI Index. When not grabbing coffee with aspiring entrepreneurs, reading technology journals or learning to code, David is snowboarding, surfing and mountain biking with his family from their home base in Stowe, Vermont.


Ann Pettyjohn

Ann Pettyjohn is a native Oregonian, and found Vermont to be her "home" from the moment she set foot inside its borders. Ann is responsible for business development and operations at Green Mountain Software, and has more than 20 years of technology marketing experience, in addition to having held senior management positions at Motorola, Prime Computer, and Boise Cascade. Ann has a firm belief that Vermont and technology are a good mix. As a founding board member of the Vermont Technology Alliance, she is an evangelist for the software industry in Vermont.


John adams

John E. Adams AICP is the Director of the State of Vermont’s Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) and leads all areas of the organization with a focus on empowering the public and private sector with access to geospatial data and technologies. He is a professionally certified planner who previously served as Planning and Policy Manager at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and worked in the field of land use planning for a decade in Vermont and abroad. John is the primary author of Vermont’s Planning Manual and has taught Land Use Policy and Economics at University of Vermont.  He holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University and a BA in Environment and Development from McGill University and currently lives in Montpelier.


Shannon Mitchell

Shannon Mitchell is the COO at GameTheory, a company that tackles the world's biggest challenges with game toolkits and empathetic design. Shannon has served as lead on the team's top projects, working with partners of all kinds, from research and academic teams to Fortune 500 companies. She continues to lead innovative projects daily with the GameTheory team.


Kip Steele

Kip Steele is the Program Manager for Test and Quality covering Information Systems at the University of Vermont Medical Network. Steele has more than 20 years of experience, he has been the leader of technology practices at FactSet, Thomson Reuters, Prudential, and several venture backed startups.  As BTV Ignite Executive Fellow, he is actively engaged in the Vermont technology economy and can be found at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technology (VCET) mentoring founders and teams. In his free time, Steele continues to research the intersection of Healthcare with Virtual Reality and Autonomous Vehicles. He is the proud father of three children: two sons and a daughter and husband to his amazing wife Kate.