Krisztina “Z” Holly
Krisztina “Z” Holly is an MIT-trained engineer and tech entrepreneur best known for curating and hosting the first ever TEDx and founding two innovation centers at MIT and USC that helped spin-out dozens of startups based on university research. She is Founder & Chief Instigator of MAKE IT IN LA, an initiative of LA Mayor Garcetti to connect and celebrate the largest community of makers and manufacturers in the U.S., and the host of the Art of Manufacturing podcast. Early on, she played key roles at tech startups such as Stylus innovation (acquired by Artisoft) and Direct Hit Technologies (acquired by Ask Jeeves). Named Champion of Free Enterprise by Forbes in 2010, she has been an advisor to nearly two dozen companies and organizations, including the Obama administration and the World Economic Forum. She currently lives and plays in Los Angeles.