Meet MAXathon's Judges

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We kicked off our first online hackathon MAXathon on Sep 5, welcoming 200+ participants coming from all over the world across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. On the opening day, the Maxonrow team shared with participants key information on how to succeed and make the most out of this one month journey. We were also excited that one of the judges, Holger Schmidt, a partner from Strategy& of PwC, joined us with a keynote presentation on blockchain applications in healthcare.

On Oct 3, the Demo Day, 20 shortlisted teams will be presenting their projects on the hackathon platform and the judges will select the winners on the same day. The projects will be judged based on their innovation, business value, technical feasibility and UI/UX.

Want to get to know the judges before Demo Day? Find them below!

Holger Schmidt

Holger Schmidt, a partner at Strategy&, part of the PwC network. He was educated as a physician and now leads Strategy&'s Digital and M&A activities in Life Sciences. He advises Pharmaceutical and MedTech companies on business model innovation, data and technology strategy as well as customer experience.

Nisa Amoils

Named one of Thinkers360’s top 50 global thought leaders and influencers on Fintech, Business Insider’s 30 Women in Venture Capital to Watch in 2018, and Top 100 women in Fintech in 2019 by LATTICE80. Nisa Amoils is a tech investor and has been a venture investor for the past decade. She is an active Board Member and former entrepreneur. Her investment focus has largely been on frontier tech, i.e. AR/VR, robotics, drones, AI, autonomous mobility, cybersecurity, blockchain and other disruptive technologies (of which she frequently writes about for Forbes).

Nisa is a regular judge/panelist on CNBC, MSNBC, Fox and others. She is a mentor at Grand Central Tech and Parity Partners and is on the Advisory Board of Girls Who Invest. Nisa is a regular judge for the Wharton Business Plan Competition and a trustee of Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship. Prior to this, she was a corporate attorney and spent many years in business development at Time Warner and NBC Universal. She holds a business degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Malte Schoenfeld

Malte is a design thinking expert that worked for six years in exterior design with Audi and is now their Venture Development Manager. Malte supports interdisciplinary teams with his experience in agile methods and creativity in innovation and design. He also contributes to Berlin's start-up ecosystem by sharing his expertise in various networking events. Malte believes in the power of cross industry collaboration, co-creation, and co-working.

Robert Wiecko

Robert is COO at Dash Core Group Inc., a company responsible for development of Dash – payments-focused digital currency. Robert manages the company infrastructure operations, projects portfolio, quality assurance, customer support and legal operations.

As a Polish IT professional and entrepreneur living in Switzerland, he has 18 years of professional experience in the IT sector. He previously held management roles at world’s leading IT and banking institutions, including Hewlett Packard and UBS.

Carlo Chung

Carlo obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Adelaide, Australia. During his tenure, he received the top scholar-award. He is a robust full stack developer and has been entrusted with developing the technological roadmap for many multinational companies. As Chief Architect of many award-winning financial platforms, Carlo has engineered and implemented many enterprise-grade systems for AirAsia, Hainan Airlines Group, Firefly, Shell, ProJET, BP, BPI Philippines, VeriSign Inc, and more. With his extensive experience in the banking sector, financial payments and blockchain industry, he will lead the technical team to build, design, and develop all the products and services offered by Maxonrow.

Muhammad Salman Anjum

Salman is Managing Director of Avantas Technology Accelerator, expanding Blockchain Technology Solutions for government entities, international bodies & large scale enterprises. Managing the “daily pulse” of the cutting edge initiatives he is leading the team focused on defining, launching, and scaling the accelerator globally and thus imparting his passion for societal impact through digital transformation initiatives. Avantas Tech under Bin Zayed Group is currently co-creating a technology enabled future with the United Nation body and government entities in several countries including MedsLOCK (, a healthcare solution supporting government authorities, healthcare officials & businesses countering COVID-19 outbreak.

A key influencer in the space of Enterprise Blockchain adoption. He has moderated events & presented keynotes at stages around the world including a talk at esteemed TED platform. He’s a Blockchain & FinTech specialist in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Faculty. A results-driven professional with over 19 years in corporate & entrepreneurial roles aligning People, Performance and Profit. He has been featured as a success story in “Soul Beats @ UAE” the book published by Dubai Government. Pursuing his Doctorate degree, he is a CIPD Member and one of the pioneer Lead Auditors of ISO 29990:2010 for L&D operations.

Sebastian Diaconu

Sebastian graduated from “Spiru Haret” University, Bucharest, with a Master’s Degree in Law and Economy. He has 12 years of vast experience in banking and forex industries, specialising in operations and international business development in major banking institutions all over Europe, namely in Romania, BRD – Groupe Societe Generale and BCR – Erste Group; Ikon Forex Company in England; Ironfx and Banc De Binary in Cyprus. Sebastian is focused on developing the cryptocurrency market, mostly in blockchain application development and value analysis roles. Sebastian is the CEO of Avantas Tech, a digital transformation company in charge of projects like MedsLOCK.

Join Us on Opening Day

If you want to check out the innovative blockchain solutions that our stellar team of judges will be evaluating, tune in via the link below: