2021 U.S. Summit Mavericks Highlight: Technologists

As we near the BuiltWorlds’ 2021 U.S. Summit, we at BuiltWorlds recognize that it is important to highlight the innovators and leaders—our BuiltWorlds’ Mavericks—who will be attending the Summit. Today, we honor the 2021 and 2020 Technologist Mavericks. In the built world, technologists drive the innovation and new technology that we see on a daily basis. Without their continued commitment to and participation in the built world, groundbreaking advancements would be impossible.

2021 Technologist Mavericks


Andra Keay

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics

Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, the non-profit industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also the founder of the Robot Launch global startup competition, Robot Garden maker space, Women in Robotics, and is a mentor, investor, and advisor to startups, accelerators, and think tanks, with a strong interest in commercializing socially positive robotics and AI. She is also a Visiting Scholar with the UC’s CITRIS People and Robots Research Group.



Aviad Almagor 

Division VP, Emerging Technologies, Trimble

As the Division Vice President of Emerging Technologies at Trimble Inc., Aviad Almagor specializes in a challenging but highly rewarding domain – introducing and implementing emerging technologies in enterprise markets – not a job for the faint-hearted. He is instrumental in developing innovative technologies that are disrupting the construction industry, such as mixed reality, augmented reality, and autonomous robots. Over the years, Trimble has consistently been at the industry’s forefront in anything evolving geospatial relations, and in today’s world of mixed reality-leveraging tech and autonomy, that area of exploration is increasingly critical. Across Trimble’s considerably deep bench of tech talent, Aviad Almagor has stood out for his work with heavy-hitting robotics firm, Boston Dynamics as well as in the high potential area of mixed reality.



Anna Walkowska

CTO & Co-Founder, ProperGate

Chief Technology Officer, Business Developer, and co-founder of ProperGate.co – a ConTech startup founded in 2018, an award-winning solution implemented by the biggest construction companies, ranked globally by CEMEX and PWC as TOP 50 best construction technology for 2019 and 2020. Former startup activist and co-founder of several impactful startup initiatives in Poland – Startup Poland Foundation, Reaktor Warsaw startup mansion, Startup Grind Warsaw to name a few. Before her startup journey, Anna was working as an IT security expert at Dutch AbnAmro bank and British Royal Bank of Scotland. In 2007 she became the first female certified CISSP professional in Poland. Anna studied System Administration and Network programming at the Polish-Japanese Institute of IT and Management in Telecommunication at Warsaw School of IT.


Jim Quanci

Senior Director, Autodesk Developer Network, Autodesk

With more than 30 years of engineering and design experience, Jim Quanci has spent the past 25 years developing relationships for Autodesk with leading technology partners around the world.  He oversees an international network of over 4000 software partners – ISVs, Consultants, and Autodesk customers – who customize, complement, and extend Autodesk Cloud and Desktop technologies.  He is currently leading the creation of a new cloud-based ecosystem of partners leveraging Autodesk’s Forge web services Platform. Prior to Autodesk, Jim worked at Sun Microsystems and General Electric.  With a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in International Marketing, Jim is a frequent presenter and consultant to leading design and engineering software firms on software development technologies applied to design and engineering.

2020 Technologist Mavericks


Paul Doherty

President & CEO, The Digit Group (TDG)

Paul is the President and CEO of TDG and is one of the global industry’s most sought-after thought leaders, strategists, and integrators of process, technology, and business. A Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, Paul is an award-winning architect, author, educator, analyst, and advisor to Fortune 500 organizations, global government agencies, prominent institutions, and the most prestigious architectural, engineering, and contracting firms in the world. A pioneer in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and a former Fortune 500 corporate officer, Paul is a prominent and highly rated speaker at numerous industry events around the world each year and has been appointed as a guest lecturer at leading universities throughout the world. Paul’s current work is focused on Smart City real estate developments that include financing, design-build, and innovative technology solutions with projects around the world. Concurrently, Paul is the co-founder and producer of the critically acclaimed and popular AEC Hackathon that launched at Facebook Headquarters in Silicon Valley.


Join us Wednesday, September 1st to Thursday, September 2nd at the BuiltWorlds’ 2021 U.S. Summit To Meet and Network with the Attending Mavericks