Damion Hänkejh

Smithsonian Laureate CTO and Investor in New York

Damion Hänkejh

Smithsonian Laureate CTO and Investor in New York

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AI / Fintech / Crypto / Security / eCommerce / Education / Veterans

Damion Hänkejh is the founding Chief Technology Officer of OnApproval -- the first bank backed conventional fiat / crypto / precious metal & securities payment service for the luxury industry.

Hänkejh was formerly founding Chief Strategy Officer and director of BOHH Labs -- a security appliance that immunizes networks from hacks and quantum decryption.

Damion won IBM's Watson Developer challenge in competition with 3,000+ proposals from teams spanning 18 industries and 43 countries. He became the 6th worldwide given access to IBM's cognitive supercomputer, Watson. His FANG proposal is the first adaptive education service powered by cognitive computing; its earliest manifestation was a Watson powered plush toy prototype designed to hold a conversation with kids, parents & teachers.

Damion invented Internet customer service before IBM coined "eCommerce" & founded InstantService.com, the first and largest carrier-class telecom platform for live customer service (acquired by Oracle in a $1 billion roll-up, now Oracle Live Help).

Hänkejh was honored as a Smithsonian Laureate in 1999 for his work with Dr. Robert Lazzara as CTO of Virtual OR (now Swedish Medical), a pioneer at the nexus of telemedicine & minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery, setting the stage for the first fully accredited virtual operating rooms worldwide ( a permanent Smithsonian collection ).

Damion formerly volunteered in 1995 to create amfAR's first website & HIV/AIDS Treatment Directory Database -- the first and only comprehensive online resource covering global treatment research & clinical trials.

Damion also served in NYC as the turnaround CTO at mobile dev agency, Majestyk Apps; interim CEO/CTO at Alvin Valley; and as principal inventor & Head of Innovation at Elemental Path (Cognitoys).

NASDAQ CTO Summit photo by Peter Bell

  • Work
    • OnApproval, Ingk, BOHH Labs
  • Education
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology