Damion Hänkejh

Smithsonian Laureate CTO and Investor in New York

Damion Hänkejh

Smithsonian Laureate CTO and Investor in New York

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Damion invented Internet customer service at InstantService.com and the first cart abandonment solution in 1997, which he exited to Oracle in 2010 in a $1B rollup, now Oracle Live Help -- the first and largest carrier-class telecom platform for live customer service.

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 is the founding CSO and director of stealth project HRDN, a multifaceted security appliance that immunizes any networked device from hack attacks and quantum decryption.

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).

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

NASDAQ CTO Summit photo by Peter Bell

  • Education
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology