Javier Aguera

Javier Aguera is a young technologist and entrepreneur. At the age of 15, he started Geeksphone which became the first European smartphone-maker to launch Android to the market in 2009. His company evolved into Blackphone, recognized as one of the top 10 Technological Breakthroughs by MIT and Top Invention of the year 2014 by TIME Magazine, for pioneering privacy and security in consumer phones. After its acquisition by Silent Circle in 2015, he worked for the firm as Chief Scientist until 2016 when he joined the Artificial Intelligence start-up Snips as Vice President of Business Development. Javier also co-founded three other start-ups in the fields of media and telecom, and serves on the board of 2 virtual reality companies. He is a former advisor in digital agenda policy for the European Commission’s Vice President Neelie Kroes and a founding member of the Forum’s Global Shapers Madrid Hub. He has been featured twice in Forbes 30 Under 30 and MIT Innovators Under 35 lists, and has given talks at events such as Hello Tomorrow and Mobile World Congress.