Judges

Kara Swisher

Co-Founder and Executive Editor, Recode; Host, "Recode Decode" podcast; and Co-Executive Producer, Code Conference
National Judge

One of tech’s leading journalists, Kara Swisher is the co-founder and executive editor of Recode and host of the weekly interview podcast "Recode Decode." She is also the co-executive editor of Code Conferences, which feature prominent speakers from the digital industry.

Previously, Swisher co-produced and co-hosted The Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital,” with Walt Mossberg. It was the major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering was considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries. She and Mossberg were also the co-executive editors of the tech and media website, AllThingsD.com from 2007 until 2013.

Swisher worked in the San Francisco bureau of The Wall Street Journal, where she wrote the column, “BoomTown,” which appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also on The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com. Previously, Swisher covered breaking news about the web’s major players and Internet policy issues and wrote feature articles on technology for the paper.

Swisher was a reporter at The Washington Post and an editor at the City Paper of Washington, D.C. She is the author of “aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” and the sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future.”

Swisher received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.