Damion Hänkejh is the CTO of Majestyk -- a premier New York City-based full-service software development agency, recently selected by IBM as one of three new Watson Ecosystem partners (currently 8 worldwide) chosen from more than 2,500 business concepts submitted by teams spanning 18 industries from 43 countries. Fang (Friendly Anthropomorphic Networked Genome), Majestyk's Watson-powered prototype of the first cognitive toy to hold an adaptive educational conversation/relationship with kids, parents and teachers, will debut in early 2015 and positively disrupt education globally.
Damion is also the founding partner of Ingk Labs, an intellectual property holding firm from which various companies have spun out, including InstantService (now Oracle Live Help), Powerset (now Microsoft Bing | Decision Engine), and Virtual OR (now Swedish Medical).
He has founded, invested in and advised startup ventures with an emphasis on intellectual property strategy for more than two decades.
As a 25-year old, Damion invented Internet customer service before IBM coined the term eCommerce. Under his direction, Ingk Labs developed and deployed InstantService, the first and largest carrier-class Internet telecommunications platform for live agent customer service. Oracle acquired InstantService in a $1 billion rollup (now Oracle Live Help).
His career began as the only non-degreed prodigal teenager in the research and development lab at HP, where he served as the company's youngest systems analyst. He worked on the first implementation of Adobe PostScript in HP printers and handwriting recognition systems. He later built bleeding edge telemedicine/robotics and enterprise software startups into profitable companies acquired by industry leaders.
Damion was honored as a Smithsonian Laureate for his work as founder and CTO of Virtual Operating Room (now Swedish Medical), a pioneering research project at the nexus of medicine, robotics and global network infrastructure which set the stage for the first fully accredited virtual operating rooms worldwide.
He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with an emphasis on Massively Parallel Computing Architectures, Machine Intelligence and Physics.