Meet the Mobile App Challenge Judges

Our panel includes rockstars from research, corporate and non-profit worlds.  On May 30, they'll award $10,000 for the best idea.


FRANK BENTLEY, Principal Research Scientist, Yahoo! Labs

Frank Bentley

Frank Bentley is a Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Labs in Sunnyvale, California with over twelve years of experience in the mobile industry. Frank's work investigates the ways in which mobile devices can help strengthen strong-tie social relationships and how people can interact with large personal informatics data sets about their lives. He takes projects from early conceptual studies through to prototyping, field evaluation, and product as a routine process. Frank also co-teaches the MIT course 21w.789 (Communicating Using MobileTechnology) with Ed Barrett, one of the first mobile application courses starting in 2006 and released a book, Building Mobile Experiences, with MIT Press in 2012.


John Mohr

John oversees Foundation-wide technology services and planning. He is responsible for developing a strong and sustainable information technology infrastructure. As a leader of the department (and within the Foundation management team), the CIO provides oversight, vision, planning, development, and strategy for the Foundation. 

Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation, John was the Director of Academic Systems at the University of Chicago. The 20 enterprise applications he supported serve student, academic, and campus activities. He planned initiatives across the Academic and Student IT areas. 

In previous roles at the University, John was the Director of the Web Services department where he led the redesign of the University's website. He also led the Project Management office and the implementation of the Alumni Development system.

Prior to that, John led IT teams at early stage technology companies in Seattle, Washington. He was a key member of the leadership teams and had responsibility for technical operations, product development, strategic planning, and key relationships with technology partners and investors.

John received a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and Operations Management from Northern Illinois University and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. John also serves on the board of the Maroon Financial Credit Union. He and his wife live in Evanston, IL.


Jonathan leads product development and mobile engineering for RECSOLU, a growing startup headquartered in Chicago building global recruiting software and mobile apps for university and diversity recruiting teams within large organizations.

In previous roles, Jonathan has built and led Chicago-based mobile design and engineering teams and has shipped dozens of consumer and enterprise mobile products (e.g. L.A. Times, Chicago Blackhawks, CDW, etc). He has also architected numerous underlying business-centric APIs that serve as the foundation for mobile products in the enterprise.

He is also a mentor to a number of startups and entrepreneurial communities (e.g. Catapult Chicago, Excelerate Labs, Starter League, New Venture Challenge), speaks on mobile product design and enjoys the challenge of reinventing the enterprise through mobility, passion and creativity.

Jonathan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Computer & Information Systems from Northwestern University.