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Praveen Alavilli
Praveen Alavilli (PayPal)

Praveen leads developer evangelism and the docs and tools organization at X.commerce to help developers learn, build, and use the PayPal, eBay and X.commerce platforms. Before that, he was the lead evangelist for PayPalX, and a systems architect for identity and authentication at Amazon, and earlier he did the same at AOL. Praveen has long been a proponent of open standards, and has been a big supporter of grassroots efforts such as OpenID and OAuth.

Suzanne Alexandra
Suzanne Alexandra (Motorola)

As an Android Technology Evangelist with Motorola Mobility, Suzanne Alexandra helps third-party developers create great applications for Android devices. Suzanne’s career includes extensive experience as a developer advocate and technology author in companies such as Adobe, eBay, and Sun Microsystems. She speaks on Android development topics internationally and supports developers online as an Android technical expert.

Dion Almaer
Dion Almaer (Google)

Currently, Dion Almaer is an engineering director in Google’s Developer Products group, where he works to commodity developer infrastructure and make sure that external developers have access to the same quality Google products as internal Googlers do. Previously, took part in the software process from his own startups as well as at well-known companies such as Mozilla, Palm, and Walmart.

Magnus Bäck
Magnus Bäck (Sony Ericsson)

Magnus has worked with software configuration management, build management, and development tools at Sony Ericsson’s main development hub in Lund, Sweden, since 2004 when he graduated from Lund Institute of Technology.

Initially working with the company’s proprietary mobile phone platform, his focus shifted to Android in early 2009 when his main task became to figure out how to get hundreds of software developers to thrive in a new Linux environment with Git-based source control — and how to actually make useful mobile phone software from their work. Magnus currently spends his time with the configurability of Sony Ericsson’s Android software platform, branching strategies for efficient parallel work, and the occasional makefile and Python hacks.

Massimo Banzi
Massimo Banzi (Arduino)

Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project and has worked for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions like: Architectural Association – London, Hochschule f r Gestaltung und Kunst Basel, Hochschule f r Gestaltung Schw bisch Gm nd, FH Potsdam, Domus Academy, Medialab Madrid, Escola Superior de Disseny Barcelona, ARS Electronica Linz, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Doors of Perception Amsterdam.

Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient,... Read More.

Alex  Barnett
Alex Barnett (Intuit)

Ken Singer is the CEO and co-founder of AppCentral, a provider of mobile application management solutions for enterprises.
Singer has worked extensively in the mobile industry in various executive, product management and sales roles. Prior to AppCentral, he worked at MobiTV and IPSH/Omnicom. He is a mobile industry consultant having advised companies like Anheuser-Busch and several global ad agencies on how to connect to mobile consumers.
Singer is also an instructor for the Mobile Applications course in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is on the board of the Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative, whose charter is to challenge the students of the world’s top universities to create the next big mobile idea.

Keith Bergelt
Keith Bergelt (Open Invention Network)

Keith Bergelt is the chief executive officer of Open Invention Network (OIN), the collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. In this capacity he is directly responsible for enabling, influencing and defending the integrity of the Linux ecosystem. Central to the achievement of his goals is the acquisition and transfer of patent rights designed to permit members of the Linux ecosystem to operate free of the threat of assertion and litigation from those whose business models are antithetical to innovation and global economic growth in information technology and computing.

Prior to joining the Open Invention Network, Mr. Bergelt served as president and CEO of two Hedge Funds – Paradox Capital and IPI – formed... Read More.

Hristo Bojinov is responsible for the security architecture of 3LM products. Concurrently, he is a PhD candidate at Stanford University where his research focuses on mobile and web security. Previously, Hristo was in charge of building storage security and key management appliances at Decru (and later at NetApp). Before that, he built scalable mobile application server software at Oracle. Hristo holds a S.B. from MIT and M.S. from Stanford.

Joe Bowser
Joe Bowser (Adobe)

Joe is the creator of the Android implementation of PhoneGap, which has been used in products featured in Popular Science, and as part of the Sony Web SDK. He also works on various client projects developing mobile applications for many platforms using PhoneGap and other frameworks that leverage web technologies. He spends his spare time going to various security conferences, and helping run the Vancouver Hacker Space, which he co-founded, as well as contributing to other Open Source projects.

Eric Burke (Square)

Co-creator of Square for Android, long-time Java programmer, and UI ninja.

Mike Burns (thoughtbot)

Mike Burns is an Android and Web developer in Boston. He is a Web startup vetran many times over, runs the Boston Android Developer Group, and is the Android lead at thoughtbot. In his spare time he plays with niche programming languages, currently concentrating on Scala and Haskell.

Sean Byrnes
Sean Byrnes (Flurry, Inc.)

Sean co-founded Flurry, Inc. ( in 2005 to take advantage of the rapidly expanding mobile application ecosystem and growing potential of mobile phones. Today, Flurry is the leading provider of services to developers of mobile applications, working with over 60,000 developers of applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry and other platform. Flurry’s flagship product, Flurry Analytics, provides in depth intelligence to developers about their mobile applications and tracks over 1.2 Billion application sessions per day. Prior to Flurry, Sean worked in the eServices group of Verizon Communications where he built commercial services from emerging technologies such as WiFi and VoIP. Sean holds a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering from Dartmouth College and a Master of Engineering from Cornell University in Computer Science.

Stephen Chin
Stephen Chin (Oracle)

Stephen Chin is a technical expert in RIA technologies, and Chief Agile Methodologist at GXS where he is leading a large-scale Lean/Agile rollout with hundreds of developers spread out across the globe. He coauthored the Apress Pro JavaFX Platform title, which is the current leading technical reference for JavaFX, and is lead author of the upcoming Pro Android Flash title. In addition, Stephen runs the very successful Silicon Valley JavaFX User Group, which has hundreds of members and tens of thousands of online viewers. Finally, he is a Java Champion and an internationally recognized speaker featured at Devoxx, Jazoon, and JavaOne, where he received a Rock Star Award. Stephen can be followed on twitter @steveonjava and reached via his blog:

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Dan Clifford (AnswerLab)

Dan Clifford is the co-founder and Chief Experience Officer at AnswerLab. He co-founded the company to deliver trusted customer insights that help the world’s leading brands build outstanding digital products and services. The company focuses exclusively on user experience research to understand what people see, do, think and feel when using web sites, mobile applications, and other digital products. AnswerLab is recognized as an Inc. 500 company and has been ranked by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the 100 fastest-growing privately-held companies in the bay area 3 years in a row.

Dan has been consulting with industry leaders for 20 years, helping clients make the right decisions that guide the building of outstanding digital products. Clients include global brands such as... Read More.

Eric Cloninger
Eric Cloninger (Motorola Mobility)

Eric Cloninger is the Product Line Manager for MOTODEV Tools and the lead for the Eclipse Foundation Sequoyah project. At Motorola Mobility, he leads a team of developers working on open source projects and products targeting Android mobile devices. When he’s away from the IDE, Eric spends his time hiking, kayaking and photographing the world around him. Eric is an alumnus of the Oklahoma State University.

Karen Copenhaver (Choate Hall & Stewart)

Karen Copenhaver is listed in The International Who’s Who of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers, Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. She was also named in The Legal 500 for technology transactions. Ms. Copenhaver is only the 5th lawyer ever to receive Mass High Tech’s prestigious “Mass High Tech All-Stars Award,” which honors the thought leaders and innovators throughout the New England technology sector. She has been chosen by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the world’s top IP strategists in their feature “IAM 250 — A Guide to the World’s Leading IP Strategists.”

Ms. Copenhaver is also director of intellectual property strategy for the Linux Foundation.

Nick Farina
Nick Farina (Meridian)

CTO and cofounder of Meridian, a platform for iOS and Android location-based services. Also cofounded Spotlight Mobile, creator of award-winning apps on a variety of mobile platforms for brands like Nike, Vogue, and Barnes & Noble. Developed the first widely-used “indoor GPS” mobile app for the American Museum of Natural History.

Brady Forrest
Brady Forrest (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Brady Forrest is Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Where and co-chair for Android Open . Additionally, he co-chaired the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and NYC. Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
Jay Freeman
Jay Freeman (SaurikIT, LLC)

Jay Freeman (saurik), a contributor to the Android Open-Source Project, has been involved with rooted Android devices since he first wrote instructions for the installation of Debian armel onto the G1. Many Android developers are familiar with his work on Cyrket, an off-device browser for the Android Market. However, he is most well known for Cydia, an alternative to the App Store for “jailbroken” iPhones/iPads that specializes in “anything that is not an app”: in particular, distributing software based on MobileSubstrate, an open-source framework he developed to allow for the relatively sane modification of other applications. Cydia is installed on roughly 10% of iPhones worldwide and contains tens of thousands of packages.

Alex Gaber
Alex Gaber (Alcatel Lucent)

Alex Gaber, Alcatel-Lucent Technical Evangelist, Application Enablement Platform. Alex brings a wealth of technical expertise in cross-platform mobile app development, web development, API enabled platforms, and software development tools. His focus at Alcatel Lucent is to promote the adoption of APIs of Service Providers who utilize 2G,3G and 4G LTE technologies globally, and assist the developer community with best practices for application integration. Alex was most recently with Rhomobile, a leading cross platform framework for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 applications. Prior to that he was with Mashery, one of the earliest entrants in the Cloud and API Management infrastructure industry. He has also held an executive role at TechExcel, a leader in software development tools (SDLC / Read More.

Ben Galbraith
Ben Galbraith (Google)

Ben Galbraith is the head of product and developer relations for Google’s Developer Product group. Prior to Google, Ben has alternated between entrepreneurial and executive roles across companies in many industries, such as Mozilla, Palm/HP, and Walmart. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and eight children.

Michael Galpin
Michael Galpin (Bump Technologies)

Michael Galpin is an Android engineer at Bump Technologies and has worked on two of the most downloaded apps on the Android Market, Bump and eBay Mobile for Android. He is a co-author of the book Android in Practice.

Aleksandar Gargenta
Aleksandar Gargenta (Twitter, Inc.)

Aleksandar (Saša) Gargenta is the technology brains at Marakana. Always on top of the latest in software, Aleksandar is company’s radar for technology that matters. His latest ventures are perfecting Marakana’s Android Internals and Security courses.

As an Android and Java expert, Aleksandar is the author of Marakana’s Java, Advanced Java, Android Security, Spring/Hibernate, JBoss, Apache, XML/XSL, and JUnit/TestNG training courses. Phew. And if that’s not enough, he’s also the chief architect of Marakana Spark, the on-demand software platform that powers and a number of other training companies. As an instructor he’s taught hundreds of classes for everyone from Apple to Disney, from NASA to the Department of Defense.

In his spare time Aleksandar runs the San Francisco Java, Android, and... Read More.

Marko Gargenta
Marko Gargenta (PlusPlus)

Building Twitter @University; Co-founded Marakana (acquired by Twitter); Author of Learning Android and Android Bootcamp; Five times speaker at OSCON

Kelly Goto
Kelly Goto (gotomedia, LLC)

As an evangelist for design ethnography, Kelly Goto is dedicated to understanding how real people integrate products and services into their daily lives.Goto is a sought-after international keynote lecturer and author on the topics of web and mobile strategies, usability, and design ethnography. Her book, Web Redesign 2.0: Workflow that Works has been translated into 14 languages and is an established standard for workflow methodologies and user-centered design principles worldwide.

Kelly is principal of gotomedia, LLC, a global leader in research-driven, people-friendly interface design for web, mobile and product solutions for clients including Seiko Epson Japan, Adobe, VeriSign, Nokia, WebEx and CNET. For the past 20 years, she has worked in the digital media industry launching brands and initiatives for Toyota, Paramount, Infiniti,... Read More.

mark gross
mark gross (Intel)

Mark works for Intel cooperation in its ultra Mobile Group doing Android integration and debug as as the UMG android kernel architect as well as higher level activities. Mark specialises in power management at the kernel level, kernel porting, rebaseing BSP’s to new versions of android, and platform integration bring up and debugging in user mode and some performance optimisation activities. Mark has worked in the Linux kernel for about 11 years, has been part of Linux PM efforts and has spoken at a few Linux conferences but, still trying to be a better speaker.

He knows how to take a joke and has interests in all things nerdy.

Sara Haider
Sara Haider (Twitter)

Sara Haider is on the mobile team at Twitter, where she’s an engineer on Twitter for Android and is leading Twitter’s efforts around women in engineering. When she first joined Twitter in the fall of 2009, she managed Twitter’s user services engineering team. Before joining Twitter, Sara worked at a consulting firm and also interned at Google. Sara graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Software Engineering.

Derek Halliday (Guardian Project)

Derek is the west coast lead for the Guardian Project, an effort to build secure, open-source mobile solutions for activists, journalists and human rights organizations. Focused on mobile product & project management, Derek leads application usability design, testing, training and trial management. Prior to his work at Guardian, Derek served as product manager at Peek, where he helped build and launch a nationwide low-cost mobile messaging handheld.

Tony Hillerson
Tony Hillerson (Tack Mobile)

Tony Hillerson is a partner and mobile developer at Tack Mobile.

Bess Ho
Bess Ho (Archimedes Ventures)

Bess Ho is the Mobile Architect (EIR) at Archimedes Ventures. She gesture lectures at well-established universities and teaches mobile design and development privately and online at She is also an active mobile publisher and hacker. The team she led won “Best Healthcare” category at iPhone Dev Camp in 2009 and 2011 and receive “Honorable Mention” at iPad Dev Camp 2010. She won top prizes in iOS app at Muther! Hackathon in 2011. She is also a winner recipient of Nokia Open Screen Project Fund in 2010.

Bess has presented at major tech conferences and events in Web20 Expo SF, Where20 Conference, Plug and Play Mobile Play conference, Silicon Valley Code Camp (SVCC), Techcrunch Disrupt Hackathon, Silicon Valley China Wireless Conference (SVCW)... Read More.

Peter Hoddie
Peter Hoddie (Marvell)

For nearly a decade, Peter Hoddie has played a central role in defining, building and promoting Apple’s trailblazing QuickTime technology. While at Apple, Mr. Hoddie was awarded the designation of Distinguished Engineer for his work on QuickTime.

In 2000, he founded Generic Media to radically simplify both the publishing and viewing of digital media by introducing the first on-demand, real-time media transcoding server. While at Generic Media, Mr. Hoddie, in partnership with Sony, helped to create the gMovie Player, the leading video technology for Palm handhelds.

In 2002, Mr. Hoddie co-founded Kinoma to develop a next-generation virtual software platform. Kinoma products became known for combining a thoughtfully designed user experience with leading-edge technology. Kinoma software was widely deployed by Palm, Sony and Sling Media. Kinoma... Read More.

Jean Hsu
Jean Hsu (Pulse)

Jean Hsu co-leads Android development at Pulse and has helped to grow the Android userbase from a quarter million users to over 2.5 million. Before she entered the startup world, she worked at Google on P2P payment experiments. Jean holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Computer Science from Princeton University. She blogs and tweets about her startup adventures and Android tips at and @jyhsu.

Claire Hunsaker
Claire Hunsaker (Samasource)

Claire works at Samasource, a San Francisco-based social enterprise that connects people living in poverty with internet-based work through a proprietary platform. At Samasource, her hats have included leading product, strategy and field expansion, but these days she helps clients connect with Samasource data and content solutions as the head of Sales and Marketing. Her prior gigs have included LiveOps, social enterprise in rural Vietnam, and management consulting with Katzenbach Partners, where she led client teams at large technology companies and helped several non-profits with large-scale operational growth.

Claire holds a BA from Columbia, an MA from the University of London, and an MBA from Stanford.

In her spare time, she knits, plays with Drupal, and sets small fires in her kitchen.

Brian Jepson
Brian Jepson (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)

Brian Jepson is an editor for O’Reilly Media; he covers a number of areas, including Arduino, wireless sensor networks, mobile devices, as well as some Microsoft and Apple topics.

He likes to hack on gadgets such as Arduino and the Netduino in his spare time, and he is also the co-founder and co-host of Providence Geeks, a monthly gathering in Providence, RI.

Ken Jones
Ken Jones (Marakana, Inc.)

Ken Jones is a Sr. Technical Trainer at Marakana, Inc., specializing in teaching Android programming and other open source technologies. Ken has thousands of in-class hours presenting advanced technical topics, and over 25 years experience in technical training and documentation targeted towards software developers. Ken has delivered training to various software development teams within the Fortune 1000 such as Cisco, Intel, IBM, Boeing, AT&T, Ericsson/Nokia, and many more.

Indrajit Khare
Indrajit Khare (Bump Technologies Inc.)

“Indy”; specializes in client-side mobile development, both on Android and iOS. Before joining Bump, Indy founded a mobile startup that created some of the most popular early iPhone apps. Indy did his Masters at Stanford focusing on HCI and design after graduating from UCSD. To clear his mind, Indy spends his weekends hiking and trying out delicious new restaurants.

Ted Ladd
Ted Ladd (WIMM Labs)

Ted Ladd is the Director of Developer Relations and Platform Evangelist for WIMM Labs. He previously worked at Palm Inc., and loves all electronic gadgets, especially those that make life easier AND look good.

WIMM Labs is an early-stage Silicon Valley-based company leading the micro-experience movement through its open platform of wearable hardware, Android applications and customized services.

Dario Laverde

Dario Laverde is a Developer Evangelist at HTC. He has experience in software development for mobile, embedded, web and enterprise. Amongst his various professional roles, he has worked as an Android Instructor, consultant, Java architect, author and entrepreneur. Dario leads the NYCJava JUG and co-organizes both the NYC-GTUG and the New York Android Developers Meetup. He also co-founded the skylight1 open source Android project.

Bob Lee
Bob Lee (Square Inc. )

Bob Lee is the CTO of Square Inc. Prior to Square, Bob led Android’s core library development, created the Jolt award-winning Guice framework, and led JSR 330 Dependency Injection for Java.

Philip Lindsay
Philip Lindsay (

Philip Lindsay (also known as “follower” from writes documentation, creates code libraries, develops example projects and provides developer support for companies including Pebble Technology, SparkFun Electronics, Arduino and other clients.

Tim O’Reilly once called Philip a “troublemaker” for his early Google Maps reverse engineering efforts.

He has a particular interest in the areas where design, art, craft and technology intersect.

Follow his project logs at Labradoc.

Kevin Lynch
Kevin Lynch (Adobe)

As chief technology officer and senior vice president, Experience & Technology Organization, Kevin Lynch oversees Adobe’s experience design and core technology across business units. This role includes driving Adobe’s technology platform for designers and developers across desktops and devices, including Adobe® Flash® Player, Portable Document Format (PDF), Adobe Flex® and Adobe AIR™, the cross-operating system application runtime that bridges the computing power and data capabilities of the desktop with the real-time dynamic capabilities of the web. He also oversees Adobe’s developer relations program, including the integration of customers and partners in the development process through Adobe Labs and customer advisory councils.

Prior to being named CTO in 2008, Lynch served as senior vice president and chief software architect for Adobe’s Platform Business Unit.... Read More.

John Malloy
John Malloy (BlueRun Ventures)

John Malloy, Partner, co-founded BlueRun Ventures in 1998 and brings over 25 years of experience in early stage venture and technology. John enjoys working with early stage companies and entrepreneurs as they chart their strategy and launch their products. John has successfully invested in a broad spectrum of technologies and services including companies such as Paypal (EBAY), Bitfone (HP), Slide (GOOG) and (ERTS). Today, John focuses on early stage opportunities particularly in mobile software and consumer internet. Some of John’s current investments include Chomp, Topsy, and Waze.

Prior to starting the firm, John spent more than 15 years in management and executive roles at Nokia, MCI and a communications services start-up. He holds a J.D. from George Mason School of... Read More.

Will Marshall
Will Marshall (USRA/NASA)

William Marshall is based in the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. His work at NASA centres on two areas, low cost satellites and orbital space debris. His two principle projects are: (1) PhoneSat – an ultra low cost satellite bus which leverages smartphone technology; and (2) LightForce – a scheme to remediate the orbital debris challenge using photon pressure to nudge debris to prevent debris-debris collisions. Prior to these projects he helped to develop other small sat missions including: on the science team of LCROSS mission which verified large quantities of water at the lunar south pole; a systems engineer on LADEE mission; and a system’s engineer on the Hover Test Vehicle. He has published over 30... Read More.

Zigurd Mednieks (

Zigurd is the lead author of Programming Android and a consultant to OEMs, device makers, applications publishers, and enterprises on Android systems, applications, and related subject matter.

David Merrill
David Merrill (Sifteo)

David Merrill is President and co-founder of Sifteo. Dave is an expert in cutting-edge human-computer interaction, producing multiple award-winning interfaces and technologies that reinvent how people use computers. David and his work have been featured at TED, MOMA, the Discovery Channel and Wired.

David holds a BS in Symbolic Systems and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford, and an MS and PhD from MIT.

Yahya Mirza (Aurora Borealis Software)

Yahya Mirza’s original background was aeronautical engineering and was initially employed by Battelle Labs in Columbus Ohio. After transitioning into the software industry, Yahya spent three years as a visiting researcher in the UIUC Smalltalk Research Group. Through his company, Aurora Borealis Software, Yahya has worked on system software projects for Microsoft, CatDaddy Games, Source Dynamics, Pixar Animation Studios and Small Machines Inc. Since 2002, Yahya has been the organizer of a number of applied workshops including the Language Runtimes workshops, held at the OOPSLA and Supercomputing Conferences, the Interactive Cinema Symposium held at Siggraph and the Multi-core / Many-core Conference. Recently Yahya has worked with the Clang / LLVM compilation system and an OS bring-up on the Tegra-2 SoC for an... Read More.

Simon Monk
Simon Monk (Momote)

Simon has been active in the Android and Arduino worlds almost from the beginning. He has spoken at a number of international conferences including SD Best Practice in Moscow (

He is author of four Android and Arduino books with McGraw Hill including ‘Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius’, ‘Programming Arduino’ and ‘30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius’.
His interests include agile and mobile software development, as well as physical computing.

Tyler Moskowite
Tyler Moskowite (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)

Tyler Moskowite, a programmer, engineering intern at Make Magazine, and student at Santa Rosa Junior College, has been tinkering with electronics for almost half his life. He picked up Arduino, then Android, and with the release of the ADK he has found his niche.

Mark Murphy (CommonsWare)

Mark Murphy is the founder of CommonsWare and the author of the Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development and other books on Android application development. He is active in supporting the Android developer community, from answering questions on StackOverflow to publishing sample code and reusable components as open source.

A three-time entrepreneur, his experience ranges from consulting on open source and collaborative development for the Fortune 500 to application development on just about anything smaller than a mainframe. He has been a software developer for nearly three decades, from the TRS-80 to the latest crop of mobile devices. A polished speaker, Mr. Murphy has delivered conference presentations and training sessions on a wide array of topics internationally.

Lance Nanek
Lance Nanek (HTC)

Lance Nanek is a Developer Evangelist at HTC. He has ten years of experience in information technology: implementing web metrics for at IBM, writing Java web applications at State University of New York System Administration, and working on Android apps for many companies, including CardioTrainer by WorkSmart Labs with over three million downloads. He has a master’s degree in Computer Science from State University of New York University at Albany.

Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand... Read More.

Purin Phanichphant

Though at different times, he’s masqueraded as a Hollywood star, a part-time prince, and a buddhist monk, Purin has always been a designer at heart. Drawing inspiration from his native Thailand, where fun, play, and lightheartedness are a way of life, and his fetish for buttons, knobs, and displays, Purin has designed a number of playful and interactive creations. His most recent work includes a six-foot-tall land-glider dubbed the Death Wheel 3000dx, an interface for human-computer sex, a wall covered with all the tap lights in the Bay Area, and a machine that churns out authentic Thai food with the push of a button.

Kiran Prasad
Kiran Prasad (LinkedIn)

Focused on investigating, innovating, designing and executing solutions to make it easier for people to communicate. Mobile Computing in particular is something that is of growing importance in our social culture and my goal is to build devices, software and services to help deliver solutions that make peoples lives more efficient and more enjoyable. In a nutshell, I would define myself as a product innovator and designer.

Mark Radcliffe (DLA Piper)

Mr. Radcliffe has been practicing law in Silicon Valley for over 25 years and is now a senior partner at DLA Piper. DLA Piper is a new global law firm formed in 2005 from the merger of three law firms. The firm now has 4200 lawyers in more than 30 countries and more than 70 cities.

His practice is a mix of corporate securities and intellectual property. He works with many startups as well as large global companies. He has had the opportunity to work with companies in many industries, ranging from semiconductor to digital media to open source. He is the General Counsel, pro bono, of the Open Source Initiative and ran the “Users” committee reviewing the GPLv3 draft. For the last... Read More.

Will Ro (HTCpro)

Will Ro, Global Director, HTCpro – As the Global Director of HTCpro, the businesses services channel of HTC, Will Ro has established himself as a leader in helping businesses realize the possibilities of mobile technology, including the strategic development of mobile applications, device management programs and mobile education. He has built his position with years of experience across enterprise sales, system integration, wireless, network security, and business planning, as well as solid experience in IT integration and how it builds off of business processes.

Estuardo Robles
Estuardo Robles (AppsGeyser)

Estuardo Robles is specialized in marketing and international expansion of technnology companies. His role supports AppsGeyser’s continued growth and leadership in the app generator category. Within the mobile space he he’s also led the expansion efforts of SMSRGENCY, an SMS-based emergency relay which has won international recognition by the UN-GAID. Robles is also a frequent speaker and advisor on topics of economic development.

He earned his BBA in Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin y an MBA from the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile. He’s been a professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Vasily Salomatov (AppsGeyser)

Vasily Salomatov is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of AppsGeyser, the fastest-growing app generating platform, which since launch in February 2011 has seen more than 22,000 apps created and over 1 million downloads. Prior to this, he bootstrapped Besttoolbars, which he grew to more than 7,000 customers, including 100 fortune 500 companies. Throughout the years he has also been known for successful product launches such as and, as well as his two service-based ventures, Softomate consulting and even a disco light + audio equipment rental company he started when he was 16.

Salomatov has been an invited speaker and panelist on topics such as the mobile economy, the future of apps, tablet adoption in the enterprise, among others. He earned his PhD in... Read More.

Juan  Sanchez
Juan Sanchez (EffectiveUI)

Juan Sanchez is an experience architect at EffectiveUI, a leading provider of rich interactive applications, based in Denver, Colo. Equipped with a creative eye and logical mind, Juan walks the line between designer and developer. He also manages, a Web site dedicated to compiling skins and themes for Flex, and is currently co-authoring a book on creating visual experiences in Flex. As a member of the Degrafa team, Juan brings a designer’s perspective to the evolving framework.

Wendy Seltzer
Wendy Seltzer (Chilling Effects Clearinghouse)

Wendy Seltzer is a Fellow with Yale Law School’s Information Society Program, researching openness in intellectual property, innovation, privacy, and free expression online. As a Fellow with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Wendy founded and leads the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, helping Internet users to understand their rights in response to cease-and-desist threats. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Tor Project, promoting privacy and anonymity research, education, and technology; and the World Wide Web Foundation, U.S., dedicated to advancing the web and empowering people by improving Web science, standards, and generative accessibility of Web. She seeks to improve technology policy in support of user-driven innovation and communication.

Wendy has conducted research with Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy and the... Read More.

Jonathan Simon
Jonathan Simon (

Jonathan Simon is a developer and interaction designer that loves to make great apps for people to use, and he loves to help other people make them too. He’s worked on a dizzying array of platforms and customers from trading systems built in Java/Swing for major Wall Street investment banks, to collaborative websites built in Ruby on Rails, and now mobile. Jonathan is a senior engineer at, a Yelp for the outdoors. His new book Head First Android Development is now available in Early Release Format.

Jonathan is also an active percussionist and composer able to lay down some massive drum set funk, or thrill audiences with Klezmer and ragtime xylophone. If he’s not coding, or playing music, he’s likely riding or building a... Read More.

Robert Stephens
Robert Stephens (Best Buy, Geek Squad)

A native of Chicago, Robert left a scholarship at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1990 to pursue a degree in computer science at the University of Minnesota. While attending the University, he landed a job fixing computers for the Human Factors Research Laboratory . Over a three year period, he rose to become head engineer of the lab while earning scholarships from the U.S. Navy and the FAA building flight and driving simulators. It was also during this time he started a computer consulting business. In April 1994, after three years at the University, he formed The Geek Squad with $200. In 2002, The Geek Squad acquired Best Buy and opened Geek Squad precincts in all Best Buy US and Canadian stores. Now,... Read More.

Jeff Stone
Jeff Stone (Sprint Nextel)

Jeff Stone manages a mobile application development team at Sprint-Nextel, focused on software to enable and extend open mobile platforms. He has an extensive software development background designing and developing apps for various mobile platforms, web services, and middleware. While interested in all things mobile and electronic gadgetry, he has been focused on Android development for the past couple of years.

Ralph Tavarez (Collective Bytes)

With over 20 years experience in the technology industry, he has a track record of bringing forth innovative solutions to companies for companies such as Texaco, Morgan Stanley, Viacom and global cell phone distributor, Brightstar. Ralph also has prior experience with startups. His first experience was as CTO of, a Latin digital music download business. His other primary experience was as COO of, the Amazon of Brazil that is currently public on the Brazilian stock exchange. His key strengths lie in envisioning creative products and solutions that approach the problem with his unique point of view. One such example is Open Gesture, an innovative desktop replacement application for Android. Ralph is also a recent winner of the startup camp mobile edition... Read More.

Bruno Terkaly
Bruno Terkaly (Microsoft)

As an evangelist at Microsoft, Bruno Terkaly spends time writing code and giving live presentations on building cloud-based applications using the Windows Azure Platform. Some of his key responsibilities include assisting and directly engaging with some of the largest software brands in the world to help them understand and adopt Azure as a public cloud platform; acting as an architect and advisor taking existing on-premises and AWS architectures and migrating them to a scalable, fault-tolerant, highly available, and robust global public cloud presence; and finding gaps in the platform from lessons learned in the field to help engineering roadmaps better meet customer needs. Bruno also has a strong interest in mobile computing and is convinced that both mobile and cloud platforms are poised for... Read More.

Peter Vescuso (Black Duck Software)

Peter brings over 20 years experience in marketing and executive management developing new markets and building brands. Prior to joining Black Duck Software, Peter was VP/GM of the Enterprise Business and VP of Marketing at Cantata Technology. Cantata was a leading provider of enabling communications technology formed in the acquisition of Brooktrout Technology by Excel Switching and was itself acquired by Dialogic in 2007.

Before Cantata Technology, Peter was Director of Marketing at Compaq Computer (before the acquisition by Hewlett-Packard) responsible for product marketing and market development in the Workstation Division. Before joining Compaq, he spent eight years in Hewlett-Packard’s Technical Systems Division in senior marketing, market development and strategic planning roles.

Peter earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the New York Institute... Read More.

Jesse Vincent
Jesse Vincent (Keyboardio)

Jesse Vincent is the Co-founder and CTO of Keyboardio, an open hardware company whose first product is a comfortable, ultra-hackable computer keyboard. He is also the creator of RT and RTIR, and the founder of Best Practical Solutions, LLC, a company dedicated to open tools to help people and organizations keep track of what needs doing, when it gets done, and who does it. Jesse is also the founder and project lead of K-9 Mail, the leading open source email client for Android. Jesse was the project lead for Perl 5 for the 5.12 and 5.14 release cycles.

Lars Vogel
Lars Vogel (

Lars Vogel maintains the website with many Android and Eclipse related tutorials and with more then 24 000 daily visitors.

He works as an independent Android and Eclipse trainer and as employee of SAP AG in the role of a product owner. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, as for example EclipseCon, EclipseSummitEurope, Java Forum Stuttgart, MobilTechCon and Droidcon. Lars received 2010 the “Eclipse Top Contributor Award”.

Dave Wolber
Dave Wolber (University of San Francisco)

David Wolber is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of San Francisco and co-author of “App Inventor: Create Your Own Android Apps”. David teaches App Inventor in his “Computing, Robots, and the Web” course at USF. The apps created by his students– mostly humanities and business majors with no prior programming experience–were chronicled in articles of the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Tech Crunch,, and Yahoo news.

David Wu
David Wu (HTC)

David Wu is a senior engineer at HTC. He works on the social network team for HTC Sense, responsible for adding “social touches” to the overall user experience. He is one of the core developers behind HTC Friend Stream.

In his free time he is also an active participant in the free software community in Taiwan. He is a regular at both the Taipei Open Source Software User Group and Hacking Thursday.

Karim Yaghmour
Karim Yaghmour (Opersys inc.)

Karim J. Yaghmour is part serial entrepreneur part unrepentant geek. He is most widely known for having authored O’Reilly’s Building Embedded Linux Systems, which sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide and has been translated into several different languages. Karim pioneered the world of Linux tracing by introducing the Linux Trace Toolkit (LTT) in the late ‘90s. He continued maintaining LTT through 2005 and was joined in this effort by developers from several companies, including IBM, HP, and Intel. LTT users have included: Google, IBM, HP, Oracle, Alcatel, Nortel, Ericsson, Qualcomm, NASA, Boeing, Airbus, Sony, Samsung, NEC, Fujitsu, SGI, RedHat, Thales, Oerlikon, Bull, Motorola, ARM, ST Micro. Other contributions include relayfs and Adeos. Karim has presented... Read More.

Amir Youssefi
Amir Youssefi (Citrus Labs)

Amir Youssefi is a mobile and cloud software developer. He has worked as Software Architect, Engineering Manager, Sr. Data Warehousing/Java Engineer at Fortune/Inc 500 companies such as Yahoo, Apple and Plateau. He is Co-founder & CTO at ParsExpo e-commerce; Amir holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology

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  • Open Invention Network
  • X.commerce
  • Black Duck Software
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  • Dolby
  • Intel
  • Make magazine
  • Marvell
  • Meshin
  • MIPS Technologies

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