News and Coverage

Schedule: Speakers

Shawn Allen
Shawn Allen (Stamen Design), @shawnbot

Shawn is a designer, programmer, and partner at Stamen. A jack of all trades and master of many, he takes an active role in both the conceptual design and technical implementation of Stamen’s dynamic information visualization systems.

A Connecticut native, Shawn moved to San Francisco in 1999 to pursue a formal fine arts education. But the pull of a career in the frenzied dot-com era proved too strong, and in 2000 he began working alongside Michal Migurski at a short-lived start-up. After several tumultuous years in the web design business he changed gears and developed the user interface for a console-based edition of the “Sims” video game franchise at Maxis. Shawn began working with Stamen in 2005 and became our third partner in January 2006.... Read More.

Mitch Altman
Mitch Altman (Cornfield Electronics)

Mitch Altman is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing TV-B-Gone remote controls, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places, he is also a co-founder of 3ware (a Silicon Valley RAID controller company), did pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research, and created the Brain Machine, one of MAKE Magazine’s most popular DIY projects. He contributes to MAKE Magazine, and for the last several years has been leading workshops around the world, teaching people to make cool things with microcontrollers and teaching everyone to solder. He is also co-founder of Noisebridge, a San Francisco hacker space, and President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics.

Jesper Andersen
Jesper Andersen (Bloom Studios), @jandersen

Jesper develops experimental online services designed to introduce emotional contexts into online relationships, creating more authentic experiences. He is the co-founder of Bloom Studios, developing novel data interface applications for web and tablet platforms. He is also an accomplished data scientist, working on problems including home valuations for Trulia, credit card fraud for Visa, and social network analysis for Visible Path. Jesper speaks frequently at international technology and design conferences and has appeared in print and broadcast media for projects like Avoidr, Freerisk, and his Foursquare privacy hack. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Haverford College and an M.B.A. in Econometrics from University of Chicago.

Ashwini Asokan
Ashwini Asokan (User Experience Group, Digital Home Group, Intel® Corporation )

Ashwini Asokan is a design researcher in the User Experience Group of Intel’s Digital Home Group. At the crossroads between research and design, Ashwini’s work spans from conducting ethnographic and design research to translating insights into consumer experiences which the designs of Intel’s digital home platforms are then imbued with. Her work at Intel is inspired by her interests and studies of cultures around the world. At various times in her career at Intel she has led the definition of future PC & CE consumer experiences, and worked with her team to establish key user experience processes and a culture informed and inspired by research from across the globe on people, homes and their daily life. She is constantly engaged in identifying new strategic opportunities... Read More.

Maribeth Back (FX Palo Alto Laboratory)

Maribeth Back is a senior research scientist at FX Palo Palo Laboratory. Her current research focuses on the intersection of virtual environments and real-world collaboration, with a bit of ubiquitous computing mixed in. She leads the Mixed and Immersive Realities group at FXPAL, looking at how the interplay of virtual environments with mobile systems and sensor-fusion networks can be useful in enterprise settings. Previously, Maribeth’s research included smart environments (real and virtual), multi-modal interface design, ubiquitous computing, new forms of reading and writing, and interactive audio systems design and engineering. Maribeth holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Computational Design.

Paul Bartlett
Paul Bartlett (Logical Expression LLC), @paulbartlett

Paul Bartlett is a Brooklyn-based roboticist. He founded Logical Expression as a design consultancy, functioning as an open collective focused on work in art and exploration. They produce electro-mechanical systems and digital visualizations that sense, respond and move. Recent work by Logical Expression includes interactive art and marketing installations, furniture and medical product design, and NASA mechanisms and vehicle R&D. Paul worked on the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Phoenix lander, a lunar rover concept for field testing, and a robotic installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has worked at Honeybee Robotics and Carnegie Mellon’s Field Robotics Center. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell and an MS in robotics from Carnegie Mellon.

Shelley Batts (University of Michigan)

I am a Neuroscience graduate student at the University of Michigan as well as a freelance science writer and blogger for ScienceBlogs/SEED Magazine. My PhD thesis is related to cures for deafness including gene therapy and small molecule intervention for cochlear hair cell regeneration, as well as innovating the next generation of cochlear implants.

Lane Becker
Lane Becker (Get Satisfaction), @monstro

Lane Becker is President & co-founder of Get Satisfaction, a web startup dedicated to fostering new methods of communication and collaboration between companies and their customers. Previously, Lane was co-founder of Adaptive Path, a user experience strategy, research, and design consultancy. While with Adaptive Path, Lane ran the consulting business and, as the creator of the New Ventures program, developed strategic partnerships with early-stage startup companies to provide them with long-term support for their product development, design, and launch strategies.

Sharon Biggar
Sharon Biggar (Social Point)

Sharon is the Head of Analytics at Social Point, one of the world’s leading developers of games for mobile with a fan base of more than 50 million active monthly players across the world. As Head of Analytics Sharon’s role involves providing the necessary Big Data architecture required to process 1 billion events per day, creating predictive analytics to customize the player experience and building text analytics to ensure that Social Point listens to and responds to the ideas of its players.
Prior to joining Social Point Sharon was co-founder and CEO at Path Intelligence. Path Intelligence is a retail analytics firm that uses proprietary mobile location technology to understand and predict the way that shoppers behave inside shopping malls. The firm... Read More.

Nick Bilton
Nick Bilton (The New York Times R&D Labs)

Nick Bilton is a Designer, User Interface Specialist, Technologist, Journalist, Hardware Hacker, Researcher, etc. etc.

Nick has worked in numerous different industries within the context of design, research & development, technology and storytelling. He is currently the Design Integration Editor for The New York Times and the User Interface Specialist & Lead Researcher for The New York Times Research & Development Lab working on a variety of research projects and exploring technologies that may become commonplace in the next 2-10 years. His work in the R&D Labs includes exploring and prototyping content and interaction on futuristic flexible digital displays, a vast array of mobile applications and devices, Times Reader (a collaborative project with Microsoft), Print-to-mobile SMS, Semacode integration, content in the living room and... Read More.

Alex Bisceglie

Alex Bisceglie is an interactive engineer, designer, and strategist. He is
a graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, and has
worked with a number of start-ups and interactive agencies including, Socialight, Organic, and the Barbarian Group doing interactive
development and design. He specializes in rapid prototyping in software,
hardware, and industrial design, and has worked on a number of large-scale
web sites and applications. Alex can usually be found hacking Ruby,
pigeonholing data-visualization into personal and client projects, and
hooking up Arduino boards to sensors.

Julian Bleecker
Julian Bleecker (Nokia Design)

Julian Bleecker is a designer, technologist and researcher at the Design Strategic Projects studio at Nokia Design in Los Angeles and the Near Future Laboratory where he investigates emerging social practices around new networked interaction rituals. He focuses on hands-on prototyping as a way to make new things.

He lectures and leads workshops on the intersections of art, design, technology and the near-future possibilities for new social-technical interaction rituals. He has taught interactive media at Parson’s School of Design and the University of Southern California.

Julian has given talks and exhibited many of his emerging technology projects, designs and concepts in venues such as SIGGRAPH, LIFT, Xerox PARC, O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference and Where 2.0 Conference on Location-Based Technology, Ubicomp, Ars Electronica,... Read More.

Marc Böhlen
Marc Böhlen (University at Buffalo / Ailab Zurich)

Marc Böhlen is an artist-engineer, a maker of systems, situations and devices that critically reflect on the role of automation in the 21st century – in the widest sense possible. He is currently associate professor in the department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo and Visiting Artist at the AILAB of the University of Zürich.
Böhlen’s research is tightly coupled to robotics design in methodology and succinctly different from it in scope and critical focus. It is an ongoing effort to diversify machine culture. Signal processing, artificial intelligence and control systems are cultural artifacts inscribed by those who create and use them in similar ways as more traditional media are acknowledged to be.

Recent research is centered on forms of... Read More.

Nick Brachet (Skyhook Wireless)

With 15 years of experience in software engineering, Nick Brachet has broad expertise in designing robust, scalable, and adaptable software. As CTO, Mr. Brachet oversees the design and development of Skyhook’s Wi-Fi Positioning System. Prior to joining Skyhook Wireless, he was Chief Architect at Passkey International Inc., the world’s leading online group reservation system, where he was primarily responsible for the development of GroupLink — a system that enables the exchange of reservations between hotels and the Passkey system. The architecture of GroupLink defined a flexible core engine and pluggable modules that allowed rapid integration of disparate hotel reservation systems. Before Passkey, Mr. Brachet was Director of Engineering for edocs Inc., where he was responsible for the architecture, implementation, and release of all new... Read More.

Benjamin Bratton
Benjamin Bratton (University of California, San Diego)

Benjamin H. Bratton is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego where he teaches political philosophy and media aesthetics. He is also director of the design and society project at CALIT2, faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

His research, writing, and practical interests include contemporary social theory, the perils and potentials of planetary computation, architectural theory and provocation, inverse brand theory, software studies, systems design and development, and the rhetorics of exceptional violence.

Rebecca Bray (Submersible Design)

Rebecca Bray is co-founder, with Britta Riley, of Submersible Design, an agency specializing in creating interactive content for science and art museums. She and Britta also make art pieces that are meant to provoke new kinds of engagement with environmental issues ( Rebecca teaches at NYU’s ITP program.

Leah Buechley
Leah Buechley (MIT Media Lab)

Leah Buechley is an Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab where she directs the High-Low Tech research group. The High-Low Tech group explores the integration of high and low technology from cultural, material, and practical perspectives, with the goal of engaging diverse groups of people in developing their own technologies. Leah is a well-known expert in the field of electronic textiles (e-textiles), and her work in this area includes developing a method for creating cloth printed circuit boards (fabric PCBs) and designing the commercially available LilyPad Arduino toolkit. Her research has been featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Popular Science, CRAFT Magazine, Journal of Architectural Design, Denver Post, and the Taipei Times. Buechley received PhD and MS degrees in computer... Read More.

David Calkins (Robotics Society of America, et. al.)

David Calkins is a widely respected robot builder and expert. He teaches robotics and computer engineering at San Francisco State University, is the president of the Robotics Society of America, Founder of the international RoboGames/ROBOlympics competition, Program Chair of the RoboNexus Consumer and Entertainment Expo, and co-chair of the RoboSot competition for FIRA – the Federation of International Robosoccer Association. He was one of only ten US members of the Japanese Trade Association’s Robotics Mission to Japan, an official US-Japanese robotics technology business development and research mission.

As one of America’s most respected robotics authorities, David Calkins offers a rare blend of both technical and marketing insight into the world of robotics. He speaks on robotics to such diverse groups as the Young Presidents... Read More.

Barry Canton (Ginkgo BioWorks), @bcanton

Barry Canton holds a BEng and an MEngSc from University College Dublin in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD from MIT in Biological Engineering. He has published pioneering work on the refinement and characterization of genetically encoded biological devices, building on the lessons of standardization from electronic engineering. His work to produce the first datasheet for a biological device serves as the prototype for device characterization in the MIT Registry of Standard Biological Parts. During his graduate work, he also constructed the first biological “virtual machine” to decouple system operation from the cellular chassis. Barry is also a founder of OpenWetWare, an online community of life science researchers committed to open science. Now he and four other MITers have founded a new synthetic biology... Read More.

Ben Cerveny
Ben Cerveny (Stamen Design)

Cerveny is a strategic and conceptual advisor to Stamen, helping to articulate an approach toward creative visualization and to evaluate and develop potential partners and engagements relative to that vision. He is a highly regarded experience designer and conceptual strategist, guiding the creative direction and vision of multiple successful endeavors, both public and private. His clients include Nokia, Sony, and Philips, as well as the Cities of Amsterdam and Barcelona. Previously, he was founder of the Experience Design Lab at frogdesign, an international product design company, and a lead designer and platform development strategist at Ludicorp, makers of Flickr.

Timothy Childs (TCHO )

Timothy Childs is a successful chocolate entrepreneur, with previous experience co-founding and launching Cabaret Chocolates, an early pioneer of single-origin chocolate with distribution through Whole Foods and other national outlets. Prior to his initiation in the chocolate industry, he worked on machine vision with NASA’s Space Shuttle program, and launched several early-stage companies in the internet and computer graphics industries. Timothy has a deep background in community building, and was a cofounder of both VeRGe and Web3D RoundUP. Timothy’s other obsessions are paragliding and video timelapse projects.

Jeremy Cloud (Synthesis Studios)

As a senior software architect at Synthesis, Jeremy specializes in software prototyping and algorithmic design. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University. Jeremy enjoys designing and implementing domain specific languages, such as the one used in Holmz, the brains behind

Matt Cottam (Tellart, Rhode Island School of Design and Umeå Institute of Design), @cottam

CEO, Tellart,
Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design and Umeå Institute of Design

Matt Cottam graduated in 1999 from the Industrial Design department at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2000, Matt co-founded Tellart, a product and service design firm specializing in the development and prototyping of web, mobile and embedded systems. Tellart’s projects range from museums to medical simulators, from ambient game interfaces to mobile phones. Tellart’s clients include international manufacturers and service providers such as Nokia, Humana, Novartis, Otis Elevator, the Wright Brothers Museum, and Stanford University. Matt serves as Tellart’s CEO, building strategies and tactics for design, and working closely with clients to discover opportunities for innovation.
For the past ten years he has also been... Read More.

Colleen Crary
Colleen Crary (IEEE Standards Association)

Colleen Crary is a veteran of the global corporate workforce in strategic marketing and new business development, offering support to emerging technology businesses.

Creating consumer-centric products and programming is one of her specialties, listening to the voice of the customer (VoC) and creating cross-organizational teams to realize consumer solutions. With a knack for bringing business and technology interests together in mutually beneficial alliances, she forms and leads productive teams that deliver revenue.

She has also worked for investors to help commercialize and bring to market new programs, products and services, driving new product development, creating new markets, and adding positive growth to existing markets. This includes the formation and leadership of (peaceful) productive teams that consist of technological, science and financial interests.

Her clients have... Read More.

Andrew Dent
Andrew Dent (Material ConneXion, Inc.)

Dr. Dent plays a key role in the expansion of Material ConneXion’s technical knowledge base. His primary function is to direct research into innovative products and processes. His research directs the selection of materials to be juried into Material ConneXion’s library and guides the implementation of consultancy projects. His role includes coordinating the monthly jury selections that vote 50-60 new materials into Material ConneXion’s libraries in New York, Milan, Cologne, Daegu, and Bangkok as well as management of the physical library team and our online database.

Dr. Dent received his Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Cambridge in England. Prior to joining Material ConneXion, Dr. Dent held a number of research positions both in industry and academia. At Rolls Royce PLC, Dr.... Read More.

Jeremy Douglass
Jeremy Douglass (U. California San Diego), @jeremydouglass

Jeremy Douglass is a postdoctoral researcher in Software Studies at the University of California San Diego, in affiliation with Calit2, the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, and Visual Arts. He researches critical approaches to software and code using the analytic frameworks of the humanities and social sciences.

Chris Dunphy
Chris Dunphy (Technomadia), @radven

Chris is the former Director of Competitive Analysis for Palm and PalmSource, but for the past three years has been independent and turned his life into a living laboratory for technomadic living.

Nathan Eagle
Nathan Eagle (MIT)

Nathan Eagle is a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. His research involves applying machine learning and network analysis techniques to large human behavioral datasets generated by mobile phones. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2006, he launched MIT’s EPROM (Entrepreneurial Programming and Research on Mobiles) initiative while teaching in universities in Kenya and Ethiopia, developing a mobile phone programming curriculum that has been adopted by twelve Computer Science departments across Africa. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering. His PhD from the MIT Media Laboratory on Reality Mining was declared one of the ‘10 technologies... Read More.

Greg Elin
Greg Elin (Sunlight Foundation), @gregelin

Greg Elin created the Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation in 2006 and now serves as the organization’s Chief Data Architect, where he researches and evangelizes new ways to share heterogeneous, incomplete government data. The Sunlight Foundation is a Washington DC-based non-partisan grant making and programming foundation committed to helping citizens, bloggers and journalists be their own best congressional watchdogs, by improving access to existing information and digitizing new information, and by creating new tools and Web sites to enable all of us to collaborate in fostering greater transparency. Greg Elin is also the creator of Fotonotes, an open-source image annotation technology, and has attended Etech for many years and learned a great deal.

Drew Endy
Drew Endy (Stanford & The BioBricks Foundation (BBF))

Drew Endy is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of
Bioengineering at Stanford University. He previously helped set up the Department of Biological
Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves as President of the BioBricks
Foundation, a not-for-profit organization promoting open access to biological technologies, and has cofounded
two biotechnology companies. Esquire magazine recently named Drew one of the 75 most
influential people of the 21st century. Drew gained his doctorate in biochemical engineering from
Dartmouth College and carried out postdoctoral research at University of Texas and University of

Kevin Epstein
Kevin Epstein (Entrepreneur Magazine Press), @virtualkev

Kevin Epstein is a Silicon Valley executive with several technology patents in his name, founding experience at three successful small-business retail ventures, and almost two decades of subsequent experience in guerrilla marketing tactics at such software industry high-flyers as Netscape, RealNetworks, Inktomi, and VMware. Kevin also holds an undergraduate degree in high-energy nuclear physics, an MBA from Stanford (where he lectures at the CSP), authored Entrepreneur Magazine’s book “Marketing Made Easy”, and serves as an outside advisor to various venture-backed and individual entrepreneurial start-up companies.

Jeremy Faludi
Jeremy Faludi (Worldchanging, Stanford, Project Frog)

Jeremy Faludi is a sustainable design strategist and researcher. He teaches green design at Stanford University and designs modular green building systems at Project FROG. He has worked for Rocky Mountain Institute, The Biomimicry Institute, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, among others. He has also taught green design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. A bicycle he helped design has appeared in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s exhibit “Design for the Other 90%”, and he was a finalist in the 2007 California Cleantech Open competition. He was a juror for Dell’s ReGeneration green computing competition in 2008.

In addition to his design work, he writes for and is one of the many authors of Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the... Read More.

Rob Faludi
Rob Faludi (Digi International, NYU ITP, SVA IXD), @faludi

Robert Faludi is the Chief Innovator at Digi International. His job is forging strong connections with the maker community, uncovering new innovation methodologies, supporting outstanding new work, and creating prototypes to spur new product development. Faludi also works as a professor in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and in the Interactive Telecommunications graduate program at NYU. He specializes in behavioral interactions through physical computing and networked objects. Rob is the author of Building Wireless Sensor Networks, with ZigBee, XBee, Arduino and Processing published by O’Reilly Media, 2011. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Good Morning America, BBC World, the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry and MoMA among others.... Read More.

Alvaro Fernandez
Alvaro Fernandez (SharpBrains)

Alvaro Fernandez is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SharpBrains, a market research and advisory services firm that covers applications of cognitive neuroscience. Alvaro has been quoted by the New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, Venture Capital Journal, and more, and blogs for the Huffington Post. Alvaro holds an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University, and has been appointed by the World Economic Forum to the Global Agenda Council on the Challenges of Gerontology.

Matthew Forrest
Matthew Forrest (Social Animal)

Matthew is the COO of Social Animal. A seasoned media producer and financial executive, Matthew became an advocate for web video in 2007 after producing and editing the Terra Naomi show, which garnered millions of online hits and propelled her to win YouTube’s first Best Music Video Artist award. Prior to that, he started the boutique production house, Moving Talking Pictures (MTP), where he produced and edited commercials and films. A sample of MTP clients include Burton Snowboards, MTV, Comedy Central, and Mandalay Entertainment. He wrote, edited and produced the award winning feature documentary, “Diamonds in the Rough: A Ugandan Hip Hop Revolution.” Matthew started his executive career working for JP Morgan’s LabMorgan division, where he evaluated strategic investment opportunities, and... Read More.

Mark Frauenfelder
Mark Frauenfelder (Make Magazine), @frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine and the founder of the blog, (which is ranked by Technorati as the world’s most popular blog).

He was an editor at Wired from 1993-1998. For several years, he wrote a monthly technology column for Playboy magazine and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, and The Hollywood Reporter.

Mark is the author of several books, including The Happy Mutant Handbook (1995, Riverhead), a guide to offbeat pop culture, Mad Professor (2003, Chronicle), a book of bizarre science experiments for kids, World’s Worst (2005, Chronicle), a guide to the worst stuff on Earth, The Computer (2005, Carlton books), an illustrated history of computers, and Rule the Web (2007, St. Martins), a guide... Read More.

Maia Garau
Maia Garau (Dynamic Diagrams)

Maia Garau teaches at RISD and is a senior user experience consultant with Dynamic Diagrams, where she translates research into visual explanations that bring complex ideas to life. Recent projects focused on information design and service improvements for clients including Hewlett Packard, the Aerospace Corporation and the World Health Organization. Prior to joining Dynamic Diagrams she was sponsored by British Telecom to conduct doctoral research on improving avatar-mediated communication. She went on to manage a European Union research project on social presence in virtual environments, and then focused on design strategy for Radar’s mobile picture-sharing service. Maia has a BA in comparative literature from Brown University, an MSc in virtual environments from the Bartlett School of Architecture, and a PhD in computer science from... Read More.

Elizabeth Goodman
Elizabeth Goodman (18F / General Services Administration), @egoodman

Elizabeth Goodman’s writing, design and research focus on the intersections of technology, the social sciences, and interaction design. Currently a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information, Elizabeth studies the relationship between mobile technologies and the experience of place. Previously, she focused on mobile technology in health and wellness as a design researcher with Intel User Centered Design. Elizabeth was a visiting lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004, and has exhibited in New York, Paris, and San Francisco. She has an MPS in interaction design from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, as well as a BA in art from Yale University.

James Governor

Co-founder of RedMonk, the first open source analyst company. Work with firms like Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, and Sun, helping them to understand how the IT world is changing and how they should respond.

I live and work in London with my wife and son. I travel too much. I could live in a mud hut and only eat raw vegetables and still have the carbon footprint of a small town.

Raven Hanna
Raven Hanna (Made With Molecules), @molecularmuse

Raven Hanna is a science writer and artist focused on communicating scientific concepts through creative projects, including artworks, objects, writings, video, and games. She started Made With Molecules, which offers her handmade silver jewelry based on molecular shapes. She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, worked with laser tweezers as a postdoc at UC Berkeley, and completed science communication graduate work at UC Santa Cruz.

Mark Hansen
Mark Hansen (UCLA)

Mark Hansen is an Associate Professor of Statistics at UCLA, where he also holds joint appointments in the Departments of Design|Media Art and Electrical Engineering. Since 2006, he has served as a Co-PI for the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, an NSF STC.

Kate Hartman (Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU)

Kate Hartman creates new tools for expression through innovative applications of technology. Her individual and collaborative projects span the fields of wearable computing, mobile telephony, video installation, and conceptual art. Whether it’s houseplants that make phone calls or hats that amplify the voices in your head, her work explores the idea of enhancing relationships and illustrating the unseen. Hartman holds a B.A. from Bard College in Film and Electronic Arts and an M.P.S. from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured by the New York Times, BBC World Service, NPR, in the recently published book “Fashionable Technology”. She is currently a wearable technology consultant and an adjunct faculty member at New York University where... Read More.

Alex Haw (atmos)

Alex Haw is an architect and artist operating at the intersection of design, research, art and the urban environment. He runs atmos, a collaborative experimental practice which produces a range of architecture and events including private and public buildings and spaces, videos, installations and larger public commissions. Projects include Sunlands (the transposition of realtime solar data to the waters of Canary Wharf), Hurry Up Please It’s TIME (an interactive bar projection), LightFall (a responsive cascade of light through the canyons of Cutty Sark’s DLR station), SpacePro (an interactive body-tracking laser installation, SeeCTV (an installation for dancing to CCTV), Beammobile (a kinetic mobile arts facility), a listed tree-house and a disappearing kitchen. LightHive, a 3d-cctv transmutation of everyone in the Architectural Association into... Read More.

Liz Henry
Liz Henry (BlogHer), @lizhenry

Liz Henry is a producer and developer at BlogHer, the award-winning aggregation, syndication and advertising network for women bloggers. She has been writing online since 1990, drafted the Common Public Attribution License for SocialText, and has been a key figure in organizing BarCampBlock, WoolfCamp, the Tiptree Awards and Wiki Wednesday. She has been a wheelchair user for fifteen years, and is a proud member of the Secret Feminist Cabal.

Christine Herron
Christine Herron (Intel Capital)

Christine Herron is a Director with Intel Capital and a Venture Advisor at 500 Startups. Previously, Christine was a Principal with First Round Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm, and a Director at Omidyar Network, where she developed the Media practice strategy. Prior to Omidyar Network, Christine held operational roles with Mission Research, NetObjects, and Microsoft, and was the founder and CEO of Mercury2. She started as an investor with Geocapital Partners, where she funded early Internet and network infrastructure businesses including Netcom and AXON Networks. Christine earned degrees from both Stanford University and Columbia University.

Brian Hinch (Tellart)

Brian Hinch has been working at Tellart since 2001 and currently serves as its Technology Director. Since studying Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design he has been designing and developing tools for designers of various stripes. While working at Tellart he has focused on building a set of hardware and software tools that can be used to quickly prototype new products. Recently he has been looking at ways to prototype services—systems of physical and software elements. With other Tellart team members, Brian has led workshops at the Industrial Design Society of America’s annual conference and has taught the Experience Prototyping Course in the Interaction Design Masters Program at Umeå University Institute of Design in Sweden.

Andrew "bunnie" Huang

Andrew “bunnie” Huang, VP hardware engineering and founder, is a nocturnal hacker and hardware lead; his responsibilities include the architecture, design, and production of Chumby devices, as well as the strategic planning and ecosystem development of the broader Chumby hardware platform. With a PhD in EE from MIT, he has completed several major projects, ranging from hacking the Xbox (and writing the eponymous book), to designing the world’s first fully-integrated photonic-silicon chips running at 10 Gbps with Luxtera, Inc., to building some of the first prototype hardware for silicon nanowire device research with Caltech. bunnie has also participated in the design of 802.11b/Bluetooth transceivers (with Mobilian), graphics chips (with SGI), digital cinema CODECs (with Qualcomm), and autonomous robotic submarines (with MIT Read More.

Andrew Hunt
Andrew Hunt (Pragmatic Programmers, LLC)

Andy started in the do-it-yourself days of CP/M and the S100 bus, of Heathkits and Radio Electronics. Andy wrote his first real program, a combination text editor and database manager, for an Ohio Scientific Challenger 4P. It was a great era for tinkering. Andy started hacking in 6502 assembler, modifying operating systems, and wrote his first commercial program (a Manufacturing Resources Planning system) in 1981. He taught himself Unix and C, and began to design and architect larger, more connected systems.

Working at large companies, Andy kept an ear on Usenet, and started his early email habit via a direct bang-path to ihnp4. Next he settled into electronic pre-press and computer graphics, and worked on that wondrous eye-candy that was Silicon Graphics machines. By now... Read More.

Tom Igoe
Tom Igoe (Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU), @tigoe

Tom Igoe teaches courses in physical computing and networking, exploring ways to allow digital technologies to sense and respond to a wider range of human physical expression. Coming from a background in theatre, his work has centered on physical interaction related to live performance and public space. His current research focuses on ecologically sustainable practices in technology development. He is the author of two books, “Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects,” and with Dan O’Sullivan, “Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers,” which has been adopted by numerous digital art and design programs around the world. Projects include a series of networked banquet table centerpieces and musical instruments; an email clock; and a series of interactive dioramas, created in... Read More.

Joichi Ito
Joichi Ito (Creative Commons), @joi

Joichi Ito is the CEO of Creative Commons ( He is a co-founder and board member of Digital Garage ( and the CEO of Neoteny ( He is on the board of Technorati ( and helps run Technorati Japan ( He is a Senior Visiting Researcher of Keio Research Institute at SFC in Japan. He is the Chairman of Six Apart Japan ( the weblog software company. He is on board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS ( and Global Voices ( He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in Six Apart, Technorati, Flickr, SocialText, Dopplr,, Rupture, Kongregate, etology Inc and other... Read More.

Tony Jebara
Tony Jebara (Columbia University | Netflix)

Tony Jebara is associate professor of computer science at Columbia University as well as chief scientist and co-founder at Sense Networks. His research intersects computer science and statistics to develop algorithms that learn from spatio-temporal data, networks, images and text. He has published over 50 scientific articles and is the author of the book Machine Learning: Discriminative and Generative (Springer). Jebara is the recipient of the Career award from the National Science Foundation and has also received awards for his papers from the International Conference on Machine Learning and from the Pattern Recognition Society. Jebara’s work has been featured on TV (ABC, BBC, New York One, TechTV) as well as in the popular press (New York Times, Slash Dot, Wired, Scientific American, Newsweek).... Read More.

Mary Lou Jepsen
Mary Lou Jepsen (Pixel Qi)

Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen was recently named one of the hundred most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in May 2008 for her work in creating Pixel Qi, and her previous work at One Laptop per Child where she was the founding chief technology officer. Notably Mary Lou invented the laptop’s sunlight-readable display technology and co-invented its ultra-low-power management system. Critically, she transformed these inventions into ready-to-ship hardware, integrated into the XO laptop. Mary Lou convinced some of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers to create the XO with her, and she created and managed the relationships between OLPC and them. She was responsible for all of the OLPC hardware, mechanicals, electronics, display, integration, manufacturating, certification, and environmental footprint reduction during her... Read More.

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

Brian Jepson is Executive Editor for Make Magazine’s Make:Books series, co-author of Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks, and has written and edited a number of other geeky books. He’s also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center that gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work.

Eduardo Jezierski
Eduardo Jezierski (InSTEDD)

Eduardo is the CTO of InSTEDD – working to create a world where
communities everywhere design and use technology to continuously
improve their health, safety and development. InSTEDD does it with
agile design in the field, local Innovation Labs, and an open-source
platform of mobile and cloud technologies that have improved lives
around the world, from Haiti to villages in South East Asia.

Jeevan Kalanithi
Jeevan Kalanithi (Taco Lab LLC)

Jeevan Kalanithi is a designer and technologist specializing in human-computer interaction and physical computing. He is a principal and founder of Taco Lab, a design/engineering firm specializing in physical-to-cloud interfaces.

Jeevan and his collaborators’ works have been shown at venues such as Villette Numerique, EYEBEAM, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Miami Art Museum. Jeevan has received awards including honors from the ID Magazine Student Design Review and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. His work has been featured in publications such as Gizmodo, Engadget, Wired Gagdet Blog, PC Magazine, Media Magazine and The Boston Globe.

Jeevan holds an SM from The Media Lab at MIT and BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford.

Lisa Katayama
Lisa Katayama (TokyoMango), @tokyomango

Lisa Katayama is a San Francisco-based journalist who writes about Japanese culture, technology, and entrepreneurship for Wired, Popular Science, Fast Company, and The New York Times Magazine. She is also a producer for PRI’s Studio360 radio show, the author of a book called Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan, and a correspondent for Boing Boing, one of Time Magazine’s five most essential blogs of 2010. She’s spoken about Japanese web culture to the BBC, CNN, ABC, Martha Stewart Radio, and at venues like O’Reilly’s ETech conference and the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. Her personal web site, TokyoMango, was a runner up for the Weblog Awards in 2009. When she’s not working, she rock climbs, does triathlons, and plays the... Read More.

Zoë Keating
Zoë Keating (, @zoecello

Armed with her cello and a computer, Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She records layer upon layer of cello, her feet dancing over an array of pedals to transform her solo performances into multipart works. Classically trained from the age of eight, Zoë spent her post-graduate years working in computer software and moonlighting as a cellist. Inevitably, she combined the two, and developed her signature style while improvising for late night crowds in San Francisco warehouse spaces.

Zoë’s self-produced album, “One Cello x 16: Natoma”, was #1 on the iTunes Classical charts and #2 in iTunes Electronica. She has performed on NPR, written music for film and played with Imogen Heap, Mark Isham, DJ Shadow, The Dresden Dolls, Paolo Nutini and Rasputina.

She... Read More.

Aaron Koblin
Aaron Koblin (Gray Area Foundation for the Arts)

Aaron Koblin is an Artist|Designer|Researcher focused on creating and visualizing human systems. Currently part of Google’s Creative Lab in San Francisco, California, Aaron creates software and architectures to transform social and infrastructural data into rich digital expression. Koblin’s work has been shown internationally and is part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

Tarikh Korula
Tarikh Korula (Uncommon Projects), @tarikh

Tarikh Korula and Josh Rooke-ley are founding partners of Uncommon Projects, a New York based hardware and software design studio. Uncommon’s work includes product development and interactive marketing campaigns. Recent clients have included Yahoo, Hopelab and Panasonic. Tarikh holds a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU and has written for award winning publications including Punk Planet and Make Magazine. In 2002, he received a grant from the Media Alliance’s Independent Radio and Sound Art Fellowship and his sound work has been exhibited in Japan, France, China and at the New Museum in New York.

Raffi Krikorian
Raffi Krikorian (Uber Advanced Technologies Center), @raffi

Raffi’s expertise lies in taking things apart and putting them back together in interesting ways. He’s the author of TiVo Hacks: 100 Industrial Strength Tips and Tools, a co-creator of Internet Zero, and serves as an advisor to the platform for open source media. In the past, Raffi was, in association with the Australian Film TV and Radio School (AFTRS), a technical mentor at the Laboratory for Advanced Media Production (LAMP); he also was on the program committee for the 2005 O’Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference.

Raffi’s interests include speculating on the future of television and radio, mobile computing, “inter-networking”, P2P, social software, alternate reality gaming, and embedded systems design. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communications at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (Read More.

Mike Kuniavsky
Mike Kuniavsky (ThingM Corporation)

Mike Kuniavsky is a writer, designer and researcher exploring the intersections of high technology and everyday life. People around the world use his 2003 book, “Observing the User Experience,” to understand the relationship between people and products. He is a cofounder of ThingM, a ubiquitous computing development studio and was a founding partner of Adaptive Path, a San Francisco internet consultancy. He founded Wired Digital’s User Experience Lab. His next book, “Smart Things,” expected in 2009 from Elsevier, will discuss ubiquitous computing user experience design. He blogs at

Tod Kurt (AFK Lab, ThingM), @todbot

Leonard Lin
Leonard Lin (Lensley), @lhl

Leonard Lin is a technologist specializing in the social web and a happy dilettante in hardware hacking, data visualization, participatory politics and other such geekery. He co-founded (acquired by Yahoo! in 2005), and subsequently ran Yahoo!‘s Hack Day program. Most recently, he worked on web technology and social software for the Obama campaign. Prolific and highly parallel, he’s written code for Lawrence Lessig, WordPress, Metafilter, Downhill Battle, and last year deployed mobile location and sensor network applications for the Web 2.0 Expo and Where 2.0 conferences.

He is now a founding partner of Lensley, updating the photobooth for the 21st century.

Derek Lomas
Derek Lomas (The Playpower Foundation), @cognotron

Derek Lomas would like to meet you.

Design for Development, Design for the other 90%, Social Design, Learning Game Design, Educational Technology Design, ICT4D

Derek Lomas is a research scientist and artist at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Technology (, where he directs the Social Movement Laboratory (

Lomas received his MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego and his BA in Cognitive Science from Yale University.

Kati London
Kati London (Area/Code)

Kati London is Vice President at Area/Code, which creates cross-media games and entertainment. London designs and develops opportunities for interacting with others – whether that be for people and plants, residents of Gaza City and Tel-Aviv or gamers playing tag with tiger sharks in the Great Barrier Reef. Her collaborative projects have been featured in the Museum of Science & Industry, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Design Museum of London. She frequently speaks on digital/physical hybridization.

At Area/Code, London works with clients that include the BBC, the Carnegie Institute/Girls Math and Science Project, Disney Imagineering, the United Kingdom’s Department for Transport, Nike, Discovery Channel, CBS, MTV and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

William E. Lowell
William E. Lowell (Business Development Directives)

Bill Lowell is Founder and President of Business Development Directives (BDD), a nationally recognized, research-driven marketing and management consulting firm. With more than 20 years of experience working with some of the world’s leading technology organizations, Bill has authored more than 50 incisive articles on research, marketing and business, and facilitated more than 1,500 interactive presentations. He is also the author of the book titled “Focus Groups Made Simple.”

Chris Luebkeman

Dr. Chris Luebkeman is a bridge
builder of many kinds. He is a third
generation educator who has been
formally educated as a geologist,
structural engineer and architect
who believes that successful design
cannot be separated from breadth
of knowledge and steadfast inquiry.
Prior to joining Arup in 1999, he
taught in the Departments of
Architecture at the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology [ETH] in
Zurich, the University of Oregon,
the Chinese University of Hong
Kong, and at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology [MIT].

His industry funded research
program at Read More.

Jennifer Lynch (UC Berkeley School of Law)

Jennifer Lynch is the Clinic Fellow and a supervising attorney at the Samuelson Law, Technology, & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law. At the Clinic, Jennifer represents clients and supervises students in a wide range of intellectual property and privacy matters. Prior to her work with the Clinic, Jennifer clerked for the Honorable A. Howard Matz in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles and was an associate practicing litigation at Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco.

Kevin Lynch

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.

Jaime Macias (Lensley), @jmacias

Jaime Macias is a designer who helps brands grow dedicated audiences. He has spent 7 years as marketer, advertiser, and publisher connecting brands with audiences online. He went on to start a successful consultancy as an Art Director and Brand Consultant working with emerging players in music, mobile, and gaming.

He is now a founding partner at Lensley, where he is wrapping up all his ideas about photography, technology, and staring at himself into one awesome package, The Lensley Automatic.

Rebecca  MacKinnon
Rebecca MacKinnon (Global Voices)

Rebecca MacKinnon is co-founder of Global Voices, a global bloggers’ network. A veteran journalist, blogger, and China expert, she is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Center where she teaches online journalism and conducts research on the Chinese Internet, free expression and corporate responsibility. She also serves as Public Lead for Creative Commons Hong Kong. Before moving to Hong Kong MacKinnon was a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon worked for CNN in Northeast Asia for over a decade, serving as CNN’s Beijing Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 1998-2001 and as CNN’s Tokyo Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 2001-03. Her blog is

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Jennifer Magnolfi
Jennifer Magnolfi (Herman Miller), @magnolfi

Jennifer Magnolfi’s work at the front end of Herman Miller Research & Development explores the effects of programmability as a driver for future business development and innovation. During the past five years, she has lead work in an R&D initiative called Programmable Environments, comprising new product concepts, technology integration architecture, building engineering systems in sites, and the development of strategic corporate partnerships and alliances. Some of her built projects include the Microsoft Envisioning Lab in Redmond, and the Georgia Tech main Campus Library.

Jennifer is the co-author of “Always Building: the Programmable Environment”, a design manifesto published by the Herman Miller. The book articulates the core design principles guiding an exploration of intelligent future environments. In previous roles, Jennifer served as an instructor at the... Read More.

Mike Mathieu
Mike Mathieu (Front Seat), @mikemathieu

Mike Mathieu is a serial entrepreneur focused on the power of technology to advance the common good. An active founder, investor, or advisor to dozens of civic, political, and for-profit tech startups, he Co-Founder and former Chair of Walk Score, a founding board member of New Media Ventures (a national network of political-tech investors), a long-time partner in Social Venture Partners (the leading venture philanthropy network), and an investor in Impact Hub Seattle, Fledge, and SVP Fast Pitch.

Prior to Front Seat, Mike was founder and CEO of All Star Directories, an INC 500-listed online marketing company serving the higher education market, and spent a decade at Microsoft where he was General Manager of He holds a BA from Harvard... Read More.

Jane McGonigal
Jane McGonigal (Social Chocolate), @avantgame

Jane is the New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Press, 2011) — and currently serves as the Creative Director for Social Chocolate, where she is making games powered by the science of positive emotion and social connection. She believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission — and her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. She has created and deployed award-winning games and secret missions in more than 30 countries on six continents, for partners such as the American Heart Association, the International Olympics Committee, the World Bank Institute, and the New York Public Library. She specializes in games that... Read More.

Maureen McHugh

Maureen McHugh is a Hugo Award winning science fiction writer. In the past few years she’s also written for the Webby Award winning ARGs I Love Bees and The Dark Knight. She lives in Austin Texas.

Mike McKay
Mike McKay (Baobab Health Malawi), @mikeymckay

Mike McKay likes to hack for social justice. Before figuring out how to actually do that he worked for the bad guys in big media. Now he lives in Malawi, Africa and together with his team is using technology to fight HIV in one of the poorest places on earth.

Roger Meike
Roger Meike (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)

Roger Meike is Senior Director, Area 51 and Director of Operations, Sun
Microsystems Laboratories. His background is in cognitive science and
his career has lead him back and forth between new start companies
and large research organizations. While his background is mostly
in software, he also enjoys consorting with hardware folks. He has
been accused of being many things including photo enthusiast, sailor,
ham radio operator, musician and techno-geek/nerd.

David Merrill

David Merrill is currently finishing his Ph.D. in the Ambient Intelligence Group at the MIT Media Lab. Before MIT he was at Stanford (BS ‘00, MS ’02), where he studied human-computer interaction and cognitive science, and built new instruments for electronic music. David’s work is in the area of interfaces and systems for ubiquitous information access and manipulation, and his expertise encompasses product invention, design, and implementation (hardware + embedded firmware + software + wireless communication). His latest project, in collaboration with Jeevan Kalanithi, is Siftables – the world’s first general-purpose, distributed, inch-scale tangible user interface platform.

David’s work has been featured in meetings such as Siggraph, CHI and Maker Faire, and publications such as PC Magazine, ID Magazine, and The Boston... Read More.

Michal Migurski
Michal Migurski (Stamen Design)

Stamen partner Michal Migurski architects the technical aspects of Stamen’s work, moving comfortably from active participation in Stamen’s design process, designing database schemas and API’s, to creating the dynamic applications that Stamen delivers to clients.

Michal has been building for the web since 1995, specializing in data design and publishing for a diverse range of clients and numerous public, technical research projects and active open source codebases. He’s a Polish National and holds a degree in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley. He maintains an active weblog at, and likes to talk in front of groups.

Amon Millner
Amon Millner (MIT Media Lab)

Amon Millner is a doctoral candidate in the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group. With a broad interest in supporting invention and creative learning, he develops tools, activities, and spaces for youth to create physical interactions with computer-based objects. Millner is currently leading the efforts to connect the Scratch programming language to the physical world, serving as a principal designer of its sensor board architecture. His research projects and volunteer efforts reach a broad range of learning settings. His current work is shaping core activities in two networks of creative spaces around the world: Computer Clubhouses and Fab Labs. Millner holds degrees from USC, Georgia Tech, and MIT.

Stefan Misslinger (metaio, Inc.)

Stefan Misslinger joined metaio GmbH in 2005, after which he was involved in the development of
metaio’s Augmented Reality core-system as well as end-user applications.

Today Stefan is serving as Director R&D at the California office of metaio, Inc. and is focussing on mobile
Augmented Reality development.

Stefan holds a MS in Computer Science from Technical University of Munich, where he also gathered his
first experiences with Augmented Reality.

David Molnar (University of California, Berkeley), @dmolnar

David Molnar is a PhD candidate at University of California, Berkeley, interested in cryptography, privacy, and computer security. Previously worked on privacy issues in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) , including testimony on RFID issues to the California Legislature and as a volunteer expert for Berkeley and San Francisco public libraries. Now works on applying new techniques in constraint solving to the problem of finding software bugs.

David is a previous National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and Intel Open Collaboration Research Fellow.

Thor Muller
Thor Muller (Get Satisfaction)

Thor is CTO & co-founder of Get Satisfaction, a Web-based platform that powers over 35,000 customer communities. With its motto “Love Your Customers,” Get Satisfaction is a leader in empowering organizations to support and engage their customers on the social Web. As a serial entrepreneur he is the co-founder of Rubyred Labs, a web development firm specializing in social networks, and Trapezo, a venture-backed startup that made Web software for syndicating content, acquired by Perfect Commerce in 2002. Previously, he founded a pioneering Web development boutique, Prophet Communications, later acquired by Frog Design where he served as VP Digital Media.

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

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.

Mok Oh
Mok Oh (Where Inc.), @mok_oh

Mok is the Chief Innovation Officer at Where Inc. He is also the Founder and Board Member of EveryScape Inc.

Toby Oliver (Typeform)

Before joining Typeform, Toby was CTO at Path Intelligence and invented a world first technology based on software defined radio, wrote a global data capture system that processed 560Tb of data a day, and built and led the agile technology teams there.

Toby began his career at Thomson Thorn Missile Electronics as a software engineer before moving on to IBM Research labs. At JP Morgan, he worked on a groundbreaking straight-through processing system which eventually spun into a separate company.
Toby has a BEng(Hons) from the Special Engineering Programme, he is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the IET.

Sameer Padania
Sameer Padania (WITNESS)

Sameer Padania works at the human rights organisation WITNESS, where he runs the Hub, the first website dedicated to human rights video and action. Before joining WITNESS in New York, Sameer was the lead author on Reflecting the Real World 2, a report documenting the impact of new media on British public television’s global coverage, and he also wrote and edited WITNESS’ award-winning human rights vlog at Global Voices Online. Sameer worked for six years at the media development organization Panos London, designing and managing initiatives to support and strengthen local radio and online journalism worldwide. He has worked in film distribution and production, and as a film journalist and TV documentary researcher, and is a graduate of Oxford University.

Chris Patil
Chris Patil (Buck Institute for Age Research), @DoNotGoGently

I am a biogerontologist (a molecular and cellular biologist of aging) currently working to understand the changes in gene expression that occur during cellular senescence, a fundamental aspect of the aging process in mammals.

My past training is in studies of cellular stress; as a graduate student, I was an early adopter of microarray expression profiling technology. My thesis project combined microarray technology with classical genetic analysis and computational modeling to allow a study of cellular stress responses at the whole-genome scale.

I try to bring an open, collaborative and interdisciplinary perspective to my experimental work. I’m particularly excited about a new multi-institute collaborative project that will test dozens of hypotheses about the mechanisms of aging in dozens of different species, in parallel.

When I’m... Read More.

Eric Paulos
Eric Paulos (Carnegie Mellon University)

Eric Paulos is an Assistant Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute within the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Previously he was Senior Research Scientist at Intel in Berkeley, California where he founded the Urban Atmospheres research group – challenged to employ innovative methods to explore urban life and the future fabric of emerging technologies across public urban landscapes. His areas of expertise span a deep body of research territory in urban computing, sustainability, green design, environmental awareness, social telepresence, robotics, physical computing, interaction design, persuasive technologies, and intimate media. Eric is a leading figure in the field of urban computing and is a regular contributor, editorial board member, and reviewer for numerous professional journals and conferences. He received his PhD in Electrical... Read More.

Arshan Poursohi
Arshan Poursohi (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)

Arshan Poursohi is a Researcher for Sun Microsystems Laboratories, working on the Sun Small Programmable Object Technology (Sun SPOT) project.

His research interests include Advanced Network Applications, biologically-inspired computing, Distributed Systems, Intermittently-connected devices, Linux, Mobile Computing, Multi-user cooperative environments, Networking, Peer to peer, practical automated reasoning and Multi-Agent Systems.

Sam Pullara
Sam Pullara (Yahoo!)

Sam Pullara is vice president and chief technologist at Yahoo!. While at Yahoo!, Pullara has led the Yahoo! Application Platform, played key roles in business and technology strategy, including business development and M&A, and also contributed to a variety of tech technology programs and initiatives, including work on grid computing (e.g. Hadoop), virtualization and large scale reliable data systems.

Before Yahoo!, Pullara founded Gauntlet Systems while an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Venture Partners . Gauntlet was later sold to Borland, where Pullara became Chief Architect, and Gauntlet’s technology was integrated into Borland’s Lifecycle Quality Management products. Before Accel, Pullara was a member of the Technology Advancement Group at BEA Systems, where he worked on all aspects of the WebLogic Server product line. He was an... Read More.

Seth Raphaël (MIT Media Lab), @magicseth

Seth Raphael has a Masters in Magic and Technology. It shows. His performances destroy.

Eric Rasmussen
Eric Rasmussen (InSTEDD)

Dr. Eric Rasmussen was elected in October 2007 as Chief Executive Officer of InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters), an international nonprofit organization founded by and dedicated to delivering innovative technological support to those who help the world stay safe.

Prior to accepting this position Dr. Rasmussen was both Chairman of the Department of Medicine within Naval Hospital Bremerton near Seattle, Washington, and an advisor in humanitarian informatics for the US Office of the Secretary of Defense. He holds academic positions at several institutions and has been a Principal Investigator for both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and for the National Science Foundation. He is a Reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the... Read More.

Daniel Rehn
Daniel Rehn (Playpower Foundation), @daniel_rehn

Daniel Rehn is an artist, designer, and researcher.

He is the Creative Director for the Re:Game lab and Playpower — a foundation that designs and distributes learning games for developing countries with a low-cost ($12) computer.

Daniel and Adam Robezzoli are currently developing the LA Game Space — a non-profit interdisciplinary lab in Los Angeles that will offer artist residencies and public programs.

Rehn also conducts research at Calit2 with Lev Manovich and Jeremy Douglass — they are pioneering “cultural analytics” (the visualization and algorithmic understanding of pop culture and the humanities).

Alec Resnick
Alec Resnick (stimulant), @aresnick

Born in Israel, came to the US, got dissatisfied with school, decided to change the world. Now I teach and make and write and code.

I prefer the company of children. Cool Hand Luke is my hero. If I could date any fictional character, it would be Stargirl or Christine Jesperson. I am the happiest person I know. I fly planes. People can do more than they think. Everything will be OK. I’m going to revolutionize education.

Britta Riley (Submersible Design>>DrinkPeeDrinkPeeDrinkPee), @brittariley

Journalist turned technology-centered artist with a passion for environmental issues, social media, open innovation, science, and museum education.

Eric Rodenbeck
Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen Design)

Eric Rodenbeck is Stamen’s founder and creative director. He is a 10-year veteran of the interactive design field, and has spent this time working to extend the boundaries of online media and live information visualization.

Eric led the interactive storytelling and data-driven narrative effort at Quokka Sports, illustrated and designed at Wired and Wired Books, and was a co-founder of the design collective Umwow. He has lectured and spoken at Yale University, the University of Southern California, numerous O’Reilly technology conferences, Esther Dyson’s PC Forum, and South by Southwest, among others. Eric studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York City and received a B.A. in the History and Philosophy of Technology from The New School for Social Research.

Andrew Schneider
Andrew Schneider (Andrew Schneider / The Wooster Group)

Andrew Schneider is a multimedia designer and performer living in Brooklyn. He is the co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of the Chicago-based theatre company, bigpicturegroup. His performance work has been seen at P.S. 122, The Prelude Festival, The Conflux Festival, and The Tank. His multimedia devices have been featured in Art Review, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, TimeOut NY, Make, SIGGRAPH, DorkbotNYC, Sony Tech Wonder Labs, the Telfair Art Museum, and at the Center Pompidou in Paris. His Solar Bikini has been featured in galleries internationally. His latest projects include Experimental Devices for Performance and Acting Stranger. Andrew Holds a Masters Degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU. He is currently working with The Wooster Group and Fischerspooner. More at

Jason Schultz (Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, UC Berkeley School of Law)

Jason M. Schultz is the Acting Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and a clinical instructor at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Before joining Boalt Hall as a faculty member in the Samuelson Clinic, he was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), one of the leading digital rights groups in the world. Prior to EFF, he practiced intellectual property law at the firm of Fish & Richardson, P.C. and served as a clerk to the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen of the Northern District of California. While a student at Boalt Hall, he managed the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and interned for the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte of the Northern District of California.

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James Nick Sears
James Nick Sears (Independent contractor), @relevante

As an interactive artist and designer, Nick Sears explores the
boundaries between physical and virtual, and between reality and
illusion. A start in music combined with a love of technology
illuminates Sears’ quest to create new means to affect the human
experience. In 2006, midway through the Interactive
Telecommunications Program at NYU, he created The Orb, the first in a
series of three-dimensional display surfaces, aimed at visualizing our
planet Earth. His work has been a part of exhibitions and events such
as SIGGRAPH, Wired NextFest, Coachella, and TED and has been featured
in The New York Times. He recently put the finishing touches on his
latest piece, the third in the... Read More.

Toby Segaran

Toby Segaran is the author of the O’Reilly titles, “Programming
Collective Intelligence” and “Programming the Semantic Web” and a
contributing editor of “Beautiful Data” . He frequently speaks on the
subjects of machine learning, collective intelligence and freedom of
data at conferences worldwide.

Toby previous worked as a Senior Data Scientist at Metaweb before it
was acquired by Google in 2010. He now works on large-scale data
reconciliation problems at Google. Prior to Metaweb he founded
Incellico, a biotechnology software company which was acquired in

Toby holds a B.Sc in Computer Science from MIT and is deemed a “Person
of Exceptional Ability” by the USCIS. He loves applying data-analysis
algorithms to everything... Read More.

Peter Semmelhack
Peter Semmelhack (Bug Labs)

Peter Semmelhack is the founder and CEO of Bug Labs, a company that empowers users to develop truly personal devices. Previously, Peter was the founder and CTO of Antenna Software, a leading mobile enterprise software vendor. Following a 20 year career in software, Peter founded Bug Labs on the belief that users and communities should have the power to create and share devices in the same way they create and share digital content.

Reshma Shetty (Ginkgo BioWorks)

Reshma Shetty graduated from MIT with a PhD in Biological Engineering in 2008 where she engineered bacterial to smell like mint and banana. Reshma Shetty has been active in the field for several years and co-organized SB1.0, the first international conference in synthetic biology in 2004. She spearheaded the use of OpenWetWare, a wiki for life science researchers, as an educational tool when she helped teach an MIT undergraduate laboratory course in synthetic biology in 2006. The course demonstrated how wiki’s can support university education and has served as a model for courses from institutions across the country. She also engineered bacteria to smell like mint and banana’s. Now she and four other MITers have founded a new synthetic biology startup called Ginkgo... Read More.

Jay Silver (Lifelong Kindergarten at MIT's Media Lab)

Raised by a pack of hippies and midwives, JjJJjjjJ Silver has been a go-go dancer, a Taco City bus-boy, The Krazy Ice Kream Man, and a Yoga instructor. Now he designs for Scratch, Skin-to-Nature interaction, and Urban Exploration as a seeker in the LifeLong Kindergarten at the MIT Media Lab.

Mark Simpkins (geeKyoto)

Mark Simpkins is an online activist and artist, who is the co-founder of geeKyoto and also the founder of ‘This Is Our Algorithm’. He has worked on civic software projects such as which started the craze to make government documents open and annotatable. He also worked with some other volunteers to build both and for the 2005 UK General Elections. He runs a small consultancy, NodalResearch, on the use of online tools for social and civic software solutions and has been technical consultant for the Design Against Crime Research Centre based at Central St. Martins in London. He is also a Senior Technical Project Manager at the BBC and blogs intermittently at

Zach Smith
Zach Smith (RepRap Research Foundation)

Zach Smith likes to dream big, fail big, and win big. His true passion in life is acting as a catalyst and helping others do amazing things. Whether it is creating open source micro controllers, robot controller software, object sharing websites, or self replicating 3D printers there is one central purpose: to help other people help themselves create an awesome world to live in. He hopes that someday we can create a world that surpasses even the wildest futures portrayed in science fiction. I think the universe is and will continue to be completely rad. Do you want to help?

Jasper Speicher
Jasper Speicher (Tellart LLC)

Jasper’s role as lead engineer at Tellart involves a variety of responsibilities including: designing, manufacturing, and testing digital and analog electronics; repurposing and “hacking” existing electronic systems for prototype design; researching and porting open source software for a variety of desktop and embedded environments; designing and testing code for user interfaces, basic DSP algorithms, and data networks, for various desktop, embedded, and mobile devices; performing on-site device installation and maintenance; designing, building and testing basic mechanical systems; managing engineering subcontractors for projects requiring expertise beyond the scope of the company; writing and illustrating proposals for work, on a variety of technical subjects, to be evaluated by non-technical clients; and maintaining direct relations with the company’s clients. When he isn’t working on consulting projects, Jasper... Read More.

Chris Spurgeon

By day, Chris Spurgeon is a web developer. By night, Chris mucks about with obsolete technologies, investigates odd corners of the history of science and invention, builds high-powered rockets, and maintains the blog Spurgeonworld focusing on places where science and art meet.

Alex Stamos
Alex Stamos (iSEC Partners, Inc.)

Alex Stamos is a Founding Partner of iSEC Partners, Inc, a strategic digital security organization. Alex is an experienced security engineer and consultant specializing in application security and securing large infrastructures, and has taught multiple classes in network and application security. He is a leading researcher in the field of web application and web services security and has been a featured speaker at top industry conferences such as Black Hat, CanSecWest, DefCon, SyScan, Microsoft BlueHat and OWASP App Sec. He is a contributing author of “Hacking Exposed: Web 2.0” and holds a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gavin Starks
Gavin Starks (Open Data Institute), @agentGav

With a unique background in business, technology, science and media, Gavin has broad and deep knowledge of how data can change the world.

He began developing internet-based research tools in 1993, and joined Branson’s award-winning Virgin Net (now Virgin Media) in 1995 as its 5th team member. In 2006 he created AMEE, raising over $10m from world-class venture investors including O’Reilly, USV, and Amadeus (AMEE organises the world’s environmental data, standards, and calculations into a simple web-service). In 2011 he joined the UK Government’s “Energy Sector Board” as part of their Midata open-data initiative.

Having helped to kick-start the streaming media industry in Europe in the late 90’s, he created an award-winning media-technology service, Tornado, and sold it to... Read More.

Molly Steenson
Molly Steenson (Carnegie Mellon University), @maximolly

Molly Wright Steenson is a design and architectural researcher who studies interactivity, responsiveness, and mobility in architecture and is pursuing a PhD in architecture at Princeton University. Molly cut her teeth on social technology in 1992 and on the web in 1994. As a design researcher, her projects have included a study with Microsoft Research India on mobile phone sharing and for another major technology client, on how social networking technologies will change people’s friendships in China and the UK. Molly was Associate Professor of Connected Communities at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy and also was a co-founder of the groundbreaking women’s webzine, Maxi, in the 1990s. She blogs at Active Social Plastic and continues to work on design strategy for mobile,... Read More.

Alex Steffen
Alex Steffen (Worldchanging)

Alex Steffen has been the Executive Editor of Worldchanging since he co-founded the organization in 2003, as the next phase in a lifetime of work exploring ways of building a better future. Worldchanging is rated the 2nd largest sustainability-related publication on the Internet by Nielsen Online, and boasts an impressive archive of almost 9,000 articles by leading thinkers around the world.

Steffen was also the editor of Worldchanging’s wildly successful first book, Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century (Abrams, 2006), a 600-page compendium of writings from over sixty noted leaders around the world, with a foreword by Al Gore and introduction by Bruce Sterling.

Steffen’s work has been subject of stories in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and... Read More.

Chris Surdi (PowerBeam)

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John Y. Takekawa
John Y. Takekawa ( USGS Western Ecological Research Center)

John Y. Takekawa is a research wildlife biologist with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center, San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station in Vallejo, California. He received his BS in Wildlife Science (1979) at the University of Washington, his MS in Wildlife Resources (1982) at the University of Idaho, and his PhD in Animal Ecology (1987) at Iowa State University. His research interests include application of radio telemetry in studies of migration and wintering ecology of waterbirds and wetland restoration in the San Francisco Bay estuary. He is currently conducting international fieldwork on avian influenza and movements of wild birds.

Carl Taussig
Carl Taussig (HP Labs)

Carl Taussig is director of the Information Surfaces Lab at HP Labs, the company’s central research and development arm, where he leads HP’s advanced research on paper-like displays including front-plane and back-plane materials and architectures as well as roll-to-roll manufacturing methods.

During his 20 years at HP, Taussig has focused on storage technologies including hard disk, helical scan tape, probe storage and optical disk. Taussig led the HP team that developed the technology that enables ROM-compatible rewritable DVDs. This technology is the basis for the DVD+RW format.

Taussig received a bachelor of science from Stanford University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in mechanical engineering. Taussig has more than 50 patents and 15 publications.

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Michael Tchao
Michael Tchao (Nike Techlab)

Michael is General Manager of Nike Techlab, a sports technology innovation group within Nike chartered with developing new digital products and services for Nike’s sport and fitness consumers.

As part of this role, Michael’s group also manages technology partnerships including the partnership between Nike and Apple which led to the award-winning Nike+iPod system announced in May of 2006.

Prior to joining Nike, Michael spent 6 years in technology and marketing strategy consulting for technology companies including HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sony, Kodak GM OnStar and Disney.

Before consulting, Michael spent 10 years at Apple in Product Development, Product Marketing and Strategic Alliances, helping to define, develop and launch hundreds of hardware and software products. Michael helped found Apple’s first Multimedia Products group and headed up... Read More.

Brad Templeton is chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (the leading cyberspace civil rights group.) He is a director of the Foresight Institute, a futurist/nanotechnology think tank and a director of BitTorrent Inc. Previously, he was founder and CEO of ClariNet Communications, the first dot-com company and the author of 12 packaged software products and other software package. He also created rec.humor.funny on USENET, from 1988 to 1995 the most widely read publication on the internet and now the world’s longest running blog. He is also a photographer, and has been for 10 years a popular technology-based artist at Burning Man.

Andrea Vaccari
Andrea Vaccari (Senseable City Lab, MIT)

Andrea Vaccari is research assistant at the Senseable City Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he is studying the integration of information and communication technologies in the built environment, and their implications in the social dynamics that drive city life itself. Throughout initiatives like WikiCity and the New York Talk Exchange, currently featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the laboratory aims to leverage the huge volume of real-time geo-referenced data provided by digital devices and sensor networks to better understand cities as real-time control systems, and to provide new tools to innovate and anticipate the effects of such innovations. Vaccari is currently completing his M.Sc. in computer engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy and the joint program in... Read More.

Cherie Ve Ard
Cherie Ve Ard (Technomadia), @technomadia

Being a small business software entrepreneur and a heart filled with wanderlust, Cherie has always had a mobile working lifestyle in mind. It wasn’t a big leap for her to take her business on the road when the time came and completely leave behind a permanent home and office. Give her access to the internet, a little power and a laptop – and she’s all set.

Rose White
Rose White (City University of New York - Graduate Center / NYC Resistor ), @yarnivore

I’m a doctoral student in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, a member of the hacker space NYC Resistor, and a blogger for monochrom. Over the years I’ve been an English major (at Louisiana State University), a doctoral student in Renaissance Studies (at Yale), an administrative assistant, a yarn shop owner, and a freelance copy editor. My first computer was a TRS-80 with a cassette drive for storage, while my most recent is a Thinkpad T41 covered in stickers. My best language is English; maybe someday I’ll catch up in German. I used to write erotica but now I mostly just hang out with people who do.

John Wilbanks
John Wilbanks (Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship)

John Wilbanks works on open content, open data, and open innovation systems. He is a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and a Research Fellow at Lybba. He’s worked at Harvard Law School, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the World Wide Web Consortium, the US House of Representatives, and Creative Commons, as well as starting a bioinformatics company. He sits on the Board of Directors for Sage Bionetworks, iCommons, and 1DegreeBio, and the Advisory Board for Boundless Learning. John holds a degree in philosophy from Tulane University and also studied modern letters at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne).

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Eric Wilhelm (

Eric is the founder and CEO of, a DIY project-sharing website. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and is a co-founder of several companies including Squid Labs, Potenco, MakaniPower, and OptiOpia that are respectively involved in innovation research, distributed human-energy, high-altitude wind, and vision measurement and correction.

Gary Wolf
Gary Wolf (Wired), @agaricus

Gary Wolf is a writer and contributing editor at Wired magazine, and the author of several books. One of the founding editors at HotWired (later Wired Digital) and Wired News, Wolf is the author of Wired – A Romance; Dumb Money: Adventures of a Day Trader (with Joey Anuff); and Aether Madness.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Reed College in 1983 and a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986.

Among his many other Wired stories, Wolf is the author of “The Curse of Xanadu,” about Ted Nelson and Project Xanadu, and “The World According to Woz”, about Steve Wozniak.

Wolf lives in San Francisco, California.

Nathan Wolfe
Nathan Wolfe (Metabiota, Global Viral)

Dr. Nathan Wolfe is an epidemiologist who fights disease pandemics with an unprecedented early-warning system to forecast, pinpoint and control new plagues worldwide before they kill millions. He is the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University and the Founder and CEO of Metabiota, as well as the Chairman of Global Viral. His survey of diseases that have historically had the greatest impact on humanity revealed that most started with animals. Based on this, he created a global network of sites in viral hotspots where people are highly exposed to animals and are most at risk for early infection when viruses leap from animals to humans.

Dr. Wolfe has received numerous awards including a Fulbright fellowship and an NIH... Read More.

Fumi Yamazaki
Fumi Yamazaki (Fumi Yamazaki), @fumi

Fumi Yamazaki is a bilingual traveller / researcher / consultant /
journalist, a guest researcher at The University of
Electro-Communications, and a researcher at Joi Ito’s Lab. She formerly
worked for NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, the largest telecom in
Japan), Internet marketing research company Interscope, and Digital
Garage where she was involved in VC investment, incubation of startups
and hosting conference and events. She was the founding member of
Technorati Japan, involved in various free culture movements including
Creative Commons Japan and iCommons. She writes various blogs including, a commentary blog about various aspects of
Japan and which she introduces interesting videos
from NicoNicoDouga, a popular video sharing site... Read More.

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