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Jack Abraham (eBay Local)

Jack Abraham, Director of Local for eBay, started Milo, a local search engine, when he was a junior in college with the goal of connecting online shoppers with the businesses around them. Jack originally envisioned a tool to inform shoppers of the current inventory levels at local retailers after finding a camera he’d wanted was out-of-stock at a local store. The company has since grown to be a major player in the commerce realm and was acquired by eBay in 2010.

Raj Advani
Raj Advani (UpNext)

Raj is the co-founder and lead engineer for UpNext, a next-generation 3D mapping platform. His goal is to bring cartography back to maps — to make them more distinct, vivid, and animated.

Jesper Andersen
Jesper Andersen (Bloom Studios)

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.

Jeff Archer
Jeff Archer (Esri, Inc.)

Jeff is a Senior Technical Engineer within the Esri Technical Marketing group. Jeff came to Esri 12 years ago from a background of applying geospatial technology to solve complex business problems in the energy industry. His current role involves building application prototypes using emerging web\mobile technology and Esri’s ArcGIS family of products, and staying abreast of the important topics and technology trends that affect how people interact with location.

Sean Askay
Sean Askay (Google, Inc.)

Sean Askay is a Developer Support Engineer on the Google Earth Outreach team, which aims to help non-profit organizations use mapping technology to further their missions.

Sean specializes in the innovative use of KML to create compelling content and has been a central force behind Google Earth’s Global Awareness layers. He is the creator of mapthefallen.org which maps 5500+ Iraq/Afghanistan solider casualties and hometowns. Sean also created the Apollo 11 tour for Moon in Google Earth, which was a groundbreaking using of the KML touring language.

Sean also develops and delivers training for Google’s mapping tools, including the 2008 trip to the Amazon and a 2009 trip to Africa working with indigenous and local communities on the use of mapping and internet technologies. Sean has a background in biology and environmental science and has worked on everything from visualization of wireless sensor networks to the study of ethnobotany and traditional agriculture in the South Pacific.

Ryan Avila (FireWhat, Inc.)

I am a professional and volunteer firefighter in California and have been in the fire service for 6 years. During the winter I work as a professional ski patroller and I am a member of the National Ski Patrol. I am a teacher’s aid at our local college, where I help with the Associates of Fire Technology degree classes and I am also an instructional aid for our fire academy.

Greg Avola
Greg Avola (Untappd)

Living in the craft beer haven of New York City, Greg is the co-founder and lead developer for Untappd, a mobile beer check-in service. While some people enjoy reading books or watching movies, Greg’s passion is to code. Being able to combine his passion for development and craft beer allowed Untappd to be born. Greg is also the creator of When Will I Be Mayor, a popular tool that allows users to track their mayorship process on the web. It has been featured in TechCrunch, Mashable and CNN.

Vijay Bangaru
Vijay Bangaru (MapQuest)

Vijay R. Bangaru, vice president at MapQuest, is responsible for product strategy and execution. He oversees development on MapQuest.com, the mobile suite of products, and the developer platform. Prior to MapQuest, Bangaru was at Google working on Google Docs and Google Search. Previously, Bangaru was with Microsoft working on SQL Server, WinFS and the .NET Framework.

Vijay holds a BS in computer engineering and a BS in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

Michael Bauer (Brilliant Arc)

Michael Bauer started working as an Internet professional in 1993 for Tim O’Reilly on the Global Network Navigator, selling one of the very first Internet advertisements to NordicTrack. He went on to build his first company which in turn put the first version of Mapquest on the Internet, deployed some of the first e-commerce sites (BlackBox and Fisher Scientific), and developed an early domain name Internet directory on Internet.ORG. After selling his first company, Michael worked on the integration of local search and directory systems for a company called iAtlas (later sold to Alta Vista), created a localized version of the DMOZ Open Directory for Webb Interactive, worked as the Vice President of Open Source relations for Jabber, Inc., and consulted with Joltid (which later became Skype). Michael became Vice President of Product Strategy for Local Matters, initially working for such clients as Dex, Sensis, and Pages Jaunes on local ontology systems. At LMI he led the “Lab”, conducting research and prototyping consumer-centric local search applications. Before leaving LMI, Michael spearheaded the development of localguides.com and briefly managed the AreaGuides business. Michael is currently CEO of Brilliant Arc, a Local Internet company, specializing in local ontology and listing management. Michael works at the intersection of business, design, and technology in the conceptualization and implementation of new Internet-based applications. Michael holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

David Bausola
David Bausola (Philter Phactory)

David Bausola has been inventing with software and media services for over a decade. From Virtual Nightclubs for Intel, delivering the first Sony PS1 online gaming, introducing Creative Commons to Channel 4 TV, to creating Ford’s social media sitcom “Where are the Joneses?” through to devising a digital agency for Adidas. All this has lead to asking – if the majority of projects are about converting people to users, surely it’s easier just to make the users? His company Philter Phactory explores the post-human Internet, filtering social data with software agents so that they to find a voice, live an existence and raise questions that humans fail to ask. Currently on the Phactory workbench is Weavrs.com – your Alter Egos for the Social Web.

Tyler Bell
Tyler Bell (Factual)

Tyler Bell is the Director of Product for Factual, an LA-based startup that is, amongst other things, creating a global coverage of the world’s POI and businesses.  He previously taught archaeology at the University of Oxford and, more recently and topically, was the Product Lead for Yahoo’s Geo Technologies Group. He writes about semantic- and geo-technologies for O’Reilly Radar at http://radar.oreilly.com/tylerb/

Anne Bezancon
Anne Bezancon (Placecast)

Anne Bezancon is the Founder and President of Placecast, the leader in mobile location-based marketing at scale.
Previously, Anne held senior executive positions at JiWire (Wi-Fi hotspot directory), Productopia (consumer advice), BEAP (CMS) and PCI (strategic consulting), working with clients such as AOL, Intel, Yahoo, Excite and ATT. In 1994, Anne organized the 40,000 participant Forum of the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing, China, securing major corporate sponsorship from Apple and Hewlett-Packard. She also pioneered the French Minitel, the first large scale online network. Anne is the author of several patents and a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events.

Matt Biddulph
Matt Biddulph (Product Club)

Matt Biddulph works at Nokia Social Location in Berlin. He is a co-founder of Dopplr, the social network for smarter travel. He started out in 1994 building search engines on CD-ROM, and now specialises in digital media, social software and putting data on the web. In past lives he was a creative technologist for hire, working with companies like Joost and the BBC to bring cutting-edge technologies into the mainstream.

Peter Birch
Peter Birch (Google)

Peter Birch joined Google in 2006 as Product Manager for Google Earth, Google’s 3D earth visualization tool that combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings. He is responsible for the direction, growth, and success of the Google Earth product family including Google Earth Free, Pro, and Enterprise, the Google Earth API and browser plug-in, and Google Earth for the iPhone and Android.

Peter has 17 years of professional experience in the computer graphics industry. Prior to joining Google, he was the Graphics Hardware Lead in Microsoft’s Xbox group, managing the architecture, implementation, and manufacturing for the Xbox360 graphics chipset. Before Xbox, Peter spent ten years at Silicon Graphics, Inc., working on both hardware and software projects, including the Personal Iris, Indigo, Indigo2, and Octane graphics workstations and the OpenGL and Inventor graphics library products.

Peter received a BS summa cum laude in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the University of California- Berkeley Haas School of Business.

David Blackman
David Blackman (Foursquare)

David Blackman is a software engineer at Foursquare, working on GIS infrastructure, venue database tools and quality, checkin events, application monitoring, and only a few dozen other projects. Before Foursquare, he was an engineer on Google Maps and still has no sense of direction. He graduated from Stanford and these days he is back in NYC representing for Stuyvesant High School.

Margot Bloomstein
Margot Bloomstein (Appropriate, Inc.)

Margot Bloomstein is the principal of Appropriate, Inc., an independent brand and content strategy consultancy based in Boston. She focuses on crafting brand-appropriate user experiences to help retailers, universities, software companies, non-profits, and other clients engage their target audiences and project key messages with consistency and clarity through both traditional and social media.

A participant in the inaugural Content Strategy Consortium, Margot speaks regularly on the collaborative opportunities for enriching interactive engagements with content strategy. Recent engagements include CS Forum, Confab, edUi, SXSW, Web 2.0, and more intimate regional events. The author of Content Strategy at Work, due in Spring 2012, she also helps organize the Content Strategy New England meetup.

michael boland
michael boland (BIA/Kelsey)

Michael Boland is Senior Analyst and Program Director for BIA/Kelsey, where he leads the firm’s mobile media coverage. Before joining BIA/Kelsey, Michael was a San Francisco-based editor and Freelancer for business and technology magazines such as Red Herring, Business 2.0, and Mobile Magazine. Michael began his career in business analysis and journalism as a staff reporter for Forbes magazine, where he covered tech and online media.

Toby J Boudreaux
Toby J Boudreaux (Control Group)

Toby Boudreaux is CTO & Managing Partner of Product Development at Control Group, a technology and design company based in NYC. Toby has extensive development management experience and an expert understanding of consumer-facing software, interactive marketing, product development, and user experience design. He is an O’Reilly author and technical editor of books on web technologies, including PHP and Scripting for Adobe applications.

Leah Busque
Leah Busque (TaskRabbit)

The vision for revolutionizing how work gets done led Leah Busque to pioneer the concept of “Service Networking,” forging a leading role in the Collaborative Consumption movement. Since bootstrapping TaskRabbit in 2008, Leah has expanded the company internationally, raised nearly $40 million in venture funding, and inspired legions of startups to launch in the Collaborative and Service Networking space.

Selected as a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum in 2014 and named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” her achievements have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Time. Under her leadership, TaskRabbit was named “The Next Big Thing in Tech” by the New York Times. Prior to founding TaskRabbit, Leah was a Software Engineer at IBM, working in the Messaging and Collaboration Software Development Group. Leah lives in San Mateo, CA with her husband, TaskRabbit’s VP of Technology Kevin Busque, her daughter, and a cuddly black lab named Emerson. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sweet Briar College, where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Josh Capitlouto
Josh Capitlouto (LevelUp)

Josh is originally from Atlanta, Georgia where he began his career as an attorney with a focus on employment and civil rights litigation. After three years of practicing law, Josh left his firm to embark on a new journey to work in the startup industry. Josh joined LevelUp as its Director of Sales and Operations for the San Francisco office. LevelUp is a free mobile & web app designed to let you scan your phone to pay at cafes, bars and restaurants. It’s like paying with your credit card but gives the user the ability to earn rewards everywhere he/she goes.

Amber Case
Amber Case (MIT Media Lab)

Amber Case studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. She is currently a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a visiting researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media. Previously, she was the cofounder and former CEO of location-based software company Geoloqi (acquired by Esri in 2012). Amber is the author of Calm Technology, Design for the Next Generation of Devices. She spoke about the future of the interface for SXSW 2012’s keynote address, and her TED talk, “We are all cyborgs now,” has been viewed over a million times. Named one of National Geographic’s “emerging explorers,” she’s also been listed among Inc. magazine’s “30 under 30” and featured among Fast Company’s “most influential women in technology.” You can follow her on Twitter @caseorganic and learn more at Caseorganic.com and Medium.

Wiley Cerilli
Wiley Cerilli (SinglePlatform)

Wiley Cerilli is the CEO and Founder of SinglePlatform, which is a one-stop shop for local businesses and national brands to manage their listing and add their menus, prices, photos, specials, hours of operation and more to SinglePlatform’s exclusive publisher network including; The New York Times, YP.com, and foursquare, along with hundreds of other sites. SinglePlatform is the world’s largest provider of online menus and prices with over 500,000 local business across 13,000 markets in the US, with plans to expand internationally in 2012. Prior to SinglePlatform, Wiley was the Executive Vice President of Sales at Seamless, the world’s largest online food ordering system. There he led the largest division within Seamless when they were named the #4 Fastest Growing Company in the US by Inc. Seamless later sold to ARAMARK for an undisclosed amount. Wiley currently lives in brooklyn with his wife Allison.

Kate Chapman
Kate Chapman (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team)

Over the past 10 years Kate has mapped all sorts of things. Everything from mosquitoes, to individual houses for e911 to hurricanes and occasionally even things that don’t exist such as augmented reality games. A traditional geographer by training, she switched to the neogeography realm a couple years ago.

Currently she is one of the individuals behind the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). HOT utilizes the tools and techniques of OpenStreetMap to help community prepare for disaster and rebuild when a disaster does strike.

Nicholas Clayton-Syrrist (FireWhat Inc.)

Hello! My name is Nick Clayton-Syrrist. I am a former professional firefighter now working for a small startup in northern California bringing solutions through technology to the firefighting industry. We believe the use of twenty-first century technology allows firefighters to do their jobs safer and more effectively.

Dave Cole
Dave Cole (MapBox)

Dave is involved in several aspects of MapBox operations. From consulting with MapBox Premium subscribers to driving product development and business strategy, Dave is well-versed in using open source tools to make beautiful interactive maps.

Dave has began working with open source mapping while at the White House as a Senior Advisor to the CIO. He also managed the technology development of WhiteHouse.gov. Previously he served as a data analyst on Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Dave has spoken as a keynote presenter and panelist as several conferences and has led open source mapping training sessions.He is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Patrick Collison
Patrick Collison (Stripe)

Patrick is cofounder and CEO of Stripe. He previously studied math at
MIT, cofounded Auctomatic (acquired by Live Current Media), and built
Encyclopedia, which puts browsable copies of Wikipedia on the iPhone
and OLPC. He was Irish Young Scientist of the Year in 2005.

Harold Cooper
Harold Cooper (Hunch / eBay)

Harold Cooper is a software engineer at Hunch in New York City, now part of eBay’s merchandising team. He is broadly interested in discovering and propagating patterns, from correlations in the social graph to natural geometries and music. He studied mathematics and computer science at MIT.

Bruce Daniel
Bruce Daniel (Cartifact)

A strong advocate of high quality design in all things, Bruce Daniel has honed his craft through the design of maps. Driven by a belief in the power of visual clarity and aesthetic presentation, his award winning work is found across the nation.

As Director of Cartifact Labs, he is engaged with the leading developers of emerging technology relating to map creation and usage.

Bill Davenhall

Bill Davenhall has spent three decades creating useful intelligence out of what seems ordinary demographic and geographic data. In the ’70s he built the first geo-demographic models that helped some of America’s most well-known franchises expand across the nation; in the ’80s he founded a start-up market research company that developed the first national database of estimates for the demand of healthcare services.

Davenhall leads the health and human services marketing team at ESRI, the largest geographic information system (GIS) software developer in the world.

Javier de la Torre
Javier de la Torre (Vizzuality)

Javier is the CEO and co-founder of Vizzuality. He started his career as scientist working on mapping Biodiversity. He started Vizzuality in 2007 to work on data analysis and visualization to close the gap between scientist, decision makers and the general public. Vizzuality is now one of the leading visualization companies working with the biggest universities, international organizations and companies on the field on Environmental Issues. He is professor on Data Analysis and Visualization for Global Environmental Change and is a common speaker on geospatial events.

Mary Ann de Lares Norris
Mary Ann de Lares Norris (Oblong Industries, Inc.)

Mary Ann is Chief Operating Officer of Oblong Industries, Inc. Previously, she was the head of the European division of Oblong, based in Barcelona. Prior roles include Chief Operating Officer of a Parisian interactive television company, Director of Strategic Planning at Mattel, Executive Producer at Sony Electronic Publishing, and Producer at The Voyager Company. Mary Ann holds an MS from the Media Lab at MIT and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from UC Santa Cruz.

Sebastian Delmont
Sebastian Delmont (StreetEasy.com)

Since his business card at StreetEasy.com wasn’t big enough to include “senior developer”, “lead architect”, “interaction designer”, “information architect”, “vp of infrastructure”, “founder” and “graphics designer”, he went with the shorter “awesome geek”.

Sebastian has more than 15 years of experience as a Web Developer, and more than 11 as a New Yorker.

Ellen Dunne
Ellen Dunne (Lumatic Inc.)

Ellen Dunne has been leading internet product design and development teams in San Francisco for longer than she cares to admit. She started out heading product design at one of the big online travel companies in the 90’s, ending in a merger with Travelocity. During a five-year hiatus from SF, she did consulting work, lived abroad, and then moved to NY where she taught at Parson’s School of Design.

She was lured back to SF in 2006 by the founders of Dogster and worked there until 2010, leading a massive redesign of the Dogster and Catster sites before their acquisition by Say Media. In May 2011, she joined the team at Lumatic. She is a firm believer in the ‘build, measure, learn’ cycle and other key principles of the Lean UX philosophy, which means she is usually armed with a stack of sticky notes and a Sharpie.

Adam DuVander
Adam DuVander (ProgrammableWeb)

Adam DuVander is the Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb, the premier resource for open Web APIs. He is also the author of Map Scripting 101, a cookbook-style approach to creating geographic maps on the web using Yahoo, Bing and Google Maps.

Diann Eisnor
Diann Eisnor (waze)

Chairman Platial, Community Geographer Waze. Currently raising chickens, studying transactional cartography and real time data geo displays.

Arne Ekstrom
Arne Ekstrom (University of California, Davis)

Arne Ekstrom is Assistant Professor, Center For Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. The primary mission of his lab is to better understand the neurophysiological basis of human memory. Their particular focus is on spatial memory and attempting to understand the cognitive and neural components underlying it. They employ several different recording methodologies to better understand spatial memory, including intracranial EEG, fMRI, and scalp EEG. Studies in the lab focus on how human hippocampal theta oscillations code for aspects of a spatial layout, which brain areas are involved in overview and first-person representations, how navigation and memory processing are represented in overlapping or unique brain systems, and how the different recording modalities they use tie together or provide complementary information about underlying brain processes.

Deborah Estrin
Deborah Estrin (Cornell NYC Tech)

Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science at the new Cornell Tech campus in New York City and a Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is co-founder of the non-profit startup, Open mHealth. She was previously on faculty at UCLA and Founding Director of the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS).

Estrin is a pioneer in networked sensing, which uses mobile and wireless systems to collect and analyze real time data about the physical world and the people who occupy it. Estrin’s current focus is on mobile health (mhealth), leveraging the programmability, proximity, and pervasiveness of mobile devices and the cloud for health management. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

Perry Evans
Perry Evans (Closely, Inc.)

Founder/ceo of Closely, Inc. past lives include founder/ceo of Local Matters, chairman/co-founder of Jabber Inc. & co-founder/president of MapQuest Publishing Group.

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.

Julia Ferraioli
Julia Ferraioli (Google)

Julia Ferraioli is a Senior Developer Advocate with Google’s Open Source Programs Office. She’s a polyglot, though in code only, and is excited about open source sustainability, accessibility, machine learning, containers, and sprinkles (in roughly that order). Her superpowers are finding ways to incorporate her interests into her work and estimating how much stuff can fit inside a container.

Andrés Ferraté (Google)

Andrés manages the Maps Developer Relations team. Prior to joining the Maps team, he worked as a Developer Advocate for Google TV, helping developers build cool and compelling applications for those platforms. Andrés has a broad range of experience, having worked with various technologies in the past 14 years in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Bo Fishback
Bo Fishback (Zaarly)

Bo Fishback is the founder and CEO of Zaarly, a proximity based, real-time, buyer powered market where buyers make an offer for an immediate need and sellers cash in
on their local marketplace. If you’ve ever said, “I’d pay ______ for _______” then Zaarly is for you. If you’ve ever said “I want money”, well… you’re welcome.

Previously Bo was the President of Kauffman Labs and the Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation.

Rand Fishkin
Rand Fishkin (SEOmoz)

Rand Fishkin is the CEO & Co-Founder of the web's most popular SEO Software provider; SEOmoz. He co-authored the Art of SEO from O'Reilly Media and was named on the 40 Under 40 List and 30 Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs Under 30. Rand has been written about in The Seattle Times, Newsweek and PC World among others and keynoted conferences on search around the world. He's particularly passionate about the SEOmoz blog, read by tens of thousands of search professionals each day. In his minuscule spare time, Rand enjoys the company of his amazing wife, whose serendipitous travel blog chronicles their journeys.

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.
Gary  Gale
Gary Gale (Nokia)

A self professed geek with a life, I’ve had a lifelong love affair with maps since discovering the Harry Beck map of the London Underground on the back of the London A-Z street atlas at an early age. I now live in Teddington in South West London with my family and work in London, Berlin, Boston, Chicago and Sunnyvale as the Director of Places for Nokia. I’m the co-founder of WhereCamp EU, the chair of AGI W3G and sit on the AGI Council, the W3C POI Working Group and the UK Location User Group.
Prior to Nokia, I was at Yahoo!, leading their Geo Technologies group in the UK, releasing GeoPlanet and Placemaker and providing the geo heavy lifting for Flickr and Fire Eagle; I’ve also been at Digicon, developing geophysical technologies to aid in the search for natural resources and at the European Space Agency Research Institute in Rome, Italy, participating in the development and launch of ERS-1, Europe’s first remote sensing satellite. Outside of the location and geo field, I’ve been at companies including the BBC World Service, Reuters, Factiva and Network Associates. As well as being the creator of the WP Biographia WordPress plugin and occasional contributor to the Mapstraction mapping API, I speak at a wide range of conferences including Nokia World, Where 2.0, State of the Map, AGI GeoCommunity, Geo Loco and Social Loco, GeoMob, mashup*, the BCS Geospatial SG, WhereCamp EU, the Location Business Summit and FOWA. I blog as regularly as possible on location, places, maps and other facets of geography at www.vicchi.org and you can find me on Twitter as @vicchi.

Pete Giencke (Google Inc.)

Pete Giencke has over ten years of experience in information technology and geographic information systems (GIS). At Google, he has contributed to various geographic data integration and dissemination efforts, including Google’s Crisis Response team. Since 2008, Pete has worked as a GIS data engineer on the Google Earth team.

Prior to joining Google in 2008, Pete served as a project manager at the Great Lakes Commission in Ann Arbor, MI and as a junior programmer at the Minnesota Population Center in Minneapolis, MN. Pete holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and a master’s degree in geographic information systems from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Steven Gill
Steven Gill (Adobe)

Steve has recently joined Adobe. He has been working on the PhoneGap project for over 2 years. He helps set up community events and does developer relations for PhoneGap.

Thomas Goetz
Thomas Goetz (Wired Magazine)

Thomas Goetz is the executive editor of WIRED Magazine, and author of the book The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine. Since Goetz joined WIRED in 2001, the magazine has been nominated for 23 National Magazine Awards and has won nine times, including the top award for General Excellence three times. His cover stories at WIRED have been selected for both the Best American Science Writing and the Best Technology Writing anthologies. Goetz holds a Master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alistair Goodman (Placecast)

Alistair Goodman brings to Placecast over 20 years of experience working in sales, marketing and product development efforts for media and technology companies. At Placecast, he leads an award winning team that has created ShopAlerts – the most scalable, proven, location-based marketing system currently available. The company runs mobile marketing programs with millions of consumers for brands like The North Face, Sonic Drive-In, Starbucks and L’Oreal. Placecast technology is also licensed to companies such as O2 and AT&T, and recently received the 2010 National Retail Federation Award for Innovation and Creativity. Prior to joining Placecast, Alistair was Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Exponential Interactive, an online media services and technology company whose flagship brand – the Tribal Fusion ad network – grew to be one of the largest privately-held digital media companies in the US during his time there.

Alistair holds a BA from Haverford College, an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management and was a Henry Luce scholar in Asia.

Sean Gorman
Sean Gorman (DigitalGlobe)

I’m currently the founder of GeoIQ – a collaborative web platform for geographic data analysis. GeoIQ is largely the fusion of a variety of interests and experiences in geography, GIS, infrastructure, physics, statistical mechanics, and generally making the world of data (especially the geospatial variety) available to the masses. Previously I was in academia as a post doc and grad student at George Mason University and before that the University of Florida.

In between I worked for a couple of start ups in the DC area building online communities, Geo-IP location, and mapping telecom infrastructure. Randomly all three play a small role in the current endeavor.

Robert Greenberg
Robert Greenberg (G&H International Services, Inc)

Robert Greenberg is founder and CEO of G&H International Services Inc., a Washington D.C. based firm that provides consulting and technology services to enhance the safety and security of communities across the nation. Mr. Greenberg works with Federal, State and Local governments to develop and implement initiatives and programs to assist the emergency services community and the Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource sector (CIKR) to strengthen community preparedness and resilience across the nation.. Mr. Greenberg helped initiate and implement the Department of Homeland Security’s Virtual initiative (a DHS flagship Open Government Initiative) which is applying geospatial and other social media tools to catalyze a technical and cultural shift in the way in which the public safety community collaborates and shares information. G&H is now deeply engaged in the development and implementation of web enabled geospatial based applications and tools to improve situational awareness for the emergency preparedness and response community.

Adam Greenfield
Adam Greenfield (Urbanscale)

Adam Greenfield is founder and managing director of urban systems design practice Urbanscale LLC, and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Author of Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing (2006), the forthcoming The City Is Here For You To Use and, with Mark Shepard, co-author of the inaugural Situated Technologies pamphlet Urban Computing and its Discontents (2007), Adam was previously Nokia’s head of design direction for service and user interface. He lives and works in New York City with his wife, artist Nurri Kim.

Scott Gregory
Scott Gregory (State of California)

Scott Gregory is the Assistant Secretary over Geospatial Information Systems for the Technology Agency, and is the Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for the State of California. Scott brings over 16 years of GIS experience from a wide variety of county, federal, private sector, and academic roles. Before coming to the California Technology Agency, Scott managed the Public Safety/Homeland Security market for the California Regional Office of Esri Inc. In this role, Scott was responsible for developing GIS strategies for mission critical systems, and creating viable and sustainable GIS solutions for the Public Safety community in California and Nevada. Prior to joining Esri, Scott was the GIS Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District. At the Corps of Engineers, he oversaw and managed the USACE GIS program for both civil and military clients for the Western US. Scott holds a BA in Geography from Sacramento State University, and an MBA from Regis University.

Eric Gundersen
Eric Gundersen (MapBox)

Eric coordinates product development for MapBox, the platform that let anyone make fast and beautiful maps and share them anywhere. Eric is passionate about open data and building open source data visualization tools that focus on speed and hot design. He’s also the co-founder of Development Seed, a creative data visualization team based in Washington, DC.

Daniel Harris
Daniel Harris (People's District )

Danny Harris, a “modern-day Studs Terkel” according to the Washington Post, is the editor of People’s District, one of the District’s most innovative blogs. The site, dedicated to raising Washington, D.C.’s interest in itself and its people, shares the incredible stories and photos of the city’s diverse residents. Since launching in September 2009, Harris has interviewed over 700 people, and featured more than 500 of them on the site.

Harris’ work has been covered by, among others, The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, NBC, Baltimore Examiner, DCist.com, and from newspapers as far away as Austria and China. He also writes about storytelling and some of D.C.’s more colorful personalities for MSNBC.com and DC Modern Luxury magazine, and is a regular contributor on News Channel 8’s Let’s Talk Live TV show.

A storyteller himself, Harris hosts a quarterly storytelling night, The Anecdote, and gives presentations on storytelling to universities, community, and business groups. At present, he is working with partners in a number of cities to start People’s District-style projects around the world. An honors graduate of Connecticut College, he also holds a Master’s Degree from Princeton University.

Adam Hecht (Google Inc.)

Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Environmental Design in 2006. After working for a design firm for a while, he took an opportunity at Google in 2007 shortly after the @last acquisition. Adam started on a team building and testing 3D models for Google Earth. Since then his job has changed to a Program management role, and Adam currently work on a team that oversees all 3D content in Google Earth.

Andrew Hogue
Andrew Hogue (Foursquare)

Andrew Hogue is the Head of Search at foursquare, where he is responsible for big data applications like Explore and Radar. Prior to foursquare, he spent seven years at Google where he led the Structured Data team, working on applications like question answering, sentiment analysis, and local search. Andrew has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from MIT, where he worked on pattern recognition and machine learning. He holds several foursquare mayorships in New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Keith Hopper
Keith Hopper (NPR)

Keith Hopper is Director of Product Strategy and Development for NPR’s Digital Services division where he helps guide the next generation of online offerings for hundreds of diverse public radio stations. Professional distractions include being a founding trustee of the micro-philantropy The Awesome Foundation, creator of the award-winning online mashup NPRbackstory, and a contributing author for the book, Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace. He can be tracked down at keithhopper.com.

Kathryn Hurley
Kathryn Hurley (Google)

Kathryn Hurley recently joined Google as a Developer Programs Engineer for Fusion Tables. In this role, she helps spread the word about Fusion Tables by presenting at conferences and developer events. She recently worked on Google’s 2010 U.S. Election Ratings gadget. She received an MS in Web Science from the University of San Francisco and a BS in Genetics from the University of California, Davis. Prior work experience includes research in mobile and peer-to-peer computing.

Alysa Z. Hutnik
Alysa Z. Hutnik (Kelley Drye & Warren LLP)

Alysa Z. Hutnik is a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in Washington, DC, where she delivers comprehensive expertise in all areas of privacy, data security, and advertising law. Alysa’s experience ranges from counseling to defending clients in FTC and state attorneys general investigations, consumer class actions, and commercial disputes. Much of her practice is focused on the digital and mobile space in particular, including the cloud, mobile payments, calling and texting practices, and big data-related services. Ranked as a leading practitioner in the privacy and data security area by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and Law360, Alysa has received accolades for the dedicated and responsive service she provides to clients. The US Legal 500 notes that she provides “excellent, fast, efficient advice” regarding data privacy matters. In 2013, she was one of just three attorneys under 40 practicing in the area of privacy and consumer protection law to be recognized as a rising star by Law360.

Sha Hwang
Sha Hwang (Trulia)

Sha studied and worked in architecture before diving headfirst into data visualization at Stamen Design. At Stamen Sha worked on projects for clients like CNN, MTV, Adobe, and Flickr. Last year, Sha cofounded a startup called Movity focused on visualization and cities. Movity was recently acquired by the real estate company Trulia to bring their work to a national audience. Sha is endlessly fascinated by maps, data, design, and cities.

Noah Illinsky
Noah Illinsky (Amazon Web Services)

Noah Iliinsky is a senior UX architect with Amazon Web Services. Noah strongly believes in the power of intentionally crafted communication and has spent the last decade researching, writing, and speaking about best practices for designing visualizations, informed by his graduate work in user experience and interaction design. Most recently, he worked on Amazon QuickSight. Noah is the coauthor of Designing Data Visualizations and technical editor of, and a contributor to, Beautiful Visualization, both published by O’Reilly Media. He is also a frequent speaker for both industry and academia. Noah holds a master’s degree in technical communication from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College.

Leila Janah
Leila Janah (Samasource)

Leila Janah is the founder of Samasource, a social business that connects over 550 women, youth, and refugees living in poverty to microwork — small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. Samasource was a winner in the Stanford Social Enterprise Challenge in 2008 and is a current grantee of the Rockefeller Foundation. In recognition of her work, Leila received the Rainer Arnhold Fellowship and has been invited to serve as a TED and Social Enterprise Institute Fellow. Janah is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship, technology, and international development at institutions including MIT, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, UC Berkeley, Columbia, and Harvard. Her work has been profiled by CBS, CNN, The New York Times, The New Scientist, and GOOD, and she is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Social Edge.

Prior to Samasource, Janah was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, an organization formed by Professors Thomas Pogge and Aidan Hollis and advised by Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen to develop new financing mechanisms for pharmaceutical R&D on diseases of the poor. She has served as a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and a Visiting Researcher at Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.

Leila received her BA from Harvard University in 2005, where she led the Harvard International Development Group and published work on the Rwandan genocide. Earlier in her career, Janah worked for Katzenbach Partners, a management consulting firm based in New York, the World Bank’s Development Research Group, and as a travel writer for Let’s Go guidebooks in Mozambique, Brazil, and Borneo. She resides in San Francisco.

Eric Katerman
Eric Katerman (Forecast)

Eric is the CTO and co-founder of Forecast. He is a lifelong hacker, a licensed mathematician, and a lean startup fanboy. He recently finished his PhD in Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin, and lately, Eric has been talking to everyone he meets about Lean Startup, a new technology that improves a startup’s odds of success. Warning: only ask him about Lean if you have a couple of hours to spare.

Johannes Kebeck
Johannes Kebeck (Microsoft Corporation)

Johannes is a Technology Specialist for Microsoft’s Bing Maps based out of Redmond, WA. He has more than a decade of experience in the GI/GIS market. In October 2004 Johannes joined Microsoft in Germany working within the Enterprise & Partner Group and in 2005 he joined the Bing Maps team. Before specializing on Microsoft’s geospatial products and services, he had experience with various GIS, spatial databases, relational database management systems, workflow management, collaboration products and IT security.

Asif Khan
Asif Khan (Location Based Marketing Association)

A seasoned technology marketer who heads up the European arm of the Location-Based Marketing Association (LBMA), PJ has been building companies around marketing technology for over 10 years. He is currently helping companies such as Microsoft, Ceridian, Burger King and Nokia to discover the benefits of location based marketing.

Eric Koester
Eric Koester (Zaarly)

Eric Koester is the founder and CMO/COO of Zaarly, a mobile, real-time marketplace. Eric was previously an executive at venture-backed Appature Inc.,and has founded or co-founded several mobile-focused startups. Eric is a former corporate and securities lawyer who has worked with hundreds of technology businesses, investors and entrepreneurs.

Matthew Kovinsky
Matthew Kovinsky (Prism Skylabs)

VP of Business Development at Prism Skylabs

Elena Krasnoperova

Elena Krasnoperova is senior director of PayPal Mobile Business Operations. She leads global strategy, analytics, and business operations for all of PayPal’s mobile products and new mobile initiatives.

Krasnoperova began her business career as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, where she helped large technology and financial services companies accelerate growth, launch new products and expand internationally. She then joined eBay/PayPal, holding several strategic roles in PayPal and eBay Marketplaces over the course of seven years.

Krasnoperova left PayPal to join the executive team of a successful mobile payment startup, Zong, where she was responsible for global Analytics, Risk Management and Customer Support. She rejoined PayPal in August 2011, after PayPal acquired Zong. She is passionate about combining the speed and flexibility of a startup with the resources and scale of an established global payments leader to bring innovative mobile solutions to consumers and merchants around the world.

Krasnoperova received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wellesley College.

Raffi Krikorian
Raffi Krikorian (Uber Advanced Technologies Center)

Raffi Krikorian is Engineering Lead at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, PA. He spends most of his time thinking about off-the-wall ways to change computing, transportation, and the world.

Until August 2014, he was Twitter’s VP of Engineering in charge of the Platform – the core infrastructure of Twitter. During his tenure, Platform Engineering was primarily responsible for the scalability, efficiency, reliability, and performance of Twitter, as well as the developer productivity of all software engineers at Twitter. He lead the Twitter’s transition from a Ruby on Rails web site, to a JVM-powered services oriented architecture which currently serves about 250 million monthly active users who send about 500 million tweets daily. He also created and used to chair Twitter’s Architecture Group, the team of senior software engineers in charge of Twitter’s overall technology portfolio as well as ensuring that software got written to the same consistent standards across its entire global development team.

Scott Kveton
Scott Kveton (Urban Airship, Inc.)

Scott brings 15 years of experience building technology, developing business strategy and leading engineering teams with companies like Amazon.com, Rulespace, JanRain and now Urban Airship. Urban Airship works with thousands of brands using their leading mobile messaging and monetization platform. Scott was the co-founder of the Open Source Lab helping open source projects like Mozilla, Linux, Apache, Drupal grow into mainstream usage. Scott was an active supporter of open web standards having co-founded the OpenID and Open Web Foundations. He currently lives in Portland, OR.

Background in geochemical exploration sciences. Long-time programmer instructor and technologist for Esri. Currently a Esri Developer Network Evangelist specializing in geolocation and the integration of social media with GIS.

Jaak Laineste
Jaak Laineste (Nutiteq)

Nutiteq enables independent, quick, easy and cost-effective mobile mapping application development with its open sourced MGMaps Mobile Mapping SDK and other products.

Jaime Lang (Microsoft Corporation)
Sam Lanier
Sam Lanier (FireWhat Inc.)

Sam Lanier is a career Fire Captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE). Sam has spent the better part of 17 years working to better the life of responders. From the age of 15, Sam has dedicated his life to helping others.

While on a two year special assignment to the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sam was part of a Firefighter Grant program to provide the basic essential needs to America’s Responders. During this assignment, Sam was fortunate to see the age old problems exist in every community in the Western United States. There is an old saying in the fire service “200 Years of Tradition, Unimpeded by progress!”

This saying does not boed well with Sam. While working for CALFIRE, Sam has been responsible for the deployment and coordination of thousands of Emergency Resources. The experience he remembers the most was taking a phone call from the Oval Office to mobilize 1,000 fire engines to Southern California during the Fire Siege of 2007.

Sam is the Co-Founder and Chief Specialist Officer for FireWhat Inc. FireWhat is a new company, founded in January 2011 by two firefighters and an MIT grad. Their mission is to bridge the gap between the fire service and technology. Firefighters currently receive little to no information prior to arriving at a wildland fire so it’s important “to bring technology into a technology-deprived industry.”

During the Summer of 2011, Sam lead a collaborative effort between local company Pusher Inc and FireWhat Inc to develop the FireWhat Wildland App on the Apple iOS platform.

The Application uses NASA Satellite imagery, Weather Underground and NOAA Weather Services, National Fire Data, and Geo locator services to relay emergency information to the Nations Firefighters.

Sam and his team are committed to developing resources to bring responders home safe!

Jonathan LeBlanc
Jonathan LeBlanc (PayPal / Braintree)

Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award-winning software engineer, author of the O’Reilly book Programming Social Applications, and the head of global developer advocacy for Braintree and PayPal. Specializing in identity, auth and security, hardware to web interconnectivity, and data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives toward building a more user-centric web.

Ben Lee (foursquare)

Ben Lee works on foursquare’s recommendations engine. Prior to foursquare, he spent four years working on Web Search Features at Google. Ben has a Ph.D from UCSB where he worked on applied machine learning and a bachelor’s in computer engineering from Caltech.

Christine Lemke
Christine Lemke (AchieveMint)

Christine Lemke is the Co-founder of AchieveMint, a company leveraging data analytics to encourage healthy behavior change. AchieveMint partners with mobile and web health applications to provide an intelligent incentive system for consumers who take healthy actions.

Prior to AchieveMint, Christine co-founded the data analytics company Sense Networks along with leading machine learning professors from MIT and Columbia. She is also the Co-founder product analytics company Channel IQ, based in Chicago. Additionally, Christine has held roles at Microsoft XBOX and 3i Group in Paris.

Brian Leonard
Brian Leonard (TaskRabbit)

Brian Leonard is TaskRabbit’s VP of Engineering, responsible for the architecture, engineering, and overall design of the application.

Brian joined TaskRabbit from IBM, where he served for six years as a Software Engineer working on the Lotus Notes, transitioning the client into an Eclipse-based platform. Brian was responsible for design and leadership in large functional areas including search, application development, text analysis, and simple things that turn out to be hard like opening up mail documents.

A Clemson University graduate with a BS in Computer Engineering, Brian earned his MBA from Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. Originally from Texas, Brian loved living in Boston, but couldn’t handle the cold weather. He now lives in the SF Bay Area.

Howard Lerman
Howard Lerman (Yext)

Howard Lerman, Founder/CEO of Yext developed a real-time local listings product called PowerListings that enables businesses to update their websites and company information instantly from the Yext.com website.
Through its partnerships with industry giants such as Yahoo! and Yelp, Yext is able to offer uniform messaging across multiple directories in a consistent format. This method of delivery ensures that businesses as well as users are retrieving accurate information.

While attending Duke University, Howard founded his first startup, Justatip.com, and in the process realized he had developed a passion for the way individuals interacted with the web. In 2002, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke and soon became involved in other startups that ultimately led to the founding of his biggest venture, Yext, in 2006

Charlene Li
Charlene Li (Altimeter Group)

Charlene Li is founder of the Altimeter Group and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell, which was named one of the best business books in 2008.

She is one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies and a consultant and independent thought leader on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media and marketing. Formerly, Li was vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research and a consultant with Monitor Group. She was named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2010 and one of the most influential women in technology 2009.Charlene is a frequently-quoted expert and has appeared on 60 Minutes, The PBS NewsHour, ABC News, and CNN. She is also frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Businessweek, USAToday, Reuters, and The Associated Press. She is a much-sought after public speaker and appeared at the World Business Forum in Radio City Music hall in October 2010.

Charlene is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received a magna cum laude degree from Harvard College. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association as well as The Poynter Institute. You can follow her blog at charleneli.com/blog or at twitter.com/charleneli

Charlene is the mother of two kids and and the wife of Come Lague, a venture capitalist with Nueva Ventures. She is also a self-professed geek, an avid fan of reality TV shows like Survivor, and loves to play puzzle games. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Sam Liang
Sam Liang (Alohar Mobile Inc.)

Before founding Alohar Mobile Inc., Sam Liang started and architected Google Location Server and led its development for three and half years. Sam also designed the location API that allows multiple platforms (such as Android, iPhone, Blackberry, etc.) to access the Google Location Server. These services are powering thousands of location-based mobile applications today, from both Google and third-party app developers. Sam also designed the early Google Latitude project.

Sam holds a number of patents in wireless and mobile technologies. Sam has a Ph.D in EE from Stanford University, specializing in network protocols and distributed systems.

Mathew Lippincott
Mathew Lippincott (Public Laboratory for Open Technology & Science)

A founding member of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS), Mathew is an artist and designer who has worked in technology education for eight years. He became involved in Grassroots Mapping through materials testing and the design of low-cost balloons and kites. In addition to developing flying machines, he supervises the production of kits and other materials. He is also a founder of Cloacina, Cewas startup. Cloacina is currently developing educational materials with ReCode:Oregon’s Ecological Sanitation Campaign and PNCA’s Collaborative Design MFA Program.

Josh Livni
Josh Livni (Google)

Josh is a developer programs engineer focusing on Geo; he loves building tools to help developers with data analysis and visualization.

Stewart Long
Stewart Long (Public Laboratory for Open Technology & Science)

A founding member of The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Stewart is a geographer focused on making aerial image maps. Inspired by the digital age of map making and virtual globes, his work centers around making maps with both new technology and classic field techniques. As Director of Geography and Data for Public Laboratory, Stewart coordinates and executes mapmaking projects while managing the Public Laboratory Archive.

Trak Lord
Trak Lord (metaio)

Trak Lord is the Marketing and Media Relations Manager for metaio, Inc, the San Francisco subsidiary of metaio GmbH, one of world’s leading augmented reality software providers and producer of the mobile app junaio. Before joining metaio, Trak ran a development agency called VitaminAR that offered client services and custom mobile AR development for brands and agencies. Trak has also published his technical writing on the internet and in the physical world, on sites like TweakTown and in publications such as MEDIA magazine. His work still appears regularly in the Augmented and junaio blogs.

Trak received his Bachelor’s from Dartmouth, where he studied languages, literature, cybersocial theory, 20th Century thought and psychoanalysis, and now resides in San Francisco.

Tom MacWright
Tom MacWright (MapBox)

Tom specializes in building interactive and creative open source mapping tools for MapBOx. He is a lead architect of our open source mapping stack, including the TileMill project that combines Mapnik, Carto, Modest Maps, and other open source tools for use designing custom maps online. He’s also the lead developer behind Wax and an active contributor to Modest Maps, our web mapping APIs.

Tom is a frequent speaker on open source mapping technologies, having presented at the International Conference on Crisis Mapping, GOSCON, Where 2.0, FOSS4G, and OpenStreetMap’s State of the Map conferences. In addition to mapping, Tom is an experienced open source developer with significant experience working in JavaScript, Node.js, Django, and Ruby. He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The College of William and Mary.

Sean Maday
Sean Maday (Google Inc.)

Sean Maday is a geospatial engineer at Google. He served as an Air Force intelligence officer from 2005 to 2010, and formerly worked for a research and development lab at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he was responsible for integrating aircraft mission planning tools and Google Earth. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Michigan State University.

Chris Mahl
Chris Mahl (SCVNGR)

Chris is the SVP and Chief Brand Alchemist of SCVNGR/LevelUp. He is in charge of using SCVNGR’s gaming engine and LevelUp’s mobile payment system to drive revenue, loyalty and social-engagement for brands.

Chris has deployed SCVNGR and LevelUp for organizations like Coke, National Geographic, GameStop, Warner Bros., 7-Eleven, and SUBWAY. Prior to joining the SCVNGR team, Chris led sales, marketing and business development teams at Rightmedia Yahoo!, Informatica and salesforce.com .

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 Pogo.com (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 Law and a B.A. from Boston College.

Kendra Markle
Kendra Markle (Stanford Prevention Research Center)

As an entrepreneur and founder/CEO of AlterActions.org, Kendra builds persuasive technology tools for healthy behavior change. Her tools combine the latest research in neuroscience and the psychology of persuasion with mobile and social technology to help and influence people to change their behavior for the better. Her techniques produce lasting changes in lifestyle in people struggling with obesity, anxiety, chronic conditions and emotional health issues.

Kendra’s background includes bio-medical engineering degrees from MIT, 6 years at Kaiser Permanente working with clinical care teams on technology tools for patients and ongoing research with the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab on innovative ways to use mobile and social media to improve health outcomes.

A popular and dynamic industry conference speaker, she’s presented at Persuasive, Mobile Health, Healthcare Unbound, Games for Health, Web 2.0 Expo and others.

Mano Marks
Mano Marks (Google, Inc. )

Mano joined Google’s Geo API team in 2006. He helps people all over
the world develop and deploy their content in KML and Google Maps,
working with large companies, small startups, and international aid
organizations. Before coming to Google, Mano had an eclectic career
that involved getting a Masters in History, a Masters in Information
Management and Systems, and working as a data manager in social service and public benefit organizations for over a decade.

Jeffrey Martin
Jeffrey Martin (360cities.net)

360 Cities blankets the whole world in beautiful 360º photography. We are happy to discuss partnership with both small and large companies who seek to better visualize popular locations throughout the world and who would benefit from 360 Cities’ platform, content, and imaging technologies.

Jeffrey Martin is the founder of 360cities.net and is an acknowledged leader of the global panoramic photographer community. These days he splits his time between managing the evolution of Panomonkey.com and creating astonishingly large “Gigapixel Panoramas” such as the world’s largest 360º panorama, London 80 Gigapixels and the world’s largest interior photo .

Jeffrey will be launching Panomonkey.com at the Where 2.0 Launch Sessions on Wednesday April 20 at 14:10. Panomonkey is an online panorama stitcher, allowing anyone with any type of camera to shoot overlapping photos, upload them to Panomonkey, and see a blended, color-corrected panorama live on the web moments later. This allows many new possibilities and applications for journalism, real estate, mapping of businesses and streets, security, and other industries.

Jeffrey is also interested in meeting Angels or VC’s to discuss possible funding in 2011.

David Martinez
David Martinez (Esri )

David Martinez is a Technology Lead at Esri. His focus is on helping developers understand how to use GIS in their mobile and Web applications. He is fluent in C#/.NET, Silverlight, and JavaScript and enjoys talking about anything related to sports.

Hilary Mason
Hilary Mason (Cloudera Fast Forward Labs)

Hilary Mason is vice president of research at Cloudera Fast Forward Labs and data scientist in residence at Accel Partners. Previously, Hilary was chief scientist at Bitly. She cohosts DataGotham, a conference for New York’s homegrown data community, and cofounded HackNY, a nonprofit that helps engineering students find opportunities in New York’s creative technical economy. She’s on the board of the Anita Borg Institute and an advisor to several companies, including SparkFun Electronics, Wildcard, and Wonder. Hilary served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology Advisory Board and is a member of Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor.

Duncan McCall
Duncan McCall (PlaceIQ)

Duncan McCall is the CEO and Co-Founder of PlaceIQ. PlaceIQ is turning
‘location into context’. Extracting intelligence and meaning from the ever
increasing mass of location specific data being created, enabling an
understanding of a hyper local location like never before. Empowering
advertisers, marketers and more to connect the right message with the
right location, at the right time…

Duncan has a passion and background in geo focused startups spanning many
years. From time spent in RFID and universal positioning startups, through
to founding and leading a venture backed consumer Internet business with
the goal of enabling and empowering users of location aware devices. Duncan’s
experience in early stage businesses goes beyond this market, having lead
the operations of a successful retail organization, and also built and
led IS Solutions INC, a premier Silicon Valley based System Integrator.
Outside of the startup environment Duncan has also made an impact for one
of the world’s largest organizations in working for ExxonMobil, in the UK
and Asia.

Brian McClendon
Brian McClendon (Google)

Brian McClendon built computer graphics software and hardware at Silicon Graphics before co-founding Keyhole in 2000. Keyhole was purchased by Google in 2004, now known as Google Earth. Brian is currently a Google Vice President of Engineering, responsible for geo-products including Google Maps, Google Earth, Streetview, and Sketchup.

Chris McIntosh
Chris McIntosh (Commonwealth of Virginia)

Prior to his appointment, Christopher I. McIntosh served as a subject matter expert for the Virtual USA program where he applied operational, and technological best practices to information sharing initiatives at all levels of government. Prior to that, he served as the Operations Section Chief at the Virginia Emergency Operations Center where he was responsible for coordinating the response to large scale incidents and events affecting multiple jurisdictions in the Commonwealth, as well as the operation of the VEOC’s Watch Center. Mr. McIntosh developed and fielded the Virginia Interoperability Picture for Emergency Response (VIPER), which serves as common operating picture for the state.

Sean McSpaden
Sean McSpaden (State of Oregon)

During the past 20 years in the public and private sectors, Sean McSpaden has gained operational experience and leadership skills at the executive and management levels. His background includes the start-up and management of several small businesses. His public service experience includes progressively responsible positions as an IT analyst, and in statewide coordination, management and leadership positions with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS).

Sean currently serves as Oregon’s Deputy State Chief Information Officer. Sean also serves as the Deputy Administrator for the DAS Enterprise Information Strategy and Policy Division. In that capacity, Sean oversees the division’s administrative operations including planning, budgeting, contracting, personnel, and performance management, and oversees the operation of the Geospatial Enterprise Office, Economic Recovery Executive Team and IT Investment and Planning sections.

In July 2006, Governor Kulongoski appointed Sean to a three-year term as the DAS representative on the State Interoperability Executive Council (SIEC). From February 2006 to December 2007, Sean also served as the chair of the SIEC’s Technical Committee and as a member of the SIEC Executive Committee.

Since September 2009, Sean has been actively involved in the US Department of Homeland Security’s Virtual USA initiative. As part of this work, Sean served as the Technical Working Group Chair for the Virtual USA Pacific Northwest Pilot – a collaborative effort to develop a common operating picture for emergency management for Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Since January 2011, Sean has served as Oregon’s representative to the FEMA Region X Regional Interagency Steering Committee – (RISC) GIS Subcommittee.

Among other topics, Sean and his team are very involved in assessing how Cloud-based solutions might best be deployed across Oregon state government. In addition, Sean currently serves as a government advisor to the TechAmerica Foundation’s Cloud for State and Local Government Commission.

In 2010, Sean co-led a multi-agency team that established Oregon’s state price agreement for Software as a Service (SaaS) Email and related services. In addition, Sean co-sponsored a series of multi-agency email workshops which led to the adoption of a Statewide Email Consolidation Roadmap designed to dramatically reduce the number of email systems deployed across state government.

In 2011, Sean co-led the deployment of data.oregon.gov via the use of a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering. Sean also serves on a four (4) state team that issued an RFI and RFP on GIS Cloud Computing Services and is currently pursuing the execution of a multi-state contract through the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) in the coming months. Sean’s team led the deployment of Oregon’s Dedicated SaaS Email environment, authored Oregon’s Software as a Service (SaaS) Strategy, and is in the process of completing an initial study on alternative approaches for deploying desktop office productivity tools across Oregon state government (including Desktop Virtualization and Cloud-based solutions).

Sean holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Management from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He is a 2006 graduate of the Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management’s Certificate of Public Management Program. Sean completed Oregon’s project management certification program in 1999 and enterprise architecture certification program (TOGAF) in 2008. Sean is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Patrick Meier
Patrick Meier (Ushahidi)
Patrick is an accomplished speaker having presented at numerous international confer-ences including the Skoll World Forum, PopTech, Where 2.0, TTI/Vanguard and several TEDx’s. He is also a distinguished scholar, holding a PhD from The Fletcher School, a Doctoral Fellowship from Stanford University and an MA from Columbia University.
Zain Memon (Trulia)

I’m one of the people on the geo team at Trulia, who has released data-viz hits such as crime maps, weeplaces, and tendermaps. I use Python and GeoDjango to create pretty, useful maps.

Julien Mercay (Google)

Julien Mercay is the lead for Google Earth for Mobile. He has been a critical contributor for Google Earth on Android phone and tablet, iPhone/iPad, and Google Earth for car navigation systems.

Michael Metcalf
Michael Metcalf (Yahoo!)

Michael Metcalf represents product management for the Yahoo! Spatial Networking. Michael has a decade of product experience in geo-fencing, location-based services, geospatial, geo-informatics, and geo-targeting. Previously, Michael worked at the CIA’s venture capital firm In-Q-Tel (an early investor in Keyhole and MetaCarta), founded a geospatial social networking web site, and led a web and data analytics team at Corporate Executive Board. Michael holds an MBA from NYU Stern and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.

Amy Millard
Amy Millard (Hearsay Social)

Amy Millard is a cloud-based software marketing expert, a Facebook and Twitter addict, and a regular conference speaker on the subject of marketing and social media. Prior to Hearsay Social, Ms. Millard led marketing for several global software companies, and she also ran a division of Netscape. She earned her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and her MBA from Stanford University.

Ms. Millard’s most recent speaking engagements include AllFacebook Marketing Conference and eTail Palm Springs. She has also spoken at Tiecon, Silicon Valley’s biggest conference for entrepreneurs and other professionals, and the Market Research Event.

Ben Milne
Ben Milne (Dwolla)

Ben Milne is a payments outsider and founder of Dwolla, a new payment network based in the heart of the Silicon Prairie. The company continues to disrupt Visa and Mastercard by building useful and innovative online and mobile products on top of its open and low-cost payment network.

Ben is a repeat entrepreneur, having created and sold another multi-million dollar startup with over sea operations back in 2008. Open, candid, and honest, he is a sought after speaker in the international startup community, payments industry, and tech circles. Ben also has extensive leadership, investment, and mentorship experience with numerous companies, charities, and organizations in the Silicon Prairie region. In 2011, he was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Thor Mitchell
Thor Mitchell (Google Inc.)

Mitchell is the Product Manager for the Google Maps API and Google Places API, based in Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining Google 6 years ago he worked in support and development roles at Sun Microsystems Inc. in the U.K. and U.S.A.

Danny Moon
Danny Moon (UpNext)

Danny Moon is the co-founder and CEO of UpNext, an interactive 3D mapping platform for mobile devices. The UpNext mapping platform is used by companies such as the NFL and NY Times and powers the award winning app, UpNext 3D Cities. Danny runs the business operations for UpNext.
Danny holds a Master’s degree from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.

Robert Munro
Robert Munro (CrowdFlower)

Robert Munro is an expert in combining Human and Machine Intelligence, working with Machine Learning approaches to Text, Speech, Image and Video Processing. Robert has founded several AI companies, building some of the top teams in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked in many diverse environments, from Sierra Leone, Haiti and the Amazon, to London, Sydney and Silicon Valley, in organizations ranging from startups to the United Nations. He recently ran Product for AWS’s first Natural Language Processing services in the Deep Learning team at Amazon AI. Robert is Chief Technology Officer at CrowdFlower.

Mok Oh (PayPal)

As Chief Scientist, Mok Oh contributes to PayPal’s ongoing product innovation through the collection and analysis of a range of customer insights. For well over a couple of decades, he has been involved in researching and building technologies, products and businesses that help connect the offline and online worlds. Mok comes to PayPal from WHERE, Inc., which was acquired by eBay, Inc. in April 2011. As WHERE’s Chief Innovation Officer, Mok oversaw the development of the “Atlas Project,” which aims to better digitize the real (offline) world, better connecting it to the online world, and ultimately making the commerce ecosystem better as a result.

Prior to WHERE, Mok founded, a data visualization company called Everyscape that generated revenue streams from various markets: travel, local search, mobile. He’s played a multitude of roles throughout his career ranging from including data architecture and product management to intellectual property strategies and business development. Prior to founding EveryScape, he worked for Accenture as an Information Systems Analyst. Mok holds a Ph.D. in Computer Graphics from MIT, a M.S. in Computer Science from University of Pennsylvania, and Computer Science, Art History and Studio Art degrees from Oberlin College.

Mok is a seasoned speaker who has appeared at the MIT Lecture Series, Harvard School of Architecture, O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, Web 2.0 Summit, DEMO Conference (DEMOgod Winner).

Nicole Ozer
Nicole Ozer (ACLU of Northern California)

Nicole A. Ozer is the Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director at the ACLU of Northern California. She works on the intersection of new technology, privacy, and free speech and is spearheading the organization’s new online privacy campaign, Demand your dotRights.

Nicole graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, studied comparative civil rights history at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and earned her J.D. with a Certificate in Law and Technology from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley.

Before joining the ACLU, Nicole was an intellectual property attorney at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Nicole was recognized by San Jose Magazine for being one of 20 “Women Making a Mark” in Silicon Valley.

Nicole is the author of many legal and policy publications, including Location-Based Services: Time for a Privacy Check-In and Privacy & Free Speech: It’s Good for Business, a primer of case studies and tips for baking safeguards into the business development process. You can follow Nicole’s latest work @nicoleozer and the Bytes and Pieces blog at www.aclunc.org/tech.

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Dmitry Pakhomkin
Dmitry Pakhomkin (Goodzer Inc.)

Dmitry Pakhomkin is the co-founder and CEO of Goodzer, the best way to find all sorts products from all kinds of stores everywhere in the country.
After moving to Virginia, Dmitry, a software engineer with advanced degrees in computer science and engineering, got the idea for Goodzer after he wasted hours, driving from one ice rink to another looking for hockey gear. He finally found it just five minutes from his home. Why wasn’t there a search engine for local goods? Across the globe, another computer scientist, Artem Zarutsky, was mulling the same thing and together they created Goodzer.
Founded in 2010 in the D.C. metro area, Goodzer’s technology and search engine are the result of several years of development and can easily scale the automatic aggregation of product inventory data. Goodzer currently searches from two billion goods in five million locations across the country.


Co-founder and CEO at Goodzer Inc.
April 2010 – Present

IS Architect at High-Tech StartUp
September 2008 – April 2010

Senior Software Engineer at Cree
January 2007 – August 2008

Lead Software Engineer at Intrinsic Semiconductor Corp. December 2004 – January 2007 (2 years 2 months)

Software Engineer at VTB Group at USC
August 2001 – November 2004

Sophia Parafina

Sophia is working on new projects yet to be named. Previously, she was Director of Operations at OpenGeo and a Adjunct Professor at Hunter College. Sophia organized Augmented Reality DevCamp NYC and hosts AR New York Meetups. Before joining OpenGeo, she was a founder and CTO of IONIC Enterprise (acquired by Erdas) and Senior Program Manager for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund.

Akshay Patil
Akshay Patil (Foursquare)

Akshay is foursquare’s Platform Evangelist. Before joining foursquare, Akshay spent more than five years at Google working as an engineer on Real-time Search, Blogger, and Blog Search. He is the creator of a small, but growing, group chat system called Partychat. Akshay has bachelors’ degrees in computer science and mathematics and a master’s degree in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Brooklyn with his fiancée and his broken autonomous vacuum cleaner.

Rene Pinnell
Rene Pinnell (Forecast)

Before dropping out of graduate school to start Forecast, René Pinnell spent 10 years writing and directing for film and television. From 2004 to 2008 he directed and produced 30 episodes of the acclaimed comedy show “Backpack Picnic,” as well as the MTV Pilot “Meet the Bulldogs.” More recently René Pinnell co-directed “The King of Texas,” a feature documentary that premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was distributed internationally by Watchmaker Films. While pursuing an MFA in Design René Pinnell was awarded a $100,000 research grant for the development of a mobile app that displays room level energy data and incentivized building occupants to reduce their individual energy consumption.

Dorrian Porter
Dorrian Porter (Mozes, Inc.)

Dorrian is an entrepreneur who co-founded HigherMarkets, an on-demand software company in March 2000. He later became CEO and led it to its acquisition by a Nasdaq listed company in 2002. Dorrian worked with the combined company until July 2005, where he helped significantly grow the business and shape the company’s product offerings. Previously, Dorrian practiced law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California where he represented a wide range of tech companies. Prior to joining WSGR, he worked in Canada as an associate at McCarthy Tetrault, an analyst at Harrowston, Inc. (now TD Capital) and at the Canadian Parliament, including the Prime Minister’s Office.

Paul  Rademacher
Paul Rademacher (Tasty Labs)

Paul Rademacher is VP of Engineering at Tasty Labs, a new startup working on tools to improve everyday life. He was previously an engineering manager for Google Maps, and Technical Lead for the Google Earth Browser Plugin and API. Prior to joining Google, Paul was the creator of HousingMaps.com, a combination of Craigslist and Google Maps that was the first-ever map mashup. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNC-Chapel Hill, and worked as an R&D Software Engineer for Dreamworks Animation on films including Shrek 2 and Madagascar.

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.

Laurel Ruma
Laurel Ruma (O'Reilly Media)

Laurel Ruma is a content director at O’Reilly Media. Laurel has chaired a number of O’Reilly conferences and workshops, including Next:Economy, Cultivate, Where 2.0, OSCON Java, and Gov 2.0 Expo.

Sriram Sankar
Sriram Sankar (Facebook)

Sriram Sankar is a software engineer at Facebook. He got his PhD from Stanford University in 1989 and has worked at many Silicon Valley companies including Sun Microsystems, VMware, and Google.

Benjamin Sann
Benjamin Sann (BestParking.com)

Ben Sann is the Founder & CEO of BestParking. Ben was named a “30 Under 30” entrepreneur by Inc Magazine in 2007, and BestParking was awarded the “Investor’s Choice” award by Mayor Bloomberg at NYC Big Apps 2.0.

BestParking is a leading provider of parking information, pricing, and reservations. Parking data is distributed via BestParking.com, BestParking mobile applications, our API, and strategic relationships with Google and Microsoft. The service has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, NY Daily News, Associated Press, Inc. Magazine, NY Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, Fox 5 News, CBS News Radio, WNBC, Yahoo.com, MSN.com, MSNBC.com, and numerous other media.

Mike Schneider
Mike Schneider (allen & gerritsen)

@SchneiderMike is SVP, Director Digital Incubator for Allen & Gerritsen, ranked by Advertising Age in the Top 50 Independent agencies in the US. The Digital Incubator is a lab responsible for building products and engaging experiences rooted in ROI while helping define “what’s next” for the agency and the industry.

Mike has crafted paid, owned and earned media strategies, built award-winning communities, designed and implemented B2B and consumer segmentation, content management and customer relationship management solutions. He blogs for several sites including a technology and social media blog called Digital Before Digital. He was recognized in 2010 as one of Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. He is the co-author of Location Based Marketing for Dummies.

Gabe Smedresman
Gabe Smedresman (Meet Gatsby)

Gabe is a game designer and engineer based out of San Francisco. Coming from a background in tech (Google), architecture (Yale), and real-world games (The Go Game), Gabe specializes in integrating real-world data with gameplay and virtual environments. He designed a pioneering series of massively multiplayer games of RISK on college campuses, and his games and playful technology have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Fox News, Boing Boing and Gizmodo. Gabe is currently working on a number of location-aware projects including Meet Gatsby, a mobile service that introduces you to nearby people who share your interests, wherever you go. He recently launched Woodcut Maps: hand-crafted wood-inlay maps, individually designed by anyone using an online map interface.

Will Smith
Will Smith (Euclid Elements)

Will Smith is CEO and cofounder of Euclid Elements. The grandson of the founder of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Will was born into a retail family and spent his teenage years wandering through shopping malls thinking about dollars per square and tenant mix optimization.

After graduating from Stanford in 2007 with a degree in Economics and International Relations, Will worked as an analyst at Citigroup and Thomas Weisel Partners. He then decided to merge his love of data and technology with his family history in retail. Euclid was the result, and Will’s unique background has proven invaluable in his new position.

Dave Sutter (Micello, Inc.)

Dave Sutter is the Chief Technical Officer at Micello. He has been working on Maps/GeoCoding/GPS for most of his career.

Dave was the founder of a company, Intransix, that created a GPS fitness application. This application was a finalist in the Navteq Global Challenge and was acquired by Trimble Navigation.

Most recently, he worked at Navteq/Nokia on their map processing and traffic collection/reporting.

Dave got his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Stanford.

Bern Szukalski

Bern Szukalski has a degree in Biology and Chemistry and a background in both environmental consulting and biomedical research. A love of maps eventually led him to Esri in 1986 where he began his geospatial career as an applications specialist working on the Peacekeeper Rail Garrison and CIA World DataBank projects.
Over the past 25 years at Esri he has held a variety of positions and served in many different roles, covering a broad spectrum of GIS implementation and software development projects. Bern is currently a product strategist and technical evangelist, focusing on ways to broaden access to geographic information and GIS capabilities.

Evan Tana
Evan Tana (Shopkick)

Evan Tana is the Vice President of Product Management at shopkick. Before shopkick, Evan led product at Loopt, a ground-breaking social mapping service funded by Sequoia Capital and New Enterprise Associates. Evan got his start in mobile as a product manager at Digital Chocolate, a publisher of mobile games and applications. Prior to working in Silicon Valley, Evan also spent time at a Beijing-based private equity firm and Goldman Sachs. Evan earned his BS and MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

Halle Tecco
Halle Tecco (Rock Health)

Halle Tecco is a Founder & Managing Director of Rock Health, the first seed fund devoted exclusively to digital health companies. She is also an active angel investor in over 30 technology companies including Misfit Wearables, Quora, and Kaggle.

Tecco has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. She was named as one of Goldman Sach’s Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs in 2013 and listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mick Thompson
Mick Thompson (Code for America)

Mick Thompson has done web development for many years for several different startups, ranging from realtime search to image and location sharing. He is an O’Reilly author with a book that explores new open source tools for location data. He enjoys being distracted by learning and using new and better technologies, with a special interest in anything that will make the Internet faster. In 2012 he is working on making government web technology work more effective with Code for America. When Mick is not online you might find him jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

Jer Thorp
Jer Thorp (New York University)

New York-based artist and educator Jer Thorp is an adjunct professor in New York University’s ITP program and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Network on AI, IoT, and the Future of Trust. Previously, Jer ran the Office for Creative Research, a multidisciplinary research group exploring new modes of engagement with data, and served as the data artist in residence at the New York Times. Jer is a former geneticist, and his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art. Jer’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America, including in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, and has recently been featured by the Guardian, Scientific American, the New Yorker, and Popular Science. Jer is a National Geographic fellow and 2015 was named by Canadian Geographic as one of Canada’s greatest explorers.

Jon Tirmandi (Normative Inc + Normative Labs Inc.)

I own and operate a design firm called Normative Design (www.normativedesign.com) and a product design firm called Normative Labs.

Normative Design does awesome work for awesome clients. We started and grew this design consultancy for one reason. To build a team with the expertise to let us spend almost all of our time on what I am really passionate about, our product company Normative Labs. At Labs we explore the future of interaction design and have one product at the moment, Locus.

Locus (www.getlocus.com) is our location based publishing platform. Locus can deliver any content to any place at any time. We are currently working with a number of companies to bring useful executions of this technology to market.

Andrew Turner
Andrew Turner (GeoIQ)

Andrew Turner is the CTO at GeoIQ, the company behind GeoCommons, a geospatial visualization and analytics platform. He co-founded Mapufacture, a personalized geospatial search and aggregation system that was acquired by FortiusOne in August 2008 in order to combine real-time feeds with large GIS datasets. Andrew is focused on collaboration and user-generated content around location and time. He is actively involved in open-data projects such as OpenStreetMap and VoteReport, as well as open-source projects like Mapstraction and GeoPress. He regularly speaks at conferences on the benefits of open-source software and geospatial standards to communities and organizations. Andrew wrote the O’Reilly shortcut “Introduction to Neogeography” and “Trends in Where2.0” business report in Spring 2008. He is also published in MacTech and Make magazine on his home-automation hacking.

Previously, Andrew was an aerospace engineer building airships, spacecraft and real-time immersive simulators. He received his B.S in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Virginia and his Masters from Virginia Tech.

Andrew Turner is the co-author of Beautiful Mapping .

Bradley Voytek
Bradley Voytek (UC San Diego )

Bradley Voytek is an associate professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego and is the inaugural Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute Fellow. In addition, he’s an Alfred P. Sloan Neuroscience Research Fellow and National Academies Kavli Fellow as well as a founding faculty member of the UC San Diego Data Science program and the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute. His research lab studies the computational role that neural oscillations play in coordinating information transfer in the brain. To do this, they combine large-scale data mining and machine learning techniques with hypothesis-driven experimental research. He’s also known for his zombie brain “research” with his friend and fellow neuroscientist Timothy Verstynen, with whom he has published the book Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?

Sara Wachter-Boettcher
Sara Wachter-Boettcher (Rare Union)

Sara Wachter-Boettcher is an independent content strategist based in Tempe, Arizona, where she’s been writing about making content more mobile-ready and more platform-independent for some time.

With an agency background in both user experience design and cross-channel marketing, she focuses on how brand and message can inform both content and platform decisions.

She blogs at endlesslycontent.com.

Darren Waddell
Darren Waddell (Reply!)

Darren Waddell is responsible for P&L for MerchantCircle.com and product management across Reply!’s web properties, as well as overseeing Reply!’s corporate marketing efforts .

Darren joined Reply! as part of the acquisition of MerchantCircle, the nation’s largest online network of local businesses, where he led product management and marketing. Prior to Reply! and MerchantCircle, Darren held leadership roles including leading Outbound Marketing for VeriSign’s SSL Division and heading up marketing at Offermatica, the marketing optimization platform acquired by Omniture. Darren has also held senior management roles at venture-backed Internet companies and at market research firm Gartner, Inc.

Charles Werner
Charles Werner (Charlottesville Fire Department)

Charles Werner is a 38 year veteran (34 years in Charlottesville) of the volunteer and career fire rescue service. Presently serves as the fire chief for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ian White
Ian White (Urban Mapping, Inc)

Ian is the CEO of Urban Mapping, a leading provider of hosted mapping services.

Prior to founding Urban Mapping in 2003, White worked as a business consultant at and held various roles in business development and marketing. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Design and Management at Parsons School of Design in New York.

White received a BA from McGill University in Montreal, an MBA from Babson College and completed postgraduate studies in France.

Paul Wickman
Paul Wickman (Flat Rock Geographics)

After many years of IT consulting in the SF Bay Area with several well-known “locals” like Cisco Systems, Intel and Sun Microsystems, Paul launched Northstar Geographics (NSG) in 2008. Based in St Paul, Minnesota NSG specializes in applied geographic analysis, web mapping application development and spatial database design. Now in its fourth year, NSG is developing GeoCruncher; a cloud-based location analytics service designed for Business Intelligence reporting integration.

Josh Williams
Josh Williams (Facebook)

Josh Williams is a Product Manager at Facebook where he focuses his energies Location and Events. Prior to Facebook, he was a co-founder and CEO at Gowalla, a pioneering location-based service that connected people with millions of places around the world. While currently living in San Francisco, Josh enjoys traveling with his wife Rachel and two effervescent daughters. In a future life, he’d like to be an accomplished woodworker.

Daniel Wood
Daniel Wood (tenfour)

Daniel T. Wood serves as the digital strategy director at tenfour where he conceptualizes campaigns and leads teams to produce mobile and social initiatives for Hawaiian Airlines, Toshiba, Air New Zealand, Cisco, Intel, Draftfcb, and Waggener Edstrom. He is attracted to the convergence of mobile technology, anthropology, pop culture, design, IxD, sustainability and commerce across the social graph. Daniel is fueled by curiosity, kids, curry, music, foodcarts, and the desire to design useful brand experiences. He has spent an equal number of years in software start-ups as advertising agencies and take pleasure in seeing the lines merge and business models blur.

Will Wright
Will Wright (Stupid Fun Club)

Will Wright, widely acknowledged for creating the simulation video game genre, is the creator of SimCityTM and The Sims, and unveiled the highly anticipated SporeTM in September 2008. The Sims franchise has now sold over 100 Million units around the world. A true gaming industry legend as a result of his pioneering contributions to video games, Wright has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and honors. Rolling Stone named Will Wright “One of the 100 People who are Changing America,” in March 2009, placing him among artists, leaders, scientists, and policymakers who are “fighting every day to show us what is possible.” In 2008, Will received the first-ever Gamer God Award at the Spike Video Game Awards as a testament to his revolutionary work. In 2007, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts recognized an individual in the Video Game Industry for the first time when it named Wright a fellow. He also received the Producers Guild of America Vanguard Award that same year.

Adel Youssef
Adel Youssef (Amazon AI)

Dr. Youssef has joined Google on June, 2006 and since then he has been working on location based services. Dr. Youssef received a PhD in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park in 2006. His thesis work was on location determination in wireless networks. He has three granted patents and eight pending ones. His research interests include location determination technologies, pervasive computing, sensor networks and protocol modelling. Dr. Youssef is one of the founder of the LBS team at Google and one of the principal engineers behind cellid-based location.

Joe Zadeh
Joe Zadeh (Airbnb)

Joe Zadeh (a.k.a. “Joebot”) is Lead of Product & Innovation at Airbnb, a community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique spaces around the world. Much of his efforts are focused on keeping engineering and design tightly integrated to enable world-class online and offline experiences. He joined the company as an engineer when the entire product development team worked out of a bedroom in a San Francisco apartment. In a previous life, Joe was a research scientist and holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Caltech and a B.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University.

Maria Zhang
Maria Zhang (Propeld, Inc.)

Maria Zhang is Founder and CEO of Propeld Inc, a mobile marketing technology company in Seattle. The Propeld Platform provides brands, retailers, and developers a cloud based solution to enable an enriched and personalized experience for mobile consumers.

Maria has 15 years experience in designing and building large-scale machine learning and data mining systems to bring value to millions of individual consumers. At Microsoft, Maria led the Personal Relevance team for MSN content. At Zillow, she led teams responsible for ad targeting and data integration, warehousing, processing, and mining.

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