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.
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.
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
Amber Case is the director of Esri’s R&D Center in Portland, where she works on open source developer tools and next-generation location-based technology. Previously, Amber was the CEO of and cofounder of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. She is an advocate of privacy, data ownership, and calm technology. You can follow Amber on Twitter or at Caseorganic.com.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. He is a frequent speaker in both industry and academic contexts. 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 has a master’s in technical communication from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s in physics from Reed College.
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... Read More.
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.
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... Read More.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rob is an expert in applying big data analytics to human communications. He is the CEO of Idibon which
uses machine-learning and distributed human workforces to help organizations reinvent the way that they manage communications and social media at scale. From search startups to UN agencies, Rob has worked in many culturally diverse environments, in places as varied as Sierra Leone, Haiti and the Amazon to London, Sydney and San Francisco. His bicycle has taken him more than 20,000 kilometers across 20 countries, mostly through the mountains. He has a PhD in Computational Linguistics from Stanford University.
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.
Laurel Ruma is the director of talent for O’Reilly Media. Most recently, Laurel cochaired Where 2.0, OSCON Java, and Gov 2.0 Expo. She joined O’Reilly in 2005 after working for five years at various IT analyst firms in the Boston area. Laurel is also the coeditor of Open Government, published by O’Reilly.
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.
Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. A former geneticist, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art. Recently, his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, BusinessWeek and the CBC.
Thorp’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and Australia and all over the web.
Jer has over a decade of teaching experience, in Langara College’s Electronic Media Design Program, at the Vancouver Film school, and as an artist-in-residence at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Most recently, he has presented at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art, at Eyebeam in New York City, and at IBM’s Center for Social... Read More.
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.
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.... Read More.
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.
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