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Dan answers the phones at the MegaPhone call center. Don’t call too fast, he only has two hands!
Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, author of The Long Tail (and the forthcoming FREE), founder of DIYDrones.com, BookTour.com and GeekDad.com
I’m the author of The Making of Second Life (HarperCollins), online games editor at GigaOM.com, and write about Second Life on my own blog, New World Notes (nwn.blogs.com).
Trevor Baca is VP of Software Engineering at Jaduka, where he leads realtime systems engineering and telephony services development. Baca has ten years’ experience in telephony and software development and has held senior leadersip roles in Software Development, Systems Engineering, and Human-Computer Interaction. Earlier in his career Baca worked at Simplified Development Corporation as Director of Systems Engineering and oversaw the development of Simplified Ventana, one of the first telephony provisioning systems developed through extensive user-experience engineering. Baca holds patents US 6,292,554 in switching and protocol integration and US 6,914,967 in realtime QoS analysis and corrections.
Tucker Balch is a professor of Interactive Computing and Robotics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned a Bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. also at Georgia Tech. Balch was a member of the Robotics faculty at CMU from 1999 to 2001. He has published over 150 technical papers, journal articles, book chapters and books in the areas of robotics, computer vision and machine learning. He sleeps only once per week. When he does sleep, he sleeps in a chair.
Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney specializing in free speech and privacy law, is one of the key lawyers working on EFF’s ongoing AT&T warrantless wiretapping case. Before joining EFF, Kevin litigated Internet-related free speech cases, including First Amendment challenges to both the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Edelman v. N2H2, Inc.) and a federal statute regulating Internet speech in public libraries (American Library Association v. U.S.). He has spent much of the last few months advising and informing members of Congress of the dangers of blanket retroactive immunity for telecommunication companies.
Emily A. Berger is currently on staff at the Electronic Frontier Foundation as an Intellectual Property Fellow. She is a registered patent attorney and currently leading EFF’s Patent Busting Project in addition to working with creators, innovators, and consumers in a variety of matters involving fair use, free speech, and reverse engineering.
Violet Blue is the best-selling, award-winning author and editor of over twenty books on sex and sexuality, a number of which have been translated into several languages, and contributor to a number of nonfiction anthologies. Violet is the sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle with a weekly column titled Open Source Sex, and has a podcast of the same name that frequents iTunes’ top ten. She is a sex educator who lectures at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, UCSF and community teaching institutions; she writes about erotica, pornography, sexual pleasure and health for major publications (such as O, The Oprah Magazine and Forbes.com) and various blogs. She is an author at Metblogs SF; a video correspondent for Geek Entertainment Television; she... Read More.
Ed Boyden invents and applies tools for the analysis and engineering of brain circuits in humans and research animals. He is developing new strategies for systematically repairing brain pathologies, such as epilepsy, anxiety, and Parkinson’s disease, and also for augmenting cognition in diseases like Alzheimer’s. His research integrates nanotechnological, molecular, optical, and other technologies into interfaces for the precise control of neural circuit dynamics and function. He and his colleagues have created a genetically targeted way to activate and inactivate neurons using millisecond-timescale pulses of light. This innovation is now in widespread use.
Dr. Boyden is the Benesse Career Development Professor at the MIT Media Lab, in the MIT Department of Biological Engineering, and the MIT McGovern Institute. He received a Ph.D.... Read More.
Dr. Gary Rost Bradski is a consulting professor in the CS department at Stanford University AI Lab where he mentors robotics, machine learning and computer vision research. He is also Senior Scientist at Willow Garage. He has a BS degree in EECS from U.C. Berkeley and a PhD from Boston University. His current interest is perception based dexterous grasping and manipulation for robots. Towards this goal, some open source tools Gary started are the Open Source Computer Vision Library (OpenCV http://sourceforge.net/projects/opencvlibrary/ ), the statistical Machine Learning Library (MLL comes with OpenCV), and the Probabilistic Network Library (PNL). OpenCV is used around the world in research, government and commercially (for example in wide use within Google). All libraries are open, and free on Source Forge... Read More.
Tom Carden joined Stamen in November 2006. Before that, he wrote passenger flow simulation software for London-based architecture firm YRM and studied for his Masters in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation at University College London. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Artificial Intelligence with Mathematics from the University of Leeds.
Tom’s computer science background has always been balanced with a strong interest in design and visual arts and he is actively involved in the community surrounding the Processing development environment. He was an early participant in OpenStreetMap, a project that aims to create free maps of the world using GPS and aerial photography, and his personal weblog Random Etc. has been a place for thoughts, sketches, interactive maps... Read More.
Liam Casey is the Founder and CEO of PCH, a manufacturing company in China.
Churchill is a Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research in Santa Clara, CA. She works in the area of Media Experience Research, her area of interest being social media. She is interested in thinking about the emerging digital media “ethnoscapes” (the fluid, shifting landscape of people and groups – passersby, tourists, immigrants, exiles) that make Internet life. Formerly, she worked at PARC, the Palo Alto Research Center, California in the Computing Science Lab (CSL). Prior to that she was the project lead of the Social Computing Group at FX Palo Laboratory, Fuji Xerox’s research lab in Palo Alto.
Tom Coates works for Yahoo! Brickhouse where he develops new concepts in social software, future media and the web of data. His latest project is Fire Eagle – a location brokerage system designed to make it possible for every network-enabled object in the world to respond to your location.
He’s worked for many of the UK’s most prominent web companies including Time Out, UpMyStreet and the BBC where he ran a small near-term R&D team exploring media navigation, annotation and distribution.
Cindy Cohn is the Legal Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as its General Counsel. She is responsible for overseeing the EFF’s overall legal strategy and supervising EFF’s 9 staff attorneys. Ms. Cohn first became involved with the EFF in 1995, when the EFF asked her to serve as the lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography. The National Law Journal named Ms. Cohn one of 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2006 for “rushing to the barricades wherever freedom and civil liberties are at stake online.” In 2007 the Journal named her one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America.
Steve Cousins is a seasoned executive, entrepreneur and innovator with a strong track record for managing research and development organizations and creating a significant return on investment. Prior to joining Willow Garage, Steve was the senior manager of the User-Focused Systems Research Group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, one of the top Human-Computer Interaction Research groups in the world.
Before he assumed his roles at Willow Garage and Almaden Research, Steve managed the Advanced Systems Development Laboratory at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Earlier in his career Steve was a member of the research staff in the Information Sciences and Technology Laboratory where his research interests were in information visualization, personal information management and digital libraries. Steve’s career in research began... Read More.
Bo Cowgill joined Google in 2003 after graduating from Stanford. At Google, he has worked on quantitative projects related to Google Analytics, the Google ad auctions and internal prediction markets. He recently released Using Prediction Markets to Track Information Flows: Evidence From Google, an economics paper with Justin Wolfers (Wharton) and Eric Zitzewitz (Dartmouth).
Mike Culver joined the Developer Relations Group of Amazon Web Services in 2006. He brings with him fifteen years of technology leadership experience, including at companies such as Microsoft. In addition Mike has a strong background running an IT organization, with over a decade of experience in the Electrical Wholesale Distribution industry. As a Web Services Evangelist at Amazon, he helps developers take advantage of disruptive technologies that are going to change the way we think about computer applications, and the way that businesses compete.
Jason Davis is currently the Vice President of Online Creative at Disney Online, managing the number one kids and family entertainment destination on the web, Disney.com. Jason has a background in new media design, specializing in advertising, content development and kids entertainment.
Régine Debatty writes about the intersection between art, design and technology on her blog we-make-money-not-art.com as well as on design and art magazines such as Art Review (UK) . She also curates art shows and speaks at conferences and festivals about the way artists, hackers and interaction designers (mis)use technology.
Danielle Deibler works for Adobe Systems, running Engineering for a VoIP services initiative codenamed Pacifica. Deibler has over 15 years in the Internet infrastructure and telecommunications networking arenas. Her primary area of focus in the last 7 years has been on building scalable real time collaboration platforms. Previously, she’s held senior leadership positions in software development, engineering, business development and product management for several early stage companies.
Michael Dory is a designer, artist and researcher currently focusing on ubiquitous computing, game design and human computer interaction as a masters candidate at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).
He’s previously worked with IBM, Nikon, Sony and Vision Education & Media on projects ranging from public relations and peer media strategy to interaction design and product prototyping. His personal and collaborative projects, including including the audio graffiti project Concrete Crickets and networked social game Socialbomb have appeared in/on/at the New York Times, National Public Radio, Conflux Festival, BoingBoing, and MAKE Magazine.
Nathan Eagle is a Research Scientist at the MIT and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. In 2007, Nathan taught mobile phone programing at the University of Nairobi as a Fulbright Lecturer. He holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering.
Alvaro Fernandez is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SharpBrains, a market research and advisory services firm that covers applications of cognitive neuroscience. Alvaro has been quoted by the New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, Venture Capital Journal, and more, and blogs for the Huffington Post. Alvaro holds an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University, and has been appointed by the World Economic Forum to the Global Agenda Council on the Challenges of Gerontology.
Serial entrepreneur and ultravagabond Timothy Ferriss is author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek. He has been featured by dozens of media, including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, National Geographic Traveler, CNN, CBS, and MAXIM. He speaks six languages, runs a multinational firm from wireless locations worldwide, and has been a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University since 2003, where he presents entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change.
Gwendolyn Floyd is a co-founder of REGIONAL, an interdisciplinary design and research office that performs and applies original analysis of global society, culture and commerce, uncovering and developing opportunities for profitable innovation and meaningful cultural intervention.
With REGIONAL Gwendolyn researches and consults on the frontiers of technology and design for numerous transnational organizations. Recent projects covered sustainable habitats, ecologically integrated products and biometric interfaces.
Her current focus is how technology, art and design interact on the geopolitical spectrum of international development, environmental awareness and knowledge transfer.
Her design work has been widely published and shown most notably as part of the American National Design Triennale at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Coverage of her work has been featured in the International Design Yearbook, Wallpaper... Read More.
Brady Forrest is Chair for O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 and Emerging Technology conferences. Additionally, he co-Chairs Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Berlin 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.
Eric Freeman is currently CTO at Disney Online. He’s also the co-author of two bestselling titles (Head First Design Patterns and Head First HTML & CSS) and previously the co-director of the Head First series at O’Reilly Media. Eric holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University and Masters degrees from Yale and Indiana University. Eric lives in Los Angeles.
Limor Fried is a recent graduate of the MIT Media Lab where she earned a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. For her thesis, Limor developed and built subversive electronic devices, including a pair of glasses that darken whenever television is in view and a jamming device that disables people’s annoying cell phone conversations at the press of a button. She releases much of her work in the form of DIY kits or instruction sets, including persistence of vision displays for bikes, a home brew synthesizer, and a minty iPod charger.
Johannes Grenzfurthner is artist, writer, curator, director.
He holds a professorship for art theory and art practice at the University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria.
Grenzfurthner is the founder of monochrom, an internationally acting art and theory group. Most of his artistic output is labeled as “monochrom.”
He has attended many international symposia and conferences, published numerous essay and articles on contemporary art, science, and philosophy. He writes for various online/print magazines and radio stations.
Grenzfurthner is head of the “Arse Elektronika” festival in San Francisco (2007-) and co-host of “Roboexotica” (Festival for Cocktail-Robotics) in Vienna (2002-). He also wrote and directed a couple of theater plays, mainly at Volkstheater, Vienna.
Recurring topics in Grenzfurthner’s artistic and textual work are: contemporary art, activism, performance, humor,... Read More.
Dr. Saul Griffith has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is the co-founder of numerous companies including: Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco, Instructables.com, HowToons and Makani Power. Saul has been awarded numerous awards for invention including the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Collegiate Inventor’s award, and the Lemelson-MIT Student prize. A large focus of Saul’s research efforts are in minimum and constrained energy surfaces for novel manufacturing techniques and other applications. Saul holds multiple patents and patents pending in textiles, optics, nanotechnology, and energy production. Saul co-authors children’s comic books called “HowToons” about building your own science and engineering gadgets with Nick Dragotta and Joost Bonsen. Saul... Read More.
Karl Haberl is a Research Director at Sun Labs. Since joining Sun in 2003, Karl has directed a number of important projects and research activities, including Internet Security, Policy Languages, Speech Technologies, Darkstar, and a lot more. Karl came to Sun from BBN Technologies, where he spent 17 years working on all kinds of technologies.
Jury is a recent master’s recipient from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University, and has a background in motion graphics, broadcast design, graphic design, and interaction design. She enjoys 8-bit graphics, old school games, lo-fi sounds, and is interested in using new types of gaming to create ad-hoc social connections between strangers in a public space.
Justin Hall creates and explores simulation in online media. He created one of the early extensive home pages, “Justin’s Links from the Underground” in January 1994. In 2004, the New York Times Magazine referred to him as “the founding father of personal bloggers.” In May 2007, Hall graduated with an MFA from the Interactive Media Division at the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts. His professional experience includes grunt work and strategy at HotWired, electric minds, ZDTV, Gamers.com, Nokia’s TheFeature.com and the Creative Artists Agency.
Today, Hall is CEO of GameLayers, a small game design company building playful experiences in your web browser.
Timo Hannay is Managing Director of Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd. dedicated to creating technology solutions for researchers. He was previously director of Nature.com at Nature Publishing Group, Macmillan’s science publishing arm. Before that he worked as a consultant, journalist and research scientist.
Marc Hedlund is co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Wesabe, a personal finance community helping consumers manage and get the most from their money. Before starting Wesabe, Marc was an entrepreneur-in-residence at O’Reilly Media. Prior to that, he was VP of Engineering at Sana Security, co-founder and CEO of Popular Power, a distributed computing startup, and founder and general manager of Lucas Online, the internet subsidiary of Lucasfilm, Ltd. During his early career, Marc was Director of Engineering at Organic Online, and was CTO at Webstorm, where he wrote one of the Internet’s first shopping cart applications in 1994. He is a graduate of Reed College.
J.C. Herz (email@example.com) is a technologist with a background in biological systems and computer game design. Her specialty is massively multiplayer systems that leverage social network effects, whether on the web, mobile devices, or more exotic high-end or grubby low-end hardware. J.C. is a founding member of the IEEE Task Force on Game Technologies, and has done information analysis and visualization research for DARPA. She is the author of two books, Surfing on the Internet and Joystick Nation, and was a technology columnist for the New York Times. She has spoken at Game Developers’ Conference, SIGGRAPH, and TED.
Todd Holloway is a PhD Candidate in computer science at Indiana University. He is currently on leave, and working as an engineer at Ingenuity Systems (Ingenuity.com). His research interests are visualization, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Examples of his work may be found on his blog (abeautifulwww.com).
Pablos is a futurist, computer security expert, and a notorious hacker with a unique view into both breaking and building new technologies.
At Komposite, he consults on bizarre invention and design projects that assimilate new technologies. Previously, Pablos created thigh holsters for cell phones at Tsaya; helped build the world’s smallest PC at OQO; spaceships at Blue Origin; and AI agent systems at Xigo. He is a member of The Shmoo Group of information security professionals, and helped create the Hackerbot, a WiFi-seeking robot.
Tom Igoe teaches courses in physical computing and networking, exploring ways to allow digital technologies to sense and respond to a wider range of human physical expression. Coming from a background in theatre, his work has centered on physical interaction related to live performance and public space. His current research focuses on ecologically sustainable practices in technology development. He is the author of two books, “Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects,” and with Dan O’Sullivan, “Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers,” which has been adopted by numerous digital art and design programs around the world. Projects include a series of networked banquet table centerpieces and musical instruments; an email clock; and a series of interactive dioramas, created in... Read More.
Alex Iskold is a Founder/CEO of AdaptiveBlue, a company focused on pragmatic semantic technologies. Alex is also a feature writer for one of the top technology blogs – Read/WriteWeb. He frequently speaks at technology conferences about semantic web, widgets, social networks and other modern technologies.
Brian Jepson is Executive Editor for Make Magazine’s Make:Books series, co-author of Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks, and has written and edited a number of other geeky books. Hes also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center that gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work.
Biography coming soon.
Jeff Jonas is chief scientist of the Entity Analytic Solutions group and an IBM Distinguished Engineer. In these capacities, he is responsible for shaping the overall technical strategy of next generation identity analytics and the use of this new capability in the overall IBM technology strategy. The IBM Entity Analytic Solutions group was formed based on technologies developed by Mr. Jonas as the founder and chief scientist of Systems Research & Development (SRD). SRD was acquired by IBM in January 2005.
Today, Mr. Jonas applies his real world and hands on experience in software design and development to drive technology innovations while delivering higher levels of privacy and civil liberties protections. By way of example, the most recent breakthrough developed... Read More.
Tim Jones joined the EFF full-time in November 2007 after four years of work at the intersection of politics and technology. In 2003, he was part of the Dean For America internet team, managing web communications for the campaign’s New Hampshire wing. In 2004, he co-founded the political consulting firm EchoDitto.
Terry Jones is founder and CEO of Fluidinfo, a London and Barcelona based company aiming to bring about a fundamental change in how people work with information by building a distributed storage architecture for a new representation of information. Before that he was a postdoc in Zoology at the University of Cambridge (2004-07), part-time professor in computer science at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (2005-06), CTO of Eatoni Ergonomics in New York (2000-04), a postdoc in the Cognitive Science Department at UC San Diego (1998-99), CEO of Teclata in Barcelona (1996-98), and a postdoc and graduate fellow at the Santa Fe Institute (1992-96). He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of New Mexico with a dissertation on evolutionary computation,... Read More.
I am the creator of CouchDB. I’ve been in the software industry since ‘95 and I’m obsessed with data management, sharing, and collaboration. I’ve worked as an engineer on Lotus Notes and Domino, MySQL and now I work full time for IBM on CouchDB.
My blog is http://damienkatz.net
Joshua is a co-founder of REGIONAL, an interdisciplinary design and research office that performs and applies original analysis of global society, culture and commerce, uncovering and developing opportunities for profitable innovation and meaningful cultural intervention.
He is a globally-active consultant and designer, and was recently in China investigating contemporary Chinese urbanism. The environmental aspects of that research led to REGIONAL’s contribution of the entrance piece of the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture through which 100,000 attendees passed. The piece precisely recreated to scale an anthropogenically removed mountain-ridge in Shenzhen (PRC), mapping it back onto the functioning buildings of the contemporary urban environment.
Joshua also recently consulted a principal city-builder on using digital technologies for the cultivation of productive and humane communities for... Read More.
Nicole Lazzaro, founder and president of XEODesign, Inc., is an award-winning interface designer and an authority on emotion and the player experience. A frequent speaker at industry events she writes extensively on games and why people play them. She has spent more than 17 years designing captivating experiences for all levels of players and users, from novice to expert, in many product genres.
Clients benefiting from her player experience research and design services include Sony, EA, The Cartoon Network, LeapFrog, Mattel, Sega, The Learning Company, Xfire, Broderbund, Roxio, Ubisoft, PlayFirst, GoPets, and Maxis. Her work on the emotional and cultural content of play has improved player experiences for more than 40 million people and helped expand the game industry’s emotional palette beyond the stereotypical... Read More.
Elan Lee believes that if you’re bored, you’re doing something wrong. A self-identified entertainment-addict, Elan has spent his career finding and sharing ways to extract adventure from the world around us.
From surfing down the flooded streets of LA to broadcasting a radio drama over thousands of ringing payphones, Elan has pioneered breakthroughs in the area of entertainment and immersive gaming through his role as creative director for award winning projects such as I Love Bees, NIN: Year Zero, and The Vanishing Point.
Elan was Lead Game Designer for the XBOX, has spoken all over the world on the future of gaming, and is considered among the foremost Alternate Reality Game Creators in the world. He has been featured in WIRED magazine,... Read More.
Jan Lehnardt is an Open Source software consultant spcialized on internet technologies. He has years of experience with building small- and big-scale database backed applications. He has a keen eye for user experience and typography. He co-founded Freisatz, a company bringing typographic bliss to everyone and he contributes to several Open Source projects.
Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school’s Center for Internet and Society. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Lessig represented web site operator Eric Eldred in the ground-breaking case Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. He has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries, for arguing “against interpretations of copyright that could... Read More.
Kati London researches, designs, and develops technology for interactive crowdsource and disruptive experiences. Her work includes hardware for networking plants and people (Botanicalls), game structures that connect residents of Gaza City and Tel Aviv or Baghdad and New York (You Are Not Here), and wearable devices that detect personal space (Urban Sonar).
Her collaborative projects have been featured at Where 2.0, Come Out & Play and Conflux, and have appeared on Good Morning America, the BBC, NPR, and in The New York Times. She currently works as a senior producer and game designer for area/code in New York.
Kyle Machulis, aka qDot, is a researcher of alternate input mechanisms and haptics, which is really a fancy way of saying he breaks sex toys. Through his Slashdong webpage (http://www.slashdong.org), he uses the topic of teledildonics (remotely actuated sexual experience) to teach the basic concepts of software, electrical and mechanical engineering. He also tracks the convergence of sex and technological advances in toys and interaction, building on the idea that paradigms for interfaces people would use for intimate encounters on computers can be extended to other usage experiences. In his spare time, he keeps a full time job as a developer at Linden Lab.
CTO of MOO.com. Previously, a bunch of things.
Daniel Marcus directs the Neuroinformatics Research Group at Washington University School of Medicine. He architected the XNAT platform for running brain imaging data centers. Through his open access data projects, he has helped make thousands of brain scans freely available to researchers across the world. Dr. Marcus is also president of NRG Technologies, a commercial neuroimaging services venture.
Mikel is co-Founder of Mapufacture (now part of GeoCommons), and specializes in Open Geospatial and Wiki technologies. He’s been active in the standardization of GeoRSS and in the OpenStreetMap collaborative mapping project, and several open source projects. He’s developed two of the first Wikis in use at the UN. Previously, Mikel worked as senior developer of My Yahoo! and researched evolutionary models of ecosystems for an MSc at the University of Sussex.
John McCarthy has been Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University since 1962. His research is mainly in artificial intelligence. Long ago he originated the Lisp programming language and the initial research on general purpose time-sharing computer systems. More can be found in his Web page John McCarthy’s home page. As a public service, he has created a Web page on the sustainability of material progress. Material progress is indeed sustainable.
Despite being busy managing a range of projects in Sun Labs, Roger just can’t stop programming these cool little Sun SPOT devices. In the past Roger has worked in research labs and start-up companies ranging from artificial intelligence for space station to digital music production and digital photography.
Chris Melissinos is Sun Microsystems’ Chief Gaming Officer, lifelong videogamer and avid game collector. His responsibilities include the development of Sun Microsystems programs, offerings, and vision targeting the electronic entertainment industry. He is responsible for driving Java game development and promoting Sun’s online game server technology which lives at ProjectDarkstar.com.
Assembled the first genome sequence of a human at J. Craig Venter Institute.
Designed the biotechnology that is used to find disease genes at Illumina, Inc.
Developed one of the first algorithms for prioritizing disease mutations at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Quinn Norton is a San Francisco-based journalist and photographer. Her work has appeared in Wired News, O’Reilly Network, the Irish Times, the UK Guardian, Make Magazine, and more. Her interest in body hacking and functional body modification began in 2005, with an implanted magnet that gave her a sixth sense for EM fields. The magnet is long gone, but the interest is stronger than ever. Quinn is liable to have done some new strange thing to herself by the time ETech rolls around.
Peter Norvig is the Director of Research at Google Inc, where he has been since 2001. From 2002-2005 he was Director of Search Quality, which means he was the manager of record responsible for answering more queries than anyone else in the history of the world. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery and co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field (with 94% market share).
Previously he was the head of the Computational Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, making him NASA’s senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of... Read More.
Cognitive scientist by training, Nicolas works as a user experience and foresight researcher at the Media and Design Lab (Swiss Institute of Technology, EPFL) and as a consultant for IT/video-game companies. His current research is geared towards the study of gaming experiences (virtual worlds, tangible interactions, ubiquitous computing). The underlying issue he is interested in is the hybridization of digital and physical environments, as well as the implications of such phenomena in terms of social, cognitive and design research. He is also the author of Pasta & Vinegar, a weblog about emerging technologies usage and foresight and is co-producer of the LIFT conference in Geneva
From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 – well before the Internet was on most people’s radar – and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. His original business plan was “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.
David Pescovitz (firstname.lastname@example.org) is co-editor of the popular weblog BoingBoing.net and a research director with the Institute for the Future. He is also editor-at-large for MAKE: and writer-in-residence for UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. Pescovitz co-wrote the book Reality Check, based on his long-running forecasting column in Wired magazine where he remains a correspondent. He also has contributed to Scientific American, Popular Science, the New York Times, the Washington Post, New Scientist, Business 2.0, and many other publications. In 2002, he won the Foresight Prize in Communication, recognizing excellence in educating the public and research community about nanotechnology and other emerging technologies. Pescovitz holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s in Journalism from UC... Read More.
BRE PETTIS is a founder of Makerbot, a company that produces robots that make things. Bre is also a founder of NYCResistor, a hacker collective in Brooklyn. Besides being a TV host and Video Podcast producer, he’s created new media for Etsy.com, hosted Make: Magazine’s Weekend Projects podcast, and has been a schoolteacher, artist, and puppeteer. Bre is passionate about invention, innovation, and all things DIY.
Arshan Poursohi is a Researcher for Sun Microsystems Laboratories, working on the Sun Small Programmable Object Technology (Sun SPOT) project.
His research interests include Advanced Network Applications, biologically-inspired computing, Distributed Systems, Intermittently-connected devices, Linux, Mobile Computing, Multi-user cooperative environments, Networking, Peer to peer, practical automated reasoning and Multi-Agent Systems.
Marc Powell is a hacker chef based out of San Francisco’s only hacker bed and breakfast, Unicorn Precinct XIII (www.up13.org). He apprenticed in the research kitchen of Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck (fatduck.co.uk), aka the bleeding edge of the molecular gastronomy movement. He enjoys open-source recipe development, collaborative food hacking labs, and writing culinary software.
Biography coming soon.
Dr. Rienhoff is a physician and scientist with 15 years experience as a venture investor and entrepreneur in the life sciences. During much of the 90’s he was a partner directing biotechnology investments at the venture firm New Enterprise Associates. He was a founding director of such companies as Healtheon/WebMD (HLTH) and Aurora Biosciences (ABSC). In 1998, he founded DNA Sciences (originally Kiva Genetics), a diagnostic company focused on genetic discoveries and served as its Chairman and CEO for 4 years. Dr. Rienhoff has served as a director on the boards of many public and private companies and currently serves on the boards GeneEd, Odyssey Thera... Read More.
Jesse Robbins is passionate about Operations, Distributed Systems, Fault-Tolerance, and Resilient Design.
He currently serves as the Director of Infrastructure at Etelos, co-chair of the Velocity Performance & Operations Conference, and is part of O’Reilly Radar. He previously worked at Amazon.com where his title was “Master of Disaster” and where he was responsible for Website Availability.
Jesse is a volunteer Firefighter/EMT & Emergency Manager, and led a task force deployed in Operation Hurricane Katrina.
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.
David Rose is a technology visionary that designs devices that take Internet information beyond the browser and embed it into everyday objects. He is also a seasoned, sought-out speaker for technology, academic, design and corporate conferences, including TED12, AIGA Experience Design Summit, TEDMED, Designing Interactive Systems, MIT Media Lab Things That Think Conference, Keynote speaker, Babson College Entrepreneurial Conference, Vanguard Confer-ence and the American Tele-medicine Association. He has spoken extensively at colleges and universities nationwide, including MIT, Duke, Harvard (School of Education and Business School), Babson, Tufts and the Mass College of Art & Design. David has also delivered corpo-rate talks including IBM, Whirlpool, Sony Electronics, Fidelity, Steelcase and Nokia. David is currently the co-founder and CEO of Ambient... Read More.
Dan Saffer is an experience design director for Adaptive Path. An international speaker and author, his writing on design has appeared in BusinessWeek and many online publications, while his acclaimed book Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices has been called “a bookshelf must-have for anyone thinking of creating new designs” and has been translated into several languages. His new book on interactive gestures will be published by O’Reilly in Fall 2008.
Dan is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). He received his Master of Design in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Joel Selanikio is a pediatrician, former Wall Street computer consultant, and CDC epidemiologist with a passion for combining computer science and public health to address health inequities in developing countries. He leads DataDyne’s efforts to develop and promote new technologies for health, and is a pioneer in the promotion of open-source development for public health.
Peter Semmelhack is the founder and CEO of Bug Labs, a company that empowers users to develop truly personal devices. Previously, Peter was the founder and CTO of Antenna Software, a leading mobile enterprise software vendor. Following a 20 year career in software, Peter founded Bug Labs on the belief that users and communities should have the power to create and share devices in the same way they create and share digital content.
With a background in hardware and software, a passion for tinkering, and a deep rooted belief in the benefits of Open Source, Michael was immediately drawn to the OpenMoko project. A community member from the moment he learned about the project in late 2006, Michael joined the company in July of 2007. Michael Shiloh is responsible for supporting the OpenMoko open source community and for coordinating their contributions to the project. This includes passing information from the company to the community, suggestions and concerns from the community back to the company, and advocating for OpenMoko to the world at large.
Kathy Sierra worked as a game programmer, interaction designer, and learning specialist (Sun Microsystems, UCLA Extension) before co-creating the best-selling Head First series for O’Reilly. She was the original creator of one of the largest software developer communities, javaranch.com, and the author of a Technorati Top 100 blog, “Creating Passionate Users.”
Micah L. Sifry is co-founder and editor of Personal Democracy Forum, a website and annual conference that covers the ways technology is changing politics, and TechPresident.com, an award-winning group blog on how the candidates are using the web and how the web is using them. In addition to organizing the annual Personal Democracy Forum conference with his partner Andrew Rasiej, he consults on how political organizations, campaigns, non-profits and media entities can adapt to and thrive in a networked world, and is currently a senior technology advisor to the Sunlight Foundation . From 1997-2005, he worked closely with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on comprehensive campaign finance reform, as its senior analyst. Prior to that, Sifry was an editor and writer... Read More.
Adam Simon is a masters candidate at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), graduating in the spring of 2008 after completing substantial research in game design, social networking, physical computing, and human computer interaction. He most recently worked as a game producer and wireless consultant for area/code, one of the world’s leading real-world gaming companies. Previously, he produced original online content in the Digital Media division of CBS. Prior to that, he served as Digital Media Manager for acclaimed marketing firm Conductor, designing content delivery strategy. He earned a BA in theater from UCLA.
Dr. Michael J. Staggs has more than 20 years of network security experience. His 13 years at the Consolidated Space Operations Center working for Contel, GTE and Lockheed Martin culminated in a Chief Security Engineer position for the Allied Signal/50th Space Wing. Dr. Staggs spent several years in the commercial IT security world as a consultant, principal engineer and sales engineer for Fortune 500 clients. He is a United States Navy veteran and received his education credentials through studies at several accredited colleges and universities including University of Arizona, Pima and Florida Keys Colleges, University of Phoenix and St Leo’s University.
Gavin has been combining Business, Technology, Science and Media for more than a decade.
As the 5th employee at Richard Branson’s “Virgin Net” he helped shape parts of the UK internet and the streaming media industry – co-founding the International Webcasting Association in Europe. In 1999 he created the award-winning cross-media company, Tornado Productions, and sold it to a larger media group in 2003.
Having led projects with clients as diverse as; UK Government, Google, BBC, Rolls Royce, Tate Modern, EMI, Shell and Christian Aid, he has broad and deep knowledge of how worlds collide.
Alex Steffen has been the Executive Editor of Worldchanging since he co-founded the organization in 2003, as the next phase in a lifetime of work exploring ways of building a better future.
In a very short time, Worldchanging has become the most widely-read sustainability-related publication on the Internet, with an archive of over 7,000 articles by leading thinkers around the world. It’s played an important role in revealing formerly obscure innovations and groundbreaking ideas, thereby pushing forward the sustainability movement and assisting in the growth of its network.
Worldchanging has also been integral in garnering major support for important causes, such as the post-Tsunami relief effort, for which Worldchanging raised $150,000 in partnership with Architecture for Humanity. The critically-acclaimed site won the Utne Independent Press... Read More.
Stewart Tansley is responsible for Robotics and Embedded Devices in External Research & Programs at Microsoft Research. He has a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence applied to Engineering from Loughborough University, UK. He has authored a variety of papers on robotics for education, artificial intelligence and network management, and co-authored a book on software engineering for artificial intelligence.
Dr. Paul M. Torrens is an Assistant Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences at Arizona State University. He is also Director of Geosimulation Labs, a R&D consulting company specializing in geospatial technology development and analysis. His work focuses on Geographic Information Science and development of geosimulation and geocomputation tools, applied modeling of complex urban systems, and in new emerging cyberspaces. His research has garnered a National Science Foundation Career Award, and has been funded by nearly $3 million in grants from the Science Foundation Arizona, Herberger Foundation, NSF, and Alias Research.
Phillip Torrone is an author, artist and hardware tinkerer and is senior editor of MAKE. Phillip has authored and contributed to numerous books on programming, mobile devices, design, multimedia, hardware hacking and is a contributing editor for Popular Science. Phillip also co-produces the MAKE audio and video content on the Makezine.com site. In his spare time he helps design open source electronics. Prior to MAKE, Phillip was director of Product Development for creative firm Fallon Worldwide, best known for their award-winning film series.
Kentaro Toyama is assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India, in Bangalore, where he supports the daily operation and overall management of the research lab. He also leads a group that conducts research to identify applications of computing technology in emerging markets and for international development (Technology for Emerging Markets research group). From 1997 to 2004, he was at Microsoft Research in Redmond, where he did research in multimedia and computer vision and worked to transfer new technology to Microsoft product groups. In 2002, he took personal leave from Microsoft to teach mathematics at Ashesi University, a private liberal arts college in Ghana. Kentaro graduated from Harvard with a bachelors degree in physics and from Yale with a PhD in computer science.
Gina Trapani is a freelance web programmer and technology writer who builds Firefox extensions and web sites. The founding editor of Lifehacker.com, a weblog on software and personal productivity, Gina authored a book compiling the best hacks from the site’s archives, entitled Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day (Wiley, 2006). A second edition of the book, Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better, is due out in March of 2008.
Nate True is a 23-year-old inventor who managed to make a business out of his unique creations. He has been hacking iPhones since the first day they were available and enthusiastically pursues new technologies, and he also loves to investigate the most innovative and affordable ways to combine both old and new tech.
Lew Tucker is Vice President and CTO of Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, Inc. His focus today is on the evolution of computing as it moves into the cloud, but his contributions span several waves of technology innovation over the last twenty years. Prior to re-joining Sun Microsystems, he was a Vice President at Salesforce.com where he created the AppExchange, advancing the company’s strategy to become the leading SaaS platform for business applications. He went on to be CTO at Radar Networks, an innovative semantic-web based Internet service for tracking interests. During his previous tenure at Sun Microsystems, Tucker was an early member of the JavaSoft executive team at Sun driving developer adoption of the Java platform, and later became Vice President, Internet... Read More.
Andrea Vaccari is research assistant at the Senseable City Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he is studying the integration of information and communication technologies in the built environment, and their implications in the social dynamics that drive city life itself. Throughout initiatives like WikiCity and the New York Talk Exchange, currently featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the laboratory aims to leverage the huge volume of real-time geo-referenced data provided by digital devices and sensor networks to better understand cities as real-time control systems, and to provide new tools to innovate and anticipate the effects of such innovations. Vaccari is currently completing his M.Sc. in computer engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy and the joint program in... Read More.
Scott Varland is a masters candidate at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), graduating in the spring of 2008 after completing substantial research in game design, social networking, physical computing, and human computer interaction. He previously served as Technology Director for GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC, a private equity firm managing more than $8 billion in equity and mezzanine capital. Prior to that, he served as Systems Engineer for Communications Equity Associates, a global investment bank with expertise in the media, entertainment, and communications industries. He earned a BFA from NYU in experimental theater.
Merci Hammon is a creative force in the field of immersive entertainment design. A writer and artist, she has created a number of short films, animations, fictions, and CG sculptures. Her work has shown at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She worked at Bad Robot Productions and was trained there in visual effects.
At GameLayers, Hammon envisions a game built on top of the entire internets and works with creative people to materialize that vision.
Mike Walsh is the Managing Director of Tomorrow, a Hong Kong based innovation think tank that guides some of the world’s leading brands and corporations.
Mike previously worked in strategy for News Corporation in both the Australian and Asian markets, and prior to that ran Jupiter Research in Australia during the nineties.
Mike is the author of Futuretainment, an illustrated guide to how the media industry is being revolutionized. Designed by renown graphic artist Vince Frost, Futuretainment is being distributed internationally by Phaidon Press.
Mike also writes a regular newsletter on new media called ‘The Fourth Estate’
Matt Webb is a principal of the creative design consultancy Schulze & Webb where his work has included material prototypes for Nokia, Web strategy for the BBC, and exploration into the future uses of RFID. S&W works in near-term product R&D and, as embodied in the USB puppet Availabot, has a special focus on the social life of stuff. Matt speaks on interaction design and technology, is co-author of Mind Hacks, cognitive psychology for a general audience, and builds polite social software and Web toys. He can be found at Interconnected and in London.
R. Stanley Williams is an HP Senior Fellow at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and founding Director of the HP Quantum Science Research (QSR) group, with more than 50 scientists and engineers working in areas of fundamental physical sciences.
Established in 1994, QSR is focused on preparing HP for the challenges and opportunities ahead in electronic, photonic and mechanical device technology as features continue to shrink to the nanometer-size scale, where quantum mechanics becomes important.
Williams is one of just five active Senior Fellows of a total technical staff of more than 40,000 at HP. For the past 30 years, his primary scientific research has been in the areas of solid-state chemistry and physics, and their applications to technology. This has evolved into the areas of nanostructures... Read More.
Ethan Zuckerman is a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. His research focuses on activist uses of the internet and citizen media in the developing world. With Rebecca MacKinnon, he is the cofounder of Global Voices (www.globalvoicesonine.org), an award-winning international community of webloggers and citizen journalists. Prior to his work with Berkman and Global Voices, Ethan founded Geekcorps, a volunteer organization which sent technology experts to work with ICT companies in the developing world, and prior to that helped found Tripod.com. His blog lives at http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog