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Schedule: Speakers

Jans Aasman (Franz Inc.)

Jans Aasman started his career as an experimental and cognitive psychologist, earning his Ph.D in cognitive science with a detailed model of car driver behavior using Common Lisp and Soar. He has spent most of his professional life in telecommunications research, specializing in intelligent user interfaces and applied artificial intelligence projects. From 1995 to 2004 he was also a part-time professor in the Industrial Design department of the Technical University of Delft. Dr. Aasman is currently the CEO of Franz Inc., the leading supplier of commercial, persistent and scalable RDF database products that provide the storage layer for powerful reasoning and ontology modeling capabilities for Semantic Web applications.

Rajiv Aggarwal (CellGuided)

While deeply experienced with the technical challenges of all types of software engineering projects, Rajiv is also a seasoned manager and entrepreneur. He has continually been at the forefront of technology using the latest processes and methodology. In addition, Rajiv has found success in managing engineering teams. He has many years of startup experience including product launches at tradeshows and speaking engagements.

Yosuke Akamatsu (sidefeed, Inc.)

2005-present: CEO of sidefeed, Inc. - web service company headquarterd in Japan, close to Akihabara. 2000-2005: Manager at Cybozu, Inc. - web collaboration suite company 1996-1997: Scholar at Stanford University

Mohsin Ali (Carbon Imagineering)

I’m an Arabian, American, Pakistani, Brit 3rd culture student. Born and raised in Dhahran Aramco, Saudi Arabia and schooled in the United Kingdom. Currently enrolled in my final year in BSc Computing in Leeds and reside in the beautiful town of Harrogate in England’s North Yorkshire.

Interested in technology and enthusiastically watched the industry change from a young age, from all aspects of web and gaming technologies. I was a research and developer for a consultancy firm for three years in the Greater London area. Enjoy tinkering and experimenting with social softwares, networks, servers and open source technology.

I’m an amateur designer,artist and photographer, avid gamer and recent graphic novel fanatic. I read, write, blog, twitter and enjoy the web industry to it’s fullest and... Read More.

Shawn Allen
Shawn Allen (Stamen Design)

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

Noam Bardin
Noam Bardin (Waze)

Noam has co-founded Deltathree inc. (NASDAQ: DDDC), a leading international VoIP service provider, where he has served for 10 years in a variety of executive positions including as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and VP of Operations. Prior to waze, Noam served as CEO of Intercast Networks, an early stage start-up developing HD video delivery technology.

Noam holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University.

Peter Batty (Spatial Networking)

Peter is Founder and CEO of Spatial Networking, a startup which is adding location to social networking. Peter is widely seen as a leader in the geospatial and location technology industry. He was previously CTO of Intergraph, Ten Sails (now Ubisense) and Smallworld (now part of GE). He is also current Chief Technology Advisor at Enspiria Solutions, and on the Advisory Board of PublicEarth. He blogs at

Tyler Bell
Tyler Bell (Yahoo! Inc.)

Tyler has spent 15 years working with the spatial and geoinformatic technologies that enrich the Internet and drive its mobile potential. After receiving his doctorate from Oxford University he founded spatial technologies startup. He is currently the Product Lead for the Yahoo! Geo Technologies Group.

Alec Berntson (Microsoft Corporation)

Alec Berntson is a Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation. He has been striving to make location aware applications ubiquitous through his work on the Windows 7 Location platform. An advocate of user privacy, Alec is also a member of the W3C’s Geolocation Working Group. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in computer science from Cornell University.

Michele Bowman (Global Foresight Associates)

Michele Bowman is a futurist and writer who consults with organizations about the intersection of foresight, innovation and design in business. She is the Managing Director of Global Foresight Associates, a Boston-based foresight research and consulting firm that helps organizations understand the strategic implications of change affecting the future of business and society. She is the past Chairman and current Executive Director of the Association of Professional Futurists.

Her mental whiteboard is FringeHog, a blog about the impact of ideas and global trends affecting the future. An island native trapped in an east coast weather pattern, she has a natural affinity for open windows, water sports of any flavor and freshly shaken margaritas.

Will Carter (Nodesnoop Labs)

Will Carter is the founder of Nodesnoop Labs, a small mobile development company based in Los Angeles. He is the creator of Mobzombies, an iPhone Game built on the Foursquare API where players’ physical movement controls their game character. His work has been exhibited at the Wired Nextfest, and has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, Boing Boing, Techcrunch, and Engadget.

He is a graduate of Brown University and received a master’s degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he studied interactive media.

Daniel Chu
Daniel Chu (Google, Inc.)

Daniel Chu is the Product Manager for Google Maps API Premier, which enables organizations to help employees to make location-based decisions and share valuable information with customers. Previous to Google, Daniel was at enterprise SaaS startups Icarian, Catapulse (acquired by Rational/IBM), and Open Harbor. He holds degrees from Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Stanford University.

Steve Coast
Steve Coast (OpenStreetMap)

Steve Coast is founder of OpenStreetMap and CloudMade and has worked for many years on diverse heavy-lifting computing applications around open systems.

Chris Conway
Chris Conway (Trulia, Inc.)

Chris Conway is a Senior Product Manager at Trulia, a real estate search engine that offers a rich, intuitive user experience to help consumers find homes for sale.

Prior to Trulia, Chris was at comparison shopping site NexTag (acquired by Providence Equity Partners), where he launched a residential real estate portal for the mortgage lead generation business.

Chris holds degrees from Columbia Business School and Yale University.

Aaron Straup Cope (Stamen Design)

Aaron Straup Cope started making hand-drawn maps of drunken wanderings at an early age eventually joining the Flickr team in 2004 where he is now a senior engineer responsible for all the server-side geo wrangling. He is also a frequent contributor to the open source Modest Maps project and writes often about the “papernet” as bridge between analog and digital technologies.

Dennis Crowley
Dennis Crowley (foursquare)

Dennis Crowley is the founder of, a friend-finder service for mobile phones which helps people connect with the people and places around them. Dodgeball was acquired by Google in 2005.

He has been named one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT’s Technology Review magazine (2005) and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Time Magazine, Newsweek, MTV, Slashdot and NBC. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Dennis holds a Master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a Bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

Jack Dangermond

Jack Dangermond is the founder and president of ESRI. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Redlands, California, ESRI is widely recognized as the technical and market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, pioneering innovative solutions for working with spatial data on the desktop, across the enterprise, in the field, and on the Web. ESRI has the largest GIS software install base in the world with more than one million users in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide.

Dangermond fostered the growth of ESRI from a small research group to an organization of over 2,900 employees, known internationally for GIS software development, training, and services.

Dangermond holds nine honorary doctorates from California Polytechnic University-Pomona, State University of New York at... Read More.

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. He recently formed The Map Lab, dedicated to exploring mapping through project partnership and support.

Justin Deoliveira (OpenGeo)

Justin is a senior software engineer at OpenGeo. Justin has been one of the lead developers on the GeoServer project since 2005. He has also been an active open source software developer since 2003 contributing to such projects as GeoTools and uDig. Justin is also a charter member of the Open Source GeoSpatial Foundation (OSGeo).

Adam DuVander
Adam DuVander (ProgrammableWeb)

Adam DuVander helps people create on the web. He has been a contributor to Webmonkey, Wired’s Web developer resource, since 2000. His location-related work for has been seen on MSN, Yahoo and the Wall Street Journal.

DuVander founded Portland Web Innovators and sits on the board of non-profit Legion of Tech. He is currently writing an online mapping book for No Starch Press from his home in Portland, Oregon.

Samuel Earp (Multisensor Sciences)

Sam Earp received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Duke University. He was an assistant professor of electrical engineering at George Mason University, teaching courses in stochastic processing and communications. He has held a wide variety of technical and managerial positions in the defense industry over the last 30 years. For the last decade, Dr. Earp has been a consultant to the Defense Advanced Research projects Agency.

Ludvig Emgård (C3 Technologies)

Ludvig Emgård manages the product development of C3’s entire product line. Prior he was employed at SWECO Position AB as an technical expert consultant within 3D geographic information. Mr. Emgård is responsible for the realization of new innovations into C3’s products and pilot development projects with C3’s partners. He is furthermore responsible for research collaboration and is leading the Swedish interest group for 3D-GIS. Emgård holds a M.Sc degree in Land Surveying from Lund Institute of Technology and have been a guest research fellow at Delft University of Technology.

Matthew Ericson (New York Times)

Matthew Ericson is the deputy graphics director at The New York Times, where helps oversee a department of journalists, artists and programmers who produce the interactive information graphics for, as well as all the graphics for the print newspaper. He joined The Times in March 2003 as the national graphics editor and has produced graphics on a wide variety of topics, including the 2004 and 2008 Elections, the War in Iraq, and the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Before coming to The Times, he was a graphic artist and Web site editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Perry Evans (Closely, Inc.)

I am currently founder/ceo of Closely, Inc.

past: founder/ceo of Local Maatters, Inc. chairman/co-founder of Jabber Inc. and co-founder/president of MapQuest Publishing Group.

Andreas Falley (Synchrodipity)

Biography? Well it all started when my mom met a handsome gentleman fresh out of the army wearing his Columbia University hoodie and jogging in Central Park who impressed her with his charm and fluent ability to speak 4 languages several years before I was born…

and now I’m a Web Application Developer specializing in Flex/Flash/Air/Actionscript.

Anthony Fassero (earthmine, inc)

Anthony Fassero is co-founder and co-CEO of earthmine inc, a Berkeley based company that is “indexing reality”, creating a complete inventory of our urban environment that will support the next generation of web based spatial applications. Prior to earthmine, Anthony joined the Kacyra Family foundation working on CyArk, a comprehensive web accessible archive of 3D data from archaeological and heritage sites. Entrepreneurial by nature, Anthony has done work in web development, asset and site management, and professional photography. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Architecture.

James Fee (RSP Architects)

James Fee is widely seen as a leader in the rapidly growing field of geospatial and web based mapping technologies. As the Geospatial Technology Manager for RSP Architects, he is responsible for creating tools and integration technology to enable decision-makers to visualize their data using the web’s most immersive technologies such as Google Maps and Earth, Virtual Earth, and Flash. He has been a certified GIS professional since 2004 and has extensive experience in GIS Development (ESRI, Autodesk, OSGeo) as well as developing GIS implementation plans. James blogs about geospatial technology at his blog ( and has worked hard over the past 2+ years to develop a GIS community on the internet culminating in Planet Geospatial ( which aggregates Geospatial... Read More.

David Felcan (Avencia)

David Felcan is a software developer with over 4 years of experience building geospatial web-based solutions. He is familiar with Microsoft .Net technologies, ESRI’s web development technologies and Open Source geospatial tools such as Geoserver and OpenLayers.

Martin Flynn (GeoTelematic Solutions, Inc.)

Martin Flynn is CEO of GeoTelematic Solutions, Inc., a GPS tracking and telematic solutions design company, and author of the Open-source GPS Tracking System project, OpenGTS . Martin is also CTO of Arkansas-based GeoTrac, Inc., a company that creates custom tracking/telematic solutions for AT&T.

Brady Forrest
Brady Forrest (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)

Brady Forrest is co-chair for O’Reilly’s Where 2.0. Additionally, he co-chairs 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.

John Frank (MetaCarta, Inc.)

John founded MetaCarta in 1999 while beginning work on his Ph.D. in physics as a Hertz Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While studying the microclimates of forests, John encountered a need for a new way to view collections of documents: geographically. John’s vision and leadership have carried MetaCarta to its current position as the pioneer of geographic text search. At MetaCarta, he focuses on new technology explorations and partnerships. He speaks to technical audiences and advises on implementation strategies.

John holds a B.S. in physics with distinction from Yale University where he led Yale’s first solar car team to the top rookie seat of Sunyrace 97. In addition to his role as CTO at MetaCarta, John is continuing his graduate studies in... Read More.

Robert Fritchie (Weather Decision Technologies)

Program Director and Meteorological Software Engineer dedicated to simultaneously utilizing skills in meteorology, computer science, and project management in producing cutting-edge integrated system tools, stand-alone software products, or web applications related to the visualization, exploration, or interrogation of the atmosphere.

John Geraci (DIYcity)

Creator of DIYcity, Co-Founder of

Laura Gilliland (Social Explorer)

Laura is a sales associate with Social Explorer.

Dan Gillmor
Dan Gillmor (Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication)

Dan Gillmor is director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and Kauffman Professor of Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. The project aims to help students appreciate the startup culture of risk-taking, and to foster new media products and services.

Dan is also director of the Center for Citizen Media, a project to enhance and expand grassroots media and its reach. The center is an affiliate of ASI and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is author of “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People” (O’Reilly Media, 2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens’ media and why it matters.

From 1994 until early... Read More.

Eric Gundersen (Development Seed)

Eric co-founded Development Seed more than five years ago and leads our communications strategy. One of Eric’s talents is seeing the big picture. This, combined with his ability to spot trends and shifts before practically everyone else, helps him come up with many of our brilliant ideas. His leadership and motivational skills turn many of these ideas into real communication tools that enable our clients to do more.

Eric is a strong communicator who knows how to ask the right questions to get the root of our clients’ needs. He works closely with our clients in the start of projects to understand their goals and craft innovative and effective approaches that will meet them.

Eric is a specialist in knowledge management and has presented his... Read More.

Michael Halbherr

Michael Halbherr is Vice President, Social Location in the Services business unit in Nokia. In this role, Michael is responsible for heading the Social Location business including maps and other location based services. Before joining Nokia in 2006, Michael worked for the Boston Consulting Group and at europatweb, the Internet investment vehicle of Groupe Arnault, overseeing all technology investments, including gate5. After that Michael headed gate5 AG, the former leading supplier of mapping, routing and navigation software and services, for five years. Since the acquisition of gate5 through Nokia, Michael has been heading the location based experiences in Nokia.

Michael holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich.

Bruce Hall (Velodyne Acoustics, Inc.)

Bruce Hall was named president of Velodyne in July 2003 to provide strategic leadership and to drive Velodyne’s growth. He is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the company, in particular spearheading the company’s development of new products.

With over 22 years of executive experience, Hall brings a solid technical background and strong business management experience to this leadership role. Prior to joining Velodyne, Bruce held positions as a Gartner Group Research Analyst, Senior Director of Product Management for Xevo Corporation and Vice President of Marketing at InCert Software and Trigent Software. In these positions, he was responsible for defining the companies’ products and services, as well as defining and implementing marketing strategies including positioning, business development and partner enablement.

Along with his brother... Read More.

Mark Hansen
Mark Hansen (UCLA)

Mark Hansen is the Professor of Statistics at UCLA, where he also holds joint appointments in the departments of Electrical Engineering and Design|Media Art. He is currently serving as Co-PI at CENS, the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, an NSF STC devoted to research into the design and deployment of sensor networks.

Jubal Harpster (CH2M HILL)

Jubal Harpster is a Sr. Technologist at CH2M HILL and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Hillary Hartley
Hillary Hartley (NIC Inc.)

Hillary Hartley is one of the foremost authorities on government’s use of emerging technologies. In her role as Director of Integrated Marketing for NIC, Hillary shares her design and Web 2.0 expertise with 21 states and hundreds of local governments.

She also created and oversees NIC’s highly successful partner portal and produced the 2007 eGovernment Leadership Summit, both of which are exclusive resources for hundreds of eGovernment leaders across the country.

Prior to NIC, Hillary operated an independent design consultancy and was the art director for

A frequent speaker at a wide range of technology-related events, Hillary is a blogger, San Franciscan, photographer, and Citizen Space coworker.

Christof Hellmis (Nokia gate5 GmbH)

Christof Hellmis has a track record of more than 13 years experience in Research & Development, Consulting, Management and investing in media- and software-related technology areas. He currently serves as Director, Navigation & Context Services Platform in Nokia´s Services & Software Business Group, for Nokia. On top of Nokia’s context platform Nokia Maps, the world’s leading hybrid mapping and navigation service is being developed and operated.

Christof Hellmis joined Nokia in 2006 and is located in Berlin. Prior to joining Nokia, Christof Hellmis took the position of Chief Operating Officer at gate5 AG where he helped to grew gate5’s navigation and mapping software business and built a strategic partnership with Nokia’s Multimedia devision.

He also served as Manager, Case leader and Consultant with the Boston... Read More.

Evan 'Rabble' Henshaw-Plath

Rabble is an independent hacker. He has extensive experience doing ruby on rails development and generally causing a ruckus. He was the architect for and Yahoo! Fire Eagle location broker platform. He’s based in Montevideo, Uruguay where he started a web shop, Cubox SA.

Sam Hiatt (NASA Ecological Forecasting Lab)

Sam Hiatt graduated from Utah State University in 2007 with a BS in Geography and minors in Geographical Information Science, Computer Science, and Mathematics. While at USU he worked with Dr. Michael White to develop a new method for monitoring plant phenology using MODIS Direct Broadcast satellite imagery. He currently works with Dr. Rama Nemani at NASA Ames Research Center’s ecological monitoring and forecasting lab leveraging open source software to enhance data access and usability.

Sam is very interested in open source and collaborative geospatial technology and participated in the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial conference in Victoria, Canada in 2007.

Sam lives in Mountain View, California, and away from work he enjoys paragliding, SCUBA diving, and snowboarding (in... Read More.

Bess Ho
Bess Ho (BayAreaParty)

Bess Ho is an active publisher and developer in Apple iPhone App Store, Nokia OVI Store, and other mobile platforms. She is invited to guest lecture at Stanford University School of Engineering course “Engineering for Good – Save the World and Have Fun Doing It” and stays as Technical Adviser to lead engineering students on mobile technology in global health projects in US, Haiti, Africa, etc. Her team receive “Honorable Mention” at iPad Dev Camp 2010 and Winner prize in Health care category at iPhone Dev Camp 2009. She is also a winner of Nokia Open Screen Project Fund in 2010.

Bess has spoken & demoed at various conferences and events in Silicon Valley, such as Where20 Conference, Plug and Play Mobile Play conference,... Read More.

Jeff Holden
Jeff Holden (Pelago, Inc.)

Jeff Holden is the co-founder and CEO of Pelago. He started the company in January 2006 with a vision of bringing to the physical world the innovations on the web in the area of discovery. Pelago’s flagship product, Whrrl, is a real-world game with a purpose, namely to end Social Rut – to help people escape from behind their computers and patterned lives, to get back out into the physical world with the promise of compelling, highly relevant new experiences.

Before Pelago, Holden spent 8 1/2 years at in a myriad of roles. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Consumer Websites, Worldwide, where he oversaw the end-to-end consumer experience including search, navigation, personalization, social computing, ordering, merchandising and automated email. He... Read More.

Mat Honan
Mat Honan (Wired magazine)

Mat Honan is a contributing editor at WIRED magazine and a journalist with more than a decade of experience covering the technology industry. A former columnist for the New York Sun, his work has also appeared in Popular Science, Macworld, Mother Jones, The National Journal Technology Daily,, and Runner’s World. His story on location based services, “I Am Here,” appeared in the February 2009 issue of WIRED magazine.

Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research)

Eric Horvitz is Principal Researcher and Research Area Manager at Microsoft Research and is serving as President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). His interests span theoretical and practical challenges in machine learning and reasoning, decision making under uncertainty, ubiquitous computing, and human-computer interaction. His organization at Microsoft Research includes teams doing R&D in machine intelligence, search and retrieval, mobile computing, human-computer interaction, ecommerce, theory, and cryptography. He received his PhD and MD degrees at Stanford University. More information can be found at:

Ori Inbar (Ogmento)

Co-founder of Ogmento - developer and publisher of mobile augmented reality experiences made in collaboration with the best and brightest AR makers in the world; Author of Games Alfresco – the #1 blog for augmented reality; President of the Augmented Reality (AR) Consortium - an international group of pioneering AR companies dedicated to advancing the AR industry through collaboration. Ori is a recognized speaker and a sought after advisor for augmented reality initiatives.

Dave Johnson (Nitobi)

Dave is a co-founder of Nitobi, a software consultancy in Vancouver, Canada. He holds a BASc in Electrical Engineering (UBC) and a PhD in Solid State Physics from London’s Imperial College. While his primary role is advising on technical direction at Nitobi, Dave is comfortable doing anything from support to quality assurance. Dave has presented at various conferences, including CommunityOne 2007/8, The Ajax Experience 2007, XTech 2007 and JavaOne 2007. He is a co-author of “Enterprise Ajax” and has written for numerous journals and magazines including, Adobe Developer Center and

Uday Keshavdas (Intel)

Uday Keshavdas is a Senior Marketing manager with Intel’s Ultra Mobility Group based in Santa Clara, CA. Uday brings over 10 years of product experience and is passionate about consumer electronics. He works with the OEMs to bring sleek new devices to market. Uday joined Intel in a business development role before moving into his marketing role when as Intel was entering into the consumer electronics segment. He pursues his interests of consumer electronic technologies by working with OEMs and cutting edge software companies to deliver a great end user experiences.

Before moving to Intel, Uday consulted for several fortune 500 companies with KPMG Consulting and worked at Sun Microsystems as well. He graduated with his MBA from the University of Washington, Seattle... Read More.

Young Kim (Healthy City)

Young Kim holds a Bachelors degree in Applied Mathematics, emphasis in Computer Science, from University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Kim has been working extensively with spatial and indicator datasets, and geographic information systems (GIS). His GIS web applications utilize wide ranging platforms and technologies that include emerging open source systems as well as established industry solutions. Since 1999, Mr. Kim has been engaged in professional web development, network administration, and project management.

Ahmed Lacevic (Social Explorer Inc.)

Ahmed Lacevic is a lead software engineer for Social Explorer.

He co-founded Social Explorer with Prof. Andrew A. Beveridge to make demographic research more enjoyable. Social Explorer is a result of 10 years of research and development.

Ahmed was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia in 1980, and immigrated to the United States at the outset of the Bosnian civil war in 1992. He lives in New York City.

Mark Law (MapQuest)

Mark Law VP of Product Development, MapQuest, Inc. Mark Law is VP of Product Development with responsibility for MapQuest consumer, wireless and business products and services. Mark has over 15 years experience in geospatial and location technology. Prior to his appointment at MapQuest, Mark was Senior Director at Yahoo!, where he led product management for Yahoo! Geo which included Yahoo! Maps channels and Location platforms and services. Before Yahoo!, he was Group Product Manager at Microsoft for MapPoint in Virtual Earth, MSN Maps and Directions and MapPoint Web Service. Mark also held positions involving GIS Technology at ESRI Canada, the Provincial Government of Ontario and Federal Government of Canada. Mark has a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science degree from the... Read More.

Steven Lee
Steven Lee (Google, Inc.)

Steve Lee, Senior Product Manager, has been working on Google’s mobile Geo efforts for nearly 3 years. He currently has global responsibility for all Google geo-related mobile products, which include Google Maps, Google Latitude, and Google’s location service platform. He has 14 years industry experience, ranging from entrepreneurship to software development to product management. Before coming to Google, he worked at IBM, Yahoo, and 2 startup endeavors, NewMonics and Verdada. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas and a double major in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Iowa State University. He has been known to play poker and enjoys cycling, traveling, and reading.

Natasha Leger (LBx Journal)

Natasha Léger is the founder and President of ITF Advisors, LLC, a Denver-based market intelligence and strategy advisory firm with a focus on technology, media, and telecommunications companies. ITF provides market assessment, strategy and business planning services to companies and organizations looking to invest and grow in a rapidly changing marketplace. Clients include startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Ms. Léger has been focused on developing next-generation market intelligence tools, and advising communications, software, video, and geospatial data companies. She has over ten years experience in scenario-based strategic planning. She has developed global planning strategies and alternative planning assumptions for Fortune 500 companies and small-medium sized businesses in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications industry. Ms. Léger has helped companies develop business plans, corporate,... Read More.

Marc Lindsey (LB3)

Marc Lindsey is a partner in the law firm of Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP, where he practices technology law. For over 10 years, he has advised companies and large municipalities on a variety of information technology, e-Business, managed services, software, and custom system design and development legal matters.

Mr. Lindsey assisted the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (the “TLC”) in 2005 with the creation and implementation of the NYC taxicab technology enhancements program. Under the program, the TLC fostered the development and deployment of industry leading custom taxicab technology solutions – which included location tracking systems – in all NYC taxicabs.

Mr. Lindsey received his B.S.E.E. from Howard University, his M.S.E. (Systems Engineering) from the University of... Read More.

Tom Link (Universal Mind, Inc.)

Tom Link is CTO at Universal Mind, a consultancy focused in building rich Internet applications (RIAs) for the enterprise.

Josh Livni (Umbrella Consulting)

Josh is the founder of Umbrella Consulting, a consortium of GIS and web developers. He focuses on analysis of spatial data, and integrating data visualization with modern web technologies. Josh is an active participant in the open source geospatial community.

Tom Longson (The OpenView Project)

Tom Longson (nym) is a programmer, designer, and artist who cuts through the fog of the modern age in his effort to make software fun and functional. His work in Javascript and Flex both push technology and the way we use it.

Sean Maday (United States Air Force)

First Lieutenant Sean Maday is an Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force. While assigned to Air Mobility Command Lieutenant Maday has worked tirelessly to implement Web 2.0 solutions and data visualization tools to unlock the enterprise capabilities of the defense and intelligence communities. His efforts to develop mash-ups within the Air Force intelligence community have been showcased to strategic and tactical units all over the world. Lieutenant Maday has a BA in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and will complete his MS in Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis later this year. Before entering the Air Force Lieutenant Maday worked as a software developer and Internet entrepreneur. Lieutenant Maday was an attendee at the 2008 Where 2.0 conference.

Mari Maeda (DARPA)

Program Manager responsible for tactical information management and communication efforts at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Responsible for developing TIGR system. Also manages efforts developing two-way speech translation systems. Holds PhD in physics from MIT.

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 (360 Cities)

An American living in Prague for 10 years, Jeffrey Martin has a background in Photography and has been an enthusiastic member of the global Panoramic Photography community for the last few years. Jeffrey founded 360Cities in 2007 with his brother David after creating a similar project for Prague 3 years before that. He enjoys travel, experiments, cooking, and his family.

David Martin (360 Cities)

My research interests are in image processing and machine vision. I am interested in the fundamental problem of how we parse an image (just a 2D grid of numbers!) into a coherent and accurate perception of surfaces in three dimensions. To this end, I’m interested in the low-level image features that provide the information to get started, as well as the higher level algorithms that stitch these features into visible surfaces, perceive shape, reason about occlusion, and perform amodal completion (seeing things behind other things). Apart from general image understanding, example applications are human body pose estimation, tracking, video coding, human-computer interaction, stereo vision, and omnidirectional imaging.

Brandon Martin-Anderson (Urban Mapping)

Brandon Martin-Anderson is a free-lance map hacker and public transit enthusiast. Brandon is the founder and administrator of Graphserver, an open source multimodal journey planning engine.

Martin May
Martin May (Brightkite)

Martin is a co-founder of Brightkite, a location-based social networking company founded as part of the 2007 TechStars program, and acquired by Limbo Inc. in 2009. His primary areas of interest are geospatial services and mobile location technology. Martin has worked in R&D and engineering positions at various high-profile technology companies and holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. In 2009, Martin was named one of BusinessWeek’s Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs.

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Nihal Mehta (Buzzd)

With over 12 years experience in innovating marketing technologies through three successful startups to date, Nihal Mehta, is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of wireless technologies for media properties and consumer brands. Named a BusinessWeek ‘M-Commerce Baron’ in 2006 and named one of AdAge’s top 20 marketers in their twenties in 2005, Nihal is currently CEO and co-founder of the location-sensitive mobile cityguide, “buzzd”. Prior to buzzd, Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which he sold to Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) in 2005. Nihal started his entrepreneurial career by founding Urbangroove, an online nightlife portal, in 1999. Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer... Read More.

Matt Merrifield (The Nature Conservancy)

Matt Merrifield is the geographic information systems manager at the Nature Conservancy of California specializing GIScience and conservation planning. Mr. Merrifield is also a principal investigator of the MarineMap Consortium - a group working to advance the integration of marine policy, science and technology by creating better tools for marine spatial planning.

Matt has a B.A. in Geography from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Geography, Resource Management and Environmental Planning from San Francisco State University

Michal Migurski
Michal Migurski (Stamen Design)

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

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

Koshiro Mitsuya (Koozyt, Inc.)

Koshiro Mitsuya holds B.S. in Environmental Information, M.S. and Ph.D. in Media and Governance from Keio University, Japan.

His research interests are architectures, protocols, operational techniques and user experience design for mobile computing.

Rebecca Moore
Rebecca Moore (Google)

Rebecca Moore is a computer scientist and longtime software professional. At Google, she conceived and now manages the Google Earth Outreach program, which supports nonprofits, communities and indigenous peoples around the world in applying Google’s mapping tools to the world’s pressing problems in areas such as environmental conservation, human rights, cultural preservation and creating a sustainable society. Her personal work using Google Earth was recently instrumental in stopping a plan to log more than a thousand acres of redwoods in her Santa Cruz Mountain community. Rebecca earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University in Artificial Intelligence, Masters from Stanford in Cognitive Psychology and spent several years in the Stanford PhD program in Computer Science before taking leave to join a Silicon Valley startup.

Ted Morgan
Ted Morgan (Skyhook Wireless)

Ted Morgan co-founded Skyhook Wireless in 2003 to capitalize on the increasing demand for location-based services. Prior to founding Skyhook, Mr. Morgan was the VP of Marketing for edocs Inc., a provider of customer self-service solutions that was sold to Siebel Systems in January 2005 and worked in Product Management for Open Market, one of the early leaders of the e-commerce revolution. Prior to the technology industry, he spent four years in financial services. Mr. Morgan holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Marc Naddell (NAVTEQ)

Marc leads the team that creates and operates the various programs and services that support individuals and companies that develop enterprise and/or consumer solutions using the NAVTEQ map®, including any related products and services. In addition, Marc’s team engages with key technical and strategic partners to accelerate development by providing choices in geospatial platform tools, business channels, value-added technologies and alternative content.

Marc joined NAVTEQ from Nokia, where he was the head of developer programs, based primarily at Nokia’s corporate headquarters in Espoo, Finland. While there he launched several developer and partner offerings, including Forum Nokia PRO. Prior to joining Nokia, Marc was with Motorola for several years, having worked in the mobile devices, cellular infrastructure, enterprise and semiconductor business sectors. Prior... Read More.

Duane Nickull
Duane Nickull (Adobe Systems)

As Senior Technical Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Duane Nickull is responsible for Adobe’s messaging around enterprise solutions in the SOA and Web Services spaces plus other forward looking aspects such as the Web 2.0. Previously Mr. Nickull co-founded Yellow Dragon Software Corporation, a privately held developer of XML messaging and metadata management software, acquired by Adobe in 2003. He previously served as CTO and President of XML Global Technologies, a publicly traded company acquired by Xenos Group in early 2003. Mr. Nickull has written or participated in most of the larger SOA standards work in the past decade. He currently chairs the OASIS Service Oriented Architecture Reference Model Technical Committee (SOA-RM TC) which has just delivered a Reference Model... Read More.

Nebahat Noyan (Social Compact)

Neba is the Associate Director of Research at Social Compact, a non-profit organization promoting investment in underserved urban communities. Beginning her career in academia, her dissertation work focused on defining and quantifying risk patterns associated with roadway accidents using Bayesian and Spatial modeling methods, and model-based visual representations. She enjoys building solutions to the challenges of community economic development, and the vibrant and creative atmosphere at her workplace.

Mok Oh
Mok Oh (EveryScape Inc.)

Mok Oh is the Founder of EveryScape Inc.

Alex Oliver (Igloo Studios)

Alex Oliver is the CEO of Igloo Studios, an immersive media company concentrating on 3D, Geo and Video media for the AEC Industry (Architecture, Engineering and Construction). Igloo Studios is the team that is responsible for creating interactive 3D models for Google Earth and the Google 3D Warehouse, as well as media and technical analysis solutions to help companies design, build and communicate more efficiently.

Sophia Parafina
Sophia Parafina (OpenGeo)

Sophia is Director of Operations at OpenGeo, the social enterprise that offers the first fully integrated and supported open source geospatial stack. She is also an 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.

Alex "Sandy" Pentland
Alex "Sandy" Pentland (MIT and Sense Networks)

Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland is the acclaimed author of the new book Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World. Honest signals are the unconscious signals we give each other to indicate our real intentions and reactions.

Sandy has pioneered new ways of measuring these signals that yield astounding new insights into what people’s behavior really means. He’s explored how this second channel of communication defines our social networks and influences our decisions, and how to harness ‘network intelligence’ to become better managers, workers, and communicators.

He’s also developed new ways to understand group behavior using new techniques for “reality mining”—gathering data on human behavior in real life using sensors to track movement, among other things. Reality Mining was named a Breakthrough Idea of 2009 by... Read More.

Ian Pollock (UC Santa Cruz)

Artist and educator using media to create temporary public monuments.

Much of my work is concerned with temporality, perceptions of history, place, identity and the value of life. The desire to communicate or connect with people or other creatures in spite of physical and cultural limitations is an area we are always investigating.

My past installations are mixed-media and often combine traditional and electronic media. In 1996, I received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for experimental art (the last of its kind). One of our first projects together was the outcome of a Summer Sound Residency at The Lab in San Francisco, California, USA, from which I expanded my interest to incorporate sound into my work

I am interested in the use... Read More.

Marc Prioleau (CloudMade)

Marc has worked in the location industry for over ten years and brings a broad industry perspective. Prior to joining CloudMade, he was vice president of Marketing and Business Development at deCarta, Inc. where he was helped build a successful location software platform powering the leading location based services in North America and Europe. There, Marc led all aspects of marketing as well as business and corporate development. Before deCarta, Marc was responsible for the personal navigation business at SiRF Technology, contributing to that company’s IPO in 2004. Marc has also worked as a marketing executive at Trimble Navigation.

Marc speaks frequently at LBS and Wireless conferences. He has been a contributor to OpenStreetMap since 2006, mostly for streets and landmarks in Palo... Read More.

Paul Ramsey (OpenGeo)

Paul has been a developer and promoter of open source geospatial software for 10 years, as a founder of the PostGIS spatial database project, leader of an open source geospatial company, and currently as a Director of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. Paul has spoken regularly at geospatial conferences, taught workshops on open source databases, and recently chaired the international Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G2007) Conference in Victoria, Canada.

Lior Ron
Lior Ron (Google, Inc. )

Lior Ron, Senior Product Manager, is currently the lead for Google’s global user generated content and Geo Web efforts including My Maps, Google Map Maker, Geo search and others. He has spent the last 12 years innovating in the geo industry where he was the CTO of the Israeli Intelligence mapping and search efforts, product manager at Yahoo, founder of a geo search startup and in the last 2 years part of the Google geo leadership team. He holds an MBA from Stanford GSB, BSc and MS from the Technion - the Israeli institute for technology. He’s also an amateur space traveler (in the future) and launched Google Sky and other space related efforts while in Google.

Denice Ross
Denice Ross (City of New Orleans)

Denice Ross has fifteen years of experience in user-centered design and specializes in creating large web sites that convey complex information through an intuitive user experience. When Denice joined the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center in 2001, data from Census 2000 was being released and there was great promise of using the Internet to democratize federal statistics so they would be easy for non-data-experts to access and use. She designed the web site with data for all 73 New Orleans neighborhoods – from the Lower Nine to Lakeview – and built a loyal following of 5,000 unique monthly visitors. When Katrina hit, the site received 120,000 visits in one month; three years post-Katrina, has a wide audience that includes neighborhood... Read More.

Markku Rossi (Nokia)

Markku Rossi is the Development lead for Ovi Maps framework at Nokia. He has over fifteen years of Software Development experience in Maps Technology, Embedded Systems and Data Security.

Ryan Sarver
Ryan Sarver (Twitter)

Ryan is currently the Director of Platform at Twitter where he works with developers building myriad of experiences on top of 140 characters. Prior to Twitter, he was the Director of Consumer Products at Skyhook Wireless where he led product initiatives that leveraged the WPS platform in consumer applications and experiences. Ryan was also one of the founding members of the W3C Geolocation API Working Group. He is an avid fan of hockey and wine.

Christine Schweidler (The Advancement Project)

Christine Schweidler is the Senior Research Manager at the Healthy City Project, where she oversees project-based qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis. She is currently engaged in several concurrent research projects, including analysis of multicultural health disparities in California, community-based health and hazard assessment in the City of Los Angeles, childhood obesity prevention programming in Los Angeles County, and gun violence, crime and safety in Los Angeles County.

Tapan Sengupta (Digital Inclusion)

Tapan Sengupta retired from Pudential Financial as Vice President of Software Architecture and Web Development. Before joining Prudential, he was Vice President of Software Development in Merrill Lynch Asset Management where he spent more than fifteen years in various software and technology management positions.

Tapan who received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, started his career in academic world. He is a hands-on kind of person and specializes in applying technology in solving business problems.

After retirement, he spent most of his time in Kolkata, India working on various GIS and computer educational projects.

Rob Shanks (ESRI)

Rob Shanks is the Senior Manager for the ArcGIS Online program at ESRI. ESRI is widely recognized as a world leader in software development for geographic information systems (GIS) and a pioneer in innovative solutions for working with spatial data on the desktop, across the enterprise, in the field, and on the Web.

Mr. Shanks joined ESRI in 2007 and presently helps lead ESRI’s global online GIS software and services strategy. In addition, he provides leadership for geographic content initiatives as well as business direction.

Before joining ESRI, Mr. Shanks founded and served as President & CEO of GlobeXplorer, LLC, one of the World’s foremost online geographic web service and software companies. Mr. Shanks led product and... Read More.

Lynda Sharkey (Autodesk)

Lynda Sharkey has over 10 years experience developing advanced GIS applications for local governments and utilities.

Atsushi Shionozaki (Koozyt, Inc.)

Atsushi Shionozaki received his PhD in Computer Science from Keio University in 1995. He joined Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (Sony CSL) in Tokyo focusing on Internet protocol research. In 2000, he joined Stanford Networking Research Center as a reseacher in residence representing Sony. After returning to Sony CSL in Tokyo in 2004, he started working on the wireless LAN locationware platform PlaceEngine with other lab members. Since then, he has left Sony CSL to start Koozyt, Inc. to market PlaceEngine business world and spawn off other location based technologies. He is a founding member and CTO of Koozyt, Inc.

Greg Skibiski
Greg Skibiski (Sense Networks)

Mr. Skibiski is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sense Networks. He is responsible for the company’s overall strategic vision in the financial and consumer services markets.

Prior to co-founding Sense Networks, Skibiski served as Principal Architect of the Business Development group at BackWeb Technologies (NASD: BWEB), a mobile infrastructure software company. As one of the first employees, he spent seven years working in the US, Germany and Israel, most recently as a member of the company’s Executive Board.

Previously, he was the Director of BackWeb’s relationship with SAP, the company’s largest source of revenue. Skibiski also acted as the chief software architect for integrations with IBM, Microsoft, and SAP, and was responsible for designing software solutions and leading the development... Read More.

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Dane Springmeyer (Freelance Consultant)

Dane Springmeyer is a Mapnik developer, and avid GeoDjango user, and frequent instructor in Python programming for Mapping visualization and analysis. He works as a freelance geospatial application developer in Seattle.

Chris Spurgeon
Chris Spurgeon (

By day, Chris Spurgeon is a web developer for The Walt Disney Company, where he helps feed and water one of the most popular websites in the world, By night Chris mucks about with obsolete technologies, investigates odd corners of the history of science and invention, builds rockets, and maintains the blog Spurgeonworld focusing on places where science and art meet.

Danny Sullivan
Danny Sullivan (Search Engine Land)

Widely considered a leading “search engine guru,” Danny Sullivan has been helping webmasters, marketers and everyday web users understand how search engines work for over a decade.

Danny’s expertise about search engines is often sought by the media, and he has been quoted in places like The Wall St. Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, The New Yorker and Newsweek and ABC’s Nightline.

Danny began covering search engines in late 1995, when he undertook a study of how they indexed web pages. The results were published online as “A Webmaster’s Guide To Search Engines,” a pioneering effort to answer the many questions site designers and Internet publicists had about search engines.

Danny currently heads up Search Engine Land as editor-in-chief,... Read More.

Frank Taylor
Frank Taylor (Google Earth Blog)

Frank Taylor is the publisher of Google Earth Blog which for 2.5 years has been providing news, tips, and links to content and features of Google Earth. He worked for fifteen years in the fields of 3D graphics and space simulation mostly while at NASA Johnson Space Center. In recent years he has started several Internet companies the most recent being the blog. Because of his research of Google Earth developments his interest in geospatial applications and the developing Geoweb has intensified. Taylor is a hiker, pilot and a blue water sailor when he isn’t in front of a computer - although he sometimes combines the activities.

Mark Taylor (Weather Decision Technologies / iMap)

Senior Vice President New Media Strategies

Mark Taylor is the visionary who led the teams that developed and deployed the world’s first products which integrated real time weather and traffic information into an interactive mapping platform. These products have evolved into WDT’s iMap platform of today.

Prior to joining WDT, Mark was with The Weather Channel Interactive as “Vice President of Mashups and General Manager of Weather Bonk” , before that he spent 2 years at Fox Interactive Media as the Vice President of Weather and Traffic Strategy and Services. Mark spent a total of 12 years at WSI before that in two different stints, mainly focusing on sales and business development within the television broadcast and cable industries.

Lori Thompson (Advancement Project)

Lori Thompson is the Technology Manager at the Healthy City Project.

David Troy
David Troy (Roundhouse Technologies, LLC)

David is the founder and chairman of Roundhouse Technologies, a firm specializing in developing technologies surrounding social media and geography. David is a serial entrepreneur and has founded several technology firms including Popvox LLC and ToadNet, Inc, which he sold to Landmark Communications in 2004. David is a longtime contributor to the Asterisk open-source PBX project and has also created plugins for Ruby on Rails. In 2006, he developed an innovative distributed call center technology using Asterisk and Rails which volunteers used to reach out to over 1M voters. In 2007 he created and, which are real-time visual representations of posts to Twitter and Flickr; both are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. David lives with... Read More.

Bryan Trussel (Glympse Inc.)

Bryan Trussel is co-founder and CEO of Glympse, a new company focused on making location sharing commonplace. A 16-year Microsoft veteran, Bryan has lead focused on delivering solutions for Windows, Interactive TV, Embedded Systems, Windows CE, MSN and Messenger Games, and Xbox Live Arcade. He has a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern. The privately held company, headquartered in Redmond, Washington, was founded in 2008 by ex-Microsoft veterans Bryan Trussel, Steve Miller and Jeremy Mercer. Currently in a private beta, Glympse is expected to publicly debut its new location-based service in Spring 2009.

Andrew Turner
Andrew Turner (FortiusOne)

Andrew Turner is the CTO at FortiusOne, the company behind GeoCommons, a geospatial visualization and 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... Read More.

Ariel Waldman
Ariel Waldman (

Ariel Waldman is a digital anthropologist and the founder of, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration. Waldman is also a columnist at Engadget, where she reviews sci-fi movie gadgets. In 2008, she was named one of the top 50 most influential individuals in Silicon Valley. Previously, she was a CoLab program coordinator at NASA, the community manager for Pownce, and a Digital Insights Analyst at VML.

Tim Waters (Geothings)

Tim is a freelance geospatial consultant. He is based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Tim holds a MSc in GIS and a BSc in Environmental Science.

Marnie Webb (TechSoup Global)

Marnie Webb is the co-CEO of TechSoup and has been a part of the team that launched and runs NetSquared. NetSquared highlights the innovations of individuals and groups using the web to create social change. The project hosts an annual conference and manages the community-driven NetSquared Challenge Award.

Marnie has worked with nonprofits and non-governmental organizations for the last 20 years. She is a frequent speaker on technology and communications topics for nonprofits and schools. Marnie blogs at Ext337. She’s @webb on twitter.

Rachel Weidinger (TechSoup Global)

Rachel Weidinger is a hope shelterer who lives in San Francisco. These days, she’s happy to be a Senior Consultant and Marketing Director for the brilliant team of web strategy consultants helping nonprofits save the world at Common Knowledge, as well as a partner at Stowe Boyd’s /Ground project. She has provided marketing and strategy to orgs delivering computer training to Latina immigrant women and cargo-carrying bikes to Africa, helped stabilize a nonprofit for tech-loving teachers, created innovative landfill diversion and public art programs, developed audiences and revenues for contemporary art and food museums, and along the way happened to accomplish a giant pile of market research.

When not geeking out on how to save the world with technology, you can usually find Rachel in... Read More.

Andrew Weinreich (Xtify, Inc)

Andrew Weinreich is the CEO of Xtify, a location-based services platform offered to website developers. Xtify is able to abstract location without the involvement of wireless carriers. Andrew is also the CEO of the mobile dating company, MeetMoi. MeetMoi incorporates proximity into a complete dating experience offered from the handset.

Andrew previously founded I Stand For, Inc. which he sold in February 2006. I Stand For offered a complete technology solution to political campaigns including the construction of online communities and a full content management system.

In July 2001, Andrew founded Joltage, an infrastructure services business devoted to building out a global network of WiFi hotspots. Joltage HotSpots were revenue-generating locations where individuals could access the Internet at broadband speeds using... Read More.

Ian White
Ian White (Urban Mapping, Inc)

Ian White is CEO of Urban Mapping, a company that produces wayfinding tools and solutions across the tactile and interactive domains. The company’s products include the multiple award-winning Panamap print map and Urbanware geospatial database products, all focusing around urban place. White holds 15 years experience in marketing strategy and product development. He has been published in academic journals and the business press.

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... Read More.

Dennis Wuthrich (Farallon Geographics)

CEO of Farallon Geographics (, a geospatial system integration and web application development company

Member of Board of Directors and Past President of Bay Area Automated Mapping Association

Contributor, Geospatial Solutions Magazine

Rick Yoder (Velodyne Lidar)

Worked at velodyne for the past 8 years as an audio product development technician. The last year and a half as the Field Applications Engineer for our new Lidar devision.

Raven Zachary
Raven Zachary (

Raven Zachary helps people create, develop, and launch iPhone products and services. He also is a Contributing Analyst with The 451 Group. Raven is the founder of iPhoneDevCamp, a not-for-profit iPhone developer conference. He is currently advising a number of companies on iPhone strategy and product development. He is regularly quoted by the press about the iPhone and is a frequent conference speaker on the topic. Raven’s iPhone pursuits can be viewed at and he can be followed on Twitter.

John Zelek (University of Waterloo)

John Zelek is Associate Professor (in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo), with expertise in the area of intelligent Mechatronic control systems that interface with humans; specifically, the areas are (1) wearable sensory substitution and assistive devices; (2) probabilistic visual and tactile perception; (3) wearable haptic devices including their design, synthesis and analysis; and (4) human-robot interaction. Zekek has co-founded 2 start-up companies. He was awarded the best paper award at the international IEEE/IAPRS Computer and Robot Vision conference. He was awarded a 2006 Distinguished Performance Award from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He was also awarded the 2004 Young Investigator Award by the Canadian Image Processing & Pattern Recognition society for his work in robotic vision.