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Where 2.0 2010 Speaker Listing

New speakers are being confirmed daily. Please check back often to see the latest additions to the Where 2.0 program.

Robert Acker (Aha Mobile, Inc.)

Robert is the President, CEO, and Founder of Aha Mobile, Inc. He brings more than 12 years of experience in developing and launching technology-based consumer products and services. Robert was most recently Senior Vice President of Marketing at Dash Navigation, where he headed marketing, advertising, product management, and PR for the company that developed the first Internet-connected GPS device. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Music Services at RealNetworks where he oversaw the leading on-demand music service Rhapsody and the company’s music download store. Before that, Robert was the first full-time employee at XM Satellite Radio, where he wrote the original XM business plan and served as Vice President of marketing and Vice President of product development and planning. There... Read More.

Raj Advani (UpNext)

Raj Advani is the Chief Architect and co-founder of UpNext. UpNext creates interactive 3D cities for PC and mobile devices.

Raj graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and went on to design web software for economists to aid in their numerical and experimental research. He has been employed at six different universities (UCLA, Caltech, NYU, Columbia, Brown, Princeton), and has contributed to several open source projects. His specialty is java-based web software.

Nathan Agrin (iNaturalist.org)

Nate comes from a background in biochemistry and informatics. He received his undergraduate degree from Clark University in biochemistry before receiving a masters degree from U.C. Berkeley’s School of Information. Nate currently lives in the Bay Area and is a User Interface Engineer at Splunk, Inc.

Blaise Agüera y Arcas

Blaise Agüera y Arcas is the Architect of Bing Maps and MSN at Microsoft. He works in a variety of roles, from designer and coder to strategist, and he leads an Advanced Engineering team of researchers and engineers with strengths in social media, computer vision, and graphics. He joined Microsoft when his startup company, Seadragon, was acquired by Live Labs in 2006. Shortly after the acquisition of Seadragon, Blaise directed his team in a collaboration with Microsoft Research and the University of Washington, leading to the first public previews of Photosynth several months later. His TED talk on Seadragon and Photosynth in 2007 is still rated “most jaw-dropping” on ted.com.

Blaise has a broad background in computer science and applied math, and has... Read More.

Ossama Alami (Google)

Ossama Alami manages the Geo Developer Relations team at Google. He has been supporting Google’s Geospatial APIs as a Developer Advocate, helping developers build applications around products like the Google Maps API and the Google Earth API. Prior to joining Google, he has worked as a consultant, architect and engineer at Accenture, CSC and Oracle. He calls San Francisco, CA home and in the winter can be found snowboarding in the Sierras.

Shawn Allen
Shawn Allen (Stamen Design)

Shawn is a partner and design director at Stamen, a San Francisco studio specializing in data visualization and mapping.

As Design Director, he takes an active role in both the design of interactive information interfaces and the development of the underlying technologies that drive them. Since 2000 he has created numerous tools on the web for discovering real-time and historical data from transportation systems, social networks, live cultural and sporting events, public advocacy organizations, and the news media.

Shawn also advocates for open data and consults journalists, policymakers, and the public sector on strategies for making digital information relevant, accessible, and desirable.

Sam Altman (Loopt)

Sam founded Loopt to improve the way friends communicate. His primary responsibility within Loopt is driving the product vision, assembling a passionate team to realize that vision and making sure people have fun while they’re at it.

Sam studied computer science at Stanford University, focusing on security and machine learning. He also helped build an autonomous helicopter navigation system while in school.

Jesper Andersen
Jesper Andersen (Trulia)

Jesper Andersen is the Product Manager for Data and Econometrics at Trulia.com and is the co-founder of Freerisk and is a statistician, computer scientist and entrepreneur. He’s spoken internationally on finance and statistical systems and is the founder of Freerisk.org, a startup focusing on making providing transparent and diverse financial metrics. Previously he was the lead architect at Visible Path which was sold in 2008.

Jesper holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Haverford College and an M.B.A. from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he received the Vijay Vashee “Most Promising Entrepreneur” award in 2008.

Michael Arrington
Michael Arrington (TechCrunch)

A few people have asked me to post a little more information about myself. If you want to see my corporate bio, check out my LinkedIn profile. You can also check out my Flickr pictures (includes both business and personal pictures).

I grew up in California and Surrey, England. I started college at U.C. Berkeley, and transferred to Claremont McKenna, a tiny college located near Los Angeles, after my freshman year. I majored in economics. I went straight from college to law school at Stanford in 1992, and graduated in 1995.

I spent a few years as a corporate attorney at O’Melveny & Myers and Wilson Sonsini, working exclusively with technology companies. My clients included idealab, Netscape, Pixar, Apple and a bunch of... Read More.

Philip Ashlock
Philip Ashlock (OpenPlans)

Phil is the Open Government Program Manager at OpenPlans, a non-profit organization that develops technology and media to improve civic services, urban livability, and local democracy. Phil’s specific focus is to facilitate collaboration between cities on the development of open standards and best practices around open government initiatives. Recently Phil has been helping to direct and mediate the development of the Open311 standard so that cities can leverage web enabled 311 services in an open and interoperable way.

Sean Askay (Google, Inc.)

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

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

Sean also develops and delivers training for Google’s mapping tools, including the 2008 trip to the Amazon and a 2009 trip to Africa working with indigenous and local communities on the use of mapping... Read More.

Mattias Astrom (C3 Technologies)

Mattias Åström is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully founded, developed and sold four technology companies. Prior to joining C3 Technologies, Mr. Åström was CEO of Nordnav, a venture backed GPS spin-out from Stanford, which he took to a successful exit in 2007. Earlier in his career, Mr. Åström worked in Technology Venture Capital in London, Sophia Antipolis and Amsterdam. Mr. Åström holds a M.Sc degree from Stockholm School of Economics and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kim Balassiano (USEPA)

Kim Balassiano is an Information Management Specialist with EPA’s Office of Environmental Information (OEI). Kim has been with OEI since 2007, and she spent the prior 14 years in the private sector as a GIS and spatial analysis specialist, primarily supporting EPA. Her work has always been in spatial analysis and in developing IT solutions that leverage spatial technologies. Kim also worked for two years with a remote sensing company (3001, Inc.). She received her Master’s degree in Geography from UNC-Chapel Hill and has an undergraduate degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Kim directed the development of the Watershed Wiki component of Watershed Central and has been a leader in bringing Web 2.0 infrastructure to EPA. EPA now... Read More.

Ryan Block (gdgt)

Ryan is the Co-founder of gdgt, a consumer electronics media startup (funded by True Ventures and Betaworks, among others). He is also former editor/editor emeritus of Engadget, a web magazine and network of sites focused on obsessive coverage of consumer electronics and technology.

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk

Terrance Busch (Defense Intelligence Agency)

Mr. Terrence Busch currently serves as the Senior Intelligence Officer for the Battlespace Visualization Division, Office for Joint Warfare support, Defense Intelligence Agency. In this capacity he oversees and ensures the successful implementation of enterprise capabilities, innovative geospatial analysis, and program development. Within the division, Mr. Busch has oversight of spatial innovation programs to include open source, cloud activities, and geospatial capabilities.

In 2005 Mr. Busch became Spatial Innovation Team Chief at DIA and program lead for the Distributed Geospatial Intelligence Network (DGINet) program. The spatial innovation team is responsible for developing new and innovative ways to make all-source data more interoperable, available, and usable across the spectrum of analytical capabilities.

In August 2003, Mr. Busch became the program manager for Airborne Rapid Imaging... Read More.

Sylvain Carle (Praized Media)

CTO and Co-founder of Praized Media. Internet, opensource, media & geo geek

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.

Ben Cerveny
Ben Cerveny (Stamen Design)

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

Surojit Chatterjee leads Product Management for location based mobile ads. Surojit has also led payment products for Google in Asia Pacific region and mobile products for Google India. Prior to Google, Surojit worked as a Senior Product Manager at Symantec Corporation and as senior engineer in Oracle and IBM. Surojit has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a BS in Computer Science from IIT Kharagpur and an MS in Computer Science from SUNY at Buffalo. Surojit has 10 granted US patents to his name and another 7 pending patent applications.

Aidan Chopra (Google)

Aidan Chopra works at Google as the Product Evangelist for Google SketchUp, a 3D modeling tool used by design professionals, engineers and 3D enthusiasts all over the world. His most recent book is “Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies,” published this year by Wiley. Aidan holds an undergraduate degree from NSCAD University in Halifax, and a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University in Houston. At Google, his job is to be an advocate for the everyday communication of concepts, ideas and places in 3D.

Steve is the technology evangelist for deCarta. He has 7 years of Java programming expertise ranging from data processing and statistical analysis to ORM and web applications. He began doing geospatial work 16 years ago and has done geospatial programnming work on multiple platforms using JavaScript, .NET, and Java. He has spoken at numerous conferences including JavaOne, AjaxWorld, ESRI User Conference, and SAP TechEd. Before deCarta Steve also held a number of applied GIS and spatial technology research positions at Jones & Stokes, ESRI, Yale University, University of New Haven, and University of Connecticut. Steve holds a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.S. from University of Georgia and a Ph. D. in Ecology from University of Connecticut. He likes building... Read More.

Steve Coast
Steve Coast (OpenStreetMap)

Steve Coast is founder of OpenStreetMap and Cloud Made and has worked for many years on diverse heavy-lifting computing applications around open systems. Steve interned at Wolfram Research before studying computer science and then physics at UCL. He left early to pursue research and development work at universities and leading web companies prior to founding ZXV - a geo web consultancy in 2006.

Paul is the Senior Director for webOS product marketing and is responsible leading the team that defines and executes webOS software strategy. Paul worked at Handspring prior to Palm’s 2003 acquisition of the company and has lead development efforts for a number of products including email on Treo devices. Prior to Palm, Paul held consulting positions at Cyberplex and Andersen Consulting.

A native of Canada, Paul earned his BS in Engineering from Queen’s University.

Trent Cross (California Highway Patrol)
Rob Cross (Trulia)

Rob is focusing on building a multi-tier distribution platform for Trulia. From partners sites to widgets to mobile, Rob is finding ways for consumers to adopt Trulia.

Dennis Crowley
Dennis Crowley (foursquare)

Dennis Crowley is the co-founder of foursquare, a service that mixes social, locative and gaming elements to encourage people explore the cities in which they live. Previously, Dennis founded dodgeball.com, one of the first mobile social services in the US, which 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 has won the Fast Money bonus round on the TV game show Family Feud (2009). 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 (ITP).

Dennis holds... Read More.

John Crowley
John Crowley (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and STAR-TIDES)

John coordinates a community of developers who build solutions for big problems in humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations. One of those issues is how to create a bridge between governments, NGOs, and stressed populations using crowdsourcing and other forms of collective intelligence.

Supporting the STAR-TIDES initiative at the National Defense University, he led a tiger team to connect crowdsourcing communities with the U.S. Southern Command’s emergency operations centre during the Haiti response. Between earthquakes, John coordinates the “Camp Roberts” RELIEF experiments through the Naval Postgraduate School—a program that gathers participants from responder communities and challenges them to swarm around shared problems. Through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, John is expanding an existing program in crisis mapping to include the theory and practice around... Read More.

Ward Cunningham (ZoomAtlas)

Cunningham is the Chief Inventor of AboutUs.org, a growth company hosting the communities formed by organizations and their constituents, and currently serves as the chairman of the technical advisory board for ZoomAtlas. He also co-founded the consultancy, Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc., has served as a Director of the Eclipse Foundation, an Architect in Microsoft’s Patterns & Practices Group, the Director of R&D at Wyatt Software and as Principle Engineer in the Tektronix Computer Research Laboratory. Ward is well known for his contributions to the developing practice of object-oriented programming, the variation called Extreme Programming, and the communities supported by his WikiWikiWeb. Ward hosts the AgileManifesto.org. He is a founder of the Hillside Group and there created the Pattern Languages of Programs conferences which continue to... Read More.

Amy Dalton (Topix)

A marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience in media, Amy Dalton’s career spans book, newspaper, magazine, and Internet publishing. She came to Topix from Knight Ridder Digital, where she directed marketing and advertising efforts for the company’s 32 newspaper web sites and its national vertical properties, including CareerBuilder.com, Cars.com, Apartments.com, ShopLocal.com, and the Real Cities Network. Previously, she managed public relations for PC World magazine and its web site PCWorld.com, and held several marketing and publicity roles at book publisher HarperSanFrancisco. A native Californian, Amy graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies.

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 Buffalo, University of West... Read More.

Drew Dara-Abrams (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Drew Dara-Abrams is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, weaned on computers and the Internet but also intrigued by cognitive science and urban design. By developing and applying psychologically plausible modeling and measurement techniques for built environments, Drew seeks to advance research on human spatial cognition and to improve the design of real-world buildings, neighborhoods, and cities.

After receiving undergraduate degrees in computer science from Foothill College (Los Altos Hills, California) and cognitive science from Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota), Drew is now a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has received a master’s degree from the Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience area of the Department of Psychology and is presently working toward a Ph.D. in the Department of... Read More.

Bardia Dejban (Citysearch.com)

Bardia Dejban is the Director of Mobile for Citysearch.com where he is responsible for the mobile strategy and engineering efforts across multiple platforms including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Mobile Web, WAP and Palm. Prior to joining Citysearch, Bardia served in a variety of development roles for eHarmony.com including Senior Manager, Engineering where he led the architecture/infrastructure and mobile efforts for the site and Principal Engineer for the dating site. Bardia’s prior technical roles include Senior Software Engineer at Intuit and Application Developer at S1 Corporate.

Bardia holds a MS in Global Business from the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management from Pepperdine University.

Mark L. DeMulder (United States Geological Survey)

In September, 2008, Mr. DeMulder returned to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), after having served for more than two years at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. In his new role at the USGS, Mr. DeMulder, a member of the Senior Executive Service, has responsibility for the National Geospatial Program of the USGS, including its topographic mapping and digital data programs. He has also been selected by the U.S. Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to serve as President of the US National Section to the Pan American Institute of Geography and History, a specialized organization of the OAS.

Until September, 2008, Mr. DeMulder served as Deputy Director, Office of the Chief Architect, at the National Geospatial-Intelligence... Read More.

Scott Dunlap (NearbyNow, Inc.)

Chairman of the Board, Founder & CEO As CEO of NearbyNow, Inc., Scott brings over 15 years of experience in developing new Internet technologies to strengthen retailer connections with customers. At E.piphany, Inc., his product management team developed data mining and marketing technology to help retailers such as Charles Schwab, Microsoft, and Godiva better target and grow their customers. Later he joined the founding team of Loudcloud (now Opsware: OPSW) to operate and manage some of the largest e-commerce sites in the world for companies like Nike, Fannie Mae, Univision, and USA Today. At Avolent, he helped develop e-billing software to streamline customer interactions for companies such as Dell, Office Depot, and Xerox. He also founded 4charity.com (sold to Innovaware) to... Read More.

Adam DuVander
Adam DuVander (ProgrammableWeb)

Adam DuVander has been a contributor to Webmonkey, Wired’s Web developer resource, since 2000. His location-related work for BestPlaces.net has been seen on MSN, Yahoo and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Map Scripting, a mapping API cookbook that will be published in March by No Starch Press.

Di-Ann Eisnor
Di-Ann Eisnor (Platial)

Di-Ann lives in Palo Alto, by way of Portland, OR, Boston, NYC and Amsterdam. Di-Ann is a neogeography pioneer and serial entrepreneur employing all means to increase the world’s citizen mappers. Di-Ann functions as both Chairman of Platial <http: />, The People’s Atlas, and as VP Community Geographer at Waze <http: />. Waze is free crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic. Started in Israel and well past critical mass, Waze now has top quality map, navigation and traffic data in the country. Di-Ann is setting up US operations and crafting the cartography of “live mapping”.

Schuyler Erle
Schuyler Erle (SimpleGeo)

Schuyler Erle has been a Free Software developer and evangelist for over a dozen years. He was a co-author of ‘Mapping Hacks’ and ‘Google Maps Hacks’. Schuyler was also a co-founder of the OpenLayers and TileCache projects, and is a charter member of the OSGeo Foundation. Schuyler currently resides in San Francisco, where he designs and builds new and exotic geospatial technology at SimpleGeo.

Deborah Estrin
Deborah Estrin (Computer Science Department, UCLA)

Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UCLA. She holds the Jon Postel Chair in Computer Networks, and is Founding Director of the National Science Foundation funded Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS). CENS’ mission is to explore and develop innovative, end-to-end, distributed sensing systems, across an array of scientifically and socially relevant applications, from ecosystems to human systems. Estrin and her colleagues are currently exploring Participatory Sensing systems that leverage the location, motion, image, and attached-sensor data streams increasingly available globally from mobile phones; with particular emphasis on human and environmental health applications and on privacy-aware architectures. Estrin’s earlier research addressed Internet protocol design and scaling, in particular, inter-domain and multicast routing. She received her PhD in... Read More.

Dave Fetterman (Facebook)

Dave Fetterman is an engineering manager at Facebook, where he leads the mobile engineering team. Dave was central to the launch of the Facebook Platform project and has been an influential voice in the developer community. Prior to joining Facebook in 2006, he worked as a software engineer on projects in Microsoft’s developer division, including the .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR). He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and a master’s degree in computer science from Harvard University.

Matthew Forrest
Matthew Forrest (Social Animal)

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

Vanessa Fox
Vanessa Fox (Nine By Blue)

Vanessa Fox, called a “cyberspace visionary” by Seattle Business Monthly, is an expert in understanding customer acquisition from organic search. She shares her perspective on how this impacts marketing and user experience at ninebyblue.com and provides authoritative search-friendly design patterns for developers at janeandrobot.com. She’s also an entrepreneur-in-residence with Ignition Partners and Features Editor at Search Engine Land. She previously created Google’s Webmaster Central, which provides both tools and community to help website owners improve their sites to gain more customers from search. Her book, Marketing in the Age of Google, provides a blueprint for incorporating search strategy into organizations of all levels.

Gary Gale (Nokia)

A self professed “geek with a life”, I’ve had a life-long love affair with maps since discovering the iconic Harry Beck map of the Underground on the back of the London A-Z street atlas at an early age. After “growing up and getting a proper job” I now live in Teddington in South West London with my family and work in London and Berlin as the Director of Ovi Places for Nokia; I’m also the co-founder of WhereCamp EU, the chair of w3gconf and I sit on the W3C POI Working Group and the UK Location User Group.

Prior to Nokia, I was at Yahoo!, leading their Geo Technologies group in the UK, releasing GeoPlanet and Placemaker and providing the geo heavy lifting for... Read More.

Matt Galligan
Matt Galligan (SimpleGeo)

Matt Galligan, 25, is the CEO and Co-Founder of SimpleGeo, based out of Boulder, CO that provides a ready-to-use location infrastructure for app developers. He previously founded Socialthing, a company that was chosen to be part of the inaugural year of TechStars. Socialthing.com went into private beta in March, 2008 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. The company was acquired five months later by AOL. Socialthing was later rebranded as AOL Lifestream.

Matt currently resides in Boulder, CO and is an active member of the startup community there.

Rich Gibson (Gigapan.org)

Programmer, author, hacker, artist, Gigapan evangelist.

Elad Gil
Elad Gil (Twitter)

Elad is Director of Geo at Twitter. Prior to Twitter, he was the co-founder/CEO of Mixer Labs (GeoAPI.com/TownMe), which Twitter acquired.

Prior to TownMe, Elad was a member of Google’s product team. At Google, Elad started the mobile wireless team and was involved in all aspects of building the mobile group’s foundations including involvement in 3 acquisitions (including Android), multiple carrier deals (e.g T-Mobile and Vodafone), and managing some of the earliest Google Mobile Products (including mobile Gmail and an early incarnation of Google Mobile Maps). Elad also worked on Google’s advertising products.

Prior to Google, Elad was at multiple venture backed startups and at McKinsey & Company.

Elad is an investor or advisor to a number of silicon valley mobile and social media... Read More.

Dan Gilmartin (WHERE)

Dan joined WHERE in 2007 and leads the marketing team responsible for product marketing, consumer acquisition and corporate communications. Previously, he managed consumer location based-services for Sprint Nextel. In this role, he was responsible for the launch of the first family finding product in the wireless industry Sprint Family Locator, local search, and a host of other GPS enabled services. Prior to Sprint Nextel, Dan led product initiatives for VeriSign, a company he joined through a series of acquisitions including Network Solutions who acquired a start-up he helped launch, ImageCafe. Dan received his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University. When not working, Dan loves to spend time with his family, root for the New York Yankees and fly-fish.

Alan is a doctoral student in geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara researching spatial network analysis. He is interested in the open source geostack, interactive maps, and turbulent groundwater.

Sean Gorman (FortiusOne)

Sean Gorman founded FortiusOne in 2005 to bring advanced geospatial technologies to market. With over 10 years of experience at the forefront of the geospatial revolution as a researcher, practitioner, and entrepreneur at FortiusOne, Sean recognizes both the opportunities and challenges presented by the changing Web. Sean brings insight and innovation to the next generation of the Web and seeks to enable users of both GIS and the GeoWeb with solutions that marry the best of both worlds to create actionable intelligence and grow collective knowledge.

Prior to FortiusOne, Sean served as VP of R&D for GeoTel, a telecommunications mapping company, and Director of Strategy for iXOL, a Washington D.C. based incubator. Sean received his PhD from George Mason University as the Provost’s High... Read More.

Jason Grigsby
Jason Grigsby (Cloud Four)

Jason Grigsby was one of the project leads on the Obama iPhone Application and helped design the user inferface for the Wall Street Journal’s Blackberry application. He founded and organizes Mobile Portland, a local mobile group.

Jason is a co-founder of Cloud Four, a small start-up focused on mobile and web development. He blogs at CloudFour.com and provides a frequent updates about mobile on Twitter.

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.

Roy Hyunjin Han (Earth Institute of Columbia University)

Roy Hyunjin Han is a Lead Software Engineer in the Modi Research Group at Columbia University on a team creating web-based tools for planning infrastructure. The tools automate the acquisition of geospatial information from satellite imagery using machine learning. Furthermore, the tools recommend infrastructure choice and placement using pricing models and optimization algorithms pioneered by the lab. He has developed software for industries ranging from retail and neurogenetics to technology transfer and airline reservation systems. He lives in Hell’s Kitchen with his girlfriend of three years.

John Hanke (Google, Inc. )

John oversees development and integration of the Google Maps and Google Earth products and services. He joined Google in October 2004 as part of the acquisition of Keyhole, a 3D mapping technology company that developed an “earth browser”, which he co-founded in 2001. At Google, the Keyhole technology became Google Earth in July 2005.

Prior to Keyhole, John co-founded Big Network, designed to pursue casual gaming online. Big Network was acquired by eUniverse in 2000. Earlier, he was involved in the startup of one of the first massively multiplayer games online, Meridian 59, which was acquired by 3DO in 1996. Before his work in technology began, John worked in foreign affairs for the U.S. government in Washington D.C. and Southeast Asia.

John earned a BA... Read More.

Mark Hendrickson (Worldly Developments)

Mark Hendrickson is a web developer in San Francisco, CA and co-founder of Worldly Developments, the consumer internet startup behind Plancast.

He previously worked at TechCrunch as a blogger, project manager, designer and programmer. Mark grew up in Menlo Park, CA and attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.

Damon Hernandez (Web3D)

Damon Hernandez works in many areas of the Web3D Industry and has been active in 3D web open standards for the past decade. He works with a variety of web3D and mixed reality companies and also helps the Web3D Consortium on their global outreach and web3D education initiatives. He is one of the founding members of the now international AR Developer Camp, and is currently working with developing augmented reality applications for real world uses. Damon is a supporter of open standards for the geo-web and is actively involved with the 3D web’s convergence with other technologies including GIS, CAD/CAM, AR, and mobile. With a passion for education and immersive tech, he has built and is leading dozens of 3D web and mixed reality... Read More.

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 Forecasting Lab leveraging open source software to enhance data access and usability.

Sam is very interested in open source and collaborative geospatial technology as well as a variety of topics related to satellite remote-sensing and ecology. He participated in the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial conference in Victoria, Canada in 2007, and as a member of the American Geophysical... Read More.

Jeremy Hight (Mission College, CA)

have shown work in locative media, new media, sound art, text and image art and text art at galleries and museums internationally.

author of “Modulated Mapping” (http://piim.newschool.edu/journal/issues/2009/02/pdfs/ParsonsJournalForInformationMapping_Hight-Jeremy.pdf)

essay on research and development of intuitive open source mapping/ web 3.0

author of “Immersive Event Time” (/piim.newschool.edu/journal/issues/2009/01/)

essay on new ways to measure events in time…and time itself…..looks at ar, immersive graphic visualizations and game interface recreations of historical events with ai

Author of “Immersive Sight in the Third Space” (neme.org/main/645/immersive-sight) Essay on how to combine augmented reality,virtual reality, aspects of locative media in exhibition spaces to create architectural analysis integrated spatial graphic design and interactive augmentation

author of “Narrative Archaeology”

I have published 20+ essays in various fields connected to art and technology, science and art... 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.

Stephen Hood (BlockChalk)

Stephen Hood is co-founder of BlockChalk, the mobile bulletin board for your neighborhood. Prior to BlockChalk he was Director of Product Management for del.icio.us. Stephen’s background in product design and management also includes Web search R&D (at Yahoo!) and J2EE (at BEA Systems).

anselm hook (Meedan)

Developer and Designer - building collaborative communication tools to help individuals and communities see, communicate and act. Presently CTO Meedan. Previously directed development of Platial among other projects.

Charles Hornberger (AT&T Interactive, Inc.)

As GM of buzz.com - a new beta product where users tap their network of friends to have conversations about local favorites - Charlie is leading AT&T Interactive’s journey down new paths in the local search space. He has 12+ years experience building internet products, at both start-ups and Fortune 100 companies. Most recently, he oversaw the creation of the search and mobile engineering teams at AT&T Interactive.

Scott Hotes (WaveMarket, Inc.)

Dr. Scott A. Hotes is the CTO and VP Engineering of WaveMarket, Inc., a leader in mobile location-based search/services. Before joining WaveMarket, Dr. Hotes was at the US Department of Defense. Dr. Hotes has published in a range of disciplines from discrete mathematics and particle theory to analytical chemistry and geo-physics. Dr. Hotes holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley.

Kevin Hoyt (Adobe Systems, Inc.)

Kevin Hoyt is a Group Manager of Platform Evangelism at Adobe, Inc. where he’s been actively involved in furthering web technologies for almost ten years. As a Platform Evangelist, Kevin is responsible for covering a broad array of Adobe technologies, and spends upwards of seventy percent of the year presenting keynotes, session and hands-on labs at conferences and user group events across the globe. Prior to joining Adobe, Kevin held various information technology roles ranging from web design to enterprise infrastructure. Kevin lives in Denver, CO and enjoys photography and general aviation in his free time.

Barbara Hui (UCLA/UCHRI)

Barbara Hui is a grad student in Comp Lit at UCLA, where she is finishing up her dissertation entitled Narrative Networks: Mapping Literature at the Turn of the 21st Century. She is also programmer/analyst at the UC Humanities Research Institute, has worked extensively as a developer on Hypercities, the Danish Folklore Data Nexus, and other historical/archival/literary mapping projects, and is currently a fellow of the NEH Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship.

Martin Isenburg (downtownfarm.net)

Martin works in geometric data processing and visualization. He is currently employed as a research scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Labs. He is a well-published scientist with several seminal papers in Computer Graphics and Visualization conferences. He is also the developer of LAStools and laszip.exe which are very popular in the remote sensing industry. He is also passionate about urban farming and likes to hang out with the three chickens in his frontyard.

Tony Jebara
Tony Jebara (Columbia University & Sense Networks)

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

Jeffrey Johnson (Open Solutions Group)

Jeffrey Johnson is a web developer who is passionate about geospatial applications of web technology.

Michael Jones (Google)

Michael Jones is Google’s Chief Technology Advocate, charged with advancing the technology to organize the world’’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Michael travels the globe to meet and speak with governments, businesses, partners and customers in order to advance Google’s mission and technology. He previously was Chief Technologist of Google Maps, Earth, and Local Search-the teams responsible for providing location intelligence and information in global context to users worldwide. Before its acquisition by Google, Michael was CTO of Keyhole Corporation, the company that developed the technology used today in Google Earth. He was also CEO of Intrinsic Graphics, and earlier, was Director of Advanced Graphics at Silicon Graphics. A prolific inventor and computer programmer since the 4th grade, he has... Read More.

Marc Kleinmaier (Nokia)

Business Development and Evangelism - LBS

Within the Forum Nokia Americas team, Marc is responsible for business development, partner management, and the evangelism of Nokia platforms to the LBS and Lifestyle development communities.

Beth Kolko (University of Washington)

Beth Kolko is a faculty member in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington, and she is a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She directs the Design for Digital Inclusion research group at UW. For the past decade she has worked on Internet and mobile adoption and adaptation patterns across the developing world. She is committed to exploring how to leverage social networks and mobile technologies in resource constrained environments, and she has also recently launched a series of projects focused on transportation.

Raffi Krikorian
Raffi Krikorian (Twitter)

Raffi Krikorian makes a career of hacking everything and anything. He is currently a developer on Twitter Geo Platform. He was the founding partner at Synthesis Studios: a technological design and consulting firm that orchestrates his disjointed train of thought. He has developed Java-based distributed/mobile software agent infrastructures while also investigating human perception of sound in zero-g with NASA. While at the MIT Media Lab, he studied and built tiny, embedded, and sub-$5 Internet nodes and while also teaching students “How to Make (Almost) Anything.” In his free time, he justified his television addiction by writing “TiVo Hacks” for O’Reilly and Associates, the first book on hacking into, understanding, and extending the Linux-based PVR. Raffi is an engineer with a passion to... Read More.

Haris Kurtagic (SL-King)

Haris’ background is computer science. He received an M.Sc degree in information science from the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia. Very early on he became interested in the spatial dimension of application development and in 1996 he started his own company, SL-King focussing on developing spatial applications using Autodesk and ESRI platforms. Always an early adopter, very soon after the initial releases of Oracle Spatial, Haris became interested in the possibilities of spatially-enabled relational database management systems and began developing spatial applications using Oracle Spatial and AutoCAD. His most successful and best known application is the utility infrastructure management application that he designed and developed for the City of Sarajevo Construction Permitting Office where he designed a replacement for the paper-based system that had... Read More.

Joe Lamantia (Blend Consulting)

A veteran architect, consultant, and designer, Joe Lamantia has been an active member and leader in the user experience community since 1996. Joe has crafted successful user experience strategies and created innovative solutions for clients in a wide variety of industries and settings, ranging from Fortune 100 enterprises to local non-profit organizations, digital product companies, and social media. Joe is the creator of the leading freely available tool for card sorting, a frequent writer and speaker on future directions in user experience, and creator of the Building Blocks for Portals design framework.

Joe is currently based in Amsterdam, working as a user experience strategy consultant for a global media agency. He blogs regularly at www.joelamantia.com.

Othman Laraki (Twitter)

Othman is Director of Geo at Twitter (@othman). Prior to Twitter, he was the co-founder & President of Mixer Labs (GeoAPI.com/TownMe), which Twitter acquired.

Before Mixer Labs, Othman was at Google, where he managed a number of products including the Google Toolbar, Google Gears, early Firefox extensions, as well FastNet (real-time fetching and caching infrastructure). Prior to Google, Othman was at ACCESS Systems, where he ran server-side engineering. Othman currently serves on the board of directors of ESI Group, a publicly traded French software company. Othman has an MBA from MIT and a BS + MS in Computer Science & Industrial Engineering from Stanford.

Nguyen Le (Focation.com)

Ivan is the founder of SilkCoast International, a software company specialized in GIS and SCM products for US and Vietnam markets, at the same time he is also the CTO of 16 Mile Solutions (www.16milesolutions.com). Prior to his career at SilkCoast, he worked at BlueKey Services (www.bluekeyservices.com) as a software project manager.

Ivan also served as a board member of International Medical Initiatives Corporation (www.imi-corp.net), which provides informatics technology in health care. Prior to that he worked at DIcentral (www.dicentral.com) as a lead software engineer.

Ivan got his Master’s Degree in Management of Information System from University of Houston Clear Lake in 2003.

Martin Lechner (Mobilizy)

Martin studied both Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Salzburg, Austria and the Victoria University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. He got to know Philipp Breuss during his time at Sony DADC. Martin was fascinated by the possibilities of Augmented Reality and joined Philipp to develop Wikitude. He is now CTO at Mobilizy. Martin loves Tennis and hiking in the wilderness and sometimes has found himself in companionship with bears and snakes …

Keith Lee (Booyah)

Keith is a veteran of the interactive entertainment industry with a proven track record of helping create best-selling video games, developing compelling experiences, and attracting broad audiences into the gaming space. Prior to founding Booyah, Keith was the Lead Producer for Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo III franchise. The Diablo series has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Before Blizzard, Keith’s roles as the Project Manager and Lead Programmer for Insomniac Games helped propel the Ratchet & Clank series to surpass 10 million units sold. Leading up to the games industry, Keith worked at several investment banks, including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Keith graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Computer Science and a BA in International Relations and Economics.

Martin Lefebure (Parrot)

Martin Lefebure holds a doctorate in applied mathematics from Paris University. He started as chief scientist for Poseidon (now MGI), the first drowning video detection system for public pools, which has been installed on more than 150 sites and directly saved 12 lives. He also launched Realeyes3D, a camera-phone document scanning and motion sensing technology company that is enabled on more than 30 million phones. He joined Parrot in 2007 to manage the AR..Drone project.

Brian LeRoux (Nitobi Inc.)

Brian LeRoux is the lead software architect at Nitobi Inc. where he focuses on delivering apps and helping developers all over the world write their apps. Contributor to PhoneGap and creator of XUI and Lawnchair. Suffice to say, Brian believes that the future of the internets is mobile and will rely on web standards, open source and hackers like you.

Ben Lewis (Harvard University)

Ben Lewis is currently with the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. Before that, Ben was a project manager with Advanced Technology Solutions of Pennsylvania, where he lead the company in adopting platform independent approaches to GIS system development. Ben studied Chinese at the University of Wisconsin and has a Masters in Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. After Penn, Ben worked at the U.C Berkeley GIS Lab, managed the GIS group for the transportation engineering firm McCormick Taylor, and coordinated the Land Acquisition Mapping System for the South Florida Water Management District. Ben is especially interested in technologies that lower the barrier to GIS access.

Mike Liebhold (Institute for the Future)

Mike Liebhold is currently a senior researcher for the Institute for the Future, IFTF, initially focusing on the implications and technologies of a geospatial web as a platform for pervasive and contextual computing. Most recently, Liebhold has been investigating the long-term futures of high-performance computing and broadband networks. Previously, Liebhold was a visiting researcher at Intel Labs, working on a pattern language for ubiquitious computing based on semantic web frameworks. In the 1980s and early 1990s, as a Senior Scientist at Apple’s Advanced Technology Labs, Liebhold lead broadband applications research and was responsible for many research partnerships with MIT, AT&T Bell Labs, Nynex, SBC, Cable Labs, and most of the Hollywood studios. He served as principal technology policy advisor for Apple Chairman... Read More.

Kati London
Kati London (Area/Code)

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

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

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.

Tom MacWright (Development Seed)

Tom is a GIS developer at Development Seed, where he has been the lead architect of our open source mapping stack that combines Mapnik with Drupal to create beautiful custom maps. Tom’s work has led him deep into cloud hosting and computing research, where he is pioneering ways to leverage cloud services to support international development work. He recently collaborated with Amazon Web Services to get 125 GB’s of TIGER U.S. Census data hosted in the Amazon cloud, making this important public data set more accessible and easier to work with than ever before.

In addition to mapping, Tom is also an experienced open source developer who has spent most of his time programming in Drupal. At Development Seed, he has helped build... Read More.

Tyler Malin (Social Animal)

Tyler is the CEO of Social Animal. A serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in the media and entertainment industry, Tyler launched his online career in 1995 as an online publicist for a variety of emerging electronic artists. Prior to Social Animal, Tyler founded SFT media, an online production company, started Madon Malin, P.C., a law practice specializing in entertainment and emerging media, and created erockster, an online and emerging format radio station for Clear Channel. He’s produced music videos, commercials and short films, and created hundreds of episodes of online content for companies including Clear Channel, Turner and Sony. His content has been featured on USA Today, CNN, OK! Magazine and many other on- and off-line publications.

Michael Malone (SimpleGeo)

Mike Malone is an infrastructure engineer at SimpleGeo, where he works on building and integrating scalable systems that power the company’s location platform. Since joining SimpleGeo, Mike has been working to ensure operational continuity in the face of rapid growth, partial system failures, and traffic bursts. Before joining SimpleGeo, Mike helped build the microblogging web site Pownce, where he learned a lot about the technical and social difficulties of scaling an online community. After Pownce’s acquisition by Six Apart in 2008, Mike worked on the TypePad platform team, where he gained a great deal of experience building RESTful web services. In his spare time Mike enjoys tinkering with new technologies. When he’s not on the computer, you can probably find him hanging out with his... Read More.

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 small and mid-sized organizations for over a decade.

Mikel Maron
Mikel Maron (OpenStreetMap)

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.

Doug McCune (SpatialKey & Universal Mind)

Doug McCune is a Principal Software Engineer at Universal Mind specializing in geospatial data visualization. He is a passionate Flex developer, consultant, and is active in the Flex open-source community where he maintains a blog of his thoughts, code samples, and tutorials. He also co-founded FlexLib, a leading resource for open-source Flex components created by community developers, and authored the book, Adobe Flex 3.0 For Dummies.

John McKerrell (MapMe.At)

After completing a Computer science degree at Leeds University in the UK and then spending 5 years developing content delivery systems for high traffic web sites John introduced himself to the geoweb world by building the JavaScript API for Multimap.com. This product soon became the flagship product for Multimap and enabled them to retain and grow the client base they had built up in their previous 10 years against growing competition from the free mapping APIS offered by their competitors. After Multimap were bought by Microsoft John continued to work on the API to integrate new imagery and mapping data from the Virtual Earth product and extended the API to support innovative functionality such as Bird’s Eye imagery.

Over the past... Read More.

Patrick Meier
Patrick Meier (Ushahidi)

Patrick Meier is the Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and the co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers. He previously co-founded and co-directed Harvard University’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning. He has consulted for many international organizations including the UN, OSCE and OECD on numerous crisis mapping and conflict early warning projects in Africa, Asia and Europe. Patrick is a recognized expert and thought leader on the intersection between new technologies, early warning, civil resistance, human rights and humanitarian response. He has written extensively on these topics and has presented his work at numerous high-profile conferences worldwide. Patrick is also completing his PhD at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University... Read More.

Andrew Michaelis (NASA Ecological Forecasting Lab)

Andrew is a software engineer at the NASA Ecological Forecasting Lab. He mainly works in the earth science domain supporting scientists on numerous projects. He is also owner/manager of a small LLC that is registered in the state of California as well as a NASA ‘certified’ systems administrator.

Michal Migurski
Michal Migurski (Stamen Design)

Stamen partner Michal Migurski leads the technical and research aspects of Stamen’s work, moving comfortably from active participation in Stamen’s design process, designing data, prototyping applications, to creating the dynamic projects that Stamen delivers to clients.

Michal has been building for the web since 1995, specializing in big, exciting datasets and the means to communicate and disseminate them to broad audiences for a variety of clients. He speaks publicly on these and other topics to academic and industry audiences, participates actively in a variety of open source development efforts, maintains an active weblog at mike.teczno.com, holds a degree in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley.

Nick Mikhailovsky is a specimen of arguably non-existent type of Russian serial tech entrepreneur.

Nick is CEO and co-founder of POIdo, the location-based advertising platform. POIdo currently is the top Russian location-based advertising platform, and plans to launch in US later in 2010.

POIdo is the world’s first LBA platform that creates a competitive marketplace where the price of advertising is determined by the market (advertisers compete for ad visibility).

POIdo is the world’s first LBA platform where virtual billboards can be placed at optimal locations, not just the business location.

Nick’s previous location-based startup was QuickHydra, which existed in 2005-2007. He have also co-founded NTR Lab, a software consultancy, AdvancedParking, Russia’s top 3 domain parking, and Sinergo, a systems integrator... Read More.

Danny Moon (UpNext)

Danny is the CEO and co-founder of UpNext. UpNext creates interactive 3D cities for PC and mobile devices.

Prior to UpNext, Danny worked in management consulting. He received his BA from UC Berkeley and MBA from Columbia University.

Patrick Moore (Integral GIS, Inc.)

Patrick brings 20 years of software development experience and 15 years of developing spatial software applications to Integral GIS. He started his professional software career at Microsoft after obtaining degrees in Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics from the University of Washington. He also holds an MSc in Civil Engineering, and was exposed to many more concepts through Tom Poiker’s UniGIS certificate program at Simon Fraser University. Some of what he learned was combined with the knowledge of co-authors Jeff Thurston and Tom Poiker in their book, Integrated Geospatial Technologies (John Wiley & Sons, 2003). He holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Seattle University and will finish his Executive MBA at Seattle University in June 2009.

Patrick believes that both clients and communities... Read More.

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.

Shailesh Nalawadi is a Product Manager for Computer Vision initiatives at Google. He is part of the team that developed Google Goggles. Prior to joining Google, he worked in a technical capacity in a variety of software start ups in the Bay Area.

Duane Nickull
Duane Nickull (Adobe Systems)

As Senior Technical Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Duane Nickull is responsible for Adobe’s messaging around Enterprise Architecture in the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web Services spaces plus 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 where he co-architected several key technologies including XTRACT, an intelligence gathering and Bayesian theorem inference engine to flag persons of interest to law enforcement officials and recover stolen property.

Mr. Nickull has been called Mr. SOA by his peers during introductions to speak on... Read More.

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

Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O’Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, the Web 2.0 Summit, and the Gov 2.0 Summit. Tim’s blog, the O’Reilly Radar “watches the alpha geeks” to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is on the boards of CollabNet, Safari Books Online, and Code for America.

Mok Oh
Mok Oh (EveryScape Inc.)

Mok Oh is the founder and CTO of EveryScape Inc. He has over 15 years of experience in software development and R&D, and is responsible for product and technology development, functioning as software architect, visionary, and leading intellectual property development. He holds multiple patents and publications in computer graphics, image and photo editing algorithms and tools, and 3D mapping technologies. His research and development further spans into Web 2.0 technologies, UI, 3D modeling and rendering algorithms, interactive tools, and photography. He is an invited speaker at multiple venues, such as MIT Lecture Series, Harvard School of Architecture, O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, and internationally in various universities in South Korea and in the Asia-Pacific Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference.

Prior to founding EveryScape, he worked... Read More.

Jennifer Pahlka
Jennifer Pahlka (Code for America)

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of a new non-profit, Code for America. Previously she was the co-chair and general manager of the Web 2.0 events for TechWeb, in partnership with O’Reilly. Prior to that, she chaired Enterprise 2.0, and before that was the director of the Game Group at CMP. During her tenure in the games business, she oversaw the dramatic growth of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) from 1995 to 2003 and launched a number of notable programs, including the Independent Games Festival, known as the Sundance of the game industry, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. Her roles included publisher of Game Developer magazine and Gamasutra.com, the premiere web site for game developers, and executive director of the International... Read More.

Sophia Parafina
Sophia Parafina (Ugotrade)

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

Don Park (donpark.org)

Don Park is an open source and geolocation advocate. He works in a variety of technologies, with a focus on Ruby on Rails programming. In 2009 he founded an online marketplace for delivery services. Not surprisingly, Don is also an avid biker.

Andre Parris (Bloomberg, LP)

Andre Parris is a Global Business Manager in Energy and Commodities for Bloomberg, LP. Andre created Bloomberg Interactive Maps for Energy and Commodities (BMAP). For five years prior to Bloomberg he was an Oil Trader on Wall Street, where he noticed a lack of solid tools, other than Excel, to analyze the fundamental aspects of the markets. The BMAP platform is Bloomberg’s first foray into analyzing data visually, via Interactive Maps, to help see the relationships, patterns and impacts which drive the markets. Andre is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Connecticut.

Dylan Phillips (Microsoft Alumnus)

From my perspective, the availability of mobile locative information is easily the most exciting opportunity of the last 15 years. It’s potential impacts affect nearly every model of our modern world: game play, politics, commerce, government and media. Those impacts will no doubt be disruptive and likely morally ambiguous. I’m no pundit, I’m an engineer. And thanks to a great career at Microsoft, I have the opportunity to spend 100% of my time building in this space. I’m building neat stuff, learning new things everyday, and looking forward to sharing ideas with others.

Mansour Raad (ESRI)

With over 20 years of experience in the mapping and GIS industry, Mansour Raad is a Senior Software Architect at ESRI. Currently, Mansour is a Flex evangelist within ESRI and is leading the development of the ArcGIS API for Flex. Mansour graduated from Boston University with a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering and designed and implemented an airport noise and operation monitoring system (ANOMS) that is currently used in over 30 airports world- wide.

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, as a Director of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, and currently as a Senior Consultant for OpenGeo.org. Paul speaks regularly at geospatial conferences, teaches workshops on open source databases, and consults on the use and development of spatial databases.

Carl Reed (OGC)

Dr. Carl Reed is currently the Chief Technology Officer and an Executive Director of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC). The OGC provides a consensus forum to define and document standards that enable geospatial interoperability for the both geospatial community as well as for the integration of geospatial content and services in broader Information and Communications Technology infrastructure. In his role as CTO, Dr. Reed also participates in and collaborates with other standards organizations, including OASIS, NENA, ISO, and the IETF, to insure harmonization of geospatial standards across information communities. In a more recent collaboration, Dr. Reed was one of the originators of the GeoRSS specification.

Prior to the OGC, Reed was the vice president of geospatial marketing at... Read More.

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.

Greg Rose (NAVTEQ)

Greg is a Technical Consultant with the NAVTEQ Network for Developers where his role is to help web and mobile Developers connect and use NAVTEQ Map Data in their apps. Greg has been a geographic information systems professional for 10 years and has been involved with web development for the last seven years. His combination of GIS and web skills has placed Greg in the unique position to take advantage of the emerging “geo-web” of which NAVTEQ is such an integrated part.

Before joining the NAVTEQ team as a technical consultant, Greg worked for the City of San Jose in the Planning Division and was an early adopter of web-mapping “mash-ups,” Greg received his bachelor’s degree from San Jose State... Read More.

Tasso Roumeliotis (Wavemarket)

Tasso Roumeliotis is Founder and CEO of WaveMarket, a leader in mobile location based services. The pre-eminent expert in location based services for the last decade, Mr. Roumeliotis brings Silicon Valley entrepreneurial innovation to mobile carrier networks, most recently launching Veriplace, the Location API that allows rapid development and commercial launch of location based websites, WAP sites, SMS applications, and even Facebook widgets for 100’s of millions of devices on carrier networks.

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.

Scott Scheuber (Garmin International)

Scott Scheuber is the Manager of LBS Strategy and Product Management for Garmin International, and is responsible for driving product innovation through the use of advanced location technologies. Before leading Garmin’s LBS initiatives, Scott was Garmin’s Wireless Product Manager where he was instrumental in launching and managing several mobile products such as nuvifone and Garmin Mobile (PC, XT, and offboard solutions). Prior to joining Garmin, Scott was at Motorola for ten years and he had roles of increasing responsibility including Technical New Business Development Manager.

Walter Scott
Walter Scott (DigitalGlobe)

Walter brings over 24 years of experience in business and technical management of sophisticated space, defense, computing and remote sensing programs. Walter founded DigitalGlobe (as WorldView Imaging Corporation) in 1992 and managed the team that led to the successful launch of QuickBird in October 2001. He currently leads the team that is executing the company’s WorldView program, building DigitalGlobe’s next generation satellite and ground processing system. Walter previously worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he served as assistant associate director of the Physics Department, managed the “Brilliant Pebbles” Strategic Defense Initiative program, and led the development of computer automated design and manufacturing tools for wafer-scale integration. Prior to joining LLNL, Walter was president of Scott Consulting, a Unix systems and applications... Read More.

Matt Seward (kilo75)

Matt graduated from Brunel University (BSc Industrial Design) in 1995, during which time he also worked and studied in Italy.

Matt began his career at Apple Computer where he picked up lots of his web development skills producing sites in 9 languages for 12 countries.

Matt left Apple to help build a London based agency, winning contracts with Mattel, Barclays, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Cisco. They were exciting times with projects that really pushed the boundaries of Internet technologies.

After a period of project managing large budget projects as a freelancer Matt established kilo75 to get back to design.

Today Matt is involved with all aspects of design and development. His passion and determination to apply design in ways to make the Internet really... Read More.

Michael Sheha (TeleCommunication Systems)

Michael Sheha is Vice President Architecture, Telecommunications Systems. Previously, he was Founder and CTO of Networks in Motion, which created Verizon Navigator and other navigation products

Mark Sherman (ZoomAtlas)

As founder of ZoomAtlas, Corp., Mark Sherman is responsible for the strategic and technical direction of the company. Prior to ZoomAtlas, Mr. Sherman designed trading systems for financial firms and co-founded two pioneering, and highly profitable, web sites, MortgageQuotes and MoverQuotes. He later sold these sites to Monster Worldwide. On sabatical from the dot-com world, Mr. Sherman managed a private hedge fund before launching ZoomAtlas.

Tish Shute
Tish Shute (Ugotrade)

Tish Shute, founder of Ugotrade -

My career in new media and technology began with work in motion control, robotics, and special effects for film, television, theme parks and aerospace. I continue my interest in innovation and paradigm shifts as an entrepreneur and writer interested in sustainable living,ubiquitous computing, augmented reality, and virtual realities in world 2.0. I have an M.Phil., “Culture and Media,” from NYU, Dept. of Anthropology, where I pursued my interest in the uptake of new technology from a more academic POV.

MG Siegler (TechCrunch)

MG Siegler is a writer for TechCrunch. Previously, he’s covered the field for VentureBeat and his own blog, ParisLemon.

Originally from Ohio, MG attended the University of Michigan where he studied film. He’s previously lived in Los Angeles where he worked in Hollywood and in San Diego where he worked in web development. He now lives in San Francisco.

Raj Singh (Open Geospatial Consortium)

Raj Singh is Director of Interoperability Programs at the Open Geospatial Consortium. He manages multi-firm, multi-national software R&D projects, runs OGC’s compliance testing program, and is one of the designers of GeoRSS.

Currently Dr. Singh is leading leading a major project to advance information sharing in building construction and design software. His passion is aligning geospatial standards with the general IT industry, and increasing the pervasiveness of geospatial services throughout society.

Dr. Singh obtained a Masters in City Planning and a PhD in Urban Studies & Planning from MIT, and a BA in Economics from Brown University.

Eric Singley (Yelp)

Eric joined Yelp in November 2007 as a Product Manager and now is Yelp’s consumer product lead. During his two years with the company, most of his efforts have been focused on Yelp’s search and mobile products. Prior to Yelp, he worked as a product manager, UI designer and software engineer. Eric holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University.

Peter Skomoroch
Peter Skomoroch (LinkedIn)

Pete Skomoroch is a Research Scientist at LinkedIn, focusing on building data driven products. For the past several years, he has been a consultant at Data Wrangling in Washington, DC, working on projects involving search, finance, and recommendation systems. Before joining LinkedIn, he was the Director of Advanced at Juice and a Sr. Research Engineer at AOL Search. He spent the previous 6 years in Boston implementing pattern detection algorithms for streaming sensor data at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and constructing predictive models for large retail datasets at Profitlogic. Pete has a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Brandeis University.

Derek Smith (SimpleGeo)

Derek Smith is a recent graduate from Loyola Marymount Univiersity. With early guidance from a few CS professors, he began his Senior year with the iPhone SDK. As a student developer he earned a WWDC Student Scholarship. After college, Derek began working as an iPhone Dev consultant which lead him to his current position at SimpleGeo. At SimpleGeo, Derek was given the opportunity to explore different implementations for providing an augmented reality environment for the iPhone.

Eric Soboleski (Social Animal)

Eric is the Director of Production of Social Animal. With over a decade of directing, editing and design experience he brings with him a keen eye and extreme passion for all forms of experimental visual media. In addition to taking lead during SA’s original 360 productions, he also manages the expanding flow of dynamic client projects from pre through post production. Notable traditional SA works to date include commercials (Martini & Rossi, Sexy Hair, Teno), music videos (Keri Hilson), online media campaigns (Torrid) and over 50 episodes of the weekly tech show (O’Reilly Media’s Ignite), which has spread to over 80 cities globally. Prior to SA, Eric founded Moving Talking Pictures along side Matthew Forrest, where he acted as the Creative Director for the boutique... Read More.

Jonathan Stark
Jonathan Stark (Jonathan Stark Consulting)

Jonathan Stark is a mobile application consultant who the Wall Street Journal has called an expert on publishing desktop data to the web. He is the author of Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and Building Android Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, both of which are available from O’Reilly.

Follow Jonathan on Twitter: @jonathanstark.

Greg Sterling
Greg Sterling (Sterling Market Intelligence)

Greg Sterling is the founding principal of Sterling Market Intelligence, a consulting and research firm that tracks the impact of the Internet on offline consumer purchase behavior and its disruption of traditional media. SMI covers consumer adoption and ad models across a range of market segments, including local search, online yellow pages, online newspapers and classifieds, mobile search, social media and multi-channel shopping. Sterling is also the lead analyst for Internet2Go, an advisory service from Opus Research.

Before founding SMI, Sterling ran The Kelsey Group’s Interactive Local Media program. Prior to The Kelsey Group, Sterling was at TechTV where he helped produce “Working the Web,” the first national television show dedicated to e-business and the Internet. Prior to TechTV he was a founding... Read More.

Jeremy Stoppelman

Jeremy co-founded Yelp Inc. in July 2004 with former colleague Russel Simmons. Prior to Yelp, Jeremy was the VP of engineering at PayPal. He left PayPal in the summer of 2003 to attend Harvard Business School. He joined a start-up incubator in the Summer of 2004 and left Harvard to launch Yelp. Jeremy holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois.

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.

Blair Swedeen (1020 Placecast)

Blair is responsible for 1020’s marketing and business development activities with ISPs, web publishers, mobile application providers and other distribution partners.

Prior to joining 1020, Blair founded Partenza Consulting, a strategy and business development consultancy advising leading players and investors in the Location-Based Services (LBS) industry. Previously, he had overall responsibility for the Internet/Wireless product line at NAVTEQ, the leading digital map content company, and launched the company’s mobile content product line. Before joining NAVTEQ, Blair was a Director and Quantitative Analyst at UBS Global Asset Management where he owned development and operations for the firm’s global equity valuation platform.

Blair has more than eight years of experience across product strategy, product management and business development in LBS, digital content, applications... Read More.

Dylan Swift (Yelp)

Dylan joined Yelp in December 2009 to lead the company’s local business marketing efforts. Dylan began his internet career in 1999 at eBay, where he spent 6 years growing the community via online marketing and business development. Dylan has also worked in marketing at Photobucket, Prosper and Lending Club. He has an MBA from Wharton and a BA in art history from Bowdoin College.

Pete Tenereillo (Trapster.com)

Pete Tenereillo is founder and CEO of Trapster.com. Trapster is world’s largest and most active driver’s social network. It allows drivers to share in real time the location of not only police enforcement points and cameras, but accidents, traffic jams, and other roadway hazards. Trapster is the #1 most downloaded navigation application on most smartphones.

Prior to Trapster, Pete was co-inventor/developer of Cisco’s infamous PIX Firewall, the first server load balancer, and other related technology. He is an inventor of record on 12 US patents.

Peter ter Haar (Ordnance Survey)

Peter is responsible for all aspects of product management including product marketing, licensing, research, engineering, cartography and supply. Before joining Ordnance Survey in November 2006, Peter already had more than 18 years experience in product management and business development in both the public and private sectors in GI, location-based services and mobile technology. His previous roles include senior product, technical and general management roles in Geodan, Autodesk, Intergraph and the City of Amsterdam.

Timothy Trainor (U.S. Census Bureau)

Timothy Trainor was selected as the Chief of the Geography Division of the U.S. Census Bureau in December 2008. As the Census Bureau’s chief geographer, he is responsible for directing all aspects of the division’s work related to development and implementation of geographic and cartographic activities necessary to support the Census Bureau’s data collection, processing, tabulation, and dissemination programs for the United States and its territories. These activities revolve around the Census Bureau’s TIGER (Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing) automated geographic data base and the MAF (Master Address File) digital address list. Included in this is collecting, maintaining, and developing criteria and reference files for geographic entities in the United States and assigning addresses to the correct geographic locations, fostering partnerships between... Read More.

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.

Ken-ichi Ueda (iNaturalist.org)

Ken-ichi Ueda is a naturalist, programmer, amateur designer, and informaticist at large. He holds a bachelors in biology from Williams College, and a master’s degree at the UC Berkeley School of Information. His favorite programming language is, obviously, Python.

Bruno Uzzan (Total Immersion)

Bruno Uzzan has been driving the growth of Total Immersion since 1999 – from start‐up  to the company’s current position of global category leader.   As a pioneer and AR  visionary, he has led Total Immersion’s global expansion and built the company’s client  roster with blue chip accounts that include Disney, McDonald’s, Mattel, Twentieth  Century Fox and Nissan Motors.  He also is responsible for developing strategic alliances,  bringing his vision for the potential of next gen AR to these relationships.  Before  establishing Total Immersion, Uzzan served as a consultant for Pierre Henri Scacchi and  Associates (Price Waterhouse Group).  He holds a masters degree in management from  the University of Paris Dauphine.

Maurits is one of Australia’s leading authorities in the design and implementation of (interoperable) spatial data architectures, and web delivery of spatial data. Maurits has hands-on experience developing web-mapping applications and the underlying architectures, focusing on usability, natural resource information and distributed systems. Recent projects include the strategy development of the Common Spatial Information Initiative (CS2i) for the NSW Government, designing the SDI-architecture for the Aceh GeoSpatial Data Centre (AGDC) and the design of the National Water Commission’s “Australian Water Resources Information System”, leading the way for an Australia-wide water sensor network. Maurits has authored several articles on these subjects, including recent articles on “Customising Google Earth” and “Dispelling the Myths around Web Services”, and taught “Customising GIS for the Web” at... Read More.

Jidesh is the Technical Advisor for software development at HTC. He joined HTC in 2007 to help lead the software development of Touch Diamond. After Touch Diamond Jidesh relocated to Taiwan early in 2008. In his current role he works closely with business development and product planning to drive the next generation software investments for HTC.

Prior to HTC, Jidesh worked at Microsoft and shipped Internet Explorer, Windows XP, Windows Mobile, and Visual Studio Team Systems.

Jidesh earned a BS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

Chris Vein (City and County of San Francisco)

Called San Francisco’s “tech zeitgeist” by Computerworld Magazine, Chris Vein is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City and County of San Francisco (City). In this role, he is responsible for setting the City’s technology vision and direction, ensuring the development and implementation of Citywide standards, policies, and procedures, and running the technology “utility” department providing enterprise services to the City with its 28,000 employees, 52 departments, and $6.5 billion annual budget.

In his tenure as CIO, Chris has led the City in becoming a national force in the application of new media platforms, use of open source applications, creation of new models for expanding digital inclusion, emphasizing “green” technology, and transforming government.

In 2010, Chris was named to Government Technology Magazine’s Top... Read More.

Jon Voss (LookBackMaps)

Jon Voss is founder of LookBackMaps, an innovative public history project that is one of many new initiatives in the field of historical and cultural heritage. He also runs jumpSLIDE networks, a small IT consultancy in San Francisco. Voss has been managing IT projects for non-profits and small to medium businesses in the Bay Area for over ten years. His work on mapping historical photos stems from a love of history and a chance run-in with a band of privy diggers who excavated his back yard in SF’s Mission district several years ago.

Zubin Wadia
Zubin Wadia (CiviGuard, Inc.)

Zubin is a parallel technology entrepreneur with a passion for Open Data, Gov 2.0 and positive social impact. He is the founder of CiviGuard Technologies, RedRock IT Solutions and a partner at ImageWork Technologies. Over the last 10 years he has deployed complex process automation and content management systems for Government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

He is especially familiar with the City of New York’s agencies such as FDNY, NYPD, Department of Health and the Department of Design and Construction. Over his career he has remained fiercely independent when it comes to technology platform choices - having implemented solutions on Java, Open Source, .NET and mobile platforms.

He enjoys programming whenever possible - with Scala, Erlang, Haskell being current favorites. Zubin was one... Read More.

Kris Wagner (Backpacker, Bicycling, and Mountain Bike magazines)

Kris Wagner is the map editor for Backpacker magazine. His work in interactive media, GPS, and maps has garnered more than 20 web and publishing awards, including three national magazine awards. In 2006 at Where 2.0’s Where Fair, he presented the CDT Project, a plan that empowered 200-plus readers to map a remote trail along the Continental Divide from Mexico to Canada.

Tom Wailes (Yahoo!)

Tom Wailes serves as the Senior Director for Yahoo! Local Product and Design, one of the most visited local network of sites online. Bringing a strong background of more than ten years in product and user experience management, Tom is responsible for setting overall strategy and prioritization for Yahoo! Local properties. He currently oversees all of the products that are core to Yahoo!’s ongoing local initiatives, including Yahoo! Local, Upcoming, Maps Geo and Yellow Pages. Prior to this role Tom has held roles at Yahoo! as interaction designer, information architect, usability engineer and design manager for Yahoo! Local, leading a team responsible for developing the user experience strategy, concepts and design execution. In his more than seven years at Yahoo! Tom has also led the... Read More.

Mark Wallace (Second Life / Linden Lab)

Mark Wallace starts conversations and manages blogs and other communications products at Linden Lab, makers of the online world Second Life. A longtime commentator on virtual worlds and social technologies, he has been a startup CEO, a tech blogger, an internationally published journalist, and co-author of a book on virtual worlds, The Second Life Herald: The Virtual Tabloid That Witnessed the Dawn of the Metaverse. He lives in San Francisco.

Jeffrey Warren (Grassroots Mapping)

The creator of GrassrootsMapping.org, Jeff designs mapping tools, visual programming environments, and flies kites as a fellow in the Center for Future Civic Media, and as a student at the MIT Media Lab’s Design Ecology group, where he created the vector-mapping framework Cartagen. He co-founded Vestal Design, a graphic/interaction design firm in 2004, and directed the Cut&Paste Labs project, a year-long series of workshops on opensource tools and web design in 2006-7 with Lima designer Diego Rotalde. He is a co-founder of Portland-based Paydici.com as well as Weardrobe.com.

Jeff holds a BA in Architecture from Yale University and spent much of that time (and the following years) working with artist/technologist Natalie Jeremijenko, building robotic dogs and so forth. To find out... Read More.

Jay Webster (Quova)

Jay brings more than 20 years of executive and entrepreneurial experience in advertising and technology to Quova.

Prior to BlueLithium’s acquisition by Yahoo!, Webster served as Chief Technology Officer and General Manager of Performance Advertising at the company. Subsequently, Webster was General Manager of the Lead Generation business at Yahoo! Prior to BlueLithium, he held executive roles in leading search and performance marketing companies including Vice President of Engineering at Adteractive, Inc., President and Chief Technology Office at Fathom Online, and Managing Partner at USWeb / CKS.

Webster brings to Quova business and technical expertise in search marketing, digital marketing, lead generation, loyalty marketing, performance marketing and ad networks. He also has strong experience with entrepreneurial startup operations and venture capital financing.

Don Weigel (deCarta)

Responsible for engineering and product mgm’t at deCarta. We build software for mobile/LBS, PND, Internet mapping, fleets. Previously worked at Autodesk, Trimble, and ESRI.

Kevin Weil
Kevin Weil (Twitter, Inc.)

Kevin Weil leads the team at Twitter, building distributed infrastructure and leveraging data analysis at a massive scale to help grow the popular micro-blogging service. With millions of monthly site visitors and many more interacting through API-based third party applications, Twitter has one of the world’s most varied and interesting datasets. Prior to joining Twitter, Kevin led the team at the Kleiner Perkins-backed web media startup Cooliris. Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics from Harvard University, and has a master’s degree in Physics from Stanford University.

Ian White
Ian White (Urban Mapping, Inc)

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

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

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

Josh Williams (Gowalla)

Josh Williams is a co-founder and CEO of Gowalla, a locative social network inspiring people to share their favorite places and experiences with friends. With an ever growing collection of game-like rewards, the beautifully designed service has connected people in 150 countries with over 450,000 places around the world. He loves mid-century modern design, architecture, snowboarding and longboarding. He lives in Austin with his wife Rachel and two effervescent daughters. In a future life, he’d like to be an accomplished woodworker.

Geoff Zeiss
Geoff Zeiss (Autodesk, Inc.)

Geoff is a technology evangelist at Autodesk. His particular interests are open source geospatial, Web 2.0 and its contribution to addressing the challenges facing infrastructure management, and the convergence of architectural, engineering, geospatial, and 3D simulation and its implications for egovernment.

Geoff came to Autodesk from MCI VISION* Solutions where he was Director of Product Development. VISION* Solutions is credited with pioneering RDBMS-based spatial data management, CAD/GIS integration, and UML modeling in the utility, communications, and public works industries. He has more than 10 years experience developing enterprise geospatial solutions for the utilities, communications, and public works industries.

Geoff is a frequent speaker at geospatial events around the world including Where 2.0, OSCON, GITA (US, Australia, Japan), GeoBrazil, GeoTec,... Read More.

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. He was awarded the best paper award at the 2007 Iinternational IEEE/IAPRS Computer and Robot Vision conference. He was awarded a 2006 & 2008 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. He is also the... Read More.