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One of the best reasons to attend the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference is the unprecedented gathering of top-notch presenters, leaders, and experts. Core developers, unique users, and visionaries share their knowledge with you to help you solve your computing or programming challenges. You won't find a gathering like this at any other conference.

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Marty Abbott
Marty Abbott is the senior vice president of technology in charge of the daily technical and site-specific operational overview of eBay and all of its subsidiaries. His responsibilities include ensuring the daily availability and operational excellence of the eBay site, evaluation and deployment of new infrastructure technologies, infrastructure architecture, quality assurance of the eBay and PayPal product, corporate information technology, PayPal software development and architecture and the development of strategic relationships with key technology vendors.

Prior to joining eBay in 1999, Abbott spent nearly two years at Gateway, Inc. As the director of global IT infrastructure, he was responsible for implementation, maintenance and service level agreements of Gateway’s global networks, telecommunications, servers and desktops. He also directed all administrative support, including database administrators systems, analysts, systems operations and the worldwide customer support center. Abbott consolidated Gateway's Asia Pacific (APAC) and all U.S. data centers, implemented a fault tolerant Asia Pacific network architecture and was responsible for one of the nation’s largest call center infrastructures. Abbott’s career in technology began at Motorola where he held various engineering, manufacturing management and engineering management positions from 1994 to 1998.

Before joining Motorola, Abbott attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. After graduation, he went on to become an Officer in the United States Army. He also holds a Masters of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s executive education program.

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Carl Anderson, Ph.D.
Carl Anderson is senior scientist at Icosystem Corporation based in Cambridge, Mass. He holds a PhD in mathematical biology and worked as postdoctoral researcher in various universities, both in Europe and here in the US, including Duke and Georgia Tech. In 1998, he was awarded the 1998 Philip Steinmetz Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute (Santa Fe, NM). His 35 or so academic publications focus on self-organization, teamwork, and organization of work in social systems, principally of insect societies. Before joining Icosystem he was a visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech.

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Trent Ashburn
Trenton Ashburn is a scientist and model developer at Icosystem’s Cambridge office. Trent’s models have included simulations that optimize distributed data-storage routing algorithms, monitor opinion flow and prescription behavior in physician social networks, and intuit trading strategies in a synthetic stock market using interactive evolution. Brown University graduated Trent with a degree of his own design, studying the use of neural networks to analyze the stock market. Previous to Icosystem, Trent founded Hale Capital Management, developing quantitative investment strategies for hedge funds.

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Russell Beattie
Russell Beattie joined Yahoo! in early 2005 and focuses on creating, discovering, and evangelizing innovative new mobile products and services. Yahoo! Mobile is focused on extending the company's core services beyond the desktop and offering engaging services with leading wireless providers and device manufacturers. Yahoo! is the #1 mobile web destination (mobile data users cite Yahoo! as the site they most often visited - Telephia, 8/04) and the #1 global internet destination.

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Eric Bonabeau, Ph.D.
Eric Bonabeau is the founder and chief scientist of Icosystem Corporation, a Boston-based “idea incubator” that uses computational evolution to invent novel business models, design new products and create new strategies. Before Icosystem he was the CEO of Eurobios and has been a research director for France Telecom R&D, an R&D engineer at Cadence Design Systems, and the Interval Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. He is the author of three books, over one hundred science articles, and is co-editor-in-chief of Advances in Complex Systems and of ACM Transactions in Adaptive Autonomous Systems. A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and of Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris, he earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Paris at Orsay.

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Don Box
Don Box is an architect at Microsoft where he works on XML messaging technologies and protocols. Don began the XML phase of his life by co-authoring the first SOAP specification in 1998 and has been active in the field of hooking programs together for at least a dozen years.

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danah boyd
danah boyd is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley and a fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Communications. Her dissertation focuses on how youth engage in networked publics like MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Xanga, etc. In particular, she is interested in how American teens formulate a presentation of self and negotiate socialization in mediated contexts where the audience is often unknown. This work is funded by the MacArthur Foundation as part of a broader grant on digital youth and informal learning. danah also maintains a blog on social media called Apophenia - http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/

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Dan Brickley
Dan Brickley is on the technical staff of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He has been involved with W3C's RDF work since 1997; his current responsibilities include chairing the RDF Interest Group and directing the SWAD-Europe project. Dan is also co-creator of FOAF and occasionally writes software.

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Stewart Butterfield
Stewart Butterfield is a director of product management at Yahoo! where he oversees the development of Flickr.com. He also co-founded and acted as CEO of Flickr's parent company, Ludicorp, before its acquisition by Yahoo! in the spring of 2005.

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Edward Castronova
Edward Castronova obtained a BS in International Affairs from Georgetown University in 1985 and a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991. In between, he spent 18 months studying German postwar reconstruction and social policy at universities and research institutes in Mannheim, Frankfurt, and Berlin. From 1991 to 2000, he worked as an Assistant and later Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at University of Rochester. Since 2000, he has been an Associate Professor of Economics in the College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. Professor Castronova has authored more than 20 articles in scholarly journals and is currently preparing a book on synthetic worlds for the University of Chicago Press. His paper "Virtual Worlds" is the most-downloaded economics paper at the Social Science Research Network. Professor Castronova is married and has a son. His hobbies include games and theater.

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Ben Cerveny
Ben Cerveny is a director of the Playground Foundation, a European framework for experimental new media design research. Previously, he was founder of the Experience Design Lab at frogdesign, an international product design company. He was also a lead game designer and platform development strategist at Ludicorp.

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Michele Chang
Michele Chang is an interaction design researcher with the People and Practices Group at Intel Research. Her current research interests include infrastructure and identity, mediated urban experience, and social aspects of ubiquitous computing. Chang has a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University.

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Lili Cheng
Lili Cheng is the Director of the Creative Systems team in Microsoft Research. Lili has been at Microsoft since 1995. Lili recently finished working on Windows Vista, where was the Director of User Experience for the Windows Division. Prior to working on Windows, Lili created the Social Computing Research team, where she researched and built projects studying identity, presence, and social networking. Her work on personal memory influenced ideas in Windows Vista, and other projects, such as the Wallop prototype, spun out of Microsoft just over a year ago as an independent startup.

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Eric Costello
Eric Costello is a web developer and writer with a wide range of skills and interests. He helped usher in the era of CSS layouts by offering information and free CSS templates at CSS Layout Techniques, co-authored Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation, and is currently at work building the Flash interface to the upcoming Game Neverending.

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James Crabtree
James Crabtree is the Research Director of the Work Foundation's iSociety research program (www.theisociety.net), which looks at the impact of technology in the UK, with special emphasis on technology in everyday life, at home, in communities, and at work. iSociety is the largest non-government-funded technology project of its kind in the UK. He has written five reports at iSociety, covering topics such as broadband and electronic government. James is also the founder of Voxpolitics (www.voxpolitics.com), a think tank examining e-democracy, and is involved with its recently launched Voxpolitics and MySociety (www.mysociety.org) project to develop online civic applications.

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Dennis Crowley

Dennis Crowley is the Director of Product Development at area/code. He was the founder of dodgeball.com, a New York-based service which aims to coordinate social interactions between mobile users. His work focuses on finding the intersection between location-based services, social software and user-generated content on mobile devices.

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William Davies
iSociety is the foremost research project examining technology in everyday life in the UK. William Davies is an expert on community Internet applications and social network analysis. He recently published a report, "You Don't Know Me, But...", on social software and social capital.

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Jeanne Dietsch
Jeanne Dietsch began her entrepreneurial career at age 29 as president of a market research venture co-owned with Pat McGovern of IDG. After selling that start-up, Dietsch started her second company by publishing the very first e-commerce market survey of all 1,100 companies then listed in Yahoo. Later in 1995, Dietsch co-founded the enterprise that would become ActivMedia Robotics. For the last 8 years, her team has been gradually designing and building the complex systems underlying the autonomous programmable intelligent mobile robotic bases and control systems that are coming to the commercial marketplace for the first time this year.

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Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. Presently, he serves as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

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Rael Dornfest
Rael Dornfest is Founder and CEO of Portland, Oregon-based Values of n. Rael leads the Values of n charge with passion, unearthly creativity, and a repertoire of puns and jokes — some of which are actually good. Prior to founding Values of n, he was O'Reilly's Chief Technical Officer, program chair for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, series editor of the bestselling Hacks book series, and instigator of O'Reilly's Rough Cuts early access program. He built Meerkat, the first web-based feed aggregator, was champion and co-author of the RSS 1.0 specification, and has written and contributed to six O'Reilly books. Rael's programmatic pride and joy is the nimble, open source blogging application Blosxom, the principles of which you'll find in the Values of n philosophy and embodied in Stikkit: Little yellow notes that think.

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Scott Draves
Scott Draves, AKA Spot, is a visualist and programmer residing in San Francisco. His software artworks and graphics are distributed for free on the Internet, and he performs live as a VJ at underground raves and clubs. Spot's art career began in 1993 when he received an award from the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz Austria for "Flame #149." In 1997 he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He has a day job doing R&D for DreamWorks SKG.

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Edd Dumbill
Edd Dumbill is a writer, editor, and free software hacker. He edited O'Reilly's XML.com from 1999 to 2004, is the publisher of XMLhack.com, and chairs the annual XML Europe conference. He packages Bluetooth software for Debian GNU/Linux and is the author of the GNOME Bluetooth subsystem.

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Schuyler Erle
Schuyler Erle is a free software developer and activist. He is responsible for NoCatAuth, an early open source wireless captive portal, and geocoder.us, an open source U.S. address geocoder. Erle wrote O'Reilly's Mapping Hacks with Jo Walsh and Rich Gibson, and Google Map Hacks, also with Rich.

Presently, he works with MetaCarta in Cambridge, MA, USA, developing nitfy geographic projects like OpenLayers, an open source web mapping framework written in pure JavaScript, and Gutenkarte, a service for exploring the geographic dimension of classic works of literature. Erle is proud to be a founding member of the OSGeo Foundation.

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Scott Fisher
Scott S. Fisher is a media artist and interaction designer whose work focuses primarily on interactive environments and technologies of presence. Known for his pioneering work in the field of Virtual Reality at NASA, Fisher's media industry experience also includes Atari, Paramount, and his own companies Telepresence Research and Telepresence Media.

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Elisabeth Freeman
Elisabeth Freeman researches new technologies at the Walt Disney Internet Group, focusing most recently on Digital Rights Management, content standards, new media formats, and video on demand over the Internet. In her free time, she is learning XSLT and Objective-C/Cocoa on her Macintosh iBook.

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Eric Freeman
Eric Freeman is currently Vice President of Technology at Disney Online. He's also the co-author of two bestselling titles (Head First Design Patterns and Head First HTML & CSS) and previously the co-director of the Head First series at O'Reilly Media. Eric holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University and Masters degrees from Yale and Indiana University. Eric lives in Los Angeles.

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Paolo Gaudiano, Ph.D.
Dr. Gaudiano brings to this project a strong combination of relevant scientific and business experience. As a faculty member at Boston University between 1991 and 1998, he specialized in the application of neural networks to the control of mobile robots. He founded the Neurobotics Laboratory, where his group carried out research ranging from adaptive robot control to smart sensors, with successful technology transfers to the military and to industry. In early 1999 he joined Artificial Life, a company that applied biologically inspired techniques to a variety of Internet usage and navigation problems. In late 1999, he founded a company to foster business and technology exchanges between Italy and the U.S. Throughout this period, he maintained an active robotics research program at Boston University. In October 2001, he joined Icosystem Corporation, where he applies his scientific and business skills to problems in complex systems, swarm intelligence, and self-organization. He holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University.

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Rich Gibson
Rich Gibson is a Perl/Database programmer in Santa Rosa. He has worked professionally with computers since 1982 when he created Public Utility Rate Case Models in SuperCalc on an Osborne II. While the technology has changed, his fascination with using finger muscle power to control electrical impulses has not.

His current fascination is creating tools to aid in the acquisition, management, and presentation of information with a geographic component. He is currently converting an old golf cart into a mobile geo annotation platform.

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Rob Gilmore
Rob Gilmore is a veteran of the wireless communications industry. He was a co-founder of Qualcomm, where he worked on cellular (CDMA) and satellite (Globalstar) communications products. He also started Mobilian, a WiFi-focused interoperable radio standards company. He is currently the CTO of Via Telecom, a maker of cell-phone chipsets.

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Elizabeth S. Goodman
Elizabeth Goodman is a design researcher in Intel's User Centered Design group. Her work there grounds the development of new products and future technologies in people-focused inquiry. She has a master's degree from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she focused on location-based game design. Prior to joining Intel, she was a visiting lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute on site-specific art, wireless networks, and urban public places. She now lives in rainy Portland, OR.

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Helen Greiner
Under Helen Greiner's leadership, iRobot Corporation is delivering robots into the industrial, consumer, academic, and military markets. Recently, she has been honored as a Technology Review Magazine "Innovator for the Next Century," invited to the World Economic Forums as a Global Leader of Tomorrow, and has been awarded the prestigious DEMO God Award at the DEMO Conference. Her 15 years of experience in robotic technology includes work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science, both from MIT.

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Adam Gross
Adam Gross is a vice president of developer marketing at salesforce.com, where he focuses on helping businesses and ISVs create new on-demand applications for the company's AppExchange platform and directory.

Before salesforce.com, Gross led product marketing for Grand Central, where he helped create one of the first companies in the Web Services space. He also co-founded Personify, a San Francisco-based CRM software company that focused on analytics and personalization, and served as a technology analyst in Stanford Research Institute's Media Futures Program.

Gross holds a B.S. in new media systems and policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Chris Heathcote
Chris Heathcote works in the Insight & Innovation unit of Nokia, analyzing disruptive technology and trends, and creating new user experiences. He writes about buildings and food at anti-mega.com.

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JC Herz
JC Herz is the project leader of CASCADE, a Defense Department initiative to identify emerging technologies, modify as needed, and shepherd them through the Defense Department's Kafka-esque bureaucracy so that they can be used by operators in the field. Focus areas are social software and computer games. Current clients include Special Forces Command, the Undersecretary of Defense (Intelligence), and DARPA.

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Andrew Huang
Andrew "bunnie" Huang is a nocturnal hacker and the hardware lead; his responsibilities include the architecture, design and production of the chumby's electronics, as well as writing drivers for and maintaining the Linux kernel on the chumby. With a PhD in EE from MIT, he has completed several major projects, ranging from hacking the Xbox (and writing the eponymous book), to designing the world's first fully-integrated photonic-silicon chips running at 10 Gbps with Luxtera, Inc., to building some of the first prototype hardware for silicon nanowire device research with Caltech.

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Tom Igoe
Tom Igoe teaches courses in physical computing and networking devices. His current research focuses on ecologically sustainable practices in technology development. Along with Dan O'Sullivan, he co-authored the book "Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers," which has been adopted by numerous digital art and design programs around the world.

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Joichi Ito
Joichi Ito is the CEO of Neoteny (http://www.neoteny.com.) He is the Chairman of Creative Commons (http://www.creativecommons.org), a non-profit organization which proposes a middle way to rights management, rather than the extremes of the pure public domain or the reservation of all rights. He is on the board of Digital Garage (http://www.garage.co.jp/) and Technorati (http://www.technorati.com/). He is the Chairman of Six Apart Japan (http://www.sixapart.jp/) the weblog software company. He is the board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Mozilla Foundation, The Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and WITNESS (http://www.witness.org/). He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. He has served and continues to serve on numerous Japanese central as well as local government committees and boards, advising the government on IT, privacy and computer security related issues. He is currently researching "The Sharing Economy" as a Doctor of Business Administration candidate at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University in Japan. He is a follow at the USC Annenberg Center for Communications. He maintains a weblog (http://joi.ito.com/) where he regularly shares his thoughts with the online community.

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Mizuko Ito
Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist at the University of Southern California and Keio University, specializing in studies of media technology use. Currently, her work focuses on Japanese technoculture, including children's media mixes and youth mobile phone use. She is co-editing a book on Japanese mobile phone use entitled "Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life." She has conducted research on Internet communities, with children in computer clubs, online gaming sites, and a variety of corporate contexts. Web page: www.itofisher.com/mito

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William H. Janeway
A senior adviser at Warburg Pincus, Bill's experience encompasses over thirty years of practical finance in investment banking and venture capital. On joining Warburg Pincus in 1988, he initiated and managed implementation of the investment strategy for Information Technology that established the firm as a global leader in the domain, including funding from start-up such prominent providers of infrastructure software as BEA Systems and VERITAS Software. Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of BEA Systems, Inc., Fortent, O'Reilly Media Inc., Nuance, Inc., NYFIX, Inc., and Wall Street Systems, Inc.

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Brian Jepson
Brian Jepson is an O'Reilly editor, programmer, and co-author of Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks and Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther. He's also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work. These forums include galleries, performance space, and publications. Brian sees to it that technology, especially free software, supports that mission.

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Matt Jones
Matt Jones is a designer. From 1997 to 1999, he was creative director for the award-winning BBC News Online. After some time as a consultant at Sapient and KPMG, he returned to the BBC to design BBCi's web search and an ambitious social software service, iCan. He is now working in concept development for Nokia. The shape of his head is at http://www.blackbeltjones.com/work.

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Brewster Kahle
Since the mid-1980s, Brewster has focused on developing transformational technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. In 1989 Brewster invented the Internet’s first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system and in 1989, founded WAIS Inc., a pioneering electronic publishing company that was sold to America Online in 1995. In 1996, Brewster founded Internet Archive, the largest publicly accessible, privately funded digital archive in the world. At the same time, he co-founded Alexa Internet in April 1996, which was sold to Amazon.com in 1999. Alexa's services are bundled into more than 80% of Web browsers.

Brewster earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982. As a student, he studied artificial intelligence with Marvin Minsky and W. Daniel Hillis. In 1983, Brewster helped start Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker, serving there as lead engineer for six years. He is profiled in Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite (HardWired, 1996). He was selected as a member of the Upside 100 in 1997, Micro Times 100 in 1996 and 1997, and Computer Week 100 in 1995.

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Robert Kaye
Robert is a diehard MP3 fan dedicated to improving the digital audio experience. After studying Computer Engineering at Cal Poly he joined Xing Technology where he worked on the AudioCatalyst project. At EMusic, Robert worked on FreeAmp and started the MusicBrainz community metadata project, which continues as his main obsession today.

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Michael Kieslinger
Michael Kieslinger is Associate Professor at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy, where he coordinates the efforts of the Tomorrow's Services research unit. His personal research work, Fluidtime, focuses on the development of time-based services for everyday activities. He has an MA in Computer-Related Design from the Royal College of Art, London. As an interaction designer, he worked for KACOR, a Swedish research group, where he developed software and hardware systems for musicians and composers.

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Pertti Korhonen
As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Nokia, Pertti Korhonen comes equipped with a background spent looking at the mobile communications industry from all sides during his time with Nokia.(Pertti Korhonen)

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Tomas Krag
Tomas Krag is a partner at consulting firm wire.less.dk and a team member at the non-profit organization Informal. He is a specialist on low-cost, decentralized Internet infrastructure for the developing world, as well as an open source, Open Tech evangelist. After five years in the private sector, he now relentlessly follows his dream of working with Internet technologies in a developing world context.

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David Kramer
David Kramer is a software engineer and a member of the Advanced Computation Group at Apple Computer, where he works on distributed computing technology. David holds a B.A. in Physics from Reed College.

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Raffi C. Krikorian
Raffi Krikorian makes a career of hacking everything and anything. During his stints as a MIT student he developed a Java-based distributed/mobile software agent infrastructure while also investigating human perception of sound in zero-g with NASA. He finished off by studying and building tiny, embedded, and sub-$5 Internet nodes and by teaching students "How To Make (Almost) Anything".

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Elizabeth Lawley
Elizabeth Lane Lawley teaches web and XML technologies at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and is a co-author of the Many-to-Many social software blog. When not writing code or blog entries, she's working on an NSF-funded grant to address the scarcity of women in IT education.

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Wei Meng Lee
Wei-Meng Lee, Microsoft .NET MVP, is a technologist and co-founder of Active Developer , a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest technologies. He is an established developer and trainer specializing in .NET and wireless technologies. He speaks regularly at international conferences and has authored and co-authored numerous books on .NET, XML, and wireless technologies. He writes extensively for the O'Reilly Network on topics ranging from .NET to Mac OS X. He is also the author of Windows XP Unwired, published by O'Reilly & Associates, and is currently working on Programming the .NET Compact Framework, also from O'Reilly.

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Mike Liebhold
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.

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Wei-Jyh Lin, Ph.D.
Wei-Jyh Lin is the Chief Technology Officer of TBCommerce Network Corp. He has spent the last 13 years in developing data management, e-Marketplace, workflow, and, more recently, business process management products and solutions. He has special interest in J2EE, web technologies, and distributed software architecture, and has applied them successfully in telecommunication, retails, hi-tech manufacturing, and financial industries. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991.

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Christian Lindholm
Christian Lindholm has been called the 'godfather of mobile phone users' by Helsingin Sanomat, Finland's largest daily newspaper. He is the inventor of the Nokia Navi-key user interface, the father of the Series 60 user interface. His passion is to make stuff easy to use. Currently Lindholm is back in the lab working out the details of his teams next vision. He joined Nokia in 1995 as a product manager of user interfaces. He spent seven years in various user interface roles and one year looking at mobile services, before taking a position as a director for a new venture in Nokia in the field of multimedia. He is the writer, together with colleagues from Nokia, of "Mobile Usability," one of the first books dedicated on mobile usability and the mysteries of designing small user interfaces.

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Gilman Louie
The challenge of creating an innovative, new business model aimed at enhancing national security convinced Gilman Louie to join In-Q-Tel as its first president and chief executive officer. In this role, Gilman has focused on refining and evolving In-Q-Tel's innovative model, identifying and exploring exciting new developments in technology, and, perhaps most importantly, helping deliver technologies into the CIA and the Intelligence Community that have the potential to make a strategic impact on the business of intelligence.

Gilman brings nearly two decades of diverse experience in strategic business development and product design to In-Q-Tel. As a pioneer in the interactive entertainment industry, Gilman's successes have included the Falcon, F-16 flight simulator, and Tetris, which he brought over from the Soviet Union. Most recently, Gilman served as Hasbro Interactive's chief creative officer and general manager of the Games.com group.

Prior to joining Hasbro, Gilman served as chief executive at a number of corporations, including Nexa Corporation, Sphere, Inc., Spectrum HoloByte, Inc., and MicroProse, Inc., which was sold to Hasbro in 1998. During the course of his 20-plus years in the technology industry, he has managed mergers and acquisitions, developed a range of financing arrangements leveraging venture capital and the public markets, and negotiated major licensing deals while remaining actively engaged in the design and development of award-winning products and technologies.

Gilman previously served on the board of directors of several corporations and groups, including Wizards of the Coast, Total Entertainment Network, Direct Language, FASA Interactive. He is also on the board of the non-profit venture fund, NewSchools.org. He is a nationally-recognized leader and speaker in the fields of entertainment software, educational software, and translation and media services, and has established himself as an expert on the critical relationship between technology innovation and national security. Gilman completed the Advanced Management Program/International Seniors Management Program at Harvard Business School, and he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.

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Ken MacLeod
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Oliver Masciarotte
Oliver Masciarotte is a curious cat who cannot stop exploring the technology landscape. He is founder of Seneschal, a technical consultancy providing pain relief to quality-conscious rich-media vendors and producers worldwide. In his more lucid moments, he writes a monthly column on the digital aspects of content creation for Primedia and maintains a web resource for pro audio geeks at his company’s web site, www.seneschal.net. Oliver is an active member of the SMPTE and NARAS.

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Wil McCarthy
Wil McCarthy is the author of "Hacking Matter," a pioneering book about the implications of quantum mechanics for materials science and "programmable matter." He has also written seven novels and is a contributing editor for WIRED magazine and the science columnist for the SciFi channel. In his spare time, he's the chief technology officer of Galileo Systems LLC, an aerospace-research corporation.

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John McDowall
John McDowall, Chief Scientist at Grand Central Communications, has over 20 years experience in creating and developing products and site architectures, building and managing development teams, and setting the overall technical vision for the company. Prior to joining Grand Central Communications, he was Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of engineering at mySimon where he was responsible for managing operations, product development and setting the direction for future development. While at mySimon, he managed the growth of mySimon to become the leading comparison-shopping site in terms of usage, performance, reliability, and revenue.

Before joining mySimon, John also served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of software development at 2Bridge Software, an enterprise Internet portal developer, and as Senior Architect at TIBCO, an enterprise integration platform developer, respectively.

John holds an M.S. in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Engineering from University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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Nelson Minar
Nelson Minar is a software engineer at Google who works on the Google Web APIs and on AdWords. Prior to joining Google in 2001, he was the co-founder of Popular Power, a distributed computing company; a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab; and a research programmer at the Santa Fe Institute. Minar has spoken at several previous O'Reilly conferences and keeps a weblog.

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Jim Morris
Jim Morris is a vice president at Macromedia. In this role, Morris leads product development in the Mobile and Devices Group for Macromedia FlashCast, a new service that delivers live information and graphics to mobile phones. Prior to joining Macromedia, he led the product and engineering groups at AlterEgo Networks, launching a mobile data deployment and acceleration service that spanned 10 data centers around the world. AlterEgo Networks was later acquired by Macromedia. Prior to that role, he co-founded the data communications company Brixton Systems, which successfully sold network gateways to most of America’s Fortune 50 companies. He has also led engineering groups at Honeywell and Logica.

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Ralf Muehlen
Ralf Muehlen is a software developer and network builder. He has extensive experience in programming network applications (FreeCache), writing enterprise resource planning software (SAP MiniApps), and building wired and wireless networks (Internet at Burning Man and SFLan). When Ralf is not surfing the Net, he is biking San Francisco's hills.

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Ike Nassi
Dr. Ike Nassi is an industry consultant and entrepreneur specializing in computer and networking technology and products. He is also a Founder and Chairman of Firetide Inc., a wireless mesh networking company based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Before starting his consulting practice, he was with Cisco Systems. Prior to joining Cisco, he was Vice President of Product Development and Operations and Chief Technology Officer at InfoGear Technology Corporation, which was acquired by Cisco on June 5, 2000.

Prior to joining InfoGear, he was a Senior Vice President at Apple Computer, where he led its AppleSoft Division until November 1996. Prior to working at Apple he helped start Encore Computer Corporation, a pioneer in the design and development of shared memory multiprocessors, and prior to that he worked at Visual Technology, Digital Equipment Corporation and SofTech Inc.

He has also been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a visiting scholar in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He has also taught Computer Science at Boston University.

In the past, he has served on several boards. He has been a member of the Federal Networking Council Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, a member of the Council on Competitiveness Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth David, Saratoga, California and was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Computer Museum.

He is currently a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Computer History Museum, and the Board of Advisors of Teja Technologies, Bpath, Inc., the Saratoga Technology Group, and Venture Navigation. He was recently appointed to the Board of Advisors of Alan Kay's non-profit Viewpoints Research Institute.

He has served the Federal government in several capacities. He holds a Certificate for Distinguished Service from the U.S. Department of Defense for his design work on the programming language Ada. He served for six years as a member of Advanced Research Projects Agency's Information Systems and Technology group, which advised ARPA on information science research priorities. He also testified before Congress on the Emerging Telecommunications Act of 1991.

Dr. Nassi holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Donald A. Norman
Don Norman’s goal is to help companies make products that appeal to the emotions as well as to reason. He is cofounder of the Nielsen Norman Group and serves on numerous company advisory boards. He is Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at Northwestern University and former Vice President of Apple Computer’s Advanced Technology Group. Norman is the author of "The Design of Everyday Things," "Things That Make Us Smart" and "The Invisible Computer," His newest book "Emotional Design: Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Things" emphasizes the role of emotions in product design. He lives at www.jnd.org.

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Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly is founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to publishing pioneering books like Ed Krol's The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog (selected by the New York Public Library as one of the most significant books of the twentieth century), O'Reilly has also been a pioneer in the popularization of the Internet. O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator site (GNN, which was sold to America Online in September 1995) was the first Web portal and the first true commercial site on the World Wide Web.

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Jon Peterson
Jon Peterson is Transport Area Director of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and author of a number of RFCs related to real-time communications, especially in the areas of privacy and identity. Jon also chairs the SIMPLE working group of the IETF, and is a former chair of the SIP WG.

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Paolo Pirjanian
Paolo Pirjanian is the Chief Scientist at Evolution Robotics, Inc. and heads the R&D efforts in developing core technologies for consumer and commercial robotics products. His main work is focused around vision-based navigation, control architectures, and human-robot interaction. Paolo is also a part-time lecturer at the Computer Science department of University of Southern California. Prior to joining Evolution Robotics, Paolo initiated several research thrusts on multi-robot system for space exploration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA. This research resulted in a multi-robot control architecture known as CAMPOUT and the Cliffbot, an ensemble of three robots for high-risk access on cliff-walls. He received his Ph.D. degree in robotics from Aalborg University, Denmark where he also served as a research professor.

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John Poisson

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Priya Prakash
Priya Prakash is fascinated with all that's mundane and boring. She is interested in people’s daily lives and personal habits and how they affect the way they interact with technology. Currently an interaction designer at BBC, she has worked on BBC iCan and BBCi Connector, an instant-messaging application that enables people to chat around content. Outside of work, she indulges in her pet interest of studying people's relationships with their wireless gadgets. Prakash holds an M.A. in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art in London.

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Mike Pusateri
Michael Pusateri is the Vice President, Engineering at the Disney ABC Cable Networks Group in Burbank, California. Responsible for Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology, Michael has been with Disney since 1995. Previous to that, he worked at Sony and National TeleConsultants designing television production facilities. In broadcasting, he has lead the facility conversion from analog television to digital television and pioneered the use of video file servers as play to air devices on the flagship Disney Channel network. On the information technology front, he lead the use of weblog software, syndication aggregators, and wikis to rework internal business workflow systems. Michael finds himself surrounded by computer technology even though he spent years learning analog circuit design and electromagnetics as an electrical engineer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Lt. Carmelo Quijano
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Liam Quin
At W3C since 2001, Liam Quin graduated in computer science from Warwick Univerisity in England, and has worked with text and markup since the early 1980s. He released his first free software posting in 1983. He worked at SoftQuad on HoTMetaL and Panorama, and has spoken at XML and SGML conferences.

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Alex Rainert
Since 1998 Alex Rainert has worked as a Programmer, Information Architect and most recently as an Interaction Designer at R/GA. He spends his time at ITP focusing on using technology to change the way people people communities behave socially.

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Fiona Romeo
Fiona Romeo leads identity product development at BBCi. (At BBCi, identity refers to a single, secure membership account and associated persona.) Previously, Romeo produced Freeserve’s women’s and parenting community sites -- www.icircle.com and www.babyworld.co.uk -- and localized Flirtboat (an EU-funded multiuser game) for the UK.

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Sam Ruby
Sam Ruby is a senior technical staff member in the Emerging Technologies group at IBM and is involved in a host of open source initiatives. He is a member of the board of directors and vice president of the Apache Software Foundation and a developer on the Apache Soap project. He is also the chairman of the Jakarta project.

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Joshua Schachter
Joshua Schachter started del.icio.us as a hobby in 2003 and ignited the whole tagging phenomenon. He began to work on it full-time with the founding of del.icio.us inc in March, 2005. Before that, Joshua worked in financial services in NYC for ten years, including most recently with Morgan Stanley. Joshua has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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John Scott
John Scott (employed at RadiantBlue Technologies) is the project leader of DOD’s Open Technology Development Initiative, which lays the groundwork for streamlined adoption of open source methodologies with DOD, which includes both the adoption (including testing) of private sector open source code and the formation of internal communities of interest around DOD systems, including classified systems. He has held senior positions in technology companies, including three start-ups, including management of software development teams and rapid ramp-up of consulting practices. John holds an MS in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. He has been a repeat speaker at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (and served on the conference committee of its predecessor, Peer-to-Peer), and is a featured speaker at this year’s O’Reilly Open Source Conference.

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Itamar Shtull-Trauring
Itamar Shtull-Trauring has been programming since 1994. He has worked on projects ranging from multimedia applications to web sites, distributed servers, and remote object protocols. He has contributed to Python and Zope, and is one of the main developers of Twisted. He is currently seeking employment. Full Resume.

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David L. Sifry
David Sifry is a serial entrepreneur with over 19 years of software development and industry experience. Before founding Technorati, Sifry was cofounder and CTO of Sputnick, a Wi-Fi gateway company, and previously, cofounder of Linuxcare, where he served as CTO and VP of Engineering. Sifry also served as a founding member of the board of Linux International and on the technical advisory board of the National Cybercrime Training Partnership for law enforcement nctp.org.

He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and can often be found speaking on panels and giving lectures on a variety of technology issues, ranging from wireless spectrum policy and Wi-Fi, to Weblogs and open source software.

Sifry’s blog is Sifry's Alerts.

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David Sklar
David Sklar is a software architect at Ning and the author of Learning PHP 5 (O'Reilly), Essential PHP Tools (Apress), and PHP Cookbook (O'Reilly).

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Marc Smith
Marc Smith is a research sociologist leading the Community Technologies Group at Microsoft Research, where he specializes in the social organization of online communities. He is the co-editor of Communities in Cyberspace (Routledge), a collection of essays exploring the ways identity, interaction, and social order develop in online groups. See: http://www.research.microsoft.com/~masmith and http://netscan.research.microsoft.com

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Ewan Spence
Ewan Spence has been using OPL since his first PDA helped him fail University in the early nineties. Now working in the Mobile Computing field, OPL has proved to be the only language that he has ever needed - so he set out to bring it back from the dead languages graveyard and onto his Symbian smartphone.

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Molly Steenson
Molly Steenson is Associate Professor of Connected Communities at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Ivrea, Italy. Since 1994, Molly has created hundreds of sites for such companies as Netscape, MetaDesign, and Reuters, among many others. In 1997, she co-founded Maxi, an award-winning women's website. Her personal site is girlwonder.com.

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Damien Stolarz
Damien Stolarz is an entrepreneur with fifteen years of experience making computers talk to each other. He is the CEO of both Robotarmy Corp., a software/R&D consultancy, and Carbot, Inc. an in-car computer company. He authored "Mastering Internet Video" (Addison-Wesley, 2004). Stolarz holds a B.S. in Computer Science/Engineering from UCLA.

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Shawn Van Every
Shawn is an adjunct professor and media researcher at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) where he specializes in the development of tools that enable participatory media. At ITP he teaches courses that deal with participatory media and computational media (programming). Recently he co-organized the Open Media Developers Summit for the purpose of bringing together individuals working on technology that enables a truly open media.

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David Wall
David Wall is a freelance writer, programmer, and software implementation consultant. Specializing in the Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP (LAMP) environment and in packetized telephony applications, he has worked on projects for a number of customers, primarily in East Asia and the South Pacific. David enjoys sport aviation and travel.

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Dave Warner
Dave Warner is Chief Scientist of MindTel.

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Matt Webb
Matt Webb is a principal of the creative design consultancy Schulze and Webb where his work has included material prototyping for Nokia, Web strategy for the BBC, and exploration into the future uses of RFID. S&W works in near-term product R&D and, as embodied in the USB puppet Availabot, has a special focus on the social life of stuff. Matt speaks on interaction design and technology, is co-author of Mind Hacks, cognitive psychology for a general audience, and builds polite social software and Web toys. He can be found at Interconnected and in London.

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