John Battelle is an entrepreneur, journalist, professor, and author. Currently founder and chairman of Federated Media Publishing, he is also a founder and executive producer of conferences in the media, technology, communications, and entertainment industries and "band manager" with BoingBoing.net. Previously, Battelle was founder, chairman, and CEO of Standard Media International (SMI), publisher of The Industry Standard and TheStandard.com. Prior to founding The Standard, Battelle was a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures. He is the author of The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture" (Portfolio, 2005).
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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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Joe Berry is responsible for building partnerships with customers by assuring their success in the areas of GIS and LBS. Berry brings more than 20 years of telecommunications, enhanced information, and telematics industry experience to Tele Atlas. He began his career at Ameritech in system development,working on safety and security systems such as Enhanced 911 and Security Link. His work in the enhanced information services arena has earned him national awards including an International Engineering Consortium's Info-Vision award and U.S. patents. He was a pioneer in the cellular industry by bringing enhanced information services to wireless carriers and their consumers.
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Julian Bleecker is a professor at USC's Interactive Media Division. He is director of the Mobile and Pervasive Lab, a near-future think tank and research and development lab where he is working on new architectures for disconnected, motility, and proximity-based networks.
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Paul Bragiel is the co-founder and chief executive of Meetroduction, the company behind the location based instant messenger Meetro. In addition to his duties as CEO, he's the owner of Paragon Five, a game development studio specializing in console and mobile content. His interests include projects that involve travel, fashion, entertainment, and technologies that encourage communication and networking. He lectures semi-regularly at gaming conferences and universities, has had television exposure in at least five countries and is the author of a chapter in Game Programming Gems 4.
Outside of work, he has toured Russia by train (starting in Siberia) and the United States by bicycle (riding over 5,000 km). He likes to surround himself with people from various backgrounds especially those with a "jack of all trades" streak in them. Besides that, he aspires to drive a taxi and work at a hot dog stand in New York when retired.
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Colin Bulthaup is currently a founding partner of Squid Labs, LLC, a high-tech innovation foundry located in the SF Bay Area. In 2001 he founded Kovio, Inc. a Silicon Valley company that uses super high-resolution printing techniques to create low-cost integrated circuits. Prior to Kovio, Colin earned his Masters degree from MIT studying various soft-lithographic techniques and was awarded the Collegiate Inventors Award by the US Patent Office. He has also won numerous electrical and mechanical engineering competitions, including the International Design Competition held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Most recently Colin was recognized by Technology Review Magazine as one of the TR100, a collection of the top 100 innovators under the age of 35.
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Chris Couper is an IBM distinguished engineer and leads the overall technical strategy for IBMs Pervasive/Wireless e-business unit. Throughout 22 years with IBM in systems engineering, product development, consulting and services, he has designed and deployed solutions for a wide range of customers in transportation, communications, healthcare, public safety and health, and state government. As an IBM senior certified IT architect, Couper gained extensive experience in wireless and mobile communications systems and solutions.
He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and the IBM Americas Information Technology Architect Board. In addition to his IBM responsibilities, Couper is an assistant chief of the Latrobe Fire Protection District in California and a board member of the Center for Telecom Management, Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Couper earned a bachelors degree and a masters degree in physics from the University of California, Davis and has participated in many technical and executive development programs at IBM. He has previously spoken at the Wireless Internet Institute, WINMEC, WIMAX, CTIA Wireless Entertainment and IT, the Enterprise Architect Summit and the International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
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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 six honorary doctorates from California Polytechnic University-Pomona, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of West Hungary, City University in London, University of Redlands in California, and Ferris State University in Michigan.
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Bart Decrem is founder and CEO of Flock, the social web browsing company. He headed marketing and business affairs for Mozilla through the Firefox 1.0 launch. An open source leader, Decrem coordinated the creation of the GNOME Foundation and has worked at several Linux companies in the U.S. and abroad.
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Speaker biography coming soon.
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Speaker biography coming soon.
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Craig Donato is the founder and CEO of Oodle, a consumer internet company whose mission is to provide online tools that make it easier to buy, sell, and give locally. Found online at www.oodle.com, Oodle is currently available in several markets, including Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, and Dallas, among others.
Prior to Oodle, Donato was CEO of Grand Central Communications, which provides an internet service for business-to-business integration.
Before joining Grand Central, Donato was a senior vice president at Excite@Home where he oversaw the Excite Search and Community business units and managed Network Programming.
Donato holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
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Nathan Eagle is a postdoctoral research associate at the MIT Media Lab, where he recently completed his Ph,D. While at the Lab, he has focused on projects that span a variety of disciplines, from appropriate technology to artificial intelligence. His dissertation on machine perception and learning of complex social systems explored the intersections of social network analysis, machine learning, and signal processing. Part of this work was spun out into SenseSix, a mobile matchmaking startup.
Eagle's industry experience includes engineering work at Boeing and NASA, consulting at several Silicon Valley startups, freelance journalism for Wired magazine, and most recently serving as a guest scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. His entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding SenseSix, OneCard, and participating in Stanford's Technology Ventures Program as a Mayfield Fellow.
Prior to joining the Media Lab, Eagle spent a year in Nepal as a Fulbright Scholar. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT, and graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering.
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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.
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Perry Evans is the founding CEO of Local Matters Inc., a company recently formed through the merging of three leaders in local search. Aptas Inc, the company spearheading the merger, was founded by Evans in late 2001. In 2000, Evans co-founded Jabber, Inc., which he led as chairman until 2003. Prior to this position, he was the president and CEO of Webb Interactive.
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Andrew Fitzhugh Hewlett-Packard Laboratories researcher involved in various aspects of imaging systems since 1988
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Mary Foltz, Director of the Location Solutions Product Line at Nextel, manages a portfolio of products and services that improves productivity for businesses and individuals, and enhances their lives. Nextel handsets and devices equipped with location-based solutions help customers improve operations by locating mobile resources, navigating to a destination with turn-by-turn driving directions, and tracking location and status information, including timesheet, tasks, inventory, detailed activity reports, vehicle status, and more.
As part of Nextel's original wireless internet services team, Foltz built and launched the Industry Solutions and Developer Programs that helped drive the fastest data services adoption in the industry. Nextel boasts the most robust suite of business applications for GPS phones, PDAs, and specialized data devices.
Bringing expertise in the wireless, online, mobile computing, and telecommunications industries, Foltz has ten years experience in business and consumer online services, and eleven years in mobile communications. Her previous responsibilities include product management, marketing, OEM programs, and business development for such companies as BT Tymnet, GE Information Services, RAM Mobile Data (now Cingular), and Bellcore (now SAIC). Foltz is NPDP certified (New Product Development Professional) through the PDMA.
The Location Solutions product team works with third party providers of hardware, software and services, to create, test, launch and market solutions that meet the needs of Nextel's customers.
The company has membership in CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association) and the Wireless Application Protocol Forum (WAP). Developer web site: http://www.developer.nextel.com.
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John Frank founded MetaCarta in 1999 while beginning work on his Ph.D. in physics as a Hertz Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While studying the microclimates of forests, Frank encountered a need for a new way to view collections of documents: geographically. Frank's vision and leadership have carried MetaCarta to its current position as the pioneer of geographic text search. At MetaCarta, he focuses on new technology explorations and partnerships. He speaks to technical audiences and advises on implementation strategies.
Frank holds a B.S.in physics with distinction from Yale University where he led Yale's first solar car team to the top rookie seat of Sunyrace 97. In addition to his role as CTO at MetaCarta, Frank is continuing his graduate studies in condensed matter theory at MIT.
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Michael Frumin is the technical director of R&D at Eyebeam, a non-profit media arts and technology research organization in New York City. He began his career in original and creative technology-based research while working on advanced networking protocols as an undergraduate at Stanford University. After school, he was a founding member of a team of hackers using their quantitative skills to find proprietary, novel real-time sources of qualitative information for hedge fund managers. Eager to develop projects in the public domain and for the arts community, Frumin accepted the prototype research fellowship at Eyebeam where he has been the primary developer of fundrace.org, the reBlog (also an open source software project: reBlog.org), ForwardTrack/TomsPetition, Pizza Party, and other works, some still in development. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, very close to where he grew up.
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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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Richard Greene is Director of Engineering at MOTO Development Group, a product development consulting company in San Francisco. He has over 20 years experience as a developer of software, firmware, and hardware for host-based and embedded systems. He has also worked as an artist, Exploratorium exhibit developer, and inventor of a graphic input device that allows people to paint into a computer using real brushes or their fingers and hands.
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Matt Gross manages MapQuest mobile products, which include some of the fastest growing and most subscribed to consumer applications on any US carrier. Prior to managing mobile products, Matt was responsible for expanding the MapQuest Advantage software line to serve the LBS needs of over 1,400 business customers. Before joining MapQuest in 2002, Matt grew the performance management business of ActiveStrategy, Inc. and directed product development for the first commercially-available XML calendar service at eCal Inc. Outside of work, Matt is active in several Philadelphia-based community development projects providing mental health and immigration services. He holds a B.A. in history from Swarthmore College and spent one year of study in Accra, Ghana.
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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.
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Patrick Hogan managed the NASA Learning Technologies program for the past three years, an incubator of education technologies pushing the envelope for delivery of scientific data. The mission has been to engineer open source solutions that leverage open data standards and result in sustainable technologies that can be extended in both open and proprietary ways. Several successful projects have come out of this program including a virtual scanning electron microscope (see things at 50,000x magnification) that also displays the full spectrographic analysis, software that allows blind people to aurally visualize mathematical equations, and a fully navigable 3D experience of research quality NASA geospatial data.
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Ramesh Jain is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator. He recently co-founded Seraja.
Earlier, Jain founded three companies, managed them in initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management. Most recently, he was the co-founder, CEO, and CTO of PRAJA inc located in San Diego. PRAJA was acquired by Tibco. Prior to PRAJA, he was the founding CEO and chairman of Virage, a San Mateo-based company developing systems for media management solutions and visual information management. He was also the founder and chairman of ImageWare Inc, which provided solutions for surface modeling, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, and inspection. ImageWare was acquired by SDRC.
Currently, Jain is the Donald Bren Professor in Information & Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine. Before this he was a Rhesa "Ray" S. Farmer Distinguished Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jain is a pioneer in multimedia information systems, image databases, machine vision, and intelligent systems. While a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of California, San Diego, he founded and directed artificial intelligence and visual information systems labs. Jain was also the founding editor-in-chief of IEEE MultiMedia magazine and serves on the editorial boards of several magazines in multimedia, information retrieval, and image and vision processing. He has co-authored more than 300 research papers in well-respected journals and conference proceedings. He has co-authored and co-edited several books, including Machine Vision, a textbook used at several universities. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAI, IAPR, and SPIE. He is the Chairman of ACM SIG Multimedia. His current research interests are in experiential computing and its applications.
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Josh Knauer is the Director of Advanced Development at MAYA Design Inc., which is creating the technology to unite the worlds factual data into a single Information Commons that is an always-available public resource. An information activist focused on keeping public data free and easily accessible, Knauer is an expert on how new models of distributed computing can support information sharing among non-profits, community organizations, and government agencies.
For over a decade, Knauer has pioneered ways for the Internet to empower activists and consumers. He founded EnviroLink, the Internets largest and most complete environmental information resource, in 1991. He also founded Greenmarkteplace.com, an e-commerce site for socially and environmentally responsible products, services, and information. In 2002, Knauer sold GreenMarketplace.com to Gaiam.
Knauer and his progressive online work have been featured in Time Magazines Heroes for the Planet special issue. He is a member of the Social Venture Network, and is on the boards of the Institute for Global Communications, Allegheny Sierra Club, EnviroLink, Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh and a former board member of the Fiber Council of the Organic Trade Association. He has a degree in Environmental Ethics and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Click here for more info.Jeremy Kreitler
Jeremy Kreitler joined Yahoo!--the most popular destination for local information*--in 2002 as a product manager for Yahoo! Local & Maps. Bringing nine years of online local product development experience to Yahoo!, Kreitler is responsible for Yahoo!'s product strategy in maps, local community, and mobile access.
Prior to joining Yahoo!, Kreitler held product management positions at MapQuest/AOL, eCollege, BellSouth Intelliventures, BellSouth.net, and Turner Broadcasting where he helped drive product strategy and was responsible for managing the day-to-day business for multiple product lines.
Kreitler holds a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology and psychology from Emory University.
* Nielsen NetRatings, February 2005
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Senior Software Engineer at Benetech, and Chief Technical Officer of Sendero Group LLC, developing software to help humanity.
Click here for more info.Denis Laprise
Denis is a spirited developer and entrepreneur working mostly on web and desktop projects. His experience ranges from aircraft maintenance software to GIS. Strongly interested in algorithmic topics such as operations research and information retrieval, Denis gets to solve interesting challenges at work involving clustering, semantical analysis and bayesian filters (the latter, mostly to compose with the amount of spam he gets). Based in Quebec City, Denis is the Chief Algorithms Officer at Poly9.
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As general manager of the Virtual Earth Business Unit at Microsoft Corp., Stephen Lawler oversees all aspects of worldwide product development, program management, marketing and business development related to the Windows Live Local, Virtual Earth, MapPoint® Web Service, MapPoint CD-ROM, Microsoft® Streets & Trips, and AutoRoute products.
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Paul Levine joined Yahoo! in April 2003 as the general manager of Local for Yahoo!, the most visited local site online. Bringing a strong background in marketing and product management, Levine is leading Yahoo!s efforts in building new location-based features into the Yahoo! network and is responsible for overall management of Yahoo!s current local properties, including Yahoo! Local, Maps, Yellow Pages, City Guides, Real Estate, and Classifieds.
Click here for more info.Steve Lombardi
Speaker biography coming soon.
Click here for more info.Udi Manber
Udi Manber was a professor of Computer Science at the University of Arizona where he co-developed several popular search software packages, including Agrep, Glimpse, and Harvest. He left academia to join Yahoo! as chief scientist in 1998. In 2002, he moved to Amazon.com with the unusual title of chief algorithms officer, where he worked on Amazon's "Search Inside the Book" project, among many other things. In November 2003, he became the CEO of A9.com, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, developing innovative search technologies.
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Mikel Maron is a freelance web developer, specializing in Open Geospatial and Wiki tech. He's been active in the standardization of GeoRSS and in the OpenStreetMap collaborative mapping project, as well as projects like Mapufacture and GeoPress. 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.
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President and CEO of Sendero Group, a company that creates accessible location information and navigation tools for blind and visually impaired individuals.
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Growing up in the heartland of the American automobile outside of Detroit, Michigan, Greg McGuire grew up around cars--even driving an ambulance for a time in high school. The son of an electrical engineer, he also grew up working on computers, learning about building networks just as they exploded in popularity. It was no surprise then that he eventually found himself helping to build a new type of service based upon the merger of vehicles and computer networks: Zipcar, which he joined as a senior engineer in 2001.
Zipcar is short-term "on-demand" car-sharing company for urban dwellers. With a fleet of vehicles placed throughout a city, members have 24/7 self-service access thanks to a web and telephone reservation system, and wireless access built in to each vehicle. Started in 2000, Zipcar now boasts over 35,000 members driving just 500 vehicles in 3 metropolitan areas on the East Coast.
A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, McGuire has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (Computing and Imaging). He has many years of experience building and scaling database-backed web sites, although he still considers himself a relative novice in the field.
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David McIlhagga is the president of DM Solutions Group Inc., a company which in addition to leading, he also founded in 1998. McIlhagga has positioned DM Solutions Group as the leading provider of smart online mapping solutions based on open source spatial technologies. McIlhagga graduated from Carleton University with an Honors Bachelor's degree in Geography, concentrating in Geographic Information Processing.
As the president of DM Solutions Group, McIlhagga's roles include strategic planning for the company, and fostering alliances and key partnerships. He shares his experience and accumulated knowledge within the community through numerous presentations and discussions at industry events and memberships within the Geomatics Industry Association of Canada (GIAC) and the Open GeoSpatial Consortium (OGC).
Prior to founding DM Solutions Group, McIlhagga worked as a senior applications specialist at TYDAC Research, where he focused on web-based GIS technologies. Currently his focus is on providing leadership and innovative custom mapping solutions for DM Solutions Group's growing client base using MapTools open source technologies.
Click here for more info.Michal Migurski
Michal Migurski is the technology lead of Stamen Design, a boutique design and application development firm in San Francisco. With Stamen, Migurski has helped create a body of data visualization and interactive work for clients such as MoveOn, BMW, the University of Southern California, and others. Stamen is actively engaged in visual exploration of web services, and is responsible for experimental projects such as Mappr and In The News. Migurski has been working with maps in interactive web-based applications since 2001. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley's Cognitive Science program.
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Tyler Mitchell is a geographer, open source enthusiast and the author of Web Mapping Illustrated (O'Reilly). His foray into the open source world began while looking for alternatives to proprietary mapping products. He is an avid user of the popular web mapping program, MapServer, and other spatial data management tools. This allows him to provide innovative, powerful and cost-effective solutions for natural resource management.
Mitchell holds a degree in geography from Lakehead University and has applied his data management expertise to the forest industry since 1996. He now works as a GIS manager for Timberline Forest Inventory Consultants in British Columbia, Canada.
Mitchell is a regular speaker and workshop leader at GIS conferences. He will be writing a regular open source GIS column for Directions Magazine and maintains a weblog on the O'Reilly Network.
Click here for more info.David Nevin
David Nevin's worked for multiple high tech start ups in engineering design and spent eight years at Autodesk directing channel and major account sales and marketing teams, and was part of the Autodesk LBS Group before moving to Tele Atlas 2.5 years ago, where he directs the Internet, wireless, and telecom market segments.
Nevin holds a BS in management information systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
Click here for more info.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.
Click here for more info.Ronald J. Ondrejka
Speaker biography coming soon.
Click here for more info.Geoff Palmer
Geoff Palmer is vice president and co-founder of uLocate Communications Inc., the provider of choice for businesses seeking to offer compelling, easy to use location-based services to their clients and customers.
He is a serial entrepreneur with twenty years of experience in operations management, marketing, technology product design, and development in emerging companies, mid-sized businesses, and large corporate environments.
Most recently, Palmer was president of InfoCater, one of the leading tablet computer consultants and resellers. Previously, Palmer co-founded and was the CEO of Nurse.Com, which was sold to Tenet HealthCare in 2002. Palmer was vice president of Marketing at Simplex Time Recorder Company from 1997 to 2000 following the sale of Information Marketing Businesses, a company he co-founded in 1983, to Simplex in 1997. Palmer received a B.S./B.A. from Boston University with a major in Management Information Systems.
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Brad Porter developed Tellme's first XML-based voice platform within a few days of joining as the fifth employee. Today he oversees advanced technology initiatives at the company. His principle responsibility is to advance the state of the art in open-standards-based voice applications reaching over 100,000,000 callers. His experience working with enterprises to migrate their call centers to standards-based Web-architectures using VoiceXML, AJAX, SIP, XML, and SOAP has given him a unique perspective on the advantages and challenges of moving to a pure web architecture.
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Balaji Prasad has 23 years of IT industry experience and represents EDS on the W3C Advisory Committee. He is a published author and frequent speaker at industry conferences on a variety of subjects that include emerging technologies and architectures, sensors, nanotechnology, and knowledge management. Prasad has worked in the telematics and mobile wireless space for the last seven years in a chief technologist role. His education includes a Bachelors degree in Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.
EDS provides a broad portfolio of business and technology solutions to help its clients worldwide improve their business performance. The core portfolio comprises information-technology, applications and business process services, as well as information-technology transformation services. EDS' 2004 revenue was more than $20 billion.
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Marc joined deCarta in 2005. He brings twenty years of technology marketing, with the last nine years in the location technology and Internet search markets. Prior to deCarta, Marc directed the high-growth consumer and enterprise markets for SiRF Technology, a leading provider of GPS-enabled location technology, contributing significantly to SiRF's successful IPO in 2004. Before SiRF, he was Vice President of Business Development for Outride inc. (acquired by Google), responsible for commercializing Outride's advanced search technology with leading Internet search engines.
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Paul Rademacher is the creator of HousingMaps.com, a combination of Craigslist and Google Maps, described by Tim O'Reilly as "the first true Web 2.0 application." Paul holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNC-Chapel Hill, and worked as an R&D Software Engineer for Dreamworks Animation. Since creating HousingMaps, he has recently joined Google.
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Stephen Randall has been a leading mobile computing entrepreneur for over 15 years, championing bleeding edge products from concept through to market and taking companies from start-up to success. Randall is founder and chief executive of Boston based LocaModa Inc., a pioneer of mobile location-based interactive marketing. Prior to LocaModa, he was a founder of Symbian, serving on its Operational Board from 1998 to 2002. His roles included COO, EVP of Design and Technology, and EVP of Advanced Data Services. During that period, he also served as chairman of The Ambient Computing Working Group, advising the European Parliament on roadmaps for pervasive computing. Leading up to the formation of Symbian, Randall was the architect of Psion PLC's licensing strategy where he restructured the company to form Psion Software, which as joint president, he helped build into a global licensing business and, in 1998, he spun-out to form Symbian. He was also a founder of pen-based computing company, Eden Group, which was acquired by Geoworks. Before venturing into mobile computing, Randall had a career in music technology, developing the world's first digital guitar, for which he received a British Design Award from HRH Prince Phillip.
Click here for more info.Shailesh Rao
Speaker biography coming soon.
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Speaker biography coming soon.
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Chris Ridder is an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he practices intellectual property law and complex civil litigation. A 2001 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Ridder has written about FCC jurisdiction, online profiling and Internet privacy policies. In connection with the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at Boalt, he advised the Center for Democracy and Technology on location privacy issues and co-authored comments before the FCC regarding the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association's Petition for a Rulemaking to Establish Fair Location Information Practices.
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As CTO, David is responsible for spearheading the strategic development of Sun's consumer device and mobile systems business, including software development, standards policy, and investments and acquisitions.
Since joining Sun in 1993, David has worked closely with the wireless industry to advance next-generation mobile data services. His many achievements in this arena include the Pixo acquisition and initiatives to help customers such as Vodafone and Nokia define their mobile data services systems architecture. He also represents Sun in industry standard forums (JTWI, OMA, DVB, Java Card Forum and GSM) and has managed advanced client platform technology development.
In addition, David has also been instrumental in advancing Java TV technologies. He spearheaded the worldwide adoption of Java as the standard for interactive digital television. As a result of David's efforts, Java has now been implemented by DVB MHP, Open Cable OCAP, ATSC DCAP, and ARIB. David also holds patents in interactive TV.
Earlier in his career, David was a sound engineer with credits in the music industry, television and film. He holds master's and bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
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Eric Rodenbeck is the founder and creative director of Stamen Design, a boutique design and application development firm in San Francisco, California. Stamen's focus on the combination of interactive data visualization and innovative design has attracted a growing client list to the studio, including BMW, MoveOn.org, ProChoiceAmerica, DesignworksUSA, and the University of Southern California. The studio actively pursues investigative projects alongside client work, resulting in a rich and ambitious cross-fertilization of ideas and technologies. Mappr.com, which places Flickr photos on an interactive map of the United States, is an example of the studio's web-based data visualization work. Stamen recently released Cabspotting.org, a collaboration with the Exploratorium, which builds live interactive maps based on GPS positions of taxicabs in San Francisco.
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David Rumsey is president of Cartography Associates, a digital publishing company based in San Francisco. He is also a director of Luna Imaging, a provider of enterprise software for online image collections. He was a founding member of Yale Research Associates in the Arts, a group of artists working with electronic technologies. He subsequently became associate director of the American Society for Eastern Arts in San Francisco. Later, he entered a 20 year career in real estate development and finance during which he had a long association with the General Atlantic Holding Company of New York and served as president and director of several of its real estate subsidiaries; General Atlantic eventually became the Atlantic Trust, a Bermuda based philanthropic foundation that is one of the world's largest charities. Rumsey retired from real estate in 1995 and founded Cartography Associates, beginning a third career as a digital publisher, online library builder, and software entrepreneur.
Rumsey began building a collection of North and South American historical maps and related cartographic materials in 1980. His collection, with more than 150,000 maps, is one of the largest private map collections in the United States. In 1995, Rumsey began the task of making his collection public by building the online David Rumsey Historical Map Collection. Currently the online collection has over 10,000 high resolution images of maps from his collection. The site is free to the public and is updated monthly. In 2002, Rumsey was given an Honors Award from the Special Libraries Association for making his private map collection available to the public via the Internet. In the same year, the site won a Webby Award for Technical Achievement.
Rumsey received his B.A. and M.F.A. from Yale University where he was a lecturer in art at the Yale Art School for several years. He serves on the boards of the John Carter Brown Library, the American Antiquarian Society, the Long Now Foundation, the Stanford University Library Advisory Board, and is a trustee of Yale Library Associates, and the Samuel H. Kess Foundation. Rumsey has lectured widely regarding his online library work and has contributed to several publications on cartography and the advent of GIS. ESRI Press recently published his new book, Cartographica Extraordinaire.
Click here for more info.Greg Sadetsky
Greg Sadetsky is the co-founder of Poly9 Group Inc., an open source research and development lab located in Quebec City, Canada. In the past year, he has been working on integration projects (i.e., doing mash-ups) for diverse groups such as media outlets, real-estate agents, forest fire fighters, and UFO reporting centerssome of these noted in The Economist and The Dow Jones Venture Capital Analyst. When not wearing a tie, Sadetsky likes to experiment with the most promising applications of emerging technologies.
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Pamela Samuelson is a Chancellor's Professor of Information Management and of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and an advisor to the Samuelson High Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic at Boalt Hall. She teaches courses on intellectual property, cyberlaw, and information policy. Samuelson has written and spoken extensively about the challenges that new information technologies pose for traditional legal regimes, especially for intellectual property law. She is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a contributing editor of Communications of the ACM, a past fellow of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and an honorary professor of the University of Amsterdam. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and of the Open Source Application Foundation, as well as a member of the Advisory Board for the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
A 1971 graduate of the University of Hawaii and a 1976 graduate of Yale Law School, Samuelson practiced law as a litigation associate with the New York law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher before turning to academic pursuits. From 1981 through June 1996 she was a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, from which she visited at Columbia, Cornell, and Emory Law Schools. She has been a member of the Berkeley faculty since 1996.
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Sean Savage is CEO of PlaceSite, Inc. (PlaceSite.com), a location-aware wi-fi service that enhance offline social interaction. He has ten years experience in user research and software design. Sean has a Masters degree from Berkeley's School of Information where he studied business strategy, urban planning and design. His clients have included Scient, France Telecom, Intel Research and Knight Ridder.
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Carl's expertise is in architecting and building mobile applications for the Orange group device portfolio. He has experience with a wide variety of mobile platform including Symbian, Windows Mobile, and J2ME. He is currently involved in designing new location based services for a next generation mobile phone from Orange. In previous roles Carl has implemented and designed enterprise OSS software and a distributed file system product.
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Kevin Slavin is the managing director and co-founder of area/code, the New York-based big games developer. area/code is building Big Games for large consumer brands, technology and entertainment companies, museums, and cultural institutions.
Slavin has worked in corporate communications for technology-based clients for 14 years, including Nokia, IBM, Compaq, Dell, TiVo, Time/Warner Cable, Microsoft, Wild Tangent, and Qwest Wireless. He was the vice president, Digital Markets, at SS+K in New York, which is partially owned by Creative Artists Agency. Previously, he served in similar roles at TBWA\Chiat\Day and DDB.
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Mark Smith, CEO & Senior Vice President of Research and Advisory Services of Ventana Research Mark is responsible for the overall direction of Ventana Research and drives the global Performance Management research agenda covering both business and technology areas. He defined the blueprint for Performance Management as the linking together of people, processes and systems across organizations to drive effective results. Mark is an expert in Business Intelligence and directly manages the specific business areas of Workforce and Operational Performance Management along with the technologies of Business Process Management. As an industry veteran with more than 18 years of experience, Mark worked at companies including SAP, META Group, Oracle and IRI Software before founding Ventana Research.
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David Sonnen founded Integrated Spatial Solutions, Inc. in 1991. The company provides market development and software design to the spatial information management industry. Among its clients are Oracle, Microsoft, Autodesk, MapInfo, ESRI, IBM, and British Ordnance Survey.
Sonnen has been involved in the spatial Industry for more than 30 years and has been IDC's senior consultant for spatial information management since 1991. His Spatial Information Management reports are widely regarded as the industry's most accurate and influential thought leadership and economic information.
His experiences include the design, implementation, and management and marketing of spatial and other large-scale information systems. Before founding ISSI, Sonnen held senior positions in both commercial and government organizations. Sonnen also has extensive experience in design of large distributed database systems.
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Simon St. Laurent is an XML-focused computer book author and editor living in Ithaca, NY. His books include XML: A Primer, XML Elements of Style, and Programming Web Services with XML-RPC. He is a contributing editor to XMLhack.com and an occasional contributor to XML.com.
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Ross Stapleton-Gray is a principal of Stapleton-Gray & Associates, and leads its technology consulting practices.
Dr. Stapleton-Gray has served as an intelligence analyst and planning officer with the Central Intelligence Agency and Intelligence Community Management Staff; as technology manager for the American Petroleum Institute; and as IT Security Officer in the University of California Office of the President. He was a co-founder of Sandstorm Enterprises, Inc., an information security tools provider.
Dr. Stapleton-Gray is an advisor to Cataphora, an electronic legal discovery technology and services company based in Redwood City, California.
Dr. Stapleton-Gray has a Ph.D. in management information systems, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Click here for more info.Bret Taylor
Bret Taylor is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital, where he is in the process of starting a company with his long time friend Jim Norris. Before joining Benchmark, Bret was at Google for four years, where he launched Google Maps, Google Local, the Google Maps API, and founded Google's Developer product group. Bret has a MS and BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
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Nat Torkington lives and works in New Zealand where he consults on open source and startup strategies, writes for O'Reilly Radar, and co-chairs the Open Source Convention (OSCON).
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Phillip Torrone is a New York City based author - he is currently the senior editor for MAKE Magazine and contributing editor to Popular Science. In his spare time he designs open source electronics and uses high powered laser beams.
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Hassan Wahla has over 13 years of experience in the wireless and information technology industries. He currently serves as Senior Director of Business Development at TeleNav, Inc, a leading provider of location based services. His responsibilities include managing partnerships with wireless carriers, content providers and other strategic partners. Prior to joining TeleNav, Mr. Wahla managed the GPS Tracking Product Portfolio at Nextel Communications. He has also held senior management positions at Wireless Multimedia Solutions, MicroStrategy, Inc, and Maritime Power Corporation.
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Young's industry experience includes management, marketing, and engineering roles at Palm Inc, Ford Motor Company, where he managed the development of a joint Ford/Mazda IT strategy (in Hiroshima), and Bell Laboratories, where he coordinated a quarter-billion-dollar joint software development program with NTT (in Tokyo). His entrepreneurial experience includes founding Young Learning and a marketing role at Inktomi. Young holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Cornell, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, Summa Cum Laude. He is fluent in written and spoken Japanese.
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