O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference - March 3-6, 2006 - San Diego, CA
Conference Coverage

ETech Speakers


Tantek Çelik

Tantek Çelik is Chief Technologist at Technorati where he leads the design and development of new standards and technologies. Prior to Technorati, he was a veteran representative to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for Microsoft, where he also helped lead the development of the award-winning Internet Explorer for Macintosh.

As co-founder of the microformats.org community and the Global Multimedia Protocols Group, as well as Steering Committee member of the Web Standards Project and invited expert to the W3C Cascading Style Sheets working group, Tantek is dedicated to advancing open standards and simpler data formats for the Web. He shares his thoughts on his personal weblog.

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Tom Armitage
Tom Armitage is Online Production Editor for the New Statesman magazine. When not doing that, he is a writer and journalist, and spends far too much of his spare time tinkering with web-related technologies. He is, of course, a very keen videogamer.

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Charles Armstrong
Charles Armstrong is an ethnographer turned technology entrepreneur. He studied social and political science at St. John's College Cambridge and was mentored by the eminent sociologist Lord Young of Dartington. Following a year-long study of information sharing on an island of 80 people Charles founded Trampoline Systems (www.trampolinesystems.com) to translate social mechanisms into enterprise software. Trampoline's products harness collective intelligence to pinpoint expertise, leverage relationships and relay knowledge where it's needed. The company's client list includes Raytheon Company, the UK Foreign Office and Channel 4 Television. Trampoline received a UK Government Research Award in 2004 and Oracle’s UK Partner Innovation Award for 2006. The company raised series A finance of $5.8m from the Tudor Group in March 2007.

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Maribeth Back
Maribeth Back is a technology researcher, designer, and inventor. As a senior research scientist at Xerox PARC, she built research probes for new technologies. Her work in ubiquitous computing has included experimental devices for assisted and general reading; multimodal information displays; and collaborative instruments for collection and interpretation of very large data sets. Back completed her doctorate on the semantics of audio design in media at Harvard's Graduate School of Design in May 1996.

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Kris Barton
Kris Barton is the Product Unit Manager of Live.com and gadget development.  Prior to this role, Kris played key roles in several other teams at Microsoft including the MSN Portals team responsible for MSN’s worldwide entry points (msn.com, my.msn.com, MSN Today and Hotmail Login) and the Macintosh Business Unit working on Mac Office.  Prior to Microsoft, Kris was a veteran of the technology industry including web start ups and established firms like, Novell.  .

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Artur Bergman
Artur Bergman spends most of the time achieving the impossible. He has co-founded four companies ranging from Internet based stock exchanges to content management system solutions. In the open source world, he was mostly involved in the Perl 5 development process as well as working on a wide range of topics from open source large scale storage systems to distributed peer2peer version control systems. Today he works managing the engineering team at Six Apart that develops the software run by LiveJournal.com; another impossible feat.

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Scott Berkun
Scott Berkun is an author and consultant. He wrote the bestselling The Art of Project Management for O'Reilly, teaches creative thinking at the University of Washington, and writes on management and design at www.scottberkun.com. His next book, The Myths of Innovation, will be published by O'Reilly in 2007.

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Julian Bleecker
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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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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Carsten Bormann
Carsten Bormann, Honorarprofessor for Internet technology at the Universität Bremen and Visiting Professor at the Design department of the Universität der Künste in Berlin (Institute of Electronic Business), is a protocol designer by heart, a standardization geek by necessity, and an author of the first German-language book on AJAX.

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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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Hans Peter Brøndmo
Hans Peter has spent his career at the intersection of technology innovation and empowering consumers. He is a successful serial entrepreneur who is at it again. Plum, his latest company, has ambitious plans to make the web more read-writable by making it one-click easy for people to collect, share and connect the things that matter to them. Hans Peter’s last venture was Post Communications, a pioneering email marketing company he founded in 1996, acquired by Netcentives in 2000. Before that he co-founded DiVA, an award winning developer of consumer video editing software, acquired by Avid Technology in 1993. In the mid 80's Brøndmo was a co-founder of an expert systems firm funded by Apple. He has also worked at Apple Computer, McKinsey and Company and at CERN (the center for European Nuclear Research).

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Paul Bragiel
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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Tim Bray
Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary project at the University of Waterloo in 1987-1989, co-founded Open Text Corporation (Nasdaq:OTEX), launched one of the first public web search engines in 1995, co-invented XML 1.0 and co-edited "Namespaces in XML", founded Antarctica Systems (antarctica.net), and served as a Tim Berners-Lee appointee on the W3C Technical Architecture Group (http://www.w3.org/2001/tag) in 2002-2004. Currently, he serves as Director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems, publishes a popular weblog tbray.org, and co-chairs the IETF AtomPub Working Group.

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Lee Bryant
Lee Bryant has been playing with words and computers since the age of ten. Since 1996, he has run consultancies specializing in online communities and social software. He is a co-founder of Headshift, and board member of several social enterprises in the UK specializing in public participation.

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L. F. (Felipe) Cabrera, Ph.D.
Felipe Cabrera is the Vice President of Software Development for Amazon Web Services. He draws on more than 20 years of experience in the software industry to help Amazon identify and expose technology and data that enables external software and Web developers to innovate and build businesses on their own.

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Jay Campbell
Jay Campbell is Director of Santa Cruz Tech, a technology incubator that has spawned projects like RSS-to-SMS gateway FeedBeep, distributed workforce division von Kempelen, and data mining experiment/blogging game BlogShares. Jay is also publisher/technologist of online newspapers The Agonist and Bayosphere, and founder/president of Got.net, Santa Cruz County's largest business services ISP.

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Shawn Carnell
Shawn Carnell is a System Architect at AOL, where he designs web technology solutions.  Shawn is coauthor of AOL's ModuleT Microformat and a leader in promoting microformats and web standards for making AOL products open and reusable.  His work includes massively scaled systems and open web services.  Shawn has a MS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.   Before AOL, Shawn worked at Visix on both the Galaxy cross platform toolkit and the Vibe Java IDE.

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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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Mike Chambers
Mike Chambers has spent the last eight years building applications that target the Flash runtime. During that time, he has worked with numerous technologies including Flash, Generator, .NET, Central, Flex, and Ajax. He is currently the Principal Product Manager for developer relations for Adobe AIR. He has written and spoken extensively on Flash and Rich Internet Application development and is coauthor of the Apollo for Adobe Flex Developers Pocket Guide, Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) for JavaScript Developers Pocketguide, Flash Enabled: Flash Design and Development for Devices as well as Generator and Flash Demystified. Mike received his Masters in International Economics and European Studies from the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1998.

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Tom Coates
Tom Coates is a leading social software practitioner and early weblogger interested in the shape of the web to come and how to make neat stuff that thrives in it. He's just started looking after a London splinter cell of Yahoo's Tech Development group after two years of running a small R&D team for the BBC exploring future media navigation, annotation and distribution. He's also worked for many of the UKs most prominent web companies including Time Out and UpMyStreet where he developed the geo-coded community UpMyStreet Conversations. He writes a bunch of stuff at plasticbag.org and looks after an experimental online community at barbelith.com.

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Matt Cottam
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Ross Dargahi
Ross is co-founder of and VP of Engineering at Zimbra. Previously, Ross was Director of Engineering and Director of Product Management with the Messaging Products Group at Openwave Systems. At Openwave, Ross built and led the engineering team that designed and architected large-scale messaging subsystems, and was responsible for unified messaging, multimedia messaging (MMS), and voicemail.

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Brian Dear
Brian Dear is founder and CEO of EVDB, Inc. in San Diego, CA. Prior to EVDB, he was founding director of eBay Design Labs at eBay, Inc. Other engagements include work at Eazel, MP3.com, FlatWorks, RealNetworks, and Coconut Computing. He also runs a personal blog at brianstorms.com.

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Regine Debatty
Régine Debatty is a blogger, a new media art curator and a journalist. She writes on we-make-money-not-art.com as well as on design and art magazines about the way artists, hackers and interaction designers are (mis)using technology today.

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Bart Decrem
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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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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George Dyson
George Dyson is a boat designer, writer, and historian of technology whose interests have ranged from the development and redevelopment of the Aleut kayak (Baidarka, 1986) to the evolution of digital computing and telecommunications (Darwin Among the Machines, 1997) and, most recently, nuclear bomb-propelled space exploration (Project Orion, 2002).

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Salman Farmanfarmaian
Salman Farmanfarmaian is currently a venture partner at SCP Partners, a Philadelphia area venture fund. Previously, he founded eVoke TV, a video discovery web site. He studied computer science at Harvard and received an MBA from the University of Chicago. He blogs at http://salmanff.blogspot.com.

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Peter Ferne
Peter is an eclectic and restless software developer and social entrepreneur with a keen interest in the social aspects of technology.

He agrees with Alfred North Whitehead who said: "Operations of thought are like cavalry charges in battle; they are strictly limited in number, they require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments."

He is currently resting his horses in Bristol.

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Steve Gillmor
Steve Gillmor is a ZDNet contributing editor, a Release 1.0 contributing writer, and host of the weekly web radio program The Gillmor Gang. He is also the president of the non-profit Attention Trust.

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Michael H. Goldhaber
Michael H. Goldhaber is a (recovering?) world-class procrastinator, who has been working on and off on abook on the Attention Economy since the early 90’s. He is a theoretical physicist by training, author of Reinventing Technology, occasional university teacher (“The World Of The Visual In Science And Art,” “The Nature Of The Self,” “The Social Construction of Reality vs. Scientific Realism” ) consultant, writer (recent articles include “The Mentality of homo interneticus” and “Maps and Modern War”, columnist (telepolis), abstract painter, etc.

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Jonas Goldstein
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Seth Goldstein
Seth is the Co-Founder & CEO of SocialMedia.com He is also an angel advisor to a number of Web services companies such as Aggregate Knowledge, Lijit and Downfly. He was the first investor in Web 2.0 pioneer del.icio.us (now part of Yahoo!)

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Michael Gough
Michael Gough is Adobe's Vice President, Experience Design. He is also the leader of Macromedia's Experience Design Team (XD), an internal design practice focusing on the next generation of digitally enabled experiences. A longtime advocate for quality in all digital experiences, Michael has been pushing the digital envelope for years.

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Yoz Grahame
Yoz Grahame is the Developer Advocate for Ning, a role that combines writing, coding, developer relations, and excited squeaking. In the past he's been involved in several renegade e-democracy services in the UK such as FaxYourMP.com and TheyWorkForYou.com, as well as commercial projects related to the works of Douglas Adams.

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Joe Gregorio
Joe Gregorio is a software engineer, member of the AtomPub Workgroup and editor of the Atom Publishing Protocol. He has a deep interest in web technologies, writing "The RESTFul Web" column for the online O'Reilly publication XML.com, writing the first desktop aggregator written in C#, and publishing various Python modules to help in putting together RESTful web services.

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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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Kevin Hakman
Kevin Hakman is the director of product marketing for TIBCO General Interface, the acclaimed AJAX and Rich Internet Application toolkit.  Kevin Hakman pioneered AJAX in the enterprise co-founding General Interface in 2001.  Since that time, and at Fortune 500 and US Government organizations, General Interface (aka “GI”) has been powering Web applications that look, feel and perform like desktop applications, but run in the browser.  General Interface was the first to use its own toolkit to provide full visual tooling for AJAX when it released it’s 2.0 Version in 2003.  TIBCO acquired General Interface in 2004 to extend its vision for service oriented applications to the end user.  Kevin is a contributor to the Web Services Journal and the AJAX Developers Journal. 

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Jeff Han
Jeff Han is a consulting research scientist at NYU's Department of Computer Science. When he's not working on autonomous robot navigation for DARPA, he directs his own research in the fields of real-time computer graphics, real-time computer vision, user interface technologies, and machine learning. He has been treating video as a primary datatype since the days of developing CU-SeeMe, and has had his research published and showcased at such venues as SIGGRAPH, UIST, and Ars Electronica.

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Dick Hardt
A pioneer in the internet sector and open source software community, Dick Hardt has been active in software development for nearly two decades. His most recent venture, Sxip Identity, provides enterprise identity management solutions for on-demand applications that leverage the power of Identity 2.0.

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Eric Hayes
Eric is a software pioneer with 20 years experience in software architecture, design, engineering and technical team leadership. His innovative work in RSS networks, clustered server architecture, user experience, AttentionStreams and scaled analytics is at the foundation of new standards and technologies developed by Attensa.

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Cal Henderson
Cal Henderson has been a web applications developer for far too long and should really start looking for a serious job. Originally from London, he currently works at Yahoo! Inc as the architect and development lead for Flickr. He formed part of the original Flickr team at Ludicorp in Vancouver, Canada. Before Flickr, he was the technical director of Special Web Projects at Emap, a UK media company. Outside of Flickr, he contributes to several open source projects and writes occasional articles about web application development and security.

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David Hornik
David is a General Partner with August Capital. He invests broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on consumer facing software and services, enterprise applications and infrastructure software. Prior to joining August Capital, David was an intellectual property and corporate attorney at Venture Law Group, Cravath Swaine & Moore, and Perkins Coie LLP. David teaches business and law at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and writes about the venture capital industry in VentureBlog (www.ventureblog.com).

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Bradley Horowitz
Bradley Horowitz, vice president of Yahoo!'s product strategy group, leads Yahoo!'s efforts in building innovative products and technologies across the company. Horowitz is driving innovation and leveraging Yahoo!'s platform to deliver compelling Yahoo! products and services to a community of 500 million users. In addition, he is responsible for the company's initiative to open up its platform which includes overseeing the Yahoo! Developer Network (Y!DN). Previously, he managed a portfolio of products for Yahoo! including media search, desktop search and the Yahoo! Toolbar.

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Mark Hurst
Widely credited for popularizing "customer experience" online, Mark Hurst has worked since the birth of the Web to make Internet technology easier to use. In 2002, Hurst was named "one of the 1,000 most creative individuals in the U.S." in Richard Saul Wurman's book 1,000. InfoWorld magazine named Hurst Netrepreneur of the Year in 1999.

Mark Hurst is the founder of the Gel conference (Good Experience Live), Creative Good, thisisbroken.com, unclemark.org, addyourown.com, Good Experience Games, goovite.com, gootodo.com, and for writing the e-mail management report that has been read by over 100,000 Internet users.

Previously, Hurst was director of product development at Yoyodyne, an early internet marketing firm founded by Seth Godin and later Yahoo!. Hurst began his internet career as a graduate researcher at the MIT Media Lab. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from MIT.

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Scott Isaacs
Scott Isaacs is an Architect on Windows Live™responsible for the web-client architecture and frameworks used across MSN and Windows Live properties as well as  Windows Live DHTML Gadgets. Scott is an internet veteran and during the mid to late 90’s authored the original DHTML specification and has been a key part of Microsoft’s  participation in W3C helping to define and drive many Internet standards.

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Michael Jefferson
Michael Jefferson is a designer and producer of interactive and traditional media. He has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts and is pursuing his masters at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). His current area of interest is the exploration of alternate, multisensory interfaces for mobile devices. Michael's Site

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Ian Kallen
Ian Kallen is Lead Systems and Software Architect at Technorati where he is responsible for application innovations. Specializing in application, infrastructure and content management technologies, his background of engineering and leadership positions with a range of technology startups include Covalent Technologies, Salon.com and Gamespot.com (C/Net). Ian is known to blog[1] has presented and conducted tutorials at numerous O'Reilly Open Source, ApacheCon and other technology conferences. blog

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Denise Kalos
Denise Kalos is the Vice President of Corporate Solutions, and a member of the Steering Committee for O’Reilly Media, Inc. Previously, she was the Chief HR Officer and OD Practice Leader for C-Change, Inc., a boutique strategy consultancy to Fortune 1000 financial services and high tech firms on business growth strategies and organizational alignment, and before that was part of the executive team that brought AMB Properties Corporation “public” in 1997.

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TJ Kang
TJ Kang brings over 20 years of diversified experience in executive management, technology development, marketing and sales to ThinkFree. He currently leads the strategic direction of the company, serving as CEO. TJ has worked throughout his professional life to create alternatives to the dominant status quo, providing solutions that reframe how individuals work by offering freedom of choice within the office suite market. As a serial entrepreneur and technology visionary, TJ co-founded ThinkFree in 1999 in order to introduce a unique Web-based productivity suite.

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Niall Kennedy
Niall Kennedy is an independent consultant in San Francisco specializing in syndication, search, and community-driven media. He just organized Widget Summit, his second annual conference on widget syndication technologies, and is eager to share this emerging industry with Web 2.0 Summit attendees. Niall formerly created syndicated widget technologies at blog search site Technorati.com and was syndication product lead in Microsoft's Windows Live Platform group. He has designed and maintained feed services for the past 7 years in shopping search, investment search, and blog search verticals.

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Rohit Khare
Rohit Khare is the Director of CommerceNet Labs, which is investigating decentralized electronic commerce. Dr. Rohit Khare is an award-winning researcher in the fields of Internet protocols and decentralized systems. He founded KnowNow in 2000 and previously worked on Internet standards development at MCI's Internet Architecture Group and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He founded 4K Associates and edited the World Wide Web Journal (W3J) for O'Reilly & Associates. He received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from U.C. Irvine in 2003.

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Richard Kilmer
Richard Kilmer is the founder of Virginia-based software and services company InfoEther, Inc.. His background includes peer-to-peer software, wireless web, workflow, and pen computing. His current projects make production use of Ruby on several DARPA research projects. He is an active member of the Ruby development community working on Alph, FreeRIDE, RubyGems, RubyJDWP, Jabber4R, and hosts RubyForge.org.

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Amy Jo Kim
Amy Jo "AJ" Kim is an internationally known designer of networked games and gaming communities. Her clients include Electronic Arts, eBay, Limelife, Digital Chocolate, MTV, Square/Enix, and Yahoo! She's also the author of Community Building on the Web, a design handbook for networked communities.

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Spencer Kiser
Spencer Kiser is an interactive audio enthusiast, exploring the role that sound can play as a tool in the interactive designer's tool chest. His recent projects include a synesthetic turntable that "plays" colors, an audio calendar for the visually impaired, a web-based oral story map and an audio version of the video game pong played in real space. He has presented his work at O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference and the Emerging Telephony Conference, and has spoken at the Grassroots Media Conference. He is currently Special Projects Technologist at Audio Video & Controls, an AV design consultancy in New York City.

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Mike Kuniavsky
Mike Kuniavsky researches, designs and writes about people's experiences at the intersection of technology and everyday life. Companies and universities around the world use his 2003 book, "Observing the User Experience," to understand and teach techniques that bring the design of products closer to the people who use them. His next book, "Smart Things," expected in 2007 from Elsevier, will discuss user experience design for mobile devices and ubiquitous computing.

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Julie Larson-Green
As manager of the Office User Experience team, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for the redesigned Microsoft® Office “12” user interface. She leads a multidisciplinary team in the development of the overall user model for the Office family of applications.

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Vincent Lauria
Vincent Lauria recently joined the Meetro team to assist with product management of their location aware IM client. Prior to joining Meetro, Vincent was a consultant in IBM's Business Consulting Services, where he had the fortune to help shape how IBM was approaching social networking as an emerging and in some cases, disruptive technology. He spends much of his time following the trend of social software and its cultural impact on society. Outside of work, he has taken on a number of adventures, including live webcamming a tour of the southern United States, backpacking a summer across Europe, and taking the helm of an open cockpit biplane.

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Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz
r0ml is an software architect and systems designer with over thirty years of experience. For two decades, r0ml worked on Wall Street, developing market data, trading, risk management, and quantitative analysis systems. More recently, as chief technical architect at AT&T Wireless, he drove the improvement of their CRM, ERP, commission, and data warehousing systems. Over the last several years, r0ml has become increasingly interested in open source software strategy at large enterprises, and is a frequent speaker on the topic.

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Noam Lovinsky
Noam Lovinsky is the Co-Founder of Skobee--where he is often referred to as the product dude. Prior to Skobee, Noam was a Senior Product Manager at Plumtree Software (acquired by BEA), responsible for Plumtree's Collaboration Server and enterprise document management applications.

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Eric Lunt
Eric is cofounder and CTO of FeedBurner, the market-leading feed management provider. Eric's most recent experience was as Vice President of Development for 724 Solutions, leading architectural responsibilities for their alerts and messaging products, including the launch of their MMS services offering. He co-founded and served as CTO at Spyonit.com (which was acquired by 724 Solutions in 2000), served as lead technical architect at Digital Knowledge Assets (creators of the collaborative personal publishing software "sceneServer"), and helped to lead the application architecture team in Accenture's next generation technology group known as "Project Eagle."

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Kevin Lynch
As senior vice president and chief software architect, Kevin Lynch leads Adobe's Platform Business Unit, which is focused on advancing the company's software platform for the creation and delivery of engaging applications and content to any desktop or device. Lynch is responsible for the company's ubiquitous Portable Document Format (PDF), Adobe Reader, and Macromedia Flash Player, as well as alignment of Adobe's servers and tools with the company's technology platform.

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Kevin Marks
As Principal Engineer at Technorati, Kevin Marks is responsible for the spiders that make sense of the web and track millions of blogs daily. He has been inventing and innovating for over 17 years in emerging technologies where people, media and computers meet. Before joining Technorati in September 2003, Kevin spent 5 years in the Quicktime Engineering team at Apple, building video capture and live streaming into OS X. He was a founder of The Multimedia Corporation in the UK, where he served as Production Manager and Executive Producer, shipping million-selling products and winning International awards. He has a Masters degree in Physics from Cambridge University and is a BBC-qualified Video Engineer. One of the driving forces behind microformats.org and co-Chair of Tag Tuesday, he regularly speaks at Conferences and Symposia on emergent net technologies and their cultural impact.

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Paul J. Martino
Paul is the CEO and CTO of Aggregate Knowledge, providers of a behaviorally based content recommendation web service. His new company leverages user attention and the resulting wisdom of crowds to produce high quality recommendations for a variety of content types. Paul is a serial entrepreneur who was the founding CTO of Tribe.net and founding CEO of Ahpah Software, a Java security company.

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Jane McGonigal
Jane McGonigal is a game designer and games researcher, specializing in massively collaborative play. Recently named by MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 young innovators changing the world through technology, Jane focuses on improving quality of life through reality-based gaming. She is the founder of the experimental design project Avant Game (Cruel 2 B Kind, Ministry of Reshelving), a former lead designer for 42 Entertainment (I Love Bees, Tombstone Hold ‘Em), and the resident game designer with the Institute for the Future. She has a Ph.D. in performance studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Jeffrey McManus
Jeffrey McManus runs Platform Associates, a consultancy that helps platform technology companies bring platform products to consumer and developer audiences. Jeffrey is also the developer of Approver.com, a site that makes it easy to share documents with friends and co-workers online. Previously, Jeffrey led developer relations initiatives at more than a half dozen companies, including eBay and Yahoo!, where he co-founded the Yahoo! Developer Network. He has served as a champion of web services, web syndication, and open source within these businesses. Before that, he worked for nearly a decade as a consultant helping software development teams adopt new technologies. He is the author of six books on software application development.

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John Merrells
John Merrells is responsible for SXIP 2.0 development, standardization and adoption. Prior to joining Sxip, John founded Parthenon Computing Ltd and Embrace Mobile Ltd in Oxford, England. Previously he founded the Berkeley DB XML open source project within Sleepycat Software. Prior to Sleepycat, John was an architect of the Netscape Directory Server, which has subsequently been adopted by Sun, AOL, RedHat, and HP as the foundation for their identity management systems. John holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Hertfordshire University.

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Chris Messina
Chris is a widely respected ambassador of open-source, most notably Firefox and Flock. Chris, as a volunteer for the Spread Firefox campaign, also designed the highly influential 2004 Firefox advert which appeared in the New York Times in 2004. Chris is known for his involvement in helping to create the BarCamp movement and Microformats. Recently he co-founded The Citizen Agency with Tara Hunt.

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Adam Messinger
Adam Messinger most recently served as an architect on the WebLogic server product working on clustering technology and JVM integration at BEA. During his long tenure on the WebLogic team, Adam variously lead development of the Servlet, EJB, and Web Services containers. Prior to WebLogic, Adam was Director of Engineering at Organic, an early web professional services firm, where he lead the development of a number of early web sites. Before that, Adam performed complex systems research at the Santa Fe Institute. Adam is the inventor of more than a dozen granted or pending patents. Adam earned BS degrees in Physics and Computer Science from Willamette University.

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Mark Middleton
Mark is a software entrepreneur who, recognising the declining relevance and undeserved influence of mass media and public institutions on the web, founded Hanzo to provide the means to preserve it ourselves, archiving for the true participants.

He has previously been CTO of a number of tech companies and most recently lead the British Library Web Archiving Programme, including archiving operations in the UK, standards and reference implementations for advanced web archiving systems. He was a member of the programme committee of the International Web Archiving Workshop 2005.

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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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Felix Miller
Felix is co-founder and CEO of Last.fm. Felix has a background in thinking about and building online music platforms. With fellow Last.fm co-founder Martin Stiksel he founded insine.net in 2000 a netlabel for unsigned electronic artists. This led to the inception of Last.fm in 2002 and the firm belief that no one should ever have to listen to the wrong music again and all artists should have the same chance to be heard. In 2003 Last.fm joined forces with Richard Jones and his Audioscrobbler completing the current management team.

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Peter Morville
Peter Morville is widely recognized as a founding father of information architecture. He co-authored the bestselling book Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, and has consulted with such organizations as Harvard, IBM, Microsoft, and Yahoo!.

Morville is president of Semantic Studios, co-founder of the Information Architecture Institute, and a faculty member at the University of Michigan. His work has been featured in many publications including Business Week, The Economist, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal. Morville's new book, Ambient Findability, was published by O'Reilly in 2005.

He blogs at findability.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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Cory Ondrejka
As VP of product development, Cory Ondrejka leads the team developing "Second Life," Linden Lab's award-winning, user-created digital world. His team has created the revolutionary technologies required to enable collaborative, atomistic creation, including distributed physical simulation, 3D streaming, completely customizable avatars, and real-time, in-world editors.

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Ray Ozzie
Ray Ozzie, the creator of IBM's Lotus Notes, is an industry visionary and pioneer in computer-supported cooperative work. As a chief technical officer of Microsoft Corp., Ozzie reports to Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates. In this role, Ozzie has responsibility for influencing corporate communications and collaboration strategy, applications, and platform infrastructure.

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Meredith Patterson
Meredith L. Patterson is a Ph.D. student in computer science at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on the area where data mining and database engines intersect, though she also works with database security, bioinformatics, and formal language theory. She contributes to a variety of open source projects, including libdejector and KML. Her most recent project, developed as part of Google's Summer of Code, is Query by Example, an add-on for PostgreSQL which enables example-driven similarity searches.

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Christopher Payne
Christopher Payne is corporate vice president of MSN Search at Microsoft Corp., focusing on delivering the best search experience for its customers and helping them find the information that is important to them whether it is online or on their PC. His previous role was vice president of MSN.com, where his team consisted of MSN Search, the MSN.com home page, MSN Autos, MSN Entertainment, MSNBC, Slate, and the MSN Channels properties.

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Antony Pegg
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Mark Pilgrim
Mark Pilgrim is an accessibility architect by day. By night, he is a husband and father who lives in North Carolina with his wife, his two sons, and his dog. He is the author of Dive Into Python and Greasemonkey Hacks. He spends his copious free time sunbathing, skydiving, and reading Immanuel Kant's The Critique of Pure Reason in the original Klingon.

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Rufus Pollock
Rufus Pollock is director and co-founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation as well as being a member of Creative Commons UK and a country coordinator for the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure.

When he can find time outside of this he is studying for a Ph.D. in economics at Cambridge University focusing on innovation and intellectual property policy.

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Derek Powazek
Named one of the top 40 "Industry Influencers" this year by Folio Magazine, Derek Powazek is the founder of JPG, a magazine that is made by its community. Derek has worked the web since 1995 at pioneering sites like HotWired, Blogger, and Technorati. He's the author of "Design for Community: The Art of Connecting Real People in Virtual Places" (New Riders, 2001) and now works as a social media entrepreneur and consultant. You can find Derek online at powazek.com.

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CJ Rayhill
CJ Rayhill is the Chief Information Officer for O'Reilly Media and currently manages their new "Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC)" division (http://conferences.oreillynet.com/TOC). CJ spent the majority of her career doing software development and technology management in the financial services and healthcare industries prior to joining O'Reilly in 2000. She has worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Citibank, Travelers Insurance Company, Zenith Insurance and U.S. Healthworks. She is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, having attended Annapolis with the first-ever class of women in 1980 and served as a geophysics officer in the Navy. She also holds an MBA degree from the University of South Florida.

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Wade W. Ren
Wade W. Ren, Ph.D., is the chairman and founder of Diigo, Inc., and a managing partner at Adaptive Capital Management, LLC. He has also been active as an angel investor in a number of high-tech startups in US and China, indulging in his passion of uncovering great investment opportunities and his interests in fostering innovative projects that create value and have positive societal impacts. In his previous life, he was on the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley.

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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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Alex Russell
Alex Russell is project lead for the Dojo Toolkit and director of R&D for SitePen, a consulting firm specializing in responsive web applications and the open source tools that enable them. He also serves as president of the Dojo Foundation, an organization that supports development of several high-quality open source JavaScript projects and distributes them under liberal terms.

Before joining SitePen, Russell was a senior engineer at JotSpot and Informatica where he helped both companies build highly interactive web interfaces. His earlier open source involvement included stints as editor of the OWASP Guide to Building Secure Web Applications and primary author of the netWindows DHTML toolkit.

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Sean Savage
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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Frederick Savoye
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Jason Schultz
Jason Schultz is a staff attorney specializing in intellectual property and reverse engineering. He currently leads EFF's Patent Busting Project. Prior to joining EFF, Schultz worked at the law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C., where he spent most of his time invalidating software patents and defending open source developers in law suits. He maintains a personal blog at lawgeek.net.

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Bill Scott
Bill Scott is the Yahoo! Ajax Evangelist (part of the Yahoo! Ajax Evangelism Team) and a Design Manager for Yahoo!'s Design Pattern Library (part of User Experience). Bill works closely with teams throughout Yahoo! to spread the goodness of "rich and sane" design for Ajax solutions.

Before joining Yahoo! Bill co-founded Rico (openrico.org), an opensource Ajax framework while also founding a User Experience Team, architecting a JSP/Struts Web framework and a Java Swing framework for Sabre.

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Clay Shirky
Clay Shirky teaches at NYU's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program. He writes and consults on the social and economic effects of the Internet, concentrating particularly on the decentralization of applications (peer-to-peer architectures and programmatic interfaces) and on the current explosion in social software.

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Kathy Sierra
Kathy Sierra is the author of Creating Passionate Users, and has been interested in the brain and artificial intelligence since her days as a game developer (Virgin, Amblin', MGM). She is the co-creator of the bestselling brain-friendly Head First series (winner of the Jolt Software Development award in 2004).

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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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Rod Smith
od Smith is an IBM fellow and vice president of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, where he leads a group of highly technical innovators that are often considered mavericks within IBM. In his many years in the industry Rod has moved IBM, and the industry, to a rapid adoption of technologies such as Web services, XML, Linux, J2EE, and various wireless standards. As an IBM Fellow Rod is helping lead IBM's strategic planning around Web 2.0 technologies and practices, with a focus on how these technologies can bring real business value to IBM's customers.

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Tom Snyder
Tom Snyder is President and Founder of iNetOffice, Inc., makers of iNetWord. Tom spent the first ten years of his career at Microsoft as a Software Design Engineer. There he worked on Internet Explorer, Publisher, Windows NT, Windows Help, and way back in 1987 designed and wrote the global register allocator for their C 6.0 compiler. That compiler targeted the 286 (egad!) which quickly imbued Tom with an appreciation for code efficiency. Tom holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

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Joel Spolsky
Joel Spolsky, of Joel on Software blog fame, founded Fog Creek Software, a New York City-based software company that develops software tools for programmers. They make FogBugz, a Jolt-Award winning project tracking application, and Fog Creek Copilot, the easiest way to provide remote assistance over the internet.

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Paul Steckler
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Ray Stephenson
Ray Stephenson is a Senior Director of Technical Development at SMS.ac, the largest community of mobile phone users in the world.  Ray leads a team dedicated to creating a groundswell of development activity for applications that reach out to users wherever they are - on their mobile phone and on the web.  Prior to SMS.ac, Ray led developer evangelism efforts at Microsoft for Visual C++, Smart Clients, and Microsoft Office.  From a social network perspective, Ray is only 2 degrees of separation away from every other speaker here - do we all work at the same global company?

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Bruce Sterling
Bruce Sterling is the author of several science fiction novels including Involution Ocean, The Artificial Kid, Schismatrix, Islands in the Net, and Heavy Weather. He edited the collection Mirrorshades, the definitive document of the cyberpunk movement, and co-authored the novel The Difference Engine with William Gibson. He also writes a critical column for Science Fiction Eye and a popular-science column for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

His non-fiction book, The Hacker Crackdown, describes the law enforcement and computer-crime activities that led to the start of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 1990.

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Linda Stone
Linda Stone is passionate about the role technology can play in enhancing our lives. In 1986 she was persuaded to join Apple Computer to help "change the world." In her 7 years at Apple she had the opportunity to do pioneering work in multimedia hardware, software, and publishing, and to work on special projects with Chairman and CEO, John Sculley.

In 1993, Stone joined Microsoft Research under Nathan Myhrvold. She co-founded and directed the Virtual Worlds Group/Social Computing Group, and with her team, researched online social life and virtual communities. In 2000, CEO Steve Ballmer tapped Stone to take on a VP role, reporting to him. She initiated and worked with acquisitions, the World Economic Forum, and started the Microsoft Visiting Speaker Series. Stone retired from Microsoft in 2002, to work on a variety of writing and creative projects. "Continuous partial attention" is a phrase she coined in 1998.

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David Temkin
David Temkin is the chief technology officer of Laszlo Systems. In this role, he has positioned the company to become the next technology standard for rich internet applications. Under his direction, Laszlo developed its patent-pending open-source product suite and extended operations to both coasts of the United States. Before founding Laszlo, Temkin was senior director of Engineering at Excite@Home where he led a team of 55 engineers, designers, and technical writers responsible for developing the company's consumer software. Prior to Excite@Home, Temkin was an engineering manager in the Newton division at Apple Computer and developed enterprise software at EDS. He graduated from Brown University with a double major in computer science and history, and is named on four software patents.

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Tenni Theurer
Tenni Theurer works at Yahoo! as a Technical Evangelist for performance, where she aligns business and engineering teams to build products better, faster, and more efficient. She has recently published a series of performance blogs on Yahoo's User Interface Blog. Prior to Yahoo!, Tenni worked in IBM’s Pervasive Computing group involved in developing high performance enterprise mobile solutions. She worked directly with customers on large-scale deployments and was involved in marketing and competitive research, as well as performance and development. Tenni holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego

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Adam Trachtenberg
Adam Trachtenberg is the senior manager of Platform Evangelism at eBay, where he preaches the gospel of the eBay platform to developers and businessmen around the globe. Before eBay, Trachtenberg co-founded and served as vice president for development at two companies, Student.Com and TVGrid.Com. At both firms, he led the front- and middle-end web site design and development. Trachtenberg began using PHP in 1997, and is the author of Upgrading to PHP 5 and coauthor of PHP Cookbook, both published by O'Reilly Media. He lives in San Francisco, California, and has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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You Mon Tsang
You Mon Tsang is a 14-year veteran in the software industry. He is the CEO and Founder of Boxxet and Chairman and Founder of Biz360.

His latest startup, Boxxet, is his fourth and the third that he started. Prior to Boxxet, You Mon founded Biz360, a market intelligence and analytics that was first in automated the compilation and analysis of media content for large Fortune 500 companies (including Our clients include AstraZeneca, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, PacifiCare Health Systems, Sun Microsystems, Verizon Services Group and Xerox). You Mon raised $20M in venture funding as Biz360's CEO.

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Liz Turner
Liz Turner is an information designer and illustrator specializing in graphical interfaces for web-based applications. Her clients include W3C's SWAD-Europe project, and her illustrations and info-graphics have appeared in Mute magazine. Her lifelong fascination with art and technology culminated with the completion in 2005 of an MA in European Media at the Utrecht School of the Arts.

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Jon Udell
Jon Udell is an author, information architect, software developer, and groupware evangelist. He has been an independent consultant, was BYTE magazine's editor-at-large, executive editor, and web maven, and once upon a time was a developer at Lotus. In June 2002 he joined InfoWorld as lead analyst, author of the weekly Strategic Developer column, and blogger-in-chief. He also writes a monthly column for the O'Reilly Network.

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Jo Walsh
Jo Walsh is an author and software developer from London, currently based in Cambridge Massachusetts. Her interests lie in the intersection of the semantic web, spatial modelling, community wireless, public transport, and bots. She is a co-author of O'Reilly's "Mapping Hacks" and is currently a board member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.

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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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Betsy Weber
Betsy Weber is Chief Evangelist at Okemos-based TechSmith Corporation. With nearly a decade of experience in corporate training and product management, she has worked on both the development and customer service side of delivering business applications. In her current role, Betsy heads up the company’s highly acclaimed evangelism program where she collaborates with customers, industry experts, and technologists all over the world.

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Chris White
Chris White wants to sell you a car—in about 10 years. As communications director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, she educates thousands of people about a transportation future. Once an IBM spokesperson for new technology, Chris’ passion for “what’s next” is contagious. She sees a bright future for vehicles that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our dependency on oil—and have plenty of power for all the latest electronics.

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Simon Willison
Simon Willison is co-creator of the Django web framework for Python. He has worked for the BBC and Yahoo!, and is now an independent consultant.

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Steve Yen
Steve Yen is a serial entrepreneur and tech jockey whose career includes co-founding Escalate Software (enterprise software for huge retailers) and co-founding KIVA Software (one of the first web app servers). His recent hobby of hacking browser-side code has led to his latest venture, a new open source "weboffice" service at TrimPath (trimpath.com).

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Mimi Yin
Mimi Yin is the interaction designer on the Chandler project, an inter-personal information manager being developed by the Open Source Applications Foundation OSAF.

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