Where 2.0 Speakers


Michael Bauer
Michael Bauer has been an internet professional since 1993 starting as a consultant for O'Reilly & Associates on the Global Network Navigator. His first company built the first version of Mapquest, deployed some of the first e-commerce sites (BlackBox and Fisher Scientific), created a knowledge-based content management system called Manage!IT, and deployed an early domain name internet directory on Internet.ORG.

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Dylan E. Beaudette
Dylan Beaudette is a graduate student working on a degree in soils and biogechemistry at UC Davis. He received a bachelor's of science degree from UC Davis in environmental resource science, with an emphasis on remote sensing and GIS. He is currently working on the development of new tools for conducting Soil Survey operations in rugged terrain, through the use of soil-environmental modeling. Beaudette enjoys using open source software in all of the data management, analysis, and presentation tasks associated with his research.

When not in the lab, Beaudette enjoys hiking and HobieCat sailing in the Sierra Nevada during the summer, and snow boarding in the winter.

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini is the co-founder and CEO of Ning (www.ning.com). Prior to Ning, she was co-founder and president of Harmonic Communications which was acquired by Dentsu. She has also held positions at CKS Group and Goldman Sachs & Co. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A from Stanford Business School.

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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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Robert Bray
Robert Bray has been a developer of web mapping technologies since 1997 primarily working for Autodesk, Inc. on the MapGuide product. Robert has been developing software professionally since 1991 and is familiar with many web mapping and geo-spatial technologies both open and closed source. Robert is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation and leads the MapGuide Open Source project.

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Will Carter
Will Carter makes things for the Web and for mobile devices, and specifically likes to make things that enable people to make stuff of their own (he perpetuates things). He has one degree from Brown University, and a masters degree in Interactive Media from the cinema school at USC. Carter has made robot-folk albums that you listen to by walking around; zombie fleeing games that require real physical fleeing; and social, location-specific mobile tagging and retrieval systems.

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Ismael Chivite
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Arnulf Benno Christl
Christl started as a Unix administrator focusing on GIS in the early '90s and worked for several years as a freelance developer, consultant, and trainer. In 1998 he founded the business CCGIS http://www.ccgis.de and specialized in providing spatial technology.

In 2002 he started to adopt open source business models and switched development to Free Software, the most prominent result being Mapbender. In 2003 he co-founded the Geo-Consortium to provide commercial services for open source solutions.

In February 2006 he joined The Open Source Geospatial Foundation.

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Steve Coast
Steve Coast is a freelance hacker based in London who studied physics and worked for several departments in University College London. Coast has worked in a variety of computer firms including Wolfram Research, X-Refer, and Computer Exchange. He's been published in books including Digital Information Graphics and Google Maps Hacks and currently is focused on OpenStreetMap, an editable wiki map.

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Shawn Conahan
Shawn Conahan is chairman and CEO of Intercasting Corp., a Location-aware Media Networking Operator (LMNO.) Their award-winning first product, Rabble, is a blogging and social networking application that enables consumers to create and share their own media from their mobile handsets.

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Donald Cooke
Donald Cooke was a member of the Census Bureau team that developed the Dual Independent Map Encoding (DIME) system in 1967. In 1968 he co-founded Urban Data Processing, Inc, now Harte-Hanks Data Technologies. In 1980, Mr.Cooke founded Geographic Data Technology, Inc, bought by Tele Atlas in 2004. Tele Atlas North America now employs 550 people as a supplier of premium street and boundary databases for navigation, Business Geographics and LBS applications.

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Samuel T. Cossette
Samuel has been professionally involved for some years in telephony, applicative contextualization and mobile backend infrastructure projects. He is generally turned on by any application that can be used from the command-line. Samuel is Poly9's Chief Telecommunications Officer.

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Claus Dahl
Claus Dahl is a software developer residing in Copenhagen. He's currently working on mobile software for Imity which he co-founded. When not writing software, Dahl buys too many books and reads some of them too.

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

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

Dangermond holds 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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Oliver Downs
Dr. Oliver Downs is principal scientist at Inrix. He brings ten years of experience in advanced Bayesian predictive modeling, machine learning algorithm design, and is a pioneer in the field of quantum-inspired optimization algorithms.

A graduate of Princeton University, and the University of Cambridge, UK, Downs specializes in applying abstract analytical ideas from mathematical, physical, and statistical science to problems in the real world.

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Allan Doyle
Allan Doyle is the Project Coordinator and Chief Technologist for the MIT Museum Without Walls project. A 1980 graduate of MIT, he's been involved in the locative space since 1992 and along the way was responsible for developing BBN's OpenMap open source project, leading development of OGC's Web Map Server specification (and others) for which he received the OGC's Kenneth D. Gardels Award, and most recently is part of the GeoRSS spec team.

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Walt Doyle
Walt's passion for emerging technology has kept him on the leading edge of consumer media and technology for over 14 years. His career began in Hong Kong with Dow Jones (DJ), then spanned executive level appointments with GameSpot (CNET), Net2Phone (IDT), DialPad (YHOO) and MapQuest (TWX). His love for disruptive technologies and services brought him to uLocate and his native home of Boston in 2005. Walt and his family are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy fishing, biking, hockey, and travel.

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Di-Ann Eisnor
Di-Ann Eisnor is the co-founder and CEO of Platial. Her maps include Particle Accelerators, 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, Emiko's map, NY Street Food, Autobiogeography, Life In Amsterdam, Important Protests, and Portland's Zen Fix.

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

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

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Kim Fennell
Kim Fennell joined deCarta (formarly Telecontar) as President and CEO in 2004, bringing 25 years of high-tech experience. Prior to deCarta, he was President and CEO of Pinnacle Systems where he led the company through record growth to $330M in revenue and expanded its market reach through several strategic acquisitions.

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Brady Forrest
Brady Forrest is Chair for O'Reilly's Where 2.0 and Emerging Technology conferences. Additionally, he co-Chairs Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Berlin and NYC. Brady writes for O'Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.

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John R. Frank
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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Lauren Gelman
Lauren Gelman is the associate director of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society (CIS), where she writes and speaks about the interaction of new technologies and the law, represents clients in internet litigation and advocacy matters, consults with businesses on new technologies, and supervises students in the Cyberlaw Clinic. She also teaches Law, Technology and Privacy at the Law School and is an Adjunct Lecturer in Stanford's School of Engineering. Her current research focuses on the legal implications of technologies that increase citizens' opportunity to participate online.

Prior to joining CIS in 2002, Gelman was corporate counsel for RealNames Corporation. She also spent six years in Washington, DC as the public policy director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and as the associate director of Public Policy for ACM, the largest association of computer scientists in the world.

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Justin Gregg
Currently an engineer at Apple Computer; 2004-2005 Research Engineer at Colorado State University and Intel. 2004 Patent engineer at Assa Abloy. MSEE from Colorado State University. BS Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines.

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James Greiner
Jim Greiner is the leading force behind MapQuest's vision of being the best resource to help people find places anytime, anywhere. With MapQuest since 1999, and prior to becoming Vice President and General Manager in 2005, Jim led MapQuest’s marketing/brand strategy and activities. Previous leadership roles at MapQuest include product management, business development, and advertising sales.

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John Hanke
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
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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Kara Jordan (Red Linden)
Kara is an avid gamer who spent a year exploring Second Life and running a successful clothing business in-world before joining the marketing team at Linden Lab in April. Her favorite in-world past times are exploring amazing user-created places in search of the latest prim shoe designs and working on her Museum of Prim Shoe History.

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Jason Kaufman
Jason Kaufman is the founder and CEO of GumSpots™ and Ta-Da Inc.™. Jason has been creating interactive media for clients such as Harper Collins Publishers and the Shel Silverstein Estate for almost a decade. Jason will have a Masters from NYU's ITP in May 06 and his recent focus has been on developing a series of mobile & wearable technologies. GumSpots™ is his thesis project and it features a Flash Lite based Mobile Map & Messenger (MMM) which allows seamless deployment of location and non-location based services.

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Stefan Kellner
Born and raised near Stuttgart, Germany, Stefan Kellner started to play with the Internet in 1993 while in law school at Heidelberg University.

In 2004 he co-founded plazes.com together with Felix Petersen. Plazes is a bottom-up approach to spatial interaction and a location-oriented service platform, sometimes also dubbed "Mobile Social Software." Plazes was featured several times in publications like Wired, Red Herring, and others, as well as editor's pick at BusinessWeek for "Best of the New Web."

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Gary Lang
Gary Lang first joined Autodesk as a programmer in 1989. After serving in a variety of roles including director of internet technology, he left in 1996 to co-found a management consulting firm that focused on strategic consulting, product development, and business development.

In 2003, Lang rejoined Autodesk in his current role in which he leads the engineering, quality assurance, technical publications, and product design teams for the Infrastructure Solutions Division.

Most recently, Lang became a driving force behind Autodesk’s first open source product offering, MapGuide Open Source, and he is a founder and board member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.

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Ron Langhelm
Ron Langhelm has worked for FEMA for over 10 years and has led the Geospatial support efforts on many disaster events including the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake in Washington State;the 2001 World Trade Center (WTC) Collapse in New York City, New York; the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah; the 2003 STS-107 Space Shuttle recovery operation in Texas; and the 2005 Hurricane Katrina operations in Louisiana. Langhelm is based in FEMA Region 10 in Washington State and is rostered on one of two FEMA National Emergency Response Teams.

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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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Stephen Lawler
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
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.

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Mike Liebhold
Mike Liebhold is currently a senior researcher for the Institute for the Future, IFTF, initially focusing on the implications and technologies of a geospatial web as a platform for pervasive and contextual computing. Most recently, Liebhold has been investigating the long-term futures of high-performance computing and broadband networks. Previously, Liebhold was a visiting researcher at Intel Labs, working on a pattern language for ubiquitious computing based on semantic web frameworks.

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Bill Long huynh
(Bill) Long Huynh is a Computer Science graduate student at San Francisco State University, and is responsible for creating the website for the NetBEAMS project. He is also working on the Sensor Management Framework which is being used in the NetBEAMS website.

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Mark Lucas
Mark Lucas has pioneered efforts in open source software development in remote sensing, image processing, and geographical information systems. Lucas established remotesensing.org and has led several government-funded studies and development efforts since 1996. These efforts include the Open Source Software Image Map (OSSIM) projects for the NRO, the Open Source Prototype Research, and Open Source extraordinary Program projects for NGA.

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Dale MacDonald
Dale MacDonald is a co-founder of Onomy Labs. At Xerox PARC he made CMOS processes, co-designed equipment for processing large-area electronics, studied the work practices of electronics designers, and built systems for large public interactive displays. His interest is in making engaging, full-body and collaborative interactions with geospatial data. MacDonald's ongoing research led him to the development of the Geo Explorer table; a unique interface to study a variety of geodata. By engaging people in a wholly interactive manner, the geo explorer table engages users in an immersive experience.

MacDonald completed an MFA in art practice at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Mikel Maron
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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Brian McClendon
Brian McClendon is an Engineering Director at Google overseeing Geo products including Google Earth, Google Maps, Sketchup, and Streetview. He joined Google in 2004 after the acquisition of Keyhole Corporation where he was the VP of Engineering and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Keyhole, he was a founder at Intrinsic Graphics, an Engineering Director at @Home Network, and spent eight years at Silicon Graphics developing high-end workstation 3D graphics subsystems like GT, GTX, RealityEngine, and InfiniteReality.

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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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Stephen Morris
Steve Morris is a well-known authority in the design and operation of small UAVs. He is the president MLB Co. of Mountain View, California. MLB produces miniature unmanned aircraft for commercial and government use. Dr. Morris has developed surveillance aircraft ranging in size from 6 inches to 6 feet, many of which operate autonomously. He has been the lead engineer for the design, development, and testing of airframe, flight control, and flight software for more than 20 UAV prototype aircraft and has over 1000 hours logged as a UAV operator.

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Steve Morris
Steve Morris is head of Digital Library Initiatives at NCSU Libraries and has worked for the past dozen years in the area of facilitating access to geospatial data. He is principal investigator in a partnership with the Library of Congress focusing on preservation of digital geospatial data.

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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.

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Ben Nolan
Nolan is the director of Projectx Technology, a New Zealand startup building a community mapping site called Zopto.com. He is the author of the Behaviour JavaScript library, Biscuit php framework, and bubbletwo.com. Prior to forming Projectx Technology in 2005, Nolan worked for various startups in Australia, New Zealand, and Vancouver, BC.

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Nikolaj Nyholm
Nikolaj Nyholm is co-founder and CEO of mobile social software startup Imity. He is a serial entrepreneur with two successful and one miserable startup on his conscience.

Nyholm is also O'Reilly's European Conference Program Chair, co-chairing conferences EuroOSCON and CustomerMade. He furthermore co-produces the annual Danish technology/culture conference reboot.dk. Born in New Delhi, Nyholm today lives in Copenhagen.

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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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Brent Owens
Brent Owens is one of the lead GeoServer developers for The Open Planning Project (TOPP) in New York. Owens has been an open source developer for the past four years, working on projects for Canadian provincial and federal government offices, and projects that have developers around the world including GeoServer, GeoTools, and Community MapBuilder. His exposure to writing applications for datasets large, gigantic, and small has left him with a thirst for overcoming the challenges of GIS, that “we have so much data, it tends to break things."

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Jerry Paffendorf
Jerry Paffendorf is futurist in residence with the Electric Sheep Company, the first company providing professional services for the emerging 3D Web AKA the metaverse. He also serves as research director of the Acceleration Studies Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving our understanding of accelerating technological change, its drivers, and implications.

A curator of ideas about change and the future, Paffendorf helps put together the Accelerating Change, State of Play, Second Life Community Convention, and Metaverse Roadmap Summit conferences.

Paffendorf holds a BFA from Montclair State University in New Jersey, and an MS in studies of the future from the University of Houston. He lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Felix Petersen
Felix Petersen, born and raised in Berlin, has been busy with remote data transmissions since the late eighties and has been building things on the Internet since 1997. Petersen is co-founder and member of the board of plazes.com, a bottom-up approach to spatial interaction and location oriented service platform, sometimes also dubbed "Mobile Social Software."

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Josh Petersen
Josh Petersen is CEO and co-founder of The Robot Co-op, makers of the popular and award-winning social web sites 43things.com and 43places.com. From 1996-2001 he worked at Amazon.com as co-founder and director of Amazon.com's personalization and recommendations team, and from 2002-2004 he worked at Microsoft on personalized news and local search projects.

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Jack Proehl
Jack Proehl joined SRC in August 2005. Proehl is a 20 year veteran of the marketing information services industry. As Director of Field Sales, Proehl leads SRC’s team of sales professionals that is focused on end user accounts and select vertical industry partnerships. Proehl’s, historical knowledge of the marketing information services, variety of industry specific knowledge and general management experience has been invaluable growing our base of clients and positioning SRC well for the future. Prior to joining SRC Proehl was Vice President / General Manager of Dun and Bradstreet’s Donnelley Marketing Information Services division, Vice President of Strategic Relationships at Strategic Mapping Inc., after its merger with DMIS. Most recently Proehl was employed by at Acxiom Corporation a leader in the CRM industry, where he held a series of key account, industry business development marketing and channel management positions.

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Lars Rasmussen
Lars Eilstrup Rasmussen is a member of Google's technical staff and a lead engineer of the team that created Google Maps. He currently manages Google's nascent Sydney engineering office and is actively working to expand Google's engineering presence in Australia.

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Jed Rice
Jed Rice is VP, Market Development at Skyhook Wireless. He is charged with evangelizing the adoption and acceptance of Wi-Fi positioning as a key market expanding technology platform for cutting-edge LBS developers. Rice also oversees Loki, the first "mass-consumer" LBS application that automatically incorporates a user's location into their Internet search and navigations session. At home he tries to track the location of his four kids, all under the age of seven, the old fashioned way.

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Eric Rodenbeck
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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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 centers—some 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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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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Brad Schell
Brad Schell has been a long-time fan of 3D, both as a user and developer of 3D applications. He began his career as a structural engineer and first discovered the power of 3D while detailing precast concrete structures. He founded CadZooks in 1990 and sold the company to Autodesk in 1996. CadZooks built 3D add-on applications to AutoCAD.

In 1999, Schell and Joe Esch founded @Last software with the mission of making 3D accessible so everyone would be able to experience the fun and power of 3D. SketchUp is the result of their efforts. @Last was acquired by Google in March 2006.

Schell has a B.S. in structural engineering from The University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Christopher Schmidt
Christopher Schmidt, not to be confused with the CSS book author, is an open source developer and open data advocate. He is interested in localized social geo-annotation, and grassroots development of geolocation services. Schmidt can often be found around Boston attempting to determine his location using three different technical gizmos at the same time, much to the chagrin of his two kids and wonderful fiancée.

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Jordan Schwartz
Jordan Schwartz is a beekeeper and senior program manager focusing on digital photo incubation projects at Microsoft. Over the course of nine years, Jordan drove the creation and delivery of a broad array of features and products ranging from OS search to consumer e-mail to photos. Most recently he has been experimenting with devices, including digital picture frames, cameraphones and portable media players. In his spare time, he is an amateur apiarist.

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Rob Shanks
Rob Shanks has dedicated his career to expanding and promoting the benefits of spatial technology and associated land information. A pioneer in internet- and intranet-based map and information sharing technology, he has extensive experience leading the development of innovative technology products and services.

Prior to founding GlobeXplorer in 1999, he was executive vice president of HJW GeoSpatial, a leading engineering mapping company. At GlobeXplorer, he has lead the development of state-of-the-art spatial information systems for a wide range of business services in both the public and private sectors. He holds a master of arts in geography (Geographic Information Systems specialization), from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also earned undergraduate degrees in geography and environmental science.

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Michael Sharon
Michael Eyal Sharon is a writer, programmer, and artist who makes social locative media as the co-founder and CTO of Kamida. Socialight is their current passion—a mobile social network which allows users to create, share, and discover virtual sticky notes around them. Kamida also loves making Big Games like Conqwest, Identity, and Superstar with the guys from area/code.

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Raj Singh
Raj Singh helps run the Interoperability Program for OGC. He works on interoperable technology prototyping projects, helps design geospatial information architectures, and manages OGC Network --OGC's new site for developers and architects. Recently he helped design GeoRSS and helped develop the Geospatial Profile of the Federal Enterprise Architecture. Currently, Singh is leading an effort to better align OGC's standards with the general IT industry, increasing the pervasiveness of geospatial services throughout society.

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Kevin Slavin
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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Chris Spurgeon
Chris Spurgeon is a lifelong history of science junkie, and spent many years working in public broadcasting, most relevantly as the "Invention Guy" on the Peabody Award winning children's radio show Kids Corner.

By day, Spurgeon is a web developer for American Public Media. By night, he mucks about making alternative map displays.

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Sean Sternfeldt
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Dean Stoecker
Dean A. Stoecker is an accomplished and respected industry professional of over 20 years. As one of the three founders, he brings to SRC a strong knowledge of industry dynamics, technology trends, and applications related to market analysis and spatial technologies. Stoecker’s industry vision and extensive market knowledge has aided SRC’s 20 percent annual growth since its inception in early 1997. His leadership and motivational skills, along with his ability to create, communicate, and realize a vision, are viewed as a major driving force behind the success of SRC and its customers.

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Mike Tatum
As GM of Lifestyle for CNET Networks, Tatum is charged with leading the company into the consumer lifestyle market. Since rejoining CNET in 2004, Tatum has been integral in identifying and closing acquisitions, such as Webshots, Chowhound, Metacritic, HeyPix, TVTome, and Consumating.com. Tatum’s side project is the personalized mapping service Wayfaring.com.

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Nathan Torkington
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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Gregory Trefry
Greg Trefry works as a game designer at gamelab and designs street games. Currently, he is serving as the festival director for the Come Out & Play Festival, a three day festival of location-based games to be run in New York City this September. In his remaining time, Trefry writes about multimedia for the pop culture criticism web site PopMatters and wanders about Brooklyn on his bike.

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Frank Warmerdam
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Greg Yetman
Gregory Yetman is a geographic information specialist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University. He has worked on a number of projects at CIESIN, including the Gridded Population of the World, Global Natural Disaster Hotspots, and Global Rural-Urban Mapping projects. Currently, he is working on implementing CIESIN’s interactive web mapping services.

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