Where 2.0 Speakers


Michael Bauer
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Dylan E. Beaudette
Dylan Beaudette is a graduate student working on a degree in soils and biogechemistry at UC Davis. Beaudette 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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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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Stewart Butterfield
Stewart Butterfield is a director of product management at Yahoo! where he oversees the development of Flickr.com. He also co-founded and acted as CEO of Flickr's parent company, Ludicorp, before its acquisition by Yahoo! in the spring of 2005.

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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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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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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 Doyle is CEO of uLocate.

Doyle's career began at Dow Jones, Inc., after which he became director of business development at ZDNet through its acquisition of SpotMedia Communications. He later moved on to VP of Net2Phone and GM at MapQuest, Inc.

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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. His interests include digital cartography, wireless networking, intelligent search engines, and the Semantic Web. He is the lead developer of NoCatAuth, the leading open source wireless captive portal.

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Perry Evans
Perry Evans is the founding CEO of Local Matters Inc., a company recently formed through the merging of three leaders in local search. Aptas Inc, the company spearheading the merger, was founded by Evans in late 2001. In 2000, Evans co-founded Jabber, Inc., which he led as chairman until 2003. Prior to this position, he was the president and CEO of Webb Interactive.

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Kim Fennell
J. Kim Fennell joined Telcontar as president and chief executive officer in May, 2004, bringing 25 years of experience in high technology. Prior to Telcontar, he was president and CEO of Pinnacle Systems (Nasdaq: PCLE), where he led the company through record growth to over $330 million in revenue and expanded its market reach through several strategic acquisitions.

Fennell previously served as president and CEO of StorageWay, a VC-financed data storage service provider. Earlier, he was a corporate vice president at Lucent Technologies with responsibility for the Communications Applications Group, a $2 billion business unit focused on CRM, messaging, and Internet protocol applications. He then helped spin-off Avaya from Lucent in 2000 as part of the Avaya executive team.

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Brady Forrest
Brady Forrest is on the Radar Team and is the co-chair for Where 2.0. He used to work on Live Search where he was one of the organizers of the Search Champs program among other things. He came over to MS with the acquisition of MongoMusic (which became MSN Music). Previous to his forays on the Internet he worked in the Supply Chain Management industry.

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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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James Greiner
Jim Greiner is the leading force behind MapQuest's vision of remaining the leading resource to help people find places. With MapQuest since 1999, and prior to becoming vice president and GM in 2005, Greiner was instrumental in MapQuest’s brand strategy, advertising, PR, and all other direct, promotional, and trade marketing activities. Other roles at MapQuest included product management, business development, and ad sales.

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John Hanke
John Hanke has an accomplished career in the world of interactive software where he has pursued advances in technology to pioneer new kinds of products. In the early days of the Web, Hanke was involved in the startup of one of the first massively multiplayer online 3D games ("Meridian 59") which was acquired by 3DO in 1996. He co-founded a second company, Big Network, to pursue "casual gaming" online. That company was acquired by eUniverse in 2000.

Hanke co-founded Keyhole in 2001 to create a new kind of global 3D map of the world. He forged partnerships with Sony, Nvidia, CNN, and others as the company introduced its "earth browser" to the world. Keyhole was acquired by Google in October, 2004. The Keyhole technology re-emerged as "Google Earth" in July 2005.

Hanke received his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 1996 and has a BA in Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, he worked in foreign affairs for the U.S. Government in Washington, DC and Southeast Asia.

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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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Chris Holmes
Chris Holmes is VP, Strategic Development of The Open Planning Project (TOPP), a non-profit organization based in New York. TOPP's mission is to build technology to enhance the role of the citizen in democratic society, and leads development on the open source GeoServer Project to help create a free, distributed, and open geographic information infrastructure. Holmes has served as lead developer of GeoServer, on the Project Management Committee of GeoTools, and was recently elected as a board member of the new Open Source Geospatial Foundation.

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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. In that time he 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. Ron 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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Stephen Lawler
Stephen Lawler is the general manager of the Virtual Earth Business Unit at Microsoft Corp., overseeing 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. Lawler joined Microsoft in 1999 after serving as managing director of software development at MapInfo Corp., which provides scientific mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology products. Before his current role, Lawler was the product unit manager for MapPoint.

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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. He 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 IFTF, focusing on the implications and technologies of a geospatial web. He serves as an advisor to a web mapping startup, platial.com, and is loosely affiliated with an informal international network of geospatial hackers and artists.

Previously, Liebhold was a visiting researcher at Intel Labs, working on a pattern language for ubiquitous computing based on semantic web frameworks.

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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. Mark 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, co-founder of Onomy Labs. He completed an MFA in Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. 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. Dale'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.

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Mikel Maron
Mikel Maron is founder and developer of mapufacture and worldKit. He previously worked as senior developer of My Yahoo!, and researched evolutionary models of ecosystems at the University of Sussex.

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Brian McClendon
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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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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 holds a BS in Management Information Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He's worked for multiple high tech. start ups in engineering design, and spent 8 years at Autodesk directing channel and major account sales and marketing teams and was part of the Autodesk LBS Group since it's inception before moving to Tele Atlas 2.5 years ago, where he directs the Internet, Wireless and Telecom market segments.

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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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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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Chikai Ohazama
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Brent Owens
Brent Owens is one of the lead GeoServer developers for The Open Planning Project (TOPP) in New York. Brent 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, Jerry helps put together the Accelerating Change, State of Play, Second Life Community Convention, and Metaverse Roadmap Summit conferences. Jerry 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 websites 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. From 2002-2004 he worked at Microsoft on personalized news and local search projects.

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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. He 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 4 kids, all under the age of 7, 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. 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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Brad Schell
Brad 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, Brad and Joe Esch founded @Last software with the mission of making 3D accessible. They wanted everyone to be able to experience the fun and power of 3D. SketchUp is the result of their efforts. @Last was acquired by Google in March of this year. Brad 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. Chris can often be found around Boston attempting to determine his location using 3 different technical gizmos at the same time, much to the chagrin of his two kids and wonderful fiancee.

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Jordan Schwartz
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Rob Shanks
Mr. 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 our 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 (ogcnetwork.net)--OGC's new site for developers and architects. Recently he helped design GeoRSS (georss.org) and helped develop the Geospatial Profile of the Federal Enterprise Architecture (http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/egov/a-2-EAProfilesNEW2.html). Currently Dr. 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 as working in public broadcasting, most relevantly as the "Invention Guy" on the Peabody Award winning children's radio show "Kids Corner."

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

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Dean Stoecker
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Mike Tatum
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Nathan Torkington
By day, Nathan Torkington is an editor and conference planner for O'Reilly Media. By night, he's the project manager for Perl 6, a banjo player, husband, and father. In his spare time, he wonders where the rest of his spare time went.

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Thai Tran
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Gregory Trefry
Greg Trefry works as a game designer at gamelab. He also designs street games and is currently 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 Greg writes about multimedia for the pop culture criticism website PopMatters and wanders about Brooklyn on his bike.

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Frank Warmerdam
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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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