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Janet Abrams

Director, University of Minnesota Design Institute

Janet Abrams Janet Abrams is Director of the University of Minnesota Design Institute, a Minneapolis-based think tank that explores the social implications of emerging technologies through the lens of design. Over the past five years, the DI's research has focused on mapping as the link between people and places, data and organizations, and physical and virtual environments. Her latest book, ELSE/WHERE: MAPPING - New Cartographies of Networks and Territories (DI, 2006), co-edited with Peter Hall and designed by Deborah Littlejohn, was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2006 by Slate.com.

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Shawn Allen

Interaction Designer, Stamen Design

Shawn is an interaction designer and partner at Stamen, a San Francisco design and technology firm specializing in maps and data visualization. He is the lead developer of Digg Labs' realtime visualizations and a contributor to Modest Maps, an open source interactive map display library.

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Sam Altman

Co-founder and CEO, loopt

Sam Altman

Sam Altman, 21, is the co-founder and CEO of loopt, a Palo Alto, CA-based startup that has built a revolutionary "social mapping" service to change the way people use mobile phones to keep in touch with their friends. Sam founded loopt while he was still a student at Stanford University to find his friends on campus and to improve the way friends communicate. His primary responsibility within loopt is driving the product vision, assembling a passionate team to realize that vision and making sure people have fun while they're at it.

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Peter Arbuthnott

Peter has been working in the web for as long as he can remember. Initially as a freelancer and then for the last 8 years as a developer/manager/guru within a technology provider for the academic publishing market. Quakr is his 5-9 project and he's been working on it since November 2006.

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Kevin Bankston

Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Kevin Bankston Kevin Bankston is a staff attorney at the nation’s premier digital civil liberties organization, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he works on cutting-edge free speech and privacy issues surrounding new technologies. Before joining EFF, Kevin litigated Internet-related free speech cases at the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Alan Beiagi

Director and GM of Wireless, MapQuest

Alan manages MapQuest's GPS, and navigation product strategy and key relationships with mobile partners, and prospects. He has been involved in the global LBS industry since its inception. Prior to joining MapQuest, Alan operated the Professional Services team in North America for Webraska, a global innovator in LBS. And prior to Webraska, Alan was Director of the Advanced Technologies team at GeoDecisions, a firm specializing in transportation related geospatial technologies for the US Government and military.

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Jeff Bernstein

Moto Development Group

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Paul Bissett

CEO, Weogeo, Inc.

Paul Bissett is a founder and CEO of Weogeo, Inc. Weogeo provides distribution solutions for high bandwidth mapping products. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Florida. He is an author on >30 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of oceanography and remote sensing.

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Jason Brush

SVP, User Experience Design, Schematic/UCLA

Jason Brush Jason is Senior Vice President, User Experience Design at Schematic, a leading interactive design agency. Recent projects, spanning Web, TV, and interactive environments, have included ABC's Emmy-award-winning full episode broadband video player, interfaces for Electronic Arts, Motorola, and Accenture's interactive walls in JFK and O'Hare international airports. Jason also serves as a visiting assistant professor in UCLA’s department of Film, Television and Digital Media, where he teaches classes in interactive media production and art practice for filmmakers.

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Mike Bukhin

Mike Bukhin has a background in computer science and philosophy and has been involved with interactive technologies for over fifteen years. He was a co-founder of Vista Associates, an early adopter of online education and was a senior engineer at QuitNet.Com, the largest online smoking cessation community in the world.

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Jeff Burke

Executive Director, REMAP

Jeff Burke is Executive Director of REMAP, the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a joint program of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Through its Remapping LA project, REMAP is focusing on participatory design approaches to the use of embedded and mobile computing in civic, cultural and social contexts.

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Patrice G. Cappelaere

Lead Develper, GeoBliki

Patrice G. Cappelaere Pat is a Software Architect and an active open source software developer; evangelizing Open Geospatial Standards for data dissemination. He is involved with OGC, and GeoRSS to distribute data from many government agencies such as NASA GSFC, JPL, USCG, Navy... Lead developer of GeoBliki: A Blog and a Wiki for GeoSpatial Information, he is also a member of the Program Steering Committee for Community MapBuilder, the Open Source Ajax mapping client, a founding project of the Open Geospatial Foundation. He was previously involved with many on-board intelligence satellite programs still flying today. With the help of the extended NASA EO-1 team, eo1.geobliki.com is one of the first OGC SensorWeb-enabled (SWE) data nodes.

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Tom Carden

Interaction Designer, Stamen Design

Tom Carden writes web-based information visualisation and mapping software for Stamen Design in San Francisco. His recent work has included real-time maps of 911 calls in Indiana and contributions to the open source Flash library Modest Maps. Before that, he wrote passenger flow simulation software for YRM architects in London and studied virtual environments and visualisation at University College London.

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Paul Coleman

Dr. Coleman is an emeritus professor of space physics at the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1970, NASA awarded Dr. Coleman its Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his contributions to the exploration of the solar system. In 1972, he was awarded a second of these medals for his contributions to the exploration of the moon.

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David Colleen

CEO, http://www.planet9.com

David Colleen David Colleen (Cornell Bachelor of Architecture, 1981) is an architect who began his practice in 1981 working on the design of large buildings. In 1995, he founded Planet 9 Studios, which produced the Internet's first commercial 3D applications and virtual places. Today, Planet 9 is a leading supplier of 3D urban simulation applications (RayGun and GeoFeeder) and research. Planet 9 has also produced more than 50 virtual cities which are used by architects, engineers, researchers, film producers, game developers and others interested in using realistic city backdrops in animations and real-time applications. Customers include Activision, AOL, Clarion, the Discovery Channel, NASA, Microsoft, Sprint and the U.S. Army.

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Donald Cooke

Chief Scientist, Tele Atlas

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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Dennis Crowley

Director of Product Development, area/code

Dennis Crowley

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

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Beatriz da Costa


Beatriz da Costa Beatriz da Costa is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher. She is dedicated to a participatory practice and interactions with non-academic publics represent a key component of her work. She is a former collaborator of Critical Art Ensemble and a co-founder of Preemptive Media, an arts, activism and technology group. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Andy Warhol Museum, the Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medien in Germany, and the Natural History Museum in London.

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Jack Dangermond

Founder & President, ESRI

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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Walt Doyle

President and CEO, uLocate Communications

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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Scott Dunlap

CEO, NearbyNow, Inc.

Scott is the CEO and Co-founder of NearbyNow, which makes shopping malls "searchable". He was also an early executive at E.piphany (9th highest IPO of 1999), Loudcloud/Opsware (OPSW), 4charity.com (sold to Innovaware), and Avolent.

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Christian Dwyer

Director of Operations, MapQuest

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Di-Ann Eisnor

CEO, Platial

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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Peter Ellenby

Director, New Media, GeoVector Corporation

Born in the UK Peter immigrated to the US at age six. He studied communications at CSU Chico and is also an avid music photographer whose work has recently been published in a book. Peter Ellenby is co-founder of GeoVector, one of its principal inventors and its Director of New Media.

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Schuyler Erle


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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Michael Favor

Speaker biography coming soon.

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Tim Foresman

President, International Center for Remote Sensing Education

Dr. Tim Foresman has three decades led technology (remote sensing, GIS, web nets) for international environmental protection and sustainability and was NASA’s Digital Earth manager in the late 1990s. He served as the director of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment from 2000 to 2003.

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Brady Forrest

Program Chair, O'Reilly Media, Inc.

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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Michael Graham

Humanitarian GIS Program Coordinator, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Michael Graham studied International Affairs in Portland, Oregon before joining the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, located in Washington DC, in 2005. He is the coordinator of the Museum's Humanitarian GIS program and the BrightEarth project.

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James Greiner

Senior Vice President and General Manager, MapQuest, Inc.

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

Director, Google Earth & Google Maps, Google, Inc.

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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Kate Harman


Speaker biography coming soon.

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Chris Holmes

VP, Strategic Development, The Open Planning Project (TOPP)

Chris Holmes is Managing Director, 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.

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Ian Holt

Senior Consultant, Ordnance Survey

Ian Holt is responsible for the Skunkworks team at Ordnance Survey. The team investigates and implements prototypes of emerging technologies. Ian has 15 years experience in GI for academia, consultancy and software development.

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Sonya Huang


Sonya Huang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and a member of the Urban Information Systems group. At the SENSEable City Laboratory, where iFIND was conceived, she has worked on projects examining the real time spatial distribution of WiFi and mobile phone use. Her research interests include social, ethical, and economic impacts of urban information technologies, institutionalization and management of urban spatial data, and real-time urban systems.

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chris Johanson

Speaker biography coming soon.

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Steven Johnson

Co-founder, Outside.in

Steven Johnson Steven Johnson is the author of five books, including the national bestsellers The Ghost Map, Everything Bad Is Good For You, and Mind Wide Open. His latest online project, the neighborhood mapping site outside.in, launched in October of 2006. Previously, he was the co-creator of the pioneering online magazine FEED and the Webby-award-winning community site, Plastic.com. He is a Distinguished Writer In Residence at NYU's Department of Journalism, and blogs at stevenberlinjohnson.com.

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Michael Jones

CTO, Google Earth

Michael Jones Michael Jones is Chief Technology Officer of the Google Earth service for distributed geospatial visualization to users worldwide. He is co-founder of Keyhole, the company taken over by Google to create Google Earth. In addition, he is a popular technical presenter, an inventor with eleven issued U.S. patents, a director on private company boards, and an associate in several Silicon Valley projects. He was formerly President & CEO of Intrinsic Graphics, Director of Advanced Graphics Software at Silicon Graphics responsible for OpenGL, Performer, and all other graphics APIs, co-founder of a movie coloring company, and a computer graphics consultant during the 1980s. He has been a computer programmer since the fourth grade.

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Erik Jorgensen

General Manager, Live Search, Microsoft Corp.

Erik Jorgensen Erik Jorgensen is a general manager with the Online Services Group. He leads the groups responsible for local search, mobile search, and mapping, with the mission to provide global access to local knowledge. Products include Live Search Maps, Live Search Mobile, Streets & Trips, MapPoint and the Virtual Earth platform.

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James Killick

Speaker biography coming soon.

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Eric Klein

Senior Director, Product Marketing, Dash Navigation

Eric Klein has been involved in award winning consumer electronics for the last fifteen years. He is currently leading the development the Dash Express, which uses the Internet and two way connectivity to deliver timely and relevant information to your car. Previously, Eric enjoyed product marketing and development leadership roles at Real Networks, Palm, Bungie, Apple, and Microsoft.

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Bernie Krause

Since 1968, Dr. Bernie Krause has traveled the world recording and archiving the sounds of creatures and environments large and small. Working at the research sites of Jane Goodall (Gombe, Tanzania), Biruté Galdikas (Camp Leakey, Borneo), and Dian Fossey (Karisoke, Rwanda), he identified the concept ofbiophony (a/k/a The Niche Hypothesis) based on the relationships of individual creatures to the total biological soundscape within a given habitat.

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Jeremy Kreitler

Director of Product Management, Yahoo! Maps

Jeremy Kreitler Jeremy Kreitler joined Yahoo!--the most popular destination for local information*--in 2002 as a product manager for Yahoo! Local & Maps. Bringing nine years of online local product development experience to Yahoo!, Kreitler is responsible for Yahoo!'s product strategy in maps, local community, and mobile access.

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Kreitler held product management positions at MapQuest/AOL, eCollege, BellSouth Intelliventures, BellSouth.net, and Turner Broadcasting where he helped drive product strategy and was responsible for managing the day-to-day business for multiple product lines.

Kreitler holds a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology and psychology from Emory University.

* Nielsen NetRatings, February 2005

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Stephen Lawler

General Manager, Microsoft Virtual Earth

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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Mike Liebhold

Senior Researcher, Institute for the Future

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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Mikel Maron


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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Sheena Marie Marquez

Developer and Undergaduate, University of California, Santa Cruz

Sheena has done development work for BlackBox, Team Red, and Team Marble. Her portfolio includes Prophecies of Oriena: The Catalyst Begins (an RPG), BlockParty (a multiplayer board game for PCs), and Marble Madness (a 3D marble puzzle game with customizable maps and motion capture device input). Marble Madness was demoed at the Game Developers Conference 2007 and Maker Faire 2007.

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Brandon Martin-Anderson

Brandon Martin-Anderson

Brandon Martin-Anderson is the mechanical engineer, alternative transportation advocate, and OS hacker responsible for Graphserver, an extensible, open source itinerary server. Brandon also built BadHill.org, a hill-avoiding trip planner for cyclists, and contributed to Busmonster.com, a pioneering Google Maps mash-up for public transit users. Brandon rides a fixie, runs a machine shop in Seattle's Georgetown, and has been known to wear a beard.

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Myles McGovern

President & CEO, Immersive Media

Myles McGovern is president and CEO of Immersive Media Corp., and a member of the Company’s Board. Myles has capitalized on his previous experience in providing strategic organizational leadership while identifying sustainable market opportunities to transform IMC from an early stage technology into a world class visual medium adopted across a variety of markets.

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Eitan Mendelowitz

Eitan Mendelowitz Speaker biography coming soon.

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Andrew Milmoe

Speaker biography coming soon.

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Mor Naaman

Research Scientist, Yahoo! Research Berkeley

Mor Naaman is a research scientist at Yahoo! Research Berkeley. His research focuses on context and location-based tools and algorithms for interacting with media. Mor has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. In previous careers, Mor was a professional basketball player, a software developer, and a college radio DJ.

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Todd Presner

Professor, University of California Los Angeles

Todd Presner Todd Presner is a Professor of Germanic Languages at UCLA with a specialty in visual culture and media studies. He is the founder and director of the HyperCities project. Chris Johanson is a Doctoral Candidate in Classics at UCLA and the Associated Director of the UCLA Experiential Technologies Center.

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Marc Prioleau


Marc Prioleau Marc joined deCarta in 2005. He brings twenty years of technology marketing, with the last nine years in the location technology and Internet search markets. Prior to deCarta, Marc directed the high-growth consumer and enterprise markets for SiRF Technology, a leading provider of GPS-enabled location technology, contributing significantly to SiRF's successful IPO in 2004. Before SiRF, he was Vice President of Business Development for Outride inc. (acquired by Google), responsible for commercializing Outride's advanced search technology with leading Internet search engines.

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François Proulx

IT Engineering student, MIT

François Proulx is a senior IT Engineering student in Montreal, Canada. Over the fall of 2006, while working at the MIT SENSEable City Lab, he designed and built iFIND, a location-based social software for the MIT campus. François has also been deeply involved for many years in the Montreal open source community. He enjoys working on community projects that merge technology and arts. He is the incumbent V.P of R&D for the wireless community group Île Sans Fil.

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Carl Reed

CTO, Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.

Carl Reed Dr. Carl Reed is the Chief Technology Officer at the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. Dr. Reed continues to manage the process by which formal OGC Implementation Specifications are developed and adopted by the OGC membership, and he facilitates the Planning Committee meetings and work with the OGC Interoperability Program as a member of the architecture team. Before joining the OGC, Dr. Reed was vice president of geospatial marketing at Intergraph Corporation. Reed joined Intergraph in April 1998 after a long tenure at Genasys II, where he had served as chief technology officer for Genasys II worldwide. During his career, in 1977 and 1978 Dr. Reed designed and implemented the first fully interactive vector based GIS, the Map Overlay and Statisitical System (MOSS). In 1985 and 1986, Dr. Reed was the lead engineer and a software developer in the design and development of GenaMap, the worlds first interactive UNIX based commercial GIS. Dr. Reed received his PhD in Geography, specializing in GIS technology, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978.

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Jed Rice

VP, Market Development, Skyhook Wireless

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

Founder & Creative Director, Stamen Design

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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Aaron Roller

Co-founder of MotionBased, Garmin International, Inc.

Aaron Roller Aaron Roller is the co-founder of MotionBased, now a division of Garmin International, Inc. What started off as an online GPS fitness log, MotionBased now hosts over 1 million public activities and maintains the largest database of personal GPS activity data in the world. His passion for outdoor activities, interest in geo-based technology, and work background in web technologies propelled a simple idea for sharing and storing GPS data on the internet to a successful business venture acquired by Garmin – one of the leading consumer GPS companies in the world.

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Christopher Schmidt


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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Bernhard Seefeld

Geo Software Engineer, Google

Bernhard Seefeld Bernhard Seefeld is a Geo Software Engineer at Google. Bernhard has a long history in local search. In 1995 he co-founded search.ch, a Swiss search engine and one of the first sites that enhanced local search by connecting business entries with related web pages. The company was acquired by the Swiss Post in May, 2004. In the same year, map.search.ch, the world's first AJAX-based map was created in cooperation with Endoxon.

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Rich Skrenta

Co-founder and CEO, Topix

Rich Skrenta Rich co-founded news community Topix.net following two decades of experience in developing user-generated communities and Internet applications. He’s previously led development for AOL Music, Shopping and Netscape Search, and co-founded NewHoo, the largest user-created Web directory (acquired by Netscape and still used by Google, Alexa and others).

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Bernard Szukalski


Bernard Szukalski As a senior staff member of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Bernard Szukalski is involved in many aspects of Geographic Information System (GIS) software development, implementation, and marketing. Since joining ESRI in 1986 he has held a variety of positions and responsibilities that have covered a broad spectrum of GIS projects and activities. During the past 21 years he has been an integral part of the evolution of ESRI’s software. He currently focuses on GIS technology trends and strategies, and is the ArcGIS Explorer and ArcGIS Online Product Manager.

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Patty Tulloch

Media Seascapes

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Andrew Turner

Hacker Integrator, HighEarthOrbit

Andrew Turner Andrew Turner is an engineer who develops tools and technology for geospatial and automation systems. He is the author of the O'Reilly Shortcut "Introduction to Neogeography" and also contributes to MacTech Magazine and Linux Journal. Andrew has built airships, spacecraft, and robotic vehicles. Andrew now lives in Southeast Michigan, but travels the world as frequently as possible. He dabbles in photography, scuba diving, snowboarding, and is an avid curler.

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Kris Wagner

Kris Wagner Kris Wagner is the map editor for Backpacker, Bicycling, and Mountain Bike magazines. His work in interactive media, GPS, and maps has garnered more than 20 web and publishing awards. He helped pioneer a 95-mile off-trail route in southern Alaska, has found lost trails in Shenandoah National Park and the Rockies, and was selected as the only American on an elite bike expedition to Lake Baikal, Siberia. His work also has been published in the New York Times and Wired.

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Bill Weekes

Speaker biography coming soon.

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Ian White

CEO, Urban Mapping

Ian White Ian White is CEO of Urban Mapping, a company that produces wayfinding tools and solutions across the tactile and interactive domains. The company’s products include the multiple award-winning Panamap print map and Urbanware geospatial database products, all focusing around urban place. White holds 15 years experience in marketing strategy and product development. He has been published in academic journals and the business press.

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Mark Williamson

Speaker biography coming soon.

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