Speakers

We hand pick our speakers to bring you the best possible lineup with the most diverse range of expertise.

  1. Aaron Skonnard

    Aaron Skonnard

    Pluralsight

    Aaron Skonnard is the president and CEO of Pluralsight, the leading provider of online education for professional software developers. As CEO, Aaron focuses on Pluralsight’s business strategy, future direction, product development, and strategic partnerships. On a day-to-day basis, Aaron works closely with the entire Pluralsight management team in a variety of different capacities, including recruiting, brand management, marketing, sales, feature planning, and content acquisition. Aaron comes from a strong technical background, and will always be a developer at heart. Throughout his career, he’s written hundreds of articles and whitepapers, several books, and was a long-time contributing editor to popular journals. Aaron is a thought- leader in the industry and frequently speaks at industry events around the world. Aaron earned his degree in computer science at Brigham Young University. Aaron’s passion and curiosity for technology began as a child when his father purchased him an early Apple Macintosh and one of the first Compaq PCs. His father made it clear to him that programming was going to be the future of technology. This passion fueled Aaron’s interest in the business side of programming and soon developed into a stronger mission of improving the profession of software development, which ultimately led to the founding of Pluralsight and Aaron’s role as CEO. According to Aaron’s Twitter profile, he is “changing the way software developers learn” and he believes it.

  2. Alex Sexton

    Alex Sexton

    Bazaarvoice

    Alex Sexton is a Senior UI Engineer at Bazaarvoice in Austin, TX. He focuses on building large, fast, and complex applications in JavaScript. He also contributes to open source as a member of the Modernizr and jQuery teams. He tweets as @SlexAxton and blogs infrequently at http://alexsexton.com

  3. Alvaro Insignares

    Alvaro Insignares

    Koombea

    Alvaro joined Koombea.com in 2008 as one of the first Rails Developers. Later in 2009 he lead the winning team at Rails Rumble with hi.im, an application that merges all online profiles to become the landing page of your life. It was this that distinguished him as a leader and he was subsequently moved into Koombea's important Project Manager position. Now he is responsible for keeping his dozens of teams and projects on track while also coaching clients on leading technologies and business methods.

  4. App It Out Panel

    App It Out Panel

    Have you recently developed a web or mobile app you're proud of? Now's the time to show it off. Three finalists will be selected to pitch their apps LIVE on stage at Future Insights Live 2013 in front of 1,000 fellow developers and designers! Winners are selected by an esteemed panel of judges, including some of the top developers, entrepreneurs and investors in the world. The 2013 App It Out champion takes home a title belt, a bottle of bubbly, and an all-expenses trip (plus speaking gig) to an upcoming Future Insights conference! Simply head to our blog for details on how to enter.

  5. Ashley Carroll

    Ashley Carroll

    Optimizely

    Ashley Carroll joined Optimizely in November 2012. As the Director of Product Management, she is responsible for all core product, platform growth, and customer trust efforts. Prior to Optimizely, Ashley worked at SurveyMonkey where she led a cross-functional team responsible for platform growth efforts and oversaw the integration of multiple acquisitions. Prior to SurveyMonkey, Ashley worked at Amazon Web Services, oDesk, and Shutterfly. She holds a B.A. in Economics, an M.A. in Education, and an M.B.A from Stanford University.

  6. Boris Chan

    Boris Chan

    Xtreme Labs

    Boris Chan is a Principal at Xtreme Labs, leading product development and innovation efforts. His work with startups and big brands has been featured in major publications like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and TechCrunch. He is known around Canada as a respected mobile expert, and was also nominated as Developer of the Year by the Canadian New Media Awards and speaks on mobile, social and passion at events like TEDxYouth@Toronto, ATOMiC and FITC Mobile.

  7. Brad Frost

    Brad Frost

    Brad Frost is a mobile web strategist and front-end designer and is located in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA. He is the creator of This Is Responsive, a collection of patterns, resources and news to help people create great responsive web experiences. He also created Mobile Web Best Practices, a resource site that lays out considerations for creating great mobile web experiences. He runs a responsive web design newsletter and also curates WTF Mobile Web, a site that teaches by example what not to do when working with the mobile web. He is passionate about mobile and is constantly tweeting and writing about it.

  8. Bruce Lawson

    Bruce Lawson

    Opera

    Bruce Lawson evangelises open Web Standards for Opera. He was previously content editor and technical lead for The Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority websites. He began converting his own site to HTML5 at Christmas 2008, and co-wrote the first book on HTML5, Introducing HTML5. He was a member of the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group at the W3C.

  9. Cameron Moll

    Cameron Moll

    Authentic Jobs

    Cameron Moll is the founder of Authentic Jobs, a targeted destination for web professionals and the companies seeking to hire them. He’s also the artist behind a unique series of letterpress type posters that re-imagine buildings as if constructed entirely of type. Cameron is a sucker for anything that involves his four sons and sports equipment. He lives in the coastal town of Sarasota, Florida with his lovely wife Suzanne.

  10. Carl Smith

    Carl Smith

    nGen Works

    Carl Smith is an irreverant ditcher of the nine-to-five and mortal enemy of the overworked lifestyle. Owner and founder of nGen Works, Carl’s role is that of an advisor, to nGen and other companies, on how to create self-sustaining teams that perform at the highest levels. Carl has made a name for himself by creating a new framework for how we get things done, and by enabling us to realign our creative communities. When he’s not conducting business experiments with companies around the world, he’s busy sculpting a new face for the world of work… and play.

  11. Cezary Pietrzak and Bill Magnuson

    Cezary Pietrzak and Bill Magnuson

    Appboy

    Cezary Pietrzak is the Director of Marketing at Appboy, a customer engagement platform for mobile apps. He oversees the company’s growth as well as its thought leadership in mobile. Appboy is Cezary’s second startup. In 2009, he co-founded Wanderfly, a venture-backed travel discovery site that was acquired by TripAdvisor. He also started a digital marketing consultancy and led marketing at tech incubator QLabs. Cezary’s career began at Young & Rubicam, where he developed brand strategies for companies like LG, Bacardi, Campbell's and NHL. A graduate of the Wharton School, Cezary is active in the New York tech community and writes a marketing blog at cezary.co ----------- Bill Magnuson is the co-founder and CTO of Appboy, a customer engagement platform for mobile apps. He oversees both the architecture and scaling of the Appboy platform as well as building a strong technology culture within the company. Bill’s passion for mobile started while working on Google’s App Inventor project, the first app creation platform for Android. He later moved to Bridgewater Associates before winning the 2010 TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, which fast-tracked his transition into the startup world. Bill loves to debate (he is the 2010 North American Debate Champion) and has presented at numerous conferences. He is a graduate of MIT and a native of Minnesota.

  12. Chris Lea

    Chris Lea

    Chris Lea has over a decade of experience working with programming, system administration, and performance engineering issues at large scale. He's been using Linux as his primary desktop operating system since 1997, and actually knows what all that mess in the /proc filesystem is there for. 

  13. Dan McGaw

    Dan McGaw

    Code School

    Dan McGaw is the Business and Marketing Lead at CodeSchool.com, an online learning platform for developers. He is also one of the co-founders of the EdTech Accelerator, Starter Studio, opening in Orlando later this summer. Prior to Code School Dan consulted brands, startups, and governments on business, marketing automation, and social media. Other then enjoying his career, Dan spends his spare time doing errands, laundry, and creating business ideas along side his 2 sons and wife.

  14. Dan Rose

    Dan Rose

    WSOL

    Dan Rose is the creator/curator of Photoshop Etiquette, a guide promoting best practices for web design. He currently resides in Syracuse, NY and is a User Interface Designer at WSOL. His penchant for Photoshoppery is evidenced by his many articles and screencasts showcasing tips, tools and tricks. Christian, husband, and father, he's easily coerced by promises of soft-serve vanilla ice cream.

  15. Dave Shea

    Dave Shea

    Mobify Inc.

    Dave Shea is the creator of the highly influential website csszengarden.com, and co-author of The Zen of CSS Design (New Riders, 2005) with Molly Holzschlag. His current role is VP of User Experience at Mobify Inc. Previously he ran his one-man studio Bright Creative for 8 years in Vancouver, working on projects for New York University, Google, CNet, Joyent and others. He speaks internationally at conferences and workshops and was an organizer of the North American arm of a popular international conference series, Web Directions. His recent extracurricular interests have included icon design, the Processing visual language, GPS tracking his road cycling trips, and improving his home craft brewing techniques. Photo credit: Tom Coates (http://www.flickr.com/photos/plasticbag/)

  16. Erik Loehfelm

    Erik Loehfelm

    Universal Mind

    Erik Loehfelm is the Executive VP of User Experience at Universal Mind. In this role, Erik leads the design team responsible for the creation of engaging, immersive experiences across all platforms and devices. He oversees design strategy, design process, interaction design, user interface design, user testing, and vision prototyping for web, mobile and embedded solutions at Universal Mind. Erik has over 19 years of experience as a design professional. He began his career in New York and became an award-winning editorial designer and studio owner, transitioning his focus from print to web design in the mid 90’s. Erik is also an adjunct professor of interaction design at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

  17. Estelle Weyl

    Estelle Weyl

    Estelle Weyl started her professional life in architecture, then managed teen health programs. In 2000, she took the natural step of becoming a web standardista. She has consulted for Kodakgallery, SurveyMonkey, Samsung, Yahoo! and Apple, among others. Estelle shares esoteric tidbits learned while programming and detailed grids of CSS3 and HTML5 browser support in her blog at http://www.standardista.com. She is the author of Mobile HTML5, co-author of HTML5: The Definitive Guide and HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World, and contributor to the Web Performance Daybook. While not coding, she works in construction, de-hippifying her 1960's throwback abode.

  18. Gary Whitehill

    Gary Whitehill

    Gary is a relentless entrepreneur and driven philanthropist with a footprint on four continents; broad experience spanning entrepreneurship, M&A, business turnarounds, and Fortune 50 board directorships. Seasoned in structuring the macro-level dynamics of entrepreneurial ecosystems, Gary has been featured in industry-leading publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Inc. and the New York Times, and delivered over 50 presentations to audiences around the World on many topical facets of entrepreneurship.

  19. Ilya Fushman

    Ilya Fushman

    Dropbox

    Ilya is the Head of Platform Business Development and Corporate Development at Dropbox, where he is responsible for growing Dropbox through high value partnerships and building unique experiences for Dropbox users.    Prior to Dropbox, Ilya spent two years investing in and working with entrepreneurs at early stage companies as a Principal at Khosla Ventures. Earlier, he was the Director of Data Management and Device Design at Solar Junction, where he built a variety of business intelligence, analytics, data management and productivity tools, as well as the world's most efficient solar cell.    Ilya holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. In his spare time, he enjoys building web and mobile apps, skiing, food, and wine.

  20. Ishan Anand

    Ishan Anand

    Moovweb

    Ishan has been launching mobile products for the iPhone since the day it was released, and his work has been featured on TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and LifeHacker. Prior to Moovweb, Ishan worked at Digidesign and his expertise was in multi-threaded real-time systems programming for the computer music industry. Ishan holds dual-degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from MIT, and is a Siebel Scholar.

  21. Jamie Halpern

    Jamie Halpern

    Xtreme Labs

    James Halpern is a mobile app developer currently working at Xtreme Labs in Toronto. After graduating from Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, James started as a Quality Assurance Engineer and PHP server side developer for apps on the Facebook platform. Since starting at Xtreme Labs, James has had experience with WebOS and Android, and has helped to develop the CBS Sports app for the HP Touchpad, Sprint NBA Mobile, NBA Game Time and Viggle for Android, and is currently putting the final touches on his latest Android effort. He is an active contributor to Android tools within Xtreme Labs, and is working on bringing several of those efforts to the open source community. He also volunteers as a mentor for Ladies Learning Code, teaching beginner programmers the basics of development.

  22. Jason Lengstorf

    Jason Lengstorf

    Copter Labs

    Jason Lengstorf a turbogeek hailing from Portland, Oregon. He designs and develops websites using PHP, MySQL, JavaScript (jQuery), CSS, and HTML. He's written two books (PHP for Absolute Beginners [2009 Apress] and Pro PHP and jQuery [2010 Apress]), and he's written articles on development and design for Nettuts, CSS Tricks, and Smashing Magazine, among others.

  23. Jason McConnell

    Jason McConnell

    Microsoft

    Jason has been working with Microsoft since 1999 in various technical marketing roles both in his native Australia through to his new home in Seattle. He currently helps developers build interoperable sites through the modern.IE collection of tools and offers. Prior to Microsoft, Jason was a principal consultant with Software Spectrum and developer at ANZ Banking Group after graduating from Monash University in Melbourne. He is a passionate (but not annoyingly so) foodie and car nut.

  24. Jason Pamental

    Jason Pamental

    H+W Design

    Jason Pamental is the co-founder of h+w design (hwdesignco.com), writer and overall web & typography nerd (you can find his writing on typecastapp.com, fonts.com and elsewhere). Favorite self-descriptor: specializing in being a generalist (he's worked on the web since 1994 in a range of capacities). With a background in design and an intimate understanding of technology and its application on the web, he's led creative and technical efforts for major universities, NFL and America's Cup teams, Fortune 25 and technology corporations and many other clients. Jason also speaks about Responsive Design, Web Typography and Web Strategy at conferences and pretty much anywhere people will listen. When that’s not happening he’s usually hanging out with his family or following @aProperCollie around Turner Reservoir in the morning, posting photos on Instagram.

  25. Jason Seifer

    Jason Seifer

    Treehouse

    When not fighting web crime, Jason Seifer is a teacher at Treehouse. He's passionate about the web and the programming that goes along with it. When not teaching or developing, you can finding him podcasting on The Ruby Show, The JavaScript Show, and Geek Friday. You can find him on Twitter as @jseifer and his personal blog at http://jasonseifer.com.

  26. Jeff Atwood

    Jeff Atwood

    Stack Overflow

    Jeff Atwood is the co-founder of Stackoverflow.com and lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife, two cats, three children, and a whole lot of computers. He was weaned as a software developer on various implementations of Microsoft BASIC in the 80's, starting with his first microcomputer, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4a. Jeff continued on the PC with Visual Basic 3.0 and Windows 3.1 in the early 90's, although he also spent significant time writing Pascal code in the first versions of Delphi. He is now quite comfortable in VB.NET or C#, despite the evils of case sensitivity and is currently learning Ruby. In 2004 Jeff began this blog. He doesn't mean to be overly dramatic, but he says "it changed my life. Everything that comes after was made possible by this blog."
 In 2008 Jeff founded and built stackoverflow.com, and what would ultimately become the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites, in a joint venture with Joel Spolsky. The Stack Exchange network is now one of the top 150 largest sites on the Internet. 
 In early 2012 he decided to leave Stack Exchange and spend time with his growing family while he thinks about what the next thing could be!

  27. Jeff Burtoft

    Jeff Burtoft

    Microsoft

    Jeff Burtoft is as an HTML5 Evangelist for Microsoft and an avid supporter of the JavaScript/HTML5 community. Being in the Web Development community for over 10 years, his job title has morphed from the likes of "Web Master" to “Front End Engineer” and everything in-between. Jeff is a huge proponent of web standards, and loves all programing languages, as long as they are JavaScript. Additionally, Jeff is co-author of HTML5 Hacks (O’Reilly Media) and is a founding blogger of html5hacks.com. Jeff lives in Bellevue, WA with his wife and three children. Jeff can be found on twitter @boyofgreen.

  28. Jeffrey Burlin

    Jeffrey Burlin

    PwC

    Jeff Burlin is an electrical engineer by education, and technology consultant by occupation. He is currently part of the core team at PwC's Emerging Technology Lab, where he focuses his time on exploring new web technologies and understanding how they can be applied to solve enterprise-level business problems. He is also a strong advocate of agile and lean-startup principles, and believes they can be just as valuable to large companies as they are to start-ups and entrepreneurs.

  29. Jesse Friedman

    Jesse Friedman

    Web Designers Guide to WordPress

    Jesse Friedman is a veteran WordPress developer. In 2012 he wrote the "Web Designers Guide to WordPress" http://wdgwp.com/onamazon. With years of experience as a developer, speaker, leader, and a Professor he delivers impactful and educational talks. Currently Jesse is the Director of Web Interface and Development at Astonish, the premier Digital Marketing Company for the Insurance Industry. Jesse co-organizes two local WordPress meetups and is very active in the community. He works closely with his team, students and others to share knowledge and bring forth a better future for web design and development.

  30. Jim Kidwell

    Jim Kidwell

    As a writer, speaker and general font nerd, Jim Kidwell has written and spoken extensively on the use and management of fonts in creative workflows. Published in over seven languages, Jim has a unique perspective about how fonts and their usage can affect an organization – from the legal, creative and branding standpoints. He is a staunch advocate for the creative and excellent use of typography in all aspects of design. By day, he spends his time working to make web font delivery services and font management applications the best that they can be.

  31. Joe McCann

    Joe McCann

    Mother NY

    Joe McCann is the Director of Creative Technology at Mother, an award-winning creative agency in New York City.   Joe is also a Managing Director and Partner at The Node Firm, a global collective of Node.js experts. Prior to joining Mother, Joe was the Mobile and Platform Architect for all of Product at Bazaarvoice (Nasdaq:BV), an Austin, Texas-based SaaS company enabling authentic conversations between brands and consumers through various channels, clocking in over 30 billion impressions/month. Joe also ran his own digital consultancy serving Fortune 500 companies in areas such as technical architecture to mobile application development and design. Joe is also a frog design alumnus. Joe's experience in various industries is widespread: from music and live events, to fashion, to Wall Street and even real estate, the perspective he brings to the mobile, design and software engineering industries is extremely rare and unique. Joe advises a number of technology startups and has spoken at conferences all over the world including SXSW, Dutch Mobile Conference (Amsterdam), Android Only (Stockholm),  PulsoConf (Bogota, Colombia), Morningstar Financial Developers Conference (Chicago) and many many more.

  32. John Bender

    John Bender

    Adobe

    John Bender is the co-creator of Vagrant, a jQuery Mobile contributor, and a recovering polygot. During the day he works full-time on jQuery Mobile at Adobe but otherwise spends his time hacking on open source and reading. John shares his thoughts at johnbender.us and as @johnbender on Twitter.

  33. John Lunn

    John Lunn

    PayPal

    John Lunn oversees the global developer network for PayPal, where he is a Global Director. Lunn spends his time primarily focused on innovation, ensuring that developers around the globe have access to the features and functionality they need from PayPal. Prior to his current work at PayPal, Lunn spent 15 years building systems for payment and fraud detection at several successful companies– in addition to this hands-on work, he has advised many successful startups on their payment strategies.

  34. Jon Setzen

    Jon Setzen

    Media Temple

    Jon Setzen is a creative director with more than 13 years experience. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his job as Creative Director at web hosting and cloud services company (mt) Media Temple, he runs the Los Angeles Chapter of CreativeMornings - a monthly design lecture series with chapters in more than 40 cities worldwide. He lectures about design and branding at conferences domestically and abroad. He most recently spoke at Future Insights Live in Las Vegas in April and Future of Web Design in London in May. Additionally, he is the co-host of a design, music and culture podcast called The Build Up.

  35. Jonathan LeBlanc

    Jonathan LeBlanc

    PayPal

    Jonathan LeBlanc is a technology evangelist, Emmy award winning software engineer, and author of the O’Reilly book "Programming Social Applications". Specializing in user identity concepts and data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives towards building a more user-centric web.

  36. Jonathan Tarud

    Jonathan Tarud

    Koombea

    Jonathan Tarud used to engineer 787s for Boeing. In 2007 he decided to chase his other love and found Koombea.com, a mobile and web design and development agency. In the 6 years since Koombea has grown to 90+ people and has worked with some of the top technology companies in both Silicon Valley and across the country. Koombea also cultivates products from within the company and have launched several products of their own. Most recently they launched Dashable.com, an app designed for other agencies to make time tracking and accounting not suck. Jonathan loves to talk about lean product development, practical design, and anything that “bleeps and boops".

  37. Josh Cramer

    Josh Cramer

    Cramer Dev

    Josh is an internet entrepreneur currently living in Iowa City, IA with his family and friends. Josh is founder and CEO of Cramer Dev, a U.S. based software development team that builds interactive products for startups. Previously, Josh built and sold an IT company based in Coralville, IA. In addition to starting and growing these companies, Josh has been involved in the creation of several successful web and e-commerce based startups in both strategic and development roles. Recently, Josh co-founded Koala Pay, a mobile payments and customer loyalty app. Josh is also involved in the development and strengthening of the Silicon Prairie startup and entrepreneur ecosystem. Most notably, these efforts have consisted of the creation of several local initiatives including Cowrk, IC|CR|eatives, Iowa City Open Coffee, as well as mentoring and supporting entrepreneurs in the area.

  38. Juozas Kaziukėnas

    Juozas Kaziukėnas

    Web Species Ltd

    Juozas, or as everyone calls him Joe, is an experienced and talented (some say) young professional, entrepreneur and evangelist. Focusing on bringing IT solutions to non-technical businesses, like retail, he works on optimizing their processeses and using cutting-edge research to solve hard problems and grow sales. When not working, Joe finds time to contribute to open-source projects and movements to improve interoperability and platform independence. His hands-on practice with collection of different technologies, programming languages and environments allows him to deliver unbiased and practical presentations in all kind of different topics.

  39. Kristina Halvorson

    Kristina Halvorson

    Brain Traffic

    Kristina Halvorson is widely recognized as one of the most important voices in content strategy. She is the owner of Brain Traffic, the author of Content Strategy for the Web, and the founder of Confab: The Content Strategy Conference. Kristina speaks all over the world about the importance of content strategy and how to get it done. Her agency Brain Traffic is home to a team of renowned content strategists, serving clients like Autodesk, Coca-Cola, Best Buy, Thedacare, Dell, Wells Fargo, and the University of Minnesota. Kristina lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her two kids, who often get quoted on Twitter (@halvorson).

  40. Lillian D Cavalieri

    Lillian D Cavalieri

    iPrecinct

    Lillian D Cavalieri, founder and CEO of iPrecinct LLC, brings new meaning to innovation as a provocative leader and cutting-edge entrepreneur in the world of political technology. Her unwavering passion for politics – combined with a steadfast belief in the power of technology to advance political campaigns – inspired Lillian to conceptualize and execute a political data ecosystem that changes everything we know about the political ground game. Having worked on a wide range of campaigns since the age of 16 – as a political strategist, data analyst, and elected official – Lillian experienced the inadequacies of today’s campaign platform first-hand. Soon after, she embarked on a journey to transform the political game as we know it. Born out of frustration with the status quo, Lillian was able to harness today’s advanced technologies and generate a cost effective, independent, auto-customizable platform that self-evolves to meet the needs of each specific user. When she isn’t busy innovating, engineering or politicking, you’ll find Lillian paying it forward as a volunteer with local nonprofits working to combat poverty and hunger.

  41. Lis Hubert

    Lis Hubert

    As an independent consultant based in New York City, Lis helps to bring understanding to businesses of all sizes, ensuring that their products and services meet both business and user needs and making them both successful and enjoyable to use. Her consulting business has served clients such as ESPN Mobile, espnW, and ViacomMedia Networks, improving their brand and product experiences. Lis is a frequent contributor to the UX community’s knowledge and serves on the advisory board for Future Insights. In addition to the work that Lis does behind the scenes, you’ll also find her speaking and writing about her experiences in the field, in cities around the globe.

  42. Luke Wroblewski

    Luke Wroblewski

    Input Factory Inc.

    Luke is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Input Factory Inc. a Internet start-up focused on creating big value from micro mobile interactions. Prior to this, Luke was the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Bagcheck which was acquired by Twitter just nine months after being launched publicly. Before he was founding start-up companies, Luke was an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Benchmark Capital, the Chief Design Architect (VP) at Yahoo!, Lead User Interface Designer at eBay, and a Senior Interface Designer at NCSA: the birthplace of the first popular graphical Web browser, NCSA Mosaic. Luke is the author of three popular Web design books (Mobile First, Web Form Design & Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability) in addition to many articles about digital product design and strategy. He is also a consistently top-rated speaker at conferences and companies around the world, and a Co-founder and former Board member of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). Luke also founded LukeW Ideation & Design, a product strategy and design consultancy, and taught graduate interface design courses at the University of Illinois.

  43. Mariya Yao

    Mariya Yao

    Xanadu

    Mariya is Founder and Creative Director of Xanadu, a mobile strategy and design consultancy based in San Francisco. She advises early-stage startups and multi-national corporations alike on how to design and deliver delightful mobile experiences. Mariya's been featured by VentureBeat as one of the top executives in mobile and is a regular contributor of articles on mobile and design.

  44. Mark Krupinski

    Mark Krupinski

    Code School

    With over 16 years of online experience, Mark Krupinski is a Social Media Consultant and Strategist whose industry experience includes Travel and Entertainment, Food and Beverage, Consumer Goods and Services, Higher Education, Health Care, and Executive Search. Since 2005, he has participated and advocated social media in the Central Florida business community. Mark is currently the Social Strategist for Code School in addition to Principal for Social Rubicon.

  45. Mark Otto

    Mark Otto

    GitHub

    Mark Otto is the creator of the popular front-end framework, Bootstrap. He currently works at GitHub as a designer on the Enterprise team. Previously he worked at Twitter on the Revenue and Web teams where he designed the first interfaces for Promoted Tweets and rewrote Twitter.com’s HTML and CSS for #NewNewTwitter. He’s been writing HTML and CSS for over 12 years, ever since learning to write code with GeoCities and Notepad, and has a penchant for open sourcing things. When he’s not busy with GitHub or Bootstrap, he spends his time playing ridiculous amounts of Halo 4.

  46. Matt Galligan

    Matt Galligan

    Circa

    Matt Galligan an entrepreneur living in San Francisco and is the CEO and Co-Founder at Circa. He helped co-found the company alongside Ben Huh in 2011. Circa is creating an entirely re-imagined kind of news experience. 
Prior to founding Circa, Matt founded two other companies. In 2007, he co-founded and was the CEO of Socialthing, a service that made it easy to keep up with friends' activity from multiple social networks. Socialthing was acquired by AOL in 2008. After his time at AOL, Matt went on to found SimpleGeo in 2009 with Joe Stump, which provided a geolocation infrastructure-as-a-service for developers to easily add location-aware elements to consumer and business applications -- a process that they learned is extremely difficult when they began as a location-based gaming company several years ago. SimpleGeo was acquired by Urban Airship in November 2011.

  47. Michael Jovel

    Michael Jovel

    Michael Jovel has been working on the web since 2000. Michael has worked with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, University of Maryland, University of Chicago and Progressive Insurance. Michael also organizes Defense Media Innovation Lab, a group discusses technologies role in the future of defense storytelling, news delivery, entertainment and social. He has also been a speaker at several web and mobile development conferences and meet-up groups all over the world. When not working to make the interweb more usable he can be found at his home outside of Baltimore with his wife and three kids.

  48. Michael Palermo

    Michael Palermo

    Microsoft

    Michael Palermo is a Technical Evangelist with Microsoft.  Michael has authored several technical books and has published several online courses with Pluralsight.  Michael’s current passion is HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and developing apps for the Windows Store.  Michael takes his evangelism seriously, and can  be seen speaking at developer events around the world.

  49. Molly Holzschlag

    Molly Holzschlag

    Knowbility Inc.

    Molly is the Senior Open Web Tech Strategist at Knowbility.org - a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing technology access to children and adults with disabilities. Her primary focus there is in using and encouraging Open Web technologies for highly effective, user-friendly and universally accessible Web sites and applications. A member of the W3C for nearly a decade, Molly works in the CSS Working Group as a group liaison and developer advocate. Author of over 35 industry books, including co-author of the acclaimed "Zen of CSS Design" with Dave Shea, Molly continues her 25th year in IT and contributes to a variety of publications and advocacy groups surrounding technology as it relates to the human experience.

  50. Natalia Vicente

    Natalia Vicente

    TagTagCity

    Natalia is Project Manager at TagTagCity and will joining us as the winner of our App it Out contest at Future of Web Apps London. During the last two years Natalia has worked in Brussels at Telefonica S.A. and at Telecom Italia (Public affairs) as well as participating with the EUBrasil association. Natalia studied law in Madrid and Italy and graduated in 2011 in Spain. She became a lawyer the same year. She has participated with an NGO in Nicaragua in the creation of an environmental project in one of the communities of Matagalpa. During this period she has also received a formation in business management in a coffee company which was awarded with the ISO 14001.

  51. Neha Narula

    Neha Narula

    MIT

    Neha Narula is a PhD candidate at MIT building fast, scalable distributed systems. In a previous life she was a Senior Software Engineer at Google, where she designed the first version of Blobstore, a system for storing and serving petabytes of immutable data, and worked on Native Client, a system for running native code securely through the browser. She cares a lot about coffee, bourbon, how we get our news, and securing user data.

  52. Paolo Fragomeni

    Paolo Fragomeni

    Oqulr.com

    Paolo left MIT in 2010 to co-found Nodejitsu and then later in parallel, The Node Firm. In 2013 he founded his own company, Oqulr. He maintains many open source Node.js projects and is an actively contributing member of the leveldb community.

  53. Patricia Korth-McDonnell

    Patricia Korth-McDonnell

    Huge

    Patricia Korth-McDonnell is Partner and Managing Director of Huge's Los Angeles office, where she oversees day-to-day operations management, key client relationships, and overall office growth and development. Since joining Huge as the agency's 13th employee in 2005, she has been instrumental in helping define the agency's client services, product strategy and product design methodologies. Patricia has held various roles at Huge, including leading the Product Strategy and Client Services groups, as well as overseeing the launch of the Los Angeles and European offices. In 2010, she joined the executive leadership team and became a partner in the company. In addition to her managerial responsibilities, Patricia has led some of the agency’s largest engagements and helped drive digital business strategy for clients including Target, Toyota, CNN, JetBlue and The Walt Disney Company.

  54. Peter S. Magnusson

    Peter S. Magnusson

    Google

    Peter is an Engineering Director at Google where he leads the Google Cloud Platform team. Before joining Google, he wrote the Simics simulator and founded Virtutech, acquired by Intel in 2010. He is a graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics, the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and is a 2012 ACM Fellow.

  55. Robin Christopherson

    Robin Christopherson

    AbilityNet

    After a degree in Engineering at Cambridge and working as an IT instructor for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), Robin was a founding member of AbilityNet in 1998. Robin now manages AbilityNet’s Web Consultancy services – heading a team that is globally acclaimed as experts in accessibility auditing, disabled user testing and designing attractive websites that are both accessible and easy to use by all. Despite being blind, Robin uses a computer very effectively by relying on speech output to access the full range of mainstream software including email and the internet. He has a first-hand appreciation of the importance of good web design practice to accessibility.

  56. Ryan McGinty

    Ryan McGinty

    Effective UI

    Ryan McGinty is the HTML solutions lead at EffectiveUI. As the technical lead role on project teams, Ryan sets the direction and standards of the HTML team with respect to all HTML, CSS and JavaScript technologies, as well as implements internal training courses. Ryan also combines his incredible expertise of industry standards, technical skills and best practices for HTML, CSS and JavaScript to add value to UX design. Prior to EffectiveUI, Ryan was a front-end developer for Crispin Porter + Bogusky, including work on Dominos.com, and at texturemedia. Throughout his 13 years of experience, Ryan has continued his quest to learn and be challenged by new and emerging front-end technologies. Highlights of Ryan’s project contributions at EffectiveUI include the award-winning U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Navy Federal Credit Union HomeCenter and Food & Wine websites.

  57. SuAnne Hall

    SuAnne Hall

    EffectiveUI

    SuAnne Hall is a user experience designer at EffectiveUI in Denver, Colorado, where she applies her skills to a number of roles, ranging from information architecture, user experience and interaction design, visual design, customer insight research, UI production, and interactive prototyping for mobile, desktop and tablet applications. She holds a masters degree in Digital Media Studies from the University of Denver, and is an eternal student of exploring the ever-changing space between digital standards and new trends, and how to transform problems into effective and delightful user-centered design solutions.

  58. Victoria Davis

    Victoria Davis

    Space Dog Books

    Victoria Davis, CEO and Founder of Space Dog Books has close to a decade of professional production experience behind her as well as being an award winning artist featured by publications such as Communication Arts, 3x3 magazine, and the Directory of Illustration. Her most recent app won a Parents Choice Award as well as a 5 star Kirkus and Itunes App Store Reviews. She is also a new media consultant and often is asked to speak on the topic of art and technology.

  59. Willy Huang

    Willy Huang

    SkyDrive

    Willy is a Product Manager on the SkyDrive team at Microsoft, where he works with developers and startups. He's also worked in the mobile payment startup space in New York City, and studied computer science and business in school. He loves design and thinks creating awesome things is one of the most delicious activities ever.

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