Bob is a product engineer at Facebook, where he worked on major releases for Groups, Events, and Questions. He’s been focused on building quality user interfaces and designing positive feedback loops for social interactions. Bob’s now working on Places and loves checking in at music venues.
Cennydd Bowles is an interaction designer and writer based in Brighton, UK.
Cennydd has a decade of experience advising clients including WWF, Samsung, ITV, The Open University and Gumtree on the benefits of customer-focused design. He speaks at design and user experience conferences across the globe and co-founded the UX London conference.
He writes for his popular blog and influential design publications, and is author of the book Undercover User Experience Design. His second book, Designing the Wider Web, will be published this winter.
Adam Boyden is responsible for strategic direction, marketing and business development for Conduit. Previously, Boyden was an executive at Xfire (acquired by MTV Networks for $110 million in 2006). He was the cofounder and former CEO of Autodaq (now OpenLane), the leading online automotive marketing company. He founded the China Consultancy, an advisory firm to companies entering the Chinese market. Boyden holds a 1st Class Honors B.Sc. in Engineering Science from Exeter University, and an M.B.A from Stanford University. Adam is a contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine, iMediaConnection, Direct Marketing, MarketingProfs, MediaPost and SMBCEO.
Hampton Catlin is the inventor of Sass, a CSS generating language, and the “Haml markup language:http://haml-lang.com/
He is the original creator of Wikipedia Mobile (m.wikipedia.org) and is also the creator of several successful iPhone applications including Dictionary!
Hampton is currently building crazy new technologies to mobilize the web at Moovweb
Scott is a Git evangelist and Ruby developer working on GitHub.com. He is the author of the Pro Git book by Apress, the Git Internals Peepcode PDF as well as the maintainer of the Git homepage and the Git Community Book. Scott has presented at a bunch of conferences and a number of local groups and has done corporate training on Git across the country.
Eewei has worked in the new media creative industry since 1993 and has had many ‘firsts’ in his professional career including designing the first secure online musical distribution service (before itunes!), launching the first online music publication (nme.com) and setting up the design department for the first truly integrated design agency (Conchango, now EMC Consulting). Previously, as Creative Director at ThoughtWorks UK he quickly established himself as a rapid Experience Design ideation specialist. Now at as Online Design Director at BSkyB, Eewei continues to keep business and user motivations at the core of all his experience design decisions. His wealth of knowledge across a broad spectrum of industries gives him a fresh and invaluable insight, allowing him to innovate on anything he sets his heart to. His blog can be found here: www.eewei.com
After Cambridge University, Robin worked as an IT instructor for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and became a founding member of AbilityNet in 1998. Now globally acclaimed as leading experts in the field, AbilityNet specialises in accessibility auditing and disabled user testing, as well as helping clients design attractive websites that are both accessible and easy to use by all.
Despite being blind, Robin uses technology very effectively using speech output to access computers, the internet, his iPhone and many other technologies to assist him in his work. A member of the Guild of Accessible Web Designers, Robin has a first-hand appreciation of the importance of good web design and its impact on accessibility.
Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites, spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people and is now at Mozilla. Chris wrote two and contributed to 4 books on web development and wrote dozens of articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashingmag, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and his own blog wait-till-i.com. He also uses Twitter obsessively as @codepo8.
Jim Hoskins is a web developer and one of the founding teachers at Think Vitamin Membership. Jim also writes and produces the world famous Doctype.tv
Tom Hughes-Croucher is the Chief Evangelist at Joyent, sponsors of the Node.js project. Tom mostly spends his days helping companies build really exciting projects with Node and seeing just how far it will scale. Tom is also the author of the O’Reilly book “Up and running with Node.js”. Tom has worked for many well known organizations including Yahoo, NASA and Tesco.
Jill Irving – ThoughtWorks, Lead User Experience Consultant and UI developer
Jill has loved making things for the web ever since she used Netscape 1.1 to view her first ever HTML page. These days, Jill is at ThoughtWorks in London, striving to get UI development to be as agile as possible. She has worked on cutting edge projects for a large number of high-profile organisations. Slightly more of a geek than a designer, Jill loves innovating with complex problems, where success means finding the balance between technical, creative, and user experience.
Ernesto Jimenez is Web and Internet Expert in the Standards team at Vodafone R&D where he contributes in some initiatives such as the Device APIs Working Group from W3C.
Alan Johnson is Lead Engineer at Carsonified and lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife and three kids. When Alan’s not working on Think Vitamin Membership he’s typically developing fun web app ideas like Hopefully Sunny or hacking on open source projects. He watches way too much TV.
Pete co-founded Optimizely, which makes A/B testing painless for thousands of customers, in late 2009. Prior to this, Pete worked for Google where he was Product Manager for Google App Engine. Pete holds a M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and dual B.S.‘s in Mathematics and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University.
Patrick works as Web Evangelist in the Developer Relations team at Opera Software ASA. www.opera.com He also recently stepped up as product manager for Opera Dragonfly, the browser’s built-in developer tools suite. www.opera.com/dragonfly
Patrick has been engaged in the discourse on standards and accessibility since early 2001 – regularly speaking at conferences and contributing to a variety of web development and accessibility related mailing lists and initiatives such as the Web Standards Project. www.webstandards.org
An outspoken accessibility and standards advocate, Patrick favours a pragmatic hands-on approach over purely theoretical, high-level discussions.
His personal corner of the web can be found at www.splintered.co.uk.
Chris is a photographer, musician, and burrito connoisseur, but that’s probably less relevant to you than his interest in computers in general and Linux in particular. He’s spoken at many events such as FOWA, Wordcamp, and SXSWi largely because he actually knows things like what all that mess in the /proc filesystem is there for, and gets really excited about stuff like fast asynchronous polling in the kernel. Chris works for (mt) Media Temple, where he splits time between performance R&D, a variety of biz dev projects, and systems architecture for Virb.
You can follow him on Twitter at @maccman.
Barbara Macdonald is a founder and VP Engineering of Willet, a Canadian startup that is “Doing Social Right” for online retailers. She is a Computer Science grad from the University of Waterloo and an ex-Googler.
Barbara is a tea fanatic and could outlast anyone in a zombie apocalypse. Don’t believe her? Just ask!
Dan Martell is the co-founder of Flowtown, a venture backed startup that helps businesses turn their best customers into their best marketers. An award-winning Canadian entrepreneur, at 25, Dan formed his first start-up, Spheric Technologies Inc., and watched it grow by an average of 152% per year before he sold the company 4 years later in mid-2008. As an informal angel investor (12 companies), he is active in advising entrepreneurs using lean startup methodology and metrics based marketing to gain market adoption. He’s also a board member of the non-profits Startup Weekend and propelICT.
Steve Marx is a Technical Product Manager for Windows Azure. He’s worked at Microsoft since 2002, focusing on Web technology and developer platforms. He blogs at http://blog.smarx.com.
Dave McClure is a greedy venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally help or invest in their startups if they are foolish enough to let him.
Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Mint, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Twilio, Simply Hired, O’Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft. Years ago he used to do real work like coding or marketing or running conferences, but these days he mostly does useless stuff like sending lots of email, blogging, and hanging out on Facebook and Twitter.
Dave also likes to play ultimate frisbee when his knees don’t hurt.
Derek P Collins
Derek Collins is a developer working at KISSmetrics. While his expertise is in front-end development and data driven design, he wears many hats at KISSmetrics. He has been working on the web since 2003 as a developer and designer and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
Nick Pettit is a web designer and one of the founding teachers at Think Vitamin Membership. Nick also writes and produces the world famous Doctype.tv
Currently, Nick is writing ‘Art and the Web’, a series of books about the elements and principles of art as they relate to web design. You can read the first chapter of his first book for free on Think Vitamin
Chad Pytel is founder and CEO of thoughtbot, a leading Ruby on Rails development firm and the creators of popular plugins like paperclip, factory_girl, shoulda, and well as their own products Airbrake, Trajectory, Copycopter and Radish
He has spoken at numerous conferences around the world. He lives in Newton, MA with his wife and two children.
Alex Russell is a software developer working on Chrome and Chrome Frame at Google. Through his work he attempts to deliver a better web faster. He’s (still) fighting IE 6 so you don’t have to.
Neal is Chief Technology Officer at X.commerce. Back in 1995, Neal skewered the competition during a national debate championship with the topic: “This house would forego economic progress for cultural integrity.” He claims those same skills now help him lead the team that’s building the end-to-end technology platform for the Commerce Operating System. Neal says that pushing the boundaries of customer-focused innovation is a lot easier than working on cloud-based software solutions for the CIA’s Office of Research and Development—something else Neal happens to have done (yes, that CIA). He has also managed integration of cloud computing, social commerce, and the Open eBay developer program into the eBay platform infrastructure. He now has nearly 15 years of experience with platform operations and data challenges, which is not nearly equal to his years of riding mountain bikes and playing racquet sports. And let’s not forget Neal rocks mad foosball skills… a possible future indicator of more success.
Giorgio Sardo is a Sr. Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, focused on HTML5 and Windows 8. Winner of the Imagine Cup worldwide championship, nominated as Best Consultant of the Year from the British Computer Society, Giorgio moved in early 2009 to the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond to focus on the future of the Web. Giorgio is a popular speaker worldwide and in the last 5 years he has presented at hundreds of conferences around the globe. He is the mind behind many beautiful HTML5 applications and games at www.beautyoftheweb.com.
MG Siegler is a senior writer for technology blog, TechCrunch. He covers the web, mobile, social, big companies, small companies… pretty much everything. Previously, he’s covered the field for VentureBeat and his own blog, ParisLemon.
Originally from Ohio, MG attended the University of Michigan where he studied film. He’s previously lived in Los Angeles where he worked in Hollywood and in San Diego where he worked in web development. He now lives in San Francisco with his many Apple products.
Sam is a programmer in Chicago. Since 2005 he’s been writing web applications for 37signals that help millions of people communicate and collaborate every day. He’s a prolific open-source author and contributor and has a soft spot for handmade bicycles.
You can follow him on Twitter at @sstephenson
Dave is an iOS and Mac developer, trainer and consultant who owns and runs Shiny Development, an iOS focused training company.
Dave is also the creator of several successful iOS apps including Balloons, a social game where you can send messages around the world attached to balloons and Explore Flickr which brings the best of flickr to your iPhone and iPad on a daily basis.
Eric Wahlforss is founder and CTO of SoundCloud, the world’s leading sound platform that enables anybody to upload, record, promote and share their sounds across the web.
Frustrated by not being able to share music files easily over the Internet, Eric along with CEO and co-founder Alexander Ljung, decided to build a truly open platform for audio creators. In his role as CTO, Eric leads the technical development and vision of SoundCloud, including driving usage of its open API by third-party developers. As of August 2011, there are currently more than six million registered users and this number is growing exponentially.
Eric’s main area of interest is in emerging web technologies and their applications. Prior to starting SoundCloud he co-founded web consultancy network Strategy & Interaction and co-authored a book on trust in online social spaces. His experience also includes work as an interaction designer for location-based services company gate5.
Eric’s is based in Berlin and is also known as electronic music artist Forss.