Jason Kunesh is the CEO of Public Good Software, a social enterprise software startup in Chicago. Previously, he was Director of User Experience & Product at Obama for America, a founder of Fuzzy Math, on the founding team of ThePoint (which grew up to be Groupon), an early designer at Orbitz, an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a bouncer at the Green Mill.
Marta is an interface designer at Swwweet, a small Barcelona based web design studio. When she's not messing around with CSS, she is teaching workshops on web technologies and helping organize local events like Webcat.
Isabelle is a french media art curator, critic and author, specializing in video and computer games, web animation, digital cinema, retrogaming, 8 bit music and machinima. She has coordinated ISEA 2000 in Paris and Video Cuts 2001, Centre Pompidou, Gaming Room Villette Numérique 2002, Paris, Tour of the Web 2003, Centre Pompidou, featuring French and international artists.
After graduating from the University of Hawaii with a BFA in Graphic Design, Carrie kick started her design career in Holland for Internet publishing powerhouse Bol.com. Since then, she has lent her talents to numerous companies in need of strategic design thinking, pattern creation and systematic approaches to web design.
Silvia is passionate about UX, specializes in conceptual design, business innovation and strategy, and loves to connect supposedly unconnected dots. Her expertise lies in understanding problems, identifying needs and constraints to create valuable products and services. She believes that organizational transformation is about people, not processes, and that organizations with happy people perform better and achieve better results in the long run.
Davide, better known as Folletto, is an user experience designer and startup advisor with a hybrid background in design, psychology and technology. Believing as Leonardo DaVinci reportedly said that “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, he is specialised in social experience design, behaviour change and motivation applied to interactive and social systems.
Carolyn has been working in the field of User Experience Design for over 16 years, as a consultant and practice leader for companies such as Open Text and Manifest Digital. Now an independent consultant, her areas of specialty include design strategy, team workshops, interaction design, information architecture, and user research and modeling. She has co-authored A Project Guide to UX Design with Russ Unger (now in its second edition) and Adventures in Experience Design with Anna van Slee. Due to her work in teaching and mentoring students and start-ups, Carolyn was named one of "Chicago's Tech 50" by Crain's Magazine.
Aldo helps corporations and startups to navigate disruptive change. With Claro he provides business innovation and service design in the context of disruptive changes in society and business, such as the personal data economy, internet of things (IoT), new models of ownership and value exchange networks. Aldo is a strategist with a strong analytical capability and business acumen, coupled with creativity and passion for understanding people.
Erica Decker has designed engaging, usable, cross-device experiences for Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and upcoming companies alike, and believes that fast-paced, iterative, holistic design is the best way to drive product innovation
Megan is a strategic designer and researcher, experienced in using ethnographic research to discover people’s needs and draw insights from large amounts of complex data. She is a creative problem-solver and approaches projects from an innovative perspective to create meaningful experiences for people. Having worked on several large projects at Claro which look at disruptive shifts in technology, society and business, she is currently exploring the emerging business landscape of the Internet of Things and its development and opportunity spaces.
Derek Featherstone is an internationally-known speaker and authority on accessibility and web development. He is the lead of Simply Accessible Inc., a leading firm that delivers insightful and creative accessibility consulting to Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, public utilities, government agencies and other private
Passionate about life and interaction, Frederico is an envagelist fixed on developing highly productive and effective teams. For the past 11 years, he has promoted and transmuted large and small organizations, in the pursue of excellence through User Experience, Agile, and Innovation.
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. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people and is now at Mozilla.
As a designer and user interface engineer, Shay Howe has a passion for solving problems while building creative and intuitive products, and he specializes in user interface design and development.
Kevin Hoyt is a Developer Advocate at IBM where he has been actively involved in furthering web technologies. He focuses on mobile application development, cloud services, and the Internet of Things. Kevin is a maker, hardware entrepreneur and alumni speaker at WebVisions.
Johanna has been working in User Experience since 2004. After gaining experience in both in-house and agency-side roles, she is now a product lead at Sidekick Studios, applying design thinking, agile and lean startup to problems that matter. Her background is in Information Design and Human-Computer Interaction.
Bruce Lawson evangelises Open Web Standards for Opera. He's been active in Web Standards since 2002, working with the Web Standards Project, the W3C Mobile Best Practices Working Group and developer education. He co–authored Introducing HTML5, the first full–length book on the subject.
Vicent Martí used to make videogames, but he sold out because he likes to wear expensive clothes. Or any clothes at all. He now works full time as a systems engineer at GitHub, focusing on security and performance issues on the backend. He's also the maintainer of libgit2, the Git library that powers GitHub's backend and native clients. He takes long showers because he enjoys smelling nice.
Ronel is head of the Interactive design program at the visual communication department at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem where he has taught for over 12 years. In 1997, he founded Mantis, a leading design firm in Tel Aviv, where he lead and directed hundreds of web related projects for internationally acknowledged brands, museums, television broadcasters, and global corporations.
Thomas Phinney is President of FontLab, the font software tools company. Previously he was product manager for fonts and global typography at Adobe, and then senior product manager for Extensis. In the 2000s he was instrumental in driving the adoption of OpenType, both within Adobe and in the marketplace. Thomas was the first Adobe employee to have both technology and design patents (four so far), and also has a medal from the Russian Ministry of Culture for contributions to Cyrillic typography. Thomas remains involved in type design as well as writing, teaching, technology/standards, history, and forensics of fonts.
Luis Daniel Rodriguez grew up in Ecuador, South America and now lives and works in Washington D.C. He received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of Florida and has completed graduate coursework in film and screenwriting. He has worked for the last 11 years as an interaction designer and web developer in various online startups, U.S. government agencies in the Washington D.C. metro area and higher education institutions.
Anoop Sahgal has global experience in leadership roles that span product marketing, product management, and business development in high technology. In his current role within Industry Strategy and Marketing at Adobe, he works with technology executives to help grow their businesses through best in class digital marketing strategies.
Christopher is the founder of Heatvision.com, Inc., an Austin-based new media publishing and design firm, and co-founder of Environments for Humans, a leader in web and mobile conferences. An award-winning web designer who has been working in the medium for twenty years, Christopher interned for both David Siegel and Lynda Weinman as an undergraduate at Florida State University.
Dave is the creator and cultivator of the highly influential website csszengarden.com, and co-author of The Zen of CSS Design (New Riders, 2005) with Molly Holzschlag. He speaks internationally at conferences and workshops and was an organizer of the North American arm of a popular international conference series, Web Directions.
Jason is a founder and managing director of Inzovu, an international organization aimed at fixing social systems by design. Most recently, Inzovu has applied disciplines ranging from architecture, service design, design research and brand strategy to complex challenges proposed by the University of Southern California School of Social Work and the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Javier is a web designer and front-end developer from Bilbao living in Barcelona. He started Swwweet, his own web design studio with his wife in 2009, and they've been since building beautiful experiences for small businesses and startups alike.
Dr. Geke van Dijk is co-founder and Strategy Director of STBY in London and Amsterdam. She is also the initiator and chair of the Service Design Network Netherlands, and co-founder of the Reach Network for Global Design Research. Geke has a background in ethnographic research, user-centered design, and services marketing & innovation. She is passionate about exploring the ways people co-produce their customer journeys by picking and mixing from multi-channel service touch points.
Olga is the UI and UX designer of The Digital Marvels, a brand new NYC based startup. Community enthusiast, she coordinates Design Jam Barcelona together with other open web champions in the city of Barcelona.