Andy is one of the leading members of The Yes Men, a culture jamming activist group. Their exploits in "identity correction" are documented in the films The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World.
Ethan is from Coos Bay, Oregon. With no formal training in art, he first self published his own comics in high school. After working on obscure comic books like Creep and Puppet Terrors, and his own debut graphic novel the Weevil, Nicolle's humor series Chumble Spuzz was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication in 2009. He currently has an animated series in production and creates the acclaimed web comic Axe Cop with his 7 year old brother Malachai Nicolle.
Malachai is an 8-year-old from central Washington. He started creating Axe Cop with his much older brother Ethan when he was only 5. Malachai loves video games, cartoons and secret attacks. He hopes to grow up and become a chemist that can create chemicals that give people the ability to instantly learn karate, or become a wizard soldier.
Douglas Rushkoff is author of fifteen bestselling books on media, technology, and culture including Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and, most recently, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. He made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, and The Persuaders, wrote the graphic novels ADD and Testament, and originated concepts from "viral media" to "social currency." He's Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens, and lectures around the world about media, society, and change.
John is the CTO and Co-founder of Cozy. Before Cozy, he co-founded Seabright Studios, a San Francisco-based user experience firm. He started his career as a network security engineer at Capital One (before the caveman television adverts). After fighting the bad guys for years, he focused his energy on design simplicity and fast, elegant code.
Richard Bruning is currently a freelance writer, graphic designer and artist. In the late 80s, he was DC Comics’ Design Director, working on such landmark books as WATCHMEN and THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. In recent years he served as Creative Director and was responsible for DC’s web presence and its first online original comics imprint, Zuda.
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.
Jason is a long standing leader in the Web design community, well know for being able to explain complex technical concepts to non-technical audiences. His most recent book is CSS3 Visual Quickstart Guide available in finer book stores everywhere.
Bill DeRouchey is a principal designer for GE, tackling massive design problems involving business processes, design systems, and analytics, currently focusing on jet engine performance and service. He's been shaping, framing and distilling information for over 20 years, as creative director, product manager, interaction designer, interaction architect and writer.
Ryan Freitas is the co-founder and product lead of about.me, now an AOL property. He is a long-serving practitioner, consultant and speaker within the interaction design and UX communities. As an advisor and seed investor, he remains an outspoken voice on how startups should approach product design.
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.
10K Apart, Lost World's Fairs, The New Microsoft.com, MIX Online, A Website Named Desire, and Build: These projects have earned Nishant the fond nickname "Honey Badger" amongst his peers. You can find his writings on Smashing Magazine, UXMag, MIX Online, and his blog, Rainypixels.
Mihnea is a Computer Scientist working for Adobe and a core contributor to the CSS Regions implementation in Webkit, the HTML rendering engine. His previous endeavors include working on the CSS Exclusions and CSS Shaders prototypes and keeping the WebKit component inside the Adobe AIR runtime up to date.
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.
Bill has always enjoyed technology (25 years). And he has always enjoyed interacting with people (even longer). It was a natural to blend the two loves together.
Copywriter. Design junkie. Multitasker. Dreamer. Optimistic despite of everything. I'd love to become a vegetarian but I live in Barcelona and there's (delicious) jamón serrano all around. I love dogs but I'm far too irresponsible to take care of one. That's why I only have a digital agency instead.
Mark Trammell designs technology and studies how people use it. Trammell's work includes tenures with Obama for America, Twitter, Digg, PayPal, the Web Standards Project Educational Task Force, the University of Florida, and the United States Navy. His facial hair has been named Best Beard in Tech, Best Beard of SXSW 2011, and is champion of the @BrianWilson38 Beard Bracket.
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.
Russ Unger is an Experience Design Director for GE Capital Americas where he leads teams and projects in design and research . He is co-author of the book A Project Guide to UX Design, Designing the Conversation, and the forthcoming Speaker Camp for Peachpit Press (Voices That Matter). Russ is also working on a book on guerrilla design and research methods that is due out well, sometime.
Sara Wachter-Boettcher is a content strategist and writer based in Tempe, Arizona, where she helps clients stop creating endless content and start building strategies that are sustainable, meaningful, and future-ready.
Rick Webb currently serves as a consultant to Tumblr on Marketing and Revenue, a mentor to Tech Stars NY, and as a venture partner at Quotidian Ventures. Finally, Rick is the founder and CEO of Secret Clubhouse, a tech coworking space in Williamsburg, NY.
Gino is the CEO and founder of Cozy, the company on a mission to bring peace of mind to renters, property managers, and landlords everywhere. Before Cozy, he led design teams at Splunk, Flickr, and Kosmix.
Senongo is a design lead at Cambridge University Press, where he works to create clean, simple websites for a global user-base. For over 6 years, Senongo has worked for a variety of clients in the US and Japan, designing interactive experiences and consulting on digital strategy. Senongo grew up in Nigeria, West Africa.
As an Experience Design Director with Mad*Pow in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Adam combines his interaction design experience with his background in Computer Science, Film and Visual Design to create effective, efficient, and easy-to-use applications, websites, and interactive media.
Allison is Managing Director & Vice President of Time Warner Investments, where she is focused on equity investments in companies that directly enhance Time Warner's ability to meet specific strategic goals, including the delivery of new services, enhancement of an existing product, entry or expansion into a key strategic market, completion of a strategic partnership, and critical research and development.