Leslie is the Chief Operating Officer at Guide, a software company focused on turning online news, social streams and blogs into video. She has been named one of the top female executives in the technology industry by Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, Jane Dough, Inc. Magazine and Mashable. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago, Leslie also is a regular contributor at Forbes on the topic of female entrepreneurship.
Carla enjoys living as close to the near future as possible. In her studio she works on future-specting projects in areas such as domestic robots, mobile devices and sentient kitchen appliances, combining experience in industrial and interaction design to create solutions that bridge the gap between the physical and the digital.
Mark is the former editor-in-chief of Wired Online, and was an editor at Wired magazine and Wired Books from 1993-1998. He was Playboy magazine's technology columnist for three years. He has appeared on The Colbert Report (twice) and the Martha Stewart Show, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, Business Week, The Hollywood Reporter, Wired, and other national publications.
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.
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.
Debra Gelman is a researcher, designer and strategist in the field of interactive children’s media. She has worked with PBS Sprout, Scholastic, Crayola, Pepperidge Farm, Campbell’s Soup, Georgia Public Television and other companies to create sites, mobile apps and virtual worlds for kids.
Jason is a mobile web strategist, co-founder of CloudFour.com and MobilePortland.com, and co-author of Head First Mobile Web. Jason has a proven track record of identifying upcoming trends and positioning clients to take advantage of new technology. He specializes in helping customers determine the best way to accomplish their business objectives online.
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.
Aaron Irizarry is a Sr. Product Designer for Nasdaq OMX, lover of heavy metal, foodie, and a master of BBQ arts. You can find some of his thoughts and presentations on the conversation surrounding design at over at discussingdesign.com.
As a writer, speaker and general software nerd, Jim Kidwell evangelizes the effective integration of fonts in creative workflows. Focusing on how effective font and digital asset management can affect all levels of an organization - from the legal, creative and branding standpoints - Jim has shared his unique perspective with audiences at SXSW, Future of Web Design and more.
Intent on actively shaping a better world, Mel Lim is committed to understanding the processes of designing brands, and the ways they impact businesses and customers, both socially and environmentally. With over 15 years of international experience in project management, user experience design, and brand development, Mel established her own studio – MLD – in 2003.
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.
Scé Pike has been defining user experience strategies for Fortune 500 companies for more than 15 years. As Chief Experience Officer at Citizen, she drives the user experience vision for all Citizen customers, including AT&T, Intel, HTC, NBC, T-Mobile, Samsung and Disney/ABC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas leads Second Story Labs, an incubator for new ideas and projects that explore the innovative use of technology to create cutting-edge interactive experiences.
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.
Adam is the founder of Bier Legal, P.C., a San Francisco-based boutique corporate law firm serving technology and design clients on both coasts and in Spain, France, Germany, and Israel. He represents numerous startups, including Cozy, Open Air Publishing, and Ipsy, as well as early employees and investors of prominent Silicon Valley companies.
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.
Chrissie leads user experience research for GitHub. As a UX designer, her work at Mozilla on Firefox websites and various startups has largely solved for growth and new user experiences. She loves learning how people learn and teaches design classes for General Assembly. Chrissie wrote a dissertation on the history of airline stewardesses, ask her about that!
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.
David grew up in Portland, and later moved to New York City for a spell. His comics and illustration have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the New York Observer, and Portland Monthly. He is the author of the graphic novels David Chelsea In Love and Welcome To The Zone and the how-to book Perspective! For Comic Book Artists and its sequel Extreme Perspective!
Jeff Cohen is currently the Chief Instructor of Code Academy here in Chicago, and teaches the beginner-focused Web Development course. He has worked with object-oriented programming languages and application frameworks for more than 15 years. In 2008, Jeff started Purple Workshops, conducting beginner-level workshops in Ruby, Rails, and agile software techniques.
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.
Scott is a digital marketing researcher and competitive marketing strategy instructor at Arizona State University. He was previously Head of Search Engine Optimization at tech accessory maker ZAGG.
Josh is a content inventor and content strategist. He comes up with ideas and strategies to bring content alive and meet your goals. He produces his own original ideas—and brings yours to life. Josh has frequently worked with educational and non-profit institutions and brings his understanding of political and social issues—as well as a love of learning, teaching, kids, and parenting to the mix.
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.
Joseph is a User Experience Architect focused on designing effective and innovative on-line and mobile applications. With over a decade of experience in software design and user research, Dickerson has made it his mission to make technology easier for people to use.
Steve is the content nerd-herder and responsive design fanatic at The Republic of Quality, in Vancouver, Canada. He leads the charge on the creative end of our projects, coordinating research, strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy. On the global stage he's a sought-after speaker on topics like responsive web design, UX, open source, design thinking, and web process.
Lakecia is the Technical Assistant for Justin Rattner, Corporate Vice President of Intel Labs and Chief Technology Officer of Intel Corporation. She was named a 2009 Modern-Day Technology Leader by US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine, and honored at the 23rd Black Engineer of the Year Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Global Competitiveness Conference.
Mamoon is a General Partner at The Social+Capital Partnership, an early stage Venture Capital firm based in Palo Alto. Mamoon has invested in and served on the boards of some of the most disruptive software companies of recent times including Box, Yammer (acquired by Microsoft), Castlight Health, Act-On Software, Cloudon and Wave.
Andrew Hinton is an information architect at The Understanding Group, and the author of Understanding Context, published by O'Reilly in 2014. Andrew is a frequent, internationally invited speaker at design conferences, and a founding member of the IA Institute. He has nearly 20 years' experience helping clients and employers of all shapes and sizes make better places with information.
Emily Inlow-Hood is passionate about inspiring people to engage in social good. She is the social media lead at PATH, an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation, where she helped build their social media presence from the ground up.
An expert in the field of data visualization, Jason lectures frequently on the subject of infographics and helped create and teach the Columbia University course “Visualization of Information,” offered as part of the school’s M.S. program in Information and Knowledge Strategy.
Lee is the Founder and Chief Explainer of Common Craft and author of The Art of Explanation - Making Your Ideas, Products and Services Easier to Understand. Since 2007, the company has won numerous awards, created explanations for the world's most respected brands and earned over 50 million online video views.
Ivo is the Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director of Global Mentorship and Partnership Program at Girls in Tech. She is passionate about leading, nurturing and mentoring the next generation, especially young girls, whose aspire to be in technology. She is the advocate of encouraging positive, inspiring and improving lives of the young girls to gain an entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills.
David is president of Sawyer McFarland Media, Inc., a Web development and training company in Portland, Oregon. He's been building websites since 1995, when he designed an online magazine for communication professionals. He's served as webmaster at the University of California at Berkeley and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, and oversaw a complete CSS-driven redesign of Macworld.com.
As a girl, Mitzi asked her parents if she could get a car when she turned sixteen. They agreed, with a caveat: Mitzi would have to work for it and build it herself – a tradition she’s continued with her 2 boys. At sixteen, with a 1964 Mustang Fastback complete, Mitzi launched into a lifelong pursuit of making.
Andrew Mottaz is the Founder of ProtoShare, the online mockup and wireframing tool. He has been building great user experiences since 1999. For the last 5 years, he has been focusing on helping development teams integrate UX processes.
Brad is a user experience designer and researcher located in St. Louis, MO. Over the course of his career he has helped clients in the financial, health care management, public utilities, and pharmaceutical management industries. He’s provided them with deep insight into their customers and users needs, and designed engaging experiences that were catered directly for those needs.
Nam-ho leads the implementation of creative web strategy, online community and mobile solutions at Forum One, working with non-profit, governmental and issue-driven organizations to increase their impact. Nam-ho has been active in web technologies and crafting user experience for over 12 years working in the US and Korea, and is a founding member of TEDxSeoul and MobileUXCamp Seattle.
Melody is a content strategist at Facebook. She uses language to shape products for over a billion people, including Facebook Photos, Camera, and the new Poke app.
Kevin is a General Partner at Google Ventures, where he primarily focuses on early-stage and seed investments. He has deep roots as a founder and serial entrepreneur, and brings this experience to advise Google Ventures' portfolio companies.