Explore the Future of the Web


Keynote Speakers

Leslie Bradshaw

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 Diana

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 Frauenfelder

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 Nicolle

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 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.

Featured Speakers


Adam Arthur Bier

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 Bragg

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 Brodigan

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

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 Chelsea

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

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.

Adam Connor

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 Cowley

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 Daniel

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

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 Dickerson

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 Fisher

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 Gunter

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 Hamid

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

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

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.

Jason Lankow

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 LeFever

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 Lukas

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 McFarland

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.

Mitzi Montoya

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

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 Nunnally

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 Park

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 Quintana

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 Rose

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.

Jonathan Snook

Jonathan is an internationally-admired web designer and developer, and a gifted creator of striking designs and impeccable markup and code. He moves effortlessly from client-side, front-end work to hardcore server-side challenges, and his fluency in CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL make him the “turn-to” man for many high-profile clients.