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Crossrider Founder & CTO
Former Director of Technology at SeekingAlpha
Dion Almaer is a technologist who loves to code and build. He and his long time partner-in-crime Ben Galbraith recently brought their team to Walmart to power the mobile engineering efforts. He enjoys sharing his passion for software production across various communities, including a new property called FunctionSource.com.
Dion has been writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog.
He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter.
Creator of Modernizr, Product Designer and former UI Engineer at Apple.
Manager of wijmo and ComponentOne products. Craftsman of scripts. Author of technology. Speaker of passions. Player of hockey.
Aditya is Sencha’s senior director of product management and is responsible for the product planning and strategy for Sencha’s product lines. Prior to Sencha, Aditya held various senior product management roles at Adobe and Microsoft, focusing on developers and media in the mobile and consumer electronics space.
Eric is a Developer Programs Engineer on Google’s Chrome Developer Relations team. Over the last two years he’s worked on various developer focused products, including Google Docs, Sites, Health, and OAuth. Recently, Eric joined the Chrome team to help spread HTML5 goodness around the globe. He is the author of the book “Using the HTML5 Filesystem API”. Prior to Google, Eric worked as a software engineer at the University of Michigan where he designed rich web applications and APIs for the university’s 19 libraries.
Stephen is the founder and CTO of PubNub. Stephen’s vision and strong technical chops drove the initial architecture of PubNub, building a core engine that has successfully scaled to the some of the largest real-time deployments in the world. Stephen has been a successful software entrepreneur his whole life, starting his first company, LTSun, at age 17, and joining Microsoft after its acquisition. Stephen was the chief architect for TrustedOpinion.com, a 50-language social recommendations site that grew to over 1 million users across over 100 countries.
Wes loves open source software and community learning, he spends a lot of time on github, twitter, and IRC (freenode) connecting with other developers. If you’re a woman looking to break into the developer industry, Wes teaches day long training for the non-profit Ladies Learning Code
Luz works at Opera as a Web
Opener, from Palo alto, CA. Her job is to help developers use Web
Standards to make the Web interoperable across all browsers and
devices, ensuring it stays accessible for everybody.
In 2010, along with Vanessa Hurst, Data Scientist at Paperless Post, she started an organization called Girl Develop It which offers low cost software development classes geared towards women. Girl Develop It has had over 1000 unique students in New York City and now has 6 chapters around the world.
In late 2011 she launched a subscription based women’s basics service with partner Melanie Moore. Elizabeth and Clarke develops, designs, and manufactures essentials that you need each season starting with the white shirt. Guaranteed to NEVER be: too... Read More.
Ben Combee is the techie face of the HP webOS framework team, both as a coder and presenter. He been doing developer activities as part of the Palm & webOS world since leading the Codewarrior for Palm OS team at Metrowerks in the early 2000′s. He’s also worked at Mozilla in their mobile browser and done open source hardware hacking with NYC Resistor in Brooklyn.
Adam Crabtee works for HP webOS on node.js supporting the Enyo.js framework. He runs BayNode, and founded Dallas.node. He authored an asynchronous trycatch library for node.js, and is working to bring package management to the browser via tiki.js. Currently, he is working on Hermes, a pluggable VFS back-end and API for Ares, the Enyo.js browser-based IDE.
Ward Cunningham has worked for and consulted to daring startups and huge corporations. He has served as CTO, Director, Fellow, Principle Engineer and Inventor. He is best known for creating wiki. He leads an open-source project rebuilding wiki to solve more complex sharing situations addressing some of societies toughest problems. Ward founded movements in object-oriented, agile software, extreme programming and pattern languages. Ward lives in Portland, Oregon and works for New Relic, Inc.
Before founding Meteor, Matt DeBergalis authored ActBlue, the
world’s largest political fundraising platform, raising a quarter of a
billion dollars. Before that, Matt was a kernel hacker: some of his
technical credits include the NeXT port of NetBSD and work on the
NFSv4 and DAFS specifications while at Network Appliance. As an
undergraduate at MIT, Matt built a phone system for his fraternity,
fabricating the circuit boards and writing the operating system from
Anthony Decena has risen through the ranks of the Titanium developer
community, and is now a Platform Evangelist at Appcelerator. Anthony has
been involved in supporting the developer community, teaching workshops,
speaking at conferences, hackathons and user groups, and even hacking on
Appcelerator’s new mobile web implementation of the Titanium platform.
Gerred Dillon enjoys games. He also enjoys making games. Outside of working with Unity3D, SDL, and Cocos2D, Gerred is a veteran web developer who now spends his time in the Canvas and WebGL arena with his independent game studio, Hardmode Studios.
Brendan holds a bachelor of science in math and computer science from Santa Clara University and a master of science in computer science from the University of Illinois.
Keith Fahlgren is the Director of Engineering at Safari Books Online. Previously, he worked at Threepress Consulting, O’Reilly Media, and was the co-developer of Ibis Reader.
Firtman is a mobile+web developer, trainer, author and speaker. He is Adobe Community Professional and author of many books, including “Programming the Mobile Web” and “jQuery Mobile: Up and Running” published by O’Reilly Media. He is working as co-author on the upcoming book “Mobile HTML5”. He has a blog about mobile web development on www.mobilexweb.com and he maintains the site mobilehtml5.org. He has created the free tool iWebInspector to debug mobile web applications on iOS.
He was a speaker at many international events, such as Velocity, OSCON, Breaking Development, GOTO Europe, InsideMobile, Google DevFest, Nokia Developer Days, Adobe en Vivo, Nokia Talk and Campus Party Europe. He has received different recognitions, such as Forum Nokia Champion yearly since 2006, as one of the... Read More.
Dr. Gary William Flake is the CEO of Clipboard Inc., a seed stage Internet startup that allows users to save, organize and share their favorite parts of the web. Prior to founding Clipboard, Gary held executive positions at Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Overture, where he managed applied research teams, corporate-wide innovation efforts, and helped guide corporate strategy. Gary has filed over 150 patents and has numerous publications spanning over 20 years which have focused on machine learning, data mining, and complex systems. Gary has also appeared in leading national publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Nature Science, CNET News, Computer World, Fast Company, TechCrunch and Mashable, and has presented at leadership events such as the TED... Read More.
Enjoys building new meaningful things. Founded Peer Belt.
He misses Grunge, loves great barbecue, and expects live fish to stay in water at all times.
For more than 13 years, Jesse Freeman has been on the cutting edge of interactive development with a focus on the Web and mobile platforms. As an expert in his field, Jesse has worked for VW, Tommy Hilfiger, Heavy, MLB, the New York Jets, HBO, and many more. Jesse was a traditional artist for most of his life until making the transition into interactive art, and he has never looked back.
Jesse is a Technical Architect/Technology Evangelist at Roundarch and is an active leader in New York’s developer community. He is also active in the online community as a writer for several development sites including Adobe Developer Connection, O’Reilly Media, Inc., and Activetuts+. He can be found on twitter at @jessefreeman. Jesse also... Read More.
odbol (aka Tyler Freeman) is an artist who specializes in designing interfaces that bring the body closer to the machine, thus enhancing the user’s ability to manipulate digital information efficiently and unobtrusively — some people refer to these users as cyborgs, but the phenomenon is so rampant in today’s world that the word cyborg really loses all meaning.
odbol received his undergrad degree in Computer Science and his Master’s in Digital Art and New Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA. He is an active VJ who has played for numerous bands and acts throughout the United States and Europe, and has invented several performance interfaces such as DrumPants, the VJacket, and WiiJ Video.
His various interactive... Read More.
Thomas’s company that he co-owns with his wife Amy Hoy (keynoting at Fluent!) is the maker of the beautiful and easy-to-use time tracking application Freckle and the upcoming Charm customer support web app.
Ben Galbraith, together with his long-time friend Dion Almaer, forms one-half of the dynamic “Ben and Dion” duo that founded Ajaxian.com, headed Developer Tools at Mozilla, ran Developer Relations at Palm and is now running mobile architecture and engineering at Walmart.com after being acquired along with their start-up team in early 2011. Ben’s been writing code since he was six and starting businesses since he was ten; he’s written books, given hundreds of award-winning presentations world-wide, produced a few technical conferences, sold three companies, and has held CEO, CIO, CTO, and Software Architect positions in the medical, publishing, media, consumer electronics, advertising, software and internet industries. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and six children.
Phil has been working on YouTube’s play button for a couple years now. He enjoys continuous deployment and long stretches of behavior driven development. Between the years of keyboard playing cat videos he’s learned a thing or two about the strain scale has on design and usability. If he ever escapes the clutches of a cushy day job, you’ll likely find him hacking on yet another casual-social-game without a business model.
Steve Heffernan is the creator of Video.js, an open source web video player in use on over 100,000 websites and with over 1 billion views per month. Steve was previously co-founder of Zencoder, a cloud video encoding service that was acquired by Brightcove. As part of Brightcove, Steve now works full-time managing the Video.js project and community.
Sean cofounded i.TV, where as CTO he is responsible for the architecture and engineering of i.TV’s second screen platform. Prior to i.TV, Sean was VP of Engineering at AmberAlert.com. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He blogs at http://seanhess.github.com
Ariya Hidayat is a passionate technologist with over a decade of experience working with different levels of hardware and software. Although he likes math and physics, after finishing his dissertation on fiber optic transmission system, he opted to try a new thing and bootstrapped his professional software career. He has been involved with different open source communities, writing code for projects like KDE, Qt, and WebKit. Currently he is working as Engineering Director for Sencha, a Silicon Valley startup focusing on web technologies.
Tom Hughes-Croucher is the CTO at Change.org The world’s largest petition platform. Tom loves helping people Change the world every single day.
Previously he founded Jetpacks for Dinosaurs, a consultancy that helped make their clients’ (Walmart, Nexenta, MySpace, Comcast, NY Times, etc) internet applications really fast.
Tom is the co-author of the O’Reilly book “Up and Running with Node.js”.
Tom has also worked at Joyent on the Node.js team, at Yahoo! and a range of other startups. Tom is an O’Reilly author with his book “Node.js Up and Running”.
Tom has contributed to a number of Web standards for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the British Standards Institute (BSI). He has worked with some of the world’s leading brands including... Read More.
Sha studied and worked in architecture before diving headfirst into data visualization at Stamen Design. At Stamen Sha worked on projects for clients like CNN, MTV, Adobe, and Flickr. Last year, Sha cofounded a startup called Movity focused on visualization and cities. Movity was recently acquired by the real estate company Trulia to bring their work to a national audience. Sha is endlessly fascinated by maps, data, design, and cities.
Paul Irish is a front-end developer who loves the web. He works on Google Chrome, its performance and devtools.
Michael Jackson is co-founder and developer at Hum (letshum.com).
Charlie Key co-founded Paranoid Ferret Productions and has helped educate thousands of people through his tutorials on Switch On The Code. He has also created a several iOS applications including two games, Drop & Lock and Snake – Classic Style.
I work on Trello at Fog Creek Software. In the past, I have worked on FogBugz at Fog Creek, Your Account, Checkout, and Customer Service Apps at Amazon.com.
Derrick is the first employee and product engineer at Kicksend, a Y Combinator funded startup that lets you privately send large batches of photos, videos and other files to people you love. Prior to that, he was a software engineer at Pivotal Labs, where he led teams and worked with clients that ranged from startups to enterprises. A founder himself, Derrick started a company in Singapore back in 2007. He occasionally blogs about startups and product development at http://blog.derrickko.com.
Ryan spent 10 years in varying roles at Nokia bringing mobile devices and innovations to the US market. Last year he transitioned to the super competitive and fast changing industry of mobile browsers working with partners to bring unique experiences to their users.
Seth is a web engineer and Developer Advocate at Chrome. He produced Aloha on Rails, the Hawaii Ruby on Rails and Web Development Conference and New Game, the conference for HTML5 game developers. Way back, he wrote the Expert Spring MVC book. Recently, Seth helped release Angry Birds for the web. He is on the board for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.
Andrew Lee is a founder at Firebase, a real-time data
synchronization service. He has extensive experience building
performant real-time software. He studied CS and EE at Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology, previously founded two other startups, and
has worked at Adobe, Seagate, and Green Hills Software.
Phil @leggetter is a Developer Evangelist at Caplin Systems where he’s leading the project to open source BladeRunnerJS. He’s the co-author of Realtime Web Apps: With HTML5 WebSocket, PHP, and jQuery and writes articles for Smashing Magazine, .net magazine, Programmable Web, on his own blog and anywhere else he gets an opportunity to create content.
Phil’s passions include developer experience, customer service are helping people realise the benefits of realtime web technologies when building the next generation of interactive and engaging web apps.
As Founder of Colingo, Lowenstein leverages dual backgrounds in
neuroscience and software development to solve the problems of
language-learners worldwide. Built on top of Node.js, Colingo is a
revolutionary platform for online language-tutoring based around
instant speaking sessions structured with SpeakAssist learning tools.
SpeakAssist allows learners to extract meaningful data and analytics
from their conversations, giving them the feedback they crave and
providing a clear path towards fluency. Lowenstein lives and works in
Born and raised in Jordan, Amjad grew frustrated by the state of Computer Science education and the lack of available means to introduce beginners to programming. Amjad spends most of his days thinking about and developing browser tools that help people learn and explore new programming languages.
Amjad joined Codecademy and moved to New York to pursue the mission of making coding accessible to anyone with a browser.
As a veteran of the mobile industry with over a decade at Palm, Enda leads the Developer Relations team at HP that supports both the Enyo and Open webOS product lines. He began his professional career as an electronic engineer before switching to web development. In 2000, he began working on Palm’s line of PDAs and smart phones, ultimately returning to his passion for web technologies with the introduction of webOS. He has spent the last 4 years developing WebOS from the ground up and supporting its enthusiastic developer community.
Igor Minar is a software engineer at Google. He is a co-lead of the AngularJS project that aims to bring simplicity to the development of client-side web development via declarative markup, data-binding, and APIs with testability baked in. In his previous life, Igor was a hardcore server-side developer at Sun Microsystems specializing in test-driven web development with Java, JavaEE, JRuby and Rails, and responsible for developing wikis.sun.com as well as other developer community webapps.
In my free time I enjoy exploring the art of making great food, the world of photography, movies and literature.
Brian Noguchi is a software engineer and co-author of Derby and Racer. He is also the author of everyauth, a Node.js auth library, and a co-author of mongoose, a popular MongoDB ORM for Node.js. From 2007 to 2009, he was a co-founder and CTO of Trendessence, which developed machine-learning powered tools for companies looking to expand their Twitter presence. He graduated from Stanford with a degree in Mathematical and Computational Sciences, where he focused on machine learning.
David Pacheco is the lead engineer of Joyent’s Introspection Team, which develops Cloud Analytics and other tools for observing software in the cloud. Previously a member of Sun’s Fishworks team, David worked on several areas of the Sun Storage 7000 series of appliances including remote replication, fault management, and flash device support.
Tony Parisi is an entrepreneur and career CTO/architect. He has developed international standards and protocols, created noteworthy software products, and started and sold technology companies. Tony’s passion for innovating is exceeded only by his desire to bring coolness and fun to the broadest possible audience.
Tony’s first startup, Intervista Software (1995-1998), developed the first-ever real-time VRML plugin for Internet Explorer, which Microsoft bundled with millions of copies of their browser. His most recent company, Vivaty (2007-2010), created a novel end-to-end virtual world system fully integrated with the web and serving up millions of virtual goods transactions.
Tony is perhaps best known for his work as a pioneer of 3D standards for the web. He is the co-creator of VRML and X3D,
James is Head of Mobile Developer Relations at Facebook. He’s a developer and writer with a special passion for mobile and exploring its untapped potential.
James’ mobile projects include confess.js, WhitherApps, tinySrc, ready.mobi, Device Atlas, and mobiForge. Previously at Sencha, dotMobi, Argogroup and Ernst & Young, he has also written books on the mobile web for Wrox & Wiley. He’s easy to find at /jamesgpearce, @jamespearce or http://tripleodeon.com
Gregg Pollack works at Envy Labs, where he produces a podcast, creates educational screencasts, and develops websites with Rails. He also runs the Ruby Hero Awards, organizes the Orlando Ruby Users Group, and is also sometimes known as the Ruby on Rails guy in the “Rails vs” commercials or the “C” in MVC.
Kris Rasmussen most recently was the chief architect at Aptana where he led engineering and product efforts on a ne set of developer services. He is also the co-founder of Rivalmap, an enterprise collaboration company, and has worked for a number of other software companies in leadership and engineering roles including Microsoft. Kris studied computer science and math at UCLA.
Located in Munich, Germany. Speaks German, English, French, and Spanish.
Brian Rinaldi is the Developer Content Manager at Telerik. Brian is the founder of the very popular web and mobile developer site Flippin’ Awesome. He writes regularly and also tweets the best articles, tutorials and new projects he finds @remotesynth.
Greg is a fearless web warrior, fighting for browser and website progress. While training at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, he published articles with the Opera Web Standards Curriculum. Subsequently, he went on to battle alongside many different web companies, including Amazon, Yahoo, and Google. His current alliance is with YouTube, where he spearheads the movement for HTML5 video capabilities.
Darren Schreiber is the Co-Founder of 2600hz. He previously worked as the lead developer on the FreePBX v3 / Phonebooth project at Bandwidth.com, a next-generation open-source FreeSWITCH GUI. He also is one of the co-authors of the FreeSWITCH book and does all the official international FreeSWITCH trainings around the world. Darren has 15 years of IT experience and has developed multiple enterprise SaaS infrastructures for hosting and remotely managing IT, voice and e-commerce services. He has been a serious telephony enthusiast since a young age and has worked extensively with VoIP and Open Source technologies. Darren graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Computer Science and Business Management.
Jonathan started developing for the web as early as 1996. Jonathan co-founded appendTo and serves in a COO role as well as delivers on-site training for clients. A former jQuery Board member, Jonathan is a developer at heart and has a passion for well architected solutions, API’s and the importance of workflow and team dynamics in software development.
Felix Sheng is founder & CTO of Ordr.in, a Google Ventures-backed startup company bringing about massive change to the way customers and restaurants connect and
transact online. Felix and Ordr.in were featured in Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, TechCrunch, and GigaOM, and at Web 2.0 Expo and on untether.tv. In 2011 he was
listed on the Silicon Alley 100 and went through the TechStars NY startup accelerator.
Before Ordr.in Felix consulted for major media brands such as such as The Atlantic Monthly and New Republic on designing and overseeing their websites. Previously Felix
held senior R&D, architecture and development rolls at startups, consulting agencies and growth stage ventures. He was the first technical hire at the NYTimes.com.
Felix lives in Brooklyn with... Read More.
Nate Smith is an author of the Derby and Racer projects. He was a Product Manager at Google from July 2007 to March 2011, working under the Google Analytics team for a year, managing the Google Images UI for two years, and helping with the most recent web search redesign. Nate spearheaded the Google Images redesign that launched in July 2010, including the initial design and prototype. Prior to Google, he majored in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Olin College in Needham, Massachusetts, where he studied embedded computing, interface design, and entrepreneurship.
Steve works at SpeedCurve on the interplay between performance and design. He previously served as Google’s Head Performance Engineer, Chief Performance Yahoo!, and Chief Performance Officer at Fastly. Steve has pioneered much of the work in the world of web performance. He is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. He is the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, the HTTP Archive, Episodes, ControlJS, and Browserscope. Steve taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford and serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly.
Caike Souza is a software craftsman and metal guitarrist
Elliott Sprehn works for Google as a Tech Lead on Google Feedback, exposed to the world as the Send Feedback button on Google+ and a number of other products, including Chrome, Chrome OS, and Android. Elliott has worked on a variety of projects from network services, to realtime messaging systems, as well as a large number of web applications. He is a strong advocate of web standards and has participated in the HTML5 WG and WHATWG and now works closely with the teams at Google working on the standards related to the future of the web platform.
Ryan Stewart is a Web Developer Evangelist for Adobe Systems. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics he started on the Flash Platform by building eLearning rich Internet applications in Flex 1.5 and ColdFusion 7 for the Wharton School of Business. He is a long time blogger and had a prominent blog on ZDNet where he covered all sides of rich Internet applications. He has spoken at a number of industry conferences including Web 2.0 Expo, Adobe MAX, 360|Flex, SXSW, PHP Tek, and Web Design World. When not working with the latest web technology you can find him in Seattle where he enjoys making beer, mountaineering, and spending as much time as possible in the outdoors. You... Read More.
Nicole is an evangelist, front-end performance consultant, CSS Ninja, and author. She started the Object-Oriented CSS open source project, which answers the question: how do you scale CSS for millions of visitors or thousands of pages? She also consulted with the W3C for their beta redesign, and is the co-creator of Smush.it, an image optimization service in the cloud. She is passionate about CSS, web standards, and scalable front-end architecture for large commercial websites.
She co-authored Even Faster Websites and blogs at stubbornella.org.
Jacob works at Twitter on the Platform team and is the co-author
of some pretty nifty open source projects: Bootstrap, Ender,
Hogan.js… He studied literature in school, which means he has no
clue what he’s doing and is hyper critical of everything.
Ibon Tolosana, currently is the CTO at Ludei and creator of CAAT (canvas animation library). He is an ex-entrepreneur, ex-consultant, and pure doer, he loves everything related to web, canvas, usability and programming languages
Luke is an experienced developer who has worked on projects ranging from massive government and enterprise systems to agile startup sites. He is the co-author of Practical Clojure (Apress, 2010), and is currently working on a ClojureScript book with O’Reilly. He currently works for Relevance, Inc where he has worked closely with Rich Hickey and Clojure/Core on the development of Clojure and ClojureScript.
Lea previously worked as a Developer Advocate at W3C and currently spends her days writing & designing her first book (“CSS Secrets”), published with O’Reilly in 2014. She has a long-standing passion for open web standards, which she fulfils by researching new ways to use them, blogging, speaking, writing, and coding popular open source projects to help fellow developers. She is an Invited Expert in the CSS Working Group, which architects the language itself. Although she holds a BSc in Computer Science, Lea is one of the few misfits who love code and design equally.
Dan Webb is a british software engineer based in San Francisco and the Engineering Manager of Twitter’s Web Core team.
Levi Weintraub is a 3-time WebKit engineer, working on HTML editing at Apple, the webOS platform and browser at Palm, and currently layout and rendering at Google. He has a BSE in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and a tendency to go adventuring by motorcycle.
Chris Wilson is an Open Web Platform Developer Advocate working on
Chrome. He began working on web browsers in 1993 when he co-authored
the original Windows version of NCSA Mosaic, went on to Microsoft to
work on Internet Explorer for fifteen years, and joined Google in
2010. He has a particular interest in enabling awesome user
experiences on the web platform, and is a long-time participant in
various web standards working groups.
In his free time, he enjoys photography and hiking with his wife and daughter (and their soon-to-be second child), and scuba diving in the tropics as well as the chilly waters of Puget Sound as a PADI Assistant Instructor. You can keep up with... Read More.
As CTO, Dan manages all things engineering at spire.io, bringing over
twenty-five years of experience in software engineering, including key
roles at numerous startups. He did much of the preliminary research
and design of spire.io, and has played a large part in developing our
open and democratic decision making process with a management style
one could describe as, “We’re all adults here.” Dan’s most recent
project before coming to spire.io was SharesPost, the first and
largest private equity exchange. He had a hands-on role involving all
aspects of design and development, taking a demonstration prototype
and turning it into a scalable and reliable exchange. Prior to
SharePost, Dan led AT&T Interactive’s Research and Development
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