Fluent Conference provides a variety of forums for learning, from workshops and sessions with experts to the "hallway track" between sessions, where attendees informally connect and share questions, knowledge, and perspectives with their peers.
Mike Amundsen is Layer 7's Principal API Architect. An internationally known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels throughout the United States and Europe consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics including distributed network architecture, Web application development, Cloud computing, and other subjects. His recent work focuses on the role hypermedia plays in creating and maintaining applications that can successsfully evolve over time. He has more than a dozen books to his credit. His most recent book is "Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node" He also contributed to the book "RESTful Web Services Cookbook" (by Subbu Allamaraju). He is currently working on a new book, "Programming the Web with Cloud9." When he is not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his family in Kentucky, USA.
Mark Bates is the founder and chief architect of the Boston, MA based consulting company, Meta42 Labs. Mark spends his days focusing on new application development and consulting for his clients. At night he writes books, raises kids, and occasionally he forms a band and "tries to make it".
Wes loves open source software and community learning, he spends a lot of time on github, twitter, and IRC (freenode) connecting with other developers. Wes leads training workshops for the not for profit Ladies Learning Code.
Maximiliano Firtman is a mobile and web developer, professor and founder of ITMaster Professional Training. He is Adobe Community Champion and author of many books, including "Programming the Mobile Web" published by O'Reilly Media in 2010 and the upcoming book "jQuery Mobile: Up and Running". He has a blog about mobile web development on www.mobilexweb.com.
He is a professional in iOS development, mobile browsers, HTML5, mobile web 2.0, plus native Android and Java ME development.
Brady Forrest is the Head of the PCH Accelerator and is on the lookout for the next great piece of hardware. He co-started and "shepherd" Ignite; he's part of the team currently organizing Ignite SF. He's a Venture Advisor to 500 Startups and spent some time on the Investment Staff at Khosla Ventures. Formerly he was at O'Reilly and worked on a number of things including: the radar blog, Web 2.0 Expo, Where 2.0, ETech, and Foo Camp.
Burke Holland is a web developer living in Nashville, TN. He enjoys working with and meeting developers who are building mobile apps with jQuery / HTML5 and loves to hack on social API's. Burke works for Telerik as a Developer Evangelist focusing on Kendo UI. Burke is @burkeholland on Twitter.
Tom Hughes-Croucher is the Principal at Jetpacks for Dinosaurs, a consultancy that helps to make their client's web sites really fast. He provides technology leadership and expertise in high performance web sites and Node.js for the company.
Tom is the co-author of the O'Reilly book "Up and Running with Node.js".
Kate Matsudaira has spent her entire career working on amazing products with brilliant people. She has worked as the VP Engineering/CTO at several Seattle startups—including Decide, SEOmoz and Delve Networks (acquired by Limelight). Prior to joining the startup world she spent time as a software engineer, tech lead, and manager at Amazon and Microsoft. Kate has hands-on knowledge and experience with building large scale distributed web systems, big data, cloud computing and technical leadership.
Kate has a B.S. in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College, and has completed graduate work at the University of Washington in both Business and Computer Science (M.S.).
Located in Munich, Germany. Speaks German, English, French, and Spanish.
Irene Ros is a Senior Developer and Data Visualization Specialist at Bocoup. Most recently Irene has been working with the Guardian Interactive Team in the UK on the Miso Project, an open source toolkit designed to expedite the creation of high-quality interactive storytelling and data visualisation content.
Before Bocoup, Irene spent 3 years working at IBM Research's Visual Communication Lab as a data visualization research developer. Together with her team she helped build Many Eyes - a collaborative data visualization creation and sharing tool and Many Bills - a visual interface to reading congressional legislation. Her work has been written about in the New York Times and the New York Times Open Blog, as well as Fast Company.
Laurel Ruma is the Director of Talent for O'Reilly Media. Most recently she co-chaired Where 2.0, OSCON Java, and Gov 2.0 Expo. She joined the company in 2005 after working for five years at various IT analyst firms in the Boston area. Laurel is also the co-editor of Open Government, published by O'Reilly.
Christopher Schmitt is the founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm. An award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993, Christopher interned for both David Siegel and Lynda Weinman in the mid-90s while he was an undergraduate at Florida State University working on a fine arts degree with an emphasis on graphic design. Afterward, he earned a master's in communication for Interactive and New Communication Technologies while obtaining a graduate certificate in project management from FSU's College of Communication.
Mary Treseler is Editorial Strategist at O'Reilly Media, Inc. She acquires and edits web, business, commerce, and UX projects. Most recently Mary created and launched The Lean Series with Eric Ries. She has been working in technology publishing for over 20 years. Mary lives by the sea in South Dartmouth, MA with her husband and two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. When she unplugs you can find her out wandering with her camera.
Lea Verou has a long-standing passion for open web standards, and has been often called a “CSS guru”. She loves researching new ways to take advantage of modern web technologies and shares her findings through her blog, lea.verou.me. Lea also makes popular tools and libraries that help web developers learn and use these standards. She speaks at a number of well-known international web development conferences and writes for leading industry publications. Lea also co-organized and occasionally lectures the web development course at the Athens University of Economics and Business.
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