Speakers

  • danah boyd

    Keynote Speaker

    danah boyd

    danah boyd is an internationally recognized authority on the ways people use networked social media as a context for social interaction — who inhabits the world of online social network sites, what they do there, and why. She has been called the “high priestess” of online social network sites by the Financial Times.

    danah researches how social media like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube are integrated into people’s daily practices. Much of her work focuses on American youth practices, popular social network sites, and sociality. She also studies blogging, media making and social media more broadly.

  • Chris Cashdollar

    Christopher Cashdollar is a multidisciplinary-trained graphic designer with interactive experience dating back to the mid 1990s. He has provided consultative strategy and design direction for clients such as Ben & Jerry’s, Harvard, Viacom, Monotype Imaging, Northwestern Mutual, LG Mobile, and Zappos.

  • Daniel Greenfeld

    Daniel Greenfeld is a senior software engineer at Eventbrite. Daniel is the co-author of Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django and two O'Reilly courses. He is also a co-creator and maintainer of Django Packages, the index for researching Django apps. Before that he spent over five years at NASA as a software engineer, where he won numerous awards. He's enthusiastic about open source, technology communities, and Capoeira. He blogs regularly at his blog (http://pydanny.com).

  • Jessica Ivins

    Jessica is a User Experience (UX) designer and educator who speaks, writes, and volunteers for many things UX. In August of 2014 she will join Center Centre, a UX design school located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as a faculty member. She has spoken internationally at conferences such as SXSW, Midwest UX, IA Summit, UX Camp Ottawa, and UX Cambridge (UK). She has organized UX book club meetings, taught classes for Girl Develop It Philadelphia, and served on the board of PhillyCHI, Philadelphia’s UX community.

  • Jeff Knupp

    Jeff Knupp is the author of Writing Idiomatic Python and maintains a popular Python blog at http://www.jeffknupp.com. He is the author of the "sandman" Python library and offers private tutoring services for Python and Django/Flask. He is currently a senior software engineer on the Anti-Fraud team at AppNexus. Jeff can be reached at the following email address: jeff@jeffknupp.com.

  • Alec Lamon

    Alec Lamon has over 17 years experience in a variety of technical environments and is currently Senior Director of the Wharton School's Research and Innovation Group which is dedicated to providing premium technical solutions in support of Wharton researchers. Previously, he led the Custom Applications and Online Services group - a team of developers that produced mission-critical applications, games and simulations for Wharton.

  • Stephen Megargee

    Stephen Megargee is currently the managing director of Aquent Studios, where he leads a large team that meets design and project management needs at Merck Pharmaceuticals.

    Steve stumbled haphazardly into his career and was soon designing graphics for Swatch Watch, Michael Jackson, Metallica and Pink Floyd, to name only a few of many pop artists. Too soon after learning how to write HTML code, he was swept up in the dot-com boom when recruited by CDnow, as a creative director.

  • Chris Stubbs

    Chris Stubbs is the Project Manager for Penn State’s Educational Gaming Commons — a university wide initiative dedicated to the use, development, and support of games for teaching, learning and research. When he is not saving the world through gaming, Chris is also an instructional technologist and designer for Penn State’s Education Technology Services group, where he leverages new and emerging technologies, including digital and social media, to improve education.

  • David Dylan Thomas

    David Dylan Thomas, content strategist at EPAM, has developed strategies for such companies as Thomson Reuters, Men’s Health, Oxygen, Sport Chek, and the Army and Air Force Service Exchange. He is the founder of Content Camp, co-organizer of Barcamp Philly, head of Content Strategy Philly, and the creator, director, and co-producer of Developing Philly, a web series about the rise of the Philadelphia tech community. He has lectured on such topics as the future of content in a post-ownership economy and the hidden power of links on the internet.

  • Sarah Toms

    Sarah Toms is IT Director of Wharton's Learning Lab and was fortunate to be on the team who authored the DevTAP process. She is an ITIL certified practitioner who started her journey in technology during the dot-com heydays as an entrepreneur and went on to work in pharma as an IT service manager for 8 years. In 2013 Sarah and her team successfully delivered 2 commercially available simulations via Harvard Business Publishing. She loves applying her knowledge of software and IT process to designing engaging games and simulations that enhance learning.

  • Sara Wachter-Boettcher

    Sara Wachter-Boettcher runs a content strategy consultancy based in Philadelphia. She is the author of Content Everywhere from Rosenfeld Media, a book that helps content professionals, designers, and others plan for flexible, adaptable content systems that can be accessed across channels and devices.

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