Speakers

  • Jesse James Garrett

    Keynote Speaker

    Jesse James Garrett

    Renowned thought leader on innovation, product strategy and customer-centered design. Developed the industry standard for user experience in Web design. Coined the term Ajax and defined the concepts behind this emerging trend in Web technology. Articulate, visionary and engaging speaker.

  • Lauren Ancona

    Lauren Ancona is a Data Scientist in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Information and Technology. She was formerly Assistant Director of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at University of the Arts. Educated as a classical musician (percussion and conducting), she spent 9 years as a nonprofit administrator, where she developed digital and print marketing campaigns for Opera Philadelphia, St. Francis Hospital, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and Longwood Gardens.

  • Tom Boutell

    Tom Boutell is a senior web developer at P'unk Avenue here in Philadelphia. He is the technical lead on the Apostrophe open source CMS project and the author of justjs.com, a tutorial blog for Node developers. He also kick-started the creation of the PNG file format.

  • Tracey Halvorsen

    Tracey Halvorsen is a consultant, designer, painter, author, and speaker. Her background in visual art and computer-based technology and her hands-on style of leadership has helped Fastspot consistently create award-winning and industry recognized websites, applications and marketing campaigns.

  • Kevin M. Hoffman

    Kevin M. Hoffman is an information architect and design strategist that has been building digital tools since 1995. He holds a deep belief that properly designed and executed time spent together, or a good meeting, is a core element of good design. It puts necessary shared understanding and trust in place, enabling teams to make better experiences real. Kevin is regularly hired to facilitate design meetings for web and application design projects. He also speaks and provides workshops on the design of meetings and collaboration all over the world.

  • Jacob Kaplan-Moss

    Jacob Kaplan-Moss is the co-creator of Django and the founder of the Django Software Foundation. He has over a decade of experience as a web, open source, and Python developer. He is currently Director of Security at Heroku.

  • Sarah Toms

    Sarah Toms is the IT Director of the Alfred West Jr. Learning Lab at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  The Learning Lab explores new approaches to learning through the development of serious games, simulations and interactive programs. In 2013, Sarah and her team delivered 2 commercially available simulations via Harvard Business Publishing (HBP), with 2 more planned for release this Fall. Between HBP and Wharton, there are almost 15,000 student plays of Learning Lab games per year.

  • Lyle Ungar

    Dr. Lyle Ungar is a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT. Dr. Ungar directed Penn's Executive Masters of Technology Management (EMTM) Program for a decade, and served as Associate Director of the Penn Center for BioInformatics (PCBI). He has published over 200 articles and holds eleven patents.

  • Kevin Werbach

    Kevin Werbach is an associate professor of Legal Studies at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and the founder of Supernova Group, a technology consulting firm.

  • Frank Wiles

    Frank Wiles is the President and Founder of  Revolution Systems which specializes in building and scaling large Django based web applications, and one of the maintainers of Python.org. In his 18 years of operations and development experience, his main focus has been on optimizing systems and tech teams.

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