Paris wears many hats: co-founder of Secret Lab (a mobile game development startup), co-author of 'iPhone and iPad Game Development for Dummies' and 'Unity Mobile Game Development for Dummies' (out in 2011) and Product Manager (Mobile) at Meebo Inc., one of the Web's fastest growing consumer Internet companies. Paris has degrees in HCI, computer science, medieval and modern history and enjoys designing, producing and building awesome experiences for mobile.
Sassy, smiling and straightforward, Megan directs experience design at Mad*Pow while simultaneously heading up all of its marketing activities.With 15 years of experience in marketing and experience design, Megan is the ultimate user advocate. She specializes in helping clients discover the attitudes, intents and behaviors of their users and to understand what is truly important to them.
Josh Clark is a designer, developer, and author specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. He's author of the O'Reilly books "Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps" and "Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders." Josh's outfit Global Moxie offers workshops and consulting services to help creative companies build tapworthy iPhone apps and effective websites.
Deb Gelman has been involved with kids and media since 1993. After earning bachelors' degrees in visual media and psychology from American University in Washington, DC, Deb worked in childrenis television, creating educational programming for elementary-school kids. She moved into interactive media in the late 90s, studying information design and technology at Georgia Tech. Her masters' thesis, and subsequent work, focused on using immersive online iworldsi to teach kids about environmental science.
Cindy Chastain is an experience designer, strategist, teacher and screenwriter. As a Creative Director at R/GA, named Digital Agency of the Decade by Adweek, Cindy leads with a focus on user-centered design, storytelling, and collaboration. She’s also bent on changing the way traditional advertisers and marketers think about customer experiences. Clients she's worked with range from Verizon to BBC Worldwide, Showtime, GSK, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Pfizer, Madison Square Garden and Fuse.
Cheryl Platz is a User Experience Designer with Microsoft, currently working with the Management & Administration Experience team on advanced user interfaces for information technology professionals. Prior to her time at Microsoft, Cheryl spent a number of years as a Producer in the video game industry. Her shipped titles include Disney Friends (Nintendo DS) and numerous titles in the Sims line of products including The Sims Bustin' Out, The Urbz, and The Sims 2.
Erik is the co-founder of Ushahidi (which means "testimony" in Swahili), a web application created to map the reported incidents of violence happening during the post-election crisis in Kenya. Currently, he is working with a team of mostly-African programmers to continue development of this new free and open source platform that makes it easier to crowdsource crisis information and visualize data.
Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, and critic, was born in 1954. Best known for his ten science fiction novels, he also writes short stories, book reviews, design criticism, opinion columns, and introductions for books ranging from Ernst Juenger to Jules Verne.