Mark Divine

SealFit, USCrossFit, NavySeals.com @MarkDivine
Mark Divine

Mark Divine is an expert in human performance as it is displayed in mental toughness, leadership and physical readiness. His work is based on an integral warrior-leader model that he developed and tested on over a thousand special operations candidates worldwide. The integrated training, which involves physical, mental, emotional, intuitional and spiritual training, has resulted in over a 90% success rate for the Spec Ops candidates. It is now taught to executives and corporate teams, tops sports teams, top athletes, professionals, first responders and warriors from all walks of life.

Mark is the founder and leader of several highly successful enterprises including SEALFIT (Physical and mental training), Unbeatable, LLC (Executive Mastery Development), NavySEALs.com and USCrossFit. He also co-founded the Coronado Brewing Company in Coronado, CA.

SEALFIT developed out of the Navy's SEAL candidate Mentoring program, which took the pass rate for Navy SEAL candidates from 33% to over 80% on the Physical Screening Test at Navy Boot Camp. This program was instrumental in helping the Navy grow the size and quality of the SEAL force.

Mark's other professional experience includes 20 years as a Navy SEAL officer, retiring as a Commander in 2011. Also 4 years as a CPA with the firm now known as PriceWaterhouseCoopers prior to his joining the Navy. As a reserve SEAL he led several prominent projects, including the Navy's internal study on whether to support the invitation of USMC into the Special Operations Command.

Mark served as Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the University of San Diego and has authored four books: "The Way of the SEAL," published by Reader's Digest Publishing, "8 Weeks to SEALFIT" by St. Martin's Press, "Unbeatable Mind" and the "SEALFIT Training Guide," both self-published.

Appearances

Opening Keyonte Friday, 9 a.m. The Unbeatable Mind Columbia Museum of Art

Ethan Marcotte

Responsive Web Design @beep
Ethan Marcotte

Ethan Marcotte is an independent designer/developer who is passionate about beautiful design, elegant code, and the intersection of the two. Over the years his clientele has included New York Magazine, the Sundance Film Festival, the Boston Globe, and the W3C.

Ethan coined the term “responsive web design” to describe a new way of designing for the ever-changing Web and, if given the chance, will natter on excitedly about it—he even went so far as to write a book on the topic. A popular and experienced speaker, he is also the coauthor of Jeffrey Zeldman’s Designing With Web Standards (3rd Edition), and a contributing writer to Dan Cederholm’s Handcrafted CSS.

Ethan lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and would like to be an unstoppable robot ninja when he grows up. Beep.

Appearances

Keynote Saturday Responsive Web Design Columbia Museum of Art

Mark Boulton

Designer, 5 Simple Steps @markboulton
Mark Boulton

Mark is the founder of a small design studio called Mark Boulton Design; the co-founder of publisher Five Simple Steps; member of the International Society of Typographic Designers; author of Designing for the Web and Web Standards Creativity; Britpack alumni and co-creator of Gridset, a tool for making responsive grid systems.

Mark runs Mark Boulton Design with a small, exceptional team of designers and researchers. MBD works with global media companies such as ESPN and Al Jazeera; small brands with big stories like Huit Denim; technology organisations such as Drupal and Alfresco; oh, and a small place in Switzerland that invented the web and discovered the Higgs Boson.

Together with his wife, Emma, Mark co-founded community publisher Five Simple Steps in 2009. Initially an exercise in self-publishing for Mark’s book Designing for the Web, Five Simple Steps quickly grew into an important voice in the web industry. Publishing influential titles such as Andy Clarke’sHardboiled Web Design”, and Jon Hick’s “Icon Handbook”, Five Simple Steps has recently teamed up with Typekit and Gridset to bring you the latest collection of small Pocket Guides.

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Keynote Saturday TBD Columbia Museum of Art

Chris Coyier

CSS-Tricks.com, Codepen.io @chriscoyier
Chris Coyie

Chris is the force behind CSS-Tricks, previously he was with Wufoo and SurveyMonkey as Lead Hucklebucker.

Chris is a Wordpress expert having authored the Digging into Wordpress book and the Lynda.com Wordpress 3 tutorial series.

He is also the host of a kick-ass podcast the Shoptalk Show

Appearances

Keynote Saturday TBD Columbia Museum of Art

Sam Kapila

Web Design Educator @samkap
Sam Kapila

Sam Kapila is a design educator & designer in Austin, TX. She grew up on the Dutch island of Curaçao. She has experience in branding, sports and hospitality advertising, web design, and content strategy. Sam teaches Responsive Web Design and Typography at Texas State University. She also is a co-host of the ATX Web Show and Non-Breaking Space podcasts.

Appearances

Keynote Saturday TBD Columbia Museum of Art

Carl Smith

nGen Works @carlsmith
Carl Smith

Carl Smith is an irreverant ditcher of the nine-to-five and mortal enemy of the overworked lifestyle. Owner and founder of nGen Works, Carl’s role is that of an advisor, to nGen and other companies, on how to create self-sustaining teams that perform at the highest levels. Carl has made a name for himself by creating a new framework for how we get things done, and by enabling us to realign our creative communities. When he’s not conducting business experiments with companies around the world, he’s busy sculpting a new face for the world of work… and play.

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Keynote Friday Lost and Found Columbia Museum of Art

Aaron Draplin

Draplin Design Co. @draplin
Aaron Draplin

Raised in the Michigan Northwoods, schooled at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and currently hunkered down in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity, Web Development, Illustration and Gocco Muscle categories. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Field Notes, Richmond Fontaine, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Ford Motor Co., Viva Voce, Hutchco, Patagonia, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Hughes Entertainment, Megafaun and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.

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Design Friday Logo Tips, Tricks, Triumphs, Turds, Threats and Tales from the DDC

James White

Signalnoise Studio @signalnoise
James White

James White is a visual artist and designer from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, and is the one-man wrecking crew behind the Signalnoise Studio. Drawing since the age of 4, his career started very early and now with 14 years of design experience, he has worked with clients such as Nike, Google, MTV, Diesel, VH1, Wired, Universal Music, and more. On top of that, James prides himself on the many personal art projects he endeavours in order to keep evolving as a creative person, including alternative art movie posters. James has been featured in many international design magazines and has spoken at several conferences around the world.

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Design Friday Design Renegade

Jeff Sheldon

Ugmonk @ugmonk
Jeff Sheldon

Jeff Sheldon is the founder and designer of Ugmonk, a brand focused on creating high-quality, well-designed products. What started as a small side project to create simple, typographic tshirts has grown into a full-blown lifestyle brand which he now runs full time. Ugmonk has shipped products to over 60 countries around the world and has been featured on Uncrate, SwissMiss, Computer Arts, and HOW Magazine just to name a few. When he's not designing, you can find Jeff hanging out with his wife and crazy boston terrier, Pixel.

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Keynote Saturday TBD

Jina Bolton

Salesforce.com @jina
Jina Bolton

Jina Bolton enjoys creating beautiful user experiences. She is a Senior Product Designer with Salesforce UX. Previously, Jina has worked with rad companies including Apple, Engine Yard, and Crush + Lovely. She also coauthored 2 books, Fancy Form Design and The Art & Science of CSS. Jina organizes the San Francisco Sass meet up, The Mixin, and she leads Team Sass Design, an open source task force that redesigned the Sass brand and website. She has a side project, Art in My Coffee, a curated gallery of coffee art.

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Keynote Saturday Refactoring Web Interfaces

Paul Armstrong

Choremonster @wiseacre
Aaron Draplin

Paul has over 18 years of graphic design experience with brands like Subway, New Balance, Harrah’s Casino, and Facebook, and then some other brands you’ve never heard of, nor would remember. Currently, he is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of ChoreMonster (though he does not carry a badge), where he designs the overall brand experience on the web and all mobile platforms, helps craft words, illustrates monsters and draws farts. Paul has been married for 18 years and has 3 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat and 0 hours to himself. In his spare time he likes to make pretty photographs with a real camera, dream about fried foods and find the playground in everything.

Appearances

Keynote Saturday Designing Apps for Kids (The Right Way) Columbia Museum of Art

Jonathan LeBlanc

PayPal @jcleblanc
Jonathan LeBlanc

Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award winning software engineer, author of the O’Reilly book "Programming Social Applications", and the head of North American Developer Evangelism at PayPal. Specializing in user identity concepts, hardware to web interconnectivity, data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives towards building a more user-centric web.

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Keynote Saturday The Rise of Wearable Technology
Makers Friday JavaScript and Internet Controlled Electronics

Jenn Lukas

Web Designer @JennLukas
Aaron Draplin

Jenn Lukas is a multi-talented front-end consultant and freelancer developer in Philadelphia and is the founder of Ladies in Tech. She writes for The Nerdary, is a columnist for .net magazine, and has contributed to The Pastry Box Project. She has spoken at a variety of conferences including dConstruct, An Event Apart, and CSS Dev Conference.

Jenn's past experiences range from creating Navy training simulations to leading the front-end team at Happy Cog as Interactive Development Director. She was named one of Mashable’s 15 Developer/Hacker Women to Follow on Twitter, and you can find her on Twitter posting development and cat-related news. When she's not crafting sites with the finest of web standards, Jenn teaches HTML and CSS for GirlDevelopIt.

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Keynote Saturday Yay! Hovers!

JD Graffam

Simple Focus @jdgraffam
Aaron Draplin

JD runs Simple Focus, a user experience brand firm and Pulse, a cash flow management app for small businesses. He speaks nationally about creative process, web design, and user experience, has written a book, CSS for Print Designers, and serves on the Editorial Review Board for Smashing Magazine.

Appearances

Workshop Thursday TBD IT-oLogy
Keynote Saturday Eye Tracking Columbia Museum of Art

Moldover

Musician @moldover
Mldover

If technology and music are your life, brace yourself- MOLDOVER is about to reformat your soul. Hailed by over 1,000,000 YouTube viewers as "The Godfather of Controllerism", Moldover is a new breed of music icon. Combining the charisma of a rock star, the mad genius of a basement inventor, and the radical inclusiveness of the DIY internet generation, Moldover is "literally throwing away the rule book and reinventing the wheel" (Remix Magazine). Witness his balls-to-the-wall LIVE SHOW at a club, experience one of his JAMBOX multiplayer instruments at a festival, or pick up and play the "LIGHT THEREMIN" packaging of his debut album and understand why the next paradigm for music is a one-man-brand called Moldover.

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Music Saturday Performance TBD
Keynote Saturday Find your own voice Columbia Museum of Art

Josh Higgins

Facebook @joshwhiggins
Aaron Draplin

Currently a manager for the Communication Design team at Facebook, last year Josh concluded his role as Design Director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign. As the Design Director, Josh built and led the design team for the historic 2012 political campaign in which the web, design, and technology played a pivotal role. The responsibility of Josh and the team was to design the Obama 2012 campaign both online and offline. A main focus of his was on creating a uniform message and consistent visual language across all mediums. With roots in both advertising and graphic design, Josh’s work has earned him national honors. He has done extensive work for brands including Asics Footwear, HP, Fender Guitars, The Tony Hawk Foundation, CBS, Perry Ellis International, Kyocera, Bolle & Serengeti Eyewear, Newcastle Brown Ale, PF Changs, Yamaha, and Life Technologies.

Josh dedicates a percentage of his time to social causes. Finding creative ways to support them has manifested into successful exhibits and charitable projects, like The Hurricane, So-Cal and Haiti Poster Projects in addition to lecture series with photographers, designers and film makers with proceeds donated to various charitable organizations.

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Design Friday TBD

Joshua Smith

Hydro74 @hydro74
Joshua Smith

Hydro74 is a Orlando based designer, otherwise known as Joshua M. Smith. The soul purpose of my career is to push the boundries in doing what I feel is relevant to the market as well as extract various elements and trends to be able to offer them up in my own personal work. But let’s be honest. I do what I love because I love it. Not because I have to do it, nor am forced to do it, but rather passionate about doing what I do. I firmly believe in having set style tones, yet a sense of diversity to make any various project unique to the demands that are set forth.

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Design Friday If you dig Signalnoise, you’ll love me.. Wait, .. Nah, let’s call it Vector & Shit, The point A to B.

Patrick Fulton

Bearded @patrickfulton
Patrick Fulton

Patrick Fulton is a front end developer who has been working with the web since 1998. He understands that the Internet, like the universe, is expanding at a startling rate, and that clean, semantic mark-up and content-driven, responsive layouts are the way forward. He believes in building sites that are device-agnostic, adapting layouts and experiences to a user's viewing environment.

Patrick is the author of Bearded's front-end starter kit, Stubble, and manages the web design speaker series Refresh: Pittsburgh. He employs the ideals of progressive enhancement in his work. This ensures solid fundamental experiences in older web browsers, while using the latest web technologies to further enrich interactions in more modern browsers.

Before his professional career began in earnest Patrick, like many, went to school. After attaining a BA in Journalism from Point Park University, he also acquired a degree in Multimedia/Web Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Patrick lives in Ambridge, Pennsylvania with his wife Tracey and their dog Walter.

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Front-End Friday Working with Sass & Compass

Clarissa Peterson

Web Designer @clarissa
Clarissa Peterson

Clarissa Peterson is a UX designer and developer, specializing in building responsive websites and training organizations in responsive design workflow. She frequently speaks on responsive design and mobile content strategy. Clarissa is also the author of Learning Responsive Web Design, coming soon from O’Reilly Media.

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Front-End Friday Responsive Typography

Fabio Carneiro

Mailchimp @flcarneiro
Fabio Carneiro

Fabio Carneiro is an Email & User Experience Designer at MailChimp, where he spends his days neck-deep in HTML email, designing and developing versatile, responsive templates for more than 4 million MailChimp users. He loves helping others conquer email design, and has given talks at the Atlanta Web Design Group, ConvergeSE, and Litmus, recorded a course for Treehouse, and shared his expertise with publications like Smashing Magazine.

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Front-End Friday Responsive Email Design

Kendall Totten

Drupal Theming Manager @KendallTotten
Kendall Totten

Kendall is a graduate and Presidential Scholar (3.8 GPA) from Eastern Michigan University, where she studied Communication Technology and Graphic Design. After graduating, she was recruited by the marketing and creative design department of a consulting firm, where she began working with Drupal.

Moving beyond her role as a graphic designer, she expanded her knowledge in Drupal front-end development, support, and client training. While also working at a drupal shop, she built a steady freelance business where she designed, built and launched many Drupal-based websites. She is proficient in HTML5, CSS3, SASS, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and digital photography.

Kendall shares her passion for responsive design with the Drupal community by blogging, maintaining her own website, speaking at Drupal camps, and holding Drupal training workshops.

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Front-End Friday Choosing Drupal as a CMS Framework for your next project

Jed Schneider

Modeset @jedschneider
Jed Schneider

Jed specializes in building open source web and mobile applications with Mode Set. He spent 17 years as a professional cyclist, adopting software development as a second career. He now focuses his interest in dynamic languages (ruby, coffeescript, and clojure), test driven development, and bettering the software development experience. First and foremost a husband and father, he also geeks out on crossfit, coffee, world travel, and any combination of said hobbies herein mentioned.

Appearances

Development Friday 3 Years of CoffeeScript - A Retrospective

Greg Storey

Happy Cog @brilliantcrank
Greg Storey

Greg Storey is President of Happy Cog where he oversees marketing, strategic partnerships, product development and events through the Bureau of Digital Affairs. He got his start in web design professionally in 1994. Since that time he has lead a number of design and development teams, creating websites for everything from NCAA sports tournaments to AAA game titles; telemedicine to Fortune 100 brands.

At the behest of his friend and mentor Jeffrey Zeldman, Greg started his own design studio, Airbag Industries LLC. in 2005. Four years later, he merged Airbag with Happy Cog and joined a partnership with Jeffrey Zeldman and Greg Hoy. In 2011, he moved the Happy Cog San Francisco office to Austin, Texas where he enjoys living in a rapidly expanding metropolis.

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Workshop Thursday Mistakes Were Made, Thankfully No One Died

Greg Hoy

Web Designer @hoyboy
Greg Hoy

Greg is the CEO of Happy Cog, a boutique consultancy that designs and builds beautiful and highly usable digital experiences. Happy Cog's clients include MTV, Zappos, Nintendo, Ben & Jerry's, Thomson Reuters, and many of the world's most prestigious colleges and universities.

Greg received his BA in Management from Gettysburg College, where he now serves on the college's board of Marketing and Communications. He has worked in interactive design since 1994, and has been managing teams for 15 years. Greg and industry pioneer Jeffrey Zeldman extended Happy Cog's footprint in 2006 to Philadelphia, and later expanded further west with Greg Storey in 2010. Happy Cog now has three offices and employs 25 of the industry's best and brightest.

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Workshop Thursday Mistakes Were Made, Thankfully No One Died

Mark Rickert

Skookum @markrickert
Mark Rickert

Mark Rickert is the Director of Engineering for software development studio Skookum Digital Works in Charlotte, NC. When he's not riding his motorcycle he's writing Objective-C, Ruby, PHP (and just about any other language you can think of) at SDW. Mark has been writing software professionally for over 10 years and has had numerous of iPhone app hits as "Mowhawk Apps."

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Development Friday Internet of Things and the Killer Sentient Home

Andy Dahley

Google @andrewmd
Andy Dahley

Andy is a San Francisco-based design lead at Google. Over the last 3 years he has led many complex, cross-company design initiatives for products such as Google+ Hangouts, redesign and unifying the overall Google account sign-up experience. Prior, Andy worked as a consultant for clients such as Herman Miller, Casio and others . He has also built and lead design teams for a broad range of companies including HP, Siemens, Philips, BitTorrent, and a few startups. Andy is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab Tangible Media Group where he pioneered Tangible & Ambient media projects and haptic communication with the inTouch. He has written a few papers, filed a few patents, and won a few design awards – feel free to Google him if you really want to know more.

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UX Friday Design teams in large organizations & how to ship!

Jacob Surber

Adobe @jacobsurber
Jacob Surber

Jacob Surber is a Senior Product Manager with Adobe focused on HTML and design. For over 10 years, Jacob has been doing design and development work with several agencies and consulting shops. After joining Adobe’s Experience Design team, he helped create UI’s for several Adobe tools. Using design thinking and a strong technical background, Jacob moved into Product with the goal of creating the next generation of design tools and changing how the web is designed.

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UX Friday Product is Design

Mike Buzzard

Google+ @mbuzzard
Mike Buzzard<

Mike Buzzard is a design manager on the Google+ team in Mountain View where he focuses on culture, talent, partnerships, and community for Google. Prior to his current role, Mike was a founding member of Cuban Council, a boutique design and development agency based in SF and NY that focused on creative services around brand, identity, and UI/UX for notable clients such as Google, Francis Ford Coppola, Evernote, Facebook, Tom Waits, Shinola, and NASA from 2002-2012.

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UX Friday Design Teams Panel

Jonathan Snook

Shopify @snookca
Jonathan Snook

Jonathan writes about tips, tricks, and bookmarks on his blog at Snook.ca. He has also written for A List Apart, 24ways, and .net magazine, and has co-authored two books, The Art and Science of CSS and Accelerated DOM Scripting. He has also authored and received world-wide acclaim for the self-published book, Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS, sharing his experience and best practices on CSS architecture. When not writing books and speaking at conferences, Snook works at Shopify.

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Workshop Thursday SMACSS Workshops IT-oLogy

Jared Ponchot

Lullabot @jponch
Jared Ponchot

Jared Ponchot is the Creative Director at Lullabot, an interactive strategy, design and development agency known for its expertise in Drupal and open source publishing platforms. Lullabot's clients include NBC, Martha Stewart Living, Harvard and Sony Pictures just to name a few.

Jared has spent more than a decade designing for the web and interactive applications, and over the course of his career he has led design efforts and provided design and UX consulting for clients like MIT, Time Warner, NBC, Intel, AAA, Ogilvy PR and the GRAMMYs. A strong advocate for responsive design, Jared helped create the first fully responsive site for GRAMMY.com. Jared loves sharing what he's learning, and speaks frequently and passionately about design principles, process, and the role content strategy plays in the design process.

Jared lives with his wife Melanie and their two boys in Roswell, GA. When he's not designing he enjoys good beer and good food (both creating and consuming them), gardening, tinkering in his garage, mowing his yard, and enjoying family and friends.

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UX Friday Practical ways to incorporate content strategy into the design process

Kerry Crawford

Simple Focus @skeletonkey
Kerry Crawford

Kerry Crawford works at Simple Focus in Memphis, where she's the lone content strategist in a room full of crazy talented designers and developers. Her work includes sprawling user research projects involving hundreds of index cards, persona creation, writing meaningful and user-friendly content strategy, and creating voice and tone strategies that help brands talk to their users like humans.

Prior to working at Simple Focus, she was the founder and editor of ilovememphisblog.com, a popular guide to everything great in Memphis. In addition to her work at Simple Focus, Kerry teaches digital and social media for journalists at the University of Memphis, writes for the Memphis Flyer, runs a silly web comic and plays roller derby.

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UX Friday Content Strategy

Rob Harr

Spark Box @robertHarr
Rob Harr

Technical Director for Sparkbox, Rob is responsible for operations and leading the development team. On any given day, Rob meets with prospective clients, writes code, or continues to lead the charge in improving development process. Sparkbox has become known as a leader in responsive web design and custom software solutions.

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Business/Marketing Friday Let's Be Brutally Honest About Operations and Pricing for Web Agencies

Jennifer Dary

Plucky @jenniferdary
Jennifer Dary

Jen Dary helps organizations work better. She is the founder of Plucky, a talent strategy consulting firm based in Brooklyn, NY. On a daily basis, Jen coaches, guides, listens closely and finds ways forward.

She also writes, tweets and gets bagels every Saturday morning with her husband and young son. Carbs. Yum.

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Business/Marketing Friday How to Have a Hard Conversation

Hiten Shah

KissMetrics @hnshah
Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah is the Co-founder of KISSmetrics. He's been creating and growing both self-funded and venture backed SaaS analytics businesses since 2005. As an advisor, investor or service provider he's helped dozens of companies with marketing, product and growth initiatives from venture-backed startups such as SlideShare and Webs.com to Fortune 500 companies such as Samsung and HP. Hiten also helped coin the term growth hacker which has started to define the evolving role of marketing. He is a sought after mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs and their companies.

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Business/Marketing Friday How business works

Ryal Curtis

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina @ryalcurtis
Ryal Curtis

Ryal Curtis is the first ever social media strategist at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the state’s largest and longest-standing health insurance company. Ryal joined BlueCross in June of 2013 after previously serving as a Director of Communications at the University of South Carolina. At BlueCross, he is responsible for driving a new corporate social media marketing strategy for a company with more than 11,000 employees and over a millions customers statewide.

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Business/Marketing Friday Who Killed Social Media?

Justin Gitlin

Modeset @cacheflowe
Justin Gitlin

Justin Gitlin leads mobile and game development for Mode Set, a Denver-based software consultancy he co-founded in 2011. He is an expert in developing engaging user interfaces, video games, native mobile apps, and optimizing the web for iOS and Android devices. With 14 years of experience building a wide variety of systems and interfaces, he continues to push his skills and explore cutting-edge technologies and new platforms.

Justin holds a double major in Computer Science and Digital Media Studies with a General Business minor from the University of Denver.

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Gaming Friday Building video games for marketing, entertainment, and offline goodness

Dan Tello

Viget @dantello5
Dan Tello

Dan is a Sriracha-powered ex-graphic designer turned front-end dev @ Viget.com who believes that every successful day starts with a plate of bacon. When not sitting with bad posture at his desk typing code, he enjoys listening to vinyl, smoking pipe tobacco, reading C.S. Lewis, and being alive in Falls Church, VA with his wife, Bekah, and his dog Maeby.

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Gaming Friday HTML 5 game development with JavaScript and Canvas

Nicole Cendrowski

Sandler Training @SandlerTampa
Nicole Cendrowski

Nicole Cendrowski is a partner with Sandler Training. In her role, Cendrowski is responsible for business development, client coaching, and sales/sales management training. She is a highly trusted and respected professional in her field, known for her discernment and listening skills, positive energy, fearless attitude, and a keen ability to quickly get in tune to prospects' and clients' needs. Prior to joining Sandler, Cendrowski was the founder and creative director of Big Gnome, a communications and brand development firm. She also was a member of Sandler Training's President's Club, which consists of business owners, managers, and sales professionals that meet weekly for training, reinforcement and coaching.

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Business Friday The Contrarian Salesperson

Geno Church

Brains on Fire @GenoChurch
Geno Church

Geno Church is the Word of Mouth Inspiration Officer at Brains on Fire, but he considers himself more of a “WOM Cupid” and a pathfinder for the agency’s clients. Geno shines at uncovering the DNA of sustainable word of mouth movements, and has walked the path with brands and organizations including Fiskars Brands, the National Center for Families Learning, Anytime Fitness, Love146 and The Environmental Defense Fund. He is a highly sought-after speaker, and relishes the opportunity to share his thoughts and spark conversations with brand and organizations of all sizes. Geno has been a presenter and a workshop facilitator at events hosted by the Public Relations Society of America, Public Relations Student Society of America, Blackbaud BBCON (Australia), Influence Session Sydney, and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association, to name a few. He’s also co-author of Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable, Word of Mouth Movements and The Passion Conversation: Understanding, Sparking, and Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing. Connect with Geno on Twitter @GenoChurch or via email at Geno@BrainsOnFire.com.

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Business Friday Word of Mouth Movements

J Cornelius

Nine Labs @jc
J Cornelius

J has been making websites and software for the web since 1998, and has been credited with creating several software features web designers and developers take for granted today. He’s passionate about efficient, usable, aesthetically pleasing design, and founded Nine Labs, an experience and usability consultancy, where he works with companies far and wide to improve their products and services. He’s also the President of the Atlanta Web Design Group and the creator of the Web Afternoon event series.

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Design Friday Digital Fluency and User Experience

Ben Callahan

Sparkbox @bencallahan
Ben Callahan

President of Sparkbox and founder of the Build Responsively workshop series, Ben shares his ideas about the web on the Sparkbox Foundry and other industry blogs like .net Magazine and Smashing Magazine. His leadership at Sparkbox has driven the team to be a pioneer in responsive web design techniques, and he continues to push for great user experiences outside the context of specific devices.

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Front-End Friday Responsive Web Design Destroyed My Process

Greg Aker

nGen Works @gaker
Greg Aker

A self-confessed workaholic, Greg is Chief Code Thrasher at nGen Works and a dev-ops/systems administrator at Arcustech. After obtaining a degree in music, Greg realized playing the saxophone was probably going to be a hard way to make a living. In 2008, he dug into HTML/CSS and by the end of 2009 he was a core team member at EllisLab, writing PHP and contributing to ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter.

These days, Greg writes Python applications, works hard to streamline dev-ops, is passionate about fast and optimized code and loves helping others succeed. In his free time, he is obsessed with learning new technologies and hacking on side projects.

Greg lives in Columbia, Missouri with his amazing wife and two dogs.

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Development Friday Intro to Django and it's awesomeness

Jordi Torras

Inbenta @inbenta
Jordi Torras

CEO, Founder of Inbenta, Jordi is a Content Disrupter, Semantic Search Engine expert, and Artificial intelligence pioneer. Prior to arriving in the U.S, Jordi was a member of the Rebel Alliance stationed on Alderaan before its destruction. After feeling to this Galaxy, Jordi built a crack-shot team of developers with one mission- Ensure people get the right answers, right away from content in the sites they visit.

Now based out of Sunnyvale with offices globally, Jordi leads the multi award winning technology firm, Inbenta. There 5 year mission is to replace Enterprise companies high cost customer care centers with low cost intuitive and intelligent answer machines using Natural Language Semantic Search and Artificially Intelligent based technology.

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Development Friday Artificial Intelligence

Moses Ngone

Mospired @mospired
Moses Ngone

A web developer in Atlanta Georgia, Mo is currently working as a project manager at Epiclabs, building cool stuff at Ninelabs, while running his solo consultancy Mospired. After many years working for the likes of Cengage and Sharecare, he took the leap and is now a regular at Strongbox. When not at the office Moses loves sharing ideas and giving back to the community. As an active member of AWDG and the Atlanta PHP Users Group, he participates and speaks on various topics related to web development. On any given weekend he is glued to the screen fueling his “fanhood” of the Arsenal Football Club (Gunners) or looking out for the ever elusive super car. Ask him about it.

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Development Friday Building in Bits - Package Management with Bower/npm

Bryce Bigger

The Bigger Design @brycebigger
Bryce Bigger

Bryce Bigger is a designer, developer, tinkerer, and habitual line-stepper. He is the Principal of The Bigger Design, where he creates games, apps, animations, videos, and, of course, websites for clients like the US Navy, Oracle, Ping Golf, Lockheed Martin, and the National Institutes of Health.

Wanting to break free of the confines of computer screens, Bryce took up physical computing with Arduino, and, yadda yadda yadda, ended up writing a book, "Build Your Own Autonomous NERF Blaster." While his book hasn't cracked the NY Times Top 10, he hopes his session will inspire you to do something ridiculous, get out of your comfort zone, and create something tangible. Then perhaps you'll consider getting your stocking stuffed with his book this holiday season.

Appearances

Makers Friday The State of Being a Maker

Giovanni DiFeterici

UnmatchedStyle @giodif
Giovanni DiFeterici

Giovanni began his career as a fine artists, mostly painting and showing in the south-east. He taught two years of high school and two years at the collegiate level, but disliked the politics of schools and decided to get into commercial art. He got picked up by a web firm in Columbia, SC called Period-Three and fell in love with all things web. He is editor for UnmatchedStyle.com, creative director for ConvergeSE and has written a book "The Web Designer's Roadmap" for SitePoint.

Appearances

Gaming Friday Creating Narrative

Brian Cendrowski

UntamedBeer.com @untamedbeer
Brian Cendrowski

Brian is on a mission to bring good beer to the people. UntamedBeer.com is his megaphone to the world. He's also not afraid to evangelize on a local street corner.

A Certified Cicerone and seven-time homebrew competition medal winner, Brian has been a beer blogger and brewer since 2007. Brian's devotion to the creative aspect of hand-crafted beer and the tight-knit brewing community borders on obsession. Fewer things get him more fired up than introducing people to new beer, finding the perfect beer and food pairing, or pouring beer at a festival.

When not brewing, drinking or dreaming of new recipes, Brian is pulling the strings on website and mobile app development as a project manager at Haneke Design in Tampa, Florida. Beer and mobile apps, what a pairing!

Appearances

Makers Friday Beer: Deconstructed

Patrick McNeely

Simple Focus @patrickcmcneely
Patrick McNeely

After twelve-ish years designing and developing Web sites, Patrick now spends his days playing with whiteboards, an eye tracker and immensely talented designers at Simple Focus He finds heat maps and content outlines très cool and loves his wife, his daughter and his dog.

Appearances

Workshop Thursday Workup - Hands-on Creative Process Workshop IT-oLogy

Casey Zumwalt

Simple Focus
Casey Zumwalt

Casey Zumwalt has been making things for the web for nearly 15 years. When not learning how to build things both on and off the web, he designs, develops, and works as Creative Director at Simple Focus. An aficionado of naps and hip-hop, Casey lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and dog.

Appearances

Workshop Thursday Workup - Hands-on Creative Process Workshop IT-oLogy

Adam Simpson

Sparkbox @a_simpson
Adam Simpson

Adam Simpson is a frontend developer at Sparkbox with experience in Javascript, PHP, Ruby, and web design, and he’s passionate about semantic markup, crafting quality code, and creating accessible experiences regardless of device. Adam is a constant evangelist for efficiency and creativity in workflow and development.

Appearances

Workshop Thursday Build Right: Frontend Tooling workshop IT-oLogy

Neil Renicker

Sparkbox @neilrenicker
Neil Renicker

As a converted print designer, Neil brings a design sensibility to his role as a frontend developer. He's fascinated with the process of teaching and learning programming, and writes regularly about working on the web at neilrenicker.com. Neil is an admitted nerd, a voracious reader of stuffy nonfiction, and has an unhealthy fixation on workflow automation.

Appearances

Workshop Thursday Build Right: Frontend Tooling workshop IT-oLogy

Philip Zastrow

Sparkbox @zastrow
Philip Zastrow

Philip is a developer specializing in frontend design, CSS, and HTML. As a member of Sparkbox, Philip works with his teammates to build a better and unconstrained web. Philip has maintained a reputation of moving while working and wears white glasses.

Appearances

Workshop Thursday Build Right: Build Responsively IT-oLogy

Dr. Scott Padgett

Musical Stylings @AntiBonIver
Dr. Scott Padgett

Dr. Scott Padgett is a music writer, producer & archivist dating back to his college days as a program director at WUSC radio in Columbia, SC. He followed that with radio programming & production work in the new frontier of the 'FM underground'.

A stint as music editor at the southeast's pioneering alternative newsweekly Osceola Magazine led to becoming the first music writer/columnist at Free Times Magazine. His work appeared in Billboard, the Village Voice, Rolling Stone and practcally every other regional art/political outlet extant through the early nineties.

After a stint in radio in Los Angeles & later at Warner Brothers Studios, he returned to the south where he and co-conspirator Steve Gibson vowed to bring live spectrum-spanning music to the masses. Thus was born the legendary Rockafellas music venue and artist management company.

Working through Ian Copeland's legendary musical talent booking firm FBI, the likes of Soundgarden, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, et. al. were initially exposed to club venues all over the U.S.

He is a contributor and social media monitor for semi-important e-music rags as well as several fly-by-night blogs and has a music industry specific twitter account @AntiBonIver which draws on a digest of 104 music news outlets for content.