CreateTech 2014 Speaker Bios and photos

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Kati London, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, FUSE

For her work in both real world games and the early Internet of Things, Kati was named one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT's Technology Review Magazine and “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company Magazine. She teaches a graduate course “Persuasive Technology: Designing the Human" at NYU's ITP, and frequently speaks on online and offline engagement, economies, games, and sensors.

Her work has been covered by Businessweek, the New York Times, Wired, National Geographic, and Glamour Magazine, among others. She has worked with clients including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Foursquare, the United Kingdom's Department for Transport, the BBC, the Carnegie Institute, Disney Imagineering, Nike, CBS and MTV. Her work is represented in the permanent collection of MOMA and has been exhibited at the Design Museum of London and Museum of Science & Industry.

She is currently a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, FUSE (Future User Social Experiences). Previously, she was Director of Product for Zynga New York and Vice President of Area/Code (acquired by Zynga). She has served as Innovator-in-Residence at USC's Annenberg School, and in 2014 had the honor of being the commencement speaker at the University of California at Santa Cruz.    


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Jackie McCarthy, Director of Wireless Internet Development, CTIA-The Wireless Association

Jackie McCarthy is the Director of Wireless Internet Development at CTIA-The Wireless Association®.  Jackie works with stakeholders across the wireless ecosystem to develop best practices and guidelines for mobile technology’s emerging uses, including mobile health, connected transportation, and mobile financial services. Jackie represents mobile providers on the Federal Reserve Bank’s Mobile Payments Industry Working Group, the Financial Services Roundtable’s Mobile Banking Project, and the FDA’s Safety & Improvement Act Health IT Federal Advisory Committee.  Jackie leads outreach to app developer and “innovator” communities to optimize emerging “over-the-top” innovations on networks/devices. Previously, Jackie served as Director of State Regulatory Affairs at CTIA, engaging with public utility commissions and other state regulatory agencies, on a variety of wireless policy issues, including broadband, intercarrier compensation, and smart grid. Prior to joining CTIA, Jackie was the Director of Government Affairs at PCIA-The Wireless Infrastructure Association.  Jackie earned a B.S., with High Honors from Stetson University, and a J.D. with Honors from Emory University School of Law.  


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Sheldon Monteiro, Chief Technology Officer, SapientNitro

Sheldon Monteiro is global Chief Technology Officer of SapientNitro, a new breed of agency that works with brands to engage today’s always-on consumer. With nearly two decades with the agency, Sheldon directs its global technology capabilities, engineering programs, and global standards. He is responsible for building the technical talent, innovation culture, processes and systems needed to consistently deliver groundbreaking work for SapientNitro’s clients. He is the executive sponsor and co-lead of SapientNitro’s Chief Marketing Technology Officer University, a professional development program designed to develop senior leaders to innovate at the intersection of story and technology, while also taming scale and complexity in systems, organization and culture.

Sheldon believes that technology is today’s most important medium of creativity – the new paper and pencil – changing how we feel and experience the world. He believes that yesterday’s science fiction can be today’s reality. And, he is passionate about quality - technology becomes invisible only when it works reliably, seamlessly, and at scale.

To this point, SapientNitro creates integrated, immersive stories across brand communications, digital engagement, and omni-channel commerce by fusing art and imagination with the power and scale of systems thinking. SapientNitro creates game-changing success for Global 1000 clients, such as Chrysler, Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, Lufthansa, Target, and Vodafone, in 31 cities across The Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.


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Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, Associate Professor of MAS, MIT, and  Founder and CEO, Jibo

Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab. She is a pioneer of social robotics and Human Robot Interaction. She has authored the book “Designing Sociable Robots”, has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals and conferences on the topics of autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence, human robot interaction, and robot learning. She serves on several editorial boards in the areas of autonomous robots, affective computing, entertainment technology and multi-agent systems. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Science Channel and an Overseer at the Museum of Science, Boston.

Dr. Breazeal is recognized as a prominent young innovator. She is a recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Gilbreth Lecture Award, Technology Review’s TR35 Award, and TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2008. She has won numerous best paper and best technology inventions at top academic conferences. She has also been awarded an ONR Young Investigator Award, and was honored as finalist in the National Design Awards in Communication.


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Layne Braunstein, Executive Creative Director, FakeLove

Layne is a co-founder of the pioneering experiential design agency FakeLove. He is an award-winning creative known for his focus on experimental motion design and post-digital storytelling. Layne has led global campaigns for brands such as Google, Levis, Microsoft, Virgin, Amex, M·A·C, Air Force, Marc Jacobs, Bacardi, Lexus, Coke, MTV, Samsung, Heineken, Universal, Acura, VICE, Def Jam, and Nike Jordan.

Prior to Fake Love, Layne was a freelance CD for design houses, agencies and game companies throughout NYC and ATL. For much of his career Layne led and created GUI & Prototype design for global brands like GE, Cox, Yahoo, & AT&T. Yes, that means he can code ;)
Layne’s company Fake Love is the recent recipient of 7 Cannes Lions, including a Cannes Lion Grand Prix; as well as a 2013 Golden Pencil One Show award. He has also received three Promax|BDA awards, a Boston Ad Club’s Rosoff award, been nominated for Best of Show SXSW Interactive, holds an AIGA SEED Award, and has numerous Cannes Lions Shortlists. He has been featured in zines like Wired, NYT, Comm. Arts, WSJ, Creators Project, Fast Co., Creativity, PSFK and Adweek. Layne has spoken about experiential design for places like Hyper Island, Future of Storytelling, SHOOT Directors Forum, Event Marketing Summit, NYU, Columbia and the award winning Design Matters.

Through Fake Love, he has recently collaborated with many artists including Doug Aitken, Chris Milk, Shen Wei, and Aerosyn-Lex for Station to Station, the Creators Project, the Park Ave. Armory and Scope Arts. He was given a grant in 2011 to create a massive projection for Flux Projects titled Homesick. Layne was also commissioned by Born to collaborate with poet Zachary Schomburg, for a richly dark piece for Look Through a Complex Eye and See 1000 of Everything.

He currently lives in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Give him a shout if you are out there :)


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Ben Malbon, Creative Partnerships, Google

Ben leads the Creative Partnerships team at Google, a group whose goal is to invent the future of marketing through partnerships with forward-thinking brands and agencies, and by embracing new approaches to how digital creative gets made.

Ben was formerly part of the Creative Lab at Google, a team of misfits whose mission is to remind the world what it is they love about Google by ‘making cool stuff that matters’.

Prior to joining Google Ben was the Executive Director of Innovation at BBH in New York, responsible for introducing and driving innovation inside BBH in three main areas: new platforms, new partners and new processes. While at BBH, Ben also co-founded BBH Labs, a more outwardly-focused technology-driven innovation group focused on ensuring the agency was as smart as possible when it came to change.

He is a founder member of the Board of Directors at Boulder Digital Works, and a Fellow with Futures of Entertainment, a network of thought leaders from academia, the media industries, & marketing who explore the current state / future of entertainment & mass communication.

He has a PhD in the social psychology of ecstasy, likes cats, military history and polar exploration. He tweets incessantly at @malbonnington.


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David Schwarz, Founding Partner, HUSH

David Schwarz is an award-winning creative leader and founding partner of HUSH, a design agency. He’s spent over a decade spent working with brands to design valuable experiences using content, interactivity, architecture and technology. After graduating from Art Center College of Design, he worked for notable creative studios, interactive agencies and design firms on both coasts. Since founding HUSH, he has developed numerous projects across sport, luxury, beauty, technology and entertainment categories, most notably: Nike, Sonos, Estee Lauder, Google, Ted Baker, Esquire, among others.

Schwarz has been featured in numerous publications like Creativity, AdWeek, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, FWA, The Hub and IdN. He’s spoken at conferences for AdWeek, AIGA, SEGD, FITC, SXSW, Styleframes, Seattle Interactive Conference, Event Design Summit, Thinking Creatively, Columbia School of Architecture, The One Show, Digital Dumbo, as well as judged numerous competitions.


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Mike Baker, CEO & Co-Founder, DataXu

Mike Baker is CEO & Co-Founder of DataXu; the fastest growing company in advertising, according to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500. Mike is a regularly published thought leader, and frequently speaks at business and marketing events, sharing his passion for data-driven marketing and digital transformation. Quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Advertising Age, his unwavering commitment to innovation secured his Ernst & Young entrepreneur of the year award in 2013. An early believer in mobile, Mike was CEO of mobile marketing pioneer Enpocket, acquired by Nokia, as well as Chairman of mobile RTB leader Nexage. Featured in the BBC’s documentary on “big data”, you can say he knows a thing or two about business in the digital age.


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Abby Fichtner (@HackerChick) is Hacker in Residence at Harvard Innovation Lab and creator of Hack Boston. 

Named an Innovation Amplifier by the Boston Globe and one of the Top 25 Women in Boston Tech – Abby launched Boston’s Big Data Hacker Space and was Microsoft’s Evangelist for Startups.  

A software developer by trade, Abby’s background is a mixture of developing bleeding-edge technology for startups and coaching teams on how to develop better technology. These days, she focuses on helping hackers and entrepreneurs to build amazing technology and push the edge on what’s possible.


David L. Shrier is the Managing Director of MIT Connection Science, a new research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that utilizes “Living Labs” to access and change real-world human behavior.  He leads other new initiatives for MIT, advises the European Commission on commercializing innovation, and counsels leadership at private and public companies.  

David specializes in unleashing organizational potential, having developed $8.5 billion of growth opportunities with companies including GE/NBC Universal, D&B, Wolters Kluwer, The Walt Disney Company, Ernst & Young, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, as well as leading private equity and VC funds.  He has also started and/or led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO.  

David Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre, has been adjunct faculty at NYU/Stern’s School of Business MBA Program, and has lectured at leading universities around the world on innovation and entrepreneurship.


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John Cain, Global Head Emerging Analytics and Data Sciences, Chicago

John Cain currently serves as vice president within SapientNitro’s Consumer Intelligence capabilities. Based in Chicago, John plays an active role in experience and innovation research in order to deepen the understanding of consumer behavior in today’s always-on world. John provides expertise in advanced analytics and data visualization; data modeling, qualitative and quantitative research, measurement and reporting; and data-driven business innovation and design strategy. 

Prior to joining SapientNitro, John served as co-founder of Iota Partners, an instrumentation-driven consumer research consultancy. John and co-founder Rick Robinson created the consultancy in 2010. 

In addition, John co-founded E-Lab with Robinson, which pioneered the application of ethnographic and observational research approaches as a basis for product, service and strategic solutions. E-Lab was acquired by Sapient in 1999, where John became co-lead of Sapient's Experience Modeling Group.

 John is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the topics of user experience design, market research, data analytics and data visualization.  John teaches graduate classes at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Uwe Gutschow, VP Digital and Engagement Strategy, INNOCEAN USA 

Uwe leads the agency’s digital thinking and innovation vision. He’s also responsible for providing strategic direction in a way that connects brands with people through relevant experiences and conversations. 

He’s led digital thinking for agencies across two continents. Originally from South Africa, he started the digital division of Saatchi & Saatchi where he was Creative and Managing Director. Having worked as part of a global Saatchi & Saatchi think tank, he fell in love with Los Angeles and decided to call it home. During his time at Saatchi LA he planned and implemented their social media and digital practices for Toyota. 

Uwe has worked on diverse clients such as Guinness (Africa), Sony Ericsson (Global), Toyota (USA),  Hyundai (USA), Peugeot (South Africa) and P&G (Europe). Additionally, he is an established international conference speaker and guest lecturer. His work has earned numerous Effies and international creative awards.


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Mike DiGiovanni, Mobile Architect, Isobar

Mike DiGiovanni is a mobile architect at Isobar where he focuses on mobile application development and creates new things with Google Glass, smart watches, and other wearables. Mike was featured in the Creativity 50 in 2013 for his pioneering efforts creating some of the first apps for Glass including “Winky” and “Bulletproof,” an app designed to take photos with an exaggerated wink and an app that locks Glass once a user removes the device, respectively.

Previously, Mike worked as an Android Developer for Barnes & Noble.com, where he was instrumental in the creation of the Nook app for Android devices and contributed to the reading experience of the Nook Color device.

As an Independent Mobile developer, he has brought apps through the entire development process from conception to release. His self-published software on the Android market totals over 300,000 downloads and not a single app has less than 4 stars.


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Gregg Heard is Vice President – Brand Identity and Design, AT&T

Heard is responsible for developing a Design competence and culture within AT&T, working with internal and external teams to bring the brand’s vision to life across all channels and touchpoints. Heard fulfills an important role in the recent evolution of the company’s “Mobilizing Your World” platform, as well as individual brand identity and design initiatives including AT&T Stadium, AT&T Stores of the Future, and AT&T Sonic Identity. As the rollout of the company's brand platform continues, Heard provides vision, strategy and leadership throughout every phase of development while demonstrating AT&T’s commitment to pushing the limits of what’s possible to make life better for its customers.

In his 22 years in the industry he has developed creative solutions for brands across many industries including Logitech, Sony, IBM, Harper Collins, Caterpillar, Revo Sunglasses, Philips and UPS. He has worked at prestigious design firms in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Atlanta and Amsterdam.

Numerous design publications and organizations have recognized Gregg’s work, including the International Forum on Design (iF), Communications Arts, Graphis, Graphic Design USA, and the Smithsonian’s National Design Museum. Gregg is a frequently sought-after speaker and judge at international design conferences and design competitions.


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Joel Beckerman,  Founder and Lead Composer of Man Made Music

Hailed as “equal parts Philip Glass and Don Draper” by Details Magazine, Joel Beckerman is a pioneer of sound and music and its transformative power. He is an award-winning composer, producer, arranger as well as the founder of Man Made Music, a company specializing in Sonic Branding, and the author of THE SONIC BOOM: How Sound Transforms the Way We think, Feel,
and Buy.

Interweaving music, strategy and popular culture, Joel is dedicated to telling compelling stories and impacting our everyday experiences with music and sound. For this work, Fast Company magazine has honored him as one of their “Most Creative People in Business 1000.”

Joel has, with his team, created original scores for over 50 television series and specials, including the Super Bowl on NBC, “Entertainment Tonight,” ESPN Film’s “30 for 30,” and “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” His work can be found across most major networks including HBO, FX, NBC and A&E and he has been named one of ASCAP’s “Most Performed” theme composers for the past eight years.

He has also been the music producer for television projects with John Legend, will.i.am, Moby, OK Go, and Morgan Freeman, as well as feature film composers John Williams and James Horner.

By translating brand strategy into sonic strategy, he and his company have developed unique and signature sonic branding programs for global giants such as Disney, Mercedes, AT&T, and Southwest Airlines. Fast Company also featured Man Made Music on their list of “Most Innovative” companies in music.

Joel’s thought leadership in innovation through music and sound has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, Spin Magazine and more. THE SONIC BOOM was hailed by Time as one of the Great Reads for Fall 2014.


Steven Dean, Partner at PreHype; Faculty Member, MFA Program in Producst of Design, School of Visual Arts

Steven Dean is a partner at Prehype, a venture development firm that incubates new digital companies on behalf of the world's finest corporations and VCs. Working in product development most of his career, Steven has designed and built new ventures for some of the most innovative consumer health and wellness brands. Steven teaches at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and at School of Visual Arts in its MFA Products of Design program. His courses address how behavior change, technology and design are used to shape how we make changes at the individual, societal and organizational levels. He is also the founder of the NY chapter of Quantified Self.

Steven has a BS in Mathematics from Baylor and received a Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He has taught courses on service design, digital media and innovation at Parsons and RISD.


Rudina Seseri, Fairhaven Partners

Rudina joined Fairhaven Capital at its inception in 2007. She currently serves on the board of directors of CrowdTwist, FashionPlaytes and SocialFlow. In addition to investing, Rudina helps her portfolio companies with strategic direction and growth strategy, building boards and executive teams, strategic partnerships and lead generation.

Rudina also serves as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Harvard Business School. Previously, she was a Senior Manager in the Corporate Development Group at Microsoft Corporation. In this position, Rudina was responsible for sourcing, structuring, and negotiating Microsoft's acquisitions and strategic investments including acquisitions such as iView Multimedia, Deep Metrix, Massive and Lionhead Studios. Prior to Microsoft, she worked as an investment banker in the Technology Group at Credit Suisse.

Rudina graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations, and received her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She has been elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies.

Rudina serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of L’Oreal’s Women in Digital, a Member of the Board of Directors at MITX, a member of the Digital Hollywood Women’s Board and a Mentor for TechStars. She is also a 2011 Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree for her professional accomplishments and community involvement and a 2014 Women to Watch honoree by Mass High Tech.


Stacey Mulcahy is a technical evangelist with Microsoft for Windows 8. Prior, she was the Lead Developer working with a variety of technologies at Big Spaceship, a digital agency based out of Brooklyn, NY.

She has worked at Teknision and Fuel Industries in Ottawa, Canada, and IQ Interactive in Atlanta in a variety of technical roles.

A technical editor and instructor, Stacey enjoys sharing her love for her work in interactive development. She considers her lack of verbal filter and extreme candor just a small part of her charm.


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Chris Fahey, Product Strategy and UX Disciplines at Big Spaceship

As SVP of Product and User Experience at Big Spaceship, Chris leads the company’s product strategy and interaction design disciplines, partnering with clients to develop compelling user experiences, useful products, and innovative services.

Chris has led design teams for many industries and platforms, from museums to magazines, games to healthcare. Before Big Spaceship, he led the consumer UX team at health care startup ZocDoc and was a founding partner at Behavior Design. His clients have included BMW, Google, Twitter, AOL, The Guggenheim Museum, DIRECTV, The Gilt Groupe, HBO, National Geographic Channel, BusinessWeek, UNICEF, JPMorgan Chase, and The Onion. 

Chris's work has received much recognition, including four Webby awards, and three W3 awards. His art work has been featured at the Whitney Museum and the New Museum. Chris speaks at conferences internationally about interaction design and user experience, including at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, OMMA Publish, An Event Apart, SXSW, IxDA Interaction, the IA Summit, WebVisions, and many more. He has also taught interaction design at the School of Visual Arts’ prestigious MFA in Interaction Design program.


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Tracy Quitasol, Director Ignition Factory, OMD USA

Leads a highly collaborative team of thinkers and doers that generates awe-inspiring ideas connecting brands with consumers. The team has a passion for building partnerships, programs and relationships. We deliver the best, newest technologies/start-ups and most creative solutions to OMD’s clients.


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Paige Parrent, Digital Platforms Manager at Volkswagen of America, Inc

As Digital Platforms Manager, Paige is responsible for VW national consumer website (vw.com) management, mobile/app development, social community management and in-market advertising, guiding consistency in user experience and marketing campaigns across platforms. Successful at driving innovation and efficiency into all aspects of digital marketing communications through the advanced usage of digital trends and technology. Leads the team providing a digital center of excellence within the organization, acting as a delivery center to develop digital solutions meeting various business requirements. 


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Vladimir Levantovsky is a senior technology strategist at Monotype. He currently serves as a chair of the World Wide Web (W3C) Web Fonts Working Group. He is also part of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s HTML5 Best Practices Task Force.  He has been involved in the work of various industry consortiums and standards organizations since 2002, and is passionate about advancing typographic capabilities on consumer electronics, mobile devices and the Web.


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Rachel Law is the CEO of Interface Foundry and formerly an interactive artist, creative technologist and web designer. She designed and coded a browser extension that allowed people to swap their metadata across networks, developed a research methodology for analyzing the size and scale of networks and successfully funded a Kickstarter. She has also exhibited interactive art widely in Berlin, Singapore, Australia and more.

She has spoken at  NYU/Intel, Center for Transformative Media, e-flux and more on networks and data.
Past work featured in: Ad-Age, HackerNews, Naked Capitalism, 89.3KPCC (radio), Slashdot, Artitude, Culture Push and more.


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JR Baldwin is the CTO of Interface Foundry and an award-winning developer, interaction (UX/UI) designer, and creative technologist for mobile / web and networked device platforms. Past work in visual design and art direction for a variety of design agencies and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

JR has spoken at The White House, Harvard University, Rutgers, and more, on the future of technology/design.
Past work featured in: Fast Company, New Yorker, WIRED, Vice, VentureBeat, Washington Post, Core77, Mashable, Forbes, Boing Boing, O’Reilly Books and more.


Mike Dory, Managing Director - (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins)

Mike is the Managing Director of  kbs+ | Spies & Assassins, where he leads the creative technology team and drives technical thought leadership throughout the agency. At Spies, Mike is often found playing with platforms, applications, experiences and advertising, building web, desktop, and mobile experiences for such industry leaders as BMW, PUMA, HomeGoods, Simmons, and Harman.

At kbs+, Mike has helped to build and launch the digital lifestyle application The Goods for HomeGoods, a reimagined web presence for Simmons bedding, the A|X #DressedFor social application for Armani Exchange, and the BMW i Window to the Near Future real-time video installation.

Prior to joining Spies & Assassins, Mike co-founded the social technology boutique Socialbomb, serving as its CTO four years, and building applications and platforms for clients like Red Bull, HBO, and the BBC. After winning a variety of industry accolades, including a Clio, a Webby, and both a Facebook Studio award and a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer nod, Socialbomb was acquired by Refinery29 in 2013.

Mike holds a Masters of Interactive Telecommunications from NYU ITP, where he is also an adjunct professor, and is the co-author of the book Introduction to Tornado, published by O’Reilly Media. He has presented at events like O’Reilly ETech, OSCon, and Solid, the Conflux Festival, CreateTech, and his work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, National Public Radio, Gothamist, Gizmodo, and MAKE Magazine.


Josh Leeder, Associate Director of Technology, Platform - (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins)

Josh is an Associate Director of Technology at kbs+ | Spies & Assassins, an award-winning creative technology boutique, playing with platforms, applications, experiences and advertising across mobile, social, emerging platforms, the web, and at retail and physical locations. 

At Spies and Assassins, Josh manages the platform engineering team, focusing on the architecture, development, and deployment of highly available, scalable applications that serve and manipulate data utilizing cutting-edge tools and technologies. He provides thought leadership for the team's platform-based work, and serves as an evangelist for new technologies and processes throughout the agency. His vision, influence, and passion have guided the architecture for clients like BMW, HomeGoods, and Simmons.

Prior to joining Spies and Assassins, Josh managed the technology team at TracyLocke (formerly Tribal DDB Dallas), building platforms and promotions for clients and partners like Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Microsoft, Activision, and Blizzard. He has architected and maintained a custom CRM platform that facilitated more than 40 million subscribers, built and deployed a distributed authentication system, and devised an algorithm for turning tweets into audio tracks.

Josh holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of North Texas. He is currently an organizer and teacher for kbsU, an in-house kbs+ curriculum, where he focuses on class topics like networking, programming, and database design.


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Nigel Jacob is the co-founder the Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall.  Nigel works to develop new models of innovation for cities in the 21st century.  Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked for and launched a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area.

He is also the Urban Technologist in Residence at Living Cities, a philanthropic collaboration of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, a board member at Code For America and is an Executive-in-Residence at Boston University.

Nigel has received a number of awards for his ground breaking work in Boston, including being named a Public Official of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012.


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Conor Brady, Chief Creative Officer, Critical Mass 

Conor Brady, a renowned creative leader, is a passionate believer in the power of design craft, great storytelling and customer experience design to solve our clients business problems. In his role as Chief Creative Officer at Critical Mass, Conor oversees all the agency’s work globally and the drive for creative excellence. 

With nearly a decade as a chief creative officer at digital agencies Huge and Organic, Conor creates inspiring work across the cumulative customer experience. Throughout his career, he has worked with many of the world’s largest and most admired brands, creating widely admired work. His most recent creative work includes the launch of Sean Combs’ Revolt.TV web television network, the 5th most-viewed YouTube video of all time for Samsung featuring Usher, and TD Ameritrade’s 2014 Sochi Olympics campaign. 

Born in Belfast, Conor is a true design craftsman across all media, new and old. He began his career by helping create the first 100 book covers for Vintage Paperbacks at Random House, then moved into the music industry as a creative director at Universal Music/Polygram, designing record covers. Conor is also an avid cyclist and spent time racing in Europe. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and runs Elcyclista, a journal about the intersection of design and cycling, in his spare time.


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Andrea Lauer is a Costume/Set Designer + Stylist as well as a multimedia artist working with clothing and interactive + responsive technologies. She recently costume designed What's it All About at new York Theatre Workshop and her design work can currently also be seen in the US tour of American Idiot, Forces: STREB Lab for Action Mechanics and Murder for Two at New World Stages. Lauer is also a stylist for various artists, musicians, commercials, and publications. Her work can be seen in Rolling Stone, Vogue, OUT Magazine and the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 

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