Speakers

Pearl Chen
Karma Laboratory

From HTML to LEDs, Android to Arduino – Pearl Chen takes on a cross-disciplinary approach to her work. With over 10 years of professional experience in web technologies, she has a body of work that includes fully responsive websites for TELUS, Facebook campaigns for Google Chrome, and microsites for Nike. She also tackles more unusual projects such as turning payphones into gumball machines, or dynamically creating origami objects from SMS messages. You can find her on Google+ (klab.ca/+), Twitter (@PearlChen), or good ol' fashioned email: pearl[at]karma-laboratory.com.

Marc Cohen
Google

I manage Google's Developer Relations team in Seattle. We help software developers get the most out of the Google Cloud Platform, with a particular emphasis on Compute Engine and Cloud Storage. In a previous life, I helped design and build communication systems at Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies. When I'm not working, I enjoy indie music and films, writing, teaching, and chess.

Ben Combee
LG Electronics

Ben Combee is the technical lead for the Enyo JS framework, a cross-platform single-page app development library sponsored by LG Silicon Valley Labs. He lives in Austin, TX with his wife and newborn son.

Andy Granowitz
Google

Andy Granowitz is an analyst at Google Analytics (GA), working to bring data-driven decision-making to Fortune 100 companies. Andy also plays a leading role in Google's customer analytics efforts, drawing on his prior work with the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative. Andy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Mathematics and Statistics.

Johnathan Hebert
Evernote

Johnathan Hebert is the lead JavaScript developer at Evernote in Austin, where he is currently working on Skitch for Windows 8 and other platforms. He has been developing web applications for over 10 years, and is always interested in the latest and greatest with JavaScript, HTML and CSS. You can see an endless stream of links he posts about the web and related technologies @johnathanhebert. Most importantly, he is a husband and proud father of five little miracles.

William Hurley (whurley)
Chaotic Moon

He’s been called a visionary systems theorist, a mad scientist, and an evil genius. What he is, is unquestionably innovative. Over his 20-year career, whurley has demonstrated an unparalleled talent for innovation and a passion for open source software. In 2010 he co-founded Chaotic Moon, a leading mobile development and strategy company, and quickly built a portfolio of A-list clients. Names like Microsoft, CBS Sports, Sanrio, Pizza Hutt, and News Corp, for whom Chaotic Moon developed the first iPad-only digital newspaper.

Michael Jones
Volusion

Michael has over 15 years of design/development experience ranging from mega-corps (read cubes) to freelance. Michael has been a thought leader and architect for the front-end for companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Citi, Microsoft, and Dell. He is also the coauthor of "Pro HTML5 Performance" from Apress.

Ryan Joy
Microsoft

Ryan Joy has been developing for web and desktop user interfaces using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for more than a decade. These days he’s a Developer Evangelist @ Microsoft promoting those same technologies to others. You can usually find him in Austin, TX. You can always find him online at @atxryan

Brendan Kenny
Google

Brendan is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google focusing on data visualization with the Google Maps JavaScript API.

Mike Koss
StartPad

Mike Koss is an independent software developer and organizer for the Seattle GDG. His main interests are in JavaScript and App Engine application development. He formerly worked at Microsoft developing Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint.

Jarom McDonald
Brigham Young University

Jarom McDonald is an associate research professor and Director of the Office of Digital Humanities at Brigham Young University, and a web application developer for Humanities educational endeavors. He spends most of his research and development time on streaming media and linked data; he works on a number of projects utilizing the Youtube APIs and is energetically looking for ways to incorporate Freebase data into a wide variety of Humanities-based environments as well. He also holds a PhD in American Literature and is an avid baseball fan.

Andrew Miller
Atlas Learning

Andrew Miller is the lead developer and co-founder of Atlas Learning, an Austin-based company that is changing the educational technology landscape with powerful and intuitive browser-based applications. Before Atlas, Andrew worked for Evernote as an iOS developer. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BS in Computer Science.

C. Enrique Ortiz
Shango

C. Enrique Ortiz (aka CEO) focuses on new Products, Technology & Innovation in the areas of Mobile, Cloud and Telco, as well as Developer content and tools. He is a total Space program buff, and a Freestyle jammer. He is Head of Products at Shango and an advisor at Kloc.Me.

Kris Peña
AVAI Mobile Solutions

Kris Peña leads the Android Development team at AVAI Mobile Solutions. She built an Android platform backing over 80 apps live in the Play Store.

Dave Powell
Pro Hockey Vision

Dave has worked with large scale systems and databases all of his career. His focus is on deploying systems that not only meet the customer’s needs, but also perform well at scale on a variety of different architectures and have the reliability to support 24 x 7 operations across the globe. He has supported customers as small as two-person start-ups all the way to the largest global corporations, across all industries. Over the last few years he has added a mobile component as a means for companies to reach out directly to their customers.

Nathan Price

Nathan Price loves Pi. Not the 3.1415 variety, though that's cool, if you are into that sort of thing. His favorite Pi is the Raspberry kind. And if you spend a few minutes with him, you'll see why.

Will Quast
MapMyFitness

Will Quast is a Senior Android Developer at MapMyFitness. With over 16 million registered users, they have the number 8 "Health & Fitness" app in the Play Store.

Kyle Simpson
Getify Solutions

Kyle Simpson is a JavaScript Systems Architect from Austin, TX. He focuses on JavaScript, HTML5, web performance optimization, and "middle-end" application architecture. If something can't be done in JavaScript or web stack technology, he's probably bored by it. Kyle runs several open-source projects, writes books, and speaks at meetups and tech conferences. He also helps drive the local startup/enterpreneurial community through events, coworking activities, etc.

Mike Taylor
Opera

Mike Taylor works as a Whitespace Strategist for Opera Software, currently spending time in both the Web Standards and Desktop/Tools teams. He lives in Austin Texas with his wife and two boys.

Marcus Turner
Atomic Axis

Marcus Turner is an accomplished analytical, and technical architect with a successful track record in the planning and delivery of large scale enterprise wide solutions. His background includes the development of critical systems architectures and transformation strategies resulting in increased operational efficiency and dramatic cost reduction. A certified Architect and Project Manager with a proven ability to create realistic expectations, Marcus develops accurate schedules and budgets, allocates resources, resolves critical path issues, provides cross functional team leadership, and delivers results consistently within scope and budget.

Amy Unruh
Google

Amy works in Developer Relations at Google, with a focus on the Google Cloud Platform. She has an academic background, and has also worked at several startups, worked in industrial R&D, done technical training and course development, and has published a book on App Engine. She used to live in Austin, but currently lives in Sydney, Australia.

Luke Wallace
Bottle Rocket Apps

Luke Wallace manages all Custom Mobile Development at Bottle Rocket Apps, a premiere mobile development shop based out of Dallas, Texas. He also acts as the Android Evangelist, and has led the Android Development on projects for clients ranging from AARP to Food Network. Luke earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M in 2002, and enjoys using photography as a creative outlet when he is not developing.