Speakers

Inter­esting and talented people from the four corners of the web

Steve Souders

Presenting: Even Faster Web Sites

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Steve works at Google on web perfor­mance and open source initia­tives. He previ­ously served as Chief Perfor­mance Yahoo!. Steve is the author of High Perfor­mance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. He created YSlow, the perfor­mance analysis plug-​​in for Firefox. He serves as co-​​chair of Velocity, the web perfor­mance and oper­a­tions conference from O’Reilly, and is co-​​founder of the Firebug Working Group. He recently taught CS193H: High Perfor­mance Web Sites at Stanford University.

Follow Steve on Twitter: @souders

Ben Schwarz

Presenting: Building a better web with HTML5, HTML5 Ready for Prime time? , HTML5 right, now (Workshop)

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Ben Schwarz is a well known Melbourne Rubyist who funds his love of good food (at home) and sake (in bars) by designing sophis­ti­cated web appli­ca­tions using standards-​​based tech­nology. More than anything else, he is driven by a maniacal desire to produce not only elegant code, but also beau­tiful software in the hands of its users.

Follow Ben on Twitter: @BenSchwarz

Kenny Johar

Presenting: HTML5 Ready for Prime time?

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Kenny manages the Software Archi­tecture, devel­opment and tech­nical inno­va­tions group in Vision Australia, and plays the role of an Enter­prise Architect. Kenny has been part of W3C working groups for several years, with my most noteable contri­bu­tions being in Acces­si­bility of Rich Internet Appli­ca­tions (WAI-​​ARIA), Web Security Context: User Interface Guide­lines, and the acces­si­bility of audio/​video in HTML5. In 2009, Kenny was awarded the Most Valuable Profes­sional (MVP) award by Microsoft in recog­nition of his contri­bu­tions to the Acces­si­bility of Web-​​based appli­ca­tions. This was the first time that a person with a vision impairment was given this award.

Grant Young

Presenting: Creating platforms for social innovation

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Grant is founder of social inno­vation consul­tancy Zumio. In this role he combines his 15+ years’ expe­rience in online and social tech­nology with his passion for sustain­ability to help organ­i­sa­tions harness these increas­ingly prominent market forces.

Zumio helps its clients — spanning the commercial, government and non-​​profit sectors — build plat­forms for social engagement that simul­ta­ne­ously deliver organ­i­sa­tional value while increasing societal well­being and sustain­ability. Zumio has recently under­taken projects for the Cancer Institute NSW, the Inspire Foun­dation, VicRoads and Saasu.

Prior to founding Zumio, Grant produced projects for award-​​winning sustainable design agency Digital Eskimo and managed online commu­ni­ca­tions and social media strategy for conser­vation organ­i­sation WWF-​​Australia, including for the inau­gural Earth Hour (2007). He has also developed web appli­ca­tions for the business sector in the areas of financial and carbon accounting (Saasu, Climate Friendly).

Follow Grant on Twitter: @grantyoung

Presenting: Minting Mobile Currency in a Socialized, Localized World

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As Senior Director of PayPal’s Developer Network, Naveed Anwar is a passionate advocate and supporter of devel­opers using PayPal’s open payments platform, PayPal X. He cham­pions the success of the PayPal developer community every day. In a previous life, Naveed started and ran the AOL Developer Network and with the motto “safety first,” he led many of AOL’s security efforts in Europe and the U.S. In his spare time, Naveed likes to get down and dirty, playing football, squash and cricket. Naveed is also active in non-​​profits focused on education in under­priv­i­leged commu­nities around the world, including his family’s Anwar Foun­dation.

Follow Naveed on Twitter: @nanwar

David Gravina

Presenting: Design Thinking (and Doing)

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David Gravina is the company prin­cipal and founder of Digital Eskimo, a design consul­tancy that applies the trans­for­ma­tional power of design and tech­nology to issues of social and envi­ron­mental change. He is a founding member of greenUps, the Sydney green networking group, a director of the live local Foun­dation and was co-​​founder of the ‘Raise the Bar’ campaign which, as a former Melbourne boy, he’s pleased to say is slowly bringing Melbourne style small bars to Sydney.

Follow David on Twitter: @Deskimo

John Allsopp

Presenting: HTML5 Ready for Prime time?

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John has been working with, on, for and against the web since the first half of the 1990s.

He’s a co-​​founder of westciv​.com, and developer of Style Master, the most venerable cross platform CSS devel­opment tool, now more than 10 years old, and the author of numerous courses, tuto­rials, articles (including the still widely cited Dao of Web Design” from 2000), tools and resources for web designers and devel­opers.

John is also the co-​​founder of the web conference series Web Direc­tions. Web Direc­tions is held in Australia, North America, Japan and the UK.

More recently still, John co-​​founded Scroll Magazine, a print, PDF and online magazine exploring the big ideas around designing and devel­oping for the web, and is the co-​​chair of OWEA, a new XG at the W3C focussing on educating the next gener­ation of Web Profes­sionals.

John is the father of 3 girls, the light of his life, and in his copious spare time, does his best to do as much mountain biking, surfing and snow­boarding as all these other activ­ities allow, which is to say, very little.

John’s personal site is john​fallsopp​.com.

Follow John on Twitter: @johnallsopp

Shane Morris

Presenting: Interaction design school 101

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Shane Morris is one of Australia’s most respected user expe­rience profes­sionals. Through consulting, mentoring and training he has helped organ­i­sa­tions create compelling digital expe­ri­ences since 1991. In that time he has worked on desktop appli­ca­tions, internet appli­ca­tions, mobile user inter­faces, physical devices and web sites. Shane has taught user expe­rience topics around the world and is a key contributor to “101 Things I Learned in Inter­action Design School” at ixd101​.com.

Shane has worked with companies like Microsoft, Lonely Planet, M&C Saatchi, Cochlear, Amnesia Razorfish and Sensis — helping creative and tech­nical profes­sionals collab­orate to create services that empower, inspire and reward. His passion is trans­forming the complex and constrained into the simple and powerful. Not just because it’s valuable endeavour, but because it’s hard — and therefore immensely rewarding.

Shane’s expe­rience includes:

  • Director of Auto­matic Studio (Formerly Echo Inter­action Design)
  • One of Microsoft’s first User Expe­rience Evan­ge­lists world-​​wide
  • General Manager and Prin­cipal Consultant at The Hiser Group

Rob Manson

Presenting: GOOD: Graphical Object Oriented Design

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Rob Manson is Managing Director of MOB, an Inno­vation Lab based in Sydney. He’s been working with cutting-​​edge tech­nologies since the early 90s and is focused upon creating tangible expe­ri­ences that change the way you see tech­nology, business and the world around you.

MOB make complex things easy. They create inno­v­ative iPhone, iPad, Mobile and Internet based Appli­ca­tions and have created Augmented Reality (AR) appli­ca­tions and ARt instal­la­tions for business and consumer markets as well as public display.

MOB’s customers include the Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney Opera House, The Royal East­ershow, IAG, Warner Music, St George, NAB and TEDxSydney​.com to name a few.

Recently MOB have created a Mobile Augmented Reality expe­rience using historic images of Sydney that the Power­house Museum released to the Flickr Commons and MOB regu­larly contribute to the Open Government/​Open Data movement in Australia.

Follow Rob on Twitter: @nambor

Daniel Davis

Presenting: HTML5 Ready for Prime time? , Widgets – Why Should I Care?

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Daniel is the Web Evan­gelist for Opera’s Japan office based in Tokyo. His previous work expe­rience includes project management, IT training, web devel­opment, software devel­opment and system admin­is­tration in both Japan and the UK, his home country. After studying Japanese and Chinese at university, he grew more and more inter­ested in the flour­ishing field of IT and the web, learning as much as he could by playing and exper­i­menting with internet-​​related tech­nologies. His current work promoting web stan­dards and cross-​​device web devel­opment at Opera fits in perfectly with his ideology of openness and equality across linguistic, social and socio-​​economic borders.

Follow Daniel on Twitter: @ourmaninjapan

Divya Manian

Presenting: Active Web Development, HTML5 Ready for Prime time?

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Divya Manian is a Web Designer in Seattle. She made the jump from devel­oping device drivers for Motorola phones to designing websites and has not looked back since. She takes her duties as an Open Web vigi­lante seri­ously which has resulted in collab­o­rative projects such as HTML5 Readiness and HTML5 Boil­er­plate.

Speaker Photo: © Mohini Patel Glanz.

Follow Divya on Twitter: @nimbuin

HTML5 Panel

Presenting: HTML5 Ready for Prime time?

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Panelists

Daniel Davis (Opera, Japan), Divya Manian (Web Developer, USA), John Allsopp (Web Direc­tions), Ben Schwarz (Web Developer, Australia)

Moderator: Michael™ Smith

Michael™ Smith joined the W3C in 2007. He help with work on W3C core stan dards related to browsing tech nologies; in particular, the phenomenon known as HTML5, as well as other stan dards related to Web appli cation APIs. Michael has been based in Tokyo since 2001. Prior to joining the W3C, he worked for Opera Software, and prior to that, for Openwave Systems — most of that time involved with design, devel opment, testing, and deployment of software for mobile oper­ators.

Follow Michael™ on Twitter: @sideshowbarker

Michal Migurski

Presenting: Let's see what we can see

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Stamen partner Michal Migurski has overseen the research and devel­opment of Stamen’s tech­nology work since 2003, from running delivered code to proto­types and exper­i­ments to far-​​left-​​field disruption. He main­tains an active weblog, and likes to talk in front of groups. You may remember him from such projects as Oakland Crimespotting, Walking Papers, Maps From Scratch, Digg Labs and API, Modest Maps, Mappr, and Reblog.

Follow Michal on Twitter: @migurski

Mark Nottingham

Presenting: Browser Caching and You (A Love Story)

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Mark Nottingham is a Prin­cipal Tech­nical Yahoo!, putting together Web-​​based infra­structure for sites like Yahoo! Finance, Sports, Tech, TV and Movies.

He has spent the last fifteen years designing, debugging, serving and caching Web content, with past stints at Merrill Lynch, Akamai and BEA Systems, along with scars from writing spec­i­fi­ca­tions like the Atom Syndi­cation Format, WS-​​Policy and the WS-​​I Basic Profile, and chairing both IETF and W3C Working Groups.

Right now, his focus is on using HTTP for what the rest of the industry calls Web Services.

Past occu­pa­tions have included being a photo­jour­nalist, Volk­swagen mechanic, graphic designer, Webmaster, developer, systems admin­is­trator, research scientist, stan­dards expert and all-​​around Web tech­nology guy.

He’s married to Anitra, with two sons, Charlie and Bennet. They currently live in Melbourne, Australia.

Follow Mark on Twitter: @mnot

Knud Möller

Presenting: RDFa everywhere

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Knud Möller is a post-​​doctoral researcher at DERI at the National University of Ireland in Galway, where he received his PhD on “Life­cycle Support for Data on the Semantic Web”. His work focusses on topics such as collab­o­rative tech­nologies, data life­cycles and networked knowledge, on which he has published and continues to publish in a range of papers. Knud is also a consultant on Semantic Web topics for socialbits​.net, and has been involved in the organ­i­sation of a number of inter­na­tional confer­ences as the metadata and semantic tech­nologies chair. He has been a member of the W3C RDFa Working Group since March 2010.

Paula Bray

Presenting: Connected digital initiatives and strategy

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Paula Bray is the Manager of the Visual and Digi­ti­sation Services department at the Power­house Museum that includes: Photog­raphy, The Image Resource Centre, The Photo Library and Rights and Permis­sions and Audio Visuals. Paula is respon­sible for managing the digital collec­tions to the highest standard whilst coör­di­nating photo­graphic and AV projects for exhi­bi­tions, publi­ca­tions, events and the website. Paula runs a blog for the Museum called Photo of the Day and manages the Museum’s two Flickr accounts and numerous public groups.

Paula has also worked as a photog­rapher in the Arts for many years including: the Art Gallery of NSW, The State Library of NSW and The Australian National Maritime Museum. Paula has worked as a free­lance photog­rapher and had several exhi­bi­tions of her work including a solo show at Blender Gallery in 2007. Her work has been collected by the College of Fine Arts and private collectors. Paula studied photog­raphy at the College of Fine Arts for 5 years doing a Bachelor of Art and a Master of Art whilst also receiving the Agfa Gevaert award for the most inno­v­ative use of photog­raphy upon grad­u­ating.

Follow Paula on Twitter: @paulabray

Neil King

Presenting: Australia's Web Accessibility Transition Strategy

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Neil is an acces­si­bility expert and project manager with Vision Australia’s web acces­si­bility team. He has worked with people with disabil­ities for the past 8 years and this has evolved into a passion and drive to make the world more acces­sible.

Since joining Vision Australia in 2008 Neil has worked with a large number of government depart­ments, commercial organ­i­sa­tions and educa­tional insti­tu­tions promoting acces­si­bility and providing business and tech­nical advice across all aspects of a project. Neil is also respon­sible for devel­oping and running the organisation’s web acces­si­bility training programs, and has been the lead researcher on a number of high profile acces­sible infor­mation projects.

Patrick Lee

Presenting: JavaScript Sprachraum

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Patrick is a computer programmer and inter­action designer. Usually at the same time.

He thinks JavaScript is an important language.

He works for Thought­Works.

Follow Patrick on Twitter: @boundvariable

Simon Pascal Klein

Presenting: Setting standards-friendly web type

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Simon Pascal Klein is a graphic, web and interface designer, front-​​end developer, rampant ‘typophile’, UI and acces­si­bility aficionado. Born in Mainz Mainz, Germany — the birth­place of Gutenberg — he now works in Canberra as a free­lance designer while studying at the Australian National University. Simon is actively engaged in the Open Source community and local web industry, notably as one of the unor­gan­isers to first bring BarCamp to Canberra. He also co-​​hosts a podcast on all things web, and publishes occa­sionally on things type on his site.

Follow Simon on Twitter: @klepas

Dmitry Baranovskiy

Presenting: Raphaël: native web vector graphics library

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Dmitry has over ten years expe­rience in creating web appli­ca­tions. Having started as a back end developer, more recently he has changed his orien­tation to front end devel­opment and even pure design. These days he spends his working hours as Software Architect at Sencha.

He is also the creator of Raphaël, the JavaScript Library, as well as a Optimus, the Micro­formats trans­former. At any given moment he is always working on three secret projects, though no one knows where he gets the time for any of this.

Follow Dmitry on Twitter: @DmitryBranovsk

Josh Williams

Presenting: Where Are We Going?

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Josh Williams is CEO and co-​​founder of Gowalla, a mobile and Web service that gives people around the world a new way to commu­nicate and express them­selves through the everyday places and extra­or­dinary settings they enjoy. Gowalla empowers everyone to capture and share their journey as they go while following the happenings of family and friends. Josh is respon­sible for building and growing the business while leading the product design team. Gowalla was launched in 2009 and is backed by notable investors including Greylock Partners, Alsop-​​Louie Partners, Founders Fund, and other prominent angel investors.

Josh is a self-​​taught designer and artist who has been creating online for over 15 years. Josh loves mid-​​century modern design, archi­tecture, skiing, snow­boarding and long­boarding. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two young daughters.

Follow Josh on Twitter: @JW

Lisa Herrod

Presenting: The Age of Awareness

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Lisa is the Prin­cipal User Expe­rience consultant at Scenario Seven with over ten years of hands-​​on expe­rience on the web. She has a back­ground in stan­dards based design and devel­opment with the last 7 years focusing on design research, usability, acces­si­bility and user expe­rience strategy.

Lisa believes in an inclusive, holistic approach to user expe­rience design that permeates every layer of a site and every role on a team. Her clients range from small, non-​​profit organ­i­sa­tions through to large multi­na­tionals such as Macquarie Bank, Microsoft, Sydney Opera House, Qantas and the Brooklyn Museum NYC.

Lisa is an expe­ri­enced lecturer and conference presenter having spoken at confer­ences both locally and abroad in the UK, NZ and the US. She’s a sporadic blogger and a crazy lover of whippets, with two little ones of her own…

Follow Lisa on Twitter: @scenariogirl

Matt Balara

Presenting: Flogging Design – Best Practice in Online Shop Design

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Matt Balara is a free­lance web designer, was a child prodigy violinist and is unin­ten­tionally bilingual, all of which has been vitally important to his success in designing for the web since 1993. Despite years of expe­rience, he still can’t under­stand why so many websites are so useless and ugly.

Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattBalara

Gordon Grace

Presenting: More than raw: government data online

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Based in the Australian Government Infor­mation Management Office (AGIMO), Gordon has been working on whole-​​of-​​government websites and Australian Government web policies since early 2006.

Gordon likes making attractive, useful things that matter to people. He’s some­thing of a ‘plate spinner’, and likes to punish himself by taking on too many projects at once. Gordon can often be found prodding and lifting dirty great big IT systems over usability, acces­si­bility and standards-​​compliance hurdles, gently preparing them for the hostile, unfor­giving and unpre­dictable web.

Gordon lives in Canberra with his wife and two young children, who are rarely hostile, frequently forgiving, and always unpre­dictable.

Follow Gordon on Twitter: @gordongrace

Paul Hagon

Presenting: Enriching large data sets

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Paul is the Senior Web Designer at the National Library of Australia and has been working on the web in cultural insti­tu­tions since 1999. His job entails a mix of design, coding, and acces­si­bility. He is a thinker and “ideas” man. He finds cultural insti­tu­tions fasci­nating because of what they bring to society, they are rich resources of infor­mation and provide vast potential for exploring hidden trea­sures. Paul enjoys making these items available and telling their stories in ways that may not be the most obvious. He likes to use tech­nology in a relevant way to enrich the way we can interact with these resources.

In 2010 Paul was named a “Mover and Shaker” of the library world by Library Journal.

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulhagon

Max Wheeler

Presenting: Location, location, geolocation

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An inter­action designer with a passion for emerging tech­nologies, Max believes the web should function as beau­ti­fully as it looks. He currently resides in Canberra where he works with Icelab, a media-​​agnostic design agency with a team of good people.

In his spare time Max takes photographs, travels the world, and builds web appli­ca­tions that do useful things. His latest pet project is Decaf Sucks, a site for helping you to find the good cafés and avoid the bad ones. He also happens to be the current world champion in the sport of beach ultimate.

Follow Max on Twitter: @makenosound

Craig Mod

Presenting: How digital affects books and publishing

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Craig Mod is a writer, designer, publisher and developer concerned with the future of publishing & story­telling.

In 2010 he founded publishing think tank PRE/​POST. He is co-​​author, designer and publisher of Art Space Tokyo. He is also co-​​founding editor and engineer behind TPUTH​.com, co-​​founder and developer of the story­telling project Hitotoki, and frequent collab­o­rator with Infor­mation Archi­tects, Japan. He’s lived in Tokyo for almost a decade and speaks frequently on the future of books and media. He is the worst speller you will ever meet.

Follow Craig on Twitter: @craigmod

Tatham Oddie

Presenting: Practicing Web Standards in the Large

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Tatham Oddie is a tech­nical strategist and roaming consultant. For the third year in a row he is a recipient of the Microsoft-​​issued “Most Valuable Profes­sional” award, and a regular presenter and partic­ipant at confer­ences and industry groups throughout Australia, New Zealand and North America. His business expe­rience includes the launch of a successful creative agency, a fashion retail and PR business, and is now focussed on the devel­opment of Tixi — a niche tick­eting agency.

Follow Tatham on Twitter: @tathamoddie

Myles Eftos

Presenting: Building mobile web apps

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Myles is a Perth-​​based Web developer who feels as at home building INNER JOINS as he does calcu­lating the speci­ficity of CSS selectors. He has worked in all the major web languages, with his weapon of choice being Ruby on Rails. During his 8-​​years in the industry, working under the moniker of MadPilot Produc­tions, he has worked with pretty much everyone in Perth. He started 220, a coöper­ative work­space in Leed­erville and currently has a position on the committee of the Australian Web Industry Asso­ci­ation.

Follow Myles on Twitter: @madpilot

Donna Spencer

Presenting: Keeping your content alive from cradle to grave

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Donna’s a free­lance infor­mation architect, inter­action designer and writer. That’s a fancy way of saying she plans how to present the things you see on your computer screen, so that they’re easy to under­stand, engaging and compelling. Things like the navi­gation, forms, cate­gories and words on intranets, websites, web appli­ca­tions and business systems.

She’s been doing this profes­sionally since 2002, is a regular speaker at Australian and inter­na­tional events and has just completed her third book.

Follow Donna on Twitter: @maadonna

Michael™ Smith

Presenting: HTML5 Ready for Prime time? , HTML5 Report Card

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Michael™ Smith joined the W3C in 2007. He help with work on W3C core stan­dards related to browsing tech­nologies; in particular, the phenomenon known as HTML5, as well as other stan­dards related to Web appli­cation APIs. Michael has been based in Tokyo since 2001. Prior to joining the W3C, he worked for Opera Software, and prior to that, for Openwave Systems — most of that time involved with design, devel­opment, testing, and deployment of software for mobile oper­ators.

Follow Michael™ on Twitter: @sideshowbarker

Darren Menachemson

Presenting: Designing interactions using enriched storytelling

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Darren Menachemson has worked in the design field since the late nineties. During this time, he has archi­tected websites, designed complex person-​​to-​​Government interactions/​user expe­ri­ences, lead user research and eval­u­ation processes and worked with senior exec­u­tives and project teams to turn fuzzy concepts into inte­grated product and service blue­prints. Darren has estab­lished and led design capa­bil­ities for a number of major Government agencies.

Darren currently leads an agency-​​based design group that provides (among other services) enriched story­telling to big projects, and has previ­ously estab­lished similar successful capa­bil­ities in other agencies.

When he’s not working, Darren plays guitar, Irish fiddle, and he draws and writes things. He is a jogging enthu­siast and a cycling nut. He is happiest when he’s trav­elling some­where inter­esting.

Follow Darren on Twitter:: @thoughtpod

Dan Rubin

Presenting: Creativity, Design and Interaction with HTML5 and CSS3, Real World CSS3 for Designers (Workshop)

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An accom­plished designer, author and speaker, Dan Rubin has over ten years of expe­rience as a leader in the fields of user interface design and web stan­dards, specif­i­cally focusing on the use of HTML and CSS to streamline devel­opment and improve acces­si­bility.

His passion for all things creative and artistic isn’t a solely selfish endeavor either—you’ll frequently find him waxing educa­tional about a cappella jazz and barbershop harmony, philosophy, web stan­dards, typog­raphy, psychology, and design in general.

In addition to his contri­bu­tions to sites including Blogger, the CSS Zen Garden, Yahoo! Small Business and Microsoft’s ASP​.net portal, Dan is a contributing author of Cascading Style Sheets: Sepa­rating Content from Presen­tation (2nd Edition, friends of ED, 2003), tech­nical reviewer for Beginning CSS Web Devel­opment (Apress, 2006), The Art & Science of CSS (Site­Point, 2007) and Sexy Web Design (Site­Point, 2009), coauthor of Pro CSS Tech­niques (Apress, 2006), and Web Stan­dards Creativity (friends of ED, 2007), writes about web stan­dards, design and life in general on his personal site, Super­fluous Banter, and spends his profes­sional time on a variety of online and offline projects for Sidebar Creative, Webgraph and Black Seagull, consulting on design, user inter­action and online publishing for Garcia Media, and speaking and teaching at events, confer­ences and work­shops (including An Event Apart, @media, SXSW Inter­active, Future of Web Design, Web Direc­tions, and various Refresh and AIGA events) around the world.

Photo: © John Morrison /​ Subism Studios

Follow Dan on Twitter: @danrubin

Juliette Melton

Presenting: Know Your Users: Develop effective user experience research plans (Workshop), Remote research: Running effective remote studies

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Juliette Melton is a user expe­rience researcher and design strategist based in San Fran­cisco. Her back­ground in web devel­opment and product management gives her a prac­tical perspective on how to conduct effective user expe­rience research. She advo­cates building products that delight users while supporting orga­ni­za­tional real­ities.

Juliette holds a master’s in education from the Tech­nology, Inno­vation, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she focused on devel­oping models for inno­v­ative networked learning appli­ca­tions. She runs Deluxify, a boutique UX consul­tancy, writes about her various projects at juliemelton​.com, and makes lots of terrariums.

Follow Juliette on Twitter: @j

Silvia Pfeiffer

Presenting: HTML5 Audio and Video

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Dr Silvia Pfeiffer has worked on novel media tech­nology for more than 15 years and is an inter­na­tionally renowned expert in new Web video stan­dards. Silvia completed her PhD in Mannheim, Germany, on audio-​​visual content analysis. She then spent 7 years at the CSIRO devel­oping new video tech­nology for the Web in the “Annodex” project. In 2007, she co-​​founded Australian video company Vquence which offers consulting and tech­nology services for Web 2.0 video.

Silvia is now an invited expert on four W3C video-​​related working groups. She is making contri­bu­tions to the new audio and video elements in HTML5, to media anno­tation stan­dards, to media fragment addressing via URIs, and to video acces­si­bility tech­nology for hearing and seeing-​​impaired people (captions, audio anno­ta­tions etc).

Speaker photo: © Alice Boxhall

Follow Silvia on Twitter: @silviapfeiffer

Jacqui Begbie

Presenting: Australia's Web Accessibility Transition Strategy

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Jacqui is Director of Web Policy for Acces­si­bility and Style at AGIMO in the Department of Finance and Dereg­u­lation. She is respon­sible for devel­oping strategy and policy for the Australian Govern­ments web presence around acces­si­bility and how the government uses new tech­nologies to improve access to government infor­mation and services. Jacqui also manages the Australian Govern­ments style publi­cation.

With a strategic management back­ground working in e-​​commerce for Phillips Elec­tronics, Macquarie Bank and News Corpo­ration, she has lead the devel­opment of many prominent websites. Jacqui has formal qual­i­fi­ca­tions in marketing and business and has a Master of Science in Strategic Fore­sight from Swin­burne University of Tech­nology.

Tim Harrison

Presenting: Designers, designers, designers..

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UK born Tim Harrison is a Cali­fornia based Creative Strategist and new Director for the USA branch of Previ­ousNext — an Australian web design agency.

Trained in Graphic Design at St. Martins School of Art in London, Tim has worked exten­sively throughout the UK, Australia and USA as a design “agnostic”; covering a broad range of creative disci­plines and indus­tries — including Web Devel­opment, Envi­ron­mental Design, Print & Branding and Music Busi­nesses.

Prior to estab­lishing Previ­ousNext in the USA, Tim worked for many years as a Creative Director with Apple Inc. and has recently been coaching a start-​​up program with Stanford University’s acclaimed d.school.

Scott Thomas

Presenting: Designing Obama

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Scott Thomas, who goes by the moniker Simple­Scott, lives by the idea that the simplest solution is the best one. Whether he’s building a website or singing emails oper­at­i­cally the moti­vation is always “less is more.” Back when Simple­Scott had free time he could be found at a letter­press fash­ioning original prints and collab­o­rating with fellow members of the design collective, The Post Family. All that, and his dream of ratio­nal­izing the irra­tional theory of the golden ratio, came to a halt when he became the Design Director for the Obama Campaign. Soon enough, Simple­Scott found himself redesigning White​House​.gov and trying to impress politicos with his Lincoln-​​like beard. When the historic election ended he felt that he should somehow record his expe­rience. Two years later he self-​​published Designing Obama, a chronicle on the role of art and design in the political realm. We are all patiently awaiting Obamaʼs rave review. Simple­Scott plans to continue working on creative projects that might just one day change the world. (Cue music)

Banner photo: © Fotomattic.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @simplescott

James Bridle

Presenting: Wrangling Time: The Form and the Future of the Book

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James Bridle is a publisher, writer and artist based in London, UK. He founded the print-​​on-​​demand classics press Bookkake and the e-​​book-​​only imprint Artists’ eBooks, and created Bkkeepr, a tool for tracking reading and sharing book­marks, and Quietube, an acci­dental anti-​​censorship proxy for the Middle East. He makes things with words, books and the internet, and writes about what he does at booktwo​.org.

Follow James on Twitter: @stml

Craig Sharkie

Presenting: jQuery Loves Designers, jQuery Loves Designers (Workshop)

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A degree in Fine Art may seem an odd stepping stone to a career in coding, but its a step that’s led Craig Sharkie on a journey lasting over 15 years. With tenure at the Australian oper­a­tions of Ziff Davis, AOL, Yahoo! and Atlassian, Craig’s seen the Internet bubble, burst, and be rein­vented, and at each turn his foun­dation in visu­al­ising the Web has stood him in good stead.

Focussing on acces­sible, exten­sible, and usable HTML, CSS, and JavaScript solu­tions to both leading-​​edge and legacy devel­opment issues, Craig continues to use the best of his disci­plines to deliver inter­faces that marry a user’s goals with corporate aims. From onclick to Unob­trusive Scripting, via the DOM and Ajax, he enjoys coding stan­dards based solu­tions even more than cham­pi­oning them, but perhaps on par with writing about them.

Follow Craig on Twitter: @twalve