Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, activist and writer recognized as one of the most prominent voices advocating for a more humane, inclusive and ethical technology industry. He is the CEO of Glitch, the friendly community where millions of creators collaborate on making and discovering apps, bots, art, and anything else they can imagine.
Dash was an advisor to the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy, and today advises major startups and non-profits including Medium, DonorsChoose and Project Include. He also serves as a board member for companies like Stack Overflow, the world’s largest community for computer programmers, and non-profits like the Data & Society Research Institute, which examines the impact of tech on society and culture, and the Lower East Side Girls Club, which serves girls and families in need in New York City.
Described as a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker, Dash has a unique presence on social media, where he’s been maintaining his Webby-recognized personal website since 1999, with citations in sources ranging from the New York Times to the BBC to TMZ to hundreds of academic papers. As a writer and artist, Dash has been a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Wired, has had his works exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and collaborated with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on one of the most popular Spotify playlists of 2018. In 2013, Time named @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and he is the only person ever retweeted by both Bill Gates and Prince, a succinct summarization of Dash’s interests. Dash has addressed events ranging from the Aspen Ideas Festival to SXSW, lectured at universities ranging from Harvard to NYU to Berkeley, made TV appearances on MSNBC and CNN, and guested on dozens of high-profile podcasts.
Dash is based in New York City, where he lives with his wife Alaina Browne and their son Malcolm. Dash has never played a round of golf, drank a cup of coffee, or graduated from college.
Christina Hammock Koch was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2013. She completed astronaut candidate training in 2015. Koch graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Physics and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. She most recently served as flight engineer on the International Space Station for Expedition 59, 60 and 61. Koch set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman with a total of 328 days in space.
- Dr. Joy Lisi Rankin Research Lead at the AI Now Institute and Research Scholar at New York University
As Research Lead at the AI Now Institute, Dr. Rankin develops and oversees the strategy and initiatives for AI Now’s Gender, Race, and Power in AI program. She brings to AI Now her decade of experience working at the intersection of technology and education combined with her academic expertise. Her book A People’s History of Computing in the United States (Harvard University Press, 2018) has been featured in The Nation, Public Books, and the Australian Book Review and widely reviewed elsewhere. Dr. Rankin’s essays have been published in both popular and academic media, including Slate, Lady Science, the Smithsonian’s What It Means to Be American series, Information & Culture, and IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. She has shared her historical expertise at venues ranging from MIT, Cambridge, and New York University to the United Nations, Computer History Museum, and Google and consulted on projects including the pilot television episode of Girls Code, and the documentaries The Queen of Code and The Birth of BASIC. Dr. Rankin earned her PhD from Yale in 2015; prior to that she also studied at MIT, Duke, UCL, Cambridge, and Dartmouth, where she earned her BA with a double major in mathematics and history.
- Robin Bender Ginn Executive Director, OpenJS Foundation
Prosper is a speaker, community leader, open source hacker, technical consultant, and a fervent Developer Advocate. He is a full-stack software engineer who has worked on biometric, health and developer tools. Prosper recently co-founded a startup called Eden that’s focused on improving the quality of lives in Nigeria and currently leads the engineering team. He also co-founded forloop, the largest developer community in Africa.
- Jessica Wilkerson Cyber Policy Analyst, Food and Drug Administration
Adam Baldwin is a Senior Product Manager focused on supply chain security at GitHub. A security focused leader with over 25 years of experience, Adam has spent his career building companies, breaking into companies, managing teams, designing products, and talking about security non-stop.
Shubhie is a member of Chrome’s Web Platform team and the engineering lead for Chrome’s engagement in the web framework ecosystem, where she collaborates with open source tools, frameworks and communities.
She has worked on web standards and chromium’s implementation for several web performance APIs.
Prior to Chrome, she worked on infrastructure and web frameworks for Google products like Search, Google Photos etc.
- Nicole Sullivan Chrome Product Manager, Google
Juan Pablo Buriticá is a software engineering executive who has built and led distributed teams for the past 10 years from New York City. Juan Pablo Buriticá was most recently the VP of Engineering at splice.com where he leads a distributed engineering team throughout North and South America, with the mission of building the creative hub for the modern musician.
His favorite food group is empanadas.”
Michael Dawson is an active contributor to the Node.js project and chair of the Node.js Technical Steering Committee(TSC). He contributes to a broad range of community efforts including platform support, build infrastructure, N-API, Release, as well as tools to help the community achieve quality with speed (ex: ci jobs, benchmarking and code coverage reporting). As IBM Node.js community lead, he works with IBM’s internal teams to plan and facilitate their contributions to Node.js and v8 within the Node and Google communities.Past experience includes building IBM’s Java runtime, building and operating client facing e-commerce applications, building PKI and symmetric based crypto solutions as well as a number of varied consulting engagements. In his spare time, he uses Node.js to automate his home and life for fun.
Recent talks: https://github.com/mhdawson/resume/blob/master/conferences.md
Keeley Hammond (she/her) is a senior software engineer at InVision and a member of the Electron governance team. Her work spans from building front-end UI to engine API design in InVision Studio. When not working, Keeley volunteers for Women Who Code Portland and spends as much time as possible with her dog, Luna.
- Allen Wirfs-Brock Exploring the Future of Software: Innovator, Architect, Standards, Consultant, Advisor
My services are available as a consultant or adviser. My current passion is thinking, experimenting, and writing about the technical and societal implications of the rapidly emerging Ambient Computing Era.
I’ve been a startup advisor, strategic technologist, researcher, software architect, assembly language programmer, product developer, and manager. I’ve worked at both large and small companies and with both commercial and open source development models. I founded two successful companies that provided tools and services to enterprise software developers.
Alex Williams is founder and publisher of The New Stack, an online technology publication that explains and analyzes at scale application development and management. He was an editor at ReadWrite and TechCrunch before leaving in 2014 to start The New Stack. Alex hosts The New Stack Makers podcast and pancake breakfast, and livestreams from tech events around the globe with the generous support of more than 40 sponsors in the cloud native ecosystem.
Joe Sepi is passionate about advancing the web forward through open source technologies and open communities. He has held engineering leadership positions at The New York Times, Adobe, Credit Suisse, Sears as well as a few start-ups. He joined IBM to lead developer advocacy for StrongLoop, was promoted to lead the North America-East (NYC and beyond) dev advocacy team, and is currently focused on his passion, Node + JS, as an open source engineer & advocate. He also plays in two punk rock bands.