Bart Dring (@buildlog) Inventor, Designer, Engineer, Digital Fabrication Evangelist, Open Source Fabrication Hardware! My garage kicks your fab lab’s butt. buildlog.net
Ben Collins-Sussman (@sussman): programmer, theater composer, Googler, banjo player, radio ham, interactive fiction author, photographer.
Benjamin T. Stanley (@chefbtstanley) the Foodie Co-Founder of Food Genius, trained chef in industrial and chain restaurant product development, sensory testing, and flavor development. Enjoys hacking kitchen equipment, home brewing, and fascinated by all things design (industrial + UI/UX) .
Bill Carrier e-commerce merchant of technical gadgetry, occasional glassblower, Chicago catalog history buff, ex-consumer advocacy lobbyist. Single parent of two teen gurls (who have screened my attire for this event)
Cathy Chouinard-Hasmonek (@chouinardphoto) – Owner/Artist/Photographer @ Chouinard Photography Fully caffeinated Mom of 3, “PTA” President, Married to a wine maker (hobbyist), Enjoy quality beers, learning guitar (again), & I’m constantly distracted by the beautiful and amazing architecture I’m surrounded by in my home town: Chicago. I’m on Google+
Colby Boles (@colbyboles) Owner of Tactrix, Partner of Flashscan3D, CTO Clinimetrix, BioE, EE, both design and reverse engineer for a living, but also live in a giant solar powered workshop with a waterjet cutter, VMC and all other sorts of maker toys and odd vehicles. Trying to build a farm on our roof in the city.
Dale Reed (@TeachingCS): CS Evangelist in Chicago-area high schools, using simple magic tricks to first get their attention. Co-founder of Chicago CSTA. Teaches CS at UIC, and is the oldest guy on campus riding around on a skateboard.
Dan Sinker (@dansinker): Run the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project, have a kid, like to tinker, I walk a lot, firestarter.
Daniel Zarick (@danielzarick) – Formerly a product manager at Twilio in San Francisco. Worked mostly on internal tools & a little on telecom APIs. Currently back in Chicago building some small applications & games for fun. Also doing freelance product design.
Darren Marshall (@dpmarshall) – Co Founder @doejo and @bowtruss – entrepreneur, designer. Once built a legofied version of Intel’s Rio Rancho HQ. I love bbq.
Dave Beazley @dabeaz, http://www.dabeaz.com. I am the author of two Python programming books, teach courses, have two kids, and enjoy messing with things. I’m going to talk about learning piano (and killing your career) as an adult. It will be fun!
David Dahl @deezthugs Privacy Engineer at Mozilla, Armagnac enthusiast
David Falck @davidfalck currently a salesforce.com guy, worked with Shelly on Peaksmart.com, Cumulate Labs, and world domination in no particular order. Loves: start-ups, kids/education, hacking, brewing, baking, BBQ (esp. Moshe’s).
Emmanuel Pratt – Executive Director Sweet Water Foundation, Director of CSU Aquaponics; Aquaponics, Architecture & Urban Planning, Digital Media & Learning, Citizen Sensing for Ecological Cities
Eric Lunt (@elunt) – CTO and co-founder of BrightTag. Ex-Google, ex-FeedBurner, ex-724 Solutions, ex-Spyonit.com, ex-DKA, ex-Burning Door, ex-Andersen Consulting. Harper is pretty awesome.
Eric Wolff Spin top and yo-yo maker…….Chief Regulatory Officer at CME Group for 20 years, retired early in 2008 to further persue creative side: woodturning, sportkite design, and blogging for a highschool boys soccer team. Captain of the 11 time National Champion Sportkite Team – The Chicago Fire Kite Team: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/chicagofirekiteteam?fref=ts
Eric Xu (@mathena) – data cruncher, calligraphy, painting, Zen and martial arts.
Erica Chain (@ericachain) – Young adult survivor (tumblr) passionate about health+technology. Building a healthcare non-profit to support people during a time of medical need. Patient Evangelist at Rock Health. Ninja at Silicon Valley Bank. Concert harpist. Disrupt all the things!
George Aye (@georgeaye) – Co-founder of Greater Good Studio and Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recipient of TED Prize in Oct 2012 for crowd-designing a mobile transit app project, Designing Chicago
Gillian Rode (@gillianrode) – Project Manager with Chicago based design consultancy MNML and our in-house digital lifestyle brand LUNATIK . Founding member of the Chicago chapter of L(A)WD, an organization for women working in design. Cirque du Soleil alum.
Harper Reed (@harper) – Chief Technology Officer @ Obama for America. I am pretty awesome. Also, yo-yos
James Megquier (@jmegq) – Programmer, Googler, father of 0 and 2 year olds. Elegant simplicity. Fiendishly complex algorithms. Fun with soldering irons.
Janet Attarian Complete Streets Director for Chicago Department of Transportation. Violinist, mom, dancer, painter, knitter, biker, hiker. Public space, good design, beauty, sustainability, education, community and culture are my passions, creating great cities is my goal.
Jase Wilson building @neighborly the civic funding platform. Civic geek. Wants to help communities help themselves. LOVES cities & teh internt!
Jason Gessner (@plural) Milwaukee Makerspace founder/maker/board member, Googler, raiser of Geek Girls, FIRST Lego League Coach, up-and-coming Bourbon Baron.
Jason Huggins (@hugs) Cloud computing by day. Open hardware and robot hacker by night (and weekend). CTO/Co-founder Sauce Labs. If I’m successful, robots will take over all the software testing jobs in the world, and my open source toy company will be bigger than LEGO. Other buzzwords: Selenium, Bitbeam, Appium.
Jason Kunesh (@jdkunesh) has a good story about that. Most recently Director of UX at Obama for America. Guitars, kids, food, comics. Community & participation is dear to my heart. Potentially the least bearded Jason at ORDcamp.
Jeff Holden (@jeffholden) Working on revinventing local commerce as product guy at Groupon. Fascinated by how the brain works, the singularity (big Ray Kurzweil fan, generally), nanotechnology. Dad of three (ages 4, 7, 13) and loving it, especially when I get to see them.
Jesse Kriss (@jkriss) – OFA tech alum, Human Interfaces Project Lead at JPL. I like information visualization and code and design and music and space robots.
Jessica Cobb (@emmettcobb) CEO, Creative Director of Emmett Cobb. I create responsive environments with integrative materials and technology that engage a frequency of experience. Neurosciences, material science, robotics, brain waves, sculpture, snacks.
Joe Born (@JoeBorn) Inventing and bringing physical products to market is actually my day job. Sonr Labs (Android Peripherals) and helping my daughter bring her Kangaroo Cup to market have been keeping me busy lately. My dream is to build a kind of incubator for hardware in Chicago.
Kasia Chmelinski (@kaschm) – physics to communications to product development, 3 years into rethinking FICO via zestfinance.com . recent thoughts include: canada (sleeper nation?), synesthesia, providing technology to the elderly, the PRC and big data
Kate McGroarty — (@KateMcGroarty) The scienceFIST Foundation. Also: Actress, Improviser, Choreographer, Writer. Currently obsessed with Musical Satire and Brunch.
Keith McCready (@StenoGeek) – Dir. Software Development, Stenograph. Stenography (obvious) also Realtime Captions for the Deaf, Custom Word Processors/Realtime Display Apps w/OpenDocument, Embedded Devices, Drivers, OS, etc. Hates to see a processor cycle go to waste.
Kevin Osborn (@osbock) Baldwisdom.com Open Source Hardware hacker, inventor of AlaMode, a physical computing co-processor for the raspberry pi, and amateur STEAM educator.
Laura Loge – (@LauraLoge) – Opera Singer, Soprano, Norwegian nut (music and otherwise), Italian lover (music, food, and otherwise), Home garden/orchard harvester and preserver, Urban chicken farmer, Dino dig chef, & more opera stuff at www.lauraloge.com.
Lea Thau @leathau, Peabody award-winning producer, creator and host of the “Strangers” podcast, director of Story Central, former Executive & Creative Director of The Moth for a decade, creator of The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast.
Logan LaHive (@loganlahive) – founder / ceo @ Belly, digital loyalty startup in Chicago. Virgin ORD’r just looking for a good time.
Luke Shepard @lukeshepard – CTO at eSpark Learning, an education startup based in the West Loop. We do personalized learning on iPads. Previously, I ran the mobile platform and worked on OAuth stuff at Facebook. Just moved back home to Chicago and I’m loving it here.
Marco Tempest – The Virtual Magician exploring the boundaries between technology and magic
Maria Scileppi – expert friend-maker, relational artist who loves data, mentor to creative-types, educator, burner, nerd lover, data viz junky, Director of 72U, an experimental, creative school in LA. MariaScileppi.com @MariaScileppi
Mark Hayward- Juggler, Yo-yoer, Self-Proclaimed Cool Guy. Into machines made of wood, and old cars. www.markhayward.net, @markhayward
Matt Handley: Google engineer working on the Google Web Server (billions and billions served!); plays games and codes them in his spare time; father of 3, husband to 1 awesome woman; musician specializing in video game music and this guy’s; can’t shake the feeling we’ve lost something ineffable.
Megan Stielstra – @meganstielstra. Lit Director at 2nd Story. Fiction Writing Department and Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence at Columbia College. Lecturer in Writing & Performance at the U of C. Mom to 1 small boy. Wife to 1 tall blogger.
Michael Girdley – (@mgirdley) Entrepreneur, investor from San Antonio. Alamo Fireworks, BEA Systems, RSA Security, real estate shenanigans, Geekdom supporter, avid Crossfitter and coach, TechStars Mentor. Able to order beers in an amazing two different languages.
Michael Labowicz (@mlabowicz) – Product Development Manager @ Motorola Mobility. Worked on Droid, Atrix, Xoom. Created Droidlight and a handful of other apps
Michael Slaby (@slaby) – former CIIO at Obama for America. Working on technology, politics, and saving the world in vairous combinations. If I weren’t, I’d probably be a terrible music critic, but I’d see a lot of shows.
Mike Barrett – Founder of Altruistic apps llc & Hero in the Hallway I love improving schools and creating new products.
Mike Loukides (@mikeloukides): O’Reilly Media, looking for important ideas; interested in data, math, radio, programming, robotics, synthetic biology, music, etc. If I don’t forget, will bring bass and tenor recorders. (Will play piano if there’s one there.)
Monica Metzler (@IllinoisScience) – Former attorney/policy wonk/political campaign hack turned science geek. Founder and president of Illinois Science Council (also its fundraiser, program creator, webmaster, intern and janitor). Likes wood working. Also chocolate. String theory. Spark plugs.
Nell Taylor – (@nelltaylor, @TheChibrary) Founder, Read/Write Library Chicago. Attempting to scale and replicate impossible things to reveal cultural connections across social barriers, using media. Digital strategist by day until I achieve or at least stabilize the impossible.
Nick Piepmeier – (@pieps, pieps, pieps?) Data Liberator at Google Chicago by day, generative media geek, gamer, electronic music dabbler, and closet sysadmin by night. Occasionally caffeinated or intoxicated, and usually a bit sketchy. Fascinated with tools.
Nicole Montanye – (@feastmastress) Google Chicago Resident Food Geek (corporate food designer for Calihan Catering) world revolves around sustainability in all things food and how to make this world better in relation to equality in food
Patrick McCarthy – Inventor, Teaching Artist, Fab Lab Facilitator, half of the Chicago-based circuit bent performance/teaching duo Roth Mobot.
Paul Hatch, President of design & development firm TEAMS Design, design activist, and founder of Fight Club Chicago (a verbal slugfest).
Paul Osman (@paulosman) SoundCloud-er, nice guy
Pedro Fuentes (@PedroFuentes) After founding two startups, in 2004 and 2009, I’m on a journey to help Groupon build great team and ship game-changing products. I’m also passionate about advising startups, and helping NGO’s unlock their technology potential.
Pierre Michael (@partyrobotics) entrepreneur, co-founder, roboticicst
Renee DiResta (@noupside) Associate at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, former equity derivatives trader at Jane Street. Loves swing dancing, politics, Google Autocomplete, and high-altitude hiking. Just back from Everest Base Camp.
Rick Klau (@rklau) Partner at Google Ventures and Director at the Startup Lab, former Blogger & YouTube PM, ex-FeedBurner guy. Political junkie.
Robert Kaye (@mayhem) – Founder of MusicBrainz, the open music encyclopedia and Co-Founder of Partyrobotics. Pierre Michael and I are bringing Bartendro 7, a 7 booze cocktail mixing robot. What could possibly go wrong?
Russ Lankenau (@russlankenau)- Solutions Architect @ MapR Technologies, Founder @ Lunar Giant Studios, Inc, Founder/President @ Workshop88 hackerspace/makerspace. I love distributed systems, games, and building things. Not always in that order.
Stel Valavanis – Serial entrepreneur, Physics major, angel investor, musician and tech artist, open source and embedded systems geek, father of 3.5 intense people, Dalek builder (it’s too big to bring to ORDCamp), soon to be founder of Volunteers Anonymous to help peers just say no to more board positions, fluent Greek speaker (hey all y’all thought to mention such), loudmouth on history and politics. I’m the Founder and President of onShore Networks, assist as co-owner of Creative Coworking, and am board member at ACLU-IL and earthbound moon.
Stephanie Pereira • @happeness & tumblr • All things art & more at Kickstarter where my hands are delightfully full working with brilliant people and their crazy ideas crazy people and their brilliant ideas… I read a book every week. Ask me what I am reading, or suggest something to me.
Steve Brown (@unklesteve) – Beard & Moustache Wrangler, Bow Tie Wearer, good at throwing stuff and occasionally catching it. Co-founder Triple Crown of YoYo and YoYoNews.com @365yoyotricks @sbgallery @yoyonewsblog @triplecrownyoyo
Tommy Stephenson-That one guy from last year that brought good beer rothmobot.com and that circuit bending guy that came with Patrick.
Tori Breitling (@tori) – Into white beer, green olives, pound cats, and things that make other things. Travel enthusiast, fearless DIYer, UX Consultant and UX community organizer in Austin. Latest obsession: wood working.
Troy Henikoff (@TroyHenikoff) – Serial entrepreneur, co-founder Excelerate Labs, loves bicycles and thinks Harper is definitely too modest…