Annie Mohaupt – (@mohopshoes) Shoe designer, local factory owner, founder of Mohop. Early Feb, launching the first mass-custom footwear collection 3D digitally fabricated from photos/scans of your foot (fingers crossed, inshallah, etc.)
Ben Collins-Sussman – (@sussman) programmer, theater composer, Googler, banjo player, radio ham, interactive fiction author, photographer, sketcher, dad
Bill Fienup – is the president of Catalyze Chicago, a co-working space and manufacturing network built to accelerate the growth of hardware startups. He earned his Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. After seven years of product design consulting for IDEO and Insight Product Development, he is now a full time entrepreneur working on three start-up companies.
Cinnamon Cooper (@cinnachick) purse-maker, textbook production artist, InDesign guru, crafter of things fiber-political-feminist-historical-you have it, founder of the DIY Trunk Show, founder of the Chicago Craft Mafia, author Everything Cast Iron Cookbook, daydreaming food anthropologist, cat lover, Chicago lover whose heart got left in New Orleans
Conrad Fuhrman (@conradfuhrman) – Designer & developer, Co-Founder MakeItFor.Us. Brewer, BJCP Provisional Judge, CHAOS Brew Club, I love old vinyl, currently building a 6v6 tube amp and a keezer… bringing some breakfast bacon bourbon as well!
Dale Stephens – 5th grade dropout and founder of uncollege.org. Author or Hacking Your Education (Penguin 2013). Queer.
Damir Ara – Lane Tech College Prep vice principal. Fortunate and thankful to be working with the most creative and good spirited CS teachers. Founder of reelteachers.com and bigideateachers.com. Creative artist. Few guitar chords and drum beats – enough to fool people into thinking I can actually play. Current research: debunking theories and practices for ensuring your first born is a son.
Dan Bornstein — @danfuzz, “virtual machinist.” Early Android tech lead at Google, but have mostly worked for small startups. Currently working at Nextbit. Coffee enthusiast. Occasional ukulele player. Ask me about Samizdat!
Dan Law – “I <3 teaching”. I’m a Chicago Public School Computer Science teacher and the dept chair at Lane Tech HS. Been doing it for 12 years. I’m also a new father. The human larva is 7 weeks old now and still alive. Yay! Also, one of ten “Dan’s” that will be at ORD Camp.
Dan Shapiro: Robot Turtles and a new thing. Talk to me about my laser cutter.
Dan Sinker – died tragically rescuing his family from the wreckage of a destroyed sinking battleship
Dan Wagner – Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Civis Analytics, a data science technology and advisory firm in Chicago, IL, where he manages company strategy and product development. Before founding Civis, Dan served as the Chief Analytics Officer on the 2012 Obama campaign.
Dan Yocum – I am Dan^10. Currently a Principal OpenStack Systems Engineer at Red Hat, formerly at Fermi National Accelerator Lab, Argonne Nat’l Lab, and Kitt Peak Nat’l Observatory. I’m a geek of many things: Physics, Linux, dad, music. The magnet… I got that for Fitz. The SDSS spectro plate, too. Come see Muon tracks in the cloud chamber. They’re cool!
Daphne Keller: Soon-to-be-Xoogler, works on Internet speech rights and frets about content takedowns by private companies (DMCA, Right to be Forgotten, etc.), makes a mean cocktail
Eileen Donovan – jack of all trades and Chief Minion at Tock. Itinerant pilot of (almost) all things aerodynamic.
Elan Lee – Recently resigned Chief Design Officer at XBOX Entertainment Studios. Professional Storyteller. Makes movies, tv shows, games, and Alternate Reality Games. His mother says he’s a very nice boy.
Eli Finkel — professor at Northwestern (psychology and Kellogg); op-ed contributor (e.g., this); erratic facial hair
Eszter Hargittai (@eszter) – figuring out how to improve people’s Web-use skills (and dispel myth that all young people are digitally savvy), get more women to contribute to Wikipedia; acrylic & watercolor painting; nature photography; Nov ’14 Player of the Week on Munzee <– we need more Chicagoland players! Prof at Northwestern eszter.com
Eva Galperin – @evacide EFF activist, security geek, circus aerialist.
George Aye—@georgeaye Principal at Greater Good Studio and Assistant Professor in Designed Objects at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Believes in designing tools that help us act differently not just think differently.
Gillian Rode – @gillianrode human GPS for integrated hardware and software programs at fuseproject. Cirque du Soleil alum.
Gwendolyn Graff – Hobbyist; Scientist; Baker; Super-taster; Hobby Farmer; Bubble-blower; DIY’er….oh, and 2 for 2 on Tip-a-canoe this year – time to take up kayaking
Jason Gessner (@plural) – Father of 2 great geek girls, husband to an ultrarunner, Googler, founder of Milwaukee Makerspace, art school dropout. i buy my bourbon by the barrel. I want to ask you questions and hear what you have to say.
Jason Kunesh (@jdkunesh) Someday rodeo clown, current CEO at Public Good. Comics, guitars, poetry, & pop culture. Eugene Hasenfus was my neighbor.
Jean Whitmore – Google engineer, formerly in finance, formerly a Ph.D. candidate in sociology, who helped psychologists explain irrational decision-making with evolutionary psychology and the magic of biased statistical estimators, although she lost her work ethic in the beer gardens of Munich, formerly a physics major, and whose passion is true novelty, beyond information theory.
Jennifer Farrington – champion of play, public participation, and making stuff. CEO at Chicago Children’s Museum, CFNo/mom to two teenagers. Baker of pies, knitter of stuff. Still getting invited to this crazy thing despite my failure to do twitter right @jennsitalian
Jerry Belich – (@j3rrytron) Creator of the @Choosatron & other hardware / software game design, plays theremin, storyteller, interactive fiction writer, comedy performer, lover of excellent scotch and cocktails
Jesse Kriss – (@jkriss) Software design and development for artists, citizens, science, space. Senior Design Lead at JPL’s Human Interfaces Group. Into prototyping, effective design strategies, information visualization, web tech, music, etc.
Jesse von Doom ( @jessevondoom )–The inventor of the slow-motion jumping high-five, Jesse’s interests include pizza, e-mail, goats, his two adorable daughters (Violet and Clementine) and did I mention e-mail? Also CASH Music, a free open-source set of tools to support working artists. He does not yet have an honorary doctorate, sadly. [bio by Deb Chachra]
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Jessy Kate Schingler (San Francisco) – The Embassy Network is creating a new type of housing commons. The Red Victorian Coliving Hotel is a 20-room community-managed hotel providing short- and long-term accommodations in a collaborative environment. They both run on a software platform called modernomad. District Commons is a new initiative that will explore new models for human settlement, democratizing place and growing the commons. I’d consider myself a builder and student of decentralized and self-governing systems– both human and software.
Joanne Manaster All around science advocate and accidental new media expert. Love to promote STEM topics and reading popular science books through book reviews and my Read Science! Google Hangouts on Air where I’ve managed to talk to some really cool folks.
Joe Walnes – @joewalnes Inventor, designer, developer, wantrepreneur and general procrastinator. Software and hardware thingies. Sometimes open-source. Ex-Google, Ex-Thoughtworks. Last year took an idea to Kickstarter and then to Apple Store. Still haven’t got a clue what I’m doing, but getting real good at pretending. Brother o’ Tilly.
Joel Yarmon – Alaskan, Pilot, Ski Racer, Builder of Computers, Torrenter of North Korean #1 Movies! Oh, VC too.
Jon Bruner (@JonBruner) I co-chair O’Reilly Solid, a conference about the intersection between software and the physical world. You should come! I also run O’Reilly’s hardware vertical, so if you’re dying to write a book/host a video/otherwise communicate your commanding knowledge of electrical engineering, mechanical design, manufacturing, etc., let’s talk!
Kara Oehler (@karaoehler) CoFounder of UnionDocs Collaborative (a documentary arts school in Brooklyn), radio producer, filmmaker, app maker. Currently obsessed with herbs on roof gardens , dioramas and making a new podcast
Kasia Chmielinski (@kaschm) – Scratcher at the MIT Media Lab; tinkerer; feminist; cyclist.
Matt Dennewitz – VP of Product at Pitchfork. Made BeerGraphs.com, ballsandstrikes.co. Baseball, synthesizers, and beer, too. @mattdennewitz / ~mdtz.
Matt Handley – Googler working on Google.com’s Web Server. Into Minecraft, Music, Communities, Code, and temporary bonus children. Uncomfortably excited to see you all.
Matt McCoy (@GOminiFab) Retail digital fabrication with lasers, CNC routers/mills, and 3-D printers. (mini-Fab.com) I am very lucky to have a beautiful and supportive wife, two beautiful daughters, and a husky who is also beautiful.
Matt Melchiori. Xoogler. Currently PM’ing at Trunk Club (in case you need jeans). Former Data liberator, Transparency Reporter, webspam fighter. Enjoy data visualization but not updating blogs with new posts. Hockey nut. Enjoy going toe-to-toe with Nick Piepmeier in a good argument about….anything.
Matt Shobe – Co-Founder of Spare5.com, model rocket builder, drone enthusiast, HCDE Shobe Prize sponsor. Resident of the far northwest suburb of Seattle.
Michael Una – @michaeluna Storyteller, electronics tinkerer, maker-type weirdo.
Mike Davis – @MDScience Science & Education Professor, chemistry demonstrator, exploder of many things, and explorer of electronics for science education. No known allergies.
Mike Loukides – @mikeloukides O’Reilly Media, music, math, learning about bio. Will play piano if one is there… might bring recorders (wooden kind), though TSA found them entirely too interesting last time I tried to take them on a flight.
Mike McGee – (@michaelmcgee) Co-founder of The Starter League, into making epic end of the year music lists, fantasy sports, and bowling. Will bowl if lanes are provided.
Miranda Mulligan – (@jmm) New: start @NatGeo in Feb. Formerly: Knight Lab and Boston Globe.
Nan Warshaw – Co-Owner/Co-founder of Bloodshot Records, featured small business owner on the White House web site for Health Care Reform, proudly sits on the advisory boards of the Future Of Music Coalition, The Chicago Music Coalition, and the honorary board of Foundations Of Music. Mother of a teenager into EDM, so now requires more good whiskey and bubbly wine (and dark coffee and tea).
Neal H. Patel – The mean, nasty, controversial version of Dave Schalliol. See also Advanced Technology & Projects at Google blah blah blah.
Nick Piepmeier – (@pieps, +pieps, pieps?) Data Reaper (and ex-Data Liberator) at Google Chicago by day, generative media geek, gamer, and electronic music dabbler by night. Whisk[e]y- and beer-lover, and wannabe bartender. Fascinated by tools. Loves to build things. Very friendly! Proud dogfather.
Opeyemi Olukemi–Manager of Interactive Programming at Tribeca Film Institute. Curator of TFI Interactive‘s Interactive Playground and lead on the Tribeca Hacks program. Fierce advocate for innovative interactive art forms, multi disciplinary collaboration and bridging the gaps between technology, community and social issues. Lover of late night karaoke.
Pam Daniels is a founding partner of DesignHouse Inc., an organization dedicated to growing local manufacturing through design. She is happiest when she is making something, and loves to do what’s never been done. Previously Pam led large-scale innovation at IDEO and Starcom MediaVest Group. She serves as a mentor in Design for America and is pursuing a Masters in Product Design & Development at Northwestern University. When she’s not designing something, you might find her laughing with her improv troupe, playing in Lake Michigan or hanging out with her family, sometimes all at once.
Priya Shah – Artist. World Traveler. Founder of The Simple Good – Non-profit dedicated to connecting the meaning of Good from around the world through a platform of art and discussion. We facilitate public art projects and youth art programming in at-risk communities centered around positivity & peace via a online crowd-sourced curriculum by participants from around the world.
Q. Ethan McCallum (@qethanm , qethanm.cc) – Accidental social scientist. Applied historian. Known to read, listen, write, and speak — in that order, not always in English. Strategy consultant on all things data. Have mission, will travel.
Richard Yoo – @richardyoo – founder and former CEO of Rackspace and Serverbeach, now retired – exploring an endless list of hobbies, occasionally investing in young companies,
Rick Klau – @rklau. former FeedBurner guy, now at Google Ventures.
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Robert Kaye – @mayhemBCN, Geek, Maker. MusicBrainz, AcousticBrainz and of course CHOCOLATE!
Robin Anil – Googler, Open source enthusiast, Bit Shifter, Prediction Fanatic, Geek.
Rory Aronson – Co-Founder of SLO MakerSpace, Lover of Ideation, Founder of FarmBot and OpenFarm. Excited about digital government atm. Stoked for my first ORD Camp!
Safia Abdalla (@captainsafia) — Co-founder at Data Science for America (@dsfa_), co-organizer at PyLadiesChicago, data analyst working on environmental AI and predictive analytics for consumer research
Sundee Wislow – Disrupting the green building certification scene and helping massive real estate owners improve their environmental impact. Dance enthusiast, always arrive by bike, and have lots of questions about impact investing. Excited to play at ORD Camp – packing an accordion and amazing chocolate.