Aaron Zimmerman – I am an engineer at Tock, formerly sprout social. Also a musician, distance runner, father, tinkerer.
Abril Vela – Currently a student at the University of Michigan where I’m the General Manager of Shift Creator Space. A few years ago I started the org Chicago Girls in Computing.
Adam Freeman – Professional healthcare policy evaluator, amateur urban planning and public transit enthusiast
Ai-jen Poo – Ai-jen is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Co-Director of Caring Across Generations, Author of The Age of Dignity, and lover of great stories and ashtanga yoga.
Ajay Goel – Developer of two Chrome extensions, Wordzen and GMass. I write people’s emails for them.
Alexis Chuck – web developer and horseback archer
Allison Randal – president of OSI, volunteer at FSF, leads an engineering team for upstream open source development at HP, likes hardware hacking (smart home, IoT, etc), human and computer languages, how things work, how people work, philosophy, ethics, history, making the world a better place
Ally Brisbin – People gatherer, Community Glue Workshop co-founder, Edgewater Workbench co-owner, Marketing & Events lady for the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. I’m interested in local economies and bringing folks together in the name of the greater good.
Allen Hemberger – Visual Effects artist by day (Pixar, Weta, ESC, and, for a while, the place that made VeggieTales), collector of hobbies by night/weekend (The Alinea Project, knifemaking, photographer, freelance artist, et cetera). Curiosity owns me.
Amanda Hesser – Co-founder of Food52. Commissioner, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Author of 6 books. Former New York Times writer. Parent of twins. I live in Brooklyn, but not the cool part.
Amanda Lannert – CEO of Jellyvision, mom of many daughters, likes wine, books, travel, dirt, trees, memes, and mindless amusements.
Amber Benson – I’m an actor, writer, director and maker of things.
Andrea Newberry – Andrea Newberry is founder of Leche Libre, an edgy urban apparel brand which empowers women to breastfeed in public. In addition to smashing the patriarchy, Andrea enjoys riding her motorcycle, biking with her kids and hot baths.
Anne Petersen – UXer at Rightpoint, photographer, President of Chicago Nerd Social Club. Addicted to Kickstarter. Interdisciplinarian. Intersectionalist. Geek. Fight me. (To be clear, this is a Twitter meme. Don’t actually fight me.)
Andrew Huff – Cofounder of Gapers Block, host of 20×2 Chicago, cohost of the Tuesday Funk reading series, and doer of stuff. Despite looking like Wolverine, I am not a werewolf.
Andy Sabin – Founder of Ear Machine: software to make hearing assist CoFounder of Read the Room: silly software-based party game. Never-have-I-ever meets Family Feud.
April Wilkerson – Woodworker and DIYer. Author of Wilkerdos.com and producer/editor/talent of youtube channel AprilWilkersonDIY. I’m from Texas, so Chicago in January is a scary idea to me.
Ari Gesher – I’m a software guy heavy into large-scale data processing and the implementation of privacy controls. I like photography and politics and theatre.
Asher Vollmer – Creator of Threes, Puzzlejuice and Close Castles. Founder of Sirvo Studios. Elegant games for complicated people.
Audrey Yang – Scuba and freediver, timid motorcyclist, sourdough baker, traveler. Xoogler and x-Japanese archer.
Aziz Gilani – When he isn’t investing in enterprise software companies Aziz is obsessing over Star Trek/Wars and making a fool of himself with GoT theories.
Ben Berkowitz – CEO + Founder @seeclickfix. Belligerently hacking the civic web since 2007. Missionary on the run from pirates and mercenaries. Practice and Boo-Boos.
Bill Hammack – I explain via YouTube the engineering underlying LCD monitors, retractable pens, injection molding, Nerf blasters, phone accelerometers and more.
Bitsy Bentley – Work In Progress – Seeking intellectually curious collaborative cohorts for conversations about the intersection of data, criminal justice, and botany.
Borja Sotomayor – Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Chicago. Enabler of geeks and hackers. Education enthusiast.
Brenna Berman – CIO for the City of Chicago, trying to make the city better for all through technology and interesting partnerships. Lifelong lover of global cuisines, books, rocks and two growing boys.
Cathy Chouinard-Hasmonek – Photographer constantly distracted by the beauty that surrounds me in my sweet home Chicago. (So distracted apparently, I broke my foot last week. I’ll be the one with crutches ?) I take too many pictures & enjoy go-go dancing.
Char Genevier – Founder of SocialEngine and The Cotery, coder, skier, climber, wine aficionado, puzzle solver, and dog lover.
Claire O’Neill – I’m a producer with NPR Visuals, where I storyboard and edit internet projects. I also make The Runcible Spoon, collect jokes, and spend a lot of time trying to understand homemade pasta.
Conrad Fuhrman – Designer/Developer, Co-Founder MakeItFor.Us. Brewer & board member CHAOS Brew Club, love listening to vinyl. Passion project of trying to solve issues for refugee camps by decentralizing them.
Corey Haines – Co-Founder/CTO of Hearken. Software Developer, cat lover, definitely not in that order.
Coya Paz – Coya Paz is a writer, director, and lip gloss connoisseur who was raised in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and the United States. She is the Artistic Director of Free Street Theater and an Assistant Professor in the Theatre School at DePaul University.
Craig Ulliott – Builder, tinkerer and thinker. Startups, technology, science and the future.
Clare Sammells – I’m an anthropologist specializing in Bolivia, food, tourism, and conceptions of time. Ask me about potatoes or zombies. I teach at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.
Dan Law – CPS computer science high school teacher. Department chair. CS education diversity advocate. Creator of our new Physical Computing Lab. Code.org workshop facilitator. Husband. Father.
Dan Nelson – Head of Design, UX at Tock. Co-owner of The Ruby Tap, a wine bar in Milwaukee, WI.
Dan O’Neil – Executive Director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative, a civic organization devoted to improving lives in Chicago through technology. Conceptual artist.
Dan Sinker – I make stuff. Sometimes it’s trouble. Sometimes it’s great. Sometimes it’s both.
Dana Wagner – Ex-prosecutor now helping tech companies navigate legal and regulatory hurdles
Dantee Arias – Food Geek and Culinarian. Currently the Director of Dining Services for Google Chicago’s Fulton Market Cafe.
David Beazley – Perished academic. Python rabble-rouser, book author, and teacher. Let’s go bike on the ice.
David Recordon – Spent the past decade working for technology companies in San Francisco. Now I’m trying to fix technology within the government.
David Schalliol – Maker of photographs, films, and urban research. Assistant Professor of Sociology, St. Olaf College and Editor at Large, Gapers Block
Dean Putney – Glowforge’s first engineer. Boing Boing’s software wrangler before that. Created and shipped a top book Kickstarter.
Deb Chachra – Engineering professor, researcher, writer. Studies plastic-making bees, engineering students, and technology. Interested in overthrowing the patriarchy and revolutionizing engineering education.
Demond Drummer – Founder of CoderSpace, where youth learn how to code and build websites for clients in their communities.
Diana Franklin – Director of Computer Science Education at University of Chicago’s Center for Elementary Math and Science Education. Researcher on how children learn computing concepts, and how we should design curriculum and learning environments for diverse students.
Don Schwarz – Software engineer, Googler, Dad, Board game enthusiast (and wanna-be designer)
Drew Tetz – Graphic & toy designer, specializing in flatpack, papercraft, & functional skill toys.
Duncan Davidson – Software engineering manager, currently for Microsoft working on Wunderlist. Photographer, often for TED. American expat living in Berlin.
Dustin Hostetler – Multidisciplinary creative & curator. Obsessive yelper. Publisher of Faesthetic magazine and making art under the name UPSO. In general, I tend to fall down rabbit holes constantly.
Eileen Donovan – jack of all trades and Chief Minion at Tock. Itinerant pilot of (almost) all things aerodynamic and a few things decidedly non-aerodynamic.
Elan Lee – Co-Founder of Exploding Kittens, former Chief Design Officer for the Xbox.
Elle Ramel – Urban Computation Lead at PositivEnergy Practice, former City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office, musical theater enthusiast, economic development and urban planning nerd
Eli Finkel – Professor at Northwestern (psychology and Kellogg). New York Times op-ed contributor.
Elizabeth Gerber – founder of Design for America, Northwestern design professor, game designer, improviser, mother of two young kids
Elois Joseph – Call me E-Lo. I am a financial Compliance Officer by day and a wife, new mom, and civic engagement promoter via social media by night. I’m the owner of divahangups.com and a landlord/real estate investor who recently earned an MBA. Last but not least, I enjoy full bodied red wine and celebrity gossip.
Eric Peyton – long time software engineer. That’s my only skill. Really. Dad and lego builder.
Eric Lunt – CTO and co-founder of Signal. Was CTO and co-founder of FeedBurner and then got to work with Fitz at Google.
Eric Wolff – Retired Chief Regulatory Officer at CME. Sportkite, yo-yo and spintop designer; woodturner and drone pilot/photographer. Captain of the 11 time National Champion Sportkite Team – The Chicago Fire Kite Team: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/chicagofirekiteteam?fref=ts
Erica Baker – I’m a genealogist that does tech stuff as a paying hobby. Currently Slack pays me. I sometimes write things.
Erie Meyer – Serial public entrepreneur (@cfpb and @usds) and historical nail art aficionado. Someone once called me the Leslie Knope of open data. Co-founder of @techladymafia.
Erika Sánchez – Erika L. Sánchez is a poet, writer, & consultant based in Chicago. She is the recipient of the “Discovery”/ Boston Review Prize, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships, and has been published in Poetry Magazine, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Al Jazeera, and NBC News.
Erin Turner –product person leading YouTube Music consumer team; serial entrepreneur; former game producer
Eszter Hargittai – Digital Myth Buster regarding the tech savvy of today’s youth; nature photographer; chocolate and cheese enthusiast; player of GPS-based games and treasure hunts
Eugene Jarvis – Video game developer, socio-biologist, lounge pianist
Fawzia Mirza – Actor, writer, person who wants to makes all the ideas happen.
Ficus Kirkpatrick – Helped start Android, still work on it. Like to talk about music, cooking, cocktails, skydiving, motorcycles, and putting software into everything. It’s hard to get me talking, but it’s hard to shut me up.
Gabrielle Lyon – VP of Education & Experience @ Chicago Architecture Foundation, expedition saavy, canner of jams, education activist
Heidi Coudal – I’m the owner of Big Delicious Planet Catering, Canteen & Urban Farm (“Greenest Caterer in America”). Still searching for the perfect recipe for balancing a career and raising three teenagers.
Heidi Lubin – practical dreamer, skier, yogi, innovator and developer focused on smart cities infrastructure
Jackie Moore – Founder of Chicago Knights FIRST Robotics team, LevelUP irl (mall-based youth makerspace), and the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire, all because I like empowering youth to make IKI things!
Jacob DeHart – Born and reared in Chicago. Founder of Thrilled, Picturelife, Threadless.
Jacqui Cheng – Editor-in-Chief of The Wirecutter, Editor at Large at Ars Technica. Writer (long-form/narrative nonfiction), editor, former programmer, organizational sherpa, gardener, crafter, “local artist”
James Megquier – Tech lead (some sort of web server) and people wrangler at Google Chicago. Father of 3- and 5-year-olds. Enjoys elegant simplicity, clever algorithms, and soldering irons.
Jana Kinsman – Jana Kinsman is a beekeeper and illustrator living in Chicago
Jason Kunesh – I been studyin’ rain for to drive my blues away. @publicgood CEO, recovering designer, redneck, roustabout. Former bouncer @GreenMillJazz, former UX @BarackObama
JD Pirtle – JD Pirtle is director of innovation at Catherine Cook School, helping kids and adults take risks and make things.
Jeanne Olson – Education, Data, Design, People + Tech + Systems, making stuff in my basement. Hooked on research and liberating data to empower communities. I would like more than 24 hours in a day please.
Jeff Solin – Jeff Solin (@jeffsolin) – Main Gig: CS Teacher / Maker Teacher / curriculum writer / hardware lover / FIRST coach / built and run the LT Maker Lab (@LTMakers) at Lane Tech High School. Side-Hustles: Co-founder of Chicago Computer Science Teachers Assoc chapter, Owner of Solin Systems Consulting, CS work with CPS and Code.org. More Importantly: musician / father / husband / crappy beer, great tea and great Scotch enthusiast. Longest Bio. Especially now. With this added.
Jeffrey Brown – Cartoonist, dad, occassional teacher. Currently writing about Neanderthals for kids and returning to being just a fan of Star Wars.
Jen Masengarb – architectural educator + historian @chiarchitecture; writer of Chicago haikus; now and then I get to help the cool kids at WBEZ’s Curious City solve architectural history mysteries
Jenna Bilotta – Designer, founder, lover of furniture. seemingly always in transition.
Jennifer Farrington – President of Chicago Children’s Museum, believer in play + risk + creativity as path to learning, fan of making stuff by hand, mom of teenagers.
Jennifer Fong – Creator of https://meatspac.es and various open web experiments.
Jerry Belich – Game designer, alternative controller creator, inventor of the @Choosatron & other hardware experiences, plays theremin, storyteller, interactive fiction writer, comedy performer, lover of excellent scotch and cocktails.
Jesse Kriss – Designing and building tools for artists, scientists, and humans. Currently at JPL, formerly Obama 2012, Figure 53, IBM Research.
Jesse von Doom – Executive Director at CASH Music. I have the same birthday as Jesse Kriss.
Jim Bachor – Ex-advertising designer now artist pursuing public and private art commissions all while installing pothole art throughout the city (and Finland.)
Jim Blandy – Free software guy working for Mozilla, learning Japanese and the easy Chopin waltzes. Writing a book on the Rust programming language.
Jim Coudal – Created Field Notes Brand, Layer Tennis, & The Deck Advertising Network. Looking to create something new. Very short attention span.
Jim Lecinski – Aficionado of Vintage Jazz, Old Cars and Hockey | Author of “Winning the Zero Moment of Truth” | VP Customer Solutions at Google |
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 Born – Longtime hardware entrepreneur. Bringing back the Aiwa brand (remember your first stereo?) I actually get invited to ORDcamp because of my more famous inventor daughter (seriously)
Joe Germuska – Director, Northwestern University Knight Lab. Project Lead, CensusReporter.org. Host, Conference of the Birds, WNUR-FM
Joe Kottke – A self-taught software/network/infrastructure engineer from Minnesota who loves old cars and lives in Chicago. I work at Signal (née BrightTag) and use words like née to sound cooler than I am.
Joel Yarmon – Ask me about flying! Or ski racing. Or, if you must, investing. But I’d really rather talk about Alaska.
Johanna Zorn – Co-founder, Executive Director, inextricably linked to Third Coast International Audio Festival
John Dimatos – Director of Design & Tech Outreach at Kickstarter, ITP alum ’09. Mostly Greek.
John Bracken – Chicagoan who is at ORD a lot, usually to MIA. Parent. Investor in things humans use.
John Tolva – I lead PositivEnergy Practice, an urban design, engineering and software development shop. Former CTO City of Chicago, former IBM. I like reefs, beats, and screams.
Jon Bruner – I run O’Reilly Media’s hardware area. We cover everything on the physical side of the physical-virtual divide: electronics, industrial design, manufacturing, digital fabrication, etc. For the last two years I’ve also run the Solid conference (http://solidcon.com/) with Joi Ito.
Jon Wiley – Director of Immersive Design, Google. I work on Google Cardboard, Expeditions, JUMP, VR, and AR. Instigator of Material Design. Desert enthusiast. Maker of fine cocktails. Texan.
Josh Billions – Art + Technology = ❤️. SAIC graduate. Hardware hacker and iOS developer.
Josh Bloch – Earned CS degrees at Columbia and CMU and worked at Sun and Google. Wrote many Java libraries and a few books including Effective Java.
Julia Mossbridge – creator of physiologically based decision tool Choice Compass and several new apps on the way, scientific consult for Focus@Will, Director of the Innovation Lab at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, curious explorer of the wacky world of human time perception and prediction
Julie Halpern – Author of books. Mother of two. Sleeper of NEVER.
Justin Massa – Previously founder / CEO of Food Genius, now nerding out at IDEO (Chicago) as Director of Business Strategy. Dad. NOLA transplant. Obsessed with sleep (and hating on sleep pseudo-science).
Kathy Pham – Computer Scientist at U.S. Digital Service, Founder + cancer sidekick + data enthusiast at teammamapham.org. Happily at Google before getting a call to come serve at USDS, following by an invite by the First Lady to the State of the Union Address in 2015 (whhatt?), and now working with the most lovely people disrupting our government. Adores two amazing tech ladies – Parisa Tabriz and Erie Meyer, and thinks you should find them and geek out on way too many interesting topics to name (and talk USDS because I can no longer make it this year).
Katie Dolara Olsen – Hospitality Manager at Tock. Loves good food, good company and good design.
Kim Moldofsky – Ten years ago I was an over-educated stay-at-home mom who started a blog as a creative outlet. Hilarity and unexpected adventures, like speaking alongside Nancy Pelosi at a Capitol Hill press conference, ensued. Now I’m the publisher of TheMakerMom.com and STEMKidsChicago.com and thinking about what comes next.
Kim Burchett – Self-taught hacker who skipped undergrad. Sometimes a radical pretending to be a corporate drone eng lead, but mostly the other way around.
Kristina Felix – Artist working on the east end of Long Island. New to surfing but likely a future OG.
Lœfty Walkowiak – Mild mannered software engineer by day, aspiring mounted archer all the time. For the past year, I’ve been working with friends in Silicon Valley to form California’s second mounted archery club. It’s amazingly difficult.
Lucianne Walkowicz – Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium, multimedia artist, force of chaos for good. I sneak science into unexpected places.
Luz Rivas – Founder of @DIYGirls, co-founder of @KitHub (creative electronics kits for kids), electrical engineer turned educator, originally from LA but lived in Chicago for 7 years
Malia Myers – Before, a set designer; for now a production manager; in the future, my own manager; and always a designer, a builder, an explorer and a maker.
Mark Hayward – Keynote Speaker, World Yo-yo Champion, juggling champion, spin top champion, comedian, woodworker, big fan of baking and science fiction. I will never be free of dog hair.
Matt Hansen – Googler. Manager. Software Engineer when no one is looking. Powering search on all kinds of crazy devices. Classic video gamer. Ping ponger.
Matt McCoy – 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.
Marya Spont-Lemus – Writer, interdisciplinary artist, and college access professional who lives and works in South Side communities (UChicago Charter School, UChicago Arts + Public Life, ¡Anímate! Studio, FrankenToyMobile, et al). In all my work, I endeavor to enable a more empathetic and equitable society. ¡Anímate!
Michelle Larson – leading the amazing team at the Adler Planetarium, recreational cook, always longing for dark skies.
Mike Davis – Launcher of weather balloons, science performer, bringer of fire, and father of two. On a mission to bring good science to masses in alphabetical order.
Michael Vo – Home chef
Mike Sussman – PhD in astronomy doing giant planet climate simulations, now a data scientist juggling the stats of user behavior en masse. Coffee connoisseur, electronic music composer.
Mojgone Azemun – Activist, organizer, attorney — in-house at Avaaz.org. I love my day job because there’s no end to how much good we can do in the world, and how much fun/trouble we can make while doing it.
Nan Warshaw – Co-Owner & Co-Founder of Bloodshot Records. Social justice activist. Mom. Moved by intimate, dynamic, energetic, literate music forms from early punk to traditional country. Driven to make the world a better place. Created a small batch whiskey this year.
Nathan Mason – Artist and public art curator with a strong interest in culture, design, art & art history and how it all plays out in the social realm. Professionally, I’m pushing the notion that “public art” is an outmoded term and the field needs to explore broader ideas of culture.
Nicole Montanye – hospitality director at Tock, build nutritional education programs for inner city youth, cyclist, eating my way around the world.
Parisa Tabriz – Software security evangelist, holding royal standing at Google and a part-time consultant gig with the U.S. Digital Service. Other than hacking, I like to make stuff, take pictures, and climb rocks.
Patrick McCarthy – Polymathic Educator ~~~ Painter ~~~ Experimental Electronics Artist ~~~ Puppeteer ~~~ Animator ~~~ Digital Fabricator
Peter Sagal – Host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me,” occasional author, columnist, TV host.
Philip Tadros – Doejo, Bow Truss, Aquanaut, SPACE, Bunny. We invest in clients and teams to create brands and or scale companies online and off.
Radha Narayan – Writer, wanderer, warrior and arm-twister extraordinaire
Ravi Singh – Love working on all things mobile and building great Chicago startups.
Robbie Q. Telfer – Performance poet, teacher and habitat restorationist. Organize communities around ecology for the Field Museum in Chicago.
Ron Robinson – Two PC startups; 1st down, 2nd up (NEC). Helped build Wright Flyer @ MSI. Bally, Stern during pinball growth. Support high school Robotics. Car interest. Bring 1985 laptop/notworking.
Sabrina Hersi Issa – Sabrina Hersi Issa leads Be Bold Media, a digital agency focused on global advocacy and media innovation. She leads projects leveraging technology to improve humanitarian assistance, writes regularly about technology, foreign policy and human rights; and is a nonstop champion for dance breaks.
Safia Abdalla – My entire existence consists of writing awesome open-source code and making sure that there is a steady flow of clones of me in tech, find out more on Twitter under @captainsafia.
Sam Seiden – I am a pediatric anesthesiologist and the associate chief medical informatics officer at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. My research interests include patient safety and quality improvement in medical informatics and novel distraction techniques for pediatric patients for anxiety and pain relief (e.g. using tablets during the induction of anesthesia).
Samuel Sake – Gym Wheel and Giant Wheel Performer/Acrobat. Circus Performer through and through. http://www.samthewheeler.com/ https://www.facebook.com/samthewheeler/
Sara Hendren – I’m a design researcher, artist, and professor at an engineering school. My work is often about prosthetics, assistive and adaptive technologies, inclusive architecture, and the possibilities for design activism.
Sarah Bell – Google search middleware aficionada. Language geek. Tango dancer. Mandolin player (her mandolin is from Chicago, even though she’s not).
Sarah Bendix – Sarah is a therapist in a community mental health center. Sarah also currently makes puppets for opera singers and works with them on creating improvised and devised work.
Sasha Neri – Native Chicagoan, librarian, maker of classes at CPL Maker Lab, camera happy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jezebelee/), got design on my mind and my mind on design. Needs to write more.
Schuyler Towne – Security Anthropologist & Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute, Barista at Starbucks, and Freshman at Arizona State University. I’ve traveled a disorderly path.
Sharon Burdett — Co-Owner / Principal Designer at Strand Design. Lecturer in AIADO at SAIC. Believer in the power of local manufacturing and fermented foods.
Shayna Swanson – Owner and director of Aloft Circus Arts, a place where grown ups get to flip around and act a fool. Trying to buy a church in Logan Square for our new home and bashing my head against city bureaucracy every step of the way.
Shelly Mujtaba – Worrier. Worry about what aliens will think of our API’s, education, 3d printing, entrepreneurship, self published science fiction and quality of Pho in chicago.
Sibley Bacon – Engineering Manager on a mission to change the industry so that engineers can no longer relate to Dilbert. Any day is a good day to ride a bike
Stacy Lindau – Engineer of solutions to injustice. Founder of NowPow – courage thanks to ORDCamp2014 and CIE! Love funny stories. Dream of building social impact tech corridor on South Side.
Stef Alexander – I make songs and other noisey sounds. I am better at listening.
Stephen Bernacki – Business side of restaurants by day, sports at night, podcasts in the morning.
Sunni Brown – I am an artist-writer-design thinker-facilitation gamer who specializes in Human Potential. I live in Austin with an amazing husband and two dogs that are so enormous as to be mythological.
Tess Rinearson – blockchain engineer ∙ ex-Medium engineer ∙ still writing on Medium a lot ∙ ex-hackathon-er ∙ still working with hackathons a lot
Tiff Fehr — web dev/reporter, The New York Times in NYC, where I’m the dev lead on our liveblogging and slowblogging (but not regular blogging) platform. Veteran of some truly, solidly mediocre startups back in my years in Seattle.
Tina Huang – Entrepreneur in residence at Sutter Hill Ventures. Former Twitter, Google and Apple engineer.
Tom Liggett – I’m a student at Northwestern studying engineering, interested in design and how to make things better throughout the world for anyone and everyone. Except nutella, that’s already optimized.
Troy Henikoff – Serial entrepreneur, Techstars managing director, technology investor, father, cyclist and passionate about the environment
Theresa Stewart – Theresa’s enthusiasm for interaction design is deeply rooted in her love of problem solving and experimentation. Her personal passion is the intersection of race, design thinking, and organizational change.
Valerie Aurora – Co-founder Ada Initiative, speaker/consultant/writer on women in tech. Formerly Linux file systems developer.
Veronica Arreola – Professional feminist, writer and mom. Lost her sleeping bag, must miss camp this year.
Victor Saad – Founder of Experience Institute, Author of Leap Year Project, Creator of Leap Kit, and wannabe children’s book illustrator.
Bill Fienup – Bill Fienup is the founder and president of Catalyze Chicago, a thriving incubator and coworking space for product developers.
Michi Trota – Michi is a speaker, writer & community organizer specializing in issues of diversity, representation & inclusion in culture and media. She is the managing editor of Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy; a member of the Chicago Nerd Social Club board of organizers; and a fire performer.
Gillian Rode – design consultant @fuseproject in SF for new connected consumer products. former Montrealer, Torontonian, Angelino, and Chicagoan. Cirque du Soleil alum.
Sonny Jeon – By day, a rocket scientist researching deployable space structures. By night, the lead developer of the Grbl CNC project aiming to make manufacturing accessible for everyone.
Gwendolyn Graff – Bubblegum Designer @ Wrigley. Serial Hobbyist – anything from Home repair to upholstery to crafts to candy-making. Love puzzles and problem-solving, learning, and translating geeky things into a format that gen pop finds them interesting.
Eva Robert – Googler, photographer, runner, crafter, mother of three fur babies, University of Michigan alumni. Interested in CS education and FIRST robotics.
Harper Reed – I am an internet user and computer operator. Although I a terrible prognosticator, I like to spend my time thinking about the future.
Matt Hellige – Software engineer lately doing low-latency server-side C++, father of two, I also host meditation at Logan Square Zendo. Interested in everything.
Quinn Heraty – Lawyer obsessed with commerce, media, tech, trademarks, art, design, cultural histories, and new things. I help people start and run their business.
Tim McGovern – Editor of: words (especially about data, for O’Reilly Media) and stuff (bikes, houses, furniture, for family and friends)
Michael Herf – Creator of f.lux and Picasa, occasional angel
Jason Huggins – I make open source, 3D printable, video game playing, hipster compliant robots for the military industrial complex.
Hunter Walk – daddy to @astridwalk, husband to @cbarlerin & partner @homebrew where I put dollars, reputation and sweat behind startups.
Leigh Honeywell – Serial hackerspace founder. Thinking about the future of computer security, diversity and inclusion in STEM, and cooking with science. Security Engineer at Slack.
Bob Clagett – Bob makes all sorts of stuff, and shows other people how to do it too.
Tanya Hamilton – I am the Founder and Executive Director of Independent Youth. I love developing innovative approaches in the youth entrepreneurship space and traveling.
Lisa Kamm – pm, ux, googler, knitter, owned by 2 golden retrievers
Kara Oehler – Radio producer, filmmaker (working on a doc about a family in WV), new mom
Karen Weinberg – Chicago gal with some Brooklyn ties, documentary filmmaker, writer, & editor, interested in Indigenous language preservation, literacy and other social equality causes. Transmedia is nifty and so is the future of learning.
Mikki Kendall – Writer, occasional feminist, co founder of Hood Feminism, hashtag wrangler, and general malcontent
Kate Garmey – CoFounder of Drink Tank (www.drinktankthat.com). Entrepreneur, storyteller, Maine expat. Seeker of far-flung adventures.
Kathy Pham – United States Digital Service at the White House – Cancer Fighting Sidekick – Lover of people, exploring, corny coding jokes, and optimizing all things.
Kaitlin Thaney – I lead Mozilla’s Science program (@MozillaScience). Big proponent of open research, commons-based systems, shuffleboard and open source.
Keidra Chaney – I’m the publisher of a website called The Learned Fangirl, which is focused on academic perspectives on pop culture and technology. I also do a lot of teaching and training around digital media topics like analytics and blogging. I am also an occasional musician.
Karl Fogel – Long-time open source programmer, now turned open source process consultant attempting to (shudder) help government agencies Do It Better. Will sing bass in four-part harmony with anyone — fair warning.
Kipp Bradford – senior Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab. Biomedical Engineer. (Former) semipro cyclist.
Karrie Karahalios – Social Computing Prof @UIUC. Creating social signals through visualization.
Katie Elfering – Cultural strategist and researcher, avid baker, TV-fanatic, baseball fan, and professional enthusiast.
Emma Coats – Switches between design, animation, writing, coding to tell stories in animation and games. Ex-Pixar.
Leon Chism – CTO-about-town focused on team building, story telling, and culture. Father of two nerd girls.
Lesa Mitchell – Instigator+co supporting startups and big co’s to invent, reinvent and scale. Passionate about network theory, inclusion + blockchain in no particular order
Laura Kreidberg – grad student in astrophysics at University of Chicago; exploring the atmospheres of distant worlds; http://astro.uchicago.edu/~kreidberg/
Logan LaHive – future investor in Ginger Founders Fund. Currently growing Belly.
Louisa Chu – canine, culinary, and cold climate person
Madelin Woods – Engineer, Artist, Entrepreneur; Formerly engineering @square, @make; drawer of 100 portraits of Nicolas Cage [www.madelinwoods.com/nicolas-cage]
Mitch Altman – Inventor of TV-B-Gone universal remote controls. Co-founder of Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco. Travels the world giving talks, teaching soldering, teaching how to make cool things with electronics, supporting open hardware, and helping hackerspaces start and thrive.
Mara Zepeda – I am the co-founder and CEO of the engagement platform called Switchboard, which is like a non-creepy Craigslist for people who trust each other. I live in Portland, Oregon.
Marisa Novara – affordable housing & community development enthusiast with @metroplanners. launching study on the cost of Chicago’s segregation.
Mark Hayward – World Yo-yo Champion, sculptor, keynote speaker, sci-fi lover. I’m currently really into making small hand-crank machines/kinetic sculptures out of wood.
Mary Robinette Kowal – Hugo Award-winner Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She’s a professional puppeteer and audiobook narrator.
Matt Cutts – Head of Google’s webspam team. Currently on leave. Recently in Nebraska.
Matt Gee – Matt is the cofounder of the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship and the Impact Lab.
Matt Hooks – Matt is a producer, director, programmer and occasional photographer. He’s currently a Senior Front End Designer at Tock.
Robert Kaye – Open music data, blinky lights and cocktail robotics hacker living in Barcelona. Chocolate table instigator.
Megan Stielstra – Finishing a book for Harper so I’m staring at walls a lot. I write personal essays for the NYT, tell stories for 2nd Story, and teach creative nonfiction at Northwestern. Recovering faculty development professional. Mom. Coffee. Been waiting for Rey since I was eight years old.
Mekka Okereke – Run Commerce Engineering @ Google Play. Social impact angel investor.
Melissa Gilliam – I am a doctor researcher and youth advocate. I believe in critical making games storytelling and design
Mercedes Mane – Making the world a better place one plant at the time www.myplantlink.com
Mig Reyes – Designer helping lead brand and marketing at Basecamp. Co-President of AIGA Chicago.
Mike Loukides – Do all sorts of things for O’Reilly Media, including moving us into new areas (bio), getting us thinking about new media. Also play piano & other things with keyboards, mountain dulcimer, recorder. And ride bikes. Just realized where I fit in the computer industry: I love useless programming.
Melody Kramer – Mel works at 18F on a variety of projects including an onboarding Slack robot. She is a Nieman Fellow and Knight Prototype grant recipient and is creating a way for people to donate time and skills to their local public radio stations.
Matt Melchiori – personalization at fancyclothes company; launched Trunk Club for women. xoogler, former Data liberator, Transparency Reporter, webspam fighter. Also hockey!
Vanessa Gennarelli – Educator for Stellar.org, open source financial access for all. Terrarium-maker, peer learning facilitator, life-drawer.
Mallory Bradford – Stand up comedian. Googler. I’m at my best in front of a crowd with a microphone in hand- and I want to empower other women (people!) to feel the same way. Big ideas, big laughs, big dreams.
Marcin Wichary – Design lead/typographer at Medium in San Francisco. Ex Google. Ex Code for America. Wannabe urban designer; professional Sneakers re-watcher.
Laura Chenault – I am an interdisciplinary artist creating art from a feminist and a post-modernist perspective working in the disciplines of photography, collage, book arts, installation art, performance, printmaking, and film making. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and two cats and I like to explore and wander.
Neal Patel – According to my employer, my job is apparently unclassifiable, so let’s just say that when I am not training to be a costumed vigilante, I apply computational methods to the problem of human emotion.
Neal Sales-Griffin – Co-founder and CEO of The Starter League. We’ve helped beginners learn how to solve meaningful problems with web apps for over four years.
Nick Brown – I’m the founder of Glappitnova, and believer of smashing different communities together to spark something unimaginable.
Nick Campbell – Making 3D Animation And Lighting Software from Chicago And Detroit. Also taking a lot of 360 Photos and playing in Pinball Tournaments.
Nick Kokonas – Co-Owner, Alinea / Next / Aviary / Roister. CEO, Co-Founder, Tock.com
Renee DiResta – @noUpside – VP BD @ Haven, an exchange for freight. Investor/adviser for hardware startups. Maps the crankosphere, trolls antivaxxers, makes a good lasagna.
Odette Yousef – Public radio journalist, erstwhile TV show host, entrepreneur interested in helping travelers learn the best stories about places.
Pam Daniels – Human-centered designer and avid contributor to the entrepreneurial and maker movements in Chicago. Design Innovator in Residence + faculty at Northwestern U. Believer in everyone’s capacity to imagine and create a better future.
Paul Smith – Founder & principal of Ad Hoc LLC. Software engineer. Helped rescue HealthCare.gov. Co-founder and board member, Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail. Co-founder, EveryBlock.
Pete Tsai – An editorial and portrait photographer from Chicago shooting people and places from planes, trains and rooftops all around. Former technologist in Web and application development.
Nick Piepmeier – Privacy engineer at Google Chicago by day, generative media geek, gamer, and electronic music dabbler by night. Whisk[e]y-drinker, beer-brewer, and wannabe bartender. Fascinated by tools and creative games. Long-time lover of martial arts and newly infatuated with climbing!
Makeda Ricketts – Makeda Ricketts is a current University of Chicago Booth MBA student and the founder and CEO of PinkThink. PinkThink is an interest-oriented and peer-supported web and mobile platform that makes (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, and (M)ath education powerful, relevant, and engaging for girls. PinkThink is known for creating cStyle Bracelets, a wearable that girls can code to change colors based on things like ambient light and body temperature.
Resham Sarkar – Writing dissertation on How I stopped aging and started to make an ultra-sensitive atomic gyroscope at Northwestern University. Improv student at The Second City Theater, and graduate student rights lobbyist. Co-founded a distance education initiative, Dhang Se Padhai (Proper Education (Hindi)).
PJ Macklin – Interaction designer at gravitytank, cofounder at Soundslice, musician.
Sandor Weisz – Commissioner of The Mystery League. Incapable of bullshit.
Sarah Becan – Comics artist, illustrator, graphic designer, accordionist. I’m especially interested in the intersection of visual storytelling and culinary arts, and in trading art for delicious, delicious food.
Sara Winge – Co-creator of Foo Camp; VP, Radar at O’Reilly; play both kinds of music–country *and* western (plus a few other kinds of obscure, unfashionable music played on wimpy acoustic instruments).
Sasha Laundy – Co-organizer of NYC Hack && Tell, show and tell for hackers. Mentor to community organizers. First class of Datanauts, helping NASA reinvent the hackathon. Used to teach neuroscience, now I’m a founding data scientist at Polynumeral, a data science consultancy in NYC. I want to talk about: data for good, exoplanets, design, persuasion, rhetoric, designing good individual contributor tracks, and learning from old books.
Andrew Groen – Virtual world historian. Author of Empires of EVE: A History of the Great Wars of EVE Online. EveHistory.com.
Kishore Hari – Director Bay Area Science Festival, host weekly science podcast Inquiring Minds, science correspondent Tested.com. Hockey lover. Beer nerd. General advocate for more/better public science engagement.
Lucianne Walkowicz – Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium, multimedia artist, and musician.
Shawn Smith – Non-linear thinker, do-gooder, and creator of art, design, products, and other things.
Matt Shobe – Failed drone kingpin. Still whiteboarding in a motion prototyping world. VFR unless IMC, then SOL.
Robin Shostack – Engineering, excellence, execution, education, extraordinary excursions and at least a little excitement.
Sisi Wei – Investigative journalist, designer and developer at ProPublica, Co-founder of Code with me, Making newsgames happen. Trying to get a better rank in League of Legends. Spent too much time researching Spock.
Andy Kreling – Engineer, history buff, player of many games.
Jordan Ho – VP of Product @Labelinsight. Dabbler in all things, but especially interested in ramen, sneakers, company culture, & done.
Jamie Sanchez – Designer, coder, community builder. Italian breaded steak sandwich enthusiast. Organizer and co-founder for BitBashChicago.com, Voxelles.com, IndieCityCoop.com, AnimeChicago.com.
Spencer Tweedy – I play drums in a band with my dad, Jeff Tweedy, called Tweedy. I’m also working on an app for musicians right now, to be released in 2016.
Scott Robbin – Coding with Cards Against Humanity, Weightshift, maker of belts, and “professional” hot dog.
Stel Valavanis – Serial entrepreneur, investor, artist, musician, open source hacker, founder of onShore Networks and Creative Coworking.
Shannon Davis – urban designer, social scientist, city enthusiast, Los Angeles native, pretzel entrepreneur.
Ben Collins-Sussman – Engineering Site Lead @ Google Chicago. Programmer, theater composer, pianist, banjoist, interactive fiction author, photographer, sketcher, radio ham, dad. Mostly harmless.
Simon Weffer – I’ma Associate Professor of Sociology who studies race, protest, politics, immigration and poverty–nothing relevant or current. In a former life I did professional theater in the Bay Area and was a professional soccer coach.
Steve Delahoyde – I work in film under the guise of my company, Delahoyde Projects (http://thehoyde.com), and also at Coudal Partners, where I also do film stuff.
Chelven Randolph – Co Founder of A Conscious Revolution Food Group. Self taught professional cooker, amateur mind reader. Lover of gardening, Kanye and Lunchables. In short, I piss excellence.
Matt Handley – Google engineer in charge of making sure that our google.com clients and servers play nice. Also made a big video wall.
Meg Leary – Meg Leary is the Director of Programs at United States Artists, a national not-for-profit arts organization based in Chicago. USA provides up to 50 individual artists with $50,000 unrestricted awards annually.
Tiff Fehr – Before I fully wake up in the morning—with NPR playing in the background—my fitful dreams combine with reports to make news that’s WAY more interesting than reality. I often wish it was real, just to discuss, “so WHY did the Soviet-jetpack-wearing Kazakhs dogs only fly so far as the Bosphoru …Except during pledge drives; those snippets are hellscapes.
Todd Jones – Organizer of Chicago’s monthly Food Tech meetup and Hospitality Manager at Tock. Budding botanist, novice welder, and 10-fingered woodworker
Tracy Chou – engineer at pinterest, formerly at quora; usds reserve and homebrew vc adviser. cares a lot about diversity in tech. likes yoga, climbing, and running. voracious reader.
Tim Saylor – I write software and get a respectable number of hearts on twitter.
Sarah Otts – Scratch Teamer and angsty undergrad at the University of Oklahoma. Feminist, computer geek, campus activist, juggler.
Steve Brown – Entrepreneur, yoyo demonstrator, marketing guy, art nerd, beard keeper.
Jenna Blazevich – Graphic designer and lettering artist, also calligraphy instructor in Chicago and sometimes elsewhere. Founder of Vichcraft Design Studio. Latest role is a (feminist) product designer.
Ilan Moyer – Machine designer and co-founder of the digital power tools company Shaper.
Jas Strong – Hacker of things, maker of stuff, rider of bikes, pusher of packets, pixels and potential, lover of really bad sci-fi.
Jean Whitmore – Google software engineer who would like to model how people escape models of their behavior. I’ve worked in finance and studied sociology, psychology, and physics. I lived for two years in Munich and traveled everywhere from Peru to Egypt to India.
Jessie Chavez – Born and raised in La Villita, Chicago. Long time software engineer most recently part of Privacy and Security at Google. Former teacher and champion for CS Education and Diversity in Tech. Passionate about social justice and human rights in Chicago, Latin America, and beyond. Chicago Tech 50 Class of 2015.
Jon Trowbridge – Software engineer at Google.
Karla Sierralta – Co-founder of Strawn+Sierralta, an architecture and design practice based in Chicago, Studio Associate Professor at the College of Architecture at IIT and board member and former Co-president of the Chicago Architectural Club.
Kevin Bastyr – Audio and acoustic researcher and inventor, whisky advocate and enthusiast, intermittent brewer and sculptor, new dad, founding member of Milwaukee Makerspace
Kyle Weems – Toy maker, yo-yo designer, machinist, photographer, engineer, artist, serial collector of skills and hobbies. Is rather upset by the fact that he will never get to know literally everything.
Floyd Webb – Filmmaker, grandfather, curator, technocreative, adventurer and world traveller. CEO of Straight Out of A Comic, LLC a new start-up producing documentary film and monetizing afrofuturist aspects of pop culture. When I was 20, while hitchhiking to Mombasa from Nairobi, Kenya, I was left in the middle of Tsavo National Park in Kenya, as a joke by a crazy South African hunter, accosted by wild baboons and survived.