Camp 2017: Who Came?

> Camp 2017: Who Came?

  • Aaron Zimmerman — Author of children’s book “Sam the Subroutine”. Second place in the third-grade speling bee, Kenwood Elementary, Bowling Green Ohio, 1991.
  • Aaron McKay — Chef, Vermouthier, Board Member @ Esperanza Community Services.
  • Aatish Bhatia — Science writer / physicist / tinkerer / teacher trying to get folks to geek out deeply about the wonderful math and physics underlying everyday things. Associate Director, Engineering Education in Princeton University’s Council on Science & Technology. Fan of Rubik’s cubes and Schezuan food.
  • Abby Raskin — Chicago-born, DC-based UX person. I’m currently imposter-syndroming my way through government via the U.S. Digital Service.
  • Abril Vela — I’m currently a student at the University of Michigan, where I work with various organizations centered on education and education reform. I’m extremely passionate about the CS4All movement, most recently working back here in Chicago with the CPS team. I have a love/interest for makerspaces/creator spaces and the potential they serve to students.
  • Ai-jen Poo — Ai-jen is an author, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and co-director of Caring Across Generations.
  • Alaina Kaczmarski  — Chicago entrepeneur and co-founder of TheEverygirl.com, a leading online resource for women; fan of great food, decent wine, and a good debate
  • Alden Almagro — Dabbler in anything and everything. Developer turned Product Manager.
  • Alex Garcia — Photojournalist and head of a video storytelling company. Has a Cuba hang-up.
  • Alex Berger — 3D carving, baseball and pizza enthusiast
  • Alex Gaynor — Alex is a Software Engineer with the US Digital Service, and a contributor to many open source projects. He likes bagels and delis.
  • Alexander Macgillivray (amac) — Lawyer, coder, father, baker. I will be feeling like I have just graduated college and could do anything. In DC, going to Madrid. Interested in conversation about free expression & harassment online, the expansion and collapse of the third party doctrine (your service provider can give up your stuff), and AI/machine learning & the law (what would a GPL for models look like, how do we get to measuring discrimination in outcomes). Also, cocktail making (chili-coffee negronis and earl grey infused vermouth/tequila).
  • Alexandra Cox — Senior Producer at Cards Against Humanity, co-founder of Postloudness (a collective of show hosted by POC, women, or queer hosts), and co-host of shows like Roboism and Do By Friday.
  • Alexandra Petri — Humor columnist, author, general nerd; my life dream is to write a Star Wars romcom.
  • Ali Pasha — Professional ad peddler. Former muggle @X/Google Robotics. Lost to Github. Happened to launch Android App Inventor. Euthanized several Google products. 5th ORD Camp!
  • Alison Stanton — As Chief Problem Solver at Stanton Ventures Alison focuses on business intelligence reporting, product measurement, process improvement through automation, and technical training. She makes data accessible, discoverable, and actionable for Operations teams, Product Managers, and clients. Currently, her main languages are SQL, Python, and LookML. She loves knitting and using technology to empower audacious ideas.
  • Allen Hemberger — Hi, I like to make stuff. This time last year I worked at Pixar as a visual effects artist; this year my family and I moved to Chicago to work with the Alinea group.
  • Amanda Lannert — Fancy wine, trashy food, travel, mothering daughters, shark stories, CEO of Jellyvision
  • Amber Benson — I write and make films. I am interested in stories that have dark subject matter. I just want to do what makes me happy and is fun.
  • Amy Wibowo — programmer, author of bubblesort zines, former machine learning and HCI researcher, passionate about the intersection of art and technology and making CS education more accessible
  • Andrea Newberry — Fashion designer and founder of Leche Libre creators of fashion forward apparel which empowers breastfeeding women to confidently step out in style without losing their edge.
  • Andrew Huff — Former editor & publisher of Chicago-centric webzine http://gapersblock.com, finally over the burnout. Doing random stuff at http://me3dia.com
  • Andrew Kruger — My background is in physics and observational astrophysics research. I’m a maker, tinkerer, programmer, engineering physics instructor, and dad of two.
  • Andrew McLaughlin — Nerd, working to build progressive stuff, elect Dems, oppose Tr*mp. Venture partner at betaworks. Board at Access Now, Public Knowledge. Previously: Obama White House, Google, Medium, Instapaper, Digg, Tumblr, ICANN, Berkman Center.
  • Anita Sarkeesian — Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives.
  • Anne Kainic — Front-end developer at U.S. Digital Service, helping veterans access and apply for their benefits.
  • Anne Petersen — Director of User Experience at Fastspot, ex-president of Chicago Nerd Social Club and Pumping Station: One. Big on inclusion. Interdisciplinarian. Intersectionalist. Geek. Fight me. (To be clear, this is a Twitter meme. Don’t actually fight me.)
  • Arielle Nobile  — founder of Legacy Connections Films, filmmaker, writer, mom to a 6 year old
  • Arika Okrent — Linguist and author of In the Land of Invented Languages. I write about and make videos about language for Mental Floss. Fluent in ASL, conversational in Hungarian, first-level certified in Klingon.
  • Ashe Dryden — WhiteHouse fellow, Programmer, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, @AlterConf, @FundBetterTech, #selfieconf Renaissance ?? Cats, knits, books, & justice ✊
  • Ashley Nicole Black — Writer/ Correspondent on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Studied at Northwestern University and The Second City in equal measure.
  • Ashlyn Sparrow — Director of Game Changer Chicago, a design lab at The University of Chicago dedicated to making games for social impact.
  • Audrey Yang — UX research mercenary, scuba/freediver, timid motorcyclist. Xoogler. May be spotted slurping noodles, shooting arrows, hanging out in junkyards with llamas.
  • Aziz Gilani — Software VC in the mid-continent. Muslim dad in Texas. Often proven wrong.
  • Ben Collins-Sussman — Engineering Site Lead @ Google Chicago. Programmer, theater composer, pianist, banjoist, interactive fiction author, photographer, sketcher, radio ham, dad. Mostly harmless.
  • Ben Uyeda — Ben is a designer who publishes his design ideas on online. His designs are viewed by more than 5 million people every month.
  • Ben H Kram — cheese and music maker, yoga teacher, photographer of small things, Googler working on frontend infrastructure, helped out with healthcare.gov, BRC Ranger
  • Bethanye McKinney Blount — Founding Team at Project Include && Co-founder/CEO at Cathy Labs; Chock-full of opinions and war-stories about growing and leading engineering teams.
  • Bill Fienup — Bill Fienup is the founder and managing director of mHUB, an innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing.
  • Bill Hammack — Creator of engineerguy videos.
  • Bitsy Bentley — I make ‘aha!’ happen.
  • Bob Clagett — I make a living exploring and giving away information. Also making secret doors, arcade machines and whatever else I think up.
  • Borja Sotomayor — Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Chicago. Enabler of geeks and hackers. Education enthusiast.
  • Brandon Bouier — Engineer with Defense Digital Service, GIS Analyst, teacher, cook, weight lifter, stoic philosopher, man of many interests, nerd
  • Brandy Agerbeck — I write, speak and teach about drawing as your best thinking tool.
  • Brenda Larcom — Hax0rbana co-founder, Trike threat modeling methodology co-founder, builder of stuff that is arguably useful, lover of one-handed keyboards, secure design geek, former van dweller, future master naturalist, firm believer in the awesome power of punctuation.
  • Brenna Berman — City of Chicago CIO and lead on all things tech for City government. Mother of 2 crazy little boys, generally trying to find time for things I remember enjoying.
  • Brett Goldstein — Managing Partner of Ekistic Ventures and Senior Fellow at University of Chicago
  • Brian Fitzpatrick — Founder: Tock. Xoogler. Co-Founder of ORD Camp and resident Chicagophile. Chaotic Good.
  • Brian Addison — Marketing at Inventables, ex-EveryBlocker, Xoogler, Kickstarted a book of poems for kids, and I absolutely can’t stand peanut butter.
  • Brian Turnbull — I’m an engineering manager at Google in Chicago, a father, a gamer, and a wannabe maker.
  • Brian McGinn — I make movies and television, including Netflix’s Chef’s Table and Amanda Knox documentary.
  • Britton Picciolini — 14yr Googler, teacher, EdTech fan, geek, photographer, empty nester, traveler
  • Brooke Magnanti — Scientist and writer of the Secret Diary of a Call Girl books (plus some crime novels ). Chemoinformatics gadfly, whisky enthusiast, professionally unshockable.
  • Caitlin Rosberg — Participating editor and treasurer for the annual Ladies’ Night Anthology and member of Chicago Nerd Social Club’s board of organizers. Comic book & pop culture critic, (women & NB folk in) STEAM enthusiast, and lifelong nerd.
  • Cat Posey — Social entrepreneur, Tech By Superwomen founder, head of strategic partnerships at USDS, product hacker, poet, filmmaker and always a villager ;).
  • Cate Huston — ?? @automattic. i like to have adventures and send letters from airports.
  • Charles Adler — designer, entrepreneur, cyclist, runner, outdoors type. kickstarter co-founder, lost arts founder. yay!
  • Charlie Catlett — I am not a spy.
  • Cheryl Riedel  — An “Itinerant Generalist” looking to stay relevant after the upcoming apocalypse with skills in yeast-keeping, bread baking, salt-preserving, fiber spinning, and the artful knotting of things for keeping warm.
  • Chris DiBona — Chris DiBona has a dual life. He runs Google’s open source, science outreach and some of the standards Tema and he also runs Paddle Creek Games, producers of the game ‘Fractured Veil’ coming to a PC near you..
  • Christen Carter — Owner of Busy Beaver Button Co., Co-Curator of the Button Museum, more and more of a landlord and old building fixer
  • Christie Hefner — Brand & strategic marketing expert: Playboy Enterprises, Canyon Ranch, now Hatch Beauty.
  • Christine Gonzales — Director of Communications & Instructional Technology for District 113 | STEAM Lover | Web Designer | Art, Photography, and Graphics Dabbler | Excel/MySQL/Database Addict | Math Enthusiast
  • Christy Joyce — I help make Chicago philanthropy smarter.
  • Conrad Fuhrman — CTO Futureman Digital, I love cats, records, beer, new tech, and Chicago!
  • Cori Zarek — Working on open and digital gov for the USG and teaching First Amendment law on the side. Rock show enthusiast, Iowa native.
  • Courtney Eimmerman-Wallace — Courtney Eimerman-Wallace is a front-end developer, designer and UX leader who’s dedicated to using technology to improve access and create opportunities for underrepresented communities.
  • Coya Paz — Coya Paz wears lip gloss and rant pants on the daily. She is a passionate advocate for racial and economic equity in the arts, the Artistic Director of the historic Free Street Theater, and the parent of a very tiny hurricane.
  • Craighton Berman — Designer, illustrator, educator & idea-chaser. Also, dadcore. ?
  • Daliah Saper — I am an intellectual property, social media, entertainment and business attorney representing creative individuals and innovative business organizations. I value experiences over things.
  • Dan Shapiro — Founder Glowforge, creator Robot Turtles, author Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook.
  • Dan Bornstein — Computer programmer, coffee enthusiast, and erstwhile musician. I do programming languages/platforms, operating systems, and stuff like that. I testified in the Oracle v. Google trial, twice even.
  • Dan Nelson — Owner of The Ruby Tap, a wine bar in Milwaukee, and Director of Design at Tock
  • Dan Sinker — Director of @opennews, cohost of @sayswhopodcast, ready to steal their cannons.
  • Dan O’Neil — Product & business at Ad Hoc, LLC. Formerly of Smart Chicago Collaborative and EveryBlock. Conceptual artist. Justice.
  • Dan Ratner — Cofounder and CTO of Sittercity, Director of Tech Obama 2012, cofounder and CEO Public Good. Trying to make the world. Enter through capitalism, charity, politics, and perspiration.
  • Dana Wagner — Former federal prosecutor turned tech regulatory attorney turned startup executive … now walking the earth like Caine in Kung Fu.
  • Danielle Moss — cofounder of theeverygirl.com, blogger behind danielle-moss.com. designer, stylist, photographer, rescue dog owner.
  • Dantee Arias — Hospitality Manager @ Tock, food geek, dim sum lover
  • David Altenburg — Writes software and rides bikes. Continuously surprised at how much he likes being a dad.
  • David Picciuto — I hacked life and figured out a way to earn a living by making YouTube videos.
  • David Anderson — Open source hacker, hardware hacking wannabe, gamer, lapsed meditator. Site reliability engineer at Google. Terrible at self-promotion, routinely forgets about stuff in bios, must do better.
  • Dean Putney — First software engineer at Glowforge, previously Boing Boing. Gets all manner of things done.
  • Demond Drummer — Founder of CoderSpace (http://coderspace.org/)
  • Dennis McClendon — Mapmaker and Chicago history geek. Passionate about transit and cities.
  • Derek Groothuis — Professional geek. Recovering manager. I am Groot.
  • Diana Franklin — Director of Computer Science Education at UChicago STEM Education, ACM-W and CS major advisor and lecturer at UChicago Computer Science by trade, bassoonist and rock climber by passion.
  • Don Schwarz — I’m a dad, an amateur board game designer, and a software engineer and manager at Google with a recent focus on digital privacy.
  • Dorri McWhorter — Socially-conscious international business leader dedicated to improving the world by leveraging experience from corporate and social change sectors.
  • Drew Tetz — Designer with a passion for spinning circles.
  • Dustin Penner — YouTuber, maker, father. Harbouring an unhealthy love of wood, sharpies, secret compartments and gas turbine engines.
  • Dylan Richard — .
  • Ed Williams — Photo-collage artist turned goldsmith turned scuba diver turned LAN engineer turned Robotics Engineer turned Underwater Robotics Engineer
  • Elan Lee — Creator of Exploding Kittens and Bears vs Babies. (But none of that matters compared to the OKGO music video I got to make this year)
  • Elijah Insua — Web programmer by day and hardware / graphics hacker by night. I enjoy building things and solving problems.
  • Elise Pescheret — TOCK Designer, ex-Mouseketeer, amateur painter, professional enthusiast, marathoner in training
  • Elizabeth Gerber — optimistic passionate designer committed to empowering and engaging community
  • Elizabeth Koprucki — I run the Fab Lab at the Polsky Center at University of Chicago. I love art, science, and getting people involved with digital fabrication
  • Elizabeth Leier — Farmer’s daughter who turned left and found herself in Washington, DC. Looking to hit the reset button on my career.
  • Elois Joseph — First time mom trying to figure out how a toddler became the boss of me.
  • Emile Cambry — Founder of BLUE1647 and Chicago Social Change
  • Emily Nagoski — I wrote a book called Come As You Are, about the science of women’s sexual wellbeing, and now I’m writing a book called Burnout, about the science of burnout. Ask me about my webcomic-drawing marital euphemism or my romance novels.
  • Emma Coats — Writing the personality for the Google Assistant and creating other things in spare time. I worked for close to 10 years as a storyboard artist for animation, and wrote 22 rules of story. Writer, game developer, speaker
  • Emmanuel Pratt — Polymath architect farmer artist aquapon planner doer maker thinker human
  • Eric Lunt — CTO, co-founder of Signal. Ex-FeedBurner, Google, Spyonit.com. Father of 3.
  • Eric Peyton — Engineering specializing in iOS
    Gaming, Food, Socializing
  • Erica Baker — I do some stuff. Genealogy, engineering, talking about diversity. I like to stretch and I like to kick.
  • Erie Meyer — I used to build engineering teams and beautiful services in government agencies @usds @cfpb and in Ohio. I have no idea what I do now. Founder of @techladymafia, obsessed with Ohio.
  • Erika Sánchez — Feminist. Daughter of immigrants. Author of LESSONS ON EXPULSION (Graywolf 2017) and I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER (Knopf 2017).
  • Erin ‘SecBarbie’ Jacobs — BBS Sysop from the early 90’s turned business major, musician turned DJ, IT geek turned corporate sell-out CIO and that wasn’t challenging enough, so founded @UrbaneSec in 2009 to conquer Information Security and Compliance with boutique attention to detail, delivery, and talent that organizations desperately need in the technical landscape that we all exist in.
  • Erin McKean — I make Wordnik, dresses, trouble, and zeugmatic statements. I also evangelize about LoopBack Node.js APIs for IBM.
  • Eszter Hargittai — Recent transplant to Switzerland from Evanston, professor at the University of Zurich studying and teaching about Internet use and society; interest in the biases of big data and getting more people actively contributing to online content; passionate about art, nature photography, travel, GPS-based treasure-hunt games, chocolate (that’s not why I moved to Switzerland, but it’s a nice perk).
  • Fariha Abdul Wajid — Currently transitioning from Architecture to Graphic Design as a career, maker of hand block printed textiles and paper goods at INKMADE
  • Fatima Noor —  Formerly doing strat/ops @ US Digital Service at Department of Homeland Security & now just excited for whatever may come next (suggestions are most welcome!). Polyglot, bibliophile, process nerd, extremely passionate about powerful products and tools that solve people’s most pressing problems, and refugee/immigrant empowerment & integration.
  • Fawzia Mirza — Brown Girl who makes things up as she goes along. From Lawyering to Acting to Creating to Dreaming Everyday. Loves Socks.
  • felecia hatcher — Felecia Hatcher is a White House Award winning entrepreneur, badass business rainmaker, bestselling author, globally sought-after speaker, media darling, mother, and Founder of Code Fever and BlackTechWeek intititves desicated to economic development and inclusive innovation. Breathe. She is also the rather awesome former Chief Popsicle at Feverish Pops, a gourmet ice pop boutique and manufacturing brand with a Fortune 500 client roster that would make your head spin.
  • Ficus Kirkpatrick — Software engineer at Facebook (ex Google/Android, Danger, Be). Cook; serial hobbyist.
  • Floyd Webb — A maker and curator of captured imagination and re-mixed myth/science/truth.
  • Gabriel Burt — Looking for next thing. Was CTO at My Ride to Vote super PAC, CTO at Civis, member of healthcare.gov rescue, open source person. UIUC grad, father of 19 month old Apollo.
  • Gabrielle Lyon — VP Education & Experience, Chicago Architecture Foundation; Founder, Project Exploration; Director, No Small Plans graphic novel. Exp. w education & organization design w. focus on designing programs and spaces that enable participation by populations underserved by traditional design approaches
  • Gemma Petrie — Lead User Researcher at Mozilla Firefox. Organizer of the Chicago UX Book Club and chiDUXX. Librarian. Food, travel, photography, and Chicago enthusiast.
  • Gia Biagi — urbanist, Studio Gang-er, recovering city official, cyclist, mom
  • Gregg Latterman — Gregg Latterman is a music and entertainment industry entrepreneur. Upon graduating from Kellogg, Gregg negotiated a joint venture with Columbia Records and signed Train, Five for Fighting, John Mayer, and Mat Kearney to his independent record label, Aware, founded in 1993. In 1999, Gregg built A-Squared Management that directed the careers of artists such as The Fray, Michelle Branch, Liz Phair, Brandi Carlile, Jack’s Mannequin, Mat Kearney, and Five for Fighting. The artists Gregg has signed/or managed have sold over 30 millions CD’s. I now teach at Northwestern.
  • Gwendolyn Graff — Crafter; Aunt; Baker; Super-taster; Hobby Farmer; BubbleGum Scientist; DIY’er; French Horn Player……….. Fairy Gardener
  • Harper Reed — Harper was a technology thought leader and futurist.
  • Heidi Lubin — Entrepreneur, commercializing next generation smart cities infrastructure; design in the public interest; passionate advocate for robust civil society
  • Hunter Walk — Dad to @AstridWalk, Husband to @CBarlerin, Funder of Founders via @Homebrew. San Francisco in the streets, New York City in the sheets.
  • Intisar Abioto — Dancer. Photographer. Writer. Explorer. Life-long researcher of cultures within the African diaspora. Founder of The Black Portlanders and The People Could Fly Project.
  • Jacob Matthews — Programmer at Tock. Computer scientist. Liberal in both the real sense and the Secret Hitler sense.
  • Jacob Dehart — Cofounder of Threadless, Picturelife, Thrilled, Porcini. Owner of The Heritage Restaurant. Beekeeper.
  • Jacqui Cheng — Editor-in-Chief of the Wirecutter & Sweethome at the New York Times. Tech industry washout. I’m also an urban gardening mad scientist, I paint, and I play the violin/fiddle.
  • Jaime Forman-Lau — Gym rat, booze snob, grammar nerd, amateur biohacker. I work at Google in my spare time.
  • Jake Shapiro — CEO at @RadioPublic PBC, cofounder and former CEO @prx, co-founder @mattervc, fellow @ashoka, @BKCHarvard. dad to 2 girls and 1 boy, guitarist/cellist in the sparest of time.
  • Jamie Sanchez — Designer, coder, community builder. Full-time design consultant and part-time WordPress Mentor at Skillcrush. Actively involved in alternative games festival Bit Bash, co-working space Indie City Coop, and nonprofit AnimeChicago. Corgi enthusiast.
  • Jana Kinsman — Jana Kinsman is a beekeeper in Chicago, IL who loves talking about pollinators and urban wildlife.
  • Janna Sobel — Writer, Performer, Teacher, Host & Producer of Here Chicago Storyshow & Potluck, and creator of this weird game. I make game-forms and performance-forms that strengthen communities and increase personal creative freedom.
  • Jas Strong — General purpose industrial strength superannuated hacker kid, with interests in networking and blinky lights. And networking blinky lights.
  • Jason Huggins — Founder/engineer at Tapster Robotics. Too many projects, not enough time.
  • Jason Gessner — i am:
    – board president for the Third Coast International Audio Festival and focused on helping great stories get told and heard.
    – an occasional bourbon baron.
    – not as cool as my family.
    – a fired up Wisconsin progressive
    – a googler
  • Jason Kunesh — I’m a designer & Chicagoan. I like shaggy dog stories, guitars, comics, and long walks in the park.
  • JD Pirtle — Artist and living and working in Chicago. Working with preschool-8th grade students and their teachers in the domains of computer science, digital fabrication, textile arts, and VR.
  • Jeanne Marie Olson — Education, Data, Design, People + Tech + Systems; community-led development in Ethiopia. Hooked on research and liberating data to empower communities.
  • Jeff Talbot — CTO at Inventables.
  • Jeff Solin — Main Gig: CS Teacher / Maker Teacher / curriculum writer / hardware lover / FIRST FTC and FRC coach / built and run the LTMakers Lab (@LTMakers) at Lane Tech High School. Side-Hustles: Co-founder of Chicago CSTA, Owner of Solin Systems Consulting, CS work with CPS and Code.org. More Importantly: father / husband / musician / crappy beer, great tea and great Scotch enthusiast. Longest Bio.
  • Jen Masengarb — architectural educator @chiarchitecture; trainer of docents; writer of Chicago haikus; solver of history mysteries with @WBEZCuriousCity; explainer of building technology
  • Jen Kramer — Director of Special Events. Fundraiser for Special Olympics Chicago. Wildly in love with all things Chicago. Rower, people gatherer, organizer, road tripper.
  • Jenna Bilotta — designer, troublemaker, secret martha.
  • Jenna Blazevich — Founder of Vichcraft Design Studio, calligraphy instructor, feminist artist and product designer.
  • jennifer stancil — Museum CEO by day, where I get to strengthen my muscles in innovation and learning, the art of negotiation, fundraising, culture development and navigating change…all while helping kids birth to age 10 reach their full potential.
  • Jennifer Roscoe — Travel addicted, dancing soul who loves all things computer science and science related!
  • Jennifer Brandel — Former public radio reporter (founded WBEZ’s Curious City), now CEO of Hearken. Trying to help institutions go from speaking first to listening first. Lover of dogs and dumplings of all varieties.
  • Jennifer Farrington — President of Chicago Children’s Museum. Mother of teens. Wife of artist. Maker, mender, baker, doer. Tired optimist seeking a better way.
  • Jennifer 8 Lee — Emoji activist. Journalist. Film producer. I proved fortune cookies were Japanese, coined the term “man date”, and for you the dumpling emoji. Once. NYT, Upworthy, Knight News Challenge. Now I run a literary studio called Plympton.
  • Jessica Hopper — Author & Music Critic. Editorial Director, MTV News.
  • Jessica Parker — Community Manager at Maker Ed, die hard educator, Steeler fan, mother of two.
  • Jessie ‘Chuy’ Chavez — Software Engineer for Data Liberation at Google, Computer Science advocate in Chicago, mentor for diversity in tech initiatives, former teacher, FeedBurner alumnus, techie for various Social Justice causes –  ‘brown unicorn with a laptop’.  Father of two young women.
  • Jim Blandy — I love programming, math, and playing piano. Enthusiastic about biology. Learning Japanese. Father of two girls.
  • Jim Rodovich — Software developer, pixel artist, writer, and obsessive reverse engineer of magic tricks.
  • Jim Bachor — Former ad biz designer now unintentional street (pothole) artist. Currently dragging mosaics into the 21st century and, with minimal care, the 22nd century and beyond.
  • Jim Coudal — Field Notes Brand. The Deck Network. 16″ Softball, Chicago, Kubrick, The Band.
  • JJ Lueck — Staff Software Engineer at Tock, Inc. and Xoogler. Major Fitz Fan.
  • JJ Sestrich — I’m a software engineer that loves blinking lights and snowboarding.
  • Joanne Manaster — I’m a biology lecturer at the University of Illinois who is more well known for her science outreach on social media, and her love of great popular science books, interviewing their authors now and again.
  • Joe Kottke — Minnesotan by birth, SRE by trade. Working on being a better communicator in life, and whether I should learn welding or not.
  • John Bracken — work @knightfdn, live @ord. Help institutions to live in the internet.
  • John Dimatos — Alum of @MakerBot, @itp_nyu, and most recently @kickstarter. Built out the Design and Tech communities while I was there.
  • John Renaldi — Founder and CEO of Jiobit. Former Motorola executive. Dad to two budding engineers. Illini grad. Amateur weather balloonist. Stream fishing enthusiast.
  • John Tolva — Still a Chicagoan.
  • Jon Trowbridge — Software Engineer at Google
  • Jon Wiley — Director of Immersive Design at Google (VR, AR, UX); wondering what comes after nation states.
  • Josh Lifrak — Director of the Mental Skills Program for the Chicago Cubs. 2016 World Champions. Champagne and Goat!
  • Josh DeBonis — Game designer, programmer, & musician. Co-founder of BumbleBear Games.
  • Josh Bloch — CMU CS Prof. “Effective Java” author. Former Google Chief Java Architect & Sun Distinguished Engineer. Rabid eclectic.
  • Joshua Schachter — Founder of del.icio.us and Self Racing Cars
  • Juan Pablo Buriticá — vp of eng @splice – I build distributed eng teams and latino/latam dev communities like @jsconfco, @quecharla & @colombia_dev
  • Julia Mossbridge — creator of physiologically based decision tool Choice Compass, Science Director for Focus@Will, Director of the Innovation Lab at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Jedi STEM Training enthusiast, curious explorer of the wacky world of human time perception and prediction
  • Julie Willey — I love to make things: robots, random crafts, foods and friends. EE by profession with the pleasure of being part of teams that have designed products that have taught kids how to read, clean people’s floors, found stuff. Living on a off grid homestead which is primarily growing kids.
  • Julie Steele — Director of Communications for Silicon Valley Data Science, previously an Editor at O’Reilly Media. Data science, data visualization, data ethics, hardware-meets-software. Certified yoga teacher, avid gardener and cook interested in holistic approaches to wellness. Cat person.
  • Julie Halpern — Writer, mom, convention enthusiast, costume maker, librarian. Sleep eludes me.
  • Justin Massa — portfolio director at IDEO working on data + design; previously founder of Food Genius (conceived after a late night session at ORDcamp 2010)
  • Kashif Shaikh — Founder and Executive Director of Pillars, a social investment fund that offers forward looking Americans the opportunity to build a more inclusive and resilient society through programs that elevate and amplify the talents and leadership of American Muslims at a time when our country desperately needs a way to celebrate singular identities within a single national narrative.
  • Kasia Chmielinski — product lead at scratch (scratch.mit.edu), gender/queer feminist, storyteller through film, budding birdwatcher
  • Kate Lowe — Newbie at Tock, former primary and middle school teacher, avid blog reader, and lover of travel.
  • Kate Garmey — I started Drink Tank to host a “party with a purpose” to strengthen communities and connect and inspire people, both online and off. In general, I do my best assume the glass is half full. Then I cheers with it.
  • Kathleen McCarthy — Director of Collections and Head Curator, Museum of Science and Industry, and installation artist.
  • Kathy Pham — USDS, cancer patient sidekick. Fellow Cat Lady with Parisa Tabriz by night.
  • Katie Mix — Massage therapist/bodyworker. Googler. Obsessed with learning how to get people moving better. I love eating, drinking, bonding, and most knowledge. Super excited this invite didn’t go to my spam folder this year.
  • Keidra Chaney — I’m the co-founder and publisher of The Learned Fangirl, a web publication focused on the geekier side of pop culture, fandom, and online community. I also teach at DePaul University.
  • Kelly Ellis — Leading platforms engineering at Medium. Xoogler. Intersectional feminist activist and cat lady. I care a lot about diversity in tech, too.
  • Kelly Dobson — machine therapist, artist, engineer, inventor, chocolate researcher
  • Kelly Jin — People. Data. Policy. Director of Data-Driven Justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Former White House + Leslie Knope at City of Boston.
  • Kelsey Gilmore-Innis — I build tech to support sexual assault survivors at www.projectcallisto.org
  • Kipp Bradford — I am a senior Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab. I am a biomedical engineer working on cooling the planet.
  • Kori Schulman — born and raised Chicagoan, OFA design, White House digital, soon to be vagabond.
  • Ky Dickens — Documentary Filmmaker/Commercial Director who loves politics, poetry, eating fast and good stories. Films include: Sole Survivor, Zero Weeks, Fish out of Water and The City that Sold America. Paid Leave/LGBTQ Activist.
  • Kyla Wiiliams — Kyla Williams is the Interim Executive Director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative who describes herself as Civic Minded, Community Focused, and Tech Inspired.
  • Kyle Weems — I make toys, I teach science with said toys, I often assume I can make anything and I’m often wrong. I start new businesses often and am always looking to learn.
  • Kyle Welter — I build online businesses, typically alongside artists in Turkey & Japan. +Director of marketing at Tock.
  • Laura Holmes — Working on something new. Googler, Maker, and diversity-in-tech advocate.
  • Lauren Hancock — Teacher. Californian. Pug lover.
  • Lauren Kalman — Visual artist based in Detroit, whose practice is invested in contemporary craft, video, photography and performance. Through her work she investigates beauty, adornment, body image, and the built environment.
  • Lea Albaugh — design and construction of physical and virtual things: electromechanically actuated clothing; control code for industrial knitting machines; computationally-mediated social experiences (aka party games); interactive fiction; maker skill education; fabric, wood, metal, plastic, and glass.
  • Leigh Honeywell — Canadian information security dork. Ally skills teacher. Incident response at Slack.
  • Lily Hevesh — 18 year old professional Domino Artist and YouTuber at YouTube.com/Hevesh5. I set up thousands of dominoes in intricate structures and patterns, then knock them down for your entertainment.
  • Lisa Dykstra — SVP & Chief Information Officer for Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago native striving to advance healthcare organizations
  • Lisa Gelobter — Chief Digital Service Officer, US Department of Education
  • Lisa Kamm — Knitter, weaver, Product Manager @ Google
  • Liz Hara — Liz Hara is a writer, builder, and puppeteer living in New York. She currently writes and builds for Sesame Street, and loves dancing and candy.
  • Liz Fong-Jones — Liz is a Senior Site Reliability Engineer at Google and manages a team of SREs responsible for Google’s storage systems. She lives with her wife, metamour, and two Samoyeds in Brooklyn. In her spare time, she plays classical piano, leads an EVE Online alliance, and advocates for transgender rights.
  • Lœfty Walkowiak — Mild mannered software engineer by day, rapidly passionate horse archer… always. When I’m not practicing archery or riding my horse, I’m thinking about the practice of archery and horsemanship.
  • Lorena Mesa — Political analyst turned coder, Lorena Mesa is a Sprout Social platform software engineer, Director on the Python Software Foundation, PyLadies Chicago co-organizer, and Write/Speak/Code conference organizer. Lorena loves to make meaning out of data, asking big questions and using her code to build models to derive that meaning. Part Star Wars fanatic but mostly a Trekkie, Lorena abides by the motto to “live long and prosper”.
  • Louisa Chu — Reporter at Chicago Tribune, podcaster at Chewing, dogwalker in the wild.
  • Madelin Woods — Design Program Manager at Facebook; Ex: Square, IDEO.org. Artist, engineer, serial hobbyist.
  • Maggie King — transparency in analytics and unabashed hoosier. CEO @ CivicScape.
  • Mallory Bradford — I’m a stand up comedian, Googler, and Chicago native.
  • Marcin Wichary — Design lead/typographer at Medium in San Francisco. Ex Google. Ex Code for America. Wants to talk to you about keyboards.
  • Marcos Alcozer — Native Chicagoan / Technologist @ Intrinsic Schools / Obsessed with K – 12 education / Coder / Biker / Ravenclaw / #12
  • Mark Hayward — I love fun! I’m a comedian and man of many skills, mostly of the yo-yo/juggling/skill toy variety. I’ve been on national tv a few times. It was fun. When I’m not trying to be funny, I love to make hand-crank machines out of wood, and to consume science fiction.
  • Mark Achler — Incurable entrepreneur, VC Investor, teacher and hopeless optimist.
  • Martin McClellan — Co-founder of The Seattle Review of Books, author of California Four O’Clock, Senior UX Designer for Breaking News.
  • Mary Lazzeri — Digital Transformation Consultant at the White House. Interested in government digital services and data.
  • Mary Bauer — Head Brewer at Lagunitas Chicago. Making innovative, tasty brews and taking an American craft beer brand global. Passionate about Women in STEM and Pit Bulls.
  • Marya Spont-Lemus — Writer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator who lives and works on the South Side of Chicago. Professionally, work at UChicago’s Arts Incubator. Co-creator of @FrankenToy. ¡Anímate!
  • Mary Robinette Kowal — Mary Robinette Kowal is an SFF author (and a three time Hugo Award winner). She’s also a professional puppeteer and audiobook narrator. Collect typewriters and scotch.
  • Matt Mullenweg — Co-founder of the open-source blogging platform, WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder & CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Jetpack. Additionally, run Audrey Capital, an investment and research company.
  • Matt Hooks — designer/developer at tock & dime.io
  • Matt Maloney — I founded GrubHub and have been forging entrepreneurship in Chicago for 15 years.
  • Matt Godbolt — C++ bloke, online compiler writer, retro hardware afficionado, UK games industry escapee, Xoogler, now low-level hacker for a trading company.
  • Matt Shobe — Concerned citizen. Student of history, motoring, aviation, and free enterprise.
  • Matt Handley — Google engineer, who STILL makes google.com awesomer, usually. My wife and I are up to 30 temporary foster kids; ask me about the social fabric.
  • Matt Hansen — Googler, manager, software engineer, classic video gamer, ping ponger. Powering web search on all kinds of crazy devices.
  • Matt Cutts — For the last several months I’ve been working on improving government at the US Digital Service. I’ve also worked on webspam and search quality for Google.
  • Matthew Rothenberg — I make weird internet stuff (http://portfolio.mroth.info). Formerly head of product @flickr, now engineering&culture @khanacademy.
  • Matthew Weaver — weaver holds an unlimited, unrestricted master systems license. he’s fascinated in equal parts with complex systems & music. chronologically: RIT, measurement-factory.com, nedernet.net, production @ google.com, healthcare.gov rescue, rogue leader @ va.gov, usds.gov, dds.mil.
  • Matthew Brooks — I am at the helm of the Sofar Sounds (Songs From a Room) branch in Chicago, a secret music community committed to bringing the magic back to live music in intimate spaces around the world.
  • Max Temkin — Alumni of Vienna Beef’s Hot Dog University
  • Mekka Okereke — Engineering Leader, Google Play User Growth
    Founder, Project Lifesaver
  • Melissa Flynn — Executive Director of Green City Market, mom of three boys, wanna be climber, working to get edible education into schools.
  • MiAngel Cody — High Priestess in the Temple of Seditious Souls a/k/a federal criminal defense lawyer. MiAngel Cody founded the Decarceration Collective, a nonprofit law firm. From the courtroom, to the community, to congress, we solve problems and free people. Actually.
  • Michael Johnson — I’ve been at Pixar for 23 years, ever since I finished up my PhD in Computer Graphics & Animation at the MIT Media Lab. I am a very lucky person that has a cool job.
  • Michael Herf — Creator of f.lux and Picasa
  • Michael Slaby — Working on technology, politics, and saving the world in various combinations.
  • Michelle Levesque — Googler, lifts heavy things and puts them back down, plays videogames, carries bricks in a backpack.
  • Michi Trota — Michi Trota is the Managing Editor of the Hugo Award-winning and World Fantasy Award finalist Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the first Filipina Hugo Award winner. She is an essayist, public speaker, fire performance artist, and serves as President of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers.
  • Mig Reyes — Hello friends. Day: Design Lead @ Trunk Club. Night: President @ AIGA Chicago. 24/7: hungry.
  • Mike Loukides — VP of nothing in particular at O’Reilly. Play piano, do ham radio, ride bicycles, read lots of stuff.
  • Mike Kunselman — Founder and creator of Lincoln Fab Lab, a modern day shop class in a public high school, where students design, build, market, and sell products to fund the lab as well as their own projects, no matter how wild and crazy.
  • Mike Hakimi — father, business builder, farmer, blacksmith, heavy metal guitarist, car lover, explorer of the insanity of the human brain.
  • Mikey Dickerson —
  • Mikki Kendall — Writer, occasional feminist, co founder of Hood Feminism, hashtag wrangler, and general malcontent
  • Mito Habe-Evans — Video-Maker/Team-Runner at NPR/NPR Music. Nerd game enthusiast. Completely inexperienced but aspiring survivalist.
  • Mjumbe Poe — Urban technologist; Co-founder & CTO of FixList; formerly at City of Philadelphia, OpenPlans, 2011 Code for America fellow
  • Mo Stych — CS Specialist at Inventables and often the loudest person in the office. I like writing, raising chickens, surprises, avocados, and encouraging others to pursue their passions.
  • Moshe Tamssot — @Tamssot – innovator @ gmail .com – According to Fitz, I’m the living incarnation of Ferris Bueller (they’re both my heroes — you too, Zach!). ORD Camp changed my life. Founder, Monks of Invention, a social experiment in new business creation (join us for disORDer events, and Conclave/Ranch experiences in Austin). Founder, MakeItFor.Us, a service that gets anything made. Saving the Museum of Holography. Creating the Makery, the antithesis of a mall. Extreme Gardener & Beekeeper . Maker of Liquid Pig BBQ, an invitation only BBQ experience. Willing to try anything, three times. Let’s hang out and innovate 🙂
  • Nabeela Rasheed — Lawyer, biochemist, activist, Pakistani, British, American, Muslim, born to run, straining against the shackles of conformity but living it sparkly and large.
  • Nadim Audi — I work for a wine importer called Selection Massale. I sell natural wine to restaurants and bottle shops in Chicago.
  • Natalie Hogan — Board game innovator @Hasbro by day, non-profit arts & culture builder by night, weekend chainmaille maker.
  • Nathan Naze — Software engineer, Google (Search). Wisconsinite by birth and temperament. San Franciscan by residence.
  • Neal H. Patel — Class: Shaman. Alignment: Principled Good, INT 8, STR 6, WIS 8, CON 5, DEX 7, CHA 10. +3 vs melee, +2 on all rolls vs math, +1 to attack with hand to hand. Statistics 90%, Blacksmithing 40%, Archery 50%, Kung Fu 80%, Pinball 40%, Marksmanship 60%, Research 120%, Lockpicking 25%. Lucio, D.Va, Zenyatta main.
  • Nicholas Winstead — Nicholas Winstead is a 17-year-old visual artist with a passion for practical special effects makeup and masks. He owns his own business, NAW FX, and has worked for film, theater, haunted house attractions, workshops, and more. He studies visual arts as a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, and upon graduation he plans to move to Los Angeles and enter the effects industry.
    (Nick’s website: http://www.nawfxstudio.com)
  • Nick Brown — CEO & Founder @Glappitnova. I build diverse communities with extremely talented millennials around the world.
  • Nick Kokonas — Alinea / Roister / Next / The Aviary. CEO, Tock Inc.
    More art this year !! And more eating…
  • Nick Campbell — I help creative people find work that they love. Constantly Learning and trying to be 1% happier every month.
  • Nicole Montanye — Smashing together the worlds of food / tech / experiences is my day and community building with food as the tool is my passion.
  • Nicole Sharp — Aerospace engineer turned science communicator. Promoter of fluid dynamics on Tumblr and YouTube though my site FYFD, where I explain molasses floods, laser-safety-goggle-wearing parrots, fish swimming in microgravity, and much more.
  • Nikita Mikros — Cocreator of Killer Queen. CEO of BumbleBear Games, Ne’er–do–well, reformed arcade rat.
  • nikkya williams — Attorney, trademark attorney. With extensive knowledge of America’s premier party cities.
  • Nina Xoomsai — Interactive project manager. Bourbon drinker. Fried chicken enthusiast. Inventor of tater tot lasagna.
  • Nina Zakharenko — Nina is a pythonista with a love of clean code. Currently engineering @ venmo, formerly at reddit and meetup. When I’m not coding, I love to spend time in the outdoors skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and rock climbing from my home base in SLC, UT.
  • Nora Flanagan — A lifelong Chicagoan in my nineteenth year teaching high school English, I work with a range of student advocacy groups across the city to promote tolerance and combat racism, homophobia, and Islamophobia. I also play and coach roller derby, raise two sons, try to stay generally prepared for a zombie apocalypse, and still get out to see bands play when I can find a babysitter.
  • Odette Yousef — I’m a public radio journalist in Chicago. Interested in how we can use storytelling to build empathy. Also, origami.
  • Pam Daniels — Interdisciplinary design doer. Professor/designer in residence at Northwestern University. Believer in everyone’s capacity to imagine and create a better future.
  • Parisa Tabriz — Google Security Princess by day, cat lady by night.
  • Patrick Murray — I am a retired bagpipe maker from Chicago, with a background in mechanical engineering and filmmaking, who now makes a living writing code and complaining about things.
  • Paul Smith — CTO & co-founder of Ad Hoc, a company making better government software, for stuff like HealthCare.gov and Vets.gov.
  • Pete Tsai — Photograph and Technologist/Inventor that helps out with Photo Technology at the Chicago Tribune.
  • Peter Sagal — Host of “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me!” on NPR since 1998. Also writes things from time to time.
  • Phil Schwarz — Former CMO @ Tinder; now venture investor
  • Philip Preston —
  • Q. McCallum — Social scientist by accident. Applied historian on purpose. Data and technology by trade.  Bibliophile out of habit. Sometimes compared to an uptight, multilingual hotel manager (two out of three ain’t bad).
  • Quinn Heraty — Lawyer obsessed with commerce, media, tech, art, design, cultural histories, IP/fair use, and new things. Always learning.
  • Rachel Harsley — Engineer and PhD Student. Work in progress.
  • Radha Narayan — I debug people and write books about it. I also travel to odd places.
  • Rakesh Agrawal — Founder of SnapStream (how the Daily Show and a bunch of others gets TV clips), an investor in and lover of early stage companies, tech tinkerer and Montessori parent. Studied computer science and mechanical engineering at Rice University.
  • Raph Majma — I’m the director of the State Digital Service, an offshoot of the United States Digital Service at the State Department.
  • Ravi Singh — I love working on software that helps people in small ways that add up to huge changes. In that focus I have been blessed to meet amazing leaders and cofounders that are changing the world one process at a time and helping manage and change how parents work with and manage different illnesses.
  • Rayshauna Gray — Cambridge-based, Chicago born and raised (Roseland). Researcher at Tufts University, Cambridge Historical Society fellow, and Coordinator at Harvard Business School’s Gender Initiative. Lover of learnin’ and tasty sammiches.
  • Rebecca Lyon — Longtime and current working Chicago projectionist. Member of the analog only Chicago Film Society. Obsessive cataloger of things related film projection, including Celluloid Chicago (a weekly list of film on film screenings) the Analog Exhibitors Database.
  • Rebecca Weiss — Product Data Science for Firefox, lapsed academic
  • Renee DiResta — Founding team member at Haven – we fix container shipping to transform global trade. Also actively combating pseudoscience and extremism, and ushering in the post-post-truth era via Vaccinate California.
  • Richard Yoo — founder, “employee zero”, and former CEO of Rackspace and Serverbeach, now retired – exploring an endless list of hobbies, occasionally investing in and advising young companies
  • Robbie Q. Telfer — A professional performance poet and community organizer, Robbie Q. Telfer works at the Field Museum of Natural History to help conserve Chicagoland’s remaining wild spaces.
  • Robert Kaye — Robert is a devout open source hacker, cocktail robot maker, LED aficionado and chocolate instigator. Often sporting crazy multi-colored hair and weird bizarrely matched socks you often can spot him easily in a large crowd of people.
  • Karl Fogel — Author and consultant on managing open source software projects, and anti-monopoly activist generally.  @kfogel on Twitter and Identi.ca; not on Facebook at all.  Reachable via Signal and GPG / Keybase.
  • Robin Shostack — Engineering, excellence, execution, education, extraordinary excursions and at least a little excitement.
  • Robin Anil —Wrote code and talked to machines at Google, doing the same at Tock, Tackling the bias/variance tradeoff in data and life.
  • Sabrina Williams — Software engineer, currently working with USDS, former Googler. Specialty is developer productivity.
  • Sabrina Chap — Cabaret performer, songwriter, mental health activist, editor and full-on professional weirdo whose trigger emotion is schadenfreude.
  • Safia Abdalla — Safia writes code, loves open source, builds cool stuff, and runs a lot. Ask her to tell you a knock-knock joke.
  • Sam Greenspan — Managing Producer of 99% Invisible, a radio show about architecture and design based in Oakland, CA. Currently developing a new show that reports news from the future.
  • Samar Kaukab — Executive Director, Arete: A research accelerator at the University of Chicago; Writer & Advisory board member for AltMuslimah; Anti-sexual violence advocate, Board member Heart Women & Girls
  • Sandor Weisz — Sandor Weisz makes puzzles for a living. Which is a thing one can do, apparently.
  • Sarah Bell — Designer of Google search infrastructure (teaching an old dog new tricks since 2013). People manager. Language collector. Mandolin player. Tango dancer.
  • Sarah Hemberger — Designer at the Alinea Group and new-ish mom. Former creature texture painter for LucasFilm, cranking out Michael Bay movies. Recently moved to Chicago from Oakland.
  • Sarah Kuhn — Asian American superheroine. Writer of books, comics, scripts, bullet journal entries, and extremely detailed essays about Sailor Moon cosplay.
  • Sarah Otts — Scratch Teamer at the MIT Media Lab; newbie adult; disgruntled queer; I like to juggle, play trombone, and make bots, but usually not all at the same time
  • Sarah Bendix — I make puppets for opera and am a program coordinator/therapist in community mental health. In the business of looking for and understanding connection.
  • Sarah Becan — Comics artist, author, illustrator and designer, creator of “I Think You’re Sauceome”, and illustrator for “The Adventures of Fat Rice”
  • Sasha Neri — Lifelong Chicagoan, librarian, self-taught web/graphic/3d design, sci-fi, generalist & dabbler, always be learning
  • Sasha Laundy — Doing data science by day. Learning how to play basketball and grapple with the ethical implications of data science by night. Formerly: startups, teaching physics and neuroscience.
  • Saya Hillman — Head Cheese-It, Mac & Cheese Productions℠. Got fired, 12 years of blissful self-employment since. Sweaty TEDx speaker. Helps people reframe and reclaim adulthood; think adult recitals and adult summer camp. Lives a Life of Yes℠.
  • Scott Fetters — Co-Founder/Director of 2112, a business incubator focused on the development of start-ups in music, film, and entertainment technology.
  • Scott Robbin — Founder of Robbin & Co, partner at Blackbox, friend to many, and father to few.
  • Sean Chou — Tech nerd, dabbler, CEO/Co-founder of Catalytic, former CTO of SAP Fieldglass
  • Sean Bonner —Died tragically rescuing his family from the remains of a destroyed sinking battleship.
  • Shane Glynn — Former engineer and Google Fiber lawyer.  Worked on free WiFi in US Starbucks stores and LinkNYC.  Currently work on phones and WiFi hardware.
  • Sharon Burdett — Co-Owner / Designer at Strand Design, Co-Creator of Fourneau Oven, Lecturer in AIADO at SAIC, Co-Founder of LWD (League of Women Designers). Believer in the power of local manufacturing and fermented foods.
  • Shawn Smith — I want to delight and inspire people everywhere with my art and design. And ninjas. And my beard.
  • Shayna Swanson  — i’m making a new circus show about knives and 1990’s Riot Grrrrl. What’s the worst that could happen?
  • Sherry Lin — Moved solar lights and irrigation pumps by oxcart to 80% of rural Myanmar (Burma) at my last job, and launched Google News in 9 new languages as a passion project.
  • Siena Leslie — Co-founder of Habitica (https://habitica.com). Playwright and author of children’s stories for magazines such as Spider. Periodically designs crochet patterns of marine invertebrates.
  • Sisi Wei — Programming for investigative journalism at ProPublica. Just ran my first 5k. Plays too much League of Legends.
  • Spencer Tweedy — I play drums and work on music projects!
  • Stacy Lindau — Stacy is a practicing physician scientist at the University of Chicago, founder of NowPow, LLC and president of MAPSCorps, 501c3. Her passion is engineering solutions to injustice.
  • Stel Valavanis — serial entrepreneur, tech artist, angel investor, lover of all knowledge
  • Stephan Somogyi — Humanist. Builder of networks. Amateur geopolitician. Lapsed journalist. Translator. Trust, but verify.
  • Stephanie Pereira — I am an art school grad who worked in the nonprofit art sector for a decade before joining Kickstarter 5 years ago. Passionate about arts and culture, civil society and saving this dying planet.
  • Stephen Bernacki — Michigan alum living in Chicago for ten years, working in the business side of restaurants. Love sports, food, and games.
  • Steve Brown — HERE I GO AGAIN ON MY OWN / GOING DOWN THE ONLY ROAD I’VE EVER KNOWN / LIKE A DRIFTER I WAS BORN TO WALK ALONE
  • Steve Farsht — Co-Founder of Corazon Capital, a Chicago-based VC fund; Formerly a Deceased Debt Collector
  • Sumanth Shekar — Love to build stuff, Maker and DIY enthusiast. Mechanical Engineering student at UIC. And ROBOTS!
  • Sunah Suh — Data Engineer at Mozilla, formerly Etsy & startups. Chicagoan, remote work cheerleader, library school PhD dropout, angry dyke.
  • Tait Leswig — Prototype Engineer at Inventables, DIY audio fanatic and electric vehicle enthusiast
  • Tanene Allison — Communications strategist specialized in finding improbable windows of opportunity to win fights and create change.
  • Tanner Woodford — Clumsy optimist. Co-founder of the Chicago Design Museum. Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Tanya DePass — Founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming.   She’s lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone.  EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at conventions. Her writing appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Vice Gaming, Wiscon Chronicles, Paste Games and other publications.
  • Tara Tiger Brown — International Woman of Mystery. In my spare time I work on environmental technology and STEAM education. Founder Los Angeles Makerspace, KitHub, Connected Camps. Canadian. Vegan. Tinkerer. Animal Lover.
  • Thea Polancic — Leadership nerd. Founder of Conscious Capitalism Chicago, ClearSpace LLC and Tiara International. Passionate mom of an awesome boy and wife of a great guy. Lived all over the place. When in doubt, ask me about building tractors in Russia.
  • Theodore Hahn — Founder of Chicago-based Wrath of Hahn Sauce Co., karaoke obsessive, writer, voiceover artist, enthusiastic kitchen idiot (and food marketing drone)
  • Tiff Fehr — Web dev and assistant editor for The New York Times, responsible for much of our live coverage toolset.
  • Tim Hwang — Infrastructure enthusiast, bot researcher, technology public policy. Currently pitching a book on the film and TV history of the startup.
  • Tim Harris — game designer working on obsession in one minute @exilesgame. owner @alleycatcomics.
  • Tim Chang — Managing Director @ Mayfield Fund
    Bassist/Guitars/Vocals/Music Director for BlackMahal, Coverflow, RainbowParty
    Burner, Body Hacker, SpiritualTech enthusiast, TEDster, Board+VideoGamer, Graphic Novel Geek, and Big Kid at Heart
  • Timandra Harkness — I wrote a book, “Big Data: does size matter?” because I’m both thrilled by technology’s potential & worried about the shoes it’s asked to fill. I make BBC radio programmes about ideas that shape the future.
  • Timoni West — Principal designer at Unity, working on immersive tools in the Labs team. VR now, mobile before, web before that.
  • Tim “Toaster” Henderson — Toaster is a performance poet, teaching artist, visual artist and burrito eating champion. For real.
  • Tommy Maranges — The vaguely-creative behind Philosophy Bro and Secret Hitler. The way that Ron Swanson feels about Moby Dick is also the way I feel about Moby Dick.
  • Traci Johnson — Mom & Maker of quality kids programming BLUES CLUES, SUPER WHY, CREATIVE GALAXY….and voice of Blue, ” Ba BOW!”
  • Tricia Hersey-Patrick — Tricia is a poet,  performance artist, theologian, activist and nap lover. She is the founder of  Love Gangster Ministries – a community organization that empowers individuals through art and spirituality.
  • Valerie Aurora — Ally Skills expert looking to persuade and influence people in the era of Drumpf, currently studying fascism
  • Veronica Arreola — I’m a professional feminist, mom, and writer. After 20 years of working on women in STEM issues, I’m refocusing on Latin@s in STEM. I serve on the board of directors for Bitch Media, thus I am a pop culture junkie.
  • Vicky Hsu — Lawyer. Writer. Former trucker. Currently the cofounder and CEO of Habitica. I used to read encyclopedias for fun (and it shows, a little).
  • Victor Saad — I’m the Founder of Experience Institute, the author of Leap Year Project, the creator of Leap Kit, and a wannabe children’s book author.
  • Violet Forest — Violet Forest is a new-media artist and front-end developer. She is the co-founder of the cybertwee collective and online community, and currently freelances for design studios in Chicago. Her studio practice consists of experimenting with web art, creative coding, virtual reality, mobile apps, and the dark web. She graduated with her MFA in Art & Technology from SAIC in 2016. violetforest.com | cybertwee.net
  • Vivian Paulette — Formerly at the White House working on tech + policy and founding team of the United States Digital Service. What comes next is still TBD (open to ideas!). Care deeply about people, pets, and justice.
  • Walter Lefmann — Eclectic, professionally and personally — Physicist, technologist, security professional, manager. Scuba diver, dancer, choral singer (1st Tenor!), ren faire cosplay, NYC Auxiliary Police Sgt (ret.), community CERT. Came from a family of artists, married to a humanist (medieval German literature, library cataloger).
  • Will Smith — Enormous nerd. Host of The FOO Show. I like to make things.
  • Xyla Foxlin — CEO/Founder of Parihug, we make IoT teddy bears that let you hug loved ones from anywhere in the world. I’m also the host of Beauty and the Bolt on Youtube!
  • Yael Hochberg — Head of everything Entrepreneurship at Rice University, Managing Director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project; entrepreneurship researcher; lego enthusiast; tech geek.
  • Yo Abraham —
  • Yonatan Kogan — Software Engineer at Tock. GenderAvenger. Concerned Citizen.
  • Zach Kaplan — Founder of Inventables and ORD Camp

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