a Mobile Development Conference Discussing All Things User Experience and Design

  • The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner
  • Fri Apr 20, 2012
  • 8 AM - 6 PM
  • Register

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Keynote: Mark Rolston

Chief Creative Officer, Frog

San Francisco, CA

Business Week, Fast Company, Forbes, The New York Times, Technology Review and more...

As Chief Creative Officer, Mark Rolston is responsible for driving frog’s global creative vision. Working closely with the creative leadership team, Mr. Rolston orchestrates teams of strategists, technologists, designers, information architects, and analysts to produce groundbreaking work for Fortune 500 clientele. An early web pioneer, Mark co-founded frog’s digital media group in 1996, working with clients to leverage emerging technologies and setting the tone for user interface design and e-commerce platforms. He drove the creation of dell.com, marking the birth of the most profitable website on the Internet, and crafted the digital experience for i2, Microsoft, SAP, and Sun Microsystems, among others. Today, Mark focuses on the intersection of product, digital, and strategic design, pushing clients to offer truly convergent user experiences. His client roster has featured many of the world’s largest brands, including Disney, Ford, GE, HP, Microsoft, and Yahoo. Mark is an internationally recognized expert on digital media, user interface design, e-commerce, and mobile applications, and has been widely quoted in the press, including Business Week, Fast Company, Forbes, The New York Times, Technology Review, PC Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Mark is a member of the advisory board of the Emerging Communications (eComm) conference network.


Keynote: Jeff Bonforte

CEO at Xobni

San Francisco, CA

CNNMoney's 40 under 40: Ones to watch

Jeff Bonforte is the CEO of Xobni. He’s worked in email, voice and messaging for 15 years. Prior to joining Xobni in 2008, Bonforte was VP of Social Search at Yahoo!, where he ran Yahoo! Answers and Delicious. Jeff also ran Yahoo! Messenger and oversaw its move from #2 to #1 IM client in the US. Before Yahoo!, Jeff was President and Founder of Gizmo5, an innovator in VoIP that was purchased by Google in 2008. In 1997 Jeff founded and was the CEO of i-drive, the largest online storage tool of the time, with over 10mm monthly unique visitors.

Jeff earned his BA in Classical Civilizations He lives in San Francisco with his wife, son and dog.


Keynote: Mark Jamison

Managing Vice President, Digital Innovation Lab at Capital One

Washington, DC

Mark Jamison joined Capital One in 2011 to build and lead a Digital Innovation Lab focused on accelerating the firm’s enterprise digital imperative.  The Lab’s agenda has particular emphasis on exploration and demonstration of digital platform business models, big data analytics, emerging mobile and payments capabilities, and transformative digital banking.  With broad financial services general management experience, Mark has held a variety of leadership positions in the financial services industry including head of client experience and customer acquisition at Charles Schwab, general manager of retail banking services at Fidelity Investments, and most recently head of Schwab’s enterprise strategy and business development functions.


Josh Clark

Principal, Global Moxie

Brooklyn, NY

Bestselling author of "Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps" (O'Reilly, 2010)

Josh Clark is a designer specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. He’s author of “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps” (O’Reilly, 2010) and “Best iPhone Apps” (O’Reilly, 2009). Josh’s outfit Global Moxie offers consulting services, training, and product invention workshops to help creative organizations build tapworthy mobile apps and effective websites.

Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a management consultant at Monitor Group in Cambridge, Mass, and before that, a producer of national PBS programs at Boston’s WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the uberpopular “Couch-to-5K” (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)


Karen McGrane

Managing Partner, Bond Art & Science

New York, NY

Faculty member, MFA Program in Interaction Design at School of Visual Arts

If the internet is more awesome than it was in 1995, Karen would like to claim a very tiny piece of the credit. For more than 15 years Karen has helped create more usable digital products through the power of user experience design and content strategy. Today, as Managing Partner at Bond Art + Science, she develops web strategies and interaction designs for publishers, financial services firms, and healthcare companies.

Prior to starting Bond, Karen built the user-centered design practice at Razorfish in her role as VP and National Lead for User Experience. Karen is also on the faculty of the MFA in Interaction Design program at SVA in New York, where she teaches Design Management, which aims to teach students how to run successful projects, teams, and businesses.


Greg Flory

UEX Team, BottleRocket

Dallas, TX

Greg Flory is on the UEX team at Bottle Rocket Apps – a design and development shop that meticulously crafts branded experiences for clients big and small. He shows up early (most days) to create apps that serve users first and help brands uncover The FM. Hyper-interested in a lot of things, he increasingly appreciates the importance of focus: “The more I care about everything, the less I truly care about anything.”

Husband. Father of three. Believer in the improbable. Recovering marketer. Occasional Devil’s advocate. Graduate of Baylor University. Greg believes that we are all here to leave a mark and that inspiring and enabling people to do something is the highest and best use of design.


Ken Yarmosh

Founder, Savvy Apps

Reston, VA

Bestselling author of "App Savvy: Turning ideas into iPhone and iPad apps customers really want"

Ken Yarmosh is a nationally recognized mobile expert, the bestselling author of App Savvy (O’Reilly), and the creator of multiple award-winning mobile applications. He’s also the founder of savvy apps, a no-nonsense, boutique mobile agency based in the Washington, D.C. area that’s focused exclusively on building native mobile applications. When not nitpicking pixels, Ken speaks at venues such as Google and SXSW or more industry-specific events like CocoaHeads, iOSDevCamp, and 360iDev. His second book—which is all about mobile user experience—is expected to be released in mid to late 2012.


Barney Kirby

Director of Interactive Strategy, Marriott International

Washington, DC

Barney Kirby has worked in the Internet-Marketing/Product Development channel for over fifteen years, bringing with him a variety of cross-discipline skills, with a focus on user experience design and information architecture. At Marriott International, he defines user experience strategy for the digital touch point ecosystem. He serves as user experience product lead for mobile.


Steven Hoober

UX Architect, Cummins, Inc

Kansas City, MO

Author of "Designing Mobile Interfaces: Patterns for interactive design" (O'Reilly, 2011)

Steven Hoober has been documenting design process for all of his 15 year design career, and entered mobile full time in 2007 when he joined Little Springs Design. His work includes Designing by Drawing, the O’Reilly book Desiging Mobile Interfaces, templates for mobile design, and he frequently blogs on design and UX topics. Steven has led projects on security, account management, content distribution, and communications services for numerous products, from construction supplies to hospital recordkeeping. Steven’s mobile work has included design of browsers, e-readers, search, NFC, mobile banking, data communications, location, and OS overlays. Steven spent eight years at U.S. mobile operator Sprint, and has also worked with AT&T, Qualcomm, Samsung, Skyfire, Bitstream, VivoTech, The Weather Channel, Lowe’s, and Hallmark Cards.


Jon Schlegel

Founder, Optime Games

Washington, DC

Over 100 Million downloads to date

Jon Schlegel is the Founder and CEO of Optime Software, one of the leading developers of classic casual games for smartphones.  Prior to founding Optime Software, Jon served as a Product Manager for Roundbox, Inc., where he focused on mobile broadcast data applications, and as a high-tech sales and marketing consultant for McKinsey & Company.  Jon holds a BS in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, an MS in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Camellia George

Head of Mobile UX, WaPo Labs

Washington, DC

Over 11 million readers with WaPo Labs Social Reader in under six months

Camellia George leads interaction design for WaPo Labs, a digital innovation team inside the Washington Post Company. WaPo Labs’ Social Reader launched in late September and just hit 11 million users!

Camellia is a serial lab-rat. At Intel Labs she designed experiences for imagining the future of mobile money, and served as lead design-researcher for Powis which developed and launched photo books for a number of global partners. Camellia holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon, and an MFA and MA from California College of the Arts. She’s spoken on design and product development at Carnegie Mellon, California College of the Arts, the International Conference on Design Principles and Practices and at MoDev East.


David Robinson

Head of Mobile UX & Design AOL

Palo Alto, CA

TechCrunch, Engadget, Huffington Post, Editions

I used to drive around in a van playing music with a bunch of other really smelly punks, that’s when I got the tattoos. The music and community were great, the rigors of touring were not. Now I’m Head of Mobile UX and Design at AOL in Palo Alto making some pretty interesting stuff for Moviefone, Engadget, TechCrunch, Editions and more. Previously, I was called other names like, Chief Pixel Thief at Yahoo! I’ve also started up some stuff and sit on advisory boards for several startups. Also, even though we haven’t met, I’m pretty sure I’m going to think you’re a really great person.


Jon Arne Saeteras

Head of Innovation, MobileTech

Oslo, Norway

Inventor or the MobileTech platform now used in over 60 countries


Daniel Odio

CEO, Socialize

San Francisco, CA

Dan has been featured on CNN, CNBC, TLC, Forbes and the BBC.

I am CEO and co-founder of Socialize, Inc (previously PointAbout, Inc.), the fastest way to make any app social. // We launched AppMakr.com in 2010, a DIY platform that lets anyone make an iPhone, Android and Windows Phone app — no coding experience required.  I am a speaker & panelist on ways social media& mobile innovations are changing our lives.  // Before that I started DROdio Real Estate, Inc., AcceleratedServers.com, and I worked for GE in Latin America. // I graduated from U.Va’s McIntire School of Commerce and TJHSS&T.  // My brother Sam Odio is the creator of DivvyShot.com, a Y Combinator funded company which was acquired by Facebook. (Here’s a great article about us both moving West). // I am an ENTJ and I volunteer for NFTE.  //I love kiteboarding and I play my computer like an instrument (and you should too). // There are many things I want to do before I die.  // If you can beat the winning time in my F1 GeekSpeed challenge, I’ll send you a trophy.


Mark Gerl

Director of Mobile Development, Politico

Washington, DC

Mark Gerl is Director of Mobile Development for POLITICO, ABC7/WJLA, and NewsChannel8/TBD – a major publishing and media trifecta. Mark’s team is responsible for numerous successful mobile apps on three different platforms.

With Computer Science degrees from The University of Michigan and The George Washington University, Mark brings to MoDevUX over 25 years of customer-facing, cross-platform, commercial software development experience specializing in software architecture and user-interface design. After 15 years as a successful Software Engineer, Architect, and Consultant and the introduction of the Apple iPhone, he turned his passion to smartphone mobile development.

Read more of Mark’s bio from the POLITICO staff pages.

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Dave Wolf

Vice President of Strategy, Cynergy

Washington, DC

As Vice President of Strategy, Dave is responsible for driving thought leadership, vision and direction across each of Cynergy’s divisions. An avid and engaging speaker, Dave frequently presents at industry-leading conferences worldwide, as well as to key press and analysts.

In earlier lives, Dave held senior engineering and marketing management positions at major software corporations including Microsoft and Sybase. Officially based in Cynergy’s headquarters in DC, he is often on the road more than he is in the District, espousing Cynergy’s work, research and experience in designing and creating incredible software experiences. You can reach Dave at dave.wolf@cynergy.com


John Schmidt

Principal, Inventing Mostly

Washington, DC

Match.com, Sprint, The Motley Fool, Verizon, Qualcomm, Nextel, Toys ‘R Us and the US Department of Defense


Sze Wong

Founder, iFormBuilder

Herndon, VA

Flagship product is now used in over 80 countries after three years on the market.

Sze Wong is the CEO of Zerion Software, Inc. Since 1999, Mr. Wong has designed major mobile systems for companies like Sun MicroSystems and Shell Oil. Sze Wong founded Zerion Software in 2003 and created iFormBuilder in 2008. iFormBuilder is currently being used in over 80 counties and is the fastest growing mobile clipboard replacement solution on the market. iFormBuilder was the first data collection app to achieve US HIPAA compliance status on the Apple App Store.


Anthony Nyström

Director of Mobile & Emerging Technologies, Intridea

Washington, DC

Anthony is a forward-thinking, charismatic professional who loves technology and working with software teams who are building collaborative, cutting edge and disruptive web, mobile and desktop-based software focused on enabling, empowering and encouraging people to engage software technology.
He has years of specialized experience with software architecture (Mobile, App, Web, Enterprise) business analysis, functional & technical design, development, implementation, deployment, support, and management. He brings strong analysis, design and execution expertise in medical imaging, bioinformatics, scientific computing (computational-biology, genetics (computational genomics), cheminformatics and applied-mathematics), big data and semantic analysis to the team.
Overall, Anthony is a strategic thinker who considers the big picture before implementing a technical solution. He has been successful at translating business needs into flexible and adaptable technical solutions in both enterprise and startup environments. He has been responsible for designing and implementing complete web, desktop, mobile and enterprise based business solutions, including many first-to-market successes.
A father of 4 children, (3 girls and a boy all under 9 years of age), Anthony loves family life which has provided him with greater patience, empathy, and a tangible understanding of purpose.
Additionally, Anthony is a poly-instrumentalist / musician, was a violinist for The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and is a published poet.


Jurgen Altziebler

Managing Director of UX, Intridea

Washington, DC

Jurgen is a Webby award-winning interactive creative director and web architect for the ‘digital brand environment.’ At Intridea he exercises his skills planning and designing web & mobile applications, online communities and brand experiences for Intridea clients and products.

Jurgen came to the United States in 1996 from Austria to dig for digital gold in the silicon alleys of New York City. He co-founded SPALAB in 1999 designing next generation user interfaces for clients such as IBM Research, Sotheby’s, Motorola and successfully sold SPALAB to Siegel & Gale in 2000. Before coming to Intridea, Jurgen served as Interactive Experience/Creative Director at CoreBrand, Siegel & Gale and OVEN Digital in NYC. Jurgen has developed breakthrough solutions for American Express, AT&T, Cisco, ING, MasterCard, Microsoft, The National Children’s Museum, Pepsi, W3C, The Washington Redskins and The World Bank.


Saf Elmansour

VP of Marketing & Strategy for Evoca

Washington, DC

Saf Elmansour is VP of Marketing & Strategy for Evoca, having worked on three continents with industry-leading telecom firms and Fortune 500 companies, including Orange Telecom, General Motors, American Tower, and Qatar Telecom. He was responsible for introducing over 25 new products and services as well as designing and launching Kuwait’s first telecom customer loyalty program. Saf also led consumer marketing for General Motor’s Kuwait operations. Saf has managed relationships between his companies and major creative agencies (BBDO and Leo Burnett), media agencies (Impact Proximity, Zenith Optimedia, Starcom), and PR agencies (Hill & Knowlton). In 2000, Saf co-founded and launched Ketabook, the first online Maghreb (North-Western Africa) bookstore serving libraries and research institutions with clients including Oxford University, Georgetown University, and the Bibliothèque Nationale Française.  Saf earned his MBA in Marketing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is a Fulbright alumnus and active member of the Rotary International.  He is fluent in English, Arabic, French, Moroccan and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian. An avid traveler, published photographer, and a semi-pro DJ, Saf lives in Washington DC.


Cory Lebson

Founder, LebsonTech, LLC

Silver Spring, MD

President of the DC Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association

Cory has been involved in user experience since 1994 and with mobile UX since 2000. In the last two years, he has conducted a number of mobile usability studies and heuristic reviews of websites, apps and text messaging services. Cory is the Principal of Lebsontech LLC, a company focused on usability evaluation and training, is the President of the DC chapter of the Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA-DC) and is on the Board of Directors of UPA-International.


Jim Sabia

Director of User Experience and Design, AOL

Warrenton, VA

Creative Director with fifteen plus years of experience designing focused, relevant user experiences for interactive TV, desktop, web, and mobile applications. Expert in usability, workflows, wire framing, and visual design.


Olga Howard

Professional UX Designer

Fairfax, VA

Olga Howard is an independent consultant that helps guide firms in UX architecture including strategy, information architecture, and interaction design. In the last year she has focused on Mobile products and the future of mobility.

In her recent work Olga helped AARP with travel UX strategy and helped guide Marriott International’s Rewards program community strategy and product definition. In her previous work she helped MTV define their social network strategy and reputation economy and was instrumental in helping the Department of Defense define their technical information portal that serves all branches of the military.


Kevin Dubs

Founder, Loyal Curve

Washington, DC

Kevin Dubs is the Co-Founder & President of LoyalCurve, a web-based customer loyalty platform for merchants.  LoyalCurve provides a simple solution for businesses such as restaurants and spas to reward loyal customers.  Kevin is also the Co-Founder of Quotogram, an app allowing users to discover, organize, and share quotes online. In his past life as a govie, he worked closely with GovLoop, a social network startup for government and co-founded Rock Your Resume, an online community of government job seekers. Kevin graduated from James Madison University in 2009 with a major in Business Management, a minor in Psychology, and a concentration in Technology, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship.



CTO, TripLingo

Atlanta, GA

Pratik Patel is the CTO of Atlanta based TripLingo (http://www.triplingo.com/), a mobile and web app company developing language learning. TripLingo has been featured on the iOS, Android, and Nook stores a dozen times! Pratik wrote the first book on ‘enterprise Java’ in 1996, “Java Database Programming with JDBC.” He has also spoken at various conferences and participates in several local tech groups and startup groups. He’s in the startup world now and hacks iOS, Android, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Rails, and ….. well everything except Perl.

Pratik’s specialty is in large-scale applications for mission-critical and mobile applications use. He has designed and built applications in the retail, health care, financial services, and telecoms sectors. Pratik holds a master’s in Biomedical Engineering from UNC, has worked in places such as New York, London, and Hong Kong, and currently lives in Atlanta, GA.


Morgan Reed

Executive Director

Washington, DC

Morgan Reed is a highly sought after expert on the intersection of government and technology.   Beginning with a career in the ROC (Taiwan) and China, Morgan has dealt with foreign governments, telecommunications groups, software manufacturers and small business owners managing the core issues of innovation and IP.

In his role as Executive Director of ACT, Morgan specializes in issues including patents and copyrights in the digital age. His commentary and insight has been sought by the U.S. Senate High Tech Working Group, the U.S. Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property and Piracy, and the State Senate of California. Outside of government, Morgan has been called on as a technology expert for major news networks including ABC, CNN, CNBC and CBN.  He is consistently quoted in the trade and popular press, ranging from “National Journal” to “Slashdot”. Morgan also has a background in software development, contributing to several open source projects including the Linux Router Project (LEAF) and a few small “BSD” based projects.

Morgan’s latest work has focused on developing a culture of IP within entrepreneurial organizations worldwide.  Along with a team of venture capitalists, IP attorneys and successful businessmen, Morgan has lectured throughout the United States on the importance of treating IP as a key asset.  This “Innovators Network” has reached more than 500 small businesses and is growing daily.

Before coming to Washington, Morgan worked for a Taiwan-based trading company specializing in the manufacture of OEM products for the U.S. market. He served as managing director of North American sales, handling bilingual contract negotiation. During Morgan’s time abroad, he gave lectures in both English and Chinese on various aspects of U.S.-China trade, including building and maintaining long term partnerships in Asia. Morgan received his B.A in Political Science from Arizona State University and did graduate research in Chinese at the University of Utah and a Shi Ta University in Taiwan. He lives in Falls Church, VA with his wife, Alexandra and daughter Anwen.


Dr. Ahmed Bouzid

Head of Strategy & Innovation, Angel

Tyson's Corner, VA

Dr. Ahmed Bouzid is head of Product Strategy & Innovation at Angel. Ahmed has over 15 years of experience in the fields of Speech Automation and Natural Language Processing and has written extensively on Voice Automation and Voice User Interface design. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from The George Washington University, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, and a PhD in the Philosophy of Science, also from Virginia Tech. Ahmed is a co-inventor on several patents, awarded and pending, relating to Natural Language Processing, Speech Automation, and Mobility. Ahmed can be followed on twitter @Didou.


Prasanna Pererra

Mobility Product Manager, Angel

Columbia, MD

Prasanna Perera is the Mobility Product Manager for Angel. Prasanna has over a decade of experience in the software industry.  He now focuses on mobile and voice solutions.  Prasanna has several patents pending for the work that he has done in the mobile-voice space with regards to multi-modality.  With several successful mobile applications, both in the Apple App Store and Android Market under his belt, you will see Prasanna playing an active role in the mobile industry by giving presentations and writing blog posts. Prasanna has both an MBA and a Masters of Computers Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College.


Barg Upender

Founder and CEO, Mobomo

Potomac, MD

Barg is the founder and CEO of Mobomo, a global product development company that builds innovative mobile and web applications for entrepreneurs, enterprises, and federal government.  Barg spends much of his time and energy on the overall vision, strategic partnerships, lean product development, and company culture.  Barg enjoys “moving at the speed of thought” in bringing new products and companies to life.  He is a serial entrepreneur and investor.  He was named one of the top 100 Tech Titans by Washingtonian Magazine.  Barg is an alumnus of the MindShare CEO Network and enjoys mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs.  He received Masters in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.


Ken Fang

President, Mobomo

Bethesda, MD

Ken is the President of Mobomo and oversees the strategy and operations of the company. He works closely with clients to create mobile solutions to meet their strategic needs. He is adept at developing apps on all major mobile platforms including iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and mobile web. Mr. Fang is also the founder and Chairman of Altum, Inc. Altum is the market leader of enterprise grants management and performance management solutions for government and philanthropic organizations. Mr. Fang was recognized in 2009 by the Washington Business Journal as one of the Washington D.C. regions’ top minority business leaders. Prior to Altum, Mr. Fang worked at a number of technology companies including IBM, American Management Systems, the Applied Research Labs – Penn State, Broderbund Software, and D.C. Health and Company. His published works include educational software titles (French for Fun and Practice and Spanish for Fun and Practice) and articles in advanced computing technology (Neural network classification of laser welds from acoustical signals and “Trainable” fuzzy logic control of the laser process).


Brian Lacey

Creative Director, Mobomo

Potomac, MD

Brian Lacey is Creative Director at Mobomo.  Brian and his team are responsible for designing and building attractive mobile applications that are intuitive and easy-to-use.  Brian brings deep expertise in front-end design, Javascript, HTML5, and CSS.  Prior to Mobomo, Brian worked at Network Solutions where he managed a team that built webpage template designs for an enterprise class website builder.


Michael Jovel

UX/UI Designer

Baltimore, MD

Michael Jovel is an UI developer in the Baltimore/Washington area. Michael has worked on projects for the US Navy, University of Chicago, Progressive Insurance, Library of Congress and Univeristy of Maryland.


Andrew Duthie

Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Leesburg, VA

G. Andrew Duthie, aka devhammer, is the Developer Evangelist for Microsoft’s Mid-Atlantic States district, where he provides support and education for developers working with the .net development platform. In addition to his work with Microsoft, Andrew is the author of several books on ASP.NET and web development, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences from VSLive! and ASP.NET Connections, to Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC) and Tech-Ed. Andrew has been participating in the user group community since way back in 1997, when one of his co-workers dragged him out to the Internet Developers User Group in Tyson’s Corner, VA, and he’s been hooked ever since.

Andrew is also the creator and developer of [Community Megaphone](http://www.communitymegaphone.com/), a site designed for promoting and finding developer community events.

In addition to his work in software development, Andrew has enjoyed some recent forays into the world of hardware experimentation, including developing for [Kinect](http://devhammer.net/Tags/Kinect) and [.NET Gadgeteer](http://devhammer.net/Tags/.NET%20Gadgeteer), using his newly-formed hardware chops to do everything from blinking LEDs and making strange noises, to flying a helicopter with his bare hands.

Andrew can be reached through his blog at [http://devhammer.net/](http://devhammer.net/). You can also [follow Andrew on twitter](http://twitter.com/devhammer/).


Luke Luber

Mobile Design, mPortal

Washington, DC

Luke has bounced around in the world of design from large ad agencies, small print shops, and has run his own design business.  Luke has been involved in projects for large companies as well as creating logos for the pizza shop down the street.  Currently, Luke is a mobile design guru working with the largest US cable companies on designing experimental interfaces and user experiences for connected devices.


DP Venkatesh

Founder & CEO, mPortal

Washington, DC

D.P. Venkatesh has more than eighteen years experience in the telecommunicationsindustry across Wireless, Internet, and Media sectors. His roles have varied from executive management to strategic planning and business development. As CEO of mPortal, DP oversees all aspects of strategy, sales, and marketing for mPortal. Over the past eleven years, he has led the company through itsvarious growth stages.

Prior to founding mPortal, DP was with McKinsey & Company in their Hong Kong Office as part of their global Telecommunications Practice and worked with several leading global communication providers as a strategic consultant totheir Boards and Management teams.


John Whalen

Founder, Brilliant Experience

Bethesda, MD

John Whalen has a PhD in Cognitive Science with over 12 years of User-Centered Design experience. He currently leads Brilliant Experience - a fast-growing consultancy providing brilliant user experience design, mobile apps and information visualization.

John’s specialty is improving user experience using a mix of in-depth user study, business needs analysis, and expert knowledge of human vision, visual attention, memory and language.   He has experience (and great stories to tell from) working with Fortune 500 clients in the financial, healthcare, ecommerce and government verticals. Prior to consulting, John was an award winning teacher and Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCLA. John’s latest research interest is how mobile devices and persuasive design will change the user experience.


Tony Moura

UX Designer

Leesburg, VA

I have a 15 year history in asking “why do we do the things we do?” I’ve learned how to take the answers to that question and leverage them in my designs in order to bring great user experiences and drive business value. I’ve done work for such companies as Nokia, Ford, The FCC, The Library of Congress, The USPS, Wyndham World Wide and a few start-ups such as Canvas right here in DC. Building great user experiences isn’t about making it more complicated, but making it simpler.


Peter Shih

Director of Community

Southborough, MA

Peter is the Director of Community at uTest, overseeing the vetting, training and engagement of uTest’s global community of software testers. In his role, Peter interacts with thousands of software professionals – ranging from automated functional testers to usability experts, for web and desktop apps to mobile apps – with the goal of converting a crowd of diverse talent into a community of experts.

Prior to joining uTest, Peter served as Product Manager for a sound system modeling software at Bose. Before that, he was a Technical Marketing Analyst at The MathWorks and an Applications Engineer at Analog Devices. Peter earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, as well as an MBA in Marketing from Boston University.


Terry Ryan

Developer Evangelist, Adobe

Philadelphia, PA

Terry Ryan is a Developer Evangelist for Adobe. The job basically entails helping developers using Adobe technologies to be successful. His focus is on web and mobile technologies including expertise in both Flash and HTML. Previous to that, he spent a decade working in various technical roles at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Terry is also the author of Driving Technical Change, a Pragmatic Bookshelf title.  It’s about convincing reluctant co-workers to adopt new tools and ideas.

He blogs at http://terrenceryan.com/blog and is tpryan on Twitter.

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