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“Designing Fast and Beautiful Maps” by Eric Gundersen @ Where 2012

Monday, April 9th, 2012

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Eric Gundersen gave this presentation at the Where 2012 Conference in San Francisco last week.

Eric coordinates product development for MapBox, the platform that let anyone make fast and beautiful maps and share them anywhere. He is passionate about open data and building open source data visualization tools that focus on speed and hot design. He’s also the co-founder of Development Seed, a creative data visualization team based in Washington, DC.

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“The Microwork Revolution” by Leila Janah @ Where 2012

Monday, April 9th, 2012

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Leila Janah gave this inspirational presentation at the Where 2012 Conference in San Francisco last week.

She is the founder of Samasource, a social business that connects over 550 women, youth, and refugees living in poverty to microwork — small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. Samasource was a winner in the Stanford Social Enterprise Challenge in 2008 and is a current grantee of the Rockefeller Foundation. In recognition of her work, Leila received the Rainer Arnhold Fellowship and has been invited to serve as a TED and Social Enterprise Institute Fellow. Janah is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship, technology, and international development at institutions including MIT, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, UC Berkeley, Columbia, and Harvard. Her work has been profiled by CBS, CNN, The New York Times, The New Scientist, and GOOD, and she is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Social Edge.

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Tim O’Reilly interviewed by Forbes Editor Jon Bruner

Monday, April 9th, 2012

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Tim O’Reilly and Jon Bruner talk about big data and location at Where 2012.

Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. Over the years, Tim has built a culture where sustainable innovation is a key tenet of business philosophy. His active engagement with technology communities both drives the company’s product development and informs its marketing.

Tim is on the board of Safari Books Online and is a partner in O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.

Tim graduated from Harvard College in 1975 with a B.A. cum laude in classics. His honors thesis explored the tension between mysticism and logic in Plato’s dialogues.

Interview with Brady Forrest @ Where 2012

Monday, April 9th, 2012

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Brady Forrest is Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Where and co-chair for Android Open . Additionally, he co-chaired the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and NYC. Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.

Here is his interview at the Where 2012 Conference held in San Francisco last week:


“Grassroots Mapping Flight Demo”, Mathew Lippincott & Stewart Long @ Where 2012

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

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Mathew Lippincott  and Stewart Long gave this presentation at the 2012 Where Conference in San Francisco this week.

Mathew Lippincott  and Stewart Long are founding members of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS).

Mathew is an artist and designer who has worked in technology education for eight years. He became involved in Grassroots Mapping through materials testing and the design of low-cost balloons and kites. In addition to developing flying machines, he supervises the production of kits and other materials. He is also a founder of Cloacina, Cewas startup. Cloacina is currently developing educational materials with ReCode:Oregon’s Ecological Sanitation Campaign andPNCA’s Collaborative Design MFA Program.

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“Dwolla: Ubiquity by Design”, Ben Milne @ Where 2012

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

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Ben Milne gave this presentation at the 2012 Where Conference in San Francisco this week.

Ben Milne is a payments outsider and founder of Dwolla, a new payment network based in the heart of the Silicon Prairie. The company continues to disrupt Visa and Mastercard by building useful and innovative online and mobile products on top of its open and low-cost payment network.

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“Location, Context, And Preferences: The Perfect Push Messaging Cocktail”, Scott Kveton @ Where 2012

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

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Scott Kveton gave this presentation at the 2012 Where Conference in San Francisco this week.

Scott brings 15 years of experience building technology, developing business strategy and leading engineering teams with companies like Amazon.com, Rulespace, JanRain and now Urban Airship. Urban Airship works with thousands of brands using their leading mobile messaging and monetization platform. Scott was the co-founder of the Open Source Lab helping open source projects like Mozilla, Linux, Apache, Drupal grow into mainstream usage. Scott was an active supporter of open web standards having co-founded the OpenID and Open Web Foundations. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

“Location, Social, and Mobile – The Key Foundations of a Marketplace Model”, Leah Busque @ Where 2012

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

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Leah Busque gave this presentation at the 2012 Where Conference in San Francisco this week.

A true visionary, Leah originated the phrase, “service networking,” a now industry-wide term describing the productive and service power of a web-based social networked community. In the fall of 2008, while trying to figure out how to juggle dinner out with her husband, Kevin, and buying dog food for her 100-pound yellow labrador retriever, Kobe, Leah’s flash of inspiration resulted in her registering the RunMyErrand.com domain name from her iPhone, and mapping the entire business model in her head prior to their meal. Eighteen months later, the company is flourishing, and has expanded and evolved into TaskRabbit.com.

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“Mapping Disease From Venice to Houston”, Thomas Goetz of Wired Magazine @ Where 2012

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

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Thomas Goetz gave this presentation at the 2012 Where Conference in San Francisco this week.

Thomas Goetz is the executive editor of WIRED Magazine, and author of the book The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine. Since Goetz joined WIRED in 2001, the magazine has been nominated for 23 National Magazine Awards and has won nine times, including the top award for General Excellence three times. His cover stories at WIRED have been selected for both the Best American Science Writing and the Best Technology Writing anthologies. Goetz holds a Master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

“When *Not* To Use Maps”, Noah Iliinsky @ Where 2012

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

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Noah Iliinsky gave this presentation at the 2012 Where Conference in San Francisco this week.

Noah Iliinsky is the co-author of Designing Data Visualizations and technical editor of, and a contributor to, Beautiful Visualization, published By O’Reilly Media.

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