SXSW Interactive 2012 speakers

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Aaron Batalion

CTO/Co-Founder, LivingSocial

Husband, Geek, Entrepreneur, Aaron leads the long-term technical direction and day to day development of LivingSocial’s core products. Prior to LivingSocial, he was Architect at Revolution Health, and led development for Blockbuster's Online Subscription effort. Aaron holds degrees in Computer Science and Japanese from Lehigh University.

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Aaron Bramley

Co-Founder & Dir of Education/Comm, Lights Camera Help

I am Co-founder and Director of Communication/Education for Lights. Camera. Help. In this role, I'm responsible for conceptualizing the organization’s vision and working to see it through. I focus on communication, collaboration, nonprofits, video, social media and the bleeding edge technology behind these things. I learn, I teach, I share and I work to make the world, or at least a small part of it, a better place.

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Aaron Cope

Stamen Design

Aaron is Canadian by birth, American by descent, North American by experience et Montréalais au fond. Aaron was senior engineer at Flickr focusing on all things geo, machinetag and galleries related between 2004 and 2009. From 2009 to 2011 he was design technologist and Director of Inappropriate Project Names at Stamen Design where he created prettymaps. He is also on the advisory board of the Built Works Registry and currently serving as Director of Revolutionary Technologies for the Spinny Bar History Society. Once upon a time he was still a painter. Aaron's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art. He is a frequent speaker at the Museums and the Web conference and co-authored the paper "Imagining the Built Works Registry" with Christine Kuan. Aaron blogs at [thisisaaronland] and does not normally speak in the third person. Aaron likes to be nearby when anchovies are simmering in olive oil.

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Aaron Fulkerson

CEO, MindTouch Inc

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Aaron Haley

Owner, Austin Laser Art

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Aaron Koblin

Creative Dir, Google Inc

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Aaron Ogle

Fellow, Code for America

Aaron believes that software can be used to build for a better world, and he loves designing applications to make cities more livable, beautiful, and just. He is now a software developer at OpenPlans, a non-profit dedicated to making cities work better. Prior to OpenPlans, he was a fellow at Code for America where he partnered with the City of Philadelphia to build solutions to help foster civic engagement. He specializes in JavaScript and GIS development and has contributed to such applications as reroute.it, septa.mobi, changeby.us, walkshed.org, and phillystormwater.org.

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Aaron Parecki

Lead Developer, Geoloqi.com

Aaron Parecki is co-founder of Geoloqi, a powerful platform that lets developers easily build location-based apps and bring large datasets to life. In his free time, he enjoys geolocation, linguistics, and building home automation systems and IRC bots with a sense of humor. For the past 3+ years, he has been tracking and visualizing his location at 6-second intervals. His fascination with location sharing and GPS began at the age of 6, when he traced the routes of family road trips on a map with a highlighter.

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Aaron Pompei

Dir of Multimedia Strategy & Dev, Savannah College of Art and Design

Aaron Pompei has developed innovative approaches to the delivery of distance learning programs globally and in our community. He has demonstrated a capacity to rapidly adjust to the evolving nature of the field. Pompei has moved up through Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) from eLearning Analyst, Media Designer, Senior Media Designer, to Director of Multimedia Strategy and Development. In these roles he has worked with faculty, staff, and the community over the years in many capacities. His experience in live course support as well as in course development has given him an excellent perspective of the needs of online students and how SCAD can give them a fully-rounded academic experience. These needs directly impacted his direction as a media designer where he was able to create meaningful interactions for students. This access allows online education to reach beyond existing pedagogy. He is fostering a constructive learning environment full of ideas. Through his work on the Virtual Lecture Hall, a compilation of video from events and lectures, he has connected our community to a global education environment. With this, students, faculty and educators have access to be engaged and participate regardless of their location. This resources gives all SCAD students, faculty and staff 24/7 access to connecting with high caliber guests the university attracts, enabling them to learn from leaders and visionaries. This connection of educators allows education to evolve to something new. The Virtual Lecture Hall has been a great platform to many community outreach endeavors. Pompei recently implemented live streaming to the Virtual Lecture Hall to increase the delivery opportunities, access options, and audiences. This project now extends the impact of guest lecturers brought to Savannah to a greater audience beyond the boundaries of the hosting location. He has successfully implement this during many of the department hosted guest lectures, conferences, and speaker series over the last year. The service has also given the project the ability to extend its reach to mobile devices, our international audience, and improve overall production process to include aspects of communication through social media, reduced post-production overhead, and an improved streaming experience for students. This capability has been able to translate to many platforms of education. For example, he had significant impact in the community with COINs2010. Pompei was responsible for spearheading live streaming and open social media touch points for attendees at a distance and the public to interact with the conference. This effort was a success as speakers and attendees interacted directly with public and remote conference members through out the two-day conference synchronously through live video and chat. In collaboration with a highly talented group of Design Management graduate students he is taking on individual aspects of this project allowing it to grow further in features, service and content through student feedback and collaboration. Intentionally assembling this team of graduate students was an opportunity to extend the collaborative, evaluation and design thinking skills they are learning in their degree program to a real world project, which will impact them as well as their peers. Each team member has a specific area of responsibility with overlapping areas of interest leading many times to organic collaboration and bubbling up insights for decision making as a team. His mentoring in the community has had profound impact for students and their careers. Pompei has developed a new template that all our fully online courses utilize. The template leverages technology to allow accessibility and functionality. The template has been a benchmark for pushing our courses to the 21st century. As mobile increases, accessibility demands become increasingly important. The impact on education brings new opportunities for learning. The template will foster this. SCAD e-Learning’s courses and degree programs have set the standard for art and design distance education services and course development, and the college has received numerous awards in recognition of SCAD e-Learning. Pompei has been instrumental to accomplishing these goals as a higher education institution for art and design.

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Aaron Ray

Partner/Head of Digital, The Collective

Aaron Ray is a Partner in The Collective. He has worked at the highest levels in many different sectors of the entertainment industry. His experience includes the representation of film, television and music talent, Executive Producing, multi-media licensing, international media development, financing and sales, Producing, creation and exploitation of film franchises and intellectual property management. Aaron has successfully implemented all of his experience and knowledge into the digital space and is also leading The Collective‘s New Media efforts. Aaron came to The Collective in 2005 to create and maximize systems that would generate true assets within the company. Per The Collective’s vision, Aaron is also involved in strategies and platforms that leverage clients’ creative influence while maintaining ownership of their own content. Understanding and identifying the relationship between the consumer and the artist is a key to this success. Ultimately, all of The Collective’s clients will find their independence and options for success grow under this strategy. In addition to traditional client management, Ray oversees some of the largest and most powerful digital assets in the world including those of clients Linkin Park, Enrique Iglesias, Eddie Izzard, Slash, Big Boi, Plain White T’s and Staind. Not limited to existing communities or technologies, he is constantly developing new agendas in other areas of media consumption. Aaron continues his leadership and supervision as Chief Operating Officer of the world’s largest Horror destination, www.BloodyDisgusting.com – which was purchased as part of an ongoing acquisition strategy and is growing rapidly. Ray oversaw the launch of several “Number Ones” this year from best selling iPhone apps, singles, albums, tours, community management and aggregation systems on Facebook, YouTube and MySpace, international sales, branding deals and TV shows. Packaging together creative elements and structuring complex financial deals are among Aaron’s many strengths, as evidenced by the deal to re-launch the world’s largest story library, Time Inc. Studios.
Ray has Produced movies with Academy Award winning talent such as Harvey Keitel and Michael Douglas. Some of the other projects Aaron is currently involved with include the feature adaptation of Breaking The Bank (Producer), based off the popular article from Sports Illustrated Magazine. Ray is also producing the Broadway Musical version of the classic Bret Easton Ellis novel (and film) American Psycho, slated for 2012. In addition, Aaron also advises as the Chief Strategy Officer for RKO Pictures. Prior to joining The Collective, Aaron was the Founder and CEO of Nine Yards Entertainment, a production and management company that focused primarily on film and television development and managed the careers of notable actors and various award-winning writers and directors. Before launching Nine Yards Entertainment in 2001, Aaron served as Senior VP at The Firm. While at The Firm, Aaron managed clients ranging from multi platinum music clients, film, television and sports stars, while packaging and producing several projects including top-grossing franchise hits such as Big Momma’s House and Next Friday. Additionally, Aaron played a fundamental role with Michael Green in the identification, purchasing, repositioning and sale of the Pony apparel brand. Before joining The Firm, Aaron was Director of Development for Lynda Obst Productions, at FOX Studios. Aaron started his career at Gallin-Morey Associates.

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Aaron Shapiro

CEO, Huge Inc

Aaron Shapiro is CEO of Huge, a digital agency that helps companies reimagine how they interact with their customers and manage their business in the online economy. Shapiro has spent more than a decade as a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist and management consultant. This includes being founding CEO of Silverpop Systems, a leading email service provider, and starting a national magazine distributed by Time Warner. Shapiro frequently writes about the digital economy at www.aaronshapiro.com and for publications including The Huffington Post, MediaPost and Fast Company. He is the author of Users Not Customers: Who Really Determines the Success of Your Business. Shapiro was named one of Crain’s “40 under 40″ for 2011. Aaron Shapiro received his MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Harvard University. He lives in New York City with his wife Carolyn and two young children. Follow him on Twitter at @amshap.

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Aaron Straup Cope

Internet Typist

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Aaron Strout

Head of Location Based Mktg, WCG

Aaron is the head of location based marketing at integrated marketing agency, WCG. At WCG, Aaron not only focuses on helping customers with mobile marketing and location based marketing but also helps provide social voice for the company. In this role, Aaron continues with his speaking, blogging (recently syndicated on socialmediainformer.com), podcasting and social networking activities with an eye toward creating awareness and lead generation for WCG. Prior to joining WCG, Aaron spent time as the CMO of social media agency, Powered Inc., VP of social media at Mzinga and director of interactive at Fidelity Investments. In addition to his knowledge of the interactive and social media landscape, Aaron has more than 17 years of online marketing and advertising experience, with a strong background in integrated and online marketing. Last but not least, Aaron is also the co-author of the book, Location Based Marketing for Dummies (Wiley). http://amzn.to/lbm4d.

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Aasil Ahmad

Co-Founder, Votifi

Aasil Ahmad is a Fellow with Access, a global movement for digital freedom. Access uses cutting edge technologies to help people living behind the firewall, provides thought leadership on the new frontier of digital rights and mobilizes a global citizens’ movement in over 100 countries that advocates for internet freedom. Aasil is also co-founder and COO of Votifi.com, a mobile polling and analytics company that facilitates political exploration and peer-to-peer connections across political and social boundaries. Aasil’s expertise is in the intersection of technology and politics. He spent five years executing mobile and internet strategies to overcome media censorship and bias in undemocratic, authoritarian environments, particularly in Southeast Asia. At the time he was also co-founder of ElectionMall Malaysia, Southeast Asia’s first dedicated provider of software services for campaigns and elections. Aasil was a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco. He is an avid photographer and speaks Arabic, French, Italian and Urdu.

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Abby Klanecky

Dir, Digital & Social Media, Dow Chemical

As Director for Digital & Social Media at The Dow Chemical Company, Abby Klanecky is responsible for the digital & social transformation of the 100+ year-old Fortune 50 company. Her global vision is built upon more than 11 years leading digital & communications efforts for Dow within Europe, Asia and the US. Most recently, she pioneered the ground breaking FutureWeCreate.com series drawing together the world’s foremost thought leaders in water, sustainability, & resource management in an industry-first social collaboration effort.

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Abhi Nemani

Director of Strategy, Code for America

@codeforamerica, @civcoms, civic startups, design, etc

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Adam B Vary

Staff Writer, Entertainment Weekly

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Adam Baker

Founder, Man Vs Debt LLC

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Adam Bly

Founder, Visualizing.org

Adam Bly founded Seed, ScienceBlogs, and Visualizing.org, and is the editor of "Science is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science + Society" (HarperCollins). He has lectured at the World Economic Forum, The Museum of Modern Art, Harvard, MIT, The Royal Society, and the State Department on the future of science and its role in society. In 2007, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He began his career at the age of 16 as the youngest guest researcher at the National Research Council of Canada, where he spent three years studying the biochemistry of cancer. He now lives in New York.

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Adam Bosworth

CTO & Co-Founder, Keas

Built Quattro, Access, first Ajax engine in 96 for IE, XML, Google Calendar, Spreadsheets, and Google Health along with other overly technical endeavors. Started 3 companies, Analytica, Crossgain, and Keas. Decided to make a difference to the world in a positive way 10 years ago by focusing on improving the world's health. Busy writing code at Keas right now to do just that.

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Adam Broadway

Adobe Sr Prod Evangelist, Adobe Systems

Co-Founder of Business Catalyst, Adobe Evangelist and SMB Strategist. Passionate about helping web designers and business owners to define and refine their unique abilities so they can leverage the internet to build Online Businesses, Not Websites. Lover of Tech, outdoor Adventure and scheming elaborate practical jokes.

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Adam Brown

Exec Director, Social Media, Dell

Adam Brown is Executive Director, Social Media for Dell. In this role he leads the company’s global activities in online communities as well as strategy around new social media marketing, communications and social commerce initiatives across Dell’s consumer segments. Adam joined Dell in May 2010 after spending four years as Director of the Office of Digital and Social Media at The Coca-Cola Company. There, his teams led the development and management of the company’s corporate Web sites and blogs, employee portals, search engine activities and social media listening/engagement initiatives. While at Coke, Adam created the company’s first blog, developed its 4R social media strategy (review, respond, record, redirect) and spearheaded the development of the company’s social media guidelines, often seen as a standard for other CPG companies considering their foray into the digital space. Adam joined Coca-Cola in 2006 after spending eight years at global public relations agency Ketchum. While at Ketchum, Adam was Vice President and Director of eKetchum, Ketchum’s digital media development and viral marketing strategy group. During his eight years at Ketchum, Adam helped develop Web sites, intranets and other online communities for some of the world’s most prestigious and respected companies. His work has been the recipient of numerous awards including four PRSA Silver Anvil awards for work for clients Proctor & Gamble, Nokia and Novartis, as well as a National PRSA Best of Show award for Cox Communications. Previous to Ketchum, Adam was Creative Director at Web development firm What’s Up, Inc, and an Associate Director at advertising and ideation firm BrightHouse. Adam graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Communication, where he majored in Advertising.

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Adam Conner

Assoc Mgr for Policy, Facebook

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Adam DuVander

Exec Editor, ProgrammableWeb

Adam DuVander is the author of Map Scripting 101 and Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb, the leading resource for open Web APIs. He helps developers and decision makers navigate this new, connected web and covers popular platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google Maps. You can catch Adam speaking at many web industry events, such as O'Reilly's Web 2.0 and Where 2.0. In addition to writing and speaking, DuVander is also an active contributor to the open source mapping library, Mapstraction. Previously he wrote for Wired.com's web developer resource and dug deep into location data with Sperling's BestPlaces.

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Adam Edmunds

CEO, Allegiance Inc

Adam Edmunds directs the company's strategic vision to help customers use feedback data to predict trends in customer/employee satisfaction and to take action that will positively impact the bottom line. Adam has led Allegiance to become the 5th fastest-growing private software company in the U.S. according to Inc. Magazine, and a Software Magazine Top 10. Edmunds entrepreneurial path got an early start when he founded two companies while still in college. In 2009, he sold one of those companies, ethics reporting software company SilentWhistle, to industry leader Global Compliance. He also purchased feedback software company Inquisite in 2009. Edmunds has received recognition for entrepreneurship, including Utah Business Magazine's 40 Under 40, Connect Magazine's "Entrepreneurs to Watch", Brigham Young University's (BYU) Entrepreneur of the Year, and 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He holds a master's in accounting degree from BYU.

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Adam Erlebacher

VP Operations, Simple

Adam is the VP of Operations at Simple. Previously, Adam co-founded PlaceVine, a web-based advertising marketplace that was acquired in January 2011. Before PlaceVine, Adam was Director of Business Development at Colloquis (acquired by Microsoft), a developer of natural language software systems. Prior to joining Colloquis, Adam was a Senior Analyst at JPMorgan in the Leveraged Finance Group where he focused on technology, media, & telecom transactions. He received his B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Adam Frucci

Editor, Splitsider

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Adam Garone

Co-Founder & CEO, Movember

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Adam Gazzaley

Assoc Professor of Neurology, Physiology & Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco

Dr. Gazzaley is the founding director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the University of California, San Francisco, an Associate Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, and Principal Investigator of a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. His laboratory studies the neural mechanisms of perception, attention and memory in humans, with an emphasis on the impact of distraction and multitasking on these abilities. A major focus of his research has been on the alterations in the aging brain that lead to cognitive decline. His most recent studies explore how we can use this knowledge to enhance our cognitive abilities through the use of video games. Dr. Gazzaley has authored over 60 scientific articles, delivered over 200 invited presentations and his research and perspectives have been consistently profiled in high-impact media, such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Discover, PBS, NPR, CNN and NBC Nightly News.

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Adam Glickman

Founder, The IdeaLists

Adam Glickman is the founder of The IdeaLists, an online network that serves as matchmaker for creative talent and client needs. In a prior life, Adam was the founder of Tokion, an internationally-recognized magazine showcasing new and emerging artists. He grew the mag from a 2-color, 56-page zine to a full-color glossy title with offices in New York and Tokyo, a conference series, boutique retail shops and a documentary film production arm before selling the title in 2006.