Mozilla Festival 2013 speakers

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Al Shaw

developer / designer / reporter at ProPublica bio from Twitter

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Alasdair Allan

Scientist, Author, Hacker and Tinkerer, and co-founder of a startup working on fixing the Internet of Things.

He is the author of a number of books, and from time to time he also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things, or deploying sensors to measure them. He recently rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensors motes covering the entire of Moscone West during Google I/O. He's still recovering.

He sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him, or more frequently provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for MAKE magazine, and a contributor to the O'Reilly Radar.

A few years ago he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time. This caused several class action lawsuits and a U.S. Senate hearing. Several years on, he still isn't sure what to think about that.

Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes which, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2.

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Managing Consultant, The Creative Organisation; Lead Administator, MozillaWiki; opengeek

"Building collaboration across the open space" - how to improve collaboration and sharing among communities working in the areas of open access, open source, open data

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Andrew Sliwinski


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Anil Dash

Cofounder of ThinkUp

Anil Dash is the cofounder of ThinkUp, a new startup in New York City which is building an app that makes our time spent online more meaningful. Dash is also cofounder of Activate, a consultancy which helps companies at the intersection of technology and media. He is recognized as one of the earliest and most influential technologists in social media. Described as a "blogging pioneer" by the New Yorker, his site Dashes.com has been running continuously since 1999, acting as a platform for his activism and perspective on technology, policy, pop culture and media. Prior to his current work, Dash has been a columnist for Wired magazine, founded Expert Labs with backing from the MacArthur Foundation to encourage public engagement with lawmakers and the White House through use of social networks, and serves on the board of Stack Exchange and the New York Tech Meetup. Dash also advises a number of startups and non-profits, and takes advice from his wife Alaina Browne and his son Malcolm.

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ashley williams

Flatiron School/Code for America

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Ben Balter

GitHubber, Gov 2.0 Evangelist, Aspiring Attorney

Named one of the top 25 most influential people in government and technology and described by the US Chief Technology Officer as one of “the baddest of the badass innovators,” and by the White House Director of Digital Strategy as “lightning in a bottle,” Ben is a Government Evangelist at GitHub — the world’s largest software development network — where he leads the efforts to encourage adoption of open source, open data, and open government philosophies across all levels of government.

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Derek Willis


Derek Willis is an interactive developer with The New York Times, working mainly on political and election-related applications. He maintains The Times’ congressional and campaign finance data and contributes to other projects. Willis has worked at The Washington Post, The Center for Public Integrity, Congressional Quarterly and The Palm Beach Post. He lives in Silver Spring, Md., with his wife and daughter. More at thescoop.org.

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Jacqui Maher

Assistant Editor of Interactive News at The New York Times

Jacqui Maher was an early member of the New York Times' team of programmer/journalists on the Interactive News desk, starting in November 2009. Previously, she studied philosophy and mathematics at New York University. She worked at various companies in the Silicon Alley and Valley, London, Paris and elsewhere. Prior to joining the New York Times she was CTO of EastMedia Group in NYC.

A few years ago, she visited Africa, where she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and performed volunteer work in Malawi with Baobab Health. She helped develop an application for tablet touchscreens used by the local doctors and hospitals to monitor patient information, drug interaction, prescriptions and recharge times. "Doing this work made ​​me realize I wanted to work for the Times," Jacqui said in an interview in the New York Observer. "I wanted to work on something that I feel is important, not just on something like being a notice to an advertising site."

Jacqui's spoken at events in the US, Canada, Europe and Argentina. She's on Twitter @jacqui.

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Jessica Lord

GitHubber, Civic Hacker, Urbanist

Spreadsheets as databases, y'all.

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Justin Scott

Product Manager @ Mozilla

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Laura Hilliger

A thinker, learner, teacher, designer, writer, collaborator, dev, gardener, philosopher, backhoe driver...Work @greenpeace Alum @mozilla

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Margaret Leibovic

Firefox Engineer

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Waldo Jaquith

U.S. Open Data Institute

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Things with: @playfulartsfest @globalgamejam @wignl, @PlayfulCulture, indie games, performance, design, develop, tech, music, photography, curation & ... stuff.

Mozilla Festival 2013

England England, London

25th27th October 2013