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Nick Bilton

Design Integration Editor, The New York Times; User Interface Specialist & Researcher, The New York Times Research & Development Lab


Nick Bilton is a Designer, User Interface Specialist, Technologist, Journalist, Hardware Hacker, etc. etc. Nick is currently the Design Integration Editor and User Interface Specialist at The New York Times and The Times R&D Lab. Outside The Times, Nick helped co-found NYCResistor, and is an Adjunct Professor at NYU in the Interactive Telecommunications Program. Bilton is currently working on a new book about the future of storytelling, technology and media. The book will illustrate the changing landscape taking place in newspapers, books, blogs, television, movies, technology and beyond. He will also explore the effects our byte sized culture is having on our brains -- looking at key research taking place in neuroscience and cognitive psychology.



Red Burns

Arts Professor; Tokyo Broadcasting Chair; Chair, ITP, New York University 


Red Burns is Chair of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Most recently, Professor Burns was an honoree at the Exploratorium’s 32nd Annual Awards Dinner honoring Women in Science, and in 2005 she was added to the New York Women in Communications, Inc. Matrix Hall of Fame, In 2004, she was honored with a Distinguished Leadership Award for achievement in technology from the New York Hall of Science and in 2002 was a recipient of the Chrysler Design Award. In addition, she has received a number of other awards including the 1997 Matrix Award (the first in the "New Media" category), and in 1998, the Crain's All-Stars Educator's Award, and the Mayor of New York's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology. She was also inducted into the Art Director Club's Hall of Fame in 1998 with the "Special Educator's Award." She has been listed on Richard Saul Wurman's "Who's Really Who 1000, The Most Creative Individuals in the USA 2002."  "Crain's" cited her as one of the "Top 100 People Who Will Shape New York." Interactive Week picked her as one of the "Top 25 Influential People on the Net," and she was named one of Newsweek's "50 for the Future," New York Magazine's "New York Cyber Sixty," Silicon Alley's 100 and "Crain's New York Business" listed her both as one of the 100 top leaders of New York's economy, as well as one of the top 100 most influential women in business


During the 1970's, as head of NYU's Alternate Media Center, she designed and directed a series of telecommunications projects including two-way television for and by senior citizens, telecommunications applications to serve the developmentally disabled, and one of the first Teletext field trials in the United States (at WETA in Washington, D.C.). She also created a CD-ROM on chaos theory.  This innovative research center set the stage for the creation of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU in 1979. She continues to research and teach, and is the Principal Investigator on two major research projects, funded by Intel and Microsoft.


Douglas Crockford

DHTML Evangelist Architect


Douglas Crockford is a product of our public education system. A registered voter, he owns his own car. He has developed office automation systems. He did research in games and music at Atari. He was Director of Technology at Lucasfilm. He was Director of New Media at Paramount. He was the founder and CEO of Electric Communities/Communities.com. He was founder and CTO of State Software, where he discovered JSON. He is now an architect at Yahoo! and the world's foremost living authority on JavaScript. In 2008, he published JavaScript: The Good Parts, the flagship title for Yahoo! Press, Yahoo!'s publishing partnership with O'Reilly Media.



Chad Dickerson

CTO, Etsy


Prior to Etsy, Chad was the Sr. Director of Advanced Products/Brickhouse at Yahoo! and before that, Sr. Director of the Yahoo! Developer Network. Around Yahoo!, Chad is remembered as the Father of Hack, because he started Hack Day internally before opening it up to the world with the first Open Hack Day from the Yahoo! Developer Network in fall 2006.


Prior to joining Yahoo! Chad served as CTO of InfoWorld and Salon.com, and held engineering and management positions at CNN, Sports Illustrated, and the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Chad holds a BA in English Literature from Duke University.




Srinija Srinivasan

Vice President, Editor in Chief, Yahoo! Inc.


Srinija Srinivasan guides the “voice of Yahoo!” throughout Yahoo!’s global online network. Since joining the company as its fifth employee in 1995, Srinivasan has led a range of editorial and policy functions, beginning with the organization and evolution of the Yahoo! directory. Today, her responsibilities include overseeing editorial and content standards across the network and directing policy issues including privacy and data use, youth safety, and accessibility.


Prior to joining Yahoo!, Srinivasan was involved with the Cyc Project, a ten-year artificial intelligence effort to build an immense database of human commonsense knowledge. She chairs the board of directors for SFJAZZ (sfjazz.org), and she was a 2000 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. She holds a B.S. with distinction from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems, and lives bicoastally in Palo Alto, CA and New York City.





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