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Susan has a Ph.D. in Psychology and over 30 years of experience as a behavioral psychologist. Her clients call her “The Brain Lady” because she applies research on brain science to predict, understand, and explain what motivates people and how they behave. Dr. Weinschenk is the author of several books, including How To Get People To Do Stuff, 100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People, and Neuro Web Design: What makes them click?
Dr. Weinschenk consults, teaches, and mentors individuals and teams on the design of websites, software, medical devices, TV ads, physical devices, experiences, and physical spaces to make them persuasive, usable and motivating. She writes a popular blog at theteamw.com, and also the Brain Wise: Work better, work smarter blog for Psychology Today.
Jon Burgerman (b. 1979, UK) is a purveyor of doodles. He is often credited and referenced as the leading figure in the popular 'Doodle' art style.
His work oscillates somewhere between fine art, urban art and pop-culture, using dry humour to reference and question his contemporary milieu. His is a pervasive and instantly recognisable aesthetic that exists across a multitude of forms including canvases, large scale murals (indoor and outside), sculpture, toys, apparel, design, print and people (as tattoos and temporary drawings).
Josh is a designer specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. He's the 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.)
Stefan Sagmeister formed the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. Having been nominated eight times he finally won two Grammies for the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne package designs. He also earned practically every important international design award.
Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. Before joining Microsoft's IEdev-team recently, he worked at Yahoo and was Developer Evangelist at Mozilla for quite some time.
Chris wrote and contributed to six books on web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more.
Marcin is a product designer at Medium. Previously, he was a fellow at Code for America and a user experience designer at Google, working with the Chrome, search, and homepage doodle teams. After hours, Marcin likes to photograph cities, research old technology, and force his friends to watch “Sneakers” over and over again.
Yesenia is a designer based out of Philadelphia, PA. She has created beautiful, functional design systems for clients like MTV, Zappos, and Iron Chef Jose Garces. She currently works at Intuitive Company, where her role spans design strategy, user experience, and graphic design. Previously, she was a Senior Designer at Happy Cog in Philadelphia.
Tim is an independent Web developer living in northern Wisconsin with his wife and their four children. He is the author of 'Implementing Responsive Design: Building sites for an anywhere, everywhere web' and was a contributing author for the Web Performance Daybook Volume 2 and Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design.
Katie is a designer at Sparkbox. She is the 2014 Net Awards Young Designer of the Year, a teacher for Girl Develop It, and a writer for various publications. She strongly values collaboration with her teammates, performance in design, and beautifully smart design systems. She loves her dog and iced coffee more than anything formerly mentioned.
Daniel Espeset is a Senior Software Engineer working on Etsy's Frontend Infrastructure team. He enjoys hacking on build processes and pursuing moon-shot experiments in code instrumentation and static analysis. If he were granted three wishes he would ask for window.onerror and the CSSOM to be CORS compliant, Apple to implement the Navigation Timing API and unlimited future wishes (obv). He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Garity and their two cats, Fannie and Cece.
Patrick Meenan has been working on web performance in one form or another for the last 14 years and is currently working on Chrome performance at Google. He created the popular open-source WebPagetest web performance measurement tool, runs the free instance of it at http://www.webpagetest.org and can frequently be found in the forums helping site owners understand and improve their website performance.
Andrew Clarke is an art director and web designer at the UK website design studio ‘Stuff and Nonsense.’ There he designs websites and applications for clients from around the world. Based in North Wales, Andrew’s also the author of two web design books, ‘Transcending CSS’ and ‘Hardboiled Web Design’ and is well known for his many conference presentations and over ten years of contributions to the web design industry. Jeffrey Zeldman once called him a “triple talented bastard.” If you know of Jeffrey, you’ll know how happy that made him.
Ann is an unemployed actress reduced to homelessness by the Great Depression. Rescued from the streets by filmmaker Carl Denham, she's been travelling with him to Skull Island aboard the tramp steamer S.S. Venture and met a love interest in the ship's first mate, Jack Driscoll.
Once on the island, she's been captured by natives who subsequently offered her as a sacrifice to Kong, whom they worship as a God. Despite Ann's sheer terror, Kong fell in love with her and took her to his home inside a massive cavern atop Skull Mountain. She's been rescued from the cavern by Driscoll and his comrades, only to be ruthlessly pursued back to the native village by an enraged Kong, who would stop at nothing to get her back. As a result, an intense battle ensued, culminating in the destruction of much of the village and ultimately, the gigantic ape's live capture. Currently Ann is an unemployed actress.
Can you guess who is going to be the Mystery Speaker?