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Current Speakers

We are currently in the process of adding our speakers. Thank you for all of the wonderful submissions. You will see currently confirmed speakers for fall soon, and we will be addig more speakers over the coming weeks. As with any conference, speakers are human beings and subject to illness or unforeseen circumstances that may cause changes in the line-up.

Jeremy Gordon is currently Director Mobile at Twitter. Jeremy joined Twitter through the acquisition of innovative visual mobile development platform maker Cabana, which he co-founded in 2009.

In a past life, Jeremy was co-founder and CEO/CTO of San Francisco based Secret Level, a console video game development company. Jeremy led Secret Level through multiple console generations and ultimately to a successful acquisition by SEGA in 2006 where Jeremy joined SEGA’s executive staff as CTO of SEGA Studios.

Michael is Head of Developer Marketing for Samsung Developers, Samsung’s developer-relations program based in the heart of Silicon Valley. A one-time developer, Michael is a frequent speaker at conferences such as CES, Mobile World Conference, IFA, Droidcon, Apps World, GDC, SXSW, TechCrunch Disrupt and more. In a previous life, Michael was a developer evangelist at HTC, and was involved at various times in development, product marketing, co-founding startups, tech show hosting, and even cruise-ship singing (don’t ask). Michael has a degree from UCLA and is thrilled to share his vision for Samsung Developers.

Marko Gargenta

Marko is as of recently the director of Twitter University. Prior to Twitter, Marko co­founded Marakana.com and is the developer of Marakana Android Training series. He has taught Android to 1,000+ developers at companies such as Cisco, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, HTC, Sharp, USDepartment of Defense and many others.

Marko is the author of Learning Android book published by O'Reilly Media. This book is based on Android Bootcamp and incorporates best learning practices for new developers to start creating applications for this exciting open source mobile platform.

Marko frequently speaks at conferences and events such as OSCON, AnDevCon, DroidCon, Android Builders Summit, IEEE, ACM, and many others. He lives in San Francisco Bay Area.

Aleksandar is as of recently a Technical Programs Manager on Twitter University. Prior to Twitter, Aleksandar co-founded Marakana.com and is the co-author of Marakana Android Internals and Security series as well as many other titles. He has taught Android, Java, and other open-source technologies to 1,000+ developers at companies such as Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, Apple, Cisco, Disney, SalesForce, US Department of Defense and many others.

Aleksandar is also the founder and co-organizer of San Francisco Android User Group (sfandroid.org) and San Francisco Java User Group (sfjug.org) each with 4000+ members. He is involved with many community-learning efforts.

Aleksandar frequently speaks at conferences and events such as AnDevCon, Android Builders Summit, Android Open, and many others. He holds a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Waterloo and lives in San Francisco Bay Area.

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Joe Marini is a Developer Advocate at Google on the Chrome team, and has worked in the web and software industries for more than 20 years. He was an original member of the Dreamweaver engineering team at Macromedia, and held prominent early roles in creating products such as QuarkXPress, Microsoft Expression Blend, mFactory’s mTropolis, and Extensis QX-Tools. He is regularly a featured speaker at industry conferences and has authored or co-authored several publications on web and software development. Prior to Google, Joe was responsible for the mobile web developer platform for Windows Phone 7 at Microsoft. His book, ""The Document Object Model"", was one of the first books on working with the DOM, and he regularly records educational material for Lynda.com.

Greg Nudelman is Mobile and Tablet Experience Strategist, Fortune 500 Advisor, Author/Speaker and CEO of DesignCaffeine, Inc. For over 15 years he has helped his clients eBay, WebEx, Wells Fargo, PayPal, Safeway, Cisco, Oracle, IBM, Associated Press and Groupon amass millions of satisfied customers. Internationally acclaimed design workshop leader, and accredited graduate course instructor, Greg authored Android Design Patterns: Interaction Design Solutions for Developers (Wiley, 2013), Designing Search: UX Strategies for eCommerce Success (Wiley, 2011), co-authored Smashing Mobile Book (2012) and contributed to half-dozen UX design books.

Simon Amarasingham is co-founder of dSonic, which has been providing audio - ie sound FX,music & voice-overs - for games for over 12 years now. The dSonic team has worked on well over 100 titles on many platforms, including AAA core games like the Bioshock series, & The Bureau:XCOM Declassified, along with a myriad of mobile and casual titles.

In addition to dSonic, Simon co-founded a 2nd company, The Adpative Music Factory, to create music games and apps. He is an active participant in the SF Bay Area game developer community, having helped put on events (e.g. for the Silicon Valley chapter of the International Game Developers Assn), and is an experienced speaker, having spoken at many game developer events over the past 8 or so years.

Dario is a developer evangelist and community leader based in NYC. He has experience in software development for mobile, embedded, web and enterprise. Among his various professional roles, he has worked as an Android Instructor, consultant, Java architect, author and entrepreneur. Dario leads the NYCJava JUG, and co-organizes both the NYC-GDG and the New York Android Developers Meetup. He also cofounded the skylight1 open-source Android project. Currently he's the senior developer evangelist for HTC.

Over the last year Saud has worked on upgrading the search experience in Twitter for Android including adding search view to the Action Bar and universal search results. From bringing search suggestions to the amazing photo grid of search results, Saud has worked with the designers to bring advanced search features in a mix of Twitter and Android design paradigm.

Before that Saud developed a generic call management library used to bring VoIP capabilities in various mobile devices including Android and iOS. Additionally he worked on porting the solution over to myriad of embedded platforms like radio gateways and call boxes.

Lien Tran Mamitsuka has been developing mobile apps since 2009 and has been working on Twitter for Android the last 2+ years. Prior to 2009, she was building web services and enterprise client/server desktop applications. She loves working on mobile products and seeing the products that she helped build out in the wild. Lien has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science from Santa Clara University

Sara has spent 4 years on Twitter's engineering team and is currently the technical lead on Vine for Android. Prior to Vine, Sara spent 2 years working on Twitter for Android. She manages Twitter's Women in Engineering group and is an advisor to Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization focused on inspiring young girls to pursue and stay in engineering fields. She also advises startups in Silicon Valley, New York City, and Toronto. Previous to Twitter, Sara interned at Google as a Software Engineer. Sara holds a degree in Software Engineering and Cognitive Science from the University of Waterloo.

Blake Meike is a passionate engineer, code poet and, as of very recently, a founding member of Twitter University. Before coming to Twitter, as an Android Evangelist for Open Source Trainers, Marakana, Blake taught nearly a thousand people the art of writing Android apps that aren't toys. He has more than 20 years of coding experience, most of it with Java, building systems as large as Amazon's massively scalable AutoScaling service and as small as a pre-Android OSS/Linux and Java based platform for cell-phones. He is co-author of O'Reilly's bestselling "Programming Android" and Wiley's soon to be released "Enterprise Android". He holds a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Dartmouth College and lives in San Francisco Bay Area.

Robert Schwentker is a payments technologist with 15+ years of experience as developer, and application development instructor. Currently he is developer & incubator relations at PayPal. Previously he developed components of Citigroup's International Audit Risk & Review system, designed & built apps for Mechanics Bank, and was developer evangelist at American Express.

Michael is the founder of EGR Software and in addition to providing consulting services he focuses on long-term R&D with several initiatives moving toward realization. A primary goal has always been to combine cutting-edge technical development with the arts. This led to an early and continuing fascination with large-scale spatial audio, further leading to a solid foundation in computer graphics out of a necessity to visualize 3D spatial concepts at hand. An ongoing initiative is to create an integrated software/hardware-based middleware platform called TyphonRT, which provides a modular cross-platform runtime and SDK for rich media app and custom hardware creation.

Michael has more than 20 years of software development experience, extending all the way back to 1992 when he first got online at the tail end of the BBS era and started programming with C making graphics demos. With the explosion of the Internet he next turned to Web programming and with a twist of fate at his first internship the summer before attending California Polytechnic University (SLO) for a Computer Science degree was tasked with investigating Java. Professionally, Michael has worked with Java since 1996 with an emphasis on client-side development using all the major graphics APIs starting with Netscape's IFC, Java2D/Swing, OpenGL/ES, all JDK versions, including all versions of the Android OS/SDK. In 2003, TyphonRT was born and continues today.

Kevin is a three time JavaOne Rock Star, Java Champion and VP of Engineering at just.me. just.me is a startup in the mobile and social space that is part of Google’s Startup Labs. Kevin has spoken at conferences such as JavaOne, Devoxx, JAX, Silicon Valley Code Camp, JAX, HTML5DevConf, NFJS SpringOne and AjaxWorld. Kevin is the co-author of Web 2.0 Fundamentals. In the past Kevin was an adjunct professor at the College of San Mateo. Kevin holds a MS and BS in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University. Kevin is the leader of the Silicon Valley Java User Group, Silicon Valley Google Developer Group and Silicon Valley JavaScript Meetup.

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Niv is co-founder at Takipi, a new start-up changing how developers debug systems at scale. Previously, Niv was principal engineer at Autodesk, where he led the delivery of the company’s first iOS version of its graphic-intensive AutoCAD flagship app, used by over 10M professional users. Following that, Niv was lead architect for the AutoCAD Android app, bringing it to over 70 device types. Before that, Niv served as a cyber security researcher at the IDF 8200 unit.

Christopher Price is the founder and CEO of Mobile Media Ventures, Inc. The team at MMV is building iConsole.tv, an upcoming Android-based gaming console, powered by an x86 processor. The iConsole.tv developer kit is quietly ranked as the most powerful Android device in production currently.

David Rosen is the ElectricAccelerator Product Manager at Electric Cloud. A seasoned technical generalist, David has experience defining, implementing and selling complex technical software solutions to leading Android device and chipset manufacturers around the world. David has prior speaking experience from many software development and embedded conferences, including DesignWest, Embedded World and ARM Symposium.

Michael Mace is Mobile Strategist at UserTesting.com. A longtime veteran of Silicon Valley, he co-founded two software startups, worked as an executive at Apple and Palm, and consulted on strategy and product planning to many of the tech industry’s leading firms. He’s a well-known tech industry speaker, with keynotes at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, speeches at conferences including CES and CTIA, and appearances on CNN, BBC, and Bloomberg News.

Michael was vice president of product planning and chief competitive officer at Palm, where he worked closely with app developers, network operators, and mobile phone manufacturers to plan for the future of mobile data. At Apple he held a variety of leadership positions, including director of Mac platform marketing, director of marketing for the Home and Education Division, and director of worldwide Customer & Competitive Analysis. He is the author of Map the Future, a book on planning strategy in fast-changing markets.

Start-up junkie: Mobile security focused for the past 10+ years. Founding member of LiteScape as CTO/CEO from 2004-2012, Co-founded PassBan in 2012, acquired by RSA in July 2013.

Jeff Newman a.k.a. The People's Recruiter, has been a Full Life Cycle IT Recruiter and Full Desk Placement expert for over 15 years. He prides himself on always making sure that what he is offering a candidate is an Opportunity and not just another job. He is always honest about the pluses and minuses and tries to not just be a recruiter but a career adviser. He is a Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist at Mobiquity in San Francisco. His column can be read @ http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/author/jeffrey-newman/.

Ash [Siamak Ashrafi] is a Bio-Computational Specialist at a biotech working on finding new cancer bio-markers, drug targets and contributing to publications in scientific journals. He has produced elegant solutions to complex problems which resulted in several issued patents. He competes (and sometimes wins) in coding competitions using social, mobile, cloud and web technologies. He enjoys presenting this work at various events. In his spare time he attends UCSF medical and Stanford surgical seminars. He is very happy with all this, but what he would really like is to get a major sponsor in all three phases of water. Snowboarding [solid H2O], Surfing [liquid H2O] & Kiteboarding [vapor H2O].

As Field Application Engineer, Joel Van Eenwyk brings over 8 years of experience in the games industry and is responsible for ensuring the success of projects, from pre-production to release for Havok’s customers world-wide. Joel has worked closely with a number of well-known studios, helping them maximize the potential of Havok’s technologies for online and console game development. Prior to joining Havok, Joel worked at Buzz Monkey Software where he worked as a graphics engineer, optimizing PS3 titles, integrating new gameplay features, and implementing tools to help improve existing pipelines. Joel holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.

Omar Siddiqui is the CEO and co-founder of Kiwi, a start up mobile entertainment company based in Palo Alto and founded in August 2011.

Prior to Kiwi, Omar served as the Vice President of Product and Executive Producer at Disney Playdom, building and leading the studio that produced a number of the company's social game hits including Gardens of Time, a top Facebook game in 2011. He also previously served as the CEO and founder of Trippert Labs, a top iOS developer with numerous Top 10 Free applications that was acquired by Playdom.

His prior work experience includes IDEO, Bain Capital, and McKinsey. Omar received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and an AB honors degree in Social Studies from Harvard College.

Nathan has been working professionally at early-stage startups for the past 10 years developing for web, mobile and desktop across many different products and platforms. He participates within the open-source community creating and maintaining several popular open-source libraries across web and mobile frameworks. He is been passionate about practical training, actively taking on mentorship roles both at work and within the community. Nathan graduated from University of California at Irvine with a degree in Computer Science (and Human Computer Interaction).

Tim is a co-founder of CodePath, an education startup offering iOS and Android training. Prior to that, he was the CTO of Miso, a Google Ventures startup that partnered with networks and cable companies to deliver synchronized mobile experiences for TV viewers. Prior to Miso, Tim worked in a few startups focused on embedded systems with applications in robotics and gene sequencing. Tim received a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Don is one of the engineers behind building and scaling Yelp's Android app to 10M+ users. He has a passion for making complicated interfaces simple, whether the interface is for the front-end user or for fellow developers. He's working on refactoring and simplifying the underlying models for the Yelp app. Prior to Yelp, Donald has worked at Facebook, Microsoft, and RIM (BlackBerry).

Tim is a co-founder of CodePath, an education startup offering iOS and Android training. Prior to that, he was the CTO of Miso, a Google Ventures startup that partnered with networks and cable companies to deliver synchronized mobile experiences for TV viewers. Prior to Miso, Tim worked in a few startups focused on embedded systems with applications in robotics and gene sequencing. Tim received a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Hacker-entrepreneur Yosun Chang always has cool stuff to show - her current hacks focus on creating innovative apps for new form factors - such as Google Glass. She started with web (LAMP) and Flash development in the late 90's (spent time in undergrad bioengineering and grad school in physics), twiddled with some crazy Shakespearean theatre things in a virtual world, and came back to reality, with iOS and Android development since 2009. She used to attend (and win) a lot of hackathons, but now shares her expertise with visionary 3D motion, VR, AR project contracting via Prototype48.com - while bootstrapping her real world computer vision augmented reality startup - AReality3D. Find some more of her hackathon hacks @ http://hacks.yosun.me

Alexander Davis is currently an Android developer at Airbnb, focusing on the new, in-house version recently released. You can read about it at http://nerds.airbnb.com/mobile-2/android-2/. Previously, he spent three years at Yelp, writing Android apps and serverside APIs for a 10+ million install audience.

Jouko Kaasila is a co-founder of Bitbar, the company behind Testdroid Android testing tools. He has more than 14 years of experience in mobile software from early mobile services through Smartphone operating systems to Android platform. He is a serial entrepreneur with strong passion to build and help others to build businesses around mobile technologies and he is always keen to exchange views and experiences in this field.

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