WIPJam - MI Speakers
Jon Pielak, VP of Strategy and co-founder, Coil Group
Jon leads the charge for user experience and overall service and product strategy. In years past, he’s provided executive leadership for one of the leading digital interactive studios in the world today, and grown a UX studio from the ground up for one of the largest mobile agencies on the planet. Jon also spent ten years learning how to become a consultant and leader in Plante & Moran’s technology consulting group. His clients have included the CIA, Microsoft, Volkswagen and Bank of America.
Jon bridges the gap between technology and the user, with a grasp of the full spectrum. If you need an emerging technology pushed through all the corporate approval channels, you'll probably see Jon charging at the front line. He finds himself defending the user, and making sure they have a voice with the stakeholders. When he’s not growing Coil, he’s having fun with his three daughters, woodworking and attempting to travel whenever possible.
Jonathan Engelsma, Lead, GVSU Mobile Applications and Services Lab
Jonathan Engelsma leads the GVSU Mobile Applications and Services Lab. He is currently an Associate Professor in GVSU’s School of Computing. His research interests are in distributed and pervasive computing with a focus on mobile applications and services. Dr. Engelsma earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 1993. He has over two decades of industry experience, including 16 years in various research and development positions with Motorola. His blog and vita are available on themobilemontage.com.
Hans Dulimarta, Associate Professor , GVSU School of Computing.
Hans Dulimarta is an Associate Professor of GVSU School of Computing. His research interests are in computer graphics, computational geometry, and mobile applications. Dr. Dulimarta earned his Ph.D in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 1994. He was previously a faculty member of Jurusan Teknik Informatika, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia and a visiting faculty at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University.
Raj Singh, Founder and CEO, Tempo AI
Raj Singh is a mobile industry veteran having worked across the space over the past 12 years. Raj is the Founder and CEO of venture-backed Tempo AI focused on developing a day assistant. Tempo AI was spun-out of SRI (Stanford Research Institute) where Raj served as an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence). Previously, Raj was the founding Vice President of Business Development for Skyfire, a mobile browser that supports full Flash rendering. Prior to Skyfire, Raj co-founded venture-funded Veeker, NBC’s mobile video citizen journalism service and ToneThis, CNET’s top downloaded ringtone creation product.
Raj is a regular mobile writer and speaker including formal and guest blogging for GotoMobile, Venturebeat, O’reilly Emerging Telephony and VisionMobile. Raj is a mentor at 500 Startups and Founder Labs and has also made contributions to a number of mobile user and expert groups including the JCP, MMA and the Bluetooth SIG. For more information, please see www.rajansingh.com or email Raj at raj [@] tempo.ai
Jennifer Marsman, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft’s Developer and
Platform Evangelism Group
Jennifer eucates developers on Microsoft’s new technologies. In this role, Jennifer is a frequent speaker at software development conferences across the United States. In 2009, Jennifer was chosen as "Techie whose innovation will have the biggest impact" by X-OLOGY for her work with GiveCamps, a weekend-long event where developers code for charity. She has also received many honors from Microsoft, including the Central Region Top Contributor Award, Heartland District Top Contributor Award, DPE Community Evangelist Award, CPE Champion Award, MSUS Diversity & Inclusion Award, and Gold Club. Prior to becoming a Developer Evangelist, Jennifer was a software developer in Microsoft’s Natural Interactive Services division. In this role, she earned two patents for her work in search and data mining algorithms. Jennifer has also held positions with Ford Motor Company, National Instruments, and Soar Technology. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering and Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her graduate work specialized in artificial intelligence and computational theory. Jennifer blogs at http://blogs.msdn.com/jennifer and tweets at http://twitter.com/jennifermarsman.
Tom Chavez, Developer Evangelist, Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Tom recently joined the NOOK team and is focused around evangelizing the NOOK platform to the developer community at large. He loves working with developers, helping them bring their products to market by providing great tools, support, service and evangelism.
Tom has spent many years focused on developer relations and product management. He has worked with developers at a technical level, building these relationships and helping them excel on platforms. During his career Tom has worked at ACCESS (on products for Android), Apple Computer, Taligent, PalmSource, and Sun Microsystems.
Tom Anderson, Senior BlackBerry Developer Evangelist
Tom started his career in 1986 with Microsoft Corporation where he was a Program Manager on such products as Windows 3.11, Windows for Workgroups, Windows 95, and Internet Explorer. He was also the creator of the Windows Resource Kit which began that product line. In addition, Tom presented at many trade shows and gave technical presentations with the Microsoft Executive Staff. He left Microsoft in 1995 to form Three Points Consulting with Marianne Reid Anderson and Bob Taniguchi. Three Points focused on bringing the power of the emerging internet technology to everyday life. Tom’s innovative technology solutions played a key role in the successful acquisition of Three Points by TechRx. At TechRx, he acted in the role of CTO until it was acquired by NDC Health of Atlanta, Georgia. In 2004, Tom decided to become a High School Teacher as his primary method of giving back to the community. In 2005 he joined the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA CYBER) where he was awarded the Keystone Award for Innovative Use of Technology in the Class Room. During this time, he also earned a Master’s degree in Software Design through Capella University. In 2009, in addition to teaching, Tom returned to software development creating various web and mobile applications.
Sergio A. Bustamante II
Sergio A. Bustamante II is a long time veteran of the video game and entertainment software industry. Sergio has seen the many changes and evolutions that software and games have gone through from the PC, to consoles like the N64, Playstation 1, and Genesis to the platforms we all recognize today like the PS3, XBox360, Apple iOS Devices, Android Devices, and Facebook. Sergio is a true innovator and champion of creativity through ingenuity having refined his skills at top notch studios like Activision/Treyarch and EA/Tiburon. In the recent past he has overseen the launch of multiple titles on Facebook, Android devices, and iOS devices, one of them Amoebas Attack was featured by Apple this summer.
Sergio was instrumental in leveraging relationships in the video game industry and helped solidify and close relationships with great companies like Unity and Tapjoy. The last leading to two original games being developed, Gaslight and Amoebas Attack. His relationships with game publishers and developers is widely regarded.
Sergio is also an accomplished co-author of Producing Games. His book, published by Focal Press, can be found on Amazon and is a frequent best seller at the Game Developers Conference.
Carlo Longino, Director of Developer Marketing Services, Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP)
Carlo has been active in the mobile industry as a consultant, analyst, writer and blogger for more than 10 years, building online communities and helping companies with marketing and product strategy. Most recently, Carlo worked as a freelance consultant and writer while he completed an MBA; prior to that, he was Senior Analyst for Floor64, a Silicon Valley-based analyst firm, where he covered the mobile and fixed telecom industries. He also helped launch and spent five years running TheFeature.com, a thought leadership site owned by Nokia. Carlo is a well-known mobile blogger at MobHappy.com, and his writing has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Business 2.0 magazine and on Dow Jones Newswires.
Elgin Kim, National Director of Advertising, Slacker Radio
Elgin Kim, with more than 11 years in the mobile industry, has been involved in the mobile content and advertising business since the early days in the U.S. and currently serves as the National Director of Advertising for Slacker. Kim is responsible for all ad monetization and evangelizing the targeted reach and effectiveness of Slacker’s platform across the web, mobile, connected home, and automotive. With the focus on bringing success across the ecosystem, he is proving that cross platform marketing brings value to the consumer and advertiser. Prior to joining Slacker, Kim also has experience in other areas of the mobile ecosystem including interactive voice response, location based services, streaming mobile media, and mobile applications for supply chain management while working for companies such as Edmunds.com, Enpocket, GoTV Networks, and Nokia.
Bill Magnuson, Co-founder and CTO, Appboy
Bill Magnuson is the co-founder and CTO of Appboy, a customer relationship management platform for mobile app developers and marketers. As developed by Bill, Appboy’s SDK plus web dashboard enable mobile app owners to create and receive feedback from/market to user segments and provides individualized user insights, event monitoring, feedback forms, and marketing options.
Previously, Bill was a Software Developer at Bridgewater Associates and a Software Engineer at Google, where he worked on App Inventor for Android, later taken over by the MIT Media Lab. He was a winner of the 2011 TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon and a winner of the 2010 North American Debating Championship.
Originally from Minnesota, Bill holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS) and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Olivier Ricordel, Senior Manager LBS of DigitalGlobe
Product Expert in the Valley for more than a decade, Olivier has released white label Location Platforms, MRM solutions, Social solutions and Mobile Apps, while working at Autodesk, Oracle and startup Qipit. As an entrepreneur, Olivier also developed and released Sprinkle GPS for the iPhone, a social fitness tracking App that reached the Top 10 spot in many countries. Olivier is currently working at DigitalGlobe, the leader collecting high resolution aerial and satellite imagery for the largest local search engines (Baidu, Bing, Google, MapQuest, Nokia, Tencent and Yandex). He is focusing on growing the ecosystem of consumer brands that democratize the use of satellite imagery. Olivier graduated with an M.S. in Computer Science (Dipl. Ing) from the University of Technology of Compiegne, France.
Matthew Hovey, Sr. Architect, Innovation & Mobility, General Motors
Matt Hovey is currently the Innovation Architect and Principal Mobile Technologist at General Motors. He has led telematics and mobile technology teams in both Engineering and Information Technology domains, including OnStar’s Advance System Architecture team and GM’s Mobile Computing group. Matt has authored or managed several records of invention and patent applications, including OnStar’s next-generation over-the-air telematics protocol (US Patent #7881251). In his role of defining the mobile computing experience for one of the largest corporations in the world, Matt is actively engaged in shaping the future of mobility though working with executive leadership of major wireless providers, leading device manufactures and mobile platform suppliers.
Mike Skupny, Mobile Developer, Future Help Designs
Mike Skupny is a mobile developer with Future Help Designs focusing on both iOS and Android Development. His talents in game design and code help bring together interactive features on mobile apps. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Game Development Concentration and minor in Mathematics from Lawrence Technical University. His passions for games shows in the regular conferences he attends as a player and developer. His alter passion is helping others in which he has tutored many through the halls of LTU and continues to do so as he shares and presents with you today.
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