Roger Black is a well-known American media designer who has worked on newspapers, magazines, and web sites around the world. Roger Black's success is a combination of effective design and technological insight. One of the earliest adopters of Web publishing, he made the successful transition from print to Web even as he expanded his 30-year reputation as a leading print and typography designer. He has created websites for the world's largest companies, including American Express, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, HBO, and many others.
The ubiquitous media maven who as chief art director visually defined Rolling Stone and Newsweek, Roger Black also served as chief art director of The New York Times and New York magazine.
Roger Black works from a small consulting firm in New York, Roger Black Studio. He is a founding partner in Danilo Black S.A. in Monterrey, Mexico, and the Font Bureau, both started in 1989. Roger Black and Jock Spivy founded Interactive Bureau, a strategic Internet design consultancy, in 1994. At Interactive Bureau, Roger Black led the creative team in producing sites for clients such as MSNBC, HBO, Barnes & Noble Online, Rogers Communication, and drugstore.com. From 1995 to 1997, Roger Black served as creative director for @Home Network, the leader in the field of broadband Internet access. Circle.com acquired Interactive Bureau in November 1999.
Before co-founding ToyTalk as CEO, Oren was an Entrepreneur in Residence at August Capital. A filmmaker and technologist, he spent more than 20 years at Pixar, most recently as Chief Technical Officer and Director of the Studio Tools group. His feature film credits include "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2", "A Bug's Life", and Supervising Technical Director for "Finding Nemo".
Oren also helped found Pixar University and taught animation at the Academy of Art College for seven years. Oren currently teaches "Lean Launchpad" courses with Steve Blank at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, and for the NSF. And Oren plans to drop all of this in a heartbeat to become a pro snowboarder the minute that first sponsor shows up.
An American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technical evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger. He is also the co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.
Kristen lives her life by the mantra " the road less traveled" and upon meeting the people at Dent knew she had found a home. As a long time invent new technology junky, who believes we are in a new Renaissance, she spends her time building brands, markets, and most importantly communties and thought leadership. She recently spent time as an EIR founder of Meshin in Xerox PARC. Today she heads marketing and alliances in Cogniance, a globally recognized product development consultancy who lives at the intersection of design and innovation technology. She has written for Forbes, Wall Street Journal and currently blogs for various technology outlets in her spare time.
Reshma Saujani is the Deputy Advocate for Special Initiatives at the New York City Office of the Public Advocate and the Executive Director of The Fund for Public Advocacy. Her role as Deputy Advocate and Executive Director is to promote civic engagement and government accountability while spearheading public projects that focus on citywide job and economic growth, small businesses, public empowerment, environment-friendly infrastructures, and social/technology innovations that vastly improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.
Reshma has worked to increase political participation among South Asian Americans and has volunteered with community organizations to register young voters across New York City. She has provided free legal counsel to immigrants in Queens, and her pro bono work as an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell included asylum cases to ensure representation for the most vulnerable defendants in New York City.
When it comes to mobile strategy and execution, Matt McKenna, Red Fish Media’s founder and president, continues to establish himself as a leader in the industry. He has propelled Red Fish Media to help clientele like Ralph Lauren establish themselves as 2009 Mobile Marketer of the year. His goal of dominating mobile marketing and application space is not just a lofty ambition, it’s a part of McKenna’s daily strategy. From politics to natural disaster relief, McKenna has overseen Red Fish Media’s diverse clientele through a multitude of successful campaigns.
Since the inception of Red Fish, McKenna has partnered with leading businesses, like Google, who turned to Red Fish Media’s services for its Zeitgeist conference. McKenna also helmed Red Fish Media’s involvement with Starbucks text-to-win trivia games. He is responsible for creating and powering programming that allowed the general public to text questions to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. And when disaster stuck, McKenna and Red Fish Media helped raise millions of dollars through mobile donations benefiting the Haitian relief effort, as well as helping educate the world on how to give via text.
From July 1997 to the present, Doug Rowan has served as President and CEO of Imaging Solutions Corporation, a Kirkland, Washington-based consulting company established to help companies plan strategy, find customers and identify funding for their digital content related products and services. This has included helping companies take their products to QVC and HSN. The focus over the past year on been on helping retailers, manufacturers and service providers reach “Today’s Mom” through social media, television and branding.
Previously, Doug was recruited by Bill Gates and served as President and CEO of Corbis Corporation from 1994 to 1997. At Corbis, Doug oversaw the acquisition of the Bettmann Archive, established the Corbis brand and migrated the Corbis business from off-line licensing and CD-ROMs to the current Corbis online licensing business. Before that, Doug’s experience includes serving in executive positions for AMPEX, MASSCOMP and IBM. Doug received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and an MBA from Cornell University. He serves on the Boards of several companies including the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine.
Buzz Bruggeman is one of the co-founders of ActiveWords. He graduated with honors from Coe College and from Duke University Law School. He runs all of the outward-facing aspects of ActiveWords, including marketing and partnering, and, as such, is responsible for evangelizing ActiveWords to everyone he meets.
Bruggeman has spoken at many tech industry events, has been on the advisory board of the Demo Conference, won a Demo god award, and has been featured in books by Dan Gillmor and Robert Scoble. Bruggeman has been a longtime participant in the startup and blogging community, and routinely speaks and consults on using new media tools to market and evangelize software.