InterLab 2011 includes four guest speakers, each of whom brings extensive experience to the Web development field.
Engaging, surprising, and inspiring, Derek Featherstone is an internationally-known authority on accessibility and web development, a highly-sought speaker, and published author. He is the founder of Further Ahead, a leading firm that delivers insightful and effective accessibility consulting to government agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, public utilities, and other private sector clients. Derek is the Group Lead for the influential Web Standards Project (WaSP) and he writes about accessibility at Simply Accessible.
Simon MacDonald is an Advisory Software Engineer in IBM's Emerging Internet Technologies Group. Simon has over fifteen years of development experience and has worked on a variety of projects including object oriented databases, police communication systems, speech recognition and unified messaging. His current focus is contributing to the open source PhoneGap project to enable developers to create cross platform mobile applications using Web technologies. Simon's been building web applications since the days they were written using shell scripts and he still has nightmares about those dark days.
If you've ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he's probably the most effective, knowledgeable communicator on the subject today. What you probably don't know is that he has guided the research agenda and built User Interface Engineering into the largest research organization of its kind in the world. He's been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term "usability" was ever associated with computers.
Jared spends his time working with the research teams at the company, helps clients understand how to solve their design problems, explains to reporters and industry analysts what the current state of design is all about, and is a top-rated speaker at more than 20 conferences every year. He is also the conference chair and keynote speaker at the annual User Interface Conference, is on the faculty of the Tufts University Gordon Institute, and manages to squeeze in a fair amount of writing time.
Cammie currently serves as a Senior Advisor and the Director of New Media and Citizen Engagement in the Office of New Media. Since joining the Department, Cammie has focused on opening up government and transforming the department's operations through new media and technology. Cammie has spearheaded innovation both in government and politics, leveraging new technology and digital communication practices.
Prior to joining the Energy Department, Cammie was Deputy Director for New Media at the White House where she played a pivotal role in creating and shaping the White House's first New Media department. Cammie managed a number of key programs and initiatives, including the development of online programs for offices within the Executive Office of the Program. Cammie came to the White House from the Obama-Biden Transition Project, also serving as Deputy New Media Director. During the 2008 Presidential Campaign, she served as the New Media Rapid Response Director for Obama for America.
Cammie attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where she graduated with distinction, and was also selected by her peers to the University of Washington's Student Hall of Fame. She is an alumnus of the New Organizing Institute (NOI), an online organizing forum for tech-savvy, progressive campaigners.
Cammie lives in Washington, DC with her fiancé Josh and two cats, Sam and Max. After having run several half-marathons, she's training for the full Marine Corps Marathon in October.