People

Project Leads & Presenters

Amandine Le Pape
Founder, Matrix

Amandine is the co-founder of Matrix.org, a unique initiative aiming to democratise secure online communication and solve the problem of fragmentation in current Chat, VoIP and IoT technologies. Matrix hopes to create a new ecosystem that makes open real-time-communication as universal and interoperable as email, and brings the power back to the user on choosing who they trust with their data and how they want to communicate. It defines a new lightweight pragmatic open standard for federation/interoperability and releases open source reference implementations of the protocol. Amandine is also Head of Operation and Products for New Vector, the company behind Riot (https://riot.im), an open source, secure and interoperable collaboration tool built on Matrix. She previously set up and led product management for the Unified Communications line of business within Amdocs and has more than 10 years of experience in mobile services and telecommunications. Amandine has a degree in telecommunications engineering from Ecole Supérieure de Chimie, Physique et Electronique de Lyon as well as an EMBA from ESC Rennes.

 

 

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Andi Wong
Teaching Artist, Project Manager, ArtsEd4All

Andi Wong is a teaching artist who enjoys creating memorable experiences that build community. She serves as project coordinator for ArtsEd4All, an informal collective of educators, artists, scientists, civic institutions and community organizations based in San Francisco. As an Arts Manager at Internet Archive, her projects include the “We’re All in the Same Boat” parade for Bread & Puppet Theater’s 2015 West Coast tour, “Decentralized Origami” for the 2016 Decentralized Web Summit, and educational outreach for a new work commissioned by the Internet Archive, created with funding from a Hewlett Foundation 50 Arts Commission - DJ Spooky’s “Quantopia,” a multimedia hip hop concert experience about the history and exponential growth of the Internet, that  premiered in January of 2019.

Angelica B
Artist

Angelica is an artist, coder and yoga teacher. She works mostly online, balancing making stupid art with personal spiritual practices. You can find her at angblev.com

Arkadiy Kukarkin
Collaborations Coordinator, Protocol Labs

Arkadiy has worked on creating sustainable communities on the web for the past decade. He is currently the Collaborations Coordinator with Protocol Labs and advising Ampled, an artist support co-operative. Previously, he was the CTO at Mediachain Labs (acquired by Spotify in spring 2017) and worked on The Hype Machine, an influential music blog aggregator.

 

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Benedict Lau
Toronto Mesh & Hypha Worker Co-operative

Benedict is an engineer working on mobile software and mesh networks. He is a contributor and organizer at Toronto Mesh, currently focused on meshing with single-board computers and building deployment tools and literacy around peer-to-peer applications.

 

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Brandon Wallace
Co-Founder, PLAN Systems

As a USAF veteran and senior analyst, Brandon has lived and worked around the world contributing all-source analysis and executive level decision support; including deployments to OEF and OIF.  After serving with distinguished merit, Brandon went on to attend UT Austin, graduating with honors while engaging in cross-discipline studies (communications & environmental geography). As a small business owner & technology consultant, he specializes in information systems, multi-media production, developing organizational solutions, and geo-spatial planning. Brandon is Director and co-founder of PLAN Systems, with a mission to foster human communications and relationships.

Brewster Kahle
Founder, Internet Archive

A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet's first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to Amazon.com in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 38 petabytes of data - the books, Web pages, music, television, and software that form our cultural heritage, working with more than 1000 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.

He first called builders to "Lock the Web Open" using decentralized technologies in 2015, and continues to write about, experiment, cajole, and cheer on those creating decentralized systems we can trust.

 

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Bryan Newbold
Web Archiving Engineer, Internet Archive

Bryan finally joined the Archive in 2017 after spending more than a decade as an enthusiastic user of Wayback Machine. Over that same time period he climbed up and down the ladder of abstraction, obtaining an undergraduate degree in physics (at MIT), operating under-ice robots in Antarctica, developing open hardware lab instrumentation for large-scale brain probing (at LeafLabs), cataloging hundreds of millions of electronics components (at Octopart), and improved production service reliability at Stripe (a financial infrastructure start-up).

Bryan is a transplant from the East Coast and enjoys the road biking, large trees, generous salads, used book stores, and world-class tech non-profits found all around the Bay Area.

Daveed Benjamin
Founder/Visionkeeper, Bridgit

Since BS and MS in Engineering at Stanford, Daveed has had leadership roles in startups, nonprofits, and social enterprises in emergent fields. As a "Shift Shaper," his work focuses on collective wisdom and altering systems of consciousness for positive impact. Daveed worked on decentralization in early 2000s focusing on energy, food, and water and on building local economies. Now his focus is decentralizing linking and the web experience. As CEO and Visionkeeper of Bridgit, Daveed is building post-blockchain protocols that provide 360 context for any idea or object as well as discovery orders of magnitude faster than search. Author of first-of-its-kind augmented reality book,Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature. Daveed is an Active Dreaming teacher, a SoulCollage® Facilitator, a Green For All fellow, and Founder Gym graduate.

Dawn Walker
Hypha Worker Co-operative

Dawn Walker is a PhD student at the University of Toronto focused on participatory design tactics for grassroots environmental monitoring civic technologies. Based in Toronto, she has organized workshops on mesh networking and decentralized technologies with Toronto Mesh. As a member of EDGI and Data Together, she imagines possibilities for more just and resilient environmental and climate data.

 

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Dietrich Ayala
Ecosystem Growth Engineer, Protocol Labs

Dietrich Ayala is working on safeguarding the internet at Protocol Labs by turning browsers into true user agents, with technologies like IPFS.

Dietrich's first computer job was as webmaster at indie music label Sub Pop Records, doing anything and everything digital. He has since worked at small startups and also household names like McAfee and Yahoo. He spent 13 years working for internet freedom at Mozilla, the non-profit makers of Firefox. Before computerizing, he was a barista and chef.

Dietrich lives in San Francisco California at the moment, and spends a year in Asia every so often because that's where the internet is growing the most and where all of our devices come from. And the noodle soup is good.

 

Drew O’meara
Co-Founder, PLAN Systems

Once a U.S. nuclear submarine officer and a student of computer science at Cornell University, Drew has served as CTO of SoundSpectrum, an audio visualization software company that has shipped software for over 17 years, including licensing software to Apple Inc. and authoring U.S. patent 9971632. He specializes in the design and engineering of real-time 3D graphics, data visualization, computation, communications, and distributed systems. Drew is the Chief Engineer and co-founder of PLAN Systems, leading the development architecture of PLAN. He is a passionate advocate for community-centric FOSS technologies.

Duncan Krostue
Student of Marketing, Western Governors University

Duncan is an artist from Kalamazoo, Michigan who has recently traveled to NYC and Tokyo to meet with other cryptoartists in real life. After selling a tokenized print of an illustrated parody on stage at the actual first auction of visual art made for the blockchain, he became inspired to found artMuseum.io to be the world's first decentralized open-submission museum of cryptoart for any blockchain. 

As a direct result of being empowered by publishing in someone else’s system, this independent artist felt compelled to forge a collection of his own which is not as exclusive in theme but aims to reflect best practices in greater indologies of decentralization and consensus. Growing from the understanding for the root word of token being “to teach,” this telegram user assists artists all over the globe to participate in other the various community based cryptoart “games” which have launched in 2018. 

Having accrued enough reputation and body of knowledge from all the odd jobs which made this outlier specialized he was selected by EverdreamSoft to curate the Memorychain and OasisMining collections in Book of Orbs. He began with updating the two Japanese whitepapers into one solid plan, drawing an action plan together with other compatible projects.

As a curator this visionary has launched a word of mouth only cryptoarto collection whose mechanisms push the boundaries of experience by inverting most of the rules. As a student in Marketing at Western Governors University this entrepreneur learned that a successful endeavor is based on giving the market the service it needs. Contrary to all the tokenized games to be announced since mid-2017, his “Proof of Parody” offers a novel upgrade to the joystick battle genre.

Feross Aboukhadjeh
Founder, WebTorrent

Feross is building WebTorrent , the first torrent client that works on the web in the browser. He is bringing P2P to the masses with accessible, WebRTC-based P2P protocols.

 

 

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Finn Brunton
Author, "Digital Cash", New York University;

Finn Brunton (finnb.net) is the author of Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet (MIT Press, 2013), Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest with Helen Nissenbaum (MIT Press, 2015), Communication with Mercedes Bunz and Paula Bialski (University of Minnesota Press/Meson, 2019), and the newly released Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Technologists, and Utopians Who Created Cryptocurrency (Princeton University Press, 2019) along with numerous articles and papers.


In Digital Cash, Finn Brunton reveals how, since the 1920s, technological utopians and political radicals have turned to experimental money as they key to realizing their visions for the future: protecting privacy, bringing down governments, preparing for apocalypse, and launching a civilization of innovation and abundance that would make its creators immortal. This incredible story of the pioneers of cryptocurrency takes us from autonomous zones on the high seas to the world’s most valuable dump, from bank runs to idea coupons, from time travelers in a San Francisco bar to the pattern securing every twenty-dollar bill, and from marketplaces for dangerous secrets to a tank of frozen heads in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Hans Schoenburg
Developer Relations Engineer, Cosmos

Hans is hopeful that web tech can provide social prosthetics for a more just and sustainable world. He started in tech by founding an online gift economy and is curious to see where blockchains can take us. Hans is a developer relations engineer at Cosmos as well as a contributor to the Handshake project.

Irakli Gozalishvili
Research Engineer, Mozilla

Irakli Gozalishvili is Research Engineer at Mozilla interested in bringing decentralized technologies into world wide web. He believes internet can be a truly public resource, but only if it breaks free of corporate silos and views decentralization as an enabling technology for this. 

Iryna Nezhynska
Designer, Jolocom

Iryna Nezhynska is a designer specialising in design languages for digital products and visual communication for tech startups.

Previously a senior visual designer at Deloitte Digital and design team lead at Norwegian software agency Chimera Prime, she has recently moved to Berlin to join blockchain startup Jolocom.

Always being a “person from branding” she has been working in several industries - traditional advertising for local banks and industrial companies, digital publishing for international consumer and retail brands, software development for German fintech companies, brand experience design for insurance and financial corporations and, finally, back to software development - this time for decentralized web.

James Baicoianu
Principal Engineer, JanusVR

James spends most of his time making the web do things it was never intended for. A professional web developer, search engineer, and amateur game developer for 20 years, he's finally found a job which lets him combine the three, building virtual worlds for JanusVR.

Currently, he's working on pushing the boundaries of what browsers are expected to do by combining WebVR, WASM, emulation, and photogrammetry to build worlds which seamlessly blend real, historical, and virtual realities into one.

Jay Carpenter
Founder, Desert Blockchain LLC

Decentralized realms of naming, numbering, addressing and identity are my areas of expertise and interest.

Jay Graber
Engineer, Happening

Jay is a software developer with an interest in privacy and decentralization tech. She's currently at work on the Happening app.

 

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Jessica Watson Miller
Community, NEAR

Jess has led blockchain projects at Stream and THORChain since 2017. She ran a national Effective Altruism conference and has a Masters of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Joachim Lohkamp
Founder, Jolocom/Ouishare

Joachim Lohkamp is an entrepreneur and tech-enthusiast with a heart foractivism. As the founder of Jolocom, he has been working at the forefront of the decentralization movement in Berlin since 2014. With Jolocom, he is providing the identity solution that will enable real world use cases in smart contract based business models. To ultimately harvest this potential and inform innovation aimed regulation, he co-founded the German Blockchain Association (Bundesblock) that establishes the dialogue between blockchain businesses and politics. He is further active as an advisor for BlockchainHub, a decentralized Think Tank and as a Connector for OuiShare. Finally, you might find him as the Organizer of events like GetDecentralized, Decentralized Web Summit among others.

Joanna Antigone Nastos
Production Maven, Custom Camps

Born and raised in the metropolis of Athens, Greece, I grew up in a creative household and spent years exploring the arts from a performer standpoint. After I earned my BA in Art History I found myself in rock and roll where I learned about all areas of experience design in live music shows. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2012, I’ve expanded on my definition of what an event is and how we can collectively push the envelope to create the most unique and memorable experiences. I enjoy catering to the people who have no idea what we do and how crazy we must be to choose such a life.

From all aspects of idea creation, location scouting, entertainment, hospitality, and overall inventiveness, to manifesting and executing an event in a sustainable fashion and focused on safety, you could say that a) I’ve seen a lot but definitely not all and b) probably nothing scares me. I’ve also had more conversations about where I can rig an aerialist, if horses need to wear diapers or not, and if bath bombs will stain porcelain, than I’d care to mention. Ask me anything, I have stories and I tell them really well! (Although the NDAs I’ve signed won’t allow me to tell you whodunit.)

Juan Benet
Founder, IPFS

Juan Benet created IPFS, Filecoin, and other open source protocols. He is the founder of Protocol Labs, a company improving how the internet works. He studied Computer Science (Distributed Systems) at Stanford University. Juan is obsessed with Knowledge, Science, and Technology.

 

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Kaliya IdentityWoman Young
Founder, Identity Woman & Internet Identity Workshop

Kaliya Young, also known as “Identity Woman,” is an independent advocate for the rights and dignity of our digital selves. 

She is internationally recognized expert in the field of user-centric digital identity / self sovereign identity and personal data. The Internet Identity Workshop that she co-founded in 2005, twice a year brings together the largest concentration on the planet of talent dedicated to designing and building identity systems that empower individuals. In 2010 she founded the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium and serves as Thought Leader and Catalyst Emeritus.

 

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Karissa McKelvey
Director, Dat Foundation

Karissa McKelvey is an open source software developer, writer, project manager, and activist supporting an equitable web. She develops and maintains a wide variety of tools and services for Digital Democracy. She is also a board member of Code for Science and Society and a Director of the Dat Foundation. Formerly a data scientist, her work studying online political communication resulted in multiple peer-reviewed papers and press in outlets such as NPR and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to an experienced software and web developer, she leads teams to success with diverse projects in academia, non-profits, and industry. In her spare time she plays the trumpet and volunteers at The Debt Collective as a technology consultant.

 

 

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Kelsey Breseman
Archiving Coordinator, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative

I'm one of the leaders of the Tessel Project. I'm also a neural engineer, a lover of the woods, and an adventurer.

 

I'm currently writing a book, "Climate Change for Changemakers," exploring how engineers and entrepreneurs can get up to speed on fighting climate change. 

 

Some things I care about:

  • Community, transparency, and openness drive innovation.
  • It is important to work on things that contribute to a future you want– ideally with a majority of your time.
  • Living well includes breathing deeply, being outside, and going to sleep tired at the end of the day.
Mai Sutton
writer, digital commons steward, People's Open Network

Mai Ishikawa Sutton is a writer, digital commons activist, and freelance organizing consultant. She is a steward/community organizer with the People's Open Network, library assistant at the Oakland Public Library, and the Digital Commons Fellow with the Commons Network. Her writing focuses on intersections of human rights, solidarity economics, and digital commons. Formerly, she was the Community Engagement Manager at Shareable. Before that she was with the Electronic Frontier Foundation advocating for the public interest in international intellectual property policy.

Margaret Warren
Artist, Technologist, Founder, Image Snippets

Margaret Warren is an artist and technologist. She is the creator of the ImageSnippets, a system for describing images using linked data, semantic web and knowledge representation techniques. 

As an artist, Margaret creates works in 2D and 3D and installation pieces in multiple styles and mediums and has been actively involved in the arts since she was a child. She has been associated with numerous galleries in Northwest Florida and was a studio artist at First City Art Center in Pensacola, Florida for over 3 years and a program director and on the board of the Arts & Design Society in Fort Walton Beach for over 4 years. Her work has been shown and sold internationally and commissioned by clients. 

She is also a co-founding member of a collaborative art group called the Southeastern Art Players (SAP) that has been in existence for almost 10 years. Over the years, SAP has had many art ‘camps’, art parties and given many workshops and demonstrations of collaborative art ‘playing’. The work created by SAP is very different from any of the work that is created independently by any one member of the group and this has been one of the most rewarding realizations of the SAP experience. The SAP work has won awards, been purchased into the prestigious Cinco Banderas collection in Pensacola, Florida, used for an academic book cover and sold into collections all over the world.

Mark Nadal
Founder, GUN

Mark is a mathematician turned programmer. He runs a VC backed Open Source company and has traveled to 30 countries. The diverse cultures he has experienced fuels his passion for learning, sharing, and creating open technology freely for all.

 

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Mary Lou Jepsen
Founder & CEO, Openwater

Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen is the founder and CEO of Openwater, (https://www.openwater.cc/). Previously, she was Co-founder and CTO of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and a former executive at Facebook, Oculus, Google, and Intel.  Other highlights: former MIT Professor.  Founded 4 hardware companies. 250 published or issued patents.  TIME named her one of the hundred most influential people in the world. 

Her latest company, Openwater, aims to create an inexpensive, noninvasive, portable medical imaging device that rivals MRI quality imaging at a fraction of the price and size.

Matthew Schutte
Director of Communication, Holo
 

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Matthew Hodgson
Technical Lead, Matrix

Matthew Hodgson is technical co-founder of Matrix.org: a not-for-profit open source project focused on solving the problem of fragmentation in current Chat, VoIP and IoT technologies. By defining a new lightweight pragmatic open standard for federation/interoperability and releasing open source reference implementations, Matrix hopes to create a new ecosystem that makes open real-time-communication as universal and interoperable as email.

Matthew juggles Matrix with the roles of CEO and CTO of New Vector, the company behind Riot.im, the flagship collaboration app built on Matrix. Previously, as a technical lead at MX Telecom (acquired by Amdocs in 2010), Matthew designed & architected Amdocs’ next-generation Video/VoIP client and network infrastructure, and draws on his Internet background to rapidly deliver carrier-grade enhanced communication solutions to network operators. He has specialised in interactive video and telephony applications for over 16 years, including co-founding a digital marketing startup, and contracting roles at Accenture and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He has a BA in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Cambridge, and has lectured on VoIP at Imperial College London.

Matthew believes in the virtues of open collaboration. We live in an era where we can benefit very easily from cross-industry inputs to foster innovation and we don't make enough out of it. He wants to change the world to give access to communication and privacy to everyone while keeping the user's experience at the heart of every new product and leaving everyone the choice of their provider.

Mikey Williams
Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium

Mikey is working to solve group coordination problems. He's currently building peachcloud.org, a hosted Scuttlebutt pub-as-a-service platform. Every week in Wellington, New Zealand, he organizes arthack.nz, a local gathering to open space for creative energy.

https://dinosaur.is

 

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Mitra Ardron
Lead on Decentralized Web Project, Internet Archive

Mitra Ardron is the technical lead for the decentralization work at the Internet Archive. Apart from building a decentralized version of the archive he is interested in how we can build tools that can work across different decentralized architectures, and has built small libraries for naming and authentication.   Prior to the Archive, He co-founded the Association for Progressive Communications (apc.org), co-authored several internet standards, and was CTO on the first peer to peer video sharing system (which pioneered sharding and content addressing).  His passions include renewable energy (ran solar payment networks across Africa); and mentoring innovators working to make the world a better place. 

 

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Mix Irving
Scuttlebutt, Enspiral, Protozoa

Mix is a community gardener from the Scuttlebutt ecosystem - this involves cheering others on, helping connect rad people with resources, and crafting social patterns which will help us move closer to a solarpunk future. He's a practicing programmer, teacher, cooperative worker-owner, parent. Communities that he's helped grow, and have grown him  include : aotawhiti.school.nz , enspiral.comloomio.orgdevacademy.co.nz,  scuttlebutt.nz

Website: protozoa.nz

Talks: Embracing Subjectivity - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5K18XssVBg

Nicolás Pace
AlterMundi A.C

Nicolás Pace is a member of AlterMundi A.C., a grassroots organization supporting rural underserved communities in their pursue for creating their own telecommunications infrastructure, their own piece of internet. In doing so, Nicolas has traveled to more than 15 countries, getting to know most of the community networks out there, and getting to understand the diversity and complexity of the matter. One of the latest actions he has been undertaking has been working together with REDES A.C., a grassroots organization from Mexico in supporting first nation communities. Within AlterMundi he has also been involved in the Decentralized Repository of Culture, a P2P project that tries to find a way around the digital culture distribution, involving everyone in the process: creators, curators, enthusiasts.

 

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Paul Frazee
Co-Creator, Beaker Browser

Paul is the co-creator of the Beaker browser and an active contributor to the Dat protocol. Previously Paul helped found the Secure Scuttlebutt project, and has a history of working at small Web development agencies. He's here to talk about peer-to-peer computing and how the Web can become a live environment.

 

 

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Peter DePaulo
Developer Relations, NEAR

Peter is a product-focused engineer with over 7 years of experience in tech who has shipped code to millions of users with pharmaceutical oncology clients such as Pfizer, Merck, and Roche.

Peter Lu
@_kitchen, Developer, @ThunderProtocol

Peter is a cute developer among other things

pospi ·
Systems architect, developer & catalyst, Holochain REA Project

Pospi is a former web developer turned blockchain developer turned Holochain developer. His current engagement is HoloREA, a general-purpose resource accounting framework for complex value exchange which has origins in a 40-year body of work. He has a strong interest in ethical production and conscious consumerism, and previously created Everledger’s diamond provenance technology before working at the Ethereum development studio ConsenSys on a range of other blockchain projects. He left that industry in late 2018 after concluding that the profit motive would corrupt and subvert any good that might be achievable, and now dedicates his efforts to building digital commons & social fabric in ecosystems hoping to create viable alternatives to capitalism.

He is based on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, close to his great loves of rainforest creeks and sparsely populated beaches.

http://pospi.spadgos.com/

 

Robert Best
Data Analyst & Co-Intelligence Catalyst, Robert.Best

 

Robert Best is an open source web developer, researcher, and data analyst. His areas of interest are peer-to-peer technologies,collective intelligence, commoning, social entrepreneurship, and the future of work. Robert is currently in a transitional mode exploring new opportunities. Most recently he was working with Holo/Holochain: a software framework+platform for creating+hosting fully p2p applications that are both highly scalable, and cryptographically secured to be tamper proof. Prior to Holochain Robert was contributing to Metamaps: an open-source real-time collaborative concept-mapping web app.  

Rodney Witcher
VP Product, Wolk

Over the past two years, Rodney Witcher has worked at Wolk focusing on designing and building a protocol that will enable a world where users wrest control of their data away from the big corporations and regain autonomy over their online presence and activity. Rodney's background lies in building large scale applications, honing his skills as an engineer, product designer and dot connector most recently as a co-founder of CrossChannel, a mobile and social advertising company, and previously at a number of companies as a software engineer. Rodney lives in the Bay Area and enjoys spending quality time with his wife Courtney and son Shaw.

Ross Shulman
Open Technology Institute, Co-director

 

Ross Schulman is a co-director of the Cybersecurity Initiative and senior policy counsel at New America’s Open Technology Institute where he focuses on cybersecurity, encryption, surveillance, and Internet governance. Prior to joining OTI, Ross worked for Google in Mountain View, California. Ross has also worked at the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and on Capitol Hill for Senators Wyden and Feingold. Ross earned his juris doctor magna cum laude from Washington College of Law at American University and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brandeis University.

 

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Samuel Suh, JD
Cofounder, Archon

Sam has a background in coding, management, marketing, and law. He also runs several active communities, both online and offline, moderating chats, organizing meetups, hackathons, and conferences. 

Shokunin .
Epona

Shokunin is the founder of Permaweb.io and the IPFS Discord. He is building the first suite of consumer apps on top of the IPFS stack. 

Sourabh Niyogi
CEO, Wolk

I have been leading Wolk protocol development for the decentralized web since 2017.  Over the last 20 years, I cofounded and ran mobile and social advertising businesses CrossChannel and Social Media Networks and did computational cognitive science, linguistics and machine vision research at MIT in the 90s and early 2000s. I live with a wife, 2 kids and 2 dogs in Burlingame, California.

Stefan Thomas
Founder, President, Coil

Stefan is the Founder and President of Coil, a San Francisco based startup that wants to create a better business model for the Web. Prior to Coil, Stefan was a prominent figure in the blockchain movement. As an early Bitcoin contributor, he produced the popular “What is Bitcoin?” video, introducing millions of users to Bitcoin and created BitcoinJS, the first implementation of Bitcoin cryptography in the browser. As CTO and one of the first employees at Ripple, Stefan built new protocols for cross-border payments, now used by banks all over the world. He has also worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop Mojaloop, an open-source national payment switch that connects mobile wallets in developing markets.

 

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Tracey Jaquith
founding engineer and system architect, Internet Archive

Tracey Jaquith is a founding engineer and system architect for Internet Archive since 1996, writing multi-threaded servers, crawlers, and more. She wrote the “what’s related” services that ultimately led to Alexa Internet’s acquisition by Amazon. An inventor with two patents, she is the Archive’s longest tenured employee after founder, Brewster Kahle.

In 2000, Jaquith left for four years to be the technical lead and founding engineer at a financial startup focusing on more efficiently trading convertible bonds.

Recently, Jaquith rewrote Internet Archive’s TV recording system as an open source single server system, capable of preserving 75 simultaneous 24×7 channels, and developed the Television Archive’s “full stack” first and second versions. For more than a decade, Jaquith held primary responsibility for archive.org and its full stack infrastructure, later launching a fully responsive “Version 2” of the archive.org website —migrating to jQuery, bootstrap, LESS, modern faceting, ElasticSearch, postgreSQL and more. She is leading the core infrastructure migration to Docker for archive.org’s in-house AWS and S3-like system. Open Libraries services will rest upon the infrastructure Jaquith is designing.

Jaquith’s first job was at Xerox PARC, writing core low-level C-language image processing and comparison algorithms using novel computational geometry based on research from her Master’s degree. 

Jaquith holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Cornell University where she focused on machine vision, robotics and mathematics. Jaquith presents at conferences (Demuxed 2016, MozFest) and is a regular guest lecturer at colleges about news and broadcast technologies.

Trav Fryer
Internet Gardener, Independent Artist

Trav Fryer is a computer guy. Trav Fryer does computer stuff. Trav Fryer likes plants and reducing waste. A great way to reduce waste is to mend your own clothes. It adds character to see a visible mend. And things with character are more loved by those who use them and thusly less likely to be buried in a landfill. Mottainai is a Japanese word which roughly translates to, "too good to waste". Trav thinks that's a pretty solid philosophy with which to see the the things in the world.

Vlad Grichina
Engineer, NEAR

Vlad started his career as a professional TopCoder competitor and worked on mobile apps since 2009. He founded a 15 person mobile dev company and worked 3 years at Google on the Play Store.

TopCoder Open Finalist (2006)

Wendy Hanamura
Director of Partnerships, Internet Archive

Wendy Hanamura is the event producer of DWeb Camp. She was the master juggler of the Decentralized Web Summit 2018 and led the team that produced the first DWeb Summit in 2016.

As Director of Partnerships at the Internet Archive, one of the world’s largest digital libraries, Hanamura has helped guide the strategic direction of the Internet Archive since 2014. Passionate about using stories to accelerate social change, she uses her communication skills as a veteran journalist and leader in non-profit media to share the remarkable mission of the Internet Archive—providing people everywhere with unfettered access to knowledge. 

 

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Yisi Liu
CTO, Dimension

Yisi is now working with fantastic developers at Dimension.im on various projects towards a decentralized and privacy-preserving web. He is focusing on how to apply cryptography algorithms and schemes to the real world, including two ongoing projects at Dimension, maskbook.com and tessercube.com, to bring users a web with privacy. He used to be a natural language processing researcher but decided to work on real world cryptography and data privacy protection when he realized the double edged sword of how big companies are using and "abusing" user's data in their lives. He is a true believer of a decentralized web and would like to bring it to more users all over the world.

DWeb 2019 Team

Alexis Rossi
Code of Conduct Team Leader

Alexis Rossi manages all aspects of Internet Archive collections work for movies, audio, software, and books, as well as the archive.org web site and social media presences. From 2006-2008, Rossi managed the audio and video collections and Open Library, as well as working on the Open Content Alliance, and the Zotero/IA project. From 2009-2015 Rossi managed internal web crawling projects and the Wayback Machine.

Rossi has been working with Internet content since 1996 when she discovered that being picky about words in books was good training for being picky about data on computers. She spent several years managing news content at ClariNet (the first online news aggregator), worked as the Editorial Director at Alexa Internet, and as Product Manager at Mixercast.

Rossi has an Masters of Library and Information Science, concentrating on web technologies and interfaces, and enjoys making jewelry, dancing, and baking Cookie Smackdown-winning cookies.

 

Videos from the summit:

Amir Saber
DWeb Camp Lead Craftsman

Amir received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is a practicing Bay Area artist and educator. Amir's role at the Internet Archive is to connect artist with the collections and to show what is possible when open access to information meets the arts. He is also the founder and director of the Artist in Residence Program at the Internet Archive.

Andi Wong
Creative Coordinator

Andi Wong is a teaching artist who enjoys creating memorable experiences that build community. She serves as project coordinator for ArtsEd4All, an informal collective of educators, artists, scientists, civic institutions and community organizations based in San Francisco. As an Arts Manager at Internet Archive, her projects include the “We’re All in the Same Boat” parade for Bread & Puppet Theater’s 2015 West Coast tour, “Decentralized Origami” for the 2016 Decentralized Web Summit, and educational outreach for a new work commissioned by the Internet Archive, created with funding from a Hewlett Foundation 50 Arts Commission - DJ Spooky’s “Quantopia,” a multimedia hip hop concert experience about the history and exponential growth of the Internet, that  premiered in January of 2019.

Arkadiy Kukarkin
Technology and Creative Track Teams

Arkadiy has worked on creating sustainable communities on the web for the past decade. He is currently the Collaborations Coordinator with Protocol Labs and advising Ampled, an artist support co-operative. Previously, he was the CTO at Mediachain Labs (acquired by Spotify in spring 2017) and worked on The Hype Machine, an influential music blog aggregator.

 

Videos from the summit:

Benedict Lau
Network Coordinator

Benedict is an engineer working on mobile software and mesh networks. He is a contributor and organizer at Toronto Mesh, currently focused on meshing with single-board computers and building deployment tools and literacy around peer-to-peer applications.

 

Videos from the summit:

BZ Petroff
HR Coordinator for DWebCamp

BZ joined the Internet Archive in October 2016. A veteran of the Animation industry; Lucasfilm, Wild Brain, Pixar and Colossal Pictures, it was her love of books that drove her to work for the Internet Archive. As a life long "people person" she is well suited for her responsibilities in events and people operations for the Archive. When not working, BZ likes to watch baseball, listen to jazz and go running on her beloved Mt. Tamalpais.

Dietrich Ayala
Program design

Dietrich Ayala is working on safeguarding the internet at Protocol Labs by turning browsers into true user agents, with technologies like IPFS.

Dietrich's first computer job was as webmaster at indie music label Sub Pop Records, doing anything and everything digital. He has since worked at small startups and also household names like McAfee and Yahoo. He spent 13 years working for internet freedom at Mozilla, the non-profit makers of Firefox. Before computerizing, he was a barista and chef.

Dietrich lives in San Francisco California at the moment, and spends a year in Asia every so often because that's where the internet is growing the most and where all of our devices come from. And the noodle soup is good.

 

Joachim Lohkamp
Program Committee

Joachim Lohkamp is an entrepreneur and tech-enthusiast with a heart foractivism. As the founder of Jolocom, he has been working at the forefront of the decentralization movement in Berlin since 2014. With Jolocom, he is providing the identity solution that will enable real world use cases in smart contract based business models. To ultimately harvest this potential and inform innovation aimed regulation, he co-founded the German Blockchain Association (Bundesblock) that establishes the dialogue between blockchain businesses and politics. He is further active as an advisor for BlockchainHub, a decentralized Think Tank and as a Connector for OuiShare. Finally, you might find him as the Organizer of events like GetDecentralized, Decentralized Web Summit among others.

Joanna Antigone Nastos
Registration Sorceress

Born and raised in the metropolis of Athens, Greece, I grew up in a creative household and spent years exploring the arts from a performer standpoint. After I earned my BA in Art History I found myself in rock and roll where I learned about all areas of experience design in live music shows. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2012, I’ve expanded on my definition of what an event is and how we can collectively push the envelope to create the most unique and memorable experiences. I enjoy catering to the people who have no idea what we do and how crazy we must be to choose such a life.

From all aspects of idea creation, location scouting, entertainment, hospitality, and overall inventiveness, to manifesting and executing an event in a sustainable fashion and focused on safety, you could say that a) I’ve seen a lot but definitely not all and b) probably nothing scares me. I’ve also had more conversations about where I can rig an aerialist, if horses need to wear diapers or not, and if bath bombs will stain porcelain, than I’d care to mention. Ask me anything, I have stories and I tell them really well! (Although the NDAs I’ve signed won’t allow me to tell you whodunit.)

Jonah Edwards
Connectivity Coordinator

Jonah joined the Internet Archive in the fall of 2016, escaping from the world of online attention optimization to the peace and safety of techno-utopian librarianship. He focuses on networking and infrastructure, and comes from a background of high-performance computing, optimization, and systems engineering. He holds a BS in Mathematics with a focus on logic and set theory from the University of Washington, and in his spare time enjoys light retrocomputing, craft beer, and desolate places.

Mai Sutton
Associate Producer/Writer

Mai Ishikawa Sutton is a writer, digital commons activist, and freelance organizing consultant. She is a steward/community organizer with the People's Open Network, library assistant at the Oakland Public Library, and the Digital Commons Fellow with the Commons Network. Her writing focuses on intersections of human rights, solidarity economics, and digital commons. Formerly, she was the Community Engagement Manager at Shareable. Before that she was with the Electronic Frontier Foundation advocating for the public interest in international intellectual property policy.

Pamela Pascual
Creative Coordinator
Richard Caceres
Decentralized Website Developer

Richard Caceres is a developer and designer for Quip. Previously he was a Sr. Software Engineer at the Internet Archive where his primary focus was the Internet Archive's online library (BookReader, Lending, etc), as well as evolving the UX and creating a new design system for Archive.org. Richard spearheded various community-based projects at Internet Archive such as Archive Lab's Experiments and the Decentralized Web Summit (developer of the site).

In his spare time, he also develops open source apps, and is interested in writing decentralized applications that work on many platforms, and have realtime collaborative features. He's interested in increasing the diversity and craft in the software we use everyday.

Previously he was the first engineer at Cargo Collective, and also consulted with Google, Use All Five, and OSK.

Twitter, Github, Website

Shannon Wu
Tracey Jaquith
Code of Conduct Team

Tracey Jaquith is a founding engineer and system architect for Internet Archive since 1996, writing multi-threaded servers, crawlers, and more. She wrote the “what’s related” services that ultimately led to Alexa Internet’s acquisition by Amazon. An inventor with two patents, she is the Archive’s longest tenured employee after founder, Brewster Kahle.

In 2000, Jaquith left for four years to be the technical lead and founding engineer at a financial startup focusing on more efficiently trading convertible bonds.

Recently, Jaquith rewrote Internet Archive’s TV recording system as an open source single server system, capable of preserving 75 simultaneous 24×7 channels, and developed the Television Archive’s “full stack” first and second versions. For more than a decade, Jaquith held primary responsibility for archive.org and its full stack infrastructure, later launching a fully responsive “Version 2” of the archive.org website —migrating to jQuery, bootstrap, LESS, modern faceting, ElasticSearch, postgreSQL and more. She is leading the core infrastructure migration to Docker for archive.org’s in-house AWS and S3-like system. Open Libraries services will rest upon the infrastructure Jaquith is designing.

Jaquith’s first job was at Xerox PARC, writing core low-level C-language image processing and comparison algorithms using novel computational geometry based on research from her Master’s degree. 

Jaquith holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Cornell University where she focused on machine vision, robotics and mathematics. Jaquith presents at conferences (Demuxed 2016, MozFest) and is a regular guest lecturer at colleges about news and broadcast technologies.

Wendy Hanamura
DWeb Camp Event Producer

Wendy Hanamura is the event producer of DWeb Camp. She was the master juggler of the Decentralized Web Summit 2018 and led the team that produced the first DWeb Summit in 2016.

As Director of Partnerships at the Internet Archive, one of the world’s largest digital libraries, Hanamura has helped guide the strategic direction of the Internet Archive since 2014. Passionate about using stories to accelerate social change, she uses her communication skills as a veteran journalist and leader in non-profit media to share the remarkable mission of the Internet Archive—providing people everywhere with unfettered access to knowledge. 

 

Videos from the summit:

Coming

Brewster Kahle
Internet Archive
Feross Aboukhadijeh
WebTorrent
 

Nathaniel Popper
New York Times

Mary Lou Jepsen
Openwater
 
John Ryan
Muinin
Burak Nehbit
Aether
Arkadiy Kukarkin
Protocol Labs
 
Kaliya Young
Wireline
Eric Harris-Braun
Holo
Jarod Holtz
Holo / Holochain

 

Connor Turland
Holo
Willem Olding
Holo
Dan Blah
Open Technology Fund
 
Karissa McKelvey
Dat Foundation / Digital Democracy
Frances Sawyer
Climate Change Advisor
 
cynthia el khoury
APC
 
Nicolas Pace
APC
Mark Tyneway
Handshake
Matthew Schutte
Holo
 
Alexis Rossi
Internet Archive
Liz Henry
Mozilla
Margaret Warren
ImageSnippets
 
Paul Frazee
Blue Link Labs
Devon Rueckner
Learning Equality
Harrison Stahl
Blockchain for Reconciliation
 
Kent Bye
Voices of VR
Podcast
Ross Schulman
New America's Open Technology Institute
Amandine Le Pape
Matrix.org Foundation
 
Greg Farrenkopf
Open Source Democracy
Dawn Walker
Hypha Worker Co-operative
 
Dietrich Ayala
Protocol Labs
 
Juan Benet
Protocol Labs
Joachim Lohkamp
Jolocom
Matthew Hodgson
Matrix.org Foundation
 
Pospi
Holochain REA project
Rabble Evan Henshaw-Plath
Verse
 

Mark Graham
Wayback Machine
 

Jean Russell
Commons Engine
Emaline Friedman
Commons Engine
M. Sean Gilligan
 
Kate Gilligan
Alex Alekseyenko
Arthur Milliken
Internet Archive
Stefan Thomas
Coil
Robert Best
Robert.Best
 
Christopher Catoya
Epona
 
Wendy Hanamura
Internet Archive
Joseph Gentle
Statecraft
Xiaowei Wang
Logic Magazine
 
Benjamin Goering
permanent.cloud
Benedict Lau
Toronto Mesh
Shannon Wu
Bloom / Mr.Progress
 
Andi Wong
ArtsEd4All
Bryan Hughes
Microsoft
Mai Sutton
People's Open Network
 
seth bearden
People's Open Network
Ben Elam
People's Open Network
 
Luandro Vieira
Moinho
 
Dylan Reibling
Filmmaker
Finn Brunton
Author, Digital Cash
Sandro Hawke
W3C
 
Micah Fitch
Learning Equality
teh raptor
DJ / Meow Wolf
Kelsey Breseman
Environmental Data & Governance Initiative
 
Rob Brackett
Environmental Data & Governance Initiative
Phuoc (Kevin) Nguyen
Environmental Data & Governance Initiative
 
Jeremy Apthorp
Electron
 
Michael Chung
Wolk Inc.
Rodney Witcher
Wolk Inc.
Bryan Newbold
Internet Archive
Britt Selvitelle
Earth Species Project
 
AzaRaskin
Earth Species Project

Amy James
Open Index Protocol
 

Devon James
Open Index Protocol
Jay Graber
Happening
Sara Dean
IF/THEN
 
Trav Fryer
Independent Artist
Jon Zack
FunnelKake
Charles Lehner
Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium
rick wesson
Support Intelligence, Inc.
Mary Austin
San Francisco Center for the Book
 
Mike Waggoner
Herebox Industries
Peter Wang
Anaconda, Inc.
Sara-Jayne Terp
bodacea light industries
 
Sean Billig
Secure Scuttlebutt
Allixie Cleary
Scoop, Inc.
 
Jonah Edwards
Internet Archive
Pegah Vaezi
University of Toronto
 
Christian Tschudin
University of Basel
Elene Zedginidze
Alliance Française
John Nelson
George Mason University
Elena San Miguel Perez
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
 
Willem Wyndham
University Of Maryland, College Park
Erik Marks
University of Pennsylvania
 
Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya
UC Berkeley
Mikey Williams

Enspiral & Scuttlebutt

mix irving
scuttlebutt / protozoa
 
Maria Bustillos
Popula
Lester Earnest
Stanford University
Riley Taylor
Monash University
 
James Rezendes
Make School
Alon Gilboa
Explority
Aditya Advani
Zinc Technologies Inc
 
Yisi Liu
Dimension
Daniel Posch
Dynasty
Anthony McGovern
 
Tara Tan
Michael Youssefmir
Ben Hanna
Custom Camps
 
Brady Gill
Custom Camps
Joanna Nastos
Custom Camps
Kyle Drake
Neocities

Mark Nadal

Era

 

Carl Gorringe

Carl.Gorringe.org
 
John Kunze
California Digital
Library
 
Mark Graham
Internet Archive
 
Will Harris-Braun
Haverford College
Katie Barrett
Internet Archive
 

Ryan Taylor
Electric Coin Company / AdjyLeak

Eric Hellman
Free Ebook Foundation
 
Abhik Chowdhury
Arizona State
University

 
BZ Petroff
Internet Archive
Santiago Bazerque
Hyper Hyper Space
Kristine Johnson
Cal Poly University,
San Luis Obispo

 
Tom Johnson
Cal Poly University,
San Luis Obispo
Katie Barrett
Internet Archive
Lee Felsenstein
FONLY LLC
James Baicoianu
JanusVR
 
Carol Lieu
GoGuardian
Bruce Baumgart
SAILDART
 
Jay Carpenter
Desert Blockchain LLC
 
Glenn Sawyer
Yale Divinity School
Amra Tareen
Bed Bath & Beyond
 

Jackson Morgan
Inrupt
 

Alice Davis
Medium
Philip Rosedale
High Fidelity
Stephen Ackroyd
Touch Adventures, LLC
Steve Ray
QUDT.org
Jonathan Foote
 
Daniel O'Meara Lori Guidos

Tom Coates
Verse
 

Kasey Huizinga
Qri
Michelle Lee
Protocol Labs
Milo Kim
UC Santa Cruz
 
Leah Malinowski
 
Leona Baumgart
Jacob Rosenberg-Wohl
Stanford Graduate
School of Business

 
Tracey Jaquith
Internet Archive
 
David Fox
Internet Archive
Andrew Atwood
Permanent Legacy
Foundation

 
John Backus
Bloom
Sophia Gallagher
SenseCompass
David Greenbaum
SFUSD /
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