The roster of excellent speakers that have given incredible talks at Mobilize MN.
Brad Ellis is a co-founder of Pacific Helm, a San Francisco-based application design consultancy, and winner of an Apple Design Award for his work on Postage, a digital postcard application.
He was the second designer on staff at Square – his hands appear holding the first generation product on the original packaging. Brad speaks on custom interface design, and specializes in unique interactions and animation prototypes. Past clients include Sony, Target, Pantone, Disney, FitStar, Shots, and ESPN, among others.
Tanuj Parikh is the Senior Director of Business Operations at Estimote, working on business development, developer relations, marketing and customer success. Previously, he helped lead business development at GroupMe (acquired by Skype), working on partnerships across multiple products to drive revenue and/or user acquisition. Prior to GroupMe, Tanuj worked at L2 Think Tank, the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and Kiva. He holds a BA in Government and Economics from Harvard University and used to tweet mostly about the Knicks.
Amy Dallas is the one of the four founding partners of ClutchPlay Games, a small but scrappy game studio in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 2012, the ClutchPlay team has worked on several indie and work-for-hire titles including Little Chomp, which was selected as one of six titles featured at the 2013 PAX East Indie Showcase, and their new title Skullduggery!, which was selected for the PAX 10 Indie Showcase at PAX Prime 201$ and was Editor's Choice on The App Store.. As the CEO / Producer, Amy wears a lot of hats at ClutchPlay, and divides her time between being a tireless organizer, an accomplished cat-herder, a skilled bomb-diffuser, a fearless lion-tamer, a compassionate hand-holder, an experienced whip-cracker, a relentless team-builder, and a producer of some pretty badass projects. Before starting ClutchPlay, Amy worked at several game companies, including EA Maxis, ngmoco:) and DeNA.
Dr. Charles Miller is the Executive Director of the Institute for Design Innovation and a Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota. Charlie is also the Co-Founder of Flipgrid, a video-centric platform for education/enterprise discussion and collaboration. Charlie has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings; has received more than $30 million in federal grant, foundation, and corporate funding; and has given 100s of talks on design in education around the globe.
After Pete earned an Astronautical Engineering Degree from the University of Illinois in 1995, he promptly dropped his satellite-industry ambitions for the financial markets. His early professional years were spent as a trader of foreign exchange derivatives for Swiss Bank in Chicago, then London. Near 2000, the lines between trading and technology blurred, and Pete led efforts to develop and operate automated trading systems for listed derivatives as an MD at Knight and Citigroup.
Ten years ago, Pete founded Walleye Trading Advisors in the Twin Cities with a couple partners. Walleye is a tech-driven options market-maker and trading shop. Today it is a company of nearly 100 people developing and operating algorithmic trading and market-making strategies in a variety of asset classes. Though its business is trading, Walleye's core competencies are the systems and software that allow it to remain relevant in today's high-frequency world.
In early 2014, Pete founded RedCurrent with his brother John, a business builder from e-commerce and internet marketing; and Ori Kushnir, the co-founder and lead technologist of Walleye. Collectively they see an opportunity to centralize communications about events, schedules, and calendars. In doing so, RedCurrent intends to improve consumer experiences related to event-discovery and schedule-management. Today, RedCurrent is a team of 15 with skills spanning from software through distribution.