Kelly Sutton is a software engineer and lifestyle minimalist living in Brooklyn. Sutton has gotten rid of all his possessions as he felt that the ever-increasing number of available digital goods can adequately replace his physical belongings. Therefore, the minimalist is offering all his possession for sale on his website The Cult of Less, apart from his laptop, an iPad, an Amazon Kindle, two external hard drives, a 'few' articles of clothing, and bed sheets.
Mark Surman is one of the world's leading proponents for open technologies and the development of a truly Open Net. His very business is that of connecting things: people, ideas, everything. As a community technology activist for over 20 years, Mark focuses on inventing new ways to promote openness, opportunity, and freedom on the Internet, for which Mozilla, Drumbeat, his international 'open everything' conversations and summits are but a few of the platforms manifesting his vision and goals. Together with transmediale, Mark and Drumbeat introduced the first ever Open Web Award.
Elizabeth Stark is a leader in the global free culture movement, Visiting Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, and a lecturer in Computer Science at Yale University. Stark is a cofounder of the Open Video Alliance, dedicated to promoting free expression and innovation in online video. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she founded the Harvard Free Culture Group and was Editor-at-Large of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. Elizabeth spent years as a researcher for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and has taught courses ranging from Cyberlaw to Electronic Music.
Shapeshifters is a knowledge agency for the global creative community. Their aim is to help people all over the world by locating resources needed to turn ideas into reality. Shapeshifters utilize a unique combination of global correspondents and database technology to provide reliable information about creative industries worldwide as well as brokering business opportunities with creative industries. Eric Poettschacher is founder and CEO.
Gabriel Shalom (@gabrielshalom) is a videomusician, storyteller and media theorist. He is co-founder of KS12 (@ks12), a creative studio which produces event-based collaborative videos. He is the creator of the Hypercubist Manifesto. His signature video artwork takes the form of rhythmically edited audiovisual compositions. He has been an artist in residence at the ZKM | Karlsruhe. He has spoken on audiovisual trends in London, Berlin and São Paulo, and since spring 2009 he is adjunct faculty at the Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule.
Vincent Roumagnac has an artistic background as stage director and visual artist. After years of transdisciplinary experiments on multimedia art, he currently works on inducting his different tools into dialogues with other artists. Via exhibitions, installations, performances and films, Roumagnac holds exchanges with the audience. His projects have been exhibited and performed in international venues and biennales in France, Germany, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Helsinki, Beijing.
Jodi Rose is a Berlin-based artist/producer working internationally in urban spaces, sound, intervention and communication to produce sonic and conceptual environments in diverse contexts. Rose initiated and is co-curator of TRACES, creator of Singing Bridges and Transit Lounge Radio. She has produced work in festivals including: Glasgow International, ISEA Singapore, Pixelache Helsinki, Mal au Pixel Paris, European Sound Delta Danube, CitySonics Mons, Sonorama Besançon, Electrofringe & Liquid Architecture AU.
Christopher 'moot' Poole is the founder of 4chan, an image-based bulletin board. Originally a niche site for anime fans, 4chan is now one of the most influential communities on the net. With over 12 million users a month, many viral videos, internet phenomena, and memes start on 4chan. In 2010 Poole was a featured speaker at the TED Conference, and has been profiled by TIME, CNN, The Washington Post, and Technology Review. Recently he started Canvas, a project to find new and better ways for people to hang out and collaborate online.
Eric Poettschacher lead a consultancy for over 15 years dedicated to tackling the specific challenges of creatives. He initiated the research project Mindscapes and explored decision-making patterns in a context he described as 'Money & Meaning'. He has received training in large-group facilitation, organisational systems theory and communications management. In 2006 he incorporated Shapeshifters Information Management GmbH with a Boston based angel investor. Shapeshifters is a global knowledge broker supporting creatives with tailor-made business opportunities worldwide.
Jon Phillips is a developer contributing to society and building meaningful relationships. In 2002 he helped launch the open source drawing tool,Inkscape, founded the Open Clip Art Library, built Creative Commons‘ community and business development strategies from 2005 until 2008 and is growing the media company Fabricatorz with Cantocore Art Exhibitions, Laoban Open Soundsystems in Beijing, and is the community director for the open source social messaging service Status.Net (Identi.ca).