Verena Kuni is a scholar in the field of History, Theory of Art and Media Cultures, and a professor for Visual Culture at Goethe University, Frankfurt Main. From 1995 to 1999, she co-curated the video section of the Kasseler Documentary film and Video Festival, where, since 1999, she has been the director of the yearly interfiction summit for art, media, and network cultures. She has written for international publications (print & online), and has published widely on electronic arts. Her research is dedicated to transfers between material and media cultures, media of imagination, technologies of transformation, DIY cultures, and games, play and toys as tools.
Michelle Thorne is the International Project Manager for Creative Commons. She organized the Free Culture Research Conference, and co-chaired Mozilla's Drumbeat Festival on Learning, Freedom, and the Web, to forge the future of education. She co-founded the Awesome Foundation Berlin, a lightweight association to fund small projects. As a believer in making and doing things, she helped "chaordinate" the DMY Maker Lab and other DIY projects in Berlin and around the world. She blogs at thornet.wordpress.com and tweets as @thornet.
Tobias Leingruber (tbx) is an artist and free communication designer using viral media, popular culture, amateur aesthetics and client-side browser software in his work. As an advocate for openness and freedom online he has worked with many artists and organisations including the F.A.T. Lab, Artzilla.org and Mozilla. Best know for Pirates of the Amazon and China Channel he has exhibited work worldwide and has been featured by the NY Times, LA Times, Wired, Spiegel, 3sat(TV) or Liberation.fr.
Susa Pop is curator and cultural manager. 2003 she founded Public Art Lab together with Hans Wiegner, artist and Ela Kagel, curator. Public Art Lab is a platform which conceives and implements cross-national creative projects and communication formats at the interface of urban space and the digital worlds. Together with the urbanist Mirjam Struppek, she initiated the Media Facades Festival Berlin 2008 and Europe 2010. Susa Pop is preparing the innovation forum Urban Screens 2011 together with the Federal Ministry of Education and Science.
transmediale Award 2011 Jury member Matteo Pasquinelli is an Amsterdam-based writer and researcher at the Queen Mary University of London and has an activist background in Italy. Since 2000, he has been editor of the mailing list Rekombinant.
Michael Liebe studied Political Science and Media Studies in Trier, Bochum, Madrid and Potsdam. He has a M.A. in European Media Science and is working on his Ph.D in rules of the computer game. He is cofounder of the Digital Game Research Center at the University of Potsdam (DIGAREC) and was the strategic head of the game art festival A MAZE. As a free journalist he is specialized in digital culture, markets and technologies. At the moment he is a speaker in new media at the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (web, games, mobile).