Keynote Speakers

Edward McNierney

Ed McNierney is the Chief Technology Officer of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). He is an experienced software industry veteran, having served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Software Development for companies ranging from early-stage startups to major commercial vendors. He's served as Director of Spreadsheet Development for Lotus, building the company's first Windows spreadsheet product, and as VP of Digital Strategy for Eastman Software, a subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company.

Most recently he was a co-founder of TopoZone, the first online topographic mapping and aerial photography service, acquired by Demand Media in 2007. He holds an A. B. degree in Organic Chemistry from Dartmouth College and lives in Groton, Massachusetts where he is an active board member of several environmental and conservation organizations.

David Kobia

David Kobia is a co-founder and technology lead at Ushahidi and brings more than 10 years of product development experience and a multidisciplinary background to his work, with a focus on social and emerging technologies. He works in a variety of roles, from designer and coder to strategist. After pursuing a BS in Computer Science at the University of Alabama, he has been a professional software developer and has worked with almost every web technology in use today. In 2010, he was a recipient of MIT Technology Review’s TR35 award (35 top innovators under 35) and the Humanitarian of the Year award.