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Dr. Barbara Hüppe
European Communications Manager, Mozilla
Michelle Thorne — Festival Lead
Michelle Thorne is Mozilla’s Global Event Strategist, aiming to grow communities around open web projects through live events. She helps local organizers host anything from small meet-ups to larger design jams and hackathons, which bring together web makers of various stripes to build, make, and learn from each other. She chaordinates Mozilla’s annual festival and co-chaired last year’s Mozilla Festival on Learning, Freedom, and the Web. Previously, she worked as Creative Commons’ International Project Manager and is a trustee of the Awesome Foundation Berlin, a lightweight association to fund small projects. Contact her at michelle at mozillafoundation dot org and @thornet almost everywhere.
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino — Local Producer
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is a product designer & entrepreneur. She co-founded Tinker, a smart product design studio, focused on creating product experiences that linked the digital to the physical. She is now a consultant on “internet of things”, an evangelist for Lirec (an EU-funded project about robots) and partner in design partnership RIG London. Find her on twitter.
Allen “Gunner” Gunn — Participation Designer
Allen Gunn is Executive Director of Aspiration in San Francisco, USA, and works to help NGOs, activists, foundations and software developers make more effective use of technology for social change. He is an experienced facilitator with a passion for designing collaborative open learning processes. Full bio at http://aspirationtech.org/about/people/gunner.
Ben Moskowitz — Mozilla Media Lead
Ben Moskowitz works for Mozilla on projects like Popcorn, the Knight-Mozilla fellowships program, Universal Subtitles, the Open Video Conference, and more. He also does a bunch of cool stuff on the side. You can contact him about Mozilla’s media-related projects and in general to discuss, build, and test ideas. http://benmoskowitz.com
Desigan “Dees” Chinniah — Festival Firestarter
Dees is a Firestarter at Mozilla to engage with the communities of the project. He co-initiated Design Jams, one-or-two-day design sessions during which people team up to tackle engaging User Experience (UX) challenges, from whose format the Mozilla Festival borrows heavily. An all-round semi-decent geek living in London, Dees evolves within a magical world of conference calls, IRC and cross-Atlantic flights. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found sporting, snapping pictures or entertaining the kids, but not at the same time. You can follow him as ‘cyberdees‘ on Twitter, Lanyrd, Last.fm, Flickr, LinkedIn, or the Web.
Geoffrey MacDougall — Partnerships
Geoffrey MacDougall leads partnership development for the Mozilla Foundation. He specializes in building relationships across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Mozilla, Geoffrey plied his craft in the games and aerospace industries, the non-profit tech community, and the broader UN system. If your organization wants to get involved in the Festival, drop him a line at geoffrey at mozillafoundation dot org.
Diana Proca — Volunteer Coordinator
Diana Proca is an entrepreneur and an event organiser. She founded Work In Startups, a platform that helps startups hire rockstar employees. Previously she has organised multiple events and has been involved in various projects related to the startup scene in Romania, her home country. She enjoys the fast, energising, sometimes geeky technology startup world as she always finds something new and exciting to learn. You can reach her on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Elizabeth Bahm — Storyteller