Michelle Thorne — Festival Glue
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.
Arran Ross-Paterson — Volunteer Coordinator
Arran Ross-Paterson is an UX Designer with a passion for accessibility and learning. He worked in the digital space since WAP was the new sexy thing, starting out as an interaction designer, moving into development and now back to UX. He finds that events offer a great learning resource, and so he started bunch of different events and helped others get started with their own. Now he’s coordinating volunteers for the Mozilla Festival. If your interested in volunteering for the festival you can drop him a line.
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 applied 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.