Open Web Camp V

collage_finalReady for the hottest event of the summer? Open Web Camp V sizzles with fantastic speakers leading a wide range of topic sessions from every aspect of the Open Web Platform and beyond! Whether you’re looking to know more about HTML5, CSS3, Web Accessibility, Responsive Web Design and Mobile Technology topics, or are interested in networking with peers in an open, celebratory day, Open Web Camp is sure to set your passions afire.

Scheduled for Saturday, July 13th at the PayPal Town Hall in the heart of sunny Silicon Valley, registration for this unique and inspiring event opens on June 1st, 2013.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Featured Speakers

We are excited to present the following speakers at this year’s Open Web Camp. Please check back as more names are added to our list.

Jared Smith


Jared Smith has web accessibility in mind. He’s associate director of and is a highly demanded web access trainer and consultant with 15 years experience in the field.

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Ted Drake

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Ted Drake is an experienced front-end engineer, developer evangelist, and accessibility expert. Ted leads the accessibility efforts for Intuit’s desktop, web, and mobile products.

Previously, he worked on some of the most viewed web sites on the Yahoo! network and participated in the development of products, platforms, and applications. As part of Yahoo’s Accessibility Lab, he managed mobile accessibility, both HTML5 and iOS.

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Nicholas C. Zakas

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Nicholas C. Zakas is a front-end consultant, author, and speaker. He worked at Yahoo! for almost five years, where he was front-end tech lead for the Yahoo! homepage and a contributor to the YUI library. Nicholas is a strong advocate for development best practices including progressive enhancement, accessibility, performance, scalability, and maintainability.

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Molly Holzschlag

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Molly E. Holzschlag, known to many as “mollydotcom” or just plain “Mols” is an author, teacher and Open Web Evangelist. She has spent the majority of her 25 years in IT working with the Internet, and observed the Web emerge and evolve from its first days at CERN. She has spent the years since educating herself and others about the Web, its languages, and its core philosophies.

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Bill Scott

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Bill has always been passionate about software engineering (30 years). And just as passionate to understand how humans interact with software. For a long time he couldn’t decide if he was an engineer or a designer. He finally gave up trying to classify himself and just decided to live in both worlds as much as possible. Bill is currently leading UI Engineering at PayPal.

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Estelle Weyl

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With over 10 years of web development, Estelle shares esoteric tidbits learned while programming and detailed grids of CSS3 and HTML5 browser support in her blog at and She is the author of HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World (Sitepoint, May 2011) and Mobile HTML5 (O’Reilly, Oct 2012). While not coding, she works in construction, de-hippifying her 1960′s throwback abode.

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Bebo White


Bebo White is a Departmental Associate (Emeritus) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the U.S. national laboratory at Stanford University. He first became involved with the emerging WWW technology while on sabbatical at CERN in 1989, after which he was part of the team that established the first U.S. Web site at SLAC (the fifth site in the world). Ever since, his academic research interests have evolved in parallel with Web technology.

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‘Chaals’ McCathieNevile

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‘Chaals’ McCathieNevile is a web technology expert interested in Applications, Accessibility, and what ubiquitous Web technology can do for the world and for individuals.

Working at Yandex since August 2012, he spent 7 years leading standards work at Norwegian browser-maker Opera Software after 6 years on the staff of W3C, in an IT career that stretches back to the early 1980s.

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Dirk Ginader

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In the rough early days of the world wide web Dirk Ginader changed his passion to his profession and started building websites for a large advertising agency in Germany. After nine years the Web standards and accessibility enthusiast answered Yahoo’s call to join their Frontend Team and the Accessibility Task Force in London. Two years later he moved to Yahoo’s headquarters into the heart of the Silicon Valley.

Dirk is currently a Senior User Experience Prototyper at Google, where he works on the Analytics Team.

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Tomomi Imura

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Tomomi (@girlie_mac) is an open web advocate, front-end engineer with mobile focus, and has been in mobile-space since before it was cool. She has been developing mobile web, platform UI/UX and frameworks at Yahoo! Mobile, webOS at Palm, before joining the current company, Nokia, to work with W3C and evangelize HTML5. She also writes a technical blog at

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Doug Schepers

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Doug Schepers is Developer Relations Lead at W3C, and is a project coordinator for the SVG, WebApps, Touch Events, and Audio Working Groups, and the initiator of

He has been developing SVG applications for over a decade, and still tries to code in his copious spare time.

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Benoit Marchant

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Benoit Marchant has been bringing innovative, native-class, user experience to web applications for more than 13 years. Most recently, he is the creator of Montage (@montagejs), a modern HTML5 framework, which he started with his team as Director of Engineering at Motorola Mobility. Montage was designed from the ground up to create native-class HTML5 applications for mobile and is open-source under a BSD license.

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Glenda Sims

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Glenda “the goodwitch” Sims believes that the web is for everyone and is currently the self-appointed accessibility goddess at Deque. Her specialties include accessibility, strategic planning, project management, training, web standards, universal design, usability, mobile, and more.

“I know I’m doing what I was meant to do when I cannot distinguish work from play.”

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Gerardo Capiel

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Gerardo Capiel is currently the VP of Engineering at Benetech, a nonprofit 501c(3) software company addressing large scale and global needs in literacy, human rights and the environment. He has over 15 years of experience leading the development of innovative Internet and enterprise software. Prior to joining Benetech, he was Co-Founder, Director and CTO of Digital Impact, a publicly traded e-marketing software vendor. Gerardo was also Co-Founder and CEO of Gydget, which created social network marketing products for the entertainment and non-profit sectors.

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Kitt Hodsden

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Kitt Hodsden claims to be the 47th laziest person in the world, which means she’s really efficient. She can be lazy and still GSD*. She has spoken at a number of conferences around the world about automation and setting yourself up to succeed by streamlining your workflows.

Kitt currently works at Twitter in San Francisco, California.

(*get shit done)

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Jenifer Hanen

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Jenifer Hanen (aka Ms. Jen), is a mobile and web designer/developer by trade, a photographer, moblogger and professional art weirdo for the love of it. She believes a good mobile | web site should say it all in color, clean typography, photos and a minimalist aesthetic.

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Jina Bolton

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Jina is a designer and artist living in San Francisco. She likes fancy food, whisky, dark and vintage fashion, Batman, and cats. She loves art in her coffee.

Jina enjoys creating beautiful user experiences, speaking at conferences about it, and occasionally writing about it. She works as a product designer at Do. Previously, Jina has worked as a visual and interaction designer at some amazing companies including Apple, Engine Yard, and Crush + Lovely.

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Victor Tsaran

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Victor Tsaran, currently the Senior Accessibility Program Manager at PayPal, has over fifteen years of experience in the field of accessibility. He helps to drive various accessibility-related initiatives at PayPal, educates designers and developers about access technology and how to code/test for it, and evangelizes accessibility and best web development practices inside and outside of the company.

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Ann Burkett

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Ann is a game developer who joined the game industry with Macromedia where she worked on some of the worlds first hit browser based casual web games and original work web showcases for such artists as Tim Burton, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park. She and partner Liran Nuna eventually formed their own game development company. Together they worked on social and mobile games for the local school system and companies such as Crafted Fun, Quizmonster, Zynga.

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Oswald Campesato

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Oswald is passionate about education: a former PhD Candidate in Mathematics (ABD), with 4 Masters/Bachelors degrees. Previously he worked in South America, Italy, and the French Riviera, and he traveled to 70 countries throughout the world. He has worked from C/C++/Java developer to CTO, currently in a stealth start-up. He’s comfortable in 4 languages and trying to learn Japanese. He enjoys technology, and he’s working on his 13th book, which is his 4th HTML-related book.

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Meadhbh Hamrick

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Meadhbh is a software industry veteran with over 20 years experience developing, managing and supporting complex software projects in the mobile, security and virtual worlds industry sectors.

Her name is Irish and is pronounced like the English “Maeve.”

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Elle Waters

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Elle has been working in online spaces for over 15 years, always with the goal to promote equality and collaboration on the web. After years of evangelism and leading projects within virtual worlds, online communities, and social media channels, she started a career as the web accessibility coordinator at a large Fortune 100 company.

Past speaking engagements include CSUN, John Slatin AccessU, Code PaLOUsa and several accessibility camps across the country. When not looking to start a revolution, Elle enjoys virtual worlds, zombie lore, and video games.

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Vlad Filippov

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Vlad Filippov is part of the Identity team at Mozilla, hacking on various identity-attached services. He has also been deeply immersed in software development since last century. His work has roamed widely: from desktop web development (client and server), to mobile, Android and 3D games. In the brief moments he is not coding, Vlad enjoys music and British comedy.

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Denis Boudreau

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Denis is a senior Web Accessibility consultant working for Deque Systems and an invited expert of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in various working groups, including Education and Outreach (EOWG) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). He has been advocating social inclusion on the Web since 2001 and has been running the annual a11yMTL conference in Montreal, Canada since 2010. He actively tweets about Web accessibility and digital inclusion at

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Mike Taylor

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Mike Taylor works as a Whitespace Strategist for Opera Software, currently spending time in both the Web Standards and Desktop/Tools teams. He lives in Austin Texas with his wife and two boys.

Mike’s been viewing the source of the internet since acquiring just over 9000 free hours from AOL and CompuServe floppy disks in the 90s.

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