We're excited to have a fantastic list of judges who will review your projects and select our winners! They will be looking for originality, practicality, and, of course, how you use free and open technology and principles. Remember, since this is about show AND tell, we'll take into consideration the way you show us your project as well.
Blow us away!
- Ahrash Bissell
- Billy Bicket
- Brad Reddersen
- Colin Bulthaup Liotta
- Dale Dougherty
- David-Michel Davies
- Elizabeth Stark
- Eric Wilhelm
- Graham Hill
- Heather Ford
- Isaac Mao
- Jane McGonigal
- Jessica Mah
- Kati London
- Kiruba Shankar
- Lawrence Lessig
- Linda Rogers
- Nick Bilton
- Oona Castro
- Patricia G. Lange
- Phoebe Ayers
- Simon Dingle
- The Playtime Anti-Boredom Society
- Tiffiniy Cheng
- Xeni Jardin
Director, NetSquared He spends his days meeting with hackers and philanthropists interested in contributing their unique talents to the ongoing development of NetSquared's work – namely the development and execution of social innovation challenges that encourage and inspire the use of technology for progressive social change.
He also spends ample time planning and producing the NetSquared Global Conference – a two-day meeting of the minds that brings together unlikely allies from the private and public sector. The conference provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to open dialogue, fund real-world projects and build relationships while addressing solutions to some of the world's most pressing social issues.
Executive Director, The Webby Awards
Executive Director, International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
Chairman, Internet Week New York
Passionate about the intersection of technology, culture, and business, David-Michel Davies is the executive director of the Webby Awards, the chair of Internet Week New York, and the executive director of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS).
Under his leadership, The Webby Awards have grown significantly receiving a record 10,000 entries from over 60 countries this year alone. In the last two years, The Webby Awards have also launched several new initiatives, including The Webby Film and Video Awards and WebbyConnect, an annual conference featuring past Webby winner, Academy members, and industry leaders.
Most recently, Davies served as chairman of the first-ever Internet Week New York a weeklong festival celebrating the city’s Internet industry.
Davies’ analysis of internet culture, news, and trends has made him a trusted source for media outlets worldwide, including Good Morning America, CBS’ The Early Show, Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Reuters, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety.
Eric earned his SB, SM, and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where he developed methods to print electronics and micro-electromechanical systems using nanoparticles. Eric co-founded Squid Labs in order to have impact through early-stage innovation. He spun Instructables out of Squid Labs as an independent company, which he now runs with a passion. He loves building kite-powered contraptions, cooking breakfast, and demystifying technology so that even his Grandmother can use it.
Alternately described as serial entrepreneur, do-gooder and designer, Graham Hill certainly enjoys variety although now finds this future happily confined to the social entrepreneurship arena. Hill and the TreeHugger.com team recently joined the Discovery Communications family of networks as part of its Planet Green multi-platform, global environmental initiative. Additionally, he owns a product business that sells a New York souvenir he designed a few years ago, which is available in 175 stores including MOMA. Graham has a Bachelor of Architecture with distinction from Carleton University in Ottawa and did advanced studies in Industrial Design at E.C.I.A.D, Vancouver. Graham has lived all over the world and his guiltiest sin is air travel (offset of course). He speaks English, French, German and Spanish and is addicted to squash.
Isaac Mao is the first blogger in China and leads various kinds of free culture movements in China including Creative Commons, Wikiepedia, Chinese Blogger Conference, Digital Nomads and more initiatives with Social Brain Foundation he co-founded 2005. He is now fellow to Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University developing his Sharism theory the philosophy behind all web 2.0 and key to future open society.
A pioneer in the field of alternate reality gaming, her projects include Top Secret Dance Off, CryptoZoo, Superstruct, The Lost Ring, World Without Oil, Cruel 2 B Kind, and I Love Bees. She is an expert on applying game design and game theory to real work and real business, and has run game events in more than 30 countries on 6 continents. She blogs at avantgame.com and has a PhD in performance studies. She has taught game design and game studies at UC Berkeley and at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Kati London designs and develops opportunities for interacting with others — whether that be for people and plants, residents of Gaza City and Tel-Aviv, or gamers playing tag with tiger sharks in the Great Barrier Reef. Her collaborative projects have been featured in the Museum of Science & Industry, the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, and the Design Museum of London. She frequently speaks on digital/physical hybridization at conferences like Burda Media's Digital Life Design Conference, The Institute for the Future and is on the board of O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference. Her projects have been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, Der Spiegel, the BBC, and Wired Magazine, among others. Kati is Vice President and Senior Producer at Area/Code Entertainment where she works with clients that range from: the BBC, the Carnegie Institute/Girls Math and Science Project, Disney Imagineering, the UK's Department for Transport, Nike, Discovery Channel, CBS, MTV, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Kati is also Adjunct Professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.
CEO, Business Blogging
Co-Founder, The Knowledge Foundation
Kiruba Shankar is CEO of Business Blogging Pvt Ltd and Director of F5ive Technologies. He has 12 years of experience in the Internet space. Prior to this, he was Associate Director at Sulekha.com. He is based in Chennai, India.
Kiruba is one of the founders of The Knowledge Foundation, the group behind successful events like BlogCamp, India's Biggest Unconference on Blogging, Proto.in, premiere event showcasing startups. He also regularly organizes MobileMondays and BarCamps. He is on the advisory board of Brand Asia Summit.
Kiruba loves teaching and teaches at Asian College of Journalism, Anna University, Madras Advertising Club, SRM University. He has lectured on Social Media at IIM Kozhikode, IIM Bangalore and IIT Madras.
He authors technology columns at the New Indian Express and Business Standard Newspaper. He is an official blogger for NASSCOM and IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India)
He is a professional podcaster and hosts a show called 'The Kiruba Show' where he interviews CEOs of Indian IT companies. BusinessWorld Magazine ranks his blog Kiruba.com as one of India's top blogs.
Kiruba is a rowing champion and has captained the Sify Rowing Team to four championship titles. He has participated in Chennai and Bangalore marathons. His recent passion is Ultimate Frisbee.
Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Founder, Stanford's Center for Internet and Society
Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
For much of his career, Professor Lessig focused on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. He represented web site operator Eric Eldred in the ground-breaking case Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. His current academic work addresses a kind of "corruption."
Linda Rogers is responsible for developing strategies that connect Sun Microsystems with some of the most important communities of long-term, critical importance to the company. She brings 15 years of experience in the technology and consulting industries to her current role as Director of Global Communities at Sun. Global Communities is globally dispersed team that collaborates with governments, academic institutions, student communities and civil society organizations to drive an understanding of how technology can be used to transform opportunity in both emerging and developed nations.
Linda concurrently also serves as the Director of the Sun Giving Fund, which focuses on empowering and enabling participation of global citizens and communities by leveraging Sun's technology portfolio, as well through cash grants and other in-kind donations.
Prior to her current positions, Linda was the Chief of Staff to the EVP and Chairman of Europe, APAC and Emerging Markets at Sun and has held multiple strategy and human resources roles throughout her six year career there.
Before joining Sun, Linda held various management and consulting positions with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Allied Irish Banks. She holds an Master of Science Degree in Training and Human Resources from the University of Leicester and multiple Strategy and Planning, Organization Design and Human Capital qualifications from University of Southern California and National College of Ireland.
Designer, User Interface Specialist, Technologist, Journalist, Hardware Hacker, Researcher, etc. etc.
Nick has worked in numerous different industries within the context of design, research & development, technology and storytelling. He is currently the Design Integration Editor for The New York Times and the User Interface Specialist & Researcher for The New York Times Research & Development Lab working on a variety of research projects and exploring technologies that could become commonplace in the next 2-10 years. His work in the R&D Labs includes exploring and prototyping content and interaction on futuristic flexible digital displays, a vast array of mobile applications and devices, Times Reader, Print-to-mobile SMS, Semacode integration, content in the living room and context aware sensors. Nick is also the co-founder, with Michael Young, of Shifd.com, a startup within The New York Times that helps people shift content easily between multiple devices. Shifd recently won 'Best overall Hack' at last years Yahoo! Hack Day. Nick's work has been profiled regularly in multiple books, magazines, newspapers and websites.
Outside of The Times, Nick teaches at User Interaction Design and Future Journalism at NYU in the Interactive Telecommunications Program. He also helped co-found NYCResistor, a hacker space in Brooklyn which offers hardware and programming classes and allows people to collectively work on innovative open source hardware and robotics projects.
Executive Coordinator, Overmundo Instituto
Before joining Overmundo, Oona coordinated the Open Business Models - Latin America project for the Center for Technology and Society at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A graduate of the Journalism program at the Cásper-Líbero University, she is a founding member of Intervozes, the Brazilian Social Communication Collective and has worked at other institutions including São Paulo's Municipal Government, the British Council and VisitBritain.
Xeni Jardin (say: /SHEH-nee zhar-DAN/) is a tech culture journalist, co-editor of the collaborative blog Boing Boing, and host and executive producer of the daily internet video program Boing Boing Video.
She has hosted, produced, and/or created tech culture events including Wired Magazine's Nextfest, and the Investment Capital Conference (which, in its 15th year, is the world's longest-running venture capital conference)
Previously, she was Vice President of Rising Tide Studios (RTS), the publishing company behind Silicon Alley Reporter, Digital Coast Reporter, and other tech publications. Xeni served as Senior Writer and oversaw the company's annual conference series, which included The Rising Tide Summit (hosted by Charlie Rose of "The Charlie Rose Show" and "60 Minutes II"), Silicon Alley 2001, Wireless 2001, The International Network, Internet Healthcare 2001, The Venture Capital Summit, Digital Coast 2000, as well as a series of invite-only CEO gatherings. Participants and speakers included CEOs, authors, artists, and thought leaders from business, media, academia and government.
Before joining RTS, she worked with former executives from Sun and BEA to launch an internet technology company in Silicon Valley.
She was previously Supervisor of Enterprise Web Technology at Latham & Watkins, one of the world's largest law firms. The online litigation support projects she directed were cited as industry-leading examples of legal technology.
Based in Los Angeles, she travels extensively, and has studied over a dozen languages including Maohi (Tahitian), Quiché and Kakchikel Maya (Guatemala), Nahuatl (an indigenous language of Mexico), Mandarin Chinese, and Yoruba (Nigeria)