2011 Gnomedex


Gnomedex Stage
November 2, 2011

10:30 Marcus Barnes-Cannon

11:15 Libby Tucker

12:45 Shawn Ahmed

1:30 Michael Haley

2:15 Chris Burgess

3:00 Pascal Schuback

3:45 Kent Nichols

4:30 Microsoft Robotics

For ten years, Gnomedex brought to the stage hundreds of thought leaders and many influencers before they were influential. This event is now coming out of retirement, if only for a day, to join the Seattle Interactive Conference experience and further engender this community's spirit. Innovation, inspiration, and ideation are still very much alive, and Gnomedex festivities will once again kindle excitement around these values. As has been true for every one of our past events, every Gnomedex participant will be treated like a VIP. Together, Gnomedex and SIC will ensure a successful and memorable event.


Gnomedex has a ten-year tradition of surfacing content that's sure to evoke conversation. Chris Pirillo and his team are working to ensure that this year is no different. NOTE: Gnomedex speaking slots are not paid for.



Kent Nichols

Ask A Ninja


In 2005, Kent Nichols co-created the pioneering web series Ask A Ninja. Since then, the series has been viewed over 140 million times, quoted on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, featured in the New York Times Magazine and won numerous awards, including the first YouTube Award for Best Series.   He’s spoken around the world and participated in many conferences including TED, PopTech
and SXSW.  In October 2010, Ask A Ninja relaunched with new formats on YouTube and at AskANinja.com.


Michael Haley


Functioning as Desired - By looking at both the human and the technical side together you can design, implement, and support systems, applications, and websites that are not just "functioning as designed" but "functioning as desired".

Michael has a PhD in Industrial Psychology, an MBA, and 25+ years of experience in IT, primarily in ECM (Enterprise Content Management).  His focus has been on how technology interfaces with people and processes, and how it relates to the bottom line.  In other words: Is it useful?  Does it add value?


Marcus Barnes-Cannon


Marcus Barnes Cannon is a third year student at Seattle University School of Law. His focus area is intellectual property and technology. His prior work has included research on privacy law for Professor Brian Rowe. Currently, he is writing a paper for publication on U.S. and E.U. privacy regulations as applied to cloud computing. In addition, he is conducting research on copyright law and technology for Professor Margaret Chon.


Christopher Burgess



Christopher is the Chief Security Officer and President Public Sector at Atigeo, LLC.  He most recently served as the senior security advisor to the CSO of Cisco where he led the Global Threat Analysis, Global Investigative Support, Government Security Office and Litigation Support Service teams. Prior to joining Cisco, he served for more than 30 years as a career intelligence officer within the Central Intelligence Agency. Christopher was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal by the CIA, in recognition of his sustained significant accomplishments in the national security arena. He sits on a number of advisory boards including Mayo Clinic's Social Media external advisory board and Rune Information Security. Burgess is also sought after speaker and writer, providing thought leadership on the topics of intellectual property protection, security stratagem, online safety & privacy, social media, security education and awareness, intelligence, counterintelligence, protecting against corporate/industrial espionage and global geopolitical/economic affairs.  Additionally, he is the co-author of Secrets Stolen, Fortune Lost: Preventing Intellectual Property Theft and Economic Espionage in the 21st Century.


Pascal Schuback



Pascal Schuback is a Core member and the Seattle city lead for CrisisCommons. Pascal's day time job is a full time Emergency Management Program Manager at King County Office of Emergency Management.  He is presenting on behalf of CrisisCommons and how they use the  integration of technology, open data in emergency management/public safety arena and global crisis and humanitarian aide.  With a focus to better prepare, plan, respond and recover from all types of disasters.


Libby Tucker



Founder & CEO of Beer2Buds and PromoBomb, Libby's passion for web and digital promotions began in 2001 when she wanted to send a friend a beer.  At a previous Gnomedex conference, Libby learned of the Pacific Garbage Patch from two attendees.  This discovery inspired her to take action and she started a project called Plastic Island (Twitter and #PlasticIsland, Goodbye Plastic Island Blog).  Incorporating technology and social promotions, QR Codes, and cause marketing campaigns, Libby is engaging brands to change their plastic ways in order to educate consumers and ultimately reduce waste to Plastic Island.


Shawn Ahmed

The Uncultured Project


Shawn Ahmed is a Canadian from Toronto. Prior to starting The Uncultured Project he was on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame. While there, Shawn was inspired by a speech made by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs (author of "The End of Poverty"). That speech inspired him to withdraw from grad school, liquidate his savings, and start The Uncultured Project. The project is not an organization, charity, or anything formal. It's Shawn's unplanned, unexpected, and "uncultured" journey to make the world a better place – one meaningful difference at a time. He does this by trying to be a bridge-maker. Shawn believes we can use the web and technology we already have to directly connect with those in need and help in a way that's tangible for everyone.



Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4


Greg Shirakyan, a developer on the team, used Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS4) and the first implementation of the RDS4 Reference Platform specifications from Parallax (EDDIE) to make it even easier to capture these memories with Roborazzi.  The party photographer is designed to wander autonomously, engaging people by detecting them using Microsoft Kinect’s skeletal tracking capabilities and once they’re in frame EDDIE snaps a pic. Once the image has been captured you can have the picture uploaded to Flickr.