d.Construct 2006 is now over. See you next year!
He is a founding partner of Adaptive Path, and previously served as the Executive Interface Director for Wired Digital and Lycos Inc. In addition to lecturing and writing on Web design and development, Jeffrey has been active with the World Wide Web Consortium's CSS Editorial Review Board as an invited expert on electronic publishing. He was also a columnist for Webmonkey and is author of the acclaimed book “The Art & Science of Web Design”.
Jeremy Keith is a web developer living and working in Brighton, England. Working with the web consultancy firm Clearleft, Jeremy enjoys building accessible, elegant websites using the troika of web standards: XHTML, CSS and the DOM. His online home is adactio.com.
When he's not building websites, Jeremy plays bouzouki in the alt.country band, Salter Cane. He is also the creator and curator of one of the Web's largest online communities dedicated to Irish traditional music, The Session.
Simon Willison works for Yahoo! on the Technology Development team. He is an experienced client- and server-side developer and maintains a long running technical weblog. He is one of the hackers behind Django, the open-source Python web framework aimed at “web developers on journalism deadlines”.
Engaging, surprising, and inspiring, Derek Featherstone has a gift for taking a fresh look at virtually every aspect of web development and teaching it in a way that renews our passion for making the web better for everyone. Featherstone is an internationally-known authority on accessibility and web development, and a respected technical trainer, and author.
Creator of in-depth courses on HTML, CSS, DOM Scripting, and Web 2.0 applications, his approach never fails to champion the cause of web standards and universal accessibility. As founder of Furtherahead, he has been an in-demand consultant to government agencies, educational institutions and private sector companies since 1999. His wealth of experience and insight enables him to provide audiences with immediately applicable, brilliantly simple approaches to everyday challenges in website design. He serves on the Accessibility and DOM Scripting Task Forces of the Web Standards Project, and comments on a variety of subjects at the popular boxofchocolates.ca.
Thomas Vander Wal brings his 18 years experience as a designer, developer, information architect, and technosocial architect to solving his customer's problems. Thomas has been working on his Model of Attraction and Personal InfoCloud (and Local InfoCloud) as the focal point of his perspective for focussing on information beyond the page and around the needs of people in their life. In 2004 he coined the term folksonomy as a way to differentiate tagging solutions that allow people to best re-find information, from all other tagging solutions.
In 2005 Thomas incorporated InfoCloud Solutions to provide consulting and product development services to organisations that want to focus on providing their customers information solutions. In recent years Thomas has spoken and keynoted at a number of events including the IA Summit, SXSW, WebVisions and Design Engaged. Thomas was a technical lead for the founding of Boxes and Arrows magazine, helped found the what is now the Information Architect Institute, and is now on the Steering Committee for the Web Standards Project.
Aral Balkan is an internationally renowned expert on Rich Internet Applications and the Flash Platform. He coordinates Open Source Flash and provides consulting and training services through his Brighton-based company, Ariaware, to a range of clients who develop applications and web sites with Flash Platform technologies such as Macromedia Flash and Flex2, ARP, MTASC and AMES. His passions include Software Architecture and Human-Computer Interaction — in other words, making solid, usable applications.
Aral is a published author and has co-wrote the books “Flash MX Most Wanted Components” and “Flash MX Most Wanted 3D Cheats” for Apress and is the director of the London Macromedia User Group. Aral regularly gives talks at international Flash conferences. In 2006 he is scheduled to speak at FlashForward (US), Flash In The Can (Canada), Multimania (Belgium), Spark Europe (Netherlands) and d.Construct (UK).
You can read Aral's latest tutorials, catch up on the latest Flash and Flex news, and download open-source tools on his Rich Internet Applications blog, FlashAnt.org.
Jeff Barr is focused on furthering awareness among software developers of the opportunity to innovate and build businesses using Amazon Web Services. He runs the Amazon Web Services Blog, is a regular speaker on the international conference circuit and has keynoted events such as XTech and the Web 2.0 Conference. Jeff has a longstanding interest in Web services and programmatic information interchange. He has held development and management positions at KnowNow, eByz, Akopia, and Microsoft, and was a co-founder of Visix Software. Jeff joined Amazon in August 2002 as a Senior Software Developer on the Associates team.