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WEB09, The User Experience Web Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 17-18 April 2009

David Karp – USA, New York

David Karp

David is the founder of Tumblr in New York city. The Tumblr service is one of the hottest blogging platforms on the internet today. This service, which has a simple user interface, has over 790,000 users and is growing rapidly. We use Tumblr to power the Web09 news section using the Tumblr API.

David will also be speaking at South by Southwest this year about the Tumblr platform.

Steve Smith – USA, Mishawaka

Steve Smith

Steve is a recognized authority on front-end development and interface design. He is an entrepreneur, founder of Ordered List, and co-founder of Sidebar Creative , both of which are outlets for his professional work. And as an author, public speaker, and University of Notre Dame professor, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others.

Tim Heuer – USA, Arizona

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Tim Heuer is a program manager for Microsoft Silverlight working on the developer community team. Tim has worked with Microsoft developer tools and technologies since the early 1990s. Tim recently spoke at Riapalooza an event for promoting the development of Rich Internet Applications. You can find him online sharing his findings of technology at his blog.

Ryan Stewart – USA, Seattle

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Ryan is Adobes platform evangelist for AIR, Flash, Flex, Flash Catalyst and more. He also is lucky enough to travel around the world with the Adobe Max conference and see first hand what leading companies are doing across the globe. Since joining Adobe Ryan can often been seen with a video camera in one hand and a microphone in the other hanging outside top secret meetings within the company. When Ryan is not working on Adobe projects he is on ZDNet writing The Universal Desktop, a blog about all current web technologies and company strategies to leverage them.

Philip Fierlinger – New Zealand, WGN

Philip Fierlinger currently practices design at Xero. He has also founded iconic US digital design firm, whose clients included Apple, Sony and Macromedia. Before joining Xero, Philip worked for acclaimed web agency Shift, working on the and IRD websites. His work has garnered numerous design accolades, including two Webby Awards.

Dan Rubin – USA, Florida

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Dan is a highly accomplished user interface designer and usability consultant, with over ten years of experience as a leader in the fields of web standards and usability, specifically focusing on the use of XHTML and CSS to streamline development and improve accessibility.

His passion for all things creative and artistic isn’t a solely selfish endeavor either–you’ll frequently find him waxing educational about a cappella jazz and barbershop harmony, interface design, usability, web standards, typography, and graphic design in general.

Dan also has contributed to sites like:
- Blogger
- the CSS Zen Garden
- Yahoo!
- Small Business and Microsoft’s portal

He is also contributing author of Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation (2nd Edition, friends of ED, 2003), technical reviewer for Beginning CSS Web Development (Apress, 2006), The Art & Science of CSS (SitePoint, 2007) and Sexy Web Design (SitePoint, 2009), and coauthor of Pro CSS Techniques (Apress, 2006) and Web Standards Creativity (friends of ED, 2007). He spends his professional time on a variety of online and offline projects for Sidebar Creative, Webgraph, and Black Seagull, and consults on design, user interaction and online publishing for Garcia Media. Dan writes about web standards, design and life in general on his blog,

John Casasanta – Chicago USA

John Casasanta

John Casasanta is the founder of and the creator or Macheist the #1 Mac software promotion site. tap tap tap are know for their iPhone applications including "Where To", "Classics" and "Tipulator". Where To was recently sold, no details have been released yet but you can read more about Where To online.

If you have not read the tap tap tap blog you should, it contains many gems about the iPhone and how to build successful apps for this platform. We are very excited to have John at WEB09 and know that John will be able to provide incredible insight in how to succeed on the iPhone platform.

Paul Burnett – Australia

Paul Burnett has pretty much the longest title here. "Senior Worldwide Evangelist, Creative Solutions, Adobe Systems Incorporated". Paul gets to speak at many of the coolest flash conferences in the world and has just got back from Flash in the Can and Flash on the Beach and not to mention Adobe Max.

You can also catch Paul on Adobe TV in his segment Flash Downunder. Before joining Adobe, Burnett worked in the web, multimedia and video industries for more than 18 years running his own company, MAD (Multimedia Art Design), and winning many awards including five Macromedia/Adobe Site of the Day awards.

Pamela Fox – Australia

Pamela is a graduate from the USC Computer Science Department (BS/MS, with minors in 3d Animation + Linguistics). She has been living in San Francisco as a Google Maps API Support Engineer.

Pamela's session will show the full spectrum of map mashups, from the utterly unusable to the divinely designed, and she wants to help your maps be the latter.

Rod Drury – New Zealand, WGN

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Rod is the founder and CEO of Xero, the NZX-listed online accounting solution for Small Businesses. Xero was listed in the top 10 best User Interfaces for 2008 by Jacob Nielson (usability expert).

He also won a World Class New Zealand award in 2008 and was NZ Hi-Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and again in 2007. Rod won the Absolutely Creatively Wellington Award in 2007.

Dylan Schiemann – Phoenix, USA

Dylan Schiemann

Dylan Schiemann is CEO of SitePen and co-founder of the Dojo Toolkit, an open source JavaScript toolkit for rapidly building web sites and applications, and is an expert in the technologies and opportunities of the Open Web.

Under his guidance, SitePen has grown from a small development firm to a leading provider of inventive tools, skilled software engineers, knowledgeable consulting services, and top-notch training and advice. Dylan's commitment to R&D has enabled SitePen to be a major contributor to or creator of pioneering open source web development toolkits and frameworks like Dojo, cometD, DWR, and Persevere.

Corrina Barber – USA, Washington

Corrina Barber is a user experience designer at Microsoft with a background in both user experience design and computer science. She has worked on various aspects of Visual Studio since 2001 including editor and code navigation, languages, Visual Studio Team System, and now Silverlight. Prior to joining Microsoft she worked as an independent contractor designing and developing websites with a particular focus on creating rich interactive and aesthetically pleasing user experience sites. Corrina can be found online at her blog.

Andrew Spaulding – Australia, Sydney

Andrew is a systems Engineer for Adobe in Australia. He has worked as User Interface developer for Achilles Foundation, then joined Macromedia in 2005.

Andrew runs the blog FlexDaddy which covers many technologies like Flex, Flash and AIR. Andrew is also an Adobe Certified Flex Instructor so I am sure he will be able to answer many difficult Flex questions as required.

Karl von Randow – New Zealand, AKL

Karl is the co-founder of award winning web and iPhone studio Cactuslab. Since the launch of the iPhone 3G, Karl has been hard at work on his iPhone apps Mobile Fotos and Send Contact. And when he is not building iPhone apps he is working on his acclaimed software Charles, For WEB09 Karl will be focusing on the iPhone applications and the opportunities that exist for this amazing platform.

Arturo Toledo – USA

Arturo Toledo is the UX Technical Product Manager at Redmond. He is responsible for producing UX and Designer training resources for customers and field as well as helping the training partner ecosystem grow. Arturo studied architecture at La Salle University in Mexico City, did additional media and visualization studies at the University of Arizona. Post graduation, Arturo applied his multimedia design and development skills and founded Milton Frank Studio, a boutique interactive development studio.

Jarred Bishop - New Zealand, WGN

Jarred is the creator of hypetape and a freelance designer/developer from Wellington.
Prior to shifting to the capital he worked for fracture for 2+ years. Current clients include fracture, resn, and salted herring.
When he is not working he is blogging his thoughts on his tumblr blog and updating his company site jdb2.

Greg Amer – New Zealand, AKL

Greg is the CTO and co-founder of leading New Zealand mobile application developer SimWorks. SimWorks has been developing mobile applications since 2001, originally for Symbian and over time expanding to J2ME, Blackberry and now Android. For WEB09 Greg will be talking about Google Android, the open source java-based mobile phone platform.

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All the below workshops will be held on the Thursday 16th of April.
Workshops are only for WEB09 delegates. Select which workshop/s you want to attend when buying your WEB09 ticket.

MIX Essentials


MIX Essential brings you the latest news from MIX09 held in Las Vegas in March 2009. Full day, 3 session workshop on Silverlight 3, and User Experience Design, Expression Blend and Visual Studio and much much more.

*This workshop is only available to WEB09 ticket holders.


Rapid Prototyping in Flash Workshop


Rapid prototyping is essential to the success of Web 2.0 projects and companies like Google, Flickr, 37signals, Adaptive Path, among many others.

This workshop provides hands-on lessons for building rapid prototypes in Flash (no experience in Flash necessary). Flash prototyping is a simple yet extremely powerful way to quickly create, evaluate and iterate design concepts to weed out bad ideas and produce great design solutions.

Design Building Blocks: Creating Grids and Color Pallets


As a discipline, design isn't new, and neither are the basic tools we have at our disposal to bring great design to the web. These tools aren't software, but rather basic principals of art & design—tips and tricks that have been around for centuries. In this 3-hour workshop, Dan will show you how to create grid systems and perfect color pallets, and introduce you to the wonderful world of CSS grid frameworks.

The exciting new capabilities of HTML5 and CSS3


HTML 4 has been industry standard for a long time. The recent draft proposal of HTML 5 introduces a number of new elements and ideas. This workshop will explore the developments and discuss how and when HTML 5 will become a reality. Additionally CSS 3 is destined to transform web interface design by introducing new techniques.

What you will learn:
* Understanding the new HTML 5 elements.
* Using HTML 5 in your application layout.
* Getting the most out of CCS 3 today.