Ben Galbraith, together with his long-time friend Dion Almaer, forms one-half of the dynamic "Ben and Dion" duo that founded Ajaxian.com, headed Developer Tools at Mozilla, ran Developer Relations at Palm and is now working on a new start-up called Set Direction. Ben's been writing code since he was six and starting businesses since he was ten; he's written books, given hundreds of award-winning presentations world-wide, produced a few technical conferences, sold two companies, and has held CEO, CIO, CTO, Software Architect positions in medical, publishing, media, consumer eletronics, advertising, software and internet industries. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and five children.
David Boloker is a Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technical Officer for Emerging Internet Technologies in IBM Software Group. Previously, he held the position of Chief Technical Officer for Java Technologies. David is recognized in and outside IBM as a technical leader in the Internet software space guiding IBM's investments as well as internal product development. David's recent responsibilities included shaping IBM’s Next-Generation Web strategy as it relates to HTML5, Mobile and collaboration. He co-founded and is chairing the Open Ajax Alliance as well as researching new areas in software design. Additionally, he spends about a third of his time working in the venture capital and startup communities partnering and discussing various trends and directions in the internet and BigData areas. Previous to joining Software Group, David worked at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and the Cambridge Scientific Center doing research in the area of remote distribution and control of complex hardware and software systems and secure internet gateways.
Dion Almaer is the founder of a brand new company named Set Direction where he has the pleasure of working with Ben Galbraith. The pair co-founded Ajaxian.com together and they are now focused on helping developers deliver fantastic experiences and working to set the direction of the software industry as a whole. Dion has been a technologist and a developer writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog at almaer.com/blog. He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter @dalmaer.
Internet technologist, entrepreneur, user experience advocate, kitesurfer, photographer and father of three, Michael Peachey specializes in taking advantage of new technologies to solve long-standing business problems. In 2000, at a time when few believed the browser could support real interaction capabilities, Michael co-founded General Interface (GI) to enable developers to build web applications that behaved like desktop software. General Interface was acquired by TIBCO Software (TIBX) in 2004. Currently, Michael leads engineering and design for General Interface, TIBCO Formvine, and other assorted efforts at TIBCO, and is Executive Producer of TIBCO's global User Experience Group. Michael¹s current new venture is an effort to lighten the load on IT by leveraging various cloud deployments to bridge the gap between business users and their own business processes.
Project Leads Council
Dylan Schiemann (Dojo Toolkit), Will Riley (Lucid Desktop), Kris Zyp (Persevere), Simone Bordet (cometD), David Marginian (DWR), John-David Dalton (Lo-Dash), Alex Sexton (Jed), Richard Backhouse (Zazl), Jesse Costello-Good (General Interface), Jérôme Giraud (Wink Toolkit), Antonio Cisternino (AnimeJ), James Burke (RequireJS), Dan Gisolfi (Opencoweb), Jens Arps (EmbedJS), and Rex Young (Fast Messenger).