Urban Botany Advisors:
Pippa Brashear: Pippa is a landscape designer and urban planner whose work strives to integrate design and planning in improving the public realm, specifically making spaces of transportation successful public places. Through her professional work and academic endeavours she has developed a focus on transportation, where design, planning, and public input can come together to create successful places for movement and activity in our communities. Pippa has been working in New York City for three years since receiving her masters in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She has worked with the firm Wallace Roberts and Todd and as a freelance consultant.
Javier de la Torre, CEO and founder, Vizzuality: Javier is CEO and co-founder of Vizzuality. Over the past 10 years has been working on the field of Biodiversity Informatics. First on the academia side, working at different research institutions, and later from the private side. During this time he gained strong experience in the social and technical aspects of data sharing while mobilizing vast amounts of Biodiversity data on Internet. He is a recognized expert on biodiversity standards, and is well-known on the geospatial community, specially on Open Source. He is frequently invited to speak on topics including biodiversity, data visualization, conservation, citizen science, open data and web GIS and has presented at Geoweb, FOSS4G and TDWG. Javier has a strong interest in the distribution and conservation of species on Earth and how we can help to conserve them through the use of technology and collaboration over Internet. Javier studied Agriculture Enginner in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Freie Universität Berlin. He is a professor at the Master on Global Environmental Change at the IE University on Data Analysis and Data Visualization.
Patrick Barry: Patrick is software ninja at Google, developing Google Earth Builder and related geoweb products. Self-described as “programmer, beer snob, pun maker, food adventurist,” he is passionate about crafting social experiences both online and in person. He studied Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Melon, and computer science at North Carolina State University. He is a beer connoisseur and brewer living in the Mission District of San Francisco where he hosts a monthly beer sampling night.
Sophia Parafina: Sophia has worked in the geospatial industry for two decades in many roles ranging from sys admin, programmer, scientist, system architect, project manager, venture capitalist and chief technology officer. Recently, she was a Geographer at Infochimps, designing their location API. Previously, Sophia was Director of Operations at OpenGeo, Chief Technology Officer at IONIC Enterprise, and a Senior Program Manager at In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund. She has earned a MA in Geography, and has completed PhD coursework in Forestry at Texas A&M. She has worked extensively with implementing OGC standards and is currently working with OGC to improve scalability.
Ray Cha: Ray Cha is an interaction designer and product developer. He has worked for Columbia University, the Institute for the Future of the Book, and the design firm AvroKO. He co-authored a book on prefabricated architecture, “Prefab Now” for HarperCollins and was a consultant on “Museum of the Phantom City,” an iPhone app and website about unbuilt architecture proposals. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a masters degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Current research areas involve interaction design, urbanism, information design, data mining, and surveillance.