Richard Harper is Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge and co-manages the Socio-Digital Systems group. He completed his Phd at Manchester in 1989. Richard is concerned with how to design for ‘being human’ in an age when human-as-machine type metaphors, deriving from Turing and others, tend to dominate thinking in the area. Trained as a sociologist and with a strong passion for ordinary language philosophy, he has published over 120 papers. Amongst his prior books is the IEEE award winning The Myth of the Paperless Office (MIT Press,2002), co-authored with Abi Sellen. His most recent edited collected is The Connected Home: the future of domestic life (Springer, due Summer 2011).
His 10th book, Texture: Human expression in the age of communication overload, (MIT Press) has been awarded the Society of Internet Reseachers ‘Book of the Year (2011)’ award, and his keynote will draw on material from that book.
Tom Boellstorff is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University ofCalifornia, Irvine, and Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of theAmerican Anthropological Association. He is the author of The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality andNation in Indonesia (Princeton University Press, 2005); A Coincidence of Desires: Anthropology,Queer Studies, Indonesia (Duke University Press, 2007); and Coming of Age in Second Life: AnAnthropologist Explores the Virtually Human (Princeton University Press, 2008).
Mike Monello has been intimately involved in the creative development of every project that has come through Campfire’s doors. From Beta-7 for Sega and True Blood for HBO to Frenzied Waters for Discovery, he’s led work that has been awarded top honors at the One Show, Clio, Mixx, ad:Tech, and Addy awards. A vocal force in the world of transmedia storytelling, Mike has spoken at many prestigious events, including Futures of Entertainment at M.I.T. and SXSW Interactive. Prior to co-founding Campfire, Mike was a co-creator of ‘The Blair Witch Project’; a movie that changed the way marketers approached the Internet. Before that, he worked at the Florida Film Festival for five years, where he did everything from selling tickets to acting as program director. Mike graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Motion Picture Technology.
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