The 2008 NetSquared Conference, a Mashup Challenge, will bring together a unique mix of people from the public and private sectors to develop and release mashups (web application hybrids) designed to provide deeper insight into the social issues affecting communities around the globe.
This year's panelists represent projects tackling a diversity of issues, including the rebuilding of the city of New Orleans, archiving of the congressional record, and global genocide.
Michael Dale is the main developer of MetaVidWiki Software.
Ben Drexler is an information technology associate for the Genocide Intervention Network, which is behind the Anti-Genocide project.
Janessa Goldbeck is the Director of Membership at the Genocide Intervention Network. A recent graduate of Northwestern University, Janessa holds a Bachelor of Science in Magazine Journalism, a certificate in African Studies, and a certificate in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training in Uganda.
Janessa is a former member of the national STAND Managing Committee where she served as STAND's first National Outreach Coordinator and oversaw the efforts of STAND chapters at more than 500 schools nationwide.
Since graduating, Janessa has produced several short films on the student anti-genocide movement and appeared at numerous conferences, forums, and trainings on behalf of STAND and the Genocide Intervention Network.
Alan Gutierrez is Project Designer for City of New Orleans: A Mashup for Citizen Monitoring of the Recovery.
Abram Stern (aka aphid) is a net.artist and garden pest. His artwork primarily engages aesthetics of participation, blurring the line between author/creator and viewer/consumer.
Stern has a BFA in Digital Media from San Francisco Art Institute and a MFA in Digital Arts/New Media from UC Santa Cruz.
Metavid, an archive of US congressional floor proceeding video, began as the collaborative MFA thesis project of its principal participants
Abram Stern and Michael Dale. Metavid appropriates C-SPAN's re-transmission of government-produced video and uses closed captions to enable timed text searches.
Video is provided at two sizes, encoded in a DRM-free open source video codec. All video, associated metadata, and the project's source code are made freely available to the public.
Francine Stock is an artist, curator, and historian.
In 2006, she was awarded a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts to create the New Orleans Virtual Archive. The NOVA will incorporate original images from the slide archive at Tulane School of Architecture with images of the city post-Katrina and plans for renewal. The NOVA will be publicly accessible through the new LUNA browser with an expected release in June 2008.
Stock also serves as the Registrar for DOCOMOMO - New Orleans, an organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of manifestations of the modern movement in New Orleans.
Susan E. Walters
Susan Walters represents the California Emerging Technology Fund.
Ben Drexler from the Genocide Intervention Network describes the various tools they have created to help citizens easily evaluate and contact their legislators and thus advocate more effectively to stop genocide in Darfur and elsewhere. He also petitions for support to develop new projects for the same purpose.
Alan Gutierrez presents a citizen-driven mapper that tracks home demolitions and the recovery effort in New Orleans and sheds light on how government funding for demolitions is being used for other purposes than to target the intended neighborhoods.
Abram Stern describes the MetaVid project, a searchable video archive of congressional proceedings, and the difficulties they faced in trying to organize hundreds of hours of video and make it useful for citizens.