Confirmed Participants

Some of the confirmed participants, in no particular order ...

Chris Baume is a Senior Research Engineer at BBC R&D in London, and the BBC lead for the Orpheus project. His research interests span a number of areas including object-based broadcasting, semantic audio analysis, interaction design and spatial audio. He is currently developing an object-based audio production system as part of Orpheus, and semantic audio production tools as part of his PhD research at the University of Surrey. Chris is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the BBC’s audio research group where he leads the production tools research.

Ashley Blewer is an audiovisual archivist, technologist, and enthusiast. She cares about education (especially in tech), access (especially to moving images), the act of creation (especially on the web), and good archival practice (especially with digital formats). She is an active contributor to MediaConch, a open source digital video file conformance checker software project, and QCTools, an open source digitized video analysis software project. She also works at New York Public Library as an applications developer.

Dan Schultz (@slifty) is a civic hacker and Senior Creative Technologist at the Internet Archive. He is also a Knight News Challenge winner, a graduate from the MIT Media Lab, and Carnegie Mellon University, and a Knight-Mozilla Fellow. At the Archive he works as part of the TV News Team building out a video Artificial Intelligence pipeline.

Joanna S. Kao is data visualisation journalist at the Financial Times. She was previously a multimedia reporter and interactive developer who covered veterans issues, immigration and homelessness at Al Jazeera America. She creates immersive long form story templates, experiments with audio storytelling and explores theater-related data in her spare time. She has a bachelors degree in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and enjoys living at the intersection of computer science, design and journalism.

Alex Norton is a software engineer at BBC News Labs, the digital innovation arm of BBC News, working on tools for journalists and new audience experiences. He lives in London and likes music, beer and the outdoors.

Tracey Jaquith is Archive Lead; Data Storage and Web Architect at the Internet Archive. Tracey was a founding coder and the system architect for the Internet Archive in 1996, writing multi-threaded servers and crawlers, as well as parallel processing code. Tracey holds a Master's and Bachelor's degree in computer science from Cornell University where she focused on machine vision and robotics.

Outside of work, she has worked on political campaigns and is a road biker, seamstress, video producer, and time-lapse digital photography enthusiast. She adores her longhaired, beautiful, clawed ball of fluff at home and defies her diagnosed cat allergy. Tracey Jaquith @tracey_pooh

Elliot Bentley is Graphics editor at The Wall Street Journal. Interested in journalism, technology, design and the intersection of all three. In his spare time he works on @oTranscribe.

Bailey Smith, Co-founder, CTO PopUp Archive. Bailey holds a Master’s in Information Management and Systems from the UC Berkeley School of Information and is a full-stack engineer with experience in application development, information management and user-centered design. She previously worked at Yahoo and as a user experience researcher and designer for Code for America and Pivotal Labs. She has also engaged intimately with media production as the producer of the radio documentary, Local Hire, an exploration of the rise and fall of film production in North Carolina. Bailey is a winner of the 2012 Knight News Challenge: Data. She loves podcasts and problem solving.

Mark Boas is co-maker of jPlayer (an HTML5 audio/video library) and Hyperaudio (a technology that allows the remixing of media from transcripts). Mark is also a 2012 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow with Al Jazeera, co-founder of

Based in Italy, Mark has spent the last 6 years researching and developing transcript-powered-media tech.


Eimi Okuno is a Software Engineer at the Media Distribution team at the BBC. She works on backend components (mainly in Python and Java 8) to support optimal content distribution for the BBC. Originally aspiring to be an Artist, she discovered the interluding world of art and technology and transitioned to become an engineer. Eimi has completed her Fine Art undergraduate degree at the Slade School of Fine Art and her Computer Science master’s degree at University College London. She is keen to help diversify the tech industry and enjoys watching films in her free time.

Gideon Goldberg is a developer at The Guardian based in London. He has a particular interest in Video workflows having worked on these both at The Guardian and previously at the BBC. He is a longstanding advocate and practitioner of accessible media and ran a session at SRCCON entitled 'How Facebook made video captioning cool'.

Molly Schwartz is the Studio Manager at the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). METRO's studio includes an audio recording booth, imaging and digitization station, AV media transfer rack, and media migration and recovery station. She is also the host and producer of METRO’s podcast, Library Bytegeist. She loves exploring how people communicate about technologies and how technologies communicate about us.

Molly recently moved to New York City from the Nordics, where she was a PhD student in Media and Communications at Malmö University and was a Fulbright grantee at the Aalto University Media Lab in Helsinki in 2014-2015. She holds a master's degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland at College Park and a BA/MA in History from the Johns Hopkins University.


Gary Katsevman is a Senior Software Engineer at Brightcove and the lead maintainer for Video.js. During his time at Brightcove, he worked on TTML and WebVTT support for the Brightcove Player and integrating WebVTT support into Video.js.

Outside of work, Gary likes playing board games and video games, watch movies, and read books. @gkatsev

Laurian Gridinoc is a computational linguist, full stack developer, Knight-Mozilla Fellow, digital nomad, Semantic Web nostalgic and aspiring cinematographer. He's worked with BBC and Al Jazeera, helped build's infrastructure while hacking on

Joscha Jäger (@OpenHypervideo) is a creative technologist and researcher, working for more than 7 years in the realm of web-native hypervideo formats, time-based interaction concepts and video search interfaces. He has a strong focus on film as information architecture, collaborative editing systems for non-linear film, and user-driven annotation systems. In the last years, he was involved in several large scale research efforts towards the preservation and digital accessibility of audiovisual archives, as well as future film production and distribution cycles based on linked open data and semantic web technologies.

He co-organized the “Workshop on Interactive Content Consumption” (WSICC) at ACM TVX from 2014-2016, served as a mentor at the “Popathon” HackJams for web-native storytelling and is continuously developing the “FrameTrail” Open Hypervideo Environment. More info:,

Shawn Van Every, Academic Director NYU TISCH School of the Arts. Shawn is a researcher, professor and consultant. His focus is on emerging technologies related to media creation, distribution and interaction. His projects generally involve development of tools that help to make low cost media making, distribution and interactivity possible. Specifically he works with online audio/video and mobile devices. His teaching is varied and includes courses on participatory and social media, programming, mobile technologies and interactive telephony. Recently Shawn was honored with the David Payne Carter award for excellence in teaching. He has demonstrated, exhibited and presented work at many conferences and technology demonstrations including O'Reilly's Emerging Telephony, O'Reilly's Emerging Technology, ACM Multimedia, Vloggercon and Strong Angel II. He was a co-organizer of the Open Media Developers Summit, Beyond Broadcast (2006) and iPhoneDevCamp NYC. Additionally, Shawn runs a consultancy to help companies better utilize technology for putting audio and video on the internet. His clients have ranged from Disney and Morgan Stanley to many start-ups.Shawn holds a Master's degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU and a Bachelor's degree in Media Study from SUNY at Buffalo.

Jonty Usborne (@JontyUsborne) is an engineer at BBC News Labs, helping build innovative production tools for journalists and novel audience experiences. With a background in radio production, he’s particularly focused in the audio, voice and transcription domains.

Previously, Jonty worked on the team behind the BBC’s HTML5 and Flash video players, which handle encoding/format selection and adaptive-bitrate playback. He is also a contributor to DASH Industry Forum’s dash.js project – a javascript framework for building MPEG-DASH players.

Blaine Cook, Principal Architect at Condé Nast; has an [un-]healthy interest in portable rich text. Previously, founded Poetica as a way of exploring collaboration on prose, and before that spent time in the standards mines working on OAuth, which he started (profuse apologies) while building v0 of Twitter's API.

Adam Arling is a Front-End / JavaScript Developer at Northwestern Library's Repository and Digital Curation Department, working partially on the Avalon Media Project. Currently we're focusing on writing client-side applications using IIIF manifest representations of A/V content.

Steven Villereal is the Audiovisual Conservator in the Preservation Services department at the University of Virginia Library, where he oversees preservation reformatting of analog audio and video collections as well as providing preservation planning for new, born-digital production projects.

Austin Dillman is Director of Marketing at Rev provides on-demand transcription and closed caption services to more than 100,000 customers around the world by utilizing a marketplace of 10,000 freelancers.

Jane Chirinian is the founder of Geek Team, a computer services company dedicated to helping businesses and professionals use new technology to enhance their work.

Julie H. Setbon is CEO of iProbe Multilingual Solutions, Inc. an NYC company that provides live event and audio visual services as well as transcription, translation and subtitling services for TV & Film. Julie is her company’s front end web developer and webmaster. She has a Masters degree in Latin American Studies from Leiden University in The Netherlands and studied at the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City. Julie speaks fluently Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish and is proficient in Brazilian Portuguese.

Reese Barbour is Product Manager at Rev provides on-demand transcription and closed caption services to more than 100,000 customers around the world by utilizing a marketplace of 10,000 freelancers.

Maria Whitaker, Head Digital Media Software Development, Library Technologies, Indiana University Bloomington

John Luther has worked in video technology for over 15 years. At On2 Technologies, he oversaw the company's VPx video compression technologies and Flix Cloud transcoding service. After Google acquired On2 in 2010, John managed HTML5 video technologies in the Chrome web browser (which included the WebVTT implementation) and led the WebM open video project. He is currently SVP of Product Strategy at JW Player.

Heather Shapiro, Technical Evangelist for Microsoft in NYC

Vanessa Dennis, Director of Product, PBS NewsHour

Kavya Sukumar, Vox Media

Matthew Hettich, Producer Relations Manager at Detour

David Riordan, Chief Technology Innovation Officer at the Brown Institute, Columbia Journalism School

Dave Rice,

Eileen Clancy, Researcher/film-video archivist at CUNY.

Travis L Wagner, Phd at School of Library and Information Sciences, University of South Carolina

Graham Griffith, radio producer and Independent Media Strategist

Ryan Mark, Vox Media

Evol Greaves, Lead Software Engineer JW Player

Brian Foo

Remote Participants

Some folks that could not make it in person but will be participating remotely.

Sean M. Tracey, Labs Developer at FT . Sean calls himself a technologist, which is a fancy way of saying he still hasn’t decided what he wants to do with technology – other than everything. Sean has spent his career trying to avoid getting ‘proper’ jobs, and as such has had a hand in making a variety of fun and interesting projects, including a singing statue of Lionel Richie, wearable drum kits, chopstick bagpipes, timetelling hats, and a life-sized Elvis Presley robot, to name only a few.

Matthew Shotton is a research engineer at BBC R&D. He created and maintains the open source VideoContext library, a video rendering engine which allows you to create dynamic and interactive video content on the web. He's currently working on a project exploring the ways AI and Machine Learning can be used in a live production environment."

Alberto Pettarin, senior SW engineer in the text-to-speech R&D team at Nuance Communications in Turin, Italy.

Ian Collins, Glitch Media

Shivanku Kumar

Winter Shanck, Archivist at


Corbin Ordel is a multimedia artist with a special interest in video and open source computer vision.

He is based in New York City and is a recent graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at The New York University Tisch School of the Arts

Emma Kazaryan is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. She holds a master's degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Creative Writing with a minor in Photography from Baruch College, CUNY.

She is ethnically Armenian who was born in Georgia and grew up in Russia. Her passion is covering international affairs, particularly post-Soviet geopolitics and the Middle East. In the past she has extensively worked on the Khojaly massacre controversy in Nargono-Karabakh and frozen conflict in Abkhazia.


Pietro Passarelli Is a software developer and documentary filmmaker.

2016 Knight-Mozilla fellow, at Vox Media in NYC, where he worked on Prior to that he has worked in documentary video production for the BBC, and as newsroom developer at the Times and Sunday Times.

His background is originally in Anthropology from Goldsmiths. He has an MA in Documentary films from LCC and one in Computer Science form UCL.


Ben Moskowitz Is a public interest technologist based in NYC.

He leads development for innovation at the International Rescue Committee and previously led development strategy for the Mozilla Foundation.