Sam Patteson was raised in the bucolic and isolated Shenandoah Valley near Staunton, Virginia. He has had many jobs in his life including coppersmith, construction worker, bartender, door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, and most recently, lead mobile software engineer at Rosetta Stone, where he designs and implements apps enjoyed by millions worldwide.
Sam has written plays, essays, and short stories, some of which have been taught as part of the writing curriculum for James Madison University and Ithaca College. He is the editor-in-chief of the alt-monthly RANT magazine.
Lisa B. Woods
Lisa B. Woods is an interaction designer who is exploring how digital platforms can enhance the creativity of everyday people. Lisa is excited to see that design is shifting away from generating closed artifacts and moving toward making more open and collaborative systems that flex and adapt to people's needs. She earned her MFA in Design from California College of the Arts in 2013.
Lisa is part of the digital magic that is thirteen23.
Michael Heath Pecorino
Michael Heath Pecorino was born and raised in the violent, verdant backwater of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In the damp swarm of mosquitoes and confederate flags, he chose to attach to escapism: comic books, art, music, and eventually hallucinogenic drugs, all of which led to innumerable interests in the larger subjects of philosophy, chaos theory, and Eastern mysticism.
Heath is a founding member of Ampersand Arts in Staunton, Virginia, and has participated as a writer, director, actor, and musician in a number of performances.
Shaun is part product designer, rapid prototyper, data visualizer, and app developer. His passion is pitching, building, and testing new products in the contextual computing & mobile space. When he's not thinking about products or building mobile apps, Shaun is competing in hackathons and mentoring new developers.
Shaun is currently Sr Software Engineer at RetailMeNot's Innovation group in Austin, Texas.