Strand Theater San Francisco
January 11 - 12, 2016

Gayathri Rajan
VP, Product Management

Gayathri leads the product team for Brillo and Weave.

She joined Google in 2006 as product manager for Billing and Payments and helped build out a unified, global payments platform that's scaled to $70Bn in revenue and counting...

Prior to joining Google, Gayathri worked in engineering and product management positions at companies including Unilever, The Vanguard Group and Financial Engines.

Gayathri holds degrees in Chemical Engineering (Cambridge University) and Computer Science (University of Pennsylvania) as well as an MBA from Stanford University.

Chandu Thota
Engineering Director

Chandu Thota is an Engineering Director in Google's Mountain View office. He is responsible for Geo Location and Location Discovery efforts.

Rajat Monga
Tech Lead Manager, TensorFlow

Rajat Monga works on the Google Brain Team, where he is the Technical Lead and Manager for TensorFlow - an open source machine learning library, and the center of Google’s efforts at scaling up deep learning. He is particularly interested in learning from sequences, including video.

Prior to Google, as the Chief Architect and Direction of Engineering at Attributor, Rajat led the labs and operations and was responsible for the design of Attributor's core matching engine. He also hired the founding engineering team at Attributor to build it out. As a veteran developer Rajat has worked at eBay, Infosys, and a number of startups.

Krystal Higgins
Sr. UX Designer

Krystal Higgins is a Sr. UX designer who has been dedicated to Android Wear since the day she joined Google. Previously, she focused on designing wearable experiences at eBay. She’s also extremely passionate about designing engaging onboarding experiences for new users, and has focused much of her personal time writing about, presenting and teaching on the subject. Krystal rounds out her product design work with watercolor painting and scuba diving.

Daniel Holle
Product Manager, Android Auto

Daniel is a Product Manager on Android Auto, and together with his team builds Google's in car entertainment platform and car app ecosystem, based on Android.

Prior to Google Daniel was Director of Product at SmartThings, the open platform for the Internet of Things (acquired by Samsung).

Daniel holds a Master in European Business, a PhD in Technology and Innovation Management. He published a book and journal articles on product success factors, and was visiting scholar at the Berkeley Institute of Design. He is also a great fan of good espresso.

Rishi Chandra
VP, Product Management

Rishi Chandra is the lucky guy responsible for watching television for a living, leading product efforts for Chromecast and Android TV. Rishi joined Google in 2006 as product manager for Google Apps, Google's online suite of communication and collaboration tools for businesses and schools. Over three years, he helped build the product into one of the strategic growth initiatives for Google.

Prior to joining Google, Rishi worked as a consultant at strategy consulting firm Bain & Company. Rishi holds degrees in computer science and business administration from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MBA from Stanford University.

Rishi Chandra
VP, Product Management

Rishi Chandra is the lucky guy responsible for watching television for a living, leading product efforts for Chromecast and Android TV. Rishi joined Google in 2006 as product manager for Google Apps, Google's online suite of communication and collaboration tools for businesses and schools. Over three years, he helped build the product into one of the strategic growth initiatives for Google.

Prior to joining Google, Rishi worked as a consultant at strategy consulting firm Bain & Company. Rishi holds degrees in computer science and business administration from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MBA from Stanford University.

Timothy Jordan
Developer Advocate

Timothy leads Developer Advocacy at Google, an engineering-driven team dedicated to helping developers be more successful by informing and inspiring their work across all Google platforms. His goal is to help developers be successful with Google platforms, particularly with services spanning multiple devices. He loves solving problems and believes in improving life through science and art.

Dan Shapiro
Founder of Glowforge

Dan Shapiro is the CEO and cofounder of Glowforge, the 3D laser printer. Glowforge is the biggest crowdfunding campaign in history, with $27.9M in preorders in 30 days. Glowforge's wireless desktop system makes it simple for designers and engineers to take take products directly from digital design to reality. Dan is also the author of Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook, published by O'Reilly. Before founding Glowforge, Dan accidentally launched the bestselling boardgame in Kickstarter history when he crowdfunded Robot Turtles, a game that teaches programming fundamentals to preschoolers. Before his detour as a boardgame designer, Dan spent two years as CEO of Google Comparison, Inc, a Google subsidiary that operates comparison shopping products. Shapiro landed at Google when they bought his previous company, comparison shopping website Sparkbuy. Before Sparkbuy, Shapiro was founder and CEO of Photobucket Inc. (formerly Ontela).

Dan's been featured on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and on the front page of the New York Times. His game, Robot Turtles, can be purchased everywhere from Target to MOMA. He is a mentor for the Founder's Institute, 500 Startups, and Techstars. He has been awarded a dozen US patents, and received his B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Wayne Piekarski
Developer Advocate

Wayne Piekarski is a Developer Advocate at Google, focusing on Android, Wear, and Ubiquitous Computing. He has worked for 15 years in academia and industry in the areas of wearable computing, outdoor augmented reality, 3D user interfaces, and mobile devices, with a PhD from the University of South Australia. Wayne works to get developers excited about new mobile and wearable technologies, through conferences, social media, and training materials. He also works to advocate for developers within Google, ensuring developers have the right tools and information to support their work.

Scott Jenson
Interaction Designer

Scott Jenson leads the Physical Web at Google, enabling you to 'walk up and use' any device or object

Nirdhar Khazanie
Product Manager

Nirdhar Khazanie is a Product Manager at Google working in Geo, Privacy, and Security. Prior to joining Google, Nirdhar was a software engineer in defense systems at Northrop Grumman and Booz Allen Hamilton, specializing in mobile app development.

Nirdhar holds a masters degree in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University and a bachelors in Electrical Engineering from NC State University.

Jen Tong
Developer Advocate

Jenny is a Developer Advocate on Cloud at Google. In this role she helps developers build cool stuff on all sorts of platforms. Previously she worked in a wide variety of software roles from robotics at NASA, to developer advocacy for Google Glass.

She is passionate about education, especially on the subjects of technology and science. If she's away from her laptop, she's probably skating around a roller derby track, or hanging from aerial silk.

Mark Mandel
Developer Advocate

Mark Mandel is a Developer Advocate for the Google Cloud Platform. Hailing from Australia, Mark built his career developing backend web applications which included several widely adopted open source projects, and running an international conference in Melbourne for several years. Since then he has focused on becoming a polyglot developer, building systems in Clojure, Go, and JRuby on a variety of infrastructures. In his spare time he plays with his dog, trains martial arts and reads too much fantasy literature.

Bret McGowen
Developer Advocate

Prior to Google, Bret worked in the cloud industry at Rackspace as a software engineer building the RackConnect hybrid hosting product. Before that, he led engineering teams at e-commerce, non-profit and startup companies. He's often on the running trail, volleyball court or kickball field.

Brian Dorsey
Developer Advocate

Brian is a Developer Advocate on the Google Cloud Developer Relations team. This means he helps people build cool stuff with their APIs. He focuses on the open source Kubernetes cluster manager and the Cloud Platform, especially Compute Engine and Cloud Storage. Brian writes sample code and creates demos, presents at conferences, and creates screencasts. Feel free to drop him a note if you have any questions about their APIs.

Brian has taught Python at the University of Washington & spoken at both PyCon US & PyCon Japan. He's a bit of a Python fan. (understatement) He's currently learning Go and enjoying it.

Josh Gordon
Developer Advocate

Josh Gordon is a Developer Advocate at Google. He's passionate about teaching and education. His interests include Ubiquitous Computing, Machine Learning, and exploring the great outdoors.

Krispy Uccello
Developer Advocate

Krispy Uccello has been working in the technology sector for 20 years and for the last 5 years he has been part of the engineering teams at Google. He has founded/built startups and has worked for large organizations such as Nortel Networks, Unilever and the FDA. Over the last three years Krispy has been working with the game developer industry to help bring amazing game titles to the Android platform. TV and VR gaming is of particular interest to Krispy.

Eitan Marder-Eppstein
Project Tango Developer Engineering Lead

Eitan Marder-Eppstein is the Developer Engineering Lead for Google's Project Tango - which is a focused effort to bring computer vision and advanced sensor fusion to mobile platforms. Previously, he was President of hiDOF, a company that applied advanced algorithms from robotics to real world applications. He also worked at Willow Garage as a core contributor to the Robot Operating System (ROS), writing autonomous navigation software for mobile robots. In 2008, Eitan received his Masters in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis.

Sam Beder
Associate Product Manager

Sam Beder is an Associate Product Manager working on the Brillo developer experience. He previously worked on Google Image Search. Sam holds a masters degree in Computer Science and a bachelors degree in Mathematics from Stanford University.

Sunil Vemuri
Product Manager

Sunil Vemuri is a Product Manager for Google Voice Actions. Sunil is responsible for building the platform and enabling partner integrations with Actions. Prior to Google, he built and oversaw speech, mobile, and context-aware products and innovations at reQall, Apple, France Telecom, and MIT. He holds a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab for his work on an audio-based personal memory assistant.

Barnaby James
Software Engineer

Barnaby is a software engineer at Google leading an effort to voice enable third-party applications. Prior to Google, Barnaby was a software engineer at Adobe and several start-ups. Barnaby has a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Toronto and drinks A LOT of coffee.

Andrew Urman
Developer Relations PM

In his developer advocate role at Nest Labs, Andrew Urman is responsible for driving the growth of Works with Nest - the program designed to enable developers to build meaningful integrations between their products and Nest. Andrew works closely with developers, advocating for their success and drawing into his own background in developing for the Internet of Things to steer them towards integrations that are the most impactful. He can often be found at Hackathons and developer events around the country as well as on Twitter @urdizz

JP Gil
Interaction Designer

JP is a designer on the Android Wear team focused on app experiences. He's been at Google for more than 5 years and previously worked on YouTube and Emerging Markets initiatives. He's also one of the co-founders of the 20% project that became Android Wear. Before Google, JP worked in Europe and the US in UX and design agencies for small and big clients.

Hoi Lam
Developer Advocate

Hoi is a subject matter expert at Google for Wearables and Internet Of Things (IoT). He worked on the launch of Google Cast / Chromecast in Europe, Android Wear, Google Glass and the Google beacon platform.

Prior to joining Google, he founded Exahive to disrupt the mobile commerce marketplace with new technology and business models. Hoi was an Equity Research VP at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup between 2007-2012 advising technology CEOs, CFOs on corporate strategy and institutional investors on technology investments.

Before banking, he was an enterprise architect at Accenture heading up product management for large client programmes. Hoi holds a Master and Bachelor degree in Space Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Ani Mohan
Associate Product Manager


Andrew Warren
Product Manager


Laurens Feenstra
Product Manager

Laurens Feenstra is a product manager on the Brillo and Weave team, responsible for the Developer Console, as well as Google Services for devices such as Crash reporting, OTA updates, metrics, Cloud integration, and others.

Ryan Cairns
Engineering Director

Ryan Cairns is the Engineering Director for the Brillo and Weave teams. Before Brillo and Weave Ryan was one of the engineers who created ChromeOS.

Paul Westbrook
Tech Lead Manager

Paul Westbrook is the engineering lead for the Weave team.

Gaurav Shah
Software Engineer

Gaurav Shah is a software engineer on the Brillo team.

Alexey Semenov
Software Engineer

Alexey is a lead software engineer on the Weave mobile team, responsible for Android APIs for Weave devices.

Liza Ma
Product Manager

Liza is a product manager on the Weave team, responsible for mobile APIs and consumer experiences for Weave devices.

Clementine Jacoby
Associate Product Manager


Julia Ferraioli
Developer Advocate


John Affaki
Director of Engineering

John is the Engineering Director for the Google Cast SDK and Cast services teams. At Google, he also managed the Google Play store team. Prior to Google, John was at Microsoft, working, among other things on IPTV services and TV apps. In his copious spare time, he is an avid gamer, comic book reader and family man.

Majd Bakar
Engineering Director

Majd runs the engineering team in charge of the Living Room at Google and was one of the original founders of Chromecast. He joined Google in 2011 and was focused on revolutionizing the 10' interaction model for large screens. Prior to joining Google, Majd was the lead architect for Microsoft Mediaroom.

Paul Covell
Product Manager


JP Gil De Paiva
Interaction Designer