Tapan Tapan Parikh is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. For the past seven years, Tapan has been designing, developing and deploying information systems in the rural developing world - initially in India, and now also in Latin America and Africa. He has published papers about user interface design for semi-literate users, mobile computing and information systems for supporting microfinance and smallholder agriculture. Tapan was named Technology Review magazine's Humanitarian of the Year for 2007. Earlier, he received the Sc.B. degree in Molecular Modeling with Honors from Brown University, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington.
Yael Yael Schwartzman has a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, with emphasis in Human-Computer Interaction. She received her B.A. in Computer Science, with a minor in Business Administration and Philosophy, at the University of San Diego in 2003 . Yael is an experienced designer and developer of user-centered information systems. She is currently interested in designing and developing sustainable technological solutions worldwide.
Sasi Kannaiyan Sasikumar is Manager of Microfinance Projects with ekgaon technologies. Sasi has experience in financial management systems, enterprise resource management applications, database development and financial analysis. His areas of interest involve sustainable development and development finance. Sasikumar is a commerce graduate with a post graduate degree in Finance and Computer Applications from Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu, India.


Ed Edward D. Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Lazowska received his A.B. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His research and teaching concern the design, implementation, and analysis of high-performance computing and communication systems. Lazowska is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the ACM and the AAAS. He chaired the CRA Board of Directors from 1997-2001, and currently chairs the DARPA Information Science and Technology Study Group. He is a member of the Microsoft Research Technical Advisory Board, and serves as a board member or technical advisor to a number of high-tech companies and venture firms. In 2003 President Bush named him to co-chair the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. In 2005 Lazowska received the CRA Distinguished Service Award.


Paul Paul Javid will complete his B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in March, 2007. Throughout his undergraduate career Paul has contributed to the development and implementation of information systems for rural development. Currently he is working at Microsoft Research India for the Digital Study Hall Project, which aims to facilitate the transfer of good pedagogical practices to rural and slum schools around India.
Ronak Ronak Parikh is a senior at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, dual-majoring in International Relations and Biomedical Engineering. He has worked in a wide array of fields, such as environmental policy with Chile Ambiente, in clinical research with St. Vincent's Hospital, in social and international policy with Physicians for Human Rights, and in developing sustainable technological solutions with the University of Washington and Tufts University.