Drew Dara-Abrams is the Principal of City Building Tools, a consultancy in San Francisco (California, U.S.A.), which provides data collection and analysis services, R&D strategy and consulting, and the customized deployment of its catalog of web and mobile apps to urban designers, transportation/transit planners, and other professionals charged with the usability of office buildings, built environments, and transportation systems.
He holds a PhD in Computational Geography with an emphasis in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He previously served as the Chief Technology Officer of Kinnexxus, Inc., which builds communication devices for seniors and their families; he is also the co-founder of Strategic Spatial Solutions, Inc., which provides consulting research and development to university labs.
Dr. Dara-Abrams has also co-authored two technical textbooks: Supporting Web Servers and Analyzing E-Commerce and Internet Law, Prentice Hall. For more information, please visit www.citybuildingtools.com and http://drew.dara-abrams.com.
Akshay Joshi is the maintainer of the leaflet-rails Ruby gem. He has been working with web technologies for over 10 years and with mapping technologies for 5 years. Akshay is passionate about the convergence of web applications and desktop applications, and he likes to learn about the technologies that make this possible. Over the years, he has contributed to open source projects in many different languages, such as Drupal, Fog, and the Linux kernel. Currently, he is a Computer Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. When he is away from his computer, Akshay enjoys cooking for his friends and listening to new kinds of music.
Alexander Parshin is a web developer in the area of web mapping. He was the author of the first Leaflet workshop in Russia, has been the author of several Leaflet plugins, and is a contributor to the Leaflet library. His current job is related to the library as well; he is the Lead of the UI team in his company, which builds commercial B2B Web-GIS systems based on the Leaflet mapping framework.
Antonio Santiago is a Computer Science professional with more than 10 years of experience in designing and implementing systems.
Since the beginning of his professional life, his work experience has always been related to the world of meteorology; he has worked for different companies as an employee or a freelancer. He is experienced in the development of systems to collect, store, transform, analyze, and visualize data; he is also actively interested in any GIS-related technology, with preference for data visualization.
With a restless mind, which is mainly experienced in the Java ecosystem, he has also worked actively with many related web technologies and is always looking for ways to improve the client side of web applications.
A firm believer in software engineering practices, he is an enthusiast of Agile methodologies, which involves customers as the main key for the project's success.
Antonio is also the author of OpenLayers Cookbook, Packt Publishing.