Program | Keynote Speakers
Opening Keynote
Mon 25

Ron Burt

Ron Burt is the Hobart W. Williams Professor of Sociology and Strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His work describes social networks creating advantage. Applications focus on personal networks (how patterns of discussion and collaboration affect performance and careers) and the network structure of markets (how patterns of producer, supplier, and consumer relations define competitive advantage). Recent examples are a book on advantage spillover, Neighbor Networks (2010, Oxford), an analysis of personality affecting advantage (³Network-related personality and the agency question: multi-role evidence from a virtual world,² 2012 Am. J. Sociol.), and a review of work on advantage in social networks (with Martin Kilduff and Stefano Tasselli, "Social network analysis, through a focus on network advantage," 2013 Ann. Rev. Psychol.).

Ron Burt
Closing Keynote
Wed 27

Jascha Franklin-Hodge

Jascha Franklin-Hodge, CTO and co-founder of Blue State Digital -- the company whose new media team and technology powered the Obama campaign's record-breaking online fundraising and social networking program -- will share stories and lessons from winning political and advocacy campaigns. Franklin-Hodge will talk about the testing and analytics strategies used to rapidly iterate online programs, the techniques used to reduce friction in the donation experience, and how the campaign combatted supporter fatigue in a saturation media environment. You'll hear tales from the campaign trail, learn what worked in 2008 and what changed in 2012, and hear about the techniques and data behind the president's groundbreaking online campaign operation.

Jascha brings more than a decade's experience in software development in the corporate, nonprofit, and political spheres to his role as BSD's Chief Technology Officer. He manages the company's technology staff and operations out of BSD's technology center near downtown Boston, including our infrastructure, the maintenance and enhancement of the BSD Online Tools, and our technology client services.

For Governor Howard Dean's groundbreaking 2004 presidential campaign, Jascha led the technology team responsible for scaling, securing, and maintaining a high-visibility, high-traffic website, which received praise from both the political and tech communities for its usability, reliability, and depth of functionality.

Jascha studied computer science at MIT, and lives in Boston.

Jascha Franklin-Hodge