Dheeraj was born in Queens, New York, and grew up living all over Asia. Traveling made him question the relationships between boundaries, physical geography, culture, and ethnic identity, all relevant to his work in political analytics and spatial analysis. He has worked for polling firms, labor unions, and CRM software manufacturers. He also spent two years developing a humanitarian crisis simulator with Mautinoa Technologies. He is also an advisor to data.world.
In his spare time, Dheeraj avidly studies Ving Tsun Kung Fu, plays his guitar, and spends time with his family.
Erik has been building web applications since the mid 90s when he put a SONAR lab’s electronics parts database online. He cares deeply about web standards and the open web; advocates that putting things on the web right pays dividends; and strives to constantly push the limits of what’s possible in a web browser.
Informed by his years at the strategic design consultancy frog design, and later at Apple in Cupertino, Erik’s approach to building web-based software is user-oriented and design-centric, always aiming for intuitive, elegant, responsive, and performant experiences solving real-world problems.
Erik has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and has worked at NASA in Mission Control for the Space Shuttle. After over a decade in the SF Bay Area, he is currently back in his native Houston, TX with his family and 3 dogs, dreaming of the Colorado and New Mexico mountains they frequently adventure in.
Angela was born and raised in Houston, Texas but has spent the last six years in Austin developing educational software. She received a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Computer Science from Hendrix College in 2014 and has been working in the tech industry ever since. Although her background was originally in the natural sciences and data analytics, she has since turned her focus to web application development as a full stack engineer, primarily in Node.js and React.
She is always looking to learn new technologies and hopes the products she builds can help others.
John has worked on both Obama presidential campaigns and on multiple campaigns in Australia. He created walkability models to increase organizer efficiency, wrote code to optimize early voting by drive time to polls, and wrote an entire volunteer management database from scratch. He has also worked as a contractor for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) working to restore forests in Viet Nam, and for the College of William & Mary in Uganda, where he trained fishery scientists. John was also a member of the winning team in the Virginia Citizen Redistricting competition.
As an avid open source software advocate, John specializes in training others on open source GIS software, especially where use of open source software will allow cost savings to occur. He has created high quality print maps for several private clients.
John has a geography degree from the University of Arizona and received a J.D. from the College of William and Mary. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar.