Highlighted Speaker BiosBoard of Trustees: Steve Veres, President (Seat No. 3), Tina Park, First Vice President (Seat No. 2), Nancy Pearlman, Second Vice President (Seat No. 6), Kelly Candaele (Seat No. 4), Mona Field (Seat No. 1), Miguel Santiago (Seat No. 7), Scott J. Svonkin (Seat No. 5), Daniel Campos, Student Trustee
Gain a glimpse of current and future trends for designing and deploying mobile applications.


Sam Stokes
Microsoft, Academic Developer
Sam Stokes has been doing software since he was 16, which was a very long time ago. During the 80s, he was on the design team for the Global Positioning Satellite vehicle and MD-11 automatic flight control system, (the MD-11 was an airliner built by McDonnell-Douglas). During the 90s Sam worked with building enterprise apps using software that barely worked for networks that functioned randomly. In the 2000s, Sam worked at Microsoft as a Technology Evangelist.

Sam is currently involved in Windows App designs and can put together a certifiable app quicker than most folks (except for the infamous Peli).

Finally, he thinks that software is too complex for 99.99% of the population, and this includes app developer. His passion is to bring software to the masses so that all may benefit from coolness of app building!

Michelle Yaiser

Adobe, Instructional Designer for Creative Cloud Learning and Training
Michelle Yaiser is Instructional Designer for Creative Cloud Learning and Training at Adobe. She works with creative professionals, educators, students, and other creatives to plan and produce learning resources that help people better use Adobe software. Prior to joining Adobe, Michelle was a professor of Web Design & Interactive Media teaching object oriented programming and interactive development. Away from a computer, Michelle is a clarinetist, dancer, and race car driver.
Grant Viklund
backCODE, Principal/CEO
Grant Viklund is the Principal/CEO at backCODE, a Pasadena California based game development studio specializing in web, desktop and mobile projects. At backCODE he has helped the studio grow from a shop specializing in SaaS & backend web development to a full service studio that develops top tier applications for mobile & desktop, entertainment & serious games both internally and for clients such as Google, Northrop Grumman, SAIC, Lockheed Martin and Qualcomm.

A 16 year veteran of the Motion Picture and Game industries Grant has worked as an Artist, Developer and Supervisor on over 40 different productions. Prior to joining backCODE, he was a Senior Technical Director at Dreamworks, working on such productions as Flushed Away, Monsters vs Aliens, and Kung-Fu Panda 2. Grant was also the CG lead on The Simpsons movie, where he built the crew from the ground up to deliver computer generated characters and effects.

Grant has a BS in Mass Communications from Emerson College and is the founder of the Los Angeles Unity3D user group, the second largest Unity3D user group in the world.
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Los Angeles Community College District 2013