Keynote Speakers

We are happy to announce that Christopher Golda of BackType and Carle Mercier (Defensio/Websense) have accepted to be our keynote speakers.

Christopher Golda


(NOTE: Chris has come down with the Flu, Backtype co-founder Michael Montano will be taking his place. Feel better soon Chris!) Christopher Golda is a co-founder of BackType, a conversational search engine that helps people find, follow and share comments from across the web. BackType's technology indexes and connects millions of conversations from blogs, social networks and other social media in near real-time. BackType launched in late August, 2008 after receiving funding from Y Combinator, a famous seed stage venture firm backed by Sequoia Capital and several prominent angel investors. In early 2009, Christopher helped BackType raise a subsequent round of seed funding from True Ventures.

Christopher holds a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.



Carl Mercier


Carl Mercier is a serial technology entrepreneur and developer from Montreal, Canada. His latest venture, Defensio <> , has attracted significant interest from worldwide blogger and developer communities and has exhibited superior filtering performance. Defensio was acquired by Websense Inc., a publicly-traded company in January 2009. Carl is now director of software development at Websense. Carl also founded Montreal on Rails, a developer community group that brings together local Ruby enthusiasts for monthly gatherings. Carl holds degrees in business management and sound engineering.

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