whurley (William Hurley) is one of the co-founders of Chaotic Moon Studios, a mobile and interactive development house with clients like Disney, Intel, Starbucks, Whole Foods and more. In addition to running the research and development division of Chaotic Moon, whurley serves as a thought-leader and expert in the world of mobile technology and open source software. He is the creator of one of CES 2012' Best of Show breakthroughs, the Board of Awesomeness.
It seems like every day you hear about something about the latest innovation. William Hurley, or "whurley" as he is known worldwide, has been making those innovations for over 20 years. A holder of 14 patents, a certified "Master Inventor" by IBM, and with a history in research and development with Apple, whurley is a leader in pushing software and hardware to the limit.
He has been a leader in the Open Source Software moment for the past two decades. To that end he co-founded iPhoneDevCamp in 2007, teaching eager developers how to be prepared for the next big thing: mobile. Along the way, he also co-founded Chaotic Moon Studios, a leader in mobile development and strategy.
whurley hasn't slowed down his pace of disruption. In 2012, he created what Wired Magazine described as "The Best of CES," a monster skateboard controlled by hand motions, running on a Kinnect and Samsung tablet, and achieving a top exhilarating speed of 32MPH. The innovation continued when he partnered with Whole Foods to develop the shopping cart of the future, The Smarter Cart™ which not only guides customers through the store, alerting them to where the items on their shopping list are, but also scans their food to help manage dietary needs and check-out.
Today, whurley is helping the world's top brands and companies think about their products decades ahead, envision not the next iteration, but the needs, functions, and lifecycle of the next generation-the Fortune 50 keep his phone ringing constantly. You can find him speaking around the world, certainly on the topic of innovation, and also about Open Source Software, hardware/software integration, and mobile technology.
Other fun facts: The City of Amsterdam awarded him the International Genius grant, IBM named him a Master Inventor (he's got 11 patents to his name), and he co-founded iPhoneDevCamp, iPadDevCamp, and BarCampAustin alike.