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The first Digital Death Day was held May 20th and was organized by the adhoc group below.
Digital Death Day, an unconference, is being convened by an ad-hoc group:
Kaliya Hamlin is a leader in the user-centric digital identity community. And in exploring how people are empowered with tools around their identity, it was a natural extension for her to think about how this would also encompass people’s digital identity in death. The idea for this event now arose out of conversations with Pierre Wolff.
Ryan Thogmartin runs ConnectingDirectors.com a progressive online publication/networking site for funeral professionals. “Ryan is one of those young, energetic members of the funeral service profession – one of those leaders for change,” commented Kim Stacey, Executive Director of the Association of Women Funeral Directors. “With Connecting Directors, he’s showing his strong commitment to creating a global community through an online platform where funeral service professionals can network, and get the cutting-edge information they need to stay ‘on top of their game.’” He also works in sales for his family’s burial vault company, Hupp Stiverson Wilbert Vault Inc., Ryan has a background in sales and marketing, which gives him the ability to give funeral professionals the ideas and strategies to help increase their bottom line through the offering of quality Wilbert burial vaults.
Jennifer Holmes has worked in hospice.
Joseph Boyle is an all-around great tech guy currently working on MyDex personal data stores.
Suzanne Long is a Torontonian with more than a passing interest in death or funeral notices, obituaries and genealogy.
Another aspect of the context for this event, and why it will be immediately following the Internet Identity Workshop 10 (IIW X). Between IIW 8 and 9, two members of the identity community died: Nick Givotovsky in a tragic farm accident and Don Bowen after a multi-year battle with brain cancer. The deaths of these two colleagues brought up the question of what happens to your data after you die.