Team

We are a diverse group of builders, dreamers, creators, innovators, engineers, coders, artists, fabricators, welders, electricians, seamstresses, trainers, and entrepreneurs.

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Michael Worry   Engineer, Canadian, CEO, Burner and Builder. Lead  Nuvation Energy  by day, delivering Battery Management Systems and Energy Storage Engineering Services. After hours, Captained DiscoFish and now TechnoGecko out of the Nuvation garage.

Michael Worry

Engineer, Canadian, CEO, Burner and Builder. Lead Nuvation Energy by day, delivering Battery Management Systems and Energy Storage Engineering Services. After hours, Captained DiscoFish and now TechnoGecko out of the Nuvation garage.

Robert Frankovic   Robert designed integrated Circuits for 30 years, and since retirement, he's been building fighting robots. Robert did a lot of the work on the DiscoFish including designing the scales, adding the second story, and the dorsal fin support structure. He now runs point on many projects for TechnoGecko.

Robert Frankovic

Robert designed integrated Circuits for 30 years, and since retirement, he's been building fighting robots. Robert did a lot of the work on the DiscoFish including designing the scales, adding the second story, and the dorsal fin support structure. He now runs point on many projects for TechnoGecko.

Christian Friedland   Christian is a founder of Build.com and served as CEO until 2017. He and his wife, Melissa, founded  Power for Puerto Rico  to supply generators for people in need after Hurricane Maria destroyed the power grid.

Christian Friedland

Christian is a founder of Build.com and served as CEO until 2017. He and his wife, Melissa, founded Power for Puerto Rico to supply generators for people in need after Hurricane Maria destroyed the power grid.

Chris Lane   Chris is an electrical engineer in silicon valley for over 25 years. Chris helped create the dorsal fin for DiscoFish and programmed LED wearables to sync with the lighting animations of the DiscoFish via WIFI. Currently, Chris is in charge of the overall lighting architecture and implementation for TechnoGecko. No pressure!

Chris Lane

Chris is an electrical engineer in silicon valley for over 25 years. Chris helped create the dorsal fin for DiscoFish and programmed LED wearables to sync with the lighting animations of the DiscoFish via WIFI. Currently, Chris is in charge of the overall lighting architecture and implementation for TechnoGecko. No pressure!

 
Adam Lambert   Audio design and heavy lifting.

Adam Lambert

Audio design and heavy lifting.

Vanessa Lambert   CEO and co-creator of Bee The Wellness, a company about adventure travel, wellness retreats, and coaching. She is also an award winning musician practicing in multiple genres including electronic dance music and acoustic rock. At TechnoGecko she helps prepare Virgin burners and newcomers to ensure a safe and fun experience while maintaining the tenants of the event.

Vanessa Lambert

CEO and co-creator of Bee The Wellness, a company about adventure travel, wellness retreats, and coaching. She is also an award winning musician practicing in multiple genres including electronic dance music and acoustic rock. At TechnoGecko she helps prepare Virgin burners and newcomers to ensure a safe and fun experience while maintaining the tenants of the event.

Katherine Wyman   A singer song writer with the internationally performing Mystic Roots Band and former American Idolist. When I’m not touring, I am a certified Life Coach and enjoy using the skills of positive psychology to help others reach their goals. My current roll with TechnoGecko is to assist with breakdown and throughout the week as needed.

Katherine Wyman

A singer song writer with the internationally performing Mystic Roots Band and former American Idolist. When I’m not touring, I am a certified Life Coach and enjoy using the skills of positive psychology to help others reach their goals. My current roll with TechnoGecko is to assist with breakdown and throughout the week as needed.

Coot Wyman   Coot a DJ as well as a member of the band: Mystic Roots. His group tours all over the world playing reggae music. As a DJ, Coot spins on the radio at Power102FM and at various clubs. He contribute each year with his energy, talents, camp fees, and helping breakdown the camp. Coot helps on the build team, and DJed on the DiscoFish and now TechnoGecko.

Coot Wyman

Coot a DJ as well as a member of the band: Mystic Roots. His group tours all over the world playing reggae music. As a DJ, Coot spins on the radio at Power102FM and at various clubs. He contribute each year with his energy, talents, camp fees, and helping breakdown the camp. Coot helps on the build team, and DJed on the DiscoFish and now TechnoGecko.

 
Stuart Cheshire   I’m a software engineer and Apple DEST, and with DiscoFish I’ve enjoyed getting my hands dirty cutting, drilling, screwing parts together, running cables, and installing solar panels, lithium battery packs and charge controllers on the Whale, our support vehicle.

Stuart Cheshire

I’m a software engineer and Apple DEST, and with DiscoFish I’ve enjoyed getting my hands dirty cutting, drilling, screwing parts together, running cables, and installing solar panels, lithium battery packs and charge controllers on the Whale, our support vehicle.

Jasmine Foose   Free spirit, dreamer, hands-on helper, dancer, wanderer, lover, thinker. My past accomplishments include still being alive to enjoy life and continue my journey. "Not all those who wander are lost and all that glitters ain't gold" -my version of J.R.R. Tolkien

Jasmine Foose

Free spirit, dreamer, hands-on helper, dancer, wanderer, lover, thinker. My past accomplishments include still being alive to enjoy life and continue my journey. "Not all those who wander are lost and all that glitters ain't gold" -my version of J.R.R. Tolkien

Glen Cordoza   Glen is a NYT and WSJ best-selling author. He is part of the build team and helps set up and break down camp.

Glen Cordoza

Glen is a NYT and WSJ best-selling author. He is part of the build team and helps set up and break down camp.

Katie Cordoza   Katie is a personal trainer and private chef. Her primary role with Techno Gecko is early set-up and break down of camp as well as providing people with energy via healthy snacks and meals. Katie also connects people and shares Techno Gecko love on social media.

Katie Cordoza

Katie is a personal trainer and private chef. Her primary role with Techno Gecko is early set-up and break down of camp as well as providing people with energy via healthy snacks and meals. Katie also connects people and shares Techno Gecko love on social media.

 
Ben McMaster   Ben is an entrepreneur, product designer, and software engineer. He founded Vimify, a platform for lifestyle training programs. Ben is leading the awareness and fundraising effort for the TechnoGecko.

Ben McMaster

Ben is an entrepreneur, product designer, and software engineer. He founded Vimify, a platform for lifestyle training programs. Ben is leading the awareness and fundraising effort for the TechnoGecko.

Vanessa Pereira   Ticket manager, Cuban Coffee Queen and free hugs for all.

Vanessa Pereira

Ticket manager, Cuban Coffee Queen and free hugs for all.

Tracy Fields   19 year Army veteran and resident logistician. Translating his real world role as a Coporate Project Manager in to helping the Techno Gecko in all things.

Tracy Fields

19 year Army veteran and resident logistician. Translating his real world role as a Coporate Project Manager in to helping the Techno Gecko in all things.

Athonia "Nia" Cappelli   Athonia, aka 'nia' is a network/systems engineer and she DJ's Saturdays' at MOTIV nightclub in Santa Cruz. Downtempo, Breakbeats and, K-POP 😜 are her musical specialties.

Athonia "Nia" Cappelli

Athonia, aka 'nia' is a network/systems engineer and she DJ's Saturdays' at MOTIV nightclub in Santa Cruz. Downtempo, Breakbeats and, K-POP 😜 are her musical specialties.

 
Fay Johnson   Fay has spent over fifteen years designing products and experiences, having led strategic initiatives for clients including Google, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, and the Ugandan Government. Fay applies her passion for empowering people in a tangle way at Burning Man, creating spaces and experience that transform and connect.

Fay Johnson

Fay has spent over fifteen years designing products and experiences, having led strategic initiatives for clients including Google, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, and the Ugandan Government. Fay applies her passion for empowering people in a tangle way at Burning Man, creating spaces and experience that transform and connect.

Meg McGill   Formerly a money market trader for Morgan Stanley, NY, also brief stint as assistant innkeeper at the Normandy Inn, Spring Lake, NJ. Currently taking time off to travel and enjoy life. Based in Kelseyville, CA. Assist with camp setup and have been burning since 2017!

Meg McGill

Formerly a money market trader for Morgan Stanley, NY, also brief stint as assistant innkeeper at the Normandy Inn, Spring Lake, NJ. Currently taking time off to travel and enjoy life. Based in Kelseyville, CA. Assist with camp setup and have been burning since 2017!

Nate Wennyk   An electronic designer with specialization in energy storage systems, his hobbies are in mechanical design and control theory. Nate supported the design and build of energy storage systems in the Caboose, Guppy, Keggy, and Whale; designing the wheel pods (the things that make TechnoGecko move in any direction), and supporting the design of the vehicle’s structure. Bringing art to life through the clever application of science is his passion.

Nate Wennyk

An electronic designer with specialization in energy storage systems, his hobbies are in mechanical design and control theory. Nate supported the design and build of energy storage systems in the Caboose, Guppy, Keggy, and Whale; designing the wheel pods (the things that make TechnoGecko move in any direction), and supporting the design of the vehicle’s structure. Bringing art to life through the clever application of science is his passion.

David S   David has been helping with the Blinkenlights. If it doesn't have LEDs on it it needs LEDs on it. If it already has LEDs it needs MORE LEDs. Also, he put together a 3kW solar array to power this mess.

David S

David has been helping with the Blinkenlights. If it doesn't have LEDs on it it needs LEDs on it. If it already has LEDs it needs MORE LEDs. Also, he put together a 3kW solar array to power this mess.

 
Sunny Wood, M.S., CRC   Playa Names: Sunny a.k.a. The Condom Fairy. I am a Vocational Counselor by trade. With Dreammakers I am a Brainstormer and Floater extraordinaire. My main focus is the Lighting Team. Handy with power tools. Favorite tool: reciprocating saw.

Sunny Wood, M.S., CRC

Playa Names: Sunny a.k.a. The Condom Fairy. I am a Vocational Counselor by trade. With Dreammakers I am a Brainstormer and Floater extraordinaire. My main focus is the Lighting Team. Handy with power tools. Favorite tool: reciprocating saw.

Denise Hoy   Denise has been to Burning Man twice, and both times helped with building art projects. But, this will be the first time working on an art car! She designed TechnoGecko logo, helped to put together ideas visually via digital illustrations, and working on testing lighting effects for scales.

Denise Hoy

Denise has been to Burning Man twice, and both times helped with building art projects. But, this will be the first time working on an art car! She designed TechnoGecko logo, helped to put together ideas visually via digital illustrations, and working on testing lighting effects for scales.

Paul Barclay   Off-playa, Paul's an automotive engineer turned tech startup CEO. On-playa, I'm a sparkle donkey - I can build anything, and look fabulous while doing it! On the TechnoGecko, I'm working on vehicle design & visual design.

Paul Barclay

Off-playa, Paul's an automotive engineer turned tech startup CEO. On-playa, I'm a sparkle donkey - I can build anything, and look fabulous while doing it! On the TechnoGecko, I'm working on vehicle design & visual design.

Jorge Fernando Valdés Iga   Director of feature films and commercials. Helping with creative ideas, videos, and marketing efforts!

Jorge Fernando Valdés Iga

Director of feature films and commercials. Helping with creative ideas, videos, and marketing efforts!

 
Aaron Rozenfeld / Nurse Ratched   I'm a comedian, digital artist, and stage manager who helps run shows at the Comedy Central stage. On playa, I help run camp Orphan Asylum and volunteer around the city. I'm helping design the TechnoGecko.

Aaron Rozenfeld / Nurse Ratched

I'm a comedian, digital artist, and stage manager who helps run shows at the Comedy Central stage. On playa, I help run camp Orphan Asylum and volunteer around the city. I'm helping design the TechnoGecko.

Mikel and Sandi Kovach-Long   Mikel aka Squeezebox and Sandi aka WriteHand or krzylade. We have continued to be very involved with the BRC airport since 2005. Mikel has been the airport Safety Officer since 2014. We have also been building and burning 1 or more big pieces every year since 2011 with 5 of them affiliated with the South Bay Regional group. Looking to contribute to the TechnoGecko fire capabilities!

Mikel and Sandi Kovach-Long

Mikel aka Squeezebox and Sandi aka WriteHand or krzylade. We have continued to be very involved with the BRC airport since 2005. Mikel has been the airport Safety Officer since 2014. We have also been building and burning 1 or more big pieces every year since 2011 with 5 of them affiliated with the South Bay Regional group. Looking to contribute to the TechnoGecko fire capabilities!

Douglas Schwartz   Been to 8 BMs, assisting with Pongo lounge on the last. Great photographer and okay Videographer & E-Bike guy.

Douglas Schwartz

Been to 8 BMs, assisting with Pongo lounge on the last. Great photographer and okay Videographer & E-Bike guy.

Niels Joubert   Autonomy advocate and leader of LIDAR, he uses his off-playa expertise to make the Gecko driverless. Full autonomy is his jam, cool tech makes him tick, he’s a professional do-er.

Niels Joubert

Autonomy advocate and leader of LIDAR, he uses his off-playa expertise to make the Gecko driverless. Full autonomy is his jam, cool tech makes him tick, he’s a professional do-er.

 
Rodney & Jenni   The pair contributes through videography, social media, and marketing tasks. Watch, like, and follow on social! Rodney also assists with battery prep work and playa mechanical hiccups. Jen helps with crafting needs and onsite BM Gecko tattoos!

Rodney & Jenni

The pair contributes through videography, social media, and marketing tasks. Watch, like, and follow on social! Rodney also assists with battery prep work and playa mechanical hiccups. Jen helps with crafting needs and onsite BM Gecko tattoos!

Kate Rainwater   A Jane of all trades and a yes-person, there isn’t a task Kate couldn’t take on. She’s now a welding expert and team lead on many of the fabrication tasks, maker of yummy food, and top notch hug giver.

Kate Rainwater

A Jane of all trades and a yes-person, there isn’t a task Kate couldn’t take on. She’s now a welding expert and team lead on many of the fabrication tasks, maker of yummy food, and top notch hug giver.

Tiffany Marie   She is full of warm fuzzies, a kind soul that is great at making everyone feel welcome at TechnoGecko. A physician assistant in women’s and reproductive health by trade, she loves circus arts and starting dance parties.

Tiffany Marie

She is full of warm fuzzies, a kind soul that is great at making everyone feel welcome at TechnoGecko. A physician assistant in women’s and reproductive health by trade, she loves circus arts and starting dance parties.

Jessica & Joe   A technical duo, they have eco-friendly and energy backgrounds including battery and building experience. They are veteran burners that love to contribute on and off playa.

Jessica & Joe

A technical duo, they have eco-friendly and energy backgrounds including battery and building experience. They are veteran burners that love to contribute on and off playa.

 
Randy Butera   Randy CPU Joins the crew with ample build experience and battery expertise under his belt. He is a former Project Manager at Burning Man, an overall lover of the burn, and we are lucky to have him oversee much of our high voltage needs.

Randy Butera

Randy CPU Joins the crew with ample build experience and battery expertise under his belt. He is a former Project Manager at Burning Man, an overall lover of the burn, and we are lucky to have him oversee much of our high voltage needs.

Glenn Jahnke   He’s willing to do it all and brings his programmer expertise to the Gecko by taking on the WTF (What The Fish) project. He loves learning new skills, being challenged, and working with his hand to make this project come to life!

Glenn Jahnke

He’s willing to do it all and brings his programmer expertise to the Gecko by taking on the WTF (What The Fish) project. He loves learning new skills, being challenged, and working with his hand to make this project come to life!

Trent Ringen   The master of fire ceremony, Trent manages the TechnoGecko explosives — propane is his middle name.

Trent Ringen

The master of fire ceremony, Trent manages the TechnoGecko explosives — propane is his middle name.

Kelly Strazzarino  Kelly is a graphic designer, artist & costume designer. She helped visually design and fabricate the Techno Gecko head! She looks forward to cloaking Burners in inspirational costumes through her upcoming fashion line Kocoon.

Kelly Strazzarino

Kelly is a graphic designer, artist & costume designer. She helped visually design and fabricate the Techno Gecko head! She looks forward to cloaking Burners in inspirational costumes through her upcoming fashion line Kocoon.

 
Jordan Cooper  Battery box maker extraordinaire, riveter, driller of holes, power sander, and storyteller.

Jordan Cooper

Battery box maker extraordinaire, riveter, driller of holes, power sander, and storyteller.

Faith T  Girl of the world. Lover of adventure and soft fluffy yummy things - dogs, cuddle puddles, furs, etc.. Daytime Program Manager. Nighttime yoga teacher in-training. Helper of odds and ends related to the Gecko. Disseminator of good vibes and sunshine.

Faith T

Girl of the world. Lover of adventure and soft fluffy yummy things - dogs, cuddle puddles, furs, etc.. Daytime Program Manager. Nighttime yoga teacher in-training. Helper of odds and ends related to the Gecko. Disseminator of good vibes and sunshine.

Eric & Kim  They love all things Burning Man and have discovered how to carry over the playa experiences year round.  13 burns for Eric and 9 for Kim. Eric is a Mechanical Engineer and has contributed to the suspension, truss and docking features. Kim helped solder wearables and contributes whenever she can. They’re a power couple and have great dance moves to boot.

Eric & Kim

They love all things Burning Man and have discovered how to carry over the playa experiences year round. 13 burns for Eric and 9 for Kim. Eric is a Mechanical Engineer and has contributed to the suspension, truss and docking features. Kim helped solder wearables and contributes whenever she can. They’re a power couple and have great dance moves to boot.

Aaron Kushner  Engineer, woodworker, photographer, maker of fabulous desserts.

Aaron Kushner

Engineer, woodworker, photographer, maker of fabulous desserts.

Sunniva Finney  Her smile and great energy light up the camp. She is a doer and loves to get busy helping wherever she can.

Sunniva Finney

Her smile and great energy light up the camp. She is a doer and loves to get busy helping wherever she can.

John Peck  John is a computer engineer and has been delivering first-time-right silicon for decades. The playa hardened TechnoGecko eye platform is a recent focus. A four time veteran burner, who likes to pitch in where help is needed on and off-playa.

John Peck

John is a computer engineer and has been delivering first-time-right silicon for decades. The playa hardened TechnoGecko eye platform is a recent focus. A four time veteran burner, who likes to pitch in where help is needed on and off-playa.

Dean Retter   A consistent contributor, Dean helps with LED planning, bike prep, fabrication, production, and everything in between.

Dean Retter

A consistent contributor, Dean helps with LED planning, bike prep, fabrication, production, and everything in between.

Mark Aubin  His wisdom and calm nature in conjunction with know how and teamwork help keep the Gecko crew on track.

Mark Aubin

His wisdom and calm nature in conjunction with know how and teamwork help keep the Gecko crew on track.

 

THANK YOU


Thank you to everyone! This is an intense multiyear project that is a technical and creative challenge. Some people come for a day, a weekend, a year, or have been with us for decades — all the effort is what brings us to where we are today. We want to thank each and every person who has, is, and will contribute to the TechnoGecko during its metamorphosis. We are truly humbled by the ingenuity, kindness, skill, expertise, generosity, blood, sweat, and tears that you all provided. This is an amazing journey and we have met so many wonderful and talented people without whom we could never make it to the playa and continue on the building journey. We love our team and volunteers, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for bringing this gift to the world.

Never a complete list but some of those that made this possible:

Adam Barton
Adela Fedor
Adrienne Fairchild
Alex Baranoff
Alison Kyle-Varilone
Amir Rosnebaum
Amy Guion
Angel Yang
Ashley Hill
Ashley Stanwood
Av Edidin
Ben Erwin
Bennet Heidenreich
Berlin Blount
Brent Wilson
Brian Conners
Bruce Krein
Carly Freedman
Casey Gardner
Catherine Lemon
Cathleen Edidin
Chantal Dangler
Charlie Miller
Charlie Perkins
Chelsea Wretenar
Chris Collins
Chris Gillen
Chris Malone
Conrad Essen
Consuelo D’Agostino
Craig Swanson
Curtis Yau
Dani Moragne
Dariana & Christian Foglar
Dariana Jaimes
David Boctor
David McIntyre

David Stone
David Zebrowski
Diana Chapa
Diana J Wells
Dmitry Azovtsev
Don Gowan
Doug Gowan
Drew R Dusanka
Eliot Barker
Emery Nolasco
Erich & Goergina Krauss
Erik & Susan Zandhuis
Erin Gowdy
Francisco Marquez
Gil Shotan
Giselle Ramirez
Ia GriggsIan
Mac MooreIda Bjork
Igor Chernyshev
Igor Rashnitsov
Irina Olivares
Jade Nuggehalli
Jake Stelman
Jamie Barten
Jenna Roberston
Jennifer Argondizza
Jermone Johnson
Jerrad Fisher
Jim Changler
Jimbo Jones
Joel Tashinian
John Corman
John Cottle
John Montoya
Jordan Russell
Junah Park
Justin Case

Karl Bergman
Karli Katsikas
Karolina Ash
Katherine Wyman
Kaylen Chan
Ken Wells
Kim Hamilton
Kim Silverman
Kim Weber
Kristen Han
Lance Cuenca
Laura Oglesby
Lauren O’Donnell
Leland Ratcliff
Liz Metcalf
Lola Mijangos
Lori Krein
Luke Duncan
Lynn Yanyo
Maggie Glanowska
Marc Thomas
Marie Giovanna
Marko Vasiljevic
Marry Anne Pretorius
Melissa Friedland
Michael Briggs
Michael Pierce
Michelle Stratton
Mikaela MacMahon
Mike & Lauren O’Donnell
Murat Ozkan
Neil Brown
Nina Noir
Oren Jalon
Paul Roales
Peggy McNulty

Phillips Sweet
Radha Vaidyanathan
Randi Connors
Ranjeet Jhutti
Rebecca Armstrong
Rina Raman
Robert Skillicorn
Robert Testa
Robin Goddard
Ronnie Gerber
Russel Vare
Ryan Tullio
Ryan Williams
Sandy Corman
Sarah Price
Shampelle Byrd
Sherry Hagen
Susi Gould
Tara White
Thu Hoang
Tiffany Butler
Tim Willis
Tony Arata
Tony Morrissey
Trevor & Tully Gould
Tyler Moragne
Vanesa Klein
Vasif Nawaz
Wes Newman
Will Clark
Winnie Hau
Yan Michalevsky
Zavier Rodriguez
Zelda Eser
Zelder Hazel