Coming from both the design and development community working as an interaction designer, James has a solid design background as well as a deep technical experience. He currently works with government customers across the US in partnering opportunities, strategic advisory services and driving awareness of Microsoft UX technologies. Prior to joining Microsoft, James was employed at several Dallas-based design agencies as well as consulting firms such as Accenture, focusing on delivering rich interactive systems across a wide variety of industries. This ranged from Flash/Flex interactive applications to full blown Java open source implementations. James has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Dallas as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Colorado Tech. Living in Colorado for most of his career, James has taken up several hobbies including snowboarding, mountain biking and more recently volleyball.