Tomomi Imura

Tomomi Imura

Open Web Advocate | Front-end UX Developer

San Francisco Bay Area
Computer Software

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Tomomi Imura's Overview

  • Sr. Developer Evangelist at PubNub
  • Sr. Developer Evangelist at Nokia
  • Developer Relations Engineer (Palm webOS) at Hewlett-Packard
  • User Interface Developer - Human Interface at Palm, inc.

500+ connections


Tomomi Imura's Summary

I am a:
- mobile geek
- HTML5 & Open Web advocate
- front-end developer
- UI / UX developer
- prototyper
- tech conference speaker
- tech blogger / writer (Net Magazine)
- judge at
- cat lady ("HTTP Staus Cats")

I have been in mobile industry most of my recent carrier, and naturally, I am into anything mobile, as well as the web standards, which drove me into working with W3C while in Nokia.

My current official title in Nokia's record is actually "Sr. developer evangelist", although I use friendlier title in public as an HTML5 evangelist, and advocating the web standard.

Before joining Nokia, I worked as a core developer for Palm's webOS user-interface development, also helped the 3rd party developers writing apps.

In 2007 - 2009, I was a key player at Yahoo! Mobile, helped ship numerous products internationally.

Besides my fulltime job, I still volunteer speaking and participating tech events, and write articles for digital and paper media.

Tomomi Imura's Experience

Sr. Developer Evangelist


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Internet industry

August 2014Present (2 months) San Francisco

Sr. Developer Evangelist


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; NOK; Telecommunications industry

May 2012August 2014 (2 years 4 months) Sunnyvale, CA

As a part of Nokia's Research & Development team, I build developer site and docs (for the 3rd party devs) and help shaping API and SDK for the next generation products.

Before Microsoft acquisition, in a part of Developer Experience team, I worked as an open web evangelist, I focused advocating HTML5 web standards and mobile technology.

My tasks and works include:

- speaking at tech conferences and events
- assisting conferences, events, workshops, and hackathon when I am not speaking
- writing tech articles
- writing web apps, sample code, demo etc. to help developers to understand technology
- involving W3C community groups
- interacting community on social media
- setting up developer web and blog

Developer Relations Engineer (Palm webOS)


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; HPQ; Information Technology and Services industry

October 2010March 2012 (1 year 6 months) Sunnyvale / San Francisco, CA

As a "SWAT" Engineer, I have been working for multi-function roles for the webOS phone/tablet platform in the combat-style with the attitude. I proudly do:

- work internally with the core OS team (engineers, designers, researchers and product managers), also externally with partners and the 3rd part devs internationally
- write webOS apps
- write sample code and apps for the SDK
- design, develop and consult the app UI (My biggest passion goes to CSS!)
- co-write the javascript framework, and its CSS
- write technical blog articles (
- and have volunteered all kinds of side projects including writing demo apps for marketing events and writing some silly Easter Egg!

User Interface Developer - Human Interface

Palm, inc.

Public Company; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry

December 2009February 2011 (1 year 3 months) Sunnyvale, CA

As a part of the human interface team, I developed user-interface for webOS core applications for mobile phone devices, also tablet devices. The core apps I worked on includes Mail, Messaging, Browser chrome, Synergy, Just Type.

Lead Mobile Web Developer

Yahoo! inc.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; YHOO; Internet industry

March 2007May 2009 (2 years 3 months)

As a sole front-end web devloper for the entire mobile web / WAP devision, I have taken major roles in almost all Yahoo! Mobile web properties, and regional sites, including global front page, mail, addressbook, etc. also oneSearch, Answers, Taiwan Local+, iPhone oneSearch, Y!Go web beta, widgets, partnership integration for AT&T etc, and small projects.

Also trained a lot of new engineers, designers and QAs, who were new to mobile world. I taught all about mobile devices and the characteristics, setting up desktop environment to work for mobile, tips and tricks.

Major Y! properties on mobile:
etc.... other properties and partner sites (mobile ver)
"Sushi" UI Library for all mobile properties

New mobile suite (Post CES announcement):
(worked on UI for the entire app incl. mobile widget)

* Nominated for Yahoo! Superstar Award in 2008

Web Developer

iDL Systems inc.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; E-Learning industry

20002001 (1 year)

worked as a team member for this MIT Media Lab spin-off startup. main focus was e-learning web applications.

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Tomomi Imura's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Animal Care Volunteer

      The Marine Mammal Center
      • Animal Welfare
      April 2009 present (5 years 6 months)

      taking care (feeding and cleaning) of rescued seals and sea lions, and helping veterinary staff.

    • Holiday Pet Adoption Volunteer

      San Francisco SPCA
      • Animal Welfare
      December 2012 present (1 year 10 months)
  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Animal Welfare
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      • Education
      • Environment
      • Science and Technology
    • Organizations I support:

      • San Francisco SPCA
      • The Humane Society of the United States
      • The Milo Foundation

Tomomi Imura's Skills & Expertise

  1. HTML5
  2. Advanced CSS
  3. JavaScript
  4. CSS3
  5. Mobile Web
  6. User Experience
  7. User Interface
  8. Web Development
  9. Mobile
  10. Mobile Devices
  11. HTML 5
  12. Mobile Applications
  13. PHP
  14. User Interface Design
  15. Software Development
  16. Scrum
  17. Mobile Internet
  18. CSS
  19. Flash
  20. Agile Methodologies
  21. Web Services
  22. CMS
  23. Front-end
  24. Web Applications
  25. Subversion
  26. XML
  27. Mobile Technology
  28. HTML
  29. XSLT
  30. iPhone
  31. Memes
  32. JSON
  33. CATS
  34. Git

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Tomomi Imura's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Japanese

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)

Tomomi Imura's Education

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