Music City Code 2017 is a three-day event touching on all aspects of software, web and mobile development.
David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades. Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups around the world; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at www.DavidGiard.com. His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.
Arthur (or Art, take your pick) has been a software engineer for 12 years and has worked on things as exciting as analysis software for casinos and things as boring as banking websites. He is an advocate for talking openly about psychology and mental health in the technical world, and he spends a lot of time thinking about how we program and why we program, and about the tools, structures, cultures, and mental processes that help and hinder us from our ultimate goal of writing amazing things. His hair is brown and his thorax is a shiny blue color.
Over the past 19 years, I’ve been involved in a number of positions within Computing and Technology ranging from Desktop and Network Support, to Application Lifecycle Management, to Information Security and Development. I currently work for TCC Software Solutions as a Senior Software Architect and Development Manager and I was awarded the Microsoft MVP in 2016. My interests include language design, large scale computing, information security, and almost anything DevOps related.
Paul Irwin is Chief Software Engineer at feature, a software consulting firm in downtown Jacksonville, Florida where he helps deliver business value for clients in diverse industries such as health care, human resources, logistics, music, seafood distribution, personal fitness, construction data analytics, and charities. Paul is the co-founder of Code on the Beach, the annual beachfront software engineering conference in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Paul's past experience includes being lead engineer of the e-commerce platform at Fanatics, running some of the largest e-commerce websites in the world. Paul is a graduate of Florida State University, and lives in Jacksonville with his wife Katy and their pug dog Ducky.
Taylor graduated from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in 2011 and immediately jumped into the world of recruiting. He started his career at Vaco in 2011 where he has recruited for clients such as Disney, Pacific Gas & Electric, Yahoo!, and Sony. After achieving top producer for 2013 out of a team of six, Taylor was recognized by Vaco and was brought to Raleigh to be instrumental in the building of the Technology division. During his time in Raleigh Taylor helped to scale the team from three to seven and focused on recruiting in all things technology, where he ultimately found his niche within development and TriNug (Raleigh .NET User Group). In June 2014 Taylor was asked to return to the Nashville office to help build out the technology team. Since his return, Taylor has been elected VP of the .NET User Group in Nashville for the last two years. He focuses 100% of his time within the development vertical in technology. As of 2017 Taylor is the Recruiting Manager of Vaco’s Nashville Technology division that is responsible for grossing $3.5 million a year in revenue and ranking in the top of over 30+ Vaco Technology offices. From his time at Vaco he has seen the team double in size from seven to fourteen and has spoken at multiple conferences ranging from the Raleigh Code Conference to Vaco’s National Engage the World Conference and continues to be heavily involved within both the local and national tech community.
Elijah Manor is a Christian and a family man. He works at LeanKit (@leankit) as a senior front-end web developer. He is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and an author for egghead.io and Pluralsight. He enjoys blogging at http://elijahmanor.com and tweeting (@elijahmanor) about the things he learns.