Elijah Manor

Elijah Manor

Speaker

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.

Taylor Desseyn

Taylor Desseyn

Speaker

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.

Paul Irwin

Paul Irwin

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Paul Irwin is Chief Software Engineer at feature[23], 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.

Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

Speaker

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.

Arthur Doler

Arthur Doler

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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.

David Giard

David Giard

Speaker

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.

Christina Aldan

Christina Aldan

Speaker

"Christina Aldan is a TEDx Speaker, Trainer, and Consultant whose company, LG Designs, offers small and micro businesses brand consulting and creative content for everyday media. With over a decade of experience in the digital advertising realm, Christina is highly regarded for her approach to business, partnering with clients to find unique strategies that ensure their advertising goals are met. Christina builds connections through her keynote addresses, workshops, and technological education. She uses these tools to help individuals and businesses cultivate value in everyday media. She also served as Chief Marketing Officer for PrayerSpark and currently serves as Marketing Coordinator for Starmark1. Christina uses her charisma and expertise to inspire others by mentoring women in business like herself. She also has sat on state and local boards supporting women in tech, entrepreneurship, and children with learning disabilities.She is the recipient of the Las Vegas Women in Tech Community Service Award, the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award in STEM, the Stevie Award for the category of Women Helping Women, and nominated as one of the Top 100 Influential Women in Las Vegas 2017. Learn more at: ChristinaAldan.com"

David Walker

David Walker

Speaker

"David Walker is a Sitecore 2015 Technology MVP and Senior Sitecore Architect for Layer One Media. He has over twenty years of experience in application development and lifecycle management with over eighty percent of that as a consultant. He has been an MCP since 2003, MCAD and MCSD since 2005 and was a Microsoft MVP - ASP/ASP.NET from July 2007 - July 2009, before he joined Microsoft as a Senior Application Development Manager where he mentored numerous Fortune 100 companies on full Application Lifecycle Management and Software Development best practices.He has delivered over one hundred presentations, including events like: Sitecore Symposium, Microsoft TechEd, VSLive! Dallas, VSLive! Austin and numerous User Groups, CodeCamp's, TechFests and other community conferences.He has been the Chairman of the region's largest and highly successful technical training event, just finishing its eleventh consecutive successful year, TulsaTechFest.com. He is the founder and current President of the Houston Sitecore User Group. He was formerly a board member for INETA (Vice President, Speakers Bureau), President of the Tulsa Developers .NET users group, founder and President of the Tulsa SQL Server Group and Tulsa Java Developers Group, and Vice President of the Tulsa SharePoint Interest Group.Since writing his first SharePoint assembly in 2004, he has been focused on Enterprise/Web Content Management Systems. He has been sold on Sitecore, since deploying his first 5.1 solutions and gaining his 5.3 certifications in 2007. He has worked with numerous CMS systems (proprietary, commercial and open source). He has worked on very high traffic eCommerce sites, including one with a daily sales volume record of over six million dollars and over one and half million microsites.Recently he has focused on a wide range of technologies, including: Sitecore, .NET Core, Azure, Digital Strategy, Digital Transformation, marketing automation, integrations, AppFabric, MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework), SharePoint, Windows and UWP. He has been using WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) since the first Beta release back in 2005/2006!"

Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

Speaker

Chris Gardner is the Chairman of the DevSpace Technical Conference, a Microsoft MVP, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer Regional Lead. Tortured by years of contracts that valued buzzwords over results, Chris has developed a true passion for finding solutions that fit the problem, not the technology of the week. Chris received his M.S in Computer Science, B.S. in Mathematics, and B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and is currently a Certified ScrumMaster and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, Professional Developer, Information Technology Professional and Trainer.

Steve Grunwell

Steve Grunwell

Speaker

"Steve Grunwell is the Director of Technology at Growella, a Cincinnati-based new media site covering topics in life, career, and money. Specializing in WordPress and application development he has worked with brands and organizations including Microsoft, TED, Xylem, Elmer’s, and Experience Columbus.Steve has released numerous plugins in the WordPress.org repositories, including one from the grounds of The White House during the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking in 2013. When he’s not writing software he enjoys hiking, music, and writing about writing software on his blog.Steve holds a B.A. in Telecommunications from Bowling Green State University where he graduated Cum Laude with minors in General Business and Recording Technologies.More information, including portfolio work and his development blog, can be found at https://stevegrunwell.com."

Lee Brandt

Lee Brandt

Speaker

After almost two decades writing software professionally (and a few years unprofessionally before that), Lee Brandt still continues to learn every day. He has led teams in small and large companies and always manages to keep the business needs at the forefront of software development efforts. He speaks internationally about software development, from both a technical and business perspective, and loves to teach others what he learns. Lee writes software in Objective-C, JavaScript and C#… mostly. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Visual C#, one of the directors of the Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC), and serves as the Regional Mentor for .Net user groups in Kansas and Missouri. Lee is a decorated Gulf War veteran, a husband, a proud pet parent and loves to play the drums whenever he gets any spare time.

Jared Rhodes

Jared Rhodes

Speaker

Microsoft MVP for IoT working with Corefount Inc. to bring a better diet to everyone.

Kyle Welch 🍇

Kyle Welch 🍇

Speaker

Hi, I am Kyle Welch. I have been a professional developer for over 5 years. I have worked on many different types of applications and diverse teams. Currently, I work as a Senior Software Development Engineer at the National Federation of Independent Business in Nashville, TN. My role primarily is leading our UI Applications team. We are currently using React and NodeJS to deliver a fast and enticing application experience.

Jonathan Mills

Jonathan Mills

Speaker

Jonathan Mills is a JavaScript and Node.js expert working in the mean stack with individuals and companies to help build their technical skills to cope with the constantly changing landscape of software development. Jon is a Pluralsight author, ASP.NET insider, and international speaker focusing on JavaScript both in the browser and on the server.

Mark J. Lehman

Mark J. Lehman

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Mark is an open source and productivity enthusiast. He is also a simple person who likes simple things, from his Ruby gems (2000-line README? blergh…) to his pizza (keep it pepperoni, for Pete’s sake). He is currently a Senior Developer at MammothHR, coding things to make HR cool. He has lived in California, Spain, Germany, and now resides in rainy Portland, Oregon, and on the web at markjlehman.comCoder, Writer, occasional Hot Dog

Don DenUyl

Don DenUyl

Speaker

Don has a degree in electrical engineering and is a registered professional engineer with a career that has span many different industries including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, and process controls. When not programming, Don can found spending time with his family, waterskiing, scuba diving, or boating.

Gregory A. Beamer

Gregory A. Beamer

Speaker

"Greg is a consummate geek who likes to live on the bleeding edge of technology. He currently gets paid to provide Enterprise Architecture consulting to clients of UST Global, an onshore/offshore solutions company. His normal duties include architectural assessments, portfolio rationalization and pre-sale engineering. His areas of concentration include SOA, microservices, DevOps, integration, monitoring and Agile development practices. Greg is also the de facto onshore Microsoft development expert in the team.For the past six years, Greg has focused on the common problems plaguing IT departments, with the intent of finding solutions. Greg's primary method is to examine problems from a variety of perspective, find the common patterns and then build frameworks that can work in a wide variety of organizations. He brings this same method to speaking, using analogies, abstractions and stories to simplify intermediate and advanced concepts for beginning audiences. Greg has spoken at numerous conferences and user groups across the country and generally takes a contrarian view of the silver bullets that plague the field.When Greg is not on the road, he is working from his home office, or spending time with his wife, four daughters and his derpy dog. When not working, he can often be found seeking out another new craft beer, playing pub trivia or seeking out a geek board game night."

Sarah Dutkiewicz

Sarah Dutkiewicz

Speaker

Sarah has been in the technical realm since the late 90s. She has served in many roles – including technical support, manager, desktop support, server administrator, database administrator, developer, instructor, and mentor. Throughout her career, Sarah has found her place in the technical community – as an organizer, speaker, facilitator, author, editor, reviewer, blogger, and advocate. Due to her community involvement, Microsoft has awarded her the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional(MVP) award – 2009-2014 in Visual C#, and now in 2015 in .NET. Sarah loves sharing her passion for tech with the community whenever she can!

Dustin Ewers

Dustin Ewers

Speaker

"Dustin Ewers is a consultant at Centare, where he works to help businesses build better software. Dustin has been building software for over 10 years, specializing in Microsoft technologies. He is an active member of the technical community, speaking at user groups and conferences in and around Wisconsin.While not building the software of the future, Dustin likes a mix of low tech and high tech hobbies, including reading, cooking, hiking, and fishing.He writes about technology at https://www.dustinewers.com/.Follow him on Twitter at @DustinJEwers"

Douglas Starnes

Douglas Starnes

Speaker

Douglas Starnes is a polyglot ninja and tech community influencer in the Memphis area making stuff that works on more than just the web. He specializes in the fields of mobile, cloud, data science and machine learning. Douglas is a co-director of the Memphis Python User Group and a board member of the Memphis .NET User Group. He is a frequent conference speaker who has delivered more than 20 featured presentations at more than 10 conferences over the past 4 years in a variety of cities across the southeast United States. In addition, Douglas is an active participant in local user groups. He has also served as an organizer for PyTennessee, PyOhio and TechCampMemphis. Outside of being a geek Douglas is a trained composer, aspiring triathlete and avid Lego collector.

Sarah Phelps

Sarah Phelps

Speaker

I was a general education 4th grade teacher for 8 years. This year I am teaching elementary computer science to grades 3-5. I offer two courses, a general computer science course which covers information such as digital citizenship, internet safety, Google Tools, and introductory coding, as well as an exploratory course using robotics and coding with LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 for 4th and 5th graders. I am the coordinator for an after school 4-5 STEM enrichment program, and I do teacher training on the Next Generation Science Standards at a regional level. I previously worked for the St. Louis Science Center. My mission is to help students find a passion for math, science, and technology!

David Neal

David Neal

Speaker

David is a family man, geek, musician, motorcyclist, speaker, and software developer living in northern Georgia. He's currently a Developer Advocate for LeanKit (http://leankit.com). He's a Microsoft MVP, and runs on a high-octane mixture of caffeine and bacon.

Brent Stewart

Brent Stewart

Speaker

"As a professional software developer with almost two decades of experience, I have seen many development trends come and go and learned that there is not a shortcut to being a great developer. I enjoy teaching others what I have learned and try to mentor others whenever I can. I am a co-organizer of the Kansas City .NET User Group and love speaking at conferences.I am a creator at heart and have started multiple businesses over the years in a variety of industries. My latest venture is Alien Arc Technologies which allows me to take my ideas and give them form. I love quality in all things and I always try to provide the best quality in everything I do. If it is worth doing, then it is worth doing right."

Jon McCartie

Jon McCartie

Speaker

After traveling the US full-time in a trailer for 18 months, Jon finally settled down in North Idaho near the Canadian border. He lives in the woods and works as the Technical Support Manager for Heroku.

Duane Newman

Duane Newman

Speaker

Duane is an entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Alien Arc Technologies, LLC, where he focuses on creating modern apps targeting mobile devices, modern desktops, and the Internet of Things. As a technology enthusiast with a passion for good software, he strives to bring solutions that improve or eliminate costly duplication and repetitive processes so more important things can be done. A fan of cross-platform native development, he promotes any development effort that gets a new app on his Windows Phone. Always interested in how software can improve processes, he spends a lot of time working on DevOps issues with customers to automate workflow and reduce errors.

Joanne Eckton

Joanne Eckton

Speaker

Joanne works with tech leaders to help them get the people part right so that they are able to deliver products for the business without burning out or micro-managing. Learn the 6 steps to build teams that care as much as you do with her free report at http://joanneeckton.com/.

Ondrej Balas

Ondrej Balas

Speaker

Ondrej is the owner of UseTech Design, a Michigan-based development company that focuses primarily on .NET and other Microsoft technologies. Ondrej is also a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and Development Technologies, a writer for Visual Studio Magazine, and is very active in the Michigan software development community. Ondrej works across many industries including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and logistics. Areas of expertise include similarity and matching across large data sets, algorithm design, distributed architecture, and software development practices.

Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson

Speaker

"Lisa Anderson is Microsoft’s US Central Region Community Program Manager – responsible for the Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals Program (MVP) and Regional Directors Program in the Central United States (all of the states in between the coasts). In her previous role at Microsoft, Lisa worked in the Microsoft Services group as a Technical Account Manager responsible for managing Premier Services account portfolios for several enterprise customers in the legal and commercial real estate industries. In her four years at Microsoft, Lisa has also been a community leader for Microsoft’s MACH program (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) and assists in recruitment and interviewing efforts for university hires all over the USA.Lisa attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) and earned a BA in psychology. She aims to combine her background and passion for psychology to help people in the tech industry do their best work and lead their most fulfilling and balanced lives. She can be found at technical conferences speaking about how positive leadership strategies can help leaders and community members become more successful and productive.Outside of work, Lisa enjoys traveling (she has visited 13 countries outside the US so far and always planning her next trip!). When not on the move, she enjoys a nice brandy Old Fashioned and Wisconsin Fish Fry back at her parents’ home in Wausau, WI. Her other interests include cooking, hiking, skiing, and petting cats."

Brian Korzynski

Brian Korzynski

Speaker

Brian Korzynski is a .NET consultant and the owner of Korzynski L.L.C. based near Detroit, MI. During his 8+ years of experience as a developer he has done everything from database development with WinForms to enterprise level web applications. He specializes in software engineering, architecture, .NET, SQL Server, MVC, and mathematics.

Patrick Kettner

Patrick Kettner

Speaker

Patrick Kettner won an 8th grade talent show singing Gloria Gaynor's 1978 disco hit "I Will Survive", and things have been looking up ever since. He has traded in the golden microphone for a PM position on Microsoft Edge, as well as being the lead developer for Modernizr. He lives in Seattle with his wonderful partner Katrina, son Holden, and dog Baxter.

Phil Japikse (MVP)

Phil Japikse (MVP)

Speaker

An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .NET since the first betas, developing software for over 30 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil is co-author of best selling "C# and the .NET 4.6 Framework" (http://bit.ly/pro_csharp), the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .NET User’s Group (http://www.cinnug.org) and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast (http://www.hallwayconversations.com), founded the Cincinnati Day of Agile (http://www.dayofagile.org), and volunteers for the National Ski Patrol. During the day, Phil works as a Principal Consultant and the Agile Practice Director with Strategic Data Systems (http://www.sds-consulting.com). Phil enjoys to learn new tech and is always striving to improve his craft. You can follow Phil on twitter via http://www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at http://www.skimedic.com/blog.

Jeremy Likness

Jeremy Likness

Speaker

Jeremy Likness is an experienced entrepreneur who has worked with companies to catalyze growth and leverage leading edge development technology to streamline business processes and support innovation for two decades. Jeremy is a prolific author with four published books and hundreds of articles focused on helping developers be their best. Jeremy speaks at conferences around the country and covers topics ranging from technologies like Angular and TypeScript to processes and methodologies like Agile and DevOps. Jeremy lives near Atlanta with his wife of 18 years and teen-aged daughter. His hobbies including hiking, climbing mountains, shooting 9-ball, and regularly attending CrossFit classes while maintaining a vegan diet.

Chris Riesgo

Chris Riesgo

Speaker

Chris has spent the last four years building professional apps on the Xamarin platform. He's a Microsoft MVP and Xamarin MVP with more than a decade of .NET experience developing enterprise applications. Chris leads the mobile team at LeanKit as Mobile Architect. In his spare time, he blogs about Xamarin, tinkers, organizes the Nashville Mobile .NET Developers Group, and speaks about his passions wherever he can.

Angel Thomas

Angel Thomas

Speaker

Angel is a founder and chapter leader for the Toledo chapter of Girl Develop It. She works as a software developer for Center for Information Management in Ann Arbor, Michigan and volunteers at nonprofit organizations in Toledo where she uses her skills in software and web development to meet the needs of the organizations.

Cassandra Faris

Cassandra Faris

Speaker

Cassandra Faris is the Director of Talent Management at Improving Columbus, a software development consulting and training company. She is passionate about growing the tech community and its people, regularly attending, speaking at, and helping organize conferences and events. She is President of the Microsoft-focused Dog Food Conference and Marketing Lead for CloudDevelop. She has an MBA in Organizational Leadership, and is an avid tabletop gamer, runner, and soccer fan who travels as much as possible.

Lorelei Samuelson

Lorelei Samuelson

Speaker

Lorelei Samuelson serves as the the lead Architect for CTS, a consultancy company in Franklin , TN. An MTSU alumna, Samuelson was instrumental in founding and serves as an adjunct professor in the Business Intelligence and Analytics concentration for the Jones College of Business. She has worked at organizations ranging in size from publicly traded to private equity-owned to early startups. She served in analytics roles at the VA Medical Center, Sony ATV Music Publishing, HCA, and SME Solutions Group. Her expertise includes project management, process improvement, executive dashboard development, data architecture, data warehousing, master data management, analytic reporting and predictive analytics. In 2016 Samuelson was appointed by Governor Haslam to the Open Data Task Force Initiative. She works with the nonprofit Women in Technology of Tennessee; Nashville Technology Council Analytics Peer Group, organizing the Nashville Analytics Summit; and instructs a STEM and coding program at Bellevue Middle School.

Bhavani Shankar

Speaker

Bhavani Shankar is a cerebral palsy affected guy who has around 7 years of experience in the IT industry, presently working as a senior consultant in Accion Labs Pvt limited in an automation specialist role.Apart from his work at Accion Labs he is an active ubuntu community contributor from the past 8 years in various roles from being an active contributing member to a developer to being on the governance councils in the ubuntu community.More info about his ubuntu workLaunchpad Profile: https://launchpad.net/~bhaviWiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BhavaniShankarA recipient of various international awards too for his work in the opensource and disability sector. Some of them belowA silver medal and an achievement award from UNESCAP, United Nations, Bangkok, in October 2013, for his outstanding performance in Global IT challenge for youth with disabilities eventAwarded Helen Keller Award as a role model for persons with disabilities for his work in IT and open source in December 2013.http://dnis.org/NCPEDP-Shell-Helen-Keller-Award-Brochure-2013.pdf(Page no 10 has citation of his work)Awarded Aryabhata International award 2013 in the state of Karnataka for his contributions to IT field.(http://www.ibcnews.in/2014/06/18/aryabhata-awards-for-the-year-2013-announced-to-be-presented-on-22nd-june-at-ravindra-kalakshetra/)Nominated for National Award as a role model with disabilities by Govt of India 2013, 2014, 2016

Jason Follas

Jason Follas

Speaker

Jason Follas has spent the past 20 years delivering software for clients in the manufacturing, engineering, and financial services sectors. He loves the opportunity to teach as well as to learn from others, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and user groups. His career has been centered on the use of Microsoft technologies, and has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for SQL, Visual C#, and Windows Platform. Recently, when not writing JavaScript, he has spent time working on several IoT-related projects.

Jared Faris

Jared Faris

Speaker

Jared is a Microsoft MVP and the VP of Technology and Solutions at HMB, an IT services company based out of Columbus, OH. His focus is on building great development teams through training, mentoring, and prodigious amounts of caffeine. He’s spent years building web applications with cloud and mobile experience. Jared helps organize the Stir Trek, CloudDevelop and Dog Food conferences as well as a variety of other events in and around Columbus, OH and is a frequent speaker at regional events; if he doesn't have some conference deadline he doesn't know what to do with himself. You can find out more about him at http://jaredthenerd.com or follow him @jaredthenerd.

Ian Lee

Ian Lee

Speaker

During the day, I'm the Chief Architect at Employer Advantage Healthcare Solutions where I build database and analytics applications. By night, I spend most of my time exploring electronics, the IoT, and 3D printing. I'm the founder & President of the Nashville Microcontrollers Makers' group (NashMicro). I'm also an AllJoyn Ambassador for the Open Connectivity Foundation (a Linux Foundation project) and I lead the AllJoyn Nashville users' group. I document my projects and research on my blog at http://ianlee.info and I occasionally blog for MAKEzine.com. You can follow me on Twitter as @ianlee74. Microsoft MVP for Windows Development.

Cameron Presley

Cameron Presley

Speaker

Cameron Presley is a software engineer, boardgamer, and musician living in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, just outside of the Smoky Mountains. When he’s not writing software for his day job, he gives back to the community through presenting and organizing content for the @FunctionalKnox meetup in Knoxville. In addition, he works with other developers to improve their career through one-on-one sessions as part of The Software Mentor program.

Jimmy Bogard

Jimmy Bogard

Speaker

Jimmy is a member of the ASPInsiders group, the C# Insiders group, and received the "Microsoft Most Valuable Professional" (MVP) award for ASP.NET in 2009-2016. Jimmy is also the creator and maintainer of the popular OSS library AutoMapper.

John Berryman

John Berryman

Speaker

John Berryman started out in the field of Aerospace Engineering but soon found that he was more interested in math and software than in satellites and aircraft. He soon made the leap into software development specializing in search and recommendation technologies. John is now a Senior Software Engineer at Eventbrite, where he is helping build Eventbrite's event discovery application. He also recently coauthored a tech book, Relevant Search, published by Manning. John does yet not own a personal yacht.

pratik patel

pratik patel

Speaker

Pratik Patel is the CTO of Atlanta based TripLingo ). He wrote the first book on 'enterprise Java' in 1996, “Java Database Programming with JDBC.” He has also spoken at various conferences and participates in several local tech groups and startup groups. He's in the startup world now and hacks iOS, Android, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Rails, and ….. well everything except Perl.

Daniel Glenn

Daniel Glenn

Speaker

"Daniel is the Collaboration Practice Leader for InfoWorks, Inc. and has been building SharePoint solutions for more than 14 years. He has deployed intranets and extranets for corporations large and small using every version of SharePoint throughout his career and has multiple technical certifications focusing on SharePoint and Office 365. Daniel is a Microsoft MVP and is passionate about building technical community with his roles as the co-founder and current President of the Nashville SharePoint Users Group, Director of SharePoint Saturday Nashville, and Board Member of the Nashville Business Intelligence User Group."

Adam Barney

Adam Barney

Speaker

Adam is a nerd. That kept him humble and nearly friendless (*sniff*) through school, but he wears it as a badge of honor now. After buying a Commodore 64 with money from his paper route in the 4th grade, he’s never stopped learning about computers and how to make these stupid machines do cool things. Now he's a Microsoft .NET MVP and ASP Insider, and co-founder of Amegala, making a living organizing developer conferences and developing software to make that as easy as possible. In his spare time, he collects spores, molds and fungus. That last part isn't true. Are you even still reading this?

Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline

Speaker

Kevin Kline is a renowned database expert, author, speaker, and software industry veteran. A long-time Microsoft SQL Server MVP and noted leader in the IT industry, Kevin is a founder and former president of SQLPASS.org and the author of popular IT books like "SQL in a Nutshell". Kevin is a technology evangelist for SentryOne, a leading tools provider for the Microsoft Data Platform. Kevin is a top-rated speaker at data and database industry trade shows worldwide. He tweets at @kekline and blogs at http://blogs.sentryone.com/KevinKline.

Wayne Goode

Wayne Goode

Speaker

"I am a Software Engineering Manager in Huntsville, Alabama who spent most of his career as a Software Developer. I have a B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from UAH. Recently I began pursuing a second degree in Communication Studies. I have excellent communication skills and I enjoy using them. It lets me blend my technical and non-technical skills and give back by sharing what I have learned in my career and studies. __ Manager__ As a manager, I manage projects and developers. I like managing projects, but on the technical side, not just the “update task list progress” side. As part of my job as a project manager, I improved my projects process by including version control, bug tracking, continuous integration, coding standards and other software engineering techniques.__Developer__ I have 35 years of development experience in a variety of languages, development platforms and technical areas. I have experience in object-oriented analysis, design, and programming in C++, C♯ and about a dozen other languages. My experience includes embedded software, algorithm development, hardware interfaces, motion control, TCP/IP, desktop & web applications and databases__Speaker__ I also have training and experience in communication and leadership. In 2009, I joined SAIC Toastmasters as a charter member. Through Toastmasters I have learned and practiced public speaking. I have competed in many speech contests including the semifinals of the 2013 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. I also learned and practiced leadership in Toastmasters as a club officer and as the District Public Relations Manager for 2015-2016.I have combined my technical knowledge, experiences as a manager and skills as a public speaker to create and give presentations to various groups. I have spoken on Software Engineering, Communication, Leadership and Career topics. Because of my diverse background, I particularly enjoy teaching “soft skills” such as communication and leadership to technical people.Some presentations I have given:* _Leadership Lessons from Your Brain_, Devspace, October 2017* _Leadership Lessons from Your Brain_, Youth Leadership Conference, October 2013* _Commencement Address_, ITT Technical Institute, March 2012* _A Practical Approach to Software Engineering_, BizTech: Hack U, April 2015* _A Practical Approach to Software Engineering_, North Alabama Web Developers, June 2015* _Leadership Lessons from Your Brain_, Toastmasters District 77 Conference, October 2012* _Leadership Lessons from Your Brain_, Youth Leadership Conference, October 2013* _How to Construct a Speech_, Toastmasters District 77 Conference, October 2015* _How to Create An Effective Resume¬_, Madison Job Networking Club, April 2013* _The Five Keys to a Successful Job Interview_¬, Madison Job Networking Club, January 2015* _How to Make the Best Impression_¬, Madison Job Networking Club, March 2016"

Peter Ritchie

Peter Ritchie

Speaker

"Peter Ritchie has been in the software industry for 25 years. Before Quicken Loans, Peter operated a software consulting company specializing in distributed applications and agile software development. Peter is a book author, open-source author, international speaker, blogger, and Microsoft MVP in C#.Peter has spoken internationally on a variety of topics including unit test design and management, asynchronous programming, advanced .NET language features and syntax, concurrent and parallel programming, and distributed programming and architecture.- Author of *Refactoring with Visual Studio 2010*, *Visual Studio 2010 Best Practices*, and *Practical Visual Studio 2015*.- Advisory board member of Microsoft Patterns and Practice: CQRS Journey guidance on command and query responsibility segregation and Enterprise Library"

Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clark

Speaker

Jeremy Clark makes developers better. By drawing on over 15 years of experience in application development, he helps developers take a step up in their skillset with a focus on making complex topics approachable regardless of skill level. He is a Microsoft MVP for .NET, and he has authored seven courses for Pluralsight, including "C# Interfaces", a course aimed at giving developers a clear understanding of abstraction. He loves speaking and has delivered over 200 technical presentations in the last 7 years in the United States and Europe. Jeremy lives in Southern California with 2 cats and a banjo. http://www.jeremybytes.com

Josh Lane

Josh Lane

Speaker

Josh Lane is a Microsoft Azure MVP who's spent two decades architecting and building enterprise software for companies around the world, in industries as diverse as financial services, insurance, energy, education, hospitality, and telecom. He loves the challenges that come with designing, building, and running software at scale. Away from the keyboard you'll find him outdoors with his family, drumming, skiing, mountain biking, or drinking good beer with good friends. He tweets @jplane.

Chase Aucoin

Chase Aucoin

Speaker

"As a passionate technologist it is my greatest joy to build solutions that bring organizations value not for 1-5 years, but that are built to flex and grow over the demands of the next 50+ years. I have been fortunate to work with some of the best minds in enterprise-scale data, services, dev-ops, BI, and people management. My knowledge is the culmination of approx 20 of the best professionals in these fields spanning more than 100 years of expertise. I am in a unique position for a developer to be as business savvy as I am technically gifted. My goal is to continue to work with the best, and to continue striving to be the best technologist I can. while( !success ) { Try(); }"

Heather Tooill

Heather Tooill

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Heather is a Solutions Delivery Manager and Scrum Master with Leading EDJE. She has been in the industry practicing Java development for the 8 years and a Scrum Master for the last 2 years. Heather has her PMI-ACP certification and is excited to share her experience with others. As a consultant, Heather has had a chance to work for multiple industries and in multiple capacities. Currently, she is working in the Chemistry industry as a Scrum Master. Heather has also had the opportunity to work on multiple Agile teams, consult with other Scrum Masters on best practices, and give talks on Agile methodologies.

Andrew May

Andrew May

Speaker

"Andrew May, originally from Phoenix, AZ started in computing when he was twelve years old when his older brother brought home his first computer.Andrew founded ADM Software Consulting in 2009 to focus on mobile applications on contract basis. Andrew’s success has lead him to establish a downtown Knoxville, TN office and work with fortune 500 companies, as well as local emerging start-ups. In 2015 Andrew Co-Founded CodeTank Labs, which expanded on ADM Software's success and grew the company to a multi-million dollar company within two years.Andrew also is community involved, in 2012 he accepted the lead role on the board for CodeStock, helping bring on new members, and establishing it as a 501c3 non-profit."

Jay Harris

Jay Harris

Speaker

"Jay is a code wrangler, software consultant, and co-owner of Arana Software. He has been developing on the web since 1995, when the Blink tag lured him away from Visual Basic 3. Recognizing that the greatest application performance bottleneck is a developer’s time, Jay’s continuing quest is for frameworks, modules, tools, and practices that make developers stronger, fitter, happier, and more productive.Originally from Rochester, New York, he has lived in Michigan since 2003. He likes Michigan, and considers it his permanent home, but will always remain a New Yorker at heart."

Nancy L Gaines

Speaker

Nancy Gaines is CEO/Founder of Gain Advantages Inc. and has been advising small businesses and Fortune 100 companies how to increase revenues through proven systems for almost two decades. She is a best-selling author and international keynote speaker. Nancy has been named in the Top 100 Productivity Experts to follow on Twitter and has a global podcast downloaded in over 65 countries. Her main focus is creating business processes with actionable steps so her clients achieve more consistency, ease, and ultimate success.

Coach Steve Brownlee

Coach Steve Brownlee

Speaker

"Steve Brownlee is dedicated to helping teach the next generation of software developers by providing people with a solid understand of the core technologies used today, and then expanding into how to be a valuable contributor.Steve has been developing software since 1980, when he programmed his TRS-80 to do his math homework for him. Since then, he grew up with the world wide web explosion and discovering all the new technologies that got invented to exploit its capabilities. Decades later, he wants to take all the knowledge and skills he has accumulated and teach a new generation to build the next version of the Web.Originally a Yinzer (those from Pittsburgh to you), he has adopted Nashville as his new home, having moved here in 2007 and been honored enough to be a small part of the exploding Nashville tech community. Steve firmly believes in the following values when it comes to technology:* Equality* Core competence* Respect* Creative destruction"

Nate Barbettini

Nate Barbettini

Speaker

Nate is a developer, author, and speaker who specializes in full-stack .NET and JavaScript. He hails from San Francisco, but calls Texas home. He's passionate about helping others learn how to write better, more secure code.

Wanda L. Scott

Wanda L. Scott

Speaker

"Wanda L. Scott’s Corporate & Education experience in the IT Networking field spans over 25 years. Within those years working for companies such as Bridgestone and Microsoft, she worked her way up to onsite support for governmental agencies restoring networks, advising on network design and training customer’s internal IT employees. Wanda leveraged those experiences and took them into the college classroom as an Assistant Professor in Computer Networking. Her passion for education demanded excellence in her classrooms setting a standard for curriculum that pushed past just computer networking knowledge to demonstration of communication and collaboration skills needed to be successful in corporate America. Another offset of her years in corporate America fueled by her graduate studies in Leadership and Education at Johns Hopkins is a thriving passion to teach on Leadership, Effective Communications and Relationship Building. Wanda has 20+ years of being propelled into leadership positions, managing customer relationships and customer expectations in corporate America. She then took those skills into Higher Education. With the growing demands on Educators and the expanding leadership roles for IT Professionals, Wanda’s value speaks for itself as she provides training in their language. Outside of her classroom, Wanda L. Scott mentors and champions the call for Women in IT. She is a leader who is known for her ability to turn a room full of tired, distracted people into an audience of encouraged and hopeful note-takers. Wanda loves as she leads. Rev. Wanda L. Scott is a sought after preacher and teacher for the kingdom of God.Wanda is also an Author of several books on relationships and writes about God’s love and power. www.WandaLScott.com"

Martine Dowden

Martine Dowden

Speaker

"Focusing on web interfaces that are beautiful, functional, and usable, Martine delivers products that adhere to WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 for accessibility and compliance. She approaches User Experience from both Art and Science, drawing from her degrees in Psychology and Visual Communications. Martine has worked as an artist, educator, and consultant since 2005.In 2015 her book Programming Languages ABC++ was successfully launched via Kickstarter. Martine is a volunteer webmaster for two organizations and an Assistant Organizer for a new Coworking initiative in her hometown. She has worked with 5 startup companies and is always looking for the next crazy idea."

Paul Gower

Paul Gower

Speaker

Christ follower, husband, father of 2, problem solver, teacher, mentor, software developer, and gamer just to name a few.

Matt Philip

Matt Philip

Speaker

Matt Philip is the Director of Agile Coaching at Asynchrony Labs, a St. Louis, US-based information-technology consulting firm that specializes in in custom-application delivery. He has worked in software development as a coach, trainer, quality advocate and facilitator, helping organizations and teams become fit for their purpose.

Jessica Katz

Jessica Katz

Speaker

Jessica Katz is a trainer, mentor and coach helping people find and nurture their authentic selves. Through Liberated Elephant, Jessica works with individuals and teams to help them dig deep into self-discovery, and with their new knowledge, helps them find the solutions hidden within their subconscious. Her methodology is informed by Agile project management, creating a safe space for her clients to bring their full selves without judgement.She believes that corporations and their employees are at the beginning of a culture shift from profit to purpose. As companies, teams, and individuals begin to make this transition, they are often faced with unspoken barriers. These barriers are usually known or sensed and are often called the elephant in the room. Those elephants remove a sense of psychological safety in working environments.Jessica’s vision is that all Elephants can be acknowledged and transformed. That all work environments can be made psychologically safe. That all employees can be fully engaged and creatively solve difficult problems.

Byron Sommardahl

Byron Sommardahl

Speaker

Byron has been developing software since he was 9 years old, coding RPG’s on his Commodore 64 and his best friend’s Apple IIe. When he was just 14, he developed a driver dispatch program for a large home repair company, a pawn shop management program, and a POS for clothing stores (that one is still in production). Since then, software development has been a constant and consuming passion for Byron. In 2010, Byron and some friends founded a software development company, Acklen Avenue, that has now grown to more than 50 distributed employees and runs multiple simultaneous agile software development projects daily. Byron is a true believer in anything that improves software maintainability, usability, and delivery.

Nic Raboy

Nic Raboy

Speaker

Nic Raboy is an advocate of modern web and mobile development technologies. He has experience in Java, JavaScript, Golang and a variety of frameworks such as Angular, NativeScript, and Apache Cordova. Nic writes about his development experiences related to making web and mobile development easier to understand.

Mike Amundsen

Mike Amundsen

Speaker

An internationally known author and speaker, Mike Amundsen travels the world consulting and talking about network architecture, Web development, and other subjects. As Director of Architecture for the API Academy, he works with companies to provide insight on how best to capitalize on the opportunities APIs present to both consumers and the enterprise.Amundsen has authored numerous books and papers. His 2013 collaboration with Leonard Richardson “RESTful Web APIs” and his 2011 book, “Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node”, are common references for building adaptable Web applications. He co-authored “Microservice Architecture” (June 2016) and his latest book, “RESTful Web Clients”, was published by O’Reilly in February 2017.

John Yorke

John Yorke

Speaker

John Yorke, I am an Agile Coach at Asynchrony Labs, I present training workshops on average 4 times a month. In the last month I have taught on subjects ranging from engagement (the Public Good), to story writing, story mapping to WiP limits. I am the founder and organizer of a local MeetUp on Product Ownership which has over 100 members. I am the head of a Product Ownership Chapter at Asynchrony Labs, with a mandate to train and educate people on the benefits of Product Ownership to your team. I spent over 20 years as a developer, Project manager and department manager and Scrum Master before turning to Agile Coaching and I post regularly at my blog www.yorkesoftware.com

Scott Showalter

Scott Showalter

Speaker

Scott Showalter, Agile Experience Architect: For over 10 years, Scott has been pushing teams to thrive at crafting experiences for users of digital and physical products in a diversity of industries including public transit, security, banking and mobility. Scott encourages using Lean UX alongside agile delivery to iteratively conceive and validate components of an experience with complex adaptive systems. Scott speaks frequently at UX and Agile conferences, teaching people how to build teams that can create the right products and solve meaningful problems that users actually care about. He does nothing without first making connections with real users, empathizing with their needs and gaining an understanding of how they think and work to accomplish their goals within the context of the problem space.

Cat Swetel

Cat Swetel

Speaker

Cat has experience applying lean principles in a variety of settings: from startups to large enterprises, warehouses to web, etc. She is passionate about increasing diversity in tech. In her leisure time, Cat enjoys making jokes about Bitcoin, hiking, and reading feminist literature.

Michael Dowden

Michael Dowden

Speaker

Michael is a technology professional with more than 20 years experience working for more than 60 companies. As a Software and Business consultant Michael helps his clients leverage technology to solve their business problems. He combines his software development expertise with his business process knowledge to deliver usable, scalable, and secure web-based solutions.He stays active in the industry, teaching new developers at Eleven Fifty Academy, attending and speaking at conferences and meetups, and publishing the occasional blog. In 2015 Michael’s children’s book “Programming Languages ABC++” was published by Inedo, and in 2016 the Workbook Edition sold over 20,000 copies.He has been an entrepreneur his entire life, offering his first software product for sale on AOL in 1992. Since that time Michael has operated several businesses and founded 5 startups. He loves working with and advising other startups and is always working on developing his ideas.

Ian Philpot

Ian Philpot

Speaker

Engineer / Developer / Coder / Programmer / DevOps / Technical Evangelist / Public SpeakerI work with emerging technologies. I use the full stack development skills I've cultivated over 15 years to work across functional areas, domains, and disciplines. I focus on using proven patterns and practices to ensure the adoption of these technologies is seamless and unobtrusive. I've worked on Emmy award winning projects and helped customers around the globe to build scalable distributed systems. Cloud technologies, DevOps, and Automation are my focus and passion. Right now I'm focused on building distributed microservices using technologies like Docker and Node.js. These systems deploy and scale themselves. I'm also researching Bots, machine learning, and artificial intelligence and how to integrate them into existing systems.When I'm not behind a computer you’ll find me on a trail running, riding my bike, or hiking with the kids.

Ingram

Ingram

Speaker

Ingram offers solutions to publishers, online and retail stores, education market and libraries.

Microsoft

Microsoft

Speaker

At Microsoft our mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential.

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