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Information Security Engineer. Automates things. Hacker & Defender. Incident wrangler. Plant based. Horses Around. Furry friendly.
Safia is the Lead of Mentorship Initiatives at ChickTech Chicago, co-organizer at PyLadies Chicago, founder at Data Science for America, and a computer science student at Northwestern University. She is passionate about data science for social good, social entrepreneurship, increasing diversity ...
Aydin has been writing software for close to 30 years. He has provided inventive solutions using technologies such as Java, JavaScript, ASP, Visual Basic, VB.Net, C#.Net, ASP.Net, Flash. Aydin enjoys learning-from and teaching people of all ages. He believes everyone is capable of learning ...
Bryan Arendt is a Lead Software Engineer at Dynamit. He started programming as a small child a long time ago on the Commodore 64 his mother bought him instead of a Nintendo. He currently leads a team of developers to build and ship enterprise and line of business software.
Jason is a Xamarin MVP and a Microsoft .NET MVP, and has been a professional developer for nearly 20 years. He has been an active member of the Xamarin community since it’s inception. He is an active member of the Houston dev community, serving as President of North Houston .NET Users ...
Vice President of Product Development at Deque Systems, founder of Deque Labs and inventor of the Amaze, aXe and FireEyes products. 20+ years of enterprise software development as a developer, product manager and founder. 6 years of intensive focus on accessibility with a passion for making ...
Adam Barney is a nerd. 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. Adam is now a Microsoft MVP (C#) and ASPInsider, and runs his own independent consulting company, ...
Aaron is Chief Security Officer at Eligible. He is the creator of Repsheet, an open source dynamic security response toolkit. Aaron is the co-author of Programming Clojure, 2nd Edition and a long time open source contributor.
Branden Bellanca is a new face in the IT crowd. He currently works as an automator and QA in the testing space, but is eager to continue learning and growing as a software craftsman. He has a passion to help people and eventually would like to coach and teach in the field. In his free […]
Aubrey Baker is an eCommerce Web Developer at CQL by day, and STEM outreach activist by night, recently featured in an article published by the Grand Rapids Press and a guest on a local radio show. Aubrey earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computing. Aubrey teaches Girls Who ...
James is the Appication Development Practice Lead at ICC in Columbus, OH. James has worked as a developer and architect on everything from small, single-user applications to Enterprise-scale, multi-user systems. His specialties are .NET development and architecture, TDD, Web Development, JavaScript, ...
Jerrel is a software craftsman specializing in Microsoft technologies. He’s developed .NET projects spanning from traditional desktop to web and mobile apps. He’s a big proponent of agile development and spends his time working with and teaching developers who want to learn to build ...
I am a computer programmer turned homeschool mom who loves learning, travel, exercise, reading, finding exciting new hobbies, and spending time with family. Besides teaching homeschool I am a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Certified Self-Defense Instructor, Advanced Level Toastmaster ...
Robert Boedigheimer works for Schwans Shared Services, LLC providing business solutions with web technologies and leads Robert Boedigheimer Consulting, LLC. Robert has been designing and developing web sites for the past 20 years including the early days of ASP and ASP.NET. He is a Pluralsight ...
Kevin is a SQL Server expert, working exclusively with the product since v6.5. With over 20 years of database experience and almost 45,000 man hours of SQL Server engine experience, he holds many related certifications, is an MCT and was a SQL Server MVP from 2007 to 2012. He has been a very ...
Richard is a friendly tester with a real passion for testing. He is very active in the testing community and hosted several test meetups in the UK. Richard is also a founding member and co-organiser of the Midlands Exploratory Workshop on Testing (#MEWT). Richard is currently working as an ...
Zach Briggs has farmed, sorted mail 2nd shift, maintained industrial equipment, wrote enterprise call center software, and created predictive models. Now he’s the Lead JavaScript Developer for 2Checkout where he focuses on browser JS. He has spoken or taught workshops at RailsConf, CodeMash, ...
Alex Burkhart loves creating software, but hates being woken up by production errors. He loves to pair, mentor new developers, and share knowledge with the entire community. Alex founded the Columbus Rust Society in October 2014. When he isn’t programming, he is often found playing board ...
Samuel Mikel Bowles is Vice President of Mutually Human. In this role, he is responsible for implementing, managing, and growing the company’s software practice, including sales, recruitment, and strategic initiatives. Samuel also contributes his expertise as a director of GR Makers, ...
Dusty has been developing software professionally for 10 years. He now pushes bits across the tubes for Raise in Chicago, but spent his past lives building software in JavaScript, .Net and JVM languages. Dusty has shown a commitment to the community, founding and contributing to a diverse set ...
Hailing from a small island in Lake Erie, Ben spent his formative years accompanying his father to work at the local arcade, learning to roll quarters and play Pac-Man and pinball. So it was no surprise that he developed an affinity for technology early on that eventually culminated in a degree ...
Joel is a polyglot developer practicing out of the LeanDog studio in Cleveland, Ohio. He has experience working with startups as well as large corporations with Java, C#, Ruby, Objective-C, and the list goes on. He is also the organizer for the Cleveland Ruby Brigade and enjoys participating ...
Jimmy Byrd (@Jimmy_Byrd) is a web, desktop, and mobile developer with over 8 years of experience. He has worked in fields such as education, medical, and SCADA solutions. His passions include information security and functional programming. His passions outside of work include craft beer and Zumba.
Nicole Capuana leads all things UX on a boat at LeanDog and helps enterprises and startups focus and define well-designed and intuitive systems. Over the last 15 years, she has covered almost the entire spectrum of UX from coding to usability testing. She is a co-founder of Her Ideas in Motion, ...
Kate Catlin is a Junior Android Developer at Detroit Labs after graduating from their unique Apprenticeship program, although she currently does business development stuff. Kate is also a Venture for America Fellow ’13 and the Founder of Women Rising (http://www.womenrising.co), which ...
Adam Caudill is a software developer with over 15 years of experience, and independent security researcher with a focus on application security, secure communications, and cryptography. Currently working on initiatives to improve the security and privacy of email and similar messaging systems. ...
DJ Cercone is a developer at Resource/Ammirati in Columbus, Ohio. With more than 15 years of experience in the software field, the visual elements of software are what really interest this developer and where he has found his interests! When not working on a software project, DJ likes to dabble ...
Raymond Chandler III is a serial entrepreneur and technology leader specializing in startups and early stage companies at Blueshift Technology Group. He’s been programming for over 15 years and works in Python, Ruby, Rust, and JavaScript. He helps organize the Columbus Rust Society, the ...
Charlotte is a career changer! Nowadays, she’s a passionate web developer with discerning sense for user-centered design practices. Despite being new to code, she has 10+ years experience in IT, here and abroad. Charlotte’s previous tech adventures span across industries, platforms, ...
As a software generalist with a passion for problem solving, John is always searching for a better way to solve a problem and a way to improve the software development platform. John has over a decade worth of experience working across the full stack of software including Java/.NET/Node.JS ...
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 ...
Ed Charbeneau is a web enthusiast, speaker, writer, podcaster, design admirer, and Developer Advocate for Telerik. He has designed and developed web based applications for business, manufacturing, systems integration as well as customer facing websites. Ed enjoys geeking out to cool new tech, ...
Stephen Cleary is a Christian, husband, and father who programs software in his spare time. He is a Microsoft MVP and the author of “Concurrency in C# Cookbook” (O’Reilly) as well as several MSDN articles. He’s also the top answerer for async/await questions on Stack ...
Robert Cochran is a consultant and NextGen Agilest with Manifest Solutions from Columbus, Ohio. With five years of experience he has worked in the insurance and online education industries. Recently he has been working with the Java stack, having a focus on front-end design and incorporating ...
Kevin Cody is an Application Security Engineer with experience working at several Fortune 100 enterprises. Although his particular expertise is geared toward hacking Web and Mobile applications, he is also very interested in the entire gamut from mainframes to embedded systems. He currently ...
Justin is an application security engineer at SurveyMonkey and the primary author of Brakeman, an open source static analysis security tool for Ruby on Rails.
Amber Conville is a developer at Test Double, and has been a software developer for 7 years. She loves code in lots of languages, tdd, craftsmanship, and the software community, and can be found helping out with user groups, conferences, and nerd gatherings whenever possible.
Learning new technology can be hard. Tim’s passion is doing the hard work of learning a technology thoroughly and then making it easier for the next person to learn it. That is why you can find Tim teaching freshmen C# at a community college, writing articles on CodeProject or creating ...
Brian Costlow has held almost every job you can hold in software development. He’s worked and managed development, QA, tech support and technical sales—everywhere from Fortune 500 companies to Main Street small businesses. Along the way he started three companies, learned to program ...
John Daily has wandered a meandering path through systems and network administration, cyber security, global iOS mobile device management, technical evangelism, and software development. He currently helps develop the Riak NoSQL database for Basho. He has a passion for pragmatic programming ...
Jamison Dance is a web developer at KualiCo, a panelist on the JavaScript Jabber podcast, and a 1x developer. Sometimes he spells it `array.lenght`.
Jack Daniel works for Tenable Network Security, has over 20 years’ experience in network and system administration and security, and has worked in a variety of practitioner and management positions. A technology community activist, he supports several information security and technology ...
Jerry has been a professional programmer for two decades. When not attending heavy metal concerts or studying programming languages he works on the concurrent-ruby gem, which he created. Jerry has worked professionally with numerous languages and has built software for a diverse set of industries. ...
I have been using state models and asynchronous processing for many years to solve business problems for companies of all sizes. As small as a logistics software company responsible for the routing of trucks, a web hosting company responsible for the handling of website malware detection, to ...
Daniel Davis is a Business Improvement Consultant, Agile Practitioner, Polyglot Developer, Innovator, Hacker, and Maker. He has been working in Agile and Agile Software Development for the last 10 years. Currently, he is an Executive Consultant with Pillar and has spent the last few years focused ...
Erin is a front-end engineer at Bitly who is working on making the web a more beautiful place one website at a time and appreciates an epic CSS hack every now and again.
Paul DeCarlo is a Microsoft Technology Evangelist and Professor for the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. His current technology interests focus on Internet of Things, Cloud Applications, and Cross-Platform mobile app development. He is also an experienced startup founder ...
Ravi has worked in Software Development since the mid ’80s. He has real world experience in everything from assembly code on MIPS machines, to C++ and .Net on PCs, to Javascript/Angular on all modern browsers, and lately to Objective-C and Swift on iOS devices. He’s even been paid ...
Mike is Managing Director at Mutually Human with twenty-five years experience in the industry. He obtained a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from Ohio State University as well as an MS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He began his career in R&D facilities like ...
Barry is the security czar for ASP.NET which means he gets to look at the framework, tools and template code, searching for potential insecurities and sometimes even fixing them. He also triages publicly and privately reported vulnerabilities before getting someone else to fix them which means ...
Nathan Dotz is a developer at Detroit Labs, a development firm focused on making your mobile app the most amazing it can be. He’s also a functional programming fanboy, an admirer of emerging languages, an active member of the tech community, and a fan of fine beers.
Cori Drew is a senior consultant with Improving Enterprises in Addison, TX. She started her programming career as a web developer before cutting her OOP teeth (& falling in love with C#) in 2003 in .NET Framework 1.1. Cori was a programmer for 8.5 years before discovering there was a developer ...
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 ...
Brendan Enrick is a Principal Software Engineer with Clear Measure, focusing a great deal of his time on agile and software craftsmanship methodologies. Brendan is a proponent of strong development communities. Along with two other community members, Brendan helped found the Hudson Software ...
Wife, mom, teacher, kidzmash staff.
I have been in the IT industry since 2003 in roles from software support through lead development, project management, systems analysis, and executive level management in a variety of languages, paradigms, and development platforms. Currently I am a Senior Developer at The Tombras Group in ...
Jim Everett is a Senior Consultant at HMB where he designs custom software solutions for clients. He has over 14 years of professional software development experience, working on projects for various levels of government, school districts, and Fortune 50 companies. Jim has a Master’s Degree ...
Jeremy Fairbank is a remote web developer in Tennessee. He works for Push Agency with an entirely distributed team that creates amazing designs and software. He has worked on the front end and back end extensively with Angular, Backbone, Marionette, and Ruby on Rails. He blogs at blog.jeremyfairbank.com ...
Jared is a Microsoft MVP and the Director of Technology Services at HMB (http://www.hmbnet.com), an IT services company based in 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 ...
Barbara is a software developer and mentor to inspiring developers. Working with a range of different companies, Barbara gained experience with team dynamics. This has lead to her strong belief in shaping a proper working environment. She trusts this allows high-functional teams to reach their ...
Worked in the computer industry for 30 years from midrange computers (AS/400) to personal computers. Have written programs in RPGIII/IV, COBOL, Delphi, C++, C#, Java, Javascript. Currently using Javascript with Ember, Java with Spring
Mike Geig is both an experienced teacher and game developer, with a foot firmly in both camps. Mike is a Trainer for Unity Technologies and is a well known International Man of Mystery. He also occasionally loiters around Stark State College and the Cleveland Institute of Art under the guise ...
Brian Genisio is a passionate member of the Michigan software community. He likes poached eggs, pickling vegetables, and walking to places from his house. For over 15 years, Brian has been developing software using many languages and technologies. His current focus is on JavaScript and related ...
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, ...
Chris Gardner is the Chairman of the DevSpace Technical Conference 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. ...
J Wolfgang Goerlich supports information security initiatives for clients in the healthcare, education, financial services, and energy verticals.Wolfgang leads an information security team specializing in managed security services, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing. As a cyber ...
Always keeping an eye on what’s next, Geoffrey is familiar with how companies adopt new technologies. The latest trends in technology have been heading towards an era where people are becoming personally dependent on multiple computer chips simultaneously. This is know as the ubiquitous era ...
Brian Greene has worked at Nationwide for over 5 years in the User Experience group. As a Discipline Lead, Brian oversees a team of Creative Technologists responsible for creating prototypes for user testing and delivering visual design requirements to IT. Brian graduated from Purdue University ...
Kevin Griffin is an author, teacher, mentor, and consultant focusing in software development. As an independent consultant, Kevin specializes in helping businesses push their technology stacks into the 21st century. You can often find Kevin speaking at conferences and user groups across the ...
Matthew D. Groves is a guy who loves to code. It doesn’t matter if it’s C#, jQuery, PHP, or submitting pull requests. He has been coding ever since he wrote a QuickBASIC point-of-sale app for his parent’s pizza shop back in the 90s. He currently works remotely for Heuristic ...
Paul Hacker has over 15 years of application architecture, design, development, and management expertise in Microsoft technologies. His strong technical aptitude, excellent communication skills, and dedicated work ethic have enabled him to drive and deliver successful projects and solutions ...
Michael Hagesfeld has been making it up as he goes along for the last 40 years, which has been of infinite help in his career as a full stack .Net developer (15 years); a comic improviser (11 years); and a husband (11 years) and parent (7 years).
Nuri Halperin consults, develops, and teaches software development with passion. He designs and builds systems, websites and line of business applications. He has been getting things done for a variety clients small and large. From founding CTO of Jdate.com to international e-commerce multilingual ...
Jay is a code wrangler, software consultant, and president 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 ...
Shawn Hartsell is a technical lead at LeanKit in Nashville, TN. He specializes in full stack development using a myriad of technologies (C#, Node.JS, SQL, NoSQL, etc) and has a passion for data, skateboards, and playing records.
Nikita Hasis is a test engineer, agilist and all-around swell guy. When not testing or releasing HomeAway code, he works on his other passion: making defining, and delivering quality, easier. He loves learning and talking about process and how to make testers more efficient without going grey. ...
Mark Heckler is a Pivotal Developer Advocate, conference speaker, and published author focusing upon software development for the Internet of Things and the Cloud. He has worked for and with key players in the manufacturing, retail, medical, scientific, telecom, and financial industries and ...
A technologist with15 years of experience executing strategy and delivering high quality software. Career path has included product management; program/project execution; people leadership; Agile coaching and Agile transformations. Also a proud participant and contributor to the technology ...
Rotem Hermon is VP Architecture at Gigya, and has been building and designing back-end systems for a long time now.
David Hoerster, a 5-time C# MVP, is a recovering corporate financial analyst and has been working with the Microsoft.NET Framework since the early 1.0 betas. He is the Sr. Solutions Architect for Confluence, a managed investments software product company. David is the conference chair of Pittsburgh ...
Dustin has over 9 years of experience in software development in and around Columbus, Ohio. He has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from smaller mobile applications to larger enterprise systems. As a consultant at Leading EDJE, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the best ...
Standing 6’5”, Nick Holmer is a Senior Designer at Dynamit in Columbus. He specializes in UX and UI design for large scale development projects, and helps brands meet their business goals.
Cory is founder of Bitnative LLC, an agile software development and training consultancy, and creator of OutlierDeveloper.com, a community for software developers who aspire to be exceptional. He is a Pluralsight author, Microsoft MVP in C#, INETA speaker, independent consultant, and blogger ...
Executive Coach at Pillar Technology. Owner/Principal of Guidepost Systems. Father. Husband. Geek. Veteran. Around 25 years IT experience. Co-author of “Windows Developer Power Tools.” Coffee Roaster. MVP for C#. Past President of CodeMash Conference. Diabetic. Runner. Liked 5th grade so ...
Passionate soul who gets his kicks solving problems with deep fried awesomeness. Currently employed by Microsoft.
Bradley Holt is a Developer Advocate with IBM Cloudant, a globally distributed data layer for web and mobile applications. He is the author of several publications including Building a Hypermedia API in CouchDB (php[architect]), PHP 5.4 Cheat Sheet (DZone Refcardz), Scaling CouchDB (O’Reilly ...
Kirsten Hunter is an unapologetic hacker and passionate advocate for the development community. Her technical interests range from graph databases to cloud services, and her experience supporting and evangelizing REST APIs has given her a unique perspective on developer success. In her copious ...
Jeremy Jarrell is an agile coach and author who helps teams get better at doing what they love. He is heavily involved in the technology community, both as a highly rated speaker throughout the East Coast as well as a syndicated author whose articles and videos have appeared on sites such as ...
Matt Johnson is a developer on the Microsoft patterns and practices team, where he spends most of his time developing guidance and code samples for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. He has contributed to several key pieces of “best practices” documents published by Microsoft on ...
Andrew Johnson is a Software Engineer on the Data Engineering team at Etsy. He has four years of experience working with Hadoop and is an active open source contributor. His passions include big data, functional programming, and the JVM. Andrew graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from ...
Software craftsman, agility enthusiast, speaker, cyclist. Passionate about technology, sports and magic.
Parag Joshi (@ilovethexbox ) is a Mobile Architect working for Centric Consulting LLC and has over 17 years software development experience working on various technologies. He is co director of the Cincinnati DotNet User Group (CINNUG.org) and also director of the Cincinnati All Things Mobile ...
Seth Juarez holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science where his field of research was Artificial Intelligence, specifically in the realm of Machine Learning. Seth is a Microsoft Evangelist working with the Channel 9 team. When he is not working in that area, Seth devotes his time to an ...
Christopher Judd is the CTO and a partner at Manifest Solutions (http://www.manifestcorp.com/), an international speaker, an open source evangelist, the Central Ohio Java Users Group leader (http://www.cojug.org), and the co-author of Beginning Groovy and Grails (Apress, 2008), Enterprise Java ...
Blake Judd is an eleven year old sixth grader. He lives in Worthington Ohio, GO BUCKS! He plays soccer, basketball, and football. Blake enjoys making computer games on the Gamemaker Studio software. He likes to draw and write comic books. Blake also likes to write his own stories and fables. ...
Shaunak Kashyap has been working as a backend developer in the Internet software industry for over a decade. Some of his more interesting past gigs include building a poker search and analytics engine; a system for tracking and analyzing the jail population in Louisville, Kentucky; and ground ...
Chris is a software developer at Carbon Five where he spends his time hacking on Ruby and Javascript. Although he started out writing C he found his true love was building applications on the web. These days he spends most of his time in Javascript, trying to push the web to it’s limits. ...
Nathan is a Solutions Developer with Leading EDJE in Columbus, OH. Primarily focused on web based technologies in the Microsoft stack, he has recently been exploring the world of Javascript and client-side web frameworks.
David Kennedy (@HackingDave) is founder of TrustedSec, Binary Defense Systems and DerbyCon. David was the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) for a Fortune 1000 where he ran the entire information security program. Kennedy is a co-author of the book “Metasploit: The Penetration Testers ...
Eric Kepes is a technical leader specializing in helping teams deliver high quality software. He is passionate about distributed systems, responsible software architecture, developing other professionals, and exploring new technologies. Eric enjoys sharing his experiences using technology with ...
Gaines Kergosien is an enterprise solutions architect, organizer of Music City Code conference, and serves as President of the Nashville .NET User Group. He also presents at software development conferences throughout the United States. With over 12 years in solutions development, his work ...
A distributed systems pragmatist and machine learning enthusiast, Ali is a solution architect building web scale solutions, trying to marry scalability with performance. He loves HTTP, API design and business-modelling DDD-style. An Open Source author and blogger, he tries to give back to the ...
A 20-year veteran of all things IT (dev, DBA, and ops) and ardent OSS developer. Lately, focused on devops and the non-technical solutions necessary to build good teams.
William Klos is a Senior Architect and Centric’s National Cloud Services Lead. Bill’s career has spanned many aspects of computing and at times has architected solutions from the perspective of data, networking, enterprise, and security – but is primarily an application architect. Most ...
Matt Konda is the founder of Jemurai, a growing application security consulting firm specializing in projects that bring security into the software development process. Before starting Jemurai, Matt spent 4 years as a Director of Engineering at a security company where he was responsible for ...
Hi, I’m Jon Kruger and I am an independent consultant in Columbus, OH. I specialize in software solutions, project leadership, and Agile coaching and training and I have experience in a wide range of industries and environments. I use my experience as a leader and software developer to ...
Joe Kuemerle is a developer and speaker in the greater New York City area specializing in .NET development, security, database and application lifecycle topics. Joe is active in the technical community as well as a speaker at local, regional and national events. Joe blogs at www.kuemerle.com ...
Mike is currently an Iteration Manager at LeanDog and has nearly 20 years of experience using agile methods to develop software in numerous fields. Mike is passionate about finding better ways to develop/deliver software and remove waste from software delivery processes by collecting/analyzing ...
Stubbornly going after what whatever feels right even when it isn’t necessarily the most popular method at the moment, Matt was a little pleasantly surprised when React took off. Passionate about code quality and readability he is presently working at Nutshell delivering great front end ...
Jess Lancaster is the QA Practice Manager at TechSmith, the makers of Snagit, Camtasia, and other visual communication software applications. He has over 17 years of testing and test leadership experience with government, financial, insurance, and commercial software organizations. Jess has ...
Amanda Lange is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft in the Philadelpha/Baltimore area. She is also a part-time video game critic for the web site http://www.tap-repeatedly.com. Her current interests include the Internet of Things, gamification, and how games and technology can promote health. ...
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 tiny devices and electronics – particularly the .NET Micro Framework & Gadgeteer rapid prototyping ...
Kyle can typically be found working on development teams as a tester, although sometimes his attention wanders into the nearby realms of development, system administration, virtualization and support. His most recent gig is as a Software Development Engineer in Test at a Canadian forensics ...
Neal Lindsay works for Test Double where he gets to write software for great companies. This includes lots of client-heavy web apps and JSON APIs on the server. He is forever dissatisfied with templating languages. He was born in the year of the horse.
David Lucas is a software architect with over 25 years of experience in IT including Fortune 500 companies. He has a diverse software engineering background covering satellite communications, financial processing, smart grid utilities, manufacturing, order entry systems, shipping automation, ...
John Macko is proud to be one of a small group of individuals who has attended all 9 CodeMash conferences—yes, the Lemurs know him on a first-name basis. On the programming front, he started out in grade school assembling and hacking model computers made of plastic and Masonite. In high school ...
Chris is an Information Security Consultant involved in vulnerability assessments, security training, and penetration testing. Before working in security, he worked in IT for ten years as a system and network admin and project manager.
Jim Manico is the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He is also the founder of Brakeman Security, Inc. and is a investor/advisor for Signal Sciences. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member ...
Chris develops software in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He’s also known as a: hypermedia advocate, functional programming enthusiast, 5-time F# MVP, polyglot programmer, and all around geek. When not working, he enjoys BBQ food, rock climbing, and planning his next travel destination.
Jennifer Marsman is a Principal Developer Evangelist in Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism group, where she educates developers on Microsoft’s new technologies. In this role, Jennifer is a frequent speaker at software development conferences across the United States. In 2009, ...
Tony is a Software Engineer with a M.S. in Computer Science and 10 years of experience in government, academic, and commercial work. Currently, he works for PYA Analytics, a data analytics company in Knoxville, TN. While software development continues to be his primary role, current interests ...
Eric Maxwell is the founder and co-owner of Credible Software. He has spent 11 years architecting and developing software for various companies across different industries including healthcare, insurance, library science, and private aviation. His current focus is training, mentoring, and mobile ...
Kyle has been writing code for over 15 years, and getting paid to do it for the last 8. He is an independent consultant, trainer, and Agile coach based out of Cleveland. He is also an organizer of the Cleveland chapter of NodeSchool, hardware hacker, balloon twister and LeanDogger.
A data scientist at PYA Analytics, Amber specializes in natural language processing and text analytics. She came to her Ph.D. in computer science in a roundabout way, through a Bachelor’s in Spanish and then a Master’s in Linguistics (all from the University of South Carolina), during which ...
Patrick is a developer on both the back and front ends of the web. He currently helps build software for various startups. He is the organizer of the Ann Arbor Ruby Brigade and volunteer for GDI as well as a speaker at meetups around the area. He is incapable of browsing the web without frequently ...
Ole Michaelis is the co-founder of SoCoded, a hackfest and web development conference in Hamburg. He’s a Software Engineer at Jimdo, a DIY website creator, where he focuses on backend development. In his free time, he’s building slidr.io, a hazzle-free slide sharing platform. Ole is passionate ...
Don Miller is the Principal Consultant of GroundSpeed™. He has over 20 years of professional experience in addition to the sale of his first program (spaghetti code) at the age of 14. His broad range of experience makes him very relatable to programmers and system engineers. He is a crazed ...
Jeffrey A. Miller is a tech lead and application architect with over 18 years of experience delivering enterprise software for business, government, and healthcare. He provides leadership in the Microsoft application development practice for Information Control Company, LLC. Jeffrey has presented ...
Darrel has been building distributed business applications on the Microsoft platform for more than 20 years. He is an active member of the .NET community and OSS contributor. When he’s not reading IETF specifications in order to answer Stack Overflow questions, or writing tooling to help ...
Nik Molnar is a Program Manager on Microsoft’s Cross Platform and Open Tooling team and co-founder of Glimpse, an open source diagnostics and debugging tool. Living in Austin Texas, Nik specializes in web performance, debugging and development. In his spare time, Nik can be found cooking ...
James Montemagno is a Developer Evangelist at Xamarin and Microsoft MVP. He has been a .NET developer for over a decade working in a wide range of industries including game development, printer software, and web services. Previously, James was a professional mobile developer and has now been ...
After spending six years as a code monkey writing software for the Navy in the desert, Monika has spent the last four years applying her software development insights to penetration testing of web and mobile applications. She also spends time occasionally writing proxy tool extensions to automate ...
Doug Morgan is a native Ohioan, who was born and raised, outside of Toledo, in the small rural town of Genoa. He studied Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Toledo, before moving to Cleveland and adopting it as his hometown for the last 5+ years. As a Software Developer/ Agile ...
Mitch “Rez” Muenster is always looking for new ways and innovations with technology. Currently Mitch is a Xamarin Developer (certified), Grinder & Hacker(White Hat) and NFC tinker. Mitch is currently involved in speaking about his passions and looking for ways to improve the ...
David is a husband, father, geek, musician, motorcyclist, speaker, software developer, and Microsoft MVP living in North GA. He’s currently a Developer Advocate for LeanKit. David served as president of the Nashville .NET User Group for 2012 and 2013. He runs on a high-octane mixture ...
Chris Nelson is a software developer who hails from the fair city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Though originally a violin performance major, he has been developing web applications for about 15 years and is passionate about finding better ways to do so. He’s spoken at most of the major ruby and ...
Godfrey is founder and president of RIIS LLC, a mobile development firm in the Detroit Metro area. He is also author of “Bulletproof Android”, “Android Best Practices”, “Decompiling Android” and “Decompiling Java.” Godfrey has spoken at DroidCon, ...
Doc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Once a dedicated code slinger, Doc has turned his energy toward helping teams, departments, and companies work better together in the pursuit of better software. Working with a wide range of companies ...
Todd Nussbaum has been a professional software developer/designer/ architect for over 15 years, serving in both consulting and corporate employee roles. He’s currently director of the Java practice at HMB, a consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio. Todd spends his time demonstrating to clients ...
Jarred has been developing software professionally for almost 10 years. He is passionate about automated testing, continuous delivery, removing inefficiencies, and developing DRY clean code in Groovy, Java, Javascript, Scala, or whatever the best tool for the job is. Currently employed at IQ ...
R.J. Osborne has been addicted to programming since sixth grade. After 19 years of professional software development, he’s made a dizzying number of fantastic development mistakes. He has worked in both public and private sectors with everything from embedded C++ to AngularJS and CoffeeScript. ...
Sean O’Connor is the Lead Application Engineer at Bitly. Day to day he helps the backend development team do the best work they can, creating powerful new tools to help people understand the social web. Outside of Bitly Sean spends most of his time biking around NYC, brewing cider, and ...
I am a web developer, Michigander, and feminist fueled by live music (and coffee) and at the constant beck and call of my pet rabbits and cat. I’ve been part of Olark’s engineering team since January 2014.
Bob Paulin is an independent consultant and speaker that has been developing open source software for the past 10 years. He’s presented at large international conferences such as ApacheCon, JavaOne and local user groups such as CJUG (Chicago Java Users Group). Bob is actively involved in ...
John Pendexter is a passionate Java developer and consultant at Manifest Solutions. He has been writing apps for the Android platform since Froyo. He believes that care taken with asynchronous problem solving makes for a dramatically better user experience. When not writing code John enjoys ...
Software is math. Every class is a theorem. The compiler is the proof. And unit tests check our work. Michael has recorded Pluralsight courses on CQRS, XAML Patterns, and Cryptography, in addition to Provable Code. He maintains the spoon-bending Assisticant and Correspondence open-source libraries. ...
As a Developer Technology Specialist, I serve as a field expert for Microsoft’s flag-ship development and application lifecycle management tools, specifically Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Test Professional, and Lab management. I help Inspire customers to build modern software across ...
Seth has been programming for 27 years, 20 of them professionally as a full-stack developer and architect. He currently leads a small but powerful team in search of elegant, maintainable solutions to hard problems. Seth recently took on a full-time leadership role but isn’t ready to totally ...
Kevin is passionate about creating great experiences on the web. He exercises this passion as a Test Double consultant specializing in crafting front-end experiences while drawing from his diverse experience in corporate, startup, agency, and nonprofit environments.
Justin is a software journeyman, continuously learning and honing his skills. He has spent most of his professional career in C# and MSSQL, but loves learning about many different languages, especially Scala. This interest in Scala has led him deep into his current passion, the big data processing ...
Kevin has worked on Developer Tools at Microsoft for more than 10 years. During that time he has worked on the C# and VB IDE experience, including features like IntelliSense, formatting, refactoring, colorization and more. Most recently he has been the manager of the IDE team for Microsoft’s ...
Keith Pinson is a software developer who cut his teeth on Python and is currently exploring the thrills of F#, Haskell and even Idris. In addition to his love of deeply geeking out over the technical aspects, he is passionate about how to work effectively with people and deliver value rapidly. ...
Maggie Pint is the Web Development Manager at TempWorks Software. She spent the first several years of her career working as a SSRS developer and accidental DBA before converting into a full-stack ASP.NET developer. She currently specializes mostly in Angular JS, but there is a special place ...
Mike Pirnat has been wrangling Pythons at meaningful connections leader American Greetings since 2000. In his time there, he’s written a ton of code, guided major technology improvements, and battled the forces of darkness (you know—IE and Javascript). Lately he’s excited about security, ...
Scott Preston is a software craftsman and roboticist from Columbus, Ohio. Over the past decade he has worked for some of the largest companies in the world and built & programmed lots of web sites and robots. When he’s not working on a new robot or web project, he consults and solves ...
Katie Quehl is a Senior User Experience Consultant at Ingage Partners. She holds a Bachelors of Informatics, a Masters of Science in Human-Computer Interaction Design, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Human-Computer Interaction at Indiana University. Katie’s doctoral studies focus around ...
Priya Rajagopal has been professionally developing software solutions for over 16 years. She is currently leading the mobile development efforts and doubles up a systems architect at a startup in Ann Arbor , Michigan and in her spare time, does freelance mobile app development, consulting and ...
As an innovative technical architect, Scott Reed brings over 18 years of experience applying the latest technological advancements to the software development process, application architecture and user interface. He is well versed in a range of technology platforms and specializes in delivering ...
Matthew is a software consultant with over 15 years of professional experience building large-scale data-driven desktop, server, web and cloud-based applications. He is a regular public speaker, open-source software contributor, and Pluralsight author. His interests include data analytics, ...
David Resseguie began his programming journey at the age of 5 when his dad bought an Apple IIe computer. Instead of just playing Stickybear Numbers, he wanted to know how it worked. He’s enjoyed making and developing things with technology ever since. David is an avid collector of toy ...
Guy works for Pillar Technology in Columbus, Ohio as an instructor, a consultant, and a software engineer. He has programmed in numerous languages — many of them semi-colon delimited — but has more recently been working with Ruby and JavaScript. He is also the chief organizer for ...
Danielle Richardson is a homeschooling, homesteading, history loving mama. She enjoys playful political activism and has been known to leap obnoxious zoning regulations in a single bound. Also, she settles Catan like a boss.
Chris Risner is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. There he leads a team focused on evangelizing Microsoft’s many open source capabilities including how Microsoft Azure can be used to help build powerful mobile applications. For the past several years he has focused on mobile development ...
Walt’s enthusiasm for crafting software interfaces blossomed early. Just a few days after discovering how to move pixels around a computer screen he was devouring books on the topic of computer graphics and UI design. Before long he was sharing his discoveries with other technology buffs, ...
Veteran build and firmware engineer with 20 years experience creating gadgets and systems for telecommunications, energy, retail, and industrial clients. Evolving craftsman, finding ways to merge old-school best practices with high-velocity, modern agile processes.
JavaOne Rockstar Baruch Sadogursky (a.k.a JBaruch) is the Developer Advocate of JFrog, the creators of Artifactory Binary Repository, the home of Bintray, JavaOne 2011 and 2013 Duke Choice Awards winner. For a living he hangs out with the JFrog tech leaders, writes some code around Artifactory ...
Don Schenck is a Rackspace Developer Advocate, meaning he writes code, writes about code, speaks at conferences, teaches workshops and helps customers. Prior to Rackspace, Don worked across a broad range of industries, from developing systems to reduce civilian casualties in military engagements ...
helps software teams deliver more effectively by learning to grow together. He publishes fixed-length micropodcasts at agilein3minut.es, writes variable-length articles at schmonz.com, and contributes code and direction to notable open-source projects such as NetBSD, pkgsrc, and ikiwiki.
Brian is a Web Application Developer with 15+ years of professional development experience. He got his start on old Atari 800, building a small security system for his room. Lately he has been focused on Web and Mobile Device application development, with a penchant for security. He has a range ...
Guardian of Users. Creator of Worlds. As a User Experience Designer, Michael Saylor, loves to craft unique and exceptional experiences. As a developer turned designer, he understands the struggles that come between the two and works to create an understanding and rally for the users. He is ...
Bill Sempf is a software security architect. His breadth of experience includes business and technical analysis, software design, development, testing, server management and maintenance, and security. In his 20 years of professional experience he has participated in the creation of well over ...
Justin spends most of his time troubleshooting npm, tweeting about flight delays, and uncovering human problems where others see technical issues. He co-founded Test Double, a software agency of great people dedicated to making software that’s better for businesses to manage, developers ...
I am a technical architect, trainer, and process coach who lets nothing stand in his way when it comes to delivering software. I believe that the right tools, skill set, and attitude make compromising quality unnecessary. Always seeking out ways to expand my own skills and toolbox while helping ...
Sarah Sexton is a dedicated advocate for technology, committed to highlighting strengths and seeing more women and minorities get involved in video game development. She is a co-founder of Voxelles, a group for women developers in Chicago. She is most passionate about diversity, inclusion, ...
KidzMash Coordinator / czar / da bomb diddly.
Brian Sherwin is a Technical Evangelist with Microsoft from Columbus, Ohio. He has been a consultant and trainer for over 15 years. One of his core passions is helping companies make decisions based on value and not a particular technology. When he’s not trying to figure out some new technology, ...
Gary Short is a freelance datascience practitioner and trainer, based in Dundee, UK. He has a deep understanding of the full Hadoop and HDInsight environment, as well as an interest in Predictive Analytics, Social Network Analysis, Computational Linguistics, Machine Vision and Machine Learning.
With 18 years of technology experience, Carina Silfverduk has experience in many facets of software and web application development. In 2003 she had the unique opportunity to learn Extreme Programming where her passion for Agile was ignited. Carina has participated in and led several Agile ...
Co-founder and Chief Architect of JFrog – Artifactory and Bintray creators. Developer since 1992, and Java expert since 1998 as co-founder of AlphaCSP.
While I am a software developer by day, my real passion is helping kids fall in love with science and technology. I spend my free time coaching robotics teams for kids, serving on education committees to develop STEM curriculums for schools and organizing STEM community outreach events.
Christopher Slee is a Principle at AWH and helps run the Dev:Launch apprenticeship program. With close to 40 years of software development (he started in elementary school) he is passing that knowledge down to groups of apprentices that get their careers going at AWH. Chris got involved in ...
Steve Sloka is a Software Architect from Pittsburgh, PA currently working at UPMC Enterprises dealing with all things Cloud and Containers.
Dr. Michelle Smith’s unusual background gives her a fresh perspective on the tech industry and what it takes to build and keep great teams. She is a veterinarian by education, and she still practices in the state of Ohio. She’s also been an executive at a global software company. But her ...
Steve is an entrepreneur and software developer with a passion for building quality software as effectively as possible. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Falafel Software. Steve has published several courses on Pluralsight, covering DDD, SOLID, design patterns, and software architecture. ...
Steve Sneed is a maker, programmer, musician, brewer, and Halloween enthusiast. During the day, he runs Sneed.Net Consulting, LLC, a technology consulting firm. During the night, Sneed enjoys creating phat grooves and delicious brews. It is during the Halloween season where he gets to let his ...
Matthew Soucoup develops apps out of Madison, WI USA. He has worked with C# since 2005 and started creating cross platform mobile apps with Xamarin in 2010 and is a Xamarin Certified Developer. Matt founded Code Mill Technologies, which specializes in .NET and mobile cross platform app development ...
David Stanek has been developing software professionally for over 18 years. He is currently a Software Engineer at Rackspace. Python has been his language of choice for over 15 years both on and off of the job. David spends much of his free work time working on open source projects and sharpening ...
Larry Staton Jr. is the Sr. Software Engineer at Hendrick Automotive Group, one of the largest automobile dealership groups in the country. He’s a programming language nerd with a weakness for LISPs. When he’s not thinking about theories of computation, he’s usually riding ...
Caitlin is a Front-End Web Developer working for Cardinal Solutions in Columbus. She has been jamming on HTML and CSS since middle school and shows no signs of stopping. She is the Girl Develop It! Columbus Chapter Co-Leader, and spends the rest of her free time attempting to run off and join ...
Craig Stuntz is a software engineer and a lifelong student of computer science, with specific interests in programming languages, type theory, compilers, and math. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, works for Improving Enterprises, and cofounded the Columbus branch of Papers We Love, a reading group ...
Tony Surma is co-founder of the Humanitarian Toolbox who’s mission is to create opportunities for volunteers of all skill levels and abilities to engage in open source by building and contributing to open source solutions used by organizations and communities during disaster response ...
CTO at Complion Office of the CTO – Hyland Software. Led 25 products to market
Steven Swenson is a software developer and hardware tinkerer. He keeps busy writing open-source software in c#, building solar-panel monitoring systems with Raspberry Pis, and teaching kids how to write code. He also gives talks on cloud computing, encryption, and automation using powershell. ...
Steve Swing is an independent consultant and software developer from Columbus OH. He has nearly 28 years of experience in the software industry with 12 of those as an independent. Married for 25 years to his wife Doris, with a son and daughter and nearly finished with his role as a tuition ...
Heather is a Senior Solutions Developer and Business Analyst with Leading EDJE. She has been in the industry practicing Java development for the last 8 years and is an Agile advocate. Heather recently obtained her PMI-ACP certification and is excited to share her experience with others. As ...
A long time resident of metro Detroit, Dr. Truxall has been slinging code for a living since 1995, working with enterprise web technologies, modeling business processes, and building public web sites and mobile apps for some of the largest organizations in North America. Always an enthusiast ...
I am a web guy, Microsoft MVP and software developer specialized mainly on .NET Web technologies. I’ve worked at the tourism industry to build tourism software services and products for long time and now, I am working at Redgate Software as a Software Developer helping people do database ...
Andrew is Double Agent 004 at Test Double, a small but happy software studio in Columbus, OH where he helps deliver simple solutions to complex problems. When not writing nice code, you’ll find him driving race cars, playing banjo and performing #dadops.
Bill Wagner is one of the world’s foremost C# developers and a member of the ECMA C# Standards Committee. He is President of the Humanitarian Toolbox, has been awarded Microsoft Regional Director and .NET MVP for 10+years, and was recently appointed to the .NET Foundation Advisory Board. ...
During the daylight hours, George works as an application developer for Northwoods Consulting Partners. With more than 12 years experience in application development, he has become an advocate for building clean, concise code without sacrificing the user experience. He builds applications in ...
I’m a programmer by accident. In college I studied Meteorology and thought I might be a weather forecaster. But after writing my first weather simulation (in Fortran on punch cards no less) my path changed. I started way back in the days of K&R C and mini-computers. From there it ...
Melinda is the owner of One Squiggly Line, a visual thinking business that uses hand-drawn visuals to make things clear, simple, and fun. She has done live graphic recording at events, conferences, workshops, and meetings for major corporations (like Google and Western Union), non-profits (like ...
Faisal Waris has worked in Detroit’s automotive industry for the past 15 years, in a variety of IT roles. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at Wayne State University. He primarily uses F# as his everyday functional programming language but also delves into Spark/Scala ...
Working in Internet infrastructure, web app security, and design taught Casey to be a paranoid, UX-oriented, problem solving Internet plumber; his earliest contributions to Perl live to this day on your Mac. Casey’s speaking and writing ranges from open source communities and culture to technical ...
Matt Williams lives in Columbus, OH, in a house filled with computers, cats, books and fiber. Pursuing the goal of being a modern Renaissance person, he plays with his daughter, cooks, roasts coffee, reads, weaves, and hacks, including crazy ideas like a Cloud in a Box. Docker has been an especial ...
* Principle at AgileDNA LLC * Organizer of Cincy Agile Round Table and XP-Cincinnati * Ruby On Rails since Jan 2005 * Agile/XP since 1999 – led Agile Teams (with Java, Ruby, C++) * Object Oriented since 1991 – Taught Principles of OO Design * Programmer since the days of TRS-80
Matt is the Group Program Manager at Microsoft for Big Data. Originally from St. Louis, Matt has been at Microsoft for 8 years working on developer tools and cloud services such as the .NET Framework, Visual Studio, Azure Websites and Azure HDInsight. He’s worked on the Big Data team ...
Lawyer and software developer, located in Columbus.
I’ve been a tester for 8 years working with clients such as BBC, Thomson Reuters and the British Government. I am passionate about all aspects of testing and regularly participate in workshops, meetups and conferences. I especially enjoy working on different types of automation and blogging ...
Jamie Wright is a maker of internet things with a love/hate relationship for Redbull™, standing desks, and paintball guns. He has a love only relationship with teaching and learning. Jamie runs Tatsu, a software bot that helps teams save time by performing standup meetings over Slack.
Charles Yost is currently a Security Developer at Binary Defense Systems. He has worked in the IT industry for over 10 years in a wide variety of roles including: Printer Technician, VoIP Systems Administrator, .Net Developer, and Web Developer. Throughout life his number one passion has been ...
Michael Yotive, MSCD, is a Senior Software Engineer at Dynamit. He has been programming all around Columbus, OH for the past decade. When not developing, Michael can be found rocking out at a music venue or at crossfit.
Maureen Zappala is an award winning speaker, author and presentation coach. She is a former engineer, and spent 13 years at the NASA Lewis Research center in Cleveland, Ohio conducting jet engine research. She’s also a mom to 2 teenagers. In fact, she says “Raising kids is WAY HARDER than ...
Steve is a Mobile Engineer Lead at Dynamit. He has been writing software on a variety of platforms since the late 90s and has been developing Android apps for the last 5 years. You can usually find him running on a trail somewhere when he is AFK. Dynamit is a data, design and technology company ...