August 21-23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA

Speakers and topics subject to change

  • Aaron Aldrich

    Aaron Aldrich is a Community Builder at Elastic and a founding organizer of the DevOps CT meetup & DevOpsDays Hartford. He is passionate for connecting humans and using technology to enhance our need to connect with each other. His writing can occasionally be found on or on twitter @CrayZeigh.

  • Adam Cuppy

    Adam is *not* a Fortune 500 CEO, award-winning book author, or Nobel Prize recipient. But, he's an actor turned software engineer who co-founded ZEAL, a people-centric process-focused consulting company located around the United States. Learn more on the interwebs @CodingZeal @adamcuppy

  • Adrian P. Dunston

    Adrian P. Dunston has worked in companies of all sizes as a software developer, data architect, scrum master, manager, and briefly founder. His hobbies include cross-referencing several dozens of self-help and leadership books which he quotes endlessly to his amazing wife and fabulous children. Adrian is passionate about neurodiversity, using computers to help people, and storytelling. He also takes extensive notes.

  • Aisha Blake

    Aisha Blake has a deep love for the tech community in Detroit. She has taught web development to people of all ages in bootcamps, workshops, and online courses. She currently works as an Application Developer for Detroit Labs. She is down for anything as long as there are puppies and/or karaoke involved.

  • Alexandra Millatmal

    Alex is a programmer with a passion for work that has real-world impact. As a Web Application Developer at Newsela, she writes software that helps students read and teachers teach. When she's not thinking about refactoring her Ruby or good object-oriented front-end patterns, Alex spends a lot of time thinking about secular space/discourse, ethics in communicating “othered” experiences, how many cats are too many cats, and if she’ll ever write a novel.

  • Ali Ibrahim

    Ali is a seasoned developer who likes a good challenge. When he’s not busy chasing the root cause of a nasty bug, he’s busy mastering a new recipe or defending the garden from pesky squirrels (*waves fist*). You can find Ali online at and on Twitter @alimeye.

  • Alison Falk

    Alison is the founder of Women In Tech PGH & Sex Tech Space platforms, as well as a front-end software engineer with experience in startup and corporate environments. She is a member of the Women of Sex Tech, a cybersecurity master’s candidate at the George Washington University and a recipient of the the (ISC)2 Center for Cyber Safety Education award. She has also been awarded the RedChairPgh scholarship for leadership as a mid-career woman in IT. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her pet cockatiel, Stinky (he does not smell bad). She has been featured in WIRED, Women of Silicon Valley, WomenInTech, Female Tech Leaders, WiTech, 96Boards, Pitchwerks, and more.

  • Ali Spittel

    Ali is a software engineer at DEV. Before that, she was a lead instructor at General Assembly. She loves Python, JavaScript, and talking about code. She is most interested in the intersection of programming, art, and education. When Ali's not working, you can find her watching New England sports, competing on CodeWars, taking runs around Capitol Hill, rock climbing, or participating in DC coding community events. Ali also blogs at where she talks about code and her life surrounding it.

  • Alvaro Videla

    Alvaro Videla works as Developer Advocate for Microsoft Azure. A former RabbitMQ core-dev, before moving to Europe he used to work in Shanghai where he helped building one of Germany biggest dating websites. He co-authored the book "RabbitMQ in Action" for Manning Publishing. Some of his open source projects can be found here: Apart from code related stuff he likes traveling with his wife, listening/playing music and reading books. You can find him on Twitter as @old_sound.

  • Aly Fulton

    Senior Site Reliability Engineer at npm, Inc. I really love performant systems, empathetic teams, and logs.

  • Amy Gebhardt

    Amy is an extroverted software developer with a traditional Computer Science background and a passion for technology and people. She is happiest when writing code on her Mac in collaboration with a dedicated team. Currently, she is the Lead Front-End Software Engineer at SportsEngine and spends her time leading platform-wide efforts on a variety of front-end initiatives including creating a reusable component library, reducing technical debt, improving architecture, and building custom developer tools. Creating delightful experiences for other engineers has become her primary focus and strikes the perfect balance between her love for humans and her love for code.

  • Anna Abovyan

    I lead all things UX at M*Modal, speech technology company based in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. I've spent the past 8.5 years designing multi-modal interactions for medical professionals, gracefully blending clicking and typing with the most natural modalities of them all: speaking. Prior to falling head-first into Design, I studied Mathematics in my home country of Armenia and worked as a Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, where I still live and co-chair the local Interaction Design Association (IxDA) chapter.

  • Anna Rankin

    Currently, Anna is a Software Engineer at General Assembly, helping build tools with an aim to change the way adults learn. Before finding her true calling as a computer whisperer, she explored careers in the arts, education, and even community relations for a small island! A lover of puns, mentorship, and learning through failure, you can find her written work on When she’s not trying to finish one of the four books she’s reading concurrently, you can find her lurking on Twitter or creating pixel art of her dog.

  • Anne Cahalan

    Anne is an iOS developer Detroit Labs, where she is constantly delighted by the niftiness of Swift. Passionate about clean code, craft cocktails, and nice yarn, she dreams of an elegantly-designed app that pairs cocktails with knitting patterns. She is contractually required to mention her three-legged cat, Wobbles.

  • Antonia Scheidel

    Antonia is a Senior Software Engineer at Duolingo, the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app in the world. She is currently working on building tools to help users take their language learning from the app into the real world and back again. Antonia has been the Tech Lead on several teams and loves building teams as much as building products.

  • Ariba Jahan

    As an immigrant Bengali woman that discovered her profound hearing loss at age eight, Ariba focuses on advocating for diverse, marginalized voices that are often overlooked and ensuring we bring humanity into tech. After a varied background including Biomechancial Engineering, engineering research publications, and a stint at medical school, Ariba lead operations and product management for industry-shifting startups. This work and her passion for social impact brought her to the Ad Council as the Director of Innovation, where she’s charged with scaling design thinking and agile practices, creating digital products to create measurable social impact, and exploring future-forward technology for the organization. With over 10 years of experience in user-focused product design and leading workshops for entrepreneurs in global cities, she’s leveraging her life experiences, startup mindset, and scientific approach to create digital products for social good and organizational change, and empower an innov...[TRIMMED]

  • Bhavini Patel

    I am a passionate systems thinker, who thrives on cultivating intimate connections with people of all cultures, backgrounds and sectors. As a naturally curious person, I persistently ask questions and seek to solve social problems through direct impact. My personal narrative stems from the very firm belief that what you say about yourself is just as important as what you actually do. This has inspired me to strive for a multidisciplinary understanding of the social sciences guided by practical community engagement projects. I am currently a Masters of Philosophy candidate at the University of Oxford broadening my understanding of international relations. I hope to spend the following two years learning the political causes of chronic refugee situations and how to engage in long-term solution building. While at Oxford, I remain open for communication on issues that relate to Pittsburgh, specifically pertaining to my ongoing role as Co-founder of beamdata. As a Pittsburgh native and Universi...[TRIMMED]

  • Bill Horvath

    Bill is a developer and Agilist, with depth in both software engineering and application implementations. He has decades of professional experience in information technology, startups, industrial psychology, and management consulting, and his most noteworthy industry expertise is in software, digital media, utilities, automotive, healthcare, government, and non-profits. He was the founder of Coders Helping Recruiters and on the organizing committee for Toledo Soup, and volunteers on non-profit boards whenever he gets the chance. In his spare time, he enjoys creating art in various mediums, and mentoring up-and-coming software developers.

  • Bradley Holt

    Bradley Holt leads a team of developer advocates within IBM who are democratizing data science and artificial intelligence (AI) through open source technologies. The team's work includes helping developers integrate open source deep learning models into their applications, ensuring trustworthiness and transparency from AI systems, promoting open standards for the deployment and operationalization of AI systems, and enabling better collaboration between application developers, data scientists, and data engineers.

  • Brian Kardell

    Developer Advocate at Igalia. Original Co-author/Co-signer of The Extensible Web Manifesto Co-Founder/Chair, W3C Extensible Web CG Member, W3C (The JS Foundation) Co-author of HitchJS Blogger Art, Science & History Lover Standards Geek

  • Brian McElaney

    Brian McElaney (or "Mac" as his friends and coworkers know him) has lead user-focused software teams building everything from medical device monitoring systems to foreign exchange trading platforms. He currently runs the technology team at Think Company - a user experience design firm in Philadelphia focused on enterprise software, process, and service design. When he's not coding Mac cooks competitively, drinks wine professionally as a Level 3 Somm, pretends to like parades, and feels that brunch should be protected by law.

  • Brian Sewell

    Brian is an Engineer at Adwerx in Durham, North Carolina. Although he was born and raised in North Carolina, he welcomes all forms of barbecue. Outside of work, he is a husband, recently new father, and future olympic curling champion.

  • Bridget Reed

    Bridget Reed is a Philadelphia-based UX Developer at Calcium USA & the head of the Philly Ad Club Creative Committee, as well as an active member of the Philly tech community. As a career-changer, she has taken part in projects ranging from advertising and branding to apparel and print, email and software to social media and web, with a constant focus on the user. On the rare occasion that she is offline, Bridget can be found hacking together ideas for the “next big” Alexa app, sampling craft beer, digging through crates of vinyl records, and exploring local brunches for the best biscuits and gravy around town.

  • Cameron Wardzala

    Cameron Wardzala is a web developer at Findaway, with nearly 20 years of experience in front-end development. He has developed sites for brands like HH Gregg, I Can Has Cheezburger, and Vonage. For the past 5 years, he's focused on building audiobook technology for Findaway, including an e-commerce platform, an audiobook delivery SDK, and countless internal tools. He has spoken at local meetups and larger conferences in and around Ohio.

  • Christine Zagrobelny

    Christine is a Ruby engineer, open source maintainer, and theatre director. As an engineer at Fractured Atlas, she builds tools to help artists with the business side of their art (fundraising, selling tickets, finding studio/performance space). Outside of work, Christine maintains open source software to support the work of an NYC immigrant rights organization (New Sanctuary Coalition) and is an organizer for RailsBridge NYC. She is driven and inspired by the potential of technology to enable small organizations with limited resources to maximize their impact.

  • Christopher Neugebauer

    Christopher Neugebauer is an Australian developer, speaker, and serial community conference organiser. He serves as a director of the Python Software Foundation, and is co-organiser of the acclaimed North Bay Python conference, a boutique one-track conference run in a live music venue in Petaluma, California. By day, Christopher works as a Senior Software Engineer at AlphaSights, where he uses Kotlin to build communications tools that put clients around the world in touch with knowledge they need.

  • Colin Jones

    Colin Jones is CTO at 8th Light, where he works with teams to craft reliable, maintainable software. He's into application performance, security, DevOps, architecture, and functional programming. He once wrote a book about Clojure macros that mostly advises you not to use them.

  • Damien Senger

    I am Damien Senger, an agender queer designer specialised in Web accessibility. I am also a speaker and a teacher, fighting every day for a more inclusive web. At Castor EDC, I am Design Systems & Accessibility lead, working mainly to building the design system and establishing a strong relationship with our engineering team and developing the accessibility of our platform for health researchers and patients. My pronouns are they/them.

  • Damien Senger

    I’m a queer Design systems & Accessibility lead working in the healthcare industry for Castor EDC. Speaker, teacher and passionate about too many things, I am fighting every day for a more inclusive web. Through my different projects, I am trying to make the Web a more inclusive and accessible place, while focusing on collaboration and mentoring. By the way, I’m agender, so my pronouns are they/them.

  • Dave Aronson

    Dave Aronson is a software development consultant, with about three and a half decades of experience, in a wide variety of languages, techniques, etc. He is the "T. Rex" of Codosaurus, LLC (his one-person company, which is how he got such a cool title). His latest passion project is to perfect and spread his ACRUMEN software quality definition. On lighter notes, Dave is married, is owned by two cats, and enjoys dark beers, smoky whiskies, visiting foreign countries, playing guitar, and shooting targets.

  • Dave Kiss

    I had a pretty early start on this web stuff – I still remember the modem connection sounds of AOL 2.5 emanating from my eMachines desktop like it was yesterday. My first website was a Kool-aid fan site that I built in 2004 (yeah, it’s still up.) In 2012, I started selling my own software online and took a few years to grow the sales to a sustainable level. I did it by extracting my truth from the industry’s smartest brains, applying it to my ideas along the way, and finding out firsthand what did and didn’t work. It’s now my full time job and provides the opportunity to explore my many other interests. I get a ton of satisfaction from sharing what I know. Whether it’s helping you write your first few lines of Javascript, making your first online sale, or talking about the importance of meetups, I want to do my best to help you do better work and share what I’ve learned along the way.

  • David Farkas

    David is a UX Designer living in Philadelphia, PA and has a passion for uncovering process and story through iterative client engagement. His experience includes work across a number of financial organizations, e-commerce platforms and a variety of business systems. As a co-author of UX Research, with O’Reilly, David explore research techniques and approaches to collaboratively exploring product and business needs. Currently with EPAM, David embraces process and research as a tool to engage clients across all levels of a project. David is passionate about research and collaboration throughout project phases. David has practiced improv theater for over a decade and most recently practices through classes at Philadelphia Improv Theater (PHIT) and with the Indy Improv Team Monkey Birds and The Flood. He has led a number of improvisation workshops including formal sessions and more BarCamp style workshops and is authoring Collaborative Improv: Building Better Products Through Improvisation.

  • Dennis Coyle

    Dennis Coyle works as an Engineering Manager for Storj Labs where he helps grow the engineering team, drinks a lot of coffee and occasionally gets to write some code. He was previously a Senior Backend Engineer at Pindrop, where he got to fight cyber crime without a cape and a platform engineer at Yik Yak where he built the infrastructure powering the anonymous social media platform. Dennis Lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three children.

  • Dmitry Vinnik

    Dmitry Vinnik is a Lead Software Engineer at Salesforce and has been passionate about Software Quality since the very beginning of his career. He started out as a Quality Engineer, and was able to bring test expertise into his current Software Engineering role to ensure delivery of a high quality product. Dmitry is also a Scrum Master focused on making his team more efficient and productive. His background involves studying medicine and bioinformatics in addition to software and quality engineering.

  • Ellen Williams

    An educator turned developer, Ellen discovered her passion for programming while teaching her students how to code. In 2016, she took the plunge and decided to follow her passion by becoming an apprentice at Detroit Labs. Now an iOS developer, Ellen works on apps for a wide range of clients from financial institutions to the auto industry. Ellen often shares her laptop with her cat, Chip. When she’s not in front of a computer Ellen can be found gallivanting the globe in search of new beers.

  • Eric Johnson

    I am a Senior Developer Advocate – Serverless for AWS. My passion is to help other developers embrace the Serverless revolution by escaping the ordinary of server management, and performing the extraordinary through code. I am a sucker for best practices in the serverless world and get giddy when I get a chance to teach others. In my free time, I love relaxing with my beautiful bride and five kids, yes you read right, five. I also fancy myself as a musician, well, at least a drummer.

  • Evan Davis

    Evan Davis is the CTO and Co-Founder of Skim AI, which provides Natural Language Processing solutions for organizations to extract insights from unstructured text data. He previously worked as CTO of an HR technology startup, and is also a co-organizer for the Pittsburgh Machine Learners Meetup group.

  • Gabe Maentz

    Gabe serves as a consultant for River Point Technology, where he draws on experience working for both IT startup and Fortune 500 global corporations. Gabe has served as a solutions architect and managed multi-datacenter, virtualization and networking strategies for major retail and manufacturing companies. Gabe resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Marion and their four children, and is a founding member of the vBrisket community.

  • Gabriel Bianconi

    Gabriel is the founder of Scalar Research, a full-service artificial intelligence & data science consulting firm. Scalar helps companies tackle complex business challenges with data-driven solutions leveraging cutting-edge machine learning and advanced analytics. Previously, Gabriel was a B.S. & M.S. student in computer science at Stanford, where he conducted research on computer vision, deep learning, and quantum computing. He's also spent time at Google, Facebook, startups, and investment firms.

  • Gary Fleming

    Gary is an agile provocateur, software crafter, and lean mercenary. His main hobby is to try and help companies to build better software in better ways. Sometimes this is by helping them with the messy human communication side of agile, and sometimes it's through teaching better software crafting practices - but it's usually at least some of each. Coaching, mentoring, writing, and showing; whatever helps in the context. You'll find him at various local meetups trying to both share what he knows and learn from his peers.

  • Gregory Padak

    Greg has been in the dev tools software industry for about a decade, working in direct support of development and operations teams for about half of that time and spending the last 5 years at GitHub. As a customer facing human at GitHub for 4.5 of those years, Greg amassed a lot of experience in dealing with the strategic and tactical needs from a variety of folks, both in enterprise and open source. Greg took that valuable experience into his latest job as a member of the product management team at GitHub, working daily on building and improving the experience for all of GitHub's 35+ million users. Outside of the work life Greg owns all of the equipment needed to snowboard, stay fit, and competitively game but let's be honest... he's not really good at any of that. Instead he spends most of his free time with his young pup Josie the labahoula.

  • Håkan Silfvernagel

    Hi, my name is Håkan Silfvernagel. I have 19 years’ experience of software development in various positions such as developer, tester, architect, project manager, scrum master, practice manager and team lead. Before becoming a consultant I have previously worked as a researcher within the field of human computer interaction in the process industry with a focus on process automation and robotics. I have a broad educational background with a master's degree in Electrical Engineer, a master's degree in Behavioral Science and I am currently finishing a master's degree in Emotion Psychology. During my psychology studies I came across the field of affective computing which combines psychology with computer science. Taking into account the focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning of today I believe it is important to take the human factor into account and try to make our systems adapt to the way we function as humans. I am also part of the local chapter of the Norwegian .NET User G...[TRIMMED]

  • Heather Migliorisi

    As a Senior Software Engineer, Heather is responsible for implementing accessibility solutions for a international, multifaceted corporation on one hand while continuing to on building new features in the site.

  • Heather Shockney

    Software developer at Mined Minds with a passion for front end and design.

  • Husni Almoubayyed

    Husni is a Ph.D. candidate at Carnegie Mellon University. He spends a lot of his time writing Python programs to unravel the mysteries of the universe around us in general, and the mysteries of dark energy in particular. He is passionate about artificial intelligence and generally enjoys solving challenging interdisciplinary problems -- from finance to music -- in novel computational ways.

  • H. "Waldo" Grunenwald

    Waldo is a geek, and if you find him odd, there are plenty of things you could blame that on. He's a long-time Sys/Ops Engineer, enjoys leading teams, and is active in the DevOps community. He has never been seen at the same time as Batman. He is pretty keen on helping orgs stop hurting themselves, insight tooling (trending / monitoring / alerting), and automation in general, and actually enjoys public speaking. He hates writing about himself in the third person, and aspires to one day be a better bio writer.

  • James Kennedy

    James is a new Pittsburgher and recently joined Mitsubishi Electric’s grid-tied energy storage team to support the integration of renewable power and to improve resiliency and reliability. He previously worked for several years as an evaluation engineer and data scientist determining the impacts and performance of energy resources on behalf of utilities, public commissions, and state agencies.

  • Jamie Strachan

    Jamie currently manages a team of developers at Info-Tech Research Group after spending 15 years as a web developer himself. He's (mostly) traded in coding for coaching and strives to help the developers around him be as effective as possible by being a facilitator, an advocate, and an advisor.

  • Jamie Strachan

    Jamie currently manages a team of developers at Info-Tech Research Group after spending 15 years as a web developer himself. He's (mostly) traded in coding for coaching and strives to help the developers around him be as effective as possible by being a facilitator, an advocate, and an advisor. He also shares his experience with depression to help combat the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

  • Jamie Wright

    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, learning, and building bots. Jamie runs Tatsu, a software bot that helps teams save time by performing standup meetings over Slack.

  • Jean Lange

    Jean Lange is really super into: smiling, learning about humans, enjoying the present moment. She likes colors and the daily crossword. She teaches at Academy Pittsburgh ( and LFG ( Board Game Night, but usually on different subjects.

  • Jean Lange & Remy Porter

    Jean Lange is really super into: smiling, learning about humans, enjoying the present moment. She likes colors and the daily crossword. She teaches at Academy Pittsburgh ( and LFG ( Board Game Night, but usually on different subjects. Remy Porter likes doing weird things, unusual things. By day, he writes software to make LEDs blink pretty or drive kinetic sculptures at Iontank ( By night, he performs improv comedy with a variety of troupes, and coaches other improvisers on how to build their best show.

  • Jeff Kelley

  • Jeff Kelley

    Jeff Kelley is a developer at Detroit Labs, where he builds apps in Swift but still has a soft spot for Objective-C. Author of Developing Apps for Apple Watch and Learn Cocoa Touch for iOS, he’s been working with iOS since its infancy in 2008. Jeff is passionate about building usable apps, the open-source community around Apple platforms, and will talk your ear off about electric cars and clean energy. Jeff loves raising his two kids and two dogs, Detroit, and organizing the Motor City CocoaHeads group.

  • Jeremy Flores

    I'm your friendly neighbor, your punk rock Mr. Rogers. Your chaotic good social justice sorcerer. Living and working in Seattle. He/his, please.

  • Jeri Sommers

    Jeri is a software engineer who graduated from Ada Developers Academy back in 2015. Since then, they have spent a few years working at Microsoft before leaving to join Truss, a software consultancy that has put a *lot* of thought into ethical processes. Jeri is passionate about ethical software. Case in point: she left Microsoft over their relationship with ICE and joined Truss after asking a lot of questions about how they evaluated incoming contracts.

  • Jesse James

    Jesse (he/him) is a lover of dogs, cats, and trees. You'll find him living in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. with his dog Maddy and cat Poppy. Currently, Jesse is working as a senior software engineer at Conversa Health, a health and care management software startup in Portland, OR.

  • Jesse James

    Jesse (he/him) is a lover of dogs, cats, and trees. You'll find him living in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. with his dog Maddy and cat Poppy. Currently, Jesse is working as a senior software engineer at Conversa Health, a health and care management software startup in Portland, OR.

  • Jesse Raymond Weigel

    I am a Senior Software Engineer who live codes for the freeCodeCamp YouTube channel. I am currently into building things with React Native. I love sharing my coding experiences, including the struggles and failures with other developers. I am especially happy when I get a chance to encourage new developers.

  • Jesse Stewart

    Jesse Stewart is a UX Developer at DockYard, a fully-distributed digital product agency. She’s a big fan of her dogs, reading, and exploring the outdoors.

  • Joe Cincotta

    Joe Cincotta is the Founder and Managing Director of Thinking.Studio, a digital agency, based in Sydney, Australia. Joe launched his career in 1996 at Havas Worldwide (formerly Euro RSCG) in the Interactive Group in Sydney. After climbing the ranks to become Technical Director of the most awarded interactive agency at the time, he moved on to leading development of strategic applications for the global Havas network - working with clients including Visa, Dell, Mitsubishi, and Intel. Since founding Thinking.Studio in 2003, Joe and his team have crafted digital experiences for multiple start-up ventures in the UK, US and Australia, while also innovating with large corporate and government clients like Intel, Facebook, P&G, Tourism Australia, Sydney Opera House Trust, Amex, Macquarie Bank, Westpac Group, Steadfast Insurance Group, and Endeavour Energy. Through his experience within advertising, start-ups, and corporate clients for over 20 years, Joe has developed a rare multidisciplinary v...[TRIMMED]

  • John Feminella

    John Feminella is an avid technologist, occasional public speaker, and curiosity advocate. He serves as an advisor to Pivotal, where he works on helping enterprises transform the way they write, operate, and deploy software. He's also the cofounder of a tiny analytics monitoring and reporting project called UpHex. John lives in Charlottesville, VA and likes meta-jokes, milkshakes, and referring to himself in the third person in speaker bios.

  • John Reese

    John Reese is a professional .NET developer and a Microsoft Certified Professional in C#. He is also an active open source contributor for Exercism, a learning platform used to teach test-driven development. In his free time, he enjoys playing hockey and video games, both of which he takes way too seriously.

  • Jordan C. Parsons

    Jordan C. Parsons is a graduate of the BArch program at Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture in Pittsburgh, PA. While at CMU he worked for Golan Levin in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. He presented his thesis with Michael Jeffers entitled Recusionism, on computational and algorithmic architecture. After graduating from CMU he spent two years working in Montreal, CA for Rafael Lozano-Hemmer as a digital fabricator and architect. Where he helped create new media artworks across the world. He is currently living and working in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, and pets. When they are not remodeling their house, he works for Iontank as the lead code and hardware developer creating interactive art installations and software systems.

  • Joshua Kaderlan

    Josh Kaderlan has worked in a wide variety of organizations and roles, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He has more than 20 years of industry experience and calls the Bay Area home.

  • Jowanza Joseph

    Jowanza Joseph is a Data Platform Engineer at Pluralsight. Jowanza's work focuses on distributed data processing and messaging systems. Jowanza contributes to several open source projects and blogs about big data and productivity.

  • Juantomás Garcia Molina

    Juantomás leads Sngular’s Data Science team and is also Chief Envisioning Officer. Since joining Sngular in 2018, Juantomás has leveraged his extensive experience to harness the potential of new technologies and implement them across the company’s solutions and services. Juantomás is Google Developer Expert for Cloud and Machine Learning, co-author of the software book La Pastilla Roja and creator of “AbadIA”, the artificial intelligence platform built to solve the popular Spanish game La Abadía del Crimen. He’s an expert on free software technologies and has been a speaker at more than 200 international industry events. Among the various positions he has held during his 20-year career, he has been Data Solutions Manager at Open Sistemas, Chief Data Officer at ASPgems and President of Hispanilux for 7 years. He studied IT engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and plays an active role as a tech contributor and mentor to various academic organizations and startups. He regularl...[TRIMMED]

  • Julie Cameron

    Julie has played various roles in the web development industry for over a decade and is currently working remotely in Ypsilanti, Michigan as an Engineering Manager for Articulate. She is passionate about CSS, Sass, and modular frontend architecture; is an advocate for women in tech and life; she’s a yogi, a beer & wine consumer, a pet lover, a Beyoncé fan, and a self-improvement practitioner.

  • Karen Bachmann

    Karen Bachmann has over 20 years of experience supporting clients in all phases of user-centered design. She has worked with clients in various industries including scholarly publishing, retail, insurance, technology, education, and energy. She uses a wide range of research techniques to explore and define problems thoroughly to help identify the best, holistic solutions that fit the organization's need. Karen regularly presents on research, design, and fundamental professional skills at international and regional professional conferences and to local business groups and meetups.

  • Ken Auer

    Ken Auer is the founder and Master Craftsman of RoleModel Software. He is the author of Extreme Programming Applied and a variety of early software patterns works. For over four decades, he has applied his craft as a leader of high-performance development teams. Ken was introduced as "the father of Software Craftsmanship" as the opening keynote speaker at the first Software Craftsmanship North America conference. Though he occasionally speaks in various venues, he spends most of his time focused on working with his high-performance, multi-disciplinary team to turn others' innovative ideas into well-crafted sustainable software and raising up generations of software crafters through the Software Craftsmanship Academy and RoleModel Software. You can occasionally find him on twitter (@kauerrolemodel).

  • Kevin Goldsmith

    Kevin Goldsmith has been a developer, software architect, technology manager, and senior technology executive for over 26 years. He is currently the Vice-President of Engineering at AstrumU, a startup whose purpose is to help students find meaningful careers. Formerly, Kevin was the Chief Technology Officer at legal marketplace Avvo from 2016 through their acquisition in 2018, overseeing all Product Development, Data, Dev Ops and IT teams. For three years, he was the Vice President of Engineering, Consumer at Spotify in Stockholm, Sweden, leading the development of the multi-platform product and streaming services for three years. Kevin spent nine years at Adobe Systems as a Director of Engineering, leading the Adobe Revel product group and the Adobe Image Foundation group. He spent eight years as a developer and development lead at Microsoft in the Windows and Research teams.

  • Lara Schenck

    Lara Schenck is fascinated by the profound, yet subtle, overlap between programming, computer science fundamentals, and CSS. She spreads her enthusiasm for this topic at her day job as a Design Ops Engineer for Penske Media Corporation, where she leads the design systems effort for big media publications powered by WordPress, and through speaking and community involvement. Lara writes about her work and life [on her blog](, illustrates [friendly monsters](, and inspires all of us who work with the web to seek a deeper understanding of the code we write and the tools we use.

  • Leah Jakaitis

    At Tulco Labs, Leah Jakaitis does more than analyze data: her expertise in digital marketing strategy is leveraged across the companies in the Tulco Holdings' portfolio. She's obsessed with marketing innovation and creative technology: Leah excels at translating data into actionable insights to identify key audiences and drive growth across multiple media platforms. Outside of work, she volunteers at City of Asylum, Pittsburgh's writers-in-exile community. She is active in the humane and ethical techn movement, and believes we can ALL do better to leverage technology for the greater good.

  • Liam Dempsey

    A community organizer in suburban Philly, Liam Dempsey works to bring people together for the empowerment of all. He’s the co-founder and organizer of the Philly ‘burbs WordPress Meetup. He's co-organizers of WordCamp Philly from 2012-2018, and was the lead organizer for the last two years. He also served on the organizing team for WordCamp US in 2015 and 2016. Active outside the WordPress community, Liam volunteers in support of unemployed and underemployed people. Liam owns and runs the friendly marketing and design consultancy, LBDesign.

  • Libby Horacek

  • Lindsey Wild

    Lindsey Wild is a full-stack developer at Sparkbox’s Pittsburgh office. She’s worked on projects including an enterprise-level design system, various e-commerce websites, and dynamic web applications. She’s held developer positions for companies including DICK’S Sporting Goods and Giant Eagle and has more than six years of front-end development experience. In her free time, you can catch her on the volleyball court, watching a rock concert, or cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

  • Lisa van Gelder

    Lisa has been in software for over 18 years, working in a wide range of companies from early stage startups to large media companies like the BBC & the Guardian newspaper. She used to debug code, now she debugs teams for a living. Lisa is currently VP, Engineering at Meetup. She is mostly powered by coffee.

  • Liz Krane

    Liz Krane is a Developer Evangelist at Sentry and founder of Learn Teach Code, an organization that empowers aspiring developers to lead their own local events to create stronger, more diverse tech communities. She loves finding new ways to combine code with other disciplines like art and music, sharing everything she learns while she tries to learn everything!

  • Lucas Videla

    Lucas is a professor at two public universities in Argentina. He's also a software engineer with a 15+ years career. In 2013 he co-founded WeCode, a network of freelance software professionals whose aim is to give support to fellow colleagues. After working for several startups, he started his own to help people find their ideal dojo for practicing martial arts.

  • Margaret Fero

    Margaret Fero is a Technical Writer at Degreed, where she enjoys helping users track all of their skills regardless of how those skills were developed. She previously documented software for containerized freight shipping.

  • Marisa Brandt

    Marisa is currently VP of Engineering at White House Custom Colour, where her teams develop and support a mix of internal applications, software that enables professional photographers to better serve their clients, and direct-to-consumer applications. Prior to joining WHCC, Marisa led two infrastructure and devops teams at the University of Minnesota. She has also served as COO for an early-stage IoT startup and as Head of Product Strategy for Dell’s Cloud Manager software. Earlier in her career, Marisa supported enterprise and large institutional customers as a system administrator, solutions architect, and cloud engineer. Her hobby is collecting graduate degrees: she has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota, and an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Business.

  • Mark Sherman

    Dr. Mark Sherman is the Technical Director of the Cyber Security Foundations group at CERT within CMU’s Software Engineering Institute. His team focuses on foundational research on the life cycle for building secure software and on data analytics in cyber security. Before coming to CERT, Dr. Sherman was at IBM and various startups, working on mobile systems, integrated hardware-software appliances, transaction processing, languages and compilers, virtualization, network protocols and databases. Dr. Sherman received his undergraduate degrees from MIT and his PhD in Computer Science from CMU. He has published over 50 papers and several books on various topics in computer science.

  • marvin laucher

    Marvin Laucher is a former Coal Miner turned Software Developer and the inspiration for the development of Mined Minds. After many years operating machines underground, he now enjoys writing code for clients wanting to add cutting-edge technologies to their portfolio. While he enjoyed working with the underground team, Marvin’s favorite part of his new career is breaking down complex business problems and solving them with elegant coding solutions. He works mostly with nodeJs, Javascript, Sql, Server-less, Ruby and very much enjoys mentoring others through their career transitions.

  • Matthew Owen

    I'm a staff software engineer at Flexport, leading our collaboration platform team. Prior to that I worked on software supporting curated content at eBay, and before that as a software engineer at Twice, an intermediated marketplace for second hand clothing. In a past life I was a PM at Torchbox working with NGOs and non-profits, and before that a literature student at the University of Oxford. My daughter was born this year and I hope the future she grows up to is less dystopian than the present, not more.

  • Matthew Rogers

    Growing up in a small town with two hundred chickens for every person, you learn quickly that human interaction is a precious thing. Even as I kid, I took every chance I could to meet someone new, talk to whomever would listen, and tried to learn a thing or two along the way. Now, as a pseudo-grownup, my passion for engaging with others has mixed with a desire to make things. That power combo has manifested in a career in digital product design, a dedication to user research and experience, and a sizable group of friends and family who wish I would stop talking about color theory so much.

  • Matthew Williams

    Matt Williams is one of the Evangelists at Datadog and an organizer of DevOps Days Boston. He is passionate about the power of monitoring and metrics to make large-scale systems stable and manageable. So he tours the country speaking and writing about monitoring with Datadog. When he's not on the road, he's coding. You can find Matt on Twitter at @Technovangelist.

  • Max Blaze

    Max has been involved in the open source community since the late 90's and fondly remembers his Linux desktop not crashing during the Y2K rollover. After studying Telecommunications, VoIP, and network security at the undergraduate and graduate level, he went on to work for many Pittsburgh-based institutions and startups. He now manage's Duolingo's Operations team, which is responsible for infrastructure stability and security.

  • Max Saperstone

    Max Saperstone has been working as a Software and Test Engineer for over a decade, with a focus on Test Automation within the CI/CD process. He specializes in open source tools, including the Selenium Tool Suite, JMeter, AutoIT, Cucumber, and Chef. Max has lead several testing automation efforts, including developing an automated suite focusing on web-based software to operate over several applications for Kronos Federal. He also headed a project with Delta Dental, developing an automated testing structure to run Cucumber tests over multiple test interfaces and environments, while also developing a system to keep test data 'ageless.' He currently heads up the development of Selenified, an open sourced testing framework to allow testing of multiple interfaces, custom reporting, and minimal test upkeep. After completing an implementation of the Active Authentication for android devices, he has gotten deep in the mobile testing world, working with open source tools such as Robotium, Selendroid, and A...[TRIMMED]

  • Megan Boczar

    Megan has been a software developer since way back in November 2017. She worked a ton of customer service and admin jobs before finally jumping into a bootcamp at Grand Circus in Detroit. After landing a job as a dev in Ann Arbor, she took on a new passion for accessibility and good front end design. Megan currently works at a Software Engineer at Torrance Learning in Chelsea, Michigan. She’s also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of a non-profit called Tech-Inclusive, helping to give talented underrepresented folks the resources and encouragement they need to succeed in tech. When she's not coding, Megan enjoys playing board games, keeping up on Netflix, and attempting to read one book per week. Megan loves all manner of nerdy things Star Wars to Buffy to Dungeons and Dragons.

  • Micah Adams

    Micah is a former punk rock kid turned software engineer. He began his career building software for imaging informatics and scientific research, and he's passionate about using data to solve interesting social problems. Micah currently works at Test Double as an engineer and consultant and spends most of his free time writing code and developing data models.

  • Michael Hilton

    Michael Hilton is an Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. His passion is for teaching the next generation of software engineers. Before we returned to academia, he was a developer for almost a decade. He completed a PhD focused on developer practices, specifically continuous integration.

  • Michael Winslow

    Michael Winslow picked up his love for programming when he was 10 years old writing GW-Basic code on his Tandy-1000. With his passion for designing simple solutions to complex problems, Michael has played key roles at companies like Aramark, Ortho-McNeil, Oracle and Xfinity Mobile. He is currently a DevOps advocate, Agile enthusiast, and dedicated people-leader for the Core Applications group at Comcast. Speakerdeck: Prezi:

  • Mike Garuccio

    I am a product development engineer working for Expedient ( with a focus on our automated infrastructure management and Kubernetes products.

  • Mike Lustig

    Hi! I'm Mike Lustig. My wife and I live in the outskirts of Akron, OH with our four awesome daughters. Together, we learn, play and raise chickens. I'm a software developer with CoverMyMeds by day and an instructional associate for the Georgia Tech OMSCS by night.

  • Mike Stoltz

    Mike is a Software Engineer at Containership Inc. He has been working with containers and orchestrators for 3 years now, concentrating on Kubernetes for the last 2. Currently Mike is working on an open source node.js gRPC framework, that allows for express-like REST adapters and automatic injection of sibling services into the middleware flow. He manages the microservice infrastructure of Containership using Kubernetes and was integral in the development of their cluster management platform and provisioning tool.

  • Nicole Archambault

    Nicole Archambault is a Boston area front-end web developer, coding career change coach, EdTech entrepreneur, and community organizer. She is the founder of La Vie en Code, dedicated to new self-taught web developers. Her entire career is centered on optimizing the experience of those who choose to teach themselves programming skills in lieu of a more traditional academic setting, or bootcamp. She has received several awards and recognitions through her work in the developer community, including freeCodeCamp Top Contributor, and has been featured as a Treehouse Success Story. She has been teaching everything she knows via her course + coaching program, 30 Days to Web Development, the La Vie en Code blog, and the La Vie en Code podcast.

  • Nitya Narasimhan

    Nitya Narasimhan is a PhD and Polyglot with over two decades of experience building systems and software solutions across industry, academia and startups. She worked on ubiquitous computing research at Motorola for over a decade, before pivoting to modern mobile and web development as a consultant and entrepreneur. She organizes tech communities and conferences in NYC and is currently a senior program manager on the Developer Relations team at Microsoft where she continues to pursue her passion to "translate technology awareness into actionable impact" for developers. Follow her @nitya or connect with her at #in/nityan

  • Noble Ackerson

    Noble is a Google Developers Expert for product strategy and a seasoned technical product director delivering vision camera, web and mobile technologies from abstract concepts to final products. He led the award-winning DC-based Augmented Reality for fitness startup, LynxFit as Product Owner and Co-founder. Noble sits on the Alumni Leadership Board for the leading online education startup, Udacity. A member of the Alumni Board at his alma mater, Lynchburg College and acts as the Publicity Chair for Ubicomp and ISWC, two top-tier conferences for the internet of things and wearable technology. When Noble is not focused on product, he is mentoring underrepresented and aspiring developers, speaking at technology events, or spending time with his daughters.

  • Noble Ackerson

    Noble is a Google Developers Expert for product strategy and a seasoned technical product director delivering vision camera, web and mobile technologies from abstract concepts to final products. He led the award-winning DC-based Augmented Reality for fitness startup, LynxFit, as Product Owner and Co-founder. Noble sits on the Alumni Leadership Board for the leading online education startup, Udacity. A member of the Alumni Board at his alma mater, Lynchburg College and acts as the Publicity Chair for Ubicomp and ISWC, two top-tier conferences for the internet of things and wearable technology. When Noble is not focused on product, he is mentoring underrepresented and aspiring developers, speaking at technology events, or spending time with his daughters.

  • Olivia Liddell

    Olivia Liddell is a Cloud Training Specialist at Cloudbakers. She is a former Chicago Public Schools teacher who now specializes in technology training and change management. She is passionate about teaching, mentoring, and distance running.

  • Panickos Neophytou

    Panickos earned his PhD in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been building distributed data-stream processing and data management systems for over ten years. Panickos is the system architect and technical driving force behind the development of NetBeez. His interests now are focused on delivering top-quality, highly scalable, stream processing, on-prem software products in using a SaaS model.

  • Piotr Murach

    Piotr is a software engineer building things on the web. He has a special interest in tooling, automation, and testing. He is a creator of over 50 Ruby gems including a framework called TTY for building intuitive and sleek command line applications. If you're interested in his ruminations on software, technology and more, visit

  • Remy Porter

    Remy Porter is a "creative coder" who mainly works on large-scale art installations, mixing digital technology with sculpture. As the Editor-in-Chief at, he's an expert in what makes bad code and bad workplaces, and writing articles about them. In addition to writing, Remy dabbles in film, theater, improvised comedy, and music, and is passionate about combining all of those interests into a single process.

  • Rhia Dixon

    Kansas City native, Rhia Dixon is a software engineer at a data-driven tech company where she creates backend software applications using C#/.NET, Python, AWS and a variety of other tech. While she has always been a STEM girl and holds a B.S. in Physics, her journey to the world of tech kicked off in the summer of 2017 during a full-stack web development bootcamp at the University of Kansas-Edwards Campus. Rhia has immersed herself in the KC tech community by volunteering -- both as a mentor, and as Diversity & Inclusion Director -- for Kansas City Women in Technology, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing women in technology together and encouraging more women and girls to pursue careers in technology. When she’s not writing code or volunteering, Rhia is chasing her toddler, making jewelry and crafty things for, binge-watching Marvel and Harry Potter movies, or spending time making memories with family and friends.

  • Robert C. Seacord

    Robert C. Seacord is a Technical Director at NCC Group and works with software developers and software development organizations to eliminate vulnerabilities resulting from coding errors before they are deployed. Previously, Seacord led the secure coding initiative in the CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Seacord is also an adjunct professor in the School of Computer Science and the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Seacord is the author of six books, including The CERT C Coding Standard, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2014) Secure Coding in C and C++, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2013), and Java Coding Guidelines: 75 Recommendations for Reliable and Secure Programs (Addison-Wesley, 2014). Seacord is on the Advisory Board for the Linux Foundation and an expert on the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG14 international standardization working group for the C programming language.

  • Rob Harr

    As Vice President of Sparkbox Rob is responsible for the operations and financials of the company. With a background in software development, Rob is always ready to challenge the development process. On any given day Rob meets with prospective clients, works with employees, and continues to evolve the business of Sparkbox.

  • Ryan Bigge

    Ryan Bigge is a senior content strategist at Shopify. He spent a decade as a freelance print journalist before going digital. Ryan has worked with companies such as TELUS Digital, Canadian Tire, NFB/Interactive, TD Canada Trust, BC Pension, TransLink and YMCA GTA. He also co/organized the Toronto Content Strategy Meetup for six years. Ryan spoke about improving personalized recommendations at IA Summit 2018 (Chicago) and designing analog souvenirs for a digital era at SXSWi 2013 (Austin). He has an M.A. from York/Ryerson in Communication and Culture and a postgraduate degree in Interactive Art and Entertainment from the CFC.

  • Sam Brown

    Sam Brown has been working in IT software delivery for the past 17 years as a Java developer, operations manager, startup product architect and Continuous Delivery consultant. Sam is the co-founder and organizer of the DC Continuous Delivery meetup and the founder and organizer of the NOVA Kubernetes meetup. Sam’s passion is helping to optimize the software delivery process to help teams delivery high-quality software applications as quickly as possible through automation. He believes that building software should be enjoyable for the entire team and can only be achieved when a team works effectively together.

  • Sam Wilson

    Sam Wilson has been a professional software engineer for over 20 years. He is currently the CTO of Bainbridge Health, a startup that spun out of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2016 focused on helping hospitals improve the safety and efficiency of the medication administration. Previously he has worked in back-office and analysis applications in the streaming media, e-commerce, education, banking, and payments industries.

  • Penny Schaffer

    Penny works at Pivotal Software, where they've spent the last four years working in different parts of the organization as an engineer, consultant, and solutions architect. This is Penny's first conference, and they don't know what to say in a bio!

  • Scott Jenson

    Scott Jenson has been doing user interface design and strategic planning for over 25 years. He worked at Apple on System 7, Newton, and the Apple Human Interface guidelines. He was UX director of Symbian, VP of product design for Cognima, managed mobile UX for Google and was a creative director at frog design in San Francisco. Scott returned to Google in November 2013 to lead the Physical Web project. He’s now working in the Android UX research group. As a battle-scarred veteran of the software industry, Scott has shipped a consumer spreadsheet, been a part of 2 Mac OS releases, 5 Newton product cycles, 4 commercial website revisions, designed 3 different mobile phone UIs, sworn at innumerable mobile browsers, and has over 20 patents.

  • Sean Marcia

    Sean absolutely loves the technical community. He is a tireless do-gooder who created and organizes Code for Good a non-profit that puts on Ruby for Good and Python for good. Sean, at his day job, works to make government more sane. He is committed to making the world a better place. When not programming he loves being outdoors (especially national parks), drinking coffee from Portland, eating dried seaweed and playing with dogs.

  • Sharell Bryant

    Sharell Bryant is a senior software engineer at Teachers Pay Teachers, an educational marketplace used by more than 2 out of 3 educators in the US. At TpT, Sharell is the tech lead of the Web Platform team helping support product engineering on the frontend. Outside of the office, you can find her out for a run in the park or playing guitar at an open mic.

  • Simon van Dyk

    Simon is a developer from South Africa living in London, interested in everything software from product design and development to practical AI. Surprisingly, he’s not a fan of computers and wishes they were more natural to use, however, he loves what you can build with them. Simon believes every business is a software business and uses code to help grow them. Simon can be found enjoying good coffee, classical music, cooking for loved ones, taking photos and talking nonsense. Catch him on twitter @siefi, github @sighmin or

  • Stabby

    I've been lucky enough to work across a number of industries in my 15 years in our field, including medical, energy, advertising, and as of late, security. I was fortunate enough to marry a woman who was my best friend, and have been raising our dog and cat together. I've been managing a team of 7 (and directing a wider group of 12+) for almost 2 years now, and it's given me an eye-opening perspective on all the ways I ruined the lives of my managers in prior jobs (I found one of them and gave him a hug once). I love sleep but do not get enough of it.

  • Stephanie Vaughn

    After being adopted by Chicago for 14 years, Stephanie hit 'RESET' and returned to her hometown of Detroit in 2015 to reboot her writing ambitions into a tech career. This bold move has since yielded a foray into Computer Science education. With over a decade of experience in media-focused Communications, the Grand Circus alumna (Javascript, '16) is always looking to share her passion for the T in STEM with developers & non-developers alike.

  • Steve Sloka

    Steve Sloka is a Sr. Member of Technical Staff from Pittsburgh, PA currently working at VMware dealing with all things Cloud, Containers, and Kubernetes. Steve is a maintainer of Contour, Gimbal, the Elasticsearch Operator and is a contributor to many other open source projects. Steve is also a Kubernetes contributor and has been working with it since early 2015.

  • Svetlana Levitan

    Developer Advocate with IBM Center for Open Source Data and AI Technologies (CODAIT), Svetlana has been a software engineer, architect, and technical lead for SPSS Analytic components for many years. She represents IBM at the Data Mining Group and is the release manager for PMML and PFA, open standards for predictive model deployment. She is also working with other companies on ONNX, an open model exchange format for deep learning models. Svetlana is a co-organizer of several Chicagoland Meetup groups, including Big Data Developers in Chicago and Chicago Cloud Developers. She has authored several blogs and presented at many conferences and other events. Svetlana loves to learn new technologies and to share her expertise, to encourage girls and women in STEM.

  • Tim McKenna

    Tim McKenna is the Director of Experience Design at Pennsylvania Interactive LLC, part of NIC, Inc. at Pennsylvania Interactive, he leads a small team of designers, researchers, and developers in the creation and implementation of products and services that benefit Pennsylvanians everyday. He has over 13 years experience in the design field working in industries from healthcare, technology, artificial intelligence, student financial aid, and advertising. Tim is a past president of AIGA Central PA and Society of Design ad is a current member of InVision's Design Leadership Forum and IxDA. Originally from Pittsburgh, Tim lives in Carlisle, PA. Outside of design and family, Tim is an avid musician and homebrewer.

  • Toby Greenwalt

    Toby Greenwalt (he/him/his) is Director of Digital Strategy and Technology Integration at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Exploring the intersection of community-building and pervasive technology, Toby works to create memorable library experiences for users in the physical space and the virtual space – and everywhere in between. A founding member of the advisory committees for the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries and the Public Library Association’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, Toby writes and speaks frequently on issues related to building community through technology. co-presenter Kelly Hiser (she/her/hers) is co-founder and CEO of Rabble, a startup dedicated to empowering libraries to support and sustain their local creative communities. Kelly holds a Ph.D. in music history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a historian she focuses on gender, race, music, and technology; as an entrepreneur and executive she works ...[TRIMMED]

  • Tom Golden

    Tom Golden is a software engineer who works for Hatched Labs in San Francisco. He moved from England to Silicon Valley three years ago with a degree in Discrete Mathematics, where he has worked for some hot start-ups, including Shipt where he was hired to be their first web developer. He has a profound affection for all things CSS and design.

  • Tramale Turner

    Tramale is an Engineering Manager at Stripe working to build the economic infrastructure of the internet. Prior to Stripe, Tramale has held engineering leadership roles at companies such as F5 Networks and Nintendo, and technical and marketing leadership roles at Critical Mass and Volkswagen. He has a passion for developing technology leaders at all levels, and is determined to hear underrepresented voices amplified in our industry.

  • Tyler Auerbeck

    Tyler Auerbeck is a Site Reliability Engineer with Red Hat's Open Innovation Labs. He is currently focusing on Kubernetes, automation and observability with an interest in building open, cross-functional teams.

  • Vanessa Kristoff

    Vanessa Kristoff has been a software engineer since the 1980s, and attributes her longevity in the industry to the fact that she prioritizes having fun at work.

  • Wade Minter

    Wade Minter is the Chief Technology Officer for Custom Communications Inc, leading a team of Ruby software developers. He was previously in technology leadership at TeamSnap, Adwerx, and WeaveUp. He is also the arena public address announcer for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, a professional wrestling ring announcer, and an improv comedian. He leads a weird life.

  • Warner Moore

    Warner Moore is a strategic technology leader and manager with a background in web operations and information security. He has focused his career in working with entrepreneurial growth organizations where technology is their business and product. Within these organizations, Warner has an accomplished record of building successful cybersecurity programs and high performing technology teams who embrace DevOps culture and practices. As an international speaker, Warner has been invited to present to university students, technology professionals, and business leaders in a classroom setting as well as at conferences such as Startup Week, CloudDevelop, Path to Agility, InfoSec Summit, CodeMash, Security BSides, and DevOpsDays. Warner is passionate about culture, innovation, and community. His passion reflects in his non-profit work with organizations such as Ohio LinuxFest, LOPSA, DevOpsDays, and Toastmasters. Recently, he founded a strategy consulting company that provides virtual CISO, CIO, an...[TRIMMED]

  • Wendy Gwo

    Wendy is a senior software engineer at Aspiration. She has previously worked as a consultant and as an electrical engineer before switching into software engineering. She loves all things tech, especially tech that can be used to make aspects of people's lives easier, meaningful, more efficient, and/or fun!

  • Zack Whipkey

    I'm a software developer currently residing in Austin, TX. I lived in Pennsylvania for 25 years, and Pittsburgh for three years. I've worked across many stacks of software, and have particular interests in education and security. I believe software engineering is an art of constant, humble learning. You can read more about me, and my thoughts here - (we do not need to include this in the bio, but I figured it would be good for the reviewers!)

  • Zack Zlotnik

    Zack Zlotnik has performed several varying roles at a variety of companies ranging from a sysadmin for a small family-owned manufacturing business, a 7.5 year stint as a Corporate Operations Engineer at Google and most recently, a DevOps Engineer at IBM Watson. His diverse background has been molded and shaped throughout years of professional curiosity and self-learning. Zack has interviewed over 100 candidates and has himself been an interview candidate too many times to count. When not writing Dockerfiles and speaking at tech conferences, Zack may be found at local autocross events or in an underwater cave in Mexico.