Our Speakers

Virginie Adams Sr. Technical Program Manager, Salesforce

Virginie Adams

I am a Sr. Technical Program Manager at Salesforce for Marketing Cloud and I work on some of our top Cross Cloud Innitiatives that require multiple teams and different sides of the business to work on. Currently I'm working on the launch of our Google Partnership with Marketing Cloud. On the side I try to give back to the community and am the Co-Leader for Girl Develop It Indy as well as a leadership member of Ladies in Saas.

Chase Aucoin Senior Enterprise Architect, Keyhole Software

Chase  Aucoin

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

My goal is to continue to work with the best, and to continue striving to be the best technologist I can.

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John Azariah Compiler Lead for Microsoft Q#, Microsoft Corporation

John Azariah

John is a frequent speaker at conferences on various topics of expertise including on functional programming, cloud computing, computer science and software engineering.

He has over 25 years of experience writing all kinds of software - from packaged applications (Oracle Forms, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project); tools (BrightSword Designer); web sites, web, and cloud applications (MYOB AccountRight, Microsoft Azure Batch).

He currently works for Microsoft Research and leads the compiler effort for the new quantum computing language, Microsoft Q#.

Brian Ball Staff Software Engineer, SEP

Brian Ball

Brian has 18 years experience working on a variety of development platforms from Angular to Xamarin and almost everything in between. He expresses his love for cartooning, art, and music by programming anything with a UI.

James Bender Freelance Developer

James Bender

James is an Independent Consultant/Developer. He has worked as a developer and architect on everything from small, single-user applications to Enterprise-scale, multi-user systems. His specialties are Web Development, JavaScript, .NET development and architecture, as well as TDD/BDD. James is a Microsoft MVP, ASP.NET Insider and author of the book "Professional Test-Driven Development with C#: Developing Real World Applications with TDD" His new book "Developing SPAs: Working with Visual Studio, Angular/React and ASP.NET Web API" will be out in 2017. James's Twitter ID is JamesBender

Nick Birch Co-Founder, CEO, PropelUp

Nick Birch

Nick is a serial EdTech entrepreneur committed to building and elevating Hoosier technical communities. He is a co-founder of Eleven Fifty Academy, an Indianapolis-based coding bootcamp, and PropelUp, an online learning platform for digital skills. He has also worked with Powderkeg, a tech community platform, helping them scale their operations into new cities across the U.S. In 2017, he was a nominee for TechPoint's Rising Star award. He has emceed Powderkeg's Pitch Night events, been featured in publications like the Indianapolis Business Journal and VentureBeat, and spoken at events like March for Science Indianapolis and FailFest. He is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and outside of his work in startups and technology, Nick also spends time coaching high school baseball and playing hockey competitively.

Rob Bogue President, Thor Projects LLC

Rob Bogue

Robert Bogue has contributed to more than 100 book projects and numerous publishing projects, and has authored 25 books of his own, including “The SharePoint Shepherd’s Guide for End Users”. As a fourteen-time recipient of the Microsoft MVP award, Robert has spoken to tens of thousands of people around the world. Writing about topics from networking and certification to Microsoft applications and business needs, Robert blogs at www.thorprojects.com/blog.

Phil Bowsher Director of Life Sciences/Healthcare, RStudio Inc.

Phil Bowsher

Phil is the Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences at RStudio. His work focuses on innovation in the pharmaceutical industry, with an emphasis on interactive web applications, reproducible research and open-source education. He is interested in the use of R with applications in drug development and is a contributor to conferences promoting science through open data and software. He has experience at a number of technology and consulting corporations working in data science teams and delivering innovative data products. Phil has over 10 years’ experience implementing analytical programs, specializing in interactive web application initiatives and reporting needs for life science companies.

Lee Brandt Developer Advocate, Okta

Lee Brandt

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

Jeanine Brosch SEP

Jeanine Brosch

A passion for learning and solving business challenges along with my degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering has contributed to my diverse professional, management and leadership experiences. The majority of my career has been spent working in the medical device and healthcare technology space which provides it's own set of unique challenges and opportunities.

Matt Brown CTO, Quantifi

Matt Brown

Matt Brown is CTO at Quantifi, a marketing R&D platform for digital ads, where he leads a team of engineers who help marketers experiment at scale. In his past, he was a director for both Salesforce and ExactTarget. Those positions came after the acquision of iGoDigital where he was VP of Engineering. He has interests in many things including ruby, good beverages (coffee and beer mostly) as well as t-shirts (tri-blend for the win).

Jeff Butler Java Practice Lead, DMI

Jeff Butler

Jeff is a Java practice leader with DMI. He has been active in the enterprise Java eco-system for over 15 years. Jeff is long-time committer to the MyBatis (formerly iBatis) persistence framework and is the creator of MyBatis Generator and MyBatis Dynamic SQL.

Jeff is passionate about open source and software craftsmanship. You can follow his ongoing adventures at GitHub https://github.com/jeffgbutler.

Chad Campbell

Chad Campbell

Chad Campbell is an independent software consultant, five-time Microsoft MVP, author, and mentor. He holds a BS degree from Purdue University where he focused his studies on computer science and psychology. Chad has been developing enterprise level apps with a variety of technologies since 1999. Chad blogs has created training courses, and, is an internationally published book author.

Ed Charbeneau Developer Advocate, Progress

Ed Charbeneau

Ed is a Microsoft MVP and an international speaker, writer, online influencer, a Developer Advocate for Progress, and expert on all things web development. Ed enjoys geeking out to cool new tech, brainstorming about future technology, and admiring great design.

Jeremy Clark Developer Betterer, JeremyBytes.com

Jeremy Clark

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

Curtis Cockerham DevOps Engineer, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Curtis Cockerham

When Curtis is not out enjoying the finest BBQ that Kansas City has to offer, he is busy crafting ways to make life easier for everybody by automating all the things. When not working, he is playing video games or teaching others how to be lazy just like him.

Pierre DeBois Founder, Zimana

Pierre DeBois

Pierre DeBois is the founder of Zimana, an analytics consultancy that help organizations achieve profitability improvements in marketing, Web development, and within their business operations. Zimana has provided services for businesses from many industries.

Zimana’s blog is an AllTop analytics blog, while its @zimanaanalytics was named among the top 100 Twitter accounts for big data discussion according to the Big Data Republic/PeerIndex #BigData100.

Pierre has provided digital marketing and analytic workshops. He has conducted workshops for the City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office as part of the 2014 Small Business Expo (SBE). He has also conducted several workshops for the following since the 2014 SBE;

• A general marketing workshop and panel for General Assembly in Chicago; • CivicBLUE workshops for BlueLacuna, a business incubator in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago; CivicBLUE explained the importance of data science for developing community solutions • The DX Summit, a marketing conference hosted by CMS Wire since 2015. • R programming workshop at Interop ITX in Las Vegas • Analytics workshop for Content Marketing World in Cleveland.

In 2018 Pierre will present on Google Analytics and R programming at Indy.Code and Nebraska.Code.

His workshops have covered the gamut of business, data science, and programming topics, with a focus on JavaScript frameworks, Google Analytics, and R Programming.

Pierre is also an analytics tech and business intelligence writer. He has contributed articles to CMS Wire, DMNews, and several properties for UBMTech such as AllAnalytics. He is also an associate editor of business book reviews for Small Business Trends, as well as credit as a technical editor for two Pearson/Que publications.

Pierre has been featured in the Chicago Sun Times, and was a presenter for the Google Get Your Business Online program. He successfully brought the program back to Gary Indiana in 2017.

Pierre is Prairie View A & M University graduate (mechanical engineering) and a Georgia Tech graduated (MBA). He is a native of Gary, Indiana, serving small businesses and organizations throughout the United States.

Cameron Dershem Co-Foudner / Developer / Hair Farmer, pinkhatbeard / ocelli

Cameron Dershem

Cameron Dershem - former Gaffer/Best Boy with a degree in Cinematography turned Software Developer. Outside of being an avid cyclist, wishful randonneur, and dedicated velodrome attendee, he enjoys cast iron for cooking, coffee for drinking, vim for editing, git for versioning, and Ubuntu for Linux-ing. Beyond being known for an impeccable fashion sense and talent for hair farming, Cameron is (in)famous for being a solutions focused, open source enthusiast, always wanting to do more.

Cameron is also founder of pinkhatbeard, a consulting company focused on solving interesting problems, and co-founder of ocelli - a startup in the IoT space, working to make the Internet what we always imagined it would be as kids.

Martine Dowden

Martine Dowden

By combining a background in psychology and art, I design and implement web interfaces that are beautiful, functional, and usable.

I deliver products that, while constrained by compliance to Section 508 and adherence to WCAG 2.0 recommendations, still look stylish and beautiful.

Twitter: @Martine_Dowden

Michael Dowden Product Architect, FlexePark

Michael Dowden

Michael Dowden is the Co Founder of startup incubator Andromeda, Product Architect for FlexePark, and President of M2D2 Enterprises. Since 1992 he has provided a full range of full-stack technology and consulting services to more than 60 companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 100.

As a software developer and architect Michael focuses on the K.I.S.S. principle, keeping systems as simple as possible (but no simpler). Michael is passionate about lightweight frameworks in both both Java and JavaScript ecosystems, often pointing out that Java is to JavaScript as Car is to Carrot. As an MBA he focuses on solutions that provide true business value and always works to improve collaboration and communication between teams.

Since 1997 Michael has been active in helping other developers grow in their career, as a teaching assistant, user group organizer, and instructor for both Eleven Fifty Academy and Propel Up. Michael is currently developing a Java cryptography course for Pluralsight. His book Programming Languages ABC++ has sold more than 20,000 copies and has made its way into elementary schools across Indiana. Michael also speaks at tech conferences including Code PaLOUsa, Indiana IT Symposium, Indy.Code(), KCDC, and Dev Up.

Clay Dowling Agile Software Consultant, Pillar Technology

Clay Dowling

Clay Dowling is a software consultant specializing in agile practices and extremem programming techniques. In his spare time he builds machines driven by microcontrollers and negotiates with his cats for access to the keyboard.

Gwendolyn Faraday Application Developer, Fusion Alliance

Gwendolyn Faraday

I'm a software developer from Indianapolis, IN. Professionally, I work mostly with cross-platform mobile technologies, React, and Node on AWS. For fun, I love dabbling in other languages, working on new IoT projects, and making apps that help people learn or build good habits through gamification.

Erica Fox Web Programming Specialist, Ball State University

Erica Fox

Erica Fox is a web programming specialist at the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University. Fox graduated in 2016 with an associate degree in software development from IVY Tech Community College and has two years of previous work experience as a full-stack PHP developer. She has also completed an internship at A Better Way, a local nonprofit providing shelter and resources for victims of domestic violence.

Fox is active in the open source and PHP communities, attending the annual Cake PHP Conference. She presented "New in Town: Confronting Gentrification within the Tech Industry" at the 2017 Write/Speak/Code Conference and at DevFest Muncie. She continues to serve as an advocate for women's rights, and advocates for the rights of minorities and income-challenged households.

Todd Gardner President, TrackJS

Todd Gardner

Todd H Gardner is a veteran web developer and cofounder of TrackJS, where he helps thousands of developers find and fix bugs in their web apps. He believes in simple tools and systems over trends, and testing balanced against risk. He is also the producer and host of PubConf developer afterparty. Ask him about craft beer, cool pubs, and maintainable software.

Kevin Grossnicklaus President, ArchitectNow

Kevin Grossnicklaus

At one point in his career Kevin was the youngster on most development teams. He got his start developing with Visual Studio and managed .NET code during the early beta cycles in 2001. As a technical author, his first writing experience was for the Visual Basic.NET Bible released in 2002. He has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 2009 and is a member of the ASPInsiders program. He is also very active in the local St. Louis development community.

In 2009, Kevin Grossnicklaus started his own software product development firm called ArchitectNow (www.architectnow.net). At ArchitectNow, Kevin and his team specialize in a wide variety of tools and technologies and take pride in helping their customers deliver great solutions on a variety of platforms. As expected (and necessary) today, they are always on the lookout for the “next big thing” in the software or technology space while guiding customers through the waves of new technology.

Born in rural Nebraska, he has spent the last 20 years in St. Louis, Missouri where he lives with his wife Lynda and their three daughters: Alexis, Emily, and Hanna. He is an avid guitar player, home brewer, and gamer including everything from retro arcade games, to board games, to role playing games. When not spending time on any of those hobby’s he waits patiently for a second season of Firefly.

Aaron Guldberg Technical Architect, FHLBI

Aaron Guldberg

Aaron Guldberg is a member of the Enterprise Architecture team at FHLBI who works with business stakeholders to help them translate their ideas into an executable plan to help them create the desired business value.

Aaron's passion of wanting to help people, drove him to be more than 'just a developer' and hone his skills to learn how to translate a business person's idea into a solution, regardless of if that solution involved technology.

So over the last 20 years, Aaron has built a diverse development background, having worked in a number of different of industries and has architected and delivered solutions ultilized by several fortune 500 companies and government agencies. This has allowed him to offer unique insights and lessons learned from his experiences to both his team and his organization as a whole.

Aaron holds a BS in Computer Information Systems Technology from Purdue University.

Calvin Hendryx-Parker CTO, Six Feet Up

Calvin Hendryx-Parker

Six Feet Up, Inc. co-founder Calvin Hendryx-Parker has over 18 years of experience in the development and hosting of applications using Python and web frameworks including Django, Pyramid and Flask.

As Chief Technology Officer for Six Feet Up, Calvin is responsible for researching cutting-edge advances that could become part of the company’s technology road map. Calvin provides both the company and its clients with recommendations on tools and technologies, systems architecture and solutions that address specific information-sharing needs. Calvin is an advocate of open source and is a frequent speaker at Python conferences on multisite content management, integration, and web app development. Calvin is also a founder and organizer of the IndyPy meetup group and Pythology training series in Indianapolis.

Outside of work Calvin spends time tinkering with new devices like the Fitbit, Pebble and Raspberry Pi. Calvin is an avid distance runner and ran the 2014 NYC Marathon to support the Innocence Project. Every year he and the family enjoys an extended trip to France where his wife Gabrielle, the CEO of Six Feet Up, is from. Calvin holds a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University.

Robert Herbig Lead Software Engineer, SEP

Robert Herbig

Robert Herbig is passionate about leading teams that can deliver products that users love.

He is a Lead Software Engineer at SEP, a private software consultancy. In his 10+ years in the software industry, he has worked on products ranging in size from small apps to enterprise systems; embedded, desktop, web, and mobile platforms; and in a variety of markets and domains including aerospace, medical, agriculture, construction, and secure communication.

He currently lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wonderful wife, two rambunctious sons, and two dogs.

Philip Japikse

Philip Japikse

An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .NET since the first betas, developing software for over 30 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil is co-author of best selling "C# and the .NET 4.6 Framework" (http://bit.ly/procsharp) and "Pro C# 7" (http://bit.ly/procsharp7), the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .NET User’s Group (http://www.cinnug.org) and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast (http://www.hallwayconversations.com), founded the Cincinnati Day of Agile (http://www.dayofagile.org), and volunteers for the National Ski Patrol. Phil is also a published author with LinkedIn Learning (https://www.lynda.com/Phil-Japikse/7908546-1.html). During the day, Phil works as an Enterprise Consultant and Agile Coach for large to medium firms throughout the US. Phil enjoys to learn new tech and is always striving to improve his craft. You can follow Phil on twitter via http://www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at http://www.skimedic.com/blog.

Amy King UX Architect, DMI, Inc.

Amy King

Graduated with my Master's in Human-Computer Interaction in 2012 and dove head-first into the magical world of product design and optimization. I have worked for a wide-variety of companies ranging from e-Commerce to Library Software, working in an even wider variety of user experience optimization problem spaces. During my time in graduate school, I focused on the user need identification and resolution process and worked to understand what drives a user's decision-making process. I now apply that knowledge and understanding to my every day work as a user experience consultant.

Billy Korando Senior Software Consultant

Billy Korando

Java Spring developer with over a decade of experience. I have been involved in the initial conception to the design, coding, and push to production of enterprise web applications as well as major updates to existing web applications. I enjoying learning about software development, improving team development practices, and mentoring junior developers.

Brian Korzynski Sr. Software Developer, United Shore

Brian Korzynski

Brian Korzynski works as a software developer on the architecture team at United Shore, located near Detroit. During his 8+ years of experience as a developer he has done everything from database development with WinForms to enterprise level web applications. He specializes in software engineering, architecture, .NET, SQL Server, MVC, and mathematics.

Sasha Kotlyar Senior Software Engineer, Software Engineering Professionals

Sasha Kotlyar

Sasha has been writing software in one form or another since he was in elementary school. Professionally, he's written desktop, mobile, web, and embedded applications. These days, he tends to concentrate on an admittedly challenging intersection of UX and security and how these oft-opposing necessities can be integrated into a happy medium.

Shiv Kumar Solutions Architect, Applied Information Sciences

Shiv Kumar

Shiv is an accomplished Solutions and Application Architect and Designer specializing in Cloud based (Paas) solutions using .NET/C#/ASP.NET/MVC/WebAPI/WCF and Object-Oriented design and development. A software craftsman at heart, Shiv uses software and technology as a medium of expression. Currently he consults with a large insurance company where he has designed, built and deployed a number of Enterprises services that are used enterprise wide.

Shiv thoroughly enjoys working on the server side as well as the UI side of software systems making his software solutions a pleasure to use for end-users.

He has a background in electronics and uses this knowledge and interest combined with programming to work in the IoT field building new and exciting products. He also very comfortable working directly at the microcontroller level using C.

Eric Landes Director DevOps , AgileThought

Eric Landes

Eric is the Director of DevOps at AgileThought. He is also a former Microsoft DevOps MVP and is currently a Professional Scrum Trainer. He helps coach and implement DevOps and agile solutions and has presented on Kanban, automated acceptance tests, and other agile topics across the United States. He has most recently been on the board of the Tampa DevOps Meetup.

Dave Leininger Solution Director, Fusion Alliance

Dave Leininger

Data management topics have changed many times past few decades. I know. I have seen the changes, here and internationally in some 20 countries. Consulting in a variety of public and private companies, I focus on getting the right data to the right people at the right time for data analysis that leads to growth. It's not about the technology. It's about the data. Delivery is achievable through many tools and techniques.

For years, Dave has been a Solution Director at Fusion Alliance, focused on data architecture and integration visioning.

Christopher Lomont Senior Principal Engineer, Logikos

Christopher Lomont

Dr. Chris Lomont (PhD math, triple BS in math, physics, computer science) has been writing software since 4th grade, doing it professionally for over 25 years. He has worked on a large range of projects, including video games for SEGA, quantum computing for AFRL, hardware and software security for clients including DHS, DoD, and Secret Service, image compression for NASA, CAD software, financial software, explosives modeling for DoD, reverse engineering for many clients, and much more. His off-work time is spent tinkering in his workshop making all sorts of items, ranging from chemical to electrical to software to experimental to artistic.

Currently he is interested in machine learning, scientific visualization, software and hardware security, financial and economic modeling, and software development practices. He is comfortable in many technologies, but prefers C#/F#/WPF/.NET for quick development, C/C++ and assembly for high performance, Mathematica for math/science/exploration, and Python for machine learning. He is comfortable in a range of hardware environments, including embedded work, desktop PC development, and high-performance computing.

Dr. Lomont is a Senior Principal Engineer at Logikos, Fort Wayne, using many of these skillsets to drive next generation software projects, from machine learning for IoT and cloud based analytics, to secure computing product needs, to advanced visualization, applying best-of-breed development practices to make software development more predictable, reliable, and cost-effective.

Amy McQuaid Sr. Marketing Operations Analyst, Talend

Amy McQuaid

Amy McQuaid is a Sr. Marketing Operations Analyst at Talend. Amy is leading the implementation of advanced analytics across the marketing, sales, and organizations. Combining powerful tools with her strong background in statistics, the analytics Amy provides enables data-driven decision making by business, senior management, and executive alike. Her drive for optimial efficiency expands to team operations and development as well, translating agile best practices to be implemented for business teams.

Stephen McQuaid Senior Software Engineer

Lorena Mesa Machine Learning Engineer, Sprout Social, Inc.

Lorena Mesa

Political analyst turned coder, Lorena Mesa is a Sprout Social platform software engineer, Director on the Python Software Foundation, PyLadies Chicago co-organizer, and Tech Ladies Chicago organizer. Lorena loves to make meaning out of data, using code to model the complexities of the world around her. Part Star Wars fanatic but mostly a Trekkie, Lorena abides by the motto to "live long and prosper".

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Jimmy Miller Senior Developer, healthfinch

Jimmy Miller

I started programming at the age of 10. My bother always hogged the computer, so I found my own out by the dumpster. Many hours and burned CDs later, I had a working Ubuntu machine. Ever since, my life has involved programming, whether that was skipping class in high school to go to the computer science room or reading Philip Wadler papers until early hours of the morning.

I currently work at healthfinch where I do Clojure fulltime.

Kevin Miller Senior Software Architect, TCC Software Solutions

Kevin Miller

Over the past 19 years, I’ve been involved in a number of positions within Computing and Technology ranging from Desktop and Network Support, to Application Lifecycle Management, to Information Security and Development. I was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in 2016. My interests include language design, large scale computing, information security, and almost anything DevOps related.

Shane Milton Cloud Solutions Architect, EnerGenuity

Shane Milton

Shane Milton is a architect, developer, and small business owner in the Indianapolis area.

While his background has been that of a developer and architect for many years, Shane identifies himself more as an engineer than as a programmer. That should come as no surprise after graduating from Rose-Hulman with three majors, two of which were in engineering and one in computer science. Shane says that his true talents are in "tackling challenges head-on" while "leading teams to solutions for those problems," and it "just so happens that custom software is an incredibly powerful tool to help solve some of those problems."

Shane has focused primarily in web technologies for the past twenty years, cloud technologies for the past ten, and really getting into Machine Learning over the past year. After having worked in a variety of industries, including quite a few years in the Healthcare and Education industries, Shane has settled down in the Energy industry as an owner of EnerGenuity, a small startup with cloud-hosted PaaS offerings for the Energy industry.

Michael Miserendino President, GravityDrive

Michael Miserendino

Michael has over 25 years of experience with a user focused approach to designing and developing innovative products as well as a bachelor of science in Computer Science.

His designs have won awards for their exceptional user experience. The majority of these designs have been websites, software, and mobile products. Others include projects with physical products such as tabletop games, simulations, and cockpit instrumentation.

Beginning as a software engineer and user advocate, Michael was instrumental in evangelizing the UX approach in the companies where he worked. He founded GravityDrive in 2008 to focus on providing user experience consulting services for a variety of products and services.

Michael volunteers with several organizations, serving on the board of directors of many, often as the UX trusted advisor. This includes the Indiana Chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association, Indiana Chapter of the FBI Citizens Academy, Ropkey Armor Museum, Open Indy Brigade (UX Audit Initiative), ConnectTech, and is an emergency preparedness volunteer with Illiana Search & Rescue.

David Neal Software Developer, Joyent

David Neal

David is a husband, father of 5 boys, geek, musician, motorcyclist, speaker, and Microsoft MVP living in North GA. He's a devloper for Joyent, helping to build the next-generation cloud platform. David runs on a high-octane mixture of caffeine and JavaScript, and is entirely made of bacon.

Duane Newman Co-Founder, Alien Arc Technologies, LLC

Duane Newman

Duane is Co-Founder of Alien Arc Technologies, LLC where he focuses on creating apps targeting mobile devices, modern desktops, and the Internet of Things. As a Microsoft MVP and technology enthusiast with a passion for good software he strives to bring solutions that improve or eliminate costly duplication and repetitive processes so more important things can be done. He enjoys teaching others through his random blog posts and by speaking at conferences on topics ranging from DevOps to Xamarin. When not behind a computer screen he can be found sharing his love of SCUBA and all things underwater with new divers at the pool or through his underwater videos and photos.

Christopher Pratt Senior Software Engineer, DMI

Christopher Pratt

Chris Pratt is a full stack developer with a passion for Javascript development. After graduating from Purdue University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2015, he joined DMI with the goal of writing clean code and delivering robust solutions to clients. He enjoys writing clean code and likes to discuss best practices and new patterns with other developers in the community. He's currently focused on Angular/Node development and enjoys leveraging modern tools such as Typescript to help maintain and deploy enterprise-level solutions.

Dave Rael

Dave Rael

Dave Rael is the host of the Developer On Fire podcast. He is, first and foremost, a father of 3 wonderful children. He is also a husband, podcaster, software developer and architect, and delights in matters technical and in human interaction.

Auri Rahimzadeh Owner, Auri's Ideas

Auri Rahimzadeh

Auri Rahimzadeh is a software architect, technology writer and book author. He has written three books: Hacking the PSP, Geek My Ride, and co-authored Hacking Digital Cameras, and tech edited various programming works. Rahimzadeh has contributed to many digital entertainment technology standards, including HDTV and DVD, and is a founding member of the CEATEC Japan Innovation Awards panel. Having taught side by side with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Auri continues to share a passion for technology education. Recently, Auri's CrimeWatch software won a Mira Award honorable mention for Tech Service of the Year. Currently Mr. Rahimzadeh is owner of Auri’s Ideas, a Fishers, Indiana based software development firm.

Nathan Randall Developer 1, TCC

Matthew Renze Data Science Consultant, Renze Consulting

Matthew Renze

Matthew Renze is a data science consultant, author, and public speaker. He has spent the past 18 years helping individuals and organizations make better decisions with data. His clients include small software start-ups to Fortune 100 companies across the globe. In addition, he's taught data science practices to over 75,000 developers and IT professionals.

He's a Microsoft MVP, an ASPInsider, an author for Pluralsight, an author for DataCamp, and an open-source software contributor. His interests include data analytics, data visualization, and machine learning.

For more information, please visit his website at: http://www.matthewrenze.com

R. Michael Rogers Lead Software Engineer, Software Engineering Professionals

R. Michael Rogers

Mike Rogers is a fan of creating software, which he has been doing in one form or another for over fifteen years. From low-powered microcontrollers to web-scale applications servicing millions of requests per day, Mike has introduced defects in systems of all types, usually involving timezones.

Recently his interests have turned toward leadership and agility, with a focus on providing safety to software teams so they are free to self-organize and deliver amazing results.

When not softing wares he can be found on his farm with his wife, two children, and myriad animals.

Guy Royse Developer Evangelist, Nexosis

Guy Royse

Guy works for Nexosis in Columbus, Ohio as a Developer Evangelist. Combining his decades of experience in building software with a passion for sharing what he has learned, Guy goes out into developer communities and helps other build great software.

Guy has programmed in numerous languages over the years—many of them semicolon delimited—including C++, C#, and Java. More recently he has worked with dynamic languages like JavaScript and on mobile applications with languages like Swift.

Teaching and community have long been a focus for Guy. He is President of the Columbus JavaScript Usergroup and has been part of the session selection committee for CodeMash for the last five years. When given an opportunity, he teaches programming at a prison in central Ohio.

In past lives, Guy has worked as a consultant in a broad range of industries including healthcare, retail, and utilities. He spent several years as a consultant and several more years working for a major insurance provider. This has given him a broad understanding of technology application and business problems.

In his personal life, Guy is a hardboiled-geek interested in role-playing games, science fiction, and technology. He also has a slightly less geeky interest in history and linguistics. He lives in central Ohio with his wife and three sons. In his spare time, he helps lead his neighborhood Cub Scout Pack and likes to camp.

Nathan Schlehlein

Nathan Schlehlein

Nathan Schlehlein is a wannabe problem solver who earns his living making dreams come true for people via software. A semi-recent transplant to the semi-bustling city of Des Moines, IA, he resides in the "pretty OK" western burbs with his three awesome kids, long-suffering wife, and hyperactive dog. He is an enthusiast of intriguing, historically significant, and / or dangerous technology and enjoys good scotch, beer with a back story, and a well-executed fake foreign accent.

Susan Shapiro Principal User Experience Consultant, GravityDrive

Susan Shapiro

I am an advocate for people who need to use technology and are befuddled, confused, irritated, frustrated, or just tired of having things not work well.

I help the people who create products understand how people think, perceive, and act.

The first step in this process is to understand that you are seldom designing for people who are like you. Then, you need knowledge and tools that help you see the world through other's eyes.

I make use of my understanding of human behavior (a PhD in Human Factors Psychology) and my many years as an instructor, helping people use software.

I currently work with GravityDrive where we help people create better experiences.

Stephanie Slattery Front End Engineer, Clique Studios

Stephanie Slattery

Stephanie Slattery is a web developer who specializes in front end and accessibility. Stephanie is a Front End Engineer at Clique Studios and co-organizes the Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design meetup. They come to the world of programming from a psychology and physics background at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a graduate of Dev Bootcamp Chicago.

Brad Snodgrass Lead Software Engineer, SEP

Brad Snodgrass

Brad Snodgrass is a Lead Software Engineer at SEP. His career began at Motorola during their Six Sigma roll-out and adoption of lean manufacturing principles. Brad then leveraged these principles, working with several central Indiana start-ups ranging from robotic lawnmowers and remote IoT systems, to algae production. In his current role at SEP, Brad is leveraging his experiences helping customers deliver better software products, with higher quality and reduced cycle times.

Alison Spittel Web Development Instructor, General Assembly

Alison Spittel

Ali teaches people how to code at General Assembly. Before that, she was a software engineer working on data science web apps. She loves Python, JavaScript, and talking about code. She is most interested in the intersection of code, art, and social justice.

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's current personal project is a blog called "On Learning New Things" where she learns one new coding skill a week, builds an app with it, and then writes an article on it.

Ali graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in government in 2016 after completing research on how to teach computer science in 7-12th grade classrooms and on the differences in representation in Congress across party and gender lines.

Teddy Sterne Senior Software Engineer, DMI

Teddy Sterne

Teddy is a full stack developer from Carmel, Indiana, with significant experience developing Angular (V.2+), Node, .NetCore, and ASP.NET applications. He graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in May, 2015 with a B.S. in Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Since July 2015, Teddy has worked as a software consultant for DMI (formerly Allegient), in Custom Application Development. He specializes in the development of enterprise-level web applications that frequently require a versatile approach using many different technologies.

Languages Teddy has experience with: C# TypeScript JavaScript HTML CSS SQL Java Python

Brent Stewart Co-Founder, Alien Arc Technologies

Brent Stewart

As a professional software developer with over two decades of experience, I have seen many development trends come and go and learned that there is not a shortcut to being a great developer. I enjoy teaching others what I have learned and try to mentor others whenever I can. I am a co-organizer of the Kansas City .NET User Group and love speaking at conferences.

I am a creator at heart and have started multiple businesses over the years in a variety of industries. My latest venture is Alien Arc Technologies which allows me to take my ideas and give them form. I love quality in all things and I always try to provide the best quality in everything I do. If it is worth doing, then it is worth doing right.

Davey Strus Partner, Fretless

Trevon Sutton Senior Software Engineer, SEP

Trevon Sutton

Trevon Sutton, a Senior Software Engineer at SEP, has been developing software professionally for 10+ years. Trevon began his career in the aerospace and defense industry as an FPGA/ASIC engineer, responsible for developing fully autonomous requirements-based test environments for verification of multi-million gate ASIC/FPGA designs. During this time, Trevon developed a love for writing software. After five years as a test developer, he transitioned to a career in software development, creating software solutions for various platforms including web, embedded, mobile, and desktop applications/services. His experiences span across multiple domains including aerospace and defense, medical devices, communication protocol stacks, and agriculture technology.

Currently, Trevon spends much of his spare time exploring different facets of software development (including a new found love for functional programming), producing music, and spending time with his family.

Richard Taylor Director of Engineering, SentryOne

Richard Taylor

Richard L. Taylor Jr. is a 25 year software development and technology professional living in Huntersville, NC. His experience includes the design and development of small to enterprise class applications. He currently serves as Director of Engineering at SentryOne.

Richard is a believer of using the right tools for the job and has leveraged ASP.NET (Web API, MVC), SQL Server/MongoDB, Angular, Bootstrap, JavaScript/NodeJS, KendoUI, and Xamarin (just to name a few) to deliver solutions. He has a great deal of experience but likes to explore new technologies, tools, and techniques to help create better software.

Richard has a passion for the software development community. He serves as one of the organizers of the Modern Devs Charlotte meetup group and is the founding organizer of the Charlotte Xamarin Developers meetup group. Both groups try to create environments where developers of all skill levels can come together and learn about the latest technologies, tools, and techniques to create software. These groups also provide a venue to network with fellow developers in the community. In addition to serving the local software development community via meetup groups, Richard also speaks at regional, national, and international technology users groups and conferences. His speaking schedule can be found here: http://www.rightincode.com/page/speaking-schedule

As a result of his technical community work, Richard has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in the Visual Studio and Development Technologies category. MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries and are driven by their passion, community spirit, and quest for knowledge. Richard has also received the Progress (Telerik) Developer Expert designation. DE’s are highly skilled, visible, and elite industry leaders who write, speak, help, and code using Progress (Telerik) products. There are 44 DE’s in 13 different countries who are ambassadors for Progress Products to the tech community.

When not developing software, Richard is focused on spending time with his lovely wife Shondrecca (she gives the best hugs!!) and their five children (Richard III, Ayanna, David, Jonathan, and Stephen).

Richard @rightincode rtaylor@rightincode.com

Jonathan "J." Tower Partner & Principal Consultant, Trailhead Technology Partners

Jonathan "J." Tower

Jonathan “J.” Tower is a Microsoft MVP, Telerik Developer Expert, and business owner with over eighteen years of software industry experience. He loves solving problems and the creative aspects of software development, as well as sharing what he’s learned and helping building the technology community. His current technology interests include .NET Core, Mobile, and JavaScript development.

J. lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and children, where he uses his passion for the tech community to help run a user group and several annual conferences.

Tiffany Trusty Senior Consultant Engineer, Eli Lilly

Tiffany Trusty

I’ve always been obsessed with tech! I was one of the first women accepted to Rose-Hulman and the 2nd to graduate from the previously all male, #1 in it’s class engineering school.

After college, I began my 16 year career with Motorola. Through the years I got to experience every angle of software engineering from the king of software quality: effort estimations, writing requirements, design documents, implementing the code, unit testing, system testing, automated testing, and maintenance. I also got to experience several areas of leadership: process lead, security training lead, team lead, and project manager. After 10 years, I was moved up to the senior architects group where I honed my skills in Product Security and served as the Information Assurance specialist for my product line.

While at Motorola, I obtained my Master’s Degree in Engineering Management and maintained a small entrepreneurship spark through my website development company. Through my own company, I was able to keep my coding skills sharp in a time when my primary job required many high level documents and oh so many meetings.

After leaving Motorola, I immediately learned Android and wrote an extremely complex, custom app for REDUX. This app currently resides in hundreds of Verizon stores nationwide. Android is fun, but MAN does it move fast?!

After freelancing for a few years, I got lonely and started to look for a new home in Indianapolis. I had heard Scott Jones speak about his vision for Eleven Fifty Academy and just fell in love with the concept. Eleven Fifty Academy is a nonprofit coding academy that teaches the most relevant and up-to-date coding coursework, through immersive learning, to those interested in becoming a first time coder, making a career change to become a coder, or skilling up in their current coding role. I shook Mr. Jones’ hand and said, “This is beautiful, I’ll be back”. Months later, Eleven Fifty announced a for-profit arm called Eleven Fifty Consulting. I literally walked into the Eleven Fifty mansion and said, “I belong here, who should I talk to about getting hired?”. Luckily, they needed an Android and Test House Lead! My favorite part of this position was mentoring the new Academy graduates, the Apprentices. Watching these new coders grow and learn the whole SDLC and software business world was soooooo rewarding! I also jumped over to the Academy to teach the junior & advanced Android Courses.

After a year with the consulting firm, they decided to move the Apprentices to the non-profit Academy side and I HAD to go with them! As the Director of Apprentices for Eleven Fifty Academy, I developed my own custom curriculum geared towards bridging the student->employee knowledge gap, then helped them land their first real tech jobs. Eleven Fifty also gives me a chance to participate in many STEM outreach activities and affords me the opportunity to interact with brilliant entrepreneurs every day!

After the apprenticeship model at Eleven Fifty Academy changed, my role as a full-time director morphed into a lesser role at the Academy. I still have a tile, “Technical Advisor”, I still evangelize the Academy in my public speaking opportunities, and I still got to teach my curriculum in their Accelerated Learning Tracks. But the rest of my days are filled with consulting for my own firm, Trusty Applications, LLC.

Through my 20 year career in Software, I’ve found that my favorite part is listening to the vision of an excited entrepreneur that “just needs a nerd” to make the dream come true. I am exceptional at digging into that vision and designing & implementing a solution. Trusty Applications created websites and mobile apps and strives for first class quality, customer satisfaction and product documentation.

During my ventures with Trusty Applications, Eli Lilly approached me with an opportunity to summon my nerd powers to help patients with diabetes. It was an unexpected pivot for me, but one that I accepted whole-heartedly! I am now a full time employee with Eli Lilly and truly enjoying work making a large real world impact.

I’m ALWAYS supporting the Women in STEM initiative, especially when it comes to the next generation of nerdy girls. I’ve been on the board with Women & Hi Tech since 2011 as their Communications officer (and unofficial Tech Godess). I’m also a member of the National Center for Women in IT Affinity Group Alliance. I greatly enjoy donating my time and energy to their Aspirations in Computing Awards that encourages middle school / high school girls to pursue a career in tech. I’ve also spoken at many events and conferences including the 2016 Indiana Conference for Women, the Developer’s Workshop Conference, the Rose-Hulman “Make It Happen” club, Cooner Prairie’s Passport To Hi-Tech event, and many more. I love sharing my personal journey with young nerdy girls and professionals so that young and old alike can know what it’s like to be a women in tech.

George Walters

Jared Wilcurt Senior Developer, World Wide Technology

Jared Wilcurt

Senior Software Engineer, specializing in Front-End Web development and Cross-Platform Desktop App development.

Creator of: * Scout-App 2 - Cross-Platform Desktop App for processing Sass to CSS * Koa11y - Cross-Platform Desktop App for detecting Accessibility (A11y) issues on webpages. * UGUI - Framework, which allows you to create a GUI for command line interfaces with just a little HTML knowledge.

In my free time I help run these local meetup groups: * Free Code Camp Indy * Vue.JS Indy * Cixic UX group I also volunteer with Coder Dojo (kids learning to code) each month.

Wes Winham Founder/CEO, Woven

Wes Winham

Software Entrepreneur specializing in building and scaling SaaS companies. Experience iterating startups from ideas to product to customer validation to scale. Building product teams from structured hiring, through objectives/alignment/coaching and continuous process improvement, Enough digital marketing to be dangerous. Voracious reader/learner.

Specialties: Lean Startup Methodology, SaaS Metrics, Product Marketing, Recruiting, Engineering Culture, User Experience, customer discovery, predictable revenue, Python, Django, node.js, React, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Integration, AWS, GCE, deployment, devops

Jamie Wright Professional nerd, Tatsu

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.

Christopher Young

Christopher Young

Chris Young is the director of development at ArchitectNow. Chris is responsible for all development efforts at ArchitectNow. Previous to ArchitectNow, Chris was VP of Engineering at No Limits Software. No Limits Software builds a product for capacity planning for data centers. Chris was responsible for the overall architecture and design of the application. Chris Young has spent part his career working at different startups in Boulder, CO. Chris graduated from St. Louis University with an MBA and BS in business administration with a major in Finance.