2018 Speakers


Alice Brosey

I am a Front End Developer at Ministry Brands, and a freelance developer for my company The Bunny Network. I'm a wife, and mother of an amazing 5 year old. A third generation printer on both sides of my family, I have ink in my veins and a love of the printed word. I'm also into genealogy, historical preservation, bicycling, and training for triathlons.

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Andy Schwam

I'm one of the organizers of TechBash! Plus this... Andy Schwam is a Microsoft .MVP for Developer Technologies and Manager of Custom Application Development at Global Indemnity where his teams builds .Net applications, mostly for the web. Lately Andy has been working with AI, Bots and Mobile apps. He has worked with .Net since 2003 and delivered many web based, data driven applications throughout his professional career. Andy is an experienced speaker and trainer and has spoken at a variety of user groups and events, presenting a variety of topics. Andy is a founding board member and organizer of TechBash, an annual conference for developers. He has been creating software applications since 1999.

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Angel Thomas

Angel is a founder and chapter leader for the Toledo chapter of Girl Develop It. She works as a software developer for Center for Information Management in Ann Arbor, Michigan. When she is not busy with work and family, she enjoys helping others to develop a love for code.

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Anna Bateman

I enjoy working with people to solve problems through the fascinating world of technology. I have a diverse background which blends technology, creativity, and teaching. I love being part of the community of developers sharing our experiences and knowledge. The more people that know and understand what tools and solutions are available, the more people can be empowered to tackle challenges that seemed previously insurmountable.

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Anoop Kumar

Anoop Kumar is a Solutions Architect in Customer Success at Docker, Inc. Anoop Kumar has been in software engineering & development for the last 17 years and been in many different roles such as developer, tester, system & application admin, project manager and operator. He is passionate about automation and achieving efficiency through software controls and technologies. Prior to Docker, Anoop enjoyed automating configuration management at Puppet. He has also worked in the US Federal sector primarily in the Security domain.

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Ashley Grant

Ashley Grant is a Microsoft MVP for Front End Development and Community Lead for the Aurelia JavaScript Framework. Ashley blogs at https://aurelia.ninja when he isn't training developers to be successful building their apps with Aurelia. His goal is to lead developers in to the pit of success for all their front-end work!

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Bill Wolff

Bill Wolff is an independent consultant, trainer, and architect specializing in Microsoft development technologies under the name Agility Systems. He served as the SharePoint Practice Director at Capax Global, Solutions Architect in the Microsoft Practice at Unisys Corporation, and ran the Microsoft Alliance at LiquidHub. He ran the consulting firm Wolff Data Systems for 15 years and directed armies of consultants in the dot com world. Bill is founder and President of the philly.NET user group, a previous INETA board member where he served as Vice President of the Speaker Bureau, and involved in several other user communities. Bill was a contributing author on several books. His certifications include trainer, systems engineer, developer, and Microsoft MVP for 14 years.

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Brendan Enrick

Brendan Enrick (@brendoneus) is an experienced software architect, focusing his efforts primarily on agile and software craftsmanship methodologies. Brendan is the Chief Content Officer at DevIQ.com. Brendan hosts DevChatter, a programming live stream on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/DevChatter). Along with two other community members, Brendan founded the Hudson Software Craftsmanship user group in 2009. In addition to promoting the software development community, he is the Vice President of the Boardgamers of Greater Akron (BOGA), allowing him to also promote gaming locally in Northeast Ohio.

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Chris Gomez

Chris is passionate about keeping up with new technologies that matter to today's working coders. He is a frequent contributor of labs and presentations to the Philly.NET Developers Meetup and part of the Static Void Podcast (www.staticvoidpodcast.com). He also streams software development live on Mixer (http://bit.ly/spaceshotonmixer) for you to watch and ask questions live. Today, Chris is focusing on the future of ASP.NET in the .NET Core stack and investigating both the enterprise tools we all know (such as Visual Studio) and new techniques and tools that are new to the Microsoft community (Linux, functional programming, and platform-as-a-service cloud features). Chris also is a co-founder of Philly GameWorks, a game developers group devoted to helping anyone make their first game. Making your own games is a driver for many young people to enter to software field and there has never been a better time to learn how to get started.

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Chris Houdeshell

Hello. I’m Chris. I’m a bit herder, a pointer wrecker, and HTTP is my best friend. I’m comfortable in both system languages and languages that make the cloud fluffy. I love all modern technology but a special place is reserved in my heart for IoT, embedded devices, distributed systems and anything that has a content-type. During the day, I conjure up software as an Assistant Vice President at EnergyCAP. Or I just have meetings about conjuring up software. I also drink a bit too much coffee while rambling on about technology. If you are willing to have a conversation – I am ready to buy you a cup. Just email me at choudeshell@gmail.com

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Chris Lorenzo

Chris has worked at Comcast since 2007 -- currently as a Distinguished Engineer. He enjoys building/motivating teams and ramping up new projects including XFINITY Home and XFINITY xFi using the latest patterns and web primitives. Besides coding in Javascript, he loves spending time with his wife and two children and helping out in the community.

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Chris Woodruff

Chris Woodruff (or Woody as he is commonly known as) has a degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University’s College of Engineering. Woody has been developing and architecting software solutions for almost 15 years and has worked in many different platforms and tools. He is a community leader, helping such events as GRDevNight, GRDevDay, West Michigan Day of .NET and CodeMash. He was also instrumental in bringing the popular Give Camp event to Western Michigan where technology professionals lend their time and development expertise to assist local non-profits. As a speaker and podcaster, Woody has spoken and discussed a variety of topics, including database design and open source. He has been a Microsoft MVP in Visual C#, Data Platform and SQL and was recognized in 2010 as one of the top 20 MVPs world-wide. Woody owns and leads Woodruff Solutions LLC to provide solutions involving mobile apps and the services that drive mobile solutions.

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Doug Mair

Doug is a Principal Consultant at Improving Enterprises in Columbus Ohio. He started developing software as a high school freshman on a TRS-80 16K. Since then he developed software for Graphics Kiosks, Rules Engines, Specialized Hardware and ASP.Net websites. Over the last few years, he has helped grow the Windows Developer Community in Central Ohio and he spends his free time developing Windows applications and Unity games.

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Esteban Garcia

I'm the Founder and Chief Technologist of Nebbia Technology, a DevOps consulting and Azure-powered technology company. I have more than 20 years of experience building enterprise software, I have a passion for application lifecycle management, Azure, and DevOps best practices. I mentor, train, and work closely with teams to help them implement automation and get the most out of their tools and processes. I enjoy working with the software community, I am a Microsoft Regional Director and a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP. You can read my blog at http://www.ALMGuide.com.

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Geert van der Cruijsen

Geert van der Cruijsen is a Mobile First, Cloud First Architect & Consultant working for Xpirit. He helps his customers make the step to adopt an engineering culture and improve their modern software development processes by introducing mobile development capabilities, cloud native solutions and modern engineering principles such as devops and continuous delivery. Next to his work as an architect and consultant Geert is also a Xamarin certified trainer delivering Xamarin University training at companies. Geert is also an active member of the Microsoft development community which rewarded him with an MVP award for his efforts. Geert is a regular speaker at conferences, is co-organizer of the Dutch Mobile .Net Developer meetups and blogs on blog about Mobile and Cloud technology.

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Henry He

Henry He has been doing software development for more than a decade. He holds a Computer Science Master degree from New Jersey Institution of Technology. As a technology practitioner, he is always excited by all the new technologies. He believes learning is a lifelong process. He spent a lot of his spare time reading books, taking classes, attending seminars, and participating Hackathons. After years of learning, He realized the best way of learning is using and sharing. He thinks hard to see how to use new technologies. He conducts presentations to share his knowledge. He joins technology debates to exchange thoughts and ideas with people in the industry. He publishes articles to let people learn from his experiences and mistakes.

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Jared Rhodes

As a Microsoft MVP for Azure, I focus on Edge, Mobile, Cloud, and AI; trying to find the subsection of those and make them work together. Lately, I have working with AI and Edge computing as the they evolve together. I enjoy public speaking, walks on the beach, and no linker errors.

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Jason Farrell

Jason has been doing consulting for over 10yrs across the full stack, from web, to backend, to mobile, to client. Currently, Jason works as a Principal for West Monroe Partners in Chicago, IL where he leads web development teams and establishes best practices. His current areas of focus are around Docker, Microservices, and Cloud based Kubernetes. Outside of work, Jason is new Father and avid StarCraft player

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Jeffrey Fritz

Jeff Fritz is a senior program manager in Microsoft’s .NET Team working on education in the .NET Community. As a long time web developer and application architect with experience in large and small applications across a variety of verticals, he knows how to build for performance and practicality. You can find his first book, ‘Learn ASP.NET Core in 24 Hours’ on Amazon and other places where dead trees are sold. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays you can catch Jeff hosting a live video stream called 'Fritz and Friends' at twitch.tv/csharpfritz You can also learn from Jeff on Microsoft Virtual Academy and WintellectNow, follow him on twitter @csharpfritz, and read his blogs at jeffreyfritz.com and blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/webdev

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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 northwestern Washington with 2 cats, 2 dogs, a banjo, and a beautiful partner. http://www.jeremybytes.com

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Jeremy Likness

Jeremy Likness is a Cloud Developer Advocate for Azure at Microsoft. Jeremy has spent two decades building enterprise software with a focus on line of business web applications. He is the author of several highly acclaimed technical books including "Designing Silverlight Business Applications" and "Programming the Windows Runtime by Example". He has given hundreds of technical presentations during his career as a professional developer that spans two decades. In his free time Jeremy likes to jog, hike, and maintain a 100% plant-based diet.

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Jess Chadwick

Jess Chadwick is a software developer and technologist with about 20 years of development experience ranging from embedded devices in start-ups to enterprise-scale solutions in Fortune 25s. He is the host of The Static Void Podcast (staticvoidpodcast.com), an ASPInsider and a magazine, book, and online course author, including courses on TypeScript and ASP.NET Core on Lynda.com. Jess is actively involved in the development community, regularly speaking at user groups and conferences as well as helping to lead the NJDOTNET Central New Jersey .NET user group.

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Jim Wooley

By day, Jim Wooley is a Solution Architect for Slalom Consulting, In his free time, Jim is a frequent speaker, MVP, and author of "LINQ in Action". He is always striving to stay at the forefront of technology and enjoys the thrill of a new challenge. He has been active evangelizing LINQ since its announcement in 2005. In addition, he attempts to pass on the insights he has gained by being active in the community, including organizing and speaking at code camps and regional events, including MIX, VS Live, CodeMash, KCDC, That Conference, DevWeek, and CodeStock.

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Joe Kuemerle

Joe Kuemerle is a developer and speaker in the greater New York City area specializing in .NET development, security, database and application lifecycle topics. Joe is active in the technical community as well as a speaker at local, regional and national events. Joe blogs at www.kuemerle.com and is on Twitter as @jkuemerle.

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John Wright

As a 18-year veteran of the software industry, I’ve gained development experience ranging from “shrink-wrapped” software to large, distributed networks using multiple platforms and technologies. I have a wide experience base with software development and management across the entire system lifecycle, including requirements gathering and analysis, architecture design, development, testing, and release. I have a pragmatic approach to and a heavy interest in continuous improvement of people, process, and product. I'm currently applying that experience as a Full-Stack Web Developer at Stack Overflow on the Internal Development team.

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Jonathan "J." Tower

Partner & Principal Consultant, Trailhead Technology Partners 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.

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Joseph Guadagno

For 20 years or so I have been in Software Development. During that time I have used many tools, languages, and technologies. I started out programming with a small book on QuickBASIC. I later moved on to Visual Basic for DOS. Windows then came along and I starting using Visual Basic for Windows, I then migrated to Visual Basic .NET and eventually ended up using Visual C#. I work as a Team Leader at Quicken Loans, based in Detroit, MI. I am a public speaker and present internationally on a lot of different technology topics, a list of them are available at http://www.josephguadagno.net/presentations/. I have been recognized as a Microsoft MVP in .NET (since 2009) and a Friends of Red Gate program (since 2015).

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Magnus Stahre

Magnus Stahre is a software craftsman doing application development for over two decades. He is currently a Software Artisan at Pillar Technology where he solves difficult problems while coaching others on techniques and tools that help developers work better. He is also a dedicated Unix lover, having started his career as a sysadmin.

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Matt Burleigh

Matt has more than 20 years of development experience, and more than 10 years with the .Net framework. He still gets twitchy when someone mentions DCOM or CORBA and doesn't want to get into a discussion about where the curly brace should go. He is currently a Senior Developer at Pandora focusing on Azure; previously he was a Lead Developer at Constellation/Exelon for over 6 years.

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Paul Hacker

Paul Hacker, a DevOps Architect at Microsoft, has over 15 years of application architecture, design, development, and management expertise in Microsoft technologies. Paul has a depth of experience in ALM, Process Improvement, and Team Foundation Server. Having distinguished himself as a leader in the IT industry he has been awarded the distinction of Microsoft MVP in the ALM category every year between 2006 - 2017.

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Paul Yuknewicz

Paul is the Principal Group Program Manager for Azure Tools. His team designs and builds the tools used for cloud development and diagnostics in the Azure SDK and Visual Studio. Paul has worked on many aspects of Visual Studio .NET since the time it was first released. Outside of work Paul enjoys his time with friends and family, not to mention music. Paul also went to college in Philly!

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Richard Taylor

I am a 25 year software development and technology professional living in Huntersville, NC. My experience includes the design and development of small to enterprise class applications. For the last 10 years, I have focused on web based applications and that is where my passion lives. I have a great deal of experience but I do like to explore new technologies, tools, and techniques to help create better software. When not developing software, I am focused on spending time with my lovely wife Shondrecca and our five children. (Richard, Ayanna, David, Jonathan, and Stephen) Richard rtaylor@rightincode.com

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Sam Basu

Sam Basu is a technologist, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, gadget-lover and Progress Developer Advocate for Telerik products. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik technology stacks. His spare times call for travel, fast cars, cricket and culinary adventures with the family. You can find him on the internet.

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Santosh Hari

Santosh Hari is a Microsoft Azure MVP. He is a frequent speaker at meetups and Codecamps. His day job is at Konacom, a wireless startup, where as Director of Software, he leverages his software skills to help provide high quality, affordable wireless broadband to the developing world. He also runs a software consulting company, Sand Dollar Technology, with his wife. Santosh also volunteers for Orlando .NET User Group (President) and co-organizer of Orlando Codecamp.

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Scott Hunter

Scott Hunter is the Director of Program Management on the .NET team at Microsoft. His team builds .NET Core, .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Entity Framework, managed languages (C#/F#/VB) and the Web and .NET Tooling for Visual Studio. Before Microsoft Scott was the CTO of Mustang Software and Starbase building email management and software development tools. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and watching Formula One racing.

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Scott Kay

Scott Kay is a software engineer for the Core Engineering Group at Grubhub, contributing to a highly scalable Java-based service orientated architecture. He enjoys working with C# and .Net, having been involved since its inception as a Microsoft Evangelist and through his previous roles at eMoney and at Agilent Technologies. He also dabbles in GoLang and data compression.

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Scott McAllister

Scott McAllister has been building web applications in several industries for over a decade. He joined Smartsheet several years ago, building integrations with the Smartsheet API using languages like Java, Node.js, and Python. Now he's helping others learn about a wide range of web technologies. When he's not coding, writing or speaking he enjoys long walks with his wife, skipping rocks with his kids, and is happy whenever Real Salt Lake can manage a win.

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Sean Killeen

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Sean has 10+ years of experience solving problems as an IT professional and developer for commercial, non-profit, and federal clients. He's currently a Managing Consultant with Excella Consulting -- he *highly* recommends you check them out. Aside from loving his work way too much, there's a good chance he's enjoying being newly married, sipping great beer, exploring the Arlington area, or singing somewhere. You can find him on Twitter at @sjkilleen or blogging not nearly often enough at SeanKilleen.com. He doesn't bite; say hi!

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Stephen Bohlen

Currently a Principal Software Engineer for the Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) Team within Microsoft Corporation, Stephen brings his varied 25-plus-years of experience in software and technology to assist select Microsoft Partner organizations in their adoption of cutting-edge and pre-release Microsoft developer products and technologies. Stephen is also an active contributor to several .NET Open-Source Software projects including NHibernate, Spring.NET, NDbUnit, Common.Logging, and others. Stephen is a past Microsoft MVP award recipient in multiple categories, a member of the ASP Insiders and Visual C# Insiders, and formerly held the office of the Vice President of INETA, North America.

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Suz Hinton

Suz Hinton is a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. Prior to her current role, Suz was a frontend developer for 10+ years. She’s an avid open source contributor, writing and collaborating on libraries relating to topics such as NodeJS robotics, accessibility, and creative coding.

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Walt Ritscher

Walt's enthusiasm for crafting software interfaces blossomed early. Just a few days after discovering how to move pixels around a computer screen he was devouring books on the topic of computer graphics and UI design. Before long he was sharing his discoveries with other technology buffs, a lifelong pursuit that has led to teaching engagements at universities, private training companies and the international conference circuit. As a consultant he has worked with a wide spectrum of clients, including Microsoft, HP, and Intel. He is now a staff author at LinkedIn Learning, where his content team produces hundreds of technical training courses for software developers each year.

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