2018 Speakers




Anna Bateman

Anna is a .NET Developer with a passion for collaborating and sharing ideas. Her background is diverse, working in several industries and job functions before settling into .NET development.

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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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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 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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Ivana Veliskova

I am a Front End Engineer. I am also a career changer, coming from being a ballroom dance instructor. I love to code and when I'm not coding, you can find me baking delicious cookies and cakes.

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Jeffrey Fritz

Jeffrey T. Fritz is a senior program manager in Microsoft’s Development Division that delivers Visual Studio and the .NET development platform. As a long time web developer with experience in large and small applications across a variety of verticals, he knows how to build for performance and practicality. He is the author of the book, ‘Learn ASP.NET Core in 24 Hours’ and leads the ASP.NET 4.x and NuGet teams. You can also learn from Jeffrey on Pluralsight, Wintellect, follow him on twitter @csharpfritz, and read his blogs at jeffreyfritz.com and blogs.msdn.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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Jessica Deen

Jessica is a Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft focusing on Azure, Infrastructure, cloud and OSS. Prior to joining Microsoft, she spent over a decade as an IT Consultant / Systems Administrator for various corporate and enterprise environments, catering to end users and IT professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jessica holds two Microsoft Certifications (MCP, MSTS), 3 CompTIA certifications (A+, Network+, and Security+), 4 Apple Certifications, and is a former 4-year Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Windows and Devices for IT. In 2013, she also achieved her FEMA certification from the U.S Department of Homeland Security, which recognizes her leadership and influence abilities during times of crisis and emergency. When she's not doing something geeky, you can find her doing something active, most likely running out of breath at her local CrossFit gym. Yes, she's one of those! She also enjoys biking (motorcycles and/or bicycles), shooting, eating, reading, and hanging with her 5-year-old rescue pup.

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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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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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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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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 also a past Microsoft MVP award recipient, 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 Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. Prior to her evangelist 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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Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder has been a software developer/architect for over 23 years. During that time, he has focused on providing technical guidance and leadership for the development of enterprise class systems on the Microsoft and Web Platforms. At Infragistics, he is a Product Architect on ReportPlus Web and Server Teams. Todd is the co-leader for the New Jersey .NET User Group, http://www.njdotnet.net/, and is a frequent speaker, book author and co-host of the Static Void Podcast – https://www.staticvoidpodcast.com/.

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