This year at Øredev, we are proud to present these speakers:
Aaron Parecki has been a GPS enthusiast since the age of six, when he first discovered the art of programming. Today he is a Portland-based iPhone and PHP developer interested in solving practical problems with technology. In his free time, he enjoys geolocation, linguistics, and building home automation systems and IRC bots with a sense of humor. For the past 2½ years, he has been tracking and visualizing his location at 6 second intervals. He created Geoloqi.com with Amber Case in an effort to help people connect in the real world. He has 11 years experience in web app development, database design, and server administration.
Alasdair Allan is the author of Learning iPhone Programming and Programming iPhone Sensors published by O'Reilly Media. He is a senior research fellow at the University of Exeter working on machine learning and its applications in real time, real world, systems. He also runs a small technology consulting business writing bespoke software, building open hardware and providing training.
Alex is a software architect/engineer at Bizo and an open-source enthusiast. He is the creator of Stopwatch (Scala performance metrics library), co-creator of the JDBM project (Java embedded key-value store), maintainer of the Simplistic project (Scala SimpleDB bindings), committer and PMC Chair of Apache Buildr (Ruby-based build system for JVM languages, including Java, Scala, Groovy and Clojure) and currently working on his next project called "Revolute" -- a Scala-based query language for Apache Hadoop.
Alexander is a developer and architect with a decade of experience in the field and a broad perspective on software development, based on his work as a creator, maintainer, and reviewer of software. He has mostly worked with enterprise applications written in Java. Having worked in all phases of the development process, he believes in craftsmanship, quality, and technical excellence at every stage, which has naturally led him towards testing. He spends a lot of time thinking about what goes on around him and tries to spot patterns, practices, and habits. Recently, he has started sharing his findings through his blog, articles, and presentations.
Reddit, co-founded by Alexis Ohanian and friend Steve Huffman, has become one of the World Wide Web's most striking examples of democracy in action. Founded in 2005, it grew a user base of tens of thousands and quickly attracted the attention of publisher Condé Nast, which acquired it in 2006. Unlike "social bookmarking" sites (such as Delicious), Reddit fashions itself a platform for "social news," where the readers themselves control the front page by voting stories up above and down below the fold. Ohanian left Reddit in his official capacity in 2009, but continues to be involved with the site's direction as a sort of godfather, dispensing friendly wisdom (and t-shirts) from his user account, kn0thing. Of late, he's focusing on Breadpig, a hub for geeky books and merchandise where all the profits are donated to charity (over $100,000 given away so far in just 2 years). In early 2010, he spent three months in Armenia as a Kiva Fellow. He loves hummus.
Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist and user experience designer from Portland, Oregon. She has been featured in Forbes, WIRED, Time and many other publications, both in the United States and around the world. Her main focus is mobile software, augmented reality and data visualization, and reducing the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect. Case founded Geoloqi.com, a private location sharing application, out of a frustration with existing social protocols around text messaging and wayfinding. Case has spoken at TED on technology and humans and was featured in Fast Company 2010 as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology. She’s worked with Fortune 500 companies at Wieden+Kennedy and on major applications at Vertigo Software. She is @caseorganic on Twitter.
Andreas Öhlund, one of the lead developers for NServiceBus, is an enterprise development expert with thorough experience from messaging based DDD and CQRS solutions. Andreas is a passionate developer, speaker and trainer, you can follow him on twitter using @andreasohlund
Arun Gupta is a Java evangelist working at Oracle. He works to create and foster the community around Java EE and GlassFish. He has extensive world wide speaking experience on myriad of topics and loves to engage with the community, customers, partners, and JUGs everywhere to spread the goodness of Java. He is a prolific blogger at http://blogs.oracle.com/arungupta with over 1200 blog entries and frequent visitors from all around the world with a cumulative page visits > 1.2 million.
Aslak Ransby is an advocate for the free and open internet. Founding member of the Danish digital rights think tank, Bitbureauet, and studying for his masters in Social and Cultural IT, at the IT University of Copenhagen.
Aslam Khan is a software architect at factor10 with more than 18 years experience. He has a particular passion for tackling complex problems and with the belief that simplicity is a choice that generates creativity. He is pragmatist that considers the only truthful implementation of an architecture is the code that gets executed. Aslam spends his time trying to be a better developer and helping others to do the same. You can read his blog at http://aslamkhan.net
I started as a musician for fun, and a software developer for money. I started a hands-on training company in 1999 (www.franklins.net) which is still doing well to this day. In 2002 I started recording an hour-long talk show for .NET software developers and publishing it as an mp3 file. When podcasting became a "thing" in 2004 we jumped on that bandwagon. That show had 3.7 million downloads in 2006! In 2005 I started Pwop Productions (www.pwop.com) to bring our expertise in recording and producing online media into the market. We produce podcasts for Microsoft, Eastern Mountain Sports, Nintendo of America, Filemaker, Inc., Blackwell Publishing, and have other private relationships with Fortune 100 companies. Now I am finally going back to my first love, Music. I am producing bands and artists at Pwop Studios in New London, CT. Currently looking for more contacts in the music industry. I recorded, produced, and played on Ray Lamontagne's "missing" first album, One Lonesome Saddle, which turned into his demo for Trouble.
Charles Oliver Nutter has been co-lead of the JRuby project for the past four years, working on performance and Java integration, and helping to coordinate community efforts. During that time JRuby has become a premier platform for Ruby users, allowing both a gateway to Java-centric organizations as well as an excellent Ruby implementation. Charles hopes to expand JRuby’s success to other JVM languages, building the JVM into the best platform for multi-language development.
Chris is an architect for RelayHealth, the connectivity business of the leading healthcare services company in the US. There he is responsible for the architecture and development of applications and services that accelerate care delivery by connecting patients, providers, pharmacies, and financial institutions. As an open-source contributor, Chris is an author of MassTransit, a .NET service bus framework, and Topshelf, a Windows service framework.
Chris Thorpe works at Jaggeree, a consultancy that works on the intersection of content, data, people and play. We help people to define technologies and strategies that take full advantage of the emerging network society.
Christian brings a combination of international start-up, technology and media experience spanning more than 12 years in four countries. His background includes experience from founding start-ups, international fund raising, strategic & operational planning, negotiations, and media strategy. Christian has founded three technology companies in the areas of web production, telecommunications, and digital TV. Two of these were Danish companies, while the third - Pangea - was founded in the US with an operational base in Europe. At Pangea, Christian was part of a team that raised approximately $450 million in debt and equity. Christian has lived and worked in Copenhagen, Washington DC, New York, Amsterdam and London.
I teach, design games and write for hire. Teaching comes natural for me but games, game design and writing the fantastic is my passion. I design board games, card games and write material for role-playing games.
Colin Young is co-founder of Cloudbot, which makes mobile apps for everyone that needs to simplify their cloud data -- everything from your contacts to your pictures to your real-world experiences. Cloudbot is a venture-funded startup whose backers include the Groupon co-founders and is based in Chicago, USA. Before Cloudbot, Colin worked as an iPhone and web developer for several companies in the Chicago area. He studied Computer Science and Interactive Media at DePaul University, Chicago.
After 12 years of coding for money, Corey Haines said enough and went on a year-long, journeyman pair-programming tour. Traveling the world, pair-programming for room and board, he spent his time teaching, learning and just living as a knowledge-cross-pollinating, little, software craftsmanship bee. For the past three years, Corey has focused his attention on helping developers improve their fundamental software design skills through the use of focused-practice events, such as coderetreat. Lately, Corey has been shifting his attention to getting kids excited about programming through building games in Scratch.
Dan has been writing software for over 20 years, and was a principal consultant with technology consultancy ThoughtWorks. Now a recent transplant to Chicago, he spends his time helping teams become more effective at delivering software, and presents at conferences such as JAOO, Agile and OOPSLA on topics ranging from learning theory to behaviour-driven development. He has published articles in the Java Developers' Journal and Better Software, and for CIO newsletters and the DSDM consortium.
David Evans is an independent consultant and agile coach with over 22 years of IT experience. A thought-leader in the field of agile testing, he has trained and consulted on this topic for clients in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Australia, South Africa and Singapore. A regular speaker at events and conferences across Europe, David has also had several papers published in IT journals. He currently lives and works in the UK.
Donald Farmer is the QlikView Product Advocate, working with customers and partners to establish QlikView as the leading solution for Business Discovery. Donald has over twenty years experience in analytics and data management. In that time he has worked as a consultant, in startups and as a leader of Microsoft’s BI product teams. He is a speaker at many international events on business intelligence, data integration and data management, blogger, and author of several books.
Ellen Lippe is a lead developer at Statoil; a major energy company in Norway. She grew up in a family of artists, and admired their ability to see the beauty in the world, from the smallest details to its entirety. Ellen likes to think of programmers as artists, and the act of crafting successful software as a creative journey towards a product that just feels right in every detail and as a whole. Like for any product design, she believes that the best designed software is the one that no one notice; it fits naturally in to the users work and gives them no resistance when using it. It also gives developers no resistance when changing the software. Ellen strongly believes that a mindset inspired by domain driven design (DDD) and agile practices such as BDD, is the key for creating complex, long-lived software fit for purpose, and with capabilities that welcomes change.
Emil Kvarnhammar is specialized in mobile platforms, with focus on security and MDM (Mobile Device Management). He has been involved in the development of many different mobile products and hardware related software components. A recent example is as Lead Engineer for the development and optimization of PlayStation™ emulation in Xperia™ Play, at Sony Ericsson in Silicon Valley. Today he is doing security analysis, vulnerability testing and development of mobile software at TrueSec. He also holds courses and seminars about secure application development and MDM.
Felix Geisendörfer is a node.js core developer and has experienced it's strength and shortcomings first-hand while building transloadit.com. When not event-looping, he loves unicycling and watching squirrels.
Frank has founded several companies in the location-based services area: IRL Connect, Verbeterdebuurt and Qubulus. He is focused on the practical use cases for new technologies and their long- and short-term implications for consumers and business. His latest venture Qubulus has developed a software-only indoor positioning solution that can both locate mobile devices horizontally (~3m accurate) and vertically (~1m).
Fredrik Mörk is a consultant with Diversify, Sweden, working mainly within in .NET area. His assignments often contains a mix of being a developer, architect and a mentor. He often works through all of the stack, from the user experience down to the backend. He is also passionate about sharing his knowledge within as well as outside of his team, and is a frequent contributor on stackoverflow.com.
Gary Short has over 20 years of experience in software development and has been involved with such industry powerhouses as American Express and IBM. Currently with Developer Express, Gary works alongside the frameworks division as their Technical Evangelist. He has a deep interest in technical architecture, focusing particularly on how architectural design can affect the delivery of development solutions. Gary’s core areas of interest are in technical debt and refactoring. Gary has been recognised as a Microsoft MVP for four consecutive years, and gives back to the developer community through his involvement with both community events, and national and international conferences throughout the UK, Europe and the United States.
Gojko Adzic is a consultant based in the UK who helps ambitious teams worldwide implement Specification by Example and agile testing practices
Greg Young is an independent consultant who lives in two suitcases (literally). When not travelling around working for clients throughout the world you can often find him on the domain driven design list, blogging at codebetter.com, or floating upside down in a kayak through rapids.
Heather Willems and Nora Herting are co-founders of ImageThink, a graphic recording firm. By transforming ideas into powerful visuals, ImageThink increases engagement, retention, and creativity for participants in meetings of all kinds. Imagethink supports strategy workshops, innovation sessions, and brainstorms in industries as different as healthcare to aerospace. Both have backgrounds as educators. Nora taught both at The Ohio State University and Denison University. Heather taught at Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and The Ohio State University. When not graphic recording, Nora can be found making fine art photography, while Heather focuses on illustrations that use text as image. As fine artists, they have exhibited their work individually throughout the United States. Heather and Nora live in Brooklyn, NY and travel to work around the country.
Heiko Seeberger is the Director Professional Services at Typesafe. He has been a Scala enthusiast ever since he came to know this beautiful language in 2008. He has more than ten years of professional expertise in consulting and software development on the Java platform, actively contributes to Scala community projects and regularly shares his expertise in articles and talks.
Henrik Andersson is consultant and founder of House of Test, consultancy and outsourcing based in Sweden and China. He helps companies increase their efficiency and reconstructing their testing. He provides leadership and consulting for managers and leads. He tests, coaches, consults, speaks, writes, manages and thinks about software testing and problem solving.
Ian Robinson is Director of Customer Success for Neo Technology, the company behind Neo4j, the world's leading open source graph database. He is a co-author of 'REST in Practice' (O'Reilly) and a contributor to the forthcoming books 'REST: From Research to Practice' (Springer) and 'Service Design Patterns' (Addison-Wesley). He presents at conferences worldwide on the big Web graph of REST, and the awesome graph capabilities of Neo4j, and blogs at http://iansrobinson.com.
Ilya Grigorik is a developer, an open-source and Ruby evangelist, a data-geek, and a proverbial early adopter of all things digital. Now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ilya is working on Social Analytics @ Google. Prior to joining the Google Analytics team, Ilya was the founder and CTO of PostRank, a social web analytics company which was acquired by Google in June 2011. In 2008, Ilya was the recipient of the Ruby Hero award for his contributions to the Ruby community.
Jack Nutting has been using Cocoa since the olden days, long before it was even called Cocoa. He's used Cocoa and its predecessors to develop software for a wide range of industries and applications including gaming, graphic design, online digital distribution, telecommunications, finance, publishing, and travel. When he's not working on Mac, iPhone, or iPad projects, he's developing web applications with Ruby on Rails. Jack is a passionate proponent of Objective-C and the Cocoa frameworks.
An agile testing coach and practitioner, Janet Gregory is the co-author of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams and a contributor to 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testers can add value in areas beyond critiquing the product; for example, by guiding development with business-facing tests. For the past ten years, Janet has been working with teams to transition to agile development, and teaches agile testing courses and tutorials worldwide. Janet contributes articles to publications such as Software Test & Performance Magazine and Agile Journal, and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world. Janet was named one of the 13 Women of Influence in testing by Software Test & Performance magazine.
Janne is currently running the project "Svenskarna och Internet", the biggest usersruvey in Sweden about Internet, also a part of the World Internet Project, one of the biggest Internet reserarch projects in the world. He's also managing the conference "Internetdagarna" and responsible for Internetstatistics at .SE. Previously managing director at World Internet Institute.
Jean Tabaka, Agile Fellow with Rally Software, is continuing to learn about software development principles, processes, and practices. She seeks humane approaches that deliver high value in our business communities. Her work in product development flow reaches beyond traditional Agile. She also works in systems thinking and complexity theory. Jean holds a Masters in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and is the author of “Collaboration Explained” and other articles on Agile organizations. Jean blogs at www.rallydev.com/agileblog and tweets as @jeantabaka.
I was weaned as a software developer on various implementations of Microsoft's BASIC in the 80's, starting with my first microcomputer, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4a. I continued on the PC with Visual Basic 3.0 and Windows 3.1 in the early 90's, although I also spent significant time writing Pascal code in the first versions of Delphi. I am now quite comfortable in VB.NET or C#, despite the evils of case sensitivity. I currently work full time on my blog while building stackoverflow.com.
Jeff makes use of over 15 years experience with a wide variety of products from on-line aircraft parts ordering to electronic medical records to help organizations improve the way they work. Where many development processes focus on delivery speed and efficiency, Jeff balances those concerns with the need for building products that deliver exceptional value and marketplace success.
Jim Benson incorporates his background in cognitive psychology, government, and management to build community through policy, technology, and collaboration. His management consultancy Modus Cooperandi helps organizations change and develop sustainable teams through the application of lean principles, agile methodologies, and social media.
Dr. Jim Webber is Chief Scientist with Neo Technology the company behind the popular open source graph database Neo4j, where he works on graph database server technology and writes open source software.
Jimmy Nilsson is co-founder and CEO of factor10. He has written two books (Applying Domain-Driven Design and Patterns [ADDDP] and .NET Enterprise Design [NED]). He has also been training and speaking at conferences (like OOPSLA, JAOO, Öredev), but above everything else, he is a developer with almost twenty years of experience.
Johan Lindfors has been working with Windows Phone since the early days of Windows Mobile and are often speaking about the platform at various events. Johan has founded the company Coderox, currently entirely focused on Windows Phone 7 with various customers and engagements, some leveraging Silverlight and others using XNA. Before Coderox, he worked at Microsoft for almost 13 years, and have also been the head of development at Infozone.
Johanna Rothman works with companies to improve how they manage their product development--to maximize management and technical staff productivity and to improve product quality. Johanna is a leader in the Agile community, having most recently chaired the Agile2009 conference. Johanna is the author of several books: - Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects - The 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management - Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management - Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People She writes columns for Stickyminds.com and on “extreme project management” for Gantthead.com, and writes two blogs on her web site, jrothman.com. She is a host of the Amplifying Your Effectiveness conference.
Jonathan is co-founder of Zencoder, a Y Combinator-backed startup that provides awesome video encoding as a service in the cloud. Before Zencoder, ran a Ruby on Rails development shop, blogged at http://railspikes.com, wrote a Master's thesis on philosophy and theology, and tried (unsuccessfully) to become a Lisp hacker.
Jon is a software engineer working in the Mobile team at Google. While his day job primarily involves Java code, Jon is a huge C# enthusiast. His book on the language, “C# in Depth” is now in its second edition. He is probably best known for his contributions to Stack Overflow, the developer Q&A web site – although before Stack Overflow he was a prolific newsgroup poster. Although Jon is employed by Google, his talks are his personal opinions; he is not speaking on behalf of Google.
Jonas is co-founder and chief executive zinger of Kaazing Corporation. Before co-founding Kaazing Jonas worked as VP of Product Management responsible for the product management and marketing strategy for Brane Corporation, a startup company in Silicon Valley. A native of Sweden, Jonas has worked in the software industry for more than eighteen years. Prior to his appointment as vice president for Brane, he worked 8 years for Oracle as a Java EE and open source Evangelist, and product manager responsible for the product management of products and technologies such as JavaServer Faces, Oracle ADF Faces, and Oracle ADF Faces Rich Client in the Oracle JDeveloper team. His passion is software evolution and how we constantly are able to reset expectations on what is possible. He is a frequent speaker at and has written numerous articles for leading IT magazines such as Java Developer's Journal, JavaPro, AjaxWorld, and Oracle Magazine. Jonas is co-author of the book Pro JSF and Ajax: Building Rich Internet Components, (Apress).
Dr. Joonas Lehtinen is one of the core developers of Vaadin, a Java-based framework for building business-oriented Rich Internet Applications. Joonas has been developing applications for the web since 1995 with a strong focus on Ajax and Java. He is the founder and CEO of the company behind the Vaadin framework and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.
Current position - Department of Sociology, Universtity of Gothenburg. Past positions - Project leader in public health projects at Tidsverkstaden ek. för. - Consultant in environmental management at Dynamo Ecology - Political secretary for the city council in Gothenburg (50%) - Consultant in environmental economics at EkoEko miljökonsult AB Education and degrees - Doctoral studies in Sociology - Bachelor degree in business administration at the School of Economics in Gothenburg
Lives in Uppsala and works as a Solutions Designer specializing in mobile solutions. Kim has been developing applications for Enterprises since 1998, with a background in the military and the media industry. He has made large mobile deployments on BlackBerry, Android and iOS alike. He is currently consulted by the insurance industry to assess and investigate IT-related damages and has first hand experience from "when things go wrong"
Klas is a PMP certified project manager and management consultant with an extensive background in both software and business development. He regularly holds courses and seminars in both agile development and other areas, such as PMBOK and ITIL. Klas has worked as a project manager, teacher, coach, mentor, deployment manager, problem manager and developer. He is also an entrepreneur with experience from founding and managing companies in various industries over the years.
Extreme Programmer and Lean-Agile Coach, experienced in Scrum, XP and Lean-Agile. Has worked with large and legacy code-bases, complex domains, enterprise level applications. Working in professional software development since 1989. With Agile practices since 2002. During 2006-2009 has contributed to advance the adoption of Agile practices in a leading F1 Racing Team. In a unique context characterized by high levels of pressure, uncertainty, interdependency and rapid unpredictable changes.
Majk is Director of Photography on several of Cinemantrix films and commercials including An Affair with Dolls and Another Pea, Another Day.Majk is one of Cinemantrix cinematographers. Majk graduated from Skurups Film School in Sweden in 2004 and has since worked as a cinematographer and first assistant cameraman.Majk has worked with everything from commercials, short films and music videos to television shows. One of the films where Majk was Director of Photography was "Peace Talk" which was the only Swedish film at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
Marc is part of the development team for Stack Exchange (and a self-confessed Stack Overflow junkie), and has been a C# MVP for the last 4 years. He has a long history of open source projects, and tries to focus on high-performance, low-impact libraries (hiding all the "ugly" from app developers). Before his transition to Stack Exchange, his history is coprorate / line-of-business (mainly on the Microsoft / .NET stack).
Marc is a Sr. Director in the Cloud Strategy team, where he leads a team of geo-distributed architects that engage on strategic Azure and hybrid cloud projects. This team engaged with 50 customers worldwide this year, with lessons learned and best practices captured in whitepapers, presentations, and videos for use by the Microsoft field and partners. Prior to joining that team, Marc served in senior architecture and strategy roles in Microsoft HQ, where he led high visibility projects in areas related to robotics, cloud, mobile, social, search, and crowdsourcing. Marc has been actively working in the software and services industry for the past 18 years and has worked on ground in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on a number of projects and products. In his career, Marc has served as an architect in lead roles that have spanned startups, enterprises, and ISVs across multiple verticals. Marc is the author of four books and has 27 patents pending in the areas of cloud, mobile, and social.
Marcus is a seasoned system architect, building measurement and control systems for more than a decade. His mission is to bring software industry best practices into the world of industrial and scientific systems, predominately graphically designed. After years of presenting and training, the tables have turned and Marcus is now also a G-Evangelist, presenting the experience of graphically designing advanced real-time systems and FPGAs to the traditional software engineering industry.
I work as a Business Advisor but am also the Director of Mobile Heights Business Center (MHBC). My background includes an engineering degree and 15 years’ experience from high-level marketing and product and business development in international industrial companies. I have also worked as a management consultant and run change and development projects in a wide range of organisations and companies.
Mark’s career in software design and development spans three decades and more programming languages than he cares to remember. He is currently employed as Principal Architect at Dot Net Solutions, creating software with ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Silverlight and Windows Azure. He is a Windows Azure MVP. In his spare time, he enjoys learning new programming languages and paradigms (2011 is the year of CoffeeScript and F#), and works on the Simple.Data project, and Pocket C# for Windows Phone 7.
Martin Jul is a software developer in Copenhagen, Denmark. A programmer since age 11 and a Clojure developer since 2009, he started the Copenhagen Clojure meet-ups to provide a forum for the Danish Clojure community to share their ideas. He also wrote the Docjure library to provide Excel spreadsheet manipulation in Clojure code small enough to tweet. Over the years he has written software for a number of industries as diverse as military command-and-control systems and dating systems for teletext and SMS. He is currently working with the financial sector building trading systems in C# and Clojure. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark and is a partner in Ative.
Matthew McCullough is an energetic 14 year veteran of enterprise software development, open source education, and co-founder of Ambient Ideas, LLC, a Denver consultancy. Matthew currently is a member of the JCP, author of the Git Master Class and author of Building and Testing with Gradle for technology publisher O'Reilly. He channels his teaching energy through activities as President of the Denver Open Source Users Group.
Mattias spends most of his time working with software development in the financial sector as well as leading a Java User Group in Stockholm. Mattias has worked with software development since 1993. Through the years he has gained experience from many different roles, including developer, architect, team leader, coach, manager, and teacher. Mattias also contributed to the book "97 Things Every Programmer Should Know" and is awarded Java Champion status.
Michael Möller has been in computers about four decades. He's been in everything related to building and running software systems as Programmer, Principal Senior System Design Engineer, Project Manager, and Quality Assurance Manager, doing work in USA, England and Denmark. Currently employed in Miracle A/S, Denmark with database (Oracle) consultancy and education. For the last year Michael has been active in Labitat, a Hackerspace in Copenhagen, the inspiration and source of the RepRap session.
Michael's desire to teach what he knows shows in daily work, speaking engagements, and writing. Michael wrote "Release It!"---about building large scale systems to survive the real world, rather than just passing QA---and has contributed to several other books. These days, he is devoted to improving the odds that a client's system will make money for them, by understanding time, uncertainty, risk, ignorance, and architecture.
Nathan Totten is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, he is also the creator and lead developer of the Facebook C# SDK. Before Microsoft, Nathan was a Senior Software Engineer at Thuzi where he worked on social media applications and analytics tools. He has experience building Windows Azure applications that handle large traffic spikes and maintain high availability and performance. He is also actively involved in open source development and the developer community.
Neal Ford is Software Architect and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is also the designer and developer of applications, magazine articles, presentations, and author and/or editor of 6 books spanning a variety of technologies, including the most recent The Productive Programmer
Nick Harris is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft specializing in Windows Azure. Before Microsoft, he founded AdGAC - a mobile advertising company developed using Windows Azure, WP7 and ASP.NET MVC. In the 9 years prior, Nick worked as both a consultant and Senior Software Engineer delivering smart client apps, distributed enterprise apps and airborne software systems. While not working you can find him blogging about Windows Azure along with a diverse range of other related content.
Oliver Gierke is engineer at SpringSource, a division of VMware, project lead of the Spring Data JPA module and involved into other Spring Data modules (e.g. MongoDB) as well. He has been into developing enterprise applications and open source projects for over 6 years now. His working focus is centered around software architecture, Spring and persistence technologies. He is regularly speaking at German and international conferences as well as author of technology articles.
Patrick Kua works as an active, generalising specialist for ThoughtWorks and dislikes being put into a box. Patrick is often found leading technical teams, frequently coaching people and organisations in lean and agile methods, and sometimes facilitating situations beyond adversity. Patrick is fascinated by elements of learning and continuous improvement always helping others to develop enthusiasm for these same elements.
Per-Olof Hedvall is a researcher in Rehabilitation Engineering and Design at the Department of Design Sciences at Lund University, where he leads the research group CERTEC. His research deals with accessibility and participation. He is particularly interested in new interactive communication media and new forms of augmentative and alternative communication that enable the interaction between children with disabilities and their families. He has also worked extensively on how commercial computer games can be adapted so that people with disabilities can also play them.
Peter has been a founding member of several Open Source Efforts like www.neo4j.org, www.ops4j.org and www.qi4j.org. Right now, Peter is focusing on turning Open Source Projects into profitable companies. Also, Peter is helping technology and mobile startups and organizing events like ThoughtMade and TEDx Öresund. If you want brainstorming, feed him a Latte and you are in business :)
Phil Haack works for Microsoft as a Senior Program Manager on the Web Platform and Tools team aiming to build great products for developers. While he delves in many areas of ASP.NET, his primary projects are ASP.NET MVC and NuGet Package Manager, both released under an OSS license. In his spare time, he writes about software on his blog, http://haacked.com/ and works on the Subtext open source blog engine.
Portia specialises in Agile adoption and organisational change as a Consultant-Coach. She's passionate about realising and increasing human potential through Systems Thinking, Real Options and team collaboration. She strives to build effective and meaningful teams by pragmatically applying Lean and Agile Values, Principles and Practices. She's had a number of roles over the years, ranging from Java developer, to development manager, consultant-coach and faciliator. Portia's the creator of Agile Fairytales (www.agilefairytales.org), a series of learning games that help adults rediscover the lessons we learned as children but have since forgotten. She's passionate about inventing and playing games because she believes we can all improve continuously through play to achieve our dreams.
Pradeep is an awarded thought leader, renowned author, invited writer and speaker around the world. He co-founded Moolya Software Testing Private Limited ( www.moolya.com ) which is headquartered in Bangalore, India and is a new generation testing services company. His consulting stories, test reports and experience reports have fascinated many people across the world. He has consulted for product startups, small & medium size software organizations, and multi billion dollar organizations. Pradeep's Tester Tested! blog http://testertested.blogspot.com is one of the widely influential & read blogs in the industry. He likes to mention that in past he was fired from a large organization as they considered him as the worst tester they ever hired. He was finding bugs and they couldn't show 98% test case pass to the senior management. He is humorous and there have been very few people who have not laughed to his humor :-P
Pär is a passionate developer whoʼs been working with client side Java for more than ten years and that is hoping for another ten years filled with challenges and new technology. Pär is a fast learner with a need to always learn more and never being satisfied, always wanting more. This is a good thing since GUI programming always ends up on pixel level where the details are of utter most importance.
Richard Campbell is one of the co-founders of Strangeloop Networks and today serves as product evangelist, introducing the company's unique story to advisors, investors, patent attorneys, beta-customer candidates, potential employees, etc. Richard has more than 30 years of high-tech experience and is both a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). He has consulted with a number of leading North American organizations; Barnes&Noble.com, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Johnson Health Care Services, Reuters, Subaru/Isuzu and the U.S. Air Force. In addition to speaking at conferences around the world, Richard is co-host of the ".NET Rocks!, the Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers" (www.dotnetrocks.com) podcast and the host of "RunAs Radio, the Internet Audio Talk Show for IT Professionals" (www.runasradio.com)
Rickard has worked on several OpenSource projects that involve J2EE development, such as JBoss, XDoclet and WebWork. He has also been the principal architect of the SiteVision CMS/portal platform, where he used AOP as the foundation. Now he works for Jayway, and is interested in how to develop domain-oriented software that is well adapted for the new wave of Internet-centered applications.
Rikard Edgren, humanistic tester since 1998, specialized in generalities like test analysis and exploratory testing. Member of the think-tank The Test Eye. Co-author of Software Quality Characteristics, author of The Little Black Book on Test Design.
Robby Ingebretsen is a user experience designer and developer with a singular purpose: making great ideas real. As founder and principal of Pixel Lab, Robby helps clients make stuff -- especially the sort of stuff that gets made from the unique full-bodied blend of a little design love and little engineering kung-fu.
A consulting software tester and agile coach, Selena Delesie has been managing and coaching on software, testing, and agile practices for a decade. She facilitates the evolution of good teams and organizations into great ones using individualized and team-based coaching and interactive training experiences. Selena is a contributing author to How to Reduce the Cost of Software Testing and an active speaker, participant, and leader in numerous associations and conferences. Follow Selena online at DelesieSolutions.com.
A technical leader at Intel Corporation, Shmuel Gershon has experience in firmware and software testing, and also in coaching testers and helping friends. His experience includes working in companies and as freelancer in different countries. He used to be a programmer, but discovered that testing is twice the fun. A frequent presenter at local software conferences, Shmuel is convinced that a most significant factor in our quest for quality is people, not features or technology. He blogs about software testing and is author of “Rapid Reporter”, an exploratory testing note taking tool.
Simon Peyton Jones, MA, MBCS, CEng, graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1980. After two years in industry, he spent seven years as a lecturer at University College London, and nine years as a professor at Glasgow University, before moving to Microsoft Research (Cambridge) in 1998. His main research interest is in functional programming languages, their implementation, and their application. He has led a succession of research projects focused around the design and implementation of production-quality functional-language systems for both uniprocessors and parallel machines. He was a key contributor to the design of the now-standard functional language Haskell, and is the lead designer of the widely-used Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). He has written two textbooks about the implementation of functional languages.
Steen is the CTO of Jayway in Denmark. After being a Java developer for a decade, working for international software companies, Steen has found himself doing mostly Ruby on Rails development lately, both web applications and RESTful backends for mobile apps.
Stephen Ball has been leading development teams for over a decade within the UK and across Europe working with a range of blue chip companies including Hilton, American Express, Fitness First, Virgin Active; Stephen is a Charted IT Professional and is now working with Embarcadero (the owners of Delphi and C++ Builder) as a product Evangelist and is regularly speaking across EMEA.
Steven List (generally known as “Doc”) is the National Agile Evangelist at Neudesic, with a career in software technology spanning three decades. Doc's long-term focus is on the core skills and strategies of management, leadership, team-building, and individual growth, and is an experienced presenter and public speaker, business and agile coach, trainer and workshop leader, and Open Space facilitator.
Svante has deep experience of building high performance software development teams delivering the results that the business needs and has more than 25 years experience in software development. He has held positions as development manager, program manager, project leader, consultant and trainer. In his current role he is coaching customers around the world to boost the results from their software development investments. Since 2000 Svante has worked for Ivar Jacobson Intl and Jaczone (acquired). Prior to that Svante has held management positions in software development at Microsoft, Rational Software, and Objectory and other companies. Svante has a Master of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Teresa Axner co-founded the international Geek Women Unite!-network and is one of the chief architects behind the Scandinavian geek feminism movement. Originally a playwright and director, she now works as a writer, radio journalist and designer of educational games among other things. Teresa's main field of interest is the intersection between geek culture and social activism. Her heroes are Diana Wynne Jones, Simone de Beauvoir and Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Tess is a developer evangelist at Microsoft and her job is to inspire developers and help them use the Microsoft products to their full potential. Right now the focus is on Windows Phone, Kinect, HTML5 and web apps, and she has a long history as a ASP.net developer and debugger. She runs a popular blog about debugging and development at http://blogs.msdn.com/Tess and you can reach her through the twitter handle @tessferrandez.
Thushara has been leading geographically distributed software teams over 12 years. During that time she has employed a variety of traditional and Agile processes. As the Project Director of Exilesoft, Thushara enjoys her day-to-day work with a large pool of technical specialists and a diversified clientele/integrated teams distributed in Norway, Australia and Sweden.
Tim is a snarky hipster who was into NOSQL before it was cool. In a previous life, he was a freelance consultant in Paris, a data scientist at the University of Maryland and a project manager for the NASAQ Stock Exchange. He’s currently working for a Data Hosting & Analytics company called Cloudant. In his spare time, he organizes a worldwide network of user groups called the NOSQL Summer and maintains an archive of conversations about database technologies & use-cases, called the NOSQL Tapes.
Tim Huckaby is focused on the Natural User Interface (NUI)- Touch, Gesture, and Neural in Rich Client Technologies like HTML5, Silverlight, WPF, & IOS on a broad spectrum of devices that include computers, tablets, the Surface, the Kinect, and mobile devices. Tim has been called a “Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution” by the press. Tim has been awarded many times for the highest rated technical presentations and keynotes for Microsoft and many other technology conferences around the world. Tim is consistently rated in the top 10% of all speakers at these events. Tim has been on stage with, and done numerous keynote demos for many Microsoft executives including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Tim founded InterKnowlogy, experts in .NET and Microsoft Platforms in 1999 and Actus Interactive Software in 2011 and has over 30 years of experience including serving on a Microsoft product team as a development lead on an architecture team on a Server Product. Tim is a Microsoft Regional Director, a Microsoft MVP and serves on many Microsoft councils and boards like the Microsoft .NET Partner Advisory Council.
Tobias Fors is a software management consultant, specialized in helping teams and organizations be more effective, ship software, and have fun together. He has helped numerous well-known Swedish companies improve the way they do software development.
Tobias spent several years developing software for the academic world before he left to search happiness in the media industry. Today he works as Lead developer at Aftonbladet.se, the primary news source of the Swedish people. Tobias tries to master and be involved in all aspects of software development, with a passion for web performance, scalability and security.
Tomas started his IT career as consultant and Java developer in 1999. From 2004 he has been working with software development in public sector, mainly with JEE, EJB, and JBoss as development platform. Tomas has experience in the entire range of software development from business architecture with process and information modeling, requirements and development. Over the last five years he has combined these skills in software development projects using Domain-Driven Design together with Scrum.
Trevor Burnham is a full-stack web developer with a passion for new technologies. He is the founder of DataBraid, a startup developing data analysis and visualization tools that support remote collaboration. When on Twitter, he goes by @TrevorBurnham and @CoffeeScript. When offline, he’s usually in Cambridge, MA.
Troels Møller is an internet activist, with special interests in copyright, censorship, data retention and logging etc. Spokesperson for pro filesharing group Piratgruppen and co-founder of the internet thinktank Bitbureauet. Studying masters degree in sociology and law at Copenhagen University.
Troels has been programming since he was eleven and asked his father for an advice on how to kill time, so even though he dropped out of Computer Science from the University of Copenhagen a year early, he immediately pursued senior engineering and architect roles in Danish startups. He is now involved as a co-founder and technical lead in AppHarbor, a .NET Platform-as-a-Service.
Mr. Udi Dahan is an internationally renowned expert on software architecture and design. Recognized with the coveted "Most Valuable Professional" award by Microsoft Corporation for solutions architecture and connected systems 4 years in a row, Mr. Dahan is also on the advisory board of Microsoft's next generation technology platforms: WCF/WF/OSLO, the Software Factories Initiative, and the Composite Application Library & Guidance. He provides clients all over the world with training, mentoring and high-end architecture consulting services, specializing in Service-Oriented, scalable and secure enterprise architecture and design. Mr. Dahan is one of 33 experts in Europe recognized by the International .NET Association (INETA), an author and trainer for the International Association of Software Architects on Reliability, Availability, and Scalability, and an SOA, Web Services, and XML Guru recommended by Dr. Dobb's - the world's largest software magazine. Udi Dahan has a proven track record of solution design in Israel's largest companies in the fields of Defense, Travel, and Retail. From web projects in small internet startups, including government projects that push the limits of technology, to enterprise-scale programs with hundreds of developers and testers costing tens of millions of dollars - companies in all verticals and of all sizes entrust Mr. Dahan with providing them relevant and reliable architecture and design for their current and future requirements.
Will is a young animator and film maker living in Malmo, Sweden. He specialises in creating LEGO stop motion animations, and live action mini feature films. From a very early age, his passion, and inspiration for animating and movie making was fuelled by the work of; Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit), Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds), and George Lucas (Star Wars). In 2008, Will became the youngest member of LEGO’s global ambassador program. Will is a student at Bladin’s International School in Malmo.
Bill is User Experience Lead at the Omni Group, one of the world’s most accomplished and affable Mac and iOS developers. His is the nebulous job of making software civilized enough to bring out in public. This involves lots of squinting six inches away from the Cinema Display at 3200% zoom and consulting etymology dictionaries to properly label buttons. It often ends up entwined with documentation, marketing, quality assurance, customer support, and Dungeon Mastering too.
Yehuda Katz is a member of the SproutCore, Ruby on Rails and jQuery Core Teams. Daytime, he works as an architect at Strobe. Yehuda is the co-author of the best-selling jQuery in Action, the upcoming Rails 3 in Action, and is a contributor to Ruby in Practice. He spends most of his time hacking on open source or traveling the world doing evangelism work. He blogs at http://yehudakatz.com and can be found on Twitter as @wycats.
Zeger started his professional career in the movie distribution business, only to discover that there are more bugs to be found in software testing. He has a passion for exploratory testing, testing in agile projects and, above all, continuous learning from different perspectives.