Code PaLOUsa 2014 speakers

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Alex Moore

Client Services Engineer at Basho Technologies

Alex Moore is a Client Services Engineer at Basho Technologies, where he helps customers and community members solve interesting NoSql and Distributed Systems problems. Formerly a .Net Web Consultant, Alex now spends his days frolicking with functional languages.

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Alston Hodge

Enterprise Agile Coach bio from Twitter

Alston is the organizer of the Louisville Agile Forum, an Agile coach, and a passionate Agile evangelist. As a certified Scrum Coach, he enjoys sharing lessons learned/good practices he has collected over the years.

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Amir Barylko

Sr. Solution Architect at MavenThought Inc.

Amir Barylko started his career in 1994 working for IBM as a senior developer while he was finishing his Masters degree in computer science. Since then he worked as team leader and architect for the past 15 years.

Having started with languages like C++ and Java he spent many years coding in C# and training other developers in topics such domain modeling, abstractions, patterns, automation, dependency injection, testing, etc.

Being an incurable geek, always thirsty for knowledge, his passion for technology moved him towards Ruby on Rails a few years ago, becoming an advocate of RoR web development. Also following he's teaching passion he did his first RoR training a year ago, and recently a TDD training with great reviews.

Amir is a rare combination of high technical skills, lots of experience in a wide range of platforms, exceptional presentation skills and great sense of humor. His presentations are always rich in content and fun to attend.

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Azret Botash

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam bio from Twitter

Azret Botash works at DevExpress where he focuses on emerging Microsoft technologies and platforms. He and his team are responsible for delivering the tools Windows developers need to create stunning line of business applications across both the WinForms and WPF platforms.

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Brent Schooley

Evangelist at Infragistics

Brent is a software developer who has been working with Microsoft technologies since 2004. His interests include client and mobile application development and user experience design with a recent emphasis on cross-platform mobile and web technologies. Other platforms he has worked with include WPF, Silverlight, Windows Forms, and iOS. He is an Evangelist working for Infragistics with a focus on mobile platforms. He has a passion for making people’s experiences with software the best that they can possibly be. Brent is the author of Designing for Windows 8, a Windows 8 design primer from Apress.

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Brett Whittington

8 years development experience working in the Insurance and Energy Industries analyzing, developing, and maintaining public facing websites using ASP.NET technologies. I enjoy knowledge sharing and in-depth discussion on just about any topic.

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Brian Friesen

Software craftsman, human being, (semi) conscious entity. bio from Twitter

Brian Friesen has been pretending to be a developer for the last 6 years and lives in constant fear of being found out. As an occasional public speaker, he prefers to talk about things that are slightly out in left field. This explains why some people know him as "the regex guy" or "the monad guy". Seriously, who wants to have those titles? Anyway, when he's not writing code, he's probably thinking about it, or, if he's sleeping, dreaming about it. In the rare case that no part of his mind is occupied by something vaguely code-related, he is probably playing with his kids or spending quality time with his wife near Detroit, where he has lived since April 2012, when he took a job with the best company he has ever worked for, Quicken Loans. He is also a raging smart-alec.

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Brice Wilson

Founder and Chief Geek at In Touch Teacher LLC

Brice Wilson has been a professional developer for over 20 years and has used many tools and programming languages during that time. His current interests are centered on single-page web applications and native mobile development. He has worked as a developer and architect for a number of large companies and enjoys learning and experimenting with new technologies. He is a Pluralsight author also the founder and Chief Geek at In Touch Teacher LLC - a company focused on facilitating better parent-teacher communication. He also blogs at http://www.BriceWilson.net.

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Chris Gardner

Senior Software Engineer and Architect for T & W Operations, Inc

Chris Gardner is the Senior Software Engineer and Architect for T & W Operations, Inc, and a MCT Regional Lead for the Eastern US. Tortured by years of contracts that valued buzzwords over results, Chris has developed a true passion for finding solutions that fit the problem, not the technology of the week. Chris received his B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and is currently a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer, Information Technology Professional and Trainer.

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Chris Michel

Designer at Treehouse

Chris is a Designer at Treehouse and formerly Design Lead at ZURB where he lead the popular open-source framework, Foundation. He uses his wicked design skills to turn crappy user interfaces into something bigger, better, and stronger. He also has some mad Sass skills.

Before working as a designer, Chris studied at California State University, Fresno, receiving his B.A. in art and graphic design.

Outside of work, you'll find Chris chilling with his awesome wife and crazy cat in Santa Cruz, where he’s lived for over three years now. Other than that his time is spent taking photos and perfecting his craft.

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Colleen Slaughter

Executive Coach, Speaker, and Management Consultant

Colleen Slaughter is the Founder of Authentic Leadership International (ALI), a leadership development and executive coaching firm. She specializes in change leadership, coaching, consulting and speaking.

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Corinna Brock

Front-End Ninja at Radio Systems Corporation

My name is Corinna Brock. In my former lives, I have run the busiest bookstore in Boston, was an executive assistant to several A-level executives. I started programming recreationally five years ago, but in the past two years it has become an obsession. I was a student at the Flatiron School in NYC, called 'the Harvard Business School of coding’ by Business Insider magazine.

Specializing in back-end work with an eye towards design, I love both facets of programming. The compulsively organized side of me wants to solve the problem in the best way possible, but the creative side of me wants it to be aesthetically pleasing at the same time. Programming allows me to combine both passions into one.

My languages include Ruby, Ruby on Rails, RubyMotion, PHP, HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, and jQuery. I am also well versed in Git, CLI Basics, Server Setup, Databases, Deployment, Testing, Caching, and Security. Currently I am working with Radio Systems Corporation, flexing my newly developed PHP muscles and working with Magento and Expression Engine. I’m also their front-end ninja.

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Danielle Cooley

Independent UX Consultant

Danielle Cooley knows the things we use should make life easier, not harder. Her research and designs have been applied to Web sites and applications, software, touchscreen kiosks, mobile tools, speech recognition and touchtone telephone systems, credit card statements, and promotional brochures in such industries as financial services, pharmaceuticals, food service, healthcare, car rental, and consumer products. A frequent conference speaker, Danielle works as an independent UX consultant.

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David Giard

Microsoft Technical Evangelist

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades. Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at www.DavidGiard.com. His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

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Derek Briggs

Senior Interface Designer @ Neo Innovation

Derek is a Senior Interface Designer @ Neo Innovation, specializing in creating beautiful, pixel perfect, application interfaces ranging from stand alone hardware interfaces to Android and iOS applications. He enjoys helping to develop the skills of up and coming Visual Designers and does that through workshops and various teaching engagements.

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Deven Phillips

Software Developer at Heartland Payment Systems

With a background in software development, systems architecture and DevOps, Deven specializes in systems integration and scalable systems.

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Douglas Starnes

Application developer in the Institute for Intelligent Systems at The University of Memphis

Douglas Starnes is an application developer in the Institute for Intelligent Systems at The University of Memphis where he is also a masters candidate in management information systems. One of the co-directors of the Memphis Python User Group, Douglas is a frequent speaker at conferences and user groups in Memphis and the surrounding area. He has also been a speaker in the past year at St. Louis Days of .NET 2013 and DevLink 2013. A supporter of the tech community, he is a founding board member of GeekMemphis and an organizer of the PyTennessee conference. Douglas also participates in the startup community in Memphis in addition to being a music technologist, re-aspiring triathlete and avid Lego collector.

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Dustin Whittle

Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics

Dustin Whittle is a Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics where he focuses on helping organizations manage application performance. Before joining AppDynamics, Dustin was CTO at Kwarter, a consultant at SensioLabs, and developer evangelist at Yahoo!. He has experience building and leading engineering teams and working with developers and partners to scale to meet demand. When Dustin isn't working he enjoys flying, sailing, diving, golfing, and travelling around the world. Find out more at dustinwhittle.com.

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Elle Waters

geek, inclusion activist, taoist, gamer, UX zealot, xenophile, chrono-archaeologist, metaverse enthusiast, social justice rabble rouser, I contain multitudes. bio from Twitter

Evangelizing the growth of universal design as a best practice within large organizations, Elle works on behalf of Simply Accessible with enterprise level clients to build the foundation needed to integrate accessibility into every facet of corporate culture. She's seen amazing things happen, where the user's needs are the primary driver for change and innovation in a large scale web project, where teams succeed in meeting their specific objectives and achieve excellence, and where companies leap ahead of their competition, all by putting accessibility first.

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Emily Schweiss

Professional Nerd Herder

I am an HR Generalist who turned to Technical Recruiting, so I could focus on the best part of my job. I specialize in opportunities for Software Developers across technologies and platforms. I enjoy meeting new people who are passionate about the craft of development.

I use my recruiting powers for good, giving back to the IT community by supporting, promoting and growing a variety of groups and events in the area.

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Emma Armstrong

Test Engineer at Red Gate

Emma Armstrong is a test engineer and all-round do-gooder at Red Gate, and has been baking quality into software for over 13 years. In that time she’s gotten her hands dirty with both manual and automated testing and had the opportunity to dig into everything from compilers to web applications.

She’s worked with most methodologies, gotten to grips with technologies ranging from chipset hardware to UI (and everything in between), managed test teams and is currently working on one of Red Gate’s latest developer tools.

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Greg Levenhagen

Senior Software Engineer Consultant for Skyline Technologies

Greg Levenhagen is a Microsoft MVP in Client Development and works as a senior software engineer consultant for Skyline Technologies. He has a great passion for giving back to the community, teaching and has worked on a diverse set of platforms using many different tools. He is a true enthusiast of computer science, with interests including mobile, web, architecture, parallel, testing, agile, UX, 3D/games, languages and more. Greg is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Board member of ThatConference.com, Board member of the Northeast Wisconsin Developer Users Group, co-founder of the Northeast WI Agile Users Group, INETA speaker, IEEE and ACM member. You can find Greg at http://greglevenhagen.com, http://devtreats.com and @GregLevenhagen.

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Guy Royse

I'm a software engineer living in Central Ohio. Currently I am programming in Java for the day job and working with JavaScript and Ruby in my spare time. bio from Twitter

Guy works for Pillar Technology in Columbus, Ohio as an instructor, a consultant, and a software engineer. He has programmed in numerous languages -- many of them semi-colon delimited -- but has more recently been working with Ruby and JavaScript. He is also the chief organizer for the Columbus JavaScript User Group and is active in the local development community.

In his personal life, Guy is a hard-boiled geek interested in role-playing games, science fiction, and technology. He also has a slightly less geeky interest in history and linguistics. In his spare time he volunteers as Cubmaster for his kids' Cub Scout Pack.

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Jacob Mather

Software Engineer at Mashery

Jacob Mather is a Software Engineer at Mashery, with over ten years of experience building dynamic content for the web. He is co-organizer of the San Francisco PHP User Group, and blogs at http://jmather.com/

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Jacob Rutledge

Jacob is a Sr. Applications Developer torn between software and hardware always looking for that next piece of technology that could change the world. He has custom built several CMSs from scratch which he will never do again and enjoys tinkering with technology of all maturities. Having just graduated from IUS with his MBA he hopes to have more spare time to enjoy being a dad, fish, kayak, volunteer, fly his home built flight simulator, and mow his grass. Yes, he really does like mowing his grass.

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James Bender

Developer Evangelist for Telerik

James is a Developer Evangelist for Telerik and has been involved in software development and architecture for 18 years. He has worked as a developer and architect on everything from small, single-user applications to Enterprise-scale, multi-user systems. His specialties are .NET development and architecture, TDD, SOA, WCF, Web Development, cloud computing, and agile development methodologies. He is an experienced mentor and author. James is a Microsoft MVP, Chairman of the Central Ohio Day of .NET and former President of the Central Ohio .NET Developers Group. James's book "Professional Test Driven Development with C#: Developing Real World Applications with TDD" was released in May of 2011. His second book "JavaScript and HTML 5 for Windows 8 Development" will be available Febuary 2014.

James has a blog at jamescbender.com and his Twitter ID is JamesBender

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Jamie Ridgway

SOA Architect for HP

SOA Architect for HP

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Jamie Wright

President of Brilliant Fantastic

Jamie Wright is President of Brilliant Fantastic, a software development consulting service provider and an ISV for software management applications. He has over ten years of software development experience in Microsoft technologies and 3 years development experience in Ruby and Ruby on Rails. He specializes in application architecture, design patterns, object-oriented design, and test driven development. He blogs at brilliantfantastic.com and is currently seeking help for his gadget addiction.

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Director of Technology Services at HMB

Jared is the Director of Technology Services at HMB, an IT services company based out of Columbus, OH. His focus is on building great development teams through training, mentoring, and prodigious amounts of caffeine. He’s spent years building web applications with cloud and mobile experience. Jared is a cofounder of the CloudDevelop conference in Columbus, OH and a frequent speaker at regional events. You can find out more about him at jaredthenerd.com or follow him on Twitter @jaredthenerd

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Jay Harris

Code Wrangler, Software Consultant, and President of Arana Software

Jay is a code wrangler, software consultant, and president of Arana Software. He has been developing on the web for over 15 years, since the Blink tag lured him away from Visual Basic 3 in 1995. With a career focus on user experience, he has a passion for practices that improve quality and usability, and is an expert in continuous integration and in performance analysis and optimization. Jay is also an active contributor and speaker in the developer community, a Microsoft MVP in C#, ASPInsider, INETA Mentor, and an organizer of many conferences and user groups in the Ann Arbor area.

Originally from Rochester, New York, he and his wife, Amy, have lived in Michigan since 2003. They like Michigan, but still consider themselves tourists, and probably always will.