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Full Stack Toronto Conference - fsto.co speakers

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Adarsha Datta

#TechEvangelist @Microsoft. Evangelizing #Cloud @Azure,#Startups @BizSpark and #DisruptiveTech. Interested in building connections and communities. bio from Twitter

Adarsha Datta is a technical evangelist working for Microsoft Canada. He loves anything and everything to do with the Cloud and focusses his efforts to work with developers, startups and students.

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Ahmad Nassri

API Master @ Mashape.

Ahmad is a Technology Entrepreneur with over 10 years building Web & Mobile Products. Leading development teams in disruptive technologies & working with global brands.

Currently working with the talented team at Mashape in building a world-class marketplace for cloud APIs.

Ahmad is the author of various open-source tools and software libraries used by thousands of developers world wide in companies and research labs and is the organizer of The Yeoman Toronto User Group & The Toronto Facebook Developers Group.

In his spare time, Ahmad blogs on Technology & Leadership, mentors at Ladies Learning Code, and builds open-source projects. Somehow he still finds the time to walk around Toronto with his Google Glass sharing the experience and cataloguing people's reactions!

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Andrew Smyk

Some HTML is OK.

Dad, Educator & Mobile UX Designer, Coffee aficionado, speaker, kettlebell killer, avid cyclist, hockey sherpa & HTML5 Evangelist.

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Bijan Vaez

Co-Founder & CTO of EventMobi

Bijan has spent the last 8 years designing, architecting, developing, and deploying large scale cross-platform mobile and web applications. Previous to EventMobi, Bijan built an award-winning iOS app (Cataract Self Diagnosis through the iPhone), was part of the discrete graphics team at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and cofounded a real-time RFID asset tracking consultancy. Bijan holds a BASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and can be found at @bijanv.

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Brian Graham

Full stack developer. I build a massively multi-player version of power point that teaches innovation to fortune 500 executives. bio from Twitter

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Dana Harrington

Tech Lead at Nurun Toronto

Dana Harrington is a senior Scala developer at Nurun Toronto. He is the team lead for Play and Akka development on the Walmart Canada website. He has been working with strongly typed functional programming languages (like Haskell, Scala, F#) for over fifteen years in industry and academia.

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Dave Newton

Hi, I am Dave! I am interested in web standards and cats! bio from Twitter

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David Janes

Founder of the Internet of Things Database : IOTDB bio from Twitter

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Dejan Glozic

Full-Stack Architect at IBM Canada, Toronto Lab

Dr Dejan Glozic is a full-stack architect at IBM Canada, working on the evolution of Rational DevOps Services (JazzHub) into a modern scalable development environment tailored for IBM Bluemix. Dejan worked for IBM for 20 years on various projects that include Eclipse. In fact, he wrote some of the first lines of code for the Eclipse Platform and its various components. More recently, Dejan is involved in distributed systems based on Node.js micro-services, and the technologies that accompany such systems, micro-services, NoSQL databases and message brokers. He is also interested in all things API.

As full-stack as Dejan's interests are, he has always had a keen eye for the front end, spending many years on UIs in many forms. His blog's tagline (30% Turtleneck, 70% Hoodie) comes from his split personality, where he spends many an hour with designers, immersed in scenarios, playbacks, personas and the rest of the lean UX toolbox. Dejan's twitter handle is @dglozic and you can follow his blog at http://dejanglozic.com.

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Derrick Weis

Platform Architect at Verold

Derrick Weis is the Platform Architect at Verold. He has more than 15 years worth of experience in both backend and frontend development development. At Verold, he spends his days figuring out how all of the pieces of the Verold platform work together.

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Don Pinto

Product Management

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Eric Greene

IT Consultant Virginia, USA

Eric is an independent IT professional who loves learning new things, sharing what he learns and helping clients to solve business problems. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the Virginia Military Institute and numerous software certifications to include the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer certification. Mr. Greene has experience programming mobile, web-based, and desktop applications using a variety of commercial and open-source platforms including .NET, PHP, Node.js, Linux, Windows, SQL Server, SQLite, MySQL, Postgresql and even a little MongoDB. He has worked with large and small companies, on-site and off-site to help his customer's meet their software development needs.

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Hira Javed

Trying to save the world from bad user experience.

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Jonathan Kochis

Owner at ResIM, Partner at Treble

Jonathan is a maker of businesses that make digital things. Launched in 2006, ResIM is a for-hire web and mobile application development studio producing ongoing work for Samsonite Canada, High Sierra, 3M Canada, and GoodLife Fitness. Earlier this year, Jonathan helped launch Treble; a small iOS shop building in-house applications with limited client work. In August 2014 Treble launched a location-based note discovery application called Knit.

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Kevin Webber

Developer Advocate @Typesafe. Founder of ReactiveTO (http://reactiveto.com). bio from Twitter

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Kristina Balaam

Lead Web/Mobile Developer at ResIM

Kristina is a lead developer at ResIM focusing on backend and iOS development. Before joining the ResIM team, Kristina completed research projects in video game development for Ubisoft Montreal and worked for a start-up developing interactive educational web applications. In her spare time she likes to build productivity apps and experiment with APIs. She is currently developing issueHub: a chrome extension for managing GitHub issues.

Kristina holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from McGill University, organizes the London chapter of the All Girl Hack Night and tweets at @kristinabalaam.

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Kyle Newsome

Developer. @sidekickhelps & @postcardsocial on the side bio from Twitter

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Matthew Conlen

script kitty, data minor. work: @rhizome @fivethirtyeight @HHMIJanelia. public key: https://keybase.io/mathisonian/key.asc bio from Twitter

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Mayumi Liyanage

Software Developer bio from LinkedIn

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Michael Bond

Lead 3D Engine Developer at Verold

Michael Bond is Verold's Lead 3D Engine Developer. He comes from 9 years of console game development, working as a programmer and Lead Designer at Tecmo Koei Canada. Michael is responsible for making everything rendered in Verold look awesome.

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Michael Grant

Senior Consultant

Michael Grant at is the Senior Consultant at Digital Echidna, an industry leader in providing full service open-source digital marketing solutions. Michael combines pragmatism with over 17 years of interactive design, development and marketing experience to offer innovative solutions his clients and partners. Michael's rich experiences in both the entrepreneurial and agency worlds have given him the opportunity to work with both local and global clients that include the Penguin Random House Group, Kenwood, RIM - Blackberry, London Health Sciences Centre, Wyndham Hotel Group, CBC’s PlayOn!, Maple Leaf Foods, Symantec, Western Fair District, Roxul, Yamaha and many more.

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Michael Hackstein

Michael is a JavaScript and NoSQL enthusiast.
In his spare time he is organising colognejs, the JavaScript user group in Cologne Germany scheduled every second month.
In his professional life Michael holds a master degree in Computer Science.
As Front End and Graph Specialist he is member of the ArangoDB core team, developing the web frontend, graph visualisation and graph database features for this project.

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Nick Van Weerdenburg

Founder & CEO of rangle.io

Nick is the founder and CEO of rangle.io, a next-generation full-stack JavaScript development firm specializing in AngularJS, Node.js, and thin-server application architectures.

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Paul Bearne

Senior Web Engineer @ 10up

Paul is a Senior Full Stack WordPress developer working at 10up building large enterprise level wordpress sites.

Having learned the hard "don't roll your own CMS" he has recently focused primarily on the WordPress platform, with core commits in 3.9 and 4.0. This has included work on a number of themes and supporting a national newspaper on WordPress VIP.

You will find him asking questions and poking into the code when ever he can.

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Paul Dowman

Founder and Developer at OK GROW!

Paul Dowman has been developing web apps professionally since 1995. He’s the founder of OK GROW! where he develops web and mobile apps for clients using Meteor and teaches a Meteor Workshop for developers.

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Ricky Robinett

Developer Evangelist at Twilio

Ricky is a Brooklyn, NY based hacker currently working as a Developer Evangelist at Twilio. He’s focused on creating fun and entertaining apps. His apps have been used by hundreds of thousands of users and covered in multiple media outlets including: CNN, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Mashable, VentureBeat and the Today Show. You can contact Ricky on twitter @rickyrobinett or via email ricky.robinett@gmail.com.

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Rob McDiarmid

Full Stack Web Developer

Rob McDiarmid is a software developer focusing on front end web development. He is an active member of the JavaScript community and takes every chance he gets to speak at and participate in developer events around Toronto.

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Ross McKegney

3D @ Adobe bio from Twitter

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Ruy Adorno

Brazilian/Canadian Front-end Developer. Working at @SunGard and contributing to many JavaScript open-source projects. bio from Twitter

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Scott Reeves

Drupal Developer

Scott Reeves is a developer at Digital Echidna, a Drupal-focussed digital agency in London Ontario. Scott is an active member of the Drupal community and takes on many roles. He is currently one of the leads for the theme system in the upcoming Drupal 8 release and is working actively to improve the lives of front-end developers working with the software. Scott is also a co-organizer of the London Ontario Drupal Users Group (LonDUG), an organization that meets monthly to help promote, educate, and encourage local Drupal talent. Scott's many contributions to the Drupal software and community were recognized by Dries Buytaert – the founder of Drupal – on stage during his keynote at DrupalCon Prague 2013.