Speakers

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Mainstage Speakers

Thomas Kurian
Oracle
Thomas Kurian
President, Product Development
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Thomas Kurian is president of Oracle product development and reports to Oracle executive chairman of the board and chief technology officer Larry Ellison. He is responsible for leading software development and transitioning the company’s technology to Oracle Cloud. For the past several years, Kurian has been responsible for the Oracle Fusion Middleware family of products. Under his leadership, that business became the fastest-growing within Oracle and the industry’s leading middleware product suite. Since 2008, Kurian has also led the development for Oracle’s next-generation business applications, Oracle Fusion Applications.

Kurian has been with Oracle since 1996, holding various product management and development positions. Prior to joining Oracle, he worked as a consultant in London, Brussels, and San Francisco with international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, serving clients in the software, telecommunications, and financial services industries.

Kurian has a BA in electrical engineering from Princeton University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He also has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He serves as an advisory member on the boards of several international venture funds and software companies.
Ben Galbraith
Google
Ben Galbraith
Senior Director, Product
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Tech entrepreneur, executive, and investor; father of eight children; works on Chrome and the Web at Google.
Dion Almaer
Google
Dion Almaer
Director, Engineering
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Dion Almaer loves engineering developer success and is currently leading the pan-Google DevRel teams in the Developer Products Group. This includes the central infrastructure and programs to make sure that developers are successful with Google, as well as the teams who specifically support the needs of developers across Android, Web, Search, Assistant and IoT, Firebase, Flutter, TensorFlow/ML, and Design Relations.

Previously, Dion enjoyed building software products and platforms from his own startups to companies such as Mozilla (developer tools), Palm (webOS), and Walmart Labs (VPE for native mobile and Web).
Jaime Teevan
Microsoft
Jaime Teevan
Technical Advisor to the CEO
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Jaime Teevan is the Technical Advisor to Microsoft's CEO, where she is responsible for helping Satya Nadella formulate technical strategy and developing in-depth solutions to specific technical challenges. Previously she was a Principal Researcher atMicrosoft Research AI, where she led the Productivity team. Dr. Teevan has published hundreds of award-winning research papers, technical articles, books, and patents, and given keynotes around the world. Her groundbreaking research earned her the Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator, Borg Early Career, Karen Sparck Jones, and SIGIR Test of Time awards. She holds a Ph.D. from MIT and a B.S. from Yale, and is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington.

Breakouts

Simon Allardice
Simon Allardice
Pluralsight Author
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Pluralsight Staff Author Simon Allardice has over three decades of software development experience, with many years of “in-the-trenches” consulting in areas from banking to transportation, nuclear reactors to game development.

He began creating educational content as a writer and technical editor for Peachpit and Wiley, and as a conference speaker and organizer at events including MacTech, MobileConnections, Flashforward and SIGGRAPH. Before joining Pluralsight, Simon was the principal developer author at lynda.com, creating their first software development course in 2002 and writing what became the most popular and highest rated courses in their library, with over 40 million views.

Simon is currently building out the Swift/iOS content area at Pluralsight, as well as a series of language-agnostic “Computer Science for people who didn’t study Computer Science” content. His courses are often highly visual, with live video, animation and motion graphics.

He obsesses on making complicated subjects accessible, memorable and easier to learn.
Thursday
3:30 PM
Machine Learning: The Introduction You've Always Wanted
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Dan Appleman
Dan Appleman
CTO at Full Circle Insights
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Dan Appleman is a well known author, software developer and speaker. Currently the CTO of Full Circle Insights, he is a Salesforce MVP and the author of numerous books, ebooks and Pluralsight courses covering both technology and professional development topics. His latest book is "Advanced Apex Programming for Salesforce.com and Force.com". Website: advancedapex.com Personal website: danappleman.com
Thursday
2:30 PM
The Inevitable Blockchain Panel Session
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Casey Ayers
Casey Ayers
Pluralsight Author
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Casey Ayers is an independent project manager and strategic consultant with experience leading projects in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development, consumer product design, education and event management. Casey has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and earned an MBA from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College in beautiful Winter Park, Florida in 2010. Prior to that, he received a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree majoring in Economics and Investment Finance from the University of North Florida. In addition to his client work, Casey's love of travel led him to develop PointsAway.com, a site where he shows readers how to earn and use frequent flyer miles to make travel dreams a reality, even for those who hardly ever travel. Casey is available for consulting on an hourly and project basis, with a focus on brand and product development, strategic planning and project management. He works with clients of all sizes and enjoys working with start-ups and small businesses. Learn more about Casey's services and his other ventures at caseyayers.com.
Thursday
11:00 AM
Aligning Business & IT Strategies
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Ross Bagurdes
Ross Bagurdes
Engineer and Educator at Bagurdes Technology
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Ross has had a diverse career in engineering. Beginning as a structural engineer, then becoming a project engineer for a gas utility, Ross was always quickly assigned the de-facto network administrator, typically after no one else was brave enough to break, and later fix, the network. Ross eventually ended up working as a network engineer designing and implementing enterprise networks for University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. There, he worked with Extreme Networks, HP, Cisco and Tipping Point, among other network technology, and honed his Wireshark and protocol analysis skills. Until changing paths very recently, Ross spent 7 years teaching data networking at Madison College, and is currently authoring and producing IT training videos in Wireshark/Protocol Analysis, Cisco and general networking topics for Pluralsight. In his free time, you'll find Ross and his dog traveling, hiking, backpacking or snowboarding somewhere in the western US.
Tuesday
4:00 PM
Understanding How HTTPs Protects Your Personal Data
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Maureen Botoman
Maureen Botoman
Engineering Manager at Pluralsight
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Maureen Botoman is a software developer turned engineering manager currently working at Pluralsight. She is passionate about continuous improvement and creating an environment that people want to work in without losing the whimsy.
Thursday
3:30 PM
Managing for Autonomy
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Scott Brady
Scott Brady
Identity & Access Control Lead at Rock Solid Knowledge
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Scott Brady is the Identity & Access Control Lead at Rock Solid Knowledge and a Pluralsight author, specializing in identity and access management. Focusing on authentication protocols, Scott has been chartering through undocumented territory, collating the facts and passing them onto others so they don't have to go through the same ordeal. At Rock Solid Knowledge, Scott leads the European Commercial Partnership with IdentityServer, the leading OpenID Connect and OAuth framework for .Net.
Thursday
1:30 PM
SSO for your Fridge - IoT Security with the OAuth Device Flow
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Raquel Breternitz
Raquel Breternitz
Senior Designer at Pivotal Labs
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Raquel Breternitz is a designer and writer with experience across diverse mediums, problem spaces and domains. Her work is connected by a passion for research-driven design thinking and a hunger for tackling complex problems. She believes design should be approached content-first (ban lorem ipsum!), with a sharp eye on ethical considerations, human-centered outcomes and inclusion. Currently, she works as a Senior Designer for Pivotal Labs, where she works to enable government agencies to be human-centered, do the right thing and do what works. Previously, she worked at IBM Watson where she worked on projects to create cognitively-assisted enterprise software for teachers and educators, to democratize data-cleansing and access for analysts and scientists and to enable FinTechs and banking innovation groups to build with cognitive and financial microservices. Originally from Austin, TX (by way of Brazil), she now lives in Washington, D.C. with a little white cat that thinks it's a bunny.
Wednesday
2:00 PM
Everyone Should Be Able to Use Your Software: Accessibility for Balanced Teams
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Jim Cooper
Jim Cooper
Software Craftsman at Pluralsight
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Jim is a software developer with more than 20 years of experience and an author of multiple top-10 Pluralsight courses in the JavaScript, Angular and TDD spaces. He has seen Pluralsight grow from a small startup of 15 people to the leader in the online education industry.
Tuesday
3:00 PM
Productive, Autonomous Teams at Scale
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Adam Crahen
Adam Crahen
Lead Analytics Engineer at Pluralsight
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Adam Crahen is a Lead Analytics Engineer for Pluralsight, the technology learning platform. He specializes in using data visualization, analytics and data storytelling to provide actionable information to stakeholders. Recent projects include supporting strategic partnerships (with Google, Adobe, Microsoft, Stack Overflow, etc.) and developing course usage and royalty analytics for our author community. Adam is a recognized Tableau Zen Master, an expert in Tableau Desktop/Server, Alteryx, a frequent speaker on data visualization and co-founded the data visualization blog thedataduo.com with Pooja Gandhi. Work from the Data Duo has been featured by the United Nations, UNICEF, and several news organizations (like The Independent, Computer World and Digg).
Wednesday
3:00 PM
Making an Impact with data
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Edward Curren
Edward Curren
Enterprise Architect at National Interstate Insurance Company
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Ed graduated from the University of Dayton in 1995 with a BS in Computer Science, and often wishes he could break the secrets of quantum physics to return to that time. Later, Ed contracted with the Department of Homeland Security to be part of a team which built a counter-terrorism system, before moving on to the FBI’s counter-intelligence division, where he worked with the Advanced Concepts Unit building software solutions to address difficulties that the bureau faced. He then decided to move back to the Cleveland area to be near family as his daughter turned three years old, and took a position with One Call Now as the Director of Software Development. When One Call Now was bought out, he joined the architecture team at National Interstate Insurance as the enterprise architect. Mr. Curren hold 3 patents for software innovations, is an occasional guest lecturer at the University of Akron and loves to marry his passion for technology with his passion for flying.
Tuesday
4:00 PM
Untangling your enterprise software
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Benjamin Day
Benjamin Day
DevOps & Scrum Consultant
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Benjamin Day is a consultant and trainer specializing in software best practices using Scrum with Microsoft’s DevOps tools. His main areas of emphasis include Team Foundation Server, Scrum, software testing and software architecture. He is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP, a certified Scrum trainer via Scrum.org and a speaker at conferences such as Pluralsight Live, TechEd and VSLive. When he's not developing software, Ben’s been known to go running and sea kayaking in order to balance out his love of cheese, cured meats and champagne. His online courses are available at Pluralsight.com, and he can be contacted via BenDay.com.
Wednesday
3:00 PM
Rebooting Your Agile Transformation Using Empathy
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Jared DeMott
Jared DeMott
Founder at VDA Labs
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Dr. Jared DeMott is an information security expert. He's the founder of VDA Labs, and previously served as a vulnerability analyst with the NSA. He holds a PhD from Michigan State University. He regularly speaks on vulnerabilities at conferences like RSA, DerbyCon, BlackHat, ToorCon, GrrCon and HITB, and was a finalist in Microsoft's BlueHat prize contest, which helped make Microsoft customers more secure. Dr. DeMott has been on three winning DEF CON Capture the Flag teams, and has been an invited lecturer at prestigious institutions such as the United States Military Academy. Jared is also a Pluralsight author, on the Synack Red Team and a professor at DSU. He is often quoted online and has made TV appearances.
Wednesday
3:00 PM
How to Conduct a Product Security Test: And How it Fits Into the Larger Security Strategy
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Marcel de Vries
Marcel de Vries
CTO at Xpirit
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Marcel is the co-founder and CTO of Xpirit, a high-end consulting firm based in Hilversum, Netherlands. He co-founded Xpirit in 2014 as a spin off from Xebia Netherlands. Together with Xebia they help customers with digital transformation, agile consulting and full stack development with both Microsoft and open source products. Marcel spends most of his time looking at how new emerging technologies, a shift in mindset and a new way of work can help organizations get software in production faster. Helping organizations transform has become his passion. Marcel loves to learn new technologies and teach others what he has learned. Besides his work as CTO he also works as a consultant in the field of application lifecycle management, continuous delivery, DevOps, cloud/web scale application architectures, and cross-platform enterprise mobile app development with Xamarin. Marcel is a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences, and has delivered sessions at events like Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft //Build, Microsoft TechDays, Visual Studio Live!, Devintersection, Xebicon and Techorama. He hosts several meetups in his region on Microsoft Azure, Xamarin and ALM. In his spare time he builds online courses for Pluralsight. Marcel has been awarded the Microsoft ALM MVP award for more than 10 consecutive years and has been a Microsoft Regional Director since 2008. Co-Authors
Thursday
1:30 PM
From one release per quarter to 30 times a day
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Amy Dredge
Amy Dredge
Engineering Manager at Pluralsight
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Amy began her career as a developer, and then jumped over to a no-code role as an Engineering Manager at Pluralsight. She stepped into college without having written a single line of code, but after seeing her first application run, she quickly fell in love with creating software. She then worked as a developer for several years, and discovered that her favorite way to work is on highly-collaborative cross-functional teams that are dedicated to shipping valuable experiences. Now, as an Engineering Manager, Amy is passionate about guiding others as they increase their skills and grow as humans.
Wednesday
2:00 PM
From Developer to Manager: Lessons I Learned That Can Help You Be a Better Developer or Make the Transition
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AJ Foster
AJ Foster
Software Engineer at Pluralsight
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AJ Foster is a software engineer at Pluralsight focused on creating interactive content. In his free time, he enjoys supporting FIRST Tech Challenge robotics tournaments.
Thursday
1:30 PM
Interactive Coding Challenges and the Future of Learning
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Roland Guijt
Roland Guijt
Geek
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Roland is a Microsoft MVP enjoying constant curiosity around new techniques in software development. His focus is on all things .NET and browser technologies. As a long-time trainer, he leads many courses on these topics and speaks about them at international conferences. He is also a well-known Pluralsight author. The word that comes to mind when he thinks about software development is 'passion'!
Tuesday
3:00 PM
Understanding Modern Cloud Architecture
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Bryan Hansen
Bryan Hansen
Director of Development at Software Technology Group
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Bryan is a director at Software Technology Group, a consulting company based out of Salt Lake City, and has authored and taught numerous courses on Java. Over the years, Bryan has taught courses on Java Certifications, JPA, Hibernate, Spring, Spring MVC, Spring JDBC, Maven, RESTful Services, Selenium, Automated Testing, CAS and various security topics.
Wednesday
4:00 PM
How Spring changed Java Development
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Lars Klint
Lars Klint
Chief Holographic Entangler
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Lars is an author, trainer, Microsoft MVP, community leader, authority on all things Windows Platform and part time crocodile wrangler. He is heavily involved in the space of HoloLens and mixed reality, as well as a published Pluralsight author, freelance solution architect and writer for numerous publications. He has been a part of the software development community for the past 20 years and co-organises the DDD Melbourne community conference, organises developer events with Microsoft, and also runs a part time car restoration business. He has spoken at numerous technical events around the world and is an expert in Australian Outback Internet.
Thursday
1:30 PM
Augmented Reality: The Lion, The Witch and The Robot
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Deborah Kurata
Deborah Kurata
Consultant at InStep Technologies
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Deborah Kurata is a software developer, speaker and Pluralsight author with a focus on Angular and C#. She was also a member of the Angular documentation team. For her work in support of software development and software developers, she has been recognized with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and is a Google Developer Expert (GDE).
Tuesday
1:00 PM
The State of Modern Web Development
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Jerry Kurata
Jerry Kurata
Consultant at InStep Technologies
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Jerry is a consultant at InStep Technologies. In this position, he has worked on a wide variety of projects including building features found in Microsoft Office, creating tools for scientists to analyze molecular compounds used for fighting cancer, developing ML/AI tools for parallel processing of vast datasets, writing robotic vision apps for inspection and classification of products and architecting IoT solutions for home control, monitoring and security. Jerry has undergraduate degrees in Physics and Geology, but enjoyed working with computers so much that he obtained his master’s degree in Computer Science. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys photography and all things tech.
Tuesday
3:00 PM
The Amazing Effectiveness of Deep Learning
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Audrey Langheinrich
Audrey Langheinrich
Product Manager at Pluralsight
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A University of Pennsylvania graduate with over ten years of professional experience setting up and conducting experiments, Audrey has a love for learning and enjoys seeking improvement in the world around her. She has a background in psychology and incorporates that into the work she does for Pluralsight. Audrey has served as a product manager at two of Utah's Unicorns, enjoying the growth and changes they have undergone.
Thursday
11:00 AM
Getting Answers to a Question
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Julie Lerman
Julie Lerman
Microsoft MVP
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Julie Lerman has been programming and mentoring developers for over 25 years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with Pluralsight subscribers. She is well known in the .NET community as a Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Regional Director, ASPInsider and conference speaker around the world, and she has authored the monthly MSDN Magazine Data Points column since 2010. Pluralsight brought Julie on as an author in 2010, and since then she has created many courses on Entity Framework as well as introductory courses on domain-driven design and unit testing.
Thursday
11:00 AM
Unmask Secrets of Your Business with Event Storming
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David Liu
David Liu
Technical Architect at Google
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David Liu is a self-taught programmer who became a Salesforce Technical Architect at Google. Now, David dreams of inspiring the next generation of Salesforce developers. He’s a four-time Salesforce MVP winner and runs SFDC99.com, the world’s most popular Salesforce blog.
Wednesday
2:00 PM
How to learn Salesforce and make $150,000+ per year
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Judy Marshall
Judy Marshall
Head of Transformational Services at Dimension Data
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Judy is a learning & development strategist with global experience across sales, marketing, technical and onboarding programs. She has a commercially valuable combination of technical and soft skills, including the acumen to liaise with senior management up to and including VP level, leadership, creativity, cultural transformation, and building L&D programs to align with business strategies and deliver ROI to an organization’s P&L. She has been the Head of Transformational Services at Dimension Data for the last four years, and is responsible for managing a team of 7 instructional designers with the goal of producing high quality and impactful learning programs by synthesizing the efforts of subject matter efforts.
Tuesday
2:00 PM
Building technology skills for a future state that is constantly changing
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Greg McMurray
Greg McMurray
Senior Software Engineer at Western Electricity Coordinating Council
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Greg has been working in technology for almost 20 years and living it much longer. He started coding at around eight years old on an Apple II with a friend, after they decided the Lemonade Stand game just wasn't awesome enough. Greg is currently a senior software engineer for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council and has operated his own successful consulting firm since 1998. He has extensive experience developing with many of the products in the Microsoft stack.
Thursday
2:30 PM
Untangling Quantum Computing
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Eugene Meidinger
Eugene Meidinger
BI Consultant at All Lines Technology
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Starting out as an accidental DBA and developer, Eugene Meidinger now focuses primarily on BI consulting. He has been working with SQL Server for six years now, and he regularly presents at various SQL Saturday events and his local user group. His current focus is Power BI and related areas.
Tuesday
2:00 PM
Power BI: Is it right for you?
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Dale Meredith
Dale Meredith
Cyber Security Author, Trainer and Consultant
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Dale has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1998 and a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) since 2004. Dale's expertise is in explaining difficult concepts and ensuring his students/attendees have actionable knowledge on today’s issues and technologies. Straddling the line between fun and function, Dale's instruction is memorable and entertaining. Along with his 20 years of experience as a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Dale also has an additional eight years of Senior IT Management experience, as well as over 14 years teaching cybersecurity related topics. Dale's priority to maintain personal knowledge and understanding of current trends in security, technology and applications has led to many opportunities such as training various divisions at the Department of Homeland Security. He has helped implement and manage networks using Microsoft Technologies for many Fortune 500 companies.
Wednesday
4:00 PM
Reconnaissance: How Hackers Decide if Your Company is a Target
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Xavier Morera
Xavier Morera
Big Data Inc.
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Xavier is very passionate about teaching, helping others understand search and Big Data. He is an entrepreneur, project manager, technical author, trainer, and holds a few certifications with Cloudera, Microsoft and the Scrum Alliance. He has received Microsoft MVP status. Xavier has spent a great deal of his career working on cutting-edge projects with a primary focus on .NET, Solr, Spark and Hadoop, along with other interesting technologies. Throughout multiple projects, he has acquired the skills to deal with complex enterprise software solutions, working with companies that range from startups to Microsoft. He also worked as a worldwide v-trainer/evangelist for Microsoft.
Thursday
1:30 PM
Taking Big Data to the Cloud as a Managed Platform: Cloudera Altus
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Peter Mosmans
Peter Mosmans
Lead Pentester at Go Forward
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Peter started out in the nineties as a software engineer working on internet banking applications for various European financial institutions. After developing, he moved into the role of defending and designing systems and networks for high-availability websites. In 2004 he started specializing in breaking, pen testing complex and feature-rich web applications. He currently leads a global team of highly skilled penetration testers as lead pentester. He is a contributor to several open-source penetration testing tools, and maintains an extra-featured OpenSSL fork. He likes to speak at international security conferences and meetings, such as OWASP, BSides, OSDC and NullCon—which mixes really well with being a permanent road warrior. Home is 127.0.0.1.
Tuesday
1:00 PM
Rating risks: Why and how to triage your software vulnerabilities
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Jose Paumard
Jose Paumard
Java Rockstar, Software Craftsman
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Passionate about programming computers for over 20 years, Jose made his debut in assembler and C, C for SIMD parallel machines before adopting Java as an object-oriented language. He brings his expertise and capacity for analysis and synthesis to many projects, mainly in the lower layers close to the data, but also on complex UI design, or in the browser. He has a PhD in applied maths and computer science, was an assistant professor in Paris North University for 20 years, and is a Java Champion and Java Rockstar. Jose also has a passion for education and knowledge transfer. He gives talks at major international Java conferences (JavaOne in San Francisco, Devoxx in London, Paris and Antwerp). He has written numerous technical articles on Java technologies for Java Magazine and Oracle Technology Network. He also writes a blog, Java le soir. He is a member of the french Paris Java User Group, has been a co-organizer of the conference Devoxx France for three years, and has been a French documentary source on Java technologies for thousands of French speaking developers around the world.
Thursday
2:30 PM
Java SE 10, Java EE, EE4J: what is happening in the Java space?
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Matthew Renze
Matthew Renze
Data Science Consultant
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Matthew Renze is a data science consultant, author and public speaker. Over the past 18 years, he has taught over 100,000 developers and IT professionals how to make better decisions with data science. His clients include small software startups to Fortune 100 companies across the globe. Matthew is a Microsoft MVP, an ASPInsider, an author for Pluralsight and an open-source software contributor. His focus includes data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. For more information, please visit his website, matthewrenze.com.
Wednesday
2:00 PM
DevSci: Better Software Through Data Science
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Richard Seroter
Richard Seroter
Senior Director of Product at Pivotal
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Richard Seroter is a Senior Director of Product at Pivotal, and has a master's degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado. He's also a 10-time Microsoft MVP for cloud, Pluralsight trainer, lead InfoQ.com editor for cloud computing, frequent public speaker and author of multiple books on application integration strategies. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design.
Thursday
11:00 AM
What NASA's Voyager mission teaches us about building distributed systems
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Daniel Stern
Daniel Stern
CTO at Ishimura Capital Partners
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Daniel is a web developer and content author from Toronto, Ontario.
Wednesday
3:00 PM
Exploring Cryptocurrencies as a Business Tool
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Elton Stoneman
Elton Stoneman
Developer Advocate at Docker, Inc.
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Elton is a Pluralsight Author, Microsoft MVP and Developer Advocate at Docker, Inc. He has been architecting and delivering successful solutions with Microsoft technologies since 2000, most recently Big Data and API implementations in Azure and distributed applications with Docker. He is currently interested in the evolution of the Microsoft stack, exploring the great opportunities to modernize existing .NET Framework apps with Docker, and running them alongside new .NET Core apps in Windows and Linux containers. Elton is a regular presenter and workshop host at conferences, and has recently spoken at NDC, DockerCon, SDD, DevSum, Container Camp and Future Decoded. You'll often see him at user groups too—Docker London, London DevOps and WinOps are his locals.
Thursday
3:30 PM
Why Containers Will Take Over the World
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Emily Tate
Emily Tate
US General Manager at Mind the Product
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Emily Tate is General Manager for the US for Mind the Product, the world's largest community of product people. Prior to joining Mind the Product, Emily spent over 10 years in product leadership as a consultant with Pivotal Labs and as a product manager in the travel industry. She started her career managing software solutions for airlines before taking her experience to the traveler’s side of the journey as the product manager for a leading travel management app, TripCase. Emily is passionate about the craft of product management and loves talking about new ways to make products people love. She was listed as one of “52 Women Making an Impact in Product Management.”
Tuesday
1:00 PM
Get the Most Out of Your Product Manager
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Karen VanHouten
Karen VanHouten
Founder & Principal at Curious Red
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With over 20 years of experience in enterprise software, Karen has spent countless hours researching, exploring and designing technical solutions for wickedly complex business challenges. What she observed, over and over again, was that the success of technical solutions (no matter how well designed) was always limited by the human side of the business. She saw that the health of an organization’s culture was the strongest predictor of its long term success (or failure), regardless of the industry or product offerings. Taking the best from human-centered design methodology and combining it with an "almost unhealthy" level of affection for complex, messy, human problems, Karen now focuses on helping teams design better ways of working together. Through workshops, facilitation and project-specific coaching, she works with teams to identify road blocks and barriers to their potential, and help them become more productive, more innovative, more collaborative and most importantly, more human with each other.
Wednesday
3:00 PM
Why Do We All Suck at Collaboration
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April Wensel
April Wensel
Founder at Compassionate Coding
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April Wensel is an international speaker and the founder of Compassionate Coding, a company that helps technical teams cultivate sustainable, human-centered software development practices built on a foundation of emotional intelligence. She has spent the past decade as a software engineer and technical leader at various startups in Silicon Valley, building products in fields such as healthcare, education, gaming and user research. As an advocate for a more socially responsible tech industry, she also mentors technologists around the world and volunteers with organizations to teach coding to people from underrepresented groups. When not coding or speaking, she enjoys writing, running ultramarathons and experimenting with vegan recipes.
Tuesday
3:00 PM
Catalytic Skills for Developers: There's Nothing "Soft" About These Skills
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Heather Wilde
Heather Wilde
CTO at ROCeteer
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Heather Wilde is a multiple award-winning, six-time CTO and five-time certified Executive Coach. She is an author, speaker, nonprofit director and Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Advisory Board Chair. Affiliated with three Entrepreneurial accelerators, she has also worked with governments on economic development projects for over 20 years. Heather was an early employee of Spirit Airlines and a founding member of Evernote, where she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100 million customers. She was also one of the only women to have programmed, designed, produced and published a game at the company THQ. She has worked with the U.S. Navy, NASA and state and local governments around the world. Heather has received commendations for her work from the United States Government, as well as awards for Mentor/Coach of the Year and Female Executive of the Year. She has also been named Top Writer on Quora. She writes for Forbes and Tech.co and hosts the "Entrepreneurial Revolution" column for Inc Magazine, where she influences millions of readers every week. She is currently the CTO of ROCeteer, a company in Las Vegas, NV, where she oversees the development of software platforms in the US, Asia and the Middle East, and works with ecosystems and teams around the world on their development and growth strategies.
Thursday
2:30 PM
Your Customers Hate You (And Other lies)
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Kesha Williams
Kesha Williams
Senior Software Engineer at Chick-fil-A
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Kesha (pronounced Key-sha) Williams is an award-winning software engineer with over 20 years of experience specializing in full-stack web application development using Java, Spring, Angular and Amazon Web Services (AWS). She's trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Europe and Asia while teaching Java at the university level. She did her summer internship with the National Security Agency (NSA), and recently won the Ada Lovelace Award in Computer Engineering from Look Far and the Think Different Innovation Award from Chick-fil-A for her work on investigating how emerging technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can enhance restaurant operations and customer experiences. In her spare time, she leads the Georgia chapter of Technovation, speaks at technical conferences across the globe, serves as a mentor with the New York Academy of Sciences and conducts free "Hour of Code" workshops for children at her local library. To read more about Kesha Williams, visit her website at www.kesha.tech.
Tuesday
3:00 PM
The Intersection of Computer Vision and Machine Learning
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Jim Wilson
Jim Wilson
President, JW Hedgehog
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Jim Wilson is president of JW Hedgehog, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in solutions for the Android, iOS and Microsoft platforms. He has nearly 35 years of software engineering experience, with the past 18 years heavily focused on creating mobile device and location-based solutions. He has co-founded multiple software-related startups and has served in a consulting role at several more. After nearly a decade as a Microsoft Device Application Development MVP, Jim now focuses on developing Android and iOS device applications. His passion is mentoring software developers. He enjoys the native development experience of Kotlin/Java on Android and Objective-C on iOS just as much as the cross-platform experience of .NET-based device development with Xamarin. Jim has authored more than 30 Pluralsight courses covering a variety of mobile app development topics. He’s written 2 books on Android app development and more than 25 articles on a variety of device application development topics. Jim has also served as a contributing expert on mobile software development issues to a number of different media outlets. His latest book is "Creating Dynamic UI with Android Fragments". Jim and his wife, along with several cats, live in the beautiful lakes region of New Hampshire where they enjoy kayaking in the crisp, clean lakes and hiking in the amazing White Mountains.
Tuesday
4:00 PM
Kotlin and Android – This Changes Everything!
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Crystal Yan
Crystal Yan
UX Designer and Product Manager at United States Digital Service
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Crystal Yan is a product and experience design leader focused on empowering organizations to be more customer-centric. Currently, she advises clients in the technology, healthcare, education and nonprofit sectors as an independent consultant, and is a Product Manager and Designer with the United States Digital Service, a startup within the federal government using design and technology to deliver better government services to the American people. Previously, Crystal led the user experience team at a civic tech startup, transforming how organizations interact with governments worldwide. Crystal holds a degree in Economics from Amherst College, has worked in the US, India, China and Cambodia, and has spoken at conferences and universities in the US, Mexico, Chile, Germany, Ireland and China. Co-Authors
Tuesday
4:00 PM
Build a Better Hiring Process with Design Thinking
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Wednesday
4:00 PM
Behind the AI Curtain - Designing for Machine Learning Products
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