February 23–26, 2020
Matthew Auburn
Matthew Auburn (Morgan Stanley)

Matt Auburn is a passionate software developer at Morgan Stanley, where he works as an API developer. Matt currently owns the DevOps and Security API components in his day to day. He’s a Java developer at heart, but he also writes automated tests in Python and has an interest in Go. He enjoys learning new technologies, mentoring, and teaching developers.

Maggie Carroll
Maggie Carroll (Ausley)

Maggie Carroll is a senior engineer at Ausley, putting together a system of systems and enabling vendors to play well together. Maggie has been a software architect and enterprise architect for the last six years and has worked in software engineering for the last 30 years. She helped launch two successful startups and has helped with several large real-time systems in the aerospace industry. Maggie loves leaning up processes and has a passion for improving team dynamics to get great results.

Scott Davis
Scott Davis (ThoughtWorks), @scottdavis99

Scott Davis is a Web Architect and Developer Advocate with ThoughtWorks, where he focuses on the leading-edge, innovative, emerging, and nontraditional aspects of web development, such as serverless web apps, mobile web apps (responsive PWAs), HTML5-based smart TV apps, conversational UIs (like Siri and Alexa), and using web technologies to build IoT solutions. He is also the founder of ThirstyHead.com, a Denver-based training and software development consultancy. Scott has been writing about web development for over 10 years. His books include Getting Started with Grails, Groovy Recipes, GIS for Web Developers, The Google Maps API: Adding Where to Your Web Applications, and JBoss at Work. He is also the author of several popular article series at IBM developerWorks, including Mastering MEAN,... Read More.

Sasa Djolic (Kater)

Sasha Jolich leads Engineering for Kater, a Mobility-as-a-Service company. Prior to joining Kater, he founded Persistr, an EDD framework and SaaS platform, and worked closely with organizations to design and implement innovative, enterprise-grade API and microservices solutions. An experienced software architect, Sasha has worked extensively in the field of integration and real-time transaction processing.

Neal Ford
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks), @neal4d

Neal Ford is a director, software architect, and meme wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy that thinks disruptively to deliver technology to address the toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. Neal focuses on designing and building large-scale enterprise applications. He’s an internationally recognized expert on software development and delivery, especially in the intersection of Agile engineering techniques and software architecture. Neal has authored magazine articles, seven books (and counting), and dozens of video presentations and has spoken at hundreds of developers conferences worldwide on the topics of software architecture, continuous delivery, functional programming, and cutting-edge software innovations. Check out his website at Nealford.com. He welcomes feedback and can be reached at nford@thoughtworks.com.

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Ethan Garofolo (Berkadia Commercial Mortgage)

Ethan has been a professional programmer since 2006. He has worked both ends of the abstraction hierarchy, from device drivers to web-based systems, and he was lead “vocalist” in a punk rock band.

Ethan has been working exclusively on microservices projects for a few years and is the author of Practical Microservices, a book published by the Pragmatic Bookshelf.

James Gough
James Gough (Morgan Stanley)

James (Jim) Gough is an executive director and developer at Morgan Stanley, where he’s focused on building customer-facing technology. A Java developer and author, Jim first became interested in Java during his degree program at the University of Warwick; after graduating, he became a member of the London Java Community. Community has remained central to Jim’s contributions, which include working on the design and testing of JSR-310 and serving on the Java Community Process Executive Committee for several years. Jim is a regular conference speaker and spent four years teaching Java and C++ around the world.

Tom Hofte
Tom Hofte (Xebia)

Tom Hofte is an IT architect at Xebia. Tom has been working as a lead architect in IT for more than 10 years, focusing on integration architectures and distributed system design. He began his career as a developer and over the years has taken on a number of roles within IT organisations, giving him a deep knowledge and understanding of IT technology and delivering IT product s throughout the complete lifecycle, from concept to grave.

Gregor Hohpe
Gregor Hohpe (Google Cloud), @ghohpe

Gregor Hohpe is a technical director in Google Cloud’s office of the CTO, where he maximizes the benefit customers derive from a cloud-based IT model by combining organizational, software delivery, and IT infrastructure transformation. Riding the “architect elevator” from the engine room to the penthouse, he connects corporate strategy with technical implementation by making complex topics engaging and approachable without compromising technical accuracy. Previously, Gregor was chief architect at Allianz, one of world’s largest insurance companies, where he established accelerated innovation and complexity and cost reduction as architecture goals, oversaw a global data center consolidation, and deployed the first on-premises cloud and software delivery platform. Gregor is a coauthor of the seminal book Enterprise Integration Patterns, widely cited as the reference vocabulary for... Read More.

Allen Holub
Allen Holub (Holub Associates), @allenholub

Allen Holub is one of the country’s foremost software architects and Agile-transformation consultants. Allen speaks internationally about all things Agile and software architecture and provides in-house training and consulting in those areas. He’s also an expert-level programmer, specializing in Swift, Java, and Web 2.0 applications and microservices. Allen can build highly dynamic websites (along the lines of Gmail) from front to back: both the frontend code—JavaScript, JQuery, Angular, HTML5, and CSS3—that runs in the browser and the backend code—Java, PHP, MySQL, Ruby, Mongo, C++, ZeroMQ, and EC2—that runs either on your server or in the cloud. Allen is widely published. His works include 10 books, hundreds of articles in publications ranging from Dr. Dobb’s Journal to IBM DeveloperWorks, and video classes for... Read More.

Devangana Khokhar (ThoughtWorks Inc.)

Devangana Khokhar is Senior Data scientist and strategist at ThoughtWorks. She brings 6+ years of experience in building intelligent systems and defining data strategy for clients across multiple domains and geographies. Devangana has a research background in Theoretical Computer Science, Information Retrieval and Social Network Analysis. She has authored a book on network sciences titled Gephi Cookbook with Packt Publishing London. Her current interests include data privacy and security, the role of data in humanitarian sector, ethics and responsibilities around data, reinforcement learning and data-driven intelligence in low-resource settings. Devangana frequently consults for and guides non-profit organizations and social enterprises on value of data literacy and holds workshops as well as boot-camps on various dimensions of data. She holds a Masters degree in Theoretical Computer... Read More.

Luca Mezzalira

Luca Mezzalira is VP of Architecture at DAZN. In his 16-year career, Luca has worked on cutting-edge projects for mobile, desktop, web, TVs, set-top boxes, and embedded devices. Luca believes the best way to learn any programming language is by mastering its models, so he’s spent a lot of time studying topics like object-oriented programming, functional programming, and reactive programming. As a result, he’s able to swap easily between different programming languages, apply best practices, and drive any team to success. Luca is a Google Developer Expert on web technologies, the author of Front-End Reactive Architectures (Apress), and manager of the London JavaScript community.

Megan O'Keefe (Google)

Megan O’Keefe is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google Cloud, where she works on building end-user experiences for Kubernetes, Istio, and all things containers. A graduate of Wellesley College, her past experience includes building edge computing platforms at Cisco. She is passionate about hybrid cloud, open source, and inclusion in technology.

Christian Posta (Solo.io)

Christian Posta (@christianposta) is Global Field CTO at Solo.io, former Chief Architect at Red Hat, and well known in the community for being an author (Istio in Action, Manning, Istio Service Mesh, O’Reilly 2018, Microservices for Java Developers, O’Reilly 2016), frequent blogger, speaker, open-source enthusiast and committer on various open-source projects including Istio, Kubernetes, and many others. He enjoys mentoring, training and leading teams to be successful with distributed systems concepts, microservices, devops, and cloud-native application design.

Charles Pretzer (Buoyant, Inc.)

Charles Pretzer is a field engineer at Buoyant, where he spends his time collaborating and engaging with the open source community of the CNCF service mesh, Linkerd. He also enables production level adoption by helping companies integrate Linkerd into their Kubernetes based applications. Charles has spoken at meetups and conferences hosted by ABN Amro, Macnica, and NGINX Conf. When he’s not presenting or in front of a computer, he’s riding a motorcycle or making a delicious mess in the kitchen.

Mark Richards

Mark Richards is an experienced, hands-on software architect focused on the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems in J2EE and other technologies. He’s been involved in the software industry since 1983 and has significant experience and expertise in application, integration, and enterprise architecture. Mark served as the president of the New England Java Users Group from 1999 to 2003. He’s the author of numerous technical books and videos from O’Reilly, including Software Architecture Fundamentals (video), Enterprise Messaging (video), and Java Message Service (book), and he’s a regular conference speaker at the No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) symposium series. Mark has spoken at over 100 conferences and user groups around the world on a variety of enterprise-related technical... Read More.

Vanya Seth (ThoughtWorks Inc.)

Vanya Seth is a Lead Architect at ThoughtWorks where she has been working with clients from various domains and markets, guiding them on building evolutionary architectures. She is a passionate technologist with a knack for solving complex problems. She brings 10 years of experience in building cloud native applications designed for scale. In her additional role as the Technology Principal for the Hyderabad office of ThoughtWorks, she formulates technology strategy for the clients and consults them on various aspects such as scalability, security, etc. She has a strong product background having worked with product-based companies in the past. She also has extensive experience in working with open source communities, particularly with District Health Information System (DHIS2) which is a widely used open source health platform... Read More.

Padmavati Sridhar (Morgan Stanley)

Padmavati (Padma) Sridhar is a Vice President at Morgan Stanley, where she leads a team in developing client-facing web technology for hedge fund clients. She focuses on delivering secure, user-friendly and holistic solutions for clients across different business units. She has streamlined several manual workflows with automated technology solutions that provide clients transparency into their day-to-day business operations. She is passionate about solving challenging problems and mentoring developers to grow in business-facing roles. In her spare time, she enjoys leading a Toastmasters chapter at the firm that helps participants build public-speaking skills.

Marco van der Linden

Marco van der Linden is a Netherlands-based IT solutions architect and consultant at Xebia. Marco has more than 15 years’ experience in IT. Previously, he worked at IBM and consulted on APIs for multiple companies. Marco has worked on all kinds of systems using various types of technologies but is especially interested in distributed systems design. He hosts meetups on REST, HATEOAS, microservices, and event storming and gives DASA DevOps training. In his spare time, Marco likes to take long walks with his family, do a bit of fencing (épée), and read books.

Vaughn Vernon
Vaughn Vernon (Kalele & vlingo)

Vaughn Vernon is the founder and chief architect of the vlingo/PLATFORM. A software developer and architect with more than 35 years of experience in a broad range of business domains, Vaughn is a leading expert in domain-driven design (DDD), champion of simplicity and reactive systems. The open source, DDD-friendly, reactive vlingo/PLATFORM is one example of his commitment to balancing the right technology choices with every essential and unique business vision. He consults on and teaches DDD and reactive software development, helping teams and organizations realize the potential of business-driven and reactive systems as they transition from technology-driven legacy web implementation approaches, putting a strong emphasis on embracing simplicity whenever possible. Vaughn is the author of three books: Implementing Domain-Driven Design,... Read More.

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