March 16–17, 2015: Training
March 17–19, 2015: Conference
Boston, MA

Software Architecture Speakers

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Matthew Barlocker
Matthew Barlocker (Blue Matador, Inc.), @mbarlocker

Matthew Barlocker is the Chief Architect at Lucid Software Inc ( Since receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from BYU in 2008, he has worked tirelessly to create highly-available, scalable applications in the... Read More.

Molly Bartlett
Molly Bartlett (ThoughtWorks)

Molly Dishman is a Senior Consultant at ThoughtWorks Inc. a global IT Software Consultancy. During her ThoughtWorks career she has developed top quality software solutions for clients all over the world. She has been a... Read More.

Christian Beedgen

Christian co-founded Sumo Logic in 2010 and has served as CTO since then. Christian was at ArcSight from 2001 through January 2010 most recently serving as Chief Architect for the event-based products, both ArcSight... Read More.

Anand Bhadouria
Anand Bhadouria (Hewlett-Packard Company)

Anand Bhadouria is a strategic, Cloud Technology leader with over 22 years of global experience in application & IT infrastructure, Management Consulting, Enterprise Architecture, Pre-Sales and Project Management. Currently Anand is working with HP as... Read More.

Simon Brown
Simon Brown (Independent Consultant), @simonbrown

Simon is an independent consultant and helps organisations to build better software by adopting a lightweight, pragmatic approach to software architecture. He is the creator of the C4 software architecture model and the author... Read More.

Michael Brunton-Spall
Michael Brunton-Spall (Bruntonspall Ltd), @bruntonspall

Michael Brunton-Spall is technical architect at the Government Digital Service. He travels the country helping government agencies and services embrace the digital now.
Previously he worked at the Guardian for six years, helping to... Read More.

Ian Buchanan
Ian Buchanan (Atlassian), @devpartisan

Ian Buchanan has over a decade of experience in software architecture. As an “architect who codes”, Ian has broad and deep experience with both Java and .NET. He has built software modeling tools leveraging... Read More.

Bryan Cantrill

Bryan Cantrill is CTO at Joyent, where he oversees worldwide development of the SmartOS and SmartDataCenter platforms. He’s an engaging an experienced speaker, most recently taking the stage at conferences including O’Reilly Velocity 2014... Read More.

Dave Cassel
Dave Cassel (MarkLogic), @dmcassel

Dave Cassel is the Developer Community Manager at MarkLogic. During his career as a software developer, he has built applications ranging from quick proof-of-concepts to production systems for customers across such verticals as Public Sector,... Read More.

Adrian Cockcroft
Adrian Cockcroft (Amazon Web Services), @adrianco

Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology. He’s always been fascinated by what comes next, and he writes and speaks extensively on a range of subjects. At Battery,... Read More.

Matthew Creager

I’m a Developer Advocate at Heroku, which makes it my job to help developers design, build & deploy applications at scale. Previously, I worked at GoInstant on a data synchronization integration for AngularJS and BlackBerry... Read More.

Scott Davis
Scott Davis (ThoughtWorks), @scottdavis99

Scott Davis is the founder of, a training and consulting company that that specializes in leading-edge technology solutions like HTML 5, mobile development, SmartTV development, NoSQL, Groovy, and Grails.

Scott has been writing... Read More.

Zhamak Dehghani
Zhamak Dehghani (ThoughtWorks), @zhamakd

Zhamak Dehghani is a principal technology consultant at ThoughtWorks, focusing on distributed systems architecture and digital platform strategy in the enterprise. She’s a member of the company’s Technology Advisory Board and contributes to the creation... Read More.

Paul Downey
Paul Downey (GDS), @psd

Paul is a Technical Architect at the Government Digital Service, where he helped build GOV.UK and is now working with departments to transform Government digital services. He represents GDS on... Read More.

David Elsberry
David Elsberry (Ventana Medical Systems)

David Elsberry is a principal software engineer at Ventana Medical Systems. He has been involved in every aspect of software development at Ventana and has had a hand in launching a number of instrument and... Read More.

Ben Evans
Ben Evans (jClarity), @kittylyst

Ben Evans is co-founder of jClarity, a startup which makes performance tools for development & ops teams. His career highlights to date include: Chief architect for Listed Derivatives at Deutsche Bank, performance testing the Google... Read More.

Edward Fagin

Edward Fagin is the VP of Engineering, Data Services at MediaMath. He manages the development, testing, and operations of MediaMath’s data products and services, including architecting MediaMath’s data management platform. Edward also chairs MediaMath’s Open... Read More.

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... Read More.

Martin Fowler
Martin Fowler (ThoughtWorks), @martinfowler

Martin is an author, speaker, consultant and self-described general loud-mouth on software development. He concentrates on designing enterprise software – looking at what makes a good design and what practices are needed to come up... Read More.

Uwe Friedrichsen
Uwe Friedrichsen (codecentric AG), @ufried

Uwe Friedrichsen travels the IT world for many years. As a fellow of codecentric AG he is always in search of innovative ideas and concepts. His current focus areas are resilience, scalability and the IT... Read More.

Sam Gazitt
Sam Gazitt (Hewlett-Packard Company)

Sam leads the product management team that delivers the developer tools and services for the HP Helion Development Platform. He joined HP from the startup world where he designed and developed a SaaS-product that he... Read More.

Ginny Ghezzo

Ginny is an experienced manager with strong customer and communication skills. As a Program Director at IBM with a world wide team, Ginny’s focus is improving the support of a suite of application lifecycle... Read More.

David Gouldin

David cut his web development teeth in Python/Django building Dallas’s hyperlocal media site Pegasus News. After contracting internationally, he found his home in the startup scene of San Francisco. Moving down the stack, David is... Read More.

Iwao Hatanaka
Iwao Hatanaka (IBM )

Iwao Hatanaka is currently a Senior Engineer at IBM on the Watson Platform Services team, enabling cognitive services through a new, cutting-edge Cloud Services Fabric for the IBM Watson Developer Cloud.

Iwao was... Read More.

Ben Hindman
Ben Hindman (Mesosphere)

Ben Hindman is one of the creators of Apache Mesos, a platform for building and running resource-efficient distributed systems at scale. Ben started working on Mesos as a PhD student at Berkeley before he brought... Read More.

Bianca Jiang

Bianca Jiang is a Senior Software Engineer in IBM Rational. She has been a Java and Web developer on generations of agile and collaborative software development process and management tools for 15 years. Her... Read More.

David Josephsen

As the developer evangelist for Librato, Dave Josephsen hacks on tools and documentation, writes about statistics, systems monitoring, alerting, metrics collection and visualization, and generally does anything he can to help engineers and developers close... Read More.

Michael Keeling

Michael Keeling is a software engineer at IBM where he develops data-intensive systems built using IBM’s Watson Explorer and Watson platforms. Michael is an experienced software architect, agile practitioner, and programmer with experience throughout... Read More.

Lois Kelly
Lois Kelly (Rebels at Work), @LoisKelly

Lois Kelly has been a creative rebel throughout her career, helping some of the most respected companies in the world create new ways to launch products, communicate complicated issues, influence public opinion, deal with crises,... Read More.

Raffi Krikorian
Raffi Krikorian (Uber Advanced Technologies Center), @raffi

Raffi Krikorian was, until August 2014, Twitter’s VP of Engineering in charge of the Platform – the core infrastructure of Twitter. During his tenure, Platform Engineering was primarily responsible for the scalability, efficiency, reliability, and... Read More.

Rachel Laycock
Rachel Laycock (ThoughtWorks), @rachellaycock

Rachel Laycock works for ThoughtWorks as a Market Technical Principal in New York with over 10 years of experience in systems development. She has worked on a wide range of technologies and the integration of... Read More.

Sean Leach

Sean is Chief Security Officer at Fastly, where he is responsible for platform and product security as well as strategic product and technology direction and evangelism. He was previously VP, Technology for Verisign, where he... Read More.

Dave McLoughlin
Dave McLoughlin (Rogue Wave Software )

Dave has worked various sales, technical, and management positions in the microcomputer software industry for over 25 years. He first joined OpenLogic in 2006 in a technical sales positions and has since helped the company... Read More.

Brian Mitchell
Brian Mitchell (Cigna)

Brian Mitchell is the Chief Architect for Cigna’s Pharmacy and Group Insurance business areas. He also has leadership responsibility for the enterprise architecture of CIGNA’s web, call, mobile, and enterprise content management efforts. Prior to... Read More.

Michael Montgomery
Michael Montgomery (IDesign)

Michael ‘Monty’ Montgomery is a master software architect with IDesign. Monty specializes in .NET distributed system design and state-of-the-art service-oriented techniques. Monty has mentored many around the world to master IDesign’s original methodologies to... Read More.

Jonathan Moore
Jonathan Moore (Comcast Cable), @jon_moore

Jon Moore is a Technical Fellow at Comcast Corporation, where he runs the Core Application Platforms group that focuses on building scalable, performant, robust software components for the company’s varied software product development groups. His... Read More.

Irakli Nadareishvili
Irakli Nadareishvili (CA Technologies), @inadarei

Irakli is director of strategy at API Academy, CA Technologies. At any given time he can be found: designing APIs, coding on Github, obsessing over topics of distributed systems architecture or expressing heartfelt opinions... Read More.

Sam Newman
Sam Newman (Independent), @samnewman

Sam Newman is a developer at ThoughtWorks, where he’s been working for over ten years. During that time he’s worked extensively with the cloud and Continuous Delivery, especially preoccupied with understanding how to more... Read More.

Sarah Novotny

Sarah Novotny is an open source community manager at Google. Sarah’s recent technological focuses include open source, cloud and utility computing, infrastructure automation, and data (big and small; relational and nonrelational). Her calling lies in... Read More.

Pratik Patel

Pratik Patel is the CTO of Atlanta based startup TripLingo. He’s also an author, speaker, and consultant helping technologists build great apps, and business people make the most of technology. After many years in... Read More.

Russell Pavlicek
Russell Pavlicek (Looking for an opportunity), @RCPavlicek

Currently the Xen Project Evangelist for Citrix, Russell has spent two decades evangelizing Open Source. Since his introduction to Linux in 1995, he has relentlessly promoted the concept of Open Source to anyone who would... Read More.

Stephen Pember

Steve is currently the CTO of ThirdChannel – a startup in Boston, MA – which crowdsources data from thousands of people through their smart phones and then presents that data through visualization and analytic... Read More.

Tim Pettersen
Tim Pettersen (Atlassian), @kannonboy

Tim Pettersen is a veteran Java developer at Atlassian. After seven years of working on JIRA, Stash and other developer tools out of Atlassian’s Australian office, he made the move to San Francisco. Today,... Read More.

Sam Ramji
Sam Ramji (Cloud Foundry Foundation), @sramji

A 20-year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji brings a wealth of business, product, and open source experience to the CEO role at the Cloud Foundry Foundation. Previously, he... Read More.

Mark Richards
Mark Richards (Self-employed)

Mark Richards is an experienced hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of Microservices Architectures, Service Oriented Architectures, and distributed systems in J2EE and other technologies. He has been involved in the... Read More.

Brian Roberts (TIM Group), @flicken

Brian Roberts is a magician skilled in the dark of art of distilling complex requirements into simple, yet powerful systems, and has led agile teams to quickly produce algorithmically-intensive software systems in financial systems, planning... Read More.

Rachel Roumeliotis

Rachel Roumeliotis is a strategic content director at O’Reilly, where she leads an editorial team that covers a wide variety of programming topics ranging from full stack to open source in the enterprise to emerging... Read More.

Johann leads if(we) with partner, co-founder and long-time friend, Greg Tseng. Under Johann’s leadership, if(we) conceived, developed and refined Tagged, a social networking product supporting 300 million users in over 200 countries. With balanced interests... Read More.

Nathaniel Schutta

Nathaniel T. Schutta is a solution architect focussed on making usable applications. A proponent of polyglot programming, Nate has written two books on Ajax and speaks regularly at various worldwide conferences, No Fluff Just Stuff... Read More.

Adam Seligman
Adam Seligman (Salesforce ), @adamse

Adam Seligman is the vice president for developer relations at Salesforce. In this role he is responsible for the company’s rapidly growing, 1.8 million member developer community. Adam has led developer relations for more than... Read More.

Marc Siegel
Marc Siegel (Panorama Education), @ms_ati

Marc Siegel is a software Team Lead at TIM Group, a Financial Software firm based in London. He has experience in web applications and event-driven systems, sometimes simultaneously. Marc graduated with B.S. in Computer... Read More.

David  Sklar 
David  Sklar  (David Sklar, Inc.)

David is an independent consultant who solves your API design, distributed systems, and engineering culture problems. He’s the author of Learning PHP 5, Essential PHP Tools, and co-author of PHP Cookbook.... Read More.

Brian Sletten
Brian Sletten (Bosatsu Consulting), @bsletten

Brian Sletten is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies. His experience has spanned many industries including retail, banking, online games, defense, finance, hospitality and health care. He has a B.S.... Read More.

Matt Stine
Matt Stine (Pivotal), @mstine

Matt Stine is a technical product manager at Pivotal. He is a 15 year veteran of the enterprise IT industry, with experience spanning numerous business domains.

Matt is obsessed with the idea that enterprise... Read More.

david swift
david swift (TBD)

David Swift has worked for 11 startups over the course of a 29-year career, with extensive experience in
software development, quality assurance, and operations. Driven by a passion to learn and improve, heRead More.

Ghica van Emde Boas
Ghica van Emde Boas (

CV Ghica van Emde Boas
Ghica received a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Amsterdam, and then joined IBM in the Netherlands as a software developer. She stayed at IBM for... Read More.

Glenn Vanderburg
Glenn Vanderburg (, @glv

Glenn Vanderburg works at LivingSocial as the engineering director for architecture and core services.

Mark Vanderwiele
Mark Vanderwiele (IBM Corporation), @MarkVanderwiele

Mark VanderWiele is an IBM distinguished engineer working on emerging cloud technologies. Mark was chief architect for some of the first clouds in IBM and over the last several years has been performing... Read More.

Saiprashanth Reddy Venumbaka

Saiprashanth Reddy Venumbaka is Director of SAP HANA Platform product marketing responsible for SAP HANA Solution Architecture. He has more than 13 years of experience at SAP in product development... Read More.

Dean Wampler

Dean Wampler, Ph.D., is the Architect for Big Data Products and Services for Typesafe. He builds scalable, distributed applications using Spark, Hadoop, Mesos, Scala, and the Typesafe Reactive Platform. He is the author... Read More.

Bill Wilder (Finomial Corporation), @codingoutloud

Bill Wilder is CTO at Finomial, a financial services firm serving the global hedge fund industry. Over more than 25 years in the software field, Bill has been a hands-on architect, consultant, trainer, speaker,... Read More.