Professionally, I'm a graphic designer for Neo in Columbus, Ohio. I've been designing for 14 years with the studying and completing my Bachelor's Degree in Advertising and Graphic Design at the Columbus College of Art & Design. I design for both print and web/mobile platforms. On a personal note I'm a 25 year old foul-mouthed, lady who worships swiss influenced design, enjoys cigarettes, and quality time with my Newfoundland pup, Roscoe.
Paul Betts / Session / Website / @xpaulbettsx / Github
I'm a Windows / .NET Hacker for GitHub who graduated from The Ohio State University. In my spare time, I hack on some open-source software, play guitar and bass, and in general am within ε of really awesome.
Melinda Bonneville has more than 20 years of experience in the field of technology as both a designer and a developer. She is a Principal - User Experience Designer for Cardinal Solutions Group and a certified usability analyst. Among other initiatives, Melinda helped introduce user experience strategies and processes at AEP within the IT Shared Services group. Melinda has a special interest in neuropsychology and cognitive science and firmly believes in filling your work with life. Work should be fun and fun should be a part of work.
Evan Booth / Session / @evanbooth / Website / Lockfale
Evan "treefort" Booth is an interactive developer with roots in advertising. His company, Recursive Squirrel Interactive, has serviced clients such as HP, 20th Century Fox, AARP, and Hess. Evan is also a founding member of the FALE Association of Locksport Enthusiasts (www.lockfale.com), where he regularly gets to teach fellow problem-solvers and generally attractive people the fundamentals of lock picking and physical security.
Derek is a Senior Designer at Neo Innovation. He specializes in creating beautiful, pixel perfect, application interfaces. He enjoys helping develop the skills of up and coming individuals in the industry to make the web a better place. Learn more at http://derekbriggs.com or follow @pixeljanitor.
Michael Collier is a Windows Azure MVP and serves as a National Architect for Neudesic, a Microsoft SI partner that specializes in Windows Azure. He has nearly 12 years of experience building Microsoft-based applications for a wide range of clients. Michael spends his days serving as a developer or architect – helping clients succeed with the Microsoft development platform. He also enjoys speaking about Windows Azure at local user groups, as well as regional and national conferences. Michael is the founder of CloudDevelop, as well as the Central Ohio Cloud Computing User Group in Columbus, OH. You can follow Michael on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MichaelCollier and on his blog at www.MichaelSCollier.com
Ryan Cromwell is a coder by trade with over 10 years of experience delivering solutions ranging from real-time customer loyalty systems and elegant user experiences to streamlined statistical process control software. Having worked with passionate, high-performing Agile teams, Ryan ventured into the world of Scrum.org training and Agile coaching to replicate those amazing experiences. Ryan’s passion remains delivering software others enjoy using. Ryan is co-founder of the Cincy & Dayton Clean Coders user groups, co-organizer of Southwest Ohio GiveCamp, and all around software community ally. Ryan has led presentations on effective team development, and various topics such as Agile, Scrum, Software Craftsmanship, WPF, Single Page Applications, Software Patterns and more. You can also find Ryan at http://cromwellhaus.com and on Twitter as @cromwellryan.
Michael Crump / Session / Website / @mbcrump
Michael Crump is a Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion, and an author of several .NET Framework eBooks. He speaks at a variety of conferences and has written dozens of articles on .NET development. He currently works at Telerik with a focus on our XAML control suite. You can follow him on Twitter at mbcrump or keep up with his blog by visiting michaelcrump.net.
Erik Dahl / Session / Website / @eadahl / Involution Studios
Erik is the Creative Director of Involution Studios, Columbus, which is a design studio and technology research lab. He also founded and organizes the MidwestUX Conference, leads the local Columbus IxDA (Interaction Design Association), and enjoy taking pictures of people in their side view mirrors. His work explores the principles of transparency, empowerment, and cultural connections between people and technology.
Jared is the Microsoft Practice Lead at HMB, an IT company focused on building trusted partnerships with clients and delivering a wide range of services. He spends his time thinking about IT strategy, building cool things and making sure the developers around him are given the tools and training they need to succeed. He’s spent years building web applications and has worked with both cloud and mobile technologies. 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 http://jaredthenerd.com or follow him on Twitter @jaredthenerd.
Jason Felice / Session / Website / @eraserhd
Jason Felice is an XP developer in Cleveland, Ohio. He's been coding since he got his Atari 800, using Vim and hitting the *nix man pages for twelve years, and developing native Android and iOS for three. He lives in @maker_house, a house of nerds and makers in Ohio City. In previous lives, he was a game developer, a full-stack consultant and The Guy Who Did What They Said Couldn't Be Done (in terms of using TDD, software kanban, and continuous integration to turn around a large code base and a department).
Jason Follas / Session / Website / @jfollas
Jason Follas is an Architect for Perficient, helping clients located in the greater Detroit region (including Toledo, where he lives and leads the Northwest Ohio .NET User Group). For nearly two decades now, he has created interesting solutions using Microsoft technologies, including an aircraft load planning system used by an air freight company, geospatial web applications, and material blend optimization software.
David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies since 1993. He is a Microsoft MVP; an ASP.NET Insider, a member of the INETA Board of Directors; and a past President of the Great Lakes Area .Net User Group. David has presented at dozens of conferences and user groups around the country. 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. David lives in Michigan with his two sons.
Andrew Heaton is a designer who had been strictly digital since 1993, focused on user experience and conceptual design. He is the author of 'Purposely Irregular: Zen, Punk Rock and Ruthlessness in Experience Design' (available on Amazon as paperback or for the Kindle) and is currently working on his second book 'Big Design, Small Screen' on experience design for mobile devices (expected Spring 2013).
David Hoerster, a C# MVP, is a recovering corporate financial analyst and has been working with the Microsoft .NET Framework since the early 1.0 betas. He is the co-founder of BrainCredits (www.braincredits.com), a recent start-up that is hoping to change the way people learn on the web. David is the co-chair of the Pittsburgh .NET User’s Group (PGHDOTNET), organizer of Pittsburgh TechFest 2012, several recent Pittsburgh Code Camps and is also an occasional speaker at Pittsburgh and regional user group and code camp events. David can be found rarely blogging at http://geekswithblogs.net/DavidHoerster and also is an occasional Tweeter (@DavidHoerster).
Jim Holmes / Session / Website / @ajimholmes
Father. Husband. Geek. Veteran. Director of Engineering for Telerik’s Test Studio, an awesome set of tools to help teams deliver better software. Around 25 years IT experience. Co-author of “Windows Developer Power Tools.” Coffee Roaster. MVP for C#. Chief Cat Herder of the CodeMash Conference. Diabetic. Runner. Liked 5th grade so much he did it twice. One-time setter, middle blocker, and weakside hitter. Blogger (http://FrazzledDad.com). Big fan of naps.
Brent Huston / Session / Website / @lbhuston / MicroSolved
Brent Huston is the Security Evangelist and CEO of MicroSolved, Inc. He spends a LOT of time breaking things, including the tools/techniques and actors of crime. When he is not focusing his energies on chaos & entropy, he sets his mind to the order side of the universe where he helps organizations create better security processes, policies and technologies. He is a well recognized author, surfer, inventor, sailor, trickster, entrepreneur and international speaker. He has spent the last 20+ years dedicated to information security on a global scale. He likes honeypots, obscure vulnerabilities, a touch of code & a wealth of data. He also does a lot of things that start with the letter “s”. You can learn more about his professional background here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lbhuston & follow him on Twitter (@lbhuston).
Philip Japikse / Session / Blog / @skimedic
An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .Net since the first betas, developing software for over 20 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil works as a Developer Evangelist for Telerik's RadControls for Windows 8 as well as the Just family of products (JustCode, JustMock, JustTrace, and JustDecompile), and serves as the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .Net User’s Group and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group. Phil founded Agile Conferences, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to advancing agile in all aspects of software development. Phil also serves as Cub Scout Committee Chair for his sons’ Cub Scout Pack, volunteers for the National Ski Patrol, and is a recently retired Firefighter/Paramedic. You can follow Phil on twitter via www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at www.skimedic.com/blog.
Jon Kruger / Session / Website / @JonKruger
Hi, I'm Jon Kruger and I am an independent consultant in Columbus, OH. I specialize in software solutions, project leadership, and Agile coaching and training and I have experience in a wide range of industries and environments. I use my experience as a leader and software developer to find ways to create better quality software, improve the software development process, and maximize value for the business. On the side, I run the Columbus ATDD Developers Group and provide test-driven development training (tddbootcamp.com). You can follow me on my blog (jonkruger.com) or on Twitter (@JonKruger).
Jeff McWherter / Session / Website / @jmcw
Jeff McWherter is the Director of Development at Gravity Works Design and Development (www.GravityWorksDesign.com). Jeff graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunications, and has fourteen years of professional experience in software development. He is a founding member and current Vice President for the Greater Lansing Users for .NET (GLUG.net). He enjoys profiling code, applying design patterns, finding obscure namespaces, and long walks in the park. His lifelong interest in programming began with a Home Computing Magazine in 1983, which included an article about writing a game called Boa Alley in BASIC. Jeff currently lives in a farming community near Lansing, MI. When he is not in front of the computer he enjoys rock and ice climbing with his smart and beautiful wife; which leads to his favorite activity of all, road trips.
Elizabeth works as an Event Handler for GitHub. She is a speaker, author, reformed web developer, and open source advocate who values diversity and community in every sense of the word. She lives peacefully in Cincinnati with her family and collection of old books.
Sam Nasr has been a software developer since 1995, focusing mostly on Microsoft technologies. Having achieved multiple certifications from Microsoft (MCAD, MCTS(MOSS), and MCT), Sam develops, teaches, and tours the country to present various topics in .Net Framework. He is also actively involved with the Cleveland C#/VB.Net User Group, where he has been the group leader since 2003. In addition, he also started the Cleveland WPF User Group, is the INETA Mentor for Ohio, and an author for Visual Studio Magazine. When not coding, Sam loves spending time with his family and friends or volunteering at his local church.
Randy Pagels is a Sr. Developer Technology Specialist and a Developer Platform and Evangelism tools team member covering the Heartland District (MI, OH, KY, TN) for Microsoft. His expertise includes Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Test Professional, and Lab Management products. He educates the customer to maximize their ALM tools by explaining best practices, installation, and configuration through presentations, workshops, or quick starts. Prior to Microsoft he worked for 16 years as a developer in the IT area and has designed and developed many .Net web applications using agile methodologies. Randy is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on Team Foundation Server. For further resource information, please refer to his website teamsystemcafe.net.
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Wesley Reisz is a solutions architect a software craftsman for HP Enterprise Services working with the Human Resources Command (HRC). Wes has been with command (and the previous Accessions Command) for just over ten years. In addition to several other projects, he was the tech lead for the Accessions Command Enterprise Portal, and was the driving force behind its replacement IKROme. Wes’ key areas of focus has been Enterprise Java and .NET, and now is moving heavily towards mobility (using Android, iOS, and HTML5). Additionally over the past ten years, Wes has taught hundreds of juniors and seniors at both the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University as an adjunct faculty member. He has taught a variety of courses including, senior-level programming capstone courses in Web Architecture using Java, .NET, and LAMP stack technologies. Wes is a big believer in Mobile First when design applications today. So for the last couple of years, Wes has spoke at several conferences about the merits and drawbacks of HTML5. A couple of his videos were recorded and can be found at Infoq.com. Wes is an active reviewer for the Pragmatic Press and has reviewed books on Agile Methodologies, .NET, Java, iOS, and Ruby. When he is not working or teaching, Wes is a big Louisville Cardinal fan, and is looking forward to the move to the ACC. Go Cards!
I am a founder and partner at Algonquin Studios, a 50 person consulting and software development firm. I have been developing accessible, effective user interfaces for the Web since 1993. I am a member of the W3C HTML Working Group as well as the W3C Accessibility Task Force. I have written articles for trade journals, web sites, and participated as an author and editor on five web-related books. I have also acted as a technical editor for the same publisher and other developer web sites. My work has been cited in many books and articles on usability, accessibility, and interface design. I was most recently interviewed in the French magazine "Technikart" about the future of the web and I wrote an article in the British ".Net Magazine" about making web sites print-friendly.
Brent Schooley / Session / Website / @brentschooley / Blog
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 Windows 8 and Windows Phone. 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, available now from Apress. See http://bit.ly/designwin8 for details.
Justin Searls / Session / Website / @searls
Justin Searls has two professional passions: writing great software and sharing what he’s learned in order to help others write even greater software. He recently co-founded a new software studio called Test Double, where he’s currently helping clients build well-crafted user experiences for the web.
Tema Smith-Bosken is a seasoned and passionate digital accessibility specialist and trainer with more than 15 years industry experience. She has consulted and offered remediation advice on more than 112 Federal Government web properties including Section508.gov and GSA.gov as well as many prominent commercial web properties including GE Capitol and GE Money portal. Most recently, she gathered requirements for, developed and wrote accessibility policy for a local Fortune 100 company. Tema is currently "Electronic Communications Accessibility SME" for JP Morgan Chase.
Mark Stanislav is a Senior Consultant at NetWorks Group, focused on operational automation and information security. With a career spanning a decade, Mark has worked within small business, academia, start-up, and corporate environments primarily focused on Linux architecture, information security, and web application development. Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Networking & IT Administration and a Master’s in Technology Studies focused on Information Assurance, both from Eastern Michigan University. Mark also holds his CISSP, Security+, Linux+, and CCSK certifications.
Scott Sullivan is a User Experience designer at Involution Studios Ohio. He has a background in technology-based art, visual design, and User Experience design.
I am a lifelong student of computer science, music, and literature. In pursuit of those interests, I work by day as a programmer at Chemical Abstracts Services, moonlight as the creator and curator of Mashed Code Magazine. review books for The Pragmatic Bookshelf and Manning and listen to a fascinating collection of music while performing all of my duties. I have specialized in working with web services and mastering various testing techniques and tools. I am finally done with formal education, having a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Franklin University.
Keith is a Solutions Architect with Leading EDJE. He has over 23 years experience designing, developing and delivering high quality software solutions for several companies including Lexmark, Diebold, Limited Brands, Sterling Commerce and IBM. He is currently working on a PhoneGap / web technology based Android mobile app solution to help automate a large client's service technicians' workflow.
Michael Wood / Session / Blog / @mikewo
Michael Wood is a Senior Application Developer for Resurgent Capital Services in Mason, OH, but lives across the river in Kentucky. He describes himself as a problem solving, outdoorsy, user group starting, dog-loving, blog writing, solution creating, event planning, married, technology speaking, father of one kind of guy. When he's not living up to that title he's an avid reader, (horrible) violin player and gamer. Michael is a Founding Director of the Cincinnati .Net User Group as well as the founder of the Cincinnati Software Architecture Special Interest Group. He was also the instigator of the informal code pairing Bitslinger events in Cincinnati and is currently a Microsoft MVP in Windows Azure. You can catch up with Mike on his blog at http://mvwood.com/blog and on twitter under the handle @mikewo.
Susan Yount / Session / Website / LinkedIn / @SuzieZUMO
Susan Yount is Senior Director of the Microsoft Practice at Trillium Teamologies. She has a passion for growing business and people, and has served the National Mobile Solution Leadership Committee. She has a passion for growing business and people. She most recently led an outstanding Agile team in the creation and deployment of a very visible multinational project for a multi-billion dollar organization. Susan guides teams via strong technical expertise, encourages and rewards great ideas, and focus on the needs of the non-technical end user. She has a clear vision for what’s coming around the bend, and is a regular participant in technical communities, such as MIGang, CodeMash, and CocoaConf.
Greg Zimmer is a Practice Manager at Cardinal Solutions Group, focusing on bringing value to the enterprise through the application of best practices across a variety of technologies. He has over a decade of experience as a developer in environments ranging from start ups to large enterprises. His technical expertise ranges across traditional enterprise Java development, mobile application development, agile development practices, and beyond. When he’s not working, he likes to go racing in parking lots.