Calvin Allen / Session / Website / @CalvinAllen_

Calvin Allen

Calvin is a .NET developer in Columbus, OH that enjoys designing software that not only solves business problems, but it easy to use, on budget, and on time. If he isn't designing software, he's learning how to be a better software developer. This isn't just a career for him – it’s also a lifestyle.

Ondrej Balas / Session / Website / @ondrejbalas

Ondrej Balas

Ondrej is the owner of UseTech Design, a Michigan-based development company that focuses primarily on .NET and other Microsoft technologies. Ondrej is also a Microsoft MVP in C#, a writer for Visual Studio Magazine, and the current president of the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group in Southfield, MI. As a consultant Ondrej works across many industries including finance, manufacturing, and logistics. Areas of expertise include similarity and matching across large data sets, algorithm design, distributed architecture, and dependency injection.

Michael Baltic / Session

Michael Baltic

A Principal developer with Cardinal Solutions, I have been building modern software for over 10 years in the Columbus area.

James Bender / Session / Website / @JamesBender

James Bender

James has been involved in software development and architecture for almost 20 years. He has worked as a developer and architect on everything from small, single-user applications to Enterprise-scale, multi-user systems. His specialties are .NET development and architecture, TDD, SOA, WCF, Web Development, cloud computing, and agile development methodologies. He is an experienced mentor and author. James is a Microsoft MVP, Chairman of the Midwest Tech Fest and former President of the Central Ohio .NET Developers Group. James's book "Professional Test Driven Development with C#: Developing Real World Applications with TDD" was released in May of 2011. James's Twitter ID is JamesBender

Matthew Bok / Session

Matthew Bok

Matthew Bok is a Business Analyst and PMP certified project manager.

Eric Browning / Session / Website / @browningeric

Eric Browning

A designer working in NE Ohio, Eric has worked on game projects, client work independently and at agencies, and mentored startups. Solving hard problems through efficient and usable design is his passion. When he's not knee deep in pixels, you can usually find him hiking with his wife and their dog.

Benjamin Bykowski / Session / Website / @Sirius_B

Benjamin Bykowski

Ben has more than 18 years’ experience in both technology and information architecture. Prior to creating Falls Digital, Ben led a team of designers, developers, and technology professionals at a Cleveland-based interactive marketing agency. With roots in Ohio, Ben was classically trained in computer science & engineering at the University of Toledo. A life-long learner, Ben earned an MBA from Case Western. Ben is a Microsoft Certified Professional and a member of the Information Architecture Institute and Interaction Design Association. Off the grid, Ben is the married father of three boys and is civically engaged in his local and regional community. He enjoys sailing, snowboarding, traveling, reading, and is a practiced chef and DJ.

Adam Caudill / Session / Website / @adamcaudill

Adam Caudill

Adam Caudill is a software developer with over 15 years of experience, and independent security researcher with a focus on application security, secure communications, and cryptography. Currently working on initiatives to improve the security and privacy of email and similar messaging systems. Active blogger, open source contributor, and advocate for user privacy and protection.

Matt Darby / Session / Website / @mattdarby

Matt Darby

I’ve been in the industry for over fifteen years and have worked remotely with teams in the startup, consulting, engineering, and hosting industries. I am also a professor and have taught remotely for over three years.

Johnson Denen / Session / Website / @jpdenen

Johnson Denen

I started my career in software testing as a QA analyst at Epic. I tested lab interfaces for EMR software and bugs could literally kill people! I got into automation by hacking PowerShell and SQL scripts together, and eventually, I discovered Ruby. I haven't written a PowerShell script since. I'm now the Lead Automation Engineer at FactGem and an adjunct CS professor at Columbus State. I have a passion for automation, continuous delivery, software testing, and the Cavs.

Kevin Devine / Session

Kevin Devine

I've worn many hats, Webmaster, Applications Developer, Network Administrator, Database Administrator and Senior Software Engineer. I have been at companies that rely on stored procedures exclusively and those that use an ORM to abstract it all away. This experience puts me in a position to talk about optimizing SQL and seeing it from both sides.

Mike Earley / Session / Website / @earleyfivestar

Mike Earley

Mike Earley has been working in the web design and development industry since 1998. He has worked as a business analyst, project manager, software designer, front-end developer, illustrator, user experience designer. He is currently employed at Cardinal Health, where he works at The Fuse, Cardinal's innovative development team. Mike performs multiple duties at The Fuse, including User Experience design, CSS Development, Illustration, and teaching and training the staff at the Fuse on how to become better product designers.

Jim Everett / Session

Jim Everett

Jim Everett is a Senior Consultant at HMB where he designs custom software solutions for clients. He has over 14 years of professional software development experience, working on projects for various levels of government, school districts, and Fortune 50 companies. Jim has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary, and enjoys talking about the all things software with a frosty beverage in hand.

Christopher Fahey / Session / Website

Christopher Fahey

I am dedicated to developing software in an agile manner. My experience is with web application development and enjoys developing with HTML/CSS/JavaScript, Java, and various mobile technologies. I enjoy writing code that makes myself and others say to themselves “this is clean, extensible and it uses various technologies benefiting of their different strengths.”

Jared Faris / Session / Website / @jaredthenerd

Jared Faris

Jared is a Microsoft MVP and the Director of Technology Services at HMB (, an IT services company based out of Columbus, OH. His focus is on building great development teams through training, mentoring, and prodigious amounts of caffeine. He’s spent years building web applications with cloud and mobile experience. Jared helps organize multiple conferences in Columbus, OH and is a frequent speaker at regional events; if he doesn't have some deadline he doesn't know what to do with himself. You can find out more about him at or follow him @jaredthenerd

Cassandra Faris / Session / @cassandrafaris

Cassandra Faris

Cassandra Faris is the Talent Manager at Improving Enterprises, a software development consulting and training company in Columbus, Ohio. She is highly involved in the regional technical community, and is President of the Microsoft-focused Dog Food Conference and Marketing Lead for CloudDevelop Conference. She has an MBA in Organizational Leadership and Marketing, and is an avid tabletop gamer, runner, and a soccer fan who travels as much as possible.

Chris Farrell / Session / Website / @chrispfarrell

Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell is the .Net Competency Manager at Quick Solutions in Columbus, OH and he has been a .Net developer since 2002. Over the years he has been a lead contributor on an open source project with 150,000+ users, a mentor and teacher to countless developers and an active member of the developer community both attending and presenting at a number of .Net user groups and conferences.

Eric Flecher / Session

Eric Flecher

Eric’s business card says “mobile and omni-channel service offering lead”. Translated to English that means he believes in the power of technology in all aspects of business and consumer life. In his spare time he hacks code, runs, and lifts heavy weights (not at he same time as that would be dangerous). He is married to his amazing wife Ali (added by proof reading grammar wife).

Matthew D. Groves / Session / Website / @mgroves

Matthew D. Groves

Matthew D. Groves is a guy who loves to code. It doesn't matter if it's C#, jQuery, PHP, or submitting pull requests. He has been coding ever since he wrote a QuickBASIC point-of-sale app for his parent's pizza shop back in the 90s. He currently works remotely for Heuristic Solutions. In his free time, he spends time with his family, watches the Reds, and gets involved in the developer community. He is the author of AOP in .NET (published by Manning), and is also a Microsoft MVP.

Michael Hagesfeld / Session / Website / @mhagesfeld

Michael Hagesfeld

Michael Hagesfeld has been making it up as he goes along for the last 40 years, which has been of infinite help in his career as a full stack .Net developer (14 years); a comic improviser (10 years); and a husband (10 years) and parent (6 years).

Jerel R. Hass / Session / Website / @agies1

Jerel R. Hass

Jerel is a developer and user experience specialist by day; father, husband, and farmer by night. He enjoys bringing the light and joy that is C# to the Escher world of Object-C. He has used C# and Mono to create amazing native experience in both Line of Business applications and Video games. Jerel has a Bachelor and Master degree in Computer Information Systems and lives as far from the city as a decent internet connection will allow.

Zander Hill / Session / @_zph / Website

Zander Hill

I've been a full time remote developer for two different organizations, starting back in 2013. As someone coming from non-traditional CS background, I'm interested in analyzing the patterns that make distributed teams thrive or wilt. And want to share those observations with Stir Trek.

Jim Holmes / Session / Website / @aJimHolmes

Jim Holmes

Jim is the owner/principal of Guidepost Systems. He has been in various corners of the IT world since joining the US Air Force in 1982. He’s spent time in LAN/WAN and server management roles in addition to many years helping teams and customers deliver great systems. Jim has worked with organizations ranging from start ups to Fortune 100 companies to improve their delivery processes and ship better value to their customers. Jim’s been in many different environments but greatly prefers those adopting practices from Lean and Agile communities. When not at work you might find Jim in the kitchen with a glass of wine, playing Xbox, hiking with his family, or banished to the garage while trying to practice his guitar.

Stan Jónsson / Session / Website / @sjonsson

Stan Jónsson

Stan has been developing software for over 16 years, both in the United States and Iceland. He has written and consumed more Web Services than he cares to admit and has tried to be a good boy and test his code. He works as a senior consultant at Quick Solutions. He has worn many hats during his career; as a tester, programmer, technical lead, architect, agile coach, and manager. He was one of the founders and president of Agilenetið, the main Agile user group in Iceland. He is the proud father of 3 kids, a hobby magician and an avid cyclist. You can follow him on and @sjonsson.

Parag Joshi / Session

Parag Joshi

Parag Joshi (@ilovethexbox ) is a Mobile Architect working for Centric Consulting LLC and has over 17 years software development experience working on various technologies. He is co director of the Cincinnati DotNet User Group ( and also director of the Cincinnati All Things Mobile User Group ( Besides working with different Microsoft Technologies and developing iOS and Android applications, he spends time teaching his 11 yr old how to play tennis and writing apps to track scores. His current project in development is using beacons to track tennis swings.

William Klos / Session / Website / @williamklos

William Klos

William Klos is a Senior Architect and Centric’s National Cloud Services Lead. Bill’s career has spanned many aspects of computing and at times has architected solutions from the perspective of data, networking, enterprise, and security – but is primarily an application architect. Most recent experience has him providing solutions around Mobility, Cloud, and Big Data architectures as well as API design and development. Bill has been involved with technology since abandoning his desire to be a real architect and stumbling into his first computer science class in 1985. Since then he has typically pushed companies into “what’s next.”

Chris Love / Session / Website / @ChrisLove

Chris Love

Chris has over 20 years, yes that's right, of web development experience. He has built a wide variety of web sites and applications in those years. In recent years he has begun to immerse himself in the modern, single page web application space. This has giving him some amazing experiences using HTML5, JavaScript, CSS and responsive design. Currently he is obsessed with modern web and mobility to help solve the problems many enterprises are having adapting to the rapidly changing technology landscape. He has authored 3 books, including his latest, High Performance Single Page Web Applications, He is an 8 time ASP.NET MVP, ASP Insider and Internet Explorer User Agent. Chris regularly speaks at user groups, code camps and other developer events. He Blogs at

Kevin Mack / Session / GitHub / @nicetransition

Kevin Mack

Developer and consultant focused on creating user interfaces and user experiences for large-scaling websites. Kevin is also a co-founder and organizer of The Columbus Web Group where he actively participates in growing and educating the community around design, development, best practices and standards for the web. You can find him rambling on Twitter or working on open source projects on GitHub.

Nicolas Martin / Session

Nicolas Martin

Nick Martin is a principal consultant at Cardinal Solutions, with over 10 years of experience developing and architecting enterprise applications. Nick is passionate about helping clients get the most out of their development efforts through following best practices and Agile processes. He also helps lead an internal development user group to help bring out the passions and share the expertise of his colleagues. He recently started his toughest project to date: developing a decent human being (fatherhood).

Michael Meadows / Session / Website / @AntiArchitect

Michael Meadows

Michael has been a professional programmer and architect for thirteen years, and a hacker for much longer. He has served as architect on multiple large-scale, cloud-based Line-of-Business implementation projects. Additionally, Michael has extensive experience building high volume, processor intensive business logic applications. He is a Director at Quick Solutions, Inc (QSI) in Columbus, Ohio where he chairs the Architecture Council, and leads the Enterprise Application Integration service offering.

Jeffrey A. Miller / Session / Website / @xagronaut

Jeffrey A. Miller

Jeffrey A. Miller is a tech lead and application architect with over 17 years of experience delivering enterprise software for business, government, and healthcare. He provides leadership in the Microsoft application development practice for Information Control Company, LLC. Jeffrey has presented topics at company SIG meetings, local user groups, and a national healthcare conference. Jeffrey is co-founder of the open source software project that provides expert immunization guidance to caregivers.

David Mosher / Session / Website / @dmosher

David Mosher

David Mosher is a Front-End Engineer at Test Double. He works from his home in Ottawa, Canada and enjoys JavaScript, Guitars and Empathy.

Sam Nasr / Session / Website / @SamNasr

Sam Nasr

Sam Nasr has been a software developer since 1995, focusing mostly on Microsoft technologies. Having achieved multiple certifications from Microsoft (MCAD, MCTS, and MCT), Sam develops, teaches, and tours the country to present various topics in .Net. He' s 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, .Net Study Group, is the INETA Mentor for Ohio, author for Visual Studio Magazine, and is a Microsoft MVP. When not coding, Sam loves spending time with his family and friends or volunteering at his local church. He can be reached by email at

Eric Potter / Session / Website / @pottereric

Eric Potter

I am a Software Architect for Aptera Software in Fort Wayne Indiana and Nashville Tennessee, working primarily in the .Net platform. I have been developing high quality custom software solutions since 2001. I am also an adjunct professor of computer science at Indiana Tech. I love to dabble in new and exciting technologies. In my spare time, I love to tinker with Arduino projects. I have an amazing wife and 5 wonderful children.

Ricky Rickard, Jr. / Session

Ricky Rickard, Jr.

I have been in technology for over 20 years, however my focus over the last few years has changed to the developer and security aspects and how they intertwine.

Patrick Roach / Session / Website / @Release_Game

Patrick Roach

Patrick Roach is web developer at Inedo and a 17th-level wizard. He’s also the lead game designer for Release!, the software-themed game that smashed it’s Kickstarter goals by over 2,000%. In addition to gaming for hobby, Patrick is passionate about how games, gaming, and gamification intersect with software development, technology, and everyday life.

Brent Schooley / Session / Website / @brentschooley

Brent Schooley

Brent is a Developer Evangelist for Twilio representing the Philadelphia metro. He 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 cross-platform mobile applications and client-side JavaScript frameworks. Other platforms he has worked with include WPF, Silverlight, Windows Forms, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. Brent is the author of Designing for Windows 8, a Windows 8 design primer from Apress. He is a Microsoft MVP in Client App Development as well as a Xamarin MVP.

Christopher Slee / Session / @chrisslee

Christopher Slee

Christopher Slee is a Principle at AWH and helps run the Dev:Launch apprenticeship program. With close to 40 years of software development (he started in elementary school) he is passing that knowledge down to groups of apprentices that get their careers going at AWH. Chris got involved in robotics a number of years ago and has been mentoring FRC (competitive robotics) and FLL (lego) teams.

Steve Smith / Session / Website / @ardalis

Steve Smith

Steve is an entrepreneur and software developer with a passion for building quality software as effectively as possible. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Falafel Software. Steve has published several courses on Pluralsight, covering DDD, SOLID, design patterns, and software architecture. He's a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, a frequent speaker at developer conferences, an author, and a trainer. Along with his wife and business partner, Michelle Smith, Steve was also the founder of Lake Quincy Media (acquired by The Code Project) and NimblePros (acquired by Telerik). Steve's an ex-Army Engineer officer and Iraq veteran who enjoys playing games and spending time outdoors.

David Stanek / Session / Website / @dstanek

David Stanek

David Stanek has been developing software professionally for over 17 years. He is currently a Software Engineer at Rackspace. Python has been his language of choice for over 14 years both on and off of the job. David spends much of his free work time working on open source projects and sharpening his technical skills. He helps organize the Cleveland Area Python Interest Group. He's also a cofounder and co-host of From Python Import Podcast. He enjoys reading technical books and listening to a variety of podcasts and audio books. Google him for more information. When he's not working he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and 4 wonderful children.

Caitlin Steinert / Session / Website / @csteinert

Caitlin Steinert

Caitlin Steinert is vaguely considering running off to join the circus. She works as a consultant for Cardinal Solutions in Columbus, Ohio.

Craig Stuntz / Session / Website / @CraigStuntz

Craig Stuntz

Craig Stuntz is a software engineer and a lifelong student of computer science, with specific interests in programming languages, type theory, compilers, and math. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, works for Improving Enterprises, and cofounded the Columbus branch of Papers We Love, a reading group for people interested in academic computer science research. When not at work or playing with his kids, he is usually studying math or playing Irish traditional music on the tin whistle and wooden flute.

Dave Swersky / Session

Dave Swersky

I’ve been in IT for over 18 years, filling a variety of roles (often many at the same time) including product support, software development, and Enterprise Architecture. The arc started with building PCs for retail sale, when the 486 was state of the art. It continued from there to 1-800-BE-A-GEEK (if you lived in Dallas in the late 90s you’ll know what that was…) Next was Microsoft, where I learned how to learn about technology. I then switched to software development full time for a variety of positions in Real estate, digital marketing, and banking. Today I work in Enterprise Architecture, researching software development standards and planning DevOps Transformation. When I’m not writing code or researching, I’m spending time with my family, writing software, and blowing up pixels on screens.

Jeff Valore / Session / Website / @CodingWithSpike

Jeff Valore

Jeff is a Pluralsight author and has over 15 years of experience in software development. Over the last two years he has been focused on client-side web development, JavaScript, Cordova, and Telerik Kendo UI. Jeff enjoys blogging, strives to be an active participant in the software development community, and is a proponent of software craftsmanship.

Rachel Wilkins Patel / Session / Website / @clevelandrachel

Rachel Wilkins Patel

I'm a technologist with experience in web application development, media and community building. Founder of HER Ideas in Motion, an education program for girls in technology and media arts. I've lived and traveled extensively across four continents and holds a M.F.A. and B.A. from Hollins University.