Speakers

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John Baluka

John has been developing software with the Microsoft stack for 20+ years. For most of the last 10 years, John has been a sub-contractor, business owner, and a Dad. John enjoys researching and applying new technologies to real world examples.

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Paul Blasucci

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Kevin Braun

I have 20 years of experience designing and developing user experiences. My clients include leaders in the mobile device, automotive, satellite radio, health care, education, and luxury apparel industries along with many smaller companies and startups. I’m currently a User Experience design consultant at Braun Interactive LLC. and teach UX design and front-end development at Champlain College.

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Cesar Carrasco

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Amy Chess

Amy Chess is a User Experience Researcher at Dealer.com. Her research relies on qualitative data collection techniques to understand how car dealers interact with their Digital Marketing and Finance & Insurance software products. Amy holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience, and has studied the mechanisms of learning, memory, and attention in a variety of experimental preparations. Immersion in data is a favorite pastime, but increasingly, Amy enjoys empowering teams to ask their own questions and explore their own curiosities about their users.

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Bob Crowley

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Hetal Dave

Hetal Dave is a Sr. Software Engineer and Technical Lead for C2, an IT consulting company based in Colchester, VT. She has been working in Software Development for over 15+ years, helping clients such as Keurig, NRG Systems, Crane & Co., Hershey and Vermont Teddy Bear. Hetal develops eCommerce, CMS and custom applications using .NET, C#, jQuery, AngularJS and other technologies. She is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and a Sitecore Certified Developer. Hetal holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from RIMS in London, UK.

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Joshua Dickerson

Joshua Dickerson is a graduate of UVM currently working as a senior developer at Dealer.com, primarily focused on the display advertising / programmatic buying platform (RTB).

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Terrence Dorsey

Terrence Dorsey is a writer, editor and content strategist specializing in technology and software development. He is currently a Senior Technical Writer at ESPN.

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Rob Friesel

Dealer.com veteran since 2003, and Platform Technical Lead. Author of the PhantomJS Cookbook.

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Floyd Hilton

Floyd Hilton has 17 years of software development experience in many domains including semiconductor manufacturing, financial aid delivery, energy conservation and healthcare. Floyd is the Master of Chaos, and has been described as being the "voice of reason" and having a "calming effect" on the hectic world of software. He has enjoyed wearing many hats such as full stack web developer, project manager, application architect and director of development. His current interests include cross platform .NET, IoT, helping software teams move toward continuous delivery and improving architecture using domain driven design. Floyd also enjoys helping others discover the awesome career of being a software developer. He co-founded the Augusta Polyglot Group which meets once a month to teach and learn new languages. He has been teaching kids to program using a mixture of Linux, Scratch and Python and has given conference talks on getting SQL into Version Control.

If he's not writing code, Floyd can be found mountain biking in the Maine woods with his family.

Floyd's current tools of choice are VS Code, C#, ASP.NET MVC, AngularJS, Python, Git, SQL Server and Microsoft Azure.

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Brie Hoblin

Brie Hoblin is a QA consultant in the Burlington area. Follow her on Twitter @bhoblin.

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Bradley Holt

Bradley Holt is a Developer Advocate with IBM Cloud Data Services. He is the author of several publications and has spoken at numerous conferences including ApacheCon, the O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference, Fluent, ConFoo, CodeMash, Node.js Interactive, NoSQL Now!, That Conference, php[tek], ZendCon, OSCON, the jQuery Conference, and SXSW Interactive. Bradley writes and speaks about topics such as CouchDB, PouchDB, offline-first applications, PHP, Node.js, and Domain-Driven Design.

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David Howell

David Howell is a Technical Lead at Dealer.com. He loves making graphs, functional programming, and digging into abstractions.

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Jeremy Hutchinson

Jeremy, a Senior Developer at Ontuitive, has been developing line of business applications for 15 years, primarily in the Microsoft Stack. He has a passion for writing clean, scalable code and sharing what he has learned with others.

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Julie Lerman

With nearly 30 years of mostly windows development experience, Julie Lerman is a happy camper being able to have an excuse to use a Mac!

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Maureen McElaney

Maureen is a Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud Data Services. She is the founder of Girl Develop It Burlington. She loves kitties, snow, and beer.

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Chuck Megivern

Chuck Megivern is Principal Engineer at iSystems, LLC. He has over 10 years of software application development experience. Chuck has worked at several Vermont technology companies, with a focus on cloud scale advertising deployments, and human resource software-as-a-service applications.

Experience includes Java and ASP.NET application development in large server and cloud operating environments. A variety of open source frameworks have been used in these applications. Experience includes containerized deployments, API management in no-single-point-of-fail / high traffic scenarios, and dynamic server scaling in the cloud. Chuck has authored a webinar on API development for the WSO2 company. Chuck is Microsoft certified for C# development.

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Mitch Miller

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John Need

Front End Architect at Galen Healthcare

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Jim O'Neil

Jim is a Senior Architect with BlueMetal Architects, Microsoft's IoT Global Partner of the Year, where he's most recently been working on IoT solutions from backend services to front-end visualizations. Formerly a Microsoft Evangelist in the Northeast, he's been working with Microsoft Azure since it was announced and with Microsoft and open source technologies for just a tad longer than that.

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Al Ramirez

Al has over a decade of experience delivering highly scalable and available software solutions in industries ranging from financial services (loan syndication and retirement fund management) to health insurance, supply chain management, and digital marketing services. Currently Systems Architect at iSystems headquarters in South Burlington, organizer of Burlington Salesforce Developer Group, and loving all things BTV Ignite. Previous local engagements include developer at MyWebGrocer and adjunct instructor at Champlain College.

You can reach Al via Twitter @mirezez or mirez.us.

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Andy Reagan

Andy Reagan is a PhD Candidate at the University of Vermont in Applied Mathematics. His work focuses on the use of data science techniques including sentiment analysis to understand complex sociotechnical systems, in particular building visualizations to better understand the analysis.

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Rachel Reese

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Jean-René Roy

Jean-René Roy has been developing IT solution for large and small enterprises since 1987. In 1991 he founded the consulting firm Technologies SoftDesign Inc. Since that time he has worked on projects for House of Commons, Innovapost, Bell Canada, CGI, CNSC, Kraft, and many other clients assuming the responsibility of Business Analyst, Software Architect, ETL and BI Architect, Software Developer, Analyst, Team Leader and Mentor. He has been and is still very active in the developers' community by acting as a user group leader for more than ten years with the Montreal .NET community and the Ottawa IT community. He is also the co-founder of an international developer's conference (www.DevTeach.com) which is now directed by a member of his team. Jean-René Roy is a SQL Server Microsoft MVP.

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Peter Silverman

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Sara Simon

Sara Simon works on the digital team at Vermont Public Radio.

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Eric Smith

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Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith is a second grader at Charlotte Central School.

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Kip Steele

Kip is a senior manager at the UVM Medical Center, an executive fellow for Burlington Telecom, and founder of the VitalVR.co project.

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Scott Thibault

Scott holds a doctorate degree in programming languages and has been working with design automation and embedded systems for more than two decades. He has been consulting with a health care startup for the past several years as their Chief Data Scientist, as well as pursuing other interests including the Internet of Things and natural language processing.

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Peter Vile

Peter Vile received his master degree from Colorado State University in computer science with a focus on software engineering specializing in distributed systems and aspect oriented middleware. Since then he has been developing web based solutions and services in the Java ecosystem in several domains such as defense, telecom and now automotive. Currently he works for Dealer.com focused on internal and external integration projects. While not chasing his two boys around he tries to stay up on messaging and reactive systems and is currently dabbling in Scala, Play and Akka.

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Bill Wagner

Bill Wagner is a senior content developer with Microsoft. His mission is to teach developers about .NET and C#. Bill Wagner is one of the world's foremost C# developers and a member of the ECMA C# Standards Committee as well as the .NET Foundation advisory council. He is President of the Humanitarian Toolbox, a charity that creates Open Source software that supports disaster relief efforts.

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Betsy Weber

Betsy works at Microsoft as a Field Community Program Manager with their industry leading global community programs, Microsoft’s Most Valued Professional (MVP) and Regional Directors (RD). She is a passionate community program manager who works with both offline and online technical communities.

Prior to working at Microsoft, Betsy was the Chief Evangelist at TechSmith for Snagit, Camtasia, Jing, Camtasia Relay, and Coach's Eye. Betsy loves geeks, tech, photography, knitting, beer, travel, robots, sporks, Michigan State University, popcorn and screencasting.

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Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie explores how to use emerging technology for teaching and learning. She has over 20 years experience in consulting on technology and education. She is a Google Certified Teacher Google Apps Certified Trainer and Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. Lucie teaches graduate courses at the University of Vermont, Marlboro College, and St. Michael's College and is the winner of the 2009 Frank Watson VITA-Learn EdTech Award. Lucie received her Masters of Science in Internet Engineering from the Graduate School in 2000, and her Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Education and Social Studies from the State University of New New York at Oswego where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

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