We are fortunate to have many of the East Coast's foremost thought leaders joining us to share their knowledge at Music City Code 2016. You can follow many of them on Twitter or their blog.

Jay Harris

Jay Harris

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Jay is a code wrangler, software consultant, and co-owner of Arana Software. He has been developing on the web since 1995, when the Blink tag lured him away from Visual Basic 3. Recognizing that the greatest application performance bottleneck is a developer’s time, Jay’s continuing quest is for frameworks, modules, tools, and practices that make developers stronger, fitter, happier, and more productive.Originally from Rochester, New York, he has lived in Michigan since 2003. He likes Michigan, and considers it his permanent home, but will always remain a New Yorker at heart.

James Bender

James Bender

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James works at Infragistics as the Product Manger for the companies Ignite UI  and .NET web controls. James 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, Web Development and JavaScript. James is a Microsoft MVP, ASP.NET Insider and author of the book "Professional Test Driven Development with C#: Developing Real World Applications with TDD." His new book "Developing SPAs: Working with Visual Studio 2015, AngualrJS and ASP.NET Web API" will be out in 2016. James's Twitter ID is JamesBender.

Heather Tooill

Heather Tooill

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Heather is a Solutions Delivery Manager and Scrum Master with Leading EDJE. She has been in the industry practicing Java development for the last 8 years and is an Agile advocate. Heather has her PMI-ACP & PSM certifications and is excited to share her experience with others. As a consultant, Heather has had a chance to work for multiple industries and in multiple capacities. Heather has had the opportunity to work on multiple Agile teams, as a Scrum Master, as an Agile Coach, consult with other Scrum Masters on best practices, and give talks on Agile methodologies.

Greg Beamer

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Georgiana Gligor

Georgiana Gligor

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Geek. Mother. Do-er. Having crafted professional software since 2003, Georgiana is living proof that geek girls are an asset to any team. She loves coding large-scale applications and mentoring team mates in achieving craftsmanship. Georgiana has experience in every aspect of the life cycle of software development and is hungry for more.

Eric Potter

Eric Potter

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I am a Microsoft MVP for .Net. and 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. I strive to be a humble toolsmith.

Eric Landes

Eric Landes

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Eric is the Director of the ALM Practice at AgileThought. He is also a Microsoft ALM MVP., and a Professional Scrum Trainer. He has been involved with the IT industry for over 20 years. He helps coach and implement agile and ALM solutions and has presented on Kanban, automated acceptance tests, continuous deployment and other agile topics across the United States. Eric is involved with User Groups like Local Variables (in the South Bend area)..

Elijah Manor

Elijah Manor

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Elijah Manor is a Christian and a family man. He works at LeanKit (@leankit) as a senior software engineer. He specializes in front-end web development and is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, ASPInsider, IE userAgent, and a Pluralsight author. He enjoys blogging at http://elijahmanor.com and tweeting (@elijahmanor) about the things he learns.

Ed Charbeneau

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Ed Charbeneau is a web enthusiast, speaker, writer, design admirer, and Developer Advocate for Telerik. He has designed and developed web based applications for business, manufacturing, systems integration as well as customer facing websites. Ed enjoys geeking out to cool new tech, brainstorming about future technology, and admiring great design.

Duane Newman

Duane Newman

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Duane is an entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Alien Arc Technologies, LLC where he focuses on creating modern apps targeting mobile devices, modern desktops, and the Internet of Things. As a technology enthusiast with a passion for good software he strives to bring solutions that improve or eliminate costly repetitive processes so more important things can be done. He is always looking for ways to reduce effort over time and, as a result, often finds himself being designated as the DevOps resource for projects.

Louis Davidson

Louis Davidson

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Louis Davidson has worked in the IT industry for over 15 years as a corporate database developer and architect. He has been a Microsoft SQL Server MVP for 10 years and has written five books on database design. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. You can read more about Louis at http://drsql.org.

Justin James

Justin James

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Justin has been a Software Developer in the Phoenix, Arizona area for 15+ years. He has presented over 50 talks in the past 2 years alone at more than 25 events throughout the United States and Europe. Some of the conferences he has presented at are NDC Oslo, Codepalousa, Phoenix Mobile Festival and Nebraska Code. Justin has also appears on the .NET Rocks Podcast, http://dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?showNum=1158 Justin is passionate about sharing his knowledge to get you your end goal faster. He is an active blogger at http://digitaldrummerj.me where is post tutorials and helpful tips. Justin also organizes and runs the Ionic Arizona and Phoenix Version Control meetups. He is an active community member and is always willing to help out others.

David Neal

David Neal

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David is a husband, father of 5 boys, geek, musician, motorcyclist, software developer, and Microsoft MVP living in North GA. He's currently a Developer Advocate for LeanKit, and runs on a high-octane mixture of caffeine and bacon.

David Laribee

David Laribee

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David Laribee is a product development coach and developer with roots in Lean and XP. He believes in the power of collaboration, simplicity and feedback.For the last 18 years, David has built teams and products for companies of all shapes and sizes. He’s founded companies and consulted for Fortune 50 enterprises. He’s developed software-intensive products for all kinds of domains from technology and insurance to beverage distribution and higher education.Prior to founding Nerd/Noir, David coached the product development team at VersionOne, a market leader in agile project management tools.David started work life at the early age of five on a farm in Upstate NY; an upbringing that accounts for his lead-from-the-front approach, appreciation for small/cross-disciplinary teams and disdain for fake maple syrup.

Chris Riesgo

Chris Riesgo

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Chris leads the mobile team at LeanKit as Director of Mobile Architecture. He is a Microsoft MVP and Xamarin MVP with more than a decade of C# experience developing enterprise applications. He has spent the last several years building professional mobile apps on the Xamarin platform. In his spare time he blogs about Xamarin, organizes and presents at the Nashville Mobile .NET Developers Group, and enjoys helping others learn.

Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

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Chris Gardner is a developer for CareEvolution, the Chairman of the DevSpace Technical Conference, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer Regional Lead. Tortured by years of contracts that valued buzzwords over results, Chris has developed a true passion for finding solutions that fit the problem, not the technology of the week. Chris received his M.S in Computer Science, B.S. in Mathematics, and B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and is currently a Certified ScrumMaster and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, Professional Developer, Information Technology Professional and Trainer.

Cameron Presley

Cameron Presley

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Cameron Presley is a software engineer, avid board gamer, and drummer living in Oak Ridge Tennessee. He’s currently a software engineer at InVizion LLC, helping project managers make better decisions. When not developing software, he spends his time mentoring other developers by working with them to improve their career through one-on-one sessions as The Software Mentor.

Byron Sommardahl

Byron Sommardahl

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Byron has been developing software since he was 9 years old, coding RPG's on his Commodore 64 and his best friend's Apple IIe. When he was just 14, he developed a driver dispatch program for a large home repair company, a pawn shop management program, and a POS for clothing stores (that one is still in production). Since then, software development has been a constant and consuming passion for Byron. In 2010, Byron and some friends founded a software development company, Acklen Avenue, that has now grown to more than 50 distributed employees and runs multiple simultaneous agile software development projects daily. Byron is a true believer in anything that improves software maintainability, usability, and delivery.

Brant Wheeler

Brant Wheeler

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Brant is a senior software developer at Swimlane, a security operations management platform, where he primarily works on the backend and data storage layer. When not slinging code, Brant enjoys running and attempting DIY home improvement projects.

Arlan Nugara

Arlan Nugara

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Arlan Nugara has been a web developer and software architect for over 14 years at Alvarnet Corporation. He has spent most of his time working with the Microsoft technology stack and applying it to the technology needs of large corporations such as financial institutions, telecommunication and wireless equipment companies. He has a real passion for ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) and DevOps and is always looking for ways to work smarter and not just harder.

Spencer Schneidenbach

Spencer Schneidenbach

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Spencer Schneidenbach is a web developer in the St. Louis area, focusing on AngularJS, Javascript, Node.js and ASP.NET. He currently works as the Software Development Leader at Ryvit, leading the technical decisions on the platform as well as mentoring other developers. While not at work, he enjoys reading, blogging, and spending time with his two kids and wife.

Paul D. Sheriff

Paul D. Sheriff

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Paul D. Sheriff is the President of PDSA, Inc. (www.pdsa.com). PDSA develops custom business applications specializing in web and mobile technologies. Since 1991 PDSA has successfully delivered advanced custom application software to a wide range of customers and diverse industries. With a team of dedicated experts, PDSA delivers cost effective solutions, on-time and on-budget using innovative tools and processes to better manage today's complex and competitive environment.Paul can be reached via email at PSheriff@pdsa.com. Follow Paul at @pdsainc and facebook.com/PDSApaulsheriff.https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulsheriffhttp://weblogs.asp.net/psheriff

Pratik Patel

Pratik Patel

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Pratik Patel is the CTO of Atlanta based TripLingo (http://www.triplingo.com/). He has presented at conferences in a dozen countries and participates in several Atlanta tech groups and startup groups.

Paul M. Jones

Paul M. Jones

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Paul M. Jones is an internationally recognized PHP expert, working in that language since 1999, and programming in general since 1983. He has held roles from junior developer to VP of Engineering in all kinds of organizations (corporate, military, non-profit, educational, medical, and others). He is a regular speaker at technical conferences worldwide.</p>As the author of Modernizing Legacy Applications in PHP and Solving the N+1 Problem in PHP, Paul takes a special interest in high-quality, high-maintainability coding practices. His leadership on the Aura for PHP project reflects this interest, along with his white paper on the Action-Domain-Responder pattern.Paul is a voting member of the PHP Framework Interoperability Group, and was the driving force behind the PSR-1 Coding Standard, PSR-2 Style Guide, and PSR-4 Autoloader recommendations. He was one of the first elected members of the PEAR Project. He was also a member of the Zend PHP 5.3 Certification education advisory board, and wrote some of the questions on that test.In a previous career, Paul was an operations intelligence specialist for the US Air Force, and enjoys putting .308 holes in targets at 400 yards.

Ondrej Balas

Ondrej Balas

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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 Visual Studio and Development Technologies, a writer for Visual Studio Magazine, and is very active in the Michigan software development community. Ondrej works across many industries including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and logistics. Areas of expertise include similarity and matching across large data sets, algorithm design, distributed architecture, and software development practices.

Nathan Honeycutt

Nathan Honeycutt

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Nathan Honeycutt is a software developer and Pluralsight author with over 14 years of experience writing production software. He specializes in the .NET stack, ASP.NET MVC and PowerShell, but dabbles in many other technologies as well. He has worked on a wide variety of software for the banking, defense, law enforcement, and medical industries. Nathan has been presenting at technical conferences in Tennessee and spreading his enthusiasm for technology.

Nate Barbettini

Nate Barbettini

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Nate is the .NET Developer Evangelist at Stormpath in San Francisco. Prior to Stormpath, he was a fullstack developer working in C# and Angular, and ran a video production company producing short films and music videos. On the weekend you'll find him contributing to a number of open-source projects, editing short films, and training for a marathon.

Nancy L Gaines

Nancy L Gaines

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As an international speaker, bestselling author, and productivity expert, Nancy Gaines assists and mentors business owners to massively grow their companies. She is the Founder and CEO of Gain Advantages, Inc. Using her products and systems, individuals and corporations gain a competitive advantage with proven productivity accelerators. Nancy spent almost two decades consulting to IBM’s Fortune 500 clients including AIG Insurance, Shell Oil, Lenovo, Office Max, Clorox, and even IBM itself. She provides knowledge that assists others to be even more successful - fast. Nancy is frequently quoted online, in magazines, and in books as a business expert. Listen to her podcast, The Nancy Gaines Show, downloaded in over 44 countries on iTunes and read her books which are available on Amazon.

Mike Branstein

Mike Branstein

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Mike is a developer and leader, who is passionate about systems architecture, application lifecycle management, mobile app development with NativeScript, and technology. Mike loves teaching his two boys about science and technology, while incorporating logic, development, and electronics into weekend projects and daily play. Mike blogs with his brother, Nick Branstein at https://brosteins.com, where they are known as “the Brosteins”. Together they are co-authors of NativeScript In Action, a book focused on teaching developers how to create professional mobile apps for iOS and Android using JavaScript and TypeScript.

Marv Russell (NO SHOW)

Marv Russell (NO SHOW)

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CANCELLED - SPEAKER COULD NOT BE LOCATED OR REACHEDIn a remarkably diverse and successful career encompassing multiple industries and continents, Marv Russell has distinguished himself as an internationalist and a multilingual and multicultural professional; including living and working abroad eight years with multi-national companies. His career has spanned state and federal government, heavy industry, materials and packaging, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and not-for-profits organizations. He has proven success in the deployment of modern leadership, diversity and human capital development tools and techniques. Marv’s strong leadership combined with his people and business acumen are key to his ability to motivate, coach and create high performing leaders, organizations, and students and student-athletes. Possessing the tenacity to persevere academic life combined with the rigors of Division 1 football, Marv was a successful student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame, and was a member of the university’s 1973 National Championship Team. He completed a master’s degree at Indiana University and is currently completing PhD studies in Business Technology and Leadership.Marv is a globally experienced motivational speaker, leadership consultant, and workshop facilitator who has engaged audiences in the US and Europe on the topics of leadership, business culture, diversity and inclusion, business ethics and human resource practices. Audiences have been inspired and motivated by Marv’s vision of leadership, workplace development and including: state and local government, business professionals, collegiate and secondary academic institutions, athletic organizations, adolescent groups, religious audiences and non-profit community-based organizations. Through the implementation of cutting edge, passionate programs, and message delivery, Marv shares inspirational, humorous, and challenging personal experiences using audience engagement tools and techniques designed to motivate his audience to think and challenge them to succeed in every endeavor.Marv taught as a Visiting Professor in International HR and Organizational Development: HEC: École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris (French equivalent to Harvard MBA), Paris, France; and has served as board president and member in various nonprofit organizations.Marv’s most recent book Finding Your Internship: What Employers What You to Know is focused on the tools and techniques college students, people in career transition and others seeking to realize their career goals need to realize their professional potential. His first book, Linebacker in the Boardroom: Lessons in Life and Leadership, is a best-seller focused on developing what Marv defines as the “Essential Exceptional Ethical Leader: Creating a Sustainable Impact on the World Around You.”Marv’s books Linebacker in the Boardroom: Lessons in Life and Leadership and Finding Your Internship: What Employers Want You to Know can be found at marvrussell.com, bookstores, and online outlets. Marv’s new publication Building the Diverse and Inclusive Organization will be available in early 2016.Marv Russell’s resume, blog, speaker clips and other resources can be viewed at: ODcourses.com or marvrussell.com

Lauren R. Hasson

Lauren R. Hasson

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Lauren Hasson is a software engineering leader with a powerful background that combines engineering, finance and business operations. Over her career, she has produced multiple award-winning iOS apps.She has relied on the Charles web proxy app for the last five years, which has enabled her to ship software faster at a higher quality for icitizen, SPG, Discovery Channel Shark Week, the History Channel, etc. Her work has been featured in Apple keynotes and she received an invitation to attend the UK G8 Innovation and DNA Summits.Now, Lauren manages a nationally distributed software engineering team at icitizen, working hand-in-hand with QA, where she is building a best-in-class civic engagement platform to transform how people connect with peers and elected officials on civic issues. She is active in the hackathon and startup communities, where she is a champion of women in tech and a mentor to fellow software engineers. She regularly leads technical presentations on software engineering and debugging, lending her expertise at events across the country.

Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline

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Kevin Kline, a longtime Microsoft Data Platform MVP living in Nashville, is a founder and former president of SQLPASS.org, international speaker, and the author of popular IT books such as 'SQL in a Nutshell'. Kevin tweets at @kekline and blogs at http://blogs.sqlsentry.com/KevinKline.

Keith Casey

Keith Casey

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Keith Casey serves as Director of Platform for Clarify.io working to build APIs and systems to solve real world problems. Previously, as a developer evangelist at Twilio, he worked to get good technology into the hands of good people to do great things. In his spare time, he works to build and support the Austin tech community, blogs occasionally at CaseySoftware.com and is completely fascinated by monkeys. Keith is also the author of <a href="https://leanpub.com/restful-api-design">"A Practical Approach to API Design" from Leanpub</a>.

Josh Lane

Josh Lane

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Josh is an experienced software practitioner specializing in the architecture, design, and implementation of high-scale concurrent systems using .NET, node.js, Azure and AWS clouds, etc. He has years of experience delivering software that works, both as an individual contributor and a team lead. Josh is also an experienced software development and cloud instructor, having authored and delivered training (both traditional classroom and video-based) on a variety of technologies such as .NET and C#, node.js, SQL Server and NoSQL, Azure and cloud, etc. In July 2016 he received the Microsoft MVP award for his work with Azure technologies and as founder and leader of Azure-in-the-ATL, one of the largest Azure-focused meetups in the US. He’s also a crappy drummer and an accident-prone mountain biker.

Jon Fazzaro

Jon Fazzaro

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Jon took the software thing pro over thirteen years ago, and has been slinging code with Aptera since 2008. These days, he may or may not be unhealthily consumed with building sustainable software, and with building teams that build sustainable software. Whatever you do, don’t follow @jonfazzaro on Twitter.

Joel Tosi

Joel Tosi

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Joel Tosi is just a dude trying to help teams build great products, using a blend of lean, agile, and XP to keep the focus on learning and less on meetings.

Joe Kunk

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Joe Kunk is an software architect for Dewpoint, Inc. where he consults with business leaders on their software strategies. Joe is a leader of the GLUGnet .NET user group in Lansing Michigan, and a Pluralsight author. Joe has published dozens of developer articles for Visual Studio Magazine, is a five-time Microsoft MVP, and a frequent speaker at user groups and conferences. Joe co-authored the book Professional DevExpress ASP.NET controls, and was technical editor for LINQ Unleashed in C#.

Jim Wooley

Jim Wooley

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By day, Jim Wooley is a Solution Architect for Slalom Consulting, In his free time, Jim is a frequent speaker, MVP, and author of "LINQ in Action". He is always striving to stay at the forefront of technology and enjoys the thrill of a new challenge. He has been active evangelizing LINQ since its announcement in 2005. In addition, he attempts to pass on the insights he has gained by being active in the community, including organizing and speaking at code camps and regional events, including MIX, VS Live, CodeMash, KCDC, That Conference, DevWeek, and CodeStock.

Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clark

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Jeremy Clark makes developers better. By drawing on over 15 years of experience in application development, he helps developers take a step up in their skillset with a focus on making complex topics approachable regardless of skill level. He is a Microsoft MVP for Visual C#, and he has authored seven courses for Pluralsight, including "C# Interfaces", a course aimed at giving developers a clear understanding of abstraction. Jeremy lives in Southern California with 2 cats and a banjo. For more information, visit www.jeremybytes.com.

Jeff Strauss

Jeff Strauss

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Jeff is both a software consultant and a licensed attorney. Because of his unique experiences that combine technology and law, he is equally comfortable presenting to a room full of geeks or donning a suit to meet with corporate executives. He maintains a passion for solving problems with inspired solutions, improving life through technology. A dedicated member of the developer community, Jeff regularly travels to speak on both technical and business-oriented topics across the country. He is co-owner of Arana Software and enjoys the honor of serving on the board of directors for DevUp Conference (formerly St. Louis Days of .NET) and the St. Louis .NET User Group.

Ian Lee

Ian Lee

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Founder & President of NashMicro (http://nashmicro.net).

Brendan Wovchko

Brendan Wovchko

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I'm a 5 year old with a 30 year start. Agile Coach, Software Entrepreneur, Community Organizer. @hugeio @hacknashville @nashsoftware @tedxnashville

Erick Fleming

Erick Fleming

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Erick Fleming, CSM, JCD, MCT, MSCD, is a Certified Scrum Trainer as well as a certified .NET and Java Developer with over 17 years of programming and training experience. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems from University of South Florida and has spent most of his career training and consulting with organizations on technologies ranging from .NET and Java to Linux and other open source tools. He specializes in cloud-based web solutions. Erick leads all technical training for Braintrust’s Certified Scrum Developer classes, Agile Engineering classes, and Test Driven Development classes. His role allows him to concentrate exclusively on developer training while setting the curriculum for all Braintrust developer-focused classes across the country.

Edwin Acevedo

Edwin Acevedo

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Nashville Software School grad. BKON tech writer. Husband, father, urban chicken farmer. Lover of BBQ, beer & bourbon. These thoughts are my own.

Phil Japikse (MVP)

Phil Japikse (MVP)

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A Principal Consultant/Architect with Strategic Data Systems (http://www.sds-consulting.com), international speaker, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, 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 30 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil is co-author of Pro C# and the .NET 4.6 Framework (http://bit.ly/pro_csharp), the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .NET User’s Group (http://www.cinnug.org) and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast (http://www.hallwayconversations.com), founded the Cincinnati Day of Agile (http://www.dayofagile.org), and volunteers for the National Ski Patrol. Phil enjoys to continuously learn new tech and is always striving to improving his craft. You can follow Phil on twitter via http://www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at http://www.skimedic.com/blog.

Heather Wilde

Heather Wilde

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Heather Wilde brings a passion for innovation, technology and service, as well as experience with government agencies, corporations and startups, to her role at ROCeteer. She approaches business as an adventure to be explored, with new challenges around every corner. Her impressive and wide-ranging educational background includes the University of Alabama, Huntsville for aerospace engineering, St. John’s College, Annapolis for Liberal Arts, and Clare College, Cambridge, for Medieval British Literature.Professionally, she has programmed microcontrollers for the Navy, worked on NASA projects, been a Flight Attendant, designed and managed online games for some major licenses, run HR departments for small business and 5000+ employee companies, and designed and managed the support infrastructure at Evernote from its very early days through its milestone of 100 million users.She is currently the CTO of ROCeteer, a Las Vegas company that provides Coaching and support services to ecosystems globally. In tandem to this role, she enjoys performing as an advisor to startups and coaching their entrepreneurs, and sits on the Board of Directors for Walls360, Ungrounded Games, and UGO Smoothies. She also serves as a Mentor for both the Food-X and Women's Startup Lab Accelerators, and supports initiatives at the International Gaming Institute at UNLV.Heather also serves on the IT Sector Council of Nevada to help create and expand initiatives statewide in STEM Education and job growth, and volunteers her time with Girls in Tech, a 501(c)3 that encourages diversity and inclusiveness in the STEM sector and with the NeverGiveUp Foundation on their Board of Directors.A dynamic speaker, she has booked appearances around the world spreading her message of positivity and diversity. She has appeared on Huffpost Live, and has been quoted in both Huffington Post and in the Wall Street Journal as well as many other industry publications. Heather is also the author of the upcoming book “The Birth of a Unicorn: Six Basic Steps to Success”, which gives a unique perspective of the early days of a successful startup.

Christina Aldan

Christina Aldan

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Christina Aldan is a highly successful media maven, with a decade of experience in the digital advertising realm. She is regarded for her skills in web design, social media and creative content for small and micro businesses. In addition to operating her own digital advertising business, Christina also teaches a broad spectrum of courses, ranging from utilizing the full potential of a personal computer and applications to building web pages and social media campaigns.Christina is constantly in demand as a public speaker by corporations, small businesses and specialty groups. She has been invited to present various aspects of her expertise at such prestigious events as: TEDxFremontEastWomen, CataylstCreativ, The AT&T DevSummit, Geek Girl Conference, DevUp, 1 Million Cups, The Sage Summit, Bloomberg Radio, Lotus Broadcasting, BCN Talk, PR Connections, The Crown Me Queen Conference, The Downtown Podcast and several live local news shows. She also makes time to serve local community organizations, including Project AngelFaces, Never Give Up Foundation, OCA Las Vegas, A-Tech High School and Southwest Career and Technical Academy.To find out more about her and her business, LG Designs, check out LGDesigns.co. You can also visit her Facebook page, Twitter profile and her band of powerful women in tech at ChristinaAldan.com.

Kristin Ottofy

Kristin Ottofy

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Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Software Developer, Yogaer, Cat Maw, Former PLTW Engineering, Math, & Computer Science Teacher

Paul Gower

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Paul started his career as a professional software developer in 2001 developing client/server enterprise solutions. An innovative problem solver, Paul uses in-depth analysis, deep consultation and the latest software development practices to serve his clients. In 2014 Paul started his company Lunamark, where he leverages his years of experience to help companies improve their software development team's efficiency using techniques such as clean coding practices, code reviews and pair programming.

Steve Brownlee

Steve Brownlee

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Steve Brownlee is currently the Lead Instructor for Nashville Software School, and is busy producing the next generation of software developers for the booming Nashville tech sector. Prior to that, Steve was the manager of the software development team at Lonely Planet where he led a diverse team of 12 developers in their efforts to completely redesign, and build a new architecture for, the Lonely Planet web site.Originally from Pittsburgh, Steve moved to Nashville in 2007 and has since made this amazing city his new home. He is a heavy investor in the local development community, having spoken at numerous meetups and local technical conferences. Steve has been writing software since 1981, and professionally since 1993.

Matt Clement

Matt Clement

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Matthew Clement is a Solution Architect at LifeWay. He has helped design and create many of LifeWay's web applications empowering online ministry. His current role includes helping break down legacy monolithic applications into cloud based microservices. He is a student of Domain Driven Design, CQRS and Event Sourcing. He has a passion for learning and sharing his experiences with other technologists.

Craig Kerstiens

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Craig was previously @heroku, a Platform-as-a-service, which takes much of the overhead out of IT from keeping the lights on and lets developers focus on building features and adding value. Specifically he ran their Ecosystem business, which include all of their core langauges, add-ons, and APIs. Previously he was on the Heroku Data team helping improve and grow out Heroku Postgres and Heroku Redis offerings. Prior to Heroku he worked at both small startups including his own as well as fortune 500 companies, though he much prefers the smaller side. Beyond Heroku he blogs a decent bit about startups/tech at craigkerstiens.com and curates a weekly Postgres newsletter - Postgres Weekly.

Priyanka Sharma

Priyanka Sharma

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She is currently working as Director, QA and KM at MEDHOST in Nashville, TN. She has 17+ years of engineering background with experience in Healthcare and Energy sector. She is also acting as Scrum trainer in a distributed environment.

Guy Royse

Guy Royse

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A born and bred Ohio native, Guy has a basic urge to create that has been a burden his entire life. Where others would choose arts and crafts, he has chosen to channel this urge into creating beautiful software.Guy was introduced to computers before he learned algebra and before Tron. He was immediately and irrevocably sucked into their alluring beauty. In fact, the draw of programming was so strong and one might call his career more of a calling than a choice.He has programmed in numerous languages over the years -- many of them semi-colon delimited -- including C++, Java, and C#. More recently he has been working with dynamic and functional languages like JavaScript and believes them to be the future of software development.Guy works for Pillar Technology in Columbus, Ohio as an instructor, a consultant, and a software engineer. An early adopter of the maker movement, he purchased his first multimeter and soldering iron in 1988. He is also the chief organizer for the Columbus JavaScript User Group and is active in the local development community.In his personal life, Guy is a hardboiled-geek interested in role-playing games, science fiction, and technology. He also has a slightly less geeky interest in history and linguistics. He lives in Westerville, Ohio with his wife and three strapping young lads. In his spare time he volunteers as a Cubmaster for his kids Cubscout Pack and goes camping a lot.

George Walters II

George Walters II

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During the daylight hours, George works as an application developer for Northwoods Consulting Partners. With more than 15 years experience in application development, he has become an advocate for building clean, concise code without sacrificing the user experience. He builds applications in an agile environment using a variety of technologies including Java, C#, Objective-C, JavaScript and Ruby. He is also a strong promoter for using Adaptive and Responsive Design in all aspects of web development and pushes the need for developers to become stronger and more affluent in the Web UI stack of technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript). After dark, well, that's a different story...

Kirsten Jones

Kirsten Jones

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Kirsten Hunter is an unapologetic hacker and passionate advocate for the development community. Her technical interests range from graph databases to cloud services, and her experience supporting and evangelizing REST APIs has given her a unique perspective on developer success. In her copious free time she’s a gamer, fantasy reader, and all around rabble-rouser. Code samples, recipes, and philosophical musings can be found on her website

Walt Ritscher

Walt Ritscher

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Walt's enthusiasm for crafting software interfaces blossomed early. Just a few days after discovering how to move pixels around a computer screen he was devouring books on the topic of computer graphics and UI design. Before long he was sharing his discoveries with other technology buffs, a lifelong pursuit that has led to teaching engagements at universities, private training companies and the international conference circuit. As a consultant he has worked with a wide spectrum of clients, including Microsoft, HP, and Intel. He is now a staff author at Lynda.com, part of the LinkedIn family, where his content team produces hundreds of technical training courses for software developers each year.

T.J. Baxter

T.J. Baxter

Speaker

My name is TJ Baxter and I have a passion for programming. I enjoy all aspects from the soft skills required to succeed, to the endless depths of technical knowledge expected of software professionals today. I specialize in full stack .NET development, with an emphasis in native mobile front-end clients (Android & iOS). As much as I enjoy learning about all different aspects of the software industry, I also enjoy sharing my knowledge via a web presence and public speaking.

Taylor Lovett

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Taylor Lovett is the Director of Engineering at 10up, one of the biggest WordPress centric agencies in the world. Having been involved with WordPress since 2007, he is the creator of ElasticPress, contributed to WordPress core, authored popular plugins (downloaded hundreds of thousands of times), and spoken at many conferences across multiple continents. He is a lover of all things open-source. Other than developing web applications, Taylor is a lover of music. He enjoys listening to blues and jazz music as well as playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar.

Scott Drake

Scott Drake

Speaker

Scott Drake's 20-year career in software development has taken him from his hometown of Louisville, Ky., to Redmond, Wash., where he worked as a developer at Microsoft, to San Francisco, where he built and led a development team for a startup founded by his boss from Microsoft, and back to Louisville, where he has consulted with some of the region's largest and fastest-growing companies. He currently leads engineering and technology efforts for distributed-workforce company NexRep, and teaches people and organizations how to hire programmers that fit.

Daniel Glenn

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Jason Orendorff

Jason Orendorff

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Mozilla JS engine hacker, father of 4

Matt Barcomb

Matt Barcomb

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Into hiking, homesteading & scuba diving. For work I do org design consulting with LeanDog.

Alan Stevens

Alan Stevens

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Father, Geek & Speaker. Partner and Co-Founder of NerdHive Industries, LLC.

Mik Bertolli

Mik Bertolli

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Jason Denenberg

Jason Denenberg

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Founder @NourishWise. Admirer of & husband to @_mariannesmith_. 79 @davematthewsbnd shows and counting.

Thena Berry

Thena Berry

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She serves as the Sr Mgr for KM at MEDHOST in Nashville, TN. In her 20 year career as a Technical Communicator, Ms. Berry has worked across industries including Healthcare Management, Software and Hardware Development, Education and Housing. In each of her endeavors, Ms. Berry focuses on building effective processes for getting the right information to the right person at the right time.

James Fryman

James Fryman

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Now the Infrastructure Product Owner at auth0. James most recently worked at StackStorm, building one of the first enterprise ChatOps solutions, and before that at GitHub assisting in the development and curation of systems scaling within the Operations group. James is also a frequent speaker on the topic of automation at conferences throughout the world.Speaker Bio Data: https://www.evernote.com/l/AAgidcyr8wVHtq4uttucnTwIYHB4SARTjMc

Chuck Bryant

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Jesse Phelps

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Branden Schwartz

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Lisa DiVirgilio

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Bryan Hunter

Bryan Hunter

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Bryan Hunter is an independent technical advisor with two decades of consulting experience in complex business domains. He specializes in functional programming (Elixir & F#) and applying Lean manufacturing principles to build great software teams and solid code.Bryan is a Microsoft MVP in F#, the founder of NashFP (Nashville Functional Programmers), and is a recipient of the Nashville Technology Council's Developer of the Year Award. Bryan is an international speaker and has shared his expertise in Lean and functional programming at conferences and universities in London, Manila, Oslo, and throughout the US.

Damian Mingle

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Hussein Farran

Hussein Farran

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Hussein Farran is relatively new to the professional IT world, but he’s doing his best to come in blazing. While building his experience Hussein strives to forge connections with those more experienced and to pass on what he knows to those less experienced. As a Software Developer at United Shore, Hussein has the opportunity to dip into many project types and to learn from a varied cast of co-workers and mentors.

Reid Evans

Reid Evans

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Reid Evans is a functional programming advocate, founder of FunctionalKnox, and enjoys presenting at conferences across the US on functional topics. He has been in the IT industry since 2003 in roles from software support through lead development, project management, systems analysis, and executive level management in a variety of languages, paradigms, and development platforms. He is a father to two beautiful children and husband to a wonderful wife. Currently he is a Senior Developer at The Tombras Group in Knoxville, TN.

John Berryman

John Berryman

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John Berryman started out in the field of Aerospace Engineering but soon found that he was more interested in math and software than in satellites and aircraft. John soon made the leap into software development specializing in search and recommendation technologies. John is now a Senior Software Engineer at Eventbrite, where he is helping build Eventbrite's event discovery application. John is also the author of a technology book, Relevant Search, published by Manning.

David Hussman

David Hussman

Speaker

David teaches and coaches product discovery through iterative delivery. He has spent the last 15 years coaching agility and producing products for companies of all sizes around the world. David’s coaching is non-dogmatic and pragmatic. His focus on getting to know a project community allows him to seed self-discovery and avoid falling into the expert trap of simply telling people what they “should do". David spends most of his time with teams, helping them create and validate product ideas and roadmaps with responsive engineering. He also works with leadership teams to pragmatically introduce the type of lasting agility that fosters innovation and creates a competitive edge. David owns and guides DevJam (www.devjam.com), a composition of mentors, producers and builders. DevJammers focus on using agile methods to help people and companies improve their product learning through faster deliver cycles and continuous delivery. DevJam success comes from pragmatically blending technology, people, and processes to more quickly validate product ideas and investments.

Thuy Rocco

Thuy Rocco

Speaker

Senior Training Specialist at Leankit, a polyglot, a martial artist, a cuisinier, life-long learner and teacher

Neece Tinsley

Neece Tinsley

Speaker

I enjoy coding and teaching. Currently I work at the Nashville Software School while working on a couple of side projects.

Jon Staples

Jon Staples

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Director of Analytics/Data Scientist - @NextGxDxInc | Technologist | Discerning Futurist | Amatuer Celloist | Ragnarian!

Tim Pote

Tim Pote

Speaker

Software Developer.

Kyle Welch

Kyle Welch

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Dad, developer, hockey enthusiast, gamer (psn-dogg551)

Josh Crews

Josh Crews

Speaker

Senior Software Consultant (Ruby, Elixir, React) in Nashville. Available for Hire.

Billy Hollis

Billy Hollis

Speaker

Author, speaker, designer, developer, consultant, trainer, contrarian. Email me using my twitter tag @ live dot com or gmail dot com

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