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Brian Benz is based in Las Vegas, NV and works as a Senior Developer Advocate for Microsoft. The mission of his Cloud Developer Advocacy team is to win the hearts and minds of customers by creating a healthy developer ecosystem. He’s focused on showing the Java community how to get the best value out of the cloud with Microsoft Azure.
A prolific speaker and community builder, Brian has given talks at several conferences including Devoxx, Jenkins World, JavaOne, SpringOne, MongoDB Conferences, ChefConf, EclipseCon, Lucene / Solr Revolution, ApacheCon, Build, DevIntersection / Anglebrackets, LinuxFest Northwest, TechEd, OSCON, and numerous technology Meetups. Brian holds multiple certifications.
Brian’s team is hiring! If you’re a well known Java expert looking for new opportunities who’s also passionate for contributing to and advancing the platform, reach out at MS Dev Advocate Jobs!
Michael Feathers is Founder and Director of R7K Research & Conveyance a company specializing in software and organization design. Michael wrote Working Effectively with Legacy Code (Prentice Hall, 2004) and specializes supporting organizations with general software design issues, process change and code revitalization.
Prior to forming R7K, Michael was the Chief Scientist of Obtiva and a consultant with Object Mentor International. Over the past 20 years he has consulted with hundreds of organizations and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.
Robert Reppel is CTO and Partner at Adaptech Solutions and co-host of the Microservices Design and Implementation Meetup. A true Polyglot, Robert has more than 25 years of practical, hands-on experience as a Software and Systems Architect, fixer, aligner, deliverer and explainer of products and projects within all aspects of the software development life cycle.
Nikolas Badminton is a researcher and futurist speaker who splits his time between Canada (Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal), USA, UK, and provides insights into how people, communities, cities, businesses, and countries are changing with exponential technology.
He studied Applied Psychology and Computing in the U.K. and specialised in artificial intelligence and linguistics along with social network theory and human-computer interaction. For over 20 years he’s been hacking his way through tech jobs in big data, analytics, advertising, and the sharing economy.
He recently interviewed Edward Snowden at the University of Waterloo, spoke to 1500 leaders at the Premier’s Forum for Natural Resources in Prince George and you can see him at these upcoming events: Canada Futurists in Vancouver and Toronto, Our Futures Conference at Quest University in Squamish, and the 18th Annual Privacy & Security Conference leading a panel about Mixed Reality with innovators in that field.
You can see some of Nik’s featured work and speaking engagements at Nikolas Badminton.com and be sure to check him out at Exponential Minds which is a content and event network and a worldwide superinfluencers network and the Futurists Speakers Agency.
Welcome to the future!
Scott Bellware works with development teams on monolith and Rails remediation, and autonomous services projects. He’s been on a five-year mission to incorporate all the good things he’s learned in the distributed systems world with all the good things he’s learned in the Ruby world. He’s been coding professionally for twenty-five years, held every position in a software organization from QA to CTO, and worked in a variety of languages, frameworks, and platforms. Scott is a contributor to the Eventide toolkit for event-sourced autonomous services in Ruby
Hussein Hallak is General Manager and Head Mentor at Launch Academy, Western Canada’s leading tech startup hub with more than 500 startups incubated, $100+ million raised, and 1000+ entrepreneurs mentored and trained.
A serial entrepreneur, speaker, startup advisor and investor, Hussein lives to inspire entrepreneurship and unleash breakthrough growth. Hussein has built 20+ startups. Mentored and trained 1000+ entrepreneurs. Featured in Forbes, BBC, Entrepreneur, DailyHive (VancityBuzz), Business In Vancouver, Roundhouse Radio, Vancouver Courier, Richmond Sentinel and Notable. With 25+ years of business experience he has extensive knowledge of startups, innovation, strategy, growth, marketing, and social media.
Hussein is Executive Director and Mentor at TiE Vancouver. TiE is one of the largest entrepreneurial organisations in the world a Tech Panelist on Roundhouse Radio and former Director of Marketing at TEDxStanleyPark; one of the world’s largest and most successful TEDx events.
Hussein is Communication Chair of Small Business Council, a member of the Steering Committee of Metro Vancouver Prosperity Initiative, Advisor of TechCon Millennium (STEM conference for high school students) and speaks, mentors and judges at Junior Achievement, YELL, GradusOne and many other student conferences, initiatives and case competitions.
Hussein is passionate about entrepreneurship, education, tech, and is on a mission to change the world through connection, communication and community. He’d love to know what you’re working on and up to in the world!