Becca is a software engineer who spent the first five years of her career as a fine arts teacher and occasional writer. After her dramatic career shift, She has become passionate about helping fellow artists and career changers understand the world of tech.
She is now a Software Crafter at 8th Light, where she can mentor new developers and help clients make better decisions about their software. She also continues to work in the education world as a part of the Data and Research panel at Ingenuity, a fine arts education non-profit in Chicago. In her not-so-abundant spare time, she loves knitting with her cat.
Don's been coding since before Windows and Linux, much less the Internet. In the early nineties, Don moved from RPG and Cobol to C and C++. He adopted Java before it was real: 1996. After coding his way through the proliferation of Java frameworks (including Struts, Spring, and EJB) Don pined for the Convention-over-Configuration framework of Ruby and Rails. Don did Groovy and Grails before finally moving to Rails in 2011. Don enjoys writing and has published a couple of books and hundreds of technical articles. Don has been working from home since last century. When Don is not working, he loves spending time with his 3 grandchildren. To keep his mind young, Don reads and listens to novels in Italian. And, to keep his body young, Don is an avid off-road and street unicyclist.
John Athayde is a designer and developer who spends a lot of time fighting bad coding practices in the Rails view layer. He is currently the VP of Design for CargoSense, a logistics product company. He's run Meticulous (a design consultancy) since 1997. Prior to this he was the Lead for UI/UX and Front-end Development-Internal Apps at LivingSocial. In the past he also was the lead designer at InfoEther and ran Hyphenated People with Amy Hoy. He is currently a small permaculture farm outside of Charlottesville where he can garden and play in the dirt with his wife and three children. He's spent the past few months building a greenhouse from scratch (not a kit). In his free time, he plays guitar and keyboards for the DC-based band, Juniper Lane, and works on his solo music project, Rotoscope. He co-authored 'The Rails View' with Bruce Williams. He holds his Masters in Architecture from Catholic University of America.
Joshua is a developer at Atlassian, and has spent his time honing a UI platform that lets developers quickly create user experiences that are consistent and well designed across the suite of Atlassian products. He cares deeply about enabling developers to improve user's experience in Atlassian products. Through many successes and failures, he has learnt what works (and what doesn't!) and is looking forward to sharing these lessons with you.
Justin Bachorik is a software engineering manager at Capital One, where he leads a team that build API platforms and microservices using Node.js and other technologies. Prior to joining Capital One, Justin worked at National Public Radio as the lead developer for NPR.org.
Justin loves coding, cooking, and playing piano, and gets overly excited about designing clean abstractions.
Michael Szul has spent almost two decades in software engineering in industries as diverse as insurance, energy, travel, and higher education. He has worked in both application and product development, as well as framework creation, code generation, API building, and machine learning.
Szul is the co-host of the Codepunk podcast, records programming tutorials on YouTube, and is a Microsoft MVP.
A native of New Jersey, Michael moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 2009 with his wife, who is in the process of raising twins (much harder than programming).
Rob Richardson is a software craftsman building web properties in ASP.NET and Node, Angular and Vue. He's a Microsoft MVP, published author, frequent speaker at conferences, user groups, and community events, and a diligent teacher and student of high quality software development. You can find this and other talks on his blog at https://robrich.org/presentations and follow him on twitter at @rob_rich.
A web nerd that grew up hearing the tales of Assembly and chose the easy route of HTML and JS. I currently am helping bridge the gap between designers and developers, trying to talk code with one and colors with the other and bring both into the world of Functional programming.
I am a huge React nerd, Redux admirer, and a lover of ES6 (never 2015...). I like to give back to the community in gist form over repo form, blogs over talks, and questions over answers.