Speakers

Becca Nelson

8th Light - Chicago, IL

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.

Bob Larrick

Demyst Data - Richmond, VA

I am a senior developer at Demyst Data, a startup based in NYC.

I write primarily in Ruby, Javascript, Bash, Python, and haven't used the correct comment character for whatever language I'm currently in on the first try in years.

Callum Macrae

SamKnows - London

Callum Macrae is a JavaScript developer and occasional musician based in London, UK, working at SamKnows to make the internet faster for everyone. His current favourite things to work with are Vue, and SVGs (but only sometimes at the same time). He regularly contributes to open source projects including gulp and his own projects and is the author of _Vue.js: Up and Running_, a book about getting started with Vue.js. He can be found on Twitter and GitHub as @callumacrae.

Chris Lorenzo

Comcast - Philadelphia, PA

Chris has worked at Comcast since 2007 -- currently as a Distinguished Engineer. He enjoys building/motivating teams and ramping up new projects using the latest patterns and web primitives. Besides coding in Javascript, he loves spending time with his family and helping out in the community.

Don Denoncourt

Simple Thread - Richmond, VA

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.

Jenn Creighton

ClassPass - New York, NY

Jenn Creighton is a senior front end engineer at ClassPass where she writes code between workouts. She is likely to talk your ear off about React, JavaScript, or her hatred of CSS floats. She lives in New York City with her 2 cats & 1 dog & a handful of succulents. Say hello to her @gurlcode!

Jennifer Wadella

Kansas City Women in Technology - Kansas City, MO

Jennifer Wadella has been writing code since before she realized it was a credible career path. She currently works as a lead front-end developer at legal tech startup and loves building javascript applications and speaking at technical conferences. Jennifer is an active member of the KC tech community and the founder of Kansas City Women in Technology(KCWiT), an organization aimed at growing the number of women in technology careers in Kansas City. She's created a number of programs for KCWiT to help women and girls learn to code including CoderDojoKC, Coding & Cupcakes and Coding & Cocktails. She is a Silicon Prairie Champion Award Nominee, Rising Trendsetter STEMMy award-winner, and is apparently Missouri's Coolest Woman according to Pure Wow. She doesn't blog much, but can handle 140 characters - @likeOMGitsFEDAY

Jesse Warden

Capital One - Richmond, Virginia Area

Programming & Fitness/Nutrition topics from Enterprise to Gaming, from Sencha to simple JavaScript, from Flash & Flex to Corona SDK. Also, P90X.

John Athayde

CargoSense, Inc. / Meticulous, LLC - Charlottesville, Virginia

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.

Jordan Hawker

Twitch - Oakland, CA

Jordan Hawker is a Senior JavaScript Engineer @ Twitch. He's spent the last 3 years focused on application architecture and infrastructure, working to make developers' lives easier. He is a contributor to dozens of open-source projects, in addition to publishing and maintaining several of his own. In his spare time, Jordan streams board and video games on twitch.tv/boardgames and twitch.tv/axlehellfire.

Joshua Nelson

Atlassian - Mountain View, CA

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

Capital One - Washington, D.C.

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.

Matt Clough

Mobelux - Richmond, VA

Matt Clough is the front-end lead at Mobelux, a full-service product team in Richmond, where he works with the latest in CSS, JavaScript, and React, developing great sites and apps for national companies. Coming from the art world, he loves everything involving language, patterns, and abstract systems. When he's not sitting in front of a computer, he brews beer, chops wood, raises chickens, keeps bees, and grows mushrooms with his partner just outside the city.

Matt Crowder

Walmart Labs - Reston, VA

I am a Software Engineer at Walmart Labs in Reston, VA. I am a subject matter expert of Walmart Labs's open source platform known as electrode.io, where I help teach other Walmart Labs associates react, react native, redux, and node. I am passionate about javascript and helping teach other people understand the libraries that we use on a daily basis.

Meggie Ladlow

United Income - Beltsville, MD

Meggie Ladlow is a software engineer with professional experience in technologies from C to Javascript and everything in between. She started her career in telecom at Tecore Networks, then spent some time at Palantir Technologies as it migrated from a Java Swing client to a web front end. She joined United Income in 2016, where she has used React, Javascript, and Python to create financial plans. Meggie's interests include software engineering and architecture, organizational culture, and positive reinforcement training for animals.

Michael Szul

University of Virginia, School of Medicine - Harrisonburg, VA

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

Phoenix, Arizona

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.

Tim Roberts

CircleCI - Knoxville, Tennessee

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.

github.com/beardedtim
medium.com/@BeardedTim