May 2017 Speakers

BRET MCGOWEN


Bret is on the Google Cloud Platform team at Google, focusing on developer-oriented products like App Engine, the Cloud Vision API, Firebase and more. He’s also an aspiring Node.js developer. Prior to Google, Bret came from Texas, having worked in the cloud industry at Rackspace as a software engineer building the RackConnect hybrid hosting product. Before that, he led engineering teams at e-commerce, non-profit and startup companies. He’s often on the running trail, volleyball court or kickball field. Bret earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Texas A&M University.

RAY TSANG


Ray is a Developer Advocate for the Google Cloud Platform. Ray had extensive hands on cross-industry enterprise systems integration delivery and management experiences during his time at Accenture, managed full stack application development, DevOps, and ITOps. Ray specialized in middleware, big data, and PaaS products during his time at RedHat while contributing to open source projects, such as Infinispan. Aside from technology, Ray enjoys traveling and adventures.

JARED SHEEHAN


Jared has been playing with technology all of his life and building mobile applications since Google was making tasty treats like Donut, Eclair and Gingerbread. He enjoys bridging the gap between technology, product and business development teams and bringing them together to ship epic software.

Jared is a Lead Android Engineer at Capital One, has been building android applications since 2010 and is a co-founder of the DCAndroid Meetup group in Washington, DC.

NOBLE ACKERSON


Noble is a senior technical product manager with over a decade of shipping products that meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of users in the enterprise and consumer space. Prior to joining DubLabs as Director of Product, he led the award-winning DC-based Augmented Reality for fitness startup, LynxFit.

He sits on the Alumni Leadership Board for the leading online education startup, Udacity. Acts as a member of the Alumni Board at Lynchburg Colleges and is a Publicity Chair for Ubicomp and ISWC, two top-tier conferences for the internet of things and wearable technology.

When Noble is not focused on product, he is spending time with his daughter, running with bulls in Pamplona, Spain, running a marathon or quantifying his fitness whilst competing in a Spartan Race.

MARK MURPHY


Mark Murphy is the founder of CommonsWare and the author of The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development. He is active in supporting the Android developer community, from answering questions on Stack Overflow to publishing sample code and reusable components as open source.

A three-time entrepreneur, his experience ranges from consulting on open source and collaborative development for the Fortune 500 to application development on a myriad of platforms. A polished speaker, Mr. Murphy has delivered conference presentations and training sessions on a wide array of topics internationally.

HUYEN TUE DAO


Huyen Tue Dao is an Android developer and Google Developer Expert, currently working on the Trello Android app at Atlassian. A proud graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a BS/MS in Computer Engineering, she is co-creator of the “Android Dialogs” YouTube channel.
Huyen lives in Denver, CO though is often found in the DC Metro area. When she is not up late programming, she is often found up late gaming (video, board, card, anything).

JOHN NIEDZWIECKI


John is an experienced lead and senior developer with passion for UI. He’s been coding since high school when he taught himself HTML and coded his TI-83 and 89 calculators. Now, he has a love of Angular and is happy to live in an age of powerful JavaScript, web standards, and evergreen browsers. He loves creating UIs, especially across large datasets, visualizing data, and trying out experimental ideas.

When not coding, he likes to teach, blog, runs for fun (that fact surprises him too), sports a kilt on occasion, and enjoys time with his wife and two kids.

ANNYCE DAVIS


Annyce is an Android Google Developer Expert. She has spent the past 5 years developingapplications for the Android ecosystem across multiple form factors. She is also a international conference speaker and author, sharing her knowledge of Android development with others. In addition, Annyce is active in the Washington, DC tech scene and assists with running a local meetup focused on Android development and design.

PAMELA RICE


Pamela joined Capital One in January 2017 from OnDeck, a non-bank small business lender where she led technology including engineering, platform operations, cybersecurity, and corporate IT team all focused on building disruptive credit technology solutions for giving small business access to capital.

Prior to joining OnDeck, Pamela led Credit Underwriting and Global Credit Technology for PayPal, Inc. where she led everything from the growth and scale of their consumer credit systems, to their expansion into the European Union. Pamela joined PayPal through its acquisition of Bill Me Later, Inc. where she built many of the company’s original consumer credit, lending, and payments systems. Pamela co-founded eBay Women in Technology (eWIT) in Maryland, OnDeck Women In Tech, and is a contributing member of Grace Hopper Celebrations of Women in Computing. She holds a B.A. from the University of Hawaii, an M.S. in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.B.A. from Loyola University.

JOSH GORDON


Josh Gordon is a Developer Advocate at Google working on TensorFlow. He’s interested in teaching and computer science education. He can often be found exploring central park on his bike.

YUFENG GUO


Yufeng has been building computers since elementary school and lives at the intersection of hardware and software. As a Google Developer Advocate, Yufeng bridges the gap between the developer community and engineering teams.

He is interested in combining IoT devices, big data, and machine learning, and loves learning new technologies. When he’s not tinkering, you can find him running on the road or the track training for his next race.

MIKE WORTH


Mike’s been working with Android since the early days of Donut. Originally doing radio interface layer work for the telephony team of a small Vancouver services company, Mike has since moved on to focusing on user facing Android apps.

Having lived through the dark days of non-standard OEM ListView implementations and pre-Holo theme disarray, Mike now finds himself serving as the Android push notification specialist at Slack. Through a mixture of the dark arts, trial and error and a dash of luck, he’s come away with some knowledge about what works and what doesn’t and is eager to share that information with the Android community at large!

JULKA GRODEL


Julka Grodel is a Senior Software Engineer at AddThis and has worked professionally in web development for over 10 years. She is passionate about writing easily maintainable and extendable code and is on a mission to make it simple to use AddThis’ social tools on single page apps and within a dynamic DOM. Julka spends most of her time on opensource projects integrating AddThis tools for various JavaScript frameworks & content management systems. When not working, she spends her time volunteering with the Junior League, in a pilates studio, or doting over her blind cat Batman and his BFF Robin.

MIKE WOLFSON


Mike is a product focused developer working out of Phoenix. He has been working in the software field for more than 20 years, and with Android since its introduction. He is a Google Developer Expert in Android, and the author of the book “Android Developer Tools Essentials” published by O’Reilly.

He has spoken about Android and mobile development at a variety of conferences and user groups (including Google IO, Oscon, GDGSiliconValley, Droidcon NYC & Turin, AnDevCon, and others). When he is not geeking out about phones, he enjoys the outdoors (snowboarding, hiking, scuba diving), collecting PEZ dispensers, and chasing his young (but quick) daughter.

PABLO GUARDIOLA


Pablo is a software engineer at Mapbox working on the mobile Android team.
Prior to joining Mapbox, Pablo spent nearly five years developing Android apps. He is particularly passionate about testing. Pablo is also a regular attendee to developer conferences and meetups, giving talks and facilitating coding workshops.
In his free time, Pablo enjoys soccer and surfing and he loves to play board games.

SAM EDWARDS


Sam is a Lead Android Engineer for Capital One Wallet. He has been working with Android since 2011 and has over 13 years of professional experience with full-stack development with Java and JavaScript. Check out http://handstandsam.com where he shares tips and tricks about Android and software development.

RAJA CHATTOPADHYAY


Raja is a software engineer at Capital One and passionate about writing easily maintainable and extendable code. Prior to joining Capital One he has worked Financial IT for few years. He is a regular attendee to developer conferences & meetups. In his free time, he likes to watch soccer and enjoys time with his wife & son.

MARTIN OMANDER


Martin Omander works for Google in Mountain View, California. His job in the Developer Relations team is to support awesome developer communities, like the Google Developer Groups. On his spare time he manages to sneak in some programming, usually writing HTML5 apps running on top of Firebase. Before Google, Martin worked at string of startups in Silicon Valley as a software engineer.

PAUL ROTHROCK


For six years Paul Rothrock has been the Support Manager at AddThis Publisher Tools, part of Oracle Data Cloud in Vienna, Virginia. He’s in charge of making sure customers get fast and effective support, helping sales and marketing with technical questions, and talking to the customers so the engineers don’t have to. Starting with an email account and a support forum he grew the team into a global force for good in the universe. In his spare time he cares for his homestead and raises hogs.

ROBERT FEHRMANN


Robert Fehrmann is a principal Architect at Snagajob, Americas largest network for employers and workers. Most recently Robert and his team have re-invented Snagajobs data platform from a pre-webscale monolithic data architecture to a horizontally scalable, high performance platform using MongoDB (OLTP), and Snowflake/Looker (DW).
Robert earned a Masters degree in Computer Science at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, specializing in data management and parallel compute technologies. Robert a frequent speaker at several Meetups in the Richmond/DC area and co-founder for the Richmond based MongoDB and DevOpsRVA Meetup groups.

RAJA CHATTOPADHYAY


Raja is a software engineer at Capital One and passionate about writing easily maintainable and extendable code. Prior to joining Capital One he has worked Financial IT for few years. He is a regular attendee to developer conferences & meetups. In his free time, he likes to watch soccer and enjoys time with his wife & son.

SOVON NATH


Sovon is a passionate software engineer at Capital One. Over the past several years, he has worked on various technologies and industries. His work at Capital One, lets him explore various full stack technologies. He is passionate about learning new technologies and applying them. Before Capital One he has worked in Healthcare IT for several years. He loves reading and writing.

BRAD SNEADE


Brad Sneade has over fifteen years of software development experience ranging from desktop to enterprise applications and from ten to two hundred team members. He takes an active interest in the success of the project and seeks to better the development environment via such activities as facilitating collaboration through new tools, and presenting seminars on emerging technologies. His enthusiasm for his craft keeps him up to date on the latest frameworks and APIs and in tune with the software development community.

JONATHAN BODNER


Jonathan Bodner is part of the Technology Fellows Program at Capital One, currently working on a fork of the LGTM project that we will be open sourcing soon. Jonathan a software engineer, lead developer, and architect and enjoy presenting and discussing open source, technology trends, and the future of software engineering. Over the past 20 years, Jonathan worked in just about every corner of the software industry including on-line commerce, education, finance, government, healthcare, and internet infrastructure.

In the past year, Jonathan spoke at DevFest DC on Go Channels, PyData DC on improving Data Science accuracy via software engineering, and the Open Source Leadership Summit on corporations and open source. Jonathan has also spoken at internal corporate conferences at Capital One and Neustar.

KAZ SATO


Kaz Sato is Staff Developer Advocate at Cloud Platform team, Google Inc. He leads the developer advocacy team for Machine Learning and Data Analytics products, such as TensorFlow, Cloud ML, and BigQuery. Invited to major events including Google Cloud Next ’17 SF, Google I/O 2016, Hadoop Summit 2016, Strata+Hadoop World 2016 San Jose and NYC, ODSC East/West 2016 and Google Next 2015 NYC. Kaz also has been leading and supporting developer communities for Google Cloud for over 8 years. He is also interested in hardwares and IoT, and has been hosting FPGA meetups since 2013.

CHRISTINA LEE


Christina is an Android Engineer at Pinterest working on Video and platform initiatives.

ALLAN NAIM


Allan is a Product Manager at Google focused on Kubernetes and Container Engine. Prior to Kubernetes, Allan played a key role in developing Google Compute Engine’s go-to-market as it graduated from incubation to becoming a GA product. Prior to Google, Allan held a variety of global roles spanning from Engineering to Evangelism at Microsoft, most recently bringing Azure to market with the ISV community.

SRINI KARLEKAR


Srini is an Enterprise Solutions Architect and Director of Software Engineering at Capital One. He is in the business of designing and building software for 25 years. At Capital One he guides teams to build highly-scalable and resilient cloud-native applications on public cloud. He is passionate about open source, messaging systems and microservices. In his free time, he dabbles with his Raspberry Pi building projects that transcend the living room with the cloud, teaching middle schoolers Python, Lego programming etc.

DINESH GANESAN


Dinesh Ganesan is a Mobile/Cloud Technology Strategist with 18 years of experience in information technologies and working as CTO at Acarin Inc. Dinesh has extensive experience in building enterprise mobile applications, Omni Channel, self-service ordering/enrollment applications using mobile, cloud and predictive intelligence technologies. He is using Google Cloud and BigQuery since 2013 and mastered it’s usage for many enterprise use-cases.

TOSIN AJAYI


Tosin Ajayi is a Senior Solutions Architect at MongoDB. Based in the Washington DC metro area, he helps enterprises realize the value of data using MongoDB in a distributed architecture. He has a Software Development background building database engines and utilities, with extensive experience in database installation, deployment, administrative APIs, data visualization and analytics. He is an advisor for cloud-based technology startups and is currently working on a skunkworks project which focuses on personal content sharing using bluetooth technology. He enjoys cooking, traveling, riding motorcycles, martial arts, and competitive sports.

RYAN COMPTON


Ryan completed a PhD in applied mathematics at UCLA with a focus on sparsity-promoting optimization and was previously a research staff member at Howard Hughes laboratories. His recent work on geolocation in social media has been covered in Forbes, the New York Observer, and Business Insider among other places.

ELIZABETH MEZIAS


Elizabeth is an experienced technology professional with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She has been to most of the Google I/O conferences and got to be both a Google Glass Pioneer and Explorer. Since 2008 she is working on Android apps as a mobile app architect and developer. This continues a long history on the Java platform starting at Sun JDK 1.1.*. She is making connections in Boston after many years in Silicon Valley working on diverse projects in small, private start-ups as well as large corporations like Sun and Adobe Systems.
Miss Mezias hails from Bridgeport, CT. She studied at San Francisco State University enjoying valuable early career work as a campus consultant for Steve Jobs at NeXT, Inc. For her, technology is a passion and she is continually building her skill set.

MICHAEL HANEY


Michael is a Software Engineer working on Firebase and Machine Perception teams at Google. He has experience in startups, mobile gaming, and developer tools. He joined Google in 2016 after founding Braze, Inc., a developer tools startup focused on providing a Swift toolchain to both iOS and Android. Prior to that, he worked at Apportable building iOS for Android, and GREE International on the iOS Core team. Outside of work, Michael loves craft beer and basketball, oftentimes together.

JINN KIM


Jinn Kim is a Android developer since v2.3 operating in the New England area. He also has taught multiple Android developer courses based on the Google’s Study Jam. He’s also the lead organizer of the Boston Android Meetup group. Before he started programming Android apps, he worked primarily in .NET web application. He is left handed.

SHIVA THIRUMAZHUSAI


Shiva Thirumazhusai is currently the Founder and CEO of Nasotech, an innovative technology business solutions company. Digital strategy consultant and trainer for executives in emerging technologies. Shiva has over 25 years of experience in managing, creating and deploying solutions for enterprise and consumer market including remote locations. He is a mentor for startups in US and India.

Shiva was a founding member of two startups (Paper Software Inc and Network24) with successful exits. Apple, Other organizations, and News media have featured his apps.

Shiva is an ardent leader and strong practicing evangelist of open source. Shiva worked on open source AOL’s OMP, Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox, Bugzilla and OSHA. Successfully built and deployed embedded Talkback in 50+ million clients for Netscape, Mozilla and AOL.

Shiva is a TIE Board Member, member of CTO group in DC, Partnership director for Startups-Ignite.

GERARD SANS


Gerard is very excited about the future of the Web and JavaScript. Always happy Computer Science Engineer and humble Google Developer Expert. He loves to share his learnings by giving talks, trainings and writing about cool technologies. He loves running AngularZone and GraphQL London, mentoring students and giving back to the community.

MIKE BARRETTA


Mike Barretta is a Solutions Architect for Elastic focused on helping ensure the federal government receives its fair share of the future. The past five years of his efforts have primarily revolved around technologies and techniques for deriving value from big data: distributed computing, natural language processing, machine learning, and mission-driven analytics.
Along with a penchant for quoting movies, Mike attempts to find time to play chess, collect (and usually read) books, and sit in the sun (not “in” like Superman Prime; more human-like)

GEORGE KORTSARIDIS


George Kortsaridis is a Software engineer graduate at University of Western Macedonia.
George is a mobile deveLOVER, who has been developing on the Android and iOS platform for many years, and turned into a full stack mobile developer. He specializes in VR development, and he is a co-organizer of GDG Thessaloniki chapter.

LEO ZHADANOVSKY


Leo Zhadanovsky, a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services, spends his days (and occasional nights!) helping customers best leverage AWS services in order to help them build highly-available, scalable and elastic architectures to fulfill their business needs. As a speaker, Leo has delivered talks at conferences around the world, including Re:Invent, OmniTI Surge, and PuppetConf. Previously the Director of Systems Engineering at the Democratic National Committee, he’s also run the DNC’s on-premise and cloud infrastructure, in use by the Obama campaign, state and local Democratic parties. This infrastructure was used to support hundreds of millions of dollars in online donations, and withstood significant amounts of election day traffic.

In his free time, he enjoys travelling the world, going for a bike ride, and trying out new restaurants in whatever city he finds himself in.

WESLEY CHUN


+WESLEY CHUN, MSCS, is the author of Prentice Hall’s bestselling “Core Python” series (corepython.com), co-author of “Python Web Development with Django” (withdjango.com), and has written for Linux Journal, CNET & InformIT. In addition to being an engineer & Developer Advocate at Google, he runs CyberWeb (cyberwebconsulting.com), a consultancy specializing in Python training. Wesley was one of the original engineers who built Yahoo!Mail almost 2 decades ago and holds degrees in CS, Math & Music from the University of California. He loves traveling worldwide to meet developers, whether at a technical conference, user group meeting, or on a university campus.

THOM NGO


Thong “Thom” Ngo is a software developer who loves to build small smart devices with the help of Raspberry Pi and Odroid. He’s also a tinkerer who has passion to put old and nonused components back to use. He loves to write code in Java but lately started to explore Python with the purpose of learning Artificial Intelligence. He is a big fan of tennis, he also loves to play Ping-Pong and bowling.

SHIVA THIRUMAZHUSAI


Shiva Thirumazhusai is currently the Founder and CEO of Nasotech, an innovative technology business solutions company. Digital strategy consultant and trainer for executives in emerging technologies. Shiva has over 25 years of experience in managing, creating and deploying solutions for enterprise and consumer market including remote locations. He is a mentor for startups in US and India.

Shiva was a founding member of two startups (Paper Software Inc and Network24) with successful exits. Apple, Other organizations, and News media have featured his apps.

Shiva is an ardent leader and strong practicing evangelist of open source. Shiva worked on open source AOL’s OMP, Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox, Bugzilla and OSHA. Successfully built and deployed embedded Talkback in 50+ million clients for Netscape, Mozilla and AOL.

Shiva is a TIE Board Member, member of CTO group in DC, Partnership director for Startups-Ignite.

JASON ROGERS


Jason Rogers is a Senior Software Engineer at AddThis, now part of Oracle Data Cloud. He has over 10 years of experience in web development, working across the stack in JavaScript and (occasionally) PHP, Java, and C#. In his professional work, he applies his passion for performance and clean code to the AddThis Publisher Tools (AddThis Client and AddThis Dashboard) and to FluxThis, AddThis’ open source implementation of Facebook’s “Flux” architecture pattern. Outside of work, you’ll likely find Jason working on side projects, philosophizing (he has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester), spending time with his wife and son, or attempting to lift weights.

SADAYAPPAN “CHIDA” CHIDAMBARAM


NAVEEN SRINIVASAN


Naveen Srinivasan has been professionally developing software for nearly two decades, in the recent past, he is actively involved in kubernetes. He is currently working as a Principal Engineer for https://upskill.io where he architects and leads the development as well as manages the cloud infrastructure. He is passionate about open source and has contributed to a few of them.

RAJIV SONDHI


Having successfully led and implemented multiple tech-driven global initiatives and projects for companies like CGE&Y, Deloitte, IBM, Onstar/GM and Under Armour, Rajiv brings18+ years of diverse experience in IT & digital strategy, emerging technologies, and digital transformation across various domains and industries. Rajiv holds a Masters in IT from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from University of Delhi.

BOBBY CALDERWOOD


Bobby is a member of the Technology Fellows team at Capital One, where he designs and develops solutions to difficult problems, influences the technical direction of Capital One while helping development teams implement that technical direction, and engages the broader technical community via speaking and open-source contribution. Prior to joining Capital One, Bobby was Director of Product Engineering at B23 LLC, a startup working on enabling big data solutions in cloud environments. Before B23, Bobby worked on the Product Team at Cognitect building, testing, and helping customers win with Datomic. Bobby’s been writing web applications and distributed systems with Clojure and ClojureScript since 2010. Before that, Bobby worked in Java, Scheme, and Ruby on Rails plus the full web stack starting in 2005. Bobby first got interested in computers and open source when he converted his desktop computer into a Linux server running Bugzilla in support of the software development team for which he was interning; once he finally got `rpm install` to work, he never looked back.

JOE YANG


Hi! I’m a 15+ year cloud technologist working with global Fortune 500 companies and Public Sector agencies. Currently a Customer Engineer at Google, recently PaaS and IaaS Application Development with Oracle, and prior SaaS Unified Communications partners with Microsoft and Cisco. I look forward to meeting you and finding out how Google Cloud can help you solve your technology problems.

JOE JOYCE


Working at Microsoft for almost six years in a few different cloud roles. My current role is a Cloud Solution Architect with implementation, design, architecture, and team leadership experience across a wide range of customers and industries. Subject matter expert in IaaS, PaaS, Microservices, DevOps, Networking, Identity Management and Security on Microsoft Azure. Prior to moving to a Cloud Solution Architect role worked in the Cybersecurity space. Technical background spans nearly twenty years of experience with a mix of architecture, principle consultant and engineering positions on both Microsoft and Open Source platforms.

VICKY FU


Vicky is a Data Solution Architect at Microsoft focused on Azure Intelligence Solution. Prior to this architect role, Vicky played a key role in Bing Ads Team as a data scientist in Redmond.

JEREMY WILKEN


Jeremy Wilken is a web application engineer with a focus on building web applications at companies like eBay, Teradata, and VMware. He is a Google Developer Expert for Angular and Web Technologies and regularly speaks at events and writes around the web. He is also the author of Angular in Action and Ionic in Action. He lives in Austin, Texas with his family and enjoys brewing his own beers.

ANTONIO ZUGALDIA


Antonio is an Android engineer on the mobile team at Mapbox. He is very passionate about the future of the Android platform, from phones to smartwatches to TVs.

Prior to joining Mapbox, Antonio co-founded Silica Labs, a startup focused on wearable software development and worked for the World Health Organization supporting disaster response and preparedness as part of its Emergency Operations Center. Antonio has a degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Granada in Spain, and he is an active member of the DC developer community. He co-organizes the local Google Developer Group (GDG DC) and co-founded DC Android (DCA).

DANIELLE OSLER


Danielle is a public policy counsel at Google, where she leads global policy strategy for Android, communications products, developer outreach, and the Internet of Things. Her prior roles included senior legal and advisor roles in the U.S. Senate and the Executive Office of the President. She holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, and advanced degrees in law and public policy. Danielle loves designing maker projects in her spare time, and is working with her 4-year-old daughter to build a robo-puppy.

KALEV H LEETARU


One of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013, Kalev is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security and a member of its Counterterrorism and Intelligence Task Force, as well as being a 2015-2016 Google Developer Expert for Google Cloud Platform. From 2013-2014 he was the Yahoo! Fellow in Residence of International Values, Communications Technology & the Global Internet at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor, as well as a Council Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. His work has been profiled in Nature, the New York Times, The Economist, BBC, Discovery Channel and the presses of more than 100 nations, while he has been an invited speaker throughout the globe, from the United Nations to the Library of Congress, Harvard to Stanford, Sydney to Singapore. In 2011 The Economist selected his Culturomics 2.0 study as one of just five science discoveries deemed the most significant developments of 2011. Kalev’s work focuses on how innovative applications of the world’s largest datasets, computing platforms, algorithms and mind-sets can reimagine the way we understand and interact with our global world.

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