Spring 2011 - Speakers

Jacob VanScoy

Jacob is a senior developer at Atomic Playpen in Minneapolis. Over the past seven years, he has worked with a wide variety of technologies and programming languages. Jacob became a father in October when he and his wife Betsy welcomed their daughter Lucy into the world.

Avonelle Lovhaug

Avonelle Lovhaug escaped the corporate grind in 2003. Since then she's been running Code Poetry, her freelance programming venture serving tech savvy small businesses in the Twin Cities. Avonelle lives just outside St. Paul with her husband, and after raising two geek sons with careers in tech-related fields, she's done her part for future generations. She'd tell you how long she's been working with computers, but her age is classified. Avonelle writes about going freelance at www.IndyCoding.com .

Marc Harter

Marc Harter is a Web Developer for Applied Data Consultants in Eau Claire, WI. He is actively involved in the JavaScript community from the browser to the server side. He enjoys: studying program languages and paradigms, obsessively changing his theme and background on Ubuntu Linux, and keeping up with the latest in web development. He has a beautiful wife and two beautiful children.

Brock Noland

Brock Noland is an Instructor at Cloudera where he teaches Apache Hadoop developer and admin courses to public and private audiences. He attended the University of Minnesota and is formerly a Lead Software Engineer at Thomson Reuters were he implemented log processing on Hadoop. He spends most of his time dealing with broken abstractions and other odd phenomena of large distributed systems. When not working, he likes to sail, scuba dive, and trek.

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is a Software Engineer with Getty Images. He has been developing web applications since 2003 and has been working with Ruby professionally since 2007. Chris also works as an independent consultant for business and organizations around the midwest. In his spare time Chris enjoys photography, spending time with family and friends, and tinkering with anything electronic or mechanical.

Judah Himango

Judah is a developer with Avtex in Bloomington, where his responsibilities range from looking busy, to fetching caffeinated beverages for Mike Hodnick. He likes to pretend to know more than he really does. But he's good at pretending. Of the few things he actually knows how to do, .NET client dev is his specialty. He thinks most developers take themselves way too seriously. He can't believe people pay him to write software. His favorite past times include writing code that will pay for his early retirement to Cancoon, wrestling with his kids, smooching his wife, playing the guitar poorly, hoarding free food at developer events, and speaking about himself in the third person.

Brent Edwards

Brent Edwards is a Senior Consultant for Magenic , a Microsoft Gold Partner consulting company. Brent has been knocking around the .NET world for over six years, working on projects ranging from ASP.NET MVC with C# and jQuery to WPF with VB.NET. In his spare time, Brent develops applications for the Android platform. His apps have over one million downloads and he was selected by Google as a Top Android Developer for their Device Seeding Program. When not cranking out code, you can find him hanging out with his wife and three kids or riding his wakeboard, snowboard or mountain bike. Check out his blog at http://brentedwards.net.

Aaron Godin

Aaron Godin is a Computer Engineering student attending University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. If he's not deep in a Rails application or programming in Ruby, he spends his time working with all things front-end. He's an amateur designer and has an interest in user experience design and information architecture. Besides being a Macophile, his other interests include electronic music, martial arts, skateboarding, and making fun of iPad commercials.

Christopher Bartling

Christopher Bartling has participated in the IT industry since 1995. He has served in the roles of application developer, mentor and agile coach and has experience in biometrics, healthcare, insurance, and legal/regulatory domains. Chris also helps develop and deliver training for DevJam. Previous to his career in IT, Chris was involved in electrophysiology and biomedical research at the Mayo Clinic.

Joel Levandoski

Joel Levandoski is a software engineer with over 30 years of experience. For the past 4 years he has been working as a contractor in the Twin Cities area specializing in .NET and automated software testing. Joel has written software testing systems for both Windows and Web applications using numerous testing frameworks including Fit/FitNesse, SpecFlow, WatiN and WebAii.

Previous to his contract work, Joel was Vice President of Software Development and co- founder of Advanced Weighing Systems in Chippewa Falls, Wi. Prior to that, he was Chief CAD engineer in charge of printed circuit board CAD software for Cray Research and worked on the Cray-2, Cray-3 and Triton supercomputer systems. Joel received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Masters in Software Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Menomonie, WI.

Rockford Lhotka

Rockford Lhotka is the creator of the popular CSLA .NET development framework, and is the author of numerous books, including Expert 2008 Business Objects. He is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, and a regular presenter at major conferences around the world. Rockford is the Principal Technology Evangelist for Magenic (www.magenic.com), a company focused on delivering business value through applied technology and one of the nation's premiere Microsoft Gold Certified Partners. For more information go to www.lhotka.net.

Brian Hogan

Brian Hogan is an author, editor, trainer, speaker, musician, and web developer who loves to tinker with HTML5, CSS3, Ruby, and JavaScript. He coordinates the RailsMentors.org project which pairs people who want to learn about Ruby on Rails with experienced mentors. He's the author of "HTML5 and CSS3" and "Web Design For Developers" and consults. When not hacking on code or writing, he can be found improving his guitar chops or spending time with his daughters.

Baskin I. Tapkan

Baskin I. Tapkan works for Imation. Baskin is a technology evangelist and has been programming over 20 years starting with Turbo Pascal and QBasic . He has been coding in the .NET framework since its release and now focusing on the ASP.NET MVC and WCF Services. Prior to joining to Verifications Inc, he has been a software architect at Healthland, Inc., a consultant with Magenic, and a systems design engineer at Imation Corporation. He has over 12 years of industry experience in manufacturing, healthcare, education and consumer services working on various database driven applications. Baskin holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Univ. of Wyoming.

Jon Homan

Jon Homan is an apprentice at Obtiva, where he has primarily worked on web applications using Ruby on Rails. Lately, he has been interested in NoSQL databases, automated testing, and software design principals. His non-software interests include sports, music, and reading.

Aaron Erickson

Aaron Erickson is a software developer/technology writer/agilist for ThoughtWorks, based out of Chicago, IL. His life's work is to help convert the human intellectual capital into results for companies that empower both the knowledge workers who produce software, and the people for whom that software is designed to serve. He frequently speaks at events such as DevTeach, TechEd, and .NET user groups - with a goal of furthering the exchange of ideas - be they technology contributions - or observations about the technology consulting business. He is the author of the book, "The Nomadic Developer", a career guide for technology consultants. He is a co-author of the upcoming "Professional F# 2.0". In his spare time he likes to buy random ingredients at the store and have "iron chef" night with his wife, play video games with his kids, and occasionally, log on to World of Warcraft where he has a level 80 Rogue named EffSharper on the Bloodscalp server.

Glenn Leifheit

Glenn Leifheit, CISSP, CSSLP is a Senior Security Architect at FICO. He has worked in developing, managing, architecting and securing large scale applications for over 15 years. His day is spent rolling out an Enterprise secure software development lifecycle and managing PCI requirements as well as secure software reviews. Glenn is active in the Technology community as the Co-Chair of (ISC)2 Application Security Advisory Board, President of TechMasters Twin Cities, as an active member of IASA (International Association of Software Architects) and OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) as well as a regional speaker evangelizing secure software. Glenn's blog is located at www.glennleifheit.com.

Jeff Brand

Jeff Brand is a .NET Developer in Microsoft's Developer and Platform Group. Jeff assists customers in evaluating, developing and deploying applications built on the .NET Framework and the Microsoft platform. He has been with Microsoft for eleven years and has served in variety of roles including infrastructure consultant, e-commerce technology specialist, and enterprise technology advisor.

Donn Felker

Donn Felker is the founder of Agilevent, a agile and mobile software development company here in the Twin Cities. He has over 10 years of professional experience in various markets that include – entertainment, health, retail, insurance, financial, and real estate. He is the author of the best selling Android Application Development for Dummies and the Introduction to Android Development on TekPub.com. He is also a Microsoft ASP Insider, an MCTS in Web Client Development for .NET and is a certified ScrumMaster. He is the leader of the Twin Cities Developers Group. He presents and consultants on various topics ranging from architecture, development in general, agile practices and patterns & practices and of course, mobile. Follow Donn on twitter: @donnfelkeror read his blog here: http://blog.donnfelker.com.

Bryan Anderson

Bryan is an up-and-coming .Net developer currently focused on building amazing, performant WPF and Silverlight applications. He's passionate about teaching other developers all of the things he's learned about building applications in the real world and learning their lessons in turn. Bryan is currently a full time employee at ILM Professional Services.

Jeffrey Byboth

Jeffrey works for Simacor as a consultant, and has been developing software for the past 12 years focusing on developing solutions in .Net over the past 6 years. He holds a Masters in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas.

Erik Mau

Erik Mau is an architect on the Innovation Team at Avtex (formerly Inetium). He brings a balance of .NET development, SharePoint platform expertise, and Dynamics CRM integration experience to architect business solutions for Avtex customers. He has over 10 years of experience on the Microsoft stack and has just recently started developing applications with Silverlight.

Brent Stineman

Brent is a Manager Consultant and National Solution lead for Windows Azure with Sogeti USA. His 18+ year career has spanned everything from the mainframe to mobile devices. He's been working with the Windows Azure platform for over two years and was selected as one of the first of the Microsoft MVP's for the Windows Azure platform.

Jim White

Jim White is the director of training, partner, and instructor with Intertech, Inc. He is co-author of Java 2 Micro Edition (Manning) and a frequent contributor to various journals and on-line magazines including recent articles at DevX.com. Jim also heads Intertech's Cloud Computing practice and is co-lead of the Windows Azure User Group (www.azureug.net), which is a national virtual user group of nearly a thousand members. He has twenty years of software development experience including time as a senior technical architect at Target Corporation.

David Boike

David is a solution architect at Inergize Digital in Bloomington. For 8 years he has been developing a variety of solutions in the .NET space, and tries to do so according to his mantra: "Build. Optimize. Make Awesome." Recently he has taken a particular interest in distributed systems architecture. David's blog can be found at www.make-awesome.com.

David Boike

David is a solution architect at Inergize Digital in Bloomington. For 8 years he has been developing a variety of solutions in the .NET space, and tries to do so according to his mantra: "Build. Optimize. Make Awesome." Recently he has taken a particular interest in distributed systems architecture. David's blog can be found at www.make-awesome.com.

Dave Stienessen

Dave Stienessen is a Senior Consultant for Magenic, a Microsoft Gold Partner consulting company. For 17 years, Dave has been developing and designing enterprise applications built with Microsoft technologies and working with .NET since its release in 2002 and SQL Server since version 6. Currently Dave works with clients on enterprise application architecture, database design and architecture, and multi-tenant custom SaaS applications.

Kurt Christensen

Kurt Christensen has been paid to write code in a variety of different languages for a variety of different industries for the last 15 years. Since 2003, Kurt has also helped multiple companies transform their development processes using "agile" methods.

Keith Dahlby

Keith Dahlby is a .NET developer, language geek and C# MVP from Cedar Rapids, IA. He works as the technical lead at J&P Cycles and blogs about various software development topics with Los Techies. Keith has spoken at community events around the midwest and studied Human-Computer Interaction at Iowa State University. His talks have been described as "terrific!", "very interactive!", and "the best I've seen all hour!"

Dan Chamberlain

Dan Chamberlain is an independent contractor working in the Twin Cities. His interests include Scala, concurrency, functional programming, and working on interesting problems.

Zach Mattson

Zach possesses over 10 years experience in the DBA industry, particularly working in development, administration and automation. He is currently the DBA team lead for a company in St. Paul, MN that sells toothbrushes, drugs and knee braces. In addition to this, Zach has shared his industry knowledge with the SQL community by publishing articles on SQLServerCentral.com and speaking at SQL Saturdays in Minnesota and Arizona.

Todd H. Gardner

Todd H. Gardner is a software developer and architect with over 5 years of professional experience in corporate and commercial system design and implementation. He is passionate about software development process and driving cloud platforms. Follow Todd on twitter: @toddhgardner or find out more at http://www.toddhgardner.com/.

Mike Hodnick

Mike Hodnick has been a developer in the Twin Cities area for over 12 years and currently works at Avtex in Bloomington, MN. He enjoys digging in to more obscure topics such as Silverlight digital audio synthesis and WPF 3D. At Avtex he has most recently developed apps for Kinect and WPF, Windows Phone 7, and Azure-based web sites with ASP.NET MVC. He also works with Judah Himango, who grooms Mike's llamas. Mike enjoys playing hockey, writing music, and playing Halo: Reach every Monday night #HaloReachMondays.

Vince Bullinger

Vince Bullinger is a Senior .Net Devloper with Anytime Fitness and has an MCSD for .NET with C# who's been developing with Microsoft technologies for over five years. In his spare time, he likes to work on the house and yard, work out, play video games and learn everything there is to know about everything.

Brian Hugh

Brian Hugh has been a consultant/systems integrator for the past 17+ years, implementing large enterprise solutions for companies in the Twin Cities. His company, Business Technology Solutions, focuses on both the business and technology aspects of an implementation project. His most famous project was the Revenue Control System/e-Park for the Mpls./St. Paul Int'l Airport. Technologies include Oracle, Microsoft and Open Source. Roles range from Application/Solution Architect, Analyst, Project Lead, DBA, and Developer. He recently has been exploring the mobile development arena on his own and with some of his clients.

Jon von Gillern

Jon is an IADNUG leader and consultant from West Des Moines, Iowa. He has been programing for the past 15 years and currently infatuated with writing WPF and Silverlight applications. Recently, Jon has created two tools that help .Net Developers write better code – Nitriq Code Analysis (www.nitriq.com) and Atomiq Duplicate Code Finder (www.getatomiq.com).

Chris Black

Chris Black is a lead developer who focuses on building cross platform interactive content for mobile devices. His latest application runs on Android, iOS and the BlackBerry PlayBook without any change in code by utilizing Adobe AIR. Chris has spoken at a number of conferences both locally and internationally. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a degree in Computer Science and covers a number of topics relating to mobile development on his blog, blackcj.com.

Jon Stonecash

Jon Stonecash is a senior consultant at Magenic, a Microsoft Gold Partner consulting company. Jon Stonecash has worked in software development for much longer than he would like to admit. In that time Jon has had the opportunity to make most of the serious software development mistakes at least once. He has programmed in over a dozen languages including several different assembly languages, Fortran, COBOL, SNOBOL, classic Visual Basic, VB.NET, and C#. He has survived the structured programming revolution and the object-oriented revolutions. Jon's software development activities have included the development of operating systems, scientific and engineering applications, and enterprise systems. He has worked in every phase of software development from the initial specification of requirements through to customer support. Along the way, he picked up a BS in Mathematics and an MBA. He still has hopes of finding something that he can be reasonably good at. His long term interests center about databases and the aspects of the application that handle data access and business logic. He is also interested in the tools and processes that assist the development process. Jon can be reached at jons@magenic.com. Jon also has an active blog on "Designing Out Loud in the .NET Space" at http://blog.magenic.com/blogs/jons/default.aspx.

Jason Strate

Jason Strate, Digineer Inc, is a database architect and administrator with over fifteen years of experience. He is a recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server since July, 2009. His experience includes design and implementation of both OLTP and OLAP solutions as well as assessment and implementation of SQL Server environments for best practices, performance, and high availability solutions. Jason is a SQL Server MCITP and participated in the development of Microsoft Certification exams for SQL Server 2008. Jason enjoys helping others in the SQL Server community and does this by presenting at technical conferences and user group meetings. Most recently, Jason has presented at the SSWUG Virtual Conferences, TechFuse, numerous SQL Saturdays, and at PASSMN user group meetings. Jason is also a contributing author for the Microsoft white paper "Empowering Enterprise Solutions with SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition." Jason is an active blogger with a focus on SQL Server and related technologies.

Kenny Goers

Kenny is a Mobile Architect with the ITR Group working with mobile platforms since 1998. He has worked with Windows CE, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, iPhones, iPads and Android extensively in that time.

Joshua Ramirez

Joshua has over 10 years experience as a software engineer and consultant. He's passionate about crafting highly integrated enterprise applications and service oriented systems. Joshua is currently a senior consultant with ILM Professional Services and has worked with firms across the Twin Cities such as General Mills, US Bank, Lender Processing Services, and others.

Brad Candell

Brad Candell is an application and web architect with IDEXX Laboratories in Eau Claire, WI. Brad has been developing software and web applications within the Microsoft Ecosystem over the past 15 years, now focusing primarily in C#, ASP.NET MVC, WPF, WCF, Windows Phone 7, Silverlight, and MEF. When not immersed in code, Brad enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, camping, restoring antiques, or making sawdust in his woodworking shop. Read more about Brad at www.BradCandell.com and follow Brad on Twitter - @bradcandell.