Our Speakers

Chase Aucoin Senior Enterprise Architect, Keyhole Software

Chase  Aucoin

As a passionate technologist it is my greatest joy to build solutions that bring organizations value not for 1-5 years, but that are built to flex and grow over the demands of the next 50+ years. I have been fortunate to work with some of the best minds in enterprise-scale data, services, dev-ops, BI, and people management. My knowledge is the culmination of aprox 20 of the best professionals in these fields spanning more than 100 years of expertise. I am in a unique position for a developer to be as business savvy as I am technically gifted.

My goal is to continue to work with the best, and to continue striving to be the best technologist I can.

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Ash Banaszek Sr. UX Specialist, Union Pacific Railroad

Ash Banaszek

I am a Senior UX Project Consultant at Union Pacific in Omaha with over half a decade of experience in the UX field. I love melding psychology and technology; that's why I love the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience.

James Bender Product Manager, Infragistics

James Bender

James the Ignite UI Product Manager at Infragistics. He has worked as a developer and architect on everything from small, single-user applications to Enterprise-scale, multi-user systems. His specialties are .NET development and architecture, TDD, Web Development and JavaScript. James is a Microsoft MVP, ASP.NET Insider and author of the book "Professional Test Driven Development with C#: Developing Real World Applications with TDD." His new book "Developing SPAs: Working with Visual Studio 2015, AngualrJS and ASP.NET Web API" will be out in 2017. James's Twitter ID is JamesBender

Scott Bock Senior Software Consultant, Object Partners

Scott Bock

Scott has developed Java, Groovy, Grails, and Javascript web apps for industries as varied as Defense, Health Care, Energy, Agriculture, Education and Commercial. Scott's favorite aspects of being a developer are solving problems, learning new technologies, and mentoring newer developers.

Lee Brandt Developer Evangelist, Okta

Lee Brandt

After almost two decades writing software professionally (and a few years unprofessionally before that), Lee Brandt still continues to learn every day. He has led teams in small and large companies and always manages to keep the business needs at the forefront of software development efforts. He speaks internationally about software development, from both a technical and business perspective, and loves to teach others what he learns. Lee writes software in Objective-C, JavaScript and C#… mostly. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Visual C# and one of the directors of the Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC). Lee is a decorated Gulf War veteran, a husband, a proud pet parent and loves to play the drums whenever he gets any spare time.

Kyle Brown Software Architect, MacPractice, Inc.

Kyle Brown

Kyle Brown is a Software Architect at MacPractice, Inc. Working on software development for the past 7 years. He has worked in Objective C and Swift.

Preston Chandler Managing Partner and Technology Lead, Smart Opex and VML

Preston Chandler

Preston has a passion for finding the best ways to get things done. This passion has led him to study Lean and Agile, which he uses on a daily basis to help his teams deliver awesomeness to the client. Though he started his undergraduate career studying music, Preston quickly realized that his greatest joy did not lie in music but in seeing and helping others learn, grow and accomplish greatness. Not only does he love solving all sorts of difficult problems with elegant solutions, he also wants to empower and uplift others to solve any conundrum that arises.

Over the last 12 years, he has assisted more than 50 different groups and organizations in transforming their operations with Lean and Agile principles. He has worked in such industries as pharmaceuticals labs, electronics assembly, food production, furniture manufacturing, product development and supply chain management. The companies and groups he has helped include: HON, Pepperidge Farm, Novartis, International Rectifiers, Johnson and Johnson, Merck, Pfizer, YRC, VML, Ford and Sprint. Preston currently is a Managing Partner and Expert at Smart Opex providing transformational coaching for Lean and Agile journeys.

D'Arcy Cross Software Developer III, TCC

D'Arcy Cross

D'Arcy Cross is a senior developer with TCC in indianapolis, Indiana. He has spent his entire career as a functional programmer, and has used numerous technologies along the way.

He has worked in several industries from consulting to shipping logistics, and has recently begun speaking on topics from functional programming to angular 2 primers.

Tom Cudd Systems Architect, VML, Inc.

Tom Cudd

As an advocate for DevOps within my organization, I've helped bring about a positive change in the way Development and Operations teams work together at VML. We've created homogenous automation in an technical environment driven by the needs of each individual client on a different stack. We support application delivery and site reliability efforts for clients across the globe.

Bill Dinger Solutions Architect, VML

Bill Dinger

Bill is a Solutions Architect with VML, focusing on delivering .NET solutions for our clients. Over the last 15 years I've worked in enterprise IT, first in customer service, then in infrastructure, then as a developer, and now as a architect of various technical solutions. During that time I've done everything from troubleshoot dial up connections in rural Nebraska, rebuild datacenters and architect Asp.net cms' to handle 400,000+ concurrent users.

In recent years Bill has been working as a developer & architect doing C#/JavaScript development with Sitecore & ASP.NET. Bill works with a team of extremely talented, creative, and driven people in the advertising sector, in particular in the prepaid & lottery spaces. Bill loves large scale IT projects and the day to day challenges and inspiration that come with working on a team of focused and talented people who really enjoy the work they do. Bill is a firm believer in mentoring developers on all the lessons learned in my career and on the principles of testable, SOLID code.

Arthur Doler Senior Software Engineer, Aviture

Arthur Doler

Arthur (or Art, take your pick) has been a software engineer for 13 years and has worked on things as exciting as analysis software for casinos and things as boring as banking websites. He is an advocate for talking openly about mental health and psychology in the technical world, and he spends a lot of time thinking about how we program and why we program, and about the tools, structures, cultures, and mental processes that help and hinder us from our ultimate goal of writing amazing things. His hair is brown and his thorax is a shiny blue color.

Mike Douglas Solution Consultant, Deliveron Consulting Services

Mike Douglas

Mike Douglas is a Solution Consultant at Deliveron Consulting Services. He specializes in working with development teams to implement DevOps and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions to eliminate traditional silos between development, testing, project management, and operations to establish cohesive processes from idea to production. He is also a Microsoft Visual Studio and Development Technologies MVP and an Microsoft ALM Ranger.

Heather Downing Senior Mobile Software Engineer, VML

Heather Downing

Climbing the technology mountain and halfway up the side. Experience in .Net, mobile applications and more recently voice interface development. Dabbles in iOT & AR/VR. Focusing on coding for humans and choosing the right tool for the job.

Heather is a passionate coder and entrepreneur. She has experience working with Fortune 500 companies building enterprise level mobile and .Net applications. She spends her spare time at tech conferences supporting the growth of new developers of all genders, ages and backgrounds. When not coding, Heather spends her time as a competitive equestrian and learning the art of mounted archery.

Nick Ebert Director of Engineering, Spreetail

Nick Ebert

Director of Engineering at Spreetail (http://www.spreetail.com/), a Lincoln, NE, company with the purpose to make a dent in the universe by delighting millions of customers, creating wealth and opportunity for our team, while revolutionizing the communities we touch.

Primary focus at Spreetail is to grow engineering leaders and drive the engineering team to create elegant and scalable software solutions.

Originally from Omaha, NE. Graduated from the Raikes School @ UNL in 2010.

Derek Eskens Senior Consultant, Object Partners

Derek Eskens

Derek has almost 15 years of software development experience in a broad array of industries. For the past 10 years his focus has been on JVM technologies and front-end stacks.

Prior to developing software, Derek spent a lot of time in customer service. This has made him a strong end-user adovocate. Preferring simplier UX lends itself to simplier code that is easier to maintain and enhance. Which in turn makes happy developers.

Derek has an odd facination with refactoring, optimizations, writing fast tests and being lazy.

Derek is also a rabid foodie. If you need a restaurant recommendation while in Omaha, feel free to get in touch.

Michael Fairchild Web Applications Developer, University of Nebraska

Michael Fairchild

I’m a web developer. Most of my time is spent working with back-end code (mostly PHP), but my passion is insclusive design, or making web applications that work for everyone.

Dave Fancher Principal, Springfield Publications

Dave Fancher

Dave Fancher is the founder of Achiiv Solutions in Carmel, Indiana, Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies, author of The Book of F# (No Starch Press), and author of Functional Programming with C# and Building F# Type Providers on Pluralsight. He has been building software for more than a decade with an emphasis on Microsoft technologies and functional programming. Dave is active within the software development community and has spoken at numerous events throughout the United States. When not writing code or writing about code he enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, and gaming on his Xbox One.

Gwendolyn Faraday Developer, Consultant, Ion Three

Kevin Grossnicklaus President, ArchitectNow

Kevin Grossnicklaus

At one point in his career Kevin was the youngster on most development teams. He got his start developing with Visual Studio and managed .NET code during the early beta cycles in 2001. As a technical author, his first writing experience was for the Visual Basic.NET Bible released in 2002. He has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 2009 and is a member of the ASPInsiders program. He is also very active in the local St. Louis development community.

In 2009, Kevin Grossnicklaus started his own software product development firm called ArchitectNow (www.architectnow.net). At ArchitectNow, Kevin and his team specialize in a wide variety of tools and technologies and take pride in helping their customers deliver great solutions on a variety of platforms. As expected (and necessary) today, they are always on the lookout for the “next big thing” in the software or technology space while guiding customers through the waves of new technology.

Born in rural Nebraska, he has spent the last 20 years in St. Louis, Missouri where he lives with his wife Lynda and their three daughters: Alexis, Emily, and Hanna. He is an avid guitar player, home brewer, and gamer including everything from retro arcade games, to board games, to role playing games. When not spending time on any of those hobby’s he waits patiently for a second season of Firefly.

Shawn Hellwege Web Developer II, Assurity

Shawn Hellwege

I have been working at Assurity for 3 years. While I am doing development work I do have a passion for UX and UI and look for opportunities to grow in that area and opportunities to use what I have learned. I have had previous employment at the University where I was the web admin and worked closely developing the best possible experience for the client and delegated responsibilities to a team.

Outside of work I have wife and 2 wonderful children, Elysia, who is 3, and Ethan, who is 1. While I have really enjoyed my web freelance opportunities over the past decade having a family has heavily curtailed that; but totally worth it.

As far as education I got my Bachelor's in Computer Information Systems (eCommerce emphasis) and on my last course for my Masters in Instructional Technology. I do have a passion for how people learn through computers (especially games) and this really forms how I view UX and how a really great UX system is one so unobtrusive you don't even notice it at all.

Nick Hershberger Team Lead, Fiserv

Nick Hershberger

Nick Hershberger is a Nebraska native. He studied engineering and business management in college and proceeded to work in the financial services industry as an Engineer, Manager and Scrum Master. Over the last few years, an obsession with agile development has become a source of personal and professional interest. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children.

Mike Hostetler Principal Consultant, Object Partners, Inc

Mike Hostetler

Mike has almost 20 years of experience in technology. He started in networking and Unix administration, and grew into technical support and QA testing. But he has always done some development on the side and decided a few years ago to pursue it full-time. His history of working with users gives Mike a unique perspective on writing software.

Timothy Ingledue Software Developer, Farm Credit Services of America

Timothy Ingledue

Timothy Ingledue is a developer specializing in the Microsoft technology stack. He is passionate about bringing technology to local youth. codeCraft is a project Timothy started in partnership with AIM to help middle & high school students explore development using VS Community Edition. Youth in IT, sometimes referred to Coders of the Round Table, is a group open to high school students for building game applications with Unity 3D held at the Farm Credit of America facilities in Omaha. Additionally you can sometimes find Tim hosting the Omaha Unity 3D Meetup group. Follow him on Twitter @TimothyIngledue.

Justin James Senior Software Engineer, Intel

Justin James

I love to code, teach and share my knowledge with you.  I have been programming and designing web applications for over 20 years.  I am a frequent speaker at conferences, meetups and community events.  I regularly post to my blog on web and mobile development at http://digitaldrummerj.me.

In my free time, I help to put on hackathons for developers to code it forward to help Non-Profits with their IT needs as part of the Arizona Give Camp.   I also co-organize the Ionic Arizona and Phoenix Version Control meetups.

I live in Maricopa, Arizona and have worked at Intel for almost 20 years.  At Intel, I am part of amazing department called Freelance Nation where I get to freelance around the company picking work that intersects with my passions, skills and company needs while passing on the work that doesn't excite me.  

If you see me in the hallway, come up and say hi.

Blaine Kasten Front End Engineer, Hudl

Blaine Kasten

I'm a front end engineer @HudlEngineering in Lincoln Nebraska. Ex-organizer of NebraskaJS Lincoln. Passionate about web performance and creating elegant applications with React. Oh, and scotch.

Joseph Knecht CEO, Proteus

Joseph Knecht

Joseph Knecht left New York City with plans to return to Wall Street after the completion of his tour through West Virginia University for his undergraduate degree and a quick stop in Lincoln Nebraska to complete his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Connecting with Dr. Muhlin Chen and Dr. Donald Nelson more than 16 years ago, Joseph joined their small tech company (today called VentureTech) and has yet to leave the heartland. Knecht’s zest for people and launching companies differently has since grown into coaching and mentoring 250+ intra/entrepreneurs, helping them to create technology companies and products with multi-billion dollar revenues (and growing). Now leading Proteus as CEO, Knecht helped VentureTech seize changes in the technology industry and develop its proprietary - validate - build - launch - model. Knecht’s guidance helps Proteus’ intra/entrepreneur clients (start-up to Fortune 500) validate b2b SaaS products and corresponding markets- either growing, killing or pivoting the idea before launching into a marketplace with no sales. His vision has saved billions of wasted dollars for clients, their corporations and families.

Joseph has co-founded three companies (Vipa Solutions, Reviewr and ActivationInsights) and has helped guide the Proteus team into venture partner investments in 15 companies. He is active in the international startup ecosystem, a frequent speaker, and adviser to many startup and high growth ventures. Away from the business world Joseph spends time hunting, horse showing and enjoying time with his wife Jennifer anywhere there is warm water.

Company Website: www.proteus.co

Speaker Website: http://www.saasmaverick.com

Floyd Kosch Software Developer, Creative Thinking Inc

Floyd Kosch

I have been the primary software developer for a small company for the last 30 years, specializing in software for completing and managing forms related to lending and other financial activity. Working with a team that includes individuals much less technically inclined has been both a privilege and a challenge. While I can remember the days when 16-bit computers with 640K of RAM were standard, I don't miss them at all. I now work primarily in C# and build/use cloud services.

Andrew Lethcoe Software Developer

Andrew Lethcoe

My day job is a software developer at Fiserv in Lincoln, Nebraska. I work with VB.NET/C# along with AngularJS to build web pages. I spend a good bit of time working in TFS and setting up build automation as well.

At home I spend most of my free time learning new bits and pieces about Unity when I'm not catching up on tv on Netflix. The last project "finished" was a Plants vs Zombies clone. I have also created a Breakout style game and a Space Invaders style game in Unity. Currently working on a 3D Action RPG in the style of the Diablo series a couple hours a week.

Darren Lichty Chief Engineering Officer, Panology Tech Solutions

Darren Lichty

I founded Panology Tech Solutions in 2012 with the vision to help the Lincoln and Omaha small business community thrive. Our focus is to bring IT Support and the Cloud to Small Businesses. We have been an AWS Consulting Partner for the majority of that time, and launched the AWS Users Group Lincoln (#AWSUGLnk) in February of 2017.

Richard Lock Web Developer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Richard Lock

Programming-focus first, design-focus second, I work with over 30 websites in the Business and Finance area of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a Web Developer/Designer who is tasked with revamping all existing websites, I have to be constantly kept up-to-date with the latest industry happenings and breakthroughs. Things that are important to me aside from a beautiful and bespoke web design include proper HTML semantics, accessibility, and user experience components. I work with common front-end web development languages such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

In my freetime, I read up on articles or examples put out by industry web experts that I follow or punish myself with video games. I also enjoy swimming.

Ken Logan Managing Director, Proteus

Ken Logan

I've been involved in various aspects of web application / product development for 15 years in various roles. My company, Proteus (formerly known as VentureTech) has built, launched, and grown dozens of products in various fields. My interests and day-to-day work in product development are very broad, ranging from people and processes to browser-side development, server-side development, and Dev Ops'ish stuff.

Kevin Logan Software Engineer, Omnitech Inc.

Kevin Logan

I've been a developer at Omnitech for 10 years and have worked on a variety of projects. I work mostly in .Net with a focus on UI development in web applications (using KnockoutJs and TypeScript). I enjoy sharing links and ideas, blogging at http://www.aligneddev.net, Unit Testing, thinking about DevOps and software process.

I have a wonderful wife and 3 children. We're involved in our church, homeschooling this year. I enjoy riding my bike to work, playing with the kids and playing guitar.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/aligneddev

Sean Lomax Senior Consultant, Object Partners, Inc

Sean Lomax

I've been a professional software developer since 2009. I am passionate about encouraging developers to think of software development as a craft worthy of continuous improvement. We cannot improve without embracing the fact that we are not perfect!

Javeria Masood IT Consultant, netlogx

Javeria Masood

Javeria is an Information Technology Consultant with netlogx, LLC, an information risk management consulting company, and has over four years of experience in the Information Technology field. She has been volunteering as a judge for VEX Robotics since 2016 and leads a coding group for children through Techpoint’s CoderDojo program called CoderDojo46038. She was also nominated as one of Indy’s Best and Brightest top ten finalists in technology for 2016. IBM Watson is her passion, she has been following the technology for over two years now and has worked with Watson Analytics and Blue Mix. She delivered a presentation about IBM Watson in April, 2016 at Iron Yard Coding Academy to introduce the audience about cognitive abilities of Watson. In her spare time, Javeria’s interests include reading and assisting in restoring search and rescue mission choppers for IASAR. She is working on obtaining her Sports Pilot license.

Brice McIver Software Consultant, Keyhole Software

Brice McIver

Brice McIver is a software consultant with Keyhole Software in Leawood, KS. He began his career over 14 years ago in the health care IT industry and has continued to help companies in the insurance, agriculture, transportation, investment industries modernize their enterprise software applications. Outside of work, he enjoys the time he spends with his daughter and twin boys.

Jessica McMullen Director of Client Success, Proteus

Jessica McMullen

Bringing more than 15 years of strategic account and project management to the team Jessica McMullen has a depth of experience in the healthcare, marketing and the human resources fields. As director of client success, Jessica works closely with our partners to help them discover, develop and implement plans for digital transformation.

Jessica has been recognized for successfully moving multiple key initiatives forward simultaneously, seeing the relatedness of disconnected parts, analyzing data and presenting it in an accessible manner and demonstrating long-range project management expertise.

Jessica is passionate about travel, cooking, good books and podcasts. She serves on the Lincoln Parks and Rec Foundation board and is a Director for the Lincoln American Marketing Association. Jessica resides in Lincoln with her husband, Joe, and their two energetic daughters.

Kevin Miller Senior Software Architect, TCC Software Solutions

Kevin Miller

Over the past 19 years, I’ve been involved in a number of positions within Computing and Technology ranging from Desktop and Network Support, to Application Lifecycle Management, to Information Security and Development. I currently work for TCC Software Solutions as a Senior Software Architect and Development Manager and I was awarded the Microsoft MVP in 2016. My interests include language design, large scale computing, information security, and almost anything DevOps related.

Duane Newman Co-Founder, Alien Arc Technologies, LLC

Duane Newman

Duane is an entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Alien Arc Technologies, LLC where he focuses on creating modern apps targeting mobile devices, modern desktops, and the Internet of Things. As a technology enthusiast with a passion for good software he strives to bring solutions that improve or eliminate costly duplication and repetitive processes so more important things can be done. A fan of cross-platform native development, he promotes any development effort that gets a new app on his Windows Phone. Always interested in how software can improve processes he spends a lot of time working on DevOps issues with customers to automate workflow and reduce errors. You can find out more about his technical and other interests and read his random blogging on his site.

Rob Nickolaus Director of IT, Arbor Day Foundation

Rob Nickolaus

Lincoln is my home, technology is my domain.

With 30 years of electronic scars, I've traversed a career of software development, project management, start-ups, personnel coaching, electrical engineering, direct marketing, volunteering, and all around fun stuff. Never a dull moment.

As Director of IT for Arbor Day Foundation, I get to do what I love and make a difference in our world. As a leader of the Lincoln Agile Community, I'm able to give back to the industry that has helped me get where I am.

Come say Hi and tell me your story!

Jess Osborn Business Analyst, Arbor Day Foundation

Jess Osborn

Jess is a Business Analyst and certified ScrumMaster for the Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit environmental conservation and educational organization. He supports two development teams that include multiple business lines and products. His work also includes coaching the foundation's non-technical teams on the significance of retrospectives and the value of continuous delivery as well as working with teams on gaining efficiency and process improvement.

Jake Partusch Sr. Consultant, Object Partners

Jake Partusch

I'm a full stack developer from Omaha. I love learning new things and playing with new technologies. My hobbies include golf, electronics, hammerschlagen, and playing with my golden retriever puppy!

Justin Perinovic Senior Consultant, Object Partners, Inc.

Justin Perinovic

I am an experienced full-stack software engineer with a wealth of experience spanning a variety of industries. I have been working closely with React and Redux recently, and I co-organize the React MPLS meet-up.

I am passionate about working with people and technology to deliver solutions to real-world problems. In my free time, I enjoy creating video games.

Mike Plummer Principal Consultant, Object Partners

Mike Plummer

Mike is a Principal Consultant at Object Partners, a software consultancy based out of Minneapolis. Working from the heart of flyover country in Omaha, Nebraska, he's a full-stack developer primarily using Spring Boot and Angular to build large-scale custom solutions for a variety of clients. Ten years of professional software development have taken him across the country to work for companies including Lockheed Martin, Mutual of Omaha, and TD Ameritrade among others.

Brian Pope Designer, Aviture Inc.

Brian Pope

Hi I'm Brian, a designer at Aviture, Inc. in Omaha. I have been working in the software development industry for 18 years. Some of the work I've done in the last couple of years include a fintech startup, a billing system for a fortune 500 company and helping aviture accelerate a restaurant management application. I am currently working on a back office suite of tools used by large telecoms.

Andrew Rangel Lead Mobil Developer, VML

Andrew Rangel

Always developing.

Passions aren't something you are born with, but when you have them it can put you at the top faster than anything else. One of my strongest passions is development. For the past 4+ years I have been eating, sleeping, and drinking iOS development. Since July of 2014 I have been doing 100% Swift development and truly loving it. A life long learner, I am constantly finding new and exciting technologies, paradigms, and areas in STEM to learn about.

From my full time job, to side work, and even my hobby you will find me developing with a smile on my face and an eagerness to help build the future.

Eric Reichwaldt President, Shyft Solutions LLC

Eric Reichwaldt

I started my career as a weather forecaster in the Air Force. For eight years I worked in a variety of positions, many times becoming the technical person in charge of whatever software we were using until I finally made it to the actual software development shop at the Weather Headquarters. There I was immersed into the world of Agile software development and fell in love with the whole process. Since then, I have used my leadership skills, strong communication and strategic planning to help organizations adopt Agile principles and build high-performing teams. Currently I work at Gallup full-time as an Agile coach for all of technology and the de facto Scrum Master for the teams working on my project. I am a co-organizer for the Agile for Defense Meetup in Bellevue, and have my own LLC for Agile consulting, coaching and training.

*"Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility" *- Agile Manifesto

Jerome Scheuring Distinguished Engineer, VML, Inc.

Jerome Scheuring

In a professional career spanning thirty-five years, working with systems from Apple II to Amazon Lambda, from microcontrollers to mainframes, Jerome has been a pioneer of technologies across the spectrum. His clients have ranged from small property-management firms to municipal governments, from health insurance companies to major retail firms. He has served as CTO for two Silicon Valley start-up companies, presenting to numerous clients and partners, and at conferences including JavaOne and CONNECTIONS.

Jerome is dedicated to designing and building transformational software systems, discovering and promoting best practices, and facilitating strong, unified project teams. He maintains a keen interest in all facets of software development and technologies, with focal experience in machine learning, natural language processing, graph theory, and artificial intelligence.

His published work includes book chapters in Professional Jini and Medical Applications of Artificial Intelligence, as well as two patent applications in the field of context and personalization.

He currently serves as a Distinguished Engineer in the Technology practice at VML, Inc..

Spencer Schneidenbach Principal, Aviron Software

Spencer Schneidenbach

Spencer Schneidenbach is a web developer, Microsoft MVP, speaker, consultant, and blogger in the St. Louis area, focusing on JavaScript, C#, AngularJS, and ASP.NET. He is the owner of Aviron Software, a consultancy specializing in cloud- and web-based software solutions.

While not at work, he enjoys reading and spending time with his three kids and wife.

Mitchel Sellers CEO, IowaComputerGurus, Inc.

Mitchel Sellers

Mitchel Sellers, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, is the CEO of IowaComputerGurus, Inc. a West Des Moines, Iowa based software consulting organization. Mitchel enjoys sharing his experiences with others at local events and conferences. As a consultant and former educator, Mitchel tries to take a real-world approach to software development presentations. When not working with code you will find him flying around the US.

Jeff Sheets Director of Technology, Object Partners

Jeff Sheets

Large Java/HTML/Javascript web apps have been my day job at multiple Fortune 500 companies across many industries for the past decade+, though I’ve sidetracked into many different languages along the way (Kotlin, Ruby, C, C++). My latest projects have me interested in Groovy, Angular, React, and responsive mobile design. I'm always looking for interesting and intriguing problems to help solve for clients.

Kevin Shekleton Vice President & Distinguished Engineer, Cerner

Kevin Shekleton

Kevin Shekleton is a VP & distinguished engineer at Cerner, a leading developer of healthcare software. At Cerner, he serves as the technical lead for cybersecurity strategy and implementation, mobile applications, and contemporary healthcare interoperability standards. A true geek at heart, he is passionate about programming, open source, comic books, and of course, classic video games.

Joe Smith Senior Software Engineer, Cognitect

Anh Dao Starita Director of Product Delivery, Proteus.Co

Anh Dao Starita

Since joining Proteus.Co in 2010, Dao has led several new product developments from healthcare software solutions to coaching solutions, from poultry exchange platform to alpaca registration platform, and much more. With a combination of entrepreneurial and agile spirit, Dao heads Proteus' product delivery and management and is involved in the ideation, design, development, and launch of scalable b2b SaaS solutions.

Brent Stewart Co-Founder, Alien Arc Technologies

Brent Stewart

As a professional software developer with almost two decades of experience, I have seen many development trends come and go and learned that there is not a shortcut to being a great developer. I enjoy teaching others what I have learned and try to mentor others whenever I can. I am a co-organizer of the Kansas City .NET User Group and love speaking at conferences.

I am a creator at heart and have started multiple businesses over the years in a variety of industries. My latest venture is Alien Arc Technologies which allows me to take my ideas and give them form. I love quality in all things and I always try to provide the best quality in everything I do. If it is worth doing, then it is worth doing right.

Jeff Strauss Problem Solver, Arana Software

Jeff Strauss

Jeff is both a software consultant and an attorney. Because of his unique experiences that combine technology and law, he is equally comfortable presenting to a room full of "geeks" or donning a suit to meet with corporate executives. He maintains a passion for solving problems with inspired solutions, improving life through technology.

A dedicated member of the developer community, Jeff travels internationally to speak on both technical and business-oriented topics. He is co-owner of Arana Software and a Microsoft MVP, was a lead organizer of Dev Up Conference for seven years, and now enjoys serving on the board of directors for the Kansas City Developer Conference.

Jeremy Suing Design Studio Project Manager, UNL - Raikes School

Jeremy Suing

Jeremy Suing is the Jeffrey S. Raikes School Senior Project Manager for Design Studio and a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mr. Suing has been involved in management and development of enterprise software systems for nearly 20 years, working in both large corporate and educational environments. He has been with the Raikes School since 2005 and has managed more than 150 projects with more than 70 unique sponsoring entities. Mr. Suing has received the Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Owner, and Certified Scrum Developer designations from the ScrumAlliance. Prior to joining the Raikes School, Mr. Suing had 7 years of software engineering and project management experience working directly with ERP software solutions for Oracle USA, Inc. (formerly J.D. Edwards & Company and then PeopleSoft, Inc.). He has a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Denver and received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Nate Taylor Software Engineer, Aviture

Nate Taylor

Armed with over 15 years of experience and a passion for his profession, Nate is no stranger to developing quality software applications. He applies his expertise in C++, Java, .Net and JavaScript, and his focus on test driven development (TDD) and clean code, to write revenue-generating applications. Nate has the expertise to work solo and the personality to work alongside a larger team. His work positively impacts a variety of industries, from small startups to Fortune 50 businesses. When he’s not working at Aviture, speaking at a conference, or creating courses on Pluralsight, you can find Nate training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and spending time with his wife, kids and herds of cats, rabbits and other pets at home.

Clayton Terry Software Engineer, Keyhole Software

Clayton Terry

I am a developer who loves to find new ways to do old ideas. I pride myself on innovative solutions and not being tied to a specific technology stack.

Nicholas Tuck Software Gardener, Aviture

Nicholas Tuck

Nicholas Tuck is an all purpose software gardener with a broad range of experience from small business sites to startups to enterprise level web services. Nick's "Why" is to impact the world through innovative and game changing software solutions. He believes there are right tools for the right job and has spent the last decade experimenting with a lot of them. These experiments are technical, like languages, libraries and architectures, as well as processes like true continuous integration and ShipIt Days. On top of technological achievements Nick has formed cultures of change, innovation and empowered teams. He's a tech lead at Aviture Inc. and is a co-founder of the Agile for Defense meetup in the Omaha area spreading these usable practices to the military industry. Nick's goal as a speaker is to share his discoveries and experiments of his career and help others excel to their productive abilities by breaking the socially accepted ideas of programming. You can find more ideas from Nick at http://TheSoftwareGardener.com.

-- “Technology innovation isn't about giving people what they want but what they don’t know they need.

Ryan Versaw Software Engineer, Hudl

Ryan Versaw

I'm been a dev for quite a few years and have spent much of my career working at Hudl. During my time with Hudl, I've worked on a variety of projects including things like front-end web development, large scale video processing, creating a microservice platform, and I now work with our R&D team on machine learning and computer vision problems, along with automating everything necessary for it.

Randy Walker President, Harvest Data Corp

Randy Walker

A Micro ISV owner for 10 years, Microsoft MVP for 8 years, an Azure Advisor, and former Board member for INETA, Randy Walker has dedicated his life efforts towards fostering the software development community and discipling young men for Christ.

Matthew Will Software Engineer / Code Wrangler, Don't Panic Labs

Matthew Will

Matt Will @mattwill09, not to be confused with any of the other dozen or so Matts that we have walking around the DPL office, is a self-proclaimed code wrangler who has a great passion for developing quality software. He has been developing software for a while and his love of writing code was reignited when he heard about IDesign during his first interview with Doug, Ganz, Todd, and Chuckles.

Being a code wrangler means he spends a lot of time looking at bad code and knowing that there has to be a better way to do it. This is where DPL and IDesign come in. Since joining the team, Matt has worked on a wide variety of projects. Most recently, his interests in building his own mobile applications has grown based on what he has learned working with partners on their mobile apps.

Outside of work, Matt loves spending time outdoors including camping, hiking, running, and bicycling. He is also a dog lover as proved by his ever growing collection of bite marks and scratches from his dogs.

Matt has 2 claims to fame. 1 – he ran down Carl Lewis in the Omaha airport when he was 8 years old to get an autograph, and 2 – he made an appearance in an Indian reality TV show – Lift Kara De – where he was a passenger on a rickshaw riding thru the streets of Delhi.

Woody Zuill Agile Guide, Zuill Development

Woody Zuill

Woody Zuill has been programming computers for 35+ years, and is an independent Developer, Agile Coach and Trainer. He and his previous team at Hunter Industries are the originators of the Mob Programming approach to teamwork in software development, and Woody is considered one of the founders of the "#NoEstimates" discussion on Twitter. 

Over the last 15+ years he has worked as an Agile Coach, Application Development Manager, Trainer, and Extreme Programmer. He believes that code must be simple, clean, and maintainable so that we can realize the Agile promise of Responding to Change, and that we must constantly "Inspect and Adapt". He has a passion tackling code that is hard to maintain and cleaning, refactoring, and bringing it back into a manageable state.