Our Speakers

Kathy I. Andersen ScrumMaster, Hudl

Kathy I. Andersen

Kathy is a ScrumMaster at Hudl in Lincoln. She has been speaking for a couple of years now and truly enjoys the unique opportunity to engage with people & ideas. Kathy was previously a ScrumMaster at Aviture Inc. (in Omaha) and has worn the hat of Scrum Master, Business Analyst, and Quality Analyst on various software projects involving restaurant data, case management software, strategic planning, and collaboration tools. She likes to stay involved in the entrepreneurial community in LNK & OMA, including mentoring the NMotion Startup Accelerator teams in Scrum practices. In the past she wore the hats of 1 Million Cups Organizer & TEDxOmaha Salon Facilitator. Reach out on Twitter @kathyia

Neema Bahramzad Software Engineering Lead, Spreetail

Neema Bahramzad

Husband, Sneakerhead, Bourbon Collector, and Nerd

Ondrej Balas

Ondrej Balas

Ondrej is the owner of UseTech Design, a Michigan-based development company that focuses primarily on .NET and other Microsoft technologies. Ondrej is also a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and Development Technologies, a writer for Visual Studio Magazine, and is very active in the Michigan software development community. Ondrej works across many industries including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and logistics. Areas of expertise include similarity and matching across large data sets, algorithm design, distributed architecture, and software development practices.

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. Whether it be guest lecturing at universities, training co-workers, or speaking at tech conferences, I love to teach and try to keep my sessions as interesting as possible. At my sessions you will be asked thoughtful questions, come away with some useful information, and (perhaps) leave entertained.

James Bender Freelance Developer

James Bender

James is an Independent Consultant/Developer. He has worked as a developer and architect on everything from small, single-user applications to Enterprise-scale, multi-user systems. His specialties are Web Development, JavaScript, .NET development and architecture, as well as TDD/BDD. 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, Angular/React and ASP.NET Web API" will be out in 2017. James's Twitter ID is JamesBender

Jason Bock Practice Lead, Magenic

Jason Bock

Jason Bock is a Practice Lead for Magenic and a Microsoft MVP (C#). He has over 20 years of experience working on a number of business applications using a diverse set of frameworks and languages such as C#, .NET, and JavaScript. He is the author of ".NET Development Using the Compiler API", "Metaprogramming in .NET", and "Applied .NET Attributes". He has written numerous articles on software development issues and has presented at a number of conferences and user groups. He is a leader of the Twin Cities Code Camp. Jason holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Visit his web site at http://www.jasonbock.net.

Scott Bock Chief Software Technologist, Object Partners

Scott Bock

Scott has developed Java, Groovy, Grails, and Javascript web apps for industries as varied as Financial, 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.

David Body President, Big Creek Software, LLC

David Body

David W. Body is a freelance software developer and data scientist based in Des Moines, Iowa. He is available for consulting and contract work.

Lee Brandt Developer Advocate, 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.

Jeff Brown Senior Engineer, Partner, Object Computing Inc.

Jeff Brown

Grails and Micronaut co-founder, OCI Grails Practice Lead, and OCI Partner, Jeff Scott Brown has been doing JVM application development for as long as the JVM has existed. He has spent most of the last decade focused specifically on work related to the Grails framework and recently co-founded the Micronaut framework. You can find Jeff on Twitter @jeffscottbrown

Mike Cole Principal, Cole Consulting, LLC

Mike Cole

Mike Cole is a developer currently focusing on .NET living in Cedar Falls, IA. He's been around the proverbial block in the IT profession and has a wide array of experience in many fields. He has several years experience with working remotely. He is incredibly lazy and is always looking for easier and more streamlined ways to solve everyday problems. His passions in life include his family, sarcastic memes, the outdoors, and always having the last word.

David Corrado Mobile Application Developer, Werner / Corrado Developers

David Corrado

Native Mobile Developer with over 6+ years experience. Organizer of GDG Omaha and Omaha Mobile Meetup. Employed full time at Werner and Freelance at Corrado Developers.

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 homogeneous 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.

Elizabeth Davies Lead Developer, Gallup

Elizabeth Davies

An original UX enterprise developer, evolving over the past 19 years alongside CSS and web standards. In present day, I am a Senior Lead Developer and Accessibility Compliance Specialist at Gallup, in Omaha, Nebraska. My passion is accessible websites and will tackle that issue from bottom up, top down and sideways.

Juan Davila .NET Developer, Holodreams Tech

Juan Davila

I am currently searching in the field of IT to purse more work in design, game development, and software development. I have been previously Microsoft Certified, and have work all layers and many different industries. I hope to share my knowledge about the .NET Core and Github.

Pierre DeBois Founder, Zimana

Pierre DeBois

Pierre DeBois is the founder of Zimana, an analytics consultancy that help organizations achieve profitability improvements in marketing, Web development, and within their business operations. Zimana has provided services for businesses from many industries.

Zimana’s blog is an AllTop analytics blog, while its @zimanaanalytics was named among the top 100 Twitter accounts for big data discussion according to the Big Data Republic/PeerIndex #BigData100.

Pierre has provided digital marketing and analytic workshops. He has conducted workshops for the City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office as part of the 2014 Small Business Expo (SBE). He has also conducted several workshops for the following since the 2014 SBE;

• A general marketing workshop and panel for General Assembly in Chicago; • CivicBLUE workshops for BlueLacuna, a business incubator in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago; CivicBLUE explained the importance of data science for developing community solutions • The DX Summit, a marketing conference hosted by CMS Wire since 2015. • R programming workshop at Interop ITX in Las Vegas • Analytics workshop for Content Marketing World in Cleveland.

In 2018 Pierre will present on Google Analytics and R programming at Indy.Code and Nebraska.Code.

His workshops have covered the gamut of business, data science, and programming topics, with a focus on JavaScript frameworks, Google Analytics, and R Programming.

Pierre is also an analytics tech and business intelligence writer. He has contributed articles to CMS Wire, DMNews, and several properties for UBMTech such as AllAnalytics. He is also an associate editor of business book reviews for Small Business Trends, as well as credit as a technical editor for two Pearson/Que publications.

Pierre has been featured in the Chicago Sun Times, and was a presenter for the Google Get Your Business Online program. He successfully brought the program back to Gary Indiana in 2017.

Pierre is Prairie View A & M University graduate (mechanical engineering) and a Georgia Tech graduated (MBA). He is a native of Gary, Indiana, serving small businesses and organizations throughout the United States.

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/Typescript development with Adobe Experience Manager, Sitecore, Angular, & 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 Service

Mike Douglas

Mike Douglas is a Solution Consultant at Deliveron Consulting Services. He specializes in working with development teams to implement Secure 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. Mike is an experienced presenter and has spoken at local user group meetings and conferences such as VSLive, HDC, KCDC, All Day DevOps, and Nebraska.Code(), He was awarded the Microsoft MVP award from 2011 to 2017 and is also a Microsoft ALM / DevOps Ranger.

Clay Dowling Agile Software Consultant, Pillar Technology

Clay Dowling

Clay Dowling is a software consultant specializing in agile practices and extremem programming techniques. In his spare time he builds machines driven by microcontrollers and negotiates with his cats for access to the keyboard.

Michael Driscoll Software Engineer, AgLeader

Josh Durham Data Operations Engineer, SportsEngine

Josh Durham

Josh is a computer aficionado, mathematics enthusiast, outdoors addict, and an avid learner. Josh loves reading and listening to podcasts about scientific advancements and tinkering with anything he can get his hands on. To stay sharp and motivated, Josh is always working on new projects ranging from machine learning and data analytics problems to vehicle repairs to learning new development frameworks. When Josh is not at a desk writing code and solving problems, Josh enjoys running, biking, rock climbing, playing music, and spending time with his wife.

Nick Ebert Director of Engineering, Spreetail

Nick Ebert

Nick Ebert, Director of Engineering at Spreetail. Graduated from UNL with a bachelor's in Computer Engineering in 2010. Joined Spreetail in the Fall of 2013.

Spreetail is an e-commerce company headquartered in Lincoln, NE, with the purpose of making a dent in the universe by delighting millions of customers, creating wealth and opportunities for our team while revolutionizing the communities we touch.

The 40-person Spreetail engineering team is responsible for creating and maintaining an e-commerce platform that supports millions of customers and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. The engineering team moves fast to provide Spreetail with the tools needed to be incredibly successful in the highly competitive e-commerce industry. Ideas go from concept to working, deployed solutions very quickly.

Specific focus at Spreetail is Engineering Excellence - empowering engineers to build elegant, scalable, and flexible software systems.

Michael Fairchild Web Applications Engineer, University of Nebraska

Michael Fairchild

Michael Fairchild is a Web Applications Engineer at the University of Nebraska. He spends most of his time working with back-end code, but his passion is inclusive design and accessibility. He manages a tool that audits thousands of websites for accessibility and other quality assurance metrics. Michael has also contributed to open source projects like the axe-core accessibility tool and Drupal.

Lisa Fruhling Process Development and Implementation, Previously with Fiserv

Lisa Fruhling

Positive leader who is passionate about building high-performing teams and optimizing solutions that achieve reliable results. Supervisory experience with systems architecture and Software Development Lifecycles. In my leadership capacity I foster collaborative team dynamics and accentuate positive attributes of team members to achieve goals, analyze problems holistically, and work to creatively resolve issues. Personal responsibility for all aspects of a project from the strategic vision required of a project leader to the detailed scrum master knowledge required to deliver a finished product. Applying agile, lean, CMMI or Six Sigma best practices to build solutions aligned with strategic and client goals, focused on continual improvements and compliance is what I do best.

Scott Grimes Software Engineer, Agile for Defense

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes is a Software Engineer with 17 years of experience on DoD Projects working in the Omaha area as a Software Engineer and Product Owner, and is an advocate for Agile Software Development. Scott is a Co-Organizer of the Agile for Defense group in Bellevue, NE, and an advocate for Agile software practices. Scott works as a Product Owner for the Global Adaptive Planning project at USSTRATCOM, and is a ScrumAlliance Certified Scrum Professional, as well as a PMI-Agile Certified Professional. Scott has a MS in Computer Science from University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University.

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.

Courtney Heitman Scrum Master & UX Developer, Gallup

Courtney  Heitman

A farm girl turned tech nerd, I taught myself HTML and CSS at age 11 on a dial-up internet connection in rural Iowa. In present day, I am the Scrum Master and a UX developer for the Magento team at Gallup, in Omaha, Nebraska. I have a passion for making the web usable and accessible to all.

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 4, and Ethan, who is 2, as well as one that should be a couple months old when I present. 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 in 2017 I got my Masters in Instructional Technology at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. 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.

Clayton Henderson Software Engineer, Spreetail

Clayton Henderson

Hi! I'm Clayton. I am a Software Engineer at Spreetail working with several departments within the company. I'm a graduate of the Univeristy of Nebraska - Lincoln, but originally I grew up in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. My passion is simple: I love imagining and bringing to life incredible products.

Michael Herold Lead Application Engineer, Flywheel

Michael Herold

Michael Herold is the Lead Application Engineer at Flywheel, a delightful WordPress hosting and development platform built for designers, freelancers, and agencies. Michael spends time reviewing code, guiding developers, and handling any blockers for the development team. He’s been working for tech startups for years now with specialties in agile development, mobile and web applications, and usability. Michael believes open source is one of the single greatest inventions of the digital age, and he regularly contributes to open source projects and is a maintainer for Hashie, a top-100 most-used Ruby library. Despite his infatuation with the internet, Michael does get out once in awhile to visit national parks with his wife, Kate.

Nick Hershberger Scum Master, Manager, Fiserv

Nick Hershberger

Nick Hershberger is a Nebraska native. He studied engineering and business 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 builds things, collects stuff, sells things and spends time with his wife and 4 children.

Jen Homann Software Engineer, ScoreVision

Jen Homann

Jen is a full-time child and toddler wrangler who moonlights during the day as a Software Engineer (Ruby on Rails and iOS) for ScoreVision. She attended a coding bootcamp in 2014 after a decade in local news and media relations. Jen is also firmly in the "hard G" in gif camp. Jif is a brand of peanut butter.

Justin James DevOps Evangelist, Intel

Justin James

Justin is a Microsoft MVP, DevOps Evangelist, Web developer and Professional Speaker who loves to code, teach, and share his knowledge with others to help them grow in their careers.  He specializes in making the complex simple and easy to understand.   Justin is a frequent speaker at conferences, meetups and community events and regularly blogs at http://digitaldrummerj.me.

In addition to all of the tech stuff that he does, Justin is the founder of Speaker Coaching Specialist where he trains people to be confident public speakers at https://speakercoachingspecialist.com. If you want to get on the stage and share your message reach out to me to see how our programs can help you.

If you see me in the hallway, come up and say hi. I would love to meet you and chat with you about tech and public speaking.

Philip Japikse

Philip Japikse

An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .NET since the first betas, developing software for over 30 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil is co-author of best selling "C# and the .NET 4.6 Framework" (http://bit.ly/procsharp) and "Pro C# 7" (http://bit.ly/procsharp7), the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .NET User’s Group (http://www.cinnug.org) and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast (http://www.hallwayconversations.com), founded the Cincinnati Day of Agile (http://www.dayofagile.org), and volunteers for the National Ski Patrol. Phil is also a published author with LinkedIn Learning (https://www.lynda.com/Phil-Japikse/7908546-1.html). During the day, Phil works as an Enterprise Consultant and Agile Coach for large to medium firms throughout the US. Phil enjoys to learn new tech and is always striving to improve his craft. You can follow Phil on twitter via http://www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at http://www.skimedic.com/blog.

Steve Kennedy Software Engineer, Assurity

Steve Kennedy

Steve Kennedy is a software engineer at Assurity Life Insurance in Lincoln Nebraska. He is engaged in community-speaking events at many local technical meetups and is an advocate for continuous learning. He is passionate about solid software development practices and has an affinity for simplicity in software architecture. He also has a background in business analysis and project management. In his personal time, Steve is an entrepreneur and is developing a mobile application that will help middle school and high school student find careers. Recently, Steve has been experimenting with the Ionic mobile development platform, Google’s Firebase platform, and the Vue JavaScript framework. Above everything else, Steve enjoys spending time with his family - it’s his number one priority.

Gaines Kergosien Executive Director, Music City Tech

Gaines Kergosien

Gaines Kergosien is an associate director at UBS, organizer of Music City Tech conference, Microsoft MVP, and serves as board member for the Nashville Technology Council and Nashville .NET User Group. He also presents at software development conferences throughout the United States. With over 15 years in solutions development, his work includes consulting for such companies as Bridgestone, Deloitte, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), American General (AIG), Lexis Nexis, Gibson Guitars, and Cardinal Healthcare.

Billy Korando Senior Software Consultant

Billy Korando

Java Spring developer with over a decade of experience. I have been involved in the initial conception to the design, coding, and push to production of enterprise web applications as well as major updates to existing web applications. I enjoying learning about software development, improving team development practices, and mentoring junior developers.

Charlie Koster Aviture

Charlie Koster

Charlie is a developer who enjoys finding and exploring disruptive ideas and technology ranging from Genetic Algorithms to Elm to Augmented Reality. Although skeptical about the latest tech fads he cares about what works over the long term and he’s always on the lookout for that one idea or tool that stands out through the noise. Charlie speaks at local (Omaha) meetups and he blogs about whatever is on his mind when he finds the time.

Olivia Liddell Cloud Training Specialist at Cloudbakers, Cloudbakers

Olivia Liddell

Olivia Liddell is a Cloud Training Specialist at Cloudbakers. She is a former Chicago Public Schools educator who now specializes in technology training and change management. She lives in Chicago and is passionate about teaching, cross stitching, and distance running.

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 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a Front-end Web Developer/Designer who is tasked with revamping all of the existing websites, I have to constantly keep up-to-date with the latest industry happenings and releases. Things that are important to me aside from a beautiful and bespoke web design include proper HTML semantics, accessibility performance, great user experience, and beautifully executed code. I work with common front-end web development languages such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Aside from coding, I spend my free time reading up on articles and code examples put out by industry web experts or enjoy some downtime with video games and swimming.

James McKee Solutions Developer / Enterprise Architect / Security Analyst, 10-4 / Trimble

James McKee

James is a developer and security advocate whose biggest responsibility is leading developer security practices. He sets the standards and procedures for how the practice operates, and leads all client engagement efforts with regard to security. He also takes the lead in making sure that company staff are properly trained and following best practices with regard to security.

James also acts as a system and application architect, and oftentimes he evaluates application design as part of the security audits he performs. In a past life James was responsible for Architecting and developing solutions on multimillion implementation efforts. Key clients included the Eight Fortune 500 companies (Seven in the Fortune 100), as well as several well known non-profits and leaders in their industries. Vertices served included healthcare, transportation, financial services, retail, insurance, and energy.

Website: Punkcoder.com
Twitter: @punkcoder

Kelley McManus Market Curator, Pillar Technology

Kelley McManus

Kelley McManus is a Delivery/Change Management professional with over 18 years (yep, that makes me old) of significant experience spanning from oversight of local Project Management Offices to Global Strategy development, and management of Global Project Delivery teams. (Whew, done talking about myself in 3rd person now. That was weird.)

During my career in the Delivery and Change Management field, I have been part of Senior Strategic teams, as well as, assisted senior business leaders in building strategic and tactical plans to develop mission-critical business and technical projects. That was a lot of words, so here's the gist: I have done A LOT in the Delivery field, and have spent my career making people and the companies they work for "happy."

But there was something missing in my career journey: my own happiness. After nearly 20 years, I finally figured out how to get myself to my Happy Place! It wasn't easy, and some days it still isn't. But I picked up some tips and tricks along the way, and I've made it a personal mission to help others realize the importance of their own happiness—preferably before they're 20 years in to their careers. Now, the best part... I work for a company that makes me happy, and supports me in spreading the "Art of Happiness."

Joe Morgan JavaScript Developer

Joe Morgan

Joe is JavaScript developer and author of Simplifying JavaScript. He loves well-crafted code above all else and enjoys teaching and learning from others. When he’s not writing code for work, he enjoys exploring the intersection of art and technology and playing with his two toddler children.

Tyler Morten CTO, Givestack, Inc.

Tyler Morten

I am the CTO and co-founder of Givestack, Inc. in Lincoln, NE. I am a husband and father of 5 children. I have been working on computers since the age of 6 when I started with the BASIC programming language on our family owned TRS-80. I specialize in the functional paradigm of programming languages and all things .NET.

Duane Newman Co-Founder, Alien Arc Technologies, LLC

Duane Newman

Duane is Co-Founder of Alien Arc Technologies, LLC where he focuses on creating apps targeting mobile devices, modern desktops, and the Internet of Things. As a Microsoft MVP and 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. He enjoys teaching others through his random blog posts and by speaking at conferences on topics ranging from DevOps to Xamarin. When not behind a computer screen he can be found sharing his love of SCUBA and all things underwater with new divers at the pool or through his underwater videos and photos.

Brian Newton Solution Consultant , LyncStream

Brian Newton

I hold a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and have been working professionally with Microsoft related technologies for the past 7 years. I am a Solution Consultant for LyncStream in Omaha. I primarily work with C# and web development technology professionally, however I like to keep an eye on other technologies such as F#, Javascript and other functional languages in my free time. When I'm not working on technology, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our dogs, working out and skiing.

Rob Nickolaus Director of IT, Arbor Day Foundation

Rob Nickolaus

I am an experienced software developer, IT manager, agilist, and entrepreneur with 25 years of experience. I have led teams of 5-15 at most companies I've been involved with. I can't say I've ever had a cushy position with nothing keeping me up at night either.

I've been fortunate to help organize the Lincoln Agile Community. Agile is my passion. I get how it can transform how we approach problems both from the technical and business perspective. It has been a game changer for me.

With development experience spanning a couple of decades, I've been exposed to C#, SQL Server, ASP.NET, VB.NET, as well as a multitude of other languages/applications all the way back to C/C++, FORTRAN, and assembly. I have spent considerable time in marketing and analytical applications including data warehouses and business intelligence apps. My current projects are mostly ERP, operational and web-based systems.

Matt Ober CoFounder, BlockEra

Matt Ober

Matt is a Co-Founder of BlockEra, a Nebraska based blockchain solutions firm. He has a background in software engineering, with an emphasis on front-end solutions and building applications on top of the Ethereum ecosystem. Matt’s favorite pastimes are board games and petting dogs

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 also earned the designation of Certified Scrum Professional in the last year. 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.

Thomas Pizzo Founder, LyncStream Inc.

Thomas Pizzo

Software developer with over 10 years experience developing web applicatoins. Founder of LyncStream a customer software and IT consulting business located in Omaha NE.

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.

Boe Prox SQL Database Administrator

Boe Prox

Boe Prox is a Microsoft MVP in Windows PowerShell and a Senior Windows System Administrator. He has worked in the IT field since 2003, and he supports a variety of different platforms. He is a contributing author in PowerShell Deep Dives with chapters about WSUS and TCP communication. He is a moderator on the Hey, Scripting Guy! forum, and he has been a judge for the Scripting Games. He has presented talks on the topics of WSUS and PowerShell as well as runspaces to PowerShell user groups. He is an Honorary Scripting Guy, and he has submitted a number of posts as a to Microsoft's Hey, Scripting Guy! He also has a number of open source projects available on GitHub. His personal blog is at http://learn-powershell.net.

Dave Rael

Dave Rael

Dave Rael is the host of the Developer On Fire podcast. He is a father of 3 wonderful children, a husband, podcaster, software developer and architect, and a champion for humanity and human unity.

Eric Reichwaldt President, Shyft Solutions LLC

Eric Reichwaldt

Eric Reichwaldt is a Nebraska native from Lincoln, who after 10 years in the United States Air Force landed on the outskirts of Omaha. During his time as a weather forecaster in the Air Force he filled several different roles and earned a wealth of experience in process improvement and leadership. During his last assignment working on the Air Force’s premier web enterprise software project he fell in love with software development and decided not to re-enlist, and instead pursue a career in technology. After helping an up-and-coming government contracting company start their development team from scratch he moved on to lead a large corporation in their efforts to adopt Agile software development. Finally, partnering with some of the brightest and most talented people he has worked with he now runs Shyft Solutions, a company focused on software consulting and training, as well as custom application development with a specialization in meteorological software.

Eric possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Natural Science and Mathematics, and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems. He also is a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) as well as a Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP).

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

Nathan Schlehlein

Nathan Schlehlein

Nathan Schlehlein is a wannabe problem solver who earns his living making dreams come true for people via software. A semi-recent transplant to the semi-bustling city of Des Moines, IA, he resides in the "pretty OK" western burbs with his three awesome kids, long-suffering wife, and hyperactive dog. He is an enthusiast of intriguing, historically significant, and / or dangerous technology and enjoys good scotch, beer with a back story, and a well-executed fake foreign accent.

Philip Sears Practice Lead, Quality Assurance, Xpanxion

Philip Sears

Philip Sears serves as Practice Lead for Quality Assurance at Xpanxion, a rural sourcing software services company. As Practice Lead, Philip provides leadership in delivery, pre-sales, and consulting across a practice consisting of over 30 projects and 100+ engineers. He has provided QA and Test Automation consulting and design for several Fortune 500 and Global 2000 clients.

Philip started writing computer games and programs during early high school in Topeka, Kansas. He spent 14 years in central IT at Kansas State University, raising the ranks from Application Developer to Associate Director, gaining expertise in full stack software development and quality assurance. Philip also served as an Instructor in Management Information Systems at Kansas State University.

Philip completed both his B.S. in Computer Science and MBA from Kansas State University. Philip enjoys spending his free time running, watching baseball, reading, and traveling. He lives with his wife Melissa and their cats, dog, and parrot in Manhattan, Kansas.

Yair Segal CEO/ Chief architect, Peach Software Inc

Yair Segal

Yair Segal CEO/ Chief Architect Peach Software Inc. Kansas City, MO Yair has being coding since 2nd grade in Basic. For the past 10 years Yair has being developing web and mobile applications using C# and C++. As a passionate coder you can often find him coding at 4AM on weekends. He has a bachelor in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. In 2008 after moving into a manager position Yair started Peach Software Inc. to provide residual income (Motorcycle Money) and keep his coding skills up to date. Since 2010 he is the chief software architect and CEO of Peach Software Inc. In addition to his work, Yair is a regular contributor/sponsor to several local tech events and conferences. In his free time Yair likes to ride his motorcycle, play basketball, cross fit training, and obstacle mud runs. He can be reached at: ysegal@mypeachsoftware.com

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.

Erik Shafer Consultant, Object Partners Inc

Erik Shafer

Erik is a software engineer with a passion for finding, learning, and teaching solutions. With an emphasis on JVM technologies such as Java and Kotlin, he also has a growing appreciation for modern Javascript and interest in leveraging AWS solutions. He is a firm believer in systematic, disciplined, and quantifiable approaches regarding to the development, operation, and maintenance of software (i.e. IEEE’s definition of software engineering).

Brent Stewart Co-Founder, Alien Arc Technologies

Brent Stewart

As a professional software developer with over 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.

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 more than 20 years, working in both large corporate and educational environments. He has been with the Raikes School since 2005 and has managed more than 175 projects with more than 80 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.

Kyle Thayer Technical Lead, Xpanxion

Kyle Thayer

I am currently working as a Techincal Lead at Xpanxion. My passion is front-end development with lots of knowledge in AngularJS, Angular and ReactJS.

I also have a blog that I wrote recently about Demo Driven Development: http://blog.xpanxion.com/demo-drive-development-why-you-should-avoid-it-and-how

Nicholas Tuck Software Gardener, Proxibid

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 Proxibid 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.

Keith Voels

Keith Voels

Application Architect with 14 years of .NET experience. Spent the last 5 years driving change as an architect of line of business applications and frameworks using the Microsoft technology stack. Designed and built the shared component framework for a suite of 40+ applications at Aon Benfield.

Jennifer Wadella Founder, Kansas City Women in Technology

Jennifer Wadella

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

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.

Mathew Warger Developer, Keyhole Software

Mathew Warger

Mat Warger is a developer with Keyhole Software. He enjoys learning new concepts and has leveraged this curiosity in positions ranging from startups to the enterprise over the past decade. He can be found chasing the latest and (sometimes) greatest in a wide range of languages and platforms, including React, Angular, .Net, Spring, and the cloud. Find him on twitter @mwarger.

Benjamin Wicks Android Developer, Client Resources, Inc.

Benjamin Wicks

Ben Wicks is an Android developer at Client Resources Inc. in Omaha and a co-organizer of Omaha's Google Developer Group. Ben was first introduced to Android development in his senior computer science class at Millard West high school. Since graduating from UNO in 2014, Ben has worked on two enterprise Android applications. Ben is passionate about testable architecture and helping new mobile developers find that spark to constantly learn and grow.

Keil Wilson IT Enterprise Business Applications Architect, Nelnet

Keil Wilson

Back in 1997, my first application development project was an unmitigated disaster. The sponsor of my internship (the VP of Sales) didn’t like the contract developer his boss had hired to build and maintain their Customer-Vendor system in Lotus Notes. He wanted me to rebuild it using MS Access and promised it would be easy. You can see the problem already, right? Lowly intern caught in the internal politics of a VP and his boss. I was a pawn and I had the VP of Sales defining my requirements, estimates and schedule. I was doomed from the start. Thankfully, at the last minute, the company president hired a VP of IT that covered my back and started teaching me how to manage IT projects.

Since then I have been a student of application development and IT project management. I started using Agile Software Development in 2001 to improve the consistency and accuracy of app dev projects I was leading. When I started my slow transition away from application development in 2007, I began to focus solely on how to make IT projects more successful through the application of varied project management and business analysis approaches.

Today, I work as an an enterprise applications architect for a mid-sized financial services company, where I continue to promote agile philosophy and IT project management processes in the infrastructure teams I work with. I'm also a long-time coordinator with the agileLNK Meetup (formerly known as the Lincoln Agile Community).

Christopher Young

Christopher Young

Chris Young is the director of development at ArchitectNow. Chris is responsible for all development efforts at ArchitectNow. Previous to ArchitectNow, Chris was VP of Engineering at No Limits Software. No Limits Software builds a product for capacity planning for data centers. Chris was responsible for the overall architecture and design of the application. Chris Young has spent part his career working at different startups in Boulder, CO. Chris graduated from St. Louis University with an MBA and BS in business administration with a major in Finance.