Keynote Speakers

Moving towards ALM 3.0 - Jeffery Hammond (Forrester Research)

How do we build software? Let us count the ways...We're at the cusp of a perfect storm in application development, where a number of mega-trends are changing the way companies do software development. A move toward modern application architectures will undoubtedly impact application life-cycle management - but how? In this session Forrester Principal Analyst Jeffrey Hammond will review how ALM practices are evolving on teams that are building modern applications, and the impact of architecture and infrastructure modernization on development tools, processes and organizations.

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Jeffery Hammond serves Application Development & Delivery Professionals as a Principal Analyst at Forrester Research. His research areas include the evolution of open source software and communities, open web and mobile application development, and tactics to improve software development productivity. Before joining Forrester, Jeffrey worked at Rational Software, where he was involved in Rational's early Eclipse adoption,which started even before Eclipse went open source. Jeffrey's had a wide variety of software industry roles, including development, product management, marketing, business development, and strategy. Prior to joining Rational Software, Jeffrey was part of Accenture's Advanced Systems Group, where he led application development projects at Fortune 500 clients. Jeffrey holds a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Developers are the New Kingmakers - Stephen O'Grady (RedMonk)

Over the past decade, a number of unconnected developments in the technology industry have conspired to shift the balance of power towards the developer. In this talk, we'll explore the evidence behind the argument, how it came to pass and the implications for organizations of all industries. With software increasingly the foundation of businesses inside and outside the technology industry, we'll walk through concrete recommendations for living in a developer-driven world.

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Stephen O'Grady is a Principal Analyst and co-founder of RedMonk, the open source industry analyst firm. He focuses on infrastructure software such as programming languages, operating systems and databases, as well as covering horizontal industry trends such as open source and cloud computing.

Before setting up RedMonk, Stephen worked as an analyst at Illuminata by drawing on his real world expertise in architecting and developing applications for leading systems integrators. Prior to joining Illuminata, Stephen served in various senior capacities with large systems integration firms like Keane and boutique consultancies like Blue Hammock.

Regularly cited in publications such as the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and a popular speaker and moderator on the conference circuit, Stephen's advice and opinion is well respected throughout the industry.

How GitHub Works - Zach Holman (GitHub)

Zach Holman shares insights on creating a happy experience fueling developers’ creativity, being inspired by how things are done at GitHub.

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Zach works at GitHub. When he's not doing that, he's blogging, hacking on open source, and giving talks about building products, growing startups, and using Ruby. He lives in San Francisco.

The Future of Mobile Development - Jeff Seibert (Twitter)

The explosive adoption of mobile devices over the past 5 years has lead to opportunities that can't be ignored as well as a new set of complex challenges. Developers are looking to deploy the fastest, most immersive, and most intuitive mobile apps to devices that are limited by capacity, screen size, and network bandwidth. Strategies for cross-platform support, error handling, data capture, and quality assurance must be considered in any serious mobile project.

In this keynote talk, Jeff Seibert will draw upon his experiences creating one of the most successful mobile development tools in the iOS and Android ecosystems. He will explore the unique challenges that mobile development entails, share best practices from his team and many of the top app developers in mobile today, and break down the steps necessary to successfully implement a winning mobile strategy.

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Jeff Seibert is an experienced serial-entrepreneur with a passion for deeply technical Internet software. His latest company, Crashlytics, was acquired by Twitter in January, 2013. He is now a Director of Engineering at Twitter.

Previously, Seibert was the CEO of Crashlytics, which he co-founded in 2011 with Wayne Chang. Crashlytics delivered crash analysis tools for iOS and Android apps via an SDK that reached 300 Million mobile devices worldwide.

In 2007, Seibert co-founded Increo and served as its COO and lead architect until its acquisition by Box in August of 2009. He subsequently oversaw the integration of Increo’s document preview and annotation technologies into the company's cloud-based content platform.
Seibert gained experience at Apple in both marketing and engineering capacities and led Stanford University's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders seminar series as Co-Coordinator. He was selected as a Mayfield Fellow in 2007 and received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2008.

Nashorn, JavaScript for the JVM - Jim Laskey (Oracle)

The Nashorn JavaScript Project started as a quiet spin off from JavaFX in the fall of 2010. Since then, Nashorn has evolved into a significant part of Oracle's roadmap and is causing quite a bit of excitement in the OpenJDK community. This keynote will give the attendees some background on how the project evolved, information on how Nashorn works, how Nashorn ties in with Java development and what is planned for Nashorn in the future. The keynote will also touch on the Node.js Project and inter-language protocols via Dynalink.

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Jim Laskey has been involved in developing computer language compilers and runtimes for over 37 years. Jim is currently the Multi-language Lead in the Java Language/Tools group at Oracle, responsible for guiding the Nashorn (JavaScript), Node.js and Dynalink projects. In the past Jim has worked on compilers and runtimes at Symantec , Apple and Azul. Jim was also the chief architect of the Prograph visual programming language.

Vert.x - Polyglot Asynchronous Applications for the JVM - Tim Fox (Red Hat)

Tim started work on Vert.x in mid-2011 after being intrigued by the amount of interest in Node.js and realising that there was nothing similar for the JVM, and frankly, some things could be done better. The keynote will give you an overview of what Vert.x is and how you can use it to write powerful, modular, web or enterprise applications in Java, JavaScript, Ruby, Groovy or Python, or even mix and match multiple languages in a single application.

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Tim has been doing software engineering for over 17 years, the last 8 of which have been in open source. He is currently employed by Red Hat and is the creator and project lead of the Vert.x project - the next generation polyglot asynchronous application platform.

Prior to that Tim has also worked with the RabbitMQ team in VMware, and earlier still Tim worked in the role of Messaging Lead at JBoss where he created the HornetQ Messaging System - at the heart of JBoss Application Server. Tim was also one of the original developers of the Mobicents telco application platform.

Tim and his family live in Somerset, UK.

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