H. Abraham Chavez is a developer with responsibility for designing, and implementing software business solutions, utilizing the Microsoft stack. He developed an interest for programming as a kid when he created a tiny accounting program for his father using QBasic. He enjoys the human component of building software, and understands that software is built by people. Good software works first, everything else is second.
I’m a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft where I spend time focusing on the Windows, Windows Phone, and Windows Azure. I also have a penchant for hanging around some of the darker corners of the .NET Framework (i.e. T4 and MEF). From speaking at user groups, code camps and local, regional, and national conferences, I am committed to building a great community of well-educated Microsoft developers. When not speaking or slinging code, I can usually be found hanging out with my wife and three awesome daughters.
Andrew has been developing usable software in and around the web for 9 years, both on the internet and the intranet. He stays active in the node.js community, co-founded NodeKC (Kansas City's Node.js User Group), and worked with 6 others to create Ruby Midwest 2013 (though, you’d be surprised to find how little ruby he knows). Without electricity, you'll find Andrew anywhere between the Columbus Park and Crossroads neighborhoods in downtown KC.
Brian is a hands-on IT leader with experience as a CIO, CTO, & Chief Architect. As a geek by nature, he is never too far from source code. He continues to create innovative new apps & teach developers about next generation technology, while helping to lead dynamic it teams and product development efforts.
Brian’s passions are innovation, agility, architecture, and the transformation of industries through dynamic applications. These passions have driven him to maintain expertise in Azure (Cloud), Silverlight, WPF, Mobile Development, Agile Software Development, Scrum, & Application Architecture.
Brian Knapp is a software engineer at Firespring in Lincoln, NE where he helps build and maintain the St. Baldrick's Foundation website. In his spare time Brian builds mobile apps and hacks on open source projects like Obvious (http://obvious.retromocha.com).
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Brian Swiger is a passionate software developer for Farm Credit Services of America in Omaha, NE. For over 18 years, Brian has worked with countless languages and technologies. Currently, he is focusing on web and mobile-based technologies while playing with frameworks such as ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, Backbone.js, Node.js, Android, Xamarin and Titanium. He loves to learn new technologies. In his spare time, he enjoys time with family, bowling and enjoying life. Brian blogs at http://weblogs.asp.net/bswiger and tweets at http://twitter.com/codebeing.
In 2000 Chad graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering. He then graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2003 with a Masters in Computer Science. After college, he worked for STI, MindVision/eSellerate/DigitalRiver, and Internap before ending up at Don't Panic.
Chad is a life-long Nebraskan. He grew up in rural Nebraska and now lives in Lincoln. Chad and his wife have a son and daughter.
Cory has over 12 years of software development experience designing and implementing custom web based solutions. He works in both Unix and Windows environments with a variety of server-side technologies and currently specializes in C#.Net and jQuery. He is an avid technical reader, independent consultant, and development team manager. Cory maintains a blog at bitnative.com.
David Walker is a software architect, software researcher, amateur photographer, amateur special effects technician, and aspiring movie maker.
He has been developing software in some manner since he was 7 and currently works as a software architect at the State of Nebraska Department of Roads.
Dustin has been a dev for 15 years in the Dsm, IA market.
He's an independent consultant leading Delta3Consulting and the Iowa .NET User Group.
His focuses primarily on MS technologies, Mentoring, and Training.
His analog side focuses on his 4 kids and wife.
Dusty has been developing software professionally for 10 years. Currently he works in Kansas City creating software experiences using the .Net framework for use by healthcare professionals. For free, Dusty is a language aficionado slinging code on whatever platform suits the problem space. Dusty is a founding member of the NodeKC user group and attends and presents at many of the other Kansas City area user groups.
Dusty loves perusing pictures of unlikely animal friends. Where did that gorilla find that bunny? Isn't that cute? Of course it is. In his spare time, Dusty has been pitching a dating website for unlikely animals. Move over ChristianMingle, there's a new game in town. Who likes looking at pictures of unlikely Christian couples anyway? Also, he speaks, codes, and ships software.
Jason Norris has been programming for more than 20 years. He loves hacking for fun and profit, and has been focused on web programming for the past several years. He fell in love with Ruby on Rails, and was delighted when Microsoft emulated its pattern in ASP.NET MVC. He likes long walks on the beach, free soft drinks and polymorphism.
Jason is passionate about software development. Primarily a .NET developer, Jason's job is to learn about Microsoft's stack of development tools and apply those tools effectively, for Centrolutions' customers. He also enjoys helping other developers figure out how to apply those tools to the day-to-day business problems they encounter.
Javier is an ASP.NET Insider and MVP that specializes in ASP.NET, system architecture, and training. He has helped co-found the Iowa .NET Users Group, the Iowa Code Camp. He’s heavily involved with the Community for MVC (C4MVC) virtual user group, dotnetConf and aspConf virtual conferences. Javier is also the author and primary contributor to the MVC Turbine open source project.
On his blog, http://lozanotek.com/blog, you can find posts on ASP.NET, web development, and design patterns just to name a few topics. Javier is an avid supporter of the community and likes to give back by speaking at user groups, local/regional/national .NET events. In his spare time, Javier loves spending time with his family and enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
Jeff Fattic has been employed in IT in some fashion for over 10 years. Most of his career, he's been a software developer on the Microsoft stack, but about five years ago, he began studying Application Lifecycle Management tools and processes. In 2012, Jeff joined Microsoft as a Developer Technology Specialist helping customers be more successful with developer tools. He is a co-founder and board member of the St. Louis Days of .NET conference and contributes his spare time to non-profit organizations that need assistance with software.
Husband, father of 3, developer, master of science. Don't be confused by his job title containing words like Manager or Architect, Joel has been slinging code for many years and in multiple industries. He primarily works in .Net, but isn't afraid typing commands into a terminal either.
John Wooten runs his freelance business under the name Artillery Media. He specializes in front-end web design and development. Most of his projects are custom WordPress theme sites with a modern look and feel. He partners with Agilx (www.agilx.com) on larger projects that require custom backend solutions, webapps, or custom mobile apps. He often travels with his band VOTA (www.votaband.com), loves to exercise (P90X) and loves to spend time with his wife, Corryne. You can visit Artillery Media at: www.artillerymedia.com
Josh is the Interactive Design Lead and front-end developer at VistaComm in Sioux Falls, SD. He's been building web things since 1995 and has a passion to make them both beautiful and usable.
JP enjoys ice cream, skipping rocks, long walks on the beach, and cuddling by the fire. JP's ideal mate would... errhmm... JP was born and raised right here in the heart of Husker Nation. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. In 2009, JP co-founded a mobile app company specializing in sports fan apps; it was acquired in 2011. JP loves to maximize life through experiences and loves learning about what drives people. JP's long-term goal is to change the world through software and philanthropy.
Justin can be defined as a Husband, Father and Developer. He is passionate about using programming to make peoples lives easier, better and all around more enjoyable. Applications that solve problems simply and effectively are what he prefers the most.
Justin has been professionally developing in .net for over 9 years now, and is currently working at FileBound in Lincoln, NE as an integrations developer. His main responsibility is to make sure other applications talk with the FileBound software nicely.
Keith Dahlby is a new father, web developer, Git enthusiast, language geek and three-time C# MVP from Cedar Rapids, IA. By day he sells motorcycle parts at J&P Cycles; by night he sometimes blogs with Los Techies. His open source efforts include posh-git, a Git environment for PowerShell; and FSRazor, F# support for the Razor view engine. Keith has spoken at community events around the Midwest and studied Human-Computer Interaction at Iowa State University. His talks have been described as “terrific!”, “very interactive!”, and “the best I’ve seen all hour!”.
ArchitectNow- St. Louis, Missouri
Kevin Grossnicklaus is the president of a St. Louis, MO based consulting firm called ArchitectNow (www.ArchitectNow.net) where his teams specialize in building cutting edge applications for a variety of desktop and mobile platforms. ArchitectNow’s diverse client-base has allowed Kevin the opportunity to travel the US and to locations as far away as India and Thailand to train and mentor development teams on the newest technologies. An active member of the Midwest development community, Kevin is an organizer of the St. Louis Day of .NET conference (www.stldodn.com) which brings together nearly 1000 developers in the St. Louis area every fall. He is also on the board of the St. Louis .NET user group (www.stlnet.org) and is a frequent presenter at user groups and conferences throughout the region. Since 2009 Kevin has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for his community contributions.
Lee has been programming professionally for more than a decade and currently works as a Practice Director with AdventureTech. He speaks regionally about software development practices and has mentored teams on improving their approach to lean software development through achieving technical proficiency. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, one of the leaders of the Kansas City .Net User Group, and serves as the Regional Mentor for .Net user groups in Kansas and Missouri. He is also the Director of the Kansas City Developer Conference.
Luke works at Banno in the Des Moines office where he heads up the Data Services platform working on helping consumers and banks understand more about their financial transactions and the impact that they have.
Matthew is a software consultant with over 13 years of professional experience building data-driven desktop, server, and web applications. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with double degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy with a minor in Economics. Matthew’s current interests include data analytics, data visualization, and machine learning.
Mike Douglas is a Solution Consultant at Deliveron Consulting Services. He specializes in working with development teams to implement Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions to eliminate traditional silos between development, testing, and project management to establish cohesive processes with the Visual Studio ALM tools. He is also Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP and an External Ranger - Visual Studio ALM. Mike is an experienced presenter and has spoken at local user group meetings and conferences such as HDC and KCDC. Mike has worked with a number of technologies in his 14 years of experience building enterprise solutions including BizTalk, SharePoint, SQL Server, and WCF. He actively maintains the open source project, Team Deploy, on CodePlex for deploying MSIs using Team Foundation Server. Mike also enjoys sharing his experiences in Visual Studio ALM and TFS on his blog at www.CodeSmartNotHard.com.
Nick Croll is a Software Engineer for Don't Panic Labs with over five years of experience building apps for the web and .NET. He enjoys learning new technology and getting others excited about development.
Patrick Delancy has been a passionate software developer for nearly 10 years. He has worked on a wide range of products, from multi-tier mobile enterprise application platforms to small platform applications and websites and everything in-between. As a family man and a professional developer, he loves to solve difficult problems, and considers himself to be a life-long learner. He only wishes that there were more hours in a day!
Patrick is a full-time employee at DEG in Overland Park, KS. He can be found on most social networks and he blogs regularly at http://patrickdelancy.com/
Ted Neward is an independent consultant specializing in high-scale enterprise systems, working with clients ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to small 10-person shops. He is an authority in Java and .NET technologies, particularly in the areas of Java/.NET integration (both in-process and via integration tools like Web services), back-end enterprise software systems, and virtual machine/execution engine plumbing.
He is the author or co-author of several books, including Effective Enterprise Java, C# In a Nutshell, SSCLI Essentials, Server-Based Java Programming, and a contributor to several technology journals. Ted is also a Microsoft MVP Architect, BEA Technical Director, INETA speaker, former DevelopMentor instructor, frequent worldwide conference speaker, and a member of various Java JSRs. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two sons, and eight PCs.
Reach him at email@example.com or visit Ted's blog (http://blogs.tedneward.com/)
I love developing software and developing the process of developing software! Nothing makes me happier than delivering solutions to customers that help expand what they can do and take their business to the next level!
Prior to joining Filament Group, Zach was the User Interface architect for Union Pacific Railroad, in charge of guiding the Fortune 200 company's technical direction on both desktop and mobile web development.