Speakers

Our presenters are not simply vendor representatives -- they are industry recognized subject matter experts. They are published authors. They are the people writing the software you use on a daily basis.

Lyndon Adams

Lyndon Adams

Senior Architect in Pivotal R&D solutions group


Lyndon Adams is a Senior Architect with in the Pivotal Real Time Intelligence group. He specializes in fast data and big data systems. Lyndon has over 15+ years of IT experience, mostly from the investment banking world. During his period in Investment banking he was involved in margin, risk, trading, tick and reporting systems.



Scott Andrews

Scott Andrews

Software Engineer


Scott leads Spring’s JavaScript efforts and is the creator of rest.js and msgs.js within the cujoJS family. First joining SpringSource in 2008, Scott was instrumental in the launch of the tc and dm Server products, and created the Spring Insight dashboard. After a hiatus on the Cloud Foundry team Scott is back within the Spring team. As a front-end developer, Scott lives at the intersection of client-side and server-side code.



Durai Arasan

Durai Arasan

Enterprise Java Technology Leader


Durai is a Director of Platform Architecture at ETRADE Financial. He has created an award winning web technology platforms with best of the open source components such as Spring, RabbitMQ, jQuery and Java that power etrade.com, a leading online trading website. He holds Bachelor of Engg in Computer Science degree.

Over the years, Durai has helped ETRADE to upgrade multiple technologies to provide the best leading edge technology platforms to it's customers. He was instrumental to the success of many innovative mission critical architecture.



Anthony Baker

Anthony Baker

Principal Software Engineer, GemFire


Anthony Baker is a member of the GemFire engineering team, specializing in data storage and distribution. He has over 20 years of experience in fields ranging from high performance computing to interactive television and massively parallel embedded processor arrays. Anthony loves algorithms and API design and can often be found chasing down obscure bugs.



Chris Beams

Chris Beams

Spring Framework Committer


Chris Beams is a Spring Framework committer at Pivotal. His work in enterprise application development began in the late 90's and has since covered a wide range of technologies, languages and frameworks. Prior to becoming a full-time Spring committer, Chris trained hundreds of students on the topics of enterprise architecture and how best to use the Spring family of projects. He is a regular speaker at conferences around the world and is @cbeams at Twitter and GitHub.



Burt Beckwith

Burt Beckwith

Core Member of the Grails Development Team


Burt Beckwith has been a software developer for 15 years, most of that as a JVM developer, and for the last five years working with Grails and Groovy. He is a core developer on the Grails team at SpringSource, and has created over 40 Grails plugins. Burt is a frequent speaker at conferences and user groups where he shares his passion for Grails and other Groovy-based technologies, in particular those that are related to persistence, security, and performance. He is the author of "Programming Grails" and blogs at http://burtbeckwith.com/blog/



Peter Bell

Peter Bell

Evangelist/hacker for hackNY


Peter is an evangelist and hacker for hackNY - a not-for-profit that aims to federate the next generation of hackers for the New York innovation community.

Peter is a regular presenter at national and international conferences on ruby, nodejs, NoSQL (especially MongoDB and neo4j), cloud computing, software craftsmanship, java, groovy, javascript, and requirements and estimating. He is on the program committee for Code Generation in Cambridge, England and the Domain Specific Modeling workshop at SPLASH (was ooPSLA) and reviews and shepherds proposals for the BCS SPA conference.

He has presented at a range of conferences including DLD conference, ooPSLA, RubyNation, SpringOne2GX, Code Generation, Practical Product Lines, the British Computer Society Software Practices Advancement conference, DevNexus, cf.Objective(), CF United, Scotch on the Rocks, WebDU, WebManiacs, UberConf, the Rich Web Experience and the No Fluff Just Stuff Enterprise Java tour.

He has been published in IEEE Software, Dr. Dobbs, IBM developerWorks, Information Week, Methods & Tools, Mashed Code, NFJS the Magazine and GroovyMag. He's currently writing a book on managing software development for Pearson.

He is an organizer of the CTO School http://www.ctoschool.org - an organization in NYC devoted to creating the next generation of technical leaders. He also organizes the node.js meetup in New York and co-organizes the Domain Driven Design and Grails meetups.

He is a regular instructor at General Assembly in New York. His presentations cover managing software development, NoSQL, mobile development, Javascript development, Twitter Bootstrap and Javascript frameworks.

He tweets regularly as @peterbell.



Emad Benjamin

Emad Benjamin

Principal Architect, VMware


Emad Benjamin has been in the IT industry for the past twenty years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong. Earlier in his career, he was a C++ software engineer, then in 1997, he switched to programming with Java, and has been focusing on Java ever since. For the past nine years, his focus has been Java on VMware vSphere, vFabric GemFire and SQLFire. Emad often helps VMware customers virtualize and tune large scale Java platforms, some of which are the largest trading platforms in the world, handling 1000s of transactions per second. Emad is also the author of 2 books in this space, the first is the Enterprise Java Applications Architecture on VMware, and the second titled Virtualizing and Tuning Large Scale Java Platforms. Emad has previously presented at VMworld, SpringOne, UberConf and Open World on the subject of Java virtualization.



Tim Branyen

Tim Branyen


Tim is an open source developer at Bocoup in Boston. He has created a number of open source projects such as: Backbone Boilerplate, LayoutManager, nodegit, and use.js. He focuses primarily on open web technologies and structuring large client side applications.



Jon Brisbin

Jon Brisbin

Reactor Project Lead


Jon is Project Lead for Reactor but came on board with Spring in the initial days of the Spring Data project. He has been a contributor to Spring and Spring Data for three years and has trained hundreds of developers in the use of Spring Data and Cloud technologies. He speaks regularly at conferences in the U.S. and in Europe and is co-author of the O'Reilly publication "Spring Data: Modern Data Access for Enterprise Java".

Prior to Pivotal, Jon developed private cloud architectures at the world's largest Pizza Hut franchisee, developed Lotus Domino, J2EE, PHP and even Perl CGI applications in BBEdit on an aged Mac, and got his start in web-based development 20 years ago, as an intelligence analyst for the US Air Force, when NCSA Mosaic 1.0 was cool.



Jeff Scott Brown

Jeff Scott Brown

Core Member of the Grails Development Team


Core member of the Grails development team, Jeff Scott Brown, is a Senior Software Engineer with SpringSource. Jeff has been involved in designing and building object oriented systems for over 15 years. Jeff's areas of expertise include web development with Groovy & Grails, Java and agile development.



Brian Cavalier

Brian Cavalier

Front-End Engineer and Open Source Fanatic


Brian is a server-side Java guy turned front-end engineer, and open source fanatic. From collaborative aircraft maintenance systems for the US Navy, to Computer Assisted Surgery systems for Orthopedic surgery, to a global-scale content curation and personalization system, he loves building things that users love to use. He works at SpringSource on making the web more awesome, and is co-lead of the cujo.js architecture unframework (cujojs.com), a lover of Siberian huskies, family, and things with two wheels.

More about Brian: https://github.com/briancavalier http://blog.briancavalier.com/ http://www.slideshare.net/briancavalier http://lanyrd.com/profile/briancavalier/



Cedric Champeau

Cedric Champeau

Core Groovy Committer


Cédric Champeau is a core Groovy committer. He joined SpringSource, a division of VMware, in order to help developing the language. Prior to that, he spent several years at Lingway, a software editor, where he used Groovy in multiple industrial contexts including DSLs for natural language processing, scripting or even workflows.

He his currently working on the implementation of static type checking and static compilation for Groovy 2.0.



Andrey Cheptsov

Andrey Cheptsov

Product Manager with JetBrains


Andrey Cheptsov is a product manager at JetBrains. He is responsible for managing both product and marketing for IntelliJ IDEA. A lot of free time Andrey devotes to his own studies in software development. Andrey's technical interests and expertise include Java Enterprise, Spring Framework and Clouds.



Roy Clarkson

Roy Clarkson

Software Engineer at Pivotal


Roy Clarkson is an engineer with Spring at Pivotal, where he is the lead on the Spring Mobile and Spring for Android projects. He studied computer science at Georgia Tech before beginning his career as a software engineer, where he has worked as a professional software developer for many years, with a variety of languages and technologies. He has spent the last few years focusing on mobile application development, including iPhone, Android, and mobile web. Prior to that, he focused most of his time on web based application development.



Andy Clement

Andy Clement

Software Engineer at Pivotal


Andy Clement leads the Eclipse tools team at Pivotal from his office in Vancouver. The team is responsible for delivering all our eclipse based technology including the Spring Tool Suite and Groovy Grails Tool Suite distributions as well as our eclipse plugins for Cloud Foundry and Gradle. Andy has a background in languages and compilers and is the current project lead for the AspectJ project. In addition to AspectJ releases, across the Pivotal product suite he developed the Spring Expression Language for Spring Framework, the bytecode reloading engine for Grails and is currently actively involved in developing the Java 8 support in the Eclipse compiler and designing the DSL being used by Spring XD for stream definitions.



Adrian Colyer

Adrian Colyer

CTO of Spring


Adrian Colyer is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Application Fabric at Pivotal, and was formerly CTO for the vFabric Application Platform and SpringSource at VMware.

Pivotal develops the Spring Framework and associated open source projects such as Spring Integration and Spring Batch, Grails, Groovy, and Eclipse AspectJ. Cloud Foundry is Pivotal's open platform-as-a-service with full support for Spring, Grails, and a wide range of other application frameworks.

As CTO of SpringSource Adrian led the AspectJ project at Eclipse.org and oversaw the integration of aspect-oriented concepts into the Spring Framework. He helped to grow the SpringSource portfolio from these two projects into the rich set of projects and products that it is today. In 2004 Adrian was recognised by MIT Technology Review as one of the top 100 young innovators in the world. He may not be getting any younger, but he is still innovating...



Lou Crocker

Lou Crocker

Sales Engineer at Sencha


Lou Crocker is a veteran Web Application developer with a focus on Business Process Modeling, Geospatial Business Intelligence, and Accounting. He has developed and deployed applications with Apple, Adobe, ESRI, Google, Microsoft, and Sencha tools among others. He is well versed in Javascript, HTML 5, Objective-C, and several server side development technologies including ASP.NET, ColdFusion, and JAVA. His applications include Digital Mappinig, Public Sector Utilities and Services, Inventory and Invoicing, and Real Time Business Systems among others. He has been involved with the full SDLC including requirements gathering, database design and coding, Middle Tier Development, and UX Design. He has a passion for software development, with an emphasis on how good software benefits business processes, and is used as a tool to increase profitability and effectiveness.



Damien Dallimore

Damien Dallimore

Developer Evangelist, Splunk


Damien is a Developer Evangelist at Splunk and spends a good deal of his time building apps, tools and frameworks for the Splunk platform, with a specific emphasis on the Java ecosystem and then engaging with the developer community to educate about the many different ways that Splunk can be developed upon and integrated with.A fervent JVM fan, he has a particular interest in the new breed of alternate JVM languages and actually thinks that logging is cool. Prior to joining Splunk, Damien paid his mortgage wearing many different technical hats coding,hacking,engineering and architecting software and solutions around the globe in a variety of industries, primarily in the Enterprise Java space. He also recently worked with the SpringSource team on creating new Spring Integration adaptors for Splunk.



Thomas Darimont

Thomas Darimont

Engineer in the Spring Data Team


Thomas Darimont is an engineer in the Spring Data Team at Pivotal and is currently working on various Spring Data modules. He has 10 years experience in the development of Java and .Net based enterprise applications and open source projects. His working focus is centered around software architecture, performance tuning, Spring and persistence related technologies



John Davies

John Davies

CTO and Co-Founder of Incept5


John Davies is co-founder and CTO of Incept5. Incept5 have been intimately involved in implementing Visa's new capabilities and initiatives around the payments world. John's past includes global chief architect at JP Morgan and BNP Paribas, co-founder and CTO of C24 later sold to Iona and then Progress Software where he was technical director. John specialises in high performance, low latency enterprise architectures, Incept5 have products ranging form top selling iPhone/iPad apps to a high performance matching and reconciliation engine and consult to a number of large clients on IT strategy. John has co-authored several enterprise Java and architecture books and is a frequent speaker at banking and technology conferences.



Cornelia Davis

Cornelia Davis

Lead Technologist, Community Engineering, Cloud Foundry, Pivotal


A self-proclaimed propeller head, Cornelia started her professional career at Hughes Aircraft more than 25 years ago writing image processing algorithms in Ada. In the last decade she has worked on many aspects of service oriented architectures, particularly those based on REST, with an emphasis on Atom, XML and mashups, bringing these technologies to many product groups throughout EMC. Having recently joined Pivotal in the Cloud Foundry Community Engineering group, she is focused on making customers and partners successful with Cloud Foundry. She considers herself the foremost leading expert on the Cloud Foundry Echo Service ;-).



Hans Dockter

Hans Dockter

Founder of Gradle and CEO of Gradleware


Hans Dockter is the founder and project lead of the Gradle build system and the CEO of Gradleware,

Hans has 13 years of experience as a software developer, team leader, architect, trainer, and technical mentor. Hans is a thought leader in the field of project automation and has successfully been in charge of numerous large-scale enterprise builds. He is also an advocate of Domain Driven Design, having taught classes and delivered presentations on this topic together with Eric Evans. In the earlier days, Hans was also a committer for the JBoss project and founded the JBoss-IDE.



Julien Dubois

Julien Dubois

Java expert & author, director of consulting at Ippon Technologies


  • Co-author of "Spring par la pratique", #1 book on the Spring Framework in France.
  • Former SpringSource France regional director.
  • Director of consulting at Ippon Technologies, a 120-person Java-focused consulting firm, located in Paris, France. More info at http://www.ippon.fr
  • Leads the Tatami project, an Open Source Enterprise Social Network. See https://github.com/ippontech/tatami for more information.


John Ferguson

John Ferguson

Field Engineer at Pivotal


John Ferguson is a Senior Field Engineer with Pivotal helping customers leverage the power of data and applications in the cloud. John has worked with a number of clients to modernize their back ends with technologies like Spring and take advantage of the evolving landscape of client side tech. He is currently based out of Boston where he works with customers across the northeast region.



Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher

Spring Integration Founder


Mark Fisher is an engineer at Pivotal and has been a member of the Spring team for over 7 years. Currently he co-leads Spring XD and also manages the group responsible for Spring Integration, Spring Batch, and Spring AMQP. Mark has provided consulting services for dozens of clients and has trained hundreds of developers how to use the Spring Framework and related projects effectively. He speaks regularly at conferences and user groups in America and Europe and is one of the authors of Spring Integration in Action, published by Manning in 2012.



Scott Frederick

Scott Frederick

Community Engineer, Cloud Foundry at Pivotal


Scott Frederick is a Community Engineer on the Cloud Foundry team at Pivotal, working with Pivotal engineering, partners, and the open-source community to make Cloud Foundry the best PaaS for modern web applications.

Scott has been using Java, Spring, Groovy, and Grails since the early days of each of these technologies, to solve real-world problems. Before joining Pivotal (previously VMware and SpringSource), Scott spent many years in the travel and transportation industry.



Oliver Gierke

Oliver Gierke

Engineer at SpringSource


Oliver Gierke is engineer at SpringSource, a division of VMware, project lead of the Spring Data JPA, MongoDB and core module and member of the JPA 2.1 expert group. He has been into developing enterprise applications and open source projects for over 6 years now. His working focus is centered around software architecture, Spring and persistence technologies. He is regularly speaking at German and international conferences as well as author of technology articles and the first book on Spring Data.



Jeremy Grelle

Jeremy Grelle

Senior Software Engineer, SpringSource


Jeremy Grelle is an open source software engineer with SpringSource, a division of VMware, who specializes in bringing the cutting-edge techniques of web application development to the Java and Spring ecosystems. He is the creator of the Spring JavaScript, Spring Faces, and Spring BlazeDS Integration projects, and he represented SpringSource on the JSR-314 Expert Group for JSF 2.0. He is a software artisan with extensive experience in combining server-side Java with the latest web browser technologies to deliver a rich and usable experience for the end user on the web.

Jeremy is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as JavaOne, The Spring Experience, SpringOne, JSFOne, TheServerSide Java Symposium, and Java and Flex user group events, and always enjoys getting out and showing his fellow developers how to bend web browsers to their will and the possibilities of what can be created with Spring and its wealth of complimentary web technologies.



Smitha Gudur

Smitha Gudur

CEO @Redbasin Networks


Smitha Kulkarni Gudur, CEO, Redbasin Networks has over 18 years of Management and Engineering experience working in both large and small companies in the Silicon Valley in the field of Networking, Network Management, Wireless, Web/Cloud. She is an IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) publisher in Network Management. Smitha earned an M.S. in Information Systems from Akron, OH and an MBA from India. Her previous entrepreneurial success included building a Software-as-a-Service portal for businesses which received rave reviews from CMP Business Media and Forbes, and had 75K users.



Ben Hale

Ben Hale

Cloud Foundry Java Experience Engineer


Ben Hale leads Pivotal's efforts to constantly improve the Java experience on Cloud Foundry. Recently he has been working on the Cloud Foundry Java Buildpack with an eye to making it the best place to run Java applications, in the Cloud or otherwise.

Prior to working on Cloud Foundry, Ben worked on large-scale middleware management tools, tc Server, dm Server (OSGi), and Spring. If you go back far enough, he even worked on a network management and monitoring application, but will deny it when asked.



John Hann

John Hann

Software Engineer, SpringSource


John built his first suite of rich web apps in 1996, long before most people had a clue that the web would become a powerful application platform. John continues to obsess on the front end and loves discovering new architectural patterns or applying time-honored ones to JavaScript and CSS. Now, when he's not writing open source code as a Principal Engineer at Pivotal or as Co-founder at cujoJS, he is sure to be working on some wicked cool science project or construction project with his kids.



Colin Harrington

Colin Harrington

Senior Consultant, Object Partners, Inc


Colin Harrington is a Principal Consultant at Object Partners, Inc with over 4.5 years of Grails experience. Based in Minnesota, Colin has 10+ years of experience developing web-based applications.

Colin is an agile practitioner and has been a key component of many powerful fast-paced local and remote teams with varying levels of composition and ability. He is a Technical leader and a forward thinker with a knack for delivering potent and engaging web-applications.

Colin is an active member of the Groovy and Grails community and an active speaker at local user groups, events and conferences such as MinneBar, GUM, GR8Conf in the US, etc.



Rob Harrop

Rob Harrop

CTO of Skills Matter and co-founder of SpringSource.


As CTO of Skills Matter, Rob helps to provide a community of over 35,000 software professionals with access to high-quality events and training.

Prior to Skills Matter, Rob served as CTO of UK-based consumer lender First Banco. At First Banco, Rob led the development of all internal and external software projects. Rob remains on the board at First Banco.

Co-founder of SpringSource, the software company behind the wildly-successful Spring Framework.

Specialist in high-volume, high-scale enterprise systems.

Author and co-author of five books, including the highly-popular Spring Framework reference "Pro Spring".



Mike  Heath

Mike Heath

Principal Engineer


Mike Heath is a principal software engineer for the LDS Church working in the core technology group. He has contributed to multiple open source projects including Apache MINA, Apache JAMES, and JBoss Netty. He has a B.S. in computer science from Utah Valley University and a M.S. in computer science from Brigham Young University.



Gunnar Hillert

Gunnar Hillert

Member of the Spring Integration and Spring XD Team, President Atlanta JUG


As a Pivotal engineer, Gunnar Hillert is a core committer for the Spring Integration and Spring XD projects. He has been a member of the Spring team for over 2 years. Gunnar is the president of the Atlanta Java Users Group since 2010 and is co-organizer for the DevNexus developer conference that attracted 900 developers in 2013.

A native of Berlin, Germany, Gunnar has been calling Atlanta home for the past 12 years. He is an avid gardener specializing in anything sub-tropical such as bananas, palm trees and bamboo. As time permits, Gunnar works on his Spanish language skills and he and his wife Alysa are raising their two children tri-lingually (English, German, Spanish). Gunnar blogs at: http://blog.hillert.com/ and you can follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ghillert



Juergen Hoeller

Juergen Hoeller

Spring Framework co-founder and project lead


Juergen Hoeller is co-founder of the Spring Framework open source project and has been serving as the project lead and release manager for the core framework since 2003. Juergen is an experienced software architect and consultant with outstanding expertise in code organization, transaction management and enterprise messaging.



Michael Hunger

Michael Hunger

Michael is passionate about software development and its people


Michael Hunger has been passionate about software development for a long time. He is particularly interested in the people who develop software, software craftsmanship, programming languages, and improving code.

For the last few years he has been working with Neo Technology on the Neo4j graph database. As the project lead of Spring Data Neo4j he helped developing the idea to become a convenient and complete solution for object graph mapping. He is also taking care of Neo4j cloud hosting efforts. Michael now takes care of the Neo4j community in all regards and is involved with activities in all parts of the company.

Good relationships are everywhere in Michael's life. His life concerns his family and children, running his coffee shop and co-working-space, having fun in the depths of a text-based multi-user dungeon, tinkering with and without Lego and much more.

As a developer he loves to work with many aspects of programming languages, learning new things every day, participating in exciting and ambitious open source projects and contributing and writing software related books and articles. Michael is also an active speaker at conferences and events and a longtime editor at InfoQ.



Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Director Consulting @ Hortonworks


Mark Johnson is a Director of Consulting at Hortonworks where his day is spent helping people achieve value from their Big and complex Data repositories. Mark has worked on a wide range of technology during his career. Most recently he has focused on the Hadoop ecosystem. Mark is active in the software community as the President of the New England Java Users Group (NEJUG) and a regular presenter to user groups and various conferences. When not working, Mark can be found riding his mountain bike on local trails and playing with his family.



Manoj Joshi

Manoj Joshi

Entrepreneur, Co-founder, Redbasin Networks, where business meets life


Manoj Joshi, CTO, Redbasin Networks has over 19 years of Management and Engineering experience working in Data Analytics, Life Science and Media. As CTO, Manoj is currently building a cloud based platform for cancer drug researchers in Pharma and Bio-tech. Previously Manoj worked in CBS/CNET as Director of Engineering, and architected/designed key web properties which are #1 worldwide in new Business Tech Media Space: BNET.com, SmartPlanet.com, MoneyWatch.com. He also played an instrumental role implementing Spring and open source technologies at CNET.com, News.Com, ZDNet.com and TechRepublic.com. Manoj previously worked at Agilent/HP in the Scientific Instruments Division and built life science software that was sold to 250 Pharma and Biotech customers over a period of 10 years.



Paul King

Paul King

co-author of "Groovy in Action"


Paul King leads ASERT, an organization based in Brisbane, Australia which provides software development, training and mentoring services to customers wanting to embrace new technologies, harness best practices and innovate. He has been contributing to open source projects for nearly 20 years and is an active committer on numerous projects including Groovy. Paul speaks at international conferences, publishes in software magazines and journals, and is a co-author of Manning's best-seller: Groovy in Action.



Brian Kotek

Brian Kotek

Software Architect at Booz Allen Hamilton


Brian has been developing web applications for over 15 years, primarily using Java, Groovy, Grails, ColdFusion, Ext JS, CoffeeScript, and TypeScript. He's worked as a consultant or employee on a wide range of projects for private companies and government agencies. Brian is a regular speaker at industry conferences, as well as a blogger and author. He has contributed to many community endeavors, including Deft JS, Swiz, and numerous Github projects.



Kenneth Kousen

Kenneth Kousen

Author of "Making Java Groovy"


Ken Kousen is the President of Kousen IT, Inc., through which he does technical training, mentoring, and consulting in all areas of Java and XML. He is the author of the O'Reilly screencast "Up and Running Groovy", and the upcoming Manning book about Java/Groovy integration, entitled "Making Java Groovy".

He has been a tech reviewer for several books on software development. Over the past decade he's taught thousands of developers in business and industry. He is also an adjunct professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute site in Hartford, CT. His academic background includes two BS degrees from M.I.T., an MS and a Ph.D. from Princeton, and an MS in Computer Science from R.P.I.



Guillaume LaForge

Guillaume LaForge

Head of Groovy Development for SpringSource


As Head of Groovy Development for SpringSource, Guillaume Laforge is the official Groovy Project Manager. He initiated the creation of the Grails web framework, and created the Gaelyk lightweight toolkit for Google App Engine. He is also a frequent conference speaker presenting Groovy and Grails at JavaOne, SpringOne, QCon, the Sun TechDays, and JavaPolis. Guillaume also co-authored Groovy in Action. Before founding G2One, which was acquired by SpringSource in late 2008, and taking the role of VP Technology, Guillaume worked for OCTO Technology, a consultancy focusing on architecture and agile methodologies. While at OCTO, Guillaume developed new offerings around Groovy and Grails for its customers.



Ramnivas Laddad

Ramnivas Laddad

Author of AspectJ in Action


Ramnivas Laddad is a well-known expert in enterprise Java, especially in the area of AOP and Spring. He is a Spring Framework and Cloud Foundry committer. Ramnivas is also the author of AspectJ in Action, the best-selling book on AOP and AspectJ that has been lauded by industry experts for its presentation of practical and innovative AOP applications to solve real-world problems. He has spoken at many leading industry events including JavaOne, JavaPolis, No Fluff Just Stuff, SpringOne, and O'Reilly OSCON. In recent years, Ramnivas has become a Scala fan. Ramnivas lives in the Silicon Valley.



Costin Leau

Costin Leau

Engineer at Elasticsearch


Costin Leau is an engineer at Elasticsearch, currently working with NoSQL and Big Data technologies. An open-source veteran, Costin led various Spring projects (Spring OSGi, GemFire, Redis, Hadoop) and authored an OSGi spec. Speaker at various editions of EclipseCon/OSGi DevCon, JavaOne, Devoxx/Javapolis, JavaZone, SpringOne, TSSJS on Java/Hadoop/Spring related topics.



Peter Ledbrook

Peter Ledbrook

Co-author of Grails in Action


Peter is a long time Java developer, Grails user and plugin author. He is also co-author of the book Grails in Action with Glen Smith.

He has been using Java for over 10 years across a range of industries and technologies, covering both client-side and server-side development. He discovered Groovy & Grails in 2006 and is now a core Grails committer, general Groovy fan, and speaker on Groovy technologies. He is currently an independent consultant based in London.



Christophe Levesque

Christophe Levesque

Senior Software Architect at AppDirect


Christophe Levesque is a Principal Software Engineer at AppDirect, the leading provider of cloud service marketplace and management solutions.

He has over 10 years of experience working on all aspects of building large scale distributed web applications. His experience prior to AppDirect includes various technical positions at Hewlett Packard, Mercury Interactive and Oracle.

Christophe received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 2003 and his "Diplome d'Ingenieur" from the French Ecole Polytechnique in 2001.



Zhiyong Li

Zhiyong Li

Chair of the Java Technology Board at SAS institute


Zhiyong Li is a senior manager of SAS Platform Division. He manages Platform Java Development Technologies group which addresses Java and Application Server strategies, usages, security, performance, etc. for SAS platform and all Solutions.

Zhiyong started coding in Java in 1995 as the Sun’s development staff, where he focused on Java performance and benchmark standards. Later, he worked at IBM, iBiomatics (a start-up) and SAS as the lead architect and developer for several enterprises Java applications including IBM Payment Server and SAS Operational Risk Management. Zhiyong holds a Ph.D from Computer Science Department of Duke University. He has published many papers in AI, parallel computation and program languages. He also holds several patents.



Daniel Lipp

Daniel Lipp

Senior Developer at Magnolia International


Trained as a physicist and with a professional background in Smalltalk, Daniel has been developing with Java since 1997. At Magnolia, he focuses on development, quality assurance, software architecture and Blossom, Magnolia CMS's Spring integration. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing the trumpet and training for his next marathon. He blogs at dlipp.blogspot.de.



Martin Lippert

Martin Lippert

Principal Software Engineer, Spring Tool Suite Lead


Martin leads the Spring Tool Suite and the Spring IDE projects at Pivotal and works together with the tools team on providing the best developer tools out there for Spring and Cloud Foundry. In addition to that he works on next generation developer tooling and innovative new architectures for cloud-based developer tooling. Before joining the Spring family at Pivotal, Martin co-founded it-agile, a leading consulting and development company focused on agile software development. He is author of papers, articles, and books on various topics including agile software development, Eclipse technology and refactoring techniques.



Josh Long

Josh Long

Developer Advocate


Josh Long is the Spring developer advocate. Josh is the lead author on Apress’ Spring Recipes, 2nd Edition, and a SpringSource committer and contributor. When he's not hacking on code, he can be found at the local Java User Group or at the local coffee shop. Josh likes solutions that push the boundaries of the technologies that enable them. His interests include scalability, BPM, grid processing, mobile computing and so-called "smart" systems. He blogs at blog.springsource.org or joshlong.com.



Jan Machacek

Jan Machacek

Co-author of "Pro Spring"


Jan is an enthusiastic Java and Scala programmer with a long history of large and successful systems.

Jan has used the Spring Framework from its earliest versions and then shared his experience with the framework itself and with writing elegant Spring code in Pro Spring and Pro Spring 2.5; he is an expert in most projects in the Spring Portfolio.

Alongside the Spring Framework and Java, Jan has extensive experience in functional and strongly typed programming in Scala. He is the author of Specs2 Spring and Akka Patterns projects which aim to give boost to Java programmers who want to try out Scala.

Jan also shares his expertise and passion for software as the chief editor of the Open Source Journal



Stephane Maldini

Stephane Maldini

SpringSource Sr. Consultant, Reactor and Grails contributor


A software architect and consultant at SpringSource with extensive experience aligning Spring technologies. He is passionate about cloud computing, messaging and works on several projects implementing Spring Integration, RabbitMQ, Gemfire, or related technologies.

Using Groovy and Grails since early 2008, he has developed large-scale Grails applications for the French Government and international IT. he has also co-founded the iceScrum agile tool tracker, an open source Grails application for agile teams. He still invests his spare time in the Grails community through the development of several Grails plugins, and in his contributions to the French Groovy/Grails User Group.

Currently working on a lightweight and scalable, asynchronous framework for the JVM supporting Spring and Grails Applications.



Jay Marshall

Jay Marshall

tbd


I currently operate in Pivotal's Field Engineering Team specializing in next generation platform architecture. It is my job to work with our customers to understand the changing landscape of application development from tools and frameworks to runtimes and data fabrics, allowing them to build a new class of applications leveraging big & fast data. All of this in a cloud independent way on the path to a truly consumer-grade enterprise experience.



Tobias Mattsson

Tobias Mattsson

Lead developer of the Spring Integration at Magnolia CMS


Tobias has worked with both Magnolia and Spring for about as long as they've each been around. In 2009, he wanted an easier way to use them together and thus Blossom, the Spring integration for Magnolia, was born. He lives in Gothenburg, a beautiful Swedish city renowned for its botanical gardens, music scene and picturesque islands. He blogs at http://tobias-mattsson-magnolia.blogspot.com.



Clay McCoy

Clay McCoy

Sr. Software Engineer @ Netflix


Clay McCoy works at Netflix as a Senior Software Engineer. There he contributes to an open source cloud deployment tool written in Grails named Asgard. Clay is passionate about developer testing and software craftsmanship and is always looking for new tools and techniques to produce better software.



Daniel Mikusa

Daniel Mikusa

Senior Technical Support Engineer at Pivotal


Daniel Mikusa is a Senior Technical Support Engineer at Pivotal. Daniel has been a user of Apache Tomcat for the past six years and is currently focused on providing enterprise-class support for Pivotal's Tomcat and tc Server customers. In addition, Daniel is a seasoned Java and Spring application developer, holding certifications for Spring Core, Spring Web and Enterprise Integration with Spring.



Michael Minella

Michael Minella

Project Lead of Spring Batch and author of Pro Spring Batch


Michael Minella is a software engineer, teacher and author with over a decade of enterprise development experience. Michael was a member of the expert group for JSR-352 (java batch processing). He currently works for Pivotal as the project lead for the Spring Batch project as well as an instructor at DePaul University. Michael is the author of Pro Spring Batch from Apress and the popular Refcard JUnit and EasyMock.

Outside of the daily grind, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys woodworking, photography and InfoSec hobbies.



Scott Motte

Scott Motte

Developer Evangelist @SendGrid


Scott Motte thrives on the freedom of the web, its wild west ways, and its great optimism. Ruby, Javascript, the web, and aviation excite him. He's also starting to learn Java.

Scott works at SendGrid as a developer evangelist. He travels to many events and hackathons hanging out with other developers and hacking up cool things. In his spare time, he is building a document signing API called Signature.io.



Peter Niederwieser

Peter Niederwieser

Principal Software Engineer at Gradleware & Creator of Spock


Peter Niederwieser is a computer language enthusiast from Austria who has been using Java since the early days. Peter's work experience ranges from small start-ups to large enterprises like Siemens. His passion for software quality and continuous delivery invariably leads him to take the build master role on new projects, pushing project automation as far as he can. It also lead him to create Spock, an innovation-packed developer testing framework that is seeing increasing adoption around the globe.

Peter is an active member of the Groovy community, and can't sleep without his daily dose of Scala. When Peter isn't coding, you can find him speaking at conferences around the world, or pondering over a chess board.



Shawn Nielsen

Shawn Nielsen

Platform as a Service Solution Architect for LDS Church


Shawn Nielsen is a principal engineer for the LDS Church. He currently is the Solution Architect for the Platform as a Service Team. He has primarily focused on streamlining the deployment and operational process of custom developed applications at the church.



Kevin Nilson

Kevin Nilson

VP of Engineering @ just.me


Kevin is a three time JavaOne Rock Star, Java Champion and VP of Engineering at just.me. just.me is a startup in the mobile and social space that is part of Google’s Startup Labs. Kevin has spoken at conferences such as JavaOne, Devoxx, JAX, Silicon Valley Code Camp, and AjaxWorld. Kevin is the co-author of Web 2.0 Fundamentals. In the past Kevin was an adjunct professor at the College of San Mateo. Kevin holds a MS and BS in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University. Kevin is the leader of the Silicon Valley Java User Group, Silicon Valley Google Developer Group and Silicon Valley JavaScript Meetup.



Michael Nitschinger

Michael Nitschinger

Developer Advocate, Couchbase Inc.


Michael is a Vienna-based Developer Advocate for Couchbase, Inc. He is the lead developer of the Couchbase Java SDK, a current maintainer of the popular spymemcached library and responsible for enterprise framework integration (especially Spring-Data-Couchbase).

He is very active in the community, contributes to open source and speaks regularly at conferences and meetups. Prior to working at Couchbase, Michael worked in the enterprise consulting business, focussing on network performance and monitoring integration solutions.



Andy Piper

Andy Piper

social bridgebuilder and Cloud Foundry Developer Advocate


Andy Piper is part of the Pivotal Developer Relations and Community Engineering team, and works as Developer Advocate for Cloud Foundry, the Open Source Platform-as-a-Service. He is probably best known online as a “social bridgebuilder” spanning a number of areas of technology and interest. Andy has a passionate interest in small and mobile devices, cloud, the Internet of Things, and Arduino and related technologies. He was previously with IBM Software Group for more than 10 years, as a consultant, strategist, and WebSphere Messaging Community Lead.



Mark Pollack

Mark Pollack

Spring Data Lead, Spring XD Co-lead


Dr. Mark Pollack has been a core Spring (Java) developer since 2003 and founded its Microsoft counterpart, Spring.NET, in 2004. Mark now leads the Spring Data project and co-leads the Spring XD that aims to simplify application development with new data technologies around big data and NoSQL databases. Prior to working on Spring project, Mark worked in offline computing in high-energy nuclear physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory and then moved to the financial services industry as a technical lead for front-office trading systems.



Arjen Poutsma

Arjen Poutsma

Founder & Project Lead for Spring Web Services


Arjen Poutsma is a Staff Engineer at SpringSource (a division of VMware) with more than fifteen years' experience in commercial software environments. During this time he has worked with both Java EE and Microsoft .NET.

In 2004, Arjen started to specialise in Web Services and Service Oriented Architectures. During this period he has conducted trainings and has researched SOAs in large organisations.

Arjen is the founder and the project lead for the Spring Web Services. This Spring project aims at facilitating development of document-driven web services. Recently, Arjen worked on the REST support in Spring 3.0 and 3.1.



Ashley Puls

Ashley Puls

Software Engineer


Ashley Puls is a senior software engineer at New Relic Inc. which provides an all-in-one web application performance tool. She works on the Java Agent team in Portland which focuses on instrumenting Java applications.



Emanuel Rabina

Emanuel Rabina

Front-end web developer at Xero


As a mobile/web developer and user experience designer, Emanuel has spent much of his life caring about the way users interact with the applications and systems that we develop. He first got involved with the Thymeleaf project as someone just looking to revamp his personal website. Since then he has released the Layout dialect (a Thymeleaf extension), has become an active member of its forums, and is now part of the Thymeleaf team (looking after the core codebase, developing the Eclipse plugin, and having a hand in the creation of its HTML documentation).

The rest of the time he spends across a variety of personal endeavours, including blogging, playing musical instruments, and baking cakes and other sugary treats (much to the delight of his friends and co-workers).



Jags Ramnarayan

Jags Ramnarayan

Chief Architect, GemFire Data Grid products


As the Chief Architect for GemFire product line at VMWare/Pivotal, Jags is responsible for the technology direction for its high performance distributed data Grid and virtualization platform. Jags has represented GemStone Systems in the EJB expert group and the J2EE platform specification. In the past, Jags represented BEA in the W3C SOAP protocol specification, JAXM and other standards. Jags has presented in several conferences in the past on Data management, clustering and grid computing. He has over 20 years of experience, a bachelors degree in computer science and a masters degree in management of science and technology.



Param Rengaiah

Param Rengaiah

Experience Architect


Param Rengaiah's is an Experience Architect. He has spent innumerable hours and wore multiple hats worrying about how to create business applications that connects with its users, perform the functions that they were suppose to, but also have empathy for the users. He has strong belief that for an enterprise application to remain useful, design has continually evolve and adapt - not just software design but experience design as well.

He is passionate about creating modular and scalable architectures, refactoring large applications to be modular and applying UX principles to enterprise application design. He writes about them at https://medium.com/@its_param

If he is not in front of his laptop hacking some code or reading in his iPad, you will find him either sleeping, watching old movies on Netflix or playing with his two boys. He lives in suburb of Chicago and is currently employed by Aspire Systems (http://www.aspiresys.com).



Chris Richardson

Chris Richardson

Author of POJOs in Action


Chris Richardson is a developer and architect with over 20 years of experience. He is a Java Champion and the author of POJOs in Action, which describes how to build enterprise Java applications with POJOs and frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate. Chris is the founder of CloudFoundry.com and works on cloud technology. He has a computer science degree from the University of Cambridge in England and lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and three children.



Joe Rinehart

Joe Rinehart

Software Architect / Code Janitor at Booz Allen Hamilton


Joe Rinehart's been developing software for Web, mobile, and desktop since 1998. While he mainly now works in Java, Grails, and HTML5, he has a long history of community involvement in the Flash, Flex, and ColdFusion space. As a published author and award-winning speaker, he's now focused on helping bring new developers new to Grails and Java. When he's not coding, he's either spending time with his family or feeding an appetite for endurance mountain bike racing.



Thomas Risberg

Thomas Risberg

co-author of "Spring Data, Modern Data Access for Enterprise Java"


Thomas Risberg works as a software engineer on the Spring Data and Spring XD teams at Pivotal. His current focus is on the Spring for Apache Hadoop and JDBC Extensions projects. Thomas started his career developing custom mainframe banking software and later worked with client server based direct marketing and market research database systems. In 2003 he joined the Spring Framework project, primarily contributing enhancements to the JDBC framework portion.



Graeme Rocher

Graeme Rocher

Grails Project Lead


Graeme Rocher is the project lead and co-founder of the Grails web application framework. Graeme co-authored the Definitive Guide to Grails 2 for Apress and is a frequent speaker at JavaOne, JavaPolis, NoFluffJustStuff, JAOO, the Sun TechDays and more. Graeme joined SpringSource in late 2008 upon the acquisition of G2One Inc.



Gary Russell

Gary Russell

Principal Software Engineer, Pivotal; Spring Integration Team


Gary has been in software engineering, concentrating on Enterprise Integration, for over 30 years on various platforms, and in the Java space since the late '90s.

He has been developing with the Spring Framework since 2004 and joined SpringSource in 2009 in a consulting role. From 2009 until the end of 2011 he taught Core Spring and Enterprise Integration with Spring to several hundred developers, as well as providing Enterprise Integration consulting services with Spring Integration, Spring Batch and Core Spring.

He became a committer on the Spring Integration project in early 2010, and became a full time member of the engineering team in January 2012.

He now leads the Spring Integration and Spring AMQP (Java) projects.



Baruch Sadogursky

Baruch Sadogursky

Developer Advocate w/JFrog


Baruch Sadogursky (a.k.a JBaruch) is the Developer Advocate of JFrog, the creators of Artifactory Binary Repository, the home of Bintray, JavaOne 2011 and 2013 Duke Choice Awards winner.

For a living he hangs out with the JFrog tech leaders, writes some code around Artifactory and Bintray, and then speaks and blogs about all that. He does it repeatedly for the last 10 years and enjoys every moment of it.

Baruch is @jbaruch on twitter and mostly blogs on http://blog.bintray.com and http://blogs.jfrog.org. His speaker history on Lanyrd: http://lanyrd.com/profile/jbaruch/sessions/



Mark Secrist

Mark Secrist

Instructor/Consultant for Pivotal


Mark is an instructor/consultant at Pivotal (formerly VMware/SpringSource) teaching on topics such as the Spring Framework, Groovy & Grails, Gemfire and Big Data. Prior to becoming an instructor, Mark has developed software using technologies like Java, JEE, Groovy/Grails and more. In addition, he has presented at such conferences as JavaOne, HP Software Forum and more.



Mattias Severson

Mattias Severson

Senior Java Consultant, Jayway


With a background in the hardware, embedded and mobile areas, Mattias has shifted his focus to Java and the enterprise domain. He is a clean code proponent who appreciates Test Driven Development and Agile methodologies. Mattias has experience from many different environments, including everything between big server solutions for multinational companies down to flashing LEDs by using small micro controllers. He is curious, open-minded and believes in continuous improvement on all levels. Mattias is employed by Jayway, a consultant company based in Sweden. He often finds himself working with different Java-based backend solutions, in which test automation plays an important part.



Adam Shook

Adam Shook

Technical Architect at Pivotal


Adam Shook is a Technical Architect at Pivotal, working to help customers across many industries solve their big data problems using a number of Pivotal and Hadoop-related technologies. In the past, Shook has engineered several mission-critical Hadoop applications in the U.S. Intelligence Community. He has developed and taught training courses for students new to Hadoop and Pig. Shook is also an author of O'Reilly Media's "MapReduce Design Patterns", a book to help beginners and experts alike solve complex problems using MapReduce. He graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2009 with a B.S. in Computer Science, and once again in 2013 with a Master's degree in CS focusing on in-memory distributed systems.



Frederic Simon

Frederic Simon

Chief Architect of jFrog


Frederic Simon is best known as the Co-founder and Chief Architect of JFrog - the Artifactory Binary Repository and Bintray creators, and JavaOne 2011 Duke Choice Awards winner.

Before founding JFrog in 2008, Fred founded AlphaCSP, the Java consulting firm in 1998 where he was the company’s global CTO, leading 5 branches worldwide and served as the visionary voice of the company.

Fred’s development experience goes back to 1992 and covers Java technologies evolution from day one as a programmer, Architect and Consultant.

As one of JFrog leaders, Fred encourages strong collaboration with leading open-source projects such as SpringSource, Grails and Gradle by providing them with the Artifactory Cloud platform, and fuels the Continuous-Integration ecosystem with open-source plugins for leading tools such as Jenkins, TeamCity & Bamboo.

When not on those, Fred hacks around new features for the core Java language, Java port of the popular sky rendering Stellarium project and other neat stuff.

Fred blogs at http://blogs.jfrog.org & http://freddy33.blogspot.com and tweets as @freddy33.

His speaking history: http://lanyrd.com/profile/freddy33/sessions/



Jeffrey Sogolov

Jeffrey Sogolov

A Solutions Architect specializing in building large scale applications


Jeff Sogolov is a Solutions Architect at ADP having worked for Fortune 500 companies in a similar role spanning real-time, distributed & high-availability applications utilizing SOA and DDD principals.



Joe Sondow

Joe Sondow

Asgard Project Lead at Netflix


Joe Sondow is a software engineer on the Engineering Tools team at Netflix, focused on creating usable open source web apps like Asgard to improve the devops experience of managing cloud resources and deploying code changes. Since 2005 Joe has been developing corporate and consumer web apps using various web front-end and JVM technologies.



Matt Stine

Matt Stine

Community Engineer @CloudFoundry


Matt Stine is a Community Engineer with Cloud Foundry (http://cloudfoundry.com) by Pivotal (http://goPivotal.com). He is a twelve year veteran of the enterprise software and web development industries, with experience spanning the healthcare, biomedical research, e-commerce, retail store and insurance domains.

Matt is obsessed with the idea that enterprise IT “doesn’t have to suck,” and spends much of his time thinking about lean/agile software development methodologies, DevOps, architectural principles/patterns/practices, and programming paradigms in an attempt to find the perfect storm of techniques that will allow corporate IT departments to not only function like startup companies, but also create software that delights users while maintaining a high degree of conceptual integrity.

Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to CodeMash and serves as Technical Editor of NFJS the Magazine (https://www.nofluffjuststuff.com/home/magazine_subscribe). Matt is also the founder of the Memphis/Mid-South Java User Group.



Rossen Stoyanchev

Rossen Stoyanchev

Senior Staff Engineer, Pivotal


Rossen is a senior staff engineer at Pivotal focusing on web development. He is a committer on the core Spring Framework team responsible for the development of Spring MVC. Prior to that Rossen spent several years teaching and consulting clients building enterprise Java applications in a broad range of areas. His background also includes work on trading and risk management software, an investment accounting system, e-commerce applications, directory services among others.



Christoph Strobl

Christoph Strobl

Lead, Spring Data Solr


Christoph Strobl is Software Engineer living in Austria mainly working on CRM Enterprise Solutions for a telecommunication company. In 2012 he became project lead of the Spring Data Solr community module. He’s passionate about architecture, design, implementation and testing, having special interest in topics related to spring, web and search.



Venkat Subramaniam

Venkat Subramaniam

Founder of Agile Developer, Inc.


Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., and an instructional professor at the University of Houston.

He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects.

Venkat is a (co)author of multiple books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. His latest book is Functional Programming in Java: Harnessing the Power of Java 8 Lambda Expressions. You can reach him by email at venkats@agiledeveloper.com or on twitter at @venkat_s.



Dave Syer

Dave Syer

Spring engineering team member since 2006


Dr David Syer is a founder and contributor to Spring Batch, lead of Spring Security OAuth, and an active contributor to Spring Integration, Spring Framework, Spring AMQP, Spring Security. He is an experienced, delivery-focused architect and development manager. He has designed and built successful enterprise software solutions using Spring, and implemented them in major institutions worldwide. David is known for his clear and informative presentation style and has deep knowledge and experience with all aspects of real-life usage of the Spring framework. Recent publications have appeared in Java World, and the CloudFoundry and SpringSource blog sites.



Dekel Tankel

Dekel Tankel

Proud member of the Cloud Foundry Founding Team


Dekel Tankel is Director of Customer Engagements at Pivotal Cloud Foundry product group. Dekel leads customer adoption and product marketing for Cloud Foundry's private, public and ecosystem offerings. Dekel has led the product marketing launch of Cloud Foundry - the world's first open Platform as a Service (PaaS). Dekel has more than a decade of experience in the Cloud Computing, PaaS, SaaS, Application Server and middleware markets. Previously Dekel led products for Cloud and Hadoop platforms at Yahoo! and served in leading technical roles at several Cloud Computing and middleware companies. Dekel holds an MBA degree in Business Management and a BA degree in Computer Science



Guillermo Tantachuco

Guillermo Tantachuco

Regional Sr. Field Engineer, Pivotal Inc.


Guillermo is an award-winning Enterprise Architecture practitioner with 18+ years of progressive experience in different industries. At Pivotal, Guillermo works with customers to understand their business needs and challenges and helps them seize new opportunities by leveraging Pivotal solutions to modernize their IT architecture. Guillermo is passionate about his family, business, technology and soccer.



Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor

Software Engineer at Pivotal


Luke has been a Spring committer since 2003 but was most heavily involved in Spring Security, eventually taking over as project lead in 2008. After several years he moved on to work on the Cloudfoundry Identity project for an spell and is now working on the Spring XD team.



Gil Tene

Gil Tene

CTO & Co-founder, Azul Systems


Gil Tene is CTO and co-founder of Azul Systems. He has been involved with virtual machine technologies for the past 20 years and has been building Java technology-based products since 1995. Gil pioneered Azul's Continuously Concurrent Compacting Collector (C4), Java Virtualization, Elastic Memory, and various managed runtime and systems stack technologies that combine to deliver the industry's most scalable and robust Java platforms. In 2006 he was named one of the Top 50 Agenda Setters in the technology industry by Silicon.com. Prior to co-founding Azul, Gil held key technology positions at Nortel Networks, Shasta Networks and at Check Point Software Technologies, where he delivered several industry-leading traffic management solutions including the industry's first Firewall-1 based security appliance. He architected operating systems for Stratus Computer, clustering solutions at Qualix/Legato, and served as an officer in the Israeli Navy Computer R and D unit. Gil holds a BSEE from The Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and has been awarded 28 patents in computer-related technologies.



John Thompson

John Thompson

Senior Software Engineer w/Incept5


John Thompson has over 20 years of experience with software development and is currently a Senior Software Engineer with Incept5. For his day job, John spends his time in the trenches helping various Incept5 clients in the financial and retail industries implement Spring centric solutions.

John is an avid triathlete, and currently is spending a lot of time training for his first Half Ironman race this October in Miami. Being a far better cyclist than runner, John has found the St Petersburg location of the Running for Brews running club an excellent motivator to get those runs in. John's favorite running buddy is his 4 year old Vizsla Jake.



David Turanski

David Turanski

Committer, Spring XD, Spring Integration, Spring Data


David Turanski is a Principal Software Engineer with Pivotal. David is a member of the Spring XD team and former lead of the Spring Data GemFire project. He is also a committer on the Spring Integration project. David has extensive experience as a developer, architect and consultant serving a variety of industries. In addition he has trained hundreds of developers how to use the Spring Framework effectively.



Greg Turnquist

Greg Turnquist

Senior Software Engineer @ Pivotal


Greg is a test-bitten script junky and Grails lover with over 16 years of experience. He has made contributions to multiple Spring projects including Spring Security, Spring Data Redis, Spring AMQP, and others. He created the Nashville JUG in 2010 and often presents new technologies to the Nashville Java community. In 2006, he created Spring Python and is the author of Python Testing Cookbook and Spring Python 1.1.

Blog: http://GregLTurnquist.com



Janne Valkealahti

Janne Valkealahti

Engineer at Pivotal


Janne is a member of the Spring Data engineering team and contributes to various data processing projects. Prior to joining the data team he worked as Consultant for SpringSource vFabric team and had 10-year career at a biggest online stock broker in Finland.



Ryan Vanderwerf

Ryan Vanderwerf

Chief Architect @ Reachforce


Ryan is Chief Systems and Software Architect and Director of Products at ReachForce and formerly Lead Architect at Developerprogram.com.

He maintains the grails-quartz plugin, GVPS Grails plugin, and Struts 1 plugins, and co-chair of the Austin Groovy and Grails User Group in Austin, TX. Ryan is currently working on a screencast series for Gradle with Packt Pubshing, that should be out by March.

Ryan is currently building a Grails infrastructure for ReachForce as well as teaching Grails to the developer team.

Ryan is also co-founder of Xan Endeavors, LLC, a collaboration of software development, consulting, coaching, and innovation games.

In the past Ryan has architected a Grails solution for Developerprogram.com that allows rapid deployment of Developer Program portals for all kinds of companies, specializing in the mobile industry. He has also built Java and Linux based webcasting for events such as SXSW, built telecom software, and SaaS systems for the financial sector.



Alvaro Videla

Alvaro Videla

Co-Author of RabbitMQ in Action


Alvaro Videla works as Developer Advocate for Pivotal. Before moving to Europe he used to work in Shanghai where he helped building one of Germany biggest dating websites. He co-authored the book "RabbitMQ in Action" for Manning Publishing. Some of his open source projects can be found here: http://github.com/videlalvaro. Apart from code related stuff he likes traveling with his wife, listening/playing music and reading books. You can find him on Twitter as @old_sound.



Craig Walls

Craig Walls

Author of Spring in Action


Craig Walls is a senior engineer with Pivotal as the Spring Social project lead and is the author of Spring in Action. He's a zealous promoter of the Spring Framework, speaking frequently at local user groups and conferences and writing about Spring. When he's not slinging code, Craig spends as much time as he can with his wife, two daughters, 2 birds and 3 dogs.



James Ward

James Ward

Developer Advocate, Typesafe


James Ward (www.jamesward.com) works for Typesafe where he teaches developers the Typesafe Stack (Play Framework, Scala, and Akka) . James frequently presents at conferences around the world such as JavaOne, Devoxx, and many other Java get-togethers. Along with Bruce Eckel, James co-authored First Steps in Flex. He has also published numerous screencasts, blogs, and technical articles. Starting with Pascal and Assembly in the 80′s, James found his passion for writing code. Beginning in the 90′s he began doing web development with HTML, Perl/CGI, then Java. After building a Flex and Java based customer service portal in 2004 for Pillar Data Systems he became a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe. In 2011 James became a Principal Developer Evangelist at Salesforce.com where he taught developers how to deploy apps on the cloud with Heroku. James Tweets as @_JamesWard and posts code at github.com/jamesward.



Bobby Warner

Bobby Warner

Founder of Agile Orbit


Bobby Warner is the founder of a Groovy/Grails, Mobile and DevOps consulting company called Agile Orbit. Bobby has been developing web applications for over ten years and using Grails for the last four. He was a key component in bringing Groovy and Grails to a Fortune 50 retail company as well as other innovative technologies. Bobby is an active member in the Grails community and blogs frequently about Grails topics at www.bobbywarner.com.



Phil Webb

Phil Webb

Senior Software Engineer at Pivotal


Phil Webb is a Spring Framework developer and co-creator of the Spring Boot project. Prior to joining Pivotal and relocating to California, Phil worked for a number of UK technology companies.



Mike Wiesner

Mike Wiesner

Principal Technical Instructor, Pivotal


Mike is a Principal Technical Instructor with Pivotal and has 10+ years experience in Java enterprise development and consulting. He started using Spring and Spring Security shortly after the first release and has deep knowledge about making simple, transparent and powerful security solutions but still retaining maintainable code. He contributes to the Spring Security Framework and is the creator of the Spring Security Kerberos Extension. He regularly speaks at various conferences and publishes work around Application Security and Spring.



Stuart Williams

Stuart Williams

Stuart Williams is a Consulting Architect at Pivotal


With over 15 years of application development experience, is currently a member of the Spring consulting team and as a committer on open source projects at Apache, Eclipse and elsewhere, Stuart has practical, frontline knowledge about building enterprise class applications and distributed systems.



Rob Winch

Rob Winch

Spring Security Lead


Rob Winch is the project lead of the Spring Security and Spring LDAP projects. He is also a committer on the core Spring Framework, co-author of the Spring Security 3.1 book, and enjoys presenting about anything technical. In the past he has worked in the health care industry, bioinformatics research, high performance computing, and as a web consultant. When he is not sitting in front of a computer he enjoys playing the guitar.



David Winterfeldt

David Winterfeldt

Staff Engineer, VMware


David Winterfeldt works at VMware on the VMware vFabric Application Director project. It enables developers and organizations to deploy applications to the cloud by having a logical abstraction for software services and application topologies. This allows an application to be easily deployed multiple times to different environments.

David has been doing software development for over 20 years. He's been using Java since 1998 and involved in using Open Source almost as long. David has focused on Web and Enterprise development for most of his career, and started working with the Spring Framework in 2006.

David runs the website Spring by Example, Struts and Commons Validator, Commons Validator (although currently no longer active on either).



Daniel Woods

Daniel Woods

Groovy & Grails Connoisseur


Dan Woods is an application developer who is passionate about software architecture and best practices. Dan solves software development problems using Groovy and Grails, and engages the community by sharing solutions through his Twitter account, blog, and GitHub contributions. He has code commits to Grails framework and has published articles on software architecture in Groovy Magazine.



Mike Youngstrom

Mike Youngstrom

Principal Engineer


Mike Youngstrom is principal engineer for the LDS Church. Mike is a member of the DevOps team doing development of an in house CloudFoundry based PaaS. Prior to that Mike was the “Java Stack” architect for 6 years. Leading custom application development architecture and standards for custom application development at the LDS Church on a predominantly Spring based platform.



Matias niemela

Matias niemela

Matias is a core developer in the AngularJS team


Matias Niemelä is a core developer on the AngularJS team primarily working on animations, tutorials and documentation. While not working on AngularJS, Matias blogs and innovates his blog, www.yearofmoo.com, as well as works on other various web projects and mobile video games. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and has over 10 years of solid web development experience.