As LogDNA’s Developer Advocate, Laura Santamaria loves to learn and explain how things work. She bridges the gap between external developers and SREs and internal engineering teams. Apart from work, she co-hosts Austin DevOps, taught Python for Women Who Code Austin for many years, and volunteers with DevOpsDays Austin. Outside of tech, Laura runs, plays with her dogs, throws discs, and watches clouds—the real kind
Jono Bacon is a leading community strategist, speaker, author, and podcaster. He is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting which provides community strategy/execution, workflow, and other services. He previously served as director of community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, and OpenAdvantage. His clients include Huawei, GitLab, Microsoft, Intel, Google, Sony Mobile, Deutsche Bank, Santander, HackerOne, Mattermost, SAP, FINOS Foundation, The Executive Center, data.world, Creative Commons, and others. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Art of Community, a columnist for Forbes and opensource.com, founder of the Community Leadership Summit and Open Collaboration Conferences, and co-founder of Bad Voltage. He is an advisor to AlienVault, Moltin, data.world, Mycroft, Open Networking Foundation, and Open Cloud Consortium.
I love teaching people to code. I have been employed in the tech industry since 2014, holding multiple software engineering positions at startups, and a distinguished faculty role at General Assembly’s Software Engineering Immersive.
I blog a lot about code and my life as a developer. My blog posts have had over well over a million reads and have been featured on DEV’s top 7, the top spot on HackerNews, FreeCodeCamp, and in JSWeekly. You can hear about new posts on my newsletter.
I also have a podcast with two other incredible women: Ladybug Podcast. We talk about the tech industry, our backgrounds, and go in depth on code-topics.
When I’m not coding you can find me watching my favorite New England sports teams, taking runs around Capitol Hill with my dog Blair, or rock climbing.
Kelsey Hightower has worn every hat possible throughout his career in tech, and enjoys leadership roles focused on making things happen and shipping software. Kelsey is a strong open source advocate focused on building simple tools that make people smile. When he is not slinging Go code, you can catch him giving technical workshops covering everything from programming to system administration.
Ian Coldwater is a grown teenage hacker turned Lead Platform Security Engineer at Heroku, who specializes in hacking and hardening Kubernetes, containers and cloud-native infrastructure. In their spare time, they like to go on cross-country road trips, participate in Capture the Flag competitions, and eat a lot of pie. Ian lives in Minneapolis and tweets @IanColdwater.
Jocelyn had a large passion for technology since the age of 9 where she taught herself HTML and CSS to build websites and design layouts in Paint Shop Pro. Many years and Java coding boot camp later, she is a Senior Associate Software Engineer at Capital One where she is enjoying working as a full-stack engineer and is also the host of Git Cute Podcast, a technology podcast that is aimed at providing technology and career advice without the humdrum and heaviness of technical jargon. Outside of work, Jocelyn devotes a portion of her time to traveling around the country giving technical presentations and talks about diversity and inclusion within the tech sector. With the rest of her time, you can find her decompressing with video games and spending too much time on Twitter.
Infrastructure @Instacart. Previously @WarnerBrosEnt, aka @DramaFever (RIP). Organizes @DevOpsDaysPHL. Is a husband, father, and trekkie. Likes hammocks.
Tim Gross is a software engineer at HashiCorp, where he works on the Nomad core team. Previously, he’s been a developer, sysadmin, developer advocate, engineering manager, and devops engineer (whatever that is!) at a handful of startups including Joyent and DramaFever. Recently he’s also been coaching engineering teams at startups and fledgling non-profits as an independent consultant. A long time ago in a galaxy far far away Tim used to design buildings instead of software. He mostly worked on safety-sensitive projects like biosafety labs, pharma manufacturing, hazmat, and even bomb-proofing a few times. Which turn out to be shockingly transferable skills for diving into a typical code base.
Joan is currently leading the development teams for Meltwater’s social engagement product. She was part of the leadership team for Meltwater’s DevOps transformation several years ago. She is passionate about agile development and has been involved in several agile transformations throughout her career.