2019 Speakers

Spring & Pivotal Experts

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Madhura Bhave


Madhura Bhave is a developer at Pivotal on the Spring Boot team. Before joining the Spring Boot team, Madhura worked on the UAA (Authentication and Authorization component for Cloud Foundry) which is written in Spring.

Josh Long


Josh Long is a Spring Developer Advocate at Pivotal. Josh is a Java Champion, author of five books (including O'Reilly's "Cloud Native Java: Designing Resilient Systems with Spring Boot, Spring Cloud, and Cloud Foundry") and three best-selling video trainings (including "Building Microservices with Spring Boot Livelessons" w/ Phil Webb), and an open-source contributor (Spring Boot, Spring Integration, Spring Cloud, Activiti and Vaadin).

Mario Gray


Mario Gray is currently a Principal Technologist for Pivotal. Mario has worked in software for startups and large financial services enterprises alike working across the stack from server/network design to application design. He's professionally written software to entertain, bring people together, and drive businesses using technologies like Linux/Solaris,SQL/NOSQL,AWS/SALT,Spring/J2EE. Mario is confident that the future of cloud computing belongs to Pivotal and the Spring team for some time to come. A longtime open-source champion, Mario is co-author of Apress’ Pro-Spring Integration, as well as a contributor to the Spring and Integration projects.

Violeta Georgieva


Violeta has more than 15 years of experience with Web containers and applications. She is a committer in several open source projects. In 2013 she became an Apache Tomcat committer. She has been working at Pivotal for the last year, focusing on Servlet 3.1/Reactive Streams bridge, reactive WebSocket client and server, and WebFlux performance.

DaShaun Carter


DaShaun is a Senior Platform Architect at Pivotal.

Dave Syer


Founder of Spring Cloud, Spring Boot, Spring Batch, lead of Spring Security OAuth, and an active contributor to Spring Integration, Spring Framework, Spring AMQP, Spring Security. Experienced, delivery-focused architect and development manager. Has designed and built successful enterprise software solutions using Spring, and implemented them in major institutions worldwide.

Stéphane Nicoll


Stéphane has a thing for code quality and robustness. He's been spreading the word for more than ten years while developing large scale Java enterprise applications in the geospatial, financial, or logistics sectors. An Apache Maven PMC member since 2006, he joined the core Spring Framework development team early 2014, being one of the main contributors to both Spring Framework and Spring Boot since. During his free time, he loves traveling around the world.

Olga Maciaszek-Sharma


Olga Maciaszek-Sharma is a Senior Software Engineer in the Spring Cloud Team at Pivotal, where she works primarily on Spring Cloud Contract, Spring Cloud Netflix and Spring Cloud Gateway projects. She programs primarily using Java and Groovy. She has gained experience while working with microservices where cutting-edge solutions were used as well as with complex legacy systems, implementing both new business features and solutions aimed at improving the process of continuous deployment and setup of applications. Olga is also a contributor to various other OSS projects, including RestAssured, JFairy, Jenkins Pipeline Plugin, Jenkins Stash Pull Request Builder Plugin, and others. Before switching to development, she worked for more than 3 years as a Quality Assurance Engineer, specialized in test automation.

Bjorn Boe

Bjorn works as a Platform Architect at Pivotal, helping customers build applications natively for the cloud, using technologies like Spring and Cloud Foundry.

Eoghan Kelleher


Eoghan is a Platform Architect at Pivotal based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously, Eoghan worked at EMC. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Computer Science from University College Cork.

Marquita Priester

A hoarder of parenting memes and avid shoe collector, Marquita is a Software Engineer at Pivotal Labs where she loves empowering others through the ins and outs of XP practices. Marquita also mentors and tutors new developers as a mentor at Thinkful. When she's not working, she usually running around in circles chasing her son.

Glenn Renfro


As a Pivotal engineer, Glenn is a core committer for Spring Integration, Spring XD or wherever he is needed.

Jakub Pilimon


Passionate programmer with 7 years of experience. DDD, TDD and architecture are my main areas of interest. When I don’t program I run a DDD/architecture training, ride motorbike, ski or grow my beard. Also, here is my DZone MVB awarded blog: pillopl.github.io

John Feminella


John Feminella is an advisory platform architect at Pivotal, where his daily goal is to transform how the world builds software. An advocate for curiosity in all people and about all things, John is the author of several published research papers on software architecture and the cofounder of analytics startup UpHex. He lives in Charlottesville, VA, with his partner. John likes milkshakes, metajokes, and referring to himself in the third person in speaker bios.

Jon Schneider


Jon joined the Spring Team in 2017 and works on Spring Metrics and Spring Cloud. Previously, he was a member of Netflix's Engineering Tools Team working on various automated refactoring, build, and dependency insight tools.

Jenny McLaughlin

Jenny McLaughlin has years of Java and .NET experience across various industries. She is currently a Platform Architect at Pivotal helping customers move toward a better way of building and operating their applications. Consequently, customers have become thought leaders on their cloud native journey. Jenny has been involved with many speaking engagements including Meetup talks, non-profit organization classes, CF Summit 2018 keynote and breakout sessions and a GraphConnect 2018 breakout session. Topics vary from Spring/.NET subjects, to Cloud Foundry subjects, to Functions and Graph databases.

Rob Winch


Rob Winch is employed by Pivotal as the project lead of security related projects within Spring. He is also a committer on the core Spring Framework and co-author of the Spring Security 3.1 book. 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.

Rossen Stoyanchev


At present, Rossen is a committer on the Spring Framework team with a strong focus on web development including Spring MVC and WebSocket messaging. Previously Rossen consulted and trained Spring teams for several years. He has been involved with Java and web development in various industries and domains since the mid 90s.

Roy Clarkson


Building Spring Cloud Services and Spring Cloud Data Flow for Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Spring Mobile and Spring for Android project lead.

Josh Cummings


Josh has been a software engineer for over 15 years building enterprise applications across multiple industries. He has long been passionate about application security and loves opportunities to mentor and to learn from others about security awareness. When Josh isn't hacking away at code, he is either running, playing basketball, camping, or reading a Brandon Sanderson novel.

Cameron Stewart


Cameron comes from a full-stack developer background thanks to the Galvanize Full Stack Developer program which makes her fiercely passionate about all things cloud-native, 12 factor and agile. As part of the Global Ecosystem team at Pivotal, Cameron works with a variety of partners to help bring cloud-native solutions to joint customers.

Mark Heckler


Mark Heckler is a Pivotal Principal Technologist & Developer Advocate, conference speaker, and published author focusing upon software development for the Internet of Things and the Cloud. He has worked with key players in the manufacturing, retail, medical, scientific, telecom, and financial industries and various public sector organizations to develop and deliver critical capabilities on time and on budget. Mark is a frequent open source contributor and author/curator of a developer-focused blog.

Matt Stine


Matt Stine is a 17 year veteran of the enterprise IT industry. He is the author of Migrating to Cloud-Native Application Architectures from O’Reilly, and the host of the Software Architecture Radio podcast. 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.

Michael Coté


Michael Coté works at Pivotal in technical marketing. He’s been an industry analyst at 451 Research and RedMonk, worked in corporate strategy and M&A at Dell in software and cloud, and was a programmer for a decade before all that. He blogs and podcasts at Cote.io and is @cote in Twitter.

Nate Schutta


Nate Schutta is a solution architect focussed on making usable applications. A proponent of polyglot programming, Nate has written two books on Ajax and speaks regularly at various worldwide conferences, No Fluff Just Stuff symposia, universities, and Java user groups. In addition to his day job, Nate is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota where he teaches students to embrace dynamic languages. Most recently, Nate coauthored the book Presentation Patterns with Neal Ford and Matthew McCullough.

Neven Cvetkovic

Neven Cvetkovic is a Java industry veteran. After 15+ years of solving complex enterprise Dev and Ops issues, he's got plenty of hard-won wisdom to share. Currently Neven is at Pivotal helping the Fortune 2000 on journeys to a cloud native promised land.

Olga Kundzich

Olga is a Senior Product Manager at Pivotal focusing on application CI/CD and Spinnaker. Previously, she held a number of engineering roles at Dell EMC. She has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

Paul Czarkowski


Paul Czarkowski is a recovering Systems Administrator who has run infrastructure for longer than he cares to admit. After cutting his teeth in the ISP and Gaming industries Paul changed his focus to using (and contributing to) Open Source Software to improve the Operability of complex distributed systems such as Kubernetes and OpenStack. Oh and he makes the best Queso in Texas.

Cora Iberkleid


Cora Iberkleid is a Senior Cloud Application and Platform Architect at Pivotal, where she helps enterprises leverage modern technologies like Spring Boot, Spring Cloud, and Cloud Foundry in order to deliver better quality software faster. Prior to joining Pivotal, she spent nearly a decade designing and building enterprise integration applications as part of the Professional Services organizations at Sun Microsystems and Oracle. She has previously spoken at Meetup events, including Cloud Native New York and New York City Spring User Group.

Ryan Baxter


Ryan Baxter is currently a Software Engineer at Pivotal. Exploring new languages, frameworks, and technologies, and then sharing what he’s learned, has always come naturally to Ryan. Even when it wasn't his day job, Ryan has always been driven by his passion, spending his time and energy educating his friends, colleagues, or anyone else that would listen. Currently, Ryan is working as a software engineer as part of the Spring Cloud team. Ryan has a passion for sharing what he learns via social media, including Twitter and his blog (http://ryanjbaxter.com), as well as in person at conferences. When he’s not coding, Ryan likes spending time with his daughter, ice fishing, running obstacle course races, and watching the Red Sox.

Scott Andrews


Scott is a Principal Software Engineer at Pivotal.

Sharath Sahadevan


Sharath Sahadevan is a Senior Platform Architect with Pivotal living in St Louis, Missouri. Prior to joining Pivotal he was an Enterprise Architect at MasterCard Worldwide. He has a passion for technology and finance. He developed a stock-analyzer application available at http://analyze-stock.appspot.com/. He enjoys playing tennis and hanging out with his family. He honed his presentation skills as a member of Toastmasters.

Becki Hyde


Becki Hyde is a Design Practice Lead on Pivotal's Agile Practice Leadership Enablement team. She has a background in Product Management and Product Design, and consults with clients on practice leadership to support scaling of Lean, Agile, Human-Centered Design, and XP.

Spencer Gibb


Spencer is the co-founder and co-lead of Spring Cloud at Pivotal. Spencer is an industry veteran with experience in e-commerce platforms, government and non-profit organizations to business intelligence startups.

Joe Grandja


Joe Grandja has been building software for over 20 years in the role of Solution Architect, System Architect, Software Engineer and Consultant. His experience has been mainly focused in the Financial Services sector in the Toronto, Canada area. Joe has successfully designed, built and delivered enterprise grade banking applications/platforms in the Personal/Commercial and Brokerage/Investing divisions. He has worked closely with the InfoSec teams within the banks to ensure security and regulatory compliance. In his current role, Joe is a core committer to the Spring Security framework. His main focus is in further developing support within the framework for OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect 1.0, and the JOSE framework. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management Degree with a Major in Computerized Business Information Systems.

Jens Schauder


A long long time ago in a city far away Jens Schauder started coding on a desktop calculator programmable in assembler. Over 30 years later, after almost 20 years as a consultant working mostly with huge enterprises, he managed to sneak into the Spring Data Team. Here he works mainly on the “Commons”, “JPA” and “JDBC” modules and tells about it at conferences or helps other developers on StackOverflow. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his kids, running, bouldering, JUG organizing or dying doing Freeletics.

Marcin Grzejszczak


Author of "Mockito Instant" and "Mockito Cookbook" books. Co-author of Applied Continuous Delivery Live Lessons. Co-founder of the Warsaw Groovy User Group and Warsaw Cloud Native Meetup. Lead of Spring Cloud Sleuth, Spring Cloud Contract and Spring Cloud Pipelines projects at Pivotal.