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Lucinda Holt
CEO, Commerce360 Lucinda Holt

Lucinda Holt is CEO of Commerce360, a venture capital-backed search marketing company that has developed ClickEquations(TM), the first search automation platform that provides integrated optimization. Lucinda is an accomplished technology CEO who led a number of successful companies. In 2004, Lucinda co-founded and led TurnTide, an anti-spam technology company, which was acquired by Symantec for $28 million in only six months. Prior to founding TurnTide, Lucinda was President & CEO of Destiny WebSolutions, a venture-backed Inc. 500 winner that provided Internet strategy and implementation consulting to large financial institutions. While growing Destiny from $250,000 to $25 million in revenue Lucinda received many honors. She was named America's 17th Most Influential Consultant by Consulting Magazine, won the Eastern Technology Council's Enterprise Award for CEO of the Year, and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

In addition to her CEO roles, Lucinda has been an Entrepreneur-In- Residence at First Round Capital and has held management positions at Infonautics, Automated Call Processing, SEI Investments, and American Express. She graduated cum laude from University of Pennsylvania and earned an MBA from the Wharton School in Entrepreneurial Management.

Floyd Marinescu
Co-Founder, InfoQ.com
Author of EJB Design Patterns Floyd Marinescu

Floyd Marinescu is co-founder of InfoQ.com and was also previously the creator of TheServerSide.com and TheServerSide Java Symposium conferences. Floyd is the author of the best seller "EJB Design Patterns" (2002, John Wiley and Sons). Floyd also publishes a blog on Enterprise Java topics at http://dynamicsemantics.blog-city.com.

Dan Allen
Senior Software Engineer, CodeRyte, Inc Dan Allen

Dan Allen is an independent software consultant, author, and open source advocate. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2000, Dan became captivated by the world of free and open source software and has been involved in the community ever since. He later discovered the combination of Linux and the Java EE platform to be the ideal blend on which to build his professional career. In his search for a robust web framework, he happened upon JBoss Seam, which was quickly granted this most distinguished spot in his development toolbox. In the past year, Dan has published a three part series on Seam for IBM developerWorks and authored Seam in Action for Manning Publications. He is also a committer on the Seam project and active participant in the community.

Dan has logged many years of experience with enterprise Java and has been plugging away at web-based software in general for nearly a decade. Dan has mastered Java technologies which include Seam, EJB3, JSF, Spring, Hibernate, Maven 2, and Groovy, amongst others. None of his success would have been possible, though, without immense support from his wife, Sarah, with whom he lives, along with their chinchilla, in Laurel, MD.

You can keep up with Dan's development experiences by subscribing to his blog at www.mojavelinux.com.


Peter Armstrong
Founder, Ruboss Technology Corporation
Author of Flexible Rails: Flex 3 on Rails 2 Peter Armstrong

Peter Armstrong has been developing rich client applications for over 7 years and has worked with Flex full-time since July 2004, including being part of the team that won the 2006 Adobe MAX Award for RIA/Web Development. Before becoming a Flex developer, Peter was a Java Swing developer for a Silicon Valley BPM startup. On the Ruby on Rails side, Peter has been tracking Rails since mid-2005 and is the organizer of The Vancouver Ruby/Rails Meetup group.

Peter is also a frequent speaker on using Flex and Rails together, including presentations at The Vancouver Flash/Flex Meetup, a RailsConf 2007 BOF, The Vancouver RIA Developer Camp and Rails to Italy in Pisa. He lives in the Vancouver, BC area and works as an independent consultant doing Flex, AIR and Rails development, training and workshops through his company Ruboss Technology Corporation.

Scott Barnett
COO, Bluenog
Scott Barnett

Scott is a co-founder at Bluenog and leads their Sales and Marketing efforts. Scott is an industry veteran with 20 years experience in the software industry, at both established companies and startups. Scott has held Senior Sales, Product Management and Senior Management roles at companies such as BEA Systems, Atomica, eB2B Commerce, Novera Software, IBM and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Scott holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Columbia University.

Jeff Barr
Senior Evangelist, Amazon Web Services Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is focused on furthering awareness of web services and inspiring developers to create innovative applications using Amazon Web Services. Barr meets regularly with developers throughout the U.S. and abroad to introduce Amazon Web Services’ expanding platform and showcase businesses that currently utilize the program’s services.

Barr joined Amazon in August 2002 as a Senior Software Developer on the Associates team and has a longstanding interest in Web services and programmatic information interchange. He has held development and management positions at Microsoft, KnowNow, eByz, Akopia, was a co-founder of Visix Software, and launched the news feed service, Syndic8.com.

Emmanuel Bernard
Core Developer, JBoss Emmanuel Bernard

After graduating from Supelec (French "Grande Ecole"), Emmanuel has spent a few years in the retail industry where he started to be involved in the ORM space. He joined the Hibernate team 4 years ago and is now a core developer at JBoss, a division of Red Hat. Emmanuel is the lead developer of Hibernate Annotations and Hibernate EntityManager, two key projects on top of Hibernate core implementing the Java Persistence(tm) specification, as well as Hibernate Search and Validator.

Emmanuel is a member of the EJB 3.0 expert group and the spec lead of JSR 303: Bean Validation. He is a regular speaker at various conferences and JUGs, including JavaOne, JBoss World and JAX.

Bear Bibeault
Software Architect
Co-Author of jQuery in Action, Prototype & Scriptaculous in Action, and Ajax in Practice Bear Bibeault

Bear Bibeault is a Software Architect and Technical Manager for a company that builds and maintains a large financial web application used by the accountants that many of the Fortune 500 companies keep in their dungeons. He has also served stints with companies such as Digital Equipment Corporation, Lightbridge Inc., BMC Software, Dragon Systems, and even served in the U. S. Military teaching infantry soldiers how to blow up tanks.

In addition to authoring and his day job, Bear also runs a small business that creates web applications and offers other media services (but not wedding videography, never wedding videography), and helps to moderate JavaRanch.com as a "sheriff". When not planted in front of a computer, Bear likes to cook big food (which accounts for his jeans size), dabble in photography and video editing, ride his Yamaha V-Star, and wear tropical print shirts.

David Bookspan
Entrepreneur, Business Executive, Angel Investor, Founder, DreamIt Ventures, LLC
David Bookspan

As an entrepreneur, David co-Founded DreamItTM Ventures I, LP (“DreamIt”), Monetate, Inc. and MarketSpan, Inc.

DreamIt is a pre-seed venture firm committed to developing a new generation of technology companies in Philadelphia. DreamIt will host extremely bright, excessively motivated, and highly skilled people (“Innovators”) who have a great idea for a three-month sprint in Philadelphia from May 21, 2008 through August 22, 2008. DreamIt Companies will be ready for their next level of funding by Funding Day when they will present to VCs, private investors and other sources of capital.

David also is Founder and Executive Chairman of Monetate, Inc. Monetate powers Intelligent Personal Promotions(TM) for online retailers.

Giles Bowkett
Ruby on Rails Developer Giles Bowkett

Giles Bowkett is a programmer, artist, and modern-day beatnik. He's used Rails since 2005, spoken about Rails and Seaside at OSCON 2007, and will soon be published in "Advanced Rails Recipes." He lives in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and northern New Mexico.

Blog: http://gilesbowkett.blogspot.com
Portfolio: http://www.gilesgoatboy.org

Stacia Broderick, CST, PMP
Founder, AgileEvolution, Inc.
Stacia Broderick

Stacia Broderick has worked as a project manager for 14 years, the last seven in software development. She was fortunate to be trained and mentored as a ScrumMaster by Ken Schwaber while working for Primavera Systems in 2003, and ever since has helped teams the world over embrace the principles of and transition to an agile way of creating products.  

Stacia founded her company, AgileEvolution, Inc. in 2006 based on the belief that agile practices present a humane, logical way for teams and companies to deliver products.  Stacia is a Certified ScrumMaster Trainer as well as a PMP, a mix that proves valuable when assisting organizations’ transition from traditional to modern practices. Along with co-author Michele Sliger, their forthcoming book “A Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility” will focus on helping PMI-trained project managers in particular to make the transition to agile. Stacia has published several articles about various agile topics, presents regularly at conferences and is active in her hometown agile group in Harrisburg, PA.

Jeff Brown
Director North American Operations, G2One Inc.


David Brussin
Founder & CEO of Monetate, Inc.
Author of Computer Security Handbook (4th Edition) David Brussin

David Brussin is Founder & CEO of Monetate, Inc. Monetate powers Intelligent Personal Promotions(TM) for online retailers. David is a serial entrepreneur recognized as a leading information security and technology expert, and was honored by MIT's Technology Review as one of the world's 100 top young innovators.

In January 2004, David co-founded TurnTide, Inc. around the anti-spam router technology he had invented. As Chief Technology Officer, David also managed engineering and technical operations. TurnTide was acquired by Symantec (SYMC) six months later.

Check out David's blog at http://whatcomesnext.brussin.com.

Max Carlson
Lead Runtime Architect, Laszlo Systems Max Carlson

Max Carlson first began programming at age six, writing his first game in BASIC at age eight. Max currently teaches at the San Francisco Multimedia Studies Program and is Lead Runtime Architect for the OpenLaszlo platform at Laszlo Systems, a San Mateo-based open source software company he co-founded six years ago. Prior to Laszlo, Max worked for a series of start-ups and at Excite@Home, where he pioneered the use of dynamic Flash content for the broadband portal, and worked on DHTML and Flash applications for broadband customers.

David Chelimsky
Lead Developer of RSpec David Chelimsky

David Chelimsky is the lead developer of RSpec and a leader in the discussion of Behaviour Driven Development in the Ruby space.

Through April of 2007, David worked as a consultant with Object Mentor, Inc, teaching courses and providing one on one mentoring in OO Design, Test Driven Development and Refactoring.

David now develops dynamic (in function and language!) web applications at Articulated Man, Inc, a Chicago-based web design and application consultancy.

Michael Clovis
Director of Development, Mindbridge Software Michael Clovis

As Director, Development for Mindbridge Software, Michael Clovis leads a team of developers developing code in an open source environment. Mike is the lead developer and architect of IntraSmart, the company's intranet offering, and of MindGuard, an open source data monitoring tool delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS).

In his former lives, Mike served as a Computer Programming Instructor for the Cittone Institute for modules in logic, SQL and Java. Prior to working with Cittone, Clovis was Director of Education at Pennco Tech where his duties included curriculum development in all disciplines, instructor training and school-wide student retention and campus security. He also served as a computer programming instructor at Pennco Tech. In that role, he taught SQL, Visual Basic 5 and 6, HTML, C, C++, Operating Systems, DOS, and Introductory Programming Principles. Clovis also served as an application programmer for ARG/US, where he created front-end applications for pilot safety that were driven by NASA and NTSB data. Mike has been in the software industry for over 15 years and is an active member of JCP.

Thomas Costello
Founder, UpStreme, Inc.
Author of CIO Wisdom II Thomas Costello

Mr. Costello is the founder of UpStreme, Inc. ­ a Philadelphia area based business and technology consulting firm. Tom provides technical and business management consulting to corporate CxO’s, boards of directors, venture capital firms, angels, and investment bankers in the evaluation, planning, and implementation of technologies to meet strategic and tactical business needs.

He consults on an array of topics ranging from open source strategies and tactics, technology & business alignment, and business planning related to the integration of advanced technologies into organizations. Tom also provides interim-CxO and CxO-advisory support to a variety of enterprises. He has advised both private and public sector organizations ranging from The U.S. Department of State and established top Fortune 500 organizations to early-stage/pre-funded startups.

A dynamic presenter with a unique blend of both the business and technical perspectives, Mr. Costello has spoken to various industry associations, conferences, symposiums, and universities. Tom is co-author and editor of CIO Wisdom II (published by Prentice-Hall in Fall 2005) and contributes articles for publication in national business and technical periodicals. Mr. Costello is a patent holder, and his work has been recognized by various organizations, associations, and publications including Forbes magazine.

Frank Curran
Director of Business Development, Black Duck Software Frank Curran

Frank Curran is the Director of Business Development at Black Duck Software and has held various roles in Sales and Business Development since its inception. Prior to joining Black Duck, Frank served as a Vice President for Affinnova an interactive Discovery & Design by Evolutionary Algorithms Technology Company working with Fortune 500 Consumer Packaged Goods companies. He also worked as a Vice President at Message Machines and Fit Play Software, two VC-backed companies based in Boston. Frank worked at an incubator founded by the former CTO of Lycos, as an executive working with portfolio companies in Security Technology, Peer to Peer Technology and Gaming. From 1985 to 1995, Frank held senior management and consulting positions in health care and biotechnology. Frank has lectured at several colleges including MIT, Harvard, and Babson and has spoken at various conferences around the country on Open Source, Entrepreneurship, Management and Operations.

Chris Custine
Principal Engineer, IONA Open Source
Chris Custine

Chris Custine is a committer on Apache ServiceMix and is a committer and PMC member on the Apache Directory Server project. Chris is dedicated to developing, promoting, and evangelizing enterprise class open source software at the Apache Software Foundation. In addition to his open source work, Chris is a veteran developer of integration middleware with a long history of experience in the financial services sector with companies such as Bank of America, Banc of America Investment Services, and Merrill Lynch among others.

Chris is a Principal Engineer with IONA Technologies working on the development of FUSE™ ESB and the FUSE™ family of open source products which are based on leading projects hosted by the Apache Software Foundation. Chris lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Chad Michael Davis
Software Consultant, Blackdog Software, Inc.
Chad Michael Davis

Chad Michael Davis, of Blackdog Software, Inc., is a software consultant specializing in Java Enterprise Edition development. In addition to building Java web applications, he exercises his academic and engineering inclinations by writing about software and software development. His publications include a chapter on open source software development for the 2005 edition of the yearly Advances in Computers, and the forthcoming Struts 2 in Action (Manning Publications, 2008). He has an MS in Computer Science (University of Arkansas at Little Rock) and an MA in English (Colorado State University). 

Dan Diephouse
Software Architect, MuleSource

Mr. Diephouse is a software architect at MuleSource, the company behind the open source Mule integration framework. Here he is focused on building and helping others build open source web services/SOA solutions such as Mule Galaxy, an open source Governance platform. He is a co-founder of the web services framework Apache CXF, a founder of several other projects including XFire, SXC, and Jettison, and participates in several others whenever possible.

Brian DeLacey
Founder, XiuTech LLC Brian DeLacey

Brian DeLacey worked for 13 years at Lotus Development and IBM on industry defining projects like 1-2-3, Notes, and early mobile developments. Brian worked for 8 years at Harvard Business School researching and writing on innovation, investment management, knowledge management, and managing in the information age. His contributions appear in publications, course materials, and books from Harvard Business Press, O'Reilly Media, and the World Economic Forum.

Toby DiPasquale
Chief Architect, Invite Media
Toby DiPasquale

Toby is a programmer of computers. He has been using Ruby since 1999, professionally since 2002. He's worked at a number of startups, most recently TurnTide, which was acquired by Symantec in mid-2004. He is now taking on new challenges at Invite Media. Toby enjoys computer programming, reading about computer programming and thinking about computer programming. Also, he enjoys coffee. He somehow managed to come across a wife and daughter, neither of which program computers.

Thomas Dugan
Founder, Recovery Networks, Inc.

Tom Dugan has been working in Information Technology for over 25 years in varying capacities from Field Technician to Senior Management. Before founding Recovery Networks, Inc., Mr. Dugan was the Director of Information Technology Funds Associates, LTD (later acquired by PFPC, a division of PNC Bank) where he successfully built an organization to service the company’s mutual fund service division. Mr. Dugan has also worked with small and growing organizations to identify the company’s technology requirements with respect to the company’s specific goals and business model. He had served as a Business Mentor to the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute at the Temple University Fox School of Business and served on the Technical Advisory Board for Phoenician Ventures LLC, a Philadelphia-based, $60 million venture capital fund that invests in early-stage, technology companies. Mr. Dugan also serves on the Advisory Boards of several other organizations in various vertical markets including product distribution, construction, employee benefits design, and security. Additionally, Mr. Dugan has served as a technology judge in "Best of" competitions for Storage Magazine, TechTarget and SearchServerVirtualization.com.

Mr. Dugan also founded the eSource Group, Inc., an Information Technology Outsourcing company which "becomes" the IT Department for small and mid-sized businesses. The eSource Group specializes in working with BioTech and Life Science companies and non-profit organizations.

Obie Fernandez
Ruby on Rails Developer
Author of The Rails Way Obie Fernandez

Obie Fernandez is a recognized tech industry leader and independent consultant, specializing in the marketing and development of large-scale, web-based applications. He is based out of Atlanta, Georgia and has two children: Taylor Anne, 10 and Liam, 8 years old. Obie is an accomplished blogger and author. He is Series Editor of the Professional Ruby Series for prestigious tech publishing house Addison-Wesley. His own book for the series is titled "The Rails Way". Obie also manages the Ruby content and a team of volunteer reporters as editor of the popular technology portal InfoQ.com, with over 135,000 unique visitors in May 2007.

Mark Fisher
Senior Software Engineer, SpringSource
Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is a Senior Software Engineer with SpringSource and lead of the Spring Integration product. As a core developer for the Spring Framework, he has played a central role in developing the annotation-based configuration features of Spring 2.5. He has also provided consulting and training services for clients across numerous industries throughout North America. Mark regularly presents sessions on Enterprise Integration, Security, and the Spring Framework at "No Fluff, Just Stuff" symposiums, The Spring Experience, and SpringOne. He has also presented at Java User Groups throughout the United States on various Spring-related topics.

Paul Freemantle
Co-Founder and VP Technical Sales, WSO2 Paul Freemantle

Paul Fremantle is Co-Founder and VP of Technical Sales at WSO2, where he leads the development of the WSO2 ESB product. Prior to helping found WSO2, which develops open source products based on Web services standards, Fremantle was a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM where he created the Web Services Gateway, and led the team that developed and shipped it as part of the WebSphere Application Server. He is currently co-chair of the OASIS Web Services Reliable eXchange Technical Committee (WS-RX), which is working on the standard for reliable message exchange over SOAP. His involvement in open source dates back to the original Apache SOAP project and he is currently PMC chair of the Apache Synapse project. Fremantle earned an MA in Mathematics and Philosophy and an MSc in Computation from Oxford University.

Anthony Gold
VP & General Manager, Open Source Business, Unisys Corporation Anthony Gold

Anthony currently has responsibility for the Open Source business within Unisys providing global leadership in delivering market-leading solutions for this billion dollar extremely high-growth business. He developed the Open Source vision and strategy for Unisys and managed the development of the solution portfolio and all go-to-market execution plans. He created executive-level partnerships and developed strong relationships with the CEOs and senior management of several open source companies.

Anthony has presented keynotes at numerous worldwide industry events around the business benefits of open source and open standards, and has established Unisys as “Open Source’s biggest services gun”, as noted by InfoWorld. He also authors an executive’s blog on open source, which has been syndicated by multiple news agencies. Anthony is a member of the CIO Institute for the Eastern Technology Council as well as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Technology Times bi-monthly publication, which serves nearly 200,000 business leaders in the Delaware Valley/Philadelphia region.

Robert Hanson
Applications Manager, Quality Technology Services
Co-Author of GWT in Action Robert Hanson

Robert Hanson is an Applications Manager for Quality Technology Services, a company providing hosting, managed services, and application development. There he plays a dual role of lead developer and architect, defining the processes that allow for the development of quality web applications. Robert is a veteran programmer and web developer, cutting his teeth on Perl and ASP in the mid 90's before moving on to Java.

Robert is passionate about programming and architecture, and has developed open-source software for both the Perl and Java communities. His latest venture is the GWT Widget Library, a set of tools for use with the Google Web Toolkit, a toolkit allowing you to write JavaScript applications in Java. In 2007 Robert co-authored the book GWT in Action with Adam Tacy, providing instruction on using the Google toolkit. Robert provides tutorials and random thoughts about the craft on his blog found at roberthanson.blogspot.com and widgets gwt-widget.sourceforge.net.

Michael S. Harrington, Esq.
Co-Chair, Fox Rothschild, Corporate Department Michael S. Harrington, Esq.

Michael is the Co-Chair of Fox Rothschild's Corporate Department, Office Managing Partner of the firm's Chester County (PA) Office and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Michael concentrates his practice on representing regional, national and international early and middle stage technology and life sciences companies in private financing, mergers, acquisitions, licensing, taxation and related issues. Michael also advises many of this region's venture capital and private equity funds in connection with the acquisition, management and divestiture of portfolio companies. Michael was recently recognized as one of this region's most outstanding young entrepreneurs and professionals by the Philadelphia Business Journal by being selected as one of the Journal's "40 Under 40" for 2007, and by the Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly as one of Pennsylvania's future leaders of the legal profession by being selected as one of 2007's "Lawyers on the Fast Track." In 2007, Michael was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Eastern Technology Council. He also continues to serve on the Strategic Advisory Board of the Eastern Technology Council. Michael lectures frequently on private equity, venture capital, and other issues pertinent to emerging growth companies and has served since 2002 as a guest lecturer on emerging business topics at Villanova University School of Law and since 2006 as a judge for the Wharton Business Plan Competition.

Jane Hoffer
President and Chief Executive Officer, Prescient Applied Intelligence Jane Hoffer

Jane Hoffer is president and chief executive officer of Prescient Applied Intelligence (OTCBB: PPID). She is responsible for directing the long-term vision of the company and its commitment to remaining a competitive force in a rapidly changing marketplace.

Prior to Prescient Applied Intelligence, Hoffer was president and CEO of Prescient Systems for eight years, evolving the company into a premier provider of retailer-centric planning solutions for the consumer products market. In 2004, Hoffer led Prescient Systems through a merger with viaLink, a provider of advanced commerce for the retail supply chain, and created Prescient Applied Intelligence. Hoffer has also held key management positions at IBM and Lucas-Bear. During her tenure at Lucas-Bear, Hoffer led a management buyout in December 1996 to form Prescient Systems. Hoffer has been named a Woman of Distinction by The National Association of Women Business Owners, a finalist in Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year® award program, an Entrepreneur of the Year from the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, as well as one of the Best 50 Women in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia's Top 40 Businesspersons under 40. Hoffer also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, where she is an active member of both the strategic planning committee and physician services board.

Nikita Ivanov
Project Founder, GridGain Systems Nikita Ivanov

Mr. Ivanov has over 15 years of experience in software development and over 7 years of developing grid computing and distributed middleware, a vision and pragmatic view of where development technology is going, and high quality standards in software engineering.

Prior the founding of the GridGain project, Mr. Ivanov built and led R&D organization at Fitech Laboratories, Inc. that developed innovative grid computing and distributed caching middleware products. He was also one of the pioneers in using Java technology for server side middleware development while working at T-Systems GmbH, one of the largest European System Integrator. He has held various positions architecting and leading software product development for start-up companies and working with well-established companies such as Adaptec, Visa and BEA Systems. Mr. Ivanov is an active member of the Java middleware community and is a contributor to Java specifications as a member of JSR-107.

Yehuda Katz
Web Developer, Procore Technologies
Author of Ruby in Practice Yehuda Katz

Yehuda Katz, Web Developer at Procore Technologies, is a core team member on the jQuery project, and is a coauthor of the Manning book jQuery in Action. In the Ruby world, he is a core team member on the DataMapper project, and the creator of the DO.rb project, which together provide a fast, efficient database layer for Ruby, written from scratch end-to-end.

He is a contributor to the Merb and Rubinius projects, and is a contributing author for the upcoming Manning book Ruby in Practice. He recently accepted a job at EngineYard. He has been working on Ruby on Rails applications since 2005, and has just spent a year working on a very large and complex data-driven Rails app.

Jon Kern
Software Solutions Coach, Former TogetherSoft Leader
Co-Author of The Agile Manifesto Joseph Kern

Jon enjoys working with teams to solve challenging development projects for the stakeholders. From analyzing the approach, to helping provide solutions, mentoring teams, and all points in between, Jon routinely has significant impact on the projects he works on. Often with a team of experts from his friends at immuexa.com and cretesoft.com, the small teams of 3-6+ people supply a quick-hit ability to solve problems and deliver results. Projects routinely see high quality solutions in half the time, and leave the local team in a better place: mentored on OO and agile, and excited. Jon is an author of The Agile Manifesto, Java Design (with Peter Coad), and others. He is a bit of a process freak, but pragmatically so. After 5 years with jet engine R&D; 9 years DoD consulting, doing real-time man-in-the-loop flight simulation; and 4 years running his own successful software company, serving clients like IBM and Ingersoll-Dresser Pump; he joined Peter Coad as one of the original execs who started TogetherSoft in 1999. While there, he built the mentoring team (services), he drove design and development of a second product line, and he was a major contributor to Together ControlCenter's design and development success prior to its sale to Borland in 2003.

Ramnivas Laddad
Author, Speaker, Consultant, and Trainer
Author of AspectJ in Action: Practical Aspect-Oriented Programming Ramnivas Laddad

Ramnivas Laddad is an author, speaker, consultant, and trainer specializing in aspect-oriented programming and J2EE. His most recent book, "AspectJ in Action: Practical aspect-oriented programming" (Manning, 2003), has been labeled as the most useful guide to AOP/AspectJ. He has been developing complex software systems using technologies such as Java, J2EE, AspectJ, UML, networking, and XML for over a decade.

Ramnivas is an active member of the AspectJ community and has been involved with aspect-oriented programming from its early form. He speaks regularly at many conferences such as JavaOne, No Fluff Just Stuff, Software Development, JavaPolis, SpringOne, and O'Reilly OSCON. Ramnivas lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Philip LaPlante
Professor of Software Engineering, Penn State, Great Valley Graduate Center Philip LaPlante

Dr. Phil Laplante is Professor of Software Engineering at Penn State’s Great Valley Graduate Center where he conducts research and teaches graduate courses in Software Engineering, Information Systems, and Technology Management. He also serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the Eastern Technology Council and founded and leads its CIO community of practice, the CIO Institute.

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Laplante spent almost eight years as a software engineer and project manager working on avionics (including the Space Shuttle), CAD, and software test systems. He has authored or edited 22 books and co-founded the journal, Real-Time Imaging. He also created and edits three book series for Taylor and Francis Publishing, including ones in Image Processing, Applied Software Engineering and "What Every Engineer Should Know About...". He has published more than 140 papers, articles, and miscellaneous publications and has raised more than $4.5MM in competitive research grants, training programs and major capital giving.

Orion Letizi
Co-Founder and Software Engineer, Terracotta

Orion Letizi is a co-founder and software engineer at Terracotta. He has worked in enterprise Java for nearly ten years. Before Terracotta, he was a software architect at Walmart.com.

John Loftus
Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Safeguard Scientifics
John Loftus As Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Technology Group at Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE), John Loftus evaluates investment opportunities and provides strategic leadership to Safeguard and its portfolio companies. With over 20 years of experience in executive management, entrepreneurship and technology investment leadership, Mr. Loftus has founded, raised capital for, and served in senior management positions with companies representing all stages of growth. Mr. Loftus currently serves on the boards of Alliance Consulting, Acsis, Beyond.com, NextPoint, Portico Systems, MAC Alliance and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Over the past two years, Mr. Loftus led the successful exits of Mantas (sold to Oracle), Pacific Title and Arts (sold to Ticonderoga) and Gestalt LLC (sold to Accenture). Earlier in his career, Mr. Loftus was an executive at GE, PECO Energy (now Excelon), and Breakaway Solutions. Mr. Loftus has a B.E.E, M.S.E.E and M.S.C.S. from Villanova University and an M.S.O.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Maria Maccecchini, PhD
Director, Robin Hood Ventures and Mid-Atlantic Angel Group Maria Maccecchini

Maria Maccecchini received her PhD in biochemistry from Rockefeller University and spent two years at Caltech as a postdoc in molecular biology. She took her first job at Mallickrodt as research scientist and her second job as general manager of Bachem Bioscience, a US subsidiary of a Swiss company.

In the early 1990s she started her own biotech company-Symphony Pharmaceuticals. After acquiring the Scottish and Japanese company Cruachem, Symphony later changed its name to Annovis. The company develops, manufactures, and markets a variety of nucleic acid-based products and services for businesses in the life sciences sector. In 2001, Annovis was acquired by Transgenomic Inc. of San Jose, CA.

Dr. Maccecchini serves on several boards of biotechnology companies, organizations that promote entrepreneurship, international trade as well as women and charitable organizations. Currently she is a member and director of two angel funds - Robin Hood Ventures and Mid-Atlantic Angel Group. Dr. Maccecchini does not only invest dollars in early-stage companies, but also mentors them in start up, strategy, management and finance.

Dianne Marsh
Founder/Software Consultant, SRT Solutions Dianne Marsh

With nearly 2 decades' experience in the software industry, Dianne Marsh is a specialist in providing coaching and project support in C++, Java, Python and object-oriented design. An entrepreneur, she has also assisted clients with securing Small Business Innovative Research grants, including prototype development. Dianne's expertise is in scientific and technical programming, including manufacturing, genomics, decision support, and real-time processing on both Windows and UNIX operating systems. She has developed and architected distributed, database-driven decision support applications written in C++ and Java. Dianne's principal strengths include large systems architecture, with emphasis on proper thread management, load balancing and fail-over in a distributed environment.


Brian McCallister
Core Architect, Ning, VP Apache Software Foundation Brian McCallister

Brian McCallister is a programmery kind of person who loves that folks are willing to pay him to write code. He works as an Architect and Engineering Manager at Ning, a platform for building your own social websites. Brian has worked variously as a programmer, technical writer, and systems administrator for over a decade on projects ranging from telecommunications GIS systems to loom control drivers. He is proud to be a Member of the Apache Software Foundation, and serves there as Vice President, Apache ActiveMQ.

Iqram Magdon-Ismail
Technology Expert, TicketLeap Iqram Magdon-Ismail

Iqram heads all technology efforts and strategy at TicketLeap. He has vast experience in designing elegant web services and platforms. He specializes in user interfaces and is well versed in building platforms that can sustain exponential user growth. His most recent position was lead developer at the highly acclaimed social flirting site iminlikewithyou.com. IILWY is a YCombinator company funded by Paul Buchheit, Paul Graham, Ron Conway and Kevin Rose. Iqram's work helped to propel the experimental "flirting" site forward, and the site was recently categorized as "What's Hot" by Wired Magazine.

Iqram graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Computer Science. While at Penn, he created an analytics tool which is very similar to Google Analytics. The tool Iqram developed analyzes web traffic and user trends to assist management with online marketing decisions. He is also the Co-founder of the wemusicstore.com, a site empowers musicians to quickly and easily sell their digital music to their fans.

Cliff Moon
Application Developer, Powerset Cliff Moon

Cliff is a web application developer for Powerset in San Francisco, where he's helping to build the next generation search engine. Although he now spends his days hacking ruby, Cliff also has a strong background in enterprise java development.

Aaron Mulder
Chief Technology Officer, Chariot Solutions
Aaron Mulder

Aaron Mulder is responsible for the design and deployment of technical development standards, policies and style guidelines. He maintains structured workflow between project leaders and developers, and mentors lead developers and architects. In addition, Mr. Mulder supports marketing and sales efforts through public and private speaking engagements.

Mr. Mulder has been working with Java technology since its inception. He has worked on applets, applications, and Web applications using Java, J2EE, and Ruby on Rails. Mr. Mulder has led the architecture of numerous large projects. His responsibilities have spanned all facets of the development process, including defining and documenting requirements, design and architecture, development, testing, performance tuning, security analysis, and deployment. He has established and maintained development and demo environments, custom tools, developer documentation, and training materials. He has also trained and mentored new developers in traditional and lightweight Java/J2EE, Rails, and SOA, covering design, development, tools, and best practices.

Mr. Mulder is a published author on topics such as WebLogic Server and EJB. He has worked with Java Community Process spec committees including JSR-88, and repeatedly presented at numerous conferences including JavaOne, TheServerSide Java Symposium, ApacheCon, the Enterprise Open Source Conference, the Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise conference, and more. He has directly contributed to many open source projects, including Apache projects such as Geronimo, ActiveMQ, ServiceMix, OpenEJB, and XBean, as well as other projects including JBoss and PostgreSQL.

Prior to joining Chariot Solutions, Mr. Mulder has worked for a number of technology firms, including Skylight Systems, Olliance Inc., EMAX Solution Partners, and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), as well as completing several specific Java contracts. Mr. Mulder graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. degree in Aerospace Engineering, and a certificate in Physics.

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Joseph O'Brien
Founder, EdgeCase, LLC Joe O'Brien

Joe is a father, speaker, author and developer. Before helping found EdgeCase, LLC, Joe was a developer with ThoughtWorks and spent much of his time working with large J2EE and .NET systems for Fortune 500 companies. He has spent his career as a developer, project manager, and everything in between. Joe is a passionate member of the open source community. He co-founded the Columbus Ruby Brigade and helped organize the Chicago Area Ruby Users Group. His passions are Agile Development in the Enterprise, Ruby, and demonstrating to the Fortune 500 the elegance and power of this incredible language. 

Alex Olszewski
Lead Developer, Mindbridge Software Alex Olszewski

Alex Olszewski is the lead developer at Mindbridge Software. In his role as lead developer, Olszewski is responsible for designing, developing and maintaining Intrasmart, the company's intranet offering and MindGuard, a data monitoring solution delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS). Alex is a graduate of Dickinson College, where he earned a BS in computer science. He is currently enrolled in the software engineering Master's program at Penn State University.

Brian O'Neill
Technical Architect, Gestalt LLC Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill is a Technical Architect for Gestalt LLC where he is lead on a development effort to create communications and security components of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). He is also a member of a team pioneering government-funded open source www.rvooz.org. Brian sits on multiple expert groups within the Java Community Process (JCP) including specifications for the SIP protocol and Java Business Integration (JBI). He holds patents in artificial intelligence and has pending patents in the fields of dynamic application data routing and discovery.

Peter Paugh
Java Developer, Chariot Solutions
Peter Paugh

Mr. Paugh is an experienced software engineer with over twelve years of experience that includes 9 years of Java and three years of C++. Also Mr. Paugh is a Coad-Certified Mentor and has taught many workshops on Object Modeling. He has extensive experience with software architecture, performance optimization, code analysis and software development methodology. Recently he has been part of teams building Rich Internet Applications in JSF as well as Flex.

Bill Pilarski
Practice Manager, Sun Systems Practice Virtualization Team Bill Pilarski

Bill Pilarski is currently the Practice Manager for Sun's Systems Practice Virtualization team, and has over 25+ years of IT experience. Bill joined Sun in 1991 after having spent several years supporting and managing IT departments in the Energy Sector (oil and gas exploration companies, services firms, and software ISVs).

Bill's Sun career includes over a decade of work with Sun's consulting and professional services teams, helping customers implement business solutions based on Sun technology. He held a wide variety of roles, ranging from Technical, Project and Engagement Management, to Business and Operations Management and was involved in development, delivery, and management of services and service teams covering a full range of technologies, industries and businesses for Sun customers.

Bill currently manages Sun's Americas Systems Practice Virtualization team, a US-based team of technical and sales development resources aligned to providing Datacenter consolidation, virtualization and optimization solutions to Sun's customers.

Michael Pilquist
Software Architect, Combined Conditional Access Development, LLC Michael Pilquist

Michael Pilquist is a Software Architect with Combined Conditional Access Development, LLC., a joint venture between Comcast and Motorola focusing on next generation conditional access technologies. At CCAD, he is responsible for the design and implementation of various server products for controlling digital set top boxes and similar equipment. He plays a key role in setting the technology strategy for the company as well as training and mentoring.

In recent years, Michael has been working primarily with open source Java technologies and introducing them to control systems. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from The Pennsylvania State University.

Tom Purcell
Software Architect, Chariot Solutions Tom Purcell

Tom Purcell's 19-year IT journey has tracked the course of the industry from the glass house of the 80's, to the client-server of the 90's and on to the J2EE Enterprise applications of the new millennium. He has designed and developed applications on numerous platforms and has worked with Java technology extensively since he installed the first IBM mainframe JVM in 1997. Recently, he has helped engineer several successful J2EE applications in the accounting and travel industries. Tom leads the Delaware Valley BEA Users Group, has been published in Weblogic Developer's Journal and was a speaker at last year's JavaOne.

J. B. (Joe) Rainsberger
Author, Consultant
Author of JUnit Recipes: Practical Methods for Programmer Testing J. B. (Joe) Rainsberger

J. B. (Joe) Rainsberger, me@jbrains.ca, writes, programs, mentors, coaches and consults. Since 2000, Joe has contributed to the Agile Software Development community as a practitioner, teacher and writer and conference organizer. His first book, JUnit Recipes: Practical Methods for Programmer Testing has become a standard reference book for Java programmers who use JUnit. Joe is a frequent conference presenter, and his writing can be found both in magazines and at his popular weblog, jbrains.ca. He hosts the conference series XP Day North America xpday.info, giving software professionals across the continent an opportunity to learn about Extreme Programming. In 2005, he was bestowed the highest honor from the Agile community as one of the first recipients of the Gordon Pask award for contribution to Agile software practice.

Michael Redlich
Senior Research Technician Michael Redlich

Biography Michael Redlich is a currently a Senior Research Technician at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company in Clinton, New Jersey with extensive experience in developing custom web and scientific laboratory applications. Mike also has experience as a Technical Support Engineer for Ai-Logix, Inc. where he provided technical support and developed computer telephony applications for customers. He has been a member of the Amateur Computer Group of New Jersey (ACGNJ) since 1996, and currently serves on the ACGNJ Board of Directors as President of the club. Mike previously served as Secretary and has been facilitating the monthly ACGNJ Java Users Group since 2001. His technical experience includes computer security, relational database design and development, object-oriented design and analysis, C/C++, Java, and other programming/scripting languages in both the PC and UNIX environments. Mike has co-authored a number of articles with Barry Burd for Java Boutique. He has also conducted seminars at Trenton Computer Festival (TCF) since 1998, TCF Professional Conference since 2006, and other venues including the New York Software Industry Association (NYSIA) Java Users Group, the Princeton Java Users Group, and the Capital District Java Developers Network. Mike is the co-chair of a local Science Ambassador program where he has conducted numerous science demonstrations for various elementary schools in New Jersey. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

Chris Richardson
Author, Consultant
Author of POJOs in Action Chris Richardson

Chris Richardson is a developer and architect with over 20 years of experience. He's the author of "POJOs in Action", which describes how to build enterprise Java applications with POJOs and lightweight frameworks. Chris runs a consulting and training company that specializes in helping companies build better software faster. He has been a technical leader at Insignia, BEA, and elsewhere and is a Java champion. Chris has a computer science degree from the University of Cambridge in England and lives in Oakland, CA.

Website and blog: www.chrisrichardson.net

Ken Rimple
Software Architect, Chariot Solutions Ken Rimple

With over 15 years of industry experience, Ken Rimple has played a key role architecting and developing a wide variety of solutions in various settings, including finance, business-to-business purchasing, telecommunications provisioning, and more. His technology expertise has focused in recent years on Java-based frameworks such as Spring, J2EE and Hibernate, and he has worked with workflow tools like BEA Weblogic Integration and Metastorm. He possesses a strong background in relational database development and design, and has architected databases and solutions using Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL and MySQL. Ken is also an accomplished trainer and mentor, and has taught many hundreds of people from various backgrounds to become self-sufficient in techniques such as database design, application development and system administration.

Thomas Risberg
Spring Committer, Author
Author of Professional Java Development with the Spring Framework Thomas Risberg

Thomas Risberg has been a committer on the Spring Framework project since early 2003 and currently works as a consultant for SpringSource leading the development of JDBC and Oracle specific functionality. He has been developing database applications for over 20 years using a wide variety of languages and databases.

Thomas has presented on Spring and JDBC at OSCON 2005, The Spring Experience 2005 and 2007, SpringOne 2006, and at local user group events.

John Rowell
CEO and Co-founder, OpSource John Rowell

John Rowell is chief technology officer and co-founder of OpSource, the SaaS delivery experts. Over the past decade, Mr. Rowell has held senior management positions with leading hosting, telecommunications, and Internet services companies. He has extensive experience building, operating, and managing complex global IT infrastructure systems that are able to scale to meet dynamic business requirements.

Prior to co-founding OpSource, Mr. Rowell led a team of over 500 people as Vice President of Operations for Metromedia Fiber Network (MFN). He was responsible for the delivery of managed services and the operation of the MFN data centers in the Americas, supporting leading enterprise customers including BP Amoco, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Paramount, and Sony. He joined MFN through the acquisition of SiteSmith, where he was Vice President of Operations.

Bob Schatz
Agile Consultant, Agile Infusion Bob Schatz

Bob Schatz specializes in consulting and coaching organizational leaders in the practice of successfully using agile project management techniques to transform their organizations and improve the performance of their software development projects. He began his practice as a result of leading the agile transition at Primavera and helping many other companies do the same.


Samir Shah
Penn State Samir Shah

Samir Shah is a faculty member in the College of Information Sciences & Technology (IST) at Penn State University's York campus. Shah has an extensive portfolio of over 15 years of technological management and development experience gained throughout his career. His emergent record of scholarship, grounded in his experience in the academy and in the public sector is an illustrative of the vital intersection of people, information and technology. 

Among his recent accomplishments are 2006 Technology Educator of the Year Award by the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP and the University-wide Information Sciences & Technology award (2005) by College of IST, Penn State University. This award recognizes outstanding faculty members for their teaching and research as well as their efforts to foster leaders for the digital, global economy. Additionally, Shah was also the recipient of the Penn Stater of the Quarter award as well as a number of professional development and other grants at Penn State.

Dmitry Sklyut
Software Architect, Chariot Solutions Dmitry Sklyut

Dmitry has been working with Java and related technologies since 1997. He has extensive experience creating innovative solutions utilizing popular open source Java technology products such as Tomcat, Spring and Hibernate.

Dmitry recently presented Spring 2.0 XML Configuration at Spring Forward 2006 and Spring Portlet MVC part of Introduction to Spring MVC at the Philadelphia Spring Users Group meeting earlier this year.

Chris Stanchak
Founder and CEO, TicketLeap Chris Stanchak

Chris is the founder and CEO of TicketLeap, a leading event ticketing platform servicing the small to mid-sized event space. He is responsible for the company's overall strategy and direction. Chris received his BBA, Cum Laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has a wide range of technology experience with a focus on the the design and management of eCommerce operations. Previously, he worked at GSI Commerce, a global eCommerce leader, where he managed the National Hockey League's online operations.

Before his eCommerce experience, Chris worked as an IBM systems integration consultant. He managed the migration of banks, hospitals and schools from Mainframe to Client/Server architectures. He has handled critical technology for several Fortune 500 companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Chris is an active member in the Philadelphia entrepreneurial community.

Rossen Stoyanchev
Senior Consultant, SpringSource Rossen Stoyanchev

Rossen is a Senior Consultant at SpringSource providing training and consulting services for Spring portfolio products. Rossen has a diverse background in enterprise application development. He acquired his architectural vision and expertise while consulting for top-tier investment banks, Fortune 500 companies, and brand name e-commerce web sites. He has developed applications in sometimes very complex domains.

Francis Taney
Attorney, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Francis Taney

Francis "Frank" X. Taney, Jr. is a shareholder with the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, and is a member of the firm's Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group, the Construction Industry Practice Group, the Real Estate and Land Use Planning Litigation Group, the IP Litigation Group and the White-Collar Defense and Investigations Group. Frank also chairs the Information Technology Litigation Practice Group and is a member of the Technology Transactions Group.

Frank's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in a variety of substantive areas. He has experience in construction, antitrust, copyright, trade secret and information technology ("IT") litigation, as well as disputes involving eminent domain and government contracts. He has successfully tried many arbitrations and bench and jury trials to award or verdict as lead trial attorney, and has other trial and arbitration experience.

In addition to his IT litigation practice, Frank has negotiated IT-related transactions for a number of his clients, including software licensing agreements, IT outsourcing, web hosting, software development and other IT service contracts. He has also counseled clients on methods to avoid or minimize the adverse impact of IT-related disputes.

Chris Wanstrath
Rails Consultant
Chris Wanstrath

Chris Wanstrath runs a Rails consultancy by day and is an open source hacker by night. The grey hours between the two are spent maintaining a running commentary of Ruby and Rails known as Err the Blog. In a past life he worked on PHP sites such as GameSpot, TV.com, and MP3.com before serving time as a Rails developer caring for CNET lifestyle properties Chowhound and Chow.com.

James Ward
Technical Evangelist for Flex, Adobe James Ward

James Ward is a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe and Adobe’s JCP representative to JSR 286, 299, and 301. Much like his love for climbing mountains he enjoys programming because it provides endless new discoveries, elegant workarounds, summits and valleys. His adventures in climbing have taken him many places. Likewise, technology has brought him many adventures, including: Pascal and Assembly back in the early 90’s; Perl, HTML, and JavaScript in the mid 90’s; then Java and many of it’s frameworks beginning in the late 90’s. Today he primarily uses Flex to build beautiful front-ends for Java based back-ends. Prior to Adobe, James built a rich marketing and customer service portal for Pillar Data Systems.

Jim York
President & Co-Founder, FoxHedge, Ltd. Jim York

Jim York specializes in helping organizations radically reduce time to value. Lean and Agile thinking underpin the transformative practices that Jim teaches executive, management, and delivery teams. For more than 20 years as a management and IT consultant, he has led, mentored, and coached individuals, teams, and organizations in the implementation of Lean and Agile concepts. In addition to conducting public and on-site workshops, Jim blends his experience in Scrum, Agile Project Management, Lean Software Development, Extreme Program-ming, and traditional project management to deliver customized "just-in-time" train-ing to teams. As a Certified Scrum Trainer and member of the Scrum Alliance, Jim actively contributes to the advancement of the Scrum methodology. web.mac.com/jim.york/FoxHedge/welcome.html

Raven Zachary
Open Source Research Director, The 451 Group Raven Zachary

Raven Zachary is the Open Source Research Director for The 451 Group, an independent technology industry analyst company. At The 451 Group, he is responsible for the firm's Commercial Adoption of Open Source (CAOS) Research Service and ongoing open source coverage in the end user, vendor, developer, and investment communities. Raven has been involved with open source as an end user, project contributor, journalist, and industry analyst for over ten years.