September 24-26, 2018
Darrel Miller – Workshop Chair
OracleEmmanuel has been working on delivering APIs for customers for over a decade and is a passionate member of the API Community. The last three years he has been crafting API tooling as part of Apiary, recently acquired by Oracle. Currently, he is heading up Product Management for Oracle’s API Platform, a full lifecycle suite of products for API Providers and Consumers. He is also the organizer for the API Craft San Francisco Meetup Group with over 1,000 members. @manp
Erin McKean – Program Chair
Kin Lane – Marketing Chair
Lorinda Brandon – Community Chair
Steven Willmott – Chair
Tim Burks – Program Vice Chair
PivotalAsh works at Pivotal in NYC as an Engagement Director. Previous to Pivotal she lived and worked in Austin on the IBM Watson Developer Cloud as a Senior PM and Dev Evangelist for their API product offering. She’s passionate about systems thinking and the use of technology to enable human connection and has yet to meet a dog she didn’t like.
MilkRunCarly is a Software Engineer for MilkRun, passionate about functional programming and startups. She loves reading good books and traveling the world.
ApitureDavid Biesack is VP of API Platforms and Lead API Architect at Apiture. Prior to joining Apiture in 2017, David spent 5 years as Principal API Architect and head of the API Center of Excellence at SAS. David is interested in whatever makes software [development|developers] better, stronger, faster.
eBayGail Frederick’s expertise includes two decades of software development and architecture leadership inside venture-backed startups and Fortune 500s. Currently, as VP of Developer Ecosystem at eBay, she’s hyper-focused on making eBay integration easier for internal and third-party developers. Before eBay, Gail served as a director for Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, the heart of Linux at Intel. Gail holds bachelor and master’s degrees in Computer Science from The University of Michigan and The University of Washington, respectively.
Quantero CapitalGeorge is a product manager and long-time API advocate. He previously managed API products in higher education and FinTech, and loves to explore how APIs are leveling the playing field in the financial industry. He lives in Berkeley, but hikes everywhere.
LaunchAnyJames Higginbotham is an Executive API Consultant with experience in API strategy, software architecture, and training teams in API and microservice design. James guides enterprises through their digital transformation journey, ensuring alignment between business and technology through product-based thinking to deliver a great customer experience. James has published several titles, including his latest book, "A Practical Approach to API Design".
the eBranding NinjaCurrently based in London, Jennifer tells and markets the stories where tech and culture converge, and the world hopefully changes for the better.
AkamiKirsten Hunter is a passionate API evangelist with a soft spot for IoT, mashups and a crazy great developer experience. She is curious, creative and consistently excels at developer support. As a speaker, she is dynamic, engaging and inspiring. She has several courses available on Lynda.com and tries to remember to blog at https://princesspolymath.com periodically.
Capital One DigitalKyle leads the technical writing team in the Capital One Digital organization. Her team is responsible for content on the external DevExchange platform (https://developer.capitalone.com) and on Capital One’s internal data platform. Her main focus as a technical writer is to be a fierce advocate for users – giving them what they need when and where they need it. She’s a particular fan of documenting APIs, because let’s face it: without documentation there’s really no there there. Kyle joined Capital One in 2015 after many years documenting developer-facing tools, getting a thorough education in good software practices from her patient colleagues, and learning just enough Java to be dangerous. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband in a house they are *still* working on four years later, and has three grown daughters and a rambunctious lab mutt named Riker (after the Commander, not the prison). She’s also a newly-minted vinyasa yoga teacher always in search of willing students. Find her on Twitter, where she’s more of a reader than a tweeter: @KyleDallaire
Amadeus HospitalityMelissa Jurkoic is currently a Senior Solutions Architect for Amadeus Hospitality where she and her team operate at the intersection of business and technology to support enterprise clients in realizing their strategic objectives. With over two decades’ experience as a technologist, her mix of technical savvy and business strategy is unique for a former software engineer. Melissa’s fusion of technology and conversational techniques connect with both technical and business audiences to lead strategic initiatives to the best outcomes. Melissa earned her BS in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire, holds an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management and is currently a certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4). Extremely passionate about making a positive impact on the decline of women in STEM education and careers, she volunteers with several committees in the Northeast region to educate and encourage women and girls to pursue careers in technology. Melissa has always lived in the Northeast and now makes her home in Newmarket, New Hampshire with her family.
WeWorkPhil Sturgeon has been building APIs professionally since 2010. He’s worked as a freelancer, consultant, Head of API, and CTO for several API-centric technology startups. He published [Build APIs You Won't Hate](https://apisyouwonthate.com/), and the Slack channel that grew from it has become home to the largest API chat group on the internet. Phil is currently working as an API consultant at WeWork.
IBMSai Vennam is a Developer Advocate at IBM with expertise on Node.js, Go, APIs and various platforms like IBM Cloud, Heroku and Azure. He enjoys creating developer-friendly content and samples to showcase the latest and greatest cloud technology. As a hobby, he works on his home automation using Raspberry Pis and serverless technology. His other interests include cooking Indian food, playing guitar, and going to music festivals.
HealthifySoftware engineer, public speaker, and veteran nomad, Shelby has dedicated herself to community work and civic hacking across four continents. She is obsessed with APIs, language, and connectivity, and has led API design, development, and consumption projects in a variety of industries, from citizen engagement to the Internet of Things. She is currently the Head of Integrations at Healthify, a software company bridging the gap between healthcare and social services. When not coding or debating the finer points of REST, she can be found exploring small towns or reading a book.
StoplightTaylor Barnett is the lead Community Engineer at Stoplight, a platform for designing, documenting, mocking, and testing web APIs. At Stoplight, Taylor leads community strategy, content, and support. She spends hours of her time helping users design APIs with the OpenAPI Specification. She’s passionate about building great developer experiences with an emphasis on empathy and inclusion within documentation, SDKs, support, and other community-focused projects. In her free time, she helps organize Women Who Code Austin, advises developer communities, and drinks sour beers, and rock climbs in Austin, Texas. Previously, Taylor lead developer community, documentation, and SDKs at Keen IO. She has spoken about developer experience, documentation, OpenAPI, SDKs, inclusion, and building developer communities at conferences such as O’Reilly OSCON, multiple API Strategy & Practices, AlterConf, Hackcon, API the Docs, and various local meetups.
CiscoTessa Mero is a Developer Evangelist for Cisco DevNet. She enjoys running events involving the PHP and API community. In the past, she has contributed to a leadership team for the Joomla! Projector 5 years, including the board of directors, leading the production team, as well as evangelizing Joomla as a public speaker. She also is an avid career mentor and has helped countless developers become successful. On her free time, she likes to play video games, learn new tech, go camping, and eat Korean food.
Microsoft GraphYina leads engineering for Microsoft Graph, one of the highest-profile engineering projects at Microsoft, taking Microsoft APIs from disjointed, legacy technologies to a brand new unified API world. During her career at Microsoft, she has been building the platform that enables an ecosystem of developers to build applications that access data and relationships across Office and all Microsoft cloud services. She is from Bogota, Colombia and joined Microsoft in 2010 after graduating with a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Virginia. She lives in Seattle with her husband and 3 energetic sons and actively participates in activities that grow, retain and empower women in technology. Find her on Twitter: @yina_arenas.