No unicorns, no caticorns, just software development

Florence Hudson


Co-Founder of the IEEE-Industry Standards

Florence Hudson is a proven leader and C-level executive in technology, business, research and academia. She has led multi-billion-dollar business strategies and execution. She has been an independent director on for-profit and not-for-profit boards. Florence Hudson is a former IBM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, and Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer. She is currently Special Advisor for Next Generation Internet at the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University enabling US-EU collaboration for the European Commission's Horizon 2020 initiatives, and is Special Advisor for the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University leading cybersecurity research transition to practice efforts. She is Founder & CEO of FDHint, LLC, specializing in advanced technology and diversity & inclusion consulting, including blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, connected healthcare, Internet of Things, and Smart Cities. She serves on the Editorial Board for the open peer-reviewed journal "Blockchain in Healthcare Today", and is Co-Founder of the IEEE-Industry Standards and Technology Organization "Blockchain in Healthcare Global". She has a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, beginning her career at Grumman and NASA, and has attended executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

Rúnar Bjarnason


Software Engineer

Rúnar is a software engineer in Boston, the author of a book, Functional Programming in Scala, and co-founder of Unison Computing. He received his education in computer programming and electrical engineering at Reykjavík Tech in the 1990s. In the intervening decades, he has done diverse programming work, including antivirus research, software for agriculture and animal breeding, real estate, IT, finance, genomics, telecom, and data science. He has worked with many programming languages including Pascal, C, Java, Haskell, Scala, and Ruby, and he's currently working on the Unison language.

Sara-Jane Dunn



Sara-Jane Dunn is a Scientist at Microsoft Research, Cambridge. She studied Mathematics at the University of Oxford, graduating with a MMath in 2007. She remained in Oxford for her doctoral research, as part of the Computational Biology group at the Department of Computer Science. In 2012, she joined Microsoft Research as a postdoctoral researcher, before transitioning to a permanent Scientist role in 2014. In 2016, she was invited to become an Affiliate Researcher of the Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on uncovering the fundamental principles of biological information-processing, particularly investigating decision-making in Development.

Joe Armstrong


Computer scientist retired

Joe Armstrong is a retired computer scientist. He got his grey hairs inventing Erlang, starting a few companies, writing a few books, doing some research and teaching people to program. His hobbies are playing the piano, chopping wood and grumbling.

Greg Young


Creator of CQRS

Gregory Young coined the term “CQRS” (Command Query Responsibility Segregation) and it was instantly picked up by the community who have elaborated upon it ever since. Greg is an independent consultant and serial entrepreneur. He has 15+ years of varied experience in computer science from embedded operating systems to business systems and he brings a pragmatic and often times unusual viewpoint to discussions. He’s a frequent contributor to InfoQ, speaker/trainer at Skills Matter and also a well-known speaker at international conferences. Greg also writes about CQRS, DDD and other hot topics on codebetter.com.

Liz Keogh


Lean and Agile Consultant

Liz Keogh is a Lean and Agile consultant based in London. She is a well-known blogger and international speaker, a core member of the BDD community and a passionate advocate of the Cynefin framework and its ability to change mindsets. She has a strong technical background with 20 years’ experience in delivering value and coaching others to deliver, from small start-ups to global enterprises. Most of her work now focuses on Lean, Agile and organizational transformations, and the use of transparency, positive language, well-formed outcomes and safe-to-fail experiments in making change innovative, easy and fun.

Roland Kuhn


CTO at Actyx

Dr. Roland Kuhn is CTO and co-founder of Actyx, a Munich-based company that makes state of the art software technology accessible to small and midsize factories. He also is the main author of Reactive Design Patterns and previously led the Akka team at Lightbend.

Jaana B. Dogan


Software Engineer

Jaana B. Dogan works on making Google production services more monitorable and debuggable. Previously, she worked on the Go programming language at Google and has a decade-long experience in building developer platforms and tools.

Luca Bolognese

Principal Program Manager

Luca is a Program Manager in the Visual Studio Customer Success Team. His team is dedicated to making customers successful especially on DevTest Labs and .NET Core. In the past he worked on a few things in Microsoft (SQL Server, ADO.NET, LINQ, C#, F#, VS IDEs, ...) and Credit Suisse London. He now lives in Xabia, Spain.

Helena Edelson


Principal Engineer

Helena did her academic work in scientific research before getting in software engineering. Formerly at Apple working on platform infrastructure for distributed data/analytics/ml (aaS) at massive scale, VP of Product Engineering at Tuplejump building a multi-tenant stream analysis machine learning platform, Senior Cloud Engineer at CrowdStrike working on cloud-based realtime Cyber Security threat analysis, and Senior Cloud Engineer at VMware automating cloud infrastructure for massive scale. She is a keynote speaker, and has given conference talks at Kafka Summit, Spark Summit, Strata, Reactive Summit, QCon SF, Scala Days, Philly Emerging Tech, and is a contributor to several open source projects like Akka and FiloDB. She is currently a Principal Engineer at Lightbend.  

Sergey Bykov


Principal Software Development Lead at Microsoft

Joined Microsoft in 2001 and worked in several product groups, such as e-Business Servers, Embedded Devices, and Online Services, before moving to Research in 2008 to incubate Orleans. Sergey continues leading the Orleans team after open-sourcing the project, now within Microsoft Studios.

Martin Thompson


High Performance Gangster

Martin is a Java Champion with over 2 decades of experience building complex and high-performance computing systems. He is most recently known for his work on Aeron and SBE. Previously at LMAX he was the co-founder and CTO when he created the Disruptor. Prior to LMAX Martin worked for Betfair, three different content companies wrestling with the world largest product catalogues, and was a lead on some of the most significant C++ and Java systems of the 1990s in the automotive and finance domains.

Alex Soto


Software Engineer

Alex is a Software Engineer at Red Hat in Developers group. He is a passionate about Java world, software automation and he believes in the open source software model. Alex is the creator of NoSQLUnit project, member of JSR374 (Java API for JSON Processing) Expert Group, the co-author of Testing Java Microservices book for Manning and contributor of several open source projects. A Java Champion since 2017 and international speaker, he has talked about new testing techniques for microservices, continuous delivery in the 21st century.

Jessica Kerr



Jessica Kerr is a developer and philosopher of software. At Atomist, she works on development and delivery automation: she writes code to let us write code to help us update and deliver code. At software conferences, she speaks about languages (Java, Scala, Clojure, Ruby, Elm, now TypeScript), paradigms (functional programming, DevOps), and now symmathesy. Her interests include resilience engineering, graceful systems, and Silly Things (which her daughters find on the internet). Find her work at blog.atomist.com, the podcast Greater than Code, and on twitter at her true name: @jessitron. 

Ghida Ibrahim

Quantitative engineer/data scientist

Ghida works as a quantitative engineer/data scientist in the edge infrastructure team at Facebook London, where she builds data-driven tools and models, and perform in-depth analysis to drive the expansion and optimize the operation of one of the largest and most complex networks forming the internet. Many of the projects that she led aim at leveraging Facebook data insights to help build a more inclusive internet, through increasing internet penetration and the quality of experience witnessed by people worldwide online. 

Floris Sluiter

Independent IT specialist

Floris Sluiter is an independent IT specialist with expertise in Big Data and High-Performance Computing. He likes to be at the crossover boundary between infrastructure and applications. Over the years, he managed, implemented and optimized many large-scale data analytics applications, both on cloud platforms and hard iron. At first, he worked for research institutions, and later he turned to freelancing for commercial large and small companies.

Lili Cosic


Software Engineer

Lili Cosic is a Software Engineer at RedHat, working on the operator-framework, enabling the community to make any application Kubernetes native. Previously she worked at Weaveworks on the Weave cloud integration with Kubernetes and before that, she found her passion for Kubernetes operators at Kinvolk helping develop the Habitat Operator. In her free time, Lili enjoys experimenting with Kubernetes, distributed systems, as well as writing operators for fun and not profit and dislikes writing about herself in the third person.

Mark de Brauw


Mark is founder of Mesoica, a data management firm working for the financial industry. Mark has 15 years of experience working in asset and wealth management firms and has focussed on how to make systems communicate better.

Markus Eisele


Director of Developer Advocacy

Markus is a Java Champion, former Java EE Expert Group member, founder of JavaLand, reputed speaker at Java conferences around the world, and a very well known figure in the Enterprise Java world.  With more than 16 years of professional experience in the industry, he designed and developed large Enterprise grade applications for Fortune 500 companies. As an experienced team lead and architect, he helped implement some of the largest integration projects in automotive, finance and insurance companies. 

Armando González


Armando Gonzalez is President & CEO of RavenPack, the leading provider of big data analytics for financial institutions. Armando is an expert in applied big data and artificial intelligence technologies. He has designed systems that turn unstructured content into structured data, primarily for financial trading applications. Armando is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable authorities on automated text and sentiment analysis. His commentary and research have appeared in leading business publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, among many others. Armando holds degrees in Economics and International Business Administration from the American University in Paris and is a recognized speaker at academic and business conferences across the globe.

Zach Zimmerman

PhD student

Zach Zimmerman is a 4th year PhD student at University of California, Riverside. His research is focused on scalable time series data mining, in particular, using GPUs, distributed computing, and machine learning to enable scaling of time series motif discovery. His work is being used across multiple domains by researchers in both academia and industry. He has industry experience through internships with Google, Intel, and Nvidia working on various projects, mostly in the high-performance computing space.

Moisés Macero


Software Developer & Architect

Moisés is a Software Developer and Architect, and the author of the blog ThePracticalDeveloper.com and the book Learn Microservices with Spring Boot. He has been developing software since he was a kid, when his parents bought him a Sinclair Spectrum ZX and he started playing around with code. Since then, he has been involved in development, design, and architecture, and has worked in waterfall and agile organizations. His career started in Málaga, where he worked for big corporations and also small startups. He moved to Amsterdam in 2015 and is now working as Solutions Architect for a project based on Java and Spring Boot Microservices. Moisés has learned to be a pragmatic developer and architect and likes sharing his observations with others.

Jon Bratseth


Distinguished Architect

Jon is a distinguished architect in Verizon, and the architect and one of the main contributors to of Vespa, the open big data serving engine. Jon has 20 years experience as architect and programmer on large distributed systems. He has a master in computer science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Oleh Dokuka


Reactive Guy

Mainly Java Software Engineer / Consultant focused on distributed systems development adopting Reactive Manifesto and Reactive Programming techniques. Open Source geek and active contributor to Project Reactor / RSocket. Along with that, Public Speaker and Author of the book "Reactive Programming is Spring 5.0":

Ivan Kelly


Software Developer

Ivan is a software developer for Streamlio, where he works on Apache Pulsar and Apache BookKeeper. He's been involved with BookKeeper since it’s early days in Yahoo Labs Barcelona and also worked on the predecessor systems to Pulsar at Yahoo. His expertize is in replicated logging, distributed systems, and networking though often not at the same time.

Shirley Wu


Freelance Software Engineer

Shirley Wu is a freelance software engineer specializing in data visualization. She combines her love of art, math, and code into colorful, interactive data visualizations.  Her work can be found at sxywu.com

Lars Hupel



Lars is a consultant with INNOQ in Munich, Germany. He has been using Scala for quite a while now and is known as one of the founders of the Typelevel initiative which is dedicated to providing principled, type-driven Scala libraries in a friendly, welcoming environment. He is known to be a frequent conference speaker and active in the open source community, particularly in Scala. He also enjoys programming in and talking about Haskell, Prolog, and Rust.


Palacio de Congresos de Marbella,
Calle José Meliá, 2,
Marbella, Spain
15TH - 17TH MAY 2019

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