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Conference Speakers

King/Midasplayer AB

Alexander Andelkovic is the agile testing lead for Sweden-based King/Midasplayer AB, developer of the popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga, Alexander Andelkovic has worked on multiple complex test projects ranging from using session-based test management for quality assuring MED-Tech devices for life critical systems to establishing a world class approval...Read more

Sivakumar Anna

Sivakumar Anna has more than 20 years of experience developing and managing QA strategies for Fortune 500 companies. In nine years with InfoStretch, Mr. Anna has worked with clients such as Kaiser Permanente, The Body Shop, and, developing strategies and execution around test automation. During this experience, Mr. Anna...Read more

Appdiff, Inc.

Jason Arbon is the CEO of Appdiff, which is redefining how enterprises develop, test, and ship mobile apps with zero code and zero setup required. He was formerly the director of engineering and product at, where he led product strategy to deliver crowdsourced testing via more than...Read more

Greg Avola

Living in the craft beer haven of New York City, Greg Avola is the co-founder and CTO of Untappd, a mobile beer check-in service. Some people enjoy reading books, others enjoy watching movies, but Greg’s passion is to code. Being able to combine his passion for development and craft beer...Read more

Costa Avradopoulos
Avracom, Inc

Costa Avradopoulos has more than twenty five years of experience in software development—from requirements to delivery and process engineering. In Fortune 500 companies Costa has been a developer, configuration/release manager, automation engineer, QA director, product manager, VP, and CTO. He has worked in the telecommunications, financial services, wireless, transportation, DSD,...Read more

Mike Benkovich
Improving-Twin Cities

Mike Benkovich brings it all—energy, laughter, and a contagious passion for coding—with him. In a career that has taken him from minion to business owner, from database administrator to developer, from author to evangelist, Mike has seen it all. In more than twenty-five years of working in the technology industry,...Read more


A VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA, Inc., Jennifer Bonine began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions. Jennifer has held executive level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams for Fortune 500 companies in several domains. In an engagement for...Read more

Paul Bruce
Perfecto Mobile

A developer evangelist at Perfecto Mobile, Paul Bruce focuses on the value of quality and velocity throughout the software lifecycle. Previously he worked as an advocate for API development and testing practices, and a full stack developer before that. Paul now writes, speaks, listens, and teaches about software delivery patterns...Read more

Oliver Chen

Maker, mentor, and educator, Oliver Chen is a twenty-two year Intel veteran currently working as a software engineer in Intel’s Maker and Innovator Group. He encourages the broader adoption of embedded systems for the Internet of Things by working with makers and startups on rapid prototyping with the Intel Galileo,...Read more

Jorge Coca

A Spanish software engineer, Jorge Coca moved to Chicago in the summer of 2011 and developed Android applications for companies like Groupon and Orbitz. In January 2016 Jorge joined the BMW Technology Corporation as a senior Android engineer. At BMW, he is part of the team that works on the...Read more

Alan Couch

Alan Crouch is a director of mobile testing with Coveros, Inc., which helps companies build better applications using agile, DevOps, and security best practices. Alan works with C-level and senior management at private companies and federal agencies to transform and adopt a more “mobile-first” approach to information technology. Alan has...Read more

David Dang
Zenergy Technologies

VP of automated solutions for Zenergy Technologies David Dang has been a leading figure in the test automation industry for more than eighteen years. At Zenergy, David spearheads test automation by developing advanced frameworks that emphasize reusability and reduce maintenance efforts. An expert in commercial automation tools and open-source toolsets,...Read more

James Dempsey
Tapas Software

James Dempsey is a fifteen-year Apple veteran gone indie. At Apple, he was an evangelist, technical trainer, curriculum manager, and software engineer, working on Aperture, iOS, and OS X releases Leopard through Lion. James is currently on the technical staff at Upthere, working to build a cloud platform for humankind’s...Read more


Concurrent Sessions

As a member of the Android core platform testing team at Google, Jed Estep is responsible for the development and deployment of automated testing and continuous integration tools for many of Android's system components. His primary focus has been on improving the quality and reliability of system updates, impacting millions...Read more

Michael Finegan

Business development director for MultiTech Michael Finegan is a leading technical design consultant and public speaker, focused on engineering, design, and commercialization of embedded systems for the Internet of Things. His eighteen years of experience in designing enterprise-wide area networks and cloud infrastructures have helped hundreds of customers and partners...Read more

Gary Garcia
Director, ARM mbed Partner Ecosystem

Gary Garcia is the Director of ARM mbed Partner Ecosystem and a frequent speaker at industry events. For the past two years, Gary has infused mbed with a “services first”, Cloud delivery strategy. Having experience as a CIO and in Product Management, Gary integrates the concerns of the consumer, as...Read more

Lance Gleason
Polyglot Programming Inc.

A computer nut since he was a kid, Lance Gleason is founder and CEO of Polyglot Programming LLC, focusing on Ruby, mobile, and wearable software development. Lance previously worked as a Java developer and architect for Kodak, CNN, and GE. He regularly speaks about Ruby and wearable development at conferences...Read more

Grand Software Testing

Jon Hagar is a systems software engineer and testing consultant, supporting software product integrity and verification and validation (V&V), with a specialization in mobile and embedded software system testing. For more than thirty years, Jon has worked in software testing and engineering projects. He authored Software Test Attacks to Break...Read more

TIm Hahn
Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect, Internet of Things Security

Concurrent Sessions

Brian Huey

Brian Huey manages M2M (Machine to Machine) and IoT partnerships and ecosystem development in smart grid, water, and gas industries. With Brian’s business experience and in-depth technical knowledge of IoT and M2M communications, he is able to quickly guide developers to launching their solution in the most cost and operationally...Read more

Joe Keeley
Partner and Lead Engineer

A partner and lead engineer at MartianCraft, Joe Keeley crafts technical solutions and solves business problems—from enterprise software systems at companies including Apple, AMD, Vistar, Intelligent Electronics, and Ahold USA/Stop and Shop/MAC Risk Management; to iOS solutions for venture-funded startups and Fortune 100 companies. He is the coauthor of Mastering...Read more

Stacy Kirk
QualityWorks Consulting Group, LLC

As a software QA architect, agile coach, coder, and speaker, Stacy Kirk champions quality and process innovation in software development. She has led global IT teams to deliver cutting-edge web, mobile, and enterprise applications in a variety of industries from advertising to security. Stacy founded QualityWorks Consulting Group and ...Read more

Ken Kousen
Kousen IT, Inc.

Ken Kousen is the president of Kousen IT, Inc., through which he does technical training, mentoring, and consulting in all areas related to Java, specializing in Android, Spring, Hibernate, Groovy, and Grails. He is the author of the books ...Read more

Theresa Lanowitz
voke, inc.

Founder of voke, inc. Theresa Lanowitz is recognized worldwide as a relentless advocate for software quality, a strategic thinker, and influencer in software lifecycle and its transformation including testing, virtualization, cloud computing, cyber security, embedded systems, IoT, release management, and mobile software. A champion of emerging technology, Theresa initiated coverage...Read more

Shawn Larson

Shawn Larson has more than twenty years of experience in the software industry. His career started with Microsoft supporting Word for Windows and moved into the Office for Macintosh engineering team, where he designed, tested, and developed for both Mac OS and iOS versions of Office. Currently, he works at...Read more

Jon Lipps
Director of Open Source
Sauce Labs

Jonathan Lipps has been making things out of code for as long as he can remember. As the director of open source at Sauce Labs, Jonathan is leading the charge to improve the web and mobile testing ecosystem. He is the architect and project lead for Appium, the open-source, cross-platform...Read more

Jim McKeeth
Embarcadero Technologies

As lead developer evangelist at Embarcadero Technologies, Jim McKeeth is a key part of Embarcadero’s developer community outreach. With more than twenty years of programming experience, Jim travels the world speaking at conferences and sharing his excitement and knowledge. He holds a patent for the swipe to unlock and pattern...Read more

Troy Miles
Software Engineer and Author

Troy Miles, aka the Rockncoder, began writing computer games in assembly language for early computers—Apple II, Commodore C64, and the IBM PC—more than thirty-five years ago. Nowadays he writes web and mobile apps for a Southern California-based automotive valuation and information company. Troy is fluent in JavaScript, C#, and C++,...Read more

Josiah Mory

After ten years of touring and gigging in the music industry, Josiah Mory left behind his bass guitar and transitioned into the world of software development. Josiah started working with Ruby on Rails, transitioned to Node, and (an Apple fan for a long time) is now loving working with Swift....Read more

Jaimee Newberry

Jaimee Newberry brings industry leadership and experience gained from advising C-level and senior management teams at startups, agencies, and Fortune 500 companies to her role as COO at MartianCraft. Her insight, practices, and a personal ecology have proven to elevate the culture, processes, and product quality of high-performance software design...Read more

Jeff Pierce
Coveros, Inc.

Jeff Pierce has more than 20 years of experience in software engineering management, specializing in program, project, and software quality assurance management. Jeff is also experienced in building technical teams that are rapidly able to implement solutions and deliver business value. More recently, Jeff has focused on Agile project management...Read more

Greg Pope
Lawrence Livermore National Labs

Gregory Pope has more than forty years’ experience developing software in the commercial and government sectors. Greg has held positions from programmer to CEO and now works for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a software quality engineering group leader. Previously, Greg founded and ran a software testing company and...Read more

Booz-Allen Hamilton's Strategic Initiatives Group

Chris Poulin is Director of IoT Security and Threat Intel for Booz-Allen Hamilton's Strategic Initiatives Group, responsible for building countermeasures for threats to the Internet of Things, with a focus on connected vehicles, as well as researching and analyzing security trends in cybercrime, cyber warfare, corporate espionage,...Read more

Rob Richardson
Richardson and Sons

A software craftsman, Rob Richardson builds web properties in ASP.NET, Node, Angular, and React. He’s a Microsoft MVP; published author; and a frequent speaker at conferences, user groups, and community events. A diligent teacher and student of high-quality software development, Rob has led the Southeast Valley .NET User Group since...Read more


Rob Sabourin, P. Eng., has more than thirty-three years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering,...Read more

Max Saperstone

For almost a decade, Max Saperstone has been a test engineer focusing on test automation and the continuous integration/continuous delivery process. Max specializes in open source tools—Selenium, JMeter, AutoIT, Cucumber, and Chef. He has led several testing automation efforts, including developing an automated suite focused on web-based software to operate...Read more

Dona Sarkar

Dona Sarkar wishes she’d been born a cat so she could have had nine lives. Since that didn’t work out, she decided to live nine lives in this one. Dona spends her days running the Windows Insiders program at Microsoft, celebrating diversity in STEM fields as a fashion blogger at...Read more

Ellen Shapiro

Ellen Shapiro is the former Director of iOS Engineering at Chicago-based agency Vokal, which helps companies develop and build their vision for taking advantage of a mobile world. When not working, Ellen partners with designer and fellow singer-songwriter Aaron Shekey of Github to create the leading songwriting app Hum. Ellen also...Read more

Raj Subramanian
CSG International

Raj Subramanian, a former developer for a payroll processing company, moved to testing to focus on his passion. Raj currently works as a mobile test lead for a large product and services company. He actively contributes to the testing community by speaking at conferences, writing articles, blogging, and being directly...Read more

TJ Usiyan
Iron Yard Instructor
The Iron Yard

An instructor with Atlanta-based Iron Yard, TJ Usiyan is a teacher, writer, musician, and software developer, excited about crafting interesting work and helping others do the same. TJ has two degrees—one in electronic production and design and the other in creative writing. He entered software development through musical and...Read more

Marc van't Veer

Marc van’t Veer, a mobile app test consultant and trainer at the Netherlands-based Polteq, has more than eight years in testing with experience in technically-oriented contexts, such as telecom, SOA, test automation, and testing APIs. Marc is now part of a scrum team that develops the next generation of native...Read more

Anders Wallgren
Electric Cloud

Chief technology officer of Electric Cloud, Anders Wallgren has more than twenty-five years of in-depth experience designing and building commercial software. Previously, Anders held executive positions at Aceva, Archistra, and Impresse; and management positions at Macromedia, Common Ground Software, and Verity, where he played critical technical leadership roles in delivering...Read more