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Oct. 23-24th, 2017
Historic Automotive Building at Exhibition Place

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About Jonah Kowall

VP Market Development and Insights at AppDynamics

Session: Monitoring and Instrumentation
Strategies, Tips & Best Practices

Jonah Kowall trained in computer science and co-founded one of the first content filtering companies in the late 1990’s. Jonah became a security expert committing code to both the FreeBSD project and helped build the first wireless cracking algorithms.

In 2011 Jonah changed careers, moving to Gartner to focus on availability and performance monitoring and IT operations management (ITOM). Speaking and writing research globally for IT leaders and CIOs. Jonah led Gartner's influential application performance monitoring (APM) and created the network performance monitoring and diagnostics (NPMD) magic quadrants. In 2015 Jonah joined AppDynamics to drive the company’s product strategy, roadmap and vision, while developing entry into new markets and providing valuable technology and business insights.

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About Sam Kitajima-Kimbrel

Engineering Manager at Twillio

Session: One Data Pipeline to Rule Them All

Sam Kitajima-Kimbrel is a software engineer with many feels about distributed systems, data routing and storage, and usable APIs. He currently leads Twilio's Data Platform team, building scalable and reusable data infrastructure to support a 400-person R&D organization. Sam has a different hair color every month, enjoys cycling and cooking, and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his husband Kameron and their dog Basil.

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About Luke Westby

Partner at HumbleSpark

Session: Fantastic Types and Where To Use Them

Luke is the cofounder and a partner at HumbleSpark located in Chicago, IL, USA. Luke is an active member of the Elm community, helping to maintain several open source packages including elm-lang/core and elm-http-builder. Luke loves contributing to the Elm community by speaking about the language, answering questions in the Elm Slack, writing blog posts, and organizing the Chicago Elm Meetup. When Luke isn't thinking about code he likes to play the guitar, speed-run Metroid Fusion, and watch far too much TV with his fiancée.

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About Yaroslav Tkachenko

Senior Software Engineer, Lead at Mobify

Session: Building Stateful Microservices With Akka

Yaroslav Tkachenko is a Senior Software Engineer, Lead at Mobify. He joined Mobify to work on Mobify Platform, which includes Progressive Mobile and Engagement Marketing solutions.

Before that Yaroslav was a Director of Engineering at Bench Accounting. He joined the company as a first employee (and a first Software Engineer) and helped to grow the engineering team from 3 to almost 30 people.

At Bench Yaroslav worked with Platform and Integrations teams and was mostly focused on designing and implementing microservices architecture using various stacks (Scala, Node.js), building low-level infrastructure and contributing to DevOps tooling.

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About Ruy Adorno

Senior Front-End Developer at AppDirect

Session: Node.js server side rendering in the Age of APIs

Ruy Adorno is a Front-End Developer with more than 10 years of experience working with the web and the many versions of ECMAScript. Also an avid open source user and contributor.

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About Matthew Davey

Senior Product Designer at AgileBits

Session: Designing Everyday Privacy and Security

I grew up in a little village in England 🇬🇧 but I live in Toronto 🇨🇦 and design for 1Password. Previously I've designed for brands like Ecco, Gucci, HSBC and Microsoft.

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About Ole Michaelis

Senior Software Engineer at DNSimple

Session: Get your fancy pants on with Elixir

Ole Michaelis is the co-founder of SoCoded, a hackfest and web development conference in Hamburg. He’s a Software Engineer working for DNSimple making Domain Automation a breeze. In his free time, he’s building slidr.io, a hazzle-free slide sharing platform. Ole is passionate about open source software, enjoys traveling, and loves Mexican food. He classifies himself as a 'bad' German as he dislikes beer and soccer – the traditional German past-times.

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About Alex Wilmer

Software Developer at Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Session: Organizing Applications In The React Ecosystem

Alex Wilmer has a passion for all things JavaScript. It started with making side scrollers in Flash and has made its way to building research applications with his amazing colleagues at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. He spends much of his free time exploring new technologies, languages and frameworks, giving back what he learns to students at Lighthouse Labs and the Stackoverflow community. He also has a passion for open source and encourages everyone to make as many pull requests as possible. Find him on the TorontoJS slack community to say hello and ask any questions you like!

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About Ben Ilegbodu

Senior UI Engineer & Manager at Eventbrite

Session: Isomorphic React sans Node??

Ben is a Christian, a husband and a father of 2 with 10+ years of experience developing user interfaces for the Web. He currently leads and manages Eventbrite’s Frontend Platform team. On the side, Ben also enjoys playing basketball, DIY, watching movies, and blogging (benmvp.com) / tweeting (@benmvp) about his experiences with new web technologies.

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