Jean Barmash

Jean Barmash is the Director of Technical Services at Alfresco Software, the Open Source Enterprise Content Management Company. His responsibilities include architecture and hands-on development of content centric solutions, training, and working with open source and Alfresco partner community. Jean brings a wealth of experience in different areas of technology creation. Most recently, he worked as Sr. Consultant and Trainer at several Wall Street Firms. Well-versed in both .NET and Java, he is interested in the innovation going on in Web 2.0 and bringing it into the Enterprise. He is a frequent speaker on technology and architecture topics at user groups and industry conferences.

Emmanuel Bernard

After graduating from Supelec (French “Grande Ecole”), Emmanuel has spent a few years in the retail industry as developer and architect where he started to be involved in the ORM space. He joined the Hibernate team in 2003 and is now a lead 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. He also leads Hibernate Search and Hibernate Validator. Emmanuel is a member of the JPA 2.0 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 Devoxx and the co-author of Hibernate Search in Action published by Manning.

Bill Burke

Bill is a Fellow at the JBoss division of Red Hat Inc. He is JBoss’s representative on the JAX-RS specification and leads the JBoss RESTEasy project. Bill is co-author of O’Reilly’s “EJB 3.0” and has numerous other online and in-print publications about REST, EJB, JAX-RS, and AOP.

Doris Chen

Dr. Doris Chen is a Senior Technology Evangelist at Microsoft for the Western region of the United States, specialized in web technologies (HTML5, jQuery, JavaScript, Ajax, and Java).
Doris has over 18 years of experience in the software industry working in several open source web tier technologies, Java platform, .NET and distributed computing technologies. She has developed and delivered over 400 keynotes, technical sessions, and trainings worldwide. She speaks at numerous international conferences and user groups including O’Reilly OSCON, Fluent, Dev Nexus, HTML5 Dev Conference, WebVisions, JavaOne, SD Forum, and worldwide User Groups. Doris works very closely to create and foster the open source community around Java, NetBeans, Glassfish, and related technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Doris Chen was a Technology Evangelist at Sun Microsystems.
Doris received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in computer engineering, specializing in medical informatics.

Keith Donald

Keith Donald is a principal and founding partner at SpringSource, the company behind Spring and a division of VMware. At SpringSource, Keith is a full-time member of the Spring development team focusing on web application development productivity. He is also the architect behind SpringSource’s state-of-the-art training curriculum, which has provided practical Spring training to over 10,000 students worldwide. Over his career, Keith, an experienced enterprise software developer and mentor, has built business applications for customers spanning a diverse set of industries including banking, network management, information assurance, education, retail, and healthcare. He is particularly skilled at translating business requirements into technical solutions.

Yakov Fain

Yakov Fain is Java Champion and a co-founder of IT consultancy Farata Systems, USA. He authored many articles and several books about software development. He’s a co-author of the book “Angular 2 Development with TypeScript”, Manning, 2016. Yakov’s e-book “Java Programming for Kids” is available for free download at His Twitter tag is @yfain.

Neal Ford

Neal has a degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University specializing in languages and compilers and a minor in mathematics specializing in statistical analysis. He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, and video presentations. He is also the author of 6 books, including the most recent Presentation Patterns and Functional Thinking. Given his degree, Neal is a bit of a language geek, with affections including but not limited to Ruby, Clo*j*ure, Java, Groovy, JavaScript, Scala and C#/.NET. His primary consulting focus is the design and construction of large-scale enterprise applications. Neal is an internationally acclaimed speaker, having spoken at over 300 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 2000 presentations. If you have an insatiable curiosity about Neal, visit his web site at He welcomes feedback and can be reached at nford at thoughtworks dot com.

Jeremy Haile

Jeremy Haile is VP of Product Development at WeTheCitizens, an Atlanta startup, and is responsible for leading the development of the Wildfire Social Mobilization Platform. Jeremy is an experienced leader and consultant, with expertise implementing agile software methodologies and leading teams to develop high-quality software. He has focused on Java web application development using open-source technologies since 2000. He graduated from Georgia Tech in Computer Science, and is an active member of the development and startup communities in Atlanta, a founding member of the JSecurity open-source project, and a certified ScrumMaster.

Peter Higgins

Peter Higgins (aka dante) is a software engineer at SitePen, a prominent web development and consulting company based in Silicon Valley. Peter heads up SitePen’s Dojo Support, a great option for companies needing technical advice, code fixes and answers from the experts. As the newly appointed Dojo Project Lead, Peter spends countless hours improving the Dojo Toolkit, writing great demos and tutorials, and helping new Dojo users become proficient with the toolkit, all key ingredients to building a thriving Dojo Community.

Charlie Hubbard

Charlie Hubbard is a 10+ year veteran of the software industry, blogger, open source project contributor and creator. His days are filled as a Senior Software Engineer at Nexidia working on a grid based approach for searching audio. In his free time he enjoys working with Ruby, Java, Flex, Javascript, and has been known to make a film every once in a while. Charlie and his wife live and work in Atlanta.

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson is Tech Lead of the Google Web Toolkit (GWT). He joined Google in 2005 as a founding member of Google’s engineering office in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to Google, Bruce was Director of Engineering at AppForge, specializing in cross-platform mobile development tools.

Bob McWhirter

Bob McWhirter has been involved in open-source for over a decade, including founding the Codehaus and the Jaxen, Drools, and Groovy projects. He’s taken a shine to Ruby in the past few years, and is currently trying to make it more enterprisey.

Pratik Patel


Pratik Patel is the CTO of Atlanta based TripLingo ( He wrote the first book on ‘enterprise Java’ in 1996, “Java Database Programming with JDBC.” He has also spoken at various conferences and participates in several local tech groups and startup groups. He’s in the startup world now and hacks iOS, Android, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Rails, and ….. well everything except Perl.
Pratik’s specialty is in large-scale applications for mission-critical and mobile applications use. He has designed and built applications in the retail, health care, financial services, and telecoms sectors. Pratik holds a master’s in Biomedical Engineering from UNC, has worked in places such as New York, London, and Hong Kong, and currently lives in Atlanta, GA.

Jared Richardson

Principal consultant and a member of the core team at Agile Artisans (, Jared Richardson is a process coach who works with software teams to help them build excellent software. He sold his first software program in 1991 and has been immersed in software ever since. He helped create the GROWS methodology and has authored a number of books, including the best selling Ship It! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects and Career 2.0: Take Control of Your Life. He is a frequent speaker at software conferences and a thought leader in the agile space. Jared lives with his wife and children in North Carolina where they, quite by accident, became backyard chicken farmers.

Ari Zilka

Ari Zilka founded Terracotta in 2003, where he currently serves as the infrastructure software company’s CTO. There he’s been working to refine the software that makes it easy to scale a Java application to as many computers as needed, without the usual custom application code and databases used to share data in a cluster. Prior to Terracotta, Ari was the Chief Architect at, where he led the innovation and development of the company’s new engineering initiatives. While there, he built and led a team of core engineers focused on performance management, and operations cost-saving measures. Outside of, Ari’s work in software development and consulting has had him working with,, Harrod’s of London, Siemen’s, Intel, Compaq, and Barnes & Noble among others.

In June 2008, Ari and the Terracotta development team celebrated the release of the first commercially-available book about the technology, “The Definitive Guide to Terracotta: Cluster the JVM for Spring, Hibernate and POJO Scalability”. The book was written for both developers and architects who want to learn the “whats, wheres, whens, and whys” of the Terracotta scaling engine.

Ari holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Computer Science as well as in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.


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