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Chad Fowler is an internationally known software developer, trainer, manager, speaker, and musician. Over the past decade he has worked with some of the world’s largest companies and most admired software developers.
Chad is VP of Engineering at LivingSocial. He is co-organizer of RubyConf and RailsConf and author or co-author of a number of popular software books, including "The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development".
Ben Scofield has been an active participant in the Ruby and Rails communities for the past five years, contributing to open source projects, writing both online and in print, and speaking at events around the world. He's spent time building application for startups, established companies, and competitions, and he was one of the founders of the DevNation series of local, technology-agnostic conferences. He now works as a developer advocate for Heroku.
David A. Black
David A. Black, Senior Developer at Cyrus Innovation, Inc., is a well-known Ruby programmer, trainer, author, speaker, and event organizer. David is one of the founding directors of Ruby Central, Inc., and has been a co-organizer of every RubyConf since the first one in 2001, program co-chair for RailsConf, and program chair for RailsConf Europe. Active in the Ruby world since 2000, David is the author of The Well-Grounded Rubyist (Manning Publications, 2009), a Ruby standard library contributor, and a frequent invited speaker at technical conferences and user groups in the US, Canada, and Europe.
Rich is VP R&D for LivingSocial. Rich is leading LivingSocial's efforts to dominate the local commerce marketplace through technological innovation. Rich, previously CEO and Co-Founder of InfoEther, also co-founded Ruby Central, a non-profit promoting Ruby and its community. Prior to InfoEther, Rich was CTO & Co-Founder of Roku Technologies. In his 20 years as a software technologist, he has been a CEO, CTO, sales engineer, designer, consultant and a systems security manager in the Air Force at the Pentagon.
is a JRuby Support Engineer at Engine Yard. He is also a JRuby committer. Ruby has freed him from his past professional life as a database administrator and as a hobbyist Perl hacker.
David Bock is a Principal Consultant at CodeSherpas. Mr. Bock is also the President of the Northern Virginia Java Users Group, co-counder of the Northern Virginia Ruby Users Group, the Editor of O'Reilly's OnJava.com website, and a frequent speaker on technology in venues such as the No Fluff Just Stuff Software Symposiums. Mr Bock has been deploying Rails applications since the fall of 2005.
Alberto Morales is the CIO at OPNET Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of solutions for managing networks and applications. Alberto has has held the CIO position at OPNET for over 12 years, helping the company grow from a private 40 person outfit, to a public company with $120M in revenues with over 500 employees. He is a progressive, hands-on CIO and uses Ruby and Ruby on Rails extensively in his enterprise. When he is not busy with his day to day responsibilities, he is cycling or working on his new pet project which is teaching ruby to kids (ruby4kids.com).