Speakers

Back in 2011 when we organized the first edition of ITCamp, we made a promise to ourselves that we’d only host a conference if it was one we’d actually want to attend. That starts with an outstanding speaker lineup.

We’ll be announcing even more speakers and the full agenda in the coming weeks, so be sure to join the ITCamp email list to hear all the latest and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Ben Armstrong

Ben Armstrong

Principal Program Manager Lead | Microsoft

Ben Armstrong is a Principle Program Manager at Microsoft who works on the Hyper-V development team. He has been working on virtualization for over a decade and has worked on products such as Virtual PC, Virtual Server, and Hyper-V. Right now Ben is focused on building the next release of Hyper-V and on delivering the core technology for Windows Server containers. Ben blogs as Virtual PC Guy here and can be found on Twitter at @VirtualPCGuy.

Jayson E. Street

Jayson E. Street

Infosec Ranger | Pwnie Express

Jayson E. Street is an author of Dissecting the hack: series. Jayson is also the DEF CON Groups Global Coordinator. He has also spoken at DEFCON, DerbyCon, UCON and at several other CONs and colleges on a variety of Information Security subjects. His life story can be found on Google under Jayson E. Street *He is a highly carbonated speaker who has partaken of Pizza from Beijing to Brazil. He does not expect anybody to still be reading this far but if they are please note he was chosen as one of Time’s persons of the year for 2006.

Tim Huckaby

TIM HUCKABY

Microsoft RD, MVP | InterKnowlogy

Tim Huckaby is focused on Engaging User Experiences in Software and the Natural User Interface (NUI) – Touch, Gesture, Voice and Neural in a number of technologies and platforms on a broad spectrum of devices.

Mr. Huckaby has been called a “Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution” by the press. Mr. Huckaby has been awarded many times for the highest rated technical presentations and keynotes for Microsoft and many other technology conferences like CES and events all around the world. Mr. Huckaby is consistently rated in the top 10% of all speakers at these events. Having worked for or with Microsoft for over 25 years, Mr. Huckaby has been on stage with, and done numerous keynote demos for many Microsoft executives including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer mulitple times.

In 1999 Mr. Huckaby founded InterKnowlogy, a custom application development firm that creates high-impact software experiences and continues to flourish over 13 years later. In 2011 Mr. Huckaby founded Actus Interactive Software as a product company compliment to InterKnowlogy. Mr. Huckaby serves both companies as Chairman.

Mr. Huckaby has over 30 years of technology experience including serving on a Microsoft server product team as a development lead on an architecture team. Mr. Huckaby is a Microsoft Regional Director, a Microsoft MVP and serves on many councils and boards like the Microsoft Application Development Partner Advisory Council and the Microsoft Healthcare Executive Board.

Peter Leeson

PETER LEESON

CMMI Specialist | Q:PIT LTD

Peter Leeson is the founder and director of Q:PIT Ltd, based in England. He has nearly 40 experience in the software industry, is a visiting scientist with the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA). He is an internationally renowned speaker, instructor, consultant and process appraiser.

After spending many years being a process improvement consultant, Peter has focused more and more on the need for job satisfaction and the feeling of achievement as the ultimate key to quality, which means lower time to market and lower costs. Peter has worked in nearly every continent (still missing South America and Antarctica), and believes that any change for the better in an organization has to be deeply rooted in the culture of the country, the organization and the team.

Peter is not only a certified lead appraiser and instructor in CMMI (services, development and acquisition), Peter does quality assurance and development work in improving and rewriting the various courses of the CMMI Institute, seeking to make them more learner centred and focused on real improvement of business objectives and away from respect of theories and principles.

Carsten Rachfahl ITCamp 2017

CARSTEN RACHFAHL

Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP and Microsoft Regional Director | RACHFAHL IT-SOLUTIONS GmbH & Co. KG

Carsten Rachfahl (@hypervserver) started his IT career in 1988, working as a developer on porting X-Windows to an OS called OS/9. In 1991, he founded his own company in Germany and is self-employed since these ancient days. Starting 2001 with Citrix, his focus is on the virtualization space till nowadays. When Microsoft finally created a “real” Hypervisor and brought that to the market, he was all in. His Blog is highly recognized and appreciated within the virtualization community. The Blog features tutorials, articles, screencasts, video interviews and podcasts focusing on the Microsoft Private/Hybrid Cloud. Carsten loves to share his knowledge and so he teaches his own “Hyper-V Powerkurs” course. As co-founder of the German Hyper-V Community he regularly organizes events and he has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for Hyper-V in the year between 2011 and 2016. In 2016 he was appointed for the first time as Microsoft Reginal Director for Germany.

RAFFAELE RIALDI

RAFFAELE RIALDI

Developer Security MVP | VEVY EUROPE

Raffaele Rialdi is a senior Software Architect working as a consultant, speaker and trainer. Since 2003, he is a Microsoft MVP in the Developer Security category and part of the Microsoft Developer Guidance Advisory Council. His passion for the community brought him to be member of the board of UGIdotNET, president of DotNetLiguria and co-founder of the Italian C++ user group.

Currently he is working as architect and developer on the backend of an enterprise project and working on cross-platform mobile development in both C# and C++ languages.

Mike Martin

MIKE MARTIN

Architect, Microsoft Azure MVP | CROSSPOINT SOLUTIONS

As a Microsoft Lead Consultant and Architect at Crosspoint Solutions (part of the Cronos group), a company with a strong focus on BI, Data and CRM, Mike is mainly focused on the complete Microsoft product stack and therefore very flexible to work with. He’s been active in the IT industry for over 17 years and has performed almost all types of job profiles, going from coaching and leading a team to architecting and systems design and training. Today he’s primarily into the Microsoft Cloud Platform and Application Lifecycle Management. He’s not a stranger to both dev and IT Pro topics, they even call him the perfect hybrid solution.

In January 2012 he became a crew member of AZUG, the Belgian Microsoft Azure User Group. As an active member he’s both involved in giving presentations and organizing events. Mike is also a Microsoft Azure MVP (already awarded 4 times, since 2013, awaiting his fifth hopefully! ) and Microsoft Azure Advisor.

Helping out in the community and introducing new & young people into the world of Microsoft and technology is also one of his passions.

 Laurent Ellerbach

Laurent Ellerbach

Technical Evangelist Lead, Microsoft EMEA | Microsoft

Laurent Ellerbach drives technical evangelism and marketing teams over Central and Eastern Europe targeting professionals of IT and Developers. He is working at Microsoft for 18 years. He is in charge to engage and satisfy technical audiences like professional developers, technical students through online, events and content. He manages remote teams over 30 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Laurent has both an engineering degree from ParisTech Arts et Métiers (France) and a Marketing degree from ESCP Europe. He loves both technologies and marketing, and practices both for his job and hobbies. He also gives marketing courses at business schools as well as internally at Microsoft. Laurent is a certified Lego Serious Play facilitator. He is the happy father of 2 boys. Laurent is also a fan of Lego, cheese and good wine.

Alessandro Pilotti

ALESSANDRO PILOTTI

Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP | CLOUDBASE

Alessandro Pilotti is the CEO of Cloudbase Solutions a company focused on cloud computing interoperability based in Verona, Italy and Timisoara, Romania. Cloudbase Solutions provides the integration between OpenStack and Windows, including the Hyper-V Nova Compute driver and Windows Cloud-Init.
Alessandro is currently an MVP on Cloud and Datacenter Management and a Windows Azure Insider, holds a master in computer science, various certifications in the IT domain (MCSD, MCSE, MCDBA, RHCE) and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He enjoys doing technical speeches, developing open source projects and participating in the IT community life in general.
When not coding, consulting or training, he is flying with his paraglider into old-fashioned clouds.

Adam Granicz

ÁDÁM GRÁNICZ

F# MVP | INTELLIFACTORY

Adam Granicz is a 6x F# MVP and the author of five F# books, key F# community member and evangelist, and a regular speaker at developer conferences and workshops.

Next to heading IntelliFactory, the F# company specializing in functional web and cloud applications and developer tools, he promotes the use of functional programming in industry at various events and venues. You can follow him on Twitter @granicz, or find him on FPish, the largest online functional programming community.

Andrea_Saltarello

Andrea Saltarello

Solution Architect | MANAGED DESIGNS

Andrea Saltarello is CEO and founder of Managed Designs, a company providing consultancy services related to software design and development.

A solution architect, Andrea is still eager to write code in real projects in order to get feedback about his architectural decisions; he is co-author of “Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise” by Microsoft Press: first released in 2008, the second edition hit the stores in September 2014.

As a trainer and speaker, Andrea had several speaking engagements for courses and conferences across Europe such as DevWeek and Tech-Ed Europe; he also taught “Operating Systems” during the “Master in Editoria Multimediale” class organized by the University “Politecnico of Milan”.

In 2001 Andrea co-founded UGIdotNET, the first Italian .NET User Group of whom he is the President and leader: due to his community efforts, he has been granted the Microsoft MVP award since 2003.

Gaines Kergosien

Gaines Kergosien

Solution Architect | UBS

Gaines Kergosien is an associate director at UBS, organizer of Music City Code conference, Microsoft MVP, and serves as board member for the Nashville .NET User Group. He also presents at software development conferences throughout the United States. With over 15 years in solutions development, his work includes consulting for such companies as Bridgestone, Deloitte, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), American General (AIG), Lexis Nexis, Gibson Guitars, and Cardinal Healthcare.

George_Saadeh

GEORGE SAADEH

Master Consultant | FALAFEL SOFTWARE

George Saadeh is a Master Consultant at Falafel Software. He has been working with leading-edge programming tools since 2002. Driven by his belief in the modern web and his ability to assimilate and utilize emerging technologies, he has been working with customers from all over the world in a wide range of industries. He has in depth knowledge of the .NET platform and specializes in ASP.NET Webforms, MVC, HTML5 and JavaScript, Restful Services and SQL Server to deliver web enterprise solutions.

When he is not in front of his computer screen, George is either boxing, working out, road tripping or spinning the latest tracks with his DJ friends.

David Giard

DAVID GIARD

Technical Evangelist | MICROSOFT

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades. Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist.

David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at www.DavidGiard.com. His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

Thomas-Maurer

Thomas Maurer

Cloud Architect | itnetX

Thomas Maurer works as a Cloud Architect at itnetX AG, a consulting and engineering company located in Switzerland, which has been awarded by Microsoft as “Microsoft Datacenter Partner of the Year for the past four years. Thomas is focused on Microsoft Technologies, especially Microsoft Cloud Platform based Microsoft System Center, Microsoft Virtualization and Microsoft Azure. This includes Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows Server, Storage, Networking and Azure Pack as well as Service Management Automation.

In 2012 Thomas Maurer was awarded the first time by Microsoft with the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award for his expertise in Virtual Machine (Hyper-V). And in 2014 Thomas was awarded the first time by Cisco with the Cisco Champion Award.

Thomas works closely with Microsoft and partners to promote Microsoft Technology as speaker for Microsoft and other Technical events such as Microsoft TechDays.

Boris_Hristov

BORIS HRISTOV

Founder and Operations Head | 356labs

Boris is the Founder of 356labs – a boutique presentation design & training agency. He has delivered sessions in 25+ countries and has been rated as top speaker numerous times. Boris has years of experience as a trainer and has trained and coached not just students, but also people from the IT, sales, marketing and management field in topics ranging from presentation skills and storytelling through the psychology behind slide design.

He founded 356labs in September 2015 and less than 2 years later, his company now works for brands like Deutsche Telekom, KPMG, Unicredit Bulbank, PwC, Roche and a lot more, helping them prepare and deliver truly effective presentations. In 2016, 356labs also became the only presentation agency in the world to speak at the biggest yearly conference of Microsoft – Microsoft Ignite – which was held in Atlanta and had more than 25 000 vistors.

Erwin Derksen

Erwin Derksen

Architect | DERKIT

Since 1999 in IT – Founded DerkIT in 2017- Practical – Simplifier – Likes sharing knowledge – Projects and changes only – Has also a technical focus – Acts as bridge between business and technology – Guides complex decisions and reduces them to the essence – Believes that humor, clarity, and simplicity are important.

Mete Atamel

Mete Atamel

Developer Advocate | GOOGLE

I’m a Developer Advocate at Google, currently focused on helping developers with Google Cloud Platform. As a long-time Java and a recent C# developer, I like to compare the two ecosystems. Prior to Google, I worked at Microsoft, Skype, Adobe, EMC, and Nokia building apps and services on various web, mobile and cloud platforms. Originally from Cyprus, I currently live in Greenwich, not too far away from the prime meridian.

Vlatko Ivanovski

Vlatko Ivanovski

Visual Studio MVP | AVANADE

Over 16 years of IT experience in Development Area and strong technical background have provided a strong business foundation in Managing ICTs. I am highly experienced IT Systems professional with proven management and technical skills and demonstrated the ability to build/lead/mentor teams of other IT technical personnel in different IT functions. Proven business analysis and business intelligence skills as well as the ability to see both the big picture and detailed view have constantly been a valuable asset in all situations. Large experience in planning, design and implementation of software solutions in the areas of e-Commerce, e-Business, e-Banking and e-Government, based on Microsoft technologies / systems. Continuously explore and implement practices to successfully manage the overall process of developing software solutions using the latest technologies and systems. As an DevOps & Agile Delivery Engineer, I am responsible for setting up and configuring the environments for applications and working with the architects and developers to ensure the best environment design is selected. I am also responsible for using monitoring and logging to ensure the application performs well.

Ondrej Vysek

Ondrej Vysek

Solution Architect | KPCS

Ondrej is the Solution Architect for enterprise customers in Czech and Slovak Republic at KPCS. His experience with deployment started at 1998 when first automated deployment of the Windows NT started. I’m experienced in many other areas covering core Microsoft infrastructure like Windows client and server, including directory services, security, system center and unified communication. Now I’m helping customers to easily adopt Windows 7 via different automation techniques. I’m active author on local IT Pro web portal optimalizovane-it.cz. You can meet me on different event as a speaker or featuring expert.

Melania Andrisan

Melania Andrisan

Solution Architect | HAUFE GROUP

Melania Andrisan is a Solution Architect as part of the CTO Team at Haufe Group being an architect with a TOGAF certification, developer and speaker. Since being in college she was active in the community having presented at some of the best known regional conferences: DevReach, DevSum and ITCamp.

Currently her focus is on Serverless applications with technologies like Serverless Framework, React, Lambda and a lot more using Node.js and Java Script.

IONUT BALAN

 IONUȚ BĂLAN

Windows Insider MVP | CERNER ROMANIA

Ionut is developer for Cerner Romania and passionate about technology (smartphones, wearables, security). He is a regular speaker at the major Romanian IT conferences, reviewer at MOBzine.ro and book writer with focus on mobiles. Prior joining Siemens Ionut was the editor in chief for CHIP IT magazine and chief of CHIP’s software testlab.

Silviu Niculita

SILVIU NICULIȚĂ

Head of Technology | YONDER

Silviu Niculita is a passionate software professional and technologist focused on solving hard business problems with cutting-edge technology.

For the last 8 years he has managed teams building and operating high-performance enterprise systems from hardware architecture to design, development, quality assurance and support.

Silviu’s areas of interest are around how small teams can be most effective in building real software: high-quality, secure systems at the highest limits of robustness, performance and flexibility.

Silviu has worked with groups like Microsoft and Siemens and he also holds numerous IT certifications.

Florin Coros

FLORIN COROȘ

Software Architect | IQUARC

Florin Coros is a passionate software architect and developer who has been working for the last 11 years in a wide variety of business applications using Microsoft technologies. He is particularly interested in distributed applications, code design and unit testing. He has an increased interest in software quality and he strongly believes in quality driven products. As one of the fans of Uncle Bob he values his saying: “the only way to go fast is to go well.

As part of iQuarc he helps different companies with training, coding, coaching and consulting. He is also the author of www.onCodeDesign.com, a blog where he shares his ideas and experiences about effective code design.

Alexandru Mang

ALEXANDRU MANG

Azure MVP | KEYTICKET SOLUTIONS

Alex Mang is a regular speaker at community driven events focusing mostly on cloud-computing topics, thus aiming to help developers better understand the implications of cloud-computing as a whole. As an Azure Advisor, he regularly offers feedback on upcoming Azure features and services and gets to test them out in early development stages.

Alex dedicates most of his time developing his BizSpark Plus start-up, KeyTicket Solutions, an event management and ticketing solution developer company, where he gets to work with some of the biggest event organizers in Romania. He also invests lots of time teaching software architectural patterns and cloud computing development at user groups and forums. Whenever he doesn’t write articles in the monthly TechWiki magazine, he develops and publishes open-source Azure-related libraries (e.g. Azure Search Client) on CodePlex or in Git repositories.

During his 10 year career as a software developer he got the chance to work on both hardware and software projects using Microsoft and Microsoft-related technologies on all platforms imaginable: embedded, robotics, desktop, mobile and web.

Dan Ardelean

Dan Ardelean

Senior Developer | MAHIZ

Dan is a senior developer and owner of Mahiz Srl, a software company based in Italy. His focus and passion is mobile development. He started developing on an Casio industrial device based on Pocket PC 2002 and still developing for all major mobile platforms. He is an Xamarin Certified mobile developer, Microsoft MVP on Windows Platform development and trainer on both Windows and Xamarin platforms.

Catalin Jora

CATALIN JORA

Senior Engineer | CONTAINER SOLUTIONS

Catalin is a Senior Engineer at Container Solutions where he currently helps companies making sense of cloud native technologies. He enjoys working on distributed systems and he likes to experiment with new IT technologies. Previously he started his own company and worked for a few big companies in various engineering roles that all have in common some aspects of software delivery.

His previous work with Kubernetes includes official tutorials, research for the RedHat linux blog and CI/CD implementation for companies that are migrating to cloud infrastructure. Outside technology and computer screens, he enjoys traveling, spending time offline and playing with his daughter.

Marius Zaharia

MARIUS ZAHARIA

Senior Cloud Architect, Azure MVP | CELLENZA

When the cloud computing really started at the end of the 2000s, Marius Zaharia – currently senior cloud architect at Cellenza, (Paris, France) – detected the enormous potential of this technology. Since then, it focuses primarily on the implementation of cloud architectures and solutions. Marius has gained experience from both developer and infrastructure engineer perspectives, which allows him to have a complementary approach. He is also a French Azure MVP, an active contributor to the Azure User Group France community and organizer of community events.

Adrian Vladu

ADRIAN VLADU

Senior Cloud Engineer | CLOUDBASE SOLUTIONS

Adrian Vladu has an experience of more than 5 years in the cloud computing area, with a focus on Linux and Windows inter-operability.
He leverages his knowledge and experience as a core reviewer of openstack/cloudbase-init, maintainer of cloudbase/cloudbase-init-ci and cloudbase/windows-openstack-imaging-tools open source projects.

Besides the coding time, his interests in the cloud domain are performance frameworks like OpenStack with OVS/DPDK and fd.io, which he enjoys to deploy and optimize.

Dan Suciu

Dan Suciu

Director of Global Learning and Development | 3PILLAR GLOBAL

Dan is Director of Global Learning and Development at 3Pillar Global and lecturer at Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of Babes Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He has more that 20 years of experience in software projects development, design and management. His fields of interest include software development methodologies, databases and object-oriented analysis and design.

Liviu Mandras

Mandras-Iura Liviu

Software Architect | EVOZON

Liviu is a passionate programmer with over 10 years of experience in software development on the Microsoft stack, most of them on web technologies. As a true craftsman he is always fighting to keep business requirements, pragmatism and perfect design in balance.

While interested in any software design and architectural topic, his current focus is on Microservices, CQRS and lean agile approaches like Continuous Delivery.

In his spare time he is a Texas Hold’em enthusiast and you can find him at the poker tables online.

Bogdan Bocse

Bogdan Bocse

Cloud solutions architect | VISAGECLOUD

Cloud solutions architect passionate about how big data and machine learning can solve real-world problems.

RADU VUNVULEA

RADU VUNVULEA

Azure MVP | IQUEST

Radu Vunvulea is a technology enthusiast involved in all kind of projects. He has a vast experience on different technologies and industries and has a blog where he writes about IT trends. In his spare time he drives IT communities and speaks at different conferences around the world.

In his day to day life Radu is Solution Architect at iQuest Technologies and Microsoft Azure MVP. Most of his time is spent working with the Cloud, helping big enterprises innovate and finding solutions to their business problems.

FLORIN LOGHIADE

FLORIN LOGHIADE

Azure MVP | AVAELGO

Florin works as an IT consultant focused on Microsoft solutions based on Windows Server, System Center, Hyper-V, Azure and Automation.

During his college days he joined the Microsoft Student Partners program on the IT PRO track and studied on-premise and cloud infrastructure technologies using Microsoft Windows Server and the System Center Suite and after PowerShell got to version 3, he then started focusing his attention on all the ways he could scale infrastructures using automation techniques. After a while he then took on the challenge in getting certified on the Microsoft technologies he mostly worked on and became a MCP passing the System Center and Hyper-V certification exams and then a Microsoft Virtualization Specialist. In his first year as a Microsoft Student Partner, Florin got to the final stage of ImagineCup Romania and after learning from the experience he then participated at RestartEDU competition where he achieved second place.

Florin’s current main focus is implementing and managing on-premise and cloud solutions based on Microsoft Windows Server, System Center and Azure, eliminating all the tedious management tasks using PowerShell and PowerShell DSC.

Tudor Damian

TUDOR DAMIAN

Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP | AVAELGO

Tudor Damian is the Executive Manager and Partner at Avaelgo, an IT & Security consultant and tech support specialist. With more than 10 years of experience in managing complex IT infrastructures, he is a technical speaker at local and regional IT events, talking about the latest technologies and trends on topics including general networking & security, virtualization technologies, OS deployment and maintenance, social engineering and information security awareness, web application security, white-hat hacking and penetration testing techniques.

His day to day activities cover designing and implementing IT solutions, performing security audits and penetration tests, offering tech support services and delivering training sessions for experts and beginners alike. He is also a co-organizer for ITCamp.

MIHAI TATARAN

MIHAI TĂTĂRAN

Azure MVP | AVAELGO

Mihai Tataran is the General Manager of Avaelgo, a software consulting and custom development company based in Romania, and an MVP on Windows Azure and Windows Azure Insider. Lately Mihai had an extensive experience with Windows Azure: completed solutions for different customers, and delivering the Microsoft DPE training on Azure for partners in Romania. One of those projects made it to a Case Study on Microsoft .com website, and his company Avaelgo was nominated as Cloud SME of the Month in Europe in May 2012.

Mihai has very good experience with large audiences at international conferences: DevReach in Bulgaria, Codecamp Macedonia, TechEd NA 2011 and 2012 BoF sessions; he is also involved in organizing ITCamp Romania.

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