VM (aka Vicky) spent most of her 20 years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now she leverages nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to advise companies about free/open source, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them. She is the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. Think of it as the missing manual of open source contributions and community participation. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is now available in an early release beta version. It’s available at https://fossforge.com. Vicky is the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016). She’s a moderator and author for opensource.com, a Director for the Open Source Initiative, and a frequent and popular speaker at free/open source conferences and events. She blogs about free/open source, business, and technical management at http://anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com.
Aaron Aldrich is a Community Advocate at Elastic and a founding organizer of the DevOps CT meetup & DevOpsDays Hartford. He is passionate for connecting humans and using technology to enhance our need to connect with each other. His writing can occasionally be found on crayzeigh.com or on Twitter @CrayZeigh.
Amanda Gonser is the Manager of Community Events & Content at PagerDuty, where she owns developer events and helps internal teams produce technical content. She develops and runs internal programs to help new speakers find and improve their public voice. Over the years, Amanda has gained unique perspective on event sponsorships, metrics, and ROI by managing developer events from an organizer perspective. She leverages that experience to help companies get more from their presence at field events. When she’s not living and breathing all things events, Amanda is exploring #librarytourism, hiking in the Pacific Northwest, or burying her nose in a good book.
Bear Douglas leads Developer Relations at Slack, where she and her team help developers build more pleasant and productive ways to work. Before Slack, she led the Developer Relations teams for the mobile and data platforms at Twitter, and worked on native mobile DevRel at Facebook and Parse. She’s passionate about developer experience, great documentation, and a cappella music.
I’m Dan Thomas, a trainer, coach and transformation consultant, advising organisations of over 100,000 people to change their cultures by harnessing the power of community and collaboration. My goal is to help people create an impact by creating amazing content, growing communities and succeeding at their passions.
Jeremy is the Director of Community at Solace, formerly at Auth0 and XDA. He is a lover of all things coffee, community, open source, and tech. He is also house-broken, and (generally) plays well with others.
Matt Auerbach is a NYC-based Developer Advocate at Twitch. The Advocacy Team educates developers regarding products and offerings, and acts as the primary point of contact for assistance and feedback. Matt is a mild-mannered programmer who enjoys using technology to solve problems and make people’s lives easier. By night, however… Well he does pretty much the same thing. You can find Matt streaming on /TwitchDev or /Mauerbac, and building tutorials on glitch. He previously worked in developer relations at Optimizely, Amazon Web Services, and Twilio.
Quintessence Anx is a Developer Advocate at Logz.io, one of the leaders and founders for Inclusive Tech Buffalo, and one of the founding organizers for DevOpsDays Buffalo which kicks off this year! She enjoys helping people launch careers in IT / SRE or adjacent specialities. Please feel free to reach out to her on Twitter @QuintessenceAnx.