Nat Friedman is CEO of GitHub, and drives the company’s vision of a global community of developers building the future together. Nat is passionate about building products that delight developers, and is a long-time leader in the open source community. He has co-founded two companies: Xamarin in 2011, where he served as CEO through acquisition by Microsoft in 2016, and Ximian in 1999. He is also co-founder of AI Grant, the GNOME Foundation, and co-founder and chairman of California YIMBY. Nat lives in San Francisco with his wife, daughter, and three dogs.
Erica Brescia is GitHub’s Chief Operating Officer, where she leads the business development, support, and workplace teams. Prior to joining GitHub, she was the COO and co-founder of Bitnami, where she was instrumental in leading the team's business development efforts with all of the leading cloud platform providers. Erica’s leadership in the technology space extends to serving on the board of directors of the Linux Foundation, as well as being an Investment Partner in X Factor Ventures, which empowers female-led businesses to succeed.
When Erica isn’t leading operations at GitHub, she loves going to the farmer’s market, cooking, working out and laughing hysterically with her husband and their hilarious son.
Jarryd McCree is a Senior Product Manager at GitHub where he focuses on Identity & Access Management and GitHub’s Enterprise offerings. Prior to joining GitHub, Jarryd co-founded multiple start-ups and was named as one of the “20 Innovators Shaping Atlanta’s Black Startup Community” by the Huffington Post. When not at his computer, you can find Jarryd outside in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia where he enjoys running, cycling, and hiking.
Dana Lawson has 20 years of experience as an engineer and engineering leader. She has worn many hats to complement a product’s lifecycle through her leadership roles at Heptio, Invision, New Relic and GitHub where she currently serves as VP of Engineering. With a background in fine arts, she brings her creative vision to chart new waters and lead the engineering teams of the future.
Omoju Miller is the Technical Advisor to the CEO at GitHub. Her expertise is in the area of machine learning and computational intelligence. In the past, she has co-led the non-profit investment in Computer Science Education for Google and served as a volunteer advisor to the Obama administration’s White House Presidential Innovation Fellows.
Martin Woodward is the Director of Developer Relations for GitHub. Before that Martin was Executive Director of the .NET Foundation and helped drive Microsoft’s move towards open source. He also helped build tooling for DevOps teams inside and outside the company
Known as the “Hackathon Queen” I work as the Developer Community Manager for GitHub. Everyday I get to engage with the vibrant developer community. As part of the DevRel team, we’re here to listen to the community, understand them, and provide people with the tools and resources to succeed at open source.
Chiedo, which rhymes with Tornado, is a husband to an amazing woman and a father to an unstoppable three year old. Before GitHub he ran a tech startup for seven years. Today he lives in Dayton, Virginia on a little bit of land with a pretty large garden and sixteen chickens.
Allison McMillan is a Director of Engineering at GitHub. She’s worn many hats including community builder at the University of Michigan, software developer, and Managing Director of a national non-profit. Allison also started a podcast about being a parent in tech, Parent Driven Development. When she’s not coding, you can find her encouraging her son’s climbing skills, making faces at her toddler daughter, or pretending she has time to bake. Allison lives in the DC area.
Maya is a Product Manager at GitHub in software supply chain security, working on vulnerability reports, security alerts, Dependency Graph and Dependabot. She was previously in Security & Privacy at Google, focused on container security, and encryption. She completed her Master's in mathematics focusing on cryptography and game theory. Outside of work, Maya is passionate about ice cream, puzzling, running, and reading nonfiction.
Chris Patterson is a Staff Product Manager working on GitHub Actions. Over his career he as worked for a number of different software companies on technologies ranging from Classic ASP and VB through Java and .NET. Currently he is working on enabling software developers to automate their workflows through GitHub Actions
Brian Douglas is a at GitHub where he works on increasing use of the GitHub’s platform specific features (Ask him about GitHub Actions!) through technical content distributed on the internet. In addition to that, Brian has a passion open source and loves mentoring new contributors.
Christian Weber is a Developer Advocate at Amazon Web Services. After spending the first chapters of his career in Financial Technology, Christian now helps Developers to build and deliver better software in the cloud. In his spare time, Christian enjoys playing piano, listening to loud music, and driving around in his Mazda Miata!
Becca Zandstein is a product manager focused on helping developers collaborate as a community on GitHub. This past year she launched several features for developer productivity including a new way to manage notifications.
Becca also develops her own community outside of work, organizing meetups and mentorships for aspiring product managers. She has experience at many startups, where she learned how to build teams across distributed organizations. She attempts to make her teammates laugh, though she chooses not to track this metric.
Neha Batra is a Senior Engineering Manager at GitHub, working with the teams for the GitHub Desktop and GitHub CLI products and open source communities. Her passion lies in making the tech industry easier and more inclusive to work in, which is why she focuses her talks on past failures (there are plenty!) and action-oriented tips and tricks. She holds a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and enjoys foodie adventures, planning trips, and collecting national park magnets. If you want to hear her ramble on a topic, ask her about pair programming, her adventures as a manager or consultant, or how much she misses Miami.
Tobias is a developer at SAP focusing on improving the life of developers by providing tools and services for their daily work. His main focus is on the administration of GitHub Enterprise Server as well as helping teams to use Git and GitHub effectively. During his free time, Tobias is passionate skier.
Madhu Akula is a security ninja, published author and cloud native security researcher with an extensive experience. Also he is an active member of the international security, devops and cloud native communities (null, DevSecOps, AllDayDevOps, etc). Holds industry certifications like OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional), CKA (Certified Kubernetes Administrator), etc.
His research has identified vulnerabilities in over 200+ companies and organisations including; Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, eBay, AT&T, WordPress, NTOP and Adobe, etc and credited with multiple CVE’s, Acknowledgements and rewards. He is co-author of Security Automation with Ansible2 (ISBN-13: 978-1788394512), which is listed as a technical resource by Red Hat Ansible. Also won 1st prize for building Infrastructure Security Monitoring solution at InMobi flagship hackathon among 100+ engineering teams.
Anubhav Mishra is a Technical Advisor to the CTO at HashiCorp. He is a frequent speaker and is passionate about Developer Advocacy. Anubhav loves working with distributed systems and exploring new technologies. In his free time, he DJs, makes music and plays football. He’s a huge Manchester United supporter.
Edward Thomson is the Product Manager for npm. Previously, he was a product manager and software engineer for developer tools, building CI/CD and version control systems at Microsoft, GitHub and SourceGear. He is the co-maintainer of the libgit2 project, and an author and conference speaker about developer tools and open source.
Danese Cooper has been an outspoken Free and Open Source Software activist for more than 20 years. Over that time, she has consistently worked for the health and welfare of the FOSS movement at jobs such as CTO of Wikipedia, Chief Open Source Evangelist for Sun, Senior Director of Open Source Strategy for Intel, and Board Member with the Drupal Association, the Open Hardware Foundation and the Open Source Initiative. Five years ago while running PayPal's OSPO, Danese started thinking, talking, and writing about InnerSource as the logical next step to sustain the FOSS movement. Today Danese works at NearForm, Ltd., an Irish software consultancy specializing in capability building for companies looking to modernize their practices.
Aditya is a systems engineer at Stripe on the Observability team, based in New York City. As the Site Lead for the first year of Stripe's Remote Hub, he worked to establish efficient remote engineering and work practices across the company as they grew to nearly 200 remote engineers. He spends his free time playing German-style board games and listening to embarrassing music.
Ivan got his PhD in Information and Communication Technology from the University of Trento, Italy, in 2019. His research interests include Secure Development, Software Verification, and Static Analysis. His research paper was honoured silver medal on 2017 ACM/Microsoft Student Research Competition in the Graduate category. He developed several industrial and academic projects using Python and Java as an Intern in Security Research Group at SAP Labs France, and a Leading Security Engineer in Bashneft Russia.
Under the GitHub Social Impact team, Mala heads the open source for good program, the broad remit of which is to harness the power of the open source ecosystem to better humanity. Prior to joining GitHub in April 2019, Mala spent a decade working for the United Nations and other international development organizations as a UX designer and strategist throughout four continents. She lives in New York City.
Linda Raftree is an independent consultant focused on ethical uses of technology and digital data in international development, humanitarian, and social impact spaces. She supports organizations to develop and implement responsible data principles, policies, and practices. Linda is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). She runs the MERL Tech Conference and the New York City Technology Salon, blogs at Wait... What? and tweets at @meowtre
I'm a CIO, Engineering Manager, and open source advocate. In a past life I was a DevOps Engineer before becoming passionate about IoT. And now with Arduino we are changing the indusrty. I love automating everything but people.
Sam sees code as a creative form of expression for everyone not just professional programmers. Sam created Sonic Pi, a live coding music environment in order to lower the barriers to entry for a creative experience with code for everyone.
Sam has live coded internationally featuring in the Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Warehouses, Music Festivals, on the BBC and even school assemblies. The Rolling Stone magazine described his Moogfest performance as “transcending the present”.
Alexandra’s work focuses on the algorithmic behavior of music, and the exploration of musicality within code. She is a core member of the international algorave community and performs worldwide using the live coding platforms SuperCollider and TidalCycles. In 2017, she was the Chair of the International Live Coding Conference in Morelia, Mexico.
Alexandra studied composition at the Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia and later completed a Sound Studies and Sonic Arts Master’s Degree at Universität der Künste, Berlin. Besides her live-coded music works, she has composed contemporary pieces for orchestra, ensembles and soloists, and worked with theater companies in Mexico, Belgium and Germany.
Nikolas works at SAP and is studying applied computer science at Heidelberg University. His main area of expertise is IT security and cryptography.
Sana Ajani lives in Seattle, WA and is a Program Manager at Microsoft working on Visual Studio Code. She gets to experience first-hand how customer-driven engineering powers open-source projects. In her spare time, she can be found trying out new recipes in the kitchen, watching women's soccer, or running.
Mario Rodriguez is a Senior Director of Product Management at GitHub, currently focusing on all things Enterprise. Prior to Github, Mario worked as Group Program Manager at Microsoft where he led the Azure DevOps Platform and Artifacts teams. Mario’s core identity is being a learner and time away from product engineering is often spent with his two daughters.
Alexandra co-founded Simprints, a nonprofit tech startup developing biometric solutions to improve service delivery in the last mile. Simprints builds technology to radically increase transparency and effectiveness in global development, making sure that every vaccine, every dollar, every public good reaches the people who need them most. Alexandra has developed the first mobile, rugged and ergonomic fingerprint scanner, designed specifically for frontline workers as well as an end-to-end identity solution for NGOs and governments in sub-Saharan Africa and South-Asia.
Clayton Sims is the CTO of Dimagi, an award-winning, socially conscious technology company that helps organizations deliver quality healthcare to urban and rural communities around the world. His focus is on empowering global organizations to employ technology on their own terms, working with partners on the ground to develop tools like IVR powered voter information systems in Zimbabwe and pregnancy risk screening apps for community advocates in Afghanistan who can't read and have never held a phone. Clayton has 15 years of experience building highly usable ICT systems in low-income contexts, and leads development of CommCare, the most widely used mobile platform for frontline workers which is used to provide services to 7% of the world's population.
Mike Endale is a Principal at BLEN Corp and Co-Founder and CEO of Moxit, Inc, a software tech company that provides a complete tech stack for care providers. He has over 20 years of experience working in the tech space and consulted in the private and public sectors including The White House, Department of Education among others.
In addition, he is one of the ops leads for the Ethiopia COVID-19 Response Team, a global volunteer team of 1,600+ software engineers, doctors, ML exports, etc..to help Ethiopian Ministry of Health and other African Countries respond to COVID-19.
Pavel is Director of Code Intelligence at GitHub, where he coordinates engineering efforts around security, CodeQL-based code analysis and developer productivity. Prior to joining GitHub, he was VP of Platform Engineering and one of the founders at Semmle. He completed his doctorate at Oxford, investigating techniques for runtime verification of code.
Alex explores algorithmic pattern, both in music as co-founder of Algorave and the TOPLAP live coding movement, and in textiles as researcher of ancient Greek weave structures. He has performed widely with his handmade livecoding systems since the year 2000, including at Sonar, Bluedot, Shambala, Transmediale and Glastonbury festivals. He is active across the digital arts as researcher and practitioner, organising hundreds of events including Sheffield's "AlgoMech" festival of algorithmic and mechanical movement. He created the popular free/open source TidalCycles environment for algorithmic pattern, now adopted by a worldwide community. He is also an active researcher, holding a PhD in Arts and Computational Technology with Goldsmiths, and currently working as part of the Research Institute of the History of Science and Technology, Deutsches Museum Munich.
hellocatfood is the alias of Antonio Roberts, an artist and curator based in Birmingham, UK. For his live performances he uses software including Pure Data to explore the creative potential of algorithms, glitches, and feedback loops. He has provided visuals for the likes of MTV, Com Truise, Blood Sport, Steve Davis, Renick Bell and My Panda Shall Fly and at events including SXSW, Supersonic Festival, Barbican, Green Man festival and more.
Mynah Marie is a musician, programmer and live coder from Montreal, Canada. Some of the artists she collaborated with are Fazal Qureshi (India), Din Din Aviv and Mayumena (Israel) and Casa Verde Colectivo (Mexico). With Earth To Abigail, Mynah joins her passion for music and programming in the hopes of opening up conversations about the relationship between Art and technology in our society.
Larry Charles Jr
Lead Level Designer, Striking Distance Studios
Larry Charles Jr
Connecticut born video game developer with a knack for clever wordplay and all things creative.
Char Stiles is a multidisciplinary digital artist. She works using emerging technologies as tools for expression. Using computational systems and algorithms she is producing pieces that spans disciplines such as video, dance, interactive installation, performance and online works.
Cassie Tarakajian (they/them) is a technologist and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Their work focuses on creative tools, working as an engineer at Cycling ’74 and as the lead developer and maintainer on the open source p5.js Web Editor. They also teach creative coding workshops and classes, and serve as an adjunct professor at NYU ITP. Past artistic projects range from generating sonnets from Wikipedia contributions to teaching computers how to love as a member of the band Lullabies for AI.
Gene Kogan is an artist and a programmer who is interested in autonomous systems, collective intelligence, generative art, and computer science. He is a collaborator within numerous open-source software projects, and gives workshops and lectures on topics at the intersection of code and art. Gene initiated ml4a, a free book about machine learning for creative practice, and regularly publishes video lectures, writings, and tutorials to facilitate a greater public understanding of the subject.
Olivia Jack is a programmer and artist who works frequently with open-source software, cartography, live coding, and experimental interfaces. She is the developer of Hydra, a platform for live-coding visuals inspired by analog video synthesis. In Bogotá, she works with the performance laboratory ATI-erra, creating interactive visuals for dance and theater. https://ojack.github.io
Jose Marulanda is a music producer and sound designer from Barranquilla, Colombia whose work draws together traditional, dance and experimental music, sound installation, performance and sound designing
Cristóbal Valenzuela is a Chilean-born technologist and software developer. He is a co-founder of RunwayML. Previously, he was a researcher at New York University mainly working on the development of ml5.js.
Anastasis Germanidis is a software engineer and artist interested in generative media. He's currently co-founder and CTO at Runway, where he’s focusing on making machine learning accessible to designers, artists, and other creators. His artwork has been shown internationally across the US and Europe, including at Ars Electronica Festival, Festival de Cannes - Le Marché du Film, Megaron - The Athens Concert Hall, and the The Museum of Moving Image, and featured in The Telegraph, Die Zeit, WIRED, Fast Company, and Mashable, among other outlets.
Niamh Houston, also known by her stage name Chipzel, is a BAFTA-nominated and award-winning independent composer, producer and performer from Northern Ireland. Chipzel is a one of a kind electronic music enthusiast with an uncanny knack for analog gear. A virtuosic tinkerer of all things sonic, Chipzel has become the master of an unlikely instrument: the Nintendo Gameboy. Chipzel has toured all over the world, released 3 studio albums, and has scored and contributed original pieces for multiple hit titles in the Video Game world.
Edwin Jakobs is a co-founder of RNDR -a studio for interactive design based in The Netherlands- where he designs, experiments and researches on the intersection of design and software. He is the principal developer of OPENRNDR, a framework for creative coding.
Andreas Refsgaard is an artist and creative coder based in Copenhagen. He uses algorithms and machine learning to allow people to play music using only eye movement and facial gestures, control games by making silly sounds or transform drawings of musical instruments on paper into real compositions. Recently Andreas has been experimenting with using machine learning to create new texts and images based on large amounts of training data and has created Booksby.ai - an online bookstore which sells science fiction novels generated by an artificial intelligence.
Saskia Freeke creates generative, computational art on a daily basis. Both her works and her practice stand out by their distinctive playful characteristic. By creating her own rules and playfully adapting these as she goes, Saskia applies a notable evolving narrative to her work. The act of Live coding provides an awesome complementary context to her discourse - for it is the realtime exercise amongst and in conjunction with creative peers that make her contemporary artistic principles come into full play.
Timo Hoogland is a livecoder, creative coder, music technologist and educator based in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. He livecodes experimental electronic dance music and develops generative audiovisual compositions, installations and performances. He has an active role in organizing livecoding meetups and algoraves together with Creative Coding Utrecht, is part of the Netherlands Coding Live community and he educates creative system and sound design at the HKU Bachelor of Music Technology.
With over 20+ years of enterprise development experience at companies like Samsung, Amazon, Microsoft, MLB, HBO, New York Jets, and more, Jesse is an expert in Mobile and Web development as well industry trends around the adoption and ethics of AI and machine learning. In addition to his development background, Jesse has a masters in interactive computer art from the School of Visual Arts. He can be found on twitter at @jessefreeman.
Dan Gorelick is a Brooklyn based musician and technologist whose work focuses on creating musical experiences that are collaborative and accessible. His work combines hardware and web technologies to create sound installations and musical performances. He is a classically trained cellist and lifelong musician. His creative practice explores the playful side of technology, creating web experiments and musical instruments with code. As a member of the Livecode.NYC community he teaches Livecoding workshops and performs music at Livecoding shows.