Speakers

Sam Aaron

Newcastle University

Sam Aaron is a Ruby and Rails fanatic. He is currently using Ruby and Rails to implement his PhD ideas on interest management in virtual environments. He formed ncl.rb his local Ruby and Rails user group, has been working as a tech reviewer for Apress Rails books, and was recently acknowledged in the Rails Cookbook by O'Reilly. He loves the Rails community, and Ruby makes him smile daily. Say hello at http://sam.aaron.name

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Dane Avilla

Since co-founding PalmOS development shop Infinity Softworks, Dane Avilla has spent over 10 years in the trenches writing software for the web and mobile computers, primarily as a commercial and government contractor. As a Silicon Valley expatriate currently living in the eastern US, he has fled the clutches of the C programming language and is currently enjoying the cosy duo of Ruby and Groovy. The real-world challenges of fixing latent bugs in large legacy codebases while coordinating with remote development teams spurred his interest in testing as a way to make software development "cheaper, faster, better".

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Scott Barron

Joyent

Scott Barron (htonl) was set to swear off computers forever and become a plumber when Rails was released. He immediately found salvation in the warm embrace of Ruby and has never looked back. He is a Rails Core Committer and currently practices Rails by working at Joyent.

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Simeon Bateman

Simeon Bateman is a 9-year veteran of the Portland web development scene. By day, he is the Director of IT for Business Transitions LLC of Portland. By night, he is owner and operator of Simb Development, a web development and consulting company. Simeon is also a certified Adobe Flex trainer and travels the country enabling others to build RIAs utilizing the Adobe Flash Platform. Because of his efforts in the Adobe community, Simeon has also been bestowed the title of Community Expert, a title of which he is very proud.

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Santiago Bel

Co-founder, bee.com.es

Santiago Bel is an entrepreneur and co-founder of bee.com.es, a web consultancy company based in Barcelona. In his former life, before Ruby on Rails, he worked as a computer engineer in European research projects for the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).

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Ola Bini

ThoughtWorks

Ola Bini is a Swedish developer at ThoughtWorks Studios, and also one of the Core Developers of JRuby. In his spare time he writes a book about JRuby and tries to learn as many languages as possible. He enjoys Ruby, Lisp and compiler work.

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Carsten Bormann

Prof., TZI Uni Bremen

Carsten Bormann, Honorarprofessor for Internet technology at the Universität Bremen and Visiting Professor at the Design department of the Universität der Künste in Berlin (Institute of Electronic Business), is a protocol designer by heart, a standardization geek by necessity, and an author of the first German-language book on AJAX.

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Shoaib Burq

Geospatial Developer, Nomad Labs

Shoaib Burq Shoaib consults for nomad-labs.com and develops geospatial web applications using Ruby-on-Rails and other open source tools. Every chance he gets, he promotes sharing of geo-data and the use of Open Source GIS. He has a BE. Geomatics Engineering and BS Computer Science from the University of Melbourne. He maintains a blog at: geospatial.nomad-labs.com

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Trotter Cashion

Motionbox

Trotter Cashion Trotter Cashion worked on three major Rails projects. While at Eastmedia, he helped develop pip.verisignlabs.com, the first OpenID server in Rails, which was open sourced as part of the Apache Heraldry Project. In addition, he worked on the cms for nyjets.com. He is now employed as an Application Developer at motionbox.com, a Rails based video sharing site. He is currently writing a Short Cut (e-book) for Addison Wesley about Refactoring and REST. He is also a speaker at Gotham Ruby Conference in New York.

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David Chelimsky

Developer, Articulated Man, Inc.

David Chelimsky

David Chelimsky is the lead developer of RSpec and also leads software development at Articulated Man, Inc. in Chicago, IL, USA. Prior to joining Articulated Man, Chelimsky taught and contributed to the development of courses in OO Design, Test Driven Development, and Refactoring with Object Mentor, Inc.

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Luke Crawford

Joyent

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Paolo Dona

SeeSaw srl

Paolo Dona is an experienced Italian software developer and entrepeneur. He focuses on productivity and likes all those pieces of software that can make your life easier. He is also very active in the Italian ruby community.

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Tim Dysinger

Tim Dysinger has been programming for twenty-five years with seventeen years of professional experience in software development and consulting. He has developed in Java for eleven years and is currently enjoying a year and a half with Ruby and Rails. Tim has a consulting practice and currently mentors and writes Ruby and Java code on custom software projects.

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Thomas Enebo

Thomas Enebo Thomas is a core developer of the JRuby project and he is also an employee of Sun Microsystems. Tom has been using Java for over a decade and Ruby over half a decade. At Sun, he is working to make JRuby a piece of software that will capture the hearts and minds of Ruby and Java developers everywhere. Tom is also working to make Ruby a first-class citizen on the JVM. Tom, along with Charles Nutter, will be writing a book on JRuby this year.

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Sergio Espeja

Researcher, IULA - Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Sergio Espeja is a human language technologies researcher at UPF and co-founder of a web consultancy called bee.com.es. He has been working with web technologies since 1999 and has a good artificial intelligence background. Sergio has created some open source projects such as "Bayesian Networks for Ruby", "General Genetic Algorithms for Ruby", among others. He also runs a blog in Spanish about Rails at spejman.blogspot.com and shows its open source contributions in English at spejman-on-rails.blogspot.com.

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Roy T. Fielding

Chief Scientist, Day Software

Roy Fielding Roy T. Fielding is chief scientist at Day Software, a leading provider of enterprise content management software. Dr. Fielding is best known for his work in developing and defining the modern World Wide Web infrastructure. He is the primary architect of the current Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1), co-author of the Internet standards for HTTP and Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI), and a founder of several open-source software projects, including the Apache HTTP Server Project that produces the software for over 68% of public Internet web sites.

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Jay Fields

Associate, ThoughtWorks

Jay Fields is a software developer at ThoughtWorks. He is a early adopter who is consistantly looking for new exciting technologies. His current passion is improving the testing aspects of Rails applications. Jay has developed in several languages professionally; however, his current focus is delivering software using Ruby and Rails.

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Neal Ford

Application Architect, ThoughtWorks Inc

Neal Ford is an application architect at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, courseware, video/DVD presentations, and author of 3 books, including Art of Java Web Development (Manning 2003).

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Fernand Galiana

Owner, LiquidRail LLC

Fernand Galiana is the owner of a small software consulting company based in Denver Colorado. Fernand has been working with rails for the last couple years. He is the author of ZiYa and the MOle rails plugins. He is also the founder and host of the Denver Rails Users Group 'DeRailed'.

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Ryan Garver

CTO, ELC Technologies

Ryan Garver received his Masters in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. After receiving his degree he started as CTO at RightCart.com. He is currently CTO at ELC Technologies and is empowering his teams to build resilient Ruby on Rails applications.

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Geoffrey Grosenbach

Senior Visionary, Topfunky Corporation

Geoffrey Grosenbach Geoffrey Grosenbach is the host of the official Ruby on Rails Podcast (http://podcast.rubyonrails.com) and PeepCode screencasts (http://peepcode.com). He has taught people of all ages in the USA, Canada, UK, Taiwan, and Australia. His open source projects have been featured in "Rails Recipes", "The Ruby Cookbook", and "The Rails Cookbook". He operates the Topfunky Corporation as a Ruby on Rails consultant (http://topfunky.com).

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David Heinemeier Hansson

David Heinemeier Hansson David Heinemeier Hansson is a programmer and evangelist of Less Software. He's the creator of applications like Instiki, Basecamp, and Ta-da, and works with the open source community and design extraordinaires 37signals. Since its release in late July 2004, he's also been leading the development of Ruby on Rails, a web application framework and environment for building real-world applications with joy and less code than most frameworks spend doing XML sit-ups.

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Aslak Hellesøy

CTO, BEKK Consulting

Aslak Hellesøy Aslak Hellesøy is the CTO of BEKK Consulting in Oslo, Norway. He is a preacher and practitioner of agile practices and all sorts of automation and has contributed to over a dozen Java and Ruby open source projects. Aslak occasionally blogs at blog.aslakhellesoy.com.

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Jason Hoffman

CTO, Joyent

Jason Hoffman is the CTO and co-founder of Joyent. He was also a co-founder at TextDrive. Jason has BS and MS degrees from UCLA, a PhD from UCSD and has backgrounds in cancer biology, bioinformatics, grid computing, distributed systems and collaborative applications. Joyent has been in the business of hosting applications since 2004, and via it’s TextDrive hosting product was the first to ever support Ruby on Rails applications. Joyent also developed some of the first production Ruby on Rails applications, which every month handles more than 100 million emails, 150 million unique web hits and manage terabytes of data.

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Michael Hollauf

DI, Codemart

Michael studied Telematics at the University of Technology, Graz, Austria. After obtaining his degree he worked as a university assistant at the Institute for New Media at Graz University. Following that he did an 8-year stint at various positions at web-based knowledge management specialist Hyperwave, which brought him via Munich to London, where he spent the past 5 years working as Director of Product Marketing.

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Mark Howe

CodeGear

Mark Howe Mark Howe has been developing software for over 20 years. For the last 6 years he has been locked away in his CodeGear office creating tools for himself, which CodeGear seems happy to sell to other developers. For the last few years Mark was adding productivity features to JBuilder such as refactoring, references, sync edit, live templates, find fast, two way editing frameworks etc. Mark loves creating better software tools and is currently putting that energy into Ruby and Rails.

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Leon Katsnelson

IBM

Leon Katsnelson Leon Katsnelson has worked for IBM for 22 years, the last 14 in DB2 development. Leon initiated the Starter Toolkit for DB2 on Rails project and developed the installer.

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Jens Krämer

Jens Krämer is the local Rails evangelist at webit!, a medium sized IT consultancy based in Dresden, Germany. Since the year 2000 he's been involved in building web applications ranging from e-commerce sites to complex cms driven corporate web sites. In his free time he maintains acts_as_ferret, a Rails plugin that integrates the Ferret full text search engine with ActiveRecord. He also does some Rails freelancing and he is part of the team behind omdb.org, an open content movie database built with Rails.

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Benjamin Krause

Benjamin developed websites for banks and insurance companies for almost 10 years now, writing java most of the time. He has founded his own company located in Berlin, and is one of the creators of omdb.org

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Brian Leonard

Senior Software Engineer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Brian Leonard Brian Leonard works as a senior software engineer with Sun Microsystems. Most of his experience is with Java application servers, working on Java EE servers before there was a standard. Lately, Brian has switched gears to evangelize Sun technologies, where he now spends a good majority of his time getting to discuss Java, Ruby and Ruby on Rails with developers around the world.

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Tom Locke

Partner, HoboTech

Tom is the father of the Hobo project and a freelance web-developer and technical trainer, specialising in Ruby on Rails. He regularly teaches Skills Matter's Core Ruby on Rails course and Core Ajax course. He is also a co-author of the forthcoming Prototype and Scriptaculous Quickly from Manning. As CTO of LiveLogix, Tom created the Logix meta-programming system for Python. Having circled the globe (living in Boston, then Bangalore) in search of the American Start-Up Dream, he is now nestled back at home in rural Warwickshire with his wife and two daughters, and deeply immersed in the Hobo project.

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Tobias Luetke

Cofounder, jadedPixel

Tobi is cofounder of jadedPixel, the developer of Shopify, typo, liquid and active merchant as well as a member of the Rails core team.

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Jeremy McAnally

Jeremy McAnally is a developer and author. He has been developing applications with Ruby and Rails for a little over two years. He penned Mr. Neighborly's Humble Little Ruby Book, is currently working on Ruby in Practice for Manning, works on the Rails documentation project, and is contributing a chapter to Web Scripting Power Tools. He resides in Knoxville, TN, where he and his wife are studying theology.

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Craig R. McClanahan

Senior Software Engineer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Craig McClanahan is a Senior Software Engineer, currently focused on Next Generation Web opportunities for the Tools Division of Sun Software. Previously, Craig was architect for NetBeans Visual Web Pack (formerly Sun Java Studio Creator), a drag-and-drop GUI for building JavaServer Faces based web applications. Previously, he was co-specification lead for JavaServer Faces 1.0, and the original creator of the Apache Struts web framework.

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Eleanor McHugh

Games With Brains

Eleanor McHugh used to write high-performance embedded systems for the aviation and broadcast automation markets before finding the Ruby Way. Romek Szczesniak is a cryptographer with a background in mobile communications, internet service provision and real-world public key infrastructures. Romek and Eleanor met at Telnic Limited where they worked together on the .TEL top-level domain. Their main interest is next-generation DNS provisioning for the semantic internet using Ruby and Rails.

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Mike McKay

Lead Software Developer, Baobab Health Partnership

Mike McKay likes to hack for social justice. Before figuring out how to actually do that he worked for the bad guys in big media. Now he lives in Malawi, Africa and together with his team of Malawian coders is using Rails to fight HIV in one of the poorest places on earth.

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Rob McKinnon

Rob McKinnon Rob McKinnon is a programmer passionate about utilizing the Web to catalyze positive change. He's a tech guy on the ground for O'Reilly UK. As a freelancer he creates domain driven Ruby on Rails solutions. Rob develops TheyWorkForYou.co.nz, a volunteer Rails site making it easy to track the activity of New Zealand's Parliament. Rob authored the Ruby Editor Plugin for jEdit in 2005, possibly the first editor tool with Ruby code completion.

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Cyndi Mitchell

Vice President of Strategy, ThoughtWorks

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Dan North

Principal Consultant, ThoughtWorks

Dan is a principal consultant with ThoughtWorks, where he writes software and coaches teams in agile and lean methods. He believes in putting people first and writing simple, pragmatic software. He believes that most problems that teams face are about communication, and all the others are too. This is why he puts so much emphasis on "getting the words right", and why he is so passionate about behaviour-driven development, communication and how people learn. He has been working in the IT industry since he graduated in 1991, and he occasionally blogs at dannorth.net.

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Nicolas Paton

President, Bloogk

Nicolas Paton is a young french web developer and designer, president of Bloogk. He has only started programming last year in march with rails after only a few years of light webdesign. In that little time he has became a successful web entrepreneur and is on the move to becoming one of the leading french webapps editors.

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Alex Payne

Speaker biography coming soon.

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Evan Phoenix

Engine Yard

Evan Phoenix Evan Phoenix is the project lead for the Rubinius project. He is generously employed full-time by Engine Yard, who allow him to work remotely from Los Angeles. After beginning to work with ruby in 2002, he's rarely looked back.

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Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Web developer, usability specialist, Capgemini Denmark

Jesper Rønn-Jensen Front-end web developer, usability specialist. Started working with web pages seriously since 1995 and professionally since 1997 during his Engineering study. In Capgemini he acts as a usability evangelist and web-standards front-runner working with HTML, JavaScript and CSS or sketching wireframes for web applications on a nearby whiteboard. Jesper is passionate about prototyping new projects in Ruby on Rails, where uses much of his work and freetime, as well as having authored an easy-to use localization plugin: LocalizationSimplified.

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Kashif Rasul

Consultant, Nomad Labs

Kashif is a consultant at nomad labs, and is currently finishing his PhD. in mathematics at Frei Univeristy in Berlin.

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Shelby Sanders

Principal Engineer, Codegear

Shelby Sanders As an architect of development tools for CodeGear, Shelby Sanders is currently leading the effort to deliver a comprehensive development environment for Ruby on Rails. Shelby has been developing software for more than fifteen years and was previously the technical lead of the JEE tooling and application server integrations team for CodeGear JBuilder, and is focused on building tools which maximize individual and team productivity. Shelbycurrently lives and works in Scotts Valley, California.

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Britt Selvitelle

Twitter

Britt Selvitelle is a Ruby developers whose most recent works include Userscripts.org and Twitter. He currently resides in the beautiful city of San Francisco, and spends most of his sparing freetime on his bike, or thinking of ways modern software can keep people intimately connected and inspired (no, this does not translate to working on dating sites). His blog is at lukewarmtapioca.com

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Jonathan Siegel

President, ELC Technology

Jonathan Siegel Jonathan Siegel is the President of ELC Technology's UK operations which services clients throughout Europe. ELC Technologies is a global professional services company focused 100% on Ruby on Rails. As founder of ELC, Jonathan has established relationships with global corporations including Cisco Systems, LiveNation, and McKinsey and Company. As an entrepreneur, Jonathan has played a founding role in two Ruby on Rails product businesses: RightCart.com and RightScale.com. Jonathan successfully negotiated the sale of RightCart.com to Buy.com earlier this year. Jonathan holds degrees in Physics and Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Nick Sieger

Staff Engineer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Nick Sieger Nick Sieger is a member of the JRuby core team since December 2006, and has been programming Ruby for three years. He created and co-maintains the JDBC adapter for ActiveRecord that JRuby on Rails uses for database connectivity. Nick joined Sun in May 2007 and is excited to be one of the early groups putting Rails to real use at the company. He maintains a blog on mostly-Ruby and JRuby-related topics at http://blog.nicksieger.com/.

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Romek Szczesniak

Crytographer, Games with Brains

Romek Szczesniak is a cryptographer with a background in mobile communications, internet service provision and real-world public key infrastructures. Romek and Eleanor met at Telnic Limited where they worked together on the .TEL top-level domain. Their main interest is next-generation DNS provisioning for the semantic internet using Ruby and Rails.

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Chad Thatcher

Drakensberg

Chad Thatcher has been a web developer since 1994 and a co-founder of Datanet Group (UK) which developed the "Planet" sites including planetrugby.com. In 1998 he developed complinet.com - the leading compliance, governance and regulatory portal in the UK and a rising star in the USA. Since 2003 he has been involved in developing web applications in the cultural heritage sector.

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Dave Thomas

Works for, The Pragmatic Programmers, LLC

Dave Thomas Dave Thomas has been writing software since the mid '70s, and hopes one day to get it right. In the meantime he and Andy Hunt run The Pragmatic Programmers, a consultancy that helps folks develop better software. Hunt and Thomas have co-authored The Pragmatic Programmer and Programming Ruby, and speak at conferences and give tutorials around the world.

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Doug Tidwell

Senior Software Engineer, IBM

Doug Tidwell Doug Tidwell is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM. He was a speaker at the first XML conference in 1997, and has spoken on technical topics around the world. He works in IBM’s Software Strategy group, evangelizing emerging XML standards such as XForms, SCA and SDO.

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Quentin Tousart

Chief Executive Officer, Webpulser

Quentin Tousart Bachelor-graduate in biology and chemistry, Quentin Tousart founded “Webdistrib”, an e-commerce company and, one year later, “Generic web development”, its subsidiary. After selling those to “Boulanger” in 2005, he set up Webpulser, a web development studio, specialized in e-business. Its team is currently launching its own application of “management tools” for websites, to be available on their web service.

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Alex Verkhovsky

ThoughtWorks

Alex Verkhovsky is a ThoughtWorker who knows the meaning of both words in "Enterprise Ruby". He has done billing and CRM implementations for large telecoms and energy companies around the world. Much of this time he was a system test team lead, which sometimes meant "the only person who understands complex integration scenarios in the production system." On the other hand, Alex is also Official Ruby Zealot of ThoughtWorks Canada, the benevolent dictator of the CruiseControl.rb project, the person behind Rails continuous integration build, and a co-author of one of the earliest open source Rails applications (RForum).

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Till Vollmer

Codemart GmbH

Till Vollmer has written several articles about Ruby on Rails with Ajax in German magazines and he was a speaker on the 2006 European Rails Conference (about Localisation). He is one of Codemart’s co-founders and is responsible for the company’s technology and development. Codemart has launched MindMeister a Rails based mind mapping tool in February 2007. Before setting up Codemart in late 2005, he worked for nine years for the Austrian software company, Hyperwave.

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Chad Wathington

ThoughtWorks

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Heiko Webers

Heiko Webers is the CEO at a small software firm, selling award-winning software and specializing in web application development. He researches new development and Internet technologies, knowledge engineering and software security. His research on Web Application Security with focus on Ruby On Rails earned him his university degree. Recently, he started the Ruby On Rails Security Project.

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Jonathan Weiss

Peritor Wissensmanagement GmbH

Jonathan Weiss is a German Ruby enthusiast from Berlin where he is a partner at Peritor GmbH. In his job he is responsible for developing a Rails based groupware and collaboration suite. He gained his first experiences with Rails under high traffic during the development of MeinProf.de, a very popular student community and the first site to use Mongrel and Apache’s mod_proxy_balancer. In his spare time he maintains Rubygems and Rails in the FreeBSD Ports system.

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Børre Wessel

Senior Consultant, Adobe Consulting

Børre Wessel has worked with user interface development since 2000, ranging from various Java frameworks to Flash, Flex, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Ajax and all the Web x.0 buzzwords you can imagine.

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Mads Buus Westmark

Web Developer, Capgemini Denmark

Mads Buus Westmark Mads Buus is a Managing Consultant for Capgemini. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Copenhagen. Mads comes from a strong Enterprise Java background, but has written applications in a number of languages. Also an active member of the Copenhagen Ruby Brigade, the copenhagen-based ruby community.

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Nic Williams

Dr Nic Williams

Nic Williams did a PhD applying meta-programming concepts to distribute applications to allow them to evolve forever. Many years later he created Dr Nic's Magic Models that magically created ActiveRecord models at runtime, plus their associations and validations, without any source code.

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