Rafe Colburn, Manager of Data Engineering team at Etsy:
Rafe’s Law: “An Internet service cannot be considered truly successful until it has attracted spammers.” Rafe is into how systems behave, whether they’re online communities, cities or governments. He delights in finding patterns that apply in similar ways to small systems and large ones.
Craig is working on a Platform-as-a-service, which takes much of the overhead out of IT from keeping the lights on and lets developers focus on building features and adding value. Specifically, he works with the Heroku Postgres team who are focused on defining what a Cloud Database service should look like and working to build such a service.
Donnie is an Open-source developer at Gentoo Linux, a PhD scientist and a lover of data and great beer. A perfect fit for Monki Gras 2013. Read his story of data here.
Mazz Mosley, Developer at Government Digital Service:
Mazz has worked in various sectors from online advertising to digital agencies. With a deep technical knowledge Mazz helps to solve the problems faced by the tech industry.
Shanley works on distributed systems, she’s a weekend-warrior Rubyish and community organiser for events in Silicon Valley and around the globe. With plenty of experience with tech startups and obsessed with scaling, Shanley is used to researching, positioning produces and combining user instrumentation and engagement to guide product growth.
Diane has been designing and implementing products and applications embedded into mission critical systems at F500 corporations for over 20 years. She’s an outspoken overly opinionated authority on a whole host of topics ranging from Cloud Computing, PaaS, Financial XML Standards, Open Source to Semantic Web technologies.
Cyndi Mitchell is CEO of Logscape, which provides big data analytics software for real-time system monitoring and root cause analysis. She is also a senior advisor to ThoughtWorks, a global software and services firm, where she held a number of fulltime executive leadership roles from 2002-2012. Cyndi has developed large distributed systems for ThoughtWorks and Sun Microsytems. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska, and is a dedicated yogi, global traveller and theatre enthusiast.
Host/creator of Monki Gras 2013, James tries to focus on context not speeds and feeds, understand drivers behind IT decision making and communicate effectively with humour and verve. Obsessed with craft and scaling.
Phil Gilbert, IBM General Manager of Design:
Phil Gilbert, just appointed to an entirely new role at IBM, will be giving a talk about his new job – trying to instil a design culture in a company of 400,000 people, so that it can start creating products people love rather than (sometimes grudgingly) use. Not much on his plate, then.. He’ll bring a unique operational perspective. Gilbert has a solid startup background, and I think he’s going to fit in well with the Monki Gras community.
Lead the SDC and Pulse products from initial inception through to launch, growing in 5 years to an established user base of over a million desktops managed.
Past experiences include leading the creation of multiple projects at Cisco Systems including developing an initial provisioning platform contributed to the open source Eclipse foundation as Maya later known as Maynstall.
Living in the craft beer haven of New York City, Greg is the co-founder and lead developer for Untappd, a mobile beer check-in service. While some people enjoy reading books or watching movies, Greg’s passion is to code. Being able to combine his passion for development and craft beer allowed Untappd to be born. Greg is also an author of Smashing Magazine: Mobile Web Development, teaching readers how to build mobile websites using HTML5/JS/CSS3.
Chris Thorpe, AKA @jaggeree:
Former CTO of Mind Candy, who ran the team which built Moshi Monsters. He worked on The Guardian Open Platform and worked in the early days of both data.gov.uk and GOV.UK. However, most recently, and what will be his topic at Monki Gras, Chris has been exploring 3D scanning and printing on a project to catalogue a historic steam locomotive.
Ted Nyman, @tnm is a GitHubber
He also likes WB Yeats. He’ll be talking about cultural hacks in scaling craft.