Ben FletcherBen Fletcher, Principal Engineer at Financial Times

Ey up! Yorkshireman in London. New Dad. Partner to . Principal Engineer, Financial Times. Former Master Inventor IBM. First Deafblind person ever to stand for Parliament. Can’t hear, don’t see much, use British Sign Language in an English world.

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Steph Johnson, VP Corporate Comms at MongoDB

Deep roots in open source, financial services, database technology and developer relations. Founded the NYC office of London-based Aspectus PR, set up DigitalOcean’s global communications team. Ardent foodie with the appetite of a labrador retriever, I will do pretty much anything for (gluten free) pancakes or lobster.


Lorna Mitchell. Developer Advocate with Nexmo

Lorna is based in “up north” in Yorkshire; she is a Developer Advocate with Nexmo as well as a published author and experienced conference speaker. She brings her technical expertise on a range of topics to audiences all over the world with her writing and speaking engagements, always delivered with a very practical slant.


Norma Miller, Founder of White Coat Captioning

Norma is a certified CART Provider and Certified Broadcast Captioner. She not only owns and runs the company, she also works full time providing CART and captioning services to individuals, and small and large audiences.

Alex Chan, software developer at the Wellcome Trust

Helping to build a new platform for searching and storing digital collections, taking Wellcome’s assets – books, archives, images – and presenting them through consistent, well-designed APIs.

Contribute to open source Python in my free time, including the hyper-h2 HTTP/2 stack. One of the organisers for the PyCon UK conference

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Rachel Stephens, Industry analyst RedMonk

Baby goat enthusiast. Balance sheet native. Loves Microsoft Excel. Control ESV.

Before joining RedMonk, Rachel worked as a database administrator and financial analyst. Rachel holds an MBA with a Business Intelligence certification from Colorado State University and a BA in Finance from the University of Colorado

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Joe Drumgoole, Director of Developer Advocacy, MongoDB.


His job is helping developers fully exploit the power of MongoDB. A software entrepreneur with over 30 years experience of successful product delivery, 3x founder. His favourite programming language is Python.

Got out of Bitcoin at the right time, then got back in again 🙂 Doh!


Niven Curtis-Woodcock, design engineer Andiamo

Niven completed her masters in Product Design Engineering focussing on human-centred design and cognitive ergonomics. Rehabilitation and 3D printing have also been key features in many of her projects and research. Her main drive is using design to improve the quality of life of others and always having a fridge full of halloumi.

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Ross Tierney, design engineer Andiamo

Product designer focusing on user-centred design to improve the lives of people around the world. Worked in Tanzania designing smokeless cook stoves with the organisation Childreach International, Ross went on to work on the design of waterless sanitation technology for Ghana funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Suki Fuller, founder Miribure 

Suki currently co-leads FiftyFiftyPledge, an initiative to increase the number of women in VC. Suki’s 16-year career within strategic intelligence and technology has taken her from the US Department of Defense to teaching students in China. Recently named by The Financial Times as one of the Top 100 Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in UK Tech, Suki was also cited by Computer Weekly as one of the Most Influential Women in UK IT 2018.

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Bruce Lawson, Commissioning Editor Smashing TV

Bruce is a Web standards Lovegod, ‘like a punk jesus’. As well as being a highly-regarded fashion blogger, Bruce co-wrote Introducing HTML5 and was on the committee drafting the British Standard for commissioning accessible websites. Previously, he’s been front-end tech lead for a large UK legal website, tutor to a princess’ daughter in Thailand, a movie extra in Mumbai, a tarot card reader in Istanbul, and a musician.

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Joyce Park

Co-founder/CTO twice, frontend lead the rest of the time.

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Amy Dickens

Developer Advocate Intern @samsunginternet / Founder @MKOfTech / Campus Rep 🚩 @githubeducation / Dog Mom / A11y advocate.

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Paula Kennedy, Director of Pivotal Cloud Foundry Solutions, EMEA

Paula is focused on working together with clients to drive innovation, transformation and business outcomes. Paula was previously Chief Operating Officer and co­-founder of CloudCredo and has worked in the IT industry for over 18 years. She is passionate about community, diversity and inclusion, and has a range of speaking experience, including Cloud Foundry Summits, QCon, Velocity Conference, DevOpsDays and several meetups. She also organises the London Platform User Group, Coed:Code meetup group and is part of the organising committee for DevOpsDays London.

Interested in speaking at Monki Gras 2019? The call for talk proposals is (still) open.

We welcome proposals from people at all levels, from first time speakers to those with years of experience. While we don’t require previous speaking experience, a commonality in our speakers is that they have an engaging and insightful story to tell.

Submissions should touch on the core theme of making products, technology and or communities more accessible. This can be from a user experience, process, or technical perspective, though how you define those terms is up to you.

Given our theme we’re actively seeking speakers from as broad a range of backgrounds as possible.

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