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This year’s two-day event promises a blend of new faces and fan favorites. While some presenters join us from the local tech community, others are visiting from around the US, speaking on the topics shaping our industry. We encourage speakers to push the limit, but also strive to provide accessible content for a variety of user levels.

David Giard

Developer & Engineer

Venkat Subramaniam

Professor, Author & Developer

Derek Ashmore

Cloud Expert

Uncle Bob

Developer & Author

Josh Long

Developer & Author

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Chicago State of Mind

In 2019 Chicago jumped from 18th to the 6th highest-ranked innovation hub in the world due to rapidly growing unicorn startups, education and training opportunities, and proximity to other leading tech communities in the US Midwest. This is an opportunity to learn from, and interact with, the top minds in Chicago’s cloud computing revolution.

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Each year the Chicago Cloud Conference attracts an audience looking to enhance skills by learning from proven industry leaders. Speakers engage the most difficult topics facing tech professionals and enthusiasts, providing insight about how to push the boundaries of cloud computing.

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David Giard

Developer & Engineer

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for nearly 3 decades.  Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Senior Software Engineer. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups around the world; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV shows Technology and Friends and GCast.  He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at DavidGiard.com.  His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

Venkat Subramaniam

Professor, Author & Developer

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., creator of agilelearner.com, and an instructional professor at the University of Houston.

He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with sustainable agile practices on their software projects.

Venkat is a (co)author of multiple technical books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. You can find a list of his books at agiledeveloper.com. You can reach him by email at venkats@agiledeveloper.com or on twitter at @venkat_s.

Derek Ashmore

Cloud Expert

Derek is a senior technology expert with over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of technologies and industries. Derek is currently a Principal Cloud Architect at Asperitas Consulting. Derek is focusing on microservice architectures, cloud computing, and migrating applications to the cloud. Derek’s approach allows companies to increase speed to market while also increasing application availability. Derek routinely speaks at JavaOne, DevNexus, the Chicago Coders Conference, and many others. Derek’s books include the “The Java EE Architect’s Handbook” and “Microservices for Java EE Architects”.

Uncle Bob

Developer & Author

Robert C. Martin, colloquially known as “Uncle Bob”,[2] is an American software engineer and instructor. He is best known for being one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto[3][4] and for developing several software design principles. He was also the editor-in-chief of C++ Report magazine and served as the first chairman of the Agile Alliance.

Martin operated the now-defunct company, Object Mentor, which provided instructor-led training courses about extreme programming methodology. He now operates two companies:  Uncle Bob Consulting which provides consulting and training services, and Clean Coder, which provides training videos.

Josh Long

Developer & Author

(@starbuxman): Josh is a Spring Developer Advocate at Pivotal. Josh is a Java Champion, author of 5 books (including O’Reilly’s “Cloud Native Java: Designing Resilient Systems with Spring Boot, Spring Cloud, and Cloud Foundry”) and 3 best-selling video trainings (including “Building Microservices with Spring Boot Livelessons” w/ Phil Webb), and an open-source contributor (Spring Boot, Spring Integration, Spring Cloud, Activiti and Vaadin).