Emily Freeman grew up in the “swamp” as Trump lovingly refers to it. With politics in her blood, she chased after her dream of living out an episode of the West Wing. After four years of arguing — pretty much sums up a PoliSci degree — she left school disappointed that campaigns are more about recruiting 20-year-olds to live in poverty than it is to wine and dine Koch brothers. Her dreams of Aaron Sorkin-level dialogue and Michelin-star dinners dashed, Emily took up ghostwriting. No, those bloggers you read with millions of followers don’t write their own articles. Sorry to disappoint. After many years of typing, Emily had a slightly-older-than-quarterlife crisis and made the bold (insane?!) choice to switch careers into software engineering. With no experience at all, she packed her six-month-old daughter, blind dog and a few boxes into her anti-mom mobile of a sports car and drove across the country to attend the Turing School of Software Development and Design in Denver. Emily completed seven grueling months of code reviews, pair programming and learning Ruby on Rails. After falling in love with Denver, a city as vibrant as she is, Emily decided to stay and currently works as a software engineer at Wazee Digital. In her (nonexistent) free time, Emily competes as a powerlifter, deadlifting over 265 pounds. Powerlifting has formed the foundation of her work ethic. Her value system is based on 10 principles which include: always show up, smile, appreciate slow progression, ask for help and never, ever give up. Emily speaks and blogs about technology, culture and team management at emilyfreeman.io and erratically tweets as editingemily.
Kristie is a software craftsman at Pluralsight. She enjoys CSS, scalable component libraries, and cat GIFs.
Evan Farrer is a Programming Language geek who enjoys taking academic topics, making them approachable, and using them to solve real world problems. He is a strong advocate of using the scientific method.
Ryan Moore is a riff wrangling musician by night and a code slinging developer by day (sometimes swap those I guess). Ryan currently works as a senior (what the heck does that mean, right) developer at MX. Ryan wrote an actual thing that compiled and did actual stuff in Haskell one time and is pretty dang proud of that. As far as music goes, Ryan loves free improvisation and atonal music and also has a hankering for more deterministic, tonal tunes. If its loud, whimsical, frenetic or beautifully structured, Ryan will probably love it, whether we're talking burgers, pizza, code or sounds.
Michele is a Senior Quality Assurance Specialist at Lucid Software, Inc. She has been working on improving the testing process there for three years. She also speaks Japanese and loves visiting there for vacations. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her pet guinea pig, baking just about anything, and going to live theater.
Front End Engineer at O.C Tanner, former Lead Instructor at DevMountain, lover of all things web development, with a devotion to code quality that borders on obsession.
Valeri Karpov is the Platform Tech Lead at Booster Fuels, a prolific contributor to the Node.js+MongoDB open source ecosystem, the author of Professional AngularJS and The 80/20 Guide to ES2015 Generators, and gave the MEAN stack its name.
Cory has been a puzzle solver since birth. From Sudoku to Rubik's Cube, you can consistently find him focused on how to solve a problem. Ever since being introduced to programming with R back in 2013, he has viewed coding and web development to be some of the most exciting ways to solve problems. Cory is loves to collaborate with clients to solve their programming puzzles at Atomic Jolt. Beyond work, you can often find Cory “off the grid” — backpacking, hiking, and traveling with his wife, Melanie. He also loves spending time diving into the Middle Earth universe or jamming on the piano - whether at home or in various jazz performances in Cache Valley.
Sr. Software Engineer, Mom, Knitter and Spinner (wool, not fidget). Currently working with PHP, ReactJS, React Native, MongoDB, and Yarn (both kinds).
Hi! My name is Steven and I like building web applications. That's what I've been doing for work for the last 9 years (with the exception of a brief one-year stint as an auditor). For the past 5 years I've been working for LinkedIn, building things like Search, Settings, and now the LinkedIn component library. In 2014 I published a book called [Learning to Program](https://www.amazon.com/Learning-Program-Steven-Foote/dp/0789753391/), and I enjoy helping others learn the joy of programming. I can also juggle, so no matter what I'll make sure my talk is entertaining!
Hi, My name is Shridharan Chandramouli, and I'm currently working at Lucid Software as a senior software engineer. I recently got my Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah and I have been part of a scrum team at Lucid for the last couple of years.
Kevin J Reece
I graduated with a BS in Computer Science from Brigham Young University. In school, I took a special interest in Software Engineering and Machine Learning. Since April 2016, I have worked as a Software Engineer for Lucid. I spent my first year working on Lucidchart, building out new features in Angular2 and TypeScript. After finishing my first year, I was moved to a specialized team responsible for refactoring existing code in order to make it easier for all engineers to write new code. This work has so far included applying consistent code standards and using Dependency Injection more extensively.
A father of four and husband of one, I have been programming since the wee age of 25. An essentialist at heart, I dream of living in a tiny home, off grid– preferably on a beach in Costa Rica– and spending my days paddle boarding and writing code that makes the world a better place. "But how will you be coding while living off grid," you ask? It's a dream. That's how.
Charlotte is a system scientist and tech enthusiast who loves dogs. An organizational design coach by day, she is multi-disciplined in full stack Ruby on Rails development, web-based user experience, and hardware-software integrated product management. She has presented at PyCon Education Summit 2017, AgileDC 2016, Scenic City Summit 2016, CodeMash 2016, and accepted at AgileToronto 2016. Whether it be coding or coaching, Charlotte enjoys a quality high five.
Lover of all things good in life, including Family, Friends, Food, and Functional Programs. Technology hacker and teacher. Currently working as Director of Engineering at Daplie on a mission to bring digital independence to the masses.
Ben is co-founder and CTO at Lucid Software, makers of Lucidchart and Lucidpress. He has been writing software since the age of six, and professionally since the age of sixteen.
Brian started learning to code 2 years ago to change careers from Supply Chain Management to Web Development. He's currently working at his first Developer job at Signs.com and hosts the FreeCodeCamp SLC meetup.
Josh has loved technology ever since he could remember. A career in tech had always seemed out of reach. However, about a year ago he started to explore programming and eventually found a love for design and coding. Early this year he left his sales career behind to brave coding boot camp at The Iron Yard. He's currently a freelance developer looking for his first Front-end Developer role.
Trevor Norris began in front-end development, but after a few years he came across Node.js and never looked back. He's been a core maintainer for the last 4 years and is equal parts innovative and troublesome. From the beginning he has been an avid proponent of improving performance. Trevor is currently working at NodeSource where he's supported as a full-time core maintainer.