Our Rockstar Speakers


Chander Dhall

Chander Dhall - Awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional | ASP.NET Insider | Web API Advisor | DocumentDB Advisor | Dev Chair - Devconnections

Chander Dhall is an awarded Microsoft MVP and world-renowned technology leader in architecting and implementing solutions. He's not only rescued software development teams, but also implemented successful projects under tight deadlines and difficult business constraints. His company has a proven track record of not just saving the client millions of dollars, but also providing an expedited delivery time. Chander's team of experts are internationally-acclaimed speakers in top technical conferences in the world.

As a Microsoft Azure Advisor, ASP.NET Insider, Web API Advisor, DocumentDB Advisor, and an MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies, Chander has insight into new releases on technologies used by millions of developers. His critical advice, impeccable vision, futuristic strategy backed with creating and establishing best practices in the industry are some of the reasons for his unparalleled success.

At the same time, he's a voracious and highly-respected speaker. Chander is known to elucidate critical and complex concepts while making them easy to understand. He's one man who can talk to anyone from a junior developer, a senior architect all the way to an executive and knows how to speak their language. He has utilized his amazing business sense having started a company with zero funding and turned it into a multi-million-dollar company in less than two years.


Scott Hunter

Scott Hunter - Director of Program Management for .NET - Microsoft

Scott Hunter works for Microsoft as a Director of Program Management for .NET overseeing the server frameworks, such as ASP.NET, MVC, Web API, Web Pages and NuGet. Before this Scott was the CTO of several startups including Mustang Software and Starbase, where he focused on a variety of technologies - but programming the Web has always been his real passion.


Deborah Kurata

Deborah Kurata - Independent Software Developer | Consultant | Pluralsight Author

Deborah Kurata is an independent software designer/developer specializing in Web and .NET development using Angular, C#, and VB.NET.

She has published several Pluralsight courses including "Angular 2: Getting Started", "Angular with TypeScript", "Object - Oriented Programming Fundamentals in C#" and "Defensive Coding in C#". Check out her full list of courses here: http://www.pluralsight.com/author/deborah-kurata


Beth Massi

Beth Massi - Senior Product Marketing Manager for .NET

Beth is a Senior Product Marketing Manager for .NET and a long-time community champion for .NET developers. She helps developers build amazing things.

She has spent many years building business apps for small businesses as well as large enterprises, primarily on the .NET stack and was a Microsoft MVP. She joined Microsoft in 2007 on the Visual Studio engineering team where she drove a lot of customer and community activities. She has been a speaker at various software development events. You can still find her on a variety of developer sites. Follow her on twitter and GitHub: @BethMassi


Ward Bell

Ward Bell - Microsoft MVP | Speaker

Ward is a co-founder of IdeaBlade, a consultancy specializing in web applications for business and the makers of the Breeze.js and DevForce data management libraries. Ward is a regular conference speaker, a developer, and a Microsoft MVP.

Ward has over twenty-five years of application development experience. Prior to joining IdeaBlade in 2002, He was Senior Director of Product Management at Rivio, Inc. where he was responsible for definition and development of all Internet applications. Later Ward created the Rivio professional services department that managed all customization and private labeling activities for Rivio partners including Bank of America and Fleet Boston Bank.

Before Rivio, Ward was V.P. of Financial Services and a Director of Business Development at GE Capital Computer Leasing. Prior to GE, he designed and developed numerous enterprise applications for American Express, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Mobil Oil and other global industrial companies.


Brent Schooley

Brent Schooley - Developer Evangelist - Twilio | Microsoft MVP - Windows Development & Xamarin

Brent is a Developer Evangelist for Twilio representing the Philadelphia metro. He is a software developer who has been working with Microsoft technologies since 2004. His interests include front-end and mobile application development and user experience design with a recent emphasis on cross-platform mobile applications and client-side JavaScript frameworks. Other platforms he has worked with include WPF, Silverlight, Windows Forms, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. Brent is the author of Designing for Windows 8, a Windows 8 design primer from Apress. He is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Development as well as a Xamarin MVP


Chris Patterson

Chris Patterson - Principal Architect | Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

Chris Patterson is a Principal Architect and Fellow at McKesson, the nation's leading healthcare services company. At McKesson, Chris is responsible for the architecture and development of applications for healthcare providers, patients and payers across a heterogenous network of systems. With a focus on enterprise integration and service oriented architectures, he has helped build a robust portfolio of applications delivering value to customers at multiple stages of the healthcare delivery process.

Chris also works on several open source projects and is the primary contributor to MassTransit, a free, open source .NET messaging framework. Through open source contributions, his knowledge of distributed systems has enabled many companies, including McKesson, to develop highly available distributed transaction processing systems. Since 2009, Chris has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for his community contributions.


Lukas Ruebbelke

Lukas Ruebbelke - Web Application Developer | Google Developer Expert

Lukas is a web application developer with over ten years experience building immersive, client-side applications for a wide range of clients including startups to Fortune 100 companies.

He is a recognized Google Developer Expert in Web Application Development, Hybrid Mobile Development, Realtime Applications, Client-Side Architecture, and Lean Product Development.

Lukas lives in Phoenix where he is heavily involved with the local development community. He is the co-organizer of a local meetup with almost 1000 members and organizes multiple conferences and hackathons in the valley.


Tobiah Zarlez

Tobiah Zarlez - Game Evangelist - Microsoft | Game Developer

Tobiah is a Game Evangelist at Microsoft and an independent game developer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Before Microsoft, Tobiah ran an independent game development startup for 4 years called "Yobonja", creating dozens of games including their big hit "Blast Monkeys", which was #1 on Android for 6+ months. Then in 2013, Tobiah started working for Microsoft. As an Evangelist, his job is to speak to developers and teach them about the latest new technologies. Tobiah still makes games on the side through his second company, "PlayPerro". His focus now is on creating experimental games and interesting interactive experiences. Most recently, his project "#DanceTogether" was a "Big Game Selection" at the IndieCade 2016 game festival.