Speakers

Daniel Berlin

Daniel Berlin

Dan Berlin is currently a Senior Software Engineer for Crestron Electronics. In his career, Dan has filled a number of roles including Project Management, Product Management, Information Technologist, Business Analyst and Lead Consultant.

Dan is an evangelist for Agile software development and modern development tools, which led him to help co-found the NYC Alt.NET user group. Dan's true passion lies with developing solutions that change the way we use and consume multimedia, and when he's not focused on software, Dan enjoys traveling, writing music, building robots, and cooking.

Steve Bohlen

Steve Bohlen

Currently a Senior Software Engineer for SpringSource where he is the Technical Lead and Community Evangelist for the Spring.NET Framework, Stephen brings his varied 18-year-plus experience in software and technology to the design and delivery of Software Engineering Solutions and Frameworks for other Software Engineers. In addition to his work on Spring.NET, Stephen is also an active contributor to several other .NET Open-Source Software projects including NHibernate, NDbUnit, and others as well having developed a number of Visual Studio productivity add-ins.

Active in the software development community, Stephen speaks publicly, blogs (semi-)regularly, and is the author of several popular screencast series focused on Agile and ALT.NET concepts and technologies including the widely-praised 15-part Summer of NHibernate video series introducing viewers to the popular open-source O/RM tool. Stephen is also a founding/organizing member of the NYC ALT.NET user group which meets monthly to discuss Agile-focused techniques and technologies in the world of Microsoft software development and beyond.

Benjamin Dewey

Benjamin Dewey

Ben Dewey is a Senior Software Developer at twentysix New York and is a committer for the Apache Incubator Stonehenge project. He has over 10 years of web development experience and has recently worked on projects using WebServices, REST, WCF, jQuery, Silverlight, and WPF. Ben strives to create connected system with well defined roles without sacrificing the richness of the user experience.

Stephen Forte

Stephen Forte is the Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik, a leading vendor in .NET components. He sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works and is also a certified scrum master. Prior he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and co-founder of Corzen, Inc., a New York based provider of online market research data for Wall Street Firms. Corzen was acquired by Wanted Technologies (TXV: WAN) in 2007. Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region and speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press). Prior to Corzen, Stephen served as the CTO of Zagat Survey in New York City and also was co-founder of the New York based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group. He currently an MVP, INETA speaker and is the co-moderator and founder of the .NET Developer User Group. Stephen has an MBA from the City University of New York.

Blog: http://www.stephenforte.net
Sports Blog: http://www.steveandthetank.com
User Group: http://www.nycdotnetdev.com
Alex Hung

Alex Hung

Alex Hung is the Chief Technology Office of Ballywoo, a tech startup in NY. He has been working in the .NET space since 2004, developed systems ranging from financial trading, online banking, auction web site, to iPhone apps. Constantly looking for best tools to solve the problem, Alex worked in Ruby on Rails and is currently exploring NoSql databases as alternative storage system. He is passionate about software building/deployment process and contributes to the database migration project, DbDeploy.net. He coached enterprises on agile development practices and is a certified ScrumMaster. Before joining Ballywoo he was a Senior Consultant for ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy. Alex is the co-founder/organizer of NY Alt.NET user group.

Mark Pollack

Dr. Mark Pollack has worked extensively in the financial sector as a hands-on architect on several front office trading systems that involved a mixture of Microsoft and Java technologies. Always interested in best practices and improving the software development process, Mark became a contributor on the Spring Framework in 2003, which popularized dependency injection and Aspect-oriented programming in the Java community. He founded its .NET based counterpart, Spring for .NET, in 2004 which he continues to lead. Mark has been recognized as a MVP in Solutions Architecture and speaks frequently at user groups and conferences.
Erik Wynne Stepp

Erik Wynne Stepp

Erik Wynne Stepp is a senior consultant at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy. He has a long career in developing software, including nearly a decade of developing ASP.NET applications. Erik is a certified scrum master. He has recently revived the New York WPF/Silverlight Meetup.