Greg Levenhagen

Greg Levenhagen Speaking
  • Location: Midwest US (UTC -6)
  • Expertise: Software Development, Community Building, Public Speaking, Strategy & Innovation, Career Development, Entrepreneurship
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

Greg Levenhagen is a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft MVP in Windows Development and Principal Software Engineer Consultant with Skyline Technologies. He has a great passion for giving back to the community and teaching. A true enthusiast of computer science, with passions and interests including mobile, UX, architecture, parallel, testing, agile, 3D/games, cloud, languages and much more. Greg speaks at conferences like ThatConference, CodeMash, Code PaLOUsa, TechBash, VSLive, KCDC and DevLink.

He is also a Volunteer Teacher for CS through TEALS, Microsoft Certified Trainer, board member of ThatConference, president of the Northeast WI Developers User Group / Northeast WI Code Camp / Milwaukee Code Camp, cofounder of the Northeast WI Agile User’s Group, INETA speaker, IEEE and ACM member and a PhD student.

Along with being a life-long geek, Greg enjoys golfing, football, woodworking, philosophy and stimulating conversation.

Simon Binder

  • Location: Linköping, Sweden (UTC+1)
  • Expertise: Windows, EMS, System Center, Powershell, User Adoption and presentation skills
  • Contact: Twitter | E-MailLinkedInPersonal Blog

I work as a Principal Solution Architect in Sweden focusing on Digital Workplace solutions. I’m sharing my time between evenly between design & strategy work around Workplace, pre-sale as well as evangelism – where the last part has take me all around Europe (so far) speaking at conferences and user groups.

My first “real” talk (having held a number of talks at internal conferences prior to it) were at Techdays Sweden in 2016. It included song, dance, a penguin – and one of the most awarded speakers in the Tech-world at the front row. But it went well, I learned a lot and I learnt that the only way to be better at speaking – is to speak, and getting feedback and listen to feedback.

I have had a lot of help from colleagues, friends, coaches, attendees and my family over the years – and now its time to give back. I’m passionate about speaking. I’m passionate about helping other be better speakers – while keeping your personal touch and feel. I’m passionate about seeing people succeed.

I work mostly with Microsoft technologies, but happy to help out with any topic. In that way, I learn a bit myself. I love to listen, and what I hope to get from every talk I attend is: Getting 100 % focus on the speaker and the topic, feel the passion and joy from the speaker, and leave the room exhausted – but also filled with new knowledge and inspiration. That’s also what I try to give in all my talks – and I hope to be able to help you achieve in yours.

Eric Berg

Location: Germany (UTC +2)
Expertise: Azure, Cloud and Datacenter Management, Client Management, Automation, IT Strategy, Podcast, Webcast
Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog

My name is Eric Berg and I work as Lead IT-Architect in the Azure Team of COMPAREX in Germany. Also I am a Microsoft MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management.

Right now I am focussing on Azure and Datacenter Infrastructure and Management. In the past I have done a lot in Client Management area too.

Since 2016 I am the organizer of the Azure Thüringen Meetup, where we talk about Azure related stuff from infrastructure to development.

I am active speaker on national and international conferences and user groups like, Azure Meetups, System Center User Groups, Cloud and Datacenter User Group, Technical Summit, IT-Camps, Microsoft Ignite, ExpertsLive, Cloud and Datacenter Conference, …

Also I am running a podcast and a webcast series together with one of my fellow MVPs called GeekSprech and GeekSchau.

As a Consultant it was my day to day business to present solutions to the customer. With my growing engagement in the community there were more opportunities to be chosen as a speaker. Over time I was invited to participate in several Call for Speakers and this was my starting point for international speaking engagements.

My first speaking opportunity at Microsoft Ignite was insane. There was a room fitting for 600 people and me standing on stage…prepared but nervous… speaking in front of such an audience….in englisch as a non-native speaker – The result was overwhelming… great feedback, questions and evaluations.

Now I am here to help others to reach the same point and feel this overwhelming feeling after a speech. I would like to share my experiences, help to prepare good stories for your presentations and see you make your own experiences.

Feel free to reach me on Twitter or LinkedIn and visit my Blog 

Bjoern Peters

Mentoring - Bjoern Peters - SQLPASS_DE - Speaker - SQL Server and Azure
  • Location: Germany | DE (UTC +1)
  • Expertise: Relational databases (primarily SQL Server), Azure SQL Database, Azure Data platform
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedInBlog

 

My name is Bjoern Peters and I love SQL Server and Azure SQL Databases and to speak about it 😉

I’m in MSSQL databases since version 6.5 (which was in 2000), since 2011 I’m a member of SQL PASS and held my first talk about SQL Server in 2015. Here in Germany, I’m active as volunteer and speaker at several data platform events like SQL Saturday or SQLGrillen.

Since October 2016 I’m also the organizer of the Azure Meetup Hamburg, where we talk about all topics of Azure on a monthly base.

Before my first public session, I was really afraid but right after it… I’ll never stop it anymore it is so much fun to share knowledge with the audience! And now I want to help others to step ahead and make their own experience.

Looking forward to helping you prepare your presentation and speak for a session at any event you would like to.

Paul Andrew

  • Location: UK (UTC +0)
  • Expertise: Azure Data Platform, Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Big Data, Lambda Architectures
  • Contact: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog

OMrPaulAndrewnce upon a time there was a junior developer. This developer was passionate about what he did and wanted to share all his knowledge with anyone willing to listen. Ambition was a key motivator, combined with a small amount of competitiveness and a burning desire to know everything he had big plans to become a subject matter expert in his field.

Through our incredible data platform community these goals can be achieved. The community can facilitate your growth and open doors to every corner of this vast IT industry. But be warned, this takes commitment, bucket loads of effort and (let’s be realistic) a reasonable amount of personal time sacrificed. However, you will get out what you put in.

If these things ring true with you and you wish to grow yourself through our community please reach out, I’d be happy to help.

I was that junior developer about 20 years ago and what was true then is still true now. But maybe slightly more refined. The community has supported my career growth in ways I never expected, through blogging, helping, speaking and organising events.

I’m now a Senior Data Analytics Consultant at Adatis (a London based business intelligence consultancy) and Microsoft Data Platform MVP. I currently specialise in architecting big data solutions with Microsoft Azure services and delivering intelligent insights for my customers business.

I look forward to hearing from you and starting your data journey in our community.

 

 

 

 

Martina Grom

  • Location: AUT (UTC +1)
  • Expertise: Cloud Computing, Cloud Architecture & Strategy, Change Management, Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Enterprise Social.
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | About.me

My passion is online and social media, cloud computing, and Office 365.

I have a Master’s of International Business Administration from the University of Vienna, Austria.

I am an introvert who loves to speak at conferences. It challenges me and as English is not my first language it is also always a challenge to give english talks. In the beginning I used to speak at smaller events but soon I tried to speak at larger events. I love to share knowledge as I know you learn something new every time when you attend a session. Hopefully I can give something back to others.

I am recognized as an expert in Microsoft Online Services solutions and was one of the first eight MVPs worldwide to receive an award in 2011 for my expertise in Office 365. Since 2015, I am also a Regional Director for Microsoft.

You can reach me on Twitter | LinkedIn | About.me and I am excited to support you.

 

 

Jan Mulkens

Jan Mulkens Speaking Mentor
  • Location: Belgium (UTC +1)
  • Expertise: Applied Machine Learning with SQL Server and Azure ML Services, Power BI, Database DevOps (SQL Server), Data Integration with SSIS, Data Warehousing, Storytelling.
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

Short version:

  • Active in IT since 2010 having covered a lot of the current Microsoft Data/BI/AI Stack
  • From nervous newbie speaker in 2014 to experienced international speaker in 2017
  • Grew from attendee to blogger to speaker to User Group founder
  • Willing to provide help on all topics but most comfortable in SQL Server, Power BI, Applied Machine Learning (Azure ML & SQL Server ML Services).
  • When not able to help you, I’ll find someone for you who can help you.
  • Contact me at any time with any question

Long version:

Back in July of 2010, I was working in a call center as a sales advisor. I didn’t have a college degree due to personal circumstances at the time, but i did have a healthy dose of curiousity. In response to an internal opening, I started working with the existing reports in excel that company had. Over the course of a couple of months, I slowly started automating them while learning and experimenting with the back-end, SQL Server 2005. Finally in April of 2011, I was asked to join the IT team full time. And when I say IT team, i mean the IT Manager and me.

Fast forward to July 2014, where I joined one of the largest consultancy firms in Belgium as a Microsoft Business Intelligence Consultant. Since then, I’ve learned a lot, from working with customers to teaching and coaching new starters. But also technical skills like optimising queries for performance, setting up a data warehouse end to end, working with relevant Azure offerings and automating everything possible.

What was perhaps the largest change for me, came when I started diving into Data Science and the related offerings by Microsoft,  which at the time was only Azure Machine Learning Studio. I quickly learned the basics through online courses, including Microsoft’s Professional Program for Data Science, and was able to apply these principles when SQL Server 2016 came out with R Services. Throughout this all I had unknowingly positioned myself in such a way that in january of 2017 I was asked to pick up the secondary role of Competence Center Lead for Microsoft Advanced Analytics. Basically meaning I need to ensure everyone in our business unit has access to the necessary knowledge to serve current and future customers for offerings in this space.

Throughout this crazy personal journey I’ve been giving presentations since the end of 2014. Sharing what i’ve learned at user groups and conferences, has so far been an absolute joy. The feeling you get when someone comes up to you afterwards and talks about the new insights they got through your talk is almost addictive. It also enabled me to get new insights myself by talking with a very diverse audience, each with different use cases. And it helped me to learn more about the international community around SQL Server and what other people are doing at their employers and customers. Being quickly integrated into the speaker community where you can learn even more and help even more people is one of the surprising side effects of speaking.

However, as an employee for a consultancy firm and not being my own boss, this doesn’t come easy or cheaply. I’ve been paying for my own travel expenses to speak at 15 events in 2017 and as of february 2018 I’m already accepted at 10 events for 2018 with 11 more currently pending a decision.

So one of my goals, apart from helping you out, is ensuring that you’re in a position to someday offer others help with writing an abstract or creating a presentation. Or perhaps you might one day help a user group or even start your own user group!

Wouter de Kort

  • Location: Netherlands (UTC +1)
  • Expertise: Software development on the Microsoft stack, DevOps, Azure.
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

We’ve got our first computer when I was 6 years old. After discovering Solitaire I started playing with Quick Basic when I was 7. I’ve been programming ever since. Currently, I work as a lead architect and consultant where I try to help organizations stay on the cutting edge of software development.

My main focus is around Microsoft and DevOps.  I wrote a couple of books on C#, Azure and DevOps and of course I like to speak! I try to present as often as possible at local user groups and national and international conferences. I’ve given talks to small groups to rooms filled with hundreds of people.  Something that really helped me with all this is my experience as a part time minister. In that capacity I gave a lot of talks, received all kinds of speaking training and coached people of all levels to present their ideas.

Because of all this Microsoft awarded me the Microsoft MVP Visual Studio and Development Technologies award. I’m also a part of the Microsoft ALM Rangers.

I like helping others so feel free to reach out. We can work on anything you want ranging from choosing a topic, finding a conference to speak at to reviewing your slides and practicing your presentation.

Alexander Arvidsson

  • I work as a principal solutions architect in Sweden, focusing on SQL Server and the Microsoft data platform technologies. I love sharing knowledge and I love seeing the penny drop. I’m a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, a Microsoft Certified Trainer, an international speaker, blogger, podcaster and a Star Wars fan extraordinaire.

    I started working with SQL Server and Oracle back in 1997. But like many others, I didn’t find the SQL Server community for several years, but after attending my first PASS Summit in 2014 I realized I had found my home.

    I started attending SQL Saturdays, blogging and sending abstracts all over. I’ve been teaching and presenting since the turn of the millennium, but the SQL Server community was by far the kindest, most welcoming and exciting community I had ever seen.

    My first SQL Saturday session was in Gothenburg in 2016, and from there it has slowly started to take off. It’s a lot of work, but rewarding like nothing else.

    I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all the amazing people in the community. I received a huge amount of help and encouragement when I joined the community, and I jump at any chance I get to give back.  We are all standing on the shoulders of those who came before us, and everyone can be a shoulder to someone.

    Speaking is wonderful, speaking is terrible, speaking is draining and speaking is exhilarating.

    I wouldn’t trade it for the world.