- 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.
- Location: Troy NY (UTC -5)
- SQL Server, Disasters, Cave Rescue
I’m just getting started here so bear with me as I figure out the lay of the land.
I’m a SQL DBA with over 20 years of experience with SQL Server.
I’ve been speaking at SQL Saturday Events for over 3 years now and love to see new speakers breaking into the field.
In addition to SQL, I also am a caver and teach cave rescue. I also enjoy studying disasters such as plane crashes.
I’ve combined my interests in these three fields into a book, currently on Amazon (small plug) IT Disaster Response: Lessons Learned in the Field.
I’d love to say my first SQL Saturday speaking engagement was a downright success with a standing ovation at the end. But alas, honesty and modesty prevails and I have to say far from that. The title was “Tips that Saved my Bacon.” Before I even started the presentation, a woman in the back raised her hand and asked, “What is bacon?” Fortunately it got better from there.
If I can survive that, you can survive your first speaking experience.
I’m looking forward to working with folks who like to combine slightly offbeat topics into something educational and entertaining.
- Location: London, UK (UTC)
- Expertise: CI/CD, AWS, DevOps, .Net
- Contact: Twitter | Email
I knew I wanted to be a programmer since I was a child – computers were magical and I could make them do things simply by typing instructions into it. I remember the first time we got the internet at home and I discovered HTML. I decided I’d take computer classes at school despite being the only girl. I then got a degree in Computer Science before embarking out into the world.
It was in my third job and first job in London that I gave my first presentation. I had great encouragement from colleagues and I told a familiar story – our CI/CD development practices. It was 20 mins long and at a small meetup.
To my surprise, I was asked to give the talk again at other meetups and even a full 60 minute version at a big London conference. Suddenly I’m a speaker!
I’ve continued to speak at events and, despite mistakes, I’m enjoying sharing knowledge and I’d like to share these skills with others.
- Location: Huntsville, AL (UTC -6)
- Expertise: .NET, Career Development
- Contact: Twitter | Email
I started programming on a old TRS-80 back in the early 80’s. I’ve always been amazed by how I could make this curious little machine do what I told it to do. 30+ years later, I’m still amazed by these little machines.
Programming wasn’t my only passion. In the 90’s and 00’s, I attempted to get involved with the music industry. I played in lots of bands, did some work for radio, and worked in several clubs. All that time gave me a huge set of people skills.
As I began to abandon my entertainment aspirations and take my development career seriously, I started to miss those connections to the people. It was around that time that I discovered technical conferences. Shortly after, I took the plunge and presented at my first conference.
Standing in front of your peers and sharing your story is not easy. However, if you have a passion for something, people will respond. When they do, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
You’ll get there. The other mentors and I are here to help.