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.

Richard Munn

Richard Munn - Cassandra - Bristol Feb 18
  • Location: Wiltshire, UK (UTC)
  • Expertise: SQL Server, Windows, some Linux, some BigData, some fun…
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

Hi.

Thanks for picking me. Or, if you haven’t picked me and I just turned up randomly, “hi” as well. How has your day been ?

I guess you want to know a little bit about me, and why I’m more than happy to give up my time for you. See, I’ve always thought that people don’t talk enough. Sure, we communicate, but that’s too easy and not really helping anyone to grow. So, that’s why I’m talking to you now…

I started being a geek a long time ago (it was a Dragon32, if you must know). After a brief failure to study for a Batchelor’s Degree, I worked as a Legal Executive, a production-line operative, and a burglar alarm salesman. Getting tired of that, I fibbed a bit and said I could work Excel (hey, I’d used Lotus 123 at home – how hard could it be ? That ‘Windows 3.1’ wouldn’t take off, though).

After a while, I moved into data, and that’s pretty much where I’ve been since 1998.

I’ve always enjoyed showing-off… errm… sorry, ‘Presenting’ but as a confirmed geek, it took a while for me to be able to put that social awks aside, find my voice, and get out into the world. I took sandwiches, you know, I case I got lost…

My first real ‘public’ session was at a Lightning Talk at SQLBits Nottingham in 2013, about how SQL 6.5 was the future.

I’ve done several user groups since then, a SQLSaturday, and several SQL Relay days. My latest one (at time of writing) was at SQLBits 2018 (Mostly Microsoft Data Platform stuff), and was about a NoSQL datastore running on Linux. I was *really* surprised they even let me in the building !

Anyway, enough about me. We’re here for you, and that’s why you’re here. How can I help you be your future ?

Thanks for reading. Talk soon, yes ?

 

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.

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!

Julie Yack

Location:  Colorado (mountain time)
Expertise:  Dynamics 365, Project Management, Requirements Gathering, User Groups, Social Selling

Find me:  Twitter  Email  LinkedIn

In 5th grade, we had to do a science project.  Part of the project was to present it to the class.  I left school “sick” every day for a week to avoid giving that presentation.  Like most things, the delivery was a piece of cake; certainly not worth the stress I gave it.

I have now spoken at many events, sometimes an audience of 10, sometimes several hundred, sometimes thousands.  And there was that one time I was speaking with the President on C-SPAN.  I make a trek every year to speak to Congress.  I truly enjoy sharing what I have learned and helping others find a better version of themselves.