mvcConf - the Virtual ASP.Net MVC Conference


We have a great line up of top notch speakers varying from members, MVPs and Community Influencers for mvcConf!

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mvcConf Speaker Scott Guthrie

Scott Guthrie is corporate vice president of Microsoft’s .NET Developer Division, where he runs the development teams responsible for delivering Microsoft Visual Studio developer tools and Microsoft .NET Framework technologies for building client and Web applications. A founding member of the .NET project, Guthrie has played a key role in the design and development of Visual Studio and the .NET Framework since 1999. Guthrie is also responsible for Microsoft’s web server platform and development tools teams. He has also more recently driven the development of Silverlight – a cross browser, cross platform plug-in for delivering next generation media experiences and rich internet applications for the web.

Today, Guthrie directly manages the development teams that build the Common Language Runtime (CLR), ASP.NET, Silverlight, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), IIS, Commerce Server and the Visual Studio Tools for Web, Client and Silverlight development.

Guthrie graduated with a degree in computer science from Duke University.

mvcConf Speaker Phil Haack

Phil is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft on the ASP.NET team, currently working on the new ASP.NET MVC Framework. He also has a passion for managing and developing Open Source projects and currently leads the . Subtext is an open source blog engine on the ASP.NET platform. He has also made small contributions to other projects such as , and .

mvcConf Speaker Jon Galloway

Jon works as an Community Program Manager helping to evangelize and promote the framework and Web Platform. Jon previously worked at Vertigo Software, where he worked on several Microsoft conference websites (PDC08, MIX09, WPC09), built the CBS March Madness video player, and lead a team which created several Silverlight advertising demos for MIX08. Prior to that, he’s worked in a wide range of web development shops, from scrappy startups to Fortune 500 financial companies. He was an and Silverlight Insider, MVP, published author, regular contributor to several open source .NET projects. He runs the Herding Code podcast () and blogs at

mvcConf Speaker Glenn Block

Glenn is a PM on the WCF team working on Microsoft’s future HTTP and REST stack. Prior to WCF he was a PM on the new Managed Extensibility Framework in .NET 4.0. He has experience both inside and outside Microsoft developing software solutions for ISVs and the enterprise. He has also been active in involving folks from the community in the development of software at Microsoft. This has included shipping products under open source licenses, as well as assisting other teams looking to do so.

mvcConf Speaker Brad Wilson

Brad Wilson is a senior developer on the ASP.NET MVC team, with 18 years of experience as a developer, team lead, architect and CTO. He joined Microsoft in 2005 on the Patterns & Practices team, and worked on the CodePlex open source repository site prior to joining the ASP.NET team. He is an agile enthusiast and coach, and involved in several open source projects including being co-creator of the TDD framework He has been blogging about .NET and related technologies since 2001 and given more than 50 presentations on programming topics.

mvcConf Speaker Vaidy Gopalakrishnan

Vaidy Gopalakrishnan - Microsoft

Vaidy is a Program Manager with Microsoft's Web Platform team and works on IIS Express and parts of the IIS Web server. He has been with IIS since Feb 2010, and joined Microsoft in late 2008. Previously, he spent many years in the San Francisco Bay Area as a lead and developer on Enterprise and Embedded software projects with Intuit and HP.

mvcConf Speaker Steven Sanderson

Right now I’m working as a Program Manager for Microsoft in the team that brings you the ASP.NET technology stack, IIS, and other web things. Previously I developed .NET software as a contractor/consultant for clients in Bristol and beyond, plus wrote some books for Apress, such as Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework. From time to time, I get to speak at user groups and conferences, and recently have been running a bunch of training courses on topics such as C#, SQL Server, and of course ASP.NET MVC.

mvcConf Speaker Brandon Satrom

Brandon Satrom is a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft, based in Austin, TX. He has eleven years of industry experience, splitting his time evenly between consulting/service organizations and internal IT shops before joining Microsoft in June of 2010. A Software and Enterprise Architect, Brandon has worked on projects of all shapes for companies large and small, most recently using technologies such as WCF, WF and ASP.NET MVC with a healthy dose of OSS. Brandon loves writing and speaking, and has written articles for The Architecture Journal and MSDN Magazine. He lives in Austin with his wife and son and blogs about software architecture and development.

mvcConf Speaker John Sheehan

John Sheehan is an ASP Insider, the creator of RestSharp and a Developer Evangelist at Twilio.

mvcConf Speaker Jeffrey Palermo

Jeffrey Palermo is the CIO of Headspring Systems. Jeffrey has led the growth of Headspring from a boutique development company to a multi-million dollar custom software firm. Recognizing software history, trends, fads, and the constant pendulum swing that is the technology industry, Jeffrey promotes a balanced approach that uses new lessions without discarding the advances of the past. Often ignoring industry fads, he advocates for a moderate, simple approach. Jeffrey has been recognized by Microsoft as a “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) for five years. He has spoken and facilitated at industry conferences such as VSLive, DevTeach, the Microsoft MVP Summit, various ALT.NET conferences, and Microsoft Tech Ed. He also speaks to user groups around the country as part of the INETA Speakers’ Bureau. A graduate of Texas A&M University, an Eagle Scout, and an Iraq war veteran, Jeffrey holds too many certifications to list, has published many magazine articles , and he has written one book.

mvcConf Speaker John V. Petersen

I've been developing software for 20 years, starting with dBase, Clipper and FoxBase + thereafter, migrating to FoxPro and Visual FoxPro and Visual Basic. Other areas of concentration include Oracle and SQL Server - versions 6-2008. From 1995 to 2001, I was a Microsoft Visual FoxPro MVP. Today, my emphasis is on ASP MVC .NET applications. I am a current Microsoft ASP .NET MVP.

mvcConf Speaker Shay Friedman

Shay Friedman is a Visual C#/IronRuby MVP and the author of IronRuby Unleashed and ASP.NET 4 Programmer's Reference. With more than 10 years of experience in the software industry, Friedman now works at CodeValue, a company he has co-founded, where he creates products for developers, consults and conducts courses around the world about dynamic languages and web development.

mvcConf Speaker Chris Canal

mvcConf Speaker Steve Hebert

Steve is a contributor on a number of opensource projects including MvcContrib, Autofac and the FluentWorkflow project. Working in this field for 19 years, he finds that each year gets more fun and exciting with the new tools, technologies and community involvement that we see going on around us.

mvcConf Speaker Ashic Mahtab

Ashic is currently working as a Lead ASP.NET MVC Developer at Parliamentary ICT, Houses of Parliament, UK where he is introducing CQRS and Event Sourcing concepts and marrying them with ASP.NET MVC. He is an ASP.NET MVP and a moderator of the official ASP.NET community at He has a passion for software architecture, patterns and design and writes articles from time to time at his website .

mvcConf Speaker Ben Dornis

Programming professionally for 10 years with various companies. My most recent accomplishments are the Razor Syntax Highlighter and the Razor Templating Engine (in collaboration with Matthew Abbott).

mvcConf Speaker Andrew Davey

I'm an independent consultant, based in the UK. My work is focused on web application development, usually on .NET. I also work on a handful of open source projects for fun.

mvcConf Speaker Roberto Hernandez

Currently a Managing Consultant for Excella and a Microsoft C# MVP. I have been designing and writing software solutions using Microsoft technology for the past 12 years. I am originally from the Dominican Republic, and the proud father of two beautiful daughters that make my life special.

mvcConf Speaker Chris Zavaleta

I'm a professional consultant in Austin,Texas with a focus on Microsoft technologies and .NET. I have spent the majority of my career building and architecting line of business applications for clients such as Pfizer, International Bank of Commerce, Dell and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

mvcConf Speaker Sebastien Lambla

Sebastien Lambla runs Caffeine IT, a .net consultancy / contracting company helping the good people of London adopt new technologies, new processes, new methodologies and in general anything that's new and shiny. Specializing in cutting-edge tools, from REST architectures to occasionally connected rich clients, Sebastien has been developing with .net since 2000, and has a secret love affair with javascript. In his spare time he’s working on OpenRasta, a resource-oriented MVC framework for .net.

mvcConf Speaker Troels Thomsen

mvcConf Speaker Amir Barylko

Amir Barylko started his career in 1994 working for IBM as a senior developer while he was finishing his Masters degree in computer science. Since then he worked as team leader and architect for the past 15 years. Having started with languages like C++ and Java he spent many years coding in C# and training other developers in topics such domain modeling, abstractions, patterns, automation, dependency injection, testing, etc. Being an incurable geek, always thirsty for knowledge, his passion for technology moved him towards Ruby on Rails a few years ago, becoming an advocate of RoR web development and recently giving his first RoR training. Amir is a rare combination of high technical skills, lots of experience in a wide range of platforms, exceptional presentation skills and great sense of humor. His presentations are always rich in content and fun to attend

mvcConf Speaker Mitch Denny

Mitch Denny is the Chief Technology Officer of Readify and has been working with the .NET platform since 2000. Mitch is a Microsoft MVP awardee (9+ years) and has specialties in ASP.NET development and the Microsoft ALM stack. In his current role Mitch is focused on delivering successful projects using a combination of Microsoft tools and technologies and sound Agile practices based on Scrum.

mvcConf Speaker Rob Conery

Rob Conery used to work at Microsoft with the ASP.NET peeps and have since moved on to begin work on my new venture - Tekpub . I am also the creator/curator/smooth operator of SubSonic - the greatest piece of software ever considered by the mind of man. The fact that the universe spoke through me to bring you SubSonic is indeed an honor. I am humbled.

mvcConf Speaker Chris Bannon

Chris Bannon is familiar with many acronyms: UX, ASP.NET, AJAX, C#, SQL & jQuery. As the Lead Web Developer at ComponentOne, he has mastered techniques such as CSS layout, unobtrusive JavaScript, semantic markup, and graceful degradation. Chris manages ComponentOne’s product lines for jQuery, ASP.NET and iPhone Web development. He spends most of his time building or using the web and it is his passion. When he isn’t at a computer you can find him spending time with his family, trying to golf, or pretending that he can still play ice hockey.

mvcConf Speaker Steve Smith

Steve is a Senior Architect with The Code Project, a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, and CTO of Lake Quincy Media. He has been a regular conference speaker since 2001 and has written or contributed to several books on software development, including 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. Steve founded and coordinates a software craftsmanship user group in northeast Ohio (

Steve is passionate about software craftsmanship and architecture and design best practices. He enjoys helping fellow programmers achieve their own "ah-ha" moments through speaking, his blog (, videos, and other opportunities. Before joining The Code Project, Steve founded NimblePros, an agile consulting shop focused on software craftsmanship through their work, training, and tools designed to help developers deliver better software.

mvcConf Speaker Eric Sowell

Eric Sowell is an avid .NET developer who gets into as many technologies as he can though with a focus on ASP.NET. He is development lead for on the international platform and enjoys writing code which serves up Html millions of times on a daily basis. Eric is the father of three children and the husband of one wife. He also has fish. When not being a geek or hanging with the family, he enjoys reading, writing and doing research primarily in the realms of ancient Greek, biblical studies and early Christianity.

mvcConf Speaker Andy Wahrenberger

I’m a recovering Application Developer turned Build Master. I spent the first almost 10 years of my career with head buried in my own troubles. I then was smart (or stupid based on your perspective) to own up to the ability to write a batch files that could kick off a build. That had led me down this, the Build Master path. My focus has been primarily on the Microsoft stack of technologies, focusing on ALM/Build/Deploy solutions using Team Foundation Server since Beta1 of TFS 2005. The before time, the libraries of batch files and custom tools, aren’t really so interesting anymore