Speakers

Jerome Hardaway

CBS/Vets Who Code

Front End Developer && Geek @ Arms of Vets Who Code. After serving the Air Force as a member of Security Forces, he transitioned into code during the Great Recession with his first job working on Databases with the Dept of Homeland Security.

Harsha Vemulapalli

Robert Bosch LLC

Head of Design for Robert Bosch. In this capacity, he leads UX efforts focused on building on Bosch’s history of excellence as a leading global supplier of technology and services by driving adoption of innovative, design-thinking solutions and services. His teams span the gamut from Industrial Design, Service Design, Interaction Design, Visual Design and User Research.

Eric Harrison

Moonrise

co-founder and CTO of Moonrise, a social-impact startup trying to use AI to connect financially challenged workers to awesome jobs. He's the author of An Introduction to Robot Programming and has spent his career trying to automate-away the worst parts of life.

Veronica Hanus

Before Veronica was a programmer, she was a researcher (she helped pick the Mars Curiosity Rover’s landing site!) with an eye for process improvement. As she’s taught herself web development, she’s brought her research approach from her time at NASA-JPL & MIT into whatever she was learning. She loves exploring the web and teaching, and recently co-taught a PyCon tutorial on using web-scraping and modeling to predict Oscar winners. When she isn’t learning how the web can be better for developers, she enjoys blogging, nerding out about documentation, and snuggling as many cats as possible.

Erica Stanley

SalesLoft

a software engineer, entrepreneur and tech diversity & inclusion advocate. She is a software engineering manager at SalesLoft – where she’s helping grow the product engineering team for the 4th fastest growing software company in North America and #1 best place to work in Atlanta. She’s worked with Fortune 500 companies, including Boeing, FOX Interactive Media, Turner Broadcasting, and Oracle, as well as early-stage and pre-acquisition startups.

Mark Noonan

Content Thread

Web developer at Content Thread (a digital agency and consulting firm specializing in AEM) and a member of Code for Atlanta's leadership team. He also serves as a program developer for People Making Progress, an Atlanta-based nonprofit serving adults with developmental disabilities at home, work, and in the community. In 2017 he led the Paratransit Pal project, which won AT&T's Civic Coding Challenge, after which the project team donated the entire $40,000 prize to charity.

Mark Locklear

Vets Who Code

Mark Locklear is a web developer at the eXtension Initiative, founder of Remotegig.io and Director of mentors at Vets Who Code. He is an Adjunct Instructor at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College and is passionate about education and teaching students software development.

Andrew Smelser

Eventbrite

After studying communication at Vanderbilt University, Andrew stayed in Nashville to work at Eventbrite - an event ticketing and registration platform. Though he has worn many hats in his 5 years there, he now serves as a QA Coach and spearheads projects to improve product quality.

Rhia Dixon

VeriShip

A software engineer at a data-driven tech company where she creates backend software applications using C#/.NET, Python, AWS and a variety of other tech. While she has always been a STEM girl and holds a B.S. in Physics, her journey to the world of tech kicked off in the summer of 2017 during a full-stack web development bootcamp at the University of Kansas-Edwards Campus

Jeanne Schmidt

RSI

A Senior Principal Consultant and leads the Quality Assurance practice at Rural Sourcing. Jeanne Schmidt leads a team of software testers who help customers deliver quality software and advise customers on test strategies. Jeanne serves as a quality coach and quality advocate to help software teams improve the quality of their delivery.

Patrick Rodgers

PowerServe

A Lead Programmer and Project Manager at Powerserve in Augusta, Georgia. He began his career at Powerserve 13 years ago as a web designer, but in that time discovered his love for programming and made a career swap. He now leads a team of programmers who work on a site that sells over $100 million dollars worth of product annually. He has a passion for solving problems using the best means and 80's punk music.

Wes Dollar

RSI

The Web Practice Lead at Rural Sourcing's Augusta, GA, dev center. He is a full-stack engineer with over 20 years of experience and has worked on projects for companies of all sizes, including the likes of Proctor & Gamble, American Express, Hayneedle.com, and many more. His days at Rural Sourcing are spent knee-deep in React and mentoring his colleagues in between tickets. He's a design pattern junkie, UX strategist, and has a knack for explaining complicated tech topics to laymen.

Jessica King

Independent Contractor

A badass rockstar of enterprise architectures, eCommerce, and ERP integrations. She's spent two decades building full stack applications designed for growth and stability. Her clients span many business sectors but have digital transformation in common, which is where Jessica comes in. She has a reputation for successfully herding cats and bringing order to chaos. When she's not working, she's spending time with her family, playing board games, and making music.

Bowe Strickland

Red Hat

As a graduate student in physics in the early 1990's, Bowe discovered the allure of open source software installing the 70 3.5" floppies for the Slackware distribution, and has been a passionate advocate ever since. In 1999, after unsuccessfully looking for another job which would allow him to spend mornings sitting in coffeehouses, he joined Red Hat, Inc., as one of the founding members of Red Hat's training department.