G. Andrew Duthie, aka devhammer, is the founder and chief consultant for Devhammer Enterprises. Andrew is a business consultant focused on helping clients meet their business goals through great software. Andrew is also a trainer and writer with more than 15 years of industry experience, including nearly 10 years as a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft’s Mid-Atlantic States district, where he provided support and education for developers working with the Microsoft development platform. In addition to his work with Microsoft, Andrew is the author of several books on ASP.NET and web development, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences from VSLive! and ASP.NET Connections, to Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC) and Tech-Ed. Andrew has been participating in the user group community since way back in 1997, when one of his co-workers dragged him out to the Internet Developers User Group in Tyson’s Corner, VA, and he’s been hooked ever since.
Andrew is also the creator and developer of Community Megaphone, a site designed for promoting and finding developer community events. In addition to his work in software development, Andrew has enjoyed some recent forays into the world of hardware experimentation, including developing for Kinect and .NET Gadgeteer, using his newly-formed hardware chops to do everything from blinking LEDs and making strange noises, to flying a helicopter with his bare hands.
Andrew can be reached through his blog at http://devhammer.net/.
Brady Gaster is a Program Manager on the Windows Azure SDK team at Microsoft. He helps create tools and SDKs to make it easier for developers to party in the cloud, like the Windows Azure Management Libraries and the Windows Azure Java SDK. He likes to talk about his favorite technologies – Windows Azure, SignalR, ASP.NET, Web API, and Windows 8 Store application development – in sessions and on his blog, www.bradygaster.com. You can find Brady on Twitter at @bradygaster when he’s not tinkering with the ASP.NET stack, Windows Azure, devices running the .NET Micro Framework, or making music in his basement.
Jim Christopher is an independent software consultant with 19 years of professional experience spanning highly-regulated industries such as defense, education, and casino gaming systems. He currently runs Code Owls LLC, a Charlotte NC company focused on automation and integration projects. Jim is a Pluralsight author, three-time PowerShell MVP, Blue Diamond Technology award winner, and manages about a dozen open source projects. In his off time he plays guitar, ukulele, and participates in various acts of nogoodnicking.
Pete Brown is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft, leading the Developer Community team, as well as a former Microsoft Silverlight MVP, INETA speaker, and RIA Architect. Pete’s focus at Microsoft is the community around client application development (Windows 8 XAML, WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, Surface, Windows Forms, C++, Native Windows API, .NET Micro Framework, Robotics, and more), with a particular focus on XAML and gadgets. Pete has also authored two popular Silverlight books (Silverlight 4 in Action and Silverlight 5 in Action), and has a Windows 8 XAML book in progress, all with Manning.
Currently a Principal Software Engineer for the Technology, Evangelism, and Development (TED) Team within Microsoft Corporation, Stephen brings his varied 20-plus-years of experience as a former practicing Architect, CAD Manager, IT Technologist, Software Engineer, CTO, and consultant to assist select Microsoft Partner organizations in their adoption of cutting-edge and pre-release Microsoft developer products and technologies.
Stephen is also an active contributor to several Open-Source Software projects including NHibernate, Spring.NET, Common.Logging, NDbUnit, Common.Logging, and others.
Active in the software development community, Stephen speaks publicly, blogs (semi-)regularly, and is the author of several popular screencast series focused on Agile and ALT.NET concepts and technologies including the widely-praised 15-part Summer of NHibernate video series introducing viewers to the popular open-source O/RM tool. Stephen is also a founding/organizing member of the NYC ALT.NET user group as well as a co-organizer of the New York City Domain Driven Design User Group. For the past several years, he has been the Chairperson of the annual New York City Code Camp event. He has also been a Microsoft MVP award recipient in Solution Architecture, ASP.NET, and Visual C#, a member of the ASP Insiders and the Visual C# Insiders, and formerly held the office of the Vice President for INETA, North America.