Cheryl Hung (@oicheryl) is the Director of Ecosystem at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, part of the Linux Foundation. She advocates for and builds communities around cloud native, Kubernetes and open source infrastructure, including founding the Cloud Native London meetup.
Cheryl is an ex-Google software engineer and holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.
Tom Soderstrom is the IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He leads research and hands-on experiments with emerging technologies.
The most interesting recent technology is the intersection of Internet of Things, Robotics, Advanced Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence. The goal of his team is to infuse the most meaningful technologies and work practices as early as possible where they positively impact JPL's mission of exploring space and protecting Earth.
Merritt Baer is Principal Security Architect for Global Accounts at Amazon Web Services. She provides technical cloud security guidance to complex, regulated organizations like the Fortune 200. She advises the leadership of AWS’ largest customers on security as a bottom line proposition.
Merritt has experience in all three branches of government and the private sector. Most recently, she served as Lead Cyber Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission. She speaks regularly on infosec, including the future of the Internet, artificial intelligence and robots, quantum computing, current cybersecurity issues in 5G, cloud, mobile, IoT and ICS, corporate interactions with government cyber, diversity in tech, entrepreneurism and innovation. Her insights on business strategy and tech have been published in Forbes, The Baltimore Sun, The Daily Beast, LawFare, Talking Points Memo, and ThinkProgress. Her academic work has appeared in the journals of Temple, Georgetown, Santa Clara, UPenn, and UVA.
Merritt is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a National Security Fellow at the Center for New American Security and a Cyber Fellow at the East-West Institute; founder of women’s tech expert network Tech & Roses; Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland; and an amateur boxer.
Dr. David J. Malan is Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Harvard University. He teaches Computer Science 50, otherwise known as CS50, which is Harvard University's largest course, one of Yale University's largest courses, and edX's largest MOOC. He also teaches at Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Extension School, and Harvard Summer School.
Kareem Zidane is a software developer, system administrator, and teaching fellow for CS50 at Harvard University. He is a self-taught programmer from Egypt who discovered computer science, including CS50 itself, online. He is the chief architect of CS50 IDE.
Justin LaRose is a Senior Software Engineer working in the Technology, Product, and Xperience (TPX) business unit at Comcast. He joined Comcast in 2011 and has worked on a variety of projects which includes the Emmy award-winning television guide experience, the X1 Platform. In his current role, he is helping his Core Application Services & Traffic-shaping team develop and deploy java microservices to multiple cloud platforms. Justin is a graduate of Hampton University, a historically black university, affectionately referred to as “The Real HU.” He has a Masters in Information Systems from Drexel University.
Alex Roscoe received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Drexel University. His background is focused on wireless engineering which has included projects such as air quality monitoring to national internet infrastructure. He has won an award from Architect Magazine for R&D of IoT systems for building design. Recently in 2019, he was named 40 under 40 by Drexel University. He is currently the CTO and founder of GrowFlux. While not working, he is passionate about the environment and enjoys hiking, bicycling, and kayaking. He has summited two of the peaks of the Fitzroy range in Patagonia.
Christina Yakomin is a Site Reliability Engineer in Vanguard’s Chief Technology Office. She has worked at the company’s Malvern, PA headquarters since graduating from Villanova University in 2015 with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. Throughout her career, she has developed an expansive skill set in front- and back-end web development, as well as cloud infrastructure and automation. She has earned three Amazon Web Services certifications: Solutions Architect - Associate, Developer - Associate, and SysOps Admin - Associate.
Christina has also worked closely with the Women’s Initiative for Leadership Success at Vanguard, both internally at the company and externally in the local community, to further the career advancement if women and girls - in particular within the tech industry. In her spare time, Christina is passionate about traveling; she has visited more than 20 different countries and 25 U.S. states so far!
Chris Rosen is a Program Director, Offering Management, for IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service and IBM Cloud Container Registry. He has held a variety of roles in his 19-year career with IBM and is currently responsible for delivering IBM’s container strategy by working closely with customers, partners, development, design, and research. He has a BS in Information Technology and an MBA, both from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Eric Van Der Poel
Eric Van Der Poel is a Private Cloud Architect at Comcast. He has a 20 year technology career with the first 15 years in systems administration. About five years ago. Eric aligned with the new mindset of DevOps easily. He found that the principals learned during system administration carried over into the utility-driven infrastructure of today since automation and delivery with speed have always been a fundamental requirement in deploying both projects.
Ben Neise is a Cloud Automation Platform Technical Lead for Sky UK. For the last five years, Ben has been helping Sky UK on their journey to deliver a cost-effective, sustainable, secure, and responsibly-governed private cloud solution by maintaining the public cloud capabilities that developers have come to rely upon. He is an automation evangelist and a strong believer in "everything-as-code."
Despite currently living in Bonnybridge - the UFO capital of Scotland - he has yet to see a flying saucer.
Katie Lane is a Product Evangelist at Sumo Logic where she focuses on Operational Analytics and Kubernetes. She has over 10 years of experience ranging from data center networking to data science, and application monitoring and stability. Katie is always looking for a better, simpler, way to explain concepts and draws on her diverse background to take technology out of jargon-filled boxes and show it to the world.
Sudhir Borra is an Enterprise Architect at Comcast. He currently works on building AI models for Comcast’s video ecosystem. Sudhir has several years experience in data science, and currently leads devops teams in building micro services architectures in AWS. Sudhir holds a Masters degree in Computer Vision and AI.
Shirlette Chambers is a Software Engineer on the Cloud Engineering team where she works to build services that allow Comcast teams manage their cloud computing resources. She began her engineering career three years ago after transitioning from being a Math teacher. Shirlette has been a guest panelist and speaker as several Comcast events. She participates in various Hackathons and advocates for women in technology.
Shirlette is an avid traveler who also possesses a passion for community empowerment through education. Her ultimate goal is to do meaningful and impactful work, bringing forth positive change to others and creating inclusive technology.
Sarah Gori is the Cloud Security Product Owner for Comcast. She is responsible for overseeing the direction and execution of all objectives related to Public and Private Cloud Security efforts. In the past 10 years, she has held positions in Incident Response, Threat Intelligence, Security Architecture, and Project Management.
Jearvon Dharrie is a Developer Evangelist for Comcast in the Technology, Product, and Xperience (TPX) business unit. His primary focus is improving the developer experience.
Jonathan Squire is a Distinguished Engineer at Comcast. Jonathan's expertise covers a wide range of skills including security architecture, incident response, hacker attack and defense techniques, reverse engineering, and extreme curiosity in how everything works. Jonathan is known throughout the security sector for his ability to communicate complex technical details in a way that is approachable by technical and non-technical staff alike.
At Comcast, Jonathan is responsible for technical security strategy with a heavy focus on Cloud and Network security. Prior to joining Comcast, Jonathan was the Principal Security Architect for Dow Jones.