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Meet the Organizers
Founder of try! Swift
Natasha is an iOS developer by day and a robot by night. She blogs about Swift, watchOS, and iOS development on her blog, natashatherobot.com, curates a fast-growing weekly Swift newsletter, This Week in Swift, and organizes the try! Swift Conference around the world (including this one!). She's currently living the digital nomad life as her alter identity: @NatashaTheNomad.
Sara is an iOS developer, who loves all things food, animals, fitness, technology, and humanitarian issues. She just finished up the iOS development program the Flatiron School and has a degree in nutrition and computer science. Originally aspired to go into medicine but decided against it and decided to change the world using technology by ultimately becoming a mobile developer. In her spare of time she can be found looking at various Ray Wenderlich tutorials or watching food recipe videos on youtube. Her dream is to change the world one app at a time. She is also one of the co-organizers for the Meetup group, try Swift! and is passionate about women in tech.
iOS Engineer at Citi
Daisy is an avid iOS developer and lover of all that is tech. She is currently on the iOS team at Citi FinTech building creative solutions and new features for their consumer banking app. Previously she worked at a development/design agency, Centscere, improving platforms for NPOs and connecting university students with mentors. In 2015 she obtained a B.S in Computer Science from Queens College in NYC, the same college where the Try Swift NYC meetup originated. She now organizes the meetup and hosts some algorithm nights focused on pushing the limits of Swift. When she is not waiting for Xcode to process symbol files she trains in aerial arts and fitness. She can be found on twitter at @daisyr317.
Founder of Swift India
Alvin Varghese is an iOS & macOS developer from the land of cultures and traditions, Kerala. He is in his early twenties, has extremely high energy levels and being idle kills him. He is really passionate about iOS Development and technology, that's why he chose to become a Swift lover and an iOS Developer. When he is not working on any projects, he engages himself by reading books and travelling. He has a life-long obsession with learning and exploring. Nowadays he spends lot of his time organizing and managing Swift India Developer Community .
Tech Lead at Capital One
Vaishnavi is a tech lead at Capital One where she strives to solve the day-to-day issues of small business owners. She has over 10 years of experience in the industry, mostly on mobile products, as an engineer and product manager. Prior to Capital One, she spent time at American Express & NewYork Times. When not at work, you can find her cooking, reading or planning imaginary vacations.
Pancake Meetup Founder
Designer & Painter
Nino Sakuma ( a. k. a. yucovin ) is a designer and a painter in Japan. She loves Apple products so much that she became an iOS developer. Her hobby is playing the violin in an amateur orchestra. The new try! Swift bird is designed by her.
Erica is an iOS developer with a love for hard-shelled tacos. Her love for code grew out of her career as a middle school math teacher / Girls Who Code advisor. Talk to her about 90s hip hop, Don Draper, organizing events for Women Who Code NYC, or trying out new taco spots! You can tweet her at https://twitter.com/yayitserica
Founder of Fastlane
Felix has been building iOS apps for 4 years, before starting to work on iOS developer tools. He built fastlane during college, which got acquired by Twitter last year. Since then Felix works full-time on open source developer tools, mostly focused on mobile developers.
iOS at Ustream
Agnes Vasarhelyi is an iOS developer at Ustream. She likes to build up software from streams of values and automate things in the meantime. Her blog tells you about reactive programming and her tweets about organizing community events.
Soroush Khanlou is a New York-based iOS consultant. He’s written apps for the New Yorker, David Chang’s Ando, Rap Genius, and non-profits like Urban Archive. He blogs about programming at khanlou.com, mostly making fun of view controllers. In his free time, he runs, bakes bread and pastries, and collects suitcases.
Open Source Contributor
Kyle Fuller started developing Swift the very day it was announced and he hasn’t looked back since. He’s an active contributor in the open-source Swift scene with more projects than he can count.
Meghan is an iOS developer at SoundCloud in Berlin. She is passionate about encouraging people to learn to code and breaking down any barriers to entry to the world of programming. When not coding, Meghan can usually be found cycling or playing board games.
Lead iOS developer at Chorus Fitness
Sommer Panage is currently the lead iOS developer at Chorus Fitness. Before taking on this role, she spent two years as a freelance iOS dev while pursing a career as professional circus artist and instructor. Previously, she worked as the head of Mobile Accessibility on iOS and Android at Twitter. Prior to Twitter, Sommer worked on the iOS team at Apple. She earned her BA in Psychology and MS in Computer Science at Stanford University. When she is not Swifting away, you can find her training rope, trapeze or handstands, running or even doing CrossFit. You can follow her on Twitter at @sommer.
Jon Reid works as an iOS developer at American Express, with the made-up job title 'Code Janitor'. Jon is new to Swift, but has been doing Test Driven Development since 2001. He was born in Tokyo, once worked at Tohoku Gakuin University in Sendai, and is excited to return to Japan!
Alexis is as an independent consultant, building all sorts of systems with Swift, Clojure, bash, a heartfelt sincerity, a nagging skepticism, and the motley wisdom from his past adventures in science, finance, and comedy. Twitter: @alexisgallagher
iOS at Kickstarter
Brandon did math for a very long time, and is now a developer at Kickstarter, contributing to iOS, Android, and web. He enjoys talking about functional programming and how to use it to better our craft as engineers.
Lead iOS Engineer at VINA
Mo is the Lead iOS Engineer at VINA, an app that helps connect women for friendship and community. Before that, she worked on the Twitter iPhone app. As her alter ego DJ/producer/occasional mermaid dpeshMo, she spends nights/weekends crafting beats and connecting people via all the right house & techno vibes.
Feeling he was living too extravagant of a lifestyle of ramen and subsidized bus passes, Eric Wing graduated (kicking and screaming) from the University of California at San Diego with a Masters degree n Computer Engineering just days before 9/11. In the following quest for free food, he worked a wide range of jobs in the field from automated testing on orbiting satellite systems to scientific visualization with a variety of different operating systems and programming languages. But in a stroke of genius (actually, it was more likely just a stroke), he figured out how he could work even harder for no money and started working on open source projects. He has been a contributor to projects such as SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer), OpenSceneGraph, and LuaCocoa. And when he was offered a co-authorship of Beginning iPhone Games Development, how could he possibly refuse the idea of even more hard work for virtually no pay? Then in a flash of brilliance (or more likely electrocution performing an ill-advised hardware upgrade), he realized he could top himself doing startups with their relentless amount of work and possible financial losses. He became the Chief Architect for Corona SDK and then co-founder of Lanica building a native game engine for Appcelerator. And now he is working on his craziest endeavor yet, Blurrr SDK.
Rikke Møller Koblauch
Product designer crafting for the small screens. Designing experiences for everything from big global brands to personal side projects.
iOS at Meetup
Laura is an iOS Engineer at Meetup, where she just recently completed a full redesign and rewrite of the mobile app in Swift. Though she holds a degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in robotics, she pivoted after deciding that smartphones were doing a better job of taking over the world. In her spare time, Laura writes Pebble watch apps from a couch in Brooklyn, NY alongside her basset hound Hollie.
iOS at Polidea
Krzysztof (or Chris) is an iOS developer at Polidea, a hardware-friendly software house in Warsaw, Poland. He's a co-organizer of Mobile Warsaw, a community for mobile developers, and a Swift enthusiast. A cultural anthropologist by training, he tries to see programming techniques from a humanistic perspective.
Architect at Shiroyagi Corporation, Engineer at HANDS MEMORY
Yusuke Ito is an architect at Shiroyagi Corporation and an engineer at HANDS MEMORY, designing whole architecture and engineering of various web services. He started Cocoa in 2006, and has been working on the Apple platform after the iPhone Jailbreaking community in Japan. His personal project is creating Hi-Fi audio devices.
iOS at Cookpad
Kazuaki MATSUO was the first test engineer to join Cookpad a few years ago. He has been focusing on testing and improving the quality of Cookpad's web services and iOS and Android mobile applications. He has been doing manual testing, test automation, working improving the development process... The "cocoa" used in his Twitter or GitHub account comes from the Cocoa framework, because of the influence he got from working on iOS applications at university.
Open Source Contributor: CocoaPods, Danger
Orta Therox is a developer at Artsy, where he’s helped move the company towards doing Open Source by Default. He’s helped run CocoaPods for the last 4 years and has been working on Danger for the last year.
iOS at Line
Christopher has been developing software at Line in Tokyo for 8 years, for iOS since iOS 4, and in Swift since 1.0.
iOS at Realm
Marius has been developing mobile & web applications ever since he graduated from university. In more recent years, he's shifted his focus towards mobile development, especially iOS and Objective-C, and since it came out a growing portion of Swift. With his work on the CocoaPods team, he hasn't forgotten about Ruby either. Since he joined Realm, he has also become more involved in the mobile community, presenting at many conferences.
iOS at Pivotal Labs
Derek has been immersed in iOS development for the last 5 years and has most recently been practicing Lean Product Development as a full-stack software engineer at Pivotal Labs' Tokyo office. He’s most passionate about TDD, writing clean code, and object-oriented design. Outside of Pivotal he makes time for his pet project 'Groove Freedom': an iPad app he built to help drummers practice more effectively. For maintaining good work/life balance Derek can also be found drumming, lifting weights, practicing meditation and co-organizing the Tokyo iOS Meetup.
Software engineer at Zalando
Software engineer at Zalando. Mobile development enthusiast, Swift nerd.
Lead Mobile Developer at SpotHero
Ellen Shapiro is the Lead Mobile Developer for SpotHero and former Director of iOS Engineering at an Vokal in Chicago, IL. She also builds Android apps and runs the Chicago AndroidListener meetup. She works in her spare time to bring leading songwriting application Hum to life, and writes iOS tutorials for RayWenderlich.com.
Mobile Engineering Manager at Blue Apron
Marc is the Mobile Engineering Manager at Blue Apron and has been building iOS apps since 2009. Previously he worked for Etsy and a handful of startups. Marc runs the Brooklyn Swift Meetup and loves encouraging others to learn Swift. In his spare time he enjoys retweeting Arrested Development quotes.
Co-author of iOS Programming Pushing the Limits
Rob is co-author of iOS Programming Pushing the Limits. Before coming to Cocoa, he made his living sneaking into Chinese facilities in broad daylight. Later he became a Mac developer for Dell. It's not clear which was the stranger choice. He has a passion for the fiddly bits below the surface, like networking, performance, security, and text layout. He asks `but is it good Swift?` a lot.
iOS at CircleCI, Open Course Contributor
Danielle hails from England, but is currently embracing jet lag as a way of life. They co-organize NSLondon and ran Fruitconf. They have been building things for Apple platforms for 8 years, but now work at CircleCI and on open source libraries and tools such as CocoaPods.
Independent iOS developer
Natalia Berdys is an independent iOS developer from Poland. Within 2 years, she managed to become a self-taught developer, get a Mobile Engineering degree, speak at Apple WWDC and take her apps to #1 in 47 countries. Since she also holds a Master's Degree in American Literature, she has a very humanistic and poetic view of programming. Previously with Tutu Lab, now evolving into her next form.
iOS developer at Punters
Since Andyy first started developing six years ago for iOS 3, he has become the lead iOS developer at Punters in Melbourne, Australia. He's constantly studying the language and finding creative new ways to challenge the norm. You can read about his discoveries at Medium.com/@AndyyHope
iOS at Intuit
Kristina Thai is an iOS Software Engineer at Intuit, where she works on the QuickBooks Self-Employed iOS application. She is an expert in Apple Watch development and regularly writes tutorials and technical commentary on the subject on her website kristina.io. As an international technical speaker, she has presented multiple times on Apple Watch development and has hosted workshops on how to build watch apps. Her past speaking events include talks at iOSDevUK, Swift Summit, Grace Hopper and many more. Kristina has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. Fun fact: she follows more animals on Instagram than people.
Mobile, Cecurity, and Systems Architecture Freelancer
Jorge is a freelance dedicated to mobile development, security, and systems architecture. As a developer he started to work for the M.I.T. in 1993 and since he has collaborated in many software projects. Most of them were internally for HP where he worked for more than 15 years. Since 2008 he has been working in different aspects of mobile development. After playing with PalmOS, he learned Android programming for the first Google App contest and immediately started to play with the first iPhone SDK. He often participates as instructor in the best iOS and Android Bootcamps in U.S.A. and Europe. He has recently founded Canonical Examples to help other developers to take a step forward and become senior developers in a very demanding market.
Software Engineer at Stanfy
Anastasiia is a software engineer working at Stanfy. She's been building iOS applications for several years, participating in the full application lifecycle: from gathering business demands and cost estimation, through ux prototyping to developing and long-term supporting. Often building both client and server sides and sharing her knowledge with the community from both sides of barricades. She got into computer security and cryptography when she was invited to fix a few lines of code in an iOS port of a cryptographic library, and ended up taking over all of iOS development and some general mobile ideology part of the project. She physically lives in Kyiv, Ukraine, spends her time online twiting as @vixentael.
iOS at American Express
Anat is a software engineer at American Express, where she enjoys bringing the delight of Swift into the CoreMobile codebase daily. She is a Cocoa-turned-CocoaTouch developer with her initial start in localization automation tools. Prior to American Express, she studied Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Virginia, where she found her love for applying ML to Genre Classification. In her free time, Anat likes to slackline and play ultimate frisbee.
Language Learner & Teacher
Natasha is new to the world of software development. For the past three years, she has been teaching and learning languages around the world. When she couldn't find a suitable app to learn Russian in early 2015, she decided to try out iOS development. She's been in love with coding ever since. At the moment, she's building two language apps in Swift, growing her meet-up Language Tech Taipei, diving into full-stack web development at Free Code Camp, and pushing for full fluency in Spanish and Russian.
Open Source Contributor: Bundler and CocoaPods
Samuel is a developer well-versed in the rituals of writing developer tools that sometimes work. When he's not breaking Bundler and CocoaPods, you can find him at the library at UChicago, studying something impractical. In a former life, he has worked on everything from social networking apps to databases to constrained optimization problems. When not coding, Samuel is often found in the library doing homework, wishing he were writing code.
Developer of Chordal Text and AU Additive Synthesizer
A writer, musician, and developer interested in crafting interesting and artful work. Developer of the universal app Chordal Text and AU Additive Synthesizer. TJ is a graduate of Eugene Lang College and Berklee College of Music.
Founder of Red Sweater, MarsEdit
Daniel Jalkut is the founder of Red Sweater, where he develops MarsEdit, the popular blog editing software for the Mac. He has been an active participant in the Mac and iOS communities, sharing bits of wisdom on his company blog, the Bitsplitting blog, and on Twitter. He is also one of the familiar voices from the popular indie-developer podcast Core Intuition.
iOS at Etsy
Amy is a staff software engineer at Etsy in Brooklyn, NY. She's been an iOS developer for 5 years and is currently working on Etsy's app for shoppers.
Senior UX Designer at Typeform
Coming from a background in Architectural design, Bojana is a Senior UX Designer at Typeform in Barcelona. She honed her design skills in San Francisco while focusing on the underlying drivers of human behavior. In her perfect world, technology would be designed around human biology and a small jar of Nutella would be delivered to her desk, daily. In her free time she enjoys tango, brunch and occasionally writes about herself in third person.
iOS at 流利说 (Liulishuo)
Trained in the mystical and ancient arts of manual memory management, compiler macros and separate header files. Saul Mora is a developer who honors his programming ancestors by using Optional variables in swift on all UIs created from Nib files. Despite being an Objective C neckbeard, Saul has embraced the Swift programming language. Currently, Saul resides in Shanghai China working at 流利说 (Liulishuo) helping Chinese learn English while he is learning 普通话 (mandarin).
iOS at Realm, Author at Ray Wenderlich
Marin Todorov is an iOS developer and author. He's part of Realm and the http://raywenderlich.com team. He's the author of the `iOS Animations by Tutorials` book and runs the `iOS Animations by Emails` newsletter. Besides crafting code, Marin also enjoys blogging, writing books, teaching, and speaking. He sometimes open sources his code. He walked the way to Santiago.
Co-founder and CTO of DashCare
Erik is the co-founder and CTO of a small company that helps governments manage healthcare. He is deeply involved in the community around Django, a popular Python web framework, being a Django core developer, chair of the Dutch Django Association and co-organiser of various conferences. A long time ago, stopping just around the time Swift was first introduced, Erik did iOS development as well. He won various local awards by building the most popular independent Dutch public transit app at the time.
Erik cares about building communities and conferences in which everyone feels welcome, valued and at home, regardless of their background. He has specific interest in well-being and ethical issues around communities and development.
Lead iOS engineer at Instagram
Ryan is a lead iOS engineer at Instagram working on app infrastructure in New York City. He is an avid open source advocate and contributor at Facebook on projects like AsyncDisplayKit. Ryan is also an author and presenter with RayWenderlich.com publishing work on the Apple Watch, 3D Touch, and Reactive Cocoa.
Technical leader at IBM
Chris Bailey is a developer and technical leader in the Runtime Technologies team at IBM. Chris has spent over 15 years working on runtimes, working with the open source communities for Java, Node.js and most recently, Swift. He has contributed to the Swift Language, Foundation and Dispatch projects, and is currently working on making more "server" focused APIs available to the community.
Lead Software Engineer, [email protected]
Robert F. Dickerson is a lead software engineer in [email protected] at Austin, TX. He is focused on enriching the "Swift on the server" community by being a developer for the web framework "Kitura", Swift server libraries and SDKs, and also sample applications. He has taught computer science courses at the University of Texas (Austin) and the College of William and Mary and has written numerous research papers about mobile computing, Internet of Things, and virtual reality. When not busy writing code, he is busy swing dancing at nights.
Cocoa with Love
Matt Gallagher started his career writing embedded C at a printer company and computer vision research at a video games company. For the last decade, Matt has worked as a Mac and iOS developer and consultant across a range of fields from video server software to weather apps. His website, cocoawithlove.com, has offered in-depth articles on Mac and iOS development since 2008.
iOS at BuzzFeed
Paola is an iOS developer at BuzzFeed, a social media addict, and an occasional blogger based in Brooklyn. Paola is also actively involved in the tech community as co-founder of NYC Tech Latinas and advisor to the Women in iOSoho meetup, and she regularly volunteers her time to promoting diversity in tech and supporting the next wave of new programmers. When she's not buried in code, you'll likely find Paola binge-watching a sci-fi series, lifting at the gym, or hunting down good eats.
Former Swift @ Apple Intern
Harlan is a Computer Science student at Rochester Institute of Technology. He's previously worked at Apple as an intern on the Swift Quality Engineering team, where he contributed to LLVM, Swift, and the Swift Migrator. He’s also been working on Swift libraries to interface with LLVM and Clang, which he uses in his hobby compiler, Trill. He currently works as an iOS engineer at Bryx, Inc making apps for 911 and EMS responders.
Craig Clayton is a self-taught, Sr. iOS Engineer at Adept Mobile, which specializes in building mobile experiences primarily for NBA and NFL teams. He is the founder of Cocoa.academy, where he produces workshops and courses on iOS development. Craig is the author of the newly released book called iOS 10 Programming for Beginners. He has worked as a mentor for both adults and kids, helping those who aspire to become iOS developers.
VP of mobile at Blue Trail Software
Julio Carrettoni started his professional career in 2009 as an iPhoneOS Developer. Since that time he has developed also for Blackberry (Java and C++) and Android, but his platform of choice has always been iOS. Always working from Buenos Aires Argentina, Julio is also a co host at @NSCoderBA and an active collaborator and former speaker at @NSConfArg. Currently he performs as the VP of mobile applications in Blue Trail Software without ever stopping coding.
Founder of Vapor
Tanner is an American software engineer based in New York City. He studied Computer Science at New York University and has worked as a full stack, iOS, and embedded systems engineer. Tanner's current focus is developing Vapor, an open source Server-Side Swift framework that he created in 2016.
St. Louis Techies Project Founder
Neem Serra is an iOS developer in the St. Louis area. She teaches and mentors at a variety of non-profit organizations such as Software Carpentry and the Roy Clay Senior Tech Impact web development workshop. As the lead of the Google Women Techmakers group in St. Louis, she started the St. Louis Techies Project (STLTechies.com) to highlight the diversity of technical people in St. Louis. Neem loves to bake, read comics, and host craft nights.
Mobile at Couchbase, Co-inventor on 20+ US patents
Priya Rajagopal is a Mobile Developer Advocate for Couchbase, living in Ann Arbor, MI. She has been professionally developing software for over 18 years. She is active in the local mobile developer community where she organizes the Mobile Monday Ann Arbor group and mentors other developers. Although her current interests lie in mobile development, she has previously worked on a range of technologies including IPTV, Social TV, targeted advertising, network management , network security and platform security. As a TISPAN IPTV standards delegate, she was a contributor to the IPTV architectural specifications. She has spent a decade in software R&D and is a co-inventor on almost 2 dozen US patents. When not developing software, she enjoys spending time with her family and watching movies.
15-year Apple veteran gone Indie
James Dempsey is currently building iOS and macOS apps in Swift as a tech lead at Upthere. He is a fifteen-year Apple veteran gone indie. At Apple, he was an evangelist, technical trainer, curriculum manager, and software engineer, working on Aperture, iOS, and macOS. James is also the frontman of James Dempsey and the Breakpoints, a band that performs humorous original songs about Swift, iOS and macOS development. Their debut album Backtrace topped the iTunes comedy charts in the US, UK, and Canada, reaching #5 on the Billboard comedy album chart.
Founder of RxSwift
Worked on various projects for the past 16 years (augmented reality engines, BPM systems, mobile applications, bots …) Recently studying functional programming and modeling systems in a declarative way using observable sequences. I’m the initial committer in the RxSwift repository, I’m helping out bootstrapping an ecosystem inside RxSwiftCommunity and sharing architecture ideas in RxFeedback repository. Currently building systems at a YC well-being startup called Bellabeat.
Senior iOS Engineer at ustwo
Sonam Dhingra is a Senior iOS engineer, entrepreneur, and spikeballer living in Brooklyn. She has a B.A in Business Administration & Finance and graduated from Boston University. Her background is extremely diverse. From being a real estate agent, to a motion graphics editor, to an entrepreneur, and for the past few years building iOS apps for a variety of companies. Her journey into programming included a 2 month iOS bootcamp in 2013. She has built over 3 iOS applications from the ground up through her experience at a few different agencies.
iOS at Line
Ray Tsaihong is an iOS developer based in Taipei currently working at LINE. He has worked on back end code, front end code, and code that runs in satellite computers, but his main loves are Swift, Cocoa, and the machines that run them.
After graduating as a Software engineer, Nataliya focused on iOS development for more than 4 years, recently as a member of the mobile team at Spotify. Her passion about testing and maintainability in general drove a lot of the talks she did as part of her jobs. Now she is keen to share more broadly her personal reflections and experiences and to elaborate on those with the Swift community.
Public speaker, developer, and science educator
Paul Fenwick is an internationally acclaimed public speaker, developer, and science educator. Paul is well known for presenting on a diverse range of topics including privacy, neuroscience and neuroethics, Klingon programming, open source, depression and mental health, advancements in science, diversity, autonomous agents, and minesweeper automation. His dynamic presentation style and quirky humour has delighted audiences worldwide. Paul was awarded the 2013 O'Reilly Open Source award, and the 2010 White Camel award, both for outstanding contributions to the open source community.
Engineering Lead at Wooga
Glenna is an Engineering Lead at Wooga, where she’s been working on Jelly Splash for over two years, making sure new versions get shipped regularly for players to enjoy the game over a long period of time. Glenna has expertise in iOS and Android development, is a director of Women Who Code Berlin, and organizer of Girls’ Games Workshops in Germany. When she’s not computering, she’s usually trying new beers or traveling.
iOS Developer at Workable
Eleni Papanikolopoulou is an active iOS Developer at Workable, an innovating recruiting software company, headquartered in Boston, MA. She is from Athens, Greece and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and IT Management from University of Manchester, UK. She started her developing career as a Java engineer but later on converted to Swift when contributing in Pobuca, a contact management app. She is an advocate of RxSwift for solving tough asynchronous-like problems and currently working in developing Error Handler, an open-source Swift framework. When she doesn't work, she enjoys traveling more than anything and watching Silicon Valley series.
iOS Engineer at Workable
Kostas is an iOS Engineer at Workable, the recruitment software company. He's developed over a dozen iOS apps, from cooking and fashion, to retail, radio, food delivery and more. Having survived the years of Objective-C and manual memory management, he now basks in the comfort and (type) safety of Swift. He loves TDD, clean architecture and more recently getting to grips with functional programming and ReactiveX concepts.
Swift Open-Source Contributor, Author
Erica Sadun enjoys deep diving into technology and has written, co-written, and contributed to dozens of books about computing and digital media. Sadun has blogged at TUAW, Ars Technica, O'Reilly, and Lifehacker, and has authored and co-authored a whole heap of Swift proposals.
Swift on the Server at [email protected]
Carl Brown is currently working with Swift on the Server at [email protected] He's been writing iOS apps since 2008 and has done consulting work on several major app projects. He organizes the SwiftAustin and CocoaCoder meetup groups in Austin Texas, and has spoken at conferences including 360iDev and CocoaConf.
Founder and CEO of buddybuild
Dennis Pilarinos is the founder and CEO of buddybuild, a continuous integration, delivery and user feedback platform that is designed, built and optimized specifically for mobile app developers.
Prior to buddybuild, Dennis held product and engineering leadership roles at Amazon building and running the teams responsible for the Silk Web browser UI for the Kindle Fire Tablet and Fire Phone devices. Prior to his time at Amazon, he spent 9 years at Microsoft and founded the Azure teams focused on defining, building, delivering and operating the Messaging, Access Control and Workflow offerings of Microsoft's cloud services platform.
Managing Director and Head of Platform Engineering at Two Sigma
Camille Fournier is a Managing Director and Head of Platform Engineering at Two Sigma. She is the former Chief Technology Officer of Rent The Runway and a former Vice President of Technology at Goldman Sachs.
Fournier earned an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a maintainer of the Apache ZooKeeper open source project, writes the Ask The CTO column for O'Reilly Media, and is a regular public speaker and advocate for greater diversity within technology and leadership. Her book, The Manager's Path, was published by O'Reilly in early 2017.
Open Source Contributor
Robin’s love affair with computers started with his dad’s hand-me-down IBM PC. He’s a huge swift fan (, not Taylor) who spends his free time playing basketball (Go Dubs!) and working on open source. When he’s not coding or wasting time on reddit, he usually plays NBA 2k, Overwatch or Mass Effect.
Senior iOS Engineer at Agoda
Bhargav Gurlanka is an iOS developer, building apps since iOS 6, currently working at agoda.com. With a passion for both electronics and programming, he graduated as an Electronics Engineer and started his programming career as Freelance Web Dev. Fell in love with iOS early on and since then, he is purely working on mobile apps for big orgs. After office hours, you can find him in street food joints in Bangkok eating SomTam with sticky rice.
Mobile Lead at Automattic
Cate has spent her career working on mobile and documenting everything she learns using WordPress. Now she combines the two as Automattic’s mobile lead. She co-curates Technically Speaking, and admins the New-(ish) Manager Slack. You can find her on Twitter at @catehstn and at cate.blog. Cate has lived and worked in the UK, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia and the United States, as Director of Mobile Engineering at Ride, an engineer at Google, an Extreme Blue intern at IBM, and a ski instructor. Cate built Show & Hide (available on iTunes), and speaks internationally on mobile development and tech culture. Her writing has been published on sites as varied as Be Leaderly, Lifehacker, The Daily Beast, The Eloquent Woman and Model View Culture. She is an advisor at Glowforge. You can also find her at WhereTheHellIsCate.com.
Vatsal is a Swift programmer with interest in compilers, runtimes and metaprogramming. He has written numerous runtime extensions (“tweaks”) for the jailbroken iPhone, and is currently writing a computer algebra system targeting iOS and macOS. He also enjoys eating and sleeping, as most humans do.
Top Selling iOS Books Author
Mugunth is an independent iOS developer based in Singapore. He graduated in 2009 and holds a Masters degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, majoring in Information Systems. He blogs about mobile development, writing tutorials focussing mostly on iOS platform. Mugunth has authored a handful of programming books, iOS 5 Programming: Pushing the limits, iOS 6 Programming: Pushing the limits and iOS 7 Programming: Pushing the limits. The books were in the top 100 most selling books on Amazon’s Computers and Technology Section. Mugunth also runs a classroom-based training in Singapore (http://iostraining.sg/), teaching advanced concepts in iOS programming. If he were not coding, he would probably be found at some exotic place capturing scenic photos of Mother Nature.
Swift Foundation APIs Contributor
Sai Hema Kanduri
Sai Hema Kanduri is an Open Source developer with IBM Software Labs, Bangalore. She is currently working on the open-source development of the Swift Foundation APIs on swift.org. Sai has been a part of the Runtime Technologies team for IBM JDK Class Libraries. She has over 9 years of experience in Web application & eclipse plugin development.
Founder of Clay Programming Language & Clay Labs
KS Sreeram is a computer programmer who has been programming for 25 years. He works on programming language design, compilers, and natural language processing. He runs Clay Labs, a business that specializes in ground-up design and development of software applications. Clay Labs uses modeling & code-generation techniques to speed up software development.
Swift Weekly Brief, Swift Unwrapped
Jesse is an iOS developer at PlanGrid. He writes and curates the Swift Weekly Brief newsletter, co-hosts the Swift Unwrapped podcast, and contributes to many open source projects. Outside of work he enjoys trail running and goes to punk and metal shows. He is fueled primarily by black coffee and black metal.
Sr. Software Engineer at LinkedIn
Kamilah is a Sr. Software Engineer at LinkedIn, currently does infrastructure and features on the LinkedIn Learning app, and worked on the complete rewrite of LinkedIn’s flagship app. Previously she did robotics at Wolfram Research and UIUC, is a co-author of Women in Tech, and likes that Swift reminds her of an upgraded version of Haskell.
Sr. Software Engineer at Perfect.org
Jonathan (or Jono) is an experienced software engineer who is building Perfect roadmap features and enhancements and supporting developers who are using Perfect. Jono has been developing server-side applications and API’s using a number of different languages for nearly 20 years. He moved to Canada from New Zealand in 2010 to help architect the next generation of server-side development, and he's now part of the Perfect team bringing Swift to the server. In his spare time he’s a session musician, sound engineer, gamer, and loves writing API’s for all sorts of obscure things.
iOS Engineer at ookami
Satoshi is a Japanese iOS developer at ookami, Inc. Currently, he's making an iOS app called Player!. He was a speaker at Mobile Optimized 2017 in Belarus. He is also a founder of Pancake Meetup taken place in Tokyo and San Jose so far. You can find him with a profile picture of pancakes on Twitter, GitHub and Instagram.
iOS Team Lead at BookMyShow
Shivam leads BookMyShow's iOS team and is backed by 6 years of experience in Objective-C and Swift. He focuses on application architecture, and played a key role in the complete re-write of BookMyShow's app. His curiosity drives him to constantly learn and experiment, and he is currently dabbling in React Native. When he's not at his desk coding, he is busy organising & managing Swift Mumbai meet ups, winning hackathons, and reading about Indian mythology.
Engineering Manager at Flipkart
With no relations to the namesake Rai Bachhan whatsoever, Aish comes from the land of Symbian, travelling through the diverse forests of Android, crossing the rocky Windows Phone 7, Windows 8x and 10 OS to finally reach the meadows of iOS. You can always find him driving - either changes in the Apps space in Flipkart or his car in Goa or someone else's car in GTA. From the App that played your Flipkart music to the one where you read your Flipkart ebooks or where you 'Ping'ed your sellers on Flipkart to one of the most fluid shopping apps, you can find him neck deep.
CTO for Apple IBM Partnership
AB Vijay Kumar
AB Vijay is a IBM Distinguished Engineer & CTO for Apple IBM Partnership. He is a senior inventor, who has more than 25 patents filed in his name. He has more than 19 years experience in IBM. He is a recognized as subject matter expert for his contribution to advanced mobility in automotive, and has led several implementation engagements involving complex industry solutions. He specializes in mobile, cloud, automotive, sensor-based machine-to-machine, Internet of Things, and telematics technologies.
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