try! Swift Conference is an international community gathering about the latest advancements in Swift Development. The event is about bringing together talent from all around the world to collaborate and share advanced knowledge and techniques to improve Swift craftsmanship. Coming again to New York City in September 2019!
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Meet the Organizers
Founder of try! Swift
Natasha is an iOS developer by day and a robot by night. She 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.
Mobile at NBCUniversal
Daisy is an avid iOS developer and lover of all that is tech. Currently, she is a mobile developer at NBCUniversal working on exciting new features for the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app. Before that she was on the iOS team at Citi FinTech building data-driven features for their consumer banking app. She also actively consults for early stage companies looking to build the next big thing, check out Blikkee on the App Store! Daisy holds a B.S in Computer Science from Queens College, the same college where the try! Swift NYC meetup originated. She now organizes the meetup with help from the amazing NYC iOS community to host a wide variety of technical Swift talks. She can be found on twitter as @daisyr317.
Product Manager at Braintree
Vaishnavi is Product Manager at Braintree, working on building mobile SDKs. She has over 10 years of experience in the industry, mostly on mobile products, as an engineer and product manager. Prior to Braintree, she spent time at Capital One, American Express & NewYork Times. When not at work, you can find her cooking, reading or planning imaginary vacations.
Founder of Pancake Meetup
Satoshi is a Japanese iOS developer working at R CUBE, inc. Mostly, he takes part in R CUBE's wedding service, Hanacolle. He was a speaker at Mobile Optimized 2017 in Belarus. He is also a founder of Pancake Meetup taken place in Tokyo, San Jose, and New York so far. You can find him with a profile picture of pancakes on Twitter, GitHub and Instagram.🥞
Designer / iOS Developer
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. She is an instructor of iOS app development course for beginners `App Creator Dojo(App-Dojo)`. Web site: Apple Blog `Motto shiritai Ringo arekore`. Riko, the mascot of try! Swift, is designed by her.
iOS Developer at Tanooki Labs
Matias is an iOS developer, interaction designer, and entrepeneur based in NYC. Passionate about integrating art, human nature, and technology in creative and novel forms, Matias' experience spans a wide range of domains—from designing applications that use humor to help children with autism spectrum disorder, to reimagining navigation for the visually impaired through haptic expressions, and developing AI-powered interfaces that can anticipate users' needs. His projects have been covered by numerous publications including The New York Times, the Discovery Channel, the 2018 Access+Ability exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the 2015 AT&T Connect Ability Challenge for innovative assistive technologies.
Curator of Swift Sparks
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. He is the author of Swift Sparks newsletter, a hand-picked list of Swift news every Monday. Nowadays he spends lot of his time organizing and managing Swift India Developer Community .
Software Engineer at Apple
Norman Maurer is a software engineer on the iCloud team at Apple. He works on the asynchronous network frameworks that underly many of Apple's services.
Creator of Sourcery & Objective-C Playgrounds
Krzysztof is the Lead iOS developer at The New York Times, known for creating Sourcery, Objective-C Playgrounds, and Apple’s Essential Apps like Foldify and 3D Game Engines. Passionate about writing quality code and helping other do the same. He blogs on merowing.info and open sources tools/libraries on github.com/krzysztofzablocki.
iOS Developer at Trello
Sarah Olson is an iOS developer for Trello at Atlassian. She has over eighteen years of development experience in a variety of technologies, including iOS, Android, Java, and WordPress development. As Director of Women Who Code Twin Cities, she leads a variety of initiatives and events focused on creating a more inclusive tech culture. You can follow her on Twitter at @saraheolson.
iOS Engineer at Pinterest
Brandon Kase brings typed functional programming to weird places. He has shipped production code on Android with Kotlin, iOS with Swift and React Native, and Web with JS/Flow/React. Brandon is currently building a new cryptocurrency at O(1) Labs. He came across functional programming while pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Brandon is excited that strong static typing and functional programming are becoming mainstream, and believes that techniques once reserved for academia will help industry produce more reliable software.
iOS Engineer at Tumblr
Tamar Nachmany has spent the past two years building Tumblr as an iOS engineer on Tumblr's Community, Messaging, and Core iOS teams. She is passionate about learning from technology communities around the world and has given talks about engineering and product design in Germany, Australia, Mexico, the United States, and soon Japan! When she is not writing software she teaches engineering, writes fiction, and organizes an art residency. She lives in New York.
iOS Engineer at Pinterest
Wendy is an iOS engineer and has been working at Pinterest for the last 5 years. She is currently engineering manager of the Ad Formats team with a focus on mobile. Previously, she led the launch of their commerce product on mobile and has also touched everything from the data layer to the UI frameworks. She has given talks at several iOS conferences and moderates a mobile development panel at Grace Hopper. In a past life she competed on the US Synchronised Swimming National Team.
Founder of Roundwall Software
Samuel has worked on iOS since the SDK’s first release and has been in Amsterdam for the last 6 years running his company, Roundwall Software. He rides skateboards, plays bass guitar, and rides bikes.
Software Engineer at Facebook
Sash is a software engineer at Facebook working on News Feed. He works on user interaction, animations and experiences that make people smile. Strong believer that, in the future, designers will code and engineers will design because there will be no distinction between two. Days since he broke the like button: 0.
Creator of Camera+, Charles Proxy, and Vee
Karl von Randow
Back in the olden days Karl was co-founder of Camera+, which sold over 12 million copies on the App Store. More recently he created Vee for Video—an app for quickly shooting, editing and sharing video. He is also the creator of Charles Proxy—a popular desktop app for observing an app’s network traffic—and co-founder of Letterboxd—a social website and app for movie lovers. Karl likes creating things.
Freelance Software Engineer
Katsumi Kishikawa is an iOS/macOS developer working at Realm. He’s a serial open source library developer, and has published some popular libraries on GitHub. He’s also made big contributions to the iOS developer community in Japan with his experience and knowledge.
Engineer at Cookpad
Kohki Miki (a.k.a @giginet) is a software engineer at Cookpad. He builds infrastructure for mobile development and works to improve productivity of mobile developers. Also, he builds fastlane tools, as a member of core contributors, and other useful development tools.
He likes game development, so he creates some games and writes books about game development.
iOS Developer at Bakken & Bæck
Ellen Shapiro is a native mobile developer who recently moved to the Netherlands. She's been building iOS and Android apps since 2010, and was most recently the lead mobile developer for SpotHero. In addition, Ellen writes and edits iOS and Android tutorials for RayWenderlich.com, and is the lead developer for Hum, a prominent iOS app for songwriting. In her spare time Ellen enjoys playing the guitar, traveling, biking, and hanging out with her girlfriend and their two cats.
iOS Developer in Tokyo/San Francisco
Shuichi has been a freelance iOS developer in Tokyo, and works for Fyusion Inc. in San Francisco since 2016. Co-authored “iOS x BLE Core Bluetooth Programming” (2015) and authored “iOS Programming - Advanced 100 Recipes” (2013). He is the creator of some popular OSS repositories such as iOS Sampler series.
Bundler & CocoaPods Core Team, Developer at Square
Samuel is a developer well-versed in the rituals of writing developer tools that occasionally work. By day, Samuel works on making the mobile developer experience at Square less arduous; by night he can be found breaking Bundler and CocoaPods.
Before this whole 'developer' thing, Samuel studied in the highly impractical Mathematics & Economics departments at University of Chicago, learning subjects such as 'numbers', 'social theory', and 'memes'.
When not coding, Samuel is often in the kitchen, marveling at the fact that dinner smells better than it looks.
Creator of NSScreencast
Ben Scheirman is an independent software developer from Houston, Texas. He is best known for creating NSScreencast, a site that delivers quality training videos on iOS development. Ben has been writing iOS apps since 2009, and has produced more than 300 videos teaching others to do the same. You can find Ben’s website at benscheirman.com or follow him on Twitter @subdigital.
iOS Developer at Twitch
Javier Soto. Spanish, iOS developer in the SF Bay Area for the past 5 years. Worked at Pebble and Twitter before, now at Twitch. Big fan of Swift. When not writing code, he's playing chess, solving Rubik's cubes or flying planes
Daisy is an avid iOS developer and lover of all that is tech. Most recently working on the iOS team at Citi FinTech building data-driven solutions and new features for their consumer banking app. She also actively consults for early stage companies looking to build the next big thing. Daisy holds 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 a wide variety of technical Swift talks. She can be found on twitter as @daisyr317.
Head of Product Design at One Medical
David Hoang loves Swift, Visual Programming, and infusing the design and engineering process together. In his 15-year career he has worked in B2B at ExactTarget, Brand at HTC, being a founder of a digital studio, Design Director at Black Pixel, and now Head of Product Design at One Medical.
He’s worked on three apps featured by Apple and got into programming as a designer with the desire to push ideas to become more tangible. It’s true that he has a VM of Mac OS 9 running so he can use HyperCard.
When he’s not working, David likes to collaborate with other designers and engineers, travel, read, and paint. He currently lives in San Francisco, California, but his heart is back in New York City.
Senior iOS Developer at Clue
Kate Castellano is a Venezuelan Informatics Engineer, specialized in Mobile Development. She started her career as an Android Developer but then decided to change to iOS Development, where she has been working for the past 6 years. One of her passions is to work towards the inclusion of more women in technology, therefore she was the co-organizer of Women Who Go Berlin chapter, Event-Manager for Berlin's Geekettes Mentorship Program and a mentor in Learn It Girl!. She currently works as a Senior iOS Developer for Clue and looks forward to join more organisations. When she is not organising events or coding, you can find her traveling or finding new musicals to sing along to.
iOS Engineer at LINE
Server-Side Swift at IBM
Pushkar Kulkarni is a server-side Swift developer working with IBM. Prior to Swift, he worked on IBM's Java runtime, working on the JIT compiler and the Java standard library. Over the last two years, he has been contributing to open source Swift Foundation, focussed on making URLSession fully functional on Linux. He thinks Swift is the coolest language ever and is excited about the opportunities it offers on the server side.
iOS Developer at Mercari
Yusuke Kita is an iOS developer at Mercari. He works on the internationalization of the Mercari app. He's passionate about learning new technology. When not coding, you can find him cycling.
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.
Managing editor of NSHipster
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Founder of Pancake Meetup
Satoshi is a Japanese iOS developer working at R CUBE, inc. and ookami, Inc. Mostly, he takes part in R CUBE's wedding service, Hanacolle. He was a speaker at Mobile Optimized 2017 in Belarus. He is also a founder of Pancake Meetup taken place in Tokyo, San Jose, and New York so far. You can find him with a profile picture of pancakes on Twitter, GitHub and Instagram.🥞
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