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Developer Advocate | Okta
Heather is a passionate coder and entrepreneur. She has experience working with Fortune 500 companies building enterprise-level voice, mobile and C#/.Net applications. She focuses on external thought leadership, encouraging fellow programmers to present on topics outside of the office and in the community. She is an international technical speaker and co-host of the YouTube channel "The Hello World Show" -- a weekly video series that interviews software masters and teaches the audience something valuable in less than 10 minutes.
Heather encourages those with nontraditional backgrounds to enter the world of software development, as she changed careers at 27 and does not have a degree - yet has built a reputation as an early adapter of new tech. She is an advocate of women in tech, and part of Kansas City Women in Technology. When not coding, Heather spends her time as a competitive equestrian and learning the art of mounted archery.
Program Manager | Microsoft
James Montemagno is a Principal Program Manager for Mobile Developer Tools at Microsoft. He has been a .NET developer since 2005, working in a wide range of industries including game development, printer software, and web services. Prior to becoming a Principal Program Manager, James was a professional mobile developer and has now been crafting apps since 2011 with Xamarin. In his spare time, he is most likely cycling around Seattle or guzzling gallons of coffee at a local coffee shop. He blogs code regularly on his personal blog @ http://www.montemagno.com and co-hosts the weekly development podcast Merge Conflict @ http://mergeconflict.fm.
Aerospace Engineer | Government
Jody Davis is an Aerospace Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from University of Virginia. Jody has worked missions such as Mars Phoenix and Mars Science Laboratory, specializing in entry, descent and landing flight dynamics and trajectory simulation at NASA Langley Research Center. She served as the NASA Langley Technical Lead for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) flight test project. She also served as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Optical Telescope Element & Integrated Science Instrument Module (OTIS) Responsible Engineer for the Harnesss Radiator at NASA Goddard, working systems engineering and flight hardware integration and test. She now supports the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) as the Deputy Payload Systems Engineer. Jody’s hobbies include flying recreationally, hiking, traveling, running marathons, and participating in national and international STEM outreach activities. She also traveled to Tanzania and summitted Kilimanjaro in January 2018.