Speakers

We're stoked to feature an amazing group of speakers, and stay tuned for more speaker announcements and conference updates.

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Chandra Carney

Accessibility Lead, Engineering, Aetna Health

Chandra builds and trains an Agile accessibility team at Aetna Health, focusing on the engineering lifecycle. Prior to working in tech, Chandra was pursuing a chance to build accessibility programs in art museums with her Art History background. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and enjoys traveling, people and dog watching, hiking, and baking.

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Guedis Cardenas Cabrera

Software Engineer iCIMS

As a software developer at iCIMS, a leading provider of cloud-based talent acquisition solutions, Guedis Cardenas Cabrera helps build a better recruiting experience for both job seekers and employers. Passionate about the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, Guedis is an advocate for tech inclusivity, leveraging technology for positive impact, and making mentorship more accessible to all.

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Ted Goas

Sr. Product Designer - Stack Overflow

Ted is a senior product designer at Stack Overflow, where he creates better workflows for over 50 million developers. Before that, he designed digital products in the medical industry. Since 2001, he's been trying to create work that's cool enough to show his friends and honest enough to show his parents.

When not in front of a screen, Ted enjoys exploring northern New Jersey with his wife and two kids. He’s most active on Twitter, GitHub, and Medium.

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Amélie Lamont

Product Designer - thoughtbot

Amélie Lamont is a product designer(d) and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She specializes in using cultural studies and design anthropology to inform her design process. She’s also the co-founder of Good for PoC and creator of The Guide to Allyship, two resources aimed at helping marginalized communities. She’s had the honor of presenting her research and work at places such as The White House, The Great Discontent, Etsy, Twitter, Dropbox and Cooper. When she’s not designing or writing, you can find Amélie doing yoga, serving her community, watching Korean dramas, or gathering energy for her next Kamehameha wave.

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Fiona Rolander

Lead Product Designer - Bontouch

Fiona is the Lead Product Designer of Bontouch’s NYC studio. Bontouch is a Swedish award-winning digital design and innovation agency that partners with some of the worlds largest brands – bringing transformative digital solutions to their services.

Prior to Bontouch, Fiona worked for large product companies such as Spotify and Dropbox. In her spare time you’ll find her making ceramics or planning her next travel adventure.

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Ricky Saporta

Vice President, Data - Vydia

As Vydia's Vice President, Data, Rick Saporta heads the development and execution of the video distributor's data strategy. Rick is responsible for Vydia's Data Science, Data Engineering, and Business Intelligence teams which together provide material insights and enhanced decision making to both the company and its users. Prior to Vydia, Rick founded the Data Science department at music & video distribution company, The Orchard, which played a vital role in the acquisition of the company by Sony in 2015. Saporta holds an MBS in Data Analytics and a BA in Mathematics and Psychology from Rutgers University, where he is also on the Board of Industry Advisors for the Professional Science Master’s program, offering guidance for the next generation of Data Science practitioners.

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Brenda Storer

Software Engineer - Deft Services

Brenda is a Silicon Valley native who moved to NYC to escape the tech scene and pursue a creative career. But after trading coasts, she discovered that tech is actually really creative and pretty awesome. She’s been making websites since the early days of Geocities and professionally for the past decade. Now, Brenda works as a web development and design consultant where she collaborates with clients from various industries to design & build custom web applications. She loves being an active member of the NYC tech community and helping to organize local front-end meetups.

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Devon Yarbrough

Senior Blockchain Consultant - EY

Devon Yarbrough is a tech consultant at EY, where she develops full stack blockchain solutions.

Devon is a 2018 Innovator to Watch, and she mentors young women at Women in Tech New York and Junior Achievement. Devon strives to push the boundaries of technology with AI and blockchain. She loves participating in hackathons, and recently created a driverless robocar at Amazon’s Re:Invent Conference using a Raspberry Pi and Tensorflow.