Speakers

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

Jake Dawkins

Jake Dawkins

Lead Engineer, Major League Soccer

Jake is a lead software engineer at Major League Soccer where he works to build out a cutting-edge fan experience using React Native.

Born and raised in South Carolina, Jake attended Clemson University and studied computer science and psychology. Before moving to New York in July, he worked with NewSpring Church, building out web and native applications using React and GraphQL to serve hundreds of thousands of users yearly.

When he isn’t coding, you can probably find him traveling or learning to ride an electric longboard in Manhattan. Find him on Twitter!

Iheanyi Ekechukwu

Iheanyi Ekechukwu

Software Engineer, DigitalOcean

Iheanyi Ekechukwu is a Software Engineer at DigitalOcean, where he works up and down the stack to bring networking related products to customers. When he's not coding, you'll probably find him playing Overwatch on PS4 or recording an episode of his podcast Two Black Nerds. He enjoys dancing, reading, and sometimes designing. You can catch him on Twitter.

Katie Giraulo

Katie Giraulo

UX Content Designer, Capital One

Katie Giraulo is an experience designer in Washington, DC. She’s obsessed with design thinking, content strategy, and birds. If you ask her how to make your writing better or what to say in your app, she’ll tell you to first say it out loud. Write how you talk. (Also: “You’ve got this/you look great today.”)

Katie’s been working as a writer, editor, and designer for almost 20 years and is an expert in helping brands hone their voice and own their identity. She’s worked with Hilton, Veterans Affairs, The World Bank, Honeywell, and the content strategy powerhouse, Brain Traffic. During her decade-long tenure at The Humane Society of the United States, Katie started a content strategy practice and routinely got in trouble for putting too many bird pictures on the homepage.

In April 2017, Katie joined Capital One as a UX Content Designer to change banking for good. So far, it’s been pretty amazing.

Tyler Hopf

Tyler Hopf

Creative Director, IrisVR and Adjunct Faculty at the School of Visual Arts

Tyler Hopf is working to push design innovation in Virtual Reality as the Creative Director at IrisVR and as Adjunct Faculty at the School of Visual Arts. Tyler graduated from Princeton University with a Masters in Architecture and has worked across architecture, technology and visual effects at Diller Scofidio, Samsung Research, and Framestore. To follow his adventures on these topics and updates on his coffee addiction, you can find him on Twitter.

Mackenzie Kosut

Mackenzie Kosut

Global Startup Evangelist at AWS, Amazon

Mackenzie is the Global Startup Evangelist at AWS which connects him with thriving startups around the globe. Mackenzie focuses on discovering the many startups launching daily on AWS to help grow their technology and share their stories. There is no shortage of startups launching every day on AWS in every imaginable industry such as Fintech, Health & Life Sciences, Automotive, Drones, IoT, and more. Through live video interviews, blog posts, and talks these stories are spotlighted and told to a global audience. Mackenzie is a frequent keynote speaker at numerous tech and startup conferences.

Prior to joining AWS, Mackenzie was the Head of Technical Operations at Betterment, a robo-advisor startup based in NYC which manages over $5B in assets. Mackenzie was a founding engineer and Head of Technical Operations at Oscar Health, an insurance startup also based in NYC helping to grow the company to over 400+ employees and a $2.7B valuation. Before Oscar, Mackenzie was on the original Site Reliability Engineering team at Tumblr where he helped scale the physical infrastructure to 20B page views a month, eventually selling to Yahoo! for $1.1B.

Mackenzie is on the Customer Advisory Council at Splunk, Advisor at Prevoty, and volunteers at the Black Hat Security Briefings in Vegas.

Adekunle Oduye

Adekunle Oduye

Product Designer, JustWorks

Adekunle Oduye is a Product Designer at JustWorks where he is building payroll management tools for small businesses. In addition, he is a co-organizer for SassConf, a national front-end development conference and GothamSass Meetup, a local NYC meetup that serves front-end developers and designers. When he isn't writing code or designing, you can probably find him planning his next travel adventures or learning more about personal finance. Check Adekunle out on LinkedIn, Twitter, Github, or his website

Peggy Rayzis

Peggy Rayzis

Open Source Engineer, Apollo

Peggy is an open source engineer for Meteor Development Group on the Apollo team where she focuses on building tools & creating content to move the GraphQL ecosystem forward. She is also passionate about React Native. Whether she's developing universal React components or cross-platform data viz, Peggy enjoys sharing her work through blogging and speaking at conferences. When she's not building open source tools for React Native developers or helping the data science community through her work on nteract, Peggy loves to ski and travel. She is also a proud Jersey girl and can't wait to meet all of you at Asbury Agile! Follow her on Twitter

David Sorin

David Sorin

Partner, McCarter & English

Dave Sorin is an office managing partner of McCarter & English and the head of the Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies practice. He focuses primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled and life science enterprises, as well as the investors, executives, and boards of directors who support and lead them. Dave has a long track record of successful representation of growth companies, having been repeatedly recognized by well-known periodicals for a unique combination of legal acumen and sound business judgment. He also brings to bear his broad range of knowledge and experience in counseling enterprises and investors in diverse emerging growth markets, technology industries (including software, information technology, e-commerce, cybersecurity and communications), and life sciences. Many of the companies he represents are well-known names throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Nick Lehman and Bjorn Sayers

Lehman (Software Developer IV) and Sayers (Software Developer III) iCIMS

Nick Lehman is a senior software engineer at iCIMS with extensive experience in mobile development, web development and distributed systems. Prior to joining iCIMS, Nick worked at startups, AT&T/Bell Labs and DOD programs for the US Army, DISA, US Marines and USSOUTHCOM.

Bjorn is currently Scrum master of the iCIMS UX Framework team with experience in web development, primarily J2EE. Prior to iCIMS he did software development and consulting for: Amentra (Red Hat), Estanda, and Unisys. He has a BA in Computer Science and Philosophy (Villanova), an MA in Philosophy (Fordham) and is working on wrapping up a PhD in Philosophy (Fordham). In his free time, he enjoys playing (and watching) chess and making funny videos.