Tentative Speakers

Please note that this list is tentative and will be updated soon.

Venue (Sessions Day): Addison Conference and Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Rd, Addison, TX 75001 March 7, 2019

Venue (Workshop Day): The University of Texas at Dallas - 800 Franklyn Jenifer Drive, Richardson, TX 75080 March 8, 2019

Chander Dhall

Chander Dhall

CEO - Cazton | Google Developer Expert | Microsoft MVP

Chander Dhall, CEO of Cazton, is an awarded Microsoft MVP, Google Developer Expert and world-renowned technology leader in architecting and implementing solutions. He's not only rescued software development teams, but also implemented successful projects under tight deadlines and difficult business constraints. His company has a proven track record of not just saving the client millions of dollars, but also providing an expedited delivery time. Chander's team of experts are internationally-acclaimed speakers in top technical conferences in the world.

As an Azure Advisor, ASP.NET Insider, Web API Advisor, Cosmos DB Advisor, and an MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies, Chander has insight into new releases on technologies used by millions of developers. His critical advice, impeccable vision, futuristic strategy backed with creating and establishing best practices in the industry are some of the reasons for his unparalleled success.

At the same time, he's a voracious and highly-respected speaker. Chander is known to elucidate critical and complex concepts while making them easy to understand. He's one man who can talk to anyone from a junior developer, a senior architect all the way to an executive and knows how to speak their language. He is the author of Scalability Patterns and Building Single Page Application Using ASP.NET Core & Angular. He has utilized his amazing business sense having started a company with zero funding and turned it into a multi-million-dollar company in less than two years.


Scott Hunter

Scott Hunter

Director of Program Management for .NET

Scott Hunter works for Microsoft as a Director of Program Management for .NET overseeing the server frameworks, such as ASP.NET, MVC, Web API, Web Pages and NuGet. Before this Scott was the CTO of several startups including Mustang Software and Starbase, where he focused on a variety of technologies - but programming the Web has always been his real passion.


Stephen Fluin

Stephen Fluin

Developer Advocate - Angular Team at Google.

Stephen Fluin is a Developer Advocate on the Angular Team at Google. Stephen works to solve real world problems faced by developers and businesses, and to represent the needs of the community within the Angular team.


Immo Landwerth

Immo Landwerth

Program Manager at Microsoft

Immo Landwerth is a program manager on the .NET Framework team at Microsoft. He works on the base class libraries (BCL) which represents the core types of the .NET platform, such as string and int but also includes collections and IO.

He's involved with portable class libraries and works on shipping more framework components in an out-of-band fashion via NuGet.


Aamer Charania

Aamer Charania

Director of Data Science - Capital One

Aamer Charania is the Director of Data Science at Capital One. His team delivers AI and Machine Learning solutions powering two of Capital One’s signature consumer products - Auto Navigator and Auto Refinance. He finds tremendous value in leveraging machine learning for complex challenges like computer vision, product recommendation, personalization, natural language processing, clickstream analytics, marketing response models, and fraud detection. Before joining Capital One, Aamer led the strategy and development of state of the art big data and analytics products at Humana and Verizon. Prior to that, he was a research assistant at MIT developing airline revenue management applications.

Aamer has been awarded 10 patents in analytics and big data space. He enjoys volunteering at professional organizations and was the president of MIT Alumni Club of DFW. Recently he launched Dallas AI, the fastest growing AI forum around Dallas, attracting 1500+ members in the first few months.

Aamer holds Masters degree in Engineering from MIT, Masters in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and MBA from Southern Methodist University.


Derek Martin

Derek Martin

Cloud Solution Architect

Derek Martin is an accomplished Microsoft systems development and integrator and is a Cloud Solution Architect in Dallas, Texas. Derek has fifteen years of experience in developing and deploying public and private clouds and integrating line of business applications with modern technology. He has strong skills in Azure, AD, Office 365, Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, and Dynamics. Derek has an extensive public speaking, hands on teaching and client advocacy background. He’s focused on applying technology to help achieve business goals and objectives through the utilization of public cloud solutions.


Mindy Curnutt

Mindy Curnutt

Speaker | Author | Microsoft MVP

Mindy Curnutt is an Independent Consultant, 4X Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Idera ACE. She has been actively involved in the SQL Server Community for over nearly 20 years, presenting at local, regional and national events all across North America. For the last five years Mindy has been a key member of the Program Management Team for the SQL PASS Summit. She was a SME for a couple of the SQL 2012 and 2014 Microsoft SQL Server Cert Exams and helped to author the MS Press Book "SQL Server 2014 - Step by Step". This year She co-authored two soon to be released books, "SQL Server 2017 - Inside Out" and "Let Her Finish: Voices from the Data Platform". She is currently serving on the Board for the North Texas SQL Server User's Group and championing the Girls + Data Program in the Dallas area (a program for teens).


Meltem Ballan

Meltem Ballan

Data Scientist | Strategist | Author

Experienced leader, Data Scientist and strategist with a unique combination of analytical and leadership expertise of 10 years in industry, and 10 years in academia. Managed large multinational and multidisciplinary projects. Designed complex machine learning models involving neural network implementations, natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision, as well as predictive models. During academia I realized the gap between scientific projects and technology transfer. I co-founded a technology spin-up / big data analytics platform and was involved in several other start-ups in the big data and IoT domains.


Priya Aswani

Priya Aswani

Artificial Intelligence Leader at Microsoft

Priya Aswani is an Artificial Intelligence leader at Microsoft working with the Fortune 20 Energy companies in their digital transformation journey. She partners with senior executives to help them understand and implement the impact of Artificial Intelligence in their industry fed by foundational technologies (cloud, blockchain, cyber security, HPC, etc).


Natalie Kortum

Natalie Kortum

Decision Sciences Leader | Consultant

When Natalie was in 4th grade, she created an idea that became a national commercial for Tide. Having peaked on the creonative side at such a young age, she decided to dedicate the rest of her advertising career to helping business leaders make better marketing decisions based on data and research.

And dedicated she has been. Her resume reads like a Fortune 500 wish list: PwC, IBM, CoreMetrics, Dell, Humana, and The Richards Group. Her core competencies include everything from pricing and big data to decision science management and data science. But wait, there’s more: Natalie has also invented and multiple marketing optimization models, teaches Attribution at conferences, and hosts her own blog celebrating the confluence of mathematics and marketing.


Taylor Cowan

Taylor Cowan

Cloud Solutions Architect - Microsoft

Taylor Cowan is a Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, he was a researcher in Sabre Labs and a software architect at Travelocity. He spots bottlenecks and single points of failure before they are put into production and helps his customers simplify software architectures already in use. 2019 will be an exciting year for building new or migrating old applications to the cloud but is this a chance for architects, developers, and operations to let go of some redundant systems and manual processes we’ve taken for granted? The Talk: Taylor will show you how to lighten the load in your cloud journey by applying tips and techniques used by ultralight backpackers.


Paul Barriere

Paul Barriere

Software Architect - Cazton

Paul Barriere has been a software developer since 1996, right when it became cool to be in software. He successfully resisted the siren song of management and has continued to create open and closed source applications for more than 20 years. He has worked remotely for most of his jobs and even lived in Costa Rica with his family for a while. He has worked for dozens of clients in the DFW metroplex, working for companies in various industries, such as hedge funds, real estate, entertainment and brokerage firms. He can be contacted through linked in for any inquiries.