Keynotes

Joakim Sundén

Agile Coach at Spotify

Joakim is an Agile Coach at Spotify, making music available and accessible to the world. He helps people improve through mentoring and coaching at individual, team and organizational levels, often using Agile and Lean thinking and methods such as Kanban, Scrum and XP. He is an organizer of, and active participant in, conferences, networks and user groups in the Agile and Lean communities. Joakim is also writing a book about Kanban for Manning Publications.

Laurent Bossavit

Director at Institut Agile

After a first career as a software developer (20 years of coding experience) and a few years as an independent consultant, Laurent Bossavit now heads Institut Agile, whose aims include helping Agile software development become better established as a research topic and as a discipline, and helping grow a healthier market for clients and suppliers leveraging these practices.

Passionate about helping people in various Agile communities network and support each other, Laurent is a former member of the board of the Agile Alliance, a recipient of the 2006 Gordon Pask award for contributions to Agile practice and co-founder of the Coding Dojos.

Ivo Almanis

AS&T Platform Lead at Accenture

Ivo started IT career as programmer back in 90’s in small Latvian company as employee #13 and spent there 13 years – programming, managing the development team, acting as sales support and product business development lead. Even main interests has changed over time, he still does some programming in free time, but just to get taste of it.

Since 2010 Ivo is Accenture Latvia Custom Development department lead enjoying the different world - custom development across multiple technologies for large enterprises globally. Apart of mainstream work, together with team happily investing time and energy in latest technologies reviews and pilots, believing those will be widely used in some time.

Ivo Almanis holds Msc from Latvian University Computer Science Faculty and Msc from Latvian University Faculty of Economics and Management.

Engineering

Sten Vesterli

Sten Vesterli

Principal Consultant and Partner at Scott/Tiger A/S. Oracle ACE Director

Sten Vesterli is a senior principal consultant and partner in Scott/Tiger A/S. He is an Oracle ACE Director, a Fusion UX Advocate for Oracle and sits on the Oracle Usability Advisory Board. He is also a frequent speaker at Oracle and Oracle user group events, vice-president of the Danish Oracle User Group (DOUG) and a member of UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG). His latest book is called "Oracle ADF Enterprise Application Development - Made Simple".

Andrey Sibirev

Andrey Sibirev

Head of Cloud Platform Development Team at Yandex

Graduated from MIREA in 2009 as an Information Security specialist and started working as a System Administrator in a large bank. After two years of pain and suffering I realized that IT Infrastructure is the foundation for successful operations and that IT Infrastructure is something that large companies are usually unable to build on their own. That was the reason for me to join one of the first Russian startups with a very strong DevOps culture building commercial IaaS solutions as a Production Engineer, where I met such beautiful things as Xen, Chef, logic and sanity. After the launch, I was invited to join Yandex where I've been building cloud solutions for almost 3 years now.

Ilja Dmitrijev

Ilja Dmitrijev

COO, project manager and DWH/BI expert in In-volv Latvia

During his 14 years career, Ilja Dmitrijev participated in various DWH/BI projects as an architect and project manager in public and financial sector. He is interested in technologies and methods which are reducing BI solutions development, maintenance costs and time as well as various mashups of classical business intelligence with machine learning, geospatial analysis and business intelligence using publicly available information.

András Velvárt

András Velvárt

Microsoft MVP, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Kinect, Nokia Developer Champion

András is very passionate about user experience, owner of "Response", a small company focusing on creating "cool stuff with Microsoft technologies" (best known for the award winning SurfCube 3D browser). He is in his 6th year of being a Microsoft MVP, an Ineta Speaker Bureau member, and a Nokia Developer Champion. András is a frequent speaker at local and international conferences where User Experience, WPF, Silverlight, Kinect or Windows Phone are on topic, and participated in several books on these subjects.

Valdis Iljuconoks

Valdis Iljuconoks

Microsoft MVP, System architect and web/mobile technologist, Visual Studio ALM evangelist

Software architect, lead technologist and Visual Studio ALM & TFS evangelist, with focus on technical solution research, new technologies analysis and technical problem solution research. Planning implementation and design, code review, system performance design and measurement, system audit, system feature improvements. Worked on from start-up/ small / medium-sized solutions to some of the larger enterprise level systems. My role was to ensure team knowledge sharing process and overall project health. Have worked with web front-end layers based on Asp.Net and jQuery and ending with server and back-end integration systems based on C#, WCF, BizTalk and Commerce systems. Have also development experience with Microsoft cloud platform – Windows Azure and middleware infrastructure Windows Server / Azure AppFabric development. Almost 14 years in IT industry. One of the Latvian Microsoft .Net User Group drivers in Latvia and evangelist of new and excited Microsoft technologies.

Aigars Mačiņš

Aigars Mačiņš

Technical evangelist at Microsoft

Microsoft Latvia Technical Evangelist with core passion for development. Before joining Microsoft was enterprise developer for Dynamics Ax and .net. Most work included different system integrations and also custom development for enabling business to reach its potential. Had developed solutions that run on mobile platforms, bunch of high performance web applications that where integrated with ERP software as full backend.

Databases

Ami Aharonovich

Ami Aharonovich

DBAces, Founder & CEO

Ami Aharonovich, DBAces Founder & CEO, Oracle ACE and OCP (Oracle Certified Professional), President of ilOUG (Israel Oracle User Group), head of Oracle department in John Bryce Hi-Tech College, an Oracle University education center.

Ami is an Oracle certified professional DBA with thirteen years of expertise as an Oracle DBA consultant and instructor, specializing in Oracle database core technologies. He is a top high-end professional in core Oracle database technologies and has a vast experience in providing consulting and training professional services. He is an expert in Oracle database development and administration including extensive performance tuning experience specializing in monitoring, diagnosing and improving Oracle database applications and performing SQL optimization.

Heli Helskyaho

Heli Helskyaho

President at Oracle User Group Finland, CEO at Miracle Finland Oy

Heli Helskyaho is the CEO for Miracle Finland Oy and Kantamestarit Oy. She is also the president of Oracle User Group Finland, the Ambassador for EMEA Oracle User Groups Community (EOUC) and an Oracle ACE. Heli has worked with Oracle products in several positions since 1993, but her key interest lies with databases. Heli has been an Oracle Designer user since 1996 and Data Modeler user since 2010.

Aivars Kalvāns

Aivars Kalvāns

Software Architect at Tieto

Aivars Kalvāns holds the position of Lead Software Architect at Tieto Latvia and is working on Card Suite payment card system. During his more than 11-year career Aivars has been involved in a number of projects related to credit card issuing, acquiring and utility payments through mobile phones, ATMs and POS-terminals. He enjoys solving both design and technical problems and likes to work on personal and Open Source projects using C++ and Python in his free time.

Mogens Nørgaard

Mogens Nørgaard

Owner, Miracle A/s

52 years old. Worked in Oracle Support 1990-2000. Founded Miracle A/S in 2000.

Testing

Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Chairmain at Finnish Association for Software Testing

Senior software development professional with a focus on testing - the skill to acquire relevant on-time information about the product. Working side by side with developers with implementation emphasis, complementing the team's available skills with business, value and system-oriented views.

Having worked as a tester, test manager, test consultant and teacher of software testing at a university, I continue to be deeply committed to taking area of testing forward by learning more and sharing what I have learned.

Special interests are in improving focus of testing activities to provide more effective and efficient testing, professionalism in testing and developing testing professional skills, agile system testing and providing testing services to different kinds of stakeholders: customers, end-users, managers, developers just to mention a few.

Antti Niittyviita

Antti Niittyviita

Testing Guru and CEO at Prove Expertise

Won the Tester of the Year 2012 title of Tieturi and TestausOSY with an unfair campaing in social media and the blog. Running a software testing blog with a peak visitor count of 33.000 readers a day: No wonder why it was so unfair. Father of the one of the best tools for managing software testing in agile software projects Tarantula.

Matti Schneider

Matti Schneider

Core Team Member at M.E.S.H. (Most Excellent Software for Health)

Matti works in a startup developing a web application dedicated to innovative medical management. To this end, he co-designs all processes, experimenting with advanced agility practices and uncompromising quality control: when your webapp is to be used by surgeons every day, you have no choice but ensure quality is there!

Matti also created an experimental web integration testing framework, Watai, to go beyond the limitations of the current tools.

Tom Gilb

Tom Gilb

Independent Computer Software Professional

Tom has been an independent consultant, teacher and author, since 1960. He mainly works with multinational clients; helping improve their organizations, and their systems engineering methods. Tom’s latest book is ‘Competitive Engineering: A Handbook For Systems Engineering, Requirements Engineering, and Software Engineering Using Planguage’ (Summer 2005). Other books are ‘Software Inspection’ (with Dorothy Graham, 1993), and ‘Principles of Software Engineering Management’ (1988). His ‘Software Metrics’ book (1976, OoP) has been cited as the initial foundation of what is now CMMI Level 4.

Tom’s key interests include business metrics, evolutionary delivery, and further development of his planning language, ‘Planguage’. He is a member of INCOSE and is an active member of the Norwegian chapter NORSEC. He participates in the INCOSE Requirements Working Group, and the Risk Management Group.

Jan Musil

Jan Musil

IBM Information Management Database Specialist, Community of Practice CEE

Jan Musil is working for IBM from 2001 as a database specialist with focus on Informix technologies. Currently is working as a member of Community of Practice for CEE supporting Informix, Guardium and Optim. He has more then 20 years experiences with database technologies mainly with Informix technologies where worked as programmer, database administrator and also almost 6 years as a technical support leader.

Web + Mobile

Vadim Makeev

Web Evangelist at Opera Software. Web developer, founder of Web Standards Russian developer community and Web Standards Days conference.

Web Evangelist at Opera Software, editor-in-chief of Web Standards project, author of Pepelsbey.net blog about technologies. Organizer of RIT and Web Standards Days conferences, speaker and active participant of many others. Author of Zen Coding project idea and Shower presentation engine. Previously worked for LiveJournal, Yandex and few other companies. Coding, writing, arguing, making world better, playing foosball, drinking port wine. Better known as Pepelsbey.

Raivis Dejus

Mozillian. Board Member, World Technology Frontier

Long time open source enthusiast and Latvian Firefox localizer. Fan of web technologies, cross-platform mobile apps and all things web. Can't wait for future to come.

Ilya Pukhalski

Solution Architect at EPAM Mobile Competency Center

Ilya Pukhalski works as Mobile Solution Architect for EPAM Systems. He has about 8 years of experience in different web areas starting from UX and ending with server-side programming. JavaScript and web-standards lover, speaker. Currently specializes on cross-platform and mobile front-end development (RWD, web applications, hybrid and native mobile applications).

Robert Haritonov

Head of front-end development department at Odnoklassniki.ru

Head of front-end development department at Odnoklassniki.ru. Works with company front-end standards and development processes. Manages front-end developers team and coordinates technical improvements for efficient workflow. Author of ToHTML.it (ru) blog about web dev and developers life style. Creator of MCSS methodology and Source front-end documentation engine.

Mathias Bynens

Freelance Web Developer

Mathias Bynens is a front-end developer from Belgium with a deep interest in anything that involves the Web. He spends most of his time playing around with JavaScript, HTML, CSS, HTTP, Bash, web application security, and Unicode.

Agile

Jussi Mononen

Jussi Mononen

Aspiring software craftsman, maker of things, a geek

Jack-of-all-trades, developer and a continuous improvement zealot. Started writing software for living 13 years ago. Still amazed how ugly your own code, written only 2 weeks ago, can look like. Wants to bring joy into the creepy dungeons also known as corporate software development.

Torbjörn Gyllebring

Torbjörn Gyllebring

European Development Manager at Cint AB

Torbjörn is a developer that grew frustrated with solving the wrong problems and the resulting waste of human potential. He decided to do something about it, thus starting a journey of exploration, discovery and distinctivly non techie things. Having introduced XP and Scrum with varied success he started digging deeper into value and the human side of things, this led him to Lean, System thinking and a constantly growing list of ideas that he's busy collecting and synthesising in an attempt to understand and improve the way work works.

Ari Tanninen

Ari Tanninen

Product development consultant

Ari has fifteen years of experience in software product development. He has worked from startups to big companies and has experience of most roles from designer to head of product development. Ari has worked with Agile and Lean software for eight years, and is currently finishing his MBA studies involving business and user-centered design.

Currently Ari works as Principal Consultant at Gosei Ltd. where his job involves helping product and service development companies connect the dots and get value flowing in their organisation.

Artem Fedko

Artem Fedko

Software engineer at Intel

I’ve been a software engineer for my entire career, sometimes embedded, sometimes really low level, I mean HDL. Few years ago we start to make Agile and I’ve been asked would I like to be a Scrum Master. I didn’t know what does it mean, but I think 'What the heck, I’ll learn and I’ll do it'. Now I’m the Scrum Master for the five Scrum teams and I’ve got a huge baggage of different experiences.

Workshops

Vladimir Grinenko

Vladimir Grinenko

Frontend Developer at Yandex

Frontend Developer working at Yandex in Simferopol, Ukraine. He also works on the bem.info site and helps answer developers' questions about BEM-technologies (Block-Element-Modifier).

Juris Trošins

Juris Trošins

Oracle DBA Consultant and trainer

I’m co-owner and expert at DBA Competence Center LTD. I have more than 10 years experience with Oracle Technologies and hold worldwide recognized OCP, OCE and OCM certification. Our team acted first as Oracle First Line Support and now delivering our own services and helping people solving their problems with Oracle. Along with active DBA duties I’m also delivering Oracle University training courses on regular basis at BDA and frequent speaker at variety of tech seminars and Latvian OUG events. Speaker for Harmony Finland 2011, 2012 and UKOUG 2011, 2012.

Jože Senegacnik

Jože Senegacnik

Principal consultant at DbProf and Oracle ACE Director

Jože Senegacnik has more than 25 years of experience in working with Oracle products. He began in 1988 with Oracle Database version 4. Joze is an internationally recognized speaker, and a member of the highly respected OakTable Network. He was awarded Oracle ACE and Oracle ACE Director membership for his long record of positive contributions to the Oracle community.

Maris Elsins

Maris Elsins

Oracle Applications DBA and Team Technical Lead at Pythian

Maris Elsins is an experienced Oracle Applications DBA currently working at Pythian. His main areas of expertise are performance tuning and troubleshooting of Oracle Database and e-Business Suite systems. Maris has led or taken part in multiple Oracle Database and Oracle E-Business Suite 11i/R12 implementation, maintenance, migration and upgrade projects and he is a blogger and a frequent speaker at Oracle related conferences such as UKOUG, Collaborate, and others. Maris is an Oracle Certified Master (10g OCM) and 9i, 10g, 11g, 11i and R12 Oracle Certified Professional (OCP).

Andrejs Vorobjovs

Andrejs Vorobjovs

LVOUG president, Sr. Oracle DBA at First Data

Andrejs’ qualifications and background are in data base administrating and data engineering. He has 10 years of Experience in ORACLE technology. After receiving Master’s degree in Computer Science at Riga Technical University in 2004, he started to work for First Data. First Data is a major provider of electronic commerce and payment solutions worldwide. He is the president of the Latvian Oracle User Group.

Adrian Bolboaca

Adrian Bolboaca

Organizational and Technical Coach and Trainer, Programmer

Adrian was involved in developing software for domains like energy, ecommerce, banking, customs
and ERP/CRM. He has been working with companies from Netherlands, Romania, Italy, France and Germany, and he is knowledgeable in software technical domains like: clean code, test driven development, simple design, emergent design, working effectively with legacy code.

As a continuous learner and challenger of existing ideas and concepts, Adrian is a supporter of movements that give new ideas on how to continuously improve software and that embrace the values of software quality and efficiency. He facilitated many code retreats in Romania, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Finland and has a keen interest in serious games and using gamestorming for continuous improvement.

As a constant participant to conferences and workshops, he is recognized for challenging ideas and getting people out of their comfort zone, not out of disrespect or lack of reverence for his peers, but out of his desire to show people that there are always things to learn.