Wednesday Panel Announcement:

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Jason Gilmore

Jan 7, 2008, 4:22:01 PM1/7/08

I'm very pleased to announce we'll be holding a panel discussion Wednesday
evening titled "Technology for Humans: Selling Your Ideas, Products, and
Services". This panel will discuss the challenges, ideas, and approaches to
discussing technology with peers, clients, management, and others.

The panel will begin around 7:30pm and will last roughly one hour. It will
be held in the main conference hall of the Kalahari convention center.

We've assembled a great group of panelists hailing from various backgrounds
in the IT sector. Come join the discussion and get acquainted with fellow

Panelist bios:

Keith Elder (moderator)
Keith Elder is a Team Leader / Sr. Software Engineer for Quicken Loans, the
nation's largest online mortgage lender based in Livonia, MI. At Quicken
Loans he is the team leader, lead developer and architect for a custom built
in-house Smart Client CRM (client relationship management) application. He
is also an educator who has logged thousands of hours in front of the
classroom teaching students of varying ages from the 6th grade to the
college level. He has also trained countless developers from various
business sectors ranging from top auto manufactures, fortune 500 companies
and Universities. Keith's technical expertise combined with his outgoing
common sense friendly southern attitude allows him to explain technical
information so even your grandmother can understand it. He is also the
leader of the internal Quicken Loans .Net User Group where upwards of 100
team members get together. As a Microsoft MVP he speaks throughout the South
and Midwestern parts of the United States at various Code Camps, .Net User
Groups, technical conferences and schools.

Barry Hawkins
Barry Hawkins is an independent consultant based in Atlanta, Georgia with
over 13 years of software development experience. His company, All Things
Computed, focuses on coaching and mentoring clients in the adoption of Agile
software development practices, Domain-Driven Design, and lightweight Java
frameworks. His current interests are the trend of dynamic language
adoption within enterprise IT practices, the Python ecosystem, and managing
enterprise-level complexity in dynamic languages.

Barry is also the author of the erratically-updated blog, Yep, That's Me.
He enjoys time with his 2-year-old daughter Caslin and playing too many
characters on the Whisperwind and Area 52 realms in World of Warcraft with
his wife, Laura.

Dianne Marsh
With nearly 2 decades’ experience in the software industry, Dianne Marsh is
a specialist in providing coaching and project support in C++, Java, Python
and object-oriented design. An entrepreneur, she has also assisted clients
with securing Small Business Innovative Research grants, including prototype
development. Dianne’s expertise is in scientific and technical programming,
including manufacturing, genomics, decision support, and real-time
processing on both Windows and UNIX operating systems. She has developed and
architected distributed, database-driven decision support applications
written in C++ and Java. Dianne’s principal strengths include large systems
architecture, with emphasis on proper thread management, load balancing and
fail-over in a distributed environment.

Joe O'Brien
Joe is a father, speaker, author and developer. Before helping found
EdgeCase, LLC, Joe was a developer with ThoughtWorks and spent much of his
time working with large J2EE and .NET systems for Fortune 500 companies. He
has spent his career as a developer, project manager, and everything in
between. Joe is a passionate member of the open source community. He
co-founded the Columbus Ruby Brigade and helped organize the Chicago Area
Ruby Users Group. His passions are Agile Development in the Enterprise,
Ruby, and demonstrating to the Fortune 500 the elegance and power of this
incredible language.

Scott Preston
Scott Preston lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Emily and dog Castle.
Scott has been developing web applications since graduating from The Ohio
State University in 1996. In 2006 Scott left consulting to focus on his own
business Preston Research. Scott is also a member of the Java Community
Process, Central Ohio Java Users Group, and founder of The Columbus Robotics
Society. He wrote his first book "The Definitive Guide to Building Java
Robots", by Apress in 2005, and Co-Authored "Real-World-Ajax" by SYS-CON
Media in 2006.

We hope to see you there!


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