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Alexandra Masterson

Alexandra Masterson

Conference Organizer GOTO Chicago 2015

Alexandra Masterson Conference Marketing and Event Coordinator at Trifork Support my interviews on Patreon Become a Patreon Patron for e…

Dean Wampler

Dean Wampler

Organizer Chicago Apache Spark & Scala User Groups

Dean Wampler Organizer Chicago Spark & Scala User Groups Dean Wampler is the Big Data Architect at Typesafe and specializes in the applic…

Dave Duggal

Dave Duggal

Raising Abstractions for the Software Defined Business

Dave Duggal Founder, EnterpriseWeb Dave Duggal, Founder / Managing Director Dave is the founder of EnterpriseWeb. His company offers an a…

Anita Sengupta

Anita Sengupta

Curiosity’s Entry Descent and Landing on Mars

Anita Sengupta Aerospace Engineer, NASA JPL Dr. Anita Sengupta is an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She has been dev…

Rebecca Parsons

Rebecca Parsons

Evolutionary Architecture & Micro-Services - A Match Enabled by Continuous Delivery

Rebecca Parsons CTO, ThoughtWorks Dr. Parsons has more than 20 years of application development experience in industries ranging from tel…

Charles Nutter

Charles Nutter

Beyond JVM: How the platform is evolving for new languages and features

Co-lead JRuby Project The JVM has traditionally hosted many languages, but only those closest to Java itself got the full optimization tre…

Interview with David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH) at RailsConf 2014

David Heinemeier Hansson

Creator of Ruby on Rails

Chat with DHH about nuance, where he stands with TDD today, increasing the bandwidth of conversations and his thoughts on how F/OSS softwar…

Interview with Rich Hickey creator of Clojure at GOTO Chicago 2013

Rich Hickey

Creator of Clojure

Interview with Rich Hickey from GOTO Chicago 2013

Interview with Aaron Patterson Ruby & Rails Core team member and keynoter at RailsConf 2014

Aaron Patterson

Ruby & Rails Core team member

Aaron Patterson provides a balance to the force of DHH and it felt appropriate for him to close out RailsConf and to hear his perspective o…

Interview with Trisha Gee on building a buzzword-compliant web app at GOTO Chicago 2014

Trisha Gee

Developer Advocate at JetBrains

Trisha Gee is an expert in high performance Java systems and a developer with MongoDB. She wanted to see about building a buzzword-complian…

Gary Bernhardt

Gary Bernhardt

Creator of Destroy All Software Screencasts

Interview with Obie Fernandez author The Rails Way & co-founder Hashrocket at RailsConf 2014

Obie Fernandez

Author The Rails Way & co-founder Hashrocket

Obie Fernandez was an early adopter and teacher in the Rails community. At RailsConf 2014 he lead a panel on the future of Rails jobs.

Stuart Halloway

Stuart Halloway

Author of Programming Clojure and a Clojure committer

Interview with Stuart Halloway at SCNA 2013

Interview with Charles Nutter co-lead of the JRuby project

Charles Nutter

Co-lead of the JRuby project.

Charles was in Chicago to present at the GOTO Night event on the Future of the JVM. In our conversation he gives a little insight into some…

Interview with Evan Phoenix creator of Rubinius Ruby VM and Puma App Server at RailsConf 2014

Evan Phoenix

Evan Phoenix is one of those rare outliers who has an unbelievable talent for creating complex tools that are incredibly useful and help dr…

Interview with Yehuda Katz & Tom Dale creators of Ember.js and  at RailsConf 2014

Tom Dale and Yehuda Katz

After a lovely interview that fell flat due to technical difficulties Yehuda Katz & Tom Dale were willing to redo the interview but I sugge…

Interview with Coraline Ada Ehmke on Artisians & Apprentices at RailsConf 2014

Coraline Ada Ehmke

Coraline Ada Ehmke (@Bantik) gave a talk about Artisans & Apprentices at RailsConf 2014. She describes her experences and what led her to p…

Interview with Kiyoto Tamura a maintainer of FluentD, a log integration tool at RailsConf 2014

Kiyoto Tamura

Chat with Kiyoto Tamura who is a maintainer on the FluentD log integration tool. We chat about what exactly FluentD is, how it got it's nam…

Interview with John Jarosz & Coleman Collins on building ecosystems at GOTO Chicago 2014

Coleman Collins and John Jarosz

John Jarosz & Coleman Collins share their experience building systems that are heavily dependent on human interaction and change. They disc…

Interview with Chad Fowler founder RubyConf & RailsConf

Chad Fowler

Chad Fowler is an early leader in the Ruby community and an active author, teacher, and speaker. His most well known book being The Passion…

Jen Myers promotes Rails Girls Summer of Code 2014 event

Jen Myers

Jen Myers shares with us some information on the Rails Girls Summer of Code event while at RailsConf 2014. Learn more about how YOU can par…

Matt Ruby

Matt Ruby

Creator of Vooza

Vooza | http://vooza.com @voozahq | https://twitter.com/voozahq @mattruby | https://twitter.com/mattruby Matt Ruby transformed his experie…

Interview with Rafael França a 2014 Ruby Hero at RailsConf 2014

Rafael França

Rafael França was noted by the Ruby Hero committee for being one of the most prolific committers they evaluated for the Ruby Hero awards fo…

Amitai Schlair

Amitai Schlair

Interview with Amitai Schlair a member of the Board of Directors for The NetBSD Foundation.

Interview with Alex Rutkowski & Joel Friedman on remote pairing at GOTO Chicago 2014

Alex Rutkowski and Joel Friedman

Alex Rutkowski & Joel Friedman are full-time remote collaborators and they share some of their experiences collaborating with distributed t…

Sandro Mancuso

Sandro Mancuso

Interview with Sandro Mancuso at SCNA 2013

Interview with Leslie Borrell & Alberto Silveira from Amplify Access at GOTO Chicago

Alberto Silveira and Leslie Borrell

Interview with Leslie Borrell & Alberto Silveira from Amplify Access on their GOTO Chicago 2014 presentation Creating Collaborative Distrib…

Interview with Brian Ray from the Chicago Python User-Group on his new group called Chia

Brian Ray

Brian Ray has been organizing the Chicago Python community for over a decade and is now starting a new community, ch-ch-ch-Chia. Chia is t…

Interview with Amanda and Jesse Harlin from OKC.js, Thunder Plans, and Techlahoma

Amanda Harlin and Jesse Harlin

Amanda and Jesse are a dynamic duo helping build tech community in the United States Midwest. they're involved with the Techlahoma meta-com…

Interview with Zassmin Montes de Oca the Exec. Director with Women Who Code at RailsConf 2014

Zassmin Montes de Oca

Zassmin Montes de Oca is the Executive Director and Board Vice Chair with the Women Who Code organiztion. WWC is a non-profit dedicated to …

Interview with Jonathon Kresner founder AirPair at RailsConf 2014

Jonathon Kresner

Jonathon Kresner was at RailsConf conducting online interviews with speakers at RailsConf to promote his company AirPair. I was interested …

Yehuda Katz & Tom Dale: The Lost Interview

Tom Dale and Yehuda Katz

The Lost Interview

This interview with Yehuda Katz & Tom Dale was the first attempt we made at publishing a conversation on UGtastic. It was also my first cat…

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas

Interview with Dave Thomas at SCNA 2013

Interview with Liz Abinante co-leader Girl Develop It Chicago at RailsConf 2014

Liz Abinante

Co-leader Girl Develop It Chicago at RailsConf 2014

Liz Abinante aka @feministy is the co-leader of Girl Develop It Chicago chapter.

Interview with Trek Glowacki co-org Chicago Ember.js and Ember.js Core Team member

Trek Glowacki

Trek Glowacki is a busy person working as part of the Ember.js Core Team and co-organizing the Chicago Ember.js User-Group. We chat about h…

Interview with Tim Bray co-inventor XML at GOTO Chicago 2014

Tim Bray

Tim Bray is the co-inventor of XML and a keynote speaker the GOTO Chicago 2014 conference. We chat about his presenation as well as his tho…

Interview with Ray Hightower announcing RubyCaribe at RailsConf 2014

Ray Hightower

Ray Hightower was amongst the first people interviewed on UGtastic and he's back talking about his latest conference announcement - RubyCar…

Interview with Andy Maleh at RailsConf 2014

Andy Maleh

Interview with Andy Maleh at RailsConf Chicago 2014. Andy presented Ultra Light and Maintainable Rails Wizards at the conference and we cha…

Katrina Owen

Katrina Owen

Interview with Katrina Owen at SCNA 2013

Interview with Fred George on Programmer Anarchy at GOTO Chicago 2014

Fred George

Fred George spoke at GOTO Chicago 2014 on Implementing Programmer Anarchy. I've often heard that managing programmers is like herding cats,…

Interview with Justin Searls creator of Lineman.js at RailsConf 2014

Justin Searls

Justin Searls explains what Lineman.js and the problems that drove him to create the tool. Justin also describes his very intense process t…

Interview with Camille Fournier on rewriting software at GOTO Chicago 2014

Camille Fournier

Camille Fournier inquired as to whether we really want to go through The Great Rewrite of our legacy systems and whether there's a better w…

Interview with Carlos Antonio da Silva a Rails Core team member at RailsConf 2014

Carlos Antonio da Silva

Carlos Antonio da Silva a Rails Core team member and a maintainer of the Devise and simple_form RubyGems shares some insight into the trick…

Interview with Russ Olsen author Eloquent Ruby at GOTO Chicago 2014

Russ Olsen

Russ Olsen chats with us about his presentation Programming in Interesting Times and explains why we should be thinking beyond our current …

Interview with Leah Silber  co-org EmberConf, GoGaRuCo, and RailsConf at RailsConf 2014

Leah Silber

Leah Silber shares with us her experience with building and supporting large technical communities.

Interview with Sean Massa organizer Geekfest and Chicago Node.js and Ember.js User-Groups

Sean Massa

Sean Massa is pretty active in the Chicago JavaScript community. He organizes the Geekfest as well as the Chicago Node.js and Chicago Ember…

Interview with Niley Barros an organizer with GOTO Chicago 2014

Niley Barros

Niley Barros is an organizer with GOTO Chicago and shares insight into the events and how she got involved as a conference organizer.

Interview with Nitin Dhaware and Dnyaneshwar Nerkar (Gyani) at RailsConf 2014

Dnyaneshwar Nerkar (Gyani) and Nitin Dhaware

Interview with Nitin Dhaware and Dnyaneshwar Nerkar (Gyani) at RailsConf 2014. We discuss their presentation Empowering Rich Internet Appli…

Interview with Alexander Dymo on his Ruby Performance talk at RailsConf 2014

Alexander Dymo

Alexander Dymo presented Improve performance: Optimize Memory and Upgrade to Ruby 2.1 at RailsConf 2014. Alexander is also working on a Rub…

Erik Meijer

Erik Meijer

Interview with Erik Meijer at GOTO Chicago 2013

Interview with Javier Ramirez on his presentation "What is REST?" at RailsConf 2014

Javier Ramirez

Javier Ramirez challenges us to go back to the beginning of Rails and the eventual adoption of the REST concepts to think about what REST m…

Interview with Sarah Allen and Desi McAdam

Desi McAdam and Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen and Desi McAdam are working to help teach Rails and Ruby development through their Railsbridge Womens Outreach workshops. We ch…

Interview with Emily Rosengren on User-Groups and ThoughtWorks at GOTO Chicago 2014

Emily Rosengren

Emily Rosengren is a developer who also works to help User-Groups coordinate with ThoughtWorks for sponsorships and hosting events. Emily s…

Interview with Greg Baugues on Mental Health in Tech at RailsConf 2014

Greg Baugues

Greg Baugues is a Developer Evangelist with Twilio and he chats with us about how he came to share his own personal struggles with mental d…

Interview with Joel Turnbull on his "Debugger Driven Development" talk at RailsConf 2014

Joel Turnbull

Joel Turnbull shares his experience that lead to his presentation on Debugger Driven Development. He describes the Pry tool a beautiful enh…

Interview with Jez Humble on DevOps culture at GOTO Chicago 2014

Jez Humble

Jez Humble shares with us his presentation DevOps Culture and Practices to Create Flow where he defines the DevOps and Flow concepts as rel…

Interview with Richard Schneeman a hacker at Heroku and avid F/OSS contributor at RailsConf 2014

Richard Schneeman

Richard Schneeman aka Schneems chats about his work at Heroku as well as his work and history with the Ruby community and his new book Hero…

Interview with Ola Bini creator of Ioke and JRuby contributor

Ola Bini

Interview with Ola Bini creator of Ioke and JRuby contributor

Interview with Ashe Dryden advocate for tech diversity

Ashe Dryden

Dan North

Dan North

Interview with Dan North originator of BDD

Interview with Jeremy Green on his Authentication in SOA talk at RailsConf 2014

Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green shares his presentation on how to build authentication systems that can span multiple SOA nodes but work with a single system …

Jen Lindner And Milan Dobrota

Jen Lindner and Milan Dobrota

Chet Hendrickson & Ron Jeffries

Chet Hendrickson and Ron Jeffries

Interview with Chet Hendrickson & Ron Jeffries at SCNA 2013

Interview with Rainey Reitman & Sina Khanifar about the Contact-Congress project

Rainey Reitman and Sina Khanifar

Interview Rainey Reitman & Sina Khanifar regarding their work on the Contact-Congress project http://theunitedstates.io/contact-congress/ …

Interview with Farrah Bostic founder The Difference Engine and a keynoter at RailsConf 2014

Farrah Bostic

Farrah Bostic asks a bold question What happens when everyone learns to code? We're moving past the days of computers being just those magi…

Micah Martin

Micah Martin

Interview with Micah Martin at SCNA 2013

Interview with Adrian Cockcroft keynote speaker for GOTO Chicago 2014

Adrian Cockcroft

Adrian Cockcroft has helped lead the technical direction of some of the largest players in online services today such as Netflix, Ebay, and…

Interview with Justin Gordon on how his presentation evolved at RailsConf 2014

Justin Gordon

Justin Gordon walks us through the journey he went through while learning and changing the message he wanted to share though his presentati…

Interview with Michael T. Nygard looking back on five years of DevOps at GOTO Chicago 2014

Michael T. Nygard

Michael T. Nygard looked back at the last Five Years of DevOps: Where are we Now? at GOTO Chicago 2014. Michael explains a bit about the hi…

Interview with Justin Collins creator of Brakeman at RailsConf 2014

Justin Collins

Justin Collins is the creator of the Brakeman static analysis for Rails tool and was presenting on Tales from the Crypt a team presentation…

Interview with Aino Vonge Corry an speaker introducer at GOTO Chicago 2014

Aino Vonge Corry

Aino Vonge Corry is a long time friend of the GOTO Conference and was out at GOTO Chicago 2014 conducting interviews with presenters as wel…

Evan Light

Evan Light

Hadi Hariri

Hadi Hariri

Interview with Hadi Hariri a Tech Evangelist with JetBrains

Interview with Fred Guime organizer Chicago Java UG at GOTO Chicago 2014

Fred Guime

Interview with Fred Guime the current president for the Chicago Java User-Group, CJUG. CJUG went through a period that saw it nearly being …

Robert Martin

Robert Martin

James Edward Gray

James Edward Gray

Interview with Ryan Gerry organizer with Software Craftsmanship McHenry County at GOTO Chicago 2014

Ryan Gerry

Ryan Gerry is the lead organizer for Software Craftsmanship McHenry County (SCMC) a Craftsmanship focused User-Group in the far northwester…

Avdi Grimm

Avdi Grimm

Interview with Courtney Hemphill on Mixing Lean & Agile Development at GOTO Chicago 2014

Courtney Hemphill

Courtney Hemphill is a lead developer at Carbon Five and she presented Mixing Lean UX and Agile Development: How to minimize risk, maximize…

Interview with Max De Marzi organizer Graph DB Chicago at GOTO Chicago 2014

Max De Marzi

Max De Marzi is a developer with Neo4j and a user-group organizer with the Graph Database Chicago UG. He presented at GOTO Chicago 2014 on …

Michael Ficarra

Michael Ficarra

Interview with Michael Ficarra creator of CoffeeScript Redux

Jen Myers

Jen Myers

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray

Interview with Sarah Gray at SCNA 2013

Giles Bowkett

Giles Bowkett

Interview with Richard Lee a contributor to OpenStack at GOTO Chicago 2014

Richard Lee

Richard Lee is responsible for the Heat component of the OpenStack Orchestration program. Richard explains how he got involved with develop…

Angelique Martin

Angelique Martin

Interview with Angelique Martin at SCNA 2013

Interview with Chris Whitaker a Regional Director w/Code for America

Chris Whitaker

Chris Whitaker is a White House Champion of Change and was a Chicago Code Brigade Captain for Code for America the last time we spoke. Now …

Kresten Thorup

Kresten Thorup

Interview with Kresten Thorup from GOTO Chicago 2013

Culley Smith

Culley Smith

Eric Kingery

Eric Kingery

Interview with Eric Kingery at SCNA 2013

Mandi Walls

Mandi Walls

Andrea Magnorsky

Andrea Magnorsky

Sean Massa And Todd Larsen

Sean Massa and Todd Larsen

Zachary Shaw

Zachary Shaw

Interview with Zachary Shaw at SCNA 2013

Shay Howe & Russ Unger

Russ Unger and Shay Howe

Interview with Shay Howe & Russ Unger at WebVisions Chicago 2013

Mike Miller

Mike Miller

Interview with Mike Miller co-founder Cloudant at GOTO Chicago 2013

Tim Ottinger

Tim Ottinger

Leon Gersing

Leon Gersing

Empathy and Self-acceptance

Leon is just one of those guys who has a good time programming and wants you to know that it's okay for you to have a good time too.

Jim Suchy And Steve Kim

Jim Suchy and Steve Kim

Arthur Kay

Arthur Kay

Interview with Cindy Sprague a lead organizer with GOTO Chicago 2014

Cindy Sprague

Cindy Sprague is one of those people who makes things happen and most all of us don't even know what was going on. Cindy was a COO with Obj…

Charles Oliver Nutter

Charles Nutter

Adewale Oshineye

Adewale Oshineye

Interview with Adewale Oshineye as SCNA 2013

Anna Lear

Anna Lear

Carina C. Zona

Carina C. Zona

Interview with Carina C. Zona at SCNA 2013

Igor Polevoy

Igor Polevoy

Anthony Zinni And Jon Buda And Shay Howe

Anthony Zinni, Jon Buda, and Shay Howe

Interview with Mike Pack organizer w/Full Stack Denver & Denver.rb at RailsConf 2014

Mike Pack

Mike Pack tells us about the Full Stack Meetup that he organizes in Denver, Colorado as well as the Denver.rb user-group that he co-organiz…

Jason Ulaszek

Jason Ulaszek

Interview with Jason Ulaszek at WebVisions Chicago 2013

Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson

Interview with Stephen Anderson as SCNA 2013

Randy Ellis

Randy Ellis

Corey Haines

Corey Haines

Interview with Evan Light founder DCamp at RailsConf 2014

Evan Light

Evan Light is a frequent contributor to F/OSS and even works with Rackspace to help with their integration with tools such as the Fog RubyG…

Pat Paasch And Clark Sell

Clark Sell and Pat Paasch

Ray Hightower

Ray Hightower

Dave Hoover

Dave Hoover

Brian Ray

Brian Ray

Jason Cranford Teague

Jason Cranford Teague

Interview with Jason Cranford Teague at WebVisions Chicago 2013.

Ken Auer

Ken Auer

Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy

Sam Serpoosh

Sam Serpoosh

Brad Wilkening

Brad Wilkening

Colin Jones

Colin Jones

Chet Hendrickson & Ron Jefferies

Chet Hendrickson and Ron Jeffries

Interview with Chet Hendrickson & Ron Jefferies at SCNA 2013

Carl Erickson

Carl Erickson

Joel Clermont

Joel Clermont

Mike Busch

Mike Busch

Aaron Bedra

Aaron Bedra

Brian Marick

Brian Marick

Michael Eaton

Michael Eaton

Ryan Briones And Ethan Gunderson

Ethan Gunderson and Ryan Briones

Scott Seely

Scott Seely

Brad Smith

Brad Smith

Interview with Brad Smith the founder of the WebVisions Conferences.

Bill Scott

Bill Scott

Interview with Bill Scott from WebVisions Chicago 2013

Brad Nunnally

Brad Nunnally

Interview with Brad Nunnally

Adam Connor

Adam Connor

Interview with Adam Connor at WebVisions Chicago 2013

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

This video is about ℗ Jennifer Jones

Mike Clement

Mike Clement

Drew Shefman

Drew Shefman and Kevin Zolkiewicz

David Dickinson and Ross Beehler

David Dickinson and Ross Beehler

Mike Burton

Mike Burton

Rob Reynolds

Rob Reynolds

Zach Shaw

Zachary Shaw

Mike Stringer

Mike Stringer

Chris Whitaker

Chris Whitaker

Paul Baker

Paul Baker

Organizer Open Government Chicago(-land)

Paul Baker co-organizes the Open Government Chicago(-land) user group. He's been an active organizer for government data projects and lead …

Dustin Updyke

Dustin Updyke

Super awesome guy Dustin was kind enough to hang around so I could interview both him and Michael Norton at the end of SCNA. Here we chat a…

Justin Love

Justin Love

Justin Love is very active in the Chicago Ruby & JavaScript communities. He's also starting up a Demo Days group out in the far suburbs of …

Daniel X. O'Neil

Daniel X. O'Neil

Executive Director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative and organizer OpenGovChicago User-Group

Governments are slowly becoming more technologically aware and accessible. An early leader in the Open Government movement, Daniel X. O'Nei…

Zach Dennis

Zach Dennis

Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson

Adewale Oshinye

Adewale Oshineye

Adewale Oshineye is a co-author of the Apprenticeship Patterns book and has spent a lot of time thinking about different ways for people to…

Eric Macadie

Eric Macadie

Eric MacAdie has been in the Chicago Java UG scene for a while but is now looking at starting up Ruby Testing and JavaScript UG's to help f…

Bryan Liles

Bryan Liles

Bryan Liles is an extremely engaging speaker and takes some time to share his experience within the Ruby community over the years. Bryan sh…

Amy Kinney

Amy Kinney

Organizer SecondConf

Aaron Holbrook

Aaron Holbrook

Organizer McHenry County WordPress User-Group

Sandro Mancuso

Sandro Mancuso

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas

Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson

Angelique Martin

Angelique Martin

Mike Miller

Mike Miller

Michael Ficarra

Michael Ficarra