Who Will Be There?

Speakers will include the Liferay Leadership Team, Liferay Partners, and special guests from the Liferay Community.

Stay tuned as we add more speakers to our lineup in the weeks to come!

Keynote Speakers

Brian Chan

Chief Software Architect & Founder
Liferay, Inc.

Brian Chan

Chief Software Architect & Founder
Liferay, Inc.

Brian Chan, Chief Software Architect and founder, created Liferay Portal in 2000 to provide non-profit organizations with an open source solution to facilitate collaboration on the Internet. He has since steered Liferay to become a worldwide leader in innovative open source enterprise solutions. With a strong foundation in software architecture and economics, Brian has solidified open source as a viable and high performance option for the enterprise with business benefits beyond cost savings. His expertise in portal architecture and design has garnered him a seat on the JSR-286 portlet specification committee. Brian holds a dual B.S. degree in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Chicago. He is also a sought after speaker at major industry events such as JavaOne, JAX Asia and Europe and his thought leadership has gained him seats on the JSR-286 and JSF-314 specification committees.

Bryan Cheung

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Liferay, Inc.

Bryan Cheung

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Liferay, Inc.

Bryan Cheung steers the company's strategic direction and worldwide business development efforts as one of the founders serving with the company since its inception in 2004. Drawing on his technical experience, understanding of customer needs, and a passion for end users, Bryan leads Liferay in meeting its commitment to deliver focused and effective business solutions to its customers and its community. Bryan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Computer Science, and is a sought-after keynote speaker at major IT and open source industry events.

Mark Frauenfelder

Founding Editor-in-Chief
MAKE Magazine

Mark Frauenfelder

Founding Editor-in-Chief
MAKE Magazine

Mark Frauenfelder is the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine, and the founder of Boing Boing. He was an editor at Wired from 1993-1998, the founding editor of Wired.com, and is the author of six books. His latest book is Made By Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do It Yourself. Mark is also an artist and designer, and his work has appeared in group and solo gallery exhibitions throughout the United States. He designed Billy Idol's "Cyberpunk" CD cover, video box, and print advertisements.

He has appeared on The Colbert Report (twice) and the Martha Stewart Show, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Popular Science, Business Week, The Hollywood Reporter, Wired, and other national publications. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Carla Sinclair and his two DIY daughters, age 10 and 16.

Featured Speakers

Raymond Augé

Senior Software Architect
Liferay, Inc.

Raymond Augé

Senior Software Architect
Liferay, Inc.

Raymond Augé is a Senior Software Architect focused on feature development and innovation. Since joining Liferay in 2005, his goal has been to increase ease of development without compromising creativity. Recently, he has prototyped and placed into production, a remote publishing, workflow-driven staging implementation complete with in-context preview, page versionning, website branching and rapid data modeling for application development. He has driven numerous improvements in areas such as permissionning, dynamic data models and meta-data support, WCM, and Import/Export. He leads the charge for upcoming implementations of wRAD in Liferay. Raymond holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Laurentian University.

Julio Camarero

Software Architect
Liferay, Inc.

Julio Camarero

Software Architect
Liferay, Inc.

Julio is a Core Developer for Liferay Portal working from the office in Madrid. His work focuses mainly on user interface, accessibility and usability. He is also the main coordinator of the Liferay Translation Team and is an excellent teacher and has performed Liferay training courses throughout Spain. He also participates often as an Architectural Consultant for Liferay customers. Julio holds a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Engineering and a master's degree in Computer Science from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in this field, focusing his research on web and intelligent techniques applied to disaster management response.

Gordon Cameron

Director, Solution Delivery
Intelliware

Gordon Cameron

Director, Solution Delivery
Intelliware

Gordon Cameron is a Business Architect with over 15 years experience solving business problems with technology. He provides strategic vision to clients and technical guidance to development teams in a wide range of industries. He has extensive experience with mobile technologies and portal projects. Recent mobile highlights include a multi-platform native consumer app that was ranked #1 for downloads in the iTunes App Store (Canada), as well as HTML5 (mobile-optimized web) sites using both responsive design and user-agent detection. Recent Liferay portal projects include public portals and intranets for health care, municipal government, university, service industry and member-based organizations. Gordon has an undergraduate engineering degree from Queen's University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Nathan Cavanaugh

Director of User Interface Engineering
Liferay, Inc.

Nathan Cavanaugh

Director of User Interface Engineering
Liferay, Inc.

Nate Cavanaugh is the Director of User Interface Engineering for Liferay, in which he helps guide not only the interface for end user products, but also the interface for different development methodologies. Nate currently heads up Liferay's latest UI project, AlloyUI. He has a passion to help users at different levels to be more productive and get work done. He loves to create, whether it be beautiful interfaces, a piece of art, or just a small essay. He tends to be hyperbolic, and loves a good debate.

Addison Chappell

Technical Director of Applications
Ogilvy & Mather

Addison Chappell

Technical Director of Applications
Ogilvy & Mather

Addison started his career developing websites for Sony Music in 1996. He worked on some of the original sites for flagship artists including Miles Davis and Branford Marsalis. After several more years in the Music Industry, Addison started his own company developing custom software and consulting for clients such as Morgan Stanley, Columbia House and AT&T's a2b music. Addison joined Ogilvy & Mather in 2006 where he oversaw the development of some the companies core application technologies including Identity Management, SSO, and Internal/Client Portals. When not exploring new technologies, Addison enjoys teaching scuba and diving wrecks off the cost of Long Island, NY.

John Choi

Director of US Operations
Liferay, Inc.

John Choi

Director of US Operations
Liferay, Inc.

John (JC) serves as Director of US Operations for Liferay, and one of his key responsibilities is overseeing and expanding the Liferay Marketplace. Prior to Liferay, JC worked as a consultant at Accenture and advised technology and healthcare companies as an investment banker.

Edwin Chung

VP of Product Management
Liferay, Inc.

Edwin Chung

VP of Product Management
Liferay, Inc.

Ed has been with Liferay since 2005 and has managed many of Liferay's strategic accounts. His work has included development of enterprise portal strategy, business process analysis, and business process re-engineering. Ed also has extensive experience around the overall design, development, and implementation of internet, intranet, and extranet solutions. Ed joins Liferay with over 12 years of consulting and product management experience. Prior to Liferay, Ed's experience included providing portal solutions to Global 1000 companies. Ed holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Steve Clement

Senior Java Developer
EffectiveUI

Steve Clement

Senior Java Developer
EffectiveUI

Steve is a Senior Java Developer with 13 years' experience in enterprise development. Before joining EffectiveUI, he worked for Samsung, Frontier Airlines, and HomeAdvisor, as well as working on products developed for European yellow pages websites and the largest real estate site in Australia.

When not geeking out on various new technologies in the Java ecosystem, he enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction. You can usually find him playing with his son, enjoying some down time with his wife, or in front of the computer mumbling something like, "Now THAT looks interesting—I need to download and learn that!"

Maytal Dahan

Research Engineer/Scientist Associate
Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Maytal Dahan

Research Engineer/Scientist Associate
Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Maytal Dahan joined the Texas Advanced Computing Center in 2002 and is a Research Engineer/Scientist Associate V. She earned her Masters in Software Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006.

She is involved in several software projects that develop middleware and web portal applications. Maytal is the project lead for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) User Portal and manages the User Information and Interfaces group within XSEDE. Previously, Maytal was Co-Principal Investigator and developer on the Open Grid Computing Environment Project and led the TeraGrid User Portal project. Before joining TACC, Maytal worked at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) in the Grid Portals Architecture Group. Maytal's current interests are user experience design, distributed appellation architectures, and software engineering practices.

Minhchau Dang

Consultant
Liferay, Inc.

Minhchau Dang

Consultant
Liferay, Inc.

After joining the company in 2007, Minhchau has worked with enterprise clients to implement backend integrations between Liferay and third-party search engines, collaboration suites, identity management systems, and customer relationship management tools. Along the way, he has also transitioned client customizations between almost all major and minor releases since Liferay 4.3.

Minhchau holds a B.S. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

Joey Dyer

IT Manager
Great Dane Trailers - Savannah

Joey Dyer

IT Manager
Great Dane Trailers - Savannah

Joey Dyer, Manager of New Business Technology and Integration at Great Dane, has been with the company for more than 10 years. During that time he has created and managed a Java-based development team which is responsible for developing and maintaining all sales-related applications at Great Dane. The Java team also supports the company's web site, its internal Extranet, as well as a wide range of engineering and manufacturing applications key to Great Dane's daily production schedule.

Alaaeldin El-Nattar

EVP of Client Services
Rivet Logic

Alaaeldin El-Nattar

EVP of Client Services
Rivet Logic

Alaaeldin has more than 14 years of enterprise IT software design and development experience, including certified expertise in open source platforms from Liferay, Alfresco, and JBoss. At Rivet Logic since 2006, Alaaeldin has led the architecture and implementation of numerous Liferay projects ranging from enterprise-wide intranets to large-scale public websites and communities. Alaaeldin is also a certified Liferay trainer, regularly conducting both public and pricate Liferay certified trainings courses throughout North America. Alaaeldin earned a B.S. in Computer Science from American University and an M.S. in Computer Science from George Mason University.

James Falkner

Community Manager
Liferay, Inc.

James Falkner

Community Manager
Liferay, Inc.

James Falkner oversees the 90,000-strong open source Liferay Community.  In this role, James provides information, education, and leadership development, while constantly encouraging participation and growth of the community.  James has over 14 years of experience in technology, and he blends his strong technical background with a passion for open source.  James has been involved with enterprise web development and the Liferay Community since 2008.
 
Prior to joining Liferay, James led development of several key technologies in Oracle's Web Center stack, including its collaboration and social networking services.  James is also an alumnus of Sun Microsystems, where he was the principal architect for Sun's portal technologies and participated in several open source projects such as OpenPortal, GlassFish, and Community Equity.  James holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida.

Bruno Farache

Mobile Tech Lead
Liferay, Inc.

Bruno Farache

Mobile Tech Lead
Liferay, Inc.

Bruno began his career at Liferay as a Core Engineer of Liferay Portal and 3 years later, he was appointed to the role of General Manager at Liferay's flagship office in Brazil. In 2012, Bruno began building Android and iOS apps for Liferay Sync. Today, he continues to spearhead this effort as he steers the direction of the native mobile apps team at Liferay. Bruno holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco.

Juan Fernández

Core Developer
Liferay Spain

Juan Fernández

Core Developer
Liferay Spain

Juan joined Liferay Spain as a core engineer in its engineering center of Madrid after being a Liferay consultant and an active member of the Liferay community. He had previous experience in Liferay development, integration, customization, implementation, and offering consultancy services to customers. His mission in Liferay is to improve the core with new functionality and offer high quality consulting services all around the world. Juan holds a master's degree in Software Engineering from the University of Seville, Spain.

Jorge Ferrer

VP of Engineering
Liferay, Inc.

Jorge Ferrer

VP of Engineering
Liferay, Inc.

Jorge is VP of Engineering and Software Architect of Liferay Portal. He brings the technology closer to our users and learns from the needs of our clients with the goal of making products that are adapted to their needs. Jorge enjoys integrating technology with users because he believes that it is not only possible, but also a responsibility to use the technology to add value to our society.
 
Jorge holds a Telecommunications Engineering Degree with a master on Computer Science by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.

Jonas Fonseca

Enterprise Developer
Savoir-faire Linux

Jonas Fonseca

Enterprise Developer
Savoir-faire Linux

Jonas Fonseca wears several hats for Savoir-faire Linux. As a Sr. Liferay Consultant, Jonas participates to many projects, contributing to the development of portal solutions and providing training and coaching sessions to Liferay clients. Jonas also serves as technical lead for the SingleSignOn practice, investing time in research and development in SSO integration and authentication mechanisms in general. Jonas started his career as an embedded system developer and is still involved in firmware and low-level development.

Jonas holds a master on Computer Science by University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Richard Gornitsky

Global Portal Practice Lead
Accenture

Richard Gornitsky

Global Portal Practice Lead
Accenture

Richard Gornitsky is Accenture's Global Portal Platform lead, Accenture Master Architect, and OpenGroup Distinguished I/T Architect experienced in designing, managing, and implementing complex customer facing web enterprise systems for Fortune 500 firms. He has managed up to 150 employees and has overseen budgets up to $8 million and projects up to $20 million. Richard is also a well recognized technical speaker and author.

Neil Griffin

Software Architect
Liferay, Inc.

Neil Griffin

Software Architect
Liferay, Inc.

Neil Griffin is a Software Architect for Liferay and is the project lead for Liferay Faces. Neil has over 20 years of experience in software engineering and represents the company on the JSR 362 (Portlet 3.0) and JSR 344 (JSF 2.2) Expert Groups. He is also a contributing author to the JSF 2.0 Complete Reference, published by McGraw-Hill.

Michael Han

VP of Operations, US & APAC
Liferay, Inc.

Michael Han

VP of Operations, US & APAC
Liferay, Inc.

Michael brings his background in capital markets and more than 12 years of technology management and architecture experience to Liferay. As Liferay's VP of Operations, US and Asia, Michael oversees Liferay's operations in Asia (both in China and Southeast Asia) as well as Liferay's support and training operations in the US. Michael also manages strategic client relationships in the high-tech and financial industries. Finally, Michael leverages his expertise in large-scale distributed systems to guide the benchmarking and performance management of Liferay's product lines. Prior to Liferay, Michael served as Chief Architect for Bank of America Global Foreign Exchange and as Managing Director for a proprietary trading firm. During his career, Mr. Han has specialized in leveraging Agile practices to deliver high-performance financial systems in distributed, multi-shore development models. Michael holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US.

Jeff Handa

Senior Training Consultant
Liferay, Inc.

Jeff Handa

Senior Training Consultant
Liferay, Inc.

Jeff Handa wears several hats for Liferay. As a Sr. Training Consultant, Jeff contributes training material and leads both public and private training courses. Jeff also serves as a Project Manager, where his expertise and leadership drive several key projects. Recently, he leveraged Liferay Meta Data to implement Liferay comments in a custom portlet for a collaboration project involving one of the nation's leading networking equipment manufacturers and largest retailers. Mr. Handa has over 10 years of technology consulting experience in various industries including the higher education market, where he implemented portals at colleges and universities for several years. Jeff holds a B.S. in Biological Engineering from Mississippi State University and a M.B.A from DePaul University.

Matthew Hanlon

Enterprise Developer
Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Matthew Hanlon

Enterprise Developer
Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Matthew Hanlon is a Research Engineer/Scientist Associate IV at the Texas Advanced Computing Center where he leads the Web and Mobile Applications group. He earned his Masters in Computer Science from the University of South Alabama in 2009. His Masters thesis, "Unfolding Ropes with Particle Swarm Optimization" was awarded the Outstanding Master's Thesis Award in Math, Physical Sciences, and Engineering for the 2010-2011 biennium. Past projects include the development of science gateways such as the TeraGrid User Portal, the Integrated Breeding Platform Portal, the XSEDE User Portal, and the TACC User Portal and Mobile application. Matthew is currently the lead on the TACC User Portal as well as actively contributing to other projects for XSEDE and the iPlant Collaborative. Matthew's current research interests include user interface design, distributed application architectures, and mobile application development.

Paul Hinz

Chief Marketing Officer
Liferay, Inc.

Paul Hinz

Chief Marketing Officer
Liferay, Inc.

Paul Hinz leads Liferay's product positioning, marketing and sales strategies. Paul comes to Liferay with over 20 years of engineering and product strategy experience in startup, government and Fortune 500 companies. He has unique experience in the fostering of open source communities which is supported by both investors as well as free and open source software advocates alike. Before joining Liferay, Paul led strategies for Java EE, the GlassFish Portfolio product lines and was Sun Microsystems' strategist for portals and collaboration while additionally coordinating with the MySQL team for open source marketing and sales. Prior to Sun, Mr. Hinz held multiple positions including Sun-Netscape, OSI, Hewlett-Packard and for the California Department of Transportation Research Laboratory. Paul holds a B.S. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from California State University, Sacramento and a Masters of Business from the University of Maryland.

Alex Kim

Web Technologies Manager
Raytheon

Alex Kim

Web Technologies Manager
Raytheon

Alex Kim is an experienced IT and Technical Manager with over 10 years' experience in Enterprise software development. He has spent over 10 years with Raytheon's Webby Award winning Web Solutions team building a talented team of Java developers to push the bleeding edge of technology and produce collaborative and interactive business solutions for Raytheon's customers. Alex helped develop innovative ways to expand Raytheon's growing technology skillset and incorporate cost effective solutions using Software Best Practices and Open Source Technology solutions. Mr. Kim's knowledge of web based enterprise technologies, credits him with websites utilizing technologies on Drupal, Alfresco CMS, Microsoft's Sharepoint, SAP Netweaver, and Liferay Portal.

Brian Kim

Chief Operating Officer & Founder
Liferay, Inc.

Brian Kim

Chief Operating Officer & Founder
Liferay, Inc.

Brian Kim, Chief Operating Officer and a founding partner, leads the company's Professional Services Organization and orchestrates the ongoing operations of a fast-growing global organization. He is also managing the strategic growth of the company's partnership network. Prior to Liferay, Brian worked alongside upper management at HubbardOne on internal company operations. He is also an alumnus of Accenture where he worked with marquée clients within the financial services sector. Brian holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.

Bala Kothandaraman

Architect
Standard and Poor's

Bala Kothandaraman

Architect
Standard and Poor's

Bala is currently working as a Director Enterprise Architecture with S&P with 16 years and over of experience in Enterprise, Application & IT Solution Architecture, including full Blue-print of Reference and Enterprise Architecture. He is involved in solution design, architecture, product development, operational management, consultation, project mentoring and technology mentoring on various concept technologies like J2EE and .Net including SOA based application frameworks.

Eduardo Lundgren

Lead Engineering Manager
Liferay Brazil

Eduardo Lundgren

Lead Engineering Manager
Liferay Brazil

Eduardo Lundgren is the Lead Engineering Manager of Liferay Brazil, and he is one of the creators of the AlloyUI project built on top of the YUI3 Library. Mainly focused on Java and JavaScript development, he has a wealth of experience in building enterprise web applications across multiple languages and platforms. Eduardo is always seeking to participate in innovative open source Web projects, and he has a long history of contributing to other projects like YUI3, jQuery, and jQuery UI where he has gained experience building UI components in JavaScript.

Jonathan Mak

User Interface Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.

Jonathan Mak

User Interface Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.

Jonathan Mak is a User Interface Software Engineering for Liferay. He has been working on supporting Liferay's UI in the engineering and support departments. He has a passion for helping users become more efficient and productive through the web. Jonathan has been working on UI since 2001 and brings a variety of experiences to Liferay.

Sameer Marella

Senior Director-Student, HR & Middleware Systems
Stanford University

Sameer Marella

Senior Director-Student, HR & Middleware Systems
Stanford University

Sameer manages centrally supported Student, HR, and middleware applications for Stanford University.

James Min

Senior Consultant and Sales Engineer
Liferay, Inc.

James Min

Senior Consultant and Sales Engineer
Liferay, Inc.

James Min has been a software engineer, senior consultant, and sales engineer at Liferay, Inc. having joined the Liferay team in 2006. His work includes strategy development, business process analysis, advanced developer training, specialized engineering projects & POCs, architecture reviews, deployment & integration strategies, and performance tuning & scaling consultation. Having worked with every major release of Liferay from v3.2 and up, he comes with a deep knowledge of the Liferay Portal product in addition to strong systems engineering skills within a portal environment. James has worked in the hi-tech industry for over 16 years, and prior to joining Liferay specialized in Forte distributed enterprise web applications at Sun Microsystems for their numerous enterprise customers, with particular emphasis in the financial risk management and entertainment industry spaces. James is currently based out of the Liferay Los Angeles HQ, and has also worked for Liferay out of New York City and the Frankfurt-Germany office. He holds a bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Darla Neargarth

Manager - Enterprise Content
Sargento Foods, Inc.

Darla Neargarth

Manager - Enterprise Content
Sargento Foods, Inc.

Darla Neargarth has garnered almost 25 years of IT experience ranging from small business applications to enterprise system implementations. Darla drives solutions for Sargento Foods Inc. in Enterprise Content Management (ECM) also encompassing digital employee communications. She has concentrated her 13-year tenure at Sargento primarily on ECM with EMC's Documentum Suite and then extended that focus over the past 6 years to include enterprise portals and web content management. More recently, she added digital signage plus cloud-based content and collaboration solutions, further expanding her content management and delivery expertise. Darla holds a BA degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin and served as an Adjunct Professor in Lakeland College's Kellett School of Continuing Education where she taught Relational Database, Systems Analysis & Design as well as Business Information Processing.Over the past 18 months, Darla led the firm's migration from BEA AquaLogic portal to Liferay Portal, which continues to grow by engaging employees in the Sargento corporate culture.

Keith O'Connell

Enterprise Architect & Delivery Manager
XTIVIA

Keith O'Connell

Enterprise Architect & Delivery Manager
XTIVIA

Keith O'Connell is an Enterprise Architect with over 14 years of experience designing, developing and optimizing enterprise portals and large-scale web-based software applications. He has successfully driven the design and development of mission-critical web applications spanning multiple vertical markets, from public-facing entertainment and e-commerce sites to internal portal and data analysis sites for large international corporations.

Jonathon Omahen

Senior Training Consultant
Liferay, Inc.

Jonathon Omahen

Senior Training Consultant
Liferay, Inc.

Jonathon Omahen joined Liferay in 2009, after leaving a small Japanese software company in Hawaii. He has an extensive background in linguistics and education, and seeks to improve and promote internationalization and localization in technology. As a consultant, he has worked on projects for Cisco, and has contributed to training materials and taught numerous Liferay training sessions. A lifelong participant in open source adoption and an ardent free software advocate, he strives to bring knowledge of Liferay to the masses.

Ryan Park

Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.

Ryan Park

Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.

Ryan Park first joined Liferay during an internship in 2007. After graduating from school, he joined Liferay as a Software Engineer. Since then, he has lead the development for Social Office until 2012 and is currently working on the Liferay Marketplace.

Rex Petersen

Engagement Manager / Architect
XTIVIA

Rex Petersen

Engagement Manager / Architect
XTIVIA

Rex wrote his first program for money on a TRS-80 Model II when he was 13 and has been an avid developer and technologist ever since. Working in various industries such as Banking, Education, Online Travel, Retail, and Telecommunications, he has developed a passion for building service architectures that are as simple and lightweight as possible.

Fabio Pezzuto

Software and Architectural Consultant
SMC TREVISO Srl

Fabio Pezzuto

Software and Architectural Consultant
SMC TREVISO Srl

Fabio Pezzutto is a Software Engineer and Architectural Consultant of SMC TREVISO Srl. With a long experience in Web Application development and integration, He supports customers teams in the architecture and development of solutions using Liferay Portal. Fabio is now working closely with Liferay team, developing official Liferay 6.2 plugins. He holds a master's degree in Computer Science from University of Udine.

Richard W. Phelps, Ph.D.

Global Director, User Experience
Unisys Global Managed Services

Richard W. Phelps, Ph.D.

Global Director, User Experience
Unisys Global Managed Services

Dr. Richard Phelps, Global Director-User Experience, has lead user experience, interface design and usability programs for Unisys cloud-based managed IT services portfolio for the past 5 years. He is responsible for the user interface strategy, architecture and design of Unisys web-based Enterprise Services Portal. The Portal supports all Unisys cloud-based service offerings including: 1) virtual service desk for end user self-service support, 2) online dashboard-based services monitoring, 3) remote infrastructure management, 4) managed security services, as well as 5) client provisioning and management of virtual computing resources. Prior to leading User Experience at Unisys, Rick server 6 years as the Vice President of Marketing for Unisys Global Outsourcing Services, a $2.7B division of Unisys.

 

After completing his Ph.D. at Tufts University in 1979, specializing in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Rick spent the first two years of his career pioneering the user interface design and usability for speaker independent speech recognition systems with the founders of Dragon Systems (developers of Naturally Speaking).

 

In 1981, Dr. Phelps transitioned into a marketing executive role bringing innovative enterprise IT services and software to market, always overseeing Product Management with an eye to user friendly software products and online IT services. Prior to Unisys, Rick was the National Marketing Director for Ernst & Young IT Consulting Services, where he was responsible for bringing to market E&Y's Navigator System Series software and methodology as well as E&Y's Business Process Re-engineering Services. Then, at EDS as a Vice President of Business Development, he led business growth initiatives for outsourcing services based on emerging automated software development technologies.

 

Rick graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Albion College in Experimental Psychology. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from Tufts University, while working on user interface design concepts for the Xerox Star computer, which served as the basis for the Apple Lisa and then Macintosh.

Harish Ramachandran

Co-founder and Global Head of Pre-Sales
CIGNEX Datamatics

Harish Ramachandran

Co-founder and Global Head of Pre-Sales
CIGNEX Datamatics

Harish Ramachandran is a Co-Founder and the Global Head of Pre-sales. He manages and guides the worldwide pre-sales team to produce high quality solution-focused proposals that meet customer requirements and drive new opportunities. Pre-sales is Harish's passion and forte – his unique combination of business and technical skills help to quickly align with client expectations and ensure that CIGNEX Datamatics delivers the appropriate solution architecture in a given situation. Harish has been instrumental in his leadership with CIGNEX Datamatics in the areas of Delivery, Pre-sales, Partnerships / Alliances, and Marketing, as well as contributing to raise Series-A funding and in mergers and acquisitions activity. Prior to co-founding CIGNEX Datamatics Harish served as technical lead and program manager at Cisco systems and Click Commerce. Harish has over 18 years of experience in solutions consulting, project delivery, and product development largely in the Financial Services industry. Harish holds a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from Bangalore University, India.

Linda Regan

Director of Student Information Systems
Stanford University

Linda Regan

Director of Student Information Systems
Stanford University

Linda graduated from UC Irvine and possesses experience with Business Systems and integration for over 25 years. Linda had 16 years of experience with financial and manufacturing systems prior to moving to Stanford 10 years ago. She also has Higher Education experience and has worked in student information and financial services.

Zeno Rocha

Front-End Engineer
Liferay, Inc.

Zeno Rocha

Front-End Engineer
Liferay, Inc.

Zeno Rocha used to work as a software developer at Petrobras (the largest company in Latin America) and Globoesporte.com (the most accessed sports website in Brazil). Now he's a Front-End Engineer at Liferay focused on the AlloyUI project. Besides that, he's a writer at Smashing Magazine, host at Zone Of Front-Enders podcast, and co-founder of BrazilJS Foundation. With only 22 years-old he's one of the top 20 most active users on GitHub and a reference in Brazil when the subject is front-end development.

Peter Rowley

Director of Applications and Integration, University Information Technology
York University

Peter Rowley

Director of Applications and Integration, University Information Technology
York University

Peter Rowley has been building teams that build applications for almost 30 years, starting with a pioneering research system to support learning through collaboration in the early 90's. After working in several Internet companies between 1996 and 2005 which included building one of the first consumer mobile web portals, Peter returned to the university sector, becoming the Director of Applications and Integration at York University in Toronto. He is responsible for teams that develop and manage a wide range of applications, from the central web site to identity management to payroll and technologies that support teaching. He has degrees in Computer Science from the Universities of Waterloo and Toronto.

Barrie Selack

Senior Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.

Barrie Selack

Senior Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.

Barrie joined Liferay in 2010 after working with Liferay for two years at an enterprise client. Since coming to Liferay, he has worked on new and upgrade Liferay installations with clients, as well as assisting with training materials development and on-site training. He has completed several architecture, design, and code reviews for clients and partners. Barrie's background includes working at various Fortune 500 companies, as well as several startup companies. His expertise and experience include WebSphere, JBoss, Tomcat, DB2, Oracle, and MySQL.

Ketan Shah

Director of Global Technology - Enterprise Collaboration Group
InterContinental Hotel Group

Ketan Shah

Director of Global Technology - Enterprise Collaboration Group
InterContinental Hotel Group

Ketan is the Director of Global Technology – Enterprise Collaboration Group at IHG, a global company with 9 hotel brands. Ketan has over 10 + years of IT experience and has held various leadership positions in technical and managerial roles such as Senior Program Director, Enterprise Architect and Software Consultant with Fortune 500 companies – IHG, GE, ADP, and Walmart.

 

In the current role, Ketan provides strategic leadership and direction to the overall enterprise collaboration for IHG, which includes deployment of the Liferay Portal platform at IHG for various internal and external users such as global intranet, sales collaboration, marketing and brand standards.

 

During his career, Ketan has successfully architected and delivered Portal, eCommerce, ERP and CRM based solutions.

Brett Swaim

Senior Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.

Brett Swaim

Senior Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.

Since joining the company in 2004, Brett has been the Lead Consultant on a variety of projects including the World Food Programme, Cisco Systems, and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Brett specializes in end-to-end development, commonly leading the entire product lifecycle from the initial architecture and design, to the final release and subsequent support. His current experiences with Liferay integration involve working with Tomcat, Websphere, Oracle, MySQL, DB2, SAP, Stellent Integration, Siebel, and many others.Brett holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the California State University, Fullerton.

Omar Toor

Sr. Director
Digital Management, Inc.

Omar Toor

Sr. Director
Digital Management, Inc.

Omar is the Sr. Director at DMI providing horizontal program oversight and management support over a portfolio of Healthcare IT projects. As a recognized IT professional, Mr. Toor has over 10 years of experience supporting enterprise federal IT projects at the Department of Labor, Department of Treasury, Department of Defense, Department of State, and Department of Health and Human Services. Coming from a software development background, he has lead cross functional teams to deliver innovations to improve the user experience, improve service delivery with a focus on cost reduction, implement management controls to provide transparency into program performance, and deliver continuous service improvement.

David Truong

Product Manager
Liferay, Inc.

David Truong

Product Manager
Liferay, Inc.

David has been a consultant for Liferay since 2005. He has developed, integrated, and customized every major version of Liferay. David now brings his extensive background and creativity to the Liferay Product Team managing platform and tooling. He holds a degree in Computer Science from DePaul University.

Kelly Wright

Director of Payroll
Stanford University

Kelly Wright

Director of Payroll
Stanford University

Kelly is the Director of Payroll for Stanford University. Kelly is also a graduate of Stanford University and holds a BA in Economics and Communication.