Speaker Lineup

Our speakers are leaders and models of success. They are recognized, respected professional leaders and innovators within the business community, their industry, or in their area of expertise who are willing to impart their knowledge, insights, and personal stories to inspire and educate our audiences.



Tessa Mero

Cisco DevNet

Tessa Mero is a Developer Evangelist for Cisco DevNet. She enjoys running events involving the PHP and API community.  In the past, she has contributed to a leadership team for the Joomla! Projector 5 years, including the board of directors, leading the production team, as well as evangelizing Joomla as a public speaker. She also is an avid career mentor and has helped countless developers become successful. On her free time, she likes to play video games, learn new tech, go camping, and eat Korean food.

Margaret Staples


Delighted Developer Evangelist @ Twilio. Proud keeper of best pupper ever, Lilith. Personally responsible sentient creature. Cybae. Consistent producer of code, philosophy, and attitude. Happy to help with all things Twilio. Let’s make neat stuff.

Mike Stowe

Author of Undisturbed REST, Michael Stowe has spoken at conferences around the world. An active advocate for creating better architectures and interfaces, his work has also been featured on ProgrammableWeb, DZone, and InfoQ. You can view his past talks and slides at http://www.mikestowe.com/slides and follow him on Twitter @mikegstowe.

Joyce Lin


Joyce is a Developer Evangelist with Postman. Postman is used by 5 million developers and more than 100,000 companies to access 130 million APIs every month.

Skip Hovsmith

Skip Hovsmith is a Principal Engineer and VP Americas for CriticalBlue, working on securing API usage between mobile apps and backend services. Previously, Skip consulted with CriticalBlue customers on accelerating mobile and embedded software running on multicore and custom coprocessor platforms in video, networking, and security modules. Prior to CriticalBlue, Skip worked in formal verification, FPGA design, reconfigurable hw/sw systems, and VLSI and mixed-signal chip design. He enjoys working directly with customers and is a writer at Hacker Noon, focused on API security topics such as “They reverse engineered 16k apps; here’s what we’d fix”, and “Mobile API Security”.


Amanda Whaley

Cisco DevNet

Mandy Whaley is Director of Developer Experience & Developer Advocacy for Cisco DevNet. She spends most of her time thinking about how developers outside and inside of Cisco use Cisco APIs, and about how to make their job easier. She leads a team of developer advocates who work with Cisco partners and developers in many technology areas including IoT, Collaboration, and Network Automation.

Mandy is interested in all things that help developers build cool stuff - tools, APIs, docs, frameworks. She is also a mom of two boys, a novice drummer, and you can often find her on the mountain biking trails in her hometown of Austin, TX.

Adrita Bhor


Adrita comes from a background of working extensively in the platform world in large companies. She leads a team of product managers who own, operate and grow all of Paypal’s Core checkout and payment APIs that process transactions in the range of $300B annually. She is also responsible for PayPal’s external API strategy to enable various PayPal payment products with a merchant first mindset and driving API conversion.

Matthew Reinbold

Capital One Platform Services Center of Excellence

Matthew Reinbold is the Director of the Capital One Platform Services Center of Excellence. As such, he and his team influence API and event streaming developer experience (DX) through training, governance, and metrics reporting. Matthew has worked at multiple Fortune 500 companies, building bridges across software product, architecture, and development. Outside of work, Matthew writes the weekly REST API Notes email newsletter, along with maintaining the webapi.events website.


Alyss has been working in tech since 2012, with diverse experience in Sales Engineering, Developer Advocacy, and Product Marketing with companies such as Atlassian and BigCommerce. She’s a connoisseur of cider and excels at thinking of witty retorts two days later.

Jamie Wright

Jamie Wright is a maker of internet things with a love/hate relationship for Redbull™, standing desks, and paintball guns. He has a love only relationship with teaching, learning, and building bots. Jamie runs Tatsu, a software bot that helps teams save time by performing standup meetings over Slack.

Phil Sturgeon

Phil Sturgeon has been building APIs professionally since 2010. He’s worked as a freelancer, consultant, Head of API, and CTO for several API-centric technology startups. He published Build APIs You Don’t Hate, and the Slack channel that grew from it has become home to the largest API chat group on the internet. Phil is currently working as an API consultant at WeWork.

Rouven Weßling


Rouven is a Developer Evangelist at Contentful. He is passionate about APIs, automation, and finding ways to use those two interests to build absurd things. When he’s not programming, you’re most likely to find him eating cake or running on the streets of Berlin (so he can eat more cake).

Joel Lord


Joel Lord is passionate about IoT, AI, Javascript and the web in general. In his spare time, Joel shares his findings via his blog Javascript Everything (http://www.javascripteverything.com). He is currently a Technical Evangelist at Auth0, is a part-time teacher at the Algonquin College in programming and is involved in various developer communities of the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

Vincenzo Chianese

Vincenzo Chianese is an Italian Software developer focused on User Interfaces and Web APIs. Formerly working for Apiary (acquired by Oracle), he’s now one of the authors of Express Gateway — the first API Gateway written in Javascript.


Paige Bailey

Paige Bailey is a senior Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft specializing in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Microsoft, Paige was a data scientist and machine learning engineer in the energy industry (drilling and completions optimization, subsurface characterization).

Paige has over a decade of experience doing data analysis with Python, and 5 years of experience with R and distributed data processing using Apache Spark. She is on the core committee for JupyterCon and SciPy; is a Python instructor for EdX; and is currently writing an introductory children’s book on machine learning, as well as a technical cookbook for machine learning at scale.


Kin Lane

Kin Lane has studied the technology, business, and politics of APIs for the last eight years, understanding how startups, all the way up to the enterprise and the federal government are using APIs to change the way they do business in a digital world.

Beth Haubert


I’m a software engineer at Flywheel, a web infrastructure startup in Omaha, Nebraska. I’m also a former airborne cryptologic linguist for the US Air Force, fluent in Mandarin. Things you can ask me about include Ruby, cats, board games, karaoke, and building applications that convert songs into auto-tuned cat meows. Things I’ll have to kill you if you ask me about: the airborne linguist part. Also, I like to make emojis look like they’re farting. 🐈💨

Tanya Vlahovic


Tanya Vlahovic is a senior software architect at eBay Inc. She is leading the public API Governance team and the overall public API decomposition and namespace definition. Tanya is an active contributor to eBay’s technology standards and patterns for both internal and external web services. She is a lead architect for eBay Buy APIs. Through public speaking, she contributes to increasing the visibility of the eBay API program. Tanya works in the eBay San Jose office.

Darrel Miller

Darrel is a Program Manager at Microsoft responsible for developer tooling for the Microsoft Graph. He has been building distributed business applications on the Microsoft platform for more than 20 years. He is an active member of the .NET community and OSS contributor. He is a member of the OAI TSC, working on the next version of the OpenAPI specification and recently joined the Microsoft OneAPI Council, who are responsible for providing API design guidelines within Microsoft and to the Microsoft ecosystem. He co-authored the O'Reilly book, Designing Evolvable Web APIs with ASP.NET.

Anjuan Simmons

Anjuan Simmons is a technologist with a successful track record of delivering technology solutions from the user interface to the database. He is an energetic and informative speaker who presents at conferences, seminars, schools, and community centers around the world on topics including Agile software development, diversity, and leadership. Anjuan has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas A&M University.