Speakers – DevFestDC 2012 – DevFestDC 2016

Speakers – DevFestDC 2012

Friday Sep 28, 2012. Sheraton Reston VA

This inagural year’s keynote is by Don Dodge, in addition to over 12 technical talks and panel discussions. The ending session’s host is Evan Burfield, Chairman of Startup DC. The following are some of the speakers scheduled to present.

Don Dodge

Don Dodge is a Developer Advocate at Google helping developers build new applications on Google platforms and technologies. Prior to joining Google Don was a startup evangelist at Microsoft. Don is also a veteran of five start-ups including Forte Software, AltaVista, Napster, Bowstreet, and Groove Networks.

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Evan Burfield is passionately committed to turning the D.C. region into the center of entrepreneurial efforts to reinvent America. A serial entrepreneur, Evan is the chairman of Startup DC, the chairman and Founder of Synteractive, a mentor and limited partner with The Fort, and co-chair of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Innovation Network. He also sits on the boards of advisors for startups including Lemur, Ivy’s, Hallway, and Study Hall.

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Nitin Pradhan CEO and President, Launch Dream LLC.  Mr. Nitin Pradhan is the CEO and President of Launch Dream LLC., and the founder of Public Private Innovations , the nation’s first Federal Technology Accelerator Program and Partner Consortium.   Nitin is  also an award winning, nationally recognized ex-departmental  Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the US Department of Transportation (DOT) where he provided information technology vision, strategy, planning, policy and oversight for DOT’s more than $3.0 billion IT portfolio, the 6th largest in the federal government.  Nitin has also been the Managing Director of  Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) and the co-founder and CEO of a wireless startup. Nitin has a BS in engineering and a MBA in marketing from India, as well as a MS in accounting from The American University, in Washington DC.

LinkedIn         @NitinPradhanCIO


Nancy Lamberton –  VP, Leadership and Mentoring Solutions; President, Women in Technology. VP of The Nebo Company, is an executive coach and leadership development trainer, who is passionate about helping leaders see new possibilities and grow their leadership capacity through a dynamic combination of workshops, coaching and mentoring. With 20 years of experience as an executive in technology, Nancy understands the challenges facing today’s business and government leaders. She has led the government divisions of two Fortune 500 companies and is a seasoned entrepreneur as founder of an e-commerce start-up. She is also President of Women In Technology, a volunteer organization that focuses on the advancement of women in leadership roles in the technology industry.



Zvi Band, CEO of Contactually – From Hacker to Founder. A hacker/ Zvi Band is the Founder and CEO of Contactually, a professional relationship manager . Contactually was founded in 2011, and is backed by 500 Startups and angel investors. Prior to that, Zvi ran a boutique software development shop, and was CTO of an enterprise software startup that was acquired in 2009. Beyond serving as CEO of Contactually, Zvi assists entrepreneurs and fosters the startup community in DC via ProudlyMadeInDC and the DC Tech Meetup, both of which he is a co-founder of. Zvi assists entrepreneurs and fosters the startup community in DC via ProudlyMadeInDC and the DC Tech Meetup, both of which he is a co-founder of.

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Colleen Oresky  Sr VP/Operations Manager at SAIC, Ms. Oresky graduated with a Bachelor in Engineering from University of Michigan and a Masters in Engineering Management from George Washington University.  Early in her career, she worked directly with customers as a software developer, researcher, systems engineer and program manager.  She designed, developed and deployed analytical and decision support systems both domestically and overseas, as well as researched topics in artificial intelligence, data fusion, visualization and link analysis.  As her career has progressed, she transitioned to general management positions where the focus shifted from developing solutions to leading organizations, building high performing and creative teams, inspiring and mentoring employees, and servicing diverse customers.  Ms. Oresky participates in local Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives, and is on the Board of Directors for Women in Aerospace and Women in Technology. .



Keys Botzum, MapR, Keys Botzum is a Senior Principal Technologist with MapR Technologies. He has over 15 years of experience in large scale distributed system design. Mr. Botzum has worked with a variety of distributed technologies, including Sun RPC, DCE, CORBA, Java EE, AFS, and DFS. Recently, he has been focusing on Hadoop and related technologies. Previously he was a Senior Technical Staff Member with IBM and a respected author of many articles on WebSphere Application Server as well as a book. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics/Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Dr. Michelle Lee, Sr. Director Software Engineering at GeoEye. Dr. Michelle Lee has over twenty years of technical management experience for burgeoning Wireless, Internet, Bioinformatics and Geospatial sectors. As the Sr. Director of Product Development for GeoEye, she leads a group of proactive and talented engineers, analysts to build the company’s multi-cloud solution to next generation image production line and SAAS platform. Before GeoEye, Dr. Lee held technical leadership positions in SAIC, Network Solutions, and LCC Communication. Michelle holds Ph.D. in Information technology, M.S in Computer Science and graduated in 2005 as Valedictorian of Georgetown McDonough School of Business’ Executive MBA program.



Michael Ludden is the Marketing Manager of Samsung Developers, based in the heart of Silicon Valley. In addition to being on panels and judging contests, Michael has spoken at various conferences including Mobile World Conference, IFA, DroidCon and more. In a previous life, Michael was a Developer Evangelist at HTC, and was involved at various times in development, product marketing, and even tech show hosting. Michael has a degree from UCLA and is thrilled to share his vision for Samsung Developers.


Joonas Lehtinen, CEO, PhD Dr. Vaadin Ltd. Joonas Lehtinen is of the founder of Vaadin project, a Java-based framework for building business-oriented Rich Internet Applications. Joonas has been developing applications for the web since 1995 with a strong focus on Ajax and Java. He is the founder and CEO of the company behind the Vaadin framework and is a frequent speaker at international conferences…



Eric Hysen – Google Eric is the Politics & Elections Program Manager at Google, where he works to improve access to civic information and build political features into Google’s products.  He manages products includinggoogle.com/elections, the Google Civic Information API, and Google’s election results maps.  Eric’s team also works to bring these concepts and tools to international elections, most recently leading successful programs in Mexico, Egypt, France and Senegal.  Prior to Google, Eric built online youth engagement platforms at the Harvard Institute of Politics.  Eric holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard College

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Karolyn Dector – Director, Partnership Integrations at Evernote. Karolyn  works with Evernote, a company who’s mission is to help the world remember everything, communicate effectively and get things done. In her work with the Platform Team, Karolyn focuses on the success of Evernote’s large development partners and the expansion of the Platform. Previously, Karolyn was the Vice President of Account Management at Parature, a leader in online Customer Support, responsible for the renewal and expansion of Parature’s subscription customer base. During her tenure Karolyn also built the Professional Services and Product Management teams, overseeing all provisioning, customization enhancements and executing client specifications for Parature customers. Prior to Parature, Karolyn designed and developed a biological and chemical medical surveillance application at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She also served as a software engineer at MicroStrategy. Karolyn holds a B.A. in Computer Science and a Minor in Computer Engineering from Dartmouth College and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.



Namita Dhallan, EVP for Product Strategy and Engineering, Deltek. As Deltek’s Executive Vice President of Product Strategy and Engineering Namita Dhallan is responsible for managing market and product strategy for Deltek’s global software and hardware product lines. She has over 21 years of experience in the software industry, delivering commercial products and custom solutions. Before Deltek, Ms. Dhallan was Chief Product Officer and Group Vice President, Product Management at JDA Software, where she was responsible for corporate product strategy and direction.



Daniel Hermes, Developer Programs Engineer, Google

Danny is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google working on the App Engine team. He is kind of a nut; a sports nut, a Python nut and a problem solving nut. Prior to Google, he worked at a healthcare startup in Silicon Valley and before that graduated from the University of Michigan with BS degrees in Mathematics and Economics (seriously, not BS-ing you). Born and bred a midwestern boy, Danny can’t get enough California sunshine (or HTML5, Number Theory, JavaScript, Linear Algebra,…)


Peng Ying, Developer Programs Engineer, Google

Peng is a Developer Programs Engineer for Google Commerce. He’s helped thousands of developers integrate the Commerce APIs since 2007. Having written docs, sample code and client libraries for multiple commerce APIs he’s an expert in enabling monetization for your app.


Arun Nagarajan, Developer Advocate, Google

Arun Nagarajan is a Developer Advocate on the Google Apps Script team. Prior to joining Google, Arun led software teams and was the Chief Product Architect with a Boston area enterprise mobility company for over 9 years. Arun is a developer at heart and loves meeting and improving lives of other like minded developers!


Steven Kousen is a VP and technology executive within Unisys Federal Systems, where he leads the Portfolio Solutions development, pursuit and delivery for Cloud E-mail and Collaboration Services, with latest successful implementations of Google Apps for Government at the General Services Administration (GSA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Labs (DOE-INL).   Before joining Unisys in 2003, Steve spent four years with KPMG Consulting,  and two years with General Electric Medical, leading the Global Systems, Operations and Architecture organization. Prior to that, Steve spent 2 years with Booz Allen Hamilton, leading corporate strategy and execution for global messaging and Internet services,  and with Electronic Data Systems for nine years, leading applications development and systems management services.  Steve holds an M.B.A. degree in management information systems and decision sciences from Loyola University Maryland and a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.


Shashi Bellamkonda is the Social Media Swami (otherwise known as Sr. Director, Social Media) of Web.com and Adjunct Marketing Professor at Georgetown University.

Shashi Bellamkonda recently was honored by the Washington Business Journal’s 2012 Washington Minority Business Leader award and the 2012 Small Business Influencer Champions list. He was previously featured in Washingtonian’s Top 100 Tech Titans list in the Community and Thought leadership category of the Washington Tech Titans list : http://bit.ly/ttshashi and the Washington Business Journal called him the Social Listener http://bit.ly/wbjshashi. Other media mentions include Washington Post, WUSA9, NY1 TV, Webmaster Radio, BlogTalk Radio, Tech BisNow, Capitol Communicator, and many other digital and media publications. He has co-authored chapters in two books also been mentioned in over 10 books on marketing and social media.

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Chris Schroeder, CEO and Co-founder, App47, Inc

Chris Schroeder is a seasoned entrepreneur who has worked at UUNet providing the management systems for the World Wide Network Operations Center. After leaving UUNet, he successfully built and ran several startups with the most recent, RealOps, being sold to BMC Software in 2007 at 20x revenue. RealOps was a Run Book Automation product in Enterprise Management space. Chris was directly responsible for all Engineering, Q&A and customer support. With App47, he is applying over 25 years of product development experience in Enterprise Management to the fast moving domain of Enterprise Mobile App Management


Barg Upender, Founder, Mobomo

Barg is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of commercial software product development experience.  Barg enjoys building creative products, productive  teams, and profitable companies.  Currently, Barg is the CTO/Co-founder of HitchRides and Chairman/Founder at Mobomo.  Previously, Barg co-founded other successful startups including, Intridea, NeoDiagnostix, and Concentric Methods.  He was named top 100 Tech Titans by Washingtonian Magazine.  Barg is an alumnus of the MindShare CEO Network and enjoys mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs.  He received Masters in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.


Shashi Bellamkonda is the Social Media Swami (otherwise known as Sr. Director, Social Media) of Web.com and Adjunct Marketing Professor at Georgetown University.

Shashi Bellamkonda recently was honored by the Washington Business Journal’s 2012 Washington Minority Business Leader award and the 2012 Small Business Influencer Champions list. He was previously featured in Washingtonian’s Top 100 Tech Titans list in the Community and Thought leadership category of the Washington Tech Titans list : http://bit.ly/ttshashi and the Washington Business Journal called him the Social Listener http://bit.ly/wbjshashi. Other media mentions include Washington Post, WUSA9, NY1 TV, Webmaster Radio, BlogTalk Radio, Tech BisNow, Capitol Communicator, and many other digital and media publications. He has co-authored chapters in two books also been mentioned in over 10 books on marketing and social media.

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Munish Gandhi, Founder and CEO, Hy.ly

Munish is the founder of Hy.ly, a conversion company with a platform + services solution to help businesses, non-profits, and agencies acquire fans, leads and advocates. Munish has a passion for looking at data, connecting it with strategic opportunities in the market and realizing the opportunity to deliver a ROI. Munish is a co-founder of Clickable – an online advertising company funded by top-tier VCs like Union Square Ventures, Founders Fund and First Mark Capital.  Clickable was acquired by Synapse in July, 2012. Prior to Clickable, he has been the Principal Engineer and Architect at Network Solutions; CTO of LifeMinders; CTO of SmartRay (by LifeMinders for $36 million); and, the Principal Architect and Director of Data Warehousing at CNET Networks.  He holds three U.S. patents and has a Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science.


Jonathan Altman, Founder, Mobile Startup

Jonathan has over a decade’s experiencing in architecting scalable high-volume Software as a Service (SaaS) products.  He was one of the original engineers at Outtask where he led much of the architectural design, a role he continued after Outtask’s acquisition by Concur.  In that role, he architected an online travel booking site from its inception through to its establishment as a high-volume, market leading product.  During this time, he built much of its revolutionary feature set and scalability.  Currently, he is busy as the founder of a new mobile startup.  Jonathan holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College..


D.P. Venkatesh, CEO, mPortal Inc

D.P. Venkatesh has more than eighteen years experience in the telecommunications industry across Wireless, Internet, and Media sectors. As CEO of mPortal, Mr. Venkatesh oversees all aspects of strategy, sales, and marketing for mPortal. Over the past eleven years, he has led the company through its various growth stages.
Prior to founding mPortal, Mr. Venkatesh was with McKinsey & Company in their Hong Kong Office as part of their global Telecommunications Practice and worked with several leading global communication providers as a strategic consultant to their Boards and Management teams. His work included development of the strategy for an Asian conglomerate to expand its telecom business into China; market rollout plans of a telecom operator in India; global strategy for a large Pan-Asian carrier; and strategy for hardware manufacturer to add a new growth business in software. Mr. Venkatesh led the Asia Pacific Communications Industry practice for Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE:CSC) and started CSC’s office in Asia in Hong Kong. Within 2 years, CSC’s Asia base grew rapidly to include 5 countries (Hong Kong, India, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia). Mr. Venkatesh holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA both from the University of Cincinnati, as well as a BS in Chemical Engineering from Anna University.


Andrew Nachison, Co-Founder, We Media & weSpace,  Andrew is a co-founder and partner at We Media (www.wemedia.com), a global agency, studio and idea incubator for the digital age. He’s also co-founder of weSpace (www.wespace.biz), a co-working community and entrepreneurial hub that’s home to seven tech, media and “digital creative” companies in Reston, Virginia. He’s a writer, journalist, explorer, catalyst, creator and adviser to businesses, startups, social ventures and institutions worldwide.



Collin Gutman – Partner, Acceleprise. Collin was the first non-technical hire at EmployInsight. Now Chief Strategy Officer, Collin has spearheaded EmployInsight’s enterprise sales effort. Previously, Collin worked at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a leading venture fund, in the Chevy Chase office. Collin also worked for Challenge Games, which was acquired by Zynga.



Fletcher Jones – Sr. Director, AOL Fishbowl Labs. Fletcher Jones manages strategic partnerships for AOL and is the Co-Founder and Director of Fishbowl Labs, a community of startups working on the AOL campus in Dulles, VA.  A long time employee of AOL, Fletcher started his career at Netscape Communications as a product manager focused on server solutions for the enterprise.  When Netscape was acquired by AOL in 1999, he made the jump to consumer applications and was responsible for a number of products in online commerce and communications.  After 6 years of product management, he proactively transitioned into marketing and ran Renewal and Payment Marketing for AOL’s subscription business before returning to products in 2007.  Fletcher is a two-time graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in engineering and business.  He works in Dulles, VA and lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife and 3 children.  When he’s not working he enjoys running, coaching youth sports, sailing and fly fishing



Simon Rakoff, Ph.D. General Partner at Fortify.vc. Simon Rakoff is the founder and CEO of FocusLab. FocusLab works closely with elite athletes, performing artists, and senior executives to help them achieve peak performance through increased focus, attention, awareness and relaxation. Simon has founded and built both software and professional services companies. In 1998 he founded a software company who did pioneering work in real time Internet usability and dynamic experience software applications. Simon built out the senior management team, raised more than $10 million in venture capital and negotiated a $30 million dollar acquisition offer. Simon is a former firefighter, paramedic, and technical rescue specialist. Simon holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Administration of Justice, a Masters degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) at George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.



Hod Greeley  Senior Manager, Samsung Mobile. Head of North American Technology Evangelism. Hod has been programming professionally for over 18 years. He has worked in a variety of software fields, including computational physics and chemistry, computer and network security, investment management, and mobile devices. Previously a staff engineer with Samsung Mobile R&D, he is now Director of Samsung Developers in the US. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Columbia University.