Our Team

Jamie Allen

Jamie has worked in consulting since 1994, with top firms including Price Waterhouse and Chariot Solutions. He has a long track record of working closely with clients to build high-quality, mission-critical systems that scale to meet the needs of their businesses, and has worked in myriad industries including automotive, retail, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and more. Jamie has been coding in Scala and actor-based systems since 2009, and is the author of "Effective Akka" book from O'Reilly.

Jesse Anderson

| Java | Python | Linux | Spark | Hadoop | Big Data |

Jesse Anderson is a Creative Engineer, in Reno, with many years of experience in creating products and helping companies improve their software engineering. Over the years, he has amassed an impressive collection of personal and professional projects, like the Million Monkeys project which went viral and gained international notoriety, and interviews that have been published in such places as the Wall Street Journal and Fox News.
He is passional about education, providing developers with the resources to learn new technologies and improve their skillsets, and community based learning. As such, he serves as organizer to the Northern Nevada Software Developers Group. Keep up with Jesse, his speaking engagements, and his blog on his website.

Doug Bateman

| Java | C++ | JavaEE | Spring | Hibernate | Eclipse IDE | Maven | Design Patterns | C# | MySQL | Agile | Android | HTML5 | TestNG | Big Data | AngularJS |

Doug Bateman is the Director of Training at NewCircle, where he oversees the quality and direction of NewCircle’s training offerings.
Doug has delivered over 800 corporate trainings on technologies including Java, Spring, Hibernate, Python, and Android and draws from over 15 years of experience as a professional software architect.
Previously Doug was the director of professional services for The Middleware Company, responsible for training, consulting, and new course development. Some of his notable projects and customers include Cisco, Hotwire.com, HSBC Bank, NASA, and the Florida State water management system.
In his spare time, Doug enjoys sailing and snowboarding.

Adam Breindel

| Java | XML | JBoss | Apache | Tomcat | UML | C++ | C | JavaEE | Linux | Ruby | Ajax | Adobe Flash | JavaScript | Hibernate | Web Services | Eclipse IDE | JBuilder | Servlets and JSPs | J2ME | NetBeans | Ant | CSS | HTML | Rails | OOP | Design Patterns | C# | Windows | MySQL | PostgreSQL | IIS | .Net | SOA | Adobe Flex | SQL | AWT | Swing | Agile |

Adam Breindel brings over 10 years of successes working with cutting-edge technology for small startups as well as major players in the travel, media/entertainment, financial, productivity, and consulting industries.

In addition to web sites, GUI applications, and mobile device software, Adam has also built high-volume middleware for one of the world's largest banks, and produced a new, modern integration to a 1960s-vintage mainframe app for one of the world's largest airlines.

Adam focuses on designing and coding systems in a way that yields predictable results, leverages best practices and high-productivity tools, minimizes excess code, and is fun to do. He has also spoken at tech conferences, written articles and skill assessments, and produced an open source tool for software development. Adam has enjoyed teaching large and small groups, covering topics from nuts-and-bolts Java programming to merging ideal process with real-world constraints in an organization.

Brian Clapper

| Java | Python | Ruby | Rails | Scala | Big Data | AngularJS |

Brian is an independent consultant with 30 years' experience as a software developer and worked for a stock exchange, the U.S. Navy, a large software company, and several startups and small companies, before striking out on his own. Brian is fluent in many languages, including Scala, Java, Python, Ruby and C#, and C. In addition, he is highly familiar with current web application technologies, including frameworks like Play!, Ruby on Rails, Django, and front-end technologies like Knockout.js and Angular.js.
Brian founded the Philly Area Scala Enthusiasts in 2010 and, since 2011, has been a co-organizer of the Northeast Scala Symposium; he was also co-organizer of Scalathon, in 2011 and 2012. He maintains a substantial GitHub repository of open source projects and is fond of saying that even after many years as a software developer, "programming is still one of my favorite activities."

James Cropcho

James Cropcho has been building software applications, and companies around those applications, for over a decade. He has held founder, co-founder and first-hire roles at startups in a variety of industries.

James was a university lecturer for two and a half years, teaching undergraduates to implement basic statistical models and algorithms through programming. Additionally, he has led workshops and classes, as well as developed a curriculum, for General Assembly, a school focusing on technology and startups.

He is the creator of the MongoDB schema analyzer Variety, which was featured on the official MongoDB blog in 2012, and a member of the two-person team which uncovered the first wide-scale breach of the secret ballot in American history, in 2007.

Neven Cvetkovic

Neven Cvetkovic has been in the software consulting business for 11 years now, helping some of the most advanced software team's across North America and Europe to meet their deliverables. In addition to consulting gigs, Neven has been involved with teaching and coaching various software teams to get better at what they do professionally.

Neven's area of expertise involves Enterprise Software Development (Java, Java EE) and IT Management. Neven has delivered multiple training classes ranging from software development with Java, Spring and Java EE to System Administration with Apache Web Server, Tomcat, and JBoss.

Neven has worked with a majority of clients in the public sector as well as financial sector. Some of the clients include: Federal Government - Navy, Air Force, NASA, IRS; local state government agencies in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Michigan, California, and Arizona; Federal Reserve Bank, Bank of America, HSBC, Wells Fargo, Nationwide, and Blue Cross Blue Shield just to name a few.

Renée De Voursney

| Ruby | Rails |

Renée draws upon experience from a variety of projects, from high energy physics simulation to financial forecasting models, to provide key expertise for her clients in the areas of business intelligence and software development. As a business consultant, she utilized her background in computer science and economics to create innovative solutions for leading organizations in the telecommunications, aerospace, and high tech industries. As an expert in agile development and a technical leader in the Ruby on Rails software community, she co-founded Seattle RailsBridge and frequently presents at both domestic and international Ruby conferences.

Sameer Farooqui

| Hadoop | Cassandra | NoSQL | Big Data |

Sameer is a Client Services Engineer at Databricks where he focuses on enabling Spark deployments via tech support, consulting and training. Prior to joining Databricks, Sameer was a freelance big data trainer and consutant. He has taught over 120 classes globally on big data topics such as Hadoop, HDFS, MapReduce, Hive, Pig HBase Cassandra, Couchbase, NoSQL architectures, OpenStack and Modern Application Development. He is also a regular speaker at various big data conferences such as Strata + Hadoop World, Cassandra Summit and Big Data Tech Con.

Before freelancing, Sameer was a Systems Architect at Hortonworks, an Emerging Data Platforms Consultant at Accenture R&D and an Enterprise Solutions Specialist at Symantec (VERITAS division).

Max Firtman

Maximiliano Firtman is one of the leading experts in mobile and web 2.0 development in the Americas today. From development and private consulting work, to writing books and speaking at conferences, to training some of the most advanced software teams around the globe. Max has been a Nokia Developer Champion since 2006 and Adobe Community Champion since 2011. He is the author of the books Programming the Mobile Web and jQuery Mobile: Up & Running, both published by O'Reilly Media. He has also written books in Spanish distributed in Latin America and Spain, such as AJAX, Web 2.0 Para Profesionales. You can follow him on twitter at @firt.

Today Max focuses on HTML5, CSS3, mobile web, multiplatform hybrid development and WPO (Web Performance Optimization). His Mobile Web Programming Blog discusses mobile web development with quite good success finding new things on devices (such as the accelerometer API in iOS) and creating the most complete mobile emulator guide up to now. He has also launched the free service Mobile Tiny URL for easy URL typing on mobile devices. In September 2011 Max has also created a new project Mobile HTML5, a compatibility table of every mobile platform and its HTML5 support.
Max is the founder of two user groups: ARFUG -official Adobe User Group- and Mobile Argentina; and has organized lot of events in the last years, including MobileCamp and Adobe en Vivo Argentina. Max has presented at many conferences across the US, Europe and South America like Velocity, OSCON, Breaking Development, Nokia Talk, GOTO Conference, Campus Party, Adobe Lite Days, Adobe en Vivo, MobileCamp, and BarCamp.

Gordon Force

| Java | JBoss | Apache | Tomcat | JavaEE | Spring | Hibernate | Web Services | Eclipse IDE | Servlets and JSPs | Ant | Maven | Design Patterns | Scrum Project Management | Agile |

Gordon Force leads NewCircle as CEO, and brings 25 years of experience as a developer, architect, director and instructor.

Gordon has taught over 50 training courses on technologies like Java, JBoss, JavaEE, Apache, and Spring and Hibernate.

Previously, Gordon led development and application support for ConnectPay and Encompass products at target=“_blank"First Data Corporation. He is also a Certified Scrum Master, and holds a B.A. in Business Administration with Area of Concentration in Quantitative Economics.

Alex Gaber

| JavaScript | CSS | iOS | Android | HTML5 | jQuery | PhoneGap | APIs |

Alex has been a web developer and software engineer for over 18 years. In recent years, his main focus has been on web and mobile app technologies, though, he started out by building SQL/ASP driven web applications in the late 90’s. He has a broad skill set across full stack development and has a passion for User Experience./p

Over the years, Alex has been a frequent speaker at leading technical conferences, including: O'Reilly Android Open, QCon, AppNation, HTML5DevConf, SIIA, and numerous hackathons. He has also spoke, judged, and mentored at numerous AT&T Mobile App Hackathons./p

Through consulting projects as a mobile app solution architect, Alex has worked with dozens of the top consumer apps to improve their full stack app architecture, user experience, and code quality. With this experience in working on web and mobile development projects for enterprise as well as consumers, Alex is a strong believer in the mantra " the right tool for the job" (where this is not single technology perfect for every project). He has built mobile applications using numerous cross-platform frameworks such as PhoneGap, Appcelerator, and Motorola Rhomobile.

Offline, Alex is an avid surfer and trail runner, and several years ago he built the first ever surf report app for the Android platform. He is currently balancing developing on several personal mobile app projects, his most recent an app for Entrepreneurs to search for, lookup, and analyze leading tech startups.

Gary Hale

Gary is a software engineer interested in creating ever more efficient continuous delivery pipelines by automating non-value-added work. He is an IT generalist with over 15 years experience in software development, operations, architecture and everything in between.  He has worked for companies, from startups to large organizations, in industries such as healthcare, transportation, technology and communications.

He is currently a Principle Engineer at Gradleware. Before joining their team, Gary was an avid user and advocate of Gradle and is the author of several plugins. He regularly speaks on topics related to devops, software development, and project automation.

James Harmon

| Java | JavaEE | Spring | Hibernate | Eclipse IDE | Android |

James is an experienced Java developer and has spent a majority of his career building large-scale online applications at Accenture and at several Web-centric consulting firms. He now specializes in training Android developers to be more productive by using the latest frameworks and techniques.
Jim has provided training and consulting for Fortune 500 companies and large private and governmental organizations including Motorola and the Blue Cross. He lectures extensively throughout the United States and Canada.
Jim is also the author of “Dojo: Using the Dojo JavaScript Library to Build Ajax Applications”.

Rick Hurst

| JavaScript | CSS | HTML5 | MongoDB | jQuery |

Rick has been a freelance software engineer since he graduated in the early 2000's. He has worked in the UK and America both as a freelance consultant and as a freelance developer. He is a very passionate and seasoned full stack developer, specializing in advanced front end user interface(UI) and user experience(UX).

Having worked as lead CSS3/HTML5 developer for a start up in the Bay area, Rick has bleeding edge experience in ensuring extremely complex systems have simple to use and intuitive interfaces.

Having worked with nearly all web technologies over the last decade he believes that there is no one size fits all technology. However, he is an advocate for using open source wherever possible and admittedly has an affinity for curly brackets.

Rick has a passion for CSS and UX. You will also often find him talking about JavaScript being a 'real' language, or that JavaScript on the server is “what the world has been missing”.

Between hitting up Las Vegas on the weekends and playing Magic the Gathering with his other coder friends, Rick is currently developing amongst other apps; a real-time unified social network for the trade show industry based in Las Vegas and a bidding platform for a crowdfunding app based in San Francisco.

Nathaniel Jones

Nathaniel Jones has been a web developer for about a decade now, working primarily with Ruby on Rails for the past four years. About a year ago, he founded Third Prestige, a web application studio in Austin, TX, built around the idea that designers and developers work side by side through the entire process to deliver the best possible overall product. Along that line, he's always strived to be a full-stack developer, transforming business logic into database schemas one day and layering in smooth transitions with jQuery or CSS3 the next. He also helped start the course Design for Developers, helping developers understand the principles and logic behind how design works.

He's excited to help mentor developers in best practices and delivering maintainable software, whether that's helping teach with MakerSquare, a 10-week web development bootcamp, or volunteering at Cafe Bedouins, Austin's weekly hacknight, or just pair programming with a junior developer on hard problems.

James Lafferty

| JavaScript | CSS | HTML | jQuery |

James Lafferty has been a web developer for eight years, specializing in PHP, JavaScript and CSS. Previously, he has done development work for Nikon, IDG and Safeway, as well as many other clients. He has taught at Yahoo!, eBay and Stanford University, and currently works at Endicia, a Newell Rubbermaid Brand specializing in postage technologies.

At Endicia, James places a strong emphasis on communicating best practices to junior developers, Agile methodologies and producing high quality JavaScript, HTML and CSS code.

Melvin Laguren

| Ruby | Agile | Selenium | Git |

For over 15 years, Melvin Laguren has been focused on testing applications in the areas of clinical trials, identity management, and e-commerce space. Currently, he is a Staff Engineer at Macys.com, leading the effort to deliver quality software as part of the CI/CD initiative.

His passion for testing gave him the courage to submit a paper that was accepted at PSQT West conference in 2008 on multi-tenant data testing. From there, he took his expertise in JMeter to develop tutorial videos for Blazemeter. In 2013, Melvin started a blog on software testing. And, since then, he is either hosting a Meetup on testing or speaking at Meetups on topics like Mobile Test Automation and Continuous Integration.

In addition to his work at Macys, he is the co-founder of Wine Tasting 360 and will be blogging about some best practices for testing on a brand new blog site, www.testfanatic.com.  

Ron Lichty

| Scrum Project Management | Agile |

Ron Lichty has been alternating between consulting with and managing software development and product organizations for over 20 years, the last 12 of those in the era of Agile. Principal and owner of Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc., he has trained teams in Scrum, transitioned teams from waterfall and iterative methodologies to Agile, and coached teams already using Agile to make their software development "hum". He was certified as a Scrum Master in 2009.
Ron has repeatedly been brought in as a “VPE of Fix-It” to solve problems like painfully slow product development, past-due estimates with no delivery in sight, snafus from geographically dispersed teams, scalability stymied by sluggish data integration, productivity bridled by uncertainty, an "order-taking mentality" from teams that should be proactive, and teams unable to break out of research and move on to development and delivery.
Ron's 450-page book, "Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams," was published by Addison Wesley. He has been an adviser to a half-dozen start-ups. He co-chairs SVForum’s Emerging Technology SIG; founded its Software Architecture SIG; chaired East Bay Innovation Group’s Software Management Best Practices SIG; and was a member of the board of SVForum, Silicon Valley’s largest and oldest developer organization. Ron’s developer conference and professional group talks and webinars include implementing Agile and Scrum; the importance of teamwork and community in software development; transforming software development from chaos to clarity; and the changing role of and opportunities for software development managers in organizations going Agile.

Marius Mailat

| Java | PHP | Android | iPhone and iPad |

Marius Mailat has been developing commercial software since 2000. His focus is mobile applications architecture and development for Android, QNX and iOS. 

He is an experienced Java developer who spent the majority of his career building large-scale Java applications for Xerox and Sabre Travel Network in Germany.

Android projects in which he has been involved are banking interfaces and shopping tools for Android. His interest in the secrets of Android platform was geared towards building Defense Squad Mobile Security app, a free, simple to use and innovative Android security solution. Marius is the founder of the Romanian Android Community Androider.ro which has now around 5000 active members.

Nick Maiorano

| Java | JavaEE | Spring | Hibernate | Ant | Design Patterns | SQL | Agile | Git | Functional Programming | JUnit | Oracle |

Nick Maiorano is an independent consultant with more than two decades of experience as a software developer and architect. He is also a conference speaker, a book author, and has been developing software on the Java platform since the late 1990s.
As a veteran of the software development industry, he has worked in diverse sectors including telecom, financial, aerospace, manufacturing and e-commerce, with clients ranging from large corporations to small start-ups. In his consulting practice, Nick provides design and development services, as well as technical leadership.
More recently, Nick has been exploring functional programming principles and how they can be applied to everyday Java. This research has been distilled in his recent book: Functional Java: A Guide to Lambdas and Functional Programming in Java 8.

Geoff Matrangola

| Java | JBoss | UML | C++ | C | Hibernate | Eclipse IDE | OOP | Design Patterns | iOS | Scrum Project Management | Agile | Android | Maps | iPhone and iPad | Hadoop | OpenStack |

Geoff spends most of his time leading a team developing specialized Android and iOS apps for law enforcement and regulatorily agencies. He is also an independent app developer with apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Geoff has been an adjunct professor at Loyola University Maryland in the Computer Science Graduate Program since 2003.

Geoff recently presented a class at AnDevCon 2013 in Boston on Automated Build Processes for Android Apps.

Aaron Maxwell

| Python | DevOps |

Aaron Maxwell is a technology entrepreneur with a strong background in software engineering and scientific research. He is a frequent public speaker, author of books and essays, contributor to open-source and free software, and an enthusiastic teacher. As an engineer, his areas of impact and interest have ranged from the mobile web, to cloud computing, to building robustly concurrent systems and languages. He currently lives in San Francisco, CA, USA.

Daniel Morrison

| Ruby | CSS | HTML | Rails | Mac OS X | Agile |

Daniel Morrison has been teaching Ruby, Ruby on Rails courses since 2007. Not to mention helping some of the most advanced software teams across the U.S. with consulting projects within the Ruby and Rails space. Daniel brings his industry expertise from these real world projects to the training class. With a background in Computer Science, there's a good chance Daniel will start rambling on about Merge Sorts or Big Oh calculations. If you leave him alone, however, his fascination with code, databases, and APIs will kick in and he'll start programming.
Daniel founded Collective Idea in 2005 to put a name to his growing, and already full-time freelance work. He can usually be found (coffee in hand) staring into a tiny 15" digital world. He writes about code and other uninteresting things on his blog.

Ron Munitz

| Java | Python | UML | C++ | C | Linux | Eclipse IDE | Ant | OOP | Design Patterns | iOS | Windows | MySQL | SOA | SQL | Scrum Project Management | Android | Qt | SQLite | Tcl | Project Management | HTML5 | MongoDB | Git | Node.js |

Ron is an entrepreneur and software development consultant. He has a long history of developing for performance and safety critical software, leading development groups, training application and platform developers, and helping companies in the process of board bring-ups. He also has experience with the design and execution of embedded systems products, security best practices and product start-up.

He specializes in all aspects of distributed systems and Android internals. As the Founder and CTO of Nubo, the first Remote Android Workspace for the Enterprise, he is the designer and original developer of the first Android Remote Display Protocol.

Additionally, Ron is a lecturer at Afeka's college of Engineering, where he has developed and taught the first ever academic Android Internals Course.
Ron holds a Master's of Computer Science from Bar-Ilan University.

Ron has also presented at a number of conferences, including: Embedded Linux Conference, Android Builders Summit, AnDevCon, WearableDevCon, DroidCon, mdevcon, Mobile World Congress, and CommunicAsia.

Justin Myles Holmes

My goal as an instructor is to teach the skills and discipline required for effective citizenship in the information age.
In my classes I aim to create a safe space for students, from "hello world" to multithreaded network traffic modeling: to ask, play, explore, and implement. I believe that the capacity to command the machines is not only a useful skill, but the birthright of every person and company in today's world.
I founded, and continue to actively participate in the development of ‘hendrix,’ a Python web server based on Twisted, but exposing APIs and syntax consistent with web culture (think Twisted + Django = hendrix). I have also given talks at a bunch of conferences, including the Technology Track of Porcupine Festival and DjangoCon. Along with my partner Chelsea, I started 'import antigravity,' one of the most popular and fastest-growing open spaces at PyCon.
I also like to liven up class with music, stretching exercises, anecdotes from programming conferences, and multimedia. My courses do not, however, shy away from material which will give even seasoned experts a thorough brain workout.

Lance Nanek

| Java | JavaEE | iOS | .Net | Android |

Lance Nanek has ten years of experience as a software engineer: implementing A/B tests and other web metrics for ibm.com at IBM and writing Java web applications at the State University of New York's System Administration.
He has also worked on Android and Google Glass apps for many companies. Some highlights include CardioTrainer by WorkSmart Labs, with over three million downloads, and apps for Cerner, a 16 billion dollar medical systems company. Lance has a master's degree in Computer Science from State University of New York, University at Albany.

Jeremy Osborne

| Python | JavaScript | CSS | HTML5 | jQuery | AngularJS |

Jeremy never expected nor planned on becoming a hardcore programmer, much less a computer language polyglot, but that is where his varied career has taken him. Much more interested in the technical side of things, he's worked on projects from MUDs to mapping APIs to a browser front end for corporate file sharing. Jeremy likes to learn new technology by diving in, writing a lot of bugs, and then debugging everything to get a thorough understanding of how things work. There's nothing better than finding out just what a platform is capable of, and where the boundaries still exist. Jeremy's current favorite languages are JavaScript, Python, and Lua.

When he's not teaching, he's probably rock climbing with his son, writing code for that game that maybe-someday will be published, or reading yet another classic novel that he should have read in school but didn't.

Jacob Parr

| Java | PHP | Python | JavaScript | Maven | MySQL | Groovy and Grails | jQuery | Gradle | Bootstrap |

In 1986, at the age of 10, Jacob D. Parr became interested in software development. Just two years later, he began actively programming, and he’s been a developer ever since. As it grew from a hobby and passion, professionally, he’s spent many years in software testing and test automation for companies like Sierra On-Line, ImagiNation Network, and AOL Entertainment.

His career has spanned over 20 years of custom software development for websites, e-commere systems, real-estate specific applications, and enterprise tax consultants (devoting 15 of those years at Sierra Telephone). His background includes Telecommunications, Billing Systems, Service Order Systems, Trouble Ticketing Systems, and Enterprise Integration.

Jacob currently resides in Oakhurst, California with his wife and family. He loves to play practical jokes and in his spare time likes to (you guessed it) work on personal development projects.

Michael Pigg

| Java | C | Linux | JavaScript | Maven | Scrum Project Management | Git | Scala |

Michael is a trainer and experienced developer, of web-based applications, currently focused on using Scala in combination with tools like Akka, Spray and the Play Framework. He is a Typesafe certified Scala Instructor and has delivered training courses for Chariot's training program for the past two years.

He is currently interested in building applications using principles of the Reactive Manifesto and delivering them quickly with continuous delivery practices.

Greg Sadetsky

| Python | JavaScript |

Greg Sadetsky has spent the last 10 years as an entrepreneur, software
engineer and scientist. Besides starting a coworking space and an online TV broadcasting outlet, he co-founded and led a successful web mapping consultancy,
whose clients included major US technology companies.

His development experience includes building web-based hurricane and forest fire tracking maps, interfacing with physical access control systems and doing real-time processing of biological images in the context of medical research. His weapons of choice have been Python and JavaScript.

Greg has completed his Master's degree in Biophotonics at University
Laval and lives in Montreal.

Larry Schiefer

| C++ | C | Linux | Android |

Larry has spent over 16 years leading teams, designing and developing software and embedded systems for multiple markets. His ability to understand complete systems and the software stack has lead to high quality and high performance designs. In addition to developing device drivers, platform software and applications, Larry has developed and presented training for internal teams, end customers and technical conferences on highly technical content. Larry is currently the CTO and co-founder of HiQES, a engineering services company.
Five years ago, Larry was tasked with leading a new team to do Android platform software development, so he has experience diving headlong into new technology. Larry spearheaded internal ramp-up of developers, developing Android kernel drivers and middleware, and native code starting with the first public releases of Android. In fact, Larry was developing native C/C++ services and apps for Android before the first release of the Android NDK! Since that time, Larry has been the lead developer on three different new Android platforms, multiple Android platform extensions and applications.

Kip Sigman

| Java | Spring | Hibernate | Web Services | Scala | Play |

Kip Sigman has 15 years of experience as a software engineer and consultant specializing in JVM languages/frameworks. He has developed a wide range of applications for the Internet advertising space such as ad tracking, reporting, SEM bidding engines, and Web APIs. More recently he has been focused on Reactive Programming using Scala/Play/Akka.

With most of his career spent at startup ventures, Kip is a Lean enthusiast and has helped launch a handful of successful companies in the Southern California area such as Commission Junction (http://www.cj.com) and Savings.com (http://www.savings.com). He is also passionate about education, helps organize the Lean LA and Scala SB meetup groups, and has served as an Engineering mentor for both the University of California, Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Kip is currently a Consultant / Instructor for Typesafe, helping people to develop modern software applications using their Reactive platform.

Dave Smith

| Java | C | iOS | Android |

Dave Smith is the Android Practice Lead at NewCircle, where he focuses on development and maintenance of courseware materials.
Dave has worked in developing software at all levels of the Android platform since 2009; from writing user applications using the SDK to building and customizing the Android source code for embedded devices. Prior to that, he was an embedded applications developer and hardware systems integrator for the M2M industry, working mostly with 8 and 16-bit microprocessors. His favorite mobile projects are those that integrate custom accessory hardware with consumer devices or involve building Android for embedded platforms. Today he specializes primarily in integrating custom device interfaces, such as USB and UART, with application layer services on embedded Android hardware.
Dave is also passionate about providing resources for developers that they can make use of long term. He is the author of the popular Android book Android Recipes: A Problem Solution Approach published by Apress; a cookbook style text dedicated to getting Android developers up and running quickly by providing real-world useful examples of how to use the Android SDK and NDK to build applications quickly and well.  Dave is a regular speaker at Android conferences, where he usually speaks on topics related to hardware integration and framework internals. He frequently shares ideas via the NewCircle Stream, his personal development blog, Twitter (@devunwired), and Google+.
Dave received his degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Colorado School of Mines, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Ralph Tavarez

| Java | Python | C++ | Ruby | JavaScript | C# | iOS | MySQL | Oracle DB | Sybase | SQL | Groovy and Grails | Android | SQLite | MongoDB |

With over 20 years of experience in the tech industry, Ralph Tavarez has worked with big companies like Texaco, Morgan Stanley, Viacom, and the global cell phone distributor Brightstar. He has prior experience with startups as the CTO of the US division of Submarino.com, the Amazon of Brazil.

Ralph has focused primarily on mobile development, since the launch of the iPhone, and has real work experience with successful apps such as the Android port of Control4, a home automation product available at Best Buy.

As an instructor, Ralph brings current real-world experience to mobile development and practical solutions to common mobile development challenges.

Alex Vidal

| Python | JavaScript | PostgreSQL | SQL | SQLite | Git |

Alex Vidal’s first job as a programmer came at 18, for the United States Air Force, where he worked in the Pentagon on web applications used internally by the Department of Defense.
His career picked up speed, after the USAF and years of contract work, when he took a position at a home security company based in Austin, Texas. Alex entered the organization as a PHP developer and 7 years later worked directly alongside the CTO, as the Lead Engineer and Chief Architect for all levels of development, both internal and customer facing.
During this time, Alex led the transition from an aging PHP codebase to Python running on the then-young Django web framework. He also deployed and managed a large number of projects, ranging from a customer support ticketing system, to a network service that was built to configure and query hardware installed at their customer’s homes.
Throughout his career, Alex has always imagined himself a teacher, and says, “I enjoy my daily job the best when I can spend my time helping my coworkers improve, or, when I’m running informal training and hack sessions.”
Alex is engaged, he and his fiancee are parents to a 4 year old boy, and his wedding is planned for the fall of 2014. Born in New York City, he has lived in Austin since the late 90s and calls it home.

Dan Wahlin

| JavaScript | CSS | C# | .Net | HTML5 | jQuery | Node.js | AngularJS |

Dan Wahlin has been working in the technology industry for over 15 years developing Web, desktop, and mobile applications. He spends the majority of his time working with various server-side and client-side Web technologies, frameworks, and enjoys teaching developers about new and emerging technologies.
In addition to speaking at various conferences, user groups, and meet ups around the world, Dan has written hundreds of technical articles and published several books including his latest, JavaScript Patterns JumpStart Guide. He runs several FlipBoard magazines covering AngularJS, HTML5/JavaScript/CSS, and authors the Web Weekly newsletter and video highlights. Dan is well-known in the community as the creator of the popular AngularJS Fundamentals In 60-ish Minutes video on YouTube.
When not geeking out with technology, Dan enjoys playing basketball, golf, and jet skiing with his wife and kids. Keep in touch with Dan on Twitter.

John West

| JavaScript | Web Services | CSS | HTML | C# | .Net | SQL | AngularJS |

John West has been passionate about computing since he was 13. Just a few years later, at the age of 17, he had his first article published in a computing magazine. Ever since, he has been on a continuos path to learn the latest tools, to discover better tools, and is always searching for new strategies to provide the best value to his clients.

In the span of his career, John has built applications for a diverse range of ventures, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, from major healthcare and entertainment organizations to after-school tutoring businesses. He has traveled the country building solutions for clients that just work.

Some accolades include: the development of a solution that was runner-up for Microsoft Worldwide Solution of the Year, published writings in numerous magazines and books, working as an adjunct professor teaching computing architecture, and teaching technology-related classes in general since he was a teenager.

For John, "Technology is a tool. Successfully wielding those tools is the crucial key to creating solutions that last." He enjoys passing this knowledge on by teaching to, and learning from the varied experiences of, students all over the US.

Daniel Zen

| Java | Ajax | JavaScript | Android | HTML5 | jQuery | Node.js | AngularJS |

Daniel Zen first began teaching technology near Wall St. He would often travel to Fortune 500 companies around the country to provide on site training. Besides teaching courses at NYU and the New School, as a consultant for Google he prepared training materials for programmers and developers.

Most recently, Daniel sponsors the AngularJS NYC Meetup and can often be found speaking at various conferences and lectures. When not speaking, he runs Zen Digital, an Agile Software development firm in Soho, NYC. The future is unwritten.

Gil Zhaiek

| Python | C++ | C | Linux | JavaScript | Web Services | C# | .Net | Android |

Gil Zhaiek joins the NewCircle team from Vancouver, Canada and provides his expertise in the Android framework and the Linux kernel. He has 13 years of software and hardware experience that is critical for the field of board bring-ups. He started as a C++ coder of an online financial calculator, switched to FPGA and digital board design for a couple of years, and later integrated his knowledge in designing C++ Testbenches as a consultant to various hardware teams in more than 20 companies.

Having experience in nearly all the hardware and software components, he was able to transition smoothly to Real Time OS with Embedded Linux where he wrote drivers and was able to debug the hardware independently. A few years ago, Gil and his wife moved to Vancouver where he joined Recon Instruments as the Senior Embedded Android Engineer and later the Embedded Software Manager responsible for board bring-ups and Android framework customization.

Some of Gil's notable products he worked on include the MOD Live which was the first Ski Smart Head-Mounted-Display and the Recon Jet - a light sports HMD.

Gil earned his B.Sc in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Arizona. He also holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University.