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|November 5-7, 2014 • Pre-Conference Workshops: Nov 4 • Manhattan Beach Marriott, Los Angeles, CA|
Some of the most talented, experienced, and insightful people in the industry come to MacTech Conference to share their experiences, and teach their craft to you. Here are just SOME of the speakers already scheduled for MacTech Conference 2014.
Note: All times are approximate. All sessions, speakers and descriptions are subject to change at any time without notice.
Edward R. Marczak, MacTech Magazine
Ed is the Executive Editor of MacTech Magazine, the author of several books, and Worldwide Mac Operations Dude at Google. As MacTech Conference's Sessions Chair, Ed heads up the sessions, and lab content.
Neil Ticktin, MacTech Magazine
Neil not only plays host for all MacTech events, he also aids the session chairs for all MacTech events (17 events in 2013). Neil has been the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of MacTech Magazine since 1992. With both a technical and business background, Neil has authored hundreds of articles including most of MacTech's well known benchmarking articles on productivity applications, virtualization, and performance products.
Adam Engst, TidBITS
Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS, one of the oldest and most-respected Internet-based newsletters, distributed weekly to tens of thousands of readers. He has written numerous technical books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles - thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first advertising program to support an Internet publication in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993, and the highly successful Take Control electronic book series. In addition, he has collaborated on several Internet educational videos and has appeared in a variety of radio and TV programs, and the MacHeads documentary. His indefatigable support of the Macintosh community and commitment to helping individuals has resulted in numerous awards and recognition, including the MDJ Power 25 survey of industry insiders, the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical community, and one of MacDirectory's top ten visionaries. And how many industry figures can boast of being turned into an action figure?
Amanda Walker, Google
Amanda Walker has been a Mac developer since shortly after the Mac's release in 1984. She's worked on a variety of projects for a variety of companies, including InterCon, where she helped write some of the first commercial Internet software for the Mac. She has just passed 8 years at Google, where she worked on bringing up the Mac version of Chrome, and currently leads a team whose work she can't talk much about.
As an internationally beloved tech journalist (not to mention that he's Chicago Sun Times' Technology Columnist), Andy is insightful, funny, and always a pleasure to listen to. He appears on Leo Laporte's podcasts, specifically MacBreak Weekly and TWiT. He's also a regular on the MacNotables podcast, hosted by Chuck Joiner where he often is paired with fellow technology journalists.
Andy Lee is a freelance Mac developer in New York City. He fell in love with Cocoa back in 1988 when Steve Jobs demoed it at Boston Symphony Hall and it was called NeXTSTEP.
Boisy Pitre, Affectiva
Boisy G. Pitre is Affectiva’s Mobile Visionary and lead iOS developer. His work has led to the creation of the first mobile SDK for delivering emotions to mobile devices for the leading emotion technology company and spin-off of the MIT Media Lab. He also owns Tee-Boy, a software company focusing on Mac and iOS applications for the weather and data acquisition markets, and has authored the monthly Developer to Developer column in MacTech Magazine. Boisy holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and resides in the quiet countryside of Prairie Ronde, Louisiana. Besides Mac programming, his hobbies and interests include retro-computing, ham radio, vending machine and arcade game restoration, and playing Cajun music.
Brent Royal-Gordon, Groundbreaking Software
When Brent Royal-Gordon got his first Mac in 2007, he planned to wipe the hard drive and install Linux. Somehow he became a Cocoa programmer instead. He has written several iOS and Mac apps as an independent developer, some of which he's even released. Brent is currently working on tools for independent authors at Groundbreaking Software, including BookTrakr, a web app for tracking ebook sales, and Typesetter, an upcoming Mac app for producing and publishing ebooks.
Brian Govatos, Microsoft
Brian Govatos is a Senior Trainer for Microsoft who has also been heavily involved in the Apple community since 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Mac consultant for several small business clients in Las Vegas. With a passion for communicating ideas, Brian loves to discuss technology and to inspire users to make the most out of it!
Charles Edge, JAMF Software
Charles is the a Product Manager at JAMF Software. While certified with Microsoft, Symantec and others. Charles is the author of several books on OS X systems administration, including the Enterprise Mac Administrator's Guide and the Enterprise iPhone and iPad Administrator's Guide. Charles enjoys speaking at great conferences. This year he'll be at MacTech and MacSysAdmin. Charles has previously spoken at the PSU MacAdmins conference, LinuxWorld, BlackHat, LayerOne, the JAMF Nation User Conference and DefCon as well.
Christian Woodward, Intuitive.io
Christian Woodward is a serial co-founder, programmer, security consultant, and compulsive hacker. His passion lies with analyzing systems, tackling complex software and network projects, and troubleshooting obscure issues. Christian currently works closely with Watchman Monitoring to expand their platform, and is the founder and lead analyst at Intuitive, a consulting company in Las Vegas that caters to the unique high security needs of casinos, medical offices, and other information-sensitive industries. Once found singing an ode to his Powerbook, these days Christian can be found cooking, biking, or dreaming of fringe electronic projects.
Edward Eigerman, Google
Based in New York City, Edward has been a Macintosh System Administrator for over 25 years. He is currently working at Google to help manage the largest managed corporate fleet of Macs in the world. Prior to Google he ran a small IT consultancy working with clients ranging from a three person ice cream company to The New York Times, NASA and Major League Baseball and before that was a Senior Systems Engineer at Apple.
Greg Neagle, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Greg has created or contributed to several tools used by Mac systems administrators around the world. Among those are Munki, a software deployment framework, Reposado, a platform-agnostic replacement for Apple's Software Update service, and AutoPkg, a tool to automate obtaining and preparing software for mass deployment. Greg is pleased to return to the MacTech Conference for the fifth year.
Gwynne Raskind began programming when she was 3 years old using a TI-99/4A console. Since then, she's been an avid Apple user and developer. Self-taught in all respects, she found a fascination with the deepest, darkest secrets of the machine, signing on in 2012 to write the second edition of Amit Singh's landmark text, Mac OS X Internals: A Systems Approach. She runs her own small consulting company by night, and works for Apportable, Inc. by day. Her passion remains the internals of the systems with which she works, and the effort to share her understanding with those who want to learn.
Jeanette Lee, Ruckus Wireless
Jeanette Lee has over 20 years of experience in high-performance networking. She has been deeply involved in product sales, marketing and network architect positions with companies at the forefront of their fields such as Ruckus Wireless, Aruba Networks, and FORE Systems. Jeanette has written or co-authored dozens of technology papers on topics ranging from security to educational tutorials and best practices.
Jim Rea, Provue
James Rea is the founder of ProVUE Development, and has been developing Macintosh software since early 1984. Mr. Rea has been the lead developer and architect for ProVUE's flagship RAM based database programs, OverVUE and Panorama.
Joe Workman has been in the Mac development community since 2009. He got his start developing [add-ons for RapidWeaver]( http://joeworkman.net/rapidweaver/), a popular web development app for Mac. He has since become one of the most prolific developers within that community. In 2012, Joe authored the [first book](http://rapidweaverbook.com) on developing websites with RapidWeaver. In 2011, Joe became a full time indie developer. He currently has two Mac applications: DomainBrain and Climate. [DomainBrain](http://domainbrainapp.com) is a central datastore for web domain data. [Climate](http://joeworkman.net/mac/climate] allows you to control your Nest thermostats directly from your Mac menu bar. Joe currently lives in the SF Bay Area with his lovely wife and 3 children. In his copious amount of spare time, he enjoys photography and soccer. He loves hats. His dream car is a Viper. And he sleeps on the right side of the bed.
Kelly Guimont, TUAW
Kelly is a Bloggess, Talkcast Mistress for TUAW including coverage of Apple news and software, including hosting the weekly podcast. By day, Kelly is a Support Jedi for AgileBits. Wielding mad keyboard skills as a remote support tech, she answers questions about fantastic password management software 1Password. In addition, Kelly spends her time in social media, digital marketing, and evangelism on emerging technologies and social platforms.
Matt Schnittker, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Matt Schnittker began his association with Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1998, and currently serves as a Manager in the Systems department. His first film contribution was on Disney's ambitious 2000 animated feature, "Dinosaur," and he most recently worked on the Studio's upcoming feature release, "Big Hero 6". Schnittker has been involved in both traditional 2D, and fully digital 3D animation pipelines. He has contributed to several Disney patents and won an International 3D Society Lumiere Award for his work on 3D Pipelines. He currently is a manager in technology systems focusing on web and mobile software development.
Michael Lynn is a Mac OS X and Windows desktop administrator in an Active Directory environment for a moderately sized government department in Washington state. His day job is spent wrangling third-party software and update deployments, workstation imaging, and utilizing commercial tools like Microsoft's SCCM and open source projects like munki and reposado. In his free time he is a writer for AFP548.com, helps with administration and service hosting for the Mac enterprise ##osx-server channel on Freenode, and is a vocal advocate for the python language and its use in the administration and automation of all things OS X. He has enjoyed using Macintosh computers for over 20 years and loves getting the most out of iOS and OS X by writing scripts and applications in any number of languages - including (but not limited to) python, Applescript, bash, ruby, and Objective-C. His code contributions are credited and can be found in such projects as CreateUserPkg, munki, and Python for iOS. His current programming obsession is writing python-based administration helpers that can be loaded into iOS without jailbreaking with the use of Pythonista. When not dealing with computers, Michael loves spending time with his wife and 2 children, reading hard science fiction, and working on his house.
Mike Dodge, Facebook
Mike Dodge has worked as a Client Platform Engineer for Facebook since 2009, working in a very large and dynamic hacker environment, and building automated solutions to interesting IT problems.
Nathan Toups, rojoboto
Nathan is a consultant, writer, and podcaster. He honed his professional technology skills after college and now owns and operates rojoroboto, a boutique technology consulting firm in Austin, TX. He is an expert in cloud technology integration in the workplace, specifically with OS X, iOS, Linux, and AWS. He has spoken at SXSW Interactive, CES, and MacTech Conference. He has written a kickstarter funded manifesto on disruptive technology and the cloud and has contributed to MacTech Magazine and Wired.com. He currently hosts the Embracing Disruption Podcast.
Nick McSpadden, Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco
Nick McSpadden is the Client Systems Manager at Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco. He is in charge of the deployment of all client workstations and devices, including the faculty laptops and the school's 1:1 iPad program. He's used to working with different models for deployment and management of iOS devices alongside OS X devices.
Rich Trouton, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Rich Trouton has been doing Macintosh system and server administration for over a decade and has supported Macs in a number of different environments, including university, government, medical research and advertising. His current position is providing support for Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.
Ryan Grimes, HoosierMac Consulting
Ryan Grimes has been working on Apple computers since the age of 5 when he took apart his Apple IIe to see how it worked. He graduated from Illinois State University in 1993 with a degree in Elementary Education. After teaching at the middle school level for a year, Ryan became the assistant technology coordinator for District 89 in Glen Ellyn, IL. He then went on to the role of Mac Genius at the Old Orchard Apple Store. In 2004 Ryan moved to Indianapolis where he started HoosierMac Consulting. His certifications include: ACSA - 10.6, ACTC - 10.5, ACSA - 10.4, ACTC 10.1
Samuel Marshall is an iOS and OS X Developer. He has been hacking on Apple Operating Systems since his first computer, a Macintosh LC II. Now an iOS developer and reverse engineering wizard for OS X, he has been honing his programming skills on both platforms for the past 5 years.
Scott Neal, acmefoo
Scott M. Neal has been utilizing and programming Apple products since first getting his hands on an Apple ][+ and later NeXTcube. Scott believes strongly in automation--getting devices to do your work the way you want to, with minimal effort and stress. Often, the real benefits of device automation are underutilized--Scott would prefer that you be empowered with how to automate (meaning script and program) devices YOURSELF to do what YOU want, not just what you may see yourself limited to by default application and service setups. With that goal specifically in mind, Scott co-created acmefoo, the Apple Technology focused training and development co-op, which offers training, courseware, and consulting on a peer level, without being tied to specific device sales or marketing.
Tim is a Systems Consultant for Centre for Digital Arts, Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He maintains the Mac client management infrastructure in the Faculty of Fine Arts using Munki, DeployStudio, Active Directory integration and more. Using dual-boot systems management, automation of packaging and deployment, and custom development of management utilities in Python, Tim has built a set of solutions using an array of technologies. And, he's looking forward to sharing these and other experiences.
Tonya Engst, TidBITS
Tonya Engst co-founded TidBITS with Adam Engst back in 1990. TidBITS is an electronic newsletter and Web site about all things Macintosh that was the first Internet publication to have a sponsorship/advertising revenue model. Along with performing nearly every imaginable role involved in running TidBITS, Tonya has worked at Cornell University's academic computer store (selling Macs, PCs, and NeXTs), done technical support at Microsoft, authored and co-authored several books, written oodles of articles for the likes of MacWEEK and Macworld, and edited many books about technology. She has consistently advocated for the person behind the personal computer, working to make technical writing easy to understand. In 2003, she found her dream job as editor-in-chief of TidBITS Publishing's Take Control series of ebooks.
Vanessa White, New Relic
Vanessa White is a lifelong Mac geek who has done everything from end user support to client systems and server administration. She has worked in higher ed, small business, enterprise, and general public facing settings, supporting users and customers from all walks of life. She currently works at New Relic's Portland, OR office supporting software and support engineers, client systems administration for users' Macs, and solving a variety of issues.
What's in the plan for this year?
This year's event has an expanded schedule with more time for more sessions, expanded labs, the best peer networking opportunities around, multiple accreditation options, and optional pre-conference workshops. Our expanded selection of Pre-Conference Workshops and the acclaimed Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation Courses take place on Tue, November 4, 2014.
And the core of the event: the sessions? They're better than ever! Great speakers. Awesome, timely topics for both IT and Devs. There are a whole lot more industry leaders, sessions, and even surprise speakers coming. MacTech Conference 2014 will be three full days — we'll end by 5pm on Friday. Not to mention our widely talked about evening events.
And, we're really excited about our venue: The Manhattan Beach Marriott. It's a beautiful venue, with easy access to LAX, overlooking a golf course, and we've secured awesome deals on guest rooms. As it did last year, the discounted guest room block is expected to sell out, so don't wait (you must be registered for MacTech Conference to reserve).