Twilio Presents
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May 2016, SF
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Alex Godin

Alex Godin is CEO of slash-hyphen, a leading Slack consulting firm. At slash-hyphen, Alex focuses on helping teams maximize Slack through development, consulting and training. Before founding slash-hyphen, he co-founded and sold Dispatch, a team collaboration tool that connected to cloud services. Alex’s projects have been featured in CNet, TechCrunch, Business Insider and TheNextWeb.

Aline Lerner

Aline Lerner is an engineer and former recruiter who wrote lots of angry stuff on the internet about how hiring is broken. Her work has appeared on NPR and in Forbes, the WSJ, and Fast Co. After deciding that rather than complaining it might be cool to fix things, she founded, a place where great companies can hire engineers based on what they can do, not how they look on paper.

Allison Craig

Allison Craig is Associate Frontend Engineer at Slack Technologies, and has been a maker for years. She joined Women Who Code study groups and Hackbright Academy after selling her wares online. Craig studied Fashion Design at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. When not creating new apps, she can be found crafting in her garage or performing songs in local cafes.

Andy Fang

Andy Fang is the cofounder and CTO of DoorDash, where he works closely with the engineering and product teams. Previously, he worked at Facebook. He also was featured on the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 list under Consumer Technology. Andy holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford.

Andy Fleming

Andy Fleming is Co-Founder and CTO at, where he leads the product engineering team in developing a scalable, SaaS website platform for enterprises. Andy is passionate about technology, user experience, and supporting the local tech community in San Diego.

Ashish Jain
  • Ashish Jain
  • VMware
    Sr. Director, Product Management, End User Computing
  • @itickr

Ashish Jain is Sr. Director of Product Management in VMware’s End User Computing Business Unit. With 20+ years in software and services, he leads product strategy of virtual, SaaS and mobile apps for the Identity Management Platform. Prior to VMware, he held roles at PayPal, Symantec, Ping Identity and BEA. He has an engineering degree from BITS Pilani, India and MBA from University of Denver.

Ayuna Vogel
  • Ayuna Vogel
  • iOS Developer & Access Code 2.2 Alum
  • @AyunasCode

Ayuna Vogel is an iOS developer and an Access Code 2.2 alum. She presented her latest project, Neverlate, an iOS app that motivates users to be on time, at the NY Tech Meetup in February 2016. In her free time, Ayuna volunteers with Coder Dojo and Women Who Code and blogs about her coding journey at She'll share tips on technical blogging and overcoming writer's block.

Ben Brown
  • Ben Brown
  • Howdy

Speaker details coming soon.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. As a technology commentator, Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His commentary has been published on Network World, Forbes, ReadWriteWeb, GigaOm, and The Guardian. Ben is often included in lists of the most influential technology thinkers globally.

Ben Lauzier
  • Ben Lauzier
  • Lyft
    Product Manager, Driver Growth
  • @Bnjii

Ben Lauzier is the Product Manager leading Driver Growth at Lyft. His team's main focus is on driver onboarding, experience and retention. Previously Ben was leading Growth at another marketplace startup connecting companies and local food providers ( He also spent 4 years working in the advertising industry for client like L'Oreal, Danone, Chase and Disney.

Benedict Evans

Benedict Evans is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He first entered the media and tech industry as a sell-side equity analyst in investment banking, then moved on to strategy and business development roles at Orange, Channel 4 and NBC Universal. Benedict writes about and discusses strategic and operating issues around consumer technology, ecosystems and mobile platform on his blog and on Twitter.

Boisy Pitre

Boisy Pitre is Affectiva's Mobile visionary. Responsible for bridging its tech to the mobile world, he developed Affectiva's SDK that developers can use to emotion-enable their apps and digital experiences. He's pushed boundaries of innovation in emotion tech and is focused on continuously advancing Affectiva's tech on mobile platforms. He holds a MS from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Boris Bügling
  • Boris Bügling
  • Contentful

Boris Bügling is a Cocoa developer from Berlin, who currently works on the iOS SDK at Contentful. A Java developer in another life, with many iOS apps under his belt, he is also a strong open source contributor, building plugins to tame Xcode, and bashing bugs as the CocoaPods "Senior VP of Evil".

Brant Williams

Brant Williams is Vice President, Americas at Whispor where he leads the Americas business unit, a rapid creation platform for Twilio applications. His career has been spent leading product and revenue teams for B2B businesses. He is a 4x Founder with 2xFAILS, 2XWINS with time at Amazon and Real.

Byron Deeter
  • Byron Deeter
  • Bessemer Venture Partners
  • @bdeeter

Byron Deeter, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, leads their global cloud practice. He has lead Bessmer's investment in Twilio, Eloqua (ELOQ), (Acq: AOL), Playdom (Acq: Disney), Box, Clearslide, DocuSign, and SendGrid. Prior to Bessemer, he was a successful entrepreneur, investor, and most recently an executive at IBM after acquiring Trigo, where he served as president & CEO.

Chad Hart

Chad Hart is a WebRTC consultant focused on the real time comms market. He's had senior product and intelligence roles at Dialogic, Oracle, and Acme Packet. He's led innovations such as computer telephony integration, VoIP, OTT/app services, comms APIs, WebRTC and NFV. He's Chief Editor of, a blog for WebRTC developers and has a BSECE and MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Chris Messina

Chris Messina is Developer Experience Lead at @Uber. He is friend to startups, inventor of the hashtag, promoter of conversational commerce, former Googler, and proud participant in the open source/open web communities.

Corey Quinn
  • Corey Quinn
  • FutureAdvisor
    Director of Dev Ops
  • @QuinnyPig

Corey Quinn is Director of DevOps at FutureAdvisor. Prior to that he spent two years at Taos, as a systems architect, ad-hoc recruiter, advocate for driving transformational change throughout organizations, and (due to a misunderstanding around what a "standup meeting" really was) an improv comic. An early developer behind Saltstack, he has a rich history of contributing to open source projects.

Dan Driscoll

Dan Driscoll is a senior developer in Microsoft Research FUSE Labs currently working on the Bot Framework platform for building intelligent and connect bots. Prior to working in FUSE, he was an engineering manager in the Microsoft Commerce Platform team and before that, built and standardized web service protocols used to connect Windows to network-attached devices.

Dan Hill
  • Dan Hill
  • Airbnb
    Director of Product

Speaker details coming soon.

Dan Jenkins
Day 1 - 01:20
WebRTC Reborn

Based in Kent, Dan Jenkins founded Nimble Ape Ltd. in early 2014. He loves working with Node.js and its community and has passion for building great architecture for Applications. For the past few years Dan has been building RESTful Hypermedia APIs and recently exciting WebRTC technology. As a Google Developer Expert in WebRTC his mission is to get more developers using the technology.

Dane Gardner
  • Dane Gardner
  • Porch
    Software Engineer

Dane Gardner has been an engineer at Porch since early 2015 where he currently leads the engineering effort for Porch's call and sms tracking system. Prior to this he worked in high performance computing at DOE and NASA facilities.

Daryn Nakhuda
  • Daryn Nakhuda
  • Spare5
    Cofounder & CTO
  • @daryn

Daryn Nakhuda is CTO & Co-Founder of Spare5, where he leads product engineering and data science. Prior to Spare5, Daryn was a software engineer and manager at, and spent many years in tech leadership roles at numerous Internet startups. He has been developing Twilio applications since 2009.

Davey Shafik
  • Davey Shafik
  • Akamai
    Developer Evangelist
  • @dshafik

Davey Shafik is a Developer Evangelist at Akamai Technologies. He is best known for his books The Zend PHP Certification Study Guide and PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code, and as the creator of PHP Archive (PHAR) for PHP 5.3. He co-organizes the Prompt initiative, dedicated to lifting the stigma surrounding mental health discussions and has worked with PHPWomen since its start.

David Lyons

Dave Lyons is a Full Stack Engineer at Remind. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he co-founded Geddit, an education focused company and graduate of the 2013 cohort of the Imagine K12 accelerator. Prior to that he worked down under for PlayUp as their Ruby Platform team lead, and HannanIT as a ruby "swiss army knife". In between he drove from London to Mongolia in a 1.2L Nissan tin can.

David Roberts

David Roberts is the lead architect for the Call Center at eLocal, located outside of Philadelphia. In a past life he was a Project Manager who lived in PowerPoint and Excel, but now prefers to spend his days slinging Ruby or Javascript, and particularly React.js. When he is not coding you can find him geeking out over beer or coffee, depending on the time of day.

Devika Chawla
  • Devika Chawla
  • Netflix
    Director of Messaging Engineering/Platform
Day 2 - 04:50
Hello SMS

Devika Chawla is the Director of Messaging Engineering/Platform at Netflix, driving member engagement, retention & acquisition through multi-channel communications. Her career began at Inktomi where she pioneered the first Web Search monetization platform. At Yahoo, she led Sponsored Search Serving Engineering that created an annual revenue stream in excess of 1 Billion dollars.

Dima Kovalev
  • Dima Kovalev
  • Uber
    Product Manager

Dima Kovalev joined Uber as an Operations Manager in January of 2013. He scaled the Chicago business and launched 24 markets across the US before transitioning to a Product Operations role, helping bridge the gap between Engineering and Operations. Most recently, he transitioned to a Product Manager role within the Safety team focusing on user safety and privacy.

Dmitry Dain

Dmitry Dain is Co-founder of Virgil Security. He built early Wi-Fi products and cognitive radios, contributed to BITCOIN and distributed crypto software.

Don Goodman-Wilson

Don Goodman-Wilson is an Engineer on the Developer Relations team at Slack Technologies. He loves living in the interfaces between layers, whether it’s bridging languages, systems, or developers. Prior to hacking on Slack’s Platform, Don has worked with streaming media, embedded hardware, the model railroading industry, and academic philosophy.

Eileen Uchitelle

Eileen M. Uchitelle is a Programmer on Basecamp’s Performance, Security, and Infrastructure team. She is an ardent contributor to open source, focusing most of her energy on improving Rails. When taking a break from the excitement of refactoring source code, Uchitelle enjoys craft beer and hiking in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and their dog.

Elaine Feeney
  • Elaine Feeney
  • Amazon Web Services
    VP of AWS Global Infrastructure Expansion
  • @ElaineFeeneyCO

Elaine Feeney is VP of AWS Global Infrastructure Expansion where she is responsible for expanding AWS’s global data center regions including planning, acquiring, building, managing and decommissioning global sites. With 25+ years experience, her diverse background includes deep roots in software engineering and commerce platforms, real estate development and clean energy.

Eric Pan

Eric Pan is founder and CEO of Seeed Studio, an innovation platform providing open hardware modules and agile manufacture service to help makers turn ideas into products. He created ChaiHuo hackerspace in Shenzhen, co-founded the hardware accelerator HAXLR8R, and introduced the first Mini Maker Faire to China. He has been selected as cover page by Forbes China as 30 young entrepreneurs under 30.

Evan Engstrom

Evan Engstrom is the Executive Director at Engine, a nonprofit advocacy and research organization that supports startups, where he develops Engine’s policy positions on issues important to the tech community, from telecom and immigration to capital access and IP. Evan is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Feross Aboukhadijeh

Feross is currently building WebTorrent, a streaming BitTorrent client for the browser, powered by WebRTC. Before that, he built PeerCDN, a peer-to-peer content delivery network to makes sites faster and cheaper. He's a graduate of Stanford University and has worked at Quora, Facebook, and Intel. In the past, he did research in the Stanford human-computer interaction and computer security labs.

Genevieve Nielsen
  • Genevieve Nielsen
  • mRelief
    Co-founder and CTO
  • @GenNielsen

Genevieve Nielsen is co-founder and CTO of mRelief, where she writes code that creates web and text messaging tools to modernize public assistance in America. She graduated valedictorian from Davidson College with Honors in Economics. Her economic work on determinants of cross-national entrepreneurial activity was published by Columbia University’s Journal of Politics and Society Fall 2014.

George Abraham
  • George Abraham
  • Netflix
    Software Engineer
Day 2 - 04:50
Hello SMS

George Abraham has been a software engineer at Netflix since 2011. He designed and implemented SMS and Voice Call support for the Netflix Messaging Platform. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Greg Roberts
  • Greg Roberts
  • Senior Engineering Lead, Agent Platform Products
  • @colonel32

Greg Roberts is Sr. Engineering Lead, Agent Platform Products at Zillow Group in charge of all notification and telephony systems for Premier Agent. Over the past 7 years he's touched many areas of Trulia & Zillow, leading teams for Android, Search, Mortgage and building the first Trulia Android app. In his spare time he loves to BBQ and listen to Phish with his wife and mini-schnauzer.

James Montemagno

James Montemagno is a Developer Evangelist at Xamarin and Microsoft MVP. He has been a .NET developer for over a decade, working in a wide range of industries including game development, printer software, and web services. For four years previously, Montemagno was a professional mobile developer on the Xamarin platform, with several published apps on iOS, Android, and Windows.

James Thomas
  • James Thomas
  • IBM Bluemix
    Developer Advocate
  • @thomasj

James Thomas is a Developer Advocate for IBM Bluemix. He accepted a summer internship with IBM as "something to do" before starting his post-graduate degree, and 8 years later, is still there. He works on open-source projects and blogs that show how to build with Node.js and Cloud Foundry. On his quest to convince all "there's no language but JavaScript", he's spoken at many conferences globally.

Jay Blazensky

Jay Blazensky has a passion for bringing disruptive technologies to market that will revolutionize entire industries. As VoiceBase Cofounder, he leads the "Big Voice" charge and is responsible for building trusted partnerships with leading enterprises and telecom service providers. Previously Jay was instrumental in helping RingCentral emerge as one of the world's leading hosted comms provider.

Jimmy Jacobson
  • Jimmy Jacobson
  • Wedgies
    Full Stack Developer and Cofounder
  • @jimmyjacobson

Jimmy Jacobson is a Full-Stack Developer and the Co-Founder of After years of working at high-traffic e-commerce sites like Zappos and Overstock, he wanted to apply his engineering experience to online voting.

Joe McCorkle
  • Joe McCorkle
  • RealPage
    Senior Director of IT Global/Voice/UC Services

Joe McCorkle is the Senior Director of IT Global/Voice/UC Services at RealPage. His experience includes 20 years of systems implementation and telephone, data networking, and IT infrastructure for world-class organizations. McCorkle graduated with a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of North Texas.

Jonathan LeBlanc
  • Jonathan LeBlanc
  • PayPal
    Head of Global Developer Advocacy
  • @jcleblanc

Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy winning software engineer, author of O'Reilly book "Programming Social Applications" and Head of Global Developer Advocacy for Braintree and PayPal. Specializing in identity, authentication and security, hardware to web interconnectivity, and open source initiatives around social engagement, he works on development of initiatives for building a more user-centric web.

Joseph Wilk

Joseph Wilk builds things that (hopefully) make people happy. He has contributed to open source projects across a number of languages with projects of his own in development. Wilk performs live coding as Repl Electric, exploring programming as a performance and its interaction with other art forms, while also working as one of the Sonic Pi Core Team, helping bring music through Ruby to everyone.

Joyce Jang
  • Joyce Jang
  • Hearsay Social

Joyce Jang is a Software Engineer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently works on the Engineering Team at Hearsay Social. She is passionate about solving problems through software with a team that is happy and inspired. In her free time, you can find her in the mountains, usually snowboarding

Justin Woo
  • Justin Woo
  • Jibo
    Developer Advocate
  • @jzwoo

Justin Woo is a Developer Evangelist at Jibo, where they are building the first social robot for the home. He has been programming since he got his first IBM XT running DOS. He loves writing mobile applications and wishes everything could be done in LISP. He's built a game for Autistic Children, a Robot that can be controlled remotely and a Kinect game involving tapeworms.

Kassandra Perch

Kassandra is a NodeBots enthusiast from Austin. During the day, they are a developer evangelist for Auth0. At night, they craft, build NodeBots, and pet their cat, Ace.

Kate Heddleston

Kate Heddleston is a Software Engineer who builds web apps using Python and Flask. She uses open-source tools and builds products that interface with users. When not programming, Heddleston works with Hackbright Academy, PyLadies, and Raphael House. She received a Masters in CS from Stanford and a bachelor's in HCI.

Katy Moe
  • Katy Moe
  • Improbable
    JavaScript Engineer
  • @katyemoe
Day 1 - 04:15
APIs for Cyborgs

Katy Moe is a software engineer at Improbable, makers of SpatialOS, a distributed simulation platform, where she uses JavaScript and Elm to create real-time user interfaces. Her interests include reactive programming, biohacking, electronics, and cryptography. APIs for Cyborgs will be her first conference talk.

Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke gets mad at computers so you won't have to. He wrote hamms, a misbehaving HTTP test server, and doony, the popular theme for Jenkins, and contributes to Python http libraries urllib3 and requests. Currently he builds great experiences at Shyp; prior to that, he worked on the API, documentation, and client libraries at Twilio.

Kris Dahl
  • Kris Dahl
  • Atomic Infotech
  • @krisdahl

Kris Dahl is co-founder of Atomic Infotech, a software development and consulting shop in Bellevue, WA. He is the product manager of Core, a social intranet platform that helps retailers communicate more effectively, and feel like a smaller, more closely-knit company. His personal passions are cooking, travel, motorcycles, auto racing/rallying, as well as piña coladas and long walks on the beach.

Kristin Salomon
  • Kristin Salomon
  • littleBits
    Electronics Engineer
  • @_ksalomon

Kristin Salomon is an Electronics Engineer at NY-based littleBits, whose platform of electronic building blocks inspires people to create inventions large and small. When not designing hardware or programming for embedded systems she enjoys photography and tutoring at local high schools.

Lindsey Crocker
  • Lindsey Crocker
  • SpareFoot
    Applications Developer

Lindsey Crocker is an applications developer at SpareFoot located in Austin, Texas. Much of her success can be linked back to the amazing computer science community at Rutgers University which pushed her to go around the country participating in various college hackathons.

Marek Sadowski
  • Marek Sadowski
  • IBM Bluemix
    IBM Developer Advocate
  • @blumareks

Marek Sadowski is an IBM Developer Advocate, IoT & robotics expert and an entrepreneur. A graduate of International Space University, in 1999 he pioneered research on VR goggles for the photorealistic virtual reality system to control robots on Mars in NASA Ames. As VP of the Polish Astronautics Society he organized 7 national robotics competition for high school students.

Mason Itkin
  • Mason Itkin
  • Impekable
    Software R&D Intern

Mason Itkin is a Software R&D intern at Impekable and Networking Researcher at San Jose State University. His passion for drone control applications lead him to co-develop the Launch 2016 hackathon top 4 app, Wieldy and to center his research focus around large-scale flight controllers.

Matt Garratt
  • Matt Garratt
  • Salesforce Ventures
    Vice President
  • @mdgarratt

Matthew Garratt currently serves as the Vice President of Salesforce Ventures where he has completed over 40 Investments and Acquisitions in leading enterprise SaaS companies. Prior to Salesforce, he was a Vice President at Battery Ventures. Matthew holds a BS from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Max Mullen
  • Max Mullen
  • Instacart
  • @max

Max Mullen is the Co-Founder of Instacart, where he leads Product Management. Previously, he's worked for several startups including Schematic, an award-winning interactive agency which was acquired by WPP. Max is originally from Los Angeles where he graduated from the University of Southern California, studying entrepreneurship and cinematic arts.

Merci Grace
  • Merci Grace
  • Slack
    Growth Team Lead
  • @merci

Merci Grace leads the Growth team at Slack. Prior to Slack, she was the Director of Product Management at Gigwalk, a mobile workforce platform. In 2007, Merci founded GameLayers, a venture-backed social game studio. Her first game, The Nethernet nee the Passively Multiplayer Online Game, was a finalist for Game of the Year. It lost to World of Warfcraft: Burning Crusade.

Michael Kadin
  • Michael Kadin
  • Uber
    Engineering Manager
  • @mkadin

Michael Kadin is Engineering Lead on Uber's Comms Platform Team. He leads a group of engineers working on design and implementation of highly scalable, internal APIs for email, SMS, voice, push, translations, and more. Interested in the intersection of tech and ed, he integrates tech into his curriculum. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and teacher's certification from Brown University.

Michelle Paulson

Michelle Paulson serves as Legal Director for the Wikimedia Foundation, representing and advising on a wide array of matters including policy and privacy. She considers it an immense privilege to help defend the community's work and fighting to protect the right to freely disseminate the world's collective knowledge.

Nancy Lublin

Nancy Lublin is the founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line, an org that provides free, 24/7 crisis counseling via text message. In a little over two years the org has processed over 15 million messages, and has become one of the first organizations to leverage its user data for social good. Prior to this Nancy was CEO of and Founder of Dress for Success.

Nate Cardozo
  • Nate Cardozo
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Staff Attorney
  • @ncardozo

Nate Cardozo is Staff Attorney on Electronic Frontier Foundation's digital civil liberties team. In addition to his focus on free speech and privacy litigation, Nate works on EFF's "Who Has Your Back?" report and "Coders' Rights Project", and other projects involving cryptography and the law, electronic privacy law reform, and resisting the expansion of the surveillance state.

Noel Grover
  • Noel Grover
  • VoiceIt

Noel Grover, CEO VoiceIt, has 18+ years of product leadership experience. Under his direction VoiceIt has developed cutting edge voice recognition and voice biometric software solutions. His latest, the Voiceprint Developer Portal integrates into existing or new web, mobile, or IVR apps. Prior to VoiceIt, Noel provided consulting services focused on network architectures with cyber security.

Patrick McKenzie
  • Patrick McKenzie
  • StarFighters
    Software Engineer
  • @patio11

Patrick McKenzie is the CEO and Cofounder of StarFighter. StarFighter is a by-the-geeks, of-the-geeks, for-the-geeks take on tech hiring. They make Capture the Flag programming challenges to attract the most talented engineers in the world, then introduce them to their clients.

Pek Pongpaet
  • Pek Pongpaet
  • Impekable
    Founder and Principal Designer
  • @pekpongpaet

Pek Pongpaet is the founder of Impekable, a Silicon Valley based digital studio focused on User Experience design and apps. He is proud to call companies like Twilio, Google, Aruba Networks, HP, Discovery, Accenture, Cognizant, Motorola, Zebra, Constant Contact his clients. Pek's background includes Accenture Technology Labs, digital agency Roundarch where he worked on clients like USAF and Tesla.

Precious Lunga

Dr. Precious Lunga was Head of Health at Econet wireless where she promoted access to health services using mobile phones and acquired more than 500,000 customers within its first year. She has also worked with women across Africa in anti-HIV microbicide trials and has been featured at the Women of the World festival and other media programs including BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Sky News.

Rony Abovitz
  • Rony Abovitz
  • Magic Leap
    Founder, President, and CEO
  • @rabowitz

Rony Abovitz founded Magic Leap in 2011. Prior to this he was co-founder and Head of Development for MAKO Surgical, the leader in human-interactive robotics for orthopedic surgery. He was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum for his work on computer-assisted technologies. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami.

Rose Afriyie

Rose Afriyie is co-founder and CEO of mRelief. Her past experience includes Google where she coproduced Oprah's first Google+ Hangout and President Obama's Hangout where he engaged with citizens post State of the Union. She has authored columns for TIME, Essence, and The She's a Ruby programmer and holds a Master of Public Policy from U of Michigan and BA from U of Pittsburgh.

Ryan Leslie

Ryan is a Grammy nominated recording artist, multi-platinum music producer, and avid technologist. In addition to logging studio time with Madonna, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyonce, he is the architect and ultimate case study for a Twilio-powered product called SuperPhone. He used an inbound SMS campaign to drive over $2MM in gross revenue by selling an album D2C to just 15K fans.

Safia Abdalla

Safia Abdalla is a software engineer with an interest in data science for social good and great coffee. She is the founder dsfa, a data science for small businesses and non-profits consulting startup, the organizer of PyData Chicago, a community in Chicago for data-focued open-source developers, and a contributor to Project Jupyter, an open-source platform for scientific research.

Sasha Goldshtein

Sasha Goldshtein is CTO of Sela Group, a Microsoft C# MVP and Azure MRS and an international consultant. He is author of "Introducing Windows 7 for Developers" and "Pro .NET Performance", and numerous training courses including .NET Debugging, Android Application Development, and Modern C++. His consulting work is around distributed architecture, production debugging, and mobile app development.

Scott Feinberg
  • Scott Feinberg
  • The New York Times
    API Architect
  • @scottefein

Speaker details coming soon.

Scott Raney
  • Scott Raney
  • Redpoint Ventures
  • @sraney

Scott Raney is partner at Redpoint Ventures focused on cloud computing, on-demand/open source software, enterprise infrastructure and mobile platforms. He is also interested in distributed computing and developer-facing businesses. He has been involved with investments in,, Cyanogen, Expensify, Jumptap, Platform9, Stripe, Twilio, Heroku and RelateIQ (both acquired by Salesforce).

Steven Platt

Steven Platt is an Engineer on the Systems Engineering team at Twitter and is architect of the companies global phone network. He has 10 years experience in Network Engineering, Unified Communications, and Distributed Systems. Previous assignments include Caterpillar Inc and

Stewart Whaley

Stewart Whaley, JD, CIPP/US is co-founder of Open Access Law Firm, PLLC and Chief Privacy Officer at Phyzit, Inc. Open Access leverages technology to deliver low-cost and unbundled legal services. Phyzit® provides SaaS to physicians coast-to-coast. An 18-year IT pro, Stewart co-organized and competed in Arkansas’s 1st “legal tech” hack-a-thon at the William H. Bowen School of Law in February.

Tiffani Bell
  • Tiffani Bell
  • The Human Utility
    Co-Founder and Executive Director
  • @tiffani

Tiffani Ashley Bell is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Water Project, connecting donors to residents in need of assistance with water bills. Since January 2014, they have collected $230,000 in payments and are a Y Combinator-backed non-profit. She is a Code for America Fellow who also founded Pencil You In. Bell holds a Computer Science BS from Howard University.

Varun Singh
  • Varun Singh
  • Nemu Dialogue Systems
  • @vr000m

Varun Singh is CEO of Nemu Dialogue Systems. Their first product,, provides analytics and diagnostics for WebRTC-based applications and services. He is an active contributor to the IETF and W3C. He is the co-author of several Internet and W3C drafts, including WebRTC statistics, XR blocks, circuit breakers, FEC, etc. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Aalto University.

Al Cook

Al serves as Product Manager for TaskRouter and leads the Product Marketing team for Twilio's real-time communications and call center solutions products. Prior to Twilio, he served as VP of Product Management and Product Marketing at Metaswitch Networks where he focused on Cloud PBX and call center solutions. Al majored in Computer Science at Warwick University in the UK.

Ameer Badri
  • Ameer Badri
  • Twilio
    Sr. Manager of Sales Engineering

Ameer is focused on high growth startups and Fortune 500 companies for Twilio EMEA. He loves helping companies build innovative applications using the Twilio platform. Prior to Twilio, he worked at several startups as well as large enterprises like Salesforce and Oracle.

Ameya Lokare
  • Ameya Lokare
  • Twilio
    Senior Software Engineer

Ameya Lokare is a Senior Software Engineer on the Voice Services team. Over the past couple of years, he has been involved in building the new generation conferencing system at Twilio. Lately, he is focused on improving reliability and scalability of Twilio's realtime communication systems. Ameya holds a MS in Computer Science from UC Irvine.

Andrea Palisca
  • Andrea Palisca
  • Twilio
    Director Product Marketing, Global Expansion
  • @andreapalisca

Andrea Palisca is Director of Marketing Global Expansion at Twilio. Prior to Twilio he held International Product Management and Marketing roles at NOOK and Palm webOS in Europe, and was Sr. Product Manager of Wireless Infrastructure at Motorola. He has BS and MS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Rochester, New York.

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker is a Developer Educator at Twilio where he’s on a mission to change the way developers learn how to use new APIs. A software developer as well as an educator, he loves writing well-tested code and running hands-on workshops. Andrew found his calling on the Developer Education team at Twilio where he is equally upset spotting errant semicolons in Python code or tutorial prose.

Andrew Jordan
  • Andrew Jordan
  • Twilio
    Product Manager, Voice Services
  • @andrewkirk

Andrew Jordan is a Product Manager on Twilio's Voice Services team. He focuses on Twilio’s core voice infrastructure and conferencing. Prior to joining the product team he spent three years working alongside Twilio's customers in the US and UK to design and implement hundreds of Twilio applications. In his spare time he tries to teach his Amazon Echo new tricks.

Annie Benitez Pelaez
  • Annie Benitez Pelaez
  • Twilio
    Director of Product Management, Voice Connectivity
  • @anniebp_

Annie Benitez Pelaez is Director of Product Management, Voice Connectivity at Twilio. She has 15+ years in product management and building solutions for the IP communications market. Prior to Twilio, she was a Sr Executive of Technology Solutions at Oracle and VP of Enterprise Engineering at Acme Packet. She has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from London Business School.

Ari Sigal
  • Ari Sigal
  • Twilio
    Product Marketing Manager
  • @ari_sigal

Ari Sigal manages Product Marketing for Twilio’s Connectivity products including SIP Trunking and SIP Interfaces. Ari spends his time launching new products, developing go-to-market strategy, and augmenting traditional voice infrastructure with cloud-powered WebRTC solutions. Prior to joining the Product Marketing team Ari managed partnerships with Twilio’s strategic call center partners.

Arthur Johnson
  • Arthur Johnson
  • Twilio
    Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development and Global Partnerships
  • @98arthurj

Arthur Johnson is Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development and Global Partnerships at Twilio. He joined Twilio from Andreessen Horowitz where he was an Operating Partner focused on advising Andreessen’s portfolio companies. Prior to that, he was COO at Cisco WebEx, and also held various executive leadership roles at Intuit and HP. He started his career at the US Treasury Department.

Ben Waugh
  • Ben Waugh
  • Twilio
    Principal Security Engineer

Ben is a Principal Security Engineer at Twilio, focussing on Production, Cloud and Corporate Infrastructure Security. Prior to joining Twilio, he transformed the Application Security program for one of Australia’s largest financial institutions, building in-house solutions for automated security testing, security incident response and vulnerability management.

Benjamin Stein
  • Benjamin Stein
  • Twilio
    Director of Product, Messaging
  • @benstein

Ben is the Product Director of Messaging at Twilio, and he has 10 years of experience in SMS. Previously, he was the co-founder and CTO of Mobile Commons, and has been one of the leading pioneers shaping how organizations use messaging for healthcare, marketing, advocacy, fundraising, and organizing.

Billy Chia
  • Billy Chia
  • Twilio
    Senior Manager of Product Marketing
  • @billychia

Billy Chia is a Senior Manager of Product Marketing at Twilio. He is responsible for IP Messaging, Platform, and Developer Tools. In team chat Billy is equally likely to use the abbreviation “PR” to refer to either “press release” or “pull request.”

Bruce Wong

Bruce Wong is Senior Engineering Manager - Insight Engineering at Twilio. He formerly resided at Netflix, where he founded Chaos Engineering to stress and proactively introduce failure into critical production systems to validate resilience. He is passionate about tackling challenging problems, scaling engineering teams, and building compelling products.

Carlos Diaz-Padron
  • Carlos Diaz-Padron
  • Twilio
    Software Engineer, API Team
  • @cdpadron

Carlos is a Software Engineer for the API Team, responsible for Twilio's highly-available public and internal platform API. Previous to Twilio, he spent a short time working at Mozilla implementing features such as Background Sync in Firefox OS. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Carlos's passion for software is matched only by his passion for theatre and the performing arts.

Carter Rabasa
  • Carter Rabasa
  • Twilio
    Product Manager
  • @crt0

Carter Rabasa is Product Manager for the API Tools team at Twilio whose mission it is to make it easy for developers to prototype, debug and test the applications that they build on Twilio. He has been programming since 1995 and has worked in the tech industry as a developer, product marketing manager, and developer evangelist. In his free time he runs CascadiaJS in the Pacific Northwest,

Charles Oppenheimer
  • Charles Oppenheimer
  • Twilio
    Solution Architect
  • @choppen5

Charles Oppenheimer is a Solution Architect at Twilio, where he helps customers implement Twilio for a variety of use cases. He has a background in CRM, Call Centers, and CTI. Prior to joining Twilio in 2013, Oppenheimer worked at Salesforce, Siebel, and founded several companies.

Chetan Chaudhary
  • Chetan Chaudhary
  • Twilio
    Head of IoT Business Unit
  • @chetanc12

Chetan Chaudhary is the head of the IoT Business unit at Twilio. Chetan is a long-time Twilio employee and entreprenur. Previously, Chetan held sales leadership roles at both Cisco and Oracle driving revenue globally. As Twilio expands, Chetan has been tasked in building this newly created business unit focused on IoT.

Chris Eagleston

Chris Eagleston is a Software Engineer on the iOS SDK team. Prior to Twilio, Chris was the Lead Developer at Perch where he focused on ambient video conferencing powered by WebRTC. He enjoys working with cameras and media systems, especially on mobile devices. Chris holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Christer Fahlgren
  • Christer Fahlgren
  • Twilio
    Technical Lead for Voice Services
  • @christer_f

Christer Fahlgren is Technical Lead for the Voice Services team at Twilio and has been architecting and building software and telecom systems as for 20+ years. With expertise in Java, middleware, SIP and telecommunications, he has built highly available and scalable systems ranging from sophisticated calling platforms to the key data grid technology behind Oracle’s Fusion Middleware stack.

Coleen Coolidge

Coleen Coolidge is the Director of Information Security at Twilio. She's served in leadership positions at traditional, enterprise companies like First American Title Company and CoreLogic. She works on advancing the security culture past “just having the infrastructure-people do it” to creating a comprehensive program where everyone participates and improves the company’s security posture.

Dan Killmer
  • Dan Killmer
  • Twilio
    Lead Solutions Architect at Authy
  • @dankillmer

Dan Killmer is Lead Solutions Architect at Authy, and manages the Authy Sales Engineering team. He spends a great deal of time listening to customers, and helping them understand how our security products fit their business needs and helping customer technical teams succeed. Dan actively identifies and specifies new features, as an outcome of customer and user comments and requirements.

Devang Sachdev

Devang Sachdev is Head of Content at Twilio and loves telling stories about technology and how it changes our lives every day. Prior to Twilio, he led marketing teams at NVIDIA and RichRelevance. Devang has an MS in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has authored two patents.

Devid Liik
  • Devid Liik
  • Twilio
    Engineering Manager

Devid is an Engineering Manager at Twilio Real-time Data team. During past decade his primary area of expertise has been software engineering in the networking and real-time transport domain. Before joining Twilio he worked in various engineering roles in Skype.

Dom DeGuzman

Dominique DeGuzman is an Infrastructure Engineer at Twilio focusing on realm management and security. A community and self-taught software engineer, she moved from support and system admin to software and tools development. Dom is one of the founding members of Twilio's diversity and inclusion initiative, spending her non-engineering time advocating for inclusivity in tech.

Elaine Tsai
  • Elaine Tsai
  • Twilio
    Product Manager, Messaging
  • @etsaii

Elaine Tsai is a Product Manager on the SMS Messaging team at Twilio. She focuses on Messaging Service's Copilot and the added features that simplify the text messaging experience. A long time Twilion, Elaine has supported customers in various roles, building and debugging their application.

Elisa Bellagamba
  • Elisa Bellagamba
  • Twilio
    Senior Product Marketing Manager
  • @elibelBG

Elisa Bellagamba leads Product Marketing for the Voice and connectivity portfolio at Twilio, with a special emphasis on companies offering on-demand services. She brings over 8 years' experience in the Communications market having covered roles in Software Development, Strategy and Product Management at Ericsson.

Erika Balbuena
  • Erika Balbuena
  • Twilio
    Senior Manager
  • @ErikaDMSF

Erika is the Senior Manager of With a vision of sending A Billion Messages For Good, provides qualified organizations with communications technologies to help them further their social impact. She is also a founding member of Twilio's women's group, Twomen. Erika currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the board for R.O.C.K. SF and is a proud SF native, foodie and adventurer.

Evan Cummack
  • Evan Cummack
  • Twilio
    Product Manager
  • @cummack

Evan Cummack is a Product Manager in the SDK Engineering Group at Twilio. After joining Twilio in 2011, he spent his time collaborating with hundreds of Twilio customers on their implementations.

Geoff Caton
  • Geoff Caton
  • Twilio
    Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
  • @votedmost

Geoff Caton is a Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at Twilio. He has built tools and services to keep Twilio's developers happy and self-sufficient since 2013. He relocated from Boston to become Twilio's token Linux user and IPython zealot. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Geoff has previously appeared in Godspell, A Chorus Line, and Pippin.

Gowri Grewal
  • Gowri Grewal
  • Twilio
    Director, Solutions Engineering
  • @gowrigrewal

Gowri Grewal is the Director of Solutions Engineering leading the Solution Architect and Sales Engineering teams for Twilio. She’s held leadership roles in engineering, product management, sales, and operations at HP, Veritas Software, and Symantec. Grewal holds a BS and MS degree in Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Wharton.

Iñaqui Delgado

Iñaqui Delgado is a software engineer on the Android SDK team at Twilio. He is a life long software enthusiast with experience on Android and various other types of embedded devices. Iñaqui previously worked at IBM and National Instruments. Iñaqui holds a BS from the University of Maryland and a MS from the University of Texas in Computer Engineering.

Jarod Reyes

Jarod Reyes is a Developer Educator at Twilio and is alarmingly disinterested in "how things are done". He spent many of his grade school years disrupting class, running social experiments and singing love ballads to his teachers. Nowadays he can be found working with an exceptional team of developers at Twilio who are laser-focused on improving the landscape of developer documentation.

Jeff Lawson
  • Jeff Lawson
  • Twilio
    Founder and CEO
  • @jeffiel

Jeff Lawson is a serial inventor with 15+ years of entrepreneurial and product experience. Prior to co-founding Twilio, he was Founder & CTO of NineStar, Founding CTO of, Founder of Versity, and one of the original product managers for Amazon Web Services. He started his first company in middle school, and earned his BS in Computer Science & Film/Video from University of Michigan.

Jonas Borjesson

For over a decade, Jonas Borjesson has built everything from complete SIP-based VoIP and presence solutions to RTP relays and audio recorders. He has taken part in building SIP stacks from scratch and was part of the JSR359 Expert Group, defining next gen Java based SIP container. In his spare time, he builds SIP stacks.

Julie Laver

Julie Laver is a Software Engineer on the Messaging Team at Twilio. In her time at Twilio she has worked on products such as Co-Pilot and Lookups. She went to school at the University of Waterloo in Canada, where where she subsisted on a maple syrup-based diet.

Justin Pirie
  • Justin Pirie
  • Twilio
    Senior Product Marketing Manager
  • @justinpirie

Justin Pirie is Twilio’s Product Marketer for SMS and is a Software as a Service (SaaS) & Cloud expert. Before joining Twilio, he was the ForgeRock PMM responsible for OpenDJ and OpenIG, the world’s largest Open Source IAM company. Prior to that he was the Director of Cloud Strategy at Mimecast (MIME), one of Europe’s leading SaaS companies, with over 600 staff and $130m+ in revenue.

Kedar Toraskar

Kedar is a Manager, Sales Engineering at Twilio. He joined Twilio in 2013 and helps Twilio customers design and build their Twilio implementations. Kedar holds an MS degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech University where he held a research position working on Next-gen Converged Applications. Kedar is passionate about user-centric applications.

Manav Khurana
  • Manav Khurana
  • Twilio
    Vice President Product Marketing
  • @manavkhurana

Manav Khurana is VP of Product Marketing at Twilio and loves solving technology adoption problems. Prior to Twilio, he was part of core teams at Aruba Networks and Meru Networks, now successful public companies and, Symbol Technologies, acquired by Motorola. He grew up in India and earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Marc Boroditsky

Marc Boroditsky is VP & GM of Authentication at Twilio following the acquisition of Authy where he was President & COO. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with 30+ years computing experience including 25+ years with start-ups. He started in computer security with the view that authentication was too difficult for users since they needed to know an increasing number of passwords.

Matt Makai
  • Matt Makai
  • Twilio
    Developer Evangelist Manager - West Coast
  • @mattmakai

Matt Makai serves as the Twilio Developer Evangelist Manager for the US West Coast and is software developer with an affinity for Python and Swift. Matt writes Full Stack Python ( which every month helps over 60,000 developers build and deploy their Python applications.

Matthias Damm
  • Matthias Damm
  • Twilio
    Solution Architect

Matthias Damm is a Solution Architect at Twilio and supports customers in Europe enabling the full potential of cloud based communications. Before joining Twilio Matthias worked as Product Manager for mobile applications at American Express Group and Software Architect at Telefónica

Nico Acosta
  • Nico Acosta
  • Twilio
    Product Manager, Voice Services
  • @acossta

Nico Acosta is Product Manager for Voice Services at Twilio, focusing on Twilio’s signaling backend and server side APIs that power voice and video. Prior to this role, he was Product Manager for User Experience and Developer Tools at Twilio. Before Twilio, Nico was an entrepreneur in the mobile messaging space. He majored in Computer Science at Universidad de Los Andes and is a Kellogg MBA.

Nisha George
  • Nisha George
  • Twilio
    Associate Product Manager
  • @negeorge

Nisha George is an Associate Product Manager at Twilio working on Programmable Voice Products. Before joining Twilio, she held roles in support, project management, and research at small San Francisco startups, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and NASA. George holds a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Olga Trofimova
  • Olga Trofimova
  • Twilio
    Manager, Technical Support

Olga Trofimova is a Technical Support Manager on Twilio Customer Support Team. She has 6+ years in tech support leadership positions with focus on building strong teams and creating effortless customer experience. Olga is passionate about making complex technologies understandable, gaining customer insight through data, and building extraordinary customer support.

Patrick Malatack

Patrick Malatack is VP, Product Management at Twilio. Prior to Twilio, he was in Product Management at Microsoft, where he focused on Project Server / SharePoint and OneNote. Patrick grew up in Philadelphia and received both his BS in Cognitive Science and Human Computer Interaction, and Masters in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

Randy Beiter
  • Randy Beiter
  • Twilio
    Senior Software Engineer
  • @rbeiter

Randy Beiter, is Senior Software Engineer on the iOS Realtime Data SDK team at Twilio. A professional software developer for over 20 years, his current focus is in mobile development on the iOS platform, bridging the gap between mobile and enterprise systems. Prior to Twilio, he was an independent consultant developing mobile solutions for internal business customers and consumer facing products.

Rob Spectre
  • Rob Spectre
  • Twilio
    Senior Director, Developer Network
  • @dN0t

Rob Spectre is a punk rock technologist having a barrel of monkeys on the Internet. Serving the Developer Network at Twilio, he is an ardent supporter of creative commons art, the startup scene in New York, and Boston sportsball. In addition to his day gig at Twilio, Rob is up to Internet shenanigans, including the street art blog Brooklyn Vandal and the startup band Adventure Capitalists.

Robert Fenstermacher

Robert Fenstermacher is Director of Product Marketing at Twilio focused on SMS, IP Messaging, and platform. Before Twilio, Robert ran product and solutions marketing at Aruba Networks and held senior product management positions at Sycamore Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, and Ascend Communications.

Sam Agnew
  • Sam Agnew
  • Twilio
    Developer Evangelist

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Sam Kitajima-Kimbrel
  • Sam Kitajima-Kimbrel
  • Twilio

Sam Kitajima-Kimbrel is a Twilio engineer currently working on distributed data storage systems, having spent the last two years focused on maintaining and scaling Twilio's REST API. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, cooking, photography, and science fiction. Sam resides in Berkeley, California with his husband Kameron and their dog Basil.

Saurabh Daftary

Saurabh Daftary is a a Software Engineer in Twilio's messaging services team. Most recently he is working on building messaging's event processing pipeline handling ~1B events/day. Saurabh is passionate about learning and keeping himself updated on most recent technological trends. He loves to spend his free time reading Gartner reasearch and publications on technological trends.

Scott Maher
  • Scott Maher
  • Twilio
    Software Engineer
Day 2 - 05:25
SMS Under the Hood

Scott Maher is a Software Engineer on the Twilio Messaging Team where he builds innovative and exciting new SMPP products using source code. Prior to joining Twilio he spent 14 years as a Sniff Test Quality Technician at the Clorox artificial cucumber scent factory. In his free time, Scott likes to make a blend of taxidermy and oil painting art from his large collection of pet birds of paradise.

Sheila Jambekar

Sheila Jambekar is Associate General Counsel at Twilio where she advises the company on all-things privacy, including matters relating to compliance with EU data protection and privacy laws, international data transfers, and the alphabet soup of US privacy laws including ECPA, HIPAA, and the TCPA.

Simon Thorpe

Simon Thorpe has 15+ years of experience in security and identity management. Working at companies like Oracle, Microsoft and Okta, he has spent a lot of time understanding and architecting solutions to secure all sorts of information. At Authy he works in the product group, closely with the whole team to deliver a world class solution for developers to build security into their applications.

Torkel Dominique
  • Torkel Dominique
  • Twilio
    Senior Software Developer

Torkel Dominique is a Senior Software Developer and part of the Voice Services Team at Twilio. He has been working in the Telecom industry for fifteen years. Dominique learned SIP and JavaEE during his first years at Hotsip AB in Sweden, and had been building carrier grade infrastructure for the telecom business at Oracle before joining Twilio.

Trenton McManus
  • Trenton McManus
  • Twilio
    Product Manager

Trenton McManus is a Product Manager for Twilio's SMS product. He is passionate about data science and riggorous application of the scientific method in problem solving. For the last 4+ years he's been involved in every aspect of tuning SMS delivery worldwide for Twilio.

Viktor Muller
  • Viktor Muller
  • Twilio
    Product Manager

Viktor is a Product Manager at Twilio. He enjoys exploring different roles, previously worked as a software developer, a researcher and a strategy consultant at IBM and The Boston Consulting Group. Viktor holds an MS degree in Computer Science from the Budapest University of Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.