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Robert Hannigan
Robert Hannigan

Former Director GCHQ, the world’s leading cyber security agency  

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Robert Hannigan

Robert Hannigan was Director of GCHQ, the UK government’s largest intelligence and cyber agency, from 2014-17. Hannigan has a long history of involvement in cyber security and technology, having drawn up the UK’s first Cyber Security Strategy and outlined the government’s ambition of making the UK ‘the safest place to live and do business online’. He set up the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre as part of GCHQ, which was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth in 2017, and launched the active cyber defence programme for the UK in 2016.

Dr Hannah Fry
Dr Hannah Fry

Lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL 

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Dr Hannah Fry

Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.

Alongside her academic position, Hannah is an experienced public speaker giving conference keynotes and taking the joy of maths into theatres and schools. Hannah’s mathematical expertise has led to the development of fascinating documentaries including ‘Britain’s Greatest Invention ’, ‘Horizon: How to Find Love Online’, ‘Horizon: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Future’, ‘City in the Sky’ (BBC2), ‘Trainspotting Live’, ‘The Joy of Data’, ‘Climate Change By Numbers’ and ‘Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing’ (BBC4). For radio, Hannah presents ‘Music By Numbers’ (BBC R1), ‘The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry’ and ‘Computing Britain’ (BBC R4).

As an author, Hannah has written two books: ‘The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas’ (Transworld, 2016) which followed ‘The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation’ (Simon & Schuster/ Ted, Feb 2015) in which Hannah brings together mathematical equations to provide answers to such questions as: What’s the chance of us finding love? What's the chance that it will last? How does online dating work, exactly? When should you settle down? How can you avoid divorce? When is it right to compromise? Can game theory help us decide whether or not to call?

James Akrigg
James Akrigg

Head of Technology for Partners  Microsoft Ltd

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James Akrigg
Ian Massingham
Ian Massingham

Worldwide Lead, AWS Technical & Developer Evangelism Amazon Web Services

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Ian Massingham

Ian Massingham leads Technical and Developer Evangelism at Amazon Web Services and has been working with cloud computing technologies since 2008. He and his team around the world work with developers and technical end-users within AWS customers of all sizes, from start-ups to large enterprises, to increase awareness and adoption of AWS cloud services amongst developers.
Ian and his team team are prolific conference speakers and participate in a wide variety of developer confernces, meetups and other developer communities in order to connect with developers and inform, inspire and educate them about AWS. As an individual technologist, Ian has a special interest in the development of Connected Device and IoT applications, and in serverless architecture patterns for the deployment of applications in the AWS Cloud.
Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, covering operations and engineering within internet hosting, internet access, telecommunications and cloud service providers. Prior to joining AWS, he led a systems engineering team for an integrated software and hardware company that focused on the creation of cloud computing services with telecommunications and IT service providers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa region.

Matthew Skelton
Matthew Skelton

Head of Consulting Conflux Digital Ltd

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Matthew Skelton

Matthew Skelton is co-author of the book Team Guide to Software Operability . Head of Consulting at Conflux (confluxdigital.net ), he specialises in Continuous Delivery, operability and organisation design for software in manufacturing, ecommerce, and online services, including cloud, IoT, and embedded software.

Bennett Arron
Bennett Arron

Comedian & Identity Theft Speaker 

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Bennett Arron

Bennett Arron is an award-winning writer, stand up comedian, author and TV presenter. He is also a world renowned Speaker on the subject of Identity Theft

Bennett has performed all around the UK as well as in Italy, Australia, Germany, Poland, Amsterdam, South Africa and Hong Kong.

He has written and starred in two radios series: Bennett Arron is Jewelsh - which was nominated for a Celtic Media Award and the recently aired Bennett Arron Worries About…. He also presented the documentary The Kosher Comedian for the BBC. 

His other television and radio credits include; Loose EndsNot Tonight With John SergeantGlee Time (inwhich he hosted a series of six stand-up comedy shows), Never Write Off The Germans (a panel show for Radio 2) three series of What’s The Story (a panel show for Radio Wales) and he was a Presenter on Big Brother's Little Brother for Channel 4. 
Bennett  has written for many comedy programmes, including Hit The Road JackOff Their Rockers, Commercial Breakdown and the BAFTA winning V Graham Norton. He also wrote over twenty episodes of Genie in The House, the highest-rated children's sitcom on Nickelodeon and he was one of the main writers on the BAFTA winning Slammer for the BBC.

Bennett directed and presented the programme How To Steal an Identity in which he stole the identity of the Home Secretary. The programme was Pick of the Day in The Guardian and The Telegraph, described as “Fascinating and Disturbing” by the TV Times, and went on to be short-listed for a BAFTA.

He has written 2 books, "The Girl From The Discotheque" and "Heard the one about Identity Theft?"

Bennett is a past winner of both the TAPS Comedy Writer of the Year Award and the BBC New Writer's Award, and is a past finalist of the BBC New Comedy Awards. However his proudest moment was coming third in an International Disco Dancing Championship in Tenerife.

Margriet Groenendijk
Margriet Groenendijk

Developer Advocate IBM

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Margriet Groenendijk

Margriet is a Data Scientist and Developer Advocate for IBM. She has an academic background in climate research where she explored large observational datasets of carbon uptake by forests and the output of global scale weather and climate models. Now she explores ways to simplify working with diverse data using cloud databases, data warehouses, Spark, and Python notebooks.

Mete Atamel
Mete Atamel

Developer Advocate, Google Cloud Google

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Mete Atamel

Mete is a Developer Advocate at Google, currently focused on helping developers with Google Cloud Platform. As a long-time Java and a recent C# developer, he likes to compare the two ecosystems. Prior to Google, Mete worked at Microsoft, Skype, Adobe, EMC, and Nokia building apps and services on various web, mobile and cloud platforms. Originally from Cyprus, he currently lives in Greenwich, not too far away from the prime meridian.

Tom Arbuthnot
Tom Arbuthnot

Unified Comms Architect, Microsoft Certified Master and MVP  Modality Systems

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Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot is a specialist Unified Communications Solutions Architect, Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, with a number of years’ experience in the field working with many companies across different verticals on global UC projects.

He spent 5 years working for a Cisco UC specialist, before moving to Modality Systems to focus on the Microsoft UC offering. He has been involved in all aspects of UC projects from presales, scoping and design, through to deployment, support and user adoption.

He is heavily involved in the UC community, regularly blogging at tomtalks.uk , co-running the Microsoft UC User Group London (mucugl.co.uk ) and speaking at many user groups and global events such as Microsoft Lync Conference, TechEd and Ignite. He is a contributing author to Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Unleashed, and a regular on the popular The UC Architects podcast .

Peter Chestna
Peter Chestna

Director of Developer Engagement CA Technologies, Veracode

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Peter Chestna

As Director of Developer Engagement, Pete provides customers with practical advice on how to successfully roll out developer-centric application security programs. Relying on more than 10 years of direct AppSec experience as both a developer and development leader, Pete provides information on best practices amassed from working with Veracode’s 1,000+ customers.

Angie Ma
Angie Ma

Founder ASI Data Science

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Angie Ma

Dr Angie Ma - Dr Angie Ma is the co-founder and COO of ASI Data Science. Since being founded in 2014, ASI Data Science has completed more than 100 commercial data science projects in multiple industries and sectors and is regarded as a leading data science company in Europe. Along with building the world's best data science platform, SherlockML, ASI also runs a Fellowship for PhD's and Post-Doc's, to help them become data scientists. Angie is passionate about applying AI to solve real world applications that generate business value for companies and organisations. Prior to founding ASI Data Science, Angie, who has a PhD in Physics, was a researcher in nanotechnology working on developing optical detection for medical diagnostics.

Rik Ferguson
Rik Ferguson

Global VP Security Research Trend Micro

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Rik Ferguson

Rik Ferguson, Vice President Security Research at Trend Micro, is one of the leading experts in information security. He is also a Special Advisor to Europol EC3, and a project leader with the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA). In April 2011 Rik was inducted into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame

Sean Herbert
Sean Herbert

Country Manager UK baramundi software AG

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Sean Herbert
Joe Baguley
Joe Baguley

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, EMEA VMware

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Joe Baguley

Joe Baguley is VMware’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for EMEA, joining VMware in July 2011. He helps develop and communicate VMware’s strategy and vision with customers and partners, using his wealth of experience to help organisations reduce costs and better support users and business needs. As part of VMware’s Office of the CTO and its representative in EMEA, Joe assists VMware’s customers in understanding how to use today’s advances in technology to deliver real business impact as well as working with them to inform VMware’s R&D processes.

Joe is a recognised leader within the European technical community and is considered one of the world’s most influential IT global leaders, currently positioned 26th on Tenfold’s global list of the top 79 Chief Technology Officers . He won an award for data leadership in ‘Infrastructure & Protection’ in the 2016 Data 50 Awards and appeared in the Computer Weekly UKtech50 and the Information Age Top 50 Data Leaders . He has played a key role in CloudCamp and other events, communicating how cloud technology fits into the broader IT landscape. Joe previously spent ten years at Quest Software where he was CTO of EMEA, shaping its direction and strategy.

In addition, Joe is also on several advisory boards at the European Commission and ETSI and is a founding committee member of the Data Centre Specialist Group at the British Computer Society which helped shape the European Code Of Conduct for Data Centres.

Joe is based in the UK but his remit is across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Peter Wood
Peter Wood

Chief Executive Officer First Base Technologies LLP

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Peter Wood

Peter’s career spans 48 years, with experience in network security, social engineering, threat and risk analysis, red teaming, industrial control systems and electronics. He founded First Base Technologies, one of the UK’s first information security consultancies in 1989. Peter has provided security advice and guidance for businesses of all sizes for more than 28 years, leading a team of expert penetration testers and consultants unrivalled in the industry.

He is also a world-renowned security evangelist, speaking at major conferences and delivering seminars and webinars. He has appeared in documentaries for BBC television, provided commentary on security issues for TV and radio, and written many articles on a variety of security topics.

He is a BCS Fellow, a Chartered IT Professional, CISSP and a member of IISP, ISACA, ISSA, IEEE, ACM and Mensa. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Sussex, teaching cybersecurity and ethical hacking.

Manek Dubash
Manek Dubash

Technology Journalist  

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Manek Dubash

Manek Dubash is an analyst and journalist with over 30 years experience of the IT industry. Focused on enterprise infrastructure issues, his comments appear on a number of industry-influential websites and he provides analysis for a range of industry research organisations. His commercial services including video production, presentations, event moderation, event photography, audio content, and editorial project management.

Holly Grace Williams
Holly Grace Williams

Penetration Testing Team Leader Sec-1

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Holly Grace Williams

Holly Grace has 10 years of professional Information Security experience, currently working at Sec-1 as Penetration Testing Team Leader, which involves assessing the security of computer networks, websites and buildings through active exploitation. She is a CREST Certified Tester and holds a Master's degree in Information Security and Privacy, from Cardiff University.

Ben Jenkins
Ben Jenkins

Sales Engineer Datto

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Ben Jenkins
Henry Been
Henry Been

DevOps & Azure Architect Consultant & Speaker

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Henry Been

Henry Been is an independent DevOps and Azure architect from The Netherlands. He enjoys working with development teams to create and deliver great software.

For him, this includes the full DevOps cycle, starting from discovering and planning new features and ending only when end-users are satisfied. Henry's interests include the Azure cloud,  DevOps, software architecture and the design and implementation of testable and maintainable software.

Christian Reilly
Christian Reilly

Vice President, Global Product and Technology Strategy Citrix

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Christian Reilly

Christian Reilly is vice president of global product and technology strategy at Citrix. He also serves as an expert to share the Citrix vision with customers, partners and Citrix global teams. Working to better understand the evolving markets in which Citrix competes, his team delivers strategic counsel into the business to influence future product direction.  

Prior to Citrix, Reilly was at Bechtel Corp. for 18 years, where he was most recently responsible for the strategic planning, enterprise architecture and innovation program within the corporate Information Systems and Technology group. Under his direct leadership, the team defined strategic areas of technology development and advised on sustainable innovations that would make the biggest impacts to the business. Reilly has expertise in technology strategy, systems design, commercial evaluation, implementation and operation of complex solutions; at Bechtel, he oversaw vendor management of key core vendors such as Citrix, Cisco, HP, Juniper and Microsoft as well as emerging startup companies with new technologies, products, and solutions. Reilly has been recognized for leading the technical team at Bechtel that created what has been called the first enterprise private cloud deployment.

Lorna Mitchell
Lorna Mitchell

Developer Advocate IBM Watson Data Platform

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Lorna Mitchell

Lorna is based "over the hills" in Huddersfield; she is a Developer Advocate with IBM Watson Data Platform, a published author and experienced conference speaker.  She brings her technical expertise on a range of topics to audiences all over the world with her writing and speaking engagements, always delivered with a very practical slant.  In her spare time, Lorna blogs at http://lornajane.net

Martin Hodgson
Martin Hodgson

Senior Sales Manager UK & Ireland Paessler AG

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Martin Hodgson
Tony Stimson
Tony Stimson

Business Development Manager Pivot3

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Tony Stimson
Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh
Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh

Director of Sales Engineering and Solutions Architecture Alert Logic

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Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh
Nick Martin
Nick Martin

Head of Google Cloud, Retail & CPG Google

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Nick Martin
John Shaw
John Shaw

VP of Product Management for End User Security Sophos

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John Shaw

John Shaw joined Sophos in 2003. As vice president of product management for end user security, John is responsible for all Sophos’s mobile, encryption, server and endpoint protection products.

Prior to Sophos, John was at Microsoft Corporation where he was product planning manager. He also led product marketing and business planning for two Cambridge, UK-based technology startups, Ionica and Entropic. John began his career at IBM, then spent five years as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little.

John has a degree in mathematics and computation from Oxford University and an MSc in advanced information technology from Imperial College London.

Al Taylor
Al Taylor

Co-founder  cloudDNA

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Al Taylor

Al is a Co-founder of cloudDNA, the UK’s only dedicated Citrix cloud networking consulting practice and the first global Citrix partner to achieve the Networking for Data Centers Specialist accreditation. With over a decade of experience in real world NetScaler and CloudBridge deployments, he has directly helped organisations of all sizes deliver new levels of service to millions of users worldwide. A technical evangelist, blogger and presenter, Al packs his sessions with relevant information and use cases, all delivered with his infectious passion for technology. Some of it technical, some of it commercial but all of it relevant in today’s challenging IT service delivery environments.

Chris Clarkson
Chris Clarkson

Senior Solutions Engineer Bomgar

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Chris Clarkson
Rob Thompson
Rob Thompson

Head of Engineering Digital Engagement - Department for Work & Pensions

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Rob Thompson
Zeki Turedi
Zeki Turedi

Technology Strategist, EMEA Crowdstrike

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Zeki Turedi
Nick Blundell
Nick Blundell

Head of Research & Development AppCheck NG

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Nick Blundell
Emily Freeman
Emily Freeman

Developer Advocate Kickbox

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Emily Freeman

After many years of ghostwriting, Emily Freeman made the bold (insane?!) choice to switch careers into software engineering. Emily is the curator of javascriptjanuary.com — a collection of JavaScript articles which attracts 32,000 visitors in the month of January. A former competitive powerlifter, she works as a developer advocate and lives in Denver, Colorado.

Jason Rees
Jason Rees

Senior Director Oracle Cloud Technology Foundations, for UK, Ireland and Israel.

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Jason Rees

Jason is a Senior Director, Oracle Cloud Technology Foundations, for UK, Ireland and Israel.  He is responsibility for Technology Sales Consulting and Business Development, with a specific focus on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS), Cloud @ Customer, Database, Security and Manageability (PaaS). In his 21 year career, Jason has worked for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Atos Consulting, Deloitte LLP and Oracle Corporation. 

Jason is skilled at helping organisations’ understanding and justify their case for investment in technology and business change solutions; defining the business challenges, business/IT vision and architecting the right solutions to fit into the customer's environment and delivery priorities. Jason is an Oracle Enterprise Architect (OEA) Certified and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

James Allerton Austin
James Allerton Austin

Senior director of Product Management Oracle Cloud Platform

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James Allerton Austin

James Allerton-Austin leads the Product Management team in EMEA focused on Cloud Platform. Responsible for AppDev, Containers, Mobile, Blockchain and Integration, James serves as the primary representative for Cloud Platform Product Development for Oracle EMEA. As part of Oracle's Development team, he is responsible for driving strategy and adoption, as well as implementation and customer success.

An experienced event speaker, James is a regular invitee to speak at industry fora, at all levels from Keynote through to deep dive developer events covering a wide range fo subject matter, but always focusing on sharing experiences, both inside and outside Oracle from his career, distilling often complex subjects to their salient points . James is especially keen to listen to, and hear from the wider community about their plans, thoughts, projects and challenges, so that he can continue to learn, but also such that the technology under his stewardship can be actively guided to make the simple challenges in life simple to achieve quickly and the complex challenges, if not simple, possible to achieve.

David Cook
David Cook

Solicitor Advocate Eversheds Sutherland

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David Cook

David is a Solicitor Advocate specialising in cyber security and data protection compliance and litigation. 

His experience spans advising FTSE 100 companies on their cyber security posture and data protection programmes, through to advising on investigation and response following some of the most significant and high profile (and highly confidential) hacks of UK corporate bodies. 

David has also successfully defended alleged hackers from Anonymous, TeamPoison and LulzSec.  He has advised police officers on the law behind and pitfalls involved in cyber crime prosecutions from the North West, South Wales, Yorkshire and Humber police teams, as well as a course at the Royal College of Policing. 

He frequently works with academia and government in driving forward the evolution of cyber security controls frameworks. 

He is sought out for comment by newsprint and television media and is a noted public speaker in this area.  Attendees frequently comment that David’s talks are lively, engaging and always enjoyable.

Ian Evans
Ian Evans

Managing Director EMEA OneTrust

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Ian Evans
Gordon Cass
Gordon Cass

System Engineer IGEL Technology Ltd

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Gordon Cass
Mathew Patterson
Mathew Patterson

Sales Manager IGEL Technology Ltd

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Mathew Patterson
Carl Leonard
Carl Leonard

Principal Security Analyst Forcepoint

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Carl Leonard
Greg Iddon
Greg Iddon

Senior Product Manager Sophos

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Greg Iddon
Ross McSorley
Ross McSorley

Senior Systems Engineer Tintri

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Ross McSorley
Ian Waters
Ian Waters

Director of Solutions Marketing ThousandEyes

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Ian Waters
Richard Flanders
Richard Flanders

Cloud Security Sales Manager – NEMEA Check Point Software Technologies

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Richard Flanders
Dave Palmer
Dave Palmer

Director of Technology Darktrace

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Dave Palmer

Dave Palmer is the Director of Technology at Darktrace, overseeing the mathematics and engineering teams and project strategies. With over ten years of experience at the forefront of government intelligence operations, Palmer has worked across UK intelligence agencies GCHQ & MI5, where he delivered mission-critical infrastructure services, including the replacement and security of entire global networks, the development of operational internet capabilities and the management of critical disaster recovery incidents. He holds a first-class degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Birmingham.

Matt Jarvis
Matt Jarvis

Senior Director, Community and Evangelism Mesosphere Inc

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Matt Jarvis

Matt Jarvis is Senior Director of Community and Evangelism at Mesosphere, engaging with the communities around DC/OS and Mesos. Matt has spent more than 15 years building products and services around open source software, on everything from embedded devices to large scale distributed systems. Most recently he has been focused on the open cloud infrastructure space, and in emerging patterns for cloud native applications. 

Scott Breadmore
Scott Breadmore

Regional Sales Director, EMEA North EfficientIP

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Scott Breadmore


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