Sandi was a long-time software architect at Duke University, for whom she still consults. She has been solving real problems in large, long-lived object-oriented applications for more than twenty years. She is also the author of the book Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer
Adil is a passionate entrepreneur and product visionary who loves the startup and high growth environment. He is a founder at Crowd Interactive and ModCloth and is currently the CEO at Kemists. Adil cares tremendously about user experience, product vision, and building ridiculously good teams. He also loves writing code, and does so when time permits.
Eric is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Zaarly, a leading online marketplace to discover and work with talented local service providers. Eric is also the author of several books including the Green Entrepreneur Handbook and What Every Engineer Should Know About Starting a High-Tech Business Venture. He was named one of the 40 Under 40 for Washington, DC in 2011.
With 15 years of web development under his belt, Bryan is always pretty evenly split between client facing tasks and writing code. He does it all, from business development, project planning and consulting, to writing code for various Dynamo customers. Bryan loves working with startups to help them realize their goals just as much as he loves to design and code.
Peter is an early Spree adopter, launched a Spree Commerce web-shop for a client back in 2008, and wrote a number of extensions. He is the owner of PeRo ICT Solutions, an agile web-development company that is focusing on Spree implementation and development.
John Feminella is an avid technologist, occasional public speaker, and frequent instigator of assorted shenanigans. John recently co-founded UpHex, a startup providing predictive analytics and automated insights for e-commerce businesses. John is a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia and mentors budding entrepreneurs at HackCville.
Denis is the lead developer at Downshift Labs, an e-commerce consulting firm based in San Francisco, CA. He has been professionally involved with Rails since 1.2.2 back in 2006 and is still happily working with it today.
Gregor is a senior software developer at FreeRunning Technologies, a web design and development firm based in Victoria, BC. He focuses on a large variety of web applications built on top of open source software using agile methodologies.
Clarke is a programmer at FreeRunning Technologies. He has over 13 years of programming experience, with the last 5 primarily working in ruby and rails. He focuses on how to provide the most value to his clients and making sure the technology fits their real-world business priorities.
Sean is the creator and CEO of Spree Commerce. He is an experienced programmer and entrepreneur and has over a decade of experience working with open source in both Ruby and Java. Sean is a member of the Apache Software Foundation as well as a committer on several popular Apache projects including Struts.
Brian was an early contributor to Spree and was one of the first core team members. He's been happily hacking on Spree for fun and profit since 2008 and is fanatical about all things open source. Brian officially came on board as the Spree CTO in May 2011.
Chris has been engineering software for 15 years. He has a masters in computer science and has been working with Rails since 2006. He is a member of the Spree Core team and believes building online stores should be easy and fun.
Known for his exceptional grasp of the English and Ruby languages (both of which he can speak fluently, sometimes while sleeping), Ryan has combined the two into a book called Rails 3 in Action he is co-authoring with Rails core team member Yehuda Katz.
Located in the vibrant Logan Circle and U Street corridors, the Studio Theatre is Washington, DC's premier location for contemporary theater. The historic neighborhood has long been the center of Washington, DC's music and art scenes and has recently experienced a renaissance with new restaurants and night life venues popping up at every corner. We welcome you to explore the neighborhood's history and culture while you are here for SpreeConf.
A full day of training that includes sessions aimed at improving both your Rails and Spree skills. Sessions will cover Spree, Backbone.js, Coffeescript and testing.
Join us in the Studio Theatre for a series of five minute lightning talks. This is an opportunity to publicly share interesting things you are working on in Spree as well as suggest your ideas on how to improve things.
Enjoy a few happy hour drinks with your fellow attendees. Share what you learned during the training day and find out what interesting projects your colleagues are working on.
Policy is one of DC’s hottest restaurant and lounges located in the vibrant U Street neighborhood. Decorated with brilliant chandeliers and art work by Andrew funk and Drew Nussbaum, Policy offers two levels of charm and class in a hip and inviting environment.
The main event features sessions on a wide range of Spree, e-commerce and Rails related topics. We'll finish off the day with a talk from our keynote speaker to be announced shortly.
Join us after the conference for a few hours of drinking and lively debate! The Spree team will be in attendance along with most of our speakers.
Lost Society is a boutique restaurant and lounge located in the U Street corridor. The SpreeConf after party will be located on the second level which is comprised of a lounge and roof deck where guests can take in the view of the Washington, DC skyline and enjoy a beverage from the indoor or outdoor bar.
Join the Spree team and all of our speakers at the Donovan House Hotel which is conveniently located near the conference venue.