Team

The creators of Techorama

Gill Cleeren

Gill Cleeren is a Microsoft Regional Director, Visual Studio MVP and Pluralsight author. Gill focuses on web and mobile development and loves Xamarin. Gill is a frequent speaker at many international conferences such as TechDays, TechEd, NDC, VSLive and many more. He also is the founder of Techorama, the biggest IT conference in Belgium and he runs Visug, the .NET user group in Belgium as well. You can find his website at www.snowball.be.

Pieter Gheysens

Pieter Gheysens is the founder of Sparkles and focuses as a Visual Studio ALM MVP and Certified Scrum Master on Application Lifecycle Management solutions based on Team Foundation Server. During the last 6 years, Pieter has been involved in many large enterprise development projects as an ALM expert. He’s passionate about setting up the optimal team development environment to deliver high quality software and strives to get the best out of people, tools and processes. You can read about his experiences at intoalm.net. Since a few years now, Pieter is also the User Group Lead for the Visual Studio User Group in Belgium.

Kevin DeRudder

Kevin DeRudder is lecturer at the Technical University of West Flanders (http://www.howest.be). He teaches .NET, Windows and front-end web development in the track New Media and Communications Technology (http://www.nmct.be). Kevin also speaks at several conferences and user groups.

The Techorama NL Core & Content Team

Techorama is a community conference. Our conference and the agenda are built with the support of the Dutch Microsoft community. Here’s a list of the core members of Techorama Netherlands.

Marcel De Vries

Marcel spends most of his time looking at how new emerging technologies, a shift in mindset, and a new way of work, can help organizations get software in production faster. Helping organizations transform towards a high speed, innovative, and productive organization has become his passion. Marcel loves to learn new technologies and teach others what he has learned. Besides his work as CTO at Xpirit he also works as a consultant in the field of Application Lifecycle Management, Continuous Delivery, DevOps, Cloud/Web scale application architectures, and Cross platform Enterprise Mobile app development with Xamarin. Marcel is a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences. He has delivered sessions at events like Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft //Build, Microsoft TechDays, Visual Studio Live!, Devintersection, Xebicon, and Techorama to name a few. He hosts several meetups in his region on Microsoft Azure, Xamarin, and ALM and is an avid contributer to communities. In his spare time he also builds online courses for Pluralsight. Marcel has been awarded by Microsoft the Microsoft ALM MVP award for more than 11 consecutive years and I he is a Microsoft Regional Director since 2008. You can always contact him to talk about subjects like: DevOps, ALM, Cloud Computing, Microservices, Mobile Development, Docker, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS.

Barry Luijbregts

Barry Luijbregts is an independent architect and software developer focused on preparing business applications and solutions for the cloud. A Microsoft Azure MVP, Barry is a skilled educator and active member of the community providing Pluralsight cloud and developer-focused courses, on-sight private training sessions for corporate groups, records podcasts, founded an active .NET User Group and leads technology bootcamps.  Barry has a lifelong passion for technology and for IT in particular. Technology drives his curiosity as he stays current and gains unique access to new technology through Microsoft early adoption programs. Understanding that software is an investment, Barry uses his knowledge of cloud direction to advise clients on forward looking and sustainable long-term solutions.

Dennis Vroegop

Dennis Vroegop is a managing director at Interknowlogy Europe, software architect, speaker, and eleven times awardee of the Microsoft MVP Award (C#, Surface, Hardware Interaction Design and Development, Kinect for Windows, Emerging Experiences and Windows Development). He is a designer and developer of new ways to interact with people, using multi-touch systems and camera-based solutions. Dennis feels most comfortable when leading teams to a better way of working. Software development teams on the Microsoft platform, including but not limited to stakeholders, product owners, product managers, developers, and customers benefit from his knowledge of good team work, quality assurance, and professional software development. He has been developing software since the early 80s, starting out on the Commodore 64. He taught himself to program the games that his friends ended up playing. He writes software in a large number of languages and environments. After graduating in the field of computer sciences from Amsterdam, Dennis started to work as a developer, but quickly took over the role of a lead R&D engineer. After a couple of years, he started his own company, seeing most developers back then were not treated the way he wanted them to be treated. By always mixing his technical skills with his management style, he quickly became someone with whom people actually wanted to work with. In 2007, Dennis started to get into the world of Natural User Interfaces, driven by his passion to provide everyone an access to information. His goal is to enable everyone, regardless of income, capabilities, social background, and so on, to be able to get in touch with computers. This led to the formation of Interknowlogy Europe, a company that aims at getting great and easy-to-use software using technologies such as HoloLens into the world.

Dennis is the coauthor of the LinkedIn Learning video training, Developing for Microsoft HoloLens. He is also a proficient professional speaker at smaller and large events. He is the chairman of the largest Dutch .NET usergroup–dotNed.

Andre Obelink

As author of many software development related articles and – books, and as speaker on user group meetings and conferences, André is already more than fifteen years active in the Microsoft .NET community. He runs the .NET Oost Meetup community and focuses on trying to attract students to the (cross platform) Microsoft ecosystem. For his community efforts, he was awarded from 2006-2016 with a Microsoft MVP award. In his daily life he leads his own software company and works as a consultant and/or senior software engineer for some bigger companies in The Netherlands. You can find his blog on http://www.obelink.com.

Roland Guijt

Roland is a Microsoft MVP enjoying a constant curiosity around new techniques in software development. His focus is on all things .Net and browser technologies. As a long-time trainer, he leads many courses on these topics and speaks about them at international conferences. He is also a well-known Pluralsight author. The word that comes to mind when he thinks about software development is passion!

Marcel Meijer

Marcel Meijer works as independent consultant/CTO for JOEP-IT BV. Currently he is mainly concerned with Cloud, Software Development, Architecture in general. In his spare time he is chairman and board member of the SDN. At the SDN is he responsible for organizing SDN Events (SDE), editor of the SDN Magazine and co-host of the weekly webcast SDN Cast.

Sjoukje Zaal

Sjoukje Zaal is a Microsoft Azure MVP and a Microsoft Principal Expert with over 15 years of experience providing architecture, development, consultancy and design expertise on Microsoft-related technologies. She works at Ordina, a System Integrator in the Netherlands. Sjoukje is active in the Microsoft Community as a writer, public speaker and as a forum moderator and answerer on MSDN/TechNet. She is co-founder of SP&C NL, a Dutch site with articles related to Azure, Office 365, Office and SharePoint. She is also co-founder of the Mixed Reality User Group, which focusses on new technologies on the Microsoft platform, like the HoloLens, AI, Machine Learning, Azure and more.

Gerald Versluis

Gerald Versluis is a all-round enthousiastic developer, two-time book author and Microsoft MVP from The Netherlands. With years of experience working with Xamarin, Azure and various .NET technologies, he has been focused on mobile and web mainly. Not only does he like to code, but he is also passionate about spreading his knowledge and enabling other developers. He does this by speaking at conferences such as the TechDays, Techorama and numerous local sessions big and small. Besided speaking, Gerald involves himself in writing blogs/articles, recording vlogs and basically anything that is awesome! For a full overview you can take a look at http://gerald.verslu.is

Albert Alberts