June 14 - 15, 2024
C3 Dev Festival
Amsterdam
C3 Dev Festival 2024

The contemporary software engineering and design festival

Full remote ticket included with Multipass.
John Romero
John Romero
ROMERO GAMES, Ireland
John Romero is an award-winning programmer, game designer and level designer whose work spans over 130 games, 108 of which have been published commercially. Romero is considered to be the "father of first person shooters" having led the design and contributed to the programming and audio design of the iconic and genre-defining games Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, Quake, Heretic and Hexen. Romero is also was also one of the earliest supporters of eSports and a professional-level DOOM and Quake player. To date, Romero has co-founded eight successful game companies including the likes of id Software and most recently Romero Games in Galway, Ireland. He is considered to be among the world’s top game designers, and his products have won well over 100 awards. Romero most recently won the Legend Award at 2017’s Develop: Brighton. He is a completely self-taught programmer, designer and artist, having drawn his inspirations from early Apple II programmers.
Una Kravets
Una Kravets
Google, USA
I lead the UI & Tooling Developer Relations Team at Google Chrome. Our team focuses on making the web platform easier to use and more robust for developers, primarily through CSS, HTML, and DevTools capabilities (with some JavaScript mixed in too). We help design web platform APIs, build samples to identify bugs and demonstrate use cases, research and help prioritize what to add to the platform, and share all the new stuff with you! It’s a pretty meta role, and I love getting to play a small part in supporting the evolving web ecosystem. I’m also a member of the CSS Working Group and OpenUI Community Group.
Charity Majors
Charity Majors
honeycomb.io, USA
Charity is the co-founder and CTO of [honeycomb.io](https://www.honeycomb.io/), the O.G. observability platform. She is the co-author of Observability Engineering and Database Reliability Engineering (O'Reilly), and has worked at companies like Parse, Facebook and Linden Lab. She loves free speech, free software and single malt scotch, and writes about startups, technology and leadership at [charity.wtf](https://charity.wtf/) and [twitter.com/mipsytipsy](https://twitter.com/mipsytipsy).
Christian Heilmann
Christian Heilmann
WeAreDevelopers, Germany
Talk: 35 Years of WWW: Working as a Content Creator, Designer and Developer With the Coolest Medium Ever
Chris is a highly skilled Front End Architect, Manager and Team Lead with over 25 years of experience in web technologies. He has a passion for breaking down complex technical concepts and presenting them in an understandable format to various audiences. He is excited about the potential of Machine Learning/AI in the creation and development space, and he works closely with different parts of the company to integrate these technologies into our work. Chris has been working across organisations and locales for over 15 years, leading teams and communicating across departments in the US, UK, China and India. He is the author of the Developer Advocacy Handbook, continuously updated since 2006 and the first JavaScript book to cover AJAX. He is a freelance writer for the German IT portal Golem and various online magazines He published videos for Visual Studio Code, helping them reach their 200k follower numbers on YouTube and breaking the 1.4M views barrier on TikTok for one video.
Minko Gechev
Minko Gechev
Google, USA
Minko the product lead for Angular at Google. Previously, he was a technical co-founder and the CTO of Rhyme.com, which in 2019 joined Coursera.
Ryan Carniato
Ryan Carniato
Netlify, USA
As a JavaScript performance enthusiast, and fine-grained reactivity super-fan, Ryan is obsessively passionate about the future of JavaScript frameworks. He is the creator of SolidJS, and a maintainer of Marko.
Rachel Nabors
Rachel Nabors
DevX consultant, USA
Talk: Managing Ourselves Managing Each Other
Rachel Nabors has spearheaded developer education at FAANG companies like Amazon and startups like Clerk and participated in web standards and open source with Mozilla, the W3C, and Microsoft. They have built award-winning dev portals for React and React Native with the core teams at Meta. They are currently roaming the world, working on opensource projects that teach the world to code from their home base in London.
Adrian Hajdin
Adrian Hajdin
JS Mastery, Croatia
Talk: Content Creation for Developers
Seasoned software engineer, educator, and a GitHub star passionate about technical education. I enjoy making learning simple through hands-on teaching and a project-based approach. Five years ago, I started the JavaScript Mastery YouTube channel, which became one of the largest technical education YouTube channels for intermediate to advanced developers in the JavaScript and ecosystem.
Anna J McDougall
Anna J McDougall
Director of Engineering, Germany
Talk: How to Turn Engineering Work into a Promotion
Anna McDougall grew up in Sydney, Australia, and moved to Germany in 2015 to pursue a career as an opera singer. At 32, she rediscovered her love for code and technology and made the switch to software engineering. She quickly discovered her mix of technical and social skills made her perfect for technical leadership, and she now works as Director, Product and Engineering (Projects and Organisation) for the tech subsidiary of Europe's largest media publisher, Axel Springer National Media & Tech, based in Berlin, Germany. Anna has helped hundreds of career changers pursue new careers in tech, with her book "You Belong in Tech: How to Go from Zero Programming Knowledge to Hired" quickly hitting #1 on Amazon for Career Guide New Releases in July 2022. In 2023, she delivered her TEDx Talk for the Technical University of Berlin, titled "Finding and Proving Your Value as a Career Changer".
Tobias Koppers
Tobias Koppers
Vercel, Germany
Creator of Webpack and Turbopack. Father of two children. Likes to play board games.
Swizec Teller
Swizec Teller
Tia, USA
Talk: Scaling Fast – Engineering Lessons From ~15 Years of Tech Startups
Swizec is a software engineer, author, and conference speaker. He's published books on modern web technologies, data visualization, and productivity, and has trained engineering teams at companies big and small. He’s on a mission to distill 20 years of tacit experience into actionable steps.
Otavio Santana
Otavio Santana
OS Expert, Portugal
Talk: Tactics and Strategies on Software Development: How to Reach a Successful Software
Empowering developers worldwide to deliver better software faster, scalable in the Cloud. Otavio is a passionate software engineer focused on Cloud and Java technology. He has experience mainly in persistence polyglot and high-performance applications in finances, social media, and e-commerce. Otavio is a member of both Expert Groups and an Expert Leader in several JSRs and JCP executive committee. He is working on several Apache and Eclipse Foundation projects such as Apache Tamaya, MicroProfile, Jakarta EE, where he is leading the first specification at Jakarta EE with Jakarta NoSQL. A JUG leader and global speaker at JavaOne and Devoxx conferences. Otavio has received recognition for his OSS contributions such as the JCP Outstanding Award, Member of the year and innovative JSR, Duke’s Choice Award, and Java Champion Award, to name a few.
 Vanessa Raath
Vanessa Raath
The Talent Hunter, South Africa
Vanessa is globally renowned for her contributions to the international Sourcing Community. She has delivered keynotes across three continents and trained teams from Auckland to Seattle. Vanessa launched her Talent Sourcing Training business in early 2019 and has not looked back. She is a qualified teacher with experience in agency recruiting and internal talent acquisition (she loved both roles!). She now gets to combine her love of empowering others to do better, with her passion for recruiting through her own Online Academy. She loves it when her training delegates experience that ‘light bulb’ moment as she knows that she has just changed someone’s career, for the better. When Vanessa is not doing research for her training, recording content, or delivering a Keynote, you can find her at the Beach or in the South African Bushveld, taking photographs.
Bassem Dghaidi
Bassem Dghaidi
GitHub, Netherlands
Talk: Adapting to the Future of Work in Tech
Bassem Dghaidi enjoys solving hard problems in internet scale distributed systems and takes pride in abolishing organisational inefficiencies and adopting a cross-disciplined approach to problem solving. Bassem is a Senior Software Engineer at GitHub, where he is currently focused on building the next generation of GitHub Actions. With a career spanning over 15 years, Bassem worked across various industries, including TechEd, car manufacturing, FinTech, transportation and logistics. In a previous role, Bassem worked closely with some of the largest corporate customers and Fortune 500 companies as a trusted advisor. He helped these enterprises optimise their software development lifecycle and adopt DevOps best practices. Apart from his work at GitHub, Bassem is passionate about empowering the next generation of technologists. He was a founding member of SE Factory, a technical career accelerator that has become Lebanon’s leading training program for aspiring software engineers. Bassem is also an active podcaster and content creator sharing his technical and career-related insights on major social media platforms.
Tara Z. Manicsic
Tara Z. Manicsic
Netlify, USA
Tara Z. Manicsic has spent her career using JavaScript on both back-end and front-end to try to help make coding the web a happy place for devs. She is currently working to bring Angular into the Jamstack at Netlify as a Developer Experience Engineer. As an international technical speaker and workshop leader, she conveys all she has learned while delivering horrible jokes. Tara is a lifelong student, teacher, and maker (crafts, IoT projects, tiny humans, and more). She lives in a house down by the river and hopes to meet you soon!
David Whitney
David Whitney
Electric Head Software, UK
Talk: Intentional Code - Where Patterns End and Design Begins
David is the founder of Electric Head Software, working as an independent software consultant based in London focusing on iterative software delivery, developer mentoring and cultural change - mostly working with London-based organisations and start-ups. David has previously served as the chief coding technical architect for JustGiving, and helped market-leading organisations including JUST-EAT, Trainline and Vodafone improve their technical capabilities.
Krasimir Tsonev
Krasimir Tsonev
Antidote.me, Bulgaria
Talk: The Art of Interviewing People or How to Identify Senior Talent
Krasimir Tsonev is a coder with over 15 years of experience in web development. Author of books on JavaScript he works at Antidote.me where he helps people reaching clinical trials. Loves React and its ecosystem.
Krzysztof Cieślak
Krzysztof Cieślak
GitHub, Copilot team, Poland
Talk: Bring the Power of AI to Your Application
Krzysztof is a photographer, globetrotter open-source maintainer, and public speaker. He works as a Senior Research Engineer at GitHub Next, where he designs and builds the next generation of developer tools such as GitHub Copilot. After the work, Krzysztof is an open-source software maintainer passionate about functional programming (especially F#), editor tooling and developer experience - he has created and maintained several OSS projects varying from language servers to web frameworks to VSCode plugins. Additionally, he is a passionate public speaker. You can meet him at many conferences around the world, where he is always trying to meet new people and learn how to make the lives of software developers better.
Braydon Coyer
Braydon Coyer
LogicGate, USA
Talk: The Power of a Second Brain in a Developer's Workflow
Braydon Coyer is a Senior Frontend Engineer at LogicGate where he helps build a GRC automated platform. He is a creative developer, a blogger and a designer. His mission is to translate user-focussed designs into pixel-perfect websites or applications that run blazing fast. He lives in Texas with his wife and two daughters.
Naz Delam
Naz Delam
LinkedIn, USA
Naz is a software engineering manager at LinkedIn and Technology Career Coach. She is passionate about UI Engineering, Career Development, and growth skills. Before LinkedIn, she worked at Netflix, leading Animation teams and in the Finance industry as a Software Architect. Naz is dedicated to advancing and growing the careers of many engineers across the world 🌎 . She is an active Career Coach on MentorCruise. She also volunteers with Hour of Code, teaching high school girls how to code, and serves as a member of MentorCruise and BuiltByGirls to coach engineers. You’ll likely find her exploring the world 🌱, playing games, or curled up with a good book and coffee when she's not working. 📚☕
Ioana Teleanu
Ioana Teleanu
Miro, Romania
Talk: AI + UX: Product Design for Intelligent Experiences
Ioana Teleanu is an experienced design leader specializing in AI-powered products. Currently, she is the Lead Product Designer for AI at Miro. Previously, she worked at UiPath on a product called Clipboard AI, which was granted Time Magazine's 'Best Invention of 2023' award. Before that, she contributed to multiple products within UiPath and ING Bank and provided consulting and design services for several early-stage startups worldwide. She's the creator and instructor of one of the most successful courses on AI for Designers, in partnership with the Interaction Design Foundation. As a seasoned design educator, she has launched courses with Domestika as well as her own design bootcamp, all while mentoring and sharing her insights as a designer within her community, UX Goodies. Through the UX Goodies channels, which together have over 300,000 followers, and her podcast, Honest UX Talks, Ioana strives to deliver value to her audience. She focuses on teaching designers how to prepare for the AI revolution and remain competitive in a rapidly changing landscape.
Rishabh Mehrotra
Rishabh Mehrotra
Sourcegraph, UK
Talk: Powering Cody Coding Assistant Using LLMs
Rishabh is a machine learning scientist working on ML techniques for recommendations in online marketplaces. He works on multi-objective decisioning, recommendations, marketplaces, personalization and experimentation. He has led various ML projects from basic research to production, with >10 product launches for 350+ million users.
Mo Khazali
Mo Khazali
Theodo UK, UK
Mo is the Head of Mobile and a Tech Lead at Theodo UK, having worked on several projects with startups and established enterprises to create cross-platform mobile application in React Native. He's passionate about React Native, MobileDevOps, and pushing the boundaries of combining code across web and mobile. Before joining Theodo, Mo was a full-stack developer at Nasdaq. He is a graduate from the University of Edinburgh.
Lirone Glikman
Lirone Glikman
The Human Factor by LG, France
Talk: The Art of Influence: Empowering Developers' Team Collaboration
Lirone Glikman is an International Keynote Speaker, thought leader specializing in Networking and Personal Branding, and a Global Business Development Consultant for tech companies. She has been working with developers for over a decade and very passionate about helping others succeed through her methodologies.
 Lindsey Simon
Lindsey Simon
Vercel, USA
Talk: Conducting Interviews and Interviewing in the Age of AI Tools
Lindsey Simon is the VP of Engineering at Vercel. Making the Web faster has been his lifelong career ambition. Prior to Vercel, Lindsey spent seven years at Google, where he helped launch App Engine as an original core team member, and worked as a tech lead on the Google Translate and Web Performance teams. Lindsey has lived in San Francisco for the past 15 years, and his creative hobbies (beyond coding) include writing music and hunting for wild mushrooms.
David Leitner
David Leitner
SQUER, Austria
Talk: The Art of Architecting for Scale
David is Chief Technologist at SQUER, a Software Company based in Munich and Vienna, working with different stacks and environments but always an overarching mission: connect ideas and provide impact — with technology. He spends much of his time on the frontlines tackling the challenges of scaling software and complex domains, with a strong focus on cloud-native architectures and infrastructures. David enjoys sharing his knowledge as a conference speaker and lecturer for his post-diploma courses at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna.
Paolo Insogna
Paolo Insogna
Nearform, Italy
Talk: Love Your Maintainers
Node.js TSC Member, Staff Developer Experience Engineer at NearForm, Polyglot Developer. RPG and LARP addicted and nerd on lot more. Surrounded by lovely chubby cats.
Neciu Dan
Neciu Dan
CareerOS, Spain
Talk: Pixels, Promises, and Panic: Horror Stories of Production Nightmares
Neciu Dan is the technical co-founder and tech lead of CareerOS, where he spearheads the development, maintenance, and scaling of the main application. Bringing over 12 years of engineering expertise to the table, Dan has a proven track record in the tech industry, having previously served as a Senior Product Engineer at the New York E-commerce brand, AdoreMe, and as a Senior Software Engineer at the food delivery company, Glovo.
Johnny Fekete
Johnny Fekete
Bonboarding, Spain
Talk: Rebooting Joy: Harnessing Playfulness and Hobbies to Redefine Work in the Tech World
"Johnny is a seasoned full stack developer with 16+ years of web development experience, building his startup, Bonboarding. He thrives on tackling complex tasks that require out-of-the-box thinking, and enjoys finding creative solutions. His passion for early-stage projects is fueled by his belief in the transformative power of technology and his drive to constantly push the envelope."
Alla Pavlova
Alla Pavlova
Riot Games, Netherlands
Tech Recruiter & Sourcing Trainer. Speaker and community builder, gamer. Currently scaling engineering and art teams at Riot Games.
Joran Quinten
Joran Quinten
Jumbo Supermarkten, Netherlands
Mentorship available
Talk: From Nebula to Supernova: Design System Maturity Models
Jorans passion involves getting people to love technology and getting technology to play nice. He works as an interaction developer with ♡ for web, tech, science & tinkering with stuff. Focussed on innovation at Jumbo Supermarkten. Published author, tweets and speaks every now and then.
Anton Kazakov
Anton Kazakov
Canonical, Germany
Mentorship available
Talk: Tiny Things That Throw You Into Chaos: Engineering Leader’s Way Out of Daily Havoc
Anton is an Engineering Director at Canonical (the publisher of Ubuntu). He's built and scaled teams, shaped tech organisations in the SaaS and B2C worlds. He has a passion for systemic approaches and helping people thrive and grow. He mentors other tech leaders helping their leadership journey go more quickly and smoothly. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, mountain skiing, and family time.
Chloe Caron
Chloe Caron
Theodo UK, UK
Talk: Who’s Faster at Building an Energy Generation Data Visualisation Platform: ChatGPT or a Developer?
Chloé is a Tech Lead, Data Engineer and Full-stack Developer at Theodo UK. Having worked on several projects, Chloé has continuously expanded her experience by working with both startups and well-established companies. With a keen curiosity for exploration, Chloé frequently embarks on exploratory journeys into innovative data topics, journeys that she often shares through Twitter.
Rita Castro
Rita Castro
Volkswagen Digital Solutions | SDC Lisbon, Portugal
Mentorship available
Talk: The Entanglement of Concerns between People and Software Development
Software Engineer that used to build stand alone applications for data processing and mission planning systems turned into a Full-Stack Developer working with Test Driven Development, XP and Pair Programming. Also a Mom now.
James Haworth Wheatman
James Haworth Wheatman
Theodo UK, UK
Talk: Not Your Everyday Tech Lead: What Does It Mean To Be TL in a Lean Software Company?
James is a Tech Lead on full-stack web and mobile applications at Theodo UK, a Lean Software Consultancy in London. As a consultant, he has built and deployed apps to production and led teams within many sectors, from green tech, to insurance, to finance, working within start-up teams building a business from the ground up or within multinational organisations. James is currently thinking about Tech Quality, Training, and Leadership within the Software Engineering world and plays the keyboard in a work band.
Richard Donovan
Richard Donovan
RD Coached, UK
Talk: Mindset: You vs Your AI
Mindset and Wellbeing Coach to the Software Engineering Industry Richard is self-taught and has over 24 years experience working as a Software Engineer, Tech Lead, Engineering Manager and Software Architect. Feeling the need to contribute more than just lines of code to the software engineering industry, Richard trained to become a mindset coach and personal trainer to help software engineers protect their wellbeing and mental health, which is vital for success in our industry.
Joel Chippindale
Joel Chippindale
Monkey’s Thumb, UK
Joel is a CTO Coach who supports start-up and scale-up CTOs to successfully and confidently navigate the changes in their roles as their businesses evolve. He has over 20 years experience building, scaling and leading software development teams, mainly in start-ups, where he held both CTO and COO roles.
Nancy Choi
Nancy Choi
Millennial Executive, Netherlands
Nancy is a Millennial Executive at a Fortune 500 company as well as a certified Executive and Career Coach. With a 15-year career in innovative startups and large companies, she understands the challenges of Modern Leadership intimately. Nancy works with modern leaders to navigate their career and leadership with more confidence, purpose, and impact.
Goran Vuksic
Goran Vuksic
syntheticAIdata, Sweden
Talk: The Force of Engineering: Bringing Your Own Star Wars Sidekick to Life
Goran is the CTO and Co-founder of syntheticAIdata, a startup company dedicated to democratising the vision AI market by providing affordable and accessible synthetic data. With over 20 years of work experience in IT and a deep understanding of various technologies, Goran worked as an engineering and technical manager, among other roles, developing IT strategies and solutions for well-known clients. Goran is a tech enthusiast, he writes technical blog posts and he likes to share his knowledge at conferences, workshops, and meetups. He is recognised as Microsoft AI Most Valuable Professional (AI MVP), and his projects have been highlighted on websites such as Forbes, The Next Web, NVIDIA Developer, TechCrunch, and others.
 Dirk-Willem van Gulik
Dirk-Willem van Gulik
The Netherlands
Talk: Why Open Source Always Wins
Dirk-Willem van Gulik is one of the internet engineers behind the world wide web and of the founding fathers of the apache web server. He was the President of the Apache Software Foundation during its first 10 years. He has worked for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the United Nations, telecommunications firms, several satellite & space agencies and founded several startups. He participated in different international standards bodies, such as the IETF and W3C on metadata, GIS, PKI, Security, Architecture and Internet standard since the early days. He build the initial engineering team at the very first ‘webserver’ startup: Covalent, helped make big-data and the semantic web reality at Asemantics and created the first first instant play P2P viewer at joost.com. He was the Chief Technical Architect at the BBC where he shaped the audience facing development-delivery platform Forge in the time for the 2020 Olympics and where he made information security and compliance a core enabler for business processes. He provides technical due diligence to investors and assists companies with their technology; taking an (interim) CTO role where needed. He currently works on several medical and privacy intensive security projects with a heavy emphasis on Architecture and Governance. During the Corona crisis he assisted the Ministry of Health of the Netherlands, the EU and the UN with the `CoronaMelder'; where opensource, cryptography and security-by-design helped build trust. And, more recently has spend waay to much time in Brussels on the Cyber Resilience Act (CRA) and the Product Liability Directive (PLD) as Europe brings in significant regulation of IT and Open Source. When not at work, he loves to sail or hang out with the lovely people at his local https://makerspaceLeiden.nl.
Michał Michalczuk
Michał Michalczuk
Tektit Consulting, Poland
Talk: From Senior Developer to Manager and Back: The Journey of Returning to Coding
Senior Software Engineer and consultant in Tektit Consulting. IT trainer at Infoshare Academy. Previously worked on Jira Cloud and Atlassian Forge. He talks and records stuff on Front-end and WebDevelopment related stuff.
Lena Reinhard
Lena Reinhard
Executive & Leadership Coach, Germany
Talk: Doing the Right Thing, Better: Leading With Efficiency in Mind
Lena Reinhard (Website, LinkedIn) is an engineering leadership coach, mentor, and organizational developer supporting technology leaders in growing themselves and succeeding in the complexity of engineering organizations. Previously, Lena served as VP Engineering with CircleCI and Travis CI, and a SaaS startup co-founder & CEO, and has dedicated her career to helping leaders and their organizations excel in times of high change and challenging markets. She has worked with a broad variety of companies at all stages, from startups pre-founding and bootstrapped, scale-ups, to late-stage/pre-IPO and VC-funded ventures, to corporations and NGOs. Find her writing on leadership and more about her work at lenareinhard.com.
Mateus Paulino
Mateus Paulino
QuintoAndar, Brazil
Talk: From Chaos to Clarity: Leveraging RFCs in High-Performance Environments
Tech Lead and Senior Software Engineer with 12+ years' experience, believes that collaboration changes every game. Holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
Jenny Truong
Jenny Truong
Stately.ai, USA
As the Head of Operations and Developer Relations at Stately.ai, Jenny also dedicates her time to co-organizing Orlando JS meetups. Based in the heart of Orlando, Florida, Jenny is a passionate advocate for her community, imparting valuable insights on mental awareness, state machines, and various collaborative tools. When she's not engaging with users or gracing the stage, you can spot Jenny at your favorite local donut shop, savoring the simple joys of life!