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Connecting the Dots: Considerations in Modern Software Development

At QCon, we get the opportunity to hear about new and interesting ways to tackle the technical challenges we face. We leave energized and eager to apply some of the solutions and alternatives that we’ve learned with our own teams. However, it can be difficult to connect the dots between the compelling stories we hear about technological transformation with new technology and the work we do day to day.

Join some leading experts in Socially Conscious Software to share your challenges, hear from others who have similar challenges, and collaborate together on ways to take what you’ve learned at QCon back to work. 


Holly Cummins

Senior Technical Staff Member @IBM Garage

Holly Cummins is the worldwide development practice lead for the IBM Garage. As part of the Garage, Holly delivers technology-enabled innovation to clients across a range of industries, from banking to catering to retail to NGOs. She has led projects to count fish, help a blind athlete run ultra-marathons in the desert solo, improve health care for the elderly, and change how city parking works. Holly is also an Oracle Java Champion, IBM Q Ambassador, and JavaOne Rock Star. Before joining the IBM Garage, she was Delivery Lead for the WebSphere Liberty Profile (now Open Liberty). Holly co-authored Manning’s Enterprise OSGi in Action. She is an active speaker and has spoken at JavaOne, Devoxx, Sonar+D, JavaZone, JFokus, The ServerSide Java Symposium, GOTO, JAX London, QCon, GeeCon, and the Great Indian Developer Summit, as well as a number of user groups.  

Before joining IBM, Holly completed a DPhil in Quantum Computation.

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Anne Currie

Chief Strategist @containersoluti (Container Solutions)

Anne Currie has been in the tech industry for over 20 years working on everything from Microsoft Back Office Servers in the 90's to international online lingerie in the 00's to cutting edge devops and the impact of orchestrated containers in the 10's. Anne has co-founded tech startups in the productivity, retail and devops spaces. She currently works in London for Container Solutions.

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Sitati Kituyi

CTO @Pula, former CTO @FrontlineSMS

Sitati is an engineering team lead based in Nairobi, Kenya. In his current role as CTO at Pula, he leads a distributed engineering team in building agricultural insurance tech infrastructure, through which over 1.3 million smallholder farmers across Africa are insured. As CTO at FrontlineSMS, he led the engineering team that built a SaaS messaging automation platform for a global user base. Sitati also co-founded a stock media startup, AfricanStockPhoto, which aimed to provide royalty-free imagery with a more authentic & up-to-date portrayal of Africa.

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