The 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
Tracks: Mobile, Language & Tools, Web, General content

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 Since a few years now, Pieter is also the User Group Lead for the Visual Studio User Group in Belgium.
Tracks: ALM, DevOps

Kevin DeRudder

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

The Techorama Content Team

Maarten Balliauw

Maarten Balliauw loves building web and cloud apps. His main interests are in ASP.NET MVC, C#, Microsoft Azure, PHP and application performance. He co-founded MyGet and is Developer Advocate at JetBrains. He’s an ASP Insider and a former MVP for Microsoft Azure. Maarten is a frequent speaker at various national and international events, organizes Azure User Group events and is a track owner for Techorama. In his free time, he likes brewing his own beer. Maarten’s blog can be found at
Tracks: Azure, Web

Mike Martin

As a Microsoft Lead Consultant and Architect at Crosspoint Solutions (part of the Cronos group), a company with a strong focus on BI, Data and CRM, Mike is mainly focused on the complete Microsoft product stack and therefore very flexible to work with. He’s been active in the IT industry for over 17 years and has performed almost all types of job profiles, going from coaching and leading a team to architecting and systems design and training. Today he’s primarily into the Microsoft Cloud Platform and Application Lifecycle Management. He’s not a stranger to both dev and IT Pro topics, they even call him the perfect hybrid solution.
Tracks: Azure infrastructure, Azure

Kenny Buntinx

Kenny is a highly qualified , certified and energized consultant working for Coretech Benelux with more than 15 years of experience and strives to always deliver high quality when managing and delivering projects. He has a strong focus on the Microsoft System Center product family and is an industry expert in the System Center Enterprise Client Management space. A deep technical background with a track record in “Enterprise Client Management” architecture and “Unified Mobile Device Management” expertise. Additionally he believes strongly in sharing knowledge amongst his peers and therefore co-founded the System Center User Group Belgium. As an industry expert and Most Valued Professional (MVP) , he is a frequent speaker and ask-the-expert guest at both national and international events.
Tracks: Enterprise Mobility, Hybrid Datacenter, Windows Server

Karim Ourtani

Karim Ourtani currently works as a Data & Application Analyst for the Flemish Government, specifically in the department for Welfare, Public Health and Family. He has been working with SQL Server Since 1998 (version 6.5). After working in the Banking Sector in London he moved onto various web projects where SQL server was at the basis of his many web analytics and online marketing projects. Since his return to Belgium has been focussing his efforts on the BI capabilities of SQL Server as well as Database Programming. Furthermore he has a extensive knowledge of VB.Net and C#.
Tracks: Data, Power BI, SQL Server

Andy Van Steenbergen

My name is Andy Van Steenbergen and I’m a SharePoint enthusiast.
SharePoint has been my passion as from SharePoint 2007. I started out working with the WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 versions and build my knowledge on top of the diverse platforms. SharePoint brought me fun and the ability to realize several value solutions for my customers. As from the beta version of SharePoint 2016, I have experienced the joy of working with a mature platform and I had the chance to start doing some Application Architecture and more Blueprinting work. After my visit to the Ignite conference 2016 I have been giving Competence Centre tech ready updates to the team and exploring the full potential of SharePoint 2016 and Office 365. This platform has brought a tremendous change in terms of functionality, scalability and Architectural. I also was very proud to be the President of BIWUG all those year, working together with an awesome team who committed themselves every day of the week. But as from 1 January it is time to pick up a new role, now within the Techorama team.
Tracks: SharePoint Dev & Infra

The Techorama Crew

Lindsey Broos

Lindsey Broos is a Team Lead of a phytopathology laboratory. She is a crew-member since the first edition of Techorama. At Techorama she got infected by the technology-virus and is now studying again. She is currently in her second year of a graduate Informatics.

Jorg Floren

Jorg has been a consultant for more than ten years, he turned freelance in 2017. He can be considered a full stack developer, though his main strengths lie in back end development and modernizing stale systems. He loves discovering new technologies and techniques. In his free time he coaches a youth team of a local football club and still manages to find time to be actively involved in managing a race team and occasionally working on their cars.

Tom Kerkhove

Tom works for Codit as an Azure Consultant, is a member of the AZUG crew and has been a Microsoft Azure MVP & Azure Advisor since 2014. He turns coffee into scalable & secure cloud systems and writes about his adventures on

Thomas Rutten

Thomas Rutten is an ambitious SharePoint developer. Since 2017 he is doing this on a freelance basis. His interests lie mostly in client side development. Thomas is also passionate about cryptocurrencies and their appliance in the real world.

Ben Cull

Wesley Cabus

Wesley builds web applications using the ASP.NET stack and Angular as a consultant. He’s a Lead Developer .NET and a member of the Microsoft Community at Realdolmen, and coaches the junior developers by teaching them .NET/C# and ASP.NET.

Nico Vermeir

Nico Vermeir is a Windows Development MVP living in Belgium. He’s currently employed as a natural experiences integration consultant at Realdolmen where he’s currently focusing on Xamarin, chatbots and new emerging technologies. Nico also co-founded MADN, the Belgian Modern App Developer Network, a user group focused on modern application development.

Jordi Borghers

Jordi is a Freelance developer with a passion for process optimisation. He loves to see things run smoothly and without hiccups for developers and end users. He believes that, to make the life of the end user easier, the process of software development has to run smoothly.

Jens Helderweirdt

Mathias Schaemelhout

Mathias is a consultant from Ordina Belgium’s NCore unit with experience in web- and mobile development in the .NET ecosystem. He’s interested in a broad range of fields including front-end web development, security and user interface design. Crew member since Techorama v1.