The creators of Techorama
Gill Cleeren is the CTO of Xpirit Belgium and he is a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft MVP and Pluralsight author. Gill focuses on architecture for web and mobile projects. Gill is a frequent speaker at many international conferences and founder of Techorama, the biggest IT conference in Belgium.
Tracks: Mobile, Language & Tools, Web, General content
Pieter Gheysens is the Managing Director at Xpirit Belgium and focuses as a consultant and Microsoft MVP on Application Lifecycle Management solutions based on Azure DevOps and GitHub. During the last decade, Pieter has been involved in many large enterprise development projects as an ALM & DevOps expert. He’s passionate about setting up the optimal team development environment to deliver high quality software. Pieter also founded the Visual Studio User Group in Belgium.
Tracks: ALM, DevOps
Kevin DeRudder is Competence Manager at Elmos (https://www.elmos.be). At Elmos, he works closely with the consultants to help them taking the next step in their career. Next to this, Kevin is invited as a speaker on many occasions to give Web Development training or presentations.
The Techorama Content Team
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 http://blog.maartenballiauw.be.
Tracks: Azure, Web
As a Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Mike is an Azure goto for ISV’s (independent software vendors). He’s been active in the IT industry for more than 20 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.
In January 2012 he became a crew member of AZUG, the Belgian Microsoft Azure User Group. As an active member he’s both involved in giving presentations and organizing events (like ITProceed, Techorama and Global Azure Bootcamp aka GAB). Mike was also a Microsoft Azure MVP (awarded 5 times) and Microsoft Azure Advisor.
Helping out in the community and introducing new & young people into the world of Microsoft and technology is also one of his passions.
Tracks: Azure infrastructure, Azure
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 currently works as an Information Architect for the department for Welfare, Public Health and Family within the Flemish Government and a member of the board of dataMinds, the Belgian Data Platform User group. 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 core of all his undertakings.
Upon his return to Belgium he initially focused on the BI capabilities of SQL Server as well as Database Programming, but since joining the Flemish Government in 2012 he has been focused on web and application development with C#.
Lately he has been making a transition to the world of Information Management and Architecture where from a technical point of view he is getting to grips with the Microsoft 365 ecosystem.
Tracks: Data, Power BI, SQL Server, AI
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 graduated in 2008 as a Medical Lab technician. After a career of 10 years in a phytopathology lab, she was infected by the IT virus by working as a crew member at Techorama since the first edition. She made the switch to her new passion and is now currently working as a .NET developer at eMenKa, where she’s focusing on web development.
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.
Thomas is an ambitious developer with a past in SharePoint development. But he was always more drawn to the bigger client-side development assignments. Now his focus mostly lies on creating web components at big companies, always with a focus on the client. Since 2017 he is doing this on a freelance basis.
Wesley is a Coding Architect at Xpirit in Belgium, where he helps organizations to build better applications, helps teams to improve their skills and organizes workshops to share his knowledge. He's also a Microsoft Azure MVP, global organizer of the Global Azure Bootcamp and speaks at local meetups, usergroups and conferences.
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 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 works as a Practice Manager and Software Engineer at the NCore unit of Ordina. Jens commited himself to assist his colleagues develop their skills. He does this with great enthousiasm and dedication, always prepared to share his knowledge. Apart from .NET and web development, Jens is also interested in mobile (web) technologies, cooking and great jokes. Being a proud Techorama crew member since day 1.
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.
Pieter is a Belgian .NET Consultant with a passion for mobile and cloud development, working as Mobile Development expert at Xpirit. He has played a key role in several projects ranging from large consumer facing telecom and media apps to smaller LOB applications. As he is primarily interested in the Microsoft stack, his interest and expertise translate to technologies like .NET, C#, XAML, Xamarin, MAUI, UWP, Azure, Visual Studio, Azure DevOps, GitHub, … Both at work as well as in his spare time, Pieter is constantly working and playing with these and other new technologies. He likes to tell everybody about the things he does, sharing his knowledge. You can find him speaking at conferences, organizing meet-ups with Visug, giving trainings and blogging at blog.pieeatingninjas.be. Pieter is a Microsoft MVP since 2017, a reward for sharing his passion and expertise with the community.