All IglooConf speakers are world-class public speakers with years of experience in real-life production-level implementations. IglooConf is an unique event in Finland.


To relive our event from last year, check out our session recordings at Channel 9.

Confirmed speakers. Stay tuned for more!

Alan Smith

@alansmith

Alex Mang

@mangalexandru

Christian Weyer

@christianweyer

Eldert Grootenboer

@egrootenboer

Kris van der Mast

@KvdM

Mark Simms

@mabsimms

Magnus Mårtensson

@noopman

Mike Martin

@techmike2kx

Maarten Balliauw

@maartenballiauw

Rik Hepworth

@rikhepworth

Sakari Nahi

@sakarinahi

Steef-Jan Wiggers

@steefjan

Teemu Tapanila

@tapanilat

Sessions

Alan Smith

Alan Smith is a Microsoft Azure developer, trainer, mentor and evangelist at Active Solution in Stockholm. He has a strong hands-on philosophy and focusses on embracing the power and flexibility of cloud computing to deliver engaging and exciting demos and training courses.Alan has held the MVP title for 13 years, and is currently an MVP for Microsoft Azure. He is in the organization team for the CloudBurst conference and the Global Azure Bootcamp.

Building a Telemetry Pipeline with Azure Event Hubs, Azure Service Bus, Azure Stream Analytics and SignalR

"On-line gaming, application monitoring and Internet of Things (IoT) projects often generate high volume telemetry streams. Processing these telemetry streams effectively, creating live reporting and archiving telemetry data for analysis can add great value to the solution. Microsoft Azure provides a number of highly scalable services that can be leveraged to create a scalable and highly available telemetry pipeline with minimal development and management overhead. Understanding how to work with these technologies effectively in your projects will be a valuable asset.
In this demo intensive session Alan will build and demonstrate a telemetry pipeline for an on-line racing game using Azure Service Bus Event Hubs, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Service Bus Brokered Messaging, Azure Storage, SignalR and an Azure Web App. He will show how the services can be created, configured and integrated with each other in a matter of minutes. The telemetry pipeline will feature an archive channel to store driver telemetry data and a web based live driver tracker hosted in Azure. He will also cover the usage of this architecture for the Global Racing Game Lab that featured at the 2017 Global Azure Bootcamp showing how the services held up in a real-world high load scenario.".


Alex Mang

Alex Mang is a regular conference and user groups speaker focusing mostly on cloud-computing topics, thus aiming to help developers better understand the implications of cloud-computing as a whole. Recently, Alex was invited as a speaker at Microsoft Ignite, the company’s largest and most important technical conference gathering nearly 25,000 attendees. As an Azure Advisor, he regularly offers feedback on upcoming Azure features and services and gets to test them out in early development stages.
Since 2011, Alex is the KeyTicket Solutions CEO, where, besides his entrepreneurial responsibilities, his daily activities cover: project management, scrum master, senior software development for web, desktop and mobile apps and software architecture. For his experience on cloud-driven solutions, his Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Solution Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) stand as proof and so do the many happy customers he had the pleasure to work with for the past few years.

Visual Studio + Docker + Sprinkles of Azure = Modern Microservices

Containers have been around for quite some time now, but creating, deploying and maintaining them has been a burden before the days of Docker. Literally, Docker has revolutionized not only the way we think about application development but the entire ‘microservices’ pattern altogether. I’d even go so far to say that ‘microservices’ might have become a hype word because of companies such as Docker, Inc. For the .NET world though, things have moved in a different pace, but with modern and capable tools, frameworks and environments such as Visual Studio 2017, .NET Core, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 and Azure, actually developing or optimizing .NET-based applications for Docker support no longer is rocket-surgery.


Christian Weyer

Christian Weyer is founder and CTO of Thinktecture AG, as well as Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and Google GDE (Developer Expert). He is an engaged and passionated speaker on several software conferences and events all over the world. His heart has always been with distributed architectures - and his head reaches into the cloud.

Whaaat: Life without databases? Stateful architectures in Azure

Oh. My. God! You cannot be serious to take away that beautiful, cozy and beloved database from my architecture!? Well, contrary to common believe there are scenarios and use cases where adding a database to the mix can be tedious, complex and slow. E.g. when we are striving for high scalability, high availability and low latency stateful architectures may come handy. In this session, Christian sheds some light on this architecture style and its possible implementation in Azure. Come and see Azure Service Fabric's stateful services & reliable actors in action as well as Azure Durable Functions for completely serverless approaches. Let's see and experience which useful patterns we can realize with stateful solutions and let's talk about the good, the bad and the ugly parts, as well. Free your mind!


Eldert Grootenboer

Eldert is an Azure MVP and Integration Architect from the Netherlands, currently working at Motion10, mainly focused on IoT, Azure integration and BizTalk Server. He comes from a .NET background, and has been in IT since 2006. He has been working with BizTalk since 2010 and since then has expanded into Azure and surrounding technologies as well. Eldert loves working in integration projects, as each project brings new challenges and there is always something new to learn. In his spare time Eldert likes to be active in the integration community and get his hands dirty on new technologies. He can be found on Twitter at @egrootenboer and has a blog at http://blog.eldert.net/.

Using Azure to build intelligent bots

In this session, we will see how we can use the Microsoft Bot Framework to create intelligent bots. Using Azure we will make our bot extremely powerful, by leveraging LUIS, Logic Apps, Functions and more. This combination gives us the option to interact with our systems in a natural and engaging way.


Kris van der Mast

As a freelance Microsoft technologies expert Kris helps his clients to reach their goals. Actively involved in the global community he is a Microsoft MVP since 2007. First for ASP.NET and since 2016 achieving in 2 disciplines: Azure and Visual Studio and Development Technologies. Kris is also a Microsoft ASP Insider, Microsoft Azure Advisor and a Belgian Microsoft Extended Experts Team (MEET) member. In the Belgian community Kris is active as a board member of Belgian Azure User Group AZUG and is chairman of the Belgian User Group Initiative (BUG). Since he started with .NET back in 2002 he’s also been active on the ASP.NET forums where is also a moderator. For his professional profile you can check out his LinkedIn. His personal site can be found at www.krisvandermast.com. Kris is a public (inter)national speaker and is a co-organizer of the CloudBrew conference.

Microsoft Bot Framework

Bots are everywhere nowadays and Microsoft has you covered being a developer when starting to create one. Come see how easy it is to make your first bot work.


Mark Simms

Mark is an architect on the Microsoft Azure engineering team, and lead of the Patterns and Practices group. He works with customers building out the largest and most challenging applications and services on Azure, then turning those experiences into best practices and guidance at http://www.github.com/mspnp/. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mark worked on a broad range of software project and platforms, from embedded digital design, seismic visualization optimization, through live site operations for a SaaS platform.

Tales from the Trenches

Millions of requests per hour. Global coverage. Rapid feature deployments. Zero down time. These are the requirements that burst down the door during conditions of extreme success and viral growth. During this session, Mark will share some of the stories of the good, bad, and ugly choices he's helped customers work through when building out large scale cloud services, as well as perspectives on working inside one of the world's largest software companies..


Magnus Mårtensson

Magnus is Founder/CEO of Loftysoft a Microsoft Regional Director and a Microsoft Azure Most Valuable Professional. He is a consultant, tutor, process coach, technical lead and an international speaker. Some of his passions include connecting with audiences and organizing online and global conferences such as CloudBurst and GlobalAzure Bootcamp. As the first Azure MVP in the Nordic countries in 2012 he was awarded MVP of the year. He is also an Azure Insider, an Azure Advisor and an ASP.NET Insider and is a go-to person for Microsoft regarding Enterprise Cloud Consulting. Magnus has been a consultant for over 1½ decade and has the maximum possible experience time consulting on the Azure Platform.

Azure Global Application Perspectives

Building and running a service for a truly global audience has always been the ultimate challenge for any business, for any application developer and for any DevOps team. In this session, we will discuss global perspectives on running your application tier in a scalable way: WebApps/APIs, Traffic Manager and Serverless. We will discuss the new Cosmos DB service offering in Azure and it's built in global sync with little more than a press of a button on your end: data was always the final frontier of globalization of your app. We will take a quick look at Continuous Delivery for global Applications and peek at what it takes to monitor this kind of an environment. Naturally this is a very big set of topics which means this session is aimed to give an overview, spark a discussion and provide some directional and inspirational input.


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 almost 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 is also a Microsoft Azure MVP (already awarded 4 times, since 2013, awaiting his fifth hopefully! ) 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.

Creating your own API-ness: Azure toolmaking 101

Who remembers Azure as just Azure Fabric Controller, before the 5 graphical revolutions? In the old days there was nothing but development. No UI, just you, an IDE and Red Dog …. Today a vast army of graphical tools can guide you to manage your assets. But what if you want just that little bit different? Or more automated creation? Or just your own dashboards? Well there’s good news for you … the REST API’s, the SDK’s, and the Management Libraries give you this freedom to create your own. And the best of all is … it comes in different language flavors. So let’s take back control … old skool!!


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 and organizes Azure User Group events in Belgium. In his free time, he likes brewing his own beer. Maarten’s blog can be found at http://blog.maartenballiauw.be.

Bootstrapping a software-as-a-service business

A few years ago, me and a colleague had a brilliant idea. It turned into a blog post and a proof-of-concept application we built, because it was fun and cool. Until someone said: I want to pay you guys for this product. We started thinking: if there’s one, there are more! And turned it into a bootstrapped software-as-a-service: MyGet. In this talk, you’ll learn all about our many experiences over the years and about growing that thing into a self-sustainable business. Learn about our Microsoft Azure use, technical debt and all other things you may not be aware of when starting an adventure like this. The most important thing to remember: mind your own business.


Rik Hepworth

Rik is a Microsoft MVP for Azure and IT Director at Black Marble, an award-winning Microsoft partner in the north of England. His role includes delivering robust IT solutions to both his own organisation and its customers, which can take in a broad spectrum of technologies.

ARM Yourself For Effective Azure Provisioning

Azure Resource Manager templates are a crucial part of your journey to the cloud. Learn the essentials of template creation and maintenance, with some examples of how to deal with complex deployments and manage the PaaS services that born in the cloud apps need.


Sakari Nahi

Sakari Nahi is the Coding Executive Officer and co-founder of Kompozure Ltd, a Finland-based company focusing in building challenging Microsoft Azure PaaS custom solutions since 2011. Sakari is also an Azure MVP. He is the co-host of the Finnish Microsoft-scene podcast Ikkunastudio (http://ikkunastud.io), as well as a key organizer of Finland Azure User Group (https://www.meetup.com/Finland-Azure-User-Group/).
Sakari has developed professionally since 2002 and Microsoft .NET 1.0. He identifies himself as a coder, and he is passionate about distributed PaaS solutions, emerging technologies, and synergies thereof.

Startup projects are sexy - custom cameras, edge computing, and a layered Azure architecture

Technology startups are hard, happily Microsoft Azure makes the technology part a bit easier. In this presentation we'll look at this small gem of a startup project, including custom created cameras from sensors up, robot hands, custom Internet of Things field gateways, edge computing and an auto-scaling Azure architecture with 6 layers. What's best that the principles here are still sound, even while a big part of the architecture is created on the legacy Azure Cloud Services.


Steef-Jan Wiggers

Steef-Jan is a Microsoft MVP, blogger, author and frequent public speaker. He has over 15 years of experience as a technical lead developer and application architect, specializing in custom applications, enterprise application integration (BizTalk), Web services and Microsoft Azure. He works for Macaw The Netherlands as Principal Consultant.
Steef-Jan has faced integration and cloud challenges in a diverse range of industries, where he has done architecting, designing, developing, and supporting sophisticated and innovative software using many different Microsoft technologies and products.

Azure - Plug & Play Architecture

Microsoft Azure Platform offers a wide range of services, predominantly PaaS services. And building a solution architecture you will use various of these pluggable services. In this session a few real world Azure solution architectures will be discussed with 'plug & play' view. Why, how the solution where designed that way, pitfalls, alternatives, constraints and lessons learned.


Teemu Tapanila

Teemu Tapanila is a solution-oriented technical professional with focus Azure and mobile. He's Microsoft Azure MVP for 3 years running and believes that cloud technologies combined with great user experience are the keys to successful digital transformation. He applies his passion and expertise to his work. Teemu has been working with Microsoft Azure since 2011 in a variety of forums ranging from customer advisory to conference presentations.


Organizers

Sakari Nahi

@sakarinahi

Karl Ots

@fincooper

Teemu Tapanila

@tapanilat