NWA TechFest

NWA TechFest is a for-geeks-by-geeks technology conference held each spring in Northwest Arkansas. This year’s event will take place April 23-24, 2020 at The Jones Center in Springdale.

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NWA TechFest is a technology conference that brings together the tech community to learn from and interact with one another, as well as promote gender diversity in STEM, economic development opportunities for corporations, and education programs for students and teachers. Proceeds from this conference go to assist STEM-related initiatives in the Northwest Arkansas community.

Board of Advisors

Sapna Ramachandran

Sapna Ramachandran

Talent Acquisition, Kitestring

Sapna Ramachandran is a Talent Acquisition and Management professional, specializing in Technology Recruiting. Sapna currently heads Talent Acquisition for Kitestring Technical Services. She has worked for companies like Siemens and JB Hunt, providing them with strategic and innovative solutions to meet their recruiting and staffing needs for Technology professionals. Sapna enjoys managing and empowering her team, participating in employment marketing initiatives, branding campaigns, referral programs, employee engagement and retention programs. She is passionate about giving back to the Northwest Arkansas community, in the form of education and technology.

Jonathan Ulrich

Jonathan Ulrich

Software Developer, SupplyPike

Jonathan Ulrich is a software developer at SupplyPike. He has worked at many startups coding a variety of desktop applications and websites. He enjoys leisurely biking, programming for fun, playing video games, and reading comic books.

He does not particularly like this WordPress website, but he is a busy man and dying on every hill just gets you nowhere in the end.

Charlie Weber

Charlie Weber

A self taught powershell enthusiast, Charlie learned the skills to automate aspects of his role as a one man IT shop. Charlie now teaches powershell at K12 ed tech conferences, with an emphasis on automation and scripting. Charlie is a leader in the K12 education community in Arkansas. Charlie is passionate about enabling change, connecting people, and helping make the world a little better each day.
Charlie can often be found on the sand volley ball courts, biking the green way, or at a local concert. When Charlie is not out and about he enjoys a good video game or movie.

Aaron Teague

Aaron Teague

Aaron grew up in the small town of Dover, AR and made a transition to Fayetteville in early 2015. He is a self-taught software developer with the initial intent of becoming a game developer. As of recent, those interests have shifted to cloud software development with an emphasis on Kubernetes. As a hobby, he finds enjoyment in 3D printing and tinkering with Arduino.

Drew Wallis

Drew Wallis

NWA3D

Drew Wallis grew up in Farmington, AR and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a Double Major in Communication and International Relations. After graduation, he became a licensed teacher and has over 8 years experience teaching educational technology and computer science.

Drew Cofounded NWA3D in 2015, an educational 3D printing company based in Fayetteville. He is very passionate about spending time outdoors, STEAM education, and workforce development.

Kurt Haas

Kurt Haas

Business Development, Kitestring
Education Director, Ozark STEM Foundation

Kurt Haas is currently Director of Business Development at Kitestring Technical Services, connecting top talent to top companies. His perspective borrows from two decades of retail and technology insight, combined with roles as a public school teacher, application developer, product manager, board member, and non-profit co-founder. Kurt is still driven by his initial passion: connecting and growing with people.​

Cody Rose

Cody Rose

Technical Principal, FedEx Services

Cody currently serves as a Technical Principal at FedEx Services. He graduated from UCA with a Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems and from the University of Arkansas with a Master of Education in Vocational Education. Across his 20 year career, Cody has worked in almost every aspect of the software delivery lifecycle, from architecture to front and back end software development, to running network cables and configuring hardware.

Cody currently resides, with his family, in Cassville, Missouri.

Dublin Anondson

Dublin Anondson

J.B. Hunt Transport Inc.

Dublin Anondson is a software engineer working at J.B. Hunt. Dublin originally hails from the city of Anchorage, Alaska. His current focus is building APIs, data pipelining, developer mentoring, and some web development on the side. Outside of work you can find him enthusiastically talking about/making music, working on toy app ideas, or reading books on productivity.

Daniel Worthy

Daniel Worthy

OneStone

Daniel Worthy is an NWA native that graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2007. Daniel is currently a Staff Engineer at OneStoneEcomm. He was formerly a Director of Technology at VMLY&R and an Instructor at the U of A Global Campus for their FrontEnd Development Course. When not programming, Daniel can be found woodworking in his garage, or building stuff out of LEGOs with his kids.

Daniel graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in small business management and a minor in information systems. From 2016 to 2018, he worked for the university’s Global Campus as a front-end development instructor for its I.T. Readiness Program.

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