Due to COVID-19 related issues, the NWA TechFest organizing committee has decided to cancel the November 2021 conference.
Existing ticket holders will be reimbursed.
We look forward to having a safer organizing environment in 2022.
Board of Advisors
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 is a software developer who lives and works in Fayetteville, AR. He has spent his career jumping between local startups where he has helped design and develop a variety of desktop and web applications across multiple industries.
When not working he can be found coding for his own entertainment, leisurely biking on the NWA trail system, playing video games, or reading comic books.
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 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 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 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 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 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 is an NWA native that graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2007. Daniel is currently a Senior Developer at RevUnit. He was formerly a Staff Engineer at StoneHenge Technology Labs, 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.