QCon is a practitioner-driven conference designed for technical team leads, architects, and project managers who influence software innovation in their teams.

Presentation: "Thursday Introduction"

Track: Keynote / Time: Thursday 08:45 - 09:00 / Location: To be announced

Thursdays Track Hosts will present the program and provide a short introduction to the Tracks of the day

Chris Richardson, Senior Developer Advocate

Chris Richardson

Biography: Chris Richardson

Chris Richardson is a developer and architect with over 20 years of experience. He is a Java Champion and the author of POJOs in Action, which describes how to build enterprise Java applications with POJOs and frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate. Chris is the founder of the original CloudFoundry.com and works on cloud technology. He has a computer science degree from the University of Cambridge in England and lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and three children.

Martin Thompson, High-Performance & Low-Latency Specialist at Real Logic / Track Host

Martin Thompson

Biography: Martin Thompson

Martin is a high-performance and low-latency specialist, with experience gained over two decades working with large scale transactional and big-data domains, including automotive, gaming, financial, mobile, and content management. He believes Mechanical Sympathy - applying an understanding of the hardware to the creation of software - is fundamental to delivering elegant, high-performance, solutions. Martin was the co-founder and CTO of LMAX, until he left to specialise in helping other people achieve great performance with their software. The Disruptor concurrent programming framework is just one example of what his mechanical sympathy has created. 

Twitter: @mjpt777
Video presentations: 4YOW! 2011: Martin Thompson - On Concurrent Programming and Concurrency Folklore

Michael Floyd, Chief Editor at InfoQ.com

Michael Floyd

Biography: Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd is Chief Editor at InfoQ.com and facilitates editorial content including news, articles, books and video presentations for the English version of the site. Michael has a long history in technical publishing and software development. He served as the Executive Editor of Dr. Dobb's Journal and edited the magazine throughout '90's. He later launched Web Techniques Magazine for CMP Media and served as the publication's first Editor-in-Chief. Michael's career started as a programmer at NASA/Ames where he worked on the Cray, and later at Borland where he worked on language parsers and compiler design. He has published four books related to software development.

Steve Freeman, Pioneer of Agile, Chair the first London XpDay /Track Host

Steve Freeman

Biography: Steve Freeman

Steve Freeman, author of Growing Object Oriented Software, Guided by Tests (Addison-Wesley), was a pioneer of Agile software development in the UK. He has developed software for a range of institutions, from small vendors to multinational investment banks. Steve trains and consults for software teams around the world. Previously, he has worked in research labs and software houses, earned a PhD (Cambridge), written shrink-wrap applications for IBM, and taught at University College London. Steve is a presenter and organiser at international industry conferences, and was chair of the first London XpDay.

Video presentations: Sustainable Test-Driven Development, Transparency: A Great Leap Forward or Exposed Artery?, Test Driven Development: Ten Years Later, Making Roles Explicit

Werner Schuster, InfoQ Lead Editor for Dynamic Languages; Developer at Wolfram / Track Host

Werner Schuster

Biography: Werner Schuster

*Werner Schuster*(@murphee) sometimes writes software, sometimes writes about software. He focuses on languages, VMs, and compilers, and recently more and more on HTML5/Javascript.