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Presentation: "NoHR Hiring"

Track: Attracting Great People / Time: Friday 14:30 - 15:20 / Location: Elizabeth Windsor

Hiring the right technical people is critical to the success of your business and it's a very difficult thing to get right. The consequences of hiring the wrong person range from the destruction of team morale, failure of business and IT projects. Not to mention the wasted time that you will have to spend demonstrating and documenting that they were incompetent enough to be fired. The good news today is that finding the right person is easier than it ever has been before because of the increasing number of social coding and technical communities. In this talk we will explain how to make the best use of community resources to find your ideal employee as well as sharing some horror stories.

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Martijn Verburg, CTO of jClarity

Martijn Verburg

Biography: Martijn Verburg

Martijn is the CTO of jClarity and has over 12 years experience as a technology professional and OSS mentor in a variety of environments from start-ups to large enterprises. He is the co-leader of the London Java Community (~3000 developers) and leads the global effort for the Java User Group's "Adopt a JSR" and "Adopt OpenJDK" programmes. He was recognised by his peers as a Java Champion in 2012 for his services to the Java community.

Martijn's book "The Well-Grounded Java Developer" (with Ben Evans) was published by Manning in 2012.

As a leading expert on technical team optimisation, his talks and presentations are in high demand by major conferences (JavaOne, Devoxx, OSCON, FOSDEM, QCon, etc). Often you'll find him challenging the industry status quo in his alter ego "The Diabolical Developer".

Twitter: @karianna

Zoe Slattery, Freelance Software Developer

Zoe Slattery

Biography: Zoe Slattery

Zoe is currently working as a freelance software developer having previously enjoyed a long and varied career at IBM. During her time at IBM she worked in firmware testing (disk drives), as a test and development manager and more recently as a technology advocate for open source projects.

Twitter: @zoe_slattery