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September 24 - 26, 2018
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Tuesday, September 25


Keynote: Welcome Remarks – Steven Willmott, Senior Director and Head of API Infrastructure, Red Hat
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Steven Willmott

Senior Director and Head of API Infrastructure, Red Hat

Tuesday September 25, 2018 8:45am - 8:55am
Davidson Ballroom C


Keynote: Lessons in Transforming the Enterprise to an API Platform - James Higginbotham, Executive API Consultant, LaunchAny
Are your digital transformation efforts taking your business in the right direction? The talk focuses on lessons learned from working with various organizations in hospitality, loan origination, and fintech to develop and deploy their API platform. These enterprises implemented an API first design, federated governance, and API management layers as part of their overall platform strategy. We will explore what worked, what didn't work, and tips to ease your transformation initiatives.

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James Higginbotham

API Architect, LaunchAny
James Higginbotham is an Executive API Consultant with experience in API strategy, software architecture, and training teams in API and microservice design. James guides enterprises through their digital transformation journey, ensuring alignment between business and technology through... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 8:55am - 9:15am
Davidson Ballroom C
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Keynote: A Panel Discussion on the Future of the OpenAPI Spec – Emmanuel Paraskakis, Sr. Director of Product Management, Oracle; Isabelle Mauny, CTO, 42 Crunch; Ron Ratovsky, Swagger Developer Evangelist, SmartBear; Ted Epstein, CEO, RepreZen
Are you interested in the future of the OpenAPI Specification, beyond 3.0? Come to this session prepared with questions for our panelists who are all heavily involved in shaping it.

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Sr. Director of Product Management, Oracle API Platform, Oracle
Emmanuel has been working on delivering APIs for customers for over a decade and is a passionate member of the API Community. The last three years he has been crafting API tooling as part of Apiary, recently acquired by Oracle.Currently, he is heading up Product Management for Oracle’s... Read More →

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Ted Epstein

CEO, RepreZen
Ted Epstein, CEO of RepreZen, has been helping organizations succeed with API strategy and architecture for over 10 years. Ted participates in the OpenAPI Technical Design Community as a governing board member, and leads the architecture of RAPID-ML, the first API description language... Read More →
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Isabelle Mauny

CTO, 42 Crunch
Isabelle has more that 20 years of experience in the integration fields. She spent most of her career at IBM in various roles (presales, services, product management). She started working on services and APIs more than 10 years ago and introduced in Europe the first XML gateways... Read More →
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Ron Ratovsky

Swagger Developer Evangelist, SmartBear

Tuesday September 25, 2018 9:20am - 10:05am
Davidson Ballroom C


Keynote: CMS Blue Button 2.0 - Creating a Data-Driven Ecosystem with Medicare Beneficiaries – Mark Scrimshire, Blue Button Innovator and Developer Evangelist, NewWave Telecoms and Technologies
Blue Button 2.0 is the first health-related API released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that put Medicare beneficiaries in control of their health information. Hear about the lessons learned from building and promoting a Developer-friendly, Standards-based API to enable beneficiaries to share their Medicare claims information with applications, services and research programs that they choose to trust.

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Mark Scrimshire

Blue Button Innovator and Developer Evangelist, NewWave Telecoms and Technologies
Mark Scrimshire is the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at NewWave Telecoms and Technologies where he supports the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as their Blue Button Innovator and Developer Evangelist. Mark has been responsible for conceptualizing, designing and implementing... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 10:10am - 10:30am
Davidson Ballroom C


Keynote: Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor - Virginia Eubanks, Our Data Bodies Project
 In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile. "This book is downright scary,” says Naomi Klein, “but with its striking research and moving, indelible portraits of life in the ‘digital poorhouse,’ you will emerge smarter and more empowered to demand justice.”  

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Virginia Eubanks

Associate Professor of Political Science, University at Albany, SUNY
Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor; Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 4:40pm - 5:30pm
Davidson Ballroom C
Wednesday, September 26


Keynote: Welcome Remarks – Erin McKean, Founder, Wordnik
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Erin McKean

Founder, Wordnik Society
Erin McKean is the founder of the not-for-profit Wordnik.com, the world's biggest online dictionary. Before founding Wordnik, she was the editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, and before Javascript, she dabbled in HyperCard, Perl and Omnimark (if you... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 9:00am - 9:10am
Davidson Ballroom C



Keynote: APIs — The Glue of Microservices: An Introduction to the Cell-Based Architecture - Asanka Abeysinghe, Vice President, Architecture - CTO Office, WSO2, Inc.
The number of microservices running in enterprises increases daily. As a result, service-composition, governance, security, and observability have become a challenge to implement and incorporate. 
In this talk, Asanka will introduce a new "cell-based" reference architecture which is API-centric, cloud-native and microservices friendly. Asanka will also explain the role of APIs in the cell-based modular architecture, establish the link between microservices and APIs and examine how to overcome challenges in microservice architecture (MSA) by using this new reference architecture.

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Asanka Abeysinghe

Deputy CTO & VP, Architecture - CTO Office, WSO2, Inc
Asanka’s goal is to connect humans and technology by helping organizations implement digital transformation programs that result in consumer-driven digital applications. In his current role, Asanka drives efforts to create, refine, and enhance WSO2’s corporate reference architecture... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 9:30am - 9:50am
Davidson Ballroom C


Keynote: Tech Humanism: Integration, Automation, and the Future of Human Experience - Kate O'Neill, Founder & CEO, KO Insights
With so much emphasis in business on artificial intelligence, automation of various kinds, and digital transformation, the future of human work — and even humanity itself — can feel uncertain. And while product teams often talk about user experience, customer experience, patient experience, and so on, we rarely consider what a truly integrated human experience might look and feel like. But “Tech Humanist” Kate O’Neill presents the case for why the future of humanity is in creating more meaningful, dimensional, and integrated experiences, and how APIs along with emerging technologies like chatbots, wearables, IoT devices, and more can be included in this kind of human-centric design. While weaving in examples from a range of industries, applications, and even pop culture, Kate offers an inspiring and useful framework for developers, designers, or anyone building experiences for humans.

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Kate O'Neill

Founder & Chief Tech Humanist, KO Insights

Wednesday September 26, 2018 9:55am - 10:50am
Davidson Ballroom C


Keynote: Putting Your Best 'Hello World' Forward - Jenn Schiffer, Community Engineer, Glitch
The image and definition of a web developer is drastically different today than it was even five years ago, as we're seeing all kinds of people using code to solve problems, not just full-time software engineers. So it makes sense that both the tooling we create for our users and the experiences we try to bring to them adapt to this evolution. This is part of the ethos of http://Glitch.com, a collaborative in-browser editor and the friendliest community of coders. When those coders build the app of their dreams, often they do it with the help of APIs and their accompanying resources. Let's talk about how people are using your APIs, how they succeed (and fail) and how you can more effectively enhance these experiences using Glitch.


Jenn Schiffer

Community Engineer, Glitch
Jenn Schiffer is an engineer, artist and tech humorist. Most people know her for her incredible strength and also for being the Community Engineer of http://Glitch.com  at Fog Creek. She organizes JerseyScript, a monthly web developer social in Jersey City where she's based, an... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm
Davidson Ballroom C


Keynote: A Live API - Cristiano Betta, Senior Developer Advocate, Box
Every day we all have to deal with many different users trying to get their first-hand experience with our products. Some of them are seasoned pros with a purpose, yet many are relative novices with little experience. How sure are you that your product is easy to use? Have you tested it? With real users? What about complete novices?

In this talk, I’ll be picking 1 random product out of a bag and try to make a 1st integration before the end of the session. My task will be simple:

Exploration: Can I see the product in action before I sign up?
Get Started: Can I complete a first integration?
Reference: Can I find the reference documentation for that first integration?
Can I manage? Do you dare to put your product in the bag?


Cristiano Betta

Senior Developer Advocate, Box
Cristiano is a Senior Developer Advocate at Box, and Developer Experience Architect. In recent years, he has helped companies small and large to improve their developer onboarding, activation, and support. He likes to look at great developer onboarding flows, analyzing and documenting... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:05pm - 5:25pm
Davidson Ballroom C


Keynote: Closing Remarks
Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:25pm - 5:30pm
Davidson Ballroom C