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VIP Networking: "A Fireside Chat: Engineering Innovation & Tech Trends"

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Mifan Careem
WSO2, Vice President, Solution Architecture

Mifan Careem is Vice President of Solutions Architecture at WSO2. Based out of New York, he heads the customer technical interactions at WSO2, leading the Solutions Architecture team and working closely with customers and internal teams in mapping WSO2 technology to customer domains. He specializes in API architectures, micro-services and ubiquitous technology, spatial architectures, E-Government and Big Data. In 2008, Mifan co-founded and was CTO of Respere, a technology startup providing ICT solutions around E-Government and Emergency Management. He also played the role of consultant spatial and technology architect for many government initiatives in Sri Lanka under the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka.

Mifan is a frequent speaker at events globally, ranging from internal WSO2 conferences, external conferences (e.g APIDays, Mobile World Congress), open source conferences and workshops, academic conferences (ACM, IEEE), FOSS Disaster/Emergency Mgt conferences on topics ranging from WSO2, API Management, Business and Technical Platforms, Spatial systems, Disaster Management and Open Source Strategy and Business. Mifan was a founding member and board director of the Sahana Software Foundation, a global foundation that created the Sahana Disaster Management System. Mifan is a frequent traveller, a self proclaimed musician and football/soccer fanatic and spends most of his free time immersed in the mythical world of Terry Pratchett!

Phillip Carter
Honeycomb, Senior Product Manager

Phillip is a product manager at Honeycomb, focusing on all things developer experience: the Honeycomb API, OpenTelemetry SDKs, and more! Prior to Honeycomb, Phillip worked at Microsoft and helped build the modern cross-platform .NET, multiple version of the F# language and F# tooling, and a smattering of other developer tooling experiences. He's a big fan of functional programming and snowboarding, so you can ask him about that stuff too!

Nick Terkay
Cobalt, Director of Engineering, Customer Experience

Loves APIs. Self starter. Lifelong learner. Dog person.Nick Terkay is a driven technology leader with over a decade of experience in delivering software products at the intersection of high technical quality and delightful user experiences.Nick has worked as a software engineer, consultant, director, VP, startup founder and volunteer. He is currently the Director of Engineering at, focused on building strong product engineering teams that solidify Cobalt’s mission.

Andrey Safonov
PDFTron, Head of Product

As head of product and front man for PDFTron, you may recognize him from our YouTube channel, or various speaking gigs with the PDF Association or others.
With more than a decade of experience in the tech industry, as an engineer, product manager and general code ninja, Andrey works closely with all companies from start-ups to the Fortune 500 to produce technical products that add business value.

Rod Cope
Perforce, CTO

Rod Cope is the CTO of Perforce Software. He provides technical vision and architectural leadership for the company’s globally distributed development teams, including a strong focus on security. Rod came to Perforce from Rogue Wave Software, where he was CTO. He was also the Founder and CTO of OpenLogic and joined Rogue Wave as CTO following the acquisition.

Previously in his 25+ year software career, he worked at IBM, IBM Global Services, General Electric, and for the CTO of Anthem. Rod has spoken at conferences around the world, including DeveloperWeek, OSCON, JavaOne, Embedded World, ApacheCon, Strata/Big Data, LinuxCon, and API World.

Rod holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Louisville. He lives with his wife and dogs in Colorado where they all enjoy hiking, traveling, and dog sports.