From our keynote speaker, to all of the speakers in the general sessions, tracks and labs, MacTech Conference draws from the best and brightest in the industry. Our speakers come not only from all over the country, but from several countries. A world-class line up of world-class talent. Don’t take our word for it: ask around. Want to be a speaker? Fill out the speaker application and let’s talk.
There’s an entire MacTech team behind the scenes starting with customer service all the way through on-site at the event making sure things work as smoothly as possible, keeping everyone fed well, and taking care of your needs. But, you’ll be seeing a few of us on stage. This on-stage team will not only be your emcees, but they are responsible for selecting the best speakers, sessions, introductions, and more.
Neil not only plays host for all MacTech events, but aids the session chairs for all MacTech events (over 80 events since 2010). Neil has been the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of MacTech Magazine since 1992. With both a technical and business background, Neil has authored hundreds of articles including most of MacTech’s well known benchmarking articles.
Conference Sessions Chair
Ed is the Executive Editor of MacTech Magazine, the author of several books, and Worldwide Mac Operations Dude at Google. As MacTech Conference’s Sessions Chair, Ed heads up the sessions, and lab content.
Nadyne is a user experience expert with extensive experience in Macintosh and client/server software. Currently at Genentech, Nadyne has also worked from VMware, Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit, and IBM. Her specialties are user-centered design, usability, user research, user experience, human-computer interaction, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, and of course, Apple technologies. Nadyne has been an advocate in the community, and formerly served on the MacIT Conference advisory board member, and has spoken at USENIX Women in Advance Computing, Google DevFest, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Macworld Expo and many other events.
In 1988, while running a successful event production company, Andy Espo realized his business’ need for a computer system. With experience in professional audio, video, theatrical lighting and scenery, Andy was determined to add the automation of his own business to his technical repertoire. In 1998, Andy transitioned out of event production and into being the full-time, “Mac-Guy”. Today, Call Andy! Macintosh Consulting retains an array of clients in the public relations, retail, legal, marketing, architecture, advertising and design sectors.
Sean has been supporting Macs in business since 1993. Based in Ottawa, ON, Sean currently owns and manages both IronGate and BackgroundBackup.com. Sean is also the Producer of SpaceFlightInsider.com’s live show, streaming SpaceX, NASA and ULA launches live from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Some of the most talented, experienced, and insightful people in the industry have consistently come to MacTech Conference to share their experiences, and teach their craft to you. This year will be no different. At Apple’s WWDC in June, we expect to see the latest crop of announcements for new products, technologies and services. We expect MacTech Conference is the first event after Apple ships these products — where reality meets anticipation. As such, the bulk of the speakers will be announced after WWDC.
To name a few, however, these fine speakers will be presenting at MacTech Conference 2017.
Adam Engst, TidBITSAdam C. Engst is the CEO of TidBITS, the oldest purely online commercial publication, and the TidBITS Content Network, which provides syndicated content to Apple professionals. He has written numerous technical books, including the best-selling "Internet Starter Kit" series, and many magazine articles, thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first Internet advertising program in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993, and the Take Control ebook series in 2003, which sold over a half-million books before being acquired by alt concepts in 2017.
Allen Hancock, Watchman MonitoringAllen Hancock received his Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri - Columbia. In 2000, Allen started the Mac Consulting Group, Inc: an Apple Specialist, Service Provider, and Authorized Training Center. There, he found his thrill in helping clients make the most of their computing experiences. In 2010 Allen founded Watchman Monitoring to focus on finding problems before they become disasters, filling the gap between full on management and waiting for computers to fail.
Avery Chipka, Circle Technology Collective InternationalBased in Vermont, Avery runs CTCI an IT firm providing enterprises level services to private and public organizations with a need for specialized IT services.
Ben Levy, Solutions ConsultingBenjamin Levy has been working as a Macintosh Consultant for more than 25 years as the owner of Solutions Consulting. He is a member of the Apple Consultants Network, on whose Advisory Council he served for five years. A long-time speaker at Macworld Expo, Ben has delivered more than 50 individual sessions on a wide range of cutting edge topics. Ben is also an Apple Certified Trainer and delivers Apple training to IT professionals at schools, corporations and training centers around the country.
Brian Best, BestMacsBrian Best is the founder and chairman at BestMacs, Kansas City's only managed services provider focused on Apple products, now it its 18th year. He also founded Mac-MSP - known for its Gruntwork and BlueSky products - which is now part of SolarWinds MSP, the global market leader in the delivery of IT Service Management solutions to Managed Service Providers. In that role, Brian is working to achieve great Apple support throughout the MSP product line. Brian is an ACTC, a long-time Apple Consultants Network member, and ACN Advisory Council emeritus. When not working, he enjoys time with his wife and sons, judging BBQ competitions, and watching Chiefs football.
Chad Calease, WIMZKLChad's experience and fluency in technology spans over 15 years, crosses sectors and contexts, including regulated industries like healthcare (Apervita) and financial services (Wells Fargo), to marketing and advertising (Omnicom Group), education (Northwestern University), IIoT (Deloitte), non-profit (Habitat for Humanity) and transportation (United Airlines).
Charles Edge, JamfCharles is the Director, Professional Services at JAMF Software, as well as an author, consultant, engineer and public speaker. Charles is also the proprietor of krypted.com, a host of the new Macadmins.org podcast, and the author of several books on OS X systems administration, including the Enterprise Mac Administrator's Guide, Enterprise Mac Security, and the Enterprise iPhone and iPad Administrator's Guide. Charles enjoys speaking at great conferences and is excited to return to MacTech Conference this year.
Dave Elliott, FileWaveDave Elliott is the VP of Engineering at FileWave. He's been involved with Apple and Microsoft Desktop Support and Management since the late 90's. He wrote his first "program" using Macromedia Director at the age of 14 and knew from that day forward he didn't want to be a developer. Dave has worked in Enterprise, k12 and Higher ED in both Desktop Support, Network, and Server Administration. He joined the FileWave Customer Family in 2006 and joined the FileWave Team as an Engineer in 2010. Dave has been a part of FileWave for a number of large product changes, including the addition of iOS and Android MDM, Integrated Inventory, Imaging, VPP, DEP, and now the addition of Chrome OS support. He now manages all aspects of the Engineering team in the US. Dave spends his non-FileWave hours hanging out with his family and loves games and puzzles of all sorts. Go ahead, put your knotted earbuds on his desk and see what happens.