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.
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. 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.
At Apple’s WWDC in June, Apple announces the latest crop of announcements for new products, technologies and services, and MacTech Conference is the first community event after Apple ships these products — where reality meets anticipation.
Speaker announcements have started but will continue to expand over time. In the meantime, to give you an idea, here are just some of the speakers who will be speaking this year at MacTech Conference.
Here are many of the fine speakers who will be presenting at MacTech Conference 2018 … with more to come.
Adam Engst, TidBITSAdam C. Engst is the CEO of TidBITS, the oldest Internet technology 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 nearly 600,000 books before being acquired by alt concepts in 2017.
Alex Narvey, Precursor SystemsAllen Hancock has referred to Alex Narvey as "the Original Mac MSP". Alex started Precursor Systems in 1994 in Winnipeg, Canada with a business plan tailored to providing annual support plans at a fixed monthly fee and has never looked back. He now has clients in 6 Canadian Provinces. Attendees may have come across his name in association with the R.A.I.S. page, his macOS Server reverse proxy tutorial, or his presentations at the ACES conference and MacDevOps YVR on the techniques he employs to use scripting and automation to make a his consultancy more effective and efficient.
Anthony Reimer, University of CalgaryAnthony has been the Head Technician of the Integrated Arts Media Labs at University of Calgary since 1996 and is active in the Mac Admins community. He regularly gives back to the community through speaking at conferences like this one and blogging about things he's learned. Anthony is also one of the organizers of the MacDeployment Conference in Calgary.
Avery Chipka, Circle Technology Collective InternationalAvery Chipka is a Senior Partner, and the Chief Security Officer at CTCI. CTCI provides enterprise level IT solutions to private and public sector organizations throughout the world, and specializes in the delivery of managed services and single point of contact IT solutions. Avery has over twenty years of experience in the Apple admin community, and has been speaking at IT and security focused events and conferences since 2002. Avery holds an extensive number of certifications from organizations including, but not limited to, DHS, FEMA, Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Adobe, and CompTIA.
Ben Levy, Solutions ConsultingBenjamin Levy has been working as a Macintosh Consultant for more than 30 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 and MacTech, Ben has delivered more than 60 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.
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 Hamilton, The Mac Observer & BackBeat MediaSince 1998, Dave Hamilton has been at the heart of the Apple community. Dave is the President and co-Founder of The Mac Observer, BackBeat Media, and Mac Geek Gab. In addition to his publishing career -- and, perhaps, at the heart of it -- Dave has extensive experience with macOS and iOS. He has a background in providing tech support services to both businesses and individuals, as well as working on projects for much larger clients such as Citibank. TL;DR: Dave loves helping people get the most out of their technology, and it shows.
David Mercer, David Mercer Consulting, Inc.David Mercer has worked in the industry since the 1990's and runs a consulting company based in the Napa Valley. He's been Apple, Google, and Microsoft certified, and likes to get into the deep tech side of things. David is heavily focused on agile cloud based services, and practices what he preaches.
Derek Braunschweiger, Call Andy! Macintosh ConsultingOriginally a PC advocate, Derek Braunschweiger became a 'switcher' in 2005 while attending Berklee College of Music. After quickly becoming the go-to person amongst students, he was hired by Apple Inc. in 2006 as a Genius Administrator, then transitioning to a Genius position. Using his technical and customer service skills, he led many Genius teams to attain stellar repair and customer satisfaction goals company-wide. He then moved on to the educational market, coordinating and deploying systems as well as advising system configuration for local school systems. He brings his friendly service and funny personality to those in need of assistance.
Edward Marczak, Duo SecurityFollowing stints as Stanley Tucci's bodyguard, Martha Stewart's interior decorator, and host of Comedy Central's Daily Show, Ed now works with Duo Labs Security research team... researching security. Ed has authored and co-authored two books on Mac management, worked as a developer, in operations, production services, and security. (Yeah, he's kidding -- but he is now at Duo.)
Greg Neagle, Walt Disney Animation StudiosGreg has created or contributed to several tools used by Mac systems administrators around the world. Among those are Munki, a software deployment framework, Reposado, a platform-agnostic replacement for Apple's Software Update service, and AutoPkg, a tool to automate obtaining and preparing software for mass deployment. Greg is pleased to return to the MacTech Conference for the ninth consecutive year.
Jack-Daniyel Strong, Strong SolutionsJack is the President of J-D Strong Consulting, Inc. and Strong Solutions. As a member of the Apple Consultants Network, grew from a one-man consultancy into an Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider for the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho area. JD joined the team of Watchman Monitoring two years ago to help with documentation and support. JD continues to run a small MSP in his free time.
Jim Rea, ProVUEJames Rea is the founder of ProVUE Development, and has been developing Macintosh software since early 1984. Mr. Rea has been the lead developer and architect for ProVUE's flagship RAM based database programs, OverVUE and Panorama.
Jeanette Lee, Ruckus NetworksJeanette Lee has over 20 years of experience in high-performance networking. She has been deeply involved in product sales, marketing and network architect positions with companies at the forefront of their fields such as Ruckus Wireless, Aruba Networks, and FORE Systems. Jeanette has written or co-authored dozens of technology papers on topics ranging from security to educational tutorials and best practices.
Jesse Endahl, FleetsmithJesse is Co-founder & CSO (Chief Security Officer) at Fleetsmith. He previously worked at Dropbox, where he spent a year as an IT Engineer and two and a half years as an Infrastructure Security Engineer. He has spoken on security at conferences such as BlackHat USA, Google Cloud Next, BSides SF, and HashiConf. Jesse studied Political Economy & Urbanization at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a classically trained vocalist.
John Kirn, All CoveredJohn Kirn is the Apple/Mac subject matter expert at All Covered, a role he has dedicated over 24 years to. During this time John has acquired an exceptional level of Mac knowledge, allowing him to excel at developing Mac solutions, standards, and best practices.
Josh Long, IntegoJoshua Long (@theJoshMeister), Intego's Chief Security Analyst, is a renowned security researcher and writer. Josh has a master's degree in IT concentrating in Internet Security and has taken doctorate-level coursework in Business Administration and Computer and Information Security. His research has been featured by many fine publications such as CNET, CBS News, ZDNet UK, Lifehacker, CIO, Macworld, The Register, Naked Security, The Mac Security Blog, and MacTech Magazine.
Kristina De Nike, VMwareKristina is a Product Line Manager in VMware's End User Computing division. Over her has seven years in the role, she has contributed to Fusion, Horizon Client, and Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub. She is fascinated by products that help IT administrators but are also optimized for the end user. In a previous life, she was the lab director for Macworld.
Leon Lincoln, VF CorporationDesign Solutions Engineer at VF Corp., an American apparel and footwear company founded in 1899, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina; VF owns brands such as The North Face, Timberland, Vans, and many more. Working out of Timberland's HQ in Stratham, NH, Leon supports the Macintosh environment, provides operational support and device management leveraging JAMF Pro and global support for all VF brands. With over thirty years experience in developing and managing Macintosh environments for such companies as the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, New England Journal of Medicine/Mass Medical Society and many different printing companies, Leon has worked as a System Administrator and Desktop Support Engineer with every Mac OS from Apple since 1984, as well as supporting Windows, Linux and Google Apps environments.
Mary Norbury-Glaser, University of Colorado DenverMary Norbury-Glaser is Director of IT at the University of Colorado Denver. She has over 25 years experience in cross-platform systems implementation, server administration, and HIPAA policy and security in the education sector.
Matt Schnittker, Walt Disney Animation StudiosMatt Schnittker began his association with Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1998, and currently serves as a Manager in the Platform Engineering department. His first film contribution was on Disney's ambitious 2000 animated feature, "Dinosaur," and he most recently worked on the Studio's feature release, "Moana". Schnittker has been involved in both traditional 2D, and fully digital 3D animation pipelines. He has contributed to several Disney patents and won an International 3D Society Lumiere Award for his work on 3D Pipelines.
Morvareed Salehpour, Salehpour Legal ConsultingMorvareed Z. Salehpour, Esq. is Managing Partner of Salehpour Legal Consulting, a law firm specializing in handling a diverse range of legal matters in and outside the courtroom. She is experienced in negotiating a variety of contracts and agreements and handling cases from inception to trial and appeal. She has represented clients across the nation ranging from entrepreneurs and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and works in a variety of industries, including technology, blockchain, and AI, among others. Ms. Salehpour is also a trustee of the Santa Monica Bar Association and regularly speaks and writes on legal issues in the tech space.
Neil Ticktin, MacTechNeil not only plays host for all MacTech events, but aids the session chairs for all MacTech events (over 100 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 on productivity applications, virtualization, and performance products.
Phil Goodman, Goodman ConsultingPhil Goodman founded Goodman Consulting in 1987, a computer consulting firm specializing in macOS, integration, portable computing and database development. Phil has been a faculty member and textbook author at UCLA teaching computer literacy and programming and he is also the founder of the Los Angeles Portable User Group. He holds multiple Apple certifications and is also an Apple Certified Trainer. Phil was a founding member of what is now the Apple Consultants Network and he was on the group's Advisory Council for several years. As a professional database developer, he is also a member of the FileMaker Business Alliance. When not computing, Phil can be found performing magic at various venues around Los Angeles.
Sandy Krasner, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab/CaltechSandy is a Principal Software System Engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has worked on missions to every planet from Mercury to Saturn, plus the occasional asteroid and comet. In a role that you may have seen on the news, he led the communications for the entry and descent landing (EDL) team for the InSight lander. As an end-to-end information system engineer, he was responsible for coordinating the computer systems on the instruments, spacecraft and ground, to make sure they all talk to each other, including interfaces, protocols, and data formats. He is now working on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, which will map the entire surface of the Earth every 12 days.
Scott Neal, acmeFooScott M. Neal has been utilizing and programming Apple products since first getting his hands on an Apple ][+ and later NeXTcube. Scott believes strongly in automation -- getting devices to do your work the way you want to, with minimal effort and stress. Often, the real benefits of device automation are underutilized -- Scott would prefer that you be empowered with how to automate (meaning script and program) devices YOURSELF to do what YOU want, not just what you may see yourself limited to by default application and service setups. With that goal specifically in mind, Scott co-created acmefoo, the Apple Technology focused training and development co-op, which offers training, courseware, and consulting on a peer level, without being tied to specific device sales or marketing.
Scott KnasterScott Knaster is a Silicon Valley lifer, with the stories to prove it. A writer, teacher, and sometimes musical theatre performer, Scott has worked on a wide variety of projects from the magical to the practical, with career stops at Google, Microsoft, General Magic, and Apple. Scott's 35 years in the Valley have led him through some of tech's most inspiring and absurd moments, often bringing him Adjacent to Greatness (which is what Scott calls his solo storytelling show).
Sean Colins, CoreQuickSean authors courses for LinkedIn Learning teaching wide ranging subjects including DNS, OpenSSL, SE Linux, MDM, macOS, and macOS Server. He provides consulting services specializing in Apple's constantly evolving set of products and the networking, and management tools helpful in administering them successfully.
Thomas Reed, MalwarebytesThomas is Director of Mac & Mobile at Malwarebytes, and had a Mac before it was cool to have a Mac. Prior to that, he maintained a Mac security blog, and produced Mac adware removal software which was ultimately sold to Malwarebytes. Today, he spends his time as a Mac security researcher and an amateur photographer.