Caroline Karanja


Caroline is a freelance developer and designer. She's also the founder of 26 Letters, facilitating diversity and inclusion through consulting and e-learning solutions.

James Coughlin


I am a Hardware Designer / Ikea Expert / Bringer of Doughnuts at Punch Through. If I'm not at work, you can probably find me in a canoe on one of Minnesota's many lakes.

Casie Siekman


Casie attended the Prime Digital Academy bootcamp in 2015. She specializes in the MEAN stack and loves anything related to Javascript. In addition to continuing to learn the nuances of the MEAN stack, she is also interested in the Internet of Things and hopes to develop some mad Node.js skills to help her create something super cool. She is now working at Prime Digital Academy as an Associate Software Engineer and a Teacher's Assistant.

Gareth Harcombe-Minson

Software, DevOps Engineer at Gravie, a healthcare startup. Always looking for the next problem to solve and challenge to face!

Eryn O'Neil


Eryn is a PHP developer, technical lead, and consultant. Formerly at Clockwork, she now helps teams and agencies build better software (and helps those agencies build better teams). When she's not making software, Eryn is a local blues dance instructor and national conference speaker.

Matt Decuir


A transplant from Seattle, Matt is the Co-founder of OMG Transit, a real-time transit app which started at a local hackathon in June 2013. His background is in data analysis, but he's found that product management and software development play more to his strengths. He currently works for Kidizen, a mobile marketplace for buying and selling pre-loved kidstuff.

Anna Wise

Hi, I'm Anna. I love aligning the dots between what's needed, what's possible, and what's valuable! And people. Discovering their talents is an endless source of wonder.

Amanda LaGrange


After 6 years with General Mills in Corporate Finance, Amanda joined Tech Dump as the Director of Marketing in 2013. The MSPBJ recognized her as a 2014 Top 50 Women in Business, and she stepped into the CEO position in 2015. She continues to grow Tech Dump’s social and environmental impact with the 2016 launch of Tech Discounts.

Alex Ryan

I've held my entire career in technology, from developer and other tech roles to managing technology teams, people and programs. Regular volunteer supporting tech entrepreneurs and women technology initiatives. Founder of technology strategy and management consulting firm, Bitmatter.  Board member and long-time volunteer with minne* supporting our tech community with events MinneBar and MinneDemo. Excited to be a mentor here again this year!

Uriah Blatherwick

Web developer and small business owner

Christopher Matthew Jensen

Software strategist with 8+ years of industry experience. Currently a Solutions Architect at The Nerdery. Specialties in user research, UX design, content strategy and development roadmapping.

John Pawlenty

Senior User Experience designer at the Nerdery. I get working with passionate individuals on challenging problems.