Kristina Durivage is a front end engineer by day and hardware hacker by night. She lives in Minneapolis.
Tom has over 15 years of experience as a creative director, animator, designer and web developer. Equally passionate about design and code Tom has an innate ability to understand projects from varying perspectives.
Amanda Lagrange is the CEO of Tech Dump and Tech Discounts, the linked social enterprise that creates jobs for people with barriers to employment through electronics recycling, refurbishing and retail sales. An Indiana native and proud millennial, Amanda graduated from Indiana University.
Tamara Temple is seasoned software developer with a lot of experience in web development, server software, devops, and testing. She has always been passionate about helping people learn about and improve their skills in programming, tooling, and organizing. Tamara currently leads a weekly drop-in study group for women learning how to code. Tamara attended two Hack-the-Gap weekends as a participant, and is looking forward to mentoring teams this year.
Emi is an artist and Senior Software Engineer specializing in UI, SVG, data visualization, and browser-based animations. Emi has volunteered or participated in every year of Hack the Gap! She's totally pumped to see what teams come up with and even more excited to see that gap grow smaller each year. Emi enjoys 80s thrift-store finds, digging/planting stuff, and is crossing her fingers that her newly-seeded front-yard prairie will come up in full force this spring.
Eryn O’Neil is an independent PHP developer and tech lead. Coming from the agency world, she has worked on everything from e-commerce and online promotions, to sites for rad Minnesota organizations (shoutout to NiceRide and Doomtree!), to developing a proprietary framework and CMS. Her philosophy is to build software by placing humans first: both the people who will use it and the developers who build it with you (and maintain it afterward). Based in Minneapolis, Eryn spends most of her free time blues dancing, flying on a trapeze, and wishing it weren’t snowing.
Fred Deichler has worked in the technology industry for the past 18 years spending time both in managing hardware repair and custom software development. Currently, the Project Manager at the OurFamilyWizard website Fred oversees the coordinated development and improvement of a SaaS web solution with supporting native iOS and Android applications. In his off time, Fred is a youth community soccer coach and is working on his BS in Management from the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
Baskin Tapkan is a lead software developer with vast experience in web application design, development and deployment. Baskin has been developing mainly web applications since 1997 in digital media generation, process automation, data storage, manufacturing, healthcare, education, publishing and service industries. He has a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and is a senior IEEE member.
Cassie spends her days working with technology and software and her evenings performing with local theatre and opera companies. Last year, she co-founded Monicat Data, which focuses on providing data and technical solutions to arts organizations. She moved to Minneapolis three years ago after receiving degrees in Computer Science and Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Emily has been leading software QA teams since 2009. She started her career in the Twin Cities and is thrilled to have recently returned to Minneapolis (and Hack the Gap!) from the Pacific Northwest.