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June 13 & 14, 2024

The Merge is the ultimate developer experience conference featuring top speakers from the tech industry, exciting and unexpected activities, and the chance to connect with a vibrant community of fellow developers and dev rel professionals. It is a one-of-a-kind event where learning, fun, and friendship merge into an unforgettable experience.

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Open Source Fair

GitHub will sponsor “exhibitor” space for 24 open source projects. Apply with your project to get a free ticket and a slot to show off your project!

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Tom Preston Werner

Co-founder, GitHub

David Cramer

Co-founder and CTO of Sentry

Jana Iris

Former director of Community Hashicorp, Investor at TQ Ventures
Tom Preston Werner

Tom Preston Werner

Co-founder GitHub

Tom Preston-Werner is an inventor, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is currently building RedwoodJS, Preston-Werner Ventures (investing in open source, dev tools, climate tech, AI), and 128 Collective (a climate think tank working on the just transition to 1.5 degrees). Tom also cofounded and was CEO of GitHub, and created Jekyll, SemVer, and TOML. He currently sits on the boards of Gitpod, Netlify, Mote Hydrogen, and Hack Club. Tom enjoys running, mountain biking, snowboarding, flying helicopters, baking sourdough, and eating tater tots.

Jana Iris

Jana Iris

Former Director of Community Hashicorp ✦ Investor at TQ Ventures

Jana Iris has been in the startup industry for 15 years where she focused on building developer communities at companies such as Engine Yard, New Relic, Sourcegraph, and Hashicorp. Jana joined Hashicorp in 2015 when it was just a 10 person company and continued through to IPO in 2021. Today she is an investor at TQ Ventures, a small but mighty fund with over $1B AUM. They are currently investing out of their third fund of $500M.

John Romero

John Romero

Creator of DOOM ✦ Game Director ✦ Romero Games Ltd.

John Romero is an award-winning programmer, game designer and level designer whose work spans over 130 games, 108 of which have been published commercially. Romero is considered to be the 'father of first person shooters' having led the design and contributed to the programming and audio design of the iconic and genre-defining games Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, Quake, Heretic and Hexen. Romero is also was also one of the earliest supporters of eSports and a professional-level DOOM and Quake player. To date, Romero has co-founded eight successful game companies including the likes of id Software, Gazillion Entertainment and most recently Romero Games in Galway, Ireland. He is considered to be among the world’s top game designers, and his products have won well over 100 awards. One of the earliest indie developers, Romero began working in the game space in 1979 on mainframes before moving to the Apple II in 1981. He is a completely self-taught programmer, designer and artist. His memoir DOOM Guy be released in July 2023.

Kyle Daigle

Kyle Daigle

COO GitHub

Kyle Daigle is Chief Operating Officer at GitHub, leading teams responsible for culture, developer outreach, operations, and communications. Joining GitHub in 2013, Kyle built and scaled GitHub’s ecosystem engineering teams and worked on the acquisitions of Semmle, npm, and others. 11 years (and many ships) later, Kyle is just as committed to driving growth across the business and its people, leading GitHub’s own AI adoption strategy across a workforce of 3,000+ talented Hubbers. As a developer himself, Kyle is passionate about bringing software practices to operations and works to preserve and grow the spirit of GitHub as an AI-integrated, developer-first company.

Saron Yitbarek

Saron Yitbarek

Founder, Not A Designer ✦ CodeNewbie

Saron Yitbarek is a 2x founder (1 acquisition), developer, podcaster, international keynote speaker, and mother of an incredible baby girl. She founded CodeNewbie, the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code, and hosts the CodeNewbie Podcast. She's also the creator of notadesigner.io, a newsletter helping developers level up their design skills.

JZ Zhang

JZ Zhang

COO of Charm

JZ  is the Chief Operating Officer at Charm.sh, an open-source startup making the command line a creative, empowering and scalable platform. Previously, she ran several software startups, two of which she founded, and led early stage investing at a venture capital firm. Passionate about uplifting underrepresented individuals, particularly in entrepreneurship, JZ has served on boards and in leadership roles at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and All Raise. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University.

Adam Wiggins

Adam Wiggins

Co-founder of Heroku

Adam is working to improve computers in service of human creativity and prosperity. In the past he co-founded Muse (canvas for thinking), Ink & Switch (industrial research lab), and Heroku (web app deployment). At the moment he is a free agent. Adam designs products, builds teams, writes, podcasts, and occasionally invests. He’s originally from California, but has settled in Berlin.

Robby Russell

Robby Russell

CEO of PlanetArgon and creator of OhMyZsh

Robby is the creator of Oh My Zsh, a highly popular open-source, community-driven framework that supercharges your terminal's functionality. Operating from Portland, Oregon, USA, he spearheads Planet Argon, a consultancy dedicated to modernizing Ruby on Rails applications. Through the Maintainable Software Podcast, Robby engages with seasoned experts to explore strategies for refining legacy code. Beyond his tech endeavors, he's a founding member and guitarist for The Mighty Missoula, an instrumental art-rock band. Additionally, Robby has committed over a decade as a board member to Path Home, a vital non-profit dedicated to assisting families in transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing.

Scott Chacon

Scott Chacon

Co-founder of GitHub ✦ Co-founder of GitButler

Scott Chacon is the co-founder of GitHub; now co-founder of GitButler, a next generation version control client, based in Berlin. Scott helped grow GitHub from 4 cofounders to 450 employees over 8 years, eventually being acquired by Microsoft for $7.5 billion. Scott is also the author of Pro Git, published by Apress and found online at git-scm.com. In unrelated news, he holds a WSET Level 3 certification in Wines and Spirits and owns a dog rescue outside of Berlin.

David Cramer

David Cramer

Co-founder and CTO of Sentry

David is the founder and CTO of Sentry, a developer-focused application monitoring solution trusted by more than 50,000 organizations. Prior to Sentry he focused on a variety of infrastructure and developer services at consumer tech companies, as well as spending a large amount of time contributing to the Open Source, Python, and Django communities.

Cassidy Williams

Cassidy Williams

CTO of Contenda

Cassidy Williams is the CTO at Contenda, building Brainstory! She is also a startup advisor and investor, developer experience expert, and meme-maker on the internet. Cassidy enjoys building mechanical keyboards, playing music, and teaching in her free time.

Jay Simons

Jay Simons

Former President of Atlassian ✦ GP at Bond VC

Jay focuses on emerging enterprise software companies and the scaling of modern SaaS business models globally. He serves on the boards of BrowserStack, HubSpot, and Zapier, and he is actively involved with investments in Vast Data, AlphaSense, KoBold Meals, Locus, Netlify, Persona, Postman, Retool, Sentry, Twingate, and Weights & Biases. Prior to BOND, Jay was the President of Atlassian and part of its early leadership team that scaled the company from startup to IPO. During his 12 years at Atlassian, Jay pioneered a go-to-market model that expanded to hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide – from SMBs to the Global 1000 – and achieved ~$2 billion in annualized revenue. He also helped lead 22 acquisitions and strategic investments, propelling the company into adjacencies such as workflow automation, security, and real time communications. Before Atlassian, Jay was Vice President of Marketing at BEA Systems (acquired by Oracle in 2008). At the start of his career, Jay held marketing and sales roles at Plumtree Software, which went public in2022 and was acquired by BEA Systems in 2005.

Daniel Thompson-Yvetot

Daniel Thompson-Yvetot

Co-founder of Tauri, CEO of CrabNebula

Daniel Thompson-Yvetot is a lifelong Open Source Advocate and the co-founder of Tauri Apps. He currently occupies the seat of Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Tauri programme, which is the commons-focussed governance body for the greater Tauri community. His work over the past decades has been at the intersections of technology and culture, with a dash of philosophy and heaping portions of compassion. He is the CEO of CrabNebula, a company partnered with Tauri and offers tools to make devs' lives better and their apps more robust. He lives and works in Malta.

Chloe Condon

Chloe Condon

Google Developer Relations Engineer ✦ Former Microsoft Cloud Developer Advocate

Chloe is a Bay Area based Developer Advocate at Google. Previously, she worked at Microsoft and Sentry.io, and was featured in Grace Hopper Conference's 2018 gallery featuring 15 influential women in STEM. Her work in developer advocacy is sprinkled with humor, creativity, and whimsy- allowing her opportunities to collaborate with NASA, speak at ComicCon, and hack a Furby. Chloe holds a degree in Drama from San Francisco State University, and (when she's not bursting into song) she enjoys making memes and fun educational videos on YouTube.

Leah Culver

Leah Culver

Startup Founder and Angel Investor ✦ Former iOS Lead at X

Leah Culver is a three-time startup founder, Y Combinator alumnus, and a full-stack and mobile engineer. In 2017 she founded Breaker, a social podcast app which was acquired by Twitter in January 2021. Leah helped build Twitter Spaces and briefly lead the iOS development of Tweets under Elon Musk. Leah founded her first startup and early social media app, Pownce, in 2007. She also created Convore, a group chat app which became Grove, a chat app for businesses that pre-dated Slack. Leah is well-known as a co-author of both the OAuth and oEmbed API specifications. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, baby son, and their very old pug, Mr. Wiggles

Sam Lambert

Sam Lambert

CEO of PlanetScale

Sam Lambert is the CEO at PlanetScale, building the next-generation cloud database. Previously Sam was Vice President of Engineering at GitHub, where he was responsible for scaling the company and culture to the world’s largest platform for developers with over 100 million users. He was also responsible for creating GitHub Actions, the popular workflow automation tool. Prior to GitHub, Sam led the traffic and video infrastructure teams at Facebook. He is passionate about developer experience and delivering high quality software at scale.

Jana Iris

Jana Iris

Former Director of Community Hashicorp ✦ Investor at TQ Ventures

Jana Iris has been in the startup industry for 15 years where she focused on building developer communities at companies such as Engine Yard, New Relic, Sourcegraph, and Hashicorp. Jana joined Hashicorp in 2015 when it was just a 10 person company and continued through to IPO in 2021. Today she is an investor at TQ Ventures, a small but mighty fund with over $1B AUM. They are currently investing out of their third fund of $500M.

Former Director of Community Hashicorp ✦ Investor at TQ Ventures

Igniting Communities: Scaling from Zero to One Million

In this fireside chat with Jana Iris, former Director of Community at HashiCorp and an investor at TQ Ventures, she will unveil the secrets behind fostering vibrant developer communities. Dive deep into the intricacies of scaling HashiCorp's developer ecosystem from ground zero to an impressive one million, navigating the unique challenges encountered along the way. With a keen focus on developer relations, Jana will share invaluable strategies tailored to the needs of developers, offering wisdom & insights for those aiming to build and nurture thriving developer communities.

John Romero

John Romero

Creator of DOOM ✦ Game Director ✦ Romero Games Ltd.

John Romero is an award-winning programmer, game designer and level designer whose work spans over 130 games, 108 of which have been published commercially. Romero is considered to be the 'father of first person shooters' having led the design and contributed to the programming and audio design of the iconic and genre-defining games Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, Quake, Heretic and Hexen. Romero is also was also one of the earliest supporters of eSports and a professional-level DOOM and Quake player. To date, Romero has co-founded eight successful game companies including the likes of id Software, Gazillion Entertainment and most recently Romero Games in Galway, Ireland. He is considered to be among the world’s top game designers, and his products have won well over 100 awards. One of the earliest indie developers, Romero began working in the game space in 1979 on mainframes before moving to the Apple II in 1981. He is a completely self-taught programmer, designer and artist. His memoir DOOM Guy be released in July 2023.

Creator of DOOM ✦ Game Director ✦ Romero Games Ltd.

Id — The Early Days of Id Software: Programming Principles

As co-founders of id Software, John Romero and John Carmack created the code behind the company's seminal titles. The principles they defined through experience in id’s earliest days built upon one another to produce a unique methodology and a constantly shippable codebase. In this talk, John Romero discusses id software’s early days, these programming principles and the events and games that led to their creation.

Kyle Daigle

Kyle Daigle

COO GitHub

Kyle Daigle is Chief Operating Officer at GitHub, leading teams responsible for culture, developer outreach, operations, and communications. Joining GitHub in 2013, Kyle built and scaled GitHub’s ecosystem engineering teams and worked on the acquisitions of Semmle, npm, and others. 11 years (and many ships) later, Kyle is just as committed to driving growth across the business and its people, leading GitHub’s own AI adoption strategy across a workforce of 3,000+ talented Hubbers. As a developer himself, Kyle is passionate about bringing software practices to operations and works to preserve and grow the spirit of GitHub as an AI-integrated, developer-first company.

COO GitHub

The Past, Present, and Future of GitHub with Kyle Daigle

In conversation with Scott Chacon. The current GitHub COO and former GitHub cofounder discuss the past, present, and future of developer collaboration on the world’s largest developer platform. Since its inception in 2008, GitHub has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of modern software development. Kyle will offer perspectives on GitHub's historical milestones, its current position as a hub for global developers, and for its continued innovation and impact in the coming years.

Adam Wiggins

Adam Wiggins

Co-founder of Heroku

Adam is working to improve computers in service of human creativity and prosperity. In the past he co-founded Muse (canvas for thinking), Ink & Switch (industrial research lab), and Heroku (web app deployment). At the moment he is a free agent. Adam designs products, builds teams, writes, podcasts, and occasionally invests. He’s originally from California, but has settled in Berlin.

Co-founder of Heroku

The Heroku Journey

Join Adam Wiggins, cofounder of Heroku, in a fireside chat on the early days of the company. Heroku pioneered many concepts now widely used in web apps: containerization, serverless, developer experience (DX), buildpacks, and cloud-native apps. Adam will share about the product, business, and technology aspects of building a company that won the hearts of developers in the early days of cloud.

Robby Russell

Robby Russell

CEO of PlanetArgon and creator of OhMyZsh

Robby is the creator of Oh My Zsh, a highly popular open-source, community-driven framework that supercharges your terminal's functionality. Operating from Portland, Oregon, USA, he spearheads Planet Argon, a consultancy dedicated to modernizing Ruby on Rails applications. Through the Maintainable Software Podcast, Robby engages with seasoned experts to explore strategies for refining legacy code. Beyond his tech endeavors, he's a founding member and guitarist for The Mighty Missoula, an instrumental art-rock band. Additionally, Robby has committed over a decade as a board member to Path Home, a vital non-profit dedicated to assisting families in transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing.

CEO of PlanetArgon and creator of OhMyZsh

Oh My Zsh(it): Bringing Delight to the CLI

Robby Russell, creator of the widely acclaimed Oh My Zsh, takes us on a journey through the evolution of this open-source, community-driven CLI framework as it nears its 15th anniversary. Robby will share a confession and reveal how a project that began with 'little to no plan' managed to ignite and sustain an extraordinary wave of adoption across the software industry. In this talk, Robby will unpack the origin story of Oh My Zsh, his theories on its unexpected growth, and the invaluable lessons he’s learned. He'll delve into the art of engaging with an open-source community and his mission to bring delight to the command line.

David Cramer

David Cramer

Co-founder and CTO of Sentry

David is the founder and CTO of Sentry, a developer-focused application monitoring solution trusted by more than 50,000 organizations. Prior to Sentry he focused on a variety of infrastructure and developer services at consumer tech companies, as well as spending a large amount of time contributing to the Open Source, Python, and Django communities.

Co-founder and CTO of Sentry

David vs GNULiath: A fireside chat with David Cramer

This fireside chat takes you into the heart of Sentry’s creation, tracing its path from a humble open-source project to a VC-backed enterprise. It’s a conversation that is more than success tales—it challenges conventional open-source norms, blending them with business acumen. Sneak Peek: David’s perspective is a call to action, urging a reevaluation and modernization of open-source to keep it thriving. Join us for this edgy discussion on the future of open source, a pivotal talk on evolution for sustainability and growth.

Daniel Thompson-Yvetot

Daniel Thompson-Yvetot

Co-founder of Tauri, CEO of CrabNebula

Daniel Thompson-Yvetot is a lifelong Open Source Advocate and the co-founder of Tauri Apps. He currently occupies the seat of Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Tauri programme, which is the commons-focussed governance body for the greater Tauri community. His work over the past decades has been at the intersections of technology and culture, with a dash of philosophy and heaping portions of compassion. He is the CEO of CrabNebula, a company partnered with Tauri and offers tools to make devs' lives better and their apps more robust. He lives and works in Malta.

Co-founder of Tauri, CEO of CrabNebula

Collaborative Commons: Designing Open-Source Orgs for Longevity

Today, we generally understand open source as being more than just a license, but slapping MIT on a codebase does not a community make. In this talk, Daniel will use the Tauri Programme within the Commons Conservancy as a case study in iterative community development, and cover general topics such as core teams, working groups, funding, burn-out, and evolution. The talk will wrap up with advice and reasoning for becoming more accessible, accountable, and resilient.

Leah Culver

Leah Culver

Startup Founder and Angel Investor ✦ Former iOS Lead at X

Leah Culver is a three-time startup founder, Y Combinator alumnus, and a full-stack and mobile engineer. In 2017 she founded Breaker, a social podcast app which was acquired by Twitter in January 2021. Leah helped build Twitter Spaces and briefly lead the iOS development of Tweets under Elon Musk. Leah founded her first startup and early social media app, Pownce, in 2007. She also created Convore, a group chat app which became Grove, a chat app for businesses that pre-dated Slack. Leah is well-known as a co-author of both the OAuth and oEmbed API specifications. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, baby son, and their very old pug, Mr. Wiggles

Startup Founder and Angel Investor ✦ Former iOS Lead at X

From Startup to Tech Giant and Back

Join us for a fireside chat with Leah Culver, founder, software developer, and former ios Lead at Twitter (X). Leah will share insights into her journey from startup to big tech and back, including her experience with her company, Breaker's, acquisition by Twitter. We'll delve into the unique perspectives Leah gained from working at both startups and large tech companies, touching on the dynamic shifts in culture, innovation, and personal growth. Additionally, we'll explore the intriguing implications of Twitter's acquisition by Elon Musk and the evolving landscape of tech giants.

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  • Talks, firesides, panel discussions
  • Unlimited food and drink
  • Experiences
  • Dinner and the after party

Day #2

  • Breakfast snacks
  • Talks, firesides, panel discussions
  • Experiences
  • Unlimited food and drink
  • Workshops
  • Epic closing

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