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This will be a hackathon on containers, so please bring your laptops and at a minimum, have Visual Studio Code installed.


* Nikki Conley, Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect, One Commercial Partner

Nikki has been in the technology industry for over 20 years. She started out as a developer making her mark with Y2K conversions.

Soon after, she moved to Nashville and continued her career as a developer working in Manufacturing and Transportation. Since Nashville is a Healthcare town, Nikki made the jump into healthcare work.

She spent the next 8 years focusing solely on Healthcare and compliance and this is where she cut her teeth on software architecture.

In 2010, software architecture brought Nikki to the cloud where she started with Cloud Foundry, then added Azure, AWS, and HP Helion. In 2017, Nikki joined Microsoft and now focuses on Azure Cloud Architecture with Microsoft partners.

She specializes in Application Development which includes, PaaS, Serverless, and Containers. Nikki also has a passion for Data, Cognitive Services, and Media.

Nikki lives in Rockvale, TN with her husband and son. They share their home and property with dogs, horses, goats, ducks, chickens, and some barn cats who can’t seem to earn their keep.

* Brett Hacker, Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft National Customer Success Team

In 2014, Brett joined Microsoft as a Cloud Solution Architect, charged with assisting a select group of businesses to identify workloads that can successfully leverage the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Brett has been a technology professional for over 23 years, working as a systems engineer, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and developer, focused on the Microsoft technology stack.

Brett was most recently Director of Software Development for Live Nation Entertainment, where he successfully architected and implemented a large internal LOB application born in the Azure cloud. He also served as CIO of Remettra, a healthcare startup that implemented one of the first SaaS solutions for payment processing in the payer/provider space.

He was an invited speaker at the 3rd HIPAA Summit West, discussing payment processing options around the HIPAA 835 EDI transaction.

He briefly left the CSA role to serve as a senior Program Manager in the Identity engineering team in Redmond, followed by another brief stint as VP of Development for The SSI Group, a health care clearinghouse headquartered in Mobile, Alabama.

He has now returned to Microsoft as a member of the Cloud Solution Architect Customer Success Unit, working with a team of national architects and providing technical depth for cloud implementations across the US. Based in Nashville, his key areas of technical focus include identity, web application development, infrastructure automation/DevOps, SQL database, and storage.