Our awesome speakers are:

Ronny Lempel

Ronny Lempel joined Outbrain in May 2014 as VP of Outbrain's Recommendations Group, where he oversees the computation and delivery of the company's organic and paid recommendations, as well as the auction mechanisms that run in the paid recommendations' marketplace.

Prior to joining Outbrain, Ronny spent 6.5 years as a Senior Director at Yahoo Labs. Ronny joined Yahoo in October 2007 to open and establish its Research Lab in Haifa, Israel. During his tenure at Yahoo, Ronny led R&D activities in diverse areas, including Web Search, Web Page Optimization, Recommender Systems and Ad Targeting. In January 2013 Ronny was appointed Yahoo Labs’ Chief Data Scientist in addition to his managerial duties.

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Ronny spent 4.5 years at IBM's Haifa Research Lab with the Information Retrieval Group, where his duties included research and development in the area of enterprise search systems. During his tenure at IBM, Ronny managed the Information Retrieval Group for two years.

Ronny received his PhD, which focused on search engine technology, from the Faculty of Computer Science at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in early 2003. During his PhD studies, Ronny spent two summer internships at the AltaVista search engine.

Ronny has authored over 40 research papers in leading conferences and journals, and holds 12 granted US patents. He regularly serves on program and organization committees of Web-focused conferences, and has taught advanced courses on Search Engine Technologies and Big Data Technologies at Technion.

Same Problems, Different Actors: Symmetry in the Content Discovery Marketplace 40min talk keynote Status: accepted

Uri Shamay


gobench :: ApacheBench (ab) on steroids Open Source in Israel tools testing performance Status: accepted

Matan Eilat

Senior developer at JoyTunes.

JTLocalize - an iOS localization framework Open Source in Israel mobile localization Status: accepted

Gili Nachum

  • Started coding in 1999
  • Search and Analytics architect in IBM Software labs in Israel.
Technical leadership - more impact in less time! Ignite leadership culture Status: accepted

Eran Yahav

Eran Yahav is an associate professor at the Computer Science Department, Technion, Israel. Prior to that, he was a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York (2004-2010). He received his Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University (2005) and his B.Sc. from the Technion in 1996. His research interests include program analysis, program synthesis and program verification. Eran is a recipient of the prestigious Alon Fellowship for Outstanding Young Researchers, and the Andre Deloro Career Advancement Chair in Engineering.

Programming with Millions of Examples 40min talk keynote Status: accepted

Yoni Tsafir

iOS Dev Team Leader @ JoyTunes
Co-host @ Mobile and Beer (podcast)

Should you move from Objective-C to Swift? 40min talk mobile programming-language Status: accepted

Dror Helper

Dror is a senior consultant at CodeValue and an experienced instructor.
He has been writing software professionally for more than a decade, during which he has worked for industry giants such as Intel and SAP as well as small startup companies. He has extensive knowledge of many programming languages and platforms including C++, assembly, .NET (C#/VB) and Java.
Dror is an expert in agile methodologies and software engineering practices. When not writing code, Dror mentor developers and conduct courses about clean code, unit testing and TDD.
Dror speaks in local and international venues about software development practices, agile methodologies and unit testing.
In his blog (http://blog.drorhelper.com) Dror writes about programming languages, software development tools, new technologies, how to write better code, agile, unit testing and anything else he finds interesting.

What's wrong with TDD? Ignite programming-methodology testing Status: accepted

Talya Gendler

Talya Gendler has been writing code for the past 10 years. Passionate about clean and beautiful code and with a soft spot for building stuff for developers, Talya has worked on tools such as Spring Insight, a system that provides real-time visibility into application behavior via Java byte-code instrumentation. She currently leads the team in charge of Wix's A/B testing system.

Experimenting on Humans - Advanced A/B Testing Open Source in Israel programming-methodology product a/b-testing case-study Status: accepted

Avi Wortzel

VP R&D at Como (Conduit)

Scaling up your R&D group 40min talk case-study scaling culture Status: accepted

yaniv shalev

CTO at Convertro ( acquired by AOL)
Data Hacker

"Interactive Deep Analytics.html" Dashboard Open Source in Israel data Status: accepted

Ran Ben Aharon

I'm an Automation Engineer, Front End Developer and team leader at Everything.me.
I often do tech talks, Mobile Automators host and HTML5IL meetups co-host.
Tremendous passion for coding and providing tools.

Magneto - taking our Automated Testing to the next level 40min talk testing mobile Status: accepted

Ariel M. Moskovich

Lead Devops at AppsFlyer, Before that Senior operation engineer at Outbrain and Orbitz

Continious Deployment with Docker 40min talk devops/tools Status: accepted

Ori Hoch

Web developer, open-source enthusiast and open data activist with many years of experience in the web development world as a developer, system architect and team leader. Gained many experiences as the ynet web development team leader, technical lead at Kaltura and a volunteer for the Public Knowledge Workshop, working on the Open Knesset website. Currently building a team for LoopIndex - a web development boutique which focuses on doing things right.

Y’all don't know how to interview developers! Ignite recruitment Status: accepted
Eating the cake (open source) while leaving it whole (keeping your core business closed source) Open Source in Israel open-source case-study Status: accepted

Haim Yadid

Haim brings over 20 years of experience in various technology fields: software development, team management, software architecture, HPC and algorithmic research. Over the past nine years he has focused on Java platform performance optimization. In the last seven years, he has been involved as a consultant in more than a dozen of optimization projects. He brings nine years of experience working with Java, with in-depth understanding of the platform internals. Haim is one of the leaders of Java.IL (the Israeli Java user group).

JVM Garbage Collection logs, you do not want to ignore them! Ignite JVM GC debugging Status: accepted

Yonatan Maman

RnD group leader in Outbrain - doing code, tests, management, architecture, and black coffee

Developing a public API 40min talk programming-methodology case-study Status: accepted

Nir Rubinstein

System Architect at AppsFlyer - one of the world's leading mobile attribution tracking and analytics platform. Past experience in various startups, such as WinBuyer and Xsights. Really passionate about robust tooling, architecture and development philosophy.

Microservices and Event-Driven-Architecture with Clojure and Kafka 40min talk programming-methodology micro-services architecture devops programming-framework Status: accepted

Lior Kesos

Using the (open) source since 1999

Open Source Community Grooming 40min talk community open source Status: accepted

Re'em Bensimhon

A long time software engineer and open source enthusiast. Currently working for Forter fraud detection using storm for high-throughput realtime data processing.

Storm in under a second 40min talk data scalability case-study Status: accepted

Shai Alon

Application team leader @ Totango,
I love building amazing realtime single page applications using cutting edge technology.

Build a big data dashboard with Ember.js Open Source in Israel workshop web front-end Status: accepted

Ben Maraney

Ben is a Tech Lead at Klarna, Europe's leading alternative payment provider.

HTTP/2 in 5 Minutes Ignite web Status: accepted

Itai Frenkel

I am a software engineer at Forter doing architecture/ developement/ devops/ blogging/ videos/ et al...

Power Trip with a Power Drill - Monitoring distributed systems with Riemann 40min talk monitoring devops/tools Status: accepted

Nir Dremer

Co-Founder/CEO of Gormim (with @rantav). Product guy...

The Career Ladder is not in the Office 40min talk life-hacking Status: accepted

Avi Etzioni

Avi Etzioni is an enthusiastic software-engineer, currently leading an R&D team at Outbrain, with more than 10 years of experience with various technologies.
Passionate about Agile methodologies, an advocate for code-quality and clean-code.

Refactoring of Legacy Code 40min talk programming-methodology refactoring Status: accepted

Tomer Gabel

A programming junkie and computer history aficionado, Tomer's been around the block a few times before settling at Wix as a system architect. In the last couple of years he's developed a major crush on Scala, promoting it within the Israeli software industry as part of Java.IL (Israeli Java user group) and Underscore (Israeli Scala user group) and organizing the annual Scalapeño conference in Tel-Aviv.


5 Bullets to Scala Adoption 40min talk programming-language Scala Status: accepted
Accord: A sane validation library for Scala Open Source in Israel programming-framework Status: accepted

Yoav Rubin

Senior software engineer at Microsoft.

Superpowers of software development Ignite life-hacking Status: accepted

Meir Wahnon

Software dev at HP Software at product Operations Orchestration 3 years.
Software dev at Open Source project score at the past year (also HP Software).
Linkedin : https://il.linkedin.com/in/meirw

CloudSlang – open source workflow engine to automate your docker process Open Source in Israel devops/tools Status: accepted

Aviran Mordo

Aviran is the head of back-end engineering at Wix. He has over 20 years of experience in the software industry and has filled many engineering roles and leading positions, from designing and building the US national Electronic Records Archives prototype to building search engine infrastructures. Aviran is a tech-savvy and a technology blogger, with vast knowledge of internet technologies, software development, team building, continuous delivery and a dev-centric culture advocate.

Experimenting on Humans - Advanced A/B Testing Open Source in Israel programming-methodology product a/b-testing case-study Status: accepted
Scaling with microservices architecture and multi-cloud platforms 40min talk micro-services scaling architecture Status: accepted

Tzach Zohar

Architect and developer with 10 years experience, specializing in building high-scale enterprise solutions, from whiteboard brainstorming to hands-on coding. Interested in optimizing development throughput, quality and efficiency by using the best tools and techniques. Mostly Java oriented, but fluent in python and Scala as well. Was part of the Kenshoo team from the very beginning, playing various roles (developer, dev team lead, chief architect and architect), nowadays focused on improving software craftsmanship and scale of our team and systems.

Developers like winning: use gamification to promote code reviews Ignite programming-methodology code-review Status: accepted

Amit Zur

Amit has been developing software since around 2003 and doing web for about 8 years. His expertise is in building great user experience and large frontend infrastructures. At times, an activist in an Open Government Data organization. His passion is for good code, web design, developer productivity and team work. For the rest of the fun he engages in origami, piano, capoeira; has one gorgeous wife and one amazing boy

How to Create a Native-Like experience in the Mobile Web 40min talk mobile web Status: accepted

Victor Trakhtenberg

Victor is a software developer and architect. He is passionate about technologies as much as he is about implementation and deployment methodologies. Eager about building products and teams to achieve business goals along with growing the organizational culture. Currently is a full stack developer at Commerce Sciences. Prior to Commerce Sciences Victor served as a Chief Architect at SupportSpace. Co-founder of the JavaIL community (www.meetup.com/JavaIL/). Among others Victor enthusiastic about programming languages: Groovy, Scala, Ruby.

Confessions of a Java developer that fell in love with the Groovy language 40min talk programming-language programming-framework Status: accepted

Hagai Levin

Software developer and Scrum master at Klarna.
A Scrum and Agile enthusiast, running a blog discussing these topics.

Artificial Intelligence - Is anyone building the terminator yet? Ignite AI Status: accepted

Ohad Levy

  • Free and Open Source Software Enthusiastic
  • Recovering Sysadmin turned into Software developer
  • Engineering Manager at Red Hat
  • Author and (ex-)maintainer of The Foreman
How to build a succesful opensource community Open Source in Israel community case-study Status: accepted

Oded Magger

Oded is a Software Engineer at JoyTunes, a musical education startup which produces mobile games which are controlled by actual pianos. He tries to harness his coding skills for the greater good, be it by analyzing genetic diseases, democratizing CAD and architecture software, or making music education fun.

A newcomer's view of the Israeli Video Games industry Ignite gaming Status: accepted

Asaf Mesika

An experienced software engineer, specializing in building Java Applications based on Open Source products, with a keen interest and vast experience in the field of Big Data Analytics.

An avid fan of Agile methodology; Strong believer in great culture as founding stone for a superb company;
Takes deep dives at Big Data Solutions, Architecture, Build Management, Configuration Management and all the glue of the processes around them to make it work like a symphony.

Founder of the first Israeli Java User Group called Botzia (הבוציה), founded at December 2010. Co-founded "Java.IL" - the unified Israeli Java User Group - which merged Botzia the rest of the java communities in Israel into one unified community.

Captain's Log - Applying Kaizen & Scrum to become a ninja developer Ignite life-hacking Status: accepted

Sella Rafaeli

PM @ 8200, CS @ HUJI, SWE @ Fiverr

Batyam - a simple, stronger, collaborative dashboard Open Source in Israel data tools Status: accepted

Miriam Schwab

Founder & Friendly CEO of illuminea, one of Israel's leading WordPress development agencies. Four-time local WordCamp conference organizer for the WordPress community. Active in the international WordPress community as well - speaker at WordCamp Europe, regular participant in the WP Think Tank webinars, listed as a WP Talent, interviewed in major WordPress publications like CodePoet.

Putting your local Israeli Open Source community on the international map Open Source in Israel community Status: accepted

Shai Yallin

I'm a software engineer, advocating TDD at Wix.com. I've been developing in the Scala programming language since early 2011 and serve as Wix's resident Scala evangelist. I'm also a founding member of Underscore, the Israeli Scala user group.

I’m a musician, playing keyboards and making music with the bands Solstice Coil,Salvya and Subterranean Masquerade. I'm also an amateur recording and mixing engineer with a humble home studio where I work on my free time on my own music or collaborate with others.

I cook, mostly mediterranean (Italian-influenced) and recently Indian and Thai food as well. I've been blogging my more successful dishes since 2009.

Putting the 'D' in TDD 40min talk testing programming-methodology life-hacking Status: accepted

Elad Levy

Front End Developer At Bizzabo
Part of the web development team in Bizzabo that makes our awesome web product using the latest web's cutting edge technologies.

Isomorphic Javascript - The Next Big Thing in Web Development 40min talk web Status: accepted

Eran Harel

Eran is a software infrastructure team lead at Outbrain - we write the infrastructure that Outbrain's massive scale runs on: RPC, messaging infrastructure, persistence infrastructure, automation, CI/CD, lots of backend and middle-ware thingies, and what have you.

Before Outbrain Eran worked as an Architect for Orbitz World Wide for 5 years, and several startup companies you will never hear about.


Reactive by Example 40min talk case-study scalability reactive resilience Status: accepted

Lital Hassine

Lital is a senior software engineer at JoyTunes with more than 10 years of experience. Lital is an agile enthusiastic, following the method and also teaches others.

Distribution First Ignite case-study growth product Status: accepted

Alon Becker

Consul - much more than a Service Discovery Tool 40min talk devops/tools service-discovery Status: accepted

Nir Katz

Software Engineer at Microsoft 1995 to 2012
Admin & QA at SalesPredict from 2013
Blogger & Writer at various publications.

Two engineers walk into a Stand-up Comedy Club 40min talk stand-up Status: accepted

Iris Shoor

Iris is a co-founder and VP product at Takipi, an error analysis tool for Java/ Scala developers. Prior to Takipi, Iris was co-founder and at VisualTao, a Sequoia backed startup acquired by Autodesk in 2009. Her main interests are creative products, marketing for developers and and nitpicking small UX details. Iris blogs about product and guerrilla marketing at www.startupmoon.com

The ugly truth: 11 ways to learn what users really think about your product 40min talk product Status: accepted

Yonatan M

Performance engineer and fullstack developer at Sears Israel. Check out my blog at blog.cowchimp.com.

Loop into the Javascript Event Loop Ignite programming-language web Status: accepted