Who’s there? 


Ben Scheirman

Ben Scheirman is the creator of NSScreencast where he records regular screencasts on Swift, Mac, and iOS development. When not programming, he’s usually playing guitar or making award-winning Texas BBQ. Ben lives in Houston with his wife and five kids.


Daniel Steinberg

Daniel is the author of the best selling books A Swift Kickstart and Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPad and iPhone (the official companion book to the popular iTunes U series from Stanford University taught by Paul Hegarty).

He has written apps for the iPhone and the iPad since the SDKs first appeared and has written programs for the Mac all the way back to System 7.

Daniel presents iPhone, Cocoa, and Swift training and consults through his company Dim Sum Thinking. His books are available on the iBookstore. When he’s not coding or talking about coding for the Mac, the iPhone, and the iPad he’s probably cooking or hanging out with his daughter.


Jacob Van Order

Jacob is a Senior iOS Developer at Etsy and cohost of NSCoder Chicago. With a background in Graphic Design, he learned programming by buying two books about iPhoneOS development ten years ago and it’s been a wild ride since.

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Jaimee Newberry

Jaimee worked in web + mobile design and development from 1998-2013 with emphasis on empathetic and behavioral psychology-applied interface design for web, mobile web, and iOS applications. Currently, Jaimee is the co-founder and CEO Picture This Clothing which started as a passion project launched by a single Tweet from her personal Twitter account the morning of March 17, 2016, had a TechCrunch write-up by the end of the same day, and a viral burst immediately following. 

Jaimee has also served as a board of directors member, as an advisor, and as an executive coach for banking, tech, telecom, and application development & design firms. Across her career, she's worked with high profile companies like Apple, Disney, Nintendo, Zappos and many more.


James Dempsey

James Dempsey is a fifteen-year Apple veteran gone indie. At Apple, he was an evangelist, technical trainer, curriculum manager, and software engineer, working on Aperture, iOS, and macOS releases Leopard through Lion. James recently set back out on his own after working to build a cloud computer for humankind’s information at Upthere. He is also the frontman of James Dempsey and the Breakpoints, a band that performs humorous original songs about technical topics. Their debut album Backtrace topped the iTunes comedy charts in the US, UK, and Canada, and reached #5 on the Billboard comedy album chart.


Jen Kelley

After 10 years of obsessive knitting, Jen decided to discover why she enjoyed it so much. She found that programming shares many things with knitting and jumped head first into iOS development. At her current position as an Android Engineer at ActiveCampaign, she spends her time putting the Cool in CRM and Chat apps. Originally hailing from Colorado she’s spent the last 6 years calling Chicago home. When she’s not knitting, she also enjoys drumming, books, and baseball.


Jon-Tait Beason

Jon-Tait Beason (Jazbo) is a iOS software engineer at Glowforge, maker of the 3D Laser Printer. He has a background in education and enjoys teaching and learning. To that end, he spends a lot of time hanging out in iOS communities where he learns from others and helps engineers starting out.


Liz Marley

Liz is a 13-year veteran of the Omni Group. She has also organized App Camp for Girls in Seattle several times. She speaks at conferences as an excuse to learn new things and hang out with other macOS and iOS developers. She hasn't written any books or hosted any podcasts...yet. 


Mark Dalrymple

From 8-bit micros to classic Mac to Unix systems and finally OS X and iOS, Mark has been programming for a long time. From AOL to Google, then Big Nerd Ranch. He's written books on Objective-C and advanced Mac programming and is the co-founder of CocoaHeads, the international Mac and iOS developer's society. In his spare time he works on software for indoor cycling instructors, and MusicJot - music notation for the iPad.


Rob Napier

Rob is co-author of iOS Programming Pushing the Limits. Before coming to Cocoa, he made his living sneaking into Chinese facilities in broad daylight. Later he became a Mac developer for Dell. It's not clear which was the stranger choice. He has a passion for the fiddly bits below the surface, like networking, performance, security, and text layout. He asks "but is it good Swift?" a lot.