Salt Lake Software Symposium

May 3 - 4, 2019

Developers are the New Nuclear Physicists

Friday - May 3 7:00 PM - WASATCH 2

Neal Ford

Neal Ford

Director / Software Architect / Meme Wrangler

Before 1945, Physicists were considered one of the most harmless groups of people on the planet, and then that attitude changed. Currently, developers are considered one of the most harmless groups of people on the planet, but what if Facebook changes that?

This keynote investigates the deep roots of why a company like Facebook would continue to do bad things, and how Volkswagen created a software architecture that allowed them to cheat; developers are behind all these things. But cultural phenomenon drives these decisions, and points to a solution where software doesn't ruin everything.

About Neal Ford

Neal is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery.
Before joining ThoughtWorks, Neal was the Chief Technology Officer at The DSW Group, Ltd., a nationally recognized training and development firm. Neal has a degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University specializing in languages and compilers and a minor in mathematics specializing in statistical analysis.
He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, video presentations, and author of 6 books, including the most recent The Productive Programmer. His language proficiencies include Java, C#/.NET, Ruby, Groovy, functional languages, Scheme, Object Pascal, C++, and C. His primary consulting focus is the design and construction of large-scale enterprise applications. Neal has taught on-site classes nationally and internationally to all phases of the military and to many Fortune 500 companies. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, having spoken at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks. If you have an insatiable curiosity about Neal, visit his web site at He welcomes feedback and can be reached at