Speakers

Albert Harum-Alvarez

André Just Vedgren

2022 marks my 30 year anniversary with FileMaker. I started with Claris FileMaker Pro 2.0 back in 1992 and since then I have earned an M.Sc. in software development, worked as an independent consultant and developer and am now heading an IT Development and Infrastructure department.
My experience covers both Danish, Greenlandic and international organizations including NGOs, government, conference centers, couriers, engineering/building inspection and study abroad providers.
I have previously been presenting at Scandinavian and European conferences and am thrilled to be speaking at the first EngageU ever.

Andrés López Pascual

Andrés started using FileMaker in 2000. Having a Business Administration degree, he worked as a Production Systems Analyst in a Manhattan-based clothing company.

In 2004, he started an Independent FileMaker Consultancy in New York City. During this period, he completed a Professional Certificate in Business Technology (2006, NYU SPS).

In 2007, Andrés was back in Spain, where he later founded Tanit Data Solutions, a team of three FileMaker Developers with web programming and graphic design backgrounds.

In addition to customers in Spain and USA, Tanit has an ongoing collaboration with DataManix and CamelCase data, working on projects involving APIs integrations, JavaScript programming, and developing Adobe plugins that connect FileMaker with Premiere and Photoshop.

Brad Freitag

As CEO of Claris, Brad Freitag oversees all of the company’s operations. 

He joined Claris in 2013 as vice president of worldwide sales. Prior to that, he held senior executive sales positions at Roambi, Host Analytics, Inc., Hyperion Solutions (now part of Oracle), and IBM.

Brad has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Chris Moyer

Chris Moyer was the Sales Engineer in Chicago for Claris Corporation from 1991 to 1994, and then founded The Moyer Group in 1995. Chris co-authored Claris’ FileMaker 3 training materials and then trained developer communities in multiple cities during the FileMaker 3 rollout. Chris went on to co-author three books on FileMaker, and was co-author of the Advisor Answers column in FileMaker Advisor magazine as well as a technical editor.

Chris is certified in FileMaker versions 7-19. The Moyer Group is a FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum member.

Christian Schmitz

Christian started developing a FileMaker Plugin in 2006 and made himself a name with Monkeybread Software as a reliable source for enhancements to FileMaker. For the last 16 years, he helped thousands of developers to improve their FileMaker projects and deliver better solutions to clients.

Christos Savva

Christos is a Senior FileMaker Developer at Beezwax. He was originally self-taught in software development and now certified in all versions of FileMaker from version 12 through 18, as well as an AWS Certified Developer. He is also enthusiastic about learning other web and mobile technologies in order to integrate them with FileMaker and to better serve customers as well as users.

Mathematically inclined, Christos studied for a Maths degree at the University of Bath in the UK. Later on, he went for a more practical course and obtained a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the same institution. He started his career by working at Deloitte for five years where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. There he initially worked as an external auditor servicing both local and international clients, mainly in the financial services sector. Subsequently, he switched to the Enterprise Risk Services department where he performed internal audit, compliance and business process re-engineering engagements. Currently, he is also studying for a Masters in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Claus Lavendt

Claus is the senior developer and founder of DataManix and has been a FileMaker developer since 1994. Through the years he has developed all types and sizes of systems, as well as integrated with a wide range of different systems and hardware. He has developed solutions for companies in all sizes, from small businesses to international enterprises with more than 120,000 employees. He also holds a degree in commercial photography.

Claus has hosted several sessions at developer conferences around the world, including FileMaker DevCon in the United States, regional DevCons as well as many seminars, dotFMP, training sessions and workshops.

Fact style

  • Filemaker developer since 1994
  • Certified Filemaker developer
  • Senior developer at DataManix
  • Has developed all types and sizes of systems, as well as integrated with a wide range of different systems and hardware
  • Developed solutions for companies from one-man businesses to international enterprises with 120.000+ employees
  • Holds a degree in commercial photo
  • Hosted sessions at several FileMaker DevCon USA, regional DevCons in Europe and Canada, dotFMP as well as several seminars and workshops
  • Has authored guides and tools for the FileMaker community
  • At the forefront of integrating FileMaker with hardware and different systems
  • Based in Denmark, Europe

Cristina Álvarez

Cristina landed at FileMaker 24 years ago in her search for business solutions in the different companies where she worked in the operations area. She has been dedicated exclusively to the development for Bitwok in Spain for 10 years. An active member of Women Innovating Together and passionate about dogs, cooking and rock ‘n’ roll.

David Wikström

David Wikström is the founder of CamelCase data, a company that helps businesses with digital innovation using Claris FileMaker as the core tool.
Currently based in Germany, CamelCase data works with clients in multiple countries and languages, providing custom solutions for a number of industries, including the film industry, video editing and publishing.
Certified Claris FileMaker developer. Loves strong coffee, strange music and xml.

David Wollesen

David is the founder of the FileMaker consultancy, protabase, founder and CTO of the agriTech startup, KARL.farm and the creator of the FileMaker DevOps tool, Devin. 

He has been a FileMaker developer since 2012, developing primarily smaller FileMaker apps for clients through protabase, but more recently most of his efforts are focused on high performance cloud architecture and API development using technologies like Python, Golang and AWS services like Lambda, DynamoDB and API Gateway in KARL.farm. On the side, he is working towards releasing Devin 1.0.

David holds a bachelor degree in Global Business Informatics and a master degree in Software Development and Technology from the IT University of Copenhagen. His thesis was to develop a DevOps tool for FileMaker, using FileMaker. Earlier this year, the public beta was released and Devin has since been presented at various conferences and community meet-ups including AutoEnter Live and Claris Beyond.

Fabrice Nordmann

Fabrice Nordmann first used FileMaker Pro in 1995, while working as a film assistant director.
He founded 1-more-thing in 2010, which became the first company to become a Claris Platinum Partner in two countries (France & Belgium).
The hosting branch, fmcloud.fm, became a worldwide reference in 2020 as the first -and only- hosting service to run on Linux/Docker.

Heidi Porter

Heidi Porter is a technical professional with 35 years of experience in networking, data analytics, and on-premise and cloud deployment at large companies such as IBM and SAS Institute. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and an MA in Linguistics. She is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, FileMaker Certified Developer 12 13, 15, 16, and 17, and a SAS Certified Programmer. She has worked with FileMaker and been a partner at The Moyer Group since 2010.

HOnza Koudelka

Co-founder and co-owner of 24U, developing FileMaker solutions since 1991. As soon as the External Function API was released with FileMaker Developer 4.0, HOnza started to expand the area of FileMaker Pro’s development and usage simplicity via plug-ins. Presently, being a FileMaker Certified Developer, FileMaker DevCon Developer Cup Champion and Claris Platinum Partner, he leads a team of FileMaker, web, plug-in, and app developers to provide high quality developer tools and custom development services, focusing a lot on performance optimizations and hardware integrations, delivering great custom apps which work on Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, web, and also special hardware, such as Raspberry Pi, Phidgets, Arduino, etc. Sometimes being called the “mad optimizer”, HOnza likes challenges and achieving things that seem impossible.

Ian Jempson

Ian first used FileMaker in the mid-90s to migrate data between client-server financial systems. Things have come full circle as he’s currently working on an SAP migration project. In 2020 he completed an MBA at Warwick Business School where he researched the strategic implications of AI. Since then, he’s founded Transforming Digital where he consults on technology. 

Jan Stieperaere

Jan has been building databases ever since his teenage years. Initially, he worked in MS Access, but he learned to work with Mac and Filemaker Pro at film school. After a short stint as a sound technician/sound editor and Live Slow Motion specialist, he succumbed to the database bug. Jan is a FileMaker 11 to 19 Certified Developer.

Javier Durá

I enjoy using my knowledge and experience by helping other developers learn the platform. With a formal education in journalism, I have written several FileMaker articles and have spoken at numerous FileMaker user groups and events across Europe.

Johan Hedman

A problem solver like everyone else in the Community. A frequent speaker at different Claris events. Certified Claris FileMaker developer. Have +20 years of solving customers’ problems with the Claris platform. Curious to learn new things and am always up for an adventure.

John Renfrew

John has been working with databases for all of his business life, initially to manage people, equipment, logistics and event planning. For the last 14 years he has worked extensively with FileMaker to solve problems for a wide range of small business customers, and has a product to submit VAT returns in the UK and specialist skills in Higher Education statistical reporting.

Joris Aarts

Joris has over 20 years of experience in IT, both as a trainer and a developer, despite having a degree in Ancient History. His first database was a FileMaker 2.1 collection of Greek papyrus fragments from the Ptolemaic era. He began his IT career as a software instructor in 1996, teaching FileMaker 3.0 and other technologies. “Working as a trainer has taught me the importance of the human factor in IT project success.” In 2005, he co-founded ClickWorks with his brother Jeroen. He frequently speaks at FileMaker conferences, including DevCon. Joris is a FileMaker 7 to 19 certified developer. In addition to computing, he enjoys sailing and playing the guitar.

Julie Sigfrinius

Julie Sigfrinius leads the customer success team and the global partner program. 

During her Claris tenure, she has built a cutting-edge partner ecosystem, including more than 1,400 Claris partners across the globe. She also directs worldwide channel distribution, resellers, and specialized global sales and marketing partners.

Prior to joining Claris, Julie built a professional services and training division for one of Apple’s premiere resellers and a Claris Platinum Partner, formerly known as FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum Partner.

Matt Navarre

Matt is a Claris platform evangelist, trainer, and database developer. In 1989, he founded AppWorks which created hundreds of databases for clients in many industries. In 2021 AppWorks merged with Direct Impact Solutions.

Matt was the original developer of Orpheus, a public health platform with thousands of users. This application played a key role in Oregon’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is certified on all versions of FileMaker from 7 to present, has two FileMaker Excellence Awards, hosts FileMaker podcasts, and runs Meetup groups.

Matt’s current passion is training. With 35+ years of FileMaker experience, he feels a strong desire to pass on the lessons he has learned. In his spare time, he composes music for choir and orchestra.

Niklas Swedenborg

Co-founder of Square Moon and certified FileMaker developer since the age of Aquarius. Into customer relations, company culture, and Chinese food.

Nicola Gervasi

Nicola started developing software with FileMaker in 1999 founding SintPro, a software development and consulting company.

In 2005 he added other RAD tools to his FileMaker offering to be able to code directly against SQL databases.

Over the years he explored several 3-tiers application solutions and in 2014 he started writing web applications and PWA using Angular and NodeJS.

He joined COSA Srl in 2019 as Tech Lead and became an AWS Certified Solution Architect.

In 20+ years Nicola designed architectures and wrote applications for several industries spacing from small service companies to large production industries focusing on procedures, scalability and security.

Oliver Reid

Oliver was educated (allegedly) at Cambridge University, the University of Chicago, and Yale University. He has worked in Management Consulting and Banking, focusing on business planning, financial management, MIS, and office workflow optimization.
He also taught school mathematics for 11 years.
He has worked with FileMaker for quite a while, starting with version 2.0
He is an avid football enthusiast, tending to support teams he hopes will win: like Liverpool and Manchester United. He also dabbles in high-end audio.

Philipp A. Puls

Managing partner and co-owner of 72solutions GmbH
1992 – First commercial FileMaker solution
1999 – Event-Sponsoring, Marketing & PR
2002 – Founder of the RA∂IX Group GmbH
2003 – University of Vienna, graduation in theoretical physics
2011 – Sold all RA∂IX Group shares
2012 – Member of the Stefan Pusch Unternehmensberatungs KG (base72) management team
2013ƒƒ – Co-owner of 72solutions GmbH – FileMaker/Claris Platinum Partner
2015ƒƒ – Certified Developer in successive Versions since Version 13
– Annual presentations @ dot[x]fmp Berlin and FMK

Robert Holsey

Robert Holsey is a Product Owner at Claris, currently focused on the new Claris platform and bringing it to market.

Robert joined Claris in 2005 as part of the Customer Support team. He then moved into Product Management for FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, and FileMaker WebDirect. Throughout his career at Claris, Robert has developed a wide variety of FileMaker solutions, supporting internal processes as well as those outside Claris to manage his hobbies.

Romain Dunand

FileMaker Developer since 2004, Romain Dunand joined 1-more-thing in 2015 to take the lead of web projects and hosting department (fmcloud.fm).
Always interested in technological developments, he jumped on the chance when FileMaker Server on Linux was released to develop a visionary architecture based on server containerization and PaaS to take filemaker hosting to the next level.

Vincenzo Menanno

Over 25 years of full-time experience as a master consultant, as well as a dedicated creator of products for the Claris developer community, Vince is widely considered one of the leading FileMaker developers in the world. He’s been a featured speaker at industry events such as Claris Engage (formerly FileMaker DevCon), FM Conférence, CQDF, and many Claris Developer Meetups. Vince is the author of InspectorPro, a leading development tool that provides in-depth solution analysis and advanced data visualizations.

Yann Liqueur-Salzédo

FileMaker developer since version 2.1.
Working for KeeSystem in Monaco since may 2022, building wealth management software.
Expert in UX/UI and FileMaker speaker (FileMaker Devcon, Berlin dot.fmp, French and Italian conference…)
FileMaker Excellence Award in Design