Speaker: Mike Sperber
Michael Sperber is CEO of Active Group in Tübingen, Germany. He has
been developing software since 1984, and taught programming courses
since 1987. Mike specializes in functional programming, with many
publications and several books under his belt. Mike maintains a
strong interest in teaching programming, and has designed introductory
courses for several German universities. He is co-organizer of the
annual BOB developer conference.
Mike's first programming experiences were in the local department
store, and his formative learning experiences were all shaped by the
hacker culture of the 1980s. Since then, he was a university
researcher and educator (and researcher on education), a freelance
developer, and finally a CEO. He has continuously taught programming
in high schools, universities, to kids, and as commercial training.
He's observed the effects of hacker culture and education in many