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Get to Know SpreeConf NYC Speaker: Denis Ivanov

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Shannon Madlin

Last week we introduced you to Emmett Shine who will be talking about solving the platform puzzle at SpreeConf NYC February 26th & 27th. Today we’d like to introduce you to Denis Ivanov. Denis is a Lead Developer at Downshift Labs and will be speaking at SpreeConf about how to perfect your e-commerce front end.

Denis Ivanov

Denis Ivanov
Lead Developer at Downshift Labs

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I was introduced to Rails and Ruby while I was still in high school and it was largely what pushed me to pursue Computer Science formally. I am still working with Rails happily everyday! I always find myself wanting to spread the joy of gainful and fulfilling programming employment, so I will volunteer at miscellaneous outreach programs here in San Francisco.

Getting to Know Denis

What trends are most exciting to you right now?

I am excited about the recent alternatives in computer science education. I wasn’t fond of how formal CS was taught, so seeing the programmer culture take up the problem into their own hands is very inspiring. I am talking about the numerous paid camps/workshops/express training programs such as DevBoot Camp, Hack Reactor, General Assembly and others.

Any interesting projects you are working on that others might be interested in?

Can’t say :)

What are you most looking forward to at SpreeConf this year?

I am excited to hear about heavily customized Spree deployments. I want to see a project and go “Wow, never thought Spree ran the backend for that”.

I would love for SpreeConf to invite more UX/UI specialists to share wisdom on studied user behavior, creating meaningful experiences, design basics for developers. I think this area of the development process does not ever receive enough necessary attention. I firmly believe UX will make or break most modern online companies and that goes for ecommerce as well.

What do you hope SpreeConf attendees remember about your talk when they get home?

I like to make the information I share very consumable. People should be able to improve their code/performance with some copy-pastable code right from my presentation. Everyone should be able to benefit. That is when I feel I have created value for technical atttendees.

I want my talk to be very actionable. First, I will convince people they should spend time on this. Second, I will tell them how to begin.

Favorite Moment from SpreeConf 2013?

I loved Adil’s presentation about growing and scaling an eCommerce business!

Come meet Denis and hear his talk about perfecting your e-commerce front end at SpreeConf, February 26th & 27th, New York City. Get your tickets now!