My name is Richard Conway. I’m a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Azure. I’m a Director of Elastacloud which is a Data Science consultancy working across key business sectors such as retail, finance, engineering and others. As well as my role in business, I’m an author of books and courses and a key contributor to Apache open source projects with a love for all things cloud and data.
Over the years I’ve become proficient in C++, C#, Java, Scala, Python and R and I mix and match these skills for my customers and community on a daily basis. I love speaking to new audiences on aspects of cloud, data science and data platform and have spoken all across Europe over the last few years.
I’m a strong advocate of communities and over the years founded @ukazure and a few others. As an advocate for child education in IT I’ve been working closely with Code Club in the UK. My most recent community contribution has been AzureCraft, an annual two day event for developers, parents, and kids to teach them Cloud and Programming through Minecraft.