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about

Target tech's product engineering conference is centered on growing and engaging a global community of product engineers to advance our collective capabilities and future.

15+ recognized industry experts and innovators
sharing their knowledge and real-world experiences through candid presentations, success stories and best practices from globally recognized organizations.

Tech talks and panels on timely topics
including building for the customer experience, data at scale and web platform engineering.

interactive sessions
creating space to virtually connect with speakers and meet up with like-minded product engineers.

agenda

May 19th
2022

agenda overview

Dive into the evolution of Product Engineering and unpack the innovation behind delivering incredible customer experiences at scale. Hear about the dynamic nature of continuous problem solving and culture of learning involved in product engineering. Learn how engineers are pushing boundaries to build and deliver products that differentiate and grow their business.
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meet the speakers

Parker Harris

Brian Muirhead

Fellow, CIT/JPL, NASA

Brian Muirhead

Fellow, CIT/JPL, NASA
Brian Muirhead is a leader in the field of deep space exploration. Currently, he is Chief Architect for the Mars Sample Return campaign, Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s effort to study and develop the key technologies needed to return samples from the surface of Mars, a goal never before attempted. He is an award-winning leadership innovator with deep experience leading high-performance teams. He led the team at the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory that built the Mars Pathfinder that landed on the red planet to worldwide acclaim on July 4, 1997. Brian has delivered front page results while solving problems that seemed impossible. A recipient of two of NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medals, Brian was the Chief Architect of NASA’s Constellation project, a program with the objective of establishing a permanent base on the moon and preparing for human exploration of Mars. He was Chief Engineer of the Mars Science Laboratory during the invention of the Sky Crane, which was used to land the rover ‘Curiosity’ on Mars and he was Chief Engineer of JPL. Brian is the author of two books, Going to Mars and the highly-praised High Velocity Leadership.
Parker Harris

Parker Harris

Co-Founder and Global CTO, Salesforce

Parker Harris

Co-Founder and Global CTO, Salesforce
Parker Harris drives technology vision and architecture across Salesforce. He is also a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Parker founded Salesforce along with Marc Benioff, Dave Moellenhoff, and Frank Dominguez in the spring of 1999. Prior to Salesforce, Parker developed cloud computing expertise at Left Coast Software, a company he co-founded in 1996, and salesforce automation expertise at Metropolis Software, an early pioneer in field salesforce automation, subsequently acquired by Clarify. Parker developed a love of math, science and computer programming at an early age, but also developed the other side of his brain with a fluency in French and a degree in English Literature from Middlebury College.
Nancy King

Nancy King

SVP Product Engineering, Target

Nancy King

SVP Product Engineering, Target
Nancy King is Senior Vice President of Product Engineering at Target, where she drives the overall technology vision, strategy, and talent development for product engineering. Nancy and her team help bring Target’s purpose to life through the building of world-class technologies and software capabilities across digital, merchandising and marketing, and stores and supply chain. Nancy has been with Target for 16+ years and played a leading role through the retailer’s technology transformation and growth. She’s long been a champion for diversity and inclusivity in tech at Target and the local community. Nancy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and 20+ years of hands-on IT leadership experience in Fortune 100 organizations. She lives in Eden Prairie, MN with her husband and two young sons that keep her very busy outside of work.
Stephanie Condon

Stephanie Condon

Senior Staff Writer, ZDNet

Stephanie Condon

Senior Staff Writer, ZDNet
Stephanie Condon is a senior staff writer for ZDNet, where she's covered a wide range of topics include cloud computing, AI and ML, cybersecurity, space and aeronautics, EVs, and trends in the developer community. She previously covered politics and policy for CBSNews.com, as well as the intersection of technology and politics for CNET. She's originally from the California Bay Area and is now based in Portland, Oregon.

Tricia Wang

Co-founder, Sudden Compass & Global Tech Ethnographer

Tricia Wang

Co-founder, Sudden Compass & Global Tech Ethnographer
Global technology ethnographer Dr. Tricia Wang, helps companies innovate and grow by integrating big data — all that you know about your customers and your market — with thick data, the human element that is invisible to quantitative data analysis. Tricia is the cofounder of Sudden Compass, a firm that helps companies leverage data to move at the speed of their customers.
Peter Royal

Peter Royal

Senior Software Engineer, Netflix

Peter Royal

Senior Software Engineer, Netflix
Peter Royal is a Senior Software Engineer with Netflix, developing solutions for its studio. With over two decades of industry experience, he has spent most of his career building and maintaining business systems. Through this he has come to appreciate pragmatic architectures and practices that enable systems to thrive for the long-term. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter and cat.
Chad Pytel

Chad Pytel

Founder and COO, thoughtbot

Chad Pytel

Founder and COO, thoughtbot
Chad Pytel is a developer and the COO / Founder of thoughtbot, which is a leading design, development, and product management consultancy supporting web and mobile products through an agile, human-centered strategy. Chad, along with thoughtbot, has produced top-quality applications with hundreds of clients, from one-person startups to Fortune 500 enterprises, universities, and non-profits, for more than 18 years, and are the creators of many popular open-source projects. Chad has co-authored two books: Rails AntiPatterns and Pro ActiveRecord for Ruby, and spoken at conferences around the world.
Addy Osmani

Addy Osmani

Engineering Manager, Google

Addy Osmani

Engineering Manager, Google
Addy Osmani is an Engineering Manager working on Google Chrome. He leads up a Web Performance and tools team focused on making the web fast. His teams contribute to projects like Core Web Vitals, Lighthouse, PageSpeed Insights, Chrome User Experience Report and others.
Lydia Hallie

Lydia Hallie

Staff Developer Advocate, Vercel

Lydia Hallie

Staff Developer Advocate, Vercel
Lydia Hallie is a Staff Developer Advocate at Vercel who primarily focuses on JavaScript, React, Node, serverless technologies, and web performance. She also spends her time mentoring and doing in-person training sessions.
Jeanette-Olson

Jeanette Olson

Vice President of Product Engineering, Target

Jeanette Olson

Vice President of Product Engineering, Target
Jeanette leads a global team responsible for application development and support across multiple technology portfolios in support of Target’s business. With over 20 years of experience in a variety of Information Technology and Engineering roles spanning application development, technology support and engineering, she has broad experience developing multi-year strategies and driving alignment to business priorities. She has delivered enterprise-wide solutions to a global workforce while achieving operational excellence and is known for creating an engaged workforce that achieves excellence in all aspects of their efforts.
Haylie Helmold

Meredith Jordan

Senior Director of Technology, Target

Meredith Jordan

Senior Director of Technology, Target
Meredith has more than two decades of industry experience building and operating retail technologies. She has a passion for enabling retail strategies through technologies and has been with Target since 2004. In her current role, Meredith serves as the Senior Director of Technology for Stores Product Engineering teams focused on Commerce and is a member of the technology diversity and inclusion leadership team.
maheshpudupaddi

Mahesh Puduppadi

Director of Engineering, Target

Mahesh Puduppadi

Director of Engineering, Target
Mahesh has over 15 years of industry experience applying emerging technologies and modern infrastructure to formulate and implement product strategies in a cost-effective and scalable manner. He is also passionate about developing compelling differentiation by ensuring the team has diverse, compassionate, and highly driven technical talent to help innovate business and solve challenging problems.
Jacek Radko

Jacek Radko

Principal Engineer, Target

Jacek Radko

Principal Engineer, Target
Jacek is a Principal Engineer on the Target Web Platform team. Since 2018 he has been focused on evolving the frontend technical architecture of target.com to be more performant, scalable and resilient.

Ryan Arneson

Director of Engineering, Target

Ryan Ameson

Director of Engineering, Target
Ryan is an engineering leader at Target helping to build a target.com that's fast for our Guests and a joy for our engineers. He's been in the industry for nearly two decades, building highly scalable applications and systems that boost developer productivity.
Zach-White

Zach White

Principal Engineer, Target

Zach White

Principal Engineer, Target
Zach has been engineering software for about ten years. His passion lies not only in crafting highly usable experiences for end-users, but also in accounting for the needs of other engineers and anyone to whom a given solution relates. He has extensive experience in creating design systems and developer friendly tooling.
Mindy Meyer

Mindy Meyer

Director of Product Management, Target

Mindy Meyer

Director of Product Management, Target
Mindy Meyer is an enthusiastic, results-driven leader with 11 years of experience at Target influencing and driving organizational change. She is passionate about product management, end user led design, and progress over perfection with a focus on problem solving, rapid prototyping, and product strategy.
Cory Bukkila

Cory Bukkila

Lead Product Designer, Target

Cory Bukkila

Lead Product Designer, Target
Cory has over 19 years of experience in retail where he has worked in various roles from stocking shelves to application design. Over the past six years he has been focused on mobile application design for enterprise users. He is passionate about working collaboratively with users to enable them to do their best work.
ashley carrilo

Ashley Carrilo

Senior Engineer, Target

Ashley Carrilo

Senior Engineer, Target
Ashley Carrillo first joined Target as an intern in the summer of 2018 where she made the decision to join the Technology Leadership Program, part of Target tech's Early Tech Talent development program. Most of her career has been working on building scalable and cacheable APIs. She's passionate about onboarding new engineers to Target and solving complex guest facing problems. She currently resides in Minneapolis, MN with her partner Keenan and adorable golden retriever puppy, Luka.
Tom Rauk

Tom Rauk

Principal Engineer, Target

Tom Rauk

Principal Engineer, Target
Tom is a Principal Engineer at Target enabling frontend clients to help Target guests through the use of APIs. He was previously an independent consultant working with various clients to build simple robust scalable APIs. Tom brings over 15 years experience in this space ranging from RPC, SOAP all the way to REST and GraphQL APIs.
Luci Ruprecht

Luci Ruprecht

Lead Product Owner, Target

Luci Ruprecht

Lead Product Owner, Target

Luci has worked for Target for 11 years and has been working on myDay for the last 3 years. She is the lead product owner for a team of developers that support Sales Floor operations. She has a passion for UX and building reusable solutions, but most importantly making sure our team is excited about what they do. They practice agile development as we build simple, consistent, and intuitive user experiences for our end users so they can provide a great service for our guests.
Danielle-Higdon

Daniella Higdon

Event Host and Senior Engineer, Target

Daniella Higdon

Event Host and Senior Engineer, Target
Daniella has focused her time on learning, growth, and mentorship since starting her engineering career at Target. She is passionate about the intersection of technology, creativity, and problem solving while working each day to uphold Target's purpose, helping all families discover the joy of everyday life!