Speaker Spotlight: Comedy Writer Alan Zweibel and IBM’s Dr. Angel Diaz

Speaker Spotlight: Comedy Writer Alan Zweibel and IBM’s Dr. Angel Diaz

As we count down the remaining days until HCTS 2015, we are pleased to highlight two of our featured speakers, who will conclude content on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Alan Zweibel, original Saturday Night Live writer and best- selling author

After a full day of sessions, Wednesday will wrap up on a lighter note with a presentation from Alan Zweibel, who will deliver a charming and candid look at his career journey as a comedy writer. He will describe the experience of writing for some of television’s most beloved comedies – from Saturday Night Live to Curb Your Enthusiasm – and discuss how his career success has transcended television to film, theater and literature.

An original Saturday Night Live writer who The New York Times says has “earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture,” Zweibel has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America and TV Critics awards for his work in television, which also includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (which he cocreated and produced), Monk, PBS’s Great Performances and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Zweibel is currently an executive producer on Showtime’s documentary series Inside Comedy starring David Steinberg, and is awaiting publication of a forthcoming young adult novel titled Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain In My Ass (Hyperion) that he cowrote with Adam Mansbach, and a new children’s book titled If Moses Drove A Bus. He is also writing the script for a Broadway musical version of Field of Dreams.

In addition to his multiple books and plays, Zweibel’s humor has appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic, The New York Times op-ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD Magazine.

Dr. Angel Diaz, VP of Cloud Technology & Architecture at IBM

Industry expert Dr. Angel Diaz will deliver the Closing Keynote for HCTS 2015, with a focus on 'Delivering on the art of the possible with speed, form and function.'

When it comes to delivering outstanding business outcomes for your clients, it’s all about speed, form and function. More often than not, 'time' becomes the gating factor, and we are left wishing for more –more hours in the day, more days in the year and more years in a project. Join us on a retrospective of how code, community and culture are the TARDIS needed to succeed in today’s business and technology renaissance. We will focus on how open source centers of gravity lead to amazing communities backed by a strong culture. The result for you and your clients is innovation without boundaries that delivers the best of both form and function.

Diaz and his team are responsible for the technology, architecture and strategy behind IBM’s hybrid, open and secure clouds – empowering clients with a new way to work.

When he’s not working to bring greater value to clients through a flexible and interoperable cloud, he’s IBM’s leader for open technology, where he is spearheading an industry IT renaissance driven by open source code, community and culture. A master of the 'art of the possible,' Diaz has been the driving force behind many of the most important cloud, data and mobile open technology industry movements – all focused on enabling innovation that is built on simple, practical solutions.

With a career rooted in IBM Research, building the standards upon which the Web runs, and having successfully led both business and development teams at IBM, Diaz has a unique perspective on technology’s effect on today’s opportunities.

We hope that you will make time in your schedule to experience the comical reflections of Alan Zweibel and relatable insight of Dr. Angel Diaz. If you still haven’t registered to hear from our dynamic lineup of speakers, there are only a few days remaining to do so.

See you at #451HCTS!


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