My name is Lukas Ruebbelke and my passion is creating things. We do not do what we do because we are in love with a particular language, platform, framework, etc because those will all change. I learned this the hard way when in my naivete as a young developer I wrapped my identity up as being a “Flash developer”. I had to go back to the drawing board and re-evaluate what and who I was. I believe that it is in our nature to create things and programming is one of the most powerful vehicles to creating things that are relevant, meaningful, entertaining and life-changing that exists.
A natural extension of my passion for creating things is helping other people learn to create the things that are meaningful to them. Over the course of the last couple years, I have had the privilege of creating content for some of the best publishers in the industry. I wrote AngularJS in Action for Manning Publications, did multiple Frontend Masters workshops and recorded Build a Strong Angular Foundation with Matias Niemela for O’Reilly. I also recorded over 50 videos for egghead.io on Angular, Ionic and Gulp.
I have also written multiple articles for Net Magazine which makes for a totally surreal experience when you buy a copy at the local bookstore and your face is staring back at you.
I love to present at conferences and have had the opportunity to travel all over the world to talk about the things that are exciting to me. Some of my all time favorite conferences are ngConf, Angular Connect and AngularU.
I believe that when the community wins, we win. Every ounce of effort that I have ever dedicated to the development community, has come back to me tenfold through friendships, collaborations, opportunities and experiences. I am the co-organizer of one of The Arizona Software Community meetup which is one of the largest meetups in Phoenix. I also organize HolidayJS every year which is basically an Oprah Christmas Special… FOR PROGRAMMERS! I am also involved in organizing Iterate.PHX and CSSDay.io. I also love to organize multiple hackathons throughout the year because they are just so much fun!
I am also a Google Developer Expert for Angular and Firebase which is quite possibly one of the high accolades I have received in my life.
When I am not in front of a computer, I spend most of my time trying to undo all my bad habits at Crossfit. I am a Level 1 Certified Crossfit Trainer and ranked within the top 500,000 Crossfit athletes in the world.