DataStax MVP Program for Apache Cassandra™

The DataStax MVP Program for Apache Cassandra™ recognized key individuals who went above and beyond to share their knowledge and expertise to help the Cassandra community learn about the massively scalable NoSQL database. The MVP Program provided these individuals with the opportunity to write articles and white-papers, speak with journalists, analysts and industry thought-leaders, to present both online in webinars and at key events, to blog as an official MVP member, and enjoy recognition amongst their community peers. This recognition is a key differentiator in career development in this exciting market. The MVP designation was awarded annually and announced at the Cassandra Summit.
DataStax is currently revamping our MVP program to be more expansive and include our entire technology suite. This includes Apache Spark™, Apache Gremlin™ and DSE Graph. We will update this page soon with the new details.
The MVP honorees listed below were required to have participated in one or more items, in the following two categories, over 2016:
1) Contribute

• Answered Questions in StackOverflow

• Answered Questions on the Apache Mailing List

• Flagged Jira Tickets

• Submitted Code to the Cassandra Project

• Submitted Code to a Cassandra-Related Project

2) Share

• Publicly Spoke about Cassandra in Person (conference, meetup, etc.)

• Publicly Spoke about Cassandra in a Webinar

• Wrote about Cassandra in a Blog Posting

• Conducted a Use Case Interview on Planet Cassandra

2016 – 2017 Apache Cassandra MVPs

Alain Rodriguez@arodreamConsultantThe Last Pickle
Alexander Dejanovski@alexanderDejaConsultantThe Last Pickle
Ben Bromhead@benbromheadCTOInstaclustr
Brooke Jensen@_brookejensenVP Technical Operations, Customer ServicesInstaclustr
Carlos Alonso@calonsoSoftware EngineerJob and Talent
Carlos Rolo@cjroloCassandra ConsultantPythian
Christopher Batey@chbateyConsultant/Software EngineerThe Last Pickle/Independent Consultant
Christopher Reedijk@creedijkChapter Lead / IT EngineerING
Christos Kalantzi @chriskalanDirector EngineeringNetflix
Eric Lubow@elubowCTOSimpleReach
Flavian Alexandru@alex_flav23FounderOutworkers
Gary Stewart@Gaz_GandAAdvisory ArchitectING
Hanneli Tavante@hannelitaSoftware DeveloperCodeminer 42
Helena Edelson@helenaedelsonSenior Distributed Systems EngineerMember of Cassandra Community
Jason Brown@jasobrownSenior Software EngineerApache Cassandra Committer
Jeff Beck@beckje01Software ArchitectSmartThings
Jeff Jirsa@jjirsaPrinciple Engineer, infrastructureCrowdStrike
Julien Anguenot@anguenotVP Software EngineeringiLand Cloud
Matija Gobec@mad_max0204Co-Founder & Senior
Mick Semb Wever@mck_swApache Cassandra ConsultantThe Last Pickle
Nate McCall@zznateCTO, Co-founderThe Last Pickle
Radovan Zvoncek@rzvoncekBackend EngineerSpotify
Robbie Strickland@rs_atlVP Software EngineeringThe Weather Company
Roopa Tangirala@roopatangiralaEngineering ManagerNetflix
Russ Bradberry@devdazedChief ArchitectSimpleReach
Sankalp kohli@kohlisankalpSoftware EngineerApple
Vinay Chella@vinaykumarcseCloud Data ArchitectNetflix
Aaron Morton@aaronmortoCEOThe Last Pickle
Aaron Ploetz@aploetzLead Technical ArchitectTarget 
Adam Hutson@AdamHutsonData ArchitectDataScale, Inc
Akbar Ahmed@DynomiteDBCEO and FounderDynamite DB
Andrés de la Peña@a_de_la_penaBig Data ArchitectStratio
Andy Cobley@andycobleySenior lecturer, University of Dundee.University Dundee
Antonios A. Chariton@DaKnObCSCEOIDAspis
Ben Slater@slater_benChief Product OfficerInstaclustr
Brian O'Neill@boneill42Principal ArchitectMonetate
Daniel Chia@DanielChiaJHSoftware EngineerGoogle
Gerard Maas@maasgLead Engineer - Distributed ComputingData Fellas
Giampaolo Trapasso@trapo1975Software EngineerRadicalbit
Kévin Lovato@alpremaSenior Software EngineerAbc Arbitrage
Norman Maurer@normanmaurerSenior Software EngineerApple
Pierre-Yves Ritschard@pyrCTOExoscale