Van Riper has a Bachelors in Computer Science from MIT. Van has more than 20 years of experience as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. He was a core member of the engineering team at Adobe that built the award winning Adobe PageMill
web authoring program. Since 1999, he has focused on developing web applications in Java.
Since December of 2010, Van now works in Google Developer Relations as a Developer Community Advocate. His official title is Global Program Manager for Google Developer Groups (GDG). There are 400 GDGs in 100+ countries to date. These groups are holding local developer meetups at a rate that is averaging around 11 meetups on a daily basis. You can find your nearest local GDG chapter in the GDG Directory
Van has also been a member of the core organizing team for Silicon Valley Code Camp
for the past 6 years. This is the largest free community organized Code Camp in the US and possibly in the world. We had more than 2400 attendees in 2012.