Kiah Imani

Kiah Imani

Developer Better-er @ Auth0

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States


Kiah is a developer who advocates and evangelizes about all things identity at Auth0.

She is a public speaker who regularly presents at conferences and trade shows and is a self-proclaimed opinionated knowledge seeker. Kiah also moonlights as a co-founder of canna tech startup C-Trax.

Kiah has 13 years of experience covering both engineering and business roles and prides herself on bringing a unique perspective to building products from idea to deployment and navigating product-market fit.

In her spare time, Kiah enjoys blogging about community, tech, and startups at blkgrlcto.com

Area of Expertise

  • Business & Management
  • Information & Communications Technology


  • Startups
  • starting a career in tech
  • 💼 Marketing & business skills targeted at indie developers or startups
  • Cloud & DevOps
  • Cloud Security
  • Cloud & Infrastructure
  • Security & Compliance
  • agile culture
  • Agile and Culture
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Policy as Code
  • open source
  • open source communities
  • Developer Communities
  • Open Source Software
  • Developer Relations
  • Developer Experience
  • Developer Culture
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Developer Advocacy
  • .NET
  • Visual Studio / .NET
  • ASP.NET Core
  • .net core
  • identity & authentication
  • Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Identity
  • Incident Response
  • Diversity in Technology
  • decentralized identity
  • Verified ID

Leveraging Community Content: How to Create a Collaborative Technical Knowledge Base

Creating a collaborative technical knowledge base is a powerful way to leverage the collective expertise of a community to create a comprehensive resource for technical content. In this talk, we'll explore the benefits of creating a collaborative knowledge base and provide strategies for fostering a community of contributors, moderating content, and ensuring accuracy and reliability. We'll also discuss the various tools and platforms that can be used to create a collaborative knowledge base, and highlight best practices for ensuring the content is accessible and relevant to the needs of the community. Attendees will come away with practical insights and actionable strategies for creating a collaborative technical knowledge base that can enhance learning and foster a sense of community among contributors and users alike.

WTH is CSPM and Why Should I Care: The Journey to Managing Your Cloud Security Posture

Cloud security data breaches are commonplace today, and the cost of a breach to an organization can be astronomical. Most breaches involve a misconfiguration of an error or are the result of a cloud misconfiguration. Misconfigurations are generally created in the initial setup or during the lifetime of a cloud deployment. With more organizations moving their legacy workloads to the cloud, it is more important than ever to have security compliance management and automated remediation in your cloud infrastructure.

In this talk, I will take you on a journey from cyber security to cloud security and examine how Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) offers the solution to security and compliance management for your organization's cloud resources.

Prevent Burnout in a Toxic Agile Environment

We've all been at a company that did Agile completely wrong. From stakeholders who don't understand the development process leading to unreasonable deadlines, to scrum masters who fold under the pressure of these stakeholders. If you've been a developer for a while, you've definitely experienced this.

In this session, I'll teach you some practical steps to help advocate for yourself as an engineer and prevent burnout from a toxic Agile environment.

Target audience: Software Engineers

How to Succeed as a Non-Technical Founder in a Tech Startup

As a non-technical founder, starting and growing a tech-based business can seem daunting to say the least. With multiple layers of complexity and rapidly changing technology, many startup founders find themselves struggling to keep up with the demands of their businesses. But never fear – with the right strategies in place, any non-technical founder can quickly become adept at navigating their way through the technological landscape of entrepreneurship!

In this session, I will discuss how you can succeed as a non-technical founder in your tech startup by understanding emerging trends and leveraging key resources. By doing so, you’ll be able to leverage your skillset while also cultivating an effective team that understands both the technical and creative sides of your company’s mission.

Target audience: startup founders

The Power of Networking: How to Build Relationships and Raise Capital Without a Friends & Family Rou

In the world of startups, securing funding is often one of the biggest challenges faced by entrepreneurs. While many turn to friends and family for initial investment, not everyone has that option available. In this talk, we will explore the power of networking and building relationships in order to raise capital without a friends and family round. We will discuss practical tips and strategies for making connections with potential investors, identifying key networking opportunities, and effectively pitching your business idea. By the end of this talk, attendees will have a clear understanding of how to leverage the power of networking to secure the funding they need to take their startup to the next level.

Target audience: early-stage founders

Open Source and Diversity: Addressing the Gender Gap and Other Inequities

Open source has transformed the software industry and has become a fundamental aspect of modern technology. However, the open source community still faces significant challenges in promoting diversity and inclusivity. One major issue is the gender gap, with women being significantly underrepresented in open source projects. This talk will explore the gender gap and other inequities in open source and will discuss ways in which the community can address these issues. We will examine the benefits of increasing diversity in open source and the challenges of achieving this goal. We will also explore strategies for improving diversity, including mentorship programs, outreach initiatives, and inclusive community practices. Through this talk, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of diversity in open source, and will learn about practical steps that they can take to promote inclusion and equity within the community.

Lessons Learned: Rebuilding a Developer Community After a Disruption

In today's ever-changing world, disruptions can happen at any time and can have a significant impact on developer communities. Whether it's a major change in technology, an acquisition, or a global event like a pandemic, disruptions can challenge even the most established developer communities. In this talk, we'll explore the lessons learned from rebuilding a developer community after a disruption. Drawing on real-world examples and case studies, we'll discuss the key steps that organizations can take to adapt and evolve their communities in the face of change. We'll examine the importance of strategic planning and foresight in anticipating disruptions, as well as the value of investing in continuous learning and upskilling for community members. We'll also explore strategies for creating a culture of innovation and experimentation so that developer communities can thrive in a rapidly evolving landscape. Attendees will come away with practical insights and actionable strategies for rebuilding developer communities after a disruption.

The Art of Sparking Inspiration: Creative Strategies for Re-Engaging Developer Communities

Developer communities are known for their creativity and innovation, but even the most inspired group can hit a lull or plateau in their engagement levels. In this talk, we'll explore the art of sparking inspiration and creative strategies for re-engaging developer communities. Drawing on real-world examples and case studies, we'll discuss a range of techniques and approaches that can reignite passion and enthusiasm among community members. We'll explore the benefits of hosting hackathons, organizing collaborative projects, and facilitating mentorship and knowledge-sharing opportunities. We'll also delve into the importance of creating a culture of experimentation and risk-taking, where failure is embraced as an opportunity to learn and grow. Additionally, we'll explore the role of personal growth and wellness in maintaining a vibrant and engaged community. Attendees will come away with practical insights and actionable strategies for re-engaging developer communities and fostering a culture of creativity and inspiration.

Unmasking Identity: Let's Chat About User Login Magic in .NET Core

Hey there, fellow code enthusiasts!

Ever felt that little chill down your spine when you hear about another huge data breach? Cyber bad guys are all over the place, and they're looking for that one loophole to sneak in. So, how do we stop them? Let’s dive into the superhero toolkit called .NET Core and see what's cooking!

Grab a chair, and let’s unravel the mysteries of the .NET Core Identity library together. Think of it as this cool Swiss Army knife that's all about keeping user info safe and sound. From setting up basic login functions, jazzing it up with two-factor authentication, to even shaking hands with third-party login pals like Google or Facebook – we've got loads to cover!

By the way, hands-on is the way to go. So expect some real-world examples, demos, and maybe a few “aha!” moments. No matter if you’re just dipping your toes into .NET Core or have been swimming in it for a while, there's something for everyone.

Ready to join this security jam session? Let’s deep dive, chat, laugh, and ensure our apps are safer than Fort Knox. See you there!

Integrating Third-party Services with Blazor's New Identity UI

We've all been there - juggling multiple tools, trying to get them to play nicely together. And with Blazor's new identity offerings , the idea of bringing in third-party services can feel a bit daunting. But here’s the good news: It doesn’t have to be!

In this talk, we'll pull back the curtain on the seamless integration of third-party services with the new Blazor Identity UI. We'll start with the basics, understanding what the new feature brings to the table. From there, we'll dive into real-world scenarios, like plugging in popular social logins and ensuring that we can safely access our account without a hitch.

And yes, we'll tackle the bumps along the way - challenges, security snags, and those "Oops, didn’t see that coming" moments. Together, we'll navigate the waters, learn from each other, and demystify the process of integrating third-party services, making it feel less like a chore and more like a new adventure.

So, whether you're a C# vet or someone just dipping their toes in, come along! Let's make our projects a little less "How do I even?" and a lot more "Look what I just did!"

Securing Microservices in .NET 8 with Advanced Identity Techniques

Ever felt like securing microservices is a bit like herding cats? In the dynamic world of .NET 8, as we embrace the agility and flexibility of microservices, the challenge of ensuring robust security looms large. But don't worry, there's a method to the madness, and we're here to delve into it!

Let's demystify the world of .NET 8's identity features together. We'll take a deep dive into the latest techniques and tools, covering everything from JWTs to OAuth2, and let's not forget the magic of OpenID Connect. And because we know the nitty-gritty matters, we'll also touch upon common hurdles, performance tweaks, and those pesky security loopholes to watch out for.

Whether you're a seasoned .NET developer or just wading into the vast ocean of microservices, this talk is your lifeline. We'll equip you with practical insights and strategies, ensuring your microservices remain both nimble and ironclad.

Secure Your Identity: Lessons from the Lyrics of 90's Hip Hop

Curious about how 90s hip hop can school us in identity and security? Let's break it down together. We'll reminisce about the era's iconic beats, then connect those powerful lyrics to protecting our digital identities today.

It's like taking the wisdom from hip-hop's greats and applying it to fortify our online presence. We'll touch on the essentials of identity and security, all while drawing insights from classic hip-hop hits.

To cap it off, I'll share some straightforward strategies for enhancing your digital identity and security, all inspired by hip-hop's timeless wisdom. Plus, we'll have a chance to chat, answer questions, and maybe exchange a few favorite verses.

If you're into a unique take on digital identity and security, with a throwback twist, this is your spot. See you there!

Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas 2024 Sessionize Event

March 2024 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

.NET Conf 2023 Sessionize Event

November 2023

TechBash 2023 Sessionize Event

November 2023 Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, United States


November 2023 Austin, Texas, United States

KCDC 2023 Sessionize Event

June 2023 Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Atlanta Cloud Conference 2023 Sessionize Event

March 2023 Marietta, Georgia, United States

KCDC 2022 Sessionize Event

August 2022 Kansas City, Missouri, United States

ChefConf '21: Online Sessionize Event

September 2021

Kiah Imani

Developer Better-er @ Auth0

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States


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