Michele Sciabarra, Developer in San Benedetto del Tronto, Province of Ascoli Piceno, Italy
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Michele Sciabarra

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Deep Learning Developer

San Benedetto del Tronto, Province of Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Toptal Member Since
January 8, 2016

Michele is a passionate and well-rounded software and system architect with more than twenty years of experience. He specializes in Scala and Go with an emphasis on DevOps solutions, mostly using Kubernetes and Serverless. He is currently the PMC of Apache OpenWhisk. Michele can work with a broad range of languages like Bash, Perl, Python, JavaScript, Java, Scala, and Go.



Preferred Environment

Linux, Deep Learning, Big Data, Scala, Python

The most amazing...

...hing was developing a runtime called ActionLoop for Apache OpenWhisk targeting Go—it was the fastest and become the basis for all the other runtimes.

Work Experience

Serverless Specialist

2019 - PRESENT
  • Ported the environment to AWS (Go).
  • Automated the generation of firewalls (Python).
  • Integrated Datadog for monitoring.
  • Created a builder kit for automated compilation of action.
  • Integrated Kafka.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cloud, Kubernetes, Python, Go


2018 - PRESENT
  • Built a web interface to control drones.
  • Developed deep learning models for vision.
  • Used Python and Blender for 3D-image generation.
  • Evaluated an object-detection algorithm.
  • Controlled the drone using Jupyter Notebooks in Python.
Technologies: TensorFlow, Python

Open-source Developer

2017 - PRESENT
Apache Software Foundation
  • Developed the runtime for the Go programming language for Apache OpenWhisk.
  • Implemented performance tuning and benchmarking of other runtimes.
  • Built an ActionLoop development kit for runtimes.
  • Handled the runtimes for the Java, Python, Rust, and Ruby.
Technologies: Go


2012 - PRESENT
  • Designed and implemented the AgileSites framework for OWCS in Scala.
  • Developed AgileBuilder which is a DevOps solution for OWCS in Docker.
  • Coordinated projects using AgileSites and AgileBuilder.
  • Mentored, trained, and supported a development team who was working with AgileSites in Telmore, Denmark.
  • Designed the OWCS-based architecture for a large Italian bank, using Akka as a connector for the different parts.
  • Analyzed logs coming from a website through Kafka with Spark.
Technologies: Oracle WebCenter Sites, WebLogic, Docker, Linux, Spark, Akka, Scala


2018 - 2018
  • Trained the company in DevOps practices.
  • Implemented a Kubernetes cluster in a private cloud.
  • Implemented Kafka and Cassandra.
  • Introduced Ansible and Terraform.
  • Developed a build kit for automating deployments.
Technologies: Terraform, Ansible, Kubernetes

Founder | Owner | Developer

2009 - 2012
  • Built the website in Fatwire for Birmingham Services, UK.
  • Developed from scratch a website in Alfresco for Sage.
  • Provided Fatwire consulting for a variety of customers worldwide.
  • Implemented a proxy-cache for faster access to remote documents in Alfresco.
  • Designed and implemented a framework for the rendering of websites using XML content.
Technologies: Alfresco, FatWire, Java

Development Director

2008 - 2009
  • Reimplemented a back-end solution which reduced costs by 80%.
  • Recruited and managed a team of developers.
  • Designed and implemented the new version of the front-end using GWT.
  • Coordinated the development of a mobile app.
  • Provided Linux system administration and moved everything to a cloud.
Technologies: Linux, Java

Java Consultant

2006 - 2007
  • Helped to develop with Clotho a data entry system for billing information in GWT.
  • Created the SOA component for PecHandler which enabled them to interface a front-end to IMAP and LDAP back ends.
  • Aided in the development of TrackSal which is a Swing-based workflow engine.
  • Developed for CinemaChoice, an interactive mobile app for cinema preferences. The early mobile application was done in JavaME.
  • Provided LDAP development and administration for a large SMS dispatching application.
Technologies: Java ME, Swing, Spring, GWT, Java

Java and J2EE Consultant

2006 - 2006
Unione Fiduciaria
  • Provided Java and Spring training for a of team developers.
  • Designed the JSF and Hibernate architecture.
  • Implemented hands-on coding of the prototype.
  • Administrated the Linux servers.
Technologies: Apache Tomcat, Spring, JSF, Java


2000 - 2005
  • Managed a team of up to eight people as a technical leader.
  • Provided the architecture design and performance optimization for Rikorda Portal, an eCommerce site for printing digital images.
  • Helped to develop IberoBroker which is a translator broker to connect Sabre's Global Distribution System with the Iberostar's Mirto. (Iberostar is the largest Spanish tour operator, and Sabre is the oldest online travel reservation system.).
  • Worked on implementing a portal called Piuprezzi for the Milan Chamber of Commerce where it distributed price lists for various goods.
  • Designed epNuke and epShop which are early portal and eCommerce implementations.
Technologies: Linux, Java

Java and Linux Trainer

1996 - 2000
  • Created and implemented a training course on Java for nearly 100 customers in Italy.
  • Developed and implemented a training course on the Linux operating system for almost 50 customers all around Italy.
  • Wrote nearly 100 articles on the programming language Java for a variety of Italian magazines.
  • Worked as a consultant for Java and Linux related projects.
Technologies: Linux, Java


This is a framework for Agile development with Oracle WebCenter Sites

Linux and Web Programming Book

This is my book on Linux and web programming, written in 1999 describing the LAMP stack before the acronym was invented.

Learn Apache OpenWhisk Book

Published by O'Reilly, I wrote a book about the development of OpenSource Serverless applications using JavaScript, Python, and Go.

The ActionLoop runtime and Development Kit

I developed the runtime for the Go Programming language for Apache OpenWhisk. This runtime was later extended to become a development kit for other languages and was used for Python, Java, Go, Rust, Ruby, and more.

Object Detection with a Neural Network in Python

I was involved in developing an object detection system using a neural network in Python. The sample code, written in Python, utilizes the OpenCV library and the You Only Look Once (YOLO) algorithm to detect objects in images.

Drone Trainer

An open-source educational project to teach a drone to move in a room autonomously.


A website (in Italian) to teach programming to kids using the Python programming language in a 3D world.

TensorFlow Deep Learning



Scala Functional Programming



Oracle Master for JEE5



Sun Java Certified Programmer

Sum Microsystems


Amazon EC2 API, TensorFlow, OpenCV


SBT, Apache Tomcat, IntelliJ IDEA, Alfresco, Terraform, Ansible, You Only Look Once (YOLO)


Java, Python, Scala, Go, Perl, JavaScript


REST, Agile Software Development, Functional Programming


Docker, Linux, Kubernetes, Amazon EC2, Oracle, Java ME, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Amazon S3 (AWS S3)


Apache Spark, Akka, Spark, GWT, Swing, JSF, Spring, Hadoop, Play Framework


Akka HTTP, Deep Learning, Big Data, WebLogic, Oracle WebCenter Sites, FatWire, Cloud, Bitcoin, Oracle WebLogic Application Server, Object Detection

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