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Art of Community Lightning Talks

Emerging Topics
Location: Portland 252 Audience level: Intermediate

Given the open source movement, the growing popularity of the Internet and social networks, and the cornucopia of new tools for collaboration, more and more people are looking for ways to build community around things that used to be done by individuals or tightly controlled groups: art, product development, news, political statements, and so on. We’d like to help people build communities to do these things.

The Art of Community came about because we thought that it would be a great idea to write a book about community using a wiki so that a community could grow around the book, and edit and write the book with us. We have selected a different person to lead each chapter, similar to Beautiful Code. You will hear from many of these authors during the Art of Community lightning talks.

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Dawn Foster

The New Stack

Dawn M. Foster is currently the Director of Developer Relations at Jive Software, a collaboration software company in Portland, OR. She has more than 12 years of experience in technology and software with expertise in open source software, web 2.0, social media, blogging, and community building.

Dawn is the author of Fast Wonder: An Open Culture Blog and is currently working on a book for O’Reilly Media about the Art of Community. She organizes a monthly Portland BarCamp Meetup event for local technology employees, is an organizer for the Portland BarCamp event, and helps organize Ignite Portland. She is a co-founder and Chair of Legion of Tech, a non profit organization focused on providing free events by and for the Portland Technology Community.

Previously, Dawn worked at Compiere, Intel, and a Midwestern manufacturing company in positions ranging from Unix system administrator to market researcher to open source strategist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Kent State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University.

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Danese Cooper


Danese Cooper has a 15-year history in the software industry and has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. Cooper worked for six years at Sun Microsystems, Inc. on the inception and growth of the various open source projects sponsored by Sun (including OpenOffice.org, java.net and blogs.sun.com). She was Sun’s chief open source evangelist and founded Sun’s Open Source Programs Office. She has unique experience implementing open source projects from within a large proprietary company. She joined the OSI Board in December 2001 and currently serves as Secretary & Treasurer. In March 2005, Cooper joined Intel to advise on open source projects, investment and support. She speaks internationally on open source and licensing issues.

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Allison Randal

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Open Source Initiative

Allison is a software developer and open source strategist, currently working on open source strategy at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She is President of the Open Source Initiative, board member at the Perl Foundation, and co-founder of the FLOSS Foundations group for open source leaders. She previously served as President of the Perl Foundation, Chief Architect of the Parrot virtual machine and Chairman of the Board at the Parrot Foundation, board member at the Python Software Foundation, Open Source Evangelist and OSCON Conference Chair at O’Reilly Media, and Technical Architect of Ubuntu and Open Source Advisor at Canonical. She collaborates in the Debian and OpenStack projects.

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Audrey Eschright

Recompiler Media

While she didn’t realize it until recently, Audrey has spent her entire adult life trying to get a handle on Linux systems configuration. This project has included a few detours through things like Ruby development, founding the Calagator community calendaring project, and co-founding Open Source Bridge. She likes cats.

Sulamita Garcia


Sulamita Garcia is Latin America Open Source Strategist at Intel. She is responsible for creating and maintaining a comprehensive LAR Linux strategy that takes into account all aspects of the Linux environment, including key elements around the community, government, standards, and vendors. She holds major Linux certifications: LPI level 2 and RHCE. After several years ahead Linuxchix Brazil, she was elected co-coordinator of Linuxchix International. She has worked for several years in Linux integration, security and development, and wrote several technical papers about high availability, load balancing and Slackware.

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Nnenna Nwakanma


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Nnenna Nwakanma is Dreamfish Community Lead and Chair of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa. She has been one of the major Civil Society actors in the World Summit on the Information Society and advices on the use of technology for development.

A key participant in the Global Information Society, she advises on the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) and is also an accomplished Civil Society trainer on major Information Society issues.

Nnenna Nwakanma has been part of the founding members of various ICT initiatives in Africa – The African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS), the African Network of Information Society Actors – ANISA, and the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa – FOSSFA.

Nnenna has lived in in Nigeria, Cameroon, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast. She speaks English, French and local West African languages

Nnenna is running an ICT consultancy firm, nnenna.org. She is one of the Directors of Open Source Intiative, Chair of FOSSFA council and Vice President of the Digital Solidarity Fund.
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Stormy Peters

Cloud Foundry Foundation

Stormy Peters is Director of the Mozilla Developer Network. Stormy is passionate about open source software and educates companies and communities on how open source software is changing the software industry. She is a compelling speaker who engages her audiences during and after her presentations and frequently speaks on business aspects of open source software.

In addition to Mozilla, Stormy is a founder and board member of Kids on Computers, a nonprofit organization setting up computer labs in developing countries. She also serves on the board of the Software Freedom Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Conservancy provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for FLOSS projects.

Stormy joined Mozilla from the GNOME Foundation where she served as executive director. Previously, she worked at OpenLogic where she set up their OpenLogic Expert Community, and Hewlett-Packard where she set up their Open Source Program Office. Stormy graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Computer Science.

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Silona Bonewald


Silona Bonewald is the director of InnerSource at Paypal. You can find out more about her at Silona.org.

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Zaheda Bhorat


As a computer scientist, Zaheda is a long time active contributor to open source and an advocate for open standards. She served as a senior technology advisor for the Office of the CTO of the UK government at the Government Digital Service, where she worked on developing policies on the selection and use of open standards, open data and open source. She co-led the open standards policy on open document formats, now used by the UK government.

Zaheda helped shape the Open Source Program Office at Google, and led efforts for Google on compliance, education, and delivering successful outreach programs like Google Summer of Code. She created the Open Standards Office for Google and represented Google on several industry standards executive boards. She was the director of open source leading internal transformation at Salesforce,. At Sun Microsystems, she was responsible for the OpenOffice.org project from its inception in 2000. There she built a thriving global community and delivered the first successful of OpenOffice. For the NetBeans Java IDE, her focus was to resolve community and governance issues and Zaheda was elected as one of three board of governors.

Zaheda consults for companies wishing to pursue open source strategies. She serves on the board of directors of the Mifos Initiative, an open source effort that is positioning financial institutions to become digitally connected providers of financial services to the poor. She speaks internationally on topics related to open source. She is passionate about education, open source, and the positive impact of collaboration for social good.

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