Isn’t all open source software for social good anyway? Open Source, Open Standards and Open Data all play a key part in areas that impact us all. Climate Change, Healthcare and Poverty Eradication are some key social issues which benefit from the work of the open community through cloud computing, mobile technologies and Linux. Come and hear from our panelists about global and local problems being addressed, socially and through technology, and be inspired that as an open source community, “yes we can.”
Zaheda Bhorat is a former Senior Technology Advisor for the Office of the CTO at Government Digital Service. She was Instrumental in developing the open standards policies for open document formats used in the UK government, and championed the use of open standards, open source and open data in the digital services delivered.
Zaheda is an early active contributor in the open source community, through her work leading the OpenOffice.org project at Sun, and in the creation of Google Summer of Code. She also headed up the open standards office for Google, and lead internal transformation as director of open source at Salesforce. She is on the board of directors of Mifos, an open source initiative helping financial institutions provide digital financial services to the poor.
Paul Rademacher is VP of Engineering at Tasty Labs, a new startup working on tools to improve everyday life. He was previously an engineering manager for Google Maps, and Technical Lead for the Google Earth Browser Plugin and API. Prior to joining Google, Paul was the creator of HousingMaps.com, a combination of Craigslist and Google Maps that was the first-ever map mashup. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNC-Chapel Hill, and worked as an R&D Software Engineer for Dreamworks Animation on films including Shrek 2 and Madagascar.
Adam is pursuing his MS in computer science at MIT, where he is focusing on applications of mobile and information technology in the developing world. Adam Lerer is an intern at Google, where he works as a developer for the Open Data Kit (ODK) project founded by the University of Washington. Adam created the first prototype of ODK, and is now working on an ODK tool for device management.
Greg Norris founded and directs Sylvatica, an international life cycle assessment institute which consults on LCA to the UN, governments in the US and abroad, a variety of Fortune 500 companies, industrial associations, and smaller companies, and the non-profit sector. He is Visiting Professor with the Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas, where he helps the ASC advance the availability of valid and transparent life cycle inventory data, and its application to spur innovation for sustainability. Norris has lead the development of the methods, modeling, and software to implement LCA within the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system. He is Senior Fellow with GreenBlue, providing LCA guidance to their Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and through the SPC to Wal-Mart and the US EPA. Norris founded Earthster, an open source sustainable information platform, and New Earth, a global fund for community-driven sustainable development. Norris teaches LCA at Harvard, and is Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an editor for the International Journal of LCA and the Journal of Industrial Ecology.
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