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.”
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.
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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