OSCON 2009 Keynote Speakers

Chris DiBona

Chris DiBona
Director, Open Source, Google, Inc.

Chris DiBona is the Open Source Programs Manager for Mountain View, Ca based Google, Inc. His job includes managing open source related compliance and outreach programs for the company. More information about Google’s open source program can be found at... Read More.

9:15am Thursday, 07/23/2009
Google crawls more than just web pages, we also crawl source code. Ever wondered just how much open source code is out there? What licenses is all that code under? Which projects are the most shared? We'll try to answer these questions in this talk. Full Details
Edd Dumbill

Edd Dumbill
VP Strategy, Silicon Valley Data Science

Edd Dumbill is co-chair of the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, and leads the design and implementation of conference software at O’Reilly.

9:00am Wednesday, 07/22/2009
Opening remarks by the OSCON program chairs, Allison Randal and Edd Dumbill. Full Details
Gunnar  Hellekson

Gunnar Hellekson
Lead Architect, Red Hat

Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He is co-chair of Open Source for... Read More.

9:00am Friday, 07/24/2009
The current Administration talks the talk in terms of its adoption of new technology solutions, access to information, and the call for transparency and increased citizen participation. But can it walk the walk? This keynote will address how open source advocates can help the Federal Government unlock the innovative potential of the open source development model. Full Details
Tony Hey

Tony Hey
Corporate Vice President of External Research, Microsoft Corporation

As Corporate Vice President of the External Research Division of Microsoft Research, Tony Hey is responsible for the worldwide external research and technical computing strategy across Microsoft Corp. He leads the company’s efforts to build long-term public-private partnerships with global... Read More.

9:30am Thursday, 07/23/2009
Microsoft External Research builds bridges between academia, industry, and government to advance computer science, education, and scientific research. Modern science and academic research increasingly relies on integrated information technologies and computation to collect, process, and analyze complex data. Full Details
Dirk Hohndel

Dirk Hohndel
Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist, Software and Solutions Group, Intel Corporation

Dirk Hohndel has been an active developer and contributor in the Linux space since its earliest days. Among other roles, he worked as Chief Technology Officer of SuSE and as Vice President of The XFree86 Project, Inc. Dirk joined Intel... Read More.

9:30am Wednesday, 07/22/2009
Imad Sousou, Director of Intel Open Source Technology Center will present the technology vision and direction for Intel’s overall Open Source efforts, including Mobility, Virtualization, Power, and Performance. Full Details
Clay Johnson

Clay Johnson
Author, InformationDiet.com

Clay Johnson is the author of The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption, and director of engagement for Expert Labs. He was the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign... Read More.

10:00am Thursday, 07/23/2009
New Technology is crashing the gates of Washington, DC as a new administration begins to find its legs. Open Source developers are the key to making a lot of this change happen and we've got to move fast and work together in order to do it right. This talk is about strategy-- how can open source developers change their government? Full Details
Michael  Lopp

Michael Lopp
Engineering Manger, Rands in Repose

Michael Lopp is a Silicon Valley-based engineering manager. When he’s not worrying about staying relevant, he writes about pens, bridges, people, and werewolves at the popular weblog, Rands in Repose. Michael just wrote a book called “Being Geek” which... Read More.

9:45am Wednesday, 07/22/2009
In 15 minutes, discover 15 years of secrets behind building software faster, more efficiently, and using less floppy disks. Full Details
Erik Meijer

Erik Meijer
Architect, Microsoft

Erik Meijer is an accomplished programming-language designer who has worked on a wide range of languages, including Haskell, Mondrian, X#, Cω, C#, and Visual Basic. He runs the Cloud Languages Team in the Business Platform Division at Microsoft, where his... Read More.

9:15am Friday, 07/24/2009
This talk argues that fundamentalist functional programming-that is, radically eliminating all side effects from programming languages, including strict evaluation-is what it takes to conquer the concurrency and parallelism dragon. Full Details
Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly
Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0... Read More.

9:15am Wednesday, 07/22/2009
Keynote by Tim O'Reilly. Full Details
Allison Randal

Allison Randal
Distinguished Technologist, 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... Read More.

9:00am Wednesday, 07/22/2009
Opening remarks by the OSCON program chairs, Allison Randal and Edd Dumbill. Full Details
Kirrily Robert

Kirrily Robert
Community Director, Freebase.com

Kirrily Robert has been involved in open source software since 1993, as a Linux user, Perl developer, and community leader and advocate. She is best known for her work in the Perl community, where she has been a CPAN... Read More.

9:00am Thursday, 07/23/2009
What's it like to be a woman in an open source project that's 99% men? What's it like to be a woman in a project that's 75%... women? Kirrily Robert, who has worked on both kinds of projects, will talk about the differences, and what we can learn from majority-female open source projects. Full Details
Karl Schroeder

Karl Schroeder

Karl Schroeder is the author of ten science fiction novels and numerous short stories, as well as The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Science Fiction, which he wrote with Cory Doctorow. He divides his time between writing fiction and consulting... Read More.

9:30am Friday, 07/24/2009
Open source software. Ecosystem services, distributed "smart" electrical grids, and sustainable economics. Collective intelligence, the Science Commons, and Wikipedia. What do all these have in common? They seem to represent a new ethos of "letting go" of centralized control--in project management, industrial and economic infrastructure, and culture. Full Details
Mark Surman

Mark Surman
Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation

Mark Surman is executive director of the Mozilla Foundation. His job is to help people who want to make the internet better. Before Mozilla, Mark was a fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation and founding director of telecentre.org. He lives in... Read More.

9:45am Friday, 07/24/2009
Openness and participation are now a pervasive part of digital life. Firefox. Wikipedia. Apache. Linux. Millions of Creative Commons pictures on Flickr. We have moved mountains. The question is: what's next? Full Details
Simon Wardley

Simon Wardley
Researcher, Leading Edge Forum (CSC)

As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies. These... Read More.

9:45am Thursday, 07/23/2009
Keynote by Simon Wardley, Canoncial Ltd. Full Details
Jim Zemlin

Jim Zemlin
Executive Director, The Linux Foundation

Jim Zemlin, formerly executive director of the Free Standards Group, is the executive director of the Linux Foundation. Zemlin previously served as vice president of marketing for Covalent Technologies, the leader in products and services for the Apache web server.... Read More.

12:30pm Friday, 07/24/2009
Join Jim Zemlin as he takes a look back at the big moves that drove Linux to dominate the server and super computing markets and how we are seeing similar trends start now in the desktop. Full Details
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • SourceForge.net
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • MySpace.com
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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