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As Chief Product Officer, Sharren Bates is responsible for the vision, strategy, design and development of inBloom products and services.
Prior to joining inBloom in February 2013, Sharren’s excitement about the power of personalized learning and deep understanding of barriers to entry and innovation in the sector led her to her previous role as Senior Program Officer on the Next Generation Models team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There she was one of the Foundation’s lead representatives on the Shared Learning Collaborative, and spearheaded the development of the inBloom technology services.
Prior to the Gates Foundation, Sharren worked on education policy at the federal level as an education analyst working on the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Previously,... Read More.
Piers Cawley started programming Perl in the mid nineties, but recently spent a few years working as a Ruby programmer.
He’s currently writing Perl for Headforwards in Cornwall. His surfing days are behind him.
He’s a singer and balloon modeller, and has created custom balloon millinery for Sarah Novotny.
Eileen Evans is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cloud & Open Source at HP. In her role, Eileen is responsible for leading and managing teams of senior technology attorneys, engineers and program managers responsible for HP’s open source activities.
Eileen represents HP on the Linux Foundation Board of Directors and the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors. Eileen actively participated as a Founding Member of the OpenStack Foundation Drafting and Formation Committee.
Prior to joining HP three years ago, Eileen served as a lead open source legal strategist at Sun Microsystems, where she led, managed and supported numerous open source projects, including Java, MySQL, OpenSolaris, OpenOffice.org and NetBeans.
Paul Fenwick is the managing director of Perl Training Australia and has been teaching computer science for over a decade. Paul is an internationally acclaimed presenter at conferences and user groups worldwide, where he is well known for his humor and offbeat topics. Paul’s interests include security, mycology, cycling, coffee, scuba diving, and lexically scoped user pragmata. (Photograph by Joshua Button)
John Graham-Cumming is a computer programmer and author. He studied mathematics and computation at Oxford and stayed for a doctorate in computer security. As a programmer he has worked in Silicon Valley and New York, the UK, Germany, and France. His open source POPFile program won a Jolt Productivity Award in 2004. John is the author of a travel book for scientists published in 2009 called The Geek Atlas, and has written articles for The Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist, and other publications.
He can be found on the web at jgc.org and on Twitter as @jgrahamc.
If you’ve heard of him at all, it’s likely because in 2009 he successfully petitioned the British Government to apologize for... Read More.
Jeff Hawkins is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, scientist, inventor, and author. He was a founder of two mobile computing companies, Palm and Handspring, and was the architect of many computing products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. Throughout his life Jeff has also had a deep interest in neuroscience and theories of the neocortex. In 2002 he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, a scientific institute focused on understanding how the neocortex processes information. The institute is now located at U.C. Berkeley. In 2004 we wrote the book On Intelligence, which describes progress on understanding the neocortex. In 2005 he co-founded Numenta, a startup company building a technology based on neocortical theory. It is his hope that Numenta will play a catalytic role in the... Read More.
Leigh oversees the development and operations of WhiteHouse.gov, We The People, and all of the White House’s Drupal-based websites and applications. His team provides a secure, stable, and scalable technical infrastructure across the White House’s web, social media, and mobile platforms, supporting the President’s communications objectives. Leigh’s fifteen years of experience cover all aspects of system management of high-profile online engagement platforms in both the private and public sectors, including work for Blue State Digital and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Source Solutions, at Citrix. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com, where he was their Vice President of Community. He is currently responsible for Citrix Open Source Business Office and the Citrix efforts around Apache CloudStack, Open Daylight, Xen Project and XenServer. Previously, he was the VP of Community at Zenoss Inc., a producer of the open source application, server, and network management software, where he grew the Zenoss Core project to over 100,000 users and 20,000 organizations on all seven continents. He also is a longtime open source expert and author, having served as Editor-in-Chief for both “LinuxWorld Magazine” and “Enterprise Open Source Magazine”. Mr.... Read More.
Robert (a/k/a r0ml) Lefkowitz is a frequent speaker on the intersection of software and literacy. He has previously been a CTO at a math education startup, and held senior technology positions in the telecommunications and financial industries. He is a Distinguished Engineer of the ACM.
Matthew McCullough, Training Pioneer for GitHub, is an energetic 15 year veteran of enterprise software development, world-traveling open source educator, and co-founder of a US consultancy. All of these activities provide him avenues of sharing success stories of leveraging Git and GitHub. Matthew is a contributing author to the Gradle and Jenkins O’Reilly books and creator of the Git Master Class series for O’Reilly. Matthew regularly speaks on the No Fluff Just Stuff conference tour, is the author of the DZone Git RefCard, and is President of the Denver Open Source Users Group.
Carin started off as a professional ballet dancer, studied Physics in college, and has been developing software for both the enterprise and entrepreneur ever since. She has a strong background in Ruby and Clojure. Her passions lead her to the intersection of the physical and digital world, combining hardware and software, where she has helped clients develop Home Automation Systems as well as written a control library for the Parrot AR Drone in Clojure. She is highly involved in the community and spoken at many conferences, including keynoting at OSCON and Strange Loop. She helps lead the Cincinnati Functional Programmers and is the author of “Living Clojure”.
(CTO) joined Code For America in 2013. Previous to CfA, Michal spent nine years as a partner and technology director at celebrated San Francisco design studio Stamen where he architected the technical aspects of Stamen’s work, moving comfortably from active participation in Stamen’s design process, designing database schemas and API’s, to creating the dynamic applications that Stamen delivers to clients. At Code For America, he is responsible for engineering standards and technical sustainability. Michal has been building for the web since 1995, specializing in data design and publishing for a diverse range of clients and numerous public, technical research projects and active open source codebases. He’s a Polish National and holds a degree in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley.
Sarah Novotny is a technical evangelist and community manager for NGINX. Novotny has run large scale technology infrastructures as a Systems Engineer and a Database administrator for Amazon.com and the ill fated Ads.com. In 2001, she founded Blue Gecko, a remote database administration company with two peers from Amazon. Blue Gecko, was sold to DatAvail in 2012. She’s also curated teams and been a leader in customer communities focused on high availability web application and platform delivery for Meteor Entertainment and Chef.
Novotny regularly talks about technology infrastructure and geek lifestyle. She is additionally a program chair for O’Reilly Media’s OSCON. Her technology writing and adventures as well as her more esoteric musings are found at sarahnovotny.com.
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 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand... Read More.
Jay Parikh is the VP of infrastructure engineering at Facebook. In that role, he leads the engineering and operations teams responsible for building and maintaining an infrastructure that serves more than a billion users, developers, and partners worldwide.
Prior to Facebook, Jay was senior vice president of engineering and operations at Ning, where he oversaw the scaling of the company’s social networking platform from 50,000 social networks to more than 1.5 million social networks. Before Ning, Jay was the vice president of engineering at Akamai Technologies, where he helped build the world’s largest and most globally distributed computing platform.
Tom Preston-Werner is a cofounder and chief executive officer of
GitHub, a web site that makes it easy for users to collaborate on
software projects and share code. This site has attracted a community
of more than 3.5 million developers and strives to lower the barriers
of collaboration by building powerful features into its products,
making it easier for users to contribute and write better code,
Preston-Werner also invented the Gravatar, a globally recognized image
that follows its user around the internet to help identify posting on
blogs, web forums, or other internet activities. He sold Gravatar in
He lives and works in San Francisco. The weather there is strange, but
he loves... Read More.
Mark is founder of Ubuntu, a popular free operating system for desktops and servers. Ubuntu is beautiful, easy to use and precision engineered for consumers and large-scale enterprise deployments alike. It has been adopted by an amazing number of people, from families that just want a PC that works for safe web surfing, to heavy industry, massive cloud computing environments, supercomputers, several armies, national police forces, banks and schools in the Amazon.
Mark leads product strategy and design at Canonical, which sells commercial support for Ubuntu, mainly to large enterprises and governments who deploy it professionally. Canonical also builds many of the unique elements of Ubuntu for desktop, cloud and server deployments. Mark champions design-driven development and has a focus on quality and cadence in... Read More.
Jared Smith is the Director of Open Source Outreach at Bluehost. Jared
has a long history of involvement with open source communities, most
recently as the Fedora Project Leader, and before that as the community
relations manager for the Asterisk project. His technical background
includes programming, large-scale systems administration,
telecommunications, and technical training. He holds a Bachelor of
Science degree in Computer Engineering from Utah State University.
Simon St.Laurent has spent most of his career explaining technology. He is cochair of the Fluent and OSCON conferences, a senior editor at O’Reilly, and a web developer. He has written over a dozen books, including Introducing Elixir, Introducing Erlang, Learning Rails, XML Elements of Style, and XML: A Primer. He spends his spare time making objects out of wood and presenting on local history.
Laura Weidman Powers co-founded CODE2040 with Tristan Walker (Foursquare, Andreessen Horowitz) in early 2012. CODE2040 creates pathways to educational and professional success in technology and entrepreneurship for Blacks and Latino/as. CODE2040’s flagship program is its summer fellowship for university students. Laura serves as the organization’s Founding Executive Director. She has a background in entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, and technology. She has started two organizations in the education space, one nonprofit arts education organization in West Philadelphia that is now in its eighth year, and one for-profit tutoring company that gave rise to a book. Laura first explored the tech space as a project manager in a small web development shop and, most recently before founding CODE2040, she served as VP of Product Development at a consumer... Read More.
Edd Wilder-James is a technology analyst, writer, and entrepreneur based in California. He’s helping transform businesses with data as VP of strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science. Formerly Edd Dumbill, Edd was the founding program chair for the O’Reilly Strata conferences and chaired the Open Source Convention for six years. He was also the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Big Data. A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference-management system and a cofounder of the Pharmalicensing.com online intellectual-property exchange. An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd has contributed to various projects such as Debian and GNOME and created the DOAP vocabulary for describing software projects. Edd has written four... Read More.
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