Josh Bleecher Snyder is the Director Of Software Engineering at PayPal. He was a co-founder / CTO of Card.io, which was acquired by PayPal in 2012. Josh was leading card.io’s technology development. Before card.io, Josh founded Treeline Labs, an iOS software development company, and was a Senior Software Engineer at AdMob where he was the first iOS engineer. Josh dropped out of the Philosophy Ph.D. program at Stanford University (ABD).
Tim has co-founded two companies, helped raise five rounds of venture capital, written over a million words on his blog, edited the official specifications of both XML and JSON, worked for Sun Microsystems and Google, and is worried about passwords, Web culture, and tractable concurrency.
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 Thermeon Europe
He’s a singer and balloon modeller, and has created custom balloon millinery for Sarah Novotny.
I am an author, activist and project manager. I co-wrote “Universal Design for Web Applications” with Matt May (O’Reilly, 2008) and edited Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and 2.0–the basis of most web accessibility policies. I have appeared as Wonder Woman in a web comic with the other HTML5 Super Friends and as myself in interviews on Minnesota Public Radio, Puget Sound Public Radio, and at Ignite Seattle. In November 2009, I was the Seattle PI’s Geek of the Week.
I’ve focused on universal design since 1995. Being both a developer (B.S. in Computer Science) and a Human Factors Engineer (M.S. in Industrial Engineering/Human Factors), I bridge communication between developers and designers. As a Senior Strategist at Microsoft,... Read More.
Danese Cooper has an 22-year history in the software industry and has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. Ms. Cooper joined PayPal in February 2014, and has held many leadership roles within the computer science sector. She has managed teams at Symantec and Apple Inc. and for six years served as Chief Open Source Evangelist for Sun Microsystems before leaving to serve as Senior Director for Open Source Strategies at Intel. She advised on open source policy to the R community while at REvolution Computing (now Revolution Analytics), and she served from February 2010 to July 2011 as Chief Technical Officer for the Wikimedia Foundation. She currently runs a successful consultancy to companies wishing to pursue open source strategies, which has served the... Read More.
Paul Fenwick is the managing director of Perl Training Australia, and has been teaching computer science for over a decade. He is an internationally acclaimed presenter at conferences and user-groups worldwide, where he is well-known for his humour and off-beat topics.
In his spare time, Paul’s interests include security, mycology, cycling, coffee, scuba diving, and lexically scoped user pragmata.
*Photograph by Joshua Button.
Beth ‘pidge’ Flanagan is a Senior Software Engineer with Intel’s Opensource Technology Center. She spends most of her work life hacking on OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project. She is the release engineer for the Yocto Project, maintainer of the yocto-autobuilder and pilot of the Yocto Blimp.
Omri Gazitt serves as VP of Engineering of HP’s Helion Platform team, which delivers core parts of the Helion OpenStack and Helion Development Platform products, targeted at Enterprises that want to stand up their own Cloud on-premises, or consume it as a hosted platform in HP’s Managed and Public Clouds. Omri’s team is responsible for Identity & Access, Metering, Monitoring, Management Console, Load Balancing, DNS, Database, Messaging, Application Lifecycle, Developer Experience, and User Experience, and contributes heavily into the OpenStack and Cloud Foundry open source projects.
In prior lives, Omri helped create .NET, Web Services, and Azure, as well as the Xbox and Kinect developer platforms. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Redmond, WA, and loves rainy winter days in... Read More.
James Grierson is the current Chief Operating Officer at Bluehost.com which powers over 2 million websites worldwide. During his time at Bluehost, James co-founded SimpleScripts automated installer for Open Source applications (merged with the MOJO Marketplace in 2013) and created the Bluehost Open Source Solutions program to support Open Source Communities. These programs provide Open Source projects with a distribution model, user feedback loop, discounted hosting services, financial support and leadership consulting.
An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating and enabling open source communities. She created the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launched Google’s #2 Developer Blog, received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 and gave a few great talks on many things open source.
In August 2013, she joined Elasticsearch as Community Manager, where she leads Developer Relations. She works from Elasticsearch’s EU HQ in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – when not out and about gathering user praise and pain points. You can follow her adventures on Twitter
Ray has over 25 years of experience in the business and non-profit sector. He is the Executive Director of Grassroots.org, a nonprofit organization that helps over 8500 nonprofits accelerate their efforts through the use of technology and serves on the Board of Directors for Fight the New Drug.org. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of Ohana Makamae Inc, an award winning substance abuse clinic and as Board President of Ma Ka Hana Ka `Ike, a nationally recognized, building and trades program for “at risk” youth in Hawaii. Prior to his work with non-profits, he worked marketing management for US West Direct, MCI WorldCom and MCA Records. His awards include: 2009 State of Hawaii – Governor’s Innovation Award for Nonprofits, 2008 Maui- Executive... Read More.
Shadaj is a 14 year old who loves to program. He has programmed in Logo, NXT Mindstorms, Ruby, Python, C, Java, and Scala—his favorite. Shadaj hosts his projects on GitHub, and has a educational channel on Youtube. He has presented at Scala Days 2013, Scala Days 2012, and the Bay Area Scala Enthusiast group showing his Scala projects. Besides programming, he likes Math and Science. Shadaj is also an active member of his school community as Student Council President. He loves spreading a love of technology, and started TechTalks—a program that brings guest speakers to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with students at his school. When not doing his school work or programming, he plays guitar, sitar, and games, some of which he created.... Read More.
Will is responsible for setting the company’s vision and and for architecting the company strategy. Previously, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he served as Co-Investigator for PhoneSat, Science Team member on the LCROSS and LADEE lunar missions. He led research projects in orbital space debris remediation. Will has published over 30 articles in scientific publications. Will received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.
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.
Rachel Nabors is an interaction developer, award-winning cartoonist, and host of the Infinite Canvas Screencast. She deftly blends the art of traditional storytelling with digital media to “tell better stories through code” at her company Tin Magpie. You can catch her as @RachelNabors on Twitter and at rachelnabors.com.
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.
Carol Smith is the Open Source Programs Manager running Google
Summer of Code. She’s been at Google as a program manager for 9 years.
She has a degree in photojournalism from California State University,
Northridge, and is an avid cyclist and bibliophile.
Andrew Sorensen is an artist-programmer whose interests lie at the
intersection of computer science and creative practice. Andrew is well
known for creating the programming languages that he uses in live
performance to generate improvised audiovisual theatre. He has been
invited to perform these contemporary audiovisual improvisations
around the world. Andrew is a Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland
University of Technology and is the author of the Impromptu and
Extempore programming language environments.
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.
Ryan is the Engineering Lead at Highway1, a hardware-focused startup accelerator located in San Francisco under parent company PCH International. He is a Mechanical Engineer who came to PCH through its consulting arm Lime Lab, where he developed consumer products for Fortune 500 brands. Previous to PCH, Ryan worked at startups in the cleantech and electric vehicle space where he developed novel powertrain, motor control, and thermal systems. Ryan holds a B.S. in Product Design from Stanford University.
Simon Wardley is a researcher for the Leading Edge Forum focused on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies. Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, retail, and IT industries—from Canon’s early leadership in the cloud-computing space in 2005 to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the #1 cloud operating system. As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination for economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether in behavioral patterns, the environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems, or managing companies. He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure, and cybernetics.
Simon’s most... Read More.
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