17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK

OSCON 2016 Keynotes

Lauri Apple

Lauri Apple
Open Source Evangelist/Agile Project Manager, Zalando

Based in Berlin, Germany, Lauri Apple is responsible for developing Zalando’s open source culture and promoting its projects industry wide. Lauri also leads Zalando’s InnerSource initiative to drive the open source collaboration model internally and project manages a development team.... Read More.

9:40 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
In March 2015, the leadership of Berlin-based Zalando gathered the company’s entire tech team and announced a new way of working—something called “Radical Agility.” Lauri Apple explains how Radical Agility deeply transformed Zalando’s open source development efforts by freeing up engineers to experiment, create, and innovate. Full Details
Francine Bennett

Francine Bennett
CEO and Cofounder, Mastodon C

Francine Bennett is a data scientist and the CEO and cofounder of Mastodon C, a group of Agile big data specialists who offer the open source Hadoop-powered technology and the technical and analytical skills to help organizations to realize... Read More.

9:00 Monday, 17/10/2016
Program chairs Rachel Roumeliotis, Simon Wardley, and Francine Bennett open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Program chairs Simon Wardley, Francine Bennett, and Rachel Roumeliotis open the second day of keynotes. Full Details
Kris Borchers

Kris Borchers
Director of JavaScript, Linux Foundation

A champion and proponent for open source and open governance, Kris Borchers is director of JavaScript at the Linux Foundation, where he leads the effort to support the technology and provide the guidance needed to navigate the world of open... Read More.

9:50 Monday, 17/10/2016
Join Kris Borchers for a talk on evolving the JavaScript ecosystem. Full Details
Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper
VP Special Initiatives, NearForm

Danese Cooper is vice president of special initiatives at NearForm, an Irish tech firm. Previously, she was head of open source software at PayPal, CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation, chief open source evangelist for Sun, and senior director of... Read More.

9:45 Monday, 17/10/2016
Danese Cooper explains how InnerSource is like FLOSSing. Full Details
Kate Craig-Wood

Kate Craig-Wood
CEO, Memset

Kate Craig-Wood is an award-winning leading female IT entrepreneur and the CEO of cloud-hosting provider Memset. Kate champions the cause of British SMEs and is a committed advocate of the British government’s IT SME agenda. She passionately believes... Read More.

9:30 Monday, 17/10/2016
IT moves in cycles. The cloud is just the latest of several rounds of centralization of IT resources. Now, blockchain technology has the potential to drive the next redistribution. Kate Craig-Wood explores how and why the blockchain will change IT as we know it. Full Details
Laurent Desegur

Laurent Desegur
VP of Customer Experience, @WalmartLabs

Laurent is VP, Customer Experience @WalmartLabs, building experiences that bridge the digital and in-store experience across devices for Walmart’s customers. Under his leadership, @WalmartLabs has increased its commitment to modern technologies and open source development including releasing Electrode, an application... Read More.

9:20 Monday, 17/10/2016
@WalmartLabs has successfully transitioned its application platform to React and Node.js. That platform is now open sourced for the world to use. Laurent Desegur discusses the problems @WalmartLabs aims to solve and the benefits of Electrode. Full Details
Roberto Di Cosmo

Roberto Di Cosmo
CEO, Software Heritage

Roberto Di Cosmo is the director of IRILL, a research structure dedicated to free and open source software quality, as well as a full professor in computer science at Université Paris Diderot. He is currently on leave from Inria... Read More.

9:20 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Software Heritage's mission is to collect, organize, preserve, and share the source code of all publicly available software. Roberto Di Cosmo surveys the motivations behind the launch of Software Heritage, which has already archived more than 3 billion unique source code files and 650 million unique commits, spanning more than 25 million FOSS projects from major software development hubs. Full Details
Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow
Science Fiction Author, Activist, Journalist, and Blogger, EFF

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger, and technology activist. Cory is the coeditor of the popular blog Boing Boing and a contributor to the Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers,... Read More.

9:55 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Open licenses have served us well for more than two decades, but they need help if we're going to survive the era in which computers invade our bodies and the structures we keep those bodies in. Cory Doctorow explains that we can lock the whole future Web open, if we do it right. Full Details
Liam Maxwell

Liam Maxwell
National Technology Adviser, HM Government

Liam Maxwell is the national technology advisor in the UK government, where his role is to create the conditions to make the UK the best place for business to invest in technology and ensure the civil service can make the... Read More.

9:05 Monday, 17/10/2016
In 2011, the UK government started to change the way that it delivers public services. The fundamental driver for technology change was the use of open—open standards, open source, open data, and open markets. Liam Maxwell explains how this approach helped, where it fell short, and lessons learned about how to transform government. Full Details
Rachel Roumeliotis

Rachel Roumeliotis
Strategic Content Director, O'Reilly

Rachel Roumeliotis is a strategic content director at O’Reilly, where she leads an editorial team that covers a wide variety of programming topics ranging from full stack to open source in the enterprise to emerging programming languages. Rachel is a... Read More.

9:00 Monday, 17/10/2016
Program chairs Rachel Roumeliotis, Simon Wardley, and Francine Bennett open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Program chairs Simon Wardley, Francine Bennett, and Rachel Roumeliotis open the second day of keynotes. Full Details
Karen Sandler

Karen Sandler
Executive Director, Software Freedom Conservancy

Karen M. Sandler is the executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy. Karen is known for her advocacy for free software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. Previously, she was executive director of the GNOME Foundation,... Read More.

9:25 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
With so many important issues on a global scale, just how important is software freedom? Karen Sandler shares the evolution of her own thoughts about free and open source software on a bigger political and social scale and examines the ways we should frame discourse around the issue. Full Details
Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth
Founder, Ubuntu & Canonical

Mark Shuttleworth is the founder of both Ubuntu and Canonical. Mark leads product strategy and design at Canonical, defining the operations and user experience of Ubuntu for desktop, cloud, and IoT deployments at scale.

9:55 Monday, 17/10/2016
Small is beautiful. Mark Shuttleworth explains why your next million is more likely to come from an afternoon tinkering on your laptop and a tiny PC than beating your neighbor to web scale on the cloud. From smart switches to smart drones, from the home to the office to the farm to the space station, the next wave is all about delivering your best bits to brilliant pebbles. Full Details
Simon Wardley

Simon Wardley
Researcher, Leading Edge Forum

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... Read More.

9:00 Monday, 17/10/2016
Program chairs Rachel Roumeliotis, Simon Wardley, and Francine Bennett open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Program chairs Simon Wardley, Francine Bennett, and Rachel Roumeliotis open the second day of keynotes. Full Details