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Open Source / Open World

Emerging Topics
Location: Portland 255 Level: Novice
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 6 ratings)

It’s been 10 years since the term open source was coined in the U.S., and in that time transparent commons-based software development has changed the face of the U.S. software industry. But what impact has open source had outside of the U.S.? This panel will introduce you to five people who report on the reach and impact of open source worldwide. Learn how we’re changing the world!!

Moderator: Danese Cooper

Proposed Panelists:

  • Nnenna Nwakanme: Chairwoman, FOSSFA (Free and Open Source Software For Africa)
  • Rishab Aiyer Ghosh: Program Leader, United Nations University-MERIT (Maastricht, Netherlands)
  • Li Gong: CEO, Mozilla China
  • Bruno Souza: Founder, Javali JUG, (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Raj Mathur: Co-Founder, iLUG-D (Delhi, India)
  • Alolita Sharma: Co-Founder, Open Source India
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Danese Cooper


Danese Cooper has a 15-year history in the software industry and has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. Cooper worked for six years at Sun Microsystems, Inc. on the inception and growth of the various open source projects sponsored by Sun (including OpenOffice.org, java.net and blogs.sun.com). She was Sun’s chief open source evangelist and founded Sun’s Open Source Programs Office. She has unique experience implementing open source projects from within a large proprietary company. She joined the OSI Board in December 2001 and currently serves as Secretary & Treasurer. In March 2005, Cooper joined Intel to advise on open source projects, investment and support. She speaks internationally on open source and licensing issues.

Rishab Aiyer Ghosh


Rishab Aiyer Ghosh is Founding International and Managing Editor of First Monday, the on-line journal of the Internet, and Senior Researcher at the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) at the United Nations University, the Netherlands. He has written about the economics of free software since 1994, and has led several major research projects on the topic, funded by the European Commission, the US National Science Foundation and the Dutch government.

Harshad Gune

Symbiosis International University

Martin Michlmayr

Hewlett Packard

Martin Michlmayr has been involved in various open source software projects for well over 10 years. He used to be the Volunteer Coordinator for the GNUstep Project, acted as Publicity Director for Linux International and served as the leader of the Debian project. In the two years as the leader of Debian, Martin represented the project and performed important Martin works for HP as an Open Source Community Expert and acts as the community manager of FOSSBazaar. Martin holds Master degrees in Philosophy, Psychology and Software Engineering, and earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

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Nnenna Nwakanma


Biography notes on Nnenna Nwakanma

Nnenna Nwakanma is Dreamfish Community Lead and Chair of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa. She has been one of the major Civil Society actors in the World Summit on the Information Society and advices on the use of technology for development.

A key participant in the Global Information Society, she advises on the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) and is also an accomplished Civil Society trainer on major Information Society issues.

Nnenna Nwakanma has been part of the founding members of various ICT initiatives in Africa – The African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS), the African Network of Information Society Actors – ANISA, and the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa – FOSSFA.

Nnenna has lived in in Nigeria, Cameroon, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast. She speaks English, French and local West African languages

Nnenna is running an ICT consultancy firm, nnenna.org. She is one of the Directors of Open Source Intiative, Chair of FOSSFA council and Vice President of the Digital Solidarity Fund.
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Bruno Souza


Bruno Souza is a Java Developer and Open Source Evangelist at Summa Technologies, and a Cloud Expert at ToolsCloud. Nurturing developer communities is a personal passion, and Bruno worked actively with Java, NetBeans, Open Solaris, OFBiz, and many other open source communities. As founder and coordinator of SouJava (The Java Users Society), one of the world’s largest Java User Groups, Bruno leaded the expansion of the Java movement in Brazil. Founder of the Worldwide Java User Groups Community, Bruno helped the creation and organization of hundreds of JUGs worldwide. A Java Developer since the early days, Bruno participated in some of the largest Java projects in Brazil. Bruno is also Honorary Director of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), President of the innovation-focused Campus Party Institute, and Coordinator of Nuvem, the Cloud Computing Lab of LSI/USP. When not in front of a computer, Bruno enjoys time with his family in a little hideout near São Paulo. An amateur in many things — photographer, puppeteer, father — he strives to be good in some of them.

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Alolita Sharma

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Alolita serves on the board of the Unicode Consortium and has served on the board of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). She is an invited subject-matter expert on W3C and ECMA workgroups. Alolita Sharma is also a principal technologist enabling open source engineering at Amazon Web Services. Previously, she led engineering teams at PayPal, Twitter, Wikipedia, and IBM.

She holds multiple degrees in Computer Science, mentors women engineers and advises startups. Alolita speaks internationally on open source, InnerSource language technologies, deep learning, and open standards. Alolita can be reached on Twitter @alolita.

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