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OSCON 2008 Speakers

New speakers are still being confirmed. Please check back often to see the latest additions to the OSCON program.

Rishab Aiyer Ghosh (UNU-MERIT)

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.

Brian Aker
Brian Aker (MySQL)

Brian Aker is the Director of Technology for MySQL. At MySQL he helps set
direction for technology and looks for opportunies to harness and shape the
MySQL database for efforts in Web, OEM, and Telephony. In his copious amounts of free time he works on Apache and Perl modules, and hacks on the Asterisk Telephony System (hence never has a working home phone number). In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The Virtual Hospital, Splunk, and Slashdot. He lives in Seattle with his dog Rosalynd.

Tom Anderson
Tom Anderson (Keysight Technologies)

Tom Anderson works as a design automation scientist for Agilent Technologies. His current work project is to invent new circuit simulation capabilities for Agilent engineers. On his own time he builds electronics projects and is an author for MAKE magazine, and creates Open Source Hardware for Quaketronics.

David Ascher
David Ascher (Mozilla Messaging)

CEO, Mozilla Messaging
Director, Python Software Foundation
Python book author
ex-CTO/VP Engineering of ActiveState

Martin Aschoff
Martin Aschoff (AGNITAS AG)
  • Founder and CEO of AGNITAS AG (www.agnitas.com, www.openemm.org)
  • Founder and Managing Director of Adamatis GmbH (www.adamatis.de)
  • Vice President of the German direct marketing association DDV (www.ddv.de)
  • Board Member of the German based Open Source Business Foundation (www.osbf.de)
  • Author of the German blog “Open Source Inside” (www.os-inside.de)
R Geoffrey Avery
R Geoffrey Avery (Platypi Ventures), @rGeoffrey

For many years a Perl Bioinformatics programmer in Philadelphia for a major pharma company helping scientists load, analyze and view their data. Now doing similar things for people selling stuff over the phone.

Jono Bacon
Jono Bacon (Canonical Ltd)

Jono Bacon works at Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager and works to grow, scale and lead the world-wide Ubuntu community. Bacon previously had a background in journalism (writing for over 12 publications and three books) and also worked as a professional Open Source advocate at the UK government funded OpenAdvantage. He is a prominent member of the Open Source community, co-founder and presenter of LugRadio, contributor to projects such as Jokosher, KDE and GNOME, and an active musician, playing in a metal band and recording his own solo material. He lives in the England.

Ahmad Baitalmal
Ahmad Baitalmal (Etelos)

Ahmad Baitalmal, Etelos Chief Product Architect, brings more than 20 years of information systems experience to Etelos, Inc. and has successfully brought six versions of the Etelos Application Server™, Etelos Development Environment™ and other innovative products to market. Ahmad’s unique approach to solving customer issues is instrumental in directing product development and deployment for Etelos, Inc.. He is an Open Source Software advocate and has contributed to various popular projects including the X1000 Linux distro and WifiRadar for the Gnome Desktop Environment.

Nick Barcet
Nick Barcet (Canonical UK Ltd), @nijaba

Nick Barcet has joined Canonical in September 2007 as Ubuntu Server Product Manager, focusing on bringing together the requirements that our users have in order to make our server product the easiest platform to deploy in business, enterprises and internet data centers. Nick has been involved in the open source community has a hobby since 1998 and professionally for the past seven years as a consultant, architect and technical marketing person at some famous names in the software and hardware industry.

Phil Bartholo
Phil Bartholo (Sun Microsystems)

Phil Bartholo leads developer outreach programs on behalf of Sun Microsystems for the OpenJDK and Mobile and Embedded open source communities. Phil has broad experience with Java SE, ME, and EE Technologies as a software developer and engineering manager for Sun Microsystems, IBM, and Capital One. In addition, he is a part time Java programming instructor at Foothill College.

Pierre Baudracco
Pierre Baudracco (Linagora)
Pierre Baudracco, 12 years of experience in Open Source, is in the board of LINAGORA and former CEO of AliaSource. He is the main developer and maintainer of ththe open source project called OBM (Open Business Management) created in 1998 (Email Groupware solution).
Jean-Paul Bauer (KnowledgeTree)

Jean-Paul is a systems engineer at KnowledgeTree where he is responsible for looking after the ongoing architecture and development of the KnowledgeTreeLive software as a service application.

He has been involved in deploying and architecting open source systems for the past eight years. When not looking for ways to leverage open source technologies for businesses, he spends his time looking for innovative ways to utilize ICT’s for education. He was awarded the Youth and ICT Award for these endeavors at the World Summit on the
Information Society in 2005.

Anthony Baxter (Google/Python Software Foundation)

Anthony has been involved in the open-source community for more than
a decade, largely working in Python and, in the last few years, on
Python. He’s worked in the Internet area and in the telco space,
where he gets to exercise his incredibly short attention span by
working on far far too many things at once. He’s written or contributed
to more open source projects than he can remember – mostly related
to networking and protocol implementations.

He’s currently the release manager for Python. This is much less
glamorous than you might think. After a number of years working for
a travel-based telephone company, he’s recently started working for
Google Australia.

Anthony’s spoken... Read More.

Keith Beattie
Keith Beattie (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Software Engineer & Computer Scientist at LBNL with interests in software development methodologies, distributed systems, scientific/collaborative software development, computer security & open source technologies.

Currently working on the data acquisition component of the IceCube Neutrino detector being constructed at the South Pole.

Brian Behlendorf (CollabNet, Mozilla Foundation)

A board member at CollabNet and the Mozilla Foundation, but mostly now a free agent on all things open source.

George Belotsky (CinematX Digital Inc.)

George Belotsky is Chief Scientist at CinematX Digital, a company exploring the combination of virtualization and distributed video. He has done extensive work on high performance Internet servers as well as hard real time and embedded systems. His technology interests include Python, C++ and Linux. George has written articles for O’Reilly Network, LinuxWorld and the Linux Journal. His article on C++ memory management made the best of 2003 list on O’Reilly ONLamp. George has also presented at PyCon, LinuxWorld and other venues.

Keith Bergelt
Keith Bergelt (Open Invention Network)

Keith Bergelt is the CEO of Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent nonaggression community in history, organized to support freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software. OIN has more than 1,900 community members and owns more than 1,100 global patents and applications. The OIN patent license and member cross-licenses are available royalty free to any party that joins the OIN community. Prior to joining OIN, Keith served as CEO of two hedge funds formed to unlock the considerable asset value of intellectual property in middle market companies. Previously, he served as a senior advisor to the technology investment division at Texas Pacific Group. Keith also headed business development, IP, and licensing... Read More.

Sebastian Bergmann

Sebastian Bergmann is a long-time contributor to various PHP projects, including PHP itself. He is the developer of PHPUnit and offers consulting, training, and coaching services to help enterprises improve the quality assurance process for their PHP-based software projects. Sebastian also works for eZ Systems AS on the Workflow Engine for the eZ Components.

In his free time, Sebastian likes to hack on Open Source software and to take photographs, preferably while travelling the world.

Josh Berkus
Josh Berkus (PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.), @FuzzyChef

Josh Berkus is primarily known as one of the Core Team of the world-spanning open source database project PostgreSQL. He has been
involved with various open source projects since 1998, including SPI, OpenOffice.org, LedgerSMB, Bricolage and OpenBRR and is on the selection committee for OSCON, Sun Microsystems employs Josh in its Database Technolgy Group as the strategic lead for
Sun’s PostgreSQL for Solaris product offering. He also makes pottery.

Michael Bernstein

Michael Bernstein has been a member of the Zope developer community since 1999, co-authored the ‘Zope Bible’ published by Hungry Minds in 2001, and is currently an independent contractor based in Las Vegas. He’s been known to dabble in logo and identity design, and is currently working on a startup code-named ‘Rogue Mountain’.

Zaheda Bhorat
Zaheda Bhorat (Amazon Web Services), @zahedab

Zaheda Bhorat is the head of open source strategy at AWS, where she also leads the open source program office. A computer scientist, Zaheda is a long-time active contributor to open source and open standards communities. Previously, Zaheda shaped the first-ever open source program office at Google, launched successful programs including Google Summer of Code, and represented Google on many industry standards executive boards across multiple technologies; served as a senior technology advisor for the Office of the CTO at the UK Government Digital Service, where she co-led the open standards policy, in use by the UK government on open document formats; and was responsible for OpenOffice.org, and later NetBeans.org, at Sun Microsystems, where she built a thriving global volunteer community and delivered... Read More.

Ben Bleything
Ben Bleything (Google)

Ben Bleything is a Rubyist and amateur hardware hacker from Portland, Oregon. Ben Bleything is a Rubyist and hardware hacker, having come to Ruby by way of PHP and Perl. He has been slinging Ruby since 2005, when the sweet seductive voice of Rails called his name. Since then he has broken into the wild world of pure Ruby, for which he gets paid real money. Ben resides in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

Chris Blizzard
Chris Blizzard (Mozilla Foundation)

Christopher Blizzard has been with the Mozilla project for the better part of the decade. He maintained the GTK+ front end in Mozilla for a number of years as a contributor but recently joined the Corporation as a full time Mobile and Open Source Evangelist.

Marcus Boerger
Marcus Boerger (Google)

Marcus Börger is a specialist in C, C++, databases, UML, XML, and of course PHP. To the PHP community, he is also known as helly. As a core developer, he contributes a lot to PHP and focuses on the new OO features of PHP 5 and Zend Engine 2. Marcus has been working on all sorts of things for over 15 years. Previously, he worked as a freelancer, where he consulted for Ford Motor Company in their European Research department on Navigation and beyond. Now at Google Zurich, he works on, well, Internet stuff.

Silona Bonewald
Silona Bonewald (Hyperledger), @Silona

Silona Bonewald is vice president of community architecture at Hyperledger, where she’s responsible for facilitating the creation of the community metapatterns and processes that a global organization like Hyperledger requires. Silona has been involved in open source communities for over 14 years and has helped four companies transition from proprietary to open source. Most recently, she led the InnerSource efforts at PayPal, helping bottleneck teams remove years of backlog and promote collaboration across BUs. She continues to work on the creation of the InnerSource community with a strong focus on business integrations. She hopes to bring that knowledge into her work at Hyperledger.

Carsten Book
Carsten Book (Mozilla Corporation)

Carsten started with Mozilla as a QA Community Member with Nightly Build Testing and manual Test Execution. Then he was hired by Mozilla as Team Member of the QA Team to work on Test Execution Tasks. He is located in Germany.

Joe Born
Joe Born (Neuros Technology Intl, LLC)

Joe Born is the CEO and founder of Neuros Technology, an open source consumer electronics company supported by an active developer community and with offices in the US, Taiwan and China. Neuros, in partnership with chipmaker Texas Instruments, is pioneering the development of an open platform for next generation internet based set-top boxes.

Joe Born’s first company, Digital Innovations manufactured consumer electronics sold in over 35,000 outlets worldwide, and to date has sold over 7 million units of its initial product, the SkipDoctor.

Joe has spoken about open source electronics and overseas development to groups ranging from the Ohio Linux Fest, Linux Desktop Summit, LUGradio Live, to Northwestern Kellogg School of Management and Linuxworld. Joe Born’s Blog is open.neurostechnology.com

Niel Bornstein (Novell, Inc.)

Niel Bornstein specializes in data center automation and open source strategy. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with degrees in Applied Psychology and Management, he spent 15 years working on corporate and commercial client-server, N-tier, and web-hosted applications, in an impressively random assortment of industries, before moving on to consulting. He is an occasional conference speaker and the author of . NET and XML and Mono: A Developer’s Notebook (with Edd Dumbill), as well as having written a number of articles for the O’Reilly Network.

Niel lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife, the former Dawn Kelly McLaughlin; two children, Nicholas Tae-Hyun and Olivia Hee-Eun; an array of animals, including Chester (Golden Retriever), Winston Butler (black-and-white domestic shorthair), Sesame Kung-Pao (seal... Read More.

Jos Boumans
Jos Boumans (Krux Digital), @jiboumans

Jos is a long time perl developer, testing bigot and QA zealot. He’s responsible for several dozen CPAN modules, including CPANPLUS and Archive::Tar and contributed roughly 2% of the code in the current perl core.

He currently works as manager of the Database Group at RIPE NCC, one of the five global Internet Registries, at their office in Amsterdam.

Ronald Bradford
Ronald Bradford (EffectiveMySQL), @RonaldBradford

Ronald is a Senior Consultant with MySQL Inc based in the US. Ronald brings 9 years of MySQL experience with 19 years experience in RDBMS products, enterprise data architecture, large systems development and Internet Web technologies.

Jim Brandt
Jim Brandt (Best Practical Solutions), @cbrandtbuffalo

Jim Brandt is a systems architect at the University at Buffalo and Vice President of the Perl Foundation. He’s co-author of “mod_perl 2 User’s Guide” from OnyxNeon Press, an editor and contributor for “The Perl Review,” and has written for Perl.com. He has presented at many conferences including YAPC::NA and the Gartner Open Source Summit.

Tim Bray
Tim Bray (Google, Inc.)

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Bray

David Brewer
David Brewer (Second Story Interactive Studios), @dbrewerpdx

David Brewer is the Lead Systems Developer at Second Story Interactive Studios. He has over nine years of experience with Web programming using a variety of platforms and languages. He specializes in the creation of collection databases, web-based administrative consoles for managing them, and the front-end systems used to present them.

Ryan Briones
Ryan Briones (Department of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago), @ryanbriones

Ryan Carmelo Briones is a Server Monkey / Code Samurai for The Edgecase, LLC in Columbus, OH. A product of the Internet Age, Ryan has spent much of the last 10 years “poking” at the HTTP in as many ways possible working for Internet Services Providers, Non-Profit Organizations and Web Startups. Ryan currently practices agile software development in the form of Ruby and Rails development, but in times long since past you might have seen him cutting his teeth on Perl and PHP.

Joe Brockmeier
Joe Brockmeier (Red Hat), @jzb

Joe Brockmeier is a member of Red Hat’s Open Source and Standards
(OSAS) team, and is involved with Project Atomic, the Fedora Project’s
Cloud Working Group, and is a member of the Apache Software Foundation.
Brockmeier has a long history of involvement with Linux and open source,
and has also spent many years working as a technology journalist.
Brockmeier has written for ReadWriteWeb, LWN, Linux.com, Linux Magazine,
Linux Pro Magazine, ZDNet, and many others.

David Bryan (Silicon Mechanics)

David Bryan is one of the founders of Silicon Mechanics and the company’s product development visionary. He guided the development of key innovations, including the online cluster configurator, blade configurator, and dynamic power calculator applications. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.

Tim Bunce
Tim Bunce (TigerLead), @timbunce

Tim Bunce is best known as the author and maintainer of the Perl DBI module, the standard database interface for Perl since 1994. He has contributed to the development of the Perl language and many of its core modules, and was responsible for the 5.4.x series of maintenance releases.

As the founder and CTO of Data-Plan Services, he provides Perl, database, performance, and scaling consultancy services to an international client base. Prior to that we was Technical Director (CTO) of IG in the UK where he was awarded by British Telecom for his role in the rapid development of their Call Management Information service, a system implemented in Perl.

He is co-author, along with Alligator Descartes, of Programming the... Read More.

Alan Carter
Alan Carter (Consultant)

Alan Carter built a gelled team by accident in 1987. After 20 years of trial and error, guiding teams at organizations like British Telecom, Sequent, ICL, UK Defence Research Agency, BNR and Utell International he finally thinks he knows how to bake a cake.

He currently lives and works in Brussels, but prefers to telework from the Spanish Mediterranean when he can. His Geek Code is:

GIT/Pds:a+C++UL++++P-E—W++NK—wO-M++VPS+PEY+PGPt+5++X-Rtvb+++DI++D—-Ge-h+rz+

Jerry Carter (Likewise Software)

Gerald Carter has been a member of the Samba Development Team since 1998. He has been developing, writing about, and teaching on Open Source since the late 90’s. Currently employed by Likewise as a Samba and Open Source developer, Gerald has written books for SAMS Publishing and for O’Reilly Publishing.

Michael Carter
Michael Carter (Orbited)

Based in Los Angeles, Michael has been developing Web-based applications for nine years. He is currently the principal software architect at Brand Up, an LA area-based Internet and technology marketing firm. For the past two years Michael has been filling the void of good Open source HTTP Push (Comet) servers. He is the creator of Orbited, an Open Source, scalable, cross-language, and cross-platform HTTP server optimized for long-lasting idle connections that allow distributed HTTP Push communication. He has presented Orbited as well as additional theoretical work at multiple web development conferences. He shares his expertise in bi-weekly articles for the technical publication Comet Daily.

Francesco Cesarini
Francesco Cesarini (Erlang Solutions Ltd), @FrancescoC

Francesco Cesarini is the founder and CTO of Erlang Training and Consulting. He has used Erlang on a daily basis for almost 15 years, having started his career as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson’s Erlang training and consulting arm working on the first release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, soon after Erlang was released as open source, he founded Erlang Training and Consulting. With offices in the UK, Sweden, Poland (and soon the US), they have become the world leaders in Erlang based consulting, contracting, training and systems development. Francesco has worked in major Erlang based projects both within and outside Ericsson, and in... Read More.

Terry Chay
Terry Chay (Clara Health), @tychay

If Zend puts your picture on a deck of cards, you’ve either arrived in the PHP world or are a terrorist. Terry Chay is a PHP Terrorist. He spends most of his free time trying to keep Tagged, a open social networking system, from collapsing, as their Software Architect. When he isn’t doing that, he’s trying to get as much power as you’ll give him saying outrageous things on his blog.

Andy Clark
Andy Clark (Zimbra, a Yahoo! company)

Over ten years in the industry working on cutting-edge, buzz-word compliant technologies. In a past life, was designer and lead implementor of the Apache Xerces2 XML parser. Now builds large-scale Ajax web applications.

Rick Clark

Field CTO at Pivotal. Founder and former Project Lead of OpenStack. In a previous life I was the distro lead for Ubuntu Server.

Tim Cloonan
Tim Cloonan (Alcatel-Lucent)

At Alcatel-Lucent, Tim manages all aspects of open source community relations for apiGrove.net.
Before Alcatel-Lucent, Tim held international sales and marketing management
positions with divisions of Fair Isaac, GEC/Marconi, and Siemens.
Previously Tim held senior marketing positions at CollabNet, Radius, and
Jaspersoft.

John Coggeshall
John Coggeshall (Internet Technology Solutions, LLC)

John Coggeshall is a Senior Member of Zend Technologies’ Global Services Group where he provides professional services to clients across North America (and sometimes beyond). He got started with PHP in 1997 and is the author of three published books and over 100 articles on PHP technologies with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Sams Publishing, Apress and O’Reilly. John also is a active contributor to the PHP core as the author of the tidy extension, a member of the Zend Education Advisory Board, and frequent speaker at PHP-related conferences worldwide. His web site, http://www.coggeshall.org/ is an excellent resource for any PHP developer.

Ben Collins-Sussman
Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.), @sussman

Ben Collins-Sussman is one of the founding developers of the Subversion version control system, and co-authored O’Reilly’s “Version Control with Subversion” book and more recently O’Reilly’s “Team Geek: a Software Developer’s Guide to Working Well with Others.”

Ben co-founded Google’s engineering office in Chicago, ported Subversion to Google’s Bigtable platform, led Google Code’s Project Hosting team, and now manages the engineering team for the Google Affiliate Network. Prior to joining Google, Ben was a senior software engineer on the version control team at CollabNet. He has been an active open source contributor for over twelve years, contributing to projects related to version control and gaming.

Ben collects hobbies which tend to explore the tension between art and science. He has given numerous talks about the... Read More.

George Conard (Mifos Initiative at Grameen Foundation)

George Conard is Director of the Mifos Initiative at Grameen Foundation, leading the team building an open source software platform for the global microfinance industry. A recognized expert on the use of technology to enable the growth and evolution of microfinance and other means of alleviating poverty, George frequently speaks at industry events and advises key stakeholders in the microfinance community on the effective use of technology. Prior to his work on the Mifos Initiative, George lived in Rwanda and worked to establish the Grameen Foundation’s Village Phone program, culminating in the formation of Village Phone Rwanda SARL, a for-profit joint venture between Grameen Foundation and telecommunications company MTN. George served on the board of Village Phone Rwanda and is a founding board... Read More.

Damian Conway
Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)

Damian Conway is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and trainer, and a prominent contributor to the Perl community. Currently he runs Thoughtstream, an international IT training company that provides programmer training from beginner to masterclass level throughout Europe, North America, and Australasia. Most of his spare time is spent working with Larry Wall on the design and explication of the Perl 6 programming language. He has a PhD in Computer Science and is an honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Australia.

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.

Paul Cooper (Intel), @pgc

Paul Cooper has worked as a developer and advocate for open source software for over 10 years. Currently he is working for Intel on Moblin, a open source project focused on building a Linux-based platform optimized for the next generation of mobile devices.

Prior to their acqusition by Intel, Paul was the Business Development Manager at OpenedHand, specialists at building amazing devices with open source software. Before joining OpenedHand Paul was the Assistant Director of OpenAdvantage which he and former colleague Scott Thompson founded in 2003 at the University of Central England (now Birmingham City University). OpenAdvantage was the first and only independently-funded vendor-neutral Open Source solutions centre in the UK. Previously he has worked as a web developer, programmer, database administrator, systems adminstrator, IT... Read More.

Rod Cope
Rod Cope (OpenLogic, Inc.), @RodCope 

Rod Cope is the CTO and Founder of OpenLogic, Inc. He is a Sun Certified Java Architect with 25 years of software development experience, including 12 years of Java. He has developed Rails applications, J2EE applications, Swing GUIs, small device code, and nearly everything in between. For the last six years, he has been working on OpenLogic Enterprise, a supported collection of over 350 Open Source projects for enterprise developers. In particular, Rod has used Ruby, Rails, Groovy, JRuby, JBoss, Hibernate, AspectJ, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Ant, and many other Open Source projects extensively in commercial applications.

Rod has spoken on Groovy, JRuby, Rails, Hibernate, and other topics at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, JavaOne, the No Fluff, Just Stuff Java Symposium series, and Java User... Read More.

Bruno Cornec
Bruno Cornec (Hewlett-Packard)

Bruno Cornec is Engineer of the French Ecole Centrale de Lyon. (1987)
He has been managing various Unix systems since 1987 and Linux since 1993 (0.99pl14).
Bruno first worked 8 years around Software Engineering and Configuration Management Syst
ems.
Since 1996, he is Linux Solution Consultant and Open Source Evangelist, initially for an
HP reseller and now for Hewlett Packard directly in the HP/Intel Solution Center.

Bruno is also Linux and Open Source Profession Lead for EMEA at Hewlett Packard.

Bruno is a Mandriva contributor since 2003.
Since Sept 2005, Bruno has taken the maintenance of the MondoRescue project (GPL disaste
r recovery solution)
Since 2006 is a also leading the dploy.org initiative and contributes... Read More.

Hunter Cross (Ponticlaro Inc.)

Artist
Hunter studied Studio Art at Trinity University with Liz Ward. He lives and works in Austin, Texas. He is co-director of the Open Doors Art Collective. He has curated 5 exhibitions with this contemporary art group at spaces such as The Dallas Contemporary, MASS Gallery and Austin’s Dougherty Arts Center. Open Doors has received a City of Austin cultural grant and an Austin Chronicle nomination for Best Group Exhibition in 2005.

His work has been a part of Austin Museum of Art’s 22 to Watch triennial and Arthouse’s New American Talent. His installations, proposal works, drawings and sculptures are owned by collectors in New York, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Houston.

Web Developer
Before becoming a successful web entrepreneur,... Read More.

Andy de la Lucha
Andy de la Lucha (Mentor Graphics), @thesethings

I’m a Linux system administrator in Portland, Oregon. But that’s not all.

I’m the most emo system administrator ever. I cry when make fails.

But for serious: Ubuntu, Drupal,virtualization.

Selena Deckelmann

Selena Deckelmann bikes herself to work everyday at Chris King Precision Components, a bicycle parts manufacturer in Portland, OR, where she is Information Systems Manager. She is User Group Liaison for the PostgreSQL Global Development Group. She currently leads PDXPUG, a PostgreSQL Users Group, and is helping start a programming group, Code-n-Splode, whose goal is to get more women involved in open source. In her spare time, she collects eggs from her chickens, gardens and occasionally mixes drinks for her local Perl Mongers group.

Adar Dembo
Adar Dembo (VMware Inc.)

Adar has been a VMware employee for about 2.5 years, working primarily on the VMware Tools. His FOSS activity has primarily revolved around the open-vm-tools project, though he did help develop a filesystem for the Linux kernel.

Michael Dexter (The BSD Fund)

Michael is an Oregon resident who moved to Latvia after leaving MandrakeSoft SA. He is a founding member of the Latvian Open Source Association (LAKA.lv) and is Program Manager of the BSD Fund, a program of the Oregon-based Linux Fund.

Chris DiBona
Chris DiBona (Google, Inc.), @cdibona

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 http://code.google.com/opensource

Before joining Google, Mr. DiBona was an editor/author for the hugely popular online website slashdot.org and he is an internationally known advocate of open source software and related methodologies. He co-edited the award winning essay compilations “Open Sources” and “Open Sources 2.0” for O’Reilly and writes for a great number of publications. He was briefly the Linux guy on TechTV, starred in Floss Weekly and speaks on a variety of open source issues internationally.

Michael Dory
Michael Dory (Socialbomb)

Michael Dory is a designer, artist and researcher currently focusing on ubiquitous computing, game design and human computer interaction, and a recent graduate of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).

He’s previously worked with IBM, Nikon, Sony and Vision Education & Media on projects ranging from public relations and peer media strategy to interaction design and product prototyping. His personal and collaborative projects, including including the audio graffiti project Concrete Crickets and networked social game Socialbomb have appeared in/on/at the New York Times, National Public Radio, Conflux Festival, BoingBoing, and MAKE Magazine.

Gavin Doughtie
Gavin Doughtie (Google)

Gavin Doughtie is a front end developer on Google’s Picasa Web Albums. He started and ran the LA Java Users’ Group and has worked on the development teams of the two California Startup Weekends so far.

Clinton N. Dreisbach
Clinton N. Dreisbach (Relevance, Inc.), @crnixon

Clinton R. Nixon is a senior developer for Viget Labs and is an active open source programmer. He has created several plugins for Ruby on Rails, and designed the concept of “resourceful plugins” with Ben Scofield. He is active in self-publishing communities, and wrote Wolfe, a JRuby interface for a Java XML + CSS renderer, as part of a free publishing toolchain he is developing.

Darren Duncan
Darren Duncan (Muldis Data Systems)

Darren Duncan is a developer of applications and databases, has written several CPAN modules, and participates in Perl 6 language development. Darren’s life’s work is to build consumer-useable ontological database solutions for accurately organizing and easily sharing the world’s knowledge over the long term, particularly scientific, historical, and genealogical knowledge. Darren is interested in general information management and epistemology.

Robin Dunn
Robin Dunn (wxPROs/UNMC)

Robin Dunn, the creator and maintainer of wxPython, has been working in the software industry for 20 years on a wide variety of applications. He discovered both wxWidgets and Python in 1995 while looking for a cross platform toolkit for C++ and has used Python and wx whenever possible since then. At the 2002 O’Reilly Open Source Convention Robin was awarded the ActiveState Programmers’ Choice Award. This award, determined by votes from fellow Python programmers, is a testament to Robin’s work ethic and valuable contribution to the Python community. For the past five years Robin’s work on wxPython has been supported by the Open Source Applications Foundation. Robin is also the co-author of the first book about wxPython, wxPython In Action. Robin spends most of... Read More.

Richard Dym
Richard Dym (OpSource, Inc.)

Mr. Dym brings to OpSource 25 years of successful marketing, business development, and technical operations experience gained from the senior executive positions he has held at fast-paced technology companies ranging from venture backed start-ups to global public enterprises. His broad experience includes active involvement in successful liquidity events including IPO, acquisitions, and sale.

Christer Edwards
Christer Edwards (Guru Labs, LC)

Christer Edwards is currently a Linux Instructor and coureware developer for Guru Labs, LC. He has been active in documentation and community development areas of Ubuntu since Ubuntu 5.04. His main focus in 2007 was US Teams, building Ubuntu communities in all 50 states. In 2008 he plans include Ubuntu user education, involvement and LTS improvements.

Matthew Edwards (Entrepreneur)

He identifies areas of opportunity for technological solutions to achieve business goals. Focused on developing sustainable models for excellence within the open source community, Matt’s current priority is to attain proficiency in e-commerce law to enable the launch of a startup in Fall 2008. The startup is an experiment to validate a novel business model that will leverage the diversity of free software.

Kellan Elliott-McCrea
Kellan Elliott-McCrea (Blink Health), @kellan

Kellan Elliott-McCrea works on Flickr hacking on technological solutions to social problems.

Steven Ellis
Steven Ellis (Red Hat New Zealand), @StevensHat

As developer of the MythTV based consumer appliance myPVR, Steven has leveraged his over 10 years experience with Linux, and 15 years experience of FOSS. OpenMedia was one of the first companies in the world to offer a truly consumer ready appliance based on MythTV.

His passion for FOSS comes from both his development and operational experience. As well as co-running OpenMedia he manages the IBM NZ Linux operational team, and looks after a number of large enterprise customers in the Asia Pacific market. This helps provide an interesting bridge between the contrasting worlds of the consumer versus large scale business.

Steven gives talks on FOSS at the Auckland Linux User Group, and has given presentations and organised tutorials for many... Read More.

Audrey Eschright
Audrey Eschright (Recompiler Media)

While she didn’t realize it until recently, Audrey has spent her entire adult life trying to get a handle on Linux systems configuration. This project has included a few detours through things like Ruby development, founding the Calagator community calendaring project, and co-founding Open Source Bridge. She likes cats.

Rabble Evan Henshaw-Plath

Rabble is a hacker and software developer at large. He has extensive experience doing ruby on rails development and generally causing a ruckus. He build the core of the Yahoo! Fire Eagle location broker platform, was lead engineer on Odeo.com, and is writing Testing Ruby on Rails for O’Reilly.

Colin Evans
Colin Evans (Metaweb)

Colin fights information entropy on a daily basis using a wide arsenal of machine learning and semantic analytic techniques. The results of his efforts appear as millions of assertions in Freebase.
Prior to joining Metaweb, Colin helped users organize their world through his work on the IRIS semantic desktop project at SRI.

Randall Farmer (We Also Walk Dogs)

Randall Farmer is Yet Another Perl and JavaScript hacker for We Also Walk Dogs, where he develops Web applications for political nonprofits like MoveOn.org, Rock the Vote, and the ONE Campaign. He worked on MoveOn’s 2004, 2006, and 2007 get-out-the-vote campaigns, which contacted millions of voters in key swing states and Congressional districts. His technical interests include MySQL optimization, JSONP APIs for building cross-site widgets, and JavaScript tools and frameworks.

J Aaron Farr (JadeTower)

J Aaron Farr is an entrepreneur and open source evangelist. He currently serves as a board member of the Apache Software Foundation, having contributed to the open source Apache Avalon, Excalibur, Incubator, and Labs projects. His prior professional experience includes developing software for Sony Electronics and Siemens Medical Systems.

Paul Fenwick
Paul Fenwick (Perl Training Australia), @pjf

Paul Fenwick is the managing director of Perl Training Australia, and has been teaching computer science for over a decade. He is a regular presenter at conferences and user-groups throughout Australia, where he is well-known for his humour and off-beat topics.

Jon Ferraiolo
Jon Ferraiolo (IBM and OpenAjax Alliance)

Jon Ferraiolo manages operations and leads various activities at the OpenAjax Alliance. Jon is an employee of IBM, working within its IBM’s Emerging Internet Technologies group. Before joining IBM, Jon worked at Adobe for 13 years where he was an architect, engineering manager and product manager on multiple products and where he participated in various standards activities.

Roy Fielding
Roy Fielding (Day Software)

Roy T. Fielding, Chief Scientist at Day Software and VP of the Apache HTTP server project, has co-founded a dozen open source projects, defined the REST architectural style, authored standards that define much of the World Wide Web, and chaired the Apache Software Foundation through its first three years.

Edward Finkler
Edward Finkler (Graph Story), @funkatron

Ed Finkler has been a web developer for 13 years, the last 6 of those as the Web and Security Archive Administrator of CERIAS at Purdue University. In recent years his interests have turned to web application security, especially with open source technology. He is is a member of the PHP Security Consortium and creator of the PHPSecInfo auditing tool for PHP environments. Ed has also worked in Rich Internet Application development, and his Twitter client Spaz was awarded “Best HTML Community App” in the Adobe AIR Developer Derby. Finkler also studies interface design and usability.

Justin Fitzhugh
Justin Fitzhugh (Mozilla)

Justin Fitzhugh is the Director of Information Technology for the Mozilla Corporation. He responsible for all Mozilla’s production and corporate infrastructure, including serving the Firefox product to over 150 million users. In addition to Firefox distribution, his team designs, implements and supports the infrastructure for one of the largest open source organizations in the world. Some of the larger web presences run by the Mozilla IT team include the Mozilla automatic update system, addons.mozilla.org, mozilla.com, breakpad, and many others. Prior to Mozilla, Justin managed Macromedia’s global datacenter environment. He spends his spare time as an avid pilot, snowboarder and father

Brian Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick started his career at Google in 2005 as the first software engineer hired in the Chicago office. Brian leads Google’s Chicago engineering efforts and also serves as engineering manager for Google Code and internal advisor for Google’s open source efforts. Prior to joining Google, Brian was a senior software engineer on the version control team at CollabNet, working on Subversion, cvs2svn, and CVS. He has also worked at Apple Computer as a senior engineer in their professional services division, developing both client and web applications for Apple’s largest corporate customers. Brian has been an active open source contributor for over ten years. After years of writing small open source programs and bugfixes, he became a core Subversion developer in 2000, and then... Read More.
Karl Fogel
Karl Fogel (Open Tech Strategies, LLC), @kfogel

Karl Fogel is an open source software developer, author, and consultant. In 2005 he wrote “Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project” (O’Reilly Media, online at producingoss.com), based partly on his experiences in the Subversion project. He has worked at CollabNet, Google, Canonical, O’Reilly Media, and Code for America / Civic Commons, all as an open source specialist. He is now a partner at Open Tech Strategies, LLC, where he helps organizations launch and engage with open source projects. He is also an Open Internet Tools Project Fellow at the New America Foundation, a member of the board of directors of the Open Source Initative, and a... Read More.

Sara Ford (Microsoft Corporation)

Sara Ford is the Program Manager for CodePlex, Microsoft’s open source project hosting site. Previously, she worked on the Visual Studio team at Microsoft for 6 years. Her life-long goal is to become a 97-year-old weightlifter, so she can be featured on the local news.

John Forsyth
John Forsyth (Symbian Software Ltd.)

John Forsyth has been with Symbian since its inception and has held a number of roles shaping the design and development of Symbian over the past ten years. In his role as VP Strategy, John is responsible for leading the development of Symbian’s business strategy, and the overall future for Symbian OS as an open mobile software platform. With the planned open sourcing of Symbian OS, John is leading Symbian’s efforts to create and nurture a community that will successfully deliver the innovations of thousands of individual developers into hundreds of millions of handsets worldwide.

Dawn Foster

Dawn M. Foster is currently the Director of Developer Relations at Jive Software, a collaboration software company in Portland, OR. She has more than 12 years of experience in technology and software with expertise in open source software, web 2.0, social media, blogging, and community building.

Dawn is the author of Fast Wonder: An Open Culture Blog and is currently working on a book for O’Reilly Media about the Art of Community. She organizes a monthly Portland BarCamp Meetup event for local technology employees, is an organizer for the Portland BarCamp event, and helps organize Ignite Portland. She is a co-founder and Chair of Legion of Tech, a non profit organization focused on providing free events by and for... Read More.

brian d foy (The Perl Review, LLC)

brian d foy is the co-author of Learning Perl and Intermediate Perl, the author of Mastering Perl, the publisher of The Perl Review, the author of dozens of Perl modules, and a Perl trainer and consultant for Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc.

Nat Friedman (Novell, Inc.)

Nat co-founded Ximian in 1999, was a co-founder of the GNOME Foundation and the foundation’s chairman for 2 years, and has been a long-time contributor to open source. In 2003, Ximian was purchased by Novell. At Novell, he has held overall responsibility for the Linux Desktop and the GroupWise collaboration product.

Today Nat is Novell’s Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Linux, responsible for the company’s Linux strategy. He runs the SUSE Incubation Team, a creative group of talented programmers doing exploratory development and experimental prototyping to help shape the future of Linux.

Nat holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from MIT and enjoys kayaking in Venice.

Tomas Frydrych
Tomas Frydrych (Openedhand Ltd)

Educated at VUT, Brno (MSc, 1992), Regent College, Vancouver (MCS, 1996) and University of Edinburgh (PhD, 2000), Tomas’ involvement with Free Software began in early 2000 with contributions to the AbiWord project. At present he is employed by OpenedHand, crafting software for embedded hardware, such as the Nokia Internet tablets and the Vernier LabQuest device. Most recently, he has been involved in work on the next generation of the Matchbox Window Manager and the Clutter toolkit.

Aaron Fulkerson
Aaron Fulkerson (MindTouch, Inc. )

As co-founder and CEO of MindTouch, Aaron has grown a small open source project into one of the World’s most popular and positioned it as #1 in open source collaboration with tens of millions of users globally and an impressive customer list of Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies and mid-market companies. Prior to co-founding MindTouch, Aaron was a member of Microsoft’s Advanced Strategies and Policies division and worked on distributed systems research. Previously he owned and operated a successful software and Information Technology consulting firm, Gurion Digital LLP. He has held senior positions at software startups, has helped to launch several non-profits and businesses outside the software industry.

Wez Furlong
Wez Furlong (Message Systems, Inc.), @wezfurlong

Wez Furlong is the Director of Engineering at Message Systems. In the PHP world, Furlong is a PHP Core developer, the so-called “King of PECL,” the PHP Extension Community Library, and helps to maintain the php.net server infrastructure. Furlong has authored and maintains a number of PHP extensions, and designed and implemented the PHP Streams layer. Furlong currently resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, son, and dog.

Gopinath Ganapathy
Gopinath Ganapathy (Essentia)

Gopi Ganapathy is Founder, President & CEO of Essentia, a product and services company focused on open source platforms, online customer experience and software as a service. He also serves as a partner in MNC Group, a diversified investment and technology incubation firm. A successful repeat entrepreneur and seasoned executive, he was a founder of Enlite Networks serving as it’s President and CEO from inception in 1999 until it’s acquisition by CollabNet in 2003. At CollabNet, Gopi served as the President/CEO of CollabNet India and as its Vice President of Engineering leading early deployments of many well known open source projects like Open Office, Java and Subversion on distributed software development environments. He has held executive positions in marketing, services and... Read More.

A 16 year old from the US, Elizabeth developed an early interest in open source, installing her first Debian machine (with some help!) at age 9. Since then, her main computing interest has been graphics manipulation and digital art. Aside from computers, Elizabeth is a dedicated student who is passionate about music, and enjoys reading comic books.

Sulamita Garcia (Intel)

Sulamita Garcia is Latin America Open Source Strategist at Intel. She is responsible for creating and maintaining a comprehensive LAR Linux strategy that takes into account all aspects of the Linux environment, including key elements around the community, government, standards, and vendors. She holds major Linux certifications: LPI level 2 and RHCE. After several years ahead Linuxchix Brazil, she was elected co-coordinator of Linuxchix International. She has worked for several years in Linux integration, security and development, and wrote several technical papers about high availability, load balancing and Slackware.

Matthew Garrett
Matthew Garrett (CoreOS)

Matthew Garrett has been involved in Ubuntu since 2004 and is a member of the Ubuntu technical board and kernel team. He specialises in mobile Linux and power management technology and has travelled the world widely in order to give presentations on reducing power consumption. He is fully aware of the irony involved in this.

Jerry Gay (Rakudo Consulting Group)

Jerry Gay is a technology consultant, project team member for Rakudo Perl and the Parrot virtual machine, and active participant in the Perl 6 design process.

Steve George (Canonical UK Ltd)

Steve George is the Director of Corporate Services for Canonical, where he guides the development of Canonical’s services for business. He focuses on the sales, marketing and product development of Canonical’s commercial support offering and specialist engineering services. Previously, he worked in the Internet industry in a range of marketing, product management and technical roles. He’s been involved with Linux since 1997, ever since someone told him it was a new productivity application.

John Goerzen (Hustler Turf Equipment)

I have been working with Linux and other Open Source technologies since 1995. I enjoyed both the quality of the software, the cost, and the ability to work with the source code to learn and contribute.

In 1997, I joined the Debian GNU/Linux project as a developer. My ties to the community grew over the years; in 2004, I was elected President and Chairman of the Board of Software in the Public Interest, Inc., the nonprofit legal parent organization of Debian.

I also have written several books about Linux and programming. My most recent ones include the Linux Programming Bible and Foundations of Python Network Programming. I am currently working on Real-World Haskell for O’Reilly with two fabulous co-authors. This project is at www.realworldhaskell.org.

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Laurence Gonsalves

Laurence is an engineer at Google in Mountain View, California where he’s worked on several projects including AdWords, AdSense and Google Reader. He holds a BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

Peter Goodall (Canonical Ltd.)

Pete Goodall is a ten-year veteran of the technology industry, and has spent the last seven years working in Linux software. For the last four years Pete has worked exclusively with Linux Desktop technologies, and now brings that experience to the mobile Linux space. Pete is based in Canonical’s London office and his primary responsibilities are product definition and market research for the OEM Services group.

Derek Gottfrid
Derek Gottfrid (The New York Times)

Derek Gottfrid is a Senior Software Architect at The New York Times. He has been involved in building many key parts of the nytimes.com infrastructure, including search, web serving, e-mail distribution, and platform development. Derek has led efforts to improve the use of open source software within the Times and is responsible for the open source project dbslayer — a database connection pooling server. He also blogs regularly about his open source work at open.nytimes.com.

Ted Gould
Ted Gould (Axiom)

Ted Gould is an Ubuntu Desktop Developer for Canonical. He mainly focuses on usability issues working to make the Ubuntu Desktop the best desktop experience available for your computer. He also develops on the vector graphics program Inkscape. He enjoys great design, serene hikes and a well composed photo.

Robert Grant
Robert Grant (University of Texas at Austin)

Robert is a graduate student studying wireless networking at the University of Texas at Austin.

David Gray
David Gray (OmniTI)

Dave is a programmer who climbs things. Or is that a climber who programs things? He likes working with a wide variety of technologies, preferably all at once. He got his start writing Perl and still enjoys bending it to his will. Dave enjoys working at OmniTI with lots of smart people.

Zak Greant
Zak Greant (LexPublica)

Zak Greant’s love of Free Software and Open Source is turning him into a penguin. The only visible changes (so far) are a gradual accumulation of blubber, a loss of hair (which he hopes is the prelude to feather growth) and a growing preference for raw fish.

When not practicing how to waddle or wear a tuxedo, he passes the time by running the Foo Associates strategic consultancy and by working with various Free Software and Open Source projects and companies, including the Free Software Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation and the Open Source Initiative.

Joe Gregorio

Joe Gregorio is a Technical Program Manager at Google, member of the AtomPub Workgroup, and editor of the Atom Publishing Protocol. He has a deep interest in web technologies, writing “The RESTFul Web” column for the online O’Reilly publication XML.com, writing the first desktop aggregator written in C#, and publishing various Python modules to help in putting together RESTful web services.

Andy Gregorowicz

Andy is a Sr. Software Engineer at The MITRE Corporation. He has worked on applications ranging from speech recognition systems to web applications throughout his career. Andy is the technical architect of Laika.

Jason Grigsby
Jason Grigsby (Cloud Four), @grigs

Jason Grigsby is co-founder and web strategist for Cloud Four (http://www.cloudfour.com). Jason has been online since the 5th grade. at one point he could whistle at the exact pitch of a 1200 baud modem so that it would stop squelching when the phone rang. It was either develop this skill or his mother would ungraciously unplug the computer.

Jason built his first web page in 1995. He has spent the last 11 years building web sites professionally before being bitten by the mobile bug prompting him to throw caution to the wind and start a new company focused on mobile and web development. He blogs both at http://cloudfour.com/blog and his personal site http://userfirstweb.com/.

Ryan Grimm
Ryan Grimm (Mark Logic)

Ryan Grimm is a senior engineer with Mark Logic Corporation and co-creator of MarkMail. Prior to Mark Logic, Ryan was a software engineer for O’Reilly Media where he developed the XQuery back-end for SafariU and initiated O’Reilly Labs. Ryan started his career developing the search engine LANDex, used by Iowa State University.

mark gross
mark gross (Intel)

Mark Gross is a member of Intel’s Open source Technology Center (OTC). He is a kernel engineer that works on the Linux kernel for Intel. Mark also participates in some industry and community working groups.

Mark has been with Intel for 13 years. Its his 4th and longest held job out of school. All the others where either technical or software positions.

Harshad Gune (Symbiosis International University)

Nick Halsey
Nick Halsey (Zoomdata), @nickhalsey

Nick has over 25 years of experience in enterprise software, and has played a leading role in the emergence of both the business intelligence and commercial open source markets. Most recently Mr. Halsey was the chief marketing officer at Keynote Systems, the market leader in mobile and web testing and monitoring. Previously Nick was chief marketing officer and executive vice president of corporate development at SugarCRM, where he managed the company’s overall go-to-market strategy. Prior to SugarCRM, Halsey served as the vice president of marketing and product management at Jaspersoft Corporation, the leading open source business intelligence company. He was a co-founder and board member of Biz360, an innovator in social media monitoring and market intelligence solutions that was recently acquired by Attensity Group, and... Read More.

Perrin Harkins
Perrin Harkins (We Also Walk Dogs)

Perrin is a developer for We Also Walk Dogs, where he builds Web applications for groups like MoveOn.org, Credo Mobile, and the ONE Campaign. His prior experience includes large web-based businesses like eToys.com and CitySearch.com. He has published articles on perl.com and contributed to several books about web development. He is a frequent participant in open source projects, and a member of the Apache Software Foundation.

Andrew Harris
Andrew Harris (Teens on Linux.org)

Andrew “Tuna” Harris is a 15 year old living in Arizona. He founded TeensOnLinux.org in the summer of 2007. His interests include programming, tea, heavy metal, European techno, and Open Source. Tuna likes to program in Ruby and Gambas, and prefers Earl Grey tea. Tuna has been using Ubuntu since his laptop refused to boot Windows about a year and a half ago. Ronnie Tucker of Full Circle Magazine recommended Kubuntu Dapper to him, and has been happily running the ’buntu’s since.

Leslie Hawthorn

Leslie Hawthorn held various roles at Google before joining the Open Source Programs Office in March 2006. She manages the Google Summer of Code program and the Google Highly Open Participation Contest. Leslie also facilitates several open-source community hackathons at Google’s corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California, USA. Proud to be known as Google’s geek herder, Leslie holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from U.C. Berkeley.

Kevin Henrikson

Kevin Henrikson is a Director of Engineering at Zimbra. He splits time managing Zimbra’s AJAX collaboration suite and developer relations with Zimbra’s open source community. Previous to Zimbra Henrikson was at Openwave, an ISP and mobile carrier software provider where he led the Mobile Messaging engineering team. He is a frequent speaker on AJAX, open source messaging, and related topics. He lives in San Mateo, California, and has a B.S. in Engineering from UCLA.

Harry Heymann
Harry Heymann (Google)

Harry is an engineer working for Google in New York City where he’s spent the last four years building web applications and developer
tools. His prior experience includes systems development at Microsoft and some time in the trenches at a startup you’ve never heard of. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Benjamin Mako Hill
Benjamin Mako Hill (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Benjamin Mako Hill is a researcher, activist, and consultant working on issues of technology, intellectual property, and society. He is currently a researcher and PhD Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Research Fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media. He has been an leader, developer, and contributor to the Free and Open Source Software community for more than a decade as part of the Debian and Ubuntu projects. He is the author of several best-selling technical books, and a member of the Free Software Foundation board of directors. He is an advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation and the One Laptop per Child project. Hill has a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab.

Joseph Hill
Joseph Hill (Novell)

Joseph Hill has been an active participant in the Mono community since 2003, and has also been an active contributor to several open source ASP.NET applications. As a professional developer, he has done significant work in design and implementation of .NET applications for a number of customers, including Fortune 50 companies in areas such as messaging solutions, SCM, and others. In January 2008, Joseph joined Novell to serve as the Product Manager for Mono.

Mike  Hillyer
Mike Hillyer (Message Systems)

Mike Hillyer has been involved with the MySQL community for over six years, two of those spent as a Technical Writer for MySQL AB. He’s spoken at every MySQL User Conference since the first conference in 2003, on subjects ranging from VB6 development with MySQL to Managing Data Hierarchies.

Until recently he was a resident MySQL Expert for Techtarget’s SearchOpenSource.com site.

He is one of the top ranked MySQL experts at Experts-Exchange, a site for providing advice to fellow developers.

He currently works as an Engineer for Message Systems, a division of OmniTI Computer Consulting.

Darren Hoch (StrongMail Systems)

Darren Hoch has been teaching and consulting on Linux in government, academic and corporate settings since 1999. He currently works for StrongMail Systems in Redwood City, CA as the Director of Professional Services. His primary role at StrongMail is to build products and service offerings based off the Linux platform. Prior to StrongMail, Darren worked for both Sun Microsystems and Accenture as a technical consultant and trainer. He wrote the course “Enterprise Intrusion Analysis” for Sun and a portion of the “Sun Certified Security Administrator Exam”. While contributing multiple whitepapers to the open source movement, he speaks frequently at UNIX groups and conferences. Darren lives in Tulsa, OK with his wife Aleta and their two boys Paul and Scott.

Jeremy Hogan (Hyperic, Inc.)

Jeremy has been riddled with open source cooties since the 90’s. From early adopter edge of network deployments, on over the chasm to broad acceptance among the Fortune 500 and working with communities at CollabNet, Red Hat, Lulu and Hyperic.

As Red Hat’s first Community Relations Manager, Jeremy lived through the transition from boxed product revenue to subscription revenue and helped launch the Fedora Project.

Turn ons: Southern Rock, Irish Ale, Buffalo Wings, New York Pizza
Turn offs: locks, gates, walls, doors, Disney and the word ‘no’

Dirk Hohndel
Dirk Hohndel (Intel Corporation), @dhohndel

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 in 2001. He works in the Software and Services Group and focuses on the technology direction of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center and guides Intel’s engagements in open source. He is an active contributor in many open source projects and organizations, various program committees and advisory boards. Dirk holds a Diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Würzburg, Germany. He lives in Portland, OR.

Steve Holden
Steve Holden (Holden Web LLC)

Consultant, trainer and software designer of many years standing. Director of the Python Software Foundation and author of “Python Web Programming”, Steve has given many popular Python talks and classes over the years.

Dave Hoover

Dave Hoover is a Principal at Obtiva where he leads the Craftsmanship Studio practice. Dave is passionate about developing software developers while developing software. Dave enjoys many kinds of Ruby, JavaScript, Erlang and Java programming. Dave lives with his wife and three children in Wheaton, Illinois, USA.

Jeff Horwitz
Jeff Horwitz (Monetate, Inc.)

Jeff Horwitz has been part of the system administration and open source communities for over ten years. He currently resides in the Philadelphia suburbs, working for Discovery Communications as a Senior Systems Administrator and Developer for Petfinder. Jeff is the author of several open source software projects, as well as the book Unix System Management Primer Plus. He has spoken at conferences such as the O’Reilly Open Source Convention and YAPC, and at several users group meetings around the Northeastern US. Jeff is a Sun certified system administrator and holds a Bachelor of Science in Cellular & and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.

Wen Huang (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)

Coming soon.

Homer Hummel
Homer Hummel (MORI Associates Inc.)

Homer Hummel received his B.A. in Mathematics from UCLA in 1967. He served in the US Army for 3 years in the area of logistics. Since then he has had a 36-year career in computer software testing. He began his career working for the US Air Force Satellite Control Facility in the areas of telemetry processing, orbit determination and satellite attitude control, with contractors System Development Corporation, Unisys and Applied Technology Associates. For 11years Hummel has performed software testing and quality assurance of enterprise information systems at JPL with contractors OAO Corporation and Computer Sciences Corporation. He has specialized in test automation tools, both commercial and custom built. Hummel has been a Perl enthusiast for 10 years and a Unix enthusiast for... Read More.

Jason Hunter

Jason Hunter is Principal Technologist with Mark Logic, specializing in large-scale XML content manipulation using XQuery. He’s co-creator of MarkMail, the author of “Java Servlet Programming” (O’Reilly Media), and the creator of the JDOM open source project for Java-optimized XML manipulation.

Andrew Hyde
Andrew Hyde (TechStars)

Andrew Hyde is a designer, community organizer and a coffee
evangelist. Startup Weekend is his third Startup, focusing on
community building and providing an encouraging introduction to
entrepreneurship. Previously he has worked on Interaciton Design
projects for leading ad agencies, non profits, and political
campaigns. Andrew enjoys riding his bike year round in the great town
of Boulder, Colorado.

John Jacobsen
John Jacobsen (NPX Designs, Inc.)

John Jacobsen is a software consultant based in Chicago, IL. He studied art and physics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he did his doctoral research on the simulation of neutrino detectors. His company, NPX Designs, specializes in software for large-scale science projects, and has done work ranging from Linux device driver development to interactive Web site development for experimental control and scientific visualization. He has also exhibited artwork in half a dozen states across the USA, and created one of the first Web sites for presenting artwork (Jan. 1994). Recently returned from his 7th trip to the South Pole, he is currently obsessed with painting, Lisp programming, and helping to finish commissioning the world’s largest neutrino detector,... Read More.

Daniel Jacobson

Daniel Jacobson is the Manager of Application Development for NPR Digital Media. As such, Daniel leads the development of NPR’s content management system, web site, podcasts, mobile site, and other digital products. NPR is embracing open source more and more, and NPR’s new API (discussed at OSCON) is the next big step in that direction.

Hank Janssen
Hank Janssen (Microsoft)

Hank Janssen has been working with UNIX, Linux and OSS communities for over 20 years. At Microsoft, Hank runs the Open Source Software & Novell Interoperability Lab, focusing on building bridges between Microsoft and OSS communities.

Heath Johns (CinematX Digital Inc.)

Heath Johns is the CTO at CinematX Digital, a company exploring the combination of virtualization and distributed video. He likes to take a long view of technology and how it can shrink the distance between people; the concepts of secure computation and human-friendly languages like Python figure heavily in his thoughts about this. His other tech interests include network protocols (with two O’Reilly Network articles published on the topic), and Lisp.

Fredrik Jonsson
Fredrik Jonsson (ASCI Sweden AB)

Fredrik is an Ubuntu enthusiast from Sweden focusing on “Ubuntu in the Enterprise” with both deployment mechanisms and central management solutions. Fredrik is working for ASCI Sweden as an IT consultant, often involved in projects abroad. Besides his Ubuntu skills, Fredrik have a great experience of Windows networks and Active Directory in small business environments, enterprise and governmental installations. Even though his main focus is Ubuntu deployment, Fredrik have also been working on several LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project) installations on the Ubuntu platform.

Doug Judd
Doug Judd (Zvents, Inc.)

Doug has over a decade of software engineering experience in the area of information retrieval. Early in his career he joined Verity, Inc. as an engineer where he helped build the core VDK developer toolkit. He subsequently moved on to Inktomi, Inc. where he spent five years in both engineering and management positions in the crawling and indexing group of the Web Search division. He designed and implemented the indexing system used for indexing web content for the Web Search service. Prior to Zvents, Doug worked with Kosmix, Inc. where he built a distributed web crawler and scaled it to a billion documents. Doug is responsible for the design and implementation of Hypertable, a high performance, distributed data storage system designed to support applications... Read More.

Luke Kanies
Luke Kanies (Puppet Labs)

Luke has been publishing and speaking on his work in Unix administration since 1997. He has focused on tool development since 2001, developing and publishing multiple simple sysadmin tools and contributing to established products like Cfengine. He founded Reductive Labs in 2005 as a response to the stagnation in sysadmin tools, to be a vehicle for changing the way we interact with and manage our computers. He is currently focused on Puppet, an open-source automation framework written in Ruby, and he is always researching and developing new ways to make it easier to talk to computers on your terms. He has presented on Puppet and other tools around the world, including at OSCON, LISA, Linux.Conf.au, and FOSS.in.

Chia-liang Kao (g0v.tw)

Chia-liang Kao is a Managing Partner in Best Practical Solutions and the creator of SVK, the leading distributed version control system based on Subversion. He splits his time between London and the mountains of Taiwan, where he hacks, hikes and relaxes in some of the world’s finest hotsprings.

Jacob Kaplan-Moss
Jacob Kaplan-Moss (Revolution Systems, LLC)

Jacob Kaplan-Moss is one of the lead developers of Django. At his day job, he’s the lead developer for the Lawrence Journal-World, a locally-owned newspaper in Lawrence, KS where Django was developed. At the Journal-World, Jacob oversees development of Ellington, an online news publishing platforms for media companies.

Alan Kasindorf (Six Apart)

Alan is the MySQL DBA for SixApart’s properties, as well as many of their scaling tools. Originally a sysadmin for livejournal.com in 2002, has since helped build numerous large websites with Open Source Software. Advocate and contributor for memcached, mogilefs, perlbal, and others.

Derek Keats
Derek Keats (The University of the Western Cape)

Derek Keats is Executive Director of Information & Communication Services at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa, and has a mandate to use information and communications technologies to strengthen UWC as a national institution of higher education in a global context. He is a biologist with strong interests in using technology to improve teaching and learning, to enable higher education in the developing world to respond to the challenges of globalization, and to promote sustainable development while maintaining the quality of the environment.

Kevin Kenan (Lunar Logic)

Kevin Kenan is an information security consultant, author, and speaker based out of Eugene, Oregon. He is the author of Cryptography in the Database and is a former senior manager in Symantec’s Information Security department. He currently works as a security architect at Lunar Logic, and his experience includes professional roles in secure software and database development, cryptosystem design and implementation, and security architecture.

Kevin is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). He also holds certifications in COBiT and ITIL. Kevin graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Mathematics and a minor in Economics.

Adam Kennedy (Corporate Express Australia)

Adam Kennedy is one of Perl’s “Beautiful People”. Brilliant and stunningly handsome, yet still modest, he particularly enjoys being asked to write his own biographies for conferences.

Adam is the author of the “theoretically impossible” Perl Parsing Interface (PPI), has released over 150 CPAN module, and created both win32.perl.org and the Strawberry Perl Win32 Perl distribution.

Adam Keys (The Real Adam)

Adam is a software developer from Dallas, TX. He writes on his weblog, The Real Adam on topics ranging from Ruby to pizza. When not writing bios in the third person, Adam volunteers for dog rescue and as a feral cat caretaker. In general, Adam also likes to make those around him laugh. You’ve been warned.

Daniel V. Klein (Self-employed)

Daniel Klein began his life of crime in 2nd grade, when he was caught with a pack of firecrackers. Since then his brushes with authority have been sporadic but relentless, but have not managed to deny him a security clearance, a job, or his well deserved reputation as an off-the-wall maverick. His computer experience has included simulation and process control, the internals of almost every Unix kernel released in the past 31 years, graphical user interface management systems, compilers, medical diagnostic systems, the 800 year history of drawing languages, Ada runtime kernels, a racetrack betting system, research into Unix password security, and oodles of CGI scripts. He holds a Masters of Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and in his free time... Read More.

Rodolfo Kohn
Rodolfo Kohn (Intel Corporation)

Rodolfo is a senior software engineer at Intel specializing in networking protocols and manageability solutions for telecommunications systems and datacenters. He works on web services architectures that can scale horizontally and assuring high availability. Rodolfo loves to code in C, C++, Java, and Perl as well as hacking the kernel.

Navin Kumar
Navin Kumar (Voiceroute)

Navin Kumar is the Chief Technical Officer of Voiceroute, the leading
open source unified communications provider and the chief corporate
sponsor of the Druid project. Druid is the world’s leading Open Source
Unified IP Communications platform that unifies plug and play IP
telephony, Instant Messaging, mobile phone, faxing and other
communications media in an easy to deploy and useful platform. Navin
explores the many different technical avenues which the Druid project
encompasses, and develops on the project in his spare time as well.
He has degrees from both Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell
University.

Bobbi Kurshan
Bobbi Kurshan (Curriki)

Dr. Kurshan has spent her career committed to using technology to improve children’s learning. She has founded several successful companies focused on technology and education. In her new position as the Executive Director of Curriki, she plans to build a global community that will provide the best open source curricula just a click away.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Kurshan developed the first children’s software products for Microsoft – Creative Writer and Fine Artist and also created award-winning products for McGraw-Hill, Apple, CCC (Pearson) and others. As a professor, she helped students research the impact of technology on learning. Dr. Kurshan also publishes articles based on personal research exploring women’s attitudes toward technology, how kids use computers, and new ways of learning through... Read More.

Scott Kveton
Scott Kveton (Urban Airship, Inc.)

Scott brings 15 years of experience building technology, developing business strategy and leading engineering teams with companies like Amazon.com, Rulespace, JanRain and now Urban Airship. Urban Airship works with thousands of brands using their leading mobile messaging and monetization platform. Scott was the co-founder of the Open Source Lab helping open source projects like Mozilla, Linux, Apache, Drupal grow into mainstream usage. Scott was an active supporter of open web standards having co-founded the OpenID and Open Web Foundations. He currently lives in Portland, OR.

John Lam (AZURE) (Microsoft)

John Lam works on the IronRuby Open Source project at Microsoft.

Rob Lanphier
Rob Lanphier (Wikimedia Foundation), @robla

Rob Lanphier (also known as Rob Linden in Second Life) serves as “open source busybody” from Linden Lab’s Seattle office, ensuring participants in the Second Life viewer development project have everything they need to be productive. Prior to starting with Linden Lab in 2006, he worked at a number of companies, including Microsoft, Asymetrix, Conjungi, and RealNetworks, and also worked as an independent consultant specializing in MediaWiki development. During his nine years at RealNetworks, Rob was a key contributor to two important multimedia standards (RTSP and SMIL) and was a leading force behind RealNetworks’ open source initiative (Helix Community).

David LaPalomento (ICEcore)
David LaPalomento is an open-source software engineer for ICEcore.

Other than his work in teaming software, he maintains an active interest
in the development of programming languages and distributed computing.

Asheesh Laroia
Asheesh Laroia (Creative Commons)

Asheesh joined Creative Commons as a software engineer in July, 2007.

Stephen Lau
Stephen Lau (Songbird)

Developer Advocate at Songbird building out a rockin’ open source community. Also currently serving as a board member on the OpenSolaris Governing Board.

r0ml Lefkowitz
r0ml Lefkowitz (Retired), @r0ml

Robert (r0ml) Lefkowitz is a frequent speaker on the intersection of software and literacy. Previously, he was a CTO at a fintech startup and held senior technology positions in the telecommunications and financial industries. He’s a distinguished engineer of the ACM.

Jan Lehnardt
Jan Lehnardt (CouchDB)

Jan Lehnardt is an Open Source software consultant spcialized on internet technologies. He has years of experience with building small- and big-scale database backed applications. He has a keen eye for user experience and typography. He co-founded Freisatz, a company bringing typographic bliss to everyone and he contributes to several Open Source projects.

Rasmus Lerdorf

Rasmus Lerdorf is known for having gotten the PHP project off the ground in 1995 and has contributed to a number of other open source projects over the years. He is currently an infrastructure architect at Yahoo! He was born in Greenland, grew up in Denmark and Canada and has a Systems Design engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.

Ben Leslie
Ben Leslie (Open Kernel Labs)

Ben Leslie leads a team of engineers in the areas of product design and development, testing, and implementation and delivery of the OKL4 product suite by the professional services team. He is responsible for overseeing the deployment team that provides project management and other professional services. Additionally, Ben manages the customer support organization.

Prior to joining OK at its creation, Mr. Leslie was a Senior Research Engineer at NICTA, having joined NICTA at its creation in 2003. Prior to that, he was a student at UNSW, where he conducted operating-systems research in Dr. Gernot Heiser’s group.

Ben has designed and implemented a number of critical components of OKL4, including the root server (Iguana) and the API designs. Before that, he made... Read More.

Andy Lester
Andy Lester (petdance.com), @petdance

Andy Lester (http://perlbuzz.com) is the lead programmer for Book Wholesalers Inc, (http://bwibooks.com/). He’s active in the Parrot, Perl 6 and Perl 5 projects, and maintains over a dozen testing-related modules. His current non-code project is a book for Pragmatic Bookshelf on job search strategies for programmers, sysadmins and other technical people.

Ted Leung
Ted Leung (The Walt Disney Company), @twleung

Ted Leung is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, where he was a founding member of the Apache XML project. In addition to being one of the original developers of the Xerces-J XML parser, he is a member of the Apache Labs PMC, the Incubator PMC and has helped shepherd several projects through the ASF incubation process.

Ted has also participated in the Chandler project at the Open Source Applications Foundation, where he worked on the Chandler Desktop client, the Chandler Server, and open source/community management issues.

Ted is an avid photographer and maintains a weblog at http://www.sauria.com/blog

Jason Levitt
Jason Levitt (Ars Technica)

A Journalist, book author, web developer, and entrepreneur, Levitt is a seasoned generalist. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.

Van Lindberg (Haynes and Boone)

Van Lindberg is a former software engineer (and still a closet techie) who has remade himself as a lawyer. What he does most, though, is translate – from “lawyer” to “engineer” and back. He likes working with both computer code and legal code to get things done.

Van’s current work touches both traditional intellectual property and the emerging field of open source law, where he spends time helping businesses with IP concerns and advising the Python Software Foundation on IP issues. Van is the author of an upcoming O’Reilly book on Intellectual Property for Developers.

Stevan Little (Infinity Interactive)

Stevan Little is the Senior Programmer for a guerilla
band of consultants based out of New York City and
avid CPAN contributer. He enjoys pillaging good ideas
from other languages and implementing them in Perl.

Stefano Maffulli (Funambol)

Stefano Maffulli has been passionate about Free Software since he began working with GNU/Linux and GIS in 1998 while getting his architecture degree from the University of Florence. Prior to joining Funambol as the Community Manager, Maffulli acted as an IT consultant on Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) helping to implement FLOSS systems and lecturing at the University of Belgrade. Prior to his consultant work, Stefano was the Italian Chancellor for the Free Software Foundation Europe. Maffulli was responsible for launching a series of seminars for the European PA in partnership with EIPA as well as successfully planning and launching a participation program and the official blog of the organization. He also consulted on Microsoft’s antitrust cases in the EU.... Read More.

Bill Maimone (Ingres)

Bill is Senior Vice President of Ingres Engineering.

Joshua Marinacci

Joshua Marinacci is a Java.net blogger and co-author of ‘Swing Hacks’ for O’Reilly. He is currently a staff engineer for Sun Microsystems working on designer tools for JavaFX. He previously worked on NetBeans and core Java SE.

Alex Martelli
Alex Martelli (Google)

Alex Martelli wrote “Python in a Nutshell” and co-edited
“Python Cookbook”. He’s a PSF member, and won the 2002
Activators’ Choice Award and the 2006 Frank Willison Award
for contributions to the Python community. He works as Uber
Tech Lead for Google. You can read some PDFs and
watch some videos of his past presentations.

Giuseppe Maxia

Giuseppe Maxia is a QA developer in the MySQL community team.

A system analyst with 20 years of IT experience, he has worked as a database consultant and designer for several years.

He is a frequent speaker at open source events and he’s the author of many articles.

He lives in Sardinia (Italy).

David Maxwell
David Maxwell (Coverity, Inc.)

David is Coverity’s Open Source Strategist. He is responsible for Scan and other open source efforts for Coverity.

David was first exposed to the Prevent analysis results before the Scan project was launched. Results had been made available to The FreeBSD Project, and led to many defects being fixed in FreeBSD. David is a developer in The NetBSD Project. On behalf of NetBSD, David contacted Coverity to request an analysis of the NetBSD sources.

After the tremendous tangible benefit to open source projects from Scan’s first year, Coverity decided to hire someone from the open source community to manage the further expansion of the Scan project. David is that representative, and is looking forward to providing results to many more open source projects.

Josh McAdams
Josh McAdams (Google)

Josh McAdams is a programmer and engineering manager at DoubleClick/Performics. He leads the data warehousing team where he finds himself working in PL/SQL almost as much as favorite language, Perl. In his free time he contributes a little code to the Open Source community and hosts the Perlcast podcast.

Brent McConnell
Brent McConnell (Novell)

Brent McConnell works for Novell and helps coordinate community activity for the Kablink and iFolder open source projects. Prior to joining Novell Brent spent 7 years with Hewlett Packards working in their Linux Expertise Center helping HP partners take full advantage of the Linux kernel on HP hardware.

Thomas McGonagle (Bentley College/CSC Inc. )

Tom is a 2005 graduate of the MSIT program at Bentley College. While there he served as the President of GITMA and developed the Watch City Wireless project which started as a graduate research project, but thanks to an interesting self-funding business model was operated for two years from 1/2005 – 1/2007.

Tom works full time on a large FAA technology contract as a Senior Technical Analyst. The system Tom works on is one of the largest Linux installations in the World. The system requires 24×7 support and Tom works 4PM-12AM.

Tom is actively involved in the Boston Wireless movement. He has worked as the organizer for the Boston WAG, and during the Summer of 2007 he submitted as Principle Investigator... Read More.

Dave McIlhagga (DM Solutions Group)

Dave McIlhagga is one of the pioneers in building a successful business based on developing open source web mapping applications. Starting in 1999 as a sole proprietor, DM Solutions now numbers 18 people. DM Solutions’ business model is completely based on open source software.

Chris Messina

Chris Messina arrived in San Francisco in 2004 as a volunteer for the Mozilla Foundation, leading the Spread Firefox community marketing project in raising over $220,000 in microdonations to launch Firefox to a worldwide audience with an ad in the New York Times.

He went on to co-found the Flock web browser and helped to organize the first-ever BarCamp in Palo Alto in 2005. Later, he co-founded Citizen Agency with Tara Hunt, opening a shared work environment called Citizen Space, giving rise to the coworking movement.

Chris now works on DiSo, an effort that he co-founded with Steve Ivy, to facilitate the development of building blocks for the open, social web. He is also a board member of the OpenID Foundation and works part-time for... Read More.

Patrick Michaud
Patrick Michaud (pmichaud.com)

Patrick Michaud is the pumpking for the “Rakudo” Perl 6 compiler. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and was formerly a Professor of Computer Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is currently a software developer and consultant focused on open source development and applications, including Perl, PmWiki, and Linux.

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.

Jennifer Minor
Jennifer Minor (Vernier Software & Technology)

My latest project at Vernier Software & Technology is working on LabQuest, our latest data collection device. For more information on the device please visit.
http://www.vernier.com/labquest/

Jim Mlodgenski (EnterpriseDB Corporation)

Jim is one of EnterpriseDB’s first employees and joined the company in May, 2005. As Chief Architect, he is responsible for EnterpriseDB’s technical direction.

Prior to joining EnterpriseDB, Jim was a partner and architect at Fusion Technologies, a technology services company founded by EnterpriseDB’s chief architect, Denis Lussier. For nearly a decade, Jim developed early designs and concepts for Fusion’s consulting projects and specialized in Oracle application development, Web development, and open source.

Jim received a BS degree in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Gordon Mohr (Internet Archive, Web Group)

Gordon Mohr leads software development for the Internet Archive’s public and open source web archiving projects, including the Heritrix web crawler, Nutch-based archive text search engine, and Wayback Machine archive browser.

Before joining the Internet Archive, Gordon helped create other innovative applications for the Internet, including Bitzi Bitpedia, a collaborative digital media encyclopedia, Activerse Ding, an instant-messaging platform, and ParcPlace VisualWave, an early web application server and development environment.

Gordon has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley with a double-major in Computer Science and Economics.

Bruce Momjian
Bruce Momjian (EnterpriseDB)

Bruce Momjian is a co-founder of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group, and has worked on PostgreSQL since 1996. He is the author of PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts, published by Addison-Wesley. Bruce is employed by EnterpriseDB. Previously, he was employed by SRA Japan and Great Bridge LLC, both PostgreSQL support companies. He has spoken at many international open-source conferences. Prior to his involvement with PostgreSQL, Bruce worked as a consultant, developing custom database applications for some of the world’s largest law firms. As an academic, Bruce was a high school computer science teacher for five years, holds a Masters in Education, and is currently an adjunct professor at Drexel University.

Dan Mosedale
Dan Mosedale (Mozilla), @dmose

Dan Mosedale is a long-time contributor to the Mozilla project, and the chief architect for Thunderbird 3.

Mike Naberezny
Mike Naberezny (Maintainable Software)

Mike Naberezny is the founder of Maintainable Software, a software development consultancy in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also coauthored “Rails for PHP Developers”, published by the Pragmatic Programmers.

Dawn Nafus
Dawn Nafus (Intel)

Dawn Nafus is an anthropologist at Intel, where she conducts social science research to inspire new products and strategies. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Cambridge University, and was previously a research fellow at University of Essex. She has published widely on communication technology and society in academic journals, and worked with both public policy makers and industry leaders on issues such as widening participation in open source communities, and knowledge transfer policies for local economic development. Her recent work has focused on how patterns of mobility and their social meanings affect technology usage. She is also working on an interdisciplinary project combining statistical modeling and social theory to explain cases of accelerated adoption rates at the national level. Her areas of regional expertise... Read More.

Chris Nandor (Slashdot)

Chris Nandor, a.k.a. Pudge, is known to some as the Mac Perl guy, to others as that guy who voted 40,000 times in the baseball all-star game, and to others as that guy who serenaded Presidential candidates during a CNN debate. Chuck Norris was honored to meet him.

Prakash Narayan
Prakash Narayan (Sun Microsystems)

Prakash Narayan is currently looking at enabling a social networking paradigm for building social applications. That is to build the social web, using the social web. Prakash has been employed at Sun Microsystems for 15+ years. At Sun, he initially worked on providing solutions for High Performance Computing – debugging and analysis tools for multi-threaded and multi-process applications. Subsequently, he worked on Enterprise Java tools. Prakash has filed for several patents and is a co-author of a book on Service Oriented Architectures to be published by Prentice Hall. He maintains a blog at: http://blogs.sun.com/pnarayan Prakash holds a Masters in Computer Science from IIT, Delhi and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India.

Lucas Nealan (Facebook)

Lucas is a web developer with over 10 years experience. He has worked with PHP since 2000 and is currently a Lead Engineer at Facebook.com, one of the largest PHP infrastructures in the world. Lucas has been working at Facebook for the last two and a half years on PHP performance and scalability.

Duane Nickull
Duane Nickull (Adobe Systems)

As Senior Technical Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Duane Nickull is responsible for Adobe’s
messaging around enterprise solutions in the SOA and Web Services spaces plus other
forward looking aspects such as the Web 2.0. Previously Mr. Nickull co-founded Yellow
Dragon Software Corporation, a privately held developer of XML messaging and metadata
management software, acquired by Adobe in 2003. He previously served as CTO and
President of XML Global Technologies, a publicly traded company acquired by Xenos
Group in early 2003.
Mr. Nickull has written or participated in most of the larger SOA standards work in the past
decade. He currently chairs the OASIS Service Oriented Architecture Reference Model
Technical Committee... Read More.

Neal Niemiec (Autodesk, Inc)

Neal is an experienced web mapping application developer and has delivered labs on web mapping in the US and Europe. Neal was awarded his masters degree in GIS in 2007.

Nnenna Nwakanma
Nnenna Nwakanma (NNENNA.ORG), @nnenna

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... Read More.

David O'Flynn (Atlassian)

Dave is tall, Irish, and lives in Australia, where he plays with computers for Atlassian. He’s the Team Lead for Crowd and Bamboo, and occasionally gets to have a life outside these. In former lives he’s been a Windows kernel geek and has written trading systems for investment banks.

Stephen O'Grady (Redmonk)

Stephen is a Senior Analyst and co-founder of RedMonk, an analyst firm built on open source principles. At RedMonk, and addresses the full spectrum of enterprise applications from development to deployment, including open source, operating systems, application languages and platforms, and database technologies.

Before setting up RedMonk, Stephen assisted in building out the Enterprise Content Management and Enterprise Portal knowledge set at Illuminata by drawing on his real world expertise in designing, architecting and implementing ECM and Portal solutions for leading systems integrators. Prior to joining Illuminata, Stephen served in various senior capacities with large systems integration firms like Keane and boutique consultancies like Blue Hammock.

Regularly cited in publications such as the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street... Read More.

Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), @timoreilly

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.

Bryan O'Sullivan (Serpentine Green Design)

Bryan O’Sullivan is a successful hacker and technical book author. He’s worked on popular open source collaboration software and tools for online publishing. In his spare time, he climbs in the Sierra Nevada.

Vik Olliver (The RepRap Project)

By day, Vik is a mild-mannered systems analyst for New Zealand’s leading Open Source company, Catalyst IT. By night, he transforms into a teleworking researcher in 3D fabrication for The RepRap Project at Bath University in the UK. He has worked on everything from implantable heart monitors to massive telco gateways, and from boring system analysis to 2-seater electric racing cars. He shares his time unevenly between the above, a wife, 2 daughters and 6 cats.

Keith Packard
Keith Packard (Intel)

Keith Packard has been developing open source software since 1986, focusing on the X Window System since 1987, designing and implementing large parts of the current implementation. He is currently a Pricipal Engineer with Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. Keith received a Usenix Lifetime Achievement
award in 1999 and sits on the X.org foundation board.

Steven Parkes (smparkes.net llc)

Steven Parkes is an independent software developer in Palo Alto, California. He has been involved in concurrent object oriented programming for many years (his graduate thesis was on an Actor library in C++) . He currently specializes in high-reliability design for backend systems.

Surj Patel
Surj Patel (Sharp Laboratories - America)

I conceive, prototype and validate new product concepts and business lines for Sharp Electronics. They are all Internet of Things (IoT) centered.

Akkana Peck is a freelance software developer and the author of “Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional.” She has been working with open source software for some 20 years, much of that as a Mozilla developer, and has contributed to GIMP, Mozilla and an assortment of other projects. Akkana is a longtime member of the GIMP community and enjoys giving GIMP courses and presentations, as well as filling up her hard drive with digital images. She lives in San Jose, California, with her husband and a motley assortment of old computers.

Mike Perham
Mike Perham (FiveRuns)

Mike built his first open source application in 1995 using C and Win32. He’s a member of the Apache Project and recently starting working with Ruby and Rails professionally after a decade in the J2EE world. He has a Masters in Computer Science and races his motorcycle in his spare time.

Stormy Peters

Stormy Peters is a senior manager for community leads at Red Hat. Passionate about open source software, Stormy educates companies and communities on how open source software is changing the software industry. Previously, Stormy was vice president of developer relations at the Cloud Foundry Foundation, led developer relations at Mozilla, was executive director of the GNOME Foundation, and worked at OpenLogic, where she set up the OpenLogic Expert Community. She is a compelling speaker who engages her audiences during and after her presentations. Stormy holds a BA in computer science from Rice University.

Christine Peterson
Christine Peterson (Foresight Institute)

Christine Peterson writes, lectures, and briefs the media on coming powerful technologies, especially nanotechnology. She is Founder and Vice President of Foresight Institute, the leading nanotech public interest group. Foresight educates the public, technical community, and policymakers on nanotechnology and its long-term effects.

Her work is motivated by a desire to help Earth’s environment and traditional human communities avoid harm and instead benefit from expected dramatic advances in technology. This goal of spreading benefits led to an interest in new varieties of intellectual property including open source software, a term she is credited with originating. Currently she is working on Open Source Sensing.

Jay Phillips
Jay Phillips (Codemecca LLC)

Jay Phillips is an innovator in the spaces where sophisticated VoIP development falls apart and where Ruby rocks. As the creator of Adhearsion and its parent company Codemecca, Jay brings new possibilities to these two technologies through his work on the open-source Adhearsion framework.

Tom Phoenix (Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc.)

Tom Phoenix has been working in the field of education since 1982. After more than thirteen years of dissections, explosions, work with interesting animals, and high-voltage sparks during his work at a science museum, he started teaching Perl classes for Stonehenge Consulting Services, where he’s worked since 1996. Since then, he has traveled to many interesting locations, so you might see him soon at a Perl Mongers’ meeting. When he has time, he answers questions on Usenet’s comp.lang.perl.misc and comp.lang.perl.moderated newsgroups, and contributes to the development and usefulness of Perl. Besides his work with Perl, Perl hackers, and related topics, Tom spends his time on amateur cryptography and speaking Esperanto. His home is in Portland, Oregon.

Gregg Pollack
Gregg Pollack (Open SourceCraft), @greggpollack

Gregg Pollack lives in Orlando, Florida where he runs the Orlando Ruby Users Group, organizes BarCampOrlando, writes on his blog:“Rails Envy”http://www.RailsEnvy.com, and programs web applications in Ruby on Rails full time. He’s also sometimes known as the “Ruby on Rails” guy in the Mac parody commercials released earlier this year.

Evan Prodromou
Evan Prodromou (Fuzzy.io), @evanpro

Evan Prodromou is founder and CTO of Fuzzy.io, an AI-as-a-service startup based in Montreal. His previous startups include Wikitravel, StatusNet, where he led development of StatusNet and pump.io Open Source social software, and Breather. He is chair of the W3C working group on Social Web standards.

Sanjay Radia
Sanjay Radia (Yahoo! Inc.)

Sanjay leads the Hadoop Distributed File System project at Yahoo where it is in daily use for large clusters of several thousand machines. Previously he has held senior positions at Cassatt, Sun Microsystems and INRIA where he has developed systems software for distributed systems and grid/utility computing infrastructures. He has published numerous papers and holds several patents. Sanjay has PhD in Computer Science from University of Waterloo. Canada.

Matt Raible (Raible Designs, Inc.)

Matt currently resides in Denver where he is an independent consultant working with Java, Web Development, Ajax and AppFuse.

Raible has been surrounded by computers for most of his life, even though he grew up in the backwoods of Montana without electricity. Matt is an author (Spring Live, Pro JSP), active Java open-source contributor and blogger on http://raibledesigns.com.

Matt is an avid mountain biker, skier and golfer. When he’s not helping people adopt open source, he’s making life wonderful for his two children, Abbie and Jack.

Sam Ramji
Sam Ramji (Cloud Foundry Foundation), @sramji

A 20-year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji brings a wealth of business, product, and open source experience to the CEO role at the Cloud Foundry Foundation. Previously, he led strategy for API powerhouse Apigee, designed and led Microsoft’s open source strategy, and drove product strategy for BEA WebLogic Integration. Sam is a member of multiple industry advisory boards.

Ben Ramsey
Ben Ramsey (ShootProof), @ramsey

Ben Ramsey is a Software Architect at Schematic, where, with over ten years of Web development experience, he is a leader in the Open Source Platforms Group, designing and developing quality software, setting and enforcing best practices, and training and mentoring software developers.

Ben is also a leader in the PHP community. He founded and organizes the Atlanta PHP user group, is the founder of the PHP Groups user group network, is a founding principal of the PHP Security Consortium, and is an original member of the PHPCommunity.org project, which lives on today as the #phpc IRC channel. Ben also speaks at industry conferences around the world.

Putting his B.A. in English to good... Read More.

Allison Randal
Allison Randal (Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Open Source Initiative), @allisonrandal

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 group for open source leaders. She previously served as President of the Perl Foundation, Chief Architect of the Parrot virtual machine and Chairman of the Board at the Parrot Foundation, board member at the Python Software Foundation, Open Source Evangelist and OSCON Conference Chair at O’Reilly Media, and Technical Architect of Ubuntu and Open Source Advisor at Canonical. She collaborates in the Debian and OpenStack projects.

David Recordon

David Recordon is the Senior Open Programs Manager at Facebook, where he leads open source and open standards initiatives. He joined Facebook from Six Apart where he focused on platform strategies, and previously worked at VeriSign in the emerging business group. David has played a pivotal role in the development and popularization of key social media technologies, such as OpenID and OAuth. He collaborated with Brad Fitzpatrick in the development of OpenID, which has since become the most popular decentralized single-sign-on protocol in the history of the Web. In 2007, he became the youngest recipient of the Google-O’Reilly Open Source Award.

Robert Reed (Intel)

Robert has worked at Intel in the Software Solutions Group for about the last nine years. Currently his work entails customer technical support and promotion of Intel’s tools devoted to threading and application thread analysis. Prior to Intel Robert worked as a consultant for sixteen years as a software developer at Tektronix, doing everything from device drivers to graphics editors.

Kiko Reis (Canonical Ltd)

Biography coming soon.

John Resig
John Resig (Mozilla Corporation)

John Resig is a JavaScript Evangelist for the Mozilla Corporation and the author of the book ‘Pro Javascript Techniques.’ He’s also the creator and lead developer of the jQuery JavaScript library. He’s currently located in Boston, MA.

Rob Riepel (Stanford University)

Rob Riepel is the architect for NetDB. He is also the architect/keeper/programmer for DNS and DHCP at Stanford University.

Between the two of us, we have 27 years at Stanford, one baker, one sailor, many miles in the pool and 4 irrelevent degrees.

Thomas Risberg (Pivotal Software, Inc.), @trisberg

Thomas Risberg currently works as a consultant specializing in Java EE and database projects. He has been developing database applications for over 20 years using a wide variety of languages and databases. Most of his current work is developed using Java, Java EE and Spring. He has been a committer on the Spring Framework project since early 2003, contributing to enhancements of the JDBC framework portion.

Thomas is co-author of “Professional Java Development with the Spring Framework” together with Rod Johnson, Juergen Hoeller, Alef Arendsen, and Colin Sampaleanu, published by Wrox in 2005.

Thomas has presented on Spring and JDBC at OSCON 2005, The Spring Experience 2005 and 2007, SpringOne 2006, and at local user group events.

Phil Robb
Phil Robb (Hewlett Packard)

Phil Robb is General Manager of FOSSBazaar.org; a website and community dedicated to improving the governance and adoption of free and open source software within enterprises, institutions, and governments. Phil is also a section manager at Hewlett Packard leading their Open Source Programs Office. In that role Phil manages several product development teams focused on open source solutions and governance including the FOSSology project. Phil is also responsible for HP’s Open Source Review Board which is the governing body within HP for all open source software usage and deployment. Prior to joining HP in 2001, Phil held senior management and technical positions at Critical Path, Fisher Scientific, Motorola, and Honeywell-Bull. Phil received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Bowling Green State... Read More.

Kirrily Robert
Kirrily Robert (Freebase.com)

Skud writes geeketiquette.com

Arch Robison
Arch Robison (Intel)

Arch is the architect of Threading Building Blocks. He was the lead developer for KAI C++. At Shell he worked on seismic imaging on a 256 node nCUBE. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois.

Gabrielle Roth (EnterpriseDB), @gorthx

Gabrielle Roth is a Network Engineer, but is still a biology geek at heart. She lives in Portland, OR with a small but ambitious Monstera deliciosa, Mia. After OSCON 2007, she started Code-n-Splode as an effort to get more women involved in open source projects. When she’s not tinkering with networks or databases, she enjoys crashing her mountain bike & practicing parade formations with the PostgreSQL Army of Smurfs.

Jacob Rus (Orbited)

After two years at Harvard College, Jacob Rus spent a year working for One Laptop per Child, in Cambridge, MA, splitting his time between user interface design, Python and C programming, and writing. He spent a second year as a full-time developer for Orbited, the Open Source Comet server. Jacob has since returned to Harvard to complete his degree. He discusses the future of web standards and current usability techniques for HTTP push communication with bi-weekly articles for the technical publication Comet Daily.

Matthew Russell
Matthew Russell (Digital Reasoning Systems)

Director of Research Solutions for Digital Reasoning Systems, a company specializing in unstructured text mining; CTO of buzzwuz, a seed stage startup; author of Dojo: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly, June 2008).

Jeremy Ruston (BT Design)

Jeremy is the founder of Osmosoft and creator of TiddlyWiki, a popular open source wiki. BT acquired Osmosoft in May 2007 to lead its open source innovation activities. Prior to Osmosoft, Jeremy has been a CTO for two dotcoms and joint Global Head of E-Commerce at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

Peter H. Salus
Peter H. Salus (Anniversaries)

Dr. Peter H. Salus has extensive experience in large organizations,
having been Executive Director of the USENIX Association and the
Sun User Group and Vice President of the Free Software Foundation,
following 20 years’ experience in academia and a stint at IBM’s
T.J. Watson Research Center.

Peter has written or edited over a dozen books, including
A Quarter Century of UNIX, Casting the Net, the four-volume Handbook
of Programming Languages, the Big Book of IPv6 Addressing RFCs, The
ARPANET Sourcebook, and The Complete April Fools’ Day RFCs.

He is a frequent speaker at European and North American computer
events, including the Atlanta Linux Showcase, USENIX, CompCon,
Comdex, UniForum Canada, the Read More.

Brian Sam-Bodden
Brian Sam-Bodden (Integrallis Software, LLC.)

Brian Sam-Bodden is the author of two Java titles, a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, a professional trainer and a full-time member of the No Fluff Just Stuff symposiums. Brian is passionate about clean, concise and understandable software, and enjoys hacking away with Java and Ruby.

Karen Sandler
Karen Sandler (GNOME Foundation)

Karen M. Sandler is the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. Prior to joining GNOME, she was General Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Karen continues to do pro bono legal work with SFLC and serves as an officer of both the Software Freedom Conservancy and SFLC. Before joining SFLC, she worked as an associate in the corporate departments of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York and Clifford Chance in New York and London. Karen received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in engineering from The Cooper Union.

Kevin Scaldeferri

Kevin Scaldeferri has spent the last 6 years building high-volume,
high-reliability systems at Yahoo. His interests include programming
languages, the interaction between online and real-life communities,
and techniques for making the development process more reliable, more
successful, and more fun.

Mike Schilli
Mike Schilli (Linux Magazine)

Mike Schilli is the Perl architect at Yahoo!.
He has written a book on Perl, has authored 50 CPAN modules and publishes a monthly Perl column in Linux Pro Magazine.

Benoit Schillings
Benoit Schillings (Trolltech, a Nokia Company)

Benoit joined Trolltech in October 2005 serving as Chief Technologist responsible for leveraging Trolltech’s existing technologies and services in addition to strengthening the company’s ability to bring new technologies quickly to market.

Mr. Schillings was a principal contributor to the launch of Be Incorporated, where he designed, developed and implemented the technically acclaimed BeOS. More recently, Schillings comes to Trolltech from his position as CTO at Openwave Systems where he was responsible for the structure, design and operation of Openwave Phone Suite Version 7. In 2003, he was named Distinguished Engineer for his influential work in the conception of “top to bottom” integrated software for mass-market phones. Benoit attend UCL in Belgium and has a B.S in Computer Science. When not on a... Read More.

David "Lefty" Schlesinger
David "Lefty" Schlesinger (ACCESS Co. Ltd. )

David “Lefty” Schlesinger is Director of Open Source Technologies at ACCESS Co.,
Ltd., and ACCESS’ representative to the LiMo Foundation Architecture Council.
He works principally on ACCESS’ open source strategy and community relations, and
represents ACCESS in a number of industry and community initiatives.

Lefty is well-known in the open source community and is a frequent presenter and
panelist at open source-related and industry conferences and events, and has spoken
in the past year at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, the GNOME Users &
Developers European Conference (GUADEC), the Ottawa Linux Symposium, Open Source in
Mobile, Interop, LugRadio Live USA, and AJAXWorld’s iPhone Developers’ Summit.

Theo Schlossnagle

Theo Schlossnagle is a Founder and Principal at OmniTI where he designs and implements scalable solutions for highly trafficked sites and other clients in need of sound, scalable architectural engineering. He is the architect of the highly scalable Ecelerity mail transport agent. Theo is a participant in various open source communities including OpenSolaris, Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, perl, and many others. He is a published author in the area of scalability and distributed systems as well as a veteran speaker in the open source conference circuit.

Cliff Schmidt
Cliff Schmidt (Literacy Bridge), @literacybridge

Cliff Schmidt is the Executive Director of Literacy Bridge (www.literacybridge.org), a nonprofit organization empowering children and adults with affordable tools for knowledge sharing and literacy learning.

Prior to founding Literacy Bridge, Cliff ran a successful software consulting business that developed technical, business strategy, and legal policy solutions for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America. His expertise included intellectual property issues, nonprofit governance, privacy policies, export controls, and community development. He also served many nonprofit open source organizations, such as The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the Eclipse Foundation, and the Free Software Foundation, including positions on the board of directors and as the Vice President of Legal Affairs for the ASF.

In the 12 years prior to... Read More.

Randal Schwartz
Randal Schwartz (FLOSS Weekly podcast), @merlyn

Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned expert on the Perl programming language (the lifeblood of the Internet), having contributed to a dozen top-selling books on the subject, and over 250 magazine articles. Schwartz runs a Perl and Smalltalk training and consulting company (Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc of Portland, Oregon), and is a highly sought-after speaker for his masterful stage combination of technical skill, comedic timing, and crowd rapport. And he’s a pretty good Karaoke
singer, winning contests regularly.

Books authored/coauthored:

  • Programming Perl (multiple editions)
  • Learning Perl (multiple editions)
  • Learning Perl on Win32 Systems
  • Learning Perl Objects References and Modules (multiple editions)
  • Effective Perl Programming: Writing Better Programs with Perl
  • Randal Schwartz’s Perls of Wisdom

Magazine articles and columns:

  • UnixReview Magazine
  • PerformanceComputing... Read More.
Michael Schwern
Michael Schwern (eval Empire), @schwern

Michael G Schwern has been programming Perl for over 10 years and is responsible for such modules as Class::DBI and Test::More. He writes for the Beautiful Code Blog as well as about Geek Ethology on http://geek2geek.info. In all probability, Michael has code on your computer. He can destroy CPAN at his leisure.

Michael currently resides in Portland, Oregon and has no intention of leaving. He runs Schwerniverse.com providing freelance QA, Software Engineering and Socialization consulting and training.

He owns no cars nor cats, though he kind of wants a cat.

Toby Segaran

Toby Segaran is the author of the O’Reilly title, “Programming Collective Intelligence”, Amazon’s top-selling AI book, and the Director of Software Development at Genstruct, a biotechnology company. He loves applying data-mining algorithms to everything ranging from pharmaceutical trials to the Technorati Top 100.

Damien Seguy (Nexen Services)

Damien Seguy is a founder of Nexen Services, Alter Way Group, French Open Source hosting company, where he leads the expert services for the LAMP stack.

Damien is known for raising blue elePHPants, producing PHP stats, harassing everyone about PHP Québec and AFUP, cooking & wine.

Jason Seifer
Jason Seifer (Twistedmind Inc), @jseifer

Jason Seifer is a web developer and 1/2 of RailsEnvy.com. He is a frequent speaker at the Orlando Ruby Users Group and enjoys long walks on the beach, scotch, and poetry. His programming interests include ruby, rails, javascript, full text search, and objective c.

Alolita Sharma
Alolita Sharma (Amazon Web Services (AWS)), @alolita

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.

Chris Shiflett

Chris Shiflett is the Chief Technical Officer of OmniTI, where he leads the web application security practice. Chris is a thought leader in the PHP and web application security communities as well as a prolific writer. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed Essential PHP Security (O’Reilly) and HTTP Developer’s Handbook (Sams). His writing has also appeared in numerous articles for php|architect and PHP Magazine, as well as a number of other popular books including Programming PHP (O’Reilly), PHP Cookbook (O’Reilly), and PHP in Action (Manning).

Brian Shirai
Brian Shirai (Rubinius, Inc), @brixen

Brian has been programming with Ruby since BR (before-Rails), which means practically since the dark ages. He has worked with several companies doing web development with Rails. In December 2006 he began contributing to Rubinius, launching the effort to write executable specs for Ruby. He is now employed by Engine Yard to work full-time on Rubinius. In the 10 hours per week not spent on Rubinius, he’s probably snowboarding on beautiful Mt Hood. He also jots a random thought or two at blog.brightredglow.com.

Mark Shuttleworth
Mark Shuttleworth (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.

John Sichi
John Sichi (LucidEra)

John Sichi is the project founder for LucidDB. He is also a regular contributor to a number of other open-source projects including Mondrian and JGraphT.

John has worked for a number of startups in the database industry, and is one of the co-founders of LucidEra, an on-demand business intelligence service for which he is the chief architect. He also serves as president of the Eigenbase Project, a non-profit foundation which supports LucidDB and other open-source DBMS projects.

Most of what he knows which is worth knowing was learned while obtaining a BS in EECS at UC Berkeley.

Ricardo Signes
Ricardo Signes (Pobox.com), @rjbs

Ricardo Signes was thrust into the job market with only a rudimentary humanities education, and was forced to learn to fend for himself. He is now a full-time Perl programmer, maintainer of the Perl Email Project, and frequent contributor to the CPAN.

Adam Simon
Adam Simon (Socialbomb)

Adam Simon designs games and other interactive systems that reflect and refract the relationships we have with each other and with our environment. He is currently a masters candidate at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), conducting research in game design, pervasive gaming, ubiquitous computing, and social software. His work includes Socialbomb, a real-world reputation game, Sneaker Seed, which exploits urban density to increase data density, and Rumplestiltskin, a gameplay-generated performance.

He has worked as a producer and wireless consultant for area/code, produced original online content in the Digital Media division of CBS, and designing content delivery strategy for marketing firm Conductor. In a previous version, he graduated from UCLA with a BA in theater, followed by... Read More.

Ken Sipe (Perficient)

Ken Sipe is a Technology Director with Perficient, Inc. (PRFT), IBM’s largest service partner, where he leads multiple teams in the development of solutions in the SOA, Web 2.0 and portal domains, on both the Java and .Net platforms.

Ken was the founder of CodeMentor, where he was the Chief Architect and Mentor, leading clients in the execution of RUP and Agile methodologies in the delivery of software solutions. He is a former trainer for Rational in OOAD and RUP, and a CORBA Visibroker trainer for Borland. He continues to enjoy providing training and mentoring in all aspects of software development.

Ken has a deep need to be highly diversified. Ken often works with IT executives on high-level strategic... Read More.

Ray Smith
Ray Smith (Portland General Electric)

Ray Smith is an Oracle database administrator with several years experience developing high performance, scalable solutions on a shoe string.

Stewart Smith

Stewart Smith works for MySQL AB as a software engineer working on MySQL Cluster. He is an active member of the free and open source software community, especially in Australia. Although Australian, he does not dress like Steve Irwin—although if he wrestled crocodiles he probably would. He is a fan of great coffee, great beer, and is currently 39,000 feet above sea level.

Steve Souders
Steve Souders (SpeedCurve), @souders

Steve works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. His book High Performance Web Sites explains his best practices for performance along with the research and real-world results behind them. Steve is the creator of YSlow, the performance analysis extension to Firebug. He is also co-chair of Velocity 2008, the first web performance conference sponsored by O’Reilly. He frequently speaks at such conferences as OSCON, Rich Web Experience, Web 2.0 Expo, and The Ajax Experience.

Steve previously worked at Yahoo! as the Chief Performance Yahoo!, where he blogged about web performance on Yahoo! Developer Network. He was named a Yahoo! Superstar. Steve worked on many of the platforms and products within the company, including running the development team for My Yahoo!. Prior... Read More.

Bruno Souza
Bruno Souza (SouJava)

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... Read More.

Mark Spencer (Digium)

Mark Spencer founded Digium®, Inc., in 1999 as Linux Support Systems while still a computer engineering student at Auburn University. When faced with the high cost of buying a PBX for the company, Spencer simply used his Linux PC and knowledge of C code to develop his own PBX. This was the beginning of the worldwide open source phenomenon known as Asterisk®.

As Asterisk gained in popularity, Spencer shifted his business focus from Linux support to supporting Asterisk and opening up the telecom market. Mark renamed the company Digium and transformed the fledgling upstart into the leading open source telecommunication provider in the world today.

As the Chairman and CTO of Digium, Mark Spencer continues to drive the strategic vision and technology... Read More.

Ragavan Srinivasan (Mozilla Inc)

Ragavan Srinivasan works as Open Source Program Manager at VMware Inc. He is interested in building a vibrant community of users and developers around VMware’s open source projects . Prior to joining VMware, Ragavan helped conceive FOSSBazaar while leading several initiatives for Hewlett-Packard’s Open Source Program Office.

Joey Stanford
Joey Stanford (Canonical Ltd)

Joey Stanford works for Canonical and is the Manager of the Launchpad.net Releases Team. He is a certified Project Management Professional and Certified Management Consultant.

James Stanger (VCampus Corporation )

James Stanger, PhD

Dr. Stanger is an accomplished writer, security consultant, and Web designer. As Chief Certification Architect for VCampus Corporation, he manages the technical content for the following certifications:

  • CIW:http://www.ciwcertified.com/
  • CTP:http://www.ctpcertified.com/
  • CCNT:http://www.ccntonline.com/

Dr. Stanger has traveled the world supporting these certifications, working with industry and academia.

He is also Chair of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Advisory Council and has helped design certifications and curriculum for IBM, Symantec, CompTIA, and the Telephony Industry Association (TIA).

An award-winning author, Dr. Stanger has written titles for O’Reilly, McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall, IBM, Wiley, and Elsevier. His writings have been translated into over a dozen languages.

He runs a blog at www.ciwcommunity.org, and has regularly created podcasts with fellow... Read More.

Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart (Intel)

David Stewart is a software engineering manager at Intel Corporation. David currently manages Team Open Solaris in the Software and Solutions Group. David’s group charter is to ensure that Xeon is the best platform to run Open Solaris. Prior to this role, David held a variety of management positions in Intel’s Desktop Boards and Systems division and Server Products group. Prior to joining Intel in 1997, David held management and engineering positions in consumer software products and server products. David holds a BS in Computer Science and MS in Computer Science from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, which he received in 1983.

Louis Suarez-Potts
Louis Suarez-Potts (Oracle / OpenOffice.org)

Louis Suárez-Potts is the longtime Community Manager and Chair of the Community Council for OpenOffice.org; he has led the OpenOffice.org community since 2000 and currently works for Oracle. The lead and co-lead of several projects and the primary spokesperson and representative of OpenOffice.org, Suárez-Potts also represents the project regarding OpenDocument format (ODF) matters, and is on the OASIS ODF Adoption Technical Committee and is a member of the ODF Alliance. He speaks frequently on the ODF, OpenOffice.org, education and open source, and community development throughout the world. Suárez-Potts is currently working on several articles regarding open source development and education. He lives in Toronto and received his PhD from U.C. Berkeley.

Clint Talbert
Clint Talbert (Mozilla)

Clint started with Mozilla as a volunteer by organizing a QA team for the Calendar project. From there, he became a calendar module owner, and then was hired by Mozilla to work on test development. He is currently the Test Development Lead for the Mozilla QA team.

Jon Tan
Jon Tan (OmniTI)

Jon Tan is the founding member and lead designer for Grow Collective, a Web design, development and consulting co-operative in Bristol, UK. An advocate of web standards, Jon also has a special interest in user centred design, accessibility, semantic information design (SIDE) and microformats.

His work has featured in magazines like .Net and on numerous design galleries including the CSS Zen Garden. Three of his sites were nominated in three different categories in the CSS World Awards 2006 with two featuring as finalists. Most recently, his work also featured in books like the Web Design Index 2007 and The Principles Of Beautiful Web Design published by SitePoint.

Brian Tatnall (DRW Trading)

Brian Tatnall is a software developer with Obtiva Corporation where he is actively working with Rails and Spring. He has been designing and building e-commerce solutions for several years. His areas of professional interest include web application frameworks, test driven development, agile practices and security.

Jamie Taylor
Jamie Taylor (Metaweb)

While developing an Internet laboratory for studying economic equilibria, Jamie started one of the first ISPs in San Francisco so he could get a better connection at home.
He finally got a real job as CTO at DETERMINE Software (now a part of Selectica) helping create order in the unstructured world of Enterprise contract management.
He is now helping to organize the world’s structured information at Metaweb where he oversees data operations.

Bryan Thompson (SYSTAP, LLC)

Mr. Thompson is the Chief Scientist and a co-founder of SYSTAP, LLC. SYSTAP is a boutique software consultancy focused on providing custom technology services to the federal government and private sector. SYSTAP provides solutions that bridge the gap between real-world, mission-critical customer problems and innovative research, emerging technologies, and open-source software. His work for the last several years has been focused on assessing and applying Semantic Web technologies to support semantics-based federation (mashups) at scale (billions of triples). Mr. Thompson is the founder of the bigdata open source project, which is developing a scale-out database and computing fabric. He is also the founder of the CognitiveWeb – an open source project whose goal is to is to extend human decision horizons... Read More.

Laura Thomson
Laura Thomson (Mozilla Corporation)

Laura Thomson is a Senior Software Engineer at Mozilla Corporation on the web team, after spending much of the previous decade as a consultant and trainer on various Open Source technologies.

Laura is the co-author of “PHP and MySQL Web Development” and “MySQL Tutorial”. She is a veteran speaker at Open Source conferences worldwide.

Aaron Thul (Electronic Medical Office Logistics)

My passion for promoting open source technology has led me to become Con Chair of PenguiCon 4.0, which is the first convention ever to bring together two disparate communities that share a love of innovative thought: the open source community and science fiction fans. PenguiCon is currently one of the largest science fiction conventions in Michigan. Open source community panelists at past PenguiCons have included Nat Torkington, Cory Doctorow and Eric Raymond.

Beth Tibbitts
Beth Tibbitts (IBM )

Beth is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM Research, currently focused on development and support of tools for parallel programmers, especially via the Eclipse Parallel Tools Platform

Ben Tilly (Pictage)

Ben Tilly has been active in the Perl community for many years, and is currently on The Perl Foundation grant committee. He has been running A/B tests since early 2004, and has helped several companies in the Los Angeles area set up A/B testing. He is currently the Reporting Architect at Pictage, Inc where his responsibilities include A/B testing.

Curt Tilmes (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Curt Tilmes is a Computer Scientist at NASA, Goddard Spaceflight
Center in Greenbelt MD. He received B.S. degrees in Computer
Engineering and Computer Science from Virginia Tech in 1991 and M.S
degrees in Computer Science and System Engineering from Johns Hopkins
University in 1997 and 2002 respectively. He has a background in
programming, databases and system administration. He has been working
at GSFC on a number of projects since 1994. His current research
interests included provenance management throughout the data
processing of earth science climate research data.

John Todd (Digium Inc. )

John has been working with IP-based software for 20 years, and has been heavily involved in the Asterisk VoIP platform since 2003. At Digium, John is responsible for acting as a conduit between Digium and the large open-source developer ecosystem that surrounds Asterisk. John has served as CTO of several VoIP-related firms working in the service provider or mobile areas, as well as working as a consultant for dozens of firms building Enterprise or Service Provider platforms for voice delivery. John is one of the leaders of the http://freenum.org/ alternate telephony numbering system. In his spare time, he works on unreasonably heavy biodiesel, steam, and other alternate-energy implementations in his dangerously cramped machine shop/garage.

Allen Tom
Allen Tom (Yahoo! Inc. )

Allen Tom is the architect for Yahoo’s Membership team, and is responsible for Yahoo’s Authentication services, including OpenID, OAuth, BBAuth, and SAML.

Dalibor Topic
Dalibor Topic (Sun Microsystems GmbH)

Dalibor Topic is a member of the OpenJDK IGB. He is the co-maintainer of the kaffe.org virtual machine project.
As a GNU Classpath developer he has been instrumental in bringing several Java-oriented free software projects together around the GNU Classpath community, and works on making it all happen again inside OpenJDK.

Nathan Torkington

Ran the first web server in New Zealand, helped to build the early web; chaired O’Reilly conferences including The Perl Conference, American and European Open Source Convention, Where 2.0, Emerging Telephony, and Bioinformatics; cowrote bestselling Perl Cookbook; director of the Perl Foundation.

Recently returned to New Zealand from the USA, and looking to build networks of open source innovators, entrepreneurs, and emerging technologists in New Zealand. Runs the Kiwi Foo Camp and consults around the world on open source and emerging technologies.

Robert Treat

Robert Treat works as a database architect at OmniTI and has been working with open source for almost a decade. A veteran industry speaker, Robert is co-author of the book Beginning PHP and PostgreSQL 8, maintains the phpPgAdmin software package, and has been recognized as a major contributor to the PostgreSQL project for his work over the years.

Matt Trout (Shadowcat Systems Limited)

Matt S Trout was thrust into Perl at the tender age of 17 by a backup accident. Two weeks later he realised that he was in love with the language and has been happily using it for systems automation, network, web and database development ever since.

He is a core developer (and repository admin) for the Catalyst web framework, the DBIx::Class ORM and the Moose metaprotocol and object system, as well as contributing to assorted other CPAN projects.

Matt spends his days leading the technical team at Shadowcat Systems Limited, an open source consultancy specialising in Catalyst, Perl applications deployment and systems architecture. Shadowcat sponsors web, source repository and mailing list hosting for Catalyst, DBIx::Class and a large number of associated projects, and... Read More.

Theodore Ts'o
Theodore Ts'o (Google), @tytso

Theodore Ts’o was the first North American Linux Kernel Developer, and organizes the Annual Linux Kernel Developer’s Summit, which brings together the top 75 Linux Kernel Developers from all over the world for an annual face-to-face meeting. He was a founding board member of the Free Standards Group, and was chair of that organization until it merged with OSDL to form the Linux Foundation. He is one of the core maintainers for the ext2, ext3, and ext4 filesystems, and is the primary author and maintainer for e2fsprogs, the userspace utilities for the ext2/3/4 filesystems. At IBM, Theodore served as the architect for the Real-Time Linux development team. Theodore is now a Fellow and chief platform strategist with the Linux Foundation.

Matt  Tucker
Matt Tucker (Jive Software)

Matt Tucker
Chief Technology Officer, co-founder

Matt Tucker, co-founder and CTO, worked as a software engineer at 4charity, a San Francisco based software and services company for the non-profit sector. Matt is an active member of the XMPP community (the leading protocol for real-time communication) through membership in the Jabber Software Foundation and by leading the XMPP Open Source projects Openfire, Spark, and Smack.

Matt leads real-time collaboration product development at Jive Software. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Iowa.

Ross Turk
Ross Turk (SourceForge, Inc.)

Ross Turk has been with the OSTG family since 2000, and has served in multiple capacities during his tenure. Most recently, as the Engineering Manager for SourceForge.net, he spearheaded efforts to improve to the world’s largest destination for open source, including the new Software Map and Search and major navigation and aesthetic overhauls. In his current role, Ross is responsible for communicating with the SourceForge.net community and responding to their needs. During his twelve-year career, he has focused on assessing and optimizing the business and engineering processes of a wide variety of engineering organizations, always with a passion for Open Source methodologies.

James Turnbull

James Turnbull works for the National Australia Bank as a Security Architect. He is also a member of the Linux Australia executive team and the Treasurer of Linux.conf.au 2008.

He is the author of three books:

  • Pulling Strings with Puppet: Systems Administration Made Easy about the Ruby-based Puppet configuration management tool.
  • Hardening Linux, which focuses on hardening Linux bastion hosts including the base operating system, file systems, firewalling, connections, logging, testing your security and securing a number of common applications including e-mail, FTP and DNS.
  • Pro Nagios 2.0 focuses on enterprise management using the Nagios open source tool.

James has previously worked as an Executive Manager of IT Security at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the Read More.

Arjan van de Ven works for Intel in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel where he works on topics ranging from power to performance to low level x86 features.

Kirstan Vandersluis
Kirstan Vandersluis (XAware, Inc.)

As founder of XAware and project leader of xaware.org, Kirstan Vandersluis has been instrumental in developing the XAware suite of integration tools. Vandersluis has extensive experience in software development spanning multiple industries, including Financial Services, Banking, Insurance, DoD, Semi-conductor, and Telecommunications, where he has engineered the deployment of both corporate and commercial software products. Previously, Vandersluis was a software development manager and senior architect at MCI. As a published author of, “XML-Based Integration with XAware,” Vandersluis often speaks publicly about XML-related technologies and XAware product strategies. Vandersluis holds a BS in Computer Science from Michigan and an MS in Computer Science from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Scott Varland
Scott Varland (NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP))

Scott Varland is a masters candidate at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), graduating in the spring of 2008 after completing substantial research in game design, social networking, physical computing, and human computer interaction. He previously served as Technology Director for GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC, a private equity firm managing more than $8 billion in equity and mezzanine capital. Prior to that, he served as Systems Engineer for Communications Equity Associates, a global investment bank with expertise in the media, entertainment, and communications industries. He earned a BFA from NYU in experimental theater.

Gopal Vijayaraghavan
Gopal Vijayaraghavan (Zynga Game Network, India)

Gopal Vijayaraghavan is a technical lead at Yahoo! Bangalore and works in the platform engineering team. He is a lead developer of the open source PHP APC (alternative php cache) and dotgnu portable.net. He hacks on APC as part of his work and otherwise. His blog can be found at http://t3.dotgnu.info/blog/.

Jesse Vincent
Jesse Vincent (Keyboardio), @obra

Jesse Vincent is the author of <href=“http://bestpractical.com/rt/”>RT and Hiveminder and the founder of Best Practical Solutions, LLC, a company dedicated to open tools to help people and organizations keep track of what needs doing, when it gets done, and who does it. Before founding Best Practical, Vincent worked as the systems lead for a now-defunct dotcom and as a software designer at Microsoft.

Thorsten von Eicken
Thorsten von Eicken (RightScale, Inc)

Before joining RightScale Inc., Thorsten was Chief Architect at Expertcity.com and Citrix Online, makers of GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToAssist. He was responsible for the overall architecture of these online services and also managed the 24/7 datacenter operations which allowed him to acquire deep knowledge in deploying and running secure scalable online services. Thorsten received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and was a professor of computer science at Cornell University.

Michael Voss (Intel)

Michael Voss is a Senior Staff Software Engineer in Intel’s Performance, Analysis and Threading Lab, where he is currently one of the lead developers of Intel Threading Building Blocks. Michael taught in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto from 2001 – 2005. He received his Ph.D. and M.S.E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2001 and 1997, respectively. His interests include languages, tools and compilers for parallel computing.

John Mark Walker

John Mark Walker has been a Free Software advocate and contributor for over a decade. His stints at VA Linux Systems, LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, Gluster, Red Hat and now EdX.org helped propel open source into mainstream acceptance.

John Mark has spoken at numerous technology conferences around the world. You can find his musings on Open Standards, Open Clouds and Open Technology at http://blog.johnmark.org/ as well as on twitter (@johnmark). He’s written such articles as “”http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2006/01/12/no_oss_community.html">There is no Open Source Community", “”http://www.johnmark.org/blog/2013/11/it-was-never-about-innovation/“>It Was Never About Innovation”, “”https://opensource.com/business/14/10/open-source-process">Open Source is More About Process than Licensing" and “”https://www.linux.com/news/software/applications/831018-how-to-make-money-from-open-source-platforms">How to Make Money from Open Source Platforms"

He recently founded the Open Source Entrepreneur Network.

Larry Wall
Larry Wall (The Wall Nuthouse)

Larry Wall is the proud father of Perl.

Stephen Walli
Stephen Walli (CodePlex Foundation), @stephenrwalli

Stephen has worked in the IT industry since 1980 as both customer and vendor. He currently consults on software development business and open source strategy, and is the open-source-strategist-in-residence for Open Tuesday out of Finland. He has an essay in O’Reilly’s “Open Sources 2.0: The Continuing Evolution” and blogs at http://stephesblog.blogs.com.

Shane Warden (O'Reilly Media)

chromatic is an editor at O’Reilly Media by day, a free software hacker in the evening, and a fiction author when he should be sleeping. His current projects are the Parrot VM and a novel about superheroes.

Greg Watson
Greg Watson (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Greg is a Sr. Software Engineer with IBM Research and is the Project Lead of the Eclipse Parallel Tools Platform (PTP)

Pia Waugh (Waugh Partners)

Pia Waugh is a consultant at Waugh Partners in Sydney, Australia. She had worked as a Research Coordinator for the Australian Service for Knowledge on Open Source Software (ASK-OSS), the Open Source strategist for a large systems integrator and still works to develop the Australian FOSS industry and improve Government policies towards FOSS. She has been working with Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) such as Linux for about 9 years. She has seen FOSS deliver not only economic benefits to countries and business all around the world, but significant social and environmental benefits to communities everywhere.

Pia is a community leader both in Australia and internationally as Vice President of Linux Australia and President of Software Freedom International.... Read More.

Jan Wedekind
Jan Wedekind (Sheffield Hallam University)

See personal profile at http://vision.eng.shu.ac.uk/jan/wedekind.html

Luke Welling
Luke Welling (Tidal Labs), @lukewelling

Luke Welling is from Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives near Washington, DC, where he ekes out a living as a security nerd at OmniTI. He sees lots of good PHP and bad PHP, and tries to write more good than bad. Over the last decade, he has applied PHP in many places where it was intended, and in many places where it was never meant to go. With his wife Laura, he wrote the bestselling book PHP and MySQL Web Development and often speaks about PHP at conferences and user groups. His hobbies include riding his horses and sticking Splayds in toasters, although he has not yet attempted to do both at once.

Emma Jane Westby

Emma Jane Hogbin is a Canadian Internet consultant, F/LOSS advocate and the conference chair of HICK Tech: The Rural and Modern Technology Conference. After spending ten years in Canada’s largest city working as a college professor and open source Web developer, Emma brought her urban Web 2.0 experiences back to the country. She has been learning about the real impact of community on technology ever since. Emma is a member of Ubuntu Women and contributes to the Ubuntu documentation project.

Elaine Wherry
Elaine Wherry (meebo)

Elaine is a co-founder of meebo.com in Mountain View, California. She majored in Symbolic Systems at Stanford and upon graduating, joined Synaptics and led their Usability team for several years. In 2005, she started meebo with two friends from Stanford, Seth Sternberg and Elaine Wherry. Shortly thereafter, Nielsen/NetRatings named meebo the fastest-growing IM destination in the US – ahead of Google Talk and Skype Messenger. Investors include Sequoia Capital and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Elaine plays the violin and migrated west to California after growing up on a goat farm.

Michael Widenius
Michael Widenius (Monty Program Ab)

Founder of MySQL AB
Original author & architect of the MySQL server

Edd Wilder-James

Edd Wilder-James is a strategist at Google, where he is helping build a strong and vital open source community around TensorFlow. A technology analyst, writer, and entrepreneur based in California, Edd previously helped transform businesses with data as vice president of strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science. Formerly Edd Dumbill, Edd was the founding program chair for the O’Reilly Strata Data Conference and chaired the Open Source Software Conference 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 online intellectual property exchange. An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd... Read More.

David Wiley
David Wiley (Brigham Young University)

Dr. David Wiley is Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, Founder of the Open High School of Utah, and Chief Openness Officer of Flat World Knowledge. He was formerly Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at Utah State University and Director of the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning, a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, a Visiting Scholar at the Open University of the Netherlands, and is a recipient of the US National Science Foundation’s CAREER grant. He is the founder of OpenContent, coining the term “open content” and releasing the first open license for content in 1998. His career is dedicated to increasing access to educational opportunity for everyone around the... Read More.

Eric Wilhelm
Eric Wilhelm (Cisco, Inc.)

Eric Wilhelm is a software and systems consultant, leader of the Portland Perl Mongers, and author of many CPAN modules. Eric is very involved in the open source community and is a contributor to several open source projects including Test::Harness, Module::Build, parrot, PAR, Jifty, and Moose.

Simon Willison (Self employed)

Visionary!

Jeffrey L.  Wishnie
Jeffrey L. Wishnie (Inveneo, Inc.)

Jeff has spent nearly 20 years as a silicon valley entrepreneur working in large organizations and small as engineer, user-interface designer, product designer, architect, president and founder.

2 years ago, he made the transition to the non-profit world becoming Inveneo’s CTO. In that time he has been responsible for software projects including Ubuntu-based Inveneo Desktop Linux. He has participated in field projects in Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique, and Sierra Leone.

Away from his professional life, Jeff flies paragliders competitively and is currently ranked 110th in the world.

Hyrum Wright
Hyrum Wright (WANdisco, Inc.)

Hyrum is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been using open source software for most of this century, and has been a regular contributor to Subversion since 2006. His interests include version control systems and wireless networking.

Sunia Yang (Stanford University)

During the last 12 years in Networking Systems at Stanford University, Sunia has worked as a network administrator, firewall engineer, backbone engineer and now monitoring engineer. Sunia is user advocate and chief tester for NetDB.

Nathan Yergler
Nathan Yergler (Creative Commons)

Nathan Yergler joined Creative Commons as a software engineer in July 2004. Yergler joined Creative Commons after pioneering the use of Python in the high school programming curriculum at Canterbury School, Fort Wayne, IN. Yergler resides in San Francisco and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University (Fort Wayne).

Dan York
Dan York (Voxeo Corporation)

Dan York is Director of Emerging Communication Technology in the Office of the CTO of Voxeo Corporation focused on analyzing/evaluating emerging technology, participating in industry standards bodies, addressing VoIP security issues and leading Voxeo’s move into “social media” with the deployment of blogs and podcasts.

Since the mid-1980’s Dan has been working with online communication technologies and helping businesses and organizations understand how to use and participate in those new media. Along the way, Dan served on the Board of Directors of Linux International and was the President and co-founder of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), today the leading global certification program for Linux professionals. He developed “single-source” publishing systems using DocBook XML, assisted in the development of Read More.

Raven Zachary
Raven Zachary (Small Society)

Raven Zachary is President of Small Society, working with big brands, established companies, investors, and startups on iOS strategy and product development for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Raven directed the Obama ’08 for iPhone application for the Obama Campaign in 2008, and has worked with companies such as Whole Foods Market, Zipcar, Amazon, and The Democratic Party on iOS application initiatives. He is the founder of iOSDevCamp, an not-for-profit iOS developer conference. Raven is regularly quoted by the press about the iOS market and is a frequent conference speaker on the topic.

Peter Zaitsev
Peter Zaitsev (Percona LLC)

Peter helped many companies ranging from one man startups to Fortune 500 companies with their Performance and Scaling problems on various stages starting from architecture design and down to queries and schema optimization.

Over cause of the years Peter has spoken on many International conferences focused on MySQL, Open Source, Databases or High Performance Web applications.

Before co-founding Percona Peter worked for MySQL AB as head of High Performance Group being involved in Support, Consulting, Development and working with vendors helping to optimize their software or hardware to perform well with MySQL.

Peter also was involved in number of Web Startups in the roles ranging from CTO to Consultant and has a lot of experience in MySQL and Web Applications Operations, Deployment, Quality Assurance... Read More.

Geoff Zeiss
Geoff Zeiss (Autodesk, Inc.)

Geoff is a technology evangelist at Autodesk. His particular interests include streamlining the infrastructure management workflow at utilities, telecommunications firms and local government, open source geospatial and Web 2.0 and its impact on infrastructure management, and the convergence of architectural, engineering, geospatial, and 3D simulation and its implications for egovernment including citizen involvement, urban planning, emergency planning and first response. Geoff came to Autodesk from MCI VISION* Solutions where he was Director of Product Development. VISION* Solutions is credited with pioneering RDBMS-based spatial data management, CAD/GIS integration, and UML modeling in the utility, communications, and public works industries. He has more than 10 years experience developing enterprise geospatial solutions for the utilities, communications, and public works industries. Geoff is a... Read More.

Jim Zemlin
Jim Zemlin (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. Prior to that, he was a member of the founding management team of Corio, a leading enterprise application service provider that had a successful initial public offering in July 2000. Widely quoted in the press on open source and commercial software trends, Zemlin has also been a keynote speaker at industry and financial conferences including Gartner’s Open Source Conference, Linux World and OSCON. Zemlin is an adviser on open source strategy to various companies and governmental groups including Hyperic, Zmanda and the Chinese Open... Read More.

Tarek Ziadé
Tarek Ziadé (Ingeniweb)

Tarek Ziadé is CTO at Ingeniweb/France. He is an active member of the Zope and the Plone community, and participates to numerous sprints. He is also the author of two books in French about Python: Programmation Python (Eyrolles) and Petit Guide à l’usage du développeur agile (Dunod) and server articles.

He was speaker on some Zope and Python talks over the last years (Europython, Solution Linux) and made a tutorial at Pycon 07. He is also the founder and president of the french Python user group (Afpy).

more here: bio

Andrei Zmievski
Andrei Zmievski (Analog), @a

Andrei Zmievski is Chief Architect at Outspark Inc, where he is working on a technology platform for building an online playground with free video games and engaging communities. In the past he had worked on internal tools at Yahoo! Inc., specializing in i18n and infrastructure software, such as PHP and Apache. He is also a core PHP developer, leader of the PHP-GTK project, and a co-author of “PHP Developer’s Cookbook” and Smarty templating system. His current focus is the native Unicode and i18n support in PHP.

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