Location: Oregon Ballroom 203/204

Opening remarks by the OSCON Data program chairs, Sarah Novotny and Bradford Stephens.

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Sarah Novotny


Sarah Novotny is an open source community manager at Google. Sarah’s recent technological focuses include open source, cloud and utility computing, infrastructure automation, and data (big and small; relational and nonrelational). Her calling lies in sharing her excitement about technology and coalescing a group around a consistent vision. She loves meeting people and rapidly assessing what information she needs to impart in order to draw them into the vision or story that she has to share. Sarah enjoys bridging the gap between the business world and the tech world. Her background includes leading operational IT and development teams and external-facing work in biz dev, sales engineering, customer support, and, of course, public speaking.

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Bradford Stephens


Bradford is the founder and CEO of Drawn to Scale, creators of the
Spire database. Spire is a SQL database built on Hadoop and HBase,
similar to Google F1. Drawn to Scale has customers powering large web
apps, mobile infrastructures, telecoms, social networks, and more. A
long-time user of Hadoop and HBase, Bradford has built large
infrastructures at various startups and enterprises, and worked on
Microsoft SQL Server. He holds degrees in Computer Science and
Political Science, and spent several years as a Campaign Manager in
politics at the Presidential and U.S. House levels.