OSCON 2011 Speakers

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Asanka Abeysinghe

Asanka joined WSO2 in June 2008. He focuses on WSO2′s vertical market capabilities including financial services.

He has over 10 years of industry experience, working on projects ranging from desktop and Web applications through to highly scalable, distributed systems and service-oriented architectures in the financial domain, mobile platforms and business integration solutions.

His areas of specialization include application architecture and development using Java technologies, C/C++ on Linux and Windows platforms.
He is also a committer of the Apache Software Foundation where he contributes to the Apache Synapse.

Asanka has a B.Sc in MIS from the National University of Ireland (University college Dublin).

Adam joined Research In Motion, Inc. in late 2008 as Product Manager of the WebWorks Development Platform SDK and Tooling. Adam has spent much of his career in the mobile industry first starting with J2ME back in 1998 with Sun Microsystems, Inc. where he worked for a combined 14 years. Other companies he has worked at include Adobe Systems, Nokia and Wind River Systems.

Avinash Agrawal (SETI Institute)

Avinash Agrawal is responsible for the setiQuest program – crowdsourcing the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, defining the vision and roadmap. He also oversees the execution of the program. In previous roles, he has managed large globally-distributed software teams responsible for cloud infrastructure management products.

Vineet Agrawal
Vineet Agrawal (OSSCube)

Vineet is cofounder of OSSCube is currently accountable for building Alliances and open source community. Vineet is a serial entrepreneur and OSSCube is his 5th venture. Vineet’s passion to promote Open Source led to foundation of OSScamp – India’s largest unconference on open source.

Vineet regularly speaks in conferences and meet-ups. Vineet has worked closely with PHP since 1999.

David Ahmad
David Ahmad (Subgraph)

David has been at this for over 10 years. He started his professional experience as a founding member of Security Focus, which was acquired by Symantec in 2002. During that time he moderated the Bugtraq mailing list, a historically important forum for discussion of security vulnerabilities, for over four years. He has spoken at Black Hat, Can Sec West, AusCERT and numerous other security conferences, as well as made contributions to books, magazines and other publications. David also participated in a NIAC working group on behalf of Symantec to develop the first version of the CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) model and served as an editor for IEEE Security & Privacy for several years. His current obsession is building Subgraph, his open... Read More.

Lance Albertson
Lance Albertson (Oregon State University Open Source Lab)

Lance Albertson is the Director for the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSL) and has been involved with the Gentoo Linux project as a developer and package maintainer since 2003. Since joining the OSL in 2007, Lance has managed all of the hosting activities that the OSL provides for nearly 160 high-profile open source projects. He was recently promoted to Director in early 2013 after being the Lead Systems Administration and Architect since 2007.

Prior to joining the OSUOSL, Lance was a UNIX Administrator for the Enterprise Server Technologies group at Kansas State University. Lance prepared for life as a career systems administrator by grappling with natural systems first, joining his father near Hiawatha, Kansas on... Read More.

Jonathan Aldrich
Jonathan Aldrich (Carnegie Mellon University)

Jonathan Aldrich is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the director of CMU’s undergraduate minor program in Software Engineering, and teaches courses in programming languages, software engineering, and program analysis for quality and security. In addition, he serves as a consultant on architecture, design, process, and legal issues in the software industry. Dr. Aldrich joined the CMU faculty after completing a Ph.D. at the University of Washington and a B.S. at Caltech.

Dr. Aldrich’s research centers on programming languages and type systems that are deeply informed by software engineering considerations. His research contributions include verifying the correct implementation of an architectural design, modular formal reasoning about code, and API protocol specification and verification. For his work on software... Read More.

Eric Allam
Eric Allam (Envy Labs)

Eric is a Ruby developer but can sometimes get distracted by shiny things, like node.js or Cocoa Touch. He is excited by finding pragmatic solutions to hard problems, and turning those problems into compelling products. Catch him in a coffee shop and he would be just as willing to engage in a discussion of literature as he would the benefits of TDD.

Alasdair Allan
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)

Alasdair Allan is a director at Babilim Light Industries and a scientist, author, hacker, maker, and journalist. An expert on the internet of things and sensor systems, he’s famous for hacking hotel radios, deploying mesh networked sensors through the Moscone Center during Google I/O, and for being behind one of the first big mobile privacy scandals when, back in 2011, he revealed that Apple’s iPhone was tracking user location constantly. He’s written eight books and writes regularly for Hackster.io, Hackaday, and other outlets. A former astronomer, he also built a peer-to-peer autonomous telescope network that detected what was, at the time, the most distant object ever discovered.

Mark Allen
Mark Allen (Alert Logic)

Mark Allen has over 20 years of experience as a software developer, system administrator and security architect.
He has given presentations to hundreds of peer developers at his $dayjob and at venues like OSCON, Strange Loop, Erlang Factory, RICON and others.

Cat Allman
Cat Allman (Google)

Cat Allman is an open source outreach manager at Google, where she works on Google Summer of Code, Google Code-in, and other programs to increase participation in open source. She’s been involved with the free and open source community since the mid-1980s, including stints at Mt Xinu, Sendmail, Inc, and USENIX. She’s also a coorganizer of the annual Science Foo Camp un-conference and a board member of the USENIX Association. Cat has spoken at conferences including LinuxTag, BSDCan, SCALE, OSCON, SELF, SIGCSE, LCA, OSDC, the GoOpen Arctic Forum, and the Ohio Linux Fest and was recently a keynote speaker at FOSSASIA 2014. She cochaired and moderated the first open source track at the 2010 Grace Hopper... Read More.

Mike Amundsen
Mike Amundsen (Amundsen.com, Inc.)

Mike Amundsen is an internationally known author and speaker who travels the world discussing network architecture, web development, and the intersection of technology and society. He’s helped companies large and small capitalize on the opportunities provided by APIs, microservices, and digital transformation. He’s authored numerous books and papers and contributed to the O’Reilly book Continuous API Management. He’s the author of RESTful Web Clients and coauthor of Microservice Architecture. His latest book is Design and Build Great APIs (Pragmatic Publishing).

Lasse Andresen (ForgeRock)

A powerhouse of tireless can-do enthusiasm, Lasse brings a unique blend of business, technical and people skills to leading Forgerock. His twenty-plus years of experience in the software industry include leadership roles at both Sun Microsystems and Texas Instruments, most recently as CTO for Sun Central and Northern Europe. His passion and vision combine to ensure ForgeRock is always ready to execute and deliver. 2000-2003 Co-Founder and CTO of www.gravityrock.com.
Lasse has also played keyboards in several bands.
His special skills spans being an entrepreneur, the network is the computer (cloud computing), identity and access management, web 2.0, infrastructure software, open source, distributed organizations, and leadership.

Tim Anglade
Tim Anglade (Realm)

Tim is a promoter, interlocutor and sometimes skeptic of all things NOSQL. He created a global, ephemeral network of user groups called a NOSQL Summer (936 participants in 38 cities from 20 counties) and recently finished filming the NOSQL Tapes, a series of conversations with the community on the various meanings of the trend. In previous lives, he worked on so-called “Big Data” problems at the University of Maryland and at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange. He now works for a Data Hosting & Analytics company named Cloudant and occasionally moonlights as an unreliable narrator. He can be found on Twitter as @timanglade.

Rik Arends
Rik Arends (Cloud9 IDE)

Rik Arends is co-founder and CTO of Cloud9 IDE. As a C++ developers with over 15 years of experience in 3D, computer vision and video, Rik has developed software engines behind browser based vidieo mixing, large stage projections and multitouch tabletop computing used by Cocal Cola, Nokia and DJ Tiesto. Well versed in declarative techniques as well as having a strong focus on performance and pushing the boundries, Rik has a unique perspective on the web environment from both JavaScript and C++ angles.

Eric Arenson (City of Portland, Oregon)

With a background in communications and marketing as well as graphic and digital design, Eric joined the City of Portland’s eGovernment Team to help redefine civic engagement for the City of Portland.

R Geoffrey Avery
R Geoffrey Avery (Platypi Ventures)

For many years a Perl Bioinformatics programmer in Philadelphia for a major pharma company helping scientists load, analyze and view their data.

Jono Bacon
Jono Bacon (Jono Bacon Consulting)

Leading community manager Jono Bacon is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting, which provides community strategy/execution, developer workflow, and other services. Previously, Jono served as director of community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, and OpenAdvantage and consulted and advised a range of organizations including Huawei, GitLab, Sony Mobile, Deutsche Bank, and HackerOne. He is the author of the critically acclaimed The Art of Community, a columnist for Forbes and Opensource.com, founder of the Community Leadership Summit, and cofounder and cohost of the Bad Voltage and LugRadio podcasts.

Tarus Balog
Tarus Balog (The OpenNMS Group, Inc.)

Tarus Balog has over 20 years of experience managing digital networks, and most of that time was spent with expensive commercial management products. For over the last seven years he has been involved with OpenNMS, the first real open source alternative for managing enterprise networks.

Sonya Barry (Oracle)

Sonya Barry has been with Java.net since she was a graduate student intern at Sun Microsystems in 2006. She took over as Community Manager in February 2009 and has managed the site and Java community through the transition from Sun to Oracle.

Henrique Bastos
Henrique Bastos (Dekode)

Henrique Batos is a passionate software developer interested in ways of using technology to improve people lives. He is an idrealist working on turning ideals into actions.

He is deeply involved in open source community building, organizing meetings, events, sprints, parties, and many other initiatives to gather people with passion about technology and freedom.

Wesley Beary
Wesley Beary (Heroku)

geemus is an avid Rubyist and Open Source enthusiast. He spends his days improving the developer experience at Heroku and spends much (probably too much) of his free time working on other open source projects.

Chuck Bell
Chuck Bell (Oracle)

Dr. Charles A Bell is a Senior Software Engineer at Oracle. He is currently the lead developer for MySQL utilities and a member of the MySQL Backup and Replication team.

He is co-author of the book MySQL High Availability (O’Reilly Media, Inc.)

He lives in a small town in rural Virginia with his loving wife. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. His research interests include database systems, versioning systems, agile software development, and open source hardware.

Donna Benjamin
Donna Benjamin (Red Hat Open Innovation Labs)

Donna Benjamin is a passionate advocate of Free and Open Source Software. For the past two decades, Donna has been the glue for many successful organisations, teams, and individuals. Her volunteer work has been instrumental in helping open source organisations to upsize (and sometimes downsize) as they mature with their communities. Her work is valued by companies of all sizes (from the micro to enterprise). Donna facilitates success. She is a recipient of the Rusty Wrench Award in recognition of her contributions, and currently works with Red Hat as an Engagement Lead, in the Open Innovation Labs.

Donna also runs her own nano enterprise, Creative Contingencies where you can read her thoughts on small business or see Kattekrab.net for her thoughts... Read More.

Brendan Berg
Brendan Berg (Wurk Happy)

Brendan is Co-founder and CTO of Wurk Happy. He holds a BA in Computer Science and Sculpture from Bard College and geeks out over language design, concurrency, scalability, and coffee.

Tim Berglund
Tim Berglund (GitHub)

Tim is a trainer for GitHub, a conference speaker in the United States and internationally, and is president of the Denver Open Source User Group. He is video co-presenter of the O’Reilly Git Master Class, Mac OS X Productivity Tips, and author of Gradle Beyond the Basics. He blogs occasionally at http://timberglund.com, and lives in Littleton, CO, USA with the wife of his youth and their three children.

Sebastian Bergmann
Sebastian Bergmann (thePHP.cc)

Sebastian Bergmann has instrumentally contributed to tranforming PHP into a reliable platform for large-scale, critical projects. Enterprises and PHP developers around the world benefit from the tools that he has developed and the experience he shares.

Andrew Berkowitz
Andrew Berkowitz (TeamSnap)

Andrew Berkowitz is a founder and Chief Creative Officer at TeamSnap.com. He is also head coach of ComedySportz Portland, a branch of the international Comedy Improv Theater.

Vaibhav Bhandari
Vaibhav Bhandari (Optum, United Health Group)

Vaibhav Bhandari is a seasoned software professional with quirky interests in mixology, mountaineering and bicycle touring. He is currently Director of Product Management with Optum, a subsidiary of United Health Group, and an author with O’Reilly.

Previously, he has led the software development in various businesses at Microsoft. In Microsoft Health Solutions group, he was involved in creating and developing an ecosystem around Microsoft HealthVault. He helped grow the Microsoft HealthVault partner ecosystem from 17 to over 300 applications and devices in US and in overseas markets like EMEA and APAC.

He has spoken at several prestigious conferences including the Open Source Conference, Health 2.0, Strata Rx, and Singapore Techventures. He is active in the Healthcare IT community and has contributed to National... Read More.

Greg Biggers
Greg Biggers (Genomera)

Greg Biggers is a prophetic voice in a medical and health wilderness.

As Chief Instigator and CEO at Genomera, he is catalyzing consumer health collaboration— where patients (Genomera just calls them people) drive the research agenda, and engage with one another to solve problems faster and more efficiently than the traditional bottlenecks allow.

He can often be found sailing a Santana 22 on San Francisco Bay.

Ola Bini
Ola Bini (ThoughtWorks)

Ola Bini is a Swedish developer currently working for ThoughtWorks in London, United Kingdom. He has been one of the core developers for JRuby since 2006 and is the author of APress book Practical JRuby on Rails. He has much experience with Java, Ruby and LISP. He has been involved with several other open source projects but JRuby takes most of his time.

He has been known to like implementing languages, writing regular expression engines, YAML parsers and other similar things that exist at the border computer science.

Ola has presented at numerous conferences including The Server Side Java Symposium – Europe, RailsConf Europe, JavaPolis and

Matt Blair
Matt Blair (Elsewise LLC)

Matt Blair has been a freelance programmer and consultant for fourteen
years, with an increasing emphasis on Open Source Software over the
last ten years. He has recommended and implemented systems using
Firebird, PostGreSQL, Plone, Drupal, Wordpress, Django and CouchDB.

As technology director of HumaniNet, a non-profit that assists
disaster relief and economic development projects all over the world,
Matt analyzed and adapted technology for low- and no-bandwidth
environments, and designed and managed distributed mapping processes
during several disaster response exercises.

In 2010, Matt’s “PDX Trees” iOS app, based on Heritage Tree data
released by the City of Portland, won the “Most Appealing App Award”
in Portland’s Civic Apps challenge.

His new Public Art PDX... Read More.

Roger Bodamer
Roger Bodamer (10gen)

Roger heads the West Coast Operations for 10gen, the company that
develops and supports the open source database MongoDB. He has over 20 years of experience of building and delivering great and innovative
products to market and has deep expertise and knowledge of database
architectures and internals. Roger holds several patents for database
and middleware technology. His experience leading product development
and engineering teams includes 12 years with Oracle’s Database and
Application Server development organization where he pioneered
products that delivered heterogeneous interoperability, as well as
several years as SVP of product operations and engineering at Apple’s
PowerSchool division. Roger also held leadership positions at OuterBay
and Efficient Frontier. He earned a Bachelor’s degree... Read More.

Joshua Boverhof
Joshua Boverhof (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)

Joshua is an engineer at LBNL, his expertise includes web and cloud technologies. He is currently developing RESTful web services for the NERSC supercomputing center, and works on “globus.org” a hosted managed file transfer service.

Joe Bowser
Joe Bowser (Adobe)

Joe Bowser is a senior computer scientist at Adobe, where he’s the lead developer on the sensei on device team that’s deploying machine learning technologies into various products at Adobe. Previously, he was the creator of PhoneGap for Android and the longest contributing committer to the PhoneGap and Apache Cordova projects. When he’s not contributing to open source at Adobe, he spends his spare time working on various hardware projects, most of which involve first-person-view miniquadcopters.

Andrey Breslav
Andrey Breslav (JetBrains)

Andrey is the lead language designer in Project Kotlin. He started his career at Borland working on language implementations for MDA support. He spent a few years teaching in college and developed courses in Basics of OOP, Software Design and Programming Practice. Andrey joined JetBrains to start Project Kotlin in 2010. He serves as a Java Community Process expert in a group working on JSR-335 (“Project Lambda”).

Andrey is a frequent conference speaker delivering talks at venues like OSCON, StrangeLoop and Devoxx.

Michael Brewer
Michael Brewer (UGA: Franklin College OIT)

Michael Brewer is a Web Developer Principal for the Franklin College Office of Information Technology at The University of Georgia. He designs database-backed web applications used by thousands of students and faculty and has served on several college and University-wide committees on Web development, best practices, and application security. An academic advising application he created won an Advising Technology Innovation Award from the National Academic Advising Association. A speaker at OSCON in 2011, 2012, and 2014, he is also a board member and co-founder of the United States PostgreSQL Association. He holds dual degrees in mathematics and in music from The University of Georgia. A member of ASCAP, he conducts the oldest continually operating community band in the state of Georgia; he has... Read More.

Chrissie Brodigan (Mozilla/Firefox)

Working w/people more awesome than me @ Mozilla as @firefox engagement lead on the creative team, lover of open source & purveyor of hugs, big ideas, (im)famous fails & bold moves. You might also know me as the person who made off with Twitter’s 10×10 Chirp sign from their original developer conference.

Jonathan  Bryce
Jonathan Bryce (The Rackspace Cloud)

Jonathan Bryce is CTO & Founder of The Rackspace Cloud. He started his career working as a web developer for the managed hosting giant, Rackspace. During his tenure at Rackspace, Bryce and co-worker Todd Morey had a vision to build a sophisticated web hosting environment where users and businesses alike could turn to design, develop and deploy their ideal web site – all without being responsible for procuring the technology, installing it or making sure it is built to be always available. This vision, along with help from Rackspace, was turned into The Rackspace Cloud. The Rackspace Cloud is the home of Cloud Sites, Cloud Files and Cloud Servers, providing enterprise-grade hosting and storage services. The Rackspace Cloud provides an easily managed interface allowing... Read More.

Paris Buttfield-Addison
Paris Buttfield-Addison (Secret Lab Pty. Ltd.)

Paris is co-founder of Secret Lab Pty. Ltd., leading production and design efforts in the mobile game and app development space. A frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and training sessions, Paris enjoys discussing engineering, product development, design and other facets of the mobile and game development worlds. Recent conferences include Apple Australia’s /dev/world/2011 in Melbourne (and 2008, 2009 and 2010), a keynote at CreateWorld Brisbane 2010 (and a speaker in 2009 and 2011), IxDA’s Interaction 11 in Boulder (March 2011), XMediaLab Location-Based Services in Malmo, Sweden (January 2011), a tutorial and a session at OSCON 2011 and many others.

Paris is the co-author of the books ‘iPhone and iPad Game Development For Dummies’ and ‘Unity Mobile Game Development For Dummies’. The books cover game... Read More.

Clint Byrum

Clint Byrum is a member of the Canonical Ubuntu Server Team, bringing years of Ops and Development experience in web environments to the task of making Ubuntu Server shine. irc: SpamapS

Bryan Call
Bryan Call (Yahoo!)

Bryan Call has been writing code and working with on large scale solutions for 14 years. He has experience optimizing and profiling projects, including Apache Traffic Server and many internal projects at Yahoo!.

He came to Yahoo! through an acquisition of a startup and has been working there for the last 12 years. He has worked on various products and teams, such as WebRing, GeoCities, People Search, Yahoo! Personal, Tiger Team (internal consulting team), Architect in the Platform Group, Architect in the Edge Platform, and now is working in the R&D Systems Group.

Bryan is also a commiter on the Apache Traffic Server project and instrumental in bring Traffic Server to the Apache Foundation.

Jason Cannavale
Jason Cannavale (Rackspace)

Jason Cannavale, Rackspace Cloud Builders Solutions Architect, develops and deploys OpenStack private clouds for Rackspace’s Fortune 500 clients. Jason is also Rackspace’s lead engineer for Citrix’s Project Olympus as well as the technical lead for several key partnerships within the OpenStack community. Previous work includes the Rackspace RackConnect product enabling Hybrid (cloud/physical) computing and large public cloud customer deployment.

Brian Capouch
Brian Capouch (Saint Joseph's College)

Brian Capouch is a longtime open source user, programmer, and hacker. In 2016, Brian retired from Saint Joseph’s, a small Indiana college, where he taught CS using 100% open source tools. He is heavily involved in a number of historical restoration projects. The modern web, full stack universal JavaScript, SPAs, and PWAs are his current passions.

Lucas Carlson
Lucas Carlson (PHPFog)

Lucas Carlson is a professional Ruby programmer who specializes in Rails web development. He has authored a half dozen libraries and contributed to various others including Rails and RedCloth. He lives in Portland, Oregon and maintains a website at http://rufy.com/.

Tim Caswell
Tim Caswell (HP webOS)

Tim is an ardent supporter of open-source software who believes that writing code should be fun. Tim is a core member of the node.js community and loves to help people learn and grow. He runs the howtonode.org website which teaches about JavaScript techniques and node in general. Also Tim spends his days doing all he can to make webOS the best developer platform in the world leveraging nodeJS and webkit on mobile devices.

Piers Cawley
Piers Cawley (Loafery)

Piers Cawley started programming Perl in the mid nineties, but recently spent a few years working as a Ruby programmer.

He’s currently working for the BBC, applying Modern Perl techniques to MediaSelector, part of the iPlayer backend.

He used to write a weekly summary of developments in Perl 6 for the perl.com website.

Francesco Cesarini
Francesco Cesarini (Erlang Solutions Ltd)

Francesco Cesarini is the founder and technical director of Erlang Solutions. With offices in seven countries on three continents, Erlang Solutions has become the go-to partner for scalable, highly available end-to-end solutions, running conferences, and providing support, consulting, training, certification, and systems development. As technical director, Francesco leads the development and consulting teams and is responsible for the product and research strategies of the company.

Francesco has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, when he 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, where he worked on the R1 release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999,... Read More.

Terry Chay
Terry Chay (Clara Health)

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 works at WordPress, and, when he isn’t doing that, he’s saying outrageous things on his blog—which is also like working on WordPress. In previous lives he architected the third largest social network in the U.S. in PHP, developed the largest revenue-generating product in PHP for Plaxo (later purchased by Comcast) as their first web engineer, programmed the communication layer between an internet-enabled home control device and the web browser, voice portals, PDAs and cell phones via SOAP and XMLRPC in PHP, and built the first travel search engine in… Read More.

Ben Cherian (DreamHost)

Ben Cherian is the General Manager of Emerging Techonologies at DreamHost. Prior to joining the DreamHost Team, Ben was the managing partner of ServiceCloud—a cloud-focused managed services provider. He also ran a consulting company called Kinetic Path, which provided companies with on-demand part-time executive IT management, project management, managed services, virtualization consulting, SAN consulting, and help desk consulting. Ben is an eternal entrepreneur that enjoys building businesses, and with 20 years of professional experience and several successful business launches under his belt he’s pretty good at what he does. Ben enjoys working at DreamHost because he’s got a terrible diet and DreamHost gives him great medical coverage. Ben holds a degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University. He currently resides in the Los... Read More.

Ryo Chijiiwa
Ryo Chijiiwa (Laptop and a Rifle.com)

Since last speaking at OSCON in 2004, Ryo Chijiiwa received a piece of paper from the University of Chicago, declaring him a reasonably competent Computer Scientist. In 2005, he turned down a job offer from Mark Zuckerberg, joining Yahoo! instead, where he lasted a little over 3 years before jumping ship to Google. In 2009, he left Google too, as their free gourmet food lost sway over his wild spirit. Later that year, he bought 60 acres of vacant undeveloped land in the woods of Northern California, which he has been wrestling into habitability since, and on which he has so far built two huts, named in true geek-fashion, Hut 1.0 and Hut 2.0 respectively.

Stephen Chin
Stephen Chin (Oracle)

Stephen Chin is a technical expert in RIA technologies, and Chief Agile Methodologist at GXS where he is leading a large-scale Lean/Agile rollout with hundreds of developers spread out across the globe. He coauthored the Apress Pro JavaFX Platform title, which is the current leading technical reference for JavaFX, and is lead author of the upcoming Pro Android Flash title. In addition, Stephen runs the very successful Silicon Valley JavaFX User Group, which has hundreds of members and tens of thousands of online viewers. Finally, he is a Java Champion and an internationally recognized speaker featured at Devoxx, Jazoon, and JavaOne, where he received a Rock Star Award. Stephen can be followed on twitter @steveonjava and reached via his blog: http://steveonjava.com/

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Shreyas Cholia
Shreyas Cholia (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Shreyas Cholia leads the Usable Software Systems group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), which focuses on making scientific computing more transparent and usable. He is particularly interested in how web APIs and tools can facilitate this. Shreyas also leads the science gateway, web, and grid efforts at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at LBNL. His current work includes a project that enables Jupyter to interact with supercomputing resources, and NEWT, a REST API for high-performance computing. He holds a degree from Rice University, where he studied computer science and cognitive sciences.

Tom Christiansen

Tom Christiansen is a programmer, author, and lecturer who’s been
involved with Perl since its initial public release back in 1987. Tom is
the owner of the PERL.COM domain and website, and original author of much
of Perl’s online documentation. Tom is lead author of the
The Perl Cookbook and co-author of Programming Perl, Learning Perl
(2nd edition), and Learning Perl on Win32 Systems, all bestselling titles by
O’Reilly & Associates.

He served two terms on the USENIX Association Board of Directors, and was
president of The Perl Journal. Perl users selected Tom to receive the
first White Camel Award in 1999. In 2000, Members of the Open Source
community voted... Read More.

wesley chun
wesley chun (Google)

+WESLEY CHUN, MSCS, is author of Prentice Hall’s bestselling “Core Python” series (corepython.com), the “Python Fundamentals” companion videos, co-author of “Python Web Development with Django” (withdjango.com), and has written for Linux Journal, CNET, and InformIT. In addition to being a Developer Advocate at Google, he runs CyberWeb (cyberwebconsulting.com), a consultancy specializing in Python training. Wesley has over 25 years of programming, teaching, and writing experience, including more than a decade of Python. Wesley has held engineering positions at Sun, Cisco/Ironport, HP, Rockwell, and while at Yahoo!, helped create Yahoo!Mail using Python. He has delivered courses at VMware, Hitachi, LBNL, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, Foothill College, and makes frequent appearances on the conference circuit. Wesley holds degrees in Computer Science,... Read More.

Brian Clark
Brian Clark (Objectivity)

Brian Clark, Vice President, Product Management, has nearly 30 years of software and technology experience, and was one of the early architects of Objectivity/DB.

Before joining Objectivity, Brian worked at Automation Technology Products, providing leading tools in the MCAD market. Prior to that, he was with Project Management Services at International Computers Limited, one of Europe’s leading computer companies at the time. Brian holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Sheffield University, England.

Luke Closs
Luke Closs (Recollect)

Luke is a long time open source author and user who recently created the award winning open data app VanTrash. He’s a co-founder of the Vancouver Hack Space and a member of the Pacific Northwest juggling community.

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

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.

Derek Collison
Derek Collison (Synadia Communications)

Derek is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, specializing in high performance distributed systems. With tenures at Google and TIBCO Software, he specializes in Distributed Systems Architecture, High Performance Messaging Systems, and Event-Driven Systems. His current focus is Cloud Foundry and the Open PaaS at VMware Inc.

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 over the past decade has been spent working with Larry Wall on the design and explication of the Perl 6 programming language. He has a PhD in Computer Science and was until recently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Australia.

David Copeland
David Copeland (Stitch Fix)

Dave Copeland is a veteran software developer with over 15 years of professional development experience, starting on UNIX and C, moving into Java, and now using Java, Ruby, and Scala on a daily basis for LivingSocial. He lives in the command line and firmly believes in getting polished things done quickly, not making a mess, and leaving things better than how he found them.

Zach Copley
Zach Copley (StatusNet, Inc.)

Zach is the API manager for StatusNet. He’s built the software’s REST-oriented APIs as well as integration with social servers like Facebook and Twitter.

Tom Croucher
Tom Croucher (Uber)

Tom Croucher is a Staff Engineer on the Uber SRE team, probably the fastest-growing technology company in the world. Previously, he was the CTO at Change.org, consulted for clients like Walmart, Nexenta, MySpace, Comcast, and the New York Times, and worked at Joyent on the Node.js team and Yahoo on the homepage team. Tom is the coauthor of the O’Reilly book Up and Running with Node.js and has contributed to a number of web standards for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the British Standards Institute (BSI). He has worked with some of the world’s leading brands including NASA, Tesco, Three UK, and the UK’s Channel 4 Television.

Jon Cruz (Inkscape)

Jon A. Cruz is a professional developer with over 20 years of experience, working extensively in multimedia, including programming and 3D art creation, and has developed for a wide variety of platforms. Work includes R&D for mobile and other devices, servers for large mail and messaging systems, enterprise security applications, and user interface design and development. Currently involvement in Open Source is as a core developer and board member with Inkscape.

He represents Inkscape with the OpenICC and Create projects, focusing on shared resources and collaboration with other software. He has participated as a mentor in Google’s Summer of Code since its first year. He was a keynote speaker at SVG Open, has presented talks internationally including linux.conf.au and the Libre Graphics Meetings in... Read More.

Scott Davis
Scott Davis (ThoughtWorks)

Scott Davis is a Web Architect and Developer Advocate with ThoughtWorks, where he focuses on the leading-edge, innovative, emerging, and nontraditional aspects of web development, such as serverless web apps, mobile web apps (responsive PWAs), HTML5-based smart TV apps, conversational UIs (like Siri and Alexa), and using web technologies to build IoT solutions. He is also the founder of ThirstyHead.com, a Denver-based training and software development consultancy. Scott has been writing about web development for over 10 years. His books include Getting Started with Grails, Groovy Recipes, GIS for Web Developers, The Google Maps API: Adding Where to Your Web Applications, and JBoss at Work. He is also the author of several popular article series at IBM developerWorks, including Mastering MEAN,... Read More.

Eric Day
Eric Day (craigslist)

Vegan-powered programmer trying to keep it simple.

Carlos has developed for the web for more than 15 years and has worked with Python since 2000. He has worked in dozens of Zope and Plone projects of all sizes and recently has been doing more and more BFG and Django web development.

He is the author of the book “Web Development with Grok” and has contributed to the BFG and Plone open source projects. He is currently writing a book about the Zope Object Database.

Chris DiBona
Chris DiBona (Google, Inc.)

Chris DiBona is the Director of Open Source 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.

John Dickinson (SwiftStack)

John Dickinson is Director of Technology at SwiftStack and Project Technical Lead for OpenStack Swift. John was one of the founding members of the Swift project at Rackspace. John continues his work at SwiftStack, leading the OpenStack Swift project and developing SwiftStack’s distribution and management platform for Swift.

Johnny Diggz
Johnny Diggz (Geeks Without Bounds)

Johnny Diggz is a musician, filmmaker, entrepreneur and Chief Technology Evangelist at Tropo. In 1995, Diggz launched iPost Universal Messaging, the world’s first Internet-based unified messaging platform. In 2000, he co-founded Voxeo, the industry leader in unlocked communications.

He produced the indie feature film, The Karaoke King, a musical comedy which premiered in 2007 at the Cinema City International Film Festival. Since 2008 he’s performed as dueling piano player at Howl at the Moon in Orlando and is the co-host of the award-winning Drew Show Podcast.

In 2010, Diggz launched Geeks Without Bounds, an international humanitarian organization of geeks working together to assist people whose survival is threatened by lack of access to technology or communications due to violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

Michael Dory
Michael Dory (Socialbomb)

Mike has spent the last decade studying the ways people communicate and working to make their conversations better. As the CTO and co-founder of Socialbomb, he’s worked with companies like Fisher-Price, HBO and Pepsico to build social applications and platforms that connect users with their friends, their devices, and the world around them.

Prior to starting up Socialbomb, Mike developed installations, sites, and games for Unified Field and the Institute of Play. His personal and collaborative projects have appeared in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Gothamist, BoingBoing, Gizmodo and MAKE Magazine.

Mike holds a BA in Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University and an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU ITP, where he is now an... Read More.

Chase Douglas
Chase Douglas (Canonical)

Chase Douglas is a software developer at Canonical working primarily on multitouch user interface support. For the past year, Chase has been involved with developing gesture support through Canonical’s uTouch framework and multitouch support through the X.org window system. Prior to working on multitouch, Chase spent three years performing Linux kernel and plumbing layer development and maintenance at Canonical and IBM.

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

Clinton Nixon Dreisbach is a developer at Relevance:“http://thinkrelevance.com”, the home of Clojure/core. He has been computing for 25 years and loves Perl, Clojure, public speaking, and learning new things.

Steven Ellis
Steven Ellis (Red Hat New Zealand)

Steve’s day job with Red Hat is to persuade organisations to spend their IT budgets on Open Source rather than traditional proprietary technologies. With over 20 years experience of Open Source from development to enterprise architecture his passion for Open Source helped bring linux.conf.au to Auckland NZ back in 2015.

In his spare time he still hacks on MythTV, and debugging random new bits of hardware that really should know better.

Steven gives regular talks on FOSS as part of his day job at Red Hat, including technology briefings and community meetups. In addition he’s presented at linux.conf.au 2008, OSDC 2008 / 2009 / 2013, Linux World 2008, OSCON 2008 / 2011, OpenStack Summit Austin 2016, and a regular presenter at the... Read More.

Ali Emami (Microsoft, Health Solutions Group)

He was one of the original members of the HealthVault team and has impacted the scope and design of the platform through his work on the Pilot, Beta, V1.0 and current releases of HealthVault. Some of his focus areas have included platform security (access control, identity), connectivity interfaces, protocols for medical imaging and large BLOB support, scalability, and performance of the service. A large part of his work has focused on addressing the privacy issues in online PHR systems involving patients and providers. Ali is currently involved with Microsoft’s integration of the Direct Project. He is an active contributing member of the Direct Project’s open source .NET reference implementation group. Ali’s past projects have included embedded systems software for mobile devices,... Read More.

Schuyler Erle
Schuyler Erle (SimpleGeo)

Schuyler Erle has been a Free Software developer and evangelist for over a dozen years. He was a co-author of ‘Mapping Hacks’ and ‘Google Maps Hacks’. Schuyler was also a co-founder of the OpenLayers and TileCache projects, and is a charter member of the OSGeo Foundation. Schuyler currently resides in San Francisco, where he designs and builds new and exotic geospatial technology at SimpleGeo.

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 the founder of Cubox SA, a rails development shop in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has extensive experience doing ruby on rails development and generally causing a ruckus. He was the architect for Odeo.com and Yahoo! Fire Eagle location broker platform.

Jason Evans
Jason Evans (Facebook)

Jason Evans is a systems software engineer, with a focus on programming languages and memory management. He is currently a member of the HipHop team at Facebook, where he also continues to develop the jemalloc memory allocator.

Antony Falco
Antony Falco (Basho Technologies)

In 2008, Tony co-founded Basho Technologies which makes Riak, an open-source, distributed data store. As Chief Operating Officer at Basho, Tony directs product development, support, sales and marketing. Prior to Basho, he held senior management positions at Akamai Technologies, DIGEX (now Verizon Business), and Oplayo, OY, a Helsinki-based start-up.

Tony’s favorite things about Basho: the open source community that has embraced Riak, the chance to work with people much smarter than he is and learn from them, and the opportunity to play a part, for the third time in his career, in establishing a new technology category.

Tony lives in Portland, Oregon, and looks forward to riding his bike to OSCON.

Kevin Falcone is a DevOps engineer for edX.org

James Falkner
James Falkner (redhat.com)

James Falkner oversees the 45,000-strong open source Liferay Community. In this role, James provides information, education, community tooling, and leadership development, while constantly encouraging participation and growth of the community. James has over 14 years of experience in technology, and blends his strong technical background with a passion for open source. James has been involved with enterprise web development and the Liferay Community since 2008.

Prior to joining Liferay, James led development of several key technologies in Oracle’s Web Center stack, including its collaboration and social networking services. James is also an alumnus of Sun Microsystems, where he was the principal architect for Sun’s portal technologies, and participated in several open source projects such as OpenSolaris, OpenPortal, GlassFish, and Community Equity. James holds a B.S.... Read More.

Sue Feldman, RN, MEd, PhD (The Kay Center for E Health, Claremont Graduate University)

Sue Feldman, RN, MEd, PhD – Affiliate/Expert in Health Informatics & Educational Technologies; Claremont Graduate University

Sue S. Feldman, RN, MEd, PhD is the Assistant Director of the Kay Center for E-Health Research at Claremont Graduate University (www. kaycenter.org). She has clinical, practical, and analytical expertise in health information systems analysis, design, and training. Her primary research efforts are in the use of information systems in the continuum of disability health management and services. She led three nationally publicized case studies about utilization of the Nationwide Health Information Network for the transmission of electronic health record information in the Social Security Administration disability determination process and co-led system, program, and policy analysis for the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India. She is currently involved in designing... Read More.

Victor Felix (Univ. of Maryland)

Victor Felix is currently an engineer at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and is the author of the Grid::Request Perl module on CPAN and has extensive experience with configuring, using and maintaining distributed software and systems.

Paul Fenwick
Paul Fenwick (Perl Training Australia)

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

In his spare time, Paul’s interests include security, mycology, cycling, coffee, scuba diving, and lexically scoped user pragmata.

*Photo attributed to Joshua Button.

Max Firtman
Max Firtman (ITMaster Professional Training)

Max Firtman is a mobile and web developer, trainer, speaker, and writer. Max teaches mobile HTML5 and performance trainings for top companies around the world. The founder of IT-training company ITMaster, Max is a well-known professional in the mobile web community. He blogs about mobile web platforms on Mobilexweb.com, keeps compatibility tables updated at Mobilehtml5.org, and has written many books, including Programming the Mobile Web (available in a second edition) and the recent High Performance Mobile Web, published by O’Reilly Media. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, including QCon, Mobilism, OSCON, Velocity, Fluent, Google Developer Day, JSConf, GOTO, AdobeCamp, and many other events around the world. Max has been widely recognized for his work in the mobile web community.... Read More.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian started Google’s Chicago engineering office in 2005 and led several of Google’s global engineering efforts, including the Data Liberation Front, and Transparency Engineering. He also served as internal advisor for Google’s open data efforts, having previously led the Google Code and Google Affiliate Network teams. Prior to joining Google, Brian worked as an engineer at CollabNet, Apple, and a local Chicago development shop.

Brian first started contributing to open source software in 1998 and was a core Subversion developer from 2000 to 2005 as well as the lead developer of the cvs2svn utility. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and former VP of Public Relations for the ASF. Brian has written numerous articles and given dozens of presentations,... Read More.

Beth Flanagan is a release engineer at Intel and works in the Opensource Technologies Center as the Yocto Project release engineer. Beth has worked for Intel since Nov 2010, maintaining and extending the Yocto
autobuilder and contributing the license tracking and build statistics features for Yocto.

Richard Fontana
Richard Fontana (Red Hat)

Richard Fontana is a lawyer who has specialized in open source legal issues for over ten years. He is Red Hat’s lead open source lawyer and supports Red Hat’s engineering and R&D teams. Richard is also a board director of the Open Source Initiative. He has been an active and influential public speaker on matters at the intersection of open source, law and policy.

Neal Ford
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)

Neal Ford is a director, software architect, and meme wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy that thinks disruptively to deliver technology to address the toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. Neal focuses on designing and building large-scale enterprise applications. He’s an internationally recognized expert on software development and delivery, especially in the intersection of Agile engineering techniques and software architecture. Neal has authored magazine articles, seven books (and counting), and dozens of video presentations and has spoken at hundreds of developers conferences worldwide on the topics of software architecture, continuous delivery, functional programming, and cutting-edge software innovations. Check out his website at Nealford.com. He welcomes feedback and can be reached at nford@thoughtworks.com.

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Allan Foster
Allan Foster (ForgeRock AS)

Allan Foster is a founding member of ForgeRock, bringing skills in the entire Identity management space.
He has proven skills in Access Management, Federation, and Portal Architectures.
Allan is based in Portland, Oregon in the USA, and has worked with the ForgeRock products, as well as prior version of the products for several years. Allan brings 25 years of experience in the development, internet, and Identity management spaces to ForgeRock.
Allan’s career has reached from Apple Computer inc, to Netscape, AOL, Guru Associates, and Sun Microsystems before joining the team at ForgeRock.
Allan has spoken at numberous technical conferences within the USA as well as internationally.

Dawn Foster
Dawn Foster (Pivotal)

Dawn is an Open Source Strategy Lead at Pivotal. She spent more than 20 years working in open source communities at companies like The Scale Factory, Puppet, Intel, and Jive Software. She has expertise in community building, open source software, metrics, and more. She is passionate about bringing people together in online communities along with analyzing the data associated with participation. Dawn has a PhD, an MBA and a BS in CS. She has spoken at dozens of industry events, including many Linux Foundation events, OSCON, SXSW, FOSDEM and more.

brian d foy (The Perl Review, LLC)

brian d foy is the co-author of Learning Perl, Intermediate Perl, and Effective Perl Programming, the author of Mastering Perl, the publisher of The Perl Review, the author of dozens of modules on CPAN, and a Perl trainer and consultant for The Perl Review, LLC.

Frank Frankovsky
Frank Frankovsky (Facebook)

Frank Frankovsky is vice president of hardware design and supply chain at Facebook. In that role, he is responsible for the company’s hardware engineering and validation; technical program management; capacity engineering and analysis; and supply chain operations teams. He is also one of the key drivers of the Open Compute Project, an initiative dedicated to reshaping the infrastructure hardware industry to be more open, more innovative, and more efficient. Prior to joining Facebook, Frank spent 14 years with Dell, where he was an integral part of building Dell’s PowerEdge server business and co-founded Dell’s Data Center Solutions business. Prior to Dell, he launched the industry’s first rack-mounted x86 servers for Compaq. Frank holds a BA in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches,... Read More.

Paul Fremantle

Paul Fremantle is Chief Technology Officer of WSO2, where he leads the technical team in building the Open Source SOA and Cloud middleware. Paul is a Member of the Apache Software Foundation and VP of Apache Synapse, as well as regular technical blogger and presenter. Paul was listed as one of Infoworld’s top 25 CTOs in 2008 and was previously a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM. He holds two Master’s degrees from Oxford University, and has co-authored two books on XML and Web Services.

Marko Gargenta
Marko Gargenta (PlusPlus)

Building Twitter @University; Co-founded Marakana (acquired by Twitter); Author of Learning Android and Android Bootcamp; Five times speaker at OSCON

Matthew Garrett
Matthew Garrett (CoreOS)

Matthew Garrett is a Linux kernel developer, firmware wrangler and securer of the cloud. He has seen things that you wouldn’t believe, most of which are hidden inside your computer.

The packets are coming from inside your firmware. Run. Now.

Glenn Gebhart
Glenn Gebhart (Hewlett-Packard)

Glenn Gebhart is a systems engineer at Vertica Systems, Inc. with a focus on the start-up and FOSS community in the Pacific Northwest. Other hats he has worn: field engineer, production operations manager, analytics guy, and bartender. When not flipping bits for a living he enjoys eating, drinking, and practicing kung-fu.

Eri Gentry
Eri Gentry (BioCurious)

My two lives: Community Manager of Genomera, a startup focused on health meets social (like facebook + mint.com for health-tracking). Founder and President of BioCurious, a bay area hackerspace for biotech, where education + collaboration = innovation.

Joseph  George
Joseph George (Hewlett-Packard (HP))

Joseph George is the executive director of Server Big Data Strategy and Density Optimized Servers at HP, and is responsible for driving a broad range big data solutions across the HP Server portfolio. He also leads efforts in driving hyperscale server infrastructure as part of HP’s density optimized server business.
Prior to coming to HP, Joseph held key strategy, product management, evangelism, and technical leadership roles at companies like Dell, BMC Software, and Halliburton, and has served on the OpenStack Foundation board of directors. Resultantly, Joseph has spent almost 20 years in driving emerging technology solutions in the areas of virtualization, cloud, big data, commercial and open source software, and scale out computing.
Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and... Read More.

Brian Gerkey
Brian Gerkey (Willow Garage)

Brian Gerkey is Director of Open Source Development at Willow Garage. Before joining Willow Garage, he was a Computer Scientist in the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI, and before that, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford University. Prior to working on ROS, Brian was founder and co-lead developer on the open source Player Project, which still produces one of the most widely-used software platforms for robotics research and education. Brian has presented at numerous robotics conferences over the last 10 years; recently he was a keynote speaker at SIMPAR 2010, and gave invited talks to the OMG robotics standards group and the BRICS (Best Practices in Robotics) research camp.

Andrew Gerrand (Google)

Andrew Gerrand is an Software Engineer at Google where he is one of the core contributors to the Go Programming Language. He spends most of his time trying to make it easier for programmers to learn and use Go. As well as working on the Go core, he manages the Go community and has given presentations and tutorials on Go in many countries across four continents.

Becky Gibson
Becky Gibson (IBM)

Becky Gibson is a Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM’s Emerging Internet Technologies Group. Her current focus is contributing to the open source PhoneGap project to enable building compelling mobile applications using Web technologies. Becky works on the iOS side of things and has enjoyed dusting off her C/C++ skills to learn Objective C! While busy with PhoneGap she hasn’t forgotten her roots in Web Accessibility and making the Web usable for all. Her goal is an inclusive mobile world with applications usable by all in any environment. She was the Accessibility Lead for the Dojo Open Source toolkit and contributed to making it the first truly accessible JavaScript toolkit. Becky has over twenty years of development experience and has worked on various IBM... Read More.

Rich Gibson
Rich Gibson (Gigapan.org)

Rich Gibson works on the Gigapan and Explorable Microscopy Projects for
Carnegie Melon University and NASA’s Intelligent Robotics Group, and
independently creating high resolution portraits of people and developing
new ways to archive physical spaces with explorable images.

He is a bricoleur hacker, artist, programmer, author, and builder.

He helped create the Neogeography movement, coauthoring Mapping Hacks
and Google Maps Hacks. The process of working with and exploring how we interact
and explore space lead him to the more generalized world of providing both context,
and detail with explorable images.

For the past four years he has been obsessed with creating new ways to capture and use
high resolution images of everything, including the Chaos Communications Camp in... Read More.

Meghan Gill
Meghan Gill (10gen)

Meghan Gill leads the marketing and community development efforts at 10gen. 10gen began the open source MongoDB project, and provides commercial support, training, and consulting for Mongo. MongoDB is a high performance, non-relational, document-oriented database. At 10gen, Meghan organizes developer events to educate and grow the MongoDB community, including conferences, user groups, contests, training, webcasts, and more.

Oscar Godson (City of Portland, OR)

I work for the City of Portland, OR as their web developer. I’ve been the lead developer to their website refresh project (still in development). I create AJAX apps and write API specs, documentation, and libraries which are used to create more accessible and open government data.

On the side I write on my personal blog as well professionally on blogs such as Bittbox.com. You may have also seen some of my writing on the front page of Hacker News. I’m the creator of sites such as Project Deploy* and PatternWall. I’ve worked with, and done work for Daniel Erickson (formerly of Storify, now Yammer), Caleb Kimbrough (of Lost & Taken, Bittbox, and numerous other sites), BatchGeo, Safeco, and Nestle.

Jason Goldwater (NORC at the University of Chicago)
Jason Goldwater, MA, MPA, is a Health IT Project Manager at NORC. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of health information technology, specifically around electronic health records, standardized system design, and performance-based metrics to evaluate the necessity, effectiveness and economic impact of emerging technologies in health. He has worked for a number of years on the creation of standard-based interfaces and data warehouses to support public health activities, such as immunizations, asthma and diabetes. Mr. Goldwater worked in the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality at CMS in the design, development and implementation of the Nursing Home Information Feedback Tool (NHIFT) which was a tool designed to allow individual nursing homes to collected data along Federal and state... Read More.
John Goulah
John Goulah (Etsy)

John Goulah has been working in New York City over the last several years for a number of web sites in both technical and management roles, as well as the co-founder of several startups. Having spent much of his youth touring in rock bands and hacking from the road, he is no stranger to crowds, be it a smoke filled room or presenting to the company board. He strives for non mundane tasks and has automated himself out of his last few endeavors, which has landed him in his current role as an Engineer at Etsy, the leading marketplace for handmade goods.

John Graham-Cumming
John Graham-Cumming (CloudFlare)

John Graham-Cumming is a computer programmer and author. He studied mathematics and computation at Oxford and stayed for a doctorate in computer security. As a programmer he has worked in Silicon Valley and New York, the UK, Germany, and France. His open source POPFile program won a Jolt Productivity Award in 2004. John is the author of a travel book for scientists published in 2009 called The Geek Atlas, and has written articles for The Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist, and other publications.

He can be found on the web at jgc.org and on Twitter as @jgrahamc.

If you’ve heard of him at all, it’s likely because in 2009 he successfully petitioned the British Government to apologize for... Read More.

Scott Gray
Scott Gray (O'Reilly School of Technology)

Scott is the founder and director of the O’Reilly School of Technology, a division of O’Reilly Media, Inc.

Gareth Greenaway

Founding member of the Southern California Linux Expo, current Community Relations & Conference Operations chair, active member of the Free & Open Source Community. A system administrator from Thousand Oaks, CA. Live with my wife, two cats & one guinea pig.

In the absence of an official conference code of conduct, I’d like to state, that as a speaker at OSCON I believe we should all strive to create a fun, educational, enjoyable and harassment-free conference experience for everyone.

If you are being harassed, or witness harassment please report it to venue security, the police, the conference organisers or a trusted friend. You do not have to put up with it.

For more detail on what an anti-harassment policy should contain, please... Read More.

Carson Gross
Carson Gross (LeadDyno)

Carson Gross has been working on Gosu for four years now. He also works on various Gosu-based open source projects: http://vark.github.com, http://ronin-web.org and http://lazygosu.org

Patrick Guiran
Patrick Guiran (Linagora)

Patrick Guiran has graduated from the French computer Science school of Engineering EPITA in 2006, with a major in Real-Time software programming. After working for Tele2 ISP, and on eCOS/ARM for the world wireless leader Parrot, he has joined Linagora to contribute to a high-volume low-latency electronic payment system for the leading router of interbanking authorizations SER2S. In 2009, he joins the Linagora Run Services business unit as the Open Source expert. He is now the manager of the Open Source Software support team.

Daniel Haas (Children's Hospital Boston)

Daniel Haas graduated from the Harvard EECS program with a degree in
Computer Science. He is now a software engineer and the Lead Architect of
the Indivo X project at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in

John Haller
John Haller (PortableApps.com)

John T. Haller is the founder and lead developer of PortableApps.com, the world’s most popular portable software platform allowing anyone to take their applications with them on a USB flash drive or other removable device and use them on any PC. He has a deep interest in using computers and software in new ways and enabling software to work the way users think.

John is best known for creating portable software like Firefox Portable but has also become known for online jokes (see: MAFIAA ) and fun utilities (see: Billy Mays Caps Lock ). Before creating PortableApps.com, he founded a web development firm, donated a kidney, worked in a tech startup, worked in a corporate bank, went to college... Read More.

Eran Hammer-Lahav (@WalmartLabs)

Eran Hammer-Lahav is an active standards developer and advocate, working for Yahoo! as Sled.com project lead. Most recently was the editor of the OAuth specifications. Previously the founder of Nouncer, an internet startup building social content distribution technologies, focused on scalability and performance. Prior to Nouncer, Eran headed software development teams for financial institutions and managed IT for political and governmental organizations with focus on social networks. In 1994 Eran founded ‘A Different Stage’, the first online publishing house for Israeli literature, and published a short stories magazine. Eran attended the Tel Aviv University Film School.

Tom Hanlon
Tom Hanlon (Functional Media)

Tom Hanlon is a senior instructor at Functional Media, where he delivers courses on the wonders of the Hadoop ecosystem. Before beginning his relationship with Hadoop and large distributed data, he had a happy and lengthy relationship with MySQL with a focus on web operations. He has been a trainer for MySQL, Sun, and Percona.

Marcus Hanwell
Marcus Hanwell (Kitware, Inc.)

Marcus Hanwell received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. He spent a summer in Silicon Valley at a startup company in 2002, and participated in the Google Summer of Code program in 2007, as a student, and from 2008-2010, as a mentor with the KDE project. In 2011 Marcus led VTK’s application to be a mentoring organization, which was accepted, and acted as the primary organization administrator and mentor to one project concerned with chemistry visualization in VTK.

After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield in 2007, Marcus worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh in the department of chemistry. His Ph.D. and post-doctoral work involved both... Read More.

Steve Hargadon
Steve Hargadon (Classroom 2.0)

Steve Hargadon is the Social Learning Consultant for Elluminate/Blackboard Collaborate, founder of the Classroom 2.0 social network, host of the Future of Education interview series, and co-chair of the Global Education Conference. He pioneered the use of social networking in education, particularly for professional development. He blogs, speaks, and consults on educational technology, he runs the Open Source Pavilion and speaker series for the ISTE, CUE, and other edtech shows, and is the organizer of the annual EduBloggerCon, OpenSourceCon, and the “unplugged” and “bloggers’ cafe” areas at both ISTE and CUE. He is also the Emerging Technologies Chair for ISTE, the author of “Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education,” the recipient of the 2010 Technology... Read More.

Matt Harrison
Matt Harrison (MetaSnake)

Matt Harrison is a corporate trainer and consultant at MetaSnake. MetaSnake specializes in Python and Data Science. He teaches companies big and small how to leverage Python and Data Science for great good.

Erik Hatcher
Erik Hatcher (Lucidworks)

Erik Hatcher co-authored “Lucene in Action” and “Java Development with Ant”. Erik is an active member of the Lucene community – a leading Lucene and Solr committer, member of the Lucene Project Management Committee, member of the Apache Software Foundation as well as a frequent invited speaker at various industry events.

Erik is a co-founder of Lucidworks, creators of the Fusion search/ML/AI platform.

John Hawley
John Hawley (Intel)

John ‘Warthog9’ Hawley led the system administration team on kernel.org for nearly a decade, leading a team including four other administrators. His other exploits include working on Syslinux, OpenSSI, a caching Gitweb, and patches to bind to enable GeoDNS. He’s the author of PXE Knife, a set of interfaces around common utilities and diagnostics tools needed by an average systems administrator, as well as SyncDiff(erent) a state-full file synchronizer and file transfer mechanism. He currently works for Intel working on Open Hardware, and the Minnowboard. In his free time he enjoys cooking extravagant meals and watching bad movies.

Leif Hedstrom
Leif Hedstrom (Apple)

Leif Hedstrom is an Engineer at Apple, in the Global Network Services group, working on
various Cloud and Edge related projects. Before joining Apple, he designed and implemented several CDN and Edge solutions at GoDaddy, Akamai and Yahoo. Prior to
Yahoo, he worked at Netscape Communications, and later Mozilla as a
committer. Leif is actively involved with development and evangelism of
the Apache Traffic Server Open Source project.

Leif is an avid dirt biker, alpine skier, dog person, scuba diver and
family man. And of course, he’s a huge computer nerd.

Chris Helm
Chris Helm (GeoIQ)

Chris is a geo-analytics engineer at GeoIQ specializing in all things open source and big data relate. This has included analyzing Twitter streams and a project to improve the cartography within GeoCommons. He’s been using/contributing to open source projects for 7 years. His academic/profession background is in the physical sciences.

Rein Henrichs (PHPFog)

Rein fell in love with Ruby at first sight, captivated by the beauty and elegance of the language, the simplicity of its design, and the communicativeness of its syntax. He currently works at Hashrocket, sharing his love of Ruby and crafting amazing websites with awesome teammates for a bunch of wonderful clients. He also loves guitar, piano and kittens.

Raymond Hettinger (Self-employed)

Raymond Hettinger is long-standing core developer for the Python Language and has created many of its features including itertools and sets. He is a board member for the Python Software Foundation and editor of an upcoming Python community book.

Richard Hipp
Richard Hipp (SQLite.org)

ichard Hipp has been working in 0pen-source software for decades and is the lead programmer for SQLite database and the Fossil DVCS. He is the recipient of the 2005 Google/O’Reilly Open Source Award for Best Integrator.
Richard holds graduate degrees from Georgia Tech and Duke University. He lives in Charlotte, NC, and makes his living writing and supporting open-source software.

Rob Hirschfeld
Rob Hirschfeld (RackN)

Rob Hirschfeld likes to build things like cars, clouds, communities, companies and also things that don’t start with C. He was early into the I/SaaS and scale cloud computing, with a start-up solving some interesting problems with hypervisors and the software life cycle. He also learned early that process (Lean/Agile) and operations (DevOps) are critical to successful design and delivery. While he thinks like start-up founder, he also has 5 years of big company experience from Dell where he become a Sr. Distinguished Engineer.

Rob has been very active in open communities. He’s a founding and still active board member (2012-) for the OpenStack foundation. He is also project founder (2011-) and community lead of the OpenCrowbar project. His current job, CEO of RackN,... Read More.

Vickie Hoffman (Roberts-Hoffman Software)

Vickie Hoffman is CEO and a co-founder of Roberts-Hoffman Software, Inc. She has over 20 years experience in developing and implementing healthcare solutions for providers and hospitals. Vickie has managed implementation projects from front office registration/admissions to electronic medical record. She has a degree in business administration.

Bastian Hofmann
Bastian Hofmann (SysEleven)

Bastian Hofmann is a senior system engineer at SysEleven, a full-service hosting company, where he focuses on bringing the power of Kubernetes to its customers. Previously, he was focused on performance, monitoring, web security, and developer productivity at ResearchGate, the social network for researchers and scientists. When he’s not developing stuff or looking at graphs, he likes to cycle, do yoga, or go to beer gardens, and he frequently speaks at international conferences on software architecture, scaling web applications, and open standards and protocols.

Steve Holden
Steve Holden (Holden Web LLC)

Consultant, trainer and software designer for many years. Former director and chairman of the Python Software Foundation and author of “Python Web Programming”, Steve has given many popular Python talks and classes over the years, and continues to work to build open source communities.

Daniel Holmlund (Intel )

My wife and two children fill most of the time that I’m not at work or tinkering on some free software project. I work for Intel to help 3rd party companies and developers write or port their applications to MeeGo.

Interesting facts about me:

  • Volunteered for a non-profit in France for 5 years.
  • In junior high, I contributed regularly to Nintendo Powers’ Tips Column.
  • During my honeymoon my wife and I got stuck in the 4th largest ice cave in Germany during a rain storm.
Eric Holscher
Eric Holscher (Read the Docs)

I am one of the co-founders of Read the Docs. I also help organize the Write the Docs conference that focuses on all things documentation.

Bradley Holt
Bradley Holt (Found Line)

Bradley Holt is a web developer, entrepreneur, free/open source software contributor, community facilitator, speaker, and an author. He is the co-founder of Found Line, a creative studio with capabilities in web development, web design, and print design. He is a minor contributor of source code, bug reports, or documentation to several free/open source projects including PHP and Zend Framework. He organizes the Burlington, Vermont PHP Users Group and is a co-organizer of Vermont Code Camp. He has spoken at SXSW Interactive, OSCON, OSCON Data, the jQuery Conference, ZendCon, and CouchConf. He is the author of Writing and Querying MapReduce Views in CouchDB and Scaling CouchDB, both published by O’Reilly Media.

He blogs at bradley-holt.com... Read More.

Garrett Honeycutt
Garrett Honeycutt (Puppet Labs)

Garrett Honeycutt has been hacking *nix based systems and spreading the merits of open source software for over ten years. He began using Puppet in 2007 while building out a national carrier grade VoIP system. Previously he has worked on such things as building core internet infrastructure for an ISP and creating mobile media distribution platforms.

Mingsheng Hong (Vertica, An HP Company)

Mingsheng Hong is a technical marketing specialist at Vertica (an HP company), focused on connecting the product’s technical strengths with its business impact, as well as incubating new use cases on Big Data analytics. Prior to his marketing role, Mingsheng spent 3 years at Vertica as a software architect and engineer, leading the development of a number of core product features. Mingsheng obtained his Computer Science Ph.D. degree at Cornell University, where he pioneered Complex Event Processing (CEP) technology and built Cayuga, the world’s first expressive and scalable CEP engine. Mingsheng is also a co-founder of the Microsoft CEDR event processing project, which became the Microsoft StreamInsight technology shipped with Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

Tyler Hunt
Tyler Hunt (Envy Labs)

Tyler is a veteran web developer with a penchant for the Ruby language and frameworks including Ruby on Rails and Merb. He enjoys creating practical, intuitive interfaces with semantic markup, well-crafted JavaScript, and pretty colors. When he’s not coding, you’ll find him in the kitchen cooking up new recipes and mixing classic cocktails.

Henrik Ingo
Henrik Ingo (MongoDB)

Henrik is a Solution Architect at MongoDB. Prior to MongoDB he worked at MySQL, Sun and MariaDB as a MySQL and MySQL Cluster expert and at Nokia HERE.com as Senior Performance Architect. He is and has been active in many open source projects and is the author of “Open Life: The Philosophy of Open Source” (http://openlife.cc) a book on open source community ethics and business models.

Elijah Insua
Elijah Insua (None)

I’m a minimalist who enjoys solving interesting and complex problems. I enjoy javascript as a language and node.js as a platform.

Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson (SoftLayer)

Philip Jackson is the Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer Technologies, serving as the personal contact point for customers integrating with the SoftLayer API. Phil’s experiences in customer service, training, sales, sales engineering and development have culminated into the advocation of resource environments for both external and internal developer communities.

Daniel Jacobson
Daniel Jacobson (Netflix)

Daniel Jacobson is the Director of Engineering for the API at Netflix, responsible for delivering Netflix content to hundreds of devices. Prior to Netflix, he was Director of Application Development at NPR, leading the development of NPR’s custom content management system. He also created NPR’s API which became the distribution channel for getting NPR content to mobile platforms, member station sites throughout the country as well as to the public developer community. Daniel also co-authored the O’Reilly book, “APIs: A Strategy Guide.”

Brian Jepson
Brian Jepson (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)

Brian Jepson is an editor for O’Reilly Media; he covers a number of areas, including Arduino, wireless sensor networks, mobile devices, as well as some Microsoft and Apple topics.

He likes to hack on gadgets such as Arduino and the Netduino in his spare time, and he is also the co-founder and co-host of Providence Geeks, a monthly gathering in Providence, RI.

Paul Jones
Paul Jones (http://paul-m-jones.com/)

Paul is an internationally recognized PHP expert who has worked as everything from junior developer to VP of Engineering in all kinds of organizations (corporate, military, non-profit, educational, medical, and others). Paul’s latest open-source project is the Aura project for PHP 5.4. Among his other accomplishments, Paul is the lead developer of the Solar framework, the creator of the Savant template system, has authored a series of authoritative benchmarks on dynamic framework performance, and was a founding contributor to the Zend Framework (the DB, DB_Table, and View components). In a previous career, Paul was an intelligence operations specialist for the US Air Force, and enjoys punching 7.62mm holes at 400 meters.

Thomas Jones (Tolven)

Dr Jones received his MD from Stanford in 1969. He spent the next 26 years at the University of Chicago where he and his colleagues developed the Centennial Patient Care Workstation, a model for allowing clinicians to enjoy the benefits of new information technology.

In 1995, Dr. Jones joined Oacis Healthcare Systems, where he focused more deeply on the clinical functionality of applied informatics. At Oacis, he had the opportunity to work closely with some of the founding members of the HL7 organization. Understanding how clinicians communicate with one another led to an appreciation of how the standardization of clinical information fosters more rapid and accurate communication.

In 2000, Dr. Jones joined Oracle where, as Chief Medical Officer, he provided the clinical leadership for Oracle’s... Read More.

Sheeri K. Cabral
Sheeri K. Cabral (Mozilla Foundation)

Sheeri K. Cabral has a master’s degree in computer science specializing in databases from Brandeis University. She has background as a systems administrator; has worked with Oracle, Sybase, DB2, Solaris, RedHat/Fedora, AIX, and HP-UX. Unstoppable as a volunteer and activist since age 14, Cabral founded and organizes the Boston, Massachusetts, USA, MySQL User group, and wrote the MySQL Administrator’s Bible (www.tinyurl.com/mysqlbible). She currently works for PalominoDB, a remote database management company

Adam Kalsey (Tropo)

Adam Kalsey has been an internet entrepreneur since 1995. He’s the Product Manager for Tropo and and a developer advocate at Voxeo, evangelizing Voxeo to developers and startups. He was a co-founder of IMified, where he created the leading platform for Instant Messaging applications, and joined Voxeo through the acquisition of IMified in June 2009. Previously, he was founder and CTO of Pheedo, a pioneer in RSS advertising and had served as VP of Product for cloud computing and advertising companies. Adam’s passion for startups led to his co-founding SacStarts, a Sacramento entrepreneur community. Adam blogs about technology, user experience, and baseball at Kalsey.com and can be found on most social services as akalsey.

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

Jacob Kaplan-Moss is one of the lead developers and co-creator of Django. Jacob’s an experienced software developer with a focus on web application architecture. He’s a consultant with Revolution Systems, where he helps companies deploy and scale websites using Python and Django. Jacob previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World, a locally-owned newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas, where he helped develop and eventually open source Django.

Erik Kastner
Erik Kastner (Kickstarter)

Erik Kastner has given presentations large and small, from the international Rails conference to informal company brown-bag. He strives to find the laziest way to get things done – even if it ends up being a lot more work. Automation, exploration and the simple joy of building underpin just about everything he does. Other than a strange, dream-filled few years in San Francisco, Erik has lived in New Jersey his whole life. He works at Kickstarter in NYC hand-crafting code, crafts and tools.

Roan Kattouw (Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.)

Roan Kattouw has been a MediaWiki developer since 2006, and began working for the Wikimedia Foundation in 2009 as part of the Wikipedia Usability Initiative.

Yehuda Katz
Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc)

Yehuda Katz is a member of the Ember.js, Ruby on Rails and jQuery Core Teams. His 9-to-5 home is at the startup he founded, Tilde Inc., where he works on Skylight, a Rails performance tool. Yehuda is the co-author of best-selling jQuery in Action and Rails 3 in Action. He spends most of his time hacking on open source—his main projects, along with others, like Thor, Handlebars and Janus—or traveling the world doing open source evangelism work. He blogs at http://yehudakatz.com and can be found on Twitter as @wycats.

Chris C. Kemp
Chris C. Kemp (Nebula)

Chris C. Kemp is the co-founder and CEO of Nebula, developers of a turnkey enterprise private cloud computing system. Prior to Nebula, Kemp was the Chief Technology Officer for IT at NASA, where he co-founded OpenStack, and was responsible for pioneering work in cloud computing, open source and open government. Kemp has also served on the White House Cloud Computing Executive Steering Committee, and was the chair of the Cloud Standards Working Group. Previously, Kemp served as the CIO of NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he forged partnerships with Google and Microsoft and helped create Google Moon, Google Mars, Microsoft World Wide Telescope and was responsible for NASA’s Nebula Cloud Computing Project. He is an acknowledged technology leader... Read More.

Avni Khatri
Avni Khatri (Kids on Computers)

Avni Khatri is the Program Manager for the Knowledge and Learning Technologies Group in the Laboratory of Computer Science at Massachusetts General Hospital. She helps build medical informatics applications using open source software and hardware. Her interests include studying different learning methodologies and researching and implementing different technologies and modalities to deliver learning content.

She is also President of Kids on Computers, a 501©(3) non-profit that sets up computer labs in areas where kids have no other access to technology. The organization currently has 16 labs worldwide including 10 labs in Mexico.

Before coming to MGH, she worked at Yahoo! Inc. as a Senior Front-end Engineer on the Flex Force Tiger Team and was co-president of the Southern California chapter of Yahoo! Women in... Read More.

Mats Kindahl
Mats Kindahl (Oracle)

Mats Kindahl lead software developer at MySQL/Oracle. He is the main architect and implementor of the MySQL row-based replication and several other replication features.

He is co-author of the book MySQL High Availability (O’Reilly Media, Inc.)

In the time before starting at MySQL, he has worked with research in formal methods, automated program analysis, distributed systems, and as implementor of C/C++ compilers.

Craig Kitterman
Craig Kitterman (Microsoft)

Craig Kitterman is a Senior Technical Ambassador in the Interoperability Strategy team at Microsoft focused on PHP, Java and cloud technologies. Craig is responsible for engaging with the global developer community to drive awareness inside of Microsoft as to the practical needs of the community and to raise awareness within the community of new technologies and techniques to enable non-Microsoft technologies to shine on the Windows and Windows Azure platforms. Craig has over 15 years of experience in software engineering and technology strategy and enjoys the study of technology trends – his current interests include open government, cloud computing and social media. Craig lives outside of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with his wife and three kids and spends his spare... Read More.

Christie Koehler

Christie Koehler is Sr. Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at Cisco Systems where she helps to develop and maintain a globally-distrbuted virtualized compute platform. Prior to Cisco, Chritie she was a developer advocate at HashiCorp, where she used her hybrid experience as an operator and a engineer to create resources to help practitioners use HashiCorp’s suite of open source cloud automation tools. Additionally, Christie is a longtime open source contributor and an expert on open source culture and governance.

Sherri Koehler
Sherri Koehler (Samatha Yoga / Open Source Bridge / Ignite Portland)

Sherri Koehler (was Montgomery) has recently married her spouse for a second time, legally. She has also decided to to depart from a nearly 17-year career in IT organizations, doing everything from systems administration to requirements facilitation, test coordinations, project management, release & change management, web tools development, and working in data warehousing environments as an application stack administrator & lead business systems analyst. Yes, most of those 17 years were on-call with off hours work.

Sherri is now focused on growing her yoga teaching practice. She looks forward to expanding her certification to specialize in therapeutic yoga, but will continue to look forward to teaching at conferences, team building gathers, and team meetings. Talk to her if you’d like her to come facilitate a... Read More.

Peter  Krenesky
Peter Krenesky (Open Source Lab)

In the absence of an official conference code of conduct, I’d like to state, that as a speaker at OSCON I believe we should all strive to create a fun, educational, enjoyable and harassment-free conference experience for everyone.

If you are being harassed, or witness harassment please report it to venue security, the police, the conference organisers or a trusted friend. You do not have to put up with it.

For more detail on what an anti-harassment policy should contain, please review the geekfeminism wiki conference anti-harassment policy template

Peter is the Lead Software Engineer for the Open Source Lab. During his six years at the lab, he’s worked on many projects to improve life at the lab and academic... Read More.

Bradley Kuhn
Bradley Kuhn (Software Freedom Conservancy)

Bradley M. Kuhn is the president and distinguished technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy, on the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation, and editor-in-chief of Copyleft.org. He’s been a part of the software freedom movement since 1992. Previously, he worked as a system administrator and software developer for various companies, taught AP computer science, served as executive director of FSF, led FSF’s GPL enforcement, launched its associate member program, invented the Affero GPL, was president of the Software Freedom Conservancy, and has been a primary volunteer and full-time staffer at the Conservancy. He earned his BS in computer science from Loyla University in Maryland and an MS in computer science from the University... Read More.

Marc Lavallee

Marc Lavallee is the Technology Architect for Project Argo, a collaboration between NPR and 12 member stations aimed at strengthening local journalism online.

r0ml Lefkowitz
r0ml Lefkowitz (Retired)

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.

Andy Lester
Andy Lester (petdance.com)

Andy Lester (@petdance) has
been a business programmer for over two decades. His first book,
Land The Tech Job You Love, on
job search strategies for programmers, sysadmins and other technical
people, is published by Pragmatic Bookshelf.

Andy maintains the Perl news blog Perlbuzz,
@perlbuzz. He’s active in
the Parrot, Perl 6 and Perl 5 projects, and maintains over a dozen
testing-related modules.

Joseph Lewis (Sandia National Laboratories)

Joseph R. Lewis is the chief web architect at Sandia National Laboratories, where his activities include research and development of semantic web, social media, and mobile technologies for scientific collaboration and national security applications. Mr. Lewis is an author of two books on web development: Foundation Website Creation with CSS, XHTML, and JavaScript (2008) and AdvancED CSS (2009). Mr. Lewis is also an accomplished and formerly professional double bassist and guitarist who still teaches music in his spare time.

Patrick Lightbody
Patrick Lightbody (New Relic)

Patrick runs product management for New Relic, the leader in software analytics. Prior to that, Patrick started two startups in the website monitoring and load testing space, which were acquired by Gomez and Neustar, respectively.

Patrick is an avid open source contributor, having founded OpenQA, created Selenium Remote Control, and co-created Struts 2.

Patrick has held management and software engineering positions with Jive Software, Spoke Software, and Cisco Systems.

Van Lindberg
Van Lindberg (Python Software Foundation)

Van Lindberg is an open source and intellectual property lawyer based out of San Antonio. Van’s professional work focuses on the intersection of technology and law, with particular expertise in the area of open source. Over his career, he has helped businesses with everything from open source compliance to business strategy and represents companies in high-stakes IP litigation and inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Van has represented companies on Capitol Hill, before Congress, and in industry associations; has led teams through successful mergers and acquisitions and restructurings; and has organized employee agreements to create greater employee satisfaction and promote higher compliance with internal policies.

Van is a regular speaker on everything from community dynamics to graph theory and has... Read More.

Philip Lindsay
Philip Lindsay (rancidbacon.com)

Philip Lindsay (also known as “follower” from rancidbacon.com) writes documentation, creates code libraries, develops example projects and provides developer support for companies including Pebble Technology, SparkFun Electronics, Arduino and other clients.

Tim O’Reilly once called Philip a “troublemaker” for his early Google Maps reverse engineering efforts.

He has a particular interest in the areas where design, art, craft and technology intersect.

Follow his project logs at Labradoc.

Marcello Lioy (Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc.)

Marcello Lioy
Director of Engineering
Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.

Marcello Lioy is director of engineering at Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc. (QuIC ), a wholly-owned Qualcomm subsidiary focused on mobile open source contributions. He works on the core team that launched the AllJoyn open source project and serves as the chief liason to the open source community for the initiative. In this role, he is responsible for project governance, release policies, and more. AllJoyn is a peer-to-peer technology developed to enable secure, ad hoc, and proximity-based communication networks.

Upon joining Qualcomm in 1997, Lioy was assigned to the software development team that supports high speed computer networking over 3G networks, where he managed a variety of projects including mobile IPv4, IPv6, and the restructuring... Read More.

Aaron Lippold
Aaron Lippold (Forge.mil)

Computer Scientist and Senior Technical Adviser for the Forge.mil
project, the Chief Information Assurance Executive, the Chief
Information Officer and the Chief Technology Officer of the Defense
Information Systems Agency on issues of Security, Information
Assurance and Open Technology. Aaron is very proud to be one of the
formative Community Managers for the Forge.mil Project with an active
community of over 10,000 users and growing.

Mr. Lippold is an active proponent and driving force for Open
Technology and Open Methods for DISA and the Department of Defense.

Prior to joining DISA, Mr. Lippold was a Research Programmer at the
National Center for Supercomputing Applications working on High
Performance Computing projects running Linux RedHat on... Read More.

James Loope (Janrain)

James Loope is the Operations Lead at Janrain, specializing in scalable infrastructure, virtualization, cloud infrastructure and computer security.

Federico Lucifredi
Federico Lucifredi (Red Hat)

Federico Lucifredi is the Product Management Director for Ceph Storage at Red Hat and a co-author of O’Reilly’s “Peccary Book” on AWS System Administration. Previously, he was the Ubuntu Server product manager at Canonical, where he oversaw a broad portfolio and the rise of Ubuntu Server to the rank of most popular OS on Amazon AWS. A software engineer-turned-manager at the Novell corporation, he was part of the SUSE Linux team, overseeing the update lifecycle and delivery stack of a $150 million maintenance business. A CIO and a network software architect at advanced technology and embedded Linux startups, Federico was also a lecturer for over 200 students in Boston University’s graduate and undergraduate programs, and simultaneously a consultant for MIT... Read More.

Simon MacDonald
Simon MacDonald (Adobe)

Simon MacDonald has 20 years of development experience and has worked on a variety of projects including object oriented databases, police communication systems, speech recognition, and unified messaging. His current focus is contributing to the open source PhoneGap project to enable developers to create cross platform mobile applications using web technologies. Simon has been building web applications since they were written using shell scripts and he still has nightmares about those dark days.

Filip Maj (Nitobi)

Filip Maj is a software engineer at Nitobi where he works on the PhoneGap framework and other mobile and web app projects. He’s part of the PhoneGap training team and has been teaching developers across North America how to put PhoneGap to work for their own mobile development projects.

Sastry Malladi
Sastry Malladi (eBay Inc)

Sastry is currently an Architect at eBay overseeing their enterprise middleware architecture. He successfully drove the design and architecture of eBay SOA platform and played a key role in their SOA strategy transformation. He also spearheads the open source initiative at eBay and is responsible for open sourcing their SOA platform. He is a technology evangelist with over 2 decades of experience in architecting and building scalable distributed computing systems, in the areas of Application Servers, Java/J2EE/Web Services, SOA and Grid/cloud Computing. Prior to joining eBay, Sastry was co-founder and CTO of OpenGridSolutions, Founding member and Architect at SpikeSource, and an architect at Oracle. Sastry also worked at many other companies in the early stages of his career and holds... Read More.

Shyam Mani
Shyam Mani (Mozilla Corporation)

Based out of Singapore, Shyam [pronounced sha-am] is a systems administrator on the Mozilla IT team and gets to break most things at work. A geek at heart, he’s a part time Gentoo developer, loves photography, biking as well as motorsport and was a race official in the 2010 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix and the 2011 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Jon Manning
Jon Manning (Secret Lab)

Jon Manning is the cofounder of independent game development studio Secret Lab. He’s working on the critically acclaimed award-winning adventure game Night in the Woods, which includes his interactive dialogue system Yarn Spinner, and Button Squid, a top-down puzzler. He’s written a whole bunch of books for O’Reilly about iOS development and game development. Jon holds a PhD about jerks on the internet. He’s currently writing Practical AI with Swift for O’Reilly.

Neil Mansilla
Neil Mansilla (Mashery, Inc.)

Neil Mansilla is the Director of Developer Products and API evangelist for Mashery. He is a passionate software engineer and tech entrepreneur. Neil previously founded several web and software companies in verticals including search, e-commerce, real estate and healthcare. He is responsible for helping developers discover, learn and utilize the platforms on the Mashery API Network.

Francois Marier
Francois Marier (Catalyst IT)

Francois has been involved in Open Source communities for more than 10 years. In addition to being a contributor on a number of Open Source projects, he is the lead developer of Libravatar, the author of two small Open Source applications (safe-rm and email-reminder), a licensing volunteer for the Free Software Foundation and a Debian developer.

Currently working for Catalyst IT in New Zealand, Francois enjoys introducing people to the ideas behind Free Software and discussing the intricacies of Open Source licenses.

Joshua Marinacci
Joshua Marinacci (PubNub)

Josh Marinacci is a blogger and co-author of Swing Hacks and Building Mobile Apps with Java for O’Reilly Media. He is currently the technical marketing manager for PubNub. He previously was a researcher for Nokia, worked on WebOS at Palm, and JavaFX, Swing, NetBeans, and the Java Store at Sun Microsystems. Josh lives in Eugene, Oregon and is passionate about open source technology and great user experiences. Ask Josh about HTML Canvas, mobile apps, and visual design. Or 3D printing and wearable computing. Or just ask him to rant about Java.

Alex Martelli
Alex Martelli (Google)

Alex Martelli is a senior staff engineer at Google. Alex is the author of Python in a Nutshell and coeditor of the Python Cookbook. He is a PSF member and won the 2002 Activators’ Choice Award and the 2006 Frank Willison Award for contributions to the Python community. You can read some of his publications here and
watch some of his past presentations here.

Brian Martin
Brian Martin (Martin Consulting Services, Inc.)

Brian Martin is the founder and chief consultant of Martin Consulting Services, Inc. Martin Consulting provides System Administration, Programming, and Training services to companies of all sizes in the greater Portland Oregon area.

Guy Martin
Guy Martin (CollabNet)

Guy Martin is a Community Management & Strategic Consultant at CollabNet. In addition to helping customers build collaborative communities using Open Source best practices, he provides high-level strategic guidance in the cultural and organizational changes necessary to best take advantage of CollabNet’s Agile ALM tools. He has over 15 years of experience in software engineering, technical marketing, and community management. Prior to CollabNet, he helped develop collaborative communities for Motorola and Sun Microsystems.

Mr. Martin was awarded a Federal 100 award in 2010 by Federal Computer Week for his work on the Forge.mil project. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Kate Matsudaira
Kate Matsudaira (SEOmoz)

Kate Matsudaira fills the role as Vice President of Engineering at SEOmoz where she is responsible for managing the core technology team. Prior to SEOmoz, she filled the role of VP Engineering at another startup, Delve Networks (acquired by Limelight). At Delve she helped create and monetize a very large distributed system used for online video delivery and video search. Prior to that she worked in at other leading technology companies like Amazon.com, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems.
Kate has extensive knowledge of building large scale distributed web systems, web services, and search. Kate has a B.S. in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College, and has completed graduate work at the University of Washington in both Business and Computer Science (M.S.).

Scott Mattocks
Scott Mattocks (GSN Digital)

Scott Mattocks is the Web Development Lead at GSN.com. He leads a team of skilled developers in support of GSN’s on-line games group. Recently, Scott helped to launch WaterSpout, a WebSocket server, with long polling fallback, written entirely in PHP. Scott is also a contributor to PEAR and is the author of “Pro PHP-GTK

Michael Mayo
Michael Mayo (Rackspace)

Mike Mayo is the creator of the Rackspace Cloud and Slicehost iPhone apps and builds open source software for the Rackspace Cloud. He has worked for Coupa Software, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and FedEx. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Christian Brothers University, maintains a blog at overhrd.com, and actively talks about technology on Twitter as @greenisus.

Matt McCarthy
Matt McCarthy (Netflix)

Matt’s been working on TV UI prototypes and products for three of his five years at Netflix. Before Netflix, Matt co-founded Plusmo (now part of AT&T) and designed web UI at Symbol (now part of Motorola Solutions).

Raymond McCauley
Raymond McCauley (Genomera)

Raymond (www.raymondmccauley.net) is Chief Science Officer at Genomera, working on health collaboration and personal genomics. He has 20 years of experience in the biotech and high tech arenas, with Exponential Biosciences (www.exponentialbio.com), Illumina (http://www.illumina.com/), Ingenuity Systems, QIAGEN Genomics, Applied Carbon, various startups and governmental agencies, and a stint as executive producer for PBS television series at TANSTAAFL Media.

Raymond is on the faculty of Singularity University (singularityu.org), an advisor to two biotech stealth startups, and an active participant in the BioCurious Community Lab (www.biocurious.org), DIYgenomics (www.diygenomics.com), and Quantified Self communities. His background is in computer science, electrical engineering, biochemistry, biophysics, and bioinformatics, including graduate studies at Texas A&M University and Stanford University, with support from the NSF Student Scholar Program and... Read More.

Matthew McCullough

Matthew McCullough, Training Pioneer for GitHub, is an energetic 15 year veteran of enterprise software development, world-traveling open source educator, and co-founder of a US consultancy. All of these activities provide him avenues of sharing success stories of leveraging Git and GitHub. Matthew is a contributing author to the Gradle and Jenkins O’Reilly books and creator of the Git Master Class series for O’Reilly. Matthew regularly speaks on the No Fluff Just Stuff conference tour, is the author of the DZone Git RefCard, and is President of the Denver Open Source Users Group.

Charles McLaughlin
Charles McLaughlin (Atlassian)

Charles has over a decade of experience as a systems administrator. He has worked for Atlassian for over three years administering large scale Java applications. Previously he worked for the University of California, Davis developing Python-based web applications using Zope and Plone. Currently Charles is the lead Systems Engineer for Bitbucket, a Mercurial based code hosting site built using Django.

Ewan Mellor (Citrix Systems, Inc.)

Director, Engineering, Cloud Platforms at Citrix Systems.

Dan Melton
Dan Melton (Code for America)

Dr Melton is the CTO for Code for America, a national nonprofit bringing technologists (i.e ‘geeks’) into government for year-long fellowships. He is a public-minded, generation-net coder passionate about cities, urban affairs and civic action. Dan’s past projects include Urbata, an urban data mapping tool for mid-sized cities; and the Kansas City DrillDown, a multi-layered urban data mashup of utility, credit and city records that recounts the population and challenges the US Census. A Ruby enthusiast, Dan has contributed to multiple open source gov’t projects. Hailing from the midwest, he received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science, his masters in Public Administration and doctorate in Public Affairs and Economics from the Henry Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University... Read More.

John Mertic
John Mertic (Linux Foundation)

John Mertic serves as the Community Manager for SugarCRM, having several years of experience with PHP web applications and open source communities. A frequent conference speaker and an avid writer, he has been published in php|architect, IBM Developerworks, and in the Apple Developer Connection, and is the author of the book ‘The Definitive Guide to SugarCRM: Better Business Applications’. He has also contributed to many open source projects, most notably the PHP project where is the creator and maintainer of the PHP Windows Installer.

Amir Michael
Amir Michael (Coolan)

Amir Michael is a co-founder of the Open Compute Project and while at Facebook he led the hardware teams responsible for the design and implementation of the servers that power some of the most-trafficked sites in the world. Amir plays an active role in the project, an initiative to share the custom-engineered technology for large scale data centers as an open source project.

Prior to Facebook, Amir worked at Google where he developed server and data center infrastructure. Amir recently founded Coolan a data-driven, community-based set of tools that provide customers with actionable insights about how their physical infrastructure is performing.

Amir holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jeremy Mikola
Jeremy Mikola (Exercise.com)

Jeremy is an active member of the Symfony2 community and has been a core contributor to the framework since early 2010. He is also involved with numerous other projects: Doctrine MongoDB ODM, Silex micro-framework, Composer (PHP package management) and Imagine (image processing).

Although not a serial speaker, he has had the honor of presenting at Symfony Live Paris and conducting a tutorial at OSCON during 2011. He is currently a lead software engineer with Exercise.com and has previously built great things at OpenSky and InterActiveCorp.

Colin Miller (Microsoft)

Colin Miller is the Product Unit Manager for the .NET Micro Framework. This is an Open Source version of .NET for very small devices. In 35 years in the inudstry, Colin has worked in almost every facet of computing from embeddedd to database to WEB services to developer tools and more. He has run the .NET Micro Framework project as an Open Source Collaboration since 2009.

Jeremie Miller
Jeremie Miller (NodePrime | Telehash | Pinoccio)

Passionate about communication protocols and distributed systems. Currently leading the development of telehash to bring strong security and privacy to cloud scale platforms and future IoT networks.

Wade Minter
Wade Minter (Custom Communications)

H. Wade Minter is the chief technology officer at Custom Communications in Raleigh, NC. Previously, he was part of the founding team and CTO at TeamSnap and the engineering lead at WeaveUp and Adwerx. He is also the public address announcer for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes and the ring announcer for GOUGE Professional Wrestling. He leads a weird life.

Tatsuhiko Miyagawa
Tatsuhiko Miyagawa (COOKPAD)

Perl hacker, Software Engineer at COOKPAD, founder of Shibuya.pm and YAPC::Asia organizer. Loving TV shows, football and 8 bit video games.

Matthew Momjian
Matthew Momjian (Student)

Matthew Momjian is a freshman at Franklin & Marshall College who has been interested in computers since he can remember. Tracing his roots back to his father’s BSD/OS server (still running), which he learned to use around the age of 5, he is proficient in a number of programming languages.

At OSCON this year he will be focusing on 3D content creation with Blender, which he has been using since mid 2006.

Gleicon Moraes
Gleicon Moraes (luc.id)

Gleicon Moraes is director of data engineering at luc.id. Gleicon loves infrastructure for data, moving large volumes through distributed messaging systems, and databases. He uses Python, Go, and Erlang and focuses on distributed systems, nonrelational databases, and OSS.

Ralph Morelli (Trinity College, Hartford, CT)

Ralph Morelli is Professor of Computer Science at Trinity College, where he has been teaching computer science since 1985. He is also Principal Investigator of the Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software Project (http://www.hfoss.org), an NSF-funded initiative aimed at getting undergraduates engaged in building FOSS that serves the public good. In Spring 2011 he taught students App Inventor for Android in his “Computing with Mobile Phones” course.

Alison Muckle (NORC at the University of Chicago)

Alison Muckle, B.A. is a Senior Research Analyst in the Health Care Department at NORC. She has experience in health information technology (health IT) research, program and policy evaluation, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Currently, Muckle provides research support in the areas of study design, instrument development, qualitative methods and data analysis for a range of program evaluations and projects focused on health IT. Muckle serves as technical lead for the evaluation of the ONC Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) Program, which supports innovative collaborative research in four critical areas. She has a strong interest in open source healthcare technologies, and her previous work includes development of content for HRSA’s open source EHR toolbox for health centers. Additionally,... Read More.

Patrick Mueller
Patrick Mueller (IBM, Apache)

Patrick Mueller is a software developer at IBM in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. He’s been working on web software and mobile software for a long time, in many languages, across many OSes.

Eni Mustafaraj (Wellesley College)

Eni Mustafaraj is a Hess Fellow at Wellesley College. She has been teaching App Inventor since Fall 2009. In her latest course, Web Mashups, students built apps to gather data for creating mashups about Wellesley College.

Karl Naden (Carnegie Mellon University)

Karl Naden is a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Jonathan Aldrich. Karl’s research focuses on the design and development of the Plaid programming language. Karl holds a B.A. in math and history from Williams College. When he is not working, you might find him singing, running, cooking, or playing board games.

Gerardo  Narvaja
Gerardo Narvaja (MariaDB Corp.)

Gerardo Narvaja has worked in the software industry for more than 25 years, spending most of his career working on database software as a consultant, sales engineer and DBA. He worked for MySQL for a little more than 6 years. He is currently working for SkySQL as a Sr Sales Engineer.

Dave Neary
Dave Neary (Red Hat)

Dave Neary is the Eclipse Che community and ecosystem manager at Red Hat, focused on growing the Eclipse Che user and developer community and is a longtime open source developer and community manager. Previously, he worked on telecommunications software (network functions virtualization and software-defined networking) for several years. He’s presented at past OSCONs on topics as eclectic as the science behind running faster, rearing the next generation of hackers, and nonprofit organizations that manage open source projects.

Peter Neubauer
Peter Neubauer (Neo Technology)

Peter is co-founder of a number of popular Open Source projects such
as Neo4j, Tinkerpop, OPS4J and Qi4j. Peter loves connecting things,
writing novel prototypes and throwing together new ideas and projects
around graphs and society-scale innovation. Right now, Peter is
concentrating on turning Open Source projects into profitable
enterprises at Neo Technology, the company sponsoring the development
of Neo4j, the Graph Database. Also, Peter is a Mentor helping startups
at Startupbootcamp Copenhagen and organizing events like
http://www.thoughtmade.com and TEDx Öresund.

Christopher Neugebauer
Christopher Neugebauer (AlphaSights | Python Software Foundation)

Christopher Neugebauer is a senior software engineer at AlphaSights, where he uses Kotlin to build communications tools that put clients around the world in touch with knowledge they need; a director of the Python Software Foundation; and co-organizer of the acclaimed North Bay Python conference, a boutique one-track conference run in a live music venue in Petaluma, California. He’s an an Australian developer, speaker, and serial community conference organizer.

John Newton
John Newton (Alfresco Software)

John Newton is CTO and Chairman of Alfresco, an open source enterprise content management system founded in 2005. John has spent the last 25 years building information management software, including co-founding Documentum, the enterprise content management software company with Howard Shao in 1990. John started his career in 1981 in databases as one of the original engineers at Ingres and ultimately ran the database development group. John was also one of the first entrepreneurs in residence in Europe at Benchmark Capital. John blogs frequently on changes in information management as it evolves with open source, Web 2.0 and the commoditization of software and hardware.

Rick Nixon (City of Portland, Oregon)

Rick Nixon serves as Program Manager, eGovernment and Technology Initiatives, at City of Portland, Oregon. In this role, Rick is responsible for supplying process and technology to the City’s open data, open standards, and open source software solutions. After having successfully launched the Civic Apps For Greater Portland initiative (CivicApps.org), Rick continues to work with regional government agencies, private sector third parties, and championing of citizen engagement and transparency in government vis-à-vis the local software community in the form of get-togethers, hackathons, app design contests, council resolutions, and more.

Sarah Novotny
Sarah Novotny (Google)

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.

Bob Nystrom
Bob Nystrom (Google)

Bob Nystrom is a Googler working on the Dart programming language. In past lives, he was a game developer, a UI designer, and a computer animator.

Yann Orlarey (GRAME, Centre National de Creation Musicale)

Yann Orlarey was born in 1959. While studying economics and computing at university, he also attended electroacoustic music classes at the conservatory in Saint-Etienne. He has been a member of Grame since 1983, and is currently a scientific director of this organization. His own research is concerned mainly with formal languages for musical composition, and real-time operating systems. He has created, alone or as part of a team, a number of musical systems and programs. His repertoire includes music on tape, interactive pieces, and instrumental pieces for soloists, small groups and orchestras. Most of his works bring in computing techniques, either for the performers’ instrumental playing situations or in the compositional process as such. He has co-written several pieces within the Grame framework, for example... Read More.

Jeffrey Osier-Mixon
Jeffrey Osier-Mixon (Intel Corporation)

Jeff Osier-Mixon is a longtime community manager and strategist, dedicated to enabling open source projects and their respective communities to thrive. As well as fighting crime.

Joe Pamer
Joe Pamer (Microsoft)

Joe Pamer is the Lead Developer for the F# team at Microsoft. He has been at Microsoft for six years, with much of that time having been spent on F#.

Joel Parker
Joel Parker (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Joel is a flight dynamics engineer in the Navigation and Mission Design Branch at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He has been an integral member of the GMAT development team since January 2010, focusing on validation testing, documentation, and new feature development.

Joel graduated with a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University. His research interests include astrodynamics, space mission design, and engineering software.

Adam Parrish (Socialbomb)

Adam hacks on web technologies at Socialbomb. He is also an adjunct professor at Hunter College and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Trevor Parscal
Trevor Parscal (Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.)

Trevor Parscal has been working at the Wikimedia Foundation since 2008, focusing his engineering and design efforts on the front-end of MediaWiki. Key projects he’s worked on include redesigning the look and feel of Wikipedia and creating ResourceLoader which optimizes the way JavaScript, CSS and image resources are sent to the client.

Bryant Patten
Bryant Patten (National Center for Open Source and Education)

Mr. Patten has spent the last 25 years developing educational software for a variety of clients. He has managed the engineering departments for several companies, including his own, and has won several awards for software design. He is currently bringing Open Source software solutions to schools to help maximize their technology dollars and close the digital divide between students of diverse economic backgrounds. Mr Patten is also the Executive Director of the National Center for Open Source and Education – a non profit organization advocating Open Source adoption in K-12 schools throughout the country.

Shawn Pearce (Google)

Shawn Pearce has been actively involved in Git since early 2006. Shawn is the original author of git-gui, a Tk based graphical interface shipped with git, and git fast-import, a stream based import system often used for converting projects to git. Besides being the primary author of both git-gui and git fast-import, Shawn’s opinion, backed by his code, has influenced many decisions that form the modern git implementation.

In early 2006 Shawn also founded the JGit project, creating a 100% pure Java reimplementation of the Git version control system. The JGit library can often be found in Java based products that interact with Git, including plugins for Eclipse and NetBeans IDEs, the Hudson CI server, Apache Maven, and Gerrit Code Review, a peer code review... Read More.

Eduardo was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems where he led projects in a number of areas, from IDEs to Middleware. He was the specification lead for multiple JSRs; including JSP. Most recent responsibilities at Sun included engineering manager for Hudson, open source and community strategy for Sun’s middleware products, including GlassFish, and multiple adoption-related activities, most notably, chief editor for TheAquarium. After a stint at Oracle in 2010, Eduardo joined RIM in December 6th, 2010 as Sr. Director, Open Source.

Jeremy Pennycook

Jeremy Pennycook is a recent addition to NPR’s digital team. With a focus on the intersection of technology and journalism, he manages various mobile products for NPR. Jeremy holds a master’s degree in mass communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. He has participated in the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, Gannett’s New Media Innovation Lab, the Carnegie-Knight News 21 Initiative, and the Knight News Challenge.

Jeremiah Peschka
Jeremiah Peschka (Brent Ozar PLF)

Jeremiah sees the magic in technology. He knows how to do things now, and he also knows how to think about possibilities. Jeremiah likes to imagine new kinds of indexes, new kinds of teams, new kinds of applications — this means when you need to reinvent something, or get unblocked, you should talk to Jeremiah.

I’m a consultant/manager/founder/owner/whatever with Brent Ozar PLF. We do database and storage consulting. We can talk about your architecture. We can help you plan to grow around your current infrastructure or help you build a new one.

I also enjoy writing descriptions about myself in the third person.

Aaron Peterson
Aaron Peterson (Opscode)

Aaron Peterson is a seasoned systems and networking engineer and tech evangelist for Opscode, the makers of Chef. He has wielded
real-time command-line kung fu to tens of thousands of servers at once
and automated global production infrastructure at Amazon.com. He is
excited about information design and visualization, scale, and analysis.

Christophe Pettus
Christophe Pettus (PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.)

Christophe Pettus is the chief executive officer and lead consultant with PostgreSQL Experts, Inc. He’s been working with databases for over 30 years.

Matt Pfeil
Matt Pfeil (DataStax)

Matt is VP of Customer Solutions and co-founder at DataStax (formerly Riptano), the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra™. Prior to DataStax, Matt built and managed the Email and Apps infrastructure development group at Rackspace. Prior to Rackspace, Matt was at Webmail.us where he worked in various management roles in infrastructure and scalability. Matt holds a BS from Virginia Tech in Computer Science.

Ethan Phelps-Goodman
Ethan Phelps-Goodman (Sunlight Foundation)

Ethan Phelps-Goodman is a Sr. Software Developer at the Sunlight Foundation, where he leads the Data Commons project. His work focuses on combining various sources of data—campaign finance, lobbying, earmarks, voting records, contracts, etc.—into a comprehensive tool for investigating money and influence in politics.

Simon Phipps
Simon Phipps (Public Software CIC)

Simon Phipps has engaged at a strategic level in the world’s leading technology companies, starting in roles such as field engineer, programmer, systems analyst and more recently taking on executive leadership roles around open source. Simon worked with X-series standards in the ‘80s, on collaborative conferencing software in the ’90s, helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM, and was instrumental in open sourcing the whole software portfolio at Sun Microsystems. He is now managing director of Meshed Insights Ltd and founder of Public Software CIC. As a director of the Document Foundation and of the UK’s Open Rights Group, he takes an active interest in digital rights issues and is a widely read commentator on InfoWorld and... Read More.

Tom Phoenix (Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc.)

Use O’Reilly bio.

Rob Pike
Rob Pike (Google, Inc.)

Rob Pike is a Distinguished Engineer at Google, Inc. He works on distributed systems, data mining, programming languages, and software development tools. Before Google, Rob was a member of the Computing Sciences Research Center at Bell Labs, the lab that developed Unix. While there, he worked on computer graphics, user interfaces, languages, concurrent programming, and distributed systems. He was an architect of the Plan 9 and Inferno operating systems and is the co-author with Brian Kernighan of The Unix Programming Environment and The Practice of Programming. Other details of his life appear on line but vary in veracity.

Fabien Pinckaers (OpenERP)

Fabien Pinckaers was only eighteen years old when he started his first company. Today, over ten years later, he has founded and managed several new technology companies, all based on Free / Open Source software.

He originated Tiny ERP, now Open ERP, and is the director of two companies including OpenERP. In four years he has grown the OpenERP from one to sixty-five employees without loans or external fund-raising prior to raising 4 million dollars in 2010 and leading the expansion of OpenERP in over 50 countries.

He has also developed several large scale projects, such as Auction-in-Europe.com, which become the leader in the art market in Belgium. Even today people sell more art works there than on ebay.be.

He is also the... Read More.

Nóirín Plunkett
Nóirín Plunkett (Eucalyptus Systems)

Nóirín Plunkett is a jack of all trades, and a master of several. By day, she works for Eucalyptus Systems, as a geek<→English translator, and general force multiplier. She’s passionate about community, communication, and collaboration.

Noirin got her open source start at Apache, helping out with the httpd documentation project. Within a year, she had been recruited to the conference planning team, which she now leads. She was involved in setting up the Community Development project at Apache, and acts as organization admin for Apache projects participating in Google Summer of Code. And, of course, she continues to contribute to ASF projects as diverse as Infrastructure and Incubator, and sits on the boards of both the Apache Software Foundation and the Open Cloud Initiative.

... Read More.
Gregg Pollack
Gregg Pollack (Open SourceCraft)

Gregg Pollack is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about teaching software development online. Most recently he is the host of Open SourceCraft, a show about the people who are passionate about Open Source Software. He also founded Code School, an online software programming school which was acquired by Pluralsight, Envy, a web application development firm, and Starter Studio, Orlando’s first technical accelerator now in it’s seventh class. He is on the advisory board for the FireSpring Fund, Orlando Chamber of Commerce, Canvs Co-working space, and the Rollins Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship.

Francis Potter (The Hathersage Group)

Francis Potter helps digital technology businesses build better products faster by optimizing technical roadmaps, igniting development teams around new initiatives, implementing best practice development processes, coaching and training engineers transitioning to management roles, and developing applications. His company, The Hathersage Group, recently built a web and mobile application for the SETI Institute which was presented at OSCON 2011.

Jeff Potts
Jeff Potts (Alfresco Software)

Jeff Potts, Chief Community Officer, has been a recognized and award-winning leader in the Alfresco community for several years. He has over 18 years of content management and collaboration experience, most of that having come from senior leadership positions in consulting organizations.

Jeff has made many contributions to the Alfresco community since he started working with Alfresco in 2005. Examples range from code, to tutorials and informative blog posts, to code camps, meetups, and conference sessions. In 2008, Jeff wrote the Alfresco Developer Guide, the first developer-focused book on Alfresco.

In November of 2009, Jeff started working with CMIS. He wrote a “Getting Started with CMIS” tutorial based on the draft specification. Then, in December, Jeff released the first version of cmislib, a... Read More.

Chris Prather (Tamarou LLC)

Chris has been a Senior Developer and Software Engineer for the past seven years. He currently lives in Florida.

Working for a six man company in Scotland, a world leader in Fixed Income financial data, and several Fortune 500 companies, Chris gained a lot of experience in how software businesses around the world are run. Training as a Technical Writer he believes that software should be designed to focus on the audience, not the other way around.

He currently consults on technology for several entrepreneurs, is an active member of Moose developer team, and heads up the Extended Core Working Group for the Enlightened Perl Organisation.

Evan Prodromou
Evan Prodromou (Fuzzy.io)

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.

Arno Puder (http://www.heise.de/)

Arno Puder is an Associate Professor at the San Francisco State University. Prior to his current position, he worked for AT&T Labs Research and Deutsche Telekom AG. His interests include middleware, ubiquitous computing, and applications for sensor networks. He is the founder of the Open Source project XMLVM, a byte-code level cross-compiler.

Paul Querna
Paul Querna (Rackspace)

Paul Querna is an Architect at Rackspace, and former Chief Architect at Cloudkick. Paul has participated in many open source projects and is a committer to the Apache HTTP Server and Apache Libcloud, the open source library for developers to build portable cloud applications. Paul also previously served as VP of Infrastructure for the Apache Software Foundation.

Brian Quinlan (Google Australia)

Brian Quinlan is a SCUBA instructor and core Python developer. Brian is basically nomadic but currently lives in sunny Sydney. In his non-free time he works at Google as a Software Engineer on the App Engine team.

Charlie Quinn
Charlie Quinn (Benaroya Research Institute)

Charlie Quinn has over 20 years of systems development experience and has recently joined the Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle, WA as the Director of Data Management and Data Integration. Prior to joining Benaroya he worked on various projects usually involving systems and data integration, data mining, and graphic visualization in Canada, the US, and parts of Asia.

More recently, he has worked with the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research in Dallas, Texas developing new techniques for data reduction, data mining, distributed collaboration, data management and data integration.

When not working he seems to run a lot of marathons, the occasional triathlon, and spends a fair bit of time outside exploring the pacific northwest.

Gianugo Rabellino
Gianugo Rabellino (Microsoft)

Gianugo Rabellino is the Senior Director for Open Source Communities at Microsoft. He is also a Vice President of the Apache XML Project Management Committee and Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Sourcesense.

Gianugo has a deep understanding of open source technologies and platforms, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the group of passionate and committed individuals who share his same enthusiasm for interoperability and openness between Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms.

He blogs at http://boldlyopen.com/.

Matt Ranney
Matt Ranney (Uber)

Matt is Chief Systems Architect at Uber. Before that, he was cofounder and CTO of Voxer.

Guillermo Rauch (LearnBoost)

CTO and co-founder of LearnBoost, inventor of socket.io, mongoose, open source enthusiast.

David Recordon
David Recordon (Facebook)

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.

Brian Rice
Brian Rice (Slate programming language)

Brian Rice is a software developer and consultant with a long-time interest in programming language design and paradigms. He has a background in engineering mathematics, embedded systems, and data-warehousing and analytics. He feels more at home with category theory than in Haskell, but don’t hold that against him.

Arthur Richards
Arthur Richards (Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.)

I am a software engineer for the Wikimedia Foundation. I work on fundraising, mobile/offline and features development for the foundation. In 2010, I focussed on the back-end infrastructure for the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, developing payment processing pipelines, fraud prevention solutions and integration with Drupal/CiviCRM. Prior to working for the Foundation, I was a contract software developer, using and evangelazing open source technologies. I love working with large sets of data, on operations-related stuff and integrating/extending open source tools.

David Richards (Fleet Ventures)

David Richards, MBA, has been working in the software industry for over 15 years. Over the past few years, he has been developing medical solutions for his own company and clients. David has also contributed a couple dozen machine learning or analytic libraries to the open-source world. Among these open-sourced projects are Fathom, a decision support framework, and Open Mobius, a website for setting up decision support systems. Some of David’s thoughts on software and technology can be found at fleetventures.com. He can be contacted at david@fleetventures.com.

Jacinta Richardson
Jacinta Richardson (Perl Training Australia)

Jacinta Richardson runs Perl Training Australia, a micro-business offering courses throughout Australia. Both as part of her job and a massive free-time sink, she is involved in running conferences (linux.conf.au 2007, Open Source Developers’ Conference (Australia) 2004-2011, Australian System Administrators Conference (SAGE-AU) 2008-2009), attending conferences, writing perl-tips, speaking at Perl Monger meetings whenever she’s in the right town, participating in on-line Perl forums and promoting women in IT. For her work in the Perl community, Jacinta was awarded the White Camel Award in 2008. When away from the computer, Jacinta enjoys scuba diving,
cycling and baking.

David Riley (The Alembic Foundation)

David Riley is a committed entrepreneur with startup experience in the private sector and large scale IT projects in the federal sector. He is recognized for his skill in bringing together and managing diverse groups with competing interests. These effective collaborations then take on large, complex problems and produce practical solutions in a reasonable timeframe and within budget.

Before becoming a founding principle for the Alembic Foundation, David was the CONNECT initiative lead for the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) Program in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). In this role, he coordinated numerous, diverse federal agencies, states and private sector organizations to enhance health information sharing on a nationwide basis. His work at FHA resulted in the... Read More.

Esen Sagynov
Esen Sagynov (NHN Business Platform)

Esen Sagynov is a CUBRID open source RDBMS Project Manager at NHN, Korea’s #1 IT services provider. Interested in open source sofware, database and Web optimizations, Esen is the only one you need to talk to if you have questions regarding CUBRID or databases in general. But be warned, talking to Esen may easily turn you into a CUBRID fan like his own self.

For more info view his LinkedIn or talk to him directly @CUBRID.

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.

Johannes Schlueter is a long time contributor to different OpenSource projects living in Munich/Germany he is working for Oracle’s MySQL engineering team. He is serving as release manager for PHP 5.3.

Johannes Schlüter

Johannes Schlueter is a long time contributor to different OpenSource projects living in Munich/Germany. he is working for Oracle’s MySQL engineering team. He is serving as release manager for PHP 5.3.

Christopher Schmitt
Christopher Schmitt (Heat Vision)

Christopher Schmitt is the founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm. An award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993, Christopher interned for both David Siegel and Lynda Weinman in the mid-90s while he was an undergraduate at Florida State University working on a fine arts degree with an emphasis on graphic design. Afterward, he earned a master’s in communication for Interactive and New Communication Technologies while obtaining a graduate certificate in project management from FSU’s College of Communication.

In 2000, he led a team to victory in the Cool Site in a Day competition, where he and five other talented developers built a fully functional, well-designed Web site for a nonprofit organization in eight hours.

... Read More.
Benjamin Schooley, MBA, Ph.D.
Benjamin Schooley, MBA, Ph.D. (Claremont Graduate University)

Dr. Schooley is a Research Fellow and Faculty member at the Kay Center for eHealth Research, School of Information Systems and Technology, Claremont Graduate University. His experience spans both academia and industry and has focused on designing and evaluating software systems for use in multi-organizational public-private e-government environments. His recent innovations for multi-agency emergency medical response and his work with the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Transportation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, private foundations, and industry partners. Leveraging open source has been a key focal point in each of these endeavors. He has presented and published over 50 technical reports, white papers, and research articles on these topics.

Kevin Schroeder (Zend Technologies)

Kevin Schroeder, Technology Evangelist for Zend Technologies, is well versed in a wide variety of technologies pertinent to both small and large scale application deployments. He has developed production software using a wide variety of languages including PHP, Java (standalone and web-based applications), Javascript, HTML, SQL, Perl, Visual Basic, ASP and occasionally C. His software development experience is accompanied with extensive experience as system administrator on platforms including Linux, Solaris and Windows on scales of a single server up to several hundred servers on installations that range from a few to millions of users. He has spoken at several conferences and is also the co-author of “The IBM i Programmer’s Guide to PHP” and author of the upcoming “You want... Read More.

William Schroeder (Kitware, Inc.)

Dr. Schroeder is President and co-founder of Kitware, an open-source software company developing leading edge scientific tools for data visualization, computer vision, medical imaging, and quality software process. Will’s role at Kitware is to identify technology and business opportunities, and to obtain the necessary support for Kitware to meet these opportunities.

Prior to founding Kitware, Will worked at GE Research where he was principle developer for the open-source Visualization Toolkit (vtk.org) software, including writing a textbook published by Prentice-Hall. While VTK provided the impetus to found Kitware, Dr. Schroeder has also been involved in the creation of other open-source systems including the medical image analysis toolkit ITK (itk.org), and the software process tools CMake (cmake.org) and CDash (cdash.org).

Dr. Schroeder has been a... Read More.

Nathaniel Schutta
Nathaniel Schutta (Pivotal)

Nathaniel T. Schutta is a software architect focused on cloud computing and building usable applications. In addition to his day job, he’s an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches students to embrace dynamic languages. A proponent of polyglot programming, Nate is the author of multiple books, including Presentation Patterns, with Neal Ford and Matthew McCullough, written to rid the world of bad presentations. He’s also appeared in various videos and is a seasoned speaker, regularly presenting at conferences worldwide, No Fluff Just Stuff symposia, meetups, universities, and user groups.

Randal Schwartz
Randal Schwartz (FLOSS Weekly podcast)

Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned expert on the Perl and Smalltalk programming
languages, 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
  • Object Oriented Perl
  • Randal Schwartz’s Perls of Wisdom

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Michael Schwern
Michael Schwern (eval Empire)

As a speaker at OSCON I believe we should all strive to create a fun, educational, enjoyable and harassment-free conference experience for everyone.

I’m pleased to say Tim O’Reilly thinks so too!

If you are being harassed, or witness harassment please report it to venue security, the police, the conference organisers or a trusted friend. You do not have to put up with it.

For more detail on what a code of conduct which includes an anti-harassment policy should contain, please review the geekfeminism wiki conference anti-harassment policy template

Schwern has a copy of Perl 6, he lets Larry Wall borrow it and take notes.

Schwern once sneezed into a microphone and the text-to-speech conversion was a regex that turns crap into... Read More.

Paul Scott
Paul Scott (DSTV Online)

Paul Scott is currently employed by DSTV Online as a senior developer and Free Software evangelist. Paul is also chief software architect for the AVOIR network.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Botany, from the University of Port Elizabeth. He has many interests including Geographical Information Systems, Botany, Computer Science and Free Software.

He has created and contributed to many Free Software projects and at any one time, is working on around 10 different FOSS projects collaboratively with a global community.

He has a strong interest in e-learning and teaching, using Free Software, and has contributed greatly to the AVOIR network and projects. He has a passion for coding and a passion for capacity buiding and skills transfer.

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Peter Scott
Peter Scott (Pacific Systems Design Technologies)

Author of “Perl Medic” (2004), “Perl Debugged” (2001), “Perl Fundamentals” (DVD, 2007), and O’Reilly School of Technology’s on-line Perl courses. Perl trainer and consultant. Speaker at OSCON, YAPC, and the Perl Whirl cruise. Now launching an additional career as a business coach for technology professionals.

Damien Seguy
Damien Seguy (Expert Services Consultant)

Damien Seguy is a LAMP consultant.

Damien coaches large teams about industrialisation and security. He works actively in the field of performances and technology study to startup and large institutions in France. He is also co-author of several books, Zend Certifications, phather of the elePHPant plush toy. He founded AFUP and PHP Québec.

Garrett Serack
Garrett Serack (Microsoft)

Garrett Serack worked as an independent software development consultant in Calgary, Canada, for 15 years, with clients in fields such as government, telecom, petroleum, and railways. Joining Microsoft in the fall of 2005 as the Community Program Manager of the Federated Identity team, Garrett has worked with the companies and the Open Source community to build digital identity frameworks, tools, and standards that are shaping the future of Internet commerce and strengthening the fight against fraud.

In the summer of 2007, he transitioned to Open Source Technology Center at Microsoft where he works as a Software Development Engineer and operates closely with Open Source communities to improve the quality and performance of their software on the Windows Platform. Garrett has started a number of Open... Read More.

Shahid Shah
Shahid Shah (Netspective)

Shahid N. Shah is an internationally recognized and influential government technology and healthcare IT thought leader and writer who is known as “The Healthcare IT Guy” across the Internet. He is a strategist for various federal agenices on IT matters and winner of Federal Computer Week’s coveted “Fed 100” award given to IT experts that have made a big impact in the government. Shahid has architected and built multiple clinical solutions over his almost 20 year career. He helped design and deploy the American Red Cross’s electronic health record solution across thousands of sites; he’s built two web-based EMRs now in use by hundreds of physicians; he’s designed large groupware and collaboration sites in use by thousands; and, as an ex-CTO for a billion... Read More.

Vin Sharma
Vin Sharma (Intel)

Vin is responsible for enterprise-focused marketing strategy of open source software on Intel architectures. In this role, Vin drives awareness of Intel technologies into the open source ecosystem, and collaborates with OEM and OSV partners to deliver open source solutions to enterprises worldwide. Before Intel, Vin worked at HP for 15 years, most recently as the strategic product planner for open source and Linux on HP ProLiant servers. Vin has an academic background in history of technology and electrical engineering.

Remy Sharp
Remy Sharp (Left Logic)

Remy is the founder and curator of Full Frontal, the UK based JavaScript conference. He also runs jQuery for Designers, co-authored Introducing HTML5 (adding all the JavaScripty bits) and is one of the curators of HTML5Doctor.com.

Whilst he’s not writing articles or running and speaking at conferences, he runs his own development and training company in Brighton called Left Logic. Generally speaking, he’s about as crazy about JavaScript, HTML & CSS as a squirrel is about his nuts during the winter!

Sarah Sharp
Sarah Sharp (Otter Tech LLC)

Sarah is the founder of Otter Tech a consulting company offering open source training, software development, and diversity consulting.

Sarah Sharp is a Linux and open source developer, and has been running Debian-based Linux systems since 2003. She was a Linux kernel developer from 2006 to 2013, and is the original author of the Linux USB 3.0 xHCI host controller driver.

Sarah is also a co-coordinator for Outreachy, a paid internship program for increasing diversity in open source programs. Applications are open to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people, and United States residents of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.

Darian Shimy
Darian Shimy (Attensity)

Darian Shimy is the VP of Technology at Attensity, the leading provider of text analytics solutions for customer experience management.

Ricardo Signes
Ricardo Signes (Pobox.com)

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, project lead on perl itself, and frequent contributor to the CPAN.

Lindsey Simon
Lindsey Simon (Google)

Lindsey Simon is a Front-End Developer at Google. Simon hails from Austin where he worked at startups, taught computing at the Griffin School, and was the webmaster for years at the Austin Chronicle.

Eric Sink
Eric Sink (SourceGear)

Founder of SourceGear

Jordan Sissel
Jordan Sissel (Elasticsearch)

Jordan is a hacker from California who has been doing operations and software engineering for 8 years. He practices hate-driven development and gives out hugs upon request. When not hacking, he loves doing awesome things as a dad and a husband.

You can find him on twitter as @jordansissel and on github as the same.

Joseph Smarr
Joseph Smarr (Google)

Joseph Smarr is a software engineer at Google, focused on socially enabling the web using open standards. Previously, he was Plaxo’s Chief Technology Officer, where he led their initiative to open up the social web, starting with co-authoring the Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web in 2007. He has served of the Board of Directors of the OpenID Foundation and OpenSocial Foundation. A frequent speaker and community participant in the social networking and web development communities, Joseph has built web applications for many years. Joseph has a BS and MS from Stanford University in Artificial Intelligence. His website is josephsmarr.com, or just Google him!

Bryan Smith
Bryan Smith (Tacit Labs Inc)

Bryan A Smith is a Debian Gnu/Linux and BSD enthusiast, hardware hacker and Systems Engineer. Bryan has used Open Source Operating Systems since the days of Red Hat 5 Hurricane.

He contributes to several Open Source projects and has helped launch several startup ISP’s based in his area using Open Source software as a framework.

Bryan is also the initiator of The Things Network Orlando and he spends his free time hacking things and pondering Devops.

Carol Smith
Carol Smith (Self)

Carol Smith is the Open Source Programs Manager running Google
Summer of Code. She’s been at Google as a program manager for 9 years.
She has a degree in photojournalism from California State University,
Northridge, and is an avid cyclist and bibliophile.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith (Portland Transport)

Chris Smith is a web site architect for Xerox.com by day and transportation geek and City of Portland Planning Commissioner by night

Stewart Smith
Stewart Smith (Percona)

Stewart Smith joined Percona in 2011 as Director of Server Development with a deep background in database internals including MySQL, MySQL Cluster, Drizzle, InnoDB and HailDB.

Prior to joining Percona, Stewart worked at Rackspace on the Drizzle database server focusing on getting it through a critical milestone of a stable Generally Available (GA) release. Prior to Rackspace, he worked on Drizzle as a member of the CTO Labs group inside Sun Microsystems.

As one of the founding core developers of the Drizzle database server Stewart has deep expertise in the code base. He had direct involvement in significant refactoring of the database server including removing the FRM, the InnoDB storage engine, xtrabackup, the storage engine API, CATALOG support and countless bug... Read More.

Carlos Souza
Carlos Souza (Code School)

Carlos Souza teaches web technologies at Code School. When not making loud noises on his mechanical keyboard, he can be found rock climbing or playing guitar.

Daniel Spiewak
Daniel Spiewak (Novell)

Daniel Spiewak is a software developer based out of Wisconsin, USA. Over the years, he has worked with Java, Scala, Ruby, C/C++, ML, Clojure and several experimental languages. He currently spends most of his free time researching parser theory and methodologies, particularly areas where the field intersects with functional language design, domain-specific languages and type theory.

Daniel has written a number of articles on his weblog, Code Commit, including his popular introductory series, Scala for Java Refugees.

Stoyan Stefanov
Stoyan Stefanov (Facebook)

Stoyan Stefanov is a Facebook engineer. Previously at Yahoo, he was the creator of the smush.it online image-optimization tool and architect of the YSlow 2.0. performance tool. Stoyan is the author of JavaScript Patterns and Object-Oriented JavaScript, a contributor to Even Faster Web Sites and High-Performance JavaScript, and a frequent speaker at conferences including Velocity, JSConf, Fronteers, and Ajax Experience.

Keith Sutton (Adobe Systems Inc)

Keith has spent the last 20 years working and consulting in enterprise level IT organizations, both government and commercial. Experience includes not only technology but managing impacts on people, organizations, and business process. As an Adobe Flex user group community leader for that past few years Keith has been working to build bridges between Flex, PHP, Java and other communities.

Melanie Swan
Melanie Swan (Broader Perspective)

Melanie Swan is the founder of DIYgenomics.org which coordinates crowd-sourced clinical trials (http://www.DIYgenomics.org/). Her educational background includes an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a BA in French and Economics from Georgetown University and recent coursework in bioscience, nanotechnology, physics, and computer science.

Ms. Swan’s career has focused on research, finance, and entrepreneurship, including founding a technology startup company, GroupPurchase, which aggregated small business buying groups. She was Director of Research at Telecoms Consultancy RHK/Ovum and previously held management and finance positions at iPass in Silicon Valley, J.P. Morgan in New York, Fidelity in Boston and Arthur Andersen in Los Angeles.

Ms. Swan serves as an advisor to research foundations, government agencies, corporations, and startups... Read More.

Tucker Taft
Tucker Taft (SofCheck)
  • Chairman and Founder of SofCheck, Inc (2002-present).
  • Designer of ParaSail programming language (2010-present).
  • Lead designer of Ada 95 programming language (1990-1995).
  • Designer and implementor of optimizing compilers(1980-present).
  • Chief Scientist and then CTO at Intermetrics/Averstar/Avercom (1980-2002).
  • System Programmer for first Unix system outside of Bell Labs (Harvard-Radcliffe Student Timesharing System, 1975-1979).
  • Harvard College, Summa Cum Laude (1971-1975).
Oren Teich (Heroku)

Oren Teich is responsible for product management at Heroku. For over 11 years he’s been focused on making developing and deploying applications a better experience. Prior to Heroku, Oren worked with various tech companies such as Sun Microsystems, MontaVista Software, Cobalt Networks and Replicate Technology.

Lars Thalmann
Lars Thalmann (Oracle)

Dr. Lars Thalmann is the development director for MySQL replication, backup, and connectors. He is responsible for the strategy and development of these features and leads the corresponding engineering teams. Thalmann has worked with MySQL development since 2001, when he started as a MySQL Cluster developer. More recently, he has driven the creation and development of the MySQL backup feature, has guided the evolution of MySQL replication since 2004, and has been a key player in the development of MySQL Cluster replication. Thalmann holds a doctorate in Computer Science from Uppsala University, Sweden. He is one of the authors of the “MySQL High Availability” book.

Laura Thomson
Laura Thomson (Mozilla Corporation)

Laura Thomson is Senior Director of Engineering, Firefox Engineering Operations at Mozilla, and is on the board of ISRG, the non-profit behind Let’s Encrypt. Laura has worked in various engineering roles at Mozilla for the last ten years, and previously worked in jobs including Principal/VP at OmniTI, engineer, consultant, and computer science academic. She has written several books on various open source technologies, including “PHP and MySQL Web Development” (with Luke Welling, her husband). Laura is from Melbourne, Australia, but now lives with her family on a rustic horse farm in Maryland, USA, where she relaxes by indulging in manual labor and other rural pursuits.

Richard Tibbetts
Richard Tibbetts (Tableau)

Richard Tibbetts has been involved in Complex Event Processing since it’s origins in academia, and authored the Linear Road benchmark for real-time event processing. At StreamBase, Tibbetts is responsible for the design and implementation of the StreamSQL EventFlow programming language and the high-performance, low-latency server components of the StreamBase Event Processing Platform. He has extensive experience applying StreamBase and other technologies to mission-critical event processing problems at leading investment banks, hedge funds, and government agencies.

Joshua Timberman
Joshua Timberman (Opscode, Inc.)

Joshua Timberman has over 10 years experience in Linux and Unix system administration. His background includes deploying highly available enterprise application environments and providing internal infrastructure services and team-based training. Joshua currently works for Opscode as a technical program manager, where he is responsible for Opscode’s open source Chef cookbooks and Chef Fundamentals training course materials.

Kim Trott
Kim Trott (Netflix)

Kim’s team engineers user interfaces using Javascript, HTML5 and CSS3 that are delivered to millions of Netflix customers on TV devices and game consoles like the PlayStation 3, Wii and Google TV.

Fred Trotter
Fred Trotter (FredTrotter.com)

Fred Trotter is a healthcare data journalist with the DocGraph project. Trotter has done lots of things in Health IT, including visiting NCVHS to testify on the definition of ‘meaningful use’ and was one of the original designers of the Direct Project.

James Turnbull
James Turnbull (Glitch)

James Turnbull is VPE at Glitch. A longtime member of the open source community, James is the author of a number of books about open source software. Previously, he was a CTO in residence at Microsoft, founder and chief technology officer at Empatico and Kickstarter, VPE of Venmo, and an adviser at Docker. James likes food, wine, books, photography, and cats. He is not overly keen on long walks on the beach or holding hands.

David Uhlman (clearhealth inc.)

David Uhlman is CEO of ClearHealth Inc. and a has been longstanding contributor and entrepreneur in open source technology for 15 years including contributions to Linux, CentOS, Java, Wordpress, . He is a frequent speaker and contributor including previous talks at OSCON, SCALE, and others. He is co-author of the upcoming Oreilly book “Getting to Meaningful Use and Beyond”.

ClearHealth Inc is the company associated with the ClearHealth open source project, a practice management and electronic medical record system derived from VA VistA started in 2003 which now has over 4 million patients in more than 1,000 installations including notable large scale systems like Tarrant County TX, The Primary Care Coalition, The University of Texas Medical Branch and numerous Federally Qualified Health... Read More.

A.Sinan Unur
A.Sinan Unur (Unur)

Sinan Unur is an economist by training and currently works as an
independent programmer and consultant helping his clients make
sense of large and complicated data sets.

He earned his Ph.D. in Consumer Economics at Cornell University
where he worked as a Senior Lecturer until 2009, teaching
Economics and Statistics to graduate and undergraduate students.
Unur’s passion for Perl dates back about ten years to when he
decided to switch from Java to Perl as his tool of choice for
writing Economics experiments. He is an active contributor to
the Perl tag on
maintains Perl’s Crypt::SSLeay and Net::Sharktools modules on

Eric van der Vlist
Eric van der Vlist (Dyomedea)

Eric is an independent consultant and trainer. His domain of expertise include Web development and XML technologies.

He is the creator and main editor of XMLfr.org, the main site dedicated to XML technologies in French, the author of the O’Reilly animal books XML Schema and RELAX NG and a member or the ISO DSDL (http://dsdl.org) working group focused on XML schema languages.

He his based in Paris and you can reach him by mail (vdv@dyomedea.com) or meet him in one of the many conferences where he presents his projects.

Jason VanLue
Jason VanLue (Envy Labs)

Jason is a designer, husband, and father. He leads Envy Labs, a leading web development firm in Orlando, FL, making things like Code School. He’s led design and branding initiatives for Google, O’Reilly, GitHub, Cisco, and 12South. He’s the author of Branding Matters, the book on branding for small business, and Three Pipe Problems, a hand-crafted book about how design solves problems. He lives in Orlando with his wife and three children. He likes bourbon. And wine. And short sentences.

Brion Vibber
Brion Vibber (StatusNet, Inc.)

The former lead developer of MediaWiki and CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation, Brion now is the senior architect at StatusNet Inc.

Gopal Vijayaraghavan
Gopal Vijayaraghavan (Zynga Game Network, India)

Gopal Vijayaraghavan is a principal engineer at Zynga and works out of their Bangalore office. He is part of the Systems Engineer Group, working towards improving PHP’s performance profile for Zynga games hosted on EC2. He is a lead developer of the open source PHP APC (alternative php cache). He hacks on PHP/APC as part of his work and otherwise. He is an avid photographer, biker and traveler, his photos can be found on flickr:http://flic.kr/t3rmin4t0r/ and his ramblings at his blog:http://notmysock.org/blog/.

Jesse Vincent
Jesse Vincent (Keyboardio)

Jesse Vincent is the Co-founder and CTO of Keyboardio, an open hardware company whose first product is a comfortable, ultra-hackable computer keyboard. He is also the creator of RT and RTIR, 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. Jesse is also the founder and project lead of K-9 Mail, the leading open source email client for Android. Jesse was the project lead for Perl 5 for the 5.12 and 5.14 release cycles.

Paul Voccio (Rackspace)

Paul started as a Unix admin, then moved into devops before he knew what it was called. After writing applications to auto provision infrastructure and network equipment he joined Rackspace in 2007.

Ariel Waldman
Ariel Waldman (Spacehack.org & Science Hack Day)

Ariel Waldman makes “massively multiplayer science”, instigating unusual collaborations that spark clever creations for science and space exploration.

She is the founder of Spacehack.org, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration, and the global director of Science Hack Day, an event that brings together scientists, technologists, designers and people with good ideas to see what they can create in one weekend. Recently, she launched Spaceprob.es, a catalog of the active human-made machines that freckle our solar system and dot our galaxy. Ariel is an appointed National Academy of Sciences committee member of a congressionally-requested study on the future of human spaceflight. She also sits on the council for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a program that nurtures radical, sci-fi-esque ideas that... Read More.

Chris Walker (Secret Labs, LLC)

Chris Walker is the founder of Secret Labs LLC and inventor of the Netduino open source electronics platform. He lives in New York City.

Larry Wall
Larry Wall (The Wall Nuthouse)

Larry Wall is the proud father of Perl, and godfather to Open Source.

Deborah Wallach
Deborah Wallach (Google)

Deborah Wallach is currently a Staff Engineer at Google, where she is part of the Google App Inventor for Android team, a project that allows people of all ages with no programming experience to create applications for Android phones.

Deborah joined Google in 2002, and was one of the original engineers on the Bigtable project, a distributed storage system for managing structured data that was designed to scale to a very large size: petabytes of data across thousands of commodity servers. Many projects at Google store data in Bigtable, including web indexing, Google Earth, and Google Finance.

Prior to Google, she was part of the Western Research Laboratory (WRL) of Digital Equipment Corporation, which is now part of Hewlett-Packard Labs. As a Principal Member... Read More.

Kristopher Wallsmith

Kris is a member of the Symfony core team, Symfony Guru at OpenSky, and long-time advocate for simple solutions to complex problems. He works from his home office in Portland, Oregon where he and his wife raise their three young children.

Nick Walsh
Nick Walsh (Envy Labs)

Nick is a Rails convert-in-training and WordPress aficionado. He splits time between design and front-end development, ensuring a successful bridge to functionality. Pixels and proportions are his leading causes of lost sleep, followed closely by Dr. Pepper intake.

Dean Wampler
Dean Wampler (Anyscale)

Dean Wampler is an expert in streaming data systems, focusing on applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI). He’s head of developer relations at Anyscale, which is developing Ray for distributed Python, primarily for ML/AI. Previously, he was an engineering VP at Lightbend, where he led the development of Lightbend CloudFlow, an integrated system for building and running streaming data applications with Akka Streams, Apache Spark, Apache Flink, and Apache Kafka. Dean is the author of Fast Data Architectures for Streaming Applications, Programming Scala, and Functional Programming for Java Developers, and he’s the coauthor of Programming Hive, all from O’Reilly. He’s a contributor to several open source projects. A frequent conference speaker and tutorial teacher, he’s... Read More.

Simon Wardley
Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum)

Simon Wardley is a researcher for the Leading Edge Forum focused on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies. Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), retail, and IT industries—from Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the top cloud operating system. As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination for economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether in behavioral patterns, the environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems, or managing companies. He’s a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure, and cybernetics. Simon’s... Read More.

Steve Watt
Steve Watt (Hewlett-Packard)

Steve Watt works on Technology Strategy for Hewlett-Packard. Prior to that he spent 10 years working as a Researcher and Software Architect of Emerging Technologies within IBM Software Strategy. Steve is an Apache contributor, active in Open Source and chairs the Hadoop & Big Data User Group in Austin, Texas. Prior to working for HP and IBM, Steve spent several years consulting in the Middle East and working for startups in the United States and his native South Africa. Steve holds 12 US Patents (with 18 Patents Pending) and has published a number of technical books and articles.

Kim Weins
Kim Weins (OpenLogic)

Kim Weins is the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Products at OpenLogic, an open source provider focused on helping enterprises successfully and safely use open source software. Kim works with large enterprises to share open source governance and compliance best practices and to evangelize the benefits of using open source software. Kim helps to shape OpenLogic’s pioneering open source offerings, including an aggregated support model backed by open source developers, open source scanning and governance tools and services that guide companies through compliance with GPL and other open source licenses.

Luke Welling
Luke Welling (Tidal Labs)

Luke Welling is from Melbourne, Australia, but lives in rural Maryland.

He’s seen lots of good code and bad code, 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.

Estelle Weyl
Estelle Weyl (Instart Logic)

Estelle Weyl started her professional life in architecture and then managed teen health programs. In 2000, Estelle took the natural step of becoming a web standardista. She is the Open Web and performance evangelist for Instart Logic and has consulted for Kodak Gallery, SurveyMonkey, Samsung, Yahoo, Visa, and Apple, among others. Estelle shares esoteric tidbits learned while programming and detailed grids of CSS3 and HTML5 browser support in her blog. She is a coauthor of Mobile HTML5, CSS3: The Definitive Guide, and HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World. While not coding, Estelle works in construction, dehippifying her 1960s throwback abode.

Rod Whitby
Rod Whitby (WebOS Internals)

Rod Whitby is the founder and project lead of the WebOS Internals open source development group.

Dustin Whittle
Dustin Whittle (AppDynamics)

Dustin Whittle is a developer evangelist at AppDynamics, where he focuses on helping organizations manage application performance. Before joining AppDynamics, Dustin was CTO at Kwarter, a consultant at SensioLabs, and developer evangelist at Yahoo. He has experience building and leading engineering teams and working with developers and partners to to scale up. When Dustin isn’t working, he enjoys flying, sailing, diving, golfing, and traveling around the world. Find out more at Dustinwhittle.com.

Edd Wilder-James
Edd Wilder-James (Google)

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.

Eric Wilhelm
Eric Wilhelm (Cisco, Inc.)

Eric Wilhelm is a programmer at Cisco, Inc. He is a father of two, former leader of the Portland Perl Mongers, author of many CPAN modules, and a contributor to several open source projects. He has spoken numerous times at OSCON and local user groups.

Aaron Williamson
Aaron Williamson (Tor Ekeland P.C.)

Aaron Williamson is an attorney at the New York firm Tor Ekeland, P.C., where he counsels technology startups and other companies on issues related to free and open source software, privacy and surveillance, regulatory compliance, and more. Previously, he served as in-house counsel at IEEE and as a staff attorney at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he advised community free and open source software projects.

Dave Wolber
Dave Wolber (University of San Francisco)

David Wolber is a professor of Computer Science at the University of San Francisco. David teaches App Inventor in his “Computing, Robots, and the Web” course at USF. The apps created by his students– mostly humanities and business majors with no prior programming experience–have been chronicled the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Tech Crunch, Fortune.CNN.com, and Yahoo news.

Anne Wright
Anne Wright (CMU)

Anne Wright is Co-principal Investigator and Director of Operations for the BodyTrack project in the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She received B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996. After leaving MIT, she co-founded Newton Research Labs, a successful robotics and computer vision company, then joined the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center where she served as Lead Systems Engineer for Prototype Mars Rovers. While at Ames, Anne became interested in how to harness sensing and data visualization technologies and techniques originally developed for the rovers to help people “debug” diffuse environmentally related conditions such as allergies, food sensitivities, asthma and migraine triggers, etc. She... Read More.

Brian Wylie (Sandia National Labs)

Brian Wylie is a principle member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. Brian holds a BS in computer engineering and an MS in computer science from the University of New Mexico. Brian’s research interests include scalable informatics, volume visualization, information visualization, and illustrative techniques. He is actively involved in the open source visualization community, including notable roles as a member of the Visualization ToolKit(VTK) Architecture Review Board and project lead for the Titan Informatics Toolkit (titan.sandia.gov).

Hunyue Yau (HY Research, LLC)

Embedded Linux consultant, developer and enthusiast almost 20years of involvement in opensource. He has worked on numerous Linux architectures including x86, ARM, and Power PPC. Areas of interest include low power and small foot print Linux for mobile Linux devices with a focus on low level kernel and hardware details.

Dan York
Dan York (Voxeo Corporation)

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

As Best Practices Chair for the VOIP Security Alliance , Dan will be leading the project to develop and document a concise set of industry-wide best practices for security VoIP systems. He is also heading up VOIPSA’s move into “social media” with VOIPSA’s group weblog. Additionally, Dan is the producer of Blue Box: The VoIP Security Podcast where since October 2005 each week he and co-host Jonathan Zar discuss VOIP security news and interview people involved in the... Read More.

Matt Youell (New Monic Labs)

Matt Youell is a software developer in Portland, Oregon.

Nicholas Zakas

Nicholas C. Zakas is a staff software engineer at Box, author, and speaker. He worked at Yahoo! for almost five years, where he was front-end tech lead for the Yahoo! homepage and a contributor to the YUI library. He is the author of Maintainable JavaScript (O’Reilly, 2012), Professional JavaScript for Web Developers (Wrox, 2012), High Performance JavaScript
(O’Reilly, 2010), and Professional Ajax (Wrox, 2007). Nicholas is a strong advocate for development best practices including progressive enhancement, accessibility, performance, scalability, and maintainability. He blogs regularly at www.nczonline.net and can be found on Twitter via @slicknet.

Ilen Zazueta-Hall
Ilen Zazueta-Hall (Enphase Energy Inc.)

Ilen Zazueta-Hall is Software Product Manager for Enphase Energy. She arrived there via a circuitous path through start ups (IGN, Workingpoint) and large enterprises (LeapFrog, Salesforce.com) trying her hand at everything from development to design.

In her spare time she is volunteer coordinator for Railsbridge’s Open Workshops for Women.

Jim Zemlin
Jim Zemlin (The Linux Foundation)

Zemlin’s career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade: mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software. Today, as executive director of The Linux Foundation, he uses this experience to accelerate innovation in technology through the use of open source and Linux.

At the Linux Foundation, Zemlin works with the world’s largest technology companies, including IBM, Intel, Google, Samsung, Qualcomm, and others to help define the future of computing on the server, in the cloud and on a variety of new mobile computing devices. His work at the vendor-neutral Linux Foundation gives him a unique and aggregate perspective on the global technology industry.

Zemlin has been recognized for his insights on the changing economics of the technology industry.... Read More.

Zhi-Da Zhong (Etsy)

Zhi-Da is a software engineer who has worked in a variety of areas including parallel computing, security, and web applications. He’s built and used several A/B testing systems in recent years. He currently works on A/B testing, search, and other neat stuff at Etsy.

Gabe Zichermann
Gabe Zichermann (Gamification.Co & Gamification Summit)

Gabe Zichermann is an author, highly rated public speaker and entrepreneur. He is the chair of the Gamification Summit and editor of the industry’s leading publication, The Gamification Blog. His most recent book, “Game-Based Marketing” (Wiley, 2010) has achieved critical and industry acclaim for its detailed look at innovators who blend the power of games with brand strategy. His next book, Gamification by Design (O’Reilly, 2011) looks at the technical and architectural considerations for designers in this burgeoning field. A resident of NYC, Gabe is a board member of StartOut.org, advisor to a number of startups and Facilitator for the Founder Institute in Manhattan. For more information about Gabe and Gamification, visit http://Gamification.Co