OSCON 2010 Speakers

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

Aahz (Egnyte)

Aahz is currently a Senior Developer at Egnyte. In the past, Aahz has
given presentations at OSCON and PyCon and is a co-author of Python for
Dummies
.

Sam Adams
Sam Adams (City of Portland, Oregon)

Mayor Sam Adams of Portland, Oregon was elected Mayor of Portland in May 2008. Prior to being elected Mayor, Adams served as a Commissioner on the City Council for four years earning a reputation as an advocate for sustainability, public transit, transportation planning, the arts, and gay rights.

As a City Commissioner, Adams was Commissioner in Charge of Portland’s Office of Transportation and the Bureau of Environmental Services, and council liaison to, among others, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Association of Portland Neighborhood Business Districts, and Worksystems, Incorporated. In his role as Mayor, Adams is the lead Council member on Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability, Education, Arts and Culture, and Transportation.

During his tenure as Mayor, Adams has launched a number of initiatives designed to showcase and provide support to Portland’s open source software community. Notably, Mayor Adams and City Council approved the nation’s first open source and open data resolution, which places open source software on equal footing with commercial software for purposes of City contracts. Portland also launched Civic Apps for Greater Portland, the nation’s first regional open data and open source app contest, and is currently working on the launch of PDX CitySync, a web-based platform that aims to build on the momentum from Civic Apps and create a new way for residents and businesses to engage with the City as well as their community.

Mayor Adams brings renewed focus to developing and implementing plans that will not only keep Portland livable, vibrant, and economically healthy, but will also increase Portland’s status as a national leader. He is proud of Portland’s open source software community, and he wants to do his part to ensure Portland maintains its reputation as an international hub for open source innovation.

Andrew Aitken
Andrew Aitken (Olliance Group)

Andrew Aitken is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Olliance Group, the leading open source management consultancy. He is a recognized expert on strategies for the commercialization of open source and has been a leader in the open source community for nearly 10 years. Andrew has more than 20 years senior management experience in building and leading national professional services firms, including Renaissance Worldwide and eWork.

In 2001 Mr. Aitken founded Olliance Group with other industry veterans to provide management and business strategy consulting to companies leveraging open source. In January 2005, Mr. Aitken spearheaded the software industry’s first “think tank” on the future of commercial open source, now a bi-annual event held in Napa, CA and Paris, France, and regularly attended by the industry’s leading CEO’s and visionaries. Mr. Aitken has participated as an expert witness on the issues of open source and e-voting to the California Senate. Andrew has chaired and spoken internationally at multiple industry and government conferences, is a member of the Open Source Software Institute’s and SDForum’s Board of Directors, Chair of SDForum’s annual Open Source Conference, is on the Board of Advisors of SugarCRM, Actuate, Funambol and Krugle and has personally worked with companies such as: IBM, Sun, Intel, Nokia, HP, and others, assisting them with developing their open source strategies.

Brian Aker

Brian has spent his life working on the details of how to build and scale out systems. He is currently working on a new MicroKernel designed MySQL called Drizzle and is building the plumbing required for a new generation of
large scale computer deployment. He also spends time working on Apache Modules, Memcached, and Gearman.

Unlike most engineers you will never find him in a cubicle, he spends much of his time traveling around the planet enjoying the diversity that is our world. In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The VirtualHospital, Splunk, MySQL, and Slashdot. He calls Seattle his home since that is where his dog Rosalynd is.

Praveen Alavilli

Praveen Alavilli is the developer evangelist for the PayPal X Developer Network (www.×.com) helping developers monetize their ideas and applications using the PayPal’s Payments Platform. Prior to PayPal, Praveen worked at Amazon.com and AOL as a System Architect designing and building Web Authentication and Identity Systems. Praveen is also an active member of several Internet Identity communities like OpenID and OAuth.

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

Lance is the Lead Systems Administrator/Architect for the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) and a Gentoo Linux Developer. He joined the Gentoo Linux project in 2003 and have been involved in managing their infrastructure and maintaining about a dozen or so packages in portage. Lance manages all of the hosting activities that the OSL provides for the open source community including projects such as Kernel.org, Drupal, Apache Software Foundation, and many many more. Lance has been at the OSL since 2007.

Alasdair Allan
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)

Alasdair Allan is the author of Learning iPhone Programming and iPhone Sensor Programming published by O’Reilly Media. He is a senior research fellow in Astronomy at the University of Exeter, and as part of his work there he is building a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes which, acting autonomously, will reactively schedule observations of time-critical events. On the side, Alasdair runs a small technology consulting business writing bespoke software, building open hardware and providing training, and is currently developing a series of iPhone applications to monitor and manage cloud based services and distributed sensor networks.

Robin Anil
Robin Anil (Google)

Robin is a Committer at the Apache Software Foundation where he works with the Mahout Machine Learning community. He is also a co-author of “Mahout in Action” by Manning Publications, a book on how Mahout is used to perform Machine learning on Terabytes of data with ease.

He used to be a Tech Lead on the ML infrastructure for Minekey Inc, a valley based startup which focussing on recommendations and behavioral targeting for publisher content. He was introduced to the newly born Mahout community through the Google Summer of Code program while he was a dual-degree student at IIT Kharagpur. Since then, he has been trying to model machine learning algorithms in to the Map/Reduce format and have successfully merged his Complementary Naive Bayes and Frequent Pattern Mining implementations with the Mahout code base. He is currently working as a Software Engineer at Google, Bangalore. He finds time from work to contribute actively to the Mahout community.

Jeremy Ashkenas
Jeremy Ashkenas (DocumentCloud)

Jeremy is the lead developer of DocumentCloud, an open-source
repository of documents contributed by journalists and non-profits.
DocumentCloud was a winner of the 2009 Knight News Challenge. He works
on the Ruby-Processing project for software art, placed in two Apps
for America competitions, and lives and works in New York City.

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. Now doing similar things for people selling stuff over the phone.

David Avital
David Avital (Marvell Semiconductor)

David Avital is a Technical Marketing Manager in the Enterprise Business Unit (EBU) wthin Marvell Semiconductor Ltd.
David has over 9 years of applications and system engineering, design engineering and marketing experience in high technology.
David’s responsibilities at Marvell include managing strategic software partnerships and technology development portion of the SheevaPlug SoC business.

Prior to Marvell, David has served as a team leader of enterprise projects involving SAN, NAS and virtualization technologies in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) technology and computer center (MAMRAM).
David graduated from Singalovski College in Tel-Aviv with a degree in software engineering.

Zohar Babin
Zohar Babin (Kaltura)

http://www.zoharbabin.com/about

Teddy Bachour
Teddy Bachour (Microsoft)

Teddy is the Industry Technical Strategist for Microsoft WW Health, Public Sector team. He is on the Standards and Interoperability Strategy lead team at Microsoft and is engaged with health standards and interoperability organizations such as HL7 and IHE.

During his 10 years at Microsoft, Teddy managed the delivery of large scale infrastructure and integration programs in the health industry.

Before joining Microsoft, Teddy spent 10 years as Lead Architect for a global healthcare ISV working on ultrasound fetal monitors and EMRs for labor and delivery.

Teddy has a PMP certification and holds an EE degree from Ecole Superieure des Ingenieurs de Beyrouth, a MS in Industrial Management from Central Connecticut State University in CT, and a MS in Computer and Information Science from University of New Haven in CT.

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.

Nick Barcet
Nick Barcet (Canonical UK Ltd)

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

Nagesh Bashyam (Harris Corporation)

Nageshwara Bashyam (Technical, Key Personnel) has 15 years of experience in the design and development of information technology solutions. He is currently the Chief Architect for Harris Healthcare solutions responsible for creating the Harris Healthcare Enterprise Architecture and is also responsible for providing technical guidance to the NHIN CONNECT team as needed. Prior to this, he was the software architect, systems architect, and integration lead for the Field Data Collection Automation (FDCA) project which is a large scale enterprise system consisting of 150,000 mobile devices, 15,000 workstations deployed across the country in 500 locations for the Bureau of Commerce. As part of the development of this system he performed many architecture trade studies to identify the right technology for complex problems such as Directory Services, Content Delivery across the country, Asynchronous Data Delivery, Workflow automation using BPEL, Mobile Applications using GPS, Security scanning tools, Audit solutions, and Identity and Access management solutions. He also provided the security architecture and guidelines to resolve many vulnerabilities to provide a secure infrastructure for the country’s major activity of the decade. He was instrumental is designing and implementing the COOP/Disaster recovery operations for the system. In addition to the technical activities he was the chair of the CCB’s and instituted the change management and software release and promotion processes coordinating across more than 10 organizations on a weekly basis. Prior to the FDCA program, Mr. Bashyam was the technical architect who was instrumental in designing and implementing a Train Control and Planning System for Norfolk Southern that optimized railroad traffic to improve overall efficiency of the freight railroad network. As part of this program, he was key in architecting the infrastructure services for Custom Portals, Messaging, Data Acquisition, Track Database services, Disaster Recovery, software delivery and distribution process. In addition to the infrastructure he was the lead for the Movement Planning team which was the core business team that was transforming the railroad business by providing optimization solutions for railroad operations.

Benjamin Bassi (CommonPlaces e-Solutions)

As a founding member of Lycos.com, Ben Bassi has been at the forefront of online innovation for almost two decades. A pioneer of online communities (social networking, before the phrase was coined), Ben worked as EVP of Sales and Marketing at Firefly Network (which was acquired by Microsoft and became MSN Passport). During his time as the head of YouthStream Media, the company worked with 250 colleges and universities to facilitate online communication between their faculty and student population with the early social networking sites MyBytes and SixDegrees.

Under Bassi’s leadership, CommonPlaces e-Solutions is one of the fastest growing Web development firms in New England, achieving Inc 500 for 2009. Since 1993, Ben has motivated the talented team at CommonPlaces to deliver online community experiences and collaborative data solutions that go beyond just another social network.

Brian Behlendorf (World Economic Forum)

Brian Behlendorf is the collaboration advisor for the CONNECT project, bringing a depth of experience in open source projects to the team.
Behlendorf has served as a director for CollabNet where he helped guide the company to its leadership position in distributed software development with over one million users on CollabNet’s on-demand collaborative development environment.
Before launching CollabNet, Behlendorf was co-founder and CTO of Organic Online, a Web design and engineering consultancy located in San Francisco. During his five years at Organic, Behlendorf helped create Internet strategies for dozens of Fortune 500 companies. During that time, he co-founded and contributed heavily to the Apache Web Server Project, co-founded and supported the VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) effort, and assisted several IETF working groups, particularly the HTTP standardization effort. Before starting Organic, Behlendorf was the first Chief Engineer at Wired Magazine and later HotWired, one of the first large-scale publishing Web sites.
Behlendorf is currently on the board for the Mozilla Foundation and a retired director and president of the Apache Software Foundation

Dan Bentley (Google)

Dan Bentley’s a software engineer in Google’s Open Source Programs Office.

Keith Bergelt
Keith Bergelt (Open Invention Network)

Keith Bergelt is the chief executive officer of Open Invention Network (OIN), the collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. In this capacity he is directly responsible for enabling, influencing and defending the integrity of the Linux ecosystem. Central to the achievement of his goals is the acquisition and transfer of patent rights designed to permit members of the Linux ecosystem to operate free of the threat of assertion and litigation from those whose business models are antithetical to innovation and global economic growth in information technology and computing.

Prior to joining the Open Invention Network, Mr. Bergelt served as president and CEO of two Hedge Funds – Paradox Capital and IPI – formed to unlock the considerable asset value of patents, trademarks and copyrights in middle market companies. Paradox and IPI were the first Funds of their kind to offer specialty lending products supported exclusively by intellectual property. Driven by Mr. Bergelt’s creativity and entrepreneurial approach, these funds enabled the emergence of patents, trademarks and copyrights as a viable source of collateral in asset-based loans, forever reshaping the emerging IP Finance landscape.

During Mr. Bergelt’s stewardship of these IP-based lending activities, he raised more than $300 million dollars and financed portfolio companies of private equity firms including Texas Pacific Group, Kelso & Co., JH Whitney, Weston Presidio, Goode Partners, Palladium Capital and Castanea Partners, among others.

Previously, Mr. Bergelt served as a senior advisor to the technology investment division at Texas Pacific Group. He also headed business development, intellectual property and licensing for the Kelso & Company portfolio company Cambridge Display Technology in the United Kingdom. Additionally, he established and served as General Manager of the Strategic Intellectual Asset Management business unit at Motorola Corporation and served as Motorola’s director of Technology Strategy.

Mr. Bergelt was a co-founder of the Intellectual Property Advisory Practice within the Electronics and Telecommunications Industry group at SRI Consulting in Menlo Park, California.

Prior to his extensive private sector experience, Mr. Bergelt served for twelve years as a diplomat with postings at the United Nations in NY and the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan where he was involved in the negotiation of IP rights protection in Asia.

Mr. Bergelt holds an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Duke University, a Jurist Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Theseus Institute in France. He is a frequent speaker on corporate strategy, finance and intellectual property management.

Sebastian Bergmann

Sebastian Bergmann holds a degree in Computer Science and is a pioneer in the field of quality assurance in PHP projects. His test framework PHPUnit is a de-facto standard. He is actively involved in the development of PHP and creator of various development tools. Sebastian Bergmann is an internationally sought-after expert. As an author he shares his long-standing experience in books and articles. He is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world.

Josh Berkus
Josh Berkus (PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.)

Josh Berkus is primarily known as one of the Core Team of the world-spanning open source database project PostgreSQL. As CEO of PostgreSQL Experts, Inc., he speaks on database and open source topics all over the world, and consults on database design, performance, and open source community building. He also makes pottery and is a darned good cook.

Christopher Bertels

Christopher Bertels is a student at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, studying Computer Science and Philosophy. His main interests lie in the advancement of Free Software, programming language implementations and virtual machine technology.

He is an advocate of dynamic languages, believing in pure and simple language designs with great metaprogramming and self-hosting capabilities as they can be found in Smalltalk, Lisp and Ruby.

He infrequently blogs and tweets .

Paul Beusterien (Symbian Foundation)

Paul Beusterien is the head of the Symbian Development Tools group responsible for the tools strategy and implementation working with open source communities. Paul has 21 years of system software development and management experience working on compilers, debuggers, IDEs and real-time operating systems. Before joining the Symbian Foundation, Paul spent 13 years at Wind River Systems.

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 Internet Standards & initiatives like Direct, Meaningful Use, and Blue Button. He is author of an O’Reilly book titled – "Enabling Programmable Self with HealthVault”, and currently looking for reviewers for the next edition of the book!

K.S. Bhaskar
K.S. Bhaskar (Fidelity Information Services, Inc.)

Bhaskar manages GT.M a mature key-value NoSQL database that is currently the legal system of record for tens of millions of bank accounts worldwide, including some of the largest real time core processing systems live anywhere. It is also increasingly used for electronic health records, especially as a platform for VistA

GT.M on x86 Lnux is Free / Open Source Software (AGPL v3).

Features of GT.M include:

  • TB scale databases
  • ACID transactions
  • Extreme robustness
  • Asynchronous replication with eventual Consistency

Bhaskar is an engineer by training and inclination, and has worked on high reliability and high performance software for over thirty years. Since 1999, his primary desktop has been Linux.

Bhaskar was a co-founder of WorldVistA a non-profit charitable organization that promotes the use of VistA for electronic health records, and served on its Board for several years.

Bhaskar was awarded Linux Medical News’ 2002 Achievement Award, and WorldVistA received Wired magazine’s 2007 Rave Award for Medicine.

Nathaniel Bibler
Nathaniel Bibler (Envy Labs)

Nathaniel Bibler is a private software consultant based in the Central Florida area. He has been designing web based software since 1994 and has been building and supporting Rails-based systems and applications almost exclusively for the past 3 years. In that time, he has created or contributed to several Rails plugins including attachment_fu and open_id_authentication as well as provided accepted patches into the Rails core. He is a long-time member and presenter in the Orlando Ruby User Group.

Mike Biglan
Mike Biglan (Twenty Ideas)

Mike leads a team of 15 in variety of new development projects from iPhone Apps to social networking sites to Web 2.0 web applications. Within the past year, his clients have ranged from Encyclopedia Britannica, Santa Fe Institute, Michael Moore, Cengage Learning, Phone.com, and Kindermusik.

Mike has an M.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from UC San Diego and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He currently serves also serves as VP of Technology for Simple Gifts, Inc and is on the steering board of the Promise Neighborhoods Research Consortium.

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

Benjamin Black
Benjamin Black (Boundary)

Mr. Black most recently cofounded and was CEO of Boundary. He a
recognized expert in large-scale technology infrastructure design,
implementation,and operation. Previously, he was an engineering
director in the ECN group at Microsoft Windows Live, where he helped
build one of the largest content delivery networks in the world. As
the manager of website engineering at Amazon, he lead the design and
implementation of a new, layer 3 network for Amazon’s production
network. As principal engineer for Amazon infrastructure, he
co-authored the first documents on what later became EC2. As senior
manager for information security, he owned and successfully delivered
Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI DSS compliance for Amazon infrastructure,
including the critical payments processing systems. His work in the
Internap R&D team resulted in his being awarded 3 patents in Internet
routing and traffic optimization. Mr. Black is also co-author on
several IETF RFCs on MPLS control protocols and IPv6 network
operations.

Michael Bleigh

Michael is a JavaScript and Ruby developer and the CEO/Cofounder of Divshot, a browser-based front-end development platform. He has been working to make web development better through open source contributions (such as OmniAuth, Grape, and Themestrap) as well as by speaking at events including as RailsConf, Confoo, Open Source Bridge, and OSCON.

Adam Blum
Adam Blum (Rhomobile)

Adam Blum is CEO of Rhomobile, the makers of Rhodes, the open mobile framework. He is a longtime CTO/VP of Engineering of several successful startups in the web services and mobile spaces (Commerce One, Systinet, Good, Mobio). He is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon and advisor to several other software companies.

Jonas Bonér
Jonas Bonér (AkkaSource)

Jonas Bonér is a programmer, teacher, mentor, speaker and author who spends most of his time consulting, hacking on open source as well as lecturing and speaking at developer conferences world-wide. He has worked at Terracotta, the JRockit JVM at BEA and is an active contributor to the Open Source community; most notably created the Akka Project, AspectWerkz Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) framework, committer to the Terracotta JVM clustering technology and been part of the Eclipse AspectJ team. Blog: jonasboner.com.

Gerald Bortis (Mirth Corporation)

Gerald Bortis is a Sr. Software Engineer and project lead overseeing the development of Mirth Connect, a popular open source healthcare integration engine created by Irvine, CA based Mirth Corporation. Gerald has a background in software engineering and is also completing his Ph.D. in Informatics at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.

James Bottomley
James Bottomley (Parallels)

James Bottomley is a Distinguished Engineer at Novell and Linux Kernel
maintainer of the SCSI subsystem, the Linux Voyager port and the
53c700 driver. He has also made contributions to PA-RISC Linux
development in the area of DMA/device model abstraction and memory
management. He is currently a Director on the Board of the Linux
Foundation and Chair of its Technical Advisory Board. He was born and
grew up in the United Kingdom. He went to university at Cambridge in
1985 for both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees. He joined AT&T
Bell labs in 1995 to work on Distributed Lock Manager technology for
clustering. In 1997 he moved to the LifeKeeper High Availability
project. In 2000 he helped found SteelEye Technology, Inc as Software
Architect and later as Vice President and CTO. He joined Novell in
2008.

Samuel Bowen, MD ( Open Source Medical Software)

President of the 501c3 OSMS (Opensource Medical Software) whose primary project is OpenEMR at this time and owner of
Bowen Primary & Urgent Care, a division of Apollo HealthCare, PA, was established January 5th, 1998 to help meet the primary care and urgent care needs of northeast Hickory.

Mike Boyarski (Jaspersoft)

Mike Boyarski has spent the majority of his 15 years in product management
and marketing roles tackling enterprise software challenges. He is currently
director of product marketing for Jaspersoft, an open source Business
Intelligence company. He spent several years at Oracle where he drove
strategic initiatives such as software appliances and Oracle’s On Demand
service platform. Mike’s expertise is in open source software, business
intelligence, data management technologies, and cloud based computing
platforms.

Gilad Bracha
Gilad Bracha (Ministry of Truth)

Gilad Bracha is the creator of the Newspeak programming language. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cadence, and a Computational Theologist and Distinguished Engineer at Sun. He is co-author of the Java Language Specification, and a researcher in the area of object-oriented programming languages. Prior to joining Sun, he worked on Strongtalk, the Animorphic Smalltalk System. He received his B.Sc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ben Gurion University in Israel and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah.

Tim Bray
Tim Bray (Google, Inc.)

Tim Bray is a Canadian software developer and entrepreneur. He co-founded Open Text Corporation and Antarctica Systems. Tim was the Director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems until February, 2010. He is now a Developer Advocate at Google, focusing on Android.

Walter Bright (Digital Mars)

Walter Bright graduated from Caltech in 1979 with a degree in mechanical
engineering. He worked for Boeing for 3 years on the development of the 757
stabilizer trim system. He then switched to writing software, in particular
compilers, and has been writing them ever since.

Jason Brittain
Jason Brittain (eBay Inc.)

Jason is a co-author of Tomcat: The Definitive Guide, now in its
second edition, and has written some web articles for O’Reilly’s
OnJava.com web site.

Jason is an Architect at MuleSoft Inc. on the Tcat Server product,
an enterprise Tomcat product that offers a centralized Tomcat administration,
diagnostics, and monitoring console for existing Tomcat installations.

Before joining the team at MuleSoft, Jason was Senior Architect at
Spigit, Inc. where he led a team of software engineers writing an idea
management and prediction markets social networking web application
for the enterprise. Before joining Spigit, Jason was a Senior
Principal Software Engineer for Orbital Sciences Corporation, working
at NASA’s Ames Research Center on the Kepler Space Telescope mission
(http://kepler.nasa.gov), where his software has helped discover five
confirmed extrasolar planets, so far.

Jason’s specialties include the Apache Tomcat servlet container, Java
software development, building social networking web applications,
Tomcat web application development and deployment, scalability and
fault tolerance, and Linux system administration. He has contributed
to several Apache Java projects, and has been an active open source
software developer for many years.

Jeff  Brown
Jeff Brown (SpringSource)

Core member of the Grails development team, Jeff Brown, is a Senior Engineer with SpringSource. Jeff has been involved in designing and building object oriented systems for over 10 years, he currently teaches a number of Java and object oriented training courses in addition to doing consulting and mentoring work for industries including Aerospace, Financial, and Medical. Jeff’s areas of expertise include Java, agile web development with Groovy & Grails, distributing computing, object database systems, object oriented analysis and design and agile development.

Brian Bruns
Brian Bruns (DB Relay)

Brian Bruns is a longtime Open Source Software developer. He is the original developer of the FreeTDS and MDB Tools projects as well as a contributor to numerous other projects.

Most recently, he is the primary developer of DB Relay, an open source project built around the NGiNX web server platform that provides a HTTP/JSON interface to a variety of database servers. It enables database access without drivers and web application development without middleware. The DB Relay system is designed for operational efficiency and ease of maintenance. DB Relay is hosted at www.dbrelay.com and will be presented to the public for the first time at OSCON 2010.

Brian has worked for many years as a DBA and software developer in the fields of banking, engineering, and health care.

Deborah Bryant

Deborah Bryant is Senior Director, Open Source and Standards (OSAS) in the Office of the CTO at Red Hat. The OSAS team is dedicated to ensuring that its upstream communities are wildly successful, and that Red Hat is appropriately involved in the standards bodies that influence Red Hat’s products. This is done through direct participation in projects, supporting community events, providing infrastructure and other project resources, and helping to promote projects to ensure their use and attraction of future developers.

Deborah’s twenty-something year background in tech spans three industries; private industry and start-ups, the public sector and government, and education. She’s been an advocate of open source adoption, governance, policy and economic development across those sectors for the last fifteen and has published a number of studies addressing open source communities and their impact government and the services they provide.

Deborah serves on numerous boards and councils with public trust agendas and an emphasis on open source as enabling technology; National Steering Committee for Open Source for America; Board Adviser to Open Source Digital Voting Foundation, Code for America and Intrahealth International’s Open Council. Most recently she was elected to a three year term as a Board Director by the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

During her previous role as Public Sector Communities Manager at Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab “(OSU OSL)” Deborah founded the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) as a collaborative platform with a focus on state and local IT leadership (2005-2011). In 2010 she received an O’Reilly Media Open Source Award in recognition of her contribution to open source communities and advocating the use of free and open source software in government.

Tim Bunce
Tim Bunce (TigerLead)

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

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

He is co-author, along with Alligator Descartes, of Programming the Perl DBI, the definitive book on DBI, published by O’Reilly Media.

A popular and effective speaker, he has delivered tutorials and sessions for many years at OSCON and other conferences and workshops.

Dries Buytaert

Dries Buytaert, Drupal Project Lead and Acquia CTO & co-founder

Dries is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal open source web publishing and collaboration platform. He serves as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organization formed to help Drupal flourish. A native of Belgium, Dries holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University.

Originally written as a bulletin board system, Drupal is a free and open source modular framework and content management system (CMS) written in the programming language PHP. Drupal, like many modern CMS’s, allows the system administrator to organize the content, customize the presentation, automate administrative tasks, and manage site visitors and contributors. Although there is a sophisticated programming interface, most tasks can be accomplished with little or no programming. Drupal is sometimes described as a “web application framework”, as its capabilities extend from content management to enabling a wide range of services and transactions.

Mark Callaghan (Facebook)

Mark leads the MySQL engineering team at Facebook. The team makes MySQL better for Facebook. He previously lead the MySQL engineering team at Google. Prior to Google Mark worked at Identity Engines, Oracle and Informix. Mark has an MS in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Trotter Cashion
Trotter Cashion (Mashion, LLC)

Trotter Cashion is a Senior Software Engineer at Algorithmics, working on a collateral management messaging exchange for the financial industry. He began his career at Eastmedia in New York, where he helped develop the first OpenID server in Rails, before working as an Application Architect on motionbox.com. He is the author of Rails Refactoring to Resources, a Short Cut (e-book) for Addison Wesley and a co-author of the Rails Way. He has also spoken at Gotham Ruby Conference, RailsConf Europe, and Philly ETE.

Piers Cawley
Piers Cawley (Thermeon)

Piers Cawley is a long time Perl programmer who recently spent a few years as a Ruby programmer.

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

Francesco Cesarini
Francesco Cesarini (Erlang Solutions Ltd)

Francesco Cesarini is the founder of Erlang Solutions Ltd. He has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, starting as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson’s Erlang training and consulting arm working on the first release of the OTP middleware, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, soon after Erlang was released as open source, he founded Erlang Solutions. With offices in three countries, they have become the world leaders in Erlang based support, consulting, training, certification, systems development and conferences. Francesco has worked in major Erlang based projects both within and outside Ericsson, and as Technical Director, has led the development and consulting teams at Erlang Solutions. He is also the co-author of Erlang Programming, a book recently published by O’Reilly and lectures at Oxford University and the IT Univertisy of Gothenburg. You can follow his ramblings on twitter.

Scott Chacon

Scott Chacon is a Git evangelist and developer working at GitHub.com. He is the author of the Pro Git book by Apress (progit.org), the Git Internals Peepcode PDF as well as the maintainer of the Git homepage (git-scm.com) and the Git Community Book. Scott has presented at LinuxConf.au, OSCON, RuPy, Symfony Live, Ruby Kaigi, RailsConf, RubyConf, Scotland on Rails and a number of local groups and has done corporate training on Git across the country.

Adam Chlipala
Adam Chlipala (Impredicative LLC)
Ur

Adam Chlipala is currently a postdoc in computer science at Harvard University. His research interests are in applications of advanced type systems, including mechanized theorem-proving and the design and implementation of functional programming languages. He finished his PhD at Berkeley in 2007, with a thesis on verifying compilers and program analysis tools in the Coq computer proof assistant. At Harvard, he is continuing work on formal verification in Coq, with a focus on low-level code and compilation. He also has a longstanding interest in tool support for web programming, and he is now developing a commercial web site using his Ur/Web language for safe metaprogramming of AJAX applications.

Kristina Chodorow is a Software Engineer at 10gen, where she maintains the MongoDB Perl and PHP Drivers. Kristina has presented MongoDB in numerous forums, including OSCON 2009.

Mel Chua (Red Hat)

Mel is a hacker. Over time, Mel has progressed from hacking hardware (electrical engineer) to code (software developer) to organizational cultures (community QA team lead). She now hacks communities of practice as a member of Red Hat’s Community Architecture team. These days, Mel spends most of her time with on open source in education, teaching professors how to teach open source, leading the Fedora Marketing team, and generally getting things out of the way of people who want to Get Stuff Done. In her hypothetically existent amounts of free time, she volunteers for Sugar Labs and works on undergraduate engineering education reform, occasionally at the same time.

Deanne Clark
Deanne Clark (DSS Inc)

Deanne Clark is the Product Manager for DSS Commercial VistA system. She has over 8 years of experience in project management and product management for all phases of the electronic health record software life cycle from charter, to prototype, to testing, documentation, implementation, and support for clinical, administrative, and fiscal modules within VistA in the VA and the commercial vxVistA System.

For the last four years, Ms. Clark has overseen the development of an Open Source commercial VistA offering for use in non-VA health care environments including medical schools, ambulatory care clinics, and inpatient mental health facilities. Her focus remains on developing solid user-driven enhancements in clinical decision support, reporting, and fostering meaningful use of the VistA EHR system while expanding its user base beyond the VA and expanding its patient base to be more inclusive of women’s health and pediatrics.

Rick Clark
Rick Clark (Cisco Systems)

Rick Clark works for Cisco Systems as a Principal Engineer. Previously he was Project Lead for Openstack and the engineering manager for Ubuntu Server. Rick is the father of 4 year old twin girls, and a rabid hockey fan. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Alan Clegg
Alan Clegg (Internet Systems Consortium)

Alan Clegg has over 20 years providing support and management of Internet facing systems. As a Dale Carnegie trained public speaker, Alan has provided tailored learning experiences to corporations (Banc One, Jefferson Pilot Communications), at conventions and meetings (BSDcon, InfraGard, HTCIA), and as part of his job with Berkeley Software Design.

During the NSF funded rollout of Internet access to higher education, Alan assisted in the deployment of “high speed” (56k!) network access to all 2 and 4 year degree granting, publicly funded colleges and universities in North Carolina. Later, as a member of the technical staff of Berkeley Software Design, he provided training and support for the BSD/OS and FreeBSD operating systems. More recently, Alan was a member of the senior engineering team at Hosted Solutions, a data center solutions provider with multiple data centers in North Carolina and Massachusetts.

Since joining the Internet Systems Consortium staff in 2007, Alan has been creating and providing workshops and training for ISC customers and users. The training includes a 5-day DNS and BIND class, a 3-day DNSSEC workshop and a 2-day ISC DHCP course. These classes and workshops have been delivered across the globe to private corporations, such as Telstra, Cloudshield and Neustar and publicly to a vast array of system administrators and network operators.

Serving as a volunteer firefighter for over 21 years, Alan became an American Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer following hurricane Katrina. He is also a trainer for the FEMA Community Emergency Response Team, specializing in CERT response to acts of terrorism.

Jeremy Cole
Jeremy Cole (Twitter)

Jeremy Cole is a long time MySQL Geek and pioneer of MySQL scalability. Jeremy started his MySQL adventure ten years ago as the fourteenth employee of a startup: MySQL AB. His initial work was primarily on documentation and core development, soon transitioning into support, and finally running the training and consulting organization during his four and a half years there. After MySQL, Jeremy coined the “MySQL Geek” title at Yahoo!, supporting hundreds of internal users of MySQL and many thousands of MySQL servers within Yahoo!’s infrastructure, as well as building a large team of MySQL experts around the world. Jeremy went on to found one of the premier MySQL consulting companies, Proven Scaling, which during its more than three years of operation provided detailed advice, optimization, new tools, and hands-on DBA and emergency support to more than 100 influential companies. As a MySQL Geek and Customer Advocate at Schooner Information Technology, Jeremy helps guide the vision, development, and ongoing customer support of Schooner’s data storage appliances.

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

Ben is a tech lead and manager for Google Code’s project hosting service. He was one of the founding developers of Subversion, and later helped port it to Google’s Bigtable infrastructure. He also has a degree in mathematics, plays banjo, writes musicals, and takes lots of photos.

Rick Copeland
Rick Copeland (SourceForge.net / GeekNet)

Rick Copeland is a software engineer at Geeknet, the company that owns the websites SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, and FreeCode. Rick is the primary author of Ming, a Python object mapper for MongoDB, as well as Zarkov, a MongoDB-based event logging and aggregation framework. Rick has participated in several initiatives at SourceForge using MongoDB and Python. Prior to GeekNet, Rick worked in fields from retail analytics to hardware chip design. He holds MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bachelor of Computer Engineering degrees from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Eckerd College.

Rob Cottingham
Rob Cottingham (Social Signal)

For 18 years, Social Signal president Rob Cottingham has worked with senior strategic levels of government, business and advocacy organizations to help them engage with audiences – in both the digital and offline worlds.

Pioneering in the online arena comes naturally to Rob, who launched his first web site in 1995. He built one of the earliest party leadership candidate web sites in Canada, launched the country’s first online political game, and oversaw the creation of an ambitious anti-tobacco website targeted to youth years before similar efforts became ubiquitous.

Rob is a seasoned communications strategist and accomplished speechwriter, and his powerful copy and concepts for ads and collateral have won international awards.

Rob believes strongly in sharing his skills and knowledge. An engaging and entertaining presenter, Rob has provided training and facilitation to government departments, political parties and conferences on everything from basic Internet skills to online advocacy.

Rob maintains a long-running blog on technology and public affairs at RobCottingham.ca. He draws the popular Noise to Signal web cartoon, has been a regular freelance contributor to CBC Radio and performs in a variety of venues as a standup comic.

Kate Craig-Wood

Kate is a multi-award-winning British technology entrepreneur, owner-manager of Memset, and a nationally renowned expert-advocate of green ICT and Cloud Computing. She is an officer of BCS’s (formerly the British Computer Society) influential Data Centre Specialist Group and is the youngest-ever main board member of Intellect UK, Britain’s high-tech trade association. Kate also chairs Intellect’s Climate Change Group, and currently co-leads the technical architecture strand of the Cabinet Office’s G-Cloud and App Store project.

Her company, Memset, is a nationally leading managed hosting and Cloud Computing provider. Memset was Britain’s first Carbon Neutral ISP, and has pioneered virtual machine technology since 2002.

Florian Cramer (Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy)

Florian is the head of the Networked Media Master programme at the Piet Zwart Institute of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, Netherlands (an school for art and design). He also oversees the design research programme Communication in a Digital Age. His background is Comparative Literature (where he received a Ph.D. from Freie Universitaet Berlin in 2006), the arts and media studies. He is a GNU/Linux user and FLOSS activist since 1998.

Hugh Creedon (DSS Inc)

Hugh Creedon is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience on the Clinical Informatics Service at Hines, VA, Hospital. Involved in implementing an electronic health record system there and at other VA sites. Provided on-going end-user support and training; interface between software development and clinical users. Presented at national VA symposia on various aspects of electronic health record systems. Also spent more than thirty years as a practicing clinical psychologist at Hines and in a private practice.

Have worked over four years at DSS in the implementation, customization and configuration of vxVistA and vxCPRS. Also provided training and consultation for end-users. Have managed the vxVistA staff for three years, developing staff and promoting methodologies to ensure optimal customer satisfaction with all implementation and end user support.

Years of hands-on experience as a Clinical Application Coordinator and as a Mental Health ADPAC (Automated Data Processing Application Coordinator). This experience has resulted in developing a skill set for configuring, customizing, implementing, and training in vxVistA/vxCPRS. I am also skilled at communicating with others, both within DSS as well as external customers.

Oversee implementation, configuration, customization and training of vxVistA/vx CPRS at various sites.. Be one of the points of contact for all communication between DSS and it commercial customers. Directly supervise the Project Managers for all implementations.

Todd Crowe (Todd Crowe Web Design & Development)

Todd Crowe has over twenty years of experience in the computer industry. In that time he has worked for many large and well known software and internet companies including Microsoft, IBM, Netscape and America Online.

Before leaving America Online to work independently, Todd worked on several internet applications that were used by millions of internet users. His last project, which he lead the design and development of, was a service that supports several America Online applications used by millions of people every day.

More recently Todd is focusing his work on managing, designing, and developing the websites of local companies and organizations. His currently clients include several businesses as well as the Pacific City – Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District.

Fabio  Da Cunha
Fabio Da Cunha (Microsoft)

Fabio Da Cunha is a Senior Manager with Microsoft’s Interoperability Alliances team responsible for sales and technical evangelism for Microsoft’s partnership with Novell. Fabio is a native of Brazil and joined Microsoft two years ago after an extensive career in technical consulting across a breadth of Microsoft and Linux-based technologies for the enterprise.

Louis Danuser (AT&T Labs, Inc.)

Louis Danuser has worked over 25 years in IT on some interesting assignments ranging from database design to software programming to being a storm chaser using cutting edge GIS and remote sensing technologies. His latest assignment includes leading a group of IT Ninja’s for AT&T Labs, Inc.

Eric Day
Eric Day (craigslist)

Eric Day works on the Drizzle and Gearman projects. He has been writing high-performance, multi-threaded servers and databases for most of his career, always with an emphasis on efficiency and security. He has written complete HTTP/SSL, DNS, and IMAP implementations, along with designing and implementing custom storage and database systems. Most of his work has been done in clustered and distributed environments.

Eric also keeps active in the open source community through speaking at conferences and user groups, as well as helping organize camps and conferences in Portland, OR. When not hacking on code, he can be found playing hockey, biking, or enjoying a good vegan meal with his wife.

Lennon Day-Reynolds (Dark Horse Comics)

Lennon Day-Reynolds is a software developer based in Portland, OR, with a particular interest in web technology, open source software, and usability. He’s been building web sites for communities, businesses, and academia for over a decade. He currently works at Dark Horse Comics, fulfilling a lifelong dream to do nerdy things at the geekiest publishing company in the world.

Chris DiBona
Chris DiBona (Google, Inc.)

Chris DiBona is the Open Source and Public Sector Programs Manager for Mountain View, Ca based Google, Inc. His job includes managing open source related compliance and outreach programs for the company. More information about Google’s open source program can be found at http://code.google.com/opensource

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

Vlad Didenko

Vlad Didenko is an IT Architect. He was at GETCO between 2003 and 2012 and has held various IT Operations and Automation roles within the company.

At GETCO Vlad initiated and designed the DB Relay system, an open source project built around the NGiNX web server platform that provides an HTTP/JSON interface to a variety of database servers. It enables database access without drivers and web application development without middleware. The DB Relay system is designed for operational efficiency and ease of maintenance. DB Relay is hosted at www.dbrelay.com and was be presented to the public for the first time at OSCON 2010.

Prior to GETCO, Vlad was an HP OpenView Solutions Architect at Hewlett-Packard. Previously, he was a System Administrator Consultant.

Vlad is a graduate of the State University at Novosibirsk, Russia.

Chris Drake
Chris Drake (FireHost)

Chris Drake is the founder and CEO of FireHost where he oversees the growth, direction, and innovation at the company. According to Chris, “It’s not about secure hosting features, industry trends, or what technologies we invest in. It’s about solving our customer’s core problems and empowering them with the feeling of total security when it comes to their website.”

Prior to founding FireHost, Drake was the founder of and partner in an interactive marketing and web development company, TargetScope, which oversaw hundreds of websites containing critical data, applications and ecommerce. After seeing time and again that clients’ websites were not adequately protected from new hacker threats, viruses and other malicious cybercrimes, Drake began offering hosting services that addressed clients’ security and performance needs. What emerged was FireHost. In 2008, Drake took the company from being a one-off solution that was offered to customers of TargetScope to being a whole new, and fast growth company all on its own. Since the company’s marketing launch in June 2009, FireHost has grown an average of 40 percent each quarter, raised $2 Million in capital, and been recognized as a major player in the web security space.

Drake’s career as a secure hosting “superhero” didn’t start the way of most in the web hosting world. He started off as a real-life superhero serving as a paratrooper in the storied 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army. While Based in Fr. Bragg, North Carolina, Drake was hand-picked by commanding General Henry Hugh Shelton (later to be become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) to migrate the 82nd from their Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) to their first private websites. Since email wasn’t standard practice, these websites had to be totally secure so deployed units could communicate with their families. Chris successfully undertook this challenge and enabled troops to enjoy secure communication electronically with their families around the world.

Drake is sought after speaker and writer on everything related to web development, hosting and security. He is frequently published in major industry news sites such as VentureBeat, Ecommerce Developer, and Ecommerce Times, and speaks at leading industry events and tradeshows on timely web security issues.

Drake holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of North Texas, where he was also named Marketing Alumni of the Year in 2007. When he’s not working tirelessly to bring secure web hosting to all, Drake enjoys spending time with his wife Katrena, playing Rugby and mentoring other business owners with start-up challenges.

Edd Dumbill
Edd Dumbill (Silicon Valley Data Science)

Edd Dumbill is a technology analyst, writer and entrepreneur based in California. He’s helping drive businesses with data as VP Strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science.

Edd was the founding program chair for the O’Reilly Strata, and chaired the Open Source Convention for six years. He was the Founding Editor of the journal Big Data.

A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system, and a co-founder of the Pharmalicensing.com online intellectual property exchange.

An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd has contributed to various projects, such as Debian and GNOME, and created the DOAP Vocabulary for describing software projects.

Edd has written four books, including O’Reilly’s “Learning Rails”. He writes regularly on Google+ and on his blog at eddology.com.

James is a veteran of many startups – some successful, some not. Having seen the successful acquired, and IPO’d James brings perspective of how companies change, from small to large, and what a company needs to do at each stage of its growth. Most recently, James was one of two founders at Reasonably Smart, a Platform-as-a-Service company based in Montreal. Subsequently James became Joyent’s Director of Platform Strategy when Reasonably Smart was acquired in January of 2009.

Prior to Reasonably Smart & Joyent James spent 7 years at Fotango, finishing his time there as the CIO. Fotango, acquired by Canon in 2001, developed one of the world’s first Platform-as-a-Service offerings. This expertise allows James to bring a deep knowledge of platforms, frameworks, and operations to Joyent and their customers.

Jeff  Dworkin
Jeff Dworkin (Dialogic Corporation)

Jeff is a recognized pioneer in the Voice Processing and Internet Telephony industries. He co-founded Interface Alternative (later renamed iFace.com) in 1992 and implemented some of the first commercial grade IVR systems that included Speech Recognition, Speaker Verification and Text-To-Speech systems for use in the banking, transportation, retail, health care services, and entertainment industries. The software architecture created by iFace.com still serves as the technological centerpiece of Telco operations in many diverse countries as the United States, Korea, Syria and Palestine. After leaving iFace.com, Jeff worked at pulver.com as Community Developer as well as holding positions at Endavo Media and Communications and Pandora Networks in the areas of Marketing and Business Development. Jeff has recently joined Dialogic in the role of Product and Segment Manager for Enterprise Markets.

Joel Ebrahimi
Joel Ebrahimi (Bivio Networks)

Joel Ebrahimi is a solutions engineer at Bivio Networks, where he helps service providers, carriers and government organizations deploy DPI-enabled systems for improved network security, visibility, control and monetization.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Ebrahimi has developed a specialization in high-speed packet analysis, firewall integration, network intrusion prevention/detection, host-based intrusion prevention, open vulnerability and assessment language (OVAL), common vulnerabilities and exposure (CVE) and compliance. He holds a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In 1971, Jonathan Edwards encountered an idle PDP-11/20 in the basement of the Johns Hopkins EE department. A decade later, he cofounded IntraNet, whose software daily processes trillions of dollars in interbank funds transfers. He did early work on multithreading, OODB’s, transactions, and replication. He is now a Research Fellow at MIT CSAIL in Daniel Jackson’s Software Design Group, where he has worked on the Alloy modeling language and experimented with new ideas in programming language design. He disturbs people at AlarmingDevelopment

Damon Edwards
Damon Edwards (DTO Solutions)

President of DTO Solutions. Editor of dev2ops.org

Emil Eifrem
Emil Eifrem (Neo Technology / Neo4j)

Founder of the Neo4j graph database project and CEO of Neo Technology. Programmer by passion the first 15 years on this planet and by profession the remaining 15. First free software project at age 16. Now mainly focused on spreading the word about the powers of graphs and preaching the demise of tabular solutions everywhere.

David Elfi
David Elfi (Intel Corporation)

David is a senior software engineer at Intel since 2008, focusing on Software Services.

Alan Eliasen is not good at math so he enjoys teaching computers to do his work for him. He is developing the programming language Frink.

Jonathan Ellis
Jonathan Ellis (DataStax)

Jonathan is an expert in databases and distributed systems. At Mozy, he built a scalable multi-petabyte storage system based on Reed-Solomon encoding.

He currently works on the Cassandra distributed database and cloud infrastructure for Rackspace Hosting.

Heidi Ellis
Heidi Ellis (Western New England University)

Heidi Ellis has been active in software engineering education for the past 15 years. She is PI on the NSF-funded project "SoftHum: StudentParticipation in the Community of Open Source Software for Humanity,” which is investigating the development of course materials to support student open source participation within the classroom. She has been involved with the Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) project (hfoss.org) which
has a goal of building a community for supporting the involvement of students in
HFOSS projects since its inception and has multiple publications related to involving students in HFOSS projects.

Justin Erenkrantz
Justin Erenkrantz (The Apache Software Foundation)

Justin R. Erenkrantz is currently President of The Apache Software Foundation. He is also CTO of Project WBS and received his PhD from the University of California, Irvine. He has been a long-time contributor to the Apache HTTP Server, Subversion, APR, Serf, mod_mbox, and flood.

Rabble Evan Henshaw-Plath

Rabble is the instigator of Cubox SA, a development shop based 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.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans (Rackspace)

Eric Evans is an Apache Cassandra committer and Debian Developer working on distributed systems at The Rackspace Cloud.

Kevin Falcone (Best Practical Solutions)

Kevin Falcone is a developer at Best Practical Solutions, LLC, producer
of open source tools including RT: Request Tracker. At Best Practical,
Kevin works on a number of projects including RT, Hiveminder, and the
Jifty framework.

Sam Faus (Sujansky & Associates, LLC)

Samuel Faus is a senior associate consultant from Sujansky & Associates, LLC. Sam was a chief architect of the Common Platform, oversaw requirements gathering and product development, and is the head of support of the hosted PHD-CDE solution. Sujansky & Associates, LLC (http:\\www.sujansky.com) is a Health IT Consulting firm specializing in clinical data engineering. Sujansky & Associates was contracted to provide technical support and health IT consulting for phases 1 & 2 of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Project HealthDesign program.

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.

Andrés manages the Maps Developer Relations team. Prior to joining the Maps team, he worked as a Developer Advocate for Google TV, helping developers build cool and compelling applications for those platforms. Andrés has a broad range of experience, having worked with various technologies in the past 14 years in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Adam Feuer (Grameen Foundation)

Adam Feuer leads the software development team at Grameen Foundation’s Mifos Initiative. He founded the network scalability solution provider F5 Networks, the internet service provider IXA (now part of Savvis Networks), and helped launch Amazon’s grocery delivery business Amazon Fresh. He specializes in mission-critical business applications built using open source software and Agile methodologies.

His passion is creating great teams to solve difficult problems.

Brian Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick (Google, Inc.)
Brian Fitzpatrick started his career at Google in 2005 as the first software engineer hired in the Chicago office. Brian leads Google’s Chicago engineering efforts and also serves as engineering manager for Google Code and internal advisor for Google’s open source efforts. Prior to joining Google, Brian was a senior software engineer on the version control team at CollabNet, working on Subversion, cvs2svn, and CVS. He has also worked at Apple Computer as a senior engineer in their professional services division, developing both client and web applications for Apple’s largest corporate customers. Brian has been an active open source contributor for over ten years. After years of writing small open source programs and bugfixes, he became a core Subversion developer in 2000, and then the lead developer of the cvs2svn utility. He was nominated as a member of the Apache Software Foundation in 2002 and spent two years as the ASF’s VP of Public Relations. Brian has written numerous articles and given many presentations on a wide variety of subjects from version control to software development, including co-writing “Version Control with Subversion” as well as chapters for “Unix in a Nutshell” and “Linux in a Nutshell.” Brian has an A.B. in Classics from Loyola University Chicago with a major in Latin, a minor in Greek, and a concentration in Fine Arts and Ceramics. Despite growing up in New Orleans and working for Silicon Valley companies for most of his career, he decided years ago that Chicago was his home and stubbornly refuses to move to California.
Karl Fogel
Karl Fogel (Open Tech Strategies, LLC)

Karl Fogel is an open source developer, author, and copyright reform activist. After working on CVS and writing “Open Source Development With CVS” (Coriolis, 1999, cvsbook.com), he went to CollabNet, Inc as a founding developer in the Subversion project. Based on his experiences there, he wrote “Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project” (O’Reilly, 2005, producingoss.com). After a brief stint as an Open Source Specialist at Google, he left to found the non-profit QuestionCopyright.org. He now works at Canonical, Ltd on the Launchpad collaboration platform and continues to run QuestionCopyright.org. He writes and speaks regularly on copyright reform and on the application of open source principles to areas outside software.

Steve Folta
Steve Folta (Steve Folta)

Steve Folta is a freelance computer programmer. It’s possible that some of his code is running in your home. He is also the creator of the Trylon computer language.

Brian Ford
Brian Ford (Engine Yard)

Interested in languages of all types, I currently consider Ruby to be my favorite. My hope with Rubinius is to create the an excellent Ruby implementation that enables us to easily explore and adopt the best features of other programming languages.

Neal Ford
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)

Neal Ford is Software Architect and Meme Wrangler at *Thought*Works, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, courseware, video/DVD presentations, and author and/or editor of 6 books spanning a variety of technologies, including the most recent The Productive Programmer. He focuses on designing and building of large-scale enterprise applications. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, speaking at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks. Check out his web site at http://www.nealford.com. He welcomes feedback and can be reached at nford@thoughtworks.com.

Brady Forrest
Brady Forrest (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Brady Forrest is Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Where and co-chair for Android Open . Additionally, he co-chaired the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and NYC. Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
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.

Nathanial Freitas (New York State Senate)

Nathan Freitas has been writing code since he was eight and hasn’t stopped looking for problems to solve ever since. A lifelong mobile technology enthusiast, his career has included work on DARPA-funded research projects, popular consumer products, award-winning digital art pieces and groundbreaking technology for activism. Mr. Freitas also recently designed and taught a new graduate course entitled “Social Activism using Mobile Technology” at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunication Program. He works as a member of the NY State Senate’s CIO Office focused on open services and mobile applications.

I have a background hacking on various open source projects. Recently I co-founded Oni Labs, where we’re working on a Stratified JavaScript web application server.

Wez Furlong
Wez Furlong (Message Systems, Inc.)

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

Gopinath Ganapathy

Gopi Ganapathy is Founder, President & CEO of Essentia, a product and services company focused on open source solutions. Gopi’s background includes CEO/CTO roles successful startups and executive roles in fortune 500 companies. He was VP of Engineering leading the teams that delivered SVN, OpenOffice.org community solution and EssentiaESP powers popular communities like JasperReports, Openbravo and Groundworks today.

Chander Ganesan
Chander Ganesan (Open Technology Group, Inc)

An Open Source developer with over a decade of experience, Chander develops and delivers training and consulting services focused around Open Source technologies. His programming language experience includes Python, PHP, Django, JavaScript, and PERL, and his database experience includes PostgreSQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server, and MySQL . Chander also works extensively with Open Source geospatial solutions, including PostGIS, OpenLayers, GeoDjango, and MapServer.

Marko Gargenta

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

Dave Geller
Dave Geller (City and County of San Francisco)

Dave Geller is a business analyst for the Emerging Technologies group for the Department of Technology in the City and County of San Francisco

Ben Gerst (The New York Times)

Ben Gerst is a Manager of Platform Technologies and Product Technologist for The New York Times. At the Times, he leads the User Generated Content Platform, which includes Comments on Articles, Rate and Review of Movies, Travel, Dining and Theater. He also worked as a developer on My Alerts, E-Commerce and the Most Popular applications.

David Golden
David Golden (Bunchmail)

David Golden is author or maintainer of dozens of Perl modules, including much of the Perl module toolchain. He was the first release engineer for Strawberry Perl and led the design and migration of CPAN Testers to a cloud architecture. He has been programming Perl for over 12 years.

Joe Gregorio

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

Jeremy Grelle
Jeremy Grelle (SpringSource, a division of VMware)

Jeremy Grelle is an open source software engineer with SpringSource, a division of VMware, who specializes in bridging the gab between client-side and server-side technologies. He currently spends his primary development time on a collection of JavaScript micro-libraries known as CujoJS. He is a continual contributor to all things Spring Web and is the creator of the Spring JavaScript, Spring Faces, and Spring BlazeDS Integration projects.

Jeremy is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as JavaOne, The Spring Experience, SpringOne, The Rich Web Experience, Adobe Max, TheServerSide Java Symposium, and various user group events. He always enjoys getting out and showing his fellow developers how to bend web browsers to their will and the possibilities of what can be created with Spring and its wealth of complimentary web technologies.

Ilya Grigorik
Ilya Grigorik (igvita.com)

Ilya Grigorik is the founder and CTO of PostRank, a real-time social engagement monitoring and analytics platform. He is an avid Ruby and web architecture blogger (www.igvita.com, Twitter: @igrigorik), speaker, and a community evangelist.

Coda Hale
Coda Hale (Yammer, Inc.)

Coda Hale is an Infrastructure Architect for Yammer, Inc., an enterprise messaging service. He likes coffee, bicycles, and designing and implementing robust software systems.

Joseph Hall
Joseph Hall (Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University)

Joseph Lorenzo Hall recently graduated with his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Information working under information law professors Pamela Samuelson and Deirdre Mulligan. Hall started a postdoctoral research position at the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University this past Fall. Hall’s academic focus is on mechanisms that promote transparency, as core functions of our government become digital. His Ph.D. thesis used electronic voting as a critical case study in digital transparency. Mr. Hall holds master’s degrees in astrophysics and information systems from UC Berkeley and is a founding member of the National Science Foundation CyberTrust ACCURATE Center (A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable and Transparent Elections). He served as a voting technology, policy and law analyst on the teams that conducted the California Secretary of State’s Top-To-Bottom Review of voting systems and Project EVEREST, Ohio’s review of its voting systems.

Nicholas Halsey
Nicholas Halsey (Keynote Systems)

Nick Halsey serves as chief marketing officer for Keynote Systems. Mr. Halsey has over 25 years of experience in enterprise software, and has played a leading role in the emergence of both the business intelligence and commercial open source markets. Most recently Mr. Halsey was the chief marketing officer and executive vice president of corporate development at SugarCRM, where he managed the company’s overall go-to-market strategy. Prior to SugarCRM, Halsey served as the vice president of marketing and product management at Jaspersoft Corporation, the leading open source business intelligence company. He was a co-founder and board member of Biz360, an innovator in social media monitoring and market intelligence solutions that was recently acquired by Attensity Group, and also served as the founding vice president of sales and marketing for Brio Software, where for over six years he helped lead the company to $200 million in sales and a successful IPO. Mr. Halsey also served as the CMO and executive vice president of corporate development at Alphablox, guiding it to an acquisition by IBM.

Nathan Hamblen

Nathan works on Meetup’s Web API to enable applications to integrate with the Meetup platform. In his spare time he writes Android applications for that same API, the Dispatch library for HTTP interaction, the Spde toolkit for Processing, and the weblog Coderspiel. He’s presently trying not to write a helper library for Scala Android applications—but somebody’s got to do it.

Perrin Harkins
Perrin Harkins (We Also Walk Dogs)

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

Mark Harrah (Independent)

Author of sbt, a build tool for Scala.

Andrew Hart
Andrew Hart (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Andrew is a staff software engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where he works in the Data Management Systems and Technologies group. He brings his computer science background and creative talents to the design and development of data management components and web interfaces for a wide range of projects including an informatics infrastructure for the National Cancer Institute’s Early Detection Research Network (EDRN), data modeling and architectural support for the Laura P. and Leland K. Whittier Virtual Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (Whittier VPICU) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and web services for JPL’s Airborne Cloud Computing Environment (ACCE). He is also an active contributor to the Object Oriented Data Technology (OODT) project currently incubating at the Apache Software Foundation.

John Hawley
John Hawley (Red Hat)

John “Warthog9” Hawley is a jack of all trades, programmer, sysadmin, crazy man and rabble rouser. Currently working for the Linux Foundation on assignment to kernel.org as their Chief Systems Administrator. He’s worked on kernel.org as a primary sysadmin for numerous years, created PXE Knife a network & cd bootable cd of useful utilities, maintains a set of GeoIP based patches for the Bind name server, and probably more random things than he is going to remember.

Leslie Hawthorn
Leslie Hawthorn (Elasticsearch)

An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating and enabling open source communities. She created the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launched Google’s #2 Developer Blog, received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 and gave a few great talks on many things open source.

In August 2013, she joined Elasticsearch as Community Manager, where she leads Developer Relations. She works from Elasticsearch’s EU HQ in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – when not out and about gathering user praise and pain points. You can follow her adventures on Twitter

Leif Hedstrom

Leif Hedstrom is a software engineer at Yahoo!, where he has designed and implemented several edge services actively used by many large sites, such as Y! News and Flickr. Lately he has pushed for Open Sourcing the HTTP proxy server used internally at Yahoo!, and since the fall of 2009, the Traffic Server project is now in the incubator stage with the Apache Software Foundation. Prior to Yahoo!, Leif has worked at several internet companies such as Netscape Communications and Infoseek Corporation.

Leif is an avid scuba diver, snowboarder, dog lover and family man. And of course, he’s a huge computer nerd.

Rich Hickey
Rich Hickey (Datomic)

Rich Hickey, the author of Clojure, is an independent consultant and application architect with over 20 years of experience in all facets of software development. Rich has worked on scheduling systems, broadcast automation, audio analysis and fingerprinting, database design, yield management, exit poll systems, and machine listening, in a variety of languages.

Noel Hidalgo
Noel Hidalgo (World Economic Forum)

In the land of the Internets, he is known as “noneck.” For the last six years, he has focused on exploring community organizing, innovative technologies and the creative space between the two. For the past ten years, he has worked to understand the complex digital tools that enable our modern society and the communities that embrace them. Most notably, he’s journeyed around the world to six contents documenting the communities that live off of the Internet, he lifecasted the process of becoming a New York City Yellow Cab driver, helped expose the China’s broken Olympic promises, helped crystalize political remix culture at RemixAmerica.org, helped create an election monitoring system built on Twitter, helped foster the NYC technology community by running Williamsburg Coworking and helped empower the New York State Senate and it’s constituents understand the power of an open, transparent and efficient legislature. Currently, he’s the Director of Technology Innovation at the New York State Senate.

Dion Hinchcliffe
Dion Hinchcliffe (Dachis Group)

Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized business strategist and enterprise architect who works hands-on with clients in the Fortune 500, federal government, and Internet startup community.

Dion helps lead the industry by evolving the thinking for next-generation businesses in various social media including ZDNet’s influential Enterprise Web 2.0 Blog and the Web 2.0 Blog. He is extensively published in leading industry periodicals and journals including the Microsoft Architecture Journal, AjaxWorld Magazine, SOA/Web Services Journal, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Social Computing Journal. His thought leading work has been covered in BusinessWeek, CNET News, Wired Magazine, CIO Magazine, and other well-known news outlets.

In addition to helping organizations deliver large-scale Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 solutions as a Senior Vice President at the Dachis Group, Dion is also is a regular keynote speaker on the topics of Web 2.0, SOA, and Enterprise 2.0 and has presented or keynoted at Web 2.0 Expo, CeBIT, Business Integration Forum, Interop, JavaOne, SOA Web Services Edge, Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Office 2.0, and many other major business and software conferences. Dion has also been instrumental in pioneering ideas around next-generation SOA and Product Development 2.0, with many of those ideas being shared in his blog on Musings and Ruminations on Building Great Systems.

He is also the founder of the popular Web 2.0 University, the world’s leading education solution for Web 2.0 and next generation SOA. He can be reached at dion.hinchcliffe@dachisgroup.com and on Twitter @dhinchcliffe.

Mark Hinkle
Mark Hinkle (Citrix)

Mark Hinkle is a long-time open source expert and advocate. He is a co-founder of both the Open Source Management Consortium and the Desktop Linux Consortium. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for both LinuxWorld Magazine and Enterprise Open Source Magazine. He is also the author of the book, “Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration.” (Thomson, 2006)

Over the past 10 years Mark has held executive positions at a various technology start-ups. At Earthlink (previously MindSpring) he was the head of the award-winning technical support organization recognized by PC Computing and PC World as the best in the industry. He has held executive roles (CIO, VP of Business Development) with Linux virtualization software provider, Win4Lin. As the VP of Strategy at Emu Software he executed the release of their configuration software, NetDirector, under an open source license.

Mark holds a BS degree in Management from York College of Pennsylvania. He has also completed undergraduate work in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a founding father of the University of Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club.

Mark is an active blogger on his open source technology blog, SocializedSoftware.

Mark Hinkle (Socialized Software)

Previous Editor in Chief of LinuxWorld and Enterprise Open Source Magazines. Syndicated blogger and freelancer for LinuxWorld.com, Linux Today, and Enterprise Open Source Magazine. Co-founder of the Linux Desktop Consortium and Open Management Consortium.

Gregory Hislop
Gregory Hislop (Drexel University)

Greg Hislop is interested in student contribution to open source software, especially for OSS with humanitarian goals. He is interested in finding open source projects that are willing to create opportunities for students to participate in their work. See xcitegroup.org for more information.

Dirk Hohndel
Dirk Hohndel (Intel Corporation)

Dirk Hohndel has been an active developer and contributor in the Linux space since its earliest days. Among other roles, he worked as Chief Technology Officer of SuSE and as Vice President of The XFree86 Project, Inc. Dirk joined Intel in 2001. He works in the Software and Services Group and focuses on the technology direction of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center and guides Intel’s engagements in open source. He is an active contributor in many open source projects and organizations, various program committees and advisory boards. Dirk holds a Diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Würzburg, Germany. He lives in Portland, OR.

Alex Honor (ControlTier open source automation project)

Alex Honor is the founder of the ControlTier open source automation project. Has been involved in the development and management of large scale online systems for over 15 years, including critical roles at E*TRADE, NASA Ames Research, Open Design, and DTO Solutions. He is a frequent speaker at regional user group meetings on issues of system scalability and deployment automation.

Mike Hostetler
Mike Hostetler (appendTo)

Mike Hostetler is an inventor, entrepreneur, programmer and proud father. Having worked with web technologies since the mid 1990’s, Mike has had extensive experience developing web applications with PHP and JavaScript. Currently, Mike works as the CEO of appendTo, LLC, the jQuery Company, based in Denver, Colorado. Heavily involved in Open Source, Mike is a member of the jQuery Core team, leads the QCubed PHP5 Framework project, and participates in the Drupal project. When not in front of a computer, Mike enjoys hiking, fly-fishing, snowboarding and spending time with his family.

Kevin Hoyt (Adobe Systems, Inc.)

Kevin Hoyt is a Group Manager of Platform Evangelism at Adobe, Inc. where he’s been actively involved in furthering web technologies for almost ten years. As a Platform Evangelist, Kevin is responsible for covering a broad array of Adobe technologies, and spends upwards of seventy percent of the year presenting keynotes, session and hands-on labs at conferences and user group events across the globe. Prior to joining Adobe, Kevin held various information technology roles ranging from web design to enterprise infrastructure. Kevin lives in Denver, CO and enjoys photography and general aviation in his free time.

Tom Hughes-Croucher

Tom Hughes-Croucher is the CTO at Change.org The world’s largest petition platform. Tom loves helping people Change the world every single day.

Previously he founded Jetpacks for Dinosaurs, a consultancy that helped make their clients’ (Walmart, Nexenta, MySpace, Comcast, NY Times, etc) internet applications really fast.
Tom is the co-author of the O’Reilly book “Up and Running with Node.js”.

Tom has also worked at Joyent on the Node.js team, at Yahoo! and a range of other startups. Tom is an O’Reilly author with his book “Node.js Up and Running”.

Tom 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 Walmart, NASA, Yahoo!, Tesco, Three Telecom and the UK’s Channel 4 Television.

Luis Ibanez
Luis Ibanez (KITWARE Inc.)

Luis Ibáñez is a Technical Leader at Kitware Inc. He has been working on open source software for more than ten years. He is an expert on medical image analysis. For three years he has been the main instructor of the Open Source Software Practices course at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He is also editor of the Insight Journal, an Open Access publication that enforces reproducibility of scientific research via the use of open source software.

Matt Ingenthron
Matt Ingenthron (Couchbase, Inc.)

Matt is an experienced web architect with a software development background. He has deep expertise in building, scaling and operating global-scale Java, Ruby on Rails and AMP web applications by leveraging a variety of open source projects, including memcached.

Alec Istomin
Alec Istomin (Parallels)

Alec Istomin is an Enterprise Solution Architect at Parallels, Renton, WA. He joined Parallels (called SWsoft at the time) as a developer in early 2000. He has been involved with Linux and Virtualization all these years and led numerous cloud deployments. He has an M.S. in physics and applied mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Moscow.

Tobias Ivarsson (Neo Technology)

Tobias Ivarsson is a software developer at Swedish startup Neo Technology, the commercial backer of the open source graph database Neo4j. At Neo Technology Tobias is the lead developer of the Python bindings for Neo4j, as well as integration layers for other frameworks, and a few developer tools. Tobias is also the main compiler developer on the Jython project since 2007, when he spearheaded a prototype of Python 2.5 support in Jython during the Google Summer of Code initiative.

Adam Jacob

A twelve year system operations veteran, Adam is the CTO of Opscode, whose mission is to bring “Infrastructure Automation to the Masses”. He is the primary author of Chef.

Christian Jacobsen (University of Copenhagen)

Christian is interested in furthering the use of parallel languages on small embedded devices in a way that makes them accessible to novice and expert alike. In this light he created the Transterpreter, a small virtual machine for embedded parallel programming. Christian now works on the Plumbing framework, a set of components that can be used to introduce parallel programming on embedded devices to novices. When not working on those things, he teaches at the department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen.

Daniel Jacobson

Daniel Jacobson is the Director of Application Development for NPR Digital Media. As such, Daniel leads the development of NPR’s content management system, web site, podcasts, mobile site, APIs, and other digital products. NPR has embraced open source as being central to its digital media strategy, and the API is the strategy’s centerpiece.

Daniel is also a member of the Board of Directors for the OpenID Foundation.

Matt Jadud
Matt Jadud (Allegheny College)

Matt is passionate about the design and development of usable languages for embedded control. To this end, he his carries out human-centered research regarding how novices learn to program as well as technical explorations of parallel languages for tiny computers. Most recently, he and his collaborators have launched concurrency.cc, a rallying point for parallel programming on the popular Arduino platform. Matt keeps himself busy as a member of the faculty at Allegheny College as well as chasing around a now very mobile baby boy.

Sameera joined WSO2 in May 2008 and is a Technical Lead. He is currently working in WSO2 Stratos project. He is one of the initial developers of the OSGi based WSO2 Carbon platform.

He was a co-developer of the team which implemented Rampart2 which is a re-implementation of Apache Rampart. It is a high performance Web services Security module(Completely Axiom based and WS-Policy aware) for Apache Axis2. Sameera contributed to JAX-WS templates of Apache Axix2/Java Codegen tool for the Google Summer of Code program in 2007.

Sameera has a first class honors degree from the department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

Sameera is a sports enthusiast and enjoys travelling and photography

Vadim Jelezniakov
Vadim Jelezniakov (The New York Times)

Vadim Jelezniakov is a Lead Software Engineer and Infrastructure Evangelist at The New York Times. At the Times, he leads the creation of processes and tools that allow NYTimes.com to grow and manage its computing infrastructure in a controlled and sane way. He is also the master mind behind NYTimes.com’s own Cloud Manager and a contributor to several open source projects including CloudMaster and MRToolkit. When his head is not in the clouds, he teaches Aikido and plays Wii with his daughter.

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

I’m an editor for O’Reilly Media; I cover a number of areas, including Arduino, wireless sensor networks, mobile devices, as well as some Microsoft and Apple topics.

I like to hack on gadgets such as Arduino and the BeagleBoard in my spare time, and I’m also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center that gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work.

Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson (Facebook)

Robert Johnson is Director of Engineering at Facebook, where he leads the software development efforts to cost-effectively scale Facebook’s infrastructure and optimize performance for its many millions of users. During his time with the company, the number of users has expanded by more than twenty-fold and Facebook now handles billions of page views a day.

Robert was previously at ActiveVideo Networks where he led the distributed systems and set-top software development teams. He has worked in a wide variety of engineering roles from robotics to embedded systems to web software. He received a B.S. In Engineering and Applied Science from Caltech.

Sam Johnston

Sam Johnston is a technical program manager in the Site Reliability Engineering team at Google Switzerland. Before joining Google in 2010, Sam worked at Citrix Systems and served as founder and CTO for a number of successful high-tech start-ups in Australia, France and Ireland. A computer scientist at heart, he was recently listed as one of the leaders of cloud computing, having been an active contributor to the cloud computing community since its inception (particularly in the areas of security, standards and interoperability).

Sam has advised and architected pilots for various European enterprises (including one of the earliest and largest commercial cloud deployments to date, started in 2006 with 35,000 users) and presented at a number of international conferences on the subject.

Sam earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

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 Healthcare Strategy group. Dr. Jones worked with provider organizations, payor organizations, academic institutions, healthcare informatics standards organizations, government representatives and pharmaceutical firms in 34 countries. He participated in the creation of white papers for the European Commission and chaired the Technical Committee for the Interoperability Consortium.

In 2006, Dr. Jones co-founded Tolven Inc., which was formed to bring to market a consumer-centric, open source, integrated electronic platform for medical information that promotes clinician-consumer collaboration.

David Kale
David Kale (Children's Hospital Los Angeles)

Dave is a research engineer in the Laura P. and Leland K. Whittier Virtual Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (Whittier VPICU) group at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he brings to bear his background in computer science and artificial intelligence to develop next-generation clinical decision support systems that are data-driven, patient-centered, and personalized. He recently became a contributor to JPL’s Object Oriented Data Technology (OODT) as a part of the Apache Incubator.

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.

J.D. Keith (DSS Inc. )

J.D. Keith comes from a background in network computing, telecommunications, and ERP applications and support. I joined DSS in the Spring of 2009, after serving for 3 years as the IT/ERP Support Manager at Nicklaus Golf Equipment Company in West Palm Beach, FL. Extensive experience in IT and Systems Computing/Management across many platforms from Mainframe Systems and Wide Area Networks to Desktop/PC and peripheral support, along with extensive IT procurement and budget management, experience in selection and implementation of both hardware and software systems across many industries and management methodologies.

Among my hallmark projects I can count both forklift and upgrade implementation projects from 5 to 50,000 users and have successfully managed groups and teams in completing projects of varied size and complexity.

My nearly two decades of systems analysis and direct experience with a broad spectrum of hardware and software species enables me to assess situations and circumstances quickly in order to properly design and configure network computing systems to support scalability and operational efficiency, as well as to manage and maintain a budgetary constraint perspective when necessary for providing cost effective solutions in systems implementations.

Extensive research, reading, and daily interaction with staff members at DSS have enabled me to assimilate volumes of information specific to Health Care IT in order to support vxVistA-OS EHR systems, assist Research and Development in resolving ongoing issues, and establish procedures for regular management, support, and maintenance of the hardware and software used in delivering vxVistA-OS for clients hosting their own vxVistA-OS platform and vxVistA ASP hosted services.

Mary Jane Kelly
Mary Jane Kelly (Casaba Security)

Mary Jane (or mj) is a computer security consultant responsible for data analytics and anti-fraud strategies at Casaba Security. She has a background in programming, consulting, and statistics with experience in the security space. Mary Jane is active in tech community events, founding the Seattle chapter of Girls In Tech, organizing the 2007 Northwest Security Symposium, volunteering in educational security events, and participating in local tech meetups. She also loves working on robotics and geek art.

Patrick Kerpan
Patrick Kerpan (Cohesive Flexible Technologies)

Patrick Kerpan is the President and chief technology officer (CTO) for CohesiveFT, the provider of Secure Cloud Container Solutions including Elastic Server for virtual image management and VPN-Cubed for cloud networking. In these roles, Kerpan is responsible for directing product, technology and sales strategy.

Kerpan brings more than 20 years of software experience to the role of CTO and was one of CohesiveFT’s founders in 2006. Previously he was the CTO of Borland Software Corp which he joined in 2000 through the acquisition of Bedouin, Inc., a company that he founded. Kerpan was also the vice president and general manager of the Developer Services Platform group at Borland, where he was instrumental in leading the Borland acquisition of StarBase in 2003.

Before founding Bedouin, Inc., Kerpan was a managing director responsible for derivatives technology at multiple global investment banks.

Aaron Kimball
Aaron Kimball (Cloudera, Inc.)

Aaron Kimball is a software engineer at Cloudera, Inc., the Commercial Hadoop company. Aaron is the principle developer of Sqoop, the SQL-to-Hadoop database import/export tool. Aaron has been working with Hadoop since early 2007, and contributes actively to its development. Through Cloudera, he additionally provides training to developers and system administrators working with Hadoop. Aaron holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University, and an M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington.

Heather Kincaid (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Heather works for Northup Grumman Corporation as a consultant and operations lead for the Early Detection Research Network (EDRN) Informatics Center at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this capacity, she is responsible for working with the Principal Investigators and the Data Management and Coordinating Center to annotate and curate the data acquired from validation studies of cancer biomarkers. Heather works with the software development team using the EDRN Knowledge Environment and associated tools to build and link the EDRN results into a distributed, semantically-linked database. Prior to arriving at JPL in 2007, Heather worked as the IT Manager for the Data Management and Coordinating Center of the EDRN at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Dave Klein
Dave Klein (Independent)

Dave is a consultant helping organizations of all sizes to develop applications more quickly (and have more fun doing it) with Groovy and Grails. Dave has been involved in enterprise software development for the past 15 years. He has worked as a developer, architect, project manager, mentor and trainer. Dave has presented at user groups and national conferences. He is also the founder of the Capital Java User Group in Madison, Wisconsin, the Gateway Groovy Users in St. Louis, MO, and the author of Grails: A Quick-Start Guide.

John Koleszar
John Koleszar (Google, Inc.)

John is a software engineer on the VP8 team. In addition to day-to-day
development, he focuses on fostering adoption and development of the
VP8 codec by the open source community. Prior joining Google, John was
a software engineer on the codec development and embedded optimization
teams at On2 Technologies.

John earned a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute.

Bradley Kuhn
Bradley Kuhn (Software Freedom Conservancy)

Bradley M. Kuhn is a Director of FSF, President of the Software Freedom Conservancy, and won the O’Reilly Open Source Award at OSCON 2012. Kuhn began his work in the Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) Movement as a volunteer in 1992, when he became an early adopter of the GNU /Linux operating system, and began contributing to various FLOSS projects. He worked during the 1990s as a system administrator and software developer for various companies, and taught AP Computer Science at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. Kuhn’s non-profit career began in 2000, when he was hired by the Free Software Foundation. As FSF’s Executive Director from 2001-2005, Kuhn led FSF’s GPL enforcement, launched its Associate Member program, and invented the Affero GPL. From 2005-2010, Kuhn worked as the Policy Analyst and Technology Director of the Software Freedom Law Center. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola University in Maryland, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. His Master’s thesis (an excerpt from which won the Damien Conway Award for Best Technical Paper at this conference in 2000) discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of FLOSS languages. Kuhn has a regular blog and a microblog (@bkuhn on identi.ca).

Subra is cloud security and identity strategist and architect at eBay. Prior to that he was a security architect for Oracle’s On Demand platform service. Previously, he led various security initiatives including identity and access management and consulted for Sun’s public infrastructure service cloud. He is co-author of the O’Reilly publication “Cloud Security and Privacy – An Enterprise perspective on risks and compliance”, which addresses issues related to preparing for cloud computing. Subra is a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance and co-chair of the Identity & Access Management and Encryption & Key Management workgroups. Subra’s has held leadership roles at Accenture, Netscape, Lycos and Sun. Subra has a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from Clemson University. Subra is CISSP and CISM certfied.

Lars Kurth
Lars Kurth (Citrix Systems Ltd)

Lars Kurth is the Contributor Community Manager at the Symbian Foundation. In the last 7 years, Lars has worked with several open source communities and built strong open source experience.

Lars has 16 years of industry experience in the tools and mobile sector. Lars has worked in various roles in ARM, Symbian and Nokia: from product manager, chief architect, engineering manager and as software developer.

Ikai Lan
Ikai Lan (Google, Inc.)

Ikai Lan is a software engineer working for the Developer Programs
groups at Google, Inc. Prior to Google, he worked as a software
engineer building social applications at LinkedIn and a systems
integration consultant delivering VoIP applications at Citrix Systems.
Ikai is an avid technologist, consuming volumes of material about new
programming languages, framework or service. In his free time, he
enjoys the California outdoors, winning Chinese language karaoke
contests and playing flag football. He resides in San Francisco, CA,
where he watches in anguish as his favorite professional sports teams
implode season after season.

Rob Lanphier
Rob Lanphier (Wikimedia Foundation)

Rob Lanphier is a seasoned community manager who has launched two major open source initiatives: Linden Lab’s Second Life client source release and RealNetworks’ Helix initiative. During his nine years at RealNetworks, Rob was a key contributor to two important multimedia standards (RTSP and SMIL). He’s also worked at a number of companies, including Microsoft, Asymetrix, Conjungi, and also worked as an independent consultant specializing in MediaWiki development.

Asheesh Laroia
Asheesh Laroia (Eventbrite)

Asheesh loves growing camaraderie among geeks. He chaired the Johns Hopkins Association for Computing Machinery and taught Python classes at Noisebridge, San Francisco’s hackerspace. He realizes that most of the work that makes projects successful is hidden underneath the surface.

He has volunteered his technical skills for the UN in Uganda, the EFF, and Students for Free Culture, and is a Developer in Debian. Until recently, he engineered software and scalability at Creative Commons in San Francisco; today, he works at OpenHatch as its data seducer and co-founder.

Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz

Robert (a/k/a r0ml) Lefkowitz is a vice president of information technology at Asurion, where he is responsible for engineering the IT infrastructure. His interest in medieval history is surprisingly helpful in this role.

Carl Leitner (IntraHealth International)

Carl Leitner, PhD is an open source software developer and mathematician. Dr. Leitner is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association. He regularly oversees human resources information systems (HRIS) development work and health informatics training in Botswana, Ghana, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Uganda. He also works with regional organizations, such as the West African Health Organization, to ensure successful and sustainable HRIS.

Brian LeRoux
Brian LeRoux (Nitobi Inc.)

Brian LeRoux is the lead software architect at Nitobi Inc. where he
focuses on delivering apps and helping developers all over the world
write their apps. Contributor to PhoneGap and creator of XUI and
Lawnchair. Suffice to say, Brian believes that the future of the
internets is mobile and will rely on web standards, open source and
hackers like you.

Neil Levine
Neil Levine (Canonical)

Neil Levine has been professionally using and deploying Linux and
open-source software into the enterprise for over 15 years. After
working as a systems and network administrator in the hosting and
telecoms sector in the mid-90s, Neil joined Claranet in 1997 where as
CTO he helped grow the company into the largest, independent internet
service provider in Europe, covering nine countries, built almost
exclusively on open-source software. In 2009, Neil joined Canonical,
the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu project, as Vice-President of
Corporate Services, where he is responsible for enterprise and cloud
strategy. Neil holds an MA in Political Science from Columbia
University and a BSc in Economics from University College London.

Jason Levitt
Jason Levitt (Spirit.io)

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

Howard Lewis Ship
Howard Lewis Ship (TWD Consulting)

Howard Lewis Ship cut his teeth writing customer support software in
PL/1. He made the jump to Object Oriented programming via NeXTSTEP
and Objective-C before transitioning to Java. He began work on
Tapestry in early 2000, and is currently working on Apache Tapestry 5.2.

Howard is respected in the Java community as an expert on web application development, dependency injection, Java meta-programming, and development productivity. He is a frequent speaker at JavaOne, NoFluffJustStuff, ApacheCon and other conferences, and the author of “Tapestry in Action” for Manning
(covering Tapestry 3.0).

Howard is an independent consulting, specializing in Tapestry and Clojure training, mentoring and project
work. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Suzanne, a novelist.

Philip Lindsay
Philip Lindsay (rancidbacon.com)

Philip Lindsay (also known as follower from rancidbacon.com ) creates tools to encapsulate the knowledge he gains from exploring and understanding technology in order to help others do their jobs more effectively. He translates technology.

In addition to teaching introductory Arduino workshops Philip has contributed USB and networking code to the Arduino eco-system.

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

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

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 IBM platforms.

Aaron Lippold is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a
degree in Computer Science, Mathematics and English Interpretive
Theory.

Trenton Lipscomb (Amazon Web Services, LLC)

Trenton has been heads-down in Java code since 1998. Having led teams through enterprise projects at CNET and an online advertising startup, he was looking for a new way to express himself and found it in Scala. Trenton lives in Portland, Oregon.

Thomas Lockney
Thomas Lockney (Nike & PNWScala)

Thomas has over a decade of experience working with Java and wrestling code in various forms. He started PDXScala, the Portland Scala users group, after realizing that Scala was the way forward. He can usually be found staring at a glowing screen somewhere in Portland, Oregon.

Keith Lofstrom (SiidTech)

Keith is a 56 year old mixed-signal integrated circuit designer in Beaverton, Oregon. Keith is CEO of SiidTech , which licenses silicon identification technology to semiconductor manufacturers. Keith is also an integrated circuit design consultant.

Keith is webmaster for Orcnet, the Oregon IEEE Consultant’s Network. Keith is active in open source and the Portland Linux Unix Group. Keith’s server hosts the dirvish disk-to-disk backup program, based on rsync and written in Perl. Keith has a special interest in low power, high efficiency computing.

Keith invented the Launch Loop , a space launch system, in 1981. This speculative space launch system can be built with existing technologies and launch thousands of tons into orbit per day at costs below $5/kg.

Keith abhors powerpoint and everything like it. He wrote his own open source web presentation tool, wydiwys

No desiccant paks were harmed in the production of this bio.

Josh Long
Josh Long (SpringSource, a division of VMware)

When enterprise architect, consultant and author Josh Long isn’t hacking on code, he can be found at the local Java User Group. He is a co-author of Spring Enterprise Recipes and Spring Web Recipes from Apress. Josh likes solutions that push the boundaries of the technologies that enable them. His specialties include scalability, BPM, grid processing, mobile computing and so-called “smart” systems. He runs a blog at http://www.joshlong.com

Phillip Longman
Phillip Longman (New America Foundation)

Phillip Longman is a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and Schwartz Senior Fellow at the Washington Monthly. His work has appeared in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, Der Spiegel, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, and Washington Post.

His latest book, co-authored with Ray Boshara, is entitled The Next Progressive Era: A Blueprint for Broad Prosperity (Polipoint, Spring 2009). His previous book Best Care Anywhere, recently updated with a second edition by Polipoint in 2010, chronicles the quality transformation of the Veterans Health Administration and applies its lessons for reforming the U.S. health care system as a whole. Mr. Longman has spoken widely on this subject, including appearances on the Keith Olberman show, at the Wharton School of Business, Yale School of Management, WorldVistA, MedImpact, The National Convention of the American Legion, and at numerous VA facilities around the country. His appearance at a recent New America Foundation event on the subject is available here.

His other books include The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity And What to Do About It, published by Basic Books in 2004 and reissued in paperback in 2006. It examines how the rapid yet uneven fall in birth rates around the globe is affecting the balance of power between nations and influencing the global economy and culture. Mr. Longman’s speaking on this subject include appearances in the documentary, “Demographic Winter” and addresses to PopTech, National War College, the Japan Foundation, the LongNow Foundation, World Congress of Families (Warsaw, Amsterdam), the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce (Ottawa), and The St. Gallen Symposium (Switzerland) the Ford Hall Forum (Boston) and the Social Trends Institute (Barcelona).

Mr. Longman is also the author of Born to Pay: the New Politics of Aging in America (Houghton Mifflin, 1987), in which he accurately predicted the mounting strains on federal spending and economic growth associated with the aging of the Baby Boom generation. In 1997, he warned of the consequences excess debt and insufficient savings in his book, The Return of Thrift: How the Collapse of the Middle Class Welfare State Will Reawaken Values in America (Free Press, 1997).

Formerly a senior writer and deputy assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, he has won numerous awards for his business and financial writing, including UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award, and the top prize for investigative journalism from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, and was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University.

Clay Loveless
Clay Loveless (Mashery)

Clay Loveless is Chief Architect of Mashery, an on-demand web services infrastructure built from the ground up to leverage Amazon Web Services solutions. Loveless is responsible for scaling Mashery’s client services into the tens-of-thousands-of-calls-per-second range. He is a veteran of multiple start-ups and a member of the Amazon Web Services Developer Advisory Council.

Federico Lucifredi
Federico Lucifredi (Canonical | Ubuntu)
Federico Lucifredi is the maintainer of the man suite, the primary documentation-delivery tool under Linux, a recently graduate student at Harvard University, and a software engineer-turned-manager at Novell corporation. Previously, Federico has been a CTO and a network software architect at ‘.com’ and embedded Linux startups, and he has spent two years teaching in Boston University’s graduate and undergraduate programs, while simultaneously consulting for MIT. He is a frequent speaker at user group and conference events, notably the LinuxWorld and the IMPlanet conferences, where he was a panelist representing the jabber community. Federico is a recognized expert in computing performance issues, and consults pro-bono with Standard and Poor’s clients interested in Free/Open Source Software technical and strategic issues. He participated in the GPL v3 drafting process in the large-corporation panel.
Tony Luck
Tony Luck (Intel Corporation)

Tony has been working on operating system support for high end fault tolerant and mission critical systems for seventeen years, the last ten of them at Intel.

Jay Lyman
Jay Lyman (451 Research)

Jay Lyman covers enterprise applications, IT systems management and the trends at the core of disruption in these areas – including open source software, cloud computing, the confluence of application development and deployment known as devops, mobility, and polyglot programming. Jay’s analysis encompasses evolving software development and release models, as well as the technology used to create, deploy and support applications in today’s enterprise and service-provider markets.

As a 451 Research analyst, Jay has been a speaker at numerous industry events, including Devops Days, LinuxCon, the Open Source Business Conference and OSCON, covering topics such as cloud computing, mobile software, devops and enterprise case studies.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Jay wrote for a number of IT publications, including LinuxInsider and TechNewsWorld, NewsForge/Linux.com, Web Host Industry Review and CMP Media, where he covered software and IT infrastructure, development and products, as well as other technology and business topics. He has also written for other news organizations, including the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine. Jay holds a BA in Journalism from San Diego State University. Jay’s Twitter handle is @ripcitylyman.

Matt MacLaurin (Microsoft FUSE Labs)

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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.

Arien Malec (HHS/ONC (Contractor))

Arien Malec, Coordinator, NHIN Direct (ONC). Mr. Malec has a long and varied career applying technology and informatics to solve problems in healthcare and life sciences. He currently coordinates the activities of a multi-stakeholder public-private group to develop specifications and service descriptions to enable secure, scalable transport between known participates in support of meaningful use. Prior to that role he was VP, Product Management & Strategy, Relay Health (a division of McKesson), leading a team to develop strategy and requirements for a software as a service health information exchange, electronic health record, and patient connectivity platform. Earlier, he worked at Fast Track Corporation, applying clinical informatics and analytics to clinical trials processes for clinical practices and pharmaceutical companies. Before that, he had leadership positions in product management and business development in software and services companies focusing on pharmaceutical drug development. He is a graduate of The American University, where he studied international relations.

Aymeric Mansoux (Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy)

Co-founder and member of the GOTO10 collective:http://goto10.org. His main artistic and research interests revolve around online communities, software as a medium and the influence of FLOSS in the development and understanding of digital art. His most recent projects and collaborations include 0xA, a file repository based music project with Chun Lee, the digital artificial life project Metabiosis with Marloes de Valk and the pure:dyne GNU/Linux live distribution for media artists. Aymeric is editor of the FLOSS+Art book (OpenMute 2008) as well as Folly’s Digital Artists Handbook launched in early 2008.

Joshua Marinacci

Ask me about HTML Canvas, mobile apps, and visual design. Or 3D printing and wearable computing. Or just ask me to rant about Java.

Josh Marinacci is a blogger and co-author of “Swing Hacks” and “Building Mobile Apps with Java” for O’Reilly. He is currently a researcher for Nokia.

He previously 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 & great user experiences.

Alex Martelli

Alex Martelli wrote “Python in a Nutshell” and co-edited
“Python Cookbook”. He’s a PSF member, and won the 2002 Activators’ Choice Award and the 2006 Frank Willison Award for contributions to the Python community. He works as Senior Staff Engineer for Google. You can read some PDFs and
watch some videos of his past presentations – his detailed profile is at http://www.google.com/profiles/aleaxit .

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.

Mark  Masterson

So-called ‘enterprise architect’ and self-appointed resident troublemaker, Mark is CSC’s Innovation Lead for the Financial Services vertical in EMEA.

He splits his time between working with clients, working for the CTO’s office on product and services strategy and contributing to the Leading Edge Forum’s Executive Programme. He has worked as a parasite of the financial services industry in Frankfurt and London for the last 20 years and has spent the last several years researching, and working with clients of all sizes on cloud computing, SaaS and Enterprise 2.0.

He is co-author of the recently released LEF report, Doing Business In The Cloud, a founding member of the 2.0 Adoption Council, on the advisory board of the Enterprise 2.0 Summit, instigator of CloudCamp Frankfurt, and is a frequent public speaker and published author on the topics of cloud computing and Enterprise 2.0. He also writes a blog, popular in certain circles, where he tries to broker peace between geek and enterprisey worlds. Other research interests and development experience are focused on BPM and distributed systems in enterprisey organisations, as well as systems management and performance engineering. In a previous life, Mark was a UNIX sys admin, and has the scars to prove it. He also jumped out of helicopters, and drove trucks full of missiles around in the dark whilst going entirely too fast in the first Gulf War. Known for a lack of respect for the status quo, Mark is one of those people who spent their formative years being told that they have a ‘problem with authority figures’, and he loathes bios.

Justin Mattson
Justin Mattson (Google, Inc.)

I am a Developer Advocate working on the Android project at Google. I’ve been guiding developers along the path of creating great applications for Android devices since before there were Android devices. I take special interest in helping developers design ways their applications can interact with other applications on the platform by being producers and/or consumers of Intent-based APIs. I am passionate about fast applications with efficient, intuitive user interfaces.

Giuseppe Maxia
Giuseppe Maxia (Continuent)

Giuseppe Maxia, a.k.a. “The Data Charmer” is the MySQL community team lead at Sun Microsystems.

He’s an active member of the MySQL community and long timer open source enthusiast.
During the past 23 years he has worked in various IT related fields, with focus on databases, object oriented programming, system administration.
Fluent in Italian, English, Perl, SQL, Lua, C, Bash, and good speaker of C++, French, Spanish, Java.
Works in cyberspace, with a virtual team.

Tony McCormick (Medical Information Integration, LLC)

Currently on the Board of Directors for the OpenEMR FOSS project, Project manager for the OpenEMR CCHIT/Meaningful certification in 2011.

I have been involved in HealthCare IT since 1988 where he was part of a team that had started one of the first Preferred Provider Organizations in Texas. Later he developed applications for the HMO market, Independent Practitioners Medical Records and Billing systems and large clinical systems. In Oregon he was a lead analyst on the Oregon Medical Electronic Network which was run by the Oregon Medical Association. He founded MI2 with the desire to help reduce the high cost of medical services by providing efficient, easy to use software based on the Free Open Source Software model.

Paul McCullough (City and County of San Francisco)

In previous lives, I have worked in investment banking. I am now happily working with open source at the the City and County of San Francisco.

Jeff McCune
Jeff McCune (Puppet Labs)

Veteran systems engineer providing training and consulting services to puppet users.

Andy McKay (Mozilla)

Andy’s has worked very actively in the Open Source community, focusing on web application development using languages such as Django, Python, Plone, Zope and more. He was a key contributor to the Plone development community including contributing to the source code, assisting on the Plone Foundation board, authoring the first book on Plone, “The Definitive Guide to Plone”, creating local user groups, giving training, speaking at conferences and mentoring.

His company, Enfold Systems, co-founded with Alan Runyan, quickly became the premier Plone web application development company. Andy worked through Enfold to design and implement content management systems. By managing global teams he was able to provide solutions quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.

He is currently the President of Clearwind Consulting and provides web based and mobile solutions for clients using Python, Django, Adobe Air and Javascript.

Michael Meeks (Novell, Inc.)

Michael is a Christian and enthusiastic believer in Free software. He
very much enjoys working for Novell where as a member of the Desktop
research team he has worked on desktop infrastructure and
applications, particularly Moblin, OpenOffice.org, CORBA, Bonobo,
Nautilus and accessibility, amongst other interesting things. He now
works as an Architect, trying to understand and nudge the direction of
our Linux Desktop work. Prior to this he worked for Quantel gaining
expertise in real time AV editing and playback achieved with high
performance focused hardware / software solutions.

Thomas Meeks
Thomas Meeks (Envy Labs)

Thomas loves to code, especially when he gets to dive into the deep technical details. To him, there is little more fun than a late night spent grokking the algorithms in complex software. In addition to his software development experience, Thomas is a total Linux geek and has several years experience bending servers to his indomitable will.

Ben Mehling
Ben Mehling (Medsphere Systems)

Present at the creation, Ben Mehling has made some of the most crucial and enduring contributions to Medsphere’s success. Originally joining the fledgling open-source operation in 2002 as director of technology, he transitioned to director of engineering and development in 2005 and became director of ecosystem operations in 2008. Within Medsphere’s Healthcare Open Source Ecosystem, Ben works to facilitate collaboration among clinicians, developers, business partners and others in enhancing the OpenVista electronic health record. Prior to joining Medsphere, Ben spent several years working with the University of California, Irvine, Graduate School of Management (GSM). His varied tenure with the GSM included lengthy terms as MBA computing manager and web services/development manager, as well as a stint as interim CIO for UC Irvine and member of the permanent CIO search committee. In his precious free time, Ben plays football (European variety) and spends time with his wife, Holly, and sons Tedd and Miles.

Erik Meijer
Erik Meijer (Microsoft)

Erik Meijer is an accomplished programming-language designer who has worked on a wide range of languages, including Haskell, Mondrian, X#, Cω, C#, and Visual Basic. He runs the Cloud Languages Team in the Business Platform Division at Microsoft, where his primary focus has been to remove the impedance mismatch between databases and programming languages in the context of the Cloud. One of the fruits of these efforts is LINQ, which not only adds a native querying syntax to .NET languages, such as C# and Visual Basic, but also allows developers to query data sources other than tables, such as objects or XML. Most recently, Erik has been working on “Democratizing the Cloud” and preaching the virtues of fundamentalist functional programming in the new age of concurrency and many-core. Some people might recognize him from his brief stint as the “Head in the Box” on Microsoft VBTV. These days, you can regularly watch Erik’s interviews on the “Expert-to-Expert” and “Going Deep” series on Channel 9.

Phil Mercurio
Phil Mercurio (Thyrd Informatics)

Phil Mercurio is the owner of Thyrd Informatics and an
engineer at TechnoCom Wireless. His background
is in user interface development and computer graphics, and in his spare time he creates
languages like the Poet extension to Tcl and
Thyrd, a visual programming language. In the
rest of his spare time he’s the drummer for a rock/blues band.

John Mertic
John Mertic (SugarCRM)

John Mertic is a software engineer at SugarCRM. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Kent State University, has several years of experience with PHP web applications. An avid writer, he has been published in php|architect, IBM Developerworks, and in the Apple Developer Connector. 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.

Patrick Michaud
Patrick Michaud (pmichaud.com)

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

Trent Mick
Trent Mick (ActiveState)

Trent is ActiveState’s Senior Python developer and ActiveState’s Komodo lead. As a core Python contributor, Trent was involved in specifying Python’s logging package and in transitioning Python to 64-bit architectures. Trent is also the author of a number of Python modules including cmdln, go, python-markdown2. As the Komodo lead, Trent also works on numerous OpenKomodo projects.

Trent has been a member of the Python Software Foundation since its inception. He regularly attends and hosts Python industry events and meetings, most recently PyCon and VanPyZ, and writes a blog about Python development .

Trent was a software developer at EA before joining ActiveState in 2000. He earned both a Bachelor of Engineering and a B. Sc. in Computer Science Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Mårten Mickos
Mårten Mickos (Eucalyptus Systems)

Marten Mickos builds global disruptive businesses. As CEO of MySQL AB for seven years, Mickos grew that company from a garage start-up to the second largest open source company in the world. After the acquisition by Sun Microsystems of MySQL AB for $1bn, he served as Senior Vice President of Sun’s Database Group.

Previously, Mickos held multi-national CEO and senior executive positions in his native Finland. He is a member of the board of RightScale, Mozilla Messaging and Electrosonic. Mickos holds a M.Sc. in technical physics from Helsinki University of Technology. In 2006 he received the Audemars Piguet “Changing Times Award: European Entrepreneur of the Year 2006” and the Nokia Foundation Award.

Marten’s tweets can be followed at www.twitter.com/martenmickos and Wikipedia provides more on information on him.

Mike Milikich (Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC))

Mike Milikich serves as director of engineering for the Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC), a wholly owned Qualcomm subsidiary. In this role Mike focuses on the architecture of web application frameworks for mobile devices. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mike designed software architectures for a wide range of mobile and wireless devices, including phones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), and pagers.

Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Computing and Information Sciences from Case Western Reserve University.

Alex Miller
Alex Miller (Revelytix)

Alex Miller is a Senior Engineer with Revelytix building federated semantic web query technology. Prior to Revelytix, Alex was technical lead at Terracotta, an engineer at BEA Systems, and Chief Architect at MetaMatrix. His interests include Java, concurrency, distributed systems, languages, software design, and nachos. In St. Louis, Alex is the founder of the Lambda Lounge group for the study of functional and dynamic languages and the Strange Loop developer conference.

Gregory Miller
Gregory Miller (Open Source Digital Voting Foundation)

Greg is a Co-Executive Director of the OSDV Foundation. He brings 24+ years experience in the tech sector, divided between software development and technology business development. He is also a (non practicing) IP lawyer involved in Internet & technology public policy. His technical experience is in user interface, distributed computing, and digital security. He has significant product management/marketing experience in large firms and start-ups. He’s spent the past 7 years in VC sector advising start-up ventures. Greg’s interests in voting technology and digital democracy have become his pursuits.

Mark  Miller
Mark Miller (Google, Inc.)

Mark S. Miller is a research scientist at Google, main designer of the E and Caja secure programming languages, a pioneer of agoric (market-based secure distributed) computing, an architect of the Xanadu hypertext publishing system, and a representative to the EcmaScript committee.

Van Mittal-Henkle (Grameen Foundation)

Van works on moving forward the architecture and design of the Grameen Foundations Mifos initiative. He has worked at Amazon.com and a number of start-ups. He enjoys helping micro-entrepreneurs around the world get funding for their own start-ups through micro-finance powered by Mifos.

Tatsuhiko Miyagawa

Perl hacker, Software Engineer for Six Apart, founder of Shibuya.pm and YAPC::Asia organizer. Loving electro music, 8bit video games and anime TV shows.

Bruce Momjian
Bruce Momjian (EnterpriseDB)

Bruce Momjian has been involved with open source since 1991 and has contributed to many open source projects. He is a co-founder of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group and has worked on Postgres since 1996. Bruce is also the author of PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts, published by Addison-Wesley. Before joining EnterpriseDB, Bruce was employed by Software Research Associates Open Source Solutions (SRA OSS) in their Postgres support division. Previously, he was vice president of database development at Great Bridge LLC, another Postgres support company. Bruce is a frequent speaker at open source conferences around the world.

Matthew Momjian

Matthew Momjian is an 12th grader 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.

Adam Monsen
Adam Monsen (Grameen Foundation USA)

Adam has an intense desire to help lift people out of poverty by engineering robust and efficient Free and Open Source Software. He is a GNU/Linux enthusiast, a horrible poker player, and enjoys cheesy classic Sci-Fi movies.

Lew Moorman
Lew Moorman (Rackspace.com)

Lew Moorman is instrumental in driving strategic planning, product development and new business initiatives for Rackspace. He joined the company in April of 2000 and has served a variety of strategy and marketing roles throughout the company’s growth. Before joining Rackspace, Moorman held several positions at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, advising high technology clients on critical strategic issues.

As Rackspace Hosting’s Chief Strategy Officer, Lew Moorman drives strategic planning, product development and new business initiatives across the company. He also serves as President of Rackspace’s Cloud business, leading the company’s fastest growing business unit. He speaks frequently at industry events on cloud computing, hosting and the rapidly evolving world of IT.

Moorman received a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Dan Morrill (Google)

Dan joined Google in 2006 to help developers using tools and platforms such as Android and the Google Web Toolkit. Dan is now the Open-Source and Compatibility Lead for the Android mobile platform. Before joining Google, Dan was a computer scientist at GE Research, where he gave himself headaches by switching between web development in JavaScript and integrated circuit design in Verilog. Dan lives in San Francisco with his wife, two cats, and a big pile of electronics.

Mike Mueller
Mike Mueller (Python Academy)

Mike Müller lives in Leipzig, Germany and works as a consultant, programmer and
trainer. He programs scientific software in Python and other languages. He
teaches Python since 2004 and since 2006 at the Python Academy. His courses
cover introductions to Python as well as special topics such as extensions or
thread programming. Being an engineer who also works in research projects, he
use numerous scientific Python packages on a daily basis and, therefore, also
offers a course Python for Scientist and Engineers.
When he does not program or teach, he spends time with his wife and his two
kids or works out and swims.

Diane Mueller
Diane Mueller (ActiveState)

Diane Mueller is Director, Enterprise Product Management at ActiveState. She has been designing and implementing products and applications embedded into mission critical financial and accounting systems at F500 corporations for over 20 years. Diane has been actively involved in development efforts of XBRL Open Standard for the past 11 years. She serves on both the XBRL International Steering Committee and the Best Practices Board, chairing the software interoperability working group and the XBRL Rendering Technical Working Group, as well as an active member of the RIXML.org working group.

In addition, she is the host and editor of XBRLSpy.com and a half dozen other drupal-based sites that allow her to pontificate on her interests ranging from geocaching, her pugs, and the Pacific Northwest she calls home.

Michael Murtaugh (Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy)

Graduate of the Interactive Cinema Group of the MIT Media Lab, technical teacher in the Networked Media Master programme of the Piet Zwart Institute of the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, interaction designer for his own company automatist.org

Vel Murugan
Vel Murugan (Velammal Educational Trust)

Vel Murugan is CEO of Velammal Educational Trust (INR 30 Billion Group) with 16 years of education experience, from Teaching, Management & Executive Leadership. He has worked closely with his father, Leading Educator Shri MV Muthuramalingam – Founder & Chairman of Velammal Educational Trust, to grow the group from small school with 186 students to the No 1 Educational Institution in South India and Tamilnadu Region with over 50,000 students. Murugan leads an Educational Magazine “Punnagai Ulagam” a publishing house “Pearl Printers and Publishers”, A Book House “Arivikalanchiam, an Educational Consultancy firm “Pearl Academic Ideas and Innovations" and he is Vice President of World Tennikoit Federation, and a sports enthusiast.

Shashi Mysore
Shashi Mysore (Eucalyptus Systems Inc.)

Dr. Shashi Mysore is a Product Specialist at Eucalyptus Systems, the leading open source on-premise cloud computing software provider. At Eucalyptus Systems, his responsibilities include developing the technological know-how and strategies for innovation based on cutting-edge research, and helping a worldwide customer base of large enterprises in domains as diverse as pharmaceuticals and health care, government, media and entertainment, manufacturing, and banking and finance to develop cloud deployment and infrastructure optimization strategies. Dr. Mysore obtained his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a recipient of several awards at internationally renowned conferences including two IEEE Micro Top Pick awards.

Russell Nelson (Open Source Initiative)

Russell Nelson has been self-employed for 17 years, so he must be doing something right. For ten of those years, he has been on the board of the Open Source Initiative. He’s the author of Freemacs, the editor of the Clarkson Packet Driver Collection, and webmaster@{quaker|qmail|tinydns}.org.

Bob Newell (Infobright)

Bob heads the Client Services team at Infobright. He has over 20 years of experience in data warehousing and database technology.

Charles Nutter
Charles Nutter (Engine Yard, Inc)

Charles Oliver Nutter has been programming most of his life, as a Java
developer for the past decade and as a JRuby developer for over four
years. He co-leads the JRuby project, an effort to bring the beauty of
Ruby and the power of the JVM together. Charles believes in open
source and open standards and hopes his efforts on JRuby and other
languages will ensure the JVM remains the preferred open-source
managed runtime for many years to come. Charles blogs at blog.headius.com and tweets as headius on Twitter.

Stephen is a Principal Analyst and co-founder of RedMonk, and addresses the full spectrum of infrastructure software from development to deployment, including operating systems, application languages and platforms, and database technologies, with a special focus on open source.

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

Regularly cited in publications such as the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and a popular speaker and moderator on the conference circuit, Stephen’s advice and opinion is well respected throughout the industry.

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

Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. His original business plan was “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.

Tim is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, a founder and board member of Safari Books Online and Maker Media, and on the boards of Code for America and PeerJ.

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

Jeff Osier-Mixon is a technical writer, developer advocate, and community manager at MontaVista Software LLC, a market leader in embedded Linux. Jeff blogs about open source issues at http://jefro.wordpress.com (Jeff’s Open Source Resource).

Jennifer Pahlka
Jennifer Pahlka (Code for America)

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for
America, which is dedicated to the idea that government can work for
the people, by the people, in the 21st century. She is an Ashoka
fellow, and received the Internet and Society Award from the Oxford
Internet Institute in 2012. Government Technology named her one of
2011’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation and the
Huffington Post named her the top Game Changer in Business and
Technology the same year. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a
Better Government, and is a frequent speaker. Previously, she ran the
Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly
Media, and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo. She is a graduate
of Yale University and lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter and
eight chickens.

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#.

Jean  Paoli
Jean Paoli (Microsoft)

Jean Paoli is General Manager, Interoperability Strategy at Microsoft, and one of the co-creators of the XML 1.0 standard with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He has long been a strong and passionate advocate of XML and open standards. Jean manages the Interoperability Strategy team that coordinates the technical interoperability activities across Microsoft.

Jean jump-started the XML activity in Microsoft. He created and managed the team that delivered msxml, the software that XML-enabled both Internet Explorer and the Windows operating system. Paoli helped architect Office XML support and was instrumental in creating the newest XML Office application, InfoPath.

Paoli has been a significant player in the worldwide XML community since 1985, when the technology was then known as SGML. Until 1996, when he joined Microsoft, Jean was based in Paris, where he worked in collaboration with European research institutes, including INRIA in France. He designed several systems for major corporations where SGML, in its approach of structuring and storing information, ensured the long life and easy exchangeability of the data across systems. His specialty has been building end-user markup editing tools. Jean participated in ISO standardization activities and was co-chair of the TC45 Ecma standard committee that standardized the Office Open XML Formats at Ecma International.

Jean is the recipient of multiple industry awards for his role in the XML industry, such as PC Magazine, Technical Excellence Award – co-creator of XML (1998), InfoWorld – Top Technology Innovators Award 2003, IDEAlliance – XML Cup (2004).

Denise Paolucci (Dreamwidth Studios)

Denise Paolucci began working on the LiveJournal.com project in 2001. Since then, she’s done everything from customer service to product planning to documentation to user advocacy to QA testing to falling over exhausted because she’s trying to do too much at once. Denise lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA with her long-suffering girlfriend, who fortunately enjoys the frequent “c’mere, look, isn’t this cool?” invocations, and two cats, who don’t care about the internet as long as they get fed on time.

Steven Parkes (smparkes.net llc)

Steven Parkes is an independent software developer in Palo Alto, California. He has been involved in concurrent object oriented programming for many years. He currently specializes in highly-reliable and asynchronous web development.

Ali Pasha is a product manager on Google’s developer products. Currently, he is working with the Project Hosting on Google Code team to provide open source hosting services. Prior to that, Ali worked on the Google AJAX Search API and the AJAX Feed API. Ali is a graduate of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.

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

Mr. Patten has spent the last 20 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.

Alex Payne
Alex Payne (BankSimple)

Alex Payne is Chief Product & Technology Officer for BankSimple, a
startup working to make personal finance simple, honest, and
dependable again. Previously, Alex was one of the first employees at
Twitter, the popular social messaging network. There, Alex led
development of the Twitter Platform, growing it into one of the most
popular software platforms on the Web. Before joining Twitter, he
worked for an Information Security contractor in the military and
intelligence sector. Alex got his start writing software for political
campaigns and non-profits in Washington, DC.

Alex is a frequent speaker on software engineering practices and
systems architecture at conferences around the world. He’s the
co-author of Programming Scala, and is passionate
about the history and evolution of programming languages.

Akkana Peck is a freelance software developer and writer, and the author of the book “Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional.”
She has been an open source software developer for some 20 years and has contributed to Mozilla, GIMP and an assortment of other projects.
Her web site is http://shallowsky.com

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.

Slava Pestov (Factor project)

Slava is a former Java programmer who has since discovered the joys of meta-programming and interactive development.

Stormy Peters
Stormy Peters (GNOME Foundation)

Stormy Peters currently works as the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. Stormy joined the GNOME Foundation from OpenLogic where she set up their OpenLogic Expert Community. Previously, Stormy worked at Hewlett-Packard (HP) where she founded and managed the Open Source Program Office that is responsible for HP’s open source strategy, policy and business practices. Stormy joined HP as a software engineer in the Unix Development Lab after graduating from Rice University with a B.A. in Computer Science.

Stormy is also an advisor for HFOSS, OpenSource World, IntraHealth Open and OpenLogic, as well as founder and president of Kids on Computers, a nonprofit organization setting up computer labs in developing countries.

Stormy is a frequent keynote speaker on business aspects of Open Source Software at major conferences such as the Open Source Business Conference and the O’Reilly conferences, as well as government organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union. Stormy is involved in GNOME and free and open source software because it is changing the world and the community is full of smart, passionate people!

Diane Peters (Creative Commons)

As General Counsel for CC, Diane oversees the organization’s legal strategy, affairs and projects. She serves on the board of the Software Freedom Law Center. Prior to joining CC, she served as general counsel for Open Source Development Labs (now, the Linux Foundation), and thereafter was legal counsel to Mozilla. She is experienced at providing strategic advice and leadership on an array of IP issues impacting communities and the technology industry, including open source projects, FOSS licensing, and IP reform efforts and policy. Diane received a B.A. from Grinnell College in 1986 and a J.D. from Washington University in 1989. She is based in Portland, Oregon.

Dan Peterson

Dan is a Product Manager on Google Wave, especially focused on the API platform, open source, and the federation protocol. Prior to that, Dan helped establish the OpenSocial specification, Apache Shindig, and co-founded the OpenSocial Foundation. Previously, Dan guided the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) team as it became an open source project and worked on Google’s infrastructure team on web search and data center management. Dan earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as minors in Technology & Management and philosophy.

Aaron Peterson

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.

Nosh Petigara

Nosh Petigara is Director of Product Strategy at 10gen, the company that sponsors and provides commercial support for the open source project MongoDB. Prior to 10gen, Nosh headed product management for OATSystems. He has an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Computer Science from MIT.

Christophe Pettus (PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.)

Christophe Pettus has been developing using PostgreSQL since 1998. He consults on database design and application development through PostgreSQL Experts.

Jay Pfaffman (University of Tennessee)

Jay Pfaffman (Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, 2003) teaches courses in instructional technology research and using computers to support learning. He uses Free Open Source Software (FOSS) not only to provide teachers with the software but also to use Linux Terminal Servers and diskless thin clients to provide affordable ubiquitous computing to schools. He has developed web-based tools to support teaching and learning including Webliographer, a social bookmarking tool designed specifically for teachers.

Simon  Phipps
Simon Phipps (Open Source Initiative)

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 executive leadership roles around open source. He worked with OSI 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. Today he leads the open source management consultancy Meshed Insights Ltd.

As President of the Open Source Initiative and a director of the UK’s Open Rights Group, he takes an active interest in digital rights issues and is a widely read commentator at InfoWorld, Computerworld and his own Webmink blog.

He holds a BSc in electronic engineering and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and of the Open Forum Academy.

Tom Phoenix (Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc.)

Use O’Reilly bio.

Rob Pike
Rob Pike (Google, Inc.)
Go

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.

Curtis Poe
Curtis Poe (Booking.com)

Curtis “Ovid” Poe sits on the Board of Directors for The Perl Foundation and is a senior software engineer for the BBC. He has spoken at many conferences across the US and Europe, including OSCON. He’s one of the authors of the popular “Perl Hacks” book and has published articles in the Perl Review and on perl.com. He also led the project to rewrite Perl’s venerable Test::Harness and is heavily involved in the current Perl renaissance.

Gregg Pollack
Gregg Pollack (Envy Labs)

Gregg Pollack works at Envy Labs, where he produces a podcast, creates educational screencasts, and develops websites with Rails. He also runs the Ruby Hero Awards, organizes the Orlando Ruby Users Group, and is also sometimes known as the Ruby on Rails guy in the “Rails vs” commercials or the “C” in MVC.

David Pollak

David Pollak has been writing commercial software since 1977. He wrote the first real-time spreadsheet and the worlds highest performance spreadsheet engine. Since 1996, David has been using and devising web development tools. As CTO of CMP Media, David oversaw the first large-scale deployment of WebLogic. David was CTO and VPE at Cenzic, a web application security company. David has also developed numerous commercial projects in Ruby on Rails.

In 2007, David founded the Lift Web Framework open source project. Lift is an expressive and elegant framework for writing web applications. Lift stresses the importance of security, maintainability, scalability and performance, while allowing for high levels of developer productivity. Lift open source software licensed under an Apache 2.0 license.

David is a consultant in San Francisco and works on Lift-based projects.

Evan Prodromou
Evan Prodromou (StatusNet Inc)

Evan is the founder and CTO of StatusNet Inc and lead developer of
StatusNet, the Open Source social networking software. He also chairs the
W3C group for federated social web technologies. Originally from San
Francisco, he now lives and works in Montreal.

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 one of the founders of the Open Source CORBA implementation called MICO.

John Pugh (Canonical, Ltd)

As a Software Partner Manager for Canonical, Ltd, John is responsible for managing and recruiting software partners to support the Ubuntu Server ecosystem. John is also one of the principals in the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud team and well versed in all aspects of technology

Brendan Quinn
Brendan Quinn (BBC Research & Development)

Once a developer and technical architect specialising in online media and content management, Brendan now works in the technology transfer team at the British Broadcasting Corporation’s research labs. His job is to ensure that the technology emerging from the labs has the highest possible impact, both within the BBC and in the wider media and technology industry.

Angelo Rajadurai

Angelo Rajadurai is a senior engineer in the ISV engineering
organization within Sun’s Market Development. Angelo started with
Sun over 15 years ago, working in the Solaris x86 engineering team,
followed by working with several of Sun’s large software and
technology partners on variois Solaris engineering and
optimization projects. He has presented Solaris & related technologies
to developer audiences worldwide. He is currently a Sr. Web Architect for
Emerging Markets and communities.

Vijay Rajagopalan

Vijay Rajagopalan is a Principal Architect & Sr. Director for Microsoft’s Interoperability & Platform Strategy. Vijay has over 16 years of industry experience focused on Product Strategy, Software Architecture, design and engineering and has worked with customers, partners & open source communities including IBM, Oracle, SAP, Siebel, Intel, Eclipse Foundation & Apache Software Foundation. He has been at Microsoft for more than 12 years in number of engineering & strategy roles and most recently drove modeling, business frameworks and extensibility for Visual Studio in the company’s Developer Division.

Allison Randal
Allison Randal (DrugDev, Inc.)

Allison Randal is a software developer and open source strategist. In over 25 years as a programmer, she has developed everything from games, linguistic analysis tools, e-commerce websites, and shipping fulfillment, to compilers, database replication systems, mobile apps, and talking smart-home appliances, worked as a language designer, project manager, conference organizer, and editor, been a board member of several open source software foundations, written three books, and founded a tech publishing company. She is co-founder of the FLOSS Foundations group for open source leaders, on the board of directors of the Perl Foundation, and CTO of DrugDev, Inc. She collaborates in the Debian, Ubuntu, Python, and Perl open source projects. Her current hobby is astrophysics.

JP Rangaswami
JP Rangaswami (Salesforce)

I’m curious about things. How they work. Why they are the way they are. What can change. I’m passionate about my family, my friends, my church and community. They matter to me. A lot. I try and temper my curiosity and my passion with patience. And apply myself to learning about information (which is how I make my living) food (I love cooking and eating) music (particularly the music of the late Sixties and early Seventies) books (I read voraciously and collect extensively). And education. I’m passionate about education. One day I will set up a school.

Anna Martelli Ravenscroft

Pythonista, mom, geek, student

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.

George Reese
George Reese (enStratus Networks LLC)

George Reese is the founder of two Minneapolis-based companies, enStratus Networks LLC (maker of high-end cloud infrastructure management tools) and Valtira LLC (maker of the Valtira Online Marketing Platform). Over the past 15 years, George has authored a number of technology books, including MySQL Pocket Reference, Database Programming with JDBC and Java, Java Database Best Practices, and Web Architecture and Programming in the Cloud.

Will Reese (Rackspace Hosting)

Architect of Rackspace Cloud Files

Frank Rego
Frank Rego (Novell)

Frank Rego is a Senior Product Manager in Novell’s Open Platform Solutions business unit and is responsible for managing the technical collaboration with Microsoft. Frank joined Novell from Immunix, a startup company that developed the AppArmor security technology for Linux which is now an integrated piece of the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform. Frank has an engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Portland State University.

I work as a software engineer with Logilab and have been focusing on developping applications with CubicWeb as well as participating to the framework improvement.

David Riley (Federal Health Architecture, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health and Human Services)

David Riley is the CONNECT initiative lead for the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) Program in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT). In this role, he facilitates consensus across a group of 20+ federal agencies and numerous private sector organizations and states to enhance health information sharing on a nationwide basis. He is also responsible for creating the product direction and overseeing product development for CONNECT. He has served as the Chief, Technology Discovery and Insertion directly for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. He is an experienced entrepreneur with startup experience in both the private sector and large scale IT projects in the federal sector. He is recognized for his skill in bringing together diverse groups with competing interests into working collaborations to tackle large scale complex problems producing working solutions in a reasonable timeframe on a budget. Mr. Riley is an Air Force Trained Primary Care Physician Assistant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine. He served in the United States Air Force and was deployed during the Persian Gulf War.

Phil Robb
Phil Robb (Hewlett Packard)

Phil Robb is the director for HP’s Open Source Program Office. In this role, he has
responsibility for HP’s Open Source Review Board, the HP governing body for open
source software integration, usage and deployment. Phil also manages HP product
development teams focused on open source solutions and internal open source software
analysis tools.

In addition to his HP responsibilities, Phil is currently general manager of
FOSSBazaar.org. FOSSBazzar is an organization launched in January 2008 to share
information and best practices for adoption and management of open source software
by enterprises, institutions and governments.

Prior to joining HP, Phil held senior management and technical positions at Critical Path,
Fisher Scientific, Motorola and Honeywell-Bull.

Phil holds a bachelor of science degree in Management Information Systems from
Bowling Green State University and is working towards a Master of Computer Science at
Colorado State University.

Kirrily Robert
Kirrily Robert (Freebase.com)

Kirrily Robert has been involved in open source software since 1993, as a Linux user, Perl developer, and community leader and advocate. She is best known for her work in the Perl community, where she has been a CPAN contributor, author, speaker, and trainer. She has worked extensively in the Open Source and Internet industries since the mid 90s, as a developer, sysadmin, and community manager. She has presented and given tutorials at many conferences, including OSCON, Yet Another Perl Conference, linux.conf.au, the Open Source Developer’s Conference (Australia), and has also spoken to numerous user groups and at BarCamps and unconferences.

Kirrily has recently been working on several projects related to women in Open Source and other geek communities. In 2008 she launched the Geek Feminism Wiki, and more recently she has been contributing to and writing about two large open source projects with majority female developers: the Dreamwidth journalling platform and the Organization for Transformative Works’ “Archive Of Our Own.” Her interests also include free culture, open data, and technology for social justice.

Kirrily currently resides in San Francisco, where she works for Metaweb Technologies as Community Director for Freebase.com, an open, creative-commons-licensed, API-accessible, structured database of the world’s information.

mom, geek, programmer, enthusiastic/advocate/user/developer of free software

Will Ross (Redwood MedNet)

Co-Founder and Project Manager at Redwood MedNet, a nonprofit health information exchange founded in 2004. Redwood MedNet is deploying FOSS-based networking services in Northern California counties, intentionally designed to disrupt legacy health data software silos. He has over two decades of IT experience in the manufacturing, retail and health care sectors.

Alex Rothenberg

Alex has over 15 years experience developing software for small startups and in the enterprise. In all contexts he strives to find simple, common-sense solutions to complex problems. Although he is a committed Rubyist he often has to find ways to coexist with legacy technologies and applications in the IT department at a large enterprise.

Matthew Russell
Matthew Russell (Digital Reasoning Systems)

Vice President of Engineering – Digital Reasoning Systems, a firm that specializes in data mining at scale

Alexandra Samuel (Social Signal)

Alexandra Samuel is the CEO of Social Signal, a Vancouver-based company that builds online communities for nonprofit, government and business clients. Alex has guided the online strategy for some of the web’s most ambitious community ecosystems, including Change Everything and NetSquared. This work builds on her years of consulting, research and writing on online community and civic participation by harnessing the latest generation of web tools to the challenge of community engagement.

In 2004, Alex received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. Her dissertation examined the phenomenon of hacktivism – politically motivated computer hacking – as a window on how and why people engage in online community action. Alex interviewed more than fifty programmers and activists worldwide, tracking their motivations for participating in projects ranging from circumventing China’s online censorship scheme to creating a parody of the WTO web site at http://www.gatt.org.

Alex has a history of leadership in envisioning the Internet’s potential as a tool for community-building. She is a member of the advisory board for DotOrganize, a project that has mapped the non-profit sector’s technology needs. In 2001 she co-founded DO-Consult, the world’s leading forum for researchers and practitioners in online consultation and public engagement. As the Research Director for Digital 4Sight’s Governance in the Digital Economy, Alexandra created and guided an investigation into the future of government and democracy for a consortium of twenty governments and businesses from around the world. Previously, she researched online social capital for Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone, and co-founded one of Canada’s first online political forums.

Alex’s writing on technology issues has appeared in media outlets like the Toronto Star, CBC Radio, Business 2.0, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her work on topics like RSS, tagging and online engagement is accessible on her blog.

Alexandra holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and a B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College.

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.

Krishna Sankar
Krishna Sankar (Tata America International)

Krishna Sankar is currently a Distinguished Engineer with Cisco Systems Inc, part of the CTO’s Office, and working on various aspects of Cloud Computing. He been developing systems for the last 20+ years – from C/CPM to Cobol to Ada to Java to .. lately working on the cloud domain internally and externally. He is also the co-chair of the DMTF Cloud Incubator group. His interests include strategic Web 2.0 mechanics and mechanisms, highly scalable Web architectures and frameworks, social and knowledge graphs, collaborative social networks and intelligent inferences. Occasionally he writes about them at doubleclix.wordpress.com. He also writes books – works include Cisco Wireless LAN Security and the latest one Enterprise Web 2.0 <http://www.amazon.com/Enterprise-Web-2-0-Fundamentals/dp/B0026Q803A/>. His other passion is Lego Robotics and is fortunate enough to participate as technical judge in local and Lego world competitions.

Brandon Savage

Brandon Savage is an experienced developer with nearly five years of PHP and MySQL development expertise. With a portfolio ranging from The Pickens Plan to Greenpeace, Brandon is experienced with high volume, high performance websites, performance tuning, and a variety of tricks and techniques for dealing with large databases and high user counts. Brandon resides in Washington, DC and owns Blueprint DC.

Sunil Saxena
Sunil Saxena (Intel Corporation)

Sunil Saxena is Chief Architect and Senior Principal Engineer in the Open Source Technology Group of the Software & Services Group at Intel Corporation. He leads the MeeGo Architecture effort, and is responsible for determining what is included in MeeGo and what is not. He works with the industry in driving MeeGo acceptance and helping to get products created on MeeGo for Intel® Atom ™-based platforms.

Dr. Saxena received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1975. He started at Intel in 1993 and contributed to SVR4-MP, which was the first multi-processor UNIX for the PC. He has been instrumental in creating and enhancing the value of Intel’s silicon and platforms through innovations in software. He has made extensive contributions to the success of multiple generations of Intel processors (x86, i860, and Itanium®), and has spearheaded and directed Linux and UNIX kernel development for the past 25 years.

Theo Schlossnagle
Theo Schlossnagle (OmniTI/Circonus)

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

Randal L. Schwartz
Randal L. 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

Magazine articles and columns:

  • UnixReview Magazine
  • PerformanceComputing Magazine
  • SysAdmin Magazine and Website
  • WebTechniques Magazine and Website
  • Linux Magazine and Website
  • The Perl Journal E-Magazine
  • Apple Developer Works Website

Regular contributor to online forums:

Podcast producer:

Michael Schwern
Michael Schwern (eval Empire)

Michael G Schwern has been programming Perl for over 10 years and is responsible for such modules as Class::DBI and Test::More. In all probability, Michael has code on your computer. He can destroy CPAN at his leisure.

Michael currently resides in Portland, Oregon and has no intention of leaving. He works for OpenSourcery writing technology for good.

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

He’s been known to write about Perl and also about geek communications

Paul Scott
Paul Scott (DSTV Online)

I am currently employed by the University of the Western Cape as Chief Software Architect for the AVOIR network (http://avoir.uwc.ac.za/), as well as the manager of the Free Software Innovation Unit based (http://fsiu.uwc.ac.za/) at UWC (http://www.uwc.ac.za/).

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Botany, from the University of Port Elizabeth. I have many interests including Geographical Information Systems, Botany, Computer Science and Free Software. I have created and contributed to many Free Software projects and at any one time, am working on around 10 different FOSS projects collaboratively with a global community.

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

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 Source projects along with working as a committer on several other projects, including PHP itself.

Dykki Settle (CapacityPlus - IntraHealth International, Inc)

Dykki Settle leads IntraHealth and CapacityPlus efforts in health worker informatics, bringing a health worker-centered approach to the availability and use of high quality information for better health.

Settle’s areas of leadership include the development and implementation of open source human resources for health information solutions; helping countries build absorptive capacity for new health technologies; and supporting regional and country health organizations to realize the power of open source for global health.

Settle began his career as the first webmaster for the SunSITE project—now www.ibiblio.org, one of the earliest, largest and longest-running online libraries of open resources.

Jonathan Shapiro
Jonathan Shapiro (The EROS Group, LLC)

Dr. Shapiro is most recently known for his work on the EROS secure and reliable operating system, and it’s commercial successor, Coyotos (www.coyotos.org). His work on the BitC programming language grew out of a need to make systems programs and major applications more defensible in general. Dr. Shapiro has worked in settings ranging from small startups to Fortune-25 corporations. In one life he spent nearly ten years on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University. In another, he has acted as founder or co-founder of four startup companies.

Dr. Shapiro was the author of A C++ Toolkit, the first book on reusable programming in C++. In addition to his work on operating systems and programming languages, he has also taken leading architectural roles in debugging and performance analysis tools.

Jonathan Sharp
Jonathan Sharp (appendTo LLC.)

Jonathan started developing for the web as early as 1996. Jonathan co-founded appendTo and serves in a COO role as well as delivers on-site training for clients. A former jQuery Board member, Jonathan is a developer at heart and has a passion for well architected solutions, API’s and the importance of workflow and team dynamics in software development.

Pat Shaughnessy

Pat is a Boston based Rails developer; at his day job Pat works at integrating Rails and other open source frameworks such as PHP/Drupal with large, legacy systems made up of a toxic mixture of vendor technologies such as WebSphere, Oracle (PL/SQL), Visual Basic, Lotus Notes/Domino, etc.

After struggling with legacy systems all day, in his free time Pat enjoys writing a blog on open source Ruby on Rails development ideas geared towards beginners.

Pat spends a lot of time with his wife and two kids. He is is fluent in Spanish and travels frequently with his family to Spain.

Chris Shiflett

Hi, I’m Chris Shiflett, a web developer from Brooklyn, NY, and a founding member of Analog, a web design and development co-operative.

When inspiration strikes, I can be found scribbling on my blog at shiflett.org, or on Twitter as @shiflett. In 2007, I started PHP Advent, an Advent calendar for the PHP community.

I have authored and co-authored a few books — most notably Essential PHP Security and HTTP Developer’s Handbook — and I occasionally write articles for publications like Smashing Magazine, where I also serve on the editorial panel.

My passion for sharing ideas has brought me to a few conferences — including OSCON, Webstock, South by Southwest, and the Future of Web Apps — and events like Foo Camp, Kiwi Foo Camp, and the Microsoft Web Dev Summit.

When not in front of a computer, I can usually be found playing soccer in Prospect Park or riding my single-speed bicycle around Brooklyn.

Kevin Shockey
Kevin Shockey (Mis Tribus)

Kevin Shockey is currently undergoing art therapy due to an early medical retirement. However, he is NOT, the artist currently known as Ignatius Kantoo. Previously he founded DóndeEs.com, was editor in chief of TUX magazine, web logger for the O’Reilly Network, and open source consultant. When he’s not drawing or writing he enjoys spending time with his family.

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, maintainer of the Perl Email Project, and incessant contributor to the CPAN.

Eric Sink
Eric Sink (SourceGear)

Eric Sink founded SourceGear in 1997. In October 2002,
SourceGear was named one of the fastest growing companies
in the nation by Inc magazine.

Eric was involved in the early work on AbiWord, but
SourceGear has been focused entirely on developer tools for
most of its history.

His pre-SourceGear experience includes serving as Project Lead
at Spyglass for the team which built the original versions
of the browser you now know as “Internet Explorer”.

Eric lives in central Illinois with his wife and two daughters.
His household includes a Martin D18A, a Lie Nielsen No. 8, and
a white German Shepherd.

Bryan Sivak
Bryan Sivak (Government of the District of Columbia)

Bryan Sivak was appointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on October 13, 2009 to the Cabinet post of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the District of Columbia. As CTO, Sivak leads the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), an organization of more than 500 staff that provides technology services and leadership for 86 agencies, 38,000 employees, residents, businesses and millions of visitors.

Sivak has over 15 years of experience in building software and internet technologies and organizations. In 2002, he founded and developed InQuira, Inc., a multi-national technology solutions company whose products are used at top private and public sector organizations including Bank of America, UK Ministry of Defence, Nokia and T-Mobile. During his tenure, he oversaw every aspect of the business from design and development of the product to sales, marketing and management activities relating to the overall execution of InQuira’s business plan and growth of the company. In 2005, he moved to London and opened the European office of the company, which he grew from zero to 30% of the company’s revenue in four years.

Prior to his work with InQira, Sivak founded Electric Knowledge LLC, which provided the world’s first Natural Language Search engine available on the web. The company’s customers included Bank of America and Fidelity Investments and several others. Electric Knowledge eventually merged with Answerfriend, which was the basis for the formation of InQuira.

Sivak holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.

Rolf Skyberg
Rolf Skyberg (eBay, Inc.)

Rolf Skyberg is a Senior Search Product manager at eBay. In his 5 years at eBay, he’s had many roles, all the way from QA engineer, to researcher, disruptive innovation team lead, and product manager.

Rolf has been a featured speaker at a variety of domestic and international conferences including OSCON 07 and 09, Web 2.0 EXPO, Marketing 2.0 and Adobe Max. Rolf has a BS in Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis with additional studies in System Science. He has worked in technology since before the first dot.com bust and hopes to continue thinking up great ideas through the second boom.

Aaron Sloman
Aaron Sloman (speakTECH)

A New Zealand native, Aaron came to the US thirteen years ago after a successful career at the Department of Internal Affairs and Unisys, and later Microsoft Corporation. During his seven years at Microsoft, Aaron served in several senior management teams participating in strategic partnerships and M&A activities. For four years, Aaron was a lead architect in Microsoft’s eBusiness team, building some of the largest eCommerce sites and customer portal properties on the Microsoft technologies.

With the knowledge and expertise Aaron acquired from his time at Microsoft, he formed speakTECH in 2005. As the President and CEO, Aaron has rapidly grown speakTECH into an award-winning technology consulting firm. His vision of offering clients solutions in both technology and user experience services has given clients the leverage to compete in today’s market conditions in the most agile manner.

Donald Smith
Donald Smith (The Eclipse Foundation)

Donald Smith, MBA, MSc, is Director of Ecosystem Development for the Eclipse Foundation, an independent not-for-profit foundation supporting the Eclipse open source community. Prior to joining Eclipse, Donald was Director of Technology Evangelism at Oracle and has also worked for startups WebGain and The Object People. He brings over a decade of worldwide industry experience, from small “dot-com” through Fortune 50 companies. Donald speaks regularly about community development, persistence, business integration and politics at conferences and events world wide, including Java One, Oracle World, Sun Tech Days, Evans Developer Relations Conference, OOPSLA, JAOO, Server Side Symposium, Colorado Software Summit and others.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith (Dreamwidth Studios)

Mark Smith began volunteering with LiveJournal.com in 2001 in technical support and code development. He joined the staff in 2004, concentrating both on feature development and backend development, where he contributed heavily to utilities, such as Perlbal and MogileFS, that are in wide use by many other sites. After transitioning to Six Apart, Mark worked to design and build out the systems infrastructure for the Vox.com product launch. He currently works for Google. Mark resides near San Francisco, CA, USA with his wife Janine and their canine companions.

Bryan  Smith
Bryan Smith (Fossetcon)

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 currently the Program Director for Fossetcon Fossetcon – Free and Open Source Software Expo and Technology Conference

Bryan spends his free time organizing Fossetcon, administering his free shell server, advocating Open Source, proctoring BSD Associate Certification, writing poetry and playing Bossa Nova and Flamenco guitar.

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 fixes. He also maintains HailDB, a shared library offering a NoSQL C API directly to InnoDB.

At Sun Microsystems, and MySQL before that, Stewart was a Senior Software Engineer in the MySQL Cluster team working on core code and features inside the MySQL Server and the Cluster codebase working on projects such as: geographical asynchronous replication, online add node, online backup, NDBINFO for improved monitoring and the Win32 port.

He’s been found speaking at MySQL User Conferences, linux.conf.au, OSCON, OSDC, SAGE-AU and more.

Daniel Spiewak

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.

Mohan Srinivasan

Mohan is a Kernel Engineer at Facebook focusing on the Linux Kernel, Performance and Scaling. Mohan has been working on Operating Systems, Storage. Networking, Performance and Scaling for over 20 years. Starting at Sun (Solaris), NetApp (Data OnTap), Yahoo (FreeBSD) and now at Facebook (Linux).

Jonathan Stark
Jonathan Stark (Jonathan Stark Consulting)

Jonathan Stark is a mobile and web application consultant who the Wall Street Journal has called an expert on publishing desktop data to the web.

He is the author of “Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript,” is a tech editor for both php|architect and Advisor magazines, and has been quoted in the media on internet and mobile lifestyle trends.

Jonathan began his programming career more than 20 years ago on a Tandy TRS-80 and still thinks Zork was a sweet game.

Jason Stowe
Jason Stowe (Cycle Computing)

Jason Stowe is the CEO of Cycle Computing (http://www.cyclecomputing.com/), a provider of high performance computing and open source technology in the cloud. Cycle helps to provision large-scale, secure HPC clusters in the cloud on demand. Using open schedulers like Condor (http://www.cs.wisc.edu/condor) and SGE to provide grid functionality and reduce costs, Cycle manages small clusters to grids of more than 30,000 CPUs. Starting with three Fortune 100 clients in financial services, Cycle now deploys production grids at Fortune 500s, government research and academic institutions. A seasoned entrepreneur and experienced technologist; Stowe attended Carnegie Mellon and Cornell and is on Amazon Web Services’ Customer Advisory Board.

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

Louis Suárez-Potts is the longtime Community Manager and Chair of the Community Council for OpenOffice.org; he joined Sun Microsystems in 2007 and has led the OpenOffice.org community since 2000. The lead and co-lead of several projects and the primary spokesperson and representative of OpenOffice.org, Suárez-Potts also represents the project regarding OpenDocument format (ODF) matters, and is on the OASIS ODF Adoption Technical Committee and is a member of the ODF Alliance. He speaks frequently on the ODF, OpenOffice.org, education and open source, and community development throughout the world. Suárez-Potts is currently working on several articles regarding open source development and education. He lives in Toronto and received his PhD from U.C. Berkeley.

Sean Sullivan is a software engineer specializing in web services development,
mobile applications, and supply chain management systems. Sean is
an Apache Software Foundation committer and has contributed to various
open source projects, including the OAuth Java library and OpenID4Java.

Melanie Swan
Melanie Swan (Broader Perspective)

Melanie Swan focuses on personal genomics as a Research Fellow at MS Futures Group. 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 and is active in the community promoting science and technology, and opportunities for women. She designs professional and educational simulations, including “Discontinuity Futures,” “Being an Entrepreneur” and “The Trader’s Pit.” Ms. Swan is the former Treasurer of San Francisco-based non-profit Equal Rights Advocates, an Advisory Board member of the Foundational Questions Institute, Lifeboat Foundation and Accelerating Studies Foundation, a presenter at the Expanding Your Horizons math and science conference and co-moderator of the Philadelphia and Boulder Future Salons.

Ms. Swan speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese, and is an advisor and faculty member at Singularity University.

Jacob Swanner
Jacob Swanner (Envy Labs)

Jacob was previously trapped working on Java & .NET web applications before he was liberated by Envy Labs. These days he spends his time writing beautiful Ruby code and rich, client-side applications with JavaScript. When his head is not in the clouds, he’s usually thinking about his next travel adventure.

Ray Tanaka (X.commerce)

Ray Tanaka is Technical Design Lead on the PayPal Platform Team. In what he would describe as a prior life, Ray was Architect for PayPal’s Web Services APIs and Sandbox. These days he is determined to make the new Platform easy to use and flexible enough to meet the needs of all developers that want to enable payments. Outside of PayPal, he enjoys sleeping, digital photography, college sports, tinkering with gadgets and spending time with his family.

Jill Tarter
Jill Tarter (SETI Institute)

Jill Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and is Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. Tarter received her Bachelor of Engineering Physics Degree with Distinction from Cornell University and her Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. She served as Project Scientist for NASA’s SETI program, the High Resolution Microwave Survey, and has conducted numerous observational programs at radio observatories worldwide. Since the termination of funding for NASA’s SETI program in 1993, she has served in a leadership role to secure private funding to continue this exploratory science. Currently, she serves on the management board for the Allen Telescope Array, a joint project between the SETI Institute and the UC Berkeley Radio Astronomy Laboratory. When this innovative array of 350 6-m antennas begins operations at the UC’s Hat Creek Radio Observatory, it will simultaneously survey the radio universe for known and unexpected sources of astrophysical emissions, and speed up the search for radio emissions from other distant technologies by orders of magnitude.

Tarter’s work has brought her wide recognition in the scientific community, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Aerospace, two Public Service Medals from NASA, Chabot Observatory’s Person of the Year award (1997), Women of Achievement Award in the Science and Technology category by the Women’s Fund and the San Jose Mercury News (1998), and the Tesla Award of Technology at the Telluride Tech Festival (2001). She was elected an AAAS Fellow in 2002 and a California Academy of Sciences Fellow in 2003 (and CAS Scientific Trustee in 2007). In 2004 Time Magazine named her one of the Time 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2005 Tarter was awarded the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization at Wonderfest, the biannual San Francisco Bay Area Festival of Science. In 2006 Tarter became a National Advisory Board member for the Center for Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy in Washington, DC. She is also a Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) Fellow. Tarter was one of three Technology, Education, Design (TED) prize winners in 2009.

Tarter is deeply involved in the education of future citizens and scientists. In addition to her scientific leadership at NASA and SETI Institute, Tarter has been the Principal Investigator for two curriculum development projects funded by NSF, NASA, and others. The first, the Life in the Universe series, created 6 science teaching guides for grades 3-9 (published 1994-96). Her second project, Voyages Through Time, is an integrated high school science curriculum on the fundamental theme of evolution in six modules: Cosmic Evolution, Planetary Evolution, Origin of Life, Evolution of Life, Hominid Evolution and Evolution of Technology (published 2003). Tarter is a frequent speaker for science teacher meetings and at museums and science centers, bringing her commitment to science and education to both teachers and the public. Many people are now familiar with her work as portrayed by Jodie Foster in the movie Contact.

James Tauber is an Australian web developer and entrepreneur now based in Boston. He has been involved in open source, Web standards and Python for over a decade but now focuses his time on Django-based websites and the Pinax platform.

Don Thibeau (OpenID Foundation)

Don Thibeau is the Executive Director of The Open ID Foundation, www.oidf.net an open source software identity standards organization representing leaders in internet, telco and social media technology. He joined the foundation at the beginning of 2009 to represent the organization worldwide and position it for long-term growth. Thibeau has a rich background in the data, identity and social layers of the phone and web channels. He has both enterprise and entrepreneurial management in exchange and consortium-based business models for data, analytics and web content. Thibeau has had senior management positions with leading organizations including TransUnion, Reed Elsevier and LexisNexis.
Thibeau is a frequent guest speaker and has testified before Congress on topics including data privacy and regulatory issues. He is a member of OASIS, a Booz Allen Distinguished Speaker, and former Presidential appointee and author of numerous articles.

Laura Thomson
Laura Thomson (Mozilla Corporation)

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

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

Doug Tidwell

Doug Tidwell is a Senior Software Engineer in IBM’s Emerging Technology group. He was a speaker at the first XML conference in 1997, and he has been working with markup languages, Web services and SOA (the technologies beneath the cloud) for many years. His presentations have been featured at dozens of conferences around the world, and his JavaOne presentation on cloud computing earned him a Rock Star award in 2009.

His job as a technology evangelist is to explain the standards and technologies behind Cloud Computing and to help customers integrate them into their overall business architectures and strategies. He is the author of many articles on IBM’s developerWorks site (ibm.com/developerWorks), and is the author of O’Reilly’s book on XSLT, a copy of which makes a perfect gift for any occasion.

He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, daughter and dog.

Joshua Timberman
Joshua Timberman (Opscode, Inc.)

Joshua Timberman has over 10 years experience in Linux and Unix system administration. He has worked for companies from 5 person startups, up to the largest IT company in the world. His background includes deploying highly available enterprise application environments and providing internal infrastructure services and team-based training. Joshua currently works for Opscode, where he is an infrastructure cooking expert with Chef. He speaks at local user group meetings and has a passion for teaching people how to make the most out of automation.

Francisco Tolmasky (280 North, Inc.)

Francisco Tolmasky is a co-founder of 280 North and the creator of the Objective-J programming language. Before 280 North, Francisco was an early member of the iPhone team at Apple, working extensively on the Mobile Safari browser, as well as its open source WebKit backend. 280 North recently launched 280 Slides, a web based presentation program that blurs the lines between desktop and web applications.

Eric Torreborre

I’m just another IT Developer™ fascinated by specifications. My first professional project started by rewriting the specification of a configuration software for a PABX (the machine used to manage company phones) for 6 (six!) months. From there, I’ve been developing software for various industries (telecom, finance, pharmaceutical), always amazed by the mysterious process of translating requirements to executable code. After spending lots of efforts trying to model software with UML, I understood that I first needed a deep dive into the primary material of a developer, its programming language (PL). Scala gave me an incredible opportunity to learn both PL theory and practice but also to give back to others in the form of Open Source software.

Robert Treat

Robert Treat leads the Database Operations Group at OmniTI and has been working with open source for over a decade. An author and veteran industry speaker at conferences worldwide, Robert is a recognized expert within the open source database industry, maintaining a popular blog at http://www.xzilla.net.

Malcolm Tredinnick

Linux and Open Source addict, and based in Sydney, Australia. Malcolm has worked for social networks and written software for banking systems, insurance modelling, websites and the GNOME desktop.

Fred Trotter
Fred Trotter (FredTrotter.com)

Fred Trotter is the leading consultant and advocate for Free/Libre and Open Source (FOSS) Health Software. In recognition of his role within the Open Source Health Informatics community, Trotter was the only Open Source representative invited by the NCVHS to testify on the definition of ‘meaningful use’.

Trotter has contributed code to FreeMed, OpenEMR is the current project manager of MirrorMed and the original author of FreeB, the worlds first GPL medical billing engine. In 2004 Fred Trotter received the LinuxMedNews achievement award for work on FreeB. Fred Trotter manages the Open Source EHR review project with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Open Source Working Group (oswg). Fred is also a member of WorldVistA.

Fred Trotter is a recognized expert in Free and Open Source medical software and security systems. He has spoken on those subjects at the SCALE DOHCS conference, Retail Healthcare conference, LinuxWorld, and DefCon. He has been quoted in multiple articles on Health Information Technology in several print and online journals, including WIRED, zdnet, Government Health IT, Modern Healthcare Online, Linux Journal, Free Software Magazine and LinuxMedNews.

Trotter has a B.S in Computer Science, a B.A in psychology and a B.A in philosophy from Trinity University. Trotter minored in Business Administration, Cognitive Science, and Management Information Systems. Before working directly on health software, Trotter passed the CISSP certification and consulted for VeriSign on HIPAA security for major hospitals and health institutions. Trotter was originally trained on information security at the Air Force Information Warfare Center.

Matt Trout (Shadowcat Systems Limited)

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

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

Matt spends his days leading the technical team at Shadowcat Systems Limited, an open source consultancy specialising in Catalyst, Perl applications deployment and systems architecture. Shadowcat sponsors web, source repository and mailing list hosting for Catalyst, DBIx::Class and a large number of associated projects, and creates and releases open source code both internally and on behalf of its clients.

James Turnbull

James Turnbull manages the CERT function for a major Australian bank and is the release manager for the Puppet project. He is the author of four books:

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

James has previously worked as an Executive Manager of IT Security at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the CIO of a medical research foundation doing Web-based clinical trials, managing the architecture group of an outsourcing company and in a number of IT roles in gaming, telecommunications and government. He is an experienced infrastructure architect with a background in Linux/Unix, AS/400, Windows, and storage systems. He has been involved in security consulting, infrastructure security design, SLA and service definition and has an abiding interest in security metrics and measurement.

Vineet Tyagi
Vineet Tyagi (Impetus )

Vineet Tyagi is Sr. Director of Engineering and R&D at Impetus Technologies, an award-winning software product engineering company, serving customers ranging from aggressive startups to large technology companies, to develop innovative software products. Vineet has been a regular speaker at many international conferences on topics ranging from Open Source, Ruby and Hadoop among others.

Teyo Tyree
Teyo Tyree (Puppet Labs)

Teyo has worked as a Unix systems administrator at startups, medium sized businesses and large corporations. Over the course of his 12 year career, he has been focused on automated configuration management as a means to provide robust and scalable computing environments. Most recently as Director of Professional services for Puppet Labs, he has been traveling the world training sysadmins and developers on how to build automated infrastructures using the Puppet framework.

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, Java, CentOS, and Joomla. He is a frequent speaker and contributor including previous talks at OSCON, SCALE, and others.

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 Centers (FQHC) nationwide.

James Urquhart

James Urquhart manages cloud computing infrastructure strategy for the Server Provider Systems Unit of Cisco Systems. Named one of the ten most influential people in cloud computing by the MIT Technology Review, and author of the popular C|NET Blog Network blog, The Wisdom of Clouds, Mr. Urquhart brings a deep understanding of these disruptive technologies and the business opportunities they afford.

Mr. Urquhart is a seasoned field technologist with almost 20 years of experience in distributed systems development and deployment, focusing on service-oriented architectures, cloud computing, and virtualization. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Urquhart held leadership roles at Forte Software, Sun Microsystems, and utility computing infrastructure vendor Cassatt Corporation.

Mr. Urquhart graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics.

Tom Van Cutsem
Tom Van Cutsem (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Tom Van Cutsem is a researcher at the Software Languages Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, where he received his PhD in 2008 on the topic of object designation in mobile ad hoc networks. His area of expertise is programming language technology, with a focus on concurrent and distributed systems. He is one of the lead designers of the programming language AmbientTalk, a JVM-compatible scripting language for mobile phones.

Jesse Vincent
Jesse Vincent (Best Practical)

Jesse Vincent is the creator of RT, SD, Hiveminder and K-9 Mail, 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.

In his free time, he does unspeakable things to e-book readers and helps put out releases of Perl 5.

Karsten Wade
Karsten Wade (Red Hat/Fedora Project)

Karsten is 15 year IT industry veteran, a long time Fedora Project contributor, and general open source iconoclast. As a member of the industry leading community team at Red Hat, Karsten has seen, done, and recovered from many open community mistakes. Through mistakes, learning; through learning, advancement. By teaching and learning with others, we improve the fabric of all open source communities.

He lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with his wife and two daughters on a small urban farm, http://Fairy-TaleFarm.com.

Dean Wampler
Dean Wampler (Typesafe)

Dean Wampler is a consultant for Typesafe. He specializes in scalable, distributed, IoT and “Big Data” applications using the Typesafe Reactive Platform, Hadoop, and other tools. Dean is a contributor to several open-source projects and he is the founder of the Chicago-Area Scala Enthusiasts. He is the co-author of Programming Scala, the author of Functional Programming for Java Developers, and the co-author of Programming Hive, all from O’Reilly. He pontificates on twitter, @deanwampler.

Simon Wardley
Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum (CSC))

Simon Wardley, based in the UK, is a Researcher for CSC’s Leading Edge Forum, a global research and advisory programme that explores new thinking and develops next practice roadmaps that address the major challenges at the intersection of business, IT and management. Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies, and his current research project is entitled Competing in an Open World. Simon has also recently covered topics including Learning from Web 2.0 and A Lifecycle Approach to Cloud Computing.

Simon has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, Retail and IT industries. From Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space in 2005, to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the No 1 Cloud operating system. He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics.

As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies. He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics.

Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide, and was voted as one of the UK’s top 50 most influential people in IT in ComputerWeekly’s 2011 poll.

Kevin Weil
Kevin Weil (Twitter, Inc.)

Kevin Weil leads the analytics team at Twitter, building distributed infrastructure and leveraging data analysis at a massive scale to help grow the popular micro-blogging service. With millions of monthly site visitors and many more interacting through API-based third party applications, Twitter has one of the world’s most varied and interesting datasets. Prior to joining Twitter, Kevin led the analytics team at the Kleiner Perkins-backed web media startup Cooliris. Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics from Harvard University, and has a master’s degree in Physics from Stanford University.

Graham Weldon
Graham Weldon (Cake Development Corporation)

A PHP developer of 9 years, and loving every step of the process. Recently undertaking Lead Developer of CakePHP 2.0, and working for the Cake Development Corporation, my focus is on easing user interaction and frameworking the developer process without loss of flexibility in implementation.

I have a strong focus on the personal process, design, and project management.

Luke Welling
Luke Welling ([Redacted])

Luke Welling is from Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives near Baltimore, USA writing PHP web apps for Message Systems. He’s seen lots of good PHP and bad PHP, and tries to write more good than bad. Over the last decade, he has applied PHP in many places where it was intended, and in many places where it was never meant to go. With his wife Laura, he wrote the bestselling book PHP and MySQL Web Development and often speaks about PHP at conferences and user groups. His hobbies include riding his horses and sticking Splayds in toasters, although he has not yet attempted to do both at once.

After having endured mainstream programming language for years, getting involved in open-source game development middleware such as JOODE or the Xith3D engine, Amos decided it was time to take a (long) shot at creating development tools that suck less.

He has spent the last year and half designing and implementing the ooc programming language, an attempt to reconcile compilation with ease of development, power with clarity, object-orientation with functional programming.

David Wheeler
David Wheeler (iovation)

David E. Wheeler is President of Portland-based Kineticode and Co-Founder of PostgreSQL Experts. David also maintainers and leads development of Bricolage, a content management and publishing system powered by Perl and PostgreSQL. For his next trick, he may or may not build a Python or Lisp or BASIC-powered Web application, but whatever it is, it will likely be built on PostgreSQL. Unless it’s a blog, in which case he’ll just use SQLite.

David Whiles
David Whiles (Midland Memorial Hospital)

David Whiles is Director of Information Systems at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland Texas. He initiated and managed the implementation of OpenVista, an open source EHR based on the VA’s VistA EHR. David holds a BBA in Accounting and BS in Computer Science and is a former CPA in the state of Texas. David and Midland Memorial have received several recognitions for their accomplishments in implementing the VistA EHR including HIMSS Analytics Stage 6, CIO 100 Award and American Business Awards (Stevies) finalist.

Kevin Whinnery
Kevin Whinnery (Appcelerator)

Kevin Whinnery is an engineer and platform evangelist for Appcelerator. Before making the jump from Appcelerator community member to Appcelerator employee, Kevin has developed web-based applications for ERP vendor Lawson Software and technical consultancy Perficient. In addition to his contributions to open source and Appcelerator projects, Kevin is also the developer and maintainer of a Ruby on Rails student information system in use by several elementary schools in his home town of Saint Paul, Minnesota. A frequent speaker, blogger, and writer on technical and business topics, Kevin has appeared in multiple print and online publications.

M Wiggins
M Wiggins (Concentric Sky)

Wiggins has been programming his entire life after first learning his alphabet on an apple][ keyboard. He has been helping lead the Django team at Concentric Sky for the last 3 years and has lead the development team for michaelmoore.com, santafe.edu, and many others. He has worked on or helped out with almost 100 different django projects at his time with Concentric Sky.

He is also the lead Android developer at Concentric Sky and has led the development team for several different apps including National Geographic’s GeoBee and Encyclopedia Brittanica Kids apps.

Wiggins knows many different languages, and enjoys learning new ones. In his spare time he has also published some open source android software as Hlidskialf Software.

Frank Wiles (Revolution Systems, LLC)

Consultant, author, developer, and admin. Focusing on performance/scaling of Open Source technologies such as Perl/Python, Apache, Django, and PostgreSQL

Eric Wilhelm
Eric Wilhelm (Cisco, Inc.)

Eric Wilhelm is a software and systems consultant, leader of the Portland Perl Mongers, and author of many CPAN modules. Eric is a contributor to several open source projects and founder of a few others.

Aaron Williamson (Software Freedom Law Center)

Aaron Williamson serves as counsel for the Software Freedom Law Center, a nonprofit legal services organization that advises developers of free and open source software. He has explored the legal and technical issues around open source mobile operating systems extensively, and in his free time develops software for Android.

John Willis
John Willis (Enstratius)

John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Enstratius, Willis was the VP of Solutions for DTO Solutions where he led the transition to a new suite of automated infrastructure and DevOps solutions. Prior to DTO Solutions. Willis was the VP of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is chief open source compliance officer for Intel. He has worked in the computer industry since 1974.

John Woodell
John Woodell (Google, Inc. )

John Woodell is a web developer at Google, and a Ruby enthusiast. He started developing web pages in the early ‘90s, and spent over a decade hacking together sites in Perl, Java and PHP. John discovered RubyOnRails in 2005 and has been a dedicated Rubyist ever since. He maintains the App Engine APIs for JRuby and contributes to related projects. John manages the JRuby on App Engine blog and tweets as johnwoodell.

Roni Zeiger
Roni Zeiger (Smart Patients)

Dr. Roni Zeiger is Chief Health Strategist at Google where he helps lead Google Health, Flu Trends, and also works on improving the quality of health-related search. He has worked as a primary care physician and has served as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He continues to practice urgent care medicine on occasional evenings and weekends. Dr. Zeiger received his MD from Stanford and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He was a fellow in medical informatics at Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto, California, and received a masters degree in biomedical informatics from Stanford University. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Society of Participatory Medicine.

Haiping Zhao (Facebook)

Senior Server Engineer, Facebook

Andrei Zmievski

I’m Andrei Zmievski, a web developer and founding member of Analog, living and working in San Francisco. Prior to forming Analog, I was Open Source Fellow at Digg and a platform engineer at Yahoo.

As a core developer of PHP and a member of the PHP Group, I help curate development of the world’s most popular (and open source) web development language. Along the way, I started PHP-GTK, helped create Smarty, co-wrote PHP Developer’s Cookbook, and have been serving as the architect of the Unicode and internationalization support in PHP 6.

I’m a regular speaker at leading conferences like OSCON, as well as PHP events worldwide. To keep a healthy mix with my technical work, I’m training for the Paris marathon in 2010, which should offset my dedication to fine food. I love good beer, brew some of my own, and if you ever want to try a craft beer yourself, I can heartily recommend North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.

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